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Strength in Our Convictions: Eight Reasons Why Homeschooling is Worth It – 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.
The Coming Attack on Homeschooling From The Legal Elites – The first and second wave of attacks on homeschooling were essentially based on lies. “You won’t succeed academically”. We proved them wrong. “Your kids won’t be socialized”. We proved them wrong. The third wave is fundamentally different. It accuses: “you will teach your kids that Christianity is the only true religion”. This attack is true. Michael Farris examines the newest anti—homeschooling strategy of the legal elites, explains how it will impact us today and tomorrow, and outlines a plan of action.
Knowing God’s Will For Your Life – Did you ever wish that God would just tell you what He would have you do? Should you take material preparing you for college or university? Should you be an electrician or a framer? If you’ve got a job offer from Tim Horton’s and from Staples, where would God have you go? Is it a sin if you pick wrong? Is it a sin if we consider who pays more or gives better employee benefits? This workshop focuses on how we can know God’s will for our lives and, with His help, live according to it.
If I Had To Do It All Again – Looking back on 20 years of homeschooling , Louise House will share both the things she would do differently if she was to do this all again and the things she would not change. Paramount is that we remain true to our calling to homeschool and not lose sight of the Lord as we work on academics and other “important” aspects of education. Come and be encouraged in your homeschool journey.
The Importance of Unstructured Play – for Preschoolers and Beyond – Has our culture’s obsession with “schooling” children at an earlier and earlier age impacted how you homeschool? When we think of school, even homeschooling, we normally think of the academic content. However, the importance of developing intuitive knowledge through experience is crucial, and often best accomplished in unstructured play. Come and be encouraged that, rather than sitting young children down for formal instruction, you can enrich their lives and prepare a groundwork for future education simply by letting them play.
My Child, A World Changer – Educating Through the High School Years – As we begin to ponder the decision to continue or begin to home educate our children through high school, we face many questions and concerns. Jacki Knight will encourage and challenge you as you face some of the fears that you may have. The greatest natural resource we have is our children and equipping them to be world changers is at the heart of this workshop.
A Biblical Basis for Social Action – There is a growing interest among Christians, especially young people, in social justice issues. Is this a valid expression of Christianity or a distraction from evangelism and other more spiritual endeavors? Veteran homeschool father and Bible teacher Alan Gilman will provide an integrative approach to the Gospel as the basis of addressing social issues in our day. The seminar is designed for both parents and young people alike.
Travel: An Educational Dream – Travel or vacation? Two very different concepts with two very different goals. Travel is where Linda’s heart is, and she loves to use it as a method of offering an enriching, dynamic opportunity for education. Whether a homeschool overnight trip to Upper Canada Village, a family road trip to the Maritimes, a once in a lifetime trip to Israel, a business trip to Dallas, a church trip to Guatemala, or tracking the journey of a short term missionary’s trip to India, education never looked so fun and so practical. Join Linda as she shares how travel (first hand or armchair), can open the doors to math, art, geography, history, music, language, food, culture, socialization, spiritual growth… and so much more in new and exciting ways.
Another Generation After Them: Six Strategies for Passing On The Vision for Christian Home Education – Up to 88% of children from Christian homes who attend public school end up abandoning the church by the time they graduate from high school. On the other hand, over 90% of homeschool graduates continue in the faith of their parents. The implication? There’s no vehicle more effective in passing the faith of the parents on to the next generation than the homeschooling lifestyle. However, if we want to launch a multi-generational legacy of faith, then we must not only pass our faith on to our children, but also the vision for Christian home education. In this practical session, homeschool graduate Jonathan Lewis shares specific strategies parents can implement to propel their vision into the next generation.
Michelle Harding NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
Home Education – Beginning Your Journey – This semainar is aimed at families who have recently started home educating, have decided to home educate in the near future, or those that are still on the fence about whether they will or not. While families with just toddlers will benefit from some of this information, it is directed to those with children who are about 4 years old and up. We will cover such topics as the legal aspects of home educating in Ontario, researching home education, forming a support base, setting goals, budgeting, choosing curriculum and other supplies. We will also discuss various roadblocks, myths and misconceptions about home educating.
Strong And Free: Purity in a Pornified World – Every human was designed for purity, and yet every Canadian lives in a world saturated with porn. It shapes our understanding of our own identity, harms our view of relationship and is an industry tied to human trafficking and abuse. This workshop is more than just how to help your friends find freedom from porn. While it will provide concrete action items to help you help your friends live a life that is free of porn, it will also help equip you to live in the fullness of purity in the 21st century.
Large Family Logistics – Whether you feel you’ve got a large family at 3 kids or 13 kids – this workshop will show that homeschooling in a large family can be done with joy! Not a one-size-fits-all message, hear from four very different moms on how they’re thriving as a mother of a “large family”. With plenty of time for Q&A, this is a great opportunity for both biblical encouragement and practical advice!
Henry de Roos
How to Balance Work, School, and Play – Both moms and dads can really benefit from “my reflections as a homeschool dad” on deliberate decisions we’ve made over the past 20 years to smooth out our life and make homeshooling much more fun. Learn from our past mistakes, so that you can have a thriving, dynamic family. We have eight kids, two are married and we are still actively homeschooling our six kids, ages 4-18. Henry taught high school for several years before becoming a missionary for the last 20 years.
Charlotte Mason In Real Life – Every family homeschools for different reasons and from a different perspective. Likewise, we all have different styles. This workshop looks at ways to integrate beneficial aspects of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy without necessarily becoming a dedicated “Charlotte Mason” family. This workshop starts out with an overview of the Charlotte Mason Philosophy and goes on to explore simple ways of incorporating beneficial principles like “living books”, narration and developing relationships with subjects into any homeschool no matter which way you approach home education.
Learning Styles – Homeschooling offers parents a rare opportunity to discover the aptitudes, preferences, and gifts that enable chldren to learn efficiently and effectively. We are uniquely positioned to capitalize on our children’s strengths – once we recognize them. How can we help our students to make the most of their education? This workshop offers an overview of learning style information, including perceptual modalities, left brain/right brain differences, and multiple intelligeces.
After God’s Own Heart: Lessons From the Life of David – Before David ever stepped up to fight Goliath, Samuel described David as a man, “After God’s own heart” (1 Sam. 14:14). What does it look like to have a heart after God’s, and how do we get this heart? Does having a heart after God’s heart mean we’ll never have good friends? Can we have this kind of heart (or want to have it) if we’ve fallen into serious sin? If we think we had it once but lost it, is there still hope? Looking at God’s work in the life of David we hope to learn in this workshop what it means to have a heart after God’s own heart, and where we have to go to get it (or get it again).
The Spiritual Power of A Mother – Have you ever wondered how Samuel could remember the prayer of his mother when she sent him off to be trained by Eli? Hannah is just one example of a mother who dramatically impacted the life of her child by her prayer, her protection, her instruction, and her overcoming spirit. These uplifting stories should encourage all parents—but especially mothers—as we sacrifice to homeschool our children.
Henry de Roos
How to Make Your Wife a Happy Camper – That wife of yours is a very special girl. Why not make her life a heap easier and more enjoyable too. Allow me to share some practical (and some humorous) tips that have worked well in our family for over 20 years of homeshooling. We have eight kids, two are married and we are still actively homeschooling our six kids, ages 4-18.
Second Generation Homeschool Panel
Moderated by Jonathan Lewis – What do homeschool graduates think about homeschooling? How are they teaching their own children? Come listen to a panel of homeschool graduates and second generation homeschooling parents discuss the blessings, benefits, and challenges of home education! Bring your questions for the panelists to answer, and be prepared to be encouraged and inspired!
Strengthening Self Esteem in Your Teens and Young Adults – Each stage of development is characterized by certain innate questions young people are asking which form what they think of themselves, how they act and feel, and ultimately who they become. They ask these questions without even knowing it, but are constantly receiving answers from various sources. What are the typical questions being asked by youth during their teen years? What are the most common sources of answers? How, as parents, may we take advantage of this knowledge to provide answers to our young people during the exciting years bridging to adulthood?
Making Money By Saving Money – “Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?” (Cicero) Welcome to the exciting adventure of living and schooling with limited income. ”Make money by saving money” has been Susan’s personal outlook for many years as she had the privilege of being a stay-at-home Wife, Mother and Home Educator. Come and be inspired, intrigued and challenged. Bring some of your own ideas as we learn from each other. Warning: this seminar is only for those serious about the work it takes to live on little: “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” (Doris Janzen Longacre)
Barbara Postma (HSLDA)
Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner – There is no question that being at home is the best place for children who are struggling to learn. However, it is critical that homeschooling parents remember that struggling learners need to be taught differently in order for them to succeed. In this session, Barbara Postma, an NILD Educational Therapist and homeschooling mom of seven, will discuss how to choose curriculum that suits your child’s learning difficulties, how to have your child assessed and diagnosed, and what types of outside help and therapies might be most useful to your child. Speaking from personal experience, Barbara will help to answer your questions and to give you the right questions to ask.
The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices – The best and most effective opportunity to win large numbers of Canadians to Christ is found in our children. Based on the research of George Barna, Michael Farris presents homeschooling as the very best method to accomplish this. Church leaders are challenged to wake up to the spiritual damage occurring in their church’s children via public education. Parents are encouraged to make sure that the spiritual opportunity presented by homeschooling is not squandered.
Things You Need To Know Now If You Want To See Your Grandchildren Being Homeschooled – 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.
Real-Life Courtship – Michael Farris shares the biblical vision for courtship and its value over traditional dating, plus what he has learned through the experience of his five oldest daughters’ courtships and marriages.
Steve Martins & Alan Gilman Extended Time: 11:15 – 11:45 for Q & A
Sex Ed: What Is Being Taught in Public Schools and What Should Christian Parents Be Teaching at Home? –
Steve Martins will first respond to the new sex-ed curriculum which has been implemented into the Ontario public education system, prompting public protests and petitions. What is it about this new curriculum that threatens parents? How is its content contradictory to Scripture? After that, Alan Gilman, will speak regarding the responsibility of parents for their children’s sex education. But how do we do this? What do our children need to know and when? How much of our ever increaslingly sexualized cuture do our children need to understand? He will provide practical insights to help you answer these crucial questions. This session will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A period, allowing parents to interact with Steve and Alan on this issue.
Apples of Gold for Homeschooling Moms – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings 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.
Marian Ysinga & Marg Benjamins
Homeschooling High School -Two ordinary moms with a dozen kids between them and many years of home educating both elementary and high school will share their experience and encourage you with a realistic approach to successfully managing high school at home. Whether you are considering home educating through high school or are already doing so, the objective of this seminar is to take some of the fear and insecurity away and focus on the privilege and blessings of this endeavor.
Being Organized– a Daily Workout – I thought I had the day in hand until our family’s dinner hour rolled around and I had forgotten to think about a meal to serve! I love the benefits of being organized and prepared for the day – school, chores, and even bedtime! But the time and energy it costs to prepare ahead and then follow through is analogous to a daily workout. This ‘from the heart’ session is for those of us who struggle to be consistent in our planning, preparation and follow-through, and yet wish for the benefits of an organized home and school. The goal of this session is to begin the process of getting organization of both home and homeschool on the road to being a reality for your unique family.
Demystifying ADHD: Toward a Hope-Filled Approach – Some children naturally seem to struggle more than others with sitting still, paying attention, and even learning from consequences. Why is this the case? Where did the diagnosis of ADHD come from? How has it become an epidemic? The latest psychiatric diagnosis manual (DSM V) indicates that active, rambunctious children have a “Neurodevelopmental Disorder”. How true is this? Who benefits most from early identification and treatment of ADHD? How, as parents, may we support our children to optimize the strengths and minimize the pitfalls of being active and impulsive?
The Socialization Deception: Redefining the Debate – Perhaps no question is asked more frequently of homeschooling parents than the ever-popular, “What about socialization?” For years we’ve been answering that question…the wrong way. In too many cases, we’ve surrendered to the world’s system of values out of fear and intimidation, without even bothering to stop long enough to think about what we’re doing. In this provocative presentation, homeschool graduate Jonathan Lewis will challenge your thinking and invite you to take a critical look at this whole issue of socialization.
The Homeschooling Father – Even busy executives with 10 children like Michael Farris can and should take part in homeschooling—not just in teaching, but in supporting their wives.
No Stress Homeschooling – Drawing from her experience of homeschooling ten children, Robin Gilman will encourage parents in their own homeschooling journey. She will provide practical tips to help in the daily walking out of this glorious, but sometimes challenging, task. Not only can we homeschool successfully, we can and should also enjoy it! Robin will address common stresses, practical running of our households, the academic aspect, scheduling, cultivating a spirit of thankfulness, and so much more.
The Nature of Islam: Refuting Islamic Claims & Witnessing to Muslims – With the Syrian refugee crisis and the growth of global jihadism, Islam has become the center of discussion in the western world, prompting questions such as: Is Islam a religion of peace? What does consistency to the Qur’anic text look like? Do all Muslims agree with radicalism? How should the Christian community respond to the religion of Islam? From textual study of the Qur’an, to analyzing the cultural implications of Islam, learn how to biblically refute common Islamic arguments while strategically presenting the Gospel to our Muslim neighbors with love and grace.
Language Arts Panel
Real Moms Recommend – From teaching your young ones to read, to helping your older ones to write persuasively and engagingly – language arts affects just about every level of the homeschooling journey. This panel will provide an introduction to a diverse range of resources from the perspective of homeschooling moms just like you. Come hear what worked and what didn’t and why – there’s something for everyone when it comes to language arts!
Henry & Corrinna Kiezebrink Leaders’ Workshop
Moving Ahead with Change – Henry and Corrinna will be sharing with you the results of last year’s Leader’s Workshop, where together we investigated the communications system within OCHEC. What has the OCHEC Board been doing with the results of that workshop? We will share what has been implemented, what is under discussion, and future plans for the organization as it pertains to the Executive Director, the Board, Area Reps, Chapter Leaders and Members.
Jesus or Homeschooling: Which is the Answer? – Those of us who are passionate advocates of homeschooling speak in glowing terms about all the wonderful blessings homeschooling brings to families. And truly, the blessings are many. But are we guilty of preaching a new gospel—one that replaces Jesus Christ with homeschooling? Are we promoting home education as the answer to our children’s deepest needs? In this provocative session, Jonathan tackles this question head-on.
In the Beginning – Easy Steps for Success – Jacki Knight has a passion to see children walk in their destiny. As we decide to home educate there are always questions we would like to ask. In this candid and open workshop Jacki will share key steps for success as you begin the journey.
Safe and Aware: Protecting Your Children From Sexual Abuse – In Canada one in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by age 18. Predators seek to exploit both our blind spots as well as our strengths against us. How do we specifically protect and empower our children in today’s world? With a specific focus on the context of homeschooling families, this workshop will provide concrete action items to safeguard your children and communities from sexual abuse and empowering you and your children to live securely, confidently, and in freedom.
Christian Canada: A Forgotten Heritage – Canada’s Christian heritage has been largely forgotten in the 21st Century, having been replaced with scientific atheism and secular humanism in our cultural institutions. From the time of Jacques Cartier, to Sir John A. MacDonald, and up until the 1960s, Canada was always considered a “Christian nation”, wholly devoted to the teaching of God’s word. To reclaim a country for the Gospel of Christ, we must first understand its Christian heritage and its influence on law, education, and civilization.
Entrepreneurship – This panel brings together both homeschooling parents and homeschool graduates who know both the joys and the struggles of starting your own business. Be inspired by five stories of individuals whose entrepreneurial experience is as diverse as they come; and have the chance to pick their brains for advice and insight as you consider the possibilities for yourself!
Heather Laakso & Sherrie Hesse
Charlotte Mason – Re-Educating Us as Teachers and Redefining Education- If you have never heard of Charlotte Mason (or have only heard her name), come and be introduced to this 19th-century British Christian educator who offers us great insight into how children learn best. If you have heard terms like “living books”, “narration”, and “nature study”, come learn how these fit into Mason’s paradigm-shifting model of education — a model that is just as relevant today as it was in her time. If you already know Mason and are trying to apply her ideas to your homeschool, come hear how Mason reshaped two former public school teachers’ understanding of their roles as educators.
Claiming The Future: Five Principles to Help Your Kids Become the World Changers of Tomorrow – Our world needs righteous leaders who can stand in the gap and make a difference. In a time when young people from Christian homes are leaving the faith in droves, the Christian homeschooling community is uniquely poised to raise up the leaders of tomorrow. In this session, Jonathan Lewis shares five key principles to help you raise your kids to make a difference. Whether your children are destined to shape future history, or simply have an impact for Christ in their own corner of the world, these five principles are vital.