Summer Conference Time

What a delightfully full summer it has been already, and the next two weeks should prove welcome additions to the fullness here!  If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately….well….I’ve been preparing to meet some of you face-to-face and enjoy encouraging you in person!
The wonderful and generous ladies of my local homeschool group invited me to share my conference workshops with them, and I did!  What a wonderful morning we had sharing with each other, encouraging each other!
Friday, June 29 — Saturday, June 30
This weekend you can find me at the Alabama Homeschool Expo in Montgomery, Alabama.  I’ll be giving a total of six workshops this weekend.  You can find the schedule of workshops here.
I’ll be speaking on Friday…
  • A Living Education Using Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy and Methods
  • Planning In Home Education
  • Brainstorming a System of Order In the Home
…and Saturday…
  • Organizing the Learning Spaces
  • Nurturing Wonder In Early Childhood
  • Toy Taming and Management Strategies
If you’re in the area, drive over to beautiful Montgomery!  I’d love to meet you, encourage you, and give you some practical helps, inspiration and ideas for your year upcoming!
Friday, July 6 — Saturday, July 7
Immediately following my Montgomery weekend, I’ll fly out to beautiful Denver, Colorado to the Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference!  I’m so very excited to be a part of this conference, and again, I have planned a full lineup of what I hope are inspiring and encouraging workshops to give you some practical tools for your year of home education….with lots of pretty around the edges!
Friday, I’ll offer a brief introduction to different homeschooling philosophies and some resources for those at the beginning of their home education journey (in the Beginning to Homeschool Workshop) as well as this:

I’m very excited about something new we’re doing at the Denver Conference!  Suzanne Gallus, Jennifer Miller and I will be hostessing what we hope is a delightful, informative and encouraging time for you: Charlotte Mason on the Front Porch!  In a living education, it can be helpful to listen to speakers – and then sometimes we have our own particular questions and challenges and a need to encourage each other more directly.  Come sit with us on our “front porch” and bring YOUR QUESTIONS about a living education!  Relax with us and let us encourage you on a variety of topics:

  • from the practicals of establishing and nurturing good habits in early childhood (as emphasized in a Charlotte Mason education)….
  • to specific challenges you might face in Charlotte Mason language arts methods like narration, copywork and dictation… 
  • Charlotte Mason in high school
  • living a Charlotte Mason education across the ages…and more!  YOUR choice! 
  • Bring YOUR questions!
I’ll be offering three more workshops on Saturday…
  • Nurturing Wonder in Early Childhood
  • Organization of the Day: A Mother’s Gentle Rule of Love
  • A Living Education Using Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy and Methods
…and I’ll be around all weekend to visit with you and encourage you!  You can check out the many fantastic offerings and speakers for the Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference here.  We’d love to see you in Denver!  If you’re nearby – make the drive!  The weekend is sure to be an inspiring dose of encouragement to give you a lift as you consider your year upcoming!
Resources and Printables
It’s my prayer that these workshops are inspiring and encouraging to you because good ideas grow in the imagination.  Having said that, I’m a practical mom, too!  I know that great ideas can be inspiring, but if you can’t find ways to fit the “rubber to the road” in your own home those ideas can languish.  Toward that practical end, and with a vision of pretty around the edges of practical, I uploaded all of the worksheets and printables that I will reference in my upcoming conference workshops to Wildflowers and Marbles: The Paper Stuff.  You’ll find everything offered for the workshop conferences here, but do spend some time looking around because there are many other resources and printables on the site.  As always, these resources are free for use in your home.
And, if I don’t get to see you in Montgomery or Denver this year, I’ll be back to visit with you here in my little digital corner: sharing about our exciting plans for our year upcoming, and all the many delights and blessings in our family this year!
I pray you are all enjoying the delights of summer…
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  1. Wish I was able to come, too! I pray that you have wonderful trips and successful presentations! And perhaps one year, you can come to our conference in Minnesota! 😉

    God bless you, Jen!

  2. Joining the many who wish they lived near enough to hear you speak, Jen. I do hope you tape your talks. That would be great. Course, there's always that book you need to write as well! 😉

  3. I am so glad I have been able to hear you speak so far this weekend. Thanks so much for all the good info and inspiration. I will be following along on your blog now.

  4. Jen,

    I would love to hear you, but live too far away. I'm sure you'll be a great blessing to those who attend your workshops. I pray you'll have a blessed time also.

    Esther from NJ

  5. I had the wonderful opportunity to hear you speak at the recent Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators conference. I truly enjoyed the time spent in your session. Thank you!

  6. Hello! it's Anne – I e-mailed you a little bit ago and you were so kind. Just wanted to thank you again for putting such great resources out there free. It is a blessing and the resources and the encouragement behind it are helpful to so many, I think. I also picked up Splendor in the Ordinary at your suggestion. Only read one chapter, but it's JUST the little book of encouragement I needed right now. I'm reading it during my “quiet” time in the morning, one little bit at a time. 🙂

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