Palmerston North Conference

Friday, 13 September & Saturday, 14 September

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Conference Schedule

Friday, 13th September

6:00 pm

Registration For Evening Session

6:30 pm

Home, not School: Becoming a Brave Learner

Kids boldly tackle anything they want to learn. Yet parents worry: are my children learning all they should? Every home educator I’ve met offers me the same mission statement: “I just want my children to love learning.” When those same kids prefer to play Minecraft over dividing fractions, parents become exasperated. How can we get that passion for learning into the subjects kids need for high school, college, and career? In this session, I offer you a brand new way to see the educational task. I invite you to be a brave learner, yourself, attending to the details we overlook—the cosiness of our homes, the well-researched principles of natural learning, and the tenderness of our intimate relationships. Discover the properties of brave learning and unleash a torrent of academic growth.

7:30 pm


8:00 pm

The Secret to Breakthroughs in Writing (all ages)

Programmes, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it.  Yet it’s so simple! Find out what professional writers know about writing instruction that educators often miss.  You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good.  In fact, you can turn your writing programme around in one step, once you know what it is and follow through.  The good news is: anyone can apply this principle to writing (you don’t have to be an expert writer yourself).  By the end of the session, you’ll have an 8-week writing plan to use right away—no purchase necessary!  End the hand-wringing and tears for good.

9:15 pm


Conference Schedule

Saturday, 14th September

8:30 am

Registration For Morning Session

9:00 am

The Four Capacities of Learning: Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation and Celebration

The twelve Super Powers of Learning include a look at what Julie calls “The Four Capacities of Learning.” Find out how Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation, and Celebration will bring joy and progress into your homeschool!

10:30 am

Morning Tea

10:50 am

Big Juicy Conversations with Teens

Conversation teaches more than any book or film, lecture or course. Conversation engages a mind, allows you to hear what your child heard from you or the text, and creates the capacity for insight! Find out how to draw out your teens so that they are eager to share their thoughts with you. 

11:50 am


12:10 pm

Homeschool Routines

To schedule or not to schedule? That’s the question! Let’s explore all the various ways any personality can plan for a year of peace and progress in learning.

1:10 pm

Lunch – Own Arrangements

1:30 pm

Registration For Afternoon Session

2:00 pm

Partnership Writing: Becoming Your Child’s Effective Coach and Ally in the Writing Process

The key to a successful homeschool writing experience is to join your child as their partner and ally. Find out how to be that trusted partner to your child while providing maximum opportunity for your child to grow into an independent writer.

3:15 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:35 pm

The Magic of a Language Rich Lifestyle

Creating a language-rich environment is the key to a robust writing and reading life. It’s also the source of deep pleasure in home education. You can turn your homeschool into a source of joy and meaningful progress in language arts with a few tweaks and imagination! Find out how.

4:35 pm


4:55 pm

The Most Important Person in Your Homeschool is You!

Are you tired of your kids not cooperating with your clear vision of how your homeschool should function? Does one child get under your skin repeatedly? Do you feel batted about by so many different educational theories, you can’t see straight? Every homeschool parent faces a day of utter inadequacy—the feeling that he or she is not right for the job. In this workshop, discover how to drop the anxiety about failing, and how to harness your bright, bold energy to bring your best self to the educational task. How you feel in your homeschool has everything to do with how well you understand the job! That’s what this session is all about.

6:15 pm



Palmerston North


Early Bird: $30 for one session, $55 for two sessions or $70 for all three
Early Bird available until the end of July
Standard Prices: $40 for one session, $70 for two sessions or $85 for all three

Supper, morning tea and afternoon tea are provided
Please make your own arrangements for lunch


Early Bird Registration until 31 July 2019


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