2019 Conference Schedule

Thursday May 16th, 2019

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Michigan Capitol

Day Under the Dome
Day Under the Dome

Day Under the Dome begins at 10:00 am with a rally on the Capitol steps:
Michigan State Capitol, 100 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Then the event moves to:
The Mackinac Room
10th Floor – House Business Office
124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

Visits to legislators’ offices, guided tours of the Capitol, MI Supreme Court Building, MI History Museum, MI State Police, and other field trip opportunities in downtown Lansing will continue throughout the afternoon – sign-ups and a detailed schedule coming soon. Also optional box lunches from Chick-fil-A can be ordered. (Keep checking back for all the details!)

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lansing Center

Used Curriculum Sale Seller drop off
Used Curriculum Sale Seller drop off

Plan to clean out those school desks and sort through those overflowing bookshelves! Box it up and bring it to the Used Curriculum Sale! Seller instructions are available at https://ucs.sudleysprings.com/inch/. You must register online and print labels with barcodes for your books. We use a computerized system. Instructions include specific information on how to label and classify each item you wish to sell, along with when to drop-off your items and when to pick up unsold things after the sale. Questions? Contact [email protected] .

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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Radisson Hotel

Evening of Real Refreshment with Rachael Carman - Radisson Hotel Ballroom
Date Night with Dad - Radisson Hotel Michigan Room
Evening of Real Refreshment with Rachael Carman - Radisson Hotel Ballroom

For Moms Only… A delightful evening of fun, fellowship, games, giveaways, laughter, prayer, worship, teaching, chocolate, and more!

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Date Night with Dad - Radisson Hotel Michigan Room

Date Night with Dad, an informal time of fellowship, board games, and even an optional movie will be available for dads and kids while moms are at An Evening of Real Refreshment.  Bring your favorite snacks and board games to share, and meet other homeschool dads and their kids in the Radisson Hotel’s second floor Michigan Room! (Dads will be responsible for their own children during this time of casual fellowship.)

Friday May 17th, 2019

8:00 AM

Lansing Center

Registration Opens
Registration Opens

Registration opens for families to check-in and walk-in registration

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lansing Center Ballrooms 1-8

Used Curriculum Sale
Used Curriculum Sale

Planning for next year? Looking for the books, curriculum and other educational resources you’ll need? Then don’t miss the Used Curriculum Sale on Friday, May 17th!! Admission is included with the purchase of your INCH conference ticket. If you are not able to attend the conference and wish to just attend the sale, admission is $5 per person. Children under the age of 10 are free. This is the PERFECT place to find what you need at a fraction of the cost of new materials! We sort the books and provide lots of signs to help you find your way to those special items you’re looking for. Many categories to choose from. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted forms of payment.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lansing Center 101-103

Jump Start Your Future Fair
Jump Start Your Future Fair

The Jumpstart Your Future College and Career Fair is uniquely created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers to learn more about a variety of post high school opportunities. Come and be introduced to many colleges and college alternatives, most right here in Michigan, and become more equipped for your future! This one-stop event also features lots of door prizes and giveaways, from t-shirts and collegiate gear to college scholarships!

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lansing Center 104

Jump Start Your Future Mini Presentations
Jump Start Your Future Mini Presentations

The Jumpstart Your Future College and Career Fair is uniquely created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers to learn more about a variety of post high school opportunities. Come and be introduced to many colleges and college alternatives, most right here in Michigan, and become more equipped for your future! This one-stop event also features lots of door prizes and giveaways, from t-shirts and collegiate gear to college scholarships!

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lansing Center 201

Taste of Homeschooling
Taste of Homeschooling

You do NOT have to pay anything to come to the Taste of Homeschooling, whether or not you are attending the rest of this year’s INCH Conference. This event is free and open to the public. If you are not registering online for the rest of the conference, the best way to help us make adequate preparations, is to simply sign up on our FaceBook event here!  Then come Friday, May 17, 9-11am to Room 201 in the Lansing Center, and we will get you officially checked in at the door. ?

Are you new to homeschooling or maybe still considering the whole idea? Then this seminar is for YOU!

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lansing Center 2nd Floor Conference Room B

Assessment Testing
Assessment Testing

Four different options are available on Friday 5/17 for families who would like help assessing the needs of their struggling learners:

  • Learning Efficiency Evaluation
  • Reading evaluation
  • Spelling evaluation
  • Math evaluation

Any of these four can be taken during one-on-one consultations with learning specialist, Jeanne Manning, for the greatly reduced cost of $35/test.  Individual appointments must be arranged by contacting Mrs. Manning.

Limited spots are available for one hour testing/ consultation appointments on Friday, May 17th during the INCH Conference. Testing will be done in a private conference room on the 2nd floor of the Lansing Center.  In order to reserve a spot for you and your student to meet with Mrs. Manning, you must contact Jeanne directly at 616-308-5271 or email her at  [email protected]to sign up.  Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until spaces are full. Please put “INCH Testing” in the subject line, then share student’s name, age, test you’re requesting, and if you have a time preference for your appointment on Friday 5/17.

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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lansing Center Room 205

ASVAB Testing
ASVAB Testing

FREE ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test for students in 10th-12 grades. (includes those finishing 9th grade this year)

The ASVAB is a FREE career planning and exploration program that combines a multiple-aptitude test with an interest self-assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools. It is administered annually to more than one million high school and post-secondary students, and military applicants.

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Here’s a link for more information: www.asvabprogram.com.

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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lansing Center Governor's Room

Leadership Summit
Leadership Summit

We will begin with a luncheon for leaders to meet this year’s conference speakers, continue with some MICHN updates, then enjoy two special messages just for leaders from Steve Scheibner and Rachael Carman!

We appreciate you and want to encourage, update, and thank you for all your sacrifice and service to Michigan’s home educators!

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lansing Center Room 201

Teen Leadership Corps Orientation
Teen Leadership Corps Orientation

Teen Leadership Corps participants are trained and enabled to be useful and helpful in behind-the-scenes conference duties. Teens will be placed on teams and will get to know their fellow TLC members as they build leadership and teamwork skills throughout the event. Over the course of the conference, teams will rotate through workshops and service jobs, many of which require interacting with convention attendees. Each team will have a team leader to train, encourage, supervise, and work closely with them. Please note, however, that teens are often spread throughout the Conference Center when serving and they will have short breaks throughout the day. In light of this, we ask that registered teens be mature enough to stay with their group and have the ability to meet back with their team at specified times.

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1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lansing Center Hall B & C

Shopping Exhibit Hall
Shopping Exhibit Hall

Exhibitors are a key part of our convention, so we encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall while at the INCH Conference. With nearly 100 booths, you will find a great variety of many of the finest homeschool resources available. We are grateful for the businesses who come and support the work of INCH and provide our conference attendees with a such wide array of quality curriculum and resources to choose from. Many of the exhibitors have a great deal of knowledge and expertise and are happy to answer your questions and assist you. Be sure to stop and chat with them and thank them for investing the time and resources to come the INCH Conference!

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lansing Center Room 201

Charting Your Course for High School Success
Charting Your Course for High School Success

(A three-hour life-changing seminar that reveals little-known information that can give your student an edge on building an amazing high school experience.)

Are you fearing the high school years? Don’t worry, veteran homeschooling mom and Fox New contributor, Jean Burk has got it covered for you. She is a highly sought-after featured convention speaker and her expertise has been featured on national and local television shows as an expert on how to get FREE college! Learn what most guidance counselors don’t know that will give you confidence when tackling the high school years.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lansing Center Room 202 - 205

Special Needs Panel Room 202
Preschool Panel Room 203
Foster Care & Adoption Panel Room 204
Single / Working Parent Panel Room 205
Special Needs Panel Room 202

Panel discussion on Special Needs Homeschooling

Preschool Panel Room 203

Panel discussion on Preschool Homeschooling

Foster Care & Adoption Panel Room 204

Panel discussion on Foster Care & Adoption Homeschooling

Single / Working Parent Panel Room 205

Panel discussion on Single / Working Parent Homeschooling

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Lansing Center Room 101 - 205

Don't Slow Me Down With That Calculator Room 101
MI for Vaccine Choice Information Room 102
Classical Education Matters Room 103
Meeting Your Child's Need Through Individualization Room 104
Becoming an Aerospace Education Member in Civil Air Patrol Room 202
Entertainment: The Most Powerful Teaching Tool Room 203
Preparing Our Children to Encounter Competing Worldviews Room 204
Ultimate Frisbee Room 205
Don't Slow Me Down With That Calculator Room 101

Every year our country habitually finishes in the bottom third of the countries of the world participating in the annual mental math competition for 8th graders. Unlike the Asian and many of the European countries, our texts fail to include the plethora of mental/speed techniques that exist involving addition, subtraction, fractions, squaring and multiplication. We’ll attempt to detail as many of the 62 shortcuts in my textbook as time will allow. By producing answers far more quickly either orally or with minimum writing, we’ll soon be bettering our rank in the world and will leave our calculator-dependent friends in the dust!

MI for Vaccine Choice Information Room 102

Exhibitor Workshop – Michigan for Vaccine Choice

Classical Education Matters Room 103

Exhibitor Workshop – Classical Conversations

Meeting Your Child's Need Through Individualization Room 104

Exhibitor Workshop – ACE Accelerated Christian Learning

Becoming an Aerospace Education Member in Civil Air Patrol Room 202

Learn all about the FREE RESOURCES you can obtain as a Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Member (AEM).

Entertainment: The Most Powerful Teaching Tool Room 203

Exhibitor Workshop – Because of Jesus Films

Preparing Our Children to Encounter Competing Worldviews Room 204

Exhibitor Workshop – Preparing Our Children to Encounter Competing Worldviews – Elizabeth Urbanowicz Handout

Ultimate Frisbee Room 205

Exhibitor Workshop – Ultimate Frisbee: Aco-ed, fun, safe, lots of running, Olympics in 2024! ZigZagUltimate.com

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Lansing Center Room 101 - 205

Right Start Math: Why It Works Room 101
Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist Room 102
How to Help Your Wiggly Kids Learn Room 103
Experience Excellence in Writing Room 104
Michigan History is Exciting Room 202
Homeschooling and the Local Church Room 203
Releasing Giant-Killers: Preparing Your Teen Mentally and Spiritually for College Room 204
Art Lesson Room 205
Right Start Math: Why It Works Room 101

Exhibitor Workshop – Right Start Mathematics by Activities for Learning Inc.

Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist Room 102

Exhibitor Workshop – The Medical Transcription Service

How to Help Your Wiggly Kids Learn Room 103

Exhibitor Workshop – How to Help Your Wiggly Kids Learn – BJU Press

Experience Excellence in Writing Room 104

Exhibitor Workshop – Institute for Excellence in Writing

Michigan History is Exciting Room 202

Exhibitor Workshop – Michigan History is Exciting – Hillsdale Educational Publishers

Homeschooling and the Local Church Room 203

With 15 years of experience as a pastor and homeschool dad of 4 teens, Pastor Steve Hemmeke wants to talk about the church and your homeschooling family. What does the Bible say about the church? How has your family been helped or hindered by your church when it comes to your commitment to homeschooling? What do you wish the church would do differently to be more friendly to homeschoolers? How do we avoid a consumeristic attitude toward the church? How can homeschoolers uniquely serve the church? Have you grown so frustrated you’ve just given up on the church altogether? What are the pitfalls and blessings of a family-integrated church? A what? What would it mean to also be a church-integrated family?

Releasing Giant-Killers: Preparing Your Teen Mentally and Spiritually for College Room 204

Exhibitor Workshop – Releasing Giant-Killers: Preparing Your Teen Mentally and Spiritually for College

Will my teens’ faith be strong enough to withstand the tests of college? What intellectual, social, and moral challenges can he/she expect to face? How can I prepare him or her for a life-long faith that not only withstands the attacks of a post-modern and darkening society, but prepares him or her to pass that faith down to my grandchildren? In this workshop you will walk away with tools to help your teen navigate a changing world and anchor their faith like never before.

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Mia Langford

Mia’s a quixotic dreamer who loves Jesus, ideas, adventure, and caffeine. Though she may not know you yet, she passionately believes you have a unique and vital role to play in God’s plan that will exceed your wildest imagination. Mia holds degrees in stuff like biblical studies, psychology, and advanced generalist studies, and has a lot of life experience in everything from designing stuff to fending off attacks from angry geese. She will soon release her first book titled Is God Ticklish? Why Humor Points Us to God, she directs Growing Deeper Roots, a passion project producing inspirational events and content focused on Christian discipleship and apologetics (growingdeeperroots.org), she’s a researcher with the Spiritual Readiness Project, and has written for The Stream. You can follow Growing Deeper Roots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and follow Mia on Twitter @MiaMLangford or Instagram langford_mia.

Art Lesson Room 205

Exhibitor Workshop – Art Lesson – Ellen Willis, Dick Blick Art Supplies

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Lansing Center Room

Right Start Math: Middle School: Level G Room 101
Essential Oils Room 102
Introduction to Language Room 103
From Ordinary Student to Extraordinary Leader Room 104
Pastors Panel Governor Room
Grandparents Panel Room 201
Living Faith Education with Master Books Room 202
Free College at your fingertips Room 203
More than Leadership Room 204
Not Your Grandma's Bible Quizzing Room 205
Right Start Math: Middle School: Level G Room 101

Exhibitor Workshop – Right Start Math: Middle School: Level G Right Start Mathematics by Activities for Learning Inc.

Essential Oils Room 102

Exhibitor Workshop – Essential Oils – doTERRA

Introduction to Language Room 103

Exhibitor Workshop – Introduction to Language – Arts Royal Fireworks Press

From Ordinary Student to Extraordinary Leader Room 104

Institute for Cultural Communicators What if the quietest, most ordinary student at your homeschool table is actually called to highest levels of leadership? How will you provide him or her practice and experience leading and influencing other students – and adults? We know from the story of David – the child you least suspect may be called to be a mighty leader. Discover ordinary steps toward extraordinary leadership, and learn seamless and easy coaching tips for busy homeschool moms – and dads.

Pastors Panel Governor Room

Pastor Panel Discussion on Homeschooling

Grandparents Panel Room 201

Grandparents Panel Discussion on Homeschooling

Living Faith Education with Master Books Room 202

Exhibitor Workshop – Master Books

Free College at your fingertips Room 203

Exhibitor Workshop – Free College at your fingertips – College Prep Genius – Jean Burk

More than Leadership Room 204

Exhibitor Workshop – More than Leadership – James Muffett & Aimee Chauvin SSI LEAD

Not Your Grandma's Bible Quizzing Room 205

Exhibitor Workshop – Not Your Grandma’s Bible Quizzing Les Johnson – Teen Bible Challenge

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Lansing Center

Meetups Region 1 Room 101
Meetups Region 7 Room 102
Meetups Region 8 Room 103
Meetups Region 9 Room 104
Meetups Region 6 Room 201
Meetups Region 5 Room 202
Meetups Region 4 Room 203
Meetups Region 3 Room 204
Meetups Region 2 Room 205
Meetups Region 1 Room 101

Meetups Region 1

Meetups Region 7 Room 102

Meetups Region 7

Meetups Region 8 Room 103

Meetups Region 8

Meetups Region 9 Room 104

Meetups Region 9

Meetups Region 6 Room 201

Meetups Region 6

Meetups Region 5 Room 202

Meetups Region 5

Meetups Region 4 Room 203

Meetups Region 4

Meetups Region 3 Room 204

Meetups Region 3

Meetups Region 2 Room 205

Meetups Region 2

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lansing Center

Childcare Program: Ages 4 & up Ballrooms 1 - 8
Nursery Care: Infants - Age 3 Room 101
Childcare Program: Ages 4 & up Ballrooms 1 - 8

Childcare Program: Ages 4 & up

Nursery Care: Infants - Age 3 Room 101

Nursery Care: Infants – Age 3

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lansing Center

Kirk and Chelsea Cameron: Living Room Reset Hall A
Kirk and Chelsea Cameron: Living Room Reset Hall A

Kirk & Chelsea Cameron: Living Room Reset

Saturday May 18th, 2019

8:00 AM

Lansing Center

Registration Open
Registration Open

Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Lansing Center

Keynote – Kirk and Chelsea Cameron Hall A
Keynote – Kirk and Chelsea Cameron Hall A

Adventures of a Hollywood Homeschool Family

Homeschooling is tough decision for some, the most impactful family decision ever made for many—and certainly an adventure for all of us! Imagine the adventure of being Hollywood actors who decide to embrace the world of homeschooling! Find out as keynotes Kirk and Chelsea Cameron share the incredible lessons this couple has learned raising their six kids, including the fun—and funny–stories, the homeschool challenges, and wonderful victories.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lansing Center

CLT Testing
CLT Testing

CLT Testing

9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lansing Center

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Lansing Center

Exhibit Hall Open Halls A B

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lansing Center

How NOT to Educate (Like a Heathen) - Israel Wayne – Lansing Center Hall A
Marriage, Communication, & Friendship – Steve & Megan Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 101/102
Father Power: Being the Man of God in Your Home – Mike Winter – Lansing Center Room 103/104
Jumpstart Guide to Homeschooling 101 – Ginny Yurich – Lansing Center Room 201
C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Room 202
Homeschooling Special Needs – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203
Spelling/Word Work/Orthography of Words: Grades K-5 – The Literacy Ladies – Lansing Center 204
How to Ace the SAT – Jean Burk – Lansing Center Room 205
God’s Plan for Building a Family – Steve Demme – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom
Paper & Pen: What the Research Says – Andrew Pudewa – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom
Navigate the World of LGBTQ – Rob Rienow – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom
Finding Your Margin Without Losing Your Mind – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom
*Make It & Take It: Busy Bags for Toddlers & Preschoolers – Aubrey Malcolm – Radisson Michigan Rm (Extra Cost of $15, Pre-registration required)
How NOT to Educate (Like a Heathen) - Israel Wayne – Lansing Center Hall A

Why do you homeschool? When your children are grown, what will define success for you? What is the difference between a Biblical view of education, and the way most Christian parents (even homeschoolers) educate their children? This workshop will help you to focus on what is really important.

Marriage, Communication, & Friendship – Steve & Megan Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 101/102

Recognizing that a healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy home, this Marriage session is a fun and fruitful way to invest in your marriage relationship. Steve and Megan teach from their book The Eight Rules of Communication for Successful
Marriages and finish the session with a fun-loving look at marriage and F-R-I-E-N-D-S-H-I-P Practical advice in a guilt free environment make the teaching real and applicable to all those in attendance.

Father Power: Being the Man of God in Your Home – Mike Winter – Lansing Center Room 103/104

Homeschooling has mostly been led, worked and influenced by mothers. While that may be true, that doesn’t mean the role of father is insignificant. Fathers are arguably the most influential person in the home. How do we leverage this reality for raising godly children and making our wives’ lives easier and better, and thus our own? Join me for a lively discussion on fulfilling your role as head of home, principal of your school, and man of God.

Jumpstart Guide to Homeschooling 101 – Ginny Yurich – Lansing Center Room 201

As the public schools continue to become less safe, physically, emotionally, and spiritually more and more parents are considering homeschooling. On a daily basis, parents around the country are wanting to bring their children home to learn, but they are often at a loss on where to begin.  Many ask their friends or turn to facebook forums as they try and wrap their heads around where to begin the home education process. After all, this probably looks vastly different than the childhood education they experienced. It can be overwhelming to start the process, but once you get going, homeschooling can be easy, refreshing, and enjoyable!  Just like we often get a quick start guide to electronics, this session will be quick start guide to starting your children on their home education! Ginny is a former public school teacher with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Michigan.

C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Room 202

As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael is sometimes her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of the freedoms of home school. Are you too tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? Join Rachael for a lesson on how to chill out and turn control over to God.

Homeschooling Special Needs – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203

This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently.

Spelling/Word Work/Orthography of Words: Grades K-5 – The Literacy Ladies – Lansing Center 204

Are you ready to overhaul traditional spelling instruction?! Throw out the “lists on Mondays” and “tests on Fridays!” The Literacy Ladies are passionate about individualized spelling instruction and teaching spelling in an effective way! Katie and Krista will be sharing a learning session on the research based approach to teaching spelling – understanding orthography of words and identifying which word parts students need instruction/practice with in order to increase word part knowledge. Delve into the beauty of understanding your child’s individual needs as a speller and teach directly to those needs, instead of using a one size fits all approach. They’ll be sharing how to do a spelling assessment with your child, help you understand exactly what word knowledge they have, and find where your child’s instructional needs are. They will help you develop word work activities that will engage and impact your child’s development in a powerful way! Free resources with all session attendees!

How to Ace the SAT – Jean Burk – Lansing Center Room 205

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped tens of thousands of students raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, Reading and Essay are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!

God’s Plan for Building a Family – Steve Demme – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom

In Deuteronomy 6, God’s simple and effective plan for the family begins with parents loving God with everything in them and having His word on their hearts. When parents have established their own relationship with God and His word, they are equipped to teach their children to love God and His word.

Paper & Pen: What the Research Says – Andrew Pudewa – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom

Recent years have seen an enormous increase in the use of technology in education for even the youngest students. But is technology really the cure—all that many believe it to be? While traditional skills such as cursive penmanship are seen as unnecessary in the modern world, the actual research tells a different story. Learn the compelling reasons to choose paper books instead of electronic devices for reading, to handwrite instead of type when note-taking, to teach cursive instead of printing for penmanship, and to grab a pen instead of pencil for composition. Discover how to unleash creativity that goes beyond technology.

Navigate the World of LGBTQ – Rob Rienow – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom

Our children and teens are exposed to confusing and deceptive messages about manhood, womanhood, relationships, and sexuality. There is no easy path through the teen years in the area of sexual formation and development. In this breakout, Dr. Rob Rienow will give you biblical tools and practical approaches to help shepherd your children in this vital area.

Finding Your Margin Without Losing Your Mind – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom

Today’s world tells us that we can have it all. Is that even true? Are you stuck in the gap between your calling to homeschool and your capacity to get it all done? Being overloaded and overwhelmed doesn’t have to be the price we pay for the choice to homeschool. Margin is the space between ourselves and our limits. Tara shares about her own struggles with maintaining a healthy margin in life and provides practical tips for how to be more intentional in our lives.

*Make It & Take It: Busy Bags for Toddlers & Preschoolers – Aubrey Malcolm – Radisson Michigan Rm (Extra Cost of $15, Pre-registration required)

Busy Bags are simple activities for toddlers and preschoolers that are pre-assembled and ready to pull out when you need them. It is a great way to keep little ones entertained while you make dinner, do school with an older child, or even while you hide in your closet eating chocolate. In this workshop we will talk about how to plan and implement a Busy Bag Swap to get the most reward for your effort. Attendees will gain insight into what works well and what doesn’t, as well as a plethora of resources and ideas. We will laugh and have fun creating some Busy Bags to get your collection started.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Lansing Center

The Difference Between Schooling & Education – Israel Wayne – Lansing Center Hall A
Battling Behavior – Steve Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 101/102
The Wise Wife – Megan Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 103/104
Homeschooling Through Change – Dustin & Sarah Lolli – Lansing Center Room 201
Confronting the Tech Challenge – Teresa Moon – Lansing Center Room 202
Tackling High School w/ Special Needs – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203
Writing Workshop: Powerful and Authentic – The Literacy Ladies – Lansing Center Room 204
Amazing Homeschool Transcripts – Jean Burk – Lansing Center Room 205
Deepening Family Relationships – Steve Demme – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom
A Classical Approach – Andrew Pudewa – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom
The Power of Family Forgiveness – Rob Rienow – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom
Goldilocks Test: Choosing a Curriculum That’s Just Right! – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom
*Make It & Take It: Grading Writing for Overwhelmed Busy Moms – Danielle Olander – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $5, Pre-registration required)
The Difference Between Schooling & Education – Israel Wayne – Lansing Center Hall A

Most people think of schooling when they hear the word “education.” In reality, however, the two are not intrinsically linked in any way. Learn why most people are schooled, but never truly educated, and how you can ensure your children get a great education, even without schooling.

Battling Behavior – Steve Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 101/102

• Want your teen to take more initiative around the house?
• Want to reduce the “Drama” level in the family?
• Want to get your pre-teens, teens, and young adults excited about character healthy living?
Join “America’s Parenting Doctor,” Dr. Steve Scheibner as he reveals seven practical steps to raising the behavior bar in your home. A Character Matters session will begin the process of moving your young people from ordinary to extraordinary.

The Wise Wife – Megan Scheibner – Lansing Center Room 103/104

Although it’s so easy to get caught up in our role as “MOM,” the greatest gift we can give our families is to show them how much we love fulfilling our primary role as “WIFE.” The Wise Wife session is jam-packed with practical ways to focus on becoming a wife who brings glory to God, delights the heart of her husband, and models a Christian marriage for her  children. Being a godly wife is serious business, but you’ll get plenty of time to laugh as Megan shares some “What the Heck!” differences between men and women. Come be challenged and refreshed in your most important role!

Homeschooling Through Change – Dustin & Sarah Lolli – Lansing Center Room 201

The education of our children at home looks a lot like our lives, fluid and ever changing.   Being gracious with ourselves and our children through  inevitable expected and unexpected circumstances determines the health and happiness of our homeschool and our families.  There is no failure, only living with grace.

Confronting the Tech Challenge – Teresa Moon – Lansing Center Room 202

We live in an increasingly high tech world, yet we need high touch experiences to live and grow as humans. The pull of technology is unavoidable and frightening. The best tools for education and evangelism hold great potential – both for learning and for losing reality. It is possible to bring these worlds together; and dangerous when we don’t. Our children’s future depends in large part on their capacity for integrating these worlds well.

Tackling High School w/ Special Needs – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203

This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home in the high school years. Do you have questions such as “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests.

Writing Workshop: Powerful and Authentic – The Literacy Ladies – Lansing Center Room 204

Are you ready to help your child become a REAL WRITER – one that identifies themself as a writer, enjoys writing, and is able to build a writing stamina that keeps them going?! The Literacy Ladies will help you go beyond teaching the mechanics of grammar and punctuation and help you get your kids to craft beautiful writing. They’ll talk about what it looks like to be comfortable putting an effective writing workshop into place – where your children can both grow and develop skills of a successful writer of multiple genres and fall in love with becoming real writers at the same time. Katie and Krista talk about setting it up – developing a writing workshop environment with a variety of supplies and inspiring mentor texts. They’ll talk through effective teaching methods that can be individualized for every writer – teaching writing strategy mini lessons with mentor texts, providing time for highly engaged choice writing, conferencing with your writers, and designing guided and modeled writing lessons to meet them where they are. They’ll also be sharing exciting and engaging writing resources with all attendees for FREE – with every attendee getting a FULL YEAR of writing prompts (at whichever grade level you choose)!

Amazing Homeschool Transcripts – Jean Burk – Lansing Center Room 205

There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this engagement.

Deepening Family Relationships – Steve Demme – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom

There is no one who can build up my family like me. As we live and learn together lets be intentional our relationships in the family. Understanding each other and working on speaking and listening leads to healthier interactions among all members of the family.

A Classical Approach – Andrew Pudewa – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom

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

The Power of Family Forgiveness – Rob Rienow – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom

Every family struggles with sin, hurt, and brokenness. The Christian family is in daily need of the grace and mercy of God. In this breakout, Dr. Rob Rienow will equip you with Scriptural approaches to help your family grow in forgiveness, deal with conflict, and heal from past hurts.

Goldilocks Test: Choosing a Curriculum That’s Just Right! – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom

The best way to find out if something works is to try it. Yet, year after year many homeschoolers spend money on materials they know very little about. This workshop will present a method to help you locate and select the materials that will best fit you and your children’s needs.

*Make It & Take It: Grading Writing for Overwhelmed Busy Moms – Danielle Olander – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $5, Pre-registration required)

Join us for this hands-on workshop that will show you what matters and what doesn’t when it comes to evaluating your students’ writing.  Using actual student samples, we’ll review how to spot some of the most common (and most “deadly”) writing errors, how to correct them, and how to teach your children to recognize them also.  Workshop includes a grammar reference folder, grading rubrics, and other handouts to take home.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lansing Center

Lunch and Shopping

1:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Lansing Center

Children’s Conference Ballrooms 1-8
TLC & Teen Program Governor's Room

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lansing Center

What About THAT Child? – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Hall A
Encouraging Deeper Faith in Your Teenager – Rob Rienow – Lansing Center Room 101/102
Know Your Why – Mary Grace Braatz – Lansing Center Room 103/104
Teaching Boys Who’d Rather Make Forts – Andrew Pudewa – Lansing Center Room 201
Math You Understand – Steve Demme – Lansing Center Room 202
Dyslexia Demystified: Definitions & Hope – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203
Trauma & Homeschooling – Karen Stachan – Lansing Center Room 204
Classic Learning Test: Alternative to the SAT & ACT – Jean Burk - Lansing Center Room 205
Training Teens to Take Initiative - Steve Scheibner – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom
Running Your Very Own Three Ring Circus – Brook Wayne – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom
God’s Image, the Soul, & Gender Identity: Developing a Biblical View of Man in the Elementary Years – Elizabeth Urbanowicz – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom
Toddler Toolbox – Megan Scheibner – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom
**Make It & Take It: Teaching with Games – Aubrey Malcolm – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $10, Pre-registration required)
What About THAT Child? – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Hall A

What face comes to mind when you hear “that child”? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you struggle to like that child? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT, is God-given for His glory. Come learn strategies for learning to enjoy that child, to embrace that child, and to train that child for God’s purposes.

Encouraging Deeper Faith in Your Teenager – Rob Rienow – Lansing Center Room 101/102

Would you like to build a stronger relationship with your teenager, and encourage them in their faith? In this breakout, Dr. Rob Rienow will share common causes for spiritual struggles in teens, as well as proactive biblical principles that parents can use to encourage their sons and daughters to grow in their faith and love for God.

Know Your Why – Mary Grace Braatz – Lansing Center Room 103/104

Are you teaching ABEKA at the kitchen table waiting for your freshly baked bread to cool, or are you screaming through McDonalds on your way to soccer practice yelling out spelling words on the way? Regardless of how you’re “doing” homeschooling, do you want to ENJOY this season of life, raise enthusiastic learners and bring your family closer than ever before? Do you want to AVOID burnout, battle fatigue, and the infamous “Yellow (school bus) Fever”? – If so, then come hear Mary Grace Braatz speak about the benefits of focusing on the “WHYs” of homeschooling, (as well as the pitfalls of focusing on the “HOWs”). Learn how to stay refreshed, renewed, and excited about all of the life-changing rewards that homeschooling brings to you AND your family!

Teaching Boys Who’d Rather Make Forts – Andrew Pudewa – Lansing Center Room 201

Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.

Math You Understand – Steve Demme – Lansing Center Room 202

Math is so much more than memorizing rules and facts. With a unique and humorous approach, Steve demonstrates how to use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate important math concepts such as place value, double digit multiplication, fractions, algebra, exponents, squares, square roots, and factoring trinomials.

Dyslexia Demystified: Definitions & Hope – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203

In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit!

Trauma & Homeschooling – Karen Stachan – Lansing Center Room 204

In this session, you will gain ideas for homeschooling children who have a history of trauma. Karen Strachan has homeschooled throughout the past 20 years. She and her husband have fostered 40 children and adopted 11 – all who have experienced trauma. She will share with you her experiences in educating her children and strategies for their academic growth.

Classic Learning Test: Alternative to the SAT & ACT – Jean Burk - Lansing Center Room 205

College entrance tests are here to stay but students now have a new option that doesn’t include the dreaded SAT or ACT. The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is quickly being adopted for entrance and scholarships by colleges across the nation. Families will love this test because they will find that the test’s content isn’t at odds with their core beliefs; the exam’s approach represents traditional values that families adhere to by reconnecting intellectual pursuit and virtue. Learn insider information since the CLT partnered with College Prep Genius as the ONLY test prep company they recommend!

Training Teens to Take Initiative - Steve Scheibner – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom
Training Teens to Take Initiative
Want to transition your young adults from simple obedience to mature responsibility? In this session, Dr. Steve shares the important phases that teens need to learn in order to take responsibility for their lives. Watch your kids move from childish irresponsibility to becoming young adults who embrace ownership and initiative as they move up the “Responsibility Tree.”
Running Your Very Own Three Ring Circus – Brook Wayne – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom

Keeping up with the clutter, mess, and chaos in the homeschooling years is a lot like running a three-ring circus! Given by a mother of 9, this session is for families of any size. Delve into ideas, routines, and strategies to keep the stuff AND the people in some semblance of order. Also included are concepts for developing a happy homeschool day.

God’s Image, the Soul, & Gender Identity: Developing a Biblical View of Man in the Elementary Years – Elizabeth Urbanowicz – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom

Our children are growing up in a world that doesn’t understand what it means to be human. Our culture screams that gender doesn’t matter, humans are merely evolved animals, and we can be whomever we want to be. How can we prepare our children to live out a biblical understanding of what it means to be human? In this session, participants will engage in a variety of practical activities they can use to begin instructing their children in a biblical view man. Handout

Toddler Toolbox – Megan Scheibner – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom

Are the “Terrible Twos” eating your lunch? Need help managing your homeschool day with toddlers in the house? In this workshop, Megan draws on her many years of homeschooling experience with 8 toddlers in tow to help you craft a plan for success. Find out how to use “self-control practice” to help your toddler become an integral part of the family team. Intensely practical, this session will help you transform the terrible twos into the terrific twos!

**Make It & Take It: Teaching with Games – Aubrey Malcolm – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $10, Pre-registration required)

How can you help your kids learn facts quickly and without struggle? What do you do when your student needs a “brain break”, but you don’t want to completely derail your school day? How do you get your kids eager to wake up and see what exciting thing you are doing for school today? Teaching with Games will show you how to have fun and learn at the same time. This workshop is geared towards kindergarten-5th graders, but many games can be adapted to students of all ages. Attendees will be taking home several games, so they can start having fun right away.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Lansing Center

When Doubts Start Creeping In – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Hall A
Family Outreach: Reaching the World Through Your Family – Rob Rienow – Lansing Center Room 101/102
Raising Godly Women in an Ungodly Culture – Mike Winter – Lansing Center Room 103/104
1000 Hours Outside: How Nature Immersion Sets Kids Up for Success – Ginny Yurich – Lansing Center Room 201
Raising Your Child with Challenges – Steve Demme – Lansing Center Room 202
Laying a Foundation for Reading: Comprehension in the Preschool Years – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203
Homeschooling Legally in Michigan – Dave & Steve Kallman – Lansing Center Room 204
Evaluating Excellence – Teresa Moon – Lansing Center Room 205
Successful Transition to Homeschool – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom
School at Home, or Home Discipleship? – Brook Wayne – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom
True For You, But Not for Me: Equipping Our Children to Discern & Follow Truth in Our Homes and Beyond – Elizabeth Urbanowicz – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom
A to Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool – Megan Scheibner – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom
*Make It & Take It: Lapbooking – Shelly Smith – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $10, Pre-registration required)
When Doubts Start Creeping In – Rachael Carman – Lansing Center Hall A

We all have moments of doubt along this homeschool journey. We wonder if we’re doing the right thing or if we are messing up our kids. You are not alone in your desperate moments. Come have your hope renewed!

Family Outreach: Reaching the World Through Your Family – Rob Rienow – Lansing Center Room 101/102

God created your family for a reason! He created your family to make a difference in the world for Christ. Through this message, Dr. Rienow will walk through the Bible to show how God can use the generations of your family to advance the Gospel and the build the Kingdom of God.

Raising Godly Women in an Ungodly Culture – Mike Winter – Lansing Center Room 103/104

Join Mike Winter and a few of his four daughters for a conversation around raising godly women, protecting them from a predatory culture and preparing them to thrive and survive as students, workers and hopefully mothers in our world.

1000 Hours Outside: How Nature Immersion Sets Kids Up for Success – Ginny Yurich – Lansing Center Room 201

In the last few decades, childhood has largely moved inside. With so many great opportunities that vie for our child’s time, it’s easy to consider time outside as a frivolous use of time. In this session, you will learn how “just” playing outside offers a myriad of developmental benefits to your child, benefits that will extend through adulthood. It’s worth your time to play outside!

Raising Your Child with Challenges – Steve Demme – Lansing Center Room 202

Over the years, God has brought wonderful people along side of us at just the right time. We need this ongoing support from this community of faithful people. From supportive family to therapists to Special Olympics to Joni and Friends Retreats, we are so thankful for the faithful friends who have walked with us on our journey.

Laying a Foundation for Reading: Comprehension in the Preschool Years – Faith Berens – Lansing Center Room 203

In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5).

Evaluating Excellence – Teresa Moon – Lansing Center Room 205

How do you know they know what they know? You ALWAYS need to know exactly what your student knows. Discover simple resources to guide your students from where they ARE in any subject, to where you want them to BE. Practical tools tested in thousands of homeschooling families over 35 years help you diagnose, project, guide and evaluate every aspect of your student’s education from Bible to biology as they grow in competence and character.

Successful Transition to Homeschool – Tara Bentley – Radisson Capitol I Ballroom

Beginning their homeschool journey with their daughter’s 7th-grade year, Tara understands the unique challenges that come from transferring a student out the public school system. The older the child, the more it feels like jumping into the deep end of the pool. We’ll share some common mistakes, the challenges of the middle years, and tips and tricks for getting a strong start.

School at Home, or Home Discipleship? – Brook Wayne – Radisson Capitol II Ballroom

Giving our children a Biblical lens for the world around them isn’t just a high and lofty goal – it needs to be presented and taught in the most comprehensive way throughout each subject. This session also explores why character must come before academics, and outlines steps to help children tune in and listen.

True For You, But Not for Me: Equipping Our Children to Discern & Follow Truth in Our Homes and Beyond – Elizabeth Urbanowicz – Radisson Capitol III Ballroom

Scripture teaches that Jesus is the truth for all people, in all cultures, and at all times. Yet, our culture continually bombards our children with its philosophy that truth changes from person-to-person. How can we make a compelling argument for the existence of absolute truth and train our children to discern truth from falsehood? In this session, participants will explore answers to these questions and engage in strategies for implementing truth-education in their homes. Handout

A to Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool – Megan Scheibner – Radisson Capitol IV Ballroom

If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character healthy leaders are those children who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. If we spend our homeschooling hours simply on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. In our few short years with our children we must focus on the first things first and character is always the first thing! In this conference, Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge your homeschoolers to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.

*Make It & Take It: Lapbooking – Shelly Smith – Radisson Michigan Room (Extra Cost of $10, Pre-registration required)

Do you enjoy making magical moments with your children? Are you “craft challenged”? Then run, don’t walk to Learning with Lapbooks. Reinforce and teach any subject with lapbooks. Lapbooks link many innovative learning methods to help your lessons come alive at any grade level. All ages enjoy designing these treasured tools. Lapbooks offer a fabulous record of the timeless learning shared between you and your child. Join Shelly and see just how lapbooks can enhance your homeschool, bring meaning to difficult concepts, and capture the attention of your kinesthetic learner. At the workshop, you will understand how to tailor lapbooking to your specific need from PEMDAS to grammar to science to religion to geography and everything in between. Workshop participants will assemble a lapbook and take home additional supplies and handouts to begin making magic right away.

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Lansing Center

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lansing Center

Closing Keynote: Steve & Megan Scheibner
Closing Keynote: Steve & Megan Scheibner

Living on Borrowed Time, The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent.
As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of 9/11. Steve was originally scheduled to be the co-pilot on AA Flight 11, the first flight to be hijacked on Sept. 11th, 2001. Through a extraordinary set of divine circumstances Steve was bumped from that flight the night before by a more senior pilot. Now, he tells his deeply moving story of God’s providence on that terrible day in our history. Come discover why God gave Steve a second chance, and how He now uses him to teach parents all around the world to parent with purpose and urgency, as he introduces you to The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent.

(Doorprize Drawings & Graduate Recognition)

6:00 PM

Lansing Center

Class of 2019 Graduate Reception and Conference Ends Governor's Room
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