Sunday, March 24, 2013

Homeschool Convention Options 2013 Thursday

Do the happy dance! It's time to look at workshop options for the homeschool convention! I've broken the options into their timeslots AND I've put who/what the interest might be for each topic.

 I've also put the page number where each workshop description can be found in the 177 convention schedule guide if we need to refer back to the name of the speaker, info about the speaker, etc. (The info about the speaker is listed before the description of the scroll up!)

It's almost like I'm organized.

(ps--I don't know why some of the titles are in all caps. Suck it up. I'm not retyping them.)

Thurs 3:30-4:30

This is the option I'm going to--
  • (Parenting)  Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles pg2
  • Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves...if you cannot control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress - free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practicalstrategies that really work

 Despite its overwhelming cultural influence, Darwinian evolution is in crisis. In this session, we will explore the most comm on evidences offered in favor of evolution. When these “evidences” are examined closely, it turns out that the case for Darwinian evolution is rather weak.

 (General) Homeschooling: The Environment for Genius pg 2
In 1957, psychologist Dr. Harold McCurdy investigated the lives of twenty geniuses like John Stuart Mill, John Quinc y Adams, and Blaise Pascal. He wanted to find out if there was something about their childhoods that made them become geniuses. In the end, he found three things that all of them
had in common while growing up. What’s fascinating is that these three elements are typically present in the lives of modern homeschooled children. In this talk, Dr. Jay L. Wile will present the details of the study and its conclusions, while Diana Waring will share anecdotes and practical
advice that will help you incorporate these elements into your homeschooling experience. They don’t promise that you will raise geniuses, but they do promise that your homeschool will be better for it.

(S and E) Designing Your Own Lit Program–a Scope and Sequence Workshop pg4
Many parents are dissatisfied with the books assigned in box curriculum sets and yet, they feel inadequate to strike out on their own and create effective reading programs for their children. Adam puts these fears to rest with an inspiring lesson in scope and sequence development. Presenting a step-by-step procedure that is accessible to even the busiest teachers, Adam makes a powerful case that it’s not how many books you do, it’s how well you do them! Come listen and be set free from the “tyranny of the booklist.”

(Sweetling) The Best Micro Businesses for a Teenager to Start This Week.  pg 6
A teenager can start and run his or her own micro business to learn a lot while earning some money. Presenter Carol Topp, CPA has counseled dozens of teenagers starting a business and will discuss ideas and pitfalls to avoid. Co-presenter, Rachel Coker, an 18 year old homeschooled student will share how she started her micro businesses as a published author and photographer. Parents are welcome to attend and may get a few ideas too!

Thursday 5 -6 PM

The option I'm going to--
  • Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author Jean Burk will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!

 (Teen Track) Foundations of a Pro -Life Worldview: Whose Rules Should We Play by? pg 8
While the street-level debate over abortion rages on, a serious intellectual discussion about the foundation for human rights continues almostunnoticed. What makes humans valuable? Can secularism provide an adequate grounding for basic human rights? How do natural rights differ from
merely positive (legal) ones? These questions are foundational and must be addressed persuasively lest the dehumanizing ideasof the ivory towerbecome true for the culture at large. In this session, Scott addresses the underlying worldview assumptions that both academic and lay people bring
to debates over abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning and why the Christian worldview in particular does a better job accounting forintrinsically valuable human beings, fundamental human rights, and objective moral rules.

(General) Writing Your Own Curriculum: You Can Do This! pg 13
Developing curriculum isn’t hard to do if you have a template to follow. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to take any subject, determine the essential topics within that subject, and then teach them at varying skill levels. We’ll also look at safety nets you can use to double-check yourself so
that you can develop coursework with confidence. Come join us in this practical workshop, and be sure to bring a notebook!

Thursday 6:30-7:30 

(Teen Track) Pro-Life 3.0: The New Challenges to the Dignity of Life:Cloning, stem cells, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, euthanasia. pg15
Being pro-life today is more than being against abortion. We must know why we are FOR life, and what that looks like in the face of the various bioethical challenges today.

(Sweetling) Three ‘Missing Links’ Your Child MUST Know About! pg18
“Ida”, “Ardi” and “Lucy”! They may not be names familiar to you, but they should be. If your child continues their studies at the collegiate level they will most likely hear how the fossil evidence shows overwhelmingly that man has “evolved”. And the evidence that will be used most probably will be
one of the three, if not all three, of the ones mentioned here. Using only secular sources Carl will show you how to teach your student critically/biblically evaluate the actual evidence for these “ancestors”. You will be surprised at what the evidence truly supports.

 *One of the two options I'm torn between
*(Toa) Multisensory Grammar pg19

Words of the English Language are traditionally classified into parts of speech based on meaning and usage in a sentence. The parts of speech– nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections- are the ingredients of a sentence. Some parts of speech are essential to the structure of a sentence. Other parts are used to add interest and to extend information. To understand the structure of a sentence, students need to know the parts of speech and their usage. Mere memorization of the definitions has little transfer to written expression.
Multisensory Grammar uses an engaging color -code system to introduce and reinforce the parts of speech in a sentence. Patterns of color are used to help students compose original sentences of varying lengths and complexities. This session will introduce several parts of speech and provide
additional follow-up practice activities to reinforce and encourage written expression.

(Sweetling) Hands-on Website Design for Kids pg19
Have your kids ever asked how they can create their own web pages? This is a great introductory Computer Science topic that can be offered by nearly all families, even if you consider yourself a computer novice. Join Chris Yust for a discussion on how your students can quickly learn the
fundamentals of HTML. We’ll have a live demonstration of the simple tools and techniques that everyone can use to make their own creative websites! Chris will also briefly introduce the latest KidCoder and TeenCoder computer programming courses. Let's spark a love for computers in
your student!

*Second of the two options I'm torn between--
(S and E) How to Get Your Child to Write an Essay Without Complaining (Middle/High School) p 20
This workshop provides you with an easy to use, step by step process for writing essays.
Stephens will explore different ways to engage your child in writing essays without complaining. Using four, easy to use methods, your child will be writing essays in no time!

(Sweetling) How can my homeschool student “start a business” to learn valuable life skills and develop income while at home? pg 19
This session offers a quick guide concerning how to give your child an opportunity to experience “business” firsthand before leaving high school. At the age of eight, I developed a business that assisted elderly people with a specific function in their household that they could not or did not want to perform anymore. Three years later, I sold that business to another young “entrepreneur”
and developed a lawn business in a well-off neighborhood.
Three years after that, I sold that business, creating a marketing firm that still exists today and bringing in tens of thousands of dollars before I left high school. The lessons I learned from th
is business, along with the opportunities it afforded me in my high school years, gave me the jump-
start I needed into my life path. God used the “business” aspect of my homeschool experience to grow and develop me spiritually

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