2013 Workshop Descriptions will be available Thursday, January 31, 2013.

2012 Featured Speaker Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS
Keynote 9:00 am
11:00 am - Noon
1:30 - 2:30 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm
4:30 - 5:30 pm

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Keynote 9:00 am
11:00 am - Noon
1:30 - 2:30 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Workshop handouts will be posted as we receive them from the speakers in early July. Please visit this page the week before the convention to download and print handouts for any workshops you plan to attend and bring those handouts with you to the convention. Extra copies will not be available at the convention. NOTE: Not all workshops will have handouts.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Keynote

HEIDI ST. JOHN
R.E.A.L. L.I.F.E. Homeschooling
South Ballroom

Let's face it. Homeschooling is challenging.  Sometimes it can feel like a major accomplishment just to take a shower and get the breakfast dishes cleaned up before dinner!  Most homeschool moms feel the pressure of providing their children with a solid academic foundation—but there's so much more to homeschooling than academics, isn't there?  The truth is that the greatest accomplishment of your homeschooling is to nurture your children in the ways of the One who made them.

REAL LIFE Homeschooling is about getting real when it comes to the issues that are unique to homeschooling families—but more important than that, it's about being reminded why we are homeschooling in the first place.  It's about keeping our eyes on the goal of discipling our children. If you have been or are on the edge of homeschool burnout, if you are wondering why God has called you on this homeschooling journey, or if you just need some honest, real encouragement, this is the one workshop you can't afford to miss!

FRIDAY, JULY 20
11:00 AM – Noon

HEIDI ST. JOHN
The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance
South Ballroom

What comes first—the marriage or the math lesson?  Most homeschool moms (every mom, for that matter) have felt the pull and pressure of trying to balance their marriages and their commitment to motherhood.  Hey, most homeschool moms are happy to find time for a shower, let alone a romantic night with their husband!  Yes, it's true.  Homeschooling adds a new dynamic to the pressures of motherhood—but it doesn't mean you need to let your marriage suffer!  In fact, it's never been more crucial than it is right now to strengthen the core of your family.  In case you are still wondering, your marriage comes first.

In this workshop, you'll learn several key ingredients to balancing your love life with language lessons—and how you can become the most romantic homeschool mom on the block!  Come hear a story of personal experience that will challenge the way you view your marriage and inspire you to seek God's heart as you model a strong healthy marriage for your children.  This is Heidi's favorite topic, so bring a notepad and fasten your seatbelts!  It's time to put the "real OO" back in your homeschool!

JIM STOBAUGH
Do I Take the SAT 1 or the ACT?
Room 159
HANDOUT - Do I take the SAT 1 or the ACT? (pdf)

It is obvious to older home schooling families, that the standardized test is far more important to college admission than any other college credential.  Which test should the students take?  How do the students prepare for each test?

MARY SCHOFIELD
Junior High Needs

Room 160-161

Junior high is a unique and special time of growing up.  In order to take full advantage of these precious years, spiritual, physical, and academic needs must all be considered.  In this workshop, we will cover how parents can custom-design their student’s junior high years to help them to "grow and wax strong in spirit, becoming filled with wisdom; and having the grace of God upon them."  (Luke 2:40)

HEATHER HAUPT
Stepping Outside the School Box: Creating a Home Where We Can Learn
Room 162-163

Learning to embrace a natural, holistic way of education can make homeschooling doable and successful academically, spiritually, and socially for both the students and the parents.  It’s important to let go of our pre-conceived notions of what “school” should look like and instead major on the strengths of homeschooling—flexibility, real life learning, real books (living books), dialogue rather than formal tests, etc.   Discover how to emphasize the benefits of homeschooling and avoid the burnout that happens when parents try to replicate a traditional school in their homes.

TODD WILSON
Up Close and Personal Time with Mr. Familyman
Room 164-166

If you’d like to know what curriculum Todd and his wife Debbie use in their homeschool, his thoughts on having children, how they stay sane traveling the country in an RV with ten people, or why Todd dresses the way he does, then you’re invited to spend some time with Mr. Familyman. For this special workshop, Todd has painstakingly recreated their family room just to make you feel at home. Well, not really, but he does want to give you an opportunity to ask any of your unasked questions, say hi, and enjoy a little up close and personal time. So jot down your questions and join Todd for this interactive workshop.

JULIE HIRAMINE
Setting a Paradigm for Purity
Room 167
HANDOUT - Setting a Paradigm for Purity (pdf)

This session is geared for parents of preschool through middle school aged children.  “How in the world am I supposed to tell my kids about sex?!?” That seems to be the question (and fear) on every parent’s mind. We as parents realize that if we don’t talk to our kids, the media will. Whether it’s the magazine at the grocery store checkout, a racy song that catches us off guard at the mall, or the billboards plastered on the interstate—the world has made its position clear. In today’s twisted society, how are we supposed to give our kids, at a young age, a vision of God’s incredible plan while the world’s ideals are pounding on our front door? Setting a Paradigm for Purity will answer these questions for you and more. You’ll discover practical, insightful information on how to talk with your kids age-appropriately, preschool through middle school, about virtue, character, purity, future relationships, Godly sexuality, media discernment, and more. This session throws “taboo” out the window for an honest look at the truth about sex.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20
1:30 – 2:30 PM

HEIDI ST. JOHN
Multi-Level Teaching: Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens, Oh My!
South Ballroom

Do you have a houseful?  Are you planning on having a houseful?  If so, then this is a great workshop for YOU!  Heidi and Jay St. John are the homeschooling parents of seven perfect, never messy, always obedient very sweet, usually tidy, generally obedient, always energetic, very curious, children. They have homeschooled all the way through high school.

One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling a houseful is figuring out how to teach them all while finding time to manage the rest of your day!  Moms are always wondering if they are "doing enough" and finding the time to teach individual subjects, well, individually can be overwhelming. In this workshop, Heidi will share seven secrets of multi-level teaching that will empower, encourage and enlighten you!  If you've got a houseful, then you've got your hands full!  Let's laugh together, and rediscover the JOY of homeschooling with a full heart AND a full house!

NANCY MANOS
You Are Enough!  Encouragement for Homeschool Moms

Room 159

Feeling weary? Worried that you’re failing your children? Need a boost of confidence to keep plugging along? Join Nancy as she reminds us that God has placed our children in our families and that He has equipped us to raise them. She’ll share encouragement from God’s Word that will refresh you and revitalize you in your mission as a homeschooling mom.

MARY SCHOFIELD
High School Overview
Room 160-161

How do you decide what to study in high school?  How do you know that your teen is learning enough (and of the right things)?  How can parents continue a homeschool lifestyle during the high school years?  Must homeschool students model their high school years after the institutional­ized educational style of learning?  Come and learn how to make your high school years special, wonder­ful, and complete as we discuss the overall plans needed to teach high school at home.

RICK BOYER
Take Back the Land
Room 162-163
HANDOUT - Take Back the Land (pdf)

It has been said that the parents of the 1980's and 90's were the Moses generation--they left Egypt (government schooling) and headed for the Promised Land, as the Israelites once traversed the wilderness to return to Canaan.  The generation of Moses completed part of the mission, getting as far as the Jordan River. But it was left to Joshua and the younger Israelites to cross the river and take back the land that had been promised to their father Abraham centuries before.  Today, home schooling parents have broken free from the bondage of godless philosophies and are raising up the Joshua generation that will carry the battle over the Jordan--taking the banner of Christ back into American government, law, medicine, business, education, and the arts, where God and His Word were once universally honored.  The enemies of God are trembling today at the thunderous approach of the Joshua generation!

TODD WILSON
Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World
Room 164-166

Let’s face it! Most men today are yellow-bellied, lilly-livered weenies. They may wear tall Stetsons, drive fast cars, bungee jump from bridges, collect souped-up power tools, and carry big black Bibles, but they’re weenies. They flex their biceps and proclaim their faith, but when the economy collapses, the newest pandemic hits the scene, a family crisis arises, or the going gets tough—they play it safe.  The truth is God wants your sons to leave the heavily populated, safe waters and live dangerously. He wants your sons to trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But, that doesn’t come naturally. Everyone around them—from the talking heads in the media to pastors in the pulpit—keep repeating, “Play it safe.”

Here’s a secret: dangerous living leads to joy, family happiness, and real success while safe living results in worry, family failure, and heartache. So join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to GET DANGEROUS.

KARA ROZENDAAL
Cutting Household Expenses
Room 167
HANDOUT - Cutting Household Expenses (pdf)

The financial sacrifice to homeschool is worth every penny!  Unfortunately, the pennies tend to disappear quickly.  There are simple and practical ways to trim your expenses that can take the stress out of stretching your budget.  This seminar will prepare you with money-saving ideas that you can instantly apply to your household routine.  Warning!  This isn’t an ear-tickling workshop!  You will be loaded with ideas to cut your household expenses, reduce your utility bill, slash your grocery spending, and transform the way money leaves your home. You can do it!  Saving can be easy!

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FRIDAY, JULY 20
3:00 – 4:00 PM

HEIDI ST. JOHN
Notebooking and Multi-Level Teaching
South Ballroom

Need more life in your homeschool? Do you feel like your homeschooling has hit the wall?  Or maybe you have hit the wall?  Tired of boring?  Would you like to engage your children more?  You're not alone!

Have you been wondering how to get your fifth grader and your sophomore excited about learning at the same time? Heidi will teach you this wonderful skill using the "show and tell" approach. Notebooking is easy, flexible, and fun. Heidi will have plenty of examples for you to look at and resources to take home. Don't miss it!  The St. Johns have been notebooking for several years and the result is that the children write more, learn better, and have a beautiful record of what they have learned at the end of the year.  This is not a condemnation of workbooks (they do have their place) but rather it is an opportunity for you to discover a life-giving, truly interactive way of learning. This is also a very hands-on workshop.  Heidi will walk you through several approaches to notebooking and as she does, you will discover that there is a notebooker inside of you!

LINDA CROSBY
Keeping History Alive!
Room 159

It IS possible for homeschool history to be entertaining, exciting, and educational—not only for your kids, but for you, too!  If you just rolled your eyes at the first sentence, this history-teaching rejuvenation session is the one your kids want you to attend.  Linda has been keeping history alive in their homeschool for more than a decade through hands-on learning.  You will hear how her children fared in the castle during the three-hour siege, what the excavation of their backyard revealed, and why her kids still have nightmares about Egypt.  Come and find out why history textbooks are so incredibly useful ... for stacking up to build castles, bridge supports, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  You CAN step away from the text and make history real.  Linda will share ideas galore for your note-taking pleasure. (Papier maché will only be mentioned once ... maybe twice.)

MARY SCHOFIELD
Designing Classes for Junior High and High School
Room 160-161

Once decisions have been made about what to require for high school graduation—once the overall plan has been set—there is still much to do.  How do you set up each course?  Courses can be designed or modified by using pre-packaged curricula, by using a variety of materials you already have on hand, or by outlining the course and finding materials to fit your needs.  We will discuss these methods of course planning, and will also cover grading, keeping track of assignments with no stress, and record keeping.

MARILYN BOYER
Learning to Delight in Your Children
Room 162-163
HANDOUT
- Learning to Delight in Your Children (pdf)
HANDOUT - Character Qualities for Mom
(pdf)
HANDOUT - Character Qualities for Kids (pdf)

If you sometimes feel like homeschooling is drudgery, you can bet your kids feel the same way! It's such a temptation to stress so much over teaching predicate nominatives or the steps of division that we forget to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. In this session, Marilyn shares how she and Rick have found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and building in them a heart for things of the Lord.

STEVE DEMME
Finding Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life
Room 164-166
HANDOUT - Finding Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life (pdf)

This workshop is Steve’s testimony of the last twenty years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny’s disability, and the special, rewarding, and joyful role he has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.

JULIE HIRAMINE
Through the Eyes of a Child
Room 167
HANDOUT - Through the Eyes of a Child (pdf)

Our culture has drawn the battle line: immerse our children at any cost. While the world’s agenda may be knocking at our door, we as parents are the gatekeepers of our homes, especially regarding media. In this session, Julie explains how the developmental age of our children is vital in knowing the type and content of media they are able to consume and appropriately view. Julie gives practical age-by-age tips for parents on how to teach their children discernment while watching TV and movies, playing video games, and while on the internet. These easy-to-implement ideas will help you chart a course for your children’s lifelong media standards.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20
4:30 – 5:30 PM

TODD WILSON
Lies Homeschoolers Believe

South Ballroom

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

JIM STOBAUGH
How to Teach History and Literature Together
Room 159
HANDOUT - How to Teach History and Literature Together (pdf)

Most homeschooler veterans know that the problem with home schooling is too much time, but too little time! This very practical workshop shows a homeschool family how to teach history and literature together in 1 hour and 15 minutes everyday.  Weaving together language arts skills and history narrative is not only possible, but preferable!  The student learns both disciplines very well and finishes with three full-year, academic credits: Composition, Literature, and History.

COLENE LEWIS
Transcripts: Doable, Fulfilling, and Even Fun!
Room 160-161

Writing a transcript is tying the beautiful bow on the gift of homeschooling.  Colene teaches you how to simply and effectively construct a transcript that provides direction as you are planning high school, which will be appreciated by colleges, and, perhaps most importantly, that provides a satisfying closure on your homeschool experience. Find out what colleges want, how to count community college, how to assign credit hours and compute GPA, and how to position for scholarships.  Colene has paved the way and wants to share with you how the system works.  This workshop is recommended for parents of junior high and up, and for teens.  It is applicable for all types of curriculum.

MARILYN BOYER
Gotta Love Those Preschoolers!

Room 162-163
HANDOUT - Gotta Love Those Preschoolers! (pdf)

Marilyn Boyer has taught all fourteen of her children at home, so she has plenty of experience with any age group you can name.  But her very favorite age to teach is those eager, curious, exciting, challenging munchkins we call preschoolers.  This, Marilyn says is the time when we lay the foundation for greatness by pouring love and acceptance all over them—instead of treating them like a nuisance.  Preschoolers aren’t just little interruptions to be kept “occupied” while older siblings study.  This season in a child’s life is the time to tap into his huge potential by maximizing his natural love for learning and helping him to see that God is preparing him for a lifetime of important service.  Come and learn from Marilyn how to make the most of this brief but exciting time.

STEVE DEMME
Elementary Algebra Taught Concretely
Room 164-166
HANDOUT - Elementary Algebra Taught Concretely (pdf)

Instead of mere symbols on paper, Steve creates a model using manipulatives to illustrate the central concepts of algebra:  problem solving, exponents, squares, square roots, negative numbers, basic operations with polynomials, factoring trinomials, and graphing lines.

JULIE HIRAMINE
Technology Overload
Room 167
HANDOUT - Technology Overload (pdf)

Have teens or tweens? Then undoubtedly you have been asked “Can I have or use [insert newest gadget or program here]”. You have probably answered one of two ways to this question: “I guess” (Meaning: you aren’t sure what it can do, but other kids have it, so it must be okay, right?) Or “NO!” (Meaning: you have no idea what it does or how it works and don’t have time to figure it out, so just to be safe it is an absolute no.) Parents: the reality is that the teens and tweens in this generation can use modern technology in powerful ways to further the kingdom of God, but they must be trained to use it responsibly. Even if we don’t fully understand technology, it is still our responsibility to equip them to navigate this potentially treacherous aspect of our modern lives. Join the GOV Team as we reveal a tried and true course for your teen and tween’s safety, while still maintaining a pure heart, mind and body. Topics include: social media, Internet filtering, cellphones, music, video games, TV, and movies.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Keynote

TODD WILSON
Dream Big!
South Ballroom

Everyone has dreams - you, your spouse, and your children, but for every dreamer a dream killer lurks in the shadows. They're the ones who constantly remind you why you shouldn't homeschool, have more children, be a stay-at-home mom, start a new business, or take that step of faith God’s telling you to take. Dream killers grew up with you. They live in your house and sometimes they even are you yourself. Their intentions may be good, but if you listen to them, you will miss out on God's best for your life. Join Todd as he helps you revive old dreams, fan the dreams in others’ lives, and urges you to throw caution to the wind and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.

SATURDAY, JULY 21
11:00 AM – Noon

TODD WILSON
Help! I'm Married to a Homeschooling Mom (for Dads)
South Ballroom

It's a fact! The only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is being married to a homeschooling mom! Dad, your wife needs your help. Come join me as we discuss how to support and assist our wives in the homeschooling journey. We'll also do a lot of laughing as I encourage men to be encouragers of their homeschooling wives.

NANCY MANOS
Making it Work: Panel Discussion

Room 159

We’ve all had times in our home education journey where we’ve felt like we aren’t “doing it right.”  We look at other families that we respect and think if we just homeschool like them we’d find the formula for success.  The truth is that each of our families is unique. The goal isn’t to copy or follow someone else, but rather to find the way that works best for our own family, gleaning inspiration from others along the way. In this panel discussion moderated by Nancy Manos, you will hear from several veteran homeschool moms about their unique journeys. As these moms share on a variety of topics you’ll find ideas you can use in your home, and even more importantly, you’ll see that there is no one right way to homeschool.  It’s okay for you to create the home education experience that works best for you and your family, even if it looks different than what your friends are doing!  Topics we’ll cover include learning approaches, curriculum choices, scheduling, avoiding burnout, husband involvement, tips and ideas, pitfalls to avoid, and much more.

MARY SCHOFIELD
Teaching K-3rd Grade
Room 160-161

Young children are challenging to teach, but they also bring some of the greatest rewards.  Making the most of the first few years of "schooling" will require an understanding of both the students' needs, and the materials and methods that are available to help meet those needs.  This workshop focuses on the child who is not reading yet, or who is still working on building reading skills.  Practical tips for the basic subjects will be discussed, including some curriculum recommendations.

RICK BOYER
Bound for Greatness
Room 162-163

The goal of homeschooling is not to produce future Einsteins, but to prepare our children to reach their maximum potential in every area of activity to which God calls them.  This workshop explores the factors that motivate children to become great learners and great achievers.  God has not called any of our children to mediocrity but to greatness.  Come and learn how to bring out the champion that the Holy Spirit has placed inside your child.

HEIDI ST. JOHN
Homeschooling High Schoolers
Room 164-166

Yes you can! Sometimes these three words help parents who are "on the fence" about homeschooling through high school be confident enough to give it a try.  Hey, we won't lie to you!  It can be intimidating.  But the fact of the matter is that you really CAN do it!

Homeschooling through high school is the gift that keeps on giving because it affords the one thing that is so fleeting in the teen years: time.   The Psalms tell us that children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior and this analogy is a beautiful picture of a healthy parent/teen relationship.  Think of an archer and how he prepares to launch his arrow.  The archer's goal is to have that arrow hit the target, and go as far as it possibly can when it is released from the bow. If we follow this analogy, it holds several truths for us as we consider the benefits of homeschooling through high school.   We'll talk about this and revisit God's heart for discipleship between parents and their children.  It doesn't end in high school, and homeschooling, in the hands of Godly parents becomes a tool that is unmatched as we raise our children to love and follow God.

JIM STOBAUGH
How to Choose a College and Get Accepted
Room 167
HANDOUT - How to Choose a College and Get Accepted (pdf)

With so many high SAT scores in the homeschool community, there will be many more opportunities to go to college. How do we know which college God is calling us to attend?  In this session, Dr. James Stobaugh will share insights on how one gets accepted to the college of his or her choice.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21
1:30 - 2:30 PM

MATTHEW AND CHRISTY DU MEE
The Benefits of Debate for Homeschooled Students
Room 159

Is debate the best extracurricular activity available for your teen?  Two debate champions would love to tell you why they think so!  This workshop will highlight the skills that your student will learn through debate and public speaking.  You can also find out more about how to involve your student in debate and speech for the upcoming school year here in Arizona.  

STEVE DEMME
The Family That Stays Together Stays Together
Room 160-161
HANDOUT - The Family That Stays Together Stays Together (pdf)

In this encouraging workshop, Steve relates the positive experiences that he and his wife have experienced raising their four sons. With plenty of humorous illustrations, Steve shares tried and proven suggestions that have enhanced their family life. With God’s help he is convinced there is hope for the family in the 21st century.

MARILYN BOYER
Generation of Giants
Room 162-163
HANDOUT - Generation of Giants
(pdf)

The true stories of heroic people have always inspired boys and girls to dream big dreams and strive to be all they can be. American children are especially blessed with a cultural heritage that includes a long list of heroes. The teaching of history is often neglected in modern schooling and our failure to appreciate our heritage has undermined the freedoms for which our founding fathers sacrificed so much. More than ever before, it is crucial that you arm your children with the exciting and inspiring truth about the men who made America a "city on a hill" for the rest of the world. The courage, brilliance and self-sacrifice of those who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor are still powerful examples to young people today, challenging them to greatness and showing them why they must reclaim the "sweet land of liberty" that is our American heritage before it is too late!
Come and listen as historical writer Marilyn Boyer, author of For You They Signed, points the way back to the principles that made America great.  Teach your children to put God first in their lives and reclaim our country's future by embracing the glory of her past!

HEIDI ST. JOHN
The First 3 Years: A Workshop for Homeschool Rookies
Room 164-166

If homeschooling up until now feels more like drudgery than delight, or if the thought of homeschooling makes your knees shake and your palms sweat, this is the workshop for you! Perhaps you've been hearing from "experts" that view homeschooling as just another form of education like any other. Public schools think that way, but homeschooling is nothing like the school system. It's just the opposite. Learning at home is an adventure, a journey, a new lifestyle.  Join veteran homeschool mom of seven (including one homeschool graduate!) Heidi St. John as she talks about the three things you've got to know as a new homeschooler that will set you on a track for success and enjoyment with your children. Because even though you're nervous now, it'll all be okay. Homeschooling is worth it. So sit back and relax. You'll soon discover that homeschooling is a journey unlike any other. Take it in stride that you will bumble and stumble, stick your foot in it, take wrong turns, backtrack, start again, and again, and your child will be just fine. Come and bring a friend for a dose of information and encouragement.  You can do it!

JULIE HIRAMINE
Adolescence 101: Who Are You and What Have You Done with my Child?
Room 167
HANDOUT - Adolescence 101 (pdf)

This season of change, both physically and emotionally, can take a big toll on our tweens moving into adolescence. What changes should we, as parents, expect? How do we continue to train them during this intensive and sensitive time? Join Julie Hiramine as she helps you navigate this short yet influential season with your son or daughter.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21
3:00 - 4:00 PM

HEATHER HAUPT
Get Your Move On: How Movement Helps Learning
Room 159

Come explore the scientific research behind the mind-body connection and how movement can be the key switch to turn your child on to learning.  While helpful for all children, movement is critical to some.  Learn ways to incorporate movement into everyday learning to maximize your child’s learning potential.

MARY SCHOFIELD
Teaching Grades 4-8
Room 160-161

Once children have learned to read, the focus of their education may change.  Is there more to homeschooling than reading a text and answering the questions at the end of the chapter?  Is there a way to banish boredom and spark a desire to continue learning?  How can we, as parent educators, avoid making education all fun and games, but keep our students motivated and eager to learn?  Practical tips for the basic subjects will be discussed, including some curriculum recommendations.

MARILYN BOYER
Getting it all Done
Room 162-163
HANDOUT - Getting it all Done
(pdf)

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, and especially those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of those. Marilyn Boyer, mother of fourteen children and a veteran home educator of twenty-seven years' experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.

TODD WILSON
Every Dad a Homeschool Dad!
Room 164-166

You may not crack open a book, work through a curriculum, or call it school, but it's your job to train your children. Join me as we look at the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of training our children. Now don't worry, I won't make you feel guilty or give you a forty-six-point outline, but I promise to tell it straight and to encourage you in the best job there is—fathering.

JULIE HIRAMINE
Keeping Your Teens on the Road to Purity

Room 167
HANDOUT - Keeping Your Teens on the Road to Purity (pdf)

Our teens and preteens are bombarded by the world with so many points of view—especially in the area of romance, relationships, and what their future holds. Join Julie Hiramine as she breaks through the cultural mindsets on the areas of purity,
courtship vs. dating, media, and other issues facing teens. Come away with a vision for what God can do in the life of your teen, and how you can disciple them into their destiny in God.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21
4:30 - 5:30 PM

DAVID SAVIDGE
Grammar for Writing, Not Jeopardy
Room 159

The most important concept in grammar is understanding sentence structure.  By visualizing the concept, mastery is easy.  This seminar will simplify sentence structure, a concept that is applicable to all writing, elementary to advanced.  When you get done with this seminar, you will be able teach and clarify this subject to any writer.  The seminar will tackle aspects of comma, semi-colon, and colon usage.

MARY SCHOFIELD
Making the Transition from Campus School to Homeschool
Room 160-161

If your children have spent time in a campus-school program, your family will have an adjustment to make during the first year of home education.  Not only will your children’s daily life change, but so will yours!  In this workshop, we will explore practical steps to take in making the transition, what to expect as you begin, and the most common problems encountered by both children and parents during that first transition year.

RICK BOYER
Beyond the Textbooks
Room 162-163

Before mass compulsory schooling, students learned to investigate, reason, and form independent attitudes. Today's home educating parents are discovering many exciting ways to get beyond packaged curriculum and experience real books, real experiences, real relationships-real learning!

HEIDI ST. JOHN
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Daytime: How to Fit Your Size 16 Day into a Size 10
Room 164-166

Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks ,or even months when you felt like you just could not get on top of all that you had to do?  Have you just decided that it's either school or dinner?  Or maybe you just gave up school and now everyone has matching socks again!  Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to homeschooling and staying on top of the rest of your day. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness".  Homeschooling reveals weakness—it's true!  And that's a good thing, because it means you get to give even more glory to the Lord when you graduate your kids see that they are walking with the Lord.

Homeschool mom, if you're struggling with trying to do it all, you will enjoy hearing some of Heidi's favorite tips for managing homeschooling and homemaking—and still finding time to fit in other things (like alone time with your husband!). This is an opportunity get set free from the expectations of others, laugh out loud, and learn how two words BE INTENTIONAL can make a huge difference in your ability to manage your home and your homeschool well.  Heidi really loves to use acrostics and this is one of her favorites!  Bring a friend and leave your preconceived ideas at the door because real moms sometimes serve Cheerios for dinner!

KARA ROZENDAAL
Shopping Secrets Revealed
Room 167
HANDOUT - Shopping Secrets Revealed (pdf)

It seems nearly impossible to keep the cupboards full without breaking the bank, especially with children home 24/7. In this seminar, we will explore shopping secrets that will open your eyes to the money that can be saved at the grocery store; including secret tricks to making sense out of reading coupons, dissecting confusing grocery ads, and navigating complicated sales.  Kara’s homeschool family of 5 spends $250 per month on their groceries.  This workshop will give you the secrets to how you can do the same.  Come prepared to learn!  You’ll be thrilled at the huge savings on your receipts!

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