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. This workshop helps you create an effective portfolio and set up record-keeping systems that will help make this task easier. We’ll look at tailoring the portfolio based on the audience and purpose, how to document student work, organization techniques, and documenting extra-curricular activities.

Don’t Forget the Reflection!

As John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” Slowing down to reflect not only enhances the knowledge/experience acquired, it has implications for a student’s confidence and motivation. But how? Take a quick tour through the ages and stages, with some tips for reflection.

Secular Homeschool Convention, Atlanta 2018
DeeDee’s Biography


DeeDee Hughes is the Director of Curriculum Development at Oak Meadow Independent Learning. Her background is in child development, education, and psychology, as well as writing, editing, and children’s book publishing. DeeDee has been with Oak Meadow for nine years, where she has taken on a wide variety of roles including K-8 teacher, educational counselor, registrar, and content manager. Her current position in curriculum development lets her combine her skills and experience to bring uniquely engaging and effective learning experiences to students. DeeDee lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where she enjoys all the beauty and charm of the Pacific Northwest.