workshops at the Virginia homeschool convention

Wondering where to start laying that foundation? With more than 150 workshops to choose from, it can seem a daunting task to pick the topics that are most important to you. Here are some popular tracks to help provide some framework for your choices. There is something everyone, from the beginning homeschooler to those who are near the end of the journey—and everyone in between!


Beginning Homeschooling

Figuring out where to start homeschooling? The beginner track starts with three How-to-Begin Homeschooling workshops on Thursday, and then take through additional steps to doing it right, from choosing curriculum to teaching several ages at once. Be sure to check the Basic Homeschooling track, too!

Yvonne Bunn Kristen Eckenwiler Hal & Melanie Young
Kathie Morrissey Tom Clark
Connie Albers Jeannie Fulbright Tracy Klicka
  • How to Begin: What You Really Need to Know ~ Yvonne Bunn
  • Know the Law: Notifying and Testing Demystified ~ Yvonne Bunn
  • Reading: Am I Doing This Right? ~ Kristen Eckenwiler
  • Homeschooling Truths That I Keep Re-Learning ~ Kristen Eckenwiler
  • Homeschooling Is Not Enough ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Homeschool from the Beginning ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Managing Multi-Level Teaching ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • 10 Homeschooling Questions to Ask Yourself Daily ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home ~ Tom Clark
  • Starving the Fear ~ Connie Albers
  • Charlotte Mason: ExcellenceWithout Sacrifice ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • The 7 E’s for Choosing Curriculum ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven ~ Tracy Klicka


High School

See the high school years looming ahead? Diane Kummer presents a three-session track on Thursday that takes you from planning for high school through setting sail for college or work—and there is plenty of help for those post-high school years as well!

Diane Kummer Jonathan Brush Lorraine SantaLucia
College Fair College Panel
  • Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans ~ Diane Kummer
  • You Can Homeschool High School…If You Can Make It Through Tomorrow! ~ Diane Kummer
  • High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
  • Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management ~ Diane Kummer
  • Charting Your Way Through High School for College, Workforce, or Military ~ Diane Kummer
  • Debt-Free Degree ~ Jonathan Brush
  • Ten Crucial Years ~ Jonathan Brush
  • Demystifying Finding Aid for Higher Education ~ Lorraine SantaLucia
  • College Fair Panel


Basic Homeschooling

Nearly every workshop will offer vision, renewal, or encouragement for your homeschooling journey, but this track keeps close to the nuts-and-bolts of teaching your children at home. Veteran homeschoolers will find much of value, as will the homeschooler who is just getting started.

Phil Tuttle Josh Denhart Mike Smith
Kathie Morrissey Adam Andrews Hal & Melanie Young
Pat Wesolowski Eric Smith Kristen Eckenwiler
  • “How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials ~ Phil Tuttle KEYNOTE
  • The Amazing Chemistry Show ~ Josh Denhart KEYNOTE
  • Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision ~ Mike Smith KEYNOTE
  • Common Core—the Impact on You ~ Mike Smith
  • 10 Homeschooling Questions to Ask Yourself Daily ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • Managing Multi-Level Teaching ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • How to Get Your Kids Excited About the Bible ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • The Socratic Method for Dummies ~ Adam Andrews
  • Education in an Hour – Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting ~ Adam Andrews
  • Homeschooling Co-op Style ~ Pat Wesolowski
  • Plant a Seed, Grow an Entrepreneur! ~ Pat Wesolowski
  • Homeschool from the Beginning ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Homeschooling Is Not Enough ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Critical Thinking: Thinking Clearly in a Confused Culture ~ Eric Smith
  • Homeschooling Truths That I Keep Re-Learning ~ Kristen Eckenwiler
  • Charlotte Mason: Excellence Without Sacrifice ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • From Notebooking to Online Classes ~ Connie Albers
  • Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling ~ Tracy Klicka


Of Interest to Moms

Like a breath of fresh air, these workshops provide special inspiration to weary moms who need to be rejuvenated with a renewed sense of hope and purpose! You don’t need to be perfect to homeschool.

 

Kim Hyland Connie Albers
Jeannie Fulbright
  • The Role of Desire in the Life of the Christian ~ Kim Hyland
  • Casting a Gospel-Focused Vision for Homeschooling ~ Kim Hyland
  • Help for Mompreneurs ~ Connie Albers
  • Starving the Fear ~ Connie Albers
  • What If I Ruin My Child? ~ Connie Albers
  • The Cure for the “Perfect” Life ~ Kathi Lipp
  • I Need Some Help Here! Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan ~ Kathi Lipp
  • Overwhelmed? ~ Kathi Lipp
  • Woman Interrupted ~ Kathi Lipp
  • Walking by Faith ~ Kim Hyland
  • Enough: Because He Is, I Am ~ Kim Hyland
  • How to Build Your House ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven ~ Tracy Klicka


Of Interest to Dads

From mentoring your children to paying for college, the workshops are of special interest to dads.

Phil Tuttle Jonathan Brush Sam Black
Hal & Melanie Young Hugh Whelchel
  • How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials ~ Phil Tuttle KEYNOTE
  • Debt-Free Degree ~ Jonathan Brush
  • Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture ~ Sam Black [ADULTS ONLY]
  • Demystifying Finding Aid for Higher Education ~ Lorraine SantaLucia
  • Raising Real Men ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • The Biblical Meaning of Success ~ Hugh Whelchel


Of Interest to Teens

Besides the amazing STEM Teen Program by Kidmin Science, there are many workshops that teens or young adults will find of great interest.

Phil Tuttle Jonathan Brush Josh Denhart
Diane Kummer Eric Smith Hugh Whelchel
  • How to Save a Generation: Josiah and Today’s Millennials ~ Phil Tuttle KEYNOTE
  • The Amazing Chemistry Show ~ Josh Denhart KEYNOTE
  • Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management ~ Diane Kummer
  • What I Wish I Had Learned Before College ~ Hugh Whelchel
  • The Biblical Meaning of Success ~ Hugh Whelchel
  • What Teens Don’t Know About the Bible—But Should ~ Eric Smith
  • How to Adult: The Importance of Finding, Building, and Keeping Great Relationships ~ Jonathan Brush
  • What Students Should Learn Before They Launch ~ Jonathan Brush
  • College Fair Panel


Special Learners

One of the many blessings of homeschooling is being able to recognize your child’s own strengths and then teach to his own unique learning style. But that can often present its own challenges if your child has—or you suspect he has—a developmental or learning disability. Or maybe he or she has other special needs that must be met. Learn from parents who have been there!

Faith Berens Kristen Eckenwiler
  • Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs – Faith Berens
  • Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans) ~ Faith Berens
  • Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success – Faith Berens
  • Could It Be a Learning Disability? – Kristen Eckenwiler
  • The Gift of Multi-Sensory Teaching – Kristen Eckenwiler
  • Help Parents of Struggling Learners ~ Faith Berens, Sarah Olbris, and Judi Munday


Relationships

Longtime homeschoolers know that the joy of homeschooling is centered in developing strong and loving relationships with your spouse and your children—and preparing THEM learn to build essential relationships as they enter adulthood.

Hal & Melanie Young Jonathan Brush Kathie Morrissey
  • How to Be Happily Married While Homeschooling ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Radically Transform Your Family Through Family Bible Study ~ Jonathan Brush
  • How to Adult: The Importance of Finding, Building, and Keeping Great Relationships ~ Jonathan Brush
  • Training Character into Your Children ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • Discover What’s Right with Your Middle School Child ~ Connie Albers


Finance, Healthy Living & Home Organization

Oh, Mom! You’ll find a plethora of “how-to” memes on social media, but let’s be real! Life always looks perfect on someone else’s Facebook page. These workshop help you set realistic goals along with tried-and-true, practical ideas and insights for putting a plan into action.

Kathi Lipp Hal & Melanie Young Connie Albers
Pat Wesolowski Tracy Klicka Jonathan Brush
  • The Get Yourself Organized Project ~ Kathi Lipp
  • Sanity’s in the Freezer ~ Hal & Melanie Young
  • Help for Mompreneurs ~ Connie Albers
  • Plant a Seed, Grow an Entrepreneur! ~ Pat Wesolowski
  • Order in the House! Peace vs. Chaos in the Home ~ Tracy Klicka
  • Debt-Free Degree ~ Jonathan Brush
  • Demystifying Finding Aid for Higher Education ~ Lorraine SantaLucia


Apologetics/Creation

Trust in the Word of God is our foundation for training up children. These workshops explore God’s creation and help provide answers for children—and parents—so they who can faithfully explain and defend biblical truth.

Mike Snavely Eric Smith
  • The Pillars of Evolution ~ Mike Snavely
  • The Hunters & the Hunted ~ Mike Snavely
  • Grand Canyon ~ Mike Snavely
  • Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations ~ Mike Snavely
  • Spiders ~ Mike Snavely
  • What’s a Worldview? And Why Do Worldviews Matter? ~ Eric Smith
  • Is the Bible Trustworthy? ~ Eric Smith


Academic Subjects

For the parent who wants more of the nuts-and-bolts information for academic subjects, it’s all here—reading, language arts, math, science, music, art, and social studies. Expand your vision by learning from some of the most accomplished in each field!

Adam Andrews Ian Andrews Barry Stebbing
Tom Clark Ruth Cooper Lainna Callentine
Katherine Loop Jeannie Fulbright Dave Stotts
  • Language Arts/Reading
  • Building the Perfect Reading List ~ Adam Andrews
  • Raising a Worldview Detective ~ Adam Andrews
  • “But What Good Is an English Major?” ~ Ian Andrews
  • Music & Arts
  • Master Class
  • Learning to Draw ~ Barry Stebbing
  • Math & Science
  • Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math ~ Tom Clark
  • Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story Problems? ~ Tom Clark
  • UH, OH! The Fractions Are Moving In! ~ Tom Clark
  • X and Y Got Nothin’ on Me: Algebra Like a Boss ~ Ruth Cooper
  • Teaching High School Science ~ Lainna Callentine
  • The Breathtaking Respiratory System ~ Lainna Callentine
  • Revealing Arithmetic from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop
  • Revealing Algebra from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop
  • Revealing Geometry from a Biblical Worldview ~ Katherine Loop
  • Solving Your K-8 Science Struggles ~ Jeannie Fulbright
  • History & Social Studies
  • The Power of Adventure Learning, Part 1 ~ Dave Stotts
  • The Power of Adventure Learning, Part 2 ~ Dave Stotts
  • Who is the King in America and Who Are His Counselors? ~ William Federer
  • Miracles in American History, Parts 1 & 2 ~ William Federer
  • Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy ~ Lawrence Reed
  • The Origin, Nature, and History of Money ~ Lawrence Reed



Pick the topics that are most important to you!