2013 Workshop Schedule

Need Some Help and Encouragement? So Many Workshops – So Little Time!

Choose from Educating the Gifted Child, Homeschooling Special Needs, Making Learning Fun with Hands-On Activities, Homeschooling Dads Panel Discussion, and more! The Alabama Homeschool Expo is committed to bringing you the most enjoyable and informative homeschool and parenting workshops ever – all under one roof

Purchase audio recordings of workshops shortly after it ends by visiting the Rhino Technologies‘ booth in the exhibit hall! They record the workshops and provide recordings available for purchase on-site if you miss a workshop!

Most workshops are one hour in length, attendance is FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED basis.

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Friday, June 14 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • What Is a Worldview? And Why Does My Young Child Need a Biblical One?
    David Webb / Apologia
    Riverview 6
    Every day our children are bombarded with competing ideas, many of them opposed to Christian values. As parents, we recognize the danger, but few of us understand the critical need to start developing a biblical worldview in our kids from the earliest years of life. Even if you’re a little intimidated by the subject, you can effectively communicate a biblical worldview to your elementary and junior high children. This workshop will provide you the confidence and tools you need to equip them with a worldview firmly founded on the immovable rock of God and His Word.
  • Discover the Heart of Education in Real Books
    Kelly Lutman
    / Sonlight Curriculum
    Riverview 8
    It is rare to meet someone who can name a favorite textbook from their school days, but most everyone can tell you a favorite book from their childhood. Wouldn’t you love to be actively adding to your children’s list of favorite books through the curriculum you use? Come see how Sonlight Curriculum can help you share adventures around the world with your children, all from the comfort of your couch.
  • Couponing For Maximum Savings With Minimal Time
    Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
    Montgomery 1
    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.
  • An Organized Education
    Jennifer Ford Berry
    Montgomery 5
    Do you have a vision for your children and their education?
    Homeschooling is an extremely important job and in order to excel you must be organized. Jennifer will share her tips, tools, resources and more for getting the most out of your homeschooling experience. Lean how to set up an efficient learning environment, handle all those papers, teach time management skills and how to set up an organized homework station.
  • Planning for Your Preschooler
    Kathy Lee / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 6
    The youngest children can often be the most challenging to a homeschooling parent. Planning for your preschooler is key! This session will help you create a developmentally appropriate plan that will prepare your child for lifelong learning.

 

Friday, June 14 – 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

  • How to Maximize College Admission Opportunities and Minimize Out-of-Pocket Expenses
    George Burford
    Riverview 3

    Heartland Institute of Financial Education
    There are numerous resources available to assist students and parents with college planning efforts. This workshop presents and overview of the Heartland Institute of Financial Education College Planning Program and how they “Coach” clients/families through the maze of college planning, funding and admissions process. Helpful tips and valuable information to assist students and parents in “maximizing” chances for acceptance into the college of their choice and “mitigating” the high cost of college are shared.
  • Fine Art in the Homeschool
    Nikole Porter / Homeschool Mom
    Riverview 6
    Many homeschooling parents find a visit to the local art museum to be intimidating, uninteresting or just plain boring, but nothing could be further from the truth!? Stretch yourself beyond crafts with construction paper, markers and glue and join former teacher and homeschooling mom, Nikole Porter, in this session to learn the why’s and how’s of guiding your children in the appreciation of art.
  • A Total Language Plus Workshop
    Traci Barrientos / Total Language Plus
    Riverview 8

    Simplify your home school experience by integrating all of your language arts needs while pursuing educational excellence with one easy to use program. Don’t let yourself be tempted into thinking you must choose a large quantity of individualized, but not necessarily integrated, programs to reach the goal of excellence in your curriculum selection. Come and invest some time in letting me show you how you can accomplish your language arts goals by inspiring your children to appreciate fine literature, learn grammar in a meaningful ways, enrich his/her vocabulary, discover critical thinking, express his/ her thoughts in writing and explore other subjects through cross curricular activities (without selling your first born child to afford such excellence). Come learn how to help your child explore complex literary issues through a biblical world view.  Come learn how to guide your child’s ordinary language arts curriculum, from second grade thru high-school, extraordinarily well with Total Language Plus Programs.
  • Falling In Love with Classical Christian Education
    Classical Conversations
    Montgomery 1

    Come discover how Classical Conversations is helping thousands of families from all over the country fall in love with their homeschool experience! Find out how our program helps families breathe joy into their journey through equipping, encouragement, and engaging! Learn how you can begin preparing your children for college from those very early years. Grasp how to walk through high school with vision and purpose! Join us to find out how Classical Conversations cna help you fall in love with your homeschool journey!
  • Reading & Math for Tots
    Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
    Montgomery 6

    The single most important thing you can do to accelerate your child’s educational success is to start early with reading and math.  Jones geniuses are reading and adding, subtracting, even multiplying before they even reach the age of pre-kindergarten and they love it.  Put your child years ahead in the game of life.  Find out how to teach your toddler reading and mathematics from infancy!
  • Curing Spelling and Reading Problems
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance

    Montgomery 7
    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.

 

Friday, June 14 – 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

  • Seven R’s of Homeschooling
    Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Riverview 3
    “Major on the majors” and “minor on the minors” in your homeschooling. Focus on the Seven R’s: Relationships, Reading, (w)Riting, (a)Rithmetic, Research, Rhetoric, and Right Living. This will lay a foundation in your children’s lives for all kinds of learning and growing so that they can walk in the path the Lord has chosen for them in the future.
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO RESEARCH MY NEXT PAPER!
    Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
    Riverview 6

    Sigh, if only these words came flying out of your child’s mouth. Guess what? They can! One of my key objectives in providing creative writing workshops for kids across the country is getting them fired up about research. The #1 challenge I hear from educators is, “How can I make kids want to do research?” After showing over 20,000 kids how much fun research can be, I’m happy to give you parents the inside scoop. Get a mini-preview of my CHAIRS workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have.
  • Surfacing the Entrepreneur in Your Child
    Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
    Riverview 8

    Do 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. Have you questioned, “Where should I start in developing my child’s entrepreneurial mindset?” How can I discover my child’s gift to direct his/her education to prepare them for becoming 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. Ann will share the key principles she has applied in the lives of 5 of her children 6 children who are entrepreneurs.
  • Raising a Critical Thinker!
    Debbie Strayer / Trail Guide to Learning
    Montgomery 1

    Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today – everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Debbie will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum! For Christian homeschoolers, this is a great way to prepare your children to give an account for the hope that is in them.
  • Organize Your Mental Clutter
    Jennifer Ford Berry

    Montgomery 5
    Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes. Much of the clutter that keeps us from living our dreams can be found in our mind. Jennifer will teach you how to work on your ability to focus, how to organize a vision board, how to deal with relationship clutter, how to say no! Also how to organize your health and how to decrease stress and anxiety!
  • Mastering Multiple-Choice Test Taking
    Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
    Montgomery 6

    Whether we like it or not, standardized exams such as the ACT or SAT are the most equitable comparison tool that colleges and employers have when contrasting homeschool students with their public or private school peers.  In sports you may be the fastest runner but you still must learn the rules of a game in order to become the Most Valuable Player on your team. The same holds true in academics.  If you can learn the basic “rules” of taking multiple choice tests, you are well on your way to acing your next test!  Join us for an whirlwind session learning how YOU can become an expert test-taker.
  • Gods Design in Disability: Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child with Joy
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 7

    Based on her own experiences with her autistic son, Lesli shares hope and encouragement with moms who are choosing this difficult, but incredibly rewarding path.   Transparent about her own successes and failures, Lesli shares strategies and problem solving techniques for homeschooling special needs children from toddlers to high school.

 

Friday, June 14 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Nutrition 101: Choose Life!
    Pam Lowther / Growing Healthy Homes
    Riverview 3
    Nutrition 101:Choose Life! is an award winning family nutrition and health curriculum. Learn tips to help even the pickiest eaters love God’s healthy food and how to steer clear of the convenience/fast food traps even while traveling on the road.
  • This Can’t Wait Until High School: What You Can Do Now to Keep Your Kids from Walking Away from Their Faith Later
    David Webb / Apologia
    Riverview 6

    Why are three out of five young Christians walking away from the church after the age of 15? In part, it’s because their experience of Christianity is shallow—they haven’t been taught how to think about what they believe, and so their faith is easily shaken when they first encounter obstacles. Learn what you can do right now to help your children stay the course when they become teenagers and young adults.
  • Teaching Hearts and Training Minds With A Beka Book
    Waynette Cozad / A Beka Book
    Riverview 8
    Let me share insights from my 18-year homeschooling journey, which I believe 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.
  • Yes, Your Kids CAN Start College Early! – Meet the “College By Twelve Family”
    Kitchener & Mona Lisa Harding / College By Twelve
    Montgomery 1

    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! 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!
  • Fill the Freezer
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 5
    This workshop gives the busy homeschooling mother all the tools she needs to be more efficient in providing healthy, economical and delicious meals for her family.   Lesli will give the audience a step-by-step plan to conquer the sometimes overwhelming task of feeding family and friends impressive meals with the least amount of time and effort.   Each attendee will be given a handout with instructions, and ten of Lesli’s favorite freezer meals.
  • Free College at Your Fingertips
    Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
    Montgomery 6
    Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. This lecture will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
  • Raising and Homeschooling Boys
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7

    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.

 

Friday, June 14 – 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

  • Homeschooling Is Your Right!
    Christine Field / Center for Homeschool Liberty
    Riverview 3
    Homeschooling can be a real battlefield. Attorney Christine Field believes every parent has the right to homeschool their children. In this session, she will provide you with an educational overview of your rights as a Homeschooler – empowering you to respond kindly and confidently to local officials or others that may raise a question about your homeschooling rights.
  • Total Home Makeover (Manage everything)
    Renee Metzler / Total Home Makeover
    Riverview 6

    Get a hands-on plan to manage your home with order. It’s simple. Total Home Makeover is a complete home management course. Manage yourself, your family and your home to all bring order. Three phases: Phase 1: Transform Self. Learn smart daily and weekly home management routines that create order in the home. Phase 2: Transform Family. Coach your family to learn and maintain healthy home habits that bring order to the home. Phase 3: Transform Home. Organize (clear, sort, store) room-by-room to create a functional home with activity zones that meet your family’s needs. Supportive Website: TotalHomeMakeover.com
  • Homeschooling High School: Unlocking the Mysteries of Classes & Credits
    Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Riverview 8
    Common fears and worries will be dispelled. Learn about planning courses, credits, and keeping transcripts. What is the difference between college and high school credits? How can you plan an education for your teens that will honor Christ and impress colleges? What about the teen who is not heading for college? Can you still use delight-directed and personalized studies in high school? Let Meredith take the fear out of teaching high school at home! You can do this!
  • “Teaching” Science at Home
    Jessica Rondina / Apologia
    Montgomery 1
    Teaching science can seem like a daunting task, especially at the upper levels. Come learn how you can break through the barrier of self-doubt and provide a positive and successful science education for your child.
  • Simplify Your Spirit: Simplify Your Inner Clutter
    Jennifer Ford Berry
    Montgomery 5
    You can’t hear your spirit if your clutter is louder! Get your priorities straight. What is your vision? your purpose? Fuel your spirit, simplify your relationship clutter, organize your boundaries, organize your ability to say no, and organize your spiritual walk.
  • Multiply Your Reading Speed
    Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
    Montgomery 6

    Double or triple your reading speed almost immediately with time-compressed (speeded) speech during this demonstration!  We will show you how to multiply your reading speed, vocabulary & comprehension in a program of studying the classics of literature. It is fun!  It is easy!  Don’t miss out on the secret to giving your child a quantum leap in their reading ability.
  • Math tips and tricks to Help Grades 1-6
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7

    There are lots of great math books out there, but the most important resource is moms and dads 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.

 

Friday, June 14 -5:45 PM to 6:45 PM

  • Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots
    Nikole Porter / Homeschool Mom
    Riverview 3
    Come join Nikole Porter in this interactive workshop to learn how easy it is to incorporate vocabulary instruction into your homeschool.  You will leave loaded with new ideas for hands-on games and activities for your family!
  • Dual Enrollment – The Easy Way to Free College
    Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
    Riverview 6

    Your teen can earn high school and college credit at the same time! It’s true – Your teen can enroll online or on campus at a private, public or technical college and finish high school while getting a head start in college. Founder of the annual FCHE Dual Enrollment Expo, Christine Torre, has personally worked with over 15 college admissions officers all of whom are actively seeking home school students. Christine will share a dozen reasons to consider dual enrollment, how you can position your teen for dual enrollment, what the requirements for dual enrollment are, how to choose your first college classes and which colleges are home school friendly. You’ll walk away amazed at how truly easy the dual enrollment process is!
  • Teach Effectively and Save Your Sanity!
    Debbie Strayer / Trail Guide to Learning
    Montgomery 1

    Connectedness is the most important quality in effective and memorable teaching! Teach history, science, geography and language skills, such as reading, writing and word studies to multiple ages using the unified approach. Come to this workshop to hear how to unify your subjects, engage your students and teach critical thinking skills while still having a life!
  • Teaching to the Way God Made Them: Why Classical Education and the Trivium Work.
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 5
    This workshop provides the audience with a thorough overview of classical education and the trivium, and examines the way God designed children to learn in unique ways during each stage of their development.    This workshop provides strategies for educating children through the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of development from birth to high school.
  • Courting/Dating, Waiting and Parenting
    Teresa Knight, Melody Knight, Brianna Knight / Knight’s Book Knook
    Montgomery 6
    How do we prepare our children for the lifelong decision of finding “the One”? Are there really any godly men and women out there or do we have to just settle for the best we can find? How do we challenge them to be patient in waiting? What can we do as parents to better prepare them? It is never too early to start preparing our children and ourselves. Join Teresa Knight and two of her daughters as they share what God has done in their lives and others and how you as a teen can find peace in the waiting, confirmation of the right one and purpose along the way.
  • Ways to Improve the Education of Gifted Children
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7
    Parents of gifted children often wonder about the best ways to educate them.  Certainly, gifted homeschool students have the opportunity to learn at  rates that are far faster than their typical peers and to enter high school and then college while still young.  But should we just throw a 5 pound college chemistry book at them?  With so much potential, choosing the right materials at the right time is very important.  What chemistry, physics, math, literature etc., books work well for the gifted student?  Other than books, what challenging activities and hobbies are easy to do?  Learn to sidestep difficulties, think out of the box and make educational plans that work well for the gifted student.  Randi gives specific book suggestions to engage student minds, keep them from getting in over their heads, and ensure quick and substantial progress.

 

Friday, June 14 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Do You Understand Your Teen?
    Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
    Riverview 3
    Recent studies targeted at homeschooled, Christian teens reveal that while over 97% of teens know that their parents love them, only a startling 5% would say that their parents truly understand them. Why? For most, the answers are not rocket science–maybe it is a learning style that makes your child learn different from you or many they just feel insecure about how they look. What does God say about their needs?  Join homeschool graduate Kathleen Knudsen for a practical session helping you to understand your child—academically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Who Is God? And Why Is He Saying These Great Things about My Kids?
    David Webb / Apologia
    Montgomery 1

    Our public schools have sacrificed American education on the altar of children’s self-esteem. Christian homeschoolers have largely (and wisely) rejected this approach to learning, but does that mean our children shouldn’t feel good about themselves? On the contrary! God has some amazing things to say about your kids, their purpose, and their future; and you need to help them to see themselves through God’s eyes. Here’s how providing them with a biblical self-image can help win the war our enemy is waging against our children.
  • What’s In the Box? Using Activity Boxes to Tame Your Toddler!
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 5
    In this workshop Lesli demonstrates how to create a set of activity boxes that can be used to entertain and educate toddlers, providing Mom with an easy, organized way to keep those little ones constructively busy while educating older children or attending to household tasks.
  • Real Men Lead
    Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Montgomery 6
    Using the biblical qualifications for elders, Pastor Mike speaks to fathers and young men to strive toward excellence in their walk with the Lord. He talks about purity, leadership, faithfulness, ability to teach, household management, and a life above reproach. Listeners will be encouraged and challenged to be real men who lead their families, churches, and communities.
  • Homeschooling Multiple Children at Once
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7
    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.

 

Saturday, June 15 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun
    Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Riverview 3
    Meredith creates unit studies for her children from the young years to the high school years. She also loves Christmas unit studies!
    In this workshop, she demonstrates the simple method she uses to put together unit studies for her family on a variety of subjects using living books as the foundation. Learn to add poetry, games, music, art, crafts, drama, research, baking, cooking, maps, timelines, experiments, and more hands-on-fun to turn learning into an exciting adventure. You can use these tips to bring life to your home school when you are using traditional textbooks too—Meredith will show you how!
  • Cultivating a Love for Learning
    Debbie Strayer / Trail Guide to Learning
    Riverview 5

    How can homeschooling be different from schooling at home? What can you do to change the dynamic in your homeschooling interactions? Listen to ways to transform schooling struggles into schooling success. Come to hear how to develop, or rekindle, a love for learning in the hearts of those you are teaching!
  • The Homegrown Preschooler
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Riverview 6
    In this fun and creative workshop, Lesli shares how to create an amazing preschool experience for your child at home.   From the latest in scientific research on early child development to the organization of supplies, this information packed workshop will help you prepare your child for kindergarten and make wonderful memories along the way!   This seminar is based on The Homegrown Preschooler, by Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards, an upcoming Gryphon House release for Spring 2013.
  • YES, Your Home Schooled Teen Can Get Into College!
    Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
    Riverview 8
    Did you know colleges all over the US are actively recruiting home school students? Over the past two years, Christine Torre has worked with over a dozen private, public and technical colleges to make the admission process easier for home school students. Admissions officers constantly tell her, “I’ll take all the home school students I can get” and “Home school students do very well at our school.” What does it take to get into college? Christine will share all the secrets including amazing transcripts, dynamic course descriptions, portfolio enhancers and the standard graduation requirements. If you have a college bound middle or high school student, you don’t want to miss this valuable information exchange!
  • Creating Memories with Your Children
    Kathy Lee / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 1
    What memories are your children taking into adulthood? Homeschooling is more than academics. This session will encourage parents to be intentional about their relationship with their children. Be prepared to take a trip down memory lane.
  • Parent Management
    Jennifer Ford Berry
    Montgomery 5
    Organize your family purpose statement and your morning and evening routines. Organize a family launch pad, your children’s toys, your children’s clothes, and your family memorabilia!
  • The Ultimate Planning Tools for Homeschool Moms
    Jessica Rondina / Apologia
    Montgomery 6

    Planning no longer has to be drudgery and despair! The Ultimate Homeschool Planner (for moms) encourages you to seek God first in your planning and gives you ample space to record your spiritual goals and God’s faithfulness to you on an annual, monthly, and weekly basis. Come to this session to find out how you can revolutionize your life!
  • Struggling Learners
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7

    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.

 

Saturday, June 15 – 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

  • A Hidden Source of Learning and Behavior Problems
    Randy Snider / Snider Therapy Centers
    Riverview 3
    Many students struggle with undetected sensory processing dysfunctions. These dysfunctions interfere with the brain’s ability to process information efficiently, which leads to poor performance in reading/writing, attention/focus, behavior, social skills development, and athletics. Individuals suffering from problems with brain function may be labeled as ADD, ADHD, dyslexic, brain injured, and/or autistic. The goal of this workshop is to educate parents and teachers as to the specific signs and symptoms of brain-related performance issues. More importantly, parents are supplied with information as to appropriate treatment options and resources to either remediate or rehabilitate the deficits.
  • The Study of Nature and Nature Journaling
    Nikole Porter / Homeschool Mom
    Riverview 5

    Why include nature study in your curriculum? Does the idea of adding one more thing overwhelm you? Do you lack the confidence to start nature study with your children? Former middle school teacher and homeschooling mom, Nikole Porter, will help you integrate nature study into your everyday life with your kids. Whether you have 10 acres of backyard or a small urban porch, you will come away with tons of practical advice that you can incorporate into any homeschool program. Your children have an inborn love of the outdoors come and learn how to nurture that love!
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE MY NEXT PAPER!
    Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
    Riverview 6

    Are these words you think you’ll never hear from your child? Does it go more like this: “Writing is so boring! I hate writing!” Well never fear, I’m here to ease your pain. After speaking to over 20,000 kids on creative writing, I’ve learned a trick or two to make writing so much fun that kids can’t wait to get started on their next project. Educators have reported same day success: Your enthusiasm caught the children’s attention.  Teachers said they saw an immediate improvement in the children’s journal writing, starting the day you were with us! It was a WONDERFUL day!”-Jeanne Borders, Administrator, Cornerstone Prep, Acworth, GA Get a mini-preview of my CREATE workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have.
  • Raising Real Men in a Feminist Culture
    Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Riverview 8
    In an age of feminism and same-sex marriages, can Christian families raise sons who will lead their homes and lives unashamedly for Christ? Pastor Mike will show you how to raise sons to be pro-active, protective providers.
  • How to Ace the SAT
    Christine Torre / College Prep Genius
    Montgomery 1
    Test-prep expert, Christine Torre, will share the secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds of students raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, and Verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!
  • Organize Now & Change Your Life Forever
    Jennifer Ford Berry
    Montgomery 5
    Learn about the cost of clutter and time management/solutions for time wasters! Less is more! Organize your space, your papers, and L.I.V.E.
  • Guaranteed Formula for Success in Any Subject
    Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
    Montgomery 6
    This formula is taken from the efforts of numerous researchers in language learning. The principles apply to any subject however and it is interesting to note what is not included.  There is no prerequisite to be literate, go to school, buy a text book, or hire a tutor.  Two of the three principles refer to motivation rather than method.  Find out how this simple formula works and how you can apply it successfully to your homeschooling.
  • How to Really Learn History!
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7

 

Saturday, June 15 – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • How to Maximize College Admission Opportunities and Minimize Out-of-Pocket Expenses
    George Burford / Heartland Institute of Financial Education
    Riverview 3
    There are numerous resources available to assist students and parents with college planning efforts. This workshop presents and overview of the Heartland Institute of Financial Education College Planning Program and how they “Coach” clients/families through the maze of college planning, funding and admissions process. Helpful tips and valuable information to assist students and parents in “maximizing” chances for acceptance into the college of their choice and “mitigating” the high cost of college are shared.
  • Roots Have Fruits – Where is Your Curriculum Taking You?
    Debbie Strayer / Trail Guide to Learning
    Riverview 5
    Trees can only bear the fruits of their roots, so teaching approaches have roots from their history and philosophy and certain fruits will appear. Come to learn about approaches to teaching, their natural outcomes and how to cultivate good soil for learning. Be prepared to remove any unwanted fruit that may be heading your way! Presented with humor and reality, this workshop is great for beginners as well as veterans who want to check their roots!
  • When Faith and Family Collide: The Vital Importance of Knowing What You Believe as a Family
    David Webb / Apologia
    Riverview 6
    We think our children know—and agree with—what we as Christian parents believe about God, the universe, people, truth, and right and wrong. But in the absence of intentional and strategic discipleship at home, breakdowns in communicating our faith to the next generation are all too common. And most of us won’t recognize our failure until the damage is already done. Here’s what you need to do to ensure that everyone in your family is on the same page while setting your children’s feet on an unshakable foundation of faith.
  • Catching the Foxes that Ruin the Vineyard
    Christine Field / Center for Homeschool Liberty
    Riverview 8
    What are the small and large distractions that detract from your work in your home?  In this workshop, Christine Field presents strategies for dealing with the common foxes of every day home life, both large and small.  Fill your days with more grace as you gain perspective on all the callings on your life.
  • The Homeschool Mom & Working From Home
    Ann Haney / Aaron Publishing
    Montgomery 1
    In today’s economy it seems almost impossible for a family to survive on one income. Many women, even homeschool moms are often forced to take a part time job and still continue the homeschooling. In this session Ann will take equip you with knowledge of the top work from home careers as well as their pay scales. You will also gain knowledge on websites that will help you find the work from home jobs that fit your giftings while avoiding the internet scams that can leave you discouraged. At the close of this workshop you will be empowered to try what you haven’t tried and discover the career that enables you to stay at home with the kids.
  • Creating a Great Homeschool Room
    Lesli Richards / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 5
    Joined by her handy husband Brendan, Lesli shares how they have designed a great homeschool environment for their children using a few simple woodworking tools and supplies from their local hardware store.    They will share some of the plans in Lesli’s upcoming book “The Homegrown Preschooler” for a sensory and light table and plexiglass easel.   Each workshop participant will receive a free plan and a comprehensive resource list.
  • Stay the Course: You CAN Navigate High School & College!
    Kathleen Knudsen / Crystal Creek Media
    Montgomery 6
    Filled with humor and real life stories, join homeschool graduate Kathleen Knudsen for this practical session on what to consider as you homeschool through high school. From the basics of Christian character to the implications of scholarships and nontraditional college options (such as CLEP exams), do not miss this comprehensive session from a homeschool graduate to parents of Christian teenagers.
  • The Difficult Resistant Child
    Randi St.Denis / Homeschooling Mom of 7 / Director, Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
    Montgomery 7
    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.

 

Saturday, June 15 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 

  • Dealing with Rebellion
    Mike Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Riverview 3

    Unfortunately, rebellion is a big problem in homeschooling families across America. There is a simple solution to root out this stubborn weed, but it will require hard work on your part. If you are willing to take your role seriously as a parent and mentor, the Lord can do a miracle in your teen’s life. But first, He may just have to do a miracle in your heart too.
  • Aromatherapy the Key to Brain Sensory
    Pam Lowther / Growing Healthy Homes
    Riverview 5
    The use of aromatherapy for relaxation and good health promoting benefits can also be used to provide sensory stimulation for the brain. Inhaling essential oils through the nose into the Olfactory Bulb leads directly to the Central Brain to improve concentration, memory and all executive functions. Learn about this amazing discovery that will reduce stress and optimize learning in your classroom.
  • Homeschooling your Adopted Child
    Kathy Lee
    Riverview 6

    Are you nervous about integrating your older adopted child into your homeschooling family? Do you have a plan to meet the emotional and academic needs of your new family member? This workshop will address these and other common issues homeschooling families face when they adopt a toddler, preschooler, elementary, or older age child.
  • 10 Steps to a Better Budget
    Renee Metzler / Total Home Makeover
    Montgomery 1

    Create a better budget, take it home and get started on a savvy financial path. Learn about the 10-10-80 Rule, saving, tithing, spending smart, budget meal planning and more.
  • Mentoring Model of Homeschooling
    Meredith Curtis / Powerline Productions
    Montgomery 5
    More is caught, than taught. Look at homeschooling in a new light, as an opportunity to imitate Jesus, who traveled with his disciples 24/ 7 for three years, teaching and training them. What kind of teaching style and curriculum choices work with this model? Can this educational philosophy work in your home school?
  • How to Remember Anything Forever
    Dr. Miles Jones / Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education
    Montgomery 6

    Super-Memory is simple and flexible.   Regular review accesses and ingrains neural pathways so that all the information is automatically more easily available for recall.   Much of our mental processing and organization takes place subconsciously rather than via conscious learning.  Like a Merry-Go-Round, it takes only a regular little push to keep that subconscious mental process turning.  This works no matter how much information you need to memorize.
  • Schooling Your Preschooler
    Nikole Porter / Homeschool Mom
    Montgomery 7
    Are you overwhelmed over what to do with your preschool aged child?  Not sure where to start?  Homeschooling mom Nikole Porter will show you the how, what, when and why of preparing your younger children in a fun and engaging way while teaching them independence!