2014 Workshop Schedule

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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.

WORKSHOP LIST SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
Final workshop list with dates and times will be available closer to the Expo.

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Friday, July 25 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

How to Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War in Your Family
Lisa Cherry / Homeschool Mom
Room 105
Recent Barna research reveals only 1% of our young millennial generation have a true biblical worldview! How will we as homeschoolers respond to this all out war against our children and our homes? In this age where “anything goes” and absolute truth is reckoned obsolete, we must upgrade our strategies. With candid honesty the Cherrys expose the subtle and not-so-subtle mind and soul traps luring our Christian children away from the Lord. This session will call and equip a new generation of frontline families who will stand firm with boldness, peace and joy as they win the spiritual war in their own home.

Rockin’ Finance for kids Planting the seeds of financial literacy success
Felicia Voloschin
Room 109
What is Rockin’ Finance and how can you incorporate financial literacy into your homeschool curriculum

Learning Styles and RightStart™ Mathematics
Susan Madeira, RightStart Mathematics
Room 110
What if your first-born is a visual learner and your youngest is a kinesthetic learner, never mind the other children? Do you have a different math program for each child? What if you aren’t sure what style fits best? Do you keep skipping around, hoping to find one that fits? RightStart™ Math addresses all learning styles. Come get an overview of this award-winning and highly recommended math program!

Enzymes: The Most Overlooked Link to Brain Health and Learning
Karen Hopkins
Growing Healthy Homes
Room 112
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.

ACCREDITATION-IS IT NECESSARY?
Christine Torre
Room 113/114
Accreditation, once a foreign term in home schooling circles, is now commonplace in everyone’s vocabulary. Home school accreditation has an interesting history in Georgia; a history that is unique only to the Peach State. Even more unique is the accreditation process itself both for the education center and the home school family. Don’t be swayed by the myths, fears and half-truth surrounding the accreditation issue. Learn for yourself the truth about accreditation and whether it’s right for your student.

I Can Do This! – Don’t struggle with Science Any Longer
Dr. Sheldon Margulies
Fascinating Education
Room 115/116
In this informative session, Dr. Margulies will help you take the mystery out of science.  You will learn an entire curriculum of chemistry principles in 50 minutes using Dr. Margulies’ image-based learning techniques.  Learning science really is easy.  Come see why.

The Mom Book and her Spiral Friend
Tracee Wood, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
A workshop based on the greatest tool for organizing key information for your whole household and partner it with 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.  .  Easy to use and made to custom fit your needs with “over the counter” items.

Organic Diet on a Conventional Budget
Emily Goodwin, Mommy Made Green
Room 118
Feeding your family a healthy, organic diet does not have to be expensive. It is an absolute myth that an organic diet is more expensive than a conventional diet. Emily manages to feed her family of five, including four very hungry boys, a completely natural and organic diet rich in nutrients for $600 a month (about $120 per person per month) or less. She will teach you how you can do the same for your family by covering a basic range of topics including the history of processed foods, where to shop, how to save, and what to buy.

Uh,Oh!  The Fractions are Moving In!  There Goes the Neighborhood!
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
Elementary Math students often do well with Arithmetic until they encounter fractions.  Then, algorithms and procedures are introduced, which are usually mechanical, and are learned without real understanding.  Students then begin to think math is just a collection of rules and tricks.  This educational and entertaining session will explore the “reasons behind the rules” of working with fractions, which most of us have come to expect as the “normal” way to teach the subject.  In fact, much of the difficulty we have had in teaching Mathematics stems from this “just-do-it” approach.    In this session, designed specifically for homeschooling parents of K-8 students, strategies will be shared which demonstrate that students benefit by knowing the reasons behind everything they do with fractions. 

Friday, July 25 – 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Early Learners: Seven Secrets to Starting Out Right
Randi St. Denis
Room 105

Throwing Light on the Dark Side: Good vs. Evil in Contemporary Youth Literature
Jim Weiss
Room 106
Storyteller/Author/Recording Artist, Jim Weiss explores the current fascination with the Dark side in the Narnia, Harry Potter, Twilight Series, etc.; provides perspective using historical precedents from the Bible and classic literature; explains why we find villains so fascinating; and offers ways to use moral conflicts in literature and films to guide our children in their real life ethical decisions. (For teens and adults.)

Handwriting Without Tears®: Steps to Legible Handwriting
Diane Klopfenstein, COTA/L
Handwriting Without Tears®
Room 109
Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) aims to make legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students. The unique tools and strategies make it rewarding to teach pencil grip, letter formation, placement, spacing, and neatness. This session demonstrates engaging strategies using the iPad App, Wood Pieces, Slate chalkboards, music CDs, and student workbooks. The HWT curriculum includes simple lesson plans that require minimal preparation time and online resources to support parents and educators.

Weaving History with His Story — God’s Story
Julia Nalle, BiblioPlan for Families
Room 110
Why do so many history programs miss the connections between Biblical/Christian history and world history? Most programs offer either Biblical Studies or World History, but not both at the same time. BiblioPlan for Families’ unique four-year survey of history solves this problem by covering world history, American history and Biblical history all at the same time, from ancient times through modern times, weaving God’s story together with the world’s story throughout.

Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist
Deborah Burns, The Medical Transcription Service
Room 111
Learn how to get started, income potential, simple ways to learn medical transcription, equipment needed, internet transfers and much more.  The Medical Transcription Service hires MTs to work from anywhere!

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.

How We Educated Our 7 Children to Become Financially Free
Rhea Perry
Room 113/114
When Drew Perry was 18, he became a real estate investor and brought his very educated dad home from corporate America in just three years by selling houses on eBay. Now, all four brothers work together in a family business.  To learn how Wendell and Rhea Perry educated their 7 children to focus on living simply, glorifying God and building financial freedom while doing what they love, don’t miss this exciting story, complete with pictures!

Creating a Life Learner.
Lynn Sandberg, Homeschool Mom
Room 115/116
Is education only for the young? With information available at our fingertips we can expand our knowledge throughout our entire life. The only thing holding a person back is a proper attitude and desire to learn. Discover ways to motivate and inspire your children to continue exploring and learning all the days of their life. Have a goal of your homeschool to create a life learner.

Every Time You Get In Your Car Is a Math Lesson Waiting to Happen
Karen Lawrence, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
Karen will present some practical, old and new ways to engage students into mathematical thinking every time you get in the car.  Turn off the dvd player and lets learn. (preschool to lower elementary)

What Every Mother of a Preschooler Needs to Know
Kathy H. Lee, Homeschooling Mom
The Homegrown Preschooler
Room 118
As a mother of a preschooler, do you feel the pressure to do it all? Do you desire to make cookies with your kids, play games with them, teach them to read and write, all while keeping your house neat and tidy? Join Kathy H. Lee, mother of 8 and author of The Homegrown Preschooler as she shares her experience of motherhood. Be prepared to laugh and maybe even cry as she empowers you to be the super mom (not necessarily, supermom) you were meant to be.

Teaching Your Child to Read – How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Pitfalls
Lorie S. Delk
Room 119
Based on over 25 years of experience teaching hundreds of children to read, the co-authors of the Up-Words Reading curriculum discuss the key components necessary to teach a child to read. The core building blocks needed to develop a successful reader are explored. Common mistakes and frustrations are identified and methods for avoiding them are provided. Using these techniques children can learn to become skilled and successful readers.

Friday, July 25 – 12:30 PM – 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.

The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent
Dr. Steve Scheibner, Homeschool Dad
Room 106
Intensely practical and Bible based, the Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent is designed to give parents both the tools they need and the hope necessary to build a Christ-centered character-driven home environment. The Nine Practices are a great way to revitalize parents in the all important task of parenting. This session will take highlights from the 10- week Parenting Matters small group study. Steve will unwrap the Three Pillars of Parenting, The Motivation Model, The Growth Continuum, The Proactive vs. Reactive Parent, and more.

How Can We Teach Young Children to Add and Subtract Successfully
Charlene Ruble
Room 107
Parents will be shown strategies to help young children understand addition and subtraction.

Technology For The Struggling Learner
Matthew St. Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 108
Review of technology available that can help a struggling learner succeed. Things I have learned as a dyslexic student in college and the work force.

How the Brain Works: Your Child and Autism/ADD/Dyslexia, etc.
Matthew Newell, Family Hope Center, The
Room 109
Many children diagnosed with mild to sever autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other behavioral or developmental challenges become labeled “special needs”, and carry these inaccurate, symptom-based diagnoses for many years. In evaluating children with these symptoms we often find that, in addition to significant metabolic toxic sensitivities that adversely affect brain function, injuries in the brain stem, limbic area, cortex and cerebellum are evident. These injuries prevent your child from receiving and processing information properly, which leads to delayed, inaccurate and inappropriate decisions. Because children with these symptoms often have problems in the brain stem area as well, they may also have issues with their coordination and mobility. When a course of treatment is introduced that focuses on, and deals directly with these sensitivities in the affected area of the brain, real improvement in your child’s functioning and behavior will be seen, not just relying on coping strategies. Matthew and Carol Newell, Directors of The Family Hope Center, will teach you how identify and begin stimulating the compromised areas of your child’s brain at home without medication and their side effects. With The Family Hope Center’s help, parents can actually treat their child’s underlying problems, actually removing the obstacles to learning and development.

Reflecting the Love of God
Sharon Fisher, BJU Press / HomeWorks by Precept
Room 110
Genesis 1:26 explains that we are created in God’s image. The Bible also tells us to love God with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Is this the worldview your teaching reflects? Are you raising up more image bearers of Christ? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about a correct world view and re-evaluate how and what we teach in view of His image. 

SOS! School on a Shoestring
Cathy Canen, Writing Strands
Room 111
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 make your home school a little simpler and a little cheaper.

How to Homeschool and Stay Organized
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 113/114
A disorganized home can prevent you from reaching your educational goals. This class will cover tools to keep your home organized and functioning smoothly.

Living Debt-Free
Meredith Curtis, Homeschooling Mom
Room 115/116

With a government in debt and a culture that promotes debt, can we really hope to live debt-free? Yes, we can! It starts with the secrets of success: Delayed Gratification & Creativity & Putting Christ First. Learn to manage your finances, live on a budget, plan for the unexpected, and trust God as Provider. Don’t worry—you won’t miss the stress that debt brings!

Our HomeSchool Vault
Tracee Wood, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
“Lions and Tigers and Bears – oh my.”  These may have been the things that caused Dorothy and her friends to second guess their travels along the yellow brick road but for the homeschooling mom – it’s Papers and Tests and Plans – huge sigh.  This workshop will center around focusing it all into one place, deciding what to keep, how to keep it, and finding it all when you need it.  It is the reference book of your homeschool journey and the wish book of the things to come; and, it’s all practical and no “fru-fru.”

Growing Into Homeschooling
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 118
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.

Surfacing the Entrepreneur in Your Child
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 119
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.

Friday, July 25 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Homeschooling Multiple Children at Once
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105
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 Classical Preschooler:  From Wonder to Wisdom
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 106

Aristotle said “the start of all education is wonder.”  Too often we lose our wonder and replace it with a to-do list!   In this workshop we will learn how to cultivate wonder and vision cast for an amazing joyful lifetime of learning.   Filled with practical suggestions and resources, this workshop will encourage and empower parents to see God’s amazing world through the eyes of little ones fresh from Him.

Experience Excellence in Writing
Laura House, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 109
Discover how to teach students of all ages to write stories, reports and essays with style using the award-winning Excellence in Writing.

How to become a Real Estate Day Trader
Larry Goins, The Goins Group
Room 110
Learn how to start and grow a Real Estate Investing business from your home using your internet, phone and fax. 

International Student Travel for Home Schoolers
Sandra Smith
EF Education First
Room 111
Travel changes the lives of students who have those experiences.  This session will address why and how home schooling families can incorporate international travel into their educational plans. Come hear about the academic and personal benefits available to home schooled students through the collaborative efforts of international student tour provider EF Tours and home school course provider Cardinal Fields Concept Classes.

“My Dear Aunt Sally was WRONG!” Addressing Common Misconceptions in Mathematics
Christy Walters
Room 112
Join noted author and highly successful math tutor Christy Walters as we examine common fallacies in math. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is the (incorrect) belief that the phrase “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” says that the order of operations states that one must always multiply before dividing and that one should always add before subtracting. We will also discuss other misconceptions related to the order of operations as well as topics involving exponents and percentages. The topics for this workshop arise from real-world tutoring experience and explaining the proper techniques to students. There will be time for questions from participants.

The New SAT
Christine Torre, Education Consultant
College Prep Genius
Room 113/114
Change is scary for us all – especially when it’s the dreaded SAT that’s changing!! The College Board announced this spring that the redesigned SAT will make its debut in 2016 with a test that’s more “focused and useful than ever before.” Sounds good, but what does that really mean? In this workshop, Education Consultant and SAT instructor Christine Torre will walk you through the key areas of change and show you sample questions in each area. Christine will share helpful tips for you to prepare your student for the new test including curriculum choices, practice hints and online resources. You’ll walk away embracing the change knowing you have been empowered to “Master the NEW SAT!”

Organizing your homeschool day when you have older and younger children
Charlotte Vick, Homeschool Mom
Room 115/116
Are you tired of trying to get all of your school done during nap time? Do you find that the distractions of your toddler makes staying on topic difficult? Come and get a list of ways to organize your day through a series of activities that are both educational and fun. Whether you have what you consider an independent learner or a child that needs you to hold their hand, you are sure to walk away with a few ideas and resources for a fulfilling homeschool year.

Prepare Your Child with Skills to Make Them Love Math
Karen Lawrence, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
Karen will share with you how Karen used 30+ years of teaching middle school math to teach my granddaughter math at an early age.  This session is infectious with positive ways to get away from just the workbook to including all the things to teach math you already own.  (k-3)

The Sword Ceremony for Your Sons: A Passage to Manhood
Pastor Mike Curtis, Homeschool Dad
Room 118
After giving purity rings to his four daughters, it was time to pass on the mantle of manhood to his son. Pastor Mike & several other men put together an evening of fun, challenge, and welcome. These fathers welcomed their sons to manhood with a personal challenge from each dad to their own sons to protect their own purity and the purity of others. This workshops shows dads how they can put on their own ceremony for their sons as a rite of passage.

Leading Family Devotions
Tommy Hendricks, Homeschool Dad
Room 119

Looking to start a regular family time devotion? Come see how God can use a weekly family time to help you lead your family to grow in Christ. You will receive some great resources and encouragement to get started right away.

Friday, July 25 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Marriage and Parenting Go Hand in Hand
Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner, Homeschool Parents
Room 105
Marriage and parenting experts, Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner, use practical tools and teaching to help parents maximize their greatest strength…their marriage…to strengthen their greatest asset…their children. Strong marriages make strong families and training families is the Scheibner’s greatest passion. Join them for an instructive, encouraging, and most of all FUN time of learning and laughing together.

Protecting the Homeschool Family From Sexual Predators
Lisa Cherry / Homeschool Mom
Room 106
In our modern age where 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18, all parents must learn to protect their children.  After the Cherry’s 15 year old daughter, Kalyn, fell prey to a family friend predator, they learned the hard way that even protective homeschoolers can be vulnerable. On the victory side of pain, they offer firsthand counsel and wisdom for today’s parents. In this session, you will learn how to unmask any plan the enemy would devise against your home and how to train your children to live in a culture gone mad.

How Do I Teach Place Value to My Child So They Have True Understanding
Charlene Ruble
Room 107
This workshop will use interactive Base Ten Pieces with an Interactive board using color, shapes, and patterns to help the parent teach understanding. The student is able to “see” how base ten works!

How to Make a Rappel Harness from a length of Rope
Bruce Stansbury, Major (ret), USAF
Room 108
This workshop focuses on making a tactical harness with the materials in your hiking gear.

History: Where we’ve been; Where we’re going; Why it Matters  
Nancy Lee
Room 109
Most people recognize the greatness of Western Civilization. But how did we get where we are today? And what does the future hold? Freedom, equality, the rule of law – actually, every blessing we hold dear is based on a worldview that comes from the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Teaching discussion-based history classes has given Nancy Lee an inside view of the deep longings and fears of young adults today. What do we tell them? Come and explore the flowering of Western Civilization, its current decline, and the challenges that lie ahead. Is it time to despair? Or do we have every reason to hope? Take a quick trip through time to see how God shows up, bursts through, and changes seemingly hopeless situations.

Brain Based Strategies for improving and eliminating Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disorders.
Dr. Peter J. Scire, Brain Balance Achievement Center
Room 110
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 that 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.

Learn-To-Play
Faith Barr

Barr None Music Publishers
Room 111
The goal is how to parents can teach their children in the home how to play their instruments.

The Electronic Mom (Parent)
Tracee Wood, Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
We live in an age of electronics, digital media, technology, and so on.  Everyone of us is either used to having information at our finger tips or wants information at our finger tips but how do we do our homeschool and our household justice and keep our fingertips happy.  Do we need paper anymore?  How do we tell what works for us?  How does the no technology for me parent fit into the techno world?  How does the all tech, all the time parent adapt to the paper and how to identify the best fit for you.

Incorporating Discipline into a Homeschool Day
Lynn Sandberg, Homeschool Mom
Room 115/116
Being responsible for the academic development of a child is a challenging and sometimes difficult task. The harder job often is maintaining authority and applying discipline so that the school work can actually be accomplished. Many parents struggle with this all important responsibility. Come and learn healthy and appropriate techniques of discipline that will establish an atmosphere that promotes learning and respect.

DE, AP, CLEP, DC, JE – Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Early College
Christine Torre, Education Consultant
College Prep Genius
Room 117
Through early college, your teen can earn high school and college credit at the same time and save you thousands of dollars in college tuition! During this essential workshop, Christine Torre will lay out early college options while helping parents and teens understand the differences. Christine will share a dozen reasons to consider early college, how you can position your teen for early college, what the requirements for early college are, how to choose your first college classes and which colleges are home school friendly. Dual enrollment paired with AP and CLEP opportunities, allows your teen to earn early college credits and take challenging courses he or she will enjoy! You’ll be glad you came to this money saving information exchange!

The Heart of the Problem
Pastor Mike Curtis, Homeschool Dad
Room 118
Many parents train their children Russian Roulette-style: try to train them, but invariably one or more will wander from God. Is losing some inevitable? Pastor Mike addresses the heart of the problem and gives some down-to-earth advice on preparing our teens to be world changers, not just survivors.

How to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Dana M. Merritt MS CCC SLP
The Merritt Way
Room 119
Reading fluency is dependent on the student’s ability to decode and comprehend text at the same time. Reading fluency is composed of three foundational skills: Accuracy of decoding, Automaticity of word recognition, and Prosody (by using proper phrasing and expression.) In beginning readers and struggling readers, the task of decoding uses most if not all of the child’s attentional resources. We want the parent and the child to build a thorough understanding of the rules of phonics to enhance learning. Come learn how understanding phonics improves comprehension. Come and learn how “A Time for Phonics” drives neuroplasticity.

Friday, July 25 – 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Raising and Homeschooling Boys
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105
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.

Virtues & Values: A Family’s Quest for Conscientious Living Via Literature and History
Jim Weiss
Room 106
Storyteller/Author/Recording Artist, Jim Weiss explores a prominent driving issue for all conscientious parents-how to teach character and values in a world
full of appalling examples of morals gone amuck. Choosing rich literary models and historical leaders is one way to contrast good and evil; right from
wrong, and navigate a path toward a rich, healthy and conscientious lifestyle. Jim’s lifetime work in authoring and publishing over 50 family recordings is a
legacy to the promotion of solid values and lifelong learning of fact, fiction and personal and spiritual growth.

Learning The Skills That Kids Need In Today’s World
Matthew St. Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 108
Fundamental skills kids need to know today to survive. YouTube is a lot more then just cat videos. Life hacks everyone should know.

How To Impact Public Policy & Get Involved in Georgia’s Political Process
Michael Harden
Room 109
We will explore how Americans for Prosperity activists affect public policy by using best practices of engaging legislators to move Georgia forward toward free market principles, school choice and limited government. We will learn how to build grassroots movements and what are the tools for effective civic engagement.

It’s Time to Read, Write, and Move!
Debby Mitchell
GeoMotion TV
Room 110
It’s Time to Read, Write and Move features movement based academics that include music and movement to reinforce school readiness. The presentation will cover movement-based activities and music as a classroom tool to enhance learning. Children love to move, so use it to enhance academics!

The Affordable Care Act.  What it means for you. (The Basics – Part 1 of 2)
Peter Jundt
Room 111
In this interactive seminar we will take a look at how changes in the way healthcare insurance is configured and delivered.  We will also discuss what you are and are not required to do to be in compliance with the law.

How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See
Katie Cromer
Math-U-See

Room 112
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.

5 School Projects that Teach Financial Literacy and Create Income
Rhea Perry
Room 113/114
Want a few cool school projects that could create residual income while teaching your children, as young as 10, how to think like Godly investors instead of like inexperienced consumers? Award-winning Internet business owner and veteran homeschool mom of 7, Rhea Perry, explains 5 proven home business projects that anyone can do from home. If you’d like feedback about your idea for a business project, get there early!

The Secret of Joy in Homeschooling
Meredith Curtis, Homeschooling Mom
Room 115/116
Why do we struggle as homeschooling moms with frustration, anger, and discontentment? Can we homeschool through trials and difficulties? How do we find joy in our homeschooling journey when the path gets bumpy or boring? Meredith shares life-changing principles that will help you see life’s challenges from a different perspective and impart hope for the future!

Order of Operations, Fractions, and Percents Made Simple
Karen Lawrence, Homeschool Mom
Room 117

Quit answering the same old questions over and over and come prepared to create graphic organizers as a tool to help students quit getting hung up year after year on the same old problems.  (Grades 3 – 7)

Teaching Your Kids to Think
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 118
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.

Middle School Math:  The Critical Transition from Arithmetic to Algebra
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
This educational and entertaining session will explore the reasons behind the difficulty in transitioning from Arithmetic to the world of Algebra. Numerous topics will be discussed, determined by the audience, and will include several examples of the change in thinking that must occur for students to be successful in the “high school” courses.  Very simply, our traditional approaches to teaching math at the Middle School level often result in the student thinking that High School Mathematics is naturally “difficult”.  In fact, understanding the “why” of Mathematics is the secret.  It is much to be preferred over memorizing tricks, shortcuts, rules, and formulas, and will ultimately result in, long-term retention. 

Friday, July 25 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

How to Really Learn History!
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105

What Happens If We Drop Our Baton?
Lisa Cherry / Homeschool Mom
Room 106
God reveals Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. His plan is for one generation to pass the baton of faith on to the next. But what if your child is not grabbing your baton? What if, even after all your hard efforts, your child’s heart is hurt, or rebellious or stubborn? Can a parent/child relationship be healed? Can a dropped baton be recovered? The Cherry family testimony is living proof of God’s redemptive plan! After nearing losing their first daughter to a messy teen crisis, they share the principles God taught them to recover from a serious parenting error. This session is for those who want to avoid troubled waters with their kids as well as those who are in need of miracle restoration.

What Good Can Come of Minecraft?
Michael Harden
Room 109
Students around the country are in love with the sandbox game Minecraft®. But with online interactions, servers, and ports many parents are concerned about their children’s safety and all those hours their kids are spending just playing Minecraft. In this presentation, Justin Richards, founder of Youth Digital, will address both the benefits and dangers of Minecraft while engaging with the greater implications of what goes on before we press “Play.” Parents and students are welcome to attend!

Homeschooling Classically
Stephanie Thomas/CC Foundations Director
Room 110
Michael Farris, President of Homeschool Legal Defense, says that Classical Education is the fastest growing trend within the homeschooling movement.  So what is Classical Education?  Maybe you say “I’d love to use a classical approach in my homeschool, but I don’t know where to start”.  Come see what Classical Conversations has to offer your family in this inspiring workshop!  Learn about our three programs that cover elementary through high school which include academics, fine arts, hands-on science, intensive writing and presentations.  Our junior high and high school programs offer a six-strand curriculum with a mentor to facilitate learning.  Our low-cost, affordable programs may be just what your family is look for to add Classical Education into your homeschool education.

Rosetta Stone Foreign Language for Homeschool
Teri Shepard, Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Room 111
Experience firsthand the power of Rosetta Stone® Foreign Language for Homeschool. We’ll explore how this program provides students with a rich, interactive language-learning experience, while giving parents the tools to track and manage student progress.

College preparedness using the UA Early College Model
Claire Harris, Early College
Room 112
Learn how The University of Alabama’s UA Early College helps fulfill high school curriculum, while providing high school students across the U.S. up to a year of college credit from a Top 50 public university.  UA Early College students learn skills to ensure their success as full-time college students. Using vibrant online technology, a freshman study skills course, and a summer on campus option, we prepare students for the new age of college learning. Peer mentors, student-centered faculty and staff provide support to students and families.

Blessing Your Homeschool
Tracee Wood, Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
As a homeschool parent there are days that we aren’t sure what to do or what comes next.  There may even be days that we ask how on earth we messed up so greatly.  This workshop is designed to strengthen your relationships in the homeschool family.  Those moments aren’t catastrophe’s they are opportunities and blessings.

How Come …? – Maintaining Your Children’s Curiosity
Dr. Sheldon Margulies
Fascinating Education
Room 115/116
Children are born as curious, exploring individuals…but sometimes we hinder that curiosity because we can’t answer their questions.  And often, children shy away from learning science because it just “seems too hard”.  It’s not.  Dr. Margulies will show you how chemistry can answer all those “How come…” questions and maintain (or re-engage) your child’s curiosity.

Teaching the Struggling Reader: Don’t Just Survive ………..Thrive!
Traci Barrientos, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
Most parents question taking on the difficult task of educating their children at one point or another. The parent who home schools a child with reading disabilities may feel even less equipped to succeed at this seemingly insurmountable task. However, homeschooling may be your child’s best option when he or she struggles with a learning disability. We will separate facts from misconceptions about dyslexia and reading disorders; in addition, we will explore how implementing scientifically proven methods can help your struggling student learn to read and help them reach his/her full potential.

Healthy Eating from the Start
Emily Goodwin, Mommy Made Green
Room 118
With obesity on the rise in our country, teaching your children to make wise choices when it comes to food is of utmost importance. Many parents struggle with how to do this with theirbabies and parents with older children struggle to make the change in their family. Emily is mom to three children that have never been inside a McDonalds or Chuck E Cheese. Their favorite foods include: raspberries, broccoli, okra, and mangos. It is possible and it can be done. Learn how you can teach your children to make wise choices, how to make kid friendly healthy meals both in home and while out to eat, and most importantly make a positive change in your child’s health without sacrificing fun or your budget.

The A to Z of a Characterhealthy Homeschool
Megan Scheibner, Homeschool Mom
Room 119
If we spend our homeschooling hours primarily on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. With only a few short years to influence our children, we must focus on the first things first and character is always the first thing! Join Megan, an author, blogger, and homeschooling mother of eight, and be encouraged to use every opportunity to teach your children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.

Friday, July 25 – 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

A Pilot’s Story From Sept. 10th to 11th… Living on Borrowed Time.
Dr. Stephen Scheibner, Homeschool Dad
Room 105
As a pilot for American Airlines Steve knows what it is like to have someone die in his place… not once, but twice! Originally scheduled to be the co-pilot on the AA Flight 11 (the first airplane to be hijacked), Steve should have been one of the first victims of the hijackings on Sept. 11th. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances Steve was bumped from the flight the night before. Come hear him tell his story firsthand. With detail about Sept 11th, 2001 that you have never heard before, Steve shares a message of hope and inspiration regarding the events of that terrible day.

7 Secrets to Help Kids think for themselves
Ashley Wiggers / Homeschool Graduate
GeoMatters
Room 106

Do you have trouble keeping your students interested in learning? Perhaps it’s time you begin to think outside the box. Discover techniques that will improve critical thinking and creativity, inspiring your students to want to gain knowledge. Included in this workshop are ideas from the teachings of Ruth Beechick to develop thinking skills that help create a delight for learning and improves our children’s ability to excel in any area they choose to pursue.

Movement + Fun = Learning (Literacy, Math, and Science)
Erika Higgins
GeoMotion Group
Room 109
Children love to move! Come discover how to use meaningful movement and fun to give your children’s brains a workout and improve their basic fact fluency in math, science and literacy. You’ll examine multisensory learning strategies for your child based on the latest brain research. You’ll discover how to integrate fun and engaging activities into your day.

Equipping Future Leaders with NCFCA Competition
Marielle Hersey & Andrea Shope
Room 110
This workshop with explain the tremendous benefit of being involved in Speech and Debate and the impact developmentally it has on homeschooled children. The workshop will discuss a brief history of NCFCA, the importance of speech and debate, tournament structure, student demonstrations and finally some Q&A time.

Discover the Heart of Education in Real Books
Kelly Lutman
Room 111
It is rare to meet someone who can name a favorite textbook, but most everyone can tell you a favorite book from their childhood. Would 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 empower you as the teaching parent to engage your students for excellent outcomes!

The Top 5 Math Myths Exposed!
Antoinette LaGrossa, ShillerMath: How Kids Learn Math
Room 112
Maximize student math learning by avoiding the pitfalls of these persistent math myths.  In this hands-on workshop, discover how to provide your child with a solid math foundation using the many features and benefits of the Montessori-based ShillerMath pre-K through pre-algebra curriculum. BONUS: attendees receive a free gift – no purchase necessary!

Transcripts, Credits, Grades OH MY!
Christine Torre, Education Consultant
College Prep Genius
Room 113/114

During middle school, parents start asking, “How in the world do we home school high school?” Through this nuts and bolts workshop, parents will learn how to prepare a transcript, keep and record grades, calculate a GPA and figure credits. You’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to home school through high school. If you have a middle or high school student and you’re considering home education through high school, you should definitely attend this workshop! You’ll walk away knowing you CAN do it!

Top 10 things your children need to know about the Bible and worship
Charlotte Vick, Homeschool Mom
Room 115/116
Charlotte guides parents through a series of scriptures that are important for  children to know as they mature. These scriptures will give them a basic understanding of the word and principles of God. She will also demonstrate ways to incorporate worship through resources that do not require a parent to know anything about music, instruments or how to sing on key.

The Homeschool Mom & Working From Home
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 117
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 giftings 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.

Digital or Paper?
Jerry Bailey, Dynamic Literacy
Room 118
Like it or not, the digital age is here. We can argue whether digital curricula is more or less effective than traditional methods, but to ignore it is insist your students use a quill pen and inkwell instead of a word processor. In this session we will discuss the pros and cons of digital curricula, and you will be able to see first hand how Dynamic Literacy implements the same curriculum in both digital and paper format.

When Your Bright Child Struggles with Reading.
Dr. David Cook
Cook Vision Therapy
Room 119
Most children learn easily. What do you do when your bright child continues to struggle with reading? Is it dyslexia? Is there a language problem? Or is there a hidden vision problem blocking the way to reading performance? Find out. Attend this seminar.

Friday, July 25 – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Real Men Lead
Pastor Mike Curtis, Homeschool Dad
Room 106
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.

Volunteering: More than just another activity
Dacia Bray
Room 108
Learn why volunteering should be more than just ‘another activity’. This workshop focuses on volunteering as a way of life. Topics include: How to integrate volunteering into your curriculum; Making it a family affair; Get out of you comfort zone; and more.

Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist
Deborah Burns, The Medical Transcription Service
Room 109
Learn how to get started, income potential, simple ways to learn medical transcription, equipment needed, internet transfers and much more.  The Medical Transcription Service hires MTs to work from anywhere!

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

Puppets and Puppetry: Big Ideas on a Small Budget
Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre
Room 111
Puppets help children of all ages express their thoughts, explore their creativity and problem-solving skills, develop fine motor skills and physical expression, and learn story telling structure.  In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of  puppets (all from free or very low cost materials) that can be made at home.  Each participant will receive a packet of patterns to make the puppets demonstrated, suggestions on ways to incorporate the puppets shown into lesson plans, as well as ways to use the puppets to enhance developmental skills for your child. 

RhomboSTEAM: Using literacy based projects to build skills in problem solving and mathematics.
Jeannie Ruiz, Ten80 Foundation
Room 112
Once upon a time, there was Rhombi. She loved shapes. Builders, will you help Rhombi design her new roof? Use multiple STEM projects and Rhombi stories to address Common Core mathematics and literacy that results in beautiful works of art.

Why Homeschool? What is the goal?
Lynn Sandberg, Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
You’ve decided to homeschool. Are you homeschooling for religious, academic, economic or social reasons? Each of these reasons has merit. Come and consider what your long-term goals are. Learn how to plan for the future by creating a vision of what you want to accomplish through your homeschool. Starting with the end in mind will help you reach your families goals.

Raising World Changers
Meredith Curtis, Homeschooling Mom
Room 115/116
Your children can grow up and change the world! You see, twelve men, mentored by Jesus, turned the world upside-down! Your homeschooled children and teens can change the world for the glory of God before and after graduation. Homeschool with purpose so that you focus on what is truly important as you equip your children for life, beginning in the early years.

Metrics Made Easy – Anyone Can Do It!
Karen Lawrence, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
Learn-how session and also prepare a graphic organizer to help you and your children remember forever.

God-Centered Parents Raising Gospel-Saturated Kids
Tammy L. King, Homeschool Mom
Room 118
Many of us have UNWITTINGLY  put our faith and trust in the wrong things when we look at our kids’ eternal security. The list of “saviors” is long: the type of school that our children attend, the fact that we have “good” kids, who do the “right” things, and who have the “right” friends, all the accurate Biblical knowledge they possess, church every Sunday, a vast array of mission trips, etc.  Sadly, we can so easily see these types of things as our children’s “savior” rather than the Savior Himself. It’s easy to look at our kids’  goodness and forget the sinful nature that rages within each and everyone of them. Their own hearts are sinful and they need Jesus regardless of their “good” behavior. The same is true of us; we are sinful parents attempting to lead our sinful children to a righteous God. This makes the Great Commission a great challenge, especially within our own homes. Come be encourage and learn how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your children on a daily basis and in very practical ways.

The “3” Missing Links in the American Diet / Human Nutritional Needs Throughout Life.
Josh Clark / Marjorie Clark
GNLD Products
Room 119
Learn about the “3” missing links in our American diet and what you can do about it. Separate fact from fiction. Then we will follow the human nutritional needs through the various life stages: childhood, young adults, adult men and women (including pregnancy and lactation and infancy, older adults and seniors. The information for this workshop comes by special permission from well-known researcher, Arianna Carughi PhD.

Saturday, July 26 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Struggling Learners
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105
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.

Gone West! The Early Exploration of America
Jim Weiss
Room 106
Storyteller and author, Jim Weiss presents a compelling and poignant session on how to teach American history with a focus on the early missions and
values that set the impetus to stretch the boundaries of our country. From Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea to Robert Fulton’s fantastic new steamboat to
the Trail of Tears and the Continental Railroad, America was built through the efforts of dedicated, courageous Americans. Much of Jim’s references will be
directly from the journals of these amazing people. This session is sure to invoke inspiration to learn more about these powerful figures and events.

A Day in the life of a CHALLENGE Recruit
Bruce Stansbury, Major (ret), USAF
Room 108
This work shop introduces the listener to the Timothy Group CHALLENGE program.  The hour will be filled with stories depicting the week long camp that is held 22-27 September 2014.

Is the Bible Really the Word of God
Pastor Mike Curtis, Homeschool Dad
Room 109
Today’s critics say that the Bible is full of errors and unreliable. Can we trust the Bible as our source of wisdom, knowledge, and practical instructions? Pastor Mike will share why the Bible is trustworthy and how to base your life completely on the Word of God.

How to Find Godly Mentors to Guide Your Children to Financial Freedom
Rhea Perry, Educating for Success
Room 110
If homeschooling your children seems overwhelming at times, learn one of the secrets of veteran home educators: Network with others. Wise Godly mentors can enhance your children’s educational program and encourage them in ways you’ve never understood. But in this day when everyone is way too busy and hardly anyone is financially free, where do you find them? In this insightful session taught by an award-winning Internet business owner, Rhea Perry reveals how she has learned to find mentors who are willing to share their experience and wisdom with others and how you can find them, too.

D-I-S-Cover Your Personality Style and Your Children’s Personality Style
Lynne Watts
Room 111
Do you sometimes feel that your children are speaking a different language?  Do you wonder how to motivate and inspire them?  Come D-I-S-Cover your own personality style and how to speak the language of other personality styles to create a winning environment.  Learn to work in the strengths of each personality through recognizing the secret fuel and environmental needs for each.  Come prepared to laugh, learn and be energized.

Spelling You See
Katie Cromer
Math-U-See

Room 112
Learn how hundreds of children have become confident, successful spellers using the methods taught in Spelling you See.  There are no weekly spelling lists, no weekly spelling tests, and no time-consuming instructor preparation.  Instead, a brief daily activity helps student integrate writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

Overcoming Obstacles
Cynthia Simmons, Former Homeschool Mom of 5
Room 113/114
A busy homeschool mother will hit barriers. This class will teach you to think outside the box so you can get the job done.

I Can Do This! – Don’t struggle with Science Any Longer
Dr. Sheldon Margulies
Fascinating Education
Room 115/116
In this informative session, Dr. Margulies will help you take the mystery out of science.  You will learn an entire curriculum of chemistry principles in 50 minutes using Dr. Margulies’ image-based learning techniques.  Learning science really is easy.  Come see why.

Jail Ministry
Lynn Sandberg, Homeschool Mom
Room 117

Lynn Sandberg is a volunteer chaplain with the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry at the jail on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She administrates and is one of the teachers in a weekday program called the Life Learning Program for the female inmates. Come and hear what it is like to be incarcerated and how this unique program reduces the number of repeat offenders.

Dare to Compare
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 118
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?

Can Algebra Really be that Easy to Teach?  Let’s Simplify It!
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
In this instructional workshop, we will discover the analytical questions students must ask, in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter, when solving algebraic equations and inequalities.  Specifically, participants will discover that there are only two basic relations in Algebra, and only three complications on those two basic relations.  As a result, the audience will generate the strategies which must be used to help students analyze algebraic relations by asking, and answering, the appropriate questions.  Participants will play the role of the Algebra student, from the beginning of the workshop, developing and demonstrating this inquiry-based approach.  They will then leave the workshop with a set of detailed notes which may be used to help their students how to work with basic algebraic relations.

Saturday, July 26 – 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Second Mile Leadership for Men
Dr. Steve Scheibner, Homeschooling Dad
Room 105
Second mile leaders are those counter-intuitive servants of God who earn the right to be heard by developing a consistent love of virtue, a disciplined approach to gratification, and a submissive love for the authority of God’s Word. Male leadership is essential to the success of marriages, families, the church, and society. Using tools he developed and taught to over 10,000 sailors in the US Navy, Dr. Scheibner will encourage men to become effective leaders and equip them to pass those leadership principles on to their own sons.

Preparing Your Home for the Romance/Dating/Sex/Courtship Issue
Lisa Cherry / Homeschool Mom
Room 106
In this day when a trip down the Wal Mart checkout lane is a sex education for our kids, we, as parents, must creatively lead them toward a better plan than the world is tempting them with. In this session we will explore leadership principles essential for the Christian parent earnestly desiring to launch their children into lifelong joy-filled marriages. Based on our family’s stories of successful romantic courtships and Godly marriages, we will go beyond the theories to the practicals as we explore together God’s beautiful plans for our kids lives. Whether your kids are preschoolers or teens, this session is for you! (In fact, it is especially helpful to hit this topic before your kids are preteens!)

What It Means To Be A Maker/Hacker
Matthew St. Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 108
Learning about the Maker/Hacker world, and how it can help you and your children learn valuable skills.

Inspire Me!  A Total Language Plus Workshop
Traci Barrientos, Total Language Plus
Room 109
Are you looking to change things up or don’t know where to start to create an amazing school year for your Language Arts curriculum?  Don’t just check the box, inspire your students! Create memories! Make learning meaningful with a unit style approach to award winning literature for grades 3-12. 

How to become a Real Estate Day Trader
Larry Goins, The Goins Group
Room 110
Learn how to start and grow a Real Estate Investing business from your home using your internet, phone and fax. 

Rosetta Stone Reading for Homeschool
Teri Shepard, Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Room 111
Use technology to give your homeschoolers a reading advantage. Rosetta Stone® Reading for Homeschool is a research-proven way to boost your homeschool’s core reading curriculum. It’s also an engaging, fun way to push your kids to achieve at every level. And it’s responsible for helping 1.4 million students across the country meet or exceed their end-of-year reading goals. Get all the details about the newest Rosetta Stone product offering for homeschools like yours.

Proofs in High School Geometry
Christy Walters, Algebra and Geometry: A Fresh Approach
Room 112
Are proofs in Geometry causing you ACUTE anxiety?  Are they making you feel OBTUSE?  Come see them from a different ANGLE!  We will discuss what proofs are and why they are important, and then we will work some examples.

Make Science and Reading Sizzle with STEM-based Lessons
Pam Morris, Gallopade International
Room 113/114
Do your children LOVE animals and science? What about adventure books? This interactive workshop will teach you how to combine the best of both worlds into exciting and educational lessons that cover animal classifications, habitats, plant and animal cells, rocks and minerals, and more. By incorporating Carole Marsh’s new Wildlife Mysteries and Science Alliance activity books, we will show you how to create fun, STEM-based lessons that your children won’t forget! Great for ages 7-14.

Chores, the secret to getting them done and lightening your load
Charlotte Vick, Homeschool Mom
Room 115/116
Laundry, dishes, toys. We can all identify the areas that we would like our children to help around the house. Charlotte identifies age appropriate chores and gives handouts of sample chore lists that have worked in her home. She also shares secrets about letting go of the need for things to be done perfectly and focusing instead on the ability to encourage children in the work they accomplished.

Shaping Culture with Wikipedia
Bobby Hinsdale
Room 117
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to shape culture by being a proactive defender of the Christian worldview on one of the most visited websites in the world – Wikipedia!? You’ll learn about the importance of apologetics and the benefits of being a Wikipedia editor – gaining practical and basic coding experience, research experience, and the ability to defend and articulate truth.

Free College at Your Fingertips
Christine Torre, Education Consultant
College Prep Genius
Room 118

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. You will learn 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!

Couponing For Maximum Savings With Minimal Time
Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
Room 119
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.

Saturday, July 26 – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Math tips and tricks to Help Grades 1-6
Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
Room 105
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.

How Come …? – Maintaining Your Children’s Curiosity
Dr. Sheldon Margulies
Fascinating Education
Room 106
Children are born as curious, exploring individuals…but sometimes we hinder that curiosity because we can’t answer their questions.  And often, children shy away from learning science because it just “seems too hard”.  It’s not.  Dr. Margulies will show you how chemistry can answer all those “How come…” questions and maintain (or re-engage) your child’s curiosity.

Strep Throat; What Your Doctor Failed to Tell You (And Your Mother Doesn’t Know)!
Janice Wiles
Room 108
There are many misconceptions and controversies about Strep Throat.  Jan Wiles, Family Nurse Practitioner and mother of three will
explore the facts about Strep Throat, treatment options and the benefit of home testing.  Our at home Strep test kit is easy to use and results are given within 5 minutes.  Please stop by ( fill in with workshop  location and time) for a brief discussion along with question and answer regarding strep throat.  Light refreshments will be served.

Brain Based Strategies for improving and eliminating Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disorders.
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 that 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.

Math Moves Me: Jumpin’, Addin’ & Subtractin’
Debby Mitchell
GeoMotion TV
Room 110
The Math Moves Me workshop is a Movement Based Academic (MBA) activity based workshop that includes music and movement to reinforce basic fluency in math. The presentation will cover movement-based activities and music as a classroom tool to enhance learning that teachers can use math concepts, highlighted with music and movement to generate measurable outcomes.

Gain High School AND College Credit NOW through the University System of Georgia’s online eCore Program
Craig Brown, eCore
Room 111
Learn about the convenient and adaptable online DUAL ENROLLMENT opportunities from eCore. Is eCore a good option for your student? Glean details regarding options of college core coursework in Math,English,Science, History, and Social Sciences for the online savvy student. Rising homeschooled juniors and seniors can use ACCEL funds at institutions with a long tradition of excellence including Southern Polytechnic State University, University of West Georgia, Valdosta State University, Middle Georgia State College, Clayton State University, Dalton State College, Fort Valley State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, College of Coastal Georgia, University of North Georgia and Albany State University.

SOS! School on a Shoestring
Cathy Canen, Writing Strands
Room 112
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 make your home school a little simpler and a little cheaper.

The Discipling Mom
Megan Scheibner, Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
As moms, discipling our children is our most important responsibility. With only a few short years to impart important spiritual truths, every day becomes an opportunity for teaching, training, and modeling Christlikeness. By following Christ’s example, our actions will become compelling, our training will be winsome, and the result will be a new generation of courageous, Christlike, character healthy young adults. With a focus on the essential areas of prayer, service, Bible study, scripture memorization, and true fellowship, this session will encourage and strengthen moms as they disciple their own children.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Homeschooling High School
Meredith Curtis, Homeschooling Mom
Room 115/116
This is a basics workshop for those who are homeschooling high school or considering homeschooling as an option for the teen years. Meredith will tackle state requirements, planning courses, delight-directed classes, choosing curriculum, writing transcripts, college preparation, volunteer hours, personal responsibility, and relationships.

Safeguards for Technological Savvy Children
Lynn Sandberg, Homeschool Mom
Room 117
Computers, the internet, and smart phones are now part of everyday life for most families. While technology can bring enrichment and convenience, inherent dangers threaten the well-being of each member of the family. Becoming wise about the pitfalls of these devices becomes a must; yet most parents lack the knowledge to implement proper boundaries and safeguards. Come and learn how to keep your children safe while enjoying the benefits of available technology.

Overcoming Challenges
Jennifer Henn / Homeschool Mom
Room 118
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.

Helping Families Memorize Scripture
Tommy Hendricks, Homeschool Dad
Room 119
Have you ever wanted your family to memorize more scripture? Come and see how God has used Mega Verses to help equip and encourage families to memorize God’s Word. Session includes live music, name that tune, prizes, and some great ideas to start your family memorizing scripture.

Saturday, July 26 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

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

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Homeschooling
Lisa Cherry / Homeschool Mom
Room 106

Sometimes we can learn “what to do” by hearing what “not to do!” Lisa will share candidly some of the errors she has recognized personally from her own family’s 25 year journey as well as the vulnerabilities she has witnessed over the years in her fellow homeschoolers’experiences. Pitfalls can be avoided. Weaknesses can be transformed into strengths when they are faced with honesty, humility, and wisdom. Since homeschooling is a distance race, there is time to correct our course. This session will cover issues of relationships, discipline, emotions, character, academics, and faith formation.

How to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Dana M. Merritt MS CCC SLP
The Merritt Way

Room 108
Reading fluency is dependent on the student’s ability to decode and comprehend text at the same time. Reading fluency is composed of three foundational skills: Accuracy of decoding, Automaticity of word recognition, and Prosody (by using proper phrasing and expression.) In beginning readers and struggling readers, the task of decoding uses most if not all of the child’s attentional resources. We want the parent and the child to build a thorough understanding of the rules of phonics to enhance learning. Come learn how understanding phonics improves comprehension. Come and learn how “A Time for Phonics” drives neuroplasticity.

The Affordable Care Act.  What it means for you. (The Options – Part 2 of 2)
Peter Jundt
Room 109
In this interactive seminar we will take a look at how changes in the way healthcare insurance is configured and delivered.  We will also discuss what you are and are not required to do to be in compliance with the law.

Classically Educating your child through High School
Deborah Bigda/CC Challenge Director
Room 110
One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling is continuing to do so through high school.  Many parents feel unequipped and frankly, ill-prepared to homeschool in the high school years.  Classical Conversations offers parents the support and tools they need to finish their homeschool journey to high school graduation.  Our one-day a week, six-strand seminars cover all the subjects needed for a high school transcript.  This high school program focuses on the rhetoric stage of learning within the trivium to encourage students to think and speak intelligently within the means of Classical Education.  Classical Conversations graduates are accepted in major universities and are well-prepared to succeed at the college level.  Don’t miss this inspiring workshop that will encourage parents to stay the course of homeschooling through high school!

Discover why a home based business should be part of your curriculum.
Josh Clark, Georgia State Representative
GNLD Products
Room 111
Georgia State Representative and serial entrepreneur Josh Clark will share how growing up with a home based business shaped his and his wife’s entrepreneurial spirit, and why they insist on their children having the same experience.

History: Where we’ve been; Where we’re going; Why it Matters  
Nancy Lee
Room 112
Most people recognize the greatness of Western Civilization. But how did we get where we are today? And what does the future hold? Freedom, equality, the rule of law – actually, every blessing we hold dear is based on a worldview that comes from the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Teaching discussion-based history classes has given Nancy Lee an inside view of the deep longings and fears of young adults today. What do we tell them? Come and explore the flowering of Western Civilization, its current decline, and the challenges that lie ahead. Is it time to despair? Or do we have every reason to hope? Take a quick trip through time to see how God shows up, bursts through, and changes seemingly hopeless situations.

What’s In the Box? Using Activity Boxes to Tame Your Toddler!
Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
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.

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.

Dealing with Rebellion
Pastor Mike Curtis, Homeschool Dad
Room 117
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.

Is Christian College Affordable?
Christine Torre, Education Consultant
College Prep Genius
Room 118
If your family is anything like ours, you’ve been educating your children at home and supporting the family on the salary of a single wage earner. For 12 years we have given our children a Godly heritage and strong Biblical foundation; a foundation we prayed will continue through their college and adult years. We hoped to send our kids to a Christian college where they would be surrounded by other teens striving to live out their faith and professors teaching a Godly worldview. With price tags between $80,000 and $120,000 for a four year education, we thought private college was way beyond our financial means. . . that is until we actually started researching college costs. In this workshop, I’ll share a few things we’ve learned about college costs and lay out three specific scenarios that can make Christian college more affordable than you think. If you have a middle or high school student; start planning NOW; you’ll be glad you did!!

Can You Really Teach Story-Problems?  And Why Would You Want To?
Thomas Clark / VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math
Room 119
In this workshop, we will learn how to answer, the five analysis-questions, guaranteed to lead students to the solution to any textbook-type story problem.   Because we know that students generally dislike story problems, we must change their attitudes regarding the “mystery” of problem-solving.  To do that, we must show students that the information in story problems can be managed in a meaningful way.  Participants will assume the role of the student, developing, and demonstrating an inquiry-based approach, guaranteed to analyze and resolve typical textbook story problems.  Participants will leave the workshop with a set of notes which they can confidently share with their students, hopefully, changing their attitude about this traditional trouble-spot.

Saturday, July 26 – 3:00 PM – 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.

Help for Struggling Readers and Spellers
Jennifer Summer, Wilson tutor and former homeschooling mother
Room 106
When your child can’t read, spell, or write, everyone becomes discouraged.  There is effective help for you and your child.  Learn about the many reasons why your child may be struggling and the resources and curriculum available to you.  The dynamics of the family and homeschooling with a special needs learner will be addressed also. Learn how to set your child, your teaching, and your home on a happier, more successful path!

Teaching Your Kids Skills They Can Use To Succeed In The World Of Tomorrow
Matthew St. Denis / Homeschool Graduate & IT Professional
Room 108
Great opportunities that your homeschooled child have. Learning skills that make them valuable and marketable to the workforce.

College preparedness using the UA Early College Model
Claire Harris, Early College
Room 109
Learn how The University of Alabama’s UA Early College helps fulfill high school curriculum, while providing high school students across the U.S. up to a year of college credit from a Top 50 public university.  UA Early College students learn skills to ensure their success as full-time college students. Using vibrant online technology, a freshman study skills course, and a summer on campus option, we prepare students for the new age of college learning. Peer mentors, student-centered faculty and staff provide support to students and families.

Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist
Deborah Burns
Room 110
Learn how to get started, income potential, simple ways to learn medical transcription, equipment needed, internet transfers and much more.  The Medical Transcription Service hires MTs to work from anywhere!

Learn to Read and Write with PAL
Laura House, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Room 111
Discover IEW’s Primary Arts of Language (PAL). This innovative program makes teaching your child to read & write fun for him, easy for you—guaranteed.

Aromatherapy the Key to Brain Sensory
Karen Hopkins
Growing Healthy Homes
Room 112
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.

Dealing With the Zig Zags of a Homeschool Year
Megan Scheibner, Homeschool Mom
Room 113/114
How do we deal with changes to our plans and goals? When the straight path we’ve chosen becomes a zig zag of disruptive situations, can we accept that those changes come because God is protecting us, providing for us, and lavishing His passion upon us? Come find out how to recognize God in the zig zags!

Wonderful, Wacky Teenagers
Meredith Curtis, Homeschooling Mom
Room 115/116
Even the most godly of children can be a little wacky when they hit puberty. With hormones rushing through their bloodstream, teens can be highly emotional, need more sleep, and have serious lapses in judgment. Yet, they are wonderful, interesting, funny, energetic, and enchanting. If they fall in love with Jesus, they are full of zeal and live passionately for the purposes of God. How can you enjoy your teenager, maintain parental authority, and guide them to adult independence?

The Homegrown Preschooler
Kathy H. Lee, Homeschooling Mom
The Homegrown Preschooler
Room 117
In this fun and creative workshop, Kathy and Lesli share how to create an amazing preschool experience for your child at home. From the latest in scientific research on 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 workshop is based on the book, The Homegrown Preschooler written by Kathy H. Lee and Lesli Richards.

Cloth Diapers: Not Your Grandma’s Cloth!
Emily Goodwin, Mommy Made Green
Room 118
Raising a child is more expensive now than ever. Cloth diapering is just one way you can save thousands of dollars before potty trianing. Jumping into the cloth diapering world can be an overwhelming experience for a parent that is new to cloth diapers. Emily has over 9 yearscombined experience with cloth diapers as both a mother and a former retailer. She has experience with almost every brand on the market from mainstream brands to work at home mom brands. She also has connections with dozens retailers across North America. Let her take the confusion out of the process and help you see how easy the modern cloth diapers really are.
Your child is going to be wearing a diaper on their bottom 24 hours a day for at least the first two years of their life! Make sure you are making the right choice for your family so you don’t end up investing money in a diapering system that doesn’t work for you.

Teaching Your Child to Read – How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Pitfalls
Laura Scheer
Room 119
Based on over 25 years of experience teaching hundreds of children to read, the co-authors of the Up-Words Reading curriculum discuss the key components necessary to teach a child to read. The core building blocks needed to develop a successful reader are explored. Common mistakes and frustrations are identified and methods for avoiding them are provided. Using these techniques children can learn to become skilled and successful readers.