General Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 27

12:00-1:00 p.m                   Leaders’ luncheon
1:15-2:15 p.m                     Leaders’ session
1:00 p.m.                            Registration begins
1:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall opens
2:30-3:30 p.m.                    Workshop session 
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, May 28

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 
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 p.m.                            Talent Showcase
9:20 (approx.)-10:45 p.m.  Teen and alumni games social

Saturday, May 29

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 ceremony

2021 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.

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Finding Hope after Trauma Finds You—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 1) CD/MP3 #2

G            Rebecca Spooner, Teaching the Child You Have, Not the Child You Want—This session is for anyone who is homeschooling a child who just doesn’t seem to be into it. Books aren’t really their thing; writing is deplorable. Rebecca will introduce you to her spunky little 10 year old son, Malakai, who doesn’t fit the mold of a student in any way. How do you teach a child who hates school? You’ll be laughing through the stories of these amazing kids who stretch us beyond what we thought was possible and walk away with some practical tips of how to understand the child you have and tweak your expectations to line up with the gift that God gave you. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #3

P             Pat Wesolowski, Help! My Student’s Interests Are All Over the Place!—It is one thing when students are sure of their post-high school plans, but it is totally different when they have no clue or, perhaps more difficult, when they have so many varied plans that you are not sure how to help! How do parents steer students? When is it appropriate to totally back-off? Whether your students choose to take a gap year, work a blue collar job, start a business, go to college, or get married, there are steps you can take to ensure their success. It is best to begin to plan accordingly, setting up your students up for success regardless of their chosen path. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #4

G            Tom Gurganus, What Is the Gameschooling Thing Anyway?—Did you know that Monopoly is not the most popular game in the world? In this workshop you will discover the wonderful, expansive world of board and card games and how you can use them to enhance your child’s learning experience. We will survey a number of games and how you can use them to introduce more fun into your classroom. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #5

G            Todd Wilson, Invasion of the Conviction Snatchers—Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? Those nagging disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair. You sometimes feel like a wave tossed to and fro because in your heart you feel God would have you homeschool, but then again, the arguments against it are almost drowning you. Join Todd as he goes face to face with the naysayers and shows you how to address their concerns. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #6

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 #7

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. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #8

T             Brett Kunkle, How Your Worldview Matters for Every Single Area of Your Life—What is a worldview, and why does it even matter? In this talk, you’ll discover that everyone has a worldview but most people have never thought carefully about why they believe what they believe. Ironically, one’s worldview has profound consequences for all of life. We’ll take a quick look at the prominent worldviews in our culture and then discuss the very practical implications of worldview for how we live each and every day. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #9

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

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 1) CD/MP3 #10

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 2) CD/MP3 #11

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. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #12

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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #13

G            Jerome McQueen, Connecting STEM Concepts to the Real World—This workshop will present real-world applications that are rooted in STEM concepts. This presentation will walk parents through real-world applications that will help them to formulate thought processes that will assist their children in connecting STEM concepts to real-world relevance. Children will understand how and why these STEM concepts are important. Specifically, some of the STEM topics to be discussed are reading placards on trucks for knowledge of chemical properties, teaching algebra by going to a fair and buying hot dogs, and calculating average velocity from Google Maps. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #14

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 3) CD/MP3 #15

G            Dara Halydier, Building a Biblical Self-Esteem in Your Child—Self-esteem can have a negative connotation among God’s people, but it is really about a right relationship with God and a true perspective of who God is and who we are. As parents, we have the responsibility to raise kids with a positive understanding of who God says they are. Claiming these truths can change attitudes and actions. Are you aware of how your words and actions can help or hurt your child as they find out who they are? Is communication in your home healthy and honoring to God? Dara will speak about the importance of words that build up and emotions that are handled carefully. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #16

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. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #1

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

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Thriving in the Homeschool Lifestyle—Homeschooling affects family dynamics in both rewarding and challenging ways. Whether you always dreamed of this lifestyle or never thought you would be here, homeschooling can affect the most mundane parts of life. What are some practical tips to navigate adjustments to schedules, parenting and marriage? Is it even possible to thrive, or do we merely survive? 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, where you do schoolwork, or how long you have been on this journey. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #18

M            Rebecca Spooner, Confessions of an Introverted Homeschool Mom—Being an introverted mom has its challenges when you are trying to make sure your kids make friends and get involved in co-ops and activities. Join Rebecca in this humorous, lighthearted and real session about the challenges of being an introvert and some of her coping strategies to balance her need for sanctuary with her kids’ need for people. Come introvert with her—we can separate our chairs and focus introspectively at our notebooks. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #19

PT           Pat Wesolowski, The Struggle Is Real!—Homeschooled students often struggle with time management and study skills. Although the flexibility we enjoy as homeschoolers is great, that same flexibility oftentimes contributes to a student’s inability to excel academically or to meet deadlines. When students discover how they learn and couple that knowledge with resources available, they can come up with a plan to improve these skills. This workshop will provide multiple suggestions and resources available to help students hone both time management and study skills so that they will be prepared for a rigorous high school and/or college. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #20

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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #21

G            Todd Wilson, Lies Homeschoolers Believe—Your house is a disaster; your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. Your “get up and go” has “gotten up and went.” You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart—you’re not alone! No one homeschools because it’s easy. You do it because you believe it is best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it’s best. Join me as we do just that. You’ll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you’ll ever…love. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #22

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 #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             Brett Kunkle, Why I Am a Christian: An Introduction to Apologetics—We will look at the most common reasons Christians give for why they embrace Christianity and show how a skeptical world often shoots those reasons down. Then we’ll discuss the primary reason why we ought to embrace Christianity: because it’s true. We’ll clarify this controversial claim and show how the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality, not wishful thinking. Of course, such a claim is followed by questions of how we can know Christianity is true, so we’ll look at the importance of apologetics for Christians living in the 21st century. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #25

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

Brett Kunkle, A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World—Something has changed. We all sense it. The cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of ever-present screens, gender identity questions, and a host of other challenges, kids can have clarity and confidence. But we must help them. In this talk, we will examine today’s cultural challenges and provide a practical guide to equip parents to help the next generation navigate today’s world. Based on Brett’s book, co-authored with John Stonestreet. (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            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 1) CD/MP3 #28

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! (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

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! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #31

D            Todd Wilson, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom—It’s a fact! The only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is being married to a homeschooling mom! Dad, your wife needs your help. Come join me as we discuss how to support and assist our wives in the homeschooling journey. We’ll also do a lot of laughing, as I encourage men to be encouragers of their homeschooling wives. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #32

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 3) CD/MP3 #33

L             Lindsay Leiviska, Co-learning for Long Term Academic Success—Does your student need more academic help than he should? Does your child hate school? Do you ask your child to begin schoolwork only to find she disappears at the mention of school? In the majority of these cases, there is much more going on than meets the eye. While the outward resistant behaviors may appear to be willful laziness, this is rarely the case. Learn to appropriately assess the situation and scaffold your child’s learning journey by partnering and coaching your child. Co-learning and collaboration in homeschool can yield long-term results academically and relationally. (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.

G            Brent Casteel, Go Team! Instilling Sportsmanship in Young Athletes—Young people face many challenges both on the field/court and off. How do parents prepare their children to be team players and have good sportsmanship? Come hear a homeschool parent and baseball coach who played for the Cubs minor league discuss how to help your children to not only develop their skills but also their personal character. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #36

M            Rebecca Spooner, Confessions of a Recovering Type A Homeschool Mom—Being a type A personality who wants to check off all the boxes can be a huge hurdle when your heart desires to have a more relaxed homeschool journey. How can you let go of your expectations when they constantly seem to derail your joy? In this session, Rebecca shares her journey from being a type A personality to finding the flexibility and freedom to run with the rabbit trails and seize the day. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #37

G            Durenda Wilson, Sustainable Homeschooling—We all begin our homeschool journey with high hopes, but it often doesn’t take long before we realize that some things simply are not working. We find ourselves and/or our kids in burn out mode. At the same time we are confronted with the fear that if we let go of something, we may somehow fail our children. Learn the importance of creating a sustainable homeschooling life that is unique to your family, will bring joy back into your homeschooling days, and help equip you to go the distance! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #38

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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #39

PT           Marcus Ross, Walking in Athens: A Creationist’s Odyssey in Geological Education—Navigating a secular university as a Christian is not a simple task, and it is even more complicated when your worldview contrasts sharply with the dominant one in your field of study. Lean how to engage the modern-day Athens and build your faith in the midst of challenge from a young-Earth creationist who studied evolution-based geology and paleontology all the way through a Ph.D. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #40

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. (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 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

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! (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #45

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. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #46

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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #47

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 2) CD/MP3 #48

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 3) CD/MP3 #49

G            Dara Halydier, The Real World: Are They Ready?—Will homeschooling really prepare your children for life academically, socially and spiritually? Will they be able to go to college and be competitive in the job market? Will they be able to stand against the world’s culture and be able to stand for Christ? Dara will talk about making life management skills a part of your home life and how to incorporate it into high school credits. She will bring wisdom from Proverbs and show you how to teach your kids to apply it to their lives as she shares with you the journey of her own 5 boys and their successes and failures in the real world. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #50

T             Brett Kunkle, True for You but Not for Me?—Moral relativism is pervasive. “Whatever” is the cultural mantra when it comes to moral choices, and it subtly erodes our confidence in God’s commands. We’ll look at the bankruptcy of moral relativism and equip you with an understanding of how we come to know moral truth and defend it. This talk will help restore confidence that God’s laws are good and life-giving. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #5 

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

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 1) CD/MP3 #52

G            Rebecca Spooner, How to Homeschool with Confidence—Feeling overwhelmed with all the amazing homeschool curriculum? With so many resources, the problem is often not what to do as much as how to make a decision and not second guess ourselves. This session is about knowing your kids and learning how to trust your God-given intuition. There is a free quiz to help you analyze your family, your kids and your unique dynamics in order to make a decision that is good for you. For all the new homeschoolers who feel utterly lost on where to start and all the veteran homeschoolers who struggle with some serious FOMO (fear of missing out), this session is for you. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #53

P             Debbie Mason, Preparing for College—Does the thought of getting your student into college frighten you? One of the first questions beginning homeschoolers ask is “Can homeschooled students get into college?” The answer is yes. Homeschooled students can and do go to college. However, it does take planning and preparation for a student to successfully apply and flourish in his studies. Come to this workshop and learn how to prepare for college. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #54

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! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #55

G            Todd Wilson, Fostering a Hate of Learning—The homeschool movement promoted the idea of fostering a love of learning, and yet, many homeschool moms have not found this. Instead of inspiring their children to love exploration, discovery and learning, all of which homeschool should foster, moms find their children fighting them to “do school.” Its very design enables learning to be experienced in a way no institutional school can provide. So why is it not the case in many homeschools? We’ve believed and adopted some ideas that are not true and that kill inspiration and the love of learning. Join me as we talk about helping our children love to learn. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #56

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. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #57

L             Kristen Eckenwiler, Learning Challenges? Dyslexia? Delays? Uncovering What’s Going On—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.

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 1) CD/MP3 #60

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. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #61

G            Durenda Wilson, Homeschooling Boys: What Do 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 #62

BY         Katie Dugdale, Getting Started with Preschool—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 #63

G            Todd Wilson, Priority Homeschooling—For over 10 years now, I have been reminding moms and dads of the truth behind homeschooling. I tell them it’s about relationships and letting their children be what God has created them to be. Moms often come up to me and say, “I believe everything you say, but how do I do that? How do I homeschool in light of all these truths?” Well, Madam Homeschooler, I’m going to show you. Join me as we get down to the nuts and bolts of homeschooling in light of these truths. Buckle your seat-belts and hold onto your seats. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #64

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 3) CD/MP3 #65

YO         Debra Haagen, Using Historical Fiction to Teach History—Gone are the days of considering history a dry subject about dead people. Homeschooling opens a world of possibility in teaching living history, from field trips on working historical farms to completing lapbooks and projects on our favorite characters. Historical fiction helps students to feel like they are experiencing the historical setting. It can be a powerful way to help them to understand the lives of the people and times they are studying. Visit this workshop to learn new ways to incorporate historical fiction in your history lessons. Attendees will receive a free lapbook ebook. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #66

T             Brett Kunkle, If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil & Suffering?—The reality of evil and human suffering poses the most difficult question anyone can ask about a God who is both loving and all-powerful. Is He too weak to do something about evil? Does He not care? Or does He just not exist? We’ll see how God’s existence actually provides a powerful explanation for the existence of evil and how only He provides hope in the midst of suffering. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #67


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

Todd Wilson, How to Choose Relationship when There’s So Much to Do—Years ago a homeschool mom came up to me with a pen in hand and a notebook in the other and said, “I believe that the relationship with my children matters more than anything else, so, can you tell me what “relationship” is? I didn’t have a great answer at the time, but I do now. Join me as we look at two homeschooling moms. One spends her days doing what matters, and one spends her days on what does not last. My desire is to help you (and me) do what matters. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #68

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

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 1) CD/MP3 #69

M            Rebecca Spooner, Working and Homeschooling: The True Story—Are you considering working and homeschooling? Or perhaps you have been trying to juggle both and are certain there must be a better way. In this session, Rebecca will share the ups and downs of her journey working and homeschooling, as well as some practical tips to help you navigate the chaos of colliding worlds. Take deep breaths and bring a notebook. This session will be packed with info. (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

PT           Marji McIlvaine, Online Instruction: Explosion in E-Learning in These Covid Times—How did virtual learning go this COVID year? Was it a success or disaster? The opportunities are growing and changing every week. How do you differentiate? What should we look for to make this work best for our family? Marji has been an online student, the parent of online students, and has been teaching online for ten years. She offers an experienced and unique perspective to help your whole family evaluate and succeed in the cyber environment. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #72

G            Todd Wilson, An Unbeatable Homeschool Team—Marriage is hard! Yet when it is right and good, it can withstand anything. It doesn’t matter what the status of your bank account, the condition of your home, or what your children dish out because when a husband and wife are right, they’re unbeatable. On the flip side, when a husband and wife feel distant, it only takes the slightest breeze to ruffle a bunch of feathers. That’s because marriage matters. Join Todd for a time of laughter and encouragement as he shares real life stories, problems and frustrations along with practical, simple solutions to having a marriage that can‘t be beat! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #73

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. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #74

L             Dara Halydier, God Didn’t Make a Mistake—This is our personal story of raising five boys with various needs. Let Dara encourage you that God has a purpose for your child just like he/she is and that God did not make a mistake! She will cover how to accept each child and their individual challenges and how to help them reach their potential. Dara and Tracy raised two boys with genius IQs and homeschooled them successfully! One of these children also had ADHD, dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome. The other three boys were of average intelligence and successfully graduated in spite of dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and ADHD. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #75

T             Brett Kunkle, Like Me, Follow Me: How Social Media Influences Your Heart and Mind—Have you ever thought carefully about your use of social media? Is it harmless? Or does it have a powerful influence on your heart and mind? Do you control it, or does it control you? In this talk, we’ll take a balanced look at the potential impact of social media in our lives and how we can navigate the social media world in a way that protects us and pleases Christ. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #76

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

B            Amanda Garner, Myth Busting 101—New to homeschooling? Then this workshop is for you! Join Amanda as she tackles widely held misconceptions and fears that are common to newcomers. Drawing from seventeen years of experience, Amanda’s desire is that you leave this workshop equipped with the truth and confidence you need to home educate your children. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #77

D            Mark Fox, Dads Who Lead—Are Dads called by God to lead and provide for their families? And, if He calls us to do it, does He also equip us? What are the practical ways dads can be the spiritual leader in his home and love his family as Christ equips him to do? This workshop is for men and young men of all ages and will be taught by a man who is still learning how to do these things himself. Mark has been married to Cindy for 38 years; together they have raised 7 adults and are enjoying 8 grandchildren…so far. Come and be encouraged by what God has called you to do and be in your home. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #78

GT          Danielle Papageorgiou, Lifeschooling: Homeschooling for the YouEconomy—Have you heard of the YouEconomy? You may not have ever heard the term, but if you’ve been paying any attention, you’ve certainly noticed a change taking place in our economy. I certainly have. In fact, it’s a big part of why I believe so strongly in the philosophy of lifeschooling—because lifeschooling dovetails so perfectly into the YouEconomy we see developing! If you want to learn more about what the YouEconomy is and why you need to adjust your homeschooling style to fit it, then you need to be in this session. (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

OPT        Jessica Embry, Homeschool High School Workshop for Parents and Teens—Join me for an informative workshop on homeschooling during high school that parents can do with your teen to inspire you both! This workshop will focus on building credits for your homeschooling transcript. Also, it will cover extracurricular options, resumes, volunteer opportunities, class options, ways to earn college credit and more. Parents of middle school students are strongly encouraged to attend to jump start their high school planning. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #81

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. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #82

YL          Kristen Eckenwiler, Strategies to Teach Reading to All Learning Styles—This workshop is offered to provide practical application of the five key elements of reading discussed in the workshop, “Teaching Reading May Not Be as Easy as You Think.” Whether you attended the earlier workshop or not, you will be blessed by learning about teaching strategies and innovative activities that not only gives you fresh ideas for more effective teaching, but will also help you better understand the essentials for reading success. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #83

T             Brett Kunkle, Truth and Love: What Do I Say to My Gay Friend?—Can a Christian think homosexual behavior is wrong and at the same time, still love their gay and lesbian friends? Are there any good reasons to think a gay lifestyle is harmful and sinful? In this talk, we’ll help you navigate this difficult cultural issue with truth and clear thinking, while also demonstrating the compassion so desperately needed in this discussion. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #84

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

G            Janice Broyles, Journaling Counts as Writing!—This workshop illustrates the importance of journaling in our children’s lives. Journaling can easily be a part of our daily educational routine, and it’s easy to do with some great educational benefits. Examples of journals that will be discussed include: science journals, journals of discovery, journals of experiences, letters to God, creative journals, etc. If parents are looking for tools in their homeschooling repertoire, then this workshop will shed light on this writing activity that is often overlooked but is worth pursuing! Examples will be given for all levels. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #85

L             Rebecca Spooner, Homeschooling the “Nothing Works” Child—Are you homeschooling a child you suspect may have a learning challenge or disability. How can you identify whether it’s just disinterest or whether it might be something more? Should you test or not? In this session, Rebecca walks you through her journey with her 10-year-old daughter who has always had a difficult time putting context or meaning to any lesson or story that is taught. Learn the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself and some practical ways to tailor your child’s education to his or her needs. (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

G            Marji McIlvaine, Staying Home to Homeschool—What a Concept! Must We 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 #88

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 3) CD/MP3 #89

G            Debra Haagen, Homeschooling in the Military—Military life is hard. The stress of moving from school to school only adds difficulty. Homeschooling can be a great fit for military families, but where do we find resources that work for our families? How do we keep up with the requirements from state to state? Come discuss these challenges and some solutions with a veteran homeschooling military mom. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #90

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 #91