This year it seems that there are more parents than ever considering this crazy homeschooling life and so once again this year, in partnership with Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink, I am offering free workshops to new homeschoolers (and those thinking of homeschooling) at my home in Bradford, Ontario and in the Kiezebrink home near Barrie, Ontario.
Whether you have made a firm decision or are still investigating your options, whether you are doing this based on a conviction you have or because the ability to school in a different way just seems to fit for your family, please feel free to come for a visit. These are interactive (question and answer style) small group workshops. If you, or someone you know, are interested in coming please RSVP directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as attendance is limited to 15 people (since we do have a very cozy space to meet) and the evenings usually do fill up.
You may come either to the home of the Kiezebrinks near Barrie, Ontario on Tuesday, July 21st or to my home in Bradford, Ontario on Thursday, August 13th. Both evenings will run from 7:30-9:30.
Both Mom and Dad (and Grandma and Grandpa or other adult supports) are welcome to attend though I respectfully ask that only parents and nursing babes attend as a full house and a late evening often make it hard for little ones to allow the adults the opportunity to get the most out of the workshop.
We will cover topics like:
Yikes! Can I do this!?!
Where can I go for support?
What are the legal implications?
Do I have to contact my local school board?
What is a “normal” homeschooling day like?
What about socialization!?!
Please come with questions!
And expect some yummy handouts too!
Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink bring to these workshops 25 years of homeschooling experience while our little homeschool was established only 12 years ago. While we aren’t experts, we do have a few years under our belts and hope to share the real deal on homeschooling, the good, the bad and the ugly. We are obviously a bit biased towards homeschooling but will gladly share the truth about the pros and cons of adopting this crazy lifestyle.
Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and family who are new to homeschooling or who are considering it. You are also welcome to forward this information to your church group or other homeschool groups. See you in the summer!
I just thought I would post one last call for this month’s upcoming Newby Workshops.
This Tuesday, August 9th, will be the last one at my home, in Bradford. For more information about this workshop please see my blog: http://mapletreepublications.blogspot.com/2011/06/newby-workshops.html. You can register for this workshop by contacting me at email@example.com.
The final Newby Workshop for this season is on Tuesday, August 23rd at the home of Henry and Corrinna Keizebrink near Barrie. Registration for this workshop is through Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both workshops are free and are for anyone who is relatively new to homeschooling or who is thinking of homeschooling.
There will be lots of Q&A time and some yummy handouts and freebies. Please feel free to pass this information on. The July workshop was packed full and a lot of fun. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on these as I won’t be holding these for free again until next summer.
Looking forward to Tuesday!
I’ve been meaning to add these dates to this blog for quite some time now but thought I would be able to figure out how to actually get a calendar on the page and do a few other fancy things. Since that’s not happening, and before these events expire, I wanted to post some information and invite you to join me for a date…
March 28th: Working Together book launch and workshop at the
Newmarket’s CHEN (Christian Home Educators Network) meeting. Contact me for details if you would like to attend.
March 31, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in
Bradford. Contact Cori for details.
April 2, 8am to 5pm: KWCHEA Conference in
Kitchener. The cost is about $42 per person and is, I think, your best deal “smiles-per-dollar” as it is a one day event (no hotel room required) and includes lunch as well as dozens of great seminars and an excellent vendors hall. Come here to hear our own Cyndy Regeling speak on Art Appreciation. Also catch one of my workshops on Enhancing Your Math Teaching, Charlotte Mason in Real Life or Homeschooling for Newbies. For more details check out http://www.kwchea.ca/
April 16th, 8am to 5pm: RVHEA Conference in
Ottawa. I haven’t been here before but am looking forward to meeting some new people and sharing a few workshops on Home Schooling For Newbies, Goal Setting, and Living Math. The cost varies so check out their website at http://www.rvhea.org/ for all the details.
April 28th, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in
Bradford. Contact Cori for details. *** Please note the date change from May 5th! ***
May 6th and 7th: OCHEC Conference in
Hamilton. This is the big conference in
Ontario. Well worth the investment of time and money. (Registration is about $60 but again you should check out their website for full details.) OCHEC always has a great speaker lineup and a very comprehensive vendors hall. I will be doing two seminars here as well on Enjoying Math? and
Charlotte Mason 101. OCHEC’s website is http://www.ochec.org/Conv2011.php.
May 28th, 8:30 to 3:30: Parents Guide Conference in
Barrie. This is a smaller conference but what I love about it is that in addition to workshops and a vendor hall there is a used book sale! Cost is $15 if you pre-register by May 14th and all the information can be found on their website at http://www.parentsguideconf.org/. I will have the privilege of holding a workshop on Enjoying Math at this conference.
June 9th, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in
Bradford. Contact Cori for details.
June 10th, 6 to 9:30pm: TEACH New and Used Curriculum Sale at
Brantford. If you are interested in getting some of your curriculum used then this is the best sale for you to get to this year. I have always found this to be the best place to shop for a deal. Go with a list in hand because it is easy to over-shop! Then, whatever necessities you don’t find in the used areas you can pick up in the well stocked vendor’s hall later. $2 entrance fee!
August 6th: Back to School New and Used Curriculum Sale in
Ajax. I am still waiting for details on this one… I will let you know.
Over the past few years, as I have had the privilege to meet so many people at conferences, home school meetings and online through my involvement with Maple Tree Publications, the one thing that I have enjoyed most is hearing your stories, getting to know you. Of course, I love the products that I sell – I know that I am not much of a sales woman and so I could never represent a product that I didn’t believe in. I also love to teach so the chance to engage the minds not only of my young students at home but of the willing adults that sit through my seminars is so much fun for me. By far though it has been the community that I have had the honour of being a part of and the people that I have gotten to know that have been the greatest delights in this work.
As such, I thought I would take the opportunity to expand the newsletter that I have been able to send to so many of you and to invest in this new world of blogging. Over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed being able to connect with people through their blogs and so hope that this sight might be an encouragement to you and yours and might be a way to get to know more of my unique, interesting and vibrant readers.
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Peace and Blessings,