Jennilyn Roll Chaplin

10:00am – 10:30am

Topic: Fun-Schooling with Learning Languages

I started homeschooling 9 years ago with a box curriculum, but through the years I discovered that each of my children learn differently. Furthermore, I have a child with learning challenges like ADHD and SPD. That is why we moved to a Fun-Schooling/Game Schooling/Passion Driven atmosphere. With Fun-Schooling, I learned about the five learning languages that were articulated so well by Sarah Janisse Brown, the Creator of Dyslexia Games and Thinking Tree Journals. There are Five Learning Languages: Detective, Creator, Follower, Explorer, and Friend. Come see how I created one basket for my Explorer learner that wanted to learn about the history of Video Games and another basket for my Friend learner that wants to learn about cooking. Fun-Schooling is great for all children and all learning languages. We were so blessed to find this method that I now volunteer as an Ambassador for Sarah Janisse Brown to help moms to Fun-School with Sarah’s materials.

Heath Daws

10:00am – 10:15am

Topic: Dual Enrollment at Calhoun Community College

I am the Dual Enrollment Senior Advisor/Recruiter at Calhoun Community College. The dual enrollment program at Calhoun has grown exponentially since I have joined Division of Academic Affairs heading up the Dual Enrollment program. I advise students (primarily 10th – 12th graders) on taking college courses while in high school through dual enrollment, including choosing a major and discussing career paths for each student’s needs and goals. I look forward to developing an individualized plan of study for each student and hope to share information that is most valuable & beneficial for families to ensure success for every student.

Jeannie Jackson

10:30am – 11:00am

Topic: The Classical Model of Education Applied in Classical Conversations

I am a former public high school math teacher, now starting my 10th year of homeschooling. While teaching high school math, I also worked for AMSTI, the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative. Through AMSTI, I traveled the state helping math teachers improve their skills in the classroom. There were lots of problems I saw in the system that there was never a clear answer for. However, once our family started homeschooling through Classical Conversations, I knew that was what I had always been looking for. I will share about the difference in the Classical Model of Education and how this is utilized in Classical Conversations.

Karen Parkes

11:00am – 11:30am

Topic: The Well-Designed Homeschool

Karen Parkes has 28 years of experience homeschooling her own 8 children as well as degrees in psychology and education.

Imagine a school day revolving around topics that your students love and books that capture their attention. What would that day’s academic flow look like in comparison to a traditional school day revolving around textbooks based on controlled information selected by textbook publishers instead of you or your child? literature doesn’t have to be the only source of engaging ideas and well-written narratives. Homeschool days do not have to consist of content-approved subjects selected to fit narrowly defined parameters but instead can be filled with academics centered on ideas which spark imaginations. Where do the thoughts spurred during an action-adventure novel end up in a traditional academic school day? Typically, they are filed away under the category of “that was an interesting idea” or even squashed by a required book report. But what if those ideas became the academic day? What are the opportunities for academics built around those intriguing adventures? What does academic exploration outside of the traditional approach toward education do for a child’s love of learning and the development of life-long passions?

Designing your own courses that integrate solid academic objectives with subject matter they want to learn more about nurtures lifelong learners. Working together to design courses with older children nurtures internal motivation to take ownership of their educations.

My goal will be to demonstrate how parents can create their own homeschool courses that foster a love of learning while developing appropriate levels of academic output.

This session will be a workshop in a classroom setting so participation will be limited to 25 people. Please pre-register online using the "REGISTER HERE" button.

Each participant should bring paper and something to write with.

REGISTER HERE

Melissa McMahan

11:30am – 12:00pm

Topic: A Generous Education: Implementing Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy of Education

I have used Ambleside, a free classical Charlotte Mason-based curriculum, to home educate my five daughters for the last 15 years. I started the Charlotte Mason Study Group for North Alabama in 2017 and a YouTube channel (CairParavelAcademy) in 2020 to encourage other moms interested in Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.

Charlotte Mason believed that children could deal with ideas and knowledge, that they are not blank slates or empty sacks to be filled with information. She thought children should do the work of dealing with ideas and knowledge, rather than the teacher acting as a middleman, dispensing filtered knowledge. A Charlotte Mason education includes first-hand exposure to great and noble ideas through books in each school subject, and through art, music, and poetry.

Jennifer Claire Wolverton

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Topic: The Path to Excellence in Math

Leave this session with a plan for math from Kindergarten through Senior Year, a new mindset on making the hardest subject your favorite hour of the day, knowledge on spiral versus mastery, lists of free math sites recommended by an engineer, a new way to grade math that will create math confidence in every student, and even an engineer’s thoughts on Common Core and how the math path is going to change drastically in the future.

PS: The world is doing math all wrong. The public school system will take 20 years to pivot, but homeschoolers can learn the secrets to alterations NOW and implement them next week! This is a session you can’t afford to miss!

Tiffany Jefferson

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Topic: The One Room Schoolhouse: Essentials for Confidently Teaching Multiple Ages

Our family of 10 children is in their 16th year of homeschooling and we have 3 homeschool grads so far. Over the past decade, I have had the honor of serving in various teaching, mentoring, and leadership roles for community-based women’s ministries and homeschool programs. As a homeschool coach and founder of Your Homeschool Helper, I am passionate about equipping and encouraging homeschool families through proven strategies for overcoming information overload and curriculum confusion. I am gifted at simplifying the noble work of homeschooling while prioritizing Biblical family values and cultivating a life-giving home. I share inspiring stories of faith, motherhood, and education at finishwithjoy.com and with followers on Instagram @tiffanyhomeschoolcoach. My work has been featured in various publications, TV, podcast interviews and a video project with HSLDA.

Karen Parkes

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Inspired Composition: Equip Yourself to be a Confident Writing Instructor

Learn basic writing techniques that are easily adapted across multiple skill levels and that instill confidence and joy in young budding authors.

This session will be a workshop in a classroom setting so participation will be limited to 25 people. Please pre-register online using the "REGISTER HERE" button.

Each participant should bring paper and something to write with.

REGISTER HERE

Heath Daws

1:00pm – 1:15pm

Topic: Dual Enrollment at Calhoun Community College

I am the Dual Enrollment Senior Advisor/Recruiter at Calhoun Community College. The dual enrollment program at Calhoun has grown exponentially since I have joined Division of Academic Affairs heading up the Dual Enrollment program. I advise students (primarily 10th – 12th graders) on taking college courses while in high school through dual enrollment, including choosing a major and discussing career paths for each student’s needs and goals. I look forward to developing an individualized plan of study for each student and hope to share information that is most valuable & beneficial for families to ensure success for every student.

Jennifer Claire Wolverton

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Topic: Path to Technology: Coding, 3D Printing, and Cyber

Coding is the language of the future. Come learn what your options are for coding curriculum, websites, free options, and when to start college options. Log Cabin Schoolhouse has three 3D printers and has manufactured some awesome things. Let us tell you how we did it and get you started too! But if coding and 3D printing don’t excite you, come learn about cyber security and how our level headed homeschoolers can leverage it to save our democracy, and world.