1 downloadable ZIP file that contains all the sessions in MP3 format (Caution: this is a LARGE download — 1.2GB)
Note: Because of their interactive nature, not all sessions were recorded. Recordings for these sessions are not available:
Hand Writing — Trix Bradey
Teens: Drama / Improv — Gewndolyn Starks
Education & Worldview – It is impossible to separate education and worldview. In fact, the main purpose of education is worldview discipleship. Unfortunately, many home educators have come to believe that worldview is a subject to be taught in the late teen years before a child goes off to college. That is a terrible mistake. This session will examine the central question, “What is a Worldview” and demonstrate how every aspect of our home education from beginning to end is crucial in forming our child’s worldview. We will also examine the main competing worldviews of our day and show how government education has served as a principle exponent of neo-Marxism and secular humanism over the past century and a half.
A Prodigal Speaks Out – A Prodigal Speaks Out—Do you have a child who is doubting his faith? Or perhaps a daughter who has rejected your beliefs completely? Are you convinced you’ve failed….and the state of this child’s heart is weighing heavily on you and your spouse? Come and listen to Carol share her own journey away from and back to her faith after 13 years as an atheist. You’ll learn the best thing you can do for this child and for yourself.
Rob Belchior TEENS
Young Entrepreneur Program – Rob will speak about youth entrepreneurship support programs. Namely the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Summer Company program. Rob will also discuss how to write a business plan.
Homeschool Freedom Across the World – There are significant threats to parental freedoms and home education in a number of places around the world. These threats are very serious where children are being apprehended and removed from families along with significant fines. We enjoy relative freedom in Canada but unfortunately we are not immune to these same threats and could be only a step away. Hear from Gerald Huebner, Canadian representative on the Global Home Education Conference board on the status and fight for parental freedom on a global basis.
Teaching Logic & Critical Thinking – In this seminar, we will begin with the importance of teaching your children how to think through the things they believe. We will then focus for the remainder of the seminar on two things: teaching your children how to construct a good argument, and teaching your children how to recognize a bad argument.
Preparing the Heart for Post Secondary – As with any journey, there is preparation required before heading off to post-secondary school. The application and admission process is just half of the whole picture. Today’s home schooled students’ hearts and minds must be well prepared to enter the college or university world. Along with some practical tools, we will look to Scripture to see what God says about heart preparation.
Cheryl Nelson and Allison Manning
Overcoming Cultural Objections in Homeschooling – There are compelling arguments for people of strong cultural traditions to homeschool their children, arguments similar to those for the community at large, but also incorporating historical issues. We recognize how difficult it is to entertain the idea of homeschooling, to afford ‘ what seems too costly’ idea of becoming a one income family, to take what appears to be ‘a step back’ in the fight for rights in giving up access to ‘free’ public education, and, at the same time, be the first in your community to take such a step. Homeschooling is affordable and doable, and helps you reclaim your search for freedom and a better future for your children. Come ask your questions, hear our presenters tell their stories, and how they have overcome the issues that seem to hold you back from ‘considering home education’.
CBQ – Michael Zwart TEENS
Memorizing the Bible – Have you ever wondered if there is an effective incentive to encourage youth to memorize scripture? Canadian Bible Quizzing exists for this purpose! Come to this workshop to learn about a newly formed Bible Quizzing league which connects youth from across Ontario in pursuit of the common goal of memorizing Bible passages. We will run a demonstration quiz and give you the opportunity to experience the excitement by participating in a general knowledge Bible quiz. Let’s get jumping!
Voddie Baucham TEENS
Harvard or Heaven – What are you aiming for in the education of your children? Is it the same thing every other person is striving to attain? Is being a follower of Christ a determining factor in the goals toward which you educate your children? Does your child absolutely have to have a college degree? If so, is the traditional college route a wise investment of time and money? In this session, we will expose the harsh truth about what Forbes Magazine calls “The Great College Con.” Most Bachelors degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. There are also a host of trades and careers that don’t require going to college. And if your child does end up needing a college degree, there are inexpensive, convenient, safe ways to get it done in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. This is a session college administrators don’t want you to attend.
Homeschooling 101 – So you think you’re gonna homeschool? Worried? Excited? Overwhelmed? Would you like to avoid some of the more common pitfalls? Come listen as a long-term homeschooling mom, Carol Barnier, tells what she has learned, alleviates common fears, shares some surprising benefits and encourages you to have much fun on this journey. You can do this! And she’ll tell you how.
Help Your Kids Grow Up – All godly parents want to see their children mature and succeed. Unfortunately, in a culture where maturity and success are no longer Biblically defined, many well intentioned Christian parents are losing their way. In this session the focus will be on Biblical ends and methods for raising emotionally and spiritually mature children who want what God wants for their lives.
Homeschool Support Groups, Reaching Out Mom-to-Mom – Support is one of the most critical elements to success in continued home education. Bev will share the experience of a number of models in support groups for homeschool moms.
Carol Barnier TEENS
Don’t Fight Your DNA – There is a push to walk and talk and sound like everyone else. Yet God designed us differently for a reason. This talk encourages kids to stop fighting their DNA and learn to trust God as Designer in creating them the way He did…with a purpose. This is a fun, even empowering talk about becoming what you were uniquely designed to become.
A Biblical Model of Femininity – The goal of this session is to contrast how the world defines femininity with the Biblical model. God’s design and desire for young women is not one of inferiority or oppression – quite the opposite! We are to use our womanliness to glorify Him and to serve others.
Eclectic Approach – The Eclectic Approach will deal with what homeschooling can look like if one chooses to use books and resources from a variety of suppliers. Robin will give some helpful ideas of how to work with an approach where every subject doesn’t come out of the same box as people don’t all “come out of the same box.” Robin will deal with the uniqueness of each homeschool family, each child and each parent. Throughout this workshop Robin will emphasize her favourite topic, “Stress Free Homeschooling,” as well as giving some help to the parents who are homeschooling a large family. “I love to encourage parents to relax and enjoy the journey.”
Help for the Struggling Learner – Do you have a child that struggles to learn? Have you tried numerous curriculums with minimal success? Together we will explore the foreign land of learning disabilities and come to a better understanding of the elements of homeschooling that are necessary to support struggling learners and empower YOU with knowledge and tools to help your child achieve success.
Teaching Physics – Physics is considered to be a complicated subject by many. However, many laws of Physics are also laws of nature. Hence one can always make use of many household items or readily available material as demonstrations to explain many theories of Physics. I will talk on certain topics, laws and principles that are easily misunderstood by students and the effect of this when they enter University. I will also discuss job opportunities after a Physics degree.
Multi-Generational Vision – 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.
17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch – Come and learn from this popular speaker and humorous author the many valuable and practical things you need to know to make it all the way to the finish line. You’ll learn: how you need focus, determination and patience—and other lies about homeschooling; how to devise snappy comebacks your children can give to “Don’t you miss being around other children?” and how to share the joys of cafeteria food, health class and group showers, and invent other creative ways to motivate your homeschoolers to gratitude. With much laughter and a sincere love for this unusual life we’ve all chosen, we will explore the fun side of the homeschooling journey.
The Role of the Father in Home Education & Discipleship – Many homeschool dads view their role in home education as little more than providing the money to buy curriculum each year. However, the results of such passivity can be devastating. Marriages are strained, homeschool boys are feminized, moms are frustrated and isolated, and feminism often exploits the opening. As a result, the homeschool movement is in jeopardy of being feminized altogether. While you may not be able to do anything about the big picture, you can (and must) do something about your own home. Dads will learn how to cast vision, set goals, offer support, and get involved. Moms will learn how to apply the principles of 1 Peter 3:1-6 in ways that encourage their husband to assume his role as leader in the home without using manipulation or guilt.
Nathan Betts TEENS
How and Why Should I Share My Faith – Have you ever been asked a tough question about your faith? I mean, a really tough question that makes you wish there was a hole you could crawl into? This session is going to explore these types of questions and how we as Christians can meaningfully respond to them. We will look at what the Bible says about sharing our faith and explore different practical ways in which we can talk to our friends about Christ.
Choosing Curriculum Delight or Dilemma – Explore the ins and outs, ups and downs of choosing curriculum for your home school. Learn how learning styles, curriculum styles, and family styles all factor in to help you make a wise choice for your family. A great talk for new comers.
The Power of Hand Writing – Did you know that handwriting develops idea expression, composition, fine motor and spatial skills? Hear about the latest research on handwriting, how it engages the brain and why it is important for both the average and the struggling learner. Determine the best times to introduce printing, cursive writing and technology.
Why Teach Shakespeare – It has been said that Shakespeare is dull, boring and repetitious, and, above all, obsolete in today’s technological society. This workshop will explore the notion that Shakespeare’s writing is an important inclusion to our curriculum, especially in an era that the academic community has now called the Post-Christian society. It is a practical workshop for parents who have limited knowledge of Shakespeare and the wealth gained from knowing and enjoying his language and works.
Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child – Every special needs child is unique and requires an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to support their education and promote overall development. It is important to incorporate the recommendations of various health professionals into their homeschool curriculum. This session will include resources available to home educators through various agencies, IEP basics, and how to make your education work in a large family setting.
Getting Your House in Order – This session opens the eyes of the participants to the contemporary tragedy in evangelicalism. We are losing a generation. Teens are abandoning the church at alarming rates, birth rates are plummeting and less than 10% of professing evangelicals have a Biblical worldview. This ‘perfect storm’ has the modern American church on a collision course with apostasy.
Carol Barnier Special Leaders’ Workshop
A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Leader – 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.
How Libraries Can Support Homeschoolers – Meet a Senior Librarian, and homeschooling mom, from one of Canada’s largest cities who is passionate about raising awareness about homeschoolers in the Library. Hear about the presentation of a recent survey of Ontario homeschoolers at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference. Learn how to reduce your homeschooling costs by tapping into the free resources available to you from the shelves and also through your computer. Find out how you can request homeschool specific programming, training regarding e-resources, and learn current research methods. Can you ask for longer loan periods or teacher privileges? Is it possible to borrow Reference materials? How can you influence the library collection so that there are more classics and high quality non-fiction DVDs? Would the library purchase teen reading that match your family values? Attend this session to find out all this and more!
Teaching Science, more than Test Tubes and Microscopes – Why do we teach science? It is more than just the experiments and the facts that are learned. Gerald has been involved in practical applied science in his career as an agrologist for over 30 years. His message will be that teaching science is more that facts, test tubes and microscopes and really is a primary basis for a foundation in critical thinking and logical analysis skills.
Meet in room 228, then go outside (weather permitting)
228 Jennifer Chiang TEENS
Insects and Other Arthropods – In this outdoor program students will be shown how to safely collect and handle a variety of insects and other arthropods from a number of different habitats on campus. Emphasis will be placed on observation, identification and classification.
Margins For Moms – Too often we’ve just accepted how busy our lives are supposed to be. But many of us are running through life in a frenzied fog. We have a nagging sense that it shouldn’t be this way, but don’t know how it should be. Even if we did, we often don’t know how to get from here to there. With a bit of laughter and an unabashed challenge of the status quo, this workshop teaches you how to take control of the input and output of your family’s lives.
Nathan Betts TEENS
Truth In A Relativistic Society – The culture in which we live is one that is facing a crisis of truth. “Truth is dead”, many say. Others believe that truth is anything, but true. But is this really the case? And if so, how should we as Christians respond to this challenge? This seminar will explore a brief history of truth and how we arrived at the point we find ourselves in today: a place of moral confusion. We will also discuss meaningful ways in which we can engage our culture with the Gospel.
The Bible as the Basis for Home Education – Many of us accept the notion that the Bible addresses all of life, but how? The Bible contains history and geography, but what does that have to do with teaching history and geography or grammar or math, etc.? Veteran homeschool dad and Bible Teacher, Alan Gilman, will demonstrate how embracing a Biblical worldview is foundational for educating your children.
Gerald and Bev Huebner
Our Homeschool Journey – Gerald & Bev Huebner, veteran homeschoolers and now grandparents of homeschoolers, will share the story of their Homeschool journey in rural Manitoba. Although they started homeschooling with the plan to do it for one year, the Huebners have experienced the joys and challenges of teaching all the way to high school graduation while becoming involved in homeschool leadership at the local, provincial, national and global level. Please join them as they share the wisdom gleaned from their homeschool experience.
High School Panel
Homeschooling highschool does not have to be intimidating. Come and join us for a discussion panel on how to plan and set goals for your highschool student to thrive at home. Some of the topics to be discussed will be; choosing direction of study, choosing curriculm, applying for post secondary education, preparing for a trade, highschool coops and much more…..
Culture Wars: How They Affect the Homeschool Family and How We Respond – There is a mighty clash of worldviews going on all around us, and there is no way to escape. Educating our children at home will only postpone the inevitable. Our children will engage the culture. The only question is, will they do so as lambs going off to slaughter, or will they be sheep among wolves who are “wise as serpents and innocent as doves”? (Matthew 10:16)