2015 Keynote Address
The Biology of Education: How Children Learn Naturally Through Free Play and Exploration
Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College. His research and publications span a wide range of fields, including neuroendocrinology, animal behavior, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. Most of his recent work has to do with the value of free, unsupervised play for children’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. He has expanded on these ideas extensively, for the general public, in in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books, 2013). He is also author of a highly regarded college textbook, Psychology (Worth Publishers), now in its 7th edition, and he writes a regular blog forPsychology Today magazine.
Carlita Boyles, an educator, author, speaker, and homeschooling mother of three, has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and taught children with learning disabilities in the California public school system for 12 years before having children of her own. Early in her homeschooling journey, Carlita became frustrated with using classroom approaches at home, and developed a unique method of teaching math using life experiences instead of textbooks. At the request of moms in her homeschool group, she and her husband John created Math on the Level, a math curriculum designed specifically for homeschooling families. Carlita shares throughout the country, presenting workshops that are friendly and encouraging, equipping parents to teach with confidence while modifying instruction to meet the needs of each child.
Call for Session Proposals
Are you interested in speaking at our conference? VaHomeschoolers is currently accepting proposals for sessions.
Launching Lifelong Learners is the theme of the 2015 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair being held March 21-22, at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, VA, in Metro Richmond. Our conference brings together approximately 1,000 homeschoolers from across Virginia to enjoy sessions on a broad spectrum of homeschool philosophies and approaches as well as sessions on teaching individual subject content. For more information please download the 2015 VaHomeschoolers Call for Proposals.