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A Mason Moment by Christie Werkheiser

Christie Werkheiser attended the Charlotte Mason Conference this past June 2009 for the first time.  Below are her reflections on her experience as a new person in the Charlotte Mason education community.  Following her reflection is important information about the 2010 conference.  Welcome Christie!

Carroll Smith

A Mason Moment


Christie Werkheiser

Mind bending, challenging, and energizing are all adjectives that I’d use to describe my experience at the 2009 Charlotte Mason Conference.  During June 10th through 14th, I was forced to look at education in a whole new way.  Frankly, I believe that I am forever changed.

As the “newbie” on the block, in not only my own home school circles, but especially as it relates to Charlotte Mason, I’m inspired by the powerful simplicity of her methods.  I am forced to reflect upon the moments that I’ve noted authentic learning taking place in my own home, and am now aware that the Charlotte Mason Method, is not just tried and true, but taps into the inner mystery that is “child, drawing out those things which they are destined to be and do.”

How many times have we contrived to sit our children down, and force feed them the good information that we thought they should have?  How many times have we fought the good fight in trying to convince them that they need this crucial knowledge?  Endless arguments, needless wailing, silly twaddle.  All simply avoided in the first place, if I would have only known these simple concepts.

Trust me, I know I have much to learn with regards to schooling my children under the wise tutelage of Charlotte Mason, but I’m closer than ever to understanding them, I’m heartened by the ever growing relationship that I see developing as we learn together.

Never before have I been brought to tears by a math lesson, at least not in a good way.  But in the math session that I attended at the 2009 Childlight USA Conference, I was awe struck at the concept of a child’s mind being baptized by the Holy Spirit to see His workmanship in the perfection of numbers and in the world around us.  I now understand, the effort is not me alone, but the Holy Spirit working in my children to receive that information that He will help us learn together.  What better teamwork could there be?

2010 Conference Information

The 6th Annual Charlotte Mason Education Conference

June 9, 10, 11, 12, 2010.

Theme for this year’s conference:

A 21st Century Education:  Applying a Charlotte Mason Curriculum

Please put these dates on your calendar and we hope to see you at the conference.  More detailed information that includes room costs, registration fee and other pertinent information will be out soon.  We have just received those costs from the university and will be putting that information into a sensible format to get to you soon.

Carroll Smith

This entry was posted in: Newcomers


Carroll Smith has spoken on various topics related to Charlotte Mason. Currently he teaches at Gardner-Webb University and enjoys working with children, teachers, college students, and Charlotte Mason Institute. He was a teacher and a principal for 21 years before coming to Gardner-Webb University where he has been for six years. Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, he attended East Carolina University for his undergraduate degree and his master's in school administration. He completed his terminal degree and wrote his dissertation on Charlotte Mason at Virginia Tech. Carroll enjoys reading, gardening, and discussing ideas with friends. He and his wife, Andra, and their two young adult college-age children, Corban and Anna, enjoy living, working and playing in North Carolina.

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