Author: SEA Homeschoolers

Julianna Speers: Service Oriented Nature Lover

I had the pleasure of meeting Julianna at the Secular Eclectic Homeschoolers Conference in West Virginia 2017. She did a lot of volunteering at the conference. Julianna and her mother, Karen, have already signed up to volunteer at the 2018 conference!  She is the type of person who sees a need and jumps in to help. Secular Eclectic Homeschoolers is lucky to have such a committed and caring teen as a part of our community. How long have you been homeschooling? Ever since I was born. What is your favorite part of being homeschooled? My favorite part of homeschooling is...

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Ellen Crain: The busy homeschool parent’s guide to starting a co-op

Do you wish there was a secular homeschool co-op in your area, but you’re not sure how to start one? This workshop is for you! We will give recipes for a few different types of co-ops ranging from a very simple social group to a formal academic co-op, and discuss how to set them up and the pitfalls to avoid. The bulk of the talk will deal with the most complicated option: a formal academic co-op with paid instructors. Topics will include: – – How to recruit instructors and members – Finding a meeting place – Building the community...

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The Wildflower Explorers: Take a Walk with the Wildflowers: Building Your Tribe

How we built our unique homeschool community / tribe and how you can too! Leave your comments below for The Wildflower Explorer’s talk Take a Walk with the Wildflowers: Building Your Tribe to be entered to win cool prizes! Carissa, Shauna, and Belinda are homeschooling moms and admins of a unique group, The Wildflower Explorers! The Wildflower Explorers is a secular homeschooling group committed to building relationships and community all while educating through experiences! Your choice of SEA Swag item Copy of Kate Laird’s book Homeschool Teacher Digital eBook of Jason Groom’s Wild at the Zoo Digital eBook of Blair...

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David Salch: Building the Foundation: How Things Work

The foundation of learning is understanding. Not facts, not knowledge, but understanding of the core principles and relationships at work. This level of understanding is best built at the proper age, when the student is in the sponge like “Love of Learning” stage where all the world is full of curiosity and wonder. Feed that curiosity with more than facts and figures, feed it with a deep understanding of how the world works! Many curriculum miss this important stage, because testing of knowledge is easier than building of understanding. In this session we look at what it means to...

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Caleb Page: How to Make Sense of the Overwhelm and Create a Custom Homeschool Education

  Attention New Homeschoolers: If you are trying to make sense out of the many curriculum choices and aren’t sure how to organize homeschooling in your life, this session is for you! In this session we move from your motivation and vision for homeschooling to creating an organized homeschool plan that both you and your homeschooler can use immediately.   Leave your comments below for Caleb’s talk How to Make Sense of the Overwhelm and Create a Custom Homeschool Education to be entered to win cool prizes!   Caleb Page is a homeschool father who helps parents to deliver...

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Aaron Eden: Facilitating Self-Directed Education

The benefits of self-directed learning are huge, but facilitating it well can be very challenging.   Leave your comments below for Aaron’s talk Facilitating Self-Directed Education to be entered to win cool prizes!   Aaron is a seasoned facilitator of self-directed education, and a sought-after trainer of school and parent educators. He works with teachers and parents around the world to build a deep understanding of the principles that support self-directed learning, and a comfort with acting on them consistently. Aaron and his family returned to Monterey, CA just over a year ago after “ed-sploring” the world for seven...

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Bobbi Powell: Basic HTML

The web design process and why it’s important to teach the next generation.   Leave your comments below for Bobbi’s talk Basic HTML to be entered to win cool prizes! I have been creating web pages and developing applications since 1996. I write 6 different code languages. Believe it or not, when I have spare time, I create web sites. My other interests include, creating picture books for children, editing books, reading books, making my daughter laugh and brain storming with my husband for the next wild hair project. I created a web site for that too. These ideas...

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Spramani Elaun: What a quality visual art education is for kids

Homeschool mom art teacher explains what: A quality visual art education is for children. Specific visual art areas kids need to learn. Gives guidance on what type of art supply to use. Describes what visual art language is specific for kids. Explains the artistic process.   Leave your comments below for Spramani’s talk What a quality visual art education is for kids to be entered to win cool prizes!   Spramani Elaun is an homeschool mom art teacher and author of several art education books for children. Spramani Elaun has nurtured visual art lessons for thousands of children. She...

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Lisa Hawkins: Building a More Powerful History Curriculum with Primary Documents: The Study of the Past as Window, Mirror, and Lamp

  How can an old photograph, some ancient statues, and a colonial bestseller equip you to teach the past better? How can you make history be not only a better window into the past, but also a useful mirror for the present and a vital lamp into the future? See how your history education can be much more than learning about the stuff that happened before today. A well-considered history curriculum, using primary documents in creative ways, can become a powerful ally in your quest to cultivate critical thinking, healthy self-reflection, and productive social engagement in your children. Leave...

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Valerie Grosso: Teaching Scientific Concepts to Younger Kids

  This session will highlight some tips and strategies for teaching real (and super cool) scientific concepts to young kids. We are often told that certain concepts are “too tough for kids to understand,” but that is often because they are not being taught the right way. If a variety of visual, tactile, kinetic, and exploratory strategies are used to introduce concepts, there is no limit to the number of “higher level” concepts our kids can understand. Learn how to show kids that real science is about the joy of understanding how something beautiful works, and not just the...

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