This workshop offers encouragement for moms on the challenges of homeschool family life along with tips for how dads can be a vital support to her on issues of sibling conflict, character development, and discipline. Mom needs to take a breather from trying to do everything and find the keys to enjoying deeper relationships with her children. Here she will hear insights on how to see and seize the opportunities in the problems of homeschool family life.
This is for your 'puzzling child'. A child may be a reluctant learner for several reasons. If you have a child who has to work too hard to learn, he is telling you that one or more of his Four Learning Gates is blocked. This workshop will help you identify which of the learning gates is blocked, and, more importantly, what you can do about it at home! It doesn't have to be so hard for your child! You will learn things you never heard of before in a homeschool workshop.Download Workshop Handout
Why don't kids arrive AFTER we've gained our parenting experience? Why can't we have a rewind button to allow us to re-do what we did do back when we didn't know what to do? Carol shares some of what she's learned through the many ups and downs in her years as a homeschooling mom.
Aaaargh! It's the start of another homeschooling day – and a Monday at that! You want to turn off the alarm and duck back under the covers. Do you find yourself hardly able to drag yourself out of bed in the mornings as you face the coming day with dread? Do you find that you hate homeschooling, yet you have compelling reasons that force you to stick with it? Do you feel like a failure? This homeschool thing certainly doesn’t seem to be working the miracles you were led to expect. If only you could recapture your joy! "Homeschool" and "joy" do not have to be antonyms. Rediscover the contagious fruit of JOY, and watch it grow in your homeschool.
Success in college can be reduced to strict obedience to some simple rules. Come and listen as Dr. Eagleson shares the tips that took him 30 years to learn. The Eagleson's have 33 years of post high school educational experience on which to draw from.
If you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes reversals or spells a word orally correctly but leaves out letters when he writes, this workshop is for you! This child’s math papers are so hard to read! These children are often thought of as sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated, when they really have a writing glitch. Learn a daily exercise you can do with your child to get the writing into his 'automatic' brain hemisphere, and take the stress out of his writing system. This exercise is used throughout the United States by athletes!Download Workshop Handout
Ideally we desire to give our children a foundation in education that they can use for the rest of their lives. To do this we must wean them from being spoon-fed to learning for themselves. We must establish the foundation for independent learning as soon as possible. It begins when we read aloud to them; teach them to read; and subsequently teach them to learn to love to read. Once they learn the value of good books, we can initiate the weaning process and let them begin to guide their own education.
Relax. It's easier than you think. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through a simple and easy-to-use method based on phonics and fun combined in a simple game that kids will ask for day after day. The game is learned in one minute but will grow with your child through years of learning. All the materials for this method will cost you less than $2.00
As children mature they ask three foundational questions of their fathers. The answers the father demonstrates to these questions determines whether he will raise a rebel or a mighty warrior for the cause of Christ. 1. Are you worthy for me to follow? 2. Are you worthy to have my heart? 3. If I give you my heart, will you lead me? This talk will focus on practical steps a father (and a mother) can take to win and keep the heart of their 8-17 year-old sons and daughters. We will also cover valuable leadership lessons for the father to apply in his home. All of the steps suggested have been implemented in the Farr household and have produced lasting positive fruit.
Are you considering that debate just might be for your family but you are concerned that you don't have the time? This workshop will help families consider the benefits of being involved in competitive debate. We'll discuss typical reactions to the debate calendar and offer suggestions on accommodating both school and debate into the homeschooling calendar and weekly routine. Additionally, we'll explain how to give credit for work completed while preparing for and debating the current year's resolution. In the process, we'll speak of the lessons we've learned and review some of the mistakes we've made. Our entire family will share in the presentation, ensuring a varied perspective on the schedule demands and blessings of debating.
Phil will address practical and biblical approaches to training our children to have the confidence to stand alone as ambassadors for Christ, to be godly leaders, and to be men and women who will be able to influence, lead, and disciple other leaders. This session focuses on the keys to building leaders.
Have you ever heard someone say “All children are gifts from God” only to roll your eyes and think… “Ha! They don't know what goes on in my house!” If you don't look for God's gifts, you may be missing some of His best. Come laugh and be encouraged to see just what God had in mind when he designed your child. Learn how to see your child through God's spectacles and how to stay focused on God's vision of your child...not the world's.
Half of the population is right brain dominant, and half is left brain dominant. You may have right brain learner in your midst. These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left brain siblings. In this workshop you will learn how to identify the right brain child, and learn many simple teaching techniques, such as Right Brain Spelling, (making the words to “stick instead of slip”) and Right Brain Reading. Watch your children become good spellers and readers with very little effort!Download Workshop Handout
This talk is BIG on the beyond. So often, learning style materials pour all their time and energy into finding the right label for your child’s learning style. (Yes, we now know he’s a right brained, global, sub-dominant, argyle-wearing, rational wombat....but....how do I teach him to spell?) And while there are many different tools for assessment, too often these same materials are light on just what you should do after the label. How do you teach history so it sticks? What if she can’t understand fractions? What if he loves language but hates to write? This workshop will be all about "What do we do now?" Come away with lots of ideas you can use Monday morning.
Between the ages of 8 and 13, I (Paul) was a terror! I was a liar, a thief, lazy, self-centered, and had a fiery temper that caused constant problems for my siblings and family. But my parents didn’t give up on me. They applied some very specific biblical principles of discipleship which God used to reach my heart, change my direction, and transform my life. Come hear not only my story, but what they did that made the difference.
As we homeschool we often become overwhelmed by the basics -- History, Math and English. Textbooks, worksheets and academic performance become the benchmark. We can lose sight of the ultimate reasons we homeschool. If we redefine homeschool as family education perhaps we can transform our expectations. Academics, though important should never overtake character development. Education is far more than learning from books. It is learning together be active, intelligent participants in the Kingdom of God. We must teach our children what we want them to pass on to our grandchildren.
I will show parent-teachers how to teach students the building blocks for chemistry, biology and physics at the elementary and mid-school grades, boosting students’ confidence as they face progressing to upper level science.
This is a practical and biblical session on the fathers’ role in training the homeschool family and leading the home. Dad needs to be engaged in instructing, but also in building strong character and strong relationships. He is called to be a strong leader and yet gentle and humble. He is not just a coach, but God’s player-coach. And one of the most powerful secrets of how Dad can be all these things is to start being a three letter word: fun!
Once you have identified your right brain learners, become an expert at training those children to use their superior “photographic memory” in many areas of learning. Teach your children the lifelong skill of studying for tests by taking a picture of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time. Works for kids who hate math, too! Math facts and processes finally transfer into their long term memory!Download Workshop Handout
Do you remember the days of report writing? Mine included hundreds of notecards filled with quotes from numerous sources and hours of trying to assimilate them all together. The end product was a paper filled with someone else's words and loads of frustration! After learning Andrew Pudewa's method of report writing, my daughter and hundreds of homeschoolers I have taught, can read several sources, know how to assimilate information and write a report in their own words, only using quotes for emphasis. This workshop will take you from "quoting" to writing!
Could you explain where the water for a world-wide flood would have come from, and perhaps more important – where did it all go?! Many Christians can’t. Understanding the flood (the purpose, the causes, the aftermath and the evidence) is very important to everyone’s understanding of a biblically sound creation model. This session covers all the basics about this event, and also includes a video and PowerPoint presentation on the “Hydroplate Theory” of the flood. This theory is a biblically accurate and scientifically feasible portrayal of the flood event.
Are you just beginning the homeschooling journey? This talk is for you, so you can learn in part what is ahead. Are you halfway through the homeschooling journey? This talk is for you, for you may find some help to press on. Are you done or nearly done? This session is for you, because you are on the verge of some surprises and maybe you have some to share as well. Come explore some of the delightful and daunting surprises at the end of homeschooling with Mary Ann as the Eaglesons are soon to graduate their fourth and youngest child.
This session will confront head-on such questions as these: How can families avoid the opposite extremes of license and legalism? How can children become equipped and committed to standing alone? How can families engage their world without becoming conformed to its values? How can parents remain involved in their children’s decisions without becoming controlling or invasive? What is the right approach to making family rules and standards? What is the key to fostering character, virtue, and uncommon leadership in your children?
Why do we start for the kitchen to get a drink for a child, get sidetracked by a paperclip on the floor and end up weeding in the garden with no idea why our child is still thirsty? Why do library books constantly disappear into black holes in our homes, never to be seen again . . . at least not before the fines add up? Why do we have 25 projects started in our day and only 2 or 3 are ever finished? As a self-proclaimed "Gloriously Unregimented Mom", Carol shares stories and strategies from the heart (and from the trenches!) about a home run by a highly distractible mom. She brings to light the many "truths" distractible moms must own if ever they are to develop strategies that work. Best of all, Carol shares her firm conviction that the highly distractible mom has a real and God-given edge over the naturally organized mom. Come and learn and laugh as you find REAL help for the highly distractible mom.
Every homeschooler faces many hard curriculum questions. What to cover? When to cover it? What materials to use? Use “Christian” materials exclusively? Am I pushing my child too hard? Not hard enough? And so on. The way to navigate this maze successfully is to have clear principles in mind that will help you make good decisions. In this workshop, Norman Birkett, based on his many years of involvement with Christian schools and homeschools, will present and apply eight principles to guide you: (1) Think Biblically about your child. (2) Think Biblically about the world. (3) Think Biblically about yourself. (4) Begin at the end. (5) Get there in steps. (6) Buy options. (7) Remember—there is sometimes more than one right answer. (8) Maintain your balance. With these principles, you will find it much easier to make all those difficult choices with confidence that you won’t regret them later on.
Teaching high school at home can be daunting. Teaching boys who are quickly transitioning into men can be almost impossible unless you are prepared for the changes that are happening. You may tell your friends that you are considering sending your son to high school because you don’t think you can teach algebra and biology, but your real reason for these thoughts might be more along the lines of “he doesn’t learn from me anymore” or “I’m exhausted from the battle.” Homeschooling Dad, Mark August will talk about the challenges and rewards of teaching your young men at home as well as provide some parenting and teaching strategies to move you back from the battlefield to the classroom.
See your child blossom -- create an environment that supports your child in finding and following the passion given by God. Home schooling offers the unique opportunity to do just this, an opportunity that seldom exists in a classroom environment. Laugh as you learn how to help your child follow his passion while avoiding the most common mistakes. You'll be inspired!
Meet Harriet Homeschooler, the ditzy, stressed out homeschool mom who can't seem to figure out why Johnny is a constant motion machine. Tom cries in frustration over minor matters. Susie forgets what she has just learned. Children tend to “act how they feel”. This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s brain/body chemistry. It is easy to correct these imbalances at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day. The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!Download Workshop Handout
Too often we've just accepted how busy our lives are supposed to be. But many of us are running through life in a frenzied fog. We have a nagging sense that it shouldn't be this way, but don't know how it should be. Even if we did, we often don't know how to get from here to there. With a bit of laughter and an unabashed challenge of the status quo, learn to take control of the input and output of your family's lives.
This men-only talk is given by Phil and his 25 year old son, Paul. It is a direct, no-holds-barred discussion of the need for godly character and sexual purity, based on biblical principles and with practical applications. It is appropriate for any man age 13 or older, but younger ones should be well-informed by their parents about all aspects of sexuality prior to attending.
With homeschooling, there is great flexibility in high school. Families have the opportunity to tailor their courses, their curriculum and outside activities to emphasize their student’s strengths, likes and goals. Today there is so much out there to help us prepare our students and there is no one way to do it!
Sequential or spiral? All American or foreign flavor? What about manipulatives? Just thinking through the choices can derail your homeschool planning. Rainbow’s curriculum specialist provides an overview of many of the various math programs available and helps to identify the factors that will determine a successful choice for your child.
In this session we will be confronting complacency, mediocrity and the sense of entitlement. The workshop provides building blocks for mentoring young people in preparing for great service with an expanding vision to serve their heavenly Father as kingdom builders. Discover the steps to channeling the energy, creativity, and imagination of young people into the greater service of the Lord.
Remember when your mom told you that "fish is brain food"? The brain is 60% FAT. For the brain "connections" to be made properly, proper fats are required. Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, hyperactivity, and sensory processing problems may be conditions of essential fatty acid deficiency. Get the real skinny on fats! Learn how to help your child feel better, and thus act and learn better.Download Workshop Handout
Within every homeschool there are key frustrations that can lead to tension between homeschooling parents and their children. These tensions not only hinder the learning process, but also make relationship building difficult. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to develop systems-based thinking that will help to eliminate key frustrations within your homeschool. Leave the workshop with a powerful tool that creates an environment where problems become opportunities for growth and closer relationships.
This workshop’s aim is to help parents understand the basics of a Christian worldview and how to ensure it is part of their child’s education. A worldview is the lens through which we look at the world. However, few understand that this means it is the tool through which we gather information, the data of the world around us, and how we interpret it. Politics, science, education, entertainment, relationships and family are all part of our world. Does the Bible have a perspective on these (and more) components of our lives. How do we know that our worldview is biblical? What are the pieces that make up a biblical worldview? This workshop is designed to address the concept of worldview and how to ensure your worldview is biblical.
Parents are always on the lookout for consequences. These seven categories of consequences give them plenty of ideas for correction. But the most important part of this talk is how to use those consequences to help motivate heart change in children. It's not enough to simply use behavior modification. Heart change is a completely different way to think about your kids.