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Monday, May 18, 2009

Public Service Annoucement: Torah Homeschooling Conference

Where: Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, 21215
What: First ever Homeschooling Conference for Orthodox families
When: Sunday, June 28, 2009

Registration begins at 8:15AM, Seminars run from 9AM to 5PM with a break for lunch

Cost: Preregistration, $15 individual/ $25 couple. Childcare available for additional cost.

Schedule as Per the Website:

8:15 am – Check in begins
9 – 10 am – General session – “Building the Connection” – Mrs. Molly Koch, parent educator and author of 27 Secrets to Raising Amazing Children

10 – 11 am:
1) “Deciding How to Homeschool – Exploring Different Approaches” - Mrs. Ahuvah Feldman
2) “Strengthening Your Family Through Homeschooling” - Mrs. Rifka Malka Perlman

11am – 12 pm:
1) “Creative Ways to Teach Kriyah and Ksiva” - Mrs. Adeena Pelberg
2) “The Myth of Socialization” - Dr. Nechama Cox

12 – 1 pm – General session – “Chanoch l’naar al pi darko – What does it mean for us?” – Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, mara d’asra of Tiferes Yisroel synagogue

1 – 2 pm – Lunch

2 – 3 pm:
1) “Yes, You Can Be Your Child’s Rebbe – Teaching Limudei Kodesh” – Rabbi Osher Werner , author of Pharoah and the Fabulous Frog Invasion
2) Veterans Panel (Questions will be accepted in advance for this panel discussion of experienced home educators.)

3 – 4 pm:
1) “Teaching the Multi-Age Family” - Mrs. Avivah Werner
2) “Homeschooling and Marriage: Stressing or Strengthening?” - Mr. Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness

4 – 5 pm:
1) “Brain based learning” – Exercises for Whole Brain Integration - Mrs. Karen Zeitlin
2) “Maintaining Health and Spirit Under Stress” - Mrs. Rena Levin
5 – 5:15 pm – Closing

Note: The extensive library of the Center for Jewish Education contains a very large amount of Jewish teaching materials and curriculums. Be sure to make time to browse!


Anonymous said...

can someone guest post on this?

SephardiLady said...

Working on arranging that.

Shoshana said...

There will be CDs available for anyone who cannot make it. The woman organizing this is a veteran homeschooler and a uniquely talented and multifaceted individual. She has been a major role-model for me in our homeschooling journey. I'd be there in a heartbeat if we didn't live so far away!

Anonymous said...

shoshana- i am the first commenter, and i would be interested to know where to get the cd's from if not from the baltimore area. i am married, no kids yet, and already freaking out about what's gonna be when we will have school-aged children. i am starting to think that homeschooling may be best, or at least skipping pre-k and k and waiting till first grade to send to school.

Shoshana said...


Feel free to email me directly at najova (at) earthlink (dot) net. That way you can introduce yourself and we can have a good chat. Anyone who wants more dirt on homeschooling is welcome to email me anytime! :)

Jeremy said...

not related- just making sure you saw this:

Ariella said...

sounds very interesting, but I really don't like the title of one of the presentations. My goal is not to raise "amazing" children, just well-adjusted, capable, resilient, and principled ones. The word "amazing" carries connotations of seeking to impress others, which is not what children are for IMHO. I recall a shiur many, many years ago on Chana's request for a child as "zera anashim" that I now found is in R' Yosef Kara's commentary. The request was for someone was not outstanding physically or mentally. As it turned out, Shmuel was an outstanding leader and prophet, but Chana had no aspirations of being known as the mother of an "amazing" person.

Sorry, I know it sounds pedantic. I really don't like these rather glib marketing titles with promise to reveal the "secrets" for whatever it is people want. I also find the word "amazing" so overused today that it has lost much meaning. What she probably really means is: "27 things that have worked for my children." As you may have gathered, I like concretely substantiated claims far more than sweeping ones.

SephardiLady said...

Ariella-I think we share the same sentiment.

And if I could ban one word from shidduch meetings it would be "amazing."

Nonetheless, the presentations look very interesting.

MiMedinat HaYam said...


a jewish org running a conference and not charging a few hundred dollars!!!

these people should be disbarred from the jewish community!

how can other org's now charge several hundred dollars!