Sheila has spoken to local homeschooling groups in Ontario, as well as to the OCHEC (the Ontario homeschooling conference) in Hamilton. She is available to speak on the following topics:
Teaching our Children to Write Well
(or, How to Make Sure my Kid Can Write More Gooder)
Creative exercises for instilling a love of reading, writing and communicating for children aged preschool up to high school. Specific creative ideas will be given for each age group, as well as an overall plan to develop your children's writing skills as they proceed through your homeschool.
Organizing Your Homeschool
Often homeschooling fails not because of academic problems but because of the problems that plague all homes: chaotic messes, lack of discipline, too many errands. The difference is that homeschoolers can't fake it! We're home all the time, so our faults are magnified tenfold. Learn how to stay organized and disciplined so that you create an environment where learning can take place without stress--for you or your children!
Helping Your Teenager Get Published
Do you have a budding writer in your home? There's no reason to wait until adulthood to get published! Learn how to make use of writing contests, magazines, newspapers, and even book publishers to help your teenager see his or her name in print.
- Drilling for the Basics
Do your kids know their times tables? Do they remember their phonics rules? Do they know what a sentence is? If you’re not sure, it’s probably because you, like most of us, hate drills. We want to teach fun things, rather than forcing our kids to memorize boring stuff that’s hard, too. In this session we’ll outline the benefits to mastering the basics, and then give creative ideas about how you can make sure your kids know them, without pulling teeth!
Setting Goals for your Homeschool
Do you secretly worry that your child’s not learning enough? Or do you feel so shackled to your math textbook that your guilt meter rises everytime a lesson doesn’t get done? Free yourself from this stress by setting realistic goals for your homeschooling! Know where you’re going and when you plan to arrive, and you won’t get so tripped up along the way. We’ll cover choosing curriculum that meets your goals instead of bogging you down, creating attainable goals for each child, measuring progress, and re-evaluating at the end of each year. Filled with helpful planning tools that will energize you to keep going!