Saturday, May 4 Workshops

Friday Workshops

9:00–10:00 Am Workshops

Crises In Play

Micki Ferguson Children are spending more time on media devices and less time playing imaginatively, participating in organized sports, or playing musical instruments. Younger children are wearing glasses due to time spent on these devices, along with other side effects. As a military spouse, hands-on homeschool parent, and stroke survivor, I will explain how play helped me educate my children and rehabilitate my own health. This hands-on session will include demonstration of how toys can be used as so much more in an educational setting.

Classical Conversations Sponsored WOrkshop

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Homeschooling and the Law - What Every Texas Homeschooler Needs to Know

Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC) explains the laws concerning homeschooling in Texas. THSC will relate ways that home school families can avoid problems with school authorities and feel prepared if a truant officer or a social worker knocked on your door. We will share some legislative victories and challenges for homeschool families. This informative event will give you the tools to keep your family free to homeschool in Texas!

Math Question and Answer Session

Tom Clark is a life-long teacher of Mathematics and Science with 46 years experience in education, at all levels, from elementary through adult. He is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics.  In the last eighteen years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction, and which help with both individualized and group learning. Tom is now president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology.

10:15–11:15 PM General Session

What is Minimalist Homeschooling, Anyway? How to gain more in your homeschool by doing less

Zara Fagan, PhD Have you ever felt exhausted and overwhelmed in your homeschool? Are you busy all day, but not quite sure what you accomplished? Do you often wonder whether you’re doing enough, or doing it right? Or, do you crave less chaos and stress; and more time to breathe and enjoy your Children? Welcome to minimalist homeschooling. In this presentation, Zara Fagen, PhD – best-selling author of Minimalist Homeschooling, and creator of Simple is the New Smart - helps homeschoolers rethink how they spend their time and energy in order to gain more educational value in their homeschool by doing less. Homeschooling does not have to be a crazy-busy life of too much to do, too much to plan, and too much to buy. Learn how to declutter an education, while adding value, clarity, and confidence. Less stress, less doubt, and less stuff will leave you loving your homeschool more than ever.

Lunch and Exhibit Hall are from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

1:00–2:00 PM Workshops

Dyslexia the Gift

Griselda Oaxaca 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. Of course, throughout, the importance of language and communication will be stressed, as it must play a key role in the understanding of both areas.

The Healthy Mom's (& Dad's) Grocery Guide

Dr. William Morrissey Dr. Will invites you on a tour of the grocery store! What does he buy? What does he avoid? In this interactive talk Dr. Will points out common pitfalls to healthy eating. He will translate jargon and expose doublespeak often seen on food labels. Dr. Will also gives his top "must have" items in a healthy fridge and pantry. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

Teaching Your Kids Financial Success in the Real World.

Seth Hunter Come and learn some exciting strategies and techniques that will help you prepare your children for the real world. Even young children can start to understand the value of hard work, earning money, and saving for the future. This is a fun workshop with stories and examples that will give you many ideas for your own family. Educators for all ages will benefit from this workshop.

Homeschooling with Littles

Janell Barr Are you homeschooling while also managing a home with little ones in tow? Do your days seem chaotic and over run by messes or just trying to keep the littles busy and from destroying everything? Don't be discouraged homeschool parents, you aren't alone and these aren't wasted years. Come hear ideas of ways to help bring your little ones in on the learning without going crazy. Read aloud and the experience of play are vital lost tools that kids need more of these days.

2:15–3:15 PM Workshops

Baby Steps to Begin Minimalist Homeschooling

Zara Fagen, PhD Minimalist homeschooling is about how you approach your homeschool – not an educational philosophy or prescribed curriculum. In this workshop, Zara Fagen, PhD – author of the best- selling book Minimalist Homeschooling, and creator of Simple is the New Smart - gives dozens of ideas to begin decluttering your homeschool right away, without a major overhaul. Get plenty of practical tips for creating more space, more clarity, and more value in your homeschool by making small changes.

Create a 4-Year High School Plan

Felicia Johnson Having a high school student can be overwhelming, but it can also be very rewarding. Planning from the beginning will set your student up for success and alleviate unnecessary stress. In this workshop I will walk you through knowing your state's graduation requirements, discovering your child's dreams, and putting it together to create a 4-year high school plan, whether that is college, workforce, tech school or beyond.

Homeschool 101: Goals + Curriculum

Lindsay Kronmiller + Julia Novoa Choosing curriculum and starting your homeschool journey can be overwhelming. There are a million philosophies and curriculums to choose from. How do you pick a direction? How do you narrow it down? This workshop will be a hands on workshop of working through deciding what your goals are, seeing examples of what other homeschool families do, and a starting place to help you choose curriculum/philosophies to get your home education journey off the ground. From both a non teacher turned homeschooler and a teacher turned homeschooler.

Human development and the learning child

Andrew Parrish Homeschooling, especially with multiple children, can be very challenging. Utilizing ideas within human development can help us all, as parents, maximize potential for children of all ages. By giving a quick overview of all age brackets and their development, you will find that this workshop will leave you feeling better equipped to tackle your homeschool challenges head on. Age brackets covered are: 3-5, 6-11, 12-18.

3:30–4:30 PM Keynote

Homeschooling with confidence

Greta Eskridge

In this talk Greta shares parts of her own educational experience as a homeschooled student in the early days of homeschooling. She shares how her parents allowed her to forge her own educational path and the beautiful successes it led to, ultimately shaping the educational journey Greta took with her own children. Greta offers encouragement for parents to follow or create the path that is best for their children from the early years through college, and to homeschool from a place of confidence rather than fear.