New to Homeschooling or Want to Learn How to Homeschool?
Homeschooling for Excellence 101
Thursday, July 29, 2021 – 10 AM to 4 PM
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Many parents considering or just beginning to homeschool would like to have personalized help. Homeschooling for Excellence 101 is a one-day conference where homeschool parents can get individualized answers for their own personal situations from other seasoned homeschooling parents. Parents will learn how to homeschool! Topics included but not limited to:
- Where do I begin?
- What materials should I choose? There are so many!
- How can I encourage my child to learn?
- How will I fill my child’s time – will he be lonely?
The homeschool lifestyle is so much more than just ABC’s and 123’s. It includes a lifestyle that encourages learning all the time and learning together. Bringing frantic, fragmented family lives back together can seem inviting and at the same time mystifying. Not knowing what to do throws parents into a whirl of confusion and concern. Each parent is uniquely qualified to educate their own child. The Homeschooling for Excellence Workshops are designed with extra time and personalized attention for your unique situation. In a friendly and encouraging small group environment, top notch, enthusiastic homeschool parents will share their wisdom and pass along lots of information on how you can make the best decisions for educating your own child. Learn how to homeschool!
Homeschooling for Excellence 101 registration automatically includes registration for the Southeast Homeschool Expo so you can return on Friday and Saturday for the Southeast Homeschool Expo and additional workshops for NO additional charge!
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Each Session, you decide which one of two options you want to attend . If you aren’t interested in one, you can move to the other. It’s that easy!
Take the Mystery Out of Homeschooling
Jennifer takes parents incrementally through homeschool basics. This class will guide you whether you are starting with a five-year-old, or bringing an older child home from traditional school. Enjoy this informative workshop that gives you a chance to ask questions and covers: compliance with homeschool laws, scheduling the school year, what subjects to teach, standardized testing, grading, record keeping … and more!
Finding Your Homeschool Path
From the first steps like legal forms to final details like how to write a schedule or develop a routine for your homeschool, Marla will take your hand and guide you through the decisions you need to make to start your journey with confidence. This talk will cover the 4 basic types of homeschooling that are available, educational philosophies/styles and which of these will be a good fit for you. You will develop your own homeschool vision statement and then we will move on to the pros and cons of different organizational systems and how to write your first homeschool schedule.
Lunch (on your own).
Before Choosing Curriculum
Jennifer starts with a series of questions to help you narrow down what curriculum might suit your family best. Then, she’ll go on to explain: different methods of homeschooling, tips for choosing textbooks, and where to get help for hard classes. She also shares personal examples about the variety of ways she taught throughout her years of experience.
Avoiding Overwhelm in the Halls of Curriculum
You will walk out of the talk with Marla’s cheat sheet 10 Quick Questions to Ask (Yourself) Before You Buy Curriculum. You can carry this with you as you shop the vendor hall tomorrow for a quick reminder of when to buy and when to walk away. We will dive into the details behind each of these questions and also cover how to narrow down your options based on your personal preferences and then on the bigger picture of what every excellent curriculum should include. Finding a curriculum that will be a good fit is all about understanding what you want, what your kids need, and then finding it. Knowing what you want is the first half of the battle and can help make buying decisions with confidence.
Socialization and Your Homeschooling 101 Take-Aways
Jennifer explains how to socialize your children so they become well-adjusted adults. She explains the difference between traditional school socialization and homeschool socialization. After that, she’ll give you the top take-aways for confidence in starting the school year. We’ll end with how to navigate the rest of the conference and answer your questions.
Computers Enhance Effectiveness and Enjoyment of Homeschooling
Mark St. Denis
Homeschooling isn’t just with pencil and paper anymore. Now, there is a remarkable array of computer based curriculum materials and other homeschool helps. Mark helps participants understand what to look for and how to avoid getting ripped off when purchasing software programs. He arms participants with specific information and tips to help make wise choices and avoid costly mistakes when choosing materials for their homeschool. Discussion includes a variety of homeschool software programs, computer based curriculum, record keeping, and other programs to help all students.