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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.

Ways to Homeschool

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-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-2 How Did I Get Here? How Pokemon, Owning Our Own Business, and the “Summer of Yes” Got Us To Where We Are Now

Becky Powers

Hear from a mom of three teen boys who are successfully transitioning into adulthood without being measured and defined by grades. A presentation with stories and pictures of a family living the past 12 years as unschoolers..

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-1 How To Make Science Fun and Hands-On

Lori Fares

Learn how kids (and adults) can make their own discoveries through hands-on exploration using readily available materials. Presenter will demonstrate activities you can use to encourage the natural creativity and curiosity inside everyone while they learn science concepts. Get ideas, inspiration, and resources for learning science by doing science. (Does not include activities for kids to do during the workshop.)

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-6 How to Unschool the “Right” Way

Erich Moraine

Time to look under the hood of unschooling. What makes it go? What makes it stop? What are the concepts at the personal level which make it a successful homeschooling modality? What do you pay attention to? What do you ignore? When do you step in? When do you step back? Is it true anything goes when you unschool?

C-4 What Unschooling Looks Like

Jen Lynch

Curious about “how unschooling works” and what unschoolers do all day? Here’s your chance to see what unschooling is like in the daily lives of over 10 families with kids ranging from infants to adults through a presentation put together from pictures and stories these families shared. This is not a “how to,” but a “how do they . . .”

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.

C-7 Better Than Money Can Buy: Creating Your Own Curriculum

Roy Underhill

Rethinking curriculum choices to make a curriculum that fits your child rather than making your child fit a curriculum. Ways to create a curriculum that’s better than a prepackaged, one-size-fits-all version. Including topics important for your child (either now or later in adult life) that are not usually covered in conventional schools. Studying subjects at different depths for different lengths of time, in non-traditional order with non-traditional resources.

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-4 Continuing as an Unschooling Family

Erich Moraine

For established unschooling families with at least one year’s experience. (For an introduction to unschooling, see “Exploring the Basic Ideas of Unschooling.”) How do parental guidance and direction continue to show themselves and allow for a peaceful coexistence with our kids? How might we as parents react when our children pursue topics we feel negatively about or did not expect? What can parents do to maintain a balance between the fear of external academic goals and the internal joy of unschooling? What about all that time the kids spend doing “nothing?”

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