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Dr. Brian Ray
Be Honest: Who Should Be Educating Your Children? – Explores basic philosophy, the importance of parents’ relationships with their children and of guiding them, the biases of what is taught in public schools, and the liberty that families experience when they are involved in homeschooling.
Woody Robertson YOUTH
Five Mistakes Parents and Students Make Planning for College – The words affordable, efficient, or effective are not typically associated with college. In this session, we lay out five proven strategies to help you navigate the college process like a professional, avoiding the traps to which students often fall prey. These strategies will save you 30-50% on your college costs, up to two years of time, and most importantly will give your student a huge head-start on the competition. Is it possible to get a college degree without debt? We’ll show you how by revealing the secrets colleges don’t tell.
Does the Culture Own You? #IBELONGTOCHRIST – 1Corinthians 1:12 is one of many scriptures reminding us we are not defined or directed by the cultures of the world. We have been bought with a price (Revelation 5:9). Betsy will talk about cultural influences and share some ideas on how the culture or cultures that own us influence our family life. Especially our marriages and what and how we teach and train our children.
Stephen Priddle YOUTH
Practical Tips for Christian Entrepreneurs and Those Working in Business – Stephen, a veteran accountant and entrepreneur, will share biblical and experiential advice and encouragement for entrepreneurs and those working in business. The scriptures speak directly and indirectly to so many related issues. He will keep a home educator’s perspective in his presentation. Those who are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs may also want to come and listen in.
The Starting Gate – Whether you are taking a peek at this idea of home education for your preschooler, or pulling your child from a higher grade, opening the gate to this educational track can be both exciting and intimidating. What about gaps? Am I going to ruin my child’s potential for university? Where do I start? Can I do this? Is homeschooling a positive choice for everyone? AND… the most infamous, What about socialization! With grace, understanding, and a tad of humour, Linda will address these and other questions, to not just help you get started, but to give you strategies, confidence and a realistic outlook to keep going.
Sustainable Homeschooling: Build Effectively and Viablly For The Long-Haul – Why do some homeschoolers seem to begin with passion, energy and strength but too soon feel unable to continue? Why do other homeschoolers seem so steady and able to continue year after year? Ideally, we count the cost of homeschooling and begin once we know how we will afford to do so. Often, though, we don’t really know the true costs until after we begin. Whether you are an aspiring, new or seasoned homeschooler, Christine invites you to join her to explore together the myth of ‘taking it year by year’ and the costs of homeschooling on our children’s education, our time, our finances, and our emotions. You will leave with ideas from seasoned homeschoolers to make these costs affordable and allow you to create a homeschool that is sustainable for the long-term.
Bringing Learning to Life with Unit Studies – Did you know that teaching with unit studies could save you a chunk of change on curriculum if you want it to? Did you know that you can use unit studies to engage/teach all of your children at the same time? Are your kids hands-on learners? This might be the route for you. Joanne will explain to new and seasoned homeschoolers what unit studies are and how you can use them to teach your multi-aged family. She will share how to make your own unit studies, as well as many practical tips and resources. Joanne and her husband, Jim, have been married for more than twenty-seven years and have ten children and four grandchildren. Unit studies have been a big part of their family life over the past twenty-two years.
Why Homeschooling A Child With Unique Needs Is A Great Choice! – Are you trying to homeschool a child that doesn’t fit the mold? Every child is unique, but some have needs that require more intervention. The labels range from Autism to Down’s Syndrome, from ADHD to Vision Impairment to Auditory Processing Disorder. Is it really possible to teach your own child in all of these situations? In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons, hear each other’s real life stories, share available resources and receive some much needed encouragement for the journey!
Dr. Brian Ray YOUTH
When A Free Lunch Isn’t Free – “Hi, we are the local government school district and we are here to help you, to give you a free education for your children at home.” Does this positively grab you and comfort you that now all your money and self-doubt worries are over? Or does it send shivers up your spine with visions of Big Brother? It is of paramount importance for everyone to consider who should be in authority over what is taught to the minds and hearts of children. Both the concept of a democratic republic and a Judeo-Christian worldview demand that parents and private, thoughtfully-chosen associations be the only educators. Dr. Ray will challenge you to think through this issue and consider questions such as: Should one person take from another, with the government’s help, to educate his or her own children? Shouldn’t we as Christians care about those less fortunate and back up the government’s benevolent hands?
How To Homeschool High School – In this session, Woody practically walks parents through the high school years and provides a fresh look at the unique opportunities of homeschoolers. He’ll talk about dual credit, transcripts, and getting ready for college. But, most of all, he’ll discuss how to escape the conveyor belt of modern education confining a student to a curriculum’s prescribed scope and sequence. Instead he’ll encourage a personalized education which gives students autonomy to learn at their pace and ability, provides hands-on application and ultimately inspire lifelong learners.
Keeping Your Sanity – Robin, homeschooling mother of ten and author of Stress Free Homeschooling: Getting It All Done and Enjoying It, will share how to keep your sanity while you homeschool, by giving you practical ways to prioritize with some essential firm foundations for your personal, marital, and family life.
Scientific and Historical Evidence for Faith in Christ – We are bombarded with claims like, “Jesus never existed” and “As science advances, faith retreats”. Home educators need to prepare their children with a defence of their faith that is both easy to grasp, but also powerful. In this seminar, we will begin with the scientific evidence for a creator and then move into the historical evidence that the Creator is none other than Jesus Christ. The logical and historical strength of the approach presented here will be simple, powerful, and transferable by the parent. Suitable for both parents and older teens. Seminar notes will be designed to be downloaded and used as part of ones’ home education curriculum.
Goal Setting and Planning for your Next School Year – Preparing for the next school year can be a daunting task. Where do you start? How do you decide what to study and when to study it? Are you planning too much or too little? Do your long term goals for educating your children match your short and medium term goals? This workshop will walk you through how to plan for each of your children for an entire school year from writing a vision and goals to finishing with a workable schedule.
Large Family Logistics Panel
Whether you feel you’ve got a large family at three kids or thirteen kids – this workshop will show that homeschooling in a large family can be done with joy! Not a one-size-fits-all message, hear from four very different moms on how they’re thriving as a mother of a “large family”. With plenty of time for Q&A, this is a great opportunity for both biblical encouragement and practical advice!
Dual Income Discussion Group
When a family decides to homeschool and both parents are working, either part-time or full-time, there are unique challenges! Come and connect with other families, share the struggles and opportunities, and know you’re not “the only one!
Betsy Ray MOMS
Life is a Bowl of Cherries – Life can be sweet, refreshing, and joyful. Do people see God’s joy in you? Not just strangers in the checkout line or friends. Do your children see God’s joy in you? Does your husband get refreshed by your joyful spirit? God gives us joy (Ecc. 2:26), He is our joy (Ps. 43:4). He commands us to be joyful (Phil. 4:4) and full of joy regardless of circumstances. God wants you to bear joy to your family. Come to be rejuvenated and encouraged to “rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your” household (Deut. 12:7).
Woody Robertson YOUTH
Study Like A Genius: Unlocking Your Brain – All learning is founded on one key—the ability to take in information and then remember it. Most people are never taught how to effectively learn. Each school year, students spend countless hours studying, only to have the information seemingly disappear when they need it most. Whether a parent or student, in this interactive and practical session, you will learn how to use study tools such as speed reading and memory techniques which will radically change the way you learn.
HSLDA Canada Update – Homeschool Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA) is dedicated to supporting your family during your homeschool adventure. Whether you’re a homeschool veteran or just starting out, HSLDA has you covered. Our members have peace of mind knowing that we are always advocating on their behalf. HSLDA is the only Canadian organization with the expertise to provide legal representation in disputes with school boards and provincial agencies. From legal services, insurance coverage to homeschooling advice and resources, our experienced team has what your family needs. HSLDA: the partner in your homeschool success.
Cultivating A Strong Faith in Your Children – “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” Christ’s prophecy is a warning to parents today to equip our children to spiritually thrive in the midst of a secular society. Practical suggestions will be given for three phases of our children’s lives, childhood, the transition to adulthood years, and young adults. The tips covered in this talk have been born out of real life experience. Suitable for both parents and older teens. Seminar notes will be designed to be downloaded and used as part of ones home education curriculum.
Anger: Every Family’s Secret Sin – How one family took the challenge to overcome anger in their home, once and for all – In this seminar, Paula will share openly and honestly what she calls every mom’s (and dad’s) secret sin – anger. She will share her own struggle and how she dealt with it on a personal level and also within the family dynamic. She will also describe the main reasons for anger, the impact of anger on a child, as well as the impact on a parent. In addition to this, she will give a biblical basis for how we should handle our anger and also give some creative solutions on how to combat anger in our home.
Sarah Jane Hobbs
Charlotte Mason Method for the Older Student: Middle School and High School Aged – What does the CM education look like for these critical years? Sarah has experimented over the years with many different daily routines and ways of implementing the CM style in her home, and feels she has finally found a strong and comfortable place as she facilitates the Charlotte Mason education of her children. Come for a relaxed conversation and to get inspired in what is sometimes otherwise a daunting methodology.
If You Don’t “Get It” You Can Forget It! Listening & Reading Comprehension – Our ability to understand what is going on around us is a critical skill for academics and life. It’s not a hearing problem, but your child often needs instructions repeated. They read wonderfully, but can’t tell you what they just read. Matthew Turton, Director of Breakthroughs in Learning, Educational Therapist and best-selling author has over 20,000 hours working with children with learning and behaviour issues. You’ll learn how the brain responds to visual and auditory input and what you can do in the classroom to help students struggling with poor comprehension. Matthew will share real life stories, tips and strategies that you can use with your learners right away.
Raising an Adult, Not a Child: A Solution for the Peter Pan Epidemic
In a world where The National Academy of Science redefined adolescence as extending to age thirty and unaccountability, entitlement, and apathy abound amongst young people, homeschoolers face an unprecedented opportunity to stand out. Be encouraged on the great opportunity and learn how to raise up men and women who are equipped and prepared for a successful adulthood.
Homeschool 2.O: A Fresh Look At Education – Basic academic knowledge is important, but will it prepare a student for success in their future employment? Is your student becoming a collaborator, a communicator, a critical thinker, a creator? Are they developing media, information, technology, life and career skills? When college professors and CEO’s are surveyed, they disagree greatly on how prepared a graduate is for life in the modern world. Come learn how to set up your student for success… beyond the curriculum.
Brian Ray DADS
Nuture & Admonition – Not Pain & Provocation – You want your children to be the best in academics, spirituality, and physical health. You also want to have godly compassion for your children. In striving to lead his wife and eight children to “greatness,” however, Brian has found that he can fall into the sin of provoking them. He’ll use scripture and experience to address the way to combine high expectations with justice, mercy, and love. Especially for fathers.
Sexuality, Predators & Safety – How can we teach our children God’s beautiful design and purpose for sexuality, protect their purity, AND prepare them to discern the evil around them without becoming hardened? Betsy will explain and give examples of a purposeful lifestyle framework that guides our conversations, decisions, priorities, and attitudes.
Jonathon Von Maren YOUTH
Young Man-Quit Yourself Like A Man – Today’s young men are experiencing a crisis of masculinity, with our culture bombarding them with toxic messages. Young men must realize that they are called to greatness–and that they must answer that call.
Robin Gilman NEW & EARLY YEARS HOMESCHOOLERS
Getting a Good Start – “Less is more” – New homeschoolers are often so eager to begin and get a good start, that they gather a heap of subjects/books to teach their little ones. Sometimes the result is an overwhelmed mother and/or overwhelmed children. Robin, (mother of ten) will share about how with just a little formal homeschooling, and a lot of fun and free play, new homeschoolers can get off to a good and enjoyable start on the homeschooling journey.
Stacey Weeks WOMEN & YOUNG WOMEN
Be Holy in All Your Conduct 1 Peter 1:13-16 – Does homeschooling exasperate your sinful tendencies? Do you find it difficult to obey the command toward holiness in your thoughts, feelings, and actions? You need to know what it means to apply the truth of the gospel to every experience. You need to know and believe who you are in Jesus Christ, and you need practical tips on how to live out those truths during the emotionally charged moments of life. The command toward holiness in all our conduct seems like an impossible command, but to a regenerated person who has a new nature and in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, it becomes possible as we walk in submission to the Spirit.
Encouraging The Writing In Your Child – Young children love to talk about the things they are learning and to tell story after story to anyone who will listen. One would think that once they know how to spell, these same children would be eager to write down their knowledge and stories, but such is often not the case. Writing is one of the basic skills that we all want our children to learn; however, writing is hard work and is often met with tears. In this workshop, Sherine will share some strategies that she has used with her own children to make the writing process a bit easier, more rewarding and maybe even fun.
Single Parents’ Discussion Group
Being a single parent brings unique challenges and adding homeschooling can make life seem overwhelming at times. Come connect with others walking a similar path. Discuss what has worked for others, how to homeschool while supporting a family, and your other challenges, joys and needs.
Just The Facts, Ma’am: Homeschooling Works – Summary of research on reasons for homeschooling, academic achievement, social development, and much more. Then a discussion of the philosophical and political uses and effects of research. Dr. Ray knows both topics inside and out.
Jonathon Von Maren YOUTH
The Sexual Revolution – It’s Causes & Our Response – Our culture has changed so radically over such a short amount of time that people are often left wondering how we got here. Hook-up culture, pornography, abortion, gay marriage–it all started with the Sexual Revolution. To know this history is essential if you want to understand our culture today.
Woody Robertson YOUTH
Eight Practical Steps To Life After High School: Training Starts Now – In a day when education standards have plummeted and the job industry is glutted with a lackluster and clogged employee base, there is tremendous opportunity for those with passion and skill. This information-packed session prepares students to launch into the next phase of life with vigor, excellence and confidence. Topics include: how to dress for success, creative conversation techniques, essential character qualities, time management, résumé and business building and more! Today’s activities and choices will either help or hinder future successes. Look out world—the next generation of leaders are on their way.
Robin Herman WIVES ONLY
Lies About Marriage & The Truth That Sets You Free, Homeschool Edition
– Certain lies about marriage are made more tempting to embrace because of the extra responsibilities of homeschooling. Whether you are new to marriage and/or homeschooling, or a veteran of both, God’s Truth applied has the power to set you free in areas where you have felt trapped in marital discord. The content of this talk is geared toward wives and moms and is not suitable for teens.
Teaching Your Children To Think Biblically – It is important to help our children develop the habit of daily Bible reading. But is that sufficient? Diligent Bible reading doesn’t automatically result in knowing how to effectively apply Scripture to our lives. Bible teacher and veteran homeschool father of ten, Alan Gilman, will share how you can train your children to think (and live) biblically.
Guiding With Grace: How To Shepherd Your Children Through Trials & Suffering – How to shepherd your children through trials and suffering. This is a practical application seminar for parents with challenging homeschool circumstances. As the mother of two children with learning challenges – Dyslexia and severe delays induced medically – this session is born out of experiencing God’s wisdom.
Auditorium Woody Robertson YOUTH
Now Calling All Entrepreneurs: Ten Musts For Starting & Growing Successful Businesses – This session is for those who think outside of the box, take risks and are not afraid to put their creative juices to work. Hear stories of entrepreneurs who started small and built wildly successful businesses. We’ll cover the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and discover ten musts for starting and growing a successful business.
Brian Ray DADS
Loving & Leading – Husbands and fathers, it is time to love and lead now. Like Christ loves the church. Nurture and admonish your children but do not provoke them. Is all of this possible? Yes. But what can you do? Brian will give you pointed challenges, down-to-earth examples, laughter, and practical ideas to see your marriage grow from glory to glory in God’s good and exciting will. He will help and encourage you with scripture, his own experiences, and what he has learned during thirty-four years of marriage and the upbringing of eight children.
Justin & Sadie Breg
Until: A Discussion On Relationships, Commitment, and Desires – The list, the one, the pursuit, the heart, the heartbreak, the approach, the boundaries, the direction, the point, the Bible. Let’s talk about them. How can we initiate, navigate, and evaluate relationships in a way that honours God and each other? Please Note: young adults and older youth, though all are welcome.
Raising Davids on Goliath’s Battlefield – This session will look at the world issues of our time, and how they can affect the way we teach our children. History, geography, social studies, and political sciences all point to the same thing: If we hold fear in our hearts, this is what we teach others to live in.
Enhancing Your Math Teaching – In this seminar we will look at ways to enrich the basics that you are studying in your math curriculum so that your family can move beyond the theoretical study of a pure science into the realm of everyday life through practical application. Enhancing teaching through the use of games, literature, activities and manipulatives as well as through unit studies, and various subjects, such as science and art, are just starters to helping your family enjoy their math studies.
Louise & Dan House
A Mother and Son Look Back – Join Louise and her twenty-five year old son, Daniel for an informal time of sharing as they look back over their home education journey. Hear about learning struggles, exciting opportunities, high school, post-secondary and now a career with London Police Services. Dan and Louise will each give their perspective as they recount high points, struggles, and the blessing of their homeschooling adventure. Come and be encouraged.
Those Inner Voices: Developing Self-Regulated Learning – The role that inner speech plays in education is significant. Many struggling learners have not developed the ability to self talk, creating impulsivity and comprehension difficulties. A teacher/parent who is competent in the skills of questioning can influence a student’s ability to develop inner language thus enhancing a child’s meta-cognitive skills (thinking about their own thinking).
Swimming Upstream: The Water Gets Clearer – Many parents consider abandoning home-based and parent-guided education when their children reach about twelve years of age. Dr. Ray focuses on key educational goals and biblical philosophy, research findings, the entanglement of the state and education, and personal experience to inform and encourage parents to make sound decisions.