Lisa Marie Fletcher is a homeschooling mom of 5 kids ranging from early elementary school through high school. When her homeschooling journey began, she searched for Canadian homeschooling resources and started to share them online. That was the beginning of The Canadian Homeschooler - whose mission today is to connect homeschoolers across Canada with each other and with resources to help them on their journey.
2023 CONFERENCE SESSION
PAST CONFERENCE SESSIONS
SESSION: MAKE YOUR OWN UNIT STUDY
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.
SESSION: HOW TO HOMESCHOOL IN CANADA
Wondering how to get started homeschooling in Canada? In this session, we will cover the 5 essential things you need to know and have in place to be successful in your homeschool journey.
SESSION: CANADA ON GOOGLE MAPS *KIDS*
Come with me on a short trip to some amazing places in Canada - all from home. Together we'll check out a few stops on Google Maps that allow us to explore neat places in our country from our computer. No suitcase required.
SESSION: HANDLING HOMESCHOOL OPPOSITION
Choosing homeschooling as an education method can draw a lot of heat from people who don't understand exactly what you are doing. In this session, we will explore reasons that people typically oppose homeschooling and how to counter common arguments that you are likely to encounter. Plus I'll share the top-secret method for handling super-opposers - whether they are strangers or family.
SESSION: CANADIAN HISTORY IS BORING *KIDS*
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?
SESSION: WHY DID THE BRITISH WEAR RED UNIFORMS? *KIDS*
It seems strange that an army would wear bright red uniforms, doesn't it? Let's look at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to see if we can figure out why.
SESSION: THE MYTH OF BALANCE
There is this popular belief that, if you do things properly, it is possible to find a way to balance all the sections and responsibilities in our lives so they each get the time they need and we find success/peace/happiness. We are expected to be able do everything to the fullest. But the truth is, balance is a myth. Life is more about priorities, flexibility, and simplification than balance. Let's simplify together.
SESSION: HOMESCHOOLING IN THE EARLY YEARS
When their children turn 3 or 4 years old, parents start to panic about academics. After all, these are the kindergarten years - ones that the school system has designated as an official starting point for education. It leads to a lot of questions - the biggest of which is "How do I homeschool my preschooler?" Let's talk about the early years and how to get learning in.
SESSION: THE DARK SIDE: REALITY CHECK
There are a lot of things we don’t talk about enough in the homeschooling community. In the online world, this life is often presented with a rosy glow: families snuggled on couches reading together and working on beautiful worksheets with smiles and laughter. But is it like that for real? Maybe for some families, but not all of us. Homeschooling is hard and encompasses so much of our family life that there are bound to be struggles we face. Come with me into the “dark side” - the areas that are hard, messy, and rarely shared. Let’s talk about them together.
SESSION: PRESCHOOL - HOW TO LEARN THROUGH PLAY
So often parents of preschoolers are told that their young children should learn through play, but that can seem overwhelming when you are new to the whole world of learning. In this session, we'll look at some examples of how you can explore math, language, science, and social studies with your preschooler through guided play.
SESSION: HOMESCHOOL METHODS
Homeschooling has so many different options for how we approach learning, teaching, parenting, and combining it all together to form a lifestyle for your family. It doesn't have to look like school at all (but it might!) Join me on a quick overview of some of the most popular methods of homeschooling so that you can see if there's something that might work best for your family.