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All homeschoolers are welcome! Bring the whole family! 

How to register: login to the app, look over the scheduled talks and then choose "add to my sched" for the workshops you plan to attend. Registered attendees will have priority seating at workshops.

Workshops are being held at the Radisson Blu in the second floor ballrooms on Monday from 9:30-4:30. The Expo is in the Parkview Event Space off Nick Universe on the east side, just past the Hard Rock Cafe; it is open Monday 12-8 and Tuesday 9-3. The expo hall is where some group meet-ups and talks will be happening on Monday night after 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9-3. Various other events are happening at Mall of America stores; be sure to check the location when you sign up. 

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Monday, February 26
 

9:30am CST

Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

The Enchanted Education
The fantasy homeschool that lives in your imagination is a good one. It’s haunted by a invisible spirit called “The Ghost of Public School Past.” Her name is Mrs. Cox, she holds a red pen, she whispers in your left ear: “By this age in school, your child would already be…” Make it stop! That voice leads you to do all kinds of schoolish activities in the name of taking education seriously. It also leads to all kinds of unhappiness, tedium, and feelings of failure. What would happen if you could brush her off your shoulder? What if you could follow the fragile, bright vision you have of how life at home could be? Inspire an enchanted learning journey in your home!

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart

Owner, Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator of the innovative Brave Writer Writing and Language Arts Curriculum. For 18 years, Brave Writer instructional manuals and online classes have enriched the homeschooling lives of thousands of families. Brave Writer exists to foster a nurturing relationship... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Lakes Ballroom - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr. Bloomington, MN 55412

10:00am CST

STEM- Play and MakeCode for Minecraft
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event!
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032958862

Play and MakeCode with Minecraft 2 hour workshop ages 8-12
In this free two-hour coding workshop, students ages 8–12 will play in Minecraft while they learn how to code with Microsoft’s MakeCode platform. They will program an Agent robot to complete challenges and even change the weather, or as they say in the world of Minecraft: they will make it rain Ocelots and Wolves!
By the end of this Workshop, participants will have:
  • Increased confidence in their technical and coding skills
  • Improved their computational and creative thinking
  • Read and understand code in the MakeCode environment
  • Programmed code in Minecraft to change the weather and control an agent
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.


Monday February 26, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

10:30am CST

Booksigning
Julie will be available in the foyer to sign your books. Bring a copy you already own, or purchase a new one/

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart

Owner, Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator of the innovative Brave Writer Writing and Language Arts Curriculum. For 18 years, Brave Writer instructional manuals and online classes have enriched the homeschooling lives of thousands of families. Brave Writer exists to foster a nurturing relationship... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CST
Lakes Ballroom Foyer - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

11:15am CST

Teach Math to a Child with Learning Challenges
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. Mix in a child with learning challenges and you may end up becoming very discouraged, and possibly, ready to throw in the towel. Be encouraged, you are NOT alone. Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning challenge or simply doesn’t “get” math, come to this workshop to learn some teaching strategies and techniques. Help your child overcome those learning challenges and succeed in math.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Lawler

Kathleen Lawler

RightStart Mathematics
Kathleen Cotter Lawler travels all across the US and Canada helping parents teach their children to understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
Lakes Salon D - Radisson Blu, South side Mall of America

11:15am CST

Homeschool 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Are you considering homeschooling, or just getting started? 

In this workshop, we will cover: 
  • How to comply with Minnesota homeschool laws
  • Deschooling and getting started
  • Determining your homeschool style
  • Choosing curriculum
  • Finding community 
Please join us!

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Crain

Ellen Crain

Board Member, MHA
avatar for Erin Souster

Erin Souster

Awesome homeschool mom and former MHA Board member
The state says I'm a homeschooling educator. But really, who's the student and who's the educator in this wibbly wobbly bit of time in our children's snapshot of growing to adulthood!?! Life is busy with three boys, two dogs, a consistently confused spouse, working part time, and... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CST
Lakes Salon C - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America

11:15am CST

Partnership Writing: The Missing Link in Writing Instruction (all ages)
Limited Capacity seats available

Your child struggles to get words on the page, yet you feel guilty about offering help. Is it cheating to do the handwriting for him? When your child revises a draft, is it okay for you, the parent, to make suggestions or contribute sentences and ideas? Partnering with your child in writing means to model, support, and guide the writing process by supplying the appropriate amount of help to the evident level of need. Julie shares concrete steps you can take to partner with your child from kindergarten all the way through high school. Partnering with your child protects your relationship while growing the writer. Partnership Writing is the most overlooked stage of development in writing. Learn to be the partner your child needs and deserves.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart

Owner, Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator of the innovative Brave Writer Writing and Language Arts Curriculum. For 18 years, Brave Writer instructional manuals and online classes have enriched the homeschooling lives of thousands of families. Brave Writer exists to foster a nurturing relationship... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CST
Lakes Salon B - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

12:00pm CST

Tea at the American Girl Store
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy a special dining experience with a variety of dainty tea sandwiches and assorted sweet treats. Your tea service also includes a pot of hot cocoa or tea.
Homeschoolers participating in this event will be seated in a private party room, and attendees will receive a craft (similar to an activity sheet) along with their meal. 
The complete menu is available here: http://www.americangirl.com/retail/includes/menus/minneapolis_tea.pdf
Cost is $13.50+ tax and tip per attendee. 
In order to attend, you must sign up here: http://www.homeschoolrecess.com/ft/25779

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
American Girl Store 5160 West Market, Bloomington MN 55425

12:00pm CST

Booths/Expo
Browse through our Expo Hall to chat with curriculum vendors and college representatives. Learn more about stores and organizations catering to homeschoolers. Talk to MHA and Homeschool Adventures volunteers. AND MORE!

Plus -- we'll have various talks and meet-ups happening in the Expo Hall area throughout the two-day convention.

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

12:45pm CST

Group Meet Ups
Bring your lunch to this group meet-up. Signs throughout the room will identify various groups. Gather in this informal area to share ideas and ask questions of others. Meet-ups include: Only children, Large families, Dads, Preschoolers, Forest School, Special Needs, and more.

Monday February 26, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Lakes Salon B - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

1:15pm CST

Let’s Play Math Games!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed math fact test? Are you beating your head against the wall because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? This workshop will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking to practice their math facts more! Come and discover games to help your child learn their math facts.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Lawler

Kathleen Lawler

RightStart Mathematics
Kathleen Cotter Lawler travels all across the US and Canada helping parents teach their children to understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Lakes Salon D - Radisson Blu, South side Mall of America

1:50pm CST

Homeschooling High School Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Have questions about homeschooling high school? Bring them to this workshop! Workshop speakers, Amy Pass, Kathy Shaw, and Tiffany Skidmore will share a brief presentation on curriculum, transcripts, testing, and PSEO, followed by a panel-style discussion addressing YOUR quesions.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Pass

Amy Pass

Secretary, Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance
We've been a homeschooling family for a little over 10 years now with a bit of an eclectic approach. We choose curriculum based on what works best for us and what sparks our interest. I joined the board of MHA last May because I love talking with new homeschoolers about all their... Read More →
KS

Kathy Shaw

I am a micro-business owner, urban farmer and garden activist, cultivating soil, children and community for more than 30 years. A parent of 3, 2 who have homeschooled through high school. My 21 year old is currently in college and my 16 year old is trying to figure it all out... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Skidmore

Tiffany Skidmore

Tiffany Skidmore has been homeschooling for 16 years and, when not working as a vocalist, composer, and president of the non-profit composers collective, 113, teaches music and theater at Planet Homeschool Co-Op. She has three children (Connor- 20, Tyler- 19, and Willow- 15) and... Read More →


PSEO pdf

Monday February 26, 2018 1:50pm - 3:00pm CST
Lakes Salon C - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters

The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

 


Monday February 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

2:00pm CST

Minecraft Hour of Code
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960684
Hour of Code Minecraft workshop ages 8+

Join us for this free workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own Minecraft world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.
By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
  • Create a list of coding instructions including loops and functions.
  • Instruct a computer to perform tasks in a sequence
  • Test and refine their coding instructions to complete a task
Register today as workshops fill up quickly.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.

Monday February 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

The Secret to Breakthroughs in Writing (all ages)
Limited Capacity seats available

Programs, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it. Yet it’s so simple! Find out what professional writers know about writing instruction that educators often miss. You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good. In fact, you can turn your writing program around in one step, once you know what it is and follow through. The good news is: anyone can apply this principle to writing (you don’t have to be an expert writer yourself). By the end of the session, you’ll have an 8-week writing plan to use right away—no purchase necessary! End the hand-wringing and tears for good.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart

Owner, Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator of the innovative Brave Writer Writing and Language Arts Curriculum. For 18 years, Brave Writer instructional manuals and online classes have enriched the homeschooling lives of thousands of families. Brave Writer exists to foster a nurturing relationship... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Lakes Salon B - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

2:30pm CST

FREE Aerospace-themed Curriculum and STEM kits for Educators Who Join Civil Air Patrol
Presentation of FREE Aerospace-themed Curriculum and STEM kits for Educators Who Join Civil Air Patrol

Exhibitors
avatar for 1Lt Dennis Swanson, CAP

1Lt Dennis Swanson, CAP

Director of Recruiting & Retention, Civil Air Patrol - Minnesota Wing
Civil Air Patrol, the all-volunteer auxiliary of the United States air Force, performs three community-focused missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.Aerospace Education: C.A.P offers aerospace-themed educational materials and instruction, covering ages... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CST
Lakes Salon D - Radisson Blu, South side Mall of America

3:00pm CST

Minecraft Hour of Code
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960690
Hour of Code Minecraft workshop ages 8+

Join us for this free workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own Minecraft world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.
By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
  • Create a list of coding instructions including loops and functions.
  • Instruct a computer to perform tasks in a sequence
  • Test and refine their coding instructions to complete a task
Register today as workshops fill up quickly.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.

Monday February 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

3:15pm CST

Roadschooling: Making Short Term Road Trips Fun and Educational
Limited Capacity seats available

Roadschooling: How to make a trip to see the relatives into an awesome learning experience.
Tips and tricks from a veteran road trip family on structuring your vacation, seeing the sights inexpensively, and figuring out what to do while driving to keep everyone learning and having fun.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Oaks

Kathy Oaks

Author and Educator
My new book, Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits, should be out in Kindle format by the conference. I will be speaking on short term Roadschooling, as travel (and learning everywhere we go) is a passion of mine. I also help organize classes for homeschoolers, including chemistry labs taught... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm CST
Lakes Salon D - Radisson Blu, South side Mall of America

3:15pm CST

Special Needs Homeschooling Discussion. Deschooling to create space for self determination, advocacy, and learning.
Limited Capacity seats available

The most common piece of advice new homeschoolers hear from seasoned homeschoolers is "Deschool!!" Deschooling is beneficial for all homeschooling families, a way to start your new journey on the right foot.  We will talk about how deschooling benefits a family that has been in a special needs classroom specifically. Why you should do it, and tips and tricks to make your deschooling experience as positive and rejuvinating as possible!

Speakers
avatar for Aza Donnelly

Aza Donnelly

Special Needs Coordinator, Treasurer, MHA
    We have been what we call atypical unschoolers for the past 7 years. Although I geek out on curriculum and learning styles.  I have worked in the disabilities community for 25 years, currently I am an advocate, self advocate, disability services specialist and a gentle parenting/mentoring... Read More →
avatar for Erin Souster

Erin Souster

Awesome homeschool mom and former MHA Board member
The state says I'm a homeschooling educator. But really, who's the student and who's the educator in this wibbly wobbly bit of time in our children's snapshot of growing to adulthood!?! Life is busy with three boys, two dogs, a consistently confused spouse, working part time, and... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Lakes Salon C - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America

3:15pm CST

Don’t Let High School Writing Scare You (for parents of kids 8th-12th grades)
Limited Capacity seats available

If you and I had dinner together, I could teach you the essay format on the back of a napkin! What’s missing in most writing programs for high school is teaching insight generation. This session will focus on how to grow your teen’s rhetorical imagination so that your student has something of worth to put in all those essays. Julie will share tools and strategies for expanding your teen’s world through research, risky thinking, and writing. We’ll also look at the unique and delicate dynamics of parenting teens while teaching them at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart

Owner, Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator of the innovative Brave Writer Writing and Language Arts Curriculum. For 18 years, Brave Writer instructional manuals and online classes have enriched the homeschooling lives of thousands of families. Brave Writer exists to foster a nurturing relationship... Read More →



Monday February 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Lakes Salon B - Radisson Blu, South side of Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

5:00pm CST

PSEO Panel
Learn the ins and outs of enrolling students in the Post Secondary Enrollment Program from college representatives who regularly work with students. Bring your questions.

Exhibitors
avatar for Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College
Normandale Community College is a two-year liberal arts college offering excellent academic preparation, award-winning support programs with reasonable tuition costs. The Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program provides students with a variety of course offerings and the... Read More →
avatar for Century College

Century College

Admissions Advisor & PSEO Coordinator, Century College
Century College is a 2-year community and technical college. We provide the unique opportunity for PSEO students to take not only general education courses, but also gear their generals to one of our Transfer Pathways or to explore and officially begin a technical program! Talk... Read More →
MW

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Enrollment Specialist, Minnesota West CTC
Minnesota West offers over 60 programs in Technical Education, as well as, an online Liberal Arts Education at a very competitive price. Minnesota West Community and Technical College was rated the number one Community College in Minnesota 2018. I believe all students can and should... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Wainionpaa

Stephanie Wainionpaa

College, Lake Superior College
Interested in learning about PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) at Lake Superior College? Stop by and see me! I will have information available about all our programs and offerings; including Free Summer Camps!


Monday February 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:20pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

5:00pm CST

Minecraft Open Game Play
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event!
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960692
Open Xbox Gameplay!

Children under the age of 17 must be supervised.


Monday February 26, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

6:30pm CST

Testing 101
Worried about testing? Want to make sure you're doing what's required by MN state law? Come chat with MHA Board Member Ellen Crain of Affording Homeschool Testing Services.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Crain

Ellen Crain

Board Member, MHA


Monday February 26, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

7:00pm CST

Language, the Root of All Learning: Suggestions for students with dyslexia, language difficulties, and dysgraphia
Have a child you suspect is struggling with reading? This session will offer suggestions for students with dyslexia, language difficulties, and dysgraphia.

Workshop will address:
1) Tips for effective educational strategies for a child with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia
2) The dynamic connection between language and literacy
3) Practical ideas for increasing language and literacy success

Speakers
TC

tara cassidy

Speech Language PathologistBoard Certified Specialist- Child Language and Language DisordersGestalt Language & Literacy Therapy, LLC
SH

sarah hanson

Sarah C. Hanson, MA, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist Associated Speech & Language Specialists, LLC



Monday February 26, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America
 
Tuesday, February 27
 

9:00am CST

Lies My Teacher Told Me - Re-examining Music Lessons
Exhibitors
avatar for Hovland Conservatory of Music

Hovland Conservatory of Music

Hovland Conservatory of Music
Hovland Conservatory is a nonprofit organization providing year-round private piano and violin lessons for beginning through advanced level students. Over the years, we have developed a proactive method for teaching music that guarantees successful results for every student.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

9:00am CST

Booths/Expo
Browse through our Expo Hall to chat with curriculum vendors and college representatives. Learn more about stores and organizations catering to homeschoolers. Talk to MHA and Homeschool Adventures volunteers. AND MORE!

Plus -- we'll have various talks and meet-ups happening in the Expo Hall area throughout the two-day convention.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

10:00am CST

Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960698

Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint (Ages 8-12)

In this free hands-on 2 hour camp, students 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
· Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
· Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
· Create original artwork and share it with peers
· Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

11:00am CST

Preparing Your Children For A Rapidly Changing Economy
We are experiencing the most dramatic changes in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution. The days of graduating high school or college, getting a job, and working there for 40 years before retiring and collecting a pension is already a thing of the past. We are on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. I'll show you how you can prepare your children for this rapidly changing landscape so that they can adapt, innovate, and thrive!

ABOUT MATTHEW
Matthew Blackwood has been involved in Homeschooling since 1981 when his mother saw John Holt, a pioneer of the modern homeschooling/unschooling movement, on the Phil Donahue show. Matthew brings the unique perspective of being both a homeschool graduate and also a homeschool parent. He and wife Alesia (fellow homeschool alum) have homeschooled their 4 children, ages 2-12, from birth. Matthew & Alesia are also the founders of UnLock Math, Inc. Founded in 2013 UnLock Math serves a growing community of students around the globe with an interactive online math curriculum for middle & high school that "Brings the Math Teacher right into your home". UnLock Math was recently voted #1 math curriculum by the readers of "Practical Homeschooling" magazine in their annual i-Learn Awards.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew & Alesia Blackwood

Matthew & Alesia Blackwood

Founders, UnLock Math, Inc.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

12:00pm CST

See Youth Development LIFT OFF with 4-H Aerospace
Are you looking for a way to further your child's education in Aerospace and Flight?Learn about a series of Aerospace lessons that engaged youth with hands on learning, problem solving and skill building in 4-H. In this workshop we'll share the highlights of the program as well as samples of the curriculum and resources used to deliver this program that took off!

Exhibitors

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

12:00pm CST

Tea at the American Girl Store
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy a special dining experience with a variety of dainty tea sandwiches and assorted sweet treats. Your tea service also includes a pot of hot cocoa or tea.
Homeschoolers participating in this event will be seated in a private party room, and attendees will receive a goody bag along with their meal. 
The complete menu is available here: http://www.americangirl.com/retail/includes/menus/minneapolis_tea.pdf
Cost is $20.00+ tax and tip per attendee. 
In order to attend, you must sign up here: http://www.homeschoolrecess.com/ft/25779

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
American Girl Store 5160 West Market, Bloomington MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Autism Meet-Up
Homeschooling a student with autism? Have autism yourself? Drop on by to chat with others and hear what they're doing. This event is moderated by MHA Special Needs Coordinator Aza Donnelly, who also runs the Facebook page Minnesota Community of Special Needs Homeschoolers.

Moderators
avatar for Aza Donnelly

Aza Donnelly

Special Needs Coordinator, Treasurer, MHA
    We have been what we call atypical unschoolers for the past 7 years. Although I geek out on curriculum and learning styles.  I have worked in the disabilities community for 25 years, currently I am an advocate, self advocate, disability services specialist and a gentle parenting/mentoring... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

1:00pm CST

Shoot, Edit & Share with PicsArt
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960699

Increase your editing confidence and creativity with this free YouthSpark Camp. During this Workshop, kids 13 and older will learn how to use PicsArt, an interactive editing, drawing, and collage app. This app, which is available on Windows 10 devices, includes numerous photo-editing features, customizable filters, text options, a collage maker, and a camera. Learn how to transform photos into works of art with just the tip of your finger.​​
​​At the end of this Workshop, participants will:​​
· Know how to use a powerful photo-editing software​​
· Understand composition and best practices for photography​​
· Learn to sketch and turn anything into a drawing​​
· Create easy graphic design edits​​
· Create amazing photo edits​​
· Leave with a certificate of completion and an image portfolio​​

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

2:00pm CST

Special Needs Meet-Up
Got questions about homeschooling a student with special needs? Want to meet up with others who are also homeschooling students with special needs? Come on by and meet the MHA Special Needs Coordinator, who also runs the Facebook page Minnesota Community of Special Needs Homeschoolers.

Moderators
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Aza Donnelly

Special Needs Coordinator, Treasurer, MHA
    We have been what we call atypical unschoolers for the past 7 years. Although I geek out on curriculum and learning styles.  I have worked in the disabilities community for 25 years, currently I am an advocate, self advocate, disability services specialist and a gentle parenting/mentoring... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Parkview off Nick Universe, Mall of America

4:00pm CST

Productivity Hacks with Office 365 and Windows 10
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance private workshop
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960700

YouthSpark 2-hour Workshop: Productivity Hacks with Office 365 & Windows 10 ages 13+

This free 2 hour workshop helps students ages 13 plus become more efficient and effective with their school and personal projects and tasks. Participants will learn new tips and tools from key Office applications and Windows 10 tools, through a customizable workshop, where as a group they have an opportunity to choose what they learn.
During this workshop participants will:
  • Learn new productivity tips and tools with key Office applications and Windows 10 tools.
  • Experience hands on learning of each tip, so new skills can be applied immediately.
  • Learn and practice up to 9 new productivity tips.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every workshop participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Wednesday, February 28
 

10:00am CST

Creating Digital Art with Fresh Paint
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960701

In this free hands-on 2 hour camp, students 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
· Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
· Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
· Create original artwork and share it with peers
· Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Create Amazing Videos with Mixed Reality and 3D
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960746

YouthSpark 2hr Camp: 
Create amazing videos with mixed reality and 3D, ages 8-12
During this 2hr camp, students ages 8-12 can come and learn new ways to create video stories with Paint 3D and Photos, one of the newest Windows 10 creativity apps. Play with mixed reality by taking a picture of a 3D monster running after your friends and add it to your video.Or play with 3D effects like lightening and bubbles.
By the end of the camp, students will have created their own mini-movies with 3D models, Windows Ink, special effects, and a soundtrack.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Windows 10 is required.

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Wednesday February 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

4:00pm CST

Educator Workshop- Get Started with One Note
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960790

OneNote is a digital notebook app from Microsoft. With OneNote you can quickly and easily capture and organize text, images, and other media in notebooks that can be shared across users and devices. Teachers use OneNote as a platform for student assignments and projects, to organize lesson plans and course content in searchable digital notebooks, to deliver curriculum, and to collaborate with students and peers.
In this workshop you’ll get hands-on practice using OneNote to make your first notebook of resources for upcoming lessons in your classroom. You’ll leave with a practical, classroom-ready product, and visions of possibilities for how OneNote can add power to your teaching and students’ learning. Reserve your spot and register today!

Wednesday February 28, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Thursday, March 1
 

10:00am CST

Create Cool 3D Art
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance private event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960802

Create cool 3D art ages 6+ 1 hour workshop

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Student ages 6+ will bring their imagination to life by creating cool holiday art with 3D in Windows 10. This free 1-hour workshop offers a high-energy, collaborative environment for participants to fuel their creativity and have fun this holiday season.
By the end of this workshop, participants will have:
  • Learnt how to use key tools from 3D for Windows 10 so they can continue to create 3D art projects at home or school.
  • Feel confident how to wow people by showing their holiday 3D art in View Mixed Reality.
  • Mastered how to access their 3D art project via Remix3D.com
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This workshop lasts one hour. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with the Creators Update is required.

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Creating Magical Moments with Photos
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960746

YouthSpark 2hr Camp: 
Create amazing videos with mixed reality and 3D, ages 8-12
During this 2hr camp, students ages 8-12 can come and learn new ways to create video stories with Paint 3D and Photos, one of the newest Windows 10 creativity apps. Play with mixed reality by taking a picture of a 3D monster running after your friends and add it to your video.Or play with 3D effects like lightening and bubbles.
By the end of the camp, students will have created their own mini-movies with 3D models, Windows Ink, special effects, and a soundtrack.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Windows 10 is required.

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Thursday March 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

4:00pm CST

Educator Workshop- Bring Coding to Your Classroom
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032962580

Schools are challenged to teach computational literacy that students need for life and careers in today’s world. Educators want to learn about coding and computational thinking to be able to meet that challenge.

-Introduction to computional thinking
-Six key coding concepts
-Visions of possibilities and success
-Exploring free resources from Microsoft

Thursday March 1, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Friday, March 2
 

10:00am CST

Learn to Code with Jet Pack Jumper
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event!

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963578

Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Create Wow Presentations and Projects with Sway
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event!

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963579

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

3:00pm CST

STEM- Build a Seismograph and Simulate Earthquakes
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event.

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963580

Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425