Category: News

Health Education with Oak Meadow

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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Building a Homeschool Co-Op From Scratch

Building a Homeschool Co-op from Scratch: the behind-the-scenes story of STAC, a secular, inclusive community of learners Homeschoolers all dream of their perfect co-op, their perfect line-up of classes, and their perfect community to spend time in. In this panel, you’ll hear from the founders of Space, Time, and Community (STAC) co-op about how we, very imperfectly but successfully, started our own secular, inclusive homeschooling co-op and community. We will share tips and pitfalls, lofty goals and down-to-earth reality, the whole nitty-gritty and sometimes fun stories. We’ll tell you what we learned about becoming a non-profit, building a budget,...

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Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, PhD

Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, PhD Barbara Oakley is the best-selling author of A Mind for Numbers, and the keynote speaker at the 2018 Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschool Convention. You can learn more about Barbara Oakley, PhD. here. Download a PDF version of this excerpt by clicking here   Learning How to Learn Excerpt, Barbara Oakey, speaker at the 2018 Secular Homeschool...

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Mary Herrington

Homeschooling & Mental Wellness Mary Herrington, and her daughter Lyz, talk about their real-life journey of homeschooling with a teen who suffers from bipolar, anxiety and depression. Mary wrote a book that focuses on achieving mental wellness, From Stressed to Best, which is a best seller on Amazon and was also reviewed by Pat Feranga on www.johnholtgws.com. The talk covers important topics most are uncomfortable discussing: bullying, suicide attempts, anorexia, and self-harm. This talk is not appropriate for young children, but teens and parents will benefit from the real-life, in-depth discussion. Success with Triple LD and Vision Disorder Sara,...

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Passionately Engaged: A Scientist’s Journey

Women in Science: Why I Became A Scientist by Blair Lee, M.S. My journey to becoming a scientist is one a homeschooler can appreciate. I became a scientist by falling down a rabbit hole while pursuing an interest that grew into a passion. I come from an entrepreneurial family. One that, for the most part, thinks the only reason to get a science degree is to become a medical doctor. I have always loved to read and write and if you’d asked my family what I was going to be when I grew up most of them, including me,...

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: There’s Still Work To Be Done

  International Women and Girls in Science Day International Women and Girls in Science Day is upon us, and it’s interesting to think that we need a day to recognize the female interest in and contributions to science, but here we are. We absolutely need to celebrate it. And while I hope this is an inspirational piece of writing, I also believe that the time for well crafted words has passed and now, more than ever, is a time for action. Women have always been involved in science, from the ancient wisdom of healers who used the natural world...

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The Distance between Voice & Mechanics by Julie Bogart

by Julie Bogart, creator of Brave Writer. Is it possible to nurture your child’s writing voice without worrying about the mechanics of writing? Will that foster a carelessness in children’s writing habits? Shouldn’t kids learn to care about how they spell, how they punctuate, how they construct their sentences and paragraphs? Isn’t attentiveness to the form as important as attentiveness to the content? It’s true that meticulous care about mechanics is a final step in every writing process. When high school students would turn in papers to me, I always told them that they should make sure their work is...

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P. Andrew Torrez – Learning About Law & Government In An Era of “Fake News”

Learning About Law & Government In An Era of “Fake News” Today, media sources themselves are coming under attack as untrustworthy, with unscrupulous individuals trying to convince you that real developments are “fake news,” while promoting false stories as the truth. When those stories are cloaked in legal jargon (like “preliminary injunctive relief,” “en banc rehearing,” “certiorari” and “mandamus,” among others), it can be difficult to figure out what the truth really is. Illustrated by legal scams and stories that have fooled millions, this entertaining speech from practicing attorney and co-host of the “Opening Arguments” podcast P. Andrew Torrez will arm you with the techniques and principles you need to discern fact from fiction and real news from “fake news.” A homeschool parent himself, Torrez will help arm parents and students alike with the ability to incorporate the news into your homeschool curriculum. P. Andrew Torrez’s Biography After nearly 20 years in big firms, P. Andrew Torrez founded his own law firm in 2015 to serve start-up and small businesses in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2016, he started the podcast Opening Arguments to explain legal concepts in the news to non-lawyers; today, the show is one of the most popular news & politics podcasts with over 2.5 million downloads to date. Andrew Torrez is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School with honors, is a member...

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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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Featured Speaker Julie Bogart

Don’t Let High School Writing Scare You! If you and I had dinner together, I could teach you the essay format on the back of a napkin! What’s missing in most writing programs for high school is teaching students how to generate insight. This session will focus on how to grow your teen’s rhetorical imagination so that your student has something of worth to put in all those essays. Julie will share tools and strategies for expanding your teen’s world through research, risky thinking, and writing. Learn how to prepare for college admission, too. Finally, Julie will address the...

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