2015 Speakers

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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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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.

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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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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.

 

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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.

Whether you have infants, teens, or in-betweens, Kim shares dozens of ideas to help you develop, encourage, and strengthen your children’s vocabulary. In particular, discover how simple tools such as reading aloud, asking questions, and playing word games will boost your students’ ability to use words more powerfully and precisely in their writing.

Writing games aren’t just fluff! Learn the importance of using pre-writing activities and warm-ups to help children of all ages—from elementary grades through high school—become more productive and fluent writers. This is a hands-on workshop where you’ll have a chance to practice with a number of these engaging activities.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. Your “get up and go” has “gotten up and went.” You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart—you’re not alone! No one homeschools because it’s easy. You do it because you believe it is best. But there are times when you need to be reminded—once again—why it’s best. Join me as we do just that. You’ll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you’ll ever…love.

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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.

Workshops By Session Coming Soon


2015 Workshops by Track – Coming Soon!

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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.)

  • Morse Code for Increased Working Memory and Increased Focus on Auditory Memory – Kristin Barbour
  • A Prodigal Speaks Out – Carol Barnier
  • The Extraordinary Odyssey: An Expedition Through The Human Body – Dr. Lainna Callentine
  • Photographic 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

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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*
  • The Two Pillars of Music Learning: Hearing and Reading
  • The Biblical Case for Home-Based Education in Music and the Creative Arts

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