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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.

Encouraging Learning

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-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.

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-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-2 Seven Steps to Encourage Learning

Susan Kaseman

No matter how you approach homeschooling, learning in your family will increase if you recognize the many ways in which people learn, follow learners’ leads and timing, broaden your exposure to the world and its possibilities, recognize the value of mistakes, resist most urges to correct your kids, and accept the fact that all of us can only learn a small fraction of what’s knowable.

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-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.

D-1 Trusting Your Child Will Learn Outside the Box

Jenny Landowski

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 both at home and out in the “real world” using examples from her family.

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