North Sound Home School Fair

 Sponsored by Hill Creek Christian

Biographies


Patricia Huey

is the founder of Hill Creek Christian. Patty Huey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama. She later received an English endorsement from OSPI in Washington State and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Currently she serves as an NILD educational therapist. Patty’s education experience includes elementary, secondary, post-secondary and English as a Second Language in a variety of cultures over a span of 32 years. She has taught in both special education and gifted and talented programs.


Amorah Nelson

is the administrator of  Hill Creek Christian.  She is also the high school science teacher at HCC. She has been working with home school students for over 14 years.  Every year, Amorah works with over 20 students helping them plan their high school years.  She also oversees and helps parents plan courses done at home.  Her degrees are a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in Science.  Her research work at SPU and WWU have been published in scientific journals.


Karen Schmidt

earned a B.A. in communication from Trinity International University (Illinois) while she and her husband served in Ecuador as missionaries. She has taught three levels of Spanish for four years as well as translating at a local Christian medical outreach. As a freelance writer for more than 20 years, Karen has been published in magazines and journals, written curriculum for four publishers, and been a contributing editor for the children’s books section of a trade publication. Karen homeschooled her son through his high school years. 


Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a major in History and minor in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1998. She also earned a middle school endorsement at that time. Brandy later earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional Behavior from the University of Arizona in 2002. She worked in the public school system for 9 years and has been running Calvary Heritage Learning Center, an affiliate of Academy Northwest, for the last 5 years.


Christina South

has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Southern Oregon State College. Christina taught in Christian schools for eight years before becoming a home schooling parent. Christina was home schooling her two biological children when she and her husband became foster parents and adopted four foster children living in their home. Christina has been home schooling for the last nine years. When her oldest child became deeply involved in competitive speech and debate, Christina started a home school speech and debate club here in Skagit County.


Barb Peterson

is a graduate of Biola University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, with a minor in Biblical Studies. She taught in a Christian school in Southern California for five years before moving with her husband to the Skagit Valley.  When the first of their children approached school age, they were instrumental in founding the Skagit Valley Homeschool Association, the first organized homeschool group in our county.  For twenty years she homeschooled her own children, then began working in a parent partnership program associated with the Arlington Public Schools.   During her 18 years at this program, the district awarded her to be Highly Qualified in most subjects in grades K-8th. 







 




 




Here is our workshop schedule for 2017


10:00- 10:30- 1st Session
Home Schooling High School: Making a 4 year plan

This workshop will help you plan your student's 4 years in high school.   Graduation requirements for high school and for college prep students will be examined to ensure you are preparing them well for the future.
Presenter: Amorah Nelson, Room 203


Where Birds Eat Horses
The evidence offered for the theory of evolution consists not in actual science, but in the evolutionists' clever and deceptive use of language. In this workshop, Paul Taylor demonstrates how these subtle uses of language can easily be spotted, without needing to know much science. The workshop follows the book and homeschool curriculum of the same title.

Presenter: Paul Taylor, Mount St. Helens Creation Museum Rm 102

Home Schooling Basics

This workshop will explain how to get started homeschooling at any grade, Washington laws regarding homeschooling, options as a homeschooler, and resources
Presenter: Karen Schmidt, Room 103

The Middle School Years: Thinking Ahead to High School


This workshop will look at the "Big Picture" of moving your child through the middle school years.  Specific academic goals for your child in the core subjects will be discussed as well as exploring opportunities for physical and personal development.  Options to consider when parenting tweens and young teens will be addressed as well.
Presenter: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia, Room 103


Socialization…Should I worry about that?


This workshop is for parents are considering home school and have concerns about socialization. This is also for current home school parents who would like some thoughts on HOW, WHEN, and WHY focus on socializing our kids.
Presenter: Amy Weisz, Room 101


10:50-11:20- 2nd Session

Home Schooling High School: Planning and Implementing High School Courses

Home schooling a high school student is a new adventure.  It can cause many to feel overwhelmed and make them wonder how to go about planning and overseeing high school courses. This seminar will show you how to go about the high school years with confidence.  Recordkeeping, grading systems, determining credit amount, homework amounts, schedules, and what information you need for transcripts will be explored.
Presenter: Amorah Nelson, Room 203

Hindsight is 20/20 -  Panel Discussion

Tips and encouragement from experienced homeschool parents. If you would like to submit a question for the panel, fill out a 20/20 Question Card. We will answer as many questions as we can. Remember that you can also schedule a personal meeting time to ask more specific questions.

Presenter: Various home school parents, Room 102

The Middle School Years: Thinking Ahead to High School

This workshop will look at the "Big Picture" of moving your child through the middle school years.  Specific academic goals for your child in the core subjects will be discussed as well as exploring opportunities for physical and personal development.  Options to consider when parenting tweens and young teens will be addressed as well.
Presenter: Brandy Vizmanos Garcia, Room 103

Homeschooling Elementary Kiddos

In this workshop we will discuss the advantages of homeschooling younger children, talk about schedules, curriculum, time management and how it works.  I have homeschooled 3 children (now grown and having their kids) and I will share what I have learned and things I would do differently or the same.
Presenter: Barb Peterson,  Room 101


Graduation…Now What?
Will your student be confronted with the $100,000 question, “So what will you do after graduation?” We will explore what’s needed to plan for the future and share tools to discover God’s personal design and purpose.
Presenter: Jewel Schloemer, Room 202


11:30- 12:20- Lunch


12:30-1:00- 3rd Session

Home Schooling High School: Making a 4 year Plan


This workshop will help you plan your student's 4 years in high school.   Graduation requirements for high school and for college prep students will be examined to ensure you are preparing them well for the future.
Presenter: Amorah Nelson, Room 203

Teaching Math

What are the key elements for successful math instruction? How can you build a solid foundation of math understanding and skills for life and upper level math classes? What high school math classes will prepare my student for college and life? Be encouraged and learn the answers to these questions at this seminar.
Presenter: Christina South, Room 101


Homeschooling Elementary Kiddos
In this workshop we will discuss the advantages of homeschooling younger children, talk about schedules, curriculum, time management and how it works.  I have homeschooled 3 children (now grown and having their kids) and I will share what I have learned and things I would do differently or the same.

Presenter: Barb Peterson, Room 101


Testing 101

Why test? Testing results are commonly used to assess placement in appropriate coursework and preparedness for college.  Come to this presentation to find out about various types of testing such as the California Achievement Test, the Iowa, the Pre-Sat, the ACT and SAT College Entrance Tests, the Woodcock Johnson, the Non-Test Assessment, and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVB).  Understanding the various types of tests helps individuals choose the right test with confidence!Presenter: Patricia Huey, Room 102
 

1:20- 1:55- 4th Session

Fifteen Steps: Gaining College Entrance and Winning Scholarships

Getting started on the path to college entry and earning scholarships might seem a daunting task, but the results can be well worth your time and effort. By following the Fifteen Sure-Fire Steps to Gaining College Entrance and Winning Scholarships, you can increase your chances of receiving thousands of dollars in scholarships. Best of all—unlike student loans—scholarships don’t have to be repaid!
Presenter: Amorah Nelson, Room 203


National Institute for Learning Development (NILD): Assistance for your Struggling Student

Anyone we know would surely rescue a student in danger, but few might realize that students with invisible issues are in danger, too, of 
emotional, social, academic and vocational struggles. It is to these 
students the NILD educational therapist is most dedicated. Attend this presentation to see for yourself why the mediated learning experience through NILD educational therapy works.  You’ll find out why the characteristics of NILD Educational Therapy are different from other intervention, and you’ll understand that this program addresses the underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than merely treating the symptoms.

Presenter: Patricia Huey, Christina South Room 102

Curriculum… So Many Choices

If you have questions about types, costs, and use of different home school curriculum, this workshop is for you. If you are just starting out or are fairly new to home schooling and want to change the curricula you are using, but don’t know where to start, this is for you. If you have general questions about curriculum, this workshop is for you too. Come with your questions and we will do our best to address your concerns or questions!

Presenter: Amy Weisz, Room 103


Help for Reluctant Writers
Writing is difficult- at least getting started and staying focused!  In this class I will show you how to use a planner that takes little steps and makes writing easy and even fun!  It is called "Four Square Writing Method".  There will be handouts and samples for you to use with any age student- K to high school.  I also have a couple of other planners that work really well.  I hated writing as a child but now I see why and hope to help you with your kids. 


Presenter: Barb Peterson, Room 101

Home Schooling Basics
This workshop will explain how to get started homeschooling at any grade, Washington laws regarding homeschooling, options as a homeschooler, and resources.
Presenter: Karen Schmidt, Room 202