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This conference is a mix of parents most who homeschool their children and professionals who have a heart for homeschool parents.  This mix brings you the best of all worlds, and I hope you will enjoy the audio conference as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it all together.  Ready to learn? Just jump in and enjoy all of the audio sessions and handouts. ~ Felice Gerwitz

Speaker Sessions

Andrew Pudewa ~ Four Language Arts

When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing such things as: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, composition, etc. But actually, only one of these is correct! According to the classical (and the common sense) model, there are four core “language arts” and to teach each from the beginning in the proper way must be the highest priority for those who call themselves “writing educators.”

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Andrew Pudewa ~ Nurturing Competent Communicators

Nurturing Competent Communicators – The Power of Linguistic Patterns. 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 a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school? With humor and insight, Andrew will share the two easy but unbelievably powerful things you can do to build language patterns and nurture competent communicators in your family.

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Candy Foote – Saving Money and Coupons

Candy Foote uses her couponing skills to help feed and clothe her family with 10 children. She shares her hints and tips with us!

Handout for this session: Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations
Handout: Shop at Rite-Aid Mini Book
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Carol Barnier ~ Prodicals Author Interview

Carol Barnier is candid in her interview with host, Felice Gerwitz of the Information in a Nutshell Radio Show for authors. She discusses the writing process and her book.  Engaging Today’s Prodigal — Finally, someone who can share from within the mind of a prodigal—why she left, why she became an atheist, why the church needs a different response, and why there’s hope. Carol’s journey away from and back to faith has lessons for every hurting parent with a prodigal of their own.

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Carol Topp ~ Becoming a Published Author

How You (or Your Child) Can Become a Published Author

It is easier than ever to become a publisher author. If you have something to say, write it down and tell the world. Author, Carol Topp will show you how to do it quickly and inexpensively. As the author of Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, and other titles, Carol will explain the process to become a published author.

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Carol Topp ~ What Your Teens Can Learn From Running a Micro-Business

Your teenager can learn so much from starting a micro business including responsibility, confidence, time management and business skills. In addition they can practice writing and math skills and may even discover a future career or calling! Presenter Carol Topp, CPA has helped dozens of teenagers start a business and will discuss business plans, ideas and how a parent can help. Teenagers and their parents are encouraged to listen together!

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Carol Topp ~ IRS and Your Homeschool Group

If your homeschool group brings in more than $5,000 a year, you may need to be paying taxes to the IRS or better yet become a tax exempt organization. Presenter, Carol Topp, a homeschooling mother and CPA, has helped several homeschooling organizations obtain tax-exempt status with the IRS and will discuss the pros and cons of 501c3 status, offer tips, helpful resources and checklists

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Cathy Duffy ~ Interview with the Author of 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Join your host Felice Gerwitz as she asks Cathy questions from the audience on homeschool topics and curriculum choices.  Since 1984, Cathy Duffy has provided resources for the homeschooling community like her latest title 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum and her updated 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. Her website CathyDuffyReviews.com also features articles and reviews of other books Cathy believes are important for those interested in homeschooling, education, and related political and spiritual issues.  Her goal remains to help families successfully educate their own children!

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Cathy Duffy ~ Bonus Audio Learning Styles Choosing Curriculum

Having problems with uncooperative learners? Do you feel like your curriculum is as much hindrance as help? What about all those publishers who claim to have the best curriculum? How can we sort through all of this to figure out what will really be best for each of our children? Understanding learning styles helps us overcome many of the problems we encounter in home education. In this session we will first identify our own learning styles and those of our children. Then we will discuss methods of teaching to our children’s strengths and overcoming weaknesses using examples from various math programs.

Instructions for Handouts:  Cut out the one page description of each learning style to use while listening to this session.

Handouts For the Seminar: Cut Out in 4 parts
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Cheryl Pitt ~ Titus 2:1 Homeschool Bloggers

Cheryl Pitt has a vision and a heart for helping homeschoolers. Your host, Felice Gerwitz interviews Cheryl in this session to learn more about the convention and her vision for the future.  Cheryl, a happily married, Christian, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and the author of Somewhat Crunchy.  She loves to homeschool, write, travel and share her adventures with you!  She blogs about things which appeal to her, such as homeschool, curriculum, faith, recipes and all things child-rearing.  Her prayer is that this blog will bring glory to God and that He will be glorified in my imperfection.  She’s been homeschooling since 2001. She currently homeschools her two sons, Fox (15) and Bram (4).  She has been blessed with the opportunity to homeschool her two brothers-in-law, who also live with thme, Tony (15) and Billy (14). Her house is full of fun, love and testosterone!  Sometimes things get crazy, but they’re enjoying the journey.

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Chris Yust ~ Bringing Computer Science to Your Classroom

Do your students love computers, or are they thinking about a career in the Information Technology industry?  Do you need a high-quality computer science elective for a transcript?  How can you provide a stimulating computer education for your students when you aren’t an expert yourself?  Homeschool Programming, Inc. has the answers for you!  Join us for a discussion about teaching students how to write their own computer programs! Students 4th – 12th grade can learn what makes computer software really work and even write their own video games!  Come see how to ignite a passion for computers in your student that can lead to a high-paying career.

This forum will be led by Chris Yust, a professional software engineer with over 14 years of experience and a father of two homeschooled children. Title:  Bringing Computer Science to Your Classroom

“Chris Yust is a 14-year veteran of the software industry and a father of two homeschooled boys.  Chris and his wife Andrea are co-authors of several computer programming textbooks for kids and teens.  You are welcome to learn more about homeschool computer programming courses or contact Chris at www.homeschoolprogramming.com

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Curt and Sandra Lovelace ~ Author Interview

Missionaries and authors of a brand new book, Children and Church, Sandra and Curt Lovelace share an exclusive interview with Felice Gerwitz.

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Dan Peters ~ Picture Smart Bible

Dan Peters is the Creator of the Picture Smart Bible and in this interview he shares his vision and ways he teaches the Scriptures through this amazing curriculum.

Dan has a passion for the word of God. Having advanced in the field of graphics and marketing, in a rather surprising move, God impressed Mr. and Mrs. Peters to start a Christian school. Dan, who is an ordained minister, served as associate pastor and school administrator for 20 years, teaching Bible to both children and adults. During that time, God blended his love for the Scriptures with his artistic skills to produce The Picture-Smart Bible. Dan and Juanene now devote themselves to marketing and teaching this innovative, highly effective curriculum. You will enjoy this interview which explains the Picture Smart Bible and ways to use this with your family in your homeschool!

Handouts: Genesis Drawing
Handouts: Revelations Drawing
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Dave Clark ~ Interview Baseball Player

Dave Clark was introduced to me by a mutual friend and if you want to hear an inspiring story for all ages, listen in! Dave shares how a class mate “saved” his life and how he now pays it forward. An inspiration for any family with a child who is special needs or who struggles.

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Davis Carman ~ Dad’s Heart Exam

What is the Spiritual condition of your heart? Could we feel good about our Christian walk and possibly even look good to those around us when our hearts are actually on the verge of a spiritual breakdown?

The prophet Malachi wrote to God’s people about getting their hearts right and ready for the coming Messiah. The people of Israel were no longer living in captivity and no longer worshiped idols, yet they were in poor spiritual health. Their hearts harbored attitudes that needed correcting. In this talk, Davis briefly examines five of these heart issues and see how they might apply to the life of a homeschool parent.

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Donielle Mason ~ Homeschool Scholarship Foundation

Donielle was homeschooled through high school and part of a family of  eight kids, living in south Florida since 1985. Donielle is now a lawyer, while her siblings are: a public school teacher, firefighter, business owner, and all are professionals.  She along with her family sponsor the HERO Scholarship each year for home educated students. This presentation explains the process.

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Evonne Mandella ~ Happy Hearted Homeschol

In this session Evonne encourages and instructs homeschool moms on how to have a happy hearted homeschool. Topics Covered ~Learn The Importance Of Having A Great Attitude! ~Learn a Special Prayer To Pray for a Happy Heart! ~Get Themselves Excited For Homeschooling! ~Be Encouraged When Life Gets Hard! ~Be Affirmed In God’ Plan For Their Lifes! ~Be Commended For Walking the Narrow Road That Leads To Life! ~Kids Will Learn The Value Of Obedience! ~Kids Will Be Reminded How Good It Feels Inside To Be Obedient! ~They Will Be Reminded Of Some Practical Things They Can Do TODAY!

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Evonne Mandella ~ Believing in God

In This Exciting Workshop MOMS Will Discover How To BELIEVE GOD FOR A SPIRIT FILLED HOMESCHOOL! Evonne inspires moms to stand together on God’s Promises for their homes school journey. Includes: The Crashing Down of Homeschool Idols ~ The Myth of Goal Setting for our Children ~ How to have a Worship Lifestyle in your Homeschool ~ Discover the Real Reason for Homeschooling~ Jesus Christ!

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Felice Gerwitz – 10 Joys of Homeschooling

Is your homeschool joyful? How about reminders of the joyful times in homeschooling? With this audio you will hear what Felice considers dear to her heart, the love of her children and the time spent with them during her day.
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Felice Gerwitz – 10 Mistakes that Homeschool Moms Make

Felice shares the reason why so many mothers give up mid-stream from their calling to homeschool their children. In the ten mistakes homeschool moms make, Felice explores myths and issues within the homeschool community relying upon her years of homeschool experience (since 1986) and she shares ways to overcome these problems with real solutions.

Handout: 10 Mistakes Homeschool Moms Make
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Felice Gerwitz – Homeschooling with Proverbs

Felice shares her focus on the book of Proverbs with her family. This study is one she encourages all families to enjoy.

Handouts: Homeschooling with Proverbs

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Felice Gerwitz – Help Your Children Follow Their Dreams

Do your children have dreams? Do you have dreams for your children? How do you help your children follow their dreams? Felice shares ways to encourage your children. Taped live at the Finish Well Convention in Lake Mary Flordia.

Handouts: Help  Your Children Follow Their Dreams

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Felice Gerwitz – Creation Anatomy for Teens

Felice teaches a series of classes for the children on Anatomy and this one is geared to 5th – 8th grade. There are six classes in this series. Enjoy class one.

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Felice Gerwitz ~ Creation Anatomy ~ Younger Kids Class

Felice teaches the younger set a class about the Miracles of the Body! Based upon her book, “Creation Anatomy: The Miracles of the Body” This is class one in the Creation Anatomy Class Set

Handout: Creation Anatomy Class One K-4th Grade
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Hal Young ~ The World, The Flesh, The Young’ uns

The World, The Flesh, and The Young’uns: Protecting Your Wife in the Homeschooling Life (Hal) For Fathers
Studies show that nearly all of the active homeschooling task is done by the mother – which makes sense, because most fathers spend the majority of their days earning the family’s living.  While the teaching may be delegated to Mom, Dad needs to be aware of her critical need for more than financial and moral support.   She needs protection from things that may not have occurred to either one of them.  Hal Young points out where some of the hidden land mines lie, and offers suggestions for how husbands can protect their wives.

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Hal Young ~ Homeschooling and the Pursuit of Happiness

Homeschooling is a task that demands dedication, discipline, self-sacrifice and time. According to several research studies, though, homeschooling parents and their students are finding significant happiness and satisfaction in the experience. What gives? Find out in this unusual session that will encourage you that we’re doing the right thing.

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Heidi St. John ~ Author Interview

This session was taped on Felice’s podcast for authors. Heidi St. John appeared to discuss her latest book, “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight.”  Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. They have seven children ages 1 to 20 and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference speaker, Heidi approaches homeschooling with humor and grace at events all across North America. Her passion to encourage homeschool moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be. Her latest book reflects this passion.  This episode will focus on the outgrowth of Heid’s passion which she shares via a speaking platform and her printed products. Information about Heidi’s book can be found here.

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Heidi St. John ~ The Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight

“The Guide to Daylight” focuses on helping moms mange their homes while they learn to surrender to God’s plan—which often looks different from our own!  Heidi also offers a journal for ALL moms – beautifully illustrated and packed with some of Heidi’s favorite tips on journaling including journaling with children!  So if you’re trying to juggle children, homeschooling, housekeeping, and your sweet husband – you’ve come to the right place! Heidi’s books and message will encourage and inspire you to be the wife and mom God has created you to be.

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Heidi St. John ~ The Busy Mom’s Guide to Romance

Homeschooling offers parents the best opportunity to shepherd their children both academically and spiritually. Yes. It’s worth it. But do you ever feel as if your life is “all homeschool—all the time?”  Do you ever wonder where the girl your husband married went? This book is for every mom who has collapsed into bed at the end of the day, looked into the eyes of her husband and promised “tomorrow” she’d have time for him. Trouble is, tomorrow finds her more exhausted than the day before.  If you have ever felt caught between the demands of homeschooling your children and meeting the needs of your husband, you’re not alone. Read and discover how even a busy homeschool mom can make time to nurture her marriage. It’s not as hard as you think—and more important than you may realize.

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Israel Wayne ~ Being Salt and Light

Israel Wayne shares his hallmark session on Being Salt and Light and what that means to Christian Parents homeschool parents. This session contains a wealth of information.

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Jamerril Stewart ~ Affording the Homeschool Life

Affording the Homeschool Life offers money saving helps for homeschooling families.  Here you’ll fine everything from affording homeschooling curriculum to stretching grocery dollars.

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Jeannie Fulbright ~ Methods that Win and Methods that Wipe Out

We’ve all made mistakes and we’ve all had methods that worked fabulously! In this session, author Jeannie Fulbright shares the ones that work and those that wipe out with your children. This is a special evening session in our ongoing monthly series, Mommy Jammies Night! Put on your jammies and join us as you listen

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Jenny Smith ~ Author of “Seriously, God?”

Join your host Felice Gerwitz (WritingandPublishingRadio.com) as she interviews, Jenny Smith the author of the book, “Seriously God”. Jenny shares statements of Jesus from the Book of John, that will transform any heart from feeling abandoned to a heart that stays steady even as life shakes all around.

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Jenny Smith ~ “Seriously, God?”

Over the course of the last two years, like so many families, we faced foreclosure, job loss, the anxiety of no health insurance, and having to learn to adapt to a different income bracket. Somehow, adapting to a higher one had never been an issue.

I remember as I walked through our house one last time knowing I had to pull myself together quickly. I paused looking in the girl’s bedrooms, painted exactly how they had wanted. I walk through the living room smiling, remembering when my friend had spent days painting those walls with me. The front door beckoned me to open it one last time. As my hand grasped the knob all of a sudden I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t open that door and walk to the truck piled high with our belongings. My head rested on the frame as tears filled my eyes. How did we get to this place?

Oh, I remembered all the mistakes we had made, but when we finally began to wake up, we immediately turned to God. We had thought he would come through. I struggled with how God had let me down, where was he? Why didn’t he provide a job where we could maintain our standard of living? My whole Christian life had been built on this understanding of God being our provider, the one who when we had a need we went to and he provided. What happened? We were doing everything we knew to do and it wasn’t working.

I share this story in my book, Seriously God and in this session. The journey God took me on, showed me how knowing the seven I Am statements of Jesus from the Book of John, would transform my heart from feeling abandoned to a heart that stays steady even as life shakes all around me.

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Jerri Warren ~ Speech Communication

“Pblc spkn! LoL C YA L8R”  (Translation: Public Speaking! Laughing Out Loud! See you later)

Jerry Warren is a professional speech teacher and passionate about her topic, which is why she wrote “Show Don’t Tell: A Guide to Purpose Driven Speech.” In this first session she will discuss why most avoid the opportunities to speak publicly and how to change nervousness into positive energy. She discusses the two speeches that we will give most often in our lifetime – how to properly say your name and introduce yourself and how to introduce someone you know to someone else. She includes two exercises in this session. These are Exercise #1 and Exercise #4. See attached handouts here:

Exercise #1
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Jerri Warren ~ “Ready, Set, Say”

Jerri continues this second session of public speaking and includes learning to refocus the students thoughts about public speaking, getting past nervousness, how to approach the four speech types and the importance of enunciation. The handout for this session is Exercise #6.  Jerry Warren is a professional speech teacher and passionate about her topic, which is why she wrote “Show Don’t Tell: A Guide to Purpose Driven Speech.”

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Jerri Warren ~ Break a Leg

In acting “break a leg” is known as a bidding to do good. In this session Jerri discusses “The Road to Tell” and explains how to prepare for the most fun of all speeches – the demonstration.  Jerry Warren is a professional speech teacher and passionate about her topic, which is why she wrote “Show Don’t Tell: A Guide to Purpose Driven Speech.”

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Jim Hodges ~ Henty Audio Creator Interview

Join your host, Felice Gerwitz and her guest, Jim Hodges the creator of the Henty Audios and more. You’ll enjoy this short interview with a man whose voice most of us have come to know well.

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Jim Hodges ~ How Henty Helps with History, Geography, Vocabulary and Character

Jim Hodges recorded this talk at the Denver, Colorado Homeschool convention. This audio will help you to incorporate this amazing author into many subject areas as you raise up Mighty Men of Valor and Daughters of Virtue!

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Jimmie Lanley ~ Take Charge with Notebooking

Notebooks work for both mom and for students. Learn how to organize your homeschool, document your lessons, and stay centered on your goals with a mom’s homeschool notebook. Hear what to put in it, how to set it up, and how to use it.

Then discover how to use notebooking with your children to maximize their learning. Notebooking is a flexible and affordable instructional method that works with any style of education whether Charlotte Mason, textbook, classical, or unschooling. Learn the secret of notebooking that simplifies your lesson planning and organizes your children’s work.

Jimmie Lanley is the mother of one creative twelve year old daughter. Living abroad in China necessitated the original choice to homeschool. But now that she and her family are back in Tennessee, Jimmie can’t imagine any other way to educate her now middle schooler. Jimmie’s Collage is where she blogs about her Charlotte Mason styled homeschool. In the early years, Jimmie’s lesson plans were full of hands-on activities and lapbooks. As the years passed, she began using more and more notebooking and became so passionate about the method that she created her second blog, The Notebooking Fairy. That site features free notebooking printables and how-tos plus the affordable eBook guide Notebooking Success.

Handout: 50 Things to put in a Notebook

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Jolanthe Erb ~ Homeschool Creations Blogger

Join your host, Felice Gerwitz as she interviews guest, Jolanthe Erb a mom who began blogging out of a sense of accountability and then grew her blog quickly by leaps and bounds just sharing her heart with other homeschool moms. Jolanthe Blogs at the Homeschool Creations.

Weekly Preschool Layout
Weekly Preschool Planner
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Joy Marie Dunlap – Interview Homeschool Mom 

A graduated homeschool mom, and author, Joy Marie shares the joys and struggles of schooling as a woman who has struggled with physical illness. She proudly shares her experiences and this is an encouragement to us all. Joy Marie and her husband James own Lighthouse Publishing.

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Joy Marie Dunlap – Teaching Early Math

A graduated homeschool mom, and author, Joy Marie shares ways to teach young children math skills with hands-on activities that encourage and teach.

Handout: Math Activities

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Joy Marie Dunlap – Teaching Art Principles Through Coloring

A graduated homeschool mom, and author, Joy Marie shares ways to teach young children art principles through coloring. Visit the convention bag for more details and handouts of Joy Marie’s offerings through their ministry Light Home.

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Joy Marie Dunlap – Teaching Art Principles Through Coloring

A graduated homeschool mom, and author, Joy Marie shares ways to teach young children art principles through coloring. Visit the convention bag for more details and handouts of Joy Marie’s offerings through their ministry Light Home.

Handout: Coloring Activities
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Judy Dudich ~ I Surrender

Judy Dudich is the author of “I Surrender”, a popular, new study guide for women, seeking to make Christ the center of their daily lives.

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Judy Dudich ~ Shepherding A Child’s Heart

Judy Dudich is the author of “I Surrender”, a popular, new study guide for women, seeking to make Christ the center of their daily lives an din this episode she shares how we as mothers can shepherd our child’s heart.

Handout for this session: Tending Hearts
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Judy Dudich ~ Creative and Fun Homeschooling

Judy Dudich is the author of “I Surrender”, a popular, new study guide for women, seeking to make Christ the center of their daily lives an din this episode she shares how we as mothers can shepherd our child’s heart.

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Julianna Curtis ~ College Debt Free and Transcripts

Going to College Debt Free and Transcripts.  Julianna will show you how to go to college debt-free, giving real life examples of how she and other homeschool grads have made it through college without borrowing any money.

Handouts: College Planning Guide
Handout: College Application Process
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Kate Curtis ~ Writing Tips for a College Professor

Handouts: Writing Tips
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Kathie Morrissey ~ Avoiding Burnout Achieving Balance

As homeschooling parents struggle to get everything done that needs to be done, often they end up with homeschool burnout. It doesn’t take much to throw things out of balance, so we must be aware of some of the “enemies” that get you off balance, and lead to burnout. Kathie will address the issues of physical, emotional, and spiritual burnout, as well as the need for self-renewal.

Kathie Morrissey, the mother of 8 children, is a committed homeschooling mom of 26 years. Kathie is the founder of the Courtship Connection, as well as a popular speaker at homeschool conventions and support groups, family seminars, and mother/daughter banquets. Her heart’s desire is to help and encourage parents in raising Godly children with strong Christian character. Her six oldest have graduated from their homeschool, and she continues to teach the two youngest.

Handout for this session: Avoiding Burnout
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Kathie Morrissey ~ Teaching Multi-Level Children

Teaching Multi-Aged children? You will not want to miss this expert by long time homeschool mom.

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Kathie Morrissey ~ Training Character

Character is the most important fruit that parents can nurture in their children, and is the foundation for academic learning. Discover how character is learned and how to establish a plan for teaching it to your children. Kathie will give several creative ways you can encourage your children to develop in this important area. After hearing this, you will be motivated, and full of ideas to use with your own children.

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Kathie Morrissey ~ Courtship

Dating or Courtship: Choose God’s Best!  The dangers of dating will be discussed, and then the Biblical alternative of courtship will be explained. Find out what is meant by courtship, and how to implement it in your family. Don’t wait till this is a problem with your young people. Decide now how to deal with boy/girl relationships!

Handout: Dating and Courtship
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Ken Lambert ~ Author Interview

Ken Lambert is the co-author of an interesting book on the Top Ten Most Influential Christians.

Handouts: Christian History
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Kendra Fletcher – Preschoolers, Prep, and Peace

Preschoolers, Preparation, and Peace- How do I educate the older children in my home while keeping the toddler out of trouble?  Homeschooling with preschoolers underfoot is all Kendra Fletcher has ever known.  If you need a boost of encouragement and some fresh ideas for gaining peace in your homeschool this coming school year, then join Kendra as she shares from her home where eight children reside.

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Kendra Fletcher – Practical Classical

Practical Classical: Preparing Preschoolers, High Schoolers, and Everyone In-Between— Classical Education is completely do-able, even if you are educating a broad spectrum of ages.  Classical homeschooler and mother of eight, Kendra Fletcher shares tips and insight into educating high schoolers, middle schoolers, elementary students, and preschoolers all in the same classical homeschool.

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Kim Kautzer ~ The Lazy Student: What’s a Mom to Do?

No matter how much time you allow, why is it that your student waits till the very last minute to tackle a writing assignment? Is it procrastination . . . or just plain laziness? Either way, you can’t seem to figure out how to motivate this child! In this session, Kim helps you discover the similarities and differences between procrastination and laziness, and offers practical advice on helping your dawdler set—and meet—writing goals and deadlines.

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Lorrie Flem ~ God’s Plan is Perfect for You

Lorrie Flem ~ Mommy Jammies Night Speaker!  One of our special evenings for moms all over the USA! Special speaker, Lorrie Flem shares how God’s Plan is Perfect for You. She is the author of the Eternal Encouragement Magazine.

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Maggie Hogan ~ Geography –We’d Be Lost Without It!

Maggie Hogan is the innovative thinker behind Bright Ideas Press. This session is on teaching Geography and History through Literature.

Handouts: Geography and History Through Literature full slides
Handouts: Smaller Handouts with Lines for notes
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Marilyn Rockett ~ Speed of Life Homeschooling

Author of Homeschooling at the Speed of Life ~ Tips on Homeschooling and Organization!
 Marilyn Rockett is a “graduated” homeschool mom of four grown sons (and three beautiful daughters-in-law) and Mimi to six grandsons, one granddaughter, and two great-grandsons, teaching for fifteen years before the Rocketts ran out of sons to teach. She is a contributor to multiple books and author of Homeschooling at the Speed of Life that provides encouragement and organizational helps with a scriptural emphasis. For almost thirty years, Marilyn has worked in the homeschool community locally, statewide, and nationally and has contributed articles to many publications. She is a regular columnist and Editor in Chief for Homeschooling Today® magazine.

Mary Jo Tate ~ Just Say No to Interruptions and Distractions

Interruptions are one of the main challenges that homeschool moms and work-at-home moms face. Mary Jo Tate, an international editor and homeschooling mom of 4 boys, will share her strategies for dealing with the three main types of hindrances to getting things done: people (including yourself!), stuff, and activities.

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Mary Jo Tate ~ Building a Home Library

The Eclectic Bibliophile: A Passion for Books and Building a Home Library.  Mary Jo shares a winsome picture of the influences that developed her lifelong love of books and encourages homeschoolers to use “living books” with their children. She offers practical suggestions for finding worthy books and incorporating them into your family’s life and education.

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Melanie Wilson, PhD ~ How to Guide the Gift in Your Child

How to Guide the Gift in Your Child was taped at a Live Convention and Supplied by Melanie!  As homeschoolers, we are not only our child’s teacher, but his guidance counselor as well. Serving in this latter role can be more challenging when your child is gifted, talented, twice-exceptional, or just plain unique. In this session, Christian psychologist and homeschooler, Dr. Melanie Wilson, will equip us to understand, accept, and lead our gifted children in the way they should go.

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Melanie Wilson, PhD ~ So  You’re Not Wonder Woman

In this interview learn from Melanie Wislon, what she hoped to accomplish by writing her book in this bonus interview from the Information in a Nutshell author’s website.  From Melanie: “I was a doctoral student in clinical psychology who couldn’t seem to change…it seemed I had done everything right, and when it seemed I had all the answers. I had never been more miserable.”  Melanie Wilson, PhD is the author of “So You’re Not Wonder Woman” Today she speaks for church, women’s, and homeschool groups and recognizes that one of the reasons she’s invited is because of her Ph.D. in psychology. Most people believe, as she did, that her Ph.D. is a great asset. In her life, it’s been a stumbling block—a central part of her if-it-is-to-be-it’s-up-to-me life philosophy. Only when she was failing in every area of her life did she look outside of herself.  She wrote So You’re Not Wonder Woman to share her journey from chaos to Christ with women who wonder why they can’t change.

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Melanie Wilson, PhD ~ Homeschooled and Still Anxious

Homeschooled and Still Anxious — Taped at a Live Convention and Supplied by Melanie! Bringing or keeping an anxious child home from traditional school can help her avoid the most common anxiety triggers. But many homeschooled children still battle a variety of fears and stresses—some of which may interfere with school and daily living. Christian psychologist and homeschooler, Dr. Melanie Wilson, is consulted for help with childhood anxiety more than any other concern. She will share coping tools that parents can teach their children–tools that can help anxious moms and dads, too.

Handout: Anxious
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Hal and Melanie Wilson – Homeschooling is Not Enough

Homeschooling is not enough, because none of it will matter if they don’t follow Christ. Many homeschoolers hope and pray that because they’ve homeschooled their children will turn out all right, but unfortunately, we are seeing a number of homeschooled children turning away from God in rebellion. We can’t make our children serve Christ, but we can make sure we aren’t standing in the way! Find out about the power of delighting in your children and loving them as Christ loves us. Hear how to point them to the Savior and teach them to serve Him!

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Loving Your Spouse ~ Melanie Young –Mommy Jammies Night

Melanie Young joins us for a special evening session with the girls! If you missed this session you will be happy to know we host them monthly with moms with a heart for homeschooling and blessing us with their journey.
Handouts: Mommy Jammies Night Loving Your Spouse

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Hal and Melanie Young – The Joy of Teens

The Joy of Teens: Seeing Your Children Walk in Truth  – “You just wait ’til their teens!” is a warning all of us have heard, but our experience has put the lie to it. Sure, there are times of upheaval, but there’s more than enough joy to make up for it. Join Hal & Melanie Young, parents of two homeschool graduates, two more teens and four more after them, as they share how to help your teens navigate the turmoil and how to really enjoy those last few years you have them at home.

Meredith Curtis – Finish Well Organizer – with Genesis

Meredith Curtis – Finish Well Organizer – with Genesis

Looking at homeschooling from birth to graduation is the focus of this workshop, keeping the big picture in mind while you walk out the details of teaching! The focus is on experiencing God’s Presence and Help in your homeschooling with long-term vision and goals at the forefront of your planning and teaching. Learn to make Christ-centered long-term goals for your family and your children’s education. (Joyful and Successful Homeschooling Volume I by Meredith Curtis)
Handout: Joyful Homeschool

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Meredith Curtis – Raising World Changers

Raising World Changers (Meredith Curtis) Twelve men, mentored by Jesus, turned the world upside-down. Your homeschooled teens can change the world for the glory of God before and after graduation. Homeschool with purpose so that you focus on what is truly the most important as you equip your children for life, beginning in the early years.

Handout: Raising World Changers
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Meredith Curtis – A Christian Worldview of Economics and Government

Meredith shares what real economics from a Biblical perspective looks like! The World would be a better place!!

Handout: Christian World View Government and Economics

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Meredith Curtis – Creating a Nurturing Environment

A nurturing environment is filled with excellent books, art works, music, instruments, art media, tools, and all kinds of things that can stir up curiousity. Meredith shares ways to create an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and curiosity to foster a lifestyle of learning.

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Meredith Curtis – Choosing Curriculum

So many choices! Where should you begin? Learn how to investigate curriculum to see if it will work for your family and what to do with curriculum that is less than ideal once you have purchased it. Meredith shares simple principles that work every time you need to make curriculum choices.

Handout: Curriculum Information
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Meredith Curtis – Teaching Character with Living Books

Living books have impacted us, helping us to grow in wisdom and holy living. We pass those books on to our children. Novels, classics, inspirational books, and the Holy Bible are perfect tools to instill godly character in the lives of our children. Learn practical ways to use living books to transform lives and prepare children for the future when they have homes of their own.

Handout: Nurturing Enviornment
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Meredith Curtis – Living Debt Free

Meredith Curtis is a mom and pastor’s wife and knows what it means to live on a budget, but what about Debt Free! Listen to this amazing session and be blessed!

Handouts: Living Debt Free
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Meredith Curtis – Lesson Planning

Meredith Curtis takes the mystery out of planning your lessons in this informative talk. She explains how to take the year and plan to finish your books on time. Great suggestions and explanations are sure to take your planning to a new, stress-free level.

Handout: Lesson Plan

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Mike Curtis – Dealing with Rebellion

Unfortunately, rebellion is a big problem in homeschooling families across America. There is a simple solution to root out this stubborn weed, but it will require hard work on your part. If you are willing to take your role seriously as a parent and mentor, the Lord can do a miracle in your teen’s life. But first, He may just have to do a miracle in your heart too.

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Mike Richardson – Interview

While we realize our homeschool world is International, it is always nice to connect to homeschoolers such as Mike Richardson. I met Mike at the Christian Alliance Conference, a homeschool association made up of Christian leadership. Mike shares his how he (an American citizen) was lead to Mexico and ministering to others

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Mike Smith – HSLDA President

Join your host, Felice Gerwitz as she discusses the role that HSLDA plays in the defense of homeschool rights with her guest, the President of HSLDA, Mike Smith.

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Rachel Carman – Soundbites from Heaven

Mommy Jammies Night speaker Rachel Carman! Get ready to be blessed!  This seminar is based on a book, by homeschool mom and author, Rachel Davis, Soundbites from Heaven. Rachel Carman knows how noisy it can get when you’re raising children. She has seven! SoundBites from Heaven will help you hear God’s still, small voice in the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to listen to God’s instructions for YOU while you parent your children.

Handout : Sound Bites
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Homeschool Foundation ~ Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is a ministry of the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA.  They are a network of volunteers seeking to meet the physical and financial needs of struggling homeschoolers. Together they bring the resources and volunteers necessary to implement service projects and meet tangible needs of hurting homeschool families.

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Regina Hicks ~ Vocational Training

Join your host Felice Gerwitz and her guest, Regina Hicks who discusses Vocational Training and homeschooling. Not every child is college bound, what if yours is interested in fine-tuning their vocational skills. What do you do? Where do you go? Regina a graduated homeschool mom, having four children she schooled from K-12 shares her insights with you.

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Sarah Shelton ~ Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Health Meals

Sarah Shelton and her husband run Bellaministries.com and she is a homeschooled mother of 4 ages 12, 7, 4 and a one year old. She co-leads a homeschool group. Additionally she really tries to cook from scratch and serve healthy convenient meals to her  family.  Most of these meals come right out of our food storage. As a distributor for Shelf Reliance/Thrive Foods (these are also the foods her husband takes with him for his teams when they travel overseas). She hosts demos and parties to help teach others how to get prepared and to show how wonderful and convenient the food can be.

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Sharon Jeffus ~ Art Education

Sharon Jeffus is a master artist and graduated two homeschool sons. In this session, one of two parts, she shares the importance of art education in the home.

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Sharon Jeffus ~ Teaching Special Needs Art

Sharon Jeffus is a master artist and graduated two homeschool sons. In this session second session she shares the importance of art education for those with special needs.

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Susan Evans ~ Overcoming Burnout

Susan is a homeschool mom who loves to act and excite her children with hands-on productions. In this session she shares her heart and ways to overcome burn-out.

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Tara Jenner ~ Reading and Comprehension

Join Tara Jenner, of the Brain Trainers (www.BrainTrainers.net) as she takes the mystery out of reading. She will help you build a foundation of reading basics for new or struggling readers. She will will also share specific tips to improve reading comprehension for your proficient reader.

Handout: Reading and Comprehension

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Tiany Davis ~ The Homeschool Lounge

Did you know there was a lounge for homeschoolers? Similar to a teacher’s lounge this one caters to those who have a heart and love for homeschooling! Join your host Felice Gerwitz as she interviews Tiany Davis the creator of The Homeschool Lounge.

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Tom Blubaugh ~ Author Interview

Tom wrote a book of interest to the homeschool community. Night of the Cossack, which was published by Bound by Faith Publishers. He is currently writing a sequel.  Tom is  retired but active senior and enjoy writing, photography, Bocce Ball, horseshoes and time with my wife, Barbara, and family. He has six adult children now and fourteen grandchildren.  Night of the Cossack also has a 10 Day Lesson Plan by Theresa Franklin is now available for Kindle.

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Keeping the H.E.A.R.T in Homeschooling – Tracy Klicka

As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged or need some fresh perspective, come and be renewed in these five key areas of your homeschooling adventure.

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Tricia Goyer – Dreams of Being a Mom

Tricia is a homeschool mom and author of 31+ books, she and her husband have three children and currently are considering another adoption. Tricia claims she loves homeschooling so much she isn’t ready to stop anytime soon! Enjoy this heart warming episode of Mommy Jammies Night (and listen closely and you can hear Tricia’s little one several times in the background!).

Handout: 17 Points for Mommy’s Night from Tricia
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Tricia Goyer – Dreams of Being a Mom

Tricia is a homeschool mom and author of 31+ books, she and her husband have three children and currently are considering another adoption. Tricia claims she loves homeschooling so much she isn’t ready to stop anytime soon! Enjoy this heart warming episode of Mommy Jammies Night (and listen closely and you can hear Tricia’s little one several times in the background!).

Handout: 17 Points for Mommy’s Night from Tricia
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Tricia Goyer – Author Interview

Tricia is a homeschool mom and author of 31+ books. Felice interviewed Tricia about her work and how she manages to do it all. Enjoy this audio.

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Tyler Hogan ~ Academic Writing

 Boot Camp for Research and Reports – College-bound homeschoolers need strong writing skills, and in particular research and report writing skills. Come learn the basic principles behind academic writing as we discuss format, style, citations, and many other oft-neglected but crucial elements to successful collegiate writing.  (Teens and Parents)

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Tyler Hogan ~ Entrepreneurs at Home

Are you or your teens looking for some extra cash? Got the “business bug”? Looking to get some great experience with work and finances? Then entrepreneurship may be for you! Come learn the ins-and-outs of home business start-up, growth, and management from the ground up. Whether you’re looking to build your product, service, or web-based enterprise, you’ll find lots of great ideas, resources, and scriptural principals to help you on your way.  (Teens and Parents)

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BONUS AUDIOS

Cindy Rushton ~ Make Your Own Writing Great

Encore Presentation – Best of Cindy Rushton  – This is a classic audio of one of the past years’ of expo seminars by the originator of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy Rushton.

Handout: Make Your Writing Great
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Cindy Rushton ~ Recharge Your Homeschool

Encore Presentation – Best of Cindy Rushton.  This is a classic audio of one of the past years’ of expo seminars by the originator of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy Rushton.

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Cindy Rushton ~ Copywork

Encore Presentation – Best of Cindy Rushton.  This is a classic audio of one of the past years’ of expo seminars by the originator of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy Rushton.

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Cindy Rushton ~ Date Your Mate

Encore Presentation – Best of Cindy Rushton.  This is a classic audio of one of the past years’ of expo seminars by the originator of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy Rushton.

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Tammy Cardwell ~ Bonus Interview and Q&A Sessions

Encore Presentation – Best of Cindy Rushton.  This is a classic audio of one of the past years’ of expo seminars by the originator of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy Rushton.

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