Are you new to the Homeschool Iowa Conference experience? Don’t be overwhelmed! Come to this workshop to receive lots of “insider” tips and strategies to help you get the most out of the Homeschool Iowa Conference.
All Iowa certified teachers who are signed up to take the 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference Heartland AEA Teacher Credit Course should attend this orientation workshop to receive guidance and direction in how to complete the course.
Morning Keynote Session Friday – 9:00 am – 10:30 am
In modern America it is common for teens – even Christian teens – to identify with the world and pull away from their families. The Bible offers wonderful direction for parents who want to help their children identify more with the family than with their friends and the youth subculture. In Malachi 4:6 it was prophesied that John the Baptist would strengthen family bonds, turning the hearts of parents and children toward each other. Yet John never spoke about parenting or family life, but instead preached the good news about Jesus. In this session Reb examines the gospel as it was preached by John and reveals its inherent blessing for families.
Session I Friday – 11:00 am – Noon
Session I Choices: “Establishing Parental Control” – Reb Bradley “Where Do I Begin” – Nancy Bjorkman “Secrets Teachers Never Tell” – Joyce Herzog “Charlotte Mason Foundations: A Paradigm Shift” – Nancy Kelly “How to Be a Unit Study PRO” – Deanee Crawford “Grandparents Are the Best Gifts of All” – Renee Miller
Few parents today realize how peaceful parenting can be. Their homes are stressful and many are hampered in home education because their children do not respond respectfully to their authority. Children can be trained to obey quickly and with a good attitude, and they need not go through "phases" like the "terrible twos," the "tough threes," and the "trying teens." This workshop will expose to parents many of their blind spots and help them establish the proper parental control necessary for successful child training and home education.
Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family’s particular style. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
Joyce’s most popular workshop – often “standing room only.” Learn 12 SECRETS that will simplify your life AND enhance your teaching! Learn how to begin the year, what months are more conducive to learning, what to do when the year isn’t long enough, how children learn and so much more. Joyce draws from over 30 years experience to present concepts that make your job more effective and reduce stress. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and a LOAD will be lifted from your shoulders.
Join Nancy for an introduction to Charlotte Mason, including her belief in the child as a person – and her viewpoint that education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life, and the science of relations. Who was Charlotte Mason? What was her educational philosophy? Can her methods be used in high school as well as in elementary school and middle school? Drawing from her 20 years of experience using Charlotte Mason’s methods, Nancy will talk about the basics of a Charlotte Mason education and how it can transform your homeschool in this introductory workshop. [This session will be offered again on Saturday at 11:00 am]
Whether you want ready-made unit studies or the tools to develop your own, this workshop could be the answer! Come for an overview and explanation of definitions, comparisons, and resources for implementing unit studies into your home. In this workshop, we will also develop your personal Unit Study P.R.O. skills and provide you tools to create your own unit study at home.
What an amazing opportunity you have as grandparents to be used by the Lord in your grandchildren's lives! Come laugh, cry, and be encouraged to do "the little and big things" in their lives that make a difference for the Lord. Renee Miller of Miller Pads & Paper will share stories and ideas for building relationships with your precious grandchildren. They really are grand!
Session II - Exhibitor Workshops Friday – 12:15 am – 12:45 pm
Session II Choices: TBA
Session III Friday – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session III Choices: “Celebrations of Faith” – Randy Wilson “Homeschooling Under Iowa Law” – Scott Woodruff “More Secrets Teachers Never Tell” – Joyce Herzog “The Well-Balanced Mind: The Imagination Factor” – Nancy Kelly “Homeschooling Through High School: Part 1” – Nancy Bjorkman “The Confident Reading Teacher” – Sherry Fiscella
You’ll be blessed and encouraged as Randy & Lisa share numerous real-life examples and ceremonies that God has given them over three decades as a means to tie their children’s heartstrings to the foundations of Truth.
Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Association attorney for Iowa, will give a step-by-step explanation of the Iowa homeschool law. New homeschoolers will get what they need to teach with confidence and veterans will get their thorniest questions addressed.
Here are more of Joyce’s SECRETS that will simplify your life AND enhance your teaching! Joyce draws from over 30 years experience to present best methods to save you frustration and time. You’ll leave this session with a new outlook and an improved attitude!
Do you value your imagination? Your child’s? This workshop is an exploration of the importance of imagination in education, faith, and life. Charlotte Mason said that “imagination is, like faith, the evidence of things not seen” and is an integral part of everyone’s personhood. How can we nurture this in our materialistic society, where testing reigns supreme?
This very popular, interactive workshop (a 2-session presentation) will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities (where available), co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will receive the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school. [Part 2 in Session IV at 2:30 pm]
“The Confident Reading Teacher” – Sherry Fiscella
You don't need a degree in education to teach a child to read, but it helps to know a few tricks of the trade to help you feel confident as you get started!
Session IV Friday – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session IV Choices: “The Language of Legacy” – Randy Wilson “Creating Homes That Are Not Rest Stops, but Resting Places” – Lisa Wilson “Mutli-Level Teaching Is for You!” – Joyce Herzog “Our Schedule, Our Atmosphere” – Nancy Kelly “Homeschooling High School: Part 2” – Nancy Bjorkman “Choosing Curriculum the FAMILY Way” – Deanne Crawford
Randy gives a call for language that transforms the next generation through bold love. The language we speak literally has multi-generational impact. Our words create worlds for others. We must know and speak God’s language to our spouses and children – words that are rooted and grounded in truth and spoken in love. In a culture of sarcasm and spoken curses, Randy shares examples to define strategic words to speak and bless each other in the home, defining a new “normal” among family members.
Lisa will help us to refocus our vision to begin seeing our homes as the wombs that give life to a dying culture. Be encouraged by her story of how six generations of women have passed on the glorious legacy of Christ in the midst of deep brokenness and heart-wrenching trials.
Learn three simple as ABC ways to get started into multi-age teaching. Experience teaching and learning in a new way. How can YOU successfully teach more than one child at very different levels without “reinventing” everything all the time? Receive a list of questions to spark learning on any topic. Learn what it means to “really” teach. Participate as it works with a really large group! Learn the steps of good teaching, and have fun – but you’ve got to listen fast! It’s one hour chuck-full of learning!
Learn how Charlotte Mason structured her school days – and how atmosphere is key. Nancy will share how you can make your homeschool an enriching place for any size family by describing her tried and true schedule from her own homeschool, Sage Parnassus.
This very popular, interactive workshop (a 2-session presentation) will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities (where available), co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will receive the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school. [Part 1 in Session III at 1:00 pm]
So you’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? Do you need a Curriculum Positioning Service (CPS) to navigate the terrain of curriculum choices? This workshop takes an in-depth look at the FAMILY factors – those things that really matter in your homeschool, whether you are a new (or nearly new) homeschool parent, or simply need a breath of fresh air! This workshop is designed to give YOU the tools necessary to make wise choices in all of your curriculum decisions.
Session V Friday – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Session V Choices: “Parenting Teens with the Wisdom of Solomon” – Reb Bradley “Impacting Culture Through the Boldness of Purity and Integrity” – Jordyn (Wilson) Peppin & Khrystian (Wilson) Lewis “Protecting Your Children from Social Workers” – Scott Woodruff “The Banquet Which Is Shakespeare” – Nancy Kelly “Bringing the Study of Science Alive” – Dr. Lainna Callentine “Art: The Glue That Makes It Stick” – Renee Miller
Many parents apply biblical parenting principles and find it easy to rear their young children, but they make the mistake of trying to use that same approach when their children reach the adolescent years. Such parents often rely upon sheltering and strict control, yet watch their teens escape the home as soon as they can. Other parents back off entirely, only to see their teens become ensnared by the world and divided from the family. Fortunately, God has not left us without help. In the Bible King Solomon modeled for us a perfect balance of leadership and liberty in his dealings with his teenage sons. In this session Reb examines Solomon’s approach and shows how to make the transition from parenting children to young adults.
“Impacting Culture Through the Boldness of Purity and Integrity” – Jordyn (Wilson) Peppin & Khrystian (Wilson) Lewis www.generationsoflight.com
The Wilson daughters will share what God has taught them about articulating the truth in a culture that mocks everything that is holy. Their experiences, appearing before national and international media, have inspired them to seek God’s language as they intersect culture – and to thrive as women of faith.
“Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights” – Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org
Knowing how to protect your children from social workers may help you keep your family together when a social worker wants to pull it apart.
Using methods espoused by Charlotte Mason, Nancy will guide you through how to teach Shakespeare to your elementary and high school students. Personal anecdotes, recommended resources, tried-and-true techniques, and some audience participation will motivate and prepare you to tackle the Bard in your homeschool.
Catch the excitement and soak in the enthusiasm of Dr. Lainna Callentine as she shares her passion for teaching children about the wonderment of science, the study of God’s creation. Dr. Callentine is a pediatrician, a former classroom teacher, and a homeschooling mother – and she is also the instructor for our 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference Teen Track “The Body” class. You’ll leave this workshop inspired to “bring the study of science alive” in your home school!
Art is the forgotten subject for many homeschooling families. But what has been missed is not just the "Art Lessons." Come learn why art is important, how to incorporate it into core subjects, and how to make learning fun! You'll leave with hundreds of ideas to make homeschooling more enjoyable, refreshing, and fulfilling. Best of all, your children will retain what they learn!
Multitudes of homeschool parents around the country, including leaders, have graduated their first batch of kids, only to watch their graduates go wayward. Many were model homeschoolers while growing up, but sometime after their 18th birthday they began to reveal that they didn't hold to their parents' values. In this session, Reb exposes common blind spots in parenting that contribute to the breakdown of relationship between parents and children, and thereby increase prodigal tendencies. For veterans and beginning homeschoolers, this is a "Don't Miss" session.
Session VII Saturday – 11:00 am – Noon
Session VII Choices: “Men of Honor In My Generation” – Logan Wilson “Happy [Homeschooling] Days Are Here Again” – Sherry Fiscella “Nifty Tricks” – Joyce Herzog “Charlotte Mason Foundations: A Paradigm Shift”” – Nancy Kelly “Math Wars” – Deanne Crawford “How to Lead Teens” – Scott Woodruf
Eighteen-year-old Logan Wilson will challenge you to consider “honor” – what is it, and what does Scripture say about it? He will touch upon the honor of God’s names, the honor of God’s armor, and the honor of civility and chivalry. Included will be a dramatic presentation of men of honor in history.
“Happy [Homeschooling] Days Are Here Again” – Sherry Fiscella
Come be energized with Sherry’s list of ideas that she has used to add a little joy and fun into her homeschooling days. It’s not difficult to supplement traditional methods with just a little something creative here and there to give kiddos (and moms!) something to look forward to besides just another workbook page. Here are a few examples to peak your interest: "Ketchup Day," "Pinterest Day," and using a "Star Student Basket." Sherry will also share creative teaching tips for supplementing traditional texts. For example, is there anything fun you can do with an A Beka reader besides just read it? You’ll leave with lots of fun ideas to try next school year.
Joyce will share great ideas that will revolutionize HOW you teach and your effectiveness. See how to use graph paper to simplify the teaching of everything from printing and addition, to perimeter and square root! Learn ways to reuse any workbook, instantly improve reading for some children, make learning math facts fun and easy, record progress, and more!
Join Nancy for an introduction to Charlotte Mason, including her belief in the child as a person – and her viewpoint that education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life, and the science of relations. Who was Charlotte Mason? What was her educational philosophy? Can her methods be used in high school as well as in elementary school and middle school? Drawing from her 20 years of experience using Charlotte Mason’s methods, Nancy will talk about the basics of a Charlotte Mason education and how it can transform your homeschool in this introductory workshop. [This session will also be offered on Friday at 11:00 am]
Is math a war zone in your homeschool? Are your children a casualty of the latest trends in math education in the public schools? Sequential? Spiral? American? Asian? What about manipulatives? Choosing math curriculum seems so complicated. In this workshop, we take a look at the “battlefield” through the lenses of Rainbow’s FAMILY factors in order to give clarity to the Math-field. Our workshop starts with an overview of the history of math education in the US, continues with a look at what needs to be learned when, and concludes with a comparative look at many popular math programs.
The word “teenager” is not in the Bible, so where do Christian parents get the wisdom (and patience!) they need to raise their teenaged sons and daughters? In this encouraging workshop, Scott brings biblical truth and his own experience to bear on the task of raising teens.
Session VIII - Exhibitor Workshops Saturday – 12:15 am – 12:45 pm
Session VIII Choices: TBA
Session IX Saturday – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session IX Choices: “Unraveling the Mysteries of the Female Mind” – Reb Bradley “Life-Giving Women: Part 1” – Lisa Wilson “Learning in Spite of Labels” – Joyce Herzog “New Thoughts of God: Living Bible Lessons” – Nancy Kelly “Gotta Have Games” – Deanne Crawford “Rotten to the (Common) Core” – Shane Vander Hart
This life-changing message is needed by every husband, every son, and every brother. Prepared after decades of counseling, 30+ years of interviews with his wife, and a lifetime of Bible study, Reb presents deep insights into male/female relationships. This session will help every man gain insight into his wife's heart, explaining why she gets offended so easily by innocent comments, why she seems so illogical at times, and why her girlfriends understand her perfectly. The man who listens to this session and applies it to his marriage, will find himself married to a happy woman. The young man who hears it, will better understand his sisters, his mother, and every other female he knows.
Lisa will describe the beauty of being created by design to be life-givers as women. We are not only used by God to give life physically, but also relationally, spiritually, generationally, and so many other ways! Discover the power and God-honoring glory of this influential place in His Kingdom.
Come see into the heart of your struggling learner – even if he is gifted in some areas. Discover the underlying problem, look at his strengths and learn some strategies to get moving in the right direction. You’ll laugh, you may cry, you will learn!
Charlotte Mason said that Bible teaching should be “as the warp in and out of which the child weaves other knowledge and other thought”. In this workshop, Nancy will take attendees through an immersion session of a Bible lesson, which introduces children to “new thoughts of God” every day.
Games = Learning. Yes, learning can happen while your students just think they’re having fun. Come learn how to incorporate hands-on learning, reinforcement, and practice into your homeschool day. Introducing games into your homeschool may provide a fun warm-up activity, a skill refining exercise, or even a summer learning extension. See, feel, and experience an eclectic collection of educational games and discover how to successfully integrate them into your homeschool as educational tools.
There has been a shift in education policy that has largely gone unnoticed. Starting this year, forty-six states, including Iowa, are implementing new standards that will reach beyond public schools. Shane will give six primary reasons why we should care about the Common Core State Standards taking root in our state and what we can do about it.
Session X Saturday – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session X Choices: “The Divine Mind” – Randy Wilson “Life-Giving Women: Part 2” – Lisa Wilson “Rx for Your Special Needs” – Joyce Herzog “Qualified for Life: High Schoolers as Persons” – Nancy Kelly “Inspiring Young Writers” – Sherry Fiscella “Representing Christ and Home Education in the Political Arena ” – Bill Gustoff
As we think God’s thoughts, we literally submit our minds to the authority of Christ. Randy will help us to look at the power of thinking and reciting God’s thoughts and the power of our spirits to obey God as we learn to live with the mind of God.
Ladies, have you found yourself in a place where you are not life-giving, but rather full of bitterness and burnout? What do you do? Lisa will share honestly about those places, helping us receive the Lord’s life-giving waters to refresh and renew.
Whether you are working with a learner who is learning disabled, ADD/ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, or autistic, you will find help here. From general tips to specific helps to resources, this workshop provides it all.
Interested in a rich, rigorous, character-building education for your high schooler? Charlotte Mason had a successful plan for the high school years. Her offering was in response to the utilitarian system that was in place 100 years ago and unfortunately still reigns. This session will discuss Mason’s blueprint and offer principles and practices to begin planning what could be your student’s best years.
“Inspiring Young Writers” – Sherry Fiscella
Whether you have a reluctant or eager writer, you can inspire desire and quality from your budding authors!
The Bible tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). Whether we like it or not, the public evaluates the validity of both Christianity and homeschooling by our words and actions. Therefore, we must labor to be faithful ambassadors in every sector of society. Along with a brief 2013 legislative update, this presentation will look at practical ways that Christian home school families can positively influence their culture through the political process.
kind of a parent is God? Did you know that we tend to parent our children as we "feel" parented by God? Did you know we tend to relate with our Heavenly Father based on preconceptions of parenthood we carry with us from our own childhood? As we close the conference, Reb will guide us in a biblical look at God's fatherhood and encourage us toward a grace-filled relationship with our heavenly Father that can transform your home.
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