Why Attend a Homeschool Convention?

Attend a HOmeschool Convention

 

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Homeschool Convention Season is quickly approaching. Why attend a homeschool convention? There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to attend each year, but we will go over a few of our favorites. . .

  • Meet others who are on a similar journey  – Fellowship with other Christians & homeschoolers is important. There is something very special about a group of people gathered together with the same or similar focus and goals.
  • Encouragement – We all need it. The speakers, vendors and other homeschool friends are a terrific source of encouragement to help you remember why you have chosen this path and to help you through a variety of difficulties facing homeschool families today.
  • Education –  Knowledge is power! It may be cliche’, but it is repeated over and over again for a reason. The more you learn and educate yourself about parenting, homeschooling, teaching special needs, products and ideas – the more equipped you are to tackle your own family homeschool with confidence.

Learning about lapbooking

  • Teaching Methods – Learn about so many different tips and techniques for teaching that you just won’t find anywhere else. No matter what your child’s learning style may be, there is curriculum, products, and teaching styles to fit their individual needs.
  • Unique Experience – Until you have been to a homeschool convention, you simply cannot comprehend the power in it. Over and over again, we talk to people who are completely taken by surprise to experience so many families who are homeschooling. Friendships are made, relationships are formed and families plan to come back and meet up year after year.
  • Saturation – With the environment of the homeschool convention being what it is, you become saturated in homeschool spirit. You leave feeling refreshed, encouraged, informed and prepared.

M.E.E.T.U.S.

Just in case you didn’t notice-our top 6 reasons to attend a homeschool convention spell out “Meet Us”

As the creators of AJTL curriculum and lapbooks – we are here to help, encourage, instruct and we LOVE to meet our customers and other homeschool families. Be sure to come by the booth and say hello. We will gladly answer any questions you have and will spend time helping you. Nancy will be speaking on several different topics as well.

Nancy and Paula

Come visit A Journey Through Learning at these upcoming conventions!

FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learners Convention
Orlando, FL

November 21-22, 2014

Great Homeschool Conventions
Fort Worth
, TX
February 11-15, 2015

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Atlanta, GA

April 9-11, 2015

FPEA Convention
Orlando, FL

May 21-24

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Sandusky, OH

May 28-30

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Dallas, TX

July 16-18

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Be sure to leave us a message here or on our Facebook Page HERE

to let us know which conference you will be attending!

You are Invited! Join us for a Facebook Party

Winter Express - Lapbook - freebie for registering for the facebook party

 

 Encouragement and Information to Enhance Learning at our Facebook Party

Join us on Tuesday night on the A Journey Through Learning facebook page here for a fun, and encouraging party. The event starts at 9 pm. ET and will run for about an hour.

We will discuss tips and tricks to help you teach and answer questions about hands on homeschooling, teaching with chronic illness, teaching special needs kiddos, teaching multiple ages, how and why notebooking, lapbooking, and unit studies are invaluable tools in your family homeschool.

Win door prizes, enter giveaways, get freebies and leave feeling refreshed and encouraged that you really can homeschool your children!

 

Tuesday Night – 9 pm ET

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Overcoming Dyslexia – a guest post and free printables

Overcoming Dyslexia - a guest post

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Guest post by: Kelli Becton @Adventures in Childrearing  from the –  Teaching Students with Dyslexia Series! Here you will find encouragement and information you can use to teach your child to overcome – to work WITH their gifts and talents – and to read and write successfully.

When Practice Is Just Not Enough

You practice and practice, and work and work – and yet feel like you’ve made very little progress with your child on reading. Sound familiar?

Sometimes practice just isn’t enough!

You don’t need to be discouraged, the good news is – there are loads of resources, tools, products, and information available to help you along in this reading journey with dyslexia.

Our Homeschool & Dyslexia

I am a “relaxed” homeschooler. We do a lot of hands on learning, traveling, museums and outdoor exploring. I read aloud to the boys about science and history and we have wonderful discussions about what we learn. All three of our boys have thrived with this type of environment!

They are learning to seek and find the information they need, rather than simply memorizing a list of answers. They do a lot of map work – exploring the world from an encyclopedia and an atlas with pretend passports in hand – when destinations are out of our physical reach.

They have each had ample opportunity to investigate and pursue individual interests, and they each have very specific & different interests as well as things the whole family enjoys studying together. These are all some of our favorite parts of homeschooling!

Everyday exploring

When I realized that our youngest son was really struggling to remember the basic shapes of his alphabet (it was evident from the very beginning that his problem was out of the range of what is considered “normal”) I really didn’t worry too much about it.

I have taken a relaxed approach in our situation. Knowing that he is learning so much from our hands on projects, field trips, and family read aloud studies has given me the perspective that once it “clicks” for him, he will be well ahead of the game.

While that is certainly true, it has also become obvious that it isn’t enough. He deserves more support and better resources. Learn more about the recommended beginning steps in the first article of our series here.

With a lot of research and planning, I have come up with a plan for the next few years.  One of the most important pieces of information I’ve come across is what is called the “Orton-Gilligham Approach” 

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how persons learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such persons to read and write.  (source: Academy of Orton-Gillingham)

The approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is usually referring to a one-on-one teacher-student model, making it perfect for homeschool!

The All About Reading and All About Spelling program is designed to make reading successful!

Making A Plan

If you are just getting started on this journey with dyslexia – be encouraged – we can and will succeed! God has ordained you as the parent, and He will be faithful to bring you the resources and information you need to teach your child.

As you follow our series and do your research – make a plan that seems right for your family and your student. It should be a plan that focuses on your child’s talents and abilities, one that includes things they like, hands on tools they can use, and a positive attitude.

If you haven’t yet read our first post in this series – go here. 

Below you will find links to resources, games, information and ideas that I am using, plan to use, or recommend.

Products & Tools

While there is no need to run out and buy everything you can get your hands on – it helps to have some good tools on hand to encourage your child to read. Also, choose books with themes they love (mine loves fishing and wildlife – for instance) those are the books they will WANT to learn to read.

Use things you have on hand – such as the blocks in our series picture. We use those to write site words on and then put them together to build short sentences or race to pick up the block with the right word on it. It does not have to be complicated to be successful!

Lapbooking is another tool and technique that aids in teaching because of the creative nature of the process. Students with dyslexia need to stimulate both sides of their brain in order to really understand what is on the page in front of them. Using their gifts – such as creativity and artistic abilities will help them when mixed with reading practice!

Watch the Video – Figure 8 Right Brain Therapy Technique

I cannot stress enough the importance of Diane Craft’s book: Brain Integration Therapy Manual  She explains  exactly why this technique (of her own design) works and how it can help with dyslexia and dysgraphia. You don’t need to run out and spend a bunch of money to help your child read – but a $57 investment in this information is one that will encourage and equip you for this journey.

Success Story

Since we have been researching, using and sharing these techniques and resources – my son has seen dramatic improvement in his reading. It is wonderful to see the proud look on his face when the clues come together and he understands what is on the page in front of him! ~ Kelli Becton

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This is the 2nd post in our series. Check back regularly for more information. Thank you – and please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Kelli Becton @Adventures in ChildRearing
More hands on learning to aid in teaching students with dyslexia – and to make learning fun for all homeschool students: Try A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks! 
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Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year

Hope and Help for Home and Homeschool in the New Year

This time of the year, many are re-evaluating their home, life, and homeschool. We’ve rounded up posts from some of our favorite bloggers to help and encourage you as you prepare to tackle 2015! God Bless!

Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year: 

Teach Children to set Goals – Free Printable from AJTL
New Year Resolutions for kids

 

 Great Quotes and Scripture copywork for the New Year @Adventures in Childrearing

(comes with activities to keep little ones happy while older students do copywork)
Great Quotes & Scripture copywork for the New Year

 

2015 Gratitude Journal @ Ben and Me

2015 Grateful Journal

How to Become an Excellent Bible Teacher @ futureflyingsaucers

Become an Excellent Bible Teacher

Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from setting goals! @His Mercy is New

Don't let fear of failure hold you back!

Quick Start Guide to Praying the Scriptures @His Mercy is New

Praying the Scriptures

Top 10 Free Homeschool Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

To Ten Free Homeschool Printables from Homeschool Encouragement

Encouraging Scripture Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

NewYearScripturePIN

Teaching Students with Dyslexia – Series & FREEBIES

Teaching Students with Dyslexia

 

Put the fun back into your homeschool by using our lapbooks!

Simple to use – with assembly instructions on each page . . . .

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Jan & Feb Special - 50% off on Selected Titles

 

 New Year

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