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All homeschoolers are welcome! Bring the whole family! 

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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
 

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

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

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

3:15pm 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

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

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

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
 
Wednesday, February 28
 

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
 

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