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Homeschooling The Confrontational Highschooler

She sat across from me and said, “I’m sending him to public school next year.” “I’m afraid our relationship will be ruined if I continue to homeschool.”

This mother of a teen is not alone with her fears, but as we continued to talk, we recognized the lack of time we had spent with our parents. The lack of time we spent with our parents caused a gulf in communication and relationship.

When your kids are at school all day, the window to talk with your teen is shortened and you still find yourself doing homework until late at night. Sending your child to school doesn’t eliminate problems with their obedience, it just shortens the time you are with them.

The Chicago Homeschool Expo has experienced parents to guide through the High School Years. After my first Homeschooling the Highschooler Conference, I found myself taking a big sigh of relief. There is help and I can construct a course that will benefit my individual child.

Don’t let your family miss World View Teen Track being held at this year’s conference. Among the speakers is Dr. Jeff Myers, one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development.

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Are You Training Your Child To Complain?

Do you find yourself second guessing the amount of work you assigned your child based on their moaning and groaning? You know your child’s capabilities and have given out the assignments. As time passes your student is taking a long time and starts appeals of, “It’s too much writing and my hand hurts! All my assignments are long today, can you shorten some? I’ll never get this done in time.”

There are times to reevaluate, but do not let your child regularly manipulate you into changing your mind about the day’s lesson plan. If it works once, they’ll try again and a bad habit of complaining has started.

Be encouraged, if this has already started as a pattern in your homeschool you have the power to turn it around. Stand firm for a few days and your children will come to know that you have a NO WHINING HOMESCHOOL ZONE!

Homeschooling 101

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Workshop: Homeschooling the Child Who Struggles to Learn

Randi St. Denis - Director, HEEA

Title: Homeschooling the Child Who Struggles to Learn

Speaker/Affiliation: Randi St. Denis/Home Educators Encouragement Alliance

Date and Time: Friday, August 6th, 2010, 12:30 PM

Description: Whether ADD/ADHD, learning disabled, or just plain difficult, special needs children blossom when homeschooled. This workshop is full of specific information to help parents understand how to use special materials and methods that will ensure their child’s learning success.

Disclaimer: More workshops may be added along with room/time changes. Check back for final schedule posted by July 15th.

Workshop: Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler

Israel Wayne - Homeschool Digest

Title: Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler

Speaker/Affiliation: Israel Wayne/Homeschool Digest

Date and Time: Friday, August 6th, 2010, 12:30 PM

Description: If you have a hyperactive or easily distractible child, you won’t want to miss this informative and sometimes humorous message that shares the perspective of a homeschooling father who was once himself a hyperactive homeschooled child. You will receive practical and Biblical insights into ADD/ADHD and will be encouraged that there is hope for your child!

Disclaimer: More workshops may be added and there may be room/time changes. Check back for final schedule posted by July 15th.

Workshop: Overview of Curriculum Choices for Science and Math

Title: Overview of Curriculum Choices for Science and Math

Speaker/Affiliation: Beth Ellen Nash/Cornerstone Learning Connections

Date and Time: Friday, August 6th, 2010, 11:15 AM

Description: Beth Ellen Nash goes over a number of science and math curriculum choices to help you make an informed decision about which resources are best for your family.

Math curriculum overviewed will include:

  • Bob Jones
  • The Key To Math Series
  • Mathletics
  • Math-U-See
  • Right Start Math
  • Saxon
  • Singapore Math
  • Teaching Textbooks
  • Thinkwell

Science curriculum overviewed will include curriculum with creation-based, evolutionary, and origins neutral programs including:

  • Alpha Omega
  • Apologia
  • Bob Jones
  • Christian Kids Explore
  • Considering God’s Creation
  • Great Science Adventures
  • Janice Van Cleave
  • Power Basics
  • Pandia Press R.E.A.L. Science
  • Real Science 4 Kids
  • Singapore Science
  • TOPS

Disclaimer: More workshops may be added and there may be room/time changes. Check back for final schedule posted by July 15th.