Whether you’re a veteran homeschool mom or just getting started, we can all use some encouragement and new ideas! June 4-10, the Homeschool Moms Conference is a fantastic resource for you! The best part is the conference is ONLINE, so you can watch sessions, shop the vendor hall, and more, all from the comfort of your couch! Even better, you’ll have lifetime access to the sessions, so there’s no rush or time frame to watch them!
There are over 65 speakers, so it can be a tad overwhelming to decide what sessions to watch! No worries. I dug through the list and chose my absolute favorite sessions that I can’t wait to watch myself! And yes, this list is LONG. There are seriously SO many amazing sessions that it was hard to choose!!
Since my passion is helping families with struggling learners find SUCCESS in homeschooling and education, I’ve chosen sessions with these specific topics in mind:
Here are my FAVORITE sessions from the conference! Sign up now for early bird pricing (through 7:59am on June 4th!).
Homeschooling Struggling Learners
#1 Strengthen the Brain! presented by Laurie Geary– Learn how to improve cognitive skills like working memory, visual and auditory processing, visualization, and more through games and exercises. You’ll gain understanding and tools for improving these skills and guiding your student to academic success. Geared toward teaching students ages 5-18, parents will leave with practical and actionable steps to strengthening the brain while still having fun!
#2 You Can Homeschool Your Child With Dyslexia presented by Marianne Sunderland– Dyslexia affects 20% of our kids. Research shows that dyslexic kids become dyslexic adults. Early intervention with researched-based teaching methods can help your child avoid many of the struggles with school caused by poor reading skills. This session will help parents understand what dyslexia is and what it isn’t, provide practical help to understand learning styles and how to choose teaching methods that are more effective. The session will also include encouragement for the day to day struggles, both academic and emotional, and conclude with learning the advantages to the dyslexic way of thinking.
#3 Homeschooling a Child with a Mental Illness presented by Michelle Cannon– The challenges of both educating your child and managing health issues can be daunting, and caring for a child with mental illness can be exhausting physically and mentally. The good news is, it can be done and you are the perfect person to do it. Michelle will be sharing tips and encouragement based on personal experience with raising kids who have bipolar and borderline personality disorder.
#4 How to do Therapy at Home for Special Needs Children presented by Penny Rogers- Do you spend too much time going back and forth to various therapies? Is your child needing a break from the frantic pace? Do you need to supplement therapy at home to make greater progress? In this workshop Penny shares how to put together an at home speech, occupational, physical, or sensory therapy program at home for your child with special needs.
#5 Homeschooling Gifted and Twice- Exceptional Kids and Teens presented by Jennifer Duncan – Homeschooling in and of itself can be quite the challenge. Homeschooling gifted and 2E students adds its own ups and downs! Find out how to navigate this journey, keep up with your kids, and provide them with the resources and opportunities they need.
#1 The Brain-Based Homeschool Day presented by Laurie Geary– Are you exhausted from struggling to homeschool? Get tools and resources to help remedy some common homeschool battles through brain based approaches! You’ll hear ideas for time management, scheduling, movement, study techniques for visual and auditory learners, how to make math fun and successful, and more! These tips are tried and true methods for making your homeschool day more productive while also strengthening cognitive skills!
#2 What is Your Child's Learning and Thinking Style? presented by Katie Glennon– Based on the Gregorc Mind Styles, we will explore what is the best way to present information to your child, so he/she can effectively take in new information, process it, and make it his/her own. We will have fun looking at the different characteristics of the Concrete Sequential, Concrete Random, Abstract Random, and Abstract Sequential mind styles.
#3 Early Reading and Writing Strategies presented by Jennifer Merckling– Discover strategies and become confident in your ability to teach reading and writing to your primary (K-3) aged students! You will learn simple tools to implement right away—regardless of what curriculum you use! Topics include: Shared reading, Guided Reading, Shared Writing, Beginning Spelling, and Phonics-Based Lessons.
#4 Teaching Math with Manipulatives presented by Jennifer Merckling– Make math more fun! Discover strategies for teaching primary math (grades K-3) with an emphasis on using manipulatives! Walk away with fresh ideas that will compliment any curriculum!
#5 Teaching Students to Embrace Hardwork presented by Kimberly Garcia– Have you ever encouraged your children to fail? If you haven’t before, you might consider doing so. Often the deterrent to embracing the hard work required to conquer a difficult task is fear of failure. That fear can be so overwhelming that it paralyzes children, causing them to stare at one math problem for an hour without ever touching a pencil. To help her own children overcome that paralysis, she had to encourage them to fail. That change has allowed them to approach their school work with more confidence, enabling them to accomplish more work in a shorter period of time and to achieve greater academic success. Join Kimberly in this session as she discusses how important it is that our children learn to overcome fear and embrace the hard work required to be academically successful–a skill they will need throughout their adult lives.
#1 Eliminate the Study Struggle presented by Laurie Geary– Come learn all about executive functioning and study skills for your teen! Prepare your teen for success in high school, college, and life by helping then strengthen their executive functioning skills, such as time management, organization, impulse control, and more! We’ll discuss practical and actionable ideas for helping your teen master these skills!
#2 Time Blocking for Teens presented by Melissa Langford– Teach your middle and high school students how to balance their time in a way that will allow them to get more done and accomplish their goals.
#3 Creating and Implementing a Plan for Your Homeschooled High School presented by Pat Fenner – Many parents are a bit intimidated at the thought of homeschooling through high school. They may be surprised to know that not only are they better prepared than they might think, but there are tools they can use that makes homeschooling high school not only doable, but also a rich time for the whole family.
#4 Post-graduation Alternatives to College presented by Pat Fenner – “Back in the day” college was a given next step for most high school graduates. But times have certainly changed! While college is still an option many young adults choose, the rapidly increasing cost doesn't always make it viable for others. Discover options that you and your teen can consider after their high school years are wrapped up – and what they can do to prepare for them.
#5 How to Homeschool Teens Without Losing Your Mind presented by Meryl van der Merwe– Why is it so hard to homeschool teens? Do you feel like you're the only one experiencing problems? This session will address some of the reasons why “the struggle is real” and then offer 7 practical ideas to help you navigate the high school years.
Life and Social Skills
#1 Teaching Social Skills to Homeschooled Children with Autism presented by Penny Rogers- If typical families deal with the socialization question, how much more do autism families hear it? Children with autism need to be taught social skills on a consistent basis with peers at their developmental level as opposed to their chronological age. Penny shows you how to do add social skills to your curriculum frugally as well as how to use everyday outings to work on socialization.
#2 Raising Tiny Entrepreneurs presented by Lindsey Stomberg – Lindsey will show parents how to train their children from a young age to develop a skill that interests them, create a product, market that product, provide great customer service, and sustain a business. She also shares specific ideas and tracks for families to consider for their children with a business building guide for parents. She has done this with her own kids and it has been such an amazing part of their homeschooling journey!
#3 Why Academics Are Only Half The Story presented by Team Skill Trek– Academics are important, in fact, standardized tests are often the standard to determine if a homeschooler is learning enough. Parents are often under so much pressure to ensure their children are academically prepared, that the importance of teaching well-rounded youngsters is forgotten. Andrew and Sara Elizabeth speak not only from their hearts as parents but also as employers and what the pattern they see among recent graduates.