Speaking

Speaking Topics for Homeschool Groups & Women’s Groups

 

Homeschool 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

Understanding the Homeschool Lifestyle

Are you considering homeschooling but just not sure it’s right for you? Do you need some assurance that homeschooling really works? This session will 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. We’ll also talk through the key ingredients of a successful homeschool.

Homeschooling: Starting Off Right

There are so many details and things to learn as you get started in homeschooling your children! This session will cover the most important things to know as you get started, such as the Minnesota homeschool laws and details on how to follow them, making learning a lifestyle rather than just “doing school”,  the importance of discipleship, and building relationships while homeschooling, the value of the team approach, and also how to foster a love for learning and a love for the Lord.

Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

Although most children can learn in a variety of ways, we all have preferences that can be capitalized on. Knowing your child’s learning preferences can help you choose curriculum and teach your children more effectively. This workshop will help you determine your child’s learning style preferences plus you’ll be able to figure out your own learning/teaching style!

Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family

How do you choose the best curriculum for your children? This session will give you a better understanding of what to consider when choosing curriculum. We’ll also go through the most popular teaching methods out there to help you determine which ones might work best for your family. The goal of this session is to help you make the best curriculum choices for your family.

Raising Children who Love to Learn

Do your children seem engaged and interested in learning each day, or do they tend to complain and whine about having to “do school”?  As homeschoolers, many of us strive to raise lifelong learners who love to learn. This is an excellent goal, but how do we bring it to fruition?  In this session you’ll learn some practical ways to foster a love for learning in your children, so they ultimately become lifelong learners!

Homeschooling Through the Unexpected

Have you experienced some difficult times in your homeschool journey? Sometimes life brings the unexpected, like a serious illness, a death, or relationship struggles. How do we get through times like these and keep on going with homeschooling? How can we become stronger through these times? With God’s help, it is possible to keep going when the unexpected happens. Come gain insights into how to keep going when the going gets tough.

Making Discipleship a Priority

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 do we cultivate godly character in our children, helping them become a godly influence as they grow up? How do we encourage gratefulness and a joyful spirit? Respect and responsibility?  In this session, we’ll focus on how we can create a home environment that fosters godly character, preparing our children to be a light to the world.

For Wives: Seven Great Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage

Life can be so busy for us as women in the child-raising years.  Adding homeschooling to the schedule just increases the busyness! Your marriage can unintentionally take a low 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 seven things we can do as wives to strengthen our marriage!

Managing Your Home and Homeschool Well

Home educating your children requires some forethought and planning to make things run smoothly and efficiently, both in your school day and in your home. This session will provide suggestions for organizing your school plans and schedule to fit your family best. You’ll learn some tips on keeping the house up by having children do chores, plus ideas for meal planning and organizing your home. Routine and planning can make your home life calmer and more relaxed, with children knowing what’s expected and parents feeling less overwhelmed and stressed!

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.

What do I do with a Resistant Learner?

Are you struggling with a resistant learner? Their resistance could be due to willful disobedience or character issues, 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 discuss all these issues and some ideas for how to most effectively deal with them as well.

Help! My Child Struggles with Reading!

Does your child struggle with remembering the sounds of the letters or reading words that have several syllables? Have they passed the age when they should have learned to read, but they still struggle with it?  This workshop will explore reasons why some children struggle to read and offer ideas and tools to help these children learn to read and even enjoy it!

How to Find Balance in the Busy Homeschool Life

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.  How do we find balance in the midst of these demands on our time? How do we find rest?  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. 

Avoiding 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. This workshop will help you learn how to “hang in there,” and beyond that, to even 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.

Homeschooling Through High School and Getting College Credit too!

Many important high school courses our students need to take are often also general education requirements for college. Why not “kill two birds with one stone” so to speak, and complete college-level courses while in high school and get credit for both high school and college at the same time?  Come and learn about the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and how to navigate it, plus CLEP, DSST and AP testing as well… there are lots of great ways to challenge your student while they are in high school.

Homeschooling Through High School – Grading, Transcripts and more!

This session will cover grading guidelines, figuring out a GPA, making a transcript, and what to do about a diploma. All those details that can feel a bit overwhelming as you approach the high school years, but they really aren’t that hard! You’ll come away equipped to confidently do record-keeping for the high school years.

The Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling Through High School (2 hours)

Homeschooling into the high school years can feel a bit intimidating, but it really is doable! In fact, the high school years can be some of the best years of homeschooling with your child as you help them find God’s purpose for their life and mature into adulthood.

This workshop will help you learn how to make a four-year high school plan for your student, including key tests and things your student needs to do over the four years. You’ll also learn about grading guidelines, how to calculate a GPA, what’s important to include on a transcript, and what to do about a diploma.

Many important high school courses our students need to take are also general education requirements for college. Why not “kill two birds with one stone” so to speak, and complete college-level courses while in high school and get credit for both high school and college at the same time?  Come and learn about the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and how to navigate it, plus CLEP, DSST and AP testing as well… there are lots of great ways to challenge your student while they are in high school.

This two-hour workshop will give you the nuts and bolts of homeschooling through high school and help give you the confidence to homeschool your child through to graduation!

What if my Child Doesn’t Want to go to College?

Does your student have little to no interest in going to college after graduation? Maybe they want to do an apprenticeship, go to a trade school, join the military, or maybe they want to be a stay-at-home mom. How do you help them find the purpose for which God made them? This workshop will   address planning the high school years for those students who are NOT college bound, helping you make a solid high school plan that will meet their needs and prepare them for whatever their future might hold.

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 – after investing so much time into educating our children, we suddenly don’t know what we’re supposed to do! 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 kris@krismcox.com 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?”

MACHE Conference 2016:

  • Pre-Conference 2016: “Homeschooling: How to Get Started”
  •  Conference 2016: “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family”

MACHE Conference 2017:

  • Pre-Conference 2017: “Homeschooling: How to Get Started”, Understanding Your Children’s Learning Styles”, “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family” and moderated panel discussion “The Homeschool Life: What Works Best?”
  • Conference 2017:  “You’ve Finished Your Homeschool Journey: What’s Next?”, “Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World”, ” What to do with a Resistant Learner”

MACHE Conference 2018:

  • 2018 Pre-Conference “Understanding the Homeschool Life”, “How to Get Started”,  “Understanding Your Child’s Learning Styles”, “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family”
  • 2018 Conference “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family”, “How to Keep Your Marriage Alive and Well in the Homeschool Years”, and “Teaching Your Preschooler Reading Readiness Skills

MACHE Conference 2019:

         2019 Thursday session, First Class Homeschooling “Starting Off Right”, “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family”, Understanding Your Child’s Learning Styles”, and “Planning & Scheduling: Managing Your Home and Homeschool Well.”

         2019 Convention “Raising Children Who Love to Learn” and “What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to College?”

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”

NDHSA Conference 2018:

  • 2018 “Choosing Curriculum to Fit Your Family”, “Understanding Your Child’s Learning Styles”, “What to do with the Resistant Child”

KNEEL Homeschool Group:

  • 2016 “Requirements for Homeschooling in Minnesota”
  • 2016 “Being an Excellent Wife in the Homeschooling Years”
  • 2017 “What Do I Do With A Resistant Learner?”
  • 2019 “How to Find Balance in the Busy Homeschool Life”

TAG Homeschool Group: (Coon Rapids)

  • 2018 “Homeschooling in the High School Years”

BEACON Homeschool Group: (New Brighton)

  • 2018 “Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World”

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” and “High School and Beyond”  given in the following locations:
    • Willmar, MN
    • Andover, MN
    • Mankato, MN
    • Fargo, ND
  • 2017 “The MACHE Homeschool Workshops: How to Get Started”
    • Mankato, MN
    • Forest Lake, MN
    • Fargo, ND
    • Hibbing, MN ( workshop changed to Firm Foundations)
  • 2018 “The Homeschool Workshops: Firm Foundations”
    • Andover, MN
    • Grand Rapids, MN
    • Detroit Lakes, MN
    • Dayton, MN
    • Forest Lake, MN
    • Fargo, ND (also presented “Homeschooling Through the High School Years” at this event)
    • Bemidji, MN
  • 2019 “The Homeschool Workshops: Firm Foundations”
    • Andover, MN
    • Brainerd, MN
    • Spicer, MN (also presented “Homeschool Through the High School Years” at this event)

 

I would love to add your group to this list!

Contact me at kris@krismcox.com to book a speaking engagement!

 

 


 

 

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”)

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Contact me to discuss your next event!

The Homeschool Life

The Homeschool Life: All-in-One Planner

Homeschooling with Confidence

Growing the Fruit of the Spirit

Free Informal Learning Style Evaluation

Homeschool Evaluation and Goal Setting Sheet

2019-2020 yearly & monthly calendars to download

The Names of Jesus Devotional

Protect Your Family on the Internet

The 5 Love Languages of Children

The Young Peacemaker

Love and Respect Book

Ignite the Fire

Grace Filled Marriage