2014 Conference Workshop Descriptions

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The number before the talk represents the session number; the letter represents the interest code.

Interest Codes for Talks                                                                                                              
G               General interest to all parents                                                                T               Teens and alums
B               Beginners and inquirers                                                                          L               Parents of struggling learners
Y               Parents of young children preschool to early elementary                       D               Dads
O               Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school)              M              Mom
P               Parents of teens (and possibly teens)

Featured Speakers

Dr. Anthony B. Bradley

1          G T      Dr. Anthony Bradley, Racial Solidarity: Race Relations in the Kingdom of God—It's been said that 11:00 a.m. on Sunday is the most racially segregated hour of the week. This session explores several ways in which Christians can put on display the multi-ethnic future of God's people on earth, as it will be in Heaven without forcing Christian institutions into either tokenism or a form of affirmative action. 

3          G T      Dr. Anthony Bradley, Does Society Belong to the Government or God?—This session introduces the principles of subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty from the Christian social ethics tradition. The proper role of government will be explored from the Christian tradition in light of the current progressive and socialistic ideologies that dominate current American public policy debates regarding marriage and the family, education, the economy, welfare and more.

Thursday Keynote, G             Dr. Anthony Bradley, Teaching Children to Live as the Image of God Rather than Society's Definition of Success—I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special. Today’s millennial generation is being fed the message that if they don’t do something extraordinary in this life, they are wasting their gifts and potential. The sad result is that many young adults feel ashamed if they “settle” into ordinary jobs, get married early and start families, live in small towns, or as 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, “aspire to live quietly, and to mind [their] affairs, and to work with [their] hands.” For too many millennials, their greatest fear in this life is being an ordinary person with a non-glamorous job, living in the suburbs and having nothing spectacular to boast about.


Rachael Carman

1          M T     Rachael Carman, Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.!—As an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist control freak herself, Rachael Carman discusses how we can often be our own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of freedoms of homeschooling. Are you tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. and give control of it all to God—He is faithful.  Download Handout (PDF)

3          G         Rachael Carman, Teaching Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.—How do you practically teach your kids to bless one another? Rachael Carman teaches an easy-to-remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other with words and actions.  Download Handout (PDF)

4          G         Rachael Carman, How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids—Rachael Carman uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to suggest what matters most from a biblical viewpoint. God has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime—a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas be parted and giants be slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey; you need only to seek God and hold tight to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a heart for your children is knowing your heavenly Father.  Download Handout (PDF)

6          G         Rachael Carman, Living Life outside the Normal Box—As home educators unfamiliar with school traffic, bus routes and hall passes, we are bringing up our kids outside the normal box of public education. We have not chosen the predetermined prescription for our children’s education but instead have embraced an individualized approach acknowledging God’s unique design and plan for each child. But living outside the box can be lonely, confusing and scary. How do we survive life out here? Even better, how do we encourage our kids to continue their out-of-the-box thinking as they go forward in their lives?

8          G T      Rachael Carman, Celebrating the Journey: Loving, Learning and Laughing—Homeschooling is an amazing adventure—the journey of a lifetime. There are unique challenges, opportunities and experiences. Most of us are first-generation homeschoolers. So how do we do it? It’s easy to get the priorities out of order—to focus on the head knowledge and overlook or neglect the heart. Getting our priorities straight will not only honor God, but it will also enhance the educational process.  Download Handout (PDF)

9          M         Rachael Carman, Stand by Your Man—All too often the lessons are finished, the books read and the frogs dissected, but what priority does the principal have? When does he have time with his favorite teacher? When is the last time there was a principal-teacher meeting, AKA date? Standing by our husbands through this challenging lifestyle choice is often neglected. Come and remember the blessing of a properly prioritized homeschooling home.  Download Handout (PDF)


Sean McDowell

1          T G      Sean McDowell, Atheist EncounterHow well can you defend your faith? What would you say if an atheist challenged your deepest convictions about God and the Bible? In this session, Sean will role play an atheist, raise tough questions against the faith and see how well the audience can defend their faith. Then Sean will step out of character and help students directly learn from the experience. This is a hands-on experience where you will walk away motivated and equipped to more lovingly and intelligently make a case for Christianity. 

2          T G      Sean McDowell, Truth or TragedyOur culture is deeply confused about the nature of truth. There are only two options: either embrace truth or live a life of tragedy. In this session, we will consider the nature of truth, evaluate common objections against the existence of truth and grasp the powerful implications of truth for our daily lives.  Download Handout (PDF)

4          T G      Sean McDowell, Understanding Intelligent DesignIn this session, we will explore the most recent scientific data in cosmology, physics, biochemistry and biology that point toward an Intelligent Designer. David was right that the heavens give us knowledge about God (Ps 19:1-2). Those who open their minds to the possibility of an explanation beyond the natural world will find the design hypothesis best accounts for the scientific evidence. This talk is based upon Sean’s book Understanding Intelligent Design (co-written with William A. Dembski).  Download Handout (PDF)

6          T G      Sean McDowell, Why the New Testament Can Be Trusted—In this session, students will be challenged to consider how accurately the Bible has been preserved through history. Research indicates that the Bible is more reliable than any of the top ten well-respected ancient documents. We will explore internal and external evidence supporting the reliability of the New Testament.  Download Handout (PDF)

8          T G      Sean McDowell, If God, Why Evil?—If God is all loving and all powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? Why doesn't God stop it? This is one of the toughest issues facing Christians. In this session we will tackle why God may allow evil and see that only the Christian worldview offers true hope in our broken world.  Download Handout (PDF)

9          T G      Sean McDowell What’s the Big Deal about Pornography?Pornography is more accessible, accepted and aggressive than ever before. It is a huge problem for young people, including Christian teens. Studies show that viewing porn affects how we view ourselves, other people and God. It even physically changes the structure of the brain and hurts the ability of young people to develop loving, lasting relationships. This session will provide insight, hope and direction for young people to avoid the snare of pornography.  Download Handout (PDF)


Dr. Jeff Myers

Friday Keynote, G      Dr. Jeff Myers, Cultivating Kids, Raising Children to Live Fruitful Lives—This generation of children has greater potential and opportunity than perhaps any generation in American history, and yet they’re growing up in a culture of aimlessness and passive consumerism. As one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development and a homeschool dad, Dr. Myers weaves together fascinating biblical insights, penetrating social commentary and hilarious personal stories to help you see your child’s potential in a whole new way.

5          G         Dr. Jeff Myers, The Three Hungers—In a postmodern world, young adults struggle with narcissism, relativism and apathy. They desperately need answers to three questions: “What difference do I make?” “What is true?” “What is the purpose of my life?”

7          G         Dr. Jeff Myers, Rescuing Your Children from the Culture of Irresponsibility—We hear it all around us: "It's not my fault!" American culture promotes irresponsibility and is teaching it to children at every turn. Learn the top ten strategies for encouraging "response-ability" in your child.

9          G         Dr. Jeff Myers, Why Kids Walk Away from Their Faith (and What to Do about It)—Up to 80% of young people raised in Christian homes reject the faith by the time they reach their twenties. Dr. Myers reveals what the research says about why kids walk away from their faith and shows what you can do to help them hunger for truth and righteousness.

11        G         Dr. Jeff Myers, Breakthrough Leadership—Four Steps to Cultivating Your Child’s Leadership Ability—Discover the four areas of life that all successful leaders carefully cultivate. Learn practical strategies to help identify and unleash your child’s leadership gifts so he can make a difference in the world for Christ.


Diana Waring

1          G         Diana Waring, Actively Engage Learning and Actually Enjoy Learning—One of the biggest questions people ask is, "How do I get my kids to finish their school work?" The deeper question is actually, "How do I get my kids to be self-motivated?" We will examine the answers to these critical questions, and look at specific ways to encourage and assist our children in developing ownership of their education. We must learn the critical difference between controlling and directing, between pushing and releasing, between coercing and facilitating. It is the essence of a master teacher who says, "I cannot teach you how to do it, but I can help you learn to do it." This is an interactive and practical workshop that you can put to use immediately!  Download Handout (PDF)

2          G         Diana Waring, Exposing the Wizard of Oz—A Christian's Guide to Teaching History—Discover insights from Diana's research behind the events of history. Share her wisdom for teaching history. Do you wonder, "Whom do I trust and what do I read to know real history?" Diana will equip you, regardless of your curriculum, to find your way through the challenges. She will lead you to a path you can follow in discovering treasures of history with your family.  Download Handout (PDF)

4          G         Diana Waring, Not Just Your Average Genius—In this fast-paced, easy-to-understand workshop, you will distinguish three different grids that impact the unique way each one in your family learns: learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic); learning styles (feeler, thinker, sensor, intuitor); learning intelligences (interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, spatial, math-logical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist). Discover how to honor that wiggler in your midst; how to create a rich atmosphere for learning that will attract every learner; how to utilize your children's strengths to learn subjects that are hard for them; most importantly, learn that God delights in the incredibly individualized mechanisms for learning inside each of us! With this insight, including new research on intelligences, you will be able to adapt your teaching strategies and choose your curriculum wisely.  Download Handout (PDF)

6          G         Diana Waring, The Key to Education Is Relationship—Experts in learning tell us that one of the best predictors of educational success is having a positive relationship between student and teacher. Translated for homeschooling parents: if we build healthy, happy relationships with our children, they will be able to thrive educationally. It goes far beyond desks and multiplication tables, however. For us, it encompasses every aspect of life—since our students are learning with us 24/7! Often we teach, react and parent out of fear which produces feelings of failure and guilt. These negative feelings can impact and even damage those relationships which in turn affect our children's learning. Discover how to grow these significant relationships as well as say "goodbye" to those feelings of fear, guilt and failure. Join Diana for an insightful and practical workshop that will give you tools for building and improving these critical connections with our kids.  Download Handout (PDF)

8          G         Diana Waring, Box Free Living—Rather than raising children to follow formulas, let us teach them using the principles of discipleship and then have them "follow me as I follow Christ." Rather than trying to force your homeschooling to look like someone else's, let's learn to hear from the Lord just what is best for your own family. Instead of falling victim to preconceived judgments, from ourselves or from others, let's learn to find God's way for us in this homeschooling journey.  Download Handout (PDF)

11        M         Diana Waring, Things I Wish I'd Known—Having homeschooled three children who are now all in their twenties, Diana has an almost limitless list of things she wishes she'd known about homeschooling and parenting! Come and learn from her mistakes, which are told in the unique style of her transparent humor. Prepare to laugh (and, perhaps, cry) and to emerge refreshed. (for moms only)  Download Handout (PDF)


Todd Wilson

Leaders           Todd Wilson, They Look to You—Support Group Leader’s Workshop—Like it or not, when you’re a homeschool leader, people watch you. Younger moms look to you for guidance and a pattern to follow. They want to be reminded that the sacrifices they make now are worth it, that the young children who are dependent on them will grow up and be okay and that the dark days of monotonous toiling will be replaced by sunny days of success. There are husbands of homeschooling moms who are skeptical of the whole homeschooling idea, who need to see positive examples and be encouraged to be their wife’s knight in shining armor. These young homeschoolers need you to point them to the best materials, the most effective products and the most encouraging speakers. They look to you for answers, affirmation and strength, all the while longing to hear that they are normal for wanting to toss in the towel, for feeling inadequate and for failing to do what matters most. That’s a big order to fill but one that God has called you to. You don’t need to be perfect, just real. Join Todd as he challenges you in the vital role you play as a homeschool leader.

2          G         Todd Wilson, An Unbeatable Team—In the sometimes bleak and harsh world of homeschooling, we need each other to make it through. So, if you've homeschooled for over ten years, are new to the game or are about to toss in the towel, you need to join us. And in case you are a dad and think you're off the hook, you're not! You're needed most of all. We promise that you'll laugh, be encouraged and be challenged in your distinct role on the homeschool team. (for husbands and wives)

4          G         Todd Wilson, It’s Way More than Math Facts—If you’ve ever wondered if what you’re doing really matters, then you need to hear what Todd has to say, and more importantly, what God has to say about parenting and homeschooling. It’s hard to believe that what you do matters when your kids are throwing tantrums, you can’t stand to sing (or hear) the alphabet song another time and your non-homeschooling friends seem to be having the time of their lives. But what you do in your home and homeschool does matter—it matters more than you could ever imagine. Plan to be reinvigorated and challenged by funny guy Todd Wilson as he shares the impact you make in the world when you’re teaching math facts.

6          G         Todd Wilson, What to Do when Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan—We like things nice and neat, orderly and with a predictable outcome. And while it plays out nicely on television, the honest truth is that most of the time our plans don’t come together. Instead, our plans too often fall apart, disintegrate right before our eyes and leave us dumbfounded and stunned. I’ve talked to plenty of homeschooling parents who were sold a plan. They followed the plan and then later stood before me with tears in their eyes because the plan didn’t come together. “We did everything they said to do,” they say. “We didn’t have TV; we homeschooled; we ate organic; we only wore dresses; we sheltered and protected; our kids played the violin; we emphasized the classics; we never missed family devotions; we emphasized purity; we birthed our children at home; we had a home business,” and on and on the list goes. They feel betrayed, angry and lost. I have to admit that several years ago when I heard their sob stories I inwardly wondered what they had done wrong. I believed that they must have gotten the wrong plan, or didn’t carry the plan out according to the instructions. And while some of that may be true, I know now that sometimes our plans don’t come together because God has a different plan. Join me as we take a honest and humorous look at plans, why they fall apart and what to do when they have.

8          G         Todd Wilson, Answers for the Homeschool Critics in Your Life—Even When It’s You—Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? Those nagging, sometimes-silent disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair. You sometimes feel like a wave tossed to and fro because in your heart of hearts you feel God would have you homeschool, but then again, the arguments against it are almost drowning you. Join Todd, as he goes face to face with the naysayers and shows you how to address their concerns, questions and logic of why you shouldn’t homeschool your children.

Saturday Keynote, G  Todd Wilson, This, We Believe—Dads and moms, in all the busyness of life and swell of expert advice, we've forgotten the fundamental truths of homeschooling and family. In short, we’ve forgotten why we do what we do. We have plenty of “how-tos” but have forgotten the “why-tos,” and it evidences itself in our lack of joy of homeschooling, family and parenting. Join funny guy and familyman, Todd Wilson, as he sets the stage for the best year ever as he brings us back to the basics of what we believe about family and homeschooling. You're not going to want to miss this for the world.

11        G         Todd Wilson, Taming the Techno-Beast, Parenting in the Internet Age—X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the Internet, MP3 players, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget.” Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession. Technology has become a powerful tool, but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the techno-beast!


Additional Speakers

5          G         Diane Allen, How to Succeed in Co-ops and Classes without Really Trying—Co-ops and outside classes can be what you need them to be, and they don't always have to be "formal." There is often great benefit for the parent and the student in working with other learners in a small group. Today, the trend seems to be toward very organized, structured and often expensive outside classes, but this wasn't always the case. Hear from a veteran homeschooler different ways you can organize and participate in co-ops and classes and make them work for you and your student. Answer the question, "Do we need to be in a co-op?" and explore innovative ways to make the most of any co-operative learning activity.

8          G         Diane Allen and Marji McIlvaine, Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing—The very word strikes fear into the heart of many homeschool parents. This workshop will demystify the testing process, give you the information you need to choose the test type that best fits your family and offer concrete suggestions for what to do with the test scores once you have them. Come learn how the NC homeschool testing requirement is different from the type of testing done in public schools, understand how different tests work and how to interpret the scores in practical ways. If your child struggles with achievement tests, learn what you can do to help them or provide appropriate accommodations on a standardized achievement test.


3          G         Angela Highsmith Armstrong, Starting Over Again—Just when you think you're headed down the home stretch of the homeschool journey, along comes another blessing—a child. Angela will share her experience of how she found encouragement and motivation as her family transitioned from one milestone to the next. Come learn how to take the challenge of teaching children with vast age differences and turn it into an opportunity for greater adventures and gain innovative ideas for teaching.


2          O P T   Ken Auer, Equipping Your Budding Technology Entrepreneur—"It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth." (Lam. 3:27) There was a time when older children and younger teens could find work. Child labor laws and other cultural conditions have made that more difficult—or have they? Technology has opened up the world to the budding entrepreneur. Many young people have learned how to build apps that sell in Apple's App Store, have built and run popular web sites and sell Software as a Service. This successful software craftsman will provide pointers to help budding technologists learn what they need to know to take time to learn to write software and maybe even start a business from the safety of home.


11        G         Katherine Barnett, Homeschooling from the Homefront—This workshop addresses the unique challenges that seem to affect homeschooling families within the military community. Katherine will seek to offer some practical homeschooling tips for the many moves a family might make and how to the homeschooling requirements within different states and even overseas duty stations. She will also encourage the spiritual aspect of understanding the call of a military family by God. Facing the stresses and challenges of repeated deployments and learning to train our children to trust God in this lifestyle are paramount to raising up healthy, faithful kids in these homes.


9          G         Dee Black, Common Core State Standards and Homeschoolers—Dee explains what Common Core State Standards are and objections to their implementation. He also covers their potential effect on home education, particularly as it relates to standardized testing.


5          G         D. Kevin Brown, Homeschooling Is Not Foolproof—You are homeschooling and teaching your children at home, but will this automatically mean they’ll grow up and follow Christ? Is homeschooling foolproof? Well, it’s not. But there are principles in Scripture which, if followed, will give parents and children what God desires most: a relationship that goes to the heart and not just conditioning the outside behavior. This session describes how we can raise Christ-centered young adults through a lifestyle that goes beyond the books.

11        D T      D. Kevin Brown, DadsDeveloping a Spiritual Vision for Your Family—Jesse, the father of David, had no vision for his son; while Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, did. In this session, dads will discover how to develop a multigenerational spiritual vision for their sons and daughters that will lead them to say with the Apostle John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”


7          G T      Don Brown, Fiction as a Weapon in the Culture Wars—Don will discuss how Hollywood has used fiction to undermine societal values and how to write back and fight back.


5          B         Janice Campbell, Why Homeschool? Gentle Answers for Tough Questions–Whether you love the idea of homeschooling or think it’s the craziest thing since pet rocks, homeschooling is here to stay. We’ll start with a look at the top reasons you might want to homeschool, backed by solid statistics, then we’ll talk about questions such as: Is homeschooling legal? Is testing required? How much does homeschooling cost? What about socialization? Will it take all day? Even if you already know you want to homeschool, you’ll leave this talk with confidence that you can answer tough questions from those who doubt.  Download Handout (PDF)

8          G         Janice Campbell, Model-Based Writing Lessons from Charlotte and Ben–Charlotte Mason and Benjamin Franklin offered simple, practical methods for using models to learn to write well. Their time-tested ideas have helped countless generations of students become confident, competent writers. Join us to learn how you can implement their suggestions in your homeschool, even if you have a struggling learner or find writing difficult.


1          B         Davis Carman, Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool—Are parents really qualified to teach their children everything? What about socialization? These are just a couple of the concerns that make homeschooling seem impossible. But you know homeschooling is continuing to grow. More and more families are considering it and taking the plunge. What are the top reasons? In this session, Davis discusses the moral, academic and practical reasons to homeschool and helps dispel the myths we all tend to believe. When you finish this workshop, you will know that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now.  Download Handout (PDF)

7          Y B     Davis Carman, The First Five Years of Homeschooling (I Mean Parenting)—The first five years of parenting are crucial times of development for young children. Foundations are set that give them a perspective of God, themselves and others. During these early years, children gain an understanding of love, obedience and responsibility. Their worldview will be shaped by the books you read to them (including the Bible) and the freedom they are given to sing, dance, play and explore the great outdoors of God’s wonderful Creation. Is this parenting, homeschooling, or both? In this workshop, you will discover ten things your young children should learn and experience that can make a big difference in their first five years of life.  Download Handout (PDF)


2          G         Tom Clark, Homeschooling Math without a Plan? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!—This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence and the logic of mathematics instruction from pre-school through adult. Join Tom Clark as he takes you on a sometimes humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college. In addition, considerable attention will be given to identifying the “why” of the study of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of concepts, instead of rote memorization.  Download Handout (PDF)


10        P T       Dr. Steve Condon, Finding the Right College Fit and the Most College Resources; a Homeschool Guide for Parents and Students—With 129 colleges and universities in our state and over 2,900 in our country, the job of finding the right college fit for each homeschool student can become complicated quickly. It helps to have a road map from ninth grade to graduation and a set of guidelines that might guarantee a successful fit as well as the resources to make it cost effective. Condon brings with him the network and contacts to research scholarship awards as well as institutional fit factors. This workshop will provide handouts with direct contact information for parents and students to use nationwide when researching the right college and the correct balance of institutional aid.


4          G         James and Tanya Dickens, Benefits of Homeschooling Adopted Children—James and Tanya will share the advantage of homeschooling adopted children. Homeschooling allows parents, siblings and adopted child(ren) to bond more effectively. It also gives parents the opportunity to identify, adjust and address any behavioral and academic challenges. More importantly, homeschooling minimizes the many adjustments that adopted children have to make while settling into their new home and family.

6          L          James and Tanya Dickens, No Quitting Allowed—This class will teach parents the value of setting goals/standards, consistency and the importance of follow through. It's easy for parents and students to quit when things are challenging. Understanding that parents must work in the parameters of their child's medical diagnosis, there are still strong possibilities for success and moving your child past self-imposed limits and excuses. This class is designed to encourage parents with struggling learners and offer them practical solutions for success.


1          L          Kristen Eckenwiler, Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?—When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their research for answers. At some point a parent may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle. Kristen has designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability.

5          G         Kristen Eckenwiler, Multi-sensory Teaching: Not Just for the Learning Disabled–For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching. Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods. Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy to your own classroom.

8          L          Kristen Eckenwiler, Equipping Yourself for the Struggling Learner Journey—Whether you have an official diagnosis, or simply suspect that something is just not clicking the way it should, your journey with a struggling learner is unique. Beyond the search for an effective curriculum, there is much more to learn in order to be the most effective parent/teacher for your beloved child. Join us for a helpful and encouraging discussion of the challenges you face with a struggling learner.

10        G         Kristen Eckenwiler, Teach the Way You Were Taught? NO!—Teaching the way we were taught is almost inevitable. It’s what we know and what we’re most comfortable doing. Not everything we experienced in the classroom as children was wrong, but there is so much more we can bring to our own children. Come and learn what research and experience have to say about the most effective way to teach in a homeschool environment.


7          G         J. Mark Fox, The Hidden Struggles of Homeschoolers—Let's face it. Homeschoolers struggle with lots of things and often choose to hide them. As a homeschooler for twenty-five years, a pastor of a church filled with homeschoolers and a writing teacher for a homeschool co-op, Mark has seen the struggles and participated in some of them himself! Come and hear an honest approach to facing the most common problems homeschoolers love to keep hidden.

8          G         J. Mark Fox, Marriages that Thrive in Troubled Times—Mark and Cindy have been married for nearly thirty-two years, and have had their share of troubled times and happy times. Come and hear what Mark and Cindy believe are three keys to moving your marriage from bad to good or from good to great.

10        D         J. Mark Fox, How to Be a Faithful Man—In an increasingly feminized culture, real men are becoming harder and harder to find. What does it mean to be a faithful man, influencing the culture, effectively leading your family, and helping to lead the church? Mark shares his own story and what God has taught him along the way in his own journey to becoming a faithful man.


3          B         Amelia Harper, Exploring Your Homeschool Options—Are you wondering why so many people are turning to home education? Are you confused by the homeschool lingo you hear—terms like Charlotte Mason and delight-directed? In this session, we will explain why so many people are turning to home education and give an overview of the various popular approaches so that you can discover what is best for you and your family.  Download Handout (PDF)

10        Y O     Amelia Harper, Teaching Your Child to Love Reading—If you teach your child to read, you have accomplished something. If you teach him to love to read, you have made his life richer and your own job easier! Learn ways to begin to create this love of reading and writing at an early age and to foster it as your child grows older.  Download Handout (PDF)


1          O P      Erik and Rachel Hemingway, Homeschooling "Outside of the Box"—In this workshop, Erik, Rachel and some of their children will share how "homeschooling outside of the box" has benefited their family. With no ocean experience, the Hemingways lived and traveled for over three years on a sailboat. They will share their travel testimony and how God can use "real life experiences" to shape character, teach valuable life lessons and instruct in academics as a bonus!


3          P T       Ernie Hodges, Homeschool Sports, Are They for You?—This is an introduction to the importance of sports and an overview of what is available in homeschool sports in NC. There will also be some information givenabout winning scholarships.


10        G         Jason Jimenez, Living Your Faith at Home—Have you ever been given a job that you had no idea what to do or how to complete it?  Well, that’s how many parents feel when it comes to raising children. This workshop is designed to get dad and mom on the same page and help strengthen the way they live out their faith at home. Come be refreshed and encouraged!


6          G         Andrew Kern, Teaching from a State of Rest—In this age of anxiety, waves roll over parents like breakers on the beach. Yet our Lord tells us to be anxious for nothing. Is it possible today? This workshop explores some causes of anxiety in our teaching (e.g. assessment, college admissions, comparisons, self-doubt) and considers promises and patterns that enable us to seek the best for our children without losing our minds. 


2          G         Debbie Mason. Top Ten Passions from a Homeschool Veteran—After twenty-five years of homeschooling, what does this homeschool veteran see as the most important advice to pass along to those still in the trenches of parenting and homeschooling? Debbie will share her top concerns about homeschooling. She will cover topics for all ages, from birth to young adulthood.

6          P          Debbie Mason, Homeschooling High School—The thought of teaching high school can be intimidating for many homeschoolers, causing them to question their competence. Debbie will show how you can accomplish this challenging task. She will cover topics such as what to do before high school starts, what courses your student needs and where to get them, what the law says and how to deal with co-ops and testing. She will touch on what to do along the way to prepare for college.  Dowload Handout (PDF)

7          P          Debbie Mason, Preparing for College—Does the thought of getting your student into college frighten you? One of the first questions beginning homeschoolers ask is "Can homeschooled students get into college?" The answer is yes! Homeschooled students can and do go to college. Actually, they are desired by colleges. However, it does take planning and preparation for a student to successfully apply to college and flourish in his studies. Come to this workshop and learn how to prepare for college.  Download Handout (PDF)


2          G         Kevin McClain, Three Homeschool Movement Founders and Their Legacies—The modern homeschool movement is now thirty years old, but how did we get here? Educational historians identify several key individuals who were instrumental in advancing the movement. These individuals came from very different backgrounds and had very different views. Many homeschoolers, however, do not recognize their names or their legacies. This talk will introduce and discuss the contribution of four individuals who wrote books and created organizations dedicated to promoting their own vision of education: John Holt, Raymond and Dorothy Moore and Rousa Rushdoony.

9          G         Kevin McClain, Classifying Homeschoolers—You are a homeschooler, sure, but what kind of homeschooler are you? What is your motive, your educational philosophy, your methodology? Educational philosophers and historians struggle to comprehend the homeschool movement because it is so diverse! This workshop will look at some of the major frameworks educational philosophers and historians have developed to discuss and evaluate the diversity that exists within the homeschool movement. Understanding these frameworks, and their associated labels, is useful for developing one's own practices and understanding other's perceptions.


4          O P L  Matthew McDill, How to Help Your Children Become Self-Motivated—Are you tired of working so hard to get your child to do their work or make the right choices? When will they be self-motivated? How can you help them develop this? Discipline is when parents provide external motivation for right choices (which is a necessary part of the process). Discipleship is when parents help children develop their own motivation for making the right choices because of their love for Christ. In this session, we will discuss how to make the difficult transition from discipline to discipleship. You will receive practical tips on helping your child develop godly self-motivation.

11        G         Matthew McDill, How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home—Are you fed up with the ugly talk and fighting in your home? Amazingly, it is easier to be polite and patient with those outside the family than with those we love the most! A major part of preparing our children for life is teaching them how to interact with others. In this session, we will apply biblical conflict resolution principles to the relationships in your home. You will receive practical tools for how to teach your children to handle conflict (and how to practice it yourself!).


6                B   Marji McIlvaine, So Much Curricula, So Little Time—Unit studies, classical, traditional, unschooling, relaxed, eclectic—What are all of these approaches to homeschooling, anyway? How is a parent to choose? “I bought the wrong curriculum, and it’s not working”.“I hate it!” “My friend says that other curriculum is the one.” What do I do? Marji will try to demystify the curriculum jungle and equip you to find the best pathway through it for you and your family—and enjoy the process!

8          G         Diane Allen and Marji McIlvaine, Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing—The very word strikes fear into the heart of many homeschool parents. This workshop will demystify the testing process, give you the information you need to choose the test type that best fits your family and offer concrete suggestions for what to do with the test scores once you have them. Come learn how the NC homeschool testing requirement is different from the type of testing done in public schools, understand how different tests work and how to interpret the scores in practical ways. If your child struggles with achievement tests, learn what you can do to help them or provide appropriate accommodations on a standardized achievement test.


10        G T      Bob Menges, The Biblical Worldview of Government and the US Constitution—Although the Scriptures do not specify exactly how a government must be formed, the principles of civil government are woven throughout the Scriptures. Human government was instituted by God to protect man’s unalienable rights from mankind’s sinful tendencies [Romans 13] and a proper look at the other God ordained institutions reveals the need for government to be limited in scope. This session forms the basis for understanding the biblical worldview of government in order to make the connection to the biblical foundations for our US Constitution and American government. The session will also include a synopsis of the historical background of the Constitution and the influence of the biblical worldview upon the framers.  Download Handout (PDF)

11        G T      Bob Menges, Article V and the Convention of States (COS) Project—Once most people understand how our government is supposed to operate under the US Constitution, they wonder just what they can do to help get our federal government back inside the fence of the Constitution. Recently, Michael Farris, founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (and no stranger to homeschoolers around the country) cofounded the Convention of States (COS) Project. The COS Project is a national grassroots effort to encourage the states to file applications under Article V of the Constitution for the lawful and orderly process given to us by the framers to call for a Convention of States for the express purpose of proposing amendments to the US Constitution that would "limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government". This session will explain the national project and how individuals can become involved in their own state in order to directly make a difference.  Download Handout (PDF)


3          T P       Heather Mills, SAT and ACT for Homeschoolers—This seminar won't completely prepare you for the SAT or ACT, but it will tell you exactly what you need to do to prepare on your own. For homeschool students, colleges often place more emphasis on standardized tests than they do for their publicly schooled counterparts. I'll tell you where homeschoolers excel, and where they don't—and how to improve your score as efficiently as possible.


4          B Y O Joann Nabb, Learning All the Time: Make Learning a Lifestyle during Childhood—When your children are exposed to schooling as a lifestyle, they will seek to grow in knowledge well past adulthood. Some serious ideas, as well as creative, funny and enjoyable ideas will be shared. The goal of this workshop is to instill that love of learning to go well beyond your years as their teacher.

5          G         Joann Nabb, Teaching Foreign Language—Languages and Music fall into the same category. They require consistency and earn great results in the end. Most jobs award an automatic pay increase for a second language. There are many different reasons for what language to teach and how long to teach it, but the younger you start the more success your child will enjoy. No one becomes a mathematician by taking 2 years of math or a concert pianist with 2 years of piano. Come and learn how to make the most of languages to enhance the future for your child.


9          G         Lindsey Narmour, Charlotte Mason: Her Life and Methods—This workshop is an introduction to Charlotte Mason's rich life, unique and groundbreaking methodology and her evocative ideas, which can all be used in a modern home education context.


4          L          Beth Ellen Nash, Dyslexia Remediation Options—Beth Ellen draws upon her experience with dozens of dyslexics to help parents compare several different approaches to dyslexia remediation with which she has experience including Orton-Gillingham phonics based remediations, Davis Dyslexia remediation and approaches such as National Institute for Learning Differences and Fast ForWord that address underlying neural pathway weaknesses such as memory, attention, processing speed, and sequencing.

7          L          Beth Ellen Nash, I Just Forgot! Attention, Memory, and Processing Speed—For many struggling learners, before academic breakthroughs can occur, underlying weaknesses in memory, Attention, processing speed (and other areas) need to be addressed. Beth Ellen will discuss some of the possible breakdown points as well as provide some suggestions and exercises to support students with struggles in these areas.


9          P          Robert M. Nelson, Career and College Promise (CCP)—College Opportunities for Homeschoolers—This seminar includes a review of the Career and College Promise (CCP) program giving special attention to admission criteria, costs and transfer of credit to senior institutions. Robert will leave time for questions and answers.  Download Handout (PDF)


2          B         Charles Nettles, Getting Started and the Homeschool Law—Deciding to homeschool is a big decision for a family. Where do I begin? How do I start? What does the law say? Do I need a classroom? Do I have the ability to teach my children? Will they listen to me? Yes, you can homeschool successfully! These and many other questions will be answered by a veteran homeschool dad. This workshop is designed to help you get off on the right foot with your homeschool. Come learn from our experiences!


10        G         Steve Noble, The Ugly Side of Homeschooling—This session will be plain talk about the "ugly" side of homeschooling with emphasis on parental burnout, strife amongst siblings and extended family and societal pressures.


1          G         John Notgrass, Preserving the Harvest—The homeschooling movement will continue to be successful only if each successive generation catches the vision of faithfulness. John Notgrass, a homeschool graduate, believes that his parents have been successful parents because they have passed on to him a vision for serving the Lord with his life. John encourages parents to keep investing in their children through high school and beyond, preparing them to bear much fruit in God’s kingdom.


3          G         Andrew Pudewa, The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing—We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include: What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Isn’t the assignment clear enough? Why don’t students find their own errors? Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: overcorrecting, holding back help, unclear assignments, and over-expectation.

5          Y O     Andrew Pudewa, Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day—Children like to do what they can do; they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.

7          G         Andrew Pudewa, Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm—Escaping the “conveyor belt” approach of instructional education by which most of us were shaped isn’t easy, but it has to be done. For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose  of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders and communicators—so desperately needed in today’s world.

10        G         Andrew Pudewa, Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences and Cures—“Nature deficit disorder” refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of emotional of physical and emotional imbalances. It can affect individuals, families and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth and beauty.


5          T P O   Joshua Rexford, Stories through Stage and Screen—Come learn the importance of the dramatic arts as we examine the impact stories have on our lives and culture.


7          M B     Amanda Wares, What to Do when Dad Isn’t on Board—Amanda shares her own story of a husband who was against homeschooling and will give advice on what to do if: a) Dad is completely against homeschooling, b) He will allow it, but isn't very excited about it, or c) He is supportive, but doesn't offer help.

9          B Y     Amanda Wares, Homeschooling for Preschool—When does homeschooling really begin? Do you need a curriculum to homeschool your preschooler? How about some advice on keeping those busy little guys occupied while you are schooling the older kids? This workshop will be a practical look at these youngest members of our homeschool.