Sherri Seligson is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom of 4 children, a degreed marine biologist with a Master’s in Education, researcher, wife, and Christian. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology, and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale, War Horse, and Yes Day. An international conference and retreat speaker, Sherri uses transparency, truth, and humor to encourage moms on their homeschool journey and to teach families and students the importance and excitement of studying God’s creation.
Workshops from Sherri Seligson (may vary by event location)
How Studying Science Reveals God’s Character and Our Purpose
In the same way that a painter’s style and character are revealed in his paintings, we can see glimpses of God’s character in his Creation. The Bible mentions that He is light and living water. And as we study light and water, we understand his magnitude Him more clearly. Studying salt, darkness & light, and even branches, vines, & grafting gives us deeper clues to what those Biblical references truly mean to us. Join Sherri in this fun and fascinating discussion!
Science, Apologetics, Creation, Parents, Students
Nature is the Best Science Classroom
Have you ever taken a walk outside with a three-year-old? It can take forever as each leaf needs to be examined, acorns need to be gathered, and flowers need to be smelled. This is not just because your child is stalling before naptime. The outdoors is one of the best environments to teach science, focusing on God’s amazing creation and its complex design. Research has also demonstrated that being outside improves attention, memory, and learning. Join Sherri as she explores the how and why behind taking your science (and other subjects) outside and how to document what you are learning together. It is easy and FUN!
Science, Creation, General Audiences, Parents
A Scientist’s Showcase of Amazing Creatures That Defy Evolutionary Theory
What are we to do when faced with a world telling us it is a certainty that all organisms evolved from primordial ooze? How can our students give an answer when these ideas come up in discussions as they begin to move out from under our teaching and into the world? Amazingly, the more we learn about the creatures on Earth, the more we begin to see the intricacies that do not fit with the idea of evolution, and we are beginning to see clear scientific evidence that points to a Creator. This fast-moving, high-energy workshop will cover several organisms whose features defy evolution. From dolphins and sharks to glow-in-the-dark bacteria, we’ll see how science is discovering that all creatures are far from simple.
Science, Apologetics, Creation, General Audiences, Parents, Teens
What’s Going On With Your Middle Schooler? How They Learn
As our children begin to mature, they are experiencing drastic changes: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and even spiritually. It is a natural (and good!) process of transitioning to adulthood. As homeschoolers, we have the unique ability to encourage those changes to help them along the way. They will need more sleep; they will need more time to process what they learn as they move into more abstract thinking; they will need more understanding; and they will need more showers! Join Sherri as she walks you through how to homeschool and parent during this fun and exciting transition in life. Her research studies in middle school brain development shed much light on these newly-formed “nocturnal humans” in your home.
Adolescence and Education, Brain development, Parents
Six Critical Ways to Build Sibling Relationships
One of the most challenging things about being a parent is to help our children build relationships with one another. We want our children to be close and grow up as friends, but those dreams can be hard to imagine amidst the toddler screaming “Mine! Mine!” and the continuous assertions of “Not me. SHE did it!” In this workshop, Sherri will share six key ways that she used to navigate this process with her four children in order to build sibling relationships. Laugh with Sherri as you discover how to incorporate these strategies right away. Indeed, today, she is so blessed to know that her adult children actually phone one another, do activities together, and pray for each other. Relationship building has to be intentional or it will not easily happen!
Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew As a New Homeschool Mom
Let’s face it. At one time or another we all feel that by homeschooling our children, they are missing out on “something.” Yet these worries come because we are living in the moment and can’t see the big picture. After all, we’re pretty sure the 7th grader down the street is up for a Nobel Prize, everyone else is receiving a full-ride scholarship to Princeton, and we haven’t even begun to cover 13th century humanities in China! RELAX. This workshop will talk you down from the cliff – or at least encourage you that homeschooling is the BEST thing for your children. Join Sherri in a humorous, informative and revealing discussion as she shares how she went from stressing over teaching everything about everything to trusting in the path, resources, and experiences God had for her children.
Homeschool Moms, Motherhood, Encouragement
The Power of Words for Our Children: Edifying and Terrifying
Our world is filled with words. Whether we are reading them, writing them, or instructing with them, they are our tools to build stories, create emotions, and make connections. Yet we need to be aware that words have the power to build up others as well as to tear them down, especially when we speak them to our children. That means words can cause our children to stumble or they can encourage them to soar! God has much to say about our words. They need to be crafted carefully and gently but firmly shared. This is how we can engage others and train up our children. Let’s contemplate not only the power of our words, but how we can boldly use them.
Spiritual Encouragement, Motherhood, Devotion, Parents, Teens