Workshop Schedule

 

Friday, June 9th

Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00 AM

 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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Ed Zaccaro

How Parents Can Nurture a Passion for Mathematics by Ed Zaccaro

Research shows that thousands of hours of meaningful practice are the key to excellence in mathematics. Because of this, children who are studying mathematics must not only progress through their curriculum at the proper pace, but also must be exposed to material that lights a fire and nurtures their love of math.  A failure to find mathematics challenging, interesting, or relevant are significant factors when children lose interest in the subject.  In this session Ed Zacarro of Hickory Grove Press will give parents information that will help them nurture their children’s passion for mathematics by showing them high-interest uses of mathematics in the real world.

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Got Passion?  How to Find Your Child’s Passions by Resa Steindel-Brown

How to find your children’s passions when you’re short on time and can’t even find their shoes!   Having trouble getting things done?  Constantly rushing to the next activity?  How do you find your child’s gifts and passions when you can’t find time to do the laundry?  Instead of fighting it all, learn from Resa Steindel-Brown of Passion Oriented Education how to watch out for and conquer Time Distractions, Time Warps, Interruptions, and Unidentified Interferences. Discover how to use your child’s natural energy cycles to optimize time and maximize efficiency.  Leave this session armed with strategies to create a workable schedule that prioritizes passion—one that works!

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FREEDOM: Practical Strategies to Help You Flourish at Home by Mary Jo Tate

Do you struggle to get it all done? Are you exhausted, frustrated, or overwhelmed by your responsibilities? Mary Jo Tate of Flourish at Home will help you learn how to protect and prioritize your time, be a good steward, and use it for what’s most important. In this encouraging talk, you’ll learn how to find freedom from chaos and overload so that you and your family can enjoy a more balanced, God-honoring, and peaceful life.

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OSPI Mixer
Join the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, and WHO’s Advocacy Chair Jen Garrison Stuber for an informal meet and greet.

Exhibitor Workshops

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Raising our Boys to be Gentlemen presented by Monica Irvine – Etiquette Factory

Parents, this is such an important workshop if you are raising boys & girls!   We’ve got to do all that we can to help our boys understand that these life skills will directly impact every part of their life, both personally and professionally. These skills are essential for true success. Dads, you will be so grateful you attended this as well. You can’t raise a gentleman if you’re not a gentleman. Let’s make sure we are. Don’t miss this!

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Help! I Have a Reluctant Writer! – WriteShop

“I hate writing!” Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Then join Kim as she shares 10 common stumbling blocks to writing, and discover how to help your kids overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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INTRO to Homeschooling by Janice Hedin

Kick off your homeschooling with a strong start by knowing your rights and responsibilities under the WA Home-Based Instruction Law. Learn about different methods and styles of homeschooling, the many advantages and best “survival skills,” and how to find the one that’s right for your family. Veteran homeschool mom of two Janice Hedin has been a strong advocate for our homeschool law ever since she lobbied for its passage many years ago.  She has encouraged many new and veteran homeschoolers, through her sharing, from Parent-Qualifying Classes to Homeschooling High School Seminars

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Homeschooling Outside-the-Box – Scaffolding for Success  by Beth Ellen Nash

Key foundational principles provide a framework to decide what’s right for your child. You are teaching a child, not a curriculum, even as you lay a solid foundation of core academic skills and provide rich and broad exposure in other areas. Join Beth Ellen Nash of Wings to Soar to learn how to allow your curriculum to be your servant and guide as you learn to provide just the right amount of support to allow your student to go as slow as they need but as fast as they are ready.

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High School Grades and Credits by Lee Binz – The HomeScholar

Have you ever wondered, “How can I give grades when I don’t give tests?!” Lee Binz of The HomeScholar points out ways you already evaluate your children, and how you can translate that information into words and numbers that colleges will understand. Learn “grouch-free” ways to determine high school grades, and find freedom in grading criteria and grading scales.

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Teaching Writing to 5-7 year olds ­ Getting Off to a G-reat Start!  By Sally Bergquist – Growing Writers

This workshop will explain how to use the curriculum Growing Writers. Sally will also discuss the importance of beginning writing instruction when children are young and how a step­by­step approach to writing builds confidence.  She will also show how much fun it can be to teach writing!

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THE NOT-SO-KNOWN SECRET FOR HOMESCHOOL SUCCESS by Nicholeen Peck – Teaching Self Government

No matter the curriculum or philosophy you are using in your home school, there is one thing that could make it all better. After years of homeschooling and seeing what makes other home school families successful, I have realized that when parents implement one powerful thing into their home culture, home schooling becomes way more powerful!  When parents and children know this one secret for home school success, they are happier with home school and their family relationships improve, as well.

Room #6

 

 From Stem to Steam: Unlocking The Connection Between Art And The Sciences Through Ceativity And Hands-on Learning by Kathy Gendreau – STEAMboat Studio

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, and capture their imagination in a way that gets them excited about learning.

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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Why Teach Creative Writing? by Christopher Hansen

Why Teach Creative Writing?  Most parents have a general sense that their child ought to do a bit of creative writing. They know creativity is an essential skill in today’s world. Yet it is rarely taught. This seminar will explain the many benefits of incorporating creative writing into your student’s coursework. The benefits go much further than you imagine. In fact, it may be the most valuable subject of your homeschooling years. Don’t believe me? Come hear Christopher Hansen, author of The Magician’s Workshop, share how this preposterous claim could be true

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Fire ‘Em Up! How to Encourage Students to Be Invested and Engaged in Their Own Learning!
by KD Maynard

In this workshop, KD Maynard of Oak Meadow Independent Learning will help parents understand the usefulness of intrinsic motivation, look at what makes an effective learning environment, explore tools that help students learn more effectively, and how to use the assessment of student work to encourage fired-up engagement.

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How to Choose, and Use, Good Books for the Whole Family by May Jo Tate

Why, what, when, and how should you read? In this workshop, Mary Jo Tate of Flourish at Home will help you learn the life- changing power of reading; Christian principles for choosing good books; ideas for incorporating reading into your family’s life and education; effective ways to teach literature to all ages; strategies for making the most of your reading; and how to build a home library.

Exhibitor Workshops

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Vocabulary From the Roots Up! by Claire Jane Beck – Learning Explosion 

90%+ multi-syllable English words are Greek-Latin origin. Vocabulary should be learned from the roots! 10 minutes daily starting at Kindergarten, students acquire academic and robust vocabularies to prepare for SAT. Author, Claire Jane Beck, retired classroom teacher, demonstrates research-based procedures to make this worth your time! Join us for Vocabulary From the Roots Up!

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Motivating Your Teen and Enhancing Post High School Opportunities – Academy NW

Homeschooling through high school can be a wonderful but challenging experience.  Academy Northwest partners with the parents and their teens to provide a tailored learning program that works with the students’ core values and goals.  Find out how Academy Northwest can optimize scholarship and career opportunities through this unique blend of private school and home education.

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Astronomy Made Easy with Horizon Globe by Tom VanDamme – Horizon Globe

Everyone, adults and kids, can delight in watching the spectacular display of the sun, moon, stars, and planets as they travel across our sky. The Horizon Globe helps you unlock the secrets of this exhibition, making the stars and their nightly stories unforgettable. Find out why this easy way to learn the science of astronomy is being adopted by universities.

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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MORE Examples of God at Work Throughout America’s History – New! by Dr. Tom Hoyle

This live and colorful digital workshop explores eight more cases of God’s wonderful providence in American heritage.  It is clear and intriguing for the whole family.  Dr. Tom Hoyle shares fascinating episodes from the War for Independence, the 1814 salvation of Washington D.C., bullet-proof Clara Barton, George Washington Carver, the crucial Battle of Midway, and the gripping saga of Apollo 13.  This presentation comes from Colonel Tom Hoyle’s 34 years in the USAF Reserve, especially in Washington D.C.

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So You Would Like to Publish a Book! by Scott LaPierre

As a homeschooling family, you want your children to write. What better way to encourage them than with the goal of later holding their own book in their hands! With the popularity of self-publishing, it has never been easier to turn your thoughts – or your children’s thoughts – into an electronic or paperback book. Join Scott LaPierre, author of Marriage God’s Way, as he discusses literary agents, traditional versus self-publishing, editing, and cover and interior design.

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High School Planning: Your Goals This School Year by Lee Binz of The HomeScholar

You have only one goal per year in the four years of high school, and each goal has discrete, manageable tasks that you can complete one at a time. When you strip away all the fluff and meringue, it’s not very scary at all. Let Lee Binz of The HomScholar teach you what you need to do each year of high school so you can put it on your calendar now.

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Everything is Interesting, But How Do I Help My Kids See It? by Brandon Hendrickson – Schools for Humans
How can we help our kids go deep into science? In this workshop, Brandon Hendrickson will show you how to spark interest, memory, and understanding. You’ll learn how to effectively use your research time, fall in love with topics yourself, and draw your child deep into what’s interesting
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Math-­U­-See – Math­-You-­Hate becomes Math-­U­-Love with Math-­U­-See by Sue Wachter – Demme Learning

Math-­U-­See’s unique instructional approach using simple but powerful manipulatives, videos, and textbooks helps students master math concepts and fundamental skills. Our manipulatives are used to represent abstract math concepts to be represented in clear, relatable ways. Come see how even reluctant mathematicians can help children develop a positive relationship with math.

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Is Your Child Struggling with Reading? Find Out Why – Dee Tadlock, PhD

Read Right, based on theoretical constructs that challenge mainstream thinking in the field of reading, has a 25-year record of success in transforming struggling readers to excellent readers. This presentation will explain what causes reading problems and how they can be eliminated–in months, not years!

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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Just DO It: Experience Science – Learn easy ways to include more science activity in your homeschool by Pam Delaney

In this session, veteran homeschool mom (with a BS in biochemistry, who teaches life science and chemistry) Pam Delaney discusses the value of experiential learning in science education and provides ideas for building science curiosity in students.  In addition, she will identify helpful resources and give suggestions for getting past some of the roadblocks that can stall science studies at home.

Room #2

Resa Brown

Unleash Your Child’s Creativity and Passions . . . The Next Step in Homeschooling! by Resa Steindel-Brown

So you’ve figured out your child’s academics and maybe some interests, but is that enough? Can you go deeper and unleash your child’s innate creativity, discover their gifts, and ignite their passions?  Resa Steindel-Brown of Passion Oriented Learning can show you how!   In this presentation, you will learn the step-by-step process for identifying and developing that creativity, engaging their active interests, integrating their passions into their curriculum, and bringing their brilliance out into the world.  Don’t miss this essential workshop!  Come join us!

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PANEL– A Kaleidoscope of Educational Styles – A Panel Discussion

Would you, could you, with a book? . . . Would you, could you, without one?  If you’re feeling the need for some change or stuck in a rut of buying the same “stuff” every year, well, here is your chance to venture into world of various experienced homeschoolers approaching this adventure from different philosophies, from classical . . . to unschooling, as they unravel some of the mysteries of differing approaches to learning.

Exhibitor Workshops

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Homeschooling Through High School by Cindy Clendenen – Classical Conversations

Having graduated three children after home schooling them all the way through high school, Cindy Clendenen, a Classical Conversations Director and Support Representative, will share the ins and outs of navigating the college application process! As a Challenge IV director (for seniors in high school), Ms. Clendenen noted that both her own children and all of the challenge IV graduates received significant scholarship offers. She believes that home schooling through high school provides students and families great opportunities and great preparation for success in the college years. Getting from high school to college can feel like a daunting process! This session is designed to help you navigate the college admissions waters well by covering: Transcripts and Testing, The Common Application, The College Application Calendar (when to do what).
While Ms. Clendenen will speak about the services offered by Classical Conversations that can help you through the college process, the talk will benefit any homeschooler needing to navigate the college admissions

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Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist by Deborah Burns – The Medical Transcriptionist

Discover a step-by-step guide to what medical transcription is; medical transcription versus medical billing & coding; learning medical transcription simply.  Learn about marketing your business easily and everything you wanted to know about earning potential, equipment, electronic files, how to get hands-on work experience, work for services, and much more.

 Room #6 H.E.L.P.! Hope in Educating your child with Learning Problems using RightStart Math by Kerry Williams

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. Mix in a child with learning challenges and you may end up becoming very discouraged and possibly ready to throw in the towel. Be encouraged—you are NOT alone. Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning challenge or simply doesn’t “get” math, RightStart Math can help. In this workshop, you will learn some teaching strategies and techniques that will help children with learning challenges.

 

Exhibit Hall Closes at 7:00 PM


Saturday, June 10th

Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00 AM

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room #1

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How to Teach Creative Writing (and Love It) by Christopher Hansen

Guiding your child in creativity is important. But many parents don’t know how to teach creative writing and feel that they would do a poor job if they tried. It requires a unique perspective and a different set of skills than the ones used in other subjects. Come let Christopher Hansen, author of The Magician’s Workshop, introduce you to the tools that will make teaching this subject easy and enjoyable. In fact, it might even become your favorite subject.

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INTRO to Homeschooling by Amy Leonard

Learn the five simple steps to homeschooling legally in Washington state. Amy Leonard was homeschooled as a child and has educated her children since birth—two of them are now in college, and she still teaches the younger four at home. She 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!

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Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child by Lee Binz of The HomeScholar

You don’t have to change the way you homeschool to make your child fit the “college box.” Join Lee Binz of The HomeScholar to learn how to create a unique transcript for your unique child, and it will help them stand out in the crowd of college applicants!

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Support for More Effective Learning – Family Academy

Want to make learning “STICK”?  Family Academy offers a whole toolbelt that parents can choose from to improve their homeschooling efforts: training for parents through webinars and a parent-qualifying course, family learning adventures (like Yellowstone this Sept 4-8), online support for students with learning challenges, and several other helpful resources.

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Classical Education: The Basics – Classical Conversations

What is a classical education? Can it be Christian and classical?  Is it doable for the “normal” family? Is it just boring memorization and recitation? These are a few of the questions we’ll answer together during our session. Join us to find out more about educating your children classically through high school with the support of a community!

Room #6 How Can I Use History to Talk About the Questions That Really Matter? By Brandon & Kristin Hendrickson – Schools for Humans
What’s more important: freedom or safety? Being fair or being right? History can be a flight simulator for life. In this workshop, Brandon and Kristin Hendrickson will show you how to turn world history into short, compelling stories and conduct powerful discussions around the questions that matter.

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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PANEL– Home-Grown Success:

Before you hit the Panic Button, come hear from these current and previously homeschooled PANEL of young adults as they share about their movements through home-schooling and into life-living.  Hear about their experience, their perspective, looking back to things like what they might have missed out on and what they felt like they gained.  Learn of career interests, how some transitioned into the working world and/or college, and finish up with a Q&A time

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A Bit of An Odd Duck? Nurture Your Child’s Quirky Behaviors and Creative Intelligences Into Their Own Unique Brilliance! by Resa Steindel-Brown

Restless, unfocused, hyperactive, daydreams, doodles, taps at odd times, talks to himself, hums, fiddles, drums, stacks the table silverware, mixes the salt and pepper, only wants to play outside and is just not getting with the program? There are a million more idiosyncratic clues our children leave us to help them connect to their innate authenticity, creativity and passions.  Join Resa Steindel-Brown, of Passion Oriented Learning, to learn how to read the signs and link those quirky behaviors to your child’s gifts, talents, and personal brilliance.

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Single-Parent Homeschooling: How You Can Make It Work by Mary Jo Tate

Being a single parent is hard enough, but homeschooling as a single parent seems like an overwhelming challenge, says Mary Jo Tate, a single parent herself, who runs the Single Parents at Home website.  However, the growing number of single-parent homeschoolers testifies that it can be done. This workshop focuses on God’s faithfulness and offers hope, encouragement, and practical tips for single parents who want to homeschool, as well as suggestions for how others in the church, community, or family can help them

Exhibitor Workshops

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Taking the Fear Out of Fractions With RightStartTM Fractions by Kerry Williams – RightStart Math

Do you remember the groans in math class when the word “fraction” was said? There is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are fun when they are taught the right way. Come and find out! Find the beauty and simplicity of fractions using RightStart Math.

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Experience Excellence in Writing by Gretchen Odegaard – Excellence in Writing

Discover how to teach students of all ages to write stories, reports, and essays with style using the award­winning Excellence in Writing.

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Vocabulary From the Roots Up! by Claire Jane Beck – Learning Explosion 

90%+ multi-syllable English words are Greek-Latin origin. Vocabulary should be learned from the roots! 10 minutes daily starting at Kindergarten, students acquire academic and robust vocabularies to prepare for SAT. Author, Claire Jane Beck, retired classroom teacher, demonstrates research-based procedures to make this worth your time! Join us for Vocabulary From the Roots Up!

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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It MUST Have Been Created – New! by Dr. Tom Hoyle

This live and colorful digital workshop explores the fascinating Divine Design of outer space, the earth, and life.  It is clear and intriguing for almost anyone.  Dr. Tom Hoyle of Bible & Science Ministries presents examples of the moon, the world, carnivorous plants, the dragon fly, bees, the praying mantis, and much more!  Polite refutation of the theory of evolution is included.  This program developed out of his 30 years of sharing 3500 programs in all fifty states and five countries.

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Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: A Refreshing Perspective on the Flip-Side Strengths by Beth Ellen Nash

Struggling to help your child become a confident reader? Is your child’s dyslexia getting in the way of academic success? Glean from Beth Ellen Nash of Wings to Soar a fresh perspective into the flip-side strengths of the neurological differences that underlie dyslexia, which helps us see the strengths that should be celebrated and embraced along with the challenges that need to be addressed. Left Brain vs. Right-Brain; Verbal-Sequential vs. Visual-Spatial; Fine Detail vs. Big Picture; Procedural & Rote Learning vs. Intuitive Reasoning.

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College Admission and Scholarships by Lee Binz of The HomeScholar

This class is based on strategies I used to gain full-tuition scholarships for my own children, but also lessons learned from years of working with colleges and other homeschoolers. Learn from Lee Binz of The HomeScholar about preparing for college, finding a college, applying to college, getting scholarships, facing reality, and finding resources.

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Raising our Girls to be Ladies by Monica Irvine – Etiquette Factory

Today, our society is teaching girls that being a lady is a thing of the past. This is FALSE. Today’s young ladies need now more than ever to have conviction in what it means to be a lady, as they have an amazing opportunity to be an example to so many. Come, bring your daughters and listen to national motivational speaker and certified Etiquette Coach Monica Irvine teach what being a lady is all about. They will walk away inspired and excited to continue to learn the skills that will lead them to happiness. This is not just for moms…dads please come too.

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HOW MODERN PHILOSOPHIES ARE LEADING OUR FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS DOWN DESTRUCTIVE PATHS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT – Nicholeen Peck – Teaching Self-Government

Are you an effective parent? Are you causing your children more harm than good? These are questions that all conscientious parents ask themselves. In a groundbreaking class, Nicholeen Peck discusses popular forms of parenting throughout the ages and analyzes the positives and negatives of common parenting styles. Armed with years of experience raising children from varied backgrounds, Nicholeen illustrates some of the pitfalls of modern parenting styles and gives detailed answers on how to solve common issues.

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Spelling You See – Radically Different Spelling Success without Word Lists, Tests, Stress, or Tears by Sue Wachter – Demme Learning

Spelling You See’s unique low­stress learning experience guides students through four essential activities (listening, reading, copywork, dictation) presented at appropriate developmental stages. Without using word lists or tests, these activities help students transfer correct spellings of common words to long­term memory, so they can use correct spellings in everyday writing.  Spelling You See – Radically Different Spelling Success without Word Lists, Tests, Stress, or Tears.

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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Dealing With Doubt – by Tambra Birkebak

Few can escape going down that doubt road every now and again, but all doubt isn’t created equal.  After all, doubt is probably what brought us into the homeschooling circle in the first place (. . . doubt about the alternative/s).  Homeschooling means unfamiliar territory, and thus a state of uncertainty, making some doubt reasonable, but also subsequent discernment key.  Tambra Birkebak, veteran homeschooling mom of four, can help us take inventory of common homeschooling doubts, how to discriminate thoughtfully, and better options to deal with them productively.

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Strong Marriages for Healthy Homeschooling by Pastor Scott LaPierre

Homeschooling children flourish in environments where the parents have strong, healthy marriages. Conversely, children suffer emotionally and academically when there’s disunity or conflict between Mom and Dad. Join Pastor Scott LaPierre, the author of Marriage God’s Way, as he discusses how parents can have relationships that are joyful, loving, and provide an atmosphere for children to learn and grow in, not just academically, but emotionally and spiritually.

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Just Say No: Overcoming Interruptions & Distractions by Mary Jo Tate

You’re deep in conversation with your eighth-grader when the phone rings. You’re working for a business client when your fifth-grader suddenly has an urgent math question. How do you decide what gets your attention at any one time? In this workshop, Mary Jo Tate of Flourish at Home will share practical strategies for preventing interruptions and handling unavoidable interruptions wisely and receive encouragement to rest in God’s providence.


Exhibit Hall Closes at 4:00 PM