Parent Support

Our goal is to help you as parents have confidence for educating your children using Charlotte Mason’s philosophies. In the local programs we teach, we consider our teachers to simply be assisting you, the parent. You are the authority in your children’s lives and as you are an integral part of your child’s growth, we want to support you. Our support group meetings are FREE to all current Loft & Field members.


For the Children’s Sake Study

In order to understand and support our philosophy of education at Loft & Field, we encourage all parents to read “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. We will host an optional discussion group to help process the book and answer any questions you have. You can attend our discussion group in-person (or via Zoom if available). This class is free with a membership, let us know if you’d like to join via email.

Schedule:

SAT Aug. 20thWhat is Education?
Children Are Born Persons
Authority and Freedom
Read Introduction – Chapter 3
SAT Aug. 27thA New Perspective (CM Philosophy)
Education: A Science of Relationships
The Way of the Will, Reason, & the Unity of the Whole, Parental Liberty in Education
Read Chapters 4-6 and the Appendix

The Early Years – Parent Preschool Support Group

Parents of Seeds students are invited to study “The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook” by Karen Smith & Sonya Shafer. We will meet for 30 minutes after morning announcements while your Seeds are in class. We will offer this same study in the Fall and in the Spring. We will use the chapter topics to guide our chats but will also heavily focus on the questions and concerns of those who attend. This class is free with a membership, let us know if you’d like to join via email. Purchase your own copy here, or we have a few copies in the library as available.

Schedule:

Art Day Sept. 9th  or 
Sci Day Sept. 16th
Parent’s Chief Duty
A Quality Education
Children are born persons.
Intro & Ch. 1: A Parent’s Chief Duty
Appendix: Charlotte’s Thoughts on Kindergarten
Art Day Sept. 23rd or 
Sci Day Sept. 30th
Upcoming Subjects
Slowing Down
How to Teach
Appendix: Beginning Reading, Math Concepts, Handwriting
Art Day Oct. 7th    or 
Sci Day Oct. 14th
Habit Training in the Early Years, Games
Fitting Everything into a Day
Chapter 2: Proper Physical Care
Chapter 3: Habit Training
Art Day Oct. 21st   or 
Sci Day Oct. 28th
Experience and Senses in Educating
Spending the Day Outdoors
Chapter 4: Using the Senses
Chapter 5: Outdoor Life
Art Day Nov. 4th    or 
Sci Day Nov. 11th
Nature is Science
Play is the Work of Childhood
Chapter 6: Personal Acquaintance with Nature
Chapter 7: Play
Art Day Nov. 18th   or 
Sci Day Dec. 2nd
Books & Stories, Living Books
Language
Chapter 8: Books & Stories
Chapter 9: Language
Art Day Dec. 9th   or 
Sci Day Dec. 16th
Music & Art in the Morning Basket
Spiritual Life
Chapter 10: Music & Art
Chapter 11: Spiritual Life
Art Day Jan. 6th    or 
Sci Day Jan. 13th
The Alphabet
Gifts
Chapter 12: The Alphabet
Chapter 13: A Gifted Child
Art Day Jan. 20th   or 
Sci Day Jan. 27th
Mid-Year Assessment and SupportWhat is going well? What is difficult? What questions do you have?
Art Day Feb. 3rd    or 
Sci Day Feb. 10th
Parent’s Chief Duty
A Quality Education
Children are born persons.
Intro & Ch. 1: A Parent’s Chief DutyAppendix: Charlotte’s Thoughts on Kindergarten
Art Day Feb. 17th   or 
Sci Day Feb. 24th
Upcoming Subjects
Slowing Down
How to Teach
Appendix: Beginning Reading, Math Concepts, Handwriting
Art Day Mar. 3rd   or 
Sci Day Mar. 17th
Habit Training in the Early Years, Games
Fitting Everything into a Day
Chapter 2: Proper Physical Care
Chapter 3: Habit Training
Art Day Mar. 24th   or 
Sci Day Mar. 31st
Experience and Senses in Educating
Spending the Day Outdoors
Chapter 4: Using the Senses
Chapter 5: Outdoor Life
Art Day Apr. 7th    or 
Sci Day Apr. 14th
Nature is Science
Play is the Work of Childhood
Chapter 6: Personal Acquaintance with Nature
Chapter 7: Play
Art Day Apr. 21st   or 
Sci Day Apr. 28th
Books & Stories, Living Books
Language
Chapter 8: Books & Stories
Chapter 9: Language
Art Day May 5th    or 
Sci Day May 12th
Music & Art in the Morning Basket
Spiritual Life
Chapter 10: Music & Art
Chapter 11: Spiritual Life
Art Day May 19th   or 
Sci Day May 26th
The Alphabet
Gifts 
Chapter 12: The Alphabet
Chapter 13: A Gifted Child
Art Day Jun. 2nd   or 
Sci Day Jun. 9th
Looking Back, Looking AheadWhat went well this year? What do you want to do next year?

Parent Support Luncheon

The aim of this group is to treat homeschooling like a profession and to provide support for one another. Our agenda will be topical teaching (30 min.), Q&A on the given topic (30 min.), personalized guidance and support (30 minutes), social time (30 minutes). Bring a bag lunch. Some childcare is available (donations for our teens are appreciated!). You can attend in-person (or via Zoom if available). This class is free with a membership, let us know if you’d like to join via email.

Schedule:

TUE Sep. 27thFinding Rhythm to Your Days – Time Tables & SchedulingCM Principles 8, 11, 13
TUE Oct. 25thThe Personhood of Yourself & Your Child – A Firm Foundation AND I Can’t Teach Them All Day All The Time! – Masterly Inactivity & Teaching from RestCM Principles 1 & 2 AND Masterly Inactivity by Sonia Shafer (free eBook)
https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/masterly-inactivity/
TUE Nov. 22ndSecuring Smooth & Easy Days – Habit & Character TrainingCM Principles 3 & 7
Dec. NO PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON TODAY
TUE Jan. 10thLifelong Learning vs. Temporary Work – The Value of Journaling & NarrationCM Principles 14 & 15
TUE Feb. 7thOffering the Full Feast – Living Ideas & Living BooksCM Principles 8, 9, 10, & 11
TUE Mar. 14thEducation Can Be Beautiful – Atmosphere in EducationCM Principles 5 & 6
TUE Apr. 11thCome! Meet My Very Good Friends! – The Science of RelationsCM Principles 12
TUE May 9thChrist Before Me, Behind Me, Beside Me – Christianity & EducationCM Principle 20
TUE Jun. 6thShowing Love to Your Family Every Day – How to Really Love Your KidsCM Principle 4