Scripture speaks about transformation in a way that is life-changing. Being homeschoolers we are changing the face of families, children, education, and ultimately creating a better world beginning within our OWN homes, first! This expo event will feature speakers who are world changers, and uncompromising in their Christian faith. They walk the narrow road and along the way have been called by the Lord to share their experiences in home education, teaching methods, management tips and more with you!
Part 1- Beginning of the Year Check Up – Felice Gerwitz
We get ready to homeschool – but are we really ready? In this informative talk, Felice shares how to be sure you remembered everything and a checklist to boot!
Creating a Nurturing Environment – Meredith Curtis
Women were created to bring forth and sustain life. Walk in your God-given anointing and create a nurturing environment in your home. Fill your house with excellent books, art works, music, instruments, art media, tools, and all kinds of things that can stir up curiosity. Meredith shares ways to create an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and curiosity to foster a lifestyle of learning.
Grocery Shopping with the Children – Rebecca Brandt
Yes, you can go to the grocery store with children, incorporate a school lesson or two and come back sane! Listen to this session by blogger, Rebecca Brandt and you will walk way with great ideas and tips for shopping with the little ones.
Teaching with Timelines – Amy Pak
With eras of “time” being such an abstract concept, a child can have difficulties wrapping his young mind around the idea of it! By grounding events and people to a timeline, history becomes much more manageable to understand. Come hear creative ways to incorporate timelines and other uses of timeline figures into YOUR studies, and ultimately to understand how timelines help put the puzzle of history together!
Give Your Needs to God – Heather Nieman
How Homeschooling Taught Us to Be Frugal – When we were first married, my husband and I were not great with finances (to say the least!) After closing our family business and then deciding to homeschool, we needed to change. This is the story God wrote through us, about how Homeschooling taught us to be frugal and how God is faithful to meet our needs when we rely on Him.
End of the Year – Check UP – Felice Gerwitz
Felice shares things to know for the end of the year evaluations, planning events and keep your schedule from going insane with all the things necessary to wrap up your school year — she will also share info for those of you who school year-round.
Taming Momma – Dealing with Anger – LaToya Edwards
Do you struggle with frustration and anger towards your children? For year I battled with mommy anger towards my precious boys. I felt ashamed and all alone in the fight. Ladies if this is something that you struggled with don’t feel beaten down by guilt and shame. You are definitely not alone.
Parenting Little Ones from a Place of Grace – Kendra Fletcher
The early years of parenting require diligence, consistency, and heaps of grace. Is it possible to train little ones in the way they should go while showering them with the grace of the gospel? Kendra Fletcher has parented 8 little ones and has learned big lessons about grace along the way.
Homeschooling Administration – Katie Honor
Homeschooling record keeping and administration is easily accomplished with tips by Katie! She shares how she homeschools in Mexico as a church-planting missionary, along with her husband and their children.
The 8 Types of Learners – Jen Lilenstein
The 8 types of learners – the key role that personality type plays in how your kids learn best. Popular culture acknowledges the importance of personality type when choosing a spouse, a career, friends, or even the most effective ways of disciplining our children. However, personality type also matters in learning…and it matters as young as Kindergarten. This seminar will explore the ways that different personality types get organized, manage time, approach new concepts, gather data, listen, and get motivated. Jen is the owner of KIDZMET.com. Download Handouts Here Video Link Here Download or Listen to Audio
Author: A Cry From Egypt – Hope Auer
Hope has been writing stories and plays actively for many years. She was homeschooled and learned alongside her parents. In this interview Felice delves into the reason she writes and about her new book. If you are interested in writing or your children want to write this will be a great audio to listen to again, and again.
Homeschooling the Challenging Child – Melanie Wilson, PhD
He questions everything. She insists on her own way. If your child hasn’t signed off on your homeschool program, you might be dealing with a strong-willed child. You can’t outwill them, but you can outwit them. Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooler, Dr. Melanie Wilson, shares how.
Coins for Hope – Interview – Chip and Patti Holmes
An amazing story about how two ordinary people have given their time to help others.
Choosing and Using Curriculum – Joyce Herzog
Understand your Curriculum choices so you can choose more effectively! Joyce presents principles to consider as well as specific comments on many available materials and their effectiveness. This will help you understand your needs better so you waste less money on materials that don’t work! We do address special needs, but have much to offer every parent making curriculum choices. Confused about educational styles, grade levels, or what your learner can do independently? Want to know the pros and cons of various reading and math curricula? Come hear this before you spend your $!
Homeschooling Boys – Jennifer Dunlap
The joys and frustrations that come with educating boys without squashing all that makes them unique as boys is the topic of this seminar. Jen shares tips and suggestions to help channel their energy and interests towards shaping them into the men God is calling them to be. Jennifer is the mom of six adopted children from various countries.
Frugally Homeschooling – Heather Nieman
Frugally Homeschooling – How to Stretch a Small Budget! We’ve all experienced the sticker shock when we look though those beautiful curriculum catalogs, but homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive! Here are some practical ways that we homeschool on a small budget – and you can, too!
Nifty Teaching Tricks & Tips – Joyce Herzog
Great ideas that will revolutionize HOW you teach and your effectiveness. See how to use graph paper to simplify the teaching of everything from printing and addition, to perimeter and square root! Learn ways to reuse any workbook, instantly improve reading for some children, make learning math facts fun and easy, record progress, and more!
An Interview – Adopting Six Children – Jennifer Dunlap
To say you have six children is one thing, to find out the six children are from three different countries is another! Felice Gerwitz, interviews Jennifer Dunlap and learns what moved her heart from to just be a “mom” however the Lord wanted.
Homeless But Not Without Shelter – LaToya Edwards
Homeless But Not Without Shelter: A Lesson in God’s Provision For three months last year my boys and I were homeless. It was a hard season to walk through but I learned many lessons about true fellowship, pride and God’s provision. During those months when I had no place to live God was there every single step of the way. I truly experience Psalms 37:25 ” I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
Teaching History In Order – Joyce Herzog
Why would you want to? How would you do it? Many approaches to teaching history leave us bored with names and dates and wars, but teaching history should begin with the Creator and Creation and a thorough understanding of His Word. Only in that context can the full story be understood. Still, children are “big picture” learners… How can we give them a framework within which to view history’s story? Come, see it work and gain both perspective and resources to continue.
Choosing Freedom in Homeschooling – Jen Reyneri
In a world of endless noise, household responsibilities and homeschool duties, it is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed and waiting for God’s lead in each and every choice we make for our homeschool. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison just to see if we measure up. The irony is that this comparison will trap us from experiencing the true freedom that we are so blessed with in our families and our homeschool. Tune in to learn some ways to break this cycle and experience the true freedom the Lord offers each of us in our choice to homeschool.
Disciplining Between Extremes – Melanie Wilson PhD
We all know parents who discipline their children too harshly or don’t discipline them at all. How can we be sure we haven’t taken our approach to discipline too far? Psychologist and veteran homeschooler, Dr. Melanie Wilson, will help you evaluate your discipline strategy in light of God’s Word. She will share simple, effective practices for child training that will keep you on the narrow path.
Simplified Grammar – Joyce Herzog
Teaching grammar doesn’t have to be boring, stilted or anxious! In this one-hour workshop, most parents learn and understand more grammar than they did in their whole school career. And even better than that, are ready to teach it in a way that makes sense. This class will teach you how to teach grammar with understanding from simple sentences and their parts through the parts of speech, sentence complements and kinds of sentences. Come and see how!
Taking Care of Mom – SOS – Felice Gerwitz
Felice knows about burning the candle at both ends and when she is at the end of her rope, there is only one place to look…up! Felice shares what keeps her going, the wind behind her sails and how she has learned to take-time-for…MOM! This inspiring talk will give you some simple keys to keep going in spite of it all!
Mentoring Your Child – Meredith Curtis
We want to raise our children to love Jesus and walk with Him all the days of their lives. Let’s learn from Jesus who spent 24/7 with disciples who had a lot to learn. Apply Jesus’ style of mentoring to your own home and imitate Him in practical ways. This is not a program, but a lifestyle of modeling, loving, teaching, and training.
Multiple Intelligences – Jen Lilienstein
Multiple Intelligences – what they are and why they matter when you’re planning lessons for your homeschool. Learn key ways to leverage the power of your children’s strengths and interests to both engage and inspire your kids to stretch themselves in learning and in life.
A Busy Mom’s Guide to A Prioritized Life – Katie Hornor
Katie shares how to keep peace in your home while keeping it all in place
Host Your Own Creation Camp! – Felice Gerwitz
One year dismayed at the quality of the Bible Summer Camp at church, Felice decided she could do better, and at home with her kids! She created a Creation Camp using easy to find household items and her kids had a blast. She shared her results with friends, and you guessed it — the urged her to put a set together to sell. And she did. Felice is the author of Creation Science based books featured in Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
Affording the Homeschool Life Style – Tabitha Philen
Most homeschool families are one-income and as such many are frugal shoppers. Tabitha, a blogger under the name “Meet Penny” shares ways to save on the budget, purchase bargains and still have some money left over.
Special Needs Adoption – Nancy Fileccia
Nancy is an ordinary mom with an extraordinary story. She is a mom of four, with two adoptions. This interview focuses on her adoption of Candace who came into their lives at the age of 8, with blindness and diminished mental capacity. The Fileccia family embraced her and share how this adoption changed their lives. Nancy is writing a book about their experience, to encourage others.
Step-By-Step Science Labs at Home – Felice Gerwitz
Felice is the author of Teaching Science & Having Fun, and this book is the basis of her session — learn what makes a good science lab, how you can teach high level science and she includes information about putting together your own Biology, Chemistry, or Physics lab at home.
Teaching Using the American Girls -Megan Zechman
This is a two part series – Teaching History with American Girl Dolls Session One – Meet Kit and learn how you can use her story to teach about the Great Depression. Discover ways to bring this time period to life through directed discussions and by incorporating hands-on activities like crafts and games.
Rebecca Brandt – Disciplining Your Children
Today’s parents are weary. The self help books on the shelves are driving moms farther into a hole of despair. There is really one book that provides a parent with all they need. We need to stop looking at being a Mom or a Dad as a wait to facilitate a child through their life -with one goal – a good job. Jesus calls us to be more than that. He calls us to make disciples of all nations. That begins in our homes. Once we realize we are to disciple our children for the Glory of God and raise Him for the purpose He created them for, then we become godly parents. Not perfect parents with perfect children, but parents walking this journey following in the steps of Christ. This is sure to encourage you – one broken Mom – on a journey. By allowing God to put the pieces back together – you too can follow in the footsteps of the master.
Melanie Wilson – Get School Done Tomorrow
Are you behind on school, home, church, small business, and personal tasks? Dr. Melanie Wilson, a homeschooler, mother of six, speaker, Bible study leader, tennis and fitness enthusiast, scrapbooker, and author of So You’re Not Wonder Woman, knows how you feel. Traditional approaches to your to-do’s will always end in overwhelm. But there is an unexpected way of staying on top of your school and other responsibilities: put it off until tomorrow. Melanie will explain how to regain control of your busy life for good.
Mary Jo Tate – FREEDOM Strategies to Help You Flourish At Home
Do you struggle to get it all done? Are you exhausted, frustrated, or overwhelmed by all your responsibilities? Learning how to protect and prioritize your time will help you be a good steward and use it for what’s most important. In this encouraging talk, Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms shares practical strategies to help you find freedom from chaos and overload so that you and your family can enjoy a more balanced, peaceful life.
Andrew Pudewa – Spelling and the Brain
What’s the difference between a report and an essay? How do we help a student move from simply reporting facts to the more sophisticated skill of using facts in order to support an opinion? With several different essay models and a gradual method of building the analytical writer, you can feel confident in training your child to be an excellent essay writer. Come and get the plan right now; you can even start the process at the elementary level!
Jen Reyneri – Seven Secrets to Successful Homeschool Travel
Since her early years, Jen traveled and had a life of adventure and instruction on the road. She came to discover it is her calling to inspire others to step out and uncover and share God’s glory all around the globe. In homeschool, being not-of this world means living life outside your home and in the world. Jen has narrowed down seven benefits of traveling internationally with your family, and she wants to inspire all of you to order (or dust-off) your passports and live a life of liberty and adventure beyond your wildest dreams.
Andrew Pudewa – Developing an Essayist
What’s the difference between a report and an essay? How do we help a student move from simply reporting facts to the more sophisticated skill of using facts in order to support an opinion? With several different essay models and a gradual method of building the analytical writer, you can feel confident in training your child to be an excellent essay writer.Come and get the plan right now; you can even start the process at the elementary level!
Amy Pak – Hands On History
History is built upon amazing stories of incredible people and exciting events! …So why is it often taught in such a boring, textbook way? Come hear how to inspire your child to LOVE learning history by living the lessons in hands-on ways! We will be sharing with you several ideas that you can incorporate that will put your children right at the time of the topic, utilizing all the senses and making them want to know more!
Patti & Chip Holmes – Living Hope International – Ministry
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in an orphanage in Mexico? Have you ever wanted to help in some small way? This talk is for all ages – bring the children and find out about an amazing ministry and their new program Coins for Hope.
Tabitha Philen – Money Saving Tips – Meet Penny
Hints – Tips – and more! The author of the Meet Penny blog joins us to share her top secrets for saving money and living frugally – but still enjoying many things her family needs. You will not want to miss this session.
Kristin Lindeen – Personal Accountability in Parenting
“Parenting the QBQ Way” is all about personal accountability beginning at home with responsible parenting. In a world that seems completely lacking in accountability and personal responsibility at times, moms and dads can make a difference by practicing personal accountability in their parenting on a daily basis.
Joyce Herzog – Secrets Teachers Never Tell
Joyce’s most popular workshop! Often ‘standing room only.’ Learn 12 SECRETS that will simplify your life AND enhance your teaching! Learn how to begin the year, what months are more conducive to learning, what to do when the year isn’t long enough, how children learn and so much more. Joyce draws from over 30 years experience to present concepts that make your job more effective and reduce stress. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and a LOAD will be lifted from your shoulders.
Kendra Fletcher – PreSchoolers ~ Preparation & 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.
Megan Zechman – Marine Animal Science
Marine Animal Science for Elementary Students – Do your children love aquatic animals? Learn how to design a syllabus around their interests for a year’s worth of science lessons. All you need are living books, hands-on activities and field trips to engage your child and reinforce learning.
Meredith Curtis – Learning from Our Past Mistakes
They are part of life, unwelcome maybe, but we all make mistakes. Instead of covering them up and pretending they never happened, let them be learning experiences. Others can learn from your mistakes too, especially your children. Meredith will show you how to make the best out of all those things you wish had never happened! In our homeschooling journey, we are always moving forward. Before we forget what’s behind, let’s learn and move forward in our lives wiser and full of hope for the future.
Katie Honor – Benefits of Literature Based Curriculum
Katie and her family live in Mexico full time as missionaries and they have created a curriculum complete — with a Literature Based emphasis. Katie shares an informative session about how to use literature in your homeschool classroom.