My kids and I returned Sunday evening from the Wisconsin Parents Association 33rd Annual Conference and Resource Fair and all I can say is “Wow! That was amazing!” It will take me weeks to digest all that I learned there. The sense of community that was created was just what we needed to help us continue to feel supported and nurtured in this journey of homeschooling. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed staying in the dorm where we met and hung out with homeschoolers from all over the state. We made new friends and we can hardly wait to see them again at next year’s conference! For those of you who could not attend or who have never attended a WPA conference, I urge you to consider going next year. You will not be disappointed.
I attended one of Erich Moraine’s talks about unschooling and in it he asked the participants to share how they know when their homeschool is ‘working’. One person spoke up and said she can tell when things are going well because her child is “all lit up!” Well, if “all lit up” is any indication of success, then this conference was a huge success; I saw happy, lit up faces everywhere we went, from Meet & Greet to the halls in the dorms, from shared meals to the various sessions and workshops. The general session speeches were insightful and inspiring and served as a reminder of the hard work families did in the 1980’s to secure my right to homeschool my children; this right is precarious and we all need to continue to work together to safeguard our homeschooling law. We had the privilege of hearing graduation speeches given by seven homeschool graduates and some of their parents. Their words of hope for their future and gratitude for their upbringing were a beautiful inspiration to my own children.
If you are not a member of WPA, please please consider joining. If you are already a member, please encourage other homeschoolers to join and consider volunteering your time – there are many ways to help out. Below are some words from their facebook page (our facebook page – WPA is us):
Many thanks to all who attended, supported and created the 2016 WPA Conference. This year’s theme was “Homeschooling with Integrity.” To have integrity means to be undivided. To have integrity means to act according to strong moral principles. The Wisconsin Parents Association is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the rights of WI parents to educate their children according to their own principles and beliefs. This year’s conference reaffirmed our commitment to this goal and challenged our members to take this message to their own local areas. If you are homeschooling in WI you are already taking advantage of the work of WPA. Become a member and make us stronger.
WPA provides legislative watch–we’re paying attention to politics every day so you don’t have to. This organization works hard to maintain Wisconsin’s very reasonable homeschooling law that allows each family to educate their children in the way they see fit. What is that worth to you?