August 21-22, 2020 || Traverse City, MI

A LIVING BOOKS EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

featuring guest speakers

LIZ COTTRILL, EMILY KISER &

NICOLE WILLIAMS

 A Delectable Education

MICHELLE HOWARD

Author of Truth Quest History

and Living Books Librarian

&

GINNY YURICH

1000 Hours Outside

AWAKEN

CANCELLED - 2020 AWAKEN Living Books Conference
Aug 21, 2020, 9:00 AM
Church of the Living God
Join us in scenic Traverse City, Michigan as we awaken our hearts and minds to the beauty of a living books education and we encourage one another in the amazing journey of home education.

EVENT IS CANCELED FOR 2020

 

schedule of events

Friday, August 21, 2020

Saturday, August 22, 2020

9AM-4 PM

Registration begins at 8:30 / Lunch 12-1pm

(explore local lunch options on your own)

 

We are pleased to be offering FULL DAY Immersions!  Spend an entire day with one of our speakers as you "immerse" your self fully in the passion and wisdom that they have to share in their respective topics.

NATURAL WRITER IMMERSION

Liz Cottrill 

INTO ALL THE NATIONS: GEOGRAPHY

Emily Kiser

A MORNING OF LESSONS

Nicole Williams

LIVING BOOKS LADY CONSULTATIONS

Michelle Howard

4-5 PM

Small group tours of the Children's Preservation Library 

There is a VERY limited number of tickets available. Tickets are available at the time of online registration.

6 PM

Bring a picnic dinner and join us for an evening of food and lively conversation on the scenic East Bay. 

More Information and directions will be sent upon registration.  

Picnic invitation included with conference registration, but please reserve a ticket at the time of registration if you would like to attend.

7:30-8 AM

Registration, coffee and donuts

8-9:15 AM

Plenary

 

THE GREAT RECOGNITION

Emily Kiser

9:30-10:45 AM

Workshop A

 

LESSON PLANNING

Liz Cottrill

 

SPECIAL STUDIES/OBJECT LESSONS

Nicole Williams

 

HELP KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH READING

Michelle Howard 

 

HARNESSING THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF

NATURE IMMERSION IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL

Ginny Yurich

location

Church of the Living God

1514 Birmley Rd, Traverse City 46969

11-12:15 PM

Workshop B

 

KEEPING TIME: HISTORY + HISTORY CHARTS

Emily Kiser

 

THE POWER OF A NARRATED EDUCATION

Liz Cottrill

RECITATION: THE CHILDREN'S ART

Nicole Williams

 

TRUTHQUEST HISTORY

Michelle Howard

12:15-1:30 PM

Lunch

Join us for a fresh catered lunch (included in registration),

created for unique and allergy-conscious diets, 

to give you a taste of the gourmet side of Traverse City.

Additional time may be used for local shopping or enjoying a relaxing conversation on site. 

1:30-2:30 PM

Plenary

HOME EDUCATED: THE POWER OF LEARNING THROUGH LIVING

Ginny Yurich

2:45-3:45 PM

Workshop C

 

MAPMAKING

Emily Kiser

OURSELVES: PERSONAL INSIGHTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Liz Cottrill

HANDICRAFTS: KNITTING

Ginny Yurich

 

FEAR NOT! HIGH SCHOOL IS THE HIGH POINT

Michelle Howard

lodging

+ food

We do not have a specific hotel booked for the conference, but you can find beautiful accommodations throughout the Grand Traverse Area.  There are stunning hotels, as well as Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and a large selection of homes on AirBnB and VRBO, as well as camping in one of our breathtaking parks.  We HIGHLY recommend booking your accommodations early, as the summer months tend to fill up quickly.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

 

When it comes to food, Traverse City is know world wide for their unique local fare,  niche restaurants and wineries.  Visit our fleet of food trucks for a memorable (and quick) meal, or take your time and dine in a cafe or restaurant near the Bay.  

visit www.traversecity.com to view some our local food offerings as well as lodging recommendations.  

4-5 PM

Q+A Panel

notes

5-6 PM

Closing Plenary

DEVELOPING EYES TO SEE

Nicole Williams

Fathers + Teens

We are thrilled to offer our conference to fathers as well and take great joy in knowing that dads are investing in the education of their children! There is a discounted ticket price available for the spouse or teen of a registered attendee.

 

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children at the conference, but nursing babies are always welcome.  If you are planning to bring a babysitter to the conference, we are pleased to offer a significantly discounted option for the guests of registered attendees who will be staying in the foyer with infants.

 

FRIDAY IMMERSIONS

 

$70 Early Bird Rate​

(ONLY 20 TICKETS AVAILABLE

AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE!)

 

$75 

(After Early Bird Tickets sell out)

 

 

 

 

 

 

tickets

SATURDAY CONFERENCE

 

$100 Early Bird Rate​

(ONLY 50 TICKETS AVAILABLE

AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE!)

 

$125 Advance Rate

(After Early Bird Tickets sell out - June 30, 2020 )

$150 Regular Rate

(after July 1, 2020)

Spouse or Teen tickets | $90

Includes all Saturday events

Babysitter tickets | $25

Only includes lunch

Excludes ALL plenaries and workshops

All tickets are transferable but non-refundable.  If you are not able to attend the conference and plan to transfer your ticket, please email us.

Please email us if you have financial needs and would like an application for a scholarship.

 
 
 
 

Speakers

 
Emily
Kiser

A Delectable Education

Emily Kiser

I am the mother of two boys, a girl, with another boy on the way, and the wife of a literature teacher/aspiring writer. I was homeschooled for the first three years, attended public school until high school graduation then went to a private Christian college where I majored in studio art. I’ve always loved books and when I moved home after college I caught my mom’s enthusiasm for out-of-print children’s literature. A few years of collecting later we opened Living Books Library. My aim in life is to spread beauty; teaching others about Charlotte Mason, writing the Picture Study Portfolios, putting lovely books into the hands of eager readers, and seeing the world through my children’s eyes, all help bring me closer to this goal.

Liz
Cottrill

A Delectable Education

Liz Cottrill

My own education began when I was born into a family who loved and valued books, and books have been my greatest teachers. Twenty years later, I married and along came six children. Our decision to homeschool was based on my husband and my desire to give our children a deeper experience with learning, but we never guessed how much learning we were to begin ourselves, especially after we discovered the educational method of an English educator named Charlotte Mason. Today four of those children are married and homeschooling my seven grandchildren, and I am still in the thick of it with two boys who are at home. Ten years ago, my oldest daughter, Emily, and I blithely ventured into the private lending library world to be able to share our large out-of-print book collection with other homeschool families and increase the use of living books and our opportunities to share what we were learning about Charlotte Mason. Understanding who Mason was, and slowly over the years, how her method works, has made education a truly delectable experience for us and the increasingly growing circle of other families who have joined us in this adventure of living out her ideas. We founded Living Books Library in 2006 and you can read my weekly blogs at LivingBooksLibrary.com.

Ginny Yurich

1000 Hours Outside

Ginny Yurich

Hi! I'm Ginny.  My husband Josh and I are parents to five children ages 10 and under and we reside in Southeast Michigan.  Throughout our journey of parenthood we have consistently seen city, county, and state parks, as well as trails, campsites, and nature-scapes in general nearly devoid of children most of the time. About five years ago we started to ask ourselves a simple question, Why? With so much natural beauty all around us (even though we take it for granted at times) it seemed counter-intuitive that so many outdoor spaces were just empty.

So again, we said "why?".

We did some research and read that striving for a goal of 4-6 hours of outside time within a day (what!?!?) was an ideal amount of time for children to spend, well, outside. This seemed excessive to us and quite frankly, way too long - most children's activities are at most an hour (like a library program) and, many times, much less. BUT, we tried it. And you know what? We have not looked back. Our greatest times as a family, and my most successful times mothering almost exclusively point back to these fully immersive nature days. In time, we began to find that there is benefit upon benefit to this wonderful time outside. 

Nicole
Williams

A Delectable Education

Nicole Williams

I began homeschooling when my oldest child started kindergarten. I had a toddler at the time, and one on the way, but for those simple years it was just my little boy and me at the school table. Things became more complicated three years later, when a string of my siblings began homeschooling with us, all of them older than my kids, all of them damaged learners, and several with learning disabilities as well. Homeschooling all of these children (up to 7 at one time,) was like a trial by fire, and because of their various issues, I realized quickly that the only way to homeschool them successfully was by embracing Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods. Sometimes that meant venturing into areas that the CM community seemed to be avoiding, like high school science done in a “living” way, and adhering to a weekly schedule. Both of which I talk about extensively on my blog SabbathMoodHomeschool.com.

Michelle
Howard

Truth Quest History

 

Michelle Howard

Michelle is a veteran homeschooler, author, columnist, speaker, consultant, and founder/operator of two large "living books" libraries, rich resources for both areas (ChildrensPreservationLibrary.com in Michigan & LivingLearningLibraries.org in Florida). TruthQuest History was born from her own yearning to teach deep truth through history to her children, and from her work with the many families who learn through her libraries. She is available to give private consultations on implementing TQH for a family's unique children, or other home-education issues, and she also aids those founding "living book" libraries, or wanting access to her "living books" database, at LivingBooksLady.com. Michelle's children are now grown, but she has seven cute grandsons!

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