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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.

C Workshops (1:30-2:30 PM)

C-1 Exploring Nature Together as a Family

Sierra Muñoz, Aldo Leopold Nature Center (Family Activity Workshop)

Wondering how to get your kids and yourself more connected to nature? Here’s a great opportunity for both kids and parents to learn to use all your senses to explore objects from nature. Start your own nature journal that you can use to explore your own backyard or local park. Meet some creepy critters and learn about cool resources and citizen science projects for the whole family. Presenter is also an exhibitor.

C-2 Media Literacy and Critical Thinking

Jenina Mella

How can we help our children (and ourselves) navigate the clutter of constant communication that we receive from living in a saturated media landscape? The argument for limiting what media we allow in our homes. How to encourage critical thinking in ourselves and our kids about the messages and information we hear. Resources for how to do this.

C-3 Great Places to Visit Around Wisconsin

Cheryl Sullivan, Wisconsin Historical Society

Wonder if it’s worth the trip to Eagle to visit Old World Wisconsin or Cassville to see Stonefield? Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 12 historic sites and museums located around Wisconsin to help you decide whether to visit. Take a “tour” by hearing about each venue and how each tells certain stories from our State’s history. Hear how learning can be complimented through living history programs providing hands on experiences for your families. Websites, contact lists, and other resources. Presenter is also an exhibitor.

C-4 What Unschooling Looks Like

Jen Lynch

Curious about “how unschooling works” and what unschoolers do all day? Here’s your chance to see what unschooling is like in the daily lives of over 10 families with kids ranging from infants to adults through a presentation put together from pictures and stories these families shared. This is not a “how to,” but a “how do they . . .”

C-5 Children’s Questions Are More Important Than Answers: A Presentation Followed by a Discussion

Cindy Duckert, Moderator

How can we learn to listen to and hear our children’s questions (and our own) and take them seriously? Why are questions more important than answers? How can we rediscover our patience with questions? Workshop will cover a wide range of subject areas and include hands-on examples to demonstrate various points.

C-6 Enrich Your Homeschool with Charlotte Mason’s “Living Books”

Janet Ozsvath

Hear ideas from this late 19th century Christian educator and others. What living books are. How to find books that cause children to react with delight to the spark of ideas. Ways living books increase children’s interest in learning, aid retention, and increase understanding. How we can use living books in our homeschools. Websites and library resources.

C-7 Better Than Money Can Buy: Creating Your Own Curriculum

Roy Underhill

Rethinking curriculum choices to make a curriculum that fits your child rather than making your child fit a curriculum. Ways to create a curriculum that’s better than a prepackaged, one-size-fits-all version. Including topics important for your child (either now or later in adult life) that are not usually covered in conventional schools. Studying subjects at different depths for different lengths of time, in non-traditional order with non-traditional resources.

C-8 Exhibitor Workshop: Creating a Reading Culture with the Power of Booktalks

Lynne Lavota, Scholastic Books

Book choice is extremely important to children as they develop as critical and engaged readers. Booktalks introduce and entice even reluctant readers to try new fiction and nonfiction books. Learn how to incorporate booktalks into your homeschool. More importantly, watch your children’s excitement for reading grow when they share booktalks with each other and truly become members of a reading culture.

C-9 More Adventures in Gardening

Marty Deming

Gardening choices to fit your available space, time and money, and keep you learning something new. Finding and owning your natural gardening interests and abilities, from involving children in gardening to extending the growing season, foraging, grafting fruit trees, or something else that’s calling you. All levels of gardening experience welcome.

C-10 A Dad’s Eye View: Learning to Homeschool and Leading by Example

Eric Slifer

Ways dads homeschool without even realizing that’s what you’re doing. Dealing with fears about getting started and worries about the direction your homeschool is going. Supporting your spouse. Leading by example through the choices you make, the ways you treat others, etc. Re-energizing yourself through homeschooling and family time.

C-11 Working as a Family: Sharing Household Chores: A Presentation Followed By a Discussion

John Roland, Moderator

Exploring our own attitudes and perspectives on household chores and the ways they affect our children. How to get children and their parents excited about working together and get reluctant family members involved. Making cooking an adventure. Setting realistic standards for when and how to clean the house together and then enjoying the result. The benefits of giving children responsibilities that contribute to the household, even when it requires extra time and patience on our part while they are learning.

C-12 Homeschooling the High School Years with Confidence

Lori Fares

Discover creative ways parents and teens can work together to design a curriculum tailored to a teen’s goals, interests, and strengths. Find resources, ideas, and ways teens and parents can enjoy each other and avoid the typical teen stereotype. Make homeschooling high school a rich and rewarding adventure.

C-13 What Does It Mean To Be Successful? A Panel of Homeschool Graduates

Emma Landowski, Luke Tweddale, and Lindsey Vignini

Hear 3 recent homeschool graduates describe what they are doing now: attending a traditional college, following a dream of becoming a speed skater, and earning money to make it possible to travel and do other activities. Then the panel and teens attending the workshop will discuss what it means to be successful and what options are available in addition to college. Parents are welcome to listen to the discussion.

C-14 An Introduction to the Art, Scientific Work, and Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

Rhea Sprecher (Family Activity Workshop)

See a slide show and video clips about the life, art, and inventions of da Vinci set in the context of the times in which he lived. All ages welcome.

C-15 Fun and Games For All Ages

Johanna and Olivia Landowski, Ana and Kiley Komro (Family Activity Workshop)

Join a group of homeschoolers to learn and play a variety of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play movement and thinking games. Note: The title of this workshop is incorrect in the printed version of the conference announcement. This workshop is open to young people of all ages.

C-16 Build WPA’s First LEGO® City

(Family Activity Workshop)

See A-17 for description, B-16, D-12.

C-17 Soccer for Ages 9 and Up

Tony Zappia (Family Activity Workshop)

Enjoy 30 minutes of individual ball control, foot movement, and overall techniques followed by tactical play with 5 v. 5 mini games. Bring water, proper attire, and running shoes or cleats. Shin guards optional. All equipment provided, but if you have a ball, feel free to bring it. No soccer experience necessary. Presenter is a coach with an NSCAA National License with 20 years of club and high school experience. For ages 5-8, see D-14.

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