JEN MACKINNON

Hi, I’m Jen. I help working moms balance their career and homeschool their kids by providing practical solutions and a boatload of coffee!

You are warmly invited to learn more here: https://practicalbydefault.com/

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2021 CONFERENCE SESSION

SESSION: HOW TO RAISE INDEPENDENT LIFELONG LEARNERS AND HAVE FUN

When you think of an independent learner, what comes to mind?  Is it your child digging into their homeschool curriculum on their own? Or researching the answers to their questions without you? Maybe "independent learning" means learning without you for a few minutes so you can go pee alone or sneak in 10 minutes of work? Whatever it looks like to you, I want you to know that it is possible to raise independent lifelong learners, and it can be FUN!

In this workshop, I will share how I accidentally discovered the power of teaching my kids to be independent learners and how it impacted my homeschool.

We will talk about:
● Why Independent Learning is Important
● 3 Important Tools To Help You Add Learning Fun & Encourage Independent Learning In
Your Homeschool
● How To Use These Tools In Your Homeschool
● Why This Method Is Great For Working Moms

SESSION DATE: FEB 5TH.

PAST CONFERENCE SESSIONS

CANHSCON2017

SESSION: MAKING WORKING AND HOMESCHOOLING A SUCCESS

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!

CANHSCON2019

SESSION: FINDING TIME TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO COOK

Let's get real, cooking is a life skill our kids need to learn. Finding the time, on the other hand can be tricky. Grab these 7 easy tips and get cooking with your children today! 

CANHSCON2020

SESSION: CONQUER YOUR TIME - 5 STEPS TO CREATING A SIMPLE SCHEDULE FOR TEENS

Let me ask you a question, do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do? Chores, homeschool, clubs, extra curricular activities, studying for tests, preparing for college, handling a job and trying to find time for friends or hobbies? It's a lot to do! In this short video, I'll show you 5 simple steps to creating a simple schedule you can use to regain control over your time.

CANHSCON2020

SESSION: WHEN PLANNING CURRICULUM, ASK THESE QUESTIONS FIRST!

Planning curriculum for your child can be overwhelming, to say the least.  In less than 5 minutes of searching through Google you are not only drowning in resources but reaching for the nearest hidden chocolate stash!

Let's be honest, “overwhelmed” and “lost” are the last place you want to be. Because I prefer to keep it simple I use a simple, practical, step by step process every single time.

Join me as I walk you through the questions you need to ask before you start your homeschool planning.