August 17, 2019
Each session will feature a choice of two different speakers.
Check in begins at 8:20
Key Note: 9 - 9:50 A.M.
Keynote: How Do You Want Your Homeschool to Feel? by Kara Anderson
We are so busy as homeschoolers. Sometimes, it can feel a little like stepping on a treadmill and just holding on for the next 13-15 years. So have you stopped lately to consider how you want your homeschool to feel? Have you reflected on what called you to this vocation in the first place? If we want to create warm memories with our children, it’s so important to consider what our days together look like – because our days make up the years, and the years go by really, really fast. With practical tips and tons of heart, Kara will remind parents why we need to regularly pause, breathe and reset when we’re homeschooling.
Session 1: 10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
Getting Started Homeschooling in North Carolina by Laina Yeisley
North Carolina is a very homeschool-friendly state! We have a wide range of freedom, but to be successful, and stay legal, you must know exactly what your boundaries are. In this session, you’ll be given the 3 keys to running your homeschool within the law of North Carolina so that you can put any worries of those requirements aside and focus on the most important parts of your homeschool: your children!
The Undeniable Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Between High School and College by LeAnn Gregory
According to the American Gap Association students who participate in a gap year are more likely than peers to attend and excel in college. Research shows that these students have a better sense of their own abilities, strengths, and areas of weakness and appreciate how a college “fits” these abilities. But, gap years are only effective if they are intentional, strategic and well planned. In this workshop you will learn about the benefits of a gap year, the elements of an effective gap year, the variety of gap year programs available and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Lunch Break 11:00 A. M. - 1:00 P.M.
There are many local restaurants just a short drive away. Check out the F.A.Q.’s for a list of nearby restaurants. There is also plenty of space in the Hope Community Church common area if you would like to bring your lunch.
Session 2: 1:00 - 1:50 P.M.
Middle School Mania: How We’re Tackling This Homeschool Season by Vanessa Wright
Does homeschooling middle school seem daunting? Are you worried about teaching upper level subjects or keeping your older kids engaged? Are hormones taking over your home and homeschool and you’re running out of chocolate daily?
Welcome to middle school homeschool. Let’s take a deep breath and unpack our worries and figure out how to make this season of homeschooling tweens and teens one that works for your kids AND you. One that builds relationships (both in the family and with friends), allows kids to explore their interests, gain independence and get connected.
Vanessa will share how she’s tackling middle school with THREE middle schoolers and what’s working and what’s not. She will keep it real and keep it fun. Bring your questions and concerns and let’s chat!
You Can’t Do It All (and you shouldn’t even try) by Kara Anderson
This sounds kind of negative when you first hear it – I shouldn’t even try? Wait a minute, I hear you saying, these are my kids. My most precious gifts. And you’re saying that I shouldn’t even TRY to give them everything? But here’s the thing: Our goal is to keep homeschooling sustainable, right? We’re in this for years, not weeks. And I promise you, if we try to do it all, we will burn out. So in this session, we’ll talk about expectations for ourselves and our children, and how to prioritize when we want to give our kids all we can.
Session 3: 2:00 - 2:50 P.M.
Homeschooling For College Credit in North Carolina by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa
High school can be the most productive years of your teen’s homeschooling career. Resourceful high school planning injects college credit
opportunities into your homeschool program, allowing you to shave time and money off of your teen’s degree. Over 95% of our members report earning college credit in high school.
Delight Little Learners with a Play-Based Education by Jennifer Knick
Do you ever worry that your little ones spend too much time playing and not enough time ‘doing school’? Let me put your mind at ease! Learning through play is a fantastic option for preschool and elementary children. I will share all of the educational benefits of play while also offering practical tips for combining play and academic subjects.
Closing Q &A: 3:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Here is a chance to ask just about anything related to homeschooling! Kara Anderson, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, Lee Ann Gregory, Laina Yeisley, Vanessa Wright, Jennifer Knick, and Mary Wilson will do their best to answer as many questions as possible.