Texas Home Schooling Coalition State Convention 2004 State Homeschool Convention and Family Conference Set for August 12-14 at The Woodlands

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Texas Home Schooling CoalitionÂ?s 2004 Convention and Family Conference

The national home schooling movement – which was validated in Texas a decade ago, when the Texas Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the right of parents to school their children at home, with only minimal state input and interference – has come of age in Texas. To celebrate a decade of freedom and quality education, the Texas Home School Coalition will be hosting a convention serving the needs of both experienced home schoolers and parents who are still considering this “third option,” according to THSC President, Tim Lambert. “This convention will offer important new information for even the most “involved” home schooling parents, as well as providing a useful primer for parents who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with existing public and private school options,” he explained.

“Home education continues to grow by leaps and bounds not only in Texas, but also all over the country,” according to Mr. Lambert. “Many estimate that the number of home schooling families is increasing by 15 percent per year. Nationally, some put the number of home educators at around one million. In Texas, there are over 100,000 families home educating. As more and more people make the ultimate choice in education, the advocates for this educational alternative multiply.”

“Home schooling is quickly becoming the “third alternative” among today’s education choices,” Tim said, “and though academically rigorous, home schooling often remains confused with the “Little House on the Prairie” image. In Texas,” he pointed out, “as in much of the nation, home school enrollment already exceeds the number of students in charger schools. Home schooling has proved especially enticing for both black and Hispanic minority parents, who are home schooling in droves.”

After a free-to-the-public introductory session on August 12, the THSC State Homeschool Convention and Family Conference will be held August 13 and 14 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in the community of The Woodlands, to the northwest of Houston. The Convention and Family Conference will feature two days of family fun and educational workshops, meeting the needs of new home schoolers, families with special needs children, and home school leaders.

In addition to the educational programming, the Convention will feature an exhibit and trade show, with more than 70 exhibitor offering a wide variety of home school products, services and ideas. This trade show will serve parents who need books and materials for their home schools, as well as providing innovative new ideas for experienced home schooling parents.

Outstanding workshops at the convention will cover topics, which include:

•    Navigating the System – a guide for parents of special needs kids, presented by Doug and Patsy Arnold

•    Surviving After Home Schooling – a panel of homeschool graduates discuss how they have survived, and thrived, since graduating from home school

•    When Child Protective Services Knocks at Your Door – a practical guide to home schooling parents’ legal rights (and risks), by THSC President Tim Lambert

•    Creative Writing, The Lost Art – a guide to teaching creativity, presented by Rosie Watson

•    What Every Texas Home Schooler Needs to Know about the Law – another critical, practical guide for home schooling parents, presented by THSC President Tim Lambert

•    Surviving and Thriving – practical tips for new home schooling parents, presented by Doug and Patsy Arnold

•    A keynote workshop by home school dad Chris Davis, entitled: Are We Filling a Bucket or Lighting a Fire?

Special guest speakers at the convention will include:

•    John Erickson, author of Hank the Cow Dog, who will be sharing some of Hank's stories, including songs, with attendees at the Dessert Fellowships on Friday and Saturday nights

•    Eric and Joyce Burges of the National Black Home Educators Resource Association

•    Chris Davis, a homeschool dad of 3 boys, and owner of The Elijah Company, which serves home school parents across the country

•    Jessica Hulcy, a prolific author and creator of KONOS curriculum, homeschool Mom of 22 years, and former public school teacher

About the Texas Home Schooling Coalition’s 2004 Convention and Family Conference:

Date: August 12-14, 2004

Where: Marriott Waterford on I45 right beside The Woodlands Mall

For more information: http://thsc.org/convention/default.asp or call 806-744-4441

http://www.thsc.org/convention

For more information on this Sneak Preview, or to arrange interviews with leaders of the Texas Home Schooling Coalition, contact Jube Dankworth, Net Media Consultants at 713-937-7107 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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Christi Snow, 806.744.4441 [email protected]

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