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Deep in the Heart of AO

Thursday, May 19 1:00pm -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:00pm

For travel purposes: check in on Thursday is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, meet and greet begins at 4:30pm, welcome session begins at 7:00pm (Click here for Schedule)

Join us! for the 2016 AmblesideOnline Conference at the beautiful Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center in Waxahachie, TX (approx. 30 - 45 minutes outside of Dallas/Fort Worth). Lakeview is situated on 330 acres of beautiful natural landscape with a breathtaking 30 acre lake as a backdrop in a setting that inspires awe in the greatness of God.

We enjoyed our 'practice' retreat in Indiana last year, and are very excited about our upcoming 'Deep in the Heart of AO' conference in Texas. But we also realize with dismay that we simply do not have the time to plan conferences AND work on curriculum projects that need our attention. At the end of the day, we're a free curriculum, not a conference, and we are volunteers with limited time. This means that there is not likely to be another AO conference for several years. If you're thinking "next year"--you don't want to think that. If you want to be a part of an AO conference, take advantage of the opportunity this year if you possibly can.

Deep in the Heart of AO is a uniquely AmblesideOnline event focusing specifically on Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods and implementing them successfully with the AO curriculum. The conference will feature Advisory and Auxiliary board members as well as AO contributors presenting a walkthrough of each AO year and discussing homeschooling, parenting, self-educating, habit training, special needs, large family dynamics, scheduling, homeschooling through hard times, language arts, the history behind AO, how to prepare a lesson plan, and more! Ask your most pressing questions in our Q&A session and see examples of nature study journals and commonplace books. Come and meet new and old friends and be encouraged and refreshed Deep in the Heart of AO!

Registration is closed.
We are no longer taking orders for coffee mugs or totebags.

Handicapped accessible rooms are available upon request.
Nursing babies are always welcome; however, no childcare will be provided at the conference.
Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the camp.
Alcohol, smoking and pets are not permitted anywhere on the grounds.

We are no longer accepting Registrations
or orders for coffee mugs or totebags.

We look forward to seeing you Deep in the Heart of AO!

Can't contain your excitement? Come and chat about it on our conference thread in the forum! here.

Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, May 19th:
1-4 p.m. Registration and AO Mini Fair (Room check-in begins at 3 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. Meet & Greet, Prayer & Announcements
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Plenary 1 - Renewing the Mind: Homeschooling in Hard Times . . . Donna-Jean Breckenridge
8:30 p.m. Hayrides and Bonfire (til 10 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th:
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Plenary 2 - The Riches: The Uncommon Core . . . Wendi Capehart
10:00 a.m Breakouts Session 1 - Choose from:
          1) Year 7-9 Overview & Year 7 . . . Anne White, Brandy Vencel
          2) Year 1-3 Overview & Year 1 . . . Donna-Jean Breckenridge
          3) Nature Study . . . Naomi Goegan
          4) Parents' Review Article . . . Wendi Capehart
          5) Swedish Drill . . . Dawn Duran
11:00 a.m. Breakouts Session 2 - Choose from:
          1) Years 8 & 9 . . . Anne White, Wendi Capehart
          2) Years 2 & 3 . . . Kathy Livingston, Phyllis Hunsucker
          3) Music Study . . . Megan Hoyt
          4) CM Study Groups . . . Kim Neve, Lynn Bruce
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Plenary 3 - Narration and Synthetic Thinking . . . Karen Glass
3:00 p.m. Snack in the Breakout Rooms
3:00 p.m. Shakespeare with the Teens . . . Rebecca Capehart Judy
3:00 p.m. Breakouts Session 3 - Choose from:
          1) Year 10-12 Overview & Year 10 . . . Karen Glass, Leslie Laurio
          2) Year 4-6 Overview & Year 4 . . . Naomi Goegan
          3) Atmosphere, Discipline, & Life . . . Brandy Vencel
          4) Reading . . . Amy Tuttle
4:00 p.m. Breakouts Session 4 - Choose from:
          1) Years 11 & 12 . . . Karen Glass, Amy Tuttle
          2) Years 5 & 6 . . . Kathy Livingston, Anne White
          3) Foreign Language . . . Phyllis Hunsucker
          4) Special Needs . . . Donna-Jean Breckenridge
5:30 p.m Dinner
6:30 p.m. Plenary 4 - The Heart of AO . . . Lynn Bruce
7:30-8:15 p.m AO's Emergency Plan "HELP" . . . Donna-Jean Breckenridge

Saturday, May 21st:
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Progeny Panel . . . Adult Children of the AO-Advisory
9:00 a.m. Plenary 5 - Ends and Beginnings: What I Learned From T. S. Eliot Anne White
9:45 a.m. Advisory/Auxiliary Q & A
10:45-11:00 a.m. Group Picture
11:00-11:45 a.m. Check-Out
12:00 noon - Lunch
1:00 p.m. Departure

We are looking into recording some sessions with our i-devices. If we are successful, we will work on a plan to make them available.