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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.

Support for Parents

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-6 Homeschooling With Grace When Life Becomes Discombobulated

Mary Sue Slifer

Ways of staying inspired. Being creative and eclectic when you feel overwhelmed or stuck. How families homeschool when they face life’s challenges, including chronic illness, financial setbacks, etc. Giving yourself permission to make mistakes. Allowing grace periods. (Note: Workshop is about homeschooling and will not cover managing finances or health issues.)

F-7 Parenting Homeschooled Kids

Susan Kaseman

Why parenting is often more important than teaching academics. How to really listen and other skills that strengthen communication. Helping children in ways that are useful to them. The magic of “power games.” Encouraging harmony among siblings. Going back to basics when we feel overwhelmed.

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-7 Homeschooling Children With Special Needs: A Discussion

Holly Tuyls, Moderator

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 A Philosophical Approach to Rules

Roy Underhill

How to choose rules that will foster a positive learning and living environment for your family. Identifying situations that may benefit from rules and those that may not. Deciding when to relax a rule and when to be rigid. Being aware of one’s motivation for adopting, enforcing and for breaking rules. Note: This workshop is about the process of choosing rules that will work for your family of unique individuals, not about specific rules that homeschooling families in general should adopt.

A-9 How Couples Can Work Together and Support Each Other While Homeschooling

Shea and Mark Holter

Setting goals for your family and modifying them as everyone grows and learns. Sharing the work and play and the joys and challenges involved in homeschooling. Trusting and supporting each other when dealing with situations in which the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye.

A-10 Competitive Sports Alternatives for Homeschoolers

Jenina Mella

Like any population, our homeschool community has a segment of intense, competitive athletes. Learn about sports outlets for homeschoolers which promote sportsmanship, achievement, and competition, but which do not put our homeschooling freedoms at risk. How homeschoolers’ unique perspective can be used to enrich and improve sports experiences. Hear the experiences of homeschooled athletes from a variety of sports.

A-11 Simplify Meals with Once-A-Month Cooking

Molly Dulak

Create a time-saving approach to meals your family likes. Learn the basics of choosing recipes, making a shopping list, shopping, preparing, cooking, freezing, thawing, and serving, even when you have small children. Adapting recipes for allergies. Resources for more information for families on a budget and with a time crunch.

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.

B-7 Creating a Family Life That Is Exciting For Everyone

Jenny Landowski

Explore some of the many things that families can do together, including simple everyday activities, fun traditions, travel, service, physical activity, and, yes, even chores. Discover the benefits of working and playing together that can help create harmony in your family.

B-8 Overcoming Doubts and Fears about Homeschooling

Lori Guilliams

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.

B-10 Time With Dad: A Discussion for Fathers

Uli Henes, Moderator

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-11 Single Parents Can and Do Homeschool: A Discussion

Holly Tuyls, Moderator

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.

C-10 A Dad’s Eye View: Learning to Homeschool and Leading by Example

Eric Slifer

Ways dads homeschool without even realizing that’s what you’re doing. Dealing with fears about getting started and worries about the direction your homeschool is going. Supporting your spouse. Leading by example through the choices you make, the ways you treat others, etc. Re-energizing yourself through homeschooling and family time.

C-11 Working as a Family: Sharing Household Chores: A Presentation Followed By a Discussion

John Roland, Moderator

Exploring our own attitudes and perspectives on household chores and the ways they affect our children. How to get children and their parents excited about working together and get reluctant family members involved. Making cooking an adventure. Setting realistic standards for when and how to clean the house together and then enjoying the result. The benefits of giving children responsibilities that contribute to the household, even when it requires extra time and patience on our part while they are learning.

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.

D-3 Record Keeping Made Manageable and Meaningful

Sarah Gilbert

An overview of the purpose and benefits of documenting your homeschooling experiences and activities. Finding a method that suits you and meets your needs. Ideas for simple records that save time yet are meaningful and retrievable for portfolios, credentials, college applications, etc.

D-6 Self-Care for Homeschooling Parents

Jenina Mella

How we can figure out what we need, create space in our busy lives to tend to our individual needs, and find creative approaches that take the whole family’s needs into account. Safeguarding time to nurture our relationship with our life partner. Developing strategies for stress busting. Creating support structures that allow for time alone.

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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