2015 Speakers

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Ken Ham


Dinosaurs are probably used more than anything to convince children—and even adults—that the Bible is not true and that you must believe in “millions of years.” Sadly, many people think that the Bible has nothing to do with dinosaurs. However, once you accept the true history of the world as given in the Bible (and particularly the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis), you can easily understand dinosaurs… and thus, correctly interpret the evidence from the fossils to correctly understand dinosaurs. Evolutionists speak of an “age of dinosaurs” spanning millions of years; in this session, we will talk about the five ages of dinosaurs—but they have nothing to do with millions of years!

Many people have the idea that the battle between Christianity and humanism (or creation and evolution) is a battle over “facts.” However, Christians do not need more facts than non-Christians to supposedly win the argument, for the real battle is actually over the interpretation of the same facts. Until Christians understand that everyone has the same facts—but different interpretations of those facts, based upon different presuppositions or biases—they will not be successful in learning how to defend the Christian faith and think in a true biblical manner.

Most people think that the Bible is just a book of religion, morality, and salvation. But the Bible is also a book of history, dealing with the “big picture” aspects of every area of reality: geology, astronomy, biology, anthropology, physics, chemistry, and more. The key to developing a Christian worldview and rebuilding the biblical foundation that has been so undermined in our culture, is to use the Bible’s history as a pair of biblical glasses, enabling us to correctly interpret the scientific evidence of the present by linking it to the past. This same foundation affects our understanding of the gospel, Christian morality, and issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Learn the foundational reasons we see the decline of Christianity and the collapse of Christian morality in this culture…and how to deal with this.

Do you know the seven key events of the Bible—from Creation to the Second Coming of Christ? Do you long for an easy-to-understand overview of the Bible that can be summarized in less than one hour? That is what the “7 C’s of History” is all about. By explaining relevant milestones throughout the Bible, Ken Ham teaches how the entire Bible points to Christ!

Christian families are struggling in a culture hostile to Christian values, and they increasingly find themselves searching for answers and strategies to be more effective. Parents want their children to have a strong foundation of biblical faith and understanding—especially as they face a disturbing trend of young people leaving home and leaving the Church. Discover how to create an incredible faith legacy in your family!

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Kristin Barbour


According to research, a significant portion of learning is dependent upon children’s ability to accurately process and store auditory information. Watch and experience the power of NILD techniques as your own memory is challenged. Gain tools to increase your child’s memory and strengthen their auditory processing skills. Learning how to strengthen these underlying skills will impact your child’s competence and confidence and thus impact lifelong learning.

Understanding foundational mathematical concepts forms building blocks for establishing solid mathematical knowledge. A key concept children must acquire in order to learn math well is number sense. Come explore the developmental acquisition of number sense and gain ideas for developing your children’s mathematical understanding in this fascinating workshop.

 

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Carol Barnier



When things don’t go as planned, when no one can seem to focus on their spelling, when the kids (and you) need a day off, what can you do? A day away from the lesson plan doesn’t have to mean learning is over. Come learn lots of ideas for an atypical day that is fun, memorable, and packed with learning. Also find out why having such days is not a crisis, and may in fact be good medicine.


Do you have a child who is doubting his faith? Or perhaps a daughter who has rejected your beliefs completely? Are you convinced you’ve failed…and the state of this child’s heart is weighing heavily on you and your spouse? Come and listen to Carol share her own journey away from and back to her faith after 13 years as an atheist. She’ll share thoughts and views from inside the mind of a lost child. You’ll learn the best thing you can do for this child and for yourself. Come and find an understanding heart that hurts and rejoices along with your own.

Too often we’ve just accepted how busy our lives are supposed to be. But many of us are running through life in a frenzied fog. We have a nagging sense that it shouldn’t be this way, but we don’t know how it should be. Even if we did, we often don’t know how to get from here to there. With a bit of laughter and an unabashed challenge of the status quo, learn to take control of the input and output of your family’s lives.

How do you teach reading to a child who has the attention span of a gnat? Relax. It’s easier than you think. This method is accomplished in a mere three minutes a day. Most children learn to read in a pretty straightforward manner. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through a simple and easy-to-use method based on phonics and fun, combined in a simple game that kids will ask for day after day. The game is learned in one minute but will grow with your child through years of learning. All the materials for this method will cost you less than $2.00—a great alternative for tight budgets.

 

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Rick and Marilyn Boyer


Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, and especially for those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of those. Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 children and a veteran home educator with 27 years’ experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.

If you sometimes feel like homeschooling is drudgery, you can bet your kids feel the same way! It’s such a temptation to stress over teaching predicate nominatives or the steps of division that we forget to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. In this session, Marilyn shares how she and Rick have found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and to building in children a heart for things of the Lord.

Thomas Edison was one of the greatest geniuses our country ever produced. Part of the reason for his brilliance was the fact that, after attending school for only three months, he was educated at home by his mother, who believed that learning can be fun. Her philosophy paid off, as it has for thousands of other home educators who have broken free from bondage to the “institutional” approach and returned to natural, sensible ways of teaching. Stop making a school of yourself! This workshop gives eight simple suggestions that can revolutionize your child’s learning and make home education fun for the whole family.
An important part of parenthood is giving our children a legacy of heroes to inspire and challenge them. Such children will grow into wise and prominent adults who will one day be examples to succeeding generations.
What makes the difference between a child who just jumps through the hoops to get his “school” work done and one who sees himself as preparing to change the world? In this workshop, Rick Boyer shares key lessons from the lives of several people, past and present, who made a lasting difference in the culture around them. You will hear practical methods for applying the powerful lessons of high achievers to your day-to-day teaching. Don’t just school your children—prepare them to be world changers!

 

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Yvonne Bunn


“Homeschooling is among the top 10 of more than 200 significant trends that will have an impact on future society,” says The Trends Journal, world leader in trends analysis and forecasting. If you’ve wondered what homeschooling is, or who homeschools and why, this fact-filled workshop will give you answers. From the history of homeschooling to the statistical results of the most recent nationwide study, you will receive the information you need to decide if homeschooling is right for you and your family.

Overwhelmed by friendly advice and tons of information? This informative workshop will help you weed through all the things you’ve heard and focus on what you really need to know to homeschool successfully: Am I qualified? How do I prepare? Where can I go for help? What things should I never do? What are some secrets of success? And more! Don’t miss this opportunity to get off to the right start.

now your homeschooling rights—don’t let the “legalese” confuse you! In this workshop, find out who is required to attend school, what requirements you must meet in order to homeschool, what test and evaluation options may be used, whom you should notify and when, what to do if you are homeschooling because of your sincere religious beliefs, and what types of records you need to keep. Know your options before you begin!


 

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Dr. Lainna Callentine


Calling all parents! Come discover your inner-child. Did you sleep through biology in high school? No problem. This workshop is just for you. Finally, a workshop for those who are afraid to get their hands dirty. Come explore and experience the joy. Cast all your fears away. Be encouraged that you can teach your eager learner at home the fun of hands-on science. Science offers an opportunity for your child to explore, wonder, and learn about our awesome God and the order He has placed in our world. Unfortunately, science is also one of those fields of study that many homeschooling parents find extremely intimidating. Dr. Callentine will help you unpack and address your concerns, and whether your student is currently in elementary, middle, or high school, you will be armed and ready. (This class will have a small fee of $5 for materials and requires preregistration.)

Ever wish your children came with an instruction manual? The job of parenting has never been more difficult. All parents worry whether their children are growing and developing normally. Dr. Callentine puts your fears at ease. As a pediatrician, Dr. Callentine partners with parents in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical growth of their children. She will discuss the typical developmental milestones and how to take advantage of the teachable moments that emerge. Parents’ concerns about development and behavior will be addressed. Ask the pediatrician, then kick off to a wonderful start on the journey of homeschooling your young child.

Inhale. Exhale. The life-sustaining process of breathing is vital to the maintenance of all organs in the body. Lub-Dub. Explore the many mysteries of the heart and the life-giving river that courses through the many tributaries in our body. Embark on a voyage with Dr. Callentine, your tour guide, through the lungs and the heart. In this interactive, hands-on lab, you will hold actual lungs and see live demonstrations on lung functions. Dive into the chambers of the heart and listen to its muscular melody. Sail Ho! (Cost is $29/student; $19 for accompanying parent.)

 

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Marla Cilley (The FlyLady)


When we least expect it, perfectionism reaches out and knocks us in the head. It keeps each of us from following our heart’s desire and stops us dead in our tracks. Marla Cilley, The FlyLady, will teach you how to quiet the “perfectionist that dwells in us all” so that you can be free to FLY.

Tami Fox and Marla Cilley (The FlyLady) will together give you strategies and practical tips for scheduling, lesson planning, keeping up with laundry, meal planning, unit studies and more. Hear firsthand how Tami used The FlyLady system to bless her home and family.
Would you like to wake up every morning and feel joy? If you would like to experience the daily pleasure of this emotion, please join Marla Cilley (“The FlyLady”) as she discusses 11 steps to curb your attitude and remove the “joy killers” from your life.

 

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Dianne Craft


This is for your “puzzling child.” Your bright, hardworking child who has to work too hard to learn is telling you that one or more of his four learning gates is blocked. This workshop will help you identify which it is, and more importantly, what you can do about it at home! It doesn’t have to be so hard for your child! Find out specifically how the brain processes information and where that processing can break down, then receive the corrections for each processing area. This can be done by the parents, at home. You will learn things you have never heard of before in a homeschool workshop. A homeschooling mom with a Ph.D. in special education said that she learned more in this workshop about how kids learn and how to make learning easier than she had in all of her university courses!

Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory.” But we now know that this amazing ability can easily be taught. Everyone looks smart when these strategies are used. Winners of spelling bees store their words in their photographic memory for quick retrieval. Your child can do this, too! Imagine your child actually having fun improving his vocabulary for the SAT. Learn how to help your child finally store the math facts in his long-term memory, then finally store math processes in his long-term memory. These visual memory techniques work with all types of learners, and they can be an essential learning tool for a child who has an auditory processing glitch. Help your children get in touch with the “smart part of themselves”—and be forever grateful to you for it. These tips and tricks even work with adults!

Do you have a child who seems to be “allergic” to a pencil? If you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes letter reversals, or spells a word correctly orally but leaves out letters when he writes, or has math papers that are difficult to read because the numbers aren’t lined up, this workshop is for you! He’s not sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated—he has a writing glitch! These gifted, dysgraphic students know so much, but they just can’t get their thoughts down in writing because of this blocked learning gate. Leave understanding your child’s eye/hand dominance and what that means. Learn the exercise used throughout the United States by athletes to improve their performance on the court or field…and how it will help your child take the stress out of his writing system as well!

Half of the population is right-brain dominant and half is left-brain dominant. If you have a child who does not “like’” school work no matter what you do, you may have a right-brain learner in your midst! These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left-brain siblings. You will learn how to identify the right-brain child and how to teach him. Learn about right-brain reading, the method Dianne used in her resource room to help all of her students make a two-year gain in reading in one year! Watch your children become good readers by using a totally different strategy! Do you have a child who is a poor test-taker? Teach him the powerful technique of studying for tests by “taking a picture” of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time.

 

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Buddy Davis


Dinosaurs are probably used more than anything to convince children—and even adults—that the Bible is not true and that you must believe in “millions of years.” Sadly, many people think that the Bible has nothing to do with dinosaurs. However, once you accept the true history of the world as given in the Bible (and particularly the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis), you can easily understand dinosaurs… and thus, correctly interpret the evidence from the fossils to correctly understand dinosaurs. Evolutionists speak of an “age of dinosaurs” spanning millions of years; in this session, we will talk about the five ages of dinosaurs—but they have nothing to do with millions of years!

Learn about popular Ice Age animals such as saber tooth cat, giant beaver, mammoths, cave bear, and more.

 

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Laurie Detweiler


Classroom teachers typically spend 1,080 hours with a child during a school year. That’s more time for influencing a child toward a love of learning than parents or peers invest in a child’s life. It is essential, therefore, for teachers to realize how critically important their attitudes are in the process of educating students. Children easily pick up on how information is communicated to them and also how the teacher perceives each one in the class. To teach creatively, it is important to use a multisensory approach. Frequent review and use of the five learning gates—taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing—increase the potential for the child to retain the subject matter. The best results are achieved when the teacher concentrates on making memories with the students, remembering that they are helping to create future adults.

When you think of classical education, do you immediately think of the brainy child down the street? Well, I’m here to dispel the myth and let you know that classical education is for all children. It’s up to you! Come learn how.

 

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Marlin Detweiler


This is Marlin’s stump talk. He has probably given this introduction to the world of CCE in more than 30 cities for school start-ups and homeschool groups, intended to be a great way of introducing and motivating parents to give their children the education they never had but wish they did.

Marlin has raised four boys, with each very different from the others. He attributes this to a technique he and Laurie used called “greasing the skids of their interests.” Another way of saying this might be “encouraging them in their giftedness and interests.” This talk will provide a biblical way of looking at training and directing children that will help them reach their God-given potential.

The capstone discipline for classical Christian education is rhetoric. Unfortunately, it is also frequently misunderstood. Much of the teaching in rhetoric classes is still about rhetoric when it should be to make talented rhetoricians out of its students. A great classical Christian education must contribute to the making of great rhetoricians. This talk should help you learn how to do just that.

Children begin their education at an early age—a time when mothers are quite involved in mothering. Fathers are frequently fairly uninvolved in these details, as they commonly spend their time making a living and providing for the financial needs of the family. This talk focuses on the urgent need and one-time opportunity that fathers have to be involved in this most critical aspect of the lives of their children.

 

Jeannie Fulbright

Jeannie Fulbright


Filled with a strong desire to do the best for their children, many homeschoolers adopt philosophies and techniques that are both burdensome and ineffective, often leaving parents feeling heavy-laden, weary, and discouraged. There is a better way! Jeannie Fulbright shares how using the key tenets of the Charlotte Mason method will enrich and edify your family’s life, enabling you to impart a quality education while relieving burden and burnout. This lively talk is bubbling with truth as Jeannie shares her knowledge, insights, research, support, and personal experiences, together with the primary concepts taught in Charlotte Mason’s original homeschooling series.

As an admitted curriculum junkie, Jeannie Fulbright bought everything that sounded good. From A Beka to Hillyer to e-books, she has tried every kind of curriculum and method available. Out of this experience, she has formulated the 7 E’s to help her carefully choose curriculum that works for her family. In this seminar, she shares her experiences, as well as the conclusions she reached through this process. Following the 7 E’s in choosing homeschool curriculum will enable you to enjoy a successful homeschooling year and avoid wasting money on things that won’t work for you. These 7 E’s will ensure that your children have curriculum that conforms to your mission and goals and breathes life and ease into your homeschooling journey.

Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand. When children create something from their learning, they will remember what they learned far longer than if they completed a worksheet page about it. This workshop explains why (and how) to give kids an easy, effective approach that replaces workbooks, enhances learning and retention of the subject, and develops a true love for learning. Jeannie Fulbright shares tips and actual demonstrations for replacing workbook assignments with creative ideas for science, history, geography, literature, and more. Examples and visual aids make the information easy to understand and implement in your homeschool.

Let’s face it—most people don’t like science. Why is that? It’s likely because of how science was taught to them as children. In this talk, based on years of research, data, and experience, Jeannie Fulbright shares her understanding of how science should be taught to elementary students. You will learn the keys to successfully building a solid foundation of science education, with tips, ideas, and examples for making science come to life for both parents and students.

What is a biblical worldview? How does our worldview affect the quality of our lives? How does it shape our words, actions, and choices? Armed with a biblical worldview, our children will be more equipped to walk with the Lord as adults. We don’t have to be perfect parents, or super spiritual, to impart a biblical worldview; we only need be aware, purposeful and, often, humble. In this talk, Jeannie will explore these issues, giving specific ideas for imparting an eternal perspective and a strong biblical worldview to your children so that they will be ready to face the world.

 

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Gregg Harris


“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” In this workshop we will look at how parents can “bend the twigs” of entrepreneurial stewardship and financial literacy. In the process, we may launch a new generation of employers to help employ the millions who cannot see the opportunities around them.

Again, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” In this workshop we will look at how and why making the most of their time is the most important skill our kids could ever learn. In the process we may launch a new generation of business, church, and community leaders who will set goals, make plans, and take action to turn our nation back to God.

Many homeschoolers live with a disjointed and disconnected understanding of what homeschooling has to do with the bigger picture in the life of their child, the family, and the larger community. In this session we will attempt to connect the dots to see how one thing relates to another in God’s purposes.

 

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Barb and Rich Heki


Is college for everyone? Of course not. Just ask Bill Gates. Yes, it’s important for some fields, but unnecessary for others. We’ll help you navigate all the different alternatives to traditional college, including the pros and cons of each.

Grandparents and parents: Bring your notebooks, because this workshop will present an amazing array of practical, creative, hands-on ideas to help grandparents deepen their relationships with the grandchildren (and give parents some much-needed help!) by actively engaging the grandparents in the family’s home-education adventure—whether they live locally or long-distance.

And you thought homeschooling was a huge lifestyle change? Try readjusting to a three-generational family home. Are you blessed, or beleaguered, or both? This workshop addresses the family dynamics, individual character issues, and ministry opportunities—not to mention schedule modifications, healthcare issues, and “territory” adjustments that arise when a grandparent moves in with the homeschooling family

 

Sharon Hofer

Sharon Hofer


Where is the joy in your life? Do you find yourself just kind of sad? As we homeschool our children it is easy to become engulfed in stress and frustration, often just “trying to survive.” As parents, we know we should be modeling joy for our children, but we often struggle to find our own joy. Did you know that joy comes first from seeing and then by thanking God for the thousands of gifts He gives us every day? God is the ultimate artist. When we recognize God’s majestic message of love, we will revel in the joy that comes. From the perspective of a master artist, Sharon will share practical and biblical advice on gaining back that joy you desperately desire. She will show you how to really see God’s message and experience joy again as you homeschool your children.

Do you find yourself putting off art because there is just no time left in the day? Or maybe you feel that you just don’t have the energy required to do another project. Maybe you do not even understand the incredible importance of art in your child’s life. In this seminar, Sharon will help you understand why building creative skills is so important for successful living. She will help you learn to incorporate art into your day and will encourage you to have “fun” while you homeschool. Not only will your children live for those moments, but you will watch them bloom with confidence in other subjects as well. It has been proven that involvement in art produces higher SAT scores and higher academic achievement, and that it reduces stress and anxiety.

 

Kim-Kautzer

Kim Kautzer


For better or worse, your teen’s writing skills can influence his future in college and beyond. Because of poor skills, many students must take remedial writing courses in college—if they get admitted at all. In the workplace, employers are not only passing over applicants with below-average writing skills, but they consider writing ability a key factor when offering promotions. As a homeschooling parent, you can prepare your child for college and the work force by teaching fundamental writing skills now, while there’s still time. Join Kim for an encouraging seminar as she offers tips and suggestions to help prepare your student for the future.

Did you know that writing doesn’t have to be taught as a separate subject? Whether you homeschool with unit studies or are simply looking for ways to enhance any area of study, writing across the curriculum is perfect for tying writing into other areas of interest. This practical workshop will leave you with a wealth of ideas, not just for compositions but for projects and activities that combine writing with art, music, drama, poetry, history, science, and more. You’ll come away with suggestions for a variety of writing activities suitable for mixed ages and grades.

Children see their writing as extensions of themselves: “Criticize my writing, criticize me.” How then can we offer suggestions to our kids without crushing them? Is it possible to take the subjectivity out of editing and grading? Kim not only gives practical tips and tools to edit and evaluate student writing, but she demonstrates the importance of teaching kids to become self-editors as well. Kim will cover editing and grading for all ages, including self-editing, parent editing, using a grading rubric to evaluate progress, and overcoming your own fears and insecurities about giving feedback. Learn how much to say and how to say it in a way that equips your children to become better writers.

When it comes to subjects that are hard to teach, it seems that the faster time whizzes by, the more we drag our feet. Teaching writing can be one of those combative, energy-intensive subjects we keep putting off. Kids are lazy. They suffer from “blank paper” syndrome. Or they just plain fight us every step of the way. This workshop takes a hard look at the things that suck life from our homeschooling efforts—and from writing in particular—and suggests ways we can reinvest in our children’s education with purpose and conviction.

I hate writing!” Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Then you’ll want to find out ten common stumbling blocks to writing and discover what students need in order to overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success.

Geared toward students ages 11-14. Parents are welcome to attend.
Are your middle schoolers resistant, reluctant writers? Do they think writing is boring? Do they struggle to come up with ideas or writing topics? If previous experiences have sucked the joy out of using pen and paper, maybe it’s time they took a little writing adventure! Students will join Kim Kautzer, author and creative director of WriteShop, as together they explore the adventure-story genre through hands-on writing games, vocabulary-building activities, and creative brainstorming exercises. At the end of this two-hour workshop, they’ll have created an action-packed tale of adventure!

 

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Diane Kummer


As a parent homeschooling a teen, or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future, you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Why is documentation of high school coursework important? Keeping good records does not need to be time-consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Creating a high school transcript is an easy yet vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

How do you plan a program for your homeschool high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan.

 

Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee


Are you nervous about integrating your adopted child into your homeschooling family? Do you have a plan to meet the emotional and academic needs of your new family member? This workshop will address these and other common issues facing adoptive homeschooling families.

As a mother of a preschooler, do you feel the pressure to do it all? Do you desire to make cookies with your kids, play games with them, teach them to read and write, all while keeping your house neat and tidy? Join Kathy H. Lee, mother of eight and author of The Homegrown Preschooler, as she shares her experience of motherhood. Be prepared to laugh and maybe even cry as she empowers you to be the super mom—not necessarily Super Mom!—you were meant to be.

 

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Katherine Loop


Overwhelmed by variables and exponents? In this workshop, Katherine cuts through the confusion, revealing algebra for what it is: a method of recording the consistencies God created and sustained. Leave with a new outlook on algebra and ideas on how to teach it from a biblical perspective.

We see God’s hand in science and history, but what about in math? While most of us have come to look upon math as “neutral,” it’s not! Worldviews do matter in math—and there’s much more to looking at math from a biblical worldview than adding a scripture or Bible word problem to the lesson. Come discover biblical principles that make math come alive and give math meaning, helping children really understand what they’re learning. Find out how “neutral” presentations are really not neutral. Leave equipped to begin looking at and teaching math from a new perspective!

 

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Kirk Martin


Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with, and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores, and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing, and having power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves…if you cannot control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free school days—through mornings, school work, dinner, and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.

Nothing is more frustrating and embarrassing than a child being defiant or melting down in public. Have a little one who looks right through you and says, “No!”? Have a teenager who defies you or rolls his eyes? Have a child who refuses to go places? Kirk will show you how to stop a meltdown in public without losing it yourself! You will learn how to turn emotional power struggles into opportunities to build trust and teach self-discipline. You will be blown away by how practical these strategies are.

Instead of being drawn into power struggles, yelling, and giving meaningless consequences, Kirk will show you 10 ways to discipline with dignity so kids listen to, respect, and trust you.

  • Stop the whining, complaining, and tantrums.
  • Get kids to listen when they are loud in the car or interrupt on the phone.
  • Teach kids to control their own behavior (self-discipline) so you don’t have to “make them” behave.


There is nothing more frustrating than bickering children provoking each other on a daily basis. It is not your job to be the sheriff or to break up every sibling squabble. Even the most challenging children can learn to resolve conflict. We will show you exactly what to do when kids bicker, hit, drain your energy, and whine “That’s not fair!” or “He’s looking at me!”

Very few things are as frustrating as an unmotivated child. You have tried lecturing, consequences, threats, and bribes. If external motivation worked, you wouldn’t be reading this. Exactly how do you motivate a child who doesn’t respond to consequences? What about a teenager who seems lazy and undisciplined, who doesn’t show any interest in school work? What about a teen or foster child who is angry and even belligerent? You may have a 7(or 17)-year-old who won’t do homework. And don’t forget the child who quits activities. We will show you 10 secrets to motivate unmotivated kids.

 

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Barby Mouring


Wondering whether to approach teaching a foreign language—and how to do so, if you do? This practical workshop draws from the experience of several homeschool foreign language teachers and answers questions such as: Why study a foreign language? What are the high school/college requirements for studying a foreign language? How do students best learn a language? What are the best options for teaching foreign language in our homeschool? This informative workshop includes a long list of age-appropriate resources that are available to assist you and your child.

 

 

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Judi Munday


What is the difference between modifications and accommodations—and when is it appropriate to use them? Parents will learn specific and effective ways to adapt instruction and instructional materials, without the need for expensive books or new curriculum. Judi shares ideas for individualizing instruction in reading, math, and written work that do not require excess teacher time to prepare and implement! Although the workshop emphasizes strategies for students with special needs, it is useful for all educators and home schooling parents, as it lists relevant web links and free or low-cost, parent-friendly resources.

Have questions about teaching YOUR struggling learner? Get answers from this panel of special-needs experts!

 

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Shelley Noonan


As your children approach the maiden voyage onto the sea of life, you want to make certain their vessels are seaworthy. In this session, Shelley Noonan helps you navigate three lessons from H.M.S. Titanic so you can chart a course for your children. By learning from the mistakes of the Titanic, you will discover how to teach your children these seaworthy skills: avoiding icebergs, acquiring lifeboats, and fostering lines of communication. While we can never forecast smooth sailing, our goal is to keep their boat afloat as they embark on their life’s voyage.

In this session designed for parents, Shelley helps you teach your children that manners do matter. Like it or not, people judge you by your manners. All of us want to be liked and accepted, so knowing the rules of the game helps children feel comfortable and allows them to focus on the more genteel aspects of social contact. In this session, parents learn:

  • why manners are important
  • the art of the first impressions
  • the hidden communication of body language
  • tips for teaching manners to your children.


Join Shelley Noonan as she encourages and motivates you to make the most of the time you spend with your daughter. Shelley shares her own brand of practical wisdom so that you will discover four keys to mentoring your daughter. Learn how to capture the moments and make them special. Hear various ways to mentor and find resources to make the time that you spend with your daughter unforgettable!

Is your daughter prepared for life? Mothers, you know that your daughter’s transition from beautiful girlhood to beyond beautiful girlhood can be the most frightening and exciting of times. Discover how to prepare your daughter in three key areas of her life in this session by Shelley Noonan. She gives you encouraging examples and practical application to equip you to prepare your daughter for the day when she will manage her home, her life, and her spirit.

 

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Sarah Olbris


Have questions about teaching YOUR struggling learner? Get answers from this panel of special-needs experts!

 

 

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Crystal Paine


Stop stressing over how to feed your family nutritiously on a budget! This workshop will equip you with time-saving tips, tricks, and tactics for saving money on groceries without sacrificing quality.

Life doesn’t have to be one big, chaotic mess of laundry, dishes, and to-do lists! This session is packed with empowering practical encouragement and ideas that harried and hurried women can implement to restore peace, purpose, and passion into their lives.

Want to get your kids to love doing chores? This session is packed with fun and creative ideas for instilling a strong work ethic in children from a young age.

 

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Bill Potter


The Scriptures have much to say concerning the learning of history. It is the study of the Providential means through which God has brought to pass His will in time. History encompasses all the other academic disciplines and provides the soil from which the present and future are fulfilled and interpreted. One historian has rightly suggested that trying to understand the future without considering the past is like “trying to plant cut flowers.” Every tyrant in history has tried to either erase the past and start over, or reinterpret it to aid in fulfilling his new agenda. To know and understand history is to be, at least in part, intellectually armed to resist the tyrannies of the future.

Reading books is a wonderful way to learn about the past; however, to stand on the spot where history was made provides a special, thrilling way to excite the imagination of people young and old. We at Landmark Events enable you to walk where the armies fought and to see what the commanders saw, in the terrain and on the field. We visit the homes where great men lived—from the Pilgrims of Plymouth, to George Washington in Virginia, to Jefferson Davis in Mississippi. The artifacts in the museums add verisimilitude to the culture, the land, and the homes as we see the hand of God in our own past, among the people who have lived, sacrificed, and died to bring about our lives of today. Our Christian historians teach from a “providential perspective” and bring the past to life, in stories, at the places where they happened.

 

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Andrew Pudewa


Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for parents who don’t feel confident in their own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks and wasted dollars. Often what is taught in workbooks doesn’t translate into daily writing. The result is a lack of understanding of both mechanics and grammar. If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers to your dilemma.


Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

Many of us have a sense that changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different place. However, we must live as though things will continue pretty much as they are. Resolving this conflict requires a contemplation of our circumstances because we are in a cultural war, fighting moral relativism on three fronts—personal, family, and social. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors”?

 

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Megan and Steve Scheibner


If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character-healthy leaders are those children who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. If we spend our homeschooling hours simply on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. In our few short years with our children, we must focus on the first things first—and character is always the first thing! In this workshop, Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge homeschoolers to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others, and to love others by faithfully serving God.


As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of September 11, 2001. Originally scheduled to be the First Officer on Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, Steve knows first-hand what it means to have someone die in his place—not once, but twice. His powerful and moving testimony of God’s provision will stimulate your church or organization to examine their own lives in light of eternity. Steve’s message—entitled “Are You a Someday Saint or a Borrowed Time Believer?”—will motivate believers to a life of purpose and will challenge non-believers to recognize their need for the Savior. Steve’s story has been viewed by more than 2 million on YouTube, and his wife’s book, In My Seat, has sold 10,000 copies in just 12 months. Don’t miss this inspiring and powerful testimony of God’s goodness.


Recognizing that a healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy home, this marriage session is a fun and fruitful way to invest in your entire family. Steve and Megan teach from their book The Eight Rules Of Communication For Successful Marriages and finish the session with a fun-loving look at marriage and F-R-I-E-N-D-S-H-I-P. Practical advice in a guilt-free environment make the teaching real and applicable to all those in attendance.

Can I have an impact on the lives of my grandchildren? What is the balance between helping and interfering with my grown children? Is it possible to establish a long-lasting family legacy for Christ? The answers to these questions and more are contained in the workshop sessions that Steve and Megan teach to grandparents. Nationwide research for three years led Steve and Megan to develop this groundbreaking teaching for the extended family. As the homeschooling population ages and moves into the second generation, the need to develop a family legacy of godly behavior becomes even more important. Topics include:

    • Building A Family Legacy
    • Earning The Right To Be Heard
    • The Restoration Model
    • … and more.

 

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Hugh Whelchel


Hugh takes his thirty years as a successful businessman and tells students what he wished someone had told him about success when he was in high school. Whelchel will use the parable of the talents as a framework to discuss what success should look like from a biblical perspective.

 

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Todd Wilson


Homeschooling is hard, parenting is hard, and marriage…well, that’s way hard. And that’s okay—and even normal! Trouble is, we don’t like hard. We want easy, fast, and cheap…and at the same time, we want successful results. But the truth is that good things are hard and hard things are good, and they go hand in hand. Sadly, most people don’t ever experience the good because they can’t handle the hard. They put the hard thing off, hoping it will get easier, or they avoid it all together, and all they end up with is a pile of regrets. Here’s the good news: you can handle the hard. In fact, if you’re faced with two choices, pick hard. During this hour, you’ll laugh with Todd as he shares how to embrace the hardness while keeping your eye on the joy and experiencing God’s best for you.

There’s a lot of talk about Christian worldview. In fact, never before have Christian teens received so much training in developing a proper worldview. But something seems dreadfully wrong, because the truth is…there just doesn’t seem to be much difference between “our teens” and “their teens.” To be honest, there sometimes isn’t much difference between “our adults” and “their adults.” That’s about to change. Join funny guy Todd Wilson as he talks about a very real Christian worldview. Now don’t think for one minute that Todd is going to give you a list of dos and don’ts—because he won’t—but he will challenge you right where you live. Together, we just might change the world. You’re going to want to be here.

It’s a fact! The only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is…being married to a homeschooling mom! Dad, your wife needs your help. Come join me as we discuss how to support and assist our wives in the homeschooling journey. We’ll also do a lot of laughing as I encourage men to be encouragers of their homeschooling wives.

Dads and moms, in all the “busy-ness” of life and the swell of expert advice, we’ve forgotten the fundamental truths of homeschooling and family. In short, we’ve forgotten why we do what we do. We have plenty of “how-tos” but have forgotten the “why-tos,” and it evidences itself in our lack of joy of homeschooling, family, and parenting. Join funny guy and family man Todd Wilson as he sets the stage for a great homeschool convention and the best year ever as he brings us back to the basics of what we believe about family and homeschooling. You’re not going to want to miss this for the world!

X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the Internet, Facebook, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget.” Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or “tweeting” on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and “everyone is doing it”…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the techno-beast!

Let’s face it! Most men today–though they may drive fast cars, bungee jump from bridges, or collect souped-up power tools–tend to play it safe. They may carry big black Bibles and proclaim their faith, but when the economy collapses, the newest pandemic hits the scene, a family crisis arises, or the going gets tough…they want play it safe. Truth is: God wants your sons to leave the heavily populated, safe waters and live dangerously. He wants your sons to trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But that doesn’t come naturally. Everyone around them, from the talking heads in the media to pastors in the pulpit, keep repeating, “Play it safe.” Here’s a secret: Exuberant living leads to joy, family happiness, and real success, while safe living results in worry, family failure, and heartache. Join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to get dangerous.

 

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Hal and Melanie Young



Our culture tells teens that they are still children, but the Word of God and history show us otherwise. Why wait until you are 18 or 22 or even 25 and done with your education to start doing things that matter? Ready to be an adult? There is no reason teens can’t begin to impact their world just as young adults have done throughout history. Come get real-life examples and lots of ideas to help you resist the low expectations our society has of your generation and to do real things for God and your world.

Or, “How to not only live through homeschooling boys, but to love it!” Modern-day school culture is very boy-unfriendly, and it’s easy to carry that over into our homeschooling because that’s all we know. Have you ever yelled, “Stop it!” to a boy tapping his pencil or wiggling in his seat and humming, only to have him say, “Stop doing my math?” Find out why Thomas Jefferson wrote at a standing desk, how a white board can turn on a light bulb, and why in the world your son does the things he does. Make school more enjoyable for everyone, and equip your boy with the learning he needs for manhood.

Setting our sons on the right financial path is more than helping them find a job—it takes thought and hands-on experience at managing money, understanding economics, and making prudent decisions. Here are practical suggestions for how to make that happen in your day-to-day life. Finances are one of the biggest stresses in many marriages, yet we often leave the teaching of it to chance, hoping our children will figure it out on their own. Get them started right!

Sometimes homeschooling feels like one of those plate-spinning acts, and you wonder how in the world you’re going to meet everyone’s needs. The baby needs to be changed, the toddler is playing in the toilet, your high schooler is impatiently waiting for you to help with his biology experiment, and two other children say, “I can’t do anything else without you, Mom.” Melanie Young, mother of eight, shares encouragement and ideas for how to keep all of those plates spinning at once without your life spinning out of control. Learn how to raise independent learners, keep the household moving, and make sure the little ones get enough attention.

No matter how much we avoid it, we’re surrounded by the messages of media—from our computers to songs on the radio. Learn how to teach your children discernment and protect them from being manipulated by the messages around them, engaging their culture for Christ instead.

[Advisory: This workshop deals with sensitive issues in a godly manner and is directed toward parents. HEAV encourages parents to assess their own child’s maturity level before allowing him or her to attend this session.]
Most purity resources these days focus on girls, but purity tends to be a much bigger problem for young men. Those resources that are available often seem hopelessly naïve about the battles our sons are facing. How can you teach your boys to protect the girls in their lives—even from themselves? How can you help them to fight temptation in a world full of inappropriate images? How can you help them make the transition from “it’s not time to think about that…” to finding a wife? Come hear the parents of six sons give you frank, practical advice on raising your son to be a virtuous knight.

It comes as a surprise, but the years from age 9 to 12 can be some of the most chal­lenging of all. Long before peach fuzz or body chang­es, you have to cope with outbursts of anger and the “nobody-loves-me” blues, but somebody’s got to be the adult around here. Learn how to survive, and make the teen years great!

 

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Liberty School of Music


In biblical times, music traditions were typically passed down from parent to child. In examples ranging from David, to Asaph, to the sons of Korah and the temple musicians, we see music taught in the family within the context of faith, with an emphasis on how music and the arts interconnect with the New Testament values of discipleship and character. What can we gain from some of the parent-educators of Scripture in relation to learning music and the creative arts? How do we apply faith-training principles to the arts in our families? Taught by Dr. Vernon Whaley, Dean of the Liberty University School of Music.

Practicing music develops the learner in many ways that go beyond playing a good recital. What if the student wants to pursue a career in music? Is this possible for homeschooled musicians—even if they don’t go to Julliard? Yes! Come learn many possibilities for students to embrace a call toward music in adult life.

*Extra charges apply

Workshops By Session

Thursday

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

College Fair

NEW This Year! Visit with representatives from colleges, hear tips and advice—and get your questions answered!

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Writing Games ~ Kim Kautzer E-23 A/B

Geared toward students ages 11-14. Parents are welcome to attend
Are your middle schoolers resistant, reluctant writers? Do they think writing is boring? Do they struggle to come up with ideas or writing topics? If previous experiences have sucked the joy out of using pen and paper, maybe it’s time they took a little writing adventure! Students will join Kim Kautzer, author and creative director of WriteShop, as together they explore the adventure-story genre through hands-on writing games, vocabulary-building activities, and creative brainstorming exercises. At the end of this two-hour workshop, they’ll have created an action-packed tale of adventure!

High School Writing Intensive ~ Andrew Pudewa E-21 B/C

Get immediate experience in text-analysis writing exercises. Students will learn to employ strategies required in many college entrance exams or in response-to-literature prompts, including how to thoughtfully read the provided text, evaluate the ideas presented, select facts or examples to support an author’s claims, and identify stylistic or persuasive elements–such as word choice or appeals to emotion–which add power to the ideas.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Music Competition B-15

Are you an instrumentalist or a vocalist? Share the talent you’ve worked so hard to develop! HEAV is excited to announce an expanded music competition for convention attendees.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Photography Orientation ~ James Staddon B-22

Love photography? Want to learn how to make the most of your SLR or increase your photojournalism skills at a live event? Under the guidance and instruction of a professional photographer, HEAV’s convention photography team will give both beginner and intermediate photographers the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed for covering a big event!

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Homeschooling ~ Yvonne Bunn E-10 A-D

“Homeschooling is among the top 10 of more than 200 significant trends that will have an impact on future society,” says The Trends Journal, world leader in trends analysis and forecasting. If you’ve wondered what homeschooling is, or who homeschools and why, this fact-filled workshop will give you answers. From the history of homeschooling to the statistical results of the most recent nationwide study, you will receive the information you need to decide if homeschooling is right for you and your family.

Developing a Plan for High School ~ Dianne Kummer E-11 A-C

How do you plan a program for your homeschool high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How to Begin: What You Really Need to Know ~ Yvonne Bunn E-10 A-D

Overwhelmed by friendly advice and tons of information? This informative workshop will help you weed through all the things you’ve heard and focus on what you really need to know to homeschool successfully: Am I qualified? How do I prepare? Where can I go for help? What things should I never do? What are some secrets of success? And more! Don’t miss this opportunity to get off to the right start.

High School Transcript Clinic ~ Dianne Kummer E-11 A-C

Creating a high school transcript is an easy yet vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Extraordinary Odyssey: An Expedition Through The Human Body ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine E-21 B-C

Inhale. Exhale. The life-sustaining process of breathing is vital to the maintenance of all organs in the body. Lub-Dub. Explore the many mysteries of the heart and the life-giving river that courses through the many tributaries in our body. Embark on a voyage with Dr. Callentine, your tour guide, through the lungs and the heart. In this interactive, hands-on lab, you will hold actual lungs and see live demonstrations on lung functions. Dive into the chambers of the heart and listen to its muscular melody. Sail Ho! (Cost is $29/student; $19 for accompanying parent.)

Creating a Masterpiece Art Camp ~ Sharon Hofer E-23 A/B

Join professional artist Sharon Hofer from Creating a Masterpiece and create your very own pastel painting! Sharon will guide students through the “Summer Retreat” project and they will end up with a masterpiece to take home. She will also talk about composition, color and perspective to give the students a good foundation so that they can create a project on their very own.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Know the Law: Notifying and Testing Demystified ~ Yvonne Bunn E-10 A-D

Know your homeschooling rights—don’t let the “legalese” confuse you! In this workshop, find out who is required to attend school, what requirements you must meet in order to homeschool, what test and evaluation options may be used, whom you should notify and when, what to do if you are homeschooling because of your sincere religious beliefs, and what types of records you need to keep. Know your options before you begin!
College Panel

5:30 p.m.

Special Buddies Meet & Greet

 

Friday

Keynote – 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

Session 1 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Teaching Your Child to Read, Made Easy ~ Carol Barnier B-10

How do you teach reading to a child who has the attention span of a gnat? Relax. It’s easier than you think. This method is accomplished in a mere three minutes a day. Most children learn to read in a pretty straightforward manner. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through a simple and easy-to-use method based on phonics and fun, combined in a simple game that kids will ask for day after day. The game is learned in one minute but will grow with your child through years of learning. All the materials for this method will cost you less than $2.00—a great alternative for tight budgets.

Shining Armor: Your Son’s Battle for Purity ~ Hal & Melanie Young B-15 A

[Advisory: This workshop deals with sensitive issues in a godly manner and is directed toward parents. HEAV encourages parents to assess their own child’s maturity level before allowing him or her to attend this session.] Most purity resources these days focus on girls, but purity tends to be a much bigger problem for young men. Those resources that are available often seem hopelessly naïve about the battles our sons are facing. How can you teach your boys to protect the girls in their lives—even from themselves? How can you help them to fight temptation in a world full of inappropriate images? How can you help them make the transition from “it’s not time to think about that…” to finding a wife? Come hear the parents of six sons give you frank, practical advice on raising your son to be a virtuous knight.

Classical Christian Education: Its Value and Benefits ~ Marlin Detweiler B-15 B

This is Marlin’s stump talk. He has probably given this introduction to the world of CCE in more than 30 cities for school start-ups and homeschool groups, intended to be a great way of introducing and motivating parents to give their children the education they never had but wish they did.

From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation ~ Andrew Pudewa B-15 C

Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

Why Can’t They All Be Just Like Me? ~ Virginia Baptist College B-11

We tend to interact with others based on our personal style of communication. However, the majority of individuals do not share our communication style. Whether in the home, in our community, at a homeschool co-op, or at our churches, God has given all of us a world to reach, but our success can be limited by our ability to successfully communicate with each individual. Understanding and appreciating the distinct personality/communication types as related to learning can decrease behavior problems, increase academic success, and expand our sphere of influence.

Healthy Eating Simplified ~ Bread Beckers B-12

Have you ever wanted to feed your family healthier foods but just did not know where to start? Eating healthy does not have to be complicated or expensive. Incorporating simple changes, one at a time—with healthy foods that taste good—will make the whole family happy and healthy. Sue Becker’s practical program will give you the help you need!

WordBuild: Teaching Vocabulary at Home ~ WordBuild by Dynamic Literacy B-13

Learn why English is such a huge conglomeration of words from different sources, and why memorizing words and definitions just won’t get the job done. WordBuild is based on morphology, the study of units of meaning in words: roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Just as phonics helps you “sound out” a word, morphology helps you “mean out” words! See how WordBuild works, both in book form and through our new web-based application, wordbuildonline.com. Compare the pros and cons of both methods in a way that will help you decide the right format for you in other curricula as well!

Teaching with Tapestry of Grace ~ Tapestry of Grace B-14

Many parents want to give their children a biblical worldview and a classical education, but are unsure about what to teach and how to teach it. For a lot of us, this is made even more challenging because our children are on multiple learning levels. In this session, you can hear about a program that offers a proven, detailed, integrated plan of study in six humanities disciplines for children on all learning levels, K-12. Because Tapestry is a unit study, all students study the same slice of history on their own learning level each week, promoting full family education in a story-driven approach where the parent remains firmly in the driver’s seat. There’s a lot to love about Tapestry of Grace. Come to learn more, ask questions, and be inspired.

Successful Homeschool Entrepreneurship ~ WORLD News Group B-16

 

10 Benefits to Teaching with a Natural Approach ~ GeoMatters B-17

The natural approach to learning is founded on the desire to follow your child’s developmentally appropriate timetable. This approach is based on proven educational principles from Dr. Ruth Beechick, Charlotte Mason, Dr. Benjamin Bloom, and others. Natural learning does not mean learning without goals or structure. It means learning is customized, multi-sensory and engaging. Come to this workshop to hear the top ten reasons why a natural approach will enable you and your family to flourish.

Minecraft® and Beyond: Being Creative with Technology ~ Youth Digital B-18

Now, more than ever, new technology dominates how we live and work in the world. In this workshop, Justin Richards, founder of Youth Digital, will demonstrate how learning to design, program, and create with technology at a young age can begin to open your child up to nearly unlimited possibilities. For many students, interest in this field begins with games like Minecraft®. Justin will show how this game can be used to learn the programming language JAVA™ as students use both analytical and creative skills to add their own items, blocks, and more into the game!

Transforming Your Struggling Reader ~ BJU Press B-19

Understanding how the brain reads can give you ideas on how to help your child in reading fluency and comprehension. Come learn from someone who also struggled with dyslexia as she explains several nonstandard strategies that have the potential to get your child reading for life.

Master Class ~ Liberty School of Music B-20
Genesis & the Authority of Scripture ~ Ken Ham B-21 A-C

Most people think that the Bible is just a book of religion, morality, and salvation. But the Bible is also a book of history, dealing with the “big picture” aspects of every area of reality: geology, astronomy, biology, anthropology, physics, chemistry, and more. The key to developing a Christian worldview and rebuilding the biblical foundation that has been so undermined in our culture, is to use the Bible’s history as a pair of biblical glasses, enabling us to correctly interpret the scientific evidence of the present by linking it to the past. This same foundation affects our understanding of the gospel, Christian morality, and issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Learn the foundational reasons we see the decline of Christianity and the collapse of Christian morality in this culture…and how to deal with this.

Help! Q & A for Parents of Struggling Learners ~ Judi Munday and Sarah Olbris E-10 A

Have questions about teaching YOUR struggling learner? Get answers from this panel of special-needs experts!

Where Can I Go in Music? Aiming the Career Calling of Music Toward Adulthood ~ Dr. John Kinchen III E-10 B

Practicing music develops the learner in many ways that go beyond playing a good recital. What if the student wants to pursue a career in music? Is this possible for homeschooled musicians—even if they don’t go to Julliard? Yes! Come learn many possibilities for students to embrace a call toward music in adult life.

Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles ~ Kirk Martin E-10 C/D

Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with, and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores, and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing, and having power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves…if you cannot control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free school days—through mornings, school work, dinner, and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.

Learning to Delight in Your Children ~ Marilyn Boyer E-11A

If you sometimes feel like homeschooling is drudgery, you can bet your kids feel the same way! It’s such a temptation to stress over teaching predicate nominatives or the steps of division that we forget to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. In this session, Marilyn shares how she and Rick have found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and to building in children a heart for things of the Lord.

You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Eat Healthy ~ Crystal Paine E-11 B/C

Stop stressing over how to feed your family nutritiously on a budget! This workshop will equip you with time-saving tips, tricks, and tactics for saving money on groceries without sacrificing quality.

The 7 E’s for Choosing Curriculum ~ Jeannie Fulbright E-21A

As an admitted curriculum junkie, Jeannie Fulbright bought everything that sounded good. From A Beka to Hillyer to e-books, she has tried every kind of curriculum and method available. Out of this experience, she has formulated the 7 E’s to help her carefully choose curriculum that works for her family. In this seminar, she shares her experiences, as well as the conclusions she reached through this process. Following the 7 E’s in choosing homeschool curriculum will enable you to enjoy a successful homeschooling year and avoid wasting money on things that won’t work for you. These 7 E’s will ensure that your children have curriculum that conforms to your mission and goals and breathes life and ease into your homeschooling journey.

Don’t Tell Me What You Believe…Live It! ~ Todd Wilson E21B-C

There’s a lot of talk about Christian worldview. In fact, never before have Christian teens received so much training in developing a proper worldview. But something seems dreadfully wrong, because the truth is…there just doesn’t seem to be much difference between “our teens” and “their teens.” To be honest, there sometimes isn’t much difference between “our adults” and “their adults.” That’s about to change. Join funny guy Todd Wilson as he talks about a very real Christian worldview. Now don’t think for one minute that Todd is going to give you a list of dos and don’ts—because he won’t—but he will challenge you right where you live. Together, we just might change the world. You’re going to want to be here.

Beyond Beautiful Girlhood ~ Shelley Noonan E-23 A/B

Is your daughter prepared for life? Mothers, you know that your daughter’s transition from beautiful girlhood to beyond beautiful girlhood can be the most frightening and exciting of times. Discover how to prepare your daughter in three key areas of her life in this session by Shelley Noonan. She gives you encouraging examples and practical application to equip you to prepare your daughter for the day when she will manage her home, her life, and her spirit.

You Can Homeschool High School, If You Can Make It Through Tomorrow ~ Diane Kummer E-24 A/B

As a parent homeschooling a teen, or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future, you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Fearless: Being Dauntless at the Hands of Science (Hands-on Workshop) $$$ ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine E-25 A

Calling all parents! Come discover your inner-child. Did you sleep through biology in high school? No problem. This workshop is just for you. Finally, a workshop for those who are afraid to get their hands dirty. Come explore and experience the joy. Cast all your fears away. Be encouraged that you can teach your eager learner at home the fun of hands-on science. Science offers an opportunity for your child to explore, wonder, and learn about our awesome God and the order He has placed in our world. Unfortunately, science is also one of those fields of study that many homeschooling parents find extremely intimidating. Dr. Callentine will help you unpack and address your concerns, and whether your student is currently in elementary, middle, or high school, you will be armed and ready. (This class will have a small fee of $5 for materials and requires pre-registration.)

Math From a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop E-25 B

We see God’s hand in science and history, but what about in math? While most of us have come to look upon math as “neutral,” it’s not! Worldviews do matter in math—and there’s much more to looking at math from a biblical worldview than adding a scripture or Bible word problem to the lesson. Come discover biblical principles that make math come alive and give math meaning, helping children really understand what they’re learning. Find out how “neutral” presentations are really not neutral. Leave equipped to begin looking at and teaching math from a new perspective!

Session 2 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Moms’ Economic Panel ~ Anne Miller and Shelley Noonan B-10

 

Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates ~ Dianne Craft B-15 A

This is for your “puzzling child.” Your bright, hardworking child who has to work too hard to learn is telling you that one or more of his four learning gates is blocked. This workshop will help you identify which it is, and more importantly, what you can do about it at home! It doesn’t have to be so hard for your child! Find out specifically how the brain processes information and where that processing can break down, then receive the corrections for each processing area. This can be done by the parents, at home. You will learn things you have never heard of before in a homeschool workshop. A homeschooling mom with a Ph.D. in special education said that she learned more in this workshop about how kids learn and how to make learning easier than she had in all of her university courses!

Charlotte Mason: Excellence Without Sacrifice ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B

Filled with a strong desire to do the best for their children, many homeschoolers adopt philosophies and techniques that are both burdensome and ineffective, often leaving parents feeling heavy-laden, weary, and discouraged. There is a better way! Jeannie Fulbright shares how using the key tenets of the Charlotte Mason method will enrich and edify your family’s life, enabling you to impart a quality education while relieving burden and burnout. This lively talk is bubbling with truth as Jeannie shares her knowledge, insights, research, support, and personal experiences, together with the primary concepts taught in Charlotte Mason’s original homeschooling series.

But…but…but…What About Grammar? ~ Andrew Pudewa B-15 C

Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for parents who don’t feel confident in their own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks and wasted dollars. Often what is taught in workbooks doesn’t translate into daily writing. The result is a lack of understanding of both mechanics and grammar. If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers to your dilemma.

Weaving History with His Story—God’s Story ~ Biblioplan for Families B-11

Why do most history programs miss the connections between Christian history and world history, offering either biblical studies or world history, but not both? Our unique four-year program solves this by covering world history, American history, and biblical history—from ancient through modern times—weaving God’s story together with the world’s story. During Year One, students walk beside the Hebrews from Genesis through Job, looking on as Father Abraham and his descendants encounter the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans. During Year Two, students learn church history alongside world history, discovering the roles that faith played in the lives of mighty figures like Charlemagne, Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, and many others. During Years Three and Four, students’ studies of world and American history include both church history and missionary studies. Come encounter the God of the Ages in the pages of history.

The Benefits of Classical Education ~ Memoria Press B-12

There is a lot of confusion about what “classical education” is, even among many people who educate their children classically. Many parents and teachers accept that it is based on a long tradition of academic excellence. But is it Christian? What are its basic underlying principles? Come to this practical discussion of these and other questions from a classical educator. This talk will include a discussion of how classical education can be implemented in a homeschool environment.

Modifying and Adapting Curriculum for Children With Learning Disabilities ~ Judi Munday B-13

 

Pastors’ Panel with Ken Ham B-14

 

Experience Excellence in Writing ~ Institute for Excellence in Writing B-17

Come and discover the award-winning Excellence in Writing program, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this system, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports, and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started today!

Religious Liberty, Common Core, and the Threats to Homeschooling in Virginia ~ The Family Foundation B-18

With threats against religious liberty and parental rights on the rise, it is important to know what the threats are, where they are coming from, and what Virginia homeschool families can do to protect themselves. Your rights as a homeschool parent could be threatened. Some counties in Virginia are already requiring students 14 years and older to submit their beliefs to their school board in writing. Find out more about defending your rights and protecting your family from Family Foundation vice president—and homeschooling dad—Chris Freund.

Speech and Debate Demonstration ~ NCFCA B-19

Top NCFCA students will demonstrate debate and a variety of speeches. The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) believes that formal training in speech and debate can provide a means for homeschooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies
God.

Master Class ~ Liberty School of Music B-20

 

In My Seat Event: Steve’s 9-11 Testimony ~ Steve Scheibner B-21 A-C

As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of September 11, 2001. Originally scheduled to be the First Officer on Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, Steve knows first-hand what it means to have someone die in his place—not once, but twice. His powerful and moving testimony of God’s provision will stimulate your church or organization to examine their own lives in light of eternity. Steve’s message—entitled “Are You a Someday Saint or a Borrowed Time Believer?”—will motivate believers to a life of purpose and will challenge non-believers to recognize their need for the Savior. Steve’s story has been viewed by more than 2 million on YouTube, and his wife’s book, In My Seat, has sold 10,000 copies in just 12 months. Don’t miss this inspiring and powerful testimony of God’s goodness.

The Seasons of Life ~ Gregg Harris E-10 A

Many homeschoolers live with a disjointed and disconnected understanding of what homeschooling has to do with the bigger picture in the life of their child, the family, and the larger community. In this session we will attempt to connect the dots to see how one thing relates to another in God’s purposes.

Classical Education for the Average Kid ~ Laurie Detweiler E-10 B

When you think of classical education, do you immediately think of the brainy child down the street? Well, I’m here to dispel the myth and let you know that classical education is for all children. It’s up to you! Come learn how.

10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Meltdowns ~ Kirk Martin E-10 C/D

is more frustrating and embarrassing than a child being defiant or melting down in public. Have a little one who looks right through you and says, “No!”? Have a teenager who defies you or rolls his eyes? Have a child who refuses to go places? Kirk will show you how to stop a meltdown in public without losing it yourself! You will learn how to turn emotional power struggles into opportunities to build trust and teach self-discipline. You will be blown away by how practical these strategies are.

What Every Mother of a Preschooler Needs to Know ~ Kathy Lee E-11A

As a mother of a preschooler, do you feel the pressure to do it all? Do you desire to make cookies with your kids, play games with them, teach them to read and write, all while keeping your house neat and tidy? Join Kathy H. Lee, mother of eight and author of The Homegrown Preschooler, as she shares her experience of motherhood. Be prepared to laugh and maybe even cry as she empowers you to be the super mom—not necessarily Super Mom!—you were meant to be.

Using Common Chores to Raise Uncommon Kids ~ Crystal Paine E-11B/C

Want to get your kids to love doing chores? This session is packed with fun and creative ideas for instilling a strong work ethic in children from a young age.

Teaching Discernment ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-21 A

No matter how much we avoid it, we’re surrounded by the messages of media—from our computers to songs on the radio. Learn how to teach your children discernment and protect them from being manipulated by the messages around them, engaging their culture for Christ instead.

Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World ~ Todd Wilson E21 B/C

Let’s face it! Most men today–though they may drive fast cars, bungee jump from bridges, or collect souped-up power tools–tend to play it safe. They may carry big black Bibles and proclaim their faith, but when the economy collapses, the newest pandemic hits the scene, a family crisis arises, or the going gets tough…they want play it safe. Truth is: God wants your sons to leave the heavily populated, safe waters and live dangerously. He wants your sons to trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But that doesn’t come naturally. Everyone around them, from the talking heads in the media to pastors in the pulpit, keep repeating, “Play it safe.” Here’s a secret: Exuberant living leads to joy, family happiness, and real success, while safe living results in worry, family failure, and heartache. Join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to get dangerous.

Writing Skills: More Important Than Ever! ~ Kim Kautzer E-23 A/B

For better or worse, your teen’s writing skills can influence his future in college and beyond. Because of poor skills, many students must take remedial writing courses in college—if they get admitted at all. In the workplace, employers are not only passing over applicants with below-average writing skills, but they consider writing ability a key factor when offering promotions. As a homeschooling parent, you can prepare your child for college and the work force by teaching fundamental writing skills now, while there’s still time. Join Kim for an encouraging seminar as she offers tips and suggestions to help prepare your student for the future.

De-Stress Your Homeschool: Creative Ideas for Getting Grandparents Involved Beyond Babysitting ~ Barb & Rich Heki E-24 A/B

Grandparents and parents: Bring your notebooks, because this workshop will present an amazing array of practical, creative, hands-on ideas to help grandparents deepen their relationships with the grandchildren (and give parents some much-needed help!) by actively engaging the grandparents in the family’s home-education adventure—whether they live locally or long-distance.

Why History is the Most Important Subject You Teach ~ Bill Potter E-25 A

The Scriptures have much to say concerning the learning of history. It is the study of the Providential means through which God has brought to pass His will in time. History encompasses all the other academic disciplines and provides the soil from which the present and future are fulfilled and interpreted. One historian has rightly suggested that trying to understand the future without considering the past is like “trying to plant cut flowers.” Every tyrant in history has tried to either erase the past and start over, or reinterpret it to aid in fulfilling his new agenda. To know and understand history is to be, at least in part, intellectually armed to resist the tyrannies of the future.

Number Sense: How It Develops in Children ~ Kristin Barbour E-25 B

Understanding foundational mathematical concepts forms building blocks for establishing solid mathematical knowledge. A key concept children must acquire in order to learn math well is number sense. Come explore the developmental acquisition of number sense and gain ideas for developing your children’s mathematical understanding in this fascinating workshop.

Session 3 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A Prodigal Speaks Out ~ Carol Barnier B-10

Do you have a child who is doubting his faith? Or perhaps a daughter who has rejected your beliefs completely? Are you convinced you’ve failed…and the state of this child’s heart is weighing heavily on you and your spouse? Come and listen to Carol share her own journey away from and back to her faith after 13 years as an atheist. She’ll share thoughts and views from inside the mind of a lost child. You’ll learn the best thing you can do for this child and for yourself. Come and find an understanding heart that hurts and rejoices along with your own.

Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory ~ Dianne Craft B-15 A

Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory.” But we now know that this amazing ability can easily be taught. Everyone looks smart when these strategies are used. Winners of spelling bees store their words in their photographic memory for quick retrieval. Your child can do this, too! Imagine your child actually having fun improving his vocabulary for the SAT. Learn how to help your child finally store the math facts in his long-term memory, then finally store math processes in his long-term memory. These visual memory techniques work with all types of learners, and they can be an essential learning tool for a child who has an auditory processing glitch. Help your children get in touch with the “smart part of themselves”—and be forever grateful to you for it. These tips and tricks even work with adults!

Imparting a Biblical Worldview to Your Children ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B

What is a biblical worldview? How does our worldview affect the quality of our lives? How does it shape our words, actions, and choices? Armed with a biblical worldview, our children will be more equipped to walk with the Lord as adults. We don’t have to be perfect parents, or super spiritual, to impart a biblical worldview; we only need be aware, purposeful and, often, humble. In this talk, Jeannie will explore these issues, giving specific ideas for imparting an eternal perspective and a strong biblical worldview to your children so that they will be ready to face the world.

Ballistic Homeschooling ~ Hal Young B-15 C

Or, “How to not only live through homeschooling boys, but to love it!” Modern-day school culture is very boy-unfriendly, and it’s easy to carry that over into our homeschooling because that’s all we know. Have you ever yelled, “Stop it!” to a boy tapping his pencil or wiggling in his seat and humming, only to have him say, “Stop doing my math?” Find out why Thomas Jefferson wrote at a standing desk, how a white board can turn on a light bulb, and why in the world your son does the things he does. Make school more enjoyable for everyone, and equip your boy with the learning he needs for manhood.

Sonlight is About Stories ~ Sonlight B-11

Sonlight created the first literature-based curriculum 25 years ago, opening a whole new world to homeschoolers. We guarantee that, with Sonlight, you will love teaching and your kids will love learning. Come hear how Sonlight harnesses the power of story to empower your family to change the world!

The Language Arts Tool Belt: What You Need to Teach Your Kids and When ~ Analytical Grammar B-12

Language arts is a frustrating subject because it encompasses so much: writing, literature analysis, spelling, journalism, vocabulary, grammar, drama, poetry…and the list goes on. We’ll break down what to teach and when. We have two goals. The first is to have students well-prepared by the end of middle school. Imagine a tool belt fully stocked with everything they need to enter high school English. They’ll be prepared to construct (get it?) meaningful reports, essays, and papers on a variety of the great works of literature. Our second goal is to show you that there is a way to do it all without pulling out hair!

How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See ~ Math-U-See B-13

Come see how to teach math using a skill-based, multi-sensory approach from counting to calculus. Teach your child to understand math and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning

Have You Ever Dreamed of Owning a Family Business Built on Biblical Principles? ~ Office Pride B-14

Join us and receive the book Five Wisdoms for Entrepreneur Survival as our gift. In this session we will answer three key questions. First, which business model is a good fit for you, your spouse, and children? Second, is a franchise a possible fit, and what should you look for? Third, what are seven guiding biblical principles for building your business? Join Todd and Valerie Jones, second-generation business owners and business coaches for Office Pride Commercial Cleaning, as they talk about business ownership, gifting, and franchise systems. Come learn what might be a good fit for you and your family.

TITLE – NILD B-17

 

How to Teach the Principles of the Founding ~ Heritage Foundation B-18

The American Founding is key to our country’s history and politics. Civic education, as such, must instill in students a profound understanding and appreciation of our country’s founding principles. Join The Heritage Foundation for a crash course on how to make sense of the Founding, with a particular emphasis on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and what our founding documents mean today.

Precept Upon Precept from Spelling to Latin ~ Latin Road/Phonics Road B-19

Are you perplexed with students who read okay, cannot spell well, and hate to write? The foundational subjects of spelling, writing, and reading have been reduced to haphazard guessing, memorization of unrelated facts, games, workbooks, and ever-degrading core standards. Let me share with you how to coordinate your language skills “precept upon precept,” reasoning from spelling through reading, grammar, and composition… all the way to Latin. There IS a method to the madness.

Master Class – Liberty School of Music B-20

 

The 7 C’s of History ~ Ken Ham B-21 A-C

Do you know the seven key events of the Bible—from Creation to the Second Coming of Christ? Do you long for an easy-to-understand overview of the Bible that can be summarized in less than one hour? That is what the “7 C’s of History” is all about. By explaining relevant milestones throughout the Bible, Ken Ham teaches how the entire Bible points to Christ!

Successful Home Businesses for Kids ~ Gregg Harris E-10 A

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” In this workshop we will look at how parents can “bend the twigs” of entrepreneurial stewardship and financial literacy. In the process, we may launch a new generation of employers to help employ the millions who cannot see the opportunities around them.

Greasing the Skids ~ Marlin Detweiler E-10 B

Marlin has raised four boys, with each very different from the others. He attributes this to a technique he and Laurie used called “greasing the skids of their interests.” Another way of saying this might be “encouraging them in their giftedness and interests.” This talk will provide a biblical way of looking at training and directing children that will help them reach their God-given potential.

Discipline That Works, When Consequences Don’t ~ Kirk Martin E-10 C

Instead of being drawn into power struggles, yelling, and giving meaningless consequences, Kirk will show you 10 ways to discipline with dignity so kids listen to, respect, and trust you.
Stop the whining, complaining, and tantrums.
Get kids to listen when they are loud in the car or interrupt on the phone.
Teach kids to control their own behavior (self-discipline) so you don’t have to “make them” behave.

Manners Matter ~ Shelley Noonan E-11 A

In this session designed for parents, Shelley helps you teach your children that manners do matter. Like it or not, people judge you by your manners. All of us want to be liked and accepted, so knowing the rules of the game helps children feel comfortable and allows them to focus on the more genteel aspects of social contact. In this session, parents learn:
why manners are important
the art of the first impressions
the hidden communication of body language
tips for teaching manners to your children.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode ~ Crystal Paine E-11 B/C

Life doesn’t have to be one big, chaotic mess of laundry, dishes, and to-do lists! This session is packed with empowering practical encouragement and ideas that harried and hurried women can implement to restore peace, purpose, and passion into their lives.

Homeschooling a Houseful ~ Melanie Young E-21 A

Sometimes homeschooling feels like one of those plate-spinning acts, and you wonder how in the world you’re going to meet everyone’s needs. The baby needs to be changed, the toddler is playing in the toilet, your high schooler is impatiently waiting for you to help with his biology experiment, and two other children say, “I can’t do anything else without you, Mom.” Melanie Young, mother of eight, shares encouragement and ideas for how to keep all of those plates spinning at once without your life spinning out of control. Learn how to raise independent learners, keep the household moving, and make sure the little ones get enough attention.

Marriage, Communication, and Friendship ~ Steve & Megan Scheibner E-21 B/C

Recognizing that a healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy home, this marriage session is a fun and fruitful way to invest in your entire family. Steve and Megan teach from their book The Eight Rules Of Communication For Successful Marriages and finish the session with a fun-loving look at marriage and F-R-I-E-N-D-S-H-I-P. Practical advice in a guilt-free environment make the teaching real and applicable to all those in attendance.

Record Keeping for High School: Simplifying the Process ~ Diane Kummer E-23 A/B

Why is documentation of high school coursework important? Keeping good records does not need to be time-consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing ~ Kim Kautzer E-24 A/B

I hate writing!” Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Then you’ll want to find out ten common stumbling blocks to writing and discover what students need in order to overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success.

How to Integrate Art into My Already Busy Day ~ Sharon Hofer E-25 A

Do you find yourself putting off art because there is just no time left in the day? Or maybe you feel that you just don’t have the energy required to do another project. Maybe you do not even understand the incredible importance of art in your child’s life. In this seminar, Sharon will help you understand why building creative skills is so important for successful living. She will help you learn to incorporate art into your day and will encourage you to have “fun” while you homeschool. Not only will your children live for those moments, but you will watch them bloom with confidence in other subjects as well. It has been proven that involvement in art produces higher SAT scores and higher academic achievement, and that it reduces stress and anxiety.

Teaching a Foreign Language ~ Barby Mouring E-25 B

Wondering whether to approach teaching a foreign language—and how to do so, if you do? This practical workshop draws from the experience of several homeschool foreign language teachers and answers questions such as: Why study a foreign language? What are the high school/college requirements for studying a foreign language? How do students best learn a language? What are the best options for teaching foreign language in our homeschool? This informative workshop includes a long list of age-appropriate resources that are available to assist you and your child.

Keynote – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Dinosaurs for Kids and Adults ~ Ken Ham and Buddy Davis B-21 A-C

Dinosaurs are probably used more than anything to convince children—and even adults—that the Bible is not true and that you must believe in “millions of years.” Sadly, many people think that the Bible has nothing to do with dinosaurs. However, once you accept the true history of the world as given in the Bible (and particularly the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis), you can easily understand dinosaurs… and thus, correctly interpret the evidence from the fossils to correctly understand dinosaurs. Evolutionists speak of an “age of dinosaurs” spanning millions of years; in this session, we will talk about the five ages of dinosaurs—but they have nothing to do with millions of years!

Saturday

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Dads & Donuts: Men on a Mission ~ Todd Wilson

As every dad knows, the only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is…being married to a homeschooling mom! Dads, join us for donuts and coffee, and be encouraged and challenged by funny man Todd Wilson as he presents “Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom.”

Keynote ̶ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World ~ Ken Ham B-21 A-C

Christian families are struggling in a culture hostile to Christian values, and they increasingly find themselves searching for answers and strategies to be more effective. Parents want their children to have a strong foundation of biblical faith and understanding—especially as they face a disturbing trend of young people leaving home and leaving the Church. Discover how to create an incredible faith legacy in your family!

Session 4 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Teaching the Right-Brain Child ~ Dianne Craft B-10

Half of the population is right-brain dominant and half is left-brain dominant. If you have a child who does not “like’” school work no matter what you do, you may have a right-brain learner in your midst! These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left-brain siblings. You will learn how to identify the right-brain child and how to teach him. Learn about right-brain reading, the method Dianne used in her resource room to help all of her students make a two-year gain in reading in one year! Watch your children become good readers by using a totally different strategy! Do you have a child who is a poor test-taker? Teach him the powerful technique of studying for tests by “taking a picture” of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time.

The Biblical Meaning of Success ~ Hugh Welchel B-15 A

Hugh takes his thirty years as a successful businessman and tells students what he wished someone had told him about success when he was in high school. Whelchel will use the parable of the talents as a framework to discuss what success should look like from a biblical perspective.

Solving Your Science Struggles ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B

Let’s face it—most people don’t like science. Why is that? It’s likely because of how science was taught to them as children. In this talk, based on years of research, data, and experience, Jeannie Fulbright shares her understanding of how science should be taught to elementary students. You will learn the keys to successfully building a solid foundation of science education, with tips, ideas, and examples for making science come to life for both parents and students.

Perfectionism is Not a Virtue ~ Marla Cilley (The FlyLady) B-15 C

Would you like to wake up every morning and feel joy? If you would like to experience the daily pleasure of this emotion, please join Marla Cilley (“The FlyLady”) as she discusses 11 steps to curb your attitude and remove the “joy killers” from your life.

How Can I Teach My Kids a Foreign Language When I’m Not Fluent in That Foreign Language? ~ La Clase Divertida B-11

Not many parents have the language skills to teach their children a foreign language. Come explore several options for teaching a foreign language at home and discover answers to many of your questions, including: “What is the best age to start teaching a foreign language?,” “What language should I teach?,” “Should I teach Greek, Latin, or some other language?,” “How can I teach a language that I don’t know myself?,” “What should I look for in a language program?,” “How can I help my children become fluent in a language?,” “How do I teach foreign language to my high schooler at home?,” and “Do my children need a foreign language to graduate from high school or to be accepted at a community college or university?”

A Well-Planned Day—Yes, It’s Possible ~ HEDUA: Well-Planned Day Planners and Family Magazine B-12

Having a productive day is so much more than buying a planner or a tool for organization. In this workshop, you will be taken a few steps back, beginning with the philosophy of understanding the uniqueness God has created in each family, and then you will explore ten essentials for having a well-planned day.

How to Teach the Constitution ~ Heritage Foundation B-13

This workshop will focus on the Constitution, how it works, and why it remains—to quote Thomas Jefferson—”unquestionably the wisest ever yet presented to men.”

Servant Leadership & Building Your Child’s Transcript ~ National Beta Club B-14

This leadership-focused session, delivered by Pia Jessup, will assist parents in developing vision, honesty, integrity, and service into their homeschool program. Ms. Jessup will also show parents how membership in a nationally recognized organization will help build their students’ transcripts, making them strong candidates for college.

News Content in the Homeschooling Environment ~ WORLD News Group B-16

 

Special-Needs Autism Spectrum ~ Panel Discussion B-17

 

Step-by-Step Elementary School Science Success ~ Apologia B-18

In this workshop, you will learn how to most effectively use the Apologia Young Explorers science curriculum with your elementary-aged homeschool students. We’ll walk you through each step, from planning a lesson to experimenting alongside your student, as you explore creation together. Come see how you can succeed in making science an enjoyable part of the day for you and your student.

College Preparation and the Homeschooled Student ~ Regent University B-19

This workshop will cover the basics of college selection, admissions, financial aid, the homeschool transcript, and various options for acquiring college credit while still in high school. A college-planning calendar and check sheet will be included with other helpful handouts.

Legislative Update ~ Yvonne Bunn B-20

 

Defending the Christian Faith: Understanding the Worldview Conflict ~ Ken Ham B-21 A-C

Many people have the idea that the battle between Christianity and humanism (or creation and evolution) is a battle over “facts.” However, Christians do not need more facts than non-Christians to supposedly win the argument, for the real battle is actually over the interpretation of the same facts. Until Christians understand that everyone has the same facts—but different interpretations of those facts, based upon different presuppositions or biases—they will not be successful in learning how to defend the Christian faith and think in a true biblical manner.

The Making of Mountain Mover ~ Rick Boyer E-10 A

What makes the difference between a child who just jumps through the hoops to get his “school” work done and one who sees himself as preparing to change the world? In this workshop, Rick Boyer shares key lessons from the lives of several people, past and present, who made a lasting difference in the culture around them. You will hear practical methods for applying the powerful lessons of high achievers to your day-to-day teaching. Don’t just school your children—prepare them to be world changers!

Trying Not to Trip Over the Stones: Developmental Milestones Walking With Your Child (0-5 years) ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine E-10 B

Ever wish your children came with an instruction manual? The job of parenting has never been more difficult. All parents worry whether their children are growing and developing normally. Dr. Callentine puts your fears at ease. As a pediatrician, Dr. Callentine partners with parents in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical growth of their children. She will discuss the typical developmental milestones and how to take advantage of the teachable moments that emerge. Parents’ concerns about development and behavior will be addressed. Ask the pediatrician, then kick off to a wonderful start on the journey of homeschooling your young child.

This, We Believe! ~ Todd Wilson E-10 C/D

Dads and moms, in all the “busy-ness” of life and the swell of expert advice, we’ve forgotten the fundamental truths of homeschooling and family. In short, we’ve forgotten why we do what we do. We have plenty of “how-tos” but have forgotten the “why-tos,” and it evidences itself in our lack of joy of homeschooling, family, and parenting. Join funny guy and family man Todd Wilson as he sets the stage for a great homeschool convention and the best year ever as he brings us back to the basics of what we believe about family and homeschooling. You’re not going to want to miss this for the world!

Doing Real Things for Teens and Their Families ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-11 A

Our culture tells teens that they are still children, but the Word of God and history show us otherwise. Why wait until you are 18 or 22 or even 25 and done with your education to start doing things that matter? Ready to be an adult? There is no reason teens can’t begin to impact their world just as young adults have done throughout history. Come get real-life examples and lots of ideas to help you resist the low expectations our society has of your generation and to do real things for God and your world.

Cool Critters of the Ice Age ~ Buddy Davis E-11 B-C

Learn about popular Ice Age animals such as saber tooth cat, giant beaver, mammoths, cave bear, and more.

Writing Across the Curriculum ~ Kim Kautzer E-21 A

Did you know that writing doesn’t have to be taught as a separate subject? Whether you homeschool with unit studies or are simply looking for ways to enhance any area of study, writing across the curriculum is perfect for tying writing into other areas of interest. This practical workshop will leave you with a wealth of ideas, not just for compositions but for projects and activities that combine writing with art, music, drama, poetry, history, science, and more. You’ll come away with suggestions for a variety of writing activities suitable for mixed ages and grades.

Stop Sibling Fights: Stop Being the Referee ~ Kirk Martin E21-B-C

There is nothing more frustrating than bickering children provoking each other on a daily basis. It is not your job to be the sheriff or to break up every sibling squabble. Even the most challenging children can learn to resolve conflict. We will show you exactly what to do when kids bicker, hit, drain your energy, and whine “That’s not fair!” or “He’s looking at me!”

Getting It All Done ~ Marilyn Boyer E-23 A/B

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, and especially for those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of those. Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 children and a veteran home educator with 27 years’ experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.

GWP: Grandparenting With Purpose ~ Steve & Megan Scheibner E-24 A/B

Can I have an impact on the lives of my grandchildren? What is the balance between helping and interfering with my grown children? Is it possible to establish a long-lasting family legacy for Christ? The answers to these questions and more are contained in the workshop sessions that Steve and Megan teach to grandparents. Nationwide research for three years led Steve and Megan to develop this groundbreaking teaching for the extended family. As the homeschooling population ages and moves into the second generation, the need to develop a family legacy of godly behavior becomes even more important. Topics include: Building A Family Legacy, Earning The Right To Be Heard, The Restoration Model, and more.

Revealing Algebra (From a Biblical Worldview) ~ Katherine Loop E-25 A

Overwhelmed by variables and exponents? In this workshop, Katherine cuts through the confusion, revealing algebra for what it is: a method of recording the consistencies God created and sustained. Leave with a new outlook on algebra and ideas on how to teach it from a biblical perspective.

Dad As Primary Educator ~ Darren Jones and Brian Wasko E-25 B/C

 

Session 5 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Smart Kids Who Hate to Write ~ Dianne Craft B-10

Do you have a child who seems to be “allergic” to a pencil? If you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes letter reversals, or spells a word correctly orally but leaves out letters when he writes, or has math papers that are difficult to read because the numbers aren’t lined up, this workshop is for you! He’s not sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated—he has a writing glitch! These gifted, dysgraphic students know so much, but they just can’t get their thoughts down in writing because of this blocked learning gate. Leave understanding your child’s eye/hand dominance and what that means. Learn the exercise used throughout the United States by athletes to improve their performance on the court or field…and how it will help your child take the stress out of his writing system as well!

Margins for Moms: Limits that Liberate (Chocolate with Encouragement) ~ Carol Barnier B-15 A

Too often we’ve just accepted how busy our lives are supposed to be. But many of us are running through life in a frenzied fog. We have a nagging sense that it shouldn’t be this way, but we don’t know how it should be. Even if we did, we often don’t know how to get from here to there. With a bit of laughter and an unabashed challenge of the status quo, learn to take control of the input and output of your family’s lives.

Notebooking: Creativity with a Purpose ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B

Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand. When children create something from their learning, they will remember what they learned far longer than if they completed a worksheet page about it. This workshop explains why (and how) to give kids an easy, effective approach that replaces workbooks, enhances learning and retention of the subject, and develops a true love for learning. Jeannie Fulbright shares tips and actual demonstrations for replacing workbook assignments with creative ideas for science, history, geography, literature, and more. Examples and visual aids make the information easy to understand and implement in your homeschool.

Shipwrecked or Seaworthy: Three Ways to Keep Your Child’s Boat Afloat ~ Shelley Noonan B-15 C

As your children approach the maiden voyage onto the sea of life, you want to make certain their vessels are seaworthy. In this session, Shelley Noonan helps you navigate three lessons from H.M.S. Titanic so you can chart a course for your children. By learning from the mistakes of the Titanic, you will discover how to teach your children these seaworthy skills: avoiding icebergs, acquiring lifeboats, and fostering lines of communication. While we can never forecast smooth sailing, our goal is to keep their boat afloat as they embark on their life’s voyage.

Knowing a Foreign Language Is Fun, So Learning One Should Be, Too! ~ Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids B-11

Join this hands-on workshop to experience for yourself how fun and rewarding learning a new language can be. It is not uncommon for people, including children, to fear that learning a new language will be difficult and stressful. Learning a new language, to the contrary, is an enjoyable experience that can provide learners with a new sense of confidence and motivation. This workshop—through demonstrations, videos, and brief games—will show workshop participants how adding a foreign language component to their homeschool will add an element of fun and enrichment.

How to Ace the SAT & Get Free College ~ College Prep Genius B-12

Test-prep guru Jean Burk will share her secrets of SAT success, which have helped hundreds of students raise their test scores by as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions: math, writing, and verbal. Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Learn how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods for receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! The key to free college is at your fingertips if you just know how to unlock it. If you have high schoolers, don’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!

“My Dear Aunt Sally Was WRONG!” Addressing Some Common Misconceptions in Math ~ Algebra and Geometry: A Fresh Approach B-13

Join noted author and highly successful math tutor Christy Walters as we examine some common fallacies in math. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is the (incorrect) belief that the phrase, “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally,” says that the order of operations indicates that one must always multiply before dividing and that one should always add before subtracting. We will also discuss other misconceptions related to the order of operations as well as topics involving exponents and percentages. The topics for this workshop arise from real-world tutoring experience in explaining the proper techniques to students. There will be time for questions from participants.

The Fundamental Right to Food: Whose Choice Is It? ~ Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA) B-14

You may not be as free to choose as you think. Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA), co-founded by Joel Salatin, has been a force since 2001, working to unravel the legislative labyrinth that keeps you from acquiring food as you see fit. Come learn about the corporate politics of food, your government’s involvement, and how they both affect the food choices you are allowed to make for you and your children. Find out how families in Virginia are standing up for their food rights to better their nutritional options.

Why Are ADHD, Learning Disabilities, & Autism Spiking?: Causes & Solutions ~ Brain Balance B-17

In this fast-paced, fun, & eye opening workshop presented by the 2012 Hampton Roads Teacher of the Year, you will discover 19 things you can do to stimulate healthy brains at home & school. What do all human brains need to mature properly? What’s the root cause of ADHD, learning disabilities, autism/Asperger’s, dyslexia, OCD, processing disorders, etc.? Why are these disorders increasing so rapidly—and how can they be prevented? How does Brain Balance address these disorders so they improve naturally, without medication?

Geology ROCKS! ~ Cornerstone Educational Supply B-19

Put the history of Earth in your hands with this workshop on fossils, rocks, and minerals. Paleontologist and creation scientist Dr. Marcus Ross will guide you into a richly biblical and thoroughly practical geological history of the world, from creation week to the flood and the post-flood period. Along the way, you’ll learn how creation geologists learn about Earth’s materials and how they use them to reconstruct the past.

Write at Home ~ Brian Wasko B-19

 

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Making Learning Fun ~ Rick Boyer E-10 A

Thomas Edison was one of the greatest geniuses our country ever produced. Part of the reason for his brilliance was the fact that, after attending school for only three months, he was educated at home by his mother, who believed that learning can be fun. Her philosophy paid off, as it has for thousands of other home educators who have broken free from bondage to the “institutional” approach and returned to natural, sensible ways of teaching. Stop making a school of yourself! This workshop gives eight simple suggestions that can revolutionize your child’s learning and make home education fun for the whole family.

College Alternatives ~ Barb & Rich Heki E-10 B

Is college for everyone? Of course not. Just ask Bill Gates. Yes, it’s important for some fields, but unnecessary for others. We’ll help you navigate all the different alternatives to traditional college, including the pros and cons of each.

Taming the Techno ̶Beast: Parenting in the Internet Age ~ Todd Wilson E-10 C/D

X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the Internet, Facebook, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget.” Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or “tweeting” on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and “everyone is doing it”…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the techno-beast!

Help! How Do I Grade My Kids’ Writing? ~ Kim Kautzer E-11 A

Children see their writing as extensions of themselves: “Criticize my writing, criticize me.” How then can we offer suggestions to our kids without crushing them? Is it possible to take the subjectivity out of editing and grading? Kim not only gives practical tips and tools to edit and evaluate student writing, but she demonstrates the importance of teaching kids to become self-editors as well. Kim will cover editing and grading for all ages, including self-editing, parent editing, using a grading rubric to evaluate progress, and overcoming your own fears and insecurities about giving feedback. Learn how much to say and how to say it in a way that equips your children to become better writers.

Homeschool and Home Organization: You CAN Have Both ~ Marla Cilley (The FlyLady) E-11 B-C

Tami Fox and Marla Cilley (The FlyLady) will together give you strategies and practical tips for scheduling, lesson planning, keeping up with laundry, meal planning, unit studies and more. Hear firsthand how Tami used The FlyLady system to bless her home and family.

Rhetoric: The Formidable Discipline ~ Marlin Detweiler E-21 A

The capstone discipline for classical Christian education is rhetoric. Unfortunately, it is also frequently misunderstood. Much of the teaching in rhetoric classes is still about rhetoric when it should be to make talented rhetoricians out of its students. A great classical Christian education must contribute to the making of great rhetoricians. This talk should help you learn how to do just that.

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators ~ Andrew Pudewa E21-B-C

Many of us have a sense that changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different place. However, we must live as though things will continue pretty much as they are. Resolving this conflict requires a contemplation of our circumstances because we are in a cultural war, fighting moral relativism on three fronts—personal, family, and social. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors”?

Creative Teaching ~ Laurie Detweiler E21-B-C

Classroom teachers typically spend 1,080 hours with a child during a school year. That’s more time for influencing a child toward a love of learning than parents or peers invest in a child’s life. It is essential, therefore, for teachers to realize how critically important their attitudes are in the process of educating students. Children easily pick up on how information is communicated to them and also how the teacher perceives each one in the class. To teach creatively, it is important to use a multisensory approach. Frequent review and use of the five learning gates—taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing—increase the potential for the child to retain the subject matter. The best results are achieved when the teacher concentrates on making memories with the students, remembering that they are helping to create future adults.

Parenting Preteens ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-24A/B

It comes as a surprise, but the years from age 9 to 12 can be some of the most challenging of all. Long before peach fuzz or body changes, you have to cope with outbursts of anger and the “nobody-loves-me” blues, but somebody’s got to be the adult around here. Learn how to survive, and make the teen years great!

Increase Your Child’s Working Memory and Target Auditory Memory Development ~ Kristin Barbour E-25 A

According to research, a significant portion of learning is dependent upon children’s ability to accurately process and store auditory information. Watch and experience the power of NILD techniques as your own memory is challenged. Gain tools to increase your child’s memory and strengthen their auditory processing skills. Learning how to strengthen these underlying skills will impact your child’s competence and confidence and thus impact lifelong learning.

Explosive Joy: Reclaiming the Wonder of God Through Art ~ Sharon Hofer E-25 B

Where is the joy in your life? Do you find yourself just kind of sad? As we homeschool our children it is easy to become engulfed in stress and frustration, often just “trying to survive.” As parents, we know we should be modeling joy for our children, but we often struggle to find our own joy. Did you know that joy comes first from seeing and then by thanking God for the thousands of gifts He gives us every day? God is the ultimate artist. When we recognize God’s majestic message of love, we will revel in the joy that comes. From the perspective of a master artist, Sharon will share practical and biblical advice on gaining back that joy you desperately desire. She will show you how to really see God’s message and experience joy again as you homeschool your children.

Session 6 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Finding Joy in Everything We Do ~ Marla Cilley (TheFlylady) B-10

Would you like to wake up every morning and feel joy? If you would like to experience the daily pleasure of this emotion, please join Marla Cilley (“The FlyLady”) as she discusses 11 steps to curb your attitude and remove the “joy killers” from your life.

The Biblical Case for Home-Based Education in Music and the Creative Arts ~ Dr. Paul Rumrill B-17

In biblical times, music traditions were typically passed down from parent to child. In examples ranging from David, to Asaph, to the sons of Korah and the temple musicians, we see music taught in the family within the context of faith, with an emphasis on how music and the arts interconnect with the New Testament values of discipleship and character. What can we gain from some of the parent-educators of Scripture in relation to learning music and the creative arts? How do we apply faith-training principles to the arts in our families? Taught by Dr. Vernon Whaley, Dean of the Liberty University School of Music.

Checks & Balances: Teaching Children to Handle Money Better than the Government Does ~ Hal Young B-15 B

Setting our sons on the right financial path is more than helping them find a job—it takes thought and hands-on experience at managing money, understanding economics, and making prudent decisions. Here are practical suggestions for how to make that happen in your day-to-day life. Finances are one of the biggest stresses in many marriages, yet we often leave the teaching of it to chance, hoping our children will figure it out on their own. Get them started right!

Mentoring Your Daughter ~ Shelley Noonan B-15 C

Join Shelley Noonan as she encourages and motivates you to make the most of the time you spend with your daughter. Shelley shares her own brand of practical wisdom so that you will discover four keys to mentoring your daughter. Learn how to capture the moments and make them special. Hear various ways to mentor and find resources to make the time that you spend with your daughter unforgettable!

Right-Brain Learners ~ Dianne Craft B-11

Many bright, hard-working kids struggle with reading. Can a child who is unable to read or who tests two or more years behind in reading be “caught up” in reading at home? YES! The “Craft Right Brain Reading Method” not only unravels the mystery of reading problems, but it also shows you step-by-step how to eliminate these reading blocks. Each participant in this workshop will receive a “Quick Word Recognition Placement Test” (to assess child’s current reading level), colored reading transparencies, and a copy of the Daily Lesson Plan for the Struggling Reader. We will show you how to use your child’s strong photographic memory for learning sight words and phonics sounds. Your child will love this method, because he will have instant success. We usually see a two-year growth in reading and spelling in one year!

The Top Five Life-Lessons 90% of Homeschool Families Miss ~ Cat and Dog Theology/UnveilinGLORY ~ B-12

Sometimes we can get so focused on the ABCs and 123s that we miss the big picture of character development and living for the glory of God. This simple—but powerful and life-changing—workshop will help you rise above the day-to-day existence of homeschooling and help you see the big picture of why you do what you do.

Learning Styles and RightStart™ Mathematics ~ RightStart™ Mathematics B-13

What if your first-born is a visual learner and your youngest is a kinesthetic learner, never mind the other children? Do you have a different math program for each child? What if you aren’t sure what style fits best? Do you keep skipping around, hoping to find one that fits? RightStart™ Math addresses all learning styles. Come get an overview of this award-winning and highly recommended math program!

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Studying Online Through High School ~ HSLDA B-17

In 2009, HSLDA launched the Academy as a service to homeschooling families who are looking for ways to supplement their students’ high school education. Offering both the high school essentials and upper-level Advanced Placement® courses, the Academy enrolls more than 400 students from all 50 states and from around the world. Eleven interactive, online high school courses, each taught from a biblical perspective by a college professor or educator with an equivalent amount of practical teaching experience, present for the students a live class, instruction through written lectures, pre-recorded video lectures, and assignments. Find out more and get your questions answered at this workshop!

What Does the Bible Say About Birth Control? ~ Family Vision B-18

 

The Sound Connection Presentation on AIT and Learning Issues ~ Berard Auditory Integration Training Systems, Inc. B-19

Understanding the connections between the way we hear and our behavior, mood, and learning is a key element to knowing how to help get relief from some of the symptoms of learning difficulties, autism spectrum, and ADD/ADHD. Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a listening program that helps to retrain the brain and hearing system in order to enhance well-being in a wide range of situations. The emphasis of AIT is on educational difficulties, particularly a problem with listening skills that is inherent to problems with phonics, difficulties with reading and spelling, hypersensitivity, problems with concentration, and issues associated with a variety of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, sensory processing disorder (SPD), autism spectrum disorders (including PDD), auditory processing disorder (APD), and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

“You’re Not the Boss of Me!”: Motivate Strong-Willed Children ~ Kirk Martin E-10 A

Very few things are as frustrating as an unmotivated child. You have tried lecturing, consequences, threats, and bribes. If external motivation worked, you wouldn’t be reading this. Exactly how do you motivate a child who doesn’t respond to consequences? What about a teenager who seems lazy and undisciplined, who doesn’t show any interest in school work? What about a teen or foster child who is angry and even belligerent? You may have a 7(or 17)-year-old who won’t do homework. And don’t forget the child who quits activities. We will show you 10 secrets to motivate unmotivated kids.

Homeschooling Your Adopted Child: What You Need to Know ~ Kathy Lee E-10 B

Are you nervous about integrating your adopted child into your homeschooling family? Do you have a plan to meet the emotional and academic needs of your new family member? This workshop will address these and other common issues facing adoptive homeschooling families.

Choose the Hard Things or How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up ~ Todd Wilson E-10 C/D

Homeschooling is hard, parenting is hard, and marriage…well, that’s way hard. And that’s okay—and even normal! Trouble is, we don’t like hard. We want easy, fast, and cheap…and at the same time, we want successful results. But the truth is that good things are hard and hard things are good, and they go hand in hand. Sadly, most people don’t ever experience the good because they can’t handle the hard. They put the hard thing off, hoping it will get easier, or they avoid it all together, and all they end up with is a pile of regrets. Here’s the good news: you can handle the hard. In fact, if you’re faced with two choices, pick hard. During this hour, you’ll laugh with Todd as he shares how to embrace the hardness while keeping your eye on the joy and experiencing God’s best for you.

The Character-Conscious Mom ~ Megan Scheibner E-11 A

Being a mom is about so much more than feeding, dressing, and driving our kids to play-dates. With only a few short years to impart important spiritual truths to our children, every day becomes an important opportunity for teaching, training, and modeling Christlikeness. Megan will give mothers the tools they need to disciple their children in the important areas of prayer, service, Bible study, Scripture memorization, and true fellowship. Moms will walk away encouraged and strengthened, knowing that although discipling their children seems a huge task, God is on their side.

Help! I Fell Off My Lesson Plan! ~ Carol Barnier E-11 B-C

When things don’t go as planned, when no one can seem to focus on their spelling, when the kids (and you) need a day off, what can you do? A day away from the lesson plan doesn’t have to mean learning is over. Come learn lots of ideas for an atypical day that is fun, memorable, and packed with learning. Also find out why having such days is not a crisis, and may in fact be good medicine.

Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late ~ Kim Kautzer E-21 A

When it comes to subjects that are hard to teach, it seems that the faster time whizzes by, the more we drag our feet. Teaching writing can be one of those combative, energy-intensive subjects we keep putting off. Kids are lazy. They suffer from “blank paper” syndrome. Or they just plain fight us every step of the way. This workshop takes a hard look at the things that suck life from our homeschooling efforts—and from writing in particular—and suggests ways we can reinvest in our children’s education with purpose and conviction.

Time Management for Kids ~ Gregg Harris E 21-B-C

Again, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” In this workshop we will look at how and why making the most of their time is the most important skill our kids could ever learn. In the process we may launch a new generation of business, church, and community leaders who will set goals, make plans, and take action to turn our nation back to God.

The Importance of Fathers in Education ~ Marlin Detweiler E-23 A/B

Children begin their education at an early age—a time when mothers are quite involved in mothering. Fathers are frequently fairly uninvolved in these details, as they commonly spend their time making a living and providing for the financial needs of the family. This talk focuses on the urgent need and one-time opportunity that fathers have to be involved in this most critical aspect of the lives of their children.

Heroes: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants ~ Rick Boyer E-24 A/B

An important part of parenthood is giving our children a legacy of heroes to inspire and challenge them. Such children will grow into wise and prominent adults who will one day be examples to succeeding generations.

Walking the Battlefield Brings the Dead to Life ~ Bill Potter E-25 A

 

When Grandpa or Grandma Lives With the Homeschooling Family ~ Barb & Rich Heki E-25 B

And you thought homeschooling was a huge lifestyle change? Try readjusting to a three-generational family home. Are you blessed, or beleaguered, or both? This workshop addresses the family dynamics, individual character issues, and ministry opportunities—not to mention schedule modifications, healthcare issues, and “territory” adjustments that arise when a grandparent moves in with the homeschooling family.


2015 Workshops by Track

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Not sure which workshops to choose first?

Walking into the convention for the first time can be overwhelming–the choices are vast! Be sure to look for these interest tracks noted on the Schedule-at-a-Glance (This is just a sampling of what’s available.)

  • Increase Your Child’s Working Memory and Target Auditory Memory Development – Kristin Barbour
  • A Prodigal Speaks Out – Carol Barnier
  • The Extraordinary Odyssey: An Expedition Through The Human Body – Dr. Lainna CallentinePhotographic Memory – Dianne Craft
  • Successful Home Businesses for Kids – Gregg Harris
  • Math from a Biblical Worldview – Katherine Loop
  • Revealing Algebra – Katherine Loop
  • You’re Not the Boss of Me!” Motivate Strong-Willed Children – Barb Mouring
  • Beyond Beautiful Girlhood – Shelly Noonan
  • Manners Matter – Shelly Noonan
  • In My Seat Event: Steve’s 9/11 Testimony – Steve Scheibner
  • Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World – Todd Wilson
  • Choose the Hard Things or How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up – Todd Wilson
  • Taming the Technobeast: Parenting in the Internet Age – Todd Wilson
  • Checks & Balances: Teaching Children to Handle Money Better than the Government Does – Hal Young
  • Ballistic Home schooling – Hal Young
  • Doing Real Things for Teens and Their Families – Hal and Melanie Young


  • The Importance of Fathers in Education ~ Marlin Detweiler
  • Checks & Balances: Teaching Kids How to Handle Money Better than the Government Does ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Your Son’s Battle for Purity ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Ballistic Homeschooling ~ Hal Young
  • Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World ~ Todd Wilson
  • How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up ~ Todd Wilson
  • Successful Home Businesses for Kids ~ Gregg Harris
  • Seasons of Life ~ Gregg Harris
  • Don’t Tell Me What You Believe, Live It! ~ Todd Wilson
  • In My Seat: Steve’s 9-11 Story ~ Steve Scheibner
  • Marriage, Communication & Friendship ~ Steve and Megan Scheiber
  • Walking the Battlefields Brings the Dead to Life ~ Bill Potter
  • Stop the Yelling, Lecturing, and Power Struggles ~ Kirk Martin
  • College Alternatives ~ Rich & Barb Heki
  • Greasing the Skids ~ Marlin Detweiler
  • Making of Mountain Movers ~ Rick Boyer
  • Heroes: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants ~ Rick Boyer
  • Defending the Christian Faith: Understanding the Worldview Conflict
  • 7 C’s of History
  • Raising Godly Children in and UnGodly World
  • Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
  • This, We Believe ~ Todd Wilson
  • Taming the Technobeast ~ Todd Wilson
  • Discipline That Works, When Consequences Don’t ~ Kirk Martin
  • When Grandma or Grandpa Lives with the Homeschooling Family ~ Rich & Barb Heki



  • Number Sense: How It Develops in Children ~ Kristin Barbour
  • Increase Your Child’s Working Memory and Target Auditory Memory Development ~ Kristin Barbour
  • Teaching Your Child to Read, Made Easy ~ Carol Barnier
  • Trying Not to Trip Over the Stones: Developmental Milestones Walking With Your Child (0-5 years) ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine
  • Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates ~ Dianne Craft
  • Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory ~ Dianne Craft
  • Smart Kids Who Hate to Write ~ Dianne Craft
  • Teaching the Right-Brain Child ~ Dianne Craft
  • Notebooking: Creativity with a Purpose ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • How to Integrate Art into My Already Busy Day ~ Sharon Hofer
  • Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late ~ Kim Kautzer
  • Growing Your Child’s Writing Vocabulary ~ Kim Kautzer
  • Writing Across the Curriculum ~ Kim Kautzer
  • Writing Games ~ Kim Kautzer
  • Writing Skills: More Important Than Ever! ~ Kim Kautzer
  • Help! How Do I Grade My Kids’ Writing? ~ Kim Kauzter
  • What Every Mother of a Preschooler Needs to Know ~ Kathy Lee
  • From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation ~ Andrew Pudewa
  • Special-Needs Panel Discussion with Judi Munday and Sarah
  • Special-Needs Counseling (In the Lobby)


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  • Explosive Joy: Reclaiming the Wonder of God through Art
  • How to Integrate Art into My Already Busy Day
  • Master classes: vocal, piano, and instrumental
  • Photography Team*
  • Where Can I Go in Music? Aiming the Career Calling of Music Toward Adulthood
  • The Biblical Case for Home-Based Education in Music and the Creative Arts
  • Taming the Technobeast: Parenting in the Internet Age


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