A Vibrant and Encouraging Community of Parents and Teachers
We offer a wide range of online and in-person events for our members each year. This includes both ongoing groups, like our Mother’s Education Course and Community Learning Support Group, as well as annual events like our Fall Mini-Retreat and Parents’ Night. We livestream all of our events and offer recordings. We also provide other kinds of online support, including discussions of weekly topics at La Pianta, video messages from the CMEC Team, and a monthly newsletter.
Our offerings grow and adapt from year to year with the development of CMEC families and the express needs of our members in mind. We aim to encourage, provide accountability, educate, equip, and build relationships.
Some of our events throughout the year:
At our Curriculum Launch in the spring, we walk through the books and plans for the year to come.
At our Fall Mini-Retreat, we take on a particular topic workshop-style, providing education and modeling the art of teaching.
Our annual Parents’ Night gives members a chance to reflect on their family culture and educational goals.
Our popular Mother’s Education Course includes online meetings and a carefully-designed set of coursework from the volumes and our private collection of the Parents’ Review.
We offer a Community Learning Support Group for those who are leading or teaching in TBG Groups, co-ops, and other learning programs, including live meetings, a thorough handbook, and email support.
Our new Member Corner is dedicated to member-to-member interaction: a discussion space, a bulletin board, member chats, for galleries where you members can view student work -- and upload their own!
Through our Form Meetings and emails to our Form Leaders, members can receive guidance on the curriculum, ask questions, and provide feedback.
The CMEC Team is made up of homeschooling parents who are not just creating the curriculum but also using it in their own homes and with their local communities. Because of this, we are able to bring both experience and sympathy to our community offerings—we consider ourselves working out the ideas right along with our members.
At the same time, all of our support is based not just on personal experience but also on a solid understanding of Mason’s philosophy. We ground our community offerings in active and ongoing research into Mason’s programs, volumes, and archives. For example, our summer interns are engaged in a project of putting all of the PUS programs and exams into a searchable database for our use in creating the curriculum. Other team members are doing topical research in our personal collection of the Parents’ Review, from charting the artist study rotation of the Parents’ Union School to exploring the books recommended for art lessons. This kind of behind-the-scenes research and development gives us firm footing for our work with families.
To learn more about our community offerings, download our Information Packet:
What members say about our community...
Peaceful and Vibrant
"The CMEC is by far the most complete CM course available anywhere. I find the form meetings help with many of the books chosen for that term. Hearing and seeing in the Member Corner how other mothers work with the books, the discussions of philosophy and CM’s own articles in the Mothers’ Education Course all add to a home education that is both peaceful and vibrant; a true family life … This program and community is a tight knit family that supports each member where they need it most!"
"The Form Meetings are probably my favorite meetings, because I love knowing that there are other people out there using the same books and schedule as me … How many curricula out there feature regular check-ins with the curriculum creators? ... The educational retreats from the CMEC have been such an exciting bonus. It is a joy to receive hours of video content that truly enriches the educator and hits so many practical points. From learning to plan and implement a schedule and set up logbooks to the finer points of a clay modeling lesson, these retreats were always edifying times where I got to take a step away from my family for a few hours in order to come back equipped and encouraged!"
– Mary Austin
Warm and Personal
"The mother’s education course has been life-changing! It gives me the inspiration and ideas I need to continue my work with my children. I come out of the meetings joyful, refreshed, and with renewed purpose … The CMEC community is unique because it is a remarkably warm and personal group. The group leaders SHOW us through their interactions with us at community meetings what it means to be 'guide, philosopher, and friend' to our students."