Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
"Promoting and safeguarding home education to the glory of God"


2014 Workshops

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Voddie Baucham

Home Education - Why and How
Do you have a biblical theology of education?  Or do you simply educate your children at home because it promises safety, security, and higher SAT scores?  This session is designed to examine the Scriptures with a view toward a biblical theology of education that will serve as a foundation upon which families can build a philosophy of true home discipleship.
Teaching Your Children with Your Grandchildren in Mind
I am surprised at how many homeschool kids aren’t sure whether or not they are going to educate their own children at home.  I’m more surprised that some are sure they won’t.  Usually, further examination reveals a complete lack of any theological/philosophical reflection on the topic.  Their parents simply did what was best for them at the moment; not what was best, period.
Getting Your House in Order (Keynote - General Session)
This session opens the eyes of the participants to the contemporary tragedy in evangelicalism.  We are losing a  generation.  Teens are abandoning the church at alarming rates, birth rates are plummeting and less than 10% of professing evangelicals have a biblical worldview.  This ‘perfect storm’ has the modern American church on a collision course with apostasy.
Education and Worldview (Keynote - General Session)
It is impossible to separate education and worldview.  In fact, the main purpose of education is worldview discipleship.  Unfortunately, many home educators have come to believe that worldview is a subject to be taught in the late teen years before a child goes off to college.  That is a terrible mistake.
The Role of the Father in Home Education/Discipleship
Many homeschool dads view their role in home education as little more than providing the money to buy curriculum each year.  However, the results of such passivity can be devastating.  Marriages are strained, homeschool boys are feminized, moms are frustrated and isolated, and feminism often exploits the opening.  As a result, the homeschool movement is in jeopardy of being feminized altogether.
Culture Wars: How They Affect the Homeschool Family and How We Respond
There is a mighty clash of worldviews going on all around us, and there is no way to escape.  Educating our children at home will only postpone the inevitable.  Our children will engage the culture.  The only question is, will they do so as lambs going off to slaughter, or will they be sheep among wolves who are "wise as serpents and innocent as doves"? (Matthew 10:16)

Lou Priolo

Teach Them Diligently part 1
New parenting books are cropping up all the time. But when it comes to the day-to-day challenges of raising children, too few parents really know how to rely on the Bible to provide guidance in doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. As an author, lecturer, biblical counselor, and father, Lou Priolo has the experience and grounding in Scripture to help you take hold of the biblical principles of child raising. In this first part of a two-workshop series, Lou will offer insights into how to teach and correct your kids while maintaining the proper attitude and goals. Don’t miss this chance to find the tools you need to parent effectively, according to God’s design!
Teach Them Diligently part 2
In this workshop Lou will continue to explain how to practically use the Scriptures in child training. The focus for this hour will be on correcting sinful thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions as well as training children in righteousness so that the "corrected" problems do not reappear. There will also be a brief Q&A period at the end of this presentation.
Parenting Teenagers
Did you know that, down through the ages, people were considered to be adults at a much younger age than we consider them to be today? Many scholars are convinced that the long gap between childhood and adulthood, which we call adolescence, simply did not exist in ancient cultures. What does this mean for us? How do we parent teenagers biblically in the twenty first century in light of the fact that the Bible was written in a time when teenagers were seen and treated much more like adults than they are today. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, come to this workshop.
How to Avoid Provoking Children to Anger
Angry outbursts, harsh words, impatience, arguments and temper tantrums: Do you feel like you are always pushing your children’s hot buttons? Are you trapped in a vicious cycle? Are you longing for someone to help you diagnose the problem from a biblical perspective and show you what you can to do to help your child deal with his or her anger?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will not want to miss this presentation. In a straightforward and compassionate presentation, author, lecturer, biblical counselor and father Lou Priolo will dig below the surface of children’s anger problems and identify some of the most common ways parents tend to provoke their children to anger.

Helping Children with Disrespectful Attitudes
There is probably nothing that provokes parents to anger quicker and more often than disrespect. To make matters worse, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of ways in which children can be disrespectful to their parents. The words they choose, the tone of their voices, and what they communicate with their bodies, especially their faces, all have the potential (individually and collectively) to communicate insolence, impudence, impertinence, and contempt. This workshop is designed to help parents identify and address these external manifestations of rebellion in the hearts of their children.

Generation Joshua (teen track)

iCommand: Presidential Crisis Simulation
The first of Generation Joshua’s two newest teen tracks.  Designed as an intense foreign policy crisis simulation, the students act as members of the executive branch of government.  They must respond to a variety of developing foreign crises.  The students take on roles in the State Department, Department of Defense, and national security organizations attempting to discern wise and true courses of action.  An intense look at the powers of the presidency in action, and U.S. foreign policy, iCommand provides students with an opportunity to test their own ideas of how the U.S. should act on the world stage and see the consequences in real time.
iAdvocate: Mock Legislative Session
This teen track features interactive activities that simulate what a legislator encounters when he or she tries to draft and advocate legislation. Participants will have to choose between competing priorities such as personal legislative goals, the goals of his or her party, and the professional agreements he or she has made with other participants.  Participants will start with drafting legislation in a small committee, and will progress to an official legislative session where they will have the chance to debate and vote on their legislation.

Jeff Baldwin

Charting Worldviews
A systematic comparison of Christianity with non-Christian worldviews with regard to seven categories: views of man, God, the universe, truth, morality, the family, and politics. Introduces students to some of the most influential worldview leaders, and provides practical instruction about the virtues that flow from a Christian worldview and the vices that flow from non-Christian views. Arms students with an apologetic for their faith.
What Kind of Monster Are You?
Effective apologetics begins with understanding the distinction between Christianity and the world. This seminar compares various worldviews’ assumptions about the nature of man and draws the logical conclusions. Based on an analogy between Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein’s monster and the two possible beliefs about the nature of man, this lecture demonstrates the uniqueness of Christianity and the bankruptcy of political, legal, and ethical systems based on the assumption that man is basically good.
The Twelve Trademarks of Great Literature
What makes a book a great book? This class answers that question, allowing you to make educated assessments rather than relying on oft-misguided booklists. In the course of this discussion, you will learn about the significant role of values in literature and authors’ unconscious reliance on moral absolutes. In addition, Jeff will introduce his list of the top ten "must read" classics.
What Kind of Insect Are You?
It's crucial for Christians to understand that their belief about the nature of man differs from every other worldview—but there is more to the nature of man than our inherent sinfulness. Man is also made in the image of God, which has serious implications for the sanctity of life, our attitudes about immigration and over-population, and our economic models. Is wealth primarily tied to resources, so that the only reason America prospers is because of her natural abundance? Or is wealth primarily a creation of the human mind? The Christian response reinforces the dignity of every human being.

Faith Berens

Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans)
Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs?  Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)?  Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP.  This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP.  Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Developing and Drafting SEPs [209kB PDF]

Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
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.

Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success [390kB PDF]

Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years.  Do you have questions such as, "How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?" or "What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?"  Faith discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs [765kB PDF]


Carlita Boyles

Lighten the Load and Enjoy the Journey
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by homeschooling?  Are there days when you'd love to chuck it all and send them away to school - preferably far away? You're not alone.  Homeschooling is a challenge, but there are ways to lighten the load.  Join Carlita as this experienced homeschool mom gives tips and techniques for not only surviving the homeschooling adventure, but having fun along the way.  Jam packed with practical tips, great activities, and even some manageable ways to get yourself rejuvenated, you'll leave this workshop refreshed and ready to continue the homeschooling journey with joy.
Walking with Word Problems
Word problems can be so challenging, and so hard to teach when we copy  the classroom’s approach – but in homeschooling, we can do it differently!  In this encouraging workshop, Carlita will walk you through ways to bring word problems alive with a homeschool-centered approach.  Learn how to help your children "think mathematically" so that word problems become a reflection of life rather than a memorized formula.  The principles here can be applied to any age, so join Carlita to learn how to make word problems more fun.
Math Facts and More
Does your child struggle with math facts?  Does he or she feel like a failure in math because long division is overwhelming?  Join Carlita as she takes a fresh look at dealing with math facts  and other basic math operations, providing an arsenal of less-stress approaches for mastering them.  You'll leave with a different outlook and a new set of tools with which to tackle the math challenges facing your child.

Math Facts and More [229kB PDF]

Get Crafty with Math
For many homeschool families, arts and crafts tend to be ignored, especially as our children move past kindergarten. But most children love creative arts and crafts, whereas many find learning math to be not-so-motivating. So why not combine the two? This workshop will give you ideas for incorporating math with arts and crafts at a variety of interest and skill levels... and a new, practical way of looking at teaching math.

Get Crafty with Math [196kB PDF]

Let's Talk
If you feel a little overwhelmed with all the information of the weekend, or if you have questions that you would like to ask, or if you just need someone to pray with you, join experienced homeschooling mom, Carlita Boyles, in this interactive debriefing session.  You can relax and discuss the weekend, or she will share some of her "What I wish I’d known when I first started this journey of homeschooling" tips.  This is a very informal workshop.

Julie Caprera

De-cluttering Your Homeschool Approach
Conventions, exhibit halls, and vendor catalogs can all too easily lead a homeschool parent into a guilt trip, a comparison trip, or to the land of discontent.  It's not the curriculum that's the problem, but the lack of a bigger vision.  Learn how to fit all your decisions into one of three basic categories - knowledge, skill sets, and character - and greatly simplify your homeschool life.  It leaves much more room for enjoying the journey!

Rob Caprera

Keeping Your Homeschool Legal House in Order
Attorney Robert G. Caprera, husband,  homeschooling father of 3 grown children, long-time MassHOPE Board member, and a Massachusetts attorney in general practice for over 30 years, will review probate and estate planning matters most relevant to homeschooling families. These include wills, trusts, appointment of guardians, powers of attorney, health care proxies, homestead declarations, jointly held property, life insurance, CHINS for disobedient children, and other related legal matters facing parents in our challenging era in Massachusetts. Come, be encouraged, and have your legal questions answered.

Elizabeth Cernoia

What Am I Doing Here? A Crash Course on Homeschooling as a Single Parent
While two-parent homeschooling families seem to zoom along the highways, could it be that significant life lessons lie on the less traveled roads of homeschooling as a single parent? We’ll look at the practical, nitty-gritty truth of the chaos that is on this path. But, buckle up, the view might surprise you!

Mike Donnelly

The Compelling Case for Home Education (free Thursday evening session at the Hilton Garden)
Are you curious about home education, but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member saying you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Mike Donnelly for "The Compelling Case for Home Education" and see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. Mike will help you understand the basics, show how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and shed light on the myths surrounding homeschooling.
Rotten to the (Common) Core
Educrats and statists see the education system as a means of control. But freedom in education means freedom over method and content—the increasingly federalized Common Core educational standards and related projects threaten both. And not just for homeschoolers either. Federal testing, standards, databases and more are legitimate concerns about Common Core’s threat to our freedom to homeschool. HSLDA Attorney Mike Donnelly will tell you what you need to know about these and other threats to our freedom—and what you as a homeschooling parent and concerned citizen can do about it!
Is Today's Military Right for My Child?
Serving in the United States Military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. Is it still? Changes in society are reflected in the military. How can this impact a parents view of service in the military today? What is involved in serving in the military and how should parents mentor their children in viewing service in today’s military? Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven who served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He will discuss practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.
Creature of the State?
In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the "prior right" to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a "human right" of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.
"Parentectomies" and Parental Rights
In this interactive session, HSLDA Director for International Relations and Staff Attorney for Massachusetts Affairs will report on pressing issues in the area of family autonomy, religious freedom and parental rights.  With plenty of opportunity for Q&A, Mike will help you understand critical issues we face as parents, families and a homeschooling movement.  What does it mean that the Federal government rejected Asylum for but refuses to deport a German homeschooling family?  Why did Massachusetts DFS collude with Boston Children’s Hospital to do a "parentectomy" on the Pelletier family?  Why did the Scottish Legislature pass a law to assign a "named person" to every child?  Is the Senate poised to ratify the UNCRPD?  Mike explores the impact on your family and how together we must defend ourselves and our homeschooling movement!

Denise Eide

Preparing Toddlers and Preschoolers to Become Strong Readers
Literacy is the foundation of all education. By providing preschool children with language learning opportunities that prepare them for reading, we can smooth their transition into the printed word. This workshop will present language learning games, ideas on teaching the phonograms to young students, and present the latest literacy research on early childhood and reading. Participants will be provided a handout with ideas they can use with their children at home.
It's Not an Exception! An Eye-Opening Approach to Reading and Spelling
Have you always believed English is illogical? Let your understanding of English be transformed! Denise Eide will reveal phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words. We will learn the rule which explains both sounds for C in accent and describes more than 6,000 words, three of the nine reasons for a Silent Final E, why we drop the Silent Final E in servicing but not in serviceable, and why many math and science minded kids struggle with reading and spelling. Do not miss this revolutionary workshop. You will leave wondering why someone didn’t tell you this in kindergarten.
Teaching Handwriting with Success
Developing fluid, legible handwriting is foundational to education, yet this basic skill is often neglected in today’s world of computers. In this workshop we will explore the history of handwriting education, methods for teaching handwriting so that all students succeed, handwriting games and practice ideas, best practices for teaching cursive and manuscript, and more. Participants will also learn the latest handwriting research and how it applies to teaching reading and spelling. This workshop will provide practical information that can be used right away.
Calming Our Anxious Hearts
We live in a day with more opportunities than ever before, yet never have parents been so anxious about whether they are doing the "right" thing. Peace is far from many of our lives. Denise Eide will share insights from her journey toward embracing her kids’ strengths rather than worrying about their weaknesses, and respecting life’s seasons rather than clinging to her own ideas. Discover how cultivating your family’s gifts, embracing struggle, living out your dreams, and giving thanks for the journey can bring greater peace. Come and be encouraged to open your hands and rest in God’s plan for you.

Walt & Glenda Grayum

Seven Steps to a Great Start
This session will help you know what to think about, what to do, and what decisions to make as you begin your homeschooling journey.  With practical advice and real life illustrations, you will be encouraged and informed.  Whether you've already made the decision to teach your children at home, or are still considering, this workshop will answer the questions you're asking.

Seven Steps to a Great Start [6,042kB PDF]


Mary Harrington

The Five Most Neglected Subjects and How to Teach Them
This mother of eleven grown children tells you how to cover "everything", which means "covering the most important subjects- besides Bible, Math, History and Science.  These are Logic, Latin, Ethics, Public Speaking and Manners.  Suggestions for each subject and each grade level will be presented in a handout.

The Five Most Neglected Subjects and How to Teach Them [43kB PDF]

How to Write a Story That's Not Boring and How to Write a Christian Autobiography
Are your stories lacking form?  Do you know the secret of an interesting story?  Learn the principles taught by John Reynolds Gardiner, author of Stone Fox, who has permitted us to use his materials taught at his seminars.  You will also receive an outline for an autobiography for your students to write which helps them focus on their life goals.  If you really want to enjoy this workshop, read Stone Fox before attending.  It is available at your local library.

How to Write a Story That's Not Boring and How to Write a Christian Autobiography [128kB PDF]

Latin Is Essential and How You Can Teach It with No Prior Knowledge
No, Latin is NOT boring!  It is the base of the English language, and it is the key to a good English vocabulary and to good grammar.  It is possible to teach Latin in an interesting way and to learn as you teach.  The only prerequisite is being able to read!

Latin Is Essential and How You Can Teach It with No Prior Knowledge [33kB PDF]


Frederica Jones

Teaching Adults to Lead Their Kids part 1
Using the discussion of God’s plan for sexuality as a framework, Part 1 of the TALK workshop looks at why parents are hesitant to talk with their children about sex, what topics should be addressed at what developmental stages, a health education refresher, what the Bible has to say about sex and sex education, and what healthy marital modelling looks like.  The workshop should convince you that if you can talk about sex, you can talk about anything.  Topics include the following: 
  • Why aren't parents talking?
  • Does talking help?
  • Talk early and often.
  • First Conversations.
  • Puberty preparation.
  • Reproduction.
  • God's design for Sex.

Teaching Adults to Lead Their Kids part 1 [57kB PDF]

Teaching Adults to Lead Their Kids part 2
Continuing the discussion of God’s plan for sexuality, Part 2 develops why it is important that parents deliberately open up the topic of sex with their children.  This workshop gives parents insights on relationships and communication that will help their children set healthy sexual boundaries.  The discussion finishes by drawing on the wisdom of Ephesians 5:31-32, concluding that God gave sex in marriage as a symbol pointing to God’s love.  Topics include the following: 
  • What if parents don't talk?
  • The "hard" topics.
  • Use of the Internet.
  • The Adolescent Brain.
  • Dealing with sexual feelings.
  • God's good design for sex.

Teaching Adults to Lead Their Kids part 2 [57kB PDF]


Diane Kummer

Yes You Can Homeschool High School!
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Yes You Can Homeschool High School! [145kB PDF]

Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course Through High School
As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home — but you’ve got your doubts! Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? We’ll answer your questions; but more importantly, we’ll encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home.

Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course Through High School [165kB PDF]

High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips [212kB PDF]

Homeschooling the College-Bound: Successfully Navigating the Road to Admission
If your child’s post—high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application.

Homeschooling the College [68kB PDF]

Preparing Your Teen for Life
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Preparing Your Teen for Life [186kB PDF]

Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process
Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process [183kB PDF]


Jason Lisle

Creation: Science Confirms the Bible Is True
Dr. Lisle will cover diverse topics of science, showing how each confirms biblical creation and the worldwide flood. He explains genetics using wonderful—and memorably humorous—visual illustrations, then presents an overview of information science. Covering earth science in an easy-to-understand way, he will show you that fossils form quickly under flood conditions, and that fossils and the rocks in which they are found are exactly what we would expect from a worldwide flood. This presentation assumes no science knowledge on the part of the audience, and is full of memorable visual aids and humor.
The Ultimate Proof of Creation
There is an argument for biblical creation that is absolutely irrefutable.  It is the Christian worldview that makes knowledge and science possible; such things would be meaningless in an evolutionary universe.  The key to defending the faith is to understand how to think properly.  Although scientific evidence is helpful, it is far more important to know how to use the evidence effectively.  This powerful presentation is perfect for the home-school community.
The Relevance of Genesis
This presentation shows the importance of being able to defend biblical creation in our modern age.  All major Christian doctrines are rooted in Genesis, and are inconsistent with evolution.  The teachings of evolution and "millions of years" are an attack on biblical authority – one that all Christians must be able to refute.
Creation Astronomy
This is an introduction to astronomy showing how the universe is consistent with what the Bible teaches.  The presentation is geared for a layman audience.  Topics include Bible verses that touch on astronomy, the age of the universe, the design of the universe, problems with naturalism, extra-terrestrial life, and the distant starlight issue.

Carol Newell

How the Brain Works: Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, etc - Turning All Those Diagnoses into One Plan
Many children diagnosed with autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other behavioral or developmental challenges become labeled "special needs", and carry these inaccurate, symptom-based diagnoses for many years. We find that metabolic toxic sensitivities, injuries in the brain stem, limbic area, cortex and cerebellum prevent your child from receiving and processing information properly, leading to delays. Some also have issues with their coordination and mobility. This lecture focuses on, and deals directly with these sensitivities in the affected area of the brain, and teaches steps to begin to identify and stimulate the compromised areas of your child’s brain at home without medication.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Removing Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities from Your Child's Path
Dyslexia is the result of a neurological problem that can be traced to compromised auditory and visual pathways in the cortical areas in the brain. This causes processing difficulties leading to problems in reading, writing, memorization and language use. We have seen many children with this diagnosis, and they can often be healed, not just taught coping strategies.

Jane Rattray

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Children: Unwrapping the Gift of Your Unique Family
Through decades of achievement, homeschooling has proven itself to be a superior method of education. But, at the end of the day do you feel like your homeschool is failing, or worse, ordinary?  In this workshop you will discover how the pressure to live another family’s story is blinding you to the beauty of your own. Comparison destroys but modeling those who model Christ brings life-changing vision.  Come prepared to unwrap a special gift, the one that God has given to you through your unique children.

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Children: Unwrapping the Gift of Your Unique Family [212kB PDF]


Carol Robb

Lapbooking 101
School can be fun and lapbooking is one way to open up learning for children while they are having fun.  This is a hands-on session that I teach to parents who are new to lapbooking.  I explain the basics of lapbooking, the reasons to lapbook, and provide examples of different types.  Then we create a sample lapbook together so they can go home with a completed lapbook that they can use as a reference as they make their own lapbooks with their children in the future.
God's Hand in History: from Creation through Christ
When God created Adam and Eve, He didn’t just walk away and leave us to our own devices.  He had a plan and a Promise that He gave to Eve in Genesis 3:15:  a coming Savior.  In this session, I discuss how God fulfills this promise through Jesus Christ and that all of History points to His coming.  Even the difficult and cruel times are under His sovereign reign.  I will weave together events in History to show God’s intimate involvement.  I desire to encourage parents to study those parts of History with their children that are difficult to comprehend so that when their children grow up and experience tribulations, they know God is faithful because they have seen this in their History studies.
God's Hand in History: the Renaissance and Reformation
The Renaissance was an amazing time of Art and Science, but the main focus began to switch from dependence on God to glorifying man.  How important it is for us as parents to train our children to understand worldviews and how easily we can be caught in the trap of faulty thinking.  We must teach our children the events of History, helping them to examine the lies of the Renaissance so that they can recognize the same lies being taught in our society today.  But we also must examine the strengths and weaknesses of the men and women of the Reformation.  Our children can learn so much about how to stand firm for the Lord, how to stay humble before him and not to become arrogant and proud.
Lapbooking and Beyond
This session is for those parents who know the basics of lapbooking, but need ideas on how to use lapbooking in their homeschooling.  I will teach them how to develop a lapbook in Science, History, and Bible, with specifics on creating games and how to use the computer to design the lapbooks.

Caleb Smith

Secular College - Is It Ever God's Plan?
This session will ask students and parents to consider whether God might be calling them to a secular college.  I will be giving some of the reasons a Christian might consider this option, including the educational benefits for some fields, the opportunity to reach special groups, and the chance to be a witness in a close but often Christ-starved environment.  In recounting my own and other Christians' experiences, I will address some common worries and objections that homeschooling parents have, such as whether all professors are hostile and whether Christians can do well spiritually on these campuses.  There will also be pointers on how to look into these schools and how to prosper spiritually once there.

Jim Stobaugh

"Classical Teaching" - But Is It?
"Classical Education" is a buzz word that almost no one knows how to define.  Dr. Stobaugh will define classical education and he will offer concrete ways to implement this vital educational program in subject areas.  The workshop participants will hear Dr. Stobaugh argue that "true" classical education is the best way to prepare students to be critical thinkers.

"Classical Teaching" [28kB PDF]

How to Teach the Classics
An overview of the best writings in world history and insights on ways to teach them: The Iliad, by Homer, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles,Confessions, Augustine, Divine Comedy, Dante, Faust, Goethe, The Doll House, Ibsen, Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky, War and Peace, Tolstoi, The Unvanquished, William Faulkner, The Stranger, Camus,  The Aeneid, Virgil, Beowulf, Unknown, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede, Macbeth, Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne, Huckleberry Finn, Twain, Red Badge of Courage, Crane, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson, A Farewell To Arms, Hemingway, Cry the Beloved Country, Paton.

How to Teach the Classics [12kB PDF]

SAT Preparation for Christian Students
Doing their best on the SAT is one avenue God has before our children to prepare to be the kind of Christians who will change their world no matter what the obstacles.  In light of the changes to the new SAT I, this workshop is especially relevant.  Finally, Pastor Stobaugh will share insights concerning the essay portion of the SAT I. He is a College Board grader.

SAT Preparation for Christian Students [56kB PDF]

How to Teach History and Literature Together
Most homeschooler veterans know that the problem with home schooling is not too much time, but too little time! This very practical workshop shows a home school family how to teach history and literature in 1 hour and 15 minutes everyday!  Weaving together language arts skills and historical narrative is not only possible, but preferable!  The student learns both disciplines very well and finishes with three full year, academic credits: Composition, Literature, and History.

How to Teach History and Literature Together [59kB PDF]


Susan Ward

"Castle in the Sand" and "Party in Woodsie Way"
Love Bug Hollow is a wonderful place with many places to visit and many love bug friends to meet.  But watch out, not all of the bugs in the Hollow are love bugs, some of them are unlovely bugs who are always trying to get the little love bugs to do something unlovely.  Come and meet some of my love bug friends and me at our booth, where you can enter a drawing to win free books.  Join my little friends and me as we share a story on Friday and Saturday.  We are looking forward to meeting you.
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