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Mrs. Kim Kautzer:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



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Kautzer, Kim

Attn: Kim Kautzer, WriteShop
5753 Klusman Ave.
Alta Loma, California (CA)  91737
United States of America (US)

Phone: 909-989-5576
Fax: 909-941-9541
Website(s) WriteShop -
Kim's blog - In Our Write Minds
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Featured PresentationsSince 2003, Kim has presented general-session workshops at many conventions nationwide, including:

Valley Home Educators (VHE) Convention (2010)
- CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association), CA (2007, 2008, 2010)
- VHE (Valley Home Educators), CA (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Schoolhouse Expo (TOS Magazine online conference) (2010)
- Central Coast Home Education Conference, CA (2010)
- NCHE (North Carolina Home Educators), NC (2005, 2006)
- ACSI (Assn. of Christian Schools International), CA (2003, 2005, 2006)
- CHN (California Homeschool Network), CA (2003, 2009, 2010)
- Say What You Mean Convention (online conference) (2009, 2010)
- Ultimate Homeschool Expo (online conference) (2008)
- CHOH (Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii), HI (2007)
- WHO (Washington Homeschool Organization), WA (2004, 2005, 2009)
- CHC (Cincinnati Homeschool Convention 2007), OH (2007)
- NALEF (North Alabama Education Fair), AL (2005)
- The Old Schoolhouse Expo (May, 2010)
- The Old Schoolhouse Expo (Oct., 2010)
Here’s what attendees are saying about Kim’s sessions:

- Practical, easy, fun!
- Outstanding presenter! The best!
- Wish we had more time!
- Inspiring!
- Great ideas.
- Thank you for such encouragement.
- Great info. Best speaker I heard today!
2012 28th Annual Home School Book Fair (2012, TX)
2012 SHEM Home Education Convention (2012, MO)
The Old Schoolhouse Expo (May 2011) (2011, WWW)
The Old Schoolhouse Expo (Oct. 2010) (2010, WWW)
California Homeschool Network Family Expo (2010, CA)
2010 Valley Home Educators 17th Annual Home Education Convention (2010, CA)
The Old Schoolhouse Expo (May 2010) (2010, WWW)
Central Coast Home Education Conference (2010, CA)
2009 Washington Homeschool Organization Annual State Convention (WHO) (2009, WA)
Workshop Presentations2011 27th Annual Home School Book Fair (2011, TX)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

College Prep: Is Writing on Track?
Is writing one of those subjects you keep starting and stopping? Does your child drag his feet, fail to finish assignments, or complain night and day? Or are you the one who has trouble following through with lesson planning or editing? For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted, and becoming a good writer is at the top of the list! Learn how you can equip your kids by encouraging strong writing skills and good study habits that will serve them well in college.

Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late

When it comes to subjects that are hard to teach, it seems that the faster time whizzes by, the more we drag our feet. Teaching writing can be one of those combative, energy-intensive subjects we keep putting off. Kids are lazy. They suffer from “blank paper” syndrome. Or they just plain fight us every step of the way. This workshop takes a hard look at the things that suck life from our homeschooling efforts (writing in particular) and suggests ways we can reinvest in our children’s education with purpose and conviction.

Gone Fishing: Tips and Ideas to Motivate Young Writers

What’s the secret to raising enthusiastic writers? Hook them while they’re young with fun, appealing activities that teach foundational writing skills. Kim will share engaging prewriting games, clever brainstorming ideas, and creative publishing projects that will make your K-6th graders eager to write and proud to be published!

Growing Your Child’s Writing Vocabulary
Whether you have infants, teens, or in-betweens, Kim shares dozens of ideas to help you develop, encourage, and strengthen your children’s vocabulary. In particular, discover how simple tools such as reading aloud, asking questions, and playing word games will boost your students’ ability to use words more powerfully and precisely in their writing.

How to Grade Writing with Confidence
Children see their writing as extensions of themselves: “Criticize my writing, criticize me.” How then can we offer suggestions to our kids without crushing them? Is it possible to take the subjectivity out of editing and grading? Kim not only gives practical tips and tools to edit and evaluate student writing, she demonstrates the importance of teaching kids to become self-editors as well. Kim will cover editing and grading for all ages, including self-editing, parent editing, using a grading rubric to evaluate progress, and overcoming your own fears and insecurities about giving feedback. Learn how much to say and how to say it in a way that equips your children to become better writers.

Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 1 (Grades K-6)

Your kindergartener loves to tell stories but can hardly hold a pencil. Your 9-year-old is producing a novel. And the blank page reduces your 11-year-old to tears. What’s a parent to do? Kim will encourage and equip you to teach each of your children, whether reluctant or advanced, by breaking the writing process into manageable steps. Above all, discover how to infuse teaching time with fun so that your children will find joy in writing.

Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 2 (Grades 7-12)

Parents agree—inspiring kids to write well is one of the most intimidating tasks you face. Even if it’s your weakest area, you’ll be relieved to learn that you CAN train your junior high and high schoolers to write. So come discover a fresh approach to teaching composition skills and elements of style. Learn to objectively edit and evaluate writing so you can encourage your struggling, reluctant learner while challenging the one who’s more articulate and motivated.

Teaching the Timed Essay

College classes, SAT tests…does the prospect of writing timed essays send you and your teen into a tailspin? Take heart! This workshop, geared to parents of 8th-12th graders, discusses various types of essays and gives practical suggestions for teaching this important writing skill. Gain tips on brainstorming, simple outlining, and organization of a timed essay, and learn the secret to reducing the fear factor!

Teaching Writing: The Big Picture

While homeschoolers tend to excel in so many areas, writing remains an admitted weakness. This session presents a general overview of writing for K-12, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring the insecure parent. The workshop covers the steps of the writing process; what to teach and when; the importance of editing; content, style, and mechanics; and more. It's a look at the big picture with helpful and applicable tips a parent can use right away.

Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing

“I hate writing!” Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Then you’ll want to find out ten common stumbling blocks to writing and discover what students need in order to overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Did you know that writing doesn’t have to be taught as a “separate subject”? This practical workshop will leave you with a wealth of ideas not just for compositions, but for projects and activities that combine writing with art, music, drama, poetry, history, science, and more. You’ll come away with suggestions for a variety of writing activities suitable for mixed ages and grades.

Writing Games

Writing games aren't just fluff! Learn the importance of using pre-writing activities and warm-ups to help your children become more productive and fluent writers. This is a hands-on workshop where you'll have a chance to practice with a number of these engaging activities. For elementary, junior high, and high school.

Your Child’s Writing: Garden or Weed Patch?

Is your child’s writing dry and listless, like a neglected weed patch? Or does it take shape, flower, and bear fruit under her patient care? Writing, like gardening, requires time and attention. As Kim walks you through each step of the writing process, you’ll discover how very like a gardener each of your children is. Help them appreciate their role in the writing process as they grow their garden of words!

Kim's Achievements
  • Fifteen-year homeschool veteran 1988-2003.
  • Writing teacher 1997-2006.
  • Speaker 2003-present. 
  • Co-author: WriteShop I and WriteShop II.
  • Contributor: WriteShop Primary Books A, B, and C.
  • Author - WriteShop StoryBuilders: World of Animals, World of People, World of Sports, and Christmas Mini-Builder.
  • Featured in Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
Kautzer's Bio

Author and speaker Kim Kautzer loves to help parents feel more confident about teaching writing. She believes that when you combine blank paper, reluctant child, and insecure parent, you create a recipe that’s doomed to fail.

With a heart to inspire and equip apprehensive parents, Kim encourages homeschoolers that teaching writing is much more objective than they think, and that with the right tools at their fingertips they can lead and motivate their struggling writers. Award-winning WriteShop, her unique and successful writing program, has been honored as one of Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

Kim and her husband Jim homeschooled their three children through high school graduation. Two of their children have graduated from Christian universities, and their son (the WriteShop guinea pig) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology. The Kautzers enjoy their six active grandchildren and their sometimes-empty nest in Southern California, where Kim blogs about writing at In Our Write Minds.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Kim Kautzer 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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