2016 WORKSHOPS – Alphabetical by Speaker

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

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Rachael Carman

Teaching Foundational Truth   Friday Morning     8:45am

What is truth? You and your family need to know the answer. It is foundational that our children understand that truth exists and is absolute. Rachael Carman shares six truths about truth that Christians need to instill in the minds of their children. She demonstrates motions that can make the learning fun and easy to remember.

Eric Ludy

Canon – The Basis for a Bravehearted Faith    Friday Evening    6:30pm

As the Bible falls under greater and greater attack in our modern day, there is a significant need for the Body of Christ to know the power, reliability, authority, and unchanging truthfulness of Scripture. This message is like a shot of pure faith into the mind and heart of the believer. If you know the message of Canon, you will never waver in your implicit trust of God’s Word.

The Bravehearted Gospel: The Lost Art of Christian Heroism   Saturday Morning       8:45am

Based on Eric’s popular book, The Bravehearted Gospel, this message is a powerful wake-up call to the modern church. With typical Eric Ludy candor and passion, this message will ignite your soul with the desire to fight for all that is sacred and all that is true. This message will resonate deeply with anyone interested in upholding the integrity of the Word of God and the moorings of Biblical faith in these confusing times of post-modern emergence.


GENERAL WORKSHOPS

Eric Ludy

Five Smooth Stones – The Hallmarks of the Heavenly Leader (Teen Leadership Corps Friday Keynote   8:45am)
In this message, Eric Ludy establishes twelve principles that are paramount in Christian leadership. Using King David’s youthful years of development as a muse, a clear picture emerges, in and through this message, for how God disciples young lives and grows them from novices to great leaders.

The Power to Do It – Living a Christianity that really works   (General, Teens)
The constant declaration of the Christian life is “I can’t, but God can!” Our lives were made to be inhabited by the Living God, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to be used as a “glove” upon His hand. This enabling power of His life, called “grace,” supplies all we need for life and godliness. Grace is far more than a mere hug of God. It is the supernatural fuel that equips us to live a life that would otherwise be impossible. This message will help free you from trying to manufacture the Christian life and set you free from the cycle of defeat by understanding and embracing the enabling power of God to really live the Christian life.

A New Generation of Fathers       (Dads)
This message presents a passionate challenge to the fathers of today to rise up and raise their children right. No matter where you are at in your parenting journey, this message is sure to stir you and infuse fresh vision and passion into your soul. It’s about raising ordinary boys into extraordinary men, and everyday girls into world-changing women. Eric Ludy thunders forth a vision of fatherhood more grand than most modern minds have ever considered, and offers the only solution for carrying it out – Jesus Christ.

Friday Funshop: Father/Son Fun!
Dads, come with your sons and plan to be challenged with some competition and inspiration.

Praying Through    (General, Teens)
The historic concept of “praying through” has gone missing in our modern day version of Christianity. But “praying through” was the essence of the George Muller, Rees Howells, John Hyde, Hudson Taylor, William Booth, Leonard Ravenhill, C.T. Studd model for effectual fervent praying. How do we get this powerful, wrestling, persistent prayer back to the center of Christian life in our day?

The Measurement of a Man    (Dads)
Just as there are gradients to the color blue, there are gradients to the grandeur and substance of a Godly man. On a scale of 1 to 10, Jesus ranks a ten – the deepest and richest royal shade of blue. He was the perfect man, demonstrating the heavenly hues of majesty and holiness. Jesus has set forth a pattern for manhood. And it is a standard so far beyond the average pew sitting man of our day. So, the question is . . . are we to ignore Christ’s righteous pattern or are we to expect God to work the almighty manly pattern into our manhood?

Rachael Carman

Me? Homeschool?    Taste of Homeschooling Thursday Evening   7:00pm
In this presentation Rachael discusses with great candor how she and her husband came to the decision to homeschool their children. This is great encouragement and inspiration for families trying to decide whether or not to homeschool and for those in a difficult first or second year.

What about ‘ThatChild?     (Parents, Moms)
What face comes to mind when you hear ‘that child’? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you see yourself in that face? Do you struggle to like that child? Does it seem difficult? Impossible? 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 like that child, to embrace that child, to train that child. They are worth it and He is worthy!

Stand by Your Man  (Moms)
All too often the lessons are finished, the books read, and the frogs dissected, but what priority does the principal have? When does he have time with his favorite teacher? When was the principal-teacher meeting — a/k/a a date? Standing by our husbands through this challenging lifestyle choice is often neglected. Come and remember the blessing of a properly prioritized home.

Attention Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT    (Parents, Moms)
As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael discusses how in many instances she is her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of freedoms of home school. Are you 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? It’s time to Chill Out and give control of it all to God-He is faithful.

When Doubt Creeps In      (Moms)
We all have moments of doubt about this homeschool journey. We wonder if we are doing the right thing or if we are messing our kids up. You are not alone in your desperate moments. Come, have your hope renewed!

 
Merlyn Beard
Music and the Homeschool Family
This workshop addresses many questions homeschool family have about music: Why is music important? What is the difference between taking lessons and participating in ensembles? Help! My child is musical, but I’m not! How can music help pay for college – even for non-music majors? Are there music groups specifically for homeschooled students?

Angela Beddingfield

Teaching the Gifted Learner – Part 1
Teaching the learner who is outside the box of “normal” is not a task for the faint hearted.  Everyone learns in different ways and at varying levels.  When teaching a child who is at a higher level of capacity than what would be considered an average range, what variations should be made?  How do you take a child who is already ahead of their age level developmentally and help them learn how to enrich, improve, be challenged, and continue to move forward all while balancing the goal of letting them be their age?  What about the student who seems to be a bright learner, but you’re just not sure where they fall as far as intelligence level.  There is also the student who seems to never engage or pay attention.  Are they really not engaged, or are they engaged in thinking on subjects beyond what anyone would imagine?  We will answer these questions and many more as we talk about how we can identify a gifted learner and teach them in a balanced way while allowing them to reach their fullest potential while still enjoying their current lifestage stage.

Teaching The Gifted Learner – Part 2
What do you do with a six-year old who already loves multiplication? What about the child who can build anything out of Legos but hates reading? In this follow up session to understanding the gifted learner, we will talk about unique and creative ways to enrich our gifted children. How do we allow children to be children while still letting them move forward even when their learning level and interest is beyond their age level? We will present creative ways to expand and encourage learning at the level of each individual learner so that they can reach their fullest potential.

Parenting and Teaching the Struggling Child  (tentative)
God creates every child with varying interests, abilities, gifts, struggles, and desires. Teaching and parenting a child who struggles with attention span, following directions, and exhibiting self-control can be quite challenging and discouraging. As parents we want to parent our children in a way that pleases God and encourages our children in righteousness. In this session, we will talk about patterns of struggles and actions that children exhibit as well as opportunities we have to point them to Christ and putting their desires and actions under His control. We will present creative tools, disciplines, and encouragements we can use to help everyone become the person Christ has created them to be.

DNA & Genetics    FUNSHOP
We will learn about DNA and basic genetics. We will do hands-on/interactive experiments and learning activities, including extracting our own DNA through our saliva.

 

Big Blast Ministries

Big Blast Balloons: Beginning Balloon Twisting  FUNSHOP
Balloon twisting is fun for children of all ages and can be used for fun, art, church, or profit. You name it and it can be built out of balloons. The problem is that before you do the BIG sculptures, you need to start with the simple sculptures and twist. This workshop will walk you through the beginning steps in balloon twisting. It will be fun and hands on.


Carol Brown,  Equipping Minds

Understanding, Identifying, Assessing, and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities for All Ages and Abilities   (Special Needs, Parents)
Learn how to access your learners strengths and challenges. Understand how and when to integrate exercise, nutrition, vision therapy sound therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy, vestibular therapy, and cognitive therapy.

The Role of Imagery and Memory in Learning: How to Visualize Letters, Numbers, and Objects to Improve Reading, Math, and Comprehension     (Special Needs, Parents)
The ability to visualize letters is necessary for spelling and reading, the ability to visualize numbers is necessary for math, and the ability to visualize pictures and concepts is necessary for reading comprehension and critical thinking. Learn the exercises to connect these pathways.

Improving Language, Visual Processing, and Auditory Processing, and Learning   (Special Needs, Parents)
Learn exercises to increase your learners processing speed, communication, and social skills.

Working Memory is the New IQ: How to Assess and Improve Memory   Pt. 1   (Special Needs, Parents)
Working memory is a stronger predictor of personal and academic success that IQ. This workshop will present the latest scientific research on neuroplasticity, working memory, and the brain’s ability to change for children and adults of all ages and etiologies. This workshop will present a multi-discplinary approach that helps children and adults from gifted to children with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and everyone in between. You will leave with a deeper understanding of these challenges and equipped to implement exercises to develop every child and adults capacity to learn in the classroom, workplace, and the church.

Working Memory is the New IQ: How to Assess and Improve Memory   Pt. 2    (Special Needs, Parents)
A continuation of part one.

 

Jonathan Brush

Debt Free Degree  (Teens, Parents)
Change is happening rapidly in higher education. Universities are doing their best to keep up with the demands of the student marketplace. Come learn how to be on the cutting edge and not left behind. Learn strategies and tools to ensure you receive a quality education, have a great college experience and walk away with a degree but without a mountain of debt.

Standing on the Solid Rock: How to Radically Transform Your Family through Family Bible Study    (Parents, Dads)
Faithfully having a time for daily family Bible study and worship will transform your family, supercharge your faith, and can completely change your life. Planning and leading a daily family Bible study is simple, doesn’t require any specialized theological training, and will yield benefits beyond what you can imagine. Come hear Jonathan share about how his life, and the life of his family, has been transformed by one simple discipline. You will leave equipped to change your family dramatically!

How to Start a Family Adventure Company  (Parents)
You have a choice when it comes to your family. You can live a normal, boring life like everyone else, or you can choose to place your family at the center of a continually unfolding story full of drama, challenges, missions, and adventure. Jonathan will teach you how to create and build your own Family Adventure Company. Come discover why adventures are worth the danger, and the thrill of leading your family in living a story that is filled with excitement, purpose and meaning. Think carefully before you attend! It will be impossible to leave this session and remain satisfied with being a “normal” family!

College Madness – When the Crowd is Wrong  (Teens, Parents)
“Go to school, get good grades, get into a good college so you can get a good job and live The American Dream!” Well, the American Dream is broken and many students are broke when they graduate college. Come learn about crowd dynamics, group think and how to ake sure you’re on the right side of the incredible changes, opportunities and challenges happening in Higher Education today…regardless of what the crowd is doing.

Ten Crucial Years   (Parents)
Between the ages of 10-20 your son or daughter will make the transition from child to adult. Along the way there are some significant and easily identified milestones and transitions. This is also a time where the right kind of training can pay multi-generational dividends. This session will give you a year by year plan for training and equipping your child for the rest of their life, and will show you how to create your family’s own unique ceremonies and rites of passage to recognize and celebrate the growth and accomplishments in these ten crucial years.

 

Dr. Lainna Callentine

The Marvelous Expedition: Journey through God’s Wondrous Machine Workshop  Dissection Workshop Thursday  (Ages 12 and up)
This interactive hands-on workshop will catapult you through an expedition of the fascinating and complex world of the human body. Examine how the eyes and the brain cooperate and dissect an actual sheep brain. Travel through the lungs and heart and marvel at the life-sustaining processes of respiratory and circulatory systems as they maintain the other vital organs in the body. Dr. Callentine will be your tour guide as you go on the marvelous expedition through the human body.
This workshop will count as science credits for homeschool students.

Fearless: Being Dauntless at the Hands of Science   (Parents, Moms)
Calling all teachers…come discover your inner-child.  Did you sleep through biology in high school? No problem. This workshop is just for you. Finally, a workshop for those who are afraid to get their hands dirty. Come explore and experience the joy. Cast all your fears away. Be encouraged that you can teach your eager learner at home the fun of hands-on science. Science offers an opportunity for your child to explore, wonder, learn about our awesome God and the order he has placed in our world. Unfortunately, science is also one of those fields of study that many teachers find extremely intimidating.  Dr. Callentiine will help you unpack and address your concerns – whether your students are currently in elementary, middle or high school. You will be armed and ready.

Trying Not to Trip Over the Stones: Developmental Milestones Walking with Your Child (0-5 years)
Ever wish your children came with an instruction manual? The job of parenting has never been more difficult. Every parent worries whether their child is growing and developing normally. Dr. Callentine puts your fears at ease. As a pediatrician, Dr. Callentine partners with parents in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical growth of their children. She will discuss the typical developmental milestones and how to take advantage of the teachable moments that emerge. Parents’ concerns about development and behavior will be addressed. Ask the pediatrician and kick off a wonderful start on your journey of homeschooling your young child.

Sports and the Christian Worldview…Can the Two Coexist?
Sports can be an excellent tool to help train your child. Through healthy competition, one can foster key character traits in the development of a child. Dr. Lainna Callentine, a pediatrician, and her husband, D.R. Callentine – both former Division I Big Ten Scholarship athletes – will share the impact sports had made on their lives and the lives of their children. They will discuss sports competition, encouraging your children, recreation vs. competitive play, and college recruiting. Come to this interactive session and hear about the good, the bad and the ugly of sports, as well as get your questions answered.

Davis Carman

Leadership Lessons from the Trenches    Leader Summit Thursday Afternoon
Being in a leadership position is tough work. Your heart desires to see great things happen for homeschooling families in your area, but the enemy throws so many flaming arrows your way. Often these come in the form of conflict with people. How can you as a leader build trust among your team members and constituents, maintain healthy relationships when facing conflict, and confront difficult issues effectively? In this workshop, Davis gives four leadership lessons he has learned first-hand from the field (aka trenches), and you will learn how to be more effective in your leadership role.

Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool    Taste of Homeschooling Thursday Evening
Are parents really qualified to teach their children everything? What about socialization? These are just a couple of the concerns that make homeschooling seem impossible. But you know homeschooling is continuing to grow. More and more families are considering it and taking the plunge. What are the top reasons? In this session, Davis discusses the moral, academic, and practical reasons to homeschool, and helps dispel the myths we all tend to believe. When you finish this workshop, you will know that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now.

A.P.P.L.E.S. for the Teacher      (Dads)
The gift of a fresh, shiny apple still represents respect and gratitude towards one’s teacher. Why should it be any different for the homeschooling mom? They typically carry the lion’s share of the homeschooling workload. To help them avoid burnout, husbands need to help their wife avoid feeling 100% of the homeschooling responsibility. Your wife needs to hear “thank you” in many different ways and know for sure that you are engaged. In this session, Davis gives six real and practical ideas for supporting your wife in the homeschooling journey.

H.E.A.R.T. Exam for Homeschooling Dads      (Dads)
Tests and exams are a typical part of school, even home schools. In this session, Davis helps homeschooling dads take an exam — a spiritual exam of the heart. He uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to display truths found in the book of Malachi, which deals with very real heart issues. The topics covered by “Dr. Malachi” include relationships with both God and family. The goal is to discover the practical and faithful steps a father can take in the journey towards turning one’s heart to his children.

 

Jeni Chase

Fully Alive  (Moms)
As a woman, do you ever wish there was a “spa”for your heart?  The human heart matters more than anything else in all of God’s creation. In this “heart-to-heart” talk, Jeni shares numerous stories from women who have discovered the FREEDOM of living in the truth of God’s rescuing love and pursuit of their hearts.  Hold on, this presentation usually quenches a thirst only Jesus can bring from in His heroic nature.

Breathing L.I.F.E. Into Your Marriage  (Moms)
Does your marriage need a little tuning up?  Do you desire excitement and fun in your relationship with your spouse?  Well, this presentation is an energized time of ideas and real-life stories to help you develop some creative ways to fill your marriage with laughter, healing and restoration.  Sometimes, Jeni shares the stage with her husband David for this talk!

Breathing L.I.F.E. Into Your “Homeschool”   (Moms)
Do you find yourself hoping for more purpose in your everyday work as a parent, mother, spouse or home school educator?   Are you weary or exhausted?  Are you trying to find the fun and laughter in your home while the task list grows longer and the laundry piles higher?  Jeni offers hope, humor and real-life stories to illuminate the great ministry of investing in your family, marriage and children.  She desires her audience to listen to God’s Word, laugh together and leave with tangible ways to equip families to live out the best in their amazing gifts, talents, and abilities.  You will leave this presentation with a heart full of laughter and fresh air to breathe LIFE into your family, children, marriage and home.  (NOTE: Past attendees have shared that their faces hurt after this talk – from laughing so hard!)

Finding F.U.N. In Your Family  (Moms, Parents)
When was the last time you laughed?  Do you remember when you laughed so hard that it made your stomach hurt? Children laugh way more than adults.  What would happen if we laughed just a little bit more each day?  What if we chose laughter instead of raised voices or tears?  Family should be a safe place where we can giggle, laugh and sing together.  With a combination of her experience as a professional counselor and her natural ability to bring lots of laughter in her audiences, Jeni’s presentation will leave you with a lighter heart, and tangible ways to keep things in perspective with all the “togetherness” in real-life family.

Tom Clark

“Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children? (Let’s Identify the Trouble Spots)”
Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty, on several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience, and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally “difficult”.

Teaching Mathematics with Art (or is it Teaching Art with Mathematics?)
Can your child’s future really be boiled down to something as simplistic as whether they are right-brained, or left-brained? Surely, as homeschooling parents, we want our children to believe that they are capable of using “both sides” of their brains. In this educational and entertaining workshop, we will explore the natural and logical connections between Mathematics and Art. We will investigate mathematical principles, and see how they are related to, and illustrated by, artistic applications. Likewise, we will explore several artistic concepts, and see how they are based on mathematical ideas. Of course, throughout, the importance of language and communication will be stressed, as it must play a key role in the understanding of both areas.

Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story Problems? (And Why Would You Want To?)
In this entertaining and instructional workshop with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, you will develop, and learn how to use, the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve all story problems, whether in simple arithmetic or in Algebra. The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem.

 

Steve Demme

Influence of Fathers       (Dads)
A plethora of studies have demonstrated the profound impact of fathers on their children. In this session we will explore the influence of Dads in scripture and how we can learn from what they did well and where they dropped the ball. God designed men to serve and lay their lives down for their wife and children.

Impacting Your Children for Eternity     (Parents)
When I am asked why I chose to home educate my children, I respond that my wife and I set out to train them to live forever. In this seminar I will be sharing what I have learned in raising 4 sons for over 30 years and what principles are found in His eternal word that impact our parenting.

Biblical Principles of Communication for the Family     (Parents)
Loving God and each other are relationships. Relationships are built on edifying communication. No one can build up, or tear down, more than those that we love the most. In this workshop we will examine how to hear and understand each other in a safe place.

Five Strategies to Build Up and Encourage Our Wives    (Dads)
Steve relates insights he has gleaned from scripture on how God has designed our wives and ways that we can lay down our lives and apply biblical principles to build them up and encourage them in the Lord. When we lose our life we find it.


Cheri Frame, Credits Before College

You Can Homeschool through High School!   (High School, Parents)
Homeschooling through high school might seem intimidating. Be encouraged! These can be the most enjoyable and influential years you have with your teen. This seminar will help you develop a comprehensive 7-12th grade plan, starting with a strong academic foundation that includes what subjects to teach and when. We’ll also discuss how to individualize your student’s plan based on what his or her post-graduation goals are, which college entrance exams to consider, and suggestions for how to build in the life skills he or she will need beyond graduation. Gain understanding and confidence as you see the big picture unfold.

Transcripts and Record Keeping – Making it Simple   (High School)  
Transcripts are not just for college – every student needs one. How to begin? What to include? This practical seminar will guide you through the essentials of record keeping, grading, evaluating credits, and preparing a professional looking high school transcript.

Get Hired – Teaching 21st Century Skills   (Teens, High School)
In today’s competitive market, employers and selection committees are looking for more than relevant education and training in a candidate. So whether your teen is applying for his or her very first job, hoping to secure an internship, or launching his career, developing “transferable skills” will help him stand out in the crowd. This seminar outlines this set of valued skills and shares ideas for how parents can foster their development through targeted projects and assignments in their students’ middle and high school studies.

Earning College Credits in High School with CLEP   (Teens, High School)
Studying US History? How about Algebra? This workshop will help you learn how to translate your student’s high school studies into college credit for under $100 per course. Credit-by-exam is a widely accepted alternative to earning credit for introductory college courses, and is available to students at any age. Gaining a new-found sense of motivation for their current studies, students can save thousands of dollars in college tuition. This seminar includes an overview of two popular programs, CLEP and DSST, with handouts to help you get started today!

Career and College – Helping Your Teen Define a Direction   (High School)
Choosing a major and ultimately a career path is a difficult and sometimes overwhelming decision. Instead of leaving it to chance, be intentional by including career exploration early in your students’ high school studies. Students can start with utilizing career and personality surveys that help them target their interests and giftings. They can then move on to conducting research and informational interviews, and ultimately, investigating the pathway that matches their goals. This seminar provides parents with resources and guidance to be their students’ career coach.

Dennis Gundersen

Building Godly Character With Older Books   
When our family began the homeschool journey back in the early 1980’s, we heard many seasoned, experienced parents telling us: “The older books, from the 19th and 18th century and even before, are so much better and richer in content! Find as many as you can and use them in your homeschooling!” As we began to ask ourselves why this is, it became increasingly clear that many of the books Christians wrote in those eras for the education of their children were based on more biblical thinking, and perhaps even more importantly, a biblical view of children. This message explains what we have learned in almost three decades since then about why books from those eras are so often better, richer in content, and make a more lasting impact when it comes to character-building. Not only will your family be enriched by a deeper acquaintance with literature from past centuries, but this message by Dennis Gudersen also explains how parents can make wiser selections from among the literature of today for children.

Helping Your Child Build A Good Conscience     
What the Bible calls “a good conscience” is vital for our children to form during their youth.  Parents can strengthen a childR23;s conscience, so the child is an individual of strong convictions, compelled away from sinful living and towards righteous choices, even when parents are not present.  Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:5 that one of the goals of his instruction was, “a good conscience.”  A practical plan for achieving this is the subject of this presentation.

Deadly Weaknesses in the Strong Man: Moral Lessons Fathers Must Teach Their Sons   
An entertaining but challenging look at a bizarre and remarkable life: Samson! Learn why Samson failed big in relationships, and most of all: learn how not to repeat Samsons mistakes! This peculiar man, mighty and strong where it mattered least, and weak where it mattered most (character!) makes for a fascinating story, full of truths that fathers must pass on to our sons.

A Hebrew Boy’s Curriculum in the Time of Christ     
The first message in our “Historical Perspectives on Education” (the 2nd is “A 17th-Century Puritan Curriculum), to help parents of today re-examine their curriculum goals and what we think of as keys to a good education, by comparing our goals and orientation with prior generations of godly parents and what they sought. No, we don’t have elaborate boyhood accounts of the life of Jesus, but we do know what the central elements of the education He would have received in His times were. This studies those and asks us to consider whether what we’re passing on to our children is of comparable value.

A 17th-Century Puritan Curriculum    
Our second historical study (A Hebrew Boy’s Curriculum in the Time of Christ is the first) designed to help parents of today re-examine their curriculum goals in light of what godly parents of past generations regarded as most important to a good education. Puritan thinking about education was, at many points, 180 degrees from where 20th-century man places the emphasis! Some major areas where the differences stand out and where to look for significant alterations of direction are covered in this seminar.


Peter Heck

World of Difference: the Solid Rock (Why Biblical Thinking is Superior)     (General, Teens)
Discover what it means to transform your mind to Christ.  A profound explanation why Christians think the way they do, and why Christianity is always coming into conflict with the philosophies and prevailing attitudes of men. Part 1 examines the unmovable foundation point of true Biblical Christianity.  An entertaining and memorable instruction in the five unchanging truths of the Christian worldview.

World of Difference: the Shifting Sands (The Dangers of Worldly Thinking)    (General, Teens)
Discover what it means to transform your mind to Christ.  A profound explanation why Christians think the way they do, and why Christianity is always coming into conflict with the philosophies and prevailing attitudes of men.  Part 2 exposes the dangerous consequences of a culture that abandons truth and instead embraces the moral relativism associated with humanism.  A motivating appeal to think Biblically.

Embracing Purity in a Decadent Culture     (Teens, Parents)
American youth are growing up in a depraved culture where promiscuity is praised.  And fewer of them than ever know answers to questions like, “How far is too far,” “What are the consequences of sexual sin,” and “How do I avoid sexual temptation?”  In the face of a morally corrupt society, this presentation equips parents and trains youth to rebel against the temptation to conform and instead be blameless and pure.

ME: America’s Deadly Obsession…The Problem of sSelf-Centeredness in American Society  (General, Teens)
Self-centeredness is the human condition, and it has been for a long time. Even the Prophet Isaiah noted, “We all, like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to our own way.” But modern American culture has elevated the idol of “ME” to unprecedented heights. From reality TV to American Idol, to self-help gurus who peddle the snake oil of self-empowerment and a social media revolution that presumes to turn the mundane into the monumental, self-obsession is a way of life in the United States. But why is it a problem and what harm can it really bring to us? This presentation exposes our dangerous and deadly preoccupation with “ME” and how the future of society and souls hang in the balance.

ME: The Home…How Self-Focus Destroys Family    (General, Teens)
Marriages are crumbling in the United States faster than ever before, and families are disintegrating in their wake. Moms are forgoing their critical role in the home seeking the illusive phantom of career fulfillment. Dads excuse their absenteeism and failure to provide for their families by claiming their dedication to climbing the corporate ladder is something other than blatantly self-serving. Young people are raised believing that no matter what they do, they are deserving of praise and adoration. Our homes have become such a hotbed of self-indulgence it is no wonder they are collapsing at an alarming rate. This presentation provides a critical illumination of the pitfalls of selfishness that destroy relationships at home, crippling our culture in the process.

Exile…How to Stand for Truth in a Hostile Culture       (Teen Leadership Corps)
Though it may be a new phenomenon for American Christians born and bred in a culture largely sympathetic and supportive of their values, beliefs and ideals, throughout history have been surrounded by and lived amongst scoffing and hostile unbelievers.  As that becomes the new normal in an increasingly anti-Christian America, the calls for compromise and capitulation from believers will only increase.  But if we are to walk in the footsteps of the great figures of history that God has used to do profound things, we must resist the temptation to defile ourselves in an ungodly culture, and instead resolve to live as strangers in a strange land, committed to taking our cues for behavior and thought from Christ, not the culture.

Tom Houck

Finding Love in All the Right Places    (Teens, Parents)
Since God has designed each of us with the need to be loved, there is nothing wrong with that need. There is, however, a danger involved when we misuse that desire and try to fulfill that innate need in the wrong way. If we do not fulfill that need the way God intended, we will find ourselves looking for love in all the wrong places. The level of our relationship with God will always determine the level of our relationships with other people. Many look to romantic relationships as a means to fulfilling that deep need to be loved. They foolishly put their confidence in emotional or physical intimacy as the only avenue of fulfilling that need to be loved. While there may be some satisfaction in those relationships for a while, they will ultimately fall short of truly meeting that basic need.  Those who do this will often find themselves in relationships that they wouldn’t have otherwise chosen, at a cost higher than they ever imagined.

Jordan Jachim

A Providential View of the Battle of Yorktown
The 1781 Battle of Yorktown ultimately decided American independence from Great Britain.  In this lecture, homeschool graduate and history lover Jordan Jachim will show how God was working to bring all the pieces together at a little-known port named Yorktown.  See how the plans of Benedict Arnold, Lord Charles Cornwallis, General Rochambeau and George Washington worked to bring about this battle.  Discover heroes in the American, British, and French armies.  And learn how God directed even the wind and tides to bring about His purpose.

Patrick Johnston

Which Vaccinations Should I Give My Children?
The headlines are startling: “Four Diseases Making a Comeback – Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers” (Time Magazine). “How Vaccine Fears Fueled the Resurgence of Preventable Diseases” (NPR website).  “Governor Brown Signs Law Ending Personal, Religious Exemptions to School Vaccine Requirements” (California’s KTLA 5). Measles, mumps, whooping cough, chicken pox – do resurgence of these illnesses justify the vaccines? Which vaccines are made from aborted fetal tissue? Which vaccines have benefit greater than risk? If the government threatens to remove your children for not vaccinating, what should you do? Come hear a family practice physician, author, and homeschooling father of ten answer these questions and more. There will be time for Q & A.

David & Steven Kallman

Homeschooling Legally in Michigan     Dave & Steve Kallman 
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       Dave & Steve Kallman 
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.

Forrest & Beth Mora

Treating Allergies to Writing
Do you have a student who is allergic to writing? You are not alone! It seems there is an epidemic, especially in the elementary grades. Could it be that we as educators might have lost sight of the goals of writing in the younger years? Join Beth Mora, 20-year homeschool veteran and the creator/author of Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, as she shares effective teaching strategies that will unlock your child’s ability to write. She’ll also unpack the latest research in elementary school writing education. You won’t leave this workshop empty-handed because you’ll walk away with ten teaching techniques that you can immediately implement and see results on Monday!

Kathie Morrissey

Avoiding Burnout, Achieving Balance
As homeschooling parents struggle to get everything done that needs to be done, often they end up with homeschool burnout. It doesn’t take much to throw things out of balance, so we must be aware of some of the “enemies” that get you off balance, and lead to burnout. Kathie will address the issues of physical, emotional, and spiritual burnout, as well as the need for self-renewal.

Winning the Hearts of Your Children
The most important thing we can do as we raise our kids is strive to win and keep their hearts! When we have their hearts, we are able to influence them and their values. That is one of the main reasons many parents feel led to home school their children – so THEY can be the ones influencing their children’s values. When we fail to win their hearts, or that heart connection becomes weak, our kids will often begin to look to their friends for relationship, and no longer be open to our teaching. Kathie will share some things to avoid that often lead to losing their hearts, and then give 6 key things to help you win & keep their hearts.

What I Would Do Differently – LOOKING BACK AS A HOMESCHOOLING PARENT
Kathie shares some thoughts from her heart as she looks back over her last 31 years of She will candidly share 8 things she would do differently, and then a few things she is glad she did, and would gladly do again if she had it to do over. Learn from a veteran some things you can do to make your homeschooling years even better!

Discouraged or Encouraged?
Times of discouragement are bound to come to all homeschooling parents at some time in their journey. Kathie, homeschooling mom for 31 years, shares some simple suggestions for when you’re facing discouragement, as well as some of the main reasons for it. You will leave with some practical tips that will help you be encouraged to keep on!

 

James Muffett/ Student Statesmanship Institute

Preparing for Life Post-High School   (Teen Leadership Corps Only)
What are you going to do when you graduate?  Go to college?  Prepare for ministry?  Get a job?  Leaders from these three avenues will make a short presentation about what it means to pursue life after high school in each of these arenas.  You will then choose to attend a breakout session led by one these leaders where they will go more in-depth on what you can do now to prepare for your specific post-high school plans.

Understanding International Events   (Teen Leadership Corps Only)
Do you ever read the news and wonder, “What in the world is going on?” Misunderstandings arise when people look at events from their own unique perspective. “Understanding International Events” will take one specific conflict, dissect it, and dive into the two main opposing viewpoints equipping you with a new ability to look at the world stage with fresh eyes.

Answering God’s Call to Leadership   (Teen Leadership Corps Only)
God created you to be a leader! In “Answering God’s Call to Leadership,” you will be propelled to consider what kind of leader God wants you to be, what it means to be Christ’s Ambassador, and how you can fulfill your destiny, do God’s will, and influence the world for Christ!

Applying a Biblical Worldview   (Teen Leadership Corps Only)
What does it mean to be a Christian in an increasingly non-Christian society?  To help you understand the importance of worldviews, “Applying a Biblical Worldview” will split everyone into two groups and expose each group to one side of a current societal issue.  The two groups will then be brought together to discuss the issue.

 

Sara Carothers, Rainbow Resource

Games: It’s not just for FUN anymore!
Learn how to incorporate playing games into your lessons in the 4 core subject areas: math, science, social studies and language arts. Whether your children are hands-on learners, special needs, accelerated or right on grade level, they (and you) can appreciate the value in adding a game to your day. Get ideas to make your own, adapt existing games and find ready-made games that will reinforce your material and give children an alternative to interacting with the content of your lessons. It’s not just about variety and play, it’s about reinforcement and interaction. You will also be given an opportunity to look, feel, and experience a collection of educational games and learn how to successfully integrate education through games into your homeschool.

Vocabulary Matters!
Students tend to fall back on the same words when they speak and write because it’s easy. How do you grow your child’s vocabulary? The reality is if you are reading to young children, and your older students are reading good literature, you are exposing them to a broad range of new words. While it is easy to keep tabs on the little ones’ learning, it can be harder to tell if your older kids are skipping words they don’t know. Our consultants will share ideas that are DIY as well as formal vocabulary instruction and games. Everything from pre-K to ACT/SAT prep!

Foreign Language: How to Work It Into Your Homeschool
You want your children to learn a second language, but when your focus is on the core subjects and the only language you speak is English, how is it even possible? Sara Carothers, a Rainbow consultant and former French teacher, encourages homeschool parents to try a foreign language by making it easier than you may think! From pre-k to high school, it’s not too early or too late to work a second language into your homeschool day!


Chawna Schroeder

The Other Side: Broadening Perspectives through Secular Media 
Secular media can seem a little mysterious and even a bit spooky to the Christian. After all, their perspectives are a bit warped and their values contrary ours. Yet we don’t have to react this way. Yes, we have to walk with caution and guard our minds from slipping into wrong thought patterns, but secular media has several benefits and provides a view into our hurting world like few other things.  So we will explore the reasons for engaging with secular media and provide methods for reading between the lines. Then we will create guidelines for teaching your children to do the same in a practical and hands-on way.

Ben Vander Kodde,  Grace Adventures

Addressing Tension
When we lead and interact with others (both family and friends), conflict can rise and feelings can get hurt.  How do you work through that in a positive way?  How can you tell them in love how they are doing? How do you respond when they tell you what you are doing wrong?  Come to this workshop, and learn how to tactfully and effectively give and receive feedback.

Kevin & Abbey Waterman

Chronology of Homeschooling – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
Where did homeschooling start?  How has it changed in the state of Michigan? Come and hear the Waterman’s own story along with a brief history of Michigan’s story.

Conviction – Why Are We Homeschooling? – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
Get help and encouragement to define the reasons why you are choosing to homeschool.

Consider Your Child – Each One Is Different! – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
Insight into learning styles and temperament.  We will offer suggestions to help you determine where your child is at and how they learn the best.

Child Training – Train Your Child Before You Teach Him/Her – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
We will discuss the importance of parent-led discipleship and discipline.

Choosing Curriculum – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
How do I decide what curriculum to use to teach my child?  There are sooo many!!  Come and learn about the different homeschool methods and what curriculum fits your child.

Making It Work – You Can Do It All!! – Homeschool 101 Bootcamp
Tips and suggestions to getting it all done. Homeschooling is only a part of your day. How do you keep the house clean? Make dinner? Sleep?  Join us to find out!


Israel Wayne

Marriage: Conflict, Communication & Intimacy – Refresh Your Marriage Thursday Evening
If you are married with children, you probably find that there is a huge balancing act between caring for your children and nurturing your own relationship as a married couple. This straight-forward message by Brook and Israel Wayne gives practical and Biblical advice on how to keep the fires of love alive in your marriage, even when you are busy raising children.

Education: Does God Have An Opinion?  –  Teen Leadership Corps  Friday
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.
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 History of Homeschooling in Michigan
Michigan has gone from being one of the most restrictive regarding home education, to being one of the most free today! In this workshop, you will learn the unique story of the history of the modern-day homeschooling movement in Michigan, and how God has providentially led us to the freedoms we enjoy today.

 

 

 

 

 

LUNCH DISCUSSIONS

We will be offering a satellite sales location in the main concourse area, so interested attendees can purchase a lunch buffet ($10) and then take it to one of the lunch discussion rooms to eat while discussing and fellowshipping with others over the meal.