MACHS Homeschool Conference 2011- Keynote Speaker Andrew Pudewa

Homeschool Conference 2011

What an amazing experience! This weekend I was able to attend our local Christian homeschooling group, MACHS, homeschooling conference. It was held for two days at Calvary Temple in Winnipeg.

I have to say this conference was AMAZING. Much to my excitement the keynote speaker was Andrew Pudewa, the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. While this was very impression, what really got our attending was the fact he was trained under both Suzuki and Doman. He actually worked with my hero Glenn Doman(author of the book “What To Do About Your Brain-injured Child“) at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential.

Another early learning mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine, and I had the opportunity to talk to him after lunch.

Ok ok… We may have formed an attack to corner the poor man to try and pick his brains. He was busy looking for his missing cufflink, so we took this opportunity that he was in one area to speak with him.  As brief as it was, he was able to tell us about some interesting things.

– According to him, the IAHP is not open to new research. They have the mentality, if they didn’t come up with it they are not interested in it. After hearing this, I also heard something similar from somewhere else. This is really sad to hear and I hope it is not true because there is still so much to learn about the human brain. By limiting their interest in other studies they will eventually become dated.

– We talked about EK flashcards. He went on to tell us how the connections are made. Basically if you never saw anything you wouldn’t think about anything. By showing EK bits you are providing your child the chance to think about something, there for making connections in the brain.

– He also told us about another person that he use to work with at the IAHP that left the institute and opened his own clinic the Family Hope Center. I’m under the impression the founder of the Family Hope Center was fed up the IAHP would not consider new research on Brain Injured children. Another thing that seemed to bother them was the fact that the people who are now in charge of the IAHP are Scientology and as a devout Christian he did not agree with the way it was run. So I spent some time on their website and decided to place a call. They were already closed for the day so I left a message. I’m interested to see what this place is about.

We then spent time listening to the keynote speaker sessions, wondered around the 3 exhibit halls and ate lunch. I managed to control my spending habits. I bought Wesley a new bow for his birthday, 2 workbooks and and parents guide. I loved there was so much about Suzuki music this time around. I’m not sure if they will be able to beat it next year.

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3 Responses to MACHS Homeschool Conference 2011- Keynote Speaker Andrew Pudewa

  1. kizudo says:

    Looking forward to hearing what they say at the Family Hope Centre! Keep us posted!

  2. Tracy says:

    Hmm, sounds like someone is trying to sell their services. LOL. I haven’t heard that the IAHP is affiliated with Scientology. If they are I’d like to read up on that. I know they encourage families to rely on their faith whatever that maybe. I read this recently on an old article written by a mom who went to this program MANY years ago. Not sure if they are up on newer research though. it does seem they continue to use the same research. But not sure on that either as I’ve never been there. Maybe they feel what they do works. Not sure. I guess all of what the IAHP does isn’t so bad since this Family of Hope uses similar methods ( tinkered on their website).

  3. Waterdreamer says:

    He was not associated with the Family Hope Centre. Just his friend started after he left the iahp. He just mentioned that while Glenn was a Christian, his daughter and her right had person Suzy I believe her name is, are scientologist. And it as an employee it was difficult to work there as a Christian. As for not accepting new ideas. I believe you can talk to Patty from PlayWise. But like I said it’s only what heard

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