Friday, June 12, 2009

Announcements #107: Torah Homeschooling Conference

First Torah Homeschooling Conference

More Than Just Tuition-Free Jewish Education

The first Torah Homeschooling Conference will take place Sunday, June 28 in Baltimore, MD. Until recently, the number of Orthodox Jewish families choosing to educate their kids outside the realm of a Day School or Yeshiva has been negligible. As of late, though, the tuition crisis has led many Jewish families to consider it as an option.

Economics, however, should only be considered a “nice side benefit of homeschooling”, says Avivah Werner, veteran homeschooler and organizer of the event. “It should not be the sole motivation to take on the important responsibility of your child’s education.” Mrs. Werner is mother to nine and has been homeschooling all her children for the past eight years. “Many people fantasize about how wonderful it would be to escape high tuitions, as well as social and academic issues, but there should be positive motivations when making the decision to homeschool, such as giving your children more freedom to explore their interests and learn at their own pace. There are also many benefits to the family structure in general when parents and children spend significant amounts of time together on a daily basis.”

The conference is geared towards providing support and encouragement to those who are already homeschooling, as well as to educate parents who would like to learn if homeschooling can work for their families. Workshops include topics such as different approaches to homeschooling, the benefits of homeschooling, socialization, marriage and homeschooling, burnout, creative approaches for teaching Hebrew reading and writing, and teaching limudei kodesh. Workshops will be presented by veteran homeschoolers and educators from the local community.

The conference will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215. Check-in/registration will begin at 8:15 am; the presentations and workshops will begin at 9 am and end at 5:15 pm. The cost will be $20 per person or $35 per couple. To register or for more information, visit

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