The 2017 Virginia Homeschool Convention Schedule!

 

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Workshops By Session

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Thursday, June 8 ~ 11:45 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Walk Thru The Bible’s “OT Live!” ~ Keith Hammer E-23 A/B
Experience the greatest story ever told at “OT Live,” an adventure through the Old Testament that engages students in a dynamic presentation! Geared for students ages 10 and up.

Thursday, June 8 ~ 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Music Competition B-15 A/C
More than 50 pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists will perform their best works and compete for prizes. Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon of beautiful music.

Thursday, June 8 ~ 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Introduction to Homeschooling ~ Yvonne Bunn E-10 A/B/C/D
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.

Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans ~ Diane Kummer E-11 A/B/C
How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan.

Thursday, June 8 ~ 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips ~ Diane Kummer E-11 A/B/C
Creating a high school transcript is an easy, vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

Thursday, June 8 ~ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

You Can Homeschool High School…If You Can Make It Through Tomorrow! ~ Diane Kummer E-11 A/B/C
As a parent homeschooling a teen, or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future, you may have your doubts about your ability—and your sanity! Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new, long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help…and joy.

Thursday, June 8 ~ 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Beat Goes On: The Heart and Your Circulatory System Dissection Lab ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine E-21 A/B
Participants in this interactive, hands-on workshop will explore the heart–that marvelous machine that pumps the life-giving river through the many tributaries in our body. Students will learn about the heart cycle and listen to heart sounds while being taught their significance. Students will also examine prepared blood slides under the microscope and explore the chambers of the heart through dissection and touch. Dr. Callentine will help students decode some of these medical mysteries about the marvelous machine–the heart.

How Great Thou Art ~ Barry Stebbing E-24 A/B
Barry Stebbing will be teaching the fundamentals of drawing during this two hour workshop, including giving pointers on portrait drawing, perspective, and nature studies. This course will be done with colored pencils so that the students will learn drawing and color theory at the same time. The drawing lessons will go from easy to more advanced to keep the students’ interest and not allow them to become frustrated.

KEYNOTE Friday, June 9 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials ~ Phil Tuttle B-21 A/B/C
Many Americans, and especially Christians, are convinced that things have never been this bad before–from the divisive election rhetoric to the Millennial’s transition as Millennials into leadership in our companies, government, and churches. These young adults are often labeled as irresponsible, lazy, unreliable, and uninterested in anything spiritual. But are these beliefs accurate? What does God’s Word say? And how do our present challenges compare to the realities of history?

Josiah came to power when things were much worse than today. At age eight, Josiah had a heart for God as a young boy. As a teenager, he pursued God with his whole heart. At 20, he launched national reform. Like many of today’s Millennials who are his same age, Josiah was cause oriented and passionate about correcting the problems inherited from past generations. But Josiah, like today’s Millennials, was also missing one big truth. When he discovered it, an entire nation turned back to God.

Many are asking, “What does it take to save a generation?” Join us as we study this amazing young leader and discover the answer together. Together we’ll find hope in the midst of today’s challenges, and learn how today’s young leaders can change the world and what they need from the rest of us.

Friday, June 9 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Woman Interrupted ~ Kathi Lipp B-10
Do you ever wonder if this is really the life that God intended for you to live? How do you react when your plans don’t go according to plan? Taking a fresh look at the story of Mary and Martha, speaker and author Kathi Lipp guides woman in looking at the expectations we have for ourselves, God, and others. Discover how we can grow closer to God when our lives appear to get off track. Learn how to deal with the unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves and others. Find fresh ways to connect with other women and with God. We can experience peace, even when life feels like it is going to pieces!

The Pillars of Evolution ~ Mike Snavely B-15 A
In this session we define “science,” and illustrate the scientific method of problem solving. In the light of true science, we will examine the three main concepts that the theory of evolution is based upon and show them to be faith-based rather than science-based. The purpose of this session is not only to show that science does not support evolutionary theory, but also to give Christians some “tools” with which to combat the theory.

Is the Bible Trustworthy? ~ Eric Smith B-15 B
The Bible is the foundation of our faith, but how do we know it is true? This session looks at the reliability of the Bible through the disciplines of literary criticism and archeology. Students will come away with a good idea of what ‘inspiration’ means, as well as an increased awareness of the relevance of studying the Bible.

The 7 E’s for Choosing Curriculum ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 C
As an admitted curriculum junkie, Jeannie Fulbright bought everything that sounded good. From A Beka to Hillyer to e-books, she has tried every kind of curriculum and method available. Out of this experience, she has formulated the 7 E’s to help her carefully choose curriculum that works for her family. In this seminar, she shares her experiences, as well as the conclusions she reached through this process. Following the 7 E’s in choosing homeschool curriculum will enable you to enjoy a successful homeschooling year and avoid wasting money on things that won’t work for you. These 7 E’s will ensure that your children have curriculum that conforms to your mission and goals and breathes life and ease into your homeschooling journey.

Delightful Reading ~ Simply Charlotte Mason B-11
Relax with a truly gentle approach to teaching reading. Charlotte Mason-style reading lessons include informal play, multisensory activities, basic phonics, and enjoyable variety. This simple plan will carry your child from learning the alphabet to building words to feeling at home in the fascinating world of books.

How To Unlock Your Camera ~ Lenspiration B-12
It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have. Once it’s unlocked, anyone can start shooting like a pro! In less than an hour, we’ll unleash the incredible potential of your camera by learning the single most important secret for making your photos stand out from the crowd. Bring your camera for a practical, hands-on experience!

Worshiping Together in the Home ~ Family Vision Resources B-13
Christian parents have an innate sense that they have the obligation to evangelize and then disciple their children—to “bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4b NKJV). Worshiping together in the home is the bedrock of such training, but anyone who has undertaken that mission has discovered the difference between simple and easy. The concept is simple and straightforward, but the execution often proves to be anything but easy. This message attempts to establish the theological foundation and explore many of the practical challenges of this vital practice.

Exploring Nature Together—What Do You See? ~ Nature Friend Magazine B-14
The goal is to encourage teaching our children to learn about nature at a young age, while they can retain what they learn. We can enrich the lives of our children for life by helping them grow an appreciation for nature. When they learn to recognize the names (and sounds) of insects, birds, frogs, etc., those aspects of nature become richer—for example, a buckeye on a gloriosa daisy instead of a butterfly on a flower. Learning the names of wildflowers and trees will make the forest a friendly place. Constellations dancing across the night sky make a clear night a friendly place. Even learning a few tricks to view the unique designs of an individual snowflake can make sledding seem boring. I invite you to “lace up your boots” and join us for this “hike” via PowerPoint.

Enjoy the Freedom of Online Learning ~ Alpha Omega Publications B-16
To some homeschool parents, the idea of online learning can be a little intimidating, but it didn’t take Jennifer M. long to wish she had started her daughter sooner. “I had resisted using electronic curriculum because I didn’t want to lose the control over what my daughter was learning, how she was graded, and how we scheduled our school time,” Jennifer said. “With Monarch, instead of losing control we both gained more freedom.” Don’t miss this Monarch workshop to learn how you can hand-pick the perfect combination of courses to match your student’s learning level while enjoying Monarch online curriculum’s automatic grading, media-rich lessons, and other powerful features.

Taking The Fear Out of Fractions With RightStart™ Fractions ~ RightStart Mathematics B-17
Do you remember the groans in math class when the word fraction was brought up? Well, there is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are, dare I say, fun—when they are taught the right way. What’s the right way to teach them? Come and find out! Find the beauty and simplicity of fractions using RightStart Math.

Teaching Several Grades at Once ~ Master Books B-18
Teaching several grade levels all together can seem daunting; however, what might at first appear to be overwhelming can be turned into an asset in your homeschool. Let’s look together at planning ahead, group teaching, leading older children in sharing knowledge (as well as boundaries for this approach), and other ideas that bring the family together.

Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management ~ Diane Kummer B-20
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills.

How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials, Part 2 ~ Phil Tuttle B-21 A/B/C
Many Americans, and especially Christians, are convinced that things have never been this bad before–from the divisive election rhetoric to the Millennial’s transition as Millennials into leadership in our companies, government, and churches. These young adults are often labeled as irresponsible, lazy, unreliable, and uninterested in anything spiritual. But are these beliefs accurate? What does God’s Word say? And how do our present challenges compare to the realities of history?

Josiah came to power when things were much worse than today. At age eight, Josiah had a heart for God as a young boy. As a teenager, he pursued God with his whole heart. At 20, he launched national reform. Like many of today’s Millennials who are his same age, Josiah was cause oriented and passionate about correcting the problems inherited from past generations. But Josiah, like today’s Millennials, was also missing one big truth. When he discovered it, an entire nation turned back to God.

College Fair Panel E-10 A/B
Representatives from a variety of colleges participate in this panel discussion to give tips and advice, discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines, and majors. This is a great chance to hear them share the ins and outs of navigating the college search. They will also be able to answer questions students and parents may have, explain how to set up college interviews, or to discuss the various financial aid programs available at their respective college or university.

Homeschool from the Beginning ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-11 A/B
When do you get started and what do you do first? We’ve had precocious readers and late bloomers, but every one of them has benefited from being homeschooled from the beginning. Learn to relax and introduce your little ones to the joy of learning in a gentle and realistic way that will prepare them to succeed academically.

Help Parents of Struggling Learners ~ Faith Berens, Judi Munday, and Sarah Olbris E-11 C
Maybe your child has a learning disability…or maybe a unique learning style. How do you know? Learn to understand your struggling learner at this Q&A panel discussion.

Miracles in American History, Part 1 ~ William Federer E-21 A/B
Discover desperate circumstances in America’s past and hear amazing stories of answered prayers. Prepare to be captivated by little-known stories from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Barbary Pirates War, and the War of 1812. Learn “the rest of the story” of how leaders prayed, challenged, and inspired the nation.

Training Character into Your Children ~ Kathie Morrissey E-21 C
Character is the most important fruit that parents can nurture in their children, and it is the foundation for academic learning. Discover how character is learned, and how to establish a plan for teaching it to your children. Kathie will give several creative ways you can encourage your children to develop in this important area. After hearing this, you will be motivated and full of ideas to use with your own children.

Reading: Am I Doing This Right? ~ Kristen Eckenwiler E-22 A
Do your sons and daughters seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader. Attend this workshop and receive an additional 10% discount on any of The Struggling Reader products found in our booth in the vendor hall.

Radically Transform Your Family Through Family Bible Study ~ Jonathan Brush E-23 A/B
Faithfully having a time for daily family Bible study and worship can transform your family, supercharge your faith, and completely change your life. Planning and leading a daily family Bible study is simple, doesn’t require any specialized theological training, and will yield benefits beyond what you can imagine. Come hear Jonathan share about how his life, and the life of his family, have been transformed by one simple discipline. You will leave equipped to change your family dramatically!

Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling ~ Tracy Klicka E-24 A/B
As Tracy has experienced, it’s not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math ~ Tom Clark E-25 A
Most homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. “We learned our math a long time ago,” or “We learned it a different way,” or maybe, “We learned it not at all”! How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, will expose ten common myths about teaching math, and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items that can be used to determine the best math course for your students.

Symbolism: Mastering Literature’s Most Powerful Device ~ Ian Andrews E-25 B
No matter the author or genre, every work of literature is built in part on symbols. Identifying them, however, can be frustrating and difficult. Often it seems that an author’s symbols obscure his themes instead of making them clear. In a riveting presentation of one of the earliest English poems, Ian Andrews explains this powerful device and shows how it can help you unlock the meaning of even the most difficult classics. All you need is the right series of simple questions.

Friday, June 9 ~ 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Homeschooling Is Not Enough ~ Hal & Melanie Young B-10
Because none of it will matter if they don’t follow Christ. Many homeschoolers hope and pray that because they’ve homeschooled, their children will turn out alright, but unfortunately, we are seeing a number of homeschooled children turning away from God in rebellion. We can’t make our children serve Christ, but we can make sure we aren’t standing in the way! Find out about the power of delighting in your children and loving them as Christ loves us. Hear how to point them to the Savior and teach them to serve Him!

What If I Ruin My Child? ~ Connie Albers B-15 A
Have you wondered if homeschooling would ruin your child? If you answered yes, then take comfort—you are not alone! We all struggle at some point with this thought. After all, homeschooling is “on the job” training. When Connie started homeschooling 25 years ago, that is what she thought as well. During this presentation, parents will learn truths from a mom who knows you are not ruining your child.

What I Wish I Had Learned Before College ~ Hugh Whelchel B-15 B
Do you and your student wonder about his or her future job and what value it will have to God? Many Christians struggle to find meaning in their work. Many are taught that work is just a place to share your faith or earn a paycheck to donate to missions. IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel wondered the same thing, but knew there had to be more. His thorough biblical investigation reveals the eternal significance of work within the grand, biblical story of God’s mission throughout history.

FOR WOMEN ONLY How to Build Your House ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 C
“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1 NLT). During this talk, Jeannie shares the story of how God changed her from a destructive, foolish woman and showed her the secrets to becoming a godly wife. Using house construction as an example, Jeannie sheds light on the importance of submission, respect, forgiveness, and many other concepts that will result in a home built on solid ground. This workshop will motivate women to protect and enrich their marriage.

X and Y Got Nothin’ on Me: Algebra Like a Boss ~ Ruth Cooper B-11
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.

A Well-Planned Day: Yes! It Is Possible ~ Well-Planned Gal B-12
Having a productive day is so much more than buying a planner or a tool for organization. This workshop takes listeners a few steps back to begin with philosophy and understanding the uniqueness God has created in each family. From there we will explore ten essentials for having a well-planned day.

Free College at Your Fingertips ~ College Prep Genius B-13
(Learn different ways to get scholarships, and maybe even FREE college!)
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author Jean Burk will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice, and how to land the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!

Teaching with Tapestry of Grace ~ Tapestry of Grace B-14
In a wonderfully personal and practical look at a premier humanities and worldview curriculum, Michael Somerville (son of the author of Tapestry of Grace and one of the early “guinea pigs” for the program) reviews the heart behind Tapestry of Grace and some of the key goals of this classically aligned, whole-book, unit-study humanities program. Outlining the core methods and concepts of the program, this vendor workshop is a great introduction for those considering teaching with Tapestry of Grace, or for veterans who are looking for a reminder of the important first principles behind this well-tested curriculum.

Win or Lose, Political Action Can’t Stop on Election Day ~ The Family Foundation B-16
“Homeschool families need to get more engaged in policy matters as well as campaigns because we will to lose our fundamental parental rights if we don’t.” Come find out how to be involved in politics and make a difference as a family!

Teaching Science at Home with Apologia ~ Apologia Educational Ministries B-17
Teaching science can seem like a daunting task, especially at the upper levels. You can break through the barrier of self-doubt and provide a positive and successful science education for your child. Along with practical how-tos and encouragement, in this workshop you’ll discover reasons you can successfully homeschool through junior and senior high school science and how to prepare your child for evolution-based science in secular colleges and universities. Ultimately, come learn how you can face science with confidence and make it an enjoyable part of the day for you and your child!

Montessori in the Homeschool ~ Shillermath B-18
Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori education is right for children of any age; it is personalized learning that focuses on the whole child and advancing his or her development. Now it is easier than ever to bring this proven method into your homeschool! Discover the power of the 3-period lesson, multi-sensory teaching, and the importance of presenting concepts and terms in the concrete before moving the child to the abstract. Introducing Montessori methods as early as possible puts your child on the right path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner.

Walking by Faith ~ Kim Hyland B-20
“Walking by faith” sounds really great, but how do you do it? Every woman’s faith walk is different, because none of us have the same story. But there are three distinctives of a woman who walks by faith: a heart concerned with what concerns God, awareness of His unlimited resources, and keeping eternity in mind. As we let these truths guide us, they will keep us headed in the right direction and sustain us as we walk.

How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials, Part 3 ~ Phil Tuttle B-21 A/B/C
Many Americans, and especially Christians, are convinced that things have never been this bad before–from the divisive election rhetoric to the Millennial’s transition as Millennials into leadership in our companies, government, and churches. These young adults are often labeled as irresponsible, lazy, unreliable, and uninterested in anything spiritual. But are these beliefs accurate? What does God’s Word say? And how do our present challenges compare to the realities of history?
Josiah came to power when things were much worse than today. At age eight, Josiah had a heart for God as a young boy. As a teenager, he pursued God with his whole heart. At 20, he launched national reform. Like many of today’s Millennials who are his same age, Josiah was cause oriented and passionate about correcting the problems inherited from past generations. But Josiah, like today’s Millennials, was also missing one big truth. When he discovered it, an entire nation turned back to God.

I Need Some Help Here! Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan ~ Kathi Lipp E-10 A/B
It’s easy to feel worried and anxious as a parent. There are so many areas of your child’s life that can go wrong along the way. What’s a mom to do? In this workshop Kathi speaks about those moments of panic or despair with wit and wisdom.

Spiders ~ Mike Snavely E-11 A/B
While most people’s negative reaction to spiders is understandable, those willing to suspend their disgust long enough for a closer look will discover a hidden world of incredible design! Not only do spiders benefit us by consuming massive quantities of insect pests, they do so using ingenious tactics. Some hunt and pounce, others build traps and wait. Many are cleverly disguised or camouflaged. They can spin up to six different kinds of silk for various purposes, each a marvel of engineering!

Piano Master Class E-11 C
Master classes are a long-standing tradition in music instruction. They feature three to five student instrumentalists that each perform a short piece that is evaluated by the instructor. The instructor then publicly analyzes a couple of issues with each student to help him or her grow musically. The student participants in the master class performances are selected in advance by pre-screening. All convention attendees are welcome to observe.

Miracles in American History, Part 2 ~ William Federer E-21 A/B
Are you aware of past crises when America’s fate hung in the balance? Prepare to be amazed with little-known stories from America’s past, beginning with the 1849 Cholera Epidemic and continuing through the Civil War, both World Wars, and concluding with Apollo 13. You will be inspired as you hear of true-life incidents of seemingly unexplainable circumstances that resulted in the nation being saved.

Learning to Draw ~ Barry Stebbing E-21 C
Great for all ages! (You can even bring along the serious five year old.) All that’s needed is a pencil and paper to enjoy this hour-long workshop on learning to draw. Mr. Stebbing has been teaching three-day art classes throughout North America to homeschoolers for many years, now estimating that he has personally instructed over 60,000 students. Using an overhead projector, students will follow along step-by-step, learning the basic building blocks, or fundamentals. An educational and inspiring beginning course in drawing for both younger and older students that will offer exercises in perspective, portraits, anatomy, “fundamentals,” and cartooning.

Managing Multi-Level Teaching ~ Kathie Morrissey E-22 A
There are no easy answers to teaching a number of children of different ages, and there is no doubt that doing so is a real challenge that requires patience and creativity. Though we may feel it’s pushing us to our limits, it provides opportunities for our kids to learn responsibility, independence, and self-control. Kathie Morrissey, mother of eight children, will share many practical tips and ideas to make your school time more productive and your job easier.

Building the Perfect Reading List ~ Adam Andrews E-23 A/B
Many parents are dissatisfied with the books assigned in box curriculum sets—and yet, they feel inadequate to strike out on their own and create effective reading programs for their children. Adam puts these fears to rest with an inspiring lesson in scope and sequence development. Presenting a step-by-step procedure that is accessible to even the busiest teachers, Adam makes a powerful case that it’s not how many books you do, it’s how well you do them! Come listen and be set free from the “tyranny of the booklist.”

Order in the House! Peace vs. Chaos in the Home ~ Tracy Klicka E-24 A/B
In this workshop, Tracy will discuss the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and will highlight principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. Special encouragement for both “messies” and “born organizers.”

Homeschooling Truths That I Keep Re-Learning ~ Kristen Eckenwiler E-25 A
Whether you are a beginning homeschooler or a seasoned veteran, there are core truths that call you back to your greatest success. Join Kristen Eckenwiler as she shares her personal list of seven insights she wishes someone had told her about homeschooling. Her passion for homeschooling and her encouraging spirit are sure to help you move forward with renewed enthusiasm.

Pastor’s Workshop 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Why Kids Walk Away from the Faith, and What We Can Do About It ~ Eric Smith E-25 B
We all hear the stats about young adults who have walked away from the Christian faith. This session will help you understand the main obstacles to a strong faith, and how to overcome those obstacles to help our kids (and ourselves!) develop a stronger allegiance to Jesus Christ.

Friday, June 9 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

How to Be Happily Married While Homeschooling ~ Hal & Melanie Young B-10
Everyone says homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just an educational choice. If so, then why are we surprised when it affects our marriage? Find out how wives can have something left for their husbands at the end of the day, and husbands can understand the burdens their wives face. Let’s make sure homeschooling makes our marriages stronger.

Discover What’s Right with Your Middle School Child ~ Connie Albers B-15 A
Have you caught yourself thinking, “What happened to my child?” Your once thoughtful, gentle, compliant child has gone missing, and you are trying to learn about this new person. God designed this season of transitioning from children to young adults. They stop needing a mommy and start needing a mentor. As a parent, you are the best mentor they could have. In this presentation, Connie will focus on tools that will increase your understanding of how God made your child—and you. Join her to discover what is “right” with your middle schooler.

Living and Loving with Little Ones in the Home ~ Kerin Morgan B-15 B
Description to come!

The Power of Purposeful  Communication Skills ~ Rick Green B-15 C
Regardless of the particular passion God has placed in your child, being successful in any profession depends greatly upon the ability to communicate effectively. As a leader, you must learn how to speak the language of your audience and present your message in a way that allows them to perceive and understand the exact purpose of your communication. In this workshop, Rick will give students and parents specific tools and skills to start them on a road to mastering effective communication skills.

Debt-Free Degree ~ Jonathan Brush B-11
Change is happening rapidly in higher education. Universities are doing their best to keep up with the demands of the student marketplace. Come learn how to be on the cutting edge and not left behind. Learn strategies and tools to ensure you receive a quality education, have a great college experience, and walk away with a degree but without a mountain of debt.

Multi-Age and Multi-Subject All Together Without Mom Losing Her Mind ~ Biblioplan B-13
Are you longing to find ways in your day to bring all your children together around the table? Are you looking for a history and literature curriculum that allows you to meet the needs of each of your children on their level and in their style of learning? Are you tired of juggling different time periods for the different grade levels? Are you overwhelmed with the extra work your curriculum requires you to do just to teach the lesson? Do you want a curriculum that makes history engaging and fun for the whole family? Do you want your children to watch the pages of history unfold while reading quality literature that lines up with what they are learning? Do you want your children to learn Bible, church, and missionary history alongside world history? Come learn about BiblioPlan, as well as tips and tricks for teaching history, literature, writing, Bible, geography, art, and more across multiple age levels.

Teaching High School Science ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine B-12
Science offers an opportunity for your child to explore, wonder, and learn about our awesome God and the order He has placed in our world. Unfortunately, science is also one of those fields of study that many homeschooling parents find extremely intimidating. Understand the new science educational standards and what relevance they have to all students, and why having a proficient knowledge of evolution needs to be incorporated into your students’ understanding when defending the Christian worldview. Dr. Callentine will help you unpack and address your concerns. Whether you student is currently in high school or preparing to enter high school, you will be armed and ready.

Experience Excellence in Writing ~ Institute for Excellence in Writing B-14
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports, and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.

Noah’s Flood: Where Genesis Meets Geology ~ Cornerstone Educational Supply B-16
How does the biblical account of the great flood in Genesis connect to geology? How do modern young Earth creationists think that this happened? What about plate tectonics and Pangaea? Here you’ll encounter both the Scriptural and geologic record of Noah’s flood and get put on course for an up-to-date understanding of this fascinating time in Earth and human history.

Why Learning to Code Matters for Your Child ~ Youth Digital B-17
We all know that more jobs in the future will require coding and new technology. Join us to hear why learning to create with technology goes far beyond career choices and opportunities for your child. We’ll show you how kids can learn to code and design in a way that will not only get them excited about careers in technology but prepare them for a lifetime of creative thinking and problem solving.

Creating a Roadmap for High School ~ HSLDA Online Academy B-18
From freshman English to graduation, learn how to maximize your student’s high school years to prepare for college.

Enough: Because He Is, I Am ~ Kim Hyland B-20
“Not enough.” It’s a sentiment that’s familiar to many. But if you’re a child of God, it’s not true. Every day we’re confronted with the reality of our limitations, but God’s Word is full of evidence and reasons why we have everything we need. Our identity as His daughters, His promises, and the body of Christ are all means of His grace, to equip, empower, and sustain us for all our days.

How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials, Part 4 ~ Phil Tuttle B-21 A/B/C
Many Americans, and especially Christians, are convinced that things have never been this bad before–from the divisive election rhetoric to the Millennial’s transition as Millennials into leadership in our companies, government, and churches. These young adults are often labeled as irresponsible, lazy, unreliable, and uninterested in anything spiritual. But are these beliefs accurate? What does God’s Word say? And how do our present challenges compare to the realities of history?
Josiah came to power when things were much worse than today. At age eight, Josiah had a heart for God as a young boy. As a teenager, he pursued God with his whole heart. At 20, he launched national reform. Like many of today’s Millennials who are his same age, Josiah was cause oriented and passionate about correcting the problems inherited from past generations. But Josiah, like today’s Millennials, was also missing one big truth. When he discovered it, an entire nation turned back to God.

Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting ~ Adam Andrews E-10 A/B
If you had only one hour in which to give your student a complete education, could you do it? If you accepted the challenge, what lesson would you teach? Adam Andrews argues that a complete and profound education can be acquired in one lesson—and then sets out to prove this audacious claim in an eye-opening, inspiring presentation. Adam first demonstrates the lesson using an example from his own subject, literature. He then shows you how to teach it in your own area of interest. Adam gives examples of the lesson from every subject in the curriculum and invites the audience to contribute their own ideas. The power of this lesson may revolutionize the way you teach on a daily basis—and it only takes an hour!

The Power of Adventure Learning, Part 1 ~ Dave Stotts E-11 A/B
Dave Stotts has spent 15 years traveling the world to share history, on-location, in its worldview context. While producing 54 episodes of Drive Thru History, Dave has developed an “adventure learning” approach to education, designed to equip homeschool families with entertaining supplements for their history curriculum. In this workshop, Dave uses video clips to share stories, insights, and helpful hints for engaging students in the “adventure of history.

Vocal Master Class E-11 C
Master classes are a long-standing tradition in music instruction. They feature three to five student instrumentalists that each perform a short piece that is evaluated by the instructor. The instructor then publicly analyzes a couple of issues with each student to help him or her grow musically. The student participants in the master class performances are selected in advance by pre-screening. All convention attendees are welcome to observe.
What’s a Worldview? And Why Do Worldviews Matter? ~ Eric Smith E-21 A/B
Seeing all of life through a biblical lens is vital to our faithful walk with Jesus Christ. Yet, it’s much more common to see life in disconnected bits and pieces. This session begins by defining “worldview,” then shows how everyone has one. Eric will demonstrate how one’s worldview informs and guides every area of life. People will learn that biblical Christianity is a comprehensive worldview—and as current as today’s newspaper.

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home ~ Tom Clark E-21 C
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly, we have had little, if any, “formal training” or “certification.” How can we be confident that our children are going to be well educated? This informative and entertaining session with Tom Clark is based on—and adapted from—the respected work of John Milton Gregory; it will focus on effective strategies of instruction that are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers and newcomers alike will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.

How to Get Your Kids Excited About the Bible ~ Kathie Morrissey E-22 A
Kathie shares how to use God’s Word all throughout the day, and how she has taught her children not only to love God’s Word but to get excited about it. You will be encouraged as she shares the blessings that have resulted in her family as they practiced these ideas. Included will be suggestions on making Scripture memory fun and easy!

Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy ~ Lawrence Reed E-23 A/B
Come learn about the philosophic and economic pillars of a free society and government’s proper role.

Plant a Seed, Grow an Entrepreneur! ~ Pat Wesolowski E-24 A/B
Teaching children to be entrepreneurially minded will prepare them well for life! As a homeschooling parent, it is easy to incorporate entrepreneurship into your schedule. Whether it begins with something as simple as a lemonade stand, or jumps to something as complex as developing software for video games, you may find that teaching business skills to your students is not only fun but profitable! This workshop will provide information for getting students started—and then succeeding—in the business world.

Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success ~ Faith Berens E-25 A
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Revealing Geometry from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop E-25 B
What worldview is coming across in your student’s geometry class? In this workshop, Katherine looks past the proofs and constructions we typically see as geometry, offering ideas on how to teach it as a real-life, God-given tool that points us to the Creator. We’ll touch on various concepts, from basic shape identification up to proofs and theorems.

KEYNOTE Friday, June 9 ~ 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision ~ Mike Smith B-21 A/B/C
Discover the challenges, burdens, and benefits of homeschooling from a veteran homeschool father and leader. Addressing the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, the veteran homeschooler–and all homeschoolers in between–Michael Smith outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschoolers have earned the right to be left alone. For homeschoolers who are losing the vision, he reminds them of the benefits of homeschooling and offers some practical suggestions for relieving the pressure on the homeschooling family, especially Mom. “Thank you for confirming the experience of my public education,” writes one parent, “and for convicting us even more of our commitment to bettering the lives of our children.”

KEYNOTE Saturday, June 10 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Amazing Chemistry Show ~ Josh Denhart B-21 A/B/C
Have you ever had a large ball of fire safely ignited from your hand? Or used a banana to pound a nail into a wooden plank? Or been slimed by a puking plastic pumpkin? In a keynote like no other, The Amazing Chemistry Show is a stage production filled with explosions, colored foam, liquid nitrogen and glow-in-the-dark solutions. Adults, teens, and children will be entertained by these experiments and more. The chemical reactions, loud noises and unexpected twists will capture their attention while they hear the gospel being presented in a unique and stirring way.

Saturday, June 10 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

FOR ADULTS ONLY Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture ~ Sam Black B-10
Today’s kids are being exposed to pornography early—think 8 to 11 years old—and often our pop culture tells them it’s a healthy outlet for sexuality. Families will learn how to create a safe online space and encourage ongoing conversations that empower kids to not only look away from sexualized media, but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. You can teach your kids to exercise and train their hearts and minds to be skillful, daring, and brave.

Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations ~ Mike Snavely B-15 A
With fascinating illustrations, this session contrasts the evolution model with the creation model from a historic standpoint through a look at what many ancient cultures were able to accomplish. These accomplishments baffle us even today! How did ancient man do these things? This session contrasts some of these civilizations to our own and has a personal application.

The Origin, Nature, and History of Money ~ Lawrence Reed B-15 B
This workshop will enlighten you on how money evolved naturally in the marketplace but was eventually usurped by revenue-hungry governments; it includes fascinating stories of notable hyperinflations.

The Cure for the “Perfect” Life ~ Kathi Lipp B-15 C
Perfectionism. People-Pleasing. Procrastination. “Performancism.” They are all bullies in our lives, trying to hold us back. In this session, Kathi walks us through great ways to fight the bullies and say “no” to the “perfect” life so we can start living the life we are called to.

Math-You-Hate Becomes Math-U-Love with Math-U-See ~ Math-U-See B-11
Math-U-See’s unique instructional approach—using simple but powerful manipulatives, videos, and textbooks—helps students master math concepts and fundamental skills. Our manipulatives are used to represent abstract math concepts in clear, relatable ways. Come see how even reluctant mathematicians can help children develop a positive relationship with math.

Gap Year ~ Word Of Life B-12
This workshop will discuss the gap year trend from a Biblical worldview in order to examine it and show how attending the Word of Life Bible Institute can be a viable option prior to attending a college or university.

The Struggling Reader ~ The Struggling Reader B-13
Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader. Attend this workshop and receive an additional 10% discount on any of The Struggling Reader products found in our booth in the vendor hall.

Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans) ~ Faith Berens B-18
Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans and receive both a template of a student education plan and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Godly Financial Stewardship for Your Family ~ Evangelical Christian Credit Union B-16
Love it or hate it, money is a major piece of our lives. It is a tool that God entrusts to His servants, to use according to His plans—to give, to share, to invest, to fund His vision—and as parents, we have a responsibility to model this in our own lives and to teach these values to our children. This financial stewardship workshop will provide you with tools, tips, and resources to help you live and teach these principles. We’ll talk about our biggest money concerns: budgeting, saving, spending, credit, and more. Evangelical Christian Credit Union serves members across the US and missionaries all over the world. We are a national sponsor with the Dave Ramsey organization and a strategic partner with HSLDA and homeschool organizations all over the country.

A Universe from Nothing ~ Reasons for Hope B-17
“A universe from nothing” is the latest craze to come at us from academia. Both Lawrence Krauss and Stephen Hawking have written books that claim to explain how the universe came from nothing. Does the evidence support such a view? Of course not! This talk engages with the arguments presented by these scientists and methodically breaks them down to show that their theory is logically and scientifically untenable. Furthermore, the idea that quantum physics somehow “proves” that something can come from nothing is shown to be a fallacious claim. As Christians, we need to be prepared to respond to these types of attacks on the Bible and our faith (1 Peter 3:15). This talk gives you some tools to do so!

What Foreign Language Credits Will Be Accepted by Colleges and Universities? All Courses Are NOT Equal ~ La Clase Divertida B-14
In the computer age, many changes are happening to foreign language instruction, but not all are acceptable to colleges and universities. In this interesting and informative workshop, Dale Gamache will share his research on this very important topic. He will also try to ease the anxiety that these ever-changing requirements can cause by sharing how these requirements can be met in the homeschool arena.

Life After Homeschooling Panel ~ Anne Miller and Jeannie K. Ryan B-20
Moderator: Anne Miller
Panelists: Jeannie Ryan, Shermaine Jones, Pat Wesolowski

Common Core—the Impact on You ~ Mike Smith B-21 A/B/C
In this workshop, Mike takes his audience through the history of the Common Core’s creation, including how the federal government and national education bureaucrats pressured states to adopt the Common Core and how the philosophy behind the Common Core is deeply flawed. He discusses related concerns such as the implementation of intrusive national databases and the fact that the Common Core is poised to become a de facto national curriculum. He closes with how homeschoolers and their allies can unite to push back against the Common Core.

What Teens Don’t Know About the Bible—But Should ~ Eric Smith E-10 A/B
Do we live according to what we say we believe about God? In my experience, the answer to that question for most teens is “no.” Admittedly, it’s hard to internalize the truths of Scripture when culture sometimes tells us the opposite. In this talk, Eric will address the three most detrimental misunderstandings of Scripture he sees in teens: 1) God is most concerned with our faithfulness, not our happiness, 2) God is present and active—no Deism allowed, and 3) Jesus is my Savior!

The Power of Adventure Learning, Part 2 ~ Dave Stotts E-11 A/B
Dave Stotts has spent 15 years traveling the world to share history, on-location, in its worldview context. While producing 54 episodes of Drive Thru History, Dave has developed an “adventure learning” approach to education, designed to equip homeschool families with entertaining supplements for their history curriculum. Come hear Dave share his passion for using the “adventure of history” to engage students, and learn how parents can use an “adventure learning” approach to ignite a love of history in their children.

How to Adult: The Importance of Finding, Building, and Keeping Great Relationships ~ Jonathan Brush E-11 C
People are everything. Your relationships with other people will determine your happiness, your success, and your well-being in life. Your relationships will be the measure of your service to others, your difference in the world, and your influence and legacy. Knowing how to find, build, and keep great relationships is the most important skill you can learn. This presentation is for students and parents alike and will teach you how to find and prioritize your most important relationships. You will learn the critical choice that you need to make to build great relationships and the two things you must invest to keep great relationships.

Raising Real Men ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-21 A/B
In spite of what the culture is telling us, boys and girls are different. Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of a play date, or had a single math lesson take three hours? If so, you’re probably raising boys! As the world seems intent on gender-bending and forcing our sons into a feminized mold, Hal and Melanie, parents of six boys, explain the biblical way out—and a better way to turn wild little dirt-lovers into strong Christian men!

Demystifying Finding Aid for Higher Education ~ Lorraine SantaLucia E-21 C
Let’s face it: college is expensive. Finding scholarships is easily one of the hardest things for families as they prepare for higher education endeavors. Scholarship Sharing will be presenting on how to help students of all ages find college aid resources and navigate the process. Presenter Lorraine SantaLucia will teach students the methods of winning scholarships and financial aid that she personally used to graduate debt free with three college degrees! Learn about how to find, apply for, and—most importantly—how to win scholarships! This presentation will inundate you with information on tips for paying for a higher education, with specific information for homeschool students. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Revealing Arithmetic from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop E-22 A
How can counting, addition, multiplication, fractions, exponents, and other concepts in arithmetic be taught in such a way that children learn to see and use them as a God-given tool—and worship the Lord in math? In this workshop, Katherine will explore several arithmetic concepts, offering ideas and inspiration to help you transform your math class.

The Breathtaking Respiratory System ~ Dr. Lainna Callentine E-23 A/B
Inhale. Exhale. The life-sustaining process of breathing is vital to the maintenance of all organs in the body. Embark on a voyage with Dr. Callentine, your tour guide, through the lungs. In this interactive lab, you will view a lung dissection and see live demonstrations on lung functions.

Starving the Fear ~ Connie Albers E-24 A/B
I can’t do this! How can I teach my child when I don’t know phonics or physics? Has this thought run through your mind? Connie knows all too well the anxiety surrounding homeschooling. After 21 years of teaching her five children, she is here to proclaim that you don’t need a degree; you need determination and discernment, and consistent devotions. Connie will share three truths every parent needs to know to starve the fears and finish well.

Charting Your Way Through High School for College, Workforce, or Military ~ Diane Kummer E-25 A
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and tips for applying to the service academies.

“But What Good Is an English Major?” ~ Ian Andrews E-25 B
K-12 homeschooler and Hillsdale College graduate Ian Andrews shares experiences from a lifetime of reading, encouraging anxious moms with a thought-provoking question: Can great literature help my kids succeed in a scientific and technological world? Ian provides an inspiring summary of an all-time classic story and argues that the self-knowledge, humility, and wisdom that come from reading such stories are absolutely critical for success—and that you, as the mom in the trenches, can lead them right to it. Literary education worked for Ian, and it can work for your students, too.

Saturday, June 10 ~ 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Critical Thinking: Thinking Clearly in a Confused Culture ~ Eric Smith B-10
Christians are commanded to love God with all their minds. This session looks at how we can do that. It is an introduction to logic with a focus on how to recognize and overcome informal fallacies.

From Notebooking to Online Classes ~ Connie Albers B-15 A
Connie has navigated the seasons of homeschooling for 25 years. Her knowledge of teaching children according to their strengths and learning styles, as well as understanding your teaching style, make her a conference favorite. This presentation addresses how to assess what is best for your child and your family from the experience of a mom of five homeschool graduates. She shares stories from what her kids taught her about what worked and what didn’t. Hint: every child is different!

Charlotte Mason: Excellence Without Sacrifice ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B
Filled with a strong desire to do the best for their children, many homeschoolers adopt philosophies and techniques that are both burdensome and ineffective, often leaving parents feeling heavy-laden, weary, and discouraged. There is a better way. Jeannie Fulbright shares how using the key tenets of the Charlotte Mason method will enrich and edify your family’s life, enabling you to impart a quality education while relieving burden and burnout. This lively talk is bubbling with truth as Jeannie shares her knowledge, insights, research, support, and personal experiences with the primary concepts taught in Charlotte Mason’s The Original Homeschooling Series.

Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven ~ Tracy Klicka B-15 C
In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She will discuss a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication and the proper role of discipline, and will share special encouragement for the toddler and teen years.

The Starting Point for Teaching Language Arts ~ Total Language Plus B-11
Use quality, award-winning literature as your springboard to teach language arts!
Discover how to effectively teach your student using excellent books as your starting point. Students will utilize integrated lessons to master spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and punctuation. Third graders through high schoolers will cover analytical and critical thinking while they hone their writing skills with appropriate assignments that teach effective communication. Related field trips and projects bring the literature to life in a way that makes the story jump off the pages.

Christian Filmmaking 101 ~ Tomorrow’s Filmmakers B-12
What is the importance of Christian film in today’s media-saturated culture? How can we use film to further God’s kingdom? If film is so important, where do I go to learn everything I need to know without compromising my faith? This session will answer all of those questions by explaining the importance and impact of gospel-centered film, as well as offering a safe, clean and affordable option for anyone who wants to learn exactly how to excel at filmmaking for God’s glory.

Teaching Civics in a Fun and Purposeful Way (Yes, You Can Do Both!) ~ Wallbuilders B-13
Government, history, economics…these topics usually put students AND parents to sleep, yet they are some of the most important things we’ll teach if we expect the next generation to be good citizens and preserve the Republic. This presentation will equip you with tips and methods for bringing history and civics to life, keeping it fun, engaging the students, seeking truth, and making the lessons count for generations to come.

The Fundamental Right to Food: Whose Choice Is It? ~ Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association B-14
You may not be as free to choose as you think. Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA), co-founded by Joel Salatin, has been a force since 2001, working to unravel the legislative labyrinth that keeps you from acquiring food as you see fit. Come learn about the corporate politics of food, the 2017 legislative update, your government’s involvement, and how they both affect the food choices you are allowed to make for you and your children. Find out how families in Virginia are standing up for their food rights to better their nutritional options.

Establishing a Homeschooling Rhythm with Pictaplan ~ Pictaplan B-16
Pictaplan is a beautiful visual planning system comprised of multiple magnetic hand-drawn picture cards, ideal for helping each family member take responsibility for their daily schedule and move from one task to the next independently. This system may be implemented in a variety of different ways and empowers each student to move throughout the day with greater independence and less nagging. The overall effect? A more peaceful, positive home environment. This visual system is beneficial for everyone and invaluable for those with autism, dyslexia, or other learning challenges. Visit our website at www.pictaplan.com, our workshop at HEAV, and our booth in the Convention Center to learn more.

The Ten Biggest Mistakes in Homeschooling High School Students ~ Bridgeway Academy B-17
Did you know that homeschoolers were once considered students worth pursuing by colleges and universities? Did you also know that this is changing? With the growth of homeschooling, comes the reality that not all homeschoolers were educated equally. As a result, colleges, universities, and even scholarship committees are taking a harder look at homeschoolers. What can you do to ensure that your homeschooler stands out in a crowd? In this workshop, we will examine the ten biggest mistakes in homeschooling high school students, how to avoid them, and how to ensure that your child stands out.

College Fair Panel B-18
Representatives from a variety of colleges participate in this panel discussion to give tips and advice, discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines, and majors. This is a great chance to hear them share the ins and outs of navigating the college search. They will also be able to answer questions students and parents may have, explain how to set up college interviews, or to discuss the various financial aid programs available at their respective college or university.

Who Is the King in America and Who Are His Counselors? ~ William Federer E-10 A/B
In the 6,000 year quest for global power, America is unique among all nations. In a world where most nations were ruled by kings, America’s founding fathers set up a government—a republic—where the people are king, ruling through representatives. In this workshop, you’ll find out where the founders got their ideas—and discover keys to preserving America’s republic!

The Get Yourself Organized Project ~ Kathi Lipp E-11 A/B
The Get Yourself Organized Project session is a great motivator for women looking to get a better handle of every room and facet of their lives without having to become Martha Stewart. This is organization for real women!

What Students Should Learn Before They Launch ~ Jonathan Brush E-11 C
Why is it that almost half of college graduates can’t find a job? What’s missing? What does a student really need to learn between the ages of 16 and 22 to be ready for “real life”? Everyone focuses on academics, but you need more than academic ability to be fully equipped for the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood. In this session, Jonathan will guide you through the seven essential skills and abilities that are crucial for successfully launching into adulthood. This time of life is unique, offering amazing possibilities. Come learn how to maximize this time, focus on the essentials, and be prepared and equipped for extraordinary success!

The Hunters & the Hunted ~ Mike Snavely E-21 A/B
Using puppets and other visual illustrations, this session shows how life only displays design, order, and beauty—not lucky accident and chance. We cover three aspects of the natural world the evolutionist cannot explain, including amazing design, incredible instinct, and the general relative sizes of creatures compared to each other. This is a fun session designed for all ages.

Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story Problems? ~ Tom Clark E-21 C
In this entertaining and instructional workshop with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, you will develop—and learn how to use—the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve all story problems, whether in simple arithmetic or in algebra. The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem.

Could It Be a Learning Disability? ~ Kristen Eckenwiler E-22 A
When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their search for answers. At some point parents may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be the result of a learning disability.

Casting a Gospel-Focused Vision for Homeschooling ~ Kim Hyland E-23 A/B
If there was ever a time when our culture needed the preservation of salt and the vision of light, it’s now. Home education avails us of an unprecedented opportunity to disciple and equip our children to bring the message of the Gospel to their world. But while Jesus offers us easy yokes and light burdens, the day-to-day reality of homeschooling can distract us from this eternal perspective. As women of freedom, we have the opportunity to drop burdens and walk with perseverance as homeschool moms, thereby furthering God’s kingdom.

The Socratic Method for Dummies ~ Adam Andrews E-24 A/b
What is the Socratic method and how can it make me a better teacher? Is it a separate curriculum? Is it difficult to learn? Is it a lot of work to apply? Can I use it with what I’m already doing? Adam lays out simple answers to all of these questions by explaining and demonstrating a Socratic discussion that will encourage and inspire parents to imitate the ancient philosopher himself. Parents of kids K-12 will learn a simple technique can be applied in any subject to dramatically increase the power of contact time. Best of all, there’s nothing to buy—all you need is a kid and a kitchen table!

Homeschooling Co-op Style ~ Pat Wesolowski E-25 A
Why homeschool co-op style? There are a myriad of reasons to participate in co-ops while homeschooling, and this workshop will help you develop a vision, organize a co-op, and get excited about reaping the many benefits of homeschooling co-op style! Not only will your children look forward to co-op days, but so will the parents! Sharing the workload makes it less stressful on the parents. Creating a safe and friendly audience for your students to learn, practice, and hone their public speaking skills is a must if we are to raise children who are able to articulate their faith!

Thriving–Not Just Surviving: Managing the Necessary Demands of Home and School with Grace and Hope ~ Kerin Morgan E-25 B
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Saturday, June 10 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sanity’s in the Freezer ~ Hal & Melanie Young B-10
Learn how to have real meals again! Don’t worry if you have tried once-a-month cooking and didn’t like the mess. Melanie didn’t like it either! Find out how to feed your family well on less money and how to serve great dinners with minimal time in the kitchen. This is a real favorite of attendees!

Help for Mompreneurs ~ Connie Albers B-15 A
The rise of mompreneurs in the homeschooling community requires the active pursuit of a healthy balance between their homeschooling, work, and family needs. As a mother of five, active volunteer, business owner, and veteran homeschooler, Connie Albers discusses how to delegate effectively, set realistic goals, and find work that fits the homeschooling lifestyle. During this presentation, she will share with you how to manage your homeschool and evaluate your workload so that your family runs smoothly. Come and learn from a mom who has lost the balance battle many times, but her resilient spirit—and her desire to finish well and not short her family—will help you in your mompreneur journey.

Solving Your K-8 Science Struggles ~ Jeannie Fulbright B-15 B
Let’s face it—most people don’t like science. Why is that? It’s likely because of how science was taught to them as children. In this talk, based on years of research, data, and experience, Jeannie Fulbright shares her understanding of how science should be taught to elementary and middle school students. You will learn the keys to successfully building a solid foundation of science education, with tips, ideas, and examples for making science come to life for both parents and students.

Ideal vs Real: How My Expectations of Perfect Interferes with the Wonder and Joy of Training ~ Kerin Morgan B-15 C
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College Admission Mythbusters and the Homeschool Student ~ Regent University B-11
This workshop will primarily focus on dispelling common myths regarding selecting and gaining admittance to a college, as well as maximizing scholarship and financial aid opportunities. We will provide participants with tangible and actionable steps to help successfully navigate the college application experience for homeschooled students.

Once Upon a Time… How Stories Teach, Whether We Like it or Not ~ Memoria Press B-12
From the pages of the Bible to the pages of a website, stories are among the most powerful means of communicating ideas. As educators, we need to understand how to utilize stories to teach our students. As parents, we need to understand that stories are already teaching our children, whether we like it or not. Come explore how stories teach and how we can create stories that teach our students.

Knowing a Foreign Language Is Fun, So Learning One Should Be, Too! ~ Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids B-13
Please join us for a session of lively discussions and demonstrations to show how learning a foreign language can be a wonderful addition to a homeschool curriculum and fun for the entire family. We will discuss the myths about foreign language learning and why homeschoolers are in a great position to teach foreign language, with minimal time and effort and no stress! Learning a foreign language is one of the best tools you can give your child. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it can be!

TBD ~ Brain Balance B-14

Exploring Online Home School Options with America’s #1 Online Diploma Granting School ~ Northstar Academy B-16
With this workshop, we will introduce participants to the benefits of online learning as part of a complete homeschooling program. The main components of the NorthStar system will be introduced, and participants will come away with an understanding of how NorthStar Academy carries out authentic student discipleship in the online environment. Additionally, participants will hear about NSA’s specific program options and will be offered a special discount for future courses if they attend.

Practical Help for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs ~ Faith Berens B-18
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Getting Out from Overwhelmed ~ Kathi Lipp E-10 A/B
Do you feel like you can’t get it all done? Does your “to-do” list, schedule, or those in your life make you feel overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate or too much mess in your relationships? In this workshop Kathi Lipp shares the surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you.

Raising a Worldview Detective ~ Adam Andrews E-11 A/B
How do you teach your students to apply a “Christian worldview” to the books they read, the movies they watch, and the culture they live in? The answer to this important question may surprise you, for well-meaning Christians often misunderstand the basic principles of worldview analysis. This misunderstanding often prevents Christian students from thinking clearly about contemporary culture. In this enthusiastic and engaging discussion of a literary classic, Adam Andrews helps you avoid a serious (though common) teaching mistake and presents three steps for understanding a story-teller on his own terms. This presentation will empower you to uncover, identify, and evaluate an artist’s worldview for yourself—and to teach your students to do the same.

Ten Crucial Years ~ Jonathan Brush E-11 C
Between the ages of 10 and 20, your son or daughter will make the transition from child to adult. Along the way there are some significant and easily identified milestones and transitions. This is also a time where the right kind of training can pay multi-generational dividends. This session will give you a year-by-year plan for training and equipping your children for the rest of their lives and will show you how to create your family’s own unique ceremonies and rites of passage to recognize and celebrate the growth and accomplishments in these ten crucial years.

Grand Canyon ~ Mike Snavely E-21 A/B
This is one of the most breathtaking and perplexing sites in the world. Standard geological explanations for its formation are wrong, and most creationists have overlooked some major pieces of the puzzle. Amazingly, what carved the canyon also explains most of the fascinating geological features in the entire area (e.g. Monument Valley, The Petrified Forest, Canyonlands & Arches, Canyon de Chelley, etc.). Furthermore, they all formed very quickly! What happened?!

UH, OH! The Fractions Are Moving In! ~ Tom Clark E-21 C
Since algebraic fractions are a much more complex form than arithmetic fractions, the memorization of the operational techniques generally taught in arithmetic simply will not hold in algebra. In this instructional workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, humorously explains, in detail, the “reasons behind the rules.” Now students can develop a clear, conceptual approach to working with fractions, without a reliance on meaningless shortcuts and tricks, preparing them to be much more successful when working with algebraic fractions.

The Gift of Multi-Sensory Teaching ~ Kristen Eckenwiler E-22 A
For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching. Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods. Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy to your own classroom.

The Role of Desire in the Life of the Christian ~ Kim Hyland E-23 A/B
Desire is a powerful force in our lives. As such, we tend to view it suspiciously. But paying close attention to our deep desires and heart cravings, whether positive or negative, has the potential to reveal our hearts and lead us into greater intimacy with our Father. Living rightly from a heart of desire takes prayer and purpose. As we investigate and reconnect to our desires, we can harness a strong motivation that will energize and bring sustaining joy to our everyday life.

The Biblical Meaning of Success ~ Hugh Whelchel E-24 A/B
How should we properly motivate students as they prepare for a career? The conventional wisdom—“You can be anything you want to be”—although well intentioned, isn’t very truthful or biblically accurate. IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel sheds light on the parable of the talents and its powerful implication for your student’s future work.

10 Homeschooling Questions to Ask Yourself Daily ~ Kathie Morrissey E-25 A
One of the most important things we can do as homeschooling parents is to set goals and priorities for our homeschool. It is equally important to have a way to measure how we are doing with those goals–questions we can ask ourselves at the end of the homeschool day to see if we are keeping those priorities in place and accomplishing the goals that we set out with. Kathie will give you ten things to ask yourself to see if you are staying on track with your priorities.

Revealing Algebra from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop E-25 B
Overwhelmed by variables and exponents? In this workshop, Katherine cuts through the confusion, revealing algebra for what it is: a method of recording the consistencies God created and sustained. Leave with a new outlook on algebra and ideas on how to teach it from a biblical perspective.