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


2017 Workshops

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Mike Smith

The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling - Fear and Inadequacy
This presentation is based upon scriptural principles gleaned from King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This session involves more of a general encouragement and challenge to homeschoolers than specific direction on how to homeschool. There will, however, be specific application principles that will be given in a 1-2-3 etc format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome fear of failure, one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling moms.
The Angry Child: What Ticks Johnny Off?
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is absolutely essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. The Bible says "Be angry and sin not." This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike Smith also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion.
How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling? (General Session)
Why aren't your Christian neighbors homeschooling? What is the number one reason that parents do not homeschool? Their lack of confidence that they can actually do the job, or put another way - fear of failure. Many homeschoolers in the midst of homeschooling are wondering how they will be able to determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike will explain in very clear and decisive terms how you can know whether or not you have been successful when you get to the end of your homeschool experience where it says "The End." One way to answer the question is whether or not our work homeschooling with our children has been in vain. The Bible gives clear and decisive direction in this which should be very encouraging to all of us, and hopefully give us encouragement in even the most difficult situations.
What Can Dads Do to Make Mom Successful in Homeschooling?
Almost every father has heard that he is to lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. Many fathers, however, will tell you that no one has ever told them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike Smith presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a helpful participant in the home education program and a leader in the home. He provides insight on the mental and emotional benefits to mothers and children that fathers can provide through specific activities and offers suggestions to men on being more effective as husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family's homeschool program. In one father's words, "Inspiring and convicting - thanks for the straight talk!"
Homeschooling and Parental Rights - Freedom Under Fire
Parental rights and religious freedom have been the two foundations to establish a constitutional right for parents to teach their children at home. The U.S. Supreme Court some years back weakened the free exercise of religion claim as a foundation for homeschooling so that in order for homeschoolers to claim a fundamental right to homeschool, they must be able to combine the free exercise right with the parental rights claim. In other words, both rights have to coexist. Currently this is not a problem, but because of the fragile nature of freedom, moral decay, complacency and apathy, homeschooling freedoms are in jeopardy. An additional threat that is brewing but not well known, is the opposition to homeschooling from the intellectual elites, e.g. law and college professors. This opposition is based on a belief that the state, through public schools, should have access to all children to teach tolerance for others, which leads to collectivism. Homeschoolers are in their crosshairs. We are clearly at risk.

Steve Demme

The Divine Blueprint for Building a Family of Faith (General Session)
As soon as you have your first child, you have been automatically enrolled in Family Relationships 101. In Deuteronomy 6, God's simple and effective plan for the family begins with parents loving God with everything in them and having His word on their hearts. When parents have established their own relationship with God and His word, they are equipped to teach their children to love God and His word.

The Divine Blueprint for Building a Family of Faith [476kB PDF]

Five Strategies to Build Up and Encourage Our Wives
Steve relates insights he has gleaned from Scripture on how God has designed our wives and ways that we can lay down our lives and apply biblical principles to build them up and encourage them in the Lord. When we lose our lives we find them.

Five Strategies to Build Up and Encourage Our Wives [355kB PDF]

Biblical Principles of Communication for the Family
Loving God and each other are relationships. Relationships are built on edifying communication. No one can build up, or tear down, more than those that we love the most. In this workshop we will examine how to hear and understand each other in a safe place.

Biblical Principles of Communication for the Family [497kB PDF]

Celebrating Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life
This workshop is Steve's testimony of the last twenty-five years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny's disability and the special, rewarding, and joyful role he has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.

Celebrating Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life [516kB PDF]


Brian Ray

Ensuring Scientific Literacy
Dr. Ray will examine the nature of science, define scientific literacy, explain what should be done to ensure that children have a variety of true science experiences, offer practical tips about doing science, and extend encouragement to home education parents that they can in fact be excellent teachers of science.

Ensuring Scientific Literacy [31kB PDF]

Common Challenges to and Succeeding in Home-Based Education (for parents who think or feel they are new to homeschooling)
There are certain challenges that are common to most or all homeschool parents and their children, especially in the early years of homeschooling. There are key considerations, pieces of philosophy, and practices that significantly enhance home educators' success, attitudes, and joy. Dr. Ray will present some of the nuggets that he and his wife have gleaned from the home education of their eight children, and from years of research and learning from thousands of parents and families around the world.

Common Challenges to and Succeeding in Home-Based Education [14kB PDF]

Swimming Upstream: The Water Gets Clearer (or, Why You Should [Continue to] Homeschool [at Any Age])
Many parents finally fall prey to their own insecurities and critics' darts when their children reach age 14 (and sometimes much earlier). They consider abandoning home-based and parent-guided education. The cacophonous voices of professionals, generations of institutional schooling, public school giveaways and enticements, personal misperceptions of reality, and the world's opinion about what is important muddy the waters. Getting closer to the source - the headwaters - brings refreshment and clarity to vision and action. Dr. Ray focuses on key educational goals and philosophy (biblical), research findings, the importance of separating the state from education, amd personal experience to inform, encourage, and rally parents' spirits and harden their resolve to continue homeschooling for the long term in order to reap the harvest of its excellent fruits.

Swimming Upstream: The Water Gets Clearer [15kB PDF]

Whatever! Why Not Be Part of the 87%? (General Session)
Whatever! It's just a choice. We have liberty in Christ. One well known church pastor graduate of homeschooing claimed, "It is not a moral issue whether you choose public schools, private schools, or homeschooling." One popular online Christian speaker says, "Homeschooling is an adiaphora." There is, however, a big problem with these ideas. They beg a lot of important questions. God says a whole lot about discipling the children of God's children. How we teach and raise our children is an essentially moral issue. If it is not, wny bother attending a homeschool conference? Why not have your kids be a part of the 87% in state/public schools? Would these same folks teach Christians it is okay to choose to put their children in a Muslim madrasa, Mormon school, or New Age child garden beginnning at age five for six hours per day, five days per week? Tighten your belts and get your copy of the Word ready as Dr. Ray hits this topic hard, a little fast, with some humor, with plenty of pithy quotes and statistics, and hopefully with a dose of humility. He will address whether parent-led, home-based discipleship/education is the default setting laid out by our good God, or not, and the joy that comes with it if it is.

Whatever! Why Not Be Part of the 87%? [17kB PDF]

High Test Scores: Is That Why We Homeschool?
Research shows the average homeschool child scores well above average. The average homeschooler is equal or above on social and emotional development. And, yes, he or she can go on to college. But, is that why Christians should homeschool? What is at the core? What really matters? Dr. Ray has been studying the homeschool movement for 30 years, and he and Betsy have been practicing parent-led, home-based discipleship with all of their eight children (youngest is now 16) always. Brian will encourage you, challenge you, and invigorate you with a research-and-scripture-based talk.  Get down to brass tacks.
Isolationism or Teaching Them When They Lie, Sit, Rise, and Walk
Dr. Ray confronts both the critics of home education and home educators who may need to revise their reasons for home educating their children. He deals with myths about home education, traces some historical events in American education, considers biblical guidelines for raising children, and sprinkles in research findings about homeschooling. In the end, novice and veteran home educators should be challenged, encouraged, and refreshed.

Isolationism or Teaching Them When They Lie [14kB PDF]


Sam Black

Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture
Todayís kids are being exposed to pornography early (think 8 to 11 years old) and often. Our pop culture tells them itís a healthy outlet for sexuality. Families will learn how to create a safe online space and encourage ongoing conversations that empower kids to not only look away from sexualized media, but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. You can teach your kids to exercise and train their hearts and minds to be skillful, daring, and brave.
The Brain on Porn
This presentation is valuable to anyone, leaders, women, men, and teens 15 and up. Attendees will learn why 70% of men and 30% of women in the church say they struggle with Internet pornography. God made our amazing brains and designed sex in marriage. Science shows using pornography taps into our powerful neurochemistry, and can quickly lead a person to use porn habitually. The good news is the brain has a lifelong ability to wire and rewire itself; and the Gospel provides believers the supreme advantage in living free.

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 including 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.

Tom Clark

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math
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.

Top Ten Myths About Homeschooling Math [124kB PDF]

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (When are we going to need this stuff anyway?)
Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. This workshop will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask in order to "undo" all of the complications they may encounter when solving equations and inequalities.

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner [332kB PDF]

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly we have had little, if any, formal training or certification. How can we be confident that our children are going to be well-educated? This informative and entertaining session is based on, and adapted from, the respected work of John Milton Gregory and will focus on effective strategies of instruction which are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers and newcomers alike will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.

The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home [121kB PDF]

Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children? (Let's identify the trouble spots)
Tom Clark offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty on several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long division, story problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally "difficult."

Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children? [113kB PDF]


Kathy Dunfee

Nature's Secrets
A child is endowed with an extra sense; the sense of wonder.  Teacher naturalist, author and homeschooling mom, Kathy Dunfee, invites you to re-awaken your sense of childlike wonder to see the "extraordinary in the ordinary" by simply stepping out your back door to discover nature's secrets.  Walk barefoot through spring grass, taste the honey in clover, hunt for rainbows and be transported to a world of beauty and imagination.  A busy homeschooling mom will never look back and regret making time to be refreshed.  Kathy offers simple, practical weekly ways to discover nature's secrets and be wowed through the seasons.

Nature's Secrets [692kB PDF]

Serenity's Laugh
Homeschooling stretches us beyond our abilities; it breaks & re-makes our hearts.  Kathy began homeschooling armed with award winning curriculum strategies thinking she'd do all the teaching and her children all the learning. But homeschooling is not like a math problem to be solved. Rather it unfolds like a story, filled with love, beauty, risk, adventure and loss.  A story where grace meets us in our failures to heal our broken hearts and homeschools.  Kathy transparently shares how God replaced her strategies with childlike trust that she might draw her life from His smile & laugh at the days to come.

Serenity's Laugh [442kB PDF]


Jenna Elliott

Simple Steps to Getting Organized
We all know what a struggle it can be to stay organized amidst the clutter of homeschooling life. Take heart, there is hope! This workshop will walk you through simple things you and your family can do on a daily and weekly basis to bring a little more calm to the chaos. This session will include basic organizing items every home should have and how to best utilize them. Free yourself to work for God with more cheer and more calm.

Simple Steps to Getting Organized [231kB PDF]
Simple Steps to Getting Organized #2 [164kB PDF]
Simple Steps to Getting Organized #3 [288kB PDF]

Categorical Organization for Homeschooling Families
This session tackles the 'too much stuff' issue. We will discuss how to approach decluttering in a busy household without it taking over your life. This workshop will include rules for bulk shopping and when/how to make it work for you. When we all wear so many hats, it is important to know how to best manage what we have so the focus is on God and not on our stuff.

Categorical Organization for Homeschooling Families [181kB PDF]
Categorical Organization for Homeschooling Families #2 [184kB PDF]
Categorical Organization for Homeschooling Families #3 [288kB PDF]


Walt & Glenda Grayum

Homeschooling: 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.

Homeschooling: Seven Steps to a Great Start [2,209kB PDF]


Linda Lacour Hobar

When Bible History and World History Meet Face to Face
Discover what happens when Bible history and world history meet face to face - literally! Through stories, activities, literature, and much more, watch His-story unfold on one seamless, thought-provoking timeline.
A Crash Course from Creation to Christ (Teen track)
Planning to teach ancient history? Need help integrating the Bible? Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar as she takes you from Creation to the birth of Christ in about one hour - shaping biblical and secular history into one amazing timeline with portraits of King Tut, King David, Nebuchadnezzar, Buddha, Cleopatra, and more. Like pieces of a mosaic, learn of the major events in ancient history that together portray the beautiful story of Christ revealing Himself to mankind.

A Crash Course from Creation to Christ [101kB PDF]

What Tweens and Teens Should Know About World War I (Teen Track)
From trenches and truces on the Western Front to famous flying aces in the sky, let Linda Lacour Hobar walk you through an invigorating summary of what tweens and teens should know about World War I through unforgettable stories and Linda's exclusive 5-4-3-2-1 Countdown."

What Tweens and Teens Should Know About World War I [115kB PDF]

To Grade or Not to Grade: A Practical Workshop on How, When, and Why to Keep Grades in Homeschool
Shaped by our personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and destroy others! Listen to veteran homeschooler Linda Lacoeur Hobar share theories of grade keeping as well as practical tips on keeping it simple. Thought provoking and practical.
Bad Boys of the 20th Century! (Teen Track)
Who are the worst of the worst dictators of the 20th century? Opinions may vary but you can join Linda Lacour Hobar to learn about the chilling rise to power of Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to appreciate what "should" be learned from history!

Bad Boys of the 20th Century! [116kB PDF]

Modern History that Shook the World! (Teen Track)
Join Linda Lacour Hobar as she describes ten events in modern history that "shook the world." Topics like Karl Marx, the stock market crash, the atom bomb, and the assassination of Anwar Sadat are not only relevant to understanding the recent past, but will help teachers and students discern the headlines of today and be better leaders of tomorrow.

Modern History that Shook the World! [109kB PDF]


Kim Kautzer

Help! I Have a Reluctant Writer!
"I hate writing!" Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Join Kim as she shares ten common stumbling blocks to writing, and discover how to help your kids overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success!
Writing Strategies for Special Needs Kids
It's not just your child. Truth be told, most kids struggle with writing at some level, but when a child learns with difficulty, the challenges are even greater. Poor spelling, illegible handwriting, attention and processing disorders, and physical limitations interfere with the ability to communicate on paper. Typically, the result is short, disorganized writing that's riddled with errors. The good news? You know your child better than anyone and care more deeply about his needs - there is much you can do! If your child has mild to moderate learning challenges, this workshop will offer practical ideas and steps you can take to instill both confidence and writing skills in your LD child.
Inspiring Successful Writers (Grades 7-12)
Parents agree - inspiring kids to write well is one of the most intimidating tasks you face. Even if it's your weakest area, you'll be relieved to learn that you CAN train your junior high and high schoolers to write. Come and discover a fresh approach to teaching composition skills and elements of style. Learn to objectively edit and evaluate writing so you can encourage your struggling, reluctant learner while challenging the one who's more articulate and motivated.
College Prep: Is Writing on Track?
Is writing one of those subjects you keep starting and stopping? Does your child drag his feet, fail to finish assignments, or complain night and day? Or are you the one who has trouble following through with lesson planning or editing? For high schoolers, there's more to planning for college than simply getting accepted, and becoming a good writer is at the top of the list! Learn how you can equip your kids by encouraging strong writing skills and good study habits that will serve them well in college.
Help! How Do I Grade My Kids' Writing?
Children see their writing as extensions of themselves: "Criticize my writing, criticize me." How then can we offer suggestions to our kids without crushing them? Is it possible to take the subjectivity out of editing and grading? Kim not only gives practical tips and tools to edit and evaluate student writing, she demonstrates the importance of teaching kids to become self-editors as well. Kim will cover editing and grading for all ages including self-editing, parent editing, using a grading rubric to evaluate progress, and overcoming your own fears and insecurities about giving feedback. Learn how much to say and how to say it in a way that equips your children to become better writers.
When I Am Weak: Homeschooling Through Crisis or Depression
Homeschooling can be challenging enough when the sea is smooth and calm. But what do you do when depression, a wayward teen, or some other personal crisis blows in the dark clouds and stirs up a few towering waves? Is it even possible to navigate the waters of homeschooling when you can barely stay in the boat yourself? Our trials are unique, but God is constant and unwavering. Kim shares her personal story, bringing light and hope to your situation, tips for staying on course in a storm, and encouragement that you can finish well.

Peter Miller

Learn to Solder
LEARN TO SOLDER (including basic ELECTRONICS theory) classes will be offered by Applied Inspirations, LLC in the exhibit hall during the entire convention. This hands-on experience has changed childrenís direction in life when they discover how much fun and exciting soldering and electronics can be. Have you wanted to teach your child these skills but either did not have the time or know how to teach them?  Do not miss this opportunity for your children to take home the circuits they build and experience this technology and career path.

Betsy Ray

Life Is a Bowl of Cherries
Life can be sweet, refreshing, and joyful. Do people see God's joy in you? Not just strangers in the checkout line or friends. Do your children see GodÔŅĹs joy in you? Does your husband get refreshed by your joyful spirit? God gives us joy (Ecc. 2:26), He is our joy (Ps. 43:4). He commands us to be joyful (Phil. 4:4) and full of joy regardless of circumstances. God wants you to bear joy to your family. Come to be rejuvenated and encouraged to ÔŅĹrejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and yourÔŅĹ household (Deut. 12:7).

Life Is a Bowl of Cherries [31kB PDF]

Fruitful Preparation
The teenage years should be the beginning of the harvest as our young people come into their own. If we plan for the storms of life and prepare, we can build through these years with less frustration, wasted time, conflicts, and fruitlessness. We need to make the most of the time we have (Eph. 5:15-17). Betsy will help you consider and examine important principles so that you can prepare yourself physically and spiritually for situations that will arise.
Parents: Ignite the Fire of Your Mind
We want our children to be excited about learning. This can be caught from parents who are challenging themselves in new areas. Betsy will relate her experiences and ideas that could make teaching more than just getting through textbooks. She will encourage you to stimulate your thinking and give practical tips on how to relate topics in which you never thought you would be interested to ones that you have always loved and to the light of GodÔŅĹs truth. You can lead your children in making these relationships, forming a biblical worldview, and renewing their minds to impact their world.

Parents: Ignite the Fire of Your Mind [17kB PDF]

On Your Toes - Homeschooling with Toddlers Underfoot
Watch your step! Those wee ones are learning from everything you do. Betsy will offer encouragement and ideas for mothers of toddlers, especially those balancing their older and younger childrenÔŅĹs education.

On Your Toes - Homeschooling with Toddlers Underfoot [53kB PDF]


Sonya Shafer

Charlotte Mason and Her Methods
Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte and experience using her methods for yourself during the session.
Fine Arts the Charlotte Mason Way
You don't have to be a music major or an art afficionado to teach fine arts to your children. In this hands-on presentation, you'll discover an easy yet effective way to give your children music appreciation or art appreciation that will enrich their lives and yours!
The Early Years - Homeschooling Your Preschoolers
Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives, and more.
Learning with Living Books
Good living books feed our children a feast of ideas, not just dry facts. Join Sonya for a look at this simple yet effective approach to true education. Learn what makes living books "living", and practice using them in a way that makes learning stick.
Laying Down the Rails - the Power of Good Habits in Your Home School
Discover the secret to smooth and easy days - habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children, and practical tips for cultivating the Top Three.

Bill Siegler

Home-Based Discipleship: A Hebraic Perspective
As Jewish people living in first century Judea, what teachings and traditions regarding the raising of children would Jesus and his disciples have been accustomed to? How would they have understood and applied the charge and guidance that the scripture gives to parents regarding the spiritual upbringing of their children? Join us as we apply the ancient wisdom of Hebrew prophets, rabbis, and sages toward the raising of godly children in an ungodly world.

Mike Snavely

The Return to Genesis (Teen Track)
A look at why the Genesis record is so vital to a sound understanding, not only of the origins of the world, but also of the major New Testament doctrines.  We show why the creation days were literal, 24-hour periods - not millions of years.  This session also includes a contrast of the results of a society that teaches evolution as opposed to the creation model.
The Horror of the Flood! (Teen Track)
Could you explain where the water for a world-wide flood would have come from, and where it all went?!  Many Christians canít.  Understanding the flood (the purpose, the causes, the aftermath and the evidence) is very important to an understanding of a biblically sound creation model.  This session covers the basics about this event, and also includes a video & PowerPoint presentation on the "Hydroplate Theory".  This theory is a biblically accurate and scientifically feasible portrayal of the flood event.
The Mystery of the Dinosaurs (Teen Track)
This session provides a biblical alternative to the standard explanation for these creatures, and answers the basic questions everyone has on the subject - What were dinosaurs? When did they live? What really happened to them? Does the Bible talk about them?, etc.  This is one of our most requested sessions.
Grand Canyon - The Puzzle on the Plateau
This is one of the most breathtaking and perplexing sites in the world.  Standard geological explanations for its formation are wrong, and most creationists have overlooked some major pieces of the puzzle.  Amazingly, what carved the canyon also explains most of the fascinating geological features in the entire area (e.g. Monument Valley, The Petrified Forest, Canyonlands & Arches, Canyon de Chelley, etc.).  Furthermore, they all formed very quickly!  What happened?!
The Pillars of Evolution (Teen Track)
This session defines "science" and illustrates the scientific method of problem solving.  In the light of true science, the three main concepts that the theory of evolution is based upon are examined and shown to be faith-based rather than science-based.  The purpose of this session is not only to show that science does not support evolutionary theory, but also to give people some "tools" with which to combat the theory.
Aunt Lucy? (Teen Track)
What evidence is there that humans evolved from ape-like creatures?  As it turns out, not much!  In fact, the "evidence" is stunningly sparse, being limited to a few fossilized bones.  However, many of these are either fakes, or greatly misinterpreted and exaggerated.  This session uses humor as it exposes much of this.
Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations (Teen Track)
This session normally closes the seminars.  With fascinating illustrations, it contrasts the evolution model with the creation model from a historic standpoint through a look at what many ancient cultures were able to accomplish.  It contrasts some of these civilizations to our own.

Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Homeschooling Is Heart Work
Learn the difference between a heart-based approach to child training and simple behavior modification. Although commonly practiced, behavior modification has significant weaknesses. A heart-based approach reaches children in ways that address their tendencies, motivations, and patterns in life. It's so much more powerful and the practical tools shared in this session will give great insight into the makeup of a child and how kids change. Five points will be shared to help the parent develop a heart-based strategy for any child.

Homeschooling Is Heart Work [171kB PDF]

How to Build Internal Motivation in Your Kids
Motivation is often an area of struggle in family life. Children tend to either be unmotivated, creating stress for parents, or over-motivated, earning the label of "strong-willed." Come learn about the internal motivation system in your child's heart and gain tools for guiding that motivation in the right direction. If you're frustrated or discouraged with the typical reward and punishment strategies, you'll find this heart-based, practical session to be inspiring and hopeful.

How to Build Internal Motivation in Your Kids [74kB PDF]

Sibling Conflict Is a Child's First Class in Relationship School
One of the most discouraging challenges parents face has to do with the bickering and fighting between their children. In this session parents will learn three roadblocks to sibling harmony and the three honor-based solutions from God's Word. Parents will gain greater confidence for dealing with sibling conflict, understand how to deal with common concerns like tattling and competition, amd learn more about honor and how it can change the dynamic in their families.

Sibling Conflict Is a Child's First Class in Relationship School [177kB PDF]

Teaching Children to Respond Well to Correction
Many children don't know how to respond properly to correction. After all, correction is one of God's tools for learning. Unfortunately many children blame, defend, rationalize, and justify their behavior. Furthermore, many parents view correction as an interruption to their days, not realizing the teaching opportunities present. When parents have a heart-based plan for correction they can help children develop good patterns for the rest of their lives.

Teaching Children to Respond Well to Correction [72kB PDF]

Dealing with ADHD: A Heart-Based Approach
Parents who have challenging children need specific tools for working with these kids. This session offers hope and encouragement to parents who desperately need it. In this session parents will understand how raising the character threshold can help kids do the right thing. Attendees will learn to use an Action Plan Worksheet to develop unique plans for their children. Parents gain hope and encouragement by learning a biblical plan to work with a challenging child.

Dealing with ADHD: A Heart-Based Approach [203kB PDF]

Helping Children Deal with Anger
Anger gets in the way of many relationships. Children often need training to deal with the emotion of anger and God has several helpful strategies in the Bible. In this session parents learn practical ideas that help children change their behavior, adjust their hearts, and even go a step further to become peacemakers as well. In this session parents will discover how to become counselors or coaches instead of policemen when helping children deal with anger.

Helping Children Deal with Anger [127kB PDF]


Jay Wile

What I Have Learned About Homeschooling Over the Past 22 Years (Thur evening)
Dr. Wile first learned about homeschooling when he was on the faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He started experiencing a few science students who were head and shoulders above the rest and found out that they were graduates of home education. At the time, he didnít know anything about homeschooling, but seeing its products made him want to learn. He started studying the education literature to see what research was being done on homeschooled students, he started working with homeschooling families, and he kept track of homeschooled students who graduated and became adults. This talk represents a survey of what he has learned since his introduction to homeschooling. Dr. Wile will discuss what research tells us about homeschooling, the amazing things that homeschool graduates are doing, and the wisdom that homeschool graduates have shared with him.
Homeschool: The Best Environment for Learning Science
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.
Do I Really Have to Do Experiments?
Many homeschooling parents donít like experiments. They are messy, they take a lot of time to prepare, and often, they simply donít work. Are science experiments really worth all the trouble? In this talk, Dr. Wile will discuss why science educators think experiments are necessary, and then he will give you a realistic assessment of when experiments are important and when they are not. He will also give you tips for how to make the science experiments you do more likely to actually work. Finally, he will give you some excellent resources that will make your life easier when it comes to science education. Whether your children are in elementary school or high school, you will benefit from this talk.
Teaching Science at Home
If there is one subject that most homeschooling parents feel inadequate at teaching, it is science. Most parents donít know how science should be covered throughout a studentís schooling, and many donít think they know science well enough to teach it. In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you an overview of how to teach science at home from the earliest years through high school. He stresses the differences between elementary and high school science and how to use the middle school years to bridge the two. He also surveys the curricula available to homeschooling parents and makes recommendations.
Why Homeschool Through High School
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 parentís academic abilities.
Teaching High School at Home
Once parents decide to homeschool their children through high school, they are faced with several challenges. Many parents do not know what subjects a child should cover in order to attain a rigorous high school education. In addition, once parents decide which subjects their children should cover, they find that they either never covered those subjects themselves or have long since forgotten the details. In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former teacher at both the high school and university levels, discusses the subjects that make up a rigorous, college-preparatory high school experience. In addition, he will give you helpful tips on how you can help your child learn these subjects, even if you are not familiar with them. He will also discuss the record-keeping that must be done at the high school level. This is a real "nuts and bolts" talk that will give you lots of excellent ideas on how to implement high school in your home.

Esther Wilkison

Help Your Non-Standard Learner
Find out what is happening in the brain of a struggling studentónot in technical labels but in compassion and clarity. Discover hope from Esther who knows from her own Nonstandard Learning experience what it is like to struggle in learning ó and then succeed. Learn ways to help your Nonstandard Learner thrive in learning and life!
How the Brain Reads
Is your child learning to read or have they moved on to reading to learn? In both cases this workshop will provide an understanding of how God designed the brain to process print. Learn how to solve the problems that might be holding your child back from becoming a life-long avid reader.
Help for Your Struggling Speller
Creativity is respected in many areasóbut not in spelling. Find out key causes for spelling problems and how to solve those problems. Discover how to link learning words to accuracy when writing. Learn nonstandard solutions from someone who once was the poster-child for poor spelling but now lives effectively in the world of learning and teaching and publishing.
Brain Development and Handwriting
Many children (and grown ups) have given up on their handwriting. They donít like how their handwriting looks, but they feel stuck with it. Learn ways to leave this fixed mindset behind. Discover the important role handwriting plays in unlocking the brain. Find out the role keyboarding and texting play as well. Learn innovative skills that lead to lifelong legibility.
Don't Give Up on the Disorganized!
Disorganization affects every area of lifeóand it seems to be on the rise. Good news! Executive function skills can be taught! Learn ways to encourage change and make learning achievable.
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