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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Seven Things about Homeschooling I Have to Keep Re-learning

Whether you are a beginning homeschooler, or a seasoned veteran, you have core truths that call you back to your greatest success. Join Kristen as she shares her personal list of seven insights she wishes someone had told her about homeschooling. Her passion for homeschooling and encouraging spirit are sure to help you move forward with renewed enthusiasm.

George Washington, Role Model: Teaching American History

America's remarkable Founding Fathers all agreed that George Washington was the greatest of them all. What personal characteristics set him apart? How did Washington's choices affect the situations and the people around him? How can we use his example to teach our children to identify and use their unique gifts and to make wise, ethical decisions?

The Cold-Case Reliability of the Gospels

Are the Gospels reliable accounts of the life, ministry and death of Jesus? In this presentation (utilizing examples from his investigative work), Jim examines the reliability of the Gospels in a broad overview of his book, Cold-Case Christianity. This session will teach the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence as it makes a four pronged case for the reliability of the eyewitness Gospel accounts. Participants, after applying the template jurors use to confirm the reliability of the Gospels, will emerge with greater confidence in the reliability of the accounts.

How We (mis)Handle the Scripture: Teaching the Bible Biblically

It’s not enough to use the Scripture; we must also handle it rightly. In this session, John walks through some common bad habits in how we read and teach the Bible and then offers a framework for understanding and teaching it to our students.

Training Boys to Become Men: Rites of Passage, Ceremonies, and Blessings

Manhood, in general, has been under attack for decades, and even the process of becoming an adult has become nebulous. It is clear that a boy needs someone to tell him when he becomes a man, and ideally, that someone should be his father. Our culture does not have a significant rite-of-passage for boys the way other cultures do (such as a Bar Mitzvah), which may be a key to helping boys learn how to become men. We will discuss possibilities for how to implement blessing ceremonies, training programs and other rites of passage as you raise your sons.

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. Dr. McClain 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.

Raising Exceptional Children: Geniuses to Those with Learning Disabilities

Dara and Tracy raised two boys with genius IQ’s and homeschooled them successfully! One of these children also had ADHD, dyslexia, and Asperger’s syndrome. The other three boys were of average intelligence and successfully graduated in spite of dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and ADHD. Each is on a very unique path, but all are becoming the men that God created them to be.

Sports and Homeschooling High School

Many homeschoolers stop homeschooling at high school because they think their child will miss out on sports opportunities or sports scholarships if they don’t go to school. We discuss sports opportunities and how talented kids can apply for sports scholarships without going to school. Local sports opportunities are included in a handout.

The Common Core and Homeschoolers

Educational solutions for children should be made within each state with direct parental input. However, with the Common Core State Standards parents have been dismissed from the educational process and yet are still held responsible for paying the bill. The Common Core means a loss of local control, a loss of parental rights, a loss of privacy and a high dollar tax burden.

Clearing the Foreign Language Hurdle VICTORIOUSLY!

Need help choosing which foreign language, curriculum or approach to use in your homeschool? Find out: 1. How and why so many students fail to achieve proficiency with ordinary methods. 2. What brain researchers and language acquisition experts are saying. 3. The difference between various curricula, programs and methods and what will work for you.