Workshops & Retreats


Faithful Scholars goes beyond accountability association basics and seeks to encourage and equip your family in understanding the varied methods of learning/schooling as well as in your home school administration responsibilities.  Teaching tends to come naturally while the fears of legalities hang over our head causing us to wonder if we are indeed adequate.

If you are employing some method of record keeping, et al you ARE administrating legally.  There are no secret formulas.  There are easier methods to be discovered, and there is confidence to be gained.  Those are the goals of Faithful Scholars workshops.   As with most things, a bit of education makes a world difference.

  • Open to all homeschoolers regardless of membership with 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
  • Questions provided by you.

purple flowers2017-2018 Workshops & Retreats

Getting Started Round Table Q & ARegister Online
September 1st, 2017  10:00am
$5 pre-paid 
$10 at the door

Round Table Q & ARegister Online
September  8th, 2017 10:00 am
$5 pre-paid
$10 at the door

Middle & High School Workshop Round Table Q & A leap of faith
January 12th, 2018 10:00 am
Free for members (RSVP required by email)
$10 all others – paid at door (RSVP required by email)

Middle & High School Workshop – TRANSCRIPT FOCUS
March 23rd, 2018  10:00am
Free for members (RSVP required by email)
$10 all others – paid at door (RSVP required by email)

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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.

bend in the road

  • Cost: $TBD.
  • Limit 12 overnight guests.
  • Open to all homeschoolers regardless of Faithful Scholars membership.
  • 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!
  • 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   piano dad and baby

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

ELEMENTARYfeet on book pile

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  turn off the boxEach home school has a distinct method of daily record keeping, portfolio building, and reporting style…. And we each continually seek to create a more streamlined, 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


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?
  • Understand the state’s requirements
  • Provide you with a road maps for your student’s
    • four-year plan
    • rubrics
    • grading
    • transcripts
    • testing
    • electives

Come discover the edge that homeschooling through high school gives your child when applying for college or embracing the next journey of life.


math artThis aspect of each workshop is particularly wonderful as we linger to chat over any/all questions, concerns and thoughts in a safe small group environment.  There is no need to feel that one ought to stay on topic.  We tear up over the crazies that get into our lives and giggle over the incredible, incredible????, incredible!!! daily events that become the norm as we discover commonalities among our home schools, frantically take notes on amazing ideas, and enjoy finding/sharing answers on the wide variety of topics involved in homeschooling– from training, encouragement techniques, consequence ideas, and methodology to self examination, various approaches, curriculum, day to day basics and not so basics.