Friday Evening Workshops (7:15-8:30 PM)
F-1 Developing Your “Elevator Speech”-Answering Homeschooling Questions with Confidence
Identify your top reasons and ultimate objectives for homeschooling. Understand your motivations for homeschooling. Develop a set of replies you can use to answer questions about homeschooling with confidence. Learn the skill of responding to inquiries about your homeschooling decision with definiteness and conviction. Decide when to engage in a conversation about homeschooling and when not to.
F-2 Making History Come Alive
Find out how you can teach history so it becomes one of your children’s favorite subjects. Ideas for using good books, pictures, novels, crafts, various activities, and other resources to make studying history a fascinating adventure whether your children are in the early grades or are teens preparing to take CLEP tests for college credit.
F-3 Getting Things Done When You Have Too Much To Do
Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a way to get organized, be more relaxed, and get more done. Gather all your projects and obligations, then sort them into manageable categories. Make lists that free you to think more clearly and act more effectively. Advantages to “Next Action” lists rather than “To Do” lists. (Based in part on David Allen’s book Getting Things Done.)
F-4 How to Begin Homeschooling
An overview of some of the many approaches to homeschooling and helpful hints for new homeschoolers. Complying with the law, including filing the required online form PI-1206.
F-5 Horsing Around: How to Move From Horse Crazy to Creative and From One Passion to a Whole Curriculum
Using a pony passion to explore art to zoology while developing traits from patience to perseverance. Merging reading, writing, ‘rithmetic with riding. Exploring opportunities such as such as the 4H Horseless Horse Project if you don’t own a horse. Note: This general approach to passions and curriculum can be used with other passions as well.
F-6 Trusting Your Child Will Learn Outside the Box
How to move from reading, hearing, and thinking about the ideas behind “child-led learning” to taking the leap of faith and putting them into practice with your own family. Creating an environment where your child can either stop and smell the roses or excel at the speed of light. Speaker will discuss the joys and challenges of learning while we live using examples from her family. Also see D-1.
F-7 Whose Problem Is It? A Discussion on Parenting
How does homeschooling (and especially unschooling) influence our role and responsibilities as parents? What kinds of decisions are appropriate for young people to make? When do less than ideal outcomes turn into good learning experiences and when do parents need to step in? Can parents set boundaries and still respect their children as individuated humans deserving of respect?
F-8 Strengthening Your Family Through Homeschooling
Reclaiming parents’ essential roles in children’s lives. Working to ensure that family (rather than work for pay) is the basic building block of society. Strengthening family bonds by spending time together. Communicating values, principles, and beliefs to children. Maintaining close contact with grown children.
F-9 Open Mind, Open Heart: Venturing Forth with Confidence: A Brief Presentation Followed by a Discussion
Ways to positively and confidently engage the world, particularly those people, situations, and ideas that feel unfamiliar, uncertain, or threatening. Helping your children develop the confidence to learn from new experiences and ideas without losing their sense of self and their own values. Learning to disagree constructively and agree critically. All ages welcome; teens particularly encouraged to contribute their viewpoints.
F-10 Teen Icebreakers, Games, and Conversation
Join a group of homeschooling teens for icebreakers and other games and informal conversation. An adult coordinator will be present.
F-11 Exploring Medieval Armor and Garb
Take a step back into the Middle Ages. Discover similarities between their clothes and what we wear. Learn about the four levels of armor and how it was made. Find out what changed hand to hand combat on the battlefield. Hold a real gauntlet and feel the weight of a shield. All ages welcome.
F-12 Learn to Play “Apples to Apples” and/or “You’ve Been Sentenced”
Make friends while having fun playing these classic games that only take a minute to learn and encourage language arts skills. Games recommended for ages 9 and up, but younger kids can be paired with someone older. Limit 40.
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