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Sherri Seligson

M.Ed., Author, Speaker, Marine Biologist, Science Apologist

Sherri Seligson is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom of 4 children, author, speaker, a degreed marine biologist with a Master’s in Education, researcher, educator, 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 and studying fish nutrition (yes, that is a thing!). 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. Her newest book is a devotional called Nature Truths. 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.

Sherri enjoys exploring the world to find fascinating places which demonstrate how God’s fingerprints are found throughout His creation. She shares these adventures in Apologia’s science video series as well as on her YouTube channel, Sherri Seligson. Her aspirations since becoming a mother have included sitting down to rest, but she has realized that life is too important to sit down – being with family, exploring God’s creation, encouraging and inspiring others in their walk with God, are worth standing up and getting out there!

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Session Titles

  • Homeschool Leadership/Leaders' Forum

    Balancing Service and Family

    As leaders, we each face unique challenges while serving the needs of others. How do you balance the time spent helping families with the needs of your own family? We do not want to build our groups and support others at the expense of our children and spouse. You only have so much to pour out, and if you spend it all on your leadership role, you will leave your family dry. Sherri will take you through specific, intentional strategies to prevent this and help you to avoid the guilt that can come with this important position. Think about it, if you’re feeling guilty now and don’t make changes, imagine how you might feel in ten years? Let’s talk about it!

     

    Leader Servants: Not an Oxymoron

    When you think about someone who influenced you in the past, often it is a person who took the time to get to know you and to listen. Perhaps it was someone who was a chapter or two ahead of you in life and who could be a sounding board when you had questions. One of the best characteristics of a leader is one who is a fellow struggler; one who has gone through or is going through challenges just like others are. Let’s explore those ideas by understanding how to communicate a “coming alongside” servant attitude.

  • Science

    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.

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Creation
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: General Audiences, Parents, Teens

     

    Nature is the Best Classroom

    Have you ever taken a walk outside with a three-year-old? It can take forever as each leaf is examined, acorns are gathered, and flowers are 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!

    Topic: Science, Creation
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: General Audiences, Parents

     

    Marine Biology and What the Oceans Have to Say About Evolution

    Nearly everyone enjoys learning about creatures that live in the ocean. After all, it is a truly alien environment to us, full of unique and interesting organisms. Amazingly, the more we learn about the ocean and the organisms living in it, the more we begin to see that there are intricacies that do not fit with the theory of evolution. As we dive into this discussion, we will look at the physical features of echolocation in fun-loving dolphins, as well as “living fossils” that should be extinct yet are found unchanged in shape and form, living all over the world.  We’ll look scientifically at the ocean’s salinity and learn what the actual data have to say about an earth that is supposedly millions of years old. And we cannot forget sharks, with their amazing physical abilities to detect electrical impulses from miles away! So grab a notepad and come to this fun and informative discussion…no snorkels necessary!

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Marine Biology, Creation
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience:  General Audiences, Parents, Teens

     

    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 and see 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!

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Creation
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: General Audiences, Parents, Students

     

    From Microscope to Telescope: Observing God’s Perfect Design and Our Special Position in Creation

    When the telescope was invented, it pierced the vastness between us and distant worlds, opening up so many realms of creation that our world seemed to shrink into one remote corner. Yet our position in our galaxy of stars is such that we are able to observe this glorious creation, and our position in the solar system provides us with ideal living conditions. The microscope, invented at about the same time in history, laid open a scene no less wonderful: entire worlds teeming with life on the tiniest grain of sand. One device leads us to see a solar system with every star and the other a world in every atom. This workshop will highlight the physical principles of atoms, the earth, and the universe, and how the same God who supports the universe in the hollow of His hand holds every atom together.

    Topics: Science, Apologetics, Creation
    Length: 45 minutes
    Audience: General Audiences, Parents, Teens

     

    Why Teaching Science Is a Critical Part of Education (Even for Poets)

    It is most parents’ worst nightmare. As those teen years approach, the impending need to teach science often creates fear for students and parents alike. Do they really have to learn this stuff? This workshop not only will take the fear out of teaching science but also will create excitement and enthusiasm for everyone. If you enjoy learning about amazing creatures in the oceans, how sound works, and the fascinating world of fireworks, then you can definitely get excited to learn along with your students. Get ready to meet your inner science geek and help prepare your teens for their future.

    Topics: Education, Science
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Parents, Teens

  • Teen Workshop

    The Science Behind Science Fiction

    Science fiction stories are filled with exciting futuristic inventions to help people live, travel, communicate, and have fun! But how much of it is actually science and how much is fiction? This fast-paced talk will highlight some of the science fiction of the past that spurred on the technology we have today, such as robotics, communicators, and laser light sabers. We’ll also learn about some of the fiction that is truly fiction, learning why some of these fantastic ideas can never happen. So strap on your space suits, hop into a wormhole, and get ready for a trip that’s out of this world!

    Topics: Science, Apologetics, Creation
    Length: 55 or 75 minutes
    Audience: Teens

  • Homeschool Nuts and Bolts

    What’s Going On With Your Middle Schooler and How to Prepare Them for High School

    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.

    Topic: Adolescence and Education; Brain development
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Parents

     

    Navigating the High School Years – You Can Do It!

    If you have children approaching high school age (or are already there), no doubt you have had moments of confusion or even fear regarding courses, documentation, career preparation and college. After all, we are fine with the idea of unit studies, field trips and student-led education when they are in elementary school and middle school, but we tell ourselves that high school COUNTS, and we feel we need to conform to what other students are doing or our kids will be unprepared. There is no need to fear! This workshop will address the biggest questions regarding high school, including how to choose courses that will best meet your children’s needs, electives and internships, how to help assess strengths and giftedness, how standardized tests fit into the equation, and the easy process of building a transcript. You will leave this workshop with some practical direction and ideas to implement into your homeschool immediately!

    Topic: Junior High and High School, Planning
    Length: 50 minutes or 75 minutes
    Audience: Parents, Teens

     

    Homeschooling and Homemaking: From Mis-organization to Miss Organization!

    “How do I get it all done?”  That seems to be a common frustration for homeschool mothers.  Though juggling the educational needs of multiple children while maintaining a household can certainly be a daunting task, there are several strategies which will help moms to navigate their school year and still keep an organized home.  Even though we will not see perfection this side of heaven, it is still possible to teach algebra, have dinner on the table by 6:00, and be able to find your sunglasses all in one day!

    Topic: Homeschool, Household organization, Record-keeping
    Length: 50-55 minutes
    Audience: Moms

     

    The Apprentice: Getting High School Credit for Internships

    An internship is one of the best ways for a student to explore a career.  And with the flexibility that homeschooling offers, most high school students have the time to intern in a field of their interest.  Why not document their experience and award them with high school credit?  This workshop will highlight choosing the right internship arrangement, preparing a list of educational and experiential goals, and recording this beneficial learning opportunity.  High school credit, work experience, and possibly even pay… it’s a win-win situation!

    Topic: Careers, High School, Internship
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Parents

     

    Ten Principles of Planning

    Homeschooling certainly can fill our days. Do we really have to take extra time to plan, too? After all, with toddlers, sports, sick children, car repairs and intermittent unplanned events, we rarely ACTUALLY follow our plans anyway. So should we just do the bare minimum that is required for our records, or is there a genuine benefit to planning? It turns out that our God is a God of planning. He has had plans for us since the beginning of time! And as we implement His principles of planning, we will begin to see that there are great blessings in planning our homeschool endeavors. We will see that our hearts will be drawn to our children, and their hearts will be drawn to us and to the Lord.

    Topic: Planning
    Length: 45 minutes
    Audience: Parents

  • Mom and Homeschool Encouragement

    Building 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!

    Topic: Parenting, Encouragement
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Parents

     

    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.

    Topic: Homeschool Moms, Motherhood, Encouragement
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Moms/All Women

     

    What About Mom’s Goals?

    Do you feel like you have to sideline your career goals in order to homeschool? Are you frustrated that your Plan A has been taken over by what seems like an unending assignment? Of course, you know that homeschooling is a good thing for your children, but is it worth the sacrifice? Join Sherri as she candidly addresses these issues, sharing her story of leaving a “soaring career path” to be home with her children. In the midst of the Are you crazy?’s, Sherri learned some hard and profound truths in understanding how God went before her to prepare her for what was ahead. He is doing the same thing for you, too.

    Topic: Mom encouragement
    Length: 50 minutes
    Audience: Moms

     

    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.

    Topic: Spiritual Encouragement, Motherhood, Devotion
    Length: 45 minutes
    Audience: Parents, Teens

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