AMANDA OSTRANDER

Amanda and Stéphane Ostrander are two teachers who decided to homeschool their two daughters. They started their YouTube channel and blog, Raising A to Z, a little over a year ago, showing their journey in homeschooling while also offering tips, tricks, activities, ideas and parental support for other homeschooling parents. They recently wrote a book, How to Start Homeschooling: When You Have No Idea Where to Start. Together, they love to showcase the best of homeschooling life while also offering inspiration and support for other parents who are interested in homeschooling. When they aren’t filming, writing or creating cool content for other homeschoolers, Amanda and Stéphane love spending time with their daughters, Alexie and Zoé, reading, watching movies, exploring the outdoors and making music. They love to embrace the chaos that is educating and living life with two young girls in Northern Ontario Canada.

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2022 CONFERENCE SESSION

SESSION: Rhythms and Routines

Everyone is looking for the perfect schedule when it comes to homeschooling. But, every family is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.
In this session, we’ll cover how to establish routines that will work for your unique family. We’ll also look at why you might want to establish a family rhythm rather than follow a strict routine or schedule.
This session is great for any new homeschooler who is looking to get some help figuring out what their days could look like, or for more veteran homeschoolers who are stuck in a rut.

PAST CONFERENCE SESSIONS

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SESSION: TAKE IT FROM TWO TEACHERS : YOU CAN HOMESCHOOL

People are often surprised to hear that we are two teachers who decided to homeschool their kids. But, rarely do they question us, because they believe we are educated enough to effectively teach our kids. The truth is you can homeschool your children and you don’t need a teacher’s certificate to do it well. Take it from two teachers; Homeschooling is a valid choice and you are qualified to educate your children at home.

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SESSION: WILL HOMESCHOOLING RUIN MY CHILD?

New homeschoolers are often worried that homeschooling is somehow going to “ruin” their child. With homeschooling
being considered “outside” of mainstream schooling, the result could be an antisocial weirdo with strange interests and no job-prospects.

Let me take some time to reassure you that it won’t happen and break down some of the fears around homeschooling. We’ll talk about socialization, interest-based education and even touch on post-secondary education. And you’ll leave with some practical tips and advice and maybe a little inspiration.