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Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates: Literary Analysis for Everyone

Does the subject of literature seem like a mystery? Are you a loss about how to understand it yourself, much less teach it to your kids? This inspiring lecture demonstrates that everything you need to know about understanding and teaching literature is present in your second grader’s bedtime story. Adam reads a classics children’s story…

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“Witches and Wizards and Wands, Oh My!”: A Parent’s Guide to Fantasy, Fiction and Faith

As fantasy grows ever more popular in our culture, books and movies teem with elements that many Christian parents find objectionable. How can we equip our children to engage and influence their culture while protecting them from its evils? Adam makes a case for a type of reading that can accomplish both of these goals,…

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Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting

If you had only one hour in which to give your student a complete education, could you do it? If you accepted the challenge, what lesson would you teach? Adam Andrews argues that a complete and profound education can be acquired in one lesson—and then sets out to prove this audacious claim in an eye-opening,…

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Failure and Fatherhood: The Story of a Homeschool Family Feud

Adam Andrews and his homeschooled son Ian recount the difficulties of their shared scholastic journey. Sons and fathers alike will find something—and someone—to relate to in the testimony of these two homeschool veterans. What do our children need most from their fathers? How can we be sure to give it to them? Most importantly, how…

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Attention: Why It Comes First and How to Cultivate It

Our culture and the environment we have created relentlessly assaults our children’s senses and their minds. The result is nothing less than a cultural attention deficit. This workshop claims that what we pay attention to and how we pay attention to it are the most formative (and therefore important) thing about us. Why so important?…

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Why Memory and Imitation Are a Student’s Most Important Skills

The great Roman educator Quintilian argued that the first two things a child needs to succeed are a good memory and the ability to imitate. These are, in fact, the raw God-given skills that underlie all learning, in academics and in life, even spiritual life. Our culture seems to devalue both, so they have been…

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Truth and Harmony: The Goals of a Christian Education

Our Lord Jesus calls Himself “the Truth” and Paul the apostle asserted that “He might gather together all things in Christ.” John added that Christ is “The Word.” Yet we still tend to teach a fragmented curriculum oriented not toward truth but toward worldly success. Is that our best option? This workshop strives for a…

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Creating to Emulate Our Creator

Andrew will talk about his books and music and how each of us reflects God’s image by “subcreating” (to use Tolkien’s word)—to emulate our Creator by creating. Building worlds through story, art, and music is more than just fun—it’s a profoundly theological process in which we’re invited to build signposts to the New Creation.

Musician Andrew Peterson

Bio: For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville where music is an industry in the same way fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries, Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so…

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Nurturing Competent Communicators

Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it; others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research show very clearly how good writers have developed. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop…

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Planning for the Unplanned: Key Documents to Protect Your Children and Your Assets if Something Happens to You and Your Spouse

Contemplating one’s disability or death is something no parent wants to do, but failure to plan for such possibilities leaves the monumental, life-altering decisions that would result from such events in the hands of others. During this session, Attorney Gibbs will encourage parents to proactively address these eventualities while they are still able, and he…

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Faith in the Workplace: In a Culture That’s Becoming Less Faith-Friendly, What Rights Do Christian Employers and Employees Still Have?

In years past, Christian employers could hire whomever they wanted and even invite them to church. Christian employees could share Christ with coworkers without fear of being fired or sued for religious harassment. Today, despite attempts by atheists and other anti-religion groups to convince us otherwise, Christian employers and employees do still have religious and free speech rights…

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The Trump White House: Opportunities to Protect Individual Liberties in the Current, Unprecedented Political Landscape

Trump’s rise to the presidency was nothing short of stunning. The very definition of an unconventional politician, Trump has turned Washington on its head, partly because he has surrounded himself with people who cherish our God-given natural rights and individual liberties in a culture that’s become increasingly pluralistic, progressive, and hostile to Christianity. During this…

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Working While Homeschooling: Teaching Your Kids While Helping to Support Your Family 

Not only can the homeschool parent work, but seeing the parent at home working on their passion helps to teach children how to be entrepreneurial. It also teaches kids how to be patient and how everyone can do their part to keep the family going. In this session, I will discuss how to figure out…

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Why African American Families Should Homeschool

After years of struggling to gain equality in the public education system, African Americans applauded the passing of Brown vs. Board of Education. Now, however, may African American families are deciding that they are still not being served by the public school system. Schools are failing African American children. We often hear news reports that…

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You Do Have The Patience To Homeschool

This is the most-often-used reason why people tell me they can’t homeschool, even from stay-at-home moms whose kids are struggling in school. I plan to address this myth by discussing the difference between helping kids with homework/after-school enrichment academics and actual homeschooling.

What Virginia’s An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom Means for Intellectual Freedom Going Forward

Prior to 1786, Virginia had an established church. There were state-approved preachers and state-compelled attendance laws; there was state-approved doctrine and state-compelled tithing. In 1786, Virginians enacted An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom. The Act essentially ended forced taxpayer support of the Established Church in Virginia, serving as a model for Christians who question the…

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Language Arts With Apologia

Learn how to use Apologia’s new language arts curricula from elementary through high school to produce lifelong learners who will have the tools to communicate effectively! Learn how to use Debra Bell’s Writers in Residence, Readers in Residence from elementary through the middle school years and feed their love of great literature with Whit Jones’…

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Finding Pieces to the Puzzle: How to Develop an Educational Plan for Your Student with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, and Other Special Needs

Beth Mora brings her background as a registered nurse, case manager, and certified rehabilitation specialist (C.R.R.N.) to this workshop. She is a student of her patients and has learned a great deal from the families she has served. Overwhelming needs can make you feel like you are putting a puzzle together without the picture on…

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The Science of Learning and How It Should Change What You Do on Monday

God has hard-wired us to learn, and the science behind His masterful plan will strengthen your resolve to help your child blaze new neural pathways. Come and get the inside scoop of how the lightbulb of learning goes on, and more importantly, how you can increase “ah-ha” moments on Monday. Join Beth Mora—author, blogger, and…

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Healthy Brain in a Toxic World

Learn how to train up a healthy generation in a world full of convenience food and harmful toxins. Discover God’s good food that supports a healthy brain and the body’s ability to eliminate harmful toxins. Plus, find out how aromatherapy supports optimal brain health and learning potential.

Nutrition 101: Taking Dominion

Discover how to use nutrition and health curriculum “Nutrition 101: Choose Life!” for all grades and ages as a health or science credit. Plus, learn how teaching your family about how God made their body systems to function and how to fuel and take care of them teaches them how to “take dominion” over God’s…

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What’s Love Got to Do with It? Using Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy to Cultivate Your Child’s Affinities

Charlotte Mason said that at the end of a child’s education, it doesn’t matter how much a youth knows but rather how much he cares, and how many orders of things he cares about. This was a revolutionary idea for her time! In this session, we will discuss the two aspects of love in education,…

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The Art of Digital Learning

As parents, the digital world seems more like we are throwing our kids into the lion’s den. Learn to embrace the digital space as a way to enhance your child’s education.  This session will cover how digital learning can benefit your child and practical ways to begin incorporating it today!

If He’s Really So Smart, Then…? Why Gifted Kids Struggle and What to Do About It

Many gifted children have other special needs, making learning a challenge and bringing about extreme frustration when they can’t meet their own and others’ expectations. That, combined with the frustration of adults who don’t understand why a bright child does not achieve, can lead to conflict, misunderstandings, and failure. Together, let’s explore the different needs…

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Finding Peace in a Life Filled with Intensity: Managing Gifted Kids Who Are So Much More Than Others

While not all gifted kids exhibit what Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski called “over excitabilities,” they are more prevalent among the gifted population than any other. Gifted children and adults may possess one or more of these, and see reality differently. They tend to experience the world in a stronger and more multi-faceted way than others….

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When Your Gifted Child Seems “Many Ages At Once”: Living with—and Teaching—Asynchronous Kiddos

Gifted kids are asynchronous. Their development is uneven and out-of-sync compared with age peers. When your kiddo can solve advanced mathematical equations or argue about injustices in our world but can’t tie his shoe or hold a pencil correctly, you might wonder if it’s even possible to teach 10th, 8th, 3rd, and 1st grade in different…

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Keeping the Heart of Your Child in a World Trying to Steal it Away

You are in a battle for the heart of your child. How can you keep the heart of your child when devices and distractions surround? What can you do when others whisper untruths in your child’s ear? Connie, a respected leader and trusted mom, opens up about what it really takes to build a lasting…

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Facebook, Snapchat, and All Those Apps: What’s a Family To Do?

As parents, we diligently try to protect our children from the dangers of the Internet world. We avoid sleepovers, smart phones, and social media, but what do you do when all of their friends are online or when they have to take an online class? What do you do when your child asks you to…

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Discover What’s Right with Your Middle School Child

Have you caught yourself thinking, “What happened to my child?” Your once thoughtful, gentle, compliant child has gone missing and you are trying to learn about this new person. This is the season of transitioning from child to young adult. They stop needing a mommy and start needing a mentor. As a parent, you are…

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Who Gets to Decide What’s Normal?: Finding Success for All Kinds of Learners

What if how well you do in school doesn’t turn out to be what makes you successful in life? Here’s an entertaining and informative look at how individual learning styles can reveal some surprising and amazing keys for motivating all kinds of students to love learning for the rest of their lives.

More Than Just Another Day of School: Immediately Useful Strategies for Teaching Them the Way They Learn

Insights and practical strategies for recognizing and appreciating all kinds of learning styles. You’ll receive a quick and invaluable profile for identifying natural strengths for learners of all ages, and ideas for motivating them to take charge of their own success.

When Studying a Foreign Language, There is No Magic Pill!

With all the new technology that is available today: please don’t fall for the false mantra “There’s an app for that” when trying to learn another language. In this workshop, Señor Gamache will explore the different methods of language acquisition: if and why they work and even more important, why they don’t work. Before you spend…

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What Foreign Language Credits Will Be Accepted by Colleges and Universities? All Courses Are NOT Equal

To be accepted to a four-year university, your child will need two consecutive years of a foreign language. How do you know if the course or method he or she is taking will be accepted by that college or not? Dale Gamache will share his research on this very important topic in this interesting and informative…

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How Can I Teach My Kids a Foreign Language When I’m Not Fluent in That Foreign Language?

Not many parents have the language skills to teach their children a foreign language. In this seminar, we will explore the different options out there to teach foreign language at home. Dale Gamache will give encouraging answers to many of the questions he has heard repeatedly during my 32 years of Spanish instruction of children ages 4–18 and his…

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The Power of Adventure Learning

Dave Stotts has spent 15 years traveling the world to share history, on-location, in its worldview context. While producing 54 episodes of Drive Thru History, Dave has developed an “Adventure Learning” approach to education, designed to equip homeschool families with entertaining supplements for their history curriculum. In this session, Dave uses video clips to share…

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Taking the Fear Out of Fractions

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. What’s the right way to teach them? Come find the beauty and simplicity of fractions.

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.

Dyslexia, AD(H)D, Processing Disorders: Overcoming the Obstacles and Embracing the Gifts

What are the common characteristics shared by individuals with dyslexia, AD(H)D, and other processing disorders? How can they be so smart, yet struggle to read, learn, and/or focus? This presentation will give you new insight, understanding, and techniques to help your children find their potential and overcome their obstacles. It is time for a paradigm…

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Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Sensory Integrative Disorders, and Social Integration: Facilitating Missing Developmental Milestones and Participating Fully in Life

Whether your child has a diagnosis of ASD, PDD, PDD-NOS, Sensory Processing Disorder and/or Sensory Integrative Disorder, or just struggles with social integration/social communication, this presentation will provide you with a new understanding. What if the foundational issue is that there are missing developmental milestones? What if there is a way to facilitate your child…

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The Everyday Parent Manual: A Return to Parenting from Love and Compassion

What if you never had to search online or consult a parenting specialist with the question of, “What do I do when my kid…?”. What if you had tools that empowered you with the knowing of what to do in any situation? This presentation is about beginning the journey within yourself to reconnect with your children,…

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Beauty over Decadence: Winning the Battle against Pop Culture

Many of today’s educators have abandoned the centuries-old quest for beauty in order to pursue superficial trends. The knowledge of true beauty provides the best defense against cultural decadence. Tools for cultivating this knowledge are closer and easier to implement than you might think.

Learning from Rest: Cultivating Your Student’s Habits and Virtues to Become Lifelong Learners

For a few years now, many have been thinking about the importance of teaching from rest. This seminar is based on Dr. Perrin’s forthcoming book, Learning from Rest, and will explore the ways we can help our students to learn from rest. What does it look like when a student can restfully engage in learning…

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The Tradition of Scholé: How Christians Pursued Restful Learning Through the Ages and How to Recover It

Today in a frenetic, anxious world, how do we recover a truly restful approach to educating our children? The good news is that we don’t have to figure this out on our own. There is a long, rich tradition of scholé, or restful learning, that has informed education from the ancient period through most of…

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Why Children Must Play to Learn

We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply-retained lessons of life were derived from play, adventure,…

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The Lighter Side of Education: How to Relax, Enjoy, and Laugh, and Still Be an Educator

In this seminar, Dr. Perrin seeks to work out the maxim given to us by G.K. Chesterton: “A man should take his mission but not himself seriously.” He encourages teachers to see and cultivate the joy, humor, laughter, and peace that should characterize our teaching of and relationships with our students and colleagues. Dr. Perrin…

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Common Core: Dangers and Threats

Dr. Pesta is a widely sought-after national expert on the origins and dangers of Common Core. He has delivered more than 525 Common Core talks in 42 states, participated in thousands of radio interviews and TV spots, and interviewed about Common Core in international forums spanning from Canada to the United Kingdom to China. His…

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Crisis in Contemporary Education

How did we get here? Recent educational overreaches—from Common Core to the radical expansion of meaningless high stakes testing—have finally awakened parents across the county to the ongoing transformation of education that has occurred right under our noses. We have rapidly moved from an educational system emphasizing knowledge-based mastery of subject matter to an ideological…

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Indoctrination on the College Campus

A professor at a range of universities for the past twenty years, Dr. Pesta offers an eye-opening account of what your children can expect once they leave the safety and sanity of the home and enter the amoral, libertine, and leftist world of the public university system. From hyper-politicized curricula, to intolerant progressive advocacy, to…

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Homeschooling: The Environment for Genius

In 1957, psychologist Dr. Harold McCurdy investigated the lives of twenty geniuses like John Stuart Mill, John Quincy Adams, and Blaise Pascal. He wanted to find out if there was something about their childhoods that made them become geniuses. In the end, he found three things that all of them had in common while growing…

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Teaching Elementary Science Using History as a Guide

There are two main ways that science is taught today. The first method, called the spiral approach, teaches a wide range of topics every year, and students spend a little time on each topic. However, every few years, the topics are revisited, and students learn them in more depth. This method produces a high level…

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“Teaching” the Junior High & High School Sciences at Home

In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile explains how any parent can help his or her children learn science at the upper levels. As a former university teacher and a former high school teacher, Dr. Wile is a staunch advocate of homeschooling a student all the way through the high school years. He agrees that…

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Teaching Critical Thinking

One of the biggest failures of our public and private school systems is that they do not teach students how to think critically. In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you specific suggestions as to how you can teach your child to think critically, regardless of the subject matter. You will learn how to help your…

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Reasonable Faith: The Scientific Case for Christianity

This seminar is based on Dr. Jay L. Wile’s book Reasonable Faith: The Scientific Case for Christianity. It provides a step-by-step argument that shows science provides an enormous amount of evidence for the validity of the Christian faith. He first demonstrates how natural science clearly points to the existence of a Creator. He then shows…

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Getting Personal: The Theory of Personal Integration

This presentation contains the results of my doctoral dissertation research repackaged for the layperson. The study, Self-Made Writer: Writing Development Without Writing Instruction in the Charlotte Mason Home School, culminated in the development of a grounded theory on how children can develop as writers in this model when Mason said explicitly that “Lessons in composition are like…

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Improving Executive Skills to Promote Academic Success at the Elementary Level

This workshop will focus on practical strategies that parents can use to strengthen executive skill development during the elementary school years. Three primary strategies will be discussed, with real life examples of each provided. Dr. Dawson will describe a process parents can use to design a child-centered intervention strategy targeted to their child’s particular executive…

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Helping Teens Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential

This workshop will focus on practical strategies that parents can use to strengthen executive skill development during the teen years. These include effective communication tools designed to minimize conflict and maximize the collaborative efforts that are essential for motivating teenagers, as well as guidance for how to navigate the teen years with youth for whom…

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Defending Your Faith in The Real World

Always be prepared to make a defense for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). In this lively session, a former expert at self-defense, 4th Degree Black Belt, and 1993 World Amateur Karate Champion will use real-world illustrations coupled with biblical truth. Dr. Thomas White, president at Cedarville University and homeschool dad, will…

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How to Select a College and Prepare Your Student to Not Just Survive but Thrive

Over 50% of students walk away from the church during their first two years of college. In this session, Dr. Thomas White—Cedarville University President, theology professor, published author, and homeschool dad—will present straightforward truth and insider tips from almost 20 years in higher education leadership. Topics addressed will include the following: How to determine what…

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Math—When Will We Ever Use It?

This session will answer the frequent complaint of math students: “When will we ever use this?” High interest math investigations that will help students see the importance of learning and understanding mathematics. Students will need insight, creative problem solving, and collaboration to find solutions for each investigation. Session will include the following: The serious consequences that…

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The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But Are Rarely Taught)

Mathematicians and scientists have been closely tied to many famous disasters. The Challenger explosion, the failure of the Mars Explorer, and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse all involved thinking errors. Our future mathematicians and scientists must know how to prevent tragedies such as these from occurring. Because science and mathematics instruction is often…

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Nurturing a Mathematical Gift into a Passion

Research shows that thousands of hours of meaningful practice are the key to excellence in mathematics. Because of this, children who are talented in mathematics must not only progress through their curriculum at the proper pace, but also must be exposed to material that lights a fire and nurtures their gift. A failure to find…

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The Missing Part to Most Algebra Instruction: How to Use It in Real Life!

The invention of algebra is the most powerful problem-solving tool ever created. Unfortunately, algebra is too often taught as an abstract concept with no practical uses, because children are rarely taught to think algebraically. Learn how to incorporate real-life uses of algebra into your algebra instruction. This session will give you the answer to the…

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Help Your Nonstandard Learner

Find out what is happening in the brain of a struggling student—not in technical labels but in compassion and clarity. Discover hope from Esther, who knows from her own nonstandard learning experience what it is like to struggle in learning and then succeed. Learn ways to help your nonstandard learner thrive in learning and life!

How to Love Teaching a Reluctant Writer

Whatever work God calls you child to in the future, he or she will need to be an excellent communicator. Learn from someone who once was a reluctant writer but now is a published author who writes for pleasure every day. Come participate in writing activities you can use with your child to set them…

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How to Be a Unit Study P.R.O.

Whether you want ready-made unit studies or the tools to develop your own, this workshop could be the answer! Come for an overview and explanation of definitions, comparisons, and resources for implementing unit studies into your home. In this workshop, we will also develop your personal Unit Study P.R.O. skills and provide you tools to…

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Level-Headed Language Arts

Encompassing two of the three “R’s” of education, language arts can be a confusing labyrinth of curriculum products. Composition, grammar, handwriting, literature, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary – and don’t forget dictionary skills. Do you integrate them all or handle them separately. Each homeschool approach – classical, Charlotte Mason, and traditional – has its own perspective…

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There’s No Place Like Home

Whether you are new to homeschooling or wanting to learn if homeschooling is right for you, you are invited to join us in this interactive workshop. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling and explore various approaches to homeschooling; all with the goal of helping you discover your personal yellow brick road. Join…

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Lessons From Aesop’s The Cricket and The Ant: Pre-college Preparation for Music Study

Preparing teenage musicians for college involves the development of performance skill and a well-prepared mind, considerations about what a life in music would look like after college, and—most importantly—the establishment of his/her foundations in their faith as it relates to the pursuit of the performing arts. Whether you are considering Christian or secular colleges, this…

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Spelling You See: Radically Different Spelling Success without Word Lists, Tests, Stress, or Tears

Spelling You See’s carefully designed approach empowers instructors to help students develop skill and confidence in spelling through an effective, engaging, low-stress learning experience. Spelling You See’s format guides students through the four essential activities (listening, reading, copywork, and dictation) presented at the appropriate developmental stage. These activities help students transfer the correct spellings of…

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The Case for Truth

In this presentation, cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace will make the case for objective truth as he describes the distinction between objective and subjective truth claims, three lies about truth told in universities across America, and false definitions of truth. J. Warner will lay the foundation for the Christian worldview in this opening presentation.

Cold-Case Resurrection

In this presentation, cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace will teach students how detectives use abductive reasoning to determine if an explanation is reasonable. J. Warner will apply this approach to Jesus’ resurrection to see if the Christian explanation for the resurrection is the most reasonable.

Civics in 36 Hours

Institute on the Constitution’s Massey Campos will guide you through their self-taught U.S. Government Course from a Biblical Worldview. Upon completion of this course, your student will know more than the average politician about the U.S. Constitution and the original intent of the founders who framed our founding documents.