Saturday, March 28, 2009

Workshop Schedule


Home Learning Resources Conference

Keynote 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

"We are doing what is right for our children" -- Maureen Stone

Maureen draws on her years of experience, from the pioneering years of homeschooling in Iowa to the present day, to encourage you to educate your family at home, even when difficult situations arise.

VENDOR SESSION ~ 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Go Political! -- Katy Diltz, HAIL Room 1

Let your representatives and other elected officials know you homeschool. How to find out who your representatives are, approaching them about homeschooling, building a friendly relationship with them, and working to gain support for homeschooling in your community.

Teaching Multiple Ages with Success -- Sheryl Maxey, Usborne Books Room 2

How can I do school with a toddler underfoot and a babe in arms? With 18 years of experience, Sheryl gives practical advice on successfully creating a home learning environment where everyone wins.

Latin and Greek in the Homeschool -- Peter Sipes, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Room 3

To be announced

Beginners Workshop/Legal Options -- Mary Lynn Carvour, Room 4

You want to homeschool. Now what do you do? Mary Lynn, a certified teacher and veteran homeschool mom and consultant, shows you how to file paperwork and match your lifestyle to one of three legal options.

SESSION 1 ~ 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

"We Teach Science on a Shoestring" -- Mary Lynn Carvour, Room 1

Excite your younger elementary students about health, chemistry, geology, and more in this practical workshop. All of Mary Lynn's ideas have been tested in the classroom and the home.

"We Are Taking College Classes" -- Maureen Stone, Room 2

High school students can take college classes during high school on the school district's tab by using the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO). Maureen gives advice and history as the mom who brought this opportunity to the homeschool community.

"We are exploring Waldorf" -- Kristi Karima Burns Room 3

You've heard about the Waldorf philosophy, but exactly is it? Kristie explains how to bring Waldorf ideas into the home school.

SESSION 2 ~ 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

"We Are Using Charlotte Mason Methods" -- Debi Zahn, Room 1

Step into a day in the life of Debi's family of twelve kids to see how Charlotte Mason methods help her teach her children in a natural, literature-based, kid-friendly style. See what a living book is, how nature study can be done, and what to do about grammar.

"We Are Unschooling" -- Amy Graber, Room 2

How in the world can unschooling work? Amy, mother of two, reveals how everyone can make unschooling work through detoxing, building a "curriculum" that includes math, reading and other subjects, complying with the law as an unschooler, and how to approach the assessment options as an unschooler.

"We Are Crafting Through History" -- Mary Lynn Carvour, Room 3

Easy ideas for every day emerge in this hands-on workshop. Younger and older children and their parents will benefit from Mary Lynn's enthusiasm.

SESSION 3 ~ 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

"We Are Connecting" -- a circle discussion led by Cathy and/or Julia Rooms 1 and 2

If you have general questions or specific needs, you can ask here. Everyone will be safe, respected, and "there are no stupid questions!" Veteran and new homeschoolers attending the conference can answer questions about co-ops, support groups, curriculum needs, park days, field trips, and more. Make new friendships as the founders of Three Sister moderate this discussion.

KEYNOTE 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

"We Are Looking to Our Future, Remembering Our Past" -- Ed Dickerson website here Rooms 1 and 2

Ed gives insight to the future of homeschooling in Iowa. As the current lobbyist for HAIL, he is keen to the pulse of the statehouse, and can lend historical information as to why our laws are the way they are -- how 0.6 funding for HSAP's was determined before 0.3 funding was chosen, why we have the portfolio, and much more.

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