Speaking Topics for Homeschool Groups & Women’s Groups
After home educating our four children for 17 years, I wanted to use the knowledge God has given me to help and encourage other homeschoolers as they educate their children. I enjoy speaking with homeschool groups about various topics related to home education. I want to encourage you as homeschool parents and give you the tools you need to successfully home educate your children!
Topics for Homeschool Groups
Choose Curriculum to Fit Your Family
How do you choose the best curriculum for your children? This session will give you a better understanding of the most popular teaching methods out there and will help you determine which ones might work best for your family. The goal of this session is to help you determine your preferred teaching style in order to make the best curriculum choices for your family.
Being an Excellent Wife during the Homeschooling Years
Life can be so busy when you’re in the child-raising years. Adding homeschooling to the schedule just increases the busyness! Your marriage can unintentionally take the lowest place on the priority list in these years if you’re not careful. How can we keep our marriage alive and well during the homeschooling years? Come and hear some great tips on how to strengthen your marriage and keep it a high priority while you’re homeschooling.
Understand Your Child’s Learning Style
This workshop will help you to determine your child’s learning modalities and learning styles. Although most children can learn in a variety of ways, we all have preferences that can be capitalized on. Knowing these preferences can help you choose curriculum and teach your children more effectively. An added bonus is that you’ll be able to figure out your own learning/teaching style!
What do I do with a Resistant Learner?
Are you struggling with a resistant learner? Their resistance could be due to willful disobedience, developmental issues, learning style issues, or even a learning struggle. Sometimes it’s a combination of several of these things. In this workshop we’ll go through each of these possibilities to help you determine which might be causing your child’s resistance; and there will also be suggestions for what you can do about it.
The Benefits and Challenges of Homeschooling:
If you’re considering homeschooling your children but need more information, this is the right seminar for you. Or if you’re already homeschooling but have some doubts, or doubting family members, you’ll find this information helpful too. You’ll hear statistics on how home school children do academically and socially. We’ll cover the positive aspects of homeschooling as well as some of the challenges, giving you a better picture of what homeschooling is all about and how it will affect your children long-term.
Homeschooling: How to Get Started
There are so many details and things to learn as you get started in homeschooling your children! Things like homeschooling laws, keeping good records, and all the details of how to teach multiple children of various ages and do it well. In this session we’ll talk about the benefits of homeschooling, the Minnesota homeschool laws and details on how to follow them. You’ll learn some homeschooling tips on fostering a love for learning and a love for the Lord.
How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
Homeschooling is a 24/7 job and can be exhausting! Come and learn some of the primary causes of burnout while homeschooling and how to avoid them. Make it possible to not just “hang in there,” but also enjoy the privilege of homeschooling for all the years you’re called to do it!
Homeschooling Through High School — You Can Do It!
What are the benefits of homeschooling through high school? How do you make a four year plan, and what are the key things you need to do while your student is in high school? This session will help you think through the logistics of home educating your child through high school and give you the confidence to do it. Also, did you know that high school students can get college credit while still in high school? Come and learn about PSEO, CLEP, DSST and AP testing… there are lots of great ways to challenge your student while they are in high school! This session will also cover grading guidelines, figuring out a GPA, making a transcript, and what to do about a diploma.
Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough
If you’ve homeschooled for a long time, you already know that everyday life circumstances often interfere with accomplishing all that you want to do on an average school day. It’s even harder to keep homeschooling when we go through difficult times, when things happen that we don’t expect or want. How do we get through those times and keep on going with homeschooling? How can we become stronger through these times as well? With God’s help, it is possible to keep going when the going gets tough! Come hear some ways others have coped and homeschooled through trials and get encouragement for those difficult times.
How to Find Balance in an Unbalanced World
We live in a very fast-paced society that often pulls us in many different directions. As parents, there’s always someone who needs us, something that needs to be cleaned or fixed, or someone who needs to be fed. For homeschoolers, we also have the many facets of teaching our children not only the basics of life but also their ABC’s and more. Add to that the people who need us or want our time outside of our home responsibilities, and life can quickly become very full! How do we find balance in the midst of these demands on our time? How do we find rest? Rest is important for us as homeschool moms and dads, and we need to make sure we’re getting enough. This workshop will talk about setting priorities, learning to abide in Christ, discerning His leading on how we use our time, and also how to find moments of rest on those stressful and busy days.
You’ve Finished Your Homeschool Journey: What’s Next?
Is there life after homeschooling? Many moms who have just finished the journey of homeschooling their children feel like displaced home educators. It’s almost an identity or mid-life crisis experience, because after investing so much time into educating our children, we suddenly don’t know what we’re supposed to do! We’re no longer “homeschool moms.” It feels like we’ve lost our job, co-op community, and even our identities. And oftentimes our children are also leaving home, so we’re experiencing an “empty-nest syndrome” as well. How can we make this transition go more smoothly? This workshop will help you work through some of the emotional struggles that come with finishing your homeschooling career and will help you find direction for your future.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in having me speak for your group!
Previous speaking engagements for Homeschool Groups:
Constance E.T.C. Homeschool group:
- 2013 (“Homeschooling: How to Get Started”);
- 2014 (“Homeschooling: How to Get Started”, “How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout”);
- 2015 ( “Homeschooling: How to Get Started”, “Homeschooling Through High School”)
- 2017 (“Being an Excellent Wife in the Homeschooling Years”)
HEY Homeschool Group: (Virginia, MN)
- 2014 (“Homeschooling: How to Get Started”)
REACH Homeschool Group: (Fargo, ND)
- 2014 (“Homeschooling Through High School”)
MACHE Conference 2015:
- 2015 (“Understanding Your Child”, “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family’s Needs”, “Homeschooling: How to Get Started”, “Homeschooling: Is it the Right Fit for Your Family?”
Day Set Apart For Women Conference:
- 2015 (“Homeschooling: Is It the Right Choice for Your Family?”)
TEAM Homeschool Group:
- 2015 (“Reluctant or Struggling Learner”)
NDHSA Conference 2016:
- 2016 (“Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family’s Needs”, “Homeschooling Through High School”, Understanding Your Child’s Learning Styles”, “Reluctant or Struggling Learner”)
KNEEL Homeschool Group:
- 2016 (“Requirements for Homeschooling in Minnesota”)
- 2016 (“Being an Excellent Wife in the Homeschooling Years”)
MACHE Homeschool Workshops:
- 2015 (“The Homeschool Adventure: How to Get Started”, “The Homeschool Adventure: High School and Beyond”) – given in Thief River Falls, MN
- 2016 (“The Homeschool Workshops: How to Get Started”, “The Homeschool Workshops: High School and Beyond”) given in the following locations:
- Willmar, MN
- Andover, MN
- Mankato, MN
- Fargo, ND
Topics for Women’s Groups
I am also available to speak for MOPS groups, women’s gatherings and women’s retreats. I have a passion for encouraging women to seek God with all their heart and love to encourage women as they grow in their role as a mom as well.
Growing Deeper Spiritual Roots
There are several scriptures that compare us as believers to a tree planted by water, bearing fruit and remaining strong through adversity. The key to a tree being fruitful is a solid root system—roots make all the difference in the health of a plant, and it’s the same in our spiritual life—the presence or absence of deep spiritual roots ultimately affects our whole life. How can we develop a healthy spiritual root system so we can remain strong in times of trouble and bear fruit in every season? Come and be encouraged in your walk with Jesus, He wants to bless you as you seek Him.
Raising Children Who Love the Lord with All Their Heart
Raising godly children in our society today is a challenge, there are so many negative things pulling at them, drawing them away from the Lord, and from living a godly life for Jesus. How can we as Christians raise our children to be able to stand strong in times of temptation, to be a light to the world? I believe with God’s help it is possible! I’ll share what God taught me as we raised our four children, giving you some tools to raise godly children with His help.
Helping Your Preschooler Build Reading Readiness Skills
The preschool years are a great time to build the skills your child needs to prepare them for reading. Awareness of the letters and their sounds are not the only things you can work on at home to help your child prepare to learn to read. I’ll share some simple and fun things you can do with your child to help them ultimately be more successful when it comes time to start reading.
Marriage: How to Keep Your Love Alive in the Midst of the Toddler Years
Marriage takes time and effort, and those years when little ones are underfoot and interrupting any attempts at romance are even more challenging! But it is possible to keep the spark of love and romance alive in the midst of the toddler years! We’ll talk about the biggest needs men have and how we can help keep our marriages going strong through these busy years of raising children.
Previous Speaking Engagements for Women’s Groups:
Cornerstone Church of Blaine Women’s Retreat 2014 (“Growing Deeper Spiritual Roots”)