While there is no sure-fire formula to guarantee that your children will turn out to be a “success”, there are timeless and proven principles that, when implemented, will lay a powerful foundation upon which they can experience significant accomplishments. This workshop brings to light real help in properly training our children.
Whether in the home with children, in a support group with other adults, or in other settings, delegating responsibility will be key to efficiency and getting the most done. There is an art and science to motivating children or adults to rise to responsibility, to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done, to learn to work together with others in a group, family, or organization. Delegating the workload will be key to our home running well without Mom burning out, and our children learning to be responsible in their future schooling, homes, vocation, and other life experiences.
What is involved in the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet.
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author, Jean Burk, will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
Home is where the heart is, and for countless generations, it’s where families lived, worked, and learned in a harmonic, holistic way. Entrepreneurship and home education can still lead to habits of mind that produce the kinds of citizen-scholars that founded our country. Learn how to choose and start a manageable microbusiness (or two!), how to incorporate entrepreneurial education into your homeschool, and how to grant credit for various types of entrepreneurial learning.
God calls us to teach and disciple our children while we are still being discipled ourselves. This unique dynamic was designed by God to develop teacher and student alike. Steve shares his successes and failures of 30+ years training his 4 sons from young boys to grown men.
Many home educators feel tension between themselves and their churches, but do not know what to do. We can all think of many “helpful” suggestions or comments we could offer to our pastors, especially concerning home education. But are those suggestions really helpful? Let David Watkins - pastor, former Chairman of the Board and now Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators, homeschooling father of eight, and grandfather of fifteen - share with you some things NOT to say to your pastor! Learn what homeschoolers are really like through the eyes of their pastor.
Often when we try to reproduce "school" at home we fail. Homeschool is about so much more than just "doing school." We have the opportunity each day to disciple our children and teach them about the things that matter most-for eternity. The homeschooling lifestyle is full of freedom and joy, once we release ourselves from the burden of what it "should be like." Join me as we pursue God above all else in our day, while fostering an excitement for learning!
It doesn’t do much good to have a great product or service if your target market can’t find you. One of the fastest and cheapest ways to build your business is to create a simple blog-based website, then boost your search engine rankings through a variety of simple search engine optimization (SEO) techniques that bring potential customers right to you. We’ll discuss how to get your site online in a weekend (for less than the cost of nice dinner out), how to attract visitors and make your site search-engine friendly, and how to keep your posts moving farther and faster than you thought possible.
Our children live in the midst of a secular culture and
face a host of frightening problems that we never had to deal with at
their age. Because they are not prepared to counter our culture,
startling percentages of children raised in evangelical homes do not
continue in their faith and beliefs into adulthood. For this reason,
training our children to develop a strong biblical worldview is one of
the most vital things we can do. Teaching them to think biblically
about all areas of life equips them to become powerful thinkers,
leaders, and communicators. Most importantly, it also gives staying
power to their faith as they face opposition. In this session, Zan
Tyler provides practical answers to the following questions:
• What is a biblical worldview and why is it crucial for my children?
• How can I teach worldview—especially if I don’t understand it myself?
• How can I teach worldview to my elementary-aged children?
• How can studying the life of Daniel change my teenager’s life?
Our goal as Christian homeschoolers must be bigger and broader than turning out kids with exceptional talent and high SAT scores. By incorporating worldview training, we can better equip them to use their gifts to impact the world for Christ, help others by solving real problems, and bring glory to God in the process.
Steve shares his successes and failures of over 20 years of working to develop the habit of incorporating family devotions into the life of his family. He also shares insights into the role of the father as the pastor of the home. With references to the habits of other notable Christians, Steve shares practical tips for teaching God’s word to children of all ages.
The combination of great expectations and great demands
that homeschooling places on parents often sets us up for an intense
sense of failure and disappointment. Homeschooling doesn’t always go
according to our plans. Even when we are doing our best to follow God
and love our families, we find ourselves in the “fiery furnace.” In
this workshop, Zan Tyler explores the causes of burnout and talks about
ways to avoid them. She also explains what to do if you are already
there—ready to throw in the towel and put your children on that
appealing yellow school bus. This workshop contains many practical tips
on streamlining your life, but it also focuses on developing a
powerful, biblical vision of what you are ultimately trying to
accomplish in the lives of your children through homeschooling—to
sustain you through the hard times and difficult days.
Do you remember being a child and listening to some one tell you a story? Do you remember sitting around a fire listening to the story, imagining every moment of it, as if you were there? Stories make up an important part of a child's life. Many stories will stick, so that children will remember them for a very long time. And there is a story that is the greatest story of all. The story of God's Creation, man's fall, and God's continued redemptive work. For the sake of this story it is important that we learn to tell stories so that we will be able to tell others of God's Story.
What can we do when we hit troubled waters in our homeschooling, our families, our lives, …? Understanding a key four-step cycle of life found in scripture has encouraged many ‘broken’ people and given them hope as they face their dark days. Giving more than a pat on the back, David will share what we can do to navigate through those turbulent times and how we can find peace in the midst of a storm.
If you’re an ordinary homeschool mom with an ordinary education, you might not feel fully equipped to teach your children well. In this workshop, I’ll share how you can model lifelong learning for your family, find the time to learn together, and share a few guidelines on what you most need to know, plus study tips and a list of favorite resources.
The world fears and jokes about the teen years. Christian homeschool parents can rejoice and enjoy the unique challenges of this 'age of opportunity'. We will be seeing the fruits of our foundation teaching in the early years, and now can guide the launching of each vessel into adult waters, with the goal that our children will be responsible adults and our chrisitan brothers and sisters. Learn how to build your relationship during this time, and help your teen to make Biblical choices that will guide him in his adult years, and both enjoy the journey!
Each member of the family is uniquely qualified and designed to understand and support one another. From communication tips and personality insights, we will look at practical ways to love one another and build each other up in the Lord. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Teaching our children to think biblically is one of the
most important gifts we can give them. And we shouldn’t wait until the
high school years to do this! Come to this workshop to find out:
• Why the elementary years are so important in developing a biblical worldview
• How to teach important theological truths to youngsters
• How to train even young children to analyze the culture, literature, and music
• How worldview training imparts longevity and vitality to faith
Each of us has a distinct preference for how we learn.
CAUTION - This preference influences how we TEACH! Knowing your
learning style can help you make simple adjustments to avoid
style-based learning obstacles between your children and you! During
the session you will:
- Learn David Kolb’s Leaning Style model
- Apply simple techniques to ensure all learning styles are accommodated,
- Learn how to identify your children’s learn styles,
- Help your children utilize their learning strengths and develop their learning weaknesses.
TRUE internet safety is an oxymoron. As parents we can implement precautionary internet safety systems to filter content, block unwanted addresses, limit time, monitor chats and other activities when our children are online. However, tech savvy kids sometimes discover ways to BUST through internet safety nets just for the challenge. Instilling integrity and wisdom is the best safeguard to truly help kids stay safe.
Do you think you are ready for this journey? There are ten things I want YOU to know (that I wish I had known when I started out!) Whether you are feeling prepared, excited, or overwhelmed, you won’t want to miss these points that are essential to every new homeschooler! We will discuss scheduling, curriculum, heart issues, discipline, homekeeping, and so much more! I was the unlikeliest of homeschoolers and I have seen God’s amazing provision; so rest assured new homeschooler…if I can do this, anyone can!
In the traditional school environment, students have an average of eight to ten individual interactions with their teacher each day. In your homeschool, these verbal interactions can number in the hundreds and thus greatly enhance the education your children receive at home. Zan Tyler shares how the simple, free tool of conversation can help your children replace boredom during lessons with a motivation to learn. Discover why parents make the best teachers and capitalize on these strengths. Explore ways to minimize conflict in your home and promote camaraderie and enthusiasm instead. Identify simple but profound ways to replace drudgery in learning with stimulating academics. Conversation is key!
With all of the best intentions, Steve set out to be the best Dad he could be for his four sons who are now 25-31. In this workshop Steve shares insights on what he did right and what he did wrong. This adventure in parenting is a lifelong process and he is still learning how to be a father and have his heart restored to his children and vice versa. God is a Redeemer and does work all things together for good.
We live in a world where change is a constant, and almost all movement is labeled progress. But is it really? What do old books have to offer that new books can’t teach? Why do we need to understand the ideas of people who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago? How can they help us chart a clear worldview and understand timeless truths? Join us to learn how old books, both good and great, can help you homeschool more simply and effectively than you ever thought possible.
After 5 years of homeschooling 5 children, Amy Quakkelaar became very frustrated when day after day, Dad got home from work at 5 pm and the Quakkelaar kids were STILL DOING SCHOOL! (Dad felt the same way as dinner was rarely on the table!) Through evaluating what was most important plus some simple planning ahead Amy learned school didn’t have to take all day. Let this busy mother and foster mother inspire you to discover simplicity and balance in your school day, which many times may be finished by lunchtime! Amy will discuss creative ways that family members can work together to get things done: having “student” teachers, big buddies, and books on CD for times on the go! Plus she’ll offer time saving tips and different schedule options. At 5:00 in your house, are your kids still doing school?
Are you intrigued by the classical model of education, but don’t know where to begin? We’ll go through the basics of the classical “tools of learning” and compare the Trivium with Biblical references to knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Focusing in on the Grammar stage, we'll discuss several ways to help your children learn how to quickly memorize anything. I’ll share useful resources and offer a bit of encouragement mixed with humor in order to inspire you to be a better classical home educator.
Most of us dread homeschooling during the high school
years because it seems so overwhelming. The challenge of preparing our
children for college, career, and life is daunting. But the high school
years can be the best years of all—by far the most rewarding and
enjoyable. Come to this workshop and find out why!
In this seminar, Steve relates insights he has gleaned from scripture on how God has designed our wives and ways that we can apply biblical principles to build them up and encourage them in the Lord.
Discussing what happens in the digestive system of the parents and the child that sets the stage for learning disabilities.
There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this engagement.
In this interactive workshop, seventeen-year-old published author Rachel Coker shares the inspiring story of how she received a contract from Zondervan, one of the largest Christian publishing companies, at the tender age of fifteen. With a lively question-and-answer format and plenty of audience participation, Rachel seeks to share her experience and knowledge of fiction writing and the publication process with other aspiring authors.