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Please note: No separate Children’s Program or Teen Track in 2018

Friday

8:15 am-9:15 am

Steve Scheibner - Living on Borrowed Time: Nine Practices of the Proactive Homeschool Parent (KEYNOTE)

As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of 9/11. Steve was originally scheduled to be the co-pilot on AA Flight 11, the first flight to be hijacked on Sept. 11th, 2001. Through a extraordinary set of divine circumstances Steve was bumped from that flight the night before by a more senior pilot. Now, he tells his deeply moving story of God's providence on that terrible day in our history. Come discover why God gave Steve a second chance and now uses him to teach parents all around the world to parent with purpose and urgency as he introduces you to The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent. Intensely practical and Bible based, the Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent is designed to give parents both the tools they need and the hope necessary to build a Christ-centered, character-driven home environment. The Nine Practices are a great way to revitalize parents in the all important task of parenting. This session will take highlights from the 10- week Parenting Matters small group study. Steve will unwrap the Three Pillars of Parenting, The Motivation Model, The Growth Continuum, The Proactive vs. Reactive Parent, and more. You won’t want to miss this keynote event to jump-start your weekend at the CHAP Convention.

9:30 am-10:15 am

Linda Hobar - When Bible History & World History Meet Face to Face

Looking for inspiration in your study of ancient times? Join Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the series The Mystery of History) to discover what happens when Bible history and world history meet face to face – literally! With a look at Daniel and Belshazzar, Esther and Xerxes, Jesus and Pilate, and more, you will see bible characters and world history figures “meet” on one seamless, thought-provoking timeline. Through stories and activities for all ages, let His-story be revealed.

Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - "The Talk" from Toddlers to Teenagers

How, when, and why should you teach your kids about sex? This practical presentation is anchored in the Scripture where parents can learn how to use the Bible as a starting point for sex-ed in the home.

Regent University - Mythbusters: College Readiness Workshop

Mythbusters: College Readiness Workshop seeks to educate homeschool students and their parents on the college application and financial aid processes. This workshop will primarily focus on dispelling common myths regarding selecting and gaining admittance to a college, as well as maximizing scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Through inherent audience engagement, you will be provided with tangible and actionable steps to successfully navigate the college application experience. We understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the college journey and are excited about serving our homeschool community in this fashion. Bob Habib, Senior Director of Admissions, and Joel Simons, Operations Analyst, will conduct the workshop and field questions.

Knights of the 21st Century - Mentoring Boys into Manhood

Presently there is a big identity crisis among males regarding what a man is. There is no clear transition from childhood to manhood, and the culture has defined men simplistically. As a result, many males are divorced from themselves, bored, passive and violent. Many fathers are relationally isolated and emotionally disconnected leaving them at a loss for how to lead boys into manhood. This workshop will address the culture’s attack on godly men, the impact of hormones on boys/men, mentoring principles to help boys develop into manhood, and the question of what makes a real man, and how godly men conduct themselves.

Demme Learning - Math-You-Hate becomes Math-U-Love with Math-U-See

Math-U-See is a unique instructional approach that uses a distinctive set of manipulatives and strategies presented through videos and textbooks to help students master math concepts and fundamental skills. Math-U-See’s simple but powerful set of colorful manipulatives allows abstract math concepts to be represented in clear, relatable ways, making mathematics understandable for students and parents. These manipulatives, combined with Math-U-See’s unique strategies, guide students from concept to concept as they build a solid understanding of mathematics from preschool through calculus. Come see how even a parent who is a reluctant mathematician can help children develop a positive relationship with math

10:30 am-11:15 am

Kristen Eckenwiler - How to Teach Reading: It May Not Be as Easy as You Think

Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, this workshop is designed to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader.

Cheri Frame - Get a Jump Start on College

Many teens are ready to tackle the challenge of college-level learning prior to high school graduation. This workshop shares how to save time and money on college, add instant credibility to your high school transcript, and motivate your teens. Come learn the best ways to earn college credit and help your students be successful. This workshop has been described as life-changing by both parents and students.

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S.M. Davis - The High Cost of Anger

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 the people the angry person loves. This message gives five key steps to conquer anger.

Imran & Tami Razvi - Conquering Sibling Rivalry

How can a mom homeschool while her children constantly vie for her attention or bicker whenever her back is turned? Simply put, she can’t. But the Razvis understand that situation because that’s what it was like for them just after their first adoption of a sibling group of five children. Come and hear how they have conquered that sibling rivalry and forged strong bonds between siblings. They will share the tremendous impact sibling relationships have on Mom’s ability to teach. This workshop will leave you encouraged that you can truly have peace in your homeschool.

Debby Sjogren - Preparing Small Children to be Homeschooled

For 20 years, Debby has been teaching this workshop based on the the biblical virtues of honor and respect. Both moms and dads rave how this teaching has created a peaceful home environment they were missing. Come ready to learn 8 standards with practical application ideas for training the heart attitude of your preschoolers.

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BiblioPlan - In the Trenches: Multi-Grade, Multi-Age, All Together without Mom Losing her Mind!

Are you longing to find ways in your day to bring all your children together around the table? Do you need refreshing tips that show you how to combine subjects in a way that meets the needs of all your children – on their levels and in their styles of learning? Are you weary of juggling different history time periods for the different grade levels or tackling the extra work your curriculum requires you to do just to teach a lesson? Spend some time with Julia Nalle, co-author of BiblioPlan, as she shares 10 practical helps for teaching history, literature, writing, Bible, geography, art, science and more across multi‐age levels drawing from both a classical style and a Charlotte Mason approach.

RightStart Mathematics by Activities for Learning - Math is More than Just Numbers with RightStart™ Math

Poetry is beautiful because it has rhyme, reason, and pattern. Poetry paints a picture. It is so much more than letters, just as math is so much more than numbers. RightStart™ Math becomes poetry when it’s explored and understood. Do you see the patterns in math? Does math paint a picture? If you said no to these questions, you need to come and discover the beauty of math.

BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept - How to Successfully Teach Science to Your Teen

Biology. Chemistry. Physics. Teaching secondary science can be daunting. How can I make science interesting? How can I find sources for lab equipment and ideas for labs? How can I safely do labs at home? How can I teach so as to promote understanding and not just memorization? How do I integrate a biblical worldview into science? Bill Harmon shows you practical ways to be successful no matter what the subject.

11:30 am-12:15 pm

Brandy Gleason - Help, I Don't Know What I'm Doing!

In this session we will cover some essentials of what you should be doing and helping you get a grip on how to do it. We'll be looking at large considerations like God's calling for your family, every day considerations such as household maintenance, and individual considerations such as each child's unique learning needs and much more. You will start to create a framework for yourself to be on the path of successfully starting or moving forward on this homeschool journey.

Debra Bell - Developing Creative and Critical Thinking Skills

What are thinking skills and why all the fuss? This seminar challenges traditional teaching methods head on by outlining the best way to teach so your child can remember and use what he has learned...even when he is an adult. Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation are explained; samples of creative and critical thinking are provided. You will leave with lots of resource suggestions and activity ideas that are uncomplicated, inexpensive, effective, and yet not time consuming!

Linda Hobar - Six Artists of the Renaissance Everyone Ought to Know

Need to brush up on art history? Want a better grasp on the classic artworks of the Renaissance? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, for a delightful presentation of six major artists of the Renaissance that everyone ought to know. This fact-filled lecture includes beautiful, family-friendly slides of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and a fun test for students of all ages. This informative session welcomes novices and connoisseurs alike.

Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - 3 No-Fail Strategies for the Screen Time Struggle

Learn how to set up boundaries for screen time, without your kids voting you off the island. Learn some of the common roadblocks that will keep you from finding media balance in your home and the tools that will make "I'm bored" a thing of the past.

Steve & Megan Scheibner - Battling with Behavior?

Want your teen to take more initiative around the house? Want to reduce the “Drama” level in the family? Want to get your pre-teens, teens, and young adults excited about character healthy living? Join “America’s Parenting Doctor,” Dr. Steve Scheibner as he reveals seven practical steps to raising the behavior bar in your home. A Character Matters session will begin the process of moving your young people from ordinary to extraordinary.

Progeny Press - Learning with and Loving Literature!

Living books draw us in and engage our minds and our imaginations. They also allow our children to freely believe in the power of good over evil! Facing dangers, temptations, and struggles through literature allows our children to mature and grow while still under our guidance. Progeny Press guides strive to teach students how to deeply understand literature, but also how to connect with God's truth in all things. Live, learn, and love literature with Progeny Press literature guides to lead you from K-12! Learn how to choose good literature, what can be learned from it, and how to teach it!

Foreign Languages for Kids - A Stress-Free Way to Teach Your Children Spanish – Results Guaranteed!

Language learning is at its best when content is meaningful to students. When students relate to the material used to teach them, they are more enthusiastic, learn faster, and exhibit excellent retention. In this workshop, with fun hands-on demos, you will see for yourself how easy it is to bring meaningful content to your students and use it in a way that benefits your students tremendously. Students will improve their speaking and comprehension skills dramatically, whether you speak Spanish or not!

Classical Conversations - Homeschooling through High School

Giving your high school student the best education and how our program can serve you

12:30 pm-1:15 pm

Kristen Eckenwiler - The Powerful Gift of Multi-sensory Teaching

For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching. Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well. This workshop is designed to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods. Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy in your own home.

S.M. Davis - What to Expect from a 12 Year Old

It is amazing to study both history and the Bible and see the things young people accomplished. Teens such as Joash, Josiah, David, Alexander Hamilton, John Quincy Adams, David Farragut, William McGuffey, “Stonewall” Jackson, Charles XII, Peter the Great, Evan Roberts, Bob Jones, Sr., Vance Havner and others accomplished much in their teen years. We don’t have this in our day because we have no vision for it. In Luke 2 Jesus, by age twelve, had developed seven key qualities that parents should seek to develop in their pre-teen children.

Imran & Tami Razvi - How and Why We Plan our Week

How can a family of fifteen manage to fit homeschooling in along with all the basic necessities of life and still stay sane? Come and hear the Razvis share how important planning is for their home, what methods they use, and why they use them. Be encouraged that it is possible to not only stay sane but to cover the necessities and still maintain the joy of a God-centered household. Come hear their definition of the word “necessities” along with practical tips for planning. Walk away encouraged that if a family with 13 children can do it, so can you.

Cheri Frame - You Can Homeschool Through High School

Homeschooling through high school might seem intimidating, but be encouraged! These can be the most enjoyable and influential years you have with your teens. This workshop takes the guess work out of what academics you should build into your 7-12th grade plan. Explore the options to customize your students’ high school years with electives and activities that meet their graduation goals.

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Tom Clark - Is Math Straining Your Relationship with your Children? (Let's Find the Trouble Spots!)

Join Tom Clark as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty on several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that mathematics is just naturally “difficult”.

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Scripture Memory Fellowship - There’s No Such Thing as a Biblical Worldview (without this)

Can your homeschoolers defend their worldview with the exact words of Scripture? If not, on what does their worldview actually rest? Come gather motivation and methods for this indispensable discipline including selected online tools. Free booklet for all attenders.

Thrivent Financial - College Planning Stategies: Saving On College

Avoid costly mistakes that can arise throughout the college admission and selection process. Learn basic facts about financial aid, steps that parents and students can take to help save money by using admission and academic strategies, discovering funding sources to help pay for a student's college education, and other ways to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses.

Sattler College - Transitioning from Homeschool to College: What am I Missing?

While there are many factors for students and parents to consider in choosing a college environment, homeschool families should be vigilant and mindful of the risks and benefits when weighing college choice. The founder of Sattler College, Dr. Finny Kuruvilla (MD and PhD from Harvard), shares his perspective as the father of six home-schooled children.

1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Forrest Davis - "Peter" Homeschool Grad Steps out in Faith Ministry/Business

Have you ever said something like this to you child: "Johnny, stop fooling around with that and get to your school work!" or "That would be nice for a hobby, dear, but let's get back to focusing more on this subject that will help you be employable." If so, come listen to Forrest, homeschool graduate and entrepreneur (who prefers the portmanteau "evangetainer"), as he recounts his own story about stepping out into faith and answering the call that God put on his life while using his God-given talents and interests. Maybe it's us as parents that need to sometimes "get out of the boat" and step out in faith?!

Debra Bell - Writers-in-Residence: Inspire Your Kids to Write Their Hearts Out

Language is an amazing grace from God and a gift to steward and revel in. Skill and confidence in crafting words into stories and arguments will open doors for your children and lead them into their futures. Here’s how to cast a vision, encourage and support the journey, capture each child’s unique writer’s voice, and delight in the prose and poetry your kids produce. You may find yourself inspired to write as well.

Linda Hobar - To Grade or Not to Grade?

Shaped by our personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and destroy others. Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, share theories of grade keeping, as well as practical tips on keeping it simple. With Linda’s “real life” examples from the work of her own children, this session is designed to encourage newbies and veterans alike.

Mike Snavely - "Spiders"

Repulsive? Perhaps, but spiders are actually quite incredible! There are 3 basic types, and each one displays amazing capabilities that astound anyone who bothers to take a look. They not only declare the Creator's design, but they are also beneficial to mankind. Come learn about these marvelous creatures - each one a little engineer.

Chuck Black - Dealing With Doubt: Strengthening Your Child's Faith

At fourteen years old I faced an episode of doubt in my life that lasted for fourteen years. Because of it I could not claim God’s Word as infallible nor witness boldly to anyone seeking answers about Jesus Christ. God preserved my faith through it all, but much was lost to those years lived in flimsy faith. It doesn’t have to be so for your child. As parents we have an obligation to equip, prepare, and launch our children into the world fully capable of standing against the spiritual attacks and waves of doubt that they will often face. Discover how to discern if doubt is something your child is dealing with and learn a few basic principles on how to help them overcome and live a faith-filled life, even as a youth.

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Notgrass Company - Your Child Can Love History with Notgrass

Notgrass History combines engaging lessons, primary source documents, full-color photographs and illustrations, classic literature, and hands-on activities to help children understand and enjoy history, government, civics, and economics.

Applied Inspirations - Learn to Solder & Electronics Curriculum - STEM by means of a “Mission”

In order to properly know how to teach STEM we must first understand what the end expectations of this kind of education or purpose should be. Then we can answer “what” must be taught and propose and design “how” it can be taught.

Daughters of Decision - Creative Ways to Enjoy God’s Word with Your Children

As a former public school, private school, and homeschool teacher, Marian Thomsen will share some simple, practical, fun and inexpensive ways to study and memorize God’s Word with your children. She will also share a way to intentionally plan for a consistent time in God’s Word and prayer with your children.

2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Steve & Megan Scheibner - The A-Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool

If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character healthy leaders are those children who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. If we spend our homeschooling hours simply on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. In our few short years with our children we must focus on the first things first, and character is always the first thing! In this conference, Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge your homeschoolers to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.

Kristen Eckenwiler - Teach the Way You Were Taught? No!

Teaching the way we were taught is almost inevitable. It’s what we know ... what we’re most comfortable doing. Not everything we experienced in the classroom as children was wrong, but there is so much more we can bring to our own children. Come and learn what research, and experience, have to say about the most effective way to teach in a homeschool environment.

S.M. Davis - The Power of Secrets

Secrets have the potential to greatly bless your life. Secrets build relationships by binding hearts with those with whom you share your secrets. But secrets also have the power to bring you into bondage. Walls may be erected by secrets that are kept from mates or parents. Your most dangerous sin is probably your secret sin. Because sin is a thought before it becomes an action, parents should daily ask children what secret temptations they are facing. We tend to share secrets we should not share and to not share secrets we should share. Parents miss a great opportunity to bind hearts with their children when they allow others to share the secrets of life itself with their children.

Kathryn Gomes - 5 Key Components of Elementary Math at Home

With over a decade of experience teaching high school level math, Kathryn Gomes knows the end game. What are the essential parts of an elementary math program that will set your child up for success in middle school, high school, and even college? This session will highlight the crucial skills that must be mastered and the experiences that will shape your child as a future mathematician. Kathryn fleshes out each point with resource suggestions and helpful tips to make math something your child looks forward to each day.

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Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - 7 Sex Ed. Mistakes You Might Be Making

Luke and Trisha take on some of the most common mistakes Christian parents make when it comes to sex education...and how to make changes today.

Accelerated Christian Education - Making a Difference: Children with Character

What can you instill into your children that will outlive you and count for time and eternity? Teaching them a Christ-centered character that yields social, scholastic, and spiritual growth is the answer. Godly character stands as the most prized goal in Christian education. Gain simple knowledge tips to mold Christian character in the lives of your children through this informative workshop.

Nature Friend Magazine - Exploring Creation Together--What do you see?

We can enrich the loves of our children for life by helping them grow an appreciation for nature. When they learn to recognize the names (and sounds) of insects, birds, frogs, etc., those aspects of nature become richer (e.g., a buckeye on a Gloriosa daisy instead of a butterfly on a flower). Learning the names of wildflowers and trees will make the forest a friendly place. Even learning a few tricks to view the unique designs of an individual snowflake can make sledding seem boring. I invite you to "lace up your boots " and join us for the "hike" via PowerPoint.

BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept - Learn How to Successfully Teach Math to Your Teen

Geometry. Algebra II. Precalculus. Teaching secondary math can be intimidating. How do I teach math to my high school child? How can I plan the math curriculum so as to properly address my child’s abilities? How do I assign and grade homework? How do I show my child that math is necessary in life? How do I integrate a biblical worldview into math? These and other ideas will be presented.

3:30 pm-4:15 pm

Cheri Frame - Roadmap: Mile Markers that Count

Every road trip needs a map. Help your teen get a blazing sense of direction beyond the classroom. This workshop explores 10 essential components, including gap year options, practical experiences, and service opportunities, to bridge the gap between education and employment. Make high school a launching pad.

Brandy Gleason - A Woman of Remarkable Endurance

Desiring to be homeschool moms and wives who endure with hope in the race set before us, we will go over how to maintain JOY. The secret is something that we need to do daily (if not moment by moment). You will find this session encouraging as Brandy shows you that you can go through and come out of this journey with a smile on your face; not just surviving but thriving!

Barb Beideman - Getting Started & Homeschool Basics in PA

Are you new to homeschooling or new to Pennsylvania? Are you thinking about homeschooling at some point in the future? Do you have questions about what homeschooling might look like and how to get started? This session is designed to encourage and equip you to homeschool your children. Topics include: Why homeschool?, how to get started in PA, a typical day, curriculum, record keeping, testing, portfolios, and evaluations. There will also be time for questions.

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Imran & Tami Razvi - Overcoming Learning Disabilities

Tami Razvi has over 25 years of experience in working with children, especially in the areas of brain development and learning disabilities. She has learned that it is possible to overcome learning disabilities. Many of the Razvi children had learning disabilities which are now completely healed. Come hear their personal stories and let the Razvis share with you a step-by-step process for healing learning disabilities.

Mike Snavely - "The Hunters and the Hunted"

Drawing on his time of living in South Africa and working with their national park system,  Mike uses specific examples to illustrate design in nature. Mike will use puppets and other visual illustrations to show us that life only displays design and order, not lucky accident and chance. He will cover three aspects of the natural world that the evolutionist cannot explain - including amazing design, incredible instinct, and the general relative sizes of creatures compared to each other. This is a fun (and humorous and practical) session designed for all ages.

The Medical Transcription Service - Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist

Discover a step-by-step guide to what medical transcription is, medical transcription versus medical billing and coding, and learning medical transcription simply. Learn about marketing your business easily and everything you wanted to know about earning potential, equipment, electronic files, how to get hands-on work experience, work for services, and much more.

Apologia - Exploring Homeschooling With Apologia

Why do you homeschool? What do you hope to achieve? How will you get there? Every homeschool family should ask themselves these questions. Apologia is here to help you as you answer them. Come explore our resources and curricula which will help you find joy in the journey as you build strong families through an atmosphere of learning together.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - SchoolhouseTeachers.com - The Who, What, and How Explained

Are you curious to learn more about a curriculum site that your whole family can enjoy that includes lessons, videos, vast libraries of content, and more? Have you ever wanted a fully self-paced option for homeschooling that doesn’t tie you down to a schedule? Are you looking for online resources that let you be in charge of what your child learns and when? Then come join us as we share about SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, and find out more.

Saturday

8:30 am-9:15 am

Brandy Gleason - Maintaining Chaos in Daily Life

Learn how to manage the chaos of homeschooling and keep a heart of hope and joy through chores, messes, markers on the wall, and diaper changes!

Kathryn Gomes - 6 Secrets of a Successful College-Prep Math Program

High school math at home can be an intimidating endeavor. How are you going to teach your kids algebra, trigonometry, or even calculus? Further, will they be prepared by graduation for college level work? In this session Kathryn provides practical solutions to some of the common pitfalls of teaching math at home. She also shows you how to harness the strengths of homeschooling to create a competitive high school program. Whether your child is STEM-minded or focused on the humanities, you’ll leave this session with a concrete four-year plan. Kathryn is a homeschool graduate with ten years’ experience as a high school math teacher; in addition, she has tutored homeschool students in math since high school.

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Cheri Frame - Living By Design (Career Exploration)

Choosing a career starts with understanding God’s design for work and how you are designed to fit in His plan. It’s a big topic, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery. Be encouraged and equipped to explore the world of work and begin making career and educational decisions with your student. You can be your student’s career coach!

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Debby Sjogren - Training Them Up to Serve

Come listen to Debby Sjogren share how God gave her creative ideas to train up children (even as early as 3) to serve others by starting in the family then expanding to their church, the broader community, and the world!  Age-appropriate chores, serving the elderly, baking for “new mothers”, tutoring in the inner-city, and taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to a waiting world are just a few of the practical ideas you will leave with when attending this inspiring workshop based on the life of Jesus.

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Chuck Black - Call to Arms: The Guts & Glory of Courageous Fatherhood

There is a spiritual war being waged for our families. Our enemy is strong, and we are in his territory. Dad, if you don’t fight for your family, no one else will. When a soldier is in enemy territory he is alert, focused, and purposeful about every move he makes with weapons ready. Only you stand between the enemy and your family, for God has given you the authority and the responsibility to stop him from destroying your marriage and your children. This takes courage, but your calling is noble…it is God's call to arms. Chuck offers straight answers and practical help for dads who are looking to protect, train, equip, and launch soldiers for Jesus Christ.

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Scripture Memory Fellowship - Laying Down our Lives to Plant God’s Word

We all lay down our lives for something. Is it worth it? Come consider our calling to plant God’s Word in light of 2 Timothy and hear an historical account from the Battle of Midway. Free booklet for all who attend.

Thrivent Financial - College Planning Stategies: Saving On College

Avoid costly mistakes that can arise throughout the college admission and selection process. Learn basic facts about financial aid, steps that parents and students can take to help save money by using admission and academic strategies, discovering funding sources to help pay for a student's college education, and other ways to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses.

Norwex - Norwex: A Time, Money, and Sanity Saver for the Homeschool Family

Come learn how cleaning with Norwex can eliminate harmful chemicals in your home while teaching your children responsibility and good stewardship. As homeschool parents, time and resources are at a premium. In this workshop you'll learn how Norwex products work and how they can partner with you to teach life lessons while reducing the burden on your family, saving time, money, and sanity, and enabling you to be a better steward with what you have.

9:30 am-10:15 am

Kristen Eckenwiler - Homeschool Truths that I Keep Re-Learning

Whether you are a beginning homeschooler or a seasoned veteran, there are core truths that call you back to your greatest success. Join Kristen Eckenwiler as she shares her personal list of seven insights she wishes someone had told her about homeschooling. Her passion for homeschooling and encouraging spirit is sure to help you move forward with renewed enthusiasm.

S.M. Davis - How Right Priorities Can Prevent or Solve Family Problems

Many good families have lost their children because the parents did not communicate clearly in their spirits to their children that their priorities were in the proper order that God meant them to be. Wrong priorities create problems all by themselves that can only be corrected by getting priorities right. The proper question to ask in relation to priorities is, "WHO is a man's top priority, as far as life relationships are concerned?" This message, profusely illustrated, is an “eye-opener” to many parents about how important it is that their children be only after God and their mates in their order of priorities. It also encourages parents to do whatever they have to do to keep those priorities right.

Linda Hobar - What Teens and Tweens Should Know about World War I

From trenches and truces on the Western Front to famous flying aces in the sky, let Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History) walk you through an invigorating summary of what tweens and teens should know about World War I through unforgettable stories and Linda’s exclusive “5-4-3-2-1 Countdown.”

Barb Beideman - Homeschooling a Dyslexic Child

What is dyslexia? Is it helpful to have a child evaluated and if so, by whom? What are some reasons to homeschool a dyslexic child? What does it look like to homeschool a child with dyslexia? Any curricula to use? What other resources are available? Is it possible to receive accommodations for tests like the SAT? This workshop will address these questions and allow time for those who attend to ask some of their own questions. Barb's son Micah is also planning to help with this workshop. Barb Beideman has first-hand experience homeschooling her own son who is dyslexic and tutoring other dyslexic children. She is certified in Orton-Gillingham and tutors for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization. She is also certified in elementary education and as a library media specialist.

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Steve Scheibner - 2ML-Second Mile Leadership for Homeschool Fathers

Second mile leaders are those counter-intuitive servants of God who earn the right to be heard by developing a consistent love of virtue, a disciplined approach to gratification, and a submissive love for the authority of God’s Word. Male leadership is essential to the success of marriages, families, the church, and society. This session will teach men to earn the right to be heard, prefer pProactivity, reject reactivity, learn to elevate virtues above feelings, build moral muscle, seek forgiveness, and develop a finisher’s attitude.

Daughters of Decision - Growing in Our Relationship with God

Melanie, Kristen, and Melissa Thomsen, homeschool and college graduates, share about how the habit of a daily quiet time in God's Word has helped them to grow in their relationship with the Lord. They will share why the quiet time is important, how simple it can be, and the difference it makes in their personal lives. As sisters with unique personalities and callings that range from full time ministry to professional artist to running a small business, it’s clear anyone can do this! Bring your Bibles and join other mothers and daughters in learning how spending daily time with God is not only doable, but tremendously rewarding.

Lancaster Center for Classical Studies - Latin and Greek: The Core of an Authentic Classical Education in the Christian Liberal Arts

The benefits of studying Latin and Greek as the academic core of a vibrant and challenging homeschool curriculum run deep and wide. We will discuss those many benefits, the method of teaching and learning that brings those benefits to fruition, and the way that making Latin and Greek genuine core-studies serves to support, strengthen, enliven, deepen, and broaden a child’s entire curriculum, in mathematical and scientific studies no less than in historical and literary studies. We will illustrate a method of teaching and learning Latin and Greek that is based not on rote memorization but on the reading of lively, dramatically engaging stories, a method that prepares the child to undertake detailed, careful readings of Latin and Greek authors, beginning in Latin with Vergil’s Aeneid and in Greek with the New Testament books of the Gospel According to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. We will show how the conscientious study of Latin and Greek strengthens and deepens the student’s understanding of English grammar and vocabulary and his overall reading ability. Finally, we will present a sample lesson based on the first chapter of the Cambridge Latin Course, in order to offer a concrete idea of the way in which our classes are conducted.

Demme Learning - Spelling Success Achieved in Cooperation with How the Brain Learns

Spelling You See’s research-based methods empower students to develop skill and confidence in spelling through an effective, engaging, low-stress learning experience using four activities: listening, reading, copywork, and dictation. Join us to learn how to teach spelling without stress or drama.

10:30 am-11:15 am

Brandy Gleason - Rebellion in the House

Learn how to persevere when one of your blessings is trying to leave or has left the teaching you have faithfully taught. This seminar is for the broken-hearted mom who needs to be refreshed and encouraged when the work they have done seems to be bearing no fruit. We will talk about how to be refreshed in the Lord, pray faithfully for our families, and entrust our children to Him.

Debra Bell - Academic Writing: What is it? Why Does it Matter? How do I Teach it?

If your child graduates high school with only one skill in hand, it needs to be this one. Academic writing, AKA argument writing, is how your child will engage the culture and the academic community on campus and online. This is what admissions offices scour the student essay for, and this is what scholarship committees prize. Your teens will improve their critical thinking, master subject matter across domains, learn to evaluate and counter other’s ideas, and clarify their own IF argument writing is at the center of your college prep high school program.

Mike Snavely - "The Stricken Earth"

Why do earthquakes and volcanoes happen? Why are all continents shifting towards the Pacific? Why are the ocean trenches all arcs? Why is the moon so cratered? What is stumping the scientists about the current comet photos? Why do we have unique weather patterns? The answers are all related and might surprise you.

Imran & Tami Razvi - Is Your Homeschool Marriage Hitting "Bad Cell Areas"?

Imran and Tami Razvi have been married for 23 years and are together raising 13 children. Believe it or not, they still sometimes hit “bad cell” areas in their relationship. Good communication is so important in a marriage, and keeping the communication lines open in a homeschooling family is critical in keeping things flowing smoothly. Come laugh with Imran and Tami over some of the “bad cell” areas they have hit over the years. Imran and Tami will share with you the strategies they use to quickly recognize and move out of “bad cell” areas as well as avoid driving through them as often as possible. Come be encouraged and go home with an exercise to clear all the static from your lines of communication.

Tom Clark - Top Ten Myths of Homeschooling Math

Most homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. Lots of parents say, "We learned our math a long time ago," or "We learned it a different way," or maybe "We learned it not at all". How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop Tom Clark will expose ten common myths about teaching math and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items which can be used to determine the best math course for your students.

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BiblioPlan - But Mom, They’re Just a Bunch of Dead People!

Memorizing dates, reciting facts, listing events, and labeling geographical features: Is it any wonder that so many students view history as bland, boring, and irrelevant? “They’re just a bunch of dead people; it doesn’t affect my life.” How can we give history CPR to help students become excited about civilizations and cultures, to discover people and places, to wrestle with the rising and falling of nations, and to be inspired by men and women, perhaps not so different from themselves, who have influenced the ways we live every day? Pull up a chair and spend some time with Julia Nalle, co-author of BiblioPlan, as she shares the importance of studying history classically and offers mom 50+ creative and practical ways to breathe LIFE back into history.

RightStart Mathematics by Activities for Learning - Fractions: From Fear to Fun with RightStart™ Math!

Do you remember the groans in math class when the word “fraction” was brought up? Well, there is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are, dare I say, fun when they are taught the right way. So, what’s the right way to teach them? Come and discover the beauty and simplicity of fractions using RightStart™ Math.

Accelerated Christian Education - Making a Difference: Children with Character

What can you instill into your children that will outlive you and count for time and eternity? Teaching them a Christ-centered character that yields social, scholastic, and spiritual growth is the answer. Godly character stands as the most prized goal in Christian education. Gain simple knowledge tips to mold Christian character in the lives of your children through this informative workshop.

11:30 am-12:15 pm

Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - Teaching Your Kids to Memorize Scripture in 5 Minutes a Day

Bible memory is absolutely vital in our lives. Learn the benefits of Bible memory, how to choose passages of Scripture, and techniques that will allow your family to memorize Scripture quickly and effectively.

Steve & Megan Scheibner - Hand-in-Hand: Marriage and Discipleship Parenting

Parenting and marriage have a great deal in common. Both are loaded with challenges and pitfalls. Ephesians 4:22-24 gives us insight into parenting and marriage success by introducing us to the principle of put-off and put-on. This joint seminar will give you the practical tools to raise the standard in your marriage and in your parenting.

S.M. Davis - The Life Transforming Power of Kindness

Kindness is a powerful force that emanates from God himself that will transform your life and the lives of those around you if you will use it properly and consistently. Proverbs 31 referred to the “law of kindness.” A law sets parameters. The “law of kindness” says that you and I should not leave the parameters of kindness in the words we say or the way we say them. God, who is always kind, uses his kindness to win our hearts, and few things are as effective to reach the hearts of children as parents consistently being kind. Some of the most powerful stories in the Bible and in human life are stories where people used the power of kindness to repay kindnesses shown to them.

Bob Sjogren - Showing Our Children How to Live Passionately for God's Glory

70% of all Christian seniors ditch God when they go to college. Come and discover a compelling reason why! This workshop equips you to teach your kids how to die to themselves and live passionately for the glory of God.

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Daniel Beasley - The Growing Push for Homeschool Oversight: How Should Parents Respond?

The call for regulation of homeschooling across the nation is increasing. In this workshop, Dan will equip parents to identify, evaluate, and respond effectively to this growing push for homeschool oversight.

Institute for Excellence in Writing - Experience Excellence in Writing

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.

The Medical Transcription Service - Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist

Discover a step-by-step guide to what medical transcription is, medical transcription versus medical billing and coding, and learning medical transcription simply. Learn about marketing your business easily and everything you wanted to know about earning potential, equipment, electronic files, how to get hands-on work experience, work for services, and much more.

Cedarville University - How to Know if My Student is Ready for a Dual Credit Opportunity

More and more students are seeking dual credit during their high school years. Learn the benefits and risks of starting college early in this informative session led by the Cedarville University's "College Now" Associate Director of Admissions.

12:30 pm-1:15 pm

Imran & Tami Razvi - Focus on Honor: A Dad's Role in Homeschooling

Honor is a lost concept in the western world. Yet it is a biblical mandate. How important is honor? What does it mean to honor God? What does it mean to honor your father and mother? And how do those concepts play out in daily life? Even if mom covers all of the academics of homeschooling, dad’s role is crucial. What is that role and how does honor play a part in it? Come and take a peek into the life of the Razvi family and hear what a blessing honor has been for this family of 15.

Kristen Eckenwiler - Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their search for answers. At some point a parent may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle. Kristen has designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability. We will also explore reasons you may or may not decide on formal testing and how to go about doing that.

Cheri Frame - Skills Beyond the Book

Education is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge today’s marketplace requires, yet it often falls short. This popular seminar shares ideas on how parents can foster these skills through purposeful projects and assignments in their students’ middle and high school years. Whether your teens are applying for their first job, hoping to secure an internship, or preparing for college, developing these 21st-century skills will help them stand out from the crowd.

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Linda Hobar - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: A Real Homeschool Family

Women, do you need to get real about homeschool and the joy and pain of life? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for this down-to-earth session on the up and down seasons of a real homeschool family. With 17 years of homeschool experience, she will share “the good, the bad, and the ugly” with stories of what she did right, what she did wrong, and how she survived difficult times by God’s grace. (Sorry, but this session is not for husbands or students.)

Chad Skolny - Accredited by God: Who has the Power to Homeschool?

Don’t be surprised when folks question your right or ability to homeschool. They did the same to Christ. “And say unto him, 'By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority to do these things?'” (Mark 11:28) Our authority is not of the government or in an accreditation agency; our authority is from Christ. Are you competent to homeschool? If you are in Christ, you are!

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Thrivent Financial - College Planning Stategies: Saving On College

Avoid costly mistakes that can arise throughout the college admission and selection process. Learn basic facts about financial aid, steps that parents and students can take to help save money by using admission and academic strategies, discovering funding sources to help pay for a student's college education, and other ways to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses.

Samaritan Ministries International - Health Care Confusion

Our health care system is as confusing as ever!  Many households are paying a huge portion of their income for health insurance with devastatingly enormous  deductibles and budget-busting premiums.  There are incredible, money-saving options you may not know about.  REALLY!  Come and discover what you might be missing.

Classical Conversations - Classical Education

Learn how classical education can serve your whole family throughout your schooling years.

1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Steve & Megan Scheibner - Training Young Men to be Gentlemen in a Feminist Culture

Is behaving like a gentleman an outdated and antiquated idea? Join Dr. Steve in a discussion of how to teach our young men to be masculine in a society that seeks to squeeze them into a feminine mold. Becoming a gentleman starts at home. Come discover ways to cultivate a culture of masculinity without raising men who are brutes!

Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - Losing It: A Christian Parent's Guide to Overcoming Anger

Coming face to face with our own anger as parents can be a scary thing. But it is also a mercy from God. We can have hope knowing if God convicts us of our anger, it is not to crush us, but to change us. Dig deeper than anger management techniques and learn how God can transform us from the inside out.

Brandy Gleason - Oh Lord, Increase my Faith

When your faith and trust in God are rattled by the winds of daily life, traumatic situations, poor health, learn how to draw from the Word of God, daily prayer, and a belief in a Sovereign Lord to endure.

Debra Bell - Raising an Independent Learner

Do you want life-long learners who initiate studies on their own? Then let go of the wheel and start giving your children responsibility for their education. Here are practical, inexpensive steps that will encourage your children to pursue their own learning and prevent parent burn-out as well.

Mike Snavely - "Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations"

Strange carvings. Impossible accomplishments. Baffling ancient maps. Strange machines. Mysteries from the past. How could ancient man do that? With fascinating illustrations, this session contrasts the evolution model of mankind's "progress" with the creation model through a look at what many ancient cultures were able to accomplish. These accomplishments baffle us even today! How did ancient man do these things? Not only does this session contrast some of these civilizations to our own, but it also has a personal application.

Daughters of Decision - Prayer – Building Foundations for Life

Kirk Thomsen, a homeschooling dad of over 25 years, will share on the practice of prayer in living the Christian life. Our home is where discipleship happens. Children learn from what is practiced in the family. So, how do we do that? How do we talk with God, and how do we teach our children? Come discover practical steps for growing in this foundational part of our relationship with God.

LumaLearn - Why Should My Homeschooler Take Online Classes?

This workshop will discuss why parents should be intentional with adding online learning to their students’ curriculum. We will discuss the current trends in online education and look at how both colleges and the corporate world will continue to implement online learning in their respective environments. Because we homeschool, the ability to enroll in online classes couldn’t be easier! Finally, we will walk through samples of online classes.

New Oasis International Education - 5 Reasons Why You and Your Children Will Benefit From Hosting an International Student

Hosting an international student can be a rewarding, educational, and fulfilling experience. When you invite a student to become part of your family, you are enriching many areas of your homeschool program. You are also giving your family an experience they will never forget while making a difference in the life of a young person. Come to this session to learn all about the benefits for your family and your student.

2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Bob Sjogren - The Top Five Lessons for Homeschooling Families

This simple, but powerful and life-changing, workshop will help you rise above the day-to-day existence of homeschooling and help you see the BIG PICTURE of why you've chosen to homeschool.

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Linda Hobar - Modern History That Shook the World

Want to better understand the headlines? Planning to teach modern history? Then you need “Modern History That Shook the World!” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, as she recounts world-shaking events from the 20th century to present day from a biblical worldview. With vivid snapshots of the Cold War, the Formation of Israel, the War in Korea, the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and more, students and teachers will not only see the past more clearly, but be better prepared for the future!

Cheri Frame - Transcripts and Record Keeping-Making it Simple

Transcripts are not just for college – every student needs one. How to begin? What to include? Understand the essentials of record keeping, the 5 types of records to keep, how to grade, evaluating credits, and preparing a professional looking high school transcript. Teens are invited!

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Chad Skolny - Stories from the Front Line

What goes on behind the scenes in public schools? This presentation serves as just one reminder why homeschool parents do not give their children away.

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Chuck Black - Escapism: Avoiding the Snares of Media

In today’s technology culture the enemy’s lure of our young people’s minds to escape into an artificial world is great. As the line between reality and simulation blurs, the stronghold of escapism becomes more and more powerful. Apathy and self-indulgence are two destructive consequences that lead to broken relationships, broken homes, and broken hearts. Find some practical tools you can implement to help keep your children from getting caught in the snare of escapism.

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MARS - Who Would Jesus Tax?

Does Christ have sovereignty over all areas of our lives, including the civil sphere? What does God's Word say about the responsibility of the civil magistrate? What exactly belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God.

PCN TV - PCN's Free Civics 101 Class

Come hear about PCN's Civics 101. It is a public service of the Pennsylvania Cable Network and provides free online educational tools to teach Pennsylvania students about how state government functions. This course is aimed at upper elementary grades. 

3:30 pm-4:15 pm

S.M. Davis - When to Let Go of Young Adult Prodigals

Most parents “let go” of a rebellious child when they should not, and don’t “let go” when they should. Love must be strong enough to deal with rebellion and also strong enough to “let go” when unstoppable consequences start to come. Every Christian may profit from hearing these principles, but they are especially helpful for parents of rebellious children 18 or older.

Luke & Trisha Gilkerson - Experience Astronomy: Fun, Easy Activities to Do at Home

Science doesn’t need to be a boring subject of textbooks and vocabulary. This workshop (for parents AND KIDS) shows you fun ways to learn about the Lord’s sky above with hands-on learning activities.

Kristen Eckenwiler - Strategies to Teach a Struggling Reader

This workshop is offered to provide practical application of the five key elements of reading discussed in the workshop "Why is Reading So Hard". Whether you attended the earlier workshop or not, you will be blessed by learning about teaching strategies and innovative activities that not only gives you fresh ideas for more effective teaching, but will also help you better understand the essentials for reading success.

Forrest Davis - "Up in the Air" Interactive Juggling Session with Homeschool Entrepreneur

Long weekend? Come sit down and hear from an entrepreneurial homeschool grad who will present an edutaining and evangetaining session. Using lots of tricks and stunts, he will share both his story of how he got to where he is today and the most important message - God's story.

Imran & Tami Razvi - Finding God's Vision for Your Family: In One Accord with God and Each Other

We are called to disciple our children. But what a beautiful thing it is to get to the place where our children are wishing to be discipled by us, coming to us to ask for prayer and counsel over sin struggles in their hearts. Do you know God’s vision for your family? Do your children know it? Are you headed there together? Are you connected to your child’s heart? If your child is a toddler, now is the time to begin paving the way to family unity. If he is already a teenager, don’t miss this workshop. If God’s love can conquer unity challenges in the Razvi’s family of 13 children (8 adopted and 5 birth children), He can conquer those challenges in any family. Come hear our story and take away practical tools for developing family unity.

ENOCH Board Members - Homeschooling in New Jersey

Learn about how to begin homeschooling in New Jersey. What are N.J.'s homeschooling laws? How can I meet the requirements? Come prepared to ask questions, take notes, and be encouraged by a couple of homeschooling veterans who serve New Jersey families by serving on the board of ENOCH (Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers of New Jersey).