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Model-Based Writing Lessons from Charlotte and Ben

Charlotte Mason and Benjamin Franklin offered simple, practical methods for using models to learn to write well. Their time-tested ideas have helped countless generations of students become confident, competent writers. Join us to learn how you can implement their suggestions in your homeschool, even if you have a struggling learner or find writing difficult.

Why Homeschool? Gentle Answers for Tough Questions

Whether you love the idea of homeschooling or think it’s the craziest thing since pet rocks, homeschooling is here to stay. We’ll start with a look at the top reasons you might want to homeschool, backed by solid statistics, then we’ll talk about questions such as: Is homeschooling legal? Is testing required? How much does homeschooling cost? What about socialization? Will it take all day? Even if you already know you want to homeschool, you’ll leave this talk with confidence that you can answer tough questions from those who doubt.

Teaching Styles 101

We’ve all read lots of books on learning styles. Here’s a look from the other side of the chalkboard. What are teaching styles? Why, as a home educator, do I need to know them? What’s the best one for my students? These and other questions will be addressed in this interactive session. speaker notes

Creating a Solid Biblical Education with the Best of Academic Methods

What is the perfect homeschool education? It is one that prepares your children academically but more importantly teaches Christian values and a solid understanding of the Bible. Learn how to combine the Bible, the greatest history book, with literature, science, world history, music, art and multi-sensory activities. Integrate the best from classical education, Charlotte Mason and unit study style learning to create a biblically directed, academically challenging education that prepares your children to change the world for Christ.

Getting Started and the NC Homeschool Law

“Do I need a school room? Is homeschooling legal? Can I do this? What if they don’t listen?” Charles will cover getting started homeschooling as well as the NC homeschool law. Charles provides the “details” along with sharing personal experiences from twenty-eight years of homeschooling. He provides information for dads as well as lots of encouragement and practical tips for moms.

Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing!

The very word strikes fear into the heart of many homeschool parents. This workshop will demystify the testing process, give you the information you need to choose the test type that best fits your family and offer concrete suggestions for what to do with the test scores once you have them. Come learn how the NC homeschool testing requirement is different from the type of testing done in public schools, understand how different tests work and how to interpret the scores in practical ways.

Homeschool Encyclopedia: A Whirlwind Tour of Methods, Skills, Vocabulary and People You Need to Know

Sometimes homeschool conferences can be a confusing blur of new terms, confusing concepts and casual references to people and ideas you’ve never heard of. Join us for an overview of some of the most important ideas and people you’ll encounter during your homeschool journey, including the classic stages of learning, seven laws of teaching, learning styles, Charlotte Mason and much more.

Understanding DNPE

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of NC statutory requirements for homeschools to operate in North Carolina. It will be both informative and engaging with active audience participation. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of DNPE with any myths dispelled.

Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool

Are parents really qualified to teach their children everything? What about socialization? These are just a couple of the concerns that make homeschooling seem impossible. But you know homeschooling is continuing to grow. More and more families are considering it and taking the plunge. What are the top reasons? In this session, Davis discusses the moral, academic and practical reasons to homeschool and helps dispel the myths we all tend to believe. When you finish this workshop, you will know that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now.

Getting Off to a Great Start

Are you new to homeschooling? Come learn the things that we wish we had known when we began homeschooling sixteen years ago. This seminar covers the basics of homeschooling in NC, the common pitfalls for beginners and includes important tips to get off to a great start!   

Mike and Ronda Marshall will present together.

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