Thursday, May 25

1:00 p.m.                             Registration begins
2:00-3:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 1
2:30 p.m.                           Vendor hall opens
3:30-4:30 p.m.                    Workshop session 2
5:00-6:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 3
7:30 p.m.                  .         Regional gatherings
7:30-9:30 p.m.                    Teen and alumni dance (Gallery)
8:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall closes
8:30 p.m.                            Special gatherings

Friday, May 26

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 Suite
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 4
12:30-1:30 p.m.                  Workshop session 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 6
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
7:45-9:15 p.m.                   General session and keynote address (Salem)
7:45-9:30 p.m.                   Teen and alumni games (Gallery)

Saturday, May 27

8:30 a.m.                            Registration begins
9:00-10:30 a.m.                 General session and keynote address
9:30 a.m.                            Vendor hall opens
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 9
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 ceremonies

2023 Conference Workshop Schedule

The letters before the talks represent the following 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

Session 1 Thursday 2:00-3:00 p.m.

B            Katie Dugdale, Homeschool Lingo Defined—Classical, unschooling, Charlotte Mason, deschooling, unit studies, read aloud, co-op, wild and free, dual enrollment—maybe you’ve been reading homeschool blogs or talking with a friend, and you’ve heard some of these terms. You nod along like you understand, but in reality, your brain is swimmy and trying to keep up. Homeschooling comes with its own language and terms. Join me as we define the terms commonly used in homeschool circles. Knowing the language of homeschooling can help with choosing (or not choosing) curriculum, classes, schedules and more! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #1

L             Julia Nalle, Tips and Tricks for Adapting Curriculum for Special Needs Learners—What happens when your children don’t fit the mold? How do you respond when their learning style is the precise opposite of yours? Join Julia Nalle, mother to three adopted and two biological kids, co-writer of BiblioPlan and teacher for 40-plus years, as she facilitates an honest and heartfelt discussion for parents who are scratching their heads over their struggling or special needs learners. In this session, she will discuss some of the reasons why your child may be struggling and share practical, fun strategies for helping your child. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #2

G            Sonya Shafer, Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Homeschool—Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children and practical tips for cultivating the Top Three. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #3

G            Megan Scheibner, The A to Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool—If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character-healthy leaders are those who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. If we spend our homeschooling hours simply on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. In our few short years with our children, we must focus on first things first and character is always the first thing! Megan will challenge parents to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #4

G            Andrew Pudewa, Teaching Boys and Teaching Girls: Towards a Better Understanding—This workshop is an in-depth look at the neurophysiological differences between boys and girls—how they hear differently, see differently, handle stress and pain differently—as well as the implications for our teaching of both boys and girls. This is an expansion on Andrew’s previous “Boys” talk. With added research, together with humor and practical stories, this presentation will delight and enlighten parents of boys, girls, or both! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #5

G            Andrea Thorpe, The Blessings of an Imperfect Homeschool—Many families strive to create the perfect homeschool, but they are soon disappointed when they discover their homeschools are not picture perfect. This, however, is no reason to fret because God uses the imperfections in our homeschool to strengthen and encourage us. In this workshop, families will learn why it is futile to pursue homeschool perfection and discover the hidden blessings of an imperfect homeschool. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #6

P             Pat Wesolowski, Preparing for College! It’s Easier than You Might Think!—How can a parent 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 well-planning, 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! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #7

T             Dr. Bill Brown, How Christianity Changed the World—This session focuses on the impact worldviews make on culture. The presentation will center on Christianity’s effect on human rights, the role of women, care for the poor and infirm, concern for the unborn and newly born, education, and science. The goal of this workshop is that the student will recognize the incredible influence of Christianity as a worldview. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #8

Session 2 Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

G            Belinda Bullard, Tweaking Misfit Curriculum to Fit Your Family—Have you purchased curriculum that, for any number of reasons, does not work for your family in the way that you thought it would? Welcome to home education. Recuperating the expense for your purchase is a gamble, giving it away might be a level of generosity that is unaffordable, and throwing it away would be unthinkable. In this workshop, Belinda helps parents discover various ways to add or adjust purchased curriculum to make it fit your family’s needs. She covers why some packaged curriculum is not always a good fit, and what to look for before you invest in something. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #9

G            Janice Broyles, Making Good Writers of All Students—How do we make good writers out of our students? This session discusses the need for good writing in today’s times and offers step-by-step instruction in building the good writer in your student. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #10

G            Tom Gurganus, Playing to Learn—In this most fascinating of workshops, you will learn that games can be a fun way to enhance your homeschool journey. We will cover the benefits of gameschooling, how to get started with it and learn how to do it without making your wallet cry. Try gameschooling—because learning should be fun. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #11

P             Steve Scheibner, Training Young Men to Be Gentlemen in a Feminist Culture—Is behaving like a gentleman an outdated and antiquated idea? Join Dr. Steve in a lively discussion of how to teach our young men to be masculine in a society that seeks to squeeze them into a feminine mold. Becoming a gentleman starts at home. Discover ways to cultivate a culture of masculinity without raising men who are brutes! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #12

P             Paul Cwik, How to Teach Economics and Personal Finance to Your Kids—This workshop shows parents how to set up a free (but professional) class on economics and personal finance. Economics is an important part of our lives, and understanding how it works helps us to be better citizens. Many parents outsource these courses to suboptimal providers, where economics becomes drab and boring. However, this workshop will provide you with the free tools and resources you need to successfully teach the wonder of how strangers are able to cooperate in a free market. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #13

GB         Gretchen Roe, Pack Your Homeschool Bags! Practical Advice for the Journey—Wouldn’t you just love to know the practical applications of experienced homeschool parents? How can you accomplish it all while keeping sanity (and joy!) in the process? Join Gretchen Roe for 15 practical ideas from veteran homeschool parents to implement this year to make your homeschool journey easier. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #14

G            Pat Wesolowski, Gifts, Talents and Entrepreneurship—Don’t wait until your students are in high school to begin teaching economics, financial planning and entrepreneurship. As homeschooling parents, we have the time and the freedom to help our children discover their gifts and talents before they leave home. It’s helpful to have career, vocation, and/or ministries to pursue after high school. The sooner they formulate a plan, the sooner they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Our teens can become entrepreneurs with multiple streams of passive income, preparing them financially to go and be and do whatever they are called to do. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #15

T             Dr. Bill Brown, The World of Worldviews—This session explores the reality that worldviews result from being human. All worldviews fall under one of three major categories: Naturalism, Transcendentalism, and Theism. Each will be explained, showing comparisons and contrasts. The goal of this workshop is that the student will be able to recognize the different worldviews present in philosophies, religions, popular culture, literature, and entertainment. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #16

Session 3 Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

G            Belinda Bullard, Ten Messages I Would Tell My Younger Homeschooling Self—This is an intimate look at almost two decades of homeschooling from the perspective of someone who has completed those years and can reflect accurately and honestly. Belinda speaks candidly during this time together about her own homeschooling journey, and the journey every homeschooling parent takes, during the time together. This is an important point of view for any parent struggling not to lose herself (or himself) in the trenches of meeting everyone else’s wants and needs. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #17

BY         Julia Nalle, Bits of Wisdom for Moms and Dads of Pre-K through 2nd Graders—This session is homeschooling 101 for the just starting out, excited, nervous and deer-in-the-headlights parents of pre-K through 2nd graders. If you’re teaching for the first time, then come and hear from a veteran with 35+ years of experience. Learn what works with this age and what doesn’t, what Julia did right with her own kids and what she wishes she’d done differently. Filled with practical advice, pearls of wisdom and a good bit of humor, this is a down-to-earth session full to the brim with useful help and advice. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #18

L             Sonya Shafer, Using Charlotte Mason with Special Needs—Yes, you can use Charlotte Mason principles and methods with a special needs child. Sonya shares what she has learned from more than 15 years of teaching her daughter with autism, pervasive developmental delays, and language processing issues. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #19

P             Takeila Hall, Money Matters: Saving and Paying for College—Join CFNC experts to learn about strategies to pay for your child’s college education. We will share details on saving, including the NC 529 Savings Plan, scholarships, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and more. You will leave this session more confident about the financial aid process. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #20

G            Andrew Pudewa, Principles of Motivation—A student of motivation for decades, Andrew has organized fundamental ideas of motivation into three categories: four forms of relevancy, three laws of motivation, and two secret weapons. This is an expansion of Andrew’s previous talk “Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Be Making Forts All Day,” with new and updated information, stories, and tips to help kids learn happily and well. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #21

TG          Marcus Ross, Noah’s Flood: Where Genesis Meets Geology—How does the biblical account of the great flood in Genesis connect to geology? How do modern young-earth creationists think that this happened? What about plate tectonics and Pangaea? Here, you’ll encounter both the scriptural and geologic record of Noah’s flood and an up-to-date understanding of this fascinating time in earth and human history. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #22

OPT        Steve Noble, Christian Ethics: Is Your Student Ready for the Culture War?—Abortion, transgenderism, environmentalism, racism, euthanasia, war and peace, poverty, sexual ethics—most of our students know where they are supposed to stand on these hot topics from a Christian perspective, but do they know why? Additionally, they may have the right positions, but are afraid to voice them publicly. Is it possible to speak the truth on these subjects while remaining winsome inside hostile territory? Believe it or not, it is and with a Gospel heart. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #23

G            Matthew McDill, Leading Homeschoolers in North Carolina—This workshop is designed especially for homeschool leaders in North Carolina. Please join us in the session before the leaders dinner 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 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! (Gallery) CD/MP3 #24

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

Kirk Martin, Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles—Are you tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves if you cannot control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #25

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

G            Belinda Bullard, Don’t Just Teach History; Build a World Changer—At some point in a family’s studies, children will encounter American history. Belinda has worked for decades to expand families’ understanding of this subject beyond the traditional narrative, including helping families understand why multicultural studies are a necessity. In this workshop, Belinda discusses resources that help history leap off the page and into rich and meaningful discussions that acknowledge the past and give hope for the future. This workshop is for any parent who wants to move beyond memorization of names and dates and into the life-changing study that history can become. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #26

G            Matthew McDill, Raising Effective Christian Leaders—Are you trying to raise mediocre, people-pleasing followers? I doubt it. We want our children to be equipped to have victory in this world and to have a meaningful impact for the kingdom of God. As parents, we have a powerful opportunity to prepare them for a life of purpose and ministry. Join Matthew for this workshop on how parents can equip their children to be effective Christian leaders. In Acts 18:24-28, we will consider the example of Apollos, a great Christian leader of history, to discover 10 powerful qualities and skills we can instill in our children. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #27

G            Sonya Shafer, Feed Your Child’s Mind, Don’t Just Exercise It—Do you ever feel like you’re going through the motions of school, but the joy has gone out of learning? The problem might be that your curriculum isn’t feeding your student’s mind, it’s just exercising his mind. All exercise and no nourishment would starve anyone’s enthusiasm! In this session discover what food the mind grows on and how you can rekindle the joy in your homeschool. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #28

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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #29

LYO       Andrew Pudewa, Reading Strategies for the Struggling or Nonreader—As schools have made reading their new god, believing that producing good readers will solve all their academic problems, many children—the dyslexic, the easily distracted, the auditorily challenged—are truly left behind in the rush to improve test scores. What schools don’t know (but what many parents discover) is that reading is not simply being able to rapidly decode symbols with the eyes. With humor and insight, Andrew will share stories and strategies for helping students who need to engage the cognitive processes of reading, but who are more likely to excel through a wider variety of practical, creative, and imaginative approaches. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #30

B            Amanda Wares, Help for New Homeschoolers—Are you new to homeschooling or considering homeschooling? This workshop is for you! We will break down the NC homeschool law, discuss pulling children out of brick and mortar school and go over first steps in your homeschooling journey, including the daunting topic of choosing curriculum! Bring your questions and concerns, and we will figure all this out together! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #31

G            Marjorie McIlvaine, What if Homeschooling Isn’t Working? (Asking for a Friend)—You’ve heard the glowing reports of families creating timelines, teens innovating new solutions to old problems, nine-year-old children graduating from college—but your student won’t get out of bed to start math, or your six-year-old bursts into tears at the sight of a phonics workbook, or everybody is crying before breakfast. Whether you are just beginning with a little one, taking a teen out of traditional schooling, or your sweet little one has become a rebel (this wasn’t supposed to happen!)—you aren’t the only one. Come, let us reason together and discuss ideas. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #32

T          Dr. Bill Brown, The Dynamics of the Christian Worldview—This session focuses on the most significant worldview figure—Jesus Christ. Emphasis will be on 1) The biblical teaching about the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ and 2) His teachings about himself, the world, and the future. We will discuss how the Christian worldview answers the ultimate questions of life. The goal of this workshop is that the student will be able to articulate the essential features and applications of the Christian worldview. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #33

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

G            Katie Dugdale, Homegrown Homeschooling—Homeschooling has grown exponentially in the last few years. New resources are coming out All. The. Time! We can easily get caught up and swept away in all the choices. You chose to homeschool your children for a reason. Let’s take some time to remember why you made that choice and what makes your homeschool unique. My family gardens. I take time each year to map out what we will plant and hopefully harvest. Homeschooling, like gardening, can be planned and customized to meet your families needs. Come get some encouragement and tips to stay grounded as you journey further into homeschooling. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #34

G            Kirk Martin, 10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Meltdowns & Disrespect—Nothing is more frustrating and embarrassing than a child being defiant or melting down in public. Do you have a little one who looks right through you and says, “No!”? Do you have a teenager who defies you or rolls his eyes? Kirk will show you how to stop a meltdown in public without losing it yourself! You will learn how to turn emotional power struggles into opportunities to build trust and teach self-discipline. You will be blown away by how practical these strategies are. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #35

G            Sonya Shafer, Charlotte Mason and Her Methods—Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte and experience using her methods for yourself during the session. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #36

P             Steve Scheibner, Training Teens to Take the Initiative—Want to transition your young adults from simple obedience to mature responsibility? In this session, Dr. Steve shares the important phases teens need to learn to take responsibility for their lives. Watch your kids move from childish irresponsibility to becoming young adults who embrace ownership and initiative as they move up the “responsibility tree.” (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #37

G            Renton Rathbun, LGBTQ+ Ideology: What Our Children Are Facing and How to Respond—Kids today are inundated with LGBTQ+ indoctrination via social media, entertainment and personal friendships. Now there are movements, even within the church, that have accepted varying degrees of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Christian parents can take steps to address this issue biblically. In this session, we will explore how biblical worldview strategies can shape our children’s thinking about these concepts. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #38

G            Andrea Thorpe, Don’t Light the Match: Stopping Burnout before It Begins—Burnout is a reality for many people living in the 21st century, and it leaves scars that may be visible for years to come. Though it is a common occurrence, homeschooling parents do not have to experience the stress and pain of burnout. In this workshop, parents will discover seven different ways to prevent burnout before the new school year begins. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #39

G            Jessica Embry, To Co-op or Not to Co-op?—Do I enroll my child in co-op classes or not? Join me to discuss signing up for your local co-op classes including what to expect, what benefits there might be, and strategies for using the classes to strengthen your homeschooling journey. By discussing the pros and cons of co-op classes parents will be better equipped to make informed decisions about outside classes for the their homeschooling children. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #40

T             Dr. Bill Brown, God Is Not Silent—This session explains how and why God has revealed his character, will, and plans through the written word (the Bible) and the incarnate word (Jesus Christ). The goal of this workshop is that the student will understand the unique features of God’s revelation and how to study and understand the Scriptures. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #41

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

OP          Belinda Bullard, Preparing Now for College Success Later—Navigating the process of college acceptance and entry is as complex for parents as it is for students, and as homeschool parents, help is not always available. With two successful college graduates and a third child currently enrolled in college, Belinda shares her best practices for streamlining an overwhelming process for homeschooling families. She will cover topics such as recommendation letters, narrowing down college choices, minimizing college costs, and steps to begin even as early as middle school. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #42

B            Julia Nalle, Helping Mom Craft a Creative and Thoughtfully Designed Curriculum—Is your head spinning with all the homeschooling lingo? Charlotte Mason. Classical. Unschooling. Traditional. Are you trying to pick and choose but don’t know what would be the best fit? Do you feel stuck in the box? Come discover why one style does not have to fit all. Depending upon your child’s bent, age, grade, learning challenges or interests, mom can a la carte with purpose. Julia Nalle shares from teaching her own children and through designing the BiblioPlan curriculum that it is possible to thoughtfully pick and choose a little bit of this and a little bit of that—with success. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #43

G            Jessica Frierson, Homeschool How-Tos—Are you wondering how to homeschool with babies, toddlers and students on different levels? Is the height of the laundry mountain threatening to derail your focus for the day? Are you trying to figure out the next step now that you have picked out curriculum? Or maybe you are still trying to figure out what curriculum to use. In this workshop, Jessica shares from twenty-two years of homeschooling ten children to help you successfully work through the challenges that threaten to steal the peace and joy of your homeschool. From meal plans to lesson plans, these tips can help guide you to success. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #44

G            Megan Scheibner, Traditions, Transitions and Transparency: Lasting Success for the Homeschooling Family!—Join Megan, veteran homeschooler and mother of eight, as she discusses the importance of thoughtfully traveling the road of change and maturity with your children. Discover the significance of traditions in building security, the necessity of relational transitions for building trust, and the power of transparency to break down communication barriers. Homeschooling isn’t just about preparing our children for success. Successfully homeschooling is a ministry training ground for parents and students alike. Come be encouraged as you see how God can use your faithfulness in homeschooling to reach your world for Him. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #45

YO          Andrew Pudewa, Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination—Are fairy tales good, even important, for Christian students? Where did they come from, what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? In this session, we will discuss several basic themes in fairy tales and traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, beauty, hope, honesty, wishes) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination. With the confusion surrounding modern fantasy writing, many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories and movies. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #46

OPL       Gretchen Roe, Mountains to Molehills: Conquering Math Obstacles—Math is so often synonymous with anxiety. Successful evaluation of gaps, goal-setting to fill those gaps, and strategy implementation can change outcomes for struggling students (and parents). This workshop will benefit any age student but will be essential to parents of middle and high school-level math students. Learn the foundational skill sets to create success in high school and beyond. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #47

D            Casey Townsend, How Can Dads Stay Involved?—It seems like an impossible task to both work full time and be an active part of your children’s homeschool experience. Not only is it possible, it is vital to the health of your family and homeschool. This session will explain why, more than ever, dads need to be involved and will motivate you to take the necessary steps to be and stay actively involved. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #48

T          Laura Powell, Was Jesus a Socialist?—As socialism grows in popularity, it is becoming more common to the hear claims that Jesus was a socialist or that He would be if He lived on earth today. Is there any evidence for this in the historical documents? What support do people use to make these claims? What are the historical results of socialism, and do these outcomes align with Jesus’s desires or priorities as revealed in the Bible? Is socialism the most effective economic system? Is it the most moral? We discuss these questions and their ramifications in this workshop. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #49

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

G            Te’Essence Mack & Luz Velazquez, Multicultural Connections—NCHE is making an intentional effort to reach and serve multicultural homeschool families. We want to equip you with the information and tools you need to successfully navigate the homeschool world, while providing a unique opportunity to connect with other multicultural families. We believe that we can all benefit from an inclusive and diverse homeschool experience. Join Te’Essence and Luz, NCHE’s new multicultural liaisons, for this workshop so you can get connected with other families and find out how we are working to serve you. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #50

G            Kirk Martin, Stop Sibling Fights—It is not your job to be the sheriff and break up every sibling squabble. Your children must learn how to resolve conflict on their own. We will show you practical, stress-free strategies that work when: Your kids bicker endlessly back and forth. Children hit, scream, bite or annoy siblings. One child drains all your energy and time. Your kids whine, “That’s not fair” and “He’s looking at me!” (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #51

TP           Levi Mason, Vocational Philosophy: Understanding God’s Plan—What will you be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your calling? These questions often cause fear and confusion and our answers are often influenced by pride and misguided cultural beliefs. The enemy is heavily invested in spreading lies that keep us from understanding God’s plan. In this talk, we will explore God’s original design for work, how The Fall has changed things, and what that means for us. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #52

G            Steve Scheibner, Living on Borrowed Time, Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent—As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was initially scheduled to be the co-pilot on the first flight to be hijacked on September 11, 2001. Steve was bumped from that flight the night before through extraordinary circumstances. In this session, he tells his deeply moving story of God’s providence on that terrible day in our history. Discover how God now uses Steve to teach parents around the world to parent with purpose and urgency, as he introduces you to the nine practices of the proactive parent. Intensely practical and Bible-based, these practices are designed to give parents the tools they need and the necessary hope, to build a Christ-centered and character-driven home environment. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #53

M            Dana McDill, Victory in the Battle—As a homeschooling mom, you have an important job! The enemy doesn’t like it! He will attack you with lies, discouragement, guilt, regret, failure, doubts, anxiety and depression. He wants to keep you from God’s calling. One of the hardest things about Dana’s journey has been the battle in her mind. It has robbed her of energy, time, health and the joys of mothering, and made her lose focus on what was important. Learn how to be aware of the battle and how to be victorious in it! You can flourish as a homeschooling mom! You are not a failure. God will use your faithfulness to do great things! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #54

YO         Penny Mayes, The Benefits of Hands-on Education (Hint: It Makes You Smarter!)—Do you ever feel guilty when you allow your kids to take a break from workbooks and pencil and paper in your homeschool day to make an art project or doodle? What if I told you that hands-on instruction actually feeds your child’s brain? Hands-on instruction promotes critical thinking skills, helps students stay engaged and on task, and helps them retain what they learned for a longer period of time than simple pencil and paper. Hands-on instruction also helps with reading comprehension, decision-making skills and promotes independent learning. Plus, hands-on learning is fun! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #55

GB         Jessica Embry, Five Steps to Planning for Your Homeschool Year—Join me to go through five steps to strategically plan for your homeschooling year. These steps will include making long-term and short-term goals, writing an overall homeschool mission statement, and having discussions about time and money. By taking the time to discuss all five steps homeschoolers will be setup for the year with success! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #56

T             Laura Powell, Do All Paths Lead to God: Discovering Truth in a Pluralistic World—Many people today talk about “my truth” and “your truth,” but what is “the truth”? Do all paths lead to God, as long as we’re sincere and committed to “our truth”? How can we “test the spirits,” as the apostle John exhorted us, to know which is from God? In this workshop, we will discuss how to evaluate truth using three areas of study: logic, history and cosmology. We will compare some claims of various religions and worldviews, and learn to test them so that we may know what is true and become better equipped to recognize truth from falsehood when we encounter various ideas. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #57

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

P             Belinda Bullard, Turning High School Experiences into Transcripts That Are Impactful—One of the many benefits of educating children at home is the ability to cater learning experiences to a child’s interests and a family’s lifestyle. With homeschooling approaches like unschooling, child-directed or eclectic, we can maximize this benefit to make learning both fun and effective. Yet, documenting these learning experiences is often difficult. Belinda touches upon why these experiences are not only beneficial, but necessary, and how to successfully express them on high school transcripts so that external decision makers can clearly see what transpired during the high school years. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #58

G            Matthew McDill, How to Teach Your Children to Love and Understand God’s Word—Loving and understanding the Bible is essential to following Jesus, but it is not always easy. In this session, Matthew will give you practical tools for reading, memorizing, praying, interpreting and applying God’s Word. He offers sound insights from his Ph.D. in biblical studies and over twenty-five years of Bible teaching. The good news is that anyone can understand God’s Word! Come and be equipped to teach your children to love and understand God’s Word. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #59

G            Sonya Shafer, 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. Join Sonya for practical strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and help you and your children build sweet memories. Learn how to keep it simple by teaching your whole family together with Charlotte Mason methods! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #60

Y            Megan Scheibner, The Toddler Toolbox—Are you struggling to manage your homeschooling day because of needy and disruptive toddlers? Are your best-laid plans disrupted by “Mommy, Mommy, MOMMY!”? Take heart! Although they can be distracting, toddlers are integral to God’s bigger plan for your whole family. In this workshop, you’ll draw from Megan’s 25 years of homeschooling experience (14 of those years with toddlers in tow) to craft a plan for success. This workshop is intensely practical and will help you transform the “terrible twos” into the “terrific twos!” (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #61

D            Andrew Pudewa, The Three Best Things I Did as a Homeschool Dad—While there are many, many things I could have done better as a homeschool father, there are three distinct things that I did try to do—as consistently as possible during our years of homeschooling—which, according to my wife, were the most helpful. Come and learn what these three things are, and glean some ideas for making your homeschool years the best they can be. Moms welcome as well! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #62

G            Andrea Thorpe, Think before You Buy That Curriculum—Selecting homeschool curricula is an important and necessary part of homeschooling. There are dozens and dozens of curricula to choose among, so how do homeschool parents choose appropriate curricula that will work for their unique families? This workshop will cover five things families need to consider before purchasing new curricula. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #63

B            Marjorie McIlvaine, Achievement Testing? Let’s Chill—We’ve Got This—Slay the nerves and fear through understanding the tests and the state requirements! Which test? What are the differences among 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, the pros and cons of each, getting info from the results, as well as tips for preparing your children for testing so you can make the best choice for your family. Note: This is not about the college tests (SAT, ACT) but the testing required by NC law. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #64

T             Dr. Bill Brown, Now, How Should We Live?—This session explains a person’s response to the Christian worldview as a personal belief and lifestyle commitment to Christ. The values and behavior resulting from this commitment reflect the life and teachings of Christ. Personal spiritual growth and morality are highlighted from a biblical and practical perspective. The goal of this workshop is that the students will understand and respond to the invitation to commit to Christ and live in a way that honors Him and blesses others. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #65

Friday Night Keynote 7:45-9:15 p.m.

Steve and Megan Scheibner, Marriage, Communication and Friendship—Recognizing that a healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy home, this marriage session is a fun and fruitful way to invest in your marriage relationship. Steve and Megan teach from their book The Eight Rules of Communication for Successful Marriages and finish the session with a fun-loving look at marriage and F-R-I-E-N-D-S-H-I-P. Practical advice in a guilt-free environment makes the teaching real and applicable to all those in attendance. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #66

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

G            Andrew Pudewa, Preparation for Persecution: A Curriculum Proposal—At some time in our future, is it imaginable that freedom of speech and freedom of religion could be suppressed where we live? History would indicate so. How do we prepare ourselves and our families for such a contingency? What curriculum might best prepare us for persecution, even martyrdom? How do we cultivate necessary virtues without sparking burdensome fears? This may not be a pleasant subject to contemplate, but perhaps it will be an important one. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #67

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

9             G      Jeff Ertzberger, Hold Everything! You Mean I Can Teach My Kids to Code?—Have you wondered if you should teach your kids computer coding? But then thought—no way, I don’t have a clue how to do that. Maybe you have thought about it but have no idea where to start. Teaching your kids how to do basic computer coding can be helpful regardless of your child’s future career plans. This workshop will explore free curriculum resources that any homeschool parent can use to introduce their child to computer coding. The presenter will also demonstrate some of the latest tools for teaching coding like Osmo, Sphero robots and more. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #68

G            Kirk Martin, Discipline That Works: Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time—Instead of being drawn into power struggles, yelling and giving meaningless consequences, Kirk will show you 10 ways to discipline with dignity so kids listen to, respect and trust you. Stop the whining, complaining and tantrums. Get kids to listen when they are loud in the car or interrupt on the phone. Teach kids to control their own behavior (self-discipline) so you don’t have to “make them” behave. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #69

Y            Sonya Shafer, The Early Years: Homeschooling Your Preschooler—Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives and more. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #70

D            Steve Scheibner, 2ML (Second Mile Leadership for Men)—Second-mile leaders are those counter-intuitive servants of God who earn the right to be heard by developing a consistent love of virtue, a disciplined approach to gratification, and a submissive love for the authority of God’s Word. Male leadership is essential to the success of marriages, families, the church, and society. This session will teach men how to earn the right to be heard, prefer proactivity, reject reactivity, learn to elevate virtues above feelings, build moral muscle, seek forgiveness and develop a finisher’s attitude—powerful teaching that produces proactive fruit in our homes. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #71

P             Renton Rathbun, What Our Children Are in For at the Public University?—There have been many news articles about unrest and political activism in the public university. There have also been many stories of students leaving the faith after attending public universities. What are Christian homeschoolers in for when they embark on attending such a place? After numerous years of teaching in public colleges and universities, I will lay out the challenges that Christian homeschoolers will face, as well as biblical strategies for preparing them for those challenges. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #72

BG         Ronda Marshall, Learning and Teaching Styles—Are you confused by all the different approaches to homeschooling that are available? Wondering how your children learn best? Come gain insight about learning styles, educational approaches, how to use curriculum to fit your child’s learning style, and how you can choose a method that works well for you and your family. Obtain perspective to evaluate the sometimes overwhelming choices available to homeschoolers today. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #73

OP          Steve Noble, Civic Stupidity: Engaging the Ignorance of a Nation—In today’s cultural moment, politics is a 4-letter word for millennials and Gen Zers. Most homeschooling parents are political conservatives, but is that enough to equip our students to engage politics from a biblical perspective? Unfortunately, it isn’t. Most of my students take my civics class because their parents don’t give them a choice, but by the end, it becomes one of their favorite classes. What’s my secret? Make it relevant. Make it fun. Make it current. Drench it in a biblical worldview and a Gospel heart. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #74

T             Dr. Bill Brown, Responding to Cultural Flashpoints—This session highlights cultural issues resulting from worldviews colliding: LGBTQ, racial reconciliation, abortion, CRT, etc. Examples will show how to understand each and respond from a worldview perspective. The goal of this workshop is that the student will take a proactive approach to cultural issues and display the heart and mind of Christ. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #75

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

PT           Jeff Ertzberger, How to Dual Enroll without Losing Control—Many parents and students find the idea of dual enrollment courses attractive for high school. These courses promise college credit while finishing high school. Best of all, these courses tend to be much cheaper than the same courses in a regular college program. Unfortunately, many also find that the content of these courses leave much to be desired. This session will look at ways to obtain dual enrollment courses that do not disappoint when it comes to quality and content. Opportunities from private colleges, community colleges, and also using CLEPs to gain college credit will be discussed. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #76

G            Kirk Martin, Messy Marriage Stuff: 10 Things Your Spouse Desperately Wants You to Know—So, marriage is tougher than you expected. Before you had kids (and all that stress and anxiety), you were patient, fun, had energy, you listened. And you enjoyed more sex and intimacy. But now you yell, withdraw, snipe at each other, and you’re slowly drifting apart. One spouse coddles the child, the other is too tough. And this isn’t what you expected. So what are some very practical and easy ways to grow together instead of growing apart, to enjoy that intimacy you miss? Come learn 10 things your spouse desperately wants you to know. Serious stuff, but we’ll laugh together as well. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #77

Y            Debra Haagen, Using Historical Fiction in Homeschool—Historical fiction can be a great tool for teaching history and making it come alive for children. It is also a great tool for teaching research, discernment, and thinking skills. In this workshop, learn about practical ways to use historical fiction in your homeschool. All attendees will receive a free lapbook (ebook version). (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #78

MD         Mandie Rose, Single Homeschooling Parents Need a TRIBE—Congratulations, you’re doing it. Whether you are investigating home education or you’re a veteran, I’m impressed. Single parents are the Marines of the homeschooling world. There are many ways to make it to the finish line, but even if you are super human, you need other people to help you get there, right? Let’s take the acronym TRIBE and discover the five types of people you need to have in your school life to continue succeeding. You have the conviction; you have the motivation; now, let’s put boots on the ground in this practical discussion about personnel in the field. Semper Fidelis! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #79

G            Andrew Pudewa, Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education—What is mastery learning, and how does it relate to education? Andrew will explain the methods, goals, and benefits of the ability development model as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, “Every child can learn,” and how you can create success in areas where you or your children have struggled in the past. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #80

TG          Marcus Ross, Rocks as Clocks—When geologists say that a fossil or rock is millions of years old, how do they come to this conclusion? Learn how geologists use radioactive materials to date rocks to numerical ages as well as the assumptions and limitations to those methods. Creationist have some interesting discoveries that you’ll want to see! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #81

L             Nathan Street, Serving Children with Special Needs—Homeschooling is difficult in any circumstance, but when your children have special needs, this can be even more challenging for parents. Nearly half of learners in American today possesses some form of special need, be it anything from profound cognitive delay, autism, or physical disability to ADHD, learning disabled, or even gifted and talented. Each requires a level of individualization in order to learn. What is most important is that each can learn! Learn what parents can do to help students with special needs. Dr. Street will be joined by Dr. Simone Adams in this workshop. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #82

G            Popi Makris, Teach Entrepreneurship Concepts while They Are Still Young—Entrepreneurship embodies a set of concepts that teach so many good lifelong habits. Entrepreneurship teaches: a healthy appreciation for money, goal setting, resiliency, creative thinking and so much more. With your support, children can thrive by learning to take risks and sometimes not achieving their goals—the most powerful lessons come from failures, and there’s no better time to experience these opportunities than when we are young. Join me as I share some of the concepts that I love to teach in my entrepreneurship classes. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #83

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

GB         Inga Masek, 7 Habits of Healthy and Happy Homeschools—”Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” If Jim Ryun’s quote is true, then the habits that we create as homeschool parents are the difference between if we love our homeschool journey and have the motivation to keep going on or if we hit burn-out quickly and start looking for where to enroll our kids tomorrow. Learn the 7 habits that can help you to enjoy homeschooling for the long term. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #84

D            Kirk Martin, Dads, Discipline & De-Escalating—Dads, it’s tough when your kids don’t listen to you. You may do as I did and replicate my father’s “my way or the highway” fear and intimidation approach. But good discipline should lead to a closer, more trusting relationship. How can you be tough on your kids without alienating them? How can you de-escalate volatile situations instead of yelling or checking out? Your kids need you. Kirk will show you exactly how to do this with practical, doable, real life strategies. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #85

G            Sonya Shafer, Delightful Reading—Relax with a truly gentle approach to teaching reading. Charlotte Mason-style reading lessons include informal play, multi-sensory activities, basic phonics, and enjoyable variety. This simple plan will carry your child from learning the alphabet to building words to feeling at home in the fascinating world of books. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #86

M            Megan Scheibner, The Disciple-Making Mom—Being a mom is about so much more than feeding, dressing and driving our children to play dates! With only a few short years to impart critical spiritual truths to our children, every day becomes an eternal opportunity for teaching, training and modeling Christlikeness. This session will give mothers the tools they need to disciple their children in the most critical areas of prayer, service, Bible study, scripture memorization and genuine fellowship. Moms will walk away encouraged and strengthened, knowing that although discipling their children seems a huge task, God is on their side! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #87

MD         Gretchen Roe, Have an Exit Strategy—How Life Unfolds after Homeschool—As a homeschool parent, you can be consumed with everything necessary to help your children succeed. Sometimes, however, we forget that there will be life after homeschooling. How do you keep yourself sane in the process while planning for what succeeds your homeschooling years? Join Gretchen Roe as she discusses balancing today with an eye to your post-homeschooling life, providing you with ten valuable tips to plan your exit strategy. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #88

G            Danielle Papageorgiou, Lifeschooling: Homeschooling for the YouEconomy—The world has changed since we started out our careers. More and more people are working remotely or bringing in an income through multiple freelancing opportunities, and in many ways, entrepreneurship is easier than it’s ever been! But the problem is, the educational system, including homeschooling, has not adapted to fit this new model of livelihood. Most children still follow the same educational path that generations before them have and are not being truly prepared. Find out how lifeschooling can help your children become equipped for the YouEconomy! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #89

T             Dr. Bill Brown, Mission and Vision—This session assists the student in responding to Christ by first helping them understand their identity in Christ and then developing a personal vision. The goal of this workshop is that each student will create a mission and vision statement. These statements express their understanding of how God will use them. Over the next few years, they will clarify and modify the statements as God broadens their knowledge and sharpens their focus. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #90