Workshop Session A — Saturday, May 5, 8:30-9:30 am

A-1: Homeschooling 101—Therese KluckJust getting started on your homeschooling journey?  Wondering if homeschooling would be a good choice for your family? This workshop will provide an overview of what is legally required and what homeschooling is about,  as well as where to find support and learning resources, and how to connect with other homeschoolers.

A-2: Why Facing Fear and Embracing Failure Are Essential For Homeschooling Success—Rebecca AhlWe all have fears around homeschooling.  This workshop addresses our common fears and how they affect our homeschooling.  Should we be afraid?  The speaker will talk about how to use data gathered by others and how to gather data ourselves to help us be less fearful and to guide us toward the best decisions for our homeschools. Presentation followed by Q&A.

A-3: Homeschooling 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds—Beth Kaseman-WoldThis workshop explores why and how children learn best through homeschooling.  Topics will include: 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, and  the risks of preschool screening and how you can avoid it.

A-4: The Modern Internet and Why You Need to Get Everyone Surfing on the Same Page—Scott Lynch—Modern homeschooling relies extensively on the use of the internet, but in the past 15 years, the nature of the internet has changed dramatically. Today’s generation of kids—sometimes called digital natives—may have very different perspectives from their parents on what it is and how to use it. The presenter will discuss how the internet has evolved and the importance of a shared understanding about how to use it effectively, responsibly, and safely. Many parents don’t distinguish between the internet and the World Wide Web. There is a big difference, and it has major implications, especially with regards to privacy and security.

A-5: Homeschooling with Dyslexia—Heidi ThorstadWhat is dyslexia?  Can we homeschool our dyslexic child or do we need outside help?  Where can we find support?  This workshop will focus on the ins and outs of homeschooling a child with dyslexia, whether the child has an official diagnosis or is just struggling with reading and spelling.   We will discuss dyslexia warning signs and myths, resources for parents and students, and diagnostic testing/assessment.  In addition, the presenter will share her personal success story of homeschooling a child with dyslexia.  If you have a child who struggles with reading and spelling, join us and be encouraged.

A-6: Homeschool Support Groups Panel Discussion—Jodi Buntin, ModeratorJoin a group of experienced homeschool support group representatives from around the state as they discuss the function and purpose of support groups.  They will give a picture of how support groups are structured and how they operate as well as what groups choose to offer their members and why. In addition there will be discussion about how homeschoolers might use support groups in order to get the most out of their experience as well as support the continuation of the group.  Time for Q & A will follow.

A-7: What Speech and Debate Can Offer Homeschooling Families—Colleen ManningCome and hear about how speech and debate competitions have influenced a family’s high school years.  Speech and debate offers opportunities to improve speaking skills, practice writing, develop research skills, increase confidence, and so much more.  Additional guests who are currently involved with the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association will share what this activity means to their families.  Resources for finding an opportunity near you will be included, including non-competitive opportunities.

A-8: Single Parents Can and Do Homeschool: A Discussion—Mary Sue Slifer, ModeratorDiscuss the joys and challenges of homeschooling as a single parent.  What has surprised you?  What are the biggest challenges? Where do you find support?  Open to all single parents; new, experienced, and those considering homeschooling.

A-9: Teen Icebreakers—Join a group of homeschooling teens for icebreakers, games and informal conversation.

▴ A-10: Build a Recycled City! — This session is now closed.  Consider Connections or the pool, come back to the Recycled City project in a another time slot. Join fellow homeschoolers and help create an amazing city!  Using basic craft materials and re-purposing recyclables, we’ll create all the buildings and spaces we want in our city. Bring your ideas and help make our city a good place to live. All materials provided, no building experience necessary.

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