Voddie Baucham, Keynote Speaker
Harvard or Heaven
Does your child have to have a college degree? If so, is the traditional college route a wise investment of time and money? In this session, we will expose the harsh truth about what Forbes Magazine calls “The Great College Con.” There are a host of trades and careers that don’t require going to college, and if your child does need a college degree, there are inexpensive and convenient ways to obtain one in a fraction of the time and cost.
Heidi St. John, Keynote Speaker
Homeschooling Held Hostage
In the past fifteen years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the homeschool community. There is much more pressure being put on homeschoolers to excel academically. If you’re struggling to find joy in your calling as a homeschooling parent, this is one workshop you won’t want to miss. Join Heidi as she talks about her journey away from curriculum-driven, workbook based homeschooling and into delight-directed learning. What she learned will bless and inspire you.
The SEVEN Most Important Things We’ve Learned in 25 Years of Marriage: A Workshop with Jay and Heidi St. John
“Transparent. Honest. Funny. Real.” That’s what people say when they hear the St. Johns speaking about the ups and downs of their union. Join them for an hour that will encourage and inspire you as they share wisdom from 19 years of homeschooling and 26 years of marriage. This workshop is rated “M” for marriage. Bring your spouse if you can!
Kristi Clover, Featured Speaker
Finding Balance: Juggling Homeschooling with Home, Business, Ministry, and Life
Regardless of whether you are a stay at home mom, have a side business, work full time, help run a ministry, or are just trying to manage your home along with your homeschool, managing all that you have going on is hard work. Trying to “get it all done” seems impossible at times. This workshop is designed to help you organize your schedule to maximize your time. Kristi Clover shares some of her best “hacks” for juggling homeschooling with life.
Outnumbered? Homeschooling with Multiple Ages 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. This workshop will offer handy tools and tips on how to better manage homeschooling multiple children. The blessings that come from homeschooling will fill your heart with more joy than you could imagine–even when you are outnumbered!
Stop Trying to Do Too Much! Simplify What and How You’re Teaching!
Homeschool families tend to bite off more than they can chew when it comes to curriculum choices. Often times, we need to simplify what we are doing and even (gasp) ditch a little curriculum here and there. This practical workshop is filled with creative ideas on how to supplement what you are already doing and easily plan out a simpler homeschool year (maybe even without curriculum for some subjects).
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 getting off to a good start homeschooling. 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.
Brook Wayne, Featured Speaker
Encouragement for Young Moms
Training a child sounds a lot easier on paper than is lived out in real life. Brook Wayne encourages moms with little ones in practical ways to train children, inspire listening skills, initiate meaningful conversations, and gently guide a child’s heart when correction is needed. This session also explores the need for young moms to take time to nurture their own souls, as they seek to disciple and lead their children.
Choosing Your Homeschool Style
Choosing your family’s personal approach in homeschooling can make one’s head spin! This session weighs individual learning styles, curriculum choices, and your own teaching style and provides an introduction to various methods. Given by a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother of ten (with students ranging from preschool to 12th grade).
Running Your Very Own Three-Ring Circus
Keeping up with the clutter, mess and chaos in the homeschooling years is a lot like running a three-ring circus! Given by a mother of 10, this session is for families of any size. Delve into ideas, routines, and strategies to keep the stuff AND the people in some semblance of order. Also included are concepts for developing a happy homeschool day.
I Don’t Have Enough Patience!
Many moms feel like they don’t have enough patience to home educate their children. What do you do when your worst fears are confirmed, and you realize you don’t have enough patience to continue homeschooling? Come learn what patience is, what it isn’t, where it comes from, and how to grow and thrive in the pressure cooker of mothering.
Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture
Today’s kids are being exposed to pornography early (think 8 to 11 years old) — and our culture tells them it’s a healthy outlet for sexuality. Families will learn how to create a safe online space and encourage ongoing conversations that empower kids to not only look away from sexualized media, but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. You can teach your kids to train their hearts and minds to be skillful, daring, and brave.
Becoming a Tech Confident Parent
Parents have tough questions. “What apps are safe? How can I know if my kids see bad stuff on Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media? Can I be notified if someone emails or texts my teen a sexual picture or video? Help me protect the whole device!” If you’re looking for answers to solve today’s tech dilemmas, this session is for you.
Taboo or Teachable: Current Events to Conversations
Our parents just scowled at sex in the news, but we aim to prepare our kids. Let’s get comfortable talking to our sons and daughters about current events like the #MeToo movement and the sexual abuse of the U.S. Gymnastics Team. Let’s instruct them in godly principles. Discover how to coach your kids so they better protect themselves and stand up for others. This session helps parents approach difficult discussions with poise and purpose.
Oh No, My Child Saw ****! How Do I Help Them?
When parents discover a child or teenager has been looking at pornography, it can be alarming, hurtful, even frightening. In the confusion of the moment, it is important for parents to understand that these are not uncharted waters. Millions of parents have faced this situation. Millions more will face this situation in the future. The critical question is: Will they face it well? Learn how to teach on this difficult subject and receive a free guide.
Teaching Mathematics as a Language – What Gets Lost in the Translation?
Did you know that Mathematics has parts of speech and sentence structure, just as does any spoken language? Did you know that understanding the “grammar” of Mathematics greatly helps student understanding of problem-solving and applications? In this workshop, Tom Clark clearly and humorously demonstrates this quality of mathematical language, enabling you to improve your understanding, and teaching, of “story problems”, at all levels.
What is “Critical Thinking”, and Can Anyone Do It?
Are your students learning passively, or are they involved in concept development? Are they figuring things out for themselves, or are they just learning tricks and shortcuts? Come brainstorm with Tom Clark, as he humorously explores with you, the reasons instruction can be difficult, developing along the way, a list of benchmark signals and strategies which will help students think critically and analytically.
Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner
Your Story Matters: The Art of Storytelling in a Noisy Culture
In today’s noisy culture, the art of storytelling and personal narrative is often overlooked or undervalued. In this workshop, we will encourage students to find their own unique voice and tell their own important story through prose, poetry, and comic books. Learning to tell their own story empowers students and builds confidence. They also become better writers, listeners, and readers.
Soul Food: Family Devotions & Bible Studies
Why not use mealtime as a time to feed the tummy and the soul? In this session, Carrie De Francisco will share simple yet engaging ways to incorporate family devotions into morning or meal times. Parents will learn how to apply the three-question method and how to engage their family in meaningful discussions about God, faith, and biblical principles. Carrie will also share some of her favorite family devotions and how to integrate them into unit studies throughout the year. Perfect for parents of little ones, large families, and even parents of teenagers.
Nature Explorers: Easy and Fun Nature Studies for the Nature Deficient Family
Living in California, homeschoolers have the best of God’s wondrous creation literally in their backyard. In this session, Carrie De Francisco will share how to use a backpack, a journal, a few great books, and the great outdoors as your only science curriculum or as a way to supplement the curriculum you are already using. Lots of samples and resources will be shared and tons of games will be played.
Walking a Mile in the Shoes of a Student with Learning and Emotional Needs
Dennis is himself a homeschool father of six children, five of whom have learning challenges. He speaks from the perspective of one who has ADD and a father to children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. In order to homeschool a special needs student, one must first understand the world from their perspective and the learning challenges they face.
Proper Care and Feeding of the Artistic Child
Do you have a creative child? Do you worry about his or her future? Do you feel ill-equipped to guide your budding artist? Filmmaker Damon Evans shares fascinating discoveries about creative kids and how the arts prepare students to be successful adults. You will learn how to nurture artistic gifts in your children and help develop a Christ-centered vision for expressing them.
Being a TRUE Super Hero Dad
After being healed of a life-threatening illness and being struck by lightning, filmmaker Damon Evans shares his new perspective on what it means to be a TRUE hero and a warrior for one’s family.
Teaching Math with Card Games? Yes, You Can!
Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed test? Are you frustrated because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? Use games to teach and review math facts. This workshop will show you fabulous and effective math card games that are easy and fun. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts! Come and discover games to help your child learn math!
You CAN Be a Great Math Teacher
How do you choose a curriculum to avoid your child struggling through math as you did? Are unsure how to teach math now, even though it was a breeze for you? Find out the science and the art of teaching math. It is a science because much research has been done on how children learn, especially in math. It is an art because each child is different and lessons need to be tweaked. Come learn and be encouraged to become a great math teacher.
Jr. High – Working With Your Late Bloomer
Do you feel your child is behind academically? Gain confidence and hope with this practical and inspiring session. Learn how to adapt your homeschool program to your child’s unique needs by looking at progress rather than comparisons with others. Carolyn will share years of experience along with practical tips and resources.
Jr. High – Putting it all Together
At this age, learning and skill development are easier and move faster. However, not all children develop in every area at the same pace. Learn how to guide your student to explore and develop talents and interests in preparation for high school while maintaining a love of learning.
Listen in as Dr. Homeschool and his nurse discuss various “homeschool ailments.” Laugh and learn as we discuss the symptoms of: inflammation of the in-laws, edema of the curriculum and many other common symptoms. For every case we provide the symptoms, identification of the illness, and of course, the prescription to cure the problem. The audience is guaranteed a good time while learning and laughing. Audience participation encouraged.
Explore the various learning styles and how it really affects your child’s ability to master subject matter. We will explore the five essential aspects of learning styles including dispositions, talents, modalities, interests, and environment. If you are experiencing challenges in reaching your child academically, this is the seminar for you. Through proper knowledge of learning styles you will have a more successful teaching experience and save hundreds of dollars on wrong curriculums.
Grandparents have unique concerns and questions. This roundtable, facilitated by Martin Forte, will give grandparents the opportunity to discuss what it’s like to have a child who chooses to homeschool, and talk about struggles, concerns, and joys.
The Value Of Serving the Lord as a Family
Come and learn unique and effective ways to serve the Lord together as you reach out to your local community with the Gospel. Our family will share with your family about how you can be the difference!
Reaching Kids For Christ
Estimates are that more than 80 percent of the world’s young people, totaling 1.4 billion, are growing up in non-Christian homes. If we are to evangelize the world, we must evangelize its children. With 25 years of ministry, including being a youth pastor of a youth group of 300 kids and leading a ministry that reached 80,000 children in Southern California last year, Scott will share Biblical concepts for reaching children and how your family can do it together.
Pressure to Go Public or Just Take the Money
Do you feel like as a private home educator you are in the minority? You have strong convictions about staying private, but your friends don’t seem to understand. In this session, Rebecca will talk about why private Christian home education is still a great idea, why it’s a freedom worth fighting for, and share some practical ways to help you stand firm against the pressure from your peers to “just take the money.”
High School: So Much To Do and So Little Time
Are you looking at your child’s high school years and feeling overwhelmed by all you still want to accomplish, and the relatively short time you have to do it? Find out what you can and cannot realistically accomplish in high school, thereby saving valuable time and trouble; both yours and your student’s. Yes, you can teach high school at home.
Don’t Go It Alone: Find Community and Accountability in the Homeschool Journey
Homeschooling is hard. Having like-minded friends makes a tough job so much more fun. However, it’s not always easy to find the right group. Let’s talk about the types of groups typical to private homeschooling—support groups, PSPs, and co-ops—and the different types of help and community to be found there. We’ll also discuss how to decide which one is a good fit for your family. Because you know, you really don’t need to do this on your own.
WRITE TO THINK! You Can Teach Writing Like a Pro!
You CAN teach writing! In a power-packed seminar, Cindy Lange shows you the techniques for writing success which will give your students the ability to write stellar essays while at the same time improving their logic skills. The techniques taught will prepare students for AP® and college courses. The method Cindy explains applies to all forms of writing; it is especially helpful for teaching your student write outstanding academic and persuasive essays.
Who’s in Charge? Dealing with Negative, Resistant, and Oppositional Behaviors
Besides traditional learning difficulties, social, emotional, and behavioral interactions are often impacted by the presence of special needs in the home, causing added anxiety and frustration. This workshop will help us learn to study and evaluate undesirable behaviors and develop strategies to redirect, modify, or extinguish them. Understanding behavior and setting and communicating reasonable boundaries and expectations for the long-haul can help build a better teaching environment and provide for future opportunities for success.
Pressures to Progress – Change, Growth, and Tips for Individualized Success
Knowing where we are going and when we arrive are big questions in special needs home education. Are we using the right strategies? Are we having success? Take heart. Progress is being made, but how can we tell? In this workshop we will discuss different styles, paths, domains, and sometimes forgotten areas of progress. We can find encouragement to keep striving even when it seems as if nothing is happening.
The Power of Sitting and the Blessing of “No”
Throughout our days of homeschooling, there are numerous opportunities to lovingly interact with and train our children toward healthy development. There are also many opportunities each day for conflict. In this workshop we will focus on ways to shape positive behavior using “sitting” and deal with oppositional responses to us as parents when saying “no”. Reframing how and why we use sitting and “no” can equip us and give us confidence when facing possibly contentious situations with our kids.
Why am I Homeschooling? Looking at the Big Picture
While we are looking at all the details of our daily schedule and figuring out this homeschool path, we can forget to look at the big picture. It is important to discuss the question, why am I homeschooling? In this session, we will take a look at the big picture. We will talk about what your desire is for your child, how to get through those difficult days, and how your “why” might change through the seasons.
Unlearning to Make Room for Learning
When the decision was made to homeschooling our children, I started off with the only pattern I knew of; I brought the school system into our kitchen and spread it out over the table. With my oldest just graduating this past month, I am more excited than ever to share with families gems we have learned (and are still learning!) along the way. Yes, this journey does include reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we have learned that homeschooling embodies much more than just traditional academic subjects.
Let Your Kids Pick Up the Rocks
Let’s face it, homeschooling can be messy! And to top it off, sometimes our kids are interested in things that don’t interest us, and are downright dirty. Patrick’s practical message is an encouragement for those facing this dilemma (all of us!) and gives hope going forward.
The Geology of California from a Biblical Perspective
Discover, perhaps for the first time, the geology of your own state, using the book of Genesis as a framework.
Four Dangerous Words
There are four words, that if understood correctly, will help you navigate the debate that rages around Genesis, our origins, and the Flood. These words are dangerous in that they tear down the stronghold of evolution. These four words will help you to stand on the truth of the Scriptures.
Preparing Your Children To Take On A World Gone Wrong – Why I Can’t Ignore How Government Works
Perhaps you, as a Christian, have been unaware of the competing worldviews currently in play to draw you away from depending upon God and instead increase your reliance upon a man-made substitute. In this day of growing government, are you being persuaded to look to government to be the answer to your problems and needs? Hear how home educators can be involved in making a difference while depending on God alone.
Getting Your Family Involved in Advocacy – What Can I Do?
Ever wonder how you could make a difference in the fight to keep our homeschool freedoms? This workshop will give you ideas on how to build a relationship with your legislator and provide you clear steps in crafting letters to them. In a time when it can be tempting to be isolated and just “do our thing” Nathan will challenge you to engage in the battle for our freedoms while we still can.
Legal & Legislative Update
with Mike Smith
Elementary History – Grasping God’s Grand Story
We know that God is the author of time and, therefore, the author history. We also know that He is carrying out His plan for the world throughout history. God is Sovereign in the affairs of all nations of the world and history is the recording of the people, ideas, and events. Having the Word of God as the foundation of history brings His Story to life!
Homeschooling High School: What’s the Difference?
Transcripts, credits, course descriptions, diplomas, dual enrollment, accreditation, graduation – these are some of the items that make a difference in high school homeschooling. What’s the difference between a PSA and a PSP in the high school years? What records must be kept? This overview will better prepare you for the differences in homeschooling students in grades 9-12.
Literature has centuries of lessons printed within its pages. The classics of literature became “classics” because they speak to common human experience. Therefore, wielded correctly, they are effective tools to prepare our students to think critically, analyze ideas, and consider their own reactions to experiences, decisions, and temptations in life. Come learn how to steer literature discussions into valuable learning experiences that teach not just great literature, but life lessons!
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Since the beginning of written history, brilliant minds have entrusted their thoughts to us through their writings. Let’s talk about how to get your students to join the Great Conversation through written response to their reading! We will cover how to assign, grade, and encourage our students in literary analysis papers at a high school level, as well as discussing how to prepare talented writers to pursue writing post-high school.
Cultivating a Pioneer Spirit in an Electronic Age
This session will focus on building a vision for what home education can mean in your family and how to begin by educating yourself about curriculum choices and learning styles and building family bonds. Learn to set your own family’s goals and craft a unique God-led philosophy of education that will serve as your homeschool compass, rather than simply trying to copy a page from someone else’s homeschool handbook.
School Can Wait: The Other Side of Early Childhood Education
There are differing views on when formal schooling should begin. Research done by the late Dr. Raymond Moore in the 1970’s helped launch the modern homeschool movement. This session covers information on academic readiness, how children learn best, and avoiding burnout. Is it possible to damage a child’s learning potential by formalizing learning too young? Learn what the research says. This session covers how to make your child a lifelong learner.
Ten Reasons to Homeschool Teens
This session gives insightful tips for homeschooling teens and stresses building good relationships at home. The academic advantages of homeschooling teens and getting them ready for college are discussed. For those deciding about homeschooling teens, this is a must. Learn about the most important priorities during the teen years, including Elizabeth’s quick list of “Homeschooling Teens: What’s Important.”
Don’t Let Your Curriculum Burnout Your Child
This session tells how to make sure your curriculum is a useful tool, and not the master of your homeschool. It will discuss how to expand your curriculum horizons with great ideas that will challenge and motivate homeschoolers from toddlers through teens. You will learn helpful tips for making your student a life-long learner. Homeschooling should be fun, fascinating, and inspirational for both child and parent; this session tells how.
Threats to your Homeschool Freedom Now and in the Future
Have heard about the history of the battle for your freedom to homeschool in California by Mike Smith? Equally, if not more important, is the need to be briefed on the challenge to maintain that freedom. Mike will explain, using his thirty plus years of experience in the homeschool movement, the challenges we will face in the future and the solutions, so your great grandchildren will have the same freedom you have to homeschool.
What Can Dads do to Make Mom Successful in Homeschooling?
Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program.
The Angry Child: What Ticks Johnny Off?
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion.
The History of the Battle for Homeschool Freedom
Why a session on the history of the battle for homeschool freedom? Because if we don’t know our history, we are bound to repeat our mistakes. Mike will take you through the main events, legislation, and cases that have shaped the history of homeschooling in California. This session is a must for anyone that does not know the details of the battle for our freedom to homeschool in relative freedom today.
Legal & Legislative Update
with Nathan Pierce
Building Young Men of Integrity, Humility, and Courage
Boys become the men they know and spend time with. The goal for this workshop is to help godly men invest in the next generation, modeling servant leadership through a life talking and acting like Jesus. They’ll learn to do this through relationships, adventure, and leadership. This workshop will be helpful to all audiences but is given from the context of adult men mentoring boys and younger men.
Is Your Motivation for Homeschool God’s? Primary vs. Secondary
We all have our own motivation for homeschooling. But is it God’s? Come and be shocked at what could change your entire motivation for why you do what you do!
The Top Five Life-Lessons Most Homeschool Families Miss
Sometimes we can get so focused on the ABC’s and 123’s, that we miss the big picture of character development and living for the glory of God. 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.
Preparing Small Children to be Homeschooled
For almost 20 years, Debby Sjogren has been teaching a seminar called “Parenting Small Children.” Based on Biblical virtues of honor and respect, come ready to learn nine standards with practical application ideas for training the heart attitude of your preschoolers so they will be ready and willing to receive your authority as their teacher when they become school-aged.
Lead and Intercede – Praying for and with Your Children
Having been blessed with four children in six years, Debby Sjogren learned quickly the importance of praying for her children as a mother. As they began the adventure of homeschooling, she also learned the importance of teaching her children to pray and intercede on a daily basis. Lots of creative, fun, family-friendly ideas that will inspire your family’s prayer life!
Using Critical Thinking to Prepare Our Children for Lifelong Discipleship
Research has shown that our children are leaving the faith. For far too long we have been talking at our children, rather than equipping them to critically think through the Christian worldview. How can we develop in our children the critical thinking skills they will need to be lifelong disciples of Jesus? In this session, participants will explore hands-on educational strategies they can implement in their homes to begin developing critical thinking skills in their children.
Preparing Our Children to Encounter Competing Worldviews
While protecting our children from certain cultural influences is beneficial, we need to prepare our children to have a vibrant faith in a very secular culture. How can we equip our children to navigate the false messages that clamor for their attention? In this session, participants will engage in a variety of educational strategies they can use to prepare their children to encounter false ideologies and live vibrant lives of faith in Jesus Christ.
God’s Image, the Soul, and Gender Identity – Developing a Biblical View of Man in the Elementary Years
Our children are growing up in a world that doesn’t understand what it means to be human. Our culture screams that gender doesn’t matter, humans are merely evolved animals, and we can be whomever we want to be. How can we prepare our children to live out a biblical understanding of what it means to be human? In this session, participants will engage in a variety of practical activities they can use to begin instructing their children in a biblical view man.
True for You, But Not for Me – Equipping Our Children to Discern and Follow Truth in Our Homes and Beyond
Scripture teaches that Jesus is the truth for all people, in all cultures, and at all times. Yet, our culture continually bombards our children with its philosophy that truth changes from person-to-person. How can we make a compelling argument for the existence of absolute truth and train our children to discern truth from falsehood? In this session, participants will explore answers to these questions and engage in strategies for implementing truth-education in their homes.
Purposeful Tech: Developing Your Child’s Interest into Ability
In this session, we’ll talk about the impact on and importance of technology in the world’s economy and ways that it can be of benefit to our children. We’ll cover a variety useful modern technological skills, how they can be used to financially provide for a family while advancing God’s kingdom, and how you can foster a productive interest in these technologies in your family.
Teaching History Through Gods Eyes
Some may say that history is random and unguided. The Christian worldview is quite the opposite. The Bible views all history through the eyes of God. He has a plan and He is working it through us! God placed each of us right here, right now at this exact moment in His timeline of history for a purpose – for a time such as this. History becomes exciting when we view it through God’s eyes!
LEARN How to Teach your Child as an Individual
“…Fearfully and wonderfully made,” describes each of us and we see our children as unique as the fingerprints they carry. Do we teach them with as much intention and personalization? Come learn how to study and personalize learning experiences for your children.
Workplace 2030: Discover what your child needs to LEARN to be Successful
Our children will enter the workplace around 2030. Not only will it be a very different work environment, but the kinds of jobs and opportunities they will have will be so new, many don’t even exist today. Which leads us to ask…then how do we prepare them? Come learn how the workplace is changing, what they are looking for, and how we can develop these skills in our children.