Thursday, September 21, 2017

Home Education Council of America

(Website review)

HECOA has just completed another wonderful Not Back to School Summit. If you are not a homeschooler, don't be deterred by the title. Parents, Grandparents, Educators of all sorts, Pastors, Children's Ministry workers, anyone who works with and relates to children should listen to these wonderful presentations. 

Unfortunately the weeks of free listening are over. But for a relatively small price you can become a member who has access to the recorded presentations from this year as well as hundreds more in the archives. It's like attending a conference (or two or three or more), only from the comfort of your sofa.

No children, food and drinks to carry with you. Restroom is handy. Hit the pause button when you need to leave and the speaker is waiting for you when you come back. Your spouse can hear the same thing you heard as he/she sits by your side or they can replay it later on their own time.

There is so much good teaching in these webinars. How to inspire your children to become lifelong learners. How to stop the self bullying that goes on between your ears. How to teach math the fun way with games. What is the best way to prepare academically for the coming economy? What is my or my child's/student's learning style? And so much more.

This is the third or fourth year I've "attended" these webinars. As a basic member I can listen for free during the live presentation and/or catch the 24 hr replay. This year they also streamed live on Facebook for the first time.

As a basic (free) member you also have access to HECOA's Toolbox which is full of teaching on how to teach subjects by mastery rather than being tied to a curriculum. People think I've gone off the deep end when I say I don't use a curriculum. Which statement is probably not totally accurate because anything you do becomes your curriculum. But mine isn't out of a box, or by a certain company. 

Why would anyone else know what my sons and I want to study? If we have to finish X amount of subjects daily in X amount of books we may never get to the things we are truly passionate about. This is what many homeschoolers discover as they first try to recreate the classroom at home and then realize what a nightmare that becomes.

KISS- Keep It Simple Silly. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Jen, one of the team at HECOA, says not being able to afford a curriculum for your homeschool is one of the best things that can happen to you. Dianne McLean, founder of HECOA, says you can look around you and pick up any object and create lessons from it. Math, History, Science, etc.

These are the things you learn when you step outside the box. 

Ready to become a member of HECOA and learn how to find freedom in YOUR home/school? There will be the Homeschool Bootcamp in the spring and the Not Back to School Summit again next fall, Lord Willing.

And....What is your passion?

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