Workshops & Retreats

As a third option accountability association, Faithful Scholars seeks to encourage and equip your family in the wide and varied methods of home school day by day as well as home school administration.  We will touch on the education side, but teaching comes naturally while the fears of legalities often hang over our shoulder mocking us, causing us to wonder if we are indeed adequate.  If you are employing some method of record keeping, etc you ARE DOING IT CORRECTLY.  There are no secret formulas here.  There are easier methods, there is confidence to be gained, and there is encouragement to be given.   As with most things, a bit of education makes a world difference.  We offer this education through our workshops and moms retreats.

  • Open to all homeschoolers; need not be a member of Faithful Scholars.
  • Daytime workshops to protect precious evening hours with Dad.
  • Children welcomed (please bring snacks/water bottles as needed).
    – Teens downstairs/outside to supervise -tipping is welcomed
  • Tea provided by Faithful Scholars.

2016-2017 Workshops & Retreats

High School Workshop
January 13th 10:00am – 12:00pm
Free to all Faithful Scholars members (RSVP required by email)
$10 all others – paid at door (RSVP required by email)
*must have 5 participants in order to hold seminar

Pre-School and Kindergarten WorkshopRegister Online
August 26th  9:30-11:00am OR September 16th 9:30-11:00am
$5 pre-paid 
$10 at the door

Elementary WorkshopRegister Online
September 2nd  9:30-11:00am OR October 14th 9:30-11:00am
$5 pre-paid
$10 at the door

Records & Reports WorkshopRegister Online
August 26th 11:00am OR September 2nd, 16th 11:00am OR October 14th 11:00am
$5 pre-paid
$10 at the door

Middle & High School Workshop
December 17th 2:00pm at the Winter Retreat
Free with retreat registration OR $10 paid at the door (RSVP required by email)

Roundtable Discussions: All topics
March 11th, 2:00pm at the Spring Retreat
Free with retreat registration OR $10 paid at the door (RSVP required by email)

Retreats –  Register for Retreats Online
Winter Retreat   December 16th – 18th
     Registration CLOSES November 15th

Spring Retreat   March 10th – 12th
     Registration CLOSES February 15th             

pre-registered:  $35 for 2 nights stay  OR
paid at door:      $50 for 2 nights stay -if space is available
No single night option unless you find your own sub for the other night.

RETREATS

Join other homeschooling moms for a refreshing oasis of free time and fellowship at a beautiful lake home located in Lancaster, SC.  These retreats are sweet times to strengthen our individual home schools through safely sharing our hearts, praises, and hurts.  Our conversations enrich our lives, grow our confidences, and refresh our commitments.

  • Cost: $35.00 per pre-registered overnight guest.
    $50 paid at door if space is available.
  • Limit 12 overnight guests.
  • Open to all homeschoolers regardless of Faithful Scholars membership.
  • Friday arrival around 5pm; Dinner out around 6:30pm; Sunday departure by 2pm.
  • Bring dinner and lunch dish/fixins to share–there is always more than enough and we can live on appetizers, so truly think basic.
  • Awaken at your leisure to a healthy, homemade breakfast, coffee, and tea provided by Faithful Scholars. The rest of the day can be organized however you like- maybe even taking a nap!
  • Saturday workshop attendees and drop-ins are welcome to arrive between 12:00 and 2:00pm.  Come early and bring a dish to share with our shared lunch.  Stay late and bring a dish with our shared dinner.
  • Bring any, all of your curriculum, daily planners, calendars, journals, favorite organizational forms, and etc.  Or just bring your favorite sketch pad, book, or hobby.

PRE-SCHOOL / KINDERGARTEN

Teaching pre-schoolers / kindergarteners is relatively similar yet vastly different than teaching older grades.  It is still precept upon precept as the child is ready, but school is not compulsory until the age of 6 and detailed records need not be kept.  Yet, most of us feel a weight to achieve some form of academic goals with our little ones.  We don’t credit events or lessons that do not mimic/mirror traditional school, we worry that our Littles (we) will be found lacking if we don’t push them ahead, and we generally become anxious over the possibility of being a step behind or heading down the wrong path.  Oddly, research shows that the longer we allow our young ones to be young the stronger their foundation (to learn) becomes and, amazingly, wonderfully, the greater their future academic gains.  In this workshop we will share our own experiences, observations from home, public, and college prep schools, and those from hundreds of families we have served and taught alongside.

  • What expectations are realistic
  • Free or inexpensive curriculum ideas
  • What spoken words promote hard work vs anxiety ridden work
  • The importance of slowing down to eventually race to the top
  • Gender differences
  • Personalized Q & A time

ELEMENTARY

Elementary years are exciting and perfect times to master the building blocks that you ‘played’ with in previous years.  It is an important time to practice/master grammar work, weave subjects together, sprinkle in a bit of formal learning, and dive deeper into areas of interest. But you may also be wondering if you might ruin your child’s learning ability forever by omitting something, getting off track, being too relaxed, not keeping pace, etc. You won’t.  You can’t!  We aim to send you on your way with an inner confidence and a bubbling excitement towards these fun and precious years.

  • How to discern true academic readiness vs eagerness to please mom
  • What to do with younger children/toddlers
  • Why faster might not be better and why it might
  • How early limited academic focus builds toward future unlimited academic ability
  • Personalized Q & A time

RECORDS AND REPORTS MADE SIMPLE

Each home school has a distinct method of daily record keeping, portfolio building, and reporting style…. And we each continually seek to create a more streamline, effective system as we live through each incident of catching them up and wondering what a real teacher (okay, gotta giggle here- just pinched myself and found that I am real). Learn how to save time, space, and money while being organized and legally fulfilling administrative requirements. Join us to discuss, examine and share various methods.

  • Look at various methods of record keeping
  • Discover methods that resound within and learn how to implement them
  • Realize that you are doing a great job
  • Be encouraged that your method is wonderful
  • Personalized Q & A time

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL                                                             *FREE for Faithful Scholars members with email RSVP*
$10 all others

Requires a minimum of 5 participants, so gather your group of friends.

Held in Fort Mill and Lancaster (winter retreat)

Traditional school may seem a very appealing option during these years of transition from childhood to adulthood, but, through prayer, listen to find confirmation or denial that fear is not leading the way.  This will strengthening your knowledge that you will be equipped for all things God calls you to whether it be traditional school or home school. Together we will share routines and resources that can help your middle and high school years run smoothly as your middle schoolers become independent thinkers/learners through their questions, arguments and debates.  Sigh. What is fair to expect of them and to not expect of them, and how do we achieve both?
High school brings on Next-Level-Fears of it’s own: What courses does my highschooler need? Am I equipped to create courses, tests, assignments? How do I grade- and what is a weighted grade? We will help you understand the state’s requirements and provide you with a road map to navigate rubrics, grading, transcripts, testing, electives and more to create a thorough and academically strong four-year plan. Come discover the edge that homeschooling through high school gives your child and how to share this with prospective colleges.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

These will be held at the lake house during our times of retreat.  Saturday 2:00pm

Nursing babies only.  Please do not bring toddlers or older children.

This workshop is a particularly wonderful time to bring forth any/all of your questions, concerns and thoughts in a very intimate, safe environment.  There is no need to feel that one ought to stay on topic. There are no children interrupting us unless it be a nursing babe in arms.  We giggle over the incredible, incredible????, incredible!!! commonalities among our home schools, frantically take notes on the amazing ideas that are shared by all, and basically enjoy finding/sharing answers on the wide range of topics involved in homeschooling from training, encouragement techniques, consequence ideas, methodology, self examination, various approaches to various subjects, curriculum, day to day basics and not so basics, and much more.