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

The Four Capacities of Learning: How to Become a Brave Learner

Kids boldly tackle anything they want to learn.  Yet parents worry: are my children learning all they should?  Home educators say: “I just want my children to love learning.”  But how can we get that passion for learning into the subjects kids need for high school, college, and career? Find out how Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation, and Celebration will bring joy and progress into your homeschool! Julie invites you to be a brave learner, yourself, attending to the details we often 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: The Writing Triangle

In this session, Julie will explore the three dimensions of writing (Original Thought, Mechanics and Literature, and Writing Projects). She’ll help you understand your role in facilitating your child’s confidence and competence in written self-expression. You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good. By the end of the session, you’ll have an 8-week writing plan to use right away—no purchase necessary! Julie will also show you how the Brave Writer programme takes your kids from oral story-telling all the way to university level academic writing.

9:30 pm


Conference Schedule

Saturday, 14th September

8:30 am

Registration For Morning Session

9:00 am

Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

You’ve heard of “scope and sequence.” These standards in education are about pushing a child toward an objective. In Brave Writer, we focus on the child you have. The natural stages of growth in writing describe the child’s behaviour and how to gently move toward the next stage of development. Once you see where your child is, you can easily match the writing assignments to their skill levels.

10:15 am

Morning Tea

10:35 am

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.

11:35 am


11:55 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.

1:00 pm

Lunch – Own Arrangements

1:30 pm

Registration For Afternoon Session

2:00 pm

Tear-Free Revision (all ages)

Parents everywhere wonder how on earth they’re supposed to help their children’s writing improve if the sweet darlings dissolve into tears every time they point out a missing comma or mention that they need a better word than “awesome” to describe the volcano.  This workshop offers parents multiple (surprising) revision strategies that revolutionise how both kids and parents understand the revision process.  These practices are sure-fire, kid-tested winners and lead to a robust writing-editing partnership between parent and child.

3:15 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:35 pm

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. 

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 Bridge Club

2 Cook Street
Palmerston North


Early Bird: $30 for one session, $55 for two sessions or $70 for all three
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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

Billeting for out-of-towners is available – see enrolment form below



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