Convention Workshop Bundles

Beginning Homeschooling

  • Homeschooling 101 by Carol Barnier
  • How Public School Rules Threaten Home Schools by Joy Pullman
  • Choosing Curriculum by Kendra Fletcher
  • The First Three Years: A Workshop For Rookies by Heidi St. John
  • Textbook Myths and How to Deal with Them by Diana Waring & Dr. Jay Wile
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Homeschool Inspiration

  • Kickstart Your Kids by Rebecca Keliher
  • Homeschooling Will Save Your Kids: Hope Shifting & How It Will Kill Your Homeschool by Andy & Kendra Fletcher
  • The Key to Education is Relationship by Diana Waring
  • 17 Years of Homeschooling by Carol Barnier
  • Just Say No: Overcoming Interruptions and Distractions by Mary Jo Tate
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Homeschool Academics

  • Science for Moms Who Don’t Like Science by Kendra Fletcher
  • Unleashing The Power of World History by Linda Hobar
  • Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math by Tom Clark
  • The Foundational Five by Jan Bloom
  • Teaching Critical Thinking by Dr. Jay Wile
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Special Learners

  • Teaching the Right Brain Child by Pamela Gates
  • Struggling Learners by Faith Berens
  • Help! How Do I Reach this Highly Distractible Child by Carol Barnier
  • Reading Strategies for the Non-Reader by Andrew Pudewa
  • Brain Training by Cindy West
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Beginning Homeschooling - Workshop Descriptions

Homeschooling 101 by Carol Barnier

  • So you think you’re gonna homeschool? Worried? Excited? Overwhelmed? Would you like to avoid some of the more common pitfalls? Come listen as a long-term homeschooling mom, Carol Barnier, tells what she has learned, alleviates common fears, shares some surprising benefits and encourages you to have much fun on this journey. You can do this! And she’ll tell you how.

How Public School Rules Threaten Home Schools by Joy Pullman

  • State and national education policies are rapidly moving beyond Common Core into an entirely new web of education programs and rules that threaten families’ rights to decide what their children learn and how. If homeschool families want to retain their freedoms, they need to stay abreast of these education and political trends. These include online learning (of all forms, including popular websites such as Khan Academy and popular tests such as the SAT), Common Core (which still reigns in Indiana, despite what you may have heard), and national plans to monitor children throughout their lives, starting before birth.

Choosing Curriculum by Kendra Fletcher

  • Confused by the choices? Overwhelmed by the vendor hall? Straightforward advice on choosing the curriculum that fits your family best, from seasoned homeschooling mom and curriculum reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Kendra Fletcher.
    What are the different approaches to homeschooling and how do you decide what’s best for your home? What makes a curriculum a good choice for your family? Kendra will help you navigate the vast array of options and walk back into that vendor hall ready to narrow your purchases to exactly what you need.

The First Three Years: A Workshop For Rookies by Heidi St. John

  • If homeschooling up til now feels more like drudgery than delight, or if the thought of homeschooling makes your knees shake and your palms sweat, this is the workshop for you! Perhaps you’ve been hearing from “experts” that view homeschooling as just another form of education, like any other. Public schools think that way, but homeschooling is nothing like the school system. It’s just the opposite. Learning at home is an adventure, a journey, a new lifestyle.  

Textbook Myths and How to Deal with Them by Diana Waring & Dr. Jay Wile

  • When you study science and history, you will learn some things that are wrong. It happens. Get over it. In this talk, Diana Waring and Dr. Jay L. Wile discuss several of the common myths that are often taught in both of these subjects. While it will be valuable for you to learn about these myths, the more important lesson from the talk is what these myths teach us about the process of education. Because myths are common in both science and history, students must understand that what they learn in their textbooks might already be out of date. Wile and Waring will give you practical advice about how to approach these kinds of situations and how to discern myth from fact.
Homeschool Inspiration - Workshop Descriptions

Kickstart Your Kids by Rebecca Keliher

  • Discovering unique talents and gifts as she watched her five children grow, Rebecca shares how she developed these areas in her children and taught them how to be entrepreneurs. Learn how a seven year old made $200 in a weekend, how a 14 year old made a wedding cake worth a thousand, and how to be a kickstarter mom.

Homeschooling Will Save Your Kids: Hope shifting & How It Will Kill Your Homeschool by Andy & Kendra Fletcher

  • Money. Sex. Popularity. Cars. Perfect bodies. Homeschooling. Wait. Homeschooling? When we look to something like money or sex to provide us with a sense of worth or value, if we’re hoping that our popularity will make us feel more loved, if we’re striving for sex appeal, and yes, even if we’re placing our hope in homeschooling, we have created idols for ourselves that enslave us and keep us from walking in freedom.

The Key to Education is Relationship by Diana Waring

  • Experts in learning tell us that one of the BEST predictors of educational success is having a positive relationship between student and teacher. Translated for homeschooling parents:  if we build healthy, happy relationships with our children, they will be able to thrive educationally. It goes far beyond desks and multiplication tables, however. For us, it encompasses every aspect of life—since our students are learning with us 24/7!  Often we teach, react and parent out of fear which produces feelings of failure and guilt. These negative feelings can impact and even damage those relationships, which in turn affects our children’s learning.

17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch at All Anymore by Carol Barnier

  • Homeschooling is a unique experience. There are as many ways to homeschool as there are homeschooling families. Yet there are many things we share…like the standard questions strangers ask our kid when they learn we homeschool. So what are some of the best, most practical ways to walk through this unique journey? Come listen and laugh as Carol shares some of what she’s learned through the many ups and downs in her years as a homeschooling mom.

Just Say No: Overcoming Interruptions and Distractions by Mary Jo Tate

  • You’re deep in conversation with your eighth-grader when the phone rings. You’re working for a business client when your fifth-grader suddenly has an urgent math question. How do you decide what gets your attention at any one time? In this workshop, you’ll learn practical strategies for preventing interruptions and handling unavoidable interruptions wisely and receive encouragement to rest in God’s providence.
Homeschool Academics - Workshop Descriptions

Science for Moms Who Don’t Like Science by Kendra Fletcher

  • Science is a daunting subject to teach if you don’t love it or feel you don’t know a whole lot about it. Come learn about approaches to elementary science, junior high science, and even high school science from a mom just like you!

Unleashing The Power of World History by Linda Hobar

  • Through abounding stories of good and evil, world history has the power to befuddle our minds, disturb our souls, or inspire our hearts! Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for an insightful look at unleashing the power of world history to stir hearts of all ages toward the truths of the Gospel.

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math by Tom Clark

  • Most Homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. “We learned our math a long time ago”, or “We learned it a different way”, or maybe we learned it not at all. How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, will expose ten common myths about teaching math, and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items which can be used to determine the best math course for your students.

The Foundational Five: Bible Stories, Fairy Tales, Mother Goose, Aesop’s Fables, & Mythology by Jan Bloom

  • David and his five smooth stones, Cinderella and her glass slipper, Mary and her lamb, the tortoise and the hare, and dynamite are only a few examples of how these five collections of tales have influenced our literature, our language, and our lives. Learning the prime stories gathered in these sources equips your students to enjoy a lifetime of reading and getting the most out of the allusions, metaphors, and subtle remarks mined from the great classics.

Teaching Critical Thinking by Dr. Jay Wile

  • One of the biggest failures of our public and private school systems is that they do not teach students how to think critically. In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you specific suggestions as to how you can teach your child to think critically, regardless of the subject matter. You will learn how to help your student evaluate statements, look for hidden assumptions, find political/social agendas, and discover faulty logic. Although Dr. Wile’s area of interest is science, he will show you how critical thinking applies to all academic areas, as well as all facets of your life.
Special Learners - Workshop Descriptions

Teaching the Right Brain Child by Pamela Gates

  • Half of the population is right brain dominant and half is left brain dominant. You may have a right brain learner in your midst! These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left brain siblings. If you have a child who does not “like’” school work no matter what you do, you will learn much in this workshop. You will learn how to identify the right brain child and learn how to teach them.

Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success by Faith Berens

  • This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Help! How Do I Reach this Highly Distractible Child by Carol Barnier

  • Can a simple 20 minute lesson drag into 2 hours? Does your little wiggler seem to fall out of his chair a great deal? Is he distracted by things others don’t even notice? Find out what you must change for this child to stay on task and learn. Instead of trying to make this child learn like most others, find the key that unlocks learning for the highly distractible child. We’ll cover how to put motion into learning, making math fun (no, really!) and how to make learning experiences that cement your child’s understanding of science, history, and language.

Reading Strategies for the Non-Reader by Andrew Pudewa

  • As schools have made reading their new god, believing that producing good readers will solve all their academic problems, many children—the dyslexic, the easily distracted, the auditorily challenged—are truly left behind in the rush to improve test scores. What schools don’t know (but what many parents discover) is that reading is not simply being able to rapidly decode symbols with the eyes. With humor and insight, Andrew will share stories and strategies for helping students who need to engage the cognitive processes of reading, but who are more likely to excel through a wider variety of practical, creative, and imaginative approaches.

Brain Training by Cindy West

  • While the concept of brain training is perfect for struggling learners, it’s also perfect for gifted or “normal” learners, too. No matter where your child starts, you will see improvement in long and short term memory, processing speed, following directions, comprehension and more. Best of all, the methods are super easy and super fun.