Ideas have Consequences by Andy Bannister
All of us — Christian or Buddhist, Muslim or atheist — have to wrestle with the big questions life throws up, questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Where did we come from? What’s the purpose of life? How do I decide how to act and live? And, ultimately, where are we headed? But the answers given by different “worldviews” can be hugely divergent. We’ll explore what those answers look like for our friends who think differently from us, show how the Christian worldview offers the most coherent answers, and explore how we use these themes in personal evangelism.
Third Wave of Persecution by Paul Faris
Homeschooling in Canada has enjoyed a great deal of success over the last 20 years, but there are storm clouds on the horizon. Current trends projected into the future suggest we may be in for a stormy ride over the next years. But do not despair, we will be looking at how we can not only weather the storm, but come through it stronger than before.
Servant Leadership by Randy Sims
Our culture is in dire need of direction. Christians are called and equipped to provide Christ-like leadership. Randy Sims presents a biblical approach to leadership that is both timeless and applicable. The basis of this session are the five pillars of leadership that provide students with fresh insights from God’s Word. This session redefines what a leader truly is and teaches students and adults that everyone is called to be a leader for the cause of Christ.
The Driven Leader by Randy Sims
Everyone as a leader is driven by one of two powerful motivations: Charisma or Character. This presentation looks at the leader’s “sphere of influence”, the five areas in which to evaluate your driving force, and the biblical and historical examples of each.
A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Leader by Carol Barnier
Chapter Leaders and potential leaders, Area Reps and Board Members will be treated with a special workshop by our Keynote Speaker, Carol Barnier “A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Leader”. You are invited to gather for a time of fellowship geared specifically to those who bear the responsibility of leadership in the Homeschool community. We appreciate what you do and want to treat you to a special session just for you. Lots of laughs as we explore typical trials that come to homeschool leaders. We walk a similar journey, and there is great value in learning from each others’ experiences. Carol shares tips to smooth the process, methods to improve communication and a joyful perspective to help us enjoy the trip.
Multi Generation Vision by Voddie Baucham
Before we can do right, we must learn to think right. We all act in accordance with what we believe. Unfortunately, many Christians believe things about marriage, family and children that are grossly unbiblical. As a result we simply live for today with no thought for the consequences to coming generations. Once we grasp a multi-generational vision the pieces begin to fall into place.
Where Have All the Leaders Gone by Gisele Baribeau
What an amazing opportunity we have as home educating parents to train our children for leadership. But how do we do this? The key is to be strategic, just as we are when training through memory verses, money management, and good eating habits. In this workshop, you will learn the three reasons why home educators are uniquely positioned to raise up the next generation of leaders, the ten characteristics of leaders, tips on how to inculcate those characteristics, and more.
Are You Trying to Make Your Homeschool Like School by Todd Wilson
We all left the traditional school because we didn’t like the way they did school. Yet there is a lot of pressure to do school the way they do school and its confusing us. If you’ve been thinking there has to be a better way… there is, and it’s not called boarding school. Join Todd as he re-examines the reasons behind what we do and why we do it and burns the bridge between their way and the better way.
Lies Homeschoolers Believe by Todd Wilson
Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. Your ‘get up and go’ has ‘got up and went.’ You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart–you’re not alone! Most homeschooling moms are prone to believing the lies that say, you’re not good enough…you aren’t qualified…and you are ruining your children. Learn to recognize these lies and combat them with the TRUTH, to experience peace, joy, and freedom.
Homeschooling: The Solution to Our Education Problem by Jay Wile
In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former university professor and high school teacher, explains why homeschooling is the best means by which a child can be educated in North America. This seminar is filled with statistics which show that homeschooled students are better academically prepared and better socialized than their public or privately schooled counterparts. These facts will bolster the resolve of homeschooling parents
while equipping them to counter arguments from their detractors. Dr. Wile also tells the audience how he became interested in homeschooling. Unlike most homeschoolers, he did not get involved with home education because he had children whom he wanted to homeschool. Instead, he became interested in homeschooling because of the homeschooled students that he had in his university courses. Dr. Wile is convinced that home education is the only proper means of educating a child in North America, and after listening to this seminar, you will be inclined to agree with him!
Woman to Woman: The Mentoring Model by Megan Scheibner
Women thrive on relationships! But are our relationships glorifying to God or do they draw our hearts away from faithful obedience to the Lord and His Word? In this workshop, Megan will encourage women to use their relationships to encourage, edify, and exhort one another. As sisters in Christ, and homeschooling mothers, we have the unique opportunity to build up and strengthen one another. This workshop will challenge women to examine their friendships and to structure Christ-centered, God-honoring, faith deepening relationships.
Co-Op: Cooperative Education by Susan Laird
Vision, planning, logistics, subjects, instructors……… With both blessings and challenges, CO-OPs can be a wonderful addition to home education. Throughout 16 years of elementary and high school home education, Susan and her girls were part of a variety of CO-OP options that included from one other family, to several families, up to an entire home school support group. In this session we will look at a variety of CO-OPs as well as how to set up and run a successful CO-OP.
Homeschooling Through High School by Nellie Vander Hout & Grace Vander Muelen
Who’s more nervous to start high school, the student or the parents? This workshop will endeavor to ease the nerves of parents who have come to this stage in the home schooling journey and are finding themselves anxious about this next big step. Various aspects of home schooling at the high school level will be discussed, including attitudes, schedules, curriculum options, co-ops, planning for post-secondary studies, extra-curricular considerations, etc.; basically the nitty-gritty of “doing” high school at home. They don’t claim to have all the answers, but these sisters are happy to share some tips and encouragement for anyone considering home schooling during the teen years.
Strength in Our Convictions by Jonathan Lewis
Ann and her family lost their home and virtually all their possessions in a fire. A few weeks later, Ann’s husband walked out on her. Could she continue homeschooling her four children? Come hear the rest of her story, and listen along as Jonathan talks about conviction and why homeschooling is worth it—even when the going gets tough. Jonathan lays out principles that make home education completely unique, and challenges parents to build their convictions on these bedrock principles.
Things to Know if You Want Your Grandchildren Homeschooled by Mike Farris
Mike Farris will talk about how you can inspire your children to homeschool the next generation. Deciding how to educate their children may seem like a decision that is an eternity away, but you can help them make that decision before they hold their child in their arms for the first time.
You Can Do This by Joanne Kress
This workshop will include: socialization vs friendships, helping your kids tell others that they’re homeschooled, awareness of your “public school brain”, the comparison game some parents play, where learning can & does happen, considerations when choosing learning methods & curriculum, learning styles (theirs and yours), Dad’s role, realistic expectations of yourself and your children, what makes a good day, building your community, and most importantly, knowing your top priorities and keeping the end goal in sight. Joanne hopes that no matter how old your kids are, you will be more confident, have answers for the questions that others have been asking you, and be empowered with more resources. Let’s do more than just ‘stay afloat’ in homeschool waters, lets get our feet underneath us, realize we can touch the bottom and have fun in the pool!
God Fills In The Gaps by Linda Crosby
Come and laugh with author, speaker, and homeschool mom Linda Crosby as she takes us on an entertaining journey through her many years of homeschooling. You will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and revived. With four children, four different learning styles, a late reader, an international adoption (read: English as a second language!), and a child with special needs, Linda gives hope to a variety of homeschooling parents. You will be encouraged to enjoy each day with your children, to never lose sight of why you do what you do, and most importantly to never forget that it is God who fills in the gaps.
Co-Oping For The Fun Of It by Sherine Boville
Is your homeschooling feeling a little bit routine and possibly boring? Are you or your kids feeling isolated? Wouldn’t it be nice to share the teaching responsibilities with others? Co-oping might just be the solution for you. In this workshop, Sherine will share with you the various co-ops that she was involved in with her own children. She will also share strategies for successfully co-oping with others, and some pitfalls to avoid.
The Good And Better Portion by Stacey Weeks
When you open Luke 10:38-42 and read about Mary and Martha do you expect to learn about personality types? Do you expect to learn that you need to be THIS person and not THAT person? Do you expect a session based on this passage of Scripture to be about how to prioritize spiritual disciplines over physical needs? Luke 10:38-42 teaches a surprising truth that will free you from the unnecessary burdens we carry as homeschool moms. Come and learn practical ways to discern between your concerns and responsibilities. Curriculum choices and to-do lists will not overwhelm once you learn how to chose the good and better portion.
When a Free Lunch isn’t Free by Brian Ray
“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?