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We’ve homeschooled our eight children since 1994, and we’d love to help you explore or get started!

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Three Simple Goals for Your First Year
Over years of calls from new homeschoolers, Melanie Young learned that there were three things that successful families accomplished in their first year of homeschooling. Learn how to make through the challenges of your first year without jerking anybody bald-headed – including yourself!

Field Guide to Curriculum
Veterans toss around terms like unit studies, classical education, Charlotte Mason, and more, never dreaming how confusing it all is for someone new. The workshop will help you understand the different approaches available and give tools to help you figure out which is the best for your family, whether this is your first year, or you just need a new perspective.

Boy Schooling
Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of history or read aloud to a child sitting upside down? You may be teaching a boy! Research shows that boys and girls learn differently. Understanding the differences can help to preserve the love of learning and the academic confidence of our sons: the early birds, the late bloomers, and the boys who would really just rather not. Understanding what they need at different ages – before school, as young learners, in the middle school years, and in high school can make us better homeschool parents and make them better students. Come hear from parents who’ve homeschooled six boys from the beginning and graduated four so far, the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, as they share solid research and practical advice on how to turn wiggle worms into scholars – and enjoy doing it!

Middle School Madness (video)
When our oldest was eight, we thought we were pretty great homeschool parents. Then he hit nine or ten and the wheels fell off his educational train! Another child did pretty well until he was eleven, then all-of-a-sudden he couldn’t focus at all or remember things he’d learned last week. Others didn’t struggle until twelve or thirteen, but there seems to be something that makes middle school just plain hard, for nearly everyone. How do you live through it? Is it possible to make the middle school years great? Join Hal & Melanie for doable ideas and real hope for getting through the challenging tween/preteen years and laying a foundation to make high school even better.

Surviving Struggling to Read
What do you do when it’s not that easy? When reading isn’t happening when you thought it would? Hear from a mother and son who’ve been there. Melanie and her son, Samuel, who finally learned to read well at 11, and is now at college on their top academic scholarship, talk about the struggle and give you practical encouragement and hope for the future.

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