February 28, 2021

More info on 18 Oct Workshop Palmerston North

More information on some of the workshop sessions:

1st Session:

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.

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!
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2nd Session:

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

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

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3rd Session –
“Choosing or Developing Your Own Curriculum”
Exploring a number of issues around choosing a curriculum or developing your own.

“Training Our Children’s minds”, “The Tools of Learning” and “Motivation”
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.

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
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4th Session:
“Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary Education and the Workforce”
Changing the Heart of a Rebel (For preventing rebellion and dealing with it; Christian presentation)“““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““

There will be a number of stands with books and curriculum on them.

Home Education Foundation

Learnex

Dayspring

Geneva Books

Second Hand Books

Issacharian

There will also be a second hand books table that is usually really popular. Bring your own to sell as well.

You can come to all the conference or to just some of the sessions. Individual sessions are $5.00 each.

You can bring a baby and quiet children. There will be no children’s programme or creche.

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, barbara@hef.org.nz
Programme
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

Workshops by Lennie Harrison

The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Home Education
The whole seminar is 10 hours long, delivered in several sessions, but approx. 3 topics can be selected together to make a shorter session. While obviously concentrating on ‘beginners’, this comprehensive seminar is suitable for a wide range of home educating parents. Whether you have not yet applied for an exemption or have to write another one soon; whether you feel you’re not too well equipped for your home education career, or you could do with some better preparation for your ERO review, whether you’re almost lost in an overwhelming sea of information about curriculum choice, or whether you wonder just how much work is enough work – this seminar has many answers, handy tips, ideas and inspiration. It also features a hands-on, practical approach with active participation, and a course manual.
Content areas are:
* Learning styles and teaching approaches
* Curriculum choice
* Creating a learning environment and learning centres
* Unplanned learning experiences
* Unit studies, Charlotte Mason methods, unschooling, and more
* Sequences in teaching reading, writing and maths
* Assessing your child’s learning
* Planning and record keeping (how much or how little, what is acceptable by ERO, etc.)
* Avoiding burn-out
* Motivating reluctant learners
* Homeschooling and toddlers – do they mix?
* Homeschooling teens and looking beyond
* Your application for exemption to the MoE
* Your ERO review
* and more
What others have said:
I would like to thank you for the great course you ran over the past weeks. The information has been invaluable and will help me and my family in many ways. You gave us so much to think about and prepared us for up and coming hurdles which was wonderful! Thanks again for all your help.
What I most valued was learning and being reminded of our wide-ranging freedoms. The final session was especially brilliant. Very practical.
To tell the truth, I could only think that it would be good to go for twice the seminar time. Have thoroughly enjoyed it!
Lennie, you’re a legend – thanks heaps!
You give me so much confidence to believe in myself.
The following workshops are all approx. 2 hours duration and include hand-out notes. As Lennie has a Christian worldview, all workshops could include Christian content.
Charlotte Mason methods of education.
Charlotte was an educationalist who lived in the 19th century in England. Her philosophy is still of lively interest to many home educators today. Her ideas allow for a flexible approach in matters of structure and content, and can be applied tin most home education settings. Contents are:
* An overview of Charlotte Mason methods of education
* What are “Living Books”
* Why narrate and where does it lead?
* Narration in practice.
Educational Games.
This workshop is very hands-on. It will get you familiar with games that are easy to learn, quick to play, cheap to make and enjoyable for the whole family as they are adaptable to age, interest and ability. Contents of the workshop are:
* View a range of games for English, Maths, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, etc.
* Try some out.
* Design your own and share ideas.
The Teenage Workshop.
Please note this workshop is not directed at teenagers, so attendance is for adults only please.
It aims to provide advice, suggestions, goals, examples, reasons, etc. to equip parents for home educating their teens. Parents will get fresh inspiration and motivation to keep children on the fruitful path of self-directed learning that is based at home. Contents are:
* curriculum choices for teens
* preparing for tertiary study
* moving out into the workplace
* preparing a CV
* working towards good citizenship
* relationship issues
Cutting Social Studies Down to Size.
We will look at the reasons behind teaching this topic, which will logically bring us to what we want to teach and how. Contents are:
* How does the National Curriculum describe Social Studies? Is it useful for home educators?
* Social studies vs. History, Geography & Economics.
* It’s surprising how much we already do.
* How can we start with younger children?
* Where do we lead our older children?
Literature – What’s the Big Idea?
This looks at defining what literature is, understanding and formulating why literature has importance, what place it takes in a home-based curriculum, recognising good quality literature, how it can become ‘alive’, and some practical pointers. Contents are:
* Viewing literature as art
* How important is literature?
* Literature’s place in the home.
* When, where and how to start.
Am I Doing Enough?
This workshop takes a closer look at what standards ERO would apply to this question, and what standards we should consider, quite aside from government bureaucracy. It spells out our freedoms and should do away with that unsettling feeling, that nagging doubt, that tries to tell us that, perhaps, we’re not doing enough.

BOOK & CURRICULUM FAIR/WORKSHOPS CHRISTCHURCH 25/26 JULY 2008 – update

Venue: Bishopdale Community Centre

Cnr Farrington Ave and Raleigh St, Bishopdale, Christchurch (above Bishopdale Library)

Dates: Friday 25 July (7.00pm – 9.00pm)

Saturday 26 July (10.00am – 4.00pm)

The Curriculum Fair will be attended by many educational vendors, including LearnEx, Better Way Books, Creation Science Ministries, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Total Learning, Borders Bookstore, WiseCats, Voice of the Martyrs, THINKshop Books and Home Education Foundation.  Cost of entry is a gold coin.

The following workshops will also run during the Curriculum Fair:

Friday 25 July

7.00pm “Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing for Tertiary Education and the Workforce” with Craig Smith (donation)

8.15pm Early Learning Strategies for 3 – 7 year olds: Habits, Routines, Curiosity and Learning to Read

with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Saturday 26 July

10.15am “Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough” with Barbara Smith (donation)

11.30am “The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord” with Lennie Harrison (donation)

1.00pm Learning Foreign Languages with your Children with Linda Gage (gold coin)

1.45pm “Charlotte Mason” with Lennie Harrison (gold coin)

3.00pmClassical Education – a Framework for Learning at Home with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Please feel free to pass on this information. Contact person – Kathy Duncan Ph. (03) 360 3704 or email kathyduncan@xtra.co.nz

BOOK & CURRICULUM FAIR/WORKSHOPS CHRISTCHURCH 25/26 JULY 2008

BOOK & CURRICULUM FAIR/WORKSHOPS CHRISTCHURCH 25/26 JULY 2008

 

Venue: Bishopdale Community Centre

Cnr Farrington Ave and Raleigh St, Bishopdale, Christchurch (above Bishopdale Library)

Dates: Friday 25 July (7.00pm – 9.00pm)

Saturday 26 July (10.00am – 4.00pm)

The Curriculum Fair will be attended by many educational vendors, including LearnEx, Better Way Books, Creation Science Ministries, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Total Learning, Borders Bookstore, WiseCats, Voice of the Martyrs and Home Education Foundation.

 

The following workshops will also run during the Curriculum Fair:

Friday 25 July

7.00pm “Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing for Tertiary Education and the Workforce” with Craig Smith (donation)

8.15pm “Early Learning” with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Saturday 26 July

10.15am “Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough” with Barbara Smith (donation)

11.30am “The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord” with Lennie Harrison (donation)

1.00pm “Foreign Languages” with Linda Gage (gold coin)

1.45pm “Charlotte Mason” with Lennie Harrison (gold coin)

3.00pm “Classical Education” with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Children can submit and display book reviews. There will be a prize draw for all entries.

If anyone would like to sell second hand materials you are most welcome. You can either book a table or if you only have a few items we will have a table available to display your materials.

Cost of entry is a gold coin.

Please feel free to pass on this information. Contact person – Kathy Duncan Ph. (03) 360 3704 or email kathyduncan@xtra.co.nz

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