South Island Home EducationTour 2011

26 March all day workshop in Nelson
28 March half day workshop in Westport
29 March half day  workshop in Hokitika
31 March half day workshop in Te Anau
1 April all day workshop in Invercargill
2 April all day workshop in Dunedin
4 April half day workshop in Oamaru
5 April half day workshop in Timaru
8 April half day workshop in  Kaikoura
9 April all day workshop in Blenheim
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Home Education Workshop Palmerston North Sat 18 October 2008

Sat 18 October 2008
Home Education Workshop
Palmerston North

Venue: Reformed Church, 541 Ruahine St., Palmerston North
Cost: $15 per family or $5.00 per session
Contact: Barbara, (06) 357-4399,
9:00am – Registration, look at curriculum/books stands
9:15 – Welcome & Notices
9:30-10:30 – 2 Electives
1.Erena Fussell of LearnEx: Living Room Adventures: History alive in your own home! Combine it with related literature and you enliven your study and your children’s minds even more. Examples and discussion time.
2.Craig Smith: Getting Things into Perspective (including Dad’s essential role and how we can reform the future through home education).

10:30-11:00 – Morning Tea, look at stands
11:00-12:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig Smith: Getting Started / Dealing with MOE & ERO
2. Barbara Smith: Avoiding Burnout-Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough
12:30-1:00 – BYO lunch. Drinks provided, look at stands
1:00-2:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig: Choosing or Developing Your Own Curriculum
2. Barbara: Training our Children’s Minds-The Tools of Learning and Motivation
2:30-3:00 – Afternoon Tea, look at stands
3:00-4:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig: Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary and the Workforce

2. Barbara: Changing the Heart of a Rebel (For preventing rebellion and dealing with it; Christian presentation)

4:30 End/looking at stands

Workshop Electives offered by Craig Smith

Craig passed away 30 September 2011

Workshop Electives offered by Craig Smith

Elective 1
“Home Education — Getting things into Perspective”
This would be a good keynote message. It is an all round message — something for everyone.
Covers things like:

  • What”s it all about
  • Schooling versus education
  • Character training
  • Can I do this: parents’ qualifications
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Where is this going: developing vision

Some comments from those who have attended this workshop in the past:

  • Great input from Craig Smith on stepping back and looking at the “big picture” of why and how we are home educating.
  • Thought provoking and interesting. Took on board idea of evaluating & teaching “our” kids to their abilities and interests.
  • Entertaining – good shot at a very broad subject.
  • Craig Smith is just gold! 🙂 Whatever conferences you have, you MUST have Craig!
  • Good discussion on Dad’s role
  • Good – already converted but good talk

Elective 2
“Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary Education and the Workforce”

A comment about this elective:

*Good to hear the testimony about the Smith older childrens transition from home education to work, careers etc

Elective 3
“Why Christians Must Rescue their Children From Pharoh’s Schools”

Elective 4
“Reforming the Future through Home Education” This is from a Christian perspective

Elective 5
Home Education — The Christian’s Imperative

Elective 6
“Getting Started, dealing with MOE/ERO, pulling children out of School, doing exemption form etc”
Legal aspects; curriculum materials; educational approaches
Some comments about this elective:

  • Excellent. Practical and helpful information presented in a relaxed style – I took heaps of notes. I would recommend this session.
  • Excellent. Absolutely loved this. Very helpful

Elective 7
“How to fill out an exemption form”

Elective 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Christian Dad’s Essential Role in Home Education.” The dad’s essential role in home education is what Craig will explore during this session. The father’s input into home education and family life is vital. Craig as father of a large family will share his wisdom and experience and hopefully inspire other dads to get more involved in their children’s education.

Elective 9
“Dealing with MOE/ERO”
Covers how to prepare for an ERO visit

Elective 10
“Home Education From a Biblical Perspective”

Elective 11
“Choosing or Developing Your Own Curriculum”
Exploring a number of issues around choosing a curriculum or developing your own.

A comment about this elective:

*Was very good but perhaps could be entitled “Home Education: A Practical Approach to learning”.

Elective 12
“The Vital Nature of Reading Aloud”

Elective 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Is it possible to Discipline children in our unDisciplined society?” It will be very interesting to hear what Craig has to say here. He is right; society is undisciplined. How do we teach discipline to our children in a world that mocks it.

Elective 14
“Teaching your children to read”

Elective 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Christian Parents Preventing and Changing Rebellion in a Child’s Heart”

Elective 16
“The Biblical Trustee Family”

Workshop Electives offered by Barbara Smith

Workshop Electives offered by Barbara Smith

Elective 1
“Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough”
1 1/2 hrs
Symptoms of burnout
Causes of home school burnout
Strategies for avoiding burnout

Comments made to us after this talk:

  • I was going to send my children back to school until I heard you give this talk. Now I am going to keep home educating them
  • I was really worried about home schooling. I didn’t think I could do it. After hearing this talk I’m going back to fill in my exemption form.
  • Excellent tips and advice
  • Good – Our marriage needs work so does our own and children’s discipline
  • Helpful, relevant
  • Great brainfood
  • I felt a huge burden lifted when Barbara spoke about not having to sit down with text books to learn but by just living and learning. Excellent.

Elective 2
“Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough – Marriage”
1 hr

Elective 3
“Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough – Loving, Consistent Discipline”
1 hr

Elective 4
“Training Our Children’s minds”, “The Tools of Learning” and “Motivation” 1 1/2 hrs
Barbara takes the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stages of a classical education and applies it to a Hebrew/Interpersonal approach. This is a good workshop no matter what curriculum you are using or not using.

Here are some comments made about these electives:

  • Very valuable info picked up from this session
  • I would like to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk – and how very inspired it left me! My children are all under 10, so we began straight away (we have been un-schooling), and after only one week, all the kids are doing really well. (So am I — I like the simplicity.) So, thank you very much – keep up the good work. Kind Regards, Vicki.
  • Thanks sooo much for your time on Saturday at WHSA. I enjoyed listening to you both. Barbara, I am going to introduce your memory box — daily, weekly etc! – Love Leanne
  • Thank you for all the work you did to prepare and present the classical homeschooling workshops in South Auckland. It was a real encouragement. Thank you for sharing your vision for homeschooling. Thank you for generously giving your time in this way, for sharing your love for the Lord and how that translates into educating your children. Love, Tarnya
  • I went to the homeschool workshop last weekend, and it was lovely to see some of you there. Barbara Smith led some excellent workshops on classical education. I was renewed in my vision for where we are going and in the joy of the journey!
  • Good explanation of the logic stage in classical education. Still very down-to-earth and practical. Appreciated finding out about resources.
  • Excellent tips and advice
  • Helped me to focus again on memory work for our younger ones
  • Lots of things to think about
  • Read Read Read Read! I think it hit me that reading to our children is so important
  • A very interesting and informative workshop.

Some comments in the Wellington Home Schoolers Association newsletter:

  • The Classical Education session was what I enjoyed, especially the reminder that one to the best things I could do for my children was to read myself and also to read to the children more. I like the idea of memory cards for maths facts, memory verses, poems, etc. Kaye
  • I particularly enjoyed the Classical Education session led by Barbara Smith. I realised I have trained my mind very successfully to “forget”, rather than remember. I have instigated the memory card idea in our home, and am now focusing on training minds to “remember”. Jennifer
  • The idea that grabbed my attention in the Classical Education session was that after the children have mastered the basic facts, it should only take 2-4 years to teach them the tools of learning! i.e. how to write an essay, take notes, summarise material, and how to research, etc. Once they have the tools they can then learn whatever they want to, and hopefully you will then have a motivated, independent learner. The other idea that I found helpful is the one about the stages of learning – the age of knowledge when facts are easily learned, followed by the age of understanding, which is then followed by the wisdom age, when things will be applied. Jocelyn

Elective 5
“Training Our Children/Youth to Be Pure from a Christian perspective
What does it mean to “Train up a child”?

Elective 6
“Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary Education and the Workforce”

Elective 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Books, Great Books and More Books – Creating your own library; how to use it” How is your home library coming along? From her years of home education experience Barbara will share her wisdom of what it really is worth spending your money on to develop your home library. What books are of greatest value? And Why?

Elective 8
“Raising our Daughters to be Godly Wives and Mothers”

Elective 9
“Training our Children to Worship”

Elective 10
“Getting Started in Home Education”

Elective 11
“Keeping Going in Home Education”

Elective 12
“Home Education Support Groups”

Elective 13
“Christian Parents Preventing and Changing Rebellion in a Child’s Heart”

Some comments about this elective:

*Agree with Principles taught – good references to look up afterwards

*I was very interested to learn about sheltering/protecting our children. Wow, we need to be so careful. Thanks for your wisdom.

*Really enjoyed Barbara’s teaching, her honesty and transparency. We need to hear more of this teaching. She has transformed my thinking in raising and training our children

Elective 14
“The Biblical Trustee Family”