Stephanie Elms

Stephanie Elms

Bio

Stephanie never intended to homeschool, but can see now that she fell into it naturally as an extension of the relationship-based parenting approach to which she was drawn. She particularly enjoys encouraging homeschoolers as they learn to trust the process with their children, as well as themselves, recognizing that in homeschooling there are no “right” approaches, just options to try. Stephanie has been a homeschool advocate for 16 years and was a longtime member of the VaHomeschoolers board of directors and regular contributor to VaHomeschoolers Voice magazine. She recently started working as a homeschool coach for The Homeschool Alliance. Stephanie has two always-been-homeschooled boys, ages 20 and 17, and is seriously enjoying the young adult years. You can read her musings on her personal blog, throwingmarshmallows.com.

Sessions

Beginning Homeschooling (Free)
Friday, Session 1, 1–2 p.m.

Thinking about homeschooling but feeling overwhelmed? New to homeschooling and wondering what you got yourself into? Join us for this free session by former VaHomeschoolers board member Stephanie Elms. Stephanie gives an overview of the law and answers your questions and concerns about how homeschooling can work for your family. Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to get started on your homeschooling journey. This session does not count against the number of sessions allowed in limited registrations.

Beginning Homeschooling, Part 1: Navigating Paperwork and Legalities
Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.

Thinking about homeschooling but feeling a bit overwhelmed? New to homeschooling and wondering what you got yourself into? Stephanie gives an overview of the law and answers your questions and concerns about how homeschooling can work for your family. Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to get started on your homeschooling journey. This session is similar in content to the Beginning Homeschooling session on Friday (F1.2).

Beginning Homeschooling, Part 2: But What Do I Do Monday?,
Saturday, Session 3, 1:15–2:15 p.m.
This second talk in the Beginning Homeschooling series covers options for the day-to-day aspects of homeschooling: finding resources, knowing what to teach, exploring different homeschool approaches, structuring your day, and finding local groups. While no one can tell you what will work best for your family, Stephanie provides you with resources for figuring it all out. Gain the knowledge and the confidence you need to get started on your homeschooling journey.

Homeschooling High School: Keeping Things in Perspective
Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

No matter how long you have homeschooled, when your child enters the high school years, feelings of panic can be triggered in the best and most experienced of us. The stakes seem higher and it can feel like our homeschool ideals, and what we know about how our kids learn best, are often in direct conflict with traditional high school expectations. Stephanie will share insights into how she has learned to navigate the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with homeschooling high school. This session will be less about the educational how-to’s and more about how you can better manage the stress, maintain your sanity, and keep your relationship with your teen intact. Come find out why there are no educational emergencies, even in the high school years.

Homeschool Help Desk, with Karen Skelton, Robin Martin, and Stephanie Carlson
Saturday, Session 5, 4:45–5:45 p.m.

What are your concerns about homeschooling? Do you have questions you are not sure are answered in other sessions? Join these experienced homeschool parents for an interactive session designed around your questions about socialization, approaches to homeschooling, what to expect when you begin homeschooling, common challenges, and anything else you want to know. Remember, there are no dumb questions!