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    Educational Philosophy, Mother's Education

    Are You Ready for BOOT CAMP??

    February 20, 2017 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]W[/dropcap]oot woot! I am waaaaaay excited about this project. I’ve been working on it a long time, and I think it’s going to be fantastic.

    So let’s talk details.

    Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is going to be six days per week for six weeks. It’ll be pretty intense — requiring a fair amount of determination on your part. The most important thing you will be asked to do is think. (Ha! It’s harder than it sounds.)

    If you want to be a beta tester for Charlotte Mason Boot Camp, you need to sign up ASAP!


    This initial running of Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is a beta test version.

    This means it’s less expensive, but it also means there will be some kinks along the way (not planned ones … the accident kind). We’re limiting it to a group of 35 people. In order to participate you will need:

    • Decent internet
      • Able to download worksheets
      • Able to watch short videos
    • Adobe or some other PDF viewer
    • A Facebook account
    • A printer
    • Basic school supplies (pens, pencils, etc.)
    • Time each day to work on the assignments (maybe 30 minutes? we won’t know for sure until the beta testing is over)

    The dates for the Charlotte Mason Boot Camp (CMBC) beta test are February 27-April 7, 2017. That’s right. It starts one week from today.


    The goal for Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is confidence.

    You’re not going to know everything. Nobody does, of course, but even if they did, something like that would take longer than six weeks! I do think, however, that big progress can be made concerning the basics if you work diligently for a six-week interval like this.

    CMBC is designed to bring Charlotte Mason’s principles down to the earth in your very own home. Many of the assignments will take principles that can seem only theoretical and ask you to think deeply about applying them to your family — your ways of mothering and teaching. I want you to end feeling like you are capable of applying Charlotte Mason’s philosophy in your home. Charlotte Mason said that once we grasped her principles, ways of applying them would suggest themselves everywhere we looked. This can be you and me!

    Sometimes, we need to bounce ideas off of others, and that is why you need a Facebook account for CMBC. We’re going to run the whole thing through a private Facebook group so that you can support your fellow campers and discuss your assignments.


    Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is divided topically into weeks.

    1. Introductions: we’ll talk about who Miss Mason was, why we know who she is, and some other preliminaries
    2. What is a child? We spend a week delving deeply into this.
    3. What is education? We look at Charlotte Mason’s answer to this question from many angles.
    4. What are our tools? Here’s where we talk about motivation and actually getting the work done.
    5. What are our curricula and practices?
    6. We end with a flurry of dotting i’s and crossing t’s and making plans for the future.

    Assignments will be given daily — videos to watch, articles to read, worksheets to guide you through a thinking process. Like anything else, you’ll get more out of it if you put more of yourself into it.


    How do I join??

    I’m glad you asked! Because I’m leaving for GHC Ft. Worth on Wednesday, I am only putting this beta test version on sale for about 24 hours! A little crazy, and I apologize — it just worked out this way. Like I said, it’s limited to 35 people. The thing is, whether we reach 35 or not, we’re still closing it on Tuesday so that we can start getting people inside the Facebook group before I’m gone.

    I think that’s all you need to know, but if you have any questions, ask them in the comments and I will try to answer them.

    Click here to go sign up!


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  • Reply Linda February 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I just spoke with my friend Janelle about CM last night for a long time this would be perfect for her. But I just saw it!

  • Reply Mama Rachael February 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am SOOOOO bummed. I didn’t get to my email till the afternoon, and saw that it was full. Never had a chance to even try to get in! Ah, well. I don’t need something else to do right now, really. I’m an idealist.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      I’m so sorry! June. We shall do it again. 🙂

  • Reply E February 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I hope next time it won’t require Fb as I don’t have it (on purpose).

  • Reply Valerie Sassi February 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Sold out ?

  • Reply kim s. February 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I would LOVE to do this in the future, but I do not have Facebook (nor do I want it!). Please consider making future camps available for those of us not on Facebook!

    Good Luck

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I think once we do it this way, I’ll have a better idea of what I need to make it work elsewhere. I am more than willing to do it elsewhere! I was originally going to do it via email, but found that there were too many variables and I couldn’t get it to work. That is the long answer. The short answer is yes. 🙂

  • Reply Rondalyn Ohrenberg February 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This sounds great, but Facebook counts me out. (And by the time I read the post, Boot Camp beta was already sold out!) Is there any possibility this would be offered in a non-Facebook format sometime?

  • Reply Katalin February 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I can not get in, is it already sold out?

  • Reply Nermarí Faría Broderick February 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Ahh! I was in the middle of paying when my 3 yo decided she needed a shower stat. Crossing my fingers I made it in! 😀

  • Reply Liz Wine February 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I signed up! I am not a parent but work with kids, and have kids in my life that are important to me, and am wanting to learn more, as I have been very intrigued so far!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

      That’s great! Charlotte Mason really thought that *all* people who work with children should know and apply her principles. I’m glad you’ll be there. 🙂

      • Reply Liz Wine February 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

        I am excited!! I have been reading Volume 1 through AO, and I totally bought my niece a wooden letter or two to start playing with as a result of that reaading!

  • Reply Virginia Lee February 20, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I’m in!!!!! I do not have a Facebook account. But my husband does, although he never uses it except to say thank you once a year when people tell him happy birthday. But I think it would work if I just used his? I’m assuming the only difference is it would just show his picture instead of mine? He’s better looking anyway. =) Let me know if that will work. Sorry, I have no idea what you mean by private groups or how any FB stuff works.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

      It will work! Just let me know his name. My husband and I share a FB account, so I totally get it. 🙂

  • Reply Amy Steiner February 20, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Hi Brandy!!

    I’m VERY interested in joining the Boot Camp, but have a quick question. How does the boot camp differ from your Start Here ebook?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 20, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Good question! Start Here has a LOT more reading, plus it’s meant to be drawn out over a long period of time. Boot Camp is a lot more targeted in the reading, takes a shorter (but more intense) period of time, and has TONS more application questions. Plus with CMBC we can do some FB Lives and such for Q&A. 🙂

      • Reply Jami February 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        Please keep me posted in future boot camp. I am ready to dive in. I just attended the CM west conference, it was fabulous. I would love in depth training. I have read Mind to Mind, and For the Children’s Sake. What other practical ideas would you suggest in getting the right training?? Books, DVD, etc. Thanks.

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