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Rebecca Spooner - AHEA Convention 2019 Speaker

Rebecca Spooner

Speaker

Rebecca is a parenting blogger with a background in social media management and graphic design. She lives the RCMP life in Northern BC, Canada with her husband and 5 young children. She blogs about homeschooling, parenting, organizing and planning/bullet journaling. homeschoolon.com

Scheduled Topics

How to Homeschool, Work, and Manage Your Home

Friday 2:20-3:20PM | Parkland Pavilion

Whether you currently work or are considering a working opportunity, you might be wondering if it is possible to manage your home, homeschool AND your job responsibilities. For the past 3 years I've been trying to figure out the ever-elusive balance between these three full-time jobs and I have some realistic tips and tricks to help you reset your expectations and prioritize what really matters. I'm not going to lie and tell you there is some magic formula, each of these three jobs is hard enough on it's own! Blending them together WILL be stressful, it WILL be chaotic, it WILL be challenging, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Let me show you some hacks to make you super efficient with your time and help you navigate the chaos into some semblance of order and routine. You CAN do this and I'm going to show you how!

How to Teach Multiple Grades Together (Without Losing Your Mind)

Friday 3:40-4:40PM | Frontier (Upstairs)

Homeschooling one child is overwhelming, add more into the mix and you can start to feel like you are stuck on a never-ending bungee rope flinging from one child to the next. Pressure, anxiety, stress, frustration rise as you try to answer all the questions and keep everyone on track meanwhile stirring the food on the stove and keep the toddler occupied. Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to do it all? No mild metaphors or generalizations, we are going to be zoning in on very specific and effective techniques you can try to help you juggle the chaos and maintain the sanity that is currently hanging by a thread. Bring a notebook for this one we're going to be getting real!

How to Let Go of Public School Expectations

Saturday 9:50-10:50AM | Parkland Pavilion

Do you ever wonder if your kids are learning what they should be? Do you go to bed at night worrying that you might not be doing enough or that your child is behind? Do you feel that school should be taking a full 6 hours in order to be a "sufficient education"? Let's talk about it! Public school expectations have the potential and capacity to completely KILL our homeschool joy and success. They rob us of the ability to move at our child's pace or see the learning opportunities that happen outside of bookwork. They leave us checking off lists and fitting in lessons even if no one is enjoying them. We become trapped in a state of pressure rather than finding the homeschool freedom that so many people profess to achieve. Oftentimes we recognize these unrealistic expectations in ourselves. We want to change but we don't know how! This session will be talking about some of the expectations that we harbor, how they effect us and how we can break free of them and start making our homeschools the unique and fun journey we always imagined it would be!

Teaching the Child You Have (Not the Child You Want Them to Be)

Saturday 12:50-1:50PM | Frontier (Upstairs)

Let's be real, we all walk into homeschooling with some sort of preconceived notion of what it will look like, and for most of us we are in for a rude awakening. Our first year we buy books based on what we like and we plan our days based on our schedules, without taking into account the complete curveball that is our child. How do they learn? How do they process? What is their rhythm and routine? What sets them off and what fills them up and gives them life? What are their interests? Every one of these questions can have a huge impact on our little bubbles of expectation and adding more kids into the mix can make it difficult to navigate through our days and find what will work. I'm here to help! In this session we'll talk about how we can understand our kids more fully and teach to who they are. We'll discuss how you can teach multiple different personalities and learning styles all together and find ways to tweak and adjust your curriculum to cater to each of your children's needs. You will walk out of this session inspired, refreshed, and with a new sense of purpose; armed with understanding and some practical solutions to try. Because THIS school year, my friend, is going to be different!