The information below is from the May 2016 WPA Conference.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events.


B Workshops (Saturday, 10:15-11:25 am)

B-1 Homeschooling 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds

Beth Kaseman WoldWhy and how children learn best through homeschooling. Helping children learn from daily life and carefully selected resources and activities. The importance of play. Meeting kids’ and parents’ social needs. The disadvantages of formal preschool. The risks of preschool screening and how you can avoid it.

B-2 Choosing a Style of Homeschooling and Finding Resources

Tomi Fay Forbes–Overwhelmed by all the different styles of homeschooling that are available? Ready for a change from the style you’ve been using? Trying to figure out where to start? Basic information about various styles, including purchased curriculum, unit studies, classical, and more. Learn about ways to find resources that will work for your family. For both new and experienced homeschoolers.

B-3 Discovering the Joy in Math

Roy Underhill-Enrich your life and your understanding of math and prevent or overcome the “I hate math” mentality by exploring ways that math is as interesting, varied, and beautiful as art, music, and literature. Resources and activities that focus on the joy and beauty of math and delightful mathematicians including books, games, and activities for all ages, covering topics from basic computation to current research.

B-4 Time With Dad: A Discussion for Fathers

Uli Henes, ModeratorHow 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-5 I Think I Can Make It: An Adventure in Do-It-Yourself from Mustard to Makeup

Cindy and Kiley KomroHear the journey of a family who took on the challenge of learning to make things they used daily. Motivated by reducing waste, saving money, and reducing chemicals in their household, they learned to make a variety of things from food (including mayonnaise, mustard, Greek yogurt) to toiletry and household items (including hair products, household cleaners and makeup). The presenters will share how to start small (including some recipes) and build on what works and discard what doesn’t.

B-6 Foundations of a Christian Homeschool

Cindy WhiteSeeking to build faith in our children is about more than purchasing the right curriculum, having our children memorize Bible verses, joining the right youth groups, or completing math lessons using Biblical visuals. Homeschooling with a Christian foundation and worldview gives parents an opportunity to live out faith in Christ every minute of the day. An Evangelical Christian mom will share the goals set for her family, examples of how that shaped their homeschool and their lives, and what it looks like after 25 years of practice.

B-7 Introverts and Extroverts Together

Marty DemingWorry less and enjoy homeschooling more by paying attention to the basic differences between introverts and extroverts. Workshop includes information, perspectives, and how-to information for dealing with differences in how these two personality types think, learn, and interact. Learn about strategies for homeschooling across the extrovert-introvert divide.

B-8 Overcoming Doubts and Fears about Homeschooling

Lori GuilliamsWondering 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-9 Deschooling Ourselves as Homeschooling Parents

Jenina MellaWhat are some of the often overlooked ways in which conventional schools affect us as people? Are there things that conventional schools teach that homeschoolers need to communicate to their children so they are prepared to live in a world where the vast majority of adults are shaped by conventional schools? Why is it so hard to free ourselves from the assumptions and values of conventional schools? If we decide we want to deschool ourselves, how do we go about starting and staying on track?

B-10 Earn College Credit and a Degree Your Way and Inexpensively

Gretchen Kaseman BreiDuring high school and after, learn on your own and earn college credit (and a degree) for what you know by taking CLEP and other exams and completing online courses. Workshop includes resources to prepare for tests and test-taking strategies. Presenter earned 140 credits and her bachelor’s degree this way.

B-11 One Homeschool Graduate’s Experience Getting into College

Emma Landowski-Hear how one unschooler prepared for and gained entrance into college. Learn how she translated her life experience into a transcript, prepared for college entrance exams, and navigated the application process. The presenter is a homeschool graduate currently attending college.

B-12 Outdoor Activities for Teens

Steve Giles-Participants will meet in lobby of Gruenhagen Conference Center (weather permitting) for a walk to a nearby green space to play soccer, Frisbee, and other games participants bring. If the weather is unsuitable go to Connections for games and conversation.

B-13 Build WPA’s Third 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.

B-14 Introduction to Aikido

Chip Hankley, Evie Lynch, Scott Lynch–Interested in learning about a martial art called “The Way of Harmony” that uses your opponent’s energy to defuse a situation without harm? Join us for a demonstration, learn a little about the history, and try it yourself. We’ll also have information about training opportunities around Wisconsin. Be prepared to be barefoot.

B-15 Family Scattergories

The Powers Family–Families and friends will form teams and work together to play Scattergories. We’ll play at least 1 game of three rounds, more if time allows. This is a creative-thinking category based game.

B-16 Pertaining to Pets

Margaret Brackey-A talk with kids and their families about the joys and responsibilities of owning a pet. Learn how to engage your child in selecting the perfect pet for your family. This workshop will cover a range of common and not so common household pets. We will talk about everything from goldfish to Great Danes and lizards to lagomorphs. Workshop includes time for questions and discussion.