Workshop Schedule

 

Friday, June 22nd

Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00 AM – EXHIBIT HALL PE BUILDING

 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

ALL WORKSHOPS HELD IN THE SALISH HALL

Room #110

INTRO to Homeschooling

Know your rights & responsibilities under WA Home-Based Instruction Law. WHO Board member and veteran homeschool mom Jennifer Loveless will discuss methods and approaches, advantages and disadvantages, socialization, and how to focus on the needs and personalities of your family. Homeschooling is not just a type of education; it is a way of life. Find out how it can work for you and your children’s future.

Room #158

PANEL

Top 8 Tripping Hazards in Homeschooling

We all make missteps occasionally—even in homeschooling.  But there is much to be learned from listening to the tales that veteran homeschool parents tell about tripping hazards they have experienced and witnessed along the way—then to realize that they not only survived, but are thriving. Join this veteran homeschool PANEL and glean from their collective experience and knowledge that may help you avoid, or recoup, from some common missteps of your own.

Room #157

High School Grades & Credits

In this class you’ll learn how to figure out high school credits and calculate grades. Lee Binz of The HomeScholar will tell you how to find the perfect grading scale and how to make your transcript official. This class is the PERFECT motivation for parents who need to finish their transcript or for parents who need to figure out the whole “transcript thing.” It’s a great nudge to get that job done now or to answer lingering questions about creating a transcript for their unique children.

Workbook

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

Your Child Can Love History with Notgrass
Presenter: Donna Ellenburg

Notgrass History combines engaging lessons, primary source documents, full-color photographs and illustrations, classic literature, and hands-on activities to help children understand and enjoy history, government, civics, and economics.

Room #159

Experience Excellence in Writing
Presenter:
  Gretchen Odegaard

Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports, and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch at All Anymore

Homeschooling’s tough; there’s no doubt about it. So how do we survive? How can we thrive? And what should we say when the 300th person pulls out the exact same box of questions about homeschooling? Come hear this 20-year veteran of homeschooling, author & humorist Carol Barnier, who will have you laughing as she shares how to relax and enjoy the ride (and also learn some fun ways to answer those pesky questions.) Put your seat belts on!

Room #158

Building a Solid Math Foundation

Who is going to build a house by starting with the walls? Without a solid foundation, those walls may hold up for a bit but eventually will come crashing down. Like building a house, we need to start with a strong foundation and build up from there. It doesn’t have to be hard! Join Ann Meola, of RightStart Math, to see how easy it can be.

Room #157

Teaching Your Children Shakespeare

For some of us, Shakespeare’s English can seem like a foreign language that we struggle to understand and doubt we can teach our children. However, learning Shakespeare teaches us so much about the English language, literature, theater, and even what it means to be human.

Based on her experiences teaching her own 6 children and their friends, Amy Beckstead Leonard, WHO Chair, will show you how you and your children can study Shakespeare together and how much you all can gain from the experience.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

Struggling Readers? At last–Something that Works & Works Quickly! – Read Right Systems
Presenter: Dee Tadlock, PhD

Find out why, in spite of your best instructional efforts and your child’s cooperation in the learning environment, he (or she) still struggles with reading. Learn about a unique, paradigm-shifting intervention program that compels the brain to figure out how to make excellent reading happen. Even the most challenged reader can be transformed to an excellent reader in months—not years.

Room #159 Bon Voyage French School Program
Presenter:
  Elizabeth PorterThis session will focus on Elizabeth Porter’s unique method of teaching language to promote fluency and global understanding.  We’ll discuss the science behind how the brain acquires language and the best and most effective methods for learning a second language.  Elizabeth will present examples of activities used in her own classes to aid in building language connections in the brain.  Participants will also get to participate in a small vocabulary lesson—learning colors through song.

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

Reaching the Reluctant Writer

Many children really do not like to write. Why? Andrew Pudewa, of Institute for Excellence in Writing, will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines, and “dress-up” checklists. Results guaranteed!

Room #158

Permaculture: the Key to a Regenerative Future

Join Matt Powers, local author, educator, seed saver, and homestead gardener, as he shares hopeful and inspiring examples of applied permaculture from around the world. See regenerative examples both on and off the farm, on land and on sea, and in professional and large-scale settings. Learn how you can apply that knowledge to your own systems for greater health, ecological regeneration, life learning, and entrepreneurship.

Room #157

Homeschooling on a Shoestring – Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the curriculum and supplemental options available? Anyone could be, but when budgets are particularly tight, it can make choices even more stressful.  Veteran homeschooler Tambra Birkebak knows how you feel.  She homeschooled her four children K-12, and for many of those years on a tight missionary budget.  She will help you tweak your educational perspective to find those frequently overlooked no-cost/low-cost ways to weave a quality home education for your family with a budget in mind.

Exhibitor Workshops

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Stem to Steam
Presenter:
Kathy Gendreau

We know it’s important to engage our kids in STEM-focused learning, but how do we go beyond the textbook to make learning more fun?  How do we engage a reluctant learner?  Where do we find time to let our kids explore and be creative?  In this workshop, we will explain the fundamental connection between the arts and STEM and how the creativity found in art is the key to making learning more engaging, fun, and accessible for all learners.  By moving from STEM to STEAM, we engage our kids’ natural creativity and curiosity by capturing their imagination in a way that gets them excited about learning.

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

Help! How Do I Teach This Highly Distractible Child?

Do you have the child for whom the expression “Squirrel!” was invented? Do the simplest of assignments seem to take forever? Is he distracted by sounds and sights that you and his siblings don’t even notice? How do you teach such a child? Come find out the secret from author Carol Barnier, and put the joy of learning BACK into homeschooling for your distractible student.

Room #158

Fantasy and the Reader’s Heart

Fantasy can inspire readers in their spiritual lives, but parents, teachers, and other adults who guide children must be able to discern good, moral fantasy, as well as know how to identify destructive fantasy. Fantasy Author Bryan Davis will explore these issues from a Christian world view.

Room #157

Don’t Forget the Reflection!

As John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”  Slowing down to reflect not only enhances the knowledge/experience acquired, it has implications for a student’s confidence and motivation.  But how???  KD Maynard of Oak Meadow will take us on a quick tour through the ages & stages, with some focused tips for reflection.  ]

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

 

*Phonics – Silent Elephant “e”

Phonetic Reading with Silent Elephant “e”, a reading program for ALL learners of ANY age, is based on phonemic awareness. Students progress to the precisely organized, multi-sensory, fun, memorable phonics portion, enabling students to make sense of the abstract rules of phonics. Classroom tested: every student using the program for 3 months progressed to his/her grade level or beyond.

Room #159 Classical Education: Building Life-Long Learning Skills
Presenter: Classical Conversations RepresentativeFor some, the term “Classical Education” is a mystery. However, it is simply the process by which any person learns, be it academic or otherwise. Whether we are young or old, have learning disabilities, or just don’t feel like we can “do it,” we all learn using the same process. Hear about building life-long learning skills with the support of a community.

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day

Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t.  You must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. Andrew Pudewa, of Institute for Excellence in Writing, will enlighten you with specific ways to find & create relevancy for children, even without apparent interest.

Room #158

The Mystery of an Online Class

Why do students take online classes? Convenience. Versatility. Community. But how does a parent judge which class is better than another and what the expectations should be? As a brick-and-mortar school teacher turned homeschooling mom and online teacher, Deborah Simon, M.Ed. is set to explain the online class from a teacher’s and parent’s point of view. What role do parents play? Why is the material important to the class dynamic? And, most importantly, who is that voice behind the computer?

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Homeschooling an Expanding Family

What do you do when you are homeschooling six children with levels spanning from preschool to a senior in high school? Methods that work for one or two children no longer preserve sanity. WHO Chair Amy Beckstead Leonard will share suggestions and strategies that helped her as life expanded and she found herself simultaneously teaching a child to read and helping with college applications; reading Blueberries for Sal alongside Dante’s Inferno; and employing manipulatives  for beginning addition while relearning and teaching Calculus.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

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Teaching Self-Government for Homeschool Success
Presenter:  Nicholeen Peck

If we are constantly battling our children, how can we create an environment to build leaders? The most inspiring of all lessons taught in the home is that of a good parent/child relationship. There are no tricks to achieving children who govern themselves, happily and willingly obeying the counsel of their parents. A working family government and an atmosphere of acceptance and love turns the heart of a child to his/her parents. Don’t just parent your children; teach them the skills they need to govern themselves. This one skill makes or breaks the homeschool environment.

Room #159

Math is More than Just Numbers with RightStart™ Math
Presenter:
  Ann Meola

Poetry is beautiful because it has rhyme, reason, and pattern. Poetry paints a picture. It is so much more than letters, just as math is so much more than numbers. RightStart™ Math becomes poetry when it’s explored and understood. Do you see the patterns in math? Does math paint a picture? If you said no to these questions, you need to come and discover the beauty of math.

 

Exhibit Hall Closes at 6:00 PM


Saturday, June 23rd

Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00 AM

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

Teaching and Evaluating Writing

Evaluating students’ writing can be difficult for anyone, but especially for the parent who may feel less than confident.  Learn how to provide specific models and stylistic goals for each composition and give specific assignments for both fiction and non-fiction. Solve the “How long does it have to be?” and the “Don’t you want to add a little more detail?” problems.  Andrew Pudewa, of Institute of Excellence in Writing, will help you design and communicate model-based writing assignments and have a concrete tool to objectively evaluate them.

Room #158

Let’s Play Math Games!

 Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed math fact test? Are you beating your head against the wall because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? Ann Meola , of RightStart Math, will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking to practice their math facts more! Come and discover games to help your child learn their math facts.

Room #157

INTRO to Homeschooling

Know your rights & responsibilities under WA Home-Based Instruction Law. Get started and learn what’s right for you.   Lose your newbie jitters and get encouraged to take the plunge into the great adventure that is homeschooling.   Advocacy Chair on the WHO Board and Veteran homeschool mom Jen Garrison Stuber has been a strong advocate of homeschooling in WA.  She has encouraged many new and veteran homeschoolers, from Parent-Qualifying Classes to Transcript Courses and WHO’s facebook page.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

Phonics – Silent Elephant “e”

Phonetic Reading with Silent Elephant “e”, a reading program for ALL learners of ANY age, is based on phonemic awareness. Students progress to the precisely organized, multi-sensory, fun, memorable phonics portion, enabling students to make sense of the abstract rules of phonics. Classroom tested: every student using the program for 3 months progressed to his/her grade level or beyond.

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

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What Are You Thinking? Learning Styles & Beyond

So often, learning style materials pour all their time and energy into finding the right label for your child’s learning style. (Yes, we now know he’s a right brained, global, sub-dominant, argyle-wearing, rational wombat . . . but . . . how do I teach him to spell?). This talk is BIG on the beyond that. How do you TEACH this child on Monday morning? This workshop, from author Carol Barnier, will be all about “What do we do now?” Come away with lots of ideas you can use for various learning styles.

Room #158

The Husband & Dad as Hero

Author Bryan Davis takes men on a hero’s journey and looks at how men can be heroes as husbands and dads. Speaking from a Christian perspective, Bryan discusses how men can reflect God’s fatherly and husbandly attributes for their families in sacrificial ways, thereby demonstrating heroic virtues. Bryan encourages feedback from men in the audience to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences

Room #157

Growing Emotional Intelligence

How can we cultivate our children’s Emotional Intelligence?  KD Maynard of Oak Meadow will share how, by blending feelings and thinking, human beings can forge respectful relationships, make conscious decisions, and take intentional actions.  Learn how to weave these concepts into “content learning” to foster the growth of connected, responsible global citizens.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

Early Reading Instruction: Reading Effortlessly from the Beginning – Read Right Systems
Presenter:
Dee Tadlock, PhD

Every year there is a small percentage of three- and four-year-olds who learn to read excellently without any instruction. These children’s parents, by accident, created the kind of environment required to enable their children’s brains to painlessly and seamlessly figure out how to make excellent reading happen. Come to this presentation and learn how to purposefully create such an environment.

Room #159 Classical Education: Building Life-Long Learning Skills
Presenter: Classical Conversations RepresentativeFor some, the term “Classical Education” is a mystery. However, it is simply the process by which any person learns, be it academic or otherwise. Whether we are young or old, have learning disabilities, or just don’t feel like we can “do it,” we all learn using the same process. Hear about building life-long learning skills with the support of a community.

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

Reading Strategies for the Struggling Reader

As schools have made reading their new god, believing  producing good readers will solve all their problems, many children—the dyslexic, the easily distracted, the auditorily challenged—are truly left behind in the rush to improve test scores. What school perspective lacks (but many parents discover) is that reading is more than rapidly decoding symbols.  With humor & insight, Andrew Pudewa, of Institute for Excellence in Writing, will share stories and strategies for helping such students engage the cognitive processes of reading, with wider, practical, creative, and imaginative approaches.

Room #158

The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Giftedness & Twice-Exceptionality

Learn about who these students are, where they come from, what needs they have, when is best to identify and meet their needs, why they need special help, and how to help them. In this interactive, information-filled session by a homeschooling mom trained in gifted education, Deborah Simon, M.Ed. of Northwest Gifted Child Association, will provide specific resources for students and parents and information on how to adapt homeschooling methods for gifted and twice-exceptional students.

Room #157

PANEL

 

Homeschooled; A Reflection

Before you hit the Panic Button, come hear from these previously homeschooled PANEL of young adults as they share about their adventures through homeschooling and into post high school life.  Hear about their experiences, their perspective, looking back, and looking forward, and finish up with a Q&A time.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room #155

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The Power of Calm: Parenting Strong-willed Children
Presenter:  Nicholeen Peck

Calmness is freedom. Too many families live in emotional bondage. When a parent can be calm, even if their child isn’t, the parent is able to touch the heart of the child. In fact, calmness is key to changing the heart. It is possible to be calm when someone else isn’t and to get them calm at the same time. Come find out how you can experience the power of calm.

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #110

17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch at All Anymore

Homeschooling’s tough; there’s no doubt about it. So how do we survive? How can we thrive? And what should we say when the 300th person pulls out the exact same box of questions about homeschooling? Come hear this 20-year veteran of homeschooling Carol Barnier, who will have you laughing as she shares how to relax and enjoy the ride (and also learn some fun ways to answer those pesky questions.) Put your seat belts on!

Room #158

Permaculture: the Key to a Regenerative Future

Join Matt Powers, local author, educator, seed saver, and homestead gardener, as he shares hopeful and inspiring examples of applied permaculture from around the world. See regenerative examples both on and off the farm, on land and on sea, and in professional and large-scale settings. Learn how you can apply that knowledge to your own systems for greater health, ecological regeneration, life learning, and entrepreneurship.

Room #157

Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers

You can afford college and earn BIG merit-based scholarships you thought reserved for the uber-intelligent or Olympic-level athletes. Lee Binz of The HomeScholar will reveal why merit scholarships provide the most money and teach you which college admission test (i.e., the SAT or ACT) is best and why. You will learn how to make SURE your child will stand out above the crowd, regardless of gifts or challenges, how to find a college that gives great scholarships, and the secrets to creating prime homeschool records.

Workbook   Bonus EBook  Notebook Cover


Exhibit Hall Closes at 4:00 PM