Auckland Conference

Friday, 17 August & Saturday, 18 August
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Conference Schedule

Friday, 17th August

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Registration For Session A
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualised Education
What is mastery learning, and how does it relate to home education? Andrew will explain the methods, goals and benefits of the ability development model as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, “Every child can learn,” and you can create success in areas where you or your children have struggled in the past.
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching
In this talk, Andrew shares many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including: It’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you; Process over product; All kids are different; “Progressive” education doesn’t mean progress; What real “college and career readiness” is, and two secret keys to successful teaching. You will be challenged or reassured (or both!) but sure to leave with an expanded vision of your calling as a homeschooling educator.
9:15 pm

Conference Schedule

Saturday, 18th August

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration For Session B
9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Four Language Arts
When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.
10:30 am – 11:10 am
Morning Tea
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Paper and Pen: What the Research Says
Recent years have seen an enormous increase in the use of technology in education for even the youngest students. But is technology really the cure—all that many believe it to be? While traditional skills such as cursive penmanship are seen as unnecessary in the modern world, the actual research tells a different story. Learn the compelling reasons to choose paper books instead of electronic devices for reading, to handwrite instead of type when note-taking, to teach cursive instead of printing for penmanship, and to grab a pen instead of pencil for composition. Discover how to unleash creativity that goes beyond technology.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration For Session C
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Nurturing Confident Communicators - The Power of Linguistic Patterns
Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it; others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research show very clearly how good writers have developed. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school? With humour and insight, Andrew will share the two easy but unbelievably powerful things you can do to build language patterns and nurture competent communicators in your family.
3:00 pm – 3:40 pm
Afternoon Tea
3:40 pm – 5:00 pm
Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Registration For Session D
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
But ... but ... but … What about Grammar?
Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for the parent who doesn’t feel confident in his or her own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks, wasted dollars, and way too much time spent trying to fulfill that subject. Often what is taught in those workbook pages doesn’t translate into success in writing. The results are poor mechanics and a less than stellar understanding of “What is a verb?” or perhaps more importantly, “How do verb choices enhance writing?” If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers.
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Humour in Teaching and Speaking
The power of humour and mirth to aid in effective teaching is certain. Although some people have more of a natural inclination toward humour than others, everyone can study and learn how to use the elements of humour to improve their teaching and speaking skills. Learn to incorporate the rhetorical techniques of Misunderstanding, Absurdity, Hyperbole, Exaggeration, Understatement, Double Entendre, and more.
9:30 pm
All suppers, morning tea and afternoon tea are provided
Please make your own arrangements for lunch and dinner
A supermarket, cafe and restaurants are located nearby

Fickling Convention Centre

Fickling Convention Centre

Under Mt Roskill Library
546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings


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Standard Prices
$30 for any one session
Includes two talks and a tea and coffee break

Children at Conference

Children aged 10 to 14 years are welcome to attend sessions with a parent

Breastfed babies are welcome to attend with their mother
If you bring a baby please be considerate of other conference attendees during sessions

Children under ten years of age are not able to attend sessions, however, there is an adjacent room where they can stay and play. Please bring your own quiet activities.  Children must be supervised by a parent or someone of your own choosing.
If you wish to share session attending and supervising children with someone else, both adults need to book for the sessions they will attend.

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