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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

From 12 to 20: Mentoring Your Son from a Boy into a Man

What do you want your son to be like at twenty years old? When he is heading off to college or getting married is probably too late to decide. This session will teach you how to start with the end in mind and provide some practical coaching on how you can maximize the years from twelve to twenty to grab the heart of your son and pour into him those qualities you want to be a part of his character as he moves away from boyhood and into manhood.

More Than Just Screen Time

Do you think of computers and technology as unproductive screen time or as useful tools? We'll consider that question through stories and real-life examples then discuss practical ways of using technology in your homeschool to prepare your children for life and careers.

Google Tools for Homeschoolers

Google Docs, Google Voice, Google Reader, Google Earth, and the list continues to grow. Google, the search engine company, provides much more than just free Internet searches. In this workshop participants will learn about free programs and tools available online from Google, and be shown ways to use those free programs in their homeschool. Participants will receive handouts that will show how to access all the great tools referenced in the presentation.

“It’s Onomatopoeia, Mom!”—Using Children’s Stories to Teach Literary Devices

Juxtaposition, metaphor, symbolism, irony, foreshadowing—Help! Parents often avoid the subject of literature because of the intimidating vocabulary of literary analysis. The truth is, you don’t need a college degree in literature to understand this vocabulary; what you need is a well written children’s story. Adam takes the audience on a guided tour of literary devices, making discerning literary analysts out of each and every audience member. Doing the same with your own children couldn’t be easier, but beware: soon, they will be finding onomatopoeia everywhere they look.