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.


2018 Workshop Schedule

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Title of Workshop
Name of Speaker
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Workshop Description


Goal Setting – A Family Event
Dennis DiNoia
Goal setting is often thought of as a great idea and something everyone needs to do but we rarely do it and when we do, we usually lose track of the goal along the way. In this workshop, goals are brought to life through creation and conversation. Everyone participating will create a goal and a visual display for that goal during the workshop. This process can be done with family members over and over again as well as with other homeschool groups as activities. The process is created in a fun and fast paced style with everyone having an opportunity to create and share their goal that will leave each participant inspired by their goal and by the goals of others.

How to Think and Talk Math!
Dennis DiNoia
What if math was its own language? Learn to speak math similar to the way you learn to speak other new languages. Learn the basic foundations on which the math language is created and how to see Algebra skills in basic math. This workshop will give participants wanting to expand their thinking to higher levels of math using basic operations they already know. Learn how the “secrets” of mental math and how to apply them in everyday situations. Participants access a common math language that can be used at any grade level.

SAT Math – Its Not the Math, its the Question that is Confusing!
Dennis DiNoia
Join Mr. D for a mini-SAT Boot Camp. Mr. D will be showing the tips and techniques from his SAT Boot Camps. This workshop will focus on math, the language behind the questions and show participants what they really need to know before taking the math section of the SAT. Find out the words on the test that give tips for how to solve the questions as well learning what formulas you really need to know before the taking the SAT. Students and parents alike will learn how to unravel the questions being asked into something they can solve quickly and easily. These techniques can be used for other testing situations and subject areas as well.

Prime Numbers – The Gateway to Algebra and Beyond!
Dennis DiNoia
This hands-on workshop will show how to use prime numbers to simplify both numerical and algebraic fractions, greatest common factors, least common multiples, simplifying roots and determining patterns in sequences. This workshop is for anyone who is pre-algebra to pre-calculus. The workshop is fast paced and fun whether you are a middle school student, high school student or parent. This is a must for parents of younger children preparing for pre-algebra!

Student Led Learning
Dennis DiNoia
This hands-on workshop will give parents strategies, guides and the outline for having their children be self directed learners who have ownership of their learning and assessments. This session will cover portfolio development and presentation skills for students. The session will also give students what they need to assess their own work in a meaningful way discovering their own unique learning potential.

Online Dual Enrollment with the University System of Georgia
Randy Blackmon
Workshop covers: Why the online dual enrollment option may be the right choice. Details about Georgia’s Electronic Core Curriculum, eCore. Move On When Ready, Georgia’s non-need based grant review. University System of Georgia eCore affiliate institutions, 22 colleges and universities. Next steps for parents and students.

Early Reading Instruction: Reading Effortlessly from the Beginning
Dee Tadlock
Every year there is a small percentage, but a fairly large number, of three- and four-year-olds who learn to read excellently without ever being instructed. When you ask the parents how this happened, they shrug their shoulders and say, “I have no idea. She got up last Saturday and started reading.” These children’s parents, by accident, created the kind of environment required to enable their children’s brains to painlessly and seamlessly figure out how to make excellent reading happen. Come to this presentation and learn how to create such an environment on purpose.

Fractions: From Fear to Fun with RightStart™ Math!
Kathleen MacGregor
Do you remember the groans in math class when the word “fraction” was brought up? Well, there is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are, dare I say, fun when they are taught the right way. So, what’s the right way to teach them? Come and discover the beauty and simplicity of fractions using RightStart™ Math.

Brain Based Strategies for Improving and Eliminating Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disorders
Dana Hernandez
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. Come Learn how the Brain Balance Program™ identifies and improves areas of Brain Underconnectivity to give your child their best chance at success.

Experience Excellence in Writing
Rachel Rist
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 Homeschool Your Teens for Home Business
Rhea Perry
If there is an entrepreneur in your house, traditional school may not meet his or her needs. Entrepreneurs are leaders. They think differently; they act differently. They need a different type of leadership education that will prepare them to make an impact in their world. In this session, you will gain vision for encouraging your children to develop their natural abilities and become self-motivated, self-educating leaders who create home businesses that serve God and man.

5 Home Business Projects that Teach Financial Literacy and Create Income
Rhea Perry
In this insightful session taught by an award-winning Internet business owner and veteran homeschool mom of 7, you will learn the fundamentals of five proven home businesses your family can start part-time that could possibly bring dad home like they did! You’ll also learn the four different ways to work and why some of your children never finish a job.

From Mount Olympus to Mount Sinai: A Christian Case for the Pagan Classics
Ryan Weston
The Bible consistently reminds us to have our understanding renewed, or washed, by the Word. So why do some curriculums include a study of pagan mythology? Why spend time reading about Greek or Roman gods when we could be doing something “Christian”? Join us for a discussion on why you should include reading the pagan classics in your schooling.

The Power of Entrepreneurship in Action workshop for teens and parents!
Marianna Brashear
The Economics in One Day workshop engages, educates, and inspires by equipping teachers, parents, and co-op leaders with everything they need to deliver the important message of ethical entrepreneurship and free trade and is designed to be delivered by non-economists using interactive, hands-on activities and guided discussions. FEE Staff will lead GCSA participants in The Trading Game; one of the most engaging and memorable activities in the workshop used to teach students about gains from trade. Students learn that voluntary exchange occurs when each person involved in the trade believes he or she will be better off. Wealth, as measured by satisfaction levels in this activity, is created through the magic of trade – yet no new items are produced! Through the Trading Game, students witness the power of markets.

The Power of the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Marianna Brashear
This workshop engages, educates, and inspires teachers, parents, and students alike as they learn about the importance of individual responsibility, ethical entrepreneurship, strong personal character, and the power of markets. Participants will feel empowered as they discover the entrepreneurial mindset and its profound positive effect on personal and professional success no matter the career path chosen. Learn to become a value creator as you acquire invaluable economic concepts, leadership skills, speaking and interview skills, critical and creative thinking with FEE resources and seminars. And best of all, workshop participants will receive a free copy of the timeless classic I,Pencil. Discover how entrepreneurship and sound economics can change your life at FEE.org/Homeschool.

Homeschooling on Empty
Sharon Fisher
Are you feeling like you’re being pulled in every direction? Let’s look over some biblical principles for relationships and practical tips for home management, grocery shopping and meal prep, organization, and homeschooling.

From Homeschool Grad to Homeschool Dad — Speed bumps and lessons learned
Ben Davis
As a homeschool graduate, Ben Davis knew he wanted to homeschool his own children because homeschooling is the best way to pass on a biblical worldview. But even though he and his wife knew what it was like to be homeschooled, they found out that being homeschool parents was a brand-new experience. In this session, Ben relates his family’s experiences as first-year homeschoolers.

Challenging Your Children Through Active Learning By Combining Movement With Academics!
Suzanne L. Stone
Learn how to showcase your teaching skills by adding more fun and excitement with innovative physical activities that also include academic learning!

Fitivities…….More Than Just A Game!
Suzanne L. Stone
Motivate your children to improve their math, reading and spelling skills with brain break ideas that include physical activity. Be prepared to play and have fun in this one of a kind workshop session!

How to Teach Multiple Levels Simultaneously and Stay on the Same Page
Jayme MacCullough
As the homeschool mom of five sons, Jayme has developed methods to simplify the school day. While individualizing to the needs of each student, you can have a cohesiveness the entire family can enjoy.

Christian Filmmaking 101
Justus McCranie
Why are films so powerful? How does a film impact the culture? In this talk, we learn just how powerful films can be, and how to use them for God’s glory.

Thriving As a Highly Sensitive Person
Beth Ellen Nash
Are you or your child one of the 15-20% of the population with a highly sensitive temperament who experience sensory information and emotions more intensely? As a highly sensitive person herself, Beth Ellen Nash understands how this sensitivity can be overwhelming when not understood, but can also be a great blessing. This workshop will help you understand the highly sensitive person in your world as well as provide strategies to incorporate this sensitivity more effectively and positively and to focus one’s energies where it is important.

Common Mistakes Homeschoolers Make
Beth Ellen Nash
While of course you want what is best for your child, homeschoolers sometimes unintentionally sabotage their child’s academic progress. Are you making any of these mistakes? Is your homeschool suffering from any of these too’s–too dependent on mom, too lax (backing off instead of backing down to a level where they can be successful), too late (it’s never too late, but early intervention is best), too much the same as what hasn’t worked, or too little time on academics? In this workshop, we’ll talk about these mistakes and how to avoid them.

Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: A Refreshing Perspective on the Flip-side Strengths of Dyslexia
Beth Ellen Nash
Struggling to help your child become a confident reader? Is your child’s dyslexia getting in the way of academic success? This fresh perspective into the flip-side strengths of the neurological differences that underlie dyslexia helps us see the strengths that are associated that should be celebrated and embraced along with the challenges that need to be addressed. Left Brain vs. Right-Brain Verbal-Sequential vs. Visual-Spatial Fine Detail vs. Big Picture Discrete vs. Contextual Procedural & Rote Learning vs. Intuitive Reasoning.

Teaching in a Digital World: How to use Technology in Your Homeschool
Samantha Shank
Over the past decade, technology has changed our world. Discover the different ways you can incorporate technology into your homeschool to make learning more engaging for all grades.

Your Child Can Love History Using Notgrqass
Donna Ellenburg
Notgrass History offers history, government, civics, and economics curriculum for fifth grade through high school. Our curriculum gives students a rich, meaningful study from a Christian worldview. Notgrass History is easy to use for the teacher and the student. We provide narrative lessons, full-color photographs and illustrations, primary source documents, and hands-on activities to create engaging learning experiences.

College Out of the Box: the Alternative Methods to Earning Your College Degree
Renee LoDolce
Figuring out where to go (and how to pay for) college can be a stressful time. Join me as I show you options that maybe you haven’t thought of before. We’ll discuss alternative ways to earn credits (it’s not just CLEPS & dual credits anymore!), traditional versus nontraditional routes to a degree, compare costs and time required, uncover little known ways to earn scholarships, and much more. If you have a student Junior high- high school age, you need to attend to find out how they can begin earning college credits doing the work they are already doing! My son started at age 12 and got his accredited associates degree by age 15 and his bachelor’s by 17 (and for just a FEW thousand dollars!). College Out of the Box is the new way to get your college degree in less time, for less money, and with NO student debt!

Celebrate the Unique You
Renee LoDolce
Are you caught up in the chaos of life and the role you hold as someone’s wife, mother, homeschool teacher, co-worker or church member? Are there days where you feel overwhelmed and you feel like you “just can’t do this anymore”? Are you afraid that you won’t be able to teach your children what they need to know? You and so many other parents have had the same thoughts and you are not alone. The “Celebrate the Unique You” workshop is an encouraging talk to parents on how God has made us each unique with special passions and interests and entrusted us with OUR children for a reason. We are not to compare ourselves with others, or get stressed out about whether or not we are “messing up” our children or if we have the skills and knowledge to “do this.” It’s a fun hour to sit back, relax and rest in our “uniqueness”! You will laugh, get encouraged and travel with me on a musical video journey of the homeschooling life!

Creating and Using Interactive Math Journals
Andrea Thorpe
An interactive math notebook is an inexpensive, homemade, and customizable resource used to help students of all grades improve math comprehension. In this workshop, participants will see the sections of an interactive math notebook and will learn how to use the notebook before, during, and after math lessons. In addition, participants will learn how to organize and personalize an interactive math notebook. Finally, participants will be shown where to find free and inexpensive resources for interactive math notebooks.

Mission Transition: Helping Kids Move From Elementary to Middle School
Andrea Thorpe
Even in the homeschool environment, the transition from elementary school to middle school can be a challenging one. During this workshop, parents will learn about the academic, physical, social, personal, and spiritual changes children experience as they move into the middle school years. In addition, parents will be given specific tips they can use to help their children transition in these five areas.

Solidifying Your Homeschool: Lessons from Nehemiah
Andrea Thorpe
We want to create and maintain strong homeschools, but sometimes life’s challenges can chip away at our determination. What happens when we find our homeschool “walls” have cracks or missing sections? In this workshop, participants will use key points from the book of Nehemiah to learn how to repair and rebuild when obstacles such as a full schedule, fear, doubt, and naysayers, attempt to breach the walls of our homeschool.

Working Homeschool Moms: How you can be a Working Mom Pro
Andrea Hall
You want to homeschool, but you need to work too. Can you do it all? Yes you can! In this session you will discover how a mom of three, teaching at two different online schools, director of a nonprofit and owner of a learning solutions company finds time to balance work, home and school. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

How to Start a Homeschool Group
Andrea Hall
So you’re homeschooling and you’re worried about the big S question…SOCIALIZATION. You’ve looked at the groups around but you can’t seem to find one that works for your family. Have you considered starting your own homeschool group? In this session Andrea Hall will share how she started South Cobb Homeschoolers which has now become EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., a nonprofit designed to enrich, enhance, and empower home education in the community. Learn how you can start your own and get support from the network.

When am I ever going to use this math?
Gene Pease
Gain confidence in your skills and learn ways to apply the math you are teaching in your every day life. We’ll talk about teaching math to students who like to be outside, inside, listen to music, write and read, and even students who just like to work math problems!

Study Smarter, Not Harder
Susan Ison
This workshop will provide an overview of the Victus Study Skills System with an introduction to some pertinant skills participants can use immediately. Studying is something all students are expected to do, but seldom are they afforded the opportunity to learn to perform this important task. Victus Study Skills System is a systems approach to study, not just isolated skills individual components to be mastered, but rather a way of thinking about study. This system of study has helped improve thousands of students in organization, time management, goal setting, note taking, test taking and reading comprehension.

The Best Environment for Learning Science
Dr. Jay Wile
Many homeschooling parents feel inadequate when it comes to helping their children learn science. As a result, they think that the their students should eventually go to school to learn it. In this talk, Dr. Wile draws on various sources to demonstrate that in fact, homeschool is the ideal environment for learning science. He discusses studies that indicate homeschool graduates excel in science, shares his own personal experiences with homeschool graduates who are studying science at the university level, and gives some case studies that illustrate his point. He also surveys the various options homeschoolers have at their disposal for teaching science, especially at the junior high and high school levels.

Teaching Elementary Science Using History as a Guide
Dr. Jay Wile
There are two main ways that science is taught today. The first method, called the spiral approach, teaches a wide range of topics every year, and students spend a little time on each topic. However, every few few years, the topics are revisited, and students learn them in more depth. This method produces a high level of recall but is generally boring for students, as they feel that they are repeating a bunch of material unnecessarily. The second method, called the immersion approach, has students spend all semester (or even all year) on a single topic. Students learn that topic in depth and then move on, never revisiting the topic again. This is less repetitive, but it produces lower recall, and students tend to learn the later topics better than the earlier topics, because they mature as time goes on. In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile discusses a different method for teaching science in the elementary years: covering science topics chronologically. Science was learned in a definite, chronological sequence as early scientists developed ideas that were tested and improved by later scientists. If science is taught this way, students cover a wide range of topics each year and then revisit many of them as they were improved by later scientists. This has a lot of similarities to the spiral approach, but when students revisit a topic, it is not just repetition with a little more depth thrown in. The student learns the topic in the context of a new scientist and his improvements on the idea. This produces the high levels of recall that the spiral approach produces, but it is more interesting to the students. It also gives students a more realistic view of how science is done in the real world.

Why Homeschool THROUGH High School
Dr. Jay Wile
Homeschooling parents are often faced with a difficult decision when their children reach high school age. Typically, the parents feel they are just not able to teach the more demanding courses that are required at the high school level. As a result, many parents feel that they must send their children to school for a proper high school education. In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former teacher at both the university and high school levels, will explain why such a decision is not in the best interest of the student. Using data gathered from many different sources, including his own experiences, Dr. Wile demonstrates that homeschooled students are better academically prepared and better socialized than their publicly- or privately-schooled counterparts. These facts allow Dr. Wile to make a compelling case that the best thing for a homeschooled student is to stay in homeschool, regardless of the parent’s academic abilities.
How Are Homeschool Graduates Doing?
Dr. Jay Wile
Dr. Wile became involved in homeschooling because while he was teaching at the university level, his best students were homeschool graduates. Since then, he has expected homeschoolers to become the true leaders of their generation. To investigate whether or not his expectation is coming true, Dr. Wile tracked down several homeschooled students who are now adults and learned what they are doing. In this talk, Dr. Wile tells you what he learned. You will be amazed at what these young adults are doing and how they have already impacted the world. He also shares the results of a large study that has been done on homeschool graduates. If you are wondering whether or not homeschool graduates can make a difference in the world, you should definitely listen to this talk!

Ten Tips to Improve Your Homeschool Year
Dr. Jay Wile
Dr. Wile has been working with homeschoolers for more than 20 years. As a result, he has been able to learn from the pros. He also homeschooled his daughter from the time she was adopted until she graduated high school. Blending his personal experience with the things he has learned from veteran homeschoolers, Dr. Wile discusses ten things you can do to make your homeschool year more enjoyable and effective. Whether you are a new homeschooler or an experienced one, this talk will help you make the most of your homeschool year!

“Teaching” the Junior High & High School Sciences at Home
Dr. Jay Wile
In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile explains how any parent can help his or her children learn science at the upper levels. As a former University teacher and a former high school teacher, Dr. Wile is a staunch advocate of homeschooling a student all the way through the high school years. He agrees that most parents do not have the ability to teach the high school sciences at home, but he also contends that this is not a problem. By the time a homeschooled student reaches high school, he or she should have the ability to learn independently or with the help of another. Thus, Dr. Wile admonishes 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! In order to help the homeschooling parent plan his or her science curriculum, Dr. Wile provides study timelines for both the science-oriented and the non-science-oriented student. In addition, he discusses the mathematical skills needed in order to maintain the proposed timeline.

College and Faith – What’s the REAL Story?
Dr. Jay Wile
It is almost universally accepted that when a student goes to college, he or she is more likely to give up the Christian faith. In this talk, Dr. Jay L. Wile shows that the data say just the opposite: those who attend college are less likely to give up the Christian faith than those who do not attend college! Dr. Wile discusses the reasons for this, and he also discusses strategies that will help you and your college-bound student decide what type of college and what situations at college will promote a vital spiritual life as well as a rewarding academic experience. If you are concerned about how your child’s college plans will affect his or her Christian faith, you should definitely attend this talk.

Cultivating Christian Creativity
Peirre Wooten, MBA
We all have heard “Think outside the Box.” However, what does that really mean? In this presentation, I will share a secret to completely remove the box and tap into the creativity God intended for you and your students to experience. Interesting enough, we will start with answering the question “Name some of the greatest leaders you know?”

Maximizing Protentional with Montessori Teaching Tips
Amanda Crawford
Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori education is right for children of any age; it is personalized learning that focuses on the whole child and advancing his or her development. Now it is easier than ever to bring this proven method into your homeschool! Discover the power of the Three Period Lesson, multi-sensory teaching, and the importance of presenting concepts and terms in the concrete before moving the child to the abstract. Introducing Montessori methods as early as possible puts her on the right path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner.

What’s the “Matter”? The Answer to High School Chemistry
Richard Risbrudt
The thought of their children taking high school chemistry in the near future can create a lot of questions, concerns and anxiety for homeschool parents. Here are just a few that we will discuss in this workshop: “Will the chemistry course we decide on prepare my child for the rigor and structure of college chemistry?” “What should we do about lab experiments, chemicals and lab equipment?” “It’s been 25 years since I took chemistry, does anybody know a teacher that would be willing to help in teaching our child or group? (Even one or two days a week!)” “If I buy a chemistry teacher’s edition and a workbook will that be good enough?” This workshop will answer questions like these and many more!

Cultivating Grace: Finding Joy in Motherhood
Lara Molettiere
This session is Christian encouragement for homeschool moms on finding the joy in the everyday, how to break out of overwhelm traps, identifying the things that are often neglected, and practical ways to avoid homeschool burnout to bring joy and grace back into your home and homeschool.

Failure Free Homeschooling: Setting Your Homeschool Life Up for Success
Lesli Gibbs
Whether you’re new to the homeschool world, or have been at this adventure for a while, do you still have the fear that you will fail your children? Learn how to set your homeschool up for success, and how to easily avoid the most common homeschool mistakes that can lead to failure in your schooling.

Living a homeschool lifestyle that embraces Adventure and Growth
Lesli Gibbs
Have you truly embraced the freedom and joy of your choice to homeschool? Break free from the antiquated ideas of the educational system and discover a whole new adventure available to you and your family.

Taming the Techno-Beast – Parenting in the INTERNET Age
Todd Wilson
X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the INTERNET, Faecbook, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget”. Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and ‘everyone is doing it’…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the TECHNO-BEAST!

Lies Homeschoolers Believe
Todd Wilson
Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. Your “get up and go” has “gotten up and went”. You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart – you’re not alone! No one homeschools because it’s easy. You do it because you believe it is best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it’s best. Join me as we do just that. You’ll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you’ll ever…love.

What’s Next? – Helping Your Children Choose the Best Route After Graduation
Todd Wilson
For the last twelve years, you’ve probably felt the tension of “what’s next?” for your children. You hoped the dilemma would solve itself, but it didn’t. In fact, there are all sorts of homeschool graduates who are stuck in the “what now zone” or were discouraged from traveling a particular path. It’s time to put your fears aside, look the cap and gown in the eye, and take an honest look at life after graduation. There is NOT a one-size-fits-all solution and the pressure from family members, peers, and experts can seem dizzying. Should they go to college or try a college alternative, do a gap year, start their own business, stay at home, get a job, travel the world…join a monastery??!! Don’t be afraid. God has a plan for your child, and part of that plan is that He’s given them YOU to help guide them into their next phase of life. Join Todd Wilson as he takes a bold and straightforward look at “Life after Graduation.” We’ll look at the options, discuss the pros and cons, and take the FEAR out of graduation…remembering along the way that every child’s path is different.

Dream BIG
Todd Wilson
Everyone has dreams – you, your spouse, and your children, but for every dreamer a dream killer lurks in the shadows. They’re the ones who constantly remind you why you shouldn’t homeschool, have more children, be a stay-at-home mom, start a new business, or take that step of faith God’s telling you to take. Dream killers grew up with you. They live in your house and sometimes they even…are you. Their intentions may be good, but if you listen to them, you will miss out on God’s best for your life. Join Todd as he helps you revive old dreams, fan the dreams in others’ lives, and urges you to throw caution to the wind and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.

What to do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan
Todd Wilson
We like things nice and neat, orderly, and with a predictable outcome, but most of the time OUR plans don’t ‘come together’ as we hoped. Instead, our plans often fall apart, disintegrate right before our eyes, and leave us dumbfounded and stunned. I’ve talked to plenty of homeschooling parents who were sold a plan. They followed the plan and then later stood before me with tears in their eyes because the plan “didn’t come together.” “We did everything THEY said to do,” they say. “We didn’t have TV…we homeschooled…we ate organic…we only wore dresses…we sheltered and protected….we practiced courtship…they played the violin…we emphasized the classics…we never missed family devotions…we emphasized purity…we birthed our children at home…we had a home business” and on and on the list goes. They feel betrayed, angry, and lost….and their children are starting ‘tell all’ websites!!! I have to admit that several years ago when I heard their sob stories I inwardly wondered what they had done wrong. I believed that they must have gotten the WRONG plan…or didn’t carry the plan out according to the instructions. And while some of that may be true, I know NOW that sometimes our plans don’t come together because God has a DIFFERENT PLAN. Join me as we take an honest and humorous look at plans, why they fall apart and what to do when they have.

Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom – Dads
Todd Wilson
It’s a fact! The only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is…being married to a homeschooling mom! Dad, your wife needs your help. Come join me as we discuss how to support and assist our wives in the homeschooling journey. We’ll also do a lot of laughing, as I encourage men to be encouragers of their homeschooling wives.

Don’t Tell me What you Believe…LIVE IT!
Todd Wilson
There’s a lot of talk about Christian worldview. In fact, never before have Christian teens received so much training in developing a proper worldview. But something seems dreadfully wrong, because the truth is…there just doesn’t seem to be much difference between “our teens” and “their teens.” To be honest there sometimes isn’t much different between “our adults” and “their adults.” That’s about to change. Join funny guy, Todd Wilson as he talks about a very REAL, Real Christian Worldview. Now don’t think for one minute that Todd is going to give you a list of do’s and don’ts, because he won’t, but he will challenge you right where you live. Together, we just might change the world. You’re going to want to be here.

Your Personal Relationship with Your Daughter: How to Get it Back on Track
Sam and Jasmine Doyle
Is the relationship with your daughter broken? Is she pulling away from you? Do you wish that she can share with you her thoughts and feelings? Were you close and now you are distant? In this session, Sam and Jasmine will encourage you by giving you specific steps that you can take to start bridging that gap between you and your girl.

Handling the Ups and Downs of Your Daughter’s Emotions
Sam and Jasmine Doyle
Your girl: One day she is full of joy, the next day she is depressed. One day she is hopeful, the next stay she is in despair. One day, her faith is strong, the next stay she is in doubt. Sam and Jasmine will encourage you and will provide to you specific ways that you can not only help your daughter navigate these difficult and emotional times, but to be able to survive the season yourself!

Developmental Education: Building a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Ashley Wiggers
Children are developmental. They will reach certain milestones at varying ages and it is our job to make sure we’re matching expectations with an understanding of how children learn and progress. Building the right foundation will enable you and your children to enjoy the process of learning. Come hear why this homeschool graduate and national magazine editor became a lifelong learner.

What Mattered Most: Recollections of a Homeschool Graduate
Ashley Wiggers
It can be dif?cult to keep the big picture of homeschooling in mind amidst the trials of everyday life. Ashley will share about what really makes a difference in the end, from the perspective of a homeschool graduate. She will speak to common concerns on the hearts and minds of parents and bring encouragement for the journey ahead.

Hope for the High School Years
Ashley Wiggers
Are you struggling with teaching your high school student? Hope for the High School Years is a down to earth talk with a homeschool graduate about the ups and downs of life with a high school student. If you are in need of a little encouragement and some proof that everything will work out for the best, please join Ashley for an uplifting workshop that will leave you with a new understanding of how to successfully homeschool through high school.

The Importance of Understanding Learning Styles
Ashley Wiggers
Our goal as homeschoolers is to teach as effectively as possible, so it can be stressful when the lessons we teach aren’t understood, or our children seem frustrated. Come to this workshop to learn how to overcome obstacles that may limit your ability to teach, and your children’s ability to understand. Shared from the perspective of the student, Ashley will provide tips that can help your children achieve their greatest learning success.

Moving from a Checklist to Meaningful Learning
Ashley Wiggers
Homeschooling offers the possibility to educate in a way that is lasting and meaningful. We don’t have to see it as a list of tasks to be completed. We can see it as the opportunity it is to learn through meaningful discussions, experiences, deep understanding, and the building of relationships. Come to receive practical ideas and listen as this homeschool graduate and author shares about her unique view of education given through the meaningful approach her family took to homeschooling.

Raising a Critical Thinker
Ashley Wiggers
Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today—everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, homeschool graduate and Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Ashley, will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum!

Conquering the Fear of Homeschooling
Misty Bailey
Conquering the FEAR of Homeschooling Homeschool mom fears, we all have them. In this session, Misty discusses common fears homeschool moms have and how they can conquer those fears and gain back their joy. Topics discussed will include overcoming the fear of failure, special needs, gaps in learning, high school, and much more. You CAN homeschool, and you can do it successfully. You just need to overcome the fear that is holding you back. This session can help you do that!

Schooling at Home While Working at Home
Misty Bailey
Are you thinking of working from home, but aren’t sure where to start? There are so many options out there that the idea of working from home can be mind-boggling. This is especially true when you also have a houseful of kids to educate. Misty has been where you are, and in this session, she is going to walk you through the process of working from home, step by step. From finding a job to getting hired to managing your time, house and family, everything will be covered and when you leave the session you will have an idea in mind to begin your work from home career.

5 Steps to a Successful Homeschool Day
Misty Bailey
Homeschool days can be chaotic, how do yours start? Does it involve lost papers? Kids crying? Forgotten lesson plans? Misty has been there and knows what it’s like. If you want more out of your homeschool day, then you NEED this session. 5 Steps to a Successful Homeschool Day will cover: how to have more peaceful homeschool days, days that start on time, and how to create a homeschool routine that works for YOUR family. PLUS…. why it’s important to give yourself grace when things DON’T work out as planned. By the end of the session, you will have a plan in place to start having a successful homeschool day.

Once Upon a Life: Helping Your Child Uncover Their God-given Life Purpose One Story at a Time
Grace Dyson
Students are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Instead of asking this question to DISCOVER life purpose, let your child’s life stories and events UNCOVER clues to life purpose. This topic covers various ways to keep track of your children’s abilities, activities, and interests. The workshop will cover the principles in Grace’s book: “Lifebook! Picks Up Where the Baby Book Leaves Off.”

Parents as Career Coach: Helping your child navigate career transitions
Grace Dyson
Parents are the first real career coach in the lives of their children and young adults. This topic covers the skills and activities to use in this coaching process. The activities covered will help with the transition from high school to college and college to career.

Rhythm & Writing: The Handwriting Program
Nikki Wilson
Rhythm & Writing is a fun, new, exciting handwriting program, developed by an Occupational Therapist, that teaches kids to write letters, the RIGHT WAY!!!! Through the use of catchy phrases and rhymes, kids learn and remember how to form letters correctly. This workshop will teach the attendees how to use the program effectively.

Educating the Creative Learner
Lori Adams
Does your child love to imagine, create, build, and dream, yet struggle when it’s time to sit down and “do school”? Can your child draw for hours, see the potential in all things, crave time to discover, construct, design? While all children are unique, the creative child is truly one of a kind! This action-packed workshop will provide insight into your child’s mind, equip you with ways to make “traditional” school tasks more appealing and productive while helping you generate some unusual ways to work on core skills, and inspire you to work with your child’s natural, creative, out-of-the-box leanings!

Practical Solutions for Underlying Language Problems that Impact Learning
Rhonda Davis,Ph.D,CCC-SLP
Your child’s got a diagnosis, now what? This session will present basic language development across childhood as well as everyday strategies parents can do with their children with learning difficulties. Many children with learning problems (e.g., autism, dyslexia, cognitive delay, etc.) have underlying language problems. When these skills are addressed, other areas often improve. Be encouraged as you learn practical tips you can use in your homeschool today.

Help Your Child Learn and Grow by Addressing Nutrition and Food Allergy Needs
Rhonda Davis,Ph.D,CCC-SLP
Is your child struggling and you don’t know why? Come learn strategies parents can do to improve nutrition and potentially improve learning skills. This session addresses research regarding attention, brain development, learning issues, and how they are influenced by nutrition and missing micronutrients. Health and learning are also impacted by underlying food allergies/sensitivities. Come learn how you can influence your child’s learning through practical changes to nutrition.

Actionable Career Advice for Homeschooled Teens
Sara Morrison
Homeschool students are uniquely positioned to jumpstart their professional development due to their self-driven and flexible schedules. Come learn how to leverage your status as a homeschooler to build an awesome career and get project ideas you can start on today to create a “digital footprint” of your skills, interests, and experiences. Want to learn how to thrive in the professional world today and hear success stories from other homeschool graduates? This session is for you.

The Next Generation in Science Videos
Dr. Jeff Vinokur
This presentation will feature Dr. Jeff Vinokur, the Dancing Scientist, and his new science video series produced in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. The video series, called Generation Genius, brings to life the science curriculum for grades 3-5 through fun, funny, entertaining, and educational videos. Each 11-minute video – complete with lesson plan, teacher guide, discussion questions, and instructions for DIY activities – helps increase excitement and understanding of science. This 50-minute presentation includes a live show with Dr. Jeff Vinokur, and an introduction to the Generation Genius videos and supplemental materials. For more information, visit www.GenerationGenius.com

HeartSchooling: Biblical Discipleship in the Home
Christine Marsh
Homeschooling is fabulous for so many reasons, one of the foremost being the possibility of pouring into our children’s hearts on a consistent basis. Being together all the time may be one of the “cons” that people think of when they consider the homeschool lifestyle, but it is truly the opposite. The natural opportunity to implement the Deuteronomy 6:7 principle of teaching our children diligently while we sit, walk, lie down, and rise up, may seem daunting; but the fruit it can bear is rewarding beyond description. Join us for a discussion of the stages of spiritual development across the age spectrum, what it realistically looks like to disciple our children, and simple, practical ways to incorporate this training into your day.

Yes, You Can!: Handling High School and Beyond
Christine Marsh
You may have started homeschooling with a “one year at a time” outlook, or you may have been planning to take this path all along. Regardless, here you are with an upcoming or current high school student! The prospect may seem daunting, and your enthusiasm may be quelled by the lack of or overload of information on how to proceed. Join us as we step back, take a deep breath, and discuss some of the options for successfully moving your student through high school and (gasp!) into the great beyond. We will offer encouragement (you CAN do this!); cover the essential matters of course selection, available tools, and homeschooling methods; address practical steps for the college bound; and hopefully answer many of the question you have as you continue on your journey.

Teach Excellence without Oppressing Your Child
Cynthia L. Simmons
Teach Excellence without Oppressing Your Child – All of us want our children to work hard and achieve. However, it’s easy for parents to push too hard and break the child’s spirit. This class outlines a healthy approach to child rearing that encourages excellence.

Surviving Your Special Needs Child
Cynthia L. Simmons
Having a child with special needs requires we parent differently and consider options for the future. As a parent of a disabled child, Cynthia can help you educate that child and navigate the rough spots.

If You Are Paying For Content, You’re Paying Too Much: How to Use the New Information Environment To Save Money Homeschooling
David Mugg
There is not a single topic or question that you can think of, that, within 5 clicks of an initial Google search, you can’t know as much as someone who has sat at the feet of an expert for an hour. And those searches are FREE! (An expert’s hour is not!) There are things worth paying for, but the content itself is rarely one of them. Learn how to leverage the new information environment in order to save money on materials!

Helpful Homeschool Habits
Tricia Hodges
What about the roaming toddler? Just how DO you teach multiple ages? Learn how to use basic habits as the ‘bones’ of your day. These simple habits with help you accomplish a basic school day and get food on the table. With babies, toddlers, stacks of school books, hungry mouths and even towering teens, these are the habits that will help you see results.

Yes You CAN Teach Art in Your Homeschool
Tricia Hodges
Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you can share simple and beautiful art times and grow a love of art with just a few, frugal supplies. Short art lesson from Nana included and no glitter required.

Relationship Renovations: Communicating with Teens
Mary Aldrich
Do you feel like no matter what you say, you can’t seem to connect with your teenager? In this workshop, we will discover why we don’t feel heard and two techniques for improving conversations, plus one game changing bonus tip for improving any relationship!

Relationship Renovations: Too Busy!
Mary Aldrich
Feeling too busy to take care of yourself and others at the same time? Come find out why you can’t seem to get off the hamster wheel of busyness and discover three ways to stay in a calm, joyful mindset.

The Homeschool Edge: How homeschooling successfully prepares students for college
Jordan Crenshaw
This session will discuss best practices to incorporate in throughout junior high and high school years as students set their sights on college.

The Heart of Hospitality, Building ministry from our homes
Melanie Adams
As homeschoolers, our life ministry should be central to our homes. This practical workshop will inspire and teach you the why’s & how to’s to create a heart of hospitality in your family so you can impact your world!

Living a Simple Life – Being Minimalists to live as Maximalists
Melanie Adams
Homeschooling can be stressful. Focusing on living a simple life, making the majors the majors and doing without the rest can help you have a peaceful home.

Ten Benefits of Extracurricular activities
Elizabeth Bauman
In this workshop, Elizabeth will cover the reasons why extracurricular activities are important and how they help prepare homeschooled students for college and career.

How to qualify for Georgia’s dual enrollment program
Elizabeth Bauman
In this workshop, Elizabeth will discuss how homeschooled students may qualify to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. She will also provide information to help students who learn differently.

Overview of Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and how we can help people with Disability’s Go to Work
Charlie Miller
Getting Ready for those Transition years? Know of a Young adult living with a Disability? Wanna go to work but have a Disability? Then this is for you! Come hear about how Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency can help people as young as 14 all the way up too 65!

Planning for High School… and Beyond
Charlotte Seewald
Charlotte will present information about planning a high school curriculum for your homeschooled child that meets college admission requirements. Families with teens and preteens please come to this helpful workshop that will make planning easier and allow your child to explore their academic interests!

College Financial Game Plan
Stefan Belhomme
How parents can get the maximum amount of money for college and pay as little, out-of-pocket, as possible.

Work Smarter, Not Harder
Susan Ison
This workshop will provide an overview of the Victus Study Skills System with an introduction to some pertinant skills participants can use immediately. Studying is something all students are expected to do, but seldom are they afforded the opportunity to learn to perform this important task. Victus Study Skills System is a systems approach to study, not just isolated skills individual components to be mastered, but rather a way of thinking about study. This system of study has helped improve thousands of students in organization, time management, goal setting, note taking, test taking and reading comprehension.

Gretchen Roe
Spelling Success Achieved in Cooperation with How the Brain Learns
Spelling You See’s research-based methods empower students to develop skill and confidence in spelling through an effective, engaging, low-stress learning experience using four activities: listening, reading, copywork, and dictation. Join us to learn how to teach spelling without stress or drama.

Online Courses: Best Practices to Success
Dale Gamache
Online courses are a great tool to teach the courses that you don’t feel comfortable or competent teaching. Your child needs to be prepared for a different type of learning experience. This talk will focus on what the parent should look for in an online course, what types to avoid and how to guide your child during the course to assure them a successful completion.

Foreign Language Learning At Home:Is It Achievable and If So….HOW?
Dale Gamache
One of the most challenging subjects to teach at home is Foreign Language.
In this talk Dale Gamache will explore how to successfully learn language at home from early childhood thru high school AND BEYOND!

Is Your Child’s Smartphone Making Them Dumb As Dirt?
Dale Gamache
With over 35 years in the public school classroom, this talk will focus on the reflections of what the tidal wave of cell phone use has done to the learning process, thinking and reasoning skills, and attention span of young people since the advent of the “affordable” smartphone in 2007. We will explore what we can do to limit the damage and utilize the positive attributes of the technology. Please turn off your cell phone upon entering….JK?

Multisensory Strategies for Making Language Arts Instruction Effective and Fun
Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed
Research shows that when we engage the senses of our students, they are more likely to remember what they learn. In this lively workshop, Jennifer Hasser will provide homeschool parents with multisensory games and activities to make language arts instruction efficient and effective. Regardless of whether your child is a natural reader or one who struggles, you will learn strategies you can put into place immediately to meet your child where they are and bring instruction to life. Come prepared to be inspired and to view language arts instruction in a whole new light! Appropriate for homeschool parents of students of all ages.

Are you holding your kids back from their creative genius? Let’s find out.
Dwayne Walker
Join creative professional, Dwayne Walker, as he demonstrates the advantages of children growing into a creative genius, the signs that you are/aren’t holding back from your child’s creativity, and how you can implement creativity into your curriculum.

Using “Arts” to enhance STEM – The Creative Advantage
Dwayne Walker
Join creative professional, Dwayne Walker, as he helps you learn the benefits of implementing creativity into your curriculum, learn how to make the connections between art and STEM, and learn actionable methods to apply to you homeschool.

Leveraging Your Child’s Creative Passions Towards Success
Dwayne Walker
Join the creative professional, Dwayne Walker, as he unveils tips and tricks that helped himself, as a homeschool student, go from tracing pictures in a coloring book to working with celebrities and large companies on creative ventures before he was 18 years old. You will learn how steer your child’s creative passions in the right direction and get a chance to participate an open discussion about struggles you’re facing implementing art/creativity into your curriculum.


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