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The Four Language Arts (4)

Andrew Pudewa Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 am Plaza 1

When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.

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From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation (10)

Andrew Pudewa Friday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Plaza 1
Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

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The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing (16)

Andrew Pudewa Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Plaza 1
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.

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By Heart - The Goodness of Memory (22)

Andrew Pudewa Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Plaza 1
Join Andrew in a contemplation of the fundamental human faculty of memory, examining some of the history and biology of memory, its impacts on language, imagination, joy, and virtue. Together we will consider why progressive education discredits its value and why (and how!) we should guard and cultivate this precious gift.

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Convention Banquet: Why Homeschooling May Save the World (25)

Andrew Pudewa Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Arbor Theater
As progressive education continues to careen downward into a miasma of meaningless standards, mediocrity, and radical dependence on technology, there seems little hope that the public system as a whole will change significantly. More and more families are looking for alternatives, and now “everyone knows someone” who homeschools. Our numbers will increase. This presents significant opportunity as well as challenges for home educators. We know the Lord often uses weak vessels to accomplish his greatest work. Are we homeschool moms and dads part of His plan to save Western Civilization and Christian Culture? If so, how then shall we think?

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Cultivating Language Talents: From Preschool Through High School (34)

Andrew Pudewa Saturday, 9:30 - 10:30 am Plaza 1
Listening and reading well, speaking and writing clearly, thinking and debating effectively are abilities that most parents hope to cultivate in their children. With that goal in mind, Andrew will explore various environments and activities which will acceler­ate the development of these language skills, beginning with the youngest students and continuing into the high school years.

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But ... but ... but ... What About Grammar? (39)

Andrew Pudewa Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00 pm Ginko
Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for the parent who doesn’t feel confident in his or her own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks, wasted dollars, and way too much time spent trying to fulfill that subject. Often what is taught in those workbook pages doesn’t translate into success in writing. The results are poor mechanics and a less than stellar understanding of “What is a verb?” or perhaps more importantly, “How do verb choices enhance writing?” If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers.

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Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences, and Cures (46)

Andrew Pudewa Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Plaza 1
Nature deficit disorder refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of emotional of physical and emotional imbalances. It can affect individuals, families, and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth, and beauty.

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Nurturing Competent Communicators - The Power of Linguistic Patterns (49)

Andrew Pudewa Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Arbor Theater
(49) Nurturing Competent Communicators – The Power of Linguistic Patterns

Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it; others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research show very clearly how good writers have developed. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school? With humor and insight, Andrew will share the two easy but unbelievably powerful things you can do to build language patterns and nurture competent communicators in your family.

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