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Workshops for Parents: Summer 2022

WebinarsFree talks & workshops

In June & July of 2022, we've been offering live, online sessions for parents homeschooling through the high school years. These sessions will be held at 4:00 pm EDT / 1:00 pm Pacific.

To learn more about a particular session — or to register — just click on the title you're interested in:

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    Eyes Wide Open

    Five things every parent should know about homeschooling high school
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    Literature and Our Teens

    Social & aesthetic nourishment for homeschooled students
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    Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

    Five things about writing most students are never taught
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    Skill Drill

    Three skills every student needs for college
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    Science in the High School Years

    Succeeding with science instruction at the high school level
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    Grammar for the Real World

    How English grammar should be taught (but seldom is)
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Eyes Wide Open

Five things every parent should know
about homeschooling high school

Parents are often surprised when their homeschooled teen becomes unmotivated, angry, or uncooperative. — Up to that point, homeschooling had been a magical learning adventure marked by self-directed learning and effortless discovery; parents may wonder What happened? — What did I do wrong?
    In this talk Diane Speed addresses common challenges with homeschooling through the high school years: motivation, attitude, puberty, achieving high school requirements, and more. She also delivers solutions and insights that produce real results and homeschool success.

Download handout for this talkSpeaker: Diane Speed

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Literature and Our Teens

Social & aesthetic nourishment for homeschooled students

Adolescents today are starving: they're aesthetically and culturally undernourished. Among the many culprits: Our poor use of literature throughout secondary education. Great works on high school reading lists are treated as mere boxes to checked off, and do students really learn to love Dickens in AP lit? — Our STEM students, moreover, will have few electives in college; the high school years may represent their last real taste of literature.
    Roy Speed has been teaching literature to adolescents for more than a decade; he's best known for his acclaimed courses on Shakespeare. Here this homeschooling dad shows how we can use literature to nourish our teens, expand their emotional intelligence, and sharpen their insight into human relationships.

Download handout for this talkSpeaker: Roy Speed

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Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Five things about writing most students are never taught

Most students today are asked to write essays before they've actually read any. Worse, they're taught writing in highly artificial forms, like the five-paragraph essay — a kind of writing no one in the real world ever has to produce.
    This homeschooling dad has worked for thirty years as a writing consultant, working with professionals in large organizations. In this session, he shares his practical perspective both on our students' real needs and on the classroom methods traditionally used to teach writing. He also shows parents five writing practices that our students need to master but are seldom taught.

Download handout for this talkSpeaker: Roy Speed

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Skill Drill

Three skills every student needs for college

High school is jammed with requirements for the college-bound high school student — 3 to 4 years of a lab science, 4 years of English, plus higher-level math, foreign language — not to mention standardized tests! But there are three skills that maximize all students' chances of success at college. Each of these skills hinges on higher-level thinking, maturity, and organization.

This workshop will discuss what parents can do to help their students develop these essential skills.

Download handout for this talk Speaker: Diane Speed

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Science in the High School Years

Succeeding with science instruction
at the high school level

Homeschooling science is one of the most daunting challenges of the high school years. It requires high-quality instruction, with the student not just ingesting great quantities of knowledge, but performing the right activities and receiving coaching on those activities. This session offers concrete guidance on how to recognize instruction of sufficient quality for your student to succeed with science. It will also address:

  • the importance of labs, research reports, and tests;
  • the benefits and shortcomings of AP & honors science courses, community college courses, and other options for fulfilling science requirements.

Download handout for this talk Speaker: Diane Speed

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Grammar for the Real World

How English grammar should be taught (but seldom is)

Traditional approaches to English grammar have neglected and obscured the subject's greatest benefit: effective writing. Granted, studying the parts of speech doesn't teach you to write an essay. But for far too long, our grammar instruction has ignored the real world of writing and the vital role played by things like sentence structure and punctuation — both of which are key to clarity and impact.
    For nearly thirty years Roy Speed has been teaching grammar to writers of all stripes — from professional researchers to corporate managers and, most recently, homeschooling parents and students. He is the author of The Writer's Guide to Grammar, and in this session he gives an eye-opening look at grammar principles that lead directly to important writing tools. In the process, he shows parents how grammar should be taught but seldom is.

Download handout for this talkSpeaker: Roy Speed

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about our speakers


Diane Speed

Diane homeschooled her two children from
pre-school through high school. She used an academic, college-prep program of her own design to meet high academic standards and, at the same time, address her children's individual learning needs. Both of her children received substantial academic scholarships to the colleges of their choice, and she attributes their exceptional performance in large part to their being homeschooled. — Since 2001 Diane has launched a number of homeschooling groups and services, including The Classical Kids Network (classicalkids.net—launched in 2001) and HS College-Bound (hscollegebound.com—launched in early 2014. She teaches honors-level courses in biology and chemistry.

Roy Speed

Roy is a homeschooling dad and the author of The Writer's Guide to Grammar. He has a B.A. in English from Northwestern and a passion for history and for Shakespeare. In the business world, he's a writing consultant: he creates writing training and eLearning programs; one of his writing programs has been translated into seventeen languages and has become required training for more than a quarter-million employees around the world. He is also a sometime lecturer on business writing topics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. In the homeschooling world, he has taught writing, literature, and history to students of all ages.

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Honors Chemistry With Lab

Homeschooling Fundamentals - Getting startedIn this year-long, honors-level class, each student acquires both a deep understanding of chemistry and an appreciation for its real-world applications. Each week comprises live lecture and live discussion enhanced by graphics and PowerPoint presentations. Students perform labs under the instructor's guidance and are provided with lab materials and worksheets to be completed at home.

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Science Intensives

Homeschooling the College-Bound StudentOur online science intensives are eight weeks long; each delivers in-depth, focused study of a particular topic in science, and they all include labs. Each is a standalone course that may complement nicely your at-home science curriculum. But you may also combine two or more intensives in whatever way suits your student's interests and needs. — You can even fashion a robust year-long science course complete with labwork.

Instructor Diane Speed will deliver intensives on the following topics:

  • Ecology: September 26 – November 17, 2022
  • Genetics: January 16 – March 16, 2023
  • Botany: March – May 2023
    (exact dates TBD)

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