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This information is from WPA's previous conference. Our 32nd Annual Home Education Conference will be held on May 1-2, 2015, at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

A Workshops (8:30-9:30 AM)

A-1 Components of a Complete Language Arts Program

Beth Ellen Nash

Aspects of a comprehensive language arts program including: phonics and phonemic awareness; spelling; vocabulary and word study; reading strategies, fluency, and comprehension; grammar, usage, mechanics; and written composition. Resources in each area for struggling learners. A thumbnail look at what speaker’s top picks offer and what audience would most benefit from each.

A-2 How Did I Get Here? How Pokemon, Owning Our Own Business, and the “Summer of Yes” Got Us To Where We Are Now

Becky Powers

Hear from a mom of three teen boys who are successfully transitioning into adulthood without being measured and defined by grades. A presentation with stories and pictures of a family living the past 12 years as unschoolers..

A-3 How to Choose a Style of Homeschooling That Works for You

Lori Guilliams and Janet Ozsvath

Confused by all the different styles of homeschooling that are available? Basic information about five different styles: purchased curriculum, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, eclectic, and unschooling. How you can choose a style that works well for you and your family. Making changes when necessary. For both new and experienced homeschoolers.

A-4 Would the New Online Higher Education Courses Be Helpful to Our Homeschool?

Pete Gilbert

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-5 Secrets to Getting Inspiring, High Quality, Low Cost Equipment for Budding Scientists

Cindy Duckert

What do we need to set up a basic science lab? Where can we find, scrounge, beg, borrow, or build the tools needed to get started in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and astronomy? Why can building a tool be a more powerful way to learn than buying one? How can we use tools to learn first hand about the world around us?

A-6 Exhibitor Workshop: Education Through Travel: Making Travel Part of Your Homeschool Curriculum

Deana and Shannon Lee, CruiseOne

Using their own travel-based homeschooling experience, presenters will discuss what they have learned about the value and benefits of travel for education and family bonding and share tips regarding the affordability of educational travel. Q & A

A-7 Homeschooling Children With Special Needs: A Discussion

Holly Tuyls, Moderator

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 A Philosophical Approach to Rules

Roy Underhill

How to choose rules that will foster a positive learning and living environment for your family. Identifying situations that may benefit from rules and those that may not. Deciding when to relax a rule and when to be rigid. Being aware of one’s motivation for adopting, enforcing and for breaking rules. Note: This workshop is about the process of choosing rules that will work for your family of unique individuals, not about specific rules that homeschooling families in general should adopt.

A-9 How Couples Can Work Together and Support Each Other While Homeschooling

Shea and Mark Holter

Setting goals for your family and modifying them as everyone grows and learns. Sharing the work and play and the joys and challenges involved in homeschooling. Trusting and supporting each other when dealing with situations in which the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye.

A-10 Competitive Sports Alternatives for Homeschoolers

Jenina Mella

Like any population, our homeschool community has a segment of intense, competitive athletes. Learn about sports outlets for homeschoolers which promote sportsmanship, achievement, and competition, but which do not put our homeschooling freedoms at risk. How homeschoolers’ unique perspective can be used to enrich and improve sports experiences. Hear the experiences of homeschooled athletes from a variety of sports.

A-11 Simplify Meals with Once-A-Month Cooking

Molly Dulak

Create a time-saving approach to meals your family likes. Learn the basics of choosing recipes, making a shopping list, shopping, preparing, cooking, freezing, thawing, and serving, even when you have small children. Adapting recipes for allergies. Resources for more information for families on a budget and with a time crunch.

A-12 Exhibitor Workshop: Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist

Deborah Burns, The Medical Transcription Service

Learn from a recruiter what medical transcription is, how teens and parents can enroll in this program and learn medical transcription simply and cost-effectively, and how to work for a national service. Other topics include earning potential, computers and software, transcription equipment, how to get hands-on work experience, and much more.

A-13 College Admissions and Financial Aid for Homeschoolers

Katie McCarney

An introduction to the college search, the application process, college admission for homeschooled students, and the basics of scholarships and financial aid. A good place to start your search for that perfect college match and learn how to afford it. Speaker is a grown homeschooler who works in admissions at a selective private college. To schedule a private appointment with Katie, email kmccarney@csbsju.edu. First come, first served.

A-14 Dramatizing Fairy Tales

Josh and Naomi Guilliams (Family Activity Workshop)

Join the fun! Participants will be divided into groups of 6 or 7. Each group will draw the name of a fairy tale and an attribute (like use British accents, include singing, etc.) and be given 20 minutes to plan a performance. Then the whole group will watch each performance. Workshop designed for teens but younger children and parents also welcome.

A-15 Exhibitor Workshop: Earn College Credit Online Through UNWSP

The University of Northwestern St. Paul, MN-UNWSP offers Early College, private, Christian college courses at a discounted rate for high school students who need the flexibility and convenience of online college classes. This allows students from all over the US to get a head start on their college education and save time and money on a college degree. They may also be eligible to receive high school credit.

A-16 Build an Experimental Aircraft

Bob Campbell, EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assn.) (Family Activity Workshop)

Learn about the 4 forces of flight. Then participants will work in teams of 3 (a manager, a manufacturer, and a test pilot) to agree on a common goal, design and build an aircraft using either their own design or a template provided by the presenter, and conduct test flights.

A-17 Build WPA’s First LEGO┬« City

John and Sylvia Peine (Family Activity Workshop)

Construct buildings and vehicles for a huge city. Watch it grow during the conference. Learn about architecture, geometry, spatial relations, city planning, and more. Separate area where younger children can build with larger DUPLOs. All materials provided. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a responsible older person. Repeated as B-16, C-16, D-12. Register for one or more.

A-18 Letterboxing

Dawn Petersen (Family Activity Workshop)

Bring a small notebook or index cards, an ink pad or washable markers, and a stamp or your thumb. Learn about Letterboxing, searching for hidden stamps that are often hand carved. Get clue sheets to many Letterboxes hidden around the conference area and nearby parks. Veteran Letterboxers are invited to plant their boxes and share their clues during the workshop! Letterboxes hidden only during the conference on Saturday. Note: Children must be supervised at all times during the conference. This is a family activity.

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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.

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