There’s nothing more rewarding to a faithful father than getting together with his wife and children for the evening “family time.” But it’s not always easy to make good use of the time when Dad is tired after a hard day’s work. In this workshop Rick Boyer shares ideas he has used over the years with his fourteen children. Now you can have the tools to make the evening get-together a blessing for the whole family–without a lot of preparation!
Thomas Edison was one of the greatest geniuses in history. Part of the reason for his brilliance was the fact that, after attending school for only three months, he was educated at home by his mother, who believed that learning can be fun. Her philosophy paid off, as it has for thousands of other home educators who have broken free from bondage to the “institutional” approach and returned to natural, sensible ways of teaching. Stop making a school of yourself! This workshop gives eight simple suggestions that can revolutionize your child’s learning and make home education fun for the whole family.
Rick Boyer and his wife have been homeschooling since 1980. Starting out young and green in a time when only a handful of families were homeschooling, Rick and Marilyn found few resources to help them in their journey. They had to blaze their own trail, surviving such obstacles as skeptical grandparents, hostile school authorities, unhelpful curriculum publishers, blizzards, prairie fires…(just kidding). The Boyers are still home schooling today and now share their experiences around the world through their books and their speaking ministry. Rick will share some of the most profound lessons learned along the way, including: – It’s not schooling, it’s discipleship
– Life is the curriculum
– The kid is the can
– Socialization is for socialists
– George Washington survived without Little League
– and many more!
These are the questions going through most people’s minds as they contemplate the challenge of homeschooling through high school. As an exclusively homeschooled high school graduate, Paul discusses the various facets of this question. From socialization and sports, to advanced math and postsecondary admissions, this session will address the many questions on this subject, and also offer encouragement to those who are contemplating the challenge of homeschooling teenagers.
Do you fear the “knock at the door” which announces a visit by a social worker or a government official? Or difficult interactions with local school boards? Are you unsure of how to defend what you do at home to your in-laws? In this session Paul Faris, President of HSLDA Canada, discusses the basis on which we can defend homeschooling to our neighbours and family, in discussion groups, in the media, and with the government. Speaking from case history and anecdotal examples, Paul will speak to the experiences of homeschoolers across Canada, and will describe what could be expected in Manitoba.
Homeschooling is a grand adventure, but sometimes there are moments or even seasons where we just feel stuck. Or maybe we’ve veered off course. It’s easy to think that changing curriculum for the umpteenth time, making a new schedule, or even throwing in the towel will solve the problem. It usually never does because the problem runs deeper… But there is hope, glorious hope, for us. Let’s rediscover together the secret to enjoying this journey and finishing strong!
You might be asking- Can I do this? Where do I start? This session will provide encouragement and practical advice for the key challenges often confronting new homeschoolers, including: How do I notify the government? What curriculum should I use? How do I keep records? …and more.
Manitoba’s math students are currently at the bottom of the pack compared to kids in other Canadian provinces. As homeschoolers, how can we buck the trend and graduate students who are able to use math effectively, either at home or on the job? Join us as we consider the answer to that question. We’ll discuss three things that characterize a math student who succeeds. We’ll also look at the four critical components of effective math instruction—components that will not only help you teach math effectively to your kids, but can also guide you in your selection of a suitable math curriculum in the first place.
Teaching a Struggling Learner Forum If you find yourself a parent of a struggling learner, messages such as “a ‘real’ teacher could do better,” or “homeschooling doesn’t work” may distract and discourage you. Or the question of “when to trust the experts?” may weigh heavily on your mind. In this session, hear from others with experience teaching (or being) struggling learners. Come prepared to ask your questions and glean from their life-gathered insights.