Ministry Speaking Topics
For a complete list of topics, contact Karla via the contact page.
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs
Do you ever feel as if you’re in over your head? Worried that you aren’t qualified to teach your special needs child? Learn why you’re the expert on your child and their condition. Get practical tips on helping them succeed through finding the right resources, building a supportive network, and accessing the right therapies. Learn what therapies worked and didn’t when Karla taught her own children with autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, speech disabilities and dyslexia. Handouts include practical tips for parents, therapists and teachers
Homeschooling Children with Autism
Has God called you to teach your child with autism at home? Do you wonder what the most important skills are to teach? Get practical tips on coping with tantrums, learning social skills, and leading your child to God. As children with autism grow up, what life skills are important to teach them? What can a parent do about aggressive, oppositional behavior? Learn how Karla taught her own sons with autism. What were the most valuable lessons of all? Handouts include practical tips for parents, therapists and teachers.
Homeschooling Children with ADHD
Is your child’s active personality really ADHD? Learn what ADHD really is, why homeschooling is a valid choice for children with ADHD and why parents are qualified to teach their ADHD children. Learn how to create behavior plans that work, the ins and outs of sensory processing and other helpful teaching tips. Handouts include practical information for parents and teachers.
Homeschooling the Difficult Child
Are you dealing with a difficult child? Karla is the mother of five adult children, two with autism, one with ADHD and bipolar. She shares tips for tantrums, loving your difficult child unconditionally, creating effective behavior plans, and tips for dealing with the emotional backlash other children in the home experience. How to deal with negative feedback from church friends, family and community and creating a network of support. She provides handouts that offer practical tips for homeschooling the child with behavior challenges.
Would you like to start a cottage school? Then this workshop is for you! Learn how Karla started her own cottage school and why it’s a great alternative for families with special needs children, gifted children as well as typical children. This workshop answers questions such as: “What are the elements of a good cottage school?” “Why start a cottage school?” “How do I teach so many grades and abilities at once?” “What curriculum do I use?” “How do I differentiate the curriculum?” Handouts include practical tips and references to resources.
Homeschooling Multiple Levels
What teaching strategies work best for teaching a preschooler, first grader, fifth grader and 10th grader all at once? Which curriculum lends itself well to teaching multiple levels? How does the teacher/parent keep all levels and abilities meaningfully engaged? When is it not acceptable to teach all levels at once? This workshop answers all these questions and more. Karla shares her experience of teaching in a one-room K-12 classroom as well as homeschooling her own children of various ages and abilities. Handouts include practical tips and references to resources.
Homeschooling Using History as Your Curriculum “Spine”
Tired of worksheets and countless books that having nothing to do with one another? Learn how to integrate all school subjects and objectives with history! Karla shares creative ideas for family projects and performances including creating your own live “wax museum!” She will share ideas for teaching the same era of history in a multi-level household, her favorite resources and will provide practical tips and references to resources.
Homeschooling History Using Historical Fiction and Narrative Biographies
Can children really learn about history by reading fiction? Published author, Karla Akins, shares why narrative biographies and historical fiction help students remember historical details. She’ll share how to choose the right books, what to read about, and her own love of writing historical fiction and narrative biographies.
Design Your Own Curriculum/Unit Studies Using State and National Standards
Want to learn how to homeschool your child for free? In this workshop you will learn how to access local and national standards for each subject in your homeschool. Is it a good or bad idea to do so? Do you have to follow the standards in your homeschool? What are they for? Karla shares her experiences using the standards as a guideline for each year of a child’s academic career and why you don’t have to spend a lot of money to homeschool successfully.
Technology and Your Homeschool
Is technology really all that important? How should you use it in your homeschool? When should you not use it? Learn some creative ways to integrate technology in your homeschool and have your eyes opened about dangerous technological advances you and your family need to know.
Creative Writing in the Homeschool
Have a gifted writer in the family? Learn from published author, Karla Akins, how to foster that gift with practical tips and creative writing ideas. She will also share the climate of publishing today, and a brief introduction to self-publishing in today’s market.