Samantha Cook

Learning through Making

Throughout our evolution as humans, we have always learned best by doing. While our current public education model has veered away from developmental science, as home educators we have the opportunity to embrace this curiosity and experimentation in our daily lives. Making and Hacking supports learners and can be integrated into every method or philosophy of homeschooling, and into every subject. Kinesthetic moments are the keystones to lifelong learning because they embody the essence of a skill or topic, not just the knowledge we are trying to impart. This flexibility and adaptability around skills and concepts is essential to building an education for our kids that meets a quickly evolving world.
Please join me at the online SEA Homeschool Online Conference for a demonstration and discussion on how to integrate more STEAM education and Tinkering into your home education, how to create a makerspace at home, how to expand any idea or interest, and simple ways to make any area of study have a kinesthetic moment!

Kathleen Cotter Lawler

Mom, Don’t Make Me Think – Just Tell Me The Answer

As a teacher, it’s so easy to give the answer, isn’t it? Oh, that’s right... you don’t do that. How long do you allow a child to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let them wrestle with the problem to discover the answer. Do you know that children will learn better and remember things longer when they discover the solution? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to solve problems. How might you go about doing this? Listen to this workshop and find out how to help your child think their way through math.