Homeschool Speaker & Workshop Teacher
My passion is teaching! I’ve known since first grade that I would be a teacher – and I’m so very thankful to the Lord for revealing His perfect will for me early on. With a Master’s Degree in elementary education, I found myself teaching in a public school for five short years before coming home to be mom and teacher to my then one-year-old daughter. How blessed I am nineteen years later to say that I am mom and teacher to three wonderful children! I wouldn’t trade our days together for any amount of money!
God continues to burn in my heart a desire to teach others as well as my own children. Encouraging parents in homeschooling is truly one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love sharing from my heart and experience with others!
My Professional Bio
At Our Journey Westward, I have written for more than ten years about creative homeschooling. I have also authored and published the popular NaturExplorers series, a grammar curriculum for third and fourth graders based on living literature, a how-to book for living math, and a step-by-step book for homeschooling in the Charlotte Mason style, among other books.
Additionally, I’m an educational consultant who presents professional development workshops for the Center for Economics Education program at Eastern Kentucky University.
About My Workshops
I’ve spoken about a wealth of topics over the years:
Charlotte Mason Flair
- Charlotte Mason Homeschooling: An Overview
- Living Math: Why and How?
- Living Literature: Why and How?
- Creative Nature Study
- Nature Study in Middle and High School
- Getting the Most from Artist Study
Unit Study Flair
- Homeschooling with Unit Studies
- How to Plan a Unit Study
- Project-Based Learning
- Hands-On Homeschooling
- Creative Homeschooling
- Homeschooling Gifted Kids
- Brain Training for Growing Smarter Kids
- Brain Training in the Special Needs Homeschool
- Logic in the Homeschool: Formal and Informal
- Teaching Economics in the Homeschool
- Organizing the Unorganized Learner
- Planning Student Led Courses in High School
- A Different December (Creative Christmas Schooling)
- Homeschooling in Kentucky
- Raising Children who Love the Lord
- Creative Bible Study
Many of these topics can be tailored as “lectures” for large audiences or “hands-on” workshops for smaller groups. I am also available for all-day, intensive training sessions for groups of 15-30. You can learn more about each topic by visiting the page detailing each of my current workshops. I’m happy to develop a workshop according to your needs with a few weeks’ notice.
Recent Notable Engagements
Indiana Association of Home Educators Conference (IAHE)
Great Homeschool Convention: Cincinnati (GHC)
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky Conference (CHEK)
iHomeschool Studio Online Conference
CurrClick Online Conference
Heart of the Matter Online Conference
Christian Home Education Network Conference (CHEN)
Recent Podcast Interviews
Your Morning Basket with Pam Barnhill
The Homeschool Sanity Show with Dr. Melanie Wilson
The Dollars and Cents Show with Carol Topp, CPA
I would love to talk with you about the possibility of speaking at your event!