Dianne Craft

Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, a speaker and former homeschool mom, discovered that there are many bright, hardworking, homeschooled children who have to work way too hard to learn! As she speaks with homeschool leaders across the country, she hears that their fastest growing population of new homeschoolers is comprised of parents who are working with bright but struggling learners. This appears to be about 30% of our homeschooling...

Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, a speaker and former homeschool mom, discovered that there are many bright, hardworking, homeschooled children who have to work way too hard to learn! As she speaks with homeschool leaders across the country, she hears that their fastest growing population of new homeschoolers is comprised of parents who are working with bright but struggling learners. This appears to be about 30% of our homeschooling population. 

Her goal is to show parents how to identify if their bright, hard working child is truly struggling with a learning block (...or if he just has a character problem, the most common question?) and, more importantly, how to reduce the impact of that learning glitch and get the child moving forward quickly. We know that homeschooling is best, especially for a struggling learner; however in their frustration, many parents consider sending their child to the public school system, thinking that it is their only option. With just a little instruction, these wonderful parents can very successfully homeschool their child with reading, writing, math, behavioral or attention issues. 

Attendees to Dianne’s workshops often comment that her presentations are funny, entertaining, informative and chock full of ideas to help them understand their puzzling child. They say that it feels like she has been sitting in their house, watching their daily struggles with their child.    

Dianne has a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education with 25 years of teaching experience. She now teaches parents across the country how to help their child learn faster and easier using therapies and strategies that are very effective while being very inexpensive. She is a Certified Natural Health Professional specializing in natural treatments for children with attention, learning and behavioral issues.  Dianne is president of the educational consulting firm Child Diagnostics, Inc. in Littleton, Colorado. 

 

Event activities / Sessions:

Friday, April 19th, 2013

10:30AM

11:45AM

Identifying "If" Your Child Has a Learning Glitch

Speaker(s):
Dianne Craft
In this workshop you will learn how to identify if your child has a learning glitch or if he is just a ‘late bloomer’. Is your child exhibiting a maturity problem or is she actually struggling with a blocked learning gate? Determine which learning gates are open and which could be blocked. Learn the signs of auditory processing problems. This workshop answers these questions and supplies strategies for dealing with these situations – and more!
Friday, April 19th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues

Speaker(s):
Dianne Craft
Do you have a child who has to work too hard to stay focused on a task? Does his pencil become paralyzed when you leave the room for a few minutes? Does he seem lazy and unmotivated? Are you at your wits end about how to help this child? “He’s so smart, but it takes him FOREVER to complete his work!” You’ve tried all the focusing tricks from the books you’ve read, but still find that you have to use so much of your teaching day just getting the required work out of this child or teenager.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

09:00AM

10:15AM

Training Your Child's Photographic Memory

Speaker(s):
Dianne Craft
“Visual memory is far superior to auditory memory. It is essentially perfect.” (The Brain Book by Peter Russell) Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory,” but we now know that this amazing ability can be easily taught. Teach your children learning strategies that are taught at Cambridge University.  Research shows that there are more “megabytes” in the right brain for memory storage.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Auditory Processing and Memory Issues

Speaker(s):
Dianne Craft
“When my daughter reads, she has to sound out the same word over and over again in the story.” “If I give my child three simple directions, he only does one…if that! Is he just being inattentive, or is something else going on?” “My son’s memory is terrible. He’s ten years old and can’t remember the months in order!” Do you have a child or teenager who has (or you suspect he/she has) an Auditory Processing Problem or Short Term Memory Problem?  This can affect so many areas of life, not just academic areas.

Mike Donnelly Esq.

Mike Donnelly serves HSLDA as director of international affairs and as staff attorney for member affairs in the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. As director of international affairs he coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom all over the world. Mike is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick...

Mike Donnelly serves HSLDA as director of international affairs and as staff attorney for member affairs in the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. As director of international affairs he coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom all over the world. Mike is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick Henry College where he teaches constitutional law. He received a juris doctorate from the Boston University School of Law with honors as a Paul J. Liacos Scholar. He is a member of the bars of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. Mike’s previous experience includes combat service during the first Persian Gulf War as a United States Army cavalry officer, private legal practice and the founding of a nationally ranked internet marketing firm. Mike is an internationally published writer and frequent conference and media spokesperson on the subjects of homeschooling, educational freedom, parental and human rights. His most recent publications include the first-ever chapter on homeschooling included in the four-volume global education policy series Balancing Freedom, Autonomy, and Accountability in Education, Religious Freedom in Education, appearing in the International Journal of Religious Freedom and Creature of the State, appearing in Homeschooling in America and Europe: A Litmus Test of Democracy. He and his wife homeschool their seven children. For more information, visit www.HSLDA.org

Event activities / Sessions:

Friday, April 19th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

The Compelling Case for Home Education

Speaker(s):
Mike Donnelly Esq.
Are you curious about home education, but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member saying you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven, Mike Donnelly, and see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. Mike will help you understand the basics, show how home educated students often outshine their public school peers, and shed light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. Handouts are not available for this workshop.
Friday, April 19th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Elites to Homeschoolers: "You're Next!"

Speaker(s):
Mike Donnelly Esq.
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American home educators need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially home education. Come hear Mike Donnelly, HSLDA attorney, director of international relations, and homeschooling father, as he examines this growing threat and what American home educators need to do to meet it. 
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

12:00PM

01:00PM

Persecuted for Homeschooling: What's Next for American Homeschoolers?

Speaker(s):
Mike Donnelly Esq.
Jeurgen Dudek, a persecuted German home educator, and Mike Donnelly, HSLDA attorney fighting for homeschooling freedom, discuss reality and implications of persecution for German homeschoolers, the Romeike case, and the growing threat to parental freedom from state encroachment. You may bring in your lunch. There are no handouts available for this workshop.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

Knock, Knock! There's a Truant Officer at the Door!

Speaker(s):
Mike Donnelly Esq.
What are you going to do? There is no need to fear if you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with these government workers. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father, Mike Donnelly, discuss the most frequent issues home educators face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike will discuss how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Town Hall 101: Emerging Issues in Home Education

Speaker(s):
Mike Donnelly Esq., John Tuma
Mike and John will lead this interactive workshop. Bring your questions and comments pertaining to current events and legal issues in the world of home education and have a great group discussion.  Handouts are not available for this workshop.

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to...

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students' skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words." He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin are parents of seven, grandparents of three, and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.

Event activities / Sessions:

Friday, April 19th, 2013

10:30AM

11:45AM

Reaching the Reluctant Writer

Speaker(s):
Andrew Pudewa
Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. He will be proud and motivated to write again. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines and “dress-up” checklists. Results guaranteed!  
Friday, April 19th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

The Profound Influence of Music on Life

Speaker(s):
Andrew Pudewa
Music has become such an ever-present influence in our daily lives, we seldom stop to consider what effect it has on us. But we must! As we changed over the last 100 years from being music “makers” to music “consumers,” we have gradually lost control over, and even awareness of, our auditory environment. In what way is music beneficial to our bodies and minds? In what circumstances can it actually be harmful?
Friday, April 19th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

The Profound Influence of Music on Life, Part II: Evaluating Musical Elements

Speaker(s):
Andrew Pudewa
Picking up from where “The Profound Influence of Music on Life” talk leaves off, this presentation uses musical samples to help listeners learn to hear more actively, both to gain the most out of their listening experience as well as to encourage “defensive” listening and teach their children to listen with greater discernment.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

09:00AM

10:15AM

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

Speaker(s):
Andrew Pudewa
We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include: What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Isn’t the assignment clear enough? Why don’t students find their own errors? Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Overcorrecting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day

Speaker(s):
Andrew Pudewa
Children like to do what they can do; they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it; and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest. 

Diana Waring

Extremely happily married since 1979, Bill and Diana Waring homeschooled their three children nearly twenty years. The now grown Waring kids were the proving grounds for all the concepts and encouragements Bill and Diana teach—real-life examples of the wonders of homeschooling!

Their mission is to serve families by encouraging, equipping, and educating in an entertaining way. Diana and Bill have spoken and written for the...

Extremely happily married since 1979, Bill and Diana Waring homeschooled their three children nearly twenty years. The now grown Waring kids were the proving grounds for all the concepts and encouragements Bill and Diana teach—real-life examples of the wonders of homeschooling!

Their mission is to serve families by encouraging, equipping, and educating in an entertaining way. Diana and Bill have spoken and written for the Christian homeschool and private school community for over 20 years. Through their business/ministry Diana Waring Presents, formerly Diana Waring-History Alive!, they have met and talked with homeschoolers in 46 states, half of Canada, and three other continents. The curriculum for world history study Diana wrote, beginning in 1994, has been growing and expanding. She is in the midst of a seven-year effort to update and expand the research and presentation of the material. She is well known for her rapid-fire history recordings and workshops, but is also appreciated for her workshops and books of homeschool encouragement, like Beyond Survival and Reaping the Harvest. Some of these fascinating concepts received emphasis while she was reading and being mentored concerning how students learn and how teachers can facilitate learning. They currently serve on the Board of Directors for Washington Association of Teaching Christian Homes

For more information visit their website at www.DianaWaring.com.

Event activities / Sessions:

Friday, April 19th, 2013

10:30AM

11:45AM

History Via the Scenic Route

Speaker(s):
Diana Waring
Are you tired of force feeding history to your children? Does history make them yawn? Or, do you have one of those hungry-for-history type students that would devour far more than you could ever dream up to provide? Diana Waring will take you on an extraordinary learning adventure as she shares with you how to make the facts come alive and the learning go deeper! Join Diana for her "sit-on-the-edge-of-your-chair-in-suspense" history approach, using literature, music, art, science, cooking, and more, that has captivated home educators across five nations.
Friday, April 19th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

Not Just Your Average Genius

Speaker(s):
Diana Waring
In this fast-paced, easy-to-understand workshop, you will distinguish three different grids that affect the unique way each one in your family learns: learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic); learning styles (Feeler, Thinker, Sensor, Intuitor); learning intelligences (interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, spatial, math-logical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist).
Friday, April 19th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Learning: A Breathtaking Adventure

Speaker(s):
Diana Waring
Does that ring true for you? Is learning a breathtaking adventure in your homeschool, or more of a weary forced-march, plodding through endless subjects? One of the most difficult aspects of homeschooling is breaking away from the model of education that we grew up with. A desk, a flag and an apple symbolize the "look" of school, while "lecture, drill and test" describe the method of school, the method that left us passive and bored. It's time to enter a whole new world of education to find a captivating - breathtaking - way to learn.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

01:30PM

02:45PM

Exposing the Wizard of Oz: A Christian's Guide to Teaching History

Speaker(s):
Diana Waring
The essential crash course for every homeschool parent. Discover insights from Diana's research behind the events of history. Share her wisdom for teaching history. Do you wonder, "Whom do I trust and what do I read to know real history?" Diana will equip YOU, regardless of your curriculum, to find your way through the challenges. She will lead you to a path you can follow in discovering treasures of history with your family. 
Saturday, April 20th, 2013

03:00PM

04:15PM

Glimpses of Glory

Speaker(s):
Diana Waring
Can we fallible and finite human beings see the fingerprints of God in history? Are there examples from various times and various cultures that show the unmistakable handiwork of the Creator/Redeemer God? Does history have more to teach us than mere dates, names and places? For an intriguing look at the Story behind the stories, join Diana for this adventure-filled recounting—which could change your life!