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Susan Beatty & Kristi Clover

Getting Started
Syllabus Beginning home education can be bewildering. Whether you are on the fence about homeschooling, just starting off, or need to get a refresher about the basics, this workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of getting off to a good start homeschooling. Susan and Kristi will provide a basic explanation of the “homeschool-ese” you are struggling to understand, practical “how-to’s” for getting your school established, and a brief overview of all you need to know to start your adventure in homeschooling.

Tom Clark

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly, we have had little, if any, “formal training,” or “certification.” How can we be confident that our children are going to be well educated? This informative and entertaining session with Tom, is based on, and adapted from, the respected work of John Milton Gregory, and will focus on effective strategies of instruction which are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers and newcomers alike will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.
This workshop is especially helpful for beginning homeschooling parents.

Homeschooling Math Without a Plan? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!
This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from pre-school through adult. Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of Algebra: A Complete Course, and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he takes you on a sometimes humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college. In addition, considerable attention will be given to identifying the “why” of the study of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of concepts, instead of rote memorization. This workshop is especially helpful for beginning homeschooling parents.

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner
(When are we going to need this stuff anyway?)

Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. In this workshop, Tom, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of Algebra: A Complete Course, and Geometry: A Complete Course, will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask, in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter, when solving equations and inequalities.

Teaching Mathematics with Art
Can your child’s future really be boiled down to something as simplistic as whether they are right-brained or left-brained? Surely, as homeschooling parents, we want our children to believe that they are capable of using “both sides” of their brains. In this educational and entertaining workshop, we will explore the natural and logical connections between mathematics and art. We will investigate mathematical principles and see how they are related to, and illustrated by, artistic applications. Likewise, we will explore several artistic concepts, and see how they are based on mathematical ideas. Throughout, the importance of language and communication will be stressed, as it must play a key role in the understanding of both areas.

What is “Critical Thinking,” and Can Anyone Do It?
Are your students learning passively, or are they involved in concept development? Are they figuring things out for themselves, or are they just learning tricks and shortcuts? Come brainstorm with Tom, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of Algebra: A Complete Course, and Geometry: A Complete Course. He humorously explores with you the reasons instruction can be difficult, developing along the way a list of benchmark signals and strategies which will help students “think” critically and analytically.

Kristi Clover

Getting Started - see Susan Beatty

Homeschooling with Littles: Creative Tools and Ideas to Get Homeschooling Done with Your Big Kids
Syllabus How do you homeschool your “bigs” when you have “littles?” This is probably one of the hardest obstacles to homeschooling. The constant juggling act that when there is more than one child in the house can tire out even the most experienced homeschool mom. How do you handle a history lesson with one child, math problems with another, phonics with your pre-reader, tantrums from your toddler, and nurse your baby—all at the same time. Crazy! This workshop will offer you handy tools and tips on how to better manage the circus act of homeschooling multiple children. Homeschooling is not for the faint hearted, but the blessings that come will fill your heart with more joy than you could imagine.
www.raisingclovers.com

Surviving Your First Few Years of Homeschooling
Syllabus Deciding to homeschool can be a big step of faith. Whether starting with preschoolers or pulling kids out of several years of public school, your first few years of homeschooling can be overwhelming. There are so many different curriculums to chose from, teaching and learning styles to discover, your own family rhythm to adjust to, and requirements to figure out. It’s all a lot to wrap your brain around. There’s often added pressure from family, friends, and even neighbors to see if you can pull it off (or if you are going to ruin your child). This workshop will offer you a quick introduction to homeschooling basics, and give you simple, easy tips on how to get started and stay the course. We’ll cover some great tools to take unnecessary pressure off yourself and focus on what is truly important (hint: it’s not academics!)
www.raisingclovers.com

Marilee Coots

Overcoming Reversals
Reversals in reading, writing, and spelling have developmental root causes that parents can remediate at home with easy exercises. Practical ideas and methods to overcome reversals will be presented. You’ll learn how to boost brain efficiency to improve reading and writing skills.

Kris Eller

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style
Syllabus Explore the various learning styles and how they really affect your child’s ability to master subject matter. We will look at the three major learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. We will investigate ways to teach children with each style as well as effective interventions to help your child excel in areas of struggle.

Jennifer Enriquez

History Beyond the Textbook
If your history curriculum is relegated to a single textbook, consider moving beyond the pages of a textbook to the pages of literature where history comes to life. This session will present you with a simple how-to of using literature in conjunction with existing curriculum, suggested titles for different eras of history, and the knowledge to reclaim the excitement of teaching history to your children. Discover titles that will pique the interest of your boys as well as your girls.

Teaching Literature with Your Existing Curriculum
It is one of the reasons we homeschool—the freedom to tailor our curriculum to meet the individual needs of our family. It can also be scary to think beyond the safety of the textbook or box of curriculum. Come discover how you can take your existing curriculum and add to it with literature and activities. Experience the possibilities.

Alex Garcia

Preschool Is Everywhere
You may not have an early childhood education degree, but you will discover that you have been equipped by God and already possess all the qualities you need to be the best preschool teacher your child will ever have. In this workshop you will learn exactly what your child needs to be ready for kindergarten and receive fun educational “take aways” that can be implemented in your daily life immediately to nourish her physical, intellectual and spiritual development. Prepare to be inspired.

Chuck and Pam Geib

Recordkeeping
Syllabus What records are a must for the private home educator? Where do I find these records? How do I keep them? What other records are valuable to have on hand? What is a philosophy of education? How do I write my own? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this workshop.

Lisa Hodo

Fun, Faith and Family: The Building Blocks of Raising Kids that Love Jesus
Syllabus Fun, faith and family–for most of us these three things are the most important parts of our lives as parents. We want our children to grow in their faith in Christ and their love for their families, and let’s face it, having a little fun while we are doing that makes life so much more enjoyable. In this workshop we will look at practical and fun ways to build our children’s faith every day, week, month and year. More than 25 ideas will be shared that are both meaningful and simple that families can put into practice that very day.

Dr. Jim Johnson

Who’s Who in the Zoo?
Did you know that the animal kingdom, in all of its diversity, reveals God’s creative genius and glory in uncountable ways? Why does God like and create variety in creation? How do the various animals living today, as well as other animals (like dinosaurs) which lived in earlier times, confirm the Bible’s account of creation–and refute Darwin’s evolutionary “natural selection” idea? This presentation provides a series of examples of big and little animals that display God’s handiwork in amazing ways: mammals, reptiles, insects, spiders, fish, shellfish, jellyfish, and more.

Shirley Jones

Never Skip Science Again
Take science off the back burner and bring it to the forefront using God's word and hands-on experiments. Learn ways to keep your elementary student excited to learn and begging for more.

Nanci Lynch

Confidence to Homeschool My Special Child
Life can bring upon us much insecurity, and homeschooling children with special needs can be particularly daunting. This workshop will help increase your confidence in this special calling by emphasizing benefits, focusing on needs, discussing common roadblocks, and increasing faith in our Heavenly Provider, Equipper and Helper. In addition, there will be an overview of many available resources as well as sharing strategies for success.

Who's in Charge? Dealing with Negative, Resistant, and Oppositional Behaviors
Teaching and learning reflect a beautiful and miraculous dance of sorts. Success requires appropriate behaviors and healthy interactions. Besides traditional learning difficulties, social–emotional and behavioral interactions are often impacted by the presence of special needs in the home causing added anxiety and frustration. This workshop will help us learn to study and evaluate undesirable behaviors and develop strategies to redirect, modify, or extinguish them. Understanding behavior, setting and communicating reasonable boundaries and expectations for the long-haul can help build a better teaching environment and provide for future opportunities for success. Behavior is not static. It changes with new life situations, and for families with students who have special needs, these are life-long issues that both parents and children must learn strategies to cope with and manage.

Pressures to Progress- Change, Growth, and Tips for Individualized Success
Knowing where we are going and when we arrive are big questions in special needs home education. Are we using the right strategies? Are we having success? Take heart! Progress is being made, but how can we tell? In this workshop we will discuss different styles, paths, domains, and sometimes forgotten areas of progress. We can find encouragement to keep striving even when it seems as if nothing is happening.

Jennifer Marin

Preschool: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
In this session we’ll compare home versus institutional preschool. We’ll answer questions like, “Can I give my children the preschool education that they need? Will they be ready for kindergarten? Does it really matter if my child stays home for preschool as opposed to going away?” We’ll look at what the Bible says about your role in your children’s education and highlight the importance of family bonding and instilling godly character.

Dorothy McCandliss

Math for Struggling Learners
How students process and remember math varies if they do math using their visual processing, language processing, or their math processing centers. This session will help parents identify which “center” their student uses for math. The session will explain how to modify math instruction to your child’s thinking skills. Practical solutions will be presented, and the presentation will model concrete math concepts. Audience participation is invited. We will try to apply these concepts to real situations from the audience.

Gerald McKoy

How to Make your First Game for iPhone or iPad
Game development has exploded over the last few years, and now it seems as if everyone is making a video game. Do you have an idea rolling around in your head for a game you wish you could play? And no one is making it? Well, if no one is making what you want to play, why not learn to make it yourself. Sound overwhelming? Don’t sweat it. Join us for this session and we will show you where to start and what resources you need to ship your first game for iPhone or iPad.

How to Save Money on Curriculum by Using the Internet
The traditional homeschool family usually lives on one income. However, with times continuing to get tougher, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the family to survive on one income. The first thing to usually hit the chopping block is the budget for curriculum. Join us as we explore ways to utilize the Internet to help us find our curriculum for less.

Carleen Paul

How to Have Fun Teaching Reading Comprehension in Your Home
Comprehension is critical for learning. With a little parental creativity and guidance, all children can enhance their reading comprehension skills. During this workshop, families will learn engaging activities and strategies to foster memory and reading comprehension skills.

Penny Ross

College ABCs
A primer to the different types of higher educational opportunities including community colleges, California State Colleges, University of California, vocational schools, Bible colleges, Christian universities, and private colleges. We’ll also discuss spiritual, academic, emotional, and life skills preparation for higher education.

Teaching Approaches & Methods–Part 1
Homeschooling has its own vocabulary. Terms like worktext and real books confuse many people. And, just who is Charlotte Mason? This workshop will begin our study (Part 1 of 2) of common approaches to teaching at home: textbooks, literature-based learning, classical or Great Books, unit studies, principle approach, multi-media, unschooling, eclectic, and more.

Teaching Approaches & Methods–Part 2
Overwhelmed and confused by the variety and sheer number of teaching resources available to home educators? This workshop will continue our study (Part 2 of 2) of the most common teaching approaches and methods while helping you narrow your shopping list as you consider the needs of your family for this particular year.

Navigating the Curriculum Maze
How do you decide what to teach, when to teach it, and what resources to use to teach it? This workshop will provide tools and tips to help you develop guidelines for making curriculum choices that will fit your unique children, family, lifestyle, and budget.

Mary Schofield

High School Overview
How do you decide what to study in high school? How do you know that your teen is learning enough (and of the right things)? How can parents continue a homeschool lifestyle during the high school years? Must homeschool students model their high school years after the institutional­ized educational style of learning? Come and learn how to make your high school years special, wonder­ful, and complete as we discuss the overall plans needed to teach high school at home.

Sarah Schofield

Preschool Meets Real Life
Is it possible to teach your preschooler while still balancing the real life? Can we teach our little ones and still run a home? Absolutely! Come hear some easy, tangible ideas as well as some encouragement about how to incorporate preschool into your everyday living.

Developing Academic Readiness
In the rush to formal preschool and early academics, many key readiness skills are overlooked or skipped completely. When we bypass these skills, such as large and fine motor skill development, academics can become much harder. We can help our preschoolers develop these skills at naturally and at home.

Scott Schofield

Keeping the Kids in Your Group Safe in the Online World
In an age where websites and apps pop up daily, the promise and peril of the Internet to students have never been greater. This has made growing up even more difficult for the current generation. This presentation will discuss topics like Internet safety, sexting, social media, and cyber-bullying. You will learn how to best deal with problems that can occur when kids engage in online activity, and tools students and parents can use to ensure their safety and privacy.

J. Michael Smith

The Future of Homeschooling and Common Core
There is much confusion about the impact of common core on education, specifically, home education; this workshop will answer any question that you have regarding the impact of common core on education in general and home education specifically.

Why America Is Free—the Reason we Need to Teach Government Today
This lecture by the President of HSLDA will demonstrate why it's necessary to teach government to our students. The key to good government is freedom. America has a unique government as established by our Constitution and the rule of law. But there are some key elements that were understood by our founders that have to be communicated to our young people in order that our form of government will not perish from this earth. This lecture will do just that, but Mike will also give you some practical tips on how to not only teach government but how to make it fun for the whole family. This lecture is must for families of all ages. Needless to say, with the attack on liberty we see in our country today, it is imperative that the homeschool community be educated as to the motivation behind the attempt to reduce our liberty and how we can thwart these efforts.

Nathan Pierce & Mike Smith

Legal/legislative Update with Nathan Pierce & Mike Smith
This workshop will address the current legislative issues in California that affect homeschoolers and parental rights; and how to homeschool legally in California. CHEA recommends this as a must attend workshop for any new homeschoolers in California. Mike Smith, will present be presenting the legal information in the workshop; he has been representing families in California for 34 years, and will provide his wisdom gained over all these years to tell you how to stay out of trouble in California while homeschooling. Nathan Pierce from Family Protection Ministries will share the current legislation which impacts home education and parental rights so that you can be prepared to help preserve the freedom to homeschool for you and your children in the future.

Lynn Snowden

Six Traits of Writing
If we want children to write, we need to help them unleash their imaginations and discover that writing can be fun. Skills developed through writing help improve literacy, creative thinking, and self-esteem. Using Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch and other pieces of children’s literature, this workshop will explore the six traits of writing which include ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

Marian Soderholm

How to Teach to Your Child's Unique Way of Learning
This is a great overview of language, visual, and motor processing skills as they relate to how your own child learns. We will also cover several types of learning interferences such as dyslexia and sensory integration issues . . . come and listen as Marian makes learning both entertaining and enlightening.

Tim Walborn

Not Necessarily College Bound
Syllabus Does everyone need to go to college? How do we direct our children toward what is best for them and help them make the right choices relating to building their career after high school? This workshop will discuss career assessments, alternatives to college, and the current state of higher education.

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