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Sam Sorbo, speaker at the 2018 Virginia Homeschool ConventionSAM SORBO

Teach from Love – KEYNOTE (Friday Afternoon)
How do you “train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6)? Hear stories from a veteran of home education, Sam Sorbo, and get inspired and empowered in your schooling endeavors! Sam Sorbo, author of the school year devotional Teach from Love, shares her secrets for imparting godly characteristics into our young ones, and how discipline and encouragement work hand in hand to raise good Christians. Whose autograph do you want on your child’s heart? Sam will share her ideas for the best way to get that done!

Feel Empowered to Teach Your Kids
Sam Sorbo, author of They’re YOUR Kids and Teach from Love, takes you on a journey of survival—in your own home. How can you thrive as an educator when the system insists you’ll fail? Have fun learning about how to avoid the disastrous “home-made” pitfalls and traps, and to get the best out of the great gift of teaching and parenting your offspring, as Sam offers up her personal recipes to help you embark on the greatest love story ever written—that between parent and child.

Tips and Tricks to Make Home Education Fun!
And we don’t mean just for the kids—we mean fun for everyone! Join Sam Sorbo, author of They’re YOUR Kids and Teach from Love, as she explores creative ways to engage your children without boring yourself—and even address the pushback from reluctant kids who may not want Mom or Dad to be the teacher. Sam’s mission is to encourage you in enjoying this most precious time you will have with your children. Home education is about family. Learn some tips for how to not lose sight of that God-breathed message.


Voddie Baucham HEAV 2018 Homeschool ConventionVODDIE BAUCHAM

Teaching Your Children with Your Grandchildren in Mind – KEYNOTE (Saturday Morning)
I am surprised how many homeschool kids aren’t sure whether or not they will educate their own children at home. I’m more surprised that some are sure they won’t. Usually, further examination reveals a complete lack of theological and philosophical reflection on the topic. In this session, we will examine key motivations for home education and how to pass these on to our children. Do your children know why you homeschool? Do you? Do they have a ‘big picture’ perspective on the impact home education can have on our culture for the sake of the Kingdom? Do they understand what government education has done to the culture at large, and that it has been intentional? Are they thinking about ways their marriage and educational choices will impact the discipleship of their children? We must encourage our children to invest now so they can invest in their children in the future.

Bible Study Basics: How to Study and Teach the Bible at Home
What good is home education if the Bible is not central to all we do? Moreover, how can we teach the Bible if we don’t know how to interpret it properly? Unfortunately, many homeschool families are simply stuck when it comes to the Bible. Should we just buy a Bible curriculum and be done with it? What about our family devotional time? How do we equip our children to handle the Word for themselves?

In this session, we will examine the basics of biblical hermeneutics in a way that is accessible. We will also learn about some key tools that every Bible student needs to have, and a few that can be dangerous if used the wrong way.

The Role of the Father in Home Education and Discipleship (Men Only)
Many homeschool dads view their role in home education as little more than providing the money to buy curriculum each year. However, the results of such passivity can be devastating. Marriages are strained, homeschool boys are feminized, moms are frustrated and isolated, and feminism exploits the opening. As a result, the homeschool movement is in jeopardy of being feminized altogether. While you may not be able to do anything about the big picture, you can (and must) do something about your own home. This session will explore how dads can be more than just sideline spectators (or worse, bullies who demand results and threaten to pull the plug if their kids don’t get up-to-speed). Dad will learn how to cast vision, set goals, offer support, and get involved. 

Culture Wars: How They Affect the Homeschool Family and How We Respond
There is a mighty clash of worldviews going on all around us, and there is no way to escape. Educating our children at home will only postpone the inevitable. Our children will engage the culture. The only question is, will they do so as lambs going off to slaughter, or will they be sheep among wolves who are “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16 ESV)?

Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Next Generation (Pastors Only)
To reach the next generation, the disciplining of our children must be a priority. Come hear Voddie Baucham as he addresses discipline during this exclusive pastor’s only session which will include a question and answer discussion with the speaker.


John Stonestreet HEAV 2018 Homeschool ConventionJohn Stonestreet

Four Cultural Shifts Parents Need to Understand  KEYNOTE (Friday Morning)
To understand the loud and disturbing issues on the surface of our culture, we need to understand the significant ways our culture has shifted in recent decades. In this session, John will identify and describe four shifts that dramatically shape the world our students live in today.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: How to Handle a World of Entertainment
Hollywood, television, pop music, gaming, social media… we live in a world of glowing rectangles clamoring for our attention. When should I turn it off? Why should I turn it off? What are the lies media tells me in this culture? John offers clarity here right where our culture is loudest.

Preparing for “The Talk”: Preparing Students for this Sexually Broken World
Having the “talk” (about sexuality) with our children is difficult enough, but in this current culture of brokenness it’s even more daunting. We live in the wake of the sexual revolution, and parents need to understand the ways that has shaped the context in which our kids mature, develop relationships, marry, and have children. John will shine light on the cultural darkness in a way that will help you help your children embrace one of God’s greatest gifts.

Right Answers Are Not Enough: Connecting Belief with Behavior in Our Kids and Ourselves
Having all the right answers is not the same as having a Biblical worldview. The question is, how can help our students live what they claim to believe? How do we integrate head knowledge and heart knowledge? Looking to the past, John offers a vision for cultivating virtue in the face of a culture of distraction and temptation.


An Evening of Real RefreshmentRachael Carman

An Evening of Real Refreshment (Friday Evening)
We live in a noisy, confusing culture. Women, in particular, are bombarded with conflicting messages that point every which way but to the cross. We’re told, “Use this magic formula to do more, be more, have more…” and when the first formula doesn’t meet the need, there are plenty more big ideas ready to steal and destroy our faith and our focus on what truly matters. I am passionate about bringing a better message to today’s women. While our feel-good pop culture wants to console with its message of “you’re good enough just the way you are,” I want to encourage and inspire women to hold on to the only One who is truly good.

What About That Child?
What face comes to mind when you hear “that child”? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you struggle to like that child? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All that energy, all those questions, all that strength—all that that—is God-given for His glory! Come learn strategies for learning to enjoy that child, to embrace that child, and to train that child for God’s purposes.

Attention! Perfectionist Control-Freaks: Chill Out!
As a perfectionist control-freak herself, Rachael is sometimes her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of the freedoms of homeschool. Are you too tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? Join Rachael for a lesson on how to chill out and turn control over to God.

Family Reading Time
One of the huge advantages of homeschooling is snuggling together on the sofa to read classics, biographies, histories, and other great books. Exploring other cultures, perspectives, and experiences together is one of the best-kept secrets of homeschooling’s success. Learn how your family can make the most of it!


Dr. Kathy Koch

8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences
All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Everyone is smart! Each intelligence will be defined and explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. Using different intelligences when reviewing and reteaching lessons is especially effective. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths, and what to do about it.

Frustrated, Perfectionistic Kids: Guiding and Changing Their Behavior
Are your children easily frustrated by their mistakes—even small ones? Do they give up too quickly when something is hard? Do they resist taking risks? Do they want everything to be easy, so getting them to put forth effort is like pulling teeth? Learn what contributes to all of this, and what to do about it. Ideas will be practical, realistic, and relevant to all ages.

Improve the Fruit by Identifying the Root
Discover roots of learning, motivation, and behavior issues so you can efficiently meet children’s needs with solutions that work. Discover why kids are struggling, so you can make changes that can more likely result in permanent improvements. Would you be surprised to know that every problem can be assigned to one or more of just five issues? It’s true! Come and be refreshed by this practical, problem-solving approach.

Instill Hope: Motivation Matters
For many reasons, your children may not be as motivated as you’d like them to be. After sharing briefly about common causes so you can talk with your children about them, Dr. Kathy will share strategies you can use to get and keep each child engaged. Academic growth and obedience can both increase. Learn how to compliment so children continue doing what’s good. Learn how to correct and not criticize. Learn what makes change more likely. These numerous practical ideas for all ages will encourage and strengthen you.

Parenting Power Words
Parents can consistently use strategic power words to efficiently and effectively direct children’s thinking, beliefs, choices, character, attitudes, and behavior. Using these power words will increase cooperation and obedience, decrease frustration and arguments, and build healthier parent-child relationships. Curious? You’ll have to attend to hear some of Dr. Kathy’s favorites. You will not be disappointed.

Strategies to Encourage First-Time Obedience
Strong-willed children and others can struggle to be obedient. They may choose instead to debate, argue, and delay. Learn several strategies that can immediately improve your relationships and lead to peace and first-time obedience.


Todd Wilson HEAV Homeschool ConventionTodd Wilson

Invasion of the Conviction Snatchers
Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or worse—a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? Those nagging, sometimes silent disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair and snatch away firmly held convictions if we allow them to. Join Todd for an hour of laughter and encouragement as he goes face to face with the “conviction snatchers” and shows you how to address their concerns, questions, and critical comments. You’ll be glad you did.

Lies Homeschoolers Believe
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 “got 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.

Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!
You may not crack open a book, work through a curriculum, or call it “school,” but it’s your job to train your children. Join me as we look at the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of training our children. Now don’t worry, I won’t make you feel guilty or give you a 46-point outline, but I promise to tell it straight and to encourage you in the best job there is—fathering.
           

What to Do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan
We like things nice, neat, orderly, and predictable, but sometimes our plans fall apart, disintegrate before our eyes, and leave us dumbfounded and stunned. I’ve talked to plenty of homeschooling parents who were sold a plan. They followed the plan and then later stood before me with tears in their eyes because the plan didn’t deliver and now they feel betrayed, angry, and lost. I have to admit that once, when I heard their sob stories, I inwardly wondered what they had done wrong. I believed that they must have gotten the wrong plan…or didn’t carry the plan out according to the instructions. While sometimes that may be true, I know now that often our plans don’t come together because God has a different plan. Join me as we take an honest and humorous look at plans, why they fall apart, and what to do when they have.

10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates
When you’re choosing what to teach your daughter, it really boils down to what matters and what doesn’t…or what your daughter needs to know to live happily ever after. The only problem is that everyone seems to have a different answer. Experts stand on every street corner shouting something different. “They need to know state history…master advanced algebra…and speak a foreign language.” 
It’s enough to give a well-meaning parent a headache and an ulcer. After all, what if you forget to teach her something important, dooming your daughter to a life of misery and failure? During this hour, Todd will cut away the tall grass and share with you the top ten things you need to teach your daughter before she graduates.


Andrew Pudewa HEAV 2018 Virginia Homeschool Convention Andrew Pudewa

Freedomship and Entrepreneurial Education
Many of us realize that we value home education not only because it often results in better academics, superior social environments, and enriched family life, but because it builds a better community and country. The result of true liberal education—a freedomship education—will be not only young men and women who know how to think and communicate, but who think evangelically and entrepreneurially. To revive a culture of self-sufficiency and freedom requires more people with the owner/entrepreneur mindset and fewer with the employee mindset. Join Andrew for a discussion of how to cultivate an entrepreneurial, or georgic, aptitude in our children. The future of freedom may depend on it.

Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences, and Cures
Nature deficit disorder refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among which are diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional imbalances. It can affect individuals, families, and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth, and beauty.

Paper and Pen: What the Research Says
Recent years have seen an enormous increase in the use of technology in education for even the youngest students. But is technology really the cure-all that many believe it to be? While traditional skills such as cursive penmanship are seen as unnecessary in the modern world, the actual research tells a different story. Learn the compelling reasons to choose paper books instead of electronic devices for reading, to handwrite instead of type when note-taking, to teach cursive instead of printing for penmanship, and to grab a pen instead of pencil for composition. Discover how to unleash creativity that goes beyond technology.

The Four Language Arts
When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.

Strategies for Winning the College Writing Game* (Thursday)
Presented by IEW’s humorous and engaging director and master teacher, Andrew Pudewa, this workshop will provide immediate experience and inside tips for college-level writing. Students will learn to employ strategies required in many college entrance exams or in response-to-literature prompts, including the two questions writers need to ask, models and strategies to quickly create compelling essays, powerful methods of generating excellent content, and tips and tricks to increase a written work’s style so that it appeals to the audience. Participants will leave with a clear concept of the task and several new tricks and techniques to add to their repertoire. Open to all students regardless of their experience with IEW courses or methodology, this seminar also offers tools and tips for general composition skills. Come prepared to write during this two-hour class.

1*extra charges apply


Heidi St. John 2018 HEAV Virginia Homeschool ConventionHeidi St. John

Becoming “MomStrong”
Today’s mothers are living in challenging times. From Internet predators to the rise of domestic terrorism to the discovery of GMOs, BPAs, and STDs… we’re facing things our mothers never could have imagined. Many moms are struggling with fear of the future and worry about raising children in today’s culture—but God says loud and clear, “Do not be afraid! Be strong and courageous!” (Joshua 1:9). Mom, your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to raise the next generation of teachers, doctors, judges, police officers, grocery store clerks, attorneys, nurses—and parents. Yes! You are raising the next generation of parents. As mothers, we must be ready to prepare our children for whatever they may face as followers of Jesus Christ. Heidi will challenge us to draw on truths from God’s Word to answer the tough questions this generation of kids is asking, and prepare moms to meet the challenges head on.

The First Three Years: A Workshop for Homeschool Rookies
If homeschooling has felt more like drudgery than delight, or if the thought of homeschooling makes your knees shake and your palms sweat, this is the workshop for you! Perhaps you’ve been hearing from “experts” that view homeschooling as just another form of education, but homeschooling is just the opposite. Learning at home is an adventure, a journey, a new lifestyle. Join Heidi as she talks about the three things to know as a new homeschooler that will set you on a track for success and enjoyment with your children. So sit back, relax! Homeschooling is a journey like no other. Take it in stride that you will bumble and stumble, stick your foot in it, take wrong turns, backtrack, start again, and again…and your child will be just fine. Come and bring a friend for a dose of information and encouragement. You can do it!

Fearless Homeschooling: Ignore the Critics and Do What’s Best for Your Child
“I’m not strong enough,” “My kids are going to have gaps in their education,” “Everything depends on me,” “I’ve failed too many times,” “I can’t do this right,”
“I’m screwing up my kids,” “Everyone else’s kids are doing better than mine.” Have you heard the lies, too? Join Heidi as she talks about her own experience of homeschooling out of fear and into faith. You’ll want to bring a friend to this one!

Homeschooling Held Hostage
In the past fifteen years, we’ve seen many changes in the homeschool community. There is more pressure on homeschoolers to excel academically. We’ve gone from a few brave moms who, without access to mainstream “curriculum,” managed to give their children an excellent education—but we’ve forgotten what made it excellent. These moms had a vision for homeschooling—they weren’t trying to recreate school at home. They were simply being obedient to the One who had called them to be different. They knew that He who called them would equip them. And they were right. If you’re struggling to find joy in your calling as a homeschooling parent, or if you’re looking for more life in your homeschool, you won’t want to miss this workshop. Join Heidi as she shares her journey away from curriculum-driven, workbook-based homeschooling and into delight-directed learning. What she learned will bless and inspire you. Bring a notebook!

Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens, Oh My!
Do you have a houseful? Are you planning to have a houseful? If so, this is a great workshop for you! Heidi and Jay St. John are the homeschooling parents of seven perfect, never messy, always obedient, very sweet, unusually tidy, always energetic, very curious children. (Smile.) They have homeschooled all the way through high school. One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling a houseful is figuring out how to teach them all while finding time to manage the rest of your life! Moms are always wondering if they are “doing enough”—and finding the time to teach individual subjects, well, individually…can be overwhelming. Heidi will share seven secrets of multi-level teaching that will empower, encourage, and enlighten you! If you’ve got a houseful, then you’ve got your hands full! Let’s laugh together and rediscover the joy of homeschooling with a full heart and a full house!


Frederic Gray 2018 Virginia Homeschool ConventionFrederic Gray

How to Meet the Six Homeschooling Needs God Gave Your Children
There are six homeschooling needs that God gave your children. Are you meeting all of them? Whether you know what they are or not doesn’t matter. If you want to revolutionize your family’s homeschooling experience and transform it into something dynamic and life-changing, come to this session. I will show you how to meet all six of the homeschooling needs God has given your children.

The Gideon Factor: The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Homeschooled Children
While we get caught up in the day-to-day decisions of homeschooling, it may be easy to lose the big picture. Employing the “Gideon factor” will help you crystallize your main objective in homeschooling and will be the greatest gift you ever give your children. Whether you are a new or veteran home educator, the Gideon factor will help you sharpen your focus and empower your children to be the best they can be.

How to Teach Purity to Your Children
In a world where purity seems to be a virtue that is becoming obsolete, it is more urgent than ever that we as parents help our children live lives of purity—both inwardly and outwardly. Find out how to teach purity to your children, and how you can take advantage of the opportunities inherent in homeschooling to do it.

How to Grow Both Sides of Your Child’s Brain
(Hint: Have Them Do Two Simple Things Students Used to Do, and Play a Game!) “Are you left-brained or right-brained?” Is that the only question we ask about such things? What if there is a way to stimulate your whole brain, both sides at the same time, to harness its collective power to increase learning as well as physical health and emotional happiness? Come find out the three main things you can have your children do to stimulate this growth and harness whole-brain power.


Yvonne Bunn

Introduction to Homeschooling (Thursday)
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.

How to Begin: What You Really Need to Know (Thursday)
Overwhelmed by friendly advice and tons of information? This informative workshop will help you weed through all the things you’ve heard and help you focus on what you really need to know for a successful homeschool year: 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.


Dr. Lainna Callentine 2018 Virginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerDr. Lainna Callentine

All Systems Go: Take the Marvelous Expedition Through the Human Body

This interactive demo workshop will catapult you through an expedition of the fascinating and complex world of the human body. Examine how the systems of the body work and how you can captivate your students’ studying of God’s “wondrous machine.” See how your eyes and the brain cooperate, and how to bring the art of dissection to the classroom at any level. Embark on a voyage and see live demonstration as you travel through the systems of the body.

The Evolution of Science: Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview
How can you avoid the add-on approach of science education in your classroom? Do you struggle with how to present science from a biblical worldview, tackling controversial, difficult science topics and still keeping peace and respect? Discover how you can integrate and weave a biblical worldview throughout your classroom tapestry of science.

You Are the Apple of God’s Eye: Peering into the Inner Workings of the Eye* (Thursday)
We strive to set our eyes on the task to which the Lord has uniquely called us. By training our eyes to keep the focal point on God, our special calling begins to converge with clarity. A pictorial representation of the eye can only take you so far in truly understanding the eye. Embark on a voyage through the inner working of eye with your engaging tour guide, Dr. Lainna Callentine. Follow light on its journey through the eye and discover how the eye works in this fascinating, hands-on dissection workshop. Participants will perform a cow eye dissection and explore hands-on stations to gain an understanding of the inner working of the eye and how it works with the brain to bring visual clarity to the world around you. This workshop is perfect for the family or your teen. (Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.) 

 

*Additional fee applies


Tom Clark

Homeschooling Math Without a Plan? (You’ve Got to Be Kidding!)
This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from preschool through adult. Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he takes you on a sometimes humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college. In addition, Tom gives considerable attention to identifying the “why” of the study of mathematics, with an emphasis on the development of concepts instead of rote memorization.

 Is Math Straining Your Relationship? (Identify the Trouble Spots!)
Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty in several of the traditional “trouble spots” in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others—all of which seem to (erroneously) indicate that mathematics is just naturally “difficult.”

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (“When Will I Need This Stuff Anyway?”)
Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, will help you to develop an inquiry approach that is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter when solving equations and inequalities.


Luke & Trisha Gilkerson

The Talk: From Toddlers to Teenagers
How, when, and why should you teach your kids about sex? This practical presentation is anchored in the Scriptures, where parents can learn how to use the Bible as a starting point for sex education in the home.

7 Sex Education Mistakes You Might Be Making
Luke and Trisha take on some of the most common mistakes Christian parents make when it comes to sex education…and tell you how to make changes today.

Losing It: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Overcoming Anger
Coming face to face with our own anger as parents can be a scary thing. But it is also a mercy from God. We can have hope, knowing that if God convicts us of our anger, it is not to crush us but to change us. Dig deeper than anger management techniques and learn how God can transform us from the inside out.


Justus McCranie 2018 Virginia Homeschool SpeakerJustus McCranie

Your Family and Hollywood
Hollywood media is saturating our culture. They are producing 600 new movies every single year, and your family has access to the influence of all of them. In “Your Family and Hollywood,” we will talk about ways you can navigate the media culture in which we live, the power of film, and the options you have to protect yourself and your family.

Visual Storytelling
Did you know that you can tell a story and communicate a message without ever saying a single word? Everything in a movie is there for a reason—the lighting, colors, angles, and music all serve a purpose. In “Visual Storytelling,” we will look at how a message can be effectively communicated on screen…and how to be a visual storyteller in your films.

How to Get into Filmmaking
You want to be a filmmaker, but where do you start? Should you spend a lot of money? Should you start with what you have? In this session, we will discuss what are the best routes to take when getting into film.   


Tyler Hogan 2018 Virginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerTyler Hogan

Loving Geography—Even If You Can’t Fold a Map!
Geography is one of the most under-taught subjects, but in a world where long distance is a thing of the past, it is perhaps one of the most crucial topics for us to understand. The good news is that the study of the earth—its structure and inhabitants—is not only fascinating but also easy to integrate into your homeschool. In this workshop, you will find a vision for teaching geography—as well as creative, enjoyable ways to enhance your teaching in every subject.

Curating Your Child’s Education
As a parent, you’ve taken responsibility for your child’s education. But does that mean you have to do it all yourself? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to be a good curator of your child’s education—and the pros and cons of co-ops, online classes, dual enrollment, and many other learning options. What should (and should not) be delegated? Come learn how to make optimized decisions for your family.

History Starts Here: Digging into the Past
Teaching history doesn’t have to be hard. This workshop will show you how to make history fun, relevant, and memorable—from the ancients to modern days. Dig into timelines, maps, hands-on projects, various teaching methods, and more! Learn how to ignite your students’ love of learning and marvel at the hand of God together through your study of history.

Confessions of a Homeschool Graduate
Homeschoolers can thrive after leaving the nest, but it doesn’t happen automatically. During Tyler’s college and young adult years, he made some really stupid mistakes…and stumbled onto a few things that worked out really well. Now a homeschooling father himself, Tyler wills share frank and timely words about humility, owning your faith, navigating relationships, and how not to wreck your life after homeschool.


Janice Campbell HEAV Convention SpeakerJanice Campbell

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year
Once you have committed to teaching your students at home, what is the next step? A peaceful, effective homeschool begins with a vision, simple plans, and a routine for getting the right things done. We’ll talk about how to set appropriate academic goals; how to do simple, streamlined planning and record-keeping; how to create a simple master plan (“scope and sequence”) for what you need to cover each year; and how to create routines that can help you stay relaxed and on track.

How to Choose and Adapt Curriculum
A great curriculum can make learning easier, but how can you know which one to choose? Choosing curriculum is about more than buying books—it’s about knowing your students and their learning styles, knowing yourself and your teaching style, and knowing the most important things that must be taught and the primary ways that students learn. We’ll talk about how to work with teaching and learning styles, three skills you must teach, how to evaluate curriculum for the things that really matter, and ways to adapt almost any curriculum you buy (and what to do with the rest).

Spreading the Feast: How to Teach Great Literature to Teens
Have you always wanted to read the classics but didn’t know where to begin? The “great books” are wonderful reading—and well worth the effort it takes to understand them. In this inspiring workshop, you’ll learn how to read challenging books; how context resources such as art, music, and history can help you understand a great work; how literary periods can reveal clues to an author’s worldview; and how to help your high school students develop the kind of deep reading and writing skills they will need in college. You’ll leave knowing how important literature is—and confident that you can teach it!

How to Homeschool High School (Thursday)
(Key: It’s an Education, Not a Rat Race) What does a great high school education look like? If you’ve worried that it means giving up teaching in a way that fits your family, and transforming into a Ms. Gradgrind demanding “facts, and nothing but facts,” worry no more. It’s entirely possible to create a high school experience that preserves the joy of learning while preparing each student for the appropriate next step in life. We’ll look at the primary purpose of the high school years; your role; things your student must know before graduating; records, transcripts, and gap years; interesting learning opportunities for homeschooled teens; and more. You’ll learn which requirements are important; how to decide what each student should study; and how to tailor the high school experience to fit the student’s interests, aptitudes, and future plans. You’ll leave with the confidence that you and your teen can homeschool through high school with joy.

High-Impact High School: 7 Steps to a Simple, Powerful Transcript (Thursday)
Transcripts are not just for college—every student needs one. The high school transcript is designed to highlight your student’s talents, strengths, and skills in the same way a résumé does for a prospective employee. It should present an accurate overview of the high school experience, tailored to fit the focus of the target audience, whether that is a college, military academy, technical school, art or music school, or an apprenticeship program. I’ll share a step-by-step process for creating a simple, effective transcript, including how to assign grades, calculate a grade point average, name classes, and grant credit. You’ll be sure to leave with a “can-do” feeling. There will be a Q&A session. [This workshop will be presented together with Woody Robertson’s “Dual Credit on Steroids.”]


Leslie Richards Homegrown Preschool HEAV Convention SpeakerLesli Richards

A Year of Playing Skillfully: Getting Organized for Young Learners
From scheduling to home organization, this workshop gives parents the confidence that they can provide a rich early education for their little ones. Lesli provides an overview of what every child from 3-7 needs to cover over the course of one year, and how to fit it all in. Lesli provides solutions for the many challenges parents with young learners face, such as time management and schooling multiple ages at the same time.

What’s in the Box? Using Activity Boxes to Tame Your Toddler!
In this workshop Lesli demonstrates how to create a set of activity boxes that can be used to entertain and educate toddlers, providing Mom with an easy, organized way to keep those little ones constructively busy while educating older children or attending to household tasks.

Wonder-Filled Math and Language Arts for Your Homegrown Preschooler
Math and language arts are two of the most important building blocks in the early education of our children. In this research-based workshop, parents will gather the information, inspiration, and practical ideas to make them confident teachers.   Parents will learn to approach these topics playfully with their children, while watching for readiness for next steps. Handouts will include useful developmental guidelines, resource suggestions, and book lists.


Virginia Homeschool speaker Keith HammerKeith Hammer

Walk Thru the New Testament (Thursday)
Experience the greatest story ever told at “NTLive!,” an adventure through the New Testament that engages students! Presented by Keith Hammer of Walk Thru the Bible, this is a one-of-a-kind, highly dynamic, memorable event that helps you understand God’s Word and make the connection between His story and your story. Geared for students ages 10 and up.

*Additional fee applies.


Connie Albers HEAV Convention SpeakerConnie Albers

Teach Your Child to Learn Independently
When should I expect my child to do school independently? This is a common question most moms ask. Teaching kids how to learn is a skill. This presentation covers practical strategies parents can use to get kids learning on their own without complaining. Come learn how to motivate different learners to tackle school with you.

Facebook, Snapchat, and All Those Apps – What’s a Family To Do?
As parents, we diligently try to protect our children from the dangers of the Internet world. We avoid sleepovers, smartphones, and social media, but what do you do when all of their friends are online or when they have to take an online class? What do you do when your child asks you to download an app, or you discover a hidden app on their phone? Connie tackles the world of apps and social media in a way that prepares you to confidently navigate this uncharted territory with wisdom and knowledge.

Words Matter: The Importance of Having Critical Conversations
Our words have power. As a parent, the conversations we have with our children will impact and shape our relationship and influence our children for years to come, possibly for a lifetime. These productive discussions are the keys to building a close-knit family. After 30 years of parenting and working with teens, Connie understands how the tone of a home is set, and she will help you learn to set the tone of your home with the power of your words. Let’s become life-giving home builders.


Dr. Jennifer Murff HEAV Convention SpeakerDr. Jennifer Murff

Compulsive Comparing Disorder: A Homeschool Mom’s Worst Enemy
Being a mom is hard. Being a homeschool mom is even harder. But even in the midst of all the teaching, singing, dancing, and wiping boo boos, there is something that can rob us of our joy—compulsive comparing disorder. With the rise of social media such as Instagram and Facebook, moms today are striving more than ever to keep up appearances. While it may be natural to want to look good, millennial moms have taken it to a whole new level as now they are armed with a camera phone and an idea they have to manage their own brand. Don’t let the comparison game rob you of anything! Come hear Jennifer speak wisdom and freedom to your soul.


Patrick Nurre, HEAV Homeschool Convention SpeakerPatrick Nurre

Apologetics from the Ground Up
There is more to building a solid worldview than having a right catechism of creation. Our culture is on the move to destroy biblical faith. This is no more apparent than in the treatment of the book of Genesis. Part of the solution for our kids is in knowing what the Bible says and how it explains the physical earth around us. Learn about evidence for the Flood and the truth of the Bible with every step you take!

The Geology of Virginia from a Biblical Perspective
Discover, perhaps for the first time, the geology of Virginia—using the book of Genesis as a framework. To date, this seminar has been done in Washington, Alberta (Canada), California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, and Colorado. Come hear what Patrick has researched and prepared about Virginia as this information is presented for the first time. What does Genesis have to do with Virginia? Come and find out!

Genesis and the Ice Age
Probably the least understood of subjects in earth history is the Ice Age—and how it fits into a biblical worldview. We’ll examine the evidence for an ice age caused by the Genesis Flood, discuss how it could fit into the period between Noah and Abraham, and reinforce confidence in what the Bible says historically.


Dr. Christopher Perrin Virginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerDr. Christopher Perrin

Why Children Must Play to Learn
We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play, too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply retained lessons of life were derived from adventure, conflict, and drama—all learned in the world of play. It was Plato who first suggested that education should begin in play: “Don’t use force in training the children in the studies, but rather play. In that way you can better discern what each is naturally directed towards” (Republic, Book VII). If education begins in play, why do we so often cut it short? Why isn’t our teaching more playful? How can we integrate play into our curriculum without lapsing into fluffy “educational” amusement? Come learn the ways that “playful” education can serve a robust curriculum.

Classical Christian Education 101
In this seminar, Dr. Perrin presents a defense of classical Christian education (CCE) that features seven reasons why it is a superb educational approach for children: it provides a coherent means of understanding God, the world, and ourselves; it cultivates the human; it develops and imparts arts to students; it cultivates a love of beauty; it develops character; it trains leaders; and it cultivates community. We will also refute several familiar objections to CCE, including the idea that it is elitist, old-fashioned, out of touch, and discredited by the educational establishment 100 years ago—and that studying classical subjects such as Latin is a waste of time in this cultural moment. The goal of this seminar is to give participants a clear, concise, and cogent defense of CCE that presents its remarkable qualities and refutes common objections to it.

Revolutionary Latin: Far More Than Increasing Your Vocabulary
Latin has been increasingly recognized as a vital part of being a well-educated man or woman. Still, many people are puzzled by the buzz about Latin and want to know why significant study of Latin is worth the effort. Why not just study Latin word roots instead of committing to a full study of the Latin language? In this seminar, Dr. Perrin dives deeper than the traditional answers given for studying Latin—better SAT scores, increased vocabulary, preparation for professional study, preparation for learning the Romance languages—and explores and demonstrates the profound ways Latin can enrich one’s humanity and revolutionize virtually all learning.

Revolutionary Logic: Renewing the Church and Culture
Many know that logic is the science and art of correct reasoning. Most of us know that training in logic will help us craft better arguments and discern wise ideas from propaganda. But are we aware that without using reason well, it will be impossible to renew the Church and our culture? In this seminar, Dr. Perrin considers not only the ways in which logic sharpens us as image-bearers and individual thinkers, but also the way logic can revolutionize the Church and society when employed with love, faith, and zeal. He also notes the ways in which the study of logic can lead to pride and therefore create “clever devils.”


Woody Robertson

Raising an Adult, Not a Child: A Solution for the Peter Pan Epidemic
In a world where the National Academy of Science redefined adolescence as extending to age 30—and unaccountability, entitlement, and apathy abound amongst young people—homeschoolers face an unprecedented opportunity to stand out. Be encouraged by this great opportunity and learn how to raise up men and women who are equipped and prepared for a successful adulthood.

5 Mistakes Parents and Students Make Planning for College
The words affordable, efficient, or effective are not typically associated with college. In this session, we lay out five proven strategies to help you navigate the college process like a professional, avoiding the traps to which students often fall prey. These strategies will save you 30-50% on your college costs, and up to two years of time, but, most importantly, will give your student a huge head-start on the competition. Is it possible to get a college degree without debt? We’ll show you how by revealing the secrets colleges don’t tell.

High-Impact High School: Dual Credit on Steroids (Thursday)
How did our Founding Fathers graduate from college at 15, 16, and 17 years old? This practical session gives an inspiring overview to what’s happened to education and how today’s students can maximize their high school study by incorporating a souped-up version of dual credit into their daily schedule using the curriculum they already own. Topics covered include how to combine high school and college and earn your bachelor’s degree by age 18, how to record dual credit on the high school transcript, a suggested daily schedule, and much more. Learn how to graduate from college by the time your peers are graduating from high school. We’re serious! There will be a Q&A session. [This workshop will be presented together with Janice Campbell’s “7 Steps to a Simple, Powerful Transcript.]

Calling All Entrepreneurs: 10 “Musts” for Starting and Growing Successful Businesses
This session is for those who think outside the box, take risks, and are not afraid to put their creative juices to work. Hear stories of entrepreneurs who started small and built wildly successful businesses. We’ll cover the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and discover ten “musts” for starting and growing a successful business.


Sonya Shafer Convention SpeakerSonya Shafer

Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool
Take a look at a typical day in the life of families who use the Charlotte Mason method. You’ll discover what the method looks like in everyday practice and gain lots of practical help and clear explanations.

Fine Arts the Charlotte Mason Way
You don’t have to be a music major or an art aficionado to teach fine arts to your children. In this hands-on presentation, you’ll discover an easy yet effective way to give your children music appreciation and art appreciation that will enrich their lives and yours!

Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits
Discover the secret to smooth and easy days—habit training. Learn which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children and practical tips for cultivating the “top three.” Good habits are powerful! Learn how to instill them in your children.

Buttons, Beans, and Coins: Making Math Come Alive
Discover Charlotte Mason’s simple yet brilliant approach to teaching elementary arithmetic. Learn her teaching techniques that give the student a solid understanding of math, help instill good habits, eliminate drudgery, and encourage creativity. Gain the confidence you need to go at your child’s pace while adding variety and refreshment to math lessons.


Bob Sjogren HEAV Convention SpeakerBob Sjogren

How to Get Your Kids to Live Passionately for God’s Glory
Seventy percent of all Christian seniors ditch God when they go to college. Come and discover a compelling reason why! The beginning of the answer is found in a simple question: Do we live for God or does God live for us? Most Christians say, “We live for God” but act as if God lives for them. As a result, we have many wonderful (yet sometimes self-absorbed, self-centered, pre-occupied) teenagers who can often be found at the center of the Universe! This workshop equips you to teach them how to die to themselves and live passionately for the glory of God. If your kids know the three R’s, but miss this, they’ve missed everything!

Living to Make God Famous: Helping Elementary Kids Live in a Godly Way
In this seminar, you’ll see a general overview of how to train your children to “live to make God famous.” They’ll be challenged to make God famous in many areas, including obeying their parents, doing their chores, respecting adults, loving their siblings, and much more!  Brand new crafts, games, cartoons, and songs point them in this direction!

One Tool to Get Your Kids to Stop Whining and Start Obeying!
Whining. As parents, we all hate it. But how do you stop it? Come and find a fun and creative way to keep your child from going to the whining zone. Also discover fun ways to teach them to obey you. This isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s fun and easy. Come and discover something that could change your children forever.


Kenneth Westcott HEAV Convention SpeakerDr. Kenneth Westcott O.D.

Vision and Learning: Understanding Learning-Related Vision Problems
According to the National Parent Teacher Association, over 10 million children have undiagnosed vision problems that interfere with their schoolwork.Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. The eyes must effortlessly focus, track, and work together as a coordinated team to perform many visual tasks as well as understand and remember what is read. Dr. Westcott will demonstrate how vision problems impact the learning process and how to easily detect them.

Super Spelling Techniques

What differentiates a great speller from a struggling speller? What piece is missing when a child spells words by how they sound, cannot remember the spelling words they have been practicing over and over again, or—even with much review—struggles to pass a spelling test? Join us as Dr. Westcott addresses all of these questions and how it relates to vision! He will discuss the perceptual tools necessary to be a successful speller and will review specific strategies to make use of them in a homeschool setting.


Joanne Miller

Dr. Scott Turnaksky

Joanne Miller

Dr. Scott Turansky

Homeschooling Is Heart Work
Learn the difference between a heart-based approach to child training and simple 
behavior modification. Although commonly practiced, behavior modification has significant weaknesses. A heart-based approach reaches children in ways that address their tendencies, motivations, and patterns in life. It’s so much more powerful. The practical tools shared in this session will give you great hope and direction. Five points will be shared to help the parent develop a heart-based strategy for any child.

There’s Hope! Understanding the Roadmap to Help Kids Change
We can help any child of any age deal with any problem using a heart-based approach—and watch miracles happen! Parents are often overwhelmed with all the needs they see in their family. Help is available! We’ve taken a close look at how God changes people and applied the same principles to the parent-child relationship. Parents are encouraged and equipped as we share with them the roadmap to change and the practical tools to walk the path with courage and hope. Heart-based strategies resonate with parents as they see the long-term benefits and are strengthened and encouraged.

Sibling Conflict Is a Child’s First Class in Relationship School
One of the most discouraging challenges parents face has to do with the bickering and fighting between their children. In this session parents will learn three roadblocks to sibling harmony and three honor-based solutions from God’s Word. Parents will gain greater confidence for dealing with sibling conflict, understand how to deal with common concerns like tattling and competition, and learn more about honor and how it can change the dynamic in their family.


Vicki Bentley HEAVVirginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerVicki Bentley

Getting Kids to Help at Home: Training in Diligence and Thoroughness
You know you need to let the children be more involved in helping at home, both for training them in character and practical skills and for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to almost 50 children will share tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests.        

Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget
Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars per child. Vicki homeschooled seven at a time while their family was without a full-time income for four years, sometimes spending less than $100 per year. Come find the secrets of successful, quality homeschooling on a shoestring budget.

Hope for the Organizationally Challenged
A recurring theme among homeschoolers is: Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life! For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) to homeschool and get dinner on the table. . . on the same day. (If you were “born organized,” you may find yourself in this workshop anyway, to possibly pick up one more idea!)


Bill Jack Worldview Academy Teen Program Virginia Homeschool ConventionBill Jack

The Ways of the Wizards vs. The Way of the Wise Man (Colossians 2:8) * (Teen Program)
The “wizards” are everywhere in our culture today. They promise that if we follow their yellow brick road we can have it all—a brain, a heart, courage, and a way home. However, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV). These wizards include evolutionists, new agers, atheists, and sincere followers of false religions. The wise man, on the other hand, knows the right path to follow and to whom he should listen, “making the most of our time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15 NASB). Come join us as we take a walk on the “wise” side. Learn how to destroy secular arguments “raised up against the knowledge of God” and learn the art of “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB).

Simple Tools for Brain Surgery (2 Corinthians 10:5) * (Teen Program)
Non-Christians seem to have the advantage in our culture. We, as Christians, are sometimes intimidated by—or even afraid to talk with—many atheists, new-agers, evolutionists, and other “wizards.” Too often, we fear we won’t have answers to their tough questions. Be encouraged. Learn four killer questions that will help to destroy the wizard’s secular thinking that is encasing the minds of friends, relatives, and others. Learn to destroy the wizard’s sloppy, secular arguments without destroying the person.

Creation/Evolution: What’s the Big Deal? I Just Want to Tell People About Jesus (Colossians 2:8)* (Teen Program)
“Who cares whether it was six days or six million years? Isn’t this discussion unnecessarily divisive to the Christian community? Are we not losing credibility with the scientific community and hurting the cause of Christ among non-Christians by insisting on a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3?” Learn to respond biblically to such charges so that “no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception” (Colossians 2:8 NASB). Old-earthers, progressive creationists, and other “wizards”—come try and stump the wild-eyed, fanatical, six-day creationist.

Follow Christ? It’s Just a ‘Fad’! Will It Pass the Test of Time? (2 Timothy 1:7)* (Teen Program)
Christian parents and teachers want their children and their students to love God. They commit to training their children to love God with all! Exactly how does that translate into our culture? What is a “fad”? Learn the three characteristics Christians must have and must instill in teens if we want Christianity to be a fad for the next generation. The world’s promises become the illusion of a fad, a passing fancy; the wise man’s promise is the fad that will bless the next generation.

You Gotta Have Heart (Jeremiah 17:9)* (Teen Program)
The secular “wizards” offer the appearance of compassion. In reality, it is merely smoke and mirrors. Meet some of these wizards who claim love is a many-splendored thing that begins with self-love.These wizards proclaim selfishness is the proper attitude. In contrast, come, learn the way of the wise man.

Taking What Is Common to the Culture and Turning It into a Pulpit (Acts 17:22)*(Teen Program)
From peach baskets to pitching mounds, from movies to museums…come discover what tools and opportunities you might be overlooking to use in reaching this culture. This session is full of practical strategies and insights!

*Teen Program. Additional fee applies.


Dave Stotts

“Drive Thru History: The Powerful Use of Video in Home Education”
This first workshop with Dave Stotts will focus on his world travels through history as recorded in his six dozen TV shows. These shows are not merely entertainment – they are designed to teach history in a compelling and intentional pedagogical approach called “Adventure Learning.” Dave will teach his audience how to use these videos to effectively supplement their ancient history, American history, and Bible history courses.

“Drive Thru History: The Effective Use of Online Curriculum in Home Education”
This second workshop with Dave Stotts will take “Adventure Learning” to a whole new level. Dave will demonstrate the effective use of online education by combining his history videos with a specially-designed history curriculum that takes full advantage of today’s technology. When history is delivered with geography, archaeology, classic art, and Christian worldview in a way that captivates our 5th to 12th graders, it’s time to get excited.


Dale GamacheDale Gamache

Online Courses: Best Practices to Success
Online courses are a great tool to teach the courses that you don’t feel comfortable or competent teaching. Your child needs to be prepared for a different type of learning experience. This session will focus on what the parent should look for in an online course, what types to avoid, and how to guide your child throughout the course to assure them a successful completion.

Teaching Foreign Language at Home—It Is Important and It Can Be Done!
While most parents are familiar with and feel somewhat confident teaching the 3 R’s to their children, very few feel that same confidence with foreign language instruction. In this workshop, Dale hopes to answer many of the questions that he has heard repeatedly during his 36 years of Spanish instruction of children ages 4-18 and his 15 years of homeschooling. He will also discuss the changes that are happening in the computer age to high school foreign language instruction and which credits are acceptable to colleges and universities. He will share his research on this very important topic in this interesting and informative workshop.


Renee Miller Pads & Paper HEAV Virginia Homeschool ConventionRenee Miller

Don’t Stop Now! Homeschooling Through Trials
It’s overwhelming when the storms of life come, but don’t stop now! The enemy of our souls wants just that. Don’t miss the blessings that come at the end of those trials. God has so much He wants to show you and your family “as you walk through it.” Come join Renee Miller, of Miller Pads and Paper, as she shares her story of God’s blessings and provisions through it all! You will be encouraged!

Art—The Glue That Makes It Stick!
Art is the forgotten subject for many families. But what has been missed is not just the “art lessons.” Come learn why art is important, how to incorporate it into core subjects, and how to make learning fun! You’ll leave with hundreds of ideas to make learning more enjoyable, refreshing, and fulfilling. Best of all, your students will retain what they learn!

Grandparents Are the Best Gifts of All!
What an amazing opportunity you have as grandparents to be used by the Lord in your grandchildren’s lives! Come laugh, cry, and be encouraged to do “the little and big things” in their lives that make a difference for the Lord. Renee Miller, of Miller Pads and Paper, will share stories and ideas for building relationships with your precious grandchildren. They really are grand!


Judi MundayJudi Munday

Is It Me, My Child, or the Text?
Should my child be tested for learning disabilities? Parents will learn how to distinguish between “normal” learning difficulties and those that result from genuine learning disabilities. Parents will learn how to investigate whether the learning problem lies within the curriculum, the teaching approach, or the child’s learning style and motivation. Judi will provide specific guidelines to help parents discover whether the learning struggles truly lie within the child. Parents will also learn the most significant warning signs that indicate the child needs testing and specialized help.


Zan Tyler HEAv Virginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerZan Tyler

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential
When you look at your children, what do you see? Do you see little people making constant demands on your time, or do you see what God sees—lives brimming with possibilities! Author and homeschool mother Zan Tyler wants to take you beyond the demands of everyday life to embrace a life-giving vision for your children’s future. You will learn to recognize the signs of potential in your children’s lives—signs that are easy to miss yet ripe for cultivation. You will begin to see every facet of each child’s life through the eyes of faith and the lens of Scripture. You will be inspired as you realize the crucial role you and your family play in shaping the identity and gifts of each child. The Master Gardener has given you powerful tools for cultivating your child’s potential; don’t miss this opportunity to discover what they are.

The Inspiring Task of Raising Servant Leaders
Teaching your children to love and serve others is the second most important principle you will ever teach them. This principle, in turn, provides the necessary foundation for training them to become leaders. Come to this workshop and learn how you can effectively teach the lessons of service and leadership in the midst of your already full homeschool days. We will also discuss how to build powerful, life-changing service and leadership projects into your everyday lives. Be prepared to see your children come alive as they experience the joy of serving others!

Talk with Me: How Conversation Stimulates Learning
In a traditional classroom environment, students have an average of eight to ten individual interactions with their teacher each day. In your homeschool, these verbal interactions can number in the hundreds and greatly enhance the education your children receive at home. Zan Tyler shares how the simple, free tool of conversation can help your children replace boredom during lessons with a motivation to learn. Discover why parents make the best teachers and capitalize on the strengths of homeschooling. Explore strategies to minimize conflict in your home and promote camaraderie, enthusiasm, and learning with stimulating academics instead. Conversation is the key! Conversation is core curriculum.


Pamela Gates Dianne Craft Child Diagnostics HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention SpeakerPamela Gates

Solutions for Struggling Learners
This is for your “puzzling” child. Is it just a maturity issue, or is something else going on? If you have a bright, hardworking child who has to work too hard to learn, he is telling you that one or more of his four learning gates is blocked. Learn how to be your own diagnostician—at home, using a checklist of symptoms to pinpoint which of your child’s gates are blocked—then learn the necessary interventions. 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. One homeschooling mom with a PhD 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 her university courses!

Photographic Memory Power
Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory.” But we now know that this amazing ability can be easily taught using learning strategies from Cambridge University. Research shows that there are more “megabytes” in the right brain for memory storage. Learn techniques for embedding “data” on visual stimuli. These visual memory techniques work with all types of learners and can be an essential learning tool for one who has a glitch in auditory processing. You will learn the easy, powerful Right Brain Reading method Dianne Craft used to help her students make a two-year gain in reading and spelling in one year. Watch your children become good spellers and readers by using a totally different strategy! Help them get in touch with the “smart part of themselves,” and be forever grateful to you for it. 

Is It Dysgraphia?
Do you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes reversals, or spells a word correctly orally but leaves out letters when he writes it? This child’s math papers are often hard to read because the numbers are lined up so poorly. These children are often thought of as sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated when they really have a writing glitch. The writing learning gate is the most common gate that is blocked with gifted kids. They know so much, but just can’t get their thoughts down in writing. In this workshop you will be shown a daily exercise you can do with your child to get writing into his “automatic” brain hemisphere and take the stress out of his writing system. Because this exercise remediates visual/motor processing, it is used throughout the United States by athletes to improve performance on the court or field!

The Biology of Behavior
Johnny is a constant motion machine. Tom cries in frustration over minor matters.  Susie forgets what she has just learned. According to Dr. Sydney Walker, children tend to “act how they feel.” This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s brain/body chemistry. William Crook, MD, has found that over 85% of children who suffer with sensory processing or attention or mood disorders when older, have experienced multiple ear infections as a young child. Untreated, these children often go on to have many hidden food allergies and asthma. It is easy to correct these imbalances at home and dramatically affect your child’s ability to learn. The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!


Sue Becker, HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention Speaker BreadBeckersSue Becker

Real Bread – The Staff of Life
Sue Becker will present basic nutritional information on how to greatly reduce the risk of common health issues by changing the bread you are eating. With a degree in food science from the University of Georgia, Sue has studied the relationship between the risk of common diseases and the processed food—particularly bread—consumed every day by most Americans. Since 1992, Sue and her husband, Brad, have been teaching others the benefits of healthy eating through their company, The Bread Beckers, and have helped countless families find improved health.

Healthy Eating Simplified
Have you ever wanted to feed your family healthier foods but just did not know where to start? Sue Becker will share seven steps to healthy living that are neither complicated nor 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!


Brian WaskoBrian Wasko

Ten Mistakes Teen Writers Make and How to Avoid Them (the Mistakes, Not the Teens)
This workshop focuses on the most common errors young writers make. We dip our toes into some grammatical issues, but the workshop focuses on simple principles of good writing. We examine common problems like redundancy, “telling” instead of “showing,” and modifier dependence.

How to Love Grammar Without Being a Grammar Snob
People tend to fall into two categories. They are either indifferent to grammar or they are persnickety sticklers about it. This workshop is about finding a third and better way. Brian will reveal how to be a grammar expert and delight in the intricacies and peculiarities of English without being a snob. You’ll be smarter, happier, and frankly, people will like you more!

Getting Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay
The emphasis on the five-paragraph essay format is so ingrained in our education that many have come to believe that it’s the one “right” way to compose an essay. What’s odd, however, is that great writers have been writing essays for centuries—brilliant, moving, eloquent essays that are a delight to read—and none of these essays are written in the five-paragraph mode. Why is this? The five-paragraph structure is a good starting place for young writers, but that’s all it is meant to be. This workshop will discuss ways to get students beyond the five-paragraph essay.

Middle School Writing Clinic* (Thursday)
This workshop will demonstrate that writing essays is more fun than eating an ice cream cone…on a rollercoaster…in Narnia! Okay, not really. Essays aren’t much fun. They are the vegetables of writing projects. We write them not so much because we love it, but because they are good for us. And because Mom makes us. This workshop will show you how to write the basic essay. We’ll talk about what an essay really is (most people get this wrong), and the basics of how to write one. Bring something to write with, so we can practice together. Essay writing may not be a barrel of monkeys, but it’s not as hard as you think either. This workshop will provide a few, easy-to-remember principles that will help you craft strong essay!

*extra charges apply


Sam Black Virginia Homeschool Convention SpealerSam Black

Becoming a Tech-Confident Parent
Parents have tough questions. “Can I make Snapchat safe from sexting? How can I block the bad stuff on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media? Can I be notified if someone emails or texts my teen a sexual picture or video? Help me protect the whole device!” If you’re looking for answers to solve today’s tech dilemmas, this session is for you.

Practical Conversations in a Smartphone World
If your parents didn’t teach you the facts of life, do you feel prepared to guide your kids in our overtly sexualized world? Today, kids are exposed early to pornography (think 8 to 11 years old). This session will arm you with tools and conversation starters that will help you empower your kids to not only look away from sexualized media, but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. Trained kids make smarter decisions online.


Royce White

Teach Your Children According to Their Personality
We are all different—sometimes very different. Sometimes totally different.

That’s the way it’s supposed to be! No personality is right or wrong, good or bad—just different. But those differences are significant, and unless we understand personality styles, we will misunderstand each other frequently. Some of your children want to be in control. Some are wired to need more fun than others. Some seem like they are made for school. If you understand both your personality style and theirs, you can make specific variations in how you teach them to better help them achieve. After all, isn’t one of the reasons we homeschool to meet their individual needs? Join international speaker Royce White as he shows you how to understand personality blends and apply specific techniques to help your students learn faster, go deeper, prepare to power through college and work, and keep your homeschool experience more streamlined and stress free!

Leadership Skills for Your Children – Teach Them Now!
The hardest person to lead is yourself. So how do you train your students to be motivated by wisdom and reflection instead of outer rewards? What about character? Integrity? Trust? Values? Living intentionally? Having an inner circle? Sacrifice? Priorities? Author Royce White of the John Maxwell Leadership Team and the Advanced Leadership Academy for Students will show you how to inculcate proven leadership principles into your students so they can power through school and college, move up quickly through their career, and lead their families well with a proper worldview. These leadership principles come from John Maxwell—voted the #1 leadership expert in the world by Inc. Magazine, the American Management Association, and Gurus.com for the past several years. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn lifelong leadership principles and save your children—and yourself!—a lot of headache and heartache.