A Workshops (8:30-9:30 AM)
A-1 Discovering the Joy in Math
Enrich your life and your understanding of math and prevent or overcome the “I hate math” mentality by exploring ways math is as interesting, varied, and beautiful as art, music, and literature. Resources and activities that focus on the joy and beauty of math and delightful mathematicians including books, games, and activities for all ages, covering topics from basic computation to current research.
A-2 Penmanship for Homeschoolers
Make informed decisions about including penmanship in your homeschool. Learn the history of handwriting styles. Explore alternatives such as italic script/italic cursive (cursive simply means joined letters) that differ from what is typically taught in school and ways to better engage reluctant writers. Consider the importance of handwriting in the age of keyboarding.
A-3 How Homeschoolers Learn
Exploring the many ways people learn. Choosing approaches to learning that make sense for your family and making changes when necessary. Making learning easier and more fun for everyone. What to do when you get stuck.
A-4 Using Our Kitchen to Enrich Any Curriculum
Ways to make science, social studies, history, and the arts more real, exciting, and just plain fun by cooking and eating a wide variety of foods. Resources, methods, and recipes for all ages.
A-5 Would the New Online Higher Education Courses Be Helpful to Our Homeschool?
MOOCs? EdX? Khan? DE? What is all this stuff and why would you want any of it? The landscape of online higher education is changing rapidly, and we’ll look at the sorts of online courses that are available, ways to find out more about them, and how to choose something that makes sense for your family. Will not include online virtual public charter schools or other strictly K-12 resources.
A-6 Exhibitor Workshop: Family Worship with Multiple Ages
How to enjoy Bible time in your home when you have a small crowd of kids. Scripture memory, singing, inductive Bible study, reviewing lessons, resources, length of time, time of day, frequency, variety, and creativity.
A-7 Homeschooling Children With Special Needs: A Discussion
Join other parents to discuss topics such as how to begin homeschooling special needs children, tools that help them learn, creating your own curriculum and an environment in which your child can learn, finding social opportunities for your child.
A-8 How Some Fathers Lead and Direct Their Homeschools
What roles do fathers play in their families’ homeschooling? What leadership do their provide in religion and other areas? How do they support their wives? In what ways do they guide their families’ homeschooling, even when their schedules do not allow much free time? Questions from the audience.
A-9 How to Have a Neat and Orderly Home While Homeschooling
Organizing your daily life and homeschooling to meet the needs of people who thrive on order and enhance your family’s learning, play, and relaxation. Involving children in chores. Easy and enjoyable ways of keeping the house clean. Resolving conflicts among family members who have different housekeeping styles and standards.
A-10 Overcoming Doubts and Fears about Homeschooling
Wondering if you’re good enough in English, or math, or chemistry? Worried about missing something? Feeling overwhelmed, or thinking you don’t have what it takes? Come be encouraged that you can homeschool well. Take away practical suggestions for overcoming these concerns. Bring your questions, concerns, and suggestions.
A-11 Saving Money = Making Money: The Whys and the Hows
Save on homeschooling expenses (field trips, classes, books and supplies). Clothe kids for close to free. Sell for profit using eBay, Craigslist, resale, consignment. Make coupons pay. Reduce costs for groceries, utilities, home improvements, pet care, insurance. Bargain and trade. Thoughts on splurging, affording entertainment, and speaker’s family’s approach to getting out of debt.
A-12 College Admissions and Financial Aid for Homeschoolers
Why homeschoolers who want to go to college can be assured of admission. Differences in applying to selective and non-selective public and private institutions. Determining how much college will cost. Locating possible sources of money. Filling out forms and applications. Increasing your chances of winning awards. Speaker is Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at a selective private college.
Bring a small notebook or index cards, an ink pad or washable markers, and a stamp or your thumb. Learn about the hobby of Letterboxing, searching for hidden stamps, many of them hand carved. We will have clue sheets to many Letterboxes hidden around the conference area and nearby parks. We invite veteran Letterboxers to plant boxes of their own and share their clues during the workshop! Letterboxes will remain hidden only for Saturday, during the WPA conference. Note: Children must be supervised at all times during the conference. This is a family activity.
A-14 Fun and Games For Ages 6 and Under
Join kids ages 6 and under to learn and play a variety of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play movement and thinking games.
A-15 Learn to Polish Rocks by Hand
Do you like rocks, minerals, fossils, and the science of geology? Pick up interesting rocks? Have a rock collection? Learn to polish rocks using water and various grades of sand paper, and polish one to take home. Everyone from avid collectors to people new at the discovery of rocks welcome. For ages 6 and up. Limit 15. Please bring $4 for materials for use during the workshop and take home supplies. Also B-15.
A-16 What Can You Do With Duct Tape?
Make a wallet, flowers to decorate pencils, and other things out of ordinary duct tape. Bring pens and pencils to decorate yourself and one color of duct tape (not silver) to share with other participants. Suggested ages 6 to 12. Limit 20 youth. Also B-16.
A-17 Wool: From Sheep to Shawl
How does wool get from a sheep to something that can keep you warm? Learn from a costumed presenter about washing, carding, and spinning wool. Use wool from Heritage Hill’s sheep to create a craft. Limit 35 children.
More Workshops By Time Slot
- Friday, 7:15-8:30 PM: F Workshops
- Saturday, 8:30-9:30 AM: A Workshops
- Saturday, 9:50 AM-10:50 PM B Workshops
- Saturday, 1:30-2:30 PM: C Workshops
- Saturday, 2:50-3:50 PM: D Workshops
More Workshops By Category
To help you choose workshops, click on a category that interests you and look over the list. Remember that these lists are only suggestions. We strongly recommend that you review the entire list of workshops to find the ones that suit you best.
- Basic Subjects
- Encouraging Learning
- Choosing Curriculum and Resources
- Ways to Homeschool
- Beginning Homeschooling
- Workshops for Parents and Kids
- Life Skills and Problem Solving
- Homeschooling Young Children
- For Teens and Parents of Teens
- Special Interests and Passions
- Support for Parents
- Of Particular Interest to Mothers
- Of Special Interest to Dads
- Family Activity Workshops
- Legal and Homeschooling Freedoms