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.


C Workshops (Saturday, 1:00-2:10 pm)

C-1 Eight Ways to Encourage Learning

Susan Kaseman–No matter how you approach homeschooling, learning in your family will increase if you keep your priorities clear, recognize the many ways in which people learn, follow learners’ leads and timing, broaden your exposure to the world and its possibilities, appreciate questions, recognize the value of mistakes, resist most urges to correct your kids, and understand that the first 150 songs are the hardest.

C-2 Where Are We Going? How Will the Kids Turn Out? A Brief Presentation Followed by a Discussion

Cindy Duckert–Join a mother of two grown, successful homeschoolers to explore the advantages to homeschooling that are hard to see in the thick of it and ways of realizing the most important things we do as homeschooling families. Hear her reflections on what she did well and what she would do differently if she had it to do over and her thoughts on carrying on homeschooling adventures after the kids leave home.

C-3 The Stories That Bind Us

Tomi Fay Forbes–How do you make your family even stronger? Developing a family narrative – knowing your family history – will help children be more confident in themselves and stable when they face challenges. In addition, it is research and writing that is fun. Learn many different approaches to researching and writing your own family’s history, including doing projects and activities that involve children of all ages

C-4 Homeschooling Children Age 9 and Younger

Limor Hendricks and Jessica Martin–Hear the presenters’ tips, tricks, and experiences that show that learning opportunities are everywhere, often in unexpected places. Explore ways that children benefit from being surrounded by family and learning through daily life, indoor and outdoor play, reading aloud, sibling interactions, community activities, and pursuing what interests them. The workshop will not cover using purchased curriculums to keep children at grade level.

C-5 Exhibitor Workshop: Vision and Learning: The Hidden Disability

Dr. Linda Dejmek–Vision Development ODs of WI–Can a bright child do poorly in reading, writing, spelling, or math? Or spend hours struggling to complete school assignments? Yes, if they have an undetected vision problem! Vision Therapy can help kids who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning. Common signs include: losing place on the page, words running together, confusion/reversals of letters, easily distracted/fatigued, low reading comprehension or fluency, and poor handwriting.

C-6 What To Do When You Have Doubts about Homeschooling

Lori Guilliams–Are the kids learning enough of the right things? Do I have what it takes to homeschool? How can I respond to criticism from others? Discover ways to deal with times of doubt. Figure out when to let doubts and criticism go and when to use them as a springboard for making changes that will strengthen your homeschool and your family. For both new and experienced homeschoolers. Bring your questions.

C-7 Homeschooling When Money is Tight

Mary Sue Slifer–How you can homeschool for very little money regardless of your approach. Saving money when purchasing curriculums and learning resources. Using community resources, including the library, museum memberships, and people willing to share their knowledge. Reselling what you no longer need. Realizing that saving money is making money for your family. Downsides of public virtual charter schools.

C-8 Homeschooling with Integrity: Maintaining Family Freedoms

Larry Kaseman–Why we must take responsibility for protecting our freedoms or we will lose them. Understanding homeschooling as a fundamental right, not something we need permission to do. Dealing with public officials and professionals in education, health, and social services. How what one family does affects us all. Educating others and working together.

C-9 Homeschooling the High School Years with Confidence

Lori Fares–Discover creative ways parents and teens can work together to design a curriculum tailored to a teen’s goals, interests, and strengths. Find resources, ideas, and ways teens and parents can enjoy each other and avoid the typical teen stereotype. Make homeschooling high school a rich and rewarding adventure.

C-10 Exhibitor Workshop: College 101

Rachel Vonderheide, Admissions Counselor, Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC)–Presented by a homeschooler to homeschoolers, this workshop will cover college preparation, searching, and financing. While the presenter is an Admissions Counselor at WLC, her presentation will address college preparation and college admissions in general with examples from WLC.

C-11 Communicating Effectively in the Information Age: A Workshop for Teens With a Presentation Followed by a Discussion

Emma Landowski–Ways to strengthen our communication with people of all ages. Why listening is so important and how we can improve our listening skills. Advantages to face-to-face communication. Dealing with complications created by the use of smart phones, social networks, and other technologies. Tips for communicating with family members and friends, high school and college peers and professors, job interviewers, and co-workers. Presenter is a recent homeschool graduate.

C-12 An Introduction to Hoop Dance

Sarah Sparkles Strahler–Come join us for this fun family fitness playshop! Hoop dance is dance with a hula hoop that incorporates both mental engagement and physical movement. Hoop dance is a movement form that can be accessed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great addition to your homeschool physical education, and it can be affordably added to your at home activities. Parents and kids of all ages are welcome to join for an introduction to this joyous movement form. Be prepared to be barefoot.

C-13 Build WPA’s Second LEGO® City

See A-16. Also B-17 and D-13.

C-14 Fun and Games For All Ages

Johanna Landowski and Kiley Komro–Join 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 young people of all ages.

C-15 Game Time!

Petersen Family–Meet other homeschooling families while playing family games such as Apples to Apples, In A Pickle, Telestrations, Heads Up, and many others. Most games are ages 6 and up so younger players will need a helper. Bring your own favorite games to share during this informal, family fun time. Also D-14.

C-16 Math Games and Activities For All Ages

Lori Schultz–Join a group of homeschoolers to play games, discover math tips and tricks, explore resources, and participate in math conversations. Move from feeling anxious about math to feeling empowered. All ages welcome to participate in the games and activities.

C-17 Soccer for Ages 9 and Up

Tony Zappia Enjoy 30 minutes of individual ball control, foot movement, and overall techniques followed by tactical play with 5 v. 5 mini games. Bring water, proper attire, and running shoes or cleats. Shin guards optional. All equipment provided, but if you have a ball, feel free to bring it. No soccer experience necessary. Presenter is a coach with an NSCAA National License with 20 years of club and high school experience. For ages 5-8, see D-16.