Brandy Vencel first heard about Charlotte Mason when her children were tiny (and some as yet unborn). It was a divine appointment. Charlotte Mason’s philosophy sung to her soul; it was everything she didn’t know she wanted to know. Brandy was given a six-volume set of Charlotte Mason’s works for her 27th birthday. Those books are now falling apart at the seams from years of reading them over and over again.
These days, Brandy is a Christian wife and mom to four children ages 9–15. She believes in the Charlotte Mason method even more than before, now that she’s taught this way for over a decade. Her passionate interest in educational philosophy is evident wherever you find her:
Brandy is the creator of the study guide Start Here: A Journey Through Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles.
As homeschool moms, we don’t always think of ourselves as leaders, and yet here we are with numerous young people looking to us for their education. In this session, we learn something seemingly magical: a non-confrontational, simple approach to leading our children with wisdom.
Some of the most-asked questions from mothers living the classical and Charlotte Mason philosophy are these:
- “What books should I read?”
- “And what order should I read them in?”
In this panel, you get to ask the Scholé Sisters about your reading, and they will introduce you to their favorite titles and even list them in order of difficulty!
When Charlotte Mason distilled her immense educational philosophy into a concise form (“20 Principles”), she was forced to highlight only the essentials. In this session, we will discover the internal logic of the 20 principles and how they fit together as a comprehensive whole, how they serve to balance one another, and how so many of our educational mistakes result from focusing on some of the principles while neglecting others.
Charlotte Mason encouraged her teachers to ponder a certain Spanish fresco every Sunday afternoon. She believed the characters in this grand painting could impart much wisdom in regard to education, and she wanted all parents to experience this “Great Recognition.” Join us for an intimate look at the fresco, and have your own great recognition of divine knowledge and virtue!
Charlotte Mason said that at the end of a child’s education, it doesn’t matter how much a youth knows but rather how much he cares, and how many orders of things he cares about. This was a revolutionary idea for her time! In this session, we will discuss the two aspects of love in education, why care is a good test of an education’s success or failure, what we expect students to care about, and what we can do to help develop our students’ affinities.