Choosing Curriculum and Resources
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.
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-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.
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-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.
B-4 Just Write!
Ways to encourage your children to write. Tips on responding, revising, and publishing (even if it’s just on the fridge). Pitfalls to avoid. Presentation plus a discussion-come prepared to share your ideas. This workshop will focus on helping kids get excited about communicating their ideas rather than the mechanics of handwriting, spelling, etc.
C-3 How to Choose a Style of Homeschooling That Works for You
Confused by all the different styles of homeschooling that are available? Basic information about four different styles: purchased curriculum, 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.
C-4 Science with Confidence
Why? How? Look around the room, open the cupboard, walk out the door, and DO science “ with everyday materials.” How the internet and the library can help you find what you need to explore the natural world in fun and positive ways. This workshop focuses on resources for learners under 12.
C-5 Using Music to Help Kids Learn to Read
In this session presented by a board certified music therapist, specific strategies for helping beginning readers (including “late readers”) will be shared. Learn the basics for teaching phonological awareness skills, letter sound correspondence, and blending through the fun and motivating medium of music. Leave this workshop with multiple music-based activities to improve communication and literacy skills.
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