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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
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Classical Kids Forum - Bethel
New location!
DATE(S): Sep 22, 2014
TIME(S): 3:30-5:15
LOCATION: The Speed Residence at 15 Long Meadow Lane in Bethel, CT
AGES: All ages
DESCRIPTION: For more than a decade, Classical Kids has organized this monthly gathering that allows students of all ages to present some of the subjects they study at home. This forum is a time for kids to share their insights and inspire each other. Children are invited to share any of their ongoing work; for example, a child may recite a poem, share a book report and illustration, or share something interesting about a history subject. Children studying music are welcome to bring their instruments to play.

Student presentation running time suggestions:

  • Children Pre-K-K: 2 minutes
  • Children Grades 1-6: 6 minutes
  • Children Grades 7-12: 12 minutes

Each Forum will include one presentation that is 15 minutes in length. A presentation with this duration must be reserved in advance. Children of any age are eligible for such a time slot, but only once per child per school year, please. To reserve such a slot for your child, please contact Diane Speed at email address below.

This fall, the Kids Forums will be held in a smaller space, so seating is limited. We're holding the Forum in a classroom in the cottage on the Speed's property.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The Classical Kids homeschool group welcomes all homeschoolers regardless of race, creed, or religion.

For tips and suggestions of how to best prepare your child for a presentation at the Kids Forum, see document: Preparing Your Child for the Kids Forum, in the CK Publications area of the library. The link is listed below.

This Classical Kids - Bethel event appears in Kids Activities & Athletics of the Classical Kids website. It also appears in the Classical Kids event listings.

WEB SITE: http://www.classicalkids.net/library_list.cfm?CAT=18
RSVP: Contact Diane Speed via email: dspeed@salientcomm.com
COST: Free
POSTED: by Diane Speed on Jul 31, 2014

Virtual Support Meeting - Homeschooling Through High School
DATE(S): Oct 1, 2014
TIME(S): 7:00 PM est; chat opens 6:50
LOCATION: See description for location information.
AGES: 21 and older
DESCRIPTION: On August 21 my husband and I hosted a virtual homeschool support meeting. It was a wonderful, positive gathering of homeschoolers from across the country who shared information and offered suggestions. Everyone shared honestly and that created a positive, supportive tenor to the evening. Our aim with these discussions is to share ideas  stimulate one another's imaginations about how we manage ourselves and our students  and all without ever trying to dictate any one approach to homeschooling. Everyone's contributions seemed very much in that spirit.

You are invited to take part in the next one! Come join the conversation. <

  • Use link below to register.
  • Be sure to use the discount code FREE (waives all charges).

    Brought to you by HS College Bound - an educational resource for homeschooling parents of teens.
    http://hscollegebound.com/

    Feel free to share the invitation.

    Space is limited so we ask that you enroll only if you plan to take part.
    Thank you!

  • WEB SITE: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2320094140033465857
    COST: Free
    POSTED: by Diane Speed on Aug 22, 2014

    Homeschooling Fundamentals - Bethel
    A half-day workshop for home-educators beginning homeschooling
    DATE(S): Oct 19, 2014
    TIME(S): 1:00-4:00 PM
    LOCATION: See description for location information.
    AGES: 21 and older
    DESCRIPTION: The decision to homeschool is a daunting one. Parents ask themselves, "Am I qualified to be my child's teacher?" They often worry about missing essential topics or even entire subjects that are critical for a thorough academic plan. Few newcomers to homeschooling are aware of the wide range of options now available -- options that make it feasible for parents to provide their kids with a world-class education.

    This workshop provides essential information that empowers you to create an effective, workable educational plan. It also gives you concrete tools for effective homeschooling:

    • The Trivium. Using this ancient model of cognitive development to inspire your child and enhance his or her intellectual capabilities.
    • Great books. Using "great books" as the core of your homeschool curriculum. Plus: "Living books" vs. textbooks.
    • Developing a love of learning & child-led learning. Games and projects for learning as alternatives to worksheets.
    • Reading. Establishing good reading habits in your household.
    • Developing writing skills in your student. The limited role of grammar, handwriting, and dictation in developing your child's "voice" in writing.
    • The home-educator as manager. Goal-setting and end-of-year assessments.

    Other topics that will be addressed:

  • transitioning to homeschooling from school
  • homeschooling multiple children
  • schedules
  • scope & sequence
  • motivating your child.

    This workshop will provide essential information and peace of mind when making an educational plan for your student.

    Space is limited. Your payment secures your spot in the workshop.

    About the facilitator
    Diane Speed, founder of the Classical Kids Network and homeschooler for more than a dozen years, created and will present this workshop. To read her complete biography, use link below.

    RSVP: Contact Diane Speed at email address below or 203-744-2321

  • WEB SITE: http://hscollegebound.com/hs-fundamentals.htm
    RSVP: Contact Diane Speed via email: dspeed@salientcomm.com
    COST: $89 - includes printed materials. Couples $150.
    POSTED: by Diane Speed on Sep 14, 2014

    Homeschooling the College-Bound Student Workshop - online
    Three weekly online sessions. All sessions are recorded in case of absence.
    DATE(S): Nov 2, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014
    TIME(S): 4:00 - 5:30 PM est
    LOCATION: See description for location information.
    AGES: 21 and older
    DESCRIPTION: This workshop will address the principal concerns home-educators have about homeschooling through high school:
    • The high school curriculum: credits, assigning grades, AP tests and scores, college courses, online courses, and courses just done at home.
    • Applying to college: transcripts & record keeping, testing, the common app, admissions and homeschooling, also college visits, interviews, what to consider when choosing a school, merit aid vs. need-blind, early action vs. early decision, and more.

    There will also be time for Q&A.

    What you'll get: All the information you need to:

    • create and manage a homeschool high school curriculum;
    • generate a high school transcript and supporting documentation;
    • plan for and complete college applications.

      plus: Hands-on templates for all the most important documentation, useful websites, guidelines, and more.

    Space is limited. Your payment secures your spot in the workshop.

    About the facilitator
    Diane Speed, founder of the Classical Kids Network and homeschooler for more than a dozen years, created and will present this workshop. To read her complete biography, use link below.

    WEB SITE: http://hscollegebound.com/hscbs.htm
    RSVP: Contact Diane Speed via email: dspeed@salientcomm.com
    COST: $ 150. Fee includes an extensive printed notebook plus soft-file of templates for record-keeping. Payment of your fee ensures your spot in the workshop.
    POSTED: by Diane Speed on Sep 14, 2014