General Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 30

12:00-1:00 p.m                   Leaders’ luncheon
1:15-2:15 p.m                     Leaders’ session
1:00 p.m.                            Registration begins for pre-registered and onsite
1:30 p.m.                            Vendor hall opens
2:30-3:30 p.m.                    Workshop session 1
3:35-3:55 p.m.                    Gatherings
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 31

8:30 a.m.                            Registration begins
9:00-10:30 a.m.                  General session and keynote address
9:30 a.m.                            Vendor hall opens
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.          College Fair, Garden Terrace, Embassy Suites
10:35-10:55 a.m.                Gatherings
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 4
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gatherings
12:30-1:30 p.m.                  Workshop session 5
1:35-1:55 p.m.                    Gatherings
2:00-3:00 p.m.                    Workshop session 6
3:05-3:25 p.m.                    Gatherings
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
9:30-10:45 p.m.                  Teen and alumni games social

Saturday, June 1

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
11:00-noon                         Workshop session 9
12:05-12:25 p.m.                Gatherings
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

2019 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.

B            Mike & Ronda Marshall, Still Undecided?—Have you been considering homeschooling and are still not quite sure? Let us help you make your decision. We don t sugarcoat it but tell you how it really is. Learn the benefits, the difficulties, what to expect, how to avoid common mistakes and the keys to getting started. We’ll give the information you need to make an informed choice. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #2

G            Andrew Pudewa, Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences and Cures—Nature deficit disorder refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of emotional of physical and emotional imbalances. It can affect individuals, families and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth and beauty. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #3

PT           Bryan Davis, Writing Workshop—How to Start a Hero’s Journey Story—An interactive writing lesson on how to begin a hero’s journey story, including a layout of the basic story structure, how to establish the main character and how to grab your readers’ attention and not let them go. This is a great workshop for student writers, their teachers and adult writers. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #4

G            Eve Hullette, You Can Be a Great Math Teacher—Maybe you struggled with math, and you want to 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 #5

G            Josh McDowell, Building Relationships that Transform—Rules without relationships lead to rebellion. Truth without relationships leads to rejection. Discipline without relationship leads to anger. Relationships form the very foundation on which we pass our faith to the next generation. Josh shares 7 practical principles essential for developing healthy and long-lasting relationships with your kids. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #6

G            Patricia Wesolowski, Gifts, Talents and Entrepreneurship—Don’t wait until your students are in high school to begin teaching economics, financial planning and entrepreneurship. As homeschooling parents we have the time and the freedom to help our children discover their gifts and talents before they leave home. Your teens have an idea of which career, vocation and/or ministry to pursue after high school. The sooner they formulate a plan, the sooner they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Whether employed or self-employed, our teens can become entrepreneurs with multiple streams of passive income, preparing them financially for life. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #7

G            Sonya Shafer, Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together—Save time and money by teaching most school subjects to all of your students together. Join Sonya for practical strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and help you and your children build sweet memories. Learn how to keep it simple by teaching your whole family together with Charlotte Mason methods! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #8

T             Jay Wile, The Most Exciting Science Related to Creation—In this lecture, Dr. Wile discusses what he thinks is the most exciting scientific evidence that supports creation. He reviews the groundbreaking study that indicates that the vast majority of human DNA is functional, which directly contradicts what evolutionists have been teaching for more than 40 years. He discusses how radioactive carbon in dinosaur bones demonstrates that they can’t be millions of years old; this leads to a discussion of the exciting soft tissue that has been found in many dinosaur fossils. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #9 

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

DB         Amanda and Michael Wares, “You Want to Do What?” A Dad’s Perspective on This Crazy Thing Called Homeschooling—In this workshop, Michael and Amanda Wares will share the story of their homeschooling journey and how Michael went from being anti-homeschooling to Amanda’s biggest source of support and help. They will also offer advice on what to do if: a) Dad is completely against homeschooling, b) He will allow it but isn’t very excited about it, or c) He is supportive, but doesn’t offer help. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #10

G            Kirk Martin, Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles—Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work and chores? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves if you can’t control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with practical strategies that really work. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #11

P             Andrea Daley, High School Smorgasbord—Whether you are in the midst of high school or it’s just on your radar, this talk is for you! Glean from the wisdom and experience of a mother of 10 (two college grads, three in college and four still at home) on subjects such as: Reviewing your parenting goals, organizing and planning your child’s high school years, credits, transcripts, SATs, dual-enrollment, gap year, preparing yourself for graduation and letting go. These are just a glimpse of the smorgasbord of information you will hear. Andrea offers you encouragement and practical suggestions you can take home to your school. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #12

YOL       Kristen Eckenwiler, All You Need to Teach Reading—Even a Struggling Reader—Does your child seem to be faltering in his/her 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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #13

G            Belinda Bullard, Homeschooling on the Cheap: Having the Best for Less—One of the many decisions that can make—or break—your home (and school) purse strings are choices regarding curriculum. In this session, we will discuss ways to lighten the financial load that is sometimes associated with home education. We will discuss how to modify curriculum that might not be a good fit for your home and where to spend dollars or where to investigate creative alternatives. We will even touch upon how to design your own curriculum to meet your family’s needs and learning objectives! Come ready to take lots of notes! (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #14

GT          Alumni Panel, Homeschool Alumni Share—A panel of homeschool alumni will share their experiences homeschooling and what they see as the positives and negatives and how homeschooling prepared them for where they are now. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #15

G            Katie Dugdale, You Don’t Need All the Things: Minimalist Homeschooling—I love curriculum as much as the next homeschool mom. Who doesn’t love the smell of new books and the thrill of opening a box of all the things to start the homeschool year? I have a confession: I buy curriculum and do not use it. I get excited, and then it sits on my shelf. I have realized that I really do not need all the things to homeschool my children. I have made a few investments over the years and learned that less really can be more when it comes to school. Let me share some tips I’ve learned in my ten years of homeschooling. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #16

GT          Francie Black, The Technology Job Market—Now and the Future. How to Be Prepared—Computer Science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Yet, fewer than 10% earn a computer science degree. Technology is a part of everyone’s life no matter your age, income, race or socioeconomic status. We all live with technology on a daily basis; it’s in the palm of our hands. The technology industry is rapidly shaping our world and there is a shortage of applicants for high tech jobs. Learn about the drastic growth in this industry, the diverse options for employment and salary ranges and how you can be prepared. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #17

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

BY         Joann Nabb, Creating a Love of Learning in the Early Years—Choosing curriculum can be overwhelming to those who are just embarking on this journey. I want to encourage you to make learning fun and educational at the same time. I hope to help new homeschoolers who may not feel creative yet or those who have been doing it for a while and need a creativity boost. Much of what can be taught in the early years does not require a formal curriculum. Creative ideas will be shared; there will be suggestions on parenting books, read-aloud books, games, age-appropriate field trips and more. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #18

G            Andrew Pudewa, The Four Language Arts—When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, dictation, narration and composition. But actually, it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading and writing; and attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted and your load lightened. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #19

G            Debra Haagen, Using Historical Fiction to Teach History—We will discuss the benefits of using historical fiction to teach history, using the specific examples of the Little House books (which are based on an actual historical story) and American Girl books (which are based on historical time periods but fictional characters). Workshop attendees will learn how these books can help make history come to life for their students but also how to teach about the differences between the actual history and the fiction. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #20

OP          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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #21

LP          Hal & Melanie Young, Struggling Learners in High School & College—At 11, one of our boys was just learning to read and at 14, he still struggled to spell 3 letter words. Little did we know that he’d be reading ancient philosophers for fun at 17 and that he’d go to college on a full academic scholarship! In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to help your struggling learners through high school (and give them a love of learning!), how to get accommodations on the SAT and ACT, and how to find out what help a college can give them—and you’ll be surprised just how much they can accomplish. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #22

G            Patricia Wesolowski, Laid Back, Joy Filled and No Guilt—Is it possible to be laid-back, enjoy homeschooling and successfully raise children who are prepared for life after they leave home? Yes! It is possible, and when you hear how others have succeeded you will be inspired to follow suit! Whether you have been tied to a particular curriculum for years or tried something different every year, if you are hoping for something better, come and be inspired to be laid-back, joy-filled and free from guilt! (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #23

G            Sonya Shafer, Charlotte Mason and Her Methods—Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte and experience using her methods for yourself during the session. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #24

T             Josh McDowell, Undaunted—Join Josh as he shares the unforgettable story of his personal encounter with Jesus Christ. A dysfunctional family life, an alcoholic and violent father and a sexually abusive worker on the family farm left Josh with a lifetime of scars and shame. Eager to rail against the existence of a loving God, he set out to intellectually disprove Christianity. You’ll find encouragement, hope and redemption in Josh’s story of how God’s passionate love and grace, along with the evidences for the truth of Christianity, forever changed the life of this former agnostic. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #25

 

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

Sam Sorbo, Feel Empowered to Teach Your Kids—Author of They’re YOUR Kids, and Teach from Love, Sam Sorbo, takes you on a journey of survival—in your own home. How can you thrive as an educator when the system insists you’ll fail? Have fun learning about how to avoid the disastrous home-made pitfalls and traps and how to get the best out of the great gift of parent/teachering your offspring, as Sam offers up her personal recipes to help you embark on the greatest love story ever written: that between parent and child. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #26

 

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

Josh McDowell, Teaching Truth in a “Whatever” Culture—Do we allow our youth to believe “whatever” the culture dictates? What do our values, beliefs and worldview have to do with the next generation of the church? In this talk, Josh deals with why youth are leaving the church and how leaders and parents can leave a faith legacy. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #27

 

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

G            Danielle Papageorgiou, 5 Lifeschooling Hacks (+ 1 Big Secret) to Conquoring Homeschool Burnout—Your schedule is laid out and today is going to be different! As you jump out of bed, you are ready to tackle the world! But two hours later, after the breakfast burns, the dog has another accident on the carpet, and the toddler slams his fingers in the door, the morning is half over and you wonder where those plans went! Another day is wasted. Can you really homeschool? This is real life, and homeschoolers are not immune just because we have a schedule and a school room! In this session, I will show you five practical ways that I have learned to “merge life with homeschooling.” (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #28

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

B            Marji McIlvaine, Navigating the Curriculum Jungle with Confidence and Joy—Don’t get stressed walking through the vendor hall! Unit studies, classical, traditional, unschooling, relaxed, eclectic—what are all of these approaches to homeschooling, anyway? How is a parent to choose? “I bought the wrong curriculum.” “It’s not working.” “I hate it!” “My friend says that other curriculum is the one.” What do I do? We’ll try to demystify the curriculum jungle and equip you to find the best pathway through it for you and your family—and to enjoy the process! (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #31

G            Sam Sorbo, Tips and Tricks to Make Home Education Fun!—And we don’t mean just for the kids—we mean fun for everyone! Join Sam Sorbo as she explores creative ways to engage your children without boring yourself and even address the pushback from reluctant kids (who may not want Mom or Dad to be the teacher). Sam’s mission is to encourage you in enjoying the most precious time you will have with your children. Home education is about family—learn some tips for how not to lose sight of that God-breathed message. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #32

GBL       Melanie LeDoux, Homeschooling That Child—Wondering if you can or even should, homeschool “that” child? We take a look at various challenges and admit feeling unprepared. We will acknowledge the shock and the “why me?”. You will accept the things you want to manage so that you can embrace your decisions. You will also be able to encourage others, but most importantly, see the potential and encourage “that” child. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #33

Y            Sonya Shafer, The Early Years: Homeschooling Your Preschooler—Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives and more. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #34

DT          Mark Fox, Boys to Men—This is not a misspelled reference to the R&B vocal team out of Philly but a workshop on turning our boys into men before they leave our house. What are the keys to helping that transition take place without a casualty? Dads and teenage sons are especially invited to hear this workshop, as Mark talks about the process he and his five sons (all grown, now) went through to navigate these waters together and emerge safe and manly on the other side. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #35

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

G            Tisha Duncan, Schooling Outside of the Box: Balancing Careers and Homeschooling—“I didn’t know you homeschooled!” As a working mother, who also homeschools, I hear this comment quite frequently, followed by “How do you do that?” This workshop shares tips and strategies for families who are interested in a nontraditional path to homeschooling where both parents are working. We will discuss how to create a flexible schedule where you can participate in co-ops and learning communities, collaborate with other families and integrate career and household responsibilities. Thinking out of the box is encouraged! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #36

G            Andrew Pudewa, Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm—Escaping the conveyor belt approach of institutional education by which most of us were shaped isn’t easy, but it has to be done. For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders and communicators—so desperately needed in today’s world. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #37

OP          Hal & Melanie Young, Middle School Madness—When our oldest was 8, we thought we were pretty great homeschool parents. When he hit 9 or 10, the wheels fell off his educational train! Another child was fine until he was 11, then all-of-a-sudden he couldn’t focus at all or remember things he’d learned last week. Others didn’t struggle until 12 or 13, but no matter when it strikes, something seems to make these years hard for nearly everyone. How do you live through it? Can you make the pre-teen years great? Join Hal & Melanie for practical help navigating the middle school challenge and laying a foundation to make high school even better! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #38

YOL       Kristen Eckenwiler, Does My Child Have Dyslexia? What Does That Even Mean?—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 do it. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #39

G            Belinda Bullard, Don’t Just Teach History, Build a World Changer—It has been said “He who does not know his history is doomed to repeat it.” In an increasingly global society, understanding the historical perspective of others is no longer a “nice thing to do;” this is a critical skill that helps our children reach their destiny. In this session, we will uncover various ways to create history studies that are geared toward building a generation of leaders. We will discuss how to teach the more difficult topics without creating difficult moments and why a significant change from traditional history is important for this generation. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #40

YO         Elizabeth Urbanowicz, Preparing Our Children to Encounter Competing Worldviews—A host of competing worldviews call out to our children daily. While protecting them from certain cultural influences is beneficial, we need to prepare our children to have a vibrant faith in a very secular culture. How can we equip our children to navigate the thousands of false messages that clamor for their attention? In this session, participants will engage in a variety of educational strategies they can use to prepare their children to encounter false ideologies and live vibrant lives of faith in Jesus Christ. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #41

GB         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. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #42

T             Josh McDowell, Touch the Evidence (Old Testament)—This spiritual adventure through history, archaeology and antiquities will satisfy your mind and soul about the reliability of the Old Testament. Doubts fade as rock-solid facts unfold. You will leave knowing with real confidence why you believe! You will be able to touch and photograph the 500-year-old Lodz Torah, learn how these ancient scrolls were preserved. Experience a greater appreciation for the Word of God as you see and touch a living treasure. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #43

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

B            Amanda Wares, Help! I’m New! Now What Do I Do?—New to homeschooling or considering it? This workship 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 1) CD/MP3 #44

G            Kirk Martin, 10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Meltdowns & Disrespect—Nothing is more frustrating and embarrassing than a child being defiant or melting down in public. Have a little one who looks right through you and says, “No!”? Have a teenager who defies you or rolls his eyes? Have a child who refuses to go places? Kirk will show you how to stop a meltdown in public without losing it yourself! You will learn how to turn emotional power struggles into opportunities to build trust and teach self-discipline. You will be blown away by how practical these strategies are. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #45

G            Andrea Daley, Smorgasbord of Traditions—Traditions act as anchors for family values. Whether your family already embraces traditions or you just wish you did, you will leave this talk with something fun or creative to implement in your own home. Travel with this mother of 10 through her calendar year and glean fresh ideas for organizational tips, holiday traditions, award nights, scheduling ideas, character training, date nights and more. It’s never too late to start making your own traditions! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #46

PT           Jolene Erlacher, Raising Godly Leaders to Serve in an Ungodly Culture—With only 4% of Generation Z (teens/college students) possessing a biblical worldview, young believers today face unique challenges as they prepare to work, serve and lead in a culture that is increasingly antagonistic toward God and His principles. Scriptures and history, however, give us encouraging stories and evidence of God’s power working through the few and the faithful, even amid tumultuous times. In this workshop, the story of Daniel will provide hope, insights and practical strategies for parents and youth today as we prepare to faithfully serve God in our moment in history. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #47

G            Sam Sorbo, Put Logic to the Test—Have you ever lost an argument with your child? Sam Sorbo believes you should try it sometime! Join Sam for an entertaining and enlightening trip of discovery—finding logic in all the wrong places! Why teach your kids logic? The better they can argue with you, the better they can become independent servants of truth and its author!. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #48

P             LeAnn Gregory, The Impact of Christian Gap Year Programs—Could a gap year be a good option for your teen after high school? A well planned gap year can bring clarity and focus to teens and help them acquire the skills and attributes that colleges and employers are looking for. Participation in Christian gap year programs is growing by leaps and bounds for good reason! Find out how these programs can benefit your student both academically and spiritually from LeAnn’s research and the experience of her own teens. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #49

G            Sonya Shafer, Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Homeschool—Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children and practical tips for cultivating the Top Three. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #50

T             Josh McDowell, Touch the Evidence (New Testament)—Don’t miss this unique opportunity to satisfy your mind and soul about the reliability of the New Testament. You will undoubtedly come away with a greater knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God after seeing and touching these living treasures. You will learn how these ancient manuscripts were preserved and see manuscript fragments that were hidden for over 1600 years! (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #51

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

Y            Durenda Wilson, Unhurried Homeschooling: Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers—The pressure starts before we even hold our babies in our arms: cloth diapering or disposable, store bought baby food or homemade, nurse or bottle feed? We even feel pressured to decide our style of parenting before we have a chance to engage in the role. Feeling pushed and pressured is no way to start our parenting journey or our home education. By taking time in the early years to learn to let God lead us, we begin to create the margin that helps give us freedom to be the parents and homeschooling family God has called us to be. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #52

GB         Andrew Pudewa, A Classical Approach in a Modern World—What is a classical education? Studying Latin? Learning logic? Reading The Iliad? Although Andrew Pudewa does not claim to be the expert extraordinaire on the subject, he has been exploring this idea of classical education for the past twenty years and has witnessed the frenzy, the skeptics and various views of what actually defines a classical education. In this talk, Andrew shares his personal journey, some observations and his conclusions that have enriched his own teaching at home and in many communities across North America. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #53

GB         Debbie Mason, Why Homeschooling Works—We have heard the success stories of homescooled kids. We choose to homeschool because we believe it is the best way to rear children. But do we understand what makes homeschool a success? Debbie will share what she sees as the reason that homeschooling gives the best enviornment for bringing up children. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #54

PT           Marji McIlvaine, Online Instruction: The New Frontier—What are the types of online instruction? Are they effective?  Aren’t all the classes about the same? Some are free and others are costly—what’s the difference? Online education is exploding; it can work hand-in-glove with homeschooling, or it can be an expensive error and a time-waster. How can we avoid a mistake? This workshop will help equip families in making knowledgeable decisions, as well as offer tips on succeeding (avoiding failure) in the online classroom. We will also address the burning question—can we go to class in our jammies? (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #55

G            Belinda Bullard, Setting the Stage for Learning and Discovery—Amidst all the posts, pics and chats, the homeschool community has portrayed home education as a Utopian experience. There’s one problem: It is not. This portrayal can leave the impression on a homeschool family that something is wrong if they are not having this type of experience. This session is for new homeschool families or for veteran homeschool families whose home might need a breath of fresh air. We will discuss simple modifications that will help children grow into whom they were created to be and help you in making a real life the best it can be. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #56

YO         Elizabeth Urbanowicz, God’s Image, the Soul and Gender Identity—Developing a Biblical View of Man in the Elementary Years—Our children are growing up in a world that doesn’t understand what it means to be human. Our culture teaches that gender doesn’t matter, humans are merely evolved animals, and we can be whomever we want to be. How can we prepare our children to live out a biblical understanding of what it means to be human? In this session, participants will engage in a variety of practical activities they can use to begin instructing their children in a biblical view man. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #57

G            Matthew McDill, How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home—Are you fed up with the ugly talk and fighting in your home? Amazingly, it is easier to be polite and patient with those outside the family than those we love the most! A major part of preparing our children for life is teaching them how to interact with others. In this session, we will apply biblical conflict resolution principles to the relationships in your home. You will receive practical tools for teaching your children to handle conflict (and how to practice it yourself!) (Gaines) CD/MP3 #58

P             Jay Wile, Why Homeschool through High School?—Homeschooling parents are often faced with a difficult decision when their children reach high school age. Typically, the parents feel they are just not able to teach the more demanding courses that are required at the high school level. As a result, many parents feel that they must send their children to school for a proper high school education. In this seminar, Dr. Wile, a former teacher at both the university and high school levels, will explain why such a decision is not in the best interest of the student. He will use data gathered from many sources, including his own experience. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #59

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

B            Ronda Marshall, Learning and Teaching Styles—Confused by all the approaches to homeschooling that are available? Wondering how your children learn best? Come gain insight about learning styles, educational approaches, how to use curriculum to fit your child’s learning style and how you can choose a method that works well for you and your family. Obtain perspective to evaluate the sometimes overwhelming choices available to homeschoolers today. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #60

G            Andrew Pudewa, Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators—Today, many of us have an intuitive sense that major changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different in ways not necessarily convenient or comfortable. But at the same time, we must wake up each day and live as though things will continue on pretty much as they are. Resolving this cognitive dissonance requires that we carefully contemplate our circumstances because we truly are in a cultural war, fighting the “non-gospel” of aesthetic and moral relativism on three fronts—personal, family and social. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors?” (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #61

BY         Amanda Garner, 10 Truths and 1 Lie—Join Amanda, veteran homeschool mom of 15 years, as she shares with wit and humor 10 fabulous truths that will set you and your students free to enjoy your homeschool journey, as well as the biggest lie that will steal your joy and lead you down the path of misery. Come prepared to receive the encouragement you need whether you are brand-new to homeschooling or struggling to stick with it! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #62

YOL       Kristen Eckenwiler, Teaching Children That Struggle—A learning disability or learning challenge presents many unique obstacles to any parent teacher as they search for the most effective way to teach their child. Based on solid research, this workshop is designed to present teaching strategies and adaptations that have been shown to effectively meet the needs of students who struggle with various learning disabilities. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #63

G            Mark Fox, Are You Teaching Them about Sex?—This may be the last subject ever (or never) covered in our homeschools, and yet, we are the ones responsible for preparing our children for life. All of it. How do we teach them about sexuality from biblical truth? Mark will speak on this from the perspective of a father of seven grown children, and as a pastor who sees this instruction missing too often in the local church.. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #64

P             LeAnn Gregory, On the Right Track?—As parents of high school students, we often worry if we are “on the right track” toward their future. We wonder if we are covering all the bases with the classes we are teaching, if they are they prepared for the SAT/ACT, if they know what they want to pursue after graduation. The choices our teens are making in high school have huge consequences, academically, socially, professionally and financially. Having a well formed strategy will relieve your anxiety and put your teen on the path to a successful future. Come learn how to create a career map to inform your high school decisions. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #65

YO         Sonya Shafer, Fine Arts the Charlotte Mason Way—You don’t have to be a music major or an art aficionado to teach fine arts to your children. In this hands-on presentation, you’ll discover an easy yet effective way to give your children music appreciation and art appreciation that will enrich their lives and yours! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #66

T             Josh McDowell, Tolerating the Intolerable—What is the difference between tolerance and judging? Where is the boundary? Josh presents biblical implications and six practical steps in understanding God’s view on judging others. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #67

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

Andrew Pudewa, However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching—In this talk, Andrew shares many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including: It’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you; process over product; All kids are different; “Progressive” education doesn’t mean progress; what real “college and career readiness” is, and two secret keys to successful teaching. You will be challenged or reassured (or both!) but sure to leave with an expanded vision of your calling as a homeschooling educator. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #68

 

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

YB         Durenda Wilson, Unhurried Homeschooling: K-2nd Grade—Most people’s definition of “education” is a more formal approach, but the truth is that you’ve already been educating your child for 5 years! You are the “expert” when it comes to your child and you will be able to tell when he/she is ready to start reading, writing, etc. We will talk about simple ways to recognize when your child is ready to experiment with reading, writing and basic math! Most of all you will be encouraged to relax and enjoy this season of early learning and quiet the voices that want to put unnecessary pressure on you and your littles! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #69

G            Kirk Martin, “You’re Not the Boss of Me!” Motivating Strong-Willed Toddlers, Tweens & Teens—You have a child who does what you ask and sails through life—easy. You have another child who causes you to pull your hair out, stay up late at night worrying and asking God, “WHY?!” Absolutely everyone’s advice backfires and doesn’t work with this child. But what if you understood this challenging child’s heart and brain from the inside out? You don’t want to crush his spirit or create more defiance. Instead of constantly creating power struggles, you can learn how to enjoy a respectful, motivated child who is confident, persistent and purposeful. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #70

G            Hal & Melanie Young, Giving Gifted Kids What They Really Need—We may hope for gifted kids, but what do you do when they are? How do you guide them when they’re blowing the curve, racing ahead and seem to need more? How can you help them fit in socially? Should they graduate early or on time? Hal & Melanie homeschooled several precocious children, and they have a lot to share about challenging these kids academically, helping them thrive socially, answering their spiritual questions and knowing when to push them ahead and when to broaden out their education instead. Learn how to meet the needs of your bright child and enjoy doing it! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #71

YOL       Kristen Eckenwiler, Multi-sensory Teaching: A Game Changer Everyone Should Understand—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. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #72

B            Belinda Bullard, 10 Things I Would Say to My Younger Homeschooling Self—An ideal session for those who are beginning a homeschool journey, this is a message of encouragement regarding those earliest years of home education. Amidst all of the regulations, the curriculum, the co-ops and the nay-saying relatives, what is that central idea that will keep you focused? How are you to block out all of the other distractions to your plan? How do you make sure that the kids are thriving? We will answer these questions and more in a personal message that we hope will leave you excited about the days to come. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #73

PT           Diane Allen, What if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to College?—So often we hear the phrase: College isn’t for everyone! This is true! However, as an educational community, we seem to have forgotten those students who really don’t want to transition to a 4-year degree. The good news is there is a world of opportunity for those students, especially if they make good use of their community college resources and the freedom of homeschooling. In this workshop learn how to help your student who wants to explore other options. Diane will focus on how the community college system can be a valuable resource to those students and set them a career path. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #74

G            Matthew McDill, How to Plan for Your Best Homeschool Year Ever—How did this last year of homeschool go for your family? What were your biggest wins? What were your biggest regrets? Have you been thinking of what you might need to do differently next year? Join Matthew in this workshop to learn about some practical steps you can take and tools you can use to review your last school year and set out effective goals and plans for next year. How many times have you set goals and made plans that only lasted for a few weeks? We will also discuss strategies that will help you not only write out clear homeschool goals, but to actually achieve them! (Gaines) CD/MP3 #75

T             Josh McDowell, 50 Shades of Love—People often claim they are motivated by love to do the things they do. But very few people can define what that actually means. That’s especially dangerous when culture “defines” it for our children. So how do you know whether you are doing the loving thing if you can’t define it? Josh discusses what love is not (especially in terms of sex) and then shares an insightful, biblical understanding of what love is that will dramatically change how you think. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #76

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

G            Joann Nabb, Opening Doors with Foreign Language—Foreign language is not just for high schoolers to take for 2 years and forget. It is a door that can open the world. Government schools advocate 2 years with very little gain to show afterwards. Imagine studying music or math for 2 years and expecting proficiency. With the Internet and the accessibility of our world, those who know a second and third language can practically write their own ticket to success. Our two oldest sons get 10% higher pay for knowing languages. Don’t be nervous; come hear how you can teach a language without losing your mind, using the many resources available. (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #77

G            Kirk Martin, Messy Marriage Stuff: 10 Things Your Spouse Desperately Wants You to Know—So marriage is tougher than you expected. You thought everything was white picket fences—and then you had kids. Before you had kids (and all that stress and anxiety), you were patient, fun, had energy, you listened. But now you yell, withdraw, snipe at each other, and you’re slowly drifting apart. One spouse coddles the child; the other is too tough. And this isn’t what you expected. So what are some practical and easy ways to grow together—instead of growing apart? Come learn 10 things your spouse desperately wants you to know. Serious stuff, but we’ll laugh together as well. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #78

DYO      Shawn Curtis, You Can Lead Them: Building a Habit of Family Discipleship—One way that we disciple and train our children is through the practice of regular family worship. Some have called family worship a “neglected grace.” Making the time to read scripture, pray together and sing some praise songs to God is a powerful and simple tool to encourage your children towards godliness. Just like interest compounds in an investment account over time, regular deposits of family worship time can be a means to build spiritual wealth into your whole family. Come hear more! (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #79

L             Dr. Brett Miller, Vision: More than 20/20, Signs Your Child May Have a Learning-Related Vision Problem—Is your child smart in everything except school? Does your young student still prefer for you to read out loud, even though he or she is intelligent enough to read independently? Is your child coming home everyday with a headache? Does your teenager get great grades but struggles when it comes to timed, standardized tests? The presentation will be going through how vision impacts learning, the visual skills that can be assessed and improved through optometric vision therapy and some success stories from our program. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #80

G            Julia Nalle, 50 + Creative and Practical Ways to Breathe Life Back into History—Memorizing dates, reciting facts, listing events and labeling geographical features: Is it any wonder that so many students view history as bland, boring and irrelevant? “They’re just a bunch of dead people; it doesn’t affect my life.” How can we give history CPR to help students become excited about civilizations and cultures, to discover people and places and to wrestle with the rising and falling of nations. Pull up a chair and spend some time with Julia Nalle, co-author of BiblioPlan, as she offers 50+ creative and practical ways to breathe life back into history. (Salem 2) CD/MP3 #81

TP           Margaret Roberton, Workforce Readiness—Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors to Leverage Community College Programs for In-Demand Credentials and Credit—This session will focus on the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to engage with the local community college to earn high demand credentials. Through the Career and College Promise, high school students can participate in approved short-term training programs leading to high demand credentials in areas of healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing and public safety, among others. Students may also have opportunities to participate in pre-apprenticeship programs which can lead to registered apprenticeships and potentially to tuition waivers for degree programs. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #82

G            Sonya Shafer, 6 Tools for Lifelong Learners—With the right tools, your student will be equipped and eager to continue learning for his entire life. Give your child practice with six practical tools now, and you will be amazed at how well he transitions into being a self-learner. Come learn what the six tools are and how to use them in your homeschool. Plus, discover the secret that makes those tools extra powerful in creating lifelong learners. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #83

G            Jay Wile, Ten Tips to Improve Your Homeschool Year—Dr. Wile has been working with homeschoolers for more than 20 years. As a result, he has been able to learn from the pros. He also homeschooled his daughter from the time she was adopted until she graduated high school. Blending his personal experience with the things he has learned from veteran homeschoolers, Dr. Wile discusses ten things you can do to make your homeschool year more enjoyable and effective. Whether you are a new homeschooler or an experienced one, you will helped to make the most of your homeschool year! (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #84

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

G            Durenda Wilson, Chores: Why They Are Essential in HomeschoolingMost of us agree that chores are important, but often, moms and kids are frustrated and angry when it comes to how and when to implement them. Having 8 kids in 12 years has the potential to bring a mom to her knees and her home into disarray, but God taught our kids (and me) so much through working together. The benefits of having our kids do chores are countless! I’ll talk about many of them as well as how we scheduled them. More than anything, I want you to be encouraged that investing in this area not only lightens our loads as moms but is an essential part of our kids’ education! (Winston 1) CD/MP3 #85

G            Andrew Pudewa, Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day—Children like to do what they can do; they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest. (Winston 2) CD/MP3 #86

G            Belinda Bullard, Nurturing a Child’s Entrepreneurial Spirit—A previous generation of kids made money via lemonade stands, lawn mowing and babysitting. With the access to the world that our children now have via the Internet, a hobby or interest can create a significant income for a child, as well as educate him/her in the basics of owning a small business. We will discuss why nourishing a spirit of entrepreneurship is important during these times, how to develop a child’s gifts into a business, and the tools necessary to keep a child encouraged regarding his God-given abilities. (Winston 3) CD/MP3 #87

TP           Beth Crossmon, The College Decision: Why It Is Important and the One Key Factor You Want to Take into Consideration—The college years are the educational capstone of a student’s academic experience providing the foundation for career & ministry, family & friends and worldview & faith in the adult years. In this workshop, Beth will give you the tools you need to find the best college fit for your student and then how to afford it, instead of the other way around. (Salem 1) CD/MP3 #88

G            Diane Allen, Record Keeping from Grade 1 through Graduation—Diane Allen actively homeschooled for 23 years and graduated three students into college. Imagine her surprise when she learned she had made several common mistakes in maintaining her student’s valuable homeschool records. After talking with many college admission offices, military recruiters, FBI agents and verification services she revised her graduate transcripts and prepared a proper permanent academic record. In this workshop, she shares her mistakes and how to prevent future complications as she outlines the Basic Rules of a Record Retention for homeschool students. (Salem 3) CD/MP3 #89

L             Sonya Shafer, Lessons from the Valley—After diagnosing her youngest daughter with autism, Sonya found herself in a spiritual valley. Though your valley may look different, the giants that she encountered there may seem eerily similar to your own. Learn what Scriptures the Lord used to help her overcome five giants in the valley: the giants named Fear, Faltering Faith, Uncertainty, Guilt and Self-Pity. (Gaines) CD/MP3 #90

G            Jeff Ertzberger, To Code or Not to Code—Have you wondered if you should teach your kids computer coding? Maybe you have thought about it but have no idea where to start. Coding can be helpful regardless of your child’s future plans. This workshop will explore free curriculum resources that any homeschool parent can use to introduce their child to computer coding. The presenter will also demonstrate some of the latest tools for teaching coding like Osmo, Sphero robots and more. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #91