How to Start a Co-op (The Easy Way)

Speaker: Tina Robertson
Whether you’re a new or seasoned homeschooler, creating a homeschool co-op can be an opportunity to pool the collective strengths of parents, while both children and parents develop friendships. A co-op can either be a flop or a fuel to your homeschool journey. Begin with a defined purpose on the existence of the group, a few clear cut ground rules, realistic ways to solve the expenses of the group and learn to lead with joy. Beginning a successful homeschool co-op doesn’t have to be complicated. Come and learn the easy way to start a co-op.

Tina Robertson


Tina Robertson celebrated the graduation of two of her sons, whom she homeschooled from the beginning. She is best known for co-authoring the New Bee Homeschooler program, a boot camp guide for new homeschoolers while conducting workshops for new homeschoolers in Texas. Besides her love for new homeschoolers, she has created the popular free 7 step curriculum planner, unit studies and lapbooks for all homeschoolers. In addition to homeschooling for many years, her family has recently enjoyed living abroad for a year and a half in South America. Her sons will always
remember trekking the Amazon rain forest. She is a lively and engaging speaker though she can’t sing, dance or craft, but loves history, geography and hands-on learning. Does organizing count as a hobby? Currently blogging at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus, she is still in the homeschool trenches.

Traiven’s Pass


Christian medieval novel written by a homeschooled graduate, layered with Biblical truth, intrigue, and family values. Excellent clean reading for adults and teenagers!


Inspiring Aspiring Composers and Songwriters

Speaker: Chris Owenby

Composers and songwriters view the world a bit differently than others, recognizing beauty when they see it and seeking to point to it through their music. We create because we must. The desire to create burns deep within us. The Artful Composer’s mission is to inspire aspiring composers and songwriters. This workshop demonstrates a student’s progression from simply being interested in music composition and songwriting to becoming a legitimate composer and songwriter.

Chris Owenby

Chris Owensby

Award-winning composer Chris Owenby is a celebrated composer of music spanning multiple genres. His music has enjoyed performances by the Goliard ensemble, the Northwestern College Choir, the DeKalb Choral Guild, the Flint River Trio, the Terminus New Music Ensemble, the Brass Standard, the LaGrange College Singers, the Sons of Lafayette, and members of the Columbus, Atlanta, and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. His music has received recognition and awards from the College Music Society (2010, 2011, and 2012 Southern Regional), Vox Reflexa’s New Millenium Composer’s Forum CD Project, and the Dekalb Choral Guild’s 2009 Young Composer’s Competition. His published works include Could It Be (Emerson Music), O Magnum Mysterium, Our True Savior, and Supernova (Imagine Music Publishing). His choral music, instrumental music, and songs have aired on National Public Radio, the Immanuel Broadcasting Network, White Dove Radio, and Bigloo Christian Radio among other stations. Chris lives in Atlanta with his wife Erin, and two children, Abby and Emma. They enjoy spending time together at the park and making crafts around the kitchen table.