It is difficult to homeschool when you are Jewish. Most of the popular homeschool curriculum is Christian based. Secular curriculum is plentiful, but what about topics that are specific to Jewish homeschoolers?
Jewish homeschoolers now have a conference to call their own. Torah Home Education Conference is in its fifth year. This year’s conference will be held over on Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center in Baltimore, MD.
The day is filled with workshops and chances to schmooze. Lunch is available for $15 per plate. Other opportunities to socialize and mingle outside of the conference are available.
Speaker Susan Lapin starts off the conference with “Educating for Eternity: Clarifying Our Vision and Passing it on to Our Children.”
Following Ms. Lapin, Yeal Resnick presents “Learning as a Way of Life; Life as a Way of Learning.”
“For the Record: Creative Ways to Keep Track,” by Karen Zeitlin is a workshop that helps homeschool parents keep track of their children’s progress and work.
“Teaching our Children: A Look at Individualized Eduation,” “Hash it Out: a Moderated Schmooze” and “A Father’s Perspective,” by David Eagle finish out the morning workshops.
After lunch, a video presentation by Rabbi P. Hayman of Bonayich kicks off the afternoon activities. The rabbi is followed by “Unschooling Kodesh: an Oxymoron?” by Jessie Fischbein or you could choose “Classical Kodesh,” by Yael Aldrich instead,
“Ways to Prevent Mother Meltdown,” by Robin Alberg is one of the final workshops of the conference. The day ends with “The Panel Addresses: How Would You Teach It?” and closing remarks.
Early registration is open now. You can register online. The registration website has details of each workshop and a biography of the speakers.
The one-day event fills up fast. If you can make it to Baltimore this May, attending the conference is a great way to meet other Jewish homeschoolers.
Lynda Altman is a Jewish homeschooler. She has been homeschooling her children for 15 years. You can reach her by clicking the contact button above or via Twitter @fusgeyer