Sunday, January 18, 2009

InHome Conference 2009

The annual InHome Conference will be held March 5 to 7, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Registration is available on-line now.

Katherine and I will be presenting two sessions together. In Bringing Science to Life, we'll talk about many of the things we do that make life science practical. This will be geared to parents with kids of all ages, and we'll have lots of examples of how kids can learn science in the real world, whether you live in an apartment in Chicago or the middle of nowhere.

In Next Step: Community College, Katherine will talk about her first year at a community college, and I'll talk about the experiences of my other children as students at a community college, as well as my experience teaching at a community college.

Katherine and I will each be part of a panel discussion on college and homeschoolers. I'll be on the parent panel, and Katherine will be on a panel for teens. The point of these sessions is mostly to give the audience members an opportunity to ask whatever burning questions they might have about college.

I'll be presenting Preparing for College, where I talk about what your children need to know to succeed in college, from my dual-perspective as a college instuctor and a homeschool mom. I'll talk about the things that my college students are most lacking, as well as what presented challenges when my own homeschooled children started college.

If you're able to attend, please be sure to introduce yourself to us!

6 comments:

Cathy said...

We will be there too! Actually I just wrote a post about the conference also!
http://borntolearnfreetolearn.blogspot.com/ This will be our first time of attending. I look forward to meeting you in person, although I think I did once a few years ago. I always enjoy your perspective.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know I read your response in the questions and answers column of Home Education Magazine and it came at a time when I really needed to hear it. Not long ago a friend of mine who is a professor at UC Berkeley let me know how unprepared and unwelcome my homeschooled kids would be on any "serious" campus. It was kind of a blow to me because I had assumed that as this friend had never said anything negative before, they were in fact supportive of what I was doing-- espescially since we do a LOT of math and science here. I was very, VERY upset by these remarks, and it gives me a great deal of moral support to know that there are at least some teachers and colleges and universities who understand what it is I'm trying to do with my kids!

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Deborah said...

Anonymous -- Glad you liked my comments in Home Education Magazine. There are definitely some people in colleges who think homeschooled kids are awesome. I can certainly understand why your friend's comments hurt your feelings. I used to hear a lot of comments like that myself, but since my children have not become illiterate bums, most people quit saying anything. The last time anyone said anything annoying was about five years ago when a relative said that my oldest "had succeeded so well in college and done so much, especially since she was homeschooled." I wanted to scream! She didn't succeed in spite of being homeschooled -- she succeeded because she was homeschooled! But some people just can't get past the scripts that run in their heads . . . go to school, go to college, . . .

Snavleys said...

My bad! Thank you so much for clarifying. It got me a little riled up because I am so sick of people posting these rude, critical comments when grammar wasn't the point of the essay at all!! I love it when people give him kind suggestions but it is so annoying when they pick it apart, especially after I've stated several times that he wrote it very quickly and never edited it. I'm sorry for quickly getting defensive, it was baffling me how a homeschool mom could make critical comments. I'm very sorry for the misunderstanding and thank you so much for setting me straight and the kind comment.