Today’s chat is with a Charlotte Mason mom of many who has homeschooled since day one but has not always homeschooled using the Charlotte Mason method with her large family. She has eight precious children ranging in age from 19 down to 5. Her oldest leaves for college this fall, and her 17 year old graduates. Her husband works for a pharmaceutical company and travels quite a bit, and because their house is in constant motion, to find some quiet one would have to usually go outside! I’m so happy to introduce y’all to Toni Onks!
You are a very busy woman, so I’m thankful you took the time to chat with me. Will you tell me about the journey that led you to meeting Charlotte Mason?
I began homeschooling my oldest with a boxed classical curriculum and for the first three children it went pretty well. Everyone had their own studies, and we plugged along. It was during this time I had my first exposure to Charlotte Mason. I came across a few of Karen Andreola’s books, Charlotte Mason Companion and later Pocketful of Pinecones. I was intrigued, especially with the concept that education was a way of life – not just a row of boxes on a list to be checked off. I actually purchased Charlotte Mason’s six volume set, but we were getting it all done for the most part each day so I didn’t spend much time reading them. I decided they were (GASP!) taking up space, and I sold them. I also read For the Children’s Sake around this time and found much merit in it, but I saw no need to change anything.Read More >>