Meet & Greet
Join us in the central commons area on Friday from 4-5:30pm. This is a social gathering for all ages. Meet new folks, talk to experienced homeschoolers, ask questions, tell stories, and browse the Resource Fair. There will also be a scavenger hunt for kids! Light refreshments will be served. Stop by for 5 minutes or stay the whole time.
Welcome from board president Pamela Roland
Keynote Speaker, Scott Lynch : Authentic Homeschooling in the Information Age
Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Join us as we honor students who are marking the transition into the next phase of their lives. This is always a touching event where we see, first-hand, extraordinary examples of how homeschooling works. If graduating seniors would like to participate in the ceremony, contact Jenny Landowski at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18, 2018.
Tickets to the Friday night events only are available for $20 per attendee. Friday night events are included in the full conference registration. The Friday-night-only option is available for family or friends who may wish to only attend the Graduation Recognition.
Join us immediately following the Opening Ceremony and Graduation for a time to talk one-on-one with experienced homeschoolers. Table Talks will be arranged by category; high school, record-keeping, getting started, curriculum etc. and will be led by WPA Regional Contacts and WPA Board Members.
This year the Resource Fair will be open 4-10 pm on Friday and 7 am-5 pm on Saturday. The Resource Fair is located in the heart of the conference area and will be open late enough for those who wish to tuck kiddos into bed and come back to peruse alone. Exhibitors offer resources for all homeschoolers, whatever your approach to homeschooling. Curricula, textbooks, workbooks, games, art materials, toys, activity opportunities, and books will all be on display. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, get ideas, and make some purchases.
Annual Member Meeting
Come and hear about what WPA has been doing in the past year and what the future holds. It is the time where you (the members) can ask questions, raise issues, and make suggestions for the organization. WPA is a grassroots organization. That means YOU are the organization. A lot of changes are on the horizon for WPA, come learn what is happening and how you can influence the future of WPA.
On Saturday in Expo Room 4 there will be tables set up for you to bring items you’d like to get rid of and pick up items that look intriguing to you. As homeschooling families, money can be tight. This is a chance to share things you’re finished with and to acquire things that might breathe some new life into your daily routine. Books, curriculum, manipulatives, and videos are welcome. No money may exchange hands and all items left at the end of the conference will be donated or sold at Half Price Books, proceeds to WPA. Help your community and your closets!
Connections is a place for families to play, hang out, and visit all day (Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm). Activities include electronics take-aparts, ink-dying banners, sensory table, texture rubbings, and a monster maker game. Adults are encouraged to step in and share the activities with their kids. It is a great place for parents to get new ideas for their families and for kids to meet other kids and try something new.
“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. These items are NOT for sale. They are a resource provided by your fellow homeschoolers to help you explore and make decisions about what you may want to purchase for your own use. Located near the WPA table in the main commons.
An indoor heated pool, children’s pool, and whirlpool are available to all hotel guests from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm daily. A lifeguard must be on duty to use the water slide. The water slide will be open Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 – 11:00 am.
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