Formerly known as the HOUSE Conference
Children's Workshops
Friday Children’s Session A
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A10 - Creative Movement - Maren McKee - Ages 4-7. Attendees will participate in a fun, fast-paced dance class that will include a warm-up, moving to different kinds of music, games and across the floor activities.

A11 - Animal Talk and Animal Tongues - Karen Ritter - Ages 4-7. Learn different ways in which animals communicate. Explore how animals use their tongues through a unique and fun way of comparison and experimentation.

A12 - Folk Dance - Karen Rittle - Ages 4-10. Let's dance! We will be learning simple folk dances from American culture, and cultures around the world. We will be listening to music as we dance, and making music as we dance. Ability to follow simple directions is all the experience necessary!

A13 – Surely You Jest – Ages 4-20. Questor the Jester has to entertain a clueless monarch. Although he juggles, clowns, balances, and uses silly magic, it is only through a fanciful, improvised tale of dragons and daring, told with the aid of his audience members, that he succeeds in his Quest. Questor and the audience learn the value of teamwork. An exciting format based upon audience suggestions guarantees each show is a unique experience. Audience members join the Quest, act in the production and determine the details of the show. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

A14- Origami - Laura Reyes - Ages 7-10. This is a beginning level workshop for children who would like to have fun with origami, the art of paper folding. This workshop will de-mystify the crane. Learn other crowd-pleasing favorites as well as some more unusual folds.

A15 - Bookmaking - Karolyn Kuehner - Ages 7-13. Join us as we design and create a variety of blank books, including pamphlet books, single-sheet books, and Japanese two-hole books, among others. Participants should feel comfortable with a sewing needle.

A16 - Lego Robotics I - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Build your very own Lego robot. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience building robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics II, B13.

A17 - Balloon Car Bonanza - Jim Mueller - Ages 7-100. Ladies and gentlemen, start your balloons! Do you feel the need for speed? Then come and create your very own cars powered by nothing more than a lung-filled balloon. Prizes will be given by age category for the fastest cars of the day.

A18 - Take a Look at DNA - Tomi Fay Forbes and Maria Kuehmichel - Ages 8-13. Make a totally edible model of DNA, plus take home a model of a cell and learn about some genetic traits that are inherited.

A19 - Self Defense and Street Smarts - Bob Zange - Ages 13-20. Ever want to try martial arts? This is your chance to learn some basics of hapkido and tae kwon do, such as how to perform basic kicks, blocking, and fighting motions. Most importantly, this workshop will give you tips on how to defend yourself in a real life situation, in addition to learning how to improve your balance, coordination, endurance and self-confidence.

A20 - Social Scenarios - Bethany Harvey - Ages 13-20. Being a teenager isn't always as easy as a lot of adults think it is. Did you ever wish that you could talk to other teens about social problems and be given advice? In this teen-to-teen discussion workshop, we will talk about friendships, dating, fitting in, and other social situations and what to do when problems arise.

A21 - A Writer's Toolkit - Helen Hazlett - Ages 13-20. Learn tools for finding story ideas, getting started when you are stuck, and how to ask for helpful feedback. Even if you don't like writing, you might change your mind after this workshop! Writing materials will be provided, but you may bring your own.

A22 - Let's Make a Movie: Improv, Part 1 – Debbi Salisbury – Ages 13-20. Learn real movie-making skills. In this workshop, we will join with writers and artists to design a very short video. Participants will create improv scenes based on specific characters and locations. This workshop is in two parts - you may take either or both. See B22. No prior experience necessary. Taught by professional film-maker Debbi Salisbury.

A23 - Let's Make a Movie: Writing, Part 1 - Ages 13-20. Learn real movie-making skills. In this workshop we will join with artists and improv actors to design a very short video. Participants will write a script based upon the work of improv actors. This workshop is in two parts - you may take either or both. See B23. No prior experience necessary.

A24 - Let's Make a Movie: Art, Part 1 – Ages 13-20. Learn real movie-making skills. In this workshop, we will join with writers and improv actors to design a very short video. Participants will have the opportunity to draw sketches of shots for the camera people to use during filming. This workshop is in two parts - you may take either or both. See B24. No prior experience necessary. Taught by professional film-maker Debbi Salisbury.
The following workshops are repeated every session:

A25 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. This special playroom has been specially set up for the two- to five-year-olds. Duplo, puppets, drawing materials, and many other toys and games are sure to hold your child's interest. Roughhousing is not permitted. A low child to caretaker ratio will be enforced. All childcare providers are known to be very responsible by the conference organizers. Parents must sign their children in and out. Space is limited. If you sign up for back to back workshops, there is no need to pick up your child between workshops. Offered every session. Older siblings may attend with younger children.

A26 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. Join us for a free exploration of our art room! We have oodles of cool materials, and you are welcome to create your own masterpiece. We'll also be making puppets and exploring the art of collage. Offered every session. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

A27 - Discovering Science – Ages 4-13. Dancing Raisins? Marble Races? Scared Pepper? What do these have to do with science? Test theories and make discoveries in the awesome room of wonders! Offered every session. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

A28 - Building - Ages 4-13. Some kids are just natural born builders. In this room they can build to their hearts content with every kind of block we could find! Offered every session. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

A29 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. We have a totally awesome collection of games. Come play, have fun, and make new friends. Offered every session. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

A30 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. Workshops are fine, but time to hang out and chat is important too. Here's the place to make new friends and catch up with old buddies. Offered every session.
Friday Children’s Session B
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
B10 - Animal Coverings - Karen Ritter - Ages 4-7. Learn how animals use their body coverings to help them survive.

B11 - Cooperative Games – Karen Rittle - Ages 4-10. Let's play! The Rittle family wants to teach you some games where everyone wins! Let's work together to be active and have fun. Come learn some new games!

B12 - Carnival Time! - Ages 4-13. Let's have a blast playing good old-fashioned carnival games - Bozo buckets - bean bag toss - fishing games - cakewalk - and more! Prizes for all! Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

B13 - Lego Robotics II - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Now, make your Lego robot move using the Lego Mindstorms program. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience programming robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics I, A16.

B14 - American Tribal Belly Dance - Sage Miller - Ages 7-13. Come learn the basics of American Tribal Belly Dance. This style of dance is drawn from the gypsies and many other cultures of the world Learn to use zils and wear a bindi. Try on some tribal costuming while you learn this beautiful and exciting style of dance.

B15 - Jewels of the Gods - Paper Beadmaking - Karolyn Kuehner - Ages 7-13. Join us as we explore Hindu and Buddhist art. We'll briefly discuss these traditions, then create unique paper beads and fashion them into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

B16 - Balloon Car Bonanza - Jim Mueller - Ages 7-20. Ladies and gentlemen, start your balloons! Do you feel the need for speed? Then come and create your very own cars powered by nothing more than a lung-filled balloon. Prizes will be given by age category for the fastest cars of the day.
B17 - Let's Make Music! - Roy Underhill - Ages 7-100. Come join in a wide variety of musical activities, including improvised orchestras (yes, you too can be the maestro!), singing, group dancing, games, and musically inspired drawing and story-telling. No lecture, all action!

B18 - Tie-Dye - Chris Wifler - Ages 10-13. You will learn to tie and dye your own tie-dye shirt in this session. Shirts will be provided.

B19 - Tin Foil Sculpture - Laura Reyes - Ages 10-13. This workshop offers the fun and possibilities of papier mache without the mess! Transform the everyday materials of tin foil and masking tape into surprising three-dimensional works of art. Finished work will be painted if time permits.

B20 - Quidditch - Natasha and Hilary Gordon - Ages 10-20. Come try out and play on one of this year's Ground Quidditch teams. Knowledge of some of the books/movies will be beneficial to players. Please remember: no broomsticks allowed, and player uniforms must include gym shoes (no sandals, platforms, or high heels). Jeans or shorts are preferable.

B21 - Teen Book Discussion - Barbara Hardin Ages 13-20. Do you like to talk about the books you read? Come and share your insights and observations with others. We will discuss "Eragon" and "Eldest" by homeschooled author Christopher Paolini. Please read these books prior to the conference. We will also discuss starting a book club as well as various formats for book discussion groups.

B22 - Let's Make a Movie: Improv, Part 2 –Debbi Salisbury - Ages 13-20. Spend more time designing a very short video and improv acting potential scenes for the writers and artists. See A22. Participants may take either or both workshops. Presented by professional film-maker Debbi Salisbury.

B23 - Let's Make a Movie: Writing, Part 2 - Ages 13-20. Spend more time designing a very short video and writing the script. See A23. Participants may take either or both workshops.

B24 - Let's Make a Movie: Art, Part 2 - Ages 13-20. Spend more time designing a very short video and sketching sets and camera angles. See A24. Participants may take either or both workshops. Presented by professional film-maker Debbi Salisbury.

B25 - LAN Party - Dan Rowland and Jeff Kort - Ages 13-20. Come and join a LAN party! Four X-Boxes will be networked together so we can play games such as Star Wars Battle Front, or equivalent teen-rated games as a sixteen-person party. Experience with X-Box helpful, but not required.

B26 - Be a Game Master! - Mike Polkinghorne Ages 13-100. Hey, all you roleplay game fanatics - ready to step up and learn to be a game master? Already a game master, but looking to hone your skills? Then this is the workshop for you. Let an experienced GM teach you the tricks of the trade, including player management and effective pacing.

B27 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

B28 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.

B29 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

B30 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

B31 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

B32 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Friday Children’s Session C
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
C10 - Tie-Dye - Chris Wifler - Ages 4-7. You will learn to tie and dye your own tie-dye shirt in this session. Shirts will be provided.

C11 - Sign Language - Karen Rittle - Ages 4-10. Come and learn to talk with your hands! We will be learning the Signing Exact English Method of sign language. Come and see the ABC's, learn some sign language words, and sing and sign with us!

C12 - Carnival Time! - Ages 4-13. Let's have a blast playing good old-fashioned carnival games - Bozo buckets - bean bag toss - fishing games - cakewalk - and more! Prizes for all! Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

C13 - Theatre Games and Improv Activities - Renee Lerner - Ages 7-10. Learn the improvisational methods created and used at Chicago's Second City. Have fun developing ensemble acting, communication, and creative skills through theatre games and exercises.

C14 - Animal Coverings - Karen Ritter - Ages 7-10. Learn how animals use their body coverings to help them survive.

C15 - Egypt Unwrapped - Andy Hershberger - Ages 7-13. Prepare a mummy for its journey to the afterlife. You'll explore the traditions and beliefs of ancient Egypt as you recreate ancient objects and treasures. This workshop brought to us by Field Museum staff.

C16 - Lego Robotics I - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Build your very own Lego robot. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience building robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics II, D15.
C17 - Recorder in an Hour - Penny Gardner - Ages 8-100. Learn to read music and play recorder today! You will learn to play 5 notes, several songs and even some duets. This workshop is designed to help non-musical parents feel comfortable making music a part of their family’s life. Bring your own soprano recorder or purchase a top quality one from the presenter for $10. Music will be provided. Adult chaperone required for children under 13.

C18 - LAN Party - Dan Rowland and Jeff Kort - Ages 10-13. Come and join a LAN party! Four X-Boxes will be networked together so we can play games such as Star Wars Battle Front, or equivalent teen-rated games as a sixteen-person party. Experience with X-Box helpful, but not required.

C19 - Beginning Knitting - Laura Reyes - Ages 10-20. This beginning level workshop introduces the basics of knitting. Learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Learn how needle size, yarn weight, and gauge affect your final product. If you own your own needles, please bring them. Handouts and materials will be supplied.

C20 - Teen Card Games - Natasha Gordon - Ages 13-20. Play some card games with your fellow teens. We will be playing old and new games, and enjoy a lot of laughs in the process.


C21 - Let's Make a Movie: Video Production Debbi Salisbury - Ages 13-20. Participants will learn how to use a simple video camera, and do basic shot planning for video, lighting, and continuity. This workshop is geared toward students who want to make their own home videos or who want introductory filmmaking instruction. You do not have to register for other "Let's Make A Movie" workshops.

C22 - American Tribal Belly Dance - Sage Miller - Ages 13-20. Come learn the basics of American Tribal Belly Dance. This style of dance is drawn from the gypsies and many other cultures of the world. Learn to use zils and wear a bindi. Try on some tribal costuming while you learn this beautiful and exciting style of dance.

C23 - Film Shorts - Ages 13-20. We have searched high and low, and have found some wonderful films created by filmmakers from around the world. Join us for a screening of film festival-quality entertainment (definitely not typical Hollywood fare).

C24 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

C25 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.
Friday Children’s Session C
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Continued

C26 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

C27 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

C28 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

C29 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Friday Children’s Session D
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
D10 - Bubbles - Renee Lerner - Ages 4-7. Earn your degree in Bubbleology! Experiment and play with bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Learn how and why bubbles do what they do, while becoming an official "Bubbleologist!"

D11 - Cooperative Games - Karen Rittle - Ages 4-10. Let's play! The Rittle family wants to teach you some games where everyone wins! Let's work together to be active and have fun. All ages are welcome, so come and learn some new games!

D12 - Tie-Dye - Chris Wifler - Ages 7-10. You will learn to tie and dye your own tie-dye shirt in this session. Shirts will be provided.

D13 - Animal Talk and Animal Tongues - Karen Ritter - Ages 7-10. Learn different ways in which animals communicate. Explore how animals use their tongues through a unique and fun way of comparison and experimentation.

D14 - The Great Fossil Hunt - Andy Hershberger - Ages 7-13. Find out what it takes to be a paleontologist! Students will learn about the process of fossilization as they search the digsite. Then, they'll prepare a fossil for display. This workshop brought to us by Field Museum staff.

D15 - Lego Robotics II - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Now, make your Lego robot move using the Lego Mindstorms program. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience programming robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics I, C16.

D16 - Dodgeball - Natasha and Hilary Gordon Ages 10-100. Come one, come all, to this year's dodgeball class. This popular workshop is once again offered, and once again a challenge is made to the parents. Parents, the last two games are parents versus kids - are you up to the challenge? Please remember, players must be in gym shoes (no sandals, platforms, or high heels) and jeans or shorts are preferable.

D17 - Friendship Bracelets - Alice Muciek - Ages 10-20. Learn to make a colorful bracelet for a friend or for yourself with this easy knotting technique.

D18 - Be a Game Master - Mike Polkinghorne Ages 10-13. Hey, all you roleplay game fanatics - ready to step up and learn to be a game master? Already a game master, but looking to hone your skills? Then this is the workshop for you. Let an experienced GM teach you the tricks of the trade, including player management and effective pacing.

D19 - Ballet for Beginners - Maren McKee - Ages 10-13. An introduction to the world of ballet. Join us in a basic ballet class that will include warm-up exercises at the barre, combinations across the floor and a short dance.

D20 - Public Speaking - Robin Schneider - Ages 11-20. Have you ever been asked to speak in a public setting? Did you feel scared, embarrassed or incompetent, or even all three? If so, you need to attend this workshop! We will cover topics like dealing with anxiety, deciding what you’re going to say, holding your audience's interest and delivering your address properly.

D21 - Let Your Fingers Do the Talking - Karen True - Ages 13-20. Learn just how silent the world of the deaf is...or is it? Do people really sign with an accent? How does body language affect your signing? Do people all over the world use the same signs? All of the answers to these questions and more will be yours! PLUS learn the manual alphabet and some basic signs to put together sentences of your own.

D22 - Let's Make A Movie: Acting - Debbi Salisbury - Ages 13-20. We will make a very short video with a script written for the actors registered for this class. The completed short film will be shown at the Talent Show. Participants who would like to act in the film must send a short resume, or list of past performance experiences, a photograph, and a parent-
signed release to salisburyactors@ameritech.net at least one week before the conference. You will receive additional information at that time. Participants who have not submitted the above information will be cast as extras and will sign a release form on site.

D23 - Let's Make A Movie: Film-Making – Debbi Salisbury - Ages 13-20. Participants in this workshop will be filming and producing a very short video. The completed short film will be shown at the Talent Show. Only participants who take "Let's Make A Movie: Video Production" C20 will be allowed to use camera and lighting equipment. Other participants will help with props, continuity, and may be cast as extras (must sign release form on-site to act as an extra). Taught by professional film-maker Debbi Salisbury.

D24 - Artists' Round Table - Laura Reyes - Ages 13-20. Share in a unique collaborative art experience. In this workshop, each participant receives a sheet of paper and a variety of art supplies, and begins work on a painting and collage project. After a few minutes of work, a bell rings, and the artists pass their work to one neighbor, and then begin working on their other neighbor's creation. This roundtable continues until everyone has added to each individual project. The finished works are truly amazing!

D25 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

D26 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.

D27 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

D28 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

D29 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

D30 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Saturday Children’s Session E
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
E9 - Stranger Danger - Dona Zeffery - Ages 4-7. An interactive and low-key approach to child safety geared to the younger child. This is a non-threatening look at possible dangers and the young child's response to those threats. There will be role-playing scenarios and dialogue with the children.

E10 - Puppeteering - Karen Rittle - Ages 4-10. We will be reading, telling, and singing stories. Come prepared to make a perfectly wonderful puppet. Children who wish it will have the opportunity to tell about or act with their puppets.

E11- Mini-Olympics - Ages 4-13. Let's have a field day - exercise your muscles, compete for fun and enjoy some physical activities. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

E12 - Pokémon Games and Spelling Bee - Renee Lerner - Ages 7-10. Can you spell "cat" and "dog?" How about "Ludicolo" and "Tyrannitar?" Participate in our Pokémon Spelling Bee and win some fabulous prizes and the respect of Trainers everywhere! Be sure to bring your favorite deck and join us afterwards for some trading and gaming.

E13 - So That's What's in There - Robert Harper and Ed Suhrbur - Ages 7-13. Do you like to work with your hands? Have you ever wanted to "disassemble" things in your house? Well, now's your chance! Take apart regular household appliances and other items just to see what's in there. Bring a small set of tools.
E14 - Lego Robotics I - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Build your very own Lego robot. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience building robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics II, F14.

E15 - The Ins and Outs of Lungs - Tomi Fay Forbes and Maria Kuehmichel - Ages 8-20. Learn about the respiratory system, build a lung model, identify common lung problems, and learn the role of circulating blood in the O2CO2 skit.

E16 – Nine-Patch Quilting - Christine Maloney Ages 10-13. Make your own potholder to take home, along with complete instructions to make more. Mix and match your pieces for a unique and functional piece of fabric art. Prerequisite: know how to thread a needle and tie a knot.

E17 - Predator-Prey - Alice Muciek - Ages 10-13. Explore the world of predators and their prey. What strategies does each one use for survival? We will dissect owl pellets and share our stories of predators and prey.

E18 - Foam Swords - Basic - Joseph Stancato Ages 10-20. Learn the basics of foam sword battling. Learn how to construct a warlord sword and how to battle with it. Also learn basic moves and techniques.

E19 - Good Examples of Bad Experiments - Robin Schneider - Ages 10-100. Do you have a science fair coming up? Or would you just like to try creating your own
science experiment? This workshop teaches principles that differentiate well-designed experiments from poorly designed ones. Both you and your children will see concrete examples of the "wrong" way to do things. Not only can this be a lot of fun, it can be very educational. Learn from other people's mistakes. Lots of hands-on involvement makes this workshop an unforgettable experience. This is a family workshop for parents and children ages 10 and up. Adult chaperone required.

E20 - Harry Potter Trivia - Anna Mangano - Ages 10-100. Calling all Harry Potter fans! Test your knowledge of all things HP in a trivia contest based on all six books. We will compete in teams to see who knows the most. What is the name of Aunt Marge's dog? When is Harry's birthday? What is the name of Hagrid's brother?

E21 - Ogres, Elves, Wizards, Warriors - Ken Bradley - Ages 13-20. We will play a double session of a Dungeons & Dragons-style game. Previous experience not important. Bring dice if you have them. You must register for both E21 and F23.

E22 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.
E23 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.
E24 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.
E25 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.
E26 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.
E27 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Saturday Children’s Session F
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
F10 - Building Bridges - Christopher Berndt - Ages 4-7. Your mission: build the strongest bridge possible that can cross the chasm of catastrophe! We'll test various building materials and investigate geometry and physics to discover super-strong shapes. If you enjoy design or construction, don't miss this one!

F11 - Mini-Olympics - Ages 4-13. Let's have a field day - exercise your muscles, compete for fun and enjoy some physical activities. Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

F12 - A Trip to Ancient Egypt - Renee Lerner Ages 7-10. Come and journey down the Nile while experiencing the wonders of Ancient Egypt. Participate in projects and activities that will bring the past to life.

F13 - Self-defense - Dona Zeffery - Ages 7-13. This workshop is a hands-on program to help children realize their options in a dangerous situation. Emphasis will be placed on how to stay out of bad situations and how to avoid confrontations. Participants will be encouraged to try various self-defense techniques on each other and/or the instructor. Any child that has any physical limitations should inform the instructor before the workshop begins.

F14 - Lego Robotics II - Meg Edwards - Ages 7-13. Now, make your Lego robot move using the Lego Mindstorms program. This is a hands-on class. No previous experience programming robots necessary. Must take Lego Robotics I, E14.

F15 - So That's What's In There - Robert Harper and Ed Suhrbur - Ages 7-13. Do you like to work with your hands? Have you ever wanted to "disassemble" things in your house? Well, now's your chance! Take apart regular household appliances and other items just to see what's in there. Bring a small set of tools.

F16 - Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section - Alice Muciek - Ages 7-20. Come learn about this fascinating sequence of numbers and its many applications in nature, science, art, music, and architecture. Adult chaperone required for children under 10.
F17 - Needle Felting - Karen Wiebe - Ages 10-13. Learn how to transform sheep's wool into felt using a felting needle. "Draw" with wool and make pictures or three-dimensional objects such as an animal or flower. Note: requires use of a very sharp felting needle.

F18 - Foam Swords - Advanced - Joseph Stancato Ages 10-20. Go beyond the basic foam sword. Learn to make a warlord flail! Learn to construct a flail and how to battle with it. Learn more advanced moves and techniques. Previous experience with foam swords required.

F19 - Theatre Games - Natasha Gordon - Ages 10-20. Join the improv class, where actors (aka students) will perform spontaneously, without a script. We will be playing a few theatre games, and props will be provided. Just come ready to act. Play, have fun, and make new friends.

F20 - Starting a Band 101 - John Upchurch - Ages 13-20. A new band starting out faces a variety of challenges. The traditional trials of getting shows and press have been joined by new developments in technology that present both opportunities and dangers to musicians. Familiarity with the dynamic of the business will help aspiring bands present themselves intelligently and avoid the many pitfalls. In this seminar, guided by a do-it-yourself aesthetic, we will discuss the challenges and opportu-nities to be expected as a band enters the music business. Topics will include self-promotion, press coverage, radio play, booking shows, recording, merchandising, and con-tracts. Tactics for touring will be briefly discussed.

F21 - Aiming for Financial Freedom - Barbara Frank - Ages 13-20. This workshop is for teens who don't want to start their adult lives tied down because of debt. Car payments, credit cards and/or college loans keep many young adults chained to their jobs and limit their choices about where they live or what they do for a living. Homeschooled teens love their flexible lives. In this workshop, they'll learn how to keep living in freedom by avoiding the bondage of the hyper-consumptive lifestyle.
F22 - Socrates Cafe for Teens - Roy Underhill Ages 13-20. As a teen, you probably spend lots of time talking to other teens, but how often do you discuss with your peers really important, compelling questions about religion, politics, morality, or even homeschooling? This seminar aims to provide a setting for that kind of discussion. No prior experience in philosophy is necessary; just bring an open mind and a desire to cooperatively examine whatever compelling questions interest you at the time. We will focus on improving our ability to articulate and clarify our thoughts about complex, important issues. Although the moderator will be an adult, the discussion will be entirely among the teens attending. Parents may attend to observe (with the permission of their participating teens, if any), but may not speak. This seminar is the "hands-on" version of A7, "The Art of Philosophical Discussion." Attendance at that seminar is strongly encouraged, but not required.

F23 - Ogres, Elves, Wizards, Warriors - Ken Bradley - Ages 13-20. We will play a double session of a Dungeons & Dragons-style game. Previous experience not important. Bring dice if you have them. You must register for both E21 and F23.

F24 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

F25 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.

F26 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

F27 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

F28 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

F29 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Saturday Children’s Session G
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
G10 - Jump Frog Jump - Christopher Berndt - Ages 4-7. How do frogs grow? Where do frogs live? Do they eat anything besides flies? What's the difference between a frog and a toad? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we leap through hands-on activities and have fabulous froggy fun! Adult chaperone required.

G11 - Flower Fairies for Younger Folk - Mary Leung - Ages 4-7. Learn how to make a simple flower fairy inspired by Salley Mavor's work using pipe cleaners, wood beads, felt and silk flowers. Kids will finish a very small fairy doll in the workshop. Fine motor skills are necessary. Adult chaperone required.

G12 – Motion Quest – Ages 4-100 - AMEBA Acrobatic & Aerial Dance Company welcomes audience members of all ages on a journey through creative dance expression that will amaze, inspire and make you want to get up and move! Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

G13 - Hula Dancing and Lei-Making - Renee Lerner - Ages 7-10. Grab your grass skirt and head off to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Learn the steps and interpretive movements of the graceful Hula dances. Afterwards, rest your feet and make a colorful plumeria lei to take home.

G14 - Paper Airplanes - Robert Harper - Ages 7-13. Children will learn the basics of flight and also learn to fold and adjust their own paper airplanes for maximum distance and flight time.

G15 - Harry Potter Books Discussion - Margaret Boehle - Ages 10-20. Have you read all of the Harry Potter books? Have you seen all of the movies? Do you like
talking about what's going to happen next? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then join a discussion about what we love about Harry Potter, what we hate, and what we can't wait for!

G16 - First Aid - Dona Zeffery - Ages 10-20. This is a practical look at possible emergencies that may be encountered by anyone and the safest response to them. Participants will be given many possible scenarios and discuss the best action to be taken. This will be a great workshop for anyone who will be responsible for caring for younger children.

G17 - Dodgeball - Natasha and Hilary Gordon Ages 10-100. Come one, come all, to this year's dodgeball class. This popular workshop is once again offered, and once again a challenge is made to the parents. Parents, the last two games are parents versus kids Are you up to the challenge? Please remember, players must be in gym shoes (no sandals, platforms, or high heels) and jeans or shorts are preferable.

G18 - Cash Flow I - Tomi Fay Forbes and Maria Kuehmichel - Ages 12-20. Come play Robert Kiyosaki's fun, fast-paced game to learn economic principles like balancing a simplified double ledger, buying assets, and understanding rental cash flow and other business opportunities. Bring your calculator, sharpened pencil, and a good eraser. Children must sign up for both G19 and H17.

G19 - Theatre Games - Stephen Fenster-macher and Amylynn Hiser - Ages 13-20. Try acting without a script! In this workshop you will learn how to act through the art of improvisation

G20 - Chain Maille - Bethany Harvey - Ages 13-20. In this beginning chain maille workshop, you will learn the
3-into-1 Persian weave which is mostly used in jewelry making. Make a chain that can be used to decorate jeans or worn as a bracelet or choker necklace.

G21 - High School & Beyond Teen Panel - Ages 13-20. A panel of teens will lead this discussion about what it is like to be a homeschooled teen. How did you decide to homeschool high school? Did you ever attend a conventional high school? Do you have plans for college, or something besides college? Do you keep transcripts? What is your academic day like? Do you unschool, use a curriculum, participate with other teens in co-ops? This is a chance to share your plans and hear how others have done it. Teens with varied backgrounds are encouraged to attend and share their experiences. Do you do volunteer work? Do you travel a lot? What do you think people need to study to be prepared academically for their next move? Come and see how your peers do it.

G22 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

G23 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.

G24 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

G25 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

G26 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

G27 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.
Saturday Children’s Session H
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
H10 - Hula Dancing and Lei-Making - Renee Lerner - Ages 4-7. Grab your grass skirt and head off to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Learn the steps and interpretive movements of the graceful Hula dances. Afterwards, rest your feet and make a colorful plumeria lei to take home. Adult chaperone required.

H11 - Tin Foil Sculpture - Christine Maloney - Ages 4-20. Wacky wild inventions, crazy creatures, or everyday animals - these are a few of the unique art ideas you can bring to life with tin foil, masking tape, and acrylic paint. Sound incredible? Then join us and find out just how incredibly fun it can be. Parents, please note that dried acrylic paint on clothing is permanent. Dress your child appropriately! Adult chaperone required for children under 7.

H12 - Talent Show - Performers - Andy and Nicolas Rakowski - Ages 4-20. Calling all kids who play an instrument, sing, dance, do magic tricks, tell jokes, act in skits or monologues, juggle, or perform in any other way. Here's your chance to show your stuff and shine! Those registering for this workshop will be contacted by our emcee to ensure their place in the program.

H13 - Talent Show - Audience - Ages 4-100. Everyone is invited to cheer our performers on! What a wonderful way to end a wonderful conference experience - to see our beautiful, talented home-schooled kids and teens put on a show!
H14 - Flower Fairies and Friends - Mary Leung - Ages 7-10. Learn how to make a flower fairy inspired by Salley Mavor's work using pipe cleaners, wood beads, felt and silk flowers. Kids will use advanced techniques while they make a flower fairy to take home. They will also get a list of resources if they want to practice or expand their skills at home. Fine motor skills are necessary.

H15 - Paper Airplanes - Robert Harper - Ages 7-13. Children will learn the basics of flight and also learn to fold and adjust their own paper airplanes for maximum distance and flight time.

H16 - Moebius Bands, Klein Bottles, and the 4th Dimension - Alice Muciek - Ages 10-13. The mysterious Moebius is a flat surface with only one side and one edge. The Klein Bottle's inside and outside are the same. What does the fourth dimension have to do with it? Come find out!

H17 - Quidditch - Natasha and Hilary Gordon - Ages 10-20. Come try out and play on one of this year's Ground Quidditch teams. Knowledge of some of the books/movies will be beneficial to players. Please remember: no broomsticks allowed, and player uniforms must include gym shoes (no sandals, platforms, or high heels). Jeans or shorts are preferable.
H18 - Cash Flow II - Tomi Fay Forbes and Maria Kuehmichel - Ages 12-20. Come play Robert Kiyosaki's fun, fast-paced game to learn economic principles like balancing a simplified double ledger, buying assets, and understanding rental cash flow and other business opportunities. Bring your calculator, sharpened pencil, and a good eraser. Children must sign up for both G19 and H17.

H19 - Herbs and Edible Wild Plants - Teri HeinichenOwens - Ages 13-20. Join us for a hands-on cooking class for teens. Learn how to make a variety of fun snacks from traditional and historical recipes, including "good-for-your-skin" root beer! See her web site at LaughingLadybug.com

H20 - Romp & Play - Ages 2-5. See A25 for description.

H21 - Galaxy of Art - Ages 4-13. See A26 for description.

H22 - Discovering Science - Ages 4-13. See A27 for description.

H23 - Building - Ages 4-13. See A28 for description.

H24 - Board Games - Ages 4-20. See A29 for description.

H25 - Teen Chat - Ages 13-20. See A30 for description.

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