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Below is a list of the upcoming quarterly meeting dates sponsored by ECHO-MN, followed by events sponsored by other MN organizations which may be of interest to homeschoolers. Please contact the specific organizations for information about their events.

ECHO Quarterly Meetings
Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance Conference
Capital City Christian Co-op Semi-Annual Book Sale
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators
Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference

ECHO Quarterly Meetings

sponsors four quarterly meetings each year. The topics are chosen for their timeliness and broad range of information. New members are always welcome! All meetings are held at the Southdale Library in Edina from 6:30-9:00 pm. ( See directions below) Although we would prefer not to have children present at these meetings we understand that this is not always possible.  If you must bring your child, please bring along some quiet activities to help occupy him/her during the meeting. Nursing children are always welcome. 

Meeting Dates

Thursday, November 8

Please join us on Thursday, November 8, at Southdale Library in Edina for our quarterly meeting. Everyone is welcome.

6:30-7:00 Come mix and mingle with other ECHO homeschoolers
7:00-8:00 We will have an open discussion about Socialization and Dealing with Opposition.
8:00-9:00 This time is set aside for new families to meet members of ECHO support groups in their area. We will also use this time to help new groups get started. 

Some things to think about:

  • What is "socialization"?
  • Positive socialization versus Negative socialization.
  • Positive parenting
  • Diversity...are homeschooled children missing out on diverse friendships?
  • Telling friends and family you plan on homeschooling. 
  • When your in-laws quiz your kids. : )

Sharing Table: Please bring some of your favorite resources for teaching your extended family about homeschooling. (Books, articles, websites, etc.) David Guterson's Family Matter's comes to mind. That has always been a great book for reluctant fathers or concerned friends and family. We would also love to see some of the portfolios families have kept to document their homeschooling. Scrapbooks and portfolio's are a great way for Grandma to see what the kids are up to and it works for all homeschooling philosophies. If you have a portfolio you are willing to share please bring it to the meeting so others can see the benefits of this method of record keeping.

Future meetings and discussion topics:

Discussion Topic: Preschool Screening and Should I Homeschool?

Discussion Topic: Homeschooling Methods and Finding Your Style

For directions to the ECHO Quarterly Meetings, including a map, click here.

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance (MHA) Conference

WHAT: MHA Conference
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2001
WHERE: Twin Cities at the U of M Law School

This is MHA's first conference in many years. The highlight will be a keynote speech by John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down : The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. For more information please contact MHA.

Capital City Christian Co-op Semi-Annual Book Sale

WHAT: CCCC Book Sale
WHEN: Usually held in the fall and spring. Specific date to be announced.
WHERE: Emmanuel Christian Center, 7777 University Ave NE, Spring Lake Park 
              North of 694, South of Hwy 10 and the Northtown Shopping Center.

A favorite of many homeschoolers, this semi-annual book sale is one of the region's largest and offers homeschoolers the opportunity to buy new and used curriculum, literature, software and more at reduced prices. Go with a list and bring lots of cash. The first trip to the CCCC Book Sale can be overwhelming, but you never leave empty handed. 

Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators 
(MACHE) Annual Conference

WHAT: MACHE Annual Homeschooling Conference
WHEN: April 12-13, 2002
WHERE: To be announced

MACHE sponsors one of the largest homeschooling conferences in the region. For more information please contact MACHE.

Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented 

(MCGT) Annual Conference

WHAT: The Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference 
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2001 from 8:20 am to 4:30 pm.
WHERE:  O'Shaughnessy Education Center at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

For more information please contact MCGT.



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