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.

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.

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.

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