2012 Illinois Homeschool Convention Workshops

2012 Workshop Schedule (North Pavilion, South Pavilion, and Bremen Rooms) – Subject to Change.

Thursday


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • 10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Meltdowns – Kirk Martin / Celebrate Calm – 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.
    - Bremen -
  • Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style: Unlocking Your Students’ Potential – Marilyn Mosley Gordanier M.Ed., Learning Style Coach (LV2) / Laurel Springs School - Understanding your child’s learning personality, modality, environment, interest and talent can transform your homeschool experience. Participants will learn how to identify their child’s learning style, which will assist in enhancing his or her educational and personal experience. The information gained from this workshop will increase a child’s, self-esteem, family harmony and academic success. Adopting this simple methodology to learning styles will enhance the way a child learns, and the way parents and teachers instruct.
    - North Pavilion 4/5 –
  • Square Peg, Round Hole: Shaping Your Daughter’s Identity in a Be-Like-Everyone-Else World – Rebecca Ingram Powell The battle lines are drawn and war is waged on our daughters every day. Whether she is bombarded by images and scenes from the ever-present media or assaulted internally by doubts and misgivings of her own imaginings, a growing girl believes she will never measure up to anyone’s expectations. Join Rebecca in this faith-based session to learn what you can do to prevent a crisis of identity theft and equip your daughter with the knowledge of her true identity, gifts, and potential.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Real life with Littles – Debbie Klein – From cleaning up unraveled toilet paper, crayon on the walls, and baby powder sprinkled in between the pages of every book in the house, to elaborate toy rotation schedules, marathon video playing sessions and cleaning house in the middle of the night, the Klein family has made a 180 shift in their perspective towards little ones in their homeschool day. Real life is always an advantage in teaching children at home, and if your real life includes little ones, that advantage is multiplied! Get up to speed on how to slow down during this precious fleeting time. “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • ADD, ADHD, Asthma, Eczema, Allergies and other childhood woes; solving problems with Nutrition Response Testing - Dr. Mark Zumhagen – Fearfully And Wonderfully Made – Does your child have problems focusing, or other health challenges that are lessening your full home schooling potential? Learn how to use a nutrition-based evaluation and treatment system to get to the bottom of your child’s health challenges, and break through previously unsolvable problems.
    – South Pavilion 4 -
  • Curing Spelling and Reading Problems. Randi St.Denis -At last! Some real help! You’ve tried every program & wonder why your child is still not a fluent reader or good speller. Randi helps parents understand why some children do not easily achieve reading & spelling success. These students must be taught with special methods, concentrating on multi-sensory, structured, sequential steps.
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -

 

10:15 Am – 11:15 AM

  • BrainFood – Eating for ‘Smarts’ – Dr. Ashly Ochsner / Maximized Living / Health From Within – Ever hear the term ‘food for thought’? Have you ever thought about it literally? Yes, the brain and learning now scientifically has been proven to be either supported or destroyed by what goes in our mouths. Come to this power packed presentation and learn the 3 dangers of modern nutrition, healthy eating tips, nutrition for families and children that works!
    - Bremen -
  • Parenting – Mission Impossible, if you choose to accept it (and you have!) – Robert Andrews / Gospel Parenting – For the Christian, the difficult task of parenting is not subject to the latest psychological fads presented on Oprah or the current New York Times best-seller on the subject. It is firmly anchored on what the Bible says, and the Bible is not silent on the topic. In this session, Robert presents three basic biblical principles that parents must understand before they are equipped to parent successfully: 1. Understanding oneself 2. Understanding one’s child 3. Understanding how one relates to his/her child. Grasping these truths experientially is vital if the parent hopes to win his/her child’s heart.
    North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Planning for High School and Beyond – Charlotte Seewald / University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School - Who knew college planning began at (or before!) ninth grade? Attendees of this workshop will learn about planning a high school curriculum for your homeschooled child to meet college admissions requirements. We will review college and university (state, private, and selective) admission standards for homeschool students, and discuss course planning and selection to fulfill those requirements. Regardless of what grade level your student is at, this session is a must for all college-bound students!
    - North Pavilion 6 –
  • Using imagery to develop and remediate reading and comprehension skills – Nancy Kulacki / Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes – Reading and language comprehension are complex acts composed of a variety of skills including fluency, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness. The brain ties these skills together through imagery – by creating pathways between the areas responsible for visual input and the areas responsible for language input. This workshop will provide a research-validated model of how specific skills work together to allow individuals to be successful readers. Attendees will also see research and results from schools and learning centers where instructional programs were used to directly stimulate imagery and to apply that imagery to reading and comprehension. There will also be demonstrations of specific steps that parents can use to help their children start developing imagery at home.
    - South Pavilion 3 –
  • 10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates – Todd Wilson / Familyman Ministries - When you’re choosing what to teach your daughter it really boils down to what matters and what doesn’t…or what your daughter needs to know to live happily ever after. The only problem is that everyone seems to have a different answer. Experts stand on every street corner shouting something different, “They need to know state history…master advanced algebra…and speak a foreign language.” It’s enough to give a well-meaning parent a headache and an ulcer. After all, what if you forget to teach her something important, dooming your daughter to a life of misery and failure? Problem solved. During this hour, Todd will cut away the tall grass and share with you the top 10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter before She Graduates that guarantees happiness and success.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Homeschooling Multiple Children at Once – Randi St.Denis – So many children and so little time!  It’s easy and fun to homeschool multiple children once you know how.  Learn to make homeschooling fun while making sure that each child gets what he or she need as an individual.  Workshop includes help on what to do with the little ones, how to balance advanced students with struggling learners, and most importantly, how to keep one child working while mom is working with another. 
    -  South Pavilion 5/6 -

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Beginning Reading: How To Make Sure Your Child Becomes a Great Reader – Carol Burton / Burton Reading - For a child to be a great reader, he needs to know letter sounds PLUS many sight words PLUS various reading strategies using real books. If any of these parts are left out, you run the risk of having a Swiss cheese reader – a child with holes in their education. This workshop addresses the importance of your child learning sights, sounds, AND strategies all at the same time and from the very beginning.
    - Bremen -
  • Are You At Your Wit’s End? Stop the Yelling & Power Struggles - Kirk Martin / Celebrate Calm - 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, chores and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose – Rebecca Ingram Powell -The middle school years are a time of great transition, for you and for your child. Sharing candidly about choices, friendships, and the American culture, Rebecca reveals the five dangers lurking on the ‘tween scene. She advises moms and dads to combat these dangers by building the remaining years of parenting on a foundation of these forgotten virtues: reverence, modesty, charity, meekness, and fidelity of heart.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Multisensory Interactive MATH Learning – Vinod Agrawal / A+ TutorSoft – Come join us to learn about our Innovative Multisensory Interactive MATH learning platform and how to use this highly-effective and individualized program to help your child succeed in math. Our Interactive MATH Curriculum Software is excellent for all types of learners, particularly the visual learners. It does the teaching for you and frees up your time, builds strong foundation and challenges children, takes the boredom of learning MATH away, engages children and makes learning MATH fun. A+ TutorSoft’s Interactive MATH is a result of active involvement and input from many homeschool families. We have worked with many homeschooling parents and children to understand what elements are most important to homeschooling parents and how we can make their homeschooling journey much easier with our curriculum.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Oops! Where did that come from? – Scott Hardin, MD / Science Shepherd - An easily understandable look at scientific findings that evolution would not predict and facts that evolution cannot explain.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Strengthening Basic Skills with Super Study Aids – Dinah Zike – (2 1/2 Hour Seminar: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM) - Join Dinah Zike in this fun, fast paced session as she shares her award winning, three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.  This presentation will combine Dinah’s original Independent Foldable activities with her newest Notebooking strategies and Envelope Projects

    Learn how to strengthen basic skills while making super study aids for organizing data, investigating and reporting information,  answering key questions, completing writing assignments, conducting and reporting science experiments, and communicating research projects.  These interactive graphic organizers also make assessment an unforgettable visual and kinesthetic experience.  

    Dinah will demonstrate and explain how these activities can be used with K-12 students in all content areas.  During the presentation, participants will make examples of Foldables (interactive graphic organizers), Notebook Foldables (used in composition books or spirals), and Envelope Projects (made using repurposed envelopes).  Materials will be furnished.
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

  • Life Skills – Equipping Your Child For the Real World – Christine Field / Homeschool Legal Advantage Before launching your child into college or other real world situations, what life skills should they possess? Getting along in the world consists of more than the ability to operate Playstation. What skills does your child need for independent living and how can those skills be taught in the years at home?
    - Bremen -
  • Biblical Discipline – Raising Eager, Obedient Learner – Robert Andrews / Gospel Parenting – Teaching is downright impossible without a willing learner, no matter how good the curriculum or the teacher. The Bible teaches that proper discipline is an expression of love, and the one who neglects it really hates his child! Robert explains the distinction between discipline and punishment and proposes a model for discipline that invariably breaks rebellion and results in bonding between parent and child. The “ought to’s, need to’s and should’s” that motivate many children will be changed to “want to’s” as they experience a desire to please parents who love them enough to discipline them diligently.
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • ABC’s, 1,2,3′s, and Handwriting, oh my! Tips on Adapting your Homeschool for your Child with Special Needs – Julie Garber / BJU Precept Marketing - In this workshop, we will discuss some of the unique challenges of educating a child with special needs as well as explaining why some traditional educational tasks are difficult for your child. A hands-on workshop, we will try to recreate for you how your child may experience various sensory input and movement challenges. From there, practical tips will be given on how to individually adapt your classroom for each subject – including English/Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Foreign Language, and Bible.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Couponing For Maximum Savings With Minimal TimeAnn Haney– Have you couponed before, but found the time involvement excessive? If so you will not want to miss the time saving principles Ann teaches encouraging you to “lower your nets again” and this time bring in a catch that’s worth the effort! Ann’s Biblical based teachings bring to light how God’s word can richly enhance your life through couponing. Come learn the policies, websites, time management techniques, organizational skills, and more while you coupon your way to debt free living.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Taming the Techno-Beast – Todd Wilson / Familyman Ministries - Parenting in the INTERNET Age – X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the INTERNET, MP3 players, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget”. Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and ‘everyone is doing it’…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the TECHNO-BEAST!
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Strengthening Basic Skills with Super Study Aids – Dinah Zike - (Continued – 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM)  Join Dinah Zike in this fun, fast paced session as she shares her award winning, three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.  This presentation will combine Dinah’s original Independent Foldable activities with her newest Notebooking strategies and Envelope Projects

    Learn how to strengthen basic skills while making super study aids for organizing data, investigating and reporting information,  answering key questions, completing writing assignments, conducting and reporting science experiments, and communicating research projects.  These interactive graphic organizers also make assessment an unforgettable visual and kinesthetic experience.  

    Dinah will demonstrate and explain how these activities can be used with K-12 students in all content areas.  During the presentation, participants will make examples of Foldables (interactive graphic organizers), Notebook Foldables (used in composition books or spirals), and Envelope Projects (made using repurposed envelopes).  Materials will be furnished. 
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Does God Care What We Feed Our Children? – Sharon Ledbetter / Beyond Organic - Absolutely, YES! Come learn about how Nutrition and Lifestyle lessons from a Biblical view can and will transform the health of your families. According to scripture God is our Great Physician and all scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching in ALL areas of our lives, including Health and Wellness! This includes good stewardship of our physical bodies and those of our precious children that He has placed in our care. Learn how following these Biblical principles in my life, helped me to beat and overcome severe life threatening illness. These same principles also helped rid my oldest son of ADHD and behavioral issues such as ODD. He went from an alternative school to being an A student in Advanced Placement Chemistry and has plans for college. He thanks me now for teaching him how to eat and live healthy even though he rebelled at times as a child because it has transformed his life. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
    - Bremen -
  • Building Character into Your Child – Robert Andrews / Gospel Parenting – Parents often confuse their job with God’s job in the life of their child. God has designed that He alone brings spiritual life. But He has given the parent the job of building character. What biblical character traits can we as parents self-consciously set as a goal for our children and how can we train them in such a way that that goal will be achieved when they leave our home as adults?
    – North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Experience Excellence in WritingCathy PtakInstitute for Excellence in Writing – Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. Best of all, parents and students alike find it easy to use and effective in all their writing endeavors. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started with even the most reluctant writing student so you can give it a try at home.
    North Pavilion 6 -
  • Learning to Forgive God’s Way – Dave Descoto – It has been said that “forgiveness is the oil of relationships.” Learning to Biblically handle and resolve conflict is something that every person needs to grasp, especially Christians. In order for our homeschools, our marriages, our families, and yes, even our homeschool organizations to function properly we will need to both learn and implement God’s teachings on this topic.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • How To Help Your Struggling Reader Become a Great Reader- Leigh Ann Wayne / Burton Reading – A struggling reader is a child who has ?holes? in his education. Somehow, he missed some essential pieces in his reading instruction. This seminar explains why your child is struggling and then outlines what you, as a parent, can do to ?fill in the holes? and help your child become a great reader.
    - South Pavilion 4 -

 

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

  • The Creation Interpretation Part 1 – Catie Frates – Be encouraged as you take an exciting adventure into the past! Explore the answers to some very hard questions Christians have to face. Be prepared to protect and defend your faith against controversial issues. Laying a firm foundation in Part One, the big picture will be revealed as you investigate evidence for a young earth, dig through Flood geology and fossil evidence, chill to the post-Flood Ice Age, adventure back to the Tower of Babel, be amazed by ancient man’s incredible prowess, and finally understand how dinosaurs fit into the Bible. Come be empowered and encouraged by a veteran home educator of over twenty years who wants to share the “how to” with you.
    - Bremen -
  • David Landau – Fun Music Session for the Whole Family! Everyone is welcome! Storytelling and performing children’s music are two of David‘s passions and talents. He performs musical programs that are educational, entertaining, and motivating. While music is his passion, David’s love is teaching. Teaching for 11 years, he taught first grade in Verona, Wisconsin. David’s programs are an extension of his favorite part of teaching, which, is helping children understand themselves and the world around them.
    -North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot – Dave and Debbie Klein - As surely as there are ways we can build up our family through homeschooling, there are ways we can undermine it as well. Dave and Debbie, homeschooling for 19 years, will share what they have learned and observed. They will also share what they are trying to put into practice and things they are trying to snuff out! “but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Phil 3:13)
    North Pavilion 6 -
  • A Father’s Blessing – Dave Descoto – Father’s often forget how important their roles are as spiritual leaders and teachers in their homes. Learn how to bless your children with your words and your actions. Learn what a powerful impact it can and does have on your children. We only get one chance to raise our children and instilling the blessing is vital to raising and teaching spiritually healthy kids.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad! – Todd Wilson / Familyman Ministries - 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.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  •  Math tips and tricks to Help Grades 1-6, Randi St.Denis -  There are lots of great math books out there, but the most important resource is mom’s and dad’s attitudes.  Be the best math wizard your kids can get.  Even if math makes you squeamish, learn key ways to help your children work smarter not harder.  Seen books with weird ways to work problems?  Discover how to make math simple, clear, systematic and enjoyable.  Randi will also answer questions on what to look out for when choosing math materials.
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Family Devotions That Blow Up the Box – Time Shoemaker - Learn how to teach spiritual truth and important values to kids–even teens, in ways where they’ll listen. We’ll blow up an egg in a microwave, electrocute a pickle, and show you how to convert a leaf blower to shoot TP! We’ll demo at least 10 ideas you can use to teach important truth to your kids.
    - Bremen -
  • Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist – Deborah Burns / The Medical Transcription Service - This class explores your opportunity to start a new career in which you can choose yur own hours, have a business at home, find employment easily and make an excellent income. You will discover a step-by-step guide to learning medical transcription simply, marketing your new business, obtaining clients, pricing, choosing equipment, and using appropriate software. Whether you’re just exploring possibilities or are already experienced, this class is for you!
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Move Your Children Away From Fantasy and Help Them to Connect to the Fantastic  Reality of the Future that is Today – Matthew St.Denis Kids are excited about the future, but we parents don’t always know to educate and encourage them technically in realistic and meaningful ways.  Your homeschool children can begin now to train for working in our future world.  Matthew discusses ways to engage and cast a vision for the possibilities as students become energized to learn basic technologies for fun and to make money.  Discover the beginning steps for helping elementary, middle and high school students.   Parents and children will thoroughly enjoy this workshop.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Struggling Learners – 2 Hour Seminar – 4:30 to 6:30 PM - Randi St.Denis – Bringing 30 years experience with Homeschooling all types of special needs children, Randi St.Denis, homeschooling mother, tutor, and special needs advocate gives parents loads of information for homeschooling success. Learn how to choose materials, use technology to speed learning, improve visual, auditory, sensory motor and social issues, and set realistic and attainable goals. Famous for her student’s high educational success rates, Randi has many special needs students who have gone on to become successful college students and employees. Start early and set your child on the path that leads to  success.
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -

 

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

  • You are that Man – Dave Descoto- While fathers might delegate the authority to another, they will never escape the God-given responsibility to train up their children for His glory. Sharpen your vision for Biblical home discipleship and discover tools for being a more hands-on, heart-to-heart father and husband.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Struggling Learners – 2 Hour Seminar – Continued from 4:30 to 6:30 PM - Randi St.Denis – Bringing 30 years experience with Homeschooling all types of special needs children, Randi St.Denis, homeschooling mother, tutor, and special needs advocate gives parents loads of information for homeschooling success. Learn how to choose materials, use technology to speed learning, improve visual, auditory, sensory motor and social issues, and set realistic and attainable goals. Famous for her student’s high educational success rates, Randi has many special needs students who have gone on to become successful college students and employees. Start early and set your child on the path that leads to  success.
    - South Pavilion 5/6 -

 

Friday

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Beginning Reading: How To Make Sure Your Child Becomes a Great Reader – Carol Burton / Burton Reading - For a child to be a great reader, he needs to know letter sounds PLUS many sight words PLUS various reading strategies using real books. If any of these parts are left out, you run the risk of having a Swiss cheese reader – a child with holes in their education. This workshop addresses the importance of your child learning sights, sounds, AND strategies all at the same time and from the very beginning.
    - Bremen -
  • Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style: Unlocking Your Students’ Potential – Marilyn Mosley Gordanier M.Ed., Learning Style Coach (LV2) / Laurel Springs School - Understanding your child’s learning personality, modality, environment, interest and talent can transform your homeschool experience. Participants will learn how to identify their child’s learning style, which will assist in enhancing his or her educational and personal experience. The information gained from this workshop will increase a child’s, self-esteem, family harmony and academic success. Adopting this simple methodology to learning styles will enhance the way a child learns, and the way parents and teachers instruct.
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Alternatives for ADHD – Heather DeGeorge, Health & Wellness Coach – Learn about conditions to rule out where ADHD is the symptom rather than the condition; and discover some non-drug alternatives for managing (if not eliminating) the condition. Whether you have already turned to medication and want to explore the possibilities of removing it, or are heading there and would rather not–get the information you need to provide concrete and realistic options. Information applies to adults and children.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Multisensory Interactive MATH Learning – Vinod Agrawal / A+ TutorSoft – Come join us to learn about our Innovative Multisensory Interactive MATH learning platform and how to use this highly-effective and individualized program to help your child succeed in math. Our Interactive MATH Curriculum Software is excellent for all types of learners, particularly the visual learners. It does the teaching for you and frees up your time, builds strong foundation and challenges children, takes the boredom of learning MATH away, engages children and makes learning MATH fun. A+ TutorSoft’s Interactive MATH is a result of active involvement and input from many homeschool families. We have worked with many homeschooling parents and children to understand what elements are most important to homeschooling parents and how we can make their homeschooling journey much easier with our curriculum.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Don’t Quit!! – Debbie Klein - Recommended for those who feel like quitting or who know someone who does. Where do you turn when you know the Lord has led your family to homeschool, but you feel you just cannot go on? Are you inadequate, undisciplined, unmotivated, or inferior? Great! Don’t quit! Let’s dig in to God’s Word and get his perspective on our plight! “…he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Raising and Homeschooling Boys – Randi St. Denis – Boys see differently, hear differently, think differently and learn differently.  Sometimes it’s tough for moms and dads to know just how to raise and educate them.  Randi St.Denis, the mother of seven children, five of them boys, helps parents face the joys and challenges of homeschooling boys as they grow into young men.
    -  South Pavilion 5/6 -
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Experience Excellence in WritingCathy PtakInstitute for Excellence in Writing – Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. Best of all, parents and students alike find it easy to use and effective in all their writing endeavors. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started with even the most reluctant writing student so you can give it a try at home.
    - Bremen -
  • Capturing Our Child’s Heart – the Foundation of Child Training – Robert Andrews / Gospel Parenting – All the parenting techniques and methods in the world, even biblical ones, do no good if your child is resistant to receive your training. As long as he/she is a child and you can force him/her to comply with your wishes all seems well, but if you have not captured his/her heart, that serenity often proves to be a mirage that disappears during the teen-age years. How can you capture your child’s heart to insure that they will follow as adults the direction for life you have pointed for them?
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Planning for High School and Beyond – Charlotte Seewald / University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School - Who knew college planning began at (or before!) ninth grade? Attendees of this workshop will learn about planning a high school curriculum for your homeschooled child to meet college admissions requirements. We will review college and university (state, private, and selective) admission standards for homeschool students, and discuss course planning and selection to fulfill those requirements. Regardless of what grade level your student is at, this session is a must for all college-bound students!
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Raising Entrepreneurial Children For Success – Ann Haney – Does the thought of becoming an entrepreneur excite you as well as intimidate you? Do you wonder why some become entrepreneurs while others do not? Maybe you come from a family heritage of “employees” and desire to raise your children to break this pattern? Or maybe you are an entrepreneur and want to develop a sure foundation of success for your children? You might be the adult who wonders if it’s too late to apply your gift and become an entrepreneur? No matter what question you can identify with, God’s word has life application principles that are sure to bring you and your children to success! If you desire to change your life and direct the lives of your children for prosperity, follow me on this journey through the lives of Biblical figures and some of History’s greatest achievers to discover what God has in store for you. At the beginning of this workshop Ann’s daughters will set the stage through a praise dance demonstration that will prepare you to break the patterns that keep you and your children from becoming successful entrepreneurs. Ann will follow with life application principles in her presentation to effectively help you implant entrepreneurial mindsets within you and your child for sure success. Come experience this life changing workshop that will transform your family’s future!
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Answers…to All the Reasons You Should Quit Homeschooling – Todd Wilson / Familyman Ministries - Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? After all, those nagging, sometimes-silent disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair. You feel like a wave tossed to and fro because in your heart of hearts you feel God would have you homeschool…but then again, the arguments against it are almost drowning you. Join Todd, as he goes face to face with the naysayers and shows you how to address their concerns of why you shouldn’t homeschool your children.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Homeschooling the Gifted Child – Randi St. Denis – Discover ways to help gifted children to achieve their potential without self destructing from stress. Gifted kids are children too! Sometimes they are more mature than anyone else & sometimes they are more babyish than anyone else. Learn secrets to pacing gifted children, encouraging them to tackle tough scenarios, helping them learn resilience when they hit a wall, & helping them to develop better social skills.
    – South Pavilion 5/6 -
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Using imagery to develop and remediate reading and comprehension skills – Nancy Kulacki / Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes – Reading and language comprehension are complex acts composed of a variety of skills including fluency, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness. The brain ties these skills together through imagery – by creating pathways between the areas responsible for visual input and the areas responsible for language input. This workshop will provide a research-validated model of how specific skills work together to allow individuals to be successful readers. Attendees will also see research and results from schools and learning centers where instructional programs were used to directly stimulate imagery and to apply that imagery to reading and comprehension. There will also be demonstrations of specific steps that parents can use to help their children start developing imagery at home.
    Bremen -
  • Stop Sibling Fights, Name Calling & Tattling - Kirk Martin  / Celebrate Calm - Does anything make your blood boil more than hearing your children be mean to each other? But none of your rational discussions make a difference. You feel like a bad parent, like you’ve done something wrong, embarrassed that your kids act like this. What happens when you have one child who takes all your energy and time? We’ll show you how to get your kids to share, stop tattling, and resolve conflict so you don’t have to be the sheriff. We’ll even show you an amazing way to deal with your kids complaining, “It’s not fair!”
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • The Creation Interpretation Part 2 – Catie Frates – Elaborating on the foundation laid in Part One, you’ll investigate the latest scientific findings and how they fit into the Biblical model. Wonder at the stars as we explore aspects of outer space and evidence that God spoke it into being just as the Bible says. Ponder the geologic record and glimpse what the Pre-flood world may have looked like including a continent-sized floating forest. Quake as continents speed at 10 miles per hour and collide under the ocean. Investigate the horrific post-Flood global conditions as the planet reels for hundreds of years from the cataclysmic judgment that ancient man and dinosaurs lived through. Come be empowered and encouraged by a veteran home educator of over twenty years who wants to share the “how to” with you.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  •  What the Hands Do, the Brain Does:  Notebook Foldables® for Lasting Understanding – Nancy Wisker / Dinah Might Adventures – Brain research states that what the hands do, the brain does (Jensen 2005).  This interactive, hands-on session is a must for all interested in making connections between brain research and classroom practice.  Three-dimensional graphic organizers (Foldables®) engage students both visually and kinesthetically.  Students cut, fold, write, draw, and manipulate, while cognitively speaking, they are transforming and organizing information to achieve more personal, authentic communication and lasting understanding.   Learn how to add dimensionality to student notebooks that can build in differentiation, improve academic vocabulary, increase student motivation and student achievement, provide an alternative form of assessment, teach and reinforce organization of thought, and reduce paper use.  Leave with a mini-composition book that is ready to use immediately.
    - South Pavilion 3-
  • In Over Your Head? What To Do When Mothering Is A Mess – Christine Field / Homeschool Legal Advantage – Is your stress meter off the scale? Kids driving you crazy? Feel like you have more than you can manage? Take a deep breath, fix a cup of tea and listen to ways to make your life less complicated, thereby making it less stressful.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • Making Meals Easy and Impactful for Homeschooling – Randi St. Denis – Many wonderful childhood memories revolve around meals.  Make sure that your children fondly remember their time around the table. With little effort, meals can be restful, extend homeschool learning, be more delicious, nutritious and easier to prepare.  Tips on menu planning, inexpensive meals, choosing cookbooks, etc.  Get handout with fun recipes to make with the kids. 
    – South Pavilion 5/6 -
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

  • The Homeschooling Dad: Cheerleader or Leader? – Dave Klein - Dad, are you merely supporting your wife in her efforts or are you leading your family? While being supportive is important, it does not fulfill our biblical job descriptions. Homeschooling can open the door to a new understanding of the roles of husbands and wives in a Christian family. Get off the sidelines and be encouraged to grow in your responsibility as spiritual head of household!
    - Bremen –
  • A Biblical Courtship Model # – Robert Andrews / Gospel Parenting – Building on the principles discovered in the previous seminar, Robert proposes a courtship model that incorporates these biblical principles to give parents a specific plan to follow in helping their children find a mate. He is careful to emphasize the parent’s freedom and latitude in the implementation of the model.
    - North Pavilion 4/5 -
  • Making the Most of Your College Experience - Chris Kustusch – In today’s changing world, one of the most valuable commodities is an education – specifically a college degree. The college experience proves an interesting challenge for both parents and students. Chris Kustusch will discuss how to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, from planning which tests to take, to helping figure out your major. Packed with helpful tips, this is a must for both students who are approaching college and their parents.
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • Raising Kids who Love to Learn with Guidance, Great Books and Good Times - Jennifer Scheler / Sonlight Curriculum - Education can and should be enjoyable for both students and teachers.  In this workshop you’ll learn from a 15-year homeschool veteran how the award-winning Sonlight Curriculum inspires the love to learn, builds family bonds, equips students to think, and shares a strong missions focus.  Sonlight’s comprehensive packages are flexible enough to teach one student or a houseful with the best books and complete lesson plans.  The adventure is yours to enjoy!
    - South Pavilion 3-
  • The Faith That is Evolution – Scott Hardin, MD / Science Shepherd - A discussion to clearly define what evolution is and isn’t, ultimately demonstrating that, since there is no underlying evolutionary genetic mechanism, the belief in evolution is faith-based.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • 13 Going on Dirty: Five Things Every Mom Needs to Know About Her Son – Rebecca Ingram Powell – Boys are different, Mom! Our sexually permissive culture is already sending your son signals that real manhood equals an aggressive thirst for power and a lustful hunger for promiscuity. How do you light a fire in your son for Christ alone? Join Rebecca to learn the secrets every mother needs to know about raising a godly son. (Please note: Because of the nature of the content of this workshop, it is for MOMS ONLY.)
    - North Pavilion 5/6 -
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Don’t miss the Home School Resource Center (HSRC) Jazz Orchestra will be performing on Friday, May 11th at 2:00 PM in the South Entry Foyer near the waterfall display!
  • Family Devotions That Blow Up the Box – Time Shoemaker – Learn how to teach spiritual truth and important values to kids–even teens, in ways where they’ll listen. We’ll blow up an egg in a microwave, electrocute a pickle, and show you how to convert a leaf blower to shoot TP! We’ll demo at least 10 ideas you can use to teach important truth to your kids.
    - Bremen -
  • “You’re Not the Boss of Me!”: Motivating Strong-Willed Toddlers & Teens – Kirk Martin / Celebrate Calm - How do you motivate a child who looks right at you and doesn’t listen? What about a teenager who has shut down or defiant? Your child was born with boxing gloves on, ready to fight. Well-meaning people tell you to clamp down on and get control of your child. But you don’t want to crush his spirit or create more defiance. Instead of constantly creating power struggles, we’ll show you how to enjoy a respectful, motivated child who is confident, persistent and purposeful. Society needs our kids. And you can enjoy them. I’ll get my own strong-willed son, Casey, answering questions in this class. One of my favorites.
    - North Pavilion 4/5
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  • 10 Important Things to Know when Preparing  for Sports in High School and College -  Michael St.Denis – Homeschool Athlete, GA Tech Football Player, High School and College Coach. Yes!  Your home school student can be a successful athlete.  Discover the advantages of homeschooling the athlete while preparing him for a broader sports experience.  Michael identifies key things homeschool parents must know to have success in athletics.  Learn how to avoid the 3 biggest disasters in sports. (Live Webinar)
    - North Pavilion 6 -
  • How To Help Your Struggling Reader Become a Great Reader- Leigh Ann Wayne / Burton Reading – A struggling reader is a child who has holes in his education. Somehow, he missed some essential pieces in his reading instruction. This seminar explains why your child is struggling and then outlines what you, as a parent, can do to ?fill in the holes? and help your child become a great reader.
    - South Pavilion 3 -
  • Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World – Todd Wilson / Familyman Ministries - 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. 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.
    - South Pavilion 4 -
  • The Difficult Resistant Child  (Randi St.Denis) - The resistant child can be a nightmare to educate. Today’s resistant child could become tomorrow’s steadfast and reliable adult. Hear other parents discuss how they brought about real change without crushing the tender hearts of their child.
    – South Pavilion 5/6 -

 

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Technology for the Struggling Learner – Matthew St.Denis – Matt St. Denis reveals top ten secrets to using technology to facilitate learning in middle/high through college. Matthew, an IT professional and person with dyslexia counsels parents and students on how to ensure success in utilizing technology in the classroom and while studying.
    - North Pavilion 6

 

Note: Workshops are subject to change in time and/or location, or cancellation at any time (even on day of workshop). Please check this schedule on the day prior to the Expo for any updates. Workshops denoted as Live Video Webinars may experience technical difficulties and could be cancelled due to those difficulties.