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Parents of older elementary age/middle school

How Reading Helps Your Child Succeed at Writing

Getting your kids to write and enthused about writing is easier than you think. Learn the following: Why reading and writing are important, how they go together, and some quick, relevant tips to implement both reading and writing into your child's daily life. Reading and writing don't have to be monumental tasks. Be encouraged to do a little bit each day to make a huge impact.

Teaching Reading That Sticks: A Whole Brain Approach

Gain balanced literacy strategies that increase fluency and comprehension. Appeal to the whole child with activities that are multilevel and utilize multiple modalities.

Adolescent Development

Adolescence is the major life transition and is witness to the most rapid physical, emotional and intellectual changes of the human life cycle. Some of the major intellectual and emotional changes and their consequences will be presented along with suggestions as how to deal with some of conflicts typical for this age group.

Surviving Struggling to Read

What do you do when school just isn't as easy as it should be? When reading isn't happening when you thought it would? Melanie and her son, Samuel—who learned to read when he was eleven, and is graduating this weekend with academic scholarship offers—talk about the struggle they both had. They will give you hope for the future!

Help for Struggling Readers and Those Trying to Teach Them

Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in his or her efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, this workshop is designed to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader. Attend this workshop to become a "reading specialist" and to be encouraged in an area many fear.

Adoption and Homeschooling: One Family's Experience

Adoption is becoming more prevalent, especially among homeschooling families. Many are adopting school-age children and worry about how to educate a child who is behind academically and who very often doesn't understand our culture and language. We have found that homeschooling is the best way to integrate your new child(ren) into the family. We give reasons that homeschooling is the best fit for the adopted child and their adoptive family, as well as some methods to integrate the new child into the family and achieve education at the same time.

Be the Learner You Want Your Child to Become

Homeschooling moms have a unique opportunity to learn not only what we missed in school but also anything we’ve ever wanted to know. Join me to learn how you can model a learning lifestyle that will speak louder than words. We’ll talk about personal learning goals, strong study skills, keeping a commonplace book, cultivating a beautiful memory and more. No matter what you study—genealogy, horticulture, Latin or art—your children will benefit from seeing exactly how to make learning a lifelong joy.

Kitchen Table Science: From Catapults to Giant Air Zookas

From catapults and giant smoke shooting air zookas to bullwhips and jet-powered ping pong ball shooters—what can you use to make science interesting at home on a budget? Veteran teacher, science demonstrator and homeschooling parent Robby Stanley will show you some of his favorite science demonstrations and makes that you can create at home to liven up your science lessons. Free project plans and more for attendees!

Teaching the Learning Disabled Child

A learning disability presents many unique challenges to any teacher as they search for the most effective way to teach their child. Based on solid research, the teaching strategies and adaptations Kristen and her husband present in this workshop have been shown to effectively meet the needs of students who struggle with various learning disabilities.

Struggling Readers—Fonts, Color and Visual Stress

Do your children struggle to read for prolonged periods, struggle with tracking, suffer from headaches, complain of moving text or generally dislike reading? They may be one of the 5% of the population who suffer from visual stress. In this hands-on workshop, Elizabeth will walk you through the causes of visual stress, provide you with useful hints and tips for alleviating the symptoms and give general advice to make reading more comfortable.