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The Schoolhouse Expo: Last Day Wrapup

Alas, The Schoolhouse Expo is all over.  What a terrific final day we had: SO many wonderful speakers and then a big giveaway extravaganza at the very end, and what prizes!  It’s so hard to choose just a few highlights from the final day, but here I go…


  • Jennifer Courtney from Classical Conversations shared all about the Classical method of homeschooling.  Since we have a Classical homeschool, this talk was thoroughly enjoyable for me.  She addressed some of the misconceptions about the Classical method, and mentioned that it is about nurturing ALL the parts of the child, and that Classical educators don’t need to curriculum surf, they just need to think.  The Trivium, or three parts that make up a Classical method of education include The Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.  I love how Jennifer summed these up.  Grammar means input, and once you have mastered the grammar, you can pay attention. The Logic or Dialectic stage means understanding.  The Rhetoric or wisdom stage means passing on knowledge to others.  As Aristotle said: Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
  • Diana Waring’s talk was a really high-energy, inspirational session about enjoying learning.  She made that point that we don’t teach children, we help them learn and that education is not something we do TO students.  She talked about two different types of teachers:  the Controller who yells at the student, uses parroted responses, shame, and  one-size-fits-all approach, and the Facilitator who is responsive, honours & enjoys the individual student, leads them to water & lets THEM drink!  Diana reminded us that our children are made by God Himself and that we have to work at ENJOYING our students 🙂
  • Zan Tyler of Apologia finished up the Expo with a talk on Biblical Worldview.  In introducing her, it was mentioned that the Tyler family was threatened with jail time when they started homeschooling in South Carolina, and they had to fight to legally homeschool.  I sometimes forget that homeschoolers who came before us had to fight so hard to have homeschooling recognized.  The Tyler family then went on to homeschool for 21 years: K-12.  Zan explained that our Worldview is simply the sum of our beliefs about the world, the big  picture that directs our daily decisions & actions.  Our Worldview brings focus & gives direction.  If we don’t fully understand our worldview ourselves, we need to learn along with our children.  Zan used the example of Daniel in the Bible and how his Biblical foundation saw him through.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend The Schoolhouse Expo this week, you can still purchase The Expo To Go, and listen to the MP3 files when they come out in the next couple of weeks AND get a whole bunch of downloadable freebies.  I’m looking forward to listening to some of my favourite sessions over and over, and am already looking forward to the next Schoolhouse Expo in the fall!

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 4 Wrapup

Day 4 was another great day at The Schoolhouse Expo live online.  I’ve been making some new friends in the live chat, and getting to chat with some old ones.  There was a bit of a kink in the schedule, as Dari Mullins informed the Expo that her car had broken down and she was stranded on the road.  Thankfully, Kim Kautzer agreed to fill in with an additional one-hour presentation after her first one, and Dari’s presentation on “STRESS and the Homeschool Mom” will be recorded and available in the Expo-to-Go as an MP3 file!

Some of the highlights from Day 4…

  • Kim Kautzer of WriteShop started off the Expo with a talk about “Teaching the Timed Essay”.  This not only would come in handy for any students taking the SAT test, but also great preparation for university exams.  She broke down writing a timed essay into 4 steps: Timing, Planning, Writing, and Revising.  This information certainly would have come in handy for me when I was writing my university exams – I think I tended just to launch right into writing and skipped the first two steps!  She then shared a great overview of teaching writing, for K-12.
  • Deborah has been sharing Biblical devotions all week.  On day 4, she shared on “The Heart of the Matter”.  She urged us to praise the Lord with our whole heart, and reminded us that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.  We need to renew our focus on God on a continuous basis.  Today, she recommended a number of resources: the book “From This Verse by Robert J. Morgan and the websites,, and more.
  • Barbara Beers of Schola Publications spoke on the History of English.  I find all of this fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed her talk.  Did you know that our early modern English began between 1500-1800?  Or that the Dutch gave us the navigational terms in the English language? Or that while German is the basis of our common English vocabularly,only about 30% of all our vocabulary is German-based, with about 60% being Latin based?

I’m about to join in on the LAST DAY of the Schoolhouse Expo!  While I’m sad that it’s the last day, I am looking forward to being able to listen to the sessions again in just a couple of weeks when I receive the Expo to Go MP3 files 🙂

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Schoolhouse Expo: Last chance to get your ticket for $19.50!

Today is the last day to get your Schoolhouse Expo ticket for just $19.50!  As of midnight Easter Time today, February 9th, the price goes up to $29.00 and the Bonus Freebies are gone.

What do you get with your $19.50 ticket?  The Expo doesn’t stop with live online sessions from terrific speakers!  TOS, loves to give gifts ! They have put together a package of free gifts to inspire, delight, and enliven your homeschool.

In addition, when you buy a live ticket, you’ll not only be purchasing admission to the May Schoolhouse Expo, but you’ll also receive the MP3 recordings of each May 2011 session after the Expo with your members-only access at the Expo To Go website.

Get your ticket today and receive even more. During the Early Bird Sale, your live Expo ticket comes with a BONUS pack of freebies–valued at over $100!  I just downloaded the Bonus freebies myself.  Wow: Astronomy, Spelling, Nature and more!

Don’t miss out, buy your ticket today!

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo and Teens in Business

Just in case you don’t already get regular mailings from The Old Schoolhouse.  I’d like to share with  you something I received:  Teens in Business: Beyond the Lemon Stand.  In this article, Gena Suarez shares about her two teenage sons who have started their own businesses.  Homeschooling is terrific, because it gives students the time they need to get involved in endeavours such as this.  My own “tween” son will shortly be launching his own chain mail creations online and locally, as soon as he has created enough inventory 🙂  Do you have a teen?   Then you’re going to LOVE this May’s Schoolhouse Expo!   There are many sessions that you’re going to want your teen to listen in on with you, in the:

AND Are you or your teen interested in starting or do you have your own business?  Then you’re not going to want to miss this either:

Remember, from now until February 9th, you can get a ticket for just $19.50 (regular $39.oo) .  Your ticket includes all the live sessions, over $300 worth of downloads AND once the Expo is over, you can listen again and again to downloads of ALL the sessions!

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Free John Taylor Gatto E-book!

The Schoolhouse Expo (coming May 2011) is now celebrating over 1000 fans!  Get your free John Taylor Gatto e-book at the Schoolhouse Expo Facebook fanpage!  If you aren’t already a “fan”, just click “Like”.  Then go to the “Fan Freebies” tab for the code to download your free e-book!   If you haven’t already, you’ll also find the College Success Begins At Home e-book code to download free too!

And don’t forget to enter my Giveaway, below,  for a FREE ticket to the online Schoolhouse Expo!  The draw will be held tomorrow.

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Register now for the May Schoolhouse Expo! AND Free Ticket Giveaway!

Registration for the TOS Homeschool Expo has opened as of today! The Expo this year runs online from May 16-20.  From now until February 9th, you can get a ticket for just $19.50 (regular $39.oo).  I am SO excited that Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained Mind, will be a speaker again this year!  And this year, there are two special features of the Expo…

Are you heading into the high school years, or are you already there?  You’ll love the Speakers in the High School Track of the Expo!  Have your high schooler sit in on the sessions, because there will be content just for them too!

Do you run a business from home like so many of us do? 🙂  Then you’ll love the Entrepreneur/Work at Home Track sessions!  Listen to practical tips and success stories.

And there’s more!  With your $19.50 Expo ticket, you receive free downloads valued at over $200 – I am always astounded at the number and quality of these fantastic downloads!  Buy your ticket now until February 9th and you’ll get a BONUS pack of FREEBIES worth another $100 – that’s a total of $300 worth of fantastic bonuses!  I can’t wait to download mine, as always there is a ton of downloads that will bless my family beautifully, that will fit right into what we’re studying this year.

AND WOW! I am SO excited to be able to bless one of you with a FREE ticket giveaway thanks to the Schoolhouse Expo!  You will receive a separate entry for each of the following (please remember to provide me with your name and email address so I can contact you if you win):

  • Leave a comment letting me know why you’re looking forward to the Expo this year
  • “Follow” my blog, and leave a comment letting me know how (i.e. FeedBlitz, Networked Blogs)
  • “Follow” my Twitter account: UsborneBooksCB and leave a comment here letting me know
  • “Follow” the Schoolhouse Expo Blog and leave a comment here letting me know
  • “Like” the Schoolhouse Expo Facebook Page and leave a comment here letting me know

Everyone is eligible for entry in this draw, anywhere in the world 🙂  The winning ticket will include the Expo sessions, pre-shows, freebies and bonuses mentioned above, and don’t forget the chance to win door prizes at all the live sessions (physical door prizes for US/Canadian addresses only)!  The Winner will be drawn randomly from the entries below in just a few days, on January 28th!  Good luck!

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Schoolhouse Expo Online Now – Special Ticket Offer!

I have been having a great time at the Schoolhouse Expo so far this week!  Take a look at Nancy’s recap of the first two days!
The Schoolhouse Expo is not over and now TOS is offering some deals I’d like to share…
You can still join in the fun. We still have three more days! And we have a fun ticket offer–keep reading for details.

Here’s the schedule for the last three days of the Expo–all times CST (Add 2 hours for Atlantic Time)

Wednesday, October 6:
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Diane Craft, Identifying Your Child’s Learning
Glitch (and what to do about it at home)
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.   Alfredo Velasquez, Rosetta Stone
Homeschool Foreign Language Curriculum
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.   Break
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.   Devotions with Deborah Wuehler
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.   Zan Tyler, Avoiding and Overcoming
Homeschool Burnout

Thursday, October 7:
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Carol Barnier, More Hands-on Tips for the
Highly Distractible Child . . . Including
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.   Daniel Lauve & Cherie Mitschke, Saxon
Homeschool: Successin Math, Plus So Much
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.   Break
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.   Devotions with Deborah Wuehler
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.   Hal & Melanie Young, Doing Real Things for
Teens & Their Families

Friday, October 8:
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.   Devotions with Deborah Wuehler
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.   Tricia Goyer, Writing From Home
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.   Karen Braun-“Spunky Homeschool”,
The State of Homeschooling
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.   Diana Waring, A Life-Changing Quest: The
Adventure of History
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   Break
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.   John Taylor Gatto, Everything You Know
About Institutional Schooling is Wrong &
Open Source Education is a Way
to Break Out of the Trap
9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  TOS Staff, Door Prize Extravaganza

Our feature, keynote speaker: John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling; The Exhausted School; A Different Kind of Teacher; The Underground History Of American Education; and Weapons of Mass Instruction.

Our special session with John Taylor Gatto will take place on Friday, October 8, at 6 p.m. CST. Mark your calendar, and please plan to stay late because after his session we’ll have our TOS Wrap-Up party with door prizes galore!

You don’t have to miss anymore live sessions–
here’s the deal . . .

We’ve lowered the price for those of you who are joining us late.

You can register today–October 6–and start joining in the fun LIVE for only $29! That’s $10 off the price of the full week. And yes, you’ll still get all of the freebies AND the Expo To Go downloads as well.

Can’t make it until Thursday? Register then for only $24.95 and enjoy Thursday and Friday with us LIVE, and receive all of our freebies AND the Expo To Go.

Can’t make it until Friday? Register then for only $19.95 and enjoy Friday with us LIVE (that’s the night John Taylor Gatto will be speaking), receive all of our freebies AND the Expo To Go.

The price will change in the store each day. Simply purchase the Fall 2010 Schoolhouse Expo in the Schoolhouse Store and log on for the fun!

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The Schoolhouse Expo Tickets – $5 off Sale

It’s back to homeschool time and registration is open for the online Schoolhouse Expo, October 4-8!  FIVE days of top homeschool speakers, fellowship, and fun door prizes.

I already bought my ticket, months ago, because I enjoyed the Spring Expo so much.  I have good news, you can save $5 per ticket! Register between August 16 and midnight August 22, and you’ll pay only $19.99 US. Plus you’ll receive over $200 in free E-Books.  I just received my free books a couple of days ago and I am particularly excited about the book from Salem Ridge Press and I can’t believe that a Map Trek book was included – I love Map Trek!

You’ll be inspired by speakers including: Zan Tyler, Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright,Carol Barnier, Diana Waring, Todd Wilson, Davis Carman, Kim Kautzer, Lee Binz, and many more!

A special teen track is planned–the entire family will definitely want to listen to these special sessions. Also planned is a special focus on a topic that touches every homeschool–writing. Plus, an array of other topics that will inform and inspire you throughout your homeschooling years.

Don’t forget, MP3 copies of each session comes with your LIVE event ticket.

Two special preconference shows are coming soon, on August 24 and September 21 with Dr.
Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, and Kim Kautzer!

The theme this fall is “Celebrate Homeschooling!” Celebrate the unique blessings of homeschooling, the beginning of another school year, our families, and the freedom to tailor our children’s education to best meet their needs.

If you cannot make the Live event,  then the October Expo To Go is just your ticket! You’ll reserve MP3s from all of the workshops. This week only, pay just $14.95 US!

You can visit either of these links to get more information.

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Fall Schoolhouse Expo! Buy a ticket by June 18th Save $10

The Old Schoolhouse has announced another Schoolhouse Expo October 4 – 8, 2010, with the theme “Celebrate Homeschooling!”  Their announcement comes with this very special offer of $10 off if you buy a ticket right now!  I just bought my ticket 🙂  Just $15 if you’re attending LIVE, or $10 if you cannot attend and will be listening to the online recordings afterward.

Here are some more details for you…

You’ll love hearing some of your favorite speakers from May’s Expo like Diana Waring, Carol Barnier, Todd Wilson, and Karen Braun from Spunky Homeschool, plus some new favorites like Dr. Jay Wile, author of the popular “Exploring Creation with . . .” series of science books for middle and high school students, and Steve and Jan Lambert from Five in a Row. Please note that these are all tentative speakers and subject to change without notice since we are still in the planning phase.
In addition, we are adding a whole new track developed especially for teens to enjoy and be motivated towards success.

But that’s not the only addition to the Fall Schoolhouse Expo.

Have you ever considered writing from home and getting paid for it? Learn some key concepts and direction on how you can make this dream come true.

Ready to register?

We don’t even have the updated information on our website yet, but for two days only you can preregister for the October Expo and save $10 on either the LIVE Expo or the October Expo To Go.

You choose!

Plus, with either option, you will get a copy of our E-Book, How I Homeschool: Twelve Families Share Their Lifestyles of Learning. This E-Book goes perfectly along with our theme of celebrating how each family is different and the freedoms we have in homeschooling.

Want to watch and listen in LIVE, PLUS get the MP3 recordings after the Expo?

Choose the Fall Schoolhouse Expo option for $14.99 (regularly $24.99). That’s a full $10 off! We will have a special freebie gift package ready later, and we’ll email you with the link so you can download them when they’re ready, but we just wanted to give you this opportunity to save your seat in the Expo at this great price NOW. Once this sale is over, you won’t have the opportunity to register again until July or August, and we won’t be offering the $14.99 price again.

Prefer just to listen in later at your convenience?

Choose the Fall Expo To Go option for $9.99 and save $10 off the regular $19.99 price.

After the Expo ends in October and the audio files are ready, we’ll email you with the information on how to download the MP3 files.

This is our most budget-friendly version and won’t be offered at this price again.

Whatever you choose, don’t miss out on this price and the chance to reserve your spot in our Fall Expo!

And be sure to let your friends know about this special offer. Forward this email to your homeschool groups or share the link on Facebook. We sold out in less than a month last time so don’t delay. Save money, reserve your seat, and enjoy a bonus E-Book.


Offer ends midnight, Friday, June 18th.
Open to both U.S. and International customers.