Dr. Jay Wile
Homeschooling: The Solution to our Education Problem – 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!
Dr. Steve Scheibner
Character Matters – Want your teen to take more initiative around the house? Want to reduce the “Drama” level in the family? Want to get your pre-teens, teens, and young adults excited about character healthy living? A Character Matters session will begin the process of moving your young people from ordinary to extraordinary. As they incorporate the skills of proactive daily living and Christ-like decision making, young people will be enabled to embrace the character healthy practices that will make them leaders in this next greatest generation.
Tim Barnett YOUTH
Tactics for Defending Your Faith – Have you ever been caught flat-footed in conversations about spiritual things? Have you ever wished that you had spoken up but didn’t because you didn’t know how to start? This talk is for you! Instead of giving you a truck load of information to download, this presentation does something a little different. Tim wants to give you a game plan you can use to defend your faith to friend and foe alike… well, we will try!!
Ask a Lawyer: Q&A with HSLDA President – One of the benefits of membership with HSLDA is the privilege of having year-round access to legal counsel for all of the homeschooling concerns that may arise. In this session, Paul Faris opens up that access to members and non-members alike. Do you have questions about provincial notifications? The legality of homeschooling? Difficult interactions with local school boards? Come with your questions ready, whatever they may be, and Paul Faris will answer you with his expert experience and advice.
Nellie Vander Hout & Grace Vander Meulen 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.
No Stress Homeschooling: Enjoying Your Home Schooling Years While Balancing the Demands of Life – Robin will address home schooling with little ones, home schooling a large family, teaching multiple ages, and getting all the essentials done (such as meals, for example). She will encourage parents who are concerned regarding higher education and their children making it in the “real world”. And she will show how this can be done, not only keeping one’s sanity but enjoying this marvelous journey!
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!
Dr. Jay Wile YOUTH
Be Open Minded, But Don’t Let Your Brains Fall Out – One of the most important steps in critical thinking is to look at all sides of an issue. It is very easy to get trapped by false ideas if you continue to look at an issue from only one side. At the same time, however, it can be uncomfortable (and sometimes dangerous) to read the viewpoints of those with whom we disagree. How does a Christian deal with this tension? Dr. Wile first discusses why it is so important to look at an issue from many different sides, and then he explains how to avoid the pitfalls that could result. Those who are interested in serious investigations of theological, scientific, or political issues should definitely hear this talk.
Developing a Broader Vision for Home Education – Knowing your motivation and your vision for home school is crucial for inspiring your own family. But more than that, understanding the historical vision and momentum of the homeschooling movement is crucial for seeing how, together, we can progress in the future. Join Paul Faris as he discusses the varied motivations for homeschooling, and as he shows how the homeschool movement may be the most powerful and significant movement in Canada today.
Alan & Daniel Gilman
Equipping Your Children To Impact Culture & Politics – Jesus told his followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” As parents we are called by God to prepare our children to be “salt and light” in a dark and needy world. Veteran homeschooling dad, Alan Gilman, and his son Daniel, will provide practical insight on how you can equip your children to make a significant difference in every area of life.
Handwriting in the 21st Century – The handwriting/keyboarding debate is gaining momentum. Is cursive writing just an old and ancient tradition? Should it be replaced with keyboarding skills at a very young age? In this workshop, Diane will share some of the latest research on handwriting, how it engages the brain and why it is important for both the average and the struggling learner. Feel free to come and offer your opinion in this debate!
Panel NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
Why Did You Decide to Homeschool? – If you’re curious about homeschooling, or new to it, this session is designed with you in mind! Come out and hear from a number of different families on why they have chosen this path. Be inspired by their vision and encouraged by their experiences. Meet other families who have the same questions and curiosities as you. This is the perfect time to get ALL your questions answered!
CO-OP = Co-operative Education – 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.
Dr. Jay Wile
What About K-6 Science? – In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile discusses a different method for teaching science in the elementary years: covering science topics chronologically. Science was learned in a definite, chronological sequence as early scientists developed ideas that were tested and improved by later scientists. If science is taught this way, students cover a wide range of topics each year and then revisit many of them as they were improved by later scientists.
Panel YOUTH & PARENTS
“What Do You Want to Be?” Exploring Career Options – Thinking about what comes after you’re done high school can sometimes be overwhelming. Maybe you have no idea what you want to do. Maybe you do, but have no idea how to prepare for it. This session will expose students to five men, each successful in their own field, who will provide insight on their own career and what students should be doing to prepare now, followed by a Q&A.
The Character Conscious Mom
Being a Mom is about so much more than feeding, dressing, and driving our kids to play-dates. With only a few short years to impart important spiritual truths to our children, every day becomes an important opportunity for teaching, training, and modelling Christlikeness. This talk will give mothers the tools they need to disciple their children in the important areas of prayer, service, Bible study, scripture memorization, and true fellowship. Moms will walk away encouraged and strengthened, knowing that although discipling their children seems a huge task, God is on their side.
Don’t Overlook Teaching Economics – Teaching economics to our high school students is as critical as teaching history, math, or composition. Why? Because economics is intrinsically connected to the biblical concept of justice – protecting the rights of individuals from infringement by others. We will briefly discuss economic systems with a focus on the economic system that best checks injustice and grants responsibility to people – in terms of private property and of economic decisions. In this session, we will expand on these concepts and explore ways to teach economics including a discussion on curriculum and creative ways to impart a Christian worldview of economics.
Robin Gilman MOMS
Life Learning – A great deal of our children’s education happens outside of textbooks. While Robin Gilman, (mother of ten) loves books and uses curricula, she will share about how much of our children’s learning takes place in our daily lives and how parents can be more aware and intentional in shaping this learning for the best. Parents should come away encouraged about how much learning is happening effortlessly.
Special Needs Discussion Group – This interactive discussion group is designed to give you an opportunity to glean ideas, ask questions, be encouraged, network with other moms, and have the option to receive prayer. Linda has struggled with many of the same frustrations and concerns as most other moms – what curriculum is best for my child? What should my expectations be? Can I really teach my child as well as the Special Education teachers in school can? What about socialization? What will my child’s future look like? How do I give the siblings the attention they need? How do I keep my sanity? Come join Linda as she shares resources, ideas, and hope gleaned from personal experience as well as her many connections with other families home educating their children with special needs.
Dr. Steve Scheibner
Living on Borrowed Time: The Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent – As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of 9/11. Steve was originally scheduled to be the co-pilot on AA Flight 11, the first flight to be hijacked on Sept. 11th, 2001. Through an extraordinary set of divine circumstances Steve was bumped from that flight the night before by a more senior pilot. Now, he tells his deeply moving story of God’s providence on that terrible day in our history. Come discover why God gave Steve a second chance and now uses him to teach parents all around the world to parent with purpose and urgency as he introduces you to The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent. Intensely practical and Bible based, the Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent is designed to give parents both the tools they need and the hope necessary to build a Christ-centered character-driven home environment. The Nine Practices are a great way to revitalize parents in the all important task of parenting. This session will take highlights from the 10- week Parenting Matters small group study. Steve will unwrap the Three Pillars of Parenting, The Motivation Model, The Growth Continuum, The Proactive vs. Reactive Parent, and more. You don’t want to miss this once in a lifetime event.
Dr. Steve & Megan Scheibner
Marriage, Communication, and Friendship – Recognizing that a healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy home, this marriage session is a fun and fruitful way to invest in your entire family. Steve and Megan teach from their book The Eight Rules Of Communication For Successful Marriages and finish the session with a fun-loving look at marriage and F-R-I-E-N-D-S-H-I-P. Practical advice in a guilt-free environment make the teaching real and applicable to all those in attendance.
Dr. Jay Wile
Why Homeschool THROUGH High School – Using data gathered from many different sources, including his own experiences, Dr. Wile shows that the last place a student can get an adequate high school education is in the typical public high school.
Tim Barnett YOUTH
Meet The Atheist – It is usually not until our faith is under attack that we begin to search for answers. But by that time it might be too late. Tim has found a proven strategy to get young people motivated to know what they believe and why they believe it. He beats them up. What do I mean? Tim comes in as an atheist professor and hits them with the most common arguments for atheism and against Christianity. This allows the individual young people to evaluate whether they are capable of defending their own faith. Half-way through the presentation, Tim reveals that he is actually a Christian apologist and then proceeds to answers all the challenges he raised. This presentation gives students a taste of what it is like to face objections to their faith, but in the safety of your church, school, or conference. This is guaranteed to be a valuable and memorable experience.
Megan Scheibner LADIES
Woman to Woman: The Mentoring Model – 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.
Dr. Steve Scheibner MEN
2nd Mile Leadership for Men – Second mile leaders are those counterintuitive servants of God who earn the right to be heard by developing a consistent love of virtue, a disciplined approach to gratification, and a submissive love for the authority of God’s Word. Male leadership is essential to the success of marriages, families, the church, and society.
Louise House NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
Homeschooling 101 – Are you just starting the home education adventure? As you look ahead it can be exciting and overwhelming. Come and let Louise help you get ready to have the adventure of a lifetime. Learn about planning your day and choosing your curriculum. Find out what subjects you need to teach and how you can manage teaching multi-levels and so much more. Above all come and let your heart be encouraged as Louise shares about being a blessing to your children and being blessed by the Lord as you begin a journey that can transform your family.
Laziness, Late Bloomer, or Learning Disability – You decided to homeschool your child. The curriculum is bought, the lessons are planned, the school room is ready, and you are filled with excitement. And then…. instead of peace and harmony, you feel like you’re in a battle with your child. In this workshop, Diane will help de-mystify questions and share strategies to help launch your struggling learner on the road to success. There is HOPE!
Dr. Jay Wile
“Teaching” High School at Home – In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile explains how any parent can help his or her children learn science at the upper levels. He is a staunch advocate of homeschooling a student all the way through the high school years. Dr. Wile agrees that most parents do not have the ability to teach the high school sciences at home, but he also contends that this is not a problem. By the time a homeschooled student reaches high school, both the student and the parent should be able to learn by reading. Thus, Dr. Wile admonishes the parent to learn the subject right along with the student. With both the parent and the student helping each other learn, an upper level science experience can be equally rewarding for both! Finally, Dr. Wile discusses the curriculum that will make it possible for the homeschooling parent to provide a quality high school science education for his or her children.
Devorah Gilman YOUTH
How To Win Hearts & Rescue Children From Abortion – 300 children are killed every single day in Canada, leaving the men, women and teens of our nation wounded. Can we as young people save these lives and bring healing to the wounded? Can we discuss this crucial and sensitive issue in an effective and compassionate way? This presentation will equip you with the skills and information that you need to change minds, save pre-born children’s lives, and bring hope to those affected by past abortions.
Man to Man: Straight Talk From Homeschooling Dads – A session for all dads, whether you’re new or a veteran. Come and be encouraged by other men in the trenches as you discuss the nitty gritty truth of what it’s like to be a homeschooling dad.
Homeschooling Through a Crisis – Homeschooling is often a longterm commitment. Some of us may homeschool for 20-25+years. In that time, there will be troubles. When the crisis hits, how do we cope? How do we continue to look after our family, our homes, and on top of that keep homeschooling? We will look at how the family is affected by the crisis, how to stand strong as a family, how to deal with homeschooling, and most importantly how to bring God glory in this season of our lives.
Three Foundational Thinkers in the History of Homeschooling – A surprisingly diverse range of worldview influences combined to shape the modern North American homeschooling movement into what it is today. While these particular founding fathers are not always recognized, their beliefs and concerns continue to show up in our materials. Specifically, this workshop will examine the lives and writings of the reformed theonomist R.J. Rushdoony, the atheist libertarian John Holt, and the Seventh-Day Adventist Raymond Moore. Studying these men will allow us to better evaluate and discern different teachings we encounter today.
Henry & Corrinna Kiezebrink Leaders’ Workshop
Keeping Connected – Discussion and feedback session with Chapter Leaders and Area Reps about the communication system within OCHEC between the Executive Director, OCHEC Board, Chapter Leaders, Area Reps, OCHEC members and non OCHEC members with an eye to keeping better connected with each other.
The A to Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool – If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character-healthy leaders are those who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge you to use every opportunity to teach children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.
Tim Barnett YOUTH
The Truth About Truth – We are living in a culture that has abandoned the idea of truth, especially moral and religious truth. As a result, Christians are in the strange position where they need to argue that truth exists before they can argue that Christianity is true. This talk is a must see for everyone, but is particularly important for young people immersed in a relativistic culture.
Teaching Middle School: A Joyfully Stretching Time – You no longer have a little boy or girl. Understanding these exciting transition years will help to build relationships, identify and focus on the interests of your student before the rigors of counting credits in high school, and stretch our students to embrace self-motivation and increased responsibility.
Why Homeschool?: It Will Give You a Life You Love – How do you know if homeschooling is the right choice for your family? This conversation will give you three essential tools to help you make that choice with confidence, clarity and assurance.
Dr. Jay Wile
How are Homeschool Graduates Doing? – Dr. Wile became involved in homeschooling because while he was teaching at the university level, his best students were homeschool graduates. He tracked down several homeschooled students who are now adults and learned what they are doing. In this talk, Dr. Wile tells you what he learned from these graduates. You will be amazed at what these young adults are doing and how they have already impacted the world.