2024 Homeschool Convention Schedule

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Thursday Schedule

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Children’s Program ~ Exhibit Hall B
Freedom in Faith

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special Needs Conference & Resource Fair

Keynote E-10

Sessions B-15/16/17 Ballroom Building

10 a.m. – 11 a.m


Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent by Peggy Ployhar ~ E-10

Special-Needs Conference Keynote

Speaking towards the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”, Peggy digs into the Bible to show parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus—or their minds. From the experience of being a parent and a foster parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and homeschooling children with special needs. Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to the hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do. And even though these don’t say “special needs,” she addresses many ways to make homeschooling fit your specific needs.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Drawing a Profile/Drawing in Proportion ~ Kevin McEvoy E-21 A

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Can you draw a square? Then, believe it or not, you can draw a realistic profile! In this fun and interactive workshop taught by professional portrait artist, Kevin McEvoy, you will start with a simple square and finish with a realistic profile of your own creation to bring home. As you work, you will learn how simple geometric shapes can be used to create sophisticated works.

Beginner Chess Class ~ Virginia Chess Federation E-22 A

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

In this course, suitable for ages 7 to 19, students will learn the basics of the game of chess including terminology, board orientation and setup, piece movements including castling and en passant, basic defense and calculations, opening principles, basic checkmate patterns, and a brief introduction to tactics.

STEM: Robotics ~ Home Hacker Camp E-23 A/B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

STEM: Anatomy Dissection Lab ~ Apologia E-24 A/B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Join Apologia science team in a two-hour program on biology, organ systems, and function–including the dissection of a fetal pig! This one program contains enough dissection appropriate for an entire year of high school science.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Work and Play in Christian Perspective ~ Worldview Academy E-20

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration

In this teen track, Worldview Academy faculty member Mike Schutt will walk students through a biblical view of vocation and challenge students to see themselves as instruments of God in the world. In addition, students will explore what it means to play— to “not-work”— to God’s glory. We know that we are made to rest, but what about other forms of leisure? Join us for a few hours of interactive discussion!

10:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Art of Marriage ~ Josiah & Alissa Coburn and Donavyn & Lyric Lewis E-25 A/B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration

Inspired by the global impact the classic Art of Marriage has had on millions of marriages, the all-new Art of Marriage is masterfully designed to inspire and equip today’s couples, whether newly married, blended families, seasoned, or empty nesters. The content is creatively presented as videos, spoken word poetry, animations, group discussion questions, date night challenges, his and her devotionals, and so much more. Join us as we demonstrate the six aspects of God’s powerful and perfect love can be understood and applied immediately. Couples in every circumstance will feel understood and equipped by biblical wisdom and authentic stories from wise marriage mentors.


Radio Broadcast: The Hamilton Corner ~ Abraham Hamilton E-21 B

 Noon – 1 p.m.

La Nueva Agenda De Mama ~ Ana Maria & Ricardo Bagnuoli E-11 C

Free! How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Workshop

En esta charla Ana Maria comparte herramientas de planificación en base al diseño original bíblico sin olvidar que tu hogar tiene un propósito único, por lo cual tu agenda se verá diferente a la de otros hogares. Ana Maria te ayudara a simplificar el proceso de organización de tu casa ahora que vas a comenzar a educar en el hogar o si vas a iniciar un año académico nuevo. Hablaremos también sobre el manejo del tiempo de la madre que educa en el hogar y a su vez tiene un emprendimiento y como establecer prioridades para que tu hogar florezca sin abandonar tu potencial. Con mas de 11 años de experiencia educando en el hogar, administrando 3 empresas y educando 3 hijos en el hogar, Ana se dirige a las madres con calidez y sinceridad frente a la nueva agenda que toda madre homeschooler deberá aprender a desarrollar cíclicamente.

Struggling Learners in High School & College ~ Hal & Melanie Young B-15 A

Special-Needs Conference

At age 11, one of our boys was just learning to read; at 14, he still struggled to spell three-letter words. Little did we know that he’d be reading ancient philosophers for fun at 17 and that he’d go to college on a full academic scholarship! In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to help your struggling learners through high school (and give them a love of learning!), how to get accommodations on the SAT and ACT, and how to find out what help a college can give them—and you’ll be surprised just how much they can do! Our struggling learner graduated with honors and now has a successful career. Find out how!

Hacking ADHD: 5 Things Influencing Your Child’s Behavior & Learning ~ Dr. Amy Moore B-15

Special-Needs Conference

In this workshop, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore will share tips for understanding and helping children with attention problems. Based on neuroscience research, she will reveal surprising facts about the ADHD brain that will help homeschooling parents better connect with and teach kids who struggle with ADHD. With humor and real-life examples, Dr. Amy will ask you to examine five lifestyle pillars of influence on your child’s behavior and learning. You’ll learn tips to try with your children to help them manage the big emotions associated with ADHD and be able to engage more easily in thinking and learning.

Special Needs: Finding Support for the Journey ~ Steve Demme B-15 C

Special-Needs Conference

Come listen to Steve’s testimony of the last 30 years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned, as well as the special, rewarding, and joyful role John has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful, and His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.

Living Label-Free in a World of Labels! ~ Aimee Eucce B-17

Special-Needs Conference

Today, everyone has to fight labels… labels from experts, labels from friends or family members, labels from disappointments, even generational labels. The problem is that most labels end up becoming ceilings within our lives that keep us from walking fully into our God-given destinies. It’s time to get rid of these labels once and for all! You will learn practical strategies to live label-free. Get equipped with tools you can teach your kids so they know how to handle labels when they come. It’s time to walk in freedom so our kids can live the destiny they were designed to live!

Preparing Successful Young Adults: What Every Homeschool Parent Needs to Know ~ Katie J. Trent E-11 A/B

Successful homeschooling is about so much more than academics. Whether you’re just starting out or are in the home stretch, it’s time to be more intentional in equipping our kids to be successful young adults. In this practical workshop, Katie shares secrets she’s learned over the past 15 years of working with children, teens, and young adults to help you prepare your kids to thrive as they transition into adulthood.

Introduction to Homeschooling ~ Yvonne Bunn E-10

Free! How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Workshop

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

11 – 11:45 a.m.

Hispanic Meet & Greet – Conocer y saludar en español ~ E-11 en 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.


*Spanish Tour Guide E-11, at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
*Guía Turístico Español E-11, en 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Spanish welcome tours
*Guía turístico en español disponible

*Spanish Tour Guide E-11, at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
*Guía Turístico Español E-11, en 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Music Competition ~ B-10/11

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Homeschool musicians come to compete in three categories. The winner in each category will be recognized at one of the three keynote sessions. We hope you will make time in your busy convention schedule to drop in and enjoy the music. Congratulations to the students who are participating! The Home Educators Association of Virginia and its generous sponsors celebrate and support their talent and dedication to musical excellence.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ready, Set, Homeschool! Starting & Sustaining Your Journey ~ Michelle Brownell E10

Free! How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Workshop

Go beyond simply choosing a curriculum, and gain the confidence to start and
sustain your homeschool journey! This six-step roadmap takes you from knowing your “why” to creating a best-fit learning environment for your child. It provides a holistic understanding of how homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to customize your children’s education to help them learn, grow, and thrive!

Entrepreneurship and Transcripts ~ Candice Dugger E-11 A/B

Do you have a child who learns better outside the textbooks? Let’s look at ways you can encourage their passion for entrepreneurship and give them credit on their transcripts. You may be surprised at how much your children can learn from focusing on one thing they love!

La Decision Que Tomamos Hoy Impacta Generaciones ~ Ana Maria & Ricardo Bagnuoli E-11 C

Vivimos en tiempos determinantes para el futuro de la familia y de los derechos parentales como los hemos conocido por cientos de años. La decisión de educar en el hogar es hoy para muchos la solución a la crisis educativa, pero también es el inicio de una transformación del hogar completo y el despertar de la autoridad parental como nunca antes la hayamos visto. El decidir por la educación en el hogar fortalece el diseño original familiar y retorna a los padres a una mayor responsabilidad social que puede cambiar el rumbo de una nación completa. En esta charla exploraremos desde una perspectiva bíblica el impacto generacional que tiene decidir retornar al diseño educativo en el hogar y sus efectos a corto y largo plazo en medio de un mundo desordenado. Ud. saldrá con una mejor perspectiva de su responsabilidad y autoridad parental para tomar decisiones que beneficien a las futuras generaciones.

Learning Challenges in Math? Challenge No More! ~ Kathleen Cotter Clayton B-15 A

Special-Needs Conference

Teaching math is not for the faint of heart. Mix in a child with learning challenges and you may end up becoming discouraged and be tempted to throw in the towel. Be encouraged—you are NOT alone! Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning challenge or simply doesn’t ‘get’ math, we can help. In this workshop, you will learn teaching strategies and techniques that will help a child with learning challenges learn.

Grace-Based Teaching: A Neuroscience-Based Approach to Special Needs ~ Dr. Amy Moore B-15 B

Special-Needs Conference

Every teaching decision we make either strengthens the connection with our child or weakens the connection with our child. In this workshop, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore will share ways that homeschooling parents can transform their relationships with their children through a grace-based approach to teaching and parenting. Attendees will leave with new strategies for tackling common teaching challenges, improving communication with their children, and reducing arguments—all while strengthening the connections they have with their children.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner with Confidence ~ Peggy Ployhar B-15 C

Special Needs Conference

Are you feeling inadequate about starting the homeschooling journey with a struggling student or one who has a 504 plan or IEP? Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, says that when she started homeschooling, she would have probably been voted as the parent least likely to succeed in homeschooling—yet 18 years later she’s not only graduated two children from her homeschool but has also spent the last 15 years coaching other special education families towards homeschooling success. In this session, families will be equipped with the top five keys to homeschooling a struggling learner with confidence, as well as practical ways to put aside the things that may hinder applying these solid educational principles.

The Sensory Balanced Homeschool ~ Sarah Collins B-17

Special Needs Conference

Do you hate to wear a certain type of clothing? Does the sound of a person chewing really bother you? Do you tap your leg or repeatedly fidget during the day? These are all “sensory quirks.” When these quirks impact your or your child’s participation in what they need and want to do, it needs to be addressed. This course will discuss the eight sensory systems, and offer ways to help our children organize information from all of them.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Fundamentals of Writing Fiction ~ Chuck Black E-21 A

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Chuck Black, popular author and entrepreneur, heads up an interactive, two-part session designed to inspire young writers to hone their skills by practicing two of the five fundamentals of writing fiction. The first half of the session is instructional, showing students how to develop a consistent point of view and develop character. The second half will be dedicated to applying those skills during a writing session with one-on-one instruction as needed.

Intermediate Chess ~ Class  Virginia Chess Federation E-22 A

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Suitable for students ages 7 to 19 who are proficient in all material covered in the crash course, this mini-camp will include instruction on tactics, endgame techniques, and an introduction to strategic concepts, particularly positional assessment and pawn structure.

Jim Ryun Mini-Running Camp ~ Jim Ryun E-23 A/B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

Join us for a Jim Ryun Mini-Running Camp experience! For 180 minutes, you will get a glimpse of what it is like to participate in the Running Camp that Jim & Anne Ryun host every summer.

Misunderstood Motion ~ Roger “Mr. P” Patterson E-24 A/B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

God has programmed his laws into every part of creation, but we often have misconceptions about moving objects we experience every day. Join Mr. P from Unlocking Science as he uses cool technology to explore the laws of motion! Watch exciting demonstrations as marbles race down a track and swing through the air. Join in for a hands-on exploration of the laws God has created to keep things moving.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hispanic Reception E-11 C

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Embrace Your Homeschool Journey E-21 B

A Black Outreach Reception and Panel

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Knowing the Law: Notifying and Testing Demystified ~ Yvonne Bunn E10

Free! How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Workshop

Know your homeschooling rights–don’t let the “legalese” confuse you! In this workshop, find out who is required to attend school, what requirements you must meet in order to homeschool, what 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 you need to keep. Know your options before you begin!

Fortified for Launch ~ Abraham Hamilton E-11 A/B

God describes children as arrows placed into the quiver of a mighty warrior. That simile is employed intentionally to describe the reality that the arrows were deposited ultimately to be launched. In order for the arrows to hit the designated target, they must be skillfully provided with trajectory and direction. Unfortunately, in many instances arrows have been subsumed into the prevalent surrounding culture, resulting in their failing to hit the mark. An indispensable ingredient to precision launching is passionate cultivation in, and adherence to, peculiarity.

Comenzando SuViaje De Educación En El Hogar
English: Starting Your Homeschool Journey ~ Karim Morato E-11 C

¡Gratis! Taller sobre cómo comenzar la educación en el hogar
English: Free! How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Workshop

The decision to homeschool can be overwhelming. In this workshop, we’ll explore the key concerns of many parents when considering homeschooling: how to get started, choosing a curriculum, and understanding different learning styles and teaching methodologies. You will walk away equipped with strategies to transform your home and positively impact your children’s education.

Reading Strategies for the Struggling Reader or Nonreader ~ Andrew Pudewa B-15

Special-Needs Conference

As schools have made reading their new god, believing that producing good readers will solve all their academic problems, many children—the dyslexic, the easily distracted, the auditorily challenged—are truly left behind in the rush to improve test scores. What schools don’t know (but what many parents discover) is that reading is not simply being able to rapidly decode symbols with the eyes. With humor and insight, Andrew will share stories and strategies for helping students who need to engage the cognitive processes of reading, but who are more likely to excel through a wider variety of practical, creative, and imaginative approaches.

IEP to Success: You CAN Homeschool Your Special Needs Kids ~ Candice Dugger B-15

Special-Needs Conference

As a mom of two special needs children, I was so worried I would not have what it takes to homeschool my kids. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and even autism are labels that had me convinced I would not have what it takes to provide a great education at home for my boys. During this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and struggles of homeschooling our unique learners. You will also learn resources to help you make this journey a bigger success than you could imagine.

Flipping Special Education Homeschooling ~ Peggy Ployhar B-15 C

Special Needs Conference

Just as a house in shambles needs to be flipped to renew its purpose and extend its use, the typical methods for teaching special needs students in the homeschooling environment need flippin, if parents want to see better educational results for their students than the typical model provides. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar dives into the history of the special education system and the basis for many of the current practices of teaching students with special needs—and how they have affected our preconceived notions on how to best teach a student with special needs. But then, with a twist of hope, she also shares how parents can take advantage of their homeschooling freedoms to flip these practices and homeschool their special needs students with renewed purpose to pursue their students’ God-given gifts and talents.

What Are Executive Functioning Skills? ~ Sarah Collins B-17

Special Needs Conference

Executive functioning skills are defined as the “brain-based skills needed to effectively execute or perform tasks and solve problems.” As with most skills, there is a range—not everyone needs to complete the same tasks on a daily basis. But, there must be a match between the environment, expectations, and abilities of a person. This class will 1) define executive functional skills, 2) explain why they can be hard for some people, and 3) give helpful solutions to use in the homeschool to help your children build these skills.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Premiere

5:30 p.m. 

Music Competition Awards Ceremony

Friday Schedule

Welcome Tours ~ Main Lobby. Look for our signs!

Guías turísticos españoles disponibles.

convention welcome tour how to begin homeschooling
Spanish welcome tours
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Children’s Program: ~ Exhibit Hall B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Keynote A:
Identity: Who Do Your Children Think They Are and Why Does It Matter? ~ Dr. Kathy Koch B-21

Many teens are overwhelmed and giving up. So are some children! They’re anxious, confused, angry—and too many are suicidal. They’re also talented, multi-passionate, concerned, and able to solve problems. Learn why we have an identity crisis in our country and how you can protect your children from it. Learn what makes it more likely that children will have a healthy identity and what identities matter most.

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Used Curriculum Sale (USC) ~ Exhibit Hall C

The Used Curriculum Sale is a MEGA opportunity to get homeschool resources at a bargain–and to sell those items you don’t need! We use an online barcoding system which is easier for everyone!

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chess Championship ~ Exhibit Hall

*Extra Charge – Pre-Registration Only

9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours ~ Exhibit Hall A

Visit over 200+ exhibitors! One of the Largest Curriculum Fairs in the Nation!

11 a.m. – Noon

Book Signing with Kathy Koch ~ Ballroom Lobby

Noon – 1 p.m.

Broadcast: The Hamilton Corner. Abraham Hamilton III. E-21 B

Session 1

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

1000 Outside: How Nature Immersion Sets Kids Up for a Lifetime of Success ~ Ginny Yurich

In the last few decades, childhood has largely moved inside. With so many great opportunities that vie for our time, it’s easy to consider outside play as frivolous. In this session, Ginny Yurich, founder of 1000 Hours Outside, reveals how “just” playing outside offers a myriad of developmental benefits to your child and how these benefits will extend through adulthood. Do less and yet gain more with nature immersion!

When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool ~ Vicki Bentley E-11 A

You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then… life happened. How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation.

Get off the Curriculum Carousel! Why Your Child Underperforms in Reading ~ Dr. Amy Moore E-11 B

In this workshop, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore will share how weaknesses in your instruction or reading curriculum may not be the root cause of your child’s poor reading performance. Instead, Dr. Amy will share how cognitive skills underlie the ability to think and learn effectively, and that strengthening cognitive skills may be a better choice than changing your curriculum…again. Weaving science with stories of hope and a fun brain-training demonstration, Dr. Amy will ensure attendees leave with a better understanding of what to look for in reading instruction and how brain-strengthening exercises can improve reading skills.

Getting Kids to Work ~ Hal & Melanie E-11 C

People complain all the time that their children are lazy and unmotivated, but only 28% of American families give their children any chores at all. At all. We teach our children right from wrong, we teach our children to read and write, but we forget to teach them how to work. God gave us no choice. With eight bedrest pregnancies and then a full-time ministry and business, we had to get the kids on board or drown. Come get practical strategies for teaching your children to be diligent—to get their schoolwork done, to do chores, to take initiative, and to be confident in their abilities—at all ages. Help your kids to get out of the wagon and start pulling it, cheerfully. Really, you can do it!

How to Use Artificial Intelligence in Your Homeschool Program ~ Francie Black E-20

Artificial intelligence is here to stay, whether or not we like it. Should you incorporate AI into your homeschool curricula? We’ll discuss the pros and cons of incorporating it into your homeschool, and show you how to implement it if you do decide it is right for your schooling.

The Truth About Mental Health in Our Youth Today ~ Candice Dugger E-21 A

It’s no secret that mental health concerns are on the rise. Currently, one in three high schoolers say they have been struggling with their mental health. Our family has been impacted directly by this crisis in our youth and has made it a mission to help others. We will discuss mental health concerns facing Gen Z, along with tools to help you identify the risks and signs. Finally, we will share tools on how to help your child build skills and resources to help balance their mental health.

Running Your Own Business ~ Rebecca Spooner ~ E-21 B/C

Whether you have or are considering starting your own business, entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart—and truthfully, it’s not for everyone. In this session, Rebecca will share some of the highs and lows of her own journey creating multiple businesses, including some of the things she has learned along the way about leadership, innovation, and following God’s lead. If you have a big idea you’ve been sitting on and are trying to make your way to financial freedom, make sure to bookmark this session!

Conversations: Homeschool Dads’ Perspectives ~ P. Hastings, I. Wayne, & T. Simons E-22 A

How has the role of fathers changed within the family? In American media, the role of a dad has been often marginalized, leaving some wondering what dads have to contribute to the family. This is especially relevant in the busy hustle and bustle of a homeschool family, where mom often leads the charge. Do dads really have an impact today? (Spoiler alert: of course they do!) Join homeschool dads Paul Hastings, Troy Simons, and Israel Wayne as they discuss the vital impact fathers have in forging unity and relationships within the family.

How to Encourage Your Artistic Children Without Surrendering Them to the World ~ Heather Bitterling E-23 A

This session will explore ways that you can develop and support your child’s artistic giftings without exposing them to teachers and content that reject a biblical worldview. It is not necessary to compromise your beliefs to pursue these creative outlets. The world desperately needs artists that are communicating truth! You will leave with ideas for engaging with performing arts without surrendering to the world.

Freedom From Performance Parenting ~ Home in Him E-23 B

Are you tired of trying to measure up? As a spouse? As a parent? As a homeschooler! The drive to measure up often leaves us frustrated, angry, and defeated. In this workshop, we will discover the real issue at the heart of our struggles with performance and deal with it in a way that provides sturdy hope to weary parents.

Untroubled by Science ~ Rachael Yunis E-24 A

In the beginning, God created everything visible and invisible. And it was good. So why shouldn’t your science class be an untroubled journey of discovering God’s fingerprints in all creation? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to transform science from the preconceived notion of a book filled with facts and figures to be memorized for an exam into a lifelong tool of understanding. Take the sigh out of the thought of teaching science. Discover how to break down a curriculum, engage in meaningful and purposeful learning, and set your students up for a lifetime of success. Practical tips will help you stop the dread of teaching science. Don’t make science a requirement met for a transcript. You can capture your students’ minds and actually enjoy the journey!

5 Tools to Help Your Children Think Well and Develop Understanding ~ Classical Conversations E-24 B

Discover the tools that teach your children how to think well and develop understanding of any subject, topic, or trade. We will model these tools allowing you to experience them yourself!

Booker T. Washington ~ William Federer B-15 A

Discover how Booker T. Washington’s hard work, wisdom, faith, and humble way overcame prejudice—and hear an explanation of the political background of Jim Crow, Black Codes, and the Civil Rights movement.

Broadcast: The Hamilton Corner ~ Abraham Hamilton B-15 B

Home Education or School at Home? ~ Steve Demme B-15 C

When we began our journey of teaching our children, we purchased several little desks at a yard sale and refinished them. Then we acquired textbooks and workbooks and taped the alphabet to the walls around our school room. Later, we moved to the kitchen table, and finally, we discovered that a well-rounded education is not confined to a classroom but embodies character, relationships, and God.

5 Lies in Kids’ Fiction and How to Spot Them ~ Christine Shaw B-16

Children’s literature has gone through numerous changes throughout the years. Many modern writers will insert inappropriate ideas and topics into kids’ books, making it a challenge to know which books to allow your children to read. This workshop will give you practical tools to identify lies in kids’ fiction and will provide valuable resources so you can feel confident in protecting your family.

How a Biblical Worldview Is Critical Thinking ~ Dr. Renton Rathbun, E-11

Some view the biblical worldview as a nice addition to a curriculum if there is extra time. This fundamental misunderstanding of the shaping of a biblical worldview stems from the idea that critical thinking is possible without biblical worldview shaping. Because of the demands and scope of critical thinking as a discipline, biblical worldview is absolutely inherent in providing real critical thinking skills.

7 Key Ingredients of Effective Brain Training ~ LearningRx B-18

Looking for tools to help your child focus, read, and learn more easily? LearningRx’s brain training procedures follow a research-based framework for targeting and strengthening the skills your brain uses to process the world. Join Virginia center owners for this interactive workshop where you can see brain training in action and learn what key components are essential to create lasting change in your child’s brain! LearningRx’s cutting-edge research along with hundreds of success stories from HEAV members as well as homeschoolers around the nation set them apart as a leader in the field of helping families overcome learning challenges and unlock all students’ full potential.

Yes, Math Is Classical, Too! Memoria Press ~ B-19

Mathematical mastery was a prerequisite for entry into Plato’s Academy to study the intricacies of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Today, unfortunately, much mathematical study has been relegated to subjectivism or cornered off as a means to specialized ends in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.). Computational proficiency has trumped conceptual mastery and cohesion, and students are unable to articulate the connection between their mathematical study and the other disciplines of classical education. A return to the integration of mathematics with the classical liberal arts is in order, a return that recognizes mathematics as an essential language by which we can understand, describe, and model the created world. We can pursue this end through arithmetic mastery in the grammar years, a more deliberate, conceptual approach to the disciplines of algebra, geometry, and calculus, and a consistent emphasis on the nature of creation as the necessary gateway to our growth in wisdom. As the language of science and a more concrete expression of abstract logical reasoning, mathematics is classical, too.

Master Method: Teach Jesus’ Way ~ Dr. Kathy Koch B-21

You want to be the best teacher you possibly can be. Studying how Jesus taught will help. He was the best teacher! Learn something new about teaching and learning. This fresh look at effective teaching will inspire you.

iElect Teen Program ~ Generation Joshua E-25

Teens will enjoy a special program called i-Elect, a mock presidential election that gives them the chance to experience the challenges of running for the highest office in the land. Through this simulation, students will learn the ins and outs of grassroots campaigns, the nomination process, and what it takes to be a leader. At each phase of the program, students will learn how a real election works by actually participating in the presidential race and making important decisions that could make or break their campaign.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

College & Career Fair ~ Main Hallway

Session 2

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Revival in the Home ~ Rebecca Spooner E-10

Are you dealing with broken relationships, heartbreak, depression, or even bone-wearying exhaustion in your family? In this session, you’ll be inspired by stories of real revivals through history—and how children, men, and women were forever changed and marked not by striving, but by God’s presence. You don’t need a five-step plan—you need the One who can bring beauty from the ashes, joy in the morning, and rain on a dry and thirsty land. May you walk away full of anticipation for the great plans that God has for you. He’s not finished with you yet.

Working & Homeschooling: How Do I Make this Work? ~ Candice Dugger E-11 A

You CAN work and homeschool your children—but this lifestyle does present a series of challenges. I’m here to encourage you by giving you some real-life tips and tools on how our family can make this lifestyle work.

Leave the Homeschool Room: Travel the World ~ Adelaide Olguin E-11 C

Want to bring your homeschool alive by experiencing what you’re learning, by traveling? Then do it! Whether you have one child or twenty, I’ll show you how we get hundreds of free flights, negotiate Airbnb prices, get free hotels, and create unforgettable homeschooling moments on five continents. After this workshop, you’ll walk away with all the resources and strategies to make this a safe and fun reality for your family. Yes, this is perfect—whether you want to travel throughout your state, the United States, or the world!

Help! My Child Won’t Sit ~ Sarah Collins E-20

“1–2–3, eyes on me!” Many of us were told we weren’t taking in information unless we were showing it with our whole bodies. However, many children need to move to learn. This course will delve into the times that children benefit from sitting, and how to engage our moving, wiggly learners.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the New Homeschool Year ~ Katie J. Trent E-21 A

Learn the why, what, and how to help you successfully plan your homeschool and set yourself up to thrive year after year. Discover practical planning strategies to organize your homeschool so you can work smarter, not harder. This practical workshop will empower you to overcome difficult days and help you plan a year filled with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

A Conversation on Freedom ~ P. Hastings, W. Federer, J. Ryun, & A. Hamilton III ~ E-21 B/C

Three freedom-loving professionals will engage in a a lively discussion–with differing opinions–on our national and homeschooling freedoms. Join Jim Ryun, a former Olympian and U.S. congressman; Abraham Hamilton III, general counsel & public policy analyst for the American Family Association; and William Federer, prolific best-selling author of American history and president of Amerisearch, will offer their insights. Be prepared for a fascinating conversation on how to love our neighbors through differences of opinions and gain tools to understand our personal roles in defending our freedoms from both obvious and subtle attacks.

Math Is More Than Numbers ~ Kathleen Cotter E-22 A

Poetry is beautiful because it has rhyme, reason, and pattern. Poetry paints a picture. It is so much more than letters, just as math is so much more than numbers. Math becomes poetry when it’s explored and understood. Do you see the patterns in math? Does math paint a picture? If you said “no” to these questions, you need to come and discover the beauty of math.

Escapism: Avoiding the Snares of Media ~ Chuck Black E-23 A

In today’s technology culture, the enemy’s lure of our young people’s minds to escape into an artificial world is great. As the line between reality and simulation blurs, the stronghold of escapism becomes more and more powerful. Apathy and self-indulgence are two destructive consequences that lead to broken relationships, broken homes, and broken hearts. Find some practical tools you can implement to help keep your children from getting caught in the snare of escapism.

Sounding the Freedom Cry ~ Design, Discovery, and Development Foundation E-23 B

Battle-tested homeschool parents, Walt and Tammie Jurek, share frontline strategies for the teen years. Join them as they share practical strategies and personal experiences to encourage you in the midst of the turbulent teen years when those amazing gifts from God are seeking to find their unique, God-given identity and consciously establish their independence. Learn how to thrive, not just survive, these fabulously formative years.

Participate in a Culture of Beauty and Creation with Classical Art ~ Kevin McEvoy E-24

A God created us in His image by also giving us the ability to create. Including the arts in your homeschool curriculum will give you the satisfaction of seeing your kids thrive as they pursue this natural desire God has given us. Once your children develop this skill, they can then learn not just how to draw, but how to see in a new and beautiful way to appreciate the art and beauty around us, and then how to share their art with others. In this workshop, we will discuss why the arts should be a priority in your child’s education rather than an afterthought.

Teaching Boys to Read and Spell ~ Play ‘n Talk Phonics, Spelling & Typing E-24 B

Teaching boys to read and spell (and just about every other subject) is different than teaching girls! Learn the scientific reasons why your boys learn differently. We will dive into practical tips for teaching boys how to read, spell, and anything else you want to teach them! Discover why many of the common strategies don’t actually work (and it’s not what you think!). We will also review “what to do” when teaching boys to read and spell and “what not to do.” This session will give you new ideas to keep your active boys engaged and excited to learn no matter what subject you are teaching them. As a bonus, you will walk away with a list of game-based activities using items you already have in your home for any age boy.

Exploring Curriculum Options ~ Vicki Bentley B-15 A

Mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide homeschool organization, Vicki shares the secrets to mapping out a successful course of study for your children. This workshop helps beginners to get a solid start in home education and encourages veterans to re-examine goals and priorities, while including a basic overview of different teaching approaches.

Confusing Times, Confused Students ~ Mike Schutt B-15 B

Discover how the modern view of the self has resulted in confusion and despair in this generation of students. What is the root, and what is the role of the Christian family and the body of Christ in this day and age? Join Mike for an interactive discussion that draws on the recent work of Carl Trueman, Christian Smith, Charles Taylor, and others to identify the modern sources of confusion and some potential paths back to truth.

Awakening a Boy’s Masculine Heart ~ Trail Life USA B-15 C

In a culture that has discounted biblical masculinity, boys are left confused, with their God-given strengths branded as toxic. With two master’s degrees in mental health counseling and counseling psychology, Mark addresses the attachment needs of boys and provides practical steps to awakening their masculine heart.

5 Life Lessons Most Homeschoolers Miss ~ Cat and Dog Theology ~ B-16

Did you know that idolatry still exists in the homeschool world? It’s one of Satan’s favorite tricks to play with homeschool families. Come out and discover what it is along with four other life lessons most homeschool families miss.

The Difference Between Schooling & Education ~ Israel Wayne B-17

Most people think of schooling when they hear the word “education.” In reality, however, the two are not intrinsically linked in any way. Learn why most people are schooled, but never truly educated, and how you can ensure your children get a great education, even without schooling.

Charlotte Mason and Classical from a Former Checked-Out Student ~ Biblioplan B-18

Come listen as Julia, co-author of BiblioPlan shares her personal journey and how God changed her heart concerning history. Those changes have influenced her to rethink the importance of not only how we teach history, but also who and why. Why is it so important to have children merging history with their literature? What is the value of teaching children history in order? Why is it valuable to teach American history and world history side-by-side? Should we expose our children to the violence in history? This session answers these questions and more as you year 10 compelling reasons why studying history in order and with purpose is vital to our children’s education.

The Secret to Raising a Grateful Child ~ Beyond Personal Finance B-19

We all want our children to be thankful for what they have, but do we really give them the opportunity to learn how to value what they receive? Join Charla McKinley, the Artisan of Adulting and creator of Beyond Personal Finance, to learn how you can structure your home to produce gratitude and responsibility in your children.

Raising Godly Girls in a Culture of Confusion ~ Patti Garibay of American Heritage Girls B-21

Today’s youth are facing a culture that twists God’s Truth into matters of opinion. Culture says that identity is malleable, individual emotions dictate global reality, and the biblical worldview is outdated, or worse yet, completely irrelevant. But a Godly girl knows that her identity is rooted in Christ, that she can put the feet of her faith on a Solid Rock, and that the opinions of today don’t change the eternal truths found in Scripture. So how do you raise a girl deeply rooted in Jesus? The founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls, Patti Garibay, will explore current cultural struggles and characteristics of today’s youth and give parents, educators, and ministry leaders the wisdom, tools, and applicable advice they need to counter the culture.

iElect Teen Program Generation Joshua ~ E-25

Teens will enjoy a special program called i-Elect, a mock presidential election that gives them the chance to experience the challenges of running for the highest office in the land. Through this simulation, students will learn the ins and outs of grassroots campaigns, the nomination process, and what it takes to be a leader. At each phase of the program, students will learn how a real election works by actually participating in the presidential race and making important decisions that could make or break their campaign.

Session 3

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Pastor Reception and Workshop with Abraham Hamilton III E-20

Discipleship Includes Training of The Mind


Jesus said Christ-followers are to love Him with all of our hearts, souls, and minds. Unfortunately, we’ve ceded the training of the mind to those who inculcate ideas that rival love for Christ for far too long. That must end now. Thankfully, God has shown us how to do so in His Word. Join us as we delve into it in this workshop.

Mysteries and Virtues in Children’s Literature ~ Andrew Pudewa E-10

A continuation of Andrew’s talk “Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination,” this presentation will explore more deeply the richness of traditional children’s literature, with an emphasis on what to read aloud as well as how to guide children’s reading so that it’s not only enjoyable but also helps awaken a sense of wonder, all while instilling character and virtue.

Mom, Don’t Make Me Think – Just Tell Me the Answer ~ Kathleen Cotter Clayton E-11 A

As a teacher, it’s so easy to give the answer, isn’t it? Oh, that’s right… you don’t do that. How long do you allow your children to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let them wrestle with the problem to discover the answer. Did you know that children will learn better, and remember things longer when they discover the solution? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to solve problems. How might you go about doing this? Come to this workshop and find out how to help your child think their way through math.

Preparing Children for a Public University ~ Dr. Renton Rathbun B-17

There have been many news articles about unrest and political activism in the public university. There have also been many stories of students leaving the faith after attending public universities. What will Christian homeschoolers encounter when they embark on attending such a place? After numerous years of teaching in public colleges and universities, Renton will lay out the challenges that Christian homeschoolers will face, as well as biblical strategies for preparing them for those challenges.

Techniques and Ideas for Creative Learning ~ Steve Demme E-11 B

Explore how to make learning interesting, memorable, and enjoyable. Steve shares strategies and tips that he has practiced and developed in his lifetime as a teacher and tutor. Time permitting, we will learn the Greek alphabet and the books of the New Testament.

Foreign Language Success for Any Age ~ Adelaide Olguin E-11 C

Would you like part of your homeschool journey to be speaking another language or two? (Not just memorizing vocabulary and doing grammar drills!) But you feel a little lost, stuck, overwhelmed, or like you might fail? I’ve got you! Whether you’re brand new to a language, a native speaker, or a parent with a bachelor’s degree in a language, I’ll show you how to start talking in another language with your family from day one. As a homeschool mom who has layered in multiple foreign languages throughout our homeschool journey—from the baby to the teen—I’ll show you how easy and fun this process can be, so that your dreams can come true, too! Success at any age will transform your family’s life into connecting with and helping others in this new language.

How to Brainwash a Nation ~ William Federer E-21 A

We will discuss psychological operations and the weaponization of marketing techniques to promote socialist political agendas.

Boy Parent, Hero Parent ~ Hal & Melanie Young E-21 B/C

The Bible says that children are a gift from God—but why is parenting a boy such a challenge? They live in constant motion, unending distraction, noise without limit, and curiosity to boot. Yet there’s a purpose behind the uproar, and if we seek out God’s aim for our sons, we can take part in something incredible! Hal and Melanie have six grown sons, and in this workshop they will encourage and help you to reach the hearts and minds of your own young men.

Homeschooling When Life Is Hard ~ Michelle Brownell E-22 A

Escape the cycle of overwhelm, burnout, and stress by embracing the essential
mindsets that can transform how you show up for your days! As moms, we feel like we must keep going when life is hard. What if you could gain clarity in what matters most to your family? What if you could feel confident in who you are as a mother and educator? What if you could find calm and build connection with your child? These essential mindsets will impact the way you interact with your child, and will even change the way you care for yourself! You can enjoy homeschooling! You can enjoy being a mom! You can shift from survival mode to thriving while homeschooling—even when life is hard!

Developing Discernment in Your Child ~ Chuck Black E-23 A

The enemy is a master at deception, and oftentimes our children fall prey to his lies. Teaching your child the ability to discern Truth is critical to spiritual survival. Chuck offers sound advice and some practical tips on how to develop spiritual discernment in your children.

The Secret Ingredients of College ~ Regent University E-23 B

Looking for a guide to success in higher education? This presentation is a roadmap for unlocking your full potential, post-high school. Learn how to navigate admissions, identify personal strengths, and leverage them for success. We will explore various aspects of college life, emphasizing personal development, resilience, and a growth mindset. Whether you’re a high school student or a parent, this workshop will help you discover the secret ingredients for thriving in college and beyond!

Leading Your Family Faithfully, Not Perfectly ~ Eric Wallace E-24 A

Through many years of trial and error, Eric and Leslee have endeavored to faithfully lead their children in reading the Bible. With eight children in their home, the range of ages has always varied. This can be challenging! It has not always been pretty or felt successful. This is the walk of faith. As we lean into the Lord and wait for him to work, there is joy. In this session, they will share four practices that have helped with all ages and stages.

Useful, Everyday Science Your Kids Will Love ~ Edible Knowledge E-24 B

Discover the benefits of learning food science principles and simple Newtonian physics and understand how that knowledge can impact student’s lives. Food science explains all the “whys” we see in the kitchen, helps improve cooking skills, keeps you safe and healthy, saves money, and can even be a lucrative career path. Dale will share some interesting stories about his career. You’ll hear about food science course options for elementary through high school students with great options for dyslexic or auditory learner students. Come join Dale Cox and learn how Edible Knowledge courses can benefit your children.

Public School to Homeschool: What I Wish I Had Known ~ Candice Dugger B-15 A

Transitioning to homeschooling can be an exciting yet intimidating journey for many families. The truth for many families is that knowing your laws and picking a curriculum are only small parts of what you need to know to be successful as a family. In this workshop, we will have a real conversation about what it takes to make those first few years a success.

Forgiveness: A Journey to Healing ~ Jim Ryun B-15 B

Forgiving and forgiveness are daily decisions. Jim highlights his personal experiences, including being fouled in the Munich Olympics and being denied reentry by an International Olympic Official who offered, “why not come back in four years and try again?” He will provide some simple steps based on principles Jesus taught His disciples. If you have experienced failure and/or experienced defeat, do you let those experiences shape your future and determine your personal happiness? Are you willing to humbly ask for God’s help? Disappointments, trials, and struggles are learning opportunities in life. Are you courageous enough to learn from these experiences? Forgiving and forgiveness are stepping stones to bring healing in your life. Will you become transparent, surrendering yourself to allow Jesus’ lessons and principles bring joy and peace to your life?

Common Mistakes Christian Parents Make ~ Israel Wayne B-15 C

Many well-intentioned parents make harmful mistakes as they relate to their children. These mistakes often contribute to bitterness in their children. Over time, they can result in children rejecting their parents and their values. Learn to avoid these pitfalls.

Resources for Supplementing Your Child’s Education ~ Liberty University Online Academy B-16

Picking the right educational platform is a big decision! At Liberty University Online Academy, we want to partner with you as you make that choice. Our program is flexible and designed to work for all families. Come discover our full-time, supplemental, and dual enrollment programs that are ready to help you and your child grow academically. LUOA is the best of homeschool, private school, and Bible-based education all rolled into one!

Filling Your Toolkit with Phonics ~ Abeka B-17

Just as using a few well-chosen spices can turn a bland meal into a culinary delight, so we phonics teachers can incorporate a few well-chosen ideas to consistently spice up our phonics lessons. Come and find out some different “spices” that will make your students hungry for phonics.

2 Keys to Short-Term Missions Preparation: Learning How to Be Culturally and Spiritually Equipped ~ Faith Bible College B-18

Learn how to be culturally and spiritually equipped! Is your student going on a short-term mission trip? That’s terrific! What should they know about their destination and the culture they will encounter? Are they ready to experience a new spiritual environment with those they will serve? Join us to discover effective ways to prepare culturally and spiritually for the journey God has planned for them! Parents, students, and youth leaders are welcome.

The Encephalon Code: Remember Everything ~ Innovative Learning Press B-19

Many available curricula teach students what to learn, but not HOW to learn. Rote memorization, lack of focus, and general disinterest bring stress and anxiety to the homeschool experience. Using the latest Christ-centered neuroscience research, this fun, interactive session will introduce proven techniques for helping every student to focus better and retain more information, memorize hundreds of facts easily, read faster with full comprehension, master new languages in a fraction of the usual time, and improve grades and discover a brighter future.

iElect Teen Program ~ Generation Joshua E-25

Teens will enjoy a special program called i-Elect, a mock presidential election that gives them the chance to experience the challenges of running for the highest office in the land. Through this simulation, students will learn the ins and outs of grassroots campaigns, the nomination process, and what it takes to be a leader. At each phase of the program, students will learn how a real election works by actually participating in the presidential race and making important decisions that could make or break their campaign.

Teach These Truths. Children May Not Catch Them ~ Dr. Kathy Koch B-21

People say more is caught than taught, but maybe that’s because we’re not teaching everything we could. And not all children pick up on things you assume they do just by living with you. What can we teach and model that will help children especially maintain their faith and spiritual disciplines?

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Keynote: Family Discipleship 101: A Conversation with Ruth and Troy Simons B-21

Ruth and Troy, the parents of six boys and authors of Foundations, will unpack the biblical truths you should focus on and the practical rhythms that will help your family thrive!

Saturday Schedule

Welcome Tours ~ Main Lobby. Look for our signs!

Guías turísticos españoles disponibles.

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Spanish welcome tours
7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Children’s Program ~ Exhibit Hall B

*Extra Charge – Pre-registration Only

8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Used Curriculum Sale (UCS), Exhibit Hall C

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Keynote: Reasons Homeschool Families Thrive ~ Ginny Yurich B-21

Ginny will explore the common reasons that homeschool families thrive, including higher levels of parental involvement, more opportunities for experiential learning, and the ability to customize learning to meet the needs of each child. Whether you are a parent considering homeschooling or a veteran who just needs some encouragement and a reminder of the how and why your homeschool family will continue to thrive, this keynote address is for you.

9 a.m. – Noon

College & Career Fair ~ Main Hallway

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours ~ Exhibit Hall A

Session 4

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mordecai: A Model for Mentoring ~ Dr. Kathy Koch E-10

Because of Queen Esther’s courageous and obedient decisions, the Jewish people were saved. She was able to lead the way she did because of how her older cousin Mordecai raised her. Today’s young people need a Mordecai in their lives because they were created “for such a time as this.” And, they need to learn to follow as Esther followed Mordecai. Let’s discover Mordecai’s and Esther’s methods so we can effectively use them.

Juggling Life and Lesson Plans ~ Vicki Bentley E-11 A

As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply nine truths of juggling skills, to take your homeschool household from a sanity-defying circus act to a more joyful journey!

Identity and Ideology: What Our Children are Facing and How to Respond ~ Dr. Renton Rathbun E-11 B

Kids today are inundated with LGBTQ+ indoctrination via social media, entertainment, and personal friendships. Now there are movements, even within the church, that have accepted varying degrees of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Christian parents can take steps to address this issue biblically. In this session, we will explore how biblical worldview strategies can shape our children’s thinking about these concepts.

From Crisis to Christ, the Journey of a Husband and Father ~ Steve Demme E-11 C

2012 was the hardest and best year of my life. On the one hand, I had personal blindspots revealed, which caused pain to those who were closest to me. At the same time, God revealed his unconditional love in a new way. I am now, by God’s grace, in the best place I have ever been with my wife and sons.

Free Resources for Home Educator Organizations ~ Herzog Foundation E-20

Calling all homeschool group leaders (or those interested in leadership!) Come learn how HF Homeschool can help you launch a homeschool group successfully.

Help for the New Homeschool Mom: What I Wish I’d Known from the Beginning ~ Katie J. Trent E-21 A

Katie shares everything you didn’t know you needed to flourish throughout your homeschool journey. You’ll learn three secrets to set yourself up for success so you can grow your faith, strengthen your family, and simplify your homeschool. Walk away with clear vision, a solid plan, and strategies for a more meaningful and memorable homeschool experience for you and your kids while avoiding the most common mistakes homeschool moms tend to make along the way!

Teaching Across Many Grade Levels ~ Ginny Yurich E-21 B/C

One part of homeschooling that can be intimidating is teaching across many grade levels. The norm in our society is to group children together by age, but research is clear that multi-age learning experiences benefit everyone. Learn some strategies for homeschooling (and juggling) kids of many ages from Ginny Yurich, homeschooling mother of five and founder of 1000 Hours Outside. Leave encouraged that this is the best option for learning and for living!

How to Incorporate Art into Homeschooling ~ Kevin McEvoy E-22 A

Move beyond crafts and teach your child a tangible skill they can use throughout their life! Give your kids the gift of a visual language by teaching them how to draw. Learning to see—and learning to draw what you imagine—are skills useful to innovators of all types, not just fine artists. Learn the practical tools for implementing this into your day without getting overwhelmed with yet another checkbox on your to-do list.

Don’t be Schoolish ~ Michelle Brownell E-23 A/B

The best part of homeschooling is freedom, flexibility, and fun! Yet, so often we fall back into the mindset of traditional school because it’s what we know. What if we view learning through a different lens and explore practical ways to truly embrace home as a place where your kids can thrive in both life and learning? Your home can bring freedom, routines can be flexible, and learning can be fun for both you and your child!

Conversation: The Art of Teaching Science ~ Paul Hastings E-24 A

Conversation with P. Hastings, Davidson, Patterson, Dr. Ross, & R. Yunis

8 Laws Every Virginia Parent Should Know ~ Heritage Defense E-24 B

Can a social worker come into your home without a warrant? How old does your child have to be to leave them home alone? Part of protecting your parental rights is being informed on the laws in your state. Come learn eight laws that every Virginia parent should know. Session includes Q&A.

3 Strategies to Neutralize the Cultural Attack on Your Son ~ Mark Hancock B-15 A

Unguided, ungrounded, unappreciated, and uninspired, boys are drowning in a cultural tide that treats them like defective girls. Learn three effective strategies for leading boys well from Mark Hancock, who serves as CEO of the 55,000+ boys ministry Trail Life USA.

Homeschooling for the Future Rebecca Spooner B-15 B

Homeschooling has changed drastically over the years—everything from who is doing it to why and how they go about it. What does the future look like? Do we just keep approaching the same things in the same ways, or is it time to adapt and flip the script? We aren’t raising our children for a world that was written about 20 years ago, we are raising them for the world 10 years from now. Let’s talk about proactive homeschooling, and equipping a generation for what is yet to come.

Empowering Teens: A Conversation ~ Paul Hastings B-15 C

With a wealth of experience and wisdom joined together in one room, Paul Hastings leads the conversation with Candice Dugger, Hal and Melanie Young, Mike Schutt, and Anne Miller on what it looks like to navigate the teen years. You’ll discover how to guide your teens to adulthood with confidence while fostering healthy relationships! From tackling challenges to crafting worldviews to simple tips and tricks, this workshop is full of valuable perspectives for families with teens.

Make a Game of It ~ The Jones Family B-16

Learning is fun. Games are fun. Combine them, and you have a winning combination for your homeschool! Come join Darren Jones, whose family has enjoyed playing games and homeschooling for years. We’ll discuss games that are good for teaching math (from easy math facts to calculating probabilities), history (visit a monastery for a day), and science (anyone up for colonizing Mars?). Come prepared to participate – if your number is called, you might have to answer questions about your homeschool, roll dice, or figure out whether that secret passage is really safe to take!

Escape Homeschool Burnout: Save Your Joy ~ Adelaide Oguin B-17

Did you dream that your homeschool would look one way, but now it’s starting to turn into something you don’t want and you feel trapped? It’s like outside judgments and criticisms as well as self-imposed rules are starting to overwhelm the focus of your homeschool, and you’re losing sight of the reasons you started homeschooling in the first place. You’re wondering if you’ll ever get to where you intended to go, and dealing with the resistance from your kids is exhausting because this isn’t even what you had in mind. Instead of burning it all to the ground, it’s time to extinguish homeschool burnout once and for all. In every sense of the word, we’ll “workshop” your homeschool as we discover your non-negotiables by encountering earth-shattering truths, break down your roadblocks by tackling your personal resistance head-on, and walk away with a tailored-for-you homeschool model that just gets better over time.

Can My Kids REALLY Do Well in Math? ~ Nicole the Math Lady B-18

Do you mean my kids can actually love (and do well in) math? Yep! How much your kids love (and if they do well in) math is mostly up to how it is taught. Come learn Nicole’s secrets – six teaching strategies to make math engaging, clear, and, yes, even fun. Prepare to be engaged, amazed, and up and out of your seats! You’ll leave wishing this is how you had learned math.

Obtaining FREE Aviation and S.T.E.M. Curricular Activities Civil Air Patrol ~ B-19

Find out how Homeschools can obtain thousands of dollars worth of aviation and STEM kits for your student, provided free of charge (including free shipping) by the U.S. Air Force/Civil Air Patrol.

iElect Teen Program ~ Generation Joshua E-25

Teens will enjoy a special program called i-Elect, a mock presidential election that gives them the chance to experience the challenges of running for the highest office in the land. Through this simulation, students will learn the ins and outs of grassroots campaigns, the nomination process, and what it takes to be a leader. At each phase of the program, students will learn how a real election works by actually participating in the presidential race and making important decisions that could make or break their campaign.

Session 5

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Mom-Talk with Ginny and Ruth ~ Ginny Yurich E-10

Do you ever feel like a frazzled ring leader in a circus? A circus where the acrobats are performing on your “nice” furniture, the lions are your children, and the adventures, or misadventures, never cease? Come listen in as Sandra Kim joins Ginny Yurich and Ruth Chou Simons to reflect on everything from the joy in small moments to the deeper challenges each mother faces. From light-hearted laughter to our deepest fears and concerns, join these very real moms for a time of encouragement and tender conversation.

Separation of Church and State ~ William Federer E-11 A

Discover how a nation born for religious tolerance has backfired to no longer tolerating the religion of its founders. How did America go from Pilgrims seeking freedom to express their Judeo-Christian beliefs to today’s discrimination against those very beliefs in the name of tolerance?

The Power of Imagination: Developing a Christian Worldview ~ Troy Simons E-11 B

With so many distractions vying for our kids’ attention, this workshop will explore how imagination serves as a powerful tool to meet them at the intersection between intellect and emotion.

Dreaming Big: Have You Reached Your Potential? ~ Jim Ryun E-11 C

How large is your dream? Are you adventurous enough to explore setting and realizing goals outside of your comfort zone? Jim will share some time-tested steps that led him to be the youngest middle-distance runner to make the 1964 United States Olympic Team as a junior in high school. He would become the first high school boy to run a mile under four minutes while a junior in high school. With God’s help, Jim would make three Olympic teams, and become a multiple world record holder in several running events, including the mile. He is the latest American to hold the world record in the mile. These same principles led him to serve 5 terms as a US Congressman from Kansas. Most recently, he was the honored recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor presented by the president of the United States to a United States citizen. Jim’s steps to achieving goals are time-tested and proven. Are you willing to risk failure to secure your true potential?

Equipping the Next Generation to Handle Today’s Culture The Family Foundation E-20

n this session, we will discuss the challenges to parental rights related to health and education, and the emerging clash between parents’ rights and children’s interests. We will also highlight the importance of strengthening a child’s biblical worldview and the opportunities that The Family Foundation offers for students and parents.

Entrepreneurship as Part of Your Homeschool Journey ~ Candice Dugger E-21 A

Over 60% of kids want to start a business—that means that you probably have a child who fits in that statistic—so why not include entrepreneurship as part of your homeschool journey? Launching and running a business can teach a child so many life skills, including planning, setting goals, measuring progress, keeping commitments, responsibility, dealing with disappointment, negotiating, relationships, and more! This workshop walks you through the process of including entrepreneurship as part of your homeschool experience, rather than as just one more thing to do.

Homeschooling Neurodivergent Children ~ Paul Hastings E-21 B/C

Neurodivergence encompasses a wide spectrum of cognitive and emotional facets. The desire of homeschool families to create strong, healthy family relationships drives the search for meaningful strategies and support. Join Michelle Brownell, Rachel Anderson, Sarah Collins, and Dr. Amy Moore as they examine what neurodivergence can look like and how to tailor homeschooling approaches in support of various special needs. Gain access to a wealth of resources and tools from industry experts and leave with encouragement in the freedom to homeschool your exceptional children.

Training Bold, Confident, Christian Leaders Who Can Communicate Truth to a Broken World ~ Heather Bitterling E-22 A

In today’s world, it is quite evident that it is not enough to teach our children truth—we must equip them to stand on that truth and “hold forth the word of life” (Philippians 2:16 BSB). In this session, Heather offers practical advice for training children to be bold about their faith, to lead by example, and to develop the communication skills necessary for sharing the gospel.

Organizing Your Home: Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment ~ Vicki Bentley E-23 A/B

Vicki Bentley, fellow busy homeschool mom, shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of ten. She will help you decide what is important to your family and where you need to begin, and she will discuss physical organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers.

Reclaim the Arts for Christ ~ Museum of the Bible E-24 A

What does it mean to reclaim the arts for Christ? Nicole Chavers Stratton, Director and adaptor of world-renowned productions such as C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy, and Prince Caspian, the world premiere production now playing at Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible, shares the biblical truths that can transform the mindset and patterns of Christian artists who wish to fully harness their gifts and abilities for the Kingdom of God.

The Best Lesson: The Gift of a Strong Marriage ~ Josiah & Alissa Coburn and Donavyn & Lyric Lewis E-24 B

Homeschool life is busy, full, and challenging. It can be tempting to prioritize everything but your marriage. What a grave mistake! In this fun but challenging session, we’ll help you discover why modeling a strong marriage is the best gift you can give your children—and how to get there.

Maranatha! A Whole Cry ~ Abraham Hamilton B-15 A

Maranatha!” The word means “our Lord come.” Exclaiming it can be an appropriate expression of enduring and transcendent hope… or it can be something else. The Lord’s desire is for our cries of “Maranatha” to be made with eternal expectation that guides our engagement in the here and now. Thankfully, we haven’t been left to figure it out on our own. God’s holy Word gives us poignant instruction as to how our cries of “Maranatha” can be whole.

An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling Charlotte Mason ~ Peggy Ployhar B-15 B

Using the Charlotte Mason pillars for instruction as a framework for homeschooling can open up wonderful opportunities for learning while providing the freedom to customize curriculum and pace to meet your family’s needs. Peggy takes the three basic pillars of the Charlotte Mason methodology (home environment, character training, and lifestyle learning) and expands them by sharing eclectic parenting and homeschooling ideas she has used over 18 years of homeschooling. In this session, families will be equipped with many practical and customizable ways for using the Charlotte Mason pillars that they can easily implement into whatever homeschooling framework they choose.

Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting ~ Israel Wayne B-15 C

Everyone struggles with anger on some level, but when anger is a frequent occurrence with your children, over time, it will damage your relationships and hinder your effectiveness. Are you tired of being stressed-out and ready to have a peaceful atmosphere in your home? Learn how, in this important workshop.

Educación bilingüe para familias hispanas ~ Karim Morato B-16

Educar a niños bilingües y preservar su herencia puede ser un reto para las familias hispanas que educan en casa. Es una realidad que las segundas generaciones pueden perder la lengua hablada de sus padres. Aprenda a crear un ambiente bilingüe en casa para que sus hijos puedan sumergirse en dos culturas y disfrutar de los beneficios de hablar dos idiomas. Exploraremos estrategias educativas y multiculturales, recursos y mucho más. 

EZ+1: The IEW Method of Teaching Institute for Excellence in Writing B-17

Learning to write is foundational to a child’s education, but for many students it is confusing and frustrating. Likewise, for some teachers, training students in composition can seem overly complex and burdensome. However, teaching students to write well is not only possible, but it can be enjoyable! Learn how to get started using IEW’s effective and enjoyable approach for teaching composition to reluctant writers, gifted students, and everyone in between. Using models, checklists, and a clear pathway for incremental skill progression—an approach we call EZ+1—IEW’s Structure and Style writing method instills confidence and builds competence in writing for students of all ages and abilities. You can teach your students to write. We can help.

You Can Help Develop Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills ~ BJU Press Homeschool/ HomeWorks by Precept B-18

Critical thinking is a commonly used term in homeschooling communities, but why is it so important? What makes it such a crucial skill to master, and how can you assist your child in developing it? Let’s explore the various resources and techniques that can aid in the cultivation of this vital ability.

Unlock the Puzzle ~ RightStart Mathematics B-19

Have you heard the buzz about RightStart™ Math? Come hear about our philosophy and what sets us apart from other programs. We teach children that a real mathematical problem is like a puzzle, that math is more than memorization, and that math is fun. Come and learn what’s special about our math curriculum!

Graduation Rehearsal 12:30

Ceremony 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Graduation B-21 A/B/C

Session 6

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Raise Resilient Kids Who Embrace Life with Confidence ~ Dr. Kathy Koch E-10

Learning about resiliency’s many benefits will inspire you to let your children struggle so they can learn from their experiences. You’ll discover how to support and instruct them without overprotecting or rescuing them. Learn how to walk that fine line, the best ways to help children handle disappointments when things don’t go their way, and how to encourage them when they give up. Dr. Kathy’s practical techniques work!

George Washington Carver ~ William Federer E-11 A

We will learn about his life and faith in his own words.

Hard Homeschool Days: 20 Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress & Restore Peace Katie J. Trent E-11 B

What do you do on those difficult days when your children are resisting their schoolwork, your curriculum isn’t working, or your family is experiencing a crisis? Katie shares simple tips to help you smoothly sail through the most common homeschool struggles. You’ll walk away encouraged and equipped to make this the best year ever!

Adapting Activities to Include Mixed Ages and Abilities ~ Sarah Collins E-11 C

Are you longing to find predictable points in your day to bring all your children together around the table, rather than distractedly jumping from child to child? This course will provide tips to keep children of all ages and abilities engaged, as well as help us to set realistic goals specific to our kid’s needs.

Entrepreneurial Essentials Lead to Success ~ The Entrepreneur Game E-20

Fostering your child’s creative thinking and decision-making skills through entrepreneurship is essential in today’s digital age. This specialized workshop focuses on equipping your children with 21st-century skills to navigate and excel in the rapidly changing landscape. Emphasizing problem-solving, innovation, and adaptability, we aim to prepare your children for future success.

Teaching with Math Card Games ~ Kathleen Cotter Clayton E-21 A

Put your kids on a winning team by playing math card games. Games are fun and exciting! They can teach as well as provide practice for the facts. Games become an application for the information, and children of various abilities can play together. Join us for some FUN as we show you how to play some addition, multiplication, and fraction games.

Homeschooling Conversation: From Beginning to End ~ Hal & Melanie Young, Aimee Euccee, Leslee and Eric Wallace, Anne Miller E-21 B/C

The days are long and the years are short” is often used to describe the nearly two decades we have with our children at home. Walk with Karim Morato, Hal and Melanie Young, Aimee Eucce, and Eric and Leslee Wallace through the seasons of parenting and homeschooling from the preschool years to launching your young adults. Glean from years of experience, wisdom, and practical advice as these speakers dive into the challenges and strategies of starting and sustaining a successful homeschool journey.
and watching movies, all contribute to creating the unique chemistry of a family.

Soaring with the Strengths ~ Michelle Brownell E-22 A

Empower your strong-willed child when you rediscover your love for your child and learn strategies for reducing tension and building connection! We often see our strong-willed child as intense, pushing boundaries, breaking limits, and questioning everything. What if we flip the script and start seeing them as high-energy, tenacious, creative, and curious? Rather than constantly fighting against your child, learn how to shift from control to connection and cultivate a home atmosphere where you can stay calm while your child feels empowered!

The Family That Stays Together, Stays Together ~ Steve Demme E-23 A/B

God created marriage and the family. Home education is a lifestyle of learning where parents and children do life together. Working, eating, reading books aloud,

Call to Arms: The Guts & Glory of Courageous Fatherhood ~ Chuck Black E-24 A

There is a spiritual war being waged for our families. Our enemy is strong, and we are in his territory. Dad, if you don’t fight for your family, no one else will. When a soldier is in enemy territory, he is alert, focused, and purposeful about every move he makes, with weapons ready. Only you stand between the enemy and your family, for God has given you the authority and the responsibility to stop him from destroying your marriage and your children. This takes courage—but your calling is noble It is God’s call to arms. Chuck offers straight answers and practical help for dads who are looking to protect, train, equip, and launch soldiers for Jesus Christ.

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? ~ Ryan Collins and Nathanael Miller E-24 B

In this session, Ryan Collins and Nathanael discuss the rise of AI and its potential to reshape society, from the job market to disrupting the education system. Miller and Collins will cover how to use AI as a tool that moves humanity forward and warn of the potential dangers of allowing AI to dictate every aspect of our lives.

To Whom Do You Answer? ~ Rebecca Spooner B-15 A

Choose this day whom you will serve . . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15 ESV). Are you walking in bondage or freedom? Following faith or fear? Whether you feel like a slave to your curriculum, systems of thought, the pressures people place on your shoulders, or something else . . . it was for freedom that Christ set us free—and it’s time to walk in it.

Freedomship and Entrepreneurial Education ~ Andrew Pudewa B-15 B

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

How to Combat Screen Time in a Tech-Heavy World ~ Ginny Young B-15 C

Screens are everywhere, from the local pizza parlor to your minivan and everywhere in between. Screens offer considerable benefits in many arenas of life, but excessive use can severely hamper childhood development. In this session, you will learn strategies to combat screen time in a tech-heavy world.

Why Introduce American History to Early Elementary Students? ~ American History Education Project B-17

Introduce and engage young children in the stories and values that make America exceptional through Great Picture Books. The focus is on the joy of sharing great stories and beautiful artwork with our children, while at the same time passing along family values, including our Christian heritage. We will also discuss the critical importance of reading aloud to our children. But it’s mostly about having a great time reading together as a family, while bringing history to life in order to pass along family values, with age-appropriate stories of American History!

Help! My Kids Don’t Want to Read! ~ As the Stars of the Sky Foundation B-18

Shockingly, a recent analysis of US data on children’s performance in public and charter schools shows that the percentage of 4th graders not proficient in reading has increased to 68%. That is worse than in previous years! It is well established that reading proficiency is a critical marker in a child’s educational development. What can you do if your children don’t want to read? Join Soraya Coffelt, who is a lawyer and a former judge, comes from a family of voracious readers, and raised her children to be readers. You’ll learn some valuable tips and techniques to help your children get on the right track toward developing a love of reading.

Finding Time Where There Isn’t Any ~ Graceful by Design B-19

This interactive session will provide you with practical, easy-to-implement organizational strategies tailored to the unique challenges we face as homeschool moms & families. Learn from Jenna, a homeschooling mom of three, who will share insights on how to balance teaching with everything from food prep to home organization, kids’ activities, and the craziness of everyday life.

4:30 p.m.

Used Curriculum Sale Gleaning ~ Exhibit Hall C

Glean the UCS remaining items. FREE Curriculum and homeschooling items. Take as much as you want for your family, your co-op, or your friends!

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