2013 Workshop List

Need Some Help and Encouragement? So Many Workshops – So Little Time!

Choose from Educating the Gifted Child, Homeschooling Special Needs, Making Learning Fun with Hands-On Activities, Homeschooling Dads Panel Discussion, and more! The Southeast Homeschool Expo is committed to bringing you the most enjoyable and informative homeschool and parenting workshops ever – all under one roof

Purchase audio recordings of workshops shortly after it ends by visiting the Rhino Technologies’ booth in the exhibit hall! They record the workshops and provide recordings available for purchase on-site if you miss a workshop!

Most workshops are one hour in length, attendance is FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED basis.

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Title of Workshop
Name of Speaker / Name of Company
Room Location
Workshop Description


Friday, July 26 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

An Organized Education
Jennifer Ford Berry
Room 105
Do you have a vision for your children and their education?
Homeschooling is an extremely important job and in order to excel you must be organized. Jennifer will share her tips, tools, resources and more for getting the most out of your homeschooling experience. Lean how to set up an efficient learning environment, handle all those papers, teach time management skills and how to set up an organized homework station.

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators
Andrew Pudewa / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 106
Conquering implies that we are in an extended campaign—a war—for the heart of our Christian society, now corrupted by a continuous onslaught of relativism in thought, art, and morality, resulting in a culture of death, debt, and despair. We, as Christian homeschoolers, must have more than just nice reasons to homeschool—it’s not about academics; it’s about reclaiming Western Civilization for Jesus Christ, and the choices we make every day have eternal significance as we strive to raise up a generation of young people who will be empowered to communicate the truth in a world of liars and lead their clueless peers through the coming crises. We have an immediate and urgent responsibility to raise up an army of culture warriors.

The Importance of Art in the Home school
Randy Whitman Jr. / Creating A Masterpiece
Room 109
This workshop will explain why art is so vitally important in the development of our child’s education. It is a tool that promotes creativity in solving life problems and growth intellectually. By working their way through art projects that seem overwhelming and difficult the students learn the importance of making wise decisions and creating strategies. They learn how to focus and finish a task to completion. Later on in life they will have the confidence to complete other projects much larger in scope that aren’t even art related because of the lessons learned through creating art projects. If art is taught from God’s perspective the students will come to see art as an act of worship to the greatest creator of all. No matter if your child is artistic or not, you will understand why art is such a vital tool in their personal development.

Recon: Train them now for spiritual success at college
Bill Perry / RECON
Room 110
Recon is an entirely new spiritual training model for juniors and seniors for college. Created for Generation Y, it includes a comprehensive 1-semester Bible curriculum, an interactive networking website, and free online resources. Students will learn defensive and offensive strategies for life using jigsaw puzzles and trees to teach worldview. This first-in-the-nation model’s ultimate aim is reaching international students for Christ who can then change the world when they return home. Suitable for parents and high schoolers.

RightStart™ Mathematics: Visual-Based Success!
Wendy Braswell / RightStart Mathematics
Room 111
People are visual thinkers and children are especially visual. Approaching math from a visual perspective is a sure-fire path to success! RightStart™ Mathematics uses manipulatives: the AL Abacus, math balance, place value cards, card games, linear fraction chart, and other items. These visual tools allow children to understand, apply, and enjoy math.

Discover the Heart of Education in Real Books
Kelly Lutman / Sonlight Curriculum
Room 112
It is rare to meet someone who can name a favorite textbook from their school days, but most everyone can tell you a favorite book from their childhood. Wouldn’t you love to be actively adding to your children’s list of favorite books through the curriculum you use? Come see how Sonlight Curriculum can help you share adventures around the world with your children, all from the comfort of your couch.

Instilling Organization in Our Children
Tracee Wood / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
We may not want to admit it but good organization means good time management.  Usually, we always want more from our children.  Sometimes, even more than we expect from ourselves or because we feel we are inadequate in this area, we want more for our students.  This is an introduction on how to set your students up for success.  Learn how to create an organization system on their level and let it grow with them.  This is a great step for removing stress from the homeschool relationships.

Seven R’s of Homeschooling
Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 115/116
“Major on the majors” and “minor on the minors” in your homeschooling. Focus on the Seven R’s: Relationships, Reading, (w)Riting, (a)Rithmetic, Research, Rhetoric, and Right Living. This will lay a foundation in your children’s lives for all kinds of learning and growing so that they can walk in the path the Lord has chosen for them in the future.

What’s the Point of Studying Literature – really?
Robin Finley / Eternal Argument / Analytical Grammar
Room 117
So a student reads a book, maybe takes a quiz or two, perhaps writes a book report. Is that it?  Do we just check that box and move on? If so, why? What’s the point? How do you “teach” literature, anyway? Robin has lectured and written on this subject for more than three decades. Her belief that Western literature is really one big, long argument, which she calls “the eternal argument,” goes a long way toward answering these questions. With a lot of humor and many excellent examples from literature, she’ll explain this framework which will make reading, learning, and teaching literature a much more meaningful endeavor.  Come away from this talk with the feeling you’ve just earned a mini bachelor’s degree in Western Culture … and enjoyed every minute of it!

The Internet: Resource or Distraction or Both?
Rebecca Keller / Real Science-4-Kids
Room 118
Description of Session: Using the internet has become an integral part of learning for many homeschool families. Today, students can take online classes, read online books, and watch online videos all as part of their educational experience. However, do these activities really help students learn or do they simply distract students making it difficult to focus? Dr. Keller will show you the latest findings on how the internet affects learning and how to help your family get the most from the internet and ways to help your kids learn without being distracted.

Teaching Mathematics with Art! (or is it Teaching Art with Mathematics?)
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
Can your child’s future really be boiled down to something as simplistic as whether they are right-ed, 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.

Friday, July 26 – 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Fill the Freezer
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
This workshop gives the busy homeschooling mother all the tools she needs to be more efficient in providing healthy, economical and delicious meals for her family.   Lesli will give the audience a step-by-step plan to conquer the sometimes overwhelming task of feeding family and friends impressive meals with the least amount of time and effort.   Each attendee will be given a handout with instructions, and ten of Lesli’s favorite freezer meals.

Raising and Homeschooling Boys
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 106

Boys see differently, hear differently, think differently and learn differently. Sometimes it’s tough for moms and dads to know just how to raise and educate them. Randi St.Denis, the mother of seven children, five of them boys, helps parents face the joys and challenges of homeschooling boys as they grow into young men.

How to Maximize College Admission Opportunities and Minimize Out-of-Pocket Expenses
George Burford / Heartland Institute of Financial Education
Room 109
There are numerous resources available to assist students and parents with college planning efforts. This workshop presents and overview of the Heartland Institute of Financial Education College Planning Program and how they “Coach” clients/families through the maze of college planning, funding and admissions process. Helpful tips and valuable information to assist students and parents in “maximizing” chances for acceptance into the college of their choice and “mitigating” the high cost of college are shared.

What Is a Worldview? And Why Does My Young Child Need a Biblical One?
David Webb / Apologia
Room 110
Every day our children are bombarded with competing ideas, many of them opposed to Christian values. As parents, we recognize the danger, but few of us understand the critical need to start developing a biblical worldview in our kids from the earliest years of life. Even if you’re a little intimidated by the subject, you can effectively communicate a biblical worldview to your elementary and junior high children. This workshop will provide you the confidence and tools you need to equip them with a worldview firmly founded on the immovable rock of God and His Word.

Brain Underconnectivity and Desynchronization in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Difficulties
Dr. Peter J. Scire / Brain Balance Achievement Center
Room 111
Brain Balance is an after school program utilizing the latest brain research to help children with Learning Disorders like ADHD, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and Autism to function better academically, socially and behaviorally.  Research shows children with these labels have areas of brain underconnectivity, especially between the right and left hemispheres.   One of the two hemispheres of the Brain has become STRONGER AND FASTER and the other has become WEAKER AND SLOWER.  When this happens the two hemispheres become functionally disconnected and are unable to communicate effectively.  The characteristics of the stronger, faster hemisphere become amplified while the characteristics of the weaker, slower hemisphere are muted.  This lack of balance translates into the noticeable academic, social and behavioral problems that these children exhibit. 

Manners Matter & Mean Success
Monica Irvine / The Etiquette Factory
Room 112
Don’t we as parents want to give our children the tools they need to succeed?  Do we want our children to grow up to be great fathers, compassionate husbands, dedicated mothers and giving wives?  It doesn’t just happen.  Children don’t always just “pick-up” on things like integrity, compassion, empathy, table manners, work ethic, etc.  These are skills that must be taught.  Come and learn how to help your children become the individuals that God designed them to be.  You will be so grateful you attended this workshop.  This is a MUST ATTEND.

The Mom Book
Tracee Wood / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
A workshop based on the greatest tool for organizing not only your homeschool but your whole household.  Easy to use and made to custom fit your needs with “over the counter” items.

Teaching Your Kids to Think
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 115/116
In this postmodern society, it is vital that we teach our kids more than facts. This class will cover ways to instruct your children how to discern so that won’t succumb to manipulation and deceit.

Simple Steps to Improve Your Young Child’s Speech (and Prepare Him for Reading Success).
Cynthia Hammerton / Speech Therapy Homeschool
Room 117
This workshop will help you to understand your three-to-six-year-old child’s speech problems and why early intervention matters. You’ll learn what you can do at home to help young children with both speech and language development. Well respected research in the field of Speech Pathology shows that teaching speech sound pronunciation and pre-reading skills together at early ages not only improves speech, but prevents reading problems. You will learn how you, the parent, can teach both speech and vital pre-reading skills together, in ways that work with busy life-styles and tight budgets.

Assessing My Child’s Reading Needs
Dr. Ellen Burns Hurst / Why Can’t My Daughter Read? by Dr. Ellen Burns Hurst
Room 118
Dr. Hurst will engage participants in hands-on assessments which they can administer to their children in their home. These will include assessments in decoding, comprehension, fluency and spelling.

How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See
Sandra Rush / Math-U-See
Room 119
Come see how to teach math using a skill based, multi-sensory approach from counting to Calculus.  Teach your child to understand math and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Friday, July 26 – 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Organize Your Mental Clutter
Jennifer Ford Berry

Room 105
Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes. Much of the clutter that keeps us from living our dreams can be found in our mind. Jennifer will teach you how to work on your ability to focus, how to organize a vision board, how to deal with relationship clutter, how to say no! Also how to organize your health and how to decrease stress and anxiety!

Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education 
Andrew Pudewa / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 106

What is mastery learning, and how does it relate to home education? Andrew will explain the methods, goals, and benefits of the ability development model as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, “Every child can learn,” and you can create success in areas where you or your children have struggled in the past.

College the Smart Way
James King
/ CollegePlus
Room 109
Would you like a debt-free college degree?  Should a student know their life purpose upon graduation? If a student could earn a fully accredited degree, with no debt, in less than four years, prepared and trained to enter the next stage of their life journey… would it be worth it?  Find out how.

Aromatherapy the Key to Brain Sensory
Karen Hopkins / Growing Healthy Homes
Room 110
The use of aromatherapy for relaxation and good health promoting benefits can also be used to provide sensory stimulation for the brain. Inhaling essential oils through the nose into the Olfactory Bulb leads directly to the Central Brain to improve concentration, memory and all executive functions. Learn about this amazing discovery that will reduce stress and optimize learning in your classroom.

How to Teach History and Literature Together
Dr. James Stobaugh / Master Books
Room 111
Most homeschooler veterans know that the problem with home schooling is too much time, but too little time! This very practical workshop shows a home school family how to teach history and literature in 1 hour and 15 minutes every day!  Weaving together language arts skills and historical narrative is not only possible, but preferable!  The student learns both disciplines very well and finishes with three full year, academic credits: Composition, Literature, and History.

“Teaching” Science at Home
Jessica Rondina / Apologia
Room 112
Teaching science can seem like a daunting task, especially at the upper levels. You can break through the barrier of self-doubt and provide a positive and successful science education for your child.

Fine Art in the Homeschool
Nikole Barman / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
Many homeschooling parents find a visit to the local art museum to be intimidating, uninteresting or just plain boring, but nothing could be further from the truth!  Stretch yourself beyond crafts with construction paper, markers and glue and join former teacher and homeschooling mom, Nikole Barman, in this session to learn the why’s and how’s of guiding your children in the appreciation of art.

Yes! Teach kids chemistry and physics in first grade!
Rebecca Keller / Real Science-4-Kids
Room 115/116
Description of Session: Most elementary and middle school science books give kids a sampling of random topics. Kids learn a little about the solar system, how a plant grows, and the human body but they never learn the basic building blocks of science: chemistry and physics. Without some knowledge of chemistry and physics, kids simply cannot understand real science and will struggle with upper level science classes. Dr. Keller will show you just how easy it is to teach kids chemistry and physics to your first grader and how this helps build the foundation they need for advanced science classes.

Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies with a Biblical Perspective
Paige Timer / My Father’s World
Room 117
The myriad of homeschool choices can be overwhelming like interstates, highways, back roads and scenic routes. There are so many ways and opinions, how can one navigate through it all and still homeschool effectively? Why not blend the best of each method? Join My Father’s World as we show how to instill Christian values while integrating great literature, chronological history, geography, hands-on activities, notebooks and timelines, narration, study of Greek and Latin roots, nature studies, and more. Enjoy short, well-planned lessons in the morning with time to pursue individual interests in the afternoon.

Surfacing the Entrepreneur in Your Child
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 118
Do you come from a family heritage of “employees” and desire to raise your children to break this pattern? Or maybe you are an entrepreneur and want to develop a sure foundation of success for your children. Have you questioned, “Where should I start in developing my child’s entrepreneurial mindset?” How can I discover my child’s gift to direct his/her education to prepare them for becoming an entrepreneur?  No matter what question you can identify with, God’s word has life application principles that are sure to bring you and your children to success! If you desire to change your life and direct the lives of your children for prosperity, follow me on this journey through the lives of Biblical figures and some of History’s greatest achievers to discover what God has in store for you. Ann will share the key principles she has applied in the lives of 5 of her children 6 children who are entrepreneurs.

SoS! School on a Shoestring
Cathy Canen / National Writing Institute / Writing Strands
Room 119
You can teach your kids for less money than you think you can. More money doesn’t make for a better education – the school systems prove that. For 15 years, Cathy taught her kids for less than $100 per year. The SOS! method works for all learning styles and follows the classical education model. Let Writing Strands and the SOS! method makes your home school a little simpler and a little cheaper.

Friday, July 26 – 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Teaching to the Way God Made Them: Why Classical Education and the Trivium Work.
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
This workshop provides the audience with a thorough overview of classical education and the trivium, and examines the way God designed children to learn in unique ways during each stage of their development.    This workshop provides strategies for educating children through the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of development from birth to high school.

Ways to Improve the Education of Gifted Children
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 106

Discover ways to help gifted children to achieve their potential without self destructing from stress. Gifted kids are children too! Sometimes they are more mature than anyone else & sometimes they are more babyish than anyone else. Learn secrets to pacing gifted children, encouraging them to tackle tough scenarios, helping them learn resilience when they hit a wall, & helping them to develop better social skills.

Growing Into Homeschooling
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 109
Whether you are considering homeschooling with a five year old or bringing your older child home from public or private school, this class will go over homeschooling basics.
•    What does Georgia law require
•    How to choose curriculum
•    Where to go for help
Bring your questions; this will be an informative relaxed workshop.

Practical Proverbs
Dara Halydier / Abiding Truth Ministry, Inc.
Room 110
Proverbs is a treasure trove of God’s wisdom.  Dara will teach the background of this great book, and explain very practical ways of including it in your daily lives.  High school students can earn a credit in Life Management by using Practical Proverbs for Older Students and younger students can get a firm foundation for Christian living with Practical Proverbs for Younger Students.  Dara uses life stories to explain some of the topics included in her books such as self-esteem, anger management, forgiveness, work, money, relationships, trust, wisdom vs. knowledge, etc…

The Logic of English?: A New Way to See Words
Denise Eide / Logic of English
Room 111
Have you always believed English is illogical and inconsistent? In this workshop your understanding of English will be transformed! Award-winning author Denise Eide will reveal phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words. No longer will you need to tell your children “that is an exception” when they misread or misspell a word. We will learn: The rule which explains the two sounds for C in accent and describes more than 6,000 words! Three of the nine reasons for a Silent Final E. Why we drop the Silent Final E in servicing but not in serviceable, and much more! Why many math and science minded kids struggle with reading and spelling. Do not miss this revolutionary workshop. You will leave wondering why someone didn’t tell you this in kindergarten.

Exodus Mandate Project and IndoctriNation
E. Ray Moore / Frontline Ministries, Inc.
Room 112
Update on the positive impact that the “IndoctriNation” film and book has made since their release. Learn the history and philosophy of public school education – and discover it is based on neither Christian nor American values. Explore the biblical principles regarding education.

Middle School English: How to Cover it All and Still Have Time to Breathe!
Erin Karl / Eternal Argument / Analytical Grammar
Room 113/114
Learn what it means to schedule in seasons so you’re not trying to teach everything all at once and all the time.  Middle School Language Arts is an important time in the development of your writers and readers.  This is when you fill their toolbelts with all the information they need to be fully prepared for high school literature study.  This workshop will show you how it can all be covered (literature fundamentals, grammar, writing responses, vocab, drama, poetry, journalism, public speaking, etc.) in about an hour a day.  Let the combined 36+ years of teaching experience the ladies of Analytical Grammar have help you make it all doable!

I CAN’T WAIT TO RESEARCH MY NEXT PAPER!
Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
Room 115/116
Sigh, if only these words came flying out of your child’s mouth. Guess what? They can! One of my key objectives in providing creative writing workshops for kids across the country is getting them fired up about research. The #1 challenge I hear from educators is, “How can I make kids want to do research?” After showing over 20,000 kids how much fun research can be, I’m happy to give you parents the inside scoop. Get a mini-preview of my CHAIRS workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have. Parents, please feel free to bring your children to this workshop.

This Can’t Wait Until High School: What You Can Do Now to Keep Your Kids from Walking Away from Their Faith Later
David Webb / Apologia
Room 117
Why are three out of five young Christians walking away from the church after the age of 15? In part, it’s because their experience of Christianity is shallow—they haven’t been taught how to think about what they believe, and so their faith is easily shaken when they first encounter obstacles. Learn what you can do right now to help your children stay the course when they become teenagers and young adults.

Mastering Multiple-Choice Test Taking
Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
Room 118

Whether we like it or not, standardized exams such as the ACT or SAT are the most equitable comparison tool that colleges and employers have when contrasting homeschool students with their public or private school peers.  In sports you may be the fastest runner but you still must learn the rules of a game in order to become the Most Valuable Player on your team. The same holds true in academics.  If you can learn the basic “rules” of taking multiple choice tests, you are well on your way to acing your next test!  Join us for an whirlwind session learning how YOU can become an expert test-taker.

Reading & Math for Tots
Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
Room 119

The single most important thing you can do to accelerate your child’s educational success is to start early with reading and math.  Jones geniuses are reading and adding, subtracting, even multiplying before they even reach the age of pre-kindergarten and they love it.  Put your child years ahead in the game of life.  Find out how to teach your toddler reading and mathematics from infancy!

Friday, July 26 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Simplify Your Spirit: Simplify Your Inner Clutter
Jennifer Ford Berry
Room 105
You can’t hear your spirit if your clutter is louder! Get your priorities straight. What is your vision? your purpose? Fuel your spirit, simplify your relationship clutter, organize your boundaries, organize your ability to say no, and organize your spiritual walk.

Storytelling in your Homeschool
Nikole Barman / Homeschool Mom
Room 106
Telling stories and reading pictures books is no longer the realm of the preschooler.  Come join homeschooling mom and tutor Nikole Barman as she leads this workshop designed to help you incorporate the art of storytelling into your home life and across your curriculum, no matter the age of your children!

Handwriting Without Tears®: Strategies for Success
Diane Klopfenstein / Handwriting Without Tears®
Room 109
Handwriting Without Tears® is a proven success in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill. Children using Handwriting Without Tears to develop their writing skills through multisensory, play-based instruction. The curriculum uses hands-on, educationally sound, explicit instruction methods to teach handwriting to students with diverse learning styles and abilities. This interactive session demonstrates an effective approach for increased legibility for print and cursive. The curriculum provides instruction through music, movement, and hands-on activities and teaches the easiest skills first, then builds on prior knowledge. The unique strategies are developmentally appropriate and encourage oral language proficiency, and fine and gross motor skills.  This session also provides engaging teaching strategies for grades Pre-K -5 for developing pencil grip, and learning letter/number formation, letter sizing, word spacing, sequencing, and sentence skills. It includes simple lesson plans that require minimal preparation time and online resources to support families and educators.

Creating Leaders AND Scholars – FPE Statesmanship Training
Dave Drake / FreedomProject Education
Room 110
Should we graduate homeschoolers keenly aware of their nation’s history? Able to defend the truth of America’s Godly heritage? Conversant in the processes and principles of good government? Shouldn’t this be a priority? Can this knowledge change the direction of our nation? Inarguably, YES, it can! FPE’s Christian conservative instructors utilize both the best homeschool curriculum and an entire array of excellent and unique texts and materials, and little known, well researched supporting documentation to create a deeper understanding in a tangible, practical manner. Utilizing the same live, visible lectures used in all our virtual classrooms, we bring history and the value of the unique biblically-based system of government designed by our founders to life. Based on literally hundreds of years of combined experience in these subjects, our teachers help students AND parents understand the past, and it’s relationship to the present and the future. Rejecting the apologetics of politically correct historical dogma in favor of the factual truth of our heritage, we work WITH parents, FOR families, to build understanding of our nation, and it’s historical acknowledgement of our Creator, and our God-given rights, under God, in our American Studies courses.

HOCUS FOCUS: Using the Arts to Engage Students in Learning
Kevin Spencer / Hocus Focus, Inc.
Room 111
HOCUS FOCUS is a child-centered, experiential-based education approach that utilizes the art of illusion to engage students in the learning process.  One of the most important factors for achieving success for all children is to engage them in the creative process involving the three modalities of learning – learn by seeing, learn by hearing, and learn by doing.  Participants will be exposed to new tools to teach their children math, language arts, and science.

Experience Excellence in Writing
Laura House / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 112
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.

Let Life Spiral (An extension of “The Mom Book”)
Tracee Wood / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
If you have attended the “MOM BOOK” workshop but want to carry it further or if you just need guidance for managing all of those little things your supposed to remember, those pieces of paper that you just can’t find, etc.  This is the place to be.  This workshop focuses on a simple and inexpensive habit to form to help keep all those “important things” in order and not allowing them to consume your thoughts or your daily life.

Total Home Makeover (Manage everything)
Renee Metzler, Author / Total Home Makeover
Room 115/116
Get a hands-on plan to manage your home with order. It’s simple. Total Home Makeover is a complete home management course. Manage yourself, your family and your home to all bring order. Three phases: Phase 1: Transform Self. Learn smart daily and weekly home management routines that create order in the home. Phase 2: Transform Family. Coach your family to learn and maintain healthy home habits that bring order to the home. Phase 3: Transform Home. Organize (clear, sort, store) room-by-room to create a functional home with activity zones that meet your family’s needs. Supportive Website: TotalHomeMakeover.com

Free College at Your Fingertips
Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
Room 117
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. This lecture will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!

10 Tips for Raising Godly Entrepreneurial Children: How my son brought his dad home from corporate America in just 3 years
Rhea Perry / Educating for Success
Room 118
America was founded by entrepreneurs who overcame the challenge of starting a business with nothing but the resources they found. The Industrial Revolution steered those entrepreneurs into safe jobs that took them out of the home, limited their income and opportunity, and often neglected to provide for them during retirement. Now, the Information Age revives the opportunity for free spirits like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to impact the world with their contributions. Embracing this spirit of free enterprise at the age of 18, Drew Perry replaced his dad’s income in just three years allowing him to come home from corporate America. When his dad recently lost his battle with cancer, the multiple streams of income they had created continued to provide for the family. In this story of the Perry family’s educational journey, discover the 10 secrets of financial freedom they have learned while educating their children for success in serving God and man.

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly, we have had little, if any, “formal training”, or “certification”. How can we be confident that our children are going to be well-educated? This informative and entertaining session is based on, and adapted from, the respected work of John Milton Gregory, and will focus on effective strategies of instruction which are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers, and newcomers alike, will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.

Friday, July 26 – 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

What’s In the Box? Using Activity Boxes to Tame Your Toddler!
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
In this workshop Lesli demonstrates how to create a set of activity boxes that can be used to entertain and educate toddlers, providing Mom with an easy, organized way to keep those little ones constructively busy while educating older children or attending to household tasks.

Math tips and tricks to Help Grades 1-6
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 106

There are lots of great math books out there, but the most important resource is moms and dads attitudes. Be the best math wizard your kids can get. Even if math makes you squeamish, learn key ways to help your children work smarter not harder. Seen books with weird ways to work problems? Discover how to make math simple, clear, systematic and enjoyable. Randi will also answer questions on what to look out for when choosing math materials.

Dare to Compare
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 109
The numerous schooling options available can be overwhelming. When Jennifer went through several years of illness, her children attended public school, private school, cyber school and hybrid school. She talks candidly about her family’s experiences and welcomes your questions.
•    Is public school that bad?
•    Can my child get into public high school if I’ve always homeschooled?
•    What should socialization mean for a homeschooler?

Your Most Organized Homeschool Year Ever
Esther Wilkison / BJU Press
Room 110
Parents have asked me if it is normal to end the homeschooling day sitting on the floor in tears. This is not how they want homeschooling to be next year. Even if your days do not end that way, do you ever wonder if other homeschoolers make it through their day on schedule without taking time to hunt for missing things? Come discover organizational strategies that will help you take advantage of the many opportunities you have to influence lasting transformation in your students.

What Works for Struggling Readers, Writers and Spellers
Kris Bales / Homeschool Mom / Lexercise
Room 111
Does your child struggle with reading, writing or spelling? Not sure where to turn for help? Join homeschool mom, Kris Bales, to learn about how Lexercise has changed the life of her struggling reader. Lexercise offers services to help children with reading, writing and spelling disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Research shows that the Orton-Gillingham Approach and daily practice can significantly help struggling readers, writers and spellers.  Lexercise’s web-based tools make this affordable and well suited for home school. Come learn how Lexercise can help your struggling reader.

Move Your Children Away From Fantasy and Help Them to Connect to the Fantastic Reality of the Future that is Today
Matthew St.Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 112
Kids are excited about the future, but we parents don’t always know to educate and encourage them technically in realistic and meaningful ways. Your homeschool children can begin now to train for working in our future world. Matthew discusses ways to engage and cast a vision for the possibilities as students become energized to learn basic technologies for fun and to make money. Discover the beginning steps for helping elementary, middle and high school students. Parents and children will thoroughly enjoy this workshop.

The ABC’s of any Subject and Every Topic
Tracee Wood / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
Unfortunately there are some topics that we need to cover and no matter how hard we try we are hit in the face with the “CAN’T”s… can’t make them interesting, can’t make them stick, can’t find a good concise way to cover it, can’t make it fun.  The ABC’s are all about meeting those needs.  Using this method you can cover the subject in a thorough but concise method, make it fun, and give yourself and your student a forever reference.  It works with any subject and any topic.  You determine how broad or how narrow the scope but you get the job done with fewer tears, fewer struggles and lasting memories.

Homeschooling High School: Unlocking the Mysteries of Classes & Credits
Meredith Curtis / Homeschool Mom / Powerline Productions
Room 115/116
Common fears and worries will be dispelled. Learn about planning courses, credits, and keeping transcripts. What is the difference between college and high school credits? How can you plan an education for your teens that will honor Christ and impress colleges? What about the teen who is not heading for college? Can you still use delight-directed and personalized studies in high school? Let Meredith take the fear out of teaching high school at home! You can do this!

Discovering Your Child’s Learning Style: Unlocking His or Her Potential
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier / Laurel Springs School
Room 117
Understanding your child’s learning personality, modality, environment, interest and talent can transform your homeschool experience. Participants will learn how to identify their child’s learning style, which will assist in enhancing his or her educational and personal experience. The information gained from this workshop will increase a child’s, self-esteem, family harmony and academic success.  Adopting this simple methodology to learning style will enhance the way a child learns and parents and teachers teach.

Teaching History the Way It Happened— In Order!
Julia Nalle / BiblioPlan For Families
Room 118
In most subjects, we start by teaching the basics: In reading, we start by teaching children the alphabet; in writing, we start by teaching children how to hold a pencil; and in arithmetic, we start by teaching children how to count. Since we start every other subject at the beginning, why should we start history in the middle— with Columbus’ arrival in the West Indies, or with the American Revolution? BiblioPlan for Families’ well-ordered approach to history and literature allows students to follow history as it happened: In order, from ancient times through the present. BiblioPlan’s classical approach produces a well-rounded student who knows the stories from all of history— whether ancient or modern, Biblical or secular— that every educated person should know. This seminar will help you understand how BiblioPlan integrates history with literature reading, writing assignments, geography study, hands-on history activities in a classical four year approach. The entire family can enjoy history together (with appropriate material for each learning age) with this chronological study plan. Parents will enjoy the easy-to-follow lesson plans and activities with minimal parental preparation. Our flexible, user-friendly plans cover grades K-12.

ACT/SAT Preparation for Christian Students Hosted by a Certified Grader
Dr. James Stobaugh / Master Books
Room 119
Doing their best on the ACT/SAT is one avenue God has before our children to prepare to be the kind of Christians who will change their world no matter what the obstacles. In light of the changes to the new SAT, this workshop is especially relevant. Finally, Dr. Stobaugh will share insights concerning the essay portion of these tests and more (he is a certified college board grader).

Friday, July 26 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Planning for Your Preschooler
Kathy Lee / Homeschool Mom
Room 106
The youngest children can often be the most challenging to a homeschooling parent. Planning for your preschooler is key! This session will help you create a developmentally appropriate plan that will prepare your child for lifelong learning.

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
Andrew Pudewa / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 106
We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include: What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Isn’t the assignment clear enough? Why don’t students find their own errors? Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Over-correcting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.

Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots
Nikole Barman / Homeschool Mom
Room 109
Come join Nikole Porter in this interactive workshop to learn how easy it is to incorporate vocabulary instruction into your homeschool.  You will leave loaded with new ideas for hands-on games and activities for your family!

Making History Fun with a “Field Trip in a Book”
Kristin Melton / Gallopade International
Room 110
Experience how Carole Marsh’s Real Kids! Real Places! series (often called a “field trip in a book”) can entice even the most reluctant readers into exploring America’s history. This wholesome, family-focused mystery book series gets children interested in learning about significant events, people, culture, and locations. The workshop will also cover how to use cross-curricular materials to reinforce learning about places such as Williamsburg, VA, The Biltmore House, and Washington, D.C. This workshop is particularly helpful for parents that include field trips to historical places as part of their children’s curriculum.

Dual Enrollment – The Easy Way to Free College
Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
Room 111
Your teen can earn high school and college credit at the same time for FREE! It’s true – Lottery funds will pay for your teen to enroll online or on campus at a private, public or technical college in the state of Georgia. Founder of the annual FCHE Dual Enrollment Expo, Christine Torre, has personally worked with over 15 college admissions officers all of whom are actively seeking home school students. Christine will share a dozen reasons to consider dual enrollment, how you can position your teen for dual enrollment, what the requirements for dual enrollment are, how to choose your first college classes and which colleges are home school friendly. You’ll walk away amazed at how truly easy the dual enrollment process is!

Guiding the Creative Child
Jim Pence / See The Light
Room 112
Creative children can be challenging to raise. They can be messy, disorganized, procrastinators, moody, solitary, etc.  Jim Pence knows creative children because he was one. Now a published author, singer,teacher, and performance chalk artist, James shares from his own experience how to guide creative children so that they can maximize their abilities for God’s glory.

Multiply Your Reading Speed
Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
Room 113/114

Double or triple your reading speed almost immediately with time-compressed (speeded) speech during this demonstration!  We will show you how to multiply your reading speed, vocabulary & comprehension in a program of studying the classics of literature. It is fun!  It is easy!  Don’t miss out on the secret to giving your child a quantum leap in their reading ability.

Overcoming Obstacles
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 115/116
A busy homeschool mother will hit barriers. This class will teach you to think outside the box so you can get the job done.

Courting/Dating, Waiting and Parenting
Teresa Knight, Melody Knight, Brianna Knight / Knight’s Book Knook
Room 117
How do we prepare our children for the lifelong decision of finding “the One”? Are there really any godly men and women out there or do we have to just settle for the best we can find? How do we challenge them to be patient in waiting? What can we do as parents to better prepare them? It is never too early to start preparing our children and ourselves. Join Teresa Knight and two of her daughters as they share what God has done in their lives and others and how you as a teen can find peace in the waiting, confirmation of the right one and purpose along the way.

Overcoming Being Overwhelmed
Marie Ballard-Blakemore / Time4Learning
Room 118
Homeschooling can be described in many different ways. A new homeschooler may say it is overwhelming. A seasoned homeschooler may say it is a joyful overwhelming journey. A person who does not homeschool may say it is weird in an overwhelming way. As a matter of perception, they are all right in their analysis and they have common adjective overwhelming.Overwhelmed is not simply the state of having lots of things to do. Being Overwhelmed has definite emotional overtones which may include stress, confusion, fear, and anxiety. Synonyms for overwhelm include: upset, submerge, overpower in thought or feeling, drown, engulf, flood, inundate, submerge, swamp, make helpless, crush, and overpower. Many times we are reluctant to acknowledge to ourselves or admit to others that we are feeling overwhelmed because we view it as a sign of weakness. Nothing can be further from the truth. Being overwhelmed is part of the process when you are striving to achieve anything spectacular. This is and introduction to or remind you of the seven life lines when you feel like you are spinning your wheels and are on the brink of giving up.

All Hands On Deck! Using Manipulatives In Your Homeschool
Robin Gant / Messiah Christian Academy
Room 119
Use manipulatives to explain syntax, sentence building, and punctuation! Make a foldable and use sticky notes to explain writing! Use tangrams in Geometry and visual logic! Many ideas for your homeschool.

Friday, July 26 – 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Creating a Great Homeschool Room
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
Joined by her handy husband Brendan, Lesli shares how they have designed a great homeschool environment for their children using a few simple woodworking tools and supplies from their local hardware store.    They will share some of the plans in Lesli’s upcoming book “The Homegrown Preschooler” for a sensory and light table and plexiglass easel.   Each workshop participant will receive a free plan and a comprehensive resource list.

Struggling Learners
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance

Room 106
Bringing 30 years experience with Homeschooling all types of special needs children, Randi St.Denis, homeschooling mother, tutor, and special needs advocate gives parents loads of information for homeschooling success. Learn how to choose materials, use technology to speed learning, improve visual, auditory, sensory motor and social issues, and set realistic and attainable goals. Famous for her student’s high educational success rates, Randi has many special needs students who have gone on to become successful college students and employees. Start early and set your child on the path that leads to success.

Overcoming Challenges
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 109
Called but not confident? You’re not alone.  Feelings of inadequacy or second guessing choices will rob you of energy and joy. God’s grace is abundant in homeschooling. He isn’t surprised by sickness, an unscheduled move, learning disabilities, or any other myriad of things that can interrupt your plans for schooling. This workshop will discuss common fears and give you practical tools to overcome.

Learn Science without Losing your Faith    
Todd Charles Wood / Core Academy of Science
Room 110
Science can be one of the most challenging subjects in a young student’s life, but science can also be an amazing tool to study God’s creation and learn more about Him. Discover new insights about science and faith, and learn how your students can grow to appreciate the limitations and the value of science. Drawn from the experiences of Todd Wood – a creationist and a scientist – this workshop will introduce new opportunities for home school students to study science while remaining faithful to God and His Word.

Money and Monetary Policy
Michael Lookenott / Liberty Learned
Room 111
What is money?  What is inflation and how does it effect individuals and society?  What is a good economy and a bad economy?  In a 50 minute interactive event Liberty Learned will hit the highlights of what is normally a 3 hour event in which participants get involved in an economic system and watch their purchasing power go up and down as the market is manipulated.  If you want to sit around and hear someone talk, don’t choose this seminar!  If you want to learn by hearing, seeing and doing, drink some caffeine and stop on by.

Cat and Dog Theology:  Giving your student a heart for God’s glory, saving them from Self-Centered Christianity!
Bob Sjogren / Cat and Dog Theology-UnveilinGLORY
Room 112
Cat and Dog Theology!  Designed to help that WONDERFUL teenager of yours who can sometimes be self-absorbed and found at the Center of the Universe!  This curriculum is designed to help your teenager realize that life doesn’t revolve around them while getting them to live passionately for the glory of God.  It is based on a very simple joke about the differences between a Cat and a Dog. A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me.  You must be God.” A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me.  I must be God.” Dogs live for God.  Cats live for themselves (in a Christian context of course!).  This life-changing material is to be used over a 30-week period for a one-year Bible credit!  Find out why it is quickly changing lives!

Couponing For Maximum Savings With Minimal Time
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 113/114
Have you couponed before, but found the time involvement excessive? If so you will not want to miss the time saving principles Ann teaches encouraging you to “lower your nets again” and this time bring in a catch that’s worth the effort! Ann’s Biblical based teachings bring to light how God’s word can richly enhance your life through couponing. Come learn the policies, websites, time management techniques, organizational skills, and more while you coupon your way to debt free living.

What the Fourth Amendment Really Says About The Right to Be Secure and Unreasonable Search and Seizure
Don Brown / Best-selling Author / Don Brown School Guides
Room 115/116
In the disastrous wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, by order of the New Orleans Chief of Police, police officers and National Guardsmen barged into people’s homes, without search warrants, using excessive force, and in many instances seized citizens’ firearms without permission, and without just compensation for the property seized. Eight years later, just days after the Boston Marathon Bombing, hundreds of Boston Police, dressed in the battle fatigue of storm troopers, carrying military-style assault rifles, and driving armored military vehicles, illegally barged into the homes of dozens of innocent Boston residents, without search warrants, forcing residents out of their homes with brute force, all the while conducting patently illegal and unconstitutional searches. In reality, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution absolutely prohibits such brutal and violent conduct by police and by the government officials against citizens. However, because we have failed to teach the Bill of Rights, and especially the Fourth Amendment, to generations of students, police often feel emboldened to engage in such illegal tactics. As Jefferson said, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” In this one-hour lecture, Don Brown will present a primer on the Fourth Amendment, its content, its context, and the proper response when out-of-control governmental agents attempt to breach it.

Classical Education Made Doable!
Melodee Sanchez / Classical Conversations
Room 117
Learn how you can challenge your students and have fun learning at the same time. Classical Conversations makes the classical method of education manageable and doable. You will enjoy meeting with like-minded families once a week in a Christian environment as you and your children learn new memorizing techniques from trained tutors. Classical Conversations has it all from K4 through 12th grade and beyond. Make it a family affair and have fun learning!

Volunteering: The Final Frontier
Dacia Bray / Safehouse Ministries
Room 118

Why Aren’t You Earning College Credit In High School?
Nicole Smith / Liberty University Online
Room 119
This informational and practical workshop helps parents who wish for their students to receive college credit while completing a high school diploma. We will begin by answering the basic questions regarding dual enrollment. Next, we will look at the how you can align high school graduation requirements with college classes. Finally, we will help you build a Course Sequence Chart. This chart will assist you in planning your student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

Friday, July 26 – 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Raising a Critical Thinker!
Ashley (Strayer) Wiggers / GeoMatters
Room 105
Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today – everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Ashley will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum! For Christian homeschoolers, this is a great way to prepare your children to give an account for the hope that is in them.

Homeschooling Multiple Children at Once
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 106
So many children and so little time!? It’s easy and fun to homeschool multiple children once you know how. Learn to make homeschooling fun while making sure that each child gets what he or she need as an individual. Workshop includes help on what to do with the little ones, how to balance advanced students with struggling learners, and most importantly, how to keep one child working while mom is working with another.

The Call from Sinai
Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
Room 110
The Sinai Covenant is an educational covenant calling the Israelites to read, write, and “diligently” educate their children. Scripture outlines exactly what we are to do in educating our children. Did you know there is a blessing specifically for those who answer the call from Sinai? It is fabulous and divine and it is yours to claim! All Christians should be armed with the scriptural basis of homeschooling. Do not miss out on the blessing.

Learning from the Ancients
Paul Schaeffer / Memoria Press
Room 111
A key part of classical education is learning from the time-honored works of great authors. Why should we look all the way back to the ancients? Is there evidence that it is beneficial? How do you implement that in a home school setting? Come and find out!

Healthy Eating Simplified
Sue Becker / The Bread Beckers
Room 112
Have you ever wanted to feed your family healthier foods but just did not know where to start?  Eating healthy does not have to be complicated or expensive. Incorporating simple changes, one at a time, with healthy foods that taste good, will make the whole family happy and healthy. Sue Becker’s practical program will give you the help you need!

Real Men Lead
Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 113/114
Using the biblical qualifications for elders, Pastor Mike speaks to fathers and young men to strive toward excellence in their walk with the Lord. He talks about purity, leadership, faithfulness, ability to teach, household management, and a life above reproach. Listeners will be encouraged and challenged to be real men who lead their families, churches, and communities.

Technology for the Struggling Learner
Matthew St.Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 115/116
Matt St. Denis reveals top ten secrets to using technology to facilitate learning in middle/high through college. Matthew, an IT professional and person with dyslexia counsels parents and students on how to ensure success in utilizing technology in the classroom and while studying.

How to Homeschool and Stay Organized
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 117
A disorganized home can prevent you from reaching your educational goals. This calls will cover tools to keep your home organized and functioning smoothly.

Creationism, Darwinism, Intelligent Design – Oh my! Opposing Viewpoints in Science and Why They Are Important
Rebecca Keller / Real Science-4-Kids
Room 118
Science education is becoming more and more polarized as both Christian and secular families try to “protect” their kids from opposing viewpoints. Dr. Keller will explain how this approach to science education has tragic consequences for kids from all faiths. Dr. Keller will show you how to help your kids examine opposing viewpoints and gain a richer understanding of science without compromising your family values and beliefs.

Do You Understand Your Teen?
Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
Room 119
Recent studies targeted at homeschooled, Christian teens reveal that while over 97% of teens know that their parents love them, only a startling 5% would say that their parents truly understand them. Why? For most, the answers are not rocket science–maybe it is a learning style that makes your child learn different from you or many they just feel insecure about how they look. What does God say about their needs?  Join homeschool graduate Kathleen Knudsen for a practical session helping you to understand your child—academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Saturday, July 27 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The Homegrown Preschooler
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
In this fun and creative workshop, Lesli shares how to create an amazing preschool experience for your child at home.   From the latest in scientific research on early child development to the organization of supplies, this information packed workshop will help you prepare your child for kindergarten and make wonderful memories along the way!   This seminar is based on The Homegrown Preschooler, by Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards, an upcoming Gryphon House release for Spring 2013.

Parent Management
Jennifer Ford Berry
Room 106
Organize your family purpose statement and your morning and evening routines. Organize a family launch pad, your children’s toys, your children’s clothes, and your family memorabilia!

Food Intolerances and the Truth about Gluten and Wheat
Sue Becker / The Bread Beckers
Room 108
Sue Becker with a degree in Food Science, from the University of Georgia, and owner of The Bread Beckers of Woodstock,GA will share the real truth about whole grains, wheat, gluten and food intolerances.  Sue is a true myth buster when it comes to healthy food propaganda.  Her desire is to encourage as she helps you in your journey to overcome different health issues.

Nerf Guns and Shaving Cream?: Teaching Reading and Spelling to Kids Who Can’t Sit Still
Denise Eide / Logic of English
Room 109
Learn how to engage your active learners through movement! Denise Eide will share her experiences teaching and parenting active children. She will also reveal the natural kinesthetic components to reading and spelling and teach parents how to tap into those to enhance learning for all students. In this workshop we will: Learn active learning games. Develop an appreciation of the gifts of kinesthetic learners. Learn how to utilize the kinesthetic gift while strengthening areas of weakness. Though this workshop will focus on reading and spelling, the concepts are easily applied to other subjects. Each participant will receive a handout of games and ideas that can be used on Monday!

Partners in Learning: Evaluating Educational Options and Choosing the Best Fit for Your Family
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier / Laurel Springs School
Room 110
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to partner with an outside resource for curriculum and instruction, without giving up the unique feel of homeschooling? Many homeschool families partner with online schools to solve issues of attention for each child, specific subject area expertise, or flexible scheduling. Join us to explore what factors to examine when evaluating an online school, and how to create a partnership between your family and the online school to enhance your homeschool experience.

YES, your home schooled teen can get into college!
Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
Room 111
Did you know colleges all over Georgia are actively recruiting home school students? Over the past two years, Christine Torre has worked with over a dozen private, public and technical colleges in Georgia to make the admission process easier for home school students. Admissions officers constantly tell her, “I’ll take all the home school students I can get” and “Home school students do very well at our school.” What does it take to get into a Georgia college? Christine will share all the secrets including amazing transcripts, dynamic course descriptions, portfolio enhancers and the Georgia graduation requirements. If you have a college bound middle or high school student, you don’t want to miss this valuable information exchange!

The Promise of Jonadab: Building a Christian family legacy in a time of cultural decline
E. Ray Moore / Frontline Ministries, Inc.
Room 112
Workshop Description: Communicating zeal for God that any Christian father can emulate today, this biblical narrative unfolds an obscure character’s life in a time of spiraling moral and theological decline. Meant to encourage Christian families not only to stand, but to pass the torch of their faith securely throughout generations.

The Unmasked Historical Truth About Islam and Sharia Law
Don Brown / Best-selling Author / Don Brown School Guides

Room 113/114
Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, most Americans probably never gave a second thought about Islam. After those attacks, the U.S. government went to painstaking measures to portray Islam as a religion of Peace. Indeed, the Bush administration emphasized tolerance for Islam and made it clear that the War on Terror was not a War on Islam. Later, the Obama administration went even further, with President Obama quoting verses from the Quran, bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia – something no American President has ever done – and now, according to Egypt’s long-standing Rose El-Youssef magazine, has invited Islamic Brotherhood Operatives into the White House. Meanwhile, Islamic terror struck America at Fort Hood, in Boston, and struck the British in London with the brutal murder of a British soldier on the streets in 2013. In light of all this, is Islam really a religion of Peace? In this lecture, Don will examine not only the historically violent roots of Islam, but also the violent roots of Muhammed himself, the founder of the religion, who personally ordered the murder and execution of non-believers in present day Saudi Arabia. This is in stark contrast to the earthly life of Jesus, who not only preached peace, but also practiced it. Additionally, the lecture will briefly survey Sharia Law, the brutal Islamic legal system which some are attempting to install in the United States today.

Teaching Mathematics as a Language – What Gets Lost in the Translation?
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 115/116
Did you know that Mathematics has parts of speech and sentence structure, just as does any spoken language? Did you know that understanding the “grammar” of Mathematics greatly helps student understanding of problem solving and applications? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, clearly and humorously demonstrates this quality of mathematical language. At last, you will truly understand the roles of all types of mathematical symbols, and you will see how easy it is to translate between Mathematics and English, enabling you to improve your understanding, and teaching, of “story problems”, at all levels.

The Ultimate Planning Tools for Homeschool Moms
Jessica Rondina / Apologia
Room 117
Planning no longer has to be drudgery and despair! The Ultimate Homeschool Planner (for moms) encourages you to seek God first in your planning and gives you ample space to record your spiritual goals and God’s faithfulness to you on an annual, monthly, and weekly basis. Come to this session to find out how you can revolutionize your life!

Homeschooling Your Child with LD, PDD NOS, Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD – Focus on Skills for the Future
Jessica Reck / Homeschool Mother of 2
Room 118
Jessica Reck, mom of 2 children, aged 17 and 13, knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and fearful when faced with the difficult task of homeschooling a child with Dyslexia, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. She has spent 14 years working with her daughter to educate her and equip her with the skills necessary to become a productive and independent adult.  In this workshop, she shares her experience of how she moved her child forward and how her daughter is now reaping the benefits. If you worry about your child’s future and need some encouragement, this is the workshop for you.

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun
Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 119
Meredith creates unit studies for her children from the young years to the high school years. She also loves Christmas unit studies!
In this workshop, she demonstrates the simple method she uses to put together unit studies for her family on a variety of subjects using living books as the foundation. Learn to add poetry, games, music, art, crafts, drama, research, baking, cooking, maps, timelines, experiments, and more hands-on-fun to turn learning into an exciting adventure. You can use these tips to bring life to your home school when you are using traditional textbooks too—Meredith will show you how!

Saturday, July 27 – 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Creating Memories with Your Children
Kathy Lee / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
What memories are your children taking into adulthood? Homeschooling is more than academics. This session will encourage parents to be intentional about their relationship with their children. Be prepared to take a trip down memory lane.

Organize Now & Change Your Life Forever
Jennifer Ford Berry
Room 106
Learn about the cost of clutter and time management/solutions for time wasters! Less is more! Organize your space, your papers, and L.I.V.E.

Helping your school-aged child with R, L , S (and other pesky speech sounds)
Cynthia Hammerton / Speech Therapy Homeschool
Room 108
This workshop will help you understand the causes of isolated speech sound errors. Why do so many children, who other-wise speak well, struggle with saying certain pesky speech sounds? We’ll focus on the “big three,” R, L, and S, but also share some information related to SH, CH, and J, and even touch on consonant blends. The majority of the session will focus on what you, as a parent, can do to identify speech articulation problems, and to improve speech skills. We’ll offer some practical exercises and tips you can try at home, as well as information on when and where to seek outside help. Come ready to take notes, learn, and even practice, so that you can leave knowing what YOU CAN DO to help your school-aged child with speech.

Dynamic Models to Teach Worldview
Bill Perry / RECON
Room 109

Virtually all models used to teach worldview are static/stagnant. Worldviews help us understand life and therefore should be dynamic. Come learn 2 new dynamic models and how they are changing people’s thinking, living and outreach. Watch as they dramatically reveal the inadequacies of all other religious worldviews. See how algebra’s Trichotomy Axiom categorizes worldviews. Even non-math majors get this! You won’t be the same after this session.

Enzymes: The Most Overlooked Link to Brain Health and Learning
Karen Hopkins / Growing Healthy Homes
Room 110
Enzymes are proteins that are necessary for every chemical reaction in the body. Without enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and hormones can do nothing! Understanding how essential enzymes are to the function of the brain could improve your child’s learning ability. This information is vital for all parents especially for those children with spectrum disorders.

How to Maximize College Admission Opportunities and Minimize Out-of-Pocket Expenses
George Burford
/ Heartland Institute of Financial Education
Room 111
There are numerous resources available to assist students and parents with college planning efforts. This workshop presents and overview of the Heartland Institute of Financial Education College Planning Program and how they “Coach” clients/families through the maze of college planning, funding and admissions process. Helpful tips and valuable information to assist students and parents in “maximizing” chances for acceptance into the college of their choice and “mitigating” the high cost of college are shared.

And You Are….?
Christine Marsh, Homeschool Mom of 2
Room 112
That person across the table seems vaguely familiar, but you just can’t put your finger on where you crossed paths before!Homeschool marriages experience many of the same stressors as other husband-wife relationships; they also encounter unique challenges. In this workshop we will address some common relational pitfalls and discuss practical steps by which we can strengthen our marriages. This, in turn, will enable us to walk confidently as a testimony of God’s grace in family life before both our children and a watching world.

The Study of Nature and Nature Journaling
Nikole Barman / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
Why include nature study in your curriculum?  Does the idea of “adding one more thing” overwhelm you?  Do you lack the confidence to start nature study with your children?  Former middle school teacher and homeschooling mom, Nikole Barman, will help you integrate nature study into your everyday life with your kids.  Whether you have 10 acres of backyard or a small urban porch, you will come away with tons of practical advice that you can incorporate into any homeschool program.  Your children have an inborn love of the outdoors…come and learn how to nurture that love!

I CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE MY NEXT PAPER!
Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
Room 115/116
Are these words you think you’ll never hear from your child? Does it go more like this: “Writing is so boring! I hate writing!” Well never fear, I’m here to ease your pain. After speaking to over 20,000 kids on creative writing, I’ve learned a trick or two to make writing so much fun that kids can’t wait to get started on their next project. Educators have reported same day success: Your enthusiasm caught the children’s attention.  Teachers said they saw an immediate improvement in the children’s journal writing, starting the day you were with us! It was a WONDERFUL day!”-Jeanne Borders, Administrator, Cornerstone Prep, Acworth, GA Get a mini-preview of my CREATE workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have. Parents, please feel free to bring your children to this workshop.

Four Steps from Toddler to College Math!
Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
Room 117
Learn the 4 stages of mastery needed to guarantee your child will be ready for college math. Effective early learning is the single most important thing you can do to accelerate your child’s education. Do these 4 things right and there is no way to fail at mathematics. Do these wrong and there is little way to succeed.

Equipping Kids to Plan Their Day the Easy Way!
Stephanie Tipton / Accountable Kids
Room 118
Do you ever feel as though you spend most of your day telling everybody what to do and how to do it only to find much still left undone? Learn how to release your children to manage their own day and responsibilities with a simple back-to-basics approach. You will discover tools and techniques that will not only get your home and school “in order” but will build family relationships, develop character, and teach teamwork – all while giving your children the satisfaction of personal accomplishment. Discover inner peace while regaining precious lost time so you can be free to enjoy your kids in the process!

7 Online Careers for You and Your Children
Rhea Perry / Educating for Success
Room 119
With the coming of the Information Age, the Internet now makes it even easier than ever to operate a successful business from home. Yet how can a God-seeking family know what is right for them or who to trust to mentor their children? In this session, home school veteran and award-winning Internet business owner, Rhea Perry, shares 7 online careers anyone can learn with their children to build true financial freedom with a successful business at home.

Saturday, July 27 – 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Curing Spelling and Reading Problems
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105

At last! Some real help! You’ve tried every program & wonder why your child is still not a fluent reader or good speller. Randi helps parents understand why some children do not easily achieve reading & spelling success. These students must be taught with special methods, concentrating on multi-sensory, structured, sequential steps.

Dealing with Rebellion
Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 106
Unfortunately, rebellion is a big problem in homeschooling families across America. There is a simple solution to root out this stubborn weed, but it will require hard work on your part. If you are willing to take your role seriously as a parent and mentor, the Lord can do a miracle in your teen’s life. But first, He may just have to do a miracle in your heart too.

How to Ace the SAT
Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
Room 108
Test-prep expert, Christine Torre, will share the secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds 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, and Verbal sections 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!

Homeschooling your Adopted Child
Kathy Lee / Homeschool Mom
Room 109
Are you nervous about integrating your older adopted child into your homeschooling family? Do you have a plan to meet the emotional and academic needs of your new family member? This workshop will address these and other common issues homeschooling families face when they adopt a toddler, preschooler, elementary, or older age child.

College Admissions 101
Kaitlin Stannard and Donna Webb / Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Room 110
Learn how to maneuver through the college admission process and gain insight on required homeschool curriculum, scholarships, financial aid, and student life. ABAC enrollment counselors are here to help break down the college admissions and simplify the process.

“FPE Cavalry to the Rescue!” Partnership with Overwhelmed Moms
Dave Drake / FreedomProject Education
Room 111

Do you recognize the need to take charge of your child’s education in this era of public school indoctrination and amorality, but feel overwhelmed as to how to begin? From our hands-on parent-teacher partnerships for elementary students to our full array of courses for Middle and High School students, FPE’s staff of experienced, traditionally-minded teachers can help make the homeschooling experience easier and more effective. We employ an innovative, classical curriculum and friendly, expert teachers to add value to your child’s education, guaranteeing that parents retain the primary role in educating their children. Online classes feature live, interactive lectures in a state-of-the-art virtual classroom, with assignments and grades provided by seasoned teachers with years of experience in their subjects. In rejecting all government funding, we are free to teach without deference to politically correct and anti-Biblical dogma and leftist political indoctrination. Rather, we offer a classical education in the spirit of the Founding Fathers, sensitive to our Judeo-Christian roots and proud of our American heritage and values.

Law and Legal Systems
Michael Lookenott / Liberty Learned
Room 112
What you can and cannot do in life and business today is a “roll of the dice” requiring calculated risk for which you must plan.  Why is America like this and has it always been this way?  Liberty Learned will cover a few of the topics from it’s 3 hour event on law and address Natural Law verses Political Law in a very creative way.  Join us for Financial Family Feud and Wheel of Political Fortune.

Who Is God? And Why Is He Saying These Great Things about My Kids?
David Webb / Apologia
Room 113/114

Our public schools have sacrificed American education on the altar of children’s self-esteem. Christian homeschoolers have largely (and wisely) rejected this approach to learning, but does that mean our children shouldn’t feel good about themselves? On the contrary! God has some amazing things to say about your kids, their purpose, and their future; and you need to help them to see themselves through God’s eyes. Here’s how providing them with a biblical self-image can help win the war our enemy is waging against our children.

Is Homeschooling Math Straining your Relationship with your Children? (A Guide to finding trouble spots)
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 115/116
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”.

Classically Educating through High School…Can you do it?
Melodee Sanchez / Classical Conversations
Room 117
This workshop will dive into the rough waters of classically educating our high schoolers. We will deal with issues from keeping our high schoolers engaged with you and their academics as well as credit and transcript advice. Come and be encouraged to run the race with endurance and finish the journey strong!

Teaching Writing to Your Child with LD, PDD NOS, Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD
Jessica Reck / Homeschool Mother of 2
Room 118
Jessica Reck, mom of 2 children, aged 17 and 13, knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and fearful when faced with the difficult task of homeschooling a child with Dyslexia, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. She has tried many of the professional services available, at great cost, over many years, and has come to the conclusion that there is much a parent can do to help his or her child move forward. In this workshop, she shares her experience in creating progress in writing and why it is a good idea to even try…

Occupying Preschoolers While Teaching Older Children
Paige Timer / My Father’s World
Room 119
Our children are precious gifts from the Lord but sometimes they can interfere with our human plans. These little ones seem to seek attention at the wrong time. What can we do at these times to creatively involve them in the learning process? My Father’s World shares many suggestions on how to educate and occupy little ones.

Saturday, July 27 – 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Reaching the Reluctant Writer
Andrew Pudewa / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 105
Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. He will be proud and motivated to write again. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines, and “dress-up” checklists. Results guaranteed!

10 Steps to a Better Budget
Renee Metzler, Author / Total Home Makeover
Room 106

Create a better budget, take it home and get started on a savvy financial path. Learn about the 10-10-80 Rule, saving, tithing, spending smart, budget meal planning and more.

Do Not Eat The Bread of Idleness
Sue Becker / The Bread Beckers
Room 108
We all diligently seek the Lord’s help to train our children in the way they should go.  It is our belief that in these last days, God is raising a mighty army, a Godly generation for service in His purpose.  But the question we must ask ourselves is this:  How can this generation effectively serve the Lord wholeheartedly, as did Caleb, if they are sick, drug dependent, or suffering from the common diseases which plague this nation? Sue Becker, with a degree in Food Science from the University of Georgia, and a certified counselor in nutrition from Trinity College will present basic nutritional information on how to greatly reduce the risk of these common diseases by focusing on the importance of returning to God’s perfect provision for our food.

Brain Underconnectivity and Desynchronization in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Difficulties
Dr. Peter J. Scire / Brain Balance Achievement Center
Room 109
Brain Balance is an after school program utilizing the latest brain research to help children with Learning Disorders like ADHD, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and Autism to function better academically, socially and behaviorally.  Research shows children with these labels have areas of brain underconnectivity, especially between the right and left hemispheres.   One of the two hemispheres of the Brain has become STRONGER AND FASTER and the other has become WEAKER AND SLOWER.  When this happens the two hemispheres become functionally disconnected and are unable to communicate effectively.  The characteristics of the stronger, faster hemisphere become amplified while the characteristics of the weaker, slower hemisphere are muted.  This lack of balance translates into the noticeable academic, social and behavioral problems that these children exhibit.

The Why & How of Classical Education
Paul Schaeffer / Memoria Press
Room 110
The Why & How of Classical Education: In recent years a discovery has been made–perhaps it would be better expressed as a “re-discovery”: we have found that the only form of education known until the 20th century was the now-called “Classical Education”! Find out why that system of education faded out and why it is important to reinstate it in our homes. But Paul Schaeffer will not stop there–get ready for a crash course on how to teach it in your own home!

Manners Matter & Mean Success
Monica Irvine / The Etiquette Factory
Room 111
Don’t we as parents want to give our children the tools they need to succeed?  Do we want our children to grow up to be great fathers, compassionate husbands, dedicated mothers and giving wives?  It doesn’t just happen.  Children don’t always just “pick-up” on things like integrity, compassion, empathy, table manners, work ethic, etc.  These are skills that must be taught.  Come and learn how to help your children become the individuals that God designed them to be.  You will be so grateful you attended this workshop.  This is a MUST ATTEND.

Cat and Dog Theology:  Giving your student a heart for God’s glory, saving them from Self-Centered Christianity!
Bob Sjogren / Cat and Dog Theology-UnveilinGLORY
Room 112
Cat and Dog Theology!  Designed to help that WONDERFUL teenager of yours who can sometimes be self-absorbed and found at the Center of the Universe!  This curriculum is designed to help your teenager realize that life doesn’t revolve around them while getting them to live passionately for the glory of God.  It is based on a very simple joke about the differences between a Cat and a Dog. A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me.  You must be God.” A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me.  I must be God.” Dogs live for God.  Cats live for themselves (in a Christian context of course!).  This life-changing material is to be used over a 30-week period for a one-year Bible credit!  Find out why it is quickly changing lives!

How to Remember Anything Forever
Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
Room 113/114

Super-Memory is simple and flexible.   Regular review accesses and ingrains neural pathways so that all the information is automatically more easily available for recall.   Much of our mental processing and organization takes place subconsciously rather than via conscious learning.  Like a Merry-Go-Round, it takes only a regular little push to keep that subconscious mental process turning.  This works no matter how much information you need to memorize.

How to Homeschool and Keep Your Sanity
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 115/116
Taking on the education of our children forces a mother to juggle many responsibilities. This class will help you learn to set goals and live a balanced life.

Learn to Read and Write with PAL
Laura House / Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 117
Announcing IEW’s Primary Arts of Language (PAL), a beginning reading and writing program based on Anna Ingham’s 70-year legacy. Designed to provide everything you need to start your K-2 students reading and writing, these multisensory, interactive materials will give your children a foundation for excellence in writing as they take delight in learning.

Middle School English: How to Cover it All and Still Have Time to Breathe!
Erin Karl / Eternal Argument / Analytical Grammar
Room 118
Learn what it means to schedule in seasons so you’re not trying to teach everything all at once and all the time.  Middle School Language Arts is an important time in the development of your writers and readers.  This is when you fill their toolbelts with all the information they need to be fully prepared for high school literature study.  This workshop will show you how it can all be covered (literature fundamentals, grammar, writing responses, vocab, drama, poetry, journalism, public speaking, etc.) in about an hour a day.  Let the combined 36+ years of teaching experience the ladies of Analytical Grammar have help you make it all doable!

The Homeschool Mom & Working From Home
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 119
In today’s economy it seems almost impossible for a family to survive on one income. Many women, even homeschool moms are often forced to take a part time job and still continue the homeschooling. In this session Ann will take equip you with knowledge of the top work from home careers as well as their pay scales. You will also gain knowledge on websites that will help you find the work from home jobs that fit your gifts while avoiding the Internet scams that can leave you discouraged. At the close of this workshop you will be empowered to try what you haven’t tried and discover the career that enables you to stay at home with the kids.

Saturday, July 27 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Difficult Resistant Child
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105

The resistant child can be a nightmare to educate. Today’s resistant child could become tomorrow’s steadfast and reliable adult. Hear other parents discuss how they brought about real change without crushing the tender hearts of their child.

Cultivating a Love for Learning
Ashley (Strayer) Wiggers / GeoMatters
Room 106
How can homeschooling be different from schooling at home? Shared from the perspective of teacher and student, mother and daughter, listen as we share ways to transform schooling struggles into schooling success. Come to hear how to develop, or rekindle, a love for learning in the hearts of those you are teaching!

Homeschool Interrupted
Christine Marsh, Homeschool Mom of 2
Room 108

Whether it’s a constantly ringing phone, a temperamental toddler, a sudden illness, or a hurricane; we are all faced with interruptions along our homeschooling journey. In this workshop we will discuss the three levels of interruptions, discover the best perspective of such events, and ready ourselves to handle whatever comes our way. By so doing, we can prepare with wisdom and be freed from fear by seeking God before, during, and after any storm.

College Credit At Age 14
James King / CollegePlus
Room 109
Thomas Jefferson graduated from college at age 16. Learn how your students can  master powerful critical thinking and study skills to earn college credit starting at age 14.

Author! Author! How to Get Your Book Published
David Webb / Apologia
Room 110
Do you enjoy writing stories but have no idea how to get them into print? Do people read your homeschooling blog and say, “You ought to write a book!”? Whether you’re a student or a parent, whether you enjoy writing fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you! Learn from a longtime book editor and Christian publishing professional how to maximize your chances of getting your book published. Here are just some of the topics we’ll cover: Choosing what to write about, preparing a winning book proposal, avoiding common mistakes that cause editors to reject a manuscript, what an agent does and whether you need one, finding the best writing conferences to attend, knowing when and how to self-publish, and promoting your book. Bring your questions and learn how to make your dreams of becoming an author come true!

Addition, Multiplication, and Fractions, OH MY!
Wendy Braswell / RightStart Mathematics
Room 111
Rote memorizing math facts is daunting. Instead, let’s play math card games to learn strategies and to master the facts! Games are fun and exciting, provide practice, and most importantly, become an application for newly learned information. Join us for some FUN as we play addition, clock, money, multiplication, and fraction games. These games are a great supplement for any math curriculum.

Stay the Course: You CAN Navigate High School & College!
Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
Room 112
Filled with humor and real life stories, join homeschool graduate Kathleen Knudsen for this practical session on what to consider as you homeschool through high school. From the basics of Christian character to the implications of scholarships and nontraditional college options (such as CLEP exams), do not miss this comprehensive session from a homeschool graduate to parents of Christian teenagers.

Raising Real Men in a Feminist Culture
Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 113/114

In an age of feminism and same-sex marriages, can Christian families raise sons who will lead their homes and lives unashamedly for Christ? Pastor Mike will show you how to raise sons to be pro-active, protective providers.

Mentoring Model of Homeschooling
Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
Room 115/116
More is caught, than taught. Look at homeschooling in a new light, as an opportunity to imitate Jesus, who traveled with his disciples 24/ 7 for three years, teaching and training them. What kind of teaching style and curriculum choices work with this model? Can this educational philosophy work in your home school?

What’s the Point of Studying Literature – really?
Robin Finley / Eternal Argument / Analytical Grammar
Room 117

So a student reads a book, maybe takes a quiz or two, perhaps writes a book report. Is that it?  Do we just check that box and move on? If so, why? What’s the point? How do you “teach” literature, anyway? Robin has lectured and written on this subject for more than three decades. Her belief that Western literature is really one big, long argument, which she calls “the eternal argument,” goes a long way toward answering these questions. With a lot of humor and many excellent examples from literature, she’ll explain this framework which will make reading, learning, and teaching literature a much more meaningful endeavor.  Come away from this talk with the feeling you’ve just earned a mini bachelor’s degree in Western Culture … and enjoyed every minute of it!

How to Teach Kids the ABCs of Science While “Playing” Like Einstein
Rebecca Keller / Real Science-4-Kids
Room 118

Learning content is important. Kids need to know about atoms and the difference between force, energy, and work. But learning content covers only one aspect of doing real science. Dr. Keller will discuss the difference between explicit and tacit education and will show you how to help your kids have fun learning the ABCs of science while learning to think and “play” like Einstein.

Focus on Comprehension
Nikole Barman / Homeschool Mom
Room 119
Comprehension is our main goal for every subject with every child. At a loss as to how to make sure your kids are ‘getting it’? Join veteran homeschooling mom and reading coach Nikole Barman as she leads this interactive workshop.  You will walk away inspired and equipped with several techniques you can use with all your children.