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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

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.

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.

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, and it will be in Heaven without forcing Christian institutions into either tokenism or a form of affirmative action.

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 towards 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.

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 use to classify, discuss and evaluate the diversity that exists with the homeschool movement.  Understanding these frameworks, and their associated labels, in useful for developing one's own practices.

Three Homeschool Movement Founders and their Legacies

The modern homeschool movement is now 30 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 nor their legacies. This talk will introduce and discuss the contribution of three individuals who wrote books and created organizations dedicated to promoting their own vision of education: John Holt, Raymond and Dorothy Moore and Rousa Rushdoony.   

Better Brain Better Behavior

Practical information towards improving a child’s attention, learning and behavior choices will be discussed through the lens of brain function.

Pre-emptive Apologetics: Using Faith and Reason to Prepare Students for College

 Christians should be asking ourselves how we are to adequately prepare our students for the spiritual and intellectual struggles that they will face in college.

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

 Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Overcorrecting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.

Spelling and the Brain

Find out in this workshop how spelling information is most efficiently stored in the brain, and why.