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Gospel Fluency – Keynote Session
The Gospels offer a lot of insight about how to live in today’s world. Shaun Alexander discusses the ways he has discovered to know it, teach it, and live it out in every situation you may face. Shaun brings the insight he has learned through his studies of the gospel to offer ways to make the gospel remain potent over 2,000 years after the events they describe.
The goal of homeschooling is not only to educate your children but to train them on how to be people of integrity. You will leave this workshop feeling more knowledgeable and equipped in the process of training up your children, while they will leave energized and excited about learning more than just lessons.
The Father’s Big Four
What role does a father have in the homeschool family besides earning the money? Join Shaun Alexander as he discusses “what a father must do.” Dads will learn about setting standards and direction in the house, loving and serving their family and community, being an example to those around them, and being real and wise… the father’s big four.
Transforming Our Families and Our Nation – Keynote Session
We are currently living in perilous times. It is a fact that our children will grow up to face a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christian truths. Michael Farris is teaching parents how they can raise up their children to overcome and thrive in these coming times, as well as teaching them how they and their children can impact the nation for Christ and for liberty.
Constitutional Literacy 1: Limitations on Government Power
Michael Farris will discuss the limits on government power established by our founding fathers. He will look at how those limitations were supposed to apply, and the way that they have been expanded over the years by our court system. Our government has grabbed power in every area imaginable; this session will cover why those grabs are unconstitutional.
Constitutional Literacy 2: Religious Liberty & Parental Rights
Freedom of religion and the freedom to raise your children according to your conscience are fundamental American values. These two core constitutional protections are especially important for the homeschool community. Mr. Farris has been on the forefront of the fight to keep both the US government and the United Nations from trampling on those rights.
Constitutional Literacy 3: Judicial Activism & Cultural Destruction (Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, etc.)—and a Solution
Judges are supposed to tell what laws mean; they’re not supposed to change them. In the last 50 years, we’ve seen judges reaching outside their constitutional power to shape our culture according to their agenda. Roe v. Wade has cost millions of lives, and gay marriage is legal across the country because judges seized power that wasn’t theirs. Fortunately, the situation is far from hopeless. Michael Farris will tell you about the solution to taking the power back from the federal government.
Courageous Fatherhood – Keynote Session
Being a father takes a number of characteristics that we get from God, but the most important is courage. In this session, Alex will discuss what it means to take on the mantle of being a father, and how to build a godly legacy through such a position.
The Truth About Wheat
Gluten is one of the hottest buzzwords in the health and diet scene, but the facts about gluten as well as wheat have been misrepresented and misunderstood. Sue Becker, food scientist and certified nutrition counselor, will present the truth about wheat and why whole grains should be a significant part of a healthy diet.
Not By Bread Alone
Man does not live a healthy life by simply eating good, nutritious food but also by being obedient to God’s Word. This powerful workshop by Sue Becker is her personal testimony of her healing from cancer. Although proper nutrition was key in her survival, her complete healing came through very basic principles laid down by God’s Word.
Sue Becker will show us from God’s Word how the gift of hospitality is not just for a select few but for all believers who want to be obedient to God’s Word. Our homes become a mission field as we learn to share our food and break bread, even with strangers. Sue will share a powerful message that can encourage your whole family to become missionaries right in your own community.
My Kids Hate School! Setting Them Free with Passion-Driven Learning
Scripture tells us to train up a child in the way he should go—not the way they should go. Every child is a unique creation of God with his own fascinating blend of talents, interests, and—yes—weaknesses. To help him fulfill his life calling, we must develop a specific plan for the training of each one. Come and learn how to work with the uniqueness of your child. Escape the bondage of expectations and set your child free to pursue his passions and be the whole person God created him to be.
Slaying the Giant of Selfishness
Jesus taught that the greatest among us would be those with a heart for service. Our children are growing up in a “me-centered” culture in which education, entertainment, advertising, and peer pressure all combine to promote a life of selfishness. Wise training in our home can teach our children to choose the better path. Come to this workshop as Marilyn Boyer, mom of 14 homeschooled children, shares with you how to design a lifestyle of service for your family that will inspire your children to live above self-centeredness and rise to greatness by putting others first!
Amazing America – How to Make Your Kids Love History
You may have been bored by it in school, considering it just a bunch of names, dates, and events. But history is critically important, and when you and your kids learn the truth about America’s past, you will find that it is also fascinating! Today, as never before, Americans are ignorant of their own history. Because of this, we are losing the freedom that makes America so exceptional among the nations of the world. By returning to the way your great-grandparents learned history, you can give your children a passion for America.
Character Lessons from World War II
War always brings out the worst and the best in people. Heroes and villains are shown in bold colors amid the carnage, the courage, and the terrors of war. Your children probably have relatives who served in the greatest war the world has ever known. Here are some character lessons that will really strike home—from true stories of World War II.
Our First 30 Years of Homeschooling: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching 14 Kids
Rick Boyer and his wife have been homeschooling since 1980. Starting out young and green during a time when only a handful of families were homeschooling, Rick and Marilyn found few resources to help them in their journey. They had to blaze their own trail, surviving such obstacles as skeptical grandparents, hostile school authorities, unhelpful curriculum publishers, blizzards, Indian attacks…(just kidding). The Boyers are still homeschooling today, and they now share their experiences around the world through their books and their speaking ministry. Rick will share some of the most profound lessons learned along the way.
Introduction to Homeschooling
Homeschooling is among the top 10 of more than 200 significant trends that will impact 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
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.
Know the Law: Notifying and Testing Demystified
Know your homeschooling rights–don’t let the “legalese” confuse you! In this workshop on the Virginia homeschool law, find out who is required to attend school, what requirements you must meet in order to homeschool, what new 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 need to be kept. Know your options before you begin!
How to Ace the “New” SAT
Test-prep guru Jean Burk will share her secrets of SAT success, which have helped hundreds of students raise their test scores by as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, writing, and verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!
Limited Language, Limited Mind
The English language is dying! We are losing our vocabulary skills at an alarming rate, and with it, our ability to communicate effectively. The loss of lexicon creates an oversimplification of critical thought because the nuances of words allow us to bring colors and shading to thoughts and emotions. This workshop will teach parents and students alike the three keys to learning, understanding, and remembering words that increase effectiveness! Learn how to amass an arsenal of “fifty-cent words” to articulate efficiently and accurately. Speak with eloquence, read with perspicacity, and write with erudition—all by mastering an advanced vocabulary!
Teens, Technology, and the Truth
If your kids are awake, they are probably online. Now more than ever, parents need to be vigilant and protective of a new generation of technology that is seeking to sabotage our children and stifle their creativity. Learn some secrets of the dangers that lurk in today’s devices, which can lure your children away from truth and into bondage—and how parents and schools can be proactive in the battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation.
Hypergraphia Genius: Good Notes, Good Grades
If you are not taking notes, you are not learning! Learn how to trust the weakest pen over your strongest memory, for high school and beyond. Perfect the art of writing to remember with proven techniques. Discover mind-mapping, code-words, and pop-culture referencing. Easily organize class notes to best retain valuable information for greater academic success!
The 12 Most Important Soft Skills to Teach Your Children
Employment experts agree that technical skills get your foot in the door, but it’s the soft skills that get you the job—and help you keep it. Your work ethic, your attitude, your communication skills, your emotional intelligence, and a whole host of other personal attributes are the soft skills crucial for career success. During this workshop we will explore the soft skills employers covet today and uncover simple ways you can instill these skills in your teen before he leaves the nest.
Freeze Your Teenagers Until They’re 23
This one-hour seminar is for any parents who wish they could freeze their child in time. Sometimes, we just want to savor the preciousness of this particular moment. For parents of teens, however, sometimes we want to put them on ice for a decade and hope they emerge as mature, productive, grateful citizens. After all, we are surrounded by a culture with no moral compass, and our teens are inundated with technology that overpowers our principled standards. Don’t give up hope! Jean has successfully piloted two teens to adulthood, surviving the rocky shoals and storm-ridden waters. She’ll teach you the three keys to capturing (or recapturing) the heart of any teenager.
Director’s Breakdown: Script to Edit
In this workshop, we will focus on the principles of directing, including an explanation of the process I followed on Beyond the Mask, with practical tips and sound advice. While anybody could find this talk interesting, it will be most helpful for a young filmmaker who has already directed a couple of short projects with friends and wants to know what it looks like to move to the next level.
Producing a Film from Concept to Completion
The process of creating a film involves successfully completing five major steps: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. In this talk we will discuss the tasks to be completed in each phase and take a look at an outline for an aspiring film maker’s journey. There will also be many stories and experiences from the making of the two films, Pendragon and Beyond the Mask.
Calling all budding entomologists! This hands-on class will really get under your skin. Come examine the exciting world of insects. Students will go on an insect safari, where they will learn to collect specimens and preserve them, identify bugs, and dissect an earthworm. They will also learn about vermicomposting, hold a real Madagascar Hissing cockroach, and so much more. Explore the teeming world and watch it come alive!
The Battle That Wages Within: Our Immune System & Its Endless Combat on Microbiological Enemies
Learn about the body’s three levels of defense. God has designed in us barriers of defense that are poised to spring into action at any hour of the day. When one level is breached, our bodies possess the military intelligence and armed soldiers to make other tactical maneuvers. Learn about these inflammatory mediators that act together to destroy microbiological invaders. Have you ever wondered if a wet toothbrush will pick up bacteria from a nearby toilet if the brush is left in the bathroom? Or wanted to experience a simulation on how disease spreads? Ever wondered how to collect bacteria and do your own gram staining for microscopic slide examination? It is all here! Come armed and ready!
Developing Unit Studies: A Hands-On Approach to Learning
Unit Studies are a fun and interactive way to learn. Unit studies provide in-depth study while exploring many facets of a topic, including geography, science, history, art, and more. It is an immersion experience where your student will see things as a “whole” instead of in “bits and pieces.” Participants will obtain a ready-to-use unit study and will learn the components of designing their own unit studies in the home.
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 adulthood. 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.
Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children?
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 indicate that mathematics is just naturally “difficult,” which participants will discover is just not the case!
Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (“When Are We Going to Need This Stuff Anyway?”)
Algebra is the study of relations, i.e. equations and inequalities. 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 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.
Teaching Mathematics with Art (Or Is It Teaching Art with Mathematics?)
Can your child’s future really be boiled down to something as simplistic as whether they are right-brained or left-brained? Surely, as homeschooling parents, we want our children to believe that they are capable of using both sides of their brains. In this educational and entertaining workshop we will explore the natural and logical connections between mathematics and art. We will investigate mathematical principles and see how they are related to, and illustrated by, artistic applications. Likewise, we will explore several artistic concepts and see how they are based on mathematical ideas.
X and Y Got Nothin’ on Me: Algebra Like a Boss
X and Y: These two little letters have caused countless tears and hardships for many teachers and students throughout the centuries. There is simply no way algebra could be interesting, applicable, or fun… or is there? Sometimes, all you need is a slightly different perspective to cause those “lightbulb” moments. Algebra doesn’t have to be a hopeless jumble of letters; come and learn some different ways to think about X and Y.
Critical Skills Your Child Needs to Be Successful
Basic academic knowledge is important, but does it prepare a student for success in his field of employment? Is your student becoming a collaborator, a communicator, a critical thinker, or a creator? Are they developing media, information, technology, life, and career skills? When college professors and CEOs are surveyed, they disagree greatly on how prepared a graduate is for life in the modern world. Come learn how to set your student up for success…beyond the curriculum.
Knowing Who You Are & How to Get There
Having self-awareness and direction are fundamentally necessary for a teen or young adult to negotiate all the important decisions they will be making in a few short years. The choices you make between the ages of 16 and 22 will greatly influence the direction your life takes. Everything you need to find certainty is right in front of you.
Equipping Your Child for a Focused Future
With so many options and opportunities, how do parents prepare their children to become focused and successful adults? In an age of information overload, we need decision makers. Education in America has primarily focused on transmitting knowledge, but the great challenge of our time is how to translate knowledge into wise choices. The priority of employers is not finding who has the most academic credentials, but working with those who can solve their company’s problems. Young men and women who become masters of making decisions have an exciting future ahead of them! Join us as we talk about what tools parents can use to train future generations to become the focused leaders of the information age.
“What Do You Think You Think?”: Critical Reasoning & Thinking Skills
Prepare your student for college and life with this cutting-edge information about the different types of reasoning. Also, learn about the training a student should receive if he wants to digest and master complex information for success in higher education and the real world.
Unleashing the Power of World History
Through abounding stories of good and evil, world history has the power to befuddle our minds, disturb our souls, or inspire our hearts! Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for an insightful look at unleashing the power of world history to stir hearts of all ages toward the truths of the Gospel.
When Bible History & World History Meet Face to Face
Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, to discover what happens when Bible history and world history meet face to face—literally! Through stories, activities, literature, and much more, watch “His-story” unfold on one seamless, thought-provoking timeline.
Seven Renaissance Artists Everyone Ought to Know
Need to brush up on art history? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a picture-filled presentation of seven artists of the Renaissance that everyone ought to know. This session includes family-friendly slides and a test for art connoisseurs—or those who want to be!
To Grade or Not to Grade: A Practical Workshop on How, When, & Why to Keep Grades in Homeschool
Shaped by our personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and destroy others. Listen to veteran homeschooler Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, share theories of grade keeping as well as tips on keeping it simple. You will find these ideas thought-provoking and practical.
Beyond the Books: Take-Away Thoughts for Heading Home
Academics are important! However, immeasurable blessings await the homeschool family that values real life learning “beyond the books.” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History and retired homeschool mom, for take-away thoughts about teaching what matters most. Head home refreshed, inspired, and encouraged!
Teaching Art at Home
This workshop will give you all that is required to ensure your children have a complete education in art at any age. We will cover the elements and principles of art, the importance of art education, and techniques that need to be taught at various ages. We will also consider the elements of art history that need to be covered in order to better understand culture.
Teaching the Creatively Gifted
What do you do when you have a child who is creatively gifted in the visual arts or performance arts? How do you incorporate art into the core subjects to maximize learning? How do you put together a digital portfolio for entrance into college and getting scholarships? Come to the workshop and learn the answers to these, and other, questions!
Encouraging Your Child
Is your child tired of struggling with academic work? How do you help your child keep going? Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her son, who has extensive learning and attention problems, for grades 4-12. She shares lessons learned, victories won, and principles to develop character and help your child press on.
Helping Teens Overcome Learning Challenges
Is high school at home only for overachievers? Can you homeschool the teen who has trouble reading, writing, focusing, organizing, or who has other challenges? Veteran homeschooler Kathy Kuhl discusses teaching high school when the teen cannot learn from a book, as well as teaching life skills, social skills, social life, and resources to prepare your young person for life after graduation.
When Math Doesn’t Come Easily
How do you teach math effectively to a child with learning challenges? How do you bear tackling math facts again? How do you move beyond the times tables when your child has not mastered them? What are your options for high school math? Veteran homeschooler and math teacher Kathy Kuhl discusses working with children with difficulties in math and shares strategies you can incorporate into any math curriculum.
When Handwriting & Spelling Don’t Come Easily
Hand-wringing about handwriting? Is spelling an impossible dream? Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her dysgraphic son for grades 4-12. Come learn the various causes of writing problems, handwriting tips, and accommodations for handwriting issues. Find out how to develop a good writer and improve spelling and vocabulary.
Personal Awareness & Self-Protection
This workshop will present easy-to-use information on how to avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to keep yourself safe from crime and violence. Topics of discussion include protecting yourself at home, decreasing your chance of a home invasion, watching for signs of a potential assailant, and observing your surroundings at stores and in parking lots. We will also have a demonstration about how to get away from an attacker—without the use of martial arts! Come learn some useful information you can use right now to ensure your personal safety.
Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles
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 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 mornings, school, dinner, and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.
Discipline That Works: Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time
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, lying, stealing, 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.
Messy Marriage Stuff: Ten Things Your Spouse Desperately Wants You to Know
Marriage is tougher than you expected. You thought everything was white picket fences—and then you had kids, and now the real you is coming out. Before you had kids (and all that stress and anxiety), you were patient, fun, had energy, and listened. But now you yell, withdraw, snipe at each other, and you’re slowly drifting apart. One spouse coddles the child, the other is too tough. What are some very practical and easy ways to grow together instead of growing apart? Come learn 10 things your spouse desperately wants you to know.
Ten Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Meltdowns
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.
Celebrate ADHD & Special Needs: How to Motivate Your Child Without Crushing His Spirit
Children with special needs are terribly misunderstood. If you don’t understand their quirks and intentions, you will crush their spirit and create an oppositional child. Kirk will show you why your kids behave the way they do and give you practical tools to ignite their internal motivation, improve focus, and overcome anxiety so you can enjoy a confident, respectful and purposeful child. Includes help for kids with sensory issues, Aspergers, ADHD, OCD, ODD and more.
Designed for Purpose: Help Your Children Discover God’s Call
God created your child with a specific purpose and it’s never too early to begin exploring options. Learn how you can help your child discover God’s plan for the future through intentional education, mentoring, and other opportunities before and during the high school years to help you best prepare your child for success after high school.
The Power of a Blessing
Blessing our children is a powerful biblical principle that has nearly been lost in our Christian culture. Parents can restore this significant spiritual practice in everyday life. Learn practical and powerful tools that bring life, significance, and lifelong blessing to your children from pre-birth to adulthood.
You are your child’s best teacher and most influential guide. Sharpen your relational skills and learn how to mentor your son or daughter—from toddler to teen—guiding your child to become a godly man or woman of purity, integrity, and destiny.
Transitions: Childhood to Adolescence to Adulthood
As your child grows and changes, so does your relationship. How can you build a strong foundation? How do you know what is important at each stage? Learn how to set age-appropriate responsibilities, boundaries, and consequences that will endure the stages and transitions of life.
Homeschooling High School
Homeschooling high school can be intimidating, but educating yourself about the process can bring confidence for the journey. Discover the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years, the requirements for graduation, how to earn college credit during high school, and how to position your student to transition successfully to college or career.
Preparing for College
College acceptance is quite competitive and requires intentional planning. Learn what to look for in a university, how to create a transcript and a resume to represent your student’s accomplishments, and how to position your student to be a desirable candidate for admissions.
Adapting Instruction – Modifications & Accommodations
All learners will encounter difficulty at some time. When they do, typical students merely need the teacher to make small adjustments to a presentation or assessment. While such simple adjustments are sufficient for most, they are seldom adequate for the student with special needs. Accommodations or modifications are more intensive adjustments in either instruction or assessment. In this workshop, parents will learn the difference between modifications and accommodations, as well as when and how to use them in instruction. Judi will teach parents how to incorporate easy-to-use accommodations for homeschool students that will support and enhance student performance in the learning environment.
What’s Making It So Hard for My Child to Make Progress?
In this workshop, Judi draws from the best of her 30 years of teaching special needs students to present easy-to-use strategies that really work. Parents will learn the most significant warning signs that indicate a need for testing and special help. Parents will learn to discern whether the child’s struggles are because of a learning disability, his learning style, individual motivation, or from problems caused by the textbook. Judi will describe why certain teaching techniques are more effective for a child’s needs. Parents will leave this workshop feeling more equipped and educated about what works for their special needs student.
Mountain Building: Geological Apologetics
Our culture is on the move to destroy biblical faith. This is no more apparent than in the treatment of the book of Genesis. One of the best ways for our kids to stand on their faith is to be able to interpret the geological landforms all around them. Learn about evidence for the Flood and the truth of the Bible with every step you take!
Creation Geology – The Key to Unraveling Earth History
Secular geologists tell us emphatically that the earth is billions of years old, having been sculpted by slow and gradual geologic processes that were punctuated by brief, local catastrophes. But is this view based on scientific facts or a philosophy framed by biases? Come take a journey with us as we unravel this history and discover just how accurately the book of Genesis explains the geology of earth.
Why You Need to Teach Geology…and How to Do It
The common approach to teaching geology is to hit it once, probably in eighth grade. But geology is the beginning point of understanding biology, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, and so much more. If we hope to win the battle for our children’s minds in the area of worldview, it is vitally important that we teach geology and related subjects with the importance that it deserves.
How to Identify Those Rocks Your Kids Are Bringing Home
What do you do with those rocks your kids are bringing home? You identify them! This seminar will give you a short primer in basic rock identification, with encouragement to not be afraid of a dirty subject.
Why College Freshmen Fail: A Professor’s Perspective
Some students adjust easily to college, but others are derailed by predictable and avoidable circumstances. As a university professor who’s counseled struggling students, Carol Reynolds has seen what causes most failures and shares her strategies for success.
Beauty over Decadence: Winning the Battle Against Pop Culture
Many of today’s educators and curricula have abandoned the centuries-old quest for beauty in order to pursue contemporary fashions and decadence. The knowledge of true beauty provides the best defense, and the tools for cultivating this knowledge are closer and easier to implement than you might think.
The Digital Dulling of Our Children
It beeps, it flashes, and our kids love it! From toddler toys to work-place devices, we are surrounded by digital technology. Yet this same digital stimulus can strip a child’s creativity and hinder the development of a child’s talents and imagination. What can today’s parents do to find a healthy balance?
Teaching Your Children the Story of Christian Music
From the temple in Jerusalem to praise choruses today, singing has expressed our faith in worship. What is sacred music? Why do we sing in church? What did our Founding Fathers sing in church? What are ways to teach your students about these traditions, including Gregorian chant and the history of the hymn (starting in classical antiquity)? Come prepared for a lively session filled with beautiful images and singing!
The Classical Preschooler: Building a Foundation of Wonder
In this refreshing workshop, participants will learn how to nurture their preschooler’s mind and soul through play, in order to prepare a firm foundation for the delights and demands of a classical education. Wonder is the fuel for a lifetime of learning, and parents will learn how to cultivate this in their children and win it back for themselves!
Preschool Science: Encouraging a Lifetime of Orderly Thinking
Every great scientist started out as a preschooler! Lesli teaches parents to give their children the best foundation possible. By modeling Aristotle’s five common topics of invention, we can teach children to develop patterns of thought and cultivate wonder in the amazing world God has given us. Lesli will help parents provide their children with the best tools for exploring science during the early years.
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 aged three to seven 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.
The delicate balance between parental oversight and child autonomy can be maintained with a structured memorandum of understanding. Unleashing entrepreneurial enthusiasm within a hedge of protection encourages autonomy, responsibility, and business savvy. Polyface Farms has been developing the fiefdom concept, both within the Salatin family and with interns and apprentices. This workshop will offer practical solutions to navigate the delicate family waters of delegation, authority, and accountability.
Ten Threads of Success for Starting a Farm
The allure of farm self-reliance pulls at the heart of many homeschoolers, but the capitalization and informational hurdles are daunting. Using his successful Polyface Farm template, Salatin offers the latest practical protocols for a successful farm launch. Pulling commonalities from many new farms he’s visited around the world, this workshop condenses the principles into an inspiring, can-do system.
Marine Biology & What the Oceans Have to Say About Evolution
Nearly everyone enjoys learning about creatures that live in the ocean. After all, it is a truly alien environment to us, full of unique and interesting organisms. Amazingly, the more we learn about the ocean and the organisms living in it, the more we begin to see that there are intricacies that simply do not fit with the theory of evolution. As we “dive” into this discussion, we will look at “living fossils” that should be extinct, yet are found unchanged in shape and form all over the world. We’ll look at the ocean’s salinity and learn what the data says about the earth’s true age. And don’t forget sharks and fun-loving dolphins. No snorkels necessary!
When You Have a Child Who Is Not Driven
Most of us have at least one of these children. They take extra time to complete every lesson, if they complete them at all. It’s time to encourage these children to take up their own responsibilities. After all, the desire to be driven or to do hard work isn’t for the goal of becoming a millionaire; it is to work diligently for the Lord, using the gifts He has generously given us for His good! Come be encouraged that our occupation—whether it is student, mother, mail carrier, or king—is one that is appointed to us. We’ll go over helpful suggestions to encourage those less-than-enthusiastic children and gain a better perspective of what is really going on.
Homeschooling & Homemaking: From Mis-organization to Miss Organization!
“How do I get it all done?” This is a common frustration for homeschool mothers. Though juggling the educational needs of multiple children while maintaining a household can certainly be a daunting task, there are several strategies which will help moms to navigate the school year and still keep an organized home. Even though we will not see perfection this side of heaven, it is still possible to teach algebra, have dinner on the table by 6:00, and be able to find your sunglasses all in one day!
Why Teaching Science Is a Critical Part of Education (Even for Poets)
It is a parent’s nightmare. As the teen years approach, the impending need to teach science often creates fear for students and parents alike. This workshop will not only take the fear out of teaching science but will create excitement and enthusiasm for everyone.
The Apprentice: Getting High School Credit for Internships
An internship is one of the best ways for a student to explore career possibilities. And with the flexibility that homeschooling offers, most high school students have the time to intern in a field of their interest. Why not document their experience and award them with high school credit? This workshop will show you how to select the right internship arrangement, prepare a list of educational and experiential goals, and record this beneficial learning opportunity. High school credit, work experience, and possibly even pay—it’s a win-win situation!
Charlotte Mason & Her Methods
Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple, yet effective, methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte—and experience using her methods for yourself—during this session.
Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Homeschool
Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, discover which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children, and get practical tips for cultivating the “top three.”
Buttons, Beans, & Coins: Making Math Come Alive
Discover Charlotte Mason’s simple yet brilliant approach to teaching elementary arithmetic. Learn her teaching techniques, which 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.
The Five Flavors of Homeschooling
The world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. You know that you want to provide nutritious meals for your children’s minds, but there are so many possibilities for what that food could look like and taste like. Join Sonya for a simple overview of five main flavors of homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, and unschooling. Find your preferred flavor and learn how to shop for a successful homeschool menu.
Lessons from the Valley
After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism, Sonya found herself in a spiritual valley. Though your valley may look different, the giants she encountered there may seem eerily similar to your own. Learn what Scriptures the Lord used to help her overcome five giants in the valley: the giants named Fear, Faltering Faith, Uncertainty, Guilt, and Self-Pity.
The Distracted Mom (iMom)
Do you have a rooster in your house? You might—if you find that you’re feeling off-balance, behind, and overwhelmed by all you have to do—or are easily side-tracked by things like social media. Join Heidi for an honest, funny hour of learning how to root out your roosters and stay on track. Perfect for busy moms who need a new strategy to conquer all they have to do. You’ll leave with five strategies for staying focused and encouraged for your journey.
Better for Best: Keeping Christ as the Center of Your Home
Do you struggle to keep your heart tuned into God’s voice through all the other “noise” of this life? In this Pinterest-perfect world, it’s all too easy to hold the Lord at arm’s length until we do the “important” things. Learn the secret of developing an intimate spiritual life and why it makes all the difference in your family and marriage.
Biblical Discernment in an Unbiblical Age
Our grandparents were bombarded with Christian values in a world that was firmly grounded on faith and family. Our parents were part of a cultural revolution in which faith became laughable and families were disassembled on a wholesale basis. Now, we find ourselves awash in a world where what is good is called evil and what is evil is called good. Learn why nurturing biblical discernment is an essential life skill for any parent hoping to navigate the treacherous cultural waters of the 21st century.
The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide™ to Daylight: How to Fit Your Size-16 Day into a Size 10
Tick Tock. Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks, or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all that you had to do? Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to homeschooling and keeping up with daily tasks. If you’re struggling with trying to do it all, you will enjoy hearing some of Heidi’s favorite tips for managing homeschooling and homemaking…and still finding time to fit in “other things” (like alone time with your husband!). Get set free from the expectations of others, laugh out loud, and learn how the words “be intentional” can make a huge difference in your ability to manage your home and your homeschooling.
The Secret in the Sunset
Grumble much? Learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude as you raise your children, laying hold of the special treasures and moments hidden within your sometimes-overwhelming daily life. Learn how to hang onto and even appreciate where you are right now. Slow down with Heidi as she shares candidly about finding peace and strength for your heart in the midst of the busyness of homeschooling and raising seven children.
Unlocking Reluctant Writers
If you are looking for a simple and easy way to make sure your reluctant writer produces quality writing, this workshop is for you. Stephens will share information to help you understand your reluctant writer and explain easy ways to get your reluctant writer on the road to writing success.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Literature Analysis into Your Language Arts Program (Middle/Secondary Level)
English curriculum author Matthew Stephens provides you with ways to easily implement literary analysis into your homeschool. He also explains the benefits of analyzing literature.
Overview of Components That Are Needed for a Balanced Language Arts Program
Do you ever wonder which components are needed to make up a balanced language arts program? In this session, English curriculum author Matthew Stephens talks about what makes a balanced language arts program for all grade-level categories. Get clear information about what your child should be learning in language arts for every grade level.
Fathers: Building Relationships Through Effective Communication
Are you a father who desires to have a close and productive relationship with your children? In this workshop, Stephens shares his experiences as a father—both failures and successes—as well as how a better understanding of how his Heavenly Father transformed his relationship with his children. While offering tips and tools for building relationships through effective communication, Stephens also encourages fathers in their faith.
Evaluating Student Writing
Spelling, creativity, coherence, diction, grammar, punctuation, content, tone, structure, voice…How does a writing instructor take into consideration the varied subjective and objective criteria by which a paper might be judged? Is it possible to fairly assess a creative work? This workshop looks at a handful of options, landing on a favorite: scoring rubrics.
Great Books for Regular Students
You don’t need to be a professor or a literary snob to read and appreciate the great books. Taught by a homeschool dad and co-op teacher who has been successfully introducing regular students to great books for many years, this workshop will cover such questions as: “What exactly are the great books?” and “Why should I (and my kids) read them?” and “What if we don’t get it?”
How to Do Literary Analysis That Doesn’t Ruin the Book
There’s nothing worse than dissecting and over-analyzing a book you might have loved. (Okay, there are probably several things worse, but it’s still bad, isn’t it? Literary people are so…literal.) This workshop will show you how to do literary analysis so that students end up loving literature more rather than less.
Many otherwise bright children struggle in their schoolwork each year, or seem to be “smart in everything but school.” The American Optometric Association reports that at least 60% of these problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems that significantly affect their academic performance. Most startling, nearly all of these children have perfect eyesight. Dr. Westcott will discuss how visual development impacts learning and how to work around these visual problems in a homeschool setting.
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.
ADHD & Vision: Unlocking the Mystery
The diagnosis of ADHD can create more questions than it solves. Important research has found that undetected vision problems often elicit many similar signs. The eyes must effortlessly coordinate together to sustain the up-close demands of reading and writing. Children lacking these important visual skills often see clearly, but avoid near tasks after only a few minutes. How attention develops, and how to separate treatable vision problems from true attention problems, are discussed.
Camp Infinity Workshop
During this workshop, students will get a close-up introduction of how robots work, using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. Together with a small team of other participants, students will get hands-on experience building and programming a robot to respond to light, touch, and distance; recognize colors; and execute programmed commands. This provides students with excellent exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Robotics also provides an excellent platform to inspire students to consider the greatness (and goodness!) of God.
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