Cindy Rollins homeschooled her nine children for over 30 years using Charlotte Mason’s timeless ideas. She is the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Time, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification, The Mere Motherhood Newsletters, Hallelujah, Cultivating Advent Traditions with Handel’s Messiah, and Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love. She co-hosts The Literary Life Podcast with Angelina Stanford and Thomas Banks and The New Mason Jar Podcast. She is also the owner of the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and runs an active moms’ discipleship group on patreon.com/cindyrollins. Her heart’s desire is to encourage moms in the Lord and Charlotte Mason and go to baseball games. She lives in her sometimes empty nest in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband Tim and dog Max.
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Karen began her homeschool journey with Charlotte Mason over twenty years ago, little anticipating the bountiful harvest of that one decision. The impact on family life and the bonhomie of the CM community are some of those unexpected dividends and she counts them among her greatest blessings.
Three of her five children, the boys, have now graduated. School-days with the girls are just as delightful but have a decidedly different flavor!
In between frequent cups of jasmine green tea, she enjoys reading, hiking, watercolor painting, and serving on a non-profit board.
Lisa Hajda has been enthusiastically adhering to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education for over thirty years as she educates her ten children—three of whom are now home educating their own children. She enjoys all aspects of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy, including the value placed on handicrafts! She lives in central Nebraska with her husband, Joey, and three children still at home.
Christine has a degree in Physical Education & Accounting. She taught P.E. for 3 years in public school, then ran a kids gym for 5 years. She knew if she had kids she wanted to homeschool! She started learning about Charlotte Mason 9 years ago after looking into lots of other curriculum and philosophies. Charlotte Mason captured her heart with God in every subject, short lessons, nature study and presenting a feast to her kids. She has attended the last 5 years of CMER and loved getting to know the other Charlotte Mason moms and has made life-long friends.
She is wife to Jason (17 years!) and mom to 3 girls and 1 boy. They live by the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah.
Niko first heard references to Charlotte Mason and her philosophy when her eldest daughter was in a preschool that incorporated her principles into their curriculum. She loved everything she heard but didn’t know how to form it into an education for her children until she began attending a local book study in 2015 that was reading through Mason’s volumes. It was then that she found the support to change their homeschooling course and embark on the journey of growing into a Charlotte Mason education for all of them. She is grateful, as well, for the encouragement, growth, and joy of learning with other families that she and her children enjoyed as part of a co-op from 2016 to 2020. Niko is inspired in her family’s educational journey by Charlotte Mason’s vision and invitation to walk about in a larger room and live a fuller life.
I often wonder what life would have looked like if Charlotte Mason had not found me. I suppose I have a small taste, as she did not knock at the door until I already had six horrendous years of plain, ordinary homeschooling behind me with nothing but dread for the future and a daily prayer that at some point I could actually like what I was doing. From this slough she pulled me, and in her arms she bore the gift of the profound and impossible task of knowing my children as persons. The task was indeed impossible for me alone, but a greater Helper was already there. Like a gentle breeze that blew in resonance with the natural frequency of my hard exterior was the Holy Spirit, and I began to crack. Through the ever-widening cracks shined beauty: relationship, art, music, poetry, narration, literature, nature, roadkill, horses, mountain biking, Georgia, a high school graduate, laughter, respect. One does not need to look too closely to see the crumbled remains of what once was, but perhaps their presence causes the beauty to look that much more glorious.
Don Rhymer teaches Bible and Literature at Konos Academy, a 1-day a week Christian School in Tyrone, GA, where he is beginning to have students narrate what they’ve read. He holds an MDiv from Reformed Baptist Seminary and is a retired Air Force officer and former Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Air Force Academy. Don is the husband of Dawn and father of 5 kids (ages 13 to 20). His family is in its tenth year of implementing a CM-based education, with Don more recently assisting. Don has spoken at CMER and the LER and has read through Miss Mason’s 6 Volumes. He continually sees CM’s principles resonate with Truth in so many facets of humanity, leadership, homelife, and any form of education.
Amelia Rodgers is a second-generation homeschooler who has loved using Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy while homeschooling her own children for the past 8 years. She is impacted daily by the rich, welcoming, and enlivening atmosphere that this lifestyle provides, both for her children and herself. She believes that Mason’s principles can extend to all ages of learners and is excited to discover how these ideas will continue to inspire and foster community in the years to come. Amelia lives with her husband, Steve, and five kids (plus a Goldendoodle!) on a small acreage in central Nebraska. She loves to read, travel, crochet, and discuss living ideas.
After earning a Masters in Education, Jennifer enjoyed a rewarding career as a public school teacher. Homeschooling never entered her mind. Upon discovering Charlotte Mason’s deep knowledge of educating the whole child, she was inspired to home educate her three children. Since then, she has spent over a decade awakening to the richness of a Charlotte Mason education and gifting this to her children, now in high school and college.
Over the years, Jennifer has served her local Charlotte Mason community in various ways to include leading a co-op, book study, homeschool enrichment program, and offering assessments and consultations to CM families.
Rebecca was first introduced to Charlotte Mason in 2013 when her oldest child was 3. After exploring other educational methods, she felt she had finally found a philosophy that made sense. Every aspect of Ms. Mason’s ideas, from reading living books to the importance of being immersed in the natural world, appealed to her on many levels. With a degree in art history, she especially appreciated Ms. Mason’s emphasis on exposing children to fine art. Rebecca enjoys the freedom found in a Charlotte Mason education and the fact that it not only nourishes the minds, hearts, and souls of her children but hers as well. She lives in Colorado with her husband, their two children, three cats, one salamander, and whatever bug pets her kids have adopted. She also writes at her website, a humble place.