2012 Workshop Schedule

2012 Workshop Schedule


THIS IS A PRIOR YEAR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – VIEW THE 2013 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE HERE

Friday, June 29, 2012


9:00 AM

The Stuff of Legend – Teaching Heritage and History Through Heroes
(Dave Drake / FreedomProject Education)
Catching imagination and sparking interest in any subject: history, heritage, government, or science, is more powerful through personal connections. Weaving into lessons the vivid lives of heroes and heroines of history, faith, and legend, cements concepts and principles for a lifetime. Learn to be a storyteller, become a guide to a bright new world for students through biographies and stories.
Montgomery 1

A Living Education using Charlotte Mason’s Methods
(Jennifer Mackintosh – Homeschooling Mom of 4)
A very simple introduction to philosophy and basic methods, the simplicity and depth of a Charlotte Mason education, include practical tools for getting started – where to start, books and resources to read more, how does a Charlotte Mason day look, practically speaking? Common pitfalls of a Charlotte Mason education: Charlotte Mason methods in addition to other methods.
Montgomery 3

The Mom Book
(Tracee Wood
- Homeschooling Mom of 2)
The greatest tool for organizing not only your homeschool but your whole household!  The Mom Book is easy to use and made to custom fit your needs with “over the counter” items.
Montgomery 4

Economic Myths that Threaten America – What Every Home-Schooled Student Must Know
(
Jack A. Chambless, Professor of Economics/National Speaker/Homeschooling Dad – As seen on FoxNews, CNBC, and more!)
Examine the major fallacies of economics that has contributed to the erosion of free markets and liberty in America and strategies for helping students learn how to educate other Americans on free market principles.
Montgomery 7

Curing Spelling and Reading Problems
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)

At last! Some real help! You’ve tried every program & wonder why your child is still not a fluent reader or good speller. Randi helps parents understand why some children do not easily achieve reading & spelling success. These students must be taught with special methods, concentrating on multi-sensory, structured, sequential steps.
Montgomery 6


10:15 AM

Creation: Why it Matters
(Scott Gillis – Creation Curriculum Author & Teacher / Creation Ministries International)
Join Scott as he presents a powerful and attention-grabbing presentation on the vital importance of the Bible’s history in Genesis: how it is foundational to the Gospel and relevant to our world and society.  The authority of the Bible is paramount.  Items of scientific evidence are woven into the presentation in a way that is easily understood by the layperson, as is the Gospel message.  Christians are motivated to become armed and equipped to be able to ‘give an answer’ and to be vastly more effective at personal evangelism, thus stimulating church growth.  In addition, their own personal faith is strengthened.  Non-Christians are challenged to see the issues in a different light, and at the same time get salvation-relevant information which an ‘evidence-only’ talk would not provide.
Montgomery 1

Parenting – Mission Impossible, if You Choose to Accept It (And You Have!)
(Robert Andrews - National Speaker & Certified Business and Family Coach / Gospel Parenting)
For the Christian, the difficult task of parenting is not subject to the latest psychological fads presented on Oprah or the current New York Times best-seller on the subject. It is firmly anchored on what the Bible says, and the Bible is not silent on the topic. In this session, Robert presents three basic biblical principles that parents must understand before they are equipped to parent successfully: 1. Understanding oneself 2. Understanding one’s child 3. Understanding how one relates to his/her child. Grasping these truths experientially is vital if the parent hopes to win his/her child’s heart.
Montgomery 3

Let Life Spiral (An Extension of “The Mom Book”)
(Tracee Wood - Homeschooling Mom of 2)
If you have attended the “MOM BOOK” workshop but want to carry it further or if you just need guidance for managing all of those little things your supposed to remember, those pieces of paper that you just can’t find, etc., this is the place to be!  A simple and inexpensive habit to form to help keep all those “important things” in order and not allowing them to consume your thoughts or your daily life.
Montgomery 4

Multisensory Interactive MATH Learning
(Vinod Agrawal – Former Math & Science Tutor / A+ TutorSoft
)
Join Vinod to learn about our Innovative Multisensory Interactive MATH learning platform and how to use this highly-effective and individualized program to help your child succeed in math. Our Interactive MATH Curriculum Software is excellent for all types of learners, particularly the visual learners.  It does the teaching for you and frees up your time, builds strong foundation and challenges children, takes the boredom of learning MATH away, engages children and makes learning MATH fun. A+ TutorSoft’s Interactive MATH is a result of active involvement and input from many homeschool families. We have worked with many homeschooling parents and children to understand  what elements are most important to homeschooling parents and how we can make their homeschooling journey much easier with our curriculum.
Montgomery 6

Homeschooling Multiple Children at Once
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
So many children and so little time!  It’s easy and fun to homeschool multiple children once you know how.  Learn to make homeschooling fun while making sure that each child gets what he or she need as an individual.  Workshop includes help on what to do with the little ones, how to balance advanced students with struggling learners, and most importantly, how to keep one child working while mom is working with another. 
Montgomery 7


11:30 AM

How to Apply the Biblical Worldview to Your Science and History
(Catie Frates – High School Science Teacher & Homeschool Mom for 20 Years)
Parents of elementary through high school students, come learn how to help your children interpret secular descriptions of science and history into a Biblical Worldview by exploring the past in an entertaining, chronological and family-friendly way with creation scientist and twenty year veteran homeschool mom Catie Frates. You and your children will gain confidence, encouragement and an exciting sense of newfound freedom when they are able to translate secular information into a Biblical Worldview knowing God’s word is trustworthy and true. Catie will share the “how to” with you including a timeline and free online resources!
Montgomery 1

Are You At Your Wit’s End? Stop the Yelling & Power Struggles
(Kirk Martin - Behavioral Therapist & Homeschooling Dad / Celebrate Calm)
Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.
Montgomery 3

Classical Education Made Doable!
(Classical Conversations)
Learn how you can challenge your students and have fun learning at the same time. Classical Conversations makes the classical method of education manageable and doable. You will enjoy meeting with like-minded families once a week in a Christian environment as you and your children learn new memorizing techniques from trained tutors. Classical Conversations has it all from K4 through 12th grade. Make it a family affair and have fun learning!
Montgomery 4

Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose
(Rebecca Ingram Powell – Homeschooling Mom of 3, Nationally Known Author & Speaker)

The middle school years are a time of great transition, for you and for your child. Sharing candidly about choices, friendships, and the American culture, Rebecca reveals the five dangers lurking on the ‘tween scene. She advises moms and dads to combat these dangers by building the remaining years of parenting on a foundation of these forgotten virtues: reverence, modesty, charity, meekness, and fidelity of heart.
Montgomery 6

Strengthening Basic Skills with Super Study Aids
(Presented by Jami Humphrey of Dinah-Might Adventures – 2 1/2 Hour Seminar: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM)
Join Dinah-Might Adventures in this fun, fast paced session as she shares her award winning, three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.  This presentation will combine Dinah’s original Independent Foldable activities with her newest Notebooking strategies and Envelope Projects. Learn how to strengthen basic skills while making super study aids for organizing data, investigating and reporting information,  answering key questions, completing writing assignments, conducting and reporting science experiments, and communicating research projects.  These interactive graphic organizers also make assessment an unforgettable visual and kinesthetic experience.  Dinah-Might Adventures will demonstrate and explain how these activities can be used with K-12 students in all content areas.  During the presentation, participants will make examples of Foldables (interactive graphic organizers), Notebook Foldables (used in composition books or spirals), and Envelope Projects (made using repurposed envelopes).  Materials will be furnished.

Montgomery 7


12:45 PM

Couponing For Maximum Savings With Minimal Time
(Ann Haney – Homeschooling Mom of 6 / Ann Haney Ministries)
Have you couponed before, but found the time involvement excessive? If so you will not want to miss the time saving principles Ann teaches encouraging you to “lower your nets again” and this time bring in a catch that’s worth the effort! Ann’s Biblical based teachings bring to light how God’s word can richly enhance your life through couponing. Come learn the policies, websites, time management techniques, organizational skills, and more while you coupon your way to debt free living.
Montgomery 1

Planning in Home Education
(Jennifer Mackintosh – Homeschooling Mom of 4)
Jennifer shows how to consider a child’s education and build plans that are intuitive for both mom and student, planning from the beginning, post-it-note planning, gathering resources, putting it on paper, making changes along the way, and living the plan. Learn the importance of communication (weekly meetings with children) and lesson plans for the high school student. (Especially, but not limited to, planning a Charlotte Mason education)
Montgomery 3

Discipleship in the Home
(Matt Friedeman / The Homeschool Channel)

American society is declining because our families are in crisis. If there is hope for our future it begins with Christian parents evangelizing and discipling their own children. There is no more critical need in the body of Christ.
Montgomery 4

Developing a Godly Entrepreneurial Mindset: How Our Son Brought His Dad Home from Corporate America
(Rhea Perry – Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Educating for Success
)
America was founded by entrepreneurs who overcame the challenge of starting a business with nothing but the resources they found. The Industrial Revolution steered those entrepreneurs into safe jobs that took them out of the home, limited their income and opportunity, and often neglected to provide for them during retirement. Now, the Information Age revives the opportunity for free spirits like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to impact the world with their contributions. Embracing this spirit of free enterprise at the age of 18, Drew Perry replaced his dad’s income in just three years allowing him to come home from corporate America. When his dad recently lost his battle with cancer, the multiple streams of income they had created continued to provide for the family. In this story of the Perry family’s educational journey, discover the secrets of financial freedom they have learned while educating their children for success.
Montgomery 6

Strengthening Basic Skills with Super Study Aids
(Presented by Jami Humphrey of Dinah-Might Adventures – 2 1/2 Hour Seminar: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM)
Join Dinah-Might Adventures in this fun, fast paced session as she shares her award winning, three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.  This presentation will combine Dinah’s original Independent Foldable activities with her newest Notebooking strategies and Envelope Projects. Learn how to strengthen basic skills while making super study aids for organizing data, investigating and reporting information,  answering key questions, completing writing assignments, conducting and reporting science experiments, and communicating research projects.  These interactive graphic organizers also make assessment an unforgettable visual and kinesthetic experience.  Dinah-Might Adventures will demonstrate and explain how these activities can be used with K-12 students in all content areas.  During the presentation, participants will make examples of Foldables (interactive graphic organizers), Notebook Foldables (used in composition books or spirals), and Envelope Projects (made using repurposed envelopes).  Materials will be furnished.
Montgomery 7


2:00 PM

Children Books You Should be Reading to Your Children
(Tim Ostermeyer, Photographer & Author / Fun Adventure Wildlife Books
)
Most Children books are just fun to read but have no educational facts, moral messages, or spiritual insight. Fun Adventure Widlife Books have all of these features: 1) Photos of God’s Creation of Baby Animals 2) Fun Storyline 3) Moral Message 4) 100 Educational Facts. Baby Snow Monkey Book (Snuggles Japanese Alps Adventures) is the only book in the world that disproves all 6 forms of evolution on one page of the book!
Montgomery 1

Biblical Discipline – Raising an Eager, Obedient Learner
(Robert Andrews - National Speaker & Certified Business and Family Coach / Gospel Parenting)
Teaching is downright impossible without a willing learner, no matter how good the curriculum or the teacher. The Bible teaches that proper discipline is an expression of love, and the one who neglects it really hates his child! Robert explains the distinction between discipline and punishment and proposes a model for discipline that invariably breaks rebellion and results in bonding between parent and child. The “ought to’s, need to’s and should’s” that motivate many children will be changed to “want to’s” as they experience a desire to please parents who love them enough to discipline them diligently.
Montgomery 3

College Prep 101 – for the Homeschool Parent
(Renee Russell, Homeschooling Mom of 4 / BJU Press / HomeWorks by Precept)
Renee gives helpful ideas to incorporate into your teaching in middle school through high school to ease your student’s transition to college.
Montgomery 4

And I’m Homeschooling WHY?! Keeping Your Focus
(Catie Frates - High School Science Teacher & Homeschool Mom for 20 Years)
Sharing many examples from her personal homeschooling journey in a humorous fashion, veteran home educator and creation scientist Catie Frates would like to answer your questions. She will share curriculum suggestions and survival techniques in this Bible-based talk. All questions are welcome.
Montgomery 6

Math Tips and Tricks to Help Grades 1-6
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
There are lots of great math books out there, but the most important resource is mom’s and dad’s attitudes.  Be the best math wizard your kids can get.  Even if math makes you squeamish, learn key ways to help your children work smarter not harder.  Seen books with weird ways to work problems?  Discover how to make math simple, clear, systematic and enjoyable.  Randi will also answer questions on what to look out for when choosing math materials.
Montgomery 7


3:15 PM

Practical Proverbs
(Dara Halydier – Homeschooling Mom of 5 Boys, Author)
Jesus is the foundation for all of life and the Bible connects us to our Savior by teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Dara will discuss what led her to writing Practical Proverbs, how God has used these truths in her and her family’s lives, and how this Bible study can be used individually, as a family, or as a small group. Both Practical Proverbs for High School and Practical Proverbs for 5th-8th Grade will be discussed.
Montgomery 1

Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story-Problems?
(Tom Clark - Life long teacher of Math & Science / VideoText Interactive)
In this entertaining and instructional workshop with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, you will develop, and learn how to use, the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve all story problems, whether in simple arithmetic or in Algebra.  The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem.
Montgomery 3

10 Important Things to Know when Preparing  for Sports in High School and College
(Michael St.Denis – Homeschool Athlete, GA Tech Football Player, High School and College Coach)

Yes! Your home school student can be a successful athlete. Discover the advantages of homeschooling the athlete while preparing him for a broader sports experience. Michael identifies key things homeschool parents must know to have success in athletics. Learn how to avoid the 3 biggest disasters in sports.
Montgomery 4

Square Peg, Round Hole: Shaping Your Daughter’s Identity in a Be-Like-Everyone-Else World
(Rebecca Ingram Powell - Homeschooling Mom of 3, Nationally Known Author & Speaker)
The battle lines are drawn and war is waged on our daughters every day. Whether she is bombarded by images and scenes from the ever-present media or assaulted internally by doubts and misgivings of her own imaginings, a growing girl believes she will never measure up to anyone’s expectations. Join Rebecca in this faith-based session to learn what you can do to prevent a crisis of identity theft and equip your daughter with the knowledge of her true identity, gifts, and potential.
Montgomery 6

Struggling Learners
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Bringing 30 years experience with Homeschooling all types of special needs children, Randi St.Denis, homeschooling mother, tutor, and special needs advocate gives parents loads of information for homeschooling success. Learn how to choose materials, use technology to speed learning, improve visual, auditory, sensory motor and social issues, and set realistic and attainable goals. Famous for her student’s high educational success rates, Randi has many special needs students who have gone on to become successful college students and employees. Start early and set your child on the path that leads to  success.
Montgomery 7


4:30 PM

Chemistry for Everyone!
(Matthew Poston – Physics, Chemistry, and Math Teacher / Mr. Science Teacher)
Introduce the Language of Chemistry ™ to anyone in less than 10 minutes! FREE!! It’s FUN and EASY!!
Montgomery 1

Building Character into Your Child
(Robert Andrews - National Speaker & Certified Business and Family Coach / Gospel Parenting)
Parents often confuse their job with God’s job in the life of their child. God has designed that He alone brings spiritual life. But He has given the parent the job of building character. What biblical character traits can we as parents self-consciously set as a goal for our children and how can we train them in such a way that that goal will be achieved when they leave our home as adults?
Montgomery 3

Brainstorming a System of Order in the Home
(Jennifer Mackintosh - Homeschooling Mom of 4)
Jennifer shows how to be a good steward of time and resources and that all material blessings are a gift of God. This is the foundation for our gratitude for resources and contentment with the blessings given. How to tackle spaces, one space at a time, defining the purpose of that space, strategies for small spaces, maintaining spaces with a quick-tidy, frugal resources for getting organized (craigslist, thrift stores), and technology as a tool in home organization and maintenance. Jennifer shows that beautiful objects lift the heart and mind to God and a touch of beauty in every room for an extension of hospitality while brainstorming individual spaces
Montgomery 4

Mix-n-Match Essay Writing
David Savidge, Ed.D.
Learn proven components that can be mixed and matched for strong, effective college essays.
Montgomery 6

Technology for the Struggling Learner
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Randi St. Denis reveals top ten secrets to using technology to facilitate learning in middle/high through college.
Montgomery 7


5:45 PM

What is “Critical Thinking”, and Can Anyone Do It?
(Tom Clark - Life long teacher of Math & Science / VideoText Interactive)
Are your students learning passively, or are they involved in concept development?  Are they figuring things out for themselves, or are they just learning tricks and shortcuts?  Come brainstorm with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, as he humorously explores with you, the reasons instruction can be difficult, developing along the way, a list of benchmark signals, and strategies which will help students “think” critically and analytically.
Montgomery 3

10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Meltdowns
(Kirk Martin – Behavioral Therapist & Homeschooling Dad / Celebrate Calm)
Nothing is more frustrating and embarrassing than a child being defiant or melting down in public. Have a little one who looks right through you and says, “No!”? Have a teenager who defies you or rolls his eyes? Have a child who refuses to go places? Kirk will show you how to stop a meltdown in public without losing it yourself! You will learn how to turn emotional power struggles into opportunities to build trust and teach self-discipline. You will be blown away by how practical these strategies are.
Montgomery 4

Why Does Your Child Struggle With School?
(Randy Snider, Homeschooling Dad of 20 Years / Snider Therapy Centers, Inc.
)
Your child has had an eye exam, and his/her eyesight is 20/20. Vision couldn’t possibly be hindering his/her ability to learn, or could it? Vision is a complex process involving over twenty different abilities. Nearly 80% of what an individual perceives, comprehends, and remembers depends on the efficiency of their visual system. Students struggling with school often have an undiagnosed learning-related vision problem, that is interfering with their ability to process and learn new information. Some common symptoms are letter and number reversals, sloppy handwriting, difficulty reading, frequent headaches, and short attention span. Learning-related vision problems are frequently associated with ADD, LD, and Dyslexia. The goal of this workshop is to educate parents on the relationship between vision and learning, and how learning-related vision problems can be treated.
Montgomery 6

Homeschooling in Alabama: Legal Overview, Update and Q & A
(Homeschool Legal Advantage
)
Get all your questions answered about homeschooling in Alabama. Includes question and answer session.
Montgomery 7


Saturday, June 30, 2012


9:00 AM

7 Online Careers for You and Your Children
(Rhea Perry – Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Educating for Success)
The Information Age is changing everything, including education and business. The Internet now offers a multitude of home business options, yet how can a God-seeking family know what is right for them or who to trust to mentor their children? In this session, home school veteran and mother of seven, Rhea Perry, will share 7 online careers anyone can learn with their children to operate a successful business from home to build true financial freedom.
Montgomery 1

Meet the “College By Twelve Family”
(Kitchener & Mona Lisa Harding - Homeschooling Parents of 10, Homeschool Consultants/ College By Twelve)
Come hear the fascinating story of how Kitchener (Kip) and Mona Lisa Harding are homeschooling their ten children. The first six started college by the age of twelve and the next four are being homeschooled with the same accelerated method. They believe that parents can be the biggest obstacle and slow their kids down. They will encourage you to DREAM BIG with your kids, get out of their way, and watch them do amazing things!
Montgomery 3

Organizing the Learning Spaces
(Jennifer Mackintosh – Homeschooling Mom of 4)
Jennifer explains books and manipulatives, organizing materials so that they are useful, and ideas for book and crafts organization. Create an inviting learning space while strategizing spaces for high school learners.She shows how to make a place to create in the learning spaces and what if there isn’t a room set aside as a school/learning space. Get ideas for home and learning spaces that are merging and beautiful (Yes! Materials and books can look lovely and integrated with your family home decor!). Also, Jennifer shows other tools such as baskets of books and a pretty notebook as a home education management tool. Includes discussion and Q&A time.
Montgomery 4

How to Teach the Basics of Supply and Demand to Anyone!
(Jack A. Chambless, Professor of Economics/National Speaker/Homeschooling Dad – As seen on FoxNews, CNBC, and more!)
Join Professor Jack Chambless for a lively, humorous workshop that teaches parents how to make markets come alive in their classroom and turn all of their students into experts on how and why markets work best when interfered with least.
Montgomery 5

UH, OH!  The Fractions Are Moving In!  (There Goes the Neighborhood!)
(Tom Clark – Life long teacher of Math & Science / VideoText Interactive
)
Since algebraic fractions are a much more complex form than arithmetic fractions, the memorization of the operational techniques generally taught in arithmetic, simply will not hold in Algebra.  In this instructional workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, humorously explains, in detail, the “reasons behind the rules”.  Now students can develop a clear, conceptual approach to working with fractions, without a reliance on meaningless shortcuts and tricks, preparing them to be much more successful when working with algebraic relations.
Montgomery 6

Raising and Homeschooling Boys
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Boys see differently, hear differently, think differently and learn differently.  Sometimes it’s tough for moms and dads to know just how to raise and educate them.  Randi St.Denis, the mother of seven children, five of them boys, helps parents face the joys and challenges of homeschooling boys as they grow into young men.
Montgomery 7


10:15 AM

Raising Entrepreneurial Children For Success
(Ann Haney – Homeschooling Mom of 6 / Ann Haney Ministries)

Does the thought of becoming an entrepreneur excite you as well as intimidate you? Do you wonder why some become entrepreneurs while others do not? Maybe you come from a family heritage of “employees” and desire to raise your children to break this pattern? Or maybe you are an entrepreneur and want to develop a sure foundation of success for your children? You might be the adult who wonders if it’s too late to apply your gift and become an entrepreneur? No matter what question you can identify with, God’s word has life application principles that are sure to bring you and your children to success! If you desire to change your life and direct the lives of your children for prosperity, follow me on this journey through the lives of Biblical figures and some of History’s greatest achievers to discover what God has in store for you.  At the beginning of this workshop Ann’s daughters will set the stage through a praise dance demonstration that will prepare you to break the patterns that keep you and your children from becoming successful entrepreneurs. Ann will follow with life application principles in her presentation to effectively help you implant entrepreneurial mindsets within you and your child for sure success. Come experience this life changing workshop that will transform your family’s future!
Montgomery 1

The Ultimate Timeline & Mapping Book
(Tracee Wood - Homeschooling Mom of 2)
Tracee shows a way to create a timeline for your student or students that makes sense! Showcase how your student(s) have grown, what they have learned, and it doesn’t involve purchasing another program that *almost* works!  This system is a “make your own” that appeals to ALL learning styles!
Montgomery 3

A Missional Family
(Matt Friederman / The Homeschool Channel
)
We teach our children the principles in the Word Of God. How do we teach them to live out the mission of God’s family? How to fulfill God’s plan in your life as you involve your family in ministry.
Montgomery 4

Capturing Our Child’s Heart – the Foundation of Child Training
(Robert Andrews - National Speaker & Certified Business and Family Coach / Gospel Parenting)
All the parenting techniques and methods in the world, even biblical ones, do no good if your child is resistant to receive your training. As long as he/she is a child and you can force him/her to comply with your wishes all seems well, but if  you have not captured his/her heart, that serenity often proves to be a mirage that disappears during the teen-age years. How can you capture your child’s heart to insure that they will follow as adults the direction for life you have pointed for them?
Montgomery 5

Multisensory Interactive MATH Learning
(Vinod Agrawal - Former Math & Science Tutor / A+ TutorSoft)
Join Vinod in learning about the Innovative Multisensory Interactive MATH learning platform and how to use this highly-effective and individualized program to help your child succeed in math. Our Interactive MATH Curriculum Software is excellent for all types of learners, particularly the visual learners.  It does the teaching for you and frees up your time, builds strong foundation and challenges children, takes the boredom of learning MATH away, engages children and makes learning MATH fun. A+ TutorSoft’s Interactive MATH is a result of active involvement and input from many homeschool families. We have worked with many homeschooling parents and children to understand  what elements are most important to homeschooling parents and how we can make their homeschooling journey much easier with our curriculum.
Montgomery 6

Homeschooling the Gifted Child
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Discover ways to help gifted children to achieve their potential without self destructing from stress. Gifted kids are children too! Sometimes they are more mature than anyone else & sometimes they are more babyish than anyone else. Learn secrets to pacing gifted children, encouraging them to tackle tough scenarios, helping them learn resilience when they hit a wall, & helping them to develop better social skills.
Montgomery 7


11:30 AM

Blessing Your Home/Blessing Your Homeschool
(Tracee Wood - Homeschooling Mom of 2)
Montgomery 1

Nurturing Wonder in Early Childhood: Montessori Education in the Home
(Jennifer Mackintosh - Homeschooling Mom of 4)
Jennifer gives a simple introduction to Maria Montessori and her ideas. She shows how the home and the family is an ideal setting for putting her ideas to work. Also, learn about the skills and ideas learned from working with Montessori’s ideas that lend themselves to all of home education. Go past the costly materials and learn about creative and frugal ideas that work! Find joy in early childhood education that is outside the box!
Montgomery 3

Yes, Your Kids CAN Start College Early!
(Kitchener & Mona Lisa Harding – Homeschooling Parents of 10, Homeschool Consultants/ College By Twelve
)
Join “College By Twelve” family as they share their accelerated method that helped their first six homeschool graduates start college by the age of twelve!
Montgomery 4

Stop Sibling Fights, Name Calling & Tattling
(Kirk Martin – Behavioral Therapist & Homeschooling Dad / Celebrate Calm)
Does anything make your blood boil more than hearing your children be mean to each other? But none of your rational discussions make a difference. You feel like a bad parent, like you’ve done something wrong, embarrassed that your kids act like this. What happens when you have one child who takes all your energy and time? We’ll show you how to get your kids to share, stop tattling, and resolve conflict so you don’t have to be the sheriff. We’ll even show you an amazing way to deal with your kids complaining, “It’s not fair!”.
Montgomery 5

Make Your Home a Cancer Free Zone with Biblical Nutrition
(Catie Frates - High School Science Teacher & Homeschool Mom for 20 Years)
Have you ever wondered if there is anything you can do to help prevent your family from getting cancer, diabetes, or heart disease? Come explore the Biblical instructions given to build our natural defenses so that we can live as God intended. Learn how food can assist or destroy your body. Additionally, Catie translates these Biblical instructions into practical applications in your home. Live with knowledge and no fear. Catie has been involved in the study of the causes of cancer since 1983 when she worked in basic immunologic and cancer research at the University of Florida using her degree in Micro and Cell Biology.
*This is not to be taken as medical advice.
Montgomery 6

Making Meals Easy and Impactful for Homeschooling
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Many wonderful childhood memories revolve around meals.  Make sure that your children fondly remember their time around the table. With little effort, meals can be restful, extend homeschool learning, be more delicious, nutritious and easier to prepare.  Tips on menu planning, inexpensive meals, choosing cookbooks, etc.  Get handout with fun recipes to make with the kids.
Montgomery 7


12:45 PM

Teaching the Relationship Between God and Government  (Government and Social Studies)
(Dave Drake / FreedomProject Education)
Does government matter to Christians?  Why is one form of government superior to others? The American Republic and its “rule of law” are the most productive and free ever devised. Why? What are the historical ramifications of rule by referendum or majority in a “pure democracy” and what are the proofs in historical and Biblical accounts?
Montgomery 1

How to Prepare a Dynamic Artistic Portfolio
(Savannah College of Art and Design
)
Learn helpful tips on preparing a dynamic artistic portfolio! This session presents the fundamentals of successful portfolios and what our review committee looks for in portfolio submissions. The presentation will address: visual, media, and performing arts, writing elements, artistic elements, guidelines for inclusion, presentation quality, as well as, additional aspects of portfolio preparation. The session will include visual examples of portfolios.
Montgomery 3

A Homeschooling Journey:  Teaching Hearts and Training Minds with A Beka Book
(Waynette Cozad – Homeschooling Mom of 3 / A Beka Book)
Waynette share insights from her 18-year homeschooling journey, which she believes will help you ride out the challenges and embrace the joys of your family’s homeschooling journey. Learn how to couple teaching to the hearts of your children with training their minds from a Christian perspective.
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Is Math Straining your Relationship with your Children?  (Identifying the Trouble Spots)
(Tom Clark - Life long teacher of Math & Science / VideoText Interactive)
Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, as he 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”.
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13 Going on Dirty: Five Things Every Mom Needs to Know About Her Son
(Rebecca Ingram Powell - Homeschooling Mom of 3, Nationally Known Author & Speaker)
Boys are different, Mom! Our sexually permissive culture is already sending your son signals that real manhood equals an aggressive thirst for power and a lustful hunger for promiscuity. How do you light a fire in your son for Christ alone? Join Rebecca to learn the secrets every mother needs to know about raising a godly son. (Please note: Because of the nature of the content of this workshop, it is for MOMS ONLY.)
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The Difficult Resistant Child
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
The resistant child can be a nightmare to educate. Today’s resistant child could become tomorrow’s steadfast and reliable adult. Hear other parents discuss how they brought about real change without crushing the tender hearts of their child.
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2:00 PM

Dinosaurs and the Bible
(Scott Gillis – Creation Curriculum Author & Teacher / Creation Ministries International)
People of all ages are captivated by dinosaurs. Unfortunately, evolutionists use dinosaurs to indoctrinate the young and the old with an earth history that includes millions of years but has no room for the Bible. This presentation will show the power of a person’s starting assumptions (or “worldview”) when interpreting past events, and will define the different types of sciences used in investigating the world around us, with a thorough exploration of these enigmatic lizards. Let’s take dinosaurs to the Bible and see what God’s word has to say about them!
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Toy Taming and Management Strategies
(Jennifer Mackintosh - Homeschooling Mom of 4)
Jennifer shows the way to restoring order in the face of toy takeover! Manage toys so that children can maintain tidiness. Learn about a toy rotation closet and assisting a child in detaching from things. Also, Jennifer explains exercising the gift of being able to pass along material blessings to others, choosing toys with an eye toward beauty and imagination,  and inviting opportunities for imagination to grow through toy management.
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Intentional Parenting
(Teresa Knight – Homeschooling Mom of 9 / Knight’s Book Knook
)
Swim lessons, home school co-op, baseball, movies, dating, music lessons, curriculum choices, etc. So many choices. Are you confused about what to do and what choices you should make? How do you know what ones are the most important? Join Teresa Knight as she gives you some insight and personal experience about how to be intentional about all of our parenting.
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A Biblical Courtship Model
(Robert Andrews – National Speaker & Certified Business and Family Coach / Gospel Parenting
)
Building on the principles discovered in the previous seminar, Robert proposes a courtship model that incorporates these biblical principles to give parents a specific plan to follow in helping their children find a mate. He is careful to emphasize the parent’s freedom and latitude in the implementation of the model.
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Move Your Children Away From Fantasy and Help Them to Connect to the Fantastic  Reality of the Future that is Today
(Randi St. Denis, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance)
Kids are excited about the future, but we parents don’t always know to educate and encourage them technically in realistic and meaningful ways.  Your homeschool children can begin now to train for working in our future world.  Randi discusses ways to engage and cast a vision for the possibilities as students become energized to learn basic technologies for fun and to make money.  Discover the beginning steps for helping elementary, middle and high school students.   Parents and children will thoroughly enjoy this workshop.
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What the Hands Do, the Brain Does:  Notebook Foldables® for Lasting Understanding
(Dinah Might Adventures)
Brain research states that what the hands do, the brain does (Jensen 2005).  This interactive, hands-on session is a must for all interested in making connections between brain research and classroom practice.  Three-dimensional graphic organizers (Foldables®) engage students both visually and kinesthetically.  Students cut, fold, write, draw, and manipulate, while cognitively speaking, they are transforming and organizing information to achieve more personal, authentic communication and lasting understanding.   Learn how to add dimensionality to student notebooks that can build in differentiation, improve academic vocabulary, increase student motivation and student achievement, provide an alternative form of assessment, teach and reinforce organization of thought, and reduce paper use.  Leave with a mini-composition book that is ready to use immediately.
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3:15 PM

Chemistry for Everyone!
(Matthew Poston – Physics, Chemistry, and Math Teacher / Mr. Science Teacher)
Introduce the Language of Chemistry ™ to anyone in less than 10 minutes! FREE!! It’s FUN and EASY!!
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Fascinating, Fun, Faith-Building Science that Explores Nature from a Biblical Perspective
(Catie Frates - High School Science Teacher & Homeschool Mom for 20 Years)
Science can and should be fun and build your family’s faith. Enjoy exploring nature from a Biblical perspective. To truly make science a faith affirming experience, we must teach our children how to translate the secular explanations in to a Biblical interpretation. Catie addresses such issues as adaptation, fossils and the geologic ages, among other pertinent subjects. Also learn answers to frequently asked difficult questions such as “Where did  Cain get his wife,” “How could people live over 900 years before the Flood,” and “How could distant starlight get here in just a few thousand years?” Catie will share the “how to” with you, including a timeline and free online resources!
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“You’re Not the Boss of Me!”: Motivating Strong-Willed Toddlers & Teens
(Kirk Martin - Behavioral Therapist & Homeschooling Dad / Celebrate Calm)
How do you motivate a child who looks right at you and doesn’t listen? What about a teenager who has shut down or defiant? Your child was born with boxing gloves on, ready to fight. Well-meaning people tell you to clamp down on and get control of your child. But you don’t want to crush his spirit or create more defiance. Instead of constantly creating power struggles, we’ll show you how to enjoy a respectful, motivated child who is confident, persistent and purposeful. Society needs our kids. And you can enjoy them. I’ll get my own strong-willed son, Casey, answering questions in this class. One of my favorites.
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Grammar for Writing, Not Jeopardy
(David Savidge, Ed.D.
)
Learn how to sequence grammar so that mastery is easy and application is real. Integrate grammar with creative high-school, appropriate writing assignments.
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