What’s Your Story and Handcrafting High School at the CHN Conference, June 25 – 28

What’s Your Story

Have you ever read something and wondered, “How do they do it?” How did the author take an idea and create a written work that can transport you or teach you? Or maybe you have a story inside of you, fiction or nonfiction, and you’re wondering what to do with it. Perhaps your child wants to be a writer, but you’re not sure how to make that happen for them. You could even have something that you have written, an unfinished work stashed somewhere, or one that you’ve been unable or afraid to find a publisher for. If so, this panel discussion is for you. Four authors, all homeschoolers, will be speaking about their writing process. The parents of the two young authors will be speaking about facilitating the writing process for their own children. This will be a moderated session followed by a question and answer period. We will have a book signing and meet the author session after that. I hope to see you there.


Handcrafting High School

Oh No! The dreaded “H” word (and I don’t mean handcrafted)! If there is one thing that causes homeschooling parents to panic it is the thought of homeschooling through high school. What if we get it wrong? What if somehow we fail our children, and they cannot… cannot… cannot… wait, cannot what exactly? How is it that we as homeschoolers fall into this trap so common to traditional school parents?!? Homeschooling at its finest is about creating a handcrafted education for each homeschooled student. Each student’s education should focus on the unique strengths, weaknesses, and passions of that student. A focus on those creates an education that is as unique as the student. This workshop will look at how you go about handcrafting high school, an approach that will result in a well-educated teen, with lots of options, who loves to learn.

Earlier this year I began blogging about our journey through high school. I will be speaking from the perspective of using secular, eclectic, academics to do this. I have been full of ideas this year, and it’s only May. I hope I don’t have any more for a while. I am having trouble finding the time for all the ideas I have already had. I wrote the proposal for this talk before I founded the Facebook group Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers, or I would have proposed to a talk that is more general and geared toward all grades. I will be speaking at two homeschool conferences the year. I don’t go to these conferences just to speak though. I go to hang out with friends both old and new. On the way home from our second conference last year, my son told me his favorite thing about homeschooling are the homeschool conferences 🙂