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"Stepping Out of Boxes and Into Freedom" H.E.R.I. Jacksonville, FL - 7/2012
"InJOYing Motherhood" H.E.R.I. Jacksonville, FL - 7/2012
"Tips for Turning the Home Education Tassel" 2012 FPEA Convention, Orlando, FL - 5/2012
"Teaching Precious Preschoolers and Little Learners" 2012 FPEA Convention, Orlando, FL - 5/2012
"You Can Do It! Highschooling Under the Florida Law" Learning and Families, Sarasota, FL - 4/2012
"Essentials of Early Home Education" 2011 FPEA Convention, Orlando, FL - 5/2011
"Flip Three Pancakes With One Spatula" 2011 FPEA Convention, Orlando, FL - 5/2011
"You Can Do It! High Schooling Under the Florida Law" 2011 FPEA Convention, Orlando, FL - 5/2011
"ABCs of Transcript Writing" Finish Well High School Conference - 3/2010
"When Parents Listen, Teens Talk" Finish Well High School Conference - 3/2010
"High School 101 and the Florida Law" Finish Well High School Conference - 3/2010
"Flip Three Pancakes with One Spatula" Melbourne, FL - 2/2010
"The Year My Library Card Became the Curriculum" Books and Beyond Conference, Winter Park, FL - 1/2010
"Getting It On Paper" Sanford, FL - 7/2009
"Flip Three Pancakes with One Spatula " Books and Beyond Conference, Winter Park, FL - 1/2009
"Books Can Teach" Books and Beyond Conference, Winter Park, FL - 1/2009
"Homeschooling High School" Lake Mary, FL - 1/2009
"High School 101" Sanford, FL - 1/2009
"Books for Infants and Toddlers" Baby Steps Class, Winter Park, FL - 12/2008
"Celebrate High School" Winter Park, FL - 11/2008
"Flip Three Pancakes with One Spatula " Lake Mary, FL - 11/2008
"Raising a Contagious Reader" Longwood, FL - 10/2008
"Read Aloud Rewards" Melbourne, FL - 10/2008
"Raising a Contagious Reader" Altamonte Springs, FL - 9/2008
"What is a Genre Anyway? " Library Parent Program - 7/2008
"Books Can Teach" Library Parent Program, Winter Park, FL - 7/2008
"Look At That Art!" Library Parent Program" Winter Park, FL - 7/2008
"Hooray, It's Library Day!" Library Parent Program" Winter Park, FL - 3/2008
"Perfect for Preschoolers" Library Parent Program, Winter Park, FL - 2/2008
"Read Aloud Rewards" Library Parent Program, Winter Park, FL - 1/2008
"You Be the Judge" Books and Beyond Conference, Winter Park, FL - 1/2008
"Books Can Teach" Books and Beyond Conference, Winter Park, FL - 1/2008
"Read Aloud Rewards" Winter Springs, FL - 9/2007
"Read Aloud Rewards" Orange City, FL - 9/2007
"Choosing Books to Fuel a Literary Fire" Northeast Georgia Education Conference, Blairsville, GA - 7/2007
"Books Can Teach" Northeast Georgia Education Conference, Blairsville, GA - 7/2007
"Finding a Homeschool Evaluator" Longwood, FL - 9/2005
"Educational Philosophies" Longwood, FL - 9/2004
"Homeschooling with Preschoolers and Toddlers" Longwood, FL - 10/1998
"Finding Treasures in the Local Library" Longwood, FL - 9/1996
"You Can Teach Math" Longwood, FL - 9/1995
This is the question Cheryl posed to Mike twenty years ago after Mike asked Cheryl to consider homeschooling their children, who were at the time, not yet born! Journey with Cheryl back through those years as she candidly addresses how she worked through the why, what, where, when, and how questions of homeschooling. Session includes answers to questions from attendees.
Editing a middle school research paper while trying to occupy an energetic preschooler? Preschoolers are a blessing. Their joy is infectious, their smiles salve for the soul. How do we embrace their jubilation while teaching our older children? Cheryl, mother of six children and eighteen years of homeschooling with busy preschoolers, shares ten never-fail-experience-proven ideas to engage the minds, hearts and precious hands of our youngest family members.
We know books encourage reading, but what about mathematics, language arts, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and character? This interactive session will challenge participants to use the precious gems in literature to enrich content areas, inspire minds, and speak to hearts.
Whether fresh out of the blocks on the first leg of the high school adventure or heading toward the finish line, high school is a time to be celebrated. Cheryl will answer common questions asked by students and parents as they work together toward turning the tassel. Topics include planning ahead, understanding graduation requirements, building credits, grading assignments, calculating grade point averages, writing effective course descriptions, preparing transcripts and supporting documents, tailoring paperwork to the student's strengths, college admission testing, submitting college applications, and finding scholarship money.
Books stoke the literary fire. Learn how to choose books that build a literary fire ignited by the artistic merit and rhythmic text of picture books, and later kept aflame by the thickening plots, well-developed characters, and eloquent literary styles of timeless chapter books. Cheryl encourages participants to consider developmental abilities, reading level, and worldview when choosing literary material, with the intention of fueling a literary fire that will burn brightly for generations.
Plan well to finish well! This hands-on, interactive workshop (yes, high school workshops can be hands-on) walks parents through the process of developing a flexible, working four-year plan for their high school student.
How do you get it all done? As a mom of six, Cheryl has been asked this question many times. In this hands-on, interactive presentation, Cheryl reveals her secrets to teaching math, extending lessons to language arts, social studies, science, and life skills, while preparing meals. Oh, and bring your spatula!
High school is not a one-size-fits-all experience. High school is a time to refine the skills needed to polish a student's God-given gifts and talents. But what does that look like on paper? How do you tailor courses which will prepare your child for what God has planned for their future? Cheryl walks parents through the paperwork needed for employment and college entrance, explaining how to write course descriptions describing your student's strengths, how to develop a transcript people want to read and how to write supporting documents to reflect a student's educational experiences and character.
Credits. GPA's. Transcripts. Where do I start? Cheryl navigates the basic nuts and bolts of home educating through high school. Attendees learn the high school lingo, how to establish goals and create a four-year plan, how to award credits, and how to organize records. Practical tips for keeping a clear vision while on the high school journey.
Young children have an insatiable curiosity to learn and a natural desire to work alongside people they love most. How do we utilize these innate qualities to maximize their early learning potential at home? Early childhood educator and home education mom of six, Cheryl challenges parents to look beyond societal and educational pressures to the emotional and developmental needs of young children. Parents will be equipped with practical ideas.
Hooray! It's library day! Children jump and shout when library day appears on the calendar. Cheryl shares ten practical ways to be intentional about making library day an exciting highlight in a child's schedule. A child who feels at home in the library will use the library life-long.
What are the tools and traits needed to build out homes, equip our children, and serve our community of influence? Cheryl leads an interactive workshop sharing from her mothering and leadership experience how to avoid the elements which cloud our days, prohibit our building, and limit our potential to serve from our abundance. Come away with practical tools for building a home that is inJOYable to live in!
Multi-level teaching. You may not be teaching in a one room schoolhouse or in a K-12 building, but your homes might resemble those venues if you are teaching multiple levels. This presentation offers practical how-tos from Cheryl’s experiences of teaching K-12 under one roof, emphasizing the benefits and blessings of teaching more than one level or child at the same time.
Matching shoes. Sorting laundry. Making a grocery list. Recycling plastics. Cheryl has accumulated eighteen years of experience and sage wisdom incorporating toddlers and preschoolers into everyday life, encouraging little ones as they worked, learned, and lived alongside her. In this presentation, she shares ten practical tips about teaching life skills, training character, and nurturing spiritual growth in the youngest blessings of the family.
Children can become enthusiastic library patrons, eager to learn from the books that await them on the library shelves. Cheryl offers participants suggestions regarding regular library visits, library etiquette, book borrowing, and home storage of library materials.
The art mediums, techniques, and styles used in books encourage children to turn the pages. Cheryl uses picture books to highlight the works of notable illustrators and their techniques, teaching attendees how to choose books with artistic merit, how to use the books to spark a child's creativity, and how to teach older children to compare, analyze, and appreciate illustrations.
Learn how to choose perfect picture books for preschoolers, speaking to their hearts and minds. Books highlighted will be packed with the elements children birth through age six love: rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
Passionate about helping parents raise contagious readers, Cheryl shares five keys which unlock the doors of reading and five practical tips for nurturing reading once the reading doors have been opened.
Read-aloud time returns great gains, from language development to vocabulary development, from understanding the rudiments of oral language to building the propriety of conversational skills. Learn how to reap the rewards of read-aloud time by personalizing reading adventures. Includes practical suggestions for use before, during, and after read-aloud times.
Educational methodology. Daily schedules. Parenting. Lots of little (and not so little) boxes, each confining or redefining what God intended for our families. Applying the boundaries and intentions God has for other families can leave our own family bound and tied; struggling for the very life He placed in us. Cheryl, mother of seven from ages 23 to 1 year, shares how she tried climbing into boxes intended for other families. As a result, her family suffered. Hear how Cheryl recognized what those boxes were and then stepped out of them and into the uniqueness God fashioned for her family.
Young children have an insatiable natural curiosity, a captivating wonder, and an innate desire to learn alongside people they love most. How can these characteristics be a catalyst for successful, enjoyable early home education? Cheryl Bastian, mother of seven children, enthusiastically shares practical examples about how to use read-aloud time, life-experiences, and play to learn foundational skills, foster relationships, and nurture young hearts while keeping a child’s natural curiosity and wonder alive and flourishing.
Cumulative folders are only useful to students educated in a traditional school setting? True or False. False. Families who are home educating high school students benefit greatly from keeping cumulative high school records. These records help write a resume for employment and the supporting documents to accompany a transcript for college admission. Cheryl walks parents through a simple process for setting up the cumulative high school folder, giving concrete examples of valuable paperwork and explaining why each document is important. (Want to involve your high school student in this process? Ask Cheryl about parent-student workshops. Participants provide a three-ring binder and tab dividers for workshop format.)
Tassels turn. Caps are tossed in the air. Cheryl Bastian, mom of two Florida home education graduates, shares valuable tips for creating unique educational high school experiences, many of which are often overshadowed or lost in the pressure of academic rigors and course requirements. Come listen and be encouraged as Cheryl explains how high school courses can be dynamically tailored to the interests of each student.
Hurricane season hits the middle of summer and continues into fall. Blizzards blanket communities during the winter season. What happens to families when stormy seasons approach? When the storms of life threaten your family or your home school, take cover and ride out the storm. It's only for a season. Cheryl offers practical tips from experiences that threatened both her family and her home school.
Cadence, folk tale, tall tale, fable, biography, historical fiction, poetry. Fancy names for types of literature. Cheryl familiarizes participants with the characteristics of genres suitable for the ages and stages of preschool toddlers, elementary children, and middle school teens.
A flood. Great-grandma's health needs. Budget cuts. These three simultaneous situations and the circumstances leading to them challenged Cheryl’s thoughts about "curriculum". In this presentation, she shares how a pivotal year influenced the amount of money her family spent on curriculum and how her library card became the answer to the questions she didn't know she had. Confused? You may find yourself walking beside Cheryl as she shares practical ideas about how library resources can rekindle a love of learning in your home.
The Old Schoolhouse 2011
Feature Article, Winter Issue
The Old Schoolhouse 2010
Homeschooling Today, March/April
Homeschooling Today, March/April
FPEA Almanac, Summer Issue
Feature Article- May/June
Homeschooling Today 2010
Our high school students have stories, stories which tell of their character, talents, and education. A student's story is told and unfolds through the transcripts, course descriptions, reading lists, co-curricular activities, and other supporting documents commonly requested by employers and college admissions personnel. Employers and college admissions personnel reading these stories come to know the student, ultimately deciding whether or not to offer employment or admission to the student. Celebrate High School walks with the reader on the high school journey, from developing a four-year plan to writing professional, informative documents. Each step of the process is showered with samples and examples, all with the intention of finishing high school with excellence. Capture curiosity. Invite readers to take a closer look at your student’s individual qualities and the excellence of his/her education. How will your student impact the workplace or college campus? Tell them with words they will understand.
Cheryl A. Bastian 2009
Homeschooling Today 2009
Homeschooling Today 2009
Homeschooling Today 2009
FPEA Almanac 2008
FPEA Almanac 2008
The kitchen is a living laboratory, demanding curiosity. Cups of water and corn syrup can be measured, heated and transformed into one pound of hard candy. The circular circumference of a pizza can be measured, baked and cut into fractional parts. Cylinders and rectangular prisms sit comfortably on the pantry shelf waiting to be sorted, counted and stacked in geometric sculpture. Children love to experience and experiment with these math wonders. When a child’s desire to help is tapped, math skills and life skills can be taught and will be remembered because of the natural inquisitiveness which saturates the kitchen. Children love the kitchen, a perfect place to be immersed in math. The 85 recipes and additional add-on activities in Flip 3 Pancakes With 1 Spatula have been selected based on the frameworks of mathematical concepts taught to young children between the ages of four and eight.
Cheryl A. Bastian 2008
Written as a multi-level study, elementary children and middle school students (K-8), can study the same material at various levels, discussing and learning from one another. Content includes lessons in library science, introductions to genres (fairy tales, fables, fantasy, tall tales, legends, poetry, historical fiction, and mystery), information about art techniques used by illustrators (photography, collage, drawing, painting, monochrome, modern art, impressionism, digital painting, and prints), elements of a story, instructions for using the Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress, types of binding, careers in book publishing, study skills and more. Books are read, highlighted or discussed for each topic as it is studied. Field trips to the library, book bindery, book store, newspaper and publishing company are incorporated. The unit comes complete with weekly calendars, daily lessons, library lists and check lists of learned skills. Internet links are available at this website on the Check These Out Book Links page. Check These Out is a valuable tool for parents/educators who want to put “hands and feet” to You Have to Read This One: Raising a Contagious Reader.
Cheryl A. Bastian 2007
“You just have to read this one!" How many times has this proclamation been made by a reader who cannot wait to tell the world about his or her latest, greatest literary find? Parents can raise children who make this proclamation. It is not an impossible task. Cheryl’s book will encourage and equip parents with the tools necessary to raise contagious readers.
Cheryl A. Bastian 2006
Teaching Home 1999
Teaching Home 1998