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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.

Strategies to Teach a Struggling Reader

By request, this workshop is offered to provide practical application of the five key elements of reading discussed in the workshop, "Do You Have a Struggling Reader?" Whether you attended the earlier workshop of not, you will be blessed by learning about teaching strategies and innovative activities that not only give you fresh ideas for more effective teaching but will also help you better understand the essentials for reading success.

Do You Have a Struggling Reader?

Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in her or her efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop 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.

About the “Talk": Preparing Students for a Culture of Sexual Brokenness

We live in a sexually broken culture that is claiming a lot of victims. Is it possible to help students be sexually whole? In this session, John walks through some must-know facets of our culture and offers guidance for mentoring students with truth, hope, and goodness.

Become the Mom You Want Your Children to Remember

Before we ever begin homeschooling, our children are learning life lessons from the way we live. Join me to consider timeless ideas from Charlotte Mason and others on developing noble character, good habits and helpful routines, not just for children, but also for parents. Learn to focus on things that truly matter in order to become the mom you want your children to remember.

Online Instruction: The New Frontier

Online education is exploding! It can work hand-in-glove with homeschooling, or it can be an expensive error and a time-waster. What are the pros and cons? Some classes are free, and some are costly—what’s the difference? Are they worth the cost? And maybe the most important question—can we go to class in our jammies? Between them, Diane and Marji have homeschooled nine children, and both have graduated their last student. Their experience with online instruction extends from the parent side to the teacher experience. They have seen the pros and cons from both sides.