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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

The Six Traits of Great Writing

From academic papers to creative writing, from poetry to prose, great writing has these six characteristics. Once you know what they are, you will know how to respond to and assess your child’s writing at every stage in the process. Rubrics and other handouts from the Writers-in-Residence program will be provided.

The Case for Truth

In a relativistic, pluralistic world, how can we claim anything is objectively true? In this presentation, Jim investigates the nature of truth and tolerance. This session will examine alternative theories of truth and provide a “truth test” to illustrate the difference between material truth claims, moral truth claims and metaphysical truth claims. Participants will learn how respond to relativism in their culture as they come to understand the classic definitions of truth and tolerance.

You Can Do Unit Study

Everyone talks about the magic of unit study as if it were the key that could unlock the learning kingdom. But doesn't it require creativity, preparation and resources? Isn't it easier to just let them use a stack of textbooks and workbooks? How will I know that I've covered everything? You'll learn which subjects are appropriate for unit study, how to create your own unit studies easily and inexpensively. And you'll leave with the confidence that you and your student can make the homeschooling journey into something more joyous and less tedious than what you've been experiencing.

Have We “Lost” the Culture? God’s Command to Be People of Hope

It’s tempting to look at everything happening in the world and despair. We may want to escape or capitulate, but Christians are called to truth and hopeful engagement. This session offers a practical theology of culture that can guide families as they raise the next generation to make a difference in the world for Christ.

The Thrill of a Thriving Marriage

Why settle for a run of the mill marriage? A successful marriage is within your reach and well worth the effort. This workshop will discuss keys to developing a thriving marriage relationship rather than one that simply endures.

How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home

Are you fed up with the ugly talk and fighting in your home? It’s amazing that it is easier to be polite and patient with those outside the family than 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 teaching your children to handle conflict (and practicing it yourself!).

The Incredible Influence of Film and Television

Did you know that more people buy movie tickets in America than all sporting events and concerts combined? Did you know ten movie theaters opened in China today? Did you know that entertainment is America's second largest export? In this session, we will go over the incredible global power of the entertainment industry and how we, as Christians, can harness it to share the gospel worldwide.

Living What We Believe: How to Connect Belief and Behavior

It’s one thing to know the right answers, it’s another to live consistently. In this session, John explores what it means to cultivate virtue in the next generation.

How to Do Church Where Homeschoolers Thrive

Can a church survive and even thrive if it doesn't separate families at the front door? Where do homeschoolers go and what do they do if they desire a church that supports age-integration in its ministries, believes fathers need to be equipped to lead their homes and encourages vibrant worship and missions? Mark has pastored the same church for twenty-eight years and will share what he believes are the essentials of a healthy, thriving church.

Foreign Language and Homeschooling—the Adventure Begins!

From kindergarten through high school, foreign language study can be an effective and fun part of your homeschool. Marji and Caryn will give you the tools to figure out which methods of teaching are used by the various curricula so you can make an educated choice and avoid expensive mistakes. We will talk about the common questions homeschoolers have: What should you look for in a curriculum? What level of proficiency can you expect? Is my kindergartner too young? How can we handle high school credit? Why isn’t my child speaking the language?