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Mrs. Sharon Jeffus:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



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Jeffus, Sharon

Visual Manna
700 County Road 6630
Salem, Missouri (MO)  65560
United States of America (US)

Website(s) Sharon Jeffus on Facebook
Featured PresentationsSince we have been in business since 1992, I have been a featured speaker at countless conventions. The last couple years, I have been doing children's workshops at the Arkansas State Homeschool convention and the CHEA of MO convention. You can search through the Associated Events and public search base for a list.
Ultimate Special Needs Expo 2011 (2011, WWW)
2010 SHEM Home Education Convention (2010, MO)
2010 South Florida Homeschool Convention (SFHSC) (2010, FL)
Workshop Presentations2010 Chicago Homeschool Expo (2010, IL)
2010 Wisconsin CHEA Annual Spring Conference (2010, WI)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Teaching Basic Art/ Scope and Sequence/Techniques
This workshop is a full day of basic art that prepares people that attend to go home and teach basic art to students.  It shows them how to do basic techniques and the elements and principles of art.  With the economy eliminating art from many budgets, this day long workshop teaches how to fill the void in basic art techniques, art appreciation, and the elements and principles of art.  Students leave the workshop with materials to use in important area being so neglected because of budget cuts.

Advanced Art Training in Murals and Graphics
This workshop is geared to older students wanting to do art as a career.  Students get  training in the elements and principles of art, graphic art programs, and how to do murals.  Art can make such an impact on our society and that is what this workshop is all about.  This is the beginning of a one year program in visual media from Visual Manna Media, our non profit that trains young Christian artists.

Using Art to Reinforce Core Subjects
This workshop focuses on how to teach science, English, geography and history through art. It shows how to teach and give students opportunities for problem solving and creative thinking, as well as how to teach art as a jumping off place for engineering and invention. Using master works of art as a catalyst for teaching all the core subjects is also presented.

What Do You Do If...
What can you do when the worst thing you can ever imagine happens? How do you cope? Sharon Jeffus lost her husband in a tragic accident four years ago. This workshop talks about the wonderful way God provides and surprises us with his goodness.

Teaching the Creatively Gifted Child
Does your child march to a different drummer? There is a fine line between ADD and being gifted. What are the characteristics of a creatively gifted child? How can you teach a child with such an independent spirit without squelching that independence and individuality? How can you bring out these God given gifts? All these questions and more are answered in this workshop.

Teaching Art at Home
This workshop focuses on how to teach art to children at home at any age. How to teach appreciation, techniques and the vocabulary of the arts to children as young as four is presented. How to encourage creativity, what materials and supplies to use, mentoring, portfolios
and more is also explored. This workshop will answer all your questions. How to save money is also covered and handouts are given.

Teaching Art to Special Needs Children
Teaching art to special needs children is much more than just teaching them fine motor skill development. Although that is very important, art allows them to learn core subjects by doing it "hands on." When drawing, sculpting, and painting, children with learning disabilities learn basic concepts used in mathematics, such as the importance of lines, spatial relationships, contrasts, geometric shapes, size, etc. In other core subjects such as science, as they make a rainbow in art, they can also hear about the science of the rainbow. Encouraging creativity is also very important. Art is a way children with learning disabilities can succeed and not be frustrated by having to produce to a certain norm.

Sharon's Achievements
  • Co-founder and Owner: Visual Manna
  • Author of over 20 art books.
  • Author: Visual Manna's Complete Art Curriculum
  • Author: Lewis and Clark Hands On Art & English Activities
  • Author: Artsy Animals Being Kind to Each Other
  • Author: Artsy Animals in the Ocean
  • Author: Visual Manna's Teaching English Through Art
  • Author: Artsy Animals Learn to Read
  • Author: Artsy Animals in The Garden
  • Author: Artsy Animals Parties for Kids
  • Author: Teaching Science Through Art
  • Author: Teaching Social Studies Through Art
  • Co-author: Preschool and Early Elementary Art Basics
  • Co-author: Teaching Math Through Art
  • Co-author: Teaching American History Through Art
  • Co-author: Teaching History Through Art
  • Co-author: Teaching Geography Through Art
  • Co-author: Visual Manna's Master Drawing
  • Co-author: Drawing, Painting and Sculpting Horses
  • Co-author: Expanding Your Horizons Through Words
  • Co-author: Art Basics for Children
  • Co-author: Visual Manna's Dinosaur Art Project Book
  • Co-author: Visual Manna's Bible Arts and Crafts
  • Writer for The Old Schoolhouse magazine
  • Former public school teacher for 10 years
  • Taught art lessons with her husband to homeschoolers all over the United States.
  • Taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla
  • Wrote an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was recognized as outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Lectured on teaching art in college classes, including Azusa Pacific University, Columbia College and the Audubon Society.
  • B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University
  • Certified English teacher through the University of Arkansas
  • Studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver
  • Studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University
Jeffus's Bio

I became a Christian while listening to a story about Barney’s Barrel while in elementary school, but not being raised in a Christian home, I quickly forgot what had happened until during my high school years, I started going to a Bible church and was led to the Lord by my Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Alvin Kidd.

She faithfully wrote me letters when I went off to college.  I realized that my heart and life belonged to Jesus and surrendered to serve him.  I finished college at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

The classes and wonderful students I meant there strengthened my faith. I graduated certified to teach either English or Art in the public schools there, as my primary interest was always in teaching written and visual communication.   I married Richard Jeffus, a wonderful Christian family therapist and counselor and together we traveled and taught hundreds of homeschoolers across the country. My heart and my life belong to the Lord and my goal is to minister, encourage, teach, and love young people.  My husband was killed in a tragic accident in 2002 and I have tried to keep the vision going.

Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and completed her English degree at the University of Arkansas.  She developed an Indian Arts and Crafts program rated as outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs while teaching in Oklahoma.  She has written over twenty books on teaching art and using art to reinforce core subjects.  Sharon is a recommended Montessori resource and her books have been used in Monart Drawing Schools.  She taught Intensive English at University of Missouri at Rolla and is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who in American Education.  She has taught 14 years in the public school systems of three states.  She homeschooled both of her sons.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Sharon Jeffus 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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