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  • Zoom Info for Parent Workshops: 

    Meeting ID: 358 714 1535

     Passcode: homeschool 



    FALL 2021


    Tuesday, September 28 at 2:30 pm

    The Art of Learning Spanish with Laughter and Smiles - Part II

    Curriculum Demo: Watch a live demo of teaching “Colors” Lesson 


    Introduction to “Colors” to show how the method works using the different tools.

    -Sign & Sing “Farm Animals” with  ASL (American Sign Language).

    -Acquire confidence in the language by learning a practical Q&A combined with easy vocabulary.

    Parents who attend will also receive a free two week trial to the Online Program and a chance to win a full year license.


    Tuesday, October 12 at 2:30 pm

    How to Make Language Arts Fun


    Instead of dry exercises that have no relationship to reading, Grammar Galaxy uses short, entertaining stories to teach language arts concepts in a memorable way.


    Tuesday, November 9 at 2:30 pm

    Upper Level Math with Charlotte Mason


    Charlotte Mason applied her distinct approach to mathematics instruction all the way through to advanced algebra and trigonometry. In this session, I will share about how Mason’s ideas apply to upper level math, and I will conduct a short demonstration lesson. Come and see how advanced mathematics can be a joy for student and teacher alike.


    Tuesday, November 16 at 2:30 pm

    Civil Air Patrol: STEM Kits and Cadet Program

    Watch this fabulous presentation HERE 

    Supporting documentation from the workshop:


    TOP Flight Flyer

    AEM Introduction Letter

    Step by Step Guide for AEM's

    ACE Flyer

    CAP Curriculum


    Tuesday, December 7 at 2:30 pm

    Smart but Scattered: Helping Children Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential

    Presented by Pam Dawson, author of Smart by Scattered

    Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Some students seem to acquire them naturally, but many students struggle with them—and for these kids, schooling without the structure of the classroom to support them may be particularly challenging. Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.


    Tuesday, December 14 at 2:30 pm

    Homeschool Latin by Memoria Press

    Why teach Latin? And how to teach it when you don’t know any Latin? For parents with kids K-12

  • Zoom Info for Parent Workshops: 

    Meeting ID: 358 714 1535

     Passcode: homeschool 



    SPRING 2021


    January 22 at 6pm 

    "Cultivating Kindergarten Writers"  

    Our own sponsor teacher, Megan Schneider, who has many years of experience as a kindergarten teacher, will show us how to take our kindergarteners from the beginning stages of writing (ie drawing pictures to express an idea) to writing sentences on their own.   Kindergarten Writing: From Drawing to Sentences PowerPoint presentation


    January 29 at 6pm 

    "How to Make Social Studies Come Alive with History Unboxed"  

    Stephanie Hanson, an Educational Outreach Specialist with History Unboxed, will be talking about the science behind the importance of hands on learning and will share how to use hands on learning to make social studies exciting. 


    February 5 at 6pm 

    "Creative Writing: Teaching your Child to Write and Publish a Short Story"

    Laurie Matthews will be teaching us how to take our kids through the process of writing a short story.  This workshop will be for useful for kids of all ages: kindergarten through 12th grade. The attached documents will be used in Laurie's teaching, so you can print them before or after the workshop to help you equip your kids to be creative writers.  If you can't make it to the live workshop, you can view the recording here


    February 9 at 3pm 

    "What is AKCIS?" 

    An exploration of the AKCIS portfolio, including how students work with the interactive postsecondary planning tools.  AKCIS.org helps students answer these questions: Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there? Components we will cover include: Checklists, Career Plan, Favorites, Sort and Assessment Results, Resume Creator, and Stored Files and Links.


    February 19 at 6pm 

    "Homeschooling Gifted Learners"  by IGNITE teachers Erin and Robin 

    Our presentation is based on the perspective of our experience as elementary IGNITE teachers. We will discuss characteristics of gifted learners and how students qualify for the IGNITE Program and for the Highly Gifted Program at Rogers Park Elementary School.  We will share ideas to consider when selecting curriculum for gifted students.  We will also present some curriculum ideas, games to keep students challenged, and a list of gifted resources and websites.  


    March 5 at 6pm 

    "Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and How to Teach Resiliency to our Kids" 

    JP Ouellette will be teaching us how to help our kids grow when adversity comes.  JP has worked with hundreds of families in the most challenging times of life to equip them to take on the world with courage, confidence and curiosity.  In Friday's workshop, he will provide an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences and share some of the secrets to leveraging adversity and nurturing resilience in our children (and each other).  

    March 19 at 6pm

    "Tips and Tricks to Teach K-6 Spelling"by Sue Heinz

    Sue Heinz will explain that understanding the 'sequence of spelling' as it relates to the English language applies to all levels of students, K-6th grade. In addition, being able to recognize developmental stages and types of spelling errors guides successful instruction.  Practical suggestions will be shared. 


    April 14 at 6pm 

    Unschooling in the Alaskan Outdoors by @northernsleepyfolk 


    April 19 at 5pm  

    Digital Citizenship and Teaching Healthy Technology Habits by Sarah Peterson 



    April 23 at 2pm

    Developing Character Using Literature Guides by Blackbird and Co.

    We have another parent workshop this Friday, April 23rd at 2 pm.  Blackbird and Company will be teaching us about character development using their literature guides.  They will be equipping us to teach our kids to answer these questions: What is the relationship between studying and writing about characters in a book?  What is the relationship between personal reflection and character development in students? I hope you can join us!


    May 6 at 2pm  

    Teaching Mindfulness to Our Kids by Janna Kampen 

    Janna Kampen, Social Emotional Specialist with Anchorage School District, will introduce parents to Mindfulness, how to be mindful and helping your children to be mindful. What is Mindfulness?? It is the quality or state of being aware or conscious of something.  Mindfulness occurs when we pay attention to what is happening in the here and now.  The workshop will include Mindfulness activities, literature to support Mindfulness, resources about Mindfulness and practicing mindfulness with children and various methods of breathing to help children for calming and de-escalation. Can't wait to see you there!! 

    May 19 at 6pm

    Working Through Family Conflict by JP Ouellette

    FALL 2020 

    October 9 at 6pm 

    ASD Music Teacher Julie Botero  

    "How to Create a Music Education Classroom in Your Home" 

    Julie Botero has been an elementary music classroom teacher for the past seven years. She holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master's in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Ball State University. Mrs. Botero is a certified K-12 music teacher in the state of Alaska. She also serves as a board member for the Alaska Orff Chapter which provides professional development for music educators. Julie will share the things that elementary kids usually learn in the traditional music classroom and show us how to teach elementary music to our kids at home


    October 23 at 6pm 

    State Library Representatives Daniel Cornwall and Julie Niederhauser  

    "Alaska Digital Library Resources for Homeschooling Families"  

    In this workshop, state library representatives will share all of the amazing, free resources offered to Alaska homeschoolers. Do your kids need homework help? Do you want them to learn a new language? Have you seen all the resources in the digital archives? Come and learn how to access all of these resources!


    November 6th at 6PM

    Anchorage Museum Education Department Coordinator Missy Gaulke

    "Homeschooling Resources from the Anchorage Museum'

    Missy will share TONS of resources with us, including community supported education boxes, virtual field trips, family classes and teaching resources. Come learn how to visit the museum and learn with them from home!  


    November 20th at 6PM

    ASD Teacher & Global Education Alaska founder Michelle Carton

    "Virtual Field Trips & Global Learning"

    Michelle, also known as MC the Global Librarian, is the founder of Global Education Alaska and an advocate for Global Citizenship for students and educators. She develops global projects and curriculum, contributes to journals and publications, and travels around the world both physically and virtually, writing a global learning blog, working with libraries, educational leaders, students, and parents to maximize learning potential for individuals and communities. In this workshop, Michelle will introduce us to her virtual field trips, give us tools to foster global citizenship and help our kids explore the world from home.


    December 4th at 6PM

    "All About Acellus/Power Homeschool"

    One of our rockstar homeschooling moms is going to teach us all about Acellus/Power Homeschool! https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/3587141535?pwd=bHRWbWp0NjVVb2Z4dXo5TWRqRnQwZz09


    December 9th at 6PM 

    "Teaching Math Facts and Multi-Digit Operations"

    We will be learning from Anchorage School District's Math Department Extraordinaire, Penny Williams, about Teaching Math Facts and Multi-Digit Operations. Penny has included some amazing articles for us to read about how kids acquire math knowledge. 


    Friday, January 8th at 6pm
    "Science Fair Parent Workshop"
    Join us on zoom to learn about choosing a science fair topic, displaying it on a board, and all sorts of other fun science fair conversations.