Of Special Interest to Dads
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-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.
A-7 Homeschooling Children With Special Needs: A Discussion
Join other parents to discuss topics such as how to begin homeschooling special needs children, tools that help them learn, creating your own curriculum and an environment in which your child can learn, finding social opportunities for your child.
A-8 How Some Fathers Lead and Direct Their Homeschools
What roles do fathers play in their families’ homeschooling? What leadership do their provide in religion and other areas? How do they support their wives? In what ways do they guide their families’ homeschooling, even when their schedules do not allow much free time? Questions from the audience.
A-10 Overcoming Doubts and Fears about Homeschooling
Wondering if you’re good enough in English, or math, or chemistry? Worried about missing something? Feeling overwhelmed, or thinking you don’t have what it takes? Come be encouraged that you can homeschool well. Take away practical suggestions for overcoming these concerns. Bring your questions, concerns, and suggestions.
A-11 Saving Money = Making Money: The Whys and the Hows
Save on homeschooling expenses (field trips, classes, books and supplies). Clothe kids for close to free. Sell for profit using eBay, Craigslist, resale, consignment. Make coupons pay. Reduce costs for groceries, utilities, home improvements, pet care, insurance. Bargain and trade. Thoughts on splurging, affording entertainment, and speaker’s family’s approach to getting out of debt.
B-3 In-Depth Questions about Homeschooling: A Discussion
We all have a philosophy of homeschooling, a set of background and often deep assumptions that influence our day-to-day decisions whether we realize it or not. Join a group of new and experienced homeschoolers and ponder questions such as: What are the most important things children (and parents) gain from homeschooling? Does homeschooling have fundamental downsides and, if so, how can we compensate for them? How much does it really matter which approach to homeschooling (complete purchased curriculum, unit studies, unschooling, etc.) you choose? Might some children be better off in school?
B-5 Parenting Your Child’s Heart: A Conservative Christian Perspective on Parenting Young Children
How do we measure our success as parents? Is it the parent’s job to train the child in order to achieve certain behavior goals? Should you train behavior or the heart of your child? What do we mean by heart? Helping our children examine why they are behaving a particular way is far more important (and time consuming) than simply criticizing the behavior. See C-8 for parenting teens.
B-6 Secrets of Happy Homeschooling Parents
Finding time for ourselves in the midst of a busy homeschooling life. Deciding for ourselves what we really need. Overcoming obstacles that prevent us from meeting our own needs. Finding unconventional, satisfying approaches.
B-7 Single Parents Can and Do Homeschool: A Discussion
Explore the joys and challenges of homeschooling as a single parent. What has surprised you? What are the biggest challenges? Where do you find the support you need? How do you deal with your own doubts and the criticism of others? How does homeschooling affect your relationship with your child(ren)? What resources have you accessed to make this a successful journey? For beginning and experienced single parent homeschoolers and single parents considering homeschooling.
B-8 Time With Dad: A Discussion for Fathers
How do you find time to spend with your children? What do you enjoy doing with them? How do you prepare (to increase the likelihood that things will go smoothly)? What do you find most challenging? How do you share responsibility for homeschooling with your spouse?
B-9 Why Can’t You Be More Like Me? or, Learning to Relax and Enjoy Our Differences
When dealing with someone who’s very different from us, or even among fairly similar people, we can gain a lot from acknowledging and accepting personality differences. Ways to identify and understand differences in temperament, such as the difference between an introvert and extrovert, and take them into account in homeschooling. Ideas to solve practical problems and resolve conflicts so we can function compatibly and productively while taking differences in stride. Perspectives that make it easier to relax and enjoy differences.
C-1 Adventures in Gardening
Gardening to fit your available space, time and money, and to keep learning something new. Finding the next adventure, whether it’s involving children in gardening, extending the growing season, foraging (for fruits and nuts, etc.), grafting fruit trees, practicing permaculture, exploring fermentation, or something else. All levels of gardening experience welcome.
C-2 Homeschoolers on the Road: The Story of a Road Trip Plus Tips for Traveling
Hear about a three-week long road trip to New England, taken by a homeschool graduate and her mom in a tiny camper. Suggestions for planning a route, choosing places to visit, packing essentials, keeping the trip affordable, finding good food, keeping a record of a trip, and other topics.
C-7 How Do Families Homeschool When Both Parents Work? A Presentation Followed by a Discussion
How do the reasons that we work for pay affect the way we combine working, parenting, homeschooling, and the rest of our lives? How do we find time and space for the kids and make sure they get what they need? How do we deal with our feelings of pride, accomplishment, frustration, inadequacy, exhaustion, etc.? How do we get help from and give to our homeschooling community? How can we accept compromises when the ideal situation is simply not available? How do we make changes when circumstances change and previous approaches no longer work?
C-8 Parenting Your Teen’s Heart: A Conservative Christian Perspective on Parenting Teens
The same topics as B-5 but focused on parenting teens.
C-9 Homeschooling and Other Family Freedoms
Why we must take responsibility for protecting our freedoms so we don’t lose them. Understanding homeschooling as a fundamental right, not something we need permission to do. Dealing with public officials and professionals in education, health, and social services. How what one family does affects us all. Educating others and working together.
D-1 A Homeschool Family Focused on Serving Those in Need
Hear about a family whose passion is serving those in need. By knitting and sewing a variety of items to sell, four homeschooled sisters raised money to donate to various causes, including a village in India. When they felt called to see firsthand the fruits of their labor, they created another business to earn money to help cover the costs of a family trip to India in February 2011. In January 2013 they returned to India, so their journey continues. Also see F-6.
D-5 Outside the Box: A Brief Presentation Followed by a Discussion
Ways to get out and stay out of ruts, get “unstuck” when faced with seemingly intractable problems, turn criticism and conflict into a stimulus for positive growth, liven up your homeschooling through preemptive creativity, and nurture the creative problem solving your children will need as adults. Drawing from other approaches (unschoolers learning from families who use a purchased curriculum and vice versa) and using cross-fertilization among subject areas (what works for memorizing multiplication table may help in writing that college essay). Share something unusual that worked for your family and learn from others in the group. Homeschoolers of all experience levels and approaches are welcome.
D-7 Introduction to Wisconsin’s Homeschooling Law
What the law requires and how to comply. Other Wisconsin laws (such as truancy laws) which also affect homeschoolers. How to protect the homeschooling law from change. How to avoid legal difficulty. Questions from the audience.
D-8 Living With Kids 24 Hours a Day
Listening to kids and communicating effectively. Solving problems. Understanding what kids need and balancing the needs of kids and parents so daily life goes more smoothly. The importance of eye contact and focused attention. Finding joy in parenting.
D-9 Radical Decluttering
Challenge your ideas about how much stuff you need. Ask: “How is stuff useful?” Discover the freedom that comes from not having to spend as much time and energy taking care of possessions and the possibilities for doing more of what you love. Learn how to declutter. But beware of the pitfalls of going too far as a minimalist. Presenter lived happily in a 650 square foot house with her husband, 3 children, and family pets.
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