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Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm: Teaching for “Freedomship”-Escaping the “conveyor belt” approach of institutional education by which most of us were shaped isn’t easy, but it has to be done. For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders, and communicators—so desperately needed in today’s world.
Andy Bannister TEENS
Apologetics and the Art of the Question: An Introduction to Conversational Apologetics-Too often apologetics is misunderstood as being all about knowing the right information to “drop” on somebody when they raise an objection to the gospel — but apologetics is not just about answering questions, it’s also about learning to question the question. We’ll look at how Jesus himself did exactly this, before teaching you some powerful tools to use in your own evangelism.
Hal Young FATHERS
The World, The Flesh, and The Young’uns: Protecting Your Wife in the Homeschooling Life-Studies show that nearly all of the active homeschooling task is done by the mother – which makes sense, because most fathers spend the majority of their days earning the family’s living. While the teaching may be delegated to Mom, Dad needs to be aware of her critical need for more than financial and moral support. She needs protection from things that may not have occurred to either one of them. Hal Young points out where some of the hidden land mines lie, and offers suggestions for how husbands can protect their wives.
Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day-Children like to do what they can do; they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.
Three Simple Goals for Your First Year-Over years of calls from brand new homeschoolers, Melanie learned that there were really three things that needed to be accomplished the first year in order for new families to succeed at homeschooling. They must foster or restore a love of learning in their children, develop discipline and respect in the family and get the basics done. Learn how to get through your first year without leaving anyone bald-headed, including yourself!
Effective Communication-Most people have heard the term “how you say it is just as important as what you say”. We recognize that communication is very important but often are not sure how to be effective communicators. This workshop looks at the secrets of effective communication for homeschooling families in the world today.
Penny Greenberg & Catharine Adams
Struggling Readers? Could it be Dyslexia?-Participants will learn to: recognize a possible dyslexic profile; understand the science-based research behind multi-sensory teaching; use a variety of multi-sensory strategies including games.
A Word Fitly Spoken: How to Encourage our Children-A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11) How can we speak words of encouragement into the lives of our children? We all need words of encouragement. Come and see how you can build your children up giving golden apples of encouraging words to your children whether they are toddlers or teens.
Landon Coleman TEENS
What it Means to Be a Christian in a Secular University-30-40% of Christian students lose their faith in university. What is to be done? How should Christian students prepare themselves for secular university? Landon Coleman discusses these issues by pointing to Paul’s interactions with the Athenians in Acts 17 as a model of what our role as Christians in the university should look like. After the talk there will be a short information session about Augustine College in Ottawa, a college which focuses on equipping students to not only protect their faith in university, but to grow and flourish as Christians.
Developing the Next Generation of Leadership-Don’t wait until you are so burnt out that you quit cold turkey and your support group dies as leaders we know have done. Learn what to look for in potential leaders, how to recruit them and how to disciple them to take over and keep the ministry going for your children’s generation.
Nurturing Excellent Writers and Speakers: The Power of Linguistic Patterns-Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it; others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research show very clearly how good writers have developed. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school? With humor and insight, Andrew will share the two easy but unbelievably powerful things you can do to build language patterns and nurture competent communicators in your family.
Homeschooling through Hard Times-Homeschooling is a challenge at any time. Hal and Melanie Young have seen God’s grace in all of these situations and more. The good news is that God can enable you to teach and learn more through the hard times than you ever thought possible. Come for a frank and encouraging look at what God can do through difficulties, and why it’s so important to keep homeschooling in spite of the challenges
Ideas Have Consequences: The Christian Worldview and Why It Matters- 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.
Free Software to Augment your Child’s Learning- Discover free software to help your child’s learning. From Typing, Geography, Spelling, Language, Word Processor, Drawing, Video/Photo Editing, Music Recording, CAD programs, Web-editing…and even full blown Operating Systems! There will also be free resources available. If you have a laptop, bring it along.
Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination- Are fairy tales good, even important for Christian students? Where did they come from, what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? In this session we will discuss several basic themes in fairy tales and traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, beauty, hope, honesty, wishes, etc.) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination. With the confusion surrounding modern fantasy writing, many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.
Betty VanGils Kloet
The Travel Vacation: Is This School?- Are you dreaming of a travel vacation with your homeschool family? Come learn how to plan, integrate learning, pace and fully experience learning in a new way. Bettie will show slides and talk about her family’s recent European cycle tour and show how you too can plan a travel experience that will expand your children’s minds.
Equipping Our Kids For Missions- It’s one thing for homeschool families to read the biographies of missionaries of the past. It’s another thing to send your own child abroad to ‘write’ his/her own story. In this world that needs God’s healing touch, what can parents do to facilitate a heart of missions in their children? Come and listen as Diane shares her stories of equipping their children for missions locally and abroad. Could it be that the journey of homeschooling and the journey of missions have common elements?
Putting The “Bible” In Bible Study- Explore the importance of teaching our kids how to open their Bibles and explore the texts directly. Learn practical principals and techniques to facilitate multi-aged Bible studies.
Enjoying Math?- Time and again I hear the lament, “Well, I could teach my children almost anything but not MATH!” For many homeschooling parents math is a scary subject but it doesn’t need to be. This workshop will explore many ways to make math enjoyable, fun and meaningful. We will look at ways to take our math teaching beyond our textbooks and workbooks and look at math in different subjects, in real life, in literature, in games and activities and much more!
The Mudde Family
Music Ministry- “Our heart is for families who, like ourselves, battle through the daily distractions of this world and desire to bring their children up for the Lord. In our ministry, we hope to bring the message of the grace of Jesus Christ to the lost, as well as encourage and build up fellow believers. We take seriously the truth of the Word of God and are determined to sing only that which is theologically sound. We believe that our music must be God honouring and that it can only edify if the words can be clearly heard and understood.” -The Mudde Family. Fellow home educators from Ontario.
Hal & Melanie Young
Homeschooling Is Not Enough- Because none of it will matter if they don’t follow Christ. Many homeschoolers hope and pray that because they’ve homeschooled their children will turn out all right, but unfortunately, we are seeing a number of homeschooled children turning away from God in rebellion. We can’t make our children serve Christ, but we can make sure we aren’t standing in the way! Find out about the power of delighting in your children and loving them as Christ loves us. Hear how to point them to the Savior and teach them to serve Him!
Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators- “Conquering” implies that we are in an extended campaign—a war—for the heart of our Christian society, now corrupted by a continuous onslaught of relativism in thought, art, and morality, resulting in a culture of death, debt, and despair. We, as Christian homeschoolers, must have more than just “nice” reasons to homeschool—it’s not about academics; it’s about reclaiming Western Civilization for Jesus Christ, and the choices we make every day have eternal significance as we strive to raise up a generation of young people who will be empowered to communicate the truth in a world of liars and lead their clueless peers through the coming crises. We have an immediate and urgent responsibility to raise up an army of “culture warriors.”
Andy Bannister TEENS
Responding to the Challenge of the “New Atheism”- Our culture is increasingly secular. Turn on the TV and we hear the message loudly: “There is no God!” “Religion is irrational!” “Science has disproved religion!” “Religion just causes war and suffering” — and so on. Many of our friends and neighbors may hold to some of these ideas — so how do we begin engaging and conversing with them? This workshop will help you understand atheism and the worldview that underpins it: naturalism and so be better equipped to talk to your friends.
Homeschooling and the Pursuit of Happiness- Homeschooling is a task that demands dedication, discipline, self-sacrifice and time. According to several research studies, though, homeschooling parents and their students are finding significant happiness and satisfaction in the experience. What gives? Find out in this unusual session that will encourage you that we’re doing the right thing.
The Profound Influence of Music on Life- Music has become such an ever-present influence in our daily life, we seldom stop to consider what effect it has on us. But we must. As we changed over the last 100 years from being music “makers” to music “consumers,” we have gradually lost control over, and even awareness of, our auditory environment. In what way is music beneficial to our bodies and minds? In what circumstances can it actually be harmful? Solid scientific research provides some astounding answers to such questions–indeed, facts that must not be ignored by today’s parents and children.
Research on Home Education Adults Just Released November 2009 HSLDA and CCHE released the newest research on Home Education in Canada. This study focused on home educated students who are now adults. The results are exciting. Do they get married, have kids, get jobs, and make money? Join us as we discover the sort of life homeschooled adults are living in Canada.
Homeschooling A Houseful- Sometimes homeschooling feels like one of those plate-spinning acts and you wonder how in the world you’re going to meet everyone’s needs. The baby needs to be changed, the toddler is playing in the toilet, your highschooler is impatiently waiting for you to help with his biology experiment, and two other children say, -I can’t do anything else without you, Mom. Melanie Young, mother of eight, shares encouragement and ideas for how to keep all of those plates spinning at once without your life spinning out of control. Learn how to raise independent learners, keep the household moving, and make sure the little ones get enough attention.
Getting Started: The Balance- Are you new to homeschooling or just trying to get a better understanding of the process and choices you have? Maybe you are becoming stressed and wondering where the balance is? Jacki Knight will share candidly a simple step-by-step guide to help you begin with confidence and keep the balance!
Charlotte Mason 101- Charlotte Mason was an early 20th century educator who was the founder of the modern homeschooling movement. Take some time to look into her philosophy to glean some tools and techniques that will enhance your homeschool. Learn about how to use “living books” and “narration” as key educational tools. Understand the importance of habits and of creating a learning atmosphere. Discover the food that sustains the mind: ideas experienced in various subject areas. Find out how to develop a love for learning in your students!
Dr. David Humphreys TEENS
Bringing Science and Faith Together- This session will re-evaluate the relationship between the latest findings in science and the Christian faith. It will review what science claims about origins, and the evidence for purposeful design found in science. We will discuss how science can help students challenge naturalism and the claims of the new atheists and through science be more confident in their Christian faith.
Surviving and Appreciating Boys- In spite of what the culture is telling us, boys and girls are different. Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of history, or had a single math lesson take three hours? Then you’re probably raising boys! If the world seems intent on gender-bending and forcing our sons into a feminized mold, Hal and Melanie, parents of six boys, explain the Biblical way out – and a better way to turn homeschool wigglers into Christian men!
The Influence of Music on Life, Part II: Evaluating Musical Elements- Picking up from where “The Profound Influence of Music on Life” talk leaves off, this presentation uses musical samples to help listeners learn to hear more actively, both to gain the most out of their listening experience as well as to encourage “defensive” listening and teach their children to listen with greater discernment. Musical selections of baroque, classical, folk, and popular genres are played and discussed, with the goal of helping listeners identify and understand the significance of rhythm, harmony, melody, repetition, syncopation, pattern and complexity. Without saying, “this is good, this is bad,” Mr. Pudewa presents a unique perspective on the question of whether all music is equally beneficial to the Christian.
Help for Hurting Parents: What to do when your children stumble- We all want to raise our children to become Godly responsible citizens, but what happens when a son or daughter makes choices that lead to lifestyles that we never thought possible. Does this mean we have failed as parents? How do we respond to our son or daughter? How do we deal with our feelings of failure and inadequacy? How do we put our life back together? Harold will share from his family’s experience and what they have learned from a very difficult situation.
High School: The Gateway To The Future- Where do I begin? Is this even a good idea? Can I really do this? These hard questions seem to come up in our minds again, as high school approaches. You have four years left. Are you imparting what is most important to your students? Diane will share the importance of teaching independent research, understanding the vital role of dialogue and reaching the heart of your student through mentoring. Learn how to equip your students with focused education rather than just the goal of graduation!
Leaders Workshop- This workshop is specifically designed to energize group leaders, team members, and area reps. After a brief challenge from God’s Word, you will have the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion on a topic related to leadership in the home education community. This will be followed by a time of reporting and reflection from each group. We invite you to come to share your insight and experience and receive encouragement and inspiration.
Andy Bannister TEENS
Responding to the Challenge of Islam- Islam is growing rapidly here in Canada. We can’t escape the subject when we turn on the TV news or open our newspapers. So what do Muslims believe? What are the origins of Islam? How does the Islamic worldview differ from what Christians believe? And how can we befriend our Muslim neighbours so as to effectively share Christ with them?
Hal & Melanie Young
Strengthening Your Marriage- Homeschool marriages are breaking up everywhere. How can this be? What is wrong when a family at the forefront of the culture war spins apart? If you homeschool, you know you are in a spiritual battle. Don’t let your marriage be the weak point in your armour. Find out about challenges your marriage may face, and how to work it through, not just to stay together, but to find joy and strength in your bond as you mirror the relationship of Christ and the church to your children and world.
Apples of Gold: Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms- A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11) Come and be inspired as Louise shares golden apples of encouragement to homeschooling Moms. Find out how: doing less can mean more for your family; seeing the truth about your home school can give you energy; and how being real can result in freedom to be who you are, so you can enjoy your homeschool journey to its fullest.
Paul and Suzanne Faris
Courtship… Dating… Confused?- Are you unsure which relationship theories are the best? Is there even a “best way” out there? In this session Paul and Suzanne Faris will share their experiences and offer helpful principles on this often confusing issue.
Hal & Melanie Young
Don’t Lose Heart: The Critical Importance of Finishing What You’ve Started- It’s easy to get burned out, tired and overwhelmed with homeschooling, and, as the years pass, challenges often come too, such as job loss, illness, difficult family times, and learning challenges that make surviving even harder. How can we press on through these things and do what we know is right? In this hopeful, funny, and encouraging session the Youngs look at the importance to your family, your children and our world of finishing what you’ve started and making it all the way to graduation.