Sunday, June 12, 2011

Personal Conference

This week I’ve been busy enjoying the home conference that I mentioned a few weeks back. I did alter my original plans a bit, which caused some changes to my schedule, but I had a great time and really enjoyed myself. As with most things, some sessions were better then others. In fact, only one session was a total bust. Here's a quick rundown of the sessions I listened to, I'll have to come back later and give you more details on some because there were some that were just too good not to share!

Maggie Hogan was a laugh a minute, I mean really funny! My favorite line from her meeting was so funny I started laughing in the middle of the library. She said that to save time if you had dustables you should just pack them up a big old box and save them, “Save them for that day when you think to yourself.. “I have nothing to do and I sure wish I had something to dust!”” I couldn’t stop laughing at that one!
Dana Hanley spoke from her heart and it was quite an interesting talk. She spoke about the various methods of education, which were also interesting. However, I equally busted up laughing when she admitted that her first year homeschooling {one child} she made her daughter raise her hand to answer questions and before running off to use the bathroom.
Sonja Shafer was a delight, as always, to listen to. I love her honesty and I really enjoyed both of her chats. They were both well worth the money spent on the downloads.  I really want to listen to the Biblical Discipleship chat again and review my four pages of notes! I also snagged the Laying Down The Rails book and can’t wait to sit down and read it. I’m thinking next time I’ll go for her all day seminar dvds. Anyone want to join me for that?
Diana Lockman’s chat was one I was really looking forward to, but it was the one session that was a bust. I had issues with her chat right from the start when she started bashing a method of homeschooling. Not one I use, but you know it really gets under my skin when homeschoolers think their method or curriculum is so great that they have to bash “the other guys”. Truth is, each method/curriculum is perfect for certain families based on their where they are on their journey.  However, the session was just not my thing. It was simply a regurgitation of facts and not at all what I expected.
Sally Clarkson was another women who really spoke from her heart. I really enjoy it when speakers aren’t afraid to share their own failures amongst their triumphs. In this day and age when people are so quick to blog or share the good stuff, it’s easy for people to think their the only ones who ever mess up or stumble. This particular chat as one I could easily listen to again, I might even put a book or two on my birthday list authored by Sally & her husband.
Okay, I was looking forward to the chat with Lisa Lewis all week and I wasn’t disappointed! All though I would have really liked to check out the handout she kept mentioning, it wasn’t necessary to enjoy what she was saying. I also found it really funny that she mentioned the very Nature book I’d brought and had on my schedule to read after I was done listening to her chat! It took a bit of self control, in the middle of the cafe, not to jump up and down and shout, “I have that book!!”  I have a page of notes that I was taking and writing so quickly that a couple of fellows at the cafe leaned over to see what I was up to!
Jeannie Fullbright’s chat was equally good, as always. I listened to a live conference {internet based} with her last year and her talk then hit the spot. Same thing this time, and I honestly didn’t expect half of what she said, but it made so much since. Bottom line was that if there’s no joy in our homeschool chances are our expectations and focus aren’t where they should be.
Carol Barnier might just be the funniest and most passionate person I heard speak. Plus, she has some amazingly awesome ideas for those days when you need to change your pace a bit from the same old same old! I’m thinking I’m going to have to put her Big What Now Book Of Learning Styles on my wish list. The meeting was a treasure trove of ideas. And, just for laughs.. Her slideshow wasn’t working {didn’t effect me because I was listening to a recorded version} but anyway it set her back by about 5 minutes.. Which, I found highly amusing considering the topic of her chat was “Help I fell off My Lesson Plans”
All in all, I had a great time! My boys enjoyed spending three days with their Nana, and were delighted she was far more willing to sit down and play Monopoly then I am. In fact, Monopoly is the one game I despise. As in, I’d rather poke my own eyes out then play it. Seriously, it just goes on and on and on and I could think of a million other things to do.. 

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