Guide To Attending A Homeschool Expo

Have you stayed away from the Homeschool Expo just because of the magnitude of it all?  Looking at the listing of workshops or a peak into the exhibit hall can give you a deer in the headlights look!  Where do you start?

  • Plan ahead by reading about the available workshops and making a note of when it will be held.  If there are two you want to attend at the same time, consider which would be best to attend and get the other on CD.  If you go with a friend or a spouse, you can each attend one and share notes afterwards.
  • Have a list of curriculum you want to look over.  Plan on taking the time you need and ask the exhibitors your questions.
  • Know your prices.  If you buy at the conference it will save on shipping, but you will want to have some kind of luggage or cart on wheels to save your strength.
  • Do you have a budget?  If you do, don’t spend it all at once!  The school year is long and you will probably need something else before the year is out.

Attending the Alabama Homeschool Expo is educational and exciting.  The workshops and exhibitors are there for you.  You might also want to consider Homeschooling for Excellence, a one day conference for beginning homeschoolers.

To Test, Or Not To Test?

Opinions on whether or not to test, or whether or not to pay attention to the results, vary greatly.  In today’s world you cannot get away from tests.  Tests for a driver’s license, admittance to school or for job advancement  are just a few.  If practice makes perfect (or at least improvement) you may want to consider having your student test in a variety of circumstances.

The parents whose child has any type of learning disability are most concerned about testing.   Randi St. Denis, director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance will be at the Alabama Homeschool Expo teaching a workshop for special needs students.  For more information on the workshops Mrs. St. Denis will discuss whether or not testing is for your child,  Contact her through the Alabama Homeschool Expo web site.

IQ Testing

Is the IQ test a sufficient measure of intelligence? The following article gives a thought provoking look at the problems with the IQ test.  Especially concerning people with learning disabilities.

Why IQ is Irrelevant to the Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities, by doctor Linda Siegel.

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Teach Them To Expect Change

Change is a part of life we can’t avoid. Parents need to be good examples to their children on how to walk through seasons of change.  Teach your children that change is inevitable and fighting it only makes the transition harder.

Remind them (and yourself) that things will not be the same as when they were in 2nd grade or before a new baby arrived.  Some children struggle with change more than others, prepare them as far in advance as possible for change.  Allow time for adjustments and offer a lot of encouragement.   Even changing curriculum can slow down a student for a few days.

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Learning Lessons From Natural Consequences

None of us want to coddle our children, but that is what happens when we repeatedly bail them out.  When they didn’t keep up with their things, didn’t finish an assignment or overslept,  natural consequences would be a better teacher than nagging.   Sometimes we bail them out because it is easier than letting them suffer the consequences or because it would make the parent look bad.

  • You lost your coat?  Do you have any money, I’ll take you to the thrift store to buy another.
  • I am sorry you didn’t have time to pack your lunch, but you were told to do it last night.
  • You will have to do extra credit work to make up for that bad grade.

There are times to give grace in a situation and we shouldn’t  expect our children to get it right every time.  However, slipping into a habit of bailing out our children will keep them from maturing.  We want them to grow in responsibility while they are growing in stature.

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