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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

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.

Schedules—Helping Our Children to Be Happy

One of the absolute greatest gifts we can give our children is a schedule. Studies show that keeping our children on a schedule and creating routines produces stability, calm, trust, discipline and most importantly, happiness. Yes, we’re busy. Yes, we don’t want to be burdened down with trying to stay on schedule. But wait, you’ve got to come and see and hear why scheduling gives us the freedom to have fun and to accomplish great things. You will walk away from this workshop with wonderful ideas to implement in your family schedule.