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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.

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-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-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.

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-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

B-3 Homeschooling Q & A

Tomi Fay Forbes, Coordinator

Here’s your chance to ask an experienced homeschooler your questions about different ways to homeschool, including purchasing a curriculum, choosing courses for individual subjects, doing unit studies, eclectic homeschooling, and unschooling. Join a small group of people, listen to their questions, and ask your own. No formal presentation, only Q & A.

B-4 Just Write!

Sarah Gilbert

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-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-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-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-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-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.

D-7 Simplifying Our Homeschooling Stuff: A Presentation Followed By a Discussion

Pamela Roland, Moderator

Join other homeschoolers on a journey to figure out how to deal with homeschooling stuff. Deciding what we really need to own and letting go of what we don’t need. Discovering and creating ways to outsource more of what we need by using the library and other resources in our community instead of owning everything we use. Organizing, managing, and storing the stuff we decide we want on hand to homeschool.

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