Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Simply Charlotte Mason publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at

Workshops from Sonya Shafer (may vary by event location)

Five Flavors of Homeschooling

The world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. You know that you want to provide nutritious meals for your children’s minds, but there are so many possibilities for what that food could look like and taste like. Join Sonya for a simple overview of five main approaches to homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling. Find your preferred “flavor” and learn how to choose and use curriculum successfully.

Getting Started

What It Takes to Homeschool Effectively

Of course, you want to succeed at this homeschooling thing! But what does it take to reach that goal? Sonya shares mom-to-mom encouragement about the top qualifications and priorities that are vital for homeschooling (and for life). Do you have what it takes to homeschool successfully? You might be surprised.


Charlotte Mason and Her Methods

Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte and experience using her methods for yourself during the session.

Inside a Charlotte Mason Home School

Take a look at a typical day in the life of families who use the Charlotte Mason Method. You’ll discover what the method looks like in everyday practice and gain lots of practical help and clear explanations.

Laying Down the Rails

Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children, and practical tips for cultivating the Top Three.

Encouragement, Growth, Parenting

The Early Years: Homeschooling Your Preschooler

Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives, and more.

Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together

Save time and money by teaching most school subjects to all of your students together. Join
Sonya for practical strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and help you and your children build sweet memories. Learn how to keep it simple by teaching your whole family together with Charlotte Mason methods!

8 Words That Make All the Difference

When you’re feeling weary as a homeschool parent, these eight words will refresh you. They will inspire you when you’re feeling mundane and encourage you when you’re uncertain: I am, I can, I ought, I will. Come explore the powerful ideas behind these eight words, let them nestle into your heart and mind this year, and see what a difference they make!