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Dr. Lainna Callentine is a guest professor at Wheaton College, author, speaker, pediatrician, and homeschool mother who has taught at all levels from elementary to doctorate. Dr. Callentine received her B.A. from Northwestern University, where she studied both human development and social policy while competing on a full athletic scholarship in basketball. She holds a master’s degree in education and an M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Callentine left formal medicine in the E.R. to stay home and homeschool her three children. Currently, she is working on a nine-book series called God’s Wondrous Machine with Master Books. It is a hands-on curriculum for children showcasing the human body. Dr. Callentine has dedicated herself to being a lifelong child and family advocate—and to fight to rebuild the American family—because she believes that children need their parents more than ever, in order to grow into healthy, spiritually mature adults.

Workshops

Top Ten Myths about Homeschooling Math
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.

UH, OH! The Fractions Are Moving In! (There Goes the Neighborhood!)
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.

Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story-Problems? (And Why Would You Want To?)
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 simplearithmetic 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.

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
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.