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Homeschool Experts - Session 5 - The Importance of Nurturing Creativity

Did you know that according to NASA studies, all kids are born as creative geniuses, but by the time they reach adulthood, only 2% of them retain their creative gifts?

Thankfully, there are things we can do to nurture creativity and keep our children’s natural creative genius intact.

Please join us for Session Five of our Homeschool Expert Panel Discussion Series where we are going to help you have a deeper understanding of how to foster creativity in your home with your children!


Session five topics:

  • How creativity and the arts help to build connections in our brain

  • Why creativity is essential for the next generation in the workforce and for their life

  • How getting messy and being free to create helps your child retain the information they are learning

  • Things you must avoid if you want to preserve your child’s creativity

  • Learn specific strategies you can use today to cultivate your child’s creative genius



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



Mariah Gage

Mariah Gage, mother of seven children, has been homeschooling for the past six years. After enrolling her children in the public school setting, she realized that each of them learned differently, and knew there had to be a better way to help her children feel successful in their education. After being overwhelmed in the first few years of homeschooling multiple children, Mariah created a hands-on learning approach for her children. This approach, has boosted her own children’s confidence and has helped them develop a true love of learning. In 2018, Mariah saw a need in the homeschool community, and opened Crafty School Crates to share the resources she developed with other families. Being an active member in the community, Mariah launched the annual Central Valley Homeschool Convention in 2019, to bring resources and speakers to local homeschool families. Mariah is passionate about education, teaching her children, and helping others through their homeschooling journey.


Meg Navarro

Meg Navarro is a homeschool graduate, who helps kids develop character, confidence, and creativity through online classes in art, photography, and creative writing.

She developed a step-by-step, brain-activating method to teach students how to draw with lifelike realism while infusing their art with their own personal style and creativity - even if they previously could barely draw stick figures. Meg has a double BA in Communications and Humanities – Art and Writing. She is a vendor for most of the charter schools in California. In her free time, Meg enjoys painting murals, dancing, and exploring the beach.

To learn more about Meg or her online art school Megapixels School of the Arts, visit:



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