Language Arts

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.

Thomas Morrow

How to Teach Spelling

A high level discussion of the three methods of teaching spelling, with a special emphasis on fitting the method to the student.

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 build an understanding, some real world tips and tricks parents can use, how to measure progress in this arbitrary world.

Bobbi Powell

Basic HTML

An overview of speaker. A brief summary of web design process and why it's important to teach the next generation.

Mari Beth Buckroth

Using Literature & Living Books to provide a Liberal Arts, College-Preparatory Program of Study for High School

How can you create a literature & living books, liberal arts, college prep, high school education, in an interconnected, long-range, cross curriculum program of study?

This talk, by Mari, describes how she created a program that encompasses the Humanities (Literature & Composition, History, and Philosophy), Social Sciences Anthropology, Economics, Government, Civics, Geography, Psychology), and the Creative Arts (Fine Arts, Theatre, Speech, Creative Writing), and will help you do so as well.

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.

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!

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!

Aaron Eden

Facilitating Self-Directed Education

The benefits of self-directed learning are huge, but facilitating it well can be very challenging.

In this talk, Aaron will explore the concept and importance of Self-Directed Education (SDE), how it differs from forced education, and what it looks like at different ages and in different settings. He will explore common questions such as:
What does it mean to facilitate self-directed learning?
What is the role of the facilitator relative to the role of the learner?
How do we deal with goals you have for the learner, vs. the goals they have for themselves?
How do we deal with the "baggage" that often comes with being both a parent and an educator?
How do we facilitate learning in areas we are not an expert in ourselves?

Listeners will understand what Self-Directed Education can mean for them, the principles that guide it, and how to grow in confidence and skill as practitioners.

Nadine Dyer

Narration Not Regurgitation: Using the Art of Narration to Foster BIG Conversations with our Children

Narration is a foundational tool in the Charlotte Mason toolbox. It's all about our students learning to disseminate their readings and put it into their own words. While this may seem dry, rote, and uninteresting - narration can be not only a powerful way to retain information, but it is also one of the BEST ways to foster those big juicy conversations with our children. And we all know that those conversations are where the real magic happens.

Blair Lee

How to Create a Science Lab at Home

I hear from homeschooling parents all the time who are worried about how to have a high school science lab at home.

Emily Cook

The Read Aloud Lifestyle: How To Get the Most Out of Living Books

We all know that reading aloud to our children is important. But the mechanics of actually doing it can often times seem difficult. In this session, I'm going to talk about how to make reading aloud a priority in our homeschools and how to get the most out of reading those living books.

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 process of taking three measurements and averaging.

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.

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.

Laura Kazan

Preparing for College - Homeschool Style

This session will discuss the college preparation process for homeschool students. While each college has different requirements there are general trends and understanding these trends can help parents maximize opportunities. An early understanding of college types, testing, rigor, record keeping, and other factors will help reduce stress and allow parents to spend more time proving an education and less time worrying about doing it right.

Kate Laird

Homeschooling 101

The talk will cover the basics of beginning homeschooling.

1. Who homeschools?
2. Is it legal?
3. How much will it cost?
4. What about socialization?
5. What about high school?
6. How do I begin?
7. Types of homeschooling
1. Deschooling
2. Unschooling
3. Eclectic
4. Classical
5. Afterschooling
6. Emergency Homeschooling
8. Should I buy a boxed curriculum?
9. Where can I find help?
10. Where can I find guidelines about what to study when?

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 culture you want
- Best practices for co-op finance, administration, and accounting
- Sharing the load with volunteers