Author: SEA Homeschoolers

Doreen Marshall

Seize the Awkward: Talking with Teens about Mental Health and Suicide Session Description This presentation is to help homeschooling parents discuss mental health with their teens, and will cover what parents need to know about suicide risk in youth. There will also be information about resources for mental health education with youth, including incorporating the use of media and other activities as a way to promote learning about this important topic. Doreen’s Biography Doreen S. Marshall, PhD is the Vice President of Programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is a licensed psychologist and national expert in...

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Thomas Morrow

Structured Literacy: Roadmap to Language Success Session Description Structured Literacy is an approach to Language Arts instruction pioneered by the LDA. It is highly effective at enabling students with challenges to achieve literacy. It is also highly effective, however, for normally-abled and gifted students as it provides a framework from within which a home educator can achieve excellence. Attend this workshop to learn about this highly effective approach and how Sequential Spelling / Sequential Literacy can help.   Tom’s Biography   Thomas Morrow has been a part of the Home Education curriculum industry for eighteen years. A speaker/reader/writer of...

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Emily Cook & Jen Naughton

Reading Through Time: Making History Literary? Roundtable Description Do you want to use literature to liven up your history lessons but you don’t know where to begin? Have you browsed through the historical fiction section of your library and gotten totally overwhelmed? Emily and Jennie will guide you through those stacks of books and give you tips and tricks for how to choose the best books, how to decide which books make great read alouds and which are better as read alones, and how to use them to make history come alive. This is a round table discussion session.     Emily Cook runs the successful curriculum company, Build your Library. & Jen Naughton reviews books at GeekReadsKids.Com. Both have been homeschooling since the stone ages.   TwitterFollow FacebookFollow InstagramFollow FacebookFollow YoutubeFollow InstagramFollow...

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Amanda McClure

Manage Your Homeschool Like a Boss Session Description You are busy! Choosing curriculum, lesson planning, meal planning, teaching, making sure your children stay on task and keeping your house from falling into a state of squalor. You are a project manager, so why not use the tools of a project manager to keep your homeschool running like a well-oiled machine – or at least keep everyone fed, clean, and moving forward in their learning journey. During this session we will discuss strategies and tools to help you: 1. Create a scope and sequence for the year OR how not to overschedule yourself 2. Decide which is best for you: daily vs weekly vs monthly lesson planning 3. Establishing routines to keep everyone productive 4. Managing screen time 5. Meal Planning 6. Chore Management Participants are encouraged to bring any curriculum they have with them so that they can use it to create a real scope and sequence and lesson plan. Amanda’s Biography   Amanda is the Founding Director of Groovy Kids Online, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making every family a learning family. Additionally, she homeschools her 12-year-old son and the occasional neighbor kid when they need it.    ...

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Amanda Crawford

Maximize Potential with Montessori Teaching Tips Session Description Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori education is right for children of any age or ability; it is personalized learning that focuses on the whole child and advancing his or her development. Now it is easier than ever to bring this proven method into your homeschool! Discover the power of the 3 period lesson, multi-sensory teaching, and the importance of presenting concepts and terms in the concrete before moving the child to the abstract. Introducing Montessori methods as early as possible puts her on the right path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner. Amanda’s Biography   Amanda Crawford lives in Tennessee with her five children and husband of twelve years. After teaching in a public high school for eight years Amanda decided that the best education choice for her family would be homeschool. In 2015, Amanda began homeschooling her oldest 2 children starting with Pre-K. On a search to find a math curriculum for Kindergarten, Amanda found ShillerMath at a homeschool convention. Her kids fell in love with the math and language arts curriculum. She joined the ShillerLearning team in the Fall of 2016 and enjoys helping other homeschool families find Math and Language Arts solutions....

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Brandy Champeau

 Maximizing Your Effectiveness: How to get more done in a day Session Description Have you ever thought that there were not enough hours in the day and not enough you to go around? As a single, working, homeschooling mother of 3 children, including one with special needs, I am an expert at getting things done and still finding room for pie. In this session, I will share some of my best ideas on how to maximize your effectiveness in both your homeschool and your home so that you can get more done in a day, without feeling overwhelmed. We will cover Managing Expectations, Motivating your children, Making full use of technology and Marking out time for yourself. You will leave with concrete tips and tricks that you can implement right away to begin maximizing your effectiveness in your own house.   Brandy’s Biography Brandy is a single mother of three children, two of whom she homeschools. Her oldest son has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder and auditory processing disorder. She also works full time outside the home as a curriculum developer and Instructional Systems designer. Brandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a master’s degree in Administrative studies/Project Management. She is a writer and runs the blog Exploring Expression, which focuses on effective communication, parenting, and homeschooling. In her “free” time she leads a...

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Diane Palma

Guide your Students Toward Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce #1 Be4STEMinc helps students use tools of scientists, technician and trades. Session 1 will model activities to: ·      Choose the right tool for the right job  ·      Design and choose the best materials for a pet home Join us in this session to practice using tools to plan and design a pet home.  Then practice testing materials as researchers and complete a prototype with the materials chosen as the best. Children 7 to 10 may be dropped off for this workshop. Limit of 20 children participating. Sign up at the Be4STEM booth in fhe Vendor Hall. Guide your Students Toward Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce #2 Be4STEMinc helps students use tools of scientists, technician and trades.  Session 2 will model activities to:  ·      Measure the size of a thin film  ·      Build the next best memory tool Join us in this session to use tools that create and measure the properties of a thin film of bubbles that creates STEAM art. Then use tools of the researcher to create a bracelet that can be used to help memory care patients. Children 7 to 10 may be dropped off for this workshop. Limit of 20 children participating. Sign up at the Be4STEM booth in fhe Vendor Hall.   Diane’s Biography   Diana Palma is the Founder and President of Be4STEM, Inc. Her professional career led...

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Celebrating STEM with Science, Naturally: April 2018 Newsletter

Serious Learning, Serious Fun How Brainteasers, Games, and Puzzles Help Kids Learn Building an engaging lesson that will capture a child’s attention and fight off boredom is a constant struggle for every educator. The solution to this problem may be found nestled at the intersection between play and learning: Puzzles. Kathleen Donahue, homeschool parent and owner of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles in Washington, D.C., facilitates after-school strategic game classes in 13 elementary schools, and knows firsthand the power of puzzles in children’s education. Donahue says that puzzles are “less intimidating than a lot of other educational instruments,” so kids have more confidence … read more Check Out Science Naturally at the Convention It All Adds Up! Get Your Children Excited About Math By Allison Zaleski “Why do we have to learn this?” is a common lament when you try to get kids to focus on math lessons. Dreading a math class is almost a rite of passage for many young learners. Helping children connect with math, understand it is important, and, even, enjoy learning it can give them more confidence and open doors. Math is often seen as a stand-alone subject that doesn’t have much to do with other subjects. However, math is all around us. Helping a child connect math lessons with other lessons in art, literature, science, and more can create memorable and fascinating experiences… read more...

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Kay Gibson

Healthy Children, Healthy Lives: Implementing a Health Education for the Early Grades Teaching healthy living should be part of every academic program. Health education includes more than physical education. This workshop explores the many aspects of health education, including physical health and illness prevention; personal safety; nutrition and exercise; self-esteem and communication skills; and risk-taking and decision-making skills. Through a series of activities, participants will gain a large toolkit of practical actions and helpful information to launch a comprehensive health education program. Creating an Effective Homeschooling Portfolio A homeschooling portfolio needs to accurately reflect your student’s work and abilities....

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15 Best Things to See and Do in Atlanta

Things To Do and See in Atlanta by Shawne Taylor Atlanta is a city of contradiction – thoroughly modern and progressive and, at the same time, steeped in the history of both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s fast-paced and metropolitan, yet still retains its down-home southern charm. It’s a true international city, great for young professionals, and also a wonderful place to homeschool and raise children. And thanks to a generous tax incentive from the state, which has led to an increase in the number of movies and TV shows being filmed here, the city...

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