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Help! I Want To Home School!!


Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about how to homeschool and homeschooling in general? Maybe you’ve made the decision to homeschool but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you are a seasoned homeschooler that would like to renew your homeschool? Maybe you are a sesoned homeschooler that would like to share your knowledge with families new to or considering homeschooling? Consider registering for our newest course:

Home Education 101

Session One — Beginning the Journey

In this session we will meet some mentor homeschooling families and discuss homeschooling law, support organizations, creating a mission or vision statement, setting goals and general questions & answers about homeschooling.

Session Two —  Choosing Curriculum & Organizing Your Time

In this session we will overview various materials/approaches, look at catalogs and resources to help you make informed decisions, guide for buying used curriculum, lesson planning, basic time management for home and school, and discuss sample schedules, lists, etc.

Session Three — Home Educating with Style and Getting Dinner on the Table (The Same Day You Homeschool)

In this session we will talk about learning styles and teaching styles and discuss general household hints, methods and tips.

Session Four — Teaching Tips and Organizing Your Home

Here we will discuss teaching tips and techniques along with creating a “learning lifestyle” environment, how this affects home education, and suggest and discuss resources.

Session Five — Home School High School: Transcripts and Course Descriptions

This session focuses on the homeschooling high school. Utilizing information from Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, this session will be jam-packed with information and handouts.

Session Six — Testing & Evaluations and Lessons Learned

This session will wrap up our course first by looking at various testing sources and options for students who don’t test well. We will briefly cover portfolios and other types of evaluations. The second half of the session will be spent developing critiquing methods for determining what you will do again and what you will change in your homeschool. The conclusion will be a critique and review of the mentors and your overall satisfaction with these classes!

Classes begin the first Thursday of June and progress through July 16th (taking June 18th off) from 7 to 9 pm at North Pole Missionary Chapel. Attend all sessions or just the ones you are interested in! Sign ups are available at https://www.homeschool-life.com/ak/nsih/ under “Upcoming Events”  Special thanks and appreciation to the folks at North Pole Missionary Chapel for allowing us the use of their little chapel Sunday school rooms to be able to coordinate this for Interior families!

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2015 Statewide Homeschool Convention


APHEA (Alaska Private and Home Educators Association) is hosting its 29th annual homeschool convention in Anchorage on April 17th & 18th at Anchorage Baptist Temple. More information and registration is available on APHEA’s website: http://aphea.org/convention/

Attending a homeschool convention is highly encouraged, especially in a state as vast as Alaska. It is at a convention where you can find and receive support from others in a personal, face-to-face atmosphere. If you are feeling burned out or burdened, it is at a convention that you can renew your mind, spirit, and vision while educating yourself to excel in your calling as a homeschooling parent! Conventions such as the one hosted by APHEA help us to remain steadfast in our journey through the renewing of ourselves, something that cannot be accomplished full force through online symposiums, webinars, vendor catalogs, etc.

Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) describes the benefits of attending a convention:

In reality, a conference is a retreat—a place to gather with like-minded people, see and hear new ideas, ask questions, and contemplate. Even if the talks you attend aren’t the “incredible” talks that change one’s life, there are ideas everywhere, and I’ve found that one small idea from an unexpected source can improve my life forever. Sometimes those ideas don’t even come from speakers or workshops, but from one-on-one conversations with other homeschooling parents.

Taking the time to attend a convention is a little bit like doing exercise or practicing music: You may not want to do it before you do it, but after you do it, you are happier for having done it. So step out, get yourself to a convention this year, fill yourself with inspiration and ideas, make some new friends, and if you’re afraid of the exhibit hall, just don’t go in! (Although that’s where you’ll usually find me, and I do hope you’ll come by and say hello if we’re at the same show.)

This article can be read in its entirety here: http://iew.com/help-support/blog/why-attend-homeschool-convention-year

For extra information and encouragement about the why’s and how’s of attending a homeschool convention, check out this PDF by Terri Ann Berg Olsen that is hosted on Knowledgehouse.info:

http://www.knowledgehouse.info/homeschool_convention.pdf

Will you be attending this year’s APHEA Convention? If you can’t swing this one, start making plans for the next one!

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Homeschool Independently: Why and How!


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Independently homeschooling families on the Peninsula have organized this state-wide event! The forum of Alaskan parents are from all over this great state and participants are encouraged to check into their local public library for accommodations!

If you are interested in learning more about this legal educational option for your family, please mark your calendars and check with your local library! If you are already an independently homeschooling parent, please consider attending this at your local library to support and encourage other private homeschooling families and perhaps even answer a few questions in an area of your expertise!

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