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2011 CHEA Convention – Pasadena, CA

If you homeschool in Southern California, you know that the CHEA Convention is one of the highlights of the year! With a great lineup of speakers and all sorts of curriculum exhibitors, you won’t want to miss this extra-special 28th annual event July 14-16.

This year, the CHEA Convention will again be held at the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center. Visit www.cheaofca.org for information, convention schedule, and downloadable workshop syllabus pages.

Vendor Booth

As you begin looking toward the next school year, it’s also the perfect time to stop by our booth to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person. Find us in Booth #329.

At the convention you can:

  • See our full line of WriteShop products
  • Purchase the newest WriteShop Primary books.
  • Preview the up-and-coming WriteShop Junior materials.
  • Learn how you can teach a WriteShop co-op class in your area.
  • Receive much-needed encouragement about teaching writing.
  • Attend my workshop “Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing” at 12:40 on Friday.

Visit the CHEA website for more information. Hope to see you there!

~Kim

WHO Convention 2011 – Puyallup, Washington

I love homeschool conventions! I love meeting homeschooling families all around the country. And I love encouraging parents with my own experiences and stories.

Next week will bring us to the beautiful state of Washington, where Debbie and I will be exhibitors at the annual WHO Convention at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.

If you live in northwestern Washington, this is a great opportunity to hear some inspiring speakers, check out new curriculum, and enjoy a weekend of refreshment and recharging.

And as you begin looking toward the next school year, it’s also the perfect time to stop by our booth to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person.

At the convention you can:

Visit the WHO Convention site for workshop schedule, exhibit hall hours, and directions to the conventions. See you there!

And check WriteShop’s convention schedule to see where we’ll be next!

Homeschool conventions 2011: Florida and NC

Two of the largest homeschool conventions in the country take place this coming weekend, May 26-28, 2011. It’s the perfect opportunity to refresh and recharge, learn from great speakers, and browse through curriculum. Look for the WriteShop booth at both the FPEA and NCHE exhibit halls.

FPEA

If you live in the Orlando area, run—don’t walk—to this year’s outstanding Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. On Friday, May 26, Kim Kautzer will be speaking on “Teaching Writing: The Big Picture,” giving an overview of what to teach and when—and sharing loads of ideas!

  • FPEA: WriteShop booth #329

NCHE

And if you homeschool in North Carolina, don’t miss out on the annual North Carolina Home Educators’ Convention (NCHE) in Winston-Salem.

  • NCHE: WriteShop booth #41

At the conventions you can:

  • See our full line of WriteShop products
  • Purchase the newest WriteShop Primary books.
  • Take a sneak peek at the exciting new WriteShop Junior series (coming soon)!
  • Learn how you can teach a WriteShop co-op class in your area.
  • Receive much-needed encouragement about teaching writing.

Whichever conference you attend, it will be a great time to stop by our booth to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person. Visit the convention sites for workshop schedule, exhibit hall hours, and directions to the conventions. See you there!

And if you live on the West Coast, make sure to check WriteShop’s convention schedule to see where we’ll be next!

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WriteShop’s homeschool conference schedule: 2011

In 2011, WriteShop will be exhibiting at 10 brick-and-mortar homeschool conventions where you can see our line of WriteShop products in person, get the skinny on our upcoming WriteShop Junior series and, at most locations, sit in on an informative workshop.

I’m also speaking at a handful of online conferences—which make a great alternative if you’re unable to attend a convention in person.

March 31-April 2: Cincinnati, OH

MidWest Homeschool Convention
www.cincinnatihomeschoolconvention.com
UPDATE:
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker - “Teaching Writing: The Big Picture”

May 2-6: Online Conference

Ultimate Homeschool Expo
www.ultimatehomeschoolexpo.com
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker – “College Prep: Is Writing on Track?”

May 6-7: Arlington, TX

Home School Book Fair
www.homeschoolbookfair.org
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker - “Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing”

May 16-20: Online Conference

Schoolhouse Expo
www.schoolhouseexpo.com
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker – “Teaching the Timed Essay”

May 26-28: Winston-Salem, NC

NCHE – North Carolinians for Home Education
www.nche.com/conference

May 26-28: Orlando, FL

FPEA – Florida Parent Educators Association
www.fpea.com/Convention/index.htm
Exhibitor Workshop – Teaching Writing: The Big Picture

June 17-18: Puyallup, WA

WHO – Washington Homeschool Organization
www.washhomeschool.org/convention/convention.html
Exhibitor Workshop – Teaching Writing: The Big Picture

June 23-25: Philadelphia, PA - CANCELLED

(We were sorry to learn that the NorthEast Homeschool Convention has been cancelled and rescheduled for 2012.)

July 14-16: Pasadena, CA

CHEA – Christian Home Educators Association of California
www.cheaofca.org
Exhibitor Workshop – Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing

July 16-17: Charlotte, NC

HINTS Book Fair
www.hintsonline.org/bookfair.htm
Exhibitor Workshops
- Inspiring Successful Writers (K-6th)
- Inspiring Successful Writers (7th-12th)

July 22-23: Phoenix, AZ

AFHE – Arizona Families for Home Education
www.afhe.org/conventions.htm
Exhibitor Workshop – Teaching Writing: The Big Picture

July 29-30: Modesto, CA

VHE – Valley Home Educators
www.valleyhomeeducators.org
Exhibitor Workshop – Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing

Will you be attending any of these events? Let us know. And if you’ll be there in person, please come by our booth in the exhibit hall and say hello!

~Kim

CHN Family Expo 2010 – Ontario, CA

The CHN Family Expo returns to Ontario, CA August 5-8, 2010. This will be WriteShop’s last homeschool convention of the year—and we hope to see you there!

Families from around the state will be gathering for family fun and homeschooling encouragement at the California Homeschool Network’s annual conference, which will be held at the Ontario Marriott. 

Workshops

If you’re looking for fun, creative ways to boost writing this year, I’ll be presenting a workshop at 9:30 a.m. August 6: Gone Fishing: Tips and Ideas to Motivate Young Writers.

Vendor Booth

On August 6 and 7, visit our vendor booth (#117) to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person. Don’t forget to ask for your FREE gift! You’ll love it!

At the convention you can:

Visit the CHN website for workshop schedule, exhibit hall hours, and directions to the convention. See you there!

Ideas for expanding writing vocabulary

This morning I presented a jam-packed workshop at the Schoolhouse Expo, a virtual homeschool conference sponsored by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. The hour whizzed by as I shared tons of ideas for ways to creatively introduce and expand your children’s writing vocabulary. Here are just a handful of suggestions from today’s session.

Be a Writing Role Model 

You’ve heard that if you want your children to become readers, they need to see you reading. Likewise, to raise writers, you must make sure they see you writing. When your child writes, think about stopping to write as well.

  • Draw attention to your writing. Point out times that you use writing to communicate with others.
  • Talk about writing opportunities. Explain the purpose for each kind of writing and the target audience, handwriting vs. computer, etc.
  • Let your child see you prepare for a Bible study, keep a prayer journal, or take notes during church.
  • Have your child help you write letters, even such routine ones as ordering items from an advertisement or writing a letter of praise or complaint to a company. This helps the child to see firsthand that writing is important to adults and truly useful.
  • Take time to write in your journals together.

Assign Copywork

Copywork has so many benefits, including providing students with excellent writing models. You can use various copywork passages as opportunities to look up unfamiliar words, which is a great way to naturally expand your children’s vocabulary.

You can purchase resources specifically intended for the purpose of copying. Or simply encourage copying Bible verses, hymns, favorite poems, passages of literature, or famous quotations.

Suggest Making Lists

Making lists is an effective writing tool for all ages. Most children like to create lists anyway, but writing out lists—from the mundane to the meaningful—also helps them become more organized. Taken a step further, when list-making is used as a brainstorming tool, it can even help students plan the elements of an essay or story. And it also helps build context-specific vocabulary.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Show them how you keep a calendar, make grocery lists, write daily to-do lists, add to an ongoing list of projects, etc. Then your kids can make their own lists of schoolwork, dates for soccer practice and games, family birthdays, etc.
  • They can inventory furniture in a room or items in a junk drawer, jewelry box, or medicine cabinet. Talk about different ways to name common objects.
  • Likewise, they might make lists of their various personal possessions such as baseball cards, stuffed animals, shoes, or CDs. Collections, such as seashells or Matchbox cars, often have specific or specialized names. Learning these helps contribute to vocabulary growth.
  • Another suggestion is to create word lists: Your child can begin a list with a word that describes a texture such as rough or slippery, or a character quality such as gentle, brave, or faithful. Then have him use a thesaurus to look up synonyms for that word to expand the list.

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If you missed it, you can still get an Expo to Go ticket that will give you access to all the MP3 audios beginning May 31, 2010. It’s been a wonderful event, and I highly encourage you to grab a ticket so that you can take advantage of the encouragement and ideas that each outstanding speaker has offered. At $19.95, it’s an outstanding deal! Just click the Expo to Go image to the right. >>>

My homeschooling days are well behind me, but I still gleaned so much from the excellent sessions. Hope you take advantage of “Expo to Go”!

Photo courtesy of StockXchg.

Central Coast Home Education Conference – April 10, 2010

Convention season is upon us! WriteShop is exhibiting at our first conference of the year this Saturday, April 10, 2010—at the Central Coast Home Education Conference in lovely Santa Maria, California.

In addition, I’ll be speaking several times throughout the day. Join me for the following workshops:

  • Writing Games (general interest)
  • Beat the Clock: Effective Tips for Writing Timed Essays (for teens and their parents)
  • College Prep: Is Writing on Track? (for teens and their parents)

Visit the Central Coast Home Education Conference website for more information. Hope to see you there!

~Kim

Say What You Mean Convention coming Feb. 3

Three Flavors of Communication

Writing. Speech. Conversation. These “Three Flavors of Communication” provide the theme of the 5th Annual Say What You Mean Convention, which brings you a day packed with learning and laughter.

Sponsored by Art of Eloquence, this annual online convention offers keynote speakers, live workshops, and pre-recorded audios designed to equip you and your children with stronger communication skills.  The conference is peppered throughout the day with exciting activities such as contests, giveaways, fun, and fellowship.

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST / 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST

Workshops by Kim Kautzer

I’m excited to share that I’m one of the hosts and speakers again this year. That means you’ll get to hear me present four all-new workshops!

  • Writing Skills: More Important Than Ever!
  • How to Wrte a Speech
  • Speak the Truth in Love
  • The Lazy Student: What’s a Mom to Do?

Live Seminars

Most of the live seminars will also be recorded for later, but if you’re listening in live, you can win bonus gifts. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Michael Jr. live interview, which will NOT be recorded at all.

  • 8am PST/11am EST – Interview with Christian comedian Michael Jr. on Faith and Humor
  • 10am PST/1pm EST  – JoJo Tabares  of Art of Eloquence “The Three Flavors of Communication: Writing, Speech, and Conversation”
  • 12pm PST/3pm EST – Cindy Rushton of Talk-a-Latte “Building a Passionate, Forever, Happier, and Happier-Ever-After Marriage”
  • 2pm PST/5pm EST Joan Rudder-Ward of Girl Nurture “The Heat is On: Techniques to Protect You and Your Daughter from Becoming Culture War Casualties.”
  • 4pm PST/7pm EST Kim Kautzer of WriteShop “Writing Skills: More Important than Ever!”
  • 6pm PST/9pm EST Prayer Chat

Pre-recorded Audios

Read the descriptions of each talk here. The audios will be available at the Say What You Mean Convention website for one year!

  • How to Tailor Your Writing for Effectiveness
  • The Lazy Student: What’s a Mom to Do?
  • What Good Is a Speech Course If Your Kids Won’t Use It?
  • How to Write a Speech
  • Conversation: The Most Important Communication
  • Speak the Truth in Love
  • What Most Apologetics Courses Don’t Teach You
  • Talking vs. Communicating
  • Listening: THE Most Important Communication Skill
  • Humor: A Powerful Communication Tool
  • Avoiding, Reducing and Healing Conflicts
  • What It Takes to Be a Great Communicator

And More!

Homeschool Conventions 2009: NC & So Cal

The second weekend of July will find WriteShop exhibiting at two homeschool conventions on opposite coasts. Join us!

HINTS – Matthews, NC

North Carolina homeschoolers, especially if you live in the Charlotte area, will not want to miss the wonderful local HINTS Book Fair July 10-11 at Christ Covenant Church. Admission is only $5.00!

CHEA – Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA

If you homeschool in Southern California, you know that the CHEA Convention is one of the highlights of the year! With a great lineup of speakers and all sorts of curriculum exhibitors, you won’t want to miss this extra-special 26th annual event July 9-11. Visit www.cheaofca.org for convention schedule, printable syllabus pages, and more.

A homeschool conference is the perfect time to stop by our booth to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person.

At these local conventions, you can:

  • See our full line of WriteShop products.
  • Purchase the BRAND-NEW WriteShop Primary Book B!
  • Learn how you can teach a WriteShop co-op class in your area.
  • Receive much-needed encouragement about teaching writing.

Don’t forget to check WriteShop’s convention schedule to see where we’ll be next!

Homeschool Conventions 2009: Florida and NC

orlando-convention

This coming weekend—May 21-23, 2009—heralds two of the largest homeschooling conventions in the nation, one in Florida and the other in North Carolina. WriteShop will once again have a booth at each of these.

FPEA

Florida homeschoolers, especially if you live in the Orlando area, will not want to miss the fabulous Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Convention at Rosen Shingle Creek.

NCHE

Likewise, if you live in North Carolina, you’ll want to attend the annual North Carolina Home Educators’ Convention (NCHE) in Winston-Salem.

This is the perfect time to stop by our booth to ask questions, see what’s new, or browse through WriteShop books in person.

At the convention you can:

Visit the convention sites for workshop schedule, exhibit hall hours, and directions to the conventions. See you there!

And check WriteShop’s convention schedule to see where we’ll be next!

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