Feeling Bogged Down? Refuse It!

The school year is whipping by and worries about progress sometimes cloud homeschooling skies at this point. It does not need to be that way. As home educators, we are accountable for our children’s education, but we must never forget, education is not all about the books. We teach children, not lessons. The academics of home education include a step-by-step process that requires discipline and diligence, but much more is learned along the way. Learning to persevere when a subject is hard (or just plain boring!) is a vital character lesson. While our children may argue that they will never use what they are learning (we said it, didn’t we?), we know they will encounter things in their future that will seem pointless too. Completing the task at hand is a valuable skill for life!

We must review our annual plans and evaluate progress toward completion, never let that be the engine of homeschooling. Monitoring progress allows us to see where more work may be needed or a schedule rearranged. It does not need to throw us into a pit of despair and fear. If you have never created a Mission Statement for your home education endeavor, let me encourage you to consider it. Vision is a great encouragement when the struggles and details of the homeschool year begin to drown us. As a family talk about what education means to you, discuss how the time together deepens your family bonds and teaches lessons public education cannot. Establish goals together and use the vision to pull you forward when you begin to feel bogged down. Home education is a lifestyle choice that builds children and families together. Enjoy it!

NEW IN 2013: Film Camp for Teens

Crystal Creek Media presents Film Camp for Teens! The camp is coming to the Southeast Homeschool Expo in 2013! Teens can learn practical and technical aspects of creating awesome movies. Parents can attend the Homeschool Expo while the Teens enjoy the action-packed two-day film camp. Teens will learn the skills and necessary knowledge to enter the film making industry. The camp has received rave reviews from homeschool leaders around the country! Daniel & Kathleen Knudsen head up a jam-packed schedule with great sessions such as “Taking Center Stage: Acting for Film”, “Design for Art and Screen: Cinematography & Editing”, “Winning with the Audience”, and much more! Go check out the Film Camp for Teens page to learn more!

Homeschool Resource Directory

The Southeast Homeschool Resource Directory has been updated with more events, classes, services, support groups, and more! It is a valuable resource if you homeschool in Georgia. You can also add your service or business to the directory by registering, then logging in and submitting a listing. More listings are added every week. We are looking for more field trip ideas, local support groups, co-ops, academies, gifted opportunities, email groups, tutors, consultants, classes, and more. If you have any ideas or want to post please register them on the directory. We will make sure to keep the directory up to date with new listings.

Great Photos of America!

Did you know that for many years a woman has been photographing America in order to preserve it for all generations? Carol Highsmith’s wonderful website features beautiful photographs of America and its unique buildings and scenery. I know you and your children will enjoy looking through her photographs and reading more about her selfless love for America.

http://www.carolhighsmithamerica.com/

2011 Workshop Schedule Full 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 over 100 more! The Southeast Homeschool Expo is committed to bringing you the most enjoyable and informative homeschool and parenting workshops ever – all under one roof!

Most workshops are one hour in length, attendance is first come, firstt serve basis. Tapes of most workshops may be purchased just inside tthe exhibit hall doors at the Rhino Technologies Booth. Recordings of the previous Southeast Expo Workshops may be purchased online from Rhino Technologies.


2011 Workshop Schedule


Friday, July 29, 2011 – 10 AM

Are you at Your Wit’s End? (Kirk Martin/Celebrate Calm) - Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his assignments, chores and attitude? We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work. (Room 103)

Being A Disciple & Training Disciples in the Home (Steve Demme) – God calls us to teach and disciple our children while we are still being discipled ourselves. This unique dynamic was designed by God to develop teacher and student alike. Steve shares his successes and failures of 30+ years training his 4 sons from young boys to grown men. (Room 105)

Teaching Fractions the Right Way with RightStart Mathematics (Wendy Braswell/RightStart) - Children often have difficulty with fractions because they see only the parts of the fraction, and not the whole. Anyone, age 6 and up, can understand basic fractions with the RightStart Mathematics linear model. This fraction refresher will give you confidence in teaching (or reteaching) this important topic. You will also learn a few fraction card games. Join us to hear the whole story on fraction fun and card games! (Room 106)

Jed Appelrouth’s Guide to Standardized Testing Success (Jed Appelrouth) – Since the SAT and ACT are almost universally required for college admissions, it is vital that home-educated students not only take these exams but excel at them. Even at test-optional schools, high scores will set you apart. This workshop will show how ATS can help you achieve your testing and ultimately your college admission goals. (Room 108)

Preparing an Artistic Portfolio (Rita Gagliano/Savannah College of Art and Design) – Learn helpful tips on preparing a dynamic artistic portfolio! This session presents the fundamentals of successful portfolios and what our review committee looks for in portfolio submissions. The presentation will address: visual, media, and performing arts, writing elements, artistic elements, guidelines for inclusion, presentation quality, as well as, additional aspects of portfolio preparation. The session will include visual examples of portfolios. (Room 110)

Changing Lives with Words (Jerry Bailey/Dynamic Literacy) – Reading is the key to learning and vocabulary is the key to reading. WordBuild is the key to vocabulary development. Discover a method for growing vocabulary that does not rely on memorization, but instead teaches the system of meaning behind English. This method, based on Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes, leads to exponential vocabulary growth, and gives students the tools they need to not be intimidated by unfamiliar words but to see them as puzzles to be solved. (Room 112)

Homeschooling in Spite of Your Past (Rebecca Keliher/The Well Planned Day) – As if homeschooling wasn’t difficult enough by itself, many of us also feel the weight of an upbringing far from what our mission is today. Facing issues like the lack of a role model, the feminist movement, and a secular worldview, parents today need to be encouraged to know they CAN homeschool their children. Let Becky (as her friends call her) share how God has allowed her to homeschool in spite of her past. Deeply encouraging! (Room 113)

Peace Play Purpose (Rebecca Ingram Powell/Mom Seriously) – Yours is a one-room schoolhouse. How in the world can different ages learn together? How do you give each child individual instruction? And how do you keep the noise down to at least a dull roar? Join Rebecca, a homeschooling mom for over 15 years, to learn strategies for creating an engaging learning environment for all ages, tips for working with and around babies and toddlers, and keeping your focus when you have so many things to do. (Room 114)

Gaining Confidence to Teach (Debbie Strayer/Co-founder of Homeschooling Today Magazine) - Whether you are a newcomer to homeschooling, or a veteran of many years, this talk will encourage and refresh you. Debbie Strayer speaks with humor and honesty about the homeschooling life and the confidence available to all who feel called to homeschool. (Room 115/116)

Planning for the Preschooler in Your Life (Kathy Lee) (Room 117/118)

The Mom Book – The Ultimate Organizational Tool (Tracee Wood) 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. (Room 119)


Friday, July 29, 2011 – 11:15 AM

Big Words for Little People: Building Vocabulary & Learning from Birth through Four (Dr. Sarah B. Hawthorne/AlphaSkills) - Effectively building the vocabulary and cognitive skills of babies and young children is the goal of every parent. The research supports its importance and this workshop will provide ways to help parents utilize appropriate read aloud books and activities developed by AlphaSkills, Inc. for this purpose. Emphasis will be placed on what parents do differently for babies, toddlers, preschool and prekindergarten age children. (Room 103)

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home (Tom Clark / VideoText Interactive) – 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. (Room 105)

America The Beautiful: Giants of American History (Jim Weiss / Greathall Productions) – America has been blessed with numerous heroic, extraordinary men and women who are real-life role models for our children. In this workshop, Jim Weiss presents riveting, time-honored, true stories that provide character, history and life lessons. Jim will show parents ways to make these people come to life in history and language arts lessons as well as how to offer perspective between the times in which they lived and today’s world. (Room 106)

Experience Excellence in Writing (Pamela White/Institute for Excellence in Writing) - 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. (Room 108)

Teaching the Essay & Research Paper (Erin Karl/Analytical Grammar) - Student-tested units for teaching the literary essay and the fully-annotated research paper. Via Robin Finley’s materials and entertaining video, you’ll learn to teach – and evaluate – these vital writing and organization skills. You’ll come away feeling very “empowered” ! These inexpensive units will give you everything you need to get started right away. (Room 110)

Accounting: Critical Skills (Michael Licata) – This workshop will begin by introducing the audience to the field of accounting. Answers to the following questions will be discussed:
•What is the Purpose of Accounting?
•Who Uses Accounting Information?
•Why Should a Homeschool High School Student Study Accounting?
Next, the excellent career opportunities in accounting will be discussed with an emphasis of the fact that according to CollegeGrad.com, the #1 major hired nationally in recent years for entry level positions was accounting. Next popular career paths in accounting will be discussed. Opportunities include being a CPA – public accountant, being a management accountant, being a consultant, working for the FBI, working for the IRS, and being a small business owner. Other career options in the field of business will be discussed for students choosing the following business majors: finance, marketing, management, economics, and management information systems. (Room 112)

Teach Your Child Music (Eden Vaning/Ebaru Publishing/The Violin Book) - Even a parent with little or no musical background can effectively teach his child music. This workshop, with lots of demonstrations, introduces a fun and easy approach to incorporate music into your curriculum. Music bonds the family, lifts the heart and is a wonderful way to give back to the community. (Room 113)

America’s National Mystery Book Series = Great Cross-Curricular Material (Carol Marsh/Gallopade International) – America’s National Mystery Book Series: Real Kids! Real Places! uses real characters in current day stories that incorporate history, geography, and culture. With locations all over the country, these fact-based mysteries will take children on a journey of learning through the excitement of mystery! Free handouts will be available and a door prize will be given. (Room 114)

Overcoming Learning Difficulties Together (Debbie Strayer/Ashley Wiggers) - Children love being successful, so when they aren’t, how can you help. Come and listen to the personal homeschooling experiences of mother (a lifelong educator) and daughter when faced with obstacles to learning. This workshop tells how to overcome obstacles that may limit your ability to teach, and your children’s ability to understand. Shared with humor and honesty, Debbie and her daughter Ashley will provide tips, and insight from the student’s perspective that can help your children achieve their greatest learning success. (Room 115/116)

Big Happy Families (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) - As the middle child of 9 children and the mother of 7 children, Randi reveals all her best secrets for raising and educating a big family. From cleaning to history and dishes to chemistry, learn how to enjoy the true blessings a big family has to offer. (Room 117/118)

Internet Social Media: What is it?, Who uses it? and How do I protect my kids when they use it? (Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In (Matthew St. Denis) – Matt discusses how social media like Facebook and LinkedIn is changing the way people connect with friends, host an event, find a job and start new businesses. Students and their families can greatly benefit from understanding and learning to safely use social media. Technologically educating yourselves and your children equips the whole family for the future. (Room 119)

 

Friday, July 29, 2011 – 12:30 PM

Stop Sibling Fights, Name Calling & Power Struggles – Does anything make your blood boil more than hearing your children be mean to each other? But none of your rational discussions seem to make a difference. You feel like a bad parent, like you’ve done something wrong, embarrassed that your kids act like this. We’ll show you how to stop these siblings fights and power struggles. (Celebrate Calm)

Does anything make your blood boil more than hearing your children be mean to each other? But none of your rational discussions seem to make a difference. You feel like a bad parent, like you’ve done something wrong, embarrassed that your kids act like this. We’ll show you how to stop these siblings’ fights and power struggles. (Room 103)

Connect with Enriched Homeschooling Support (John Ross Jordan/Alpha Omega Academy) – Simplify and enrich your family’s academic experience without sacrificing the benefits of schooling your child at home. Whether you’re seeking accredited courses, facing unaffordable private school tuition, or trying to teach a challenging subject, the support of experienced educators can help you overcome your challenges and offer solutions. Come hear our panel share success stories, suggest practical advice, and offer options that may meet your unique homeschooling needs. (Room 105)

Math Is Easy When It’s Math-U-See (Steve Demme/Math-U-See Inc.) - Math-U-See makes teaching and learning math a friendly experience for teacher and student. Discover how to teach concepts ranging from counting to algebra easily and effectively using manipulatives. (Room 106)

SoS! School on a Shoestring (Cathy Canen/Writing Strands) - 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. (Room 108)

Toxic Brain: Overcoming Obstacles to Increase Learning (Karen Hopkins/Growing Healthy Homes) – Research has revealed the connection between the chemicals in foods, cleaning products, and vaccines that impair the child’s developing brain. How to empower a healthy brain is available through God’s foods and medicines. This class will explore God’s limitless possibilities for your children to become all He created them to be. (Room 110)

Maestro Classics: Beautiful Music & Great Stories (Bonnie Ward Simon) – Have you often wished your curriculum included more music? Meet Bonnie Ward Simon, executive producer and creator of the national award-winning Maestro Classics CD series. Relax and enjoy excerpts from the CDs, great ideas for introducing classical music to your family and free homeschool curriculum guides. (Room 112)

Teaching Your Child in the Learning to Read Years: Kindergarten Through Third Grade (Dr. Sarah B. Hawthorne/AlphaSkills) - (Room 113)

Super Woman: Does she really exist? (Kathy Lee) (Room 114)

How to Date Your Kids (Rebecca Ingram Powell/Mom Seriously) – No matter what the size of your family, each child needs special one-on-one time with each of his parents. How are you going to manage that when you scarcely get a date with your spouse? Where do you go to get more hours in your day? And what do you mean by “date”? Join Rebecca to learn how to make individual quality time with your kids a priority. You’ll discover the keys to grabbing hold of the opportunities God provides and establishing stronger life connections with the hearts you’re blessed to hold. (Room 115/116)

Curing Spelling & Reading Problems (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) - 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. (Room 117/118)

LEGO Education = Student Success in Science (Kim Dunkelberger) – Designed to teach critical thinking skills, LEGO Education’s 4C approach to learning engages and motivates students. Kim Dunkelberger, Mechanical Engineer, Occupational Therapist, and homeschooling mother of 3, will use interactive sessions to illustrate 4C learning opportunities that are easy to implement within a homeschool curriculum. A drawing for a LEGO Education kit will be held for those in attendance. (Room 119)


Friday, July 29, 2011 – 1:45 PM

Apologia Science Workshop (Becky Edmondson/Apologia) – This seminar explains how any parent can help his or her child learn science at the upper levels. By the time a homeschooled student reaches high school, both the student and the parent should be able to learn by reading. Thus, we admonish the parent to learn the subject right along with the student. With both the parent and the student helping each other learn, an upper level science experience can be equally rewarding for both! (Room 103)

Raising Kids who Love to Learn with Guidance, Great Books and Good Times (Jennifer Scheler, Sonlight Curriculum) - Education can and should be enjoyable for both students and teachers. In this workshop you’ll learn from a 14-year homeschool veteran how the award-winning Sonlight Curriculum inspires the love to learn, builds family bonds, equips students to think, and shares a strong missions focus. Sonlight’s comprehensive packages are flexible enough to teach one student or a houseful with the best books and complete lesson plans. The adventure is yours to enjoy! (Room 105)

Courtship or Dating? (Steve Demme) – Is “courtship” unique to homeschoolers, or is it the logical extension of the life of faith? Having practiced this approach over 30 years ago, Steve shares his testimony of seeking a wife and how this is consistent with the Christian life. He also shares his observations of modern dating in the world and the church. Beginning with a short study of marriage in scripture, this is a timely exhortation to know how to put God first and be led by the Spirit in finding a life partner. (Room 106)

Rosetta Stone Homeschool Foreign Language Curriculum (Jen Igarashi/Rosetta Stone Ltd.) – Experience firsthand the power of Rosetta Stone Homeschool. We’ll explore how this program provides students with a rich, interactive, and engaging language-learning experience, while giving parents the tools and resources needed to track and manage student progress. Find out why Rosetta Stone is Homeschool’s #1 foreign language curriculum. Come join us for this interactive language learning experience! (Room 108)

Anchoring Biblical Values in Your Children (Dr. J Randall Wallace/Mission As Life) – This workshop will give you basic information on how to ensure that the truths of Scripture become more than information in the lives of your children. It will answer the question, How do you take belief from the head and place it into the heart? (Room 110)

Brain Underconnectivity and Learning Disorders (Amanda Gunter/Brain Balance Achievement Center) - 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 under connectivity, 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. Come Learn how the Brain Balance Program identifies and improves areas of Brain Underconnectivity to give your child their best chance at success. (Room 112)

Creativity: More Than Just A Pretty Picture (Kim Howe/Moving Beyond the Page) - An orderly and unimaginative homeschool environment can produce pliant, disciplined children. Without creativity, however, we will fail to nurture the problem solvers and innovators of the future. Creativity is much more than being able to draw a pretty picture. In this session, we will look at the importance of creativity and will explore fun and exciting ways to develop a creative homeschool environment. If you homeschool a creative child, we will provide you with some important tools to encourage this creative potential. (Room 113)

Kids Love the Southeast (Michele Zavatsky/Kids Love Travel) – Tricks to Taking Effective Family Field Trips and Hands-on History Adventures… On a Budget… Close to Home. (Room 114)

Keys to a Strong HS Curriculum (Debbie Strayer/Co-founder of Homeschooling Today Magazine) – Just starting to homeschool, or feel like you need to make some changes? Come to hear what makes a curriculum strong educationally, effective and motivating! Learn how to maximize the opportunity you have to make a plan that is perfect for your family! (Room 115/116)

13 Going on Dirty: Five Things Every Mom Needs to Know About Her Son (Rebecca Ingram Powell/Mom Seriously) - Boys are different, Mom! Our sexually permissive culture is already sending your son signals that real manhood equals an aggressive thirst for power and a lustful hunger for promiscuity. How do you wet your son’s appetite for Christ alone? Join Rebecca to learn the secrets every mother needs to know about raising a godly son. (Room 117/118)

Lap Booking and Notebooking (Tracee Wood) – How to create a lapbook and notebook system that will work with any curriculum and most any learning style. This method of teaching and recording learning makes a lasting impression on the student and the teacher. It is like a subject scrapbook and promotes fond memories of your studies. This is a chance to allow your student to study the subjects you direct but put his/her own creative twist on them. (Room 119)


Friday, July 29, 2011 – 3:00 PM

“You’re Not the Boss of Me!”: Motivating Strong-Willed Children (Celebrate Calm) – Your child was born with boxing gloves on, ready to fight. Well-meaning people tell you to clamp down on and get control of your child. But you don’t want to crush their spirit or create more defiance. So how can you actually take advantage of this strong will and use it to help your child be successful? Come learn how to motivate even the most strong-willed children. Features Kirk and his strong-willed son, Casey (17). (Room 103)


Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story-Problems? (Tom Clark / VideoText Interactive) - In this entertaining and instructional workshop with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, you will develop, and learn how to use, the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve all story problems, whether in simple arithmetic or in Algebra. The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem. (Room 105)

Bible Play: The Value of Dramatization in Learning (Steve Cook/Five Talents Audio) – One of the best ways to comprehend and recall literature is by acting it out. In fact, it could be argued that God intended as much with the Bible, since up until 500 years ago, less than 10% of the world’s population could even read. The memorization of words in a live dramatization, along with the precise movements and actions associated with it, help to deeply embed the text and its meaning into the long-term memory. Plus it’s a lot of fun too! Join professional actor/sound designer Steve Cook as he illustrates the power of dramatization and reveals his secrets to long-term memorization with simple techniques that will have your kids really hiding Scripture in their hearts like never before. And no bathrobes involved! (Room 106)

The Lost Discipline of Scripture Memorization (Fred Makrell / SkillRite) – Dating back to the days of Moses, God’s people were commanded to hide God’s words in their hearts, and they were commanded to teach this discipline to their children as well. Our 21st Century lives seem too busy for us to memorize God’s word, and yet this lack of discipline leaves us defenseless against evil forces, both natural and supernatural. We will explore Biblical motivations that may be used to help us regain this lost art of Scripture memorization. (Room 108)

Discover the K12 Difference (Dana Tucker/K12) – Discover the K12 difference! Learn how K12 has incorporated cognitive science and research into the development of each and every lesson. K12 provides all the tools, resources, lessons and materials for parents to teach their children in your choice of setting – public, private or homeschool. Many options are available. (Room 110)

Using Sequential Spelling in your Homeschool (Marjorie Lock/Wave 3 Learning) – Sequential Spelling’s Listen, Look, Learn approach to teaching spelling has been proven successful since it was first published. Sequential Spelling makes it easy for students to learn to spell by learning word patterns. Come and learn how this common sense approach to teaching spelling can be used in your homeschool! (Room 112)

Get a Grip on Printing using Handwriting Without Tears: Strategies for Success (Cindy Brill/Handwriting Without Tears) - Handwriting Without Tears strives to make handwriting an automatic skill for all children from grades Pre-K -5. Using music, movement and multisensory activities, the developmentally based curriculum develops oral language proficiency, social skills, and fine and gross motor skills. HWT follows a specific order of instruction using consistent child-friendly language. This interactive session demonstrates effective teaching strategies to increase students’ creative expression through legibility using the Handwriting Without Tears program. The session provides creative and engaging activities. It includes simple lesson plans, tips for parents and educators, and online resources. Attendees will acquire engaging teaching strategies for pencil grip, letter/number formations, letter sizing, word spacing and sentence skills. They will be able to identify struggling learners and prevent and/or remediate common handwriting issues. They will learn interactive play and multisensory teaching techniques that build student confidence, and early literacy and handwriting skills. (Room 113)

What Works for Struggling Readers & Writers (Sandie Barrie Blackley) – Language-based literacy disorders are prevalent, affecting at least 20% of the population (Shaywitz, 2005). Mounting research supports the use of structured language methods (Orton-Gillingham) that are linguistically explicit, systematic and structured practice across all domains of language (Birsh, 2005; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000). Research also supports the provision of intensive, motivating, daily practice (Keller & Just, 2009; Gillam, R. and Loeb, D. F., 2010). Web-based tools make this kind of systematic and intensive practice possible and affordable and are particularly well-suited to home school. In this session, participants will learn from an experienced speech-language pathologist who has worked with struggling readers and home school families for more than 30 years. Participants will learn:

- the two primary types of reading and spelling problems;
- how to help a struggling reader improve reading and spelling skills
- how to raise a (struggling) reader who loves to read (Room 114)

What Would the Founders Say? (Larry Schweikart) – A look at ten major issues facing modern Americans from the perspective of the writings and speeches of the Founding Fathers, including education, guns, bailouts, debt, and religion. (Room 115/116)

The Assertive Mother (Randi St. Denis/HEEA) – Feeling like no one listens to you? Not sure if what you are doing is right? Don’t know if you are really equipped for this? Mothering is a huge job and enormously important to the future of the world. Learn how important it is to be a woman and how the world’s women must begin to assume their rightful and much needed roles. Topics covered include: what women are good at, the worldwide ramifications of women abdicating their natural assertiveness, how to get the family to listen, how mothers can communicate to the world at large. (Room 117/118)

Secrets to Using the Computer to Help the Struggling Student (Matt St. Denis/former homeschooled student & current IT administrator) – Matt St. Denis reveals 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. (Room 119)

 

Friday, July 29, 2011 – 4:15 PM

Preparing for Difficult Times (Teresa Knight/Knight’s Book Knook) – As the days we live in become more difficult and the economy worsens we need to prepare. This workshop will concentrate on the reasons to prepare and the areas you need to get prepared in . As Christians and homeschoolers we need to be ready not only to help our own families but to show hospitality to strangers and others in need. This time we are living in will present awesome opportunities to share the gospel…..will you be ready? Also will include some practical ways to start preparing. (Room 103)

 

The Unified Approach to Teaching (Cindy Wiggers/Geography Matters) – Connectedness is the most important quality in effective and memorable teaching! Teach history, science, geography and language skills, such as reading, writing and word studies to multiple ages using the unified approach. Come to this workshop to hear how to unify your subjects, engage your students and teach critical thinking skills while still having a life! (Room 104)

 

Psychology 101: The Worldview Issues Facing College-Bound Christians (Dr. Tim Rice/Homeschool Psych) - Why does poop stink? Evolutionary psychologists know why. In this funny and thought provoking session, Dr. Tim Rice explains why poop stinks, the “Astonishing Hypothesis,” and other examples of the worldview assumptions taught in college psychology today. There is an excellent chance that your student will take Psych 101. Did you know that psychology departments are home to some of the most anti-Christian intellectuals on college campuses? The professor is unlikely to nurture your child’s Christian worldview. He’ll probably ridicule it as unscientific, irrational, prudish, exploitative, controlling, inhibitive, oppressive, and naive. Modern psychology (not without exception) presumes atheism, humanism, moral relativism, and naturalistic evolution define the appropriate study of psychology. They do not. Your child is probably well prepared to refute the world’s philosophies, but in psychology, the philosophies are subtle, attractive, and difficult to recognize. Prepare your students. Make sure they recognize when something just doesn’t smell right. (Room 105)

Occupying Pre-Schoolers While Teaching Older Children (My Father’s World) – 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. (Room 106)

Transforming Your Computer Into: A Classroom, A Library, A Science Laboratory, and an Array of Teachers Ending With An Accredited Degree From a State University (Jim Lieser/NFC Academy) - This workshop will provide the Home School family with the tools to create a rich media driven curriculum with a Biblical Worldview. Students can bring the education to just about anywhere anytime with the use of the Internet. Lesson plans created and adjusted as needed with grading of most assignments instantly. NFC Academy teachers provide students with the direction and assistance needed to make home school a success. The curriculum from grades three to twelve is rich in attractive media that draws the student’s attention. Those pursuing a high school degree can depend upon the regionally accredited degree as they pursue colleges of their choice. Tuition is affordable and a payment plan available for families. All that is needed for success in home school is available at the NFC Academy web site including a one year complimentary membership in HomeSchool Legal Advantage from the Christian Law Association. (Room 108)

Breathing Life into Language Arts! (Beth Hunter/Total Language Plus) – Instill a love of literature in your students while they develop their reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills. Discover how copywork, narration, dictation and other writing assignments complement the literature selection. Enrich your language arts study with projects and critical thinking activities. Learn how to breathe life into language arts! (Room 110)

The Accreditation Question? (Cara Lord Ellison/Westridge Christian Academy) – The topic of accreditation comes up in almost every circle of the homeschool community. Cara explores the topic and offers incite from years of experience with her own sons. She will also cover changes in the HOPE Scholarship, Financial Aid and how it all applies to homeschoolers. (Room 112)

Plan Less & Teach More Using Today’s Technology (Alpha Omega Publications) – Now more than ever, home educators are using digitally driven learning. Whether used as the core of the curriculum or as a supplement, technology is becoming an increasingly important educational tool. Join us for a panel discussion of a parent and a student as they share their stories about using computer-based curriculum and how it has enhanced their homeschool experiences. (Room 113)

Mr. Science Teacher (Matthew Poston/Mr. Science Teacher) – This workshop is for parents who want to get to know Mr. Science Teacher’s instructional methods. With a leading tagline of “Mr. Science Teacher – The Best Way to Get an A!,” Poston has made it clear to students and parents that his main focus is to provide fun and effective instruction for everyone who wants it. “I want to help you excel!” he exclaims. “I greatly value the instruction I received while in college and feel strongly about providing quality education to current and future students.” (Room 114)

Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle-Schooler with Passion and Purpose (Rebecca Ingram Powell/Mom Seriously) – The middle school year are a time of great transition, for you and for your child. Sharing candidly about choices, friendships, and the American culture, Rebecca reveals the five dangers lurking on the ‘tween scene. She advises moms and dads to combat these dangers by building the remaining years of parenting on a foundation of these forgotten virtues–reverence, modesty, charity, meekness, and fidelity of heart. (Room 115/116)

Life at a Glance (Bill Perry/Recon) – To make it successfully into adulthood, young people must journey through the most treacherous period of life they’ll ever face: the teen years! Research shows that what transpires during adolescence typically becomes the strongest determiner of what follows after. This workshop will provide young people and adults a road map for life, including all four seasons, all based from the Bible. Why is it that people say “God has a wonderful plan for your life” but then never tell you what it is? Find the answers in this workshop. Also discover what goes on in the brain during adolescence and how it handles pleasurable experiences. What is the difference between an adolescent and adult brain? Find out why 2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth” and what you need to do if you didn’t flee them as a young person. (Room 117/118)

 


How to Deal With Children Who Are Whiners & Complainers (Kelly Ling)
Children who whine and complain their way through life can sap all the joy out of what a parent hoped would be an enjoyable homeschooling experience. Take heart! Talking from lots of experience, Kelly offers helpful examples and ideas to curb whining while appropriately giving voice to a whining child’s actual needs. Moms and Dads, you don’t have to let negativity derail your homeschooling efforts. Kelly shows you how. (Room 119)

 

Friday, July 29, 2011 – 5:30 PM


The Student’s Civil War (Carole Marsh/Gallopade International) - (Room 103)

The Relevance of Genesis (Polly Brown/Answers in Genesis) – We are spiritually losing the next generation!! Discover why. We must present a literal interpretation of Genesis, as written, in order to make the bible relevant to everyday life. Deepen your faith and solidify your confidence in standing firm on the Word of God as the ultimate authority. (Room 104)

Strategies for Understanding One Another and Building Each Other up in The Lord (Steve Demme) – Each member of the family is uniquely qualified and designed to understand and support one another. From communication tips and personality insights, we will look at practical ways to love one another. If children can learn to love their siblings and honor their parents, and parents can learn to submit to one another and be honorable, we learn to “bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (Room 105)

Parental Rights Amendment: Is It Necessary? Is It Dangerous? (David Gibbs/Homeschool Legal Advantage) - Attorney David Gibbs III will provide an in-depth look at the efforts to pass a Parental Rights Amendment. Is it practical? Is it necessary? Is it DANGEROUS? BONUS GIFT: Every family attending this highly-informative session will also receive a FREE copy of the book “UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION – Ten Things Every Christian Should Know about the Supreme Law of the Land” by Dr. David Gibbs, Jr. and David Gibbs, III. (Room 106)

Raising Financially Responsible Children (Jamie Swindel / New York Life) – Jamie Swindel, an agent with New York Life, is offering a seminar program titled “Raising Financially Responsible Children” developed together with the country’s leading children’s finance expert — Neale S. Godfrey. During this educational, family-oriented event, we will discuss the importance of raising financially responsible children and share with you some helpful tips on ways to teach your children about money. At this seminar, you will discover age-appropriate ways to help children:

- Earn And Appreciate Their Allowance
- Develop Good Savings And Investing Habits
- Know The Difference Between Wants And Needs
- Become Disciplined Shoppers
- View Advertising Critically…And So Much More
(Room 108)

E6-4: Computer Software for the Dominion Mandate (Captain Bret) (Room 110)

Beyond Memorization: How to Teach Spelling from Kindergarten through High School (Sandie Barrie Blackley, CCC-SLP / Lexercise.com) -In this workshop participants will learn the basics of an approach to English orthography that allows students to use reasoning as the basis for accurate and informed spelling. (Room 112)

Bring the Love of Music Into Your Lessons! (Graham Hepburn/QuaverMusic.com) – Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music is a high-energy, captivating experience that leads students on an exciting journey of musical discovery! Quaver’s Homeschool Program includes a comprehensive DVD series, Teacher Guides and website designed to help homeschoolers inspire children to learn and love music. The resource focuses on the actual creation of real music by kids and supports cross-curricular studies into subjects like history, science, and other fine arts. Quaver, Graham Hepburn, will show homeschoolers how they can use Quaver’s Homeschool Program to explore history, art, geography, culture, social issues, technology, with creative suggestions such as dress up days and lap booking. (Room 113)

The Ultimate Timeline and Mapping Book (Tracee Wood) – A way to create a timeline for your student or students that makes sense. It will showcase how they have grown, what they have learned, and it isn’t purchasing another program that almost works. This system is a “make your own” that appeals to ALL learning styles. (Room 114)

Practice: Are You Trying to Train Your Child on the Field During the Game? (Conquered By Love) - Would anyone consider taking his child to play in a soccer game without ever having taken him to practice and then punishing him for every wrong play that he makes on the field? If so, could he actually learn to play the game? Well, he might. But it is also possible that someone would just decide that he is “soccer disabled.” It would make so much more sense to take him to practice first. Children need to practice life skills so much more than sports skills. After the Razvi family’s first adoption of a sibling group of 5 hurting and out-of-control children, chaos reigned: but no longer. Come hear about the unique positive training methods used by the Razvi family to raise a well-disciplined family of 11 children (4 birth children and 7 adopted children – including one new 10 year old sister just last month). (Room 117)

Improvisation Acting (Elizabeth Alcarez / The Actor’s Scene) (Room 119)


Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 10:00 AM

Discipline Like God?! When Spanking & Consequences Don’t Work (Kirk Martin/Celebrate Calm) - You have a child for whom consequences mean nothing. Consequences simply don’t register. You threaten to spank them and they just drop their drawers and call your bluff. You find yourself fighting all the time, drawn into endless power struggles with a child you adore, but don’t know how to motivate. We’ll show you how to get the respect you want while you discipline—and grow closer—to your child. (Room 103)

Homeschooling Through High School Classically: And Keeping Your Sanity! (Julie Melendez/Classical Conversations) – Are you struggling with keeping your middle/high schooler motivated to learn? Do you feel inadequate to teach the higher level subjects in science and math? Does your child wish he or she was more engaged with other like-minded kids on a regular basis? Come hear about practical ways of implementing some good learning skills and the positive peer pressure that is provided through dialectic and rhetorical exercises with other kids and even create an environment of learning that is fun again! The beauty of it is that you too will reap the benefits of this method, as it will recover two generations of lost learning! (Room 105)

Math Is Easy When It’s Math-U-See (Steve Demme/Math-U-See Inc.) - Math-U-See makes teaching and learning math a friendly experience for teacher and student. Discover how to teach concepts ranging from counting to algebra easily and effectively using manipulatives. (Room 106)

Retain the Word for Life with The Picture Smart Bible! (Nadja Cook/Picture This Ministries, Inc.) – Everyone who loves the Lord and His Word wants the content of the Bible to “stick”. We want the Bible to “dwell in us richly” (Col. 3:16), we want the word of God to be our “first response” in all situations. Yet, all of us are either a visual learner, auditory learner, kinesthetic (hands-on) or a combination of these three. Once we pass the coloring book age, suddenly we are given very few options in techniques to truly retain what we have learned. Let us show you how you can VISUALIZE and REMEMBER His word in a new and innovative way. For ALL ages and for just about any setting and yes, even in a foreign language setting.     (Room 108)

Homeschooling Your Gifted Child (Kim A. Howe/Moving Beyond the Page) - Teaching gifted children at home can be a rewarding experience for you and your child. Gifted children have special needs and characteristics that we must understand in order to develop their potential. We will explore these characteristics, discuss current theories of giftedness, and discover strategies for teaching our gifted children at home. In this session you will come to appreciate your child’s giftedness and learn effective ways to motivate and engage your child. (Room 110)

Integrating Biblical History Across the Curriculum (Polly Brown/Answers in Genesis) - Incorporating biblical history into your home education is essential for making the Bible relevant to your children. (Room 112)

Entrepreneurship: Creating A Business Plan (Michael P. Licata/Professor In A Box) – This workshop will describe in detail the steps needed to prepare a business plan for a new, start-up business or for an already existing business. Students can use the methodology described in this workshop to create a business plan for an actual business that they intend to open in the future or for a business that is already in operation. This methodology can also be used as an academic exercise by having a student create a business plan for a hypothetical business. The methodology described in this workshop will serve as an excellent introduction to the field of business for students. Creating a good business plan entails addressing all the different areas of the field of business. Areas of business which are addressed in this workshop are accounting, business law, business ethics, economics, finance, management, and marketing. Students and parents attending this work shop will gain a basic understanding of the numerous factors that must be considered to start and operate a business. Attendees will also be introduced to the many free internet resources that they can use to help start a business. (Room 113)

 

Techniques for teaching Biblical values (Dr. J Randall Wallace/Mission As Life) – Is there a better way to communicate Biblical truth to children? This workshop explores some of the latest information on how to take life with Christ from an idea to a lifestyle. (Room 114)

 

How to Give Your Child a Solid Foundation in Science (KaBao McCarver/Family Matters/Gravitas Publications) – What is foundational science? Are you teaching the four core disciplines of science? Why is it important for your elementary aged children to learn chemistry and physics? Is it possible to give your children a solid foundation in science without losing yours? The answer is…YES! (Room 115/116)

Early Learners: 7 Secrets (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) - Randi cautions parents not to overlook some important childhood activities that actually set the stage for later learning skills. Enhancing these early skills prevents learning problems and also builds a firm foundation for future academics ease and success. (Room 117/118)

Discover the K12 Difference (Dana Tucker/K12) – Discover the K12 difference! Learn how K12 has incorporated cognitive science and research into the development of each and every lesson. K12 provides all the tools, resources, lessons and materials for parents to teach their children in your choice of setting – public, private or homeschool. Many options are available. (Room 119)

 

Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 11:15 AM

Connect with Enriched Homeschooling Support (John Ross Jordan/Alpha Omega Academy) – Simplify and enrich your family’s academic experience without sacrificing the benefits of schooling your child at home. Whether you’re seeking accredited courses, facing unaffordable private school tuition, or trying to teach a challenging subject, the support of experienced educators can help you overcome your challenges and offer solutions. Come hear our panel share success stories, suggest practical advice, and offer options that may meet your unique homeschooling needs. (Room 103)

Identifying and Avoiding the Trouble Spots in Math (Tom Clark) – 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”. (Room 105)

The Art and Joy of Storytelling and Reading Aloud to Children (Jim Weiss / Greathall Productions) – Who doesn’t like to be read to? And who better to read to children than the people they love and trust most-their parents. This workshop will teach parents to make the very most of their precious read-aloud time with their children. At the heart of each story he tells, Jim Weiss’ renowned ability to make even complex subjects comprehensible and memorable to young children is evident. This delightful and immediately useful workshop will help parents to: become even better readers; more clearly define their children’s listening skills; facilitate the consideration of the freshness, outlook and interpretation of the stories they choose to read; and assist in using ones voice as an instrument with rewarding and dramatic results. (Room 106)

How to Start a Family Real Estate Investing Business (Doug Peterson/Creation Regained) - In this workshop we will cover the steps to starting a real estate investing business (as an individual or family): Why rental homes are best, How to find properties, How finance the deal, How to rehab for rentals, and How to manage the property. The news says real estate is bad. It is, if you are selling. But it is a great time to buy, and an even greater time to buy investment rental homes. (Room 108)

Choose Life: God’s way! (Karen Hopkins/Growing Healthy Homes) – Learn how to improve your family’s health through nutrition while teaching the “why” for a lifetime of wise choices. Get the pickiest eaters to eat God’s food and love it with delicious recipes and inspiring ideas! Review ground-breaking family health program and curriculum. (Room 110)

Raising Accountable Kids One Step at a Time (Traci Heaton/Accountable Kids) - Discover ways to develop accountability, responsibility, respect, and confidence in your children by understanding how to apply essential parenting principles. This is an interactive workshop that provides hands-on tools that help children learn life lessons in a manner that will bring your family closer together. Please join us for heartwarming stories shed new light on how to implement abstract parenting principles in a manner that is simple and fun for the entire family. (Room 112)

Proficiency in Multiple Languages (Dale Gamache) While most parents are familiar with and feel somewhat confident teaching the 3-R’s to their children, very few feel that same confidence with foreign language instruction. In my workshop, I hope to answer many of the questions I have heard repeatedly during my 24 years of Spanish instruction of children ages 4-18 and my 15 years of
homeschooling.

*What is the best age to start teaching a foreign language?

*What language should I teach?

*What about Greek or Latin?

*How can I teach when I don’t know the language?

*What should I look for in a language program?

*How I get my children fluent in a language?

*Do my children need a foreign language to graduate from High School.

*Do my children need 2 years of a foreign language to be accepted at a
Community College or a University?

I also will furnish a listing and description of many products (both
from the home school as well as the common market) that are available to parents. (Room 113)

Maestro Classics CD’s and The Homeschool Curriculum : 10 Easy Ways to Teach Your Child About Music (Bonnie Ward Simon) Music is one of the most joyful learning experiences you can share with your child. Whether you are a novice with little experience or are a serious music lover, Bonnie Ward Simon will offer tips on how to integrate music into your homeschool curriculum. (Room 114)

Gaining Confidence to Learn (Debbie Strayer/Ashley Wiggers) - Whether you are a newcomer to homeschooling, or a veteran of many years, this talk will encourage and refresh you. Debbie Strayer speaks with humor and honesty about the homeschooling life and the confidence available to all who feel called to home school. (Room 115/116)

Children who Struggle to Learn (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) – Whether ADD/ADHD, learning disabled, or just plain difficult, special needs children blossom when homeschooled. This workshop is full of specific information to help parents understand how to use special materials and methods that will ensure their child’s learning success. Learn to homeschool special needs children. Randi shows parents how to purchase materials that fit their child’s learning needs. Discover ways to improve learning abilities and overcome stumbling blocks. Important Handouts included. (Room 117/118)

Creating your own Unit Study (Tracee Wood) – The unit study is a proven method for teaching. It appeals to different learning styles, it teaches research, it gets your student excited about learning; however, we can’t always find the exact unit study we are looking for or afford all the ones we’d love to have. This workshop is designed to introduce to the unit study and how to teach you to create your own – tailored to your needs. (Room 119)

Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 12:30 PM

5 Secrets to Make Schoolwork Fun & Motivate Your Kids. (Celebrate Calm) Did you know children learn best with multi-sensory stimulation, movement and rhythm? If we don’t understand this, our kids will shut down and process information more slowly. We’ll show you dozens of practical, concrete strategies to get work done more quickly, without the fighting and stress. We’ll even help you spark that internal motivation in your kids so they take ownership. Includes simple ways to alleviate anxiety and sensory issues. Laugh and learn with us! (Room 103)

Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason and Unit Studies With a Biblical Perspective (My Father’s World) – 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. (Room 105)

Winning the Math Battle with RightStart Mathematics Games (Wendy Braswell/RightStart Mathematics) – Put your kids on a winning team by playing math card games from the award winning RightStart Mathematics program. Games are fun and exciting! Games provide practice for the facts! Games become an application for the information! Children of various abilities can play together. Join us for some FUN as we play addition, multiplication, and fraction games. Learn how you can help your children become lifelong lovers of math. (Room 106)

The Family That Stays Together Stays Together (Steve Demme) – In this encouraging workshop, Steve relates the positive experiences that he and his wife have experienced raising their four sons. With plenty of humorous illustrations, Steve shares tried and proven suggestions that have enhanced their family life. With God’s help he is convinced there is hope for the family in the 21st century. (Room 108)

The Freedom that Comes from Knowing God’s Will for Your Life (Doug Peterson/Creation Regained) – “Where should I go to college?” “What should I major in?” “Who should I marry?” “What job should I take?” Wouldn’t it be great if you could answer these questions with confidence? Wouldn’t it be great if you could know God’s will in these matters? In this workshop we will cover the life-liberating principles of wise decision making according to God’s revealed principles. (Room 110)

Start a Homeschool Co-op the Easy Way (Heidi St. John) – Have you ever wanted to be part of a homeschool co-op or start one in your church? First Class Homeschool Ministries can help! Come and hear how First Class can help you build a thriving,Christ-centered homeschool co-op that is self-sustaining and truly do-able! Hear why thousands of parents and children have participated in FC co-ops across the United States and help your church begin a thriving ministry designed just for homeschooling families. (Room 112)

Etiquette For Everyone!!! (Monica Irvine/The Etiquette Factory) – Parent Favorite-Come and listen to master motivator, Monica Irvine, give great insights into teaching manners in the home. Using games, music, role play, stories, crafts and kind discussion are the keys to success. Proper social skills are essential to help ensure our children’s future success both personally and professionally. Please don’t let this opportunity pass you by. You will be so glad you attended this workshop and will be anxious to get home and add these teaching tools to your school arsenal. (Room 113)

Techniques for Early Learning Success using Handwriting Without Tears (Clarissa Flannery/Handwriting Without Tears®) – This Handwriting Without Tears® workshop presents exciting research-based, multisensory teaching strategies that encourage the pre-writing stage of handwriting development through body awareness activities, singing, coloring, and floor play. Attendees can take strategies from this workshop directly into their learning environment at home and encourage pre-writing development. The strategies presented in this session include hands-on, multisensory techniques developed to instruct parents and educators on how to effectively help children of all abilities become successful with handwriting by building correct foundations. The workshop explores emergent forms of writing that include drawing shapes, coloring and creating letters and numbers using Wood Pieces, rolling dough, and using a slate chalkboard. It introduces Mat Man™–a playful character that teaches drawing skills, body awareness and number skills. Music and movement strategies are included to develop children’s fine-motor skills, pencil grip, letter/number formations, and name writing. Come prepared to play! (Room 114)

The Well Planned Day: Yes, It’s Possible! (Becky Keliher/Home Educating Family Magazine & The Well-Planned Day Planners) – Are your days Holy Spirit led or kid led? Does order or chaos reign in your home? Let Rebecca Keliher, author of the Well Planned Day, share with you her secrets for a productive and victorious day. In this encouraging and uplifting workshop, learn ten components necessary to structure and manage a Well-Planned Day for both home and school. (Room 115/116)

Raising and Educating Gifted Children (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) - – Raising the gifted child isn’t easy! Many struggle to grow, learn and socialize. Often the gifted child is frustrated because there is a disconnect between what the young person expects to happen and what actually happens in the real world. These students sometimes don’t develop the endurance and flexibility that is required for difficult situations. Discover how to create an educational and creative home environment to nurture the gifted child’s learning abilities and ever changing interests without breaking the child or the family! Choose appropriate educational materials that celebrate and take full advantage of unique abilities. Manage the gifted child’s drive and sometimes, lack of drive to learn and experience new things. Fully prepare the gifted child for future scholarship while giving guidance for strong character traits and values. (Room 117/118)

Music Education for Homeschoolers (Lachlan McBane/Atlanta Symphony/Bravo Homeschool Strings)– Why should music be part of your child’s education? How can you help your children (and yourself) learn to play, sing, and appreciate music? Atlanta Symphony musician (and homeschool dad) Lachlan McBane will guide you through many of the options available for making music part of your family’s homeschool life. Whether your family wants to pursue serious musical achievement, or just have fun playing and listening, you will benefit from Mr. McBane’s insights gleaned from many years as both a professional performer and a music educator. (Room 119)

Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 1:45 PM

Introducing Analytical Grammar (Robin Finley/Analytical Grammar, Inc.) – Robin Finley, the author, will explain how A.G. differs from other programs on the market. You can teach this important subject, thoroughly and comprehensively, in much less time and with less repetition. Recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, Simply Charlotte Mason, and The Old Schoolhouse magazine. An A rating from Homeschoolingfromtheheart.com. (Room 103)

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (Tom Clark / VideoText Interactive) – Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask, in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter, when solving equations and inequalities. (Room 105)

Cultivating Kids: Raising Children to Live Fruitful Lives (Dr. Jeff Myers/CollegePlus!) - This generation of children has greater potential and opportunity than perhaps any generation in American history€” and yet they’re growing up in a culture of aimlessness and passive consumerism. As one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development and a homeschool dad, Dr. Myers weaves together fascinating biblical insights, penetrating social commentary and hilarious personal stories to help you see your child’s potential in a whole new way.(Room 106)

Scripture Memorization: A Key to Survival (Fred Makrell / SkillRite) – The Bible is a “survival pack” full of meaty and refreshing verses and passages, ready to fill us with nourishment and guidance in times of trial. Our children must learn to exist on God’s word and His Presence alone for their provision. Believers will one day be denied all access to worldly provision—why not start to memorize God’s word today which will meet our every need tomorrow? We will explore key survival passages worthy of hiding in our hearts. (Room 108)

The Foundations of a Classical Education (Julie Melendez/Classical Conversations) - Throughout American history, teenagers led one-room schoolhouses and developed the most literate nation on the face of the earth. The United States now has a literacy rate of about 50%. What did they know that we have forgotten? Join Julie Melendez, the state manager of Classical Conversations, as she reviews the classical model and it’s role in the history of American education and as she explores the causes of modern failures in contrast with previous literacy success. (Room 110)

Georgia 4-H Environmental Education: Georgia’s Classroom Without Walls (Melanie Biersmith/UGA: Georgia 4-H Environmental Education) - This session will highlight our high quality educational field studies which connect students of all grade levels to nature while complementing multiple subject areas. Participants will learn about the successes of our programs and learn how to easily plan effective and meaningful trips at one of the five 4-H Centers across the state. (Room 112)

Apologia Science Workshop (Becky Edmondson/Apologia) – This seminar explains how any parent can help his or her child learn science at the upper levels. By the time a homeschooled student reaches high school, both the student and the parent should be able to learn by reading. Thus, we admonish the parent to learn the subject right along with the student. With both the parent and the student helping each other learn, an upper level science experience can be equally rewarding for both! (Room 113)

Homeschooling Is Your Right! (David Gibbs / Homeschool Legal Advantage ) – Homeschooling can be a real battlefield. HLA founder, David Gibbs, believes every parent has the right to homeschool their children. In this session, Attorney Gibbs will provide you with an educational overview of your rights as a Homeschooler – empowering you to respond kindly and confidently to local officials or others that may raise a question about your homeschooling rights. And, when direct attorney involvement or even legal representation is required to defend your right to homeschool, Attorney Gibbs and his associates at Homeschool Legal Advantage are only a phone call away. (Room 114)

Natural Approach To Teaching Thinking (Debbie Strayer/Co-founder of Homeschooling Today Magazine) – Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today – everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Debbie 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. (Room 115/116)

Seven Events that Made America America (Larry Schweikart) – Schweikart looks at seven little-appreciated events that made the United States into the nation that it is, from the Johnstown Flood (and how it unleashed American philanthropy) to Ike’s heart attack (and how it started government food nannyism. (Room 117/118)

Blessing your Homeschool, Blessing your Home (Tracee Wood) – 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 are catastrophe’s they are opportunities and blessings.(Room 119)

 

Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 3:00 PM

Recon: Training Them Now for Spiritual Success in College (Bill Perry/RECON) – How will the college experience impact your homeschool graduate? Entering college in a postmodern, post-Christian and post-literate society like ours is no doubt the biggest spiritual threat today’s 21st Century high school grads probably will ever face as adults. Christian high school grads, including many that are homeschooled, move on to college spiritually underprepared and disconnected from family, church and Christian friends. This workshop will introduce a new vision about how homeschooled (and other Christian) grads can literally change the world in a movement that only God can direct, all while going to college. We offer biblically based, relationship friendly tools and resources to make this happen, including a 1-semester strategic training curriculum, the most comprehensive of its kind, and an online network where students and local mentors can find each other school-by-school and state-by-state, the only one of its kind in the world. (Room 103)

Jed Appelrouth’s Guide to Standardized Testing Success (Jed Appelrouth) – Since the SAT and ACT are almost universally required for college admissions, it is vital that home-educated students not only take these exams but excel at them. Even at test-optional schools, high scores will set you apart. This workshop will show how ATS can help you achieve your testing and ultimately your college admission goals. (Room 105)

Experience Excellence in Writing (Pamela White/Excellence in Writing) - 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. (Room 106)

Preparing Your Children to Work in Media (Captain Bret) (Room 108)

What Works for Struggling Readers and Writers (Sandie Barrie Blackley, CCC-SLP / Lexercise.com) (Room 110)- Language-based literacy disorders are prevalent, affecting at least 20% of the population (Shaywitz, 2005). Mounting research supports the use of structured language methods (Orton-Gillingham) that are linguistically explicit, systematic and structured practice across all domains of language (Birsh, 2005; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000). Research also supports the provision of intensive, motivating, daily practice (Keller & Just, 2009; Gillam, R. and Loeb, D. F., 2010). Web-based tools make this kind of systematic and intensive practice possible and affordable and are particularly well-suited to home school. In this session, participants will learn from an experienced speech-language pathologist who has worked with struggling readers and home school families for more than 30 years. Participants will learn:

- the two primary types of reading and spelling problems;
- how to help a struggling reader improve reading and spelling skills
- how to raise a (struggling) reader who loves to read

 

Brain Underconnectivity & Learning Disorders (Peter Scire/Brain Balance) - 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. Come Learn how the Brain Balance Program™ identifies and improves areas of Brain Underconnectivity to give your child their best chance at success. (Room 112)

Planning for High School and Beyond (Charlotte Seewald/University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School) - Planning for high school and beyond? Learn about homeschooling with online/print high school courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School. (Room 113)

Using Sequential Spelling in your Homeschool (Marjorie Lock/Wave 3 Learning) – Sequential Spelling’s Listen, Look, Learn approach to teaching spelling has been proven successful since it was first published. Sequential Spelling makes it easy for students to learn to spell by learning word patterns. Come and learn how this common sense approach to teaching spelling can be used in your homeschool! (Room 114)

Family Unity: Finding God’s Vision for Your Family – How to Be in One Accord with God and Each Other (Conquered By Love) – We are called to disciple our children. But what a beautiful thing it is to get to the place where our children are wishing to be discipled by us- coming to us to ask for prayer and counsel over sin struggles in their hearts. Do you know God’s vision for your family? Do your children know it? Are you headed there together? Are you connected to your child’s heart? If your child is a toddler, now is the time to begin paving the way to family unity. If he is already a teenager, don’t miss this lecture. If God’s love can conquer unity challenges in the Razvi’s family of 11 children (7 adopted and 4 birth children) he can conquer those challenges in any family. Come hear our story and take away practical tools for developing family unity. (Room 115/116)

The Difficult Resistant Child (Randi St.Denis/HEEA) - 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. (Room 117/118)

Power of a Story (Rebecca Ingram Powell/Mom Seriously) - After 15 years of homeschooling, Rebecca’s favorite memories are not of notebooking, kitchen science experiments, or even field trips, but of time spent together reading aloud. How do you read aloud? Why should you? What should you? Incorporate this element into your homeschooling day and discover your children in a whole new way when you read aloud, discuss, and dissect a story together. (Room 119)