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Ms. Mary James:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



James, Mary

Smoothing the Way, Inc.
P.O. Box 394
Red Rock, Texas (TX)  78662
United States of America (US)

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Featured Presentations2013 Texas Home School Coalition's State Convention & Family Conference (2013, TX)
2012 28th Annual Home School Book Fair (2012, TX)
2012 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2012, MN)
2011 Texas Home School Coalition's State Convention & Family Conference (2011, TX)
21st Annual FEAST Homeschool Convention & Curriculum Fair (2011, TX)
2011 27th Annual Home School Book Fair (2011, TX)
Workshop Presentations2013 29th Annual Home School Book Fair (2013, TX)
22nd annual FEAST Homeschool Convention & Curriculum Fair (2012, TX)
24th Annual 2011 Home Educators Conference & Book Fair (CHEACT) (2011, TX)
2011 Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State Convention (CHOIS) (2011, ID)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Organization: Time and Home
Yearly scheduling, daily scheduling, lesson plans, outside activities, cooking tips, etc. Tips on getting your house more organized so school (and life) can run more smoothly. Covers de-cluttering, developing a household routine, and getting children involved.

Getting Off to a Great Start!
Discusses the homeschooling lifestyle including changes that might need to be made, common mistakes, and burnout.

Which Way Do I Go? Conference Counseling to Find the Curriculum You Need
This workshop explains the most popular teaching methodologies (textbook, living book, unit studies, classical and unschooling) and gives attendees a close-up look at the convention exhibitors. Learn more about the different methods for teaching your children at home and which types of curricula best support that method.

Avoiding Resistance in Your Pre/Primary School Student
The number one cause of resistant behavior with young children is burnout from too much seatwork. This workshop will give you practical teaching tips for this very important age group. Discover the importance of readiness-building activities for your preschoolers, as well as ways to make schoolwork much more enjoyable for your elementary-aged students.

Avoiding Resistance-Part 1, Understanding Your Child
This workshop covers learning styles, learning modalities, and love languages. Developing a better understanding of how your child learns will help you establish a more successful learning environment.

Avoiding Resistance-Part 2, Ages and Stages
Looking at the major causes of resistance in various age groups will help you to better understand some of the frustration and tantrums your child is exhibiting. This workshop offers ways to avoid resistant behavior and tips for dealing with it when it does occur.

Avoiding Resistance in Your Middle/High School Student
Teaching middle and high school students can be a daunting task. This workshop will show you how special the teenage years can be and how to direct your child on the path that God has set for him.

Growing with Literature
Why should you read to your children? What should you read to your children? How should you read to your children? A fun workshop loaded with practical suggestions for reading to children of all ages.

The ABC's of Charlotte Mason
A Charlotte Mason primer that covers the philosophies of this innovative late 19th-century educator and offers suggestions for applying her principals to your modern homeschool.

Staying the Way: Things I’ve Learned from Home Schooling Multiple Ages
The mother of eight children, Mary James began home schooling in 1989. In this workshop she shares from her heart about the joys and the trials of this challenging lifestyle. You will find encouragement for all stages of your journey.

Mary's Achievements
  • Co-founder: Smoothing the Way
  • Homeschooler since 1989.
  • On the Texas Home School Coalition Board of Directors
  • Named one of two Texas Home School Coalition's 2002 Home School Leaders of the Year
  • Mother of eight
James's Bio
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Mary James 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.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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