Homeschool Convention: Creative Teaching

HOMEConv Creative Teaching

I volunteered to be the Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) Convention Blogger this year. If you’re interested in reading prior posts, they are:
Homeschool Convention:Raising Boys
Homeschool Convention: Ben Franklin
Homeschool Convention: Musical Talents
Homeschool Convention: State of Our Education
Homeschool Convention: Healthy Community
Homeschool Convention: Writing & Cycling
Next Friday will be the final edition of the convention series.

Our kids have many different learning styles and learning curves. As homeschool teachers, we need to get creative and use various strategies to effectively teach. Sometimes it’s that we have learning-abled kids and sometimes we have gifted kids. There are many nuances to both scenarios that can make educating our kids challenging.

Kathi Kearney will be presenting two workshops at convention:

Kathi has served on the HOME Board for many years. She has worked with homeschooling families in Maine for more than 30 years, and helped to author Maine’s homeschool law. Kathi teaches gifted & talented students in Maine, is a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, and teaches online courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Homeschooling Gifted Children

Staying one step ahead of a child who is a perfectionist, intense and passionate about learning can be difficult. There are some strategies and teaching methods that can help you to accommodate their high interest needs and abilities, and continue to move them forward! Gifted and talented teacher, Kathi Kearney, will provide some insights!

When Children Struggle

Families with children experiencing learning challenges often feel overwhelmed, inadequate and uncertain at times. But homeschooling offers parents the ability to create an individualized plan to work through those struggles! Learn more about what you can do to make your home learning environment a positive, loving place where unique needs are met and children thrive!

Our children learn in differing ways – some may love to be in nature or love to draw.

Raylene Hunt, homeschool group leader and nature enthusiast, will present a workshop:

Raylene is from Camden, Maine. She has been homeschooling since 2001, when she withdrew her oldest child (who graduated homeschool in 2010) from public school. Raylene continues to homeschool her teenage son. She has been serving with HOME since 2005 in a variety of capacities. She is currently a local homeschool group leader, and serves HOME as a Virtual Office Assistant helping to coordinate many projects. Raylene is also the founder and lead educational facilitator of Creation Exploration Ministry.

Nature Journaling Across the Curriculum

Feel like you don’t have time to add one more thing, (like nature study), to your school day? Not sure how to document outside time as instruction? Come and learn how nature journaling can help you document instruction in all subject areas required by law in Maine, and a few that aren’t. Homeschool group leader and nature enthusiast, Raylene Hunt will explore this as well as various styles of journaling with families, including hands-on exploration time outside (weather permitting) and journaling. Be sure to bring a notebook or journal and something to write with to this interactive workshop.

The featured exhibitor this week:


“Curriculum designed to teach the whole child.” They cater to a variety of learning styles and environments. The Logic of English® endeavors to improve English literacy worldwide through curriculum development, books, educational software, and training. They unveil the reasons for English spellings and provide educators and parents with answers to their students’ questions about why words are spelled and read the way they are.

Their mission is: “We as a company seek to become a leader in reversing and solving the literacy crisis in America. Our goal is to make the Logic of English common knowledge among English speakers and increase awareness about sound, effective teaching methods through books, curriculum, software, and training. We seek to build collaborative relationships with other literacy organizations and support research and product development for the service of English speakers and learners worldwide.”

Click on their logo above to learn more!

HOME Convention is March 17-19, 2016
At the Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Visit the HOME web site for registration details