Welcome to my private mentoring page! If you have landed here, I am guessing you are looking for some encouragement and guidance in implementing the methods of Charlotte Mason in your school – something a bit more in-depth and private than a forum question or an email inquiry. For years I have enjoyed walking alongside others and helping them bind together the practice with the principles of a living education based on Mason’s philosophy of education. If only time and space would allow us to chat in my home with a warm cup of something you love to drink, amidst the books and things around which I am most comfortable! Perhaps we may still be able to arrange something special.
Thank you so much for the time you took with me yesterday. These consultations are something I so look forward to. Just last night at a church leadership meeting, I was telling a friend about it who homeschooled her children twenty years ago. She just looked at me and said, “Wow…I would have given anything to have a person like that in my life when I was where you are.” – Amy
For your homeschool:
- a nurturing and thoughtful mentoring relationship
- unique living book suggestions for your homeschool
- developing specific schedules for each individual family and child
- curriculum support and enhancement (no matter what curriculum you are using)
- transcript preparation that reflects a relational education
- course of study direction for a living education in the high school years
- end-of-term exam assessments
- sessions devoted to specific CM methods (narration, habits, notebook keeping, etc.)
- Shakespeare, Language Acquisition, Citizenship, or any other specific subject sessions
- a Charlotte Mason education with the dyslexic child
- STEM excellence in a relational education
- teaching from peace with atmospheres and schedules that reflect this
- living books for your travels
- recording of the session for later review
For your community:
- CM co-op advice (planning, subject instruction, issue resolution)
- how to plan a Charlotte Mason-inspired retreat
- administering a smooth and living book discussion group
- group rates for meeting with more than one person
- guidance on preparing yourself, your family, and your home for a living education
- accountability partner in the area of habits, devotions, teaching, exams, etc.
- Mother culture ideas and encouragement
“I feel like I have been given wings and I am not afraid of homeschooling high school anymore.” – Heather
I have a limited availability for private mentoring sessions. Please fill out the mentoring application and I will get back to you as soon as I can with the details. I will draw from my 25 years of practice and study of Mason’s methods, suggesting unique books and patterns that are tried-and-true for a relational education. If you are wondering what others think of my mentoring, please read the comments below or this blog post. One meeting may be all you need to set your course in the right direction while others prefer to meet monthly or even twice a month. You will be sent a pre-consultation questionnaire which will allow you to share your specific situation and most pressing concerns with me, helping us to have a purposeful conversation. Then we will schedule our meeting. For those who are interested, having your spouse participate in the consult can be helpful, too. Some clients have their teenagers participate, too, as they navigate high school. Consultations may be conducted via phone or video (Zoom). All correspondence is completely confidential. Much more than 1 hour goes into your session – there is also prayer, preparation, and post-meeting follow up. This truly is what I love to do and I can’t wait to meet you!
Teaching from peace,
(If you receive an error message when you try to submit the below application, please just send the information to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Nancy is a beautiful person who has unlocked the key to instilling a true love of learning into our precious children. She has studied and developed successful methods of educating her own children through living books, interesting people and natural experiences. She lovingly adheres to the delightful methods that she blesses her children with on a regular basis. One thing that impresses me is how she has created a wonderful home atmosphere with a great balance of wonder, excitement, creativity, music, beauty and discipline. If you want to learn from someone who is applying what she teaches, Nancy is a fantastic choice. She freely and openly shares successful tips and ideas to help others create amazing learning environments. These methods work, personally our family now loves Art, Shakespeare, Famous Composers, Memorizing Peotry, taking Nature Walks and learning Hymns and Folksongs. Before I was acquainted with Nancy, we had no joy or time for these areas. Now they are simply a natural part of our day. Nancy is passionate about sharing the secrets that don't just mindlessly educate children, but she shares the forgotten fundamental principles that teach us how to live....how to really live. Thank you Nancy for going after your dreams and blessing so many of us on the way! -Michelle
I’m so glad you’re doing this Nancy. I know many people who long for this kind of personalized help and you’re supremely qualified to give it. I’ve been homeschooling using Charlotte Mason’s methods for thirteen years but the joy we experience is disproportionately due to what I’ve learned from you in the last few years. You’ve often helped me to regain perspective on why I educate my children at home. So many homeschoolers attempt to “cover” everything and lose sight of relationships or vice versa. You’ve helped me to find balance.
Charlotte Mason tells us, “…I venture to suggest, not what is practicable in any household, but what seems to me absolutely best for the children; and that, in the faith that mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them.” Perhaps what I appreciate most about your counsel is that you have a gift for sharing simple, realistic suggestions for giving our children the absolute best.
One of the main reasons I chose to homeschool was so that my children could spend their days surrounded by beauty. But as our family grew and the children got older I found that our favourite subjects were often being pushed aside to ensure time for the “basics”. Because of you we are once again revelling in Shakespeare, Hymns, Folksongs, Picture Study, Composer Study, Poetry, Recitation, Nature Study and Handicrafts. And the basics are still (mostly!) getting done.
And, you’re the queen of the Living Book! I thought I knew books until I met you. You always know just the right title for every topic and every age. -Sandy
Well, first I will say that I should have done some mentoring with Nancy sooner! If you're on the fence about whether or not it will be worth it...YES, it will be worth it!