Professional Development for Parent-Teachers: Parent Workshops

I have many workshops for Parent-Teachers. These have been taken by many families who have had great success using my methods. All except the semester course are 90 minutes in length, and $35. I offer these once per month only. You do not need to take these in any particular order. If you’re interested in one or more of these, please click here and fill out this short form.

Growth Mindset

Join me for this workshop to discuss Fixed and Growth Mindsets, while we consider which your child(ren) have, and brainstorm ways to shift a Fixed Mindset to a Growth to set families and young people up for life long success!

When I teach my Growth Mindset classes for kids/teens, I talk about how our mistakes can be viewed as failures, or as opportunities to practice skills we have not yet mastered. The difference between how people view mistakes is having a Fixed Mindset, or a Growth Mindset, respectively.

People with a Growth Mindset expect to struggle because they know we aren’t all born knowing everything we should know. We have to learn. Sometimes, when we learn new things and our brain forges new pathways, it might take a few tries. When learners with a Growth Mindset encounter something they can’t yet do, they increase their effort, try new strategies, and end up learning more. Research shows that a growth mindset predicts increased academic achievement and can help narrow achievement gaps. People with a Fixed Mindset believe they are born as smart as they will ever be, and often, a single failed attempt means one is a failure forever. This becomes a label and almost a mantra for life, and sometimes prevent them from easily trying again. The fear of failure is so real and imminent.

Modeling behavior helps learners see that even their parents and caregivers don’t view themselves as perfect, and even adults have opportunities for growth.

During this workshop, we will discuss:
1. Providing attainable challenges
2. Giving opportunities to face obstacles
3. Teaching and model good attitudes
4. How to accept constructive criticism
5. Viewing failures, shortcomings, and messing up as opportunities for growth and learning
6. Celebrating successes and minimizing failures
7. Providing opportunities to celebrate the success of others
8. Perseverance, Resilience, and the power of YET

I will talk with parents to decide what mindset they have and how that is passed onto their child, accidentally or otherwise, and ways to adopt a Growth Mindset. We will discuss challenges and obstacles your children face in education that prevents them from having a Growth Mindset, and brainstorm ways to help shift their mindset.


Gameschooling

In this workshop, we will talk games old & new, ones for subjects like science & math, and the many lessons kids can learn from growing up playing. Join me as we roll the dice, spin the wheel, and share easy tips for incorporating more games and fun into your homeschool!

 

 Gameschooling allows for stealth learning at its best. Games don’t judge, they don’t leave red marks, they don’t dole out grades. Instead, games allow for practice of skills. Mistakes are expected. If you lose, you get to clear the board and try again.
In this workshop, we will talk about the common misconceptions others have when kids “just” play games. We will brainstorm things kids learn as they play, and the real-life applications tabletop games have. I’ll share some of my family’s favorite games and how those relate to education, and then I’ll share how I record these to help meet state standards (a requirement in my state). We will explore games for different subjects and I’ll help you find some that fit your budget and family.

Learning Styles

Most kids have a natural way of picking up new info — they learn best either by listening, looking, or doing. Once you know your child’s learning personality, you can sidestep a lot of academic agita. Join us to discover your child’s learning style and how to best help them!
Understanding your child’s disposition can also help you determine his or her learning style. For example, is your child adventurous? Inventing? Or thinking/creating like a poet or a philosopher? An adventurous personality really has to move to learn, so sitting at a desk all day doesn’t do it for them. A child with an inventing disposition may ask a million questions, such as ‘How does this work?’ ‘What about this?’ Once you have identified your child’s learning style, you can begin to build on his or her strengths to compensate for learning difficulties– without labels. If a child has a lot of spatial problems (difficulty picturing things), but is terrific in English, they can learn math by putting everything into their own words. If you show them an equilateral triangle and ask them to talk about it, boy, will they understand it! Another way to enhance learning is to focus on your child’s affinities and areas of interest. A lot of strength could ride on the coattails of their passions, and you can build academic skills in that area. Have him become an expert in the area that he feels passionate about. Acknowledging and honoring their interests and talents tells you a lot about their learning style. If your child is really interested in plants and gardening, you can see if they are more hands-on and they need to go out there and garden. Or do they learn better from pictures about gardening, or reading about gardening?
In this class, I will help you determine your child’s learning style, using a variety of questions. If you already know the answer, then you can use this class to find new ways to teach! We will discuss learning styles, teaching styles, and overcoming difficulties when your child’s learning style is very different from your own, or from your desired teaching style (I have 2 kids I homeschool right now–neither learn the way I do, so it’s been interesting and I have a lot to share!). Come, spend an hour with me and let’s chat!

Managing Your School Day

This workshop will help you settle your family into a routine that works for YOUR family and serves you well. Come join if you’d like to see how even the smallest change to your homeschool day can be beneficial for your family!

When I first started homeschooling, I had lofty goals. Like many, part of me wanted to recreate the public school day; how else would we get it all done otherwise?! As time went on, I realized I could do things differently. This worked better for my kids, so we developed a routine that truly works for us. Which means: the schedule works for us; we don’t just work toward the schedule. It fits our family.

 

I’d love to share what I’ve learned with you! I’ve taught these skills to homeschooling parents and grandparents face-to-face, and I’m excited to bring it online! During this workshop, we will discuss:

 

-Routine
-Priorities–including yourself!
-Organization
-Time Managment
-Time Blocking
-Scheduling
-Goals
-Commitment and Over-commitment
-Delegation

 

Come hang out with some fellow homeschooling parents and let’s talk about some of the hard things, and work through them so you can have a routine that works for your family!


Education Outside the Box!

Whether your child has an interest in a video game, book series, movie, or anything else, join me to see how you can create a multidisciplinary learning experience using your child’s interests!

One of my favorite things to do, as both a teacher and a homeschooling parent, is to create a curriculum for my learner(s) based on what they already know they enjoy. My Dungeons and Dragons class is a good example of how this works: on the surface, this is just a table-top role playing game. But, if you look deeper, you’ll see many things are required to make this game work. We use storytelling, math, science, creative writing and the writing process, executive function skills, and much more each time we play. We will discuss, in depth, your child(ren)’s interests, and how we can use those to teach. From teaching math using the Pokemon card game to using a fishing trip to teach a wide range of subjects, we will see how learning does not have to happen at a desk or kitchen table. Creating lifelong learners is my passion! The best way to do this, in my opinion, is by using (positively) what already motivates the learner to encourage them to seek answers and work hard.

 

Because every person is different, different things motivate us and help us learn. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use your child’s interests to shape an education that’s exciting, fun, and legitimately educational.

 

You can bring a copy of your state’s standards, and homeschooling requirements if this applies to you.


Executive Function Skills 101

Each of us navigates daily life (learning, work, recreation and relationships) thanks to intrinsic skills called Executive Functions. Some young people struggle profoundly with these skills that many of us take for granted. Come learn how to help your child in this workshop!

Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details and managing time and space. There are specific strategies you can use to help children with executive dysfunction overcome or compensate for their difficulties. People of all ages can lack in executive skills.

 

To better understand and support your kids when they lack certain these skills, it helps to know about the underlying brain functions that go awry to create such challenges. This course is designed to explain executive functions in a clear, understandable way and to help you pinpoint the struggles your child might experience. It’s organized into three broad categories where executive skills come into play: learning; behavior and emotions; and social situations and relationships. I’ll present each section with tips for providing support and practice in specific skill areas. Even if your children don’t struggle with executive function, you may come to appreciate their executive skills and learn how to help them shore up those that need work! I’ve also found some parents have learned this course helped bridge the gap in what they lacked in executive function skills.

 

During this workshop, we will discuss the Executive Function skills mentioned above, do a short checklist to see where your child(ren) might need some work, and brainstorm how to help your children secure these skills. A handout with information I’ll be discussing will be provided before the workshop begins. You may want to bring note-taking paper and something to write with, and possibly a highlighter.

 

So, come have a cup of coffee or tea and let’s learn how to best help your child succeed!


Executive Function Skills 101: Semester for Parents

If you’re looking for accountability, to learn new skills, improve current ones, or how to “adult” and use executive function skills, this is a great course! We meet weekly, live, and discuss how things are going for you, what strategies you’ve implemented, what you can do next, and help make a personalized plan for you to gain control of your life! Using the
“village” mentality, we will meet as a group and guide one another to success. This is the longer version of the one-time class for parents. After many took my one-time parent version and learned how my student course meets weekly, they requested I create a sort of “accountability for adulting” course. Here it is!

You can access this course here:

http://heartfelthomeschool.school-network.net/Courses/Details/5610

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