We are thrilled to announce that previous VaHomeschoolers member Melissa Wiley—author, homeschooler, blogger, and inspirational speaker—will be our Keynote Speaker! Melissa is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens and you can learn more about her at melissawiley.com.
Melissa Wiley is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens, including The Prairie Thief, Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, and the Martha and Charlotte Little House books. She lives in San Diego with her husband and their six kids. Melissa has been blogging about her family’s reading life at Here in the Bonny Glen since 2005.
Get a taste of Melissa’s approach to homeschooling in her article entitled “High Tide” that was published in the November-December 2017 issue of VaHomeschoolers Voice here and from the January-February 2018 issue, you can read about embracing family customs in this article entitled “Homeschool Hygge.”
When she first started homeschooling, Melissa Wiley spent a lot of time trying to determine what kind of label fit her family best—Charlotte Mason? Unschooling? Eclectic? Gradually she realized there was a pattern to how her family learned and lived: an organic rhythm of “high tides” and “low tides,” each with its own character and […]
Many adults think of comic books and comic strips as literary junk food. But the truth is, sequential art is a sophisticated art form that can be a powerful learning tool for our kids. In this talk, we’ll look at the ways comics can quietly improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, storytelling, and other skills—all while being […]
In this lighthearted workshop, we’ll explore steps for building useful habits in a spirit of fun. Good habits—both in ourselves and our kids—free parents from having to be negative and critical. Instead, we can work together in a playful spirit to build positive habits that support a lifestyle of learning and family harmony.
“How can I encourage my kids to be more creative?” This is one of the questions Melissa is asked most often. In this session, Melissa will share a variety of tips, resources, and practical advice for building spaces and schedules that foster creativity and inventiveness. This is a nuts and bolts and glue and paints […]
How do you fit read-alouds into your day, especially for kids of varying ages? And with so many books to choose from, how do you pick the winners? Children’s book author and read-aloud addict Melissa Wiley shares her best strategies for bringing any subject to life with captivating literature, including tips on finding great booklists, […]