Workshop Schedule

Friday, June 21st

Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00 AM 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Ashley Wiggers

Ashley Wiggers

Leave Tradition Behind and Embrace True Learning

Tradition feels safe, but what if there’s a better way? Show your children the connections between all areas of learning that will pave the way for lifelong learners. You can use science, history and worldview as your base while teaching the “tool skills” of reading and writing. Come hear from author Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today Magazine and GeoMatters how you can increase efficiency, enjoyment, and interest in your homeschooling life.

Room B

Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

The 8 Components of a Quality Math Education that Many Homeschool Parents Miss

In this session Ed Zaccaro of Challenge Math will provide parents with information that will help them give their children the opportunity to develop a well-rounded education in mathematics. The session will stress mathematical thinking, rigor, depth, creative thinking, and problem solving. Help your children become more passionate about mathematics as you show them how math concepts are applied and how important math is in the world.

Room C

Lee Binz

Lee Binz

12 Keys to High School Success

In this workshop, Lee Binz of  The HomeScholar  will teach you 12 keys to high school success, including the key to gaining confidence, the key to the love of learning, the key to choosing curriculum, and the key to finding success even with with ever-changing situations. If you are feeling stress about the many responsibilities you have as the parent, teacher, and guidance counselor through the high school years or you need some recharging, the information in this encouraging class will help you homeschool high school with renewed confidence.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room D

What Makes Oak Meadow Unique?

Presenter:  Leslie Daniels, Oak Meadow K-6 Teacher

Is your family looking for a hands-on education that lets your student experience their learning on multiple levels? Oak Meadow curriculum is designed to give independent learners choices and opportunities for meaningful learning experiences. Oak Meadow incorporates elements of project-based, place-based, and experiential learning with creative activities to capture the interest of all types of learners and keep motivation high.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

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Amy Beckstead Leonard

INTRO to Homeschooling

Learn the five simple steps to homeschooling legally in Washington state. Amy Leonard, current WHO President, was homeschooled as a child and has educated her children since birth–three of them are now in college and she still teaches three at home. She will discuss the basics of law, methods & approaches, advantages & 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!

Room B

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Jennifer A.H. Ingalls

The Liberated Learner

Do you ever think, “I wish I could talk to someone who has been through all this and it turned out great?” This session is perfect for the parent with nagging doubts that their child won’t be well-equipped to meet the challenges of higher-education and career after a home education. Or for parents who face constant criticism about their home education choices from others.  Jennifer Ingalls will share on how her whole-child home education gave her the gift of insatiable curiosity, and the tools to succeed and thrive in academia, in healthcare, and in life.”

Room C

Nicholeen Peck

Saving Your Homeschool Day from the Expectation Trap

We all have an ideal picture of what we want our days to be like and our relationships to feel like, yet too many days don’t meet our ideals. Why? What happens? Whose fault is it? And most importantly, what can we do about it? Nicholeen Peck of Teaching Self-Government will help us understand the power and pitfalls of expectations, and how to find success in not-so perfect days, that will transform family and homeschooling.

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Exhibitor Workshops

Room D

Follow the Child: How Montessori Improves and Builds Your Child’s Motivation

Presenter: Antoinette LaGrossa

ShillerLearning: Montessori at Home – “Following the Child” – an often misunderstood part of the Montessori Method – unlocks your child’s talents. Developmentally appropriate work, sensory experience, practical work, and privileged concentration enable your child to become a self-motivated, goal-oriented, life-long learner.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Dale McGowan

The Four Parenting Styles

Fifty years have passed since Diana Baumrind described four parenting styles and the benefits and detriments of each. The model has continued to find strong support in research, even as developmental psychologists have expanded and refined it. Dale McGowan, author of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, will define the four types and describe how parents can focus on the proven best elements.

Room C

WHO Board Panel

Homeschooling…When the Going Gets Tough

Life Challenges? We all have them. But what do we do with them? From the everyday to the unexpected, life’s challenges can be a speed bump in our path or a stepping stone to something better. Journey with us and be encouraged by this WHO Board PANEL of homeschool veterans as they share bits of wisdom, insight, and inspiration from their own experiences and lessons learned along the way.

Breakout Sessions:

Single Parenting – Special Needs – Homeschooling a Large Family – Homeschooling While Working – Homeschool Law – Homeschooling Active Children – Homeschooling Through Major Life Disruptions

Exhibitor Workshops

Room B

Classical Conversations

Presenter:  Tara Andersen

What is a classical education? Is it doable for the “normal” family? Can it be both Christian and classical? Learn how classical education can provide accountability and a framework for your homeschool while using flexibility to personalize your child’s experience. Join us to discover the benefits of gathering together in Community weekly to support your journey from beginning to end.

Room D

Mountain Word Science

Mount St Helens Creation Center – A new, biblical approach to homeschool physical sciences (chemistry and physics) for older teenagers, approximately aged 14-18. Many current science curricula, while teaching worthy factual science, do not address the important skills that actually develop scientists. These skills include hypothesizing, investigating, testing, exploration, peer review, and literature search. Mountain Word Science aims to train young scientists at a rhetorical, rather than merely grammatical, level.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Ashley Wiggers

Ashley Wiggers

Homeschooling’s Greatest Enemy

The greatest enemy of homeschooling that all parents contend with is fear. Don’t let fear steal from your family’s ability to enjoy and thrive in this homeschooling journey. Come and be encouraged as author Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today Magazine and GeoMatters shares strategies for recognizing and eliminating fear from your homeschool! This homeschool graduate and daughter of homeschooling pioneers Debbie and Greg Strayer will calm your fears and leave you with a sense of hope

Room C

Carole Van Kleek

Carole Van Kleek

Homeschooling (still) Once Removed

Homeschooling is such a rewarding experience but, let’s face it, sometimes it can feel lonely and exhausting. Veteran Homeschool Mom and former WHO President Carole Van Kleek will be discussing many ways grandparents, other relatives, neighbors, and friends can come along side the homeschooling family and encourage, support, and enhance the homeschooling experience.  You can reap the rewards and satisfaction of being a more important and fun part of a child’s education and life.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room B

Ignite Your Childs Learning with a Neural Lens – Celtic Life and Heritage Foundation

Presenter: Anne Tipper

Learning can should be fun!  Engaging your child can be easy if you know the components.  Join us we cover the basics of how the brain works, the top five components to ignite your child’s learning, and practical resources available for free.

Room D

Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist –The Medical Transcription Service

Discover a systematic guide to what medical transcription is; medical transcription versus medical billing and 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. Presenter Deborah Burns

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Dale McGowan

Engaging Ethics

Author Dale McGowan draws on his experience as past director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union to explore current research and best practices for raising powerfully ethical kids. Topics include the influence of peers and personal experience, the role of rewards and punishments, and the best approach for the parent-educator.

Room B

Tom Hoyle

Tom Hoyle

MORE Examples of God at Work Throughout America’s History

This NEW, live, and colorful digital workshop explores eight MORE intriguing cases of God’s wonderful providence throughout American heritage.  Dr. Hoyle shares fascinating episodes from the Revolutionary War, the 1814 salvation of Washington D.C., bullet-proof Clara Barton, brilliant George Washington Carver, the crucial Battle of Midway, the gripping saga of Apollo 13 – and more, from Colonel Tom Hoyle‘s 34 years in the USAF Reserve, especially in Washington, D.C.  Bible & Science Ministries

Room C

Nicholeen Peck

Nicholeen Peck

Social Lessons Every Child Must Know

Many say, “What about the social?” Yeah, what about it? Social is important.   Although many homeschoolers are better at socializing than their mainstreamed counterparts, it is more than being talkative or having lots of friends. Come hear Nicholeen Peck of Teaching Self-Government get real about what is happening in the world today and why we deeply need to deliberately teach our children certain social skills for their adult success, no matter where they go to school.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room D

Struggling Readers? At last–Something that Works & Works Quickly!

Presenter:  Read Right Systems – 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. More importantly, 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 a matter of months–not years.

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 A

Dale McGowan

Raising Curious, Questioning Kids

The importance of curiosity in parenting and education is easy to underestimate. Despite unhelpful cultural messages – from Pandora to the curiosity-killed cat – research puts curiosity at the root of health, longevity, critical thinking, intelligence, and even empathy.  Dale McGowan, author of Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief, will talk about the why and how of raising curious kids.

Room B

Robin Bond

Robin Bond

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned as a Homeschool Mom

If I really learned everything I needed to know in kindergarten, then why was my early adulthood so full of struggles? Now that I’ve left home to venture into the workplace, I see that my real lessons in success came during the 15 years I spent homeschooling. Veteran homeschool mom & science professor Robin Bond will help you learn these important lessons for yourself and recognize that homeschooling benefits more than just your children.

Room C

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     Jennifer Loveless

INTRO to Homeschooling

Kick off your homeschooling with a strong start by reviewing the basics of the WA Home-Based Instruction Law. Learn about different methods and styles of homeschooling, the many advantages, and best “survival skills.”  Board Member Jennifer Loveless has been homeschooling her three children since day one.

Exhibitor Workshops

Room D                    

 

 

Inspiring a Love of Science – Washington State Science & Engineering Fair

Presenter:  Kandis (Brighton) Foley

What is Science anyway? Science is all around us! It is in the dirt we dig… in the trees we climb… in the room where we sit! To explore the unknown possibilities just within the current scope of your eyesight would take a lifetime!
Join me as I share ways to move science out of the realm of black ink on white pages to an inspiring journey with an unending love of science!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Ashley Wiggers

Transforming Your Homeschool into an Adventure

We all want the adventure, but what does it really take to make this dream a reality? Come hear this homeschool grad and author Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today Magazine and GeoMatters share the methods that made her own homeschooling experience memorable and successful. From living books and reading aloud to understanding developmental stages, Ashley will help transform the way you see your homeschool, and explain how it can be the adventure of a lifetime.

Room B

Ed Zaccaro

10 Things Future Mathematicians & Scientists Must Know (but are rarely taught)

Mathematicians and scientists have been closely tied to many famous disasters: the Challenger explosion, the failure of the Mars Explorer, and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.  Ed Zaccaro of Challenge Math will share high-interest stories and activities that will fascinate your children and show them crucial concepts and the strong connections between math and science (beyond mere facts and calculations) and the world we live in.

Room C

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        Lee Binz

Homeschool Records that Open Doors

Learn how to create professional records that will convince colleges that your student is worthy of admission and the highest-possible scholarships. Presenting colleges with professional, thorough, and beautiful homeschool records can give your student a HUGE competitive advantage over the two-dimensional transcript that most applicants provide. Come and let Lee Binz of The HomeScholar show you how to do it simply and quickly.

Exhibitor

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Creating an Environment Geared to Helping Your Young Child Figure Out How to Make Excellent Reading Happen

Presenter: Dee Tadlock, PhD

Read Right Systems – Every year there is a small percentage, but a fairly large number, of three- and four-year-olds who learn to read excellently without ever being instructed. When you ask the parents how this happened, they shrug their shoulders and say, “I have no idea. She got up last Saturday morning and started reading.” 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 create such an environment on purpose.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A

Dale McGowan

Dale McGowan

Teaching (and Modeling) Critical Thinking

Few tools are as empowering to a developing mind as critical thinking. In this workshop, Dale McGowan, who taught critical thinking in the college classroom and in public and corporate seminars for 12 years, defines the (often misused) term, describes its importance, highlights common fallacies, and suggests an approach for integrating critical thinking into daily life.

Room C

Tom Hoyle

Tom Hoyle

It MUST Have Been Created

This NEW and live and colorful digital workshop explores the fascinating Divine Design of outer space, the earth, and life.  It is clear and interesting for almost everyone.  Dr. Tom Hoyle presents intriguing examples of the moon, the world, carnivorous plants, the dragonfly, 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 3,500 programs in all 50 states and 5 countries.  Bible & Science Ministries

Exhibitor Workshops

Room B

Classical Conversations

Presenter:   Sarah Cain

What is a classical education? Is it doable for the “normal” family? Can it be both Christian and classical? Learn how classical education can provide accountability and a framework for your homeschool while using flexibility to personalize your child’s experience. Join us to discover the benefits of gathering together in Community weekly to support your journey from beginning to end.

Room D

Overcoming Middle School Blues: Why Your Children Are Failing Math and How to Turn it Around

ShillerLearning: Montessori at Home – Does your middle school child struggle with math? Are you both dreading math time? Multisensory tips and Socratic questioning will help your struggling learner have a new outlook on math and overcome the middle school blues!  Presenter: Antoinette LaGrossa

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHO Sponsored Workshops

Room A 

Ashley Wiggers

Ashley Wiggers

10 Benefits of a Natural Approach to Teaching

The natural approach to learning is founded on the desire to follow a child’s developmentally-appropriate timetable, based on proven educational principles from Dr. Ruth Beechick, Charlotte Mason, Dr. Benjamin Bloom, and others. Natural learning does not mean learning without goals or structure, but that it is customized, multi-sensory, and engaging. Author Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today Magazine and GeoMatters will share the top ten reasons why a natural approach will enable you and your family to flourish.

Room B

Robin Bond

Robin Bond

Raising Scientifically Literate Children

Children study history and literature to become culturally literate. Why study science? To become scientifically literate, of course. Let veteran homeschool mom and science professor Robin Bond help you learn what goals you should have for your children’s science program, how to adapt any curriculum to ensure scientific literacy, and how to help your children become the ultimate problem-solvers by thinking like scientists.

Room C

Dad’s Panel

Confessions of Homeschool Dad’s Panel

Many fathers think that because of work schedules or other demands that they cannot be hands-on participants in their family’s journey as homeschoolers. Join this panel of fathers from a variety of backgrounds who dispel this myth. Come listen to a diverse group of homeschool dads talk about their roles in homeschooling, from principal to primary parent-teacher. Bring your questions and concerns and find out how other fathers on this DAD’s Panel engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle

Exhibitor Workshops

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How to Teach Your Children Participation in Civics and Government

Presenter:  Mary Salamon

This workshop will help you prepare your children in how to be involved in Civics and Government at the local level and beyond.

Learn what you can do in your local neighborhoods, churches and cities and what it would take to become an ambassador to a foreign nation.

Exhibit Hall Closes at 4:00 PM