Photo taken by Stacy Conaway
Wow! I’m still on a conference high a week after our First Annual Texas Unschoolers Conference. What fun we had and what a success everything was! Thanks to everyone who came out to share a weekend of learning, connecting, playing and enjoying! Thanks to all of our wonderful speakers who inspired us and helped us to see that Unschooling DOES provide our kids with wonderful opportunities to grow into happy, productive adults that know where they want to go and how they want to get there.
Thanks to Sue Patterson, who coined Texas Unschoolers as the TexUns! Everyone loved the shortened name and it really caught on. She even made cute flags for us to display on our cars or cabins to identify us as a group.
Designed and Photographed by Sue Patterson
Friday, April 11, 2014
We kicked off the conference on Friday evening with check in at the Hideout. There all of the registrants got their goodie bags, signed up for the talent show, signed up for laser tag and met some of the speakers. Everyone got to customize their own name tags using crayons, markers, colored pencils and stickers.
Above Photos by Amy Smith
Above Photo and Artwork by Kate Stolz
Above Photo by Amy Smith
After check in, everyone met down at the Group Campfire area for hotdogs, S’mores and visiting. What a great start to our first annual Texas Unschoolers Conference!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
We started off the day with Coffee Chats with Sue Patterson. Lots of interesting conversation. We were surprised so many people showed up for these 8 a.m. informal talks!
Then we kicked off the official start to the conference with Texas Sized Welcomes. Everyone introduced themselves. We even had a family from Pennsylvania and two families from Colorado.
Sue Patterson started our conference talks with “If I Knew then What I Know Now.” She gave us lots to think about.
All the gamers met up at Jellystone Hall for gaming and socializing. Some broke off by twos or threes and played in small groups at their cabins.
The Nerf Wars Extravaganza was well attended. We had a lot of space to run and play capture the flag.
Sandra Dodd’s talk entitled “Being Your Childs Partner, Not his Adversary” was a popular talk. Everyone learned a lot and had lots to ponder after listening to our speakers.
Everyone contributed to the Potluck Dinner and boy did we have a feast! Some sat indoors while other ate outside under the trees at picnic tables or at the outdoor pool.
After dinner lots of the kids (and adults) had their faces painted just in time to participate in the Talent Show.
We ended the day with all kinds of awesome talent. From puppet shows to light saber to learning a bit of Russian, we were all entertained by these awesome kids. Of course, the Frozen soundtrack was one of the most popular for our amazing singers. We had a couple of original songs and even a parkour show. No one wanted the evening to end! The perfect ending to our first day…
After the talent show we all headed back to our cabins or campsites for some much needed rest! With the first day a big success we all anticipated more fun filled days to come…
A BIG thank you to Amy Smith for the majority of the photos above!