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As the new year approaches, we are all faced with making decisions.  Parents who homeschool with special needs, may take this opportunity to recharge and to empower themselves to take on another year.  This challenge is often underestimated and overlooked.  We acknowledge your incredible efforts!  There is no greater expression of love than to press forward through trials for the good of your family.  We at HECOA, invite you to attend this inspiring conference that will prepare you for a rewarding year of homeschooling, and will allow you to take a step back and find a more meaningful perspective on the impact of special needs.

Jillian Newkirk
Monday, Dec 3rd at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

DIY IEP - How to create your own plan to meet your child's unique needs

I provide insight on how IEPs are crafted, how to make appropriate goals, and a great deal of common interventions and supports to use to enhance your child's educational experience.

Andrew Pudewa
Monday, Dec 3rd at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

From 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.

Kathleen Cotter Lawler
Monday, Dec 3rd at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Building a Solid Math Foundation

Who is going to build a house by starting with the walls? Without a solid foundation, those walls may hold up for a bit but eventually will come crashing down. Math is a lot like building a house, especially if your child is facing some learning challenges. We need to start with a strong foundation and build up from there. It doesn’t have to be hard! Come and hear how easy it is to teach math.

Inna Armstrong
Tuesday, Dec 4th at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Diversity in learning STEM concepts through Augmented Reality (AR)

The World Economic Forum presented the top skills that will be required for the jobs of the future in the next 10 years: problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Those skills will differentiate humans from machines in the digitized era. The skills that today's children need to develop to prepare for the future workforce.

The educators must empower kids to develop such skills from an early age through the strategic use of technology by adopting EdTech resources with quality digital content.

According to the multiple research and current technological trends, Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the top 5 EdTech that will become significant and change the educational landscape in the next decade.

Learn how to embrace the curriculum of the future by integrating augmented learning that will help to deliver the 21st-century skills and get the kids ready for future jobs.

Jean Burk
Tuesday, Dec 4th at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)


(Discover how this is a learnable test and every question can be answered in 30 seconds or less.)

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped tens of thousands of students raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to fInd shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, Reading and Essay are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have students in middle and high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!

​SJ Barakony
Tuesday, Dec 4th at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Grade Levels are Grating: A Call to Parents to Refer to their Children by their Natural Age

Call it any of these: the Factory Model; the Prussian time based system; or the Conveyor Belt. 
Regardless of your choice, as a parent of an existing home schooled child, or one thinking about transitioning to home education, you likely subconsciously and consciously type, talk, & think in grade levels K-12. 

SJ Barakony, the founder of SBSL, an Educational Solutions Provider, will make the case in this presentation to no longer sell your child/ren short: All were born with the seeds of greatness in some area: whether creatively ('right' brained), athletically, task oriented ( 'left' ), et al, and artificial grade levels are way out of step with the ultra fast paced economy of the late 2010's 

Let's life them up, edifying them onward to be all they can be, & not put a lid from a 160 year old approach in their path! 

A brief history of this 'grade level' system, a vision for where we can go, goals/strategy, & day to day tactics will all be shared to assist in this very important mindset shift. 

(Please come with any Q's, experiences, or resources so we can all learn from each other in the Q&A at the end!)

Andrea Hall
Wednesday, Dec 5th at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Math Memory System 

Does your child have problems remembering math facts? Learn a simple system that you can create at home to help them conquer mathematics.

Nicholeen Peck
Wednesday, Dec 5th at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Predictable Parenting For Families Who Need Less Anxiety and Stress 

Everyone has some anxiety, but children have more. And, children with special needs, due to processing or developmental difficulties, often times have still more anxiety. Developing a parenting communication and problem solving style that decreased anxiety was one of the key things I did as a foster parent for the diverse group of youth who went through treatment care in my home. Children want to be understood, and parents want to understand. But, sometimes the day to day problems that need to be solved get in the way of a good parent/child bond and understanding. This class will give parents skills they need to become more predictable parents so that everyone's anxiety can decrease and understanding increases.

Andrew Pudewa
Wednesday, Dec 5th at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Reading Strategies for the Struggling or Non-Reader

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 to rapidly decode symbols with the eyes. With humor and insight, Andrew will share stories and strategies for helping students who need to engage the cognitive processes of reading, but who are more likely to excel through a wider variety of practical, creative, and imaginative approaches.

Dr. Angie Gonzales
Thursday, Dec 6th at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Autism Spectrum Disorder to ADHD- Understanding the thinking and behavior, and helping them participate FULLY in life!

"When we know better, we do better" - Maya Angelou
In this presentation I will explain the reasoning and logic of the origin of the behaviors manifested by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. I truly believe there is the seed of genius in each of them. How do we remove the obstacles that they face secondary to the way they process cognitive and sensory information, so that they can live in their genius and participate fully in life? That is what we will be covering in our hour together.

Steve Demme
Thursday, Dec 6th at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

You Can't Raise Your Child with Challenges Alone

Over the years, God has brought wonderful people along side of us at just the right time. We need this ongoing support from this community of faithful people. From supportive family to therapists to Special Olympics to Joni and Friends Retreats, we are so thankful for the faithful friends who have walked with us on our journey.

Jill Stowell
Friday, Dec 7th at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Breaking the Myths and Walking in Their Shoes - Tools for Understanding and Helping Your Child with a Learning or Attention Challenge

The "invisible disabilities" of AD/HD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and Auditory Processing Disorder can cause otherwise sane parents to tear their hair out. "How can my child be so smart and yet struggle?" "Why does school make my child so anxious and angry?" "Can this ever be changed and what can I do?" In this presentation you will learn the truth about learning and attention challenges; you'll get a chance to experience some of what your child feels everyday; and you'll learn about resources that you can use in your school day to help your child.

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