Amber O’Neal Johnston is an established authority on including diverse voices in traditional curriculum and infusing culture and love for others into an intentional home environment. She blends living books with an inclusive atmosphere and recommends we offer children opportunities to see themselves and others reflected in their lessons. Amber is a regular contributor to the Wild + Free homeschooling community, a frequent podcast guest on popular shoes, and a coveted speaker at conferences.
Books as Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors
(Homeschool How To)
When children are unable to see themselves reflected in their schoolbooks, they fail to develop positive feelings of self-worth. And when they lack opportunities to examine similarities and differences between themselves and others, they miss out on valuable opportunities for recognizing the shared humanity that binds all people together. A mirror is a story that reflects your own culture and helps build your identity, a window is a resource that offers you a view into someone else’s experience, and a sliding glass door invites you to enter another’s world. In this session, we will examine the use of all three types of books in our homes as we educate our children while embracing their individuality and honoring others.
Worldschooling: Taking the Show on the Road
(Homeschool How To)
Traveling abroad is a dream that many families share but figuring out how to traverse across the continents (or even the next state over) with children in tow while homeschooling can feel overwhelming and even impossible. In this session, we’ll discuss what learning away from home entails and how regular everyday families can make it happen on a budget. We’ll also consider the question of how to raise globally minded children when traveling outside the country isn’t a realistic possibility. The answer may surprise you!
Sparking Curiosity and Delight in Childhood
When children show strong abilities in one area or another, the adults in their lives often encourage them to pursue hobbies and careers that play off those strengths. That may certainly be an advantage, but sometimes the strategy can leave children feeling incomplete. In this session, we’ll explore a path that supports academic growth while sparking curiosity in childhood. Learn how to spread an inspiring feast of ideas and come alongside your kids as they dive deeply into the passions and interests that make them come alive!