Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2021 MassHOPE Virtual Convention 

Wednesday’s Workshops

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker and Director of Family Renewal. He and his wife, Brook, are raising their ten children in SW Michigan.

Education: Does God Have an Opinion?

Coming soon…

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Four Language Arts

When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.

Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the UCF, earning a Masters degree in Reading.  She has taught public school, and a variety of courses in Elementary Education at the collegiate level.  Additionally, she has taught classes for the homeschool community.  Kristen has homeschooled her two sons, while also staying very busy testing, tutoring, and providing a variety of products and services through her educational business, The Struggling Reader.  Kristen has been speaking at conferences all over the United States for over a decade.  She brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.

All You Need to Teach Reading… Even a Struggling Reader

Learning to read is a complex, amazing accomplishment even for those that seem to catch on easily.  For those that struggle it can be terribly discouraging for both the teacher and the student.  As you seek to understand the nature of your child’s learning issue, what is often overlooked is a true understanding of the reading process itself.  This workshop is designed to better equip you to understand how we learn to read, and why it can be difficult for some.

Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person”, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God.” (Col 2:3) 

In its 20th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages and won numerous awards. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history.  She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to research, write, teach online classes, and obsess over matters big and small.

The Dark Side of Socialism

An alarming number of U.S. millennials favor “socialism” as a means of government. What is socialism? What does history teach us about socialism? What is the dark side of socialism? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a historical overview of socialism and why it matters now!

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