Homeschool Experts - Session 7 - Homeschool Curriculum

Updated: Aug 6



We have been having a great time hosting our homeschool expert panel discussions and talking with families, leaders, and experts from our homeschool community.

The topics we have covered so far have been super interesting, if you missed any of them and want to check them out you can find the archive recordings on the Homeschool Concierge website:

Session One: Homeschool Experts Sharing Advice and Answering Your Questions


Session Two: Homeschool Support Organizations


Session Three: Private School Satellite Programs


Session Four: Finding and Building Community


Session Five: The Importance of Nurturing Creativity


Session Six: Live Q&A With Long Time Homeschool Parents


The most common question we keep hearing from parents during our panel discussions is:

“What curriculum do you recommend?”

We are super excited to announce that our upcoming Homeschool Expert Panel discussion is all about curriculum!

Topics:

  • Our favorite curriculum choices

  • How to pick a curriculum for your children

  • Great places to find homeschool curriculum

  • and more

  • Q & A: Open Discussion with attendees and panelist


Panelist:

  • Windi Eklund - Host

  • Martin & Carolyn Forte

  • Lisa Ott

  • Jessica Parnell

  • Denise Santangelo

  • Lynn J Woodley


RECORDED PRESENTATION





Windi Eklund - Host


I am a long-time homeschool mom with a passion for child-centered education and family support. We have been homeschooling for over 11 years through the public charter school system. My two youngest are currently enrolled in an independent study public charter school. This school year we moved my oldest out of the charter school and we now homeschool him independently through a PSA. 


Since starting our homeschool journey as a family I have dedicated myself to being an integral part of our unique and diverse community. I have worked to broaden educational choices and knowledge of the programs available to our families through:

  • Volunteering at Celebration Education, where I was able to help families from all over the world find alternative education options for their children

  • Organize and lead field trips for homeschool families

  • Set up new education programs and learning centers for homeschoolers 

  • Organize National School Choice Events and Charter School Choice Open Houses

  • Speak on the homeschool options available to families at homeschool and alternative education conventions

  • Run numerous homeschool and charter school social media groups, covering all of California with 1000s of members in each

  • Organize our community to oppose anti-charter school legislation

  • Founded a non-profit to serve the diverse needs of homeschool families

  • Helped pave the way for family choice at charters by founding multiple family-focused programs serving our community

I am here to help support families in finding their homeschool path. I am representing myself as a homeschooling mom, offering information from my experience.


Always happy to help, please feel free to email, call, or text anytime.


Windi Eklund

wjeklund@me.com

714-310-2213




Martin & Carolyn Forte

Martin & Carolyn Forte have been Certified LearningSuccess™ Coaches and Licensed Workshop Facilitators for over 20 years. They are owners and administrators of Excellence in Education Academy, a Private Satellite Program (PSP) for homeschoolers founded in 1992. They also operate Excellence in Education Homeschool Resource Center in Monrovia, California which includes a bookstore, classes for homeschooled students and a support group with park days and field trips. Carolyn holds a California Life Teaching Credential and is the creator of The Game Curriculum, a model for using games coordinated with Learning Styles for more effective learning. Both Martin & Carolyn have extensive experience teaching and working with typical as well as special needs students and their families. Additionally, they have taken training in Dr. Karyn Purvis’ Trust Based Relational Intervention for children from traumatic backgrounds. Working as a team, Martin and Carolyn provide families with expertise from both their backgrounds.




Martin & Carolyn began homeschooling their two daughters in 1981 and helped form the first homeschool support group in the San Gabriel Valley. They have been heavily involved in both local and statewide homeschool organizations for almost 40 years. Martin is a co-founder and past president of California Homeschool Network and both speak frequently at homeschool conventions and other gatherings in Southern California. Martin is also known as popular homeschool persona/speaker, “Dr. Homeschool.” As strong believers in an individualized approach to education, they began incorporating the LearningSuccess™ model into their curriculum counseling at Excellence in Education from the time of their first seminar with the Learning Success Institute.


Martin & Carolyn are available for:

  • Private Consultations

  • Customized Learning Programs

  • Workshops


Contact Information:




Lisa Ott

Lisa, holding an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction–Language and Literacy, from Penn State University, is the Director of Curriculum Development at Bridgeway Academy.


An educator since 1992, her experience as a public school teacher, college-level education course facilitator, homeschool academic advisor, and head of curriculum design, combine to give her a unique vision for education.


Her passion for developing educational programs that empower and enrich learners has been the foundation for Bridgeway’s unique approach to curriculum design. Lisa leads a team of equally innovative developers who design online learning experiences and complementary learning resources for textbook programs, all available at Bridgeway Academy.




Jessica Parnell


Former Homeschooling parent, homeschool coach and author of the series Unlocking Your Child’s Genius, Jessica Parnell has a passion for helping students discover and pursue their personal excellence. As president and CEO of Edovate Learning Corp, she enjoys working with a talented and intelligent team to drive innovation in home education and personalized learning.  Edovate Learning Corp is the parent company to Bridgeway Academy  which provides a variety of homeschooling options from textbooks to live online classes to all-inclusive homeschool programs that include the full accreditation and support. Curriculum Express, the best resource for homeschoolers seeking curriculum at discounted prices, and the exciting new Elephango.com, an online resource center that every homeschooler should have in their toolbox. Bridgeway Academy and Elephango.com have received several awards over the years including two Mom’s Choice awards, Best New Product for students with Learning Disabilities, and Outstanding Customer Service. 

“Our desire is to provide the best in home education—because we believe when you leverage the freedom and flexibility of educating students in a way that both fits and inspires them, you are not only changing their future but their ability to change the world!".





Bridgeway Academy Home Page


Introduction to Bridgeway Academy


Independent Homeschool Options with Bridgeway Academy 


Total Care Private Homeschool Academy Options


Elephango Online - Online resources to complement any program

Curriculum Express - Curriculum distributor—see sample pages and purchase direct

Free Learning Style Assessment  Code: Genius


Direct links to the different products/offerings:







Lynn J Woodley

Lynn has been in the homeschool market since 2001.  She was a homeschool mama that has now completed that portion of her journey.  She started and ran a homeschool co-op for 9 years with 104 students and taught art in that co-op.  Within the Co-op she taught art and was asked her to continue teaching art after she passed the Co-op on. She then taught 25 students, for 3 additional years, in her garage. 

She also organized many other homeschool field trips, and was a homeschool 4H – group leader. 

It is her passion to help Homeschool mama’s (parents) not burn out.  With that passion, Lynn was a Homeschool Consultant with Sonlight from 2001 – 2014 and then was asked to be an employee as the Product Expert and Charter School Liaison with BookShark starting 2015.  Lynn has 19 years of experience in the homeschool market and helping families successfully homeschool. 

Lynn has been very active in church activities for years leading and organizing many projects, teaching youth, leading music, VBS, retreats, bible studies and Sunday School, church building committee and much more. 

Lynn is a University of Montana graduate, lives in Oregon and is from Montana.

She is also a Reflexologist and Holistic Health Coach and LOVES to remodel her home. 



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