Renee Jackson is deep into her family’s 11th year of homeschooling. With three high school aged daughters and a new canine love, she has found great joy as well as huge challenges in these last years of homeschooling. Her life is just the way she would want it. While not actively engaged in the homeschooling community, Renee takes huge advantage of the cuddliness of her newest family member and can often be found snuggled in the corner of the couch, slurping coffee, while catching up on a backlog of scintillating drama and comedy viewings. She is also a member of Sweet Adeline International and enjoys blending barbershop harmonies with her singing sisters at Potomac Harmony Chorus. And if that doesn’t do it for her, Renee is always happy to try her hand at her latest endeavor: speaking Korean with any brave souls who wish to indulge her.
Teaching Complex Topics When You Only Get to Meet Once a Week,
Friday, Session 1, 1–2 p.m.
Many homeschoolers have found the benefits and pleasures of joining up with others in cooperative learning communities. While the fun of learning with others and finding your own hidden teaching talents can be exhilarating, the burden of trying to fit it all in and the fear that you just won’t get it all done can outweigh the positive feelings. Renee has been there so many times in the last five years as a teacher and as one of the directors of a vibrant and growing learning co-op. She will share with you some of the obstacles she has discovered, and possible solutions you can try with your own group. Among the topics she will cover are the challenges of broad topics and limited time, students who are not able to do supplemental work outside the class, mid- and late-semester restlessness, and sharing small spaces with incipient young adults who often just want to socialize. In this session, Renee would like to encourage you to take on the challenge of teaching complex topics in a co-op or at home setting—you got this!
Igniting a Zeal for History in Your Older Homeschooler
Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.
So often as we move from elementary years into learning with our older students, history becomes a subject relegated to thick tomes with little to distract us from all those words. It doesn’t have to be that way; history is still alive and kicking and anxious to get out and spend some time with you and your students. In this session, Renee will share with you some of the activities, techniques, and plans she has used for the past five years while teaching middle school and high school level U.S. history, world history, and government that don’t require any fieldtrips except for those within our own imaginations. She will share with you how she structures classes that facilitate interest-led learning while also covering key topics, so that you may bring history alive for one student or dozens.