Want to raise lifelong learners?

Want to raise lifelong learners?

Be one.

Moms must be learners, too.

We want our kids to love learning, to be self-motivated, to not try to fight us through the school day but rather be eager and excited to learn.

The question we must ask is are we that way?

Do we want to know about history, about mankind, about Creation, about God? Whether or not we want to can be told not by our feelings or words, but by our actions.

Come join us for a day that will inspire you to be a learner alongside your children, a day that will cultivate your own desire to know, a day that will refresh your spirits and renew your perspective.

What is scholé?

Dr. Christopher Perrin of Classical Academic Press summarizes the idea of scholé as “restful learning.”

It is a Greek word that is translated as leisure and from which English derives the word “school.” How do leisure and school go together? In Industrial models, they do not; however, as home educators we are seeking to build an education that fits a home environment rather than an institution setting, a human person rather than a data-driven standard, a humble love of knowledge rather than a selfish knowledge-as-power mindset.

Scholé is an attitude that loves truth, goodness, and beauty because they are reflections of God Himself. It is teaching & learning from rest.

Pam Barnhill
Leaving a fun and successful career to homeschool her 3 kids, Pam has become an inspiration to many as a podcaster, author, and speaker.

Mystie Winckler
A second-generation homeschooler, Mystie classically educates her 5 kids while juggling many other projects and sometimes even the laundry.

Brandy Vencel
Homeschooling mother of 4, Brandy dabbles in many interests, but her passion is understanding, implementing, and teaching the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason.

We are the Scholé Sisters.

And, like you, we have struggled feeling like our abilities did not match up to our vocation. Finally we learned that by supporting each other we can do bigger things together than we ever could alone. That’s why we created the Learning Well Online [and Local] Retreat.

Homeschooling well can be an overwhelming and lonely task. We will give you practical help to make it less overwhelming and connect you with sisters who can relate to what you are going through. Look around. Find your sisters.

featuring special guest Cindy Rollins

Cindy Rollins, homeschooling mom of 9 grown children, is the 2016 winner of the Russell Kirk Paideia Prize and the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Time, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification. Although her days of homeschooling her own children are over, she continues to educate as a private tutor. For over 10 years, she blogged through her efforts to homeschool under the classical principles of Charlotte Mason. Her heart’s desire is to encourage moms, with a special concern for those raising sons.

A Day of Encouragement

A Day of Insight

All times given are Eastern

Starting at noon
Session 1: “Lifelong Learning, Life-giving Leisure” – Mystie Winckler
What is scholé and what difference does it make in our real lives? Turns out, it’s what we’ve been looking for all along.

Starting at 1:15pm
Session 2: “Learning How to Live” – Brandy Vencel
Find out why it is imperative for moms to be readers if they want to homeschool for the long haul.

Starting at 2:30pm
Session 3: “Learning to See: The Art of Paying Attention” – Cindy Rollins
Without attention, we cannot learn; what we pay attention to, we see. Learn how moms can cultivate the habit of attention for themselves.

Starting at 4pm
Session 4: “Learn with PEACE” – Pam Barnhill
Pam will bring it home and make it practical with suggestions and encouragement for starting small and building a pattern of learning in our lives.

Plus a follow-up Q&A Panel led by Dawn Garrett at 5:15pm

Learning Well Online Retreat – $29

What you get:

  • FIVE LIVE online workshops on Saturday, September 15 designed to inspire you and provide actionable steps to help you improve your homeschool practices and mindset.
  • Printable schedule of workshops and chats to help you plan your online retreat day.
  • Questions for discussion to participate in a Scholé Sisters chat feature between workshops or to gather a group of friends to watch and discuss together.
  • Lifetime access to the replays

You want an atmosphere in your home that reflects the kind of education you desire to give your children.

You long for truth, goodness, and beauty.

You want peaceful days with kids who don’t have to be forced to do their work.

You want connections not only between subjects, but also between you and your children.

You are searching for that one element that you are convinced is the key to making all of this happen in your home.

Yeah. That atmosphere?

It’s YOU.

You can’t only want your children to be lifelong learners. You have to be one first.

You can’t only desire to give your kids a quality education. You have to desire it for yourself also.

You are not just a mom. You are not just a teacher. You are a fellow learner with your children.

When you redefine your role as a homeschooling mom and focus on learning alongside your children, you can design an atmosphere of peace and learning that will last the entire school year.

If, for whatever reason, the Scholé Sister’s online retreat does not leave you refreshed and energized, let us know and we’ll give you your money back.

You have nothing to lose.

We hope you’ll join us.

Broadcasting live from a single location, Pam, Brandy, Mystie, and Cindy will provide structure and encouragement to build you up with 4 talks, a Q&A session, conversation starters, worksheets – plus a lot of energy!

This is the teacher’s personal development day that you need.

Learning Well Online Retreat – $29

Want to hostess a refreshing day out for your local homeschool community?

Click here to learn more about how we’ve made it easy to give your local homeschool moms a day out to renew their vision, friendships, and mindset.

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Learning Well 2018 Local Retreat Locations

We are so excited to be gearing up for the 2018 online retreat: Learning Well. Mystie Winckler, Brandy Vencel, Pam Barnhill, and Cindy Rollins will be getting together in Chattanooga, TN along with Dawn Garrett so they can broadcast live and with energy and enthusiasm for you at home.

To participate in this retreat you don’t need to leave home, much less travel. There will be chatbox discussions so you can still experience community and know you have likeminded companions out there.

But, of course, real-life, in-person community is better. That’s why we’re super excited for the groups hosting local retreats: women gathering for the day to watch the sessions together, discuss between sessions, eat and laugh and maybe even cry together as they take a day away to renew their minds and hearts for the school year ahead.

Groups of 6 or more meeting together get a group rate of $20/attendee; the group leader should register ASAP and follow the instructions sent out after purchase. More information on the logistics of running a local group are available here.

But maybe there’s a group you can meet up with that’s already in your area. Here’s a listing of the local events that are open to accepting another participant or two. If you’d like more information, leave a comment and we’ll send your info to the group leader who will contact you.


  • Decatur


  • Sierra Vista


  • Exeter
  • Glendora
  • Santa Rosa


  • Montrose


  • Coral Springs
  • Gainesville
  • Orlando


  • Suwanee


  • Boise


  • Arkansas
  • Derby
  • Kansas City
  • Overland Park


  • Ashland
  • Berea


  • Winnsboro


  • Laurel


  • Mattawan


  • Las Vegas

New Jersey

  • Ewing

North Carolina

  • Elizabeth City


  • Holland
  • Olmstead Falls


  • Albany
  • Portland
  • St. Helens


  • Tunkhannock

South Carolina

  • Anderson


  • Chattanooga


  • Pfugerville
  • Round Rock
  • Waco


  • Richmond


  • Washoughal


  • Arena


  • Charlottetown

South Africa

  • Hilton, KalaZulu, South Africa


Do you have a local group gathering for the retreat and you’d like to be listed? Leave a comment or email us and we’ll add you.

Are you interested in hostessing some friends or broader local community for the retreat? It’s not too late! Leader packets are available with everything you need to make it a wonderful day away (or day at your home). As the hostess, simply register for the retreat (yes, at full price), then follow the instructions in the Welcome email for being a group leader. When we invoice for your event (after your event), your registration fee will be credited to your invoice (so it’s like a deposit).

Click here to learn more!

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September 2018 Monthly Meal Plan

September 2018 Monthly Meal Plan is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! It’s time for the September Monthly Meal Plan! We’ve made it through our second week of school, and Whew! Honestly I wasn’t quite read to go back, but sometimes you just have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and just do it! Am I right? How many of you felt the same way this year? I just wasn’t quite ready to give up my summer. As is evident by the fact that our paddleboards are still pumped up! So if the weather is nice, I can still get in a few days of lake time right?

My mom also came up last week and helped me make a ton of freezer meals to help make Back-to-School time easier. And I honestly couldn’t live without my meal plan too! I don’t have to think about what to make, I just look at our calendar and do what it says!


Speaking of which, I’ve been sharing our daily lunch ideas on my Instagram, and I’ll have them up on YouTube soon as well! So make sure to subscribe there if you want to have some more fun kid friendly lunch ideas!

So let’s see what we have in store for September shall we?



My monthly meal plans include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas for every day in the month!

Download the September 2018 Monthly Meal Plan below:


–>> For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then flying by the seat of my pants. I also end up with ingredients that will actually go together instead of a bunch of random items that don’t amount to anything.

Also, feel free to modify these menus to fit your needs, if you know you’ll have leftovers, than maybe skip one or two of the meals. It’ll save you time and money!

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

Do you wish there was something that included monthly meal plans, recipes, grocery shopping lists, as well as a customizable meal plan to fit your families needs? Look no further! Check out my Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals! Details: This book is available as an 8.5×11 PDF download that you can print and have spiral bound. As well as a Paperback full color hard copy on Amazon. This book has 99 pages. I suggest printing in color, then spiral binding it at a local office supply store.

Click below to get your copy today!


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August 2018 Sew Sampler Unboxing!

August 2018 Sew Sampler Unboxing! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! Today I’m unboxing the 2018 August Sew Sampler Box! This month’s box is super fun and quilty cute as always, let’s take a look inside this months box.

Watch my 2018 August Sew Sampler Unboxing video here!

August 2018 Sew Sampler contentsSmile with tongue out





What is the Sew Sampler Box?

The Sew Sampler box is one of my favorite monthly subscription boxes. It always has super cute and new fabric along with a bunch of sewing notions and I look forward to seeing what’s in each box.

The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything else full of quilty goodness! You’ll also receive a Block Recipe card each month with three size options. These can be put together for a super cute sampler quilt! You can purchase previous recipe cards here.

If you’re new to sewing or quilting these are a great way to build up your stash of fabrics, patterns, and notions. Especially if you’re unsure of what to get to start out. I have been receiving the Sew Sampler boxes for 2 years now and have loved almost all of them!

Interested in signing up? Click here to sign up for your Sew Sampler box here!

Disclosure: Fat Quarter Shop sent me this month’s box for review. The opinions expressed in this video were my own, and were not influenced by the free product or company.

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2018-2019 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

2018-2019 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks with you!

Since last year went well with my older daughter, I plan to do much of the same with my son this year. He’ll be doing a few online classes, as well as a few that I’ll be teaching. I like to mix it up like that to give him a bit more independence and free up some of my time to spend with my youngest since she’ll be needing a lot of my time this year.

Let’s see shat my 9th grader is doing this year!

Watch my 2018-2019 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!

Download a SAMPLE 9th Grade Homeschool Daily Schedule here:





Here are our 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum choices for this year:


Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of his classes this year:

  • PE
  • Computer Science
  • Drawing
  • Instruments
  • CSI Myth Busters


And that’s it for our 9th grade curriculum line up this year! I’ll try to do a mid-year update to let you all know how it’s going. We’re trying some new curriculum this year, so that’s always exciting!

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