Learn the Art of Animation – Draw Disney Characters has been added to our MHA Spring Convention schedule from 2-2:30 at the Disney store Monday to Friday!

The Disney Store will be hosting “Art of Animation” events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group. The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Roadschooling workshop on Monday, Feb. 26, 3:15-4 p.m., Lakes Ballroom D

Kathy Oaks will be speaking about how to roadschool on Monday.

Roadschooling: How to make a trip to see the relatives into an awesome learning experience. Taught by Kathy Oaks.
Tips and tricks from a veteran road trip family on structuring your vacation, seeing the sights inexpensively, and figuring out what to do while driving to keep everyone learning and having fun. Register here.

Civil Air Patrol workshop on Monday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3 p.m., Lakes Ballroom D

Learn about the Civil Air Patrol and how to get free aerospace-themed curriculum and STEM kits for educators. Taught by Dennis Swanson of the Civil Air Patrol.

PSEO Panel on Monday, Feb. 26, 5-6:20 pm., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Learn the ins and outs of enrolling students in the Post Secondary Enrollment Program from college representatives who regularly work with students. Bring your questions.

Testing 101 on Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30-6:50 pm., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Worried about testing? Want to make sure you’re doing what’s required by MN state law?  Come chat with MHA Board Member Ellen Crain of Affording Homeschool Testing Services.

Language, The Root of all learning: Suggestions for students with dyslexia, language difficulties, and dysgraphia on Monday, Feb. 26, 7-8 pm., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Tara Cassidy and Sarah Hanson will be speaking about dyslexia, language difficulties and dysgraphia.

Have a child you suspect is struggling with reading? This session will offer suggestions for students with dyslexia, language difficulties, and dysgraphia.

Workshop will address:
1) Tips for effective educational strategies for a child with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia
2) The dynamic connection between language and literacy
3) Practical ideas for increasing language and literacy success

Lies my teacher told me: Re-examining music lessons on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 9-9:50am., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Taught by Andrew Hovland of Hovland Conservatory of Music.

Preparing Your Child for a Rapidly Changing Economy on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11-11:50 am., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

We are experiencing the most dramatic changes in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution. The days of graduating high school or college, getting a job, and working there for 40 years before retiring and collecting a pension is already a thing of the past. We are on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Homeschool graduate and parent Matthew Blackwood of UnLock Math will show you how you can prepare your children for this rapidly changing landscape so that they can adapt, innovate, and thrive!

Autism meet-up on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1-1:50 pm., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Homeschooling a student with autism? Have autism yourself? Drop on by to chat with others and hear what they’re doing. This event is moderated by MHA Special Needs Coordinator Aza Donnelly, who also runs the Facebook page Minnesota Community of Special Needs Homeschoolers.

Special Needs meet-up on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2-2:50 pm., Expo Hall, Parkview off Nick Universe

Got questions about homeschooling a student with special needs? Want to meet up with others who are also homeschooling students with special needs? Come on by and meet the MHA Special Needs Coordinator, who also runs the Facebook page Minnesota Community of Special Needs Homeschoolers.