The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference 2017 is the first ever online conference designed to focus on homeschooling from a Canadian perspective. It features Canadian speakers and vendors with topics ranging from preschool to high school and everything between. Over 25 sessions with more than 13 hours of information. Come learn with us.
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Getting Started / Homeschool Methods
How to Homeschool in Canada – Lisa Marie Fletcher
Just getting started on your homeschooling adventures and wondering exactly HOW to do that? In this session, we will cover all the important essentials of homeschooling in Canada, including laws, curriculum, methods, and more.
Homeschool Planning for the Unorganized Mom – Monique Boutsiv
You are stressed out, overwhelmed, and afraid of failing as a homeschool mom. You need a plan but you don’t know where to start. Join me to figure out how to put a homeschool plan together and start the year off right or get it back on track.
Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in the Secular Family – Nadine Dyer
The various challenges in using the Charlotte Mason homeschool philosophy in a secular home, and some of the solutions that have worked for my family.
The Art of Unschooling – Pam Laricchia
What exactly IS unschooling? At its most basic, unschooling is learning without a curriculum, but once you begin to live it, you discover it is so much more. Join me to explore what unschooling parents do after they drop the curriculum, including ten helpful tips for your journey to unschooling.
Our Montessori Home School In The Making – Cherine Muirhead
Sharing a look at our journey in Montessori at home. How we have incorporated the materials, as well as what worked for us at home and what did not.
How to Make Your Own Unit Study – Lisa Marie Fletcher
Wondering what unit studies are and how to make one? In this session, we will cover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of unit studies as we go step-by-step through creating a unit study together.
What Is Classical Education? – Hester VanBraeden
Classical education has become more popular recently; is it the newest thing? Or should we take a hint from the word “classical” and look back to find out more? Join us for an overview, and some tips on how to learn more about this educational philosophy, which isn’t necessarily just for children.
Preschool & The Early Years / Resources
Technology as a Tool, Not a Danger or Distraction – David Redekop
How to make technology a productive part of your homeschool environment.
Homeschooling in Five Words – Brian Mackenzie
As soon as I became a stay at home dad who was planning on homeschooling I thought, “Why wait until they are ‘school age’?” If our version of education is going to be as fun as I think it is…wouldn’t they want that fun already? Recommended for anyone concerned they might not be able to teach at home. I show you how easy it can really be.
Using YOUR Public Library to the Max! – Edna Latone
With an in-depth look at today’s public library resources and tools, Edna will present home educating families with an inside look at what is offered through your public library. With over 16 years of Home Education experience and 5 years as a Public Librarian, Edna offers a unique point of view on the services and resources within Canada’s Public Library system. She will not only show you what resources are available to you but also how to find the resources and programs you want for your family. Edna’s presentation is informative and will leave you with tools to grow your resources.
How do I Plan my Day with a Preschooler? STEM, STEAM, or ROAM? – Rebecca Overall
Confused by all the acronyms that we are being encouraged to apply to our daily preschool programming? Trying to figure out which approach is best for you and your little ones? You may have heard of STEM for preschool which introduces children to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Maybe you have even heard about STEAM which also integrates the letter A for Arts into your preschool day. Wondering what ROAM stands for? Come take a peek and find out!
Tips for Teaching Your Beginning Reader – Kathleen Natsuhara and Alexis Cooke
An introduction to teaching your beginner reader using phonics, will be the focus of our session. We will scaffold a program to teach your child to make connections between the letters and their sounds, and to be able to build these foundations to be effective readers.
From Homeschool Mom to Homeschool Blogger: Why Blogging About Homeschool is Important – Ana Willis
Homeschool blogs are the best channel for homeschool advocacy, information, clarification, network and support for homeschool parents and for those who have been considering homeschooling their children.
Barriers on the Road to Reading and How to Overcome Them – Cindy Egberts
Reading is a critical skill for children to learn. It is therefore important to be aware of the difficulties, or obstacles, that might affect their mastery of reading, in order to determine how best to help them. Children start the road to reading with different levels of ability and different learning styles; some will ignore the obstacles and master reading as if those obstacles weren’t there. Most will need to work, whether a little or a lot, to overcome those obstacles, while for a few, those obstacles could become a barrier to success. We will discuss the potential obstacles, and strategies to minimize them, as well as look at how, with Letterland, the road to reading becomes more like play than work.
Q&A Period : Computer Safety
DNSThingy Founder, David Redekop, answers internet and tech safety questions and helps you feel more comfortable online.
Elementary Years / Middle School / Homeschool How-To Advice
Helping Your Child Overcome Math Anxiety – Matthew Blackwood
In this session, Matthew will discuss the beginnings of math anxiety and strategies that you can use to help your child overcome their fear of math. Nearly everyday as founder of UnLock Math Matthew witnesses the transformations that happen with the right approach and he’ll share how you can implement a plan using your current curriculum that will see your children have success in math!
Making Working and Homeschooling a Success – Jen Mackinnon
Meeting the Challenge of Working and Homeschooling. Does reading this fill you with dread? Overwhelm? Of being lost? When I set out to balancing both I was told it was impossible! I started to feel afraid, terrified and overwhelmed. Looking back I realize it was anxiety that paralyzed me and stopped me from moving forward. Today I want to relieve you from the dread, overwhelm and fear of homeschooling and working. You can do both. Sharing practical steps you can take today to regain control and have a great school year!
Nurturing Competent Communicators – Bev Rempel
Today we live in a world of incompetent communicators? Why is that? As we look around our home, community, and society a world of entertainment opportunities and information abounds. However, most of the data blasting at our brains is absorbed uncritically and unthinkingly. BUT the ability to THINK is critical! If we are to raise a generation of critical thinkers and leaders who can competently enter into the battle for the mind, they must be equipped with sophisticated language patterns. The question is: How do we instill these sophisticated language patterns and raise our children to be competent thinkers and communicators?
Homeschooling a Large Family: Tips and Tricks to Help you Manage the Chaos – Rebecca Spooner
Do you have a large family that you homeschool? Homeschooling multiple ages, grades and levels can be challenging! In this session we will talk about some of the challenges we face with a large family and practical ideas we can use to help with those challenges. Find out how you can schedule your time to be more efficient. How to manage toddlers and babies while you are homeschooling. How to give one on one time while still offering supervision. Homeschooling in a large family means a lot of different dynamics and there simply isn’t a “one-size-fits-all”. So I am going to give you a TON of different ideas that you can tailor to your family!
Soar with Canadian History – Donna Ward
Take the mystery out of Social Studies planning from year to year. You will be motivated to discover amazing Canadian characters from our past; you’ll receive an introduction to the six historical thinking skills to teach students critical thinking about history; and you’ll receive an adaptable scope and sequence for all the elementary grades to shape your yearly planning.
Innovate and Inspire with STEAM – Shelley Brewer
Understanding STEM and STEAM and how to incorporate it into your lessons.
Geek Schooling – Kimberly Charron
End your frustrations with your obsessed, geeky child! You will learn how to enjoy easy, delight directed learning with your child, centred on their passions and fandoms, whether it’s Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or super heroes.
High School / Homeschool Wisdom
The Big Picture of Home Education: Why Do We Educate Children? – Bonnie Landry
It’s hard to stay focussed on the day-to-day busy-ness of raising our children if the big picture isn’t firmly in our minds. We need to see the end goal, every day. This session will focus on the “why” of educating children, and the role of home education.
Homeschool Success Tips – Lori Desrosiers
I will cover the keys that will unlock the homeschool success you’ve been looking for! Check mark THESE boxes and you’ll find yourself reducing your stress and guilt, increasing your kids’ engagement in materials and finding the joy and peace that is home educating!
A Homeschool Graduate Shares Her Success Story – Bonnie Way
Bonnie Way did grades 1-12 at home. She finished high school without a diploma and went on to work for her dad’s company, excel at university, get married, and complete a second degree. She’s now homeschooling her own daughters. Because homeschooling is still viewed as a “new” schooling trend, Bonnie shares her story of being homeschooled – and why she loves it – to encourage any homeschool parents considering this option.
Teaching Truth & Reconciliation – Fiona Muldrew & Chantelle Olsson-Chang
Many homeschool families feel afraid to touch upon Aboriginal learning outcomes. You may feel scared of traumatizing your children with the truth of Residential Schools in Canada. Or, perhaps you are afraid of Aboriginal spirituality. We will break down myths and address fears, helping your child to develop understanding and respect for First Nations’ neighbours and friends.
Realize Your Purpose – Shayne Wyler
We all want to be valued. But we struggle simply because we’re unclear on why we’re here, where we’re meant to be or what we’re meant to do. Join Shayne Wyler, creator of the Realized Process and homeschool Dad to eight children. Begin to clarify your purpose, understand your opportunities, avoid distractions, and uncover what you’ve been given to realize your purpose. This conversation is for parents, youth and their families wanting to be valued for their contribution where it matters most.
Duke of Ed Award – Karen Gormley
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life. By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, The Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.