This is a draft schedule and will be updated as more speakers are added.
10:00 Auditorium: Welcome
10:30-11:10 Workshop Sessions 1:
Auditorium: Steve Demme | How to Encourage Your Children to be Lifelong Learners.
Sandi and I wanted to give our sons a good foundation in language arts and math along with a love for learning. God gave us the desire of our heart and each of our sons is a lifelong student and always learning and growing. We catch a fire from someone who has a fire. This workshop will share strategies for encouraging a passion for learning through books, family excursions, and exposing your family to fellow firebrands.
Break Out Room: Panel Discussion
Break Out Room 2 (upstairs): Faith Berens | 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. 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 offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for college entrance exams.
11:20-12:00 Workshop Sessions 2:
Auditorium: Gretchen Roe | The Secret to Why Your Student Struggles in Math
Math struggles can be so emotional – for students AND parents alike. A confidence destroyer for any age! How do you solve a student’s math anxiety, and help them succeed? Come learn proven, practical solutions to restore mathematical confidence and reach grade-level proficiency quickly. This workshop is of benefit to any age learner, but particularly to parents of teenagers who are struggling with middle and high school level math.
Break Out Room: Steve Demme |Deepening Family Relationships through Communication Strategies
There is no one who can build up a family like the parents. As we live and learn together lets be intentional in deepening our relationships within the family. Understanding each other and working on speaking and listening skills leads to healthier interactions among all members of the family.
Break Out Room 2 (upstairs): Donnie Rosie | The Art of Photography – Principles that will help you take an awesome picture
Everyone has a camera these days, but few really know how to use them. This short course will help you learn several foundational rules of photography. From a phone to a DSLR, these points and examples can help make you a better photographer. We also plan to share some apps and software to help you edit photos well.
12:00-1:00 Lunch catered by Chick-fil-a (must order when registering via iTicket) or BYOBB (bring your own brown bag) and vendor browsing
1:30-2:10 Workshop Sessions 3
Auditorium: Gretchen Roe | Reading & Spelling – When One Doesn’t Lead to the Other
Regardless of how your child reads, spelling proficiency can be a quandary. Does your child ace Friday’s test, and then spell the same words wrong the following week? What if they have no spelling skills at all? Come learn about the neurology of the brain as it relates to both reading and spelling, and how to apply proven techniques to successfully create spelling confidence.
Break Out Room: Mary Aldrich | If I knew what to do, I’d do it!
Often parents are convinced that they are the best to lead kids, but in attempting to make the best decision, they get stuck. Frequent thoughts such as, “I don’t know what to do? If I did, I would do it.” or, “I’ve tried everything and it’s just not working.” often leave parents feeling like they have no other choice but to hand over the reigns to someone else. Feelings of confusion, frustration, or failure cause parents to make frantic decisions that end up creating more stress and less results. We discuss why parents stop feeling confident in their leadership role and how to make bold powerful choices to support their family and finally see results
Break Out Room 2 (upstairs): Suzanne Shera | What color do you see?
- Discuss how our eye perceives color and shades with the red, blue, green cones
- Use color wheels to recombine different shades. Do color addition
- Use the colors in the Bible to tell the Gospel message (John 11:25)
2:20-3:00 Workshop Sessions 4
Auditorium: Steve Demme | The Family That Stays Together Stays Together
God created marriage and the family. Before Abraham, Moses, or Israel, God instituted the sacred institution of the family. Healthy God honoring families are the foundation for our churches and our culture. Transformation of our institutions begins in the home where each individual is rooted, grounded, and connected to God through the good news of Jesus, who is the cornerstone of a family of faith.
Break Out Room: Faith Berens | Dyslexia Demystified—Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers
This workshop will define what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discuss the different types of dyslexia, as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offer hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, specific, research based interventions and programs that can be implemented in the homeschool setting. Hope and encouragement are offered, in addition to right brain “tricks,” and strategies for success to add to your teaching toolkit!
Break Out Room 2 (upstairs): Cherryann Joseph | Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn
Participants will learn how to turn losses into wins by learning to avoid the eleven traps that keep people stuck and using the eleven elements of effective learners as outlined in John C. Maxwell’s Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
3:00-3:30 Vendor Hall
3:30 Doors Close