2021 Virtual Events

Our Fall 2021 Back to (Home)School Series has ended.

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Past Back to (Home)School Sessions

Coffee With The Board at 7:30am
Lunch & Learn at 12:15pm

We are so excited to continue our popular virtual events this fall with the following “Back to (Home)School” series of workshops aimed at providing homeschoolers in Wisconsin with accurate information, valuable support, and vital connections with other homeschooling families.

Our “Coffee With the Board” morning sessions start at 7:30am, and our “Lunch and Learn” sessions begin at 12:15pm. Each session will include an informal presentation and discussion on a particular topic for the first hour, with an additional 30 minutes at the end for attendees’ questions.

These sessions are designed for homeschooling families only. Non-members must be currently homeschooling or intending to homeschool. WHPA 101 sessions are open to the general public.

Unless otherwise noted, there are 2 steps that must be completed for EACH session you wish to attend:

  1. Register for the Zoom Meeting by way of the “Click Here to Register” link under the session description, and
  2. Pay via PayPal. The cost is $3 per session for WHPA members (subject to verification), or $5 for non-members who are currently homeschooling or intending to homeschool — select the correct option from the drop down before clicking the Pay Now button. (Join WHPA before you register to enjoy the discounted fee.) No refunds, full or partial, will be given on any registration. [NOTE: WHPA 101 sessions are free to attend and open to the public. The “How Can I Help?” session is for members only and is free to attend.]

Unpaid registrations will not be admitted. Be sure to complete both steps!

Mon, 8/9/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee With The Board: Taking the Fear Out of Homeschooling
Just because we have good reasons behind our decision to homeschool doesn’t mean we’re immune to insecurity about the decision. Join this session to learn about some parents’ common homeschooling fears, and how to overcome them.

Mon, 8/16/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: Not Back to School
The structure of institutional education involves many traditions, especially at the start of the academic year. Let’s talk about ways homeschoolers create their own traditions and make life-long memories in their families.

Fri, 8/20/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: What I've Loved Most About Homeschooling (Insipration from Seasoned Homeschoolers)
Choosing to homeschool has unique challenges, but the rewards are plentiful, too. Come to this session to hear experienced homeschoolers reflect on all the best memories, and the ways homeschooling has shaped their families through the years.

Mon, 8/23/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: Choosing Your Homeschool Style
Overwhelmed by all the different styles of homeschooling? Ready for a change? Trying to figure out where to start? This session will cover various styles of homeschooling including purchased curriculum, eclectic, unit studies, traditional (school at home), classical, unschooling, and more. Learn how to find resources that will work for your family; for both new and experienced homeschoolers.

Wed, 8/25/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: WHPA 101 - August
FREE for members and non-members. This 20- to 30-minute presentation by a WHPA-trained facilitator will include an overview of homeschooling in Wisconsin, information about WHPA, and an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas or concerns about homeschooling.

Fri, 8/27/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: Do No Harm & Don't Be Led Astray
Wisconsin has some of the most reasonable homeschooling laws in the country. Learn why it’s important to know and understand our law, and why doing other than what the law requires or seeking legislative solutions can cause issues for all homeschoolers. We’ll talk about why it’s important to take personal responsibility for your homeschool, so we and future generations can continue to enjoy these homeschooling freedoms.

Wed, 9/1/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: Following Wisconsin Law (Doing Only What's Necessary)
For nearly 4 decades, WHPA has encouraged Wisconsin homeschoolers to do only the minimum required by statute or regulation. When homeschoolers do otherwise, they voluntarily and unnecessarily increase the power and authority that public officials have over homeschoolers. They set precedents that limit their freedoms and those of other homeschoolers. Join this discussion to explore how to meet your legal responsibilities while protecting our homeschooling freedoms.

Wed, 9/8/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: Homeschooling With Grace - What You Can Do When Your World is Topsy Turvey
Life is messy – how do you homeschool and navigate through these challenges? From disruptions in schedule or changing curriculum to single parenting, illness, death, or moving. We’ll talk about allowing yourself and your family grace while learning.

Fri, 9/10/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: Record Keeping & Transcripts
In addition to the few record-keeping requirements to comply with Wisconsin law, there may be reasons that you would want to keep personal homeschooling records, including a transcript. Attend this session to help formulate or refine your own record-keeping goals and system.

Mon, 9/13/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: Socialization - The Myth & Mystery
The process of socialization means learning how to be in the world, learning how to navigate obstacles, and learning how to make affiliations. Homeschoolers are out in the world and have many opportunities to interact with people in real life situations. Homeschoolers have exposure to people of all ages doing all sorts of things. We will use this time to share and glean both inspiration and reassurance.

Wed, 9/15/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: What Worked For Me - Conversations with Seasoned Homeschoolers
Every Wisconsin homeschool is unique. “What Worked for Me” will bring together seasoned homeschoolers sharing their personal approaches to a variety of homeschool situations, inspirational journeys for you as you start your year.

Fri, 9/17/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: WHPA 101 - September
FREE for members and non-members. This 20- to 30-minute presentation by a WHPA-trained facilitator will include an overview of homeschooling in Wisconsin, information about WHPA, and an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas or concerns about homeschooling.

Mon, 9/20/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: How Can I Help? Volunteering for WHPA
Members only. Free to attend. WHPA relies on the dedication and commitment of homeschooling parent volunteers to protect Wisconsin’s reasonable homeschool law. Volunteer opportunities with WHPA are wide ranging and fulfilling.

Fri, 9/24/21 at 7:30 AM
Coffee with the Board: 875 Hours - How Do I Meet Them? What Counts? What Doesn't?
Wisconsin homeschools are required to provide “at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.” As the administrator of your homeschool, YOU decide how to provide those minimum hours. Come discuss what those hours might look like for different homeschooling families.

Mon, 9/27/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: What IS Legislative Watch? Why is it SO important?
Join long-time homeschoolers to learn about WHPA’s Legislative Watch’s critical role in securing and defending our homeschooling freedoms, its origins, and how it has evolved to present day.

Wed, 9/29/21 at 12:15 PM
Lunch and Learn: How To Be A Good Homeschooling Citizen
Wisconsin homeschoolers form a unique community. We are necessarily independent, while depending on our fellow homeschoolers to help protect that independence. Homeschooling unites us all, and together we can defend the right of every parent in Wisconsin to direct the education of their own children. Join this session to explore how.

Last Updated on 10/03/21

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