Thrive! 2017 Vendors Workshops

Vendor Workshop Schedule

Session 1 Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The College Decision: Why It Is Important and the One Key Factor You Will Want to Take into Consideration, Patrick Henry College (Beth Crossmon)—Colleges are considered by some to be the educational capstone of students’ academic experience. Included in this workshop will be discussion on the purpose of higher education and practical tips in how you can see the inner workings of a college (including the worldview that is cultivated there). (Conference 2)

How to Date like a Geologist, Cornerstone Educational Supply (Dr. Marcus Ross)—How do geologists determine the ages of rocks? Join creation paleontologist Dr. Marcus Ross as he walks us through the various geological dating methods, sorting out the facts, inferences and assumptions. You'll learn great science that affirms God's Word with clarity and charity. This is biblical geology at its best! (Conference 1)

How Kids as Well as Mom and Dad Benefit from Learning a Foreign Language, Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® (Kit J. Strauss)—We will discuss the many benefits of learning a foreign language for everyone! Through fun and lively demonstrations, discussion and videos, we will show how adding a foreign language component to homeschool curricula will benefit parents and their children as well as add an element of fun and enrichment to their homeschool studies. (Ardmore 1)

Session 2 Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Let's Play Games, RightStart Mathematics (Eve Hullette)—This workshop will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts more! Come and discover games to help your child learn their math facts! (Conference 2)

Home Business Education 101—7 Foundational Principles that Aren’t Taught in School, Educating for Success (Rhea Perry)—Owning a home business is one way for entrepreneurs to implement their leadership abilities to impact their world and further the Kingdom of God. So how can you encourage your students to become godly business people? Get the answers, plus learn the secrets of entrepreneurial education in this delightful session. (Conference 1)

Voyage: Preparing for Life's Adventure through College and Career Readiness, Thrive Academics, Inc. (Dr. Brandon Edwards)—Voyage: Preparing for Life's Adventure is an online program that guides students through the stages of college and career readiness while developing essential life skills needed for thriving in life. This workshop will help participants understand the importance of having their high school students complete Voyage in preparation for their college and career experience. (Ardmore 1)

Conquering Academic, Behavioral and Social Struggles, Brain Balance (Dr. Victoria Naumann)This workshop dives into what’s behind children’s academic, behavioral and social struggles. The audience will learn about what’s going on in the brain for these children, and ultimately, what can be done to break the cycle in order to make improvements for the child and family. (Ardmore 2)

Session 3 Thursday 5:20-6:20 p.m.

Meeting Your Child’s Special Education Needs at Home, BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept (Sharon Fisher)—Parents know their children better than anyone else and can become well-equipped to make accommodations to meet the needs of their struggling learner. Let’s talk about nutrition, learning environment, teaching and learning materials and styles and routine to help meet the needs of your special learner. (Conference 2)

Pursuing a Faith that Thinks, Southern Evangelical Seminary—In a culture that emotes rather than reasons, that thinks with its feelings and is hostile to opposing ideas, it is critical that we train ourselves to proclaim the Gospel with passion and persuasion. Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College has a myriad of ways we can assist in this endeavor of pursuing a faith that thinks. (Conference 1)

Anthony Comstock: Margaret Sanger's Nemesis, Family Vision Resources (Scott Dix)—Come and learn about the amazing life and work of this Christian moral fighter. Anthony Comstock accomplished almost overnight what it took Sanger and others over 100 years to overturn. Anthony Comstock is our nation's most successful Christian reformer, and he literally fought and won the purity of a nation. (Ardmore 1)

God Didn't Just Make Plants to Smell Nice, Young Living Essential Oils (Karen Cichorz)—Creation, Day 3, God spoke into existence the plant kingdom. And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of the earth...You shall have them for food" (Gen. 1:29-31). Come discover the power plants have on our emotional, mental and physical well-being. (Ardmore 2)

Session 4 Friday 11:00 a.m.-Noon

How to Teach with Tapestry of Grace, Tapestry of Grace (Michael Somerville)—In a personal and practical look at our premier humanities curriculum, Michael Somerville tells the story of Tapestry of Grace and reviews the goals of this classically-aligned, whole-book, unit-study program. In this session, we outline our core concepts and methods for both newcomers and veterans looking for a refresher. (Conference 2)

How G. A. Henty & Historical Fiction Help with History, Geography, Language and Character Development, Jim Hodges Audio Books (Jim Hodges)—George Alfred Henty grew up during the reign of Queen Victoria with a Christian worldview. He was Cambridge educated, a military officer, and a fantastic storyteller. Learn how to incorporate his historically accurate novels into your history, geography, character and language curriculum—just by reading or listening! (Conference 1)

Classic Literature: The Starting Point for Teaching Language Arts, Total Language Plus—Discover how to effectively teach your student using excellent books as your starting point. Students will utilize integrated lessons to master spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and punctuation. Third graders through high schoolers will cover analytical and critical thinking while they hone their writing skills with appropriate assignments that teach effective communication. (Ardmore 1)

The Picture Smart Bible—Designed for This Generation, The Picture Smart Bible (Dan Peters)—Want the Bible to become your "first response" in every situation? Take your family to a deeper level in Bible truths; draw your way through the Bible, discovering major concepts, people and events. No talent is necessary. This program has: K through adult, minimum prep, maximum retention and lots of fun—that's TPSB! (Ardmore 2)

Session 5 Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Myth-Busting the “Boxed Curriculum” Stereotype, BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept (Sharon Fisher)—Challenging everything you have heard about teaching from a complete curriculum (i.e. I have to have a teaching degree to effectively use the teaching materials), we will shed some light on the truth as we discover the benefits of using the academically excellent, biblically worldview-rich materials of BJU Press! (Conference 2)

11 Ways to Instill a Biblical Worldview in Your Children, Awana (David Roach)—Every child has a worldview. We will discuss 11 ways for us to guide children toward developing a worldview of godly wisdom so that each word they say and each thing they do is aligned with God's Word. (Conference 1)

“Mom, We’ll Wash Dishes if We Can Have Science Today,” Nancy Larson Science (Madon Dailey)—Sound familiar? I hear it a lot from Nancy Larson Science families. Children love to learn and work as scientists. Parents rave, “It’s the first science program we’ve actually finished. Oh, and it’s so easy to teach!” Find out why Nancy Larson Science works for all children and learning needs. (Ardmore 1)

Multi-sensory Math for the Homeschool, ShillerMath: Montessori Math at Home (Antoinette LaGrossa)—Your child doesn't have to struggle with math! Discover how Montessori-based ShillerMath maximizes student math learning so effectively—without tears! Learn to incorporate visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles into daily math work and how to use free diagnostic testing to create a personalized lesson plan for your child. (Ardmore 2)

Session 6 Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Experience Excellence in Writing, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Kristin Broutross)—Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started. (Conference 2)

Multi-age and Multi-subject, All Together without Mom Losing Her Mind, BiblioPlan—Do you desire to have all your children gathered around the table studying together? Do you want a simple plan that is easy for follow and has an open and go feel to it? Come learn about BiblioPlan as well as tips and tricks for teaching history and more across multi‐age levels. (Conference 1)

Teaching Science at Home with Apologia, Apologia (Becky Edmondson)—In this workshop you'll discover reasons you can successfully homeschool through junior and senior high school science; how to prepare your child for evolution-based science in secular colleges and universities, and more! Ultimately, come learn how you can face science with confidence and make it an enjoyable part of the day for you and your child! (Ardmore 1)

Conquering Academic, Behavioral and Social Struggles, Brain Balance (Dr. Victoria Naumann)This workshop dives into what’s behind children’s academic, behavioral and social struggles. The audience will learn about what’s going on in the brain for these children and, ultimately, what can be done to break the cycle in order to make improvements for the child and family. (Ardmore 2)

Session 7 Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Get Out of Your Seat and Learn Something! What to Do with Wiggly Learners of All Ages, BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept (Sharon Fisher)—Enjoy some fun, inexpensive techniques that will help your wiggly learners become more focused and help make teaching less frustrating! (Conference 2)

How We Brought Our Dad Home from Corporate America in Just 3 Years, Educating for Success (Rhea Perry)—When Drew Perry was 18, he brought his dad home from corporate America in just three years. His brother owns and operates a successful commercial roofing company. If you don’t know what to do with your budding entrepreneurs, don’t miss both stories (with pictures) of how the Perrys raise entrepreneurs. (Conference 1)

Your Kids Don't Have to Hate History, Notgrass History (Charlene Notgrass)—Notgrass History combines engaging narrative lessons, full-color photographs, primary source documents, classic literature and hands-on activities to help children with different learning styles love history. Veteran homeschool mom and author Charlene Notgrass explains how Notgrass History can help you teach the heart, soul and mind. (Ardmore 1)

Aiming Higher, Daughters of Decision (Kirk Thomsen)—In a world filled with multiple distractions, it's easy to get off track and chase a lot of "soap bubbles." Keeping our minds on what is best, not just on what is good can keep us centered on those things which hold value for all eternity. The imperative is to keep aiming higher! (Ardmore 2)

Session 8 Friday 4:50-5:50 p.m.

Math-You-Hate becomes Math-U-Love with Math-U-See, Demme Learning (Gretchen Roe)—Math-U-See’s unique instructional approach using simple but powerful manipulatives, videos and textbooks helps students master math concepts and fundamental skills. Our manipulatives are used to represent abstract math concepts to be represented in clear, relatable ways. Come see how even reluctant mathematicians can help children develop a positive relationship with math. (Conference 2)

Noah's Flood: Creation Undone, Cornerstone Educational Supply (Dr. Marcus Ross)—Noah's flood is more than a story of God's judgement; it is the complete undoing of creation itself. Dive deeper into Scripture's account to discover the flood's parallels and connections to creation week, Adam, the Psalms and more. You'll come out amazed by the richness of the text. (Conference 1)

How Kids as well as Mom and Dad Benefit from Learning a Foreign Language, Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® (Kit J. Strauss)—We will discuss the many benefits of learning a foreign language for everyone! Through fun and lively demonstrations, discussion and videos, we will show how adding a foreign language component to homeschool curricula will benefit parents and their children as well as add an element of fun and enrichment to their homeschool studies. (Ardmore 1)

Session 9 Saturday 11:00 a.m.-Noon

A Vision and a Plan for Homeschooling through High School Classically, Classical Conversations (Bonnie Pechar)—This workshop will look at a vision for classical. We will offer simple solutions from what to do each day to scope, sequence, transcripts, finding community for the practice of skills, and keeping God at the center of learning. Come see what 100,000 students and their families have discovered! (Conference 2)

5 Home Business Projects that Teach Financial Literacy and Create Income, Educating for Success (Rhea Perry)—Learn the fundamentals of five proven home businesses your family can start part-time that could possibly bring your dad home like the Perrys did. They don’t require college. In fact, most home businesses don’t. You’ll also learn how to work toward a lifestyle focused on freedom rather than on a paycheck (Conference 1)

Language Arts with Apologia, Apologia (Becky Edmondson)—Learn about Apologia's new language arts curricula! Debra Bell has developed an innovative writing-based language arts curriculum that kids love! Writers in Residence is for 4th-8th graders. Readers in Residence is now available. American Literature by Dr. Whit Jones will feed your students’ love of great literature and enhance their biblical worldview. (Ardmore 1)

H.E.L.P.! Hope in Educating Your Child with Learning Problems Using RightStart Math, RightStart Mathematics (Eve Hullette)—If you are teaching a child with learning challenges, you may end up becoming very discouraged. Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning challenge or simply doesn’t get math, RightStart Math can help. In this workshop, you will learn some teaching strategies and techniques that will help children with learning challenges. (Ardmore 2)

Session 10 Saturday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture, Covenant Eyes (Ben McBride)—Families will learn how to create a safe online space and encourage ongoing conversations that empower kids to not only look away from sexualized media but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. We can prepare our kids by teaching them to exercise and train their hearts and minds to be daring and brave. (Conference 2)

Conquering Academic, Behavioral and Social Struggles, Brain Balance (Dr. Victoria Naumann)This workshop dives into what’s behind children’s academic, behavioral and social struggles. The audience will learn about what’s going on in the brain for these children and, ultimately, what can be done to break the cycle in order to make improvements for the child and family. (Conference 1)

Adoption 101, Christian Adoption Services (Jenica Cannella, MSW)—Join us to learn about domestic and international adoption. Information will be provided on eligibility, steps of the process and cost for each program. Christian Adoption Services places children through domestic adoption in North Carolina and internationally. We also provide home study services for families adopting from other countries. (Ardmore 1)

What the Bible Says about Birth Control, Family Vision Resources (Scott Dix)—Do you think the Bible is silent about birth control? Join this session for a fast-paced comprehensive overview of how the Bible deals with this topic from cover to cover, including review or key Scripture passages, biblical guidelines for abstinence within marriage and some of the most common questions and objections. (Ardmore 2)

Session 11 Saturday 1:50-2:50 p.m.

Spelling You See—Radically Different Spelling Success without Word Lists, Tests, Stress or Tears, Demme Learning (Gretchen Roe)—Spelling You See’s unique low-stress learning experience guides students through four essential activities (listening, reading, copywork, dictation) presented at appropriate developmental stages. Without using word lists or tests, these activities help students transfer correct spellings of common words to long-term memory, so they can use correct spellings in everyday writing. (Conference 2)

The Struggling Reader, The Struggling Reader (Kristen Eckenwiler, M.Ed)—Based on current research, this workshop is designed to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process to produce a successful, capable reader. Attend this workshop and receive an additional 10% discount on any of The Struggling Reader products found in our booth in the vendor hall. (Conference 1)