Join us for small, interactive workshops full of practical tips and techniques for educating your children at home


Due to limited space, pre-registration is required for ALL workshops offered by Tools for the Home Educator.



Academics: The Big Picture How does a homeschool parent know what to teach and when? We’ll discuss what is necessary, what is nice, and what is nonobligatory to cover in the early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school years.


Choosing CurriculumOverwhelmed by the sheer number of teaching resources available to today’s home educator? This workshop will help you narrow your choices as you determine what will work best for you and your family in this particular season of your life.


Cutting Curriculum Costs — There are so many ways to save money on your teaching materials. We’ll discuss locating used curriculum, successfully using older editions, finding free resources, and more.


College ABCs —  This workshop will cover the different types of higher education (such as UC, CSU, Junior College, Private College, vocational school), the admissions process for homeschoolers, often-overlooked life skills needed for a successful college experience, and a short primer on financial aid.


Elementary Overview — What are the necessary, the nice, and the needless topics and skills for the elementary school grades? How can I best prepare my younger student for future academic success without overloading him or her?


Follow the Leader, Homeschool Style — As homeschooling options proliferate, it becomes easier and easier to follow someone else’s leading instead of pursuing the Lord’s direction for your family. We don’t want to fall into the trap of homeschool-parent-peer-pressure. We’ll discuss gaining courage and commitment to homeschool your children in the way you feel is best.


Group Classes: Finding a Good Fit for Your Family — As group classes become common for homeschoolers, what are the benefits as well as the unintended consequences? Find the best fit for your particular student and for your family by learning what questions to ask before enrolling in a class.


High School Overview — We’ll examine each academic subject area and discuss requirements for life and career preparation, high school graduation, and college admission.


Homeschool Methods and Approaches —  We’ll discuss the defining characteristics of some common homeschooling approaches including traditional, unit study, literature-based learning, classical education, unschooling, and multimedia, while looking at sample materials from each.


Homeschooling a High-Energy Kid  — If your kid barely ever sits still, how  is he or she going to learn to read, do long division, or write essays?  Practical tips and tools for working with the kid with an abundance of energy.


Homeschooling: The What, the Why, and the HowOffered Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 pm — This is the basic workshop for those who know little-to-nothing about homeschooling and want to learn more. A great beginning if you are considering educating your own children at home.


Junior High: Is It Any Different? — You’ve laid the academic foundation. What skills are necessary now to bridge the gap into high school? And how do the startling physical and mental changes of puberty affect your schooling, your parenting, and your child’s faith?


Key Skills for Life After High School Offered Monday, February 4 at 6:45 pm — Homeschooling your high school student includes skills like algebra, essays, and biology. But let us not forget that “real life” awaits our students after high school. What other skills should we be covering during the high school years?


Lesson Planning — How do I figure out how much schoolwork to accomplish each day? I don’t want to overload my student, but I also want to feel like I’m making sufficient progress. And I don’t want to mimic an institutional school setting! How do I teach to the student while still following the book?


Looking Ahead to High School —  Homeschooling high school: what decisions should be made before it begins? What are the differences in homeschool high school programs, and does it really matter after graduation? Includes high school sports, outsourcing difficult classes, dual enrollment in college, and extracurricular activities.


Managing Your School Day Offered Tuesday, February 5 at 6:45 pm  — How do I add in homeschooling to a day already full with laundry, housework, errands and more? Does it matter when I teach and in what order we tackle our subjects? This workshop includes scheduling tools, time management tips, and organizational pointers to help you manage your day more effectively.  This is  Penny’s most popular workshop!


Mixing Learning Into Life — Are textbooks the most effective way to teach or learn?  What if I want to use real life experiences and informal learning opportunities? This workshop will help you integrate  learning into  the natural flow of your day and into your family’s lifestyle.  Also covered will be ideas for record keeping and documenting this type of education.


Nurturing Academic Readiness Skills — In today’s rush to early academics, what is being missed? Are there readiness skills that are being overlooked and underdeveloped as we push younger and younger children into worksheets and classroom learning?  How can we encourage play, nurture curiosity, and let our children enjoy their early years while still laying a solid foundation for future education?


Recordkeeping Simplified —  What records does a homeschooling family need to keep? Why? For whom? Let’s discuss how to keep professional records in 5 minutes per day!


Teaching Materials Practicum — Join homeschool veteran Penny Ross for a “guided tour” of various teaching materials, curriculum, and supplementary materials. Learn first-hand how to use and individualize these materials in your own family. Browse and peruse different publishers and resources from various teaching approaches. 


What My Wife Wants Me to Know about Homeschooling — Are my children learning what they need to know when they need to know it? How do I know if it is enough? Can they really study in pajamas? Dads, bring your questions and concerns so we can address them as we also talk about ways that you can help your wife and your family successfully learn at home.


You CAN Teach Preschool at HomeOffered Monday, March 18 at 6:45 pm, also Tuesday, March 26 at 6:45 pm — In today’s world, parents of 3 and 4 year olds often feel pressured to send their children OUT to preschool. But academic readiness skills can very easily be taught within the realm of real-life experiences at home. Come find out how!


Most workshops can be presented from either a Christian or nonsectarian point of view.


See a workshop you’d like to take?
Penny is happy to schedule one at your request
if you can guarantee 4 or more participants.
Contact her to discuss arrangements.



Workshops can be held at our location (18051 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite G, Torrance) or you can host one at a location of your choice.


Penny can customize a workshop for your group.
Contact her to discuss arrangements.


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