Formerly known as the HOUSE Conference
Adult Workshops
Friday Adult Session A
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A1 - The 15 Most Perplexing Math Problems Ever Devised - Ed Zaccaro - The solutions to these problems seem straightforward and simple, but the obvious answers are incorrect. To find the correct solutions, students must change their normal thinking patterns and approach each problem in a different way. You will leave this session with many unique problem-solving strategies and the ability to challenge and interest even your most gifted math students.

A2 - The Gentle Way to Teach the Scientific Method - Robin Schneider - Instead of introducing the Scientific Method all in one lesson, thereby giving short shrift to part of the very essence of science, why not introduce it incrementally, as you do with other educational skills? Children will be introduced to the scientific method early, but gently and grad-ually with plenty of hands-on activities. They will understand the scientific method better than their peers and will be better prepared for more advanced science in the years to come.

A3 - Working With Your Child’s Strengths - Pat Farenga - This workshop will include ideas and discussion about how and why to take the time to nurture each child’s development, how to discover children's strengths and stay focused on the positive aspects of learning.

A4 - A Creative Approach to History - Barbara Shukin - How do you study history chronologically, incorporating elements from both classical and Charlotte Mason approaches? This session will help you to lay out a thorough but flexible outline
that will suit the needs and interests of your family, develop an approach that relies on high-quality living books and weave a variety of creative elements into your history studies. Inspirational examples of students’ work, suggestions on starting a history club and an opportunity to examine excellent new and out-of-print living books will all be provided.

A5 - An Introduction to Critical Thinking - Karyn Gleeson - This talk will cover the six levels Benjamin Bloom identified as the hierarchy of the cognitive domain.

A6 - Special Needs Panel - Kathy Wentz, Pattie Kelley-Huff and Cindy Gaddis - More and more children with special physical needs and significant learning differences are finding success through homeschooling. As parents are empowered to become experts on their own child's unique needs they are better able to build on strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses. This panel discussion is designed to help you find the resources you need to educate and advocate for your child.
A7 - The Art of Philosophical Discussion - Roy Underhill - Philosophical discussion improves our ability to think, listen, and articulate our thoughts and evaluate what we hear from the media, government, friends and family. We will discuss what philosophy is, how to promote philosophical traits of open-mindedness, consistency and thoroughness, how to choose topics and find further resources, and the special challenges of facilitating philosophical discussion in the family and in larger groups. You may also be
interested in Socrates Café for Adults, D3, where participants will engage in a philosophi-cal discussion. Teens are welcome to attend and can participate in their own Socrates Café in F22.

A8 - The Next Step: Community College - Margaret Boehle and Deborah Niemann-Boehle - Do your plans for the future require a college degree? Are you looking for new challenges? Community colleges are a growing first choice among many first time college students. They offer many options for this unique segment of our population. This session is led by a homeschooler who made the choice to go to a community college at age thirteen and will be transferring to a four-year university in the fall after earning two associate degrees.

A9 - Homeschooling Gifted Students - Cindi Link - Are you dealing with the challenges of homeschooling a gifted child? This workshop will explore many aspects of the day-to-day struggle to meet that challenge. Find out about local, state, and national resources available to gifted children and their parents. We'll talk about identifying gifted children, and how to meet their unique social-emotional needs along with ways to feed their insatiable curiosity. We'll also talk about why we can't talk about it. How can you meet your gifted child's needs in a society that is often hostile to the concept of giftedness? In this workshop, we'll try to find some answers, while leaving plenty of time for questions.
Friday Exhibitor Workshop
Session FE
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
FE1 - Introduction to ShillerMath and Montessori - Most homeschoolers have heard of Montessori but are not familiar with the details behind its philosophy and methods. This interactive workshop introduces the basic concepts of the Montessori method and how they are implemented in ShillerMath. This workshop is designed for parents of children aged 4-11.

FE2 - Homeschool Science Community - Jim Mueller - Frustrated trying to teach science at home? Are you finding books that contain content but no experiments? Or books that have experiments but no content? Is it all up to you to create an interesting, cumulative, sequential curriculum? You may want to give the Homeschool Science Community a try. In this workshop, Jim Mueller will describe his philosophy of teaching science and will describe how the Homeschool Science Community may be just what you need for your at-home science curriculum. Jim Mueller is the director of Launch Pad Science and the creator of the Homeschool
Science Community. He has been teaching science exclusively to homeschoolers across northern Illinois for over three years.

FE3 - Clonlara School - Learn about all that Clonlara School has to offer. A comprehensive program for grades K-12, Clonlara provides a teacher contact for each family, maintains all student records, deals with outside officials and much more.

FE4 - Developing Critical Thinking Goals - Nancie Wells - Critical Thinking is identifying and evaluating evidence to guide decision-making. A critical thinker uses in-depth analysis of evidence to make decisions and communicate his beliefs clearly and accurately. A critical thinker is someone with the disposition, self-confidence, and determination to apply critical thinking throughout his school years and his life. Through this presentation we will demonstrate how critical thinking development can be done at home in as little as 15-20 minutes per
day. By designing critical thinking into daily activities children carefully analyze what they're learning. Deeper analysis produces deeper understanding.

FE5 - Homeschooling the Sensory Challenged Child - Has your homeschooler been labeled or diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, a learning disability, Sensory Integration Dysfunction or behavioral problems, or just doesn't fit into the public school model? He or she may be having difficulty regulating his/her internal and external sensory environments. This can challenge the homeschool setting and interfere with the learning experience. Bunny Dewar, OTR/L and Sally Martin-Ranft, M.S.P.T. from Awakenings Holistic Healing Center will discuss solutions to holistically address your child's needs. They will share ideas regarding home environment, nutrition, sensory adaptations and strategies to optimize learning. The workshop includes fun demonstrations and practical, take-home solutions.
Friday Adult Session B
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
B1 - Teaching Mathematics as a Language - Tom Clark - Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of "Algebra: A Complete Course", clearly demonstrates the syntax and structure of mathematical language. First, he will define the five parts of mathematical speech (there are only five). Then he will demonstrate how to build the four types of mathematical expressions (there are only four). Finally, because you will truly understand the roles of all types of mathematical symbols, you will see how easy it is to translate between Mathematics and English, and improve your understanding, and teaching, of "story problems".

B2 - Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare Your Children for the New Economic Reality - Barbara Frank - Not so long ago, the average American found work with one company for many years, received substantial benefits and regular raises and retired with a pension. But such opportunities are disappearing, thanks to outsourcing, layoffs and mergers. How do we prepare our children for this new economic reality in which we find ourselves? Join us to learn more about this important topic.

B3 - Homeschooling? Look to Your Local Library! - Melissa Henderson - Libraries offer a wealth of materials and programs that homeschooling families can use to build and support their curricula, from good old-fashioned books to the latest electronic resources. Plus many library programs can offer a fun social opportunity for your children while augmenting their lessons. Learn about the
ins and outs of working with your public library from a local librarian serving homeschooling families.

B4 - Teaching History and Geography With Literature - Cindy Wiggers - Reading historical novels aloud provides warm family time together. Learn how to make the most of your read-aloud time by extracting history and geography lessons and projects from nearly any historical novel. Students gain a more comprehensive understanding of history by learning the geography of the area in focus. This workshop is packed with practical ideas such as mapping, art projects, and establishing a student notebook, which help lead students to become more self-directed learners. Join us for the nitty-gritty of how you can see additional benefits from your family reading.

B5 - Nature Journaling and Art Appreciation Penny Gardner - Nature journaling and art appreciation are two additions that will enrich your family’s love of the outdoors and aesthetic sense of beauty. Although these subjects are based on the Charlotte Mason approach, home educators of any style will find refreshment here.

B6 - Magnetism, Messes and Motion - How to Improve Your Child’s "Science IQ" - Ellen Stukel and Charlene Doland - Learn how you can help your preschool and elementary-aged children discover a sense of wonder about science as well as how to help them learn and retain science information in a fun way. In addition to a
workshop presentation, there will be hands-on activities to try out.

B7 - Did You Say What I Heard? Lessons in Listening - Marsha Marsh - Almost everyone knows listening is an important communication tool. It is an essential component of both parent/child and teacher/student relationships. So, how do we listen and what do we really hear? After this engaging workshop, your answers may change and your new answers may surprise you! Through a series of innovative, unique exercises, this workshop is designed to help you better understand and enhance your listening skills and learn who you might really be listening to when you parent and teach your children. This is a double workshop. Please sigin up for B7 and C8.

B8 - Homeschooling During the Middle Years (Ages 9 – 12) - Pattie Kelley-Huff - A brief presentation followed by questions and shared experiences about recognizing and appreciating the uniqueness of this age. Respecting children’s individual timetables, learning styles and special interests and gaining experience with group situations will all be addressed.

B9 - Shakespeare Without Fear - Cindi Link - Don’t deny yourself the pleasures of exploring Shakespeare with your children by letting the subject intimidate you! In this workshop you will learn techniques to unpack his marvelous language in order to reveal all its glorious meaning. We’ll explore various approaches to sharing Shakespeare with your children. Discover a wealth of resources to help you instill a love of the Bard in children of all ages. This workshop will be participatory and some techniques will be demonstrated.
Friday Adult Session C
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
C1 - Dealing With Doubts and Concerns - Dorothy Werner - What do I say to my mother-in-law? Can my child get into college? What about the truant officer coming to my door? This workshop will deal with these and other issues you may have. Bring your questions.

C2 - John Holt - Pat Farenga - A presentation on the life and work of John Holt, the creator of "unschooling". Holt’s journey from 5th grade teacher to school reformer to unschooler will be explored.

C3 - The Three Pillars of Science Education Robin Schneider - A proper science education consists of three distinct pillars: learning facts, doing experiments and mastering science skills. Parents who omit any one of these pillars will give their children a shaky education in science. Like a three-legged stool that loses one of its legs, such instruction will not be able to stand on its own. Whether you buy a curriculum or create your own, you can easily adapt your instruction to include all three facets of a well-rounded science education.

C4 - Lesson Plans You Can Live with Regardless of the Amount of Structure (No More Tail Wagging the Dog!) - Pattie Kelley-Huff - We’ve all heard the chant "Be flexible!" Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to
think outside the box and sometimes we need to see an alternative with our own eyes to have faith that it would benefit our homeschooling efforts. You will learn how to take your family’s own unique approach to learning and commitments, and organize lesson plans that will enable you to maintain your sanity rather than add stress. You will benefit from ten years of experience and learn about a tried-and-true simple system that allows you to take control of your calendar.

C5 - Art and the Homeschooler - Karolyn Kuehner - Sharing art with your children does not have to be a daunting task! This workshop will guide you through an intelligent yet accessible program, providing artistic confidence to even the most reluctant homeschool parent. Come prepared to create a few small masterpieces of your own!

C6 - Every Child Ready to Read - Melissa Henderson - Recent research demonstrates that there are six pre-reading skills children must have before they learn to read. Children begin working on these pre-literacy skills right from birth. This workshop offers an overview of these six pre-literacy skills and provides practical tips and ideas on how you can help your child become ready to read starting right at birth. Geared to parents of babies to 5 year-olds.
C7 - Your College Degree, Faster, For Less and For Sure! - Woody Robertson - For many homeschooling families, answering the question about whether or not to attend traditional college is a difficult task. Oftentimes the cost, time required, or negative college environment is too great an obstacle. Now there is an answer to this difficult question: Accelerated Distance Learning. In this session attendees will discover a new cost-effective and time-saving way to earn a college degree. Come learn the latest strategies for completing a college degree from home faster, for less and for sure!

C8 - Did You Say What I Heard? Lessons in Listening - Marsha Marsh – See B7. Please sign up for both B7 and C8.

C9 - The Cure for the Math Curse - Kathy Wentz - Ah math, the subject that most of us freak out about the fastest. How can we ensure our children LOVE math and are good at it when we don't like it ourselves? Learn how to break the mold of math anxiety by breaking the bad teaching habits that create it, and learn new ways of approaching math to replace those old fear-inducing habits.
Friday Adult Session D
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
D1 - Catching the Foxes That Ruin the Vineyards Christine Field - What are the small and large distractions that detract from your work at home and as a mother? This workshop will present strategies for dealing with the common foxes of everyday home life, both large and small, such as time crunchers and energy wasters.

D2 - Credit By Exam: College Credit, No Classroom Required! - Woody Robertson - Who said you needed to be in a classroom for an entire semester to earn college credit? With Credit By Exam students can earn credit on over 300 standardized subject exams. This powerful and insightful program introduces you to seven established Credit By Exam programs to save money and time while never setting foot in a college classroom. Attendees will learn exam-specific study tips on the five general CLEP exams, which represent the equivalent of the first year of college. Discover the best kept secret in education!
D3 - Socrates Café for Adults - Roy Underhill When is the last time you had a really deep, engaging discussion about important questions with other adults? This seminar aims to provide that experience. No prior experience necessary; just bring an open mind and a desire to cooperatively examine whatever compelling questions interest us at the time, whether from religion, politics, morality, or even homeschooling (!). This seminar is a hands-on version of The Art of Philosophical Discussion A7. Attendance at that seminar is strongly encouraged. Teens are also welcome to attend and participate.
D4 - Learning to Unschool - Alison McKee - This presentation provides a brief history of unschooling, misunderstandings regarding unschooling, information about the unschooled life style, how to unschool ourselves as parents, and ways to learn to overcome our fears of letting go to the unschooled process. The material presented will be based on Alison’s personal experience of raising two unschooled children who are now independent adults.

D5 - Understanding the Right-Brained Child - Cindy Gaddis - Is your child interested in drawing, music, theater, computers, video games or building things (Legos)? Have you heard the labels ADD, gifted, dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome, LD or other similar differences associated with your child? Have you heard people make comments about your child, such as s/he does not live up to their potential, or s/he are smart but lazy? Does your child resist your teaching methods? Your child may be right-brained and/or a visual-spatial learner. Cindy will define characteristics of this learning style to help parents discover their child’s path to learning with joy. Celebrate the gifts of the right-brained learner while understanding why certain subjects may develop later or differently. You may also be interested in Cindy’s other workshop "Living With the Right-Brained Child", please see H7.

D6 - Homeschooling at All Times - Karyn Gleeson - Homeschooling a large family can be a challenge. Here's how to incorporate living with learning.
D7 - Schooling an Entrepreneur - Cindy Wiggers - Homeschooling provides oppor-tunities unavailable to children stuck in a traditional classroom seven hours a day. Did you know your children can turn natural talents, hobbies, or computer savvy into a tool to learn financial independence? Students who start their own businesses put to practical use skills such as bookkeeping, organization, money management, communication, writing, and much more. Find out how to guide and en-courage the future entrepreneur in your home.

D8 - The Charlotte Mason Approach to Teaching History, Geography, Science, and Math - Penny Gardner - Learn how to use "living books" and narration in the subject areas of History, Geography, Science, and Math. You may continue using curriculum you own, supplementing the textbooks with Charlotte Mason’s ideas to bring greater depth and appreciation, or develop your own curriculum mainly from living books.

D9 - I Need to Figure This All Out - Carol Severson - Are you just starting homeschooling or thinking about it? Do you need help figuring out all the curriculum choices and deciding how to schedule your day? Are you unsure of the laws? How do you withdraw from the school system? Carol, a veteran homeschooler of 22 years, will help you figure it all out. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to tackle this new adventure and have a clearer understanding of your educational choices.
Saturday Adult Session E
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
E1 - Should I Homeschool Online? - Dorothy Werner - Are there good online programs? Is that really homeschooling? Which stuff is worth looking at? Come discuss the ins and outs of cyberlearning.

E2 - ABCs of Beginning to Read - Penny Gardner - A former first grade teacher and experienced home educator will share effective and age-appropriate pre-reading and early reading activities and strategies. Combine phoneme awareness games, phonics, predictable books and more into helping your child learn to read without expensive programs.

E3 - Homeschooling with Living Books - Barbara Shukin - What is a living book? How does a living book approach differ from a textbook approach? How can this Charlotte Mason method inspire a love of learning? Come explore the benefits of teaching with living books. Barbara will bring many examples and show you how you can transform your curriculum in all areas of study, especially history, science, math and the arts.

E4 - Discovering the Joy in Math - Roy Underhill - Come explore how mathematics is as interesting, varied and beautiful as art, music or literature. See
how you can enjoy that beauty with children of any age and overcome or prevent the "I hate math" mentality through books, games and other activities that focus on the joy and beauty of math and the fascinating mathematicians who have created it. Covered topics will include basic computation to current research, along with resources and activities appropriate to all ages.

E5 - Homeschooling the Challenging Child - Christine Field - Does homeschooling seem too hard? This workshop examines these five areas of frustration: attention issues, personality clashes, learning style differences, discipline issues and learning disabilities and presents suggestions and solutions for meeting the challenge.

E6 - Jack and Charlie’s Excellent Road Adventure Charles Rossiter and Jack Rossiter-Munley - Over the last seven years, Charlie and his son, Jack (now 14), have traveled 45,000 road trip miles on the highways and backroads of the U.S. and Canada. In this presentation they talk about some of their more interesting road experiences, share how they plan for trips, and provide their personal tips for increasing the pleasure of being on the road. And yes, there are some slides.

E7 - Get It Done! Setting and Attaining SMART Goals Through Values - Marsha Marsh - Are you a classic procrastinator? Do you think this year will be the year you finally get organized? This year will you actually write up and follow your lesson plans? Tomorrow will be the day you start exercising and eating right? Many times when we find ourselves unable to reach our goals, the problem isn’t apathy, but that our goals are not in line with our values. This experiential workshop can help you learn how to discover your top values and how to use those values to create and meet specific, attainable, relevant, time-measured goals. Please sign up for both E7 and F5.

E8 - Creativity - Cynthia De Seife - Participate in a variety of arts based activities designed to get our creative juices flowing. We will look at what creativity is and how the arts can be used as tools for creative self expression. All of the activities in the workshop can easily be done with children at home.
Saturday Adult Session F
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
F1 - The Eight Components of Successful Programs for Mathematically Gifted Children - Ed Zaccaro - Are you finding it difficult to meet the needs of children who are mathematically gifted? Often the pace of traditional curricula is just too slow and acceleration isn't always the answer. This session will show parents the eight components of an ideal program for mathematically gifted children. These eight components include challenging mathematically gifted children, showing them a wonderful and exciting side of math and science, and helping them value their gift. Included in the session will be two real-life math investigations that will astound parents and children.

F2 - Learning Without a Curriculum - Pat Farenga – Hear how and why to tailor learning to the child and how to then report it to school officials. Curriculum theory and practice will be presented, particularly in regards to unschooling.

F3 - Language Arts, the Charlotte Mason Way - Penny Gardner - Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was an influential educator in her day and in today's homeschool movement. Learn about Charlotte Mason's use of copywork, dictation, narration and her approach to spelling to develop a powerful language arts program.

F4 - College Transcripts - Alison McKee - Many college-bound unschoolers have successfully gotten into college using methods to create transcripts that Ms.
McKee developed when her unschooled children were ready for college. This presentation provides an in-depth look at the process, which does not include the use of grades or "credits" and will cover how to put together a decent transcript, a discussion of the application process, alternative ways to get into college, standardized testing and more. The handouts will include samples from transcripts generated by some unschoolers.
F5 - Get It Done! Setting and Attaining SMART Goals Through Values - Marsha Marsh – See E7. Please sign up for both E7 and F5.

F6 - The Homeschooling Marriage - Christine Field - Being of one accord is the key to a successful homeschooling marriage. This workshop helps couples to articulate shared priorities and learn strategies to encourage and build one another up. Can homeschooling be good for your marriage? Yes!

F7 - PE and Health Requirements - Carol Severson – How do you go about meeting your state's Physical Education requirements? How do you keep track of the time spent and make sure you have what you need? What counts and how do you count the credits and report it on your transcripts? What do you need and what can you use to teach Sex Ed? What do you need to cover each year in Health? These and many more questions will be answered at this workshop.
F8 - HELP!: Homeschooling Throughout a Family Crisis - Kathy Wentz - Dealing with an elderly relative's full time care or the disability of a family member is hard enough, but add homeschooling into the mix and you can quickly find yourself burned out and looking for the big yellow school bus. This panel discussion is designed to show you how others have coped with their own illness or the illness of a family member, a divorce, or living as part of the 'sandwich generation', and give you plenty of ideas to help you homeschool successfully and creatively despite it all.
F9 - Thinking Outside the Box - Cindy Wiggers - Do you have trouble keeping your students interested in learning? Perhaps it's time you begin to think outside the box. Leonardo da Vinci approached knowledge from a unique perspective. Discover techniques used by da Vinci that, when implemented, will improve critical thinking and creativity, inspiring your students to want to gain knowledge. You can create an environment that develops a delight for learning and improves your children's ability to excel in any area they choose to pursue.
Saturday Exhibitor Workshop
Session SE
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
SE1 - GeoDeo: Journey into Africa - This unique African study is a 14+ week course for multiple ages. The kit includes books, DVDs, CDs, games, art/science supplies and user-friendly lesson plans to teach geography, history, art, music, poetry, cooking and science. It encourages creativity and appeals to busy home educators. We've done the shopping. You have the fun!

SE2 - Hands-On Literature - Are your children bored with reading? Are you looking for activities to cultivate your children's thinking as they read? Join us as we explore various genres in literature. We will discuss creative hands-on activities which will help to identify literary elements and thinking skills. You will come away with a fresh, new outlook towards your literature curriculum.

SE3 - Yes Mom, You Can! - Carol Severson - You can get healthy, feel better and have more energy through changing your diet and exercise. This
presenter went from a size 14 to a size 0 with a program called T-Tapp. She regained her health and energy and now teaches others how, in 35 minutes three times a week, they can do it too. Some moms even use this as their PE program. Come and learn all about how this amazing, easy, nutritionally sound program can work for you!

SE4 - Sonlight Curriculum - Literature-Rich Homeschooling - Education Beyond Textbooks - Fay Henderson - Flexible...Faith Affirming...Filled with Great Stories! Do you want to create life-long learners and teach students how to think, not just memorize facts? Are you looking for higher education success while building family bonds and enjoying outstanding literature that your family will want to read over and over in the years to come? Sonlight Curriculum has done the planning for you and compiled all the tools to make this year a learning adventure for a lifetime.

SE5 - Parents as Guides - Marsha Marsh - Would you like to improve your
relationship with your children? With unique tools and innovative ideas, Marsha will facilitate the exploration of yourself, your kids and your relationship. Through examination of the factors that most influence the parent/child relationship you will come away from this workshop with a fresh new approach to parenting. "If I fill up my children's lives with things that are important to me, there may be no room left for the things that are important to them." -Meditations of Parents Who Do Too Much

SE6 - What’s All the Buzz About Video Text Interactive Math? Join Tom Clark, Video Text Interactive author, as he discusses why homeschoolers need materials that completely explain the mathematical concepts studied in grades 7-12, and why he is committed to providing parents with the most comprehensive teaching tool on the market. Also find out why students excel in understanding and long-term retention, when they use the Video Text program.
Saturday Adult Session G
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
G1 - I Can't Homeschool High School! - Carol Severson - Having homeschooled two children through high school, Carol will show you that this really is a myth. In this discussion of high school options, Carol will explain how to get your teens involved in apprenticeships and how that can save you hundreds of dollars. Also covered: how to keep records, compose transcripts and fill out college forms, how to prepare for the ACT and SAT, and what those scores mean. This workshop is designed to give you the confidence to confront high school head-on without fear.
G2 - Make Mine Multi-Media - Kathy Wentz - Children learn amazingly well from the world around them. Learn about one homeschool family's use of movies, books on tape, classic literature, magazines, a wide variety of computer resources, field trips, and yes, even TV shows to create a custom curriculum. Tips on how to teach a child with learning differences, how to find the right resources for your family's needs, and where to find resources inexpensively will be included.

G3 - Schools Are from Mars, Home-schoolers Are from Earth - Pat Farenga - An in-depth look at why schools and homeschoolers aren't talking about the same thing when we talk about children and learning and suggestions on how we can communicate better.

G4 - Legal Issues - Dorothy Werner - As homeschoolers, it is imperative that we stay on top of homeschooling issues and remain active in protecting our rights. Find out what is happening in the state of
Illinois and around the country with regards to homeschooling legislation, and learn what you can do to help.

G5 - Questions, Questions: Using the Socratic Method to Teach - Robin Schneider - Parents sometimes feel bombarded with questions. This is not surprising, since asking questions is one of the ways that children learn about the world. Wouldn't it be nice if children could answer their own questions? Well, they can, with your help. The Socratic Method uses focused questions to help your child move from what he already knows to what he wants to know. This workshop explains the theory behind the Socratic Method, gives a demonstration, then allows you to practice what you have learned.

G6 - Unlocking Your Dynamic Memory - Woody Robertson - All learning is founded on one key: the ability to remember. Unfortunately, most students are never taught how to memorize. Each school year, students spend countless hours studying, only to have the information seemingly disappear when they need it most. Unlocking Your Dynamic Memory teaches the memory skills which are the backbone of Accelerated Distance Learning. In this interactive session, you will learn how to use memory tools such as the "peg" system to significantly increase your memory potential and how to use these tools in specific areas of academic study. In academics, work, or everyday life, the skills will prove to be an invaluable resource.
G7 - Trouble Spots in Math - Tom Clark - Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of "Algebra: A Complete Course", as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty in several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience, and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally "difficult".

G8 - Holistic Health Ideas for Better Learning - Kiela Smith-Upton - Optimal learning requires that our children's bodies function at their best. This workshop will introduce you to holistic health concepts that may have a beneficial impact on your schooling and family life. Receive valuable information about the importance of colon and digestive health and how it may affect learning, concentration, immune function and general well-being. Learn powerful and simple movements and breathing techniques that may help concentration. Sample healthy foods and drinks and receive recipes to take home. Support the lifelong health and learning of your homeschooler(s).

G9 - Homeschooling, Business and Home - Karyn Gleeson - An overview to balancing the needs of the home, the office and homeschooling.
Saturday Adult Session H
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
H1 - Unschooler's Network - Cynthia De Seife This workshop is a round table discussion designed for committed unschoolers who would like to get together and share stories, experiences, questions and support for this unique form of home education.

H2 - Life Skills: Equipping Your Child for the Real World - Christine Field - Before launching your children into college or the "real world", what life skills should they possess? In our quest for academic excellence, we cannot neglect this practical teaching. What skills do your children need for independence and how can those skills be taught in the years at home? Based on the book "Life Skills for Kids" (Shaw 2000).

H3 - Montessori in the Home - Montessori is an educational approach that focuses on the child's self-development, allowing the child to interact in multi-age groups, and allows the child to choose the "work" that satisfies his/her educational/developmental needs. Learn how to incorporate the Montessori style in your homeschool.

H4 - I Just Can't Do This Anymore! - Carol Severson - Have you ever made this statement to your husband or a friend? Carol has homeschooled four children for 17 years. She will help you to identify where your own stress is coming from, then she will teach you the tricks she has used to avoid the stress, deal with burnout, PMS and boredom in children. Carol will show you her family's daily schedule, how to get things done, how to get organized as well as how to pick a program that will work for your children
and your lifestyle. This alone will reduce the amount of stress! You’ll learn how to make your children more independent while still giving them a superior education. So come on in, put your feet up and learn how to make it easier on yourself.

H5 - Living with the Right-Brained Child - Cindy Gaddis - Does your child need tags removed from his/her clothes or will s/he only wear sweatpants? Is change difficult for your child? Are transitions from activity to activity or even life phase to life phase a balancing act? Does your child have a strong sense of fairness and everything is negotiable? Is the glass always half empty? Cindy will discuss the emotional, social and sensorial differences that often accompany the right-brained learner. She will discuss strategies available to facilitate positive experiences, incorporate skill-building tools and adjust our value systems to create a balanced approach to living harmoniously with this complex learner. See also "Understanding the Right-Brained Learner" in D5.

H6 - Former Teachers Panel - Dorothy Werner, Jean Vondriska, Sue Sturm and Melissa Bradford - They've looked at kids and learning from both sides - conventional schools and homeschooling. Come hear what these homeschooling parents, who are also former teachers, have to say about their experiences in the world of school, why they chose homeschooling for their own families, how being a teacher helped or didn't help when they began to homeschool with their children, and how they feel about school now.
H7 - Teenage Math - Tom Clark - Are you struggling with teaching math to your teenagers? Do the words "ALGEBRA" and "GEOMETRY" strike fear in the hearts of your family? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of "Algebra: A Complete Course", will offer a sometimes humorous exploration of the reasons that instruction can be difficult and will then get serious about WHY teenagers need higher level math. If you or your students have ever asked, "When are we going to use this Algebra stuff?" then this workshop is for you!

H8 - Student Notebooks - Cindy Wiggers - Did you know George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all kept notebooks? Explore this natural approach to education that encourages your students to be life-long learners! Open the door to self-motivation, academic excellence, creativity, and true learning for your children through notebooking. See how readily it adapts to any home education program and how to start your family on this exciting journey of discovery learning.

H9 - Ask Not What the Conference Can Do for You, But What You Can Do for the Conference - Did you ever consider just how this amazing conference is held year after year? The 2006 conference board members and volunteers will be on hand to share what goes into making the conference a reality and discuss ways you can become involved. Here is your chance to find out how you can become a part of the action!

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