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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.

Friday Evening Workshops (7:15-8:30 PM)

F-1 Homeschooling 101

Pamela Roland

Wondering whether homeschooling would be a good choice for your family and how to get started? Different approaches that you may choose, including purchasing a complete curriculum, project-based homeschooling, eclectic homeschooling, and unschooling. Where to find learning resources. How to connect with other homeschoolers. Giving yourself permission to make mistakes and changes. Ways homeschools differ from conventional schools.

F-2 Discovering the Joy in Math

Roy Underhill

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.

F-3 Un-blinded by Science: What Science Really Is and How Homeschoolers Can Become Science Literate

Scott Lynch

Consider an approach to science literacy centered around how we use science to answer questions big and small to help us make sense of events in our lives, in the news, and in society. What does it mean to be science literate? How can we decide what concepts and approaches matter? Do we want to choose conventional science education and focus on exposing students to the tools scientists and engineers use or do we want to focus instead on how scientific approaches enhance our understanding of the world around us?

F-4 I Just Forgot! Attention, Memory, and Processing Speed

Beth Ellen Nash

When we’re struggling with learning, before academic breakthroughs can occur, underlying weaknesses in memory, attention, processing speed (and other areas) need to be addressed. The presenter will discuss some of the possible breakdown points and provide some suggestions and exercises to support students.

F-5 Exhibitor Workshop: Classical Education Made Approachable

Katherine Wagenknecht, Classical Conversations

Whether you are a new or experienced homeschooler, come learn how you can build a classical, Christian education for your family, including a practical blueprint that will equip you with the classical tools of learning. Classical Conversations Communities include Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge programs that empower and support parents who desire a classical education for students from K4 through high school.

F-6 Homeschooling With Grace When Life Becomes Discombobulated

Mary Sue Slifer

Ways of staying inspired. Being creative and eclectic when you feel overwhelmed or stuck. How families homeschool when they face life’s challenges, including chronic illness, financial setbacks, etc. Giving yourself permission to make mistakes. Allowing grace periods. (Note: Workshop is about homeschooling and will not cover managing finances or health issues.)

F-7 Parenting Homeschooled Kids

Susan Kaseman

Why parenting is often more important than teaching academics. How to really listen and other skills that strengthen communication. Helping children in ways that are useful to them. The magic of “power games.” Encouraging harmony among siblings. Going back to basics when we feel overwhelmed.

F-8 Can Unschoolers Get Into College and Succeed?

Erich Moraine and Sarah Gilbert

How the presenters and their daughters (both lifelong unschoolers from two different families) navigated the application and transcript issues of college admission which resulted in being accepted and given financial aid by a selective college. How their unschooling experiences influenced their outstanding academic achievement in college.

F-9 Teen Icebreakers, Games, and Conversation

Emma Landowski

Join a group of homeschooling teens for icebreakers and other games and informal conversation.

F-10 Exploring the Medieval Period and Armor

Rodger Menchaca and Family (Family Activity Workshop)

Come all thee to thy workshop. Travel back from this day to the Middle Ages where you will learn about the feudal system, a pillory, chain mail, and how armor changed throughout the Middle Ages. Hold a real gauntlet, feel the weight of a shield, and more.

F-11 Friday Night Family Games

The Petersen Family (Family Activity Workshop)

Join a group of homeschooling families to play Apples to Apples and other easy to learn family games. A great way to kick off the conference making friends and having fun! Families are also welcome to bring their own favorite games to share during this informal, fun time.

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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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