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Tulsa OCHEC Homeschool Convention 2012

17 May

By Rosanna Ward

The long anticipated yearly homeschool convention in Tulsa has come and gone. Both my sister and I needed the encouragement. Tuesday, the first day of the convention was awesome – my lovely daughter, Virginia, was home watching Leif so my homeschooling sister Elizabeth and I could be kid free for the day. The speakers were good, but the best part was just walking around the vendor hall researching our curriculum options and buying odds and ends.

It was such a great feeling to be in a crowded convention center with other homeschooling families! Wednesday was a little harder for me because I had to bring the little guy and wasn’t able to sit through a class, but again I enjoyed walking around the vendor hall. Elizabeth learned quite a bit in her classes.

Joel went to the kids program, which he loved! Virginia entered three photographs into the convention Photo Contest. Her black-and-white photo won first place: She received a ribbon and a Mardel’s gift card.

Once again my favorite speaker was Andrew Pudewa. I took his workshop on the Reluctant Writer and also on the Culture War. I had wanted to attend his workshop on teaching boys again but wasn’t able to. A new speaker this year was Kirk Martin and his son Casey, who have a ministry called Calm Christian Parenting. I attended their workshop called, “Are You at Your Wits End? 10 Secrets to a Stress Free Home.” They spoke about discipline: I picked up a few new ideas there and was inspired by the class.

I didn’t get a chance to attend any of the other speakers, but my sister Elizabeth went to a class on Reading Disabilities by Sam Oliphant and really learned a lot about how to effectively teach her daughter Faith. I hope she writes about that here on our blog soon.

Overall it was a good break and gave us some much needed motivation. I hope they get some bigger speakers next year, because I should be able to sit through more of them by then. But this year I got just what I needed — a little bit of education and a lot of encouragement!

Rosanna Ward is a devoted wife of 19 years and mother of four children, two of which are currently homeschooled. Her oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate, and her youngest son is a toddler. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and has been homeschooling for six years. Rosanna loves to study History and Genealogy, and currently resides in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Reminisces

27 Sep

Tonight I am sitting here remembering the very first Homeschooling Convention I went to with my parents. It was in 1986 (or 85?) at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. I was made to join in with the few other homeschool children attending with their parents and sing a song on stage for the attendees.

I am sitting here tonight trying to remember the words to that song. I think it was sung to the tune of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and went something like this:

“There’s no school like homeschool, no school I know.
Mom and dad they teach me all I need to know; to learn and grow, God told them so.
Now I hope that you will take a look and see the possibility
of teaching your own children in their home sweet home…”

— Rosanna Ward

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