Dallas-Fort Worth Education Sessions

Admission is $5 per day for adults and free for children. The exhibit hall and all education sessions are included with admission. Tickets must be purchased online, and will not be available for purchase at the door.

Friday, June 7, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Kristin Lehman

Hewitt Learning

Education Hall A

Lightbulb Moments: Unlocking Student Potential

Explore innovative strategies to engage and educate diverse learners in homeschool settings. This session delves into tailoring education for students with various needs, from dyslexia to ADHD, and from neurodiversity to neurotypicality. Discuss infusing creativity and innovation challenge concepts into homeschooling, using real curriculum examples. Join in to learn how to ignite those transformative 'aha' moments, making learning accessible and exciting for every student.

Kristin spent over a decade working in higher education and helped found the Independent Innovator Challenge. She and her husband homeschool their 4 children.

Jennifer Wester

ARTB Activities

Education Hall B

Crafting Educational Fine Motor Activities

Get an overview of the progression of gross to fine motor skills, and learn how to integrate a broader scope of motor skills into your everyday academic lessons and activities. Doing so can increase learning retention, refine dexterity and increase creative confidence in your learners.

Jennifer is an educator of 10 years (pre-school through college) and experienced homeschooler, with a Master of Fine Arts.

12:00 p.m.

Tori Scott

Outschool

Education Hall A

Improving Writing Skills Through Storytelling 

Having a true grasp of the English language can set kids up for success in any field they choose to enter. But studying grammar and sentence structure--and obsessing over comma placement--can be grueling for young learners.

Hear how Outschool teacher Tori Scott teaches students to become better writers. Utilize her easy template with your own students, and watch them smile and lean forward as they suddenly become deeply engaged in learning to Write. Better. Tori will teach her nine-year-old daughter in real time. Come ready to laugh and learn, and watch as an original story unfolds. Popcorn option.

Tori is the bestselling author of 9 young adult novels under the pen name Victoria Scott and is the founder of Scribbler, a company that helps aspiring authors finish their novels. 

Hana Seyoum

World of Possibilities Travel

Education Hall B

Taking Learning Beyond the Book: Worldschooling, Roadschooling, and Educational Travel

We all know learning doesn’t happen just between four walls or even just in a book. In this session, you will learn about worldschooling, roadschooling, and how to take learning beyond the book on your next trip. 

Hana is a homeschool mom, travel enthusiast, owns a travel agency, and has taken her children on adventures around the world

1:00 p.m.

Katie Zuverink & Meagan Jackson

New Roots Counseling

Education Hall A

Emotional IQ

Preparing children to become successful adults involves much more than memorizing dates and reading textbooks. Learn how to incorporate social emotional education into your homeschool day!

Katie and Meagan are Licensed Professional Counselors with over a decade of experience working with children and families. Meagan is also a homeschooling mom of 3.

Shari Nelson & Amy Greenwell

Collin College

Education Hall B

Dual Credit with Collin College

Collin College offers homeschool families the opportunity to enroll in college courses while still high school students in our dual enrollment program. Learn more about the benefits of dual enrollment, the admissions process, and cost at this session. 

Shari and Amy are Homeschool College & Career Counselors with Collin College

2:00 p.m.

Linda Davis

Music Duo

Education Hall A

Music in Homeschool: Harmonizing Your Journey

Discover the transformative power of music in your homeschooling journey! This engaging session will help home educators introduce music education to their learners, regardless of their own music background. Discover free and paid resources, providing your child with a comprehensive music education rather than a mere buffet-style approach. 

Linda has a Master's in music education, certification in the Kodály Program, and 25 years of teaching experience

Latricia Davis

Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum

Education Hall B

Upstander Education and Resources

The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum offers a variety of free Upstander Resources for educators. Get a glimpse at some of the programs and themes offered

Latricia is the Director of Education at the museum, and has 12 years of experience as a classroom educator.

3:00 p.m.

Amy McKnight & Lynn Wright

Dallas Arboretum

Education Hall A

Growing Homeschool Learners at the Dallas Arboretum

Explore all that the Dallas Arboretum has to offer for homeschool families! The Homeschool Learning Days series features monthly hands-on science and STEM lessons specially designed for homeschool students along with the opportunity to explore the Main Garden and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Learn about the engaging lessons, interactive learning galleries and even how to book a custom field trip for your homeschool group.

Amy and Lynn each have over 25 years in science education, and currently facilitate homeschool learning activities at the Dallas Arboretum

Chantel Jones Bigby

Black Lotus Mothers Inc.

Education Hall B

Decolonizing Education Through Micro-Schools

Discover the groundbreaking vision and impactful work of micro-schools, an innovative solution dedicated to advancing life and education outcomes, particularly for children of color. See how micro-schools serve as catalysts for change, challenging traditional paradigms and fostering inclusive, empowering learning environments. Be part of the conversation as we envision a future where education transcends boundaries, ensuring every child's potential is not just recognized but truly unleashed.

Chantel is the Founder of Black Lotus Mothers Inc., and leads the development of learning pods, advocacy support for homeschool moms, and micro-schools development in North Texas. 

Admission is $5 per day for adults and free for children. All education sessions are included with admission. Tickets must be purchased online, and will not be available for purchase at the door.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Jessica Canady

Texas Home Educators

Education Hall A

Homeschooling on the Plains of Childhood: From Toddlers to Teenagers 

Homeschooling is a journey. It isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. There are so many resources out there, it can be a daunting task to find what works at any grade level. I'm here to tell you, if you're doubting your ability to homeschool your kids, don't. All you need to do is focus on consistency, find their learning style, find your teaching style, and be willing to come along side your children in learning. 

That sounds overwhelming, but I know you can do it! In this session, I will tell you about our journey so far, what I've learned, and answer questions. 

Linda Davis

Music Duo

Education Hall B

Musical Adventures with Linda Davis: Sing, Move, and Play!

Step into the world of melodies and rhythms with this engaging and interactive music class for children. Through the joy of singing and the excitement of percussion instruments, learners will embark on a musical journey like no other.

This session is designed for active student participation!

Linda has a Master's in music education, certification in the Kodály Program, and 25 years of teaching experience

12:00 p.m.

Emily Youree

Beal Media

Education Hall A

Creating Your Mom Community

Motherhood can be isolating. Finding and growing your mom community can be hard. In this workshop, discover practical tips and set goals for making mom friends and adding to your tribe. 

Emily leads Beal Media, managing the Collin County Moms, Dallas Moms, Fort Worth Moms, and Momfessions Podcast brands.

Summer Rachel Short

Author

Education Hall B

Choose Your Own Story - An Interactive Workshop

In this interactive workshop, discover the essential building blocks for creating a great story. Learners will have a blast brainstorming exciting characters and plots, then putting their new knowledge of story structure to work in this fast-paced class. 

This session is designed for active student participation!

Summer is a homeschool mom of over a decade and children's book author with multiple publications through Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 

1:00 p.m.

Shaun Taylor

Shaun the Homeschool Guru

Education Hall A

How to Start Homeschooling

If you are interested in homeschooling but not sure where to start, this is the session for you!

Learn about how home education in Texas works, and get the tools you need to start homeschooling

Shaun is an Amazon best-selling author of inspirational homeschooling books, a homeschool consultant, entrepreneur, and a homeschooling mom.

Amy McKnight & Lynn Wright

Dallas Arboretum

Education Hall B

Pumpkin Physics with the Dallas Arboretum

Calling all engineers! Join in to learn about the engineering design process and create a catapult that will launch a candy pumpkin. This is a great opportunity for learners to have fun, explore physics and engineering, and get excited for the Arboretum’s annual fall festival. How far will your pumpkin fly? 

This session is designed for active student participation!

Amy and Lynn each have over 25 years in science education, and currently facilitate homeschool learning activities at the Dallas Arboretum

2:00 p.m.

Elan Page

Homeschool Our Way

Education Hall A

Exploring Homeschooling Benefits for Families of Color

Hear from a panel of homeschool moms and professionals ready to share helpful information geared toward families of color who are interested in homeschooling. 

The discussion is led by Elan Page, podcaster and founder of Homeschool Our Way. She is joined by:

Erin Hamelwright

Classical Conversations

Education Hall B

Can You Trick Your 5 Senses? (Come Do Science With Us and Find Out!)

In this interactive session, learners will model and practice classical methods of education using their senses. Have fun memorizing science facts and conduct a simple, short experiment or two. Children will experience the most natural way of learning about the world around them, and parents will come away with ideas for teaching science at home. 

This session is designed for active student participation!

Erin is a homeschooling mom of 4, a former public school teacher, and a leader in the Classical Conversations community

3:00 p.m.

Alethea Gifford

Classical Conversations

Education Hall A

A Natural Way of Learning - The Classical Method

Experience classical education in action! Discuss, model and practice the natural way of learning through classical methods. This interactive session will demonstrate how learning progresses through a student’s life, and will provide you with tools you can easily incorporate at home. 

Alethea has been homeschooling for 12 years and is an active leader in the Classical Conversations community.

Dr. Marie Sontag

Family-Friendly Fiction Writers

Education Hall B

How to Write Stories Editors Will Publish

This workshop, geared for young writers, will provide tips from an award-winning author on writing both short stories and novels that students can publish. The workshop includes lists of places where students can see their work in print.

This session is designed for active student participation!

Marie has a PhD in education, over 13 years of teaching experience, and is an award-winning author of historical fiction

Admission is $5 per day for adults and free for children. All education sessions are included with admission. Tickets must be purchased online, and will not be available for purchase at the door.

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