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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Foreign Language in Your Homeschool: from the Traditional to the Revolutionary!

Do I have to speak a language to teach it? Which language should I teach? Which curriculum is best and what’s the difference? When should we begin—is kindergarten too early? What about high school and getting credit? Are you using a computer/CD/video program, but your child won’t say anything? Find out why! This workshop will cover foreign language study from kindergarten through high school, the benefits, what to expect from the different curricula, what to look for in a curriculum and how language study can help develop a heart for missions.

A Basic Educational Strategy

How do I know I am giving my children what they really need? For what purpose am I preparing them? How can I most effectively teach them? Are there faulty objectives and strategies I have unintentionally carried over from public education? Even those who have been teaching their children at home for years still struggle with these questions. Our answers influence our priorities and strategies. In this session, we will discuss a basic biblical philosophy of education upon which our daily teaching activities can be built.

The Power of Praise with Our Children

Life and death is in the power of tongue. Deep scars can occur as a result of negative, condemning words and withholding of praise and affirmation. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. This talk uses James 3:1-10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. The talk will explore some ways that we use our tongue to injure our children and how we can use our tongue as an instrument of blessing.

The Paradigm of Wonder

Life-long learners, heroes advancing the Kingdom, dreamers who see the possibilities, adults who still have a twinkle in their eye and smile playing about their lips, passionate people pursuing a vision—these don’t come from a box, a workbook, a curriculum or a four-step plan, but they are the very heart of who we want our homeschooled children to become. Explore the essentials of a well-lived childhood that create space for the adventures of a lifetime. You don’t consider the floor properly vacuumed just because someone passed a machine over it.

The Place of Outside Classes and Activities in Your Homeschool

From the beginning of the homeschool journey, parents have to make decisions about what types of activities will be done outside of the home. Twenty-something years ago when the modern homeschool movement began, there were few options, but today, the choices are overwhelming. How does a homeschooling parent decide what is good and what is not. Which outside activities are wonderful enrichments to the homeschool and which are detrimental to our goals as homeschoolers. Debbie will cover the entire gamut from pre-school to high school.

Everything I Know about Homeschooling

A mom in her final year of homeschooling shares her A-Z guide for the most important lessons she’s learned in fifteen years of teaching her children. She’ll help you discover how to work with the family and situation that you have, how to learn from mistakes and forgive yourself and how to focus on what’s crucial and let go of what isn’t. Most of all, she’ll teach you how to relax and enjoy this wild and crazy adventure called homeschooling!

Tactics: Handling Objections with Grace and Truth

Ever been on the hot seat? Here’s the good news: Christians don’t have to answer every objection thrown at them. Three questions, graciously asked, can reverse the burden of proof and put you back in the driver’s seat—where you belong.

What Homeschoolers Won’t Talk About

With a bit of homeschool humor and the depth of the truths of God's Word, Dara will encourage and challenge homeschooling parents with the realities of feeling insecure, inadequate, being overwhelmed, not being perfect or having perfect kids. Our God is able even when we are not! We all experience these very human feelings when raising and teaching our children, but God is adequate and has a plan for us as well as our kids. Learn ways to combat these feelings and how God can bring about delight in our homes in spite of our imperfections.

Microbusiness for Homeschoolers: Laying a Foundation of Family Freedom through Entrepreneurial Education

Home is where the heart is, and for countless generations, it’s where families lived, worked and learned in a harmonic, holistic way. Entrepreneurship and home education can still lead to habits of mind that produce the kinds of citizen-scholars that founded our country. Learn how to choose and start a manageable microbusiness, how to incorporate entrepreneurial education into your homeschool and how to grant credit for various types of entrepreneurial learning.

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.

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