Category Archives for Reading

The Hero’s Journey in Literature and Life

My hero’s journey as a homeschool dad has taken me from the ordinary world of the public school system into the belly of the beast of the special world of homeschooling and I’ve returned with a life-giving elixir to share with you to help see you through it.You’ve probably heard of the Hero’s Journey as […]

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Home Not School

Tempted to recreate a classroom in your living room? Let’s embrace the properties of home in our children’s educations and watch learning flourish! What are the conditions of home that support learning? How can you design your house to enhance learning opportunities? Family culture, “hygge” (the Danish word for coziness), and nurturing connection between parent […]

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The Secret to Breakthroughs in Writing (2019)

Programs, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it. Yet it’s so simple! Find out what professional writers know about writing instruction that educators often miss. You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good. In fact, you can turn your writing program around in […]

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A Classical Education? You’ve Got This!

Do you feel alone, anxious, or incapable of homeschooling your child, yet alone of giving him or her a classical education? You’re not alone! Many homeschool parents feel or have felt the same way! Anxiety stems from fear and fear from ignorance. Love of your child and of learning are the antidote to the fear […]

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However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching (2)

In this talk, Andrew shares many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including: It’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you; Process over product; All kids are different; “Progressive” education doesn’t mean progress; What real “college and career readiness” is, and […]

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Cultivating Language Skills: Preschool through High School

Listening and reading well, speaking and writing clearly, thinking and debating effectively are abilities that most parents hope to cultivate in their children. With that goal in mind, Andrew will explore various environments and activities which will accelerate the development of these language skills, beginning with the youngest students and continuing into the high school […]

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Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers or Non-Readers

As schools have made reading their new god, believing that producing good readers will solve all their academic problems, many children—the dyslexic, the easily distracted, the auditorily challenged—are truly left behind in the rush to improve test scores. What schools don’t know (but what many parents discover) is that reading is not simply being able […]

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Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation

Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity. More about Andrew Pudewa: Andrew is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he […]

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Models of Excellence: Why Johnny will never be a John Adams unless he reads what John Adams read

Much has been said in the homeschooling community about Thomas Jefferson’s education, the same classical education John Adams and most of the other American founding fathers had, as a model of excellence. Lists of Classics have been made available for Johnny to read. But why, exactly? Why read what the American founding fathers read? What, […]

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However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching

Andrew will share many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including: It’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you; process over product; all kids are different; “Progressive” education doesn’t mean progress; what real “college and career readiness” is; and two secret […]

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