Join us in Baltimore, MD on May 29, 2011 for the Third Annual Torah Home Education Conference! We have another fantastic schedule planned to encourage, inspire, and educate you – whether you’re at the beginning of your search for information about homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler, you’ll find something here to interest you!
The conference will once again be held in the Park Heights JCC, in the conference rooms on the second floor - 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215. Check-in begins at 8:15 am, and the conference ends at 5 pm. There is ample parking on site. Lunch can be purchased at the Eden Cafe, a dairy restaurant on the first floor of the JCC that is has kashrus supervision from the Star-K of Baltimore. (Please contact them directly with questions about their menu; a copy of the menu is available online.) Special hotel pricing is available to conference attendees. A variety of Jewishly oriented curriculum will be available to view, and Jewish learning games and activities will be available to purchase.
The cost for this wonderful program is $50 per person, $90 per couple. If you’d like to save some money (and who doesn’t? :)), take advantage of the discounted early registration prices by completing your registration by April 29; the discounted prices are $40 per individual, or $75 per couple. After this date, the regular prices will apply.
Registration and payment must be completed online. Child care will be available and will be paid for separately; payment for child care must be made in full by May 20. For questions about child care, please contact Alisa at 410-963-2977 or firstname.lastname@example.org after Pesach.
Below is a list of the speakers and topics (more will be added) – the schedule will be posted closer to the conference date:
- Homeschooling The Young Family – Mrs. Rebecca Masinter
- ADHD: Who Says? and So What? A Discussion about ADHD as a diagnosis, and how it may impact our families. – Dr. Hadassah Aaronson
- Choosing to Homeschool: A second generation perspective – Mr. Isaiah Cox
- Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling: Getting Started – Mrs. Ahuvah Feldman
- Facilitated discussion – topic to be announced
- The Elephant in the Room – Acknowledging and Dealing with Burnout – Mrs. Avivah Werner
- Homeschooled Teen Girls Share - panel discussion
- Homeschooling Your Teenager – Capturing the Opportunities and Handling the Technicalities - Mrs. Viva Hammer
- The Virtual Jewish Homeschooling Community: Accessing the internet for learning, friendship, and support – Rabbi Yosef Resnick
- “Children in a Homeschool Environment: Socially Deprived OR Selectively Engaged?” – Dr. Hadassah Aaronson
To register, please visit http://torahhomeschooling.com/conference-details, where you can complete your registration and payment.
(If you can’t attend, the presentations will be recorded and will be available for purchase after the conference in our digital store. There are currently digital recordings available in the store from the last two years. )
We look forward to greeting you at the conference!
I’m not a huge fan of canned curriculum or standardized lesson plans, but find that they can be helpful when used as tools to support your goals. In that spirit, I thought I’d share the following link that includes free lesson plans for those who are interested. This has plans for grades K through 12th.
As you know, I’m a fan of learning that is engaging and fun, and this website has a lot of great map links.
This is the page that has the interactive map puzzles – lots of fun.
>>As a new homeschooler of young children, I am struggling with how to set the tone and expectation of “school time”. As we travel down the homeschool road, I am having a difficult time teaching my oldest daughter (age 5) the expectation of when its time to learn. That is, what I expect from her when we sit down to learn etc. How have you taught your children what is expected of them during “school time” and the like?
I take a very relaxed approach to homeschooling young children (and am pretty relaxed with the older kids, too) so that’s what you’re going to hear from me. :) My strong feeling is to follow a child’s lead in what they are ready to learn, and to follow their cues as to what they want to do. I really believe that a child (or adult) doesn’t truly learn anything unless they are interested and engaged, and want to learn. We can make our kids of whatever age spit back facts of all sorts, but we can’t make them assimilate it. And assimilation is where true learning is at.
Here’s an interesting resource I recently learned about, the Jewish sound archives.
Among the materials that you can browse and search are:
- Jewish humor in many languages
- Yiddish folk songs
- Yiddish theater
- Ladino songs
- Israeli folk songs
- Chassidic nigunim
- Cantorial performances
- Religious services
- Children’s holiday stories
- Classical music by Jewish composers or performers
- Historical Recordings
- Radio shows and documentaries
What is about adults that makes them so quick to say things that totally kill a child’s interest and motivation??
Today we had our second class at the homeschool co-op we’re signed up for this year. The classes are taught by homeschooling parents, but there are a lot of ways to homeschool, and the classes reflect the approach of the teacher, obviously.
My ds told me last time he asked a question in one of his classes, and he was told, “What a good question!” And then given the assignment as homework to look up the answer. Right after he said this, dd14 exclaimed, “I know! Someone in my class asked a question last time and was told to find out the answer and do a report to the class on it. I’m not asking any questions!!”
You would think homeschooling parents would know better than to fall into this trap, wouldn’t you? After all, isn’t it pretty obvious that no child is going to want to ask for more information if they’re given lots of work as a reward for their curiosity?
It reminds me of when a child asks how to spell something, and they’re told to go look it up. (I’ve been guilty of that. :)) In the real world, if someone wants to know how to spell something, they ask the people around them, and look it up on their own only as a last resort. So why not directly answer the child asking so they can learn the proper spelling and go ahead and use it for whatever purpose they had in mind?
It’s when we don’t trust the natural desire of a child to learn and seek mastery that we feel we have to jump on every possibly educational opportunity and force the learning down their throats.
Less is more!
I just came across something I wrote back in May 2005 about my homeschooling goals in response to a question of “what keeps you motivated; what are your goals & philosophies?” It was it was really interesting to read over five years later; I was surprised to see how similar what I wrote then was to what I would write now. So I thought I’d share it here with you.
- Firstly, for me, would be helping them build good character, including a strong internal moral compass and the willingness to do what is right( even when it isn’t popular), kindness, and respect for others;
- a healthy sense of self-worth and value, to be responsible members of family and society, to be hard working, responsible, independent and able to be interdependent;
- to be able to think critically, have strong basic academic skills (which for me means, fluency in reading, writing, math, and the ability to navigate Torah texts) which are precursors to more advanced learning;
- to have strong bonds with their parents and siblings, to imbue them with a strong sense of our values as pertains to Torah philosophy and behavior, and to have the interpersonal skills necessary to form healthy relationships as adults which result in a healthy marriage and family;