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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Will the Real “Classical Education” Please Stand Up!

As a Latin teacher I love literary studies and understand the value of the liberal arts. But I shudder whenever I hear the word rigorous mentioned in relationship to Christian education, since it comes from the Latin noun, rigor, which means “the stiffness of death.” A true Christian philosophy of education ought to lead us into a vigorous, not rigorous, lifestyle of learning.

Homeschooling a Houseful

Sometimes you wonder how you’re going to meet everyone’s needs. Melanie Young, mother of eight, shares encouragement and ideas for how to raise independent learners, keep the household moving, and make sure the little ones get enough attention!

What Homeschoolers Won’t Talk About

Do you sometimes wonder what in the world you were thinking when you signed up to homeschool? Do you tend to compare yourself and your school and your children with others and find that you are lacking? Dara will address issues like insecurity, feelings of inadequacy, being overwhelmed, not having perfect children, not being a perfect mom, etc.

Manners Matter & Mean Success

Parents, come and learn invaluable insight on making manners a priority in the home with useful techniques and games to make teaching manners fun, easy, and effective. You'll love this.

Your Tween/Teen Can Write Well: Learning the Steps to Effective Writing

Starting with the basics of planning, using effective tools, organizing details, and creating luring introductions and satisfying endings, your student can gain the confidence and skills needed to eventually write a winning scholarship essay. It is never too early or too late to learn these valuable 

Avoiding Burnout

is a common problem for homeschooling moms. If we want to thrive and persevere in homeschooling, we need to avoid this syndrome. Debbie will explain what it is, what causes it, its symptoms and how to prevent or remedy it. 


-All recorded talks from the 2014 NCHE Conference and Book Fair

This product is a DVD-ROM disc that will be mailed to you. It contains all the keynote and workshop talks and handouts from the NCHE 2014 Annual Conference and Book Fair except the following:

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.

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.

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.