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1000 Hours Outside

Ginny Yurich

Feature Speaker

Ginny is a Michigan homeschooling mother of five and the founder of 1000 Hours Outside. She is a thought leader in the world of nature-based play and its benefits for children. One of her top priorities is to inspire parents to invest in spending time in God’s creation with their children. Her 1000 Hours Outside challenge spans the globe, and many people from all walks of life look to her for inspiration as well as practical tips on how to put down the screens and get outside. Ginny has a B.S. in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. She also loves growing zinnias and is an author and illustrator. Her most recent book, The 1000 Hours Outside Activity Book, was published in April, 2021, and her children’s book, The Little Farmhouse in West Virginia, was published in February, 2019.

Ginny’s Session Topics
Session 1 Jump Start Guide to Homeschooling 

As the public schools continue to become less safe physically, emotionally, and spiritually, more and more parents are considering homeschooling. On a daily basis, parents around the country are wanting to bring their children home to learn, but they are often at a loss with where to begin. It can be overwhelming to start the process, but once you get going, homeschooling can be easy, refreshing, and enjoyable! You will leave this session believing that you are the best teacher for your child!

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Session 2 Ginny Yurich and Joel Salatin Earthworm Theology

Farmer Joel Salatin and outdoor enthusiast Ginny Yurich team up to help you appreciate practical and visceral biblical understanding through the majesty and mystery of nature. The soil is full of invisible beings, just like the spiritual universe. Respecting the glory of pigs is the foundation of respecting the glory of God. Decomposition in compost as fertilizer for life is a beautiful picture of dying to self, bringing full life to the believer. Getting off screens, out of the house, and immersed in creation offers countless insights into spiritual growth.

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Session 3 1000 Hours Outside: Nature Immersion and Lifetime Success

In the last few decades, childhood has largely moved inside. With so many great opportunities that vie for our time, it’s easy to consider outside play as frivolous. In this session, Ginny Yurich, founder of 1000 Hours Outside, reveals how “just” playing outside offers a myriad of developmental benefits to your child, and how these benefits will extend through adulthood. Do less and yet gain more with nature immersion!

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Session 4 Homeschooling, You’re Doing it Right!

Whereas the public school system is very uniform, the landscape of homeschool includes all sorts of variety. This variety can sometimes lead to confusion about the decisions we make along our homeschooling journeys. We know that God is a lover of variety. We can see that simply by looking at His creation. He made 7,000 different types of apples, for instance. Come learn how to cater learning to the individual interests of your children, and you will leave embracing the freedom that homeschooling offers each family.

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Session 5 Teaching Across Many Grade Levels

One part of homeschooling that can be intimidating is teaching across many grade levels. The norm in our society is to group children together by age, but research is clear that multi-age learning experiences benefit everyone. Learn some strategies for homeschooling (and juggling) kids of many ages from Ginny Yurich, homeschooling mother of five and founder of 1000 Hours Outside. Leave encouraged that this is the best option for learning and for living!

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