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Pre-Session Sessions Friday – 8:15 am – 8:45 am
“Conference Navigation” – Sherry Fiscella Are you new to the NICHE 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 NICHE Conference.
“AEA Teacher Credit Course Orientation” – Kathy Hardy All Iowa certified teachers who are signed up to take the 2013 NICHE Conference Heartland AEA Teacher Credit Course should attend this orientation workshop to receive guidance and direction in how to complete the course.
Session I Friday – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Session I Choices: “Three Key Elements of Successful Parenting” – S.M. Davis “Beyond Survival” – Diana Waring “Getting Started Homeschooling – Where Do I Begin?” – Nancy Bjorkman “Developing a Plan for High School” – Becky Cooke “Birth to Four – The Pivotal Years” – Jan Bedell “Prayer: A Parent’s Most Powerful Tool” – Kathie Morrissey “Beyond ‘Duck & Cover’: Equip Kids to Biblically Engage Secular Culture” – John Stewart “Creation/Evolution & the Authority of Scripture” – Jay Seegert
"Three Key Elements of Successful Parenting" -- S.M. Davis http://www.solvefamilyproblems.org/default.asp There are 3 key elements in successful parenting that work together to help parents produce wise, godly children. A – Always win in training the child to obey. The parent, not the child, must be the winner in every contest of wills. A teenage rebel is often the product of a child who was not made to obey. B – Be gentle. Firmness must be balanced with gentleness, or it easily becomes harshness. David said, “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” Greatness in a child is produced by gentleness in his parents. A parent can do everything else right, but if he deals with his child harshly he will probably have a rebel when the child is in his mid teens. C – Consistently be consistent. Parents must not start and stop. They must stand together so that the children know it is not possible to pit one against the other.
“Beyond Survival” – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com Join Diana as she shares a very transparent description of the beginning days in her homeschooling, including the struggles and failures she experienced as she unsuccessfully tried to create school at home. Learn how she went from "barely surviving" to finding great joy on the journey with her children, and discover the practical and spiritual insights, which will allow you and your own family to thrive in homeschooling. There is life here — Diana brings not just theory but over twenty years of in-the-trenches experience with her own children, along with insights gleaned from homeschooling families around the world.
“Getting Started Homeschooling – Where Do I Begin?” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com 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.
“Developing a Plan for High School” – Becky Cooke www.hslda.org How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan.
“Birth to Four - The Pivotal Years” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach, shares tips that maximize the everyday teachable moments with your preschooler. It’s true that children do not come with instruction sheets, but you can learn many “do's and don'ts” in development from this workshop. You can ensure developmental milestones and reduce chances of learning difficulties.
“Prayer: A Parent’s Most Powerful Tool” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com The battle for our children’s life should be fought on our knees! Prayer is the most important part of rearing our children. Why? Because God can do what we cannot do. Kathie will share several practical prayer ideas, as well as suggestions of some of the things we should pray for regarding our children. Being a praying parent makes a difference!
“Beyond ‘Duck & Cover’: Equip Kids to Biblically Engage Secular Culture” – John Stewart www.rollingstoneministries.com Can you and your children intellectually and logically defend your faith to unbelievers? Are your kids equipped to give an answer for the reason they are trusting Christ? This workshop will present the need for young people to be properly equipped to confront and engage our secular culture with answers that are biblically, historically and logically sound, and will highlight resources that kids and parents need to be prepared to proclaim their faith in an increasingly-secular age.
“Creation/Evolution & the Authority of Scripture” – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org The worldview presented to us by the media and public school system is in stark contrast to the straight-forward reading of Scripture. How are we as Christians to respond? Unfortunately, all too often, we have compromised our own message out of fear and intimidation from the world of secular science. Once we begin tampering with the authority of Scripture, it is a slippery slope that leads to all kinds of problems, especially in the morality of our own children. “Creation/Evolution & the Authority of Scripture” gives an overview of the controversy and explains why it is so important to view the Bible as the final authority in all matters. This topic is foundational to all other discussions regarding Christianity and will greatly aid in strengthening your faith in the Word of God!
Morning Keynote Session Friday – 10:30 am – 11:30 am
“This We Believe” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com Dads and Moms, we have forgotten. In all the busyness of life and swell of expert advice, we've forgotten the fundamental truths of homeschooling, family, and marriage. It shows in the alarming rate of disintegration of marriages, the pulling apart of families, and the lack of joy in our homeschools. Join funny guy and family man, Todd Wilson, as he sets the stage for a great homeschool convention and a great year as he brings us back to the basics of what we really believe about marriage, family, and homeschool. You're not going to want to miss this for the world.
Session II - Exhibitor Workshops Friday – 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Session II Choices: “Raising Royalty” – Classical Conversations “Solid Biblical & Academic Education” – My Father’s World “Cognition and Learning” – Learning Rx “ACT/SAT Test Prep Tutoring” – Tutor Doctor “Experience Excellence in Writing” – Institute for Excellence in Writing “A Wise Woman Builds Her House” – Inheritance Publications “Dyslexia: Identification: Identification & Effective Intervention” – Apples of Gold Center for Learning
“Raising Royalty” – Tamara Pool, Classical Conversations www.classicalconversations.com As co-heirs with Christ, we are called to serve in royal positions as we are entrusted with the princes and princesses of His Kingdom. Are our educational goals reflecting this high calling? Together, let's renew our commitment to training our children, from birth through high school, to do great things, to persevere through hard things, to choose to reach ever higher and farther in our knowledge of Him as we equip our children to engage our culture with winsome words of truth, love and beauty. Also learn how Classical Conversations equips and trains families to journey together with encouragement and accountability.
“Solid Biblical/Academic Education” – Carol Kelsey, My Father’s World http://www.mfwbooks.com The myriad of homeschool choices can be overwhelming like interstates, highways, back roads & scenic routes. There are so many ways & opinions, how can one navigate through it all & still homeschool effectively? Why not blend the best of each method? Join My Father’s World as we show how to instill Christian values while integrating great literature, chronological history, geography, hands-on activities, notebooks & timelines, narration, study of Greek & Latin roots, nature studies, & more.
“Cognition and Learning” – Burnadette Nadler, Learning Rx www.learningrx.com/west-des-moines What is cognition and how does it affect learning? What are the root causes of why some kids may struggle in school? Focus on enhancement, reading, math, attention, autism, Aspergers, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and more. “ACT/SAT Test Prep Tutoring” – Jill Vokt, Tutor Doctor www.tutordoctorqca.com This workshop will show you how to get your high school student not only prepared for the standardized tests required for college admission, but confident and able to achieve higher scores. Test prep tutoring practices test strategies, stress reduction techniques, content skills, and maximizing test time. “Experience Excellence in Writing” – Jan Miller, Institute for Excellence in Writing www.excellenceinwriting.com Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started. “A Wise Woman Builds Her House” – Sheryl Stam, Inheritance Publications www.inhpubl.net A veteran homeschool mother of four shares many practical ideas for making your homeschool God-centered, while introducing you to some of the resources Inheritance Publications has to offer. Sheryl will discuss meal times, devotions, family worship, music, lesson planning, reading good books, and much more.
Dyslexia: Identification & Effective Intervention – Elizabeth Hoksbergen, Apples of Gold Center for Learning www.applesofgold.biz Does your child struggle with some aspects of reading, spelling, and writing? Yet, is he or she intelligent and right-brain oriented? Could it be dyslexia? This workshop will describe the unique brain structure found in dyslexics, identify the most common characteristics of dyslexia, describe areas of giftedness often found in those with dyslexia, and enumerate which programs are designed to help one overcome the language processing challenges associated with dyslexia.
One of the most powerful things a parent does for his child is to bless him, and one of the most terrible things any parent does is curse his child. But blessings should not be limited to children.
Session III Friday – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session III Choices: “Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World” – Todd Wilson “Not Just Your Average Genius: Learning Grids” – Diana Waring “Homeschooling Under Iowa Law” – Scott Woodruff “Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process” – Becky Cooke “Homeschool My Special Needs Child?” – Jan Bedell “Are You Raising a Rebel?” – Kathie Morrissey “The University – Are Your Kids Ready to Enter the Intellectual War Zone?” – John Stewart “Creation/Evolution – Science Speaks” – Jay Seegert
"Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com Let’s face it! Most men today are yellow-bellied, Lilly-livered weenies. 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 weenies. They flex their biceps and proclaim their faith, but when the economy collapses, the newest pandemic hits the scene, a family crisis arises, or the going gets tough…they play it safe. Truth is: God wants your sons to leave the heavily-populated, safe waters and live dangerously. He wants your sons to trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But, that doesn’t come naturally. Everyone around them, from the talking heads in the media to pastors in the pulpit, keep repeating, “Play it safe.” Here’s a secret: dangerous living leads to joy, family happiness, and real success while safe living results in worry, family failure, and heartache. So join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to GET DANGEROUS.
“Not Just Your Average Genius: Learning Grids” – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com In this fast-paced, easy-to-understand workshop, you will distinguish three different grids that impact the unique way each one in your family learns: learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic); learning styles (Feeler, Thinker, Sensor, Intuitor); learning intelligences (interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, spatial, math-logical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist). Discover how to honor (not go crazy because of!) that wiggler in your midst; how to create a rich atmosphere for learning that will attract every learner; how to utilize your children's strengths to learn subjects that are hard for them; most importantly, learn that God delights in the incredibly individualized mechanisms for learning inside each of us! With this insight, including new research on intelligences, you will be able to adapt your teaching strategies AND choose your curriculum wisely.
“Homeschooling Under Iowa Law” – Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org 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.
"Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process" -- Becky Cooke www.hslda.org Why is documentation of high school coursework important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; It will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student's progress through high school.
“Homeschool My Special Needs Child?” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com The answer is a resounding YES! You’re actually the best expert on your child. The traditional treatment for struggling learners is more one-on-one instruction. What better place to get that than at home! You just need some tools to make it successful. Come discover those tools and keys to learning that will work with any child and any curriculum.
“Are You Raising a Rebel?” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com None of us want our children to turn out to be rebellious, but how can we stop it? Is it normal and necessary? Often, as parents we are unconsciously instilling a rebellious attitude in our little ones that is revealed in their teen years. Biblical answers will be given as to how to deal with rebellion, as well as things to avoid that may cause rebellion.
“Creation/Evolution – Science Speaks” – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org It is often claimed that living in an age of modern science makes it intellectually impossible to accept the straight-forward account of creation as read in the book of Genesis. Is this true, or is this just what we are “supposed to believe”? What does the evidence actually indicate? “Creation/Evolution: Science Speaks” is an exciting presentation (in layman’s terms) of evidences for creation and challenges to evolution in three main areas: - Origin of the Universe - Origin of Life - Origin of Species
Session IV Friday – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Session IV Choices: “10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates” – Todd Wilson “Learning: A Breath-Taking Adventure” – Diana Waring “Math Outside the Book” – Nancy Bjorkman “High School Transcript Clinic” – Becky Cooke “Dyslexia: The Untold Story” – Jan Bedell “Sibling Squabbles in the Schoolroom” – Kathie Morrissey “The Supervising Teacher Option” – Kathy Hardy “Creation/Evolution – Answers!” (Top 10 Questions) – Jay Seegert
“10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com When you’re choosing what to teach your daughter, it really boils down to what matters and what doesn’t…or what your daughter needs to know to live happily ever after. The only problem is that everyone seems to have a different answer. Experts stand on every street corner shouting something different, “They need to know state history…master advanced algebra…and speak a foreign language.” It’s enough to give a well-meaning parent a headache and an ulcer. After all, what if you forget to teach her something important, dooming your daughter to a life of misery and failure? Problem solved. During this hour, Todd will cut away the tall grass and share with you the top 10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates that guarantees happiness and success.
“Learning: A Breath-Taking Adventure” – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com Does that ring true for you? Is learning a breath-taking adventure in your home school, or more of a weary forced-march, plodding through endless subjects? One of the most difficult aspects of homeschooling is breaking away from the model of education that we grew up with. A desk, a flag and an apple symbolize the "look" of school, while "lecture, drill and test" describe the method of school, the method that left us passive and bored. It's time to enter a whole new world of education; to find a captivating – breathtaking— way to learn. Join Diana for this refreshing, reviving, and reinvigorating workshop where you will discover the best brain practices in learning, the environment that encourages learning, and the many non-traditional ways students can practice what they are learning. Take a new look at practical, proven, and possible ways to make your home school journey a wondrous adventure.
“Math Outside the Book” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com This interactive workshop will cover the why’s and how’s of using games to bring math to life and increase understanding in students. We’ll cover subjects such as curriculum use & scheduling. We’ll then dive into a highly visual and interactive review of games to use for everything from understanding number basics, getting the facts straight, the base ten system, and the operations. Responses to this workshop in the past have been overwhelmingly positive. People have even approached me years after attending to let me know the great impact that applying these games and ideas had on their math program. In order for everyone to be able to “take the workshop” home with them, I have put together a packet of 20 games that you can purchase for a minimal cost to use right away at home.
“High School Transcript Clinic” – Becky Cooke www.hslda.org Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.
“Dyslexia: The Untold Story” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com Is your child a reluctant reader? Does he have dyslexia or do you suspect it? Wouldn't it be wonderful to understand the reasons he struggles? Learn the newest techniques that accelerate academics and overall brain function. You can make learning fun again even for the struggling learner! Remember – dyslexia doesn’t have to last a lifetime!
“Sibling Squabbles in the Schoolroom” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com Sibling rivalry and squabbling is something we all deal with every day. It can be very frustrating, as well as discouraging! It's important that we teach our children how to respond to conflict God's way. Don't let arguing and strife disrupt your home. Find out what some of the most common causes are and learn about some practical solutions to the problem.
“The Supervising Teacher Option” – Kathy Hardy www.homeschooliowa.org/faq/supervisingteacher.html Learn all that is involved when working with a certified supervising teacher. Explore the legal arrangements, parent responsibilities, teacher responsibilities, relationships, and potential problems and solutions. A Question-and-Answer period will close the session.
“Creation/Evolution – Answers!” (Top 10 Questions) – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org Certain questions seem to arise very frequently regarding the creation/evolution controversy and this talk addresses the top 10. It is an extremely popular presentation, because it covers such a wide variety of pressing issues in single talk. - If God created the universe, who created God? - What exactly is Carbon-14 Dating? - Is there life in outer space? - Where do dinosaurs fit in the Bible? - Was there really an Ice Age? - What about all the ape-men? - Where did all the “races” come from? - Where did all the water from the flood go? - Antibiotic resistance – proof of evolution? - Where did Cain get his wife?
Session V Choices: "Raising Kids Who Love to Learn" – Sonlight “The Logic of English: A New Way to See Words” – The Logic of English “How to Build Life-Long Learners with Math-U-See” – Math-U-See “Weight Management & Sports Nutrition for Family” – AdvoCare “The Importance of Art in the Home School” – Creating a Masterpiece “Vision for God-Centered, Bible-Saturated, Christ-Exalting Generation” – Children Desiring God “Music Literacy and the Educated Child” – Soft Mozart
“Raising Kids Who Love to Learn” – Jennifer Scheler, Sonlight www.sonlight.com Education can and should be enjoyable… for both students and teachers. In this workshop you’ll learn from a 15-year homeschool veteran how the award-winning Sonlight Curriculum inspires the love to learn, builds family bonds, equips students to think, and shares a strong missions focus. Sonlight's comprehensive packages are flexible enough to teach one student or a houseful with the best books and complete lesson plans. The adventure is yours to enjoy! “The Logic of English: A New Way to See Words” – Sara Eppinga, Logic of English www.logicofenglish.com Have you always believed English is illogical and inconsistent? In this workshop your understanding of English will be transformed! Sara Eppinga will reveal phonograms and spelling rules that explain 98% of English words. No longer will you need to tell your children “that is an exception” when they misread or misspell a word. You will learn: • The rule that explains the two sounds for C in accent and describes more than 6,000 words! • Three of the nine reasons for a Silent Final E. • Why we drop the Silent Final E in servicing but not in serviceable, and much more! • Why many math and science minded kids struggle with reading and spelling. Do not miss this revolutionary workshop. You will leave wondering why someone didn’t tell you this in kindergarten.
“How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See” – Susan Crothers, Math-U-See www.MathUSee.com Come see how to teach math using a skill based, multi-sensory approach from counting to Calculus. Teach your child to understand math and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
“Weight Management & Sports Nutrition for the Family” – Teri Kallem, AdvoCare www.AdvoCareIowaChampions.com To look and feel good, you need a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Studies suggest that the average American diet simply does not include all that is needed to ensure enough vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients for a healthy life. Supplementation, in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, can have a dramatic impact on your health and wellness. AdvoCare products, the most advanced nutritional supplements available, can help deliver the nutrients frequently missing from the diet, and, along with a healthy lifestyle, can support a lifetime of optimal wellness.
“The Importance of Art in the Home School” – Sharon Hofer, Creating a Masterpiece www.creatingamasterpiece.com This workshop will explain why art is so vitally important in the development of our child's education. It is a tool that promotes creativity in solving life problems and growth intellectually. By working their way through art projects that seem overwhelming and difficult, students learn the importance of making wise decisions and creating strategies. They learn how to focus and finish a task to completion. Later on in life, they will have the confidence to complete other projects much larger in scope that aren't even art-related because of the lessons learned through creating art projects. If art is taught from God's perspective the students will come to see art as an act of worship to the greatest creator of all. No matter if your children are artistic or not, you will understand why art is such a vital tool in their personal development. “Vision for a God-Centered, Bible-Saturated, Christ-Exalting Generation” – David and Sally Michael, Children Desiring God www.childrendesiringGod.org Faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). But how do we teach the Bible in such a way that the next generation will see God as all-satisfying and glorious? What is the scope and depth of Bible content they need? This seminar will focus on helping you to teach the Bible to instruct the mind, engage the heart, and encourage your children to put their hope in God. Topics include: God-centered Bible teaching, teaching the full counsel of God, presenting deep truths, teaching true doctrine, and instructing the head and the heart.
“Music Literacy and the Educated Child” – Hellene Hiner, Musicologist, Soft Mozart www.softmozart.com What is music literacy and why does it matter? How to provide an excellent music education for your child, even if you don't have a music background or access to good music educators.
“Choose the Hard Things or How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com Homeschooling is hard, parenting is hard, and marriage…well, that’s way hard. And that’s OK and even normal. Trouble is we don’t like hard. We want easy, fast, and cheap, and at the same time we want successful results. But the truth is that good things are hard and hard things are good, and they go hand in hand. Sadly, most people don’t ever experience the good because they can’t handle the hard. They put the hard thing off, hoping it will get easier, or they avoid it all together, and all they end up with is a pile of regrets. Here’s the good news: you can handle the hard. In fact, if you’re faced with two choices, pick ‘HARD.’ During this hour, you’ll laugh with Todd as he shares how to embrace the hardness while keeping your eye on the joy to experience God’s best for you.
Session VI – Exhibitor Workshops Saturday – 8:15 am – 9:00 am
Session VI Choices: “How to Homeschool Your Children for Life” – National Center for Family Integrated Churches “Healing Oils . . . God’s Forgotten Gifts” – Young Living Essential Oils "Practical Discernment: Learning Discernment by Fictional Means" – Imagination Investigation “Weight Management and Sports Nutrition for the Family” – AdvoCare “Healthy Options” – Eweniquely Yours & Sweets Minus Wheat “Expand Your Child’s World – and Heart” – Operation Christmas Child "Raising Up Pro-Life Leaders" - Iowa Right to Life
“How to Homeschool Your Children for Life” – Tyler Dorin, National Center for Family Integrated Churches www.NCFIC.org Whether you're a budding homeschool family or are now a homeschool veteran whose counseling others, every family – parents and children – must face the imminent reality of what path they are taking, including the myriad of decisions that go into the education we call homeschooling. In "How to Homeschool Your Children for Life," Tyler Dorin, a graduated homeschooler and representative for The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, will speak about important decisions facing homeschool families (even when your child is two-years-old) and provide solutions for a vision-filled path of victory in homeschooling. “Healing Oils...God's Forgotten Gifts” – Sonya Swan, Young Living Essential Oils www.proverbs31.marketingscents.com Many people ask if miracles still happen today? Absolutely! Come find out the miracles we are daily seeing with essential oils and find out more about the gifts our Creator put in place just for us. If your desire been to find a more natural way to take care of your family’s health issues, please pray about joining us for this most amazing workshop! "Practical Discernment: Learning Discernment by Fictional Means" – Chawna Schroeder, Imagination Investigation www.chawnaschroeder.blogspot.com In a world gone haywire, we need more than ever the ability to discern right from wrong. Yet, situations fly at us almost faster than we can process them, and once we make a decision, it often cannot be reversed. So, how can we learn – and teach to our kids – discernment beforehand? Is there any way to tackle the issues ahead of time? Welcome to the realm of fiction. With its imitation of reality, fiction can provide a crash course to life – if we know how to use it. Come learn ten questions to ask about the fictitious to help prepare your kids for the real world.
“Taming the Techno-Beast - Parenting in the INTERNET Age” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the INTERNET, MP3 players, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget”. Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and ‘everyone is doing it’…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the TECHNO-BEAST!
“Healthy Options” – Paula Underwood & Carol Lundberg, Eweniquely Yours & Sweets Minus Wheat email@example.com Learn about cellular nutrition & its importance to our health. Find out how to read labels to discriminate a natural source from a synthetic source. Discover how to make foods you eat more nutritious. Learn why drinking 8-10 glasses water daily is important for your cells. “Expand Your Child’s World – and Heart” – Heather Rowley, Operation Christmas Child www.samaritanspurse.com Discover methodologies for integrating impactful mission projects into curriculum for social studies, humanities and leadership development. This open forum will explore opportunities for participation in single events, a series of events, or year-round club activities.
“Life Lessons: Raising Up Pro-Life Leaders” – Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life Gain insights into equipping and engaging the homeschooling generations to achieve life-saving, great things for the Pro-Life movement in Iowa and beyond. www.iowaRTL.org
Session VII Saturday – 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Session VII Choices: “The High Cost of Anger" – S.M. Davis “Actively ENGAGE Learning & Actually ENJOY Learning! – Diana Waring “Time and Home Management” – Nancy Bjorkman “Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program” – Becky Cooke “Make Learning Easier!” – Jan Bedell “Dealing With a Difficult Child” – Kathie Morrissey “How to Start a Homeschool Coop” – Jenn Joyce “Evolution: Probable or Problematic?” – Jay Seegert
“The High Cost of Anger” – S.M. Davis http://www.solvefamilyproblems.org/default.asp According to Proverbs 19:19, people who live with an angry person are continually having to “deliver him” from the consequences of his or her anger. In fact, they wind up doing it again and again. Angry people do foolish and mean things that often destroy their testimonies. But the greatest cost of anger is the destruction of relationships with people the angry person loves most. This session clearly communicates the ability to conquer anger by giving five key steps.
“Actively ENGAGE Learning & Actually ENJOY Learning!” – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com One of the biggest questions people ask is, “How do I get my kids to finish their school work?” The deeper question is actually, “How do I get my kids to be self-motivated?” We will examine the answers to these critical questions and look at specific ways to encourage and assist our children in developing ownership of their education. We must learn the critical difference between controlling and directing; between pushing and releasing; between coercing and facilitating. It is the essence of a master teacher who says, “I cannot teach you how to do it, but I can help you learn to do it!” This is an interactive and practical workshop that you can put to use immediately!
“Time and Home Management” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com Time Management does NOT mean scheduling. It includes scheduling. Time must be budgeted just like money – We must determine the difference between the fixed – what we must do – and the discretionary – what we would like to do and set our priorities. This workshop will be filled with practical tips and encouragement for everyday living as a homeschool family. Areas covered include understanding your calling, relationships, schooling, household clutter & cleaning, and general household management. Attendees will leave with practical and applicable tips. This workshop has become a favorite of attendees. The positive feedback has been great.
"Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program"– Becky Cooke www.hslda.org Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen's enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. But, setting limits is important, too! Come and hear ideas and suggestions for you to consider as you explore the many different extracurricular options.
“Make Learning Easier!” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com You may ask yourself, “Why is my bright child not reaching his full potential? Why is he struggling academically and socially? Simple things like remembering daily activities, chores, and personal hygiene seem so difficult. Why does he know something one day but not the next? Why can’t he follow directions?” It’s a foundation problem! The foundation of all learning is in the brain; it controls everything we do. If brain pathways are not well established, this shaky foundation causes a ripple of negative effects on a person’s overall function. What is a parent to do? You could go buy another curriculum or you could address the “root cause” so your child will be successful with any curriculum. Discover brain-boosting keys that will skyrocket your child’s learning potential regardless of learning styles or challenges. The “Brain Coach” will show you how to boost: memory, comprehension, critical thinking, emotional wellbeing, maturity, and much more.
“Dealing With a Difficult Child” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com Do you struggle with a child that is difficult or challenging? One that causes you exasperation and takes more time and energy than all your other children put together? How do you respond to the resentment and anger he stirs up in you? How do you respond to him/her? There IS hope and help!! Get answers to these questions that will encourage you and help you deal wisely and lovingly with that child.
Determining Leadership: Director & Co-Director Roles
Outlining Specifics for Your Co-op
Considering Your First Year Your "Pilot" Year
Recruiting Others to Join You
“Evolution: Probable or Problematic?” – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org Certain aspects of evolution occasionally seem fairly plausible to many people… even Christians. If we use our imagination, we can envision fish slowly turning into amphibians, with their fins gradually being transformed into legs and their lungs adapting to breathing air. However, when we take a closer look at what actually has to go on inside (in the DNA) we see a very different picture. It’s like looking under the hood of a beautiful red sports car only to find that its engine is completely missing! This presentation clearly demonstrates (in laymen’s terms) that molecules-to-man evolution is virtually impossible.
Morning Keynote Session Saturday – 11:00 am – Noon
“An Unbeatable Team” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com In the sometimes bleak and harsh world of homeschooling, we need each other to make it through. So, if you've homeschooled for over 10 years, are new to the game, or are about to toss in the towel, you need to join us. And in case you are a dad and think you're off the hook, you're not! You're needed most of all. We promise that you'll laugh, be encouraged, and be challenged in YOUR distinct role on the Homeschool TEAM.
Saturday – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session VIII Choices: “How to Develop Character in Children” – S.M. Davis “History Via the Scenic Route” – Diana Waring “Rotten to the (Common) Core” – Shane Vander Hart “The College Admissions Process” – Becky Cooke “Create a Positive Learning Environment” – Jan Bedell “Managing Multi-Level Teaching” – Kathie Morrissey “Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How & Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Right” – Scott Woodruff “Dinosaurs & the Bible” – Jay Seegert
“How to Develop Character in Children” – S.M. Davis http://www.solvefamilyproblems.org/default.asp Jesus was called the “express image” of God. The Greek word for “express image” is “charakter.” Jesus had the mark or character of the Father on Him. In a different, yet similar, way, Dr. Davis explains that you and I should have the mark of the character of Jesus upon our lives. An especially exciting study in this session is noticing whom Jesus praised and how He praised them.
“History Via the Scenic Route” – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com Are you tired of force-feeding history to your children? Does history make them yawn? Or, do you have one of those hungry-for-history type students that would devour far more than you could ever dream up to provide? Diana will take you on an extraordinary learning adventure as she shares with you how to make the facts come alive and the learning go deeper! Join Diana for her "sit-on-the-edge-of-your-chair-in-suspense" history approach, using literature, music, art, science, cooking, and more, that has captivated homeschoolers across five nations.
“Rotten to the (Common) Core” – Shane Vander Hart www.caffeinatedthoughts.com 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.
"The College Admissions Process"– Becky Cooke www.hslda.org If your child's post-high school plans include college, you'll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You'll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application.
“Create a Positive Learning Environment” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com The Positive Learning Environment is the most constructive and flexible framework for your home school. Learn how to implement it through three keys: frequency, intensity, and duration. Discover behavior management techniques that will turn those frustrating encounters with your children into positive, joyful living. Recommendations will include positive learning environment techniques for reading and math instruction.
“Managing Multi-Level Teaching” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com There are no easy answers to teaching a number of children of different ages, and there's no doubt that doing so is a real challenge that requires patience and creativity. Though it may feel it's pushing us to our limits, it provides opportunities for our kids to learn responsibility, independence, and self-control. Kathie Morrissey, mother of 8 children, will share many practical tips and ideas to help make the job easier.
“Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Right” – 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.
“Dinosaurs & the Bible” – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org Dinosaurs are both extremely fascinating and also the source of much confusion when it comes to trying to comprehend their place in God’s creation and the Bible. The media often paints a picture that is difficult to reconcile with our understanding of the Bible, so many have concluded that the Bible doesn’t mention dinosaurs or have even gone as far as to say that they never really existed! This talk takes a look at the true history of dinosaurs, expels the myths, and shows that the Bible explains the actual scientific evidence much better than any secular evolutionary stories. This talk is especially interesting to children, but adults will also be extremely intrigued.
Session IX Saturday – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session IX Choices: “How to Build a Storm-Proof Marriage” – S.M. Davis “Things I Wish I’d Known” (for Moms ONLY) – Diana Waring “The Very Good Benefits of Reading Great Books for All Ages” – Cathy Sorensen “Preparing Your Teen for Life” – Becky Cooke “ADD/ADHD – A Drug-Free Solution” – Jan Bedell “Discouraged or Encouraged” – Kathie Morrissey “Representing Christ and Home Education in the Political Arena” – Bill Gustoff “Faith is Not a Four-Letter Word” – Jay Seegert
“How to Build a Storm-Proof Marriage” – S.M. Davis There is no such thing as a marriage without storms. Paul promised that those who marry “shall have trouble in the flesh.” Since all marriages have problems, why do some divorce and some do not? Because one home is solidly put together on a foundation where two people are living out God’s truth on a daily basis! They’ve used wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to build a house with a solid foundation that wind and rain and floods can’t bring down. A storm-proof marriage must be built on the: rock of a covenant instead of the sand of a contract; rock of humility instead of the sand of pride; rock of communication instead of the sand of silence; rock of unconditional love instead of the sand of emotion; rock of acceptance and praise instead of the sand of anger and put downs; rock of building each other instead of the sand of inactivity; rock of changing instead of the sand of stubbornness; rock of salvation instead of the sand of religion.
“Things I Wish I'd Known” (for moms ONLY) – Diana Waring www.dianawaring.com Having homeschooled three children who are now all in their twenties, Diana has an almost limitless list of things she wishes she'd known about homeschooling and parenting! Come and learn from her mistakes, which are told in the unique style of transparent humor Diana is known for. Prepare to laugh (and, perhaps, cry) and to emerge refreshed.
“The Very Good Benefits of Reading Great Books for All Ages” – Cathy Sorensen firstname.lastname@example.org Imagine your children listening raptly to great books while you read aloud and knowing the 10 wonderful benefits they will reap as well! It's way more than just hearing good stories! You will also learn about authors and series to search for, how to apply many books to parenting issues, and how to frugally build your own family legacy library!
“Preparing Your Teen for Life” – Becky Cooke www.hslda.org The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.
“ADD/ADHD – A Drug-Free Solution” – Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com Do you suspect ADD/ADHD? Explore the root causes of these learning challenges. Learn practical skills for training your child’s brain. Parents can become the key to opening a brilliant future through understanding how the brain works…or why it doesn’t currently seem to work well. Discover tools to unlock your child’s full potential without branding him/her with a negative label.
“Discouraged or Encouraged?” – Kathie Morrissey www.courtshipconnection.com Times of discouragement are bound to come to all homeschooling parents at some time in their journey. Kathie, a homeschooling mom for 26 years, shares some simple suggestions for when you're facing discouragement, as well as some of the main reasons for it. You will leave with some practical tips that will help you be encouraged to keep on!
“Representing Christ and Home Education in the Political Arena” – Bill Gustoff www.homeschooliowa.org 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.
“Faith is Not a Four-Letter Word” – Jay Seegert www.cecwisc.org We’re often told that we must choose between believing in science or the Bible. The assumption is that science deals with “facts” and certainty, whereas the Bible deals with faith, feelings and wishful thinking, and therefore, is not academically credible. This very encouraging talk defines and discusses both science and faith and the relationship to one another, concluding that it is not a matter of choosing between the two and that true science always lines up with God’s Word when properly understood.
“Irresistible Parenting - or - Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Child to Hate Homeschooling, You, and Everything You Hold Dear” – Todd Wilson www.familymanweb.com A pandemic has struck homeschooling families across the country with full force. Homeschooled children of well-meaning, God-fearing parents have graduated and now hate homeschooling, their parents, and anything to do with God. Some fatalists say, “Well, that’s the ‘chance’ you take with children. You do your best and then spin the wheel.” Others say, “Obviously, there must be a flaw in our teaching model.” Still others shrug their shoulders, cross their fingers, and press on. There’s a better way. Come be encouraged as Todd explains the reasons for the pandemic and gives you hope and one sure-fire way to get your children to LOVE homeschooling, you, and everything you hold dear.