Welcome back to the 2014 Bloggy Convention! We are continuing to sharing our favorite upcoming homeschool conventions!
Our next featured convention will arrive to Phoenix, AZ in July!
Arizona Families for Home Education
July 11-12, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center
Be sure to stop by the vendor hall booth for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine to pick up your copy of the brand new 2014 Print Edition and to learn about all of the other fun and exciting things happening with TOS!
Our featured speaker from this convention is Carol Barnier.
Carol Barnier, homeschooler for 19 years, is a fun and popular conference speaker unlike any other. She strives to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She’s the author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. She’s also a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics. While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her homeschooling challenges, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows.
Carols’s speaking topics in Phoenix will include:
Homeschooling 101 — So you think you’re gonna homeschool? Worried? Excited? Overwhelmed? Would you like to avoid some of the more common pitfalls? Come listen as a long-term homeschooling mom, Carol Barnier, tells what she has learned, alleviates common fears, shares some surprising benefits and encourages you to have much fun on this journey. You can do this! And she’ll tell you how.
A Prodigal Speaks Out — Do you have a son who is doubting his faith? Or perhaps a daughter who has rejected your beliefs completely? Are you convinced you’ve failed? Is the state of this child’s heart weighing heavily on you and your spouse? Come and listen to Carol share her own journey away from and back to her faith after 13 years as an atheist. She’ll share thoughts and views from inside the mind of a lost child. You’ll learn the best thing you can do for this child and for yourself. Join us, and find an understanding heart that hurts and rejoices along with your own.
What Are You Thinking? Learning Styles and Beyond — So often, learning style materials pour all their time and energy into finding the right label for your child’s learning style (Yes, we now know he’s a right-brained, global, sub-dominant, argyle-wearing, rational wombat, but how do I teach him to spell?). They often don’t get beyond that. This talk is BIG on the “beyond.” How do you TEACH this child on Monday morning? This workshop will be all about “What do we do now?” Come away with lots of ideas you can use for various learning styles.
A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Leader — Lots of laughs are shared as we explore typical trials that come to homeschool leaders. We walk a similar journey, and there is great value in learning from each other’s experiences. Carol shares tips to smooth the process, methods to improve communication and a joyful perspective to help us enjoy the trip.
17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch At All — Homeschooling’s tough – there’s no doubt about it. So how do we survive? How can we thrive? And what should we say when the 300th person pulls out the exact same box of questions about homeschooling? Come hear this 20-year veteran of homeschooling, who will have you laughing as she shares how to relax and enjoy the ride. Put your seat belts on!
Don’t Miss the Gift in This Child — Have you ever heard someone say, “All children are gifts from God”, only to roll your eyes and think, “Ha! They don’t know what goes on in my house!” If you don’t look for God’s gifts, you may be missing some of His best. Come laugh and be encouraged to see just what God had in mind when he designed your child. Learn how to see your child through God’s spectacles and how to stay focused on God’s vision of your child, not the world’s.
Help! How Do I Teach This Highly Distractible Child? — Do you have the child for whom the expression “Squirrel!” was invented? Do the simplest of assignments seem to take forever? Is he distracted by sounds and sights that you and his siblings don’t even notice? How do you teach such a child? Come find out. Put the joy of learning back into homeschooling for your distractible student.
Learn about all of the speakers and exhibitors you’ll find in Phoenix, and then click on the banner below to register for this event! Scroll down to find reviews of the products the Crew has reviewed from some of these exhibitors and to enter an awesome giveaway from Carol Barnier.
Bloggy Vendor Hall
Here you’ll find links to our Crew views of products from several companies that will be exhibiting in Phoenix this week:
Giveaway ($72 value)
For today’s giveaway, Carol has graciously donated this fun and helpful book bundle and her Ditty Bugs CD for 2 winners:
The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles — All children want to learn, but so often we give students a key to unlock their understanding of a new concept only to discover that it was the wrong key. The question then becomes, WHAT NOW? Carol Barnier delivers a fresh and demystifying approach to learning styles. You’ll find answers and so much more.
Ditty Bugs Audio CD — 50 powerful memory rhymes that will lock in learning for your students. Give your students the advantage of a lifelong memory of vital information and instant recall of hundreds of key principles.
This CD includes:
* 50 unforgettable rhyming ditties
* Downloadable text for all ditties to aid in memorization
* An explanation of how to best utilize ditties in the core areas of study
Teaching the Fidgety Child— Why can’t he sit still? In this 15-page eBook, gain an understanding of your very fidgety child and obtain several successful teaching strategies that turn wiggles into learning. Created by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine using information provided by Carol Barnier, this great product comes to you as a downloadable pdf file.
How Do I Teach My Platypus If He Won’t Sit Still? — What do you do when all the traditional methods of teaching are not working with your non-traditional learner? What if your materials are designed for parrots but you’ve got a platypus? How can you begin to think outside the box? This downloadable eBook, designed by The Old Schoolhouse using an article written by Carol Barnier, addresses these issues, giving you several ideas drawn from her books that get you moving toward success with your out-of-the box learner.
It’s the Starting That’s Stopping Us — For many kids, when it comes to a writing assignment, a lack of words is NOT their problem, but getting those words onto the paper is. We know they can spin impressive tales, but they often just can’t seem to get started. What can you do when your child stares at a blank screen and seems paralyzed to begin? This eBook, designed by The Old Schoolhouse using an artible by Carol Barnier, gives you many answers and plenty of ideas to try. You’ll find ways to get the ball rolling, so that your child’s typical word flow starts, well. . .flowing!
Why Does My Child Hate to Write? — How can a child who talks constantly, spinning wonderful stories with delightful detail…suddenly come to a grinding halt when asked to write it down? There are actually some good reasons. AND there are many things you can do to help. This eBook, designed by The Old Schoolhouse using an article by Carol Barnier, shares over a dozen practical ideas for overcoming the problem of writing. This great product comes to you as a downloadable pdf file.
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