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The information below is from the May 2015 WPA Conference.

Plan now to attend the next WPA Conference on May 6-7, 2016. Details will be posted in early March, 2016.

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Things To Do

  • Jump start your conference experience and make new friends by coming to Friday’s Meet n’ Greet session from 4 to 6 pm. Informal conversation helps you get immediately connected to other conference attendees. There will be a special area for teens.
  • Celebrate at the Opening Ceremonies and Graduation on Friday night. A highlight of the conference. “Homeschooling: It’s What We Stand For” by Mark Holter. Slideshow of homeschoolers in action. Presentations by graduates and their families. (Families with graduates who want to participate in the ceremony should fill in the blank on their registration form and also either email WPA at wpa@homeschooling-wpa.org or call the WPA voice mail at 608-283-3131.)
  • Attention, homeschooling seniors!! WPA would like to help you commemorate your upcoming graduation by inviting you to participate in the Graduation Ceremony on Friday night, May 1, at the 2015 WPA Conference. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for your fellow homeschoolers to support you in your accomplishments, but for you to be a role model for young homeschooling families to look to. If you are interested in this opportunity or if you have any questions, please email us at wpa@homeschooling-wpa.org and put “graduation” in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • Share your photos. As we begin the process of planning the Opening Ceremonies and Graduation for the 2015 WPA Home Education Conference, we are excited to invite you to share in our efforts!  Our conference theme this year is “Homeschooling, It’s What We Stand For”…on that note, we’re looking for photos that show us what your homeschool stands for. Whether it’s a picture of an activity that your family enjoys doing together, a group shot of you and your fellow homeschoolers living and learning, or simply a candid of your everyday life…we’d love to see it!!  We will be compiling them to show at the 2015 WPA Homeschooling Conference in Oshkosh on May 1st, as well as possible other areas within the WPA. We’re sure your family probably has enough pictures to do their own slide show, however we’re asking that you limit the amount from your household to 2 photos. We ask that you please email them to the following address, wpa@homeschooling-wpa.org and put “homeschool photos” in the subject line. The deadline for receiving pictures is March 31, 2015. Note we will do our best to include the pictures we receive within the presentation; however there is no guarantee that every photo submitted will be used. Also, by sending us your photo you are acknowledging that you agree to the following:”WPA has my permission to include the attached photographs in a slide show at the WPA conference, on the WPA website, and/or in printed materials WPA publishes. I understand that I will not be paid for the use of these photographs and the people in the photographs will not be identified by name and/or hometown in any of these uses.”Thank you for helping us share the joy of homeschooling through pictures with all who attend!
  • Table Talks—On Friday evening, talk one-on-one and in small groups with friendly new and experienced homeschoolers. Topics such as “What does homeschooling look like?” and “Relax, have fun, and learn.” Or go to the Q & A table and ask about anything that’s on your mind.
  • Participate in the Family Folk Dance, Friday evening, 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Beginning and experienced dancers of all ages welcome. Or talk with others while munching on snacks.
  • Visit Connections.
  • Shop at the Resource Fair. Free admission only to the Resource Fair Friday evening only. This offer does not include workshops or other conference activities. For free admission, go to the second floor of Reeve Union (see map) and register at the door. Registered conference attendees with a name tag can attend the Resource Fair at no extra charge both Friday evening and all day Saturday. WPA does not endorse specific curriculums or learning materials.
  • Check out the “Please Touch” Curriculum Resources.
    • Find out what some of those materials you’ve heard or read about are really like. Examine textbooks and other materials belonging to homeschooling families who have brought them for display.
    • Materials from TOPS Science, CPO Science, Apologia Science, NOEO Science, Lightning Literature, Windows to the World, Handwriting Without Tears, Saxon Math, Singapore Math, Beast Academy Math, Art of Problem Solving Math, Math U See, several high-school science and math texts, Story of the World, Latin, Greek, and Spanish materials, and many, many more.
    • Then order your own materials after the conference through the internet, stores in your area, etc.
    • Loan your favorite materials for the display. Call the WPA voice mail at 608-283-3131 and ask for details.
  • Buy and sell used books and learning materials.
  • Exercise. Anyone 18 or older can purchase a $10 day pass to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Use the cardio exercise equipment; jogging/walking track; basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer courts; golf simulators; etc. Details at recreation.uwosh.edu.
  • Swim in campus pool. No charge. Friday 4 to 6 pm and Saturday 4 to 6 pm. Lifeguard on duty. Adult supervision required.
  • Explore Oshkosh on Friday and Sunday. EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh Public Museum, Payne Art Center and Gardens, Grand Opera House, and more. Fantastic Community Playground and free children’s zoo. Outlet mall: Over 60 stores. Golf course next door. See “Explore Oshkosh” on the Lodging & Maps page.