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Convention 2019

 

34th Annual
2019 Home Education Expo

Florida Homeschooling

We are here to serve you!
Galatians 5:13...through love serve one another

 

Evangel Temple
5755 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Friday, July 19      10 am - 7 pm
Saturday, July 20      9 am - 4pm

 

If you are thinking of homeschooling, are new to homeschooling, or a veteran, then this event is for you! Come learn about local laws regarding homeschooling. Come be encouraged and inspired. Do you need help understanding Florida home school laws, year-end evaluations, high school transcripts and grading? Come to our expo and get your questions answered.  Duval County has more than 7,000 registered homeschool students.  Come meet some friends if you feel you need support or new friends in the home education community!

 

Our convention also serves all families! Yes, even those who do not homeschool. Are you looking for apologetic material, music education, college admissions, creation material, leaning to grow your own food, or Christian books for your family, church or community? If so, come join us!

 

EXPO REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION MEMBER PRICE:

REGISTRATION NON-MEMBER PRICE:

$20 PER FAMILY - Pre Registraton

$25 PER FAMILY - At Door

$25 PER FAMILY - Pre Registraton

$30 PER FAMILY - At Door

 

  • Family = Spouses, Home Educated Children and Grandparents
  • To Attend Register HERE
  • Payments must be made at the time of registration. No refunds on registration
  • Registrations are non-transferable
  • After July 14th, pay at door only

 

EXPO REGISTRATION ADD-ONS:

NE FL Homeschool STEM Fair

HERI will be joining with Edison Kids to host a science fair at this year's expo on July 19-20.   The judging will occur on July 20.  THIS EVENT IS FOR HERI EXPO ATTENDEES ONLY.  This means you must purchase a ticket to the 2019 HERI Expo.  Attendance registration will be verified.  

If your child is interested in participating, please complete the below registration. Please direct any questions to: lesley@edisonkidsinc.com (with a cc to herijax@yahoo.com).

Cost to participate:
$3 Edison Kids Member (membership will be verified)
$5 HERI Member (and not an Edison Kid's Member).  Membership will be verified
$7 Non HERI and Non Edison Kids Member 

 

Click HERE to Register for the STEM Fair

 

Judging will be on Saturday from 2:00-4:00.  Science projects should be dropped off before the convention on Friday morning or Thursday evening between 4:00-6:00pm.  

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 7.

For contest information go to:  www.edisonkidsinc.com/stemfair/

QUESTIONS?  Email HERIjax@yahoo.com

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Exhibitors

Raffle Donors and Items

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Workshop Descriptions

 

1. Explore Virtual Learning Solutions with Florida Virtual School (FLVS)
Speaker: Jimminda Thompson, M.Ed. Leadership
FLVS gives homeschool families many choices. Our course options meet a wide range of student needs. We offer educational programs tailored precisely to your needs. FLVS will highlight the many courses available for homeschool students at the elementary and secondary level. FLVS offers outstanding core, elective, foreign language, and Advanced Placement classes.

After joining the Florida Virtual School team as a district relations manager, Jimminda continues to express her excitement about sharing the valuable choice of virtual education through FLVS. She currently serves Clay, Duval, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties. Jimminda attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and continued to quench her thirst for learning by earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. She is married to Royce Thompson II and the mother of Kylah, Kennedy, and Kicker Thompson.

 

2. The Family that S.T.E.M.s Together Learns Together!
Speaker: Lesley Rester
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can sound intimidating to a home educator. Bring your family and join my family in this workshop. You will see how it can be a fun, simple journey you take with your student -- one that opens up a world of inspiration and innovation to them. We will do a hands-on STEM project together, with practical resource ideas and tips, that will demystify STEM learning and show you how it can be a wonderful tool in a home educator’s tool belt!

Lesley Rester is a home educator and Maker STEM Mom to her three boys. Alongside her husband, they follow a hands-on STEM-focused education with their family that includes their mini-farm in Hilliard. Lesley has been providing STEM-focused resources for five years, has a blog, STEM Training (www.stemtrainingresources.com), and is the president of Edison Kids, Inc. (www.edisonkidsinc.com), a home education group based in North Jacksonville. Her passion is to see home-educated students get the opportunities and tools to excel in all that God has called them to.

 

3. Planning Ahead: Characteristics of Highly Successful Teens
Speaker: Naita B. Guine, Ph.D., former dual enrollment coordinator with FSCJ
This workshop will identify three characteristics of highly successful teens and challenge participants to re-examine the purpose of education. This fifty-minute workshop is a critical discussion, and it is ideal for parents of high school level/homeschool students. Parents will be challenged to look beyond the present and develop strategies to work with their student to identify interests and strengths while exploring various career options and educational pathways for their student. Emphasis will be placed on two- and four-year educational programs and workforce/industry certifications.

Naita Guine is an award-winning educator, public speaker, and author who provides parents, students, and educators with options and resources to navigate through middle and senior high school while preparing for post-secondary admissions and success. Additionally, she empowers first-year college students with strategies to achieve academic and career goals. Naita Guine has more than twenty years of experience working with community youth organizations and public and private education programs. She has worked as an associate dean, instructional program manager, classroom teacher, adjunct instructor, faculty mentor, student success advisor, project coordinator, and academic director at a state college. Having worked with some of the brightest and most talented students in the state of Florida, she has identified common characteristics of high performing youth and published the book, A Way Out: 10 Characteristics of Highly Successful Teens. Dr. Naita, as called by students and parents, delivers effective, passionate, and engaging workshops and presentations while sharing strategies and best practices to propel students to their full potential. Dr. Naita lives in Jacksonville and is the proud mother and stepmother of three college graduates (Vanderbilt, University of Arkansas, University of South Florida) and one future college graduate.

 

 

4. Protecting your Child’s Future
Speakers: Paul McMullan and Briana Tremble
This is a subject that can be difficult for many people to talk about because it deals with loss – a loss of property, the ability to work, or of a loved one. Unfortunately, many times people are sold the wrong amount or wrong types of insurance for the wrong reasons. It is very important for us to understand how we can best manage risk so we can avoid the common mistakes made in this area. There are additional benefits associated with our life insurance and annuity solutions provided by optional riders. We call them Living Benefits, and we have been providing them since 1937. Based on the product, living benefits can provide benefits should a qualifying terminal, chronic, or critical illness or critical injury occur or if your desire is to have an income that you cannot outlive.

Planning for College

"You have to start saving for college now." How many times have you heard that? Providing the opportunity for your kids to gain the advantages of higher learning is every parent's wish, but it requires a disciplined approach. With tuition on the rise, it's never too early to start saving. Where should you begin? Relax, we can help. We will work with you and for you to figure out the best ways...for you. Our solutions-based approach will help ensure that your college savings goals will be achieved, even if you're not able to complete them.

Special Needs

You have been blessed with having a special needs child. With those special needs comes special planning. No one knows what your child needs more than you. Over time, you have learned everything about them, including what their future holds and what will be required for them to live their best life. We have a dedicated team of professionals who are thoroughly prepared to help. Let's plan for the expected and prepare for the unexpected.

Paul McMullan is a financial representative with National Life Insurance Company. TC108232(0619)1

Briana Tremble is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., a broker-dealer affiliate of National Life Insurance Company, Member FINRA/SIPC. ESI is independent of all named entities unless specified. National Life Group is a trade name for National Life Insurance Company and its affiliates. TC108232(0619)1.

 

5. Career & Technical Education: The Benefits of Skills Training in Today's Economy – First Coast Technical College
Speaker: Jennifer Wills
Learn about why career and technical education is the way of the future of our economy. Change your lingo to "post-secondary credential" for all, paving the way for students to stay out of debt while earning their degrees.

Jennifer Wills, recruitment specialist with First Coast Technical College, has been in the post-secondary education world since 2008 and brings a wealth of experience regarding the benefits of career and technical education and relevant REALISTIC career pathways.

 

6. How to Build a Unit Study Your Children Will LOVE
FEATURED Speaker: Cheryl Bastian, owner of Celebrate Simple
We know books encourage reading, but what about mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences? This workshop offers participants an easy-to-follow framework on which to build a unit study, practical tips for engaging learners, and a bunch of book suggestions for building literature-based unit studies which will breathe life into the content area skills and keep curiosity alive.

Cheryl Bastian can’t remember a time when she wasn’t teaching. What started with making her brothers play school evolved to job shadowing and tutoring in high school. Through experiential learning, Cheryl’s passion for education grew. She completed post-secondary coursework and internships at Illinois State University, first as a special education major and then continuing in early childhood education. Concerned she would miss once-in-a-lifetime milestones in her children, Cheryl left the classroom and brought learning home.

Twenty-six years of homeschooling, eight children—ages 30 to 4— allow Cheryl and her husband, Mike, to journey alongside families at many stages of parenting and learning, from toddling to adulting. As a magazine columnist, blogger, and speaker, Cheryl shares her experiences, stories and challenges as she enthusiastically encourages parents to be intentional, real, and relational as they raise life-long learners. Her resources are available at Celebrate Simple, www.cherylbastian.com.

 

8. The Gardiner Scholarship Panel
FEATURED Speaker: Brenda Dickinson
The Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain disabilities will be discussed, and a panel of mothers who have used the scholarship will talk about their experiences in having this scholarship for their child.

Brenda Dickinson and her husband, Craig, were pioneers in the present-day home education movement. She successfully home educated her two children from kindergarten through high school. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to parents and has lectured on various home education topics. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after the death of her husband in 1993. As a result of her lobbying work in the Florida Capitol, home education students enjoy participation in dual enrollment, Bright Futures Scholarships, extracurricular activities, the Florida Virtual School, and the Gardiner Scholarship for students with disabilities.

 

9. Living Books
Speaker: Heather Carlson Johnson
How can you choose books that engage your student? Living books are the key to developing connections. This workshop will introduce living books at a range of levels and discuss the common qualities found in living literature.

Heather has been homeschooling since 2004. Her son graduated and will be attending university in the fall. Her daughter is a rising junior and will complete her education with Charlotte Mason homeschooling and dual enrollment classes.

 

Before having children, Heather taught elementary and preschool in North Carolina. After making the family decision to pursue homeschooling, she has taught her two children, as well as additional children in group settings from 3-year-olds to teenagers. Her passions run the range of music, nature, gardening, handicrafts, cooking, and preparing for college.

 

10. A World to Reach
Speakers: Nathan Carpenter, Shun Wu, and Heather Arcuri
There are opportunities for young people to serve and reach out to those who have physical needs and spiritual needs both in Jacksonville and in other nations of the world. Come and learn about Youth With A Mission. Hear how God can use YOU to impact this world!

 

11. Roadschool: No RV Needed - CANCELLED
Speaker: Mary Beth Goff of the Road Trip Teacher
Take your homeschool on the road. Nothing ignites the spark for learning more than enthusiasm for a road trip. As a mom of four who traveled full-time on the road in an RV, Mary Beth shares her experiences for discovering roadschool opportunities just around the corner. Join the Road Trip Teacher for easy ways to take your family on a learning adventure.

Mary Beth Goff is a homeschool mom who loves to have the wheels rolling under her family's feet. She felt the call to hit the road and travel across the USA for the experience of a lifetime with her family. She incorporates nature, the National Park system, and out-of-the-way spots for a roadmap where education meets adventure. Her love of history has fueled many road trips, including to all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home places. Mary Beth's passion is sharing the beauty and education offered by exploring America's backyard. She is the creator of the website, Road Trip Teacher, writer at Diary of a Road Mom blog, and partner on Roadschool Moms podcast ministry.

 

12. How to Guide Your Child to Get a Full Scholarship
Speaker: Tanya Wang
Essential tools and information to help your child find scholarship opportunities for college. Having helped her daughter obtain 95 percent of her education funding through scholarships, merit aid, and grants, Tanya is excited to share with other families how they too can help their child go to college almost debt free.

Tanya is a homeschooling mother of three girls. She and her family have been homeschooling for thirteen years, and her oldest daughter attends college. Having helped her daughter obtain ninety-five percent of her education funding through scholarships, merit aid, and grants, she is excited to share with other families how they too can help their child go to college almost debt free.

 

13. How to Cure Any Health Problem
Speaker: Andy Harrold
This workshop will explain the root causes of disease, the failures of conventional medicine, and how you can use diet and lifestyle change to cure most any medical problem. It will explain how you can completely transform your health in as little as three weeks.

Andy Harrold is a firefighter/paramedic with twenty-three years of experience. He is a cancer survivor who has intensely studied human health since 2009. He is passionate about sharing a message of diet and lifestyle change because he does not want others to suffer as he and many of his family members have. He is not selling anything and is speaking solely out of a desire to help people regain their health and avoid disease.

 

15. 2019 Legislative Update and Threat’s to Home Education
FEATURED Speaker: Brenda Dickinson (FL Home Education Lobbyist)
Brenda Dickinson, president of the Home Education Foundation, will give an overview of the 2019 state legislative session and will discuss possible future legislation and threats to home education.

Brenda Dickinson and her husband, Craig, were pioneers in the present-day home education movement. She successfully home educated her two children from kindergarten through high school. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to parents and has lectured on various home education topics. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after the death of her husband in 1993. As a result of her lobbying work in the Florida Capitol, home education students enjoy participation in dual enrollment, Bright Futures Scholarships, extracurricular activities, the Florida Virtual School, and the Gardiner Scholarship for students with disabilities.

 

16. The Most Valuable Homeschool Resource
FEATURED Speaker: Cheryl Bastian, owner of Celebrate Simple
Bright bottles of tempera paint line the art shelf. New math books arrive on the doorstep. Fifty-cent glue bottles wait to be squeezed by small hands. Another homeschool resource, the most valuable of all, often goes unnoticed and underappreciated amid all the new and fresh. Over the course of twenty-five years of homeschooling, Cheryl continues to marvel at brightly colored paper and the fresh smell of Play-Doh, but she also realizes none of these fancies offer her children—toddler to adult—the life-long value of the most important learning resource. Come discover what that resource is!

Cheryl Bastian can’t remember a time when she wasn’t teaching. What started with making her brothers play school evolved to job shadowing and tutoring in high school. Through experiential learning, Cheryl’s passion for education grew. She completed post-secondary coursework and internships at Illinois State University, first as a special education major and then continuing in early childhood education. Concerned she would miss once-in-a-lifetime milestones in her children, Cheryl left the classroom and brought learning home.

Twenty-six years of homeschooling, eight children—ages 30 to 4— allow Cheryl and her husband, Mike, to journey alongside families at many stages of parenting and learning, from toddling to adulting. As a magazine columnist, blogger, and speaker, Cheryl shares her experiences, stories and challenges as she enthusiastically encourages parents to be intentional, real, and relational as they raise life-long learners. Her resources are available at Celebrate Simple, www.cherylbastian.com.

 

17. Become a Missionary Pilot
Speakers: Robert Britton and Deborah Lytal-Britton
We will spend the time showcasing the college for those feeling called to become a missionary pilot and serve the Lord through aviation as a pilot (or soon a mechanic). The need is great to move people and supplies, to make medical evacuation flights, and support relief efforts to undeveloped areas of the globe. There are open positions right now in six of the seven continents. We will discuss tuition and funding options, the accelerated class schedule (although not yet accredited, the program is two years* to complete a 120-credit-hour course of study that qualifies for a Bachelor of Science in Missions with an emphasis in aviation and your private, instrument and commercial pilot ratings with 250 hours of flight/sim time), life in the dormitory (separate male and female buildings in Keystone Heights), short-term mission opportunities, and then open it up for questions. We will have our three-screen simulator set up at the booth for interested people to give it a try. *Some students take twenty-seven to thirty months to complete, and after the program costs are covered, the only expense is $250 a month for room and board for the extra months.

Retired Air Force colonel and commercial airline captain, President Britton has served the College of Missionary Aviation for two years of the college's four and a half years. He and his wife, Deborah, have homeschooled their son, Robert, for ten-plus years in several worldwide locations. They have served as tent-maker missionaries in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. They attend Friendship Bible Church in Keystone Heights and feel greatly blessed to be able to serve the Lord at the College of Missionary Aviation.

 

18. Homeschooling 101 (How to Homeschool in Florida According to Florida's Law)
Speaker: Lindley Rachal
Are you brand new to homeschooling? Come and find out where to start and how to get there. Topics will include the law, curriculum choices, testing, groups, local events, as well as a question-and-answer session. Learn about private umbrella schools versus traditional homeschooling. Taught by Lindley Rachal, owner of R.O.C.K. Solid Home School Books, a local homeschool curriculum provider.

Lindley Rachal and her husband, Nathan, have lived in Jacksonville for more than twenty-seven years. They are owners of R.O.C.K. Solid, a homeschool curriculum company which began in 1994. They successfully homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Two went on to college and one to the military. Lindley and her husband continue to be actively involved in the homeschool community through speaking on homeschool topics, sponsoring various homeschool workshops, and bringing curriculum to local homeschool book venues.

 

19. Discipline, Communication, and Anger: Checking the Family Emotional Wellness
Speaker: Sandra Johnson
What's going on with our emotional wellness? Parents already have high stress dynamics in the home. What can we do about other issues that come up in the home before, during, and after the homeschooling hours? Come and hear a family emotional wellness coach give you some specific support for dealing with tough stuff in family relationships.

Sandra D. Johnson is a master’s level human relations life coach who has been working with at-risk youth and families for the last twenty years in public and private agencies, and she would like to offer you some techniques for strategic parenting. Parenting the Next-Gen is a crucial matter; therefore, we must become proactive, strategic, and relational in our approach. Sandra is a graduate of Liberty University, holding master’s degrees in both theology and counseling. She is the founder of The Madisel Group and serves in the community of Jacksonville. She believes that “family Wellness strengthens the community. Strong communities influence the world.”

 

20. Cooking Once A Month
Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola
I am not a super-mom. Cooking is not my thing; but the family had to eat, and I was looking for a more efficient way to do my job. Come learn how to spend one day cooking 30 meals -- and fitting them all into the freezer above the refrigerator. Planning sheets, recipes, and instructions will be included!

 

Joanne Mastronicola homeschooled her three children for eighteen years. All three children successfully entered college with the benefit of several scholarships. In addition, Joanne has worked with a non-traditional private school in Jacksonville overseeing high school transcripts, and she provides individualized guidance counseling for homeschoolers and teaches classes frequently on homeschooling your high school student. She is the author of the very detailed book, Piecing Together the High School Puzzle. You’ll find more information at www.highschoolpuzzle.com.

 

21. Making Herbal Hygienics
Speaker: Rossana Villagra
Through simple recipes, we begin our journey to wellness and improve our daily routines. Join me! #homeschoollife #ditchandswitch

- Hand sanitizer

- Make-up Remover

- Bug spray

- Sunscreen

Homeschool mama of one. One is enough some days! Rossana will be starting her third year of homeschooling during the 2018-2019 school year. She is eager to share knowledge and help anyone new in this journey of homeschooling and making herbal hygienics.

Rossana was born in Peru and moved to the US in 1982. She has been married for almost twelve years to her supportive husband. "Happy wife, happy life", is his motto!

Her favorite things are; early coffee with Jesus, audiobooks, helping people and chocolate!

 

23. Created for Purpose
Speaker: Daniel Cook and Joy Bourgeois 

God Created each of us unique. Learn how to help defend unborn lives and reach and restore women caught in sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Parents: Due to the nature of the content of this presentation, this workshop may not be suitable for younger children. Bring teens at your discretion.

 

24. Personal Finances God’s Way
Speaker: Joshua Keenan
A different perspective of how to manage money for God’s glory. Teaching our children the responsibility of personal finances. Learn how to build wealth and give.

Joshua Keenan is a master financial coach with Ramsey Solutions. His passion is to teach others how to budget and learn that there is freedom when there is no debt.

He has been married nine years to his beautiful wife, Ashley. Joshua and Ashley have a little girl named Brynley and another on the way. They have also served in their church’s middle school youth group for sixteen years and also lead a weekly Bible study of college-aged singles.

He is an entrepreneur who for the last eighteen years has assisted clients with property maintenance, real estate needs, and financial coaching.

 

25. Dual Enrollment for Homeschool Students - FSCJ
Speaker: Dr. Nancy K. Webster

This workshop will describe the process for homeschool students to participate in dual enrollment courses while completing high school and the different types of courses available.

Dr. Nancy Webster is the Executive Director of Articulations at FSCJ. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University Maryland and a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from Georgetown University.

 

26. Our Natural Florida - Creating Homeschool Adventures
FEATURED Speaker: Holly Giles of The Giles Frontier
Create a year of adventures with community and natural resources right where you live. Holly shows you how to organize a master calendar for Florida-based opportunities to use throughout your children's homeschooling years.

Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. She has a passion for helping families discover their own learning style and use it to nurture their children's God-given gifts. The importance of a strong family relationship is woven in each message. Holly gleans from her own life with boys, embracing the outdoors and navigating the challenges of a special needs child, to tell stories, woven with humor, that are sure to encourage the weariest of souls. Nature is her springboard to inspire you to a more abundant life at home. Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at www.thegilesfrontier.com.

 

27. What the Bible Says About Education Summarized in One Verse
Speaker: Mike Griggs
Many homeschoolers are familiar with Deuteronomy 6:7, "...teach them diligently...in your house." But many don't realize just how many aspects of education are covered in this passage. This workshop will show how this passage applies to curriculum, Christian schools, public schools, the church, educational methods, the purpose of education, and more.

Mike Griggs is the founder of 5th Kingdom Ministries, a ministry that seeks to equip Christians to apply the Bible to every area of life and every area of society. He is a former homeschooler and has taught at various conferences around the state of Florida.

 

30. Personal Development Electives High Schoolers Need
FEATURED Speaker: Cheryl Bastian, owner of Celebrate Simple
The middle and high school years are pivotal to young adults knowing their why: who they are, what they believe, and what value they bring to their communities. When given the time and resources, homeschoolers have an edge up--there's time to ponder and process these questions. Cheryl empowers parents in this workshop with ready-to-use ideas and real-life experiences which foster personal growth in high schoolers and prepare them for life...while earning high school credit in the areas of personal fitness, personal finance, nutrition and wellness, philosophy, and ethics. If you're looking for ways to keep intentional, real, and relational learning alive in high school, this topic will interest you!

Cheryl Bastian can’t remember a time when she wasn’t teaching. What started with making her brothers play school evolved to job shadowing and tutoring in high school. Through experiential learning, Cheryl’s passion for education grew. She completed post-secondary coursework and internships at Illinois State University, first as a special education major and then continuing in early childhood education. Concerned she would miss once-in-a-lifetime milestones in her children, Cheryl left the classroom and brought learning home.

Twenty-six years of homeschooling, eight children—ages 30 to 4— allow Cheryl and her husband, Mike, to journey alongside families at many stages of parenting and learning, from toddling to adulting. As a magazine columnist, blogger, and speaker, Cheryl shares her experiences, stories and challenges as she enthusiastically encourages parents to be intentional, real, and relational as they raise life-long learners. Her resources are available at Celebrate Simple, www.cherylbastian.com.

 

31. My Kids Have to Be Tested? – Florida Requirements for Year-End Evaluations
Speaker: Jan Koncar with HERI
Confused about which choice is right for your child when it comes to yearly evaluations? The Florida statute requires that an annual evaluation of a student's progress be submitted to the county superintendent's office where the student resides. We will look at and discuss the five options from which a parent may choose to comply with this requirement. Concerned as to what is needed in a student portfolio? Join us to see what to include to make yours a successful one!

Jan Koncar is a Florida-certified teacher in early childhood and elementary education and is currently the testing coordinator for HERI. She is a former teacher in both public and private schools, a former county office resource teacher for kindergarten through ninth grade, and a former homeschooling mom.

Jan and her husband, Bob, have two daughters: Katie, a graduate of LSU, and Olivia, a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana.

Jan continues to be involved in the homeschool community as a home educator consultant, providing information and evaluation services, both standardized testing and portfolio reviews, to homeschooling families.

 

32. Seven Reasons to Plan a Family Road Trip - CANCELLED
Speaker: Mary Beth Goff of the Road Trip Teacher
Are you missing an opportunity to share intentional time with your clan? Seven reasons to plan a road trip for your family is just a hint of what Mary Beth will share from seven years of RV life. Design a roadmap for your tribe and be on your way to making meaningful connections that will last a lifetime. The Road Trip Teacher will show you how to carve out a day trip, a weekend, or even a full-time life on the road where education meets adventure.

Mary Beth Goff is a homeschool mom who loves to have the wheels rolling under her family's feet. She felt the call to hit the road and travel across the USA for the experience of a lifetime with her family. She incorporates nature, the National Park system, and out-of-the-way spots for a roadmap where education meets adventure. Her love of history has fueled many road trips, including to all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home places. Mary Beth's passion is sharing the beauty and education offered by exploring America's backyard. She is the creator of the website, Road Trip Teacher, writer at Diary of a Road Mom blog, and partner on Roadschool Moms podcast ministry.

 

33. Charlotte Mason Method
Speaker: Heather Carlson Johnson
There are a great variety of educational philosophies. Sometimes it is very hard to choose how you want to educate your family. This workshop will share the general principles of a Charlotte Mason education. Included will be a glimpse into the life of a CM student at different ages.

Heather has been homeschooling since 2004. Her son graduated and will be attending university in the fall. Her daughter is a rising junior and will complete her education with Charlotte Mason homeschooling and dual enrollment classes. 

Before having children, Heather taught elementary and preschool in North Carolina. After making the family decision to pursue homeschooling, she has taught her two children, as well as additional children in group settings from 3-year-olds to teenagers. Her passions run the range of music, nature, gardening, handicrafts, cooking, and preparing for college.

 

34.  Destination: Adventure - Let the Fun Learning Begin
FEATURED Speaker
: Suzanne Nunn (FPEA)
Join Suzanne on a journey to incorporate travel, adventure, and learning in your family and your homeschool. Learn how to do this simply and without breaking the bank. You’ll be sure to walk away with great ideas and a renewed interest in finding ways to share adventure with those you love.

Suzanne has a passion for homeschooling and for helping to equip others who want to homeschool their children. After thirteen years of teaching in public and private school, serving as a peer mentor to new teachers, and co-writing several curriculums, Suzanne was called to begin a homeschooling journey with her own children. With ten years of successful homeschooling experience, Suzanne’s passion to help others begin and succeed in their own homeschool journey has been realized as she has served in her local support group and is now serving as chairman of the board for Florida Parent Educators Association.

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in History Education from the University of West Florida. She has completed work towards her Master of Arts at both the University of West Florida and the University of South Florida. Suzanne has a wide range of professional experience from classroom teacher, to houseparent at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, to licensed real estate salesperson. She is married to Mike, and they have four children.

 

35. Cancer: How to Avoid It and How to Cure It
Speaker: Andy Harrold
This workshop will explain the physiological processes in the human body that lead to fifty percent of men and thirty-three percent of women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It will explain why conventional treatment rarely results in completely eradicating cancer, and it will explain how to truly cure cancer.

Andy Harrold is a firefighter/paramedic with twenty-three years of experience. He is a cancer survivor who has intensely studied human health since 2009. He is passionate about sharing a message of diet and lifestyle change because he does not want others to suffer as he and many of his family members have. He is not selling anything and is speaking solely out of a desire to help people regain their health and avoid disease.

 

37. Incorporating Your Homeschool Group
Speaker: Larry Wang
Attorney and FPEA treasurer Larry Wang will underscore the benefits of incorporating your homeschool group and guide you through the process. He will also touch on the benefits of registering as a 501(c)(3) and advise if it's appropriate for your group.

Larry Wang is an attorney, entrepreneur, martial artist, just to name a few of the many hats he wears, but his most notable hat is being a homeschooling dad, along with his wife, to their three daughters. Larry is a board member with FPEA (Florida Parent Educators Association) and serves families across our state.

 

38. RightStart™ Math Card Games
Speaker: Ann Meola with RightStart Mathematics by Activities for Learning
Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed test? Are you frustrated because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of seven? Use games to practice and review math facts. This workshop will show you fabulous and effective math card games that are easy and fun. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts! Come and discover RightStart™ Math card games to help your child learn their math!

Ann Meola has been homeschooling for twelve years. When her now college-aged daughter was 12, Ann began her homeschooling journey. Her 16-year-old son has been homeschooled from the start. Ann and her family go biking, running, and camping and she enjoys gardening and reading.

 

39. Educating the Whole Child
Speaker: Cathy Kaplan of Classical Conversations
Our children have multiple needs to consider as we are educating them and preparing them for adulthood. How can we do this so that they are well-rounded people? How does relational learning play a part in accomplishing this?

 

40. The History of Homeschooling in the Bible
Speaker: Adam Fannin
A walk through the history of homeschooling in the Bible, contrasted to the origins of public school with comparative results.

 

41. Piecing Together the High School Puzzle
Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola, author of Piecing Together the High School Puzzle
Join Joanne Mastronicola to learn about homeschooling through high school in Florida.

  • Components of a transcript
  • Calculating GPA
  • Honors vs. standard vs. AP
  • Activity resumes
  • Volunteer work and documentation
  • Course descriptions and documentation
  • Curriculum/reading list and documentation
  • Third party validation
  • Earning high school credit in middle school
  • Dealing with classes I don't feel qualified to teach
  • Recommendation letters -- the process, who to ask
  • Working toward scholarships for college
  • My child would prefer a technical or vocational certification
  • Assurance that yes, you can do this on your own!

Joanne Mastronicola homeschooled her three children for eighteen years. All three children successfully entered college with the benefit of several scholarships. In addition, Joanne has worked with a non-traditional private school in Jacksonville overseeing high school transcripts, and she provides individualized guidance counseling for homeschoolers and teaches classes frequently on homeschooling your high school student. She is the author of the very detailed book, Piecing Together the High School Puzzle. You’ll find more information at www.highschoolpuzzle.com.

 

42. Nutritional Supplements 101
Speaker: Andy Harrold
This workshop will give an overview of nutritional supplements, make a case as to why they are needed, and explain which ones are needed most to promote good health.

Andy Harrold is a firefighter/paramedic with twenty-three years of experience. He is a cancer survivor who has intensely studied human health since 2009. He is passionate about sharing a message of diet and lifestyle change because he does not want others to suffer as he and many of his family members have. He is not selling anything and is speaking solely out of a desire to help people regain their health and avoid disease.

 

44. Become a Missionary Pilot
Speakers: Robert Britton and Deborah Lytal-Britton
We will spend the time showcasing the college for those feeling called to become a missionary pilot and serve the Lord through aviation as a pilot (or soon a mechanic). The need is great to move people and supplies, to make medical evacuation flights, and support relief efforts to undeveloped areas of the globe. There are open positions right now in six of the seven continents. We will discuss tuition and funding options, the accelerated class schedule (although not yet accredited, the program is two years* to complete a 120-credit-hour course of study that qualifies for a Bachelor of Science in Missions with an emphasis in aviation and your private, instrument and commercial pilot ratings with 250 hours of flight/sim time), life in the dormitory (separate male and female buildings in Keystone Heights), short-term mission opportunities, and then open it up for questions. We will have our three-screen simulator set up at the booth for interested people to give it a try. *Some students take twenty-seven to thirty months to complete, and after the program costs are covered, the only expense is $250 a month for room and board for the extra months.

Retired Air Force colonel and commercial airline captain, President Britton has served the College of Missionary Aviation for two years of the college's four and a half years. He and his wife, Deborah, have homeschooled their son, Robert, for ten-plus years in several worldwide locations. They have served as tent-maker missionaries in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. They attend Friendship Bible Church in Keystone Heights and feel greatly blessed to be able to serve the Lord at the College of Missionary Aviation.

 

45. Homeschooling 101 in Spanish
¿Qué es “Educar en Casa” o “Homeschooling”?
Speaker: Bitia Leal
¿Yo? ¿Educar en casa? No estás solo. Muchos lo han pensado, y muchos lo estan haciendo exitosamente. Únase a nosotros para una reunión informativa que esperamos responder a sus preguntas con respecto a la educación en el hogar.

 

46. The Most Important Thing You Can Learn Is How to Learn!
Speaker: Patrick Keeney
Unfortunately, school can be a treadmill of gaining skills and knowledge and can be an uphill battle. Yet learning itself is a natural human function -- like breathing! This workshop will show you how to learn ten times more efficiently! The workshop will cover how to learn more, faster, and for better retention.

Pat Keeney has enjoyed thirty-plus years of building innovative, educational products and programs. He has worked for NYSE companies, startups, government organizations (NASA) and school districts. He has launched and implemented sustainable programs that include AP programs, NASA mission-related lessons and outreach, virtual labs, online career academies, and even his own startup. He is passionate about helping learners rekindle their curiosity and enjoy learning.

 

47. Homeschooling Through High School
Speaker - Cathy Kaplan of Classical Conversations
Enjoy the high school years with relational learning. Classical Conversations can help you educate your children through high school and instill a biblical worldview that will carry them into adulthood.

 

48. Dual Enrollment for Homeschool Students - FSCJ
Speaker: Dr. Nancy K. Webster

This workshop will describe the process for homeschool students to participate in dual enrollment courses while completing high school and the different types of courses available.

Dr. Nancy Webster is the Executive Director of Articulations at FSCJ. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University Maryland and a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from Georgetown University.

 

49. How to Teach Your Friends About Jesus
Speaker: Adam Fannin
A basic workshop of how to share your faith in Jesus with friends, family, and new acquaintances.

 

51. A Biblical Approach to Science
Speaker: Rich Overman
While the modern scientific method is useful in many ways, it does not have a scriptural foundation. This workshop demonstrates a biblical approach to science. The biblical scientific method starts with the Bible as the foundation upon which to engage in scientific inquiry.

Richard Overman, born in 1957, graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University). Rich has more than thirty-two years of engineering experience. In 1992 he and Ginger accepted a call by God into a creation ministry. In 1994 this led to the formation of Creation Education Resources, where he is a researcher, lecturer, teacher, and president. He completed his Master’s in Science Education from the Institute for Creation Research in 1997 and his Master’s in Divinity from the Conservative Theological University in 2015. His is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Conservative Theological University. Rich has published articles in technical journals and magazines about engineering, creation science, and other topics.

 

52. How to Craft an Education Specific to Your Children's Talents and Skills
FEATURED Speaker: Holly Giles
Holly shares personal stories and specific ideas on how to craft an education that tailors to each of your children's talents and skills.

Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. She has a passion for helping families discover their own learning style and use it to nurture their children's God-given gifts. The importance of a strong family relationship is woven in each message. Holly gleans from her own life with boys, embracing the outdoors and navigating the challenges of a special needs child, to tell stories, woven with humor, that are sure to encourage the weariest of souls. Nature is her springboard to inspire you to a more abundant life at home. Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at www.thegilesfrontier.com.

 

54. Fun Strategies and Ideas for Teaching Grammar Easily and Effectively
FEATURED Speaker: Dr. Wanda Phillips with Easy Grammar
Join Dr. Wanda Phillips of Easy Grammar Systems as she discusses memorable and fun ways to teach grammar. This seminar is appropriate for parents of students in grades 1-8. However, everyone is invited.
"This was the best seminar I attended during the conference!" -- parent at the 2017 El Paso Homeschool Conference.

Dr. Wanda Phillips is president of Easy Grammar Systems and the author of Easy Grammar series, Daily GRAMS series, Easy Grammar Ultimate Series for high school, and Easy Wriing. She travels throughout the country presenting seminars about kinesthetic and mastery learning as well as writing themes. Dr. Phillips resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

55. Personal Finances God’s Way
Speaker: Joshua Keenan
A different perspective of how to manage money for God’s glory. Teaching our children the responsibility of personal finances. Learn how to build wealth and give.

Joshua Keenan is a master financial coach with Ramsey Solutions. His passion is to teach others how to budget and learn that there is freedom when there is no debt.

He has been married nine years to his beautiful wife, Ashley. Joshua and Ashley have a little girl named Brynley and another on the way. They have also served in their church’s middle school youth group for sixteen years and also lead a weekly Bible study of college-aged singles.

He is an entrepreneur who for the last eighteen years has assisted clients with property maintenance, real estate needs, and financial coaching.

 

56. Trinity Baptist College - Dual Enrollment, Undergraduate, and Graduate
Speaker: Keith Wood
Come join us for an informative and interactive session where you can learn more about Trinity Baptist College. Fully accredited, TBC offers dual enrollment options, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees. Obtaining a quality Christian education doesn't have to cost a fortune. Join us to learn how we can best serve you!

 

58. Alternatives to a Four-Year College Degree: Career and Technical Opportunities
FEATURED Speaker: Brenda Dickinson of the Home Education Foundation (HEF)
What are the options if your child does not want to go to college or incur the debt of a four-year degree? Learn about career and technical education in Florida that can lead to high-skill, high-wage jobs.

Brenda Dickinson and her husband, Craig, were pioneers in the present-day home education movement. She successfully home educated her two children from kindergarten through high school. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to parents and has lectured on various home education topics. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after the death of her husband in 1993. As a result of her lobbying work in the Florida Capitol, home education students enjoy participation in dual enrollment, Bright Futures Scholarships, extracurricular activities, the Florida Virtual School, and the Gardiner Scholarship for students with disabilities.

 

59. A Modern Pioneer's Guide to Living Simple in a Busy Culture
FEATURED Speaker: Holly Giles of The Giles Frontier
Using modern conveniences and old-fashioned values, Holly shows you how to live simply with your family and build a culture of lasting relationships.

Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. She has a passion for helping families discover their own learning style and use it to nurture their children's God-given gifts. The importance of a strong family relationship is woven in each message. Holly gleans from her own life with boys, embracing the outdoors and navigating the challenges of a special needs child, to tell stories, woven with humor, that are sure to encourage the weariest of souls. Nature is her springboard to inspire you to a more abundant life at home. Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at www.thegilesfrontier.com.

 

60. Homeschooling Through High School and College
Speakers: Elicia DiPietro, Aaron and Nathan DiPietro (home-educated graduates and college graduates)
As home educators we have chosen an educational path that best complements our families. Learn how to continue your education individuality and save time and money on a college degree. Join a mom (who has homeschooled for seventeen years) and two of her sons as they share how while in high school and after graduation the sons earned
college credit with credit by examination. Using this alternative, one son earned his bachelor's degree in two and a half years after high school graduation. The other son will complete his degree this summer. Come and find out how to complete one class, one semester of credit, or earn your entire degree from home.

 

61. Planning Ahead: Characteristics of Highly Successful Teens
Speaker: Naita B. Guine, Ph.D., former dual enrollment coordinator with FSCJ
This workshop will identify three characteristics of highly successful teens and challenge participants to re-examine the purpose of education. This fifty-minute workshop is a critical discussion, and it is ideal for parents of high school level/homeschool students. Parents will be challenged to look beyond the present and develop strategies to work with their student to identify interests and strengths while exploring various career options and educational pathways for their student. Emphasis will be placed on two- and four-year educational programs and workforce/industry certifications.

Naita Guine is an award-winning educator, public speaker, and author who provides parents, students, and educators with options and resources to navigate through middle and senior high school while preparing for post-secondary admissions and success. Additionally, she empowers first-year college students with strategies to achieve academic and career goals. Naita Guine has more than twenty years of experience working with community youth organizations and public and private education programs. She has worked as an associate dean, instructional program manager, classroom teacher, adjunct instructor, faculty mentor, student success advisor, project coordinator, and academic director at a state college. Having worked with some of the brightest and most talented students in the state of Florida, she has identified common characteristics of high performing youth and published the book, A Way Out: 10 Characteristics of Highly Successful Teens. Dr. Naita, as called by students and parents, delivers effective, passionate, and engaging workshops and presentations while sharing strategies and best practices to propel students to their full potential. Dr. Naita lives in Jacksonville and is the proud mother and stepmother of three college graduates (Vanderbilt, University of Arkansas, University of South Florida) and one future college graduate.

 

62. The Good Life (and Those Who Try to Destroy It)
Speaker: Mike Griggs
The peaceful, blessed, and productive home life is held forth as a good thing in Scripture. It is also a powerful weapon. That's why, throughout the centuries, so many have tried to destroy the family, or at least weaken its power. Are you resisting those who destroy the good life, or are you inadvertently helping them?

Mike Griggs is the founder of 5th Kingdom Ministries, a ministry that seeks to equip Christians to apply the Bible to every area of life and every area of society. He is a former homeschooler and has taught at various conferences around the state of Florida.

 

63. Homeschooling 101 (How to Homeschool in Florida According to Florida's Law)
Speaker: Lindley Rachal
Are you brand new to homeschooling? Come and find out where to start and how to get there. Topics will include the law, curriculum choices, testing, groups, local events, as well as a question-and-answer session. Learn about private umbrella schools versus traditional homeschooling. Taught by Lindley Rachal, owner of R.O.C.K. Solid Home School Books, a local homeschool curriculum provider.

Lindley Rachal and her husband, Nathan, have lived in Jacksonville for more than twenty-seven years. They are owners of R.O.C.K. Solid, a homeschool curriculum company which began in 1994. They successfully homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Two went on to college and one to the military. Lindley and her husband continue to be actively involved in the homeschool community through speaking on homeschool topics, sponsoring various homeschool workshops, and bringing curriculum to local homeschool book venues.

 

65. 2019 Legislative Update and Threat’s to Home Education
FEATURED Speaker: Brenda Dickinson (FL Home Education Lobbyist)
Brenda Dickinson, president of the Home Education Foundation, will give an overview of the 2019 state legislative session and will discuss possible future legislation and threats to home education.

Brenda Dickinson and her husband, Craig, were pioneers in the present-day home education movement. She successfully home educated her two children from kindergarten through high school. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to parents and has lectured on various home education topics. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after the death of her husband in 1993. As a result of her lobbying work in the Florida Capitol, home education students enjoy participation in dual enrollment, Bright Futures Scholarships, extracurricular activities, the Florida Virtual School, and the Gardiner Scholarship for students with disabilities.

 

66. Florida’s Roadside Attractions: Embrace the Wild
FEATURED Speaker: Suzanne Nunn
Come explore the special places that put Florida on the map. Discover Florida’s hidden and forgotten gems by revisiting unique tidbits of Florida’s history and finding places that you will want to explore with your family. Embrace the wild side of our beautiful state as we take this little excursion.

Suzanne has a passion for homeschooling and for helping to equip others who want to homeschool their children. After thirteen years of teaching in public and private school, serving as a peer mentor to new teachers, and co-writing several curriculums, Suzanne was called to begin a homeschooling journey with her own children. With ten years of successful homeschooling experience, Suzanne’s passion to help others begin and succeed in their own homeschool journey has been realized as she has served in her local support group and is now serving as chairman of the board for Florida Parent Educators Association.

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in History Education from the University of West Florida. She has completed work towards her Master of Arts at both the University of West Florida and the University of South Florida. Suzanne has a wide range of professional experience from classroom teacher, to houseparent at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, to licensed real estate salesperson. She is married to Mike, and they have four children.

 

67. Florida Requirement for an Annual Homeschool Portfolio and Record Keeping
Speaker: Kim Ebbers
Florida homeschooling law requires you to keep a portfolio and have it ready to possibly present to your school board upon their request. Come learn about what is required to keep in your annual portfolio. Are lesson plans and samples of your child’s school work required to be in your portfolio? Come look at portfolios from an experienced mom. Portfolios can also act as an annual yearbook for your family to look back on memories and see your child’s progress.

Kim is passionate about nutrition and feels that good sleep, regular exercise, and eating food as close to the way God created it are very important ways to help a homeschool family thrive.

Earning a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, Kim worked as a registered nurse and as a primary care nurse practitioner until God called her to homeschool. She and Kurt have been married for twenty-two years and reside in Jacksonville, where they have homeschooled their three sons for the past eighteen years. Kim is the coordinator of First at Home, a local homeschool support group.

 

68. Protecting your Child’s Future
Speakers: Paul McMullan and Briana Tremble
This is a subject that can be difficult for many people to talk about because it deals with loss – a loss of property, the ability to work, or of a loved one. Unfortunately, many times people are sold the wrong amount or wrong types of insurance for the wrong reasons. It is very important for us to understand how we can best manage risk so we can avoid the common mistakes made in this area. There are additional benefits associated with our life insurance and annuity solutions provided by optional riders. We call them Living Benefits, and we have been providing them since 1937. Based on the product, living benefits can provide benefits should a qualifying terminal, chronic, or critical illness or critical injury occur or if your desire is to have an income that you cannot outlive.

Planning for College

"You have to start saving for college now." How many times have you heard that? Providing the opportunity for your kids to gain the advantages of higher learning is every parent's wish, but it requires a disciplined approach. With tuition on the rise, it's never too early to start saving. Where should you begin? Relax, we can help. We will work with you and for you to figure out the best ways...for you. Our solutions-based approach will help ensure that your college savings goals will be achieved, even if you're not able to complete them.

Special Needs

You have been blessed with having a special needs child. With those special needs comes special planning. No one knows what your child needs more than you. Over time, you have learned everything about them, including what their future holds and what will be required for them to live their best life. We have a dedicated team of professionals who are thoroughly prepared to help. Let's plan for the expected and prepare for the unexpected.

Briana Tremble is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., a broker-dealer affiliate of National Life Insurance Company, Member FINRA/SIPC. ESI is independent of all named entities unless specified. National Life Group is a trade name for National Life Insurance Company and its affiliates. TC108232(0619)1.

Paul McMullan is a financial representative with National Life Insurance Company. TC108232(0619)1.

 

69. Sending Your Food Allergy Child to College
Speaker: Tanya Wang
Does your future college student have food allergies? Are you worried about him or her leaving your nest to go away to college? I will share our journey with you and help guide you through the process.

Tanya is a homeschooling mother of three girls. She and her family have been homeschooling for thirteen years, and her oldest daughter attends college. Having helped her daughter obtain ninety-five percent of her education funding through scholarships, merit aid, and grants, she is excited to share with other families how they too can help their child go to college almost debt free.

 

71. Hidden Causes of Chronic Illness
Speaker: Andy Harrold
In this workshop we will dig deeper into your health and explain what could be causing symptoms that your medical doctor cannot diagnose. Chronic infection, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, leaky gut, metal toxicity, or hiatal hernia could be causing your health problems. In this workshop you will learn how to overcome these problems.

Andy Harrold is a firefighter/paramedic with twenty-three years of experience. He is a cancer survivor who has intensely studied human health since 2009. He is passionate about sharing a message of diet and lifestyle change because he does not want others to suffer as he and many of his family members have. He is not selling anything and is speaking solely out of a desire to help people regain their health and avoid disease.

 

73. Science Little Learners Love
FEATURED Speaker: Cheryl Bastian
Magnets. Animals. Water. Science is innate for little learners. In this workshop, Cheryl Bastian offers practical, inexpensive, ready-to-use learning activities. You will walk away from this session with a renewed understanding of how and why to foster your child’s sense of discovery and wonder, naturally. Do you have active, curious learners between ages 3 and 8? This workshop is for you!

Cheryl Bastian can’t remember a time when she wasn’t teaching. What started with making her brothers play school evolved to job shadowing and tutoring in high school. Through experiential learning, Cheryl’s passion for education grew. She completed post-secondary coursework and internships at Illinois State University, first as a special education major and then continuing in early childhood education. Concerned she would miss once-in-a-lifetime milestones in her children, Cheryl left the classroom and brought learning home.

Twenty-six years of homeschooling, eight children—ages 30 to 4— allow Cheryl and her husband, Mike, to journey alongside families at many stages of parenting and learning, from toddling to adulting. As a magazine columnist, blogger, and speaker, Cheryl shares her experiences, stories and challenges as she enthusiastically encourages parents to be intentional, real, and relational as they raise life-long learners. Her resources are available at Celebrate Simple, www.cherylbastian.com.

 

74. Benefits of Freshly Made Flour
Speaker: Kim Ebbers
Kim began making homemade flour after hearing her mentor in the field, Sue Becker, speak about the health benefits of “real” whole wheat flour at a HERI homeschool convention in 2003. After three months of cooking with fresh flour, Kim and her family began to experience amazing health benefits such as complete relief of seasonal allergies, oral aphthous ulcers/canker sores, and constipation. They also noticed increased energy levels as well as decreased doctor visits. Come learn about the history of flour and the detrimental health effects of commercial milling. Different types of wheat berries and where to purchase them will be discussed, along with how you can easily make fresh, homemade flour. Also learn how you can easily adapt recipes to make delicious, nourishing food.

Kim is passionate about nutrition and feels that good sleep, regular exercise, and eating food as close to the way God created it are very important ways to help a homeschool family thrive.

Earning a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, Kim worked as a registered nurse and as a primary care nurse practitioner until God called her to homeschool. She and Kurt have been married for twenty-two years and reside in Jacksonville, where they have homeschooled their three sons for the past eighteen years. Kim is the coordinator of First at Home, a local homeschool support group.

 

75. Fire and Fun in Florida
Speaker: Daniel Cook
Join Daniel for a discussion about prescribed fire and adventures in Florida's exceptional ecosystems.

 

77. The Connection Between Eschatology (End Times) and Homeschooling
Speaker: Mike Griggs
While the subject of the end times can be a confusing and controversial subject, this workshop will focus on the clearer, less debated Bible passages dealing with the future. From those passages, we will see just how important homeschooling is to the fulfilling of Bible prophesy.

Mike Griggs is the founder of 5th Kingdom Ministries, a ministry that seeks to equip Christians to apply the Bible to every area of life and every area of society. He is a former homeschooler and has taught at various conferences around the state of Florida.

 

78. Eight "Miracle" Cures You Have Never Heard Of
Speaker: Andy Harrold
In this workshop we will be discussing at least eight fantastically effective treatments that are ignored or denigrated by mainstream medicine. Most of them are very inexpensive. Diseases and conditions that have been cured by them include cancer, malaria, Lyme disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and autism.

Andy Harrold is a firefighter/paramedic with twenty-three years of experience. He is a cancer survivor who has intensely studied human health since 2009. He is passionate about sharing a message of diet and lifestyle change because he does not want others to suffer as he and many of his family members have. He is not selling anything and is speaking solely out of a desire to help people regain their health and avoid disease.

 

 

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Exhibitors  

 

 

5th Kingdom Ministries
www.5thKingdomMinistries.com

5th Kingdom Ministries was started in 2015 for the purpose of educating and equipping
Christians to live as God has called them to live:
as obedient citizens of His kingdom
Books, CD's, DVD's for sale on a variety of topics like family, church, and state. Also, free materials
(pamphlets, articles, etc.) on those topics.

 

American Heritage Girls
https://www.facebook.com/AHGFL1512/

https://americanheritagegirls.org/
Building Women of Integrity
American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and leadership
development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to
the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family,
community, and country.

 

Biblical Concepts Ministries
www.bcmaction.com
Biblical Concepts Ministries (BCM) is a non-profit 501©3 Bible-based non-denominational, non-partisan Christian ministry dedicated to equipping the saints by educating, motivating, and activating the body of Christ in civil and community service and public policy in order to defend our religious freedoms.

 

Bilingual Branches
Bilingualbranches@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/285461145526345/

 

BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept
www.bjupresshomeschool.com
complete curriculum for preschool through 12th grade with both traditional
textbooks and video courses available

 

The Bookmark Ark
www.facebook.com/bookmarkark/
Original artwork bookmarks, homemade and creative bookmarks

 

Breakthroughs of North Florida
https://www.breakthroughsnf.com/
Lindamood-Bell Programs, tutoring for all subjects, ACT/SAT Prep,
Counseling, P.R.O.V.E. Program (Special Needs Program)

 

Celebrate Simple
https://www.cherylbastian.com/
author, speakers, educator, evaluator & consultants;
leader & mentor

 

Christian Light Education
www.clp.org/cle
A complete selection for Kindergarten-Grade 12, including high school electives.
Also reading books for all ages.

 

Classical Conversations
https://www.classicalconversations.com/
Classical Education parent support, online book sales

 

College of Missionary Aviation
https://collegeofmissionaryaviation.com

To provide high school graduates or equivalent with streamlined, professional and economical education and training that meets the requirements of the FAA and mission organizations in a Christian environment with a balanced focus on safety, professional standards and mission orientation.

 

Cornerstone Payment Systems
Cornerstone.cc

Christian Credit Card Processing

 

Creation Education Resources, Inc.
904-213-1177
Creation science books, videos and other material

 

Easy Grammar Systems
https://www.easygrammar.com/
Grammar & writing texts

 

Edison Kids Inc
https://edisonkidsinc.com
Home Education non-profit support group 
STEM competitive teams - FIRST - Field Trips

 

Engineering (Advance Manufacturing) - FSCJ
https://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/construction-manufacturing/engineering-technology-as
Darrell High – (904 )598-5639
Robotics, Machine Tool, Hydraulic and Pneumatic and Electrical displays

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Engineering Technology degree is an advanced manufacturing technology degree that prepares students for success in the installation, repair and maintenance of industrial/manufacturing environments. This hands-on advance manufacturing program is designed to respond to the needs of regional businesses and provides industrial/manufacturing related technical skills for the industry.

 

Florida Virtual School
www.flvs.net
on line curriculum via the Florida School Board
One does not have to pay for this curriculum!

 

FPEA – Florida Parent Educator Association
https://fpea.com
The Florida Parent-Educators Association exists solely to serve homeschooling families in Florida. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement, all in accordance with Judeo-Christian principles.

 

FSCJ – Florida State College at Jacksonville – Dual Enrollment
https://www.fscj.edu/academics/college-readiness-programs/dual-enrollment
Dr. Nancy Webster – (904) 632-3261

Students can take academic college-level courses and/or career and technical courses. Depending on educational and career goals, students can earn college credits that are transferable to any public college or university within the state of Florida and to most other public and private schools. Students looking to go into a career field more quickly can take courses toward one of Florida State College at Jacksonville's many associate in science degrees or career certificates.

 

The Giles Frontier
https://www.thegilesfrontier.com/

Curriculum books on nature, community, life skills and literature
(chicken keeper, homesteader, author, outdoor explorer,
entrepreneur, coaching, on-line courses, blogger, author)

 

Naita B. Guine, Ph.D.
www.drnaita.com
Author of: A Way Out: 10 Characteristics of Highly Successful Teens

 

HEF - Home Education Foundation
http://flhef.org/
Homeschool consulting and our Florida lobbyist for home education

 

HERI – Home Education Resources & Information
www.herijax.com
home educator support and information group,
homeschool curriculum lending library,
used curriculum sale host, teacher ID badges

 

HSLDA – Homeschool Legal Defense Association
https://hslda.org/

HSLDA members receive unique services, special discounts, and
personal advice to support and equip their family’s homeschool program.
Members have direct access to:

Lawyers who focus on homeschool law and are homeschooling parents
Preschool–8th and high school consultants

Special needs consultants
Forms and sample letters for your state
Advice for DMV and work permits
PerX discounts on nationwide products and services

 

Homeschooling Eternally
ministry Dvds/CDs books, etc.

 

Impact Christian Academy
www.icajax.com
STEM, Fine Arts Classes, Sports

 

Jacksonville Children’s Chorus
https://www.jaxchildrenschorus.org/

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus (JCC) was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area. Because music education is important to a child’s development, JCC offers a scholarship program to ensure every child who desires to participate may do so regardless of a family’s ability to afford tuition. Thirty-five percent of enrolled singers currently receive either partial or full scholarship support. In addition to providing quality music education to deserving singers, the scholarship program ensures diversity in JCC. This program is supported solely by donations.

 

Jacksonville Symphony
www.jaxsymphony.org
Family and field trip concerts

 

The JOY FM 88.1
www.thejoyfm.com

 

LaBrie, Chloe - Child Author
Instagram & Facebook Page: The Eiffel Tower Moves to Egypt
Available for purchase on Amazon

 

Lanier Family
lillarose.biz/lanierfamily
revitalu.com/lanierfamily
Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry, RevitalU, Rodan & Fields

 

Living Books
www.RiverCityLibrary.com
Living books for all ages - gently used books that have stood the test of time.

 

Law of Liberty Baptist Church
http://lawoflibertybaptist.com/

free New Testament Bibles & Information about our free
Homeschooling events at our Family Integrated Church

 

Madisel Group, The
(Making a Difference in Someone Else’s Life)
www.themadiselgroup.com
https://m.facebook.com/themadiselaffect/

Individual and Family Relational Wellness Coaching and Consulting

 

MOPS Next en Español
https://www.facebook.com/MOPS.Int
villagra.rossana@gmail.com
(904) 860-9260
MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers.

We also believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.
We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.

 

National Life Group
https://www.nationallife.com/

Briana Tremble - (904) 296-3300
Tremble_Briana@nlgroupmail.com
Financial Services
Life Insurance

 

Norwex
www.megandorsey.norwex.biz

Norwex helps you turn your home into a Safe Haven. Together, we can improve our quality of life for generations to come! Improving Quality of Life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. We do this by creating Safe Havens in every home we touch as we help families live more sustainably and safer from the effects of harmful chemicals.

 

Orchard Kingdom Creative Arts Studio
www.orchardkingdom.com
Orchard Kingdom is a studio dedicated to training young people in the arts and at the same time facilitating their growth in sanctification. With a love for the Word of God, Creative Director Brenda Edwards, has devoted herself to writing music curriculum and musicals. Orchard Kingdom offers instruction in music, art, cooking lessons and kids camps. There are also monthly group classes that utilize Orchard Kingdom materials for the purpose of learning music theory while also emphasizing character development.

 

Paracord Works
Paracord Products

 

Presbyterian Social Ministries
www.PresbyterianSocialMinistries.org
Presbyterian Social Ministries, in partnership with other organizations exists
to support the homeless with stable supportive housing solutions and life
skills training; help families and individual in need with clothing; and
facilitate missions with learning and service opportunities in a residential setting.

 

RightStart Mathematics by Activities for Learning, Inc
https://rightstartmath.com/
Kinesthetic-based Mathematics Curriculum

 

Road Trip Teacher
www.roadtripteacher.com
Mary Beth Goff
destination resources, specializing in road-school
products for traveling, homeschool families

 

R.O.C.K. Solid Inc – Home School Books
https://www.rocksolidinc.com
various types of curriculum and readers

 

STEM Training
www.stemtrainingresources.com
STEM curriculum and kits

 

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
www.floridastateparks.org

Plan your adventures to Florida's 175 award-winning state parks,
trails and historic sites.  Your Gym Alternative!
Florida State Parks Annual Pass

 

Teaching Textbooks
www.teachingtextbooks.com
math curriculum designed specifically for homeschoolers, Math 3 through Pre-Calculus

 

Trail Life USA
https://www.traillifeusa.com/
Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy. Established on timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade are engaged in a Troop setting by male mentors where they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created.

 

Trinity Baptist College
www.tbc.edu
dual enrollment, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees

 

Usborne Books & More
www.becauseofbooks.com
Educational and interactive children's books

 

Vege Cooking – Denise Nordin
info@vege-cooking.com

 

Wonderfully Maid Cleaning, LLC
https://www.facebook.com/wonderfullyMaidCleaning

 

Youth With A Mission Jacksonville, Inc.
www.ywamjax.org
Our Mission
to inspire, equip, and send people 
to share the Good News of Jesus with those who have never heard.

 

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Raffle Donors and Items

 

Berean Builders
bereanbuilders.com

Items donated for raffle:

Science in the Beginning (multilevel elementary)


 

Discovering Design with Chemistry (high-school chemistry)

 

Thank You Berean Builders!


 

 

the 101 series
https://the101series.com/

the 101 series

The objective of the 101 series is to glorify God by providing easy to use, understandable and visually rich high school-level home school curriculum from a biblical perspective. The series includes Biology 101, Chemistry 101 and Physics 101. The next slated film is General Science 101 with an expected release date of Fall/Winter 2019.

Items donated for raffle:  

Items donated for raffle:

Biology 101 DVD Curriculum ($69.95)

Chemistry 101 DVD Curriculum ($69.95)

Physics 101 DVD Curriculum ($69.95)

 

Thank you 101 Series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Apologia
https://www.apologia.com/

 

Advanced Biology 2nd Edition ($89)
Student Textbook and Solutions and Test Manual

 

Astronomy 2nd Edition with Junior Notebooking Journal

 

Astronomy 2nd Edition with Regular Notebooking Journal ($63)

 

Marine Biology 2nd Edition ($128)
Student Textbook, Solutions and Test Manual and Student Notebook

 

Physical Science 2nd Edition Advanced Set ($119)
Student Textbook, Solutions and Test Manual and Student Notebook

 

Zoology 2 Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day ($63)
Student Textbook with Junior Notebooking Journal

 

Thank You Apologia!

 

Publix
https://www.publix.com/
Two - $25 gift certificates
Thank you Publix!

 

Wonderfully Maid Cleaning, LLC
https://www.facebook.com/wonderfullyMaidCleaning
$50 gift certificate for a cleaning service

Thank you Wonderfully Maid!

 

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