Foundations Course Overview

July 21-26, 2019
Summer Teacher Training
Foundations Course

The week-long Foundations Course is the entry-level course in the Principle Approach philosophy, methodology and curriculum.  In the classroom at FACE in Chesapeake, Virginia, and live-streamed concurrently, the participants enjoy five full days of learning, discussion, practice, and preparing a notebook towards becoming a credentialed master Principle Approach teacher. The joy of forming like-minded study partnerships with Principle Approach teachers and fellow-students focuses upon authentic learning and the honing of the Biblical worldview and Christian scholarship.

The Foundations Course will be taught by Dr. Carole Adams, Dr. Max Lyons, Gary PorterMargie Lyons, and Chris Evans.

Foundations Course Schedule

Sunday, July 21, 5:00 pm Reception

Sunday evening, before the week of training begins, we will gather for a time of refreshments, networking and meeting your classmates.

Monday, July 22, 8:30-11:30 am and 1:30-4 pm

On day one, after introductions and a charge, we examine the case for Principle Approach education and the imperative for forming a Biblical worldview in our children. Then we will detail the history of education in America and the evidence that for the first two hundred years of our nation, all education was private, Christian, and embodied the characteristics that today we call the Principle Approach. Instruction focuses upon practicing Principle Approach methods including identifying Biblical foundations, the notebook method, 4 R’ing, the overview, timelines and key links, Biblical reasoning, word studies, history as context, use of primary documentation, graphic organizers, and the property of learning. 

Participants will also enjoy an introduction and tour of the Hall-Slater Library, a 12,000 plus collection of rare books, historical documents, art materials and artifacts which were hand selected by Rosalie Slater and Verna Hall over their lifetimes.

Tuesday, July 23, 8:30-11:30 am and 1:30-4 pm

On day two, after review and reflection, we will identify the nature of authentic education. We see history truly as His Story—– the Hand of God in human history.  How does the history lesson in a Principle Approachof school or homeschool differ from one in a secular classroom? We will carefully examine Principle Approach distinctives and demonstrate the use of time-proven methods, including teaching by principles and leading ideas, map studies, and the tutorial method.  You will identify the cause-to-effect reasoning that teaches us the wisdom of the past so that we can better understand the challenges of today and the future. Topics to be covered on day two include: Providential history, the Pilgrim story, and how to complete a character study using William Bradford as a model. We will detail how to teach by principles and leading ideas. The day will conclude with a study of God’s Principle of Individuality.

On campus participants will also travel to StoneBridge School, the K-12 FACE demonstration school in Chesapeake. A tour of the school examines the fruit of a Principle Approach philosophy, curriculum and methods crafted by Dr. Carole Adams, Rosalie Slater and Verna Hall, and a team of master teachers beginning in 1980. Catch a vision of the impact of your life utilizing the Principle Approach in the home, church, homeschool, school, or other setting.

Wednesday, July 24, 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-4 pm

On day three we embrace the Christian Idea of the Child as the context of all Principle Approach teaching and learning as we focus on the next three of the seven principles of education and government: The Christian Principle of Self Government, America’s Heritage of Christian Character and Conscience is the Most Sacred Property. We will learn how to teach governmental thinking and reasoning and complete a word study on the word government. We will introduce the principle of memorializing, using celebration and special days in the learning experience.  Participants continue to practice Principle Approach methods producing their mastery of Biblical reasoning as applied to every subject and all of life.

Thursday, July 25, 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-4 pm

On day four we complete a detailed study of the last three principles:  The Christian Form of Government, How the Seed of Local Self Government is Planted and The Christian Principle of American Political Union. Applications include reflective thinking and writing, writing and implementing a classroom Constitution, and Principle Approach lesson planning. This work will relate to the individual needs of the participant.

Friday, July 26, 8:30-11:30 am

On day five we will review and make personal and professional applications of our studies this week. We will relate and apply the Principle Approach to our subject areas, grade levels and other aspects of life and living with concern for the individual participant’s application. We will evaluate the course and conclude with a celebration, commissioning and a Christian history field study of First Landing in the afternoon.

Friday, July 26 First Landing Christian History Tour 2-5 pm

The First Landing Christian History Tour is appropriate everyone including families. You will learn the exciting, little-known story of the Christian founding and dedication of Virginia and America in 1607 by the Jamestown settlers at the original site in Virginia Beach. The tour begins at The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center and concludes at the First Landing stone cross memorial at Fort Story in Virginia Beach. Online workshop participants will join in the classroom study only. Chris Evans, teacher and tour guide.

Schedule is subject to change.

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