Invite Marianne to Speak to Your Group

Marianne speaks to churches, schools, homeschool groups and at homeschool conventions.  She loves to encourage others with the encouragement she has been given over the course of 24 years of marriage and 20 years of homeschooling.

Topics Include:

Homeschooling/Parenting Outside the Box

As the mother of teen sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, Marianne has a unique perspective on what real education is and how to nuture and encourage your child’s God-given strengths and talents.  God has a plan for all of us, including our children.  Marianne will show you simple, practical and often times, overlooked ways to help your child grow into his or her unique purpose.

Homeschooling/Parenting the Large Family

Encouragement and practicalhelp for the large family.  Including:

  • organizational tips
  • scheduling/flexibility
  • getting away from the school-at-home mentality
  • multi-level learning
  • keeping little ones happy and engaged
  • having reasonable expectations

Avoiding and Overcoming Homeschool Burnout 

Marianne provides encouragement to step back from a busy mom’s everyday tasks and get her eye on the big picture.  How to know the warning signs and to avoid burnout.  How to create priorities and work towards meaningful goals for the whole family and you, Mom.

You Can Homeschool Your Child With Dyslexia

Dyslexia effects 20% of our kids.  Research shows that dyslexic kids become dyslexic adults.  Early intervention with researched-based teaching methods can help your child avoid many of the struggles with school caused by poor reading skills.  This session will help parents understand what dyslexia is and what it isn’t, provide practical help to understand learning styles and how to choose teaching methods that are more effective.  The session will also include encouragement for the day to day struggles, both academic and emotional, and conclude with learning the advantages to the dyslexic way of thinking.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made:  How Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences Reveal Your Child’s Calling

If you’ve been homeschooling for more than 5 minutes, you’ve likely observed that no two of your kids learn the same!  Of our 8 children, only 1 learns even remotely like me!  Homeschooling is the perfect opportunity to observe the learning styles and unique gifts and talents of each of your children.  This session will explain the 8 Intelligences and how to observe them in your children.  God has created us all uniquely for a purpose.  Understand your children better so that you can teach them more effectively!

Help for the Hopelessly Unorganized Child:  Homeschooling Kids With ADD or ADHD

Do you have a child who is hopelessly unorganized? Can never find their pack packs, folders or soccer cleats? Oftentimes these kids are not just disorganized with their belongings but also with their thoughts. They have difficulty starting projects and once they’ve started them, they often lack what it takes to complete them. You may be interested to know that there is a name for this type of disorganization – executive function – or in this case a lack of executive function.  In this class, we’re going to look at what executive function is, how it affects organizational skills, and most importantly, how you can teach your SEEMINGLY hopelessly unorganized child to grow in this area.


Marianne Sunderland

Short Bio:

Marianne Sunderland has been married to her husband, Laurence, since 1991.  She is a homeschooling mother of eight lively children ages 5 to 24, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around the world sailing campaigns. Marianne is passionate about encouraging families to discover and nuture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom.  She also encourages women to joyfully love and serve their families. Her varied experiences homeschooling through difficult times and with kids who learn differently has taught her much about stepping outside the box in her own homeschool. Marianne’s blog, Abundant Life, provides weekly articles on faith, family and homeschooling that will bless and encourage you: www.mariannesunderland.com.


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