2019 South Lectures & Workshops (Adults)


Session 1

"Beginning to Chart a Course: Homeschool 101" (Roundtable) with Christi Ghiz and Hope Reynolds. Having just finished reading Jean Lee Latham's Carry On, Mr. Bowditch and keeping with the conference's nautical theme, this workshop will address charting a course and then explain the important concept of "sailing by ash breeze."  The Round Table discussions will be a casual environment of veteran and in the trenches parents sharing with one another what has worked and what has not worked in their home schooling experience.  Come join us in sharing ideas and encouraging each other.  

"Staying the Course in Rough Waters: Homeschooling with Special Needs" with Julie Dreher. We may begin homeschooling because we know our student needs help unavailable elsewhere, or we may encounter unforeseen difficulties along the way. In either case, parents and children facing special needs in the homeschool need to be encouraged and equipped for the particular challenges they face. This session will emphasize practical help for parents in finding the resources their families need in order to flourish together.

“Land Ahoy! Making Gardening & Natural Play Part of Your Homeschool”
with Elizabeth Lewis & Jennifer Hartenburg. While reading, writing and arithmetic are considered the basics of education, playing outside and gardening are fundamental to educating the whole child ~ mind, body and spirit.  Learn how to incorporate these concepts into your homeschool routine.

"Charting a Course Through Mutiny: When Students are Uncooperative" with Dr. Mark Tarpley. The education of our children at its foundations is a spiritual labor.   As we seek to chart a safe course across the open waters of education, we will encounter the rough waters of uncooperativeness by our children.  The reasons are multifold.  Yet, the Church Fathers offer guidance in these times of challenge.  They remind us that God is with us and every moment is an opportunity for an encounter with grace.  Further, while the challenge and pain may feel acute at the time of uncooperativeness, a successful navigator sees beyond the immediate challenge and stays committed to the charted course that leads to the raising of holy men and women of God.  This session seeks to provide practical measures during these moments and periods of uncooperativeness rooted in the ethos of the Church Fathers. 

 

Session 2

"Charting a Course While Under Attack: Facing Outside Enemies" with Dr. Mark Tarpley. The journey across the open waters of education will undoubtedly result in attacks from outside enemies.  The nature of these attacks can vary and being prepared to see them coming and knowing how to establish a good defense is imperative to staying the course. Attacks from the outside can include direct spiritual attacks against the helmsman of the ship such as doubt and fatigue, attacks that infiltrate the home like spies from within such as technology and curriculum, and brute force attacks from the outside including the radical shifts in the culture of our time.  Each of these forms of attack poses their own challenges.  This session will consider each of these three types of attacks and offer ways to anticipate and combat them in the homeschooling atmosphere within the ethos of the Church Fathers.  

"Charting a Course Through High School and Beyond" with Dr. John Mark Reynolds. If you know what you want your student to gain from high school and any further education, then you can get what you want. I will pose a series of questions that will help focus high school education and then present what research tells us students will need in the next fifty years (their career/work lives) to be successful. More than external success, we will also discuss how education can strengthen virtue.

"Navigating the Liturgical Calendar" with Jennifer Sierra. We will be discussing the importance of including church services and prayer time at home into our homeschooling experience.  How to bring Orthodoxy and an Orthodox way of life into our curriculum and making friends with the saints or "real socialization"

"A Literary Map: Choosing the Best Literature for Your Homeschool" with Benjamin Lyda. Sometimes choosing books for your homeschool feels something like separating the wheat from the chaff, or digging yourself out of an avalanche, or maybe being lost in a maze...Whatever your metaphor, Benjamin Lyda hopes to provide for you some basic principles that can help you get more value out of your home reading time.  He will also make a few recommendations for "must-reads." 

 

Session 3

"Charting a Course for Community with Non-Orthodox Homeschoolers" with Dr. Gary Hartenburg. Even the most ardent Orthodox homeschool family cannot go it alone. But how should Orthodox homeschool educators think about and plan for collaboration with non-Orthodox materials and educators? This session will include discussion of guidelines for deciding how and when to make use of Protestant, Catholic, and secular educational materials as well as suggestions for developing fruitful educational communities beyond the Orthodox home.

"The Captain: The Role of Fathers in the Homeschool" (Roundtable) with Fr. Noah Bushelli and Benjamin Lyda. The Round Table discussions will be a casual environment of veteran and in the trenches parents sharing with one another what has worked and what has not worked in their home schooling experience.  Come join us in sharing ideas and encouraging each other.  

"Getting Back on Course: Securing Your Child's Attention (and Recovering It) for a Lesson"
with Matt Bianco. Every child is motivated differently. Every lesson requires its own kind of motivation. In this talk, Matt Bianco of the CiRCE Institute will consider the different ways our children are motivated and how to align that with the kind of lesson being taught. Considering attention in this way helps us as parents and teachers to align our lessons with the soul of our child, considering the soul's desires, passions, and thoughts. 

"Staying the Course in Your Home: Homeschool & Housework" (Roundtable) with Mary Kaufmann, Pres. Dorothea Anitei and Jennifer Sierra. The Round Table discussions will be a casual environment of veteran and in the trenches parents sharing with one another what has worked and what has not worked in their home schooling experience.  Come join us in sharing ideas and encouraging each other.