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. This class is free with a membership, let us know if you’d like to join via email.

Schedule:

FRI Aug. 20thWhat is Education?
Children Are Born Persons
Read Introduction – Chapter 2
FRI Aug. 27thAuthority and Freedom
A New Perspective (CM Philosophy)
Read Chapters 3-4
FRI Sept. 3rdEducation: A Science of Relationships
The Way of the Will, Reason, & the Unity of the WholeParental
Liberty in Education
Read Chapters 5-6 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. 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. 10th or 
Sci Day Sept. 17th
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. 24th or 
Sci Day Oct. 1st
Proper Physical Care
Habit Training
Chapter 2: Proper Physical Care
Chapter 3: Habit Training
Art Day Oct. 8th   or 
Sci Day Oct. 15th
Using the Senses
Outdoor Life
Chapter 4: Using the Senses
Chapter 5: Outdoor Life
Art Day Oct. 22nd   or 
Sci Day Oct. 29th
Nature
Play
Chapter 6: Personal Acquaintance with Nature
Chapter 7: Play
Art Day Nov. 5th   or 
Sci Day Nov. 12th
Books & Stories
Language
Chapter 8: Books & Stories
Chapter 9: Language
Art Day Nov. 19th   or 
Sci Day Dec. 3rd
Music & Art
Spiritual Life
Chapter 10: Music & Art
Chapter 11: Spiritual Life
Art Day Dec. 10th   or 
Sci Day Dec. 17th
The Alphabet
Gifts
Chapter 12: The Alphabet
Chapter 13: A Gifted Child
Art Day Jan. 7th   or 
Sci Day Jan. 14th
Upcoming Subjects
How to Teach
Appendix: Beginning Reading, Math Concepts, Handwriting
Art Day Jan. 21st   or 
Sci Day Jan. 28th
Mid-Year Assessment and SupportWhat is going well? What is difficult? What questions do you have?
Art Day Feb. 4th   or 
Sci Day Feb. 11th
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. 18th   or 
Sci Day Feb. 25th
Proper Physical Care
Habit Training
Chapter 2: Proper Physical Care
Chapter 3: Habit Training
Art Day Mar. 4th   or 
Sci Day Mar. 11th
Using the SensesOutdoor LifeChapter 4: Using the SensesChapter 5: Outdoor Life
Art Day Mar. 18th   or 
Sci Day Mar. 25th
Nature
Play
Chapter 6: Personal Acquaintance with Nature
Chapter 7: Play
Art Day Apr. 1st   or 
Sci Day Apr. 8th
Books & Stories
Language
Chapter 8: Books & Stories
Chapter 9: Language
Art Day Apr. 15th   or 
Sci Day Apr. 22nd
Music & Art
Spiritual Life
Chapter 10: Music & Art
Chapter 11: Spiritual Life
Art Day Apr. 29th   or 
Sci Day May 6th
The Alphabet
Gifts
Chapter 12: The Alphabet
Chapter 13: A Gifted Child
Art Day May 13th   or 
Sci Day May 20th
Upcoming Subjects
How to Teach 
Appendix: Beginning Reading, Math Concepts, Handwriting
Art Day May 27th   or 
Sci Day Jun. 3rd
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. This class is free with a membership, let us know if you’d like to join via email.

Schedule:

TUE Sep. 14thFinding Rhythm to Your Days – Time Tables & SchedulingCM Principles 8, 11, 13
TUE Oct. 12thThe 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. 9thSecuring Smooth & Easy Days – Habit & Character TrainingCM Principles 3 & 7
TUE Dec. 14thLifelong Learning vs. Temporary Work – The Value of Journaling & NarrationCM Principles 14 & 15
TUE Jan. 11thNO PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON TODAY
TUE Feb. 8thOffering the Full Feast – Living Ideas & Living BooksCM Principles 8, 9, 10, & 11
TUE Mar. 8thEducation Can Be Beautiful – Atmosphere in EducationCM Principles 5 & 6
TUE Apr. 5thCome! Meet My Very Good Friends! – The Science of RelationsCM Principles 12
TUE May 3rdChrist Before Me, Behind Me, Beside Me – Christianity & EducationCM Principle 20
TUE May 31stShowing Love to Your Family Every Day – How to Really Love Your KidsCM Principle 4