Saturday, May 8, 2021

2021 MassHOPE Virtual Convention 

Saturday’s Workshops

Laura Boyle
Susan Jacobsen
Kathy Lillie

FAQ / Q&A Panel

Listen as three homeschool moms share practical insights and give enouragement and advice to prospective homeschool parents. This Q&A style session covers a broad range of topics and is sure to encourage and educate beginners and veterans alike.

Vicki Bentley is mom to eight daughters, foster mom of fifty, and grandma to 23 wonderful grandbabies and six great-grandbabies (so far). Vicki homeschooled 17 children, alongside her husband Jim, and has led a support group since 1991. She is a popular speaker and is also the author of a planner, cookbook, chore system, mentoring program, and other homeschool and homemaking helps. (See for details.) She has served on her state’s homeschool board, and she currently serves as an educational consultant. Vicki has a heart for parents, with practical wisdom and encouraging words.

Starting in the Middle

Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled – you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more!

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting,Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask and Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for

Is Homeschooling Only for Women?

For many men, homeschooling has been looked at largely as something their wife does. Many believe that if they pay the bills, that is really all that God expects of them. Biblically speaking, what is the proper role for men in the process of home education?

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at

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.

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