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    Flourish: A Charlotte Mason Homeschool Annual Review

    May 21, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

    It’s the time of year when we’re trying to finish strong, while secretly (or maybe not so secretly) aching to get started on our school planning for the next year. Summer, is of course, full of the romance of possibilities — What will we make of this coming school year? I ask myself.

    I’m sure you ask yourself the same question.

    But I always challenge myself to pause first, and this year I’m challenging you to pause with me. The purpose of the pause is to take the chance to look back — really look back — and reflect on the closing school year, on all that was accomplished and where we succeeded, as well as where we quit or failed.

    I call it looking back with wisdom and grace because the goal isn’t self-flagellation. We simply want to remember, be honest, and then move forward with wisdom. But how do we do that without a time of reflection? Without truly learning from the past, rather than sweeping it under the rug like so much dust?

    That’s where the Flourish live event comes in. I have a process that I’ve developed over the years that I use to learn from the past. It’s become a little more elaborate as the years have gone by (I’ve been doing a version of this for over a decade), but the goal has always been the same: to really look and listen to the year.

    In her book The Living Page, Laurie Bestvater called Charlotte Mason’s notebooks (like the nature notebook and the Book of Centuries)

    the liturgy that invokes the formation and frames the student’s encounter with Glory.

    I think of my Homeschool Annual Review as part of the liturgy of homeschooling. One reason I called this Flourish is to emphasize the glory and growth that is possible from year to year. Our wont is to rush forward. Think about nature journaling. On a nature walk, our vice is to be consumers of beauty and interest. We want to jump from vista to vista, always looking for the next source of amazement.

    But then the nature journal steps in. It stops us and challenges us to savor this one thing, to treasure it, to memorize it and learn from it.

    The Annual Review is like that. We’re not going to jump thoughtlessly from year to year. We’re going to slow down and look — even at the painful parts we’d rather forget. We’re going to stop and contemplate until we find those glorious “aha!” moments. And we’ll revel in the lessons, both the easy and the hard, for a moment.

    Then and only then will we pick up our school planning, because then we’ll be more fit for it. You see, we will have thought first. And mothers, you know, owe their children a thinking love.

    With that said, I invite you to join us for a 2-session live event taking place over two Wednesday evenings (5/29/2019 and 6/5/2019 — and yes, replays will be available). These sessions will be about an hour, and I’ll also shower you with downloadable PDFs to assist you in this process of looking back I’ll be teaching. Click here to register.

    Flourish: A Charlotte Mason Homeschool Annual Review — it’s the perfect way to wrap up your homeschool year! ♥

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  • Reply Megan Lustig July 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Hi Brandy,

    I was not able to participate in this event when you first offered it. Would you still be willing to provide access to the videos and pdf over the summer?

  • Reply Jacque June 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    If I was not able to participate in either live video casts would it still be beneficial to pay for it and have the replays and PDF files?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Oh yes. The only thing additional in the live version is the chat box. Brittany Lindvall is posting links in there, but I don’t think you’re missing much to miss those. 🙂

      The PDFs, if you like the process I introduce, are something you’d print out at the end of every year.

      • Reply Jacque June 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm

        Great! I will do it. I think I really need it this year.

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  • Reply Rondalyn Ohrenberg May 21, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    What format will this “live event” be? Will it be interactive (like Crowd Cast)? Or what makes “live” significant? I can maybe get up early in the morning (I’m further west in the Pacific, almost to Australia), but I am trying to gauge the value of “live” versus watching the replay at a more convenient time. Any thoughts? (Also, our school year won’t be over until November, so it’s not especially timely for me right now, you know?)

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

      It’s going to be on CrowdCast, yes, but that is really the only distinct thing about it being live. The replays will give you everything except the chat box. 🙂

      I won’t be selling it all the time, but I *was* going to bring it back and sell replays for folks who run their school years more according to the calendar year, so you can wait until then if you like. 🙂

      • Reply Rondalyn Ohrenberg May 23, 2019 at 2:48 am

        Thanks! That’s very helpful. I “attended” one of Mystie’s Crowd Cast events and found it very distracting, so I think I’ll just wait for the replay.

  • Reply Katrina Thennis May 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    All signed up! I am really looking forward to this.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you’ll be there! ♥

      • Reply sarah May 29, 2019 at 5:13 pm

        Hmm, I’m not finding it on Crowd Cast. Am I missing something?

        Technologically-challenged mom,

        • Reply Brandy Vencel May 29, 2019 at 8:18 pm

          Hi Sarah! I hope you found your way! You should have received a direct link in your email within the past 24 hours. There is also a direct link on the Flourish Access Page when you sign into your account.

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