Toddlers Through Teens Roundtable

Presented by: Dana Wood, Bente Rodriguez

Homeschooling a large family or a family with clusters of older and younger kids presents a unique challenge: how do you manage and challenge all the kids simultaneously? Bente Rodriguez and Dana Wood will share their ideas after 40 collective years of homeschooling 22 total children.  If you attended their earlier classes but have a few more questions, this casual group will allow you to ask away.  In addition, the discussion format will enable you to meet and learn from the other moms in the room as well. By the end you should have a few new ideas to try in your home!



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Dana has always enjoyed teaching. In high school she had the opportunity to be a student teacher, but found the experience frustrating as she was constantly told “you can’t do that in a public classroom! There are too many kids.” After that experience, she told a friend that she would never be a school teacher unless she could teach in a private school for gifted children where they let you teach to the children, not to the test. She has been doing just that since 1985, when she started homeschooling her children after reading John Holt’s book, Teach Your Own. She has loved the challenge and the fun of learning alongside her children as they moved back and forth across the country as a military family. She has graduated eight of her ten children and is glad she still has a couple at home. She is excited that her grandkids are being homeschooled, too.

Dana started with LDSHE as a mentor mom in 2005 and joined the Board as the Youth Conference President in 2006, developing the youth conference program. After four years as Youth Conference President, she has done a little bit of everything including Audio Library and Adult Conference Director as LDSHE expanded its conference out west.

Bente Rodriguez is the mother of fifteen amazing children ages 24 to three. When she and her husband, Todd, first started their family, they never even thought about homeschooling; but as their oldest son was getting ready to enter kindergarten, they decided to give it a try (after all, how can you mess up a kindergartener?). A bit overwhelmed at first, they took it year by year, and before long, realized they were in for the long haul. After eighteen years of schooling her children (and at least fifteen more to go), she has three returned missionaries, one current missionary, four college kids (BYU-Provo & SVU) and ten still at home. She loves reading, working on home construction projects, being outside and most of all her family! She is also a lover of simplicity and learning!

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