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General Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 26

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 1
3:35-3:55 p.m.                    Gathering: Region 3 (Ardmore 2)
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 dance (Gallery–was Pavilion)
9:35-10:35 p.m.                  Alumni social

Friday, 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
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.         College Fair, Garden Terrace, Embassy Suite
10:35-10:55 a.m.                Gatherings: Parents of gifted children (Ardmore 2)
                                          Parents of Preschoolers (Ardmore 4)
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 4
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gatherings: Region 1 (Terrace 1)
                                           Region 2 (Ardmore 2)
                                           Region 4 (Terrace 2)
                                           Region 5 (Ardmore 4)
12:30-1:30 p.m.                  Workshop session 5
1:35-1:55 p.m.                    Gatherings: New homeschoolers (Ardmore 2)
                                          Homeschooling with a chronic illness (Ardmore 4)
2:00-3:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 6
3:05-3:25 p.m.                    Gatherings: Region 6 (Terrace 1)
                                           Region 7 (Terrace 2)
                                           Region 8 (Ardmore 2)
                                           Region 9 (Ardmore 4)
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.                   The Talent Showcase (Salem)
9:30-10:30 p.m.                 Teen and alumni games (Gallery–was Pavilion)

Saturday, 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
10:35-10:55 a.m.               Gatherings: Homeschooling special needs children (Ardmore 2)
                                           Military families (Ardmore 4)
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 9
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gatherings: Multicultural homeschoolers (Ardmore 2)
                                            Homeschooling as a single parent (Ardmore 4)
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

2022 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

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)

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

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. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #2

P             Andrea Thorpe, Meeting Your Teen’s Emotional Needs—The teen years are a time of transition, and many times teens feel caught between two worlds. Teens yearn to be independent, but they also still need parental support. During this workshop, parents will learn what teens need for optimum emotional health and learn tips for supporting their teens through this important season of life. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #3

G            Julia Nalle, Multi-Grade, Multi-Age All Together without Mom Losing Her Mind—Are you longing to find ways in your day to bring all your children together around the table? Do you need refreshing tips that show you how to combine subjects in a way that meets the needs of all your children – on their levels and in their styles of learning? Are you wondering which subjects you can do together? Are you weary of juggling different grade levels? Spend some time with Julia Nalle as she shares numerous practical helps for teaching history, literature, writing, Bible, geography, art, science and more across multi‐age levels. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #4

G            Rachael Carman, What about That Child?—What face comes to mind when you hear “that child”? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you struggle to like that child? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all that is God-given for His glory. Come, learn strategies for learning to enjoy that child, to embrace that child and to train that child for God’s purposes. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #5

G            Jeffrey Ertzberger, Raising Kids in a Digital World—This workshop will offer practical advice for parents and teens living in the digital age. Today, most educational materials have digital components and much of our personal information lives in “the cloud.” This session will provide practical strategies for making the most of these digital services and how to evaluate and select ones that will be a match for you and your family. The session will also look at steps that you can take to protect passwords, home networks, personal information and more. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #6

L             Cheryl Carter, Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child—In this workshop, Cheryl will share practical ways parents of ADD/ADHD can help organize their children and get them to stay on task with their schoolwork and so much more. This is based on her new book, Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #7

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Stress-Busting Homeschool Heroes—It’s a daily battle to get your children to do your favorite subject—wham! Every homeschool group you are a part of has a special event this week—pow! You are having car trouble, house trouble, and/or relationship trouble—kaboom! Life has stressors that can knock you flat. Ever wish you had stress-busting superpowers? Pack your cape and get ready for practical tips to add to your homeschool hero tool belt to manage the villains of daily and situational stress! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #8

T             Popi Makris, Fun Ways to Learn to Code with the BBC Micro:bit—Forget expensive robots and classes! If you want to learn how to code, the easiest way to do so is to start using the micro:bit. The BBC micro:bit costs less than $30 and can be used to easily teach teens and adults to code! The micro:bit can also be used for game design and physical computing and digital making. This workshop will show you just how easy and accessible it is to learn to code and how to use an inexpensive microprocessor to create physical items such as a pedometer, a compass, a night light and a robot! This workshop is hands-on; students will get more out of it if they bring a laptop. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #9

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

B            Ronda Marshall, Choosing Curriculum—Whether you’re a rookie or have been teaching for a few years, choosing curriculum can be daunting. A former curriculum junkie will share experiences to avoid wasting money on things that won’t work for you. How do you make sense of all the choices and find the best options for your family? If you want to maximize your homeschool dollars and end up with the best materials for your child, join us. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #10

GT          Dr. Kathy Koch, 8 Great Smarts: All Children Are Smart—Help Them Believe It!All children need to know they’re smart. Being smart empowers them to believe in their todays and tomorrows, to expect some learning to be easy, and to study when something isn’t. Being smart gives them hope. There are 8 distinct and proven ways of being smart (word, logic, picture, music, body, nature, people and self) so why do some children not believe in their abilities? We can parent and teach so they do. Stop asking, “Is my child smart?” and ask “How is my child smart?” While this talk is aimed at parents, teens will also appreciate its content. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #11

G            Rebecca Spooner, Hide ‘Em Under a BushOh No!—In today’s culture, there is pressure to shield our children from the Internet, media and even people. Danger seems to be lurking around every corner, and the question on every parent’s mind seems to be, “How can we protect our children?” What if the answer wasn’t in protecting them but in discipling them? Do we need boundaries? Yes! But can we protect our kids from everything? No. Let’s talk about shifting our angle to instead be one that isn’t based on fear but rather tackles these issues head on. Through conversation, wise freedom and a whole lot of God, we can raise our kids to be light in the darkness. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #12

L             Janice Broyles, The Struggling Writer—Does your child struggle with writing? Is it a constant battle to get your child to write anything? You are not alone! Young people often struggle with getting their thoughts on paper and may battle with any writing activity. This session offers practical advice that will explore why children struggle with writing and how to encourage them to overcome this challenge. Sample lessons and step-by step guidelines will be provided that are tried and true tactics from a veteran English instructor! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #13

G            Mike Donnelly, Grades and Graduation: Do These Belong in a Homeschool?—Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #14

G            Katie Dugdale, Avoiding the Homeschool Comparison Trap—I am in community with over 200 homeschooling families and not one of them looks alike. Some people love schedules. There are morning people, night owls, exhausted pigeons. Some outsource their homeschooling. Some do it all by themselves. We have sports kids, theater kids, musical kids, working kids. We all work so very hard to provide the very best environment in which our children can thrive. We also just want them to be successful humans. So let’s stop judging each other and comparing ourselves with others. Create your own unique vision for homeschooling and hold fast to it. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #15

OPL       Gretchen Roe, Time Out to Time In—Teaching Effective Time Management Skills—Research says that students who learn to manage their academic time are more successful. How do you teach a child to stay on task when they cannot even find their way to the school table? Come and join Gretchen Roe as she shares research into why your child struggles to manage their time and effective ways you can teach them to set goals and stay on task. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #16

G            Laurie Beachell, Why Critical Thinking Is Critical—Critical thinking is a skill that is lacking in our culture. Many parents are rearing a generation of unprepared kids to go into the world and function as thinking adults. Join me as we discuss the importance of thinking critically and explore practical ways of implementing this daily, no matter our children’s age. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #17

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

G            Marjorie McIlvaine, Foreign Languages & Home Education—It is not impossible to teach a foreign language, and there are worlds of possibilities. We will discuss: how to choose which one; how to make it effective; is it possible to make it fun (Yes!); what to look for in a curriculum; what level of proficiency to expect; is kindergarten too young; high school credit; my child is dyslexic; and why isn’t my child speaking the language. Come experience some of the different methods and learn about effective tools. If you have already made your purchase, learn ideas for adapting! Listen, ponder, make your choices, go home and have fun with your kids! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #18

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Compliment and Correct to Powerfully Encourage PeopleThe ways we compliment and correct contribute to either a culture of effort and joy or apathy and fear. We either build our children up or tear them down. We either encourage or discourage. Offering feedback is significant communication! Therefore, how to compliment and correct well, and not criticize, will be explained and modeled. Examples and stories will make the ideas come alive. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #19

BY         Julia Nalle, Color the Water Blue and Other Bits of Wisdom for Pre-K-2nd Moms—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 who also happened to be a little herself a long time ago. 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 3) CD/MP3 #20

G            Eve Hullette, Building a Solid Math Foundation—Who is going to build a house by starting with the walls? Without a solid foundation, those walls may hold up for a bit but eventually will come crashing down. Math is a lot like building a house. We need to start with a strong foundation and build up from there. It doesn’t have to be hard! Come and see how easy it is to teach math. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #21

PT           Mike Donnelly, Is Today’s Military Right for My Child?—Serving in the US military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the US Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #22

OP          Cheryl Carter, Writing across the Curriculum: The Approach that Works!—This class teaches how to intersperse writing through the curriculum for middle school and high school students for academic success. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #23

GL          Kristen Eckenwiler, Desperate to Understand Your Child’s Way of Learning? Come Find It—Aha! That moment when you finally hear your child being described, and you don’t feel so alone. What does it mean to be 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 before you begin, but show them the model first, and the directions make sense! Come learn how this represents 1/3 of all students—you may just find your child here and ways that you can adjust your teaching and curriculum to reach them. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #24

M            Danielle Papageorgiou, How to Not Get It All Done—“I’m only one person.” God knows! He gave you only 24 hours in a day, and they may not seem sufficient, but His grace is! Can we get it all done, realistically? No. So we must come to terms with the fact that we’re not supposed to. He supplies all our needs. Therefore, we have to make peace with not getting it all done. Danielle will give you some practical ways to shift your mindset and find contentment in your daily victories, both small and large. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #25

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

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

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

Mike Donnelly, Elites to Homeschooling Families: “We’re Coming for You”—Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the US Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #27

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

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 1) CD/MP3 #28

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Conversations about “Tough Stuff”Children’s thoughts and feelings are always important. In times of confusion and crisis, they matter even more. How do we make it more likely that our children will come to us with their questions, confusions, doubts and fears about God, themselves, and the culture? How can we help them be honest, and how can we carefully answer their questions? Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant and fun ideas will help your children know they’re safe and will be heard and helped. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #29

LYO       Julia Nalle, Tips and Tricks for Adapting Curriculum for Struggling Learners—Join Julia Nalle, mother to three adopted and two biological kids, co-writer of BiblioPlan and teacher for 35-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 3) CD/MP3 #30

B            Amanda Wares, Help! I’m New! Now What Do I Do?—Are you new to homeschooling or considering it? This workshop is for you! We will break down the NC homeschool law, discuss pulling children out of brick and mortar schools and go over first steps in your homeschooling journey, including the daunting topic of choosing curriculum! Bring your questions, and you will leave feeling more at ease and ready to get started! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #31

O            Matthew McDill, How to Help Your Children Become Self-Motivated—Are you tired of working so hard to get your children to do their work or make the right choices? When will they be self-motivated? How can you help them? Discipline is when parents provide external motivation for right choices (which is a necessary part of the process). Discipleship is when parents help children develop their own motivation for making the right choices because of their love for Christ. In this session, we will discuss how to make the difficult transition from discipline to discipleship. You will receive practical tips on helping your children develop godly self-motivation. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #32

G            Derek & Cheryl Carter, Seven Basic Truths Every Family Should Build On—In this practical workshop the Carters discuss seven biblical foundations including: giving our family a spiritual identity, an ordered and purposeful lifestyle, financial skills, conflict and problem solving techniques, etc., to help our families be successful. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #33

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. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #34

T             Dr. Jeff Myers, A Fast Track to the World of Ideas—Five fake worldviews influence the minds and hearts of people today. Dr. Myers shares shocking data from a joint Summit/Barna Group study that reveals how dedicated Christians are influenced by these worldviews and then explains how to talk about and defend a Christian worldview in today’s culture. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #35

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

PT           Rachel Spigarelli, Teaching AP Classes at Home—Successful AP test scores add oomph to your child’s college application while simultaneously earning them college credit. You can successfully prepare for AP tests at home, even without a co-op, and even without expertise in the subject. Come learn how to tackle these advanced academics by understanding the available resources, the mechanics of the tests and strategies for avoiding burnout. We will also talk about self-study skills for teens. Teens are welcome to attend! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #36

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Resiliency: Help Children Embrace Life with ConfidenceAre we afraid to let our children take risks? How do we respond when they struggle? How do we handle their disappointments when things don’t go their way? We need to help children not run from hard things. We need to help them learn from their mistakes. They’ll become resilient which means they’ll have healthier mental health, be problem solvers, and won’t be afraid of using effort. Dr. Kathy’s practical techniques work! (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #37

G            Rebecca Spooner, Is It Enough?—How do you know that you are doing enough? The pressure to do it right, not mess up your kids, and fill in all the gaps is coming from all sides—often to the detriment of our children. This session is all about permission: permission to make homeschooling what it needs to be for you, to raise out-of-the-box thinkers, to skip that lesson, and to refuse to settle. If this question has been plaguing you, you need to sit in this session to remind yourself that you don’t have to aim for the national average—you can choose extraordinary. Raise world changers with me. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #38

G            Janice Broyles, Every Day Writing for the Homeschool Student—Writing doesn’t have to be a chore! No matter the subject, there are easy ways to increase writing productivity and critical thinking skills. The session will include examples of easy writing that can become a good habit, easy writing that leads to critical thinking, easy writing that leads to real world application, and easy writing that increases students’ confidence. It may be easy, every day writing, but these daily writing practices will produce big results! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #39

G            Jeffrey Ertzberger, Using Google Tools for Homeschoolers 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 updated, 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 2) CD/MP3 #40

G            Katie Dugdale, Delight-Directed Learning—Delight-directed learning, or interest-led learning, can be a beautiful way to homeschool your children. It gives us the chance as parents to become students of our children and learn what makes them tick. Delight-directed does not mean forsaking the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic. It means broadening your framework and allowing time in your year to camp out in certain subjects. Lead with curiosity and learn to think outside the box. Homeschooling can be so much more than school at home—it can be so redemptive, so fun and packed full of amazing memories with our kids. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #41

G            Jeremy and Kylie Cochran, Internal & External Processors—Internal processors get information, internally think about all of the different ways responses could be made, and then speak or act. External processors get information, quickly begin to speak or act, and eliminate possibilities as it goes. Both have benefits and challenges. Which one are you? How do you communicate with the other one? This applies to homeschooling your children, interacting with your spouse, working with others, and more! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #42

T             Dr. Jeff Myers, Finding Life Purpose: Biblical Steps to Living with Confidence—Four out of five young adults say they have no sense of purpose. Anxiety and depression are epidemic. Based on his experience working with tens of thousands of young people, Dr. Jeff Myers explains practical steps to finding a sense of direction and discerning God’s will to live meaningful lives that make a difference. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #43

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

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 1) CD/MP3 #44

G            Andrea Thorpe, Understanding Your Child’s Learning Styles—Each one of our children is unique and the way they learn is unique as well. One way parents can improve the education they provide to their children is by gaining a firm understanding of learning styles. In this workshop, parents will be introduced to four different learning styles, learn how to determine their child’s learning style, and discover ways to implement these styles in their teaching. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #45

G            Rebecca Spooner, Yes, You Can Teach All Your Kids Together—Are you feeling overwhelmed with all your children’s individual interests and needs? Are you daunted by the mountain of curriculum and amazing programs you have picked out? Come listen to a homeschool mom of five as she shares her testimony of when God asked her to hit the reset button in her home. From finding a routine to hacking the education model, and teaching all her children together, Rebecca has found the picture she thought she had to give up on: finding a love of learning, connecting as a family, and God in the center of it all. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #46

G            Rachael Carman, Teaching Your Children to BLESS—How can you practically teach your kids to bless one another? This talk is an easy-to-remember lesson with 5 specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other through words and actions. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #47

TG          Mike Donnelly, Faith of Our Founders—In 1775, Patrick Henry famously said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” The founders of our country were mostly Christian men who understood that liberty meant Christian liberty. But how much was their faith a part of our founding? While secular historians want to minimize the impact of the founders’ faith, the truth is that 93 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #48

G            Derek & Cheryl Carter, Why We Homeschool and Why It Is Not School at Home—The Carters share their passion and conviction to homeschool their children, as well as practical ways to make homeschooling a lifestyle of learning and inspiration for your child. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #49

BYL       Kristen Eckenwiler, All You Need to Know to Teach Reading—Does your child seem to be faltering in their 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, attend and receive an additional 10% discount on any of The Struggling Reader products found in our booth in the vendor hall. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #50

M            Dana McDill, Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary—Do your days all look the same: meals, school, laundry, chores, dishes, diapers? Do you feel stuck in the mundane? Guess what? We all do at times, but there can be beauty, joy and great fulfillment in the “everyday-ness” of life. Let’s see how we can move past the ordinary to find the treasures awaiting us daily. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #51

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

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! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #52

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell ThemAre you frustrated because your children aren’t maturing or changing in ways you want them to? Learn subtle attitudes and habits that make change difficult so you can decrease their effects. Then learn strategies, relevant Scripture, and a change process that will work! (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #53

T             Francie Black, STEM: Learn How to Program a Computer Game in 1 Hour—Programming teaches critical thinking, problem solving skills, troubleshooting and so much more. In this fun and interactive STEM presentation, students learn how to program digital characters to move through a maze to reach a prize. If the character touches any side of the maze the character will have to start over. We’ll end the presentation with a Tech Trivia “quiz” with the audience (prizes awarded!). Attendees of this session will learn the fundamentals of programming, learn how to program a game for free, build knowledge and confidence in the computer science and engineering fields. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #54

GT          Paul Cwik, Teaching Economics and Personal Finance to Your Kids—This workshop is open to all but will be most beneficial for those in or about to begin high school. The economy 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 tools and resources you need to successfully teach the wonder of how strangers are able to cooperate in a free market. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #55

G            Matthew McDill, Homeschooling with Confidence! A Basic Educational Strategy—How do I know I am giving my children what they really need? For what purpose am I preparing them? How can I most effectively teach them? Are there faulty objectives and strategies I have unintentionally carried over from public education? Even those who have been teaching their children at home for years may struggle with these questions. Our answers influence our priorities and strategies. We will discuss a basic biblical philosophy of education upon which our daily teaching activities can be built. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #56

G            Katie Dugdale, How Unschooling Saved Our Homeschool—When my daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my family was uprooted and sent 500 miles away to St. Jude Hospital. Upon arrival, I encountered a chatty mom who said I should put my other kids in school because homeschool and cancer are just too hard. Thankfully, we had been gradually adopting an unschooling approach to school. The flexibility that unschooling allows saved our homeschool. It equipped my children to flourish in an impossible situation. I will share practical steps to deconstructing a classroom mentality and how to bolster your homeschool to stand firm in the waves of life. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #57

OPL       Gretchen Roe, Your Student’s Math Struggles Are Not Their Fault—Math can bring out the worst in the best of students. It can undermine our confidence at any age! In this new age of digital learning, parents are discovering that their outwardly successful students are struggling. How do you evaluate math anxiety, fill gaps and reach grade-level proficiency quickly? This workshop will benefit any age learner but will be particularly helpful to parents of middle and high school level math students. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #58

G            Dr. Jeff Myers, Answering Children’s Top Five Questions about GodChildren have serious questions about God and the Bible that shape their lifelong worldview. Based on thirty years of working with young adults, Dr. Jeff Myers helps parents answer questions such as: “What is God like?” How do we know the Bible is true? Why doesn’t God stop pain? What happens when we die? What about those who have never heard? (Gallery) CD/MP3 #59

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

G            Ronda Marshall, Lessons Learned along the Way—Learn from a veteran homeschool mom as she shares practical tips, strategies, and lessons she learned along the way in 26 years of homeschooling her 6 children. Come explore how to homeschool with babies and toddlers, how to teach multiple levels, how to create a learning environment, how to encourage reluctant learners, and get many useful tips for teaching in your home. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #60

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Motivation Matters: Start with the HeartUnderstand how and why the quality of your relationship with children and the teaching of character qualities are the foundation of motivation. Learn what to focus on and what beliefs to emphasize. Learn the four roles you must play, the comebacks to use when children are frustrated, and how to set and use consequences that help. You’ll love the practical ideas! (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #61

G            Rebecca Spooner, Teaching the Child You Have, Not the Child You Want Him to Be—This session is for anyone who is homeschooling a child who just doesn’t seem to be into it. Books aren’t really his thing and the idea of writing is deplorable. Rebecca will introduce you to her spunky 12-year-old son, Malakai, who doesn’t fit the mold of a book learner. 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 3) CD/MP3 #62

G            Rachael Carman, Attention Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control-Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.!—As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael discusses how in many instances she is her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of freedoms of homeschooling. Are you tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to chill out and give control of it all to God—He is faithful. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #63

B            Mike Donnelly, The Compelling Case for Home Education—Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #64

G            Derek & Cheryl Carter, The Things Christian Parents Don’t Talk About—This talk will discuss ways to discipline your children and to nurture their God-given gifts without crushing their spirit. Practical ways to deal with sibling rivalry, misbehavior, stubbornness, anger, etc., will be discussed from a biblical and child development model. Sometimes family dynamics can hinder our homeschooling efforts. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #65

YOL       Kristen Eckenwiler, Dyslexia, Learning Delays and Challenges: Come Uncover This Trick—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 #66

TG          Dr. Jeff Myers, Truth Changes Everything—From social conflict to purposelessness and lack of identity, the loss of truth affects us every day. Is all hope lost? In this talk, Dr. Jeff Myers shares the fascinating stories of Jesus-followers who lived for truth and transformed the world in times of crisis. These inspiring figures led the way in human dignity, science, art, medicine, education, politics and even in the idea of meaningful work. Come be inspired in your own sense of vision and purpose. While this talk is aimed at teens, parents are encouraged to attend also. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #67

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

Dr. Jeff Myers, Standing in the Land of Giants: Four Ways to Grow Our Children as Leaders—We daily face giants of culture that cause our kids to lose hope instead of embracing God’s promises. How do we prepare kids to stand alone even when everything seems to be falling apart? With our guide Dr. Jeff Myers from Summit Ministries we’ll look at four areas where we and our children can make daily progress in getting a vision for our lives, developing a strong sense of mission, staying motivated and setting worthy goals. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #68

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

BYL       Jennifer Smith, How to Make Learning to Read Easy for Young Children—Learning to read can be a daunting task for parents. This workshop is designed to explain how a systematic approach to phonics will help your child to succeed. An explanation of phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and fluency along with activities and handouts are provided to help guide parents in teaching their children to read. Can learning to read be made easy? Yes! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #69

G            Dr. Kathy Koch, Identity: Who Do Your Children Think They Are and Why Does It Matter?Many teens are overwhelmed and giving up. So are some children! They’re anxious, confused, angry and too many are suicidal. They’re also talented, multi-passionate, concerned and able to solve problems. How children see and define themselves matters greatly because identity controls behavior. Who they think they are is who they will be. Identity influences children’s relationships, academics, future, hopes, beliefs and so much more. Learn how to parent so children will have a healthy identity and believe the most important identities of all. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #70

G            Rebecca Spooner, How to Raise a World Changer—Movers and shakers are few and far between; they are not the norm. And yet, this is what God invites us to walk in: to be in the world but not of it—to be set apart. Homeschooling for the purpose of graduation and a good career vs. homeschooling for the purpose of raising kingdom minded culture-shifters are two very different things. If you are hoping for more out of this than a good GPA, join Rebecca as she shares encouragement, tips, strategies and real examples of people who had unorthodox educations that led to unorthodox lives. Step outside the box with me; it’s far from the status quo. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #71

G            Kris Cordell, One More “Curriculum” or One More Book—Weaving literature into a child’s language arts studies helps them develop essential writing, critical thinking and communication skills. When we blend literature and writing, we get back to the basics of quality education. If you are looking for practical, creative language arts instruction, come learn how to get the most out of a book. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #72

D            Mike Donnelly, How to Be the Best Homeschool Dad You Can Be—Are you sitting on the sideline in your homeschool, Dad? Your wife needs you to get involved. But with so many demands in today’s world, how can a busy dad do it? How can you be involved in homeschooling? Would it be: teaching a class, casting a vision, leading devotions? These are all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #73

G            Cheryl Carter, Organize Your Home—In this workshop Cheryl, a reformed messy, shares practical things families can do to become more organized, including getting rid of clutter, managing mail and developing a personalized homeschool plan for our families. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #74

G           Tom Gurganus, What Is This Gameschooling Thing Anyway?—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. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #75

T             Dr. Jeff Myers, Marxism, Socialism and Social Justice—Today’s students are globally aware with a keen sense of justice. Unfortunately this makes them highly susceptible to false worldviews such as Marxism and socialism. Seventy-percent of young adults now say they would vote for a socialist for president. Does the Bible have anything to say about the crucial economic (and political) issues of our day? (Gallery) CD/MP3 #76

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

G            Marjorie McIlvaine, How to Succeed (or Fail) in the Online Classroom—The online educational opportunities are exploding—it’s a new frontier! How can homeschoolers use this option effectively? Marji has been an online student, is a parent of students using some online options, and has been teaching online for over 10 years! She will offer a unique perspective on how to succeed, or fail, in the online environment. This seminar will help equip both parents and students for online success. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #77

O            Andrea Thorpe, Mission Transition: Helping Kids Move From Elementary to Middle—Even in the homeschool environment, the transition from elementary school to middle school can be a challenging one. During this workshop, parents will learn about the academic, physical, social, personal and spiritual changes children experience as they move into the middle school years. In addition, parents will be given specific tips they can use to help their children transition in these five areas. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #78

L             Francie Black, Is Computer Programming a Skill My Struggling Learner Can Learn?—Learn how students with learning differences can achieve great success in the computer science and engineering fields. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #79

G            Rachael Carman, In This Moment—The world seems to be going crazy. It would be easy to worry, lose hope, or let the distractions of life numb your heart. So what’s a mom to do in this moment? And don’t miss it—God is doing something big “in this moment!” He put you into His story to do good works, which He prepared in advance for you to do. And homeschooling just might be a big part of His call for you, your kids, and your family—in this moment! With His help, you can do this. And it is good for your kids. So make the most of this incredible opportunity to walk by faith. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #80

G            Mike Donnelly, Creature of the State?—In 1925, the US Supreme Court said that children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? Mike explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. He examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #81

D            Derek Carter, How to Have a Presence in Your Absence—This talk will give practical ways to connect with your children if you have to be away for long stretches of time or you work on a demanding job. In this lively presentation, Derek will share ways intentional dads can connect with their children in meaningful, yet practical ways. If you feel like your professional, business, ministerial or military life interferes with your ability to connect with your son or daughter, then this is the presentation for you.. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #82

G            Kristen Eckenwiler, Multi-sensory Teaching—For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching. Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well. This workshop is designed to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods. Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy to your own classroom. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #83

T             Dr. Jeff Myers, How to Stand for Truth—and Be Nice at the Same Time—Many Christians find themselves at odds with the culture around them and even under attack for their beliefs. They’re tempted to lash out, but that’s a mistake. Here’s a biblically-based strategy for combating bad ideas in an inquisitive, friendly fashion that changes hearts and minds. (Gallery) CD/MP3 #84

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

BYL       Jennifer Smith, What Is Phonemic Awareness and Is It Vital for Learning to Read?—What is phonemic awareness? Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds. It is a vital foundation for learning to read. One study shows that 88% of struggling readers have weak phonemic awareness skills. This workshop will help solve the riddles of phonemic awareness and provide dozens of fun activities to use with your young child or struggling reader. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #85

TG          Dr. Kathy Koch, Technology’s Influence over Beliefs and BehaviorsUnderstanding how technology influences everyone’s beliefs and behaviors will change your approach to both technology and people’s foolishness and disobedience. It’s the root of some of your biggest problems (e.g., complaining, pride, anger, depression, poor decision making). Learn communication patterns that matter and practical things to do to help you mature even as you keep using technology. You’ll find hope in this message.  (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #86

M            Rebecca Spooner, Working + Homeschooling (How Is It possible?)—Are you trying to homeschool, keep up with your house, fit in your job, and find time for yourself? How do you juggle it all when you are doing practically three full-time jobs at once? If you are working (or considering how feasible it might be), this session is for you. Hear from Rebecca—author, speaker, CEO of an international company and homeschool mom of five—as she shares her strategies and tips. Yes, this is possible, but it is going to take determination, a fresh perspective and a whole lot of God. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #87

G            Eve Hullette, You Can Be a Great Math Teacher—Maybe you struggled with math, so how do you choose a curriculum to avoid the same fate for your child? Maybe you are really good in math but are unsure how to teach it now? Should you include manipulatives or not? What does it take to be the best teacher for your child? Find out the science and the art of teaching math. It is a science because much research has been done on how children learn, especially in math. It is an art because each child is different and lessons need to be tweaked. Come learn and be encouraged to become a great math teacher. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #88

G            Cheryl Carter, Inspiring the Writer in Your Child—In this fun and inspiring workshop, Cheryl, a columnist, author and freelance writer shares ways she has motivated reluctant homeschoolers to become proactive writers. This workshop is based on her teaching writing in her homeschool co-op and her children’s freelance writing experience. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #89

G            Glenn Ransom, Kiss Family Devotion Excuses Goodbye!—This talk will discuss challenges and solutions to have effective daily family biblical devotions. We will discuss the obstacles, challenges and excuses discovered from interviewing over 8,000 families. We will give practical examples that will get you on track! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #90

PT           Takeila Hall, CFNC: North Carolina’s Free Resource for College Planning—Did you know that North Carolina offers a free resource for college and career planning? It’s true! College Foundation of North Carolina has been serving our students, families and educators for over 20 years. Our website,, is the go-to location for career planning, college admissions, NC residency and financial aid information. Students can take free career interest assessments—with a new connection to, apply to most colleges in NC, send official transcripts, apply for scholarships and more. Attend this session to learn all about this wonderful free resource! (Gallery) CD/MP3 #91