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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Teaching Children to Live as the Image of God Rather than Society's Definition of Success

I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special. Today’s millennial generation is being fed the message that if they don’t do something extraordinary in this life, they are wasting their gifts and potential.

How to Succeed in Co-ops and Classes without Really Trying

Co-ops and outside classes can be what you need them to be, and they don't always have to be "formal." There is often great benefit for the parent and the student in working with other learners in a small group. Today, the trend seems to be towards very organized, structured and often expensive outside classes, but this wasn't always the case. Hear from a veteran homeschooler different ways you can organize and participate in co-ops and classes and make them work for you and your student.

Classifying Homeschoolers

You are a homeschooler, sure, but what KIND of homeschooler are you? What is your motive, your educational philosophy, your methodology? Educational philosophers and historians struggle to comprehend the homeschool movement because it is so diverse!  This workshop will look at some of the major frameworks educational philosophers and historians use to classify, discuss and evaluate the diversity that exists with the homeschool movement.  Understanding these frameworks, and their associated labels, in useful for developing one's own practices.

Three Homeschool Movement Founders and their Legacies

The modern homeschool movement is now 30 years old, but how did we get here?  Educational historians identify several key individuals who were instrumental in advancing the movement. These individuals came from very different backgrounds and had very different views.   Many homeschoolers, however, do not recognize their names nor their legacies. This talk will introduce and discuss the contribution of three individuals who wrote books and created organizations dedicated to promoting their own vision of education: John Holt, Raymond and Dorothy Moore and Rousa Rushdoony.   

Better Brain Better Behavior

Practical information towards improving a child’s attention, learning and behavior choices will be discussed through the lens of brain function.

Pre-emptive Apologetics: Using Faith and Reason to Prepare Students for College

 Christians should be asking ourselves how we are to adequately prepare our students for the spiritual and intellectual struggles that they will face in college.

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

 Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Overcorrecting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.

Spelling and the Brain

Find out in this workshop how spelling information is most efficiently stored in the brain, and why.

The Place of Outside Classes and Activities in your Homeschool

This workshop will identify which outside activities are wonderful enrichments to the homeschool and which are detrimental to our goals as homeschoolers.

How Henty Helps with History, Geography, Language and Character

Learn how to incorporate the 122 historically accurate novels by George Henty into your History, Geography, Character, and Language curriculum, just by reading or listening!