2017 Conference Schedule

April 27, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Check in

4 p.m.

Vespers

5 p.m.

Dinner

6 p.m.

Orientation begins

7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Museum Open

7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Vendor Hall Open

8:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Orthos

8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

9 a.m.

Group Picture (in dining hall)

9:45 a.m.

Session 1: Children

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 1: Adults

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Blueprints Foundations: Creating Rhythm

Caleb Shoemaker

Building and maintaining our little churches can be a challenge. Creating a healthy spiritual environment in the home is essential to growing godly children and a healthy homeschooling atmosphere. Together we'll look at the key disciplines of the faith and how to incorporate them into your homeschool in a realistic and engaging way.

Faithfully Savvy

Adam Lockridge

Do you sometimes feel caught between dependence on distracting gadgets and a sincere desire to create a peaceful and focused atmosphere of study and prayer? Do you wonder if we can live faithful lives while embracing many of the obvious benefits our gadgets have to offer? Do you sometimes want to unplug and throw your phones and computers into the depths of the sea? This workshop will offer some encouragement for the tech-weary and propose a "faithfully savvy" alternative in the context of home education.

Homeschooling 101: The Fundamentals

Shell Keim

Do you spend part of your day trying to remember why you decided to home school? Do you need help getting started, staying organized or figuring out the best way to go about running a home school? These are just a few of the topics we will explore in this workshop. Everyone can use a few good ideas and a reminder of why we home school and how to make it all work!

Honoring the Image of God in your Audience

Matt Bianco

In teaching rhetoric (writing and speaking), especially when it is intended to be persuasive, overlooking the image of God in your readers or audience can be one of the easiest things to do. Approached rightly, the tools students should know in order to write and speak well are tools designed to help them keep the humanity of their readers or audience in mind, to honor the image of God in them. Matt will introduce the tools every child needs to write and speak well, and help to see how those tools honor others.

Lunch

12 p.m.

Session 2: Children

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Session 2: Adults

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Andrew Kern: TBA

Andrew Kern

TBA

Session 3: Children

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session 3: Adults

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Byzantine Beginnings: A fun & easy way to learn Byzantine Chant

Amy Hogg

If you like music and can carry a tune then you can teach your children to chant! Traditionally, the study of Byzantine Chant meant years of college and the acquisition of liturgical Greek. Byzantine Beginnings seeks to make learning Byzantine Chant more accessible. It started out as an innovative and multi-sensory approach to teach byzantine notation and now includes ear training and pitch production audio recordings. At this workshop, you will learn how the curriculum teaches the broad array of skills needed to become a chanter. You will play introductory games using Byzantine Beginnings materials and experience the excitement of learning to chant first hand. Materials will be available at the vendor sale, although they are still in active development and not yet available to the public.

Homeschooling through High-School

Angela Weaver

Is your student approaching high school? Are you overwhelmed or intimidated, afraid that you can’t do it? Thinking about sending them on the big, yellow, school bus? Well, hold on just a minute! You can homeschool through high school! Let's talk about what a teenager needs from the high school experience. We will talk about curricula choices, testing, and transcripts, but we will also discuss other avenues for our teens to walk down that don’t involve college at all. I am a firm believer that not every high school graduate must attend a 4-year college to be successful. If you are serious about taking this workshop, then I have a little bit of homework. Go watch Mike Rowe’s TED Talk – Learning from Dirty Jobs – and take a few notes. Also, find a college near you and find out what that college requires from a high school transcript. Bring these bits of things along so that we can have a great discussion!

Orthodox Homeschool Curriculum working group

Monica Klepac

Something many of us have wished for is in the works. Fr. Noah Bushelli and Monica Klepac have created a framework for an Orthodox Homeschool Curriculum. This will be an online curriculum that can be added to over the years and integrate Orthodox faith, history and worldview with a variety of subjects. The first half of the workshop will be a presentation of the vision and structure to the curriculum. The second half will be a discussion to generate ideas and suggest resources for the curriculum.

St. Raphael School Demo

Adam Lockridge

Joining an online school can be a little intimidating, so this is a chance to get to see some of the faces behind St. Raphael School, learn about our courses, and ask any questions that you might have. We'll have a projector set up to demonstrate how the live online classrooms work.

Vendor Hall Open

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dinner

5 p.m.

Compline

6:30 p.m.

Evening Program: Children

7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Evening Keynote: Adults

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Vendor Hall Open

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Teacher's Lounge

9 p.m.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Breakfast

8 a.m.

Session 4: Children

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Session 4: Adults

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Andrew Kern: TBA

Andrew Kern

TBA

Prayer Service TBA

11 a.m.

Lunch

12 p.m.

Vendor Hall Open

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Session 5: Children

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session 5: Adults

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

21st Century Homeschooling: Homeschooling the i-Gen

Caleb Shoemaker

The world of homeschooling has changed drastically in the last decade. It can be hard to know where to start when making choices in our homeschool. Together we'll explore the specific challenges and exciting opportunities presented in contemporary homeschooling. Taught from the perspective of a homeschooling graduate who currently homeschools children in the so-called iGeneration.

Content and Mechanisms for learning: For Home / Co-op (focus on Early Church History)

Alexandra Gonzalez

Truth. Beauty. Skill. Content. How do we cram it all in? Leaving the higher questions to the experts, this session will explore content and mechanisms which have the potential to elevate and deepen our everyday learning.

The content includes the history of the Early Church - so dear to us yet so often overlooked in history curricula. Interrelated areas of study such as geography, music, art, poetry, literature and science will be discussed. We will highlight age-old mechanisms of learning such as memory work, family read-alouds, notebooking and narration.

Participants will gain access to a guide which was created by an Orthodox Christian who espouses to the classical education tradition. This guide may be used at home or in a co-op setting. The target age is 9 - 12 but it is customizable for different age groups. As a co-op, the content is suitable for Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christians.

Epistles Before Essays

Adam Lockridge

The Art of Writing Personal Letters as Foundational Rhetoric: Many teachers and parents miss a great opportunity to prepare students for writing essays and speeches by neglecting to teach the art of the personal letter. This workshop will offer a simple but highly repeatable approach to teaching the personal letter, emphasizing the concepts and skills needed for more advanced compositions.

Orthodox Christian Education Make-and-Take

Monica Klepac

So many good ideas and so little time! This workshop will give you an opportunity to make visual aids for teaching the Orthodox faith. Each visual aid will be presented and its use explained and then lots of time will be given for cutting, pasting and coloring. No crafty skills necessary! All supplies will be provided and everyone will get to take home their finished projects that day. Possible projects to choose from: Jesse Tree Ornaments, Liturgical year wheel, 12 feasts timeline, divine liturgy poster, feast day notebooks.

"Ask Abouna": Children

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

St. Emmelia 2017 Planning: Adults

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Great Vespers

5:15 p.m.

Dinner

6:15 p.m.

Evening Program: Children

7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Evening Keynote: Adults

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Vendor Hall Open

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Teacher's Lounge

9 p.m.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Orthos followed by Divine Liturgy

8 a.m.

Brunch

10:30 a.m.

Check out time

12 p.m.