FirstClass Homeschooling (Beginning)

Speakers: Jessica Hulcy, Nancy Bjorkman 

Whether you are just beginning to home educate your preschoolers or transitioning from a public or private school setting with an older child, the six workshops in this track have been specifically designed to help you move more easily into teaching your children at home. The topics discussed in these six workshops are essential for beginning home educators and extremely helpful for continuing home educators who feel a bit overwhelmed with knowing how to do it. Great tips for all attendees.


Homeschooling Struggling Learners

Speakers: Jen Beyst, Eileen Hoffman, Johann Marsland, Stephanie Martin, Karen Stobaugh, Susan Tesch, Jeff Toonstra

There is a whole gamut of issues out there that make learning difficult for some children and we parents have a hard time trying to sort out what those issues look like for our child. In these instances, home education is the best learning option; but it can also be very challenging, time-consuming, and confusing. This special track will help to encourage and provide practical tips for those special families who work with learning challenges daily.


Homeschooling Through   High School

Speaker: Sandy Norlin, Cheri Frame

This preconference track is for home educating families of upper elementary, middle school, and high school students, as well as for those whose children are currently in public or private high schools but who are preparing to home educate them through the high school years. Parents and their teens are encouraged to attend these six informative workshops together. Sandy and Cheri will give you basic information about how to home educate your child successfully through high school and will give you confidence that you can do it well.

General Information about the Preconference Tracks

Do you feel that taking that first step into home education is like jumping off a cliff --- without a bungee cord attached? There is absolutely no turning back!

Do you feel totally exhausted just thinking about the enormous energy required to help your struggling learner? Your child needs a steady routine in order to learn well, but you are already tired and need some fresh --- and easy --- ideas that would energize you and help your child learn.

Do you feel inadequate at teaching anything past the basic reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic? This is when you need to jump into it 'feet first' and learn right along with your children. You will be amazed at how much you remember from your school days; but you will also learn many new things or maybe just relearn those lessons you have forgotten over the years.

The three preconference tracks mentioned at the top of this page may be of help to you. We have tried very hard to plan speakers and topics that we believe will empower you to take on these perceived impossibilities, encourage you to take one step at a time, and give you the tools you will need to be the most effective parent and teacher we know you want to be. It will be hard, but that is our theme for this year - "Do Hard Things." We are confident that you can do it well. 

The preconference tracks give intense training. They will meet simultaneously on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM. For more detailed information about what is included in these three tracks and the fee structure, click on any one of the tabs above. Registration begins January 1.

Registration for the preconference tracks is separate from the MÂCHÉ conference and will have a separate fee structure. We have found that the preconference tracks and the MÂCHÉ conference workshops complement each other and that attending both will be very beneficial for home educating families. For information on registering for the MÂCHÉ conference, click HEREYou must register separately for each event.

The exhibit hall and used curriculum will not be open on Thursday for preconference track attendees. The Food Court will be open to purchase meals at lunch and snacks during breaks.