AHN National Homeschool CampFest
13th to 18th March, Bowna (near Albury) NSW
CampFest prices include all evening meals, all camp activities 5-16 tears, all evening camp activities and festival events for every family member. Also included is access to all park facilities - tennis courts, games room, swimming pool, playground, hall and BBQ area. There are a variety of accomodations options still available, ranging from powered sites ($125) to Park View Cabins ($550) for the duration of the camp.
Registration: Adult $150, Child (5 to16 years) $170, Child (1-4) $50, babies free. Add accomodation to registration cost.
For information and bookings visit 2012 AHN CampFest.
CampFest includes a full parent session program with something for everyone: getting started information for families just embarking on this wonderful adventure; conversation circles for parents wanting advice, ideas or support for various home educating and parenting issues; late night chats that take in the broader picture of home education plus free individual sessions with Beverley Paine from Homeschool Australia and author of Getting Started with Homeschooling and the Practical Homeschool Series of booklets.
For the children, supervised morning activities by qualified leaders include a range of cooperative team challenges to extend children's physical and social skills. Afternoons are set aside for family fun - bring an activity to share with others! Previous years have included beading, soap carving, electronics, origami, hula hoop making, tennis, table tennis, yoga, belly dancing, water testing, chess and more!
Evening activities include a concert, dance, quiz night, star gazing with AWAS (weather permitting) and movies as well as the Late Night Chat series for the night owls!
Conference Program (Parent Sessions)
2.30 pm: Welcome to the 2012 AHN CampFest!
Introductions, About Australian Homeschool Network, Announcements, Safety and Expectations Talk by Wymah Staff
4.00 pm: Conversation Circle: Introductions and sharing our home ed stories. Facilitated by Beverley Paine in the Always Learning Tent
7.30 pm: Meet'n'Greet Wine & Cheese Tasting , Main Hall
8.30 pm: Home Education Panel Q&A
9.30 pm: Late Night Chat - The Big Picture of Home Education - should we lobby government for recognition and funding? and How Many Homeschoolers in Australia? Facilitated by Beverley Paine and Stuart Chapman in the Always Learning Tent; BYO drinks and nibbles
10.00 am: Registration Q&A - Beverley Paine, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
10.45 am: History of Schooling and Home Education - Sue Wight, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
11.30 am: Choosing Homeschool Curriculum - Beverley Paine, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
12.15 am: Organising your homeschool, record keeping and evaluation - Beverley Paine. Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
4.00 pm: Conversation Circle: Natural Learning and the 3 Rs. Facilitated by Beverley Paine in the Always Learning Tent
7.30pm: Trivia Night - organise your table of 8 early!
9.30 pm: Late Night Chat with Beverley Paine - Definitions: do we need them? Homeschooling, Unschooling, Deschooling, Natural Learning... Always Learning Tent: BYO drinks and nibbles
10.00 am: Social Skills and Homeschooling - Stuart Chapman. Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
10.45 am: Home Educating Teens - Sue Wight, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
11.30 am: Getting into University - Sue Wight, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
12.15 pm: Biblical Rationale for Homeschooling, Stuart Chapman . Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
4.00 pm: Conversation Circle: Wants, Needs and Shoulds: motivation, limits, boundaries and control. Facilitated by Beverley Paine in the Always Learning Tent
7.30 pm: Finals Fever!
9.30 pm: Late Night Child - Split Session
Dads Night with Roman Domansky and Robin Paine by the BBQs, BYO drinks and nibbles; and
Women's Circle facilitated by Beverley in the Always Learning Tent, BYO drinks and nibbles
10.00 am: Learning Styles and Preference - Beverley Paine. Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
11.30 am: Special Needs - Beverley Paine and Sue Wight. Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A (double session)
12.15 pm: Overcoming / Answering Objections to Home Education - Beverley Paine, Movie Room Powerpoint presentation, Q&A
4.00 pm: Conversation Circle: Open topic: bring an issue or question to share. Facilitated by Beverley Paine in the Always Learning Tent
7.30 pm: AWAS Astronomy Session (to be confirmed)
9.30 pm: Late Night Chat - Home Educating Spirited and Challenging Children. Facilitated by Beverley Paine, Always Learning Tent: BYO drinks and nibbles
First Aid Awareness Sessions throughout day.
2.00 pm: Curriculum Swap Meet , Main Hall
3.00 pm: Networks - Introduce your local group or association! Main Hall
3.30 pm: Networks - Introduction to Australian Christian Homeschooling with Stuart Chapman , Main Hall
4.00 pm: Networks - Introduction to the Home Education Association (HEA) with Guy Tebbutt, Main Hall
4.30 pm: Networks - Introduction to the Home Education Network (HEN Victoria) with Sue Wight, Main Hall
5.00 pm: Teen Panel , Main Hall
7.00 pm: Concert - start preparing your act!
8.15 pm: Raffle Draw, Thank You Presentations Main Hall
8.30 pm: Disco - bring your dancing shoes!
9.30 pm: Late Night Chat with Beverley and Robin Paine - 25 years on: what we would do differently and why. Always Learning Tent: BYO drinks and nibbles
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