First of all, let me say YAY for a gal’s weekend away! A dear friend of mine and I drove up from TN to attend the MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. This is exciting!
We’ve already had an afternoon of workshops and both L and I have felt convicted by what the speakers have to say. In essence, we are ruining our kids – BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
The first woman we saw was a workshop called “Confessions of a Disorganized Homeschool Mom” and it was like she was speaking TO ME. Yes, I knew I was disorganized but she made me feel normal for being so. It was like a weight was lifted off. Some of the ways to help stay “on track” in our disorganized world are things I’m already doing, but there were other ideas that were totally new and refreshing that I will definitely be incorporating into my home.
The next workshop was on Unit Studies. I love this concept on paper, but putting it into action is fearful for me. The speaker, Amanda Bennett, talked about the benefits and rewards related to unit studies and this is the part where L and I were sure we’re ruining our children. Instead of discovering the gifts God has given them to succeed in ways THEY were meant to, we’re making them fit into our expectations of how they are to learn. Wow.
Lastly was a workshop on writing and helping a reluctant writer. Since we don’t follow a writing program, per se, this was very interesting with even more nuggets of inspiration. The speaker, Julie Bogart, is a ghostwriter by profession and just started teaching writing to her children the way she worked writing. While doing so, she discovered that the “educational” way of teaching writing isn’t the same as the “professional” way of writing. This lead to her developing her own curriculum called Brave Writer which seems to be very interesting on the surface.
I see some research in my future.
Oh, and did I mention the vendor hall?? There is a ridiculous amount of companies related to homeschooling down in the exhibit hall. We were in there for an hour and only saw half of what was there. I can’t wait to get to the other half!