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Free Online Unschooling Summit – May 21-June 1

The Unschooling Summit!  Listen in free online – live or to the replays.  Many fantastic speakers including Diane Flynn Keith, Sandra Dodd, and Barb Lundgren.

Sign up now – the first speaker, Patrick Farenga on the Origins of Unschooling, is available as a replay right now.  The second speaker, Tamala Takahashi on Deschooling, Socialization & Friends, is coming up at 8pm Atlantic Time (7pm ET) tonight.

Sign up for free right now at The Unschooling Summit.  Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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How to Teach Science Teleconference Thurs Feb 23rd!

Thursday, February 23, 2012,
8-9pm Atlantic (7-8 p.m. Eastern)

How To Teach Science
With Special Guest…Teresa Bondora
Former High School Science Teacher, Author, Homeschool Mom, and the founder of HowToTeachScience.com.


 

This teleconference is for parents of homeschoolers and unschoolers of all ages (preschool through high school). Teresa will explain what you can do to remove the fear and anxiety about teaching science to help your children gain proficiency.

Teresa is awesome! I’ve been getting her free newsletters for years, and now she has a fantastic book too (look for a review coming soon)!

To learn more, to register for a special price of $6.97, and to ask questions of Teresa in advance go to Homefires Homeschool Teleconference.  This teleconference does require calling in with your phone, but to avoid long distance charges you can use your Gmail account to call free OR just wait for the mp3 file you will receive in 48 hours of the broadcast, to listen anytime and as many times as you like!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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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 &
Laughter,

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 3 Wrapup

There are just two more days left of The Schoolhouse Expo live online.  The week is going by so fast!  My children and hubby will probably like when things get back to normal next week and *I* am the one making supper LOL.

Every day of the Expo, I keep thinking “it can’t get any better than this” and then it does!  After we were inspired in the Word with Deb first thing, Dianne Craft was next, and I love her sessions!  Here are some of the highlights for me on day 3…

  • Dianne Craft spoke on the topic “My Child Doesn’t Learn Like the Others”, on Right-brain learning.  Something interesting that I hadn’t heard before is that we tend to marry a person who is right-brained if we’re left brained and vice versa.  Not only that, but when we have children, if the first one is left-brained, the next is right and so on.  Fascinating!  I got all sorts of fantastic ideas to teach my child who is visually oriented – things I can transfer to my job as a music teacher as well 🙂  By the way, kinesthetic learners are always visual, so if your child spins like a top (like my daughter), she’s probably visual (right-brained)!  There was SO much to this presentation, so it’s a must-listen-to if you’re someone who will be getting the Expo-to-Go!  You can listen to and view some audio and You-tube samples on Dianne’s Vendor page.
  • It was a real blessing to listen to Jim Weiss’ presentation about story-telling.  Wow, I didn’t know what a gem he was – what a storyteller – he really entertained and informed us all!  I would love to get a hold of some of the audio stories that he has available.  He went step by step through the structure of telling a story and what to include.  This information could easily also be used to help structure writing of a story – I will be having my children listen to the MP3 download of this session with me when they become available in June.  You can listen to Jim’s wonderful voice and get his free-shipping special on his stories at the Jim Weiss Vendor page.
  • It was so affirming to listen to Dr. Ray from NHERI speak about Current Research on Homeschooling.  He shared that many dozens of studies have been done on academic achievement and the results are consistent: homeschoolers perform head and shoulders above their public schooled peers.  For instance, for the past four years, homeschoolers have outperformed public schoolers in the ACT test.  Also encouraging is the information on homeschoolers who grow up and become adults and vote in larger numbers and participate in ongoing community service in larger numbers than the general populace 🙂  You can visit www.nheri.org to learn more about homeschooling studies and also to  sign up for their informative newsletter.

There were so many great moments on Day 3, and I’m excited about attending Day 4 in just a few moments!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

 

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 2 Wrapup

There were a couple of laugh out loud moments on Day 2 of the Expo 🙂  For instance, one of the lovely TOS MC’s, while introducing a speaker, had her 3 year old giggling in the background – so nice to know that other homeschooled children are normal too!

I’ve really been enjoying the chat box that is open throughout the Expo.  Being able to chitchat with hundreds of other homeschoolers is just priceless.  Everyone is encouraging and supporting each other, not to mention making each other laugh 🙂

And wow, the speakers we had on Tuesday!  And I thought Monday’s speakers were inspirational!  Some of the highlights for me…

  • Susan Wise Bauer gave us her “A Plan for Teaching Writing”  with a focus on the high school years. You can find the slides for this presentation (the entire K-12) on The Well-Trained Mind website. I love that she explained what a thesis statement was, and a non-thesis statement (which she called a “duh thesis” lol).  She also had a good little tip: students should have a good thesaurus on hand when writing (a real paper thesaurus, such as Roget’s was recommended).  I have heard Susan speak before, and I LOVE attending her presentations!
  • Carol Barnier of Sizzle Bop fame, gave us a VERY entertaining talk on learning styles.  I’ve heard Carol speak before and I can’t get enough of her!  Carol says that sometimes when we know what our child’s best learning style is, we serve the child up the same thing every day to teach them which can rob us of the joy of teaching – learning becomes formulaic.  Carol is a big proponent of making learning fun.  Carol says, “Our job is to become the seeker & the keeper of the keys to open their minds & grasp the concepts” and she urges us to try different things, to teach in a variety of ways and see what works.  I particularly LOVE Carol’s “ditties” and she actually sang and “rapped” some of them for us 🙂  You can listen to Carol’s ditties on the Sizzle Bop website.  And guess what?  She has a Ditty Bugs CD coming out VERY soon!  If you want to be notified when it comes out, join the mailing list on the Sizzle Bop website or stay tuned on the Sizzle Bop Facebook page.
  • Maggie & her son Tyler Hogan of Bright Ideas Press (creators of WonderMaps!) gave a chat on being an entrepreneur – whether you want to be one as a homeschool parent, or your tween/teen wants to get started.  As an entrepreneur already myself, I got a real “boost” out of this session.  You can download the notes for this session by clicking on Entrepreneurs at Home here.  I am going to share with you here their 6 Reasons To Be An Entrepreneur:
  • 1) Glorify God Using Your Specific Gifts/Talents
  • 2) Learn Stewardship
  • 3) Develop Character & Work Ethic
  • 4) Learn Life Skills
  • 5) Develop Talents & Interests
  • 6) Make Money

I’m looking forward to today’s sessions for Day 3 and sharing with you what I have learned 🙂

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free session tonight – Trash, Trinkets or Treasures: Making Time for What Really Matters

http://cindyrushton.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/momPJs1-150x150.jpg Cindy Rushton will be joining Felice Gerwitz tonight for a live session on the topic Trash, Trinkets or Treasures: Making Time for What Really Matters.

Plus! After the session, there will be a Twitter Party! If you have never been to a Twitter Party, it is like the old-fashioned chat parties, except through Twitter.  Just begin Tweeting with the hashtag #uhse today. Go check it out and find a free gift, a fun ebook!

TONIGHT!

Tuesday, March 28, 2011 – Girls Night! Jammie Party Night with Cindy Rushton

http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/treasure-200x300.jpgTopic:
Trash, Trinkets or Treasures: Making Time for What Really Matters

Ever feel as though you are on a “tread-mill” and not getting anywhere-or, at least where you want to get? Does it make you sick looking back over your homeschool year-looking at all of the great ideas that you have not gotten around to? Does it seem that there is NO TIME to get around to the things that you really want in your home and homeschool? Well, join Cindy Rushton for this powerful evening mom-to-mom. Cindy will take you by the hand and help you sort through all of the options for your day and get past the trash and trinkets so you can grasp onto the treasures all along the way. You will leave this session fired, inspired, encouraged, and equipped to step up to the call!

Where:
http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/ultimate-homeschool-expo

Call in number:
(347) 205-9175 (optional)

When:
March 29 at 10PM AT/9PM ET/8PM CT with Cindy Rushton

http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/momtwitter2-200x300.jpg***Twitter Party to follow****

Quick Instructions: After our session with Cindy we will host a Twitter Party.

1. To join you will need a Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com)
2. To post for the party you will place a “hashtag” #UHSE to follow
3. To read, follow along and chat use “TweetChat” http://tweetchat.com/
4. Write @CindyRushton or @FeliceGerwitz
5. That’s it! Text chat with us and ask your questions or comment on the session. Fun questions for you. Plus! Hundreds of dollars in doorprizes during the Twitter Party.


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5 Fabulous Physics Activities – Free Webinar Tonight

Landry Academy presents another free 30 minute online seminar tonight for parents and students: “5 Fabulous Physics Activities”, hosted by  science teacher Karri Iverson.  It will be held tonight, Friday, February 25 at 10pm Atlantic time (9pm eastern).

To Attend…
Enter the classroom as early as 30 minutes prior to the start time.  Registration is not required and a “seat” in the classroom is not guaranteed.  There are 50 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.  When you sign-in, it will ask for your name, but please use your first name, town/city,and state, like this.. (otherwise you will automatically be removed from the classroom).

Mary – Sydney, NS

You can access the classroom here beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time: http://landryacademy.com/seminar.htm

See you there!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free Webinar Tonight: How To Choose a Foreign Language to Study

“How to Choose a Foreign Language to Study” is the topic of Landry Academy’s free 30 minute online seminar for students & parents, led by Susan Gleason.  You can join in tonight, Thursday, February 24 at 10pm Atlantic (9pm eastern).

To Attend..

You may enter the classroom 30 minutes prior to the start time.  There is no guarantee that you will have a seat in the “classroom”. There are 50 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.  You may wish to arrive 25 – 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.  When you sign-in, it will ask for your name, but please use your first name, town/city,and state, like this.. (or you will automatically be removed from the classroom).

Mary – Sydney, NS

You can access the classroom here beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time…

http://landryacademy.com/seminar.htm

“See” you there!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,




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Free Webinar Tonight: Top 10 Reasons to Become a Latin Geek

Landry Academy is holding a free 30 minute online seminar tonight entitled “Top 10 Reasons to Become a Latin Geek”.
It is hosted by Latin teacher, Jodi Guerra tonight, Monday, February 21 at 10 pm Atlantic (9:00 pm Eastern).  These free, 30 minute online seminars are for students and their parents.

To Attend..
You may enter the classroom 30 minutes prior to the start time – no earlier please. Please note that your “seat” in the classroom is not guaranteed. There are 50 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.  When you sign-in, it will ask for your name.  But, please use your first name, town/city,and state/province as in the example below (otherwise, you will automatically be removed from the classroom).
Mary – Sydney, NS

To keep in the loop on upcoming webinars, sign up for the Landry Academy newsletter HERE.

You can access the classroom here beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time …
http://landryacademy.com/seminar.htm

See you there!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free Homeschool Webinar Feb 17-18 with Cindy Rushton

Secrets to Ultimate Productivity is a free live  Homeschool Seminar online February 17-18.  This is one of Cindy Rushton’s Talk-a-Latte events.  Take a much-needed break and recharge your batteries during the long month of February – click HERE to register now!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

11 AM AT (9AM CT)
Welcome
TOPIC: Secrets to Ultimate Productivity
SPEAKER: Cindy Rushton

1pm AT (11AM CT)
TOPIC: Looking at the Big Picture
SPEAKER: Laura Lee Sparks

3pm AT (1PM CT)
TOPIC: Time: Managing the Unmanageable!

SPEAKER: Gerri Helms

5:30pm AT (3:30PM CT)
TOPIC: Do the Next Thing!

SPEAKER: Beth Jones

Friday, February 18, 2011

11am AT (9AM CT)
TOPIC: Trash, Trinkets or Treasures: Making Time for What Really Matters to You!

SPEAKER: Cindy Rushton

1pm AT (11AM CT)
TOPIC: Stuck? Get UP and Get MOVING!

SPEAKER: Cindy Rushton

3pm AT (1PM CT)
TOPIC: 7 Secrets to Spiritual Fitness

SPEAKER: Susan Scott

5:30pm AT (3:30 CT)
TOPIC: Make TODAY Count!

SPEAKER: Cindy Rushton

Love, Luck &
Laughter,