Featured Sessions

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Workshops are listed alphabetically by the speaker’s last name. Click on a speaker name to find out more about them through their photo and brief bio.

Israel Wayne, Keynote Speaker

The Difference Between Schooling & Education
Most people think of schooling when they hear the word “education.” In reality, however, the two are not intrinsically linked in any way. Learn why most people are schooled, but never truly educated, and how you can ensure your children get a great education, even without schooling.

Is Homeschooling Just for Women?
For many men, homeschooling has been looked at largely as something their wife does. Many believe that if they pay the bills, that is really all that God expects of them. Biblically speaking, what is the proper role for men in the process of home education?

Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting
Everyone struggles with anger on some level, but when anger is a frequent occurrence with your children, over time, it will damage your relationships and hinder your effectiveness. Are you tired of being stressed-out, and ready to have a peaceful atmosphere in your home? Learn how in this important workshop.

The Power of Affirmation
When you are trying to inspire and motivate children, there are two forces that are often exerted: positive and negative reinforcement. In this session, Israel explains the importance of affirmation as a way to inspire and motivate your reluctant child. Drawing from practical and Biblical examples, this session will help you to keep those important relational connections as you are attempting to impart knowledge.

Kristi Clover, Featured Speaker

Getting Started! The Nitty-Gritty of Setting Up Your Homeschool in California
Starting to homeschool can be overwhelming. Whether you are on the fence about homeschooling, just starting off, or need to get a refresher about the basics, this workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of setting up your homeschool to give you a good start. Kristi will provide a basic explanation of the “homeschool-ese” you are struggling to understand, practical “how-to’s” for getting your school established, and a brief overview of all you need to know to start your adventure in homeschooling.

How to Homeschool Your “Bigs” with “Littles” in the House
How do you homeschool your “bigs” when you have “littles?” The constant juggling act that has to be performed when there is more than one child in the house can tire out even the most experienced homeschool mom. How do you handle a history lesson with one child, math problems with another, phonics with your pre-reader, tantrums from your toddler, and nurse your baby—all at the same time? This workshop will offer you handy tools and tips on how to better manage the circus act of homeschooling multiple children.

M.O.M. = Master Organizer of Mayhem!
This fast-paced workshop goes through Kristi’s popular “Top Ten” list on how to bring more order and organization to your home and heart. These days we are faced with so many wonderful choices and activities, but choosing what is best for us and our families is often hard to discern. This workshop goes through practical and applicable tools on how to get rid of the mayhem in your home — without getting rid of the kids (or your sanity).

Social Media & Your Homeschool: How to Use Social Media to Enhance Your Homeschool (Not Destroy It)!
Welcome to the 21st century! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope—there are just so many new social media platforms popping up every year. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by them all. I’ve learned how to embrace a few of them and strategically use them to bless my homeschooling. Social media doesn’t have to be a scary thing. By being intentional, social media can be a “tool” to enhance your homeschool.

Greta Eskridge, Featured Speaker

Creating Your Own Nature Study Group/Adventure Club
Greta shares about the journey of creating a nature study group/adventure club, explaining why adventures are a great way to learn, as well as all the practical, how-to information for how their nature group works. Greta’s group is one of the most important parts of her family’s home school success. She loves sharing about it with other homeschooling families because she wants to give them the tools to create a group like this themselves.

Cultivating a Healthy Sexual Culture in Your Family
If parents want their kids to grow up with a healthy view of sexuality, they must give that to them in their homes, starting from the time they are young. Greta will offer plenty of practical advice, as well as books and resources parents can use with their children. Her goal is to help parents feel comfortable and equipped to help their children develop a healthy view of sexuality as it is designed by God.

Learning to Love Nature Through Literature
Greta encourages parents to take their kids outside and learn in nature, passionately explaining the benefits of outdoor and hands on learning. She shares how her own love for nature, and therefore nature study, grew out of a childhood love of books, offering practical tips for choosing books that focus on nature, beautiful storytelling, and teaching. Greta also describes the benefits of nature journaling, and how to do nature study and journaling outdoors or through a book.

Parenting the Passionate Child
It can be very lonely when you are struggling with your child. You wonder what you are doing wrong, what’s wrong with your child, if you are the only parent who has ever struggled to like their kid, and if you are a terrible parent. In this session, Greta encourages parents of passionate children and assures them they are not alone. She shares real honest parts of her own journey parenting two very passionate children, and all the positive things God has brought about in their lives. Greta also offers practical tips to help you help your passionate child grow and blossom by seeing the gift that passion is to these children and how it can be used for good.

Tyler Hogan, Featured Speaker

Curating Your Child’s Education
You’ve taken responsibility for your child’s education. But how do you know which textbooks, educational opportunities, or classes are the best choices? What should you teach yourself, and what might you delegate? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to be a good curator of your child’s education and how best to use all the tools at your disposal. We will discuss the pros and cons of co-ops, online classes, dual enrollment, and many other learning options, so that you can make optimal decisions for your family.

Demystifying Learning Styles: Memory and Concentration (Part 1 of 3)
What does it take to make a memory? How can we help our students retain what they learn? Why are our kids so easily distracted? In this workshop, we’ll explore the science of memory and concentration, learn how to balance our students’ cognitive loads, and identify which study strategies pay off (and which don’t). In the process, we’ll learn how to help build a learning environment that suits our kids’ unique learning styles and figure out what to say when they want to multitask while they study.

Demystifying Learning Styles: Modalities and Motivation (Part 2 of 3)
Are your students visual, auditory, or kinesthetic? What does that mean for them and for you as their teacher? How can you harness their preferred learning modalities to help them engage and learn? In this workshop, we’ll discover what these modalities mean, learn how to use them (and when not to), and bust common modality myths. We’ll discuss when to accommodate and when to challenge your students’ preferred modalities and how to use their natural learning preferences to motivate them.

Demystifying Learning Styles: Growth and Goals (Part 3 of 3)
We all want our kids to grow, but how do people grow? What does it mean to be intelligent? Can we become smarter? In this workshop, we’ll look at Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences in conjunction with educational psychology to answer these questions. We’ll discuss the growth mindset and how to foster it in our children, as well as examine our own philosophies of education and how they help us make decisions about our learning goals and activities. Finally, we’ll explore how to choose curriculum that helps our kids grow in the best ways possible.

Objectively Evaluating Your Students Writing
You want your students to become outstanding communicators, but how do you objectively evaluate their essays and reports? Whether you are a pro at English composition or embarrassed by your own writing, the truth is that you can effectively—and objectively—evaluate and grade your students’ writing. This interactive workshop will teach you how to make and use rubrics that overcome parental bias and get to the heart of good nonfiction writing. We’ll even practice using them during the workshop and answer your questions.

What is Enough?
Do you wrestle with guilt or anxiety that you’re not doing enough to prepare your kids for adulthood? Do you struggle with setting realistic goals or wonder if you’ll really be able to teach them everything they need to know? In this session, we’ll address those concerns with simple, practical wisdom that will enable you to ditch the guilt, plan your next steps, and cultivate an enough identity grounded in Christ.

Ashley Wiggers, Featured Speaker

10 Benefits of a Natural Approach to Teaching
The natural approach to learning is founded on the desire to follow your child’s developmentally appropriate timetable, based on proven educational principles from Dr. Ruth Beechick, Charlotte Mason, Dr. Benjamin Bloom, and others. Natural learning does not mean learning without goals or structure. It means learning is customized, multi-sensory, and engaging. Come to this workshop to hear the top ten reasons why a natural approach will enable you and your family to flourish.

Developmental Education: Building a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Children are developmental. They will reach certain milestones at varying ages and it is our job to make sure we’re matching expectations with an understanding of how children learn and progress. Building the right foundation will enable you and your children to enjoy the process of learning. Come hear why this homeschool graduate and national magazine editor became a lifelong learner.

Hope for the High School Years
Are you struggling with teaching your high school student? Come hear from a homeschool graduate about the ups and downs of life with a high school student. If you are in need of a little encouragement and some proof that everything will work out for the best, please join Ashley for an uplifting workshop that will leave you with a new understanding of how to successfully homeschool through high school.

Moving From Checklist to Meaningful Learning
Homeschooling offers the possibility to educate in a way that is lasting and meaningful. We don’t have to see it as a list of tasks to be completed. We can see it as the opportunity to learn through meaningful discussions, experiences, deep understanding, and the building of relationships. Come to receive practical ideas and listen as this homeschool graduate and author shares about her unique view of education given through the meaningful approach her family took to homeschooling.