2017 WORKSHOPS – Alphabetical by Speaker

We are still adding to this list. It is not complete and may change.

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Ken Ham

Why the 20’s Generation Will Change the Church & Culture – Friday, 8:30am
Statistical research shows that approximately two-thirds of young people in America are leaving the church by the time they reach college age—with very few returning. In this keynote session, Ken Ham looks at data published in the book, Already Gone, which shows that a lack of teaching foundational apologetics and biblical worldview in churches and Christian homes is a leading cause for this mass departure. He compares this data with new statistical research published in the book, Ready to Return, showing that the millennial generation is more secularized in their worldview than ever. Millennials who currently attend church are going to be the voice of the Church in the future, and we need to do something before we lose another generation. By taking a strong stand on biblical authority, rooting out compromise, and teaching apologetics, we can reclaim lost and coming generations for Christ.

How to Present the Gospel in Today’s Secularized Culture – Saturday, 8:30am
Most evangelistic programs today—and most missionaries and evangelists—do not see Genesis as a key part in reaching people with the Gospel. In these times, however, an understanding of the history in Genesis (e.g. the origin of sin) is foundational to a full understanding of the Gospel message. Realizing how our culture now thinks (and has changed in its thinking) in relation to earth history is a key to know how people should be approached in presenting the Gospel!

 

GENERAL WORKSHOPS

Ken Ham

Defending the Christian Faith in Today’s World – Friday
Many people have the idea the battle between Christianity and humanism (or creation and evolution) is a battle over who has more “facts.” However, the real battle is actually over the interpretation of the same facts. Until Christians understand that everyone has the same facts, but different interpretations of those facts (based upon different presuppositions or biases), they will not be successful in learning how to defend the Christian faith and think in a true biblical manner. It’s very possible you will never think the same way about this world after attending this workshop!

Developing a Truly Christian Worldview – Friday
This workshop shows how Genesis 1-11 is foundational to developing a truly Christian worldview. As Ken Ham walks you through the 7 C’s of history, you will see how all the Christian doctrines essential for a truly biblical worldview are founded in the geology, biology, astronomy and anthropology that is recorded in Genesis.

How to Raise Godly Children in an Ungodly World – Saturday, 10:20-11:20am
In this discussion, Ken Ham will give examples from his upbringing in helping parents understand the importance of training children from a truly Biblical foundation. What does the Bible say (not your opinion) on how to bring up children; how to train them; how to discipline children; and how to educate them? What should the priorities be in education? Come be inspired and equipped with answers as you lead your family in the truth!

 

Jeff Baldwin

Worldviews 101
This introductory lecture will help students understand the scope and significance of worldview. Beginning with the story of Patrick carrying the gospel to Ireland (and relying heavily on story throughout), Worldviews 101 defines terms, emphasizes the importance of taking every thought captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), and identifies the four categories of worldviews.

What Kind of Monster Are You?
Effective apologetics begins with understanding the distinction between Christianity and the world. This seminar compares various worldviews’ assumptions about the nature of man and draws the logical conclusions. Based on an analogy between Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein’s monster and the two possible beliefs about the nature of man, this lecture demonstrates the uniqueness of Christianity and the bankruptcy of political, legal, and ethical systems based on the assumption that man is basically good.

Charting Worldviews – Teen Leadership Corps Friday Keynote
A systematic comparison of Christianity with non-Christian worldviews with regard to seven categories: views of man, God, the universe, truth, morality, the family, and politics. Introduces students to some of the most influential worldview leaders, and provides practical instruction about the virtues that flow from a Christian worldview and the vices that flow from non-Christian views. Arms students with an apologetic for their faith.

Christianity and the Arts
This discussion encourages students to cast aside the “artistic relativism” taught in most schools, recognizing that God is either pleased or displeased with specific works of art (Philippians 4:8). Students seek to discover God’s definition of art, and then apply that to all fields: music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, etc. Concepts such as cultural literacy and the role of the art consumer are discussed.

The Twelve Trademarks of Great Literature
What makes a book a great book? This class answers that question, allowing you to make educated assessments rather than relying on oft-misguided booklists. In the course of this discussion, you will learn about the significant role of values in literature and authors’ unconscious reliance on moral absolutes. In addition, Jeff will introduce his list of the top ten “must read” classics.

Blind Faith
This introduction to apologetics starts by pointing out that every worldview is fundamentally religious. Although secularists behave as though some worldviews require faith and some are purely rational, the fact remains that everyone makes faith assumptions. This lecture explores the faith required to embrace atheism while encouraging students to ask atheists and other non-Christians to defend what they believe.

 

Carol Becker, HSLDA

Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans
How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.

Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills.

High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

Preparing Your Teen for Life
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process
Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

You Can Homeschool High School…If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new, long range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help…and joy.

 

Marilyn Boyer

My Kids Hate School! Setting Them Free with Passion-Driven Learning
Scripture tells us to train up a child in the way “he” should go–not the way “they” should go. Every child is a unique creation of God, with his own fascinating blend of talents, interests and yes, weaknesses. To help them fulfill their life calling, we must develop a specific plan for the training of each one. Come and learn how to work “with” the uniqueness of your child. Escape the bondage of expectations and set your child free to pursue his passions and be the whole person God created him to be.

Character is the Key
The most important part of an education is the teaching of worthy character. Otherwise, we are only training more competent rebels! We sometimes fail to recognize that annoying traits such as whining, arguing, disobedience and tattling are not so much behavior issues as character needs. Character is the key that opens the door to successful adult living. It is the first thing that wise people examine when evaluating a prospective employee, spouse or friend. That’s why character is the most important subject you will ever teach your children! Come hear Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 homeschooled kids and learn as she shares how to intentionally teach this most important of all subjects!

Gotta Love Those Preschoolers!
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 your little ones a valuable part of the team!

Delighting in Your Children- The Key to Their Hearts
It’s such a temptation to stress 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 has found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and building in them a heart for things of the Lord. Take the time to give your children the security of knowing they have your heart. In so doing you are making it easier for them to freely give their heart back to their Creator, and that is our mission. Catch a vision of how you can reach and hold the heart of your child and build fulfilling family relationships that will be passed on through generations.

These Kids are Driving Me Nuts! Turning Irritations Into Victories
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems your children are constantly misbehaving, yet they really don’t seem to be rebellious? How do we discern the difference between irritating childish behavior and real disobedience? Here’s a sane, practical and proven method (Marilyn has 14 kids!) to turn irritations into solutions!

Rick Boyer

Take Back the Land – Graduate Reception Friday Evening
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!!

Boys Will Be Men
Eighty percent of the children labeled “Learning Disabled” in school are boys. That’s why wise parents understand that the confinement, boredom and regimentation of school are things to be avoided if boys are to thrive. The key to understanding and cooperating with the drives God has built into boys is in recognizing that boyhood is preparation for the roles of family protector, provider and leader that naturally and Biblically fall upon men. We must understand that we are not raising boys, but training future men if we are to make boyhood the exciting and profitable season of life that God intended it to be.

20 Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home
Academics are important, but they are not the key to a successful life. When your children grow up and leave your home, you want to be sure that they have learned the life lessons that will serve them well for time and eternity. This workshop discusses the issues that matter most in life and how you can pass them on to your children in the brief time you have with them.

“Family Time” Ideas for Busy Dads
There’s nothing more rewarding to a faithful father than getting together with his wife and children for the evening “family time.” But it’s not always easy to make good use of the time when Dad is tired after a hard day’s work. In this workshop Rick Boyer shares ideas he has used over the years with his fourteen children. Now you can have the tools to make the evening get-together a blessing for the whole family–without a lot of preparation!

Clutter, Clatter and the Things That Matter
Have you ever felt lost amid all the “stuff” marketed to home schoolers? Confused by the many voices telling you to do it this way or that way? There’s no need to panic. The wisest man in history has some advice to offer. Come and hear powerful, practical solutions that will help you get your priorities straight. God wrote the Proverbs for parents just like YOU.

What’s a Dad to Do?
There are plenty of misconceptions about the role of the father in a home schooling family. Some people think that if he can’t be at home during “school time” he can’t be involved. Others think his job is to take over some of Mom’s chores in order to free her to spend more time with the children. But Scripture gives seven functions of a father in a godly home, and each of these can be applied very practically and powerfully in home education. Enjoy the wisdom and humor of this presentation as Rick answers the question of “What’s A Dad to Do?”

Homeschooling the Fun Way
The teacher called him “addled.” His mother called him Tommy. The school couldn’t do anything with him. His mother made him a genius.
What was the secret behind the success of Thomas Edison, America’s greatest inventor? His mother made learning fun. And you can do the same for your kids!

 

Linda Crosby

Hands-On Learning
You can read to your kids about Gutenberg’s moveable type printing press and they might remember it. Or the kids can glue macaroni letters backwards onto their own presses and print Bible verses themselves…and they WILL remember it! Hands-on learning is not simply to keep hands busy, it is a valuable tool to teach children various skills, help them retain information, and relate to the subjects and people they are studying. Linda addresses this issue using humor, anecdotes, and wisdom from her 25+ years of teaching. She is a veteran at keeping her children learning through doing and can show you how to be a fun parent and teacher. This seminar is especially for the mom who feels non-creative, unorganized, and ill-equipped to teach her kids! Don’t fret! You will leave with easy ideas to implement at home.

Getting Started – Taste of Homeschooling
So, you’ve decided to homeschool your children. Now what? If you are at this jumping-in point and need direction navigating your homeschool journey, this workshop is for you! Homeschool mom-survivor since 2001, Linda Crosby is equipped to answer your questions: How do I teach several kids at different levels? Where do I find curriculum? What about report cards? Do I need an American flag in the kitchen? Do I need a teaching certificate? Can video games count as something? How much does this cost? Are pajamas a homeschool uniform? Where is the teacher’s lounge? Plus many, many more.

Lapbooking Made Easy
Come and learn how your kids can organize and preserve their work in a compact folder! This is a fun, hands on, instructional workshop where you will learn folding tricks, create several mini books, and make a lapbook to bring home for your children to start using. You don’t have to be a craftsy mom to use lapbooks. Linda will go step-by-step through the entire lapbooking process. Lapbooks can enhance any subject from pre-k to grade 12. The possibilities are endless. They are a fantastic, interactive, and educational tool for every style of learner. Join Linda and see for yourself why lapbooks are a treasure!

Laughing in the Midst of Mothering
Linda’s heart is to build up moms and help them find humor and God’s purpose in the most important calling on earth – motherhood. Linda vividly shares her amusing struggles and triumphs as a busy homeschooling mom. Homeschooling can be a lonely time for moms, but it doesn’t need to be! From the baby stage through high school, learn to find the true source of joy and how to choose joy! Following examples from God’s Word, Linda prepares mothers to face their daily tasks with peace and joy in their hearts and homes.

Unit Studies: Teaching Multiple Ages Together
Linda discovered and used unit studies as a public school teacher and later exclusively used them during her years as a homeschool mom with four children since 2001. She will explain what unit studies are, how to effectively use them, where to find them, how to make your own as well as the benefits they provide for teaching several children at the same time. Other helpful hints Linda will provide include: connecting with each learning style, teaching with a toddler in the house, organizing your schedule around the unit, keeping God at the center of each unit, and expanding the lessons beyond the front door. If you want to simplify your homeschooling days, unit studies will help you succeed and thrive as a homeschool mom.

Welcome Home: Your Homeschool is still Your Home
Your home is your castle or does it feel more like a dungeon? Linda will help you gain control where you spend most of your days … in your house. Find the freedom to express yourself and create a peaceful resting place while maintaining a sense of order. Topics covered include: personal and family devotions, sharing and teaching chores, meal planning and cooking, school organization, time management, plus more! Laugh with Linda while you learn to make your home an extension of yourself, a gathering place for your family and a blessing to be shared.

 

Josh Denhart

Catapult: Medieval Siege – Ready…Aim…Fire…! Teen Leadership Corps Saturday 8:45am
Build your own working catapult with your very own hands! This Hands-On Experience is high on history, high on interaction and high on impact…literally! Students learn the historical details of medieval warfare from an ancient engineering perspective. Explore concepts like speed, acceleration, angular momentum, projectiles and applied sciences. Two historically accurate and intriguing wooden models show how medieval kingdoms utilized technology to launch attack from great distances. Each student will build a working catapult, make a graphically rich castle from card-stock paper and determine the best distance, force required and technique to land a projectile inside the castle walls. This two part learning cycle involves two separate yet equally fun activities. First, students will create a working catapult from a standard design. In the second part of the learning cycle, teams of students will attempt to design and create a launching apparatus and a projectile from a bag of seemingly random items. Design, form, function and teamwork allow for an exciting and memorable open-ended experience!

Ready Set Rockets Kid’s Track Workshop
“We are launching in…3…2…1…” Who wouldn’t like to create their own custom rocket and launch it over 200 feet in the air? Choose from over 15 unique rocket designs. Rockets are crafted from printed color-card stock paper, complete with rocket fins and colorfully printed “flames” shooting from the base. Outside, students launch their handmade and personally decorated rockets 200 feet in the sky! The unique launching apparatus is completely safe, staying away from explosions, flame or heat. Students chose the direction and pitch of launch using a telescoping arm for maximizing height or distance…their choice! Students learn about pressure, air, rocket balance, gravity, trajectory, plus so much more. The “Ready, Set, Rocket” experience also includes stomp rockets, rocket balloons and so much more! Similar to every “Amazing Chemistry Show” Hands-On Experience, a seven foot tall brightly colored pull-up tension banner adds to the excitement during building and launching!

5 Factors to Keep Kids in the Church as they Leave Home
Studies show 75% of kids leave the church from 18-29 years old. We may be temped to ask “What are we doing wrong?” But a better question is “What was happening right in the 25% who stayed?” Learn the 5 factors found in those who stayed connected to Christ after leaving home. This practical and challenging breakout has top-quality hand-outs and a straightforward approach to invest in our children before they leave the quiver. This breakout provides you a doable path I call “The Simple Things”, highlighting very factors found in the lives of those who kept with Christ after leaving home.

 

Luke Gilkerson

The Talk: From Toddlers to Teenagers
How, when, and why should you teach your kids about sex? This practical presentation is anchored in the Scripture where parents can learn how to use the Bible as a starting point for sex-ed in the home.

7 Sex Ed Mistakes You Might Be Making
Luke and Trisha take on some of the most common mistakes Christian parents make when it comes to sex education…and how to make changes today.

Parenting the Digital Generation: Timeless Principles in the Twenty-First Century
In our media-saturated society, how do we both protect our kids while preparing them to be media literate? This talk discusses the intersection of timeless Biblical parenting skills and timely technology guidelines.

Experience Astronomy: Fun, Easy Activities to Do at Home
Science doesn’t need to be a boring subject of textbooks and vocabulary. This workshop (for parents AND KIDS) shows you fun ways to learn about the Lord’s sky above with hands-on learning activities.

 

Rick Green

Teaching Civics in a Fun & Purposeful Way (Yes, You Can Do Both)
Government, history, economics…these topics usually put students AND parents to sleep, yet they are some of the most important things we’ll teach if we expect the next generation to be good citizens and preserve the republic. In this presentation, Rick shares tips and methods for bringing history and civics to life, keeping it fun, engaging the students, seeking truth, and making the lessons count for generations to come.

Restoring America’s Constitution
A 50-minute crash course in the Constitution, including an explanation of the Constitution versus the COURTstitution and how we can restore our Constitutional Republic.

Raising Leaders with Moral Clarity in a World of Moral Relativism
Homeschooling parents are well aware of the shocking statistics of how many of our kids walk away from the faith and values upon which they were raised. The world around them has embraced moral relativism. If the Biblical values that built western civilization are to be restored, the next generation must be equipped to be counter-culture revolutionaries for truth, justice, and the old American way.

The Power of Purposeful Communication Skills.
Regardless of the particular passion God has placed in your child, being successful in any profession depends greatly upon the ability to communicate effectively. As a leader, one must learn how to speak the language of your audience and present your message in a way that allows them to perceive and understand the exact purpose of your communication. In this workshop, Rick will give students and parents specific tools and skills to start them on a road to mastering effective communication skills.

 

Kathy Lee

Make it Count
In this world filled with technology and devices, intentional parenting is a MUST. Children get one shot at childhood and it is our job to make it count. In this presentation I will give you practical tips on how to engage and connect with your child. We will take a trip down memory lane that will make you laugh and possibly shed a few tears. Either way, you will be challenged and hopefully changed to take on parenting with a newfound passion.

Making the Decision to Homeschool 
Are you thinking about joining the millions of families that have chosen to educate their children at home? Are you feeling overwhelmed by this decision? Join me as I share my real journey of homeschooling, the highs and lows; the real life of a long term homeschooler. You will leave this session with the confidence to make the best decision for your family.

Confessions of a Fake Supermom
As a mother of ten, I am often called a supermom. Fact is; I am a fake! I have yelled, forgotten children, and even fed them cereal for dinner. If I am being REAL, even some of my social media posts are FAKE. In this presentation, I talk honestly about my failures as a mother and the beauty of overcoming those failures with love and forgiveness. You will leave encouraged and inspired to take on motherhood with fierce authenticity!

The Joys (and heartbreaks) of Adoption
Maybe you are like me; you KNOW that you were called to adoption. Maybe you are praying about fostering or adopting as you read this title. Adoption is a joyous calling, but can come with plenty of heartache. In this presentation, I share my very honest journey of adoption and it includes plenty of both. You will walk away with some practical ways to help your family on this adoption journey.

Turning Your Preschoolers into Life Long Learners
Is my child behind if they are not reading by four? Will my child be okay if they prefer to play in the mud instead of write their letters? How can I make sure that my child will be successful in school? Join me for a fun and creative presentation that will answer these and many other questions parents have about academic success. I will share how to create an amazing foundation for your child based on the latest in scientific research on brain development. This information packed session will help you prepare your child for lifelong learning, while making wonderful memories along the way!

 

Beth Mora

The Science of Learning and How it Should Change What You Do On Monday
God has hard-wired us to learn, and the science behind His masterful plan will strengthen your resolve to help your child blaze new neural pathways. Come and get the inside scoop of how the lightbulb of learning goes on, and more importantly, how you can increase “ah ha” moments on Monday. Join Beth Mora, author, blogger, and former Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse in discovering that the new revelations in science are rooted in God’s words of wisdom. This information is perfect for all types of learners including gifted and those with special needs.

Need a Part Time Job? Welcome to a New and Exciting Job Opportunity for the Fabulous and Frugal!
Sometimes, the opportunity to homeschool is squelched by real financial barriers. The temptation is for both parents to work outside the home and place their children in public school. Beth Mora, mom of eight kids and wife of one hardworking man is no stranger to managing a large family. Learn how she whittled their family food budget down to $500.00/month while her family (One husband, who burns a lot of calories as a contractor, six VERY hungry teenage boys, and two girls) still ate like kings and queens! Her frugal ways saved over $1000/month! Yes, it was work but embracing a fabulous and frugal lifestyle enabled the Mora’s to keep on homeschooling! Are you ready to carve out a part-time job in your home by becoming a top-notch home economist? Your employment application is waiting for you at this workshop! All who are willing will be hired!

Finding Pieces to the Puzzle: How to Develop an Educational Plan for Your Student with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, and Other Special Needs.
Beth Mora brings her background as a case manager, and certified rehabilitation registered nurse (C.R.R.N.) to this session. She is a student of her patients and has learned a great deal from the families she has served. In this workshop, Beth will introduce the S.O.A.P. method to help you develop an educational plan for your child with special needs and help you locate that missing puzzle piece. Plan to leave this workshop feeling strengthened and empowered to continue your special needs journey.

Educational Life Hacks for Students With Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyspraxia
Does your student have one of these “Triple D” neurologically based learning challenges that affects reading, handwriting, spelling, composition, and sometimes math? You may have the diagnosis and understand what is happening in your child’s brain, but the question remains, how do I teach my child? Beth Mora will present educational life hacks that will help your student thrive in all subjects areas.

Keeping Your “SmartCookie” Challenged
Is your second grader building a fusion reactor in your backyard or calculating rates of speed and velocity? Forrest and Beth Mora’s daughter, SmartCookie #1 received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in three short years at 21 years of age and is a state certified teacher. Their son, SmartCookie #2 and twin to #1, received a 104% in Calculus 2 in his senior year of high school and reads C++ programming textbooks for enjoyment. Join Beth Mora as she travels back through time to when their “Smartcookies” were in their elementary years. Beth candidly shares about her journey home educating her two academically advanced children and learn how she kept the wheels of opportunity turning. She will also share the results of an interview she did with each of her “smartcookies” who are now adults. Learn what worked and what didn’t. If you have a “Smartcookie”, you won’t want to miss this unique perspective.

So Smart But He Can’t Find His Shoes
Why can my academically gifted student calculate geometric ratios but he can’t find his shoes? If can be baffling, can’t it? One moment you’re conversing with your gifted student about the latest research on genetics and the next moment he’s arguing with you that his superman cape can sustain flight because it has super powers. Gifted children often experience what’s called “asynchronous development,” or out of sync development. How do you meet the developmental and academic needs of a gifted learner? Not an easy answer but one that Beth Mora will address in detail from experience with her two academically gifted kids.

 

David & Steven Kallman

Homeschooling Legally in Michigan  
What are the legal responsibilities of Michigan home educators? Are there certain things home educators should or should not do? What are the two options under which families may choose to homeschool in our state? David will help you be informed, not intimidated, when it comes to answering questions, filling out forms, and dealing with school officials.

How to Respond to a Truant Officer or Social Worker Contact
As the government’s ever growing role expands to encompass family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical for every attendee. This workshop will address Michigan’s laws relating to social services contacts and will inform the audience of new threats to your freedom.

 

Kathie Morrissey

10 Homeschooling Questions To Ask Yourself Daily
One of the most important things we can do as homeschooling parents is have set goals and priorities for our home school. It is equally important to have a way to measure how we are doing with those goals — questions we can ask ourselves at the end of the home school day to see if we are keeping those priorities in place and accomplishing the goals that we set out with. Kathie will give you 10 things to ask yourself to see if you are staying on track with your priorities.

10 Things Every Homeschooler Should Remember
Homeschooling is more about discipling than academics. We are investing in eternity as we prepare our children to serve God. There is no higher calling. Many times we forget this and other truths, and get distracted from our purpose and goals of homeschooling. Kathie will give 10 key things every homeschooler should remember. You will be encouraged and inspired as she reminds you of these very important thoughts you need to regularly keep before you.

Don’t Let Math Ruin Your Homeschool
If you have a child who just DOESN’T GET IT when it comes to math, you have to be careful that you don’t let math ruin your home school. I had a child who had some learning problems when it came to math. She just struggled with the abstract, so math didn’t make any sense to her at all. I didn’t want her to HATE learning, and I didn’t want math to become the subject that ruined our relationship. I’d like to say that I was always a patient, calm mom with her. The truth is that I often found myself getting frustrated with her. After too many days of letting math ruin our home school, I made some changes and took some steps to keep math from being a daily source of stress for her AND me! Come and learn what steps you can take so math doesn’t ruin your home school!

Are You Raising a Rebel?
None of us want our children to turn out to be rebellious, but how can we stop it? Is it normal and necessary? Often, as parents we are unconsciously instilling a rebellious attitude in our little ones that is revealed in their teen years. Biblical answers will be given as to how to deal with rebellion, as well as things to avoid that may cause rebellion.

Prayer: A Parent’s Most Powerful Tool
The battle for our children’s life should be fought on our knees! Prayer is the most important part of rearing our children. Why? Because God can do what we cannot do. Kathie will share several practical prayer ideas, as well as suggestions for some the things we should pray for regarding our children. Being a praying parent makes a difference, and we need to commit to praying daily for our kids.

 

Dr. Sandi Queen

The Charlotte Mason Approach
An Introduction Description of Session: What is a “living book?” How can “copywork” really be that e!ective?” “How do I fit nature study into our day – and why do I want to?” “What about math, language arts, and other ‘core’ subjects?” Dr. Sandi Queen, award winning author of over 400 books for Charlotte Mason style educators, discusses who Charlotte Mason was, and how her ideas for educating children are as applicable today as they were during her lifetime. Come and learn how implementing the Charlotte Mason approach can lighten your load, increase your child’s retention and attention span, and foster a true love for learning. Also discussed will be how to identify curricula that fits into this style of learning in all subjects. For parents of children of all ages.

Homeschooling During Difficult Times
In this session, Dr. Sandi Queen shares how, during her youngest son’s 3 1/2 year battle with cancer, and her own diagnosis two years into her son’s struggle, the Lord allowed her to continue to not only persevere through daily life in a busy household and care for her ailing son, but also write 40 books during this time. No matter what your struggle is – caring for an aging parent, loss of your own health, going through a divorce or other difficult family time, this session discusses practical ways to get through your days, and will be a blessing and a help.

Identifying Your Child’s Learning Style and Learning to Teach to It
Homeschool pioneer Dr. Sandi Queen has been homeschooling her own six children since 1986, and is still homeschooling today. Early on, she discovered that what worked for one child did not necessarily work for another, and started to research different learning styles, and how to best teach each type of learner for maximum effectiveness. Are you struggling to “figure out” the best way to teach your child? Come and learn how you can end the struggle!

On Language Arts: A Charlotte Mason Approach Description of Session
In this session, multiple award winning author and longtime homeschool mom of six Dr. Sandi Queen discusses the many facets of language arts – phonics and reading, grammar, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, writing, etc., and how to teach each of these using the Charlotte Mason approach. Included will be information on how to identify and choose materials that fit into this method.

 

Lesli Richards

The Role of Beauty in Homeschooling
The education of a child should be a work of great beauty, like the building of a magnificent cathedral. Years of planning, though, and hard work are poured into both endeavors. In this workshop, we will explore the ideas of cultivating beauty in our homeschools; in ritual, the five senses, and in ourselves as teachers and parents. Packed with both big ideas, and practical advice, parents will leave energized and inspired for the years ahead.

Preschool Science – Encouraging a Lifetime of Orderly Thinking
Every great scientist started out as a preschooler! Lesli teaches parents to give their children the best foundation possible. By modeling Aristotle’s Five Common Topics we can teach children to develop patterns of thought and cultivate wonder in the amazing world God has given us. Lesli will help parents provide their children with the best tools for exploring science during the early years.

A Year of Playing Skillfully – Getting Organized for Young Learners
From scheduling to home organization, this workshop gives parents the confidence that they can provide a rich early education for their little ones. Lesli provides an overview of what every child from 3-7 needs to cover over the course of one year, and how to fit it all in. Lesli provides solutions for the many challenges parents with young learners face, such as time management and schooling multiple ages at the same time.

What’s In the Box? Using Activity Boxes to Tame Your Toddler!
In this workshop Lesli demonstrates how to create a set of activity boxes that can be used to entertain and educate toddlers, providing Mom with an easy, organized way to keep those little ones constructively busy while educating older children or attending to household tasks.

Sherri Seligson

When You Have a Child Who Is Not Driven
We all have at least one of these children. They take extra time to complete every lesson, if they complete them at all. And we can fall into the trap of sitting by them to “help” them finish, only to become an educational security blanket. Of course we don’t have time for that, and it is time for us to encourage these children to take up their own responsibilities. But the desire to be driven or to do hard work shouldn’t be for the end goal of becoming a millionaire; it is to work diligently for the Lord, using the gifts He has generously given us for His good! Come be encouraged that our occupation, whether it is student, mother, mail carrier, or king is one that is appointed to us. We’ll go over helpful suggestions to encourage those less-than-enthusiastic children and gain a better perspective of what is really going on.

The Power of Words for Our Children: Edifying and Terrifying
Our world is filled with words. Whether we are reading them, writing them, or instructing with them, they are our tools to build stories, create emotions, and make connections. Yet we need to be aware that words have the power to build or to destroy, especially when we speak them to our children, causing them to stumble or to soar! God has much to say about our words. They need to be crafted carefully and gently but firmly shared. This is how we can engage others and train up our children. Let’s contemplate not only the power of our words, but how we can boldly use them.

The Comparison Trap – Moms Need Each Other
The Internet has opened up so many avenues for homeschool moms, giving us access to curricula, educational information and helps, and lots of virtual support. Although this is helpful, whenever we visit a fellow homeschooler online, we often see her at her best: kids working diligently on the couch, elaborate dioramas of epic battles, etc. And we often hear the same thing when we engage with local moms, too. All of this “perfection” can make us feel like we don’t measure up. Comparing hinders us from engaging, so it is crucial for us to get past those paralyzing feelings and begin to support and encourage each other, especially in person. Because the enemy works to divide us, as sisters in Christ, we must come alongside one another for mutual support. It may not take a village to educate your children, but moms need that village of support as the body of Christ.

Why Teaching Science Is a Critical Part of Education (Even for Poets)
It is most parents’ nightmare. As those teen years approach, the impending need to teach science often creates fear for students and parents alike. Do they really have to learn this stuff? This workshop will not only take the fear out of teaching science but will create excitement and enthusiasm for everyone. If you enjoy learning about cool creatures in the oceans, how sound works, and the fascinating world of fireworks, then you can definitely get excited to learn along with your students. Get ready to meet your inner science geek and help prepare your teens for their future.

A Scientist’s Showcase of Amazing Creatures That Defy Evolutionary Theory
What are we to do when faced with a world telling us it is a certainty that all organisms evolved from primordial ooze? How can our students give an answer when these ideas come up in discussions as they begin to move out from under our teaching and into the world? Amazingly, the more we learn about the creatures on Earth, the more we begin to see the intricacies that do not fit with the idea of evolution, and we are beginning to see clear scientific evidence that points to a Creator. This fast-moving, high-energy workshop will cover several organisms whose features defy evolution. From dolphins and sharks to glow-in-the-dark bacteria, we’ll see how science is discovering that all creatures are far from simple.

 

Ruth Tennis

Reading A-B-C’s
Teaching reading is as easy as A-B-C…or is it? Join us as we examine the popular approaches of teaching children to read, current research on reading success and provide an overview of the wide range of available curriculum. Pre-reading exercises and tips designed to develop reading fluency and comprehension will be shared to equip your emergent reader.

Science Unsnarled
Confused by the jumble of science curriculum available? There are so many possibilities: nature studies and real books, hands-on labs, Charlotte Mason, classical, or the traditional approach textbook. Then there are those blurred acronyms: STEM, STEAM, STREAM and even SEA. Do you sometimes feel like navigating through the Science is like wading into murky waters with no clear definition or vision? Finding the right fit for your family need not be disorganized chaos! In this workshop, we give you the tools to select the best approach for your family and provide an overview and comparison of the vast array of Science resources available. This workshop concludes with a Question and Answer session, so bring your questions about teaching science and get them answered!

 

Israel Wayne

Education: Does God Have An Opinion?
Is Education a neutral subject? Does God have a preference for how He wants children to be educated? What does the Bible teach about schooling? Is there one correct path for education? Are public schools a viable option for Christians? These questions and more will be discussed in this engaging presentation.

Is Homeschooling Just for Women?
For many men, homeschooling has been looked at largely as something their wife does. Many believe that if they pay the bills, that is really all that God expects of them. Biblically speaking, what is the proper role for men in the process of home education?

Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting
Everyone struggles with anger on some level, but when anger is a frequent occurrence with your children, over time, it will damage your relationships and hinder your effectiveness. Are you tired of being stressed-out, and ready to have a peaceful atmosphere in your home? Learn how in this important workshop.

The Power of Affirmation
When you are trying to inspire and motivate children, there are two forces that are often exerted: Positive and Negative Reinforcement. In this session, Israel explains the importance of Affirmation as a way to inspire and motivate your reluctant child. Drawing from practical and Biblical examples, this session will help you to keep those important relational connections as you are attempting to impart knowledge.

 

Hal & Melanie Young

Raising Real Men
In spite of what the culture is telling us, boys and girls are different. Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of a playdate or had a single math lesson take three hours? Then, you’re probably raising boys! If the world seems intent on gender-bending and forcing our sons into a feminized mold, Hal and Melanie, parents of six boys, explain the Biblical way out – and a better way to turn wild little dirt-lovers into strong Christian men!

Ballistic Homeschooling
Find out why Thomas Jefferson wrote at a standing desk, how a whiteboard can turn on a light bulb, and why your son does the things he does. Boys and girls really do learn differently! Make school more fun for everyone and equip your boy with the learning he needs for manhood.

Shining Armor: Your Son’s Battle for Purity
Most purity resources these days focus on girls, but purity tends to be a much larger problem for young men, and many seem hopelessly naive about the battles our sons are facing. Today’s young men grow up with challenges to their purity on every side. In a time when over 90% of teens have been exposed to Internet pornography, how can we teach our boys to keep their way pure? What can we do when temptation is lurking on friends’ phones and beckons just a click away? How can we give them a Biblical context for sexuality–from their toddler years to adulthood? Come hear the parents of six sons give you frank, practical advice on raising your son to be a virtuous knight.

Parenting Pre-Teens
It comes as a surprise, but the years from 9 to 12 can be some of the most challenging of all. Long before peach fuzz or body changes, you have to cope with distractedness, tears, outbursts of anger and the “Nobody loves me” blues, but somebody’s got to be the adult around here. Learn how to survive, and make the teen years great!

Media-Proofing Your Kids
No matter how much we avoid it, we’re surrounded by the messages of media, from our computers to songs on the radio. Learn how to teach your children discernment, protect them from being manipulated by the messages around them, and instead to engage their culture for Christ.

My Beloved and My Friend & Romance for the Exhausted – Refresh Your Marriage Thursday Night
Christian marriages are breaking up everywhere. How can this be? What is wrong when a family at the forefront of the culture war spins apart? If you homeschool, you know you are in a spiritual battle. Don’t let your marriage be the weak point in your armor. Find out about challenges your marriage may face, and how to work it through, not just to stay together, but to find joy and strength in each other as you mirror the relationship of Christ and the church to your children — and the rest of the world.

Romance for the Exhausted
(For married, engaged, and nursing babies only) In the flurry of work, homeschooling, church, and extracurricular activities, romance and physical affection can sometimes seem like unattainable dreams. How can you find the energy for romance? Revive your marriage and enjoy your relationship more every year.

How to Be Happily Married While Homeschooling
Everyone says homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just an educational choice. If so, then why are we surprised when it affects our marriage? Find out how wives can have something left for their husbands at the end of the day, and husbands can understand the burdens their wives face. Let’s make sure homeschooling makes our marriage stronger.