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Dr. Mary Hood, Ph.D.:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Hood, Mary

P.O. Box 2524
Cartersville, Georgia (GA)  30120
United States of America (US)
Keynote Speaker?Yes
Keynote PresentationsMid-west Parent Educators (MPE) Conference (2005)
Montana Home Educators Convention and Curriculum Fair (2008)
Northeast Georgia Education Conference (NGEC) in Blairsville, Georgia (2008)
Featured Speaker?Yes
Featured PresentationsVirginia Home Education Association (VHEA) Homeschooling Conference & Curriculum Fair (2001)
Midwest Parent Educators Conference (2005)

Presentation Titles & Descriptions

How to Avoid Being a Mommy Martyr
In this encouraging workshop, Mary talks about moms attending to their own needs, without sacrificing their family's happiness.

More Like a Family, Less Like a School
Mary explains differences and similarities between homes and schools, such as the roles of principals & teachers versus fathers and mothers; disciplinary set up, and learning environment. She believes that trying to force the traditional school model on a home school can result in putting new wine into old wineskins, which doesn't always work that well!

The Joyful Home Schooler
Mary stresses the biblical underpinnings of the relaxed home school environment, encouraging moms to find their own spiritual centers before trying to light fires of enthusiasm under their children.

Developing Order and Discipline in a Relaxed Home School Environment
Mary discusses her views and recommendations concerning keeping order and maintaining discipline in a family-oriented setting.

Reading & Writing/Children's Literature
This is Mary's most popular session, formerly entitled, Reading and Writing the Natural Way. It includes a discussion of readiness, learning styles, and an introduction to some of Mary's favorite authors for children.

Taking the Frustration out of Math/Music, Art, & Drama
Explains children's development as it relates to math ability, and suggests appropriate methods and materials for each age. The second part discusses how to incorporate arts experiences into the curriculum.

Relaxed Homeschooling (or How to Loosen Up Without Losing Control)
Come to Mary's workshop to learn how to establish long-term goals and underlying biblical principles, and then unleash your children's God-given initiative to learn for themselves.

Preschoolers? Primaries? Elementaries?
Mary helps parents understand the unique characteristics of each phase of childhood. What are age-appropriate activities and educational methods for babies and toddlers? Preschoolers? Primaries? Elementaries? Learn to relax and find joy in these years with your little ones!

Incorporating the Arts in the Homeschool Environment

Mary's AchievementsShe and her husband have homeschooled their children since the early 1980s. Known as The Relaxed Home Schooler. Author: The Relaxed Home School Author: The Enthusiastic Home Schooler Author: The Joyful Home Schooler Author: The Joyful Journey: Reclaiming our Children for Christ Author: Onto The Yellow School Bus: And Through the Gates of Hell Author of numerous booklets and audio workshops.
Hood's Bio
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Mary Hood and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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