General Conference Schedule

Thursday, August 6

12:00-1:00 p.m                   Leaders’ luncheon
1:15-2:15 p.m                     Leaders’ session
1:00 p.m.                            Registration begins for preregistered and onsite
1:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall opens
2:30-3:30 p.m.                    Workshop session 1
3:35-3:55 p.m.                    Gathering: Region 3
4:00-5:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 2
5:20-6:20 p.m.                    Workshop session 3
7:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall closes
7:30-9:00 p.m.                    General session and keynote address
7:30-9:30 p.m.                    Teen and alumni cotillion-style dance
9:45-10:45 p.m.                  Alumni social

Friday, August 7

8:30 a.m.                            Registration begins
9:00-10:30 a.m.                  General session and keynote address
9:30 a.m.                            Vendor hall opens
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.          College Fair, Garden Terrace, Embassy Suites
10:35-10:55 a.m.                Gatherings: Parents of Preschoolers, Homeschooling with a chronic illness,
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 4
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gatherings: Regions 1, 2, 4, 5
12:30-1:30 p.m.                  Workshop session 5
1:35-1:55 p.m.                    Gatherings: New homeschoolers, Homeschooling adopted children, Homeschooling with a home business
2:00-3:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 6
3:05-3:25 p.m.                    Gatherings: Regions 6, 7, 8, 9
3:30-4:30 p.m.                    Workshop session 7
4:50-5:50 p.m.                    Workshop session 8
7:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall closes for the day
7:45 p.m.                            Talent Showcase
9:20 (approx)-10:45 p.m.    Teen and alumni games social

Saturday, August 8

8:30 a.m.                            Registration begins
9:00-10:30 a.m.                  General session and keynote address
9:30 a.m.                            Vendor hall opens
10:35-10:55 a.m.                Gatherings: Military families, Homeschooling special needs children, Homeschooling Gifted Children
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 9
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gathering: Homeschooling as a single parent
12:30-1:30 p.m.                  Workshop session 10
1:50-2:50 p.m.                    Workshop session 11
4:00 p.m.                            Vendor hall closes
5:00 p.m.                            Graduation ceremony

2020 Conference Workshop Schedule

The letters before the talks represent the interest codes.

Interest Codes for Talks

G: General interest to all parents
B: Beginners and inquirers
L: Parents of struggling learners
Y: Parents of young children preschool to early elementary
O: Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school)
P: Parents of teens (and possibly teens)
D: Dads
M: Mom
T: Teens and alums

Leaders Session Thursday 1:15-2:15

Matthew McDill, Leading Homeschoolers in North Carolina—This workshop is designed especially for homeschool leaders in North Carolina. Please join us immediately following the Leaders Luncheon for a time of discussion and encouragement. In addition to receiving some practical tips about leading your groups, you will have the opportunity to share with us how North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) can serve you better. There will also be experienced homeschool leaders and NCHE board members present to answer questions you may have about leading your groups. We can’t wait to talk with you! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #1

Session 1 Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.

BYO      Jessica Frierson, Homeschool How-Tos—You asked for it, here it is! A workshop to help take you to the next step in your homeschool. Have you opened your homeschool, but don’t know where to go next? Are you stuck in a rut and need some help out? Do you need to know how to set up a lesson plan, organize your school day, deal with babies and toddlers, choose curriculum, motivate the unenthusiastic learner, and meet the state requirements? These are among the how-tos we will discuss in this interactive session.  (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #2

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Living the Homeschool Dream: Practical Strategies for the Homeschool Lifestyle—The homeschool culture has been changing, but some things remain the same. Homeschooling has an effect on your family dynamics in both rewarding and challenging ways. What may seem like just an educational choice can affect even the most mundane parts of your life. How do you navigate adjustments to your schedules, parenting and marriage? It begins with understanding that homeschooling is a lifestyle. In this session, we want to encourage your homeschool to be a place to bond and grow in amazing ways, no matter your curriculum style, stage of parenting, or how long you’ve homeschooled. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #3

G            Durenda Wilson, Homeschooling Boys: What They Really Need—Out of our 8 kids, 5 are boys. We have graduated 3 of them so far. As homeschooling moms, we can find teaching our boys extra challenging because—well—they can be very different from us. However, God knew what He was doing when He knit them together and when He chose to make us their moms. Find out some of the most effective tools to engage your boys in their education and enjoy these years with them to the fullest!. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #4

YO         Tisha Duncan, Bringing Books to Life: Connecting through Read-Alouds—For many children, reading is a way to make connections, become involved with the story line, and visit a place filled with imagination. Fostering opportunities for this level of critical thinking and creativity is important for all learners and is especially valuable for developing academic abilities and/or skills. This session will feature numerous texts, both physical and digital, which can be used with K-6 learners. Additionally, interactive read aloud will be modeled. Attendees will leave with a list of books, classic and non-traditional, which may be incorporated in the home library. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #5

G            Adam Andrews, Living Books: Implementing the Ultimate Box-Set Curriculum—Regardless of the age of your students, the classics of Western civilization offer you a complete set of the greatest curriculum materials ever created. Adam shows you how to put this treasure to work in 3 simple steps—all without buying a single textbook. Learn how to let the authors speak, and your class will never be the same. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #6

G            Tom Gurganus, What Is the Gameschooling Thing Anyway?—Gameschooling is a hot topic in homeschool circles these days. So what is it? In this session, you will learn what gameschooling is and find out how it can enrich your child’s learning, expand your toolbox, and enhance your relationships. We will go over some excellent example games and how they are used to teach. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #7

G            Ronda Marshall, Secrets of Endurance: Successful Co-ops and Tutorials—If you are finding yourself lacking motivation in your homeschooling and wonder if you can make it to the end, come and learn how co-ops or tutorial programs can help you. This seminar focuses on the benefits and challenges of co-ops and tutorials and how to organize and set up large to small ones. This session includes practical how-tos such as how to start, what questions to ask, what costs you can expect, and what policies you need up front. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #8

T          Dr. Jeff Myers, How to Stand for Truth, and Be Nice at the Same Time—Many Christians find themselves at odds with the culture around them and even under attack for their beliefs. They’re tempted to lash out, but that’s a mistake. Here’s a biblically-based strategy for combatting bad ideas in an inquisitive, friendly fashion that changes hearts and minds. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #9

Session 2 Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.

B            Andrea Hall, Start Strong: How to Start the Homeschool Year Right—Are you new to homeschooling? Are you tired of going round and round in circles with no clarity or direction in your homeschool? Join us as we talk about 10 steps to starting the homeschool year right. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #10

L             Steve Demme, Raising a Special Needs Child and Finding Support for the Journey—This workshop is Steve’s testimony of the last 30 years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny’s disability and the special, rewarding and joyful role Johnny has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God has proven faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #11

M            Dana McDill, Choosing Rest in the Midst of Homeschooling—Rest? Seriously? How in the world are you supposed to rest in the midst of piles of laundry, meals, homeschooling, outside activities, curriculum decisions, teaching older children while trying to keep your toddlers from swinging from the ceiling fan, not to mention the dealing with the expectations of others (especially extended family)? Maybe one day in a different season of life, right? No! You can choose rest now! Through the lessons she has learned, Dana wants to help you see how you can choose rest in the midst of the chaos of daily life and homeschooling and actually enjoy it! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #12

GT          Katie Dugdale & Marji McIlvaine, What’s in Your Hand? Starting a Micro-business for Teens and Adults—Micro-businesses are companies with annual sales and assets valued at less than $250,000 per year and with fewer than 5 employees, including the owner. At least 49 % of all businesses are home-based. You may be thinking, “But I don’t have any marketable skills!” What are you already doing for free that could be channeled into a micro-business—graphic design, dog-walking, babysitting, writing, yard work, sewing, teaching? If creating a business like this sounds exciting, join us to learn some basic building blocks of starting a micro-business. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #13

G            Rachael Carman, Teaching Your Children to BLESS—How can you practically teach your kids to bless one another? This talk is an easy-to-remember lesson with 5 specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other through words and actions. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #14

PT           Patricia Wesolowski, Preparing Your Teen for College: It’s Easier than You Might Think—How can parents be sure their students are prepared for life after high school? When do you begin preparing and what all do you need to do in order to be sure your students are prepared for college? With intention and wellplanning, it is not difficult to homeschool your high school student with confidence. Come and find out more about dual enrolling, transcripts, scholarships and college testing. Do not rule out private colleges that come with high sticker prices because there are many ways to bring down the cost of college! You can do this! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #15

Y            Missy Andrews, Lit for Littles: Making Reading Magical—This talk is a demonstration of how sensory experience stimulates a lifelong love of reading. Re-encounter your own childhood with this storybook enhanced instructive. Remember the magic of books and the enchanted “little” inside of you to discover the secret of engaging your own “littles” in a lifetime of reading. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #16

G         Francie Black, Online Privacy: Tools, Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Children Safe Online—There are many hardware and software solutions that offer to keep your personal information private and to protect your family from dark online content. Some of these hardware and software solutions are free; some are expensive; some are easy, and some are complex. Who has time to evaluate all of the options? In this session, we’ll talk about some simple and easy ways to give your family online protection, as well as, evaluate some of the more detailed solutions. This session will save you time, money and expose you to several online protection tools and what they offer. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #17

Session 3 Thursday, 5:20-6:20 p.m.

G            Andrea Hall, Real World Math for Homeschoolers—Math is much more than a set of problems in a textbook. Math is all around us, but how do we recognize it? In this session, you will learn how you can teach real world math to your child through everyday activities. We will tackle not only the basics but the more advanced levels of mathematics. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #18

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Hope during Trauma—You decided to homeschool to keep your children from harm’s way, but harm found your family. We will explore how to communicate and find hope during the trauma that has invaded in your family. This session will help your wounded family understand that they are still loved and wanted. We will cover learning about the trauma—how to ask clarifying questions about the event, how to survive the aftermath, and how to find resources for healing. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #19

MP          Durenda Wilson, Preparing Your Mom Heart for the Post Homeschool Years—The homeschooling journey becomes such a big part of our lives as moms. Sometimes it seems as though we will never see the finish line but talk to any homeschool mom with grown kids, and she will tell you, “The days are long, but the years are short.” What feels like a lifelong commitment soon becomes a distant memory, and when you’ve given your all to this worthy task of homeschooling, the next season can bring a conflict of emotions. Durenda has graduated 6 (so far) whom she has homeschooled from the beginning, and in this session, she shares some key thoughts to consider. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #20

B            Tisha Duncan, 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Homeschool: Silencing the Inner Voice of Doubt—I wasn’t homeschooled, my husband wasn’t homeschooled, and I train teachers for a living. I was a “never homeschooling” mom until it was time to register my child for kindergarten. Admittedly, I held many preconceived notions of homeschooling and had bought into the myth that I couldn’t educate my own child. This session will challenge the voices of doubt and give you the confidence to take control of your child’s education. We’ll discuss ways to break down some of the stereotypes about homeschooling and how it can work for your family! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #21

G            Adam Andrews, Building the Perfect Reading List: How to Find Great Books for Students of All Ages—In an engaging presentation that is as much class discussion as lecture, Adam involves the audience in a lively debate on the definition of the classic. In the process, listeners are encouraged to consider the moral and ethical nature of reading and invited to suggest candidates for a “class list” of all-time great books. This presentation teaches 3 important tests to apply to any book in order to determine whether it is worthy—and suggests some reasons why you should even care. So, which books belong on your student’s reading list? Come, listen and find out! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #22

P          Jessica Embry, Homeschooling High School: A Time for Discovery—The teen years are a great time to help your child begin preparing for their future. While having a solid academic transcript is important, exploring their interests, building their resume and learning life skills could lead to a career that lasts a lifetime. Whether they plan to go to college or not, this is a great age to use their time inside and outside the classroom in discovery. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #23

LY          Kristen Eckenwiler, Teaching Reading May Not Be as Easy as You Think—Does your child seem to be faltering in his efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, this workshop is designed to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process. You will learn the critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader, no matter the age of your child. Although this is not a vendor workshop, we are offering attendees an additional 10% discount on any of The Struggling Reader products found in our booth in the vendor hall. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #24

T          Dr. Jeff Myers, Growing Wiser: Being Wise in the Age of “Duh”—The pop culture is bent on turning us turn into fools. Yet Scripture promises life, honor and good success to those who will seek wisdom. Discover a step-by-step process to develop the quality that all successful people cultivate. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #25 

Thursday Keynote 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Rachael Carman, Remember and Do Not Forget—At the end of his life, Moses cast a vision to God’s people who would enter the Promise Land. Their parents had failed to remember God’s faithfulness. They forgot His goodness, His love, His provision, His promises. For 40 years, they wandered in the desert until the generation who witnessed the plagues and crossed the Red Sea lay buried in the hot sand. Then God raised up a new generation who stood with a new leader at their helm. As you face going forward in your homeschooling journey with obstacles, challenges and giants, the voice of Moses echoes clearly, “Remember and do not forget.” (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #26 

Friday Keynote 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Adam Andrews, Piece of (Thunder) Cake: A Solution to Homeschooling’s Crucial Dilemma—In a talk that explores the forces that shape our identities as parents and as students, Adam describes a common ground in the Gospel where we can stand with our children in the midst of the imperfections inherent in all relationships. Using a classic children’s story as a jumping off point, Adam encourages parents not to give up when the specters of failure and hardship threaten their resolve to teach their children at home. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #27 

Session 4 Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

G            Andrea Hall, How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum—Do you need help planning or creating your own homeschool curriculum? Join us as we dive into curriculum. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #28

G            Steve Demme, Parents Are Uniquely Qualified to Teach and Disciple Their Children—As a parent, you are uniquely qualified to be the primary educator of your children. You have more assets than you realize. Listen and be encouraged by a homeschooling father of 4 sons. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #29

P       Debbie Mason, Homeschooling High School—The thought of teaching high school can be intimidating for many homeschoolers, causing them to question their competence. Debbie will show you how you can accomplish this challenging task. She will cover topics such as what to do before high school starts, what courses your student needs and where to get them, what the law says and how to deal with co-ops and testing. She will touch on what to do along the way to prepare for college. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #30

L             Lindsay Leiviska, Outside-the-Box Teaching—God has a mighty plan for all of our children and has designed each of us uniquely. Is your child struggling to learn? Does she hate to read? Does the mention of math make him flee the room? Are you exhausted from the meltdowns and the tears every single day? Have you tried everything for your child and are still not making progress? Come, learn to think outside-the-box to educate your child based on his or her wiring. We will cover actionable strategies and examples of how to “teach” your child in a way in which he has been created to receive and process information best. Every child can learn. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #31

G            Dr. Jeff Myers, Rescuing Your Children from the Culture of Irresponsibility—We hear it all around us: “It’s not my fault!” American culture promotes irresponsibility and is teaching it to children at every turn. Learn the top 10 strategies for encouraging “response-ability” in your child. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #32

B            Amanda Wares, Help! I’m New! Now What Do I Do?—New to homeschooling or considering it? This workshop is for you! We will break down the NC homeschool law, discuss pulling children out of brick and mortar schools and go over first steps in your homeschooling journey, including the daunting topic of choosing curriculum! Bring your questions, and you will leave feeling more at ease and ready to get started! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #33

M            Missy Andrews, After Apple Picking: Conclusions, Confessions and Callings—This talk is retrospective of Missy’s 23-year career homeschooling 6 children K-12. Robert Frost’s poem, “After Apple Picking,” provokes reflections on the work and the fruit of Missy’s homeschooling. In this “view from the top” of the homeschooling mountain, she shares perspective for those presently engaged in the climb, fellowship for those near the summit, and a clear and urgent “call” for both. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #34

TG       Craig Seibert, Christian Citizenship 1: The 4 Structures of a Healthy Society—Biblical civics education is critically important for Christian students and parents in today’s society. Part 1 covers: Christian citizenship and what it means today, the cultural mandate given in the Garden of Eden, cultivating a biblical worldview of all of life and the 4 structures of a healthy society. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #35

Session 5 Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

M            Andrea Hall, Working Homeschool Moms: How You Can Be a Working Mom Pro—You want to homeschool, but you need to work too. Can you do it all? Yes you can! In this session, you will discover how a mom of 3, teaching at 2 online schools, director of a nonprofit and owner of a learning solutions company finds time to balance work, home and school. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #36

G            Julia Nalle, Is History Flatlining in Your Home? 50+ CPR Strategies to Bring It Back to Life—History matters! It’s story-filled. It’s inspiring. It’s full of heroes and villains, battles and bravery and kingdoms that rise and fall. The lives and choices of these individuals and events affect our own. Become the hero and make history the favorite subject of the day! Grab your pencil and spend some time with Julia Nalle, co-author of BiblioPlan, as she offers moms 50+ creative and practical ways to breathe life back into history. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #37

G            Durenda Wilson, Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance?—We all have clear reasons that we decided to homeschool, but as we continue on this journey, the lines can become blurred. It can be so easy to get caught up in how our kids (and we) are (or aren’t) performing when it comes to homeschooling. But what if that isn’t actually what we are called to? Mastery can be important. God talks about becoming skilled and the importance of diligence. But what if we are giving up purpose and exchanging it for performance? (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #38

PT           Clifton Bennett, Building Champions—This session will focus on the benefits of allowing young men and women to participate in competitive sporting activities. It will concentrate on the types of challenges and opportunities that healthy competition can provide. Competitive events can prepare them for their careers as well as other challenges they will encounter in life. Come learn about the importance of encouraging our children to embrace both winning and losing. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #39

G            Adam Andrews, Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting—If you had only one hour in which to give your student a complete education, could you do it? Adam argues that a complete and profound education can be acquired in one lesson and then sets out to prove this audacious claim in an eye-opening, inspiring presentation. Adam first demonstrates the lesson using an example from his own subject, literature. He then gives examples of the lesson from every subject in the curriculum and invites the audience to contribute their own ideas. The power of this lesson may revolutionize the way you teach on a daily basis, and it only takes an hour! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #40

G            Jeff Ertzberger, Google Tools for Home Educators and Co-Ops—From Google Docs and Google Voice to the recently released Google Classroom for homeschoolers, Google has lots of free tools for homeschool educators and co-ops. In this fast-paced session, participants will learn about Google and discover the many free, useful programs available from Google. Participants will receive a digital handout showing how to access all of the tools shown. More than 30 free tools will be shown. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #41

LY          Kristen Eckenwiler, What if Your Child Is the Fish that Can’t Climb the Tree?—“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” (Albert Einstein) Aha! That’s the moment when you finally hear your child being described, and you don’t feel so alone. What is a visual-spatial learner? Visual imagery plays a significant role in their learning. If you show them directions to a model airplane, they are overwhelmed, but, show them the model first and then the directions make sense! Come, learn how this type of learner represents 1/3 of all students. You may just find your child here. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #42

TG       Craig Seibert, Christian Citizenship 2: The Keys to Understanding the Declaration and Constitution—Biblical civics education is critically important for Christian students and parents in today’s society. Part 2 covers: The original design of the American Experiment, the role of pastors and the church in advancing freedom and liberty and the biblical ideas of the Declaration and Constitution. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #43

Session 6 Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m.

G            Amanda Garner, Through Deep Waters—If you homeschool for any length of time, you will most likely encounter times of trial and suffering. Whether it’s aging parents, wayward teens, financial crisis, debilitating illness, or mental/emotional struggles you are struggling with, you still have to “do life” and that includes teaching your children. Prepare to be encouraged and equipped to walk through deep waters as Amanda shares from her own experience of brokenness and restoration. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #44

G            Steve Demme, Fear Not! You and Your Children Can Learn Math Together—Each student is unique. Since parent educators are tutors, they are able to adapt to the needs of their individual child. Find out what the child knows, and begin there. Giving your children a firm foundation in math will equip them to succeed at every level of math. They are not behind; they are where they are. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #45

G            Debbie Mason, Top 11 Passions from a Homeschool Veteran—After 25 years of homeschooling, what does this homeschool veteran see as the most important advice to pass along to those still in the trenches of parenting and homeschooling? Debbie will cover topics for all ages, from birth to young adulthood. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #46

PT           Matthew McDill, How to Help Your Children Discover God’s Plan for Their Lives—One of the greatest desires for Christian parents is for their children to follow God’s plan for their lives. How can believers follow the Lord in making life decisions about school, marriage and work? How can they discover their abilities and ministries? You can provide the encouragement and guidance your children need to discover God’s plan for their lives. Come learn 9 biblical principles for discerning God’s will that you can pass on to your children. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #47

G           Rachael Carman, What about That Child?—What face comes to mind when you hear “that child”? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you struggle to like that child? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT is God-given for His glory. Come, learn strategies for learning to enjoy that child, to embrace that child and to train that child for God’s purposes.  (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #48

B            Amanda Wares, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Choosing Curriculum—Choosing curriculum can absolutely be overwhelming—one only has to walk into the vendor hall, open a Rainbow Resource catalog, or do a Google search to find that out! This interactive workshop will walk through the process, one step at a time. You will leave encouraged and empowered! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #49

G            Ronda Marshall, Teaching More than One (or Multi-level Teaching)—How do you teach children on different learning levels? As an experienced homeschooling mother of 6 children, Ronda shares tips and ideas on how to homeschool children of different ages and abilities. Explore how to start multi-level teaching, how to set goals, how to create a learning environment and get many practical tips for teaching multiple levels in your home. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #50

T          Dr. Jeff Myers, Truth Changes Everything—Bad ideas come at us from every direction. How can we know what is true and stand for it? In this talk, Dr. Jeff Myers shows how to have a worldview that lines up with reality and how to spot false worldviews that make us miserable. Inspire confidence, purpose and leadership by grasping the truth of a Christian worldview. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #51

Session 7 Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

G            Andrea Hall, 10 Principles of True Education—Did you know that there is a purpose for education that is more than just a diploma? In this session, we will explore the purpose of true education, identify the 10 principles of true education and learn the tools necessary to achieve this purpose. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #52

PT        Cathie Clarkson, Calling, College & Career: Discovering Who You Were Created to Be and Where You Are Called to Go—This workshop is ideally conducted with parents and students. It facilitates parent and student conversation and discovery of personality and natural gifts and abilities, and it helps link those to educational and career choices for the future. This workshop provides great resources for parents and students! (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #53

G            Durenda Wilson, Unhurried Homeschooling: Why We Need to Slow Down—In a world that is moving at warp speed, it’s easy to forget that kids are still kids. Their needs haven’t changed: they need time to explore and experiment with the real world around them, to absorb life through all their senses, to process their thoughts at their own pace. All of these are crucial in laying a firm foundation for higher learning, but this takes time. Learn why this is so important and how to protect and defend your kids’ childhoods. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #54

BY         Katie Dugdale, Getting Started with Preschool and Kindergarten—One of the questions I see come up over and over again in our local homeschool community is “What do I need to start homeschooling?” This question most often comes from moms of young children. They are ready to jump in with everything they’ve got. My encouragement is to slow down and not stress. Enjoy these preschool and kindergarten years. While learning to read and write are important, they are not the most important thing for these young years. Building trust and a love of learning are crucial. How can one teach those things? I will share some tricks of the trade I’ve learned along the way. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #55

G            Adam Andrews, Designing Your Own Lit Program: A Scope and Sequence Workshop—Many parents are dissatisfied with the books assigned in box curriculum sets, and yet, they feel inadequate to strike out on their own and create effective reading programs for their children. Adam puts these fears to rest with an inspiring lesson in scope and sequence development. Presenting a step-by-step procedure that is accessible to even the busiest teachers, Adam makes a powerful case that it’s not how many books you do, it’s how well you do them! Come, listen and be set free from the tyranny of the booklist. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #56

YO         Doug Smith, More Than Just Screen Time—Do you think of computers and technology as unproductive “screen time” or as useful educational tools? We’ll consider that question through stories and real-life examples then discuss practical ways of using technology in your homeschool to prepare your children for life and careers. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #57

L             Kristen Eckenwiler, Learning Challenges? Dyslexia? Delays? Uncovering What’s Going on and Reasons for Formal Testing—When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their search for answers. At some point a parent may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle. Kristen has designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability. What is dyslexia? If you think it is only transposing letters, you need to come to this workshop! We will also explore reasons you may or may not decide on formal testing and how to go about it. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #58

TG       Craig Seibert, Christian Citizenship 3: Engaging the Culture with Salt, Light & Courage—Biblical civics education is critically important for Christian students and parents in today’s society. Part 3 covers: A Christian response to be salt and light to culture, the difference between civics and politics and where do we go from here? (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #59

Session 8 Friday 4:50-5:50 p.m.

B            Amanda Garner, Homeschooling: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Why It’s Worth It—Join Amanda and her daughter, Sarah (a homeschool graduate), as they reflect openly and honestly about their homeschool journey. This mother-daughter duo is sure to delight and encourage you as they share about their trials and triumphs over the past 15 years. Come ready to laugh, learn and leave with the confidence that you can indeed homeschool! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #60

G            Steve Demme, Successful Family Communication Hands-on Workshop—After we explore the foundational concepts of being an honest and open communicator, we will break up into small groups and practice what we have learned. Healthy relationships are based on safe and uplifting heart-to-heart communication. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #61

PT           Matthew McDill, Equip Children for Life with 3 Critical Skills—What will my children really remember after graduation? (What do I remember from school?) Will my children have the skills necessary to be life-long learners? There are at least 3 important skills that will equip our children to succeed in any endeavor of life: 1) Research (finding the information they need); 2) Critical thinking (evaluating the information they find); 3) Communication (passing on the information they think is valuable). Come explore the importance of these skills and practical ways to teach them. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #62

D            Clifton Bennett, Dads Proudly Supporting Homeschooling Moms—This session for dads encourages them to acknowledge the significance and value of homeschooling in their families and also the stresses and challenges that their wives are met with daily. Often times as husbands and fathers, we allow our careers to overshadow the hard work that our wives put in to provide the quality education that our children receive. We will stress the importance of being both cognizant and vocal regarding the roles of our spouses as educators. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #63

G            Rachael Carman, Counter Culture Character—Arrogance, rashness, deceitfulness, prejudice, willfulness—we live in a culture that encourages, celebrates and even likes such traits. But as Christians and homeschoolers, we have an opportunity to be what Scripture admonishes us to be and to raise a generation that changes the world. So how do we do that? We do that by intentional character training and cultivation, teaching our children the positive, timeless and biblically-based traits that characterize God’s children. Come, learn about and acquire the tools you need to nurture godly character in your home. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #64

G            Jeff Ertzberger, Using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality as Teaching Tools—You may have heard about AR and VR tools, but did you know that today’s AR and VR tools are low cost and in some cases free? Bring creations to life, visit places around the world you might have only dreamed about and never leave your home. Participants will receive a digital handout showing how to access all of the tools shown. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #65

G            Missy Andrews, The Wardrobe Door: A Way into Worlds—The Pevensie children found a new world through the wardrobe in the spare room. We can too through Lewis’s classic Narnia tales. This talk will discuss the role of imagination and fantasy in the wholesome education of your children. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #66

T          Dr. Jeff Myers, Reality, Truth and Jesus—Everyone in the world has 5 questions: Am I loved? Why do I hurt? What is my purpose? Why can’t we all get along? Is there any hope? Today’s fake worldviews don’t meet our deepest needs but Jesus does. In this talk, Dr. Myers shows how 5 often-overlooked teachings of Jesus answer our heart’s questions and give us hope. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #67

Saturday Keynote 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Jeff Myers, Breakthrough Leadership: 4 Steps to Cultivating Your Child’s Leadership Ability—Discover the 4 areas of life that all successful leaders carefully cultivate. Learn practical strategies to help identify and unleash your child’s leadership gifts so he can make a difference in the world for Christ. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #68 

Session 9 Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

G       Dr. Kathy Koch, Resiliency: A Necessary Ability for Today’s Times—Resiliency, bouncing back quickly from difficulties, starts as a choice. It can become a part of who we are. It must! Dr. Kathy will explain the many benefits of resiliency so you’ll be highly motivated to parent so your children develop this quality. The suggestions will work and you will be able to create an environment that makes resiliency more likely. We and our children must recover from trauma and stress.”  (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #69

G            Jolene Erlacher, Tech-Smart Parenting—While the impact of technology is seen everywhere in society, its influence is perhaps most significant in our homes and families. As parents, we are navigating ever-changing terrain as we seek to guide our children in their use of devices, manage our own screen time, and respond effectively to the dangers and opportunities presented by today’s technology. This program will present essential practices for parents in developing a healthy family culture and media plan as it relates to managing our use of devices, and setting effective guidelines to keep our children safe, healthy and connected. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #70

G            Durenda Wilson, Creating a Family Schedule—Homeschooling is challenging, but when you have multiple ages, it can feel more overwhelming than anything! Durenda had 8 children in 12 years and homeschooled them all from the beginning. She speaks from a place of experience, but also reality. In this session, she shares a simple system that helps moms schedule their days in a way that works for them and challenges moms to think through their priorities and stay focused on what is most important so they can find a sense of calm in this busy season! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #71

OP          Marji McIlvaine, Staying Home to Homeschool—What a Concept! Do I Really Have to Outsource?—A perennial problem for homeschoolers is socialization—too much of it! At least, there are too many opportunities. Today’s homeschoolers can direct their students’ educations without ever reading a teacher’s guide. Everybody is outsourcing—are we throwing our babies out with the bathwater? Outside classes can be valuable, no doubt! But much of the data on homeschooling is founded on the radical concept of a parent and student doing the work together—at home—even if the parent is not an expert. You don’t have to spend megabucks—let’s talk about staying home and a quality education! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #72

G            Adam Andrews, The 7 Laws of Teaching and Other Myths—Adam examines the well-known list of rules for successful teachers and offers fresh insights on each one, suggesting that in some ways, breaking these rules is the best way to succeed! This inspiring talk meets parent-teachers right where they are and offers practical tips for getting the most out of the teacher-student relationship. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #73

B            Evelyn Bickley, Homeschool 101—Thinking about homeschooling? Confused about how to do it? Do you have to be a particular kind of homeschooler? What is the difference between classical education and eclectic, anyway? Will I ruin my kids if I don’t do it right? You’ll leave this workshop with knowledge of the history and law of NC homeschooling, some philosophies of homeschooling and great tips on things to help you and your family on this journey. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #74

GTL       Diane Allen, Productive Struggle: The Pathway to Growth and Ultimate Success—As parents, we become frustrated when our otherwise capable children struggle academically. Truthful struggle is the only way true learning takes place, and lessons learned in the struggle pave the way to success. Diane experienced this frustration as a homeschool parent. In this workshop, she is joined by the object of her frustration—her daughter Virginia. Together they share how to struggle productively, and how through struggle, Virginia learned to successfully navigate college and the working world. They share perspectives, strategies and critical skills for both parent and student. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #75

T          Steve Demme, Slaying Lions—In examining the life of David, Steve gleans helpful insights into the battles facing young people today. This workshop will clarify the issues and encourage our youth to stand strong in their faith. All scripture is inspired and profitable for Christians of all ages and in all times. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #76

Session 10 Saturday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Parenting Power Words—Parents can consistently use strategic power words to efficiently and effectively direct children’s thinking, beliefs, choices, character, attitudes, and behavior. Using these power words will increase cooperation and obedience, decrease frustration and arguments, and build healthier parent-child relationships. Curious? You’ll have to attend to hear some of Dr. Kathy’s favorites. You will not be disappointed. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #77

B            Danielle Papageorgiou, Getting Started (or Continuing) Lifeschooling without Feeling Terrified!—”Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Okay, now how do we do that? If the idea of such freedom both excites and overwhelms you, then this session is for you. From tips for scheduling and organizing, to ideas for finding your children’s gifts, this talk will give you the clarity and confidence that you need to begin lifeschooling—or to continue it with a better sense of direction. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #78

G            Debra Haagen, Homeschooling in the Military—Homeschooling is growing among military families at approximately twice the rate of the civilian population. A good fit because of its flexibility, homeschooling in the military has its own unique perks and challenges. Come talk with a veteran homeschooling military mom about the ins and outs of homeschooling as a military family.  (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #79

O            Katie Dugdale, Middle Schoolers Are Weird, and I Love Them!—I feel like there are a lot of resources for homeschooling young children and homeschooling high school, but what about those awkward middle school years? Middle schoolers are loud and say awkward things. Your seemingly intelligent child can no longer seem to function to do the most basic of tasks. Bodies are changing, hormones are raging, and yet, they are still little. These years are unique and special. How can we love our middle schoolers well and help them thrive in these transitional years? (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #80

G            Rachael Carman, 7 Simple Steps to Sanity—Ever feel like you are about to lose your mind as a stay-at-home mom. There’s so much to do and so little time. How do you balance it all? How do you know what to do and what not to do? Laugh along with Rachael as you see how insane our culture is and how peaceful walking with God can be. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #81

G            Jessica Embry, Gifted Education—What does it mean to be gifted? What are some tips for homeschooling my gifted child? How can a gifted student benefit from homeschooling? If these are your questions, join me for a discussion of these issues and more! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #82

G            Vanessa Lopez, Homeschooling in Crisis—Choosing to homeschool does not come with a bubble that keeps our families safe from the wears and tears in life. Oftentimes homeschool families experience major challenges like job loss, death, sickness and divorce. These challenges can not only interrupt our lives, but also impact our schools. This workshop shares strategies and tips for continuing on our homeschool journey during times of crisis. We will explore topics like, keeping our faith, building our community, and finding resources to help. A crisis doesn’t mean we have to end our homeschool. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #83

T          Dr. Jeff Myers, Hearing and Understanding God’s Call on Your Life—“Follow your dreams.” “Discover your passion.” “Take some time to find yourself.” The culture is full of hideous advice such as this, and that makes it harder, not easier, to find a sense of calling in life. We’ll examine the idea of “vocation” (from the Latin Vocare, “to call”) to discover those things that are so much a part of God’s design for us that they not only make a difference for others, they also return energy to us and make us feel more alive. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #84

Session 11 Saturday 1:50-2:50 p.m.

G         Dr. Kathy Koch, 8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Child’s Intelligences—All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Each intelligence will be explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths and what to do about it. The ways children are smart are also relevant to friendships, obedience, and spiritual growth. All the applications make this fun and important! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #85

D            Steve Demme, Tips for Being a Faithful Dad and Supportive Husband—God designed men to be servant hearted leaders and to lay their life down for their families. Married for 40 years and father to 4 homeschooled sons, Steve shares what he has learned from God’s word and his family. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #86

G            Durenda Wilson, Nurturing Sibling Relationships—This is the most popular topic I speak on! Most of us didn’t factor into the equation just how much sibling conflict would be part of our homeschooling days! It can be exhausting! As homeschooling parents, we have a unique opportunity to nurture sibling relationships among our children. Find out practical ways to do this and what an important part of our homeschooling it really is! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #87

GB         Marji McIlvaine, Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing—Can someone just tell me about the testing in this state? NC requires annual standardized testing for all homeschooled students. Which test shall I choose? What are the differences in all the tests? Is one “better” than the others? What do the results mean? Can my child fail? We will cover all the common major testing options, the differences in the tests, the pros and cons of each, getting info from the results, as well as tips for preparing your children for testing in order to equip you to make the best choice for your family. Note: This is not about the college tests (SAT, ACT). (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #88

G         Doug Smith, Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together—Save time and money by teaching most school subjects to all of your students together. Learn practical strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and build sweet memories using Charlotte Mason methods! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #89

OPT        Diane Allen, Homeschooling Effectively through High School—Navigating middle school and high school generally strikes fear in the heart of parents! Diane and her homeschool and Appalachian State graduate daughter, Virginia, share insights, best practices and critical skills that must be mastered during high school. High school can be the best time of homeschooling and set your student up for success in college and beyond! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #90

G         Adam Andrews, Teaching with Grace: An Unlikely Path to Success in Your Homeschool—How do we maintain high standards in our homeschool while also encouraging and supporting our students? Adam addresses this question with an inspiring explanation of grace: the most powerful engine of achievement ever invented. With a mix of demonstrations and discussion, Adam offers step-by-step instructions for unlocking the power of this world-changing principle. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #91