Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical education. A lifelong reader and learner, Janice has been sharing her joy in homeschooling at conferences since the 1990s. She speaks on making time for things that matter, teaching literature and writing, homeschooling preschool through high school, record keeping and transcripts, early college, and entrepreneurship. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources. Janice writes for various homeschooling magazines, as well as online at EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com.
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How to Plan (and Record) Your Homeschool Life
Once you have committed to teaching your students at home, what is the next step? A peaceful, successful homeschool begins with a vision, simple plans for what to teach when, and routines for getting the right things done. We’ll talk about how to create a simple master plan (scope and sequence) for what you need to cover each year; how to keep simple, streamlined records for each student; and how to create home and school routines that can help you stay relaxed and on track. Planning and record-keeping really can be simple! [Focus: Parent Training, Basics, Planning, Encouragement, Audience favorite]
How to Choose Curriculum that Fits: Three Questions You Must Ask
Sometimes homeschool conferences can be a confusing blur of new terms, unfamiliar concepts, and casual references to people and ideas you’ve never heard of. How do you make sense of all the choices and find the best options for your family? Join us for an overview of the major teaching methods, learning and teaching styles, and the most important questions to consider when choosing resources. You’ll learn how to evaluate curriculum, what to do when a curriculum doesn’t seem to be working, and you’ll leave with the confidence that you really can find resources that fit. [Focus: Parent Training, Basics, Planning, Audience favorite]
How to Teach Writing the Easy, Natural Way: Model-Based Writing for Any Age
Learning to talk happens easily and naturally for most people, and learning to write can happen that way too. Join me to learn how you can teach writing using just pen, paper, and books you already own or can get from the library. You’ll learn a four-stage model-based writing cycle that breaks writing projects into manageable pieces, teaches orderly patterns of thought, encourages creativity, expands knowledge, and helps students—even struggling learners—master the mechanics of writing. [Focus: Parent Training, Language Arts, K-12]
How to Teach so They Remember: 7+ Ways to Help Your Students Learn Better
During the years that you are homeschooling, you have the chance to help your student become a person who can figure out how to learn anything. Many of the best study skills and learning methods have been used for centuries, and they still work in every grade from kindergarten to graduate school and beyond. No matter what your student plans to do after homeschooling — college, military academy, technical school, art or music school, or an apprenticeship program — being a great learner will make it easier to succeed. [Focus: Parent Training, Basics, K-12]
How to Homeschool High School (Key: It’s an Education, Not a Rat Race)
What does a great high school education look like? If you’re worried that it means giving up teaching in a way that fits your family, and transforming into a Ms. Gradgrind, demanding “facts, and nothing but facts,” worry no more. It’s entirely possible to create a high school experience that preserves the joy of learning while preparing each student for the appropriate next step in life. We’ll look at the primary purpose of the high school years; your role; things your student must know before graduating; records, transcripts, and gap years; interesting learning opportunities for homeschooled teens; and more. You’ll learn which requirements are important; how to decide what each student should study; and how to tailor the high school experience to fit the student’s interests, aptitudes, and future plans. You’ll leave with the confidence that you and your teen can homeschool through high school with joy.