Let’s Talk about Homeschooling, School Choice Week, January 26 – 30, 2015

Wild at the Zoo by Jason Grooms
Wild at the Zoo by Jason Grooms

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Or maybe you already homeschool, but you want to talk about homeschooling with your fellow homeschoolers. The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers, NASH, is hosting a series of talks focusing on secular academic homeschooling. The talks will  be live (sign up for one of those if you want to ask questions as they occur to you within the scope of the discussion). The live talks will be taped and available later, so don’t worry if you cannot attend. If you have a question you want answered email it to nashmemberservices@gmail.com. Please state at which session you want your question answered, and if you want a specific person to answer your question write their name down too. Each day’s talk will focus on a different area. The topic of each day is:

Monday, January 26, 2015: How to Start Homeschooling: Have questions about how to start homeschooling?  The first teleconference session hosted by the National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers for National School Choice Week will be addressing the common questions and concerns of those that are new to, or considering, homeschooling.  What do you need to get started?  Where do you find the laws and what are some of the different reporting options?  Reasons to get started?  And many more.  Plus a question and answer portion to have your specific questions answered.  Join us today, Jan 26th at 4 pm EST if you are interested in learning more!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Secular Academic Homeschool Curricula and Programs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015: Types of Homeschooling

Thursday, January 29, 2015: Homeschooling High School

Friday, January 30, 2015: How to address the dreaded “Socialization” question. My good friends Beckie and Tina, the Savvy Homeschool Moms, will be participating in this session! I can’t wait to hear what they have to say!

Emily Cook reading from her curriculum.
Emily Cook reading from her curriculum.

I will be hosting the panel discussion on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. EST, focused on secular homeschool curricula and programs. I was super excited when NASH asked me to do this. It gave me an excuse to contact 5 awesome and amazing homeschooling parents who contribute a lot to this area for our homeschooling community. They are:

History Odyssey Level Two Ancients by Kate (Desmarais) Johnson

Kate Johnson – Kate is the owner of Pandia Press, http://www.pandiapress.com/. Pandia Press publishes the History Odyssey Series and R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey series. Kate is my publisher and the best editor ever! Everything I write is better after Kate is through with it!

Emily Cook – Emily is the owner of Build Your Library, http://buildyourlibrary.com/. Build Your Library is a literature based homeschool curriculum. Emily is also on the Secular Alliances Committee of NASH with me.

In addition to owning and publishing secular academic homeschool curriculum, both Kate and Emily have authored curriculum specifically written for the homeschool community.

Jason Grooms – Jason is a homeschooling dad with 5 kids. He is also the author of several science books available through his education travel company The Brainy Tourist, http://www.thebrainytourist.com/.

Book 1 of The Guardians of Elestra
Book 1 of The Guardians of Elestra

Thom Jones – When he isn’t busy homeschooling his children, Thom offers on-line and live classes through Crime Scene Camps, http://www.crimescenecamps.com/about.html.  Sean is taking a couple of classes from Thom now. At this time only one has started, Introduction to Law, http://www.crimescenecamps.com/onlineclasses.html. Sean is loving this class! The other class Sean is taking is History in Context. I will be writing more about these two classes in my next Handcrafting High School blog post. Thom is also the author of the fantasy series The Guardians of Elestra, http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-City-Guardians-Elestra/dp/061549529X.

Sonja Kueppers – Sonja is on the Secular Alliances Committee of NASH with me. She has been pivotal in helping to develop a set of definitions and standards that NASH will use to identify and explain what constitutes secular academic curriculum.

Each person on this panel brings a unique perspective and skill set to the discussion of secular curricula/programming for the homeschool community. I cannot wait to hear what they have to say! Possible topics of discussion on this panel are:

  • What’s wrong with a science curriculum that bills itself as ‘neutral’ or as ‘not addressing origins’? Can’t parents just add information about evolution?
  • I recently heard about a controversy in the adoption of history textbooks in Texas. What was that all about, and does it affect homeschoolers?
  • Does choosing secular academic materials mean I won’t have to worry about bias?
  • How do I know I can trust the material if I am not an expert in the discipline.
  • Is secular academic material anti-religion?

Please add your questions to this list!

I will be back again on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4 p.m. EST to talk about Homeschooling High School. Meg Grooms is in charge of that session. Meg helps with The Brainy Tourist and writes the blog Homeschool Gameschool, http://homeschoolgameschool.com/.

Remember if you cannot attend and you have any questions you want answered, PLEASE!, email them to nashmemberservices@gmail.com.

N.A.S.H. Free Informational Teleconferences

The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers will hold a series of special events starting on Monday, January 26, 2015 through Friday, January 30, 2015 to celebrate National School Choice Week.

This event will feature online roundtables and forums daily at 4:00 pm Eastern to answer your questions about How to Start Homeschooling, Secular Homeschool Curricula, Types of Homeschooling, Homeschooling High School and how to address the dreaded “Socialization” question. This free event will be held online through Uber Conference.  Please see the registration form above for further details.

The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers provides motivation, encouragement, and support to families during their homeschooling journey. We  view ourselves as partners with our members, our staff, and our community. Our mission is to promote and support secular homeschooling – through education, outreach, and advocacy – as a viable educational choice for families seeking individualized learning for their children.

N.A.S.H. is one of more than 9,000 organizations participating in National School Choice Week (January 25–31, 2015). The goal of the Week is to shine a positive spotlight on all types of education options for children—from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling. Our goal with these conferences is to give specific information about secular homeschooling. There will be a question and answer portion to each session, so that we can help answer any questions you have.

“We are excited to have N.A.S.H. participate in National School Choice Week with this special event,” said Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week president. “It is because of great events like this that National School Choice Week, in Georgia and across the country, will break records as the largest and most influential celebration of educational opportunity in American history.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank speakers for their participation in the conference. We have an exciting line up of speakers for each day’s talk. Their biographies can be found in the following link.  You may ask your questions live during the conference or email them to our Member Services Department prior to the event with the Subject Line: Conference Question.  And don’t worry if you can’t make the live event, we will still take your questions via email and have the events available for download later.


National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers • http://www.nationalallianceofsecularhomeschoolers.com