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Mrs Cheryl Bastian:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Bastian, Cheryl

Winter Park, Florida (FL)  32792
United States of America (US)
Featured PresentationsNortheast Georgia Education Conference (Blairsville, GA 2007)
Books and Beyond Conference (Winter Park, FL 2009)
Books and Beyond Conference (Winter Park, FL 2010)
Finish Well (Sanford, FL 2010)

2013 FPEA Tampa Bay STEM Conference (2013, FL)
2012 HERI Curriculum Convention (2012, FL)
2011 FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention (2011, FL)
Workshop Presentations2012 FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention (2012, FL)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Flip Three Pancakes With One Spatula

How do you get it all done? As a mom of six, Cheryl has been asked this question many times. In this workshop, Cheryl reveals her secrets to teaching math, extending lessons to language arts, social studies, science and life skills while preparing meals. A detailed sequence for teaching math in the younger years, preschool through second grade, will be outlined, along with hands-on activities to teach foundational math concepts.

You Can Do It! High Schooling Under the Florida Law

"I didn't know I could do it,” a parent commented. Cheryl, mom of two Florida home education graduates, simplifies the nuts and bolts of home educating through high school graduation in Florida. Learn how to create a competitive four-year plan with the student in mind, how to award credits for traditional and non-traditional classes, how to organize records for easily accessibility, and how to write an attractive transcript.

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig: Essentials of Early Home Education From Preschool Through Third Grade

Young children have an insatiable curiosity to learn and a natural desire to work alongside people they love most. How do we utilize these innate qualities to maximize their early learning potential at home? Early childhood educator and home education mom of six, Cheryl challenges parents to look beyond societal and educational pressures to the emotional and developmental needs of young children. Parents will be equipped with practical ideas.

Learning By Helping

 Matching shoes. Sorting laundry. Making a grocery list. Recycling plastics. Cheryl has accumulated eighteen years of experience and sage wisdom incorporating toddlers and preschoolers into everyday life, encouraging little ones as they worked, learned, and lived alongside her. In this presentation, she shares practical tips about teaching life skills, training character, and nurturing spiritual growth in the youngest blessings of the family.

Books Teach

We know books encourage reading, but what about mathematics, language arts, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and character? This interactive session will challenge participants to use the precious gems in literature to enrich content areas, inspire minds, and speak to hearts.

Rekindle a Love of Learning with a Library Card

Flood. Great-grandma's health needs. Budget cuts. These three simultaneous situations and the circumstances leading to them challenged Cheryl's  thoughts about "curriculum".  In this presentation, she shares how a pivotal year influenced the amount of money her family spent on curriculum and how her library card became the answer to the questions she didn't know she had. Confused? Walk along side Cheryl as she shares practical ideas about how library resources can rekindle a love of learning in your home.

The ABCs of Transcript Writing

Transcript writing doesn't have to keep moms and dads lying awake at night. Cheryl dispels common fears and worries, equipping parents with the essential elements of transcript writing which include formatting the document, titling the courses, assigning grades, and computing a GPA.

The Cumulative Folder

Families who are home educating high school students benefit greatly from keeping cumulative high school records. These records help write a resume for employment and the supporting documents to accompany a transcript for college admission. Cheryl walks parents through the process of setting up the cumulative high school folder, giving concrete examples of valuable paperwork and explaining why each document is important. 

Getting it on Paper

High school is not a one-size-fits-all experience. High school is a time to refine the skills needed to polish a student's God-given gifts and talents. But what does that look like on paper? How do you tailor courses which will prepare your child for what God has planned for their future? Cheryl walks parents through the paperwork needed for employment and college entrance, explaining how to write course descriptions describing your student's strengths, how to develop a transcript people want to read and how to write supporting documents to reflect a student's educational experiences and character.

Unforgettable Science

Children are natural scientists, taking closer looks, asking endless questions, experimenting with variables, engaged with objects with never-ending curiosity. How can parents of little learners, preschool through elementary, work with this natural inquisitiveness to lay a solid science foundation and foster higher level thinking skills.  Cheryl Bastian offers practical tips for teaching and encourages parents to utilize what intrigues children, keeping them about actively engaged in the scientific method, not intimidated by scientific concepts.

Math Never Tasted So Good!

Children love math, especially when it hides in their sandwiches, seasons their spaghetti, and sweetens their apple pie. Peeking over the table edge or pushing a chair up to the kitchen counter, children can investigate, predict, count, practice number operations, measure, collect data, and form conclusions. The result: they understand. Cheryl Bastian explains how math concepts from preschool through second grade can be taught while making snacks, meals, and other daily activities through multi-sensory, hands-on, delicious experiences, keeping young ones asking for more.

Cheryl's Achievements
  • Began homeschooling in 1993, graduating two of seven children from home.
  • Co-founded and led a large Central Florida homeschool support group for nine years, creating the organizational framework and operating policy, working with a board to plan monthly support meetings, leading monthly meetings, scheduling educational opportunities for parents and children, writing and editing a monthly newsletter, developing an enrichment cooperative for upper elementary through high school, offering parent workshops, and mentoring new leaders.
  • Coordinates vendors and workshops for Books & Beyond, a mid-year conference 
  • Author of four books: You HAVE to Read This One: Raising a Contagious Reader, Check These Out (a multi-level unit study about books and libraries), Flip Three Pancakes with One Spatula, and Celebrate High School: Finish with Excellence.
  • Contributes to and writes for state and national publications including The Old Schoolhouse and Homeschooling Today.
Bastian's Bio

Cheryl Bastian, author, speaker, and homeschool mom attended Illinois State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching two-, three- and four-year-olds at a developmental preschool in Central Florida, she inspired parents through continuing education seminars, and built upon own her teaching skills at national and local conferences.

After leaving the classroom in 1992, Cheryl became a full-time, stay-at-home-mom, where she received the most valuable, hands-on training available. It was during this time that she began her home education journey which spans seventeen years. Cheryl co-founded and led a large Central Florida homeschool support group for nine years, creating the organizational framework and operating policy, working with a board to plan monthly support meetings, leading monthly meetings, scheduling educational opportunities for parents and children, writing and editing a monthly newsletter, developing an enrichment cooperative for upper elementary through high school, offering parent workshops, and mentoring new leaders. For the past four years Cheryl has coordinated vendors and workshops for Books & Beyond, a mid-year conference intended to encourage parents in their efforts to raise contagious, generational readers.

Cheryl and her husband, Mike, spend their summers evaluating the educational progress of home educated students, desiring to equip and to motivate families on their home education journeys. At home, Cheryl delights in training, teaching, and affirming her seven children (from infant to college-age adult). She is a member of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild-Orlando Word Weavers.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Cheryl Bastian 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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