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Workshop Descriptions

 

WORKSHOP A CHOICES (9:10-10:10)

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LESSON PLANNING IN A LIVING EDUCATION

Liz Cottrill 

It's one thing to choose the subjects and find the books, plan a schedule and gather the children, but then what is the teacher expected to do to bring out the most in the day to day lessons? Is reading and narration really all there is? There are practical principles and specific tips for getting through the lessons with delight and enthusiasm rather than with a haphazard or unprepared approach. This workshop will address the general guidelines as well as many specifics for facing your school day with intention rather than uncertainty. 

 

SPECIAL STUDIES AND OBJECT LESSONS

Nicole Williams 

Charlotte Mason said that it is through nature study that children “lay up that store of 'common information' which...should precede science teaching.” But how do you know that your students are gathering the information they need? In this workshop, you will learn how special studies and object lessons enhance your student's science education through a deliberate study of nature. You will learn how to prepare for them and how to implement them during your morning school time and afternoon nature walks. 

MAP MAKING

Emily Kiser 

Charlotte Mason tells us that geography should be learned chiefly through maps. In this workshop we will work through the use of maps in a Charlotte Mason education, from early maps and plans of our own home to studying the maps of far-off lands. We will have a chance to practice making maps of our own and answering the type of map questions Miss Mason insisted upon before each geography lesson. 

 

TRUTH QUEST HISTORY

Michelle Howard 

We long to immerse our kids int he deepest spiritual ideals as shown in the probing study of history and to prepare them for the most future impact on society. You're right that "history class" is a prime opportunity for both, and those are the very purposes for TruthQuest History (TQH).  Because TQH is a different way of learning than what we experienced in our own school careers, however, it can seem foreign to begin this very Charlotte Mason-oriented approach.  In this session, the author of TruthQuest History will share how to actually harness the aid of TQH for a deeply literature-based, relational, spiritually focused discovery of history and it's highest lessons.

 

HARNESSING THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF NATURE IMMERSION IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL

Ginny Yurich

Just on the other side of the front door God gave us a place where our kids can thrive in every facet of development. Learn how a childhood filled with nature immersion sets kids up for lifelong success.

TEENS ONLY WRITING WORKSHOP

Karin Beery

10 Reasons Why Your Novel Isn’t Published
Writing a good story isn't enough to get a publishing contract. There are many reasons why agents and publishers reject manuscripts, but most authors don't understand that. They often accuse publishers of working against them or being dishonest in their processes.

Here's the truth: agents and publishers aren't trying to keep it a secret. They want authors to know what to do so they can submit the types of manuscripts publishers are looking for. In this class, I’ll tell you the top ten reasons why agents and publishers reject manuscripts.

WORKSHOP B CHOICES (10:20-11:05)

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RECITATION: THE CHILDREN'S ART

Nicole Williams 

Charlotte Mason said, “There is hardly any 'subject’so educative and so elevating as that which Mr. Burrell has happily described as "The Children's Art.” In this session, you will learn what recitation is, why it is so valuable, and how it differs from memorization. We will then explore its practice from the first reading lessons through adulthood. 

THE POWER OF A NARRATED EDUCATION

Liz Cottrill 

Narration is crucial in a Charlotte Mason method of education. "If we have eyes to see and grace to build, (narration) is the ground-plan of his education," said Charlotte Mason. The simplest learning tool is one our children are born with, naturally gifted at, and which teachers can make use of to make learning both a joy and a permanent possession. This "art" is not optional, but essential. Still, is simply telling after reading enough? Liz will explain the purpose, the pitfalls, and the problems with narration; give practical how-to options; and, renew your trust in the power this practice has to thoroughly educate any student. 

 

HELP KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH READING

Michelle Howard 

In a world that pretends images are the chief human language, it can be difficult to get kids reading. However, once we grasp a vision of the power of reading language, new spheres of impact are opened. Here are ideas for getting both parents and kids "on the same page" (pun intended), actually reading!

 

CHARLOTTE MASON HOMESCHOOL AND CO-OPS 

Kelsi Rea

Come and explore the idea of a Charlotte Mason school or co-op! This workshop is specifically for those who are interested in building or growing a CM community in your area! We will discuss the differences between a hybrid model and a co-op (and the benefits and drawbacks of both models), curriculum, staying true to the CM method in a group setting, scheduling, teacher training, leadership development, trouble spots, best practices and more!    Whether your CM Community is still in the planning stages, or you want to grow an existing program, join us and gather practical information and planning tips to take back to your group! 

 

FINDING BALANCE: REST AND PRODUCTIVITY 

Joy Vanderley

Are you burnt out and exhausted?  Join the club, right!?  For many of us, this stressed-out way of living is a constant reality, especially in February. As Home Educators, we are called to do Hard Things, but also to come away with Jesus to rest and be renewed.  If you plan to do Hard Things, you must also plan for Rest. Are you ready to let go of The Overwhelm? Discuss what hinders rest with a planning, prepping realist who has learned some hard lessons about trusting God's perfect plans in the midst of difficult life circumstances. Gain understanding of letting go and rediscovering peace and joy in life

TEENS ONLY WRITING WORKSHOP

Karin Beery

Finding & Working with the Right Editor for Your Book
Do you know the difference between four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines? What about the difference between project accounting, management accounting, and forensic accounting?

How about the difference between substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading?

Most authors know they need editors for their books, but they often don’t get what tWhey need because they don’t know what type of edit they need or how to find a good editor. Once they find the right editor, then what? This class identifies and explains the different types of editing, then provides practical tips for finding and working with the right editor for each project.

 WORKSHOP C CHOICES (11:15 -12:05)

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SPREADING THE FEAST WHILE TRAVELING

Panel: Beckie Simkins, Sarah Batie, Melissa Suppnick

Travel school is trending! Join a discussion with these veteran home educators about their experiences on the road, receive numerous tips and meet with other families who have the same passion for education through travel.

THE YOUNGER YEARS

Panel: Camy Lalonde, Joy Vanderley and Lynette Clark

How do mothers make intentional choices to impact the younger years before formal lessons begin? What is the most important thing to remember? How is it possible to juggle lessons, toddlers and keeping the home? Join 3 veteran home educators for discussion and tips to prepare, encourage and enlighten.

Demo A:

Poetry

Nature Notebook

Knitting

Demo B:

Mapmaking(continued from Emily's Mapmaking workshop)

Knitting

Shakespeare

WORKSHOP D CHOICES (1:40-2:25)

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OURSELVES, PERSONAL INSIGHTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Liz Cottrill 

From form III through V, Miss Mason's fourth volume was used in the curriculum for the student to understand himself and his purpose in life. This workshop will discuss the broad scope and purpose of this book as well as the progressive stages the child covers in its pages to learn about himself as a person, the sacredness of his own personality, and how he or she as a unique soul may grow up in confidence and faith from childhood to adulthood. The outline of the entire book and its implementation in school lessons will be presented. 

 

FEAR NOT! HIGH SCHOOL IS THE HIGH POINT!

Michelle Howard

Please do not let any intimidation discourage you from continuing home-education through the high school years.  Rather, the work you've done before builds to these crowning years, when deepest depths and most personal preparation are finally enjoyed with your mature child.  Michelle (who has had three of her grads in college) will share how to revel in (and harness) the ultimate opportunity to help them become ready to reach and thrive in the adult world, and to show college admissions offices (should you pursue that route) who your son or daughter really is, in all their fullness!

UNTANGLING OUR HANDICRAFT KNOTS 

Emily Kiser

Do you have a love/hate relationship with handicrafts?  Do they instill fear and trembling, or maybe even guilt into your homeschool?  Do you feel at a loss for what to work on next, or how to carve out time to teach and perfect new handicraft skills?  Join us for this workshop to refocus our attention on the principles behind this subject, get a view of the big picture for handicrafts across the Forms, and some ideas for making this subject a time of delight rather than dread. (TEEN TRACK OPTION)

 

CHARLOTTE MASON AND SUNDAY SCHOOL

Kelsi Rea

For many, Charlotte Mason becomes a way of life and a culture in the home, so let’s take it one step further and extend our Living Education into Sunday School!  This workshop will cover Ms. Mason’s teachings on Sunday School and explore practical resources and ideas for incorporating her method into our local churches and children’s ministries through the use of scripture, living books and other Charlotte Mason recommendations.  However, it’s not always possible to overhaul your existing children’s ministry! We will also discuss how to adapt your current Sunday School curriculum by incorporating Mason’s ideas to adjust existing materials for a CM approach.

HEALTH & WELLNESS OF THE HOMESCHOOL MOM 

Camy LaLonde

Managing a homeschool can be one of the most all-encompassing, challenging, and exhausting roles for a mom/individual, yet self-care is often put at the bottom of the list of priorities for the home educator.

From depression, disabling fatigue, a loss of passion and vision, and the gamut of physical, spiritual, and mental symptoms, the homeschooler might find themselves in a deep hole that is hard to get out of.  

A 24-year veteran home-educator will share her experience of how she recovered from serious health issues that almost put her out of commission.  Tips about individualized and practical exercise, devotional time, healthy eating, and realistic expectations will be the topics of conversation in this workshop.  

TEENS ONLY PERFORMANCE ART song and dance

Jasmine Bower (this class will take a break and then continue during the Q&A session)

TEENS ONLY BASIC OUTDOOR SKILLS 

Mark Przeslak, homeschool dad and Trail Life Chaplain, certified youth leader and outdoor skills

PART 1: Learn about 5 basic bushcraft knots and the 10 C's of Bushcraft.

PART 2 DURING Q & A:Learn about 5 basic bushcraft knives, basic knife selection, and knife sharpening techniques.

Workshop Registration
WORKSHOP A
WORKSHOP B
Workshop C and Demo A (choose 1 workshop OR 2 demos)
Workshop C continued Demo B
WORKSHOP D
TEENS ONLY DURING Q&A SESSION

THANK YOU for choosing your workshop! If you have any questions about your registration, please feel free to email us!