Wanna learn to think like Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is six days per week for six weeks. The first week is somewhat mild, but after that 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. (It’s harder than it sounds.)
In order to participate you will need:
- Decent internet
- Able to download workbooks
- 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 (averaging about 30-45 minutes)
The dates for Charlotte Mason Boot Camp (CMBC) are March 19-May 7, 2018. (Please note: we take a week off in the middle for Holy Week — March 25-31.)
There are only 60 slots (including the 3 scholarship spots) to this session of CMBC. It usually fills up in a few hours. Because I’m traveling to speak at GHC, signups will stop on Monday, March 12th at midnight, whether we have filled all slots or not.
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, it took them longer than six weeks! However, big progress can be made concerning the basics if you work diligently for a six-week interval.
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 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 run the whole thing through a private Facebook group so that you can support (and be supported by) your fellow campers and discuss your assignments.
Charlotte Mason Boot Camp is divided topically into weeks.
- Introductions. We talk about who Miss Mason was, why we know who she is, and some other preliminaries.
- What is a child? We spend a week delving deeply into this.
- What is education? We look at Charlotte Mason’s answer to this question from many angles.
- What are our tools? Here’s where we talk about motivation and actually getting the work done.
- What are our curricula and practices?
- We end with a flurry of dotting i’s and crossing t’s and making plans for the future.
Daily assignments — videos to watch, articles to read, worksheets to guide you through a thinking process — are delivered in weekly workbooks Monday mornings via the Facebook group. Discussion questions are posted each afternoon. Facebook Live Q&A sessions are scheduled near the end of each week.
Like anything else, you’ll get more out of it if you put more of yourself into it.
Here’s what camp graduates had to say: