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Mrs. Penny Ross:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Ross, Penny

Tools for the Home Educator
25202 Crenshaw Blvd. #219
Torrance, California (CA)  90505
United States of America (US)

Workshop PresentationsCHEA's 35th Annual Homeschool Convention (2018, CA)
33rd Annual CHEA of CA Convention (2016, CA)
Annual Homeschool Leadership Conference (2016, CA)
32nd Annual CHEA of CA Homeschool Convention (2015, CA)
31st Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention (2014, CA)
CHEA Homeschool Leadership Conference (2014, CA)
30th Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention (2013, CA)
26th Annual Bay Area CHEA Convention (2013, CA)
29th Annual CHEA Convention (2012, CA)
28th Annual CHEA Convention (2011, CA)
27th Annual CHEA Convention (2010, CA)
XXVI Annual CHEA Convention (2009, CA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

You CAN Teach Preschool at Home
Today’s emphasis on early school entry has led to the phenomenon of the stay-at-home mom sending her kids out to preschool.  No longer is preschool “glorified” childcare for the children of working parents; it is now considered essential for the future academic success of all students.   So, what exactly do they teach in preschool?  Could I do it at home within the realm of real-life experiences?

Junior High– Is it different for homeschoolers?
You’ve laid the academic foundation: your child can read, writes legibly, knows his basic math facts, and capitalizes the beginning of each sentence.  What skills are necessary to bridge the gap into high school? And how do the startling physical and mental changes of puberty affect your schooling, your parenting, and your child’s developing Christian faith?

Narrowing Your Curriculum Choices
Overwhelmed by the sheer number of educational materials available to today’s home educator?  This practical workshop will help you consider how the amount of preparation time you have available, the comfort level you exhibit with alternative resources as opposed to traditional curriculum, the manner in which you prefer to teach, and the learning styles of your students can narrow the field of curriculum choices and help you make wiser purchasing decisions.

An Introduction to Teaching Approaches and Methods
Homeschooling has its own vocabulary.  Terms like worktext and “real” books confuse many people.  And by the way, just who is Charlotte Mason?  This workshop will cover common approaches to teaching and learning:  traditional curriculum, literature-based learning, classical or Great Books approach, unit studies, principle approach, multi-media teaching, and unschooling.  Take a quiz to discover which approaches might appeal to you.

College ABCs
What is the difference between the different college systems like UC, Cal State, and community college?  How do private universities, Christian colleges, Bible schools, and vocational colleges differ?  And what about financial aid – why is there both need-based aid and merit-based aid?  If you don’t how or when or where to start in your search for higher education, this is the workshop for you.

Group Classes:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Group classes, with a passionate and knowledgeable teacher, can expand your student’s horizons beyond what you can teach in your own home.  Classes which include group discussion can be particularly invigorating and challenging to your student.   But students in group settings also have more distractions to deal with and invariably end up comparing themselves to others in the class.  Let’s talk about both the pro’s and the con’s of group classes – don’t just sign up for one because it’s a subject you don’t want to teach.

Critical Thinking and Internet Research
Your students can easily find thousands of Internet sites when you assign a research project.  But do they know the difference between a credible website and one of questionable reputation?  Does it make a difference if you are just looking up something to “know it” or if you are citing it as a source in an academic paper?  Grades 7-12 (also good for teens)

Managing the School Day
When do you start school?  How do you decide what subjects to do when?  Is recess necessary? What are the time robbers which steal you away from your students?  Some tips and ideas to make your school day run more smoothly. 

Who Me?  Homeschool?
Penny dreamed of being the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.  It certainly wasn't by her design that she ended up a full-time mom and homeschool teacher.  Come hear her testimony of how God brought her home, joyful and content -- not kicking and screaming.  Be inspired and encouraged as you ponder the path God has for your life and be willing to consider that it may look very different than you envision it.

Penny's Achievements
  • Wife and mother of 3
  • Homeschooling mom since 1988
  • Proprietor of Tools for the Home Educator, a homeschool consulting and used curriculum business
  • Vice Principal of Hope Chapel Academy (a PSP and Support Group), 2002-2014
  • Authored several articles for homeschool publications
Ross's Bio

Penny and her husband Greg homeschooled their 3 children from kindergarten through high school graduation: two are now engineers and one serves on the mission field.   A former career woman and graduate of La Verne College, Penny never planned on being a stay-at-home mom, but God had other plans for her.  Her passion is to encourage others to do more than survive homeschooling, family, and marriage, but to thrive in the midst of it.

After years of serving in various leadership positions at Hope Chapel Academy, a private school satelitte program and support group, Penny has recently started Tools for the Home Educator.  Her vision for this business is to serve as a resource center for the local homeschooling community including offering workshops, curriculum counseling, and used curriculum sales.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Penny Ross 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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