Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What Talk Should I Give Next?

I know everyone is swamped with Christmas, but I need your help with a decision.

The live webcast turned out to be really popular. I've gotten tons of positive emails and there has been an unexpected number of downloads of the talk at the website. This has me really excited to get to work on the next webcast. Especially since I now have all the technical issues worked out and I'll do a better job in the future.

So, here's how I need your help. What talk should I do next? Walter suggested Organizing Your Classroom 102. We also talked about doing a series of Teaching Core Subjects through Literature talks. I could do a different talk for each subject (religion, math, history, art/music, science). That's a popular topic at homeschool conferences. I also have in my repertoire: The Thrifty Homeschooler, God's Wildflowers (special needs), and Relax You Can Do It (new and wannabe homeschoolers).

Or I can create something completely new like I did with Organizing Your Classroom 101.

So, here's your chance to have a say. Leave a comment and let me know what you'd like to see offered. There will probably be a small fee for future talks to help cover expenses, so think about what you'd be willing to shell out $5 or $10 to hear.

Thank you!


Dawn said...

Maureen I would love the Teaching Core Subjects Through Literature. I think that would be very helpful to many.
Thanks for letting us put in our two cents!

Maureen said...

Thanks Dawn. Another talk I do that I forgot to mention in my post is The Art of Reading Aloud. That goes really nicely with the Teaching through Literature talk.

Anonymous said...

Maureen, I would love to hear the special needs talk. Would it be terrible to ask you to put parts of it on the blog like you did with the relax you can do it talk?
I have an almost 5yo son with some medical problems and adopted, some times I think that makes him automatically special needs. He is not very interested in schoolwork and I wonder if I am worrying too much of if he just had the misfortune to be the second child after a "perfect sister" that has always been interested in workbooks and the sort. I wonder if it is just me not having a clue about boys...

Maureen said...


I've written a little bit on special needs here on the blog and will probably be writing more in the near future as we have some changes happening with our Aspie child.

Our child with Asperger's syndrome also has a lot of medical issues. One thing we learned is that everytime a child has a medical procedure done they back pedal a bit both emotionally and academically.

I don't know you or your child, but my gut reaction is to have fun with learning right now. Lots and lots of play. Show him through playing with him, how to observe and notice the world around him. Show him joy in discovery and in reading aloud to him.

Maureen said...

Oops, I meant to give you a link to the special needs posts:

You can also search topics in the upper left corner or look to the sidebar, scroll down a tad, and check out the Labels.