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How to register for our classes

2016 Reg Open

Thank you for your interest in WLR classes! Please follow the instructions below to complete your registration.

Go to the WLR Registration page.

  1. If this is your first time using the RegPacks system, create a user profile with name and password.
  2. If you have used the online reg form in the past, log in to your account and be sure to review each page. At the bottom of the Student page, be sure to click “yes” to the question, “Is your information up to date?”– this triggers the system to load the new class products for your selection.
  3. Be sure to let us know about any allergies or special needs your student may have in the appropriate fields.

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3. Complete the forms and the e-signature forms (Waiver/release, Conditions of Participation and Cancellation Policy).

4. Choose your desired classes. The program triggers class selection based on the Grade you indicated on the first page of the form.

5. Any applicable discounts (early reg, multiple-class and self-paying)  will automatically be added to your cart.

6. Be sure to choose the appropriate Payment Method; the self-payment option triggers those discounts. Self-paying customers may pay either online with credit card or by mailing a check to WLR, P.O. Box 19676, Sacramento, CA 95819. A receipt will be e-mailed to you automatically.

7. When you have completed registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. If you are with a charter school, e-mail this confirmation to your teacher to prepare the P.O. / Voucher. peIf your teacher cannot find WLR on the approved vendor list under “Wholistic Learning Resources,” he or she should check under “R” (for Russi) or “S” (Sandra Russi — SSCS has it this way).

8. A few days before the session begins, WLR will e-mail important information about our first day of classes.


Hands-on Learning at Conference!

Join WLR and friends for hands-on learning — for the adults! This is a day for youFor you to be inspired, for you to learn and take a little time for yourself. When homeschooling parents take time for themselves – to learn, to create – they are able to return to their families refreshed, renewed and re-energized. Most of our workshops and even our Keynote are designed as interactive classes.

The two classes highlighted below involve handwork. Please note the supply fee which is payable to the instructor at the start of the workshop.

Making Lucets / Main Lesson Basics – Rick Tan (Upstairs – Session A)

Join Rick Tan in this hands-on workshop in which participants will sand and decorate wooden lucets (pictured below and used in Jennifer Tan’s class on Lucetting). Lucets are ancient handheld tools that were used by Vikings to braid cords. While your hands are busy, Dr. Tan will also present Waldorf homeschooling logistics such as how to use main lesson books in recording student work. $5 supply fee for Lucet. Payable in cash or check to Syrendell.


Lucet & Kumihimo  – Jennifer Tan (Upstairs – Session B)

Explore Japanese and Viking styles of cord weaving in this easy-to-learn handwork workshop! Jennifer Tan will lead parents in learning the basics of both fiber arts, and provide supplies needed to make beautiful cords. Parents will go home with a kumihimo disc (pictured below) and plant-dyed wool yarns used during the workshop. Kumihimo and Lucet are appropriate to teach children ages 5 and up. $5 supply fee for Kumihimo & plant-dyed wool yarn; $12 supply fee for Lucet (no need if you make your own Lucet in R. Tan’s Session A workshop). Payable in cash or check to Syrendell.


Healthy Movement & Games Workshop

Join Brian Wolfe as he provides an interactive overview of healthy movement and games throughout the grades! Whether you have one child or many, there will be plenty of ideas for you to incorporate into your daily rhythm. We’ll also discuss a healthy approach to sports and competition, and discuss the phenomenon of “burnout” often seen in the middle years. This is a hands on workshop. Participants will talk, move, play some games, and possibly even learn to juggle!

Brian Wolfe

Healthy Movement & Games will be held as a Session C Workshop from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6th at the Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference. Go to the Registration page to sign-up for the Conference.

Brian Wolfe has spent his entire adult life playing music, teaching, drawing and coaching Waldorf students. This year he taught Art at Rudolf Steiner College to teacher trainees, Games and Movement (going on 12 years now!) at a local Waldorf school, and coached the girls Varsity basketball team at the Sacramento Waldorf School to their Sac-Joaquin section championship! Brian also loves traveling to teach, and has recently led teacher & parent workshops in Utah, California and China. In addition, he supports homeschoolers with his wife, Robyn Wolfe, through Waldorfish.



“Can we talk?” !!

Join WLR Instructor Talib Huff for an interactive workshop in Dynamic Dialogue. With over 25 years’ experience in education, working with both adults and children, Talib will share insights on how to move a difficult conversation from where we are trying to overcome each other … to understanding each other.

Talib-131x138Talib Huff is a certified presenter and mentor in Dynamic Dialogue and has completed the two-year practicum in Contemplative Dialogue. He is one of WLR’s most popular instructors and brings warmth, humor and his generous spirit to all of his endeavors.

“Can We Talk?” will be offered during as a Session A workshop on August 6th at the Wholistic Learning at Home Conference.

Enter coupon code “727” for a discount on your registration fee.

Conference Schedule

Take a look at the schedule! We have excellent presenters lined up! Join WLR and friends for inspiration and to gain valuable tools and insights to support you on the homeschooling journey. Excellent classes for those just getting started as well as for the more experience home educators, looking for some fresh ideas and inspiration.

View the workshop descriptions here.

(There may be one possible change to the schedule below.)


Free Homeschool Information Fair

Join fellow homeschoolers at a free Homeschool Information Fair and get discount certificate to the Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference!

A couple of weeks ago, homeschooling mom Megan Zeydel contacted me to participate in a free homeschooling information fair. Megan has generously arranged for the fair to take place at the Sylvan Community Center in Citrus Heights and has invited a number of vendors to participate.

Homeschool Fair (free)
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
4 – 7 pm

Wholistic Learning Resources will be at the fair with information on our upcoming 2016 Fall Session of classes, offered in several locations.

In addition, we will have information on the upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference including discount certificates to the Conference. Certificates will allow participants to attend the Conference for a reduced fee of $25 per person. (Regular fee is $60; early registration until 7/25/16 is $45.)


“Unschooling” / Self-Directed / Natural Learning

I am so excited that Kathy Anuszczyk is joining us at the Wholistic Learning at Home mini-conference!

I met Kathy during my first year of homeschooling when my son, Noah, was just five-years-old. I was just getting my feet wet and starting to hear about a new idea: “unschooling.”

Kathy is the mother of six children who have never attended traditional K-12 school. Their Kathy-family interests have taught her so much about spontaneity, curiosity, and trust. They attended community college while in high school, danced across Europe, participated in the City Youth Commission, played music with the jazz society, rebuilt classic cars, rode horses, joined a fire crew, ran sound systems for concerts, and much more. Three are grown now: one created a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, one is transferring to the University of California to study Wildlife Biology, and one has just completed his first year at an Ivy League Engineering College on a full-ride scholarship. Three teens are still home, caring for gardens and animals, playing music, reading and cooking, and volunteering in the community.

I cannot think of a better person to lead the Self-Directed Learning / Unschooling workshop!

Kathy will lead participants in exploring the many ways we can enhance learning by trusting and supporting the interests our children express. Learn how the natural yearnings to explore and experiment will eventually lead to a very rich education. Discuss ways to let go of the expectations of structure and discipline that were imposed and considered necessary in our own schooling, and how to work through those niggling doubts that inevitably come up while exploring the ways that work best for your family’s learning.

“Freedom in structure means much more time for pondering, which is key to true education.  Once you’ve created a foundational space for learning, nurtured reading time and artistic expression, you’re on your way for quite an adventure. This certainly won’t always look like how society tends to think schooling happens, but the one-on-one interactions and explorations are so valuable to our young people.” — Kathy Anuszczyk

Thank you to our sponsors!

Pulling together the many pieces to make a conference happen takes time, energy and effort. I am so grateful to the many folks who are helping WLR make this conference a success!

And a special thank you to our sponsors! Please be sure to check out the many resources they have to offer homeschooling families.

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