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IEW Mini-Conference and High School Essay Intensive in Hyde Park, NY

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You and your high schooler are invited to join Andrew Pudewa,





director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing,





for a TWO DAY mini-conference, and the High School Essay Intensive





September 30 – October 2, 2010 at





Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 Romans Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538






7:00–8:30 PM Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences, & Cures

“Nature Deficit Disorder†refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of emotional, physical, and social imbalances. It can affect individuals, families, and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth and beauty.

Friday, October 1: Mini Conference

Join Andrew for one session or the whole day of seminars selected especially for your educational community.

Cost: $50.00 per family for the whole day or $15 per session per person.

8:30–10:00 AM Reaching the Reluctant Writer

Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to willingly produce short but complete compositions.

10:15–11:45 AM Developing the Essayist

What’s the difference between a “report†and an “essay� How do we help a student move from simply reporting facts to the more sophisticated skill of using facts in order to support an opinion? With several different essay models and a gradual method of building the analytical writer, you can feel confident in training your child to be an excellent essay writer, even start at the elementary level!

12:45–2:15 PM Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination

Are fairy tales good, even important for Christian students? In this session we will discuss several basic themes in fairy tales and traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, beauty, hope, honesty, wishes, etc.) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination. With the confusion surrounding modern fantasy writing, many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.

2:30–4:15 PM Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators

We, as Christian homeschoolers, must have more than just “nice†reasons to homeschool—it’s not about academics; it’s about reclaiming Western Civilization for Jesus Christ, and the choices we make every day have eternal significance as we strive to raise up a generation of young people who will be empowered to communicate the truth in a world of liars and lead their clueless peers through the coming crises.


Saturday, October 2, 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

High School Essay Intensive for students preparing for college

Cost: $50 Accompanying Parent: $25.00 (Grades 9–12)

Get immediate experience and inside tips on how to do your best on the SAT or ACT essay. Also includes strategies for composing the college application personal essay.

Please register early as these workshops fill fast. Sorry, no enrollment for the High School Essay accepted at the door.

For more information or to register call 800.856.5815 or visit http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/NY2010

Pilar Stevens, IEW Exhibitor, will be present at this event to help you with your IEW bookstore purchases.

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