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Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview – Are your children prepared to face the “Real World?” What is your worldview? How are you going to transfer it to your children? Will you be more effective than the media and popular culture? Learn how to equip your children to stand against the flood of secularism and discover how to teach your children to view the core subjects, and all of life, through the lens of scripture.
Taming The Techno-Beast – Are you frustrated by how much time your son or daughter spends playing video games, texting friends, or surfing the NET? Do you feel as if some sort of technology-beast has invaded your home? If so, then you’re not alone. A wave of hyper-technology is sweeping across the planet, and if we’re not careful, it will wash away our children and their future families. This talk will help you understand the attraction of, and influence behind the gizmos, and learn practical measures to put the ‘Techno-BEAST’ in its rightful place.
Susan Laird TEENS
“What’s Your Worldview?” – Can you balance what you see, read and hear and still maintain a consistent worldview? What is your worldview? How does it impact your life? Your decisions? Your outlook? We will introduce the topic in a practical way and challenge you to read more, learn more, think more, analyze more, and make decisions based on a Christian Worldview. All in under an hour…. well, we will try!!
Where have all the Leaders Gone? – 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.
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.
Grace Vander Meulen & Nellie Vander Hout
Homeschooling through High School – 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.
Dr. Gwendolyn Starks
Creative Writing with the Inklings and Friends – In the great world of Christian literature one name stands out for most teens and their parents: CS Lewis, followed closely by JRR Tolkien. While these two great writers have received a lot of public recognition in recent years, many of us forget that no writer, however prolific or well loved, writes in a vacuum. This session focuses, firstly, on an introduction to the greater community of influence surrounding Lewis and Tolkien such as George MacDonald, Dorothy L Sayers, Roger Lancelyn Green, GK Chesterton, Charles Williams, and Agatha Christie. Secondly, it will provide a wide platform of reading that includes poetry, theology, essay writing, letters and correspondence, plays, social commentary, fantasy, sci-fi, and detective fiction. Finally, it will help parents to organize the genres and styles of that community into a module for teaching creative and expository writing.
Covenantal Economics – What is a Biblical view of wealth and financial stewardship? This session discusses both macro and mirco economics and helps to provide practical direction regarding managing and stewarding money.
Richard Fangrad TEENS
Most asked questions answered! – Over the more than 35 years that CMI has been ministering, we get the same common questions. This presentation works best as a more informal talk—people in the audience asking questions from a list on the screen at the front. The content is primarily determined by the questions from the audience and can include topics like: Dinosaurs – where do they fit into the Bible? Was there really an Ice Age? Literal ‘days’ or long ages? Doesn’t Radiometric Dating Disprove the history in Genesis? Do animals change? Does Natural Selection support large scale evolution? What about Continental Drift? Did the continents really move apart? What about the Gap Theory? Can we fit millions of years between Gen 1: 1 and 1:2? Where did the ‘races’ come from? Where did Cain get his wife? Are there beneficial mutations that help animals change from one kind to another?
In Defence of Home Education – In this session, Paul Faris, President of HSLDA Canada, discusses the basis on which we can defend home education to our neighbours and family, in discussion groups, in the media, and with the government.
Diana Alblas PANEL
To Homeschool or not to Homeschool – that is a good question and one that we hope to help you ponder by hearing from four homeschool moms that have answered this question for themselves. It will be a panel style workshop. We will try to answer the most common questions like, Why homeschool? What do I do with my toddler while I teach? How do I organize my day? How long should I spend teaching each day? What about high school or special needs children?, etc. Come with your questions for Q&A time.
An Adventure in History – This workshop will explore how incorporating inspirational projects into your history unit will put the spark back into learning. Discover how igniting creativity and passion in your child’s education is easier than you think. Many hands-on examples will show you how to draw out your child’s God-given love for learning about His story!
Help From the Trenches, My Life with Autism – Something is wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it. You have just come from a doctor’s appointment where the word you dreaded hearing has been uttered. Autism!! Lord, I can’t deal with this! Why me! Maybe this isn’t you but is your family, friend, or someone in your church. Come out and Be Encouraged!! We will laugh and cry together as we realize that life is NOT over just detoured. Sometimes the best things come when we end up where we never intended to be. Find out how to support those around you who are affected. Hear what you need to know at each part of the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. A resource sheet will be available.
Richard Fangrad TEENS
Evangelism Strategies for an Evolutionized World – This talk is meant to encourage the audience in their witnessing. How can we reach a society with the Gospel where there is no knowledge of the Bible, most people have heard of, or believe evolution, and the Bible’s accuracy is under attack (especially in Genesis)? This powerful presentation examines various approaches to evangelism (from Acts 2, 17 and 26) and applies these to today’s Canadian culture, encouraging Christians to become bold in witnessing.
AD Todd Wilson DADS
Help! I am Married to a Homeschool Mom – It’s a fact! The only thing tougher than being a homeschooling mom is…being married to a homeschooling mom! Dad, your wife needs your help. Come join me as we discuss how to support and assist our wives in the homeschooling journey. We’ll also do a lot of laughing, as I encourage men to be encouragers of their homeschooling wives.
Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler – If you have a hyperactive or easily distractible child, you won’t want to miss this informative and sometimes humorous message that shares the perspective of a homeschooling father who was once a hyperactive homeschooled child. You will receive practical and Biblical insights into ADD/ADHD and will be encouraged that there is hope for your child!
Susan Laird MOMS
Taboo Topic: Facing the Limitations of Homeschooling – We’ve spent years defending homeschooling, but are there real limitations, drawbacks or downsides to this method of education? Facing head on the reality of the challenges to this choice of education can help us thoughtfully and deliberately work through them with wisdom for a successful home educating journey. This session is for all ages and stages of homeschooling – whether you are just thinking about homeschooling or are a veteran working your way through high school. We will be looking at issues that can affect both the parents and the students and choices we can make now for an A+ finish.
Martin Tempelman PARENTS & TEENS
The Trades and You – Trades, apprenticeships, Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), Ministry of Training, private member bills (parliament), home educated or institutional training, and you, regardless of your career choice: these affect all Canadians. The primary focus of this seminar is on apprenticeships within the trades-What this means for homeschooled individuals interested in the trades, and some of the changes taking place that all citizens ought to have an interest in because it affects all home and business owners. We’ll be discussing in “open-forum” the various aspects of the trades – the potential of the trades as a career option.
Lies Homeschoolers Believe – 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 Challenges and Opportunities: A tour across Canada and a glimpse around the world – Homeschoolers in Canada face many challenges but also have many opportunities. From legal challenges, to monetary challenges, to day to day concerns, this session will look at some of the big issues facing homeschoolers across the country and around the world. Yet there are also many opportunities in the midst of these challenges. These opportunities will be considered with suggestions on how to use them to benefit both your family and homeschoolers around the world.
Israel Wayne TEENS
Christians and Pop Culture: Evaluating the Arts – This session endeavors to establish a Biblical framework for viewing The Arts and Multimedia. How can you tell what is good art, literature or music and what isn’t? What is a Biblical view of entertainment? Are there some forms of art that are more Christian than others? Learn how art reflects culture and culture reflects religious presuppositions. These issues and more will be explored in this engaging workshop.
Are You Trying to Make Your Homeschool Like School? – 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.
Dr. Kirk Durston
Transitioning into Adulthood – The objective of this seminar is to look at some ways parents can help a child transition from childhood into adulthood and from the home into their own place in the world. The first section will deal with the pre-transition years and what foundations need to be laid. The second part will look at the early years of the transition, in the teen years. The final part will address what parents can do after the young adult has left home to help them complete a successful transition.
Homeschooling for “Newbies” – Just starting out or considering taking a homeschooling adventure? This workshop will address some of the top questions that new homeschoolers ask: Do I need to contact my local school board? What resources and supports are available to me? How do I choose curriculum? What should a typical school day look like? What about socialization!?! – With lots of time built in for questions and answers you will have the chance to get specific answers to specific questions.
20 Principles of Charlotte Mason for the Modern Homeschool – Are you looking for some encouragement and fresh ideas for your homeschool? Are you interested in the timeless and rich educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason? Charlotte Mason had an insightful and simple vision for education which she compiled into 20 short principles. It is through understanding these 20 principles that parents are able to embrace her methods and put them into practice in their homes. Come and join Christine, a homeschool mother of 8, as we explore these together, looking specifically at their application in the 21st century homeschool. Christine longs to light a spark of renewed vision and leave you with practical ideas to sustain that vision.
Susan K. Laird
Get Outside! – Ideas, tips and suggestions to make Nature Study/Outdoor Ed the most looked forward to time of the week, whether planned or spur of the moment. It is amazing what ‘education’ can happen in God’s classroom. Whether you prefer the lounge chair or the ski slopes, the city or the country, this seminar will give you practical ideas and encouragement to utilize God’s outdoor world for both physical and intellectual stimulation from preschool to high school!
Being Salt & Light Families – As homeschoolers, we are often accused of retreating from society instead of impacting it. What is the balance between sheltering our children and reaching out to a lost world around us? In this session, Israel Wayne explains how you can equip your children for the “real world” by developing a family ministry.
Paul Faris TEENS
How to Survive in a Post–Christian (or anti-Christian) Culture – Canada is a post-Christian culture that is rapidly transforming into an anti-Christian culture. What does this mean for Christians? How do we survive, and even thrive, in such a situation? Paul will take the 10,000 foot view in discussing this issue and its implications for education, lifestyle, church attendance, and the many other related issues.
Dr. Kirk Durston
Divine Creation vs Darwinism – This seminar will begin with a brief description of the two models, divine creation and Darwinian evolution. We will then look at several predictions that each model makes in light of recent advances in science. The results indicate that the science is confirming the divine creation model predictions and falsifying the Darwinian model. Notes provided should be helpful to parents who wish to transfer this into their home education program at around the Grade 12 level.
Mary Lou Maclean
Homeschooling the Learning Disabled Child – Are you frustrated? Does your child seem to work so hard only to fail at understanding his/her school work day after day? Has your child lost hope? Come and learn how to find the tools to identify the areas of weakness in your child. Further discussion will show methods of intervention designed to stimulate cognitive and perceptual functioning in your child. The end result….a happy student who has become an independent learner!
Leaders’ Workshop Beth Rockwell
Priorities – It is 6 pm. Sending that group email, checking your chapter’s facebook page, settling a dispute between siblings or spending 15 quiet minutes with your husband – what should be your priority? What keeps us from setting priorities, what happens when we don’t and what can skew the priorities we do set? We hope to help you wade through some of these important questions that can plague busy leaders.
Todd Wilson DADS
Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World – Let’s face it! Most men today are wimps. They may wear tall Stetsons, drive fast cars, bungee jump from bridges, collect souped-up power tools, and carry big black Bibles, but they’re wimps. God wants your sons to leave the heavily-populated, safe waters and live dangerously, trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But, that doesn’t come naturally. So join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to GET DANGEROUS.
Shelley Riimand TEENS
Going “Hi-Tech” in the Outdoor Classroom – Take education outdoors! Learn to use GPS technology while developing teamwork, social skills, and problem solving PLUS gain a greater appreciation for the world God has created!
Developing Public Speaking Skills – Some studies say that fear of public speaking is higher than fear of dying! If you can develop your thoughts into a compelling presentation, and then communicate effectively, you will be given opportunities to influence the culture. Drawing on over 18 years of experience as a public speaker, this session will be practical and encouraging for you as a parent, and helpful as you prepare your children for public speaking.
Parent & Graduate High School Panel
Can it be done? How? – Why should we choose to home school through high school? What are the most important goals for our children as we launch them into the world? Will home schooling through high school make a successful adult? Is it possible to teach all the subjects required at a high school level needed for university entrance? Can I do it!? A panel of both parents and graduates will address these questions and more as they seek to encourage you as you consider (or continue in) the exciting challenge of homeschooling your highschooler! Q&A period will be included, so bring your questions!
Christine Gayfer MOMS
Taking Care of Ourselves as We Lay Down our Lives – Have you been surprised by the enormous amount of emotional, mental and physical energy required from you as you homeschool your children? Do you sometimes wonder how you can continue on? As a homeschool mom of 8 children, Christine has very often been in that place. Without a vision and plan for taking care of yourself as a mother, chronic discouragement is inevitable. Come and spend some time with Christine, as we look together from the trenches of mothering into the heart of being stewards of our own bodies, minds and spirits.
How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up – Homeschooling is hard, parenting is hard, and marriage…well, that’s hard too. And that’s OK and even normal. The trouble is we don’t like hard. We want easy, fast, and cheap, and at the same time we want successful results. In reality good things are hard and hard things are good, and they go hand in hand. During this hour, you’ll laugh with Todd as he shares how to embrace the hard things in life while keeping your eye on the joy to experience God’s best for you.