Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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2018 Workshops

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Israel Wayne

Homeschooling: Preference or Conviction?
Education: Does God Have An Opinion?
Pitchin' a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting
Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview
Being Salt & Light Families
Is Homeschooling Just for Women?

Jay Wile

What I Have Learned About Homeschooling Over the Past 22 Years (Thur evening)
Dr. Wile first learned about homeschooling when he was on the faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He started experiencing a few science students who were head and shoulders above the rest and found out that they were graduates of home education. At the time, he didn't know anything about homeschooling, but seeing its products made him want to learn. He started studying the education literature to see what research was being done on homeschooled students, he started working with homeschooling families, and he kept track of homeschooled students who graduated and became adults. This talk represents a survey of what he has learned since his introduction to homeschooling. Dr. Wile will discuss what research tells us about homeschooling, the amazing things that homeschool graduates are doing, and the wisdom that homeschool graduates have shared with him.
Homeschool: The Best Environment for Learning Science
Many homeschooling parents feel inadequate when it comes to helping their children learn science. As a result, they think that the their students should eventually go to school to learn it. In this talk, Dr. Wile draws on various sources to demonstrate that in fact, homeschool is the ideal environment for learning science. He discusses studies that indicate homeschool graduates excel in science, shares his own personal experiences with homeschool graduates who are studying science at the university level, and gives some case studies that illustrate his point. He also surveys the various options homeschoolers have at their disposal for teaching science, especially at the junior high and high school levels.
Do I Really Have to Do Experiments?
Many homeschooling parents don't like experiments. They are messy, they take a lot of time to prepare, and often, they simply don't work. Are science experiments really worth all the trouble? In this talk, Dr. Wile will discuss why science educators think experiments are necessary, and then he will give you a realistic assessment of when experiments are important and when they are not. He will also give you tips for how to make the science experiments you do more likely to actually work. Finally, he will give you some excellent resources that will make your life easier when it comes to science education. Whether your children are in elementary school or high school, you will benefit from this talk.
Teaching Science at Home
If there is one subject that most homeschooling parents feel inadequate at teaching, it is science. Most parents don't know how science should be covered throughout a student's schooling, and many don't think they know science well enough to teach it. In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you an overview of how to teach science at home from the earliest years through high school. He stresses the differences between elementary and high school science and how to use the middle school years to bridge the two. He also surveys the curricula available to homeschooling parents and makes recommendations.
Why Homeschool Through High School
Homeschooling parents are often faced with a difficult decision when their children reach high school age. Typically, the parents feel they are just not able to teach the more demanding courses that are required at the high school level. As a result, many parents feel that they must send their children to school for a proper high school education. In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former teacher at both the university and high school levels, will explain why such a decision is not in the best interest of the student. Using data gathered from many different sources, including his own experiences, Dr. Wile demonstrates that homeschooled students are better academically prepared and better socialized than their publicly- or privately-schooled counterparts. These facts allow Dr. Wile to make a compelling case that the best thing for a homeschooled student is to stay in homeschool, regardless of the parent's academic abilities.
Teaching High School at Home
Once parents decide to homeschool their children through high school, they are faced with several challenges. Many parents do not know what subjects a child should cover in order to attain a rigorous high school education. In addition, once parents decide which subjects their children should cover, they find that they either never covered those subjects themselves or have long since forgotten the details. In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former teacher at both the high school and university levels, discusses the subjects that make up a rigorous, college-preparatory high school experience. In addition, he will give you helpful tips on how you can help your child learn these subjects, even if you are not familiar with them. He will also discuss the record-keeping that must be done at the high school level. This is a real "nuts and bolts" talk that will give you lots of excellent ideas on how to implement high school in your home.

Tom Clark

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math
Most homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. "We learned our math a long time ago", or "We learned it a different way", or maybe we learned it not at all. How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of "Algebra: A Complete Course" and "Geometry: A Complete Course", will expose ten common myths about teaching math, and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items which can be used to determine the best math course for your students.

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math [124kB PDF]

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (When are we going to need this stuff anyway?)
Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. This workshop will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask in order to "undo" all of the complications they may encounter when solving equations and inequalities.

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner [332kB PDF]

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly we have had little, if any, formal training or certification. How can we be confident that our children are going to be well-educated? This informative and entertaining session is based on, and adapted from, the respected work of John Milton Gregory and will focus on effective strategies of instruction which are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers and newcomers alike will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home [121kB PDF]

Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children? (Let's identify the trouble spots)
Tom Clark offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty on several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long division, story problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally "difficult."

Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children? [113kB PDF]


Walt & Glenda Grayum

Homeschooling: Seven Steps to a Great Start
This session will help you know what to think about, what to do, and what decisions to make as you begin your homeschooling journey.  With practical advice and real life illustrations, you will be encouraged and informed.  Whether you've already made the decision to teach your children at home, or are still considering, this workshop will answer the questions you're asking.

Homeschooling: Seven Steps to a Great Start [2,209kB PDF]

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April 26 - 28, 2018
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June 9, 2018
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June 16, 2018
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