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The information below is from the May 2016 WPA Conference.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events.

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D Workshops (Saturday, 2:30-3:40 pm)

D-1 Introduction to Wisconsin’s Homeschooling Law

Joe KingWhat 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-2 Just Write!

Sarah and Emily GilbertWays to encourage your children to write. Tips on responding, revising, and publishing (even if it’s just on the fridge). Pitfalls to avoid. Presentation plus a discussion–come prepared to share your ideas. This workshop will focus on helping kids get excited about communicating their ideas rather than the mechanics of handwriting, spelling, etc.

D-3 Reconsidering Friendship

Jenina Mella–Hear about ways of meeting and connecting with like-minded people through special interest groups, religious organizations, neighborhoods, etc., as well as the value of having both friends and acquaintances. Ways to encourage an acquaintanceship to become a friendship. Understanding and accepting the ups and downs of friendships, navigating challenging times, and helping our children do the same. Workshop will discuss maintaining friendships and knowing when and how to let go, and problems caused by the myth of the perfect best friend.

D-4 Homeschooling Kids Who Seem Reluctant to Learn

Susan Kaseman–Recognizing the many ways in which kids (and adults) learn. Respecting each child’s unique timetable. Understanding why you don’t have to worry about teaching your kids everything they’ll need to know as adults. Ways of encouraging learning.

D-5 Strengthening Your Family Through Homeschooling

Larry Kaseman–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.

D-6 Keeping Our Balance While Unschooling: How To Exhale and Enjoy While Others Hold Their Breath

Erich Moraine–There are innate human attributes such as curiosity, creativity, courage, and kindness which, if given expression in an unschooling environment, make for a more enjoyable experience for everyone. The challenge is to learn how to notice these qualities while keeping in balance the concerns which are so easy to notice.

D-7 The History of Public Libraries

Tomi Fay ForbesFrom privately held collections in private homes to today’s public library system, find out how public libraries came to be the institutions that we know today. In this workshop participants will learn more about Andrew Carnegie and the legacy of libraries he left in Wisconsin and how these libraries reflect the time in history and the communities in which they were built.

D-8 Homeschooling Children With Special Needs: A Discussion

Cindy White, ModeratorJoin 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, as well as finding social opportunities for your child.

D-9 Nine Things That Should Be in Your Curriculum But Probably Aren’t: Creating a Curriculum Designed Specifically For Your Family

Roy Underhill–How to make homeschooling work for your particular family by including non-traditional topics in your curriculum, such as drawing, statistics, and proverbs. Ways to invigorate traditional topics with non-traditional methods, such as ambidexterity or playacting. How to discover possible topics, especially in non-academic activities your child enjoys, such as comic books or sports. Deciding which ones might work for your family, finding resources, evaluating the results.

D-10 Homeschooling Gifted Children

Jessica ZappiaWhat does it mean to be “gifted”? Children who understand concepts quickly, have a heightened sensitivity to external stimulation, are very creative, find themselves becoming an expert on one subject in detail for an extended amount of time can all be referred to as gifted, but what does this mean? Homeschooling these precocious children can be incredible and challenging. The presenter will talk about what it means to be gifted and what challenges and rewards parents face when homeschooling these intense learners.

D-11 Earning College Credit During High School and Preparing a Transcript

Lori Guilliams and Janet Oszvath-Keeping records of your high school academic work, converting what you have done into high school credits to put on a transcript, ways to earn dual credits during high school, and using resources such as REA books and CLEP study guides to prepare for the CLEP tests. Each presenter has a son who is a homeschool graduate.

D-12 How Teens View Their Homeschooling Experience: A Panel Discussion

Marty Deming, Moderator-Teens share their homeschooling experiences, some of what they’ve studied and done, and how they feel about it, for an audience of other homeschooling teens and parents, those considering homeschooling for high school, and those interested in a variety of homeschooling experiences and how they work out.

D-13 Build WPA’s Second LEGO® City

John and Sylvia Peine-Construct buildings and vehicles for a huge city. Watch the LEGO city grow during the conference. Learn about architecture, geometry, spatial relations, city planning, and more. Separate area where younger children can build with larger DUPLOs. All materials provided. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a responsible older person.

D-14 Fun and Games For All Ages

Johanna Landowski and Ana KomroJoin a group of homeschoolers to learn and play a variety of easy–to–learn, fun–to–play movement and thinking games. This workshop is open to everyone.

D-15 Birds of Prey Basics

Rex Runke-Come and learn about birds of prey, their anatomy and behaviors, and their role in our environment. Meet one or two live birds.