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Cindy Wiggers is an, author, publisher, and national speaker. She has been involved with the homeschooling movement since 1989 when she and her husband began teaching their three children at home. Few choices of curriculum existed at that time and most were written for classrooms. It didn’t take long for her to realize teaching in a home school setting with students of multiple ages and levels needed a totally different approach.
So began her journey, studying the writings of pioneers of the modern homeschool movement to understood the dynamics of educating children at home. Dr. Ruth Beechick’s perspective, in particular, helped form her philosophy of education, and later a personal relationship with Dr. Beechick’s friend, author and educator Debbie Strayer, helped solidify her understanding of the value in taking a natural approach to education.
From these beginnings Cindy wrote and created materials to help parents establish an environment that inspires a love for learning and encourages the development of critical thinking skills. She authored or co authored The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Trail Guide to World Geography, Trail Guide to U.S Geography, Trail Guide to Bible Geography, and created the Mark-It Timeline of History. In addition she has been involved with the creation of the Trail Guide to Learning Series, co-authored by Debbie Strayer and Linda Fowler.
Cindy resides in Kentucky where she pursues sustainable lifestyle choices, tends to her year round garden, helps enrich the homeschool journey of her grandchildren, and is never far from a piece of dark chocolate.
Cindy’s workshop presentations are full of practical ideas from true-life experiences gained from home schooling her three very different children and her genuine desire to see homeschool families enjoy the process of learning together. After attending her sessions, folks often remark Cindy's workshops provided the most practical and useful information they heard all day.
Roots Have Fruits - Where is Your Curriculum Taking You?
Trees can only bear the fruits of their roots, so teaching approaches have roots from their history and philosophy and certain fruits will appear. Come to learn about approaches to teaching, their natural outcomes and how to cultivate good soil for learning. Be prepared to remove any unwanted fruit that may be heading your way! This workshop is great for beginners as well as veterans who want to check their roots!
Notebooks: The Secret of Adding Spice to Any Curriculum
Did you know George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all kept notebooks? Explore this natural approach to education that encourages your students to be life-long learners! Open the door to self-motivation, academic excellence, creativity, and true learning for your children through notebooking. See how readily it adapts into any home education program and how to start your family on this exciting journey of discovery learning.
Cultivating a Love for Learning
How can homeschooling be different from schooling at home? What can you do to change the dynamic in your homeschooling interactions? Listen to ways to transform schooling struggles into schooling success. Come to hear how to develop, or rekindle, a love for learning in the hearts of those you are teaching!
Raising a Critical Thinker!
Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today – everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Cindy will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum! For Christian homeschoolers, this is a great way to prepare your children to give an account for the hope that is in them.
Teach Effectively and Save Your Sanity!
Connectedness is the most important quality in effective and memorable teaching! Teach history, science, geography and language skills, such as reading, writing and word studies to multiple ages using the unified approach. Come to this workshop to hear how to unify your subjects, engage your students and teach critical thinking skills while still having a life!
Making Geography Memorable
Teaching geography can be overwhelming for teachers and sometimes boring for students. In this workshop, Cindy will offer helpful tips on making geography a memorable, and even fun experience. She will share how to incorporate geography into everyday life and your other schooling subjects. With hands on activities and practical ideas, your children will start enjoying geography, and learning about the world, we live in!
Want Cindy to speak to your group? Contact us for details about scheduling her for your conference, book fair, support group meeting, or retreat.
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