Editor-in-Chief | Homeschooling Today Magazine
Bio: Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker and the author of numerous homeschooling materials. It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Public Relations Director for Geography Matters and the author of the Profiles from History series. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her loving husband and two boys.
Workshops by Ashley Wiggers
Children are developmental. They will reach certain milestones at varying ages and it is our job to make sure we’re matching expectations with an understanding of how children learn and progress. Building the right foundation will enable you and your children to enjoy the process of learning. Come hear why this homeschool graduate and national magazine editor became a lifelong learner.
Is homeschooling’s greatest enemy the government, socialization, common core, standardized testing, or maybe skeptical family members and friends? No. The greatest enemy of homeschooling that all parents have to contend with is fear. Don’t let fear steal from your family’s ability to enjoy and thrive in this homeschooling journey. Come and be encouraged as Ashley shares strategies for recognizing and eliminating fear from your homeschool! This homeschool graduate and daughter of homeschooling pioneers Debbie and Greg Strayer will calm your fears and leave you with a sense of hope.
Are you struggling with teaching your high school student? Hope for the High School Years is a down-to-earth talk with a homeschool graduate about the ups and downs of life with a high school student. If you are in need of a little encouragement and some proof that everything will work out for the best, please join Ashley for an uplifting workshop that will leave you with a new understanding of how to successfully homeschool through high school.
Children love being successful, so when they aren't, how can you help? Come listen to the personal homeschooling experience of a student who faced obstacles to learning and overcame them with the help of her mother, who was a lifelong educator. Shared with humor and honesty, Ashley will describe methods that can help your children gain confidence to learn.
Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today—everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Ashley (a homeschool graduate and the editor-in-chief of Homeschooling Today magazine) will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum!
The natural approach to learning is founded on the desire to follow your child’s developmentally appropriate timetable. This approach is based on proven educational principles from Dr. Ruth Beechick, Charlotte Mason, Dr. Benjamin Bloom and others. Natural learning does not mean learning without goals or structure. It means learning is customized, multi-sensory, and engaging. Come to this workshop to hear the top ten reasons why a natural approach will enable you and your family to flourish.
Our goal as homeschoolers is to teach as effectively as possible, so it can be stressful when the lessons we teach aren’t understood, or our children seem frustrated. Come to this workshop to learn how to overcome obstacles that may limit your ability to teach, and your children’s ability to understand. Shared from the perspective of the student, Ashley will provide tips that can help your children achieve their greatest learning success.
You won’t find geography on the SAT or ACT, but it is the missing piece that ties all other subjects together. Geography helps students understand cause-and-effect and teaches critical thinking effortlessly. Don’t miss the opportunity to help your children see the big picture of learning with the essential pieces of cultural and geographic knowledge. Come hear Ashley (a homeschool graduate and author) share about the importance of geography and how to integrate it into your homeschool.
It can be difficult to keep the big picture of homeschooling in mind amidst the trials of everyday life. Ashley will share about what really makes a difference in the end, from the perspective of a homeschool graduate. She will speak to common concerns on the hearts and minds of parents and bring encouragement for the journey ahead.