CANADIAN HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2018

Whether you’re hoping that your children will be fluent or just pick up the basics, this workshop offers ideas for both structured and unstructured learning from beginner through advanced levels. Leanne will share her multi-faceted yet simple approach that you will be able to adapt for your own family. (Playtime: 29:26)

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” A support group can make the homeschooling journey easier providing support, encouragement and activities. But how do you find your tribe? This overview will give both newer and veteran homeschoolers some ideas and practical steps on how to find, start and maintain a homeschooling support group. (Playtime: 33:26)

We will attempt to address the fact that Classical Education is a very broad idea under which many methodologies thrive, focusing particularly on the purpose of training the will, or teaching virtue and wisdom rather than the detail of curriculum picks. We will look at themes like what are we looking for in literature, discipline of math for the sake of the child's self control, history as our collective memory, etc. And we'll also look at how Classical Education takes the long view. We are planting a tree, or building a cathedral which means we are taking the past and handing it to our children to be the future. (Playtime: 33:53)

"Sarah" has chosen to remain anonymous to share with you how to cope when life hits you with all different reasons why people quit homeschooling. She offers suggestions to survive through the various valleys of the homeschooling journey. If nothing else she wants you to understand you are not alone when homeschooling doesn't go according to plan. (Playtime: 55:00)

In this session, Judy Arnall will present the biological science behind the learning ages and stages as well as the research supporting unschooling (self-directed learning). She also addresses the advantages and disadvantages, as well as common concerns and myths regarding unschooling, such as educational gaps, math for STEM career pathways, work ethic, socialization, assessment, permissiveness, and many other aspects of unschooling.  (Playtime: 51:38)

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

· Decide if the Forest School philosophy aligns with current educational values & goals
· Assess nature areas in one’s community for best learning environments
· Gain new ideas for facilitating and assessing learning in nature (Playtime: 26:32)

You can facilitate critical thinking in students from JK to upper elementary through the use of quality picture books and guided discussion. Learn how to do this, with lots of book and discussion suggestions. Skills realized will enable students to grasp and utilize Historical Thinking Concepts in social studies. (Playtime: 21:33)

Homeschooling is challenging in the best of times, so how do families cope when faced with a crisis? Depression, divorce, the death of a loved one, or severe behavioral issues can lead families to question their ability to homeschool. In this session, Tara Watters will share her experience as a social worker on a crisis line. You will learn what to do in an immediate crisis, how to advocate and get help for your family, and some practical skills to manage your homeschooling life during challenging times. (Playtime: 41:43)

You decided to homeschool your child. The curriculum is bought, the lessons are planned, the school room is ready, and you are filled with excitement. And then…. instead of peace and harmony, you feel like you’re in a battle with your child. Is he just being stubborn? Is this a battle of the wills? You’ve heard many people say, “Don’t worry, they’ll catch up”. But, you are the parent and you wonder…will this really change? In this workshop, Diane will help de-mystify these questions and share strategies to help launch your struggling learner on the road to success. There is HOPE! (Playtime: 40:47)

What is philosophy for kids, exactly, and how can it be introduced into homeschooling curriculum? What benefits does it offer for young thinkers, and what resources are available for homeschool parents? How does introducing philosophical questions and thinking help learners prepare for the challenges of the 21st century, in education, in career paths, and in their personal lives?

This presentation will explore the P4C (Philosophy for Children) movement, discuss its growth over the past few decades, and give practical tips for creating rich, teachable moments from the big questions that children and youth love to ask. (Playtime: 30:00)

People fear what is different and can cause friction with their misunderstanding. In this session, we will take a look at different myths and reasons that people use to oppose homeschooling and how we, as homeschoolers, can handle these ideas. (Playtime: 21:57)

In this session we'll take a look at the most common homeschool styles and talk about what they might look like in action. It is an unbiased peek into the best of each style to help you identify your own natural approach to homeschooling but also to help you re-assess if what you are doing is currently working or what you might want to add or change to make your homeschool even BETTER! (Playtime: 34:45)

Highschool can be an overwhelming prospect, but when you have a plan, getting to be a part of your teen's adventure can be amazing! Join Stephanie as she shares some of the things that helped her family's highschool journey be a stepping stone in achieving each of her children's goals.
(Playtime: 32:51)

Currently running your own business or starting one up? This session is for you! I will share the tips you need to help your home business and children thrive. I transitioned from a classroom teacher to a homeschooling mom and small business owner years ago and am now onto my second business. I hope to inspire, encourage, and motivate those of you who are currently on or are interested in a similar journey. It’s all possible if you approach it with a plan and apply some great tips that work for you and your family!
(Playtime: 24:18)

Ever wondered what's it would be like to ditch the curriculum and start Freeschooling? Join me to learn what it means and how it's different from unschooling or homeschooling. I will share our story of freeschooling our 3 children while running a successful business and starting to build our lives off-grid. Discover how simple it is to give your children an advantage, help them to learn the skills they need to succeed and truly Thrive. You'll also discover how to learn to trust yourself so you can trust your children to learn exactly what they need, without the stress. This has been amazing for our family. No coercion, no scheduled 'times' to 'learn. Also discover the many forms of school and how they're not all equal. (Playtime: 42:06)

When I began unschooling my three children fifteen years ago, it wasn’t long before I came across the idea that strong relationships with my children were essential for unschooling—and learning in general—to thrive. At first, I thought, sure, that’s a worthwhile goal, but what exactly does that have to do with their learning? Well, that became clear over the next months and years as I continued to question the conventional wisdom around parenting and how children learn. Whatever your homeschooling style, I invite you to join me to explore why connected and trusting relationships with our children lie at the heart of their learning. (Playtime: 23:01)

Dictation, used well, is the single most effective and efficient tool at our disposal to teach all aspects of language arts. In a joyful learning environment, we discover the world of language one-on-one with our children. Each lesson is perfectly tailored to skill level and aptitude, from K to high school. Learn how all of the language arts can be taught in one 5-10 minute lesson daily. (Playtime: 37:41)

Tired of looking for that one curriculum you know you bought two years ago? Or worse, you forgot you had it and bought it twice? Yeah, I’ve done that. If you find that you want to save on shipping and use curriculum you buy online, it won’t help if you can’t find it once you need it. You need to come up with a system to easily organize what you, help is finally here.  (Playtime: 22:11)

The Why Some Smart Kids Can't Read: The Science of Dyslexia presentation discusses what new brain science reveals about the reading brain. Up to 1 in 5 children and adults are simply not wired to read. Science has looked into their otherwise gifted brains and has developed exercises that wires the reading centres in brains of these struggling readers. Why some children struggle with reading used to be a mystery. No longer. Now researchers like Yale’s neurobiologist Dr. Sally Shaywitz know what’s wrong and what to do about it. (Playtime: 42:03)

I'm a dad of a three and five year old who has been unschooling for four years. I discuss the benefits of starting 'unschool-thinking' as early as possible; incorporating fun, high energy videos from a variety of our many exciting 'edventures'. Topics include screen time, fitness, socializing, risks & pushing limits, STEAM, experiments, play, and the many ways you are able to combine any or all of them.

Whether you are entering the world of Homeschooling or transitioning your children into a more institutional setting for school, Edna will speak to the positives and negatives of each transition. You will learn during this session about the Latone family’s journey through Homeschooling, Montessori school, Public School, Catholic School and back to Homeschool. You will learn three important elements of transition. It is Edna’s hope that you will leave this session with the tools to successfully transition your children from one mode of education to another with confidence. (Playtime: 21:31)

Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed math fact quiz? Are you both beating your head against the wall because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? This presentation will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts more! Come and hear how to discover games to help your child learn their math facts. (Playtime: 32:15)

At NEDIC we recognize that parents and educators have great potential to influence their children and students. In this session, we provide educators with the tools to assist young people in fostering a culture that celebrates natural physical diversity and to detect and address food and weight preoccupation and eating disorders. This presentation includes:
• An introduction to eating disorders and their warning signs;
• A look at eating disorder risk factors from a bio-psycho-social perspective;
• An introduction to best practices in eating disorder prevention;
• Hands-on strategies for discussing body image and building critical media literacy with young people;
• Tools and resources for addressing and preventing body-based bullying. (Playtime: 29:41)

Homeschooling through high school is a daunting proposition for many families. How do we know we’ve done enough? How do we know if we’ve covered the right things? Will the subjects we’ve studied be recognized by postsecondary institutions so our child can get the further education and vocation they desire? All of these are valid questions, but they should not paralyze the homeschool parent or scare the family away from trying. Bonnie Getty and Laurie Pruim have both successfully graduated high school students from home and are going to share their varied experiences of what they did and how well it worked. Come ready with questions and come ready to be encouraged. You can do this! (Playtime: 16:50)

Are you looking for the ideal curriculum for your child with special needs? What if you could use already-existing curriculum and adapt it to your child--no matter the diagnosis? Learn to reuse curriculum you already own or one you have been eyeing and still meet your child at their developmental level. Strategies provided will suit first-year to experienced homeschoolers, and the ideas can be applied the very next day! (Playtime: 43:07)

We are experiencing the most dramatic changes in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution. The days of graduating high school or college, getting a job, and working there for 40 years before retiring and collecting a pension is already a thing of the past. We are on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. I'll show you how you can prepare your children for this rapidly changing landscape so that they can adapt, innovate, and thrive! (Playtime: 20:24)

In today’s day and age, there is a tremendous amount of opportunity to use the internet as a resource for homeschooling. However, it also comes with many risks. Bill and Deb Miller who homeschool their three children, ages 6 to 10, share some staggering statistics concerning children and the internet but also how they’ve used technology, in the way of internet filtering, to maximize the benefits and reduce the risks of using the internet in homeschooling. (Playtime: 24:16)

Are you feeling discouraged and overwhelmed in your homeschool journey? Are you feeling like you’re behind and failing? Do you wish you could something to improve your homeschool right away?

30 Dos and Don’ts of Successful Homeschooling is a collection of full-proof tips and strategies that will immediately improve your homeschool journey and your relationship with your homeschool children. Ready to succeed homeschooling?  (Playtime: 45:31)

YOUTH SESSIONS

As a young leader, you face the challenge of finding opportunity to lead. You have ideas. You have solutions to real problems. But, how do you get access to your opportunities right now? How do you avoid being distracted, or worse, devalued as you step out to where it matters most?

All young leaders face these challenges.

Join Shayne Wyler, creator of the Be Valued Framework, to discover:

Seven keys to being valued as a leader
The exact place you and your leadership are valued the most
The three most important questions to answer as you lead those you value

Let's get you valued and leading where it matters most. (Playtime: 34:24)

This seminar teaches the Seven Steps of the A+DVANCE essay writing formula as described in the book “How to Write Excellent Essays in 7 Easy Steps.” Each letter in the acronym A+DVANCE is an easy way to remember the key points in this presentation from “Understanding the Assignment and your Audience” to “Final Editing Tips.” Perhaps the greatest surprise is “where the money is” in the essay and how quickly markers determine the grade for the paper. This seminar is especially relevant to high school students (and their parents) as they prepare for those critical college level essays and diploma exams. The A+DVANCE Formula is the extended introduction to the book, and lays the foundation for various types of persuasive, argumentative, narrative, and expository essays. (Playtime: 37:03)

Have you ever invented something that you wanted to share with the whole world? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to be the next YouTube star? Or maybe you want to be the next breakout homeschool’ed author? In this session, Canadian business coach Patrysha shares success stories and lessons from other young entrepreneurs and gives you a chance to get the answers on how you can get started in your own kid-founded business. (Ages 8 & Up) (Playtime: 30:34)

Have you ever wanted something and thought it was outside your grasp? Have you ever looked ahead in your life and wondered if you’re going to amount to anything significant?

James is going to look at a few basic concepts and ideas to help you realize that dreams can come true.

We will look at:

The Power of Planning (Setting goals and steps to get there)
The Mantra of Education (Looking out for pitfalls and bad information)
The Object of Challenges (Turning problems into successes)

Success—the word we all grasp to understand and attain. What is success? Who defines success? How can you be successful in an ever-changing world? Drawing from personal stories, Leah will share what set of attitudes you need to overcome any obstacle, to achieve anything you set your mind to. With these tools in hand, you’ll learn to apply them now, to be a successful homeschooler. Lastly, you’ll learn what true success looks like in the big world beyond your home. Get the support you need. Be ready to pay the price for your dreams. Ensure a lifestyle of your choosing!
(Playtime: 22:39)

Do you ever wonder am I truly prepared for post-secondary education on more than just an academic level? If so this session is for you. Being homeschooled from grade 4 until graduation then completing one year of post-secondary education I will be sharing a little bit of my experience and talking about some of the nonacademic things I learned from being homeschooled that helped to prepare me for post-secondary education.
(Playtime: 16:03)

Would you like to learn Japanese? Do you love anime? You don't have to limit foreign language learning to French. Minuet will show you how she's been teaching herself Japanese, both the spoken and written language, for fun through her passion for anime. She'll share how you can use sticky notes, apps, and other tools to help you learn and enjoy the Japanese language. (Playtime: 13:50)

You’ll find a community of sweeping imagination, innovation, and dynamic learning at the University of Victoria. We'll provide the opportunities and support you need to grow and succeed as you're taking your first step beyond your high school education.

In this session, you’ll discover the extraordinary academic environment that awaits and learn how you can explore your career options, travel the world, and build your community as a UVic student. We’ll walk you through program options, the available supports, and the application process for homeschooled students.
(Playtime: 23:35)

This session will focus on helping teens to develop critical media literacy as a resilience-building tool. During this video we will discuss Health at Every Size (HAES) and help viewers develop tools for fostering a positive culture celebrating natural body diversity.

Our workshop for teens serves as an introduction to the ways in which culture and media can have an impact on our health, happiness, and self-image. The goals of this session are to:

Engage young people in critically examining the media they encounter daily, including social media;
Address misconceptions relating to dieting;
Provide resources for young people who may already be struggling with food and weight preoccupation or an eating disorder;
Introduce young people to the Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy;
Empower young people to foster a culture that celebrates natural physical diversity.
(Playtime: 43:34)

Do you love fantasy and sci-fi? Is your room full of Star Wars collectables? Learn how to prove to your parents what you're learning through your geeky pursuits, whether you enjoy playing video games and board games, reading graphic novels and manga, or fighting with lightsabres. Plus learn how to enjoy more of it during your homeschool day. (Playtime: 24:48)

KID SESSIONS

Calling all kids! Eating is something you do every day, and if you know how to cook, you can have more say in what's on your plate. If you're eating real food and not just opening a package, knowing how to use a knife is VITAL.

In this class, you'll see real kids (and a teacher) showing you how to:

  • Use 4 different ways to hold a knife safely
  • Practice 3 unique "holds" to keep the hand on the food far away from the sharp blade!
  • Memorize fun phrases so you never forget your knife skills
  • Choose the perfect foods to cut with dull or sharp knives at every age
  • Take what you learn right into the kitchen afterward and impress your parents by making a snack or veggie tray for dinner.

You might not be ready for Master Chef Jr. after just a 25-minute class, but every young chef starts somewhere.
(Playtime: 24:40)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in the Arctic? Is it true that the winters are long, the days are short, and trees cannot grow? What are some of the unique features of Arctic life? How are they similar or different from where you live? Join us for an inside look to what life in the Arctic is REALLY like. This video will share highlights of life in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. It includes photos and video footage explaining what sort of transportation they use, how they get their food and supplies, and what style of homes they live in. Sit back and enjoy the Arctic….with no worry of frostbite! ? (Playtime: 10:57)

Cosmic Kids makes yoga and mindfulness videos for kids. Their channel on YouTube has had more than 40 million views and is loved by kids, teachers and parents for its fun story-based yoga adventures and calming mindfulness and relaxation sessions.

We’ve included an example of their work here on the conference (a yoga version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Jaime also does a quick intro to Cosmic Kids, explaining what Cosmic Kids does and how her first live yoga teaching class was actually a group of homeschoolers!
(Playtime: 19:17)

*recommended to be watching with at least one other person so they can play the games together

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

·      Play song-games that promote aural literacy

·      Play familiar song-games that create lasting literacy & language foundations

·      Have fun using song-games that can be played with friends, siblings & parents
(Playtime: 27:02)

Learn to make a bowl using modgepodge and tissue paper. Be creative in your design and have fun using what you have a hand or buying inexpensive things to pretty it up a bit. (Playtime: 4:38)

In this session, join Joline as she shares the teachings she has learned about why she wears long hair, what the medicine wheel is, drumming, the beauty of art and the lessons they teach, and the importance of respect - both to each other and to the nature around us. (Playtime: 36:25)

Ever since Gideon was very young he found it fascinating that you could make a living from making people laugh. He is on a quest to learn more and will take you on a trip through his journey. In this session, Gideon will be sharing his passion for Vlogging and Facebook Live events. He will discuss planning vlogging, taking the video, and the editing process. (Playtime: 14:28)

Do you feel unsure of how to teach art during the early years? As a child development specialist and a homeschooling mom to many, watch and see how I set up an invitation for a young learner to paint and explore. Process art should be about the experience and not the end result. It is imperative that young learners have permission to explore, discover and have a sense of wonder about their world. It is the process, not the product. (Playtime: 23:53)

Canadian history is so boring! It's short compared to other places, and there aren't any big exciting events like revolutions or civil wars. We don't have ancient buildings like pyramids or temples. See? Boring. But what happens when we zoom in closer? Is it still boring? Join me as we zoom in on 5 moments and people of our Canadian past to see if our history is really as boring as it seems from the big picture. What do you think now? (Playtime: 16:14)

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