2009 CHEACT Conference Workshops

Friday, June 26 - 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 27 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
 

Friday

9:00 am

Room 1-2: Wade Hulcy
Education Reserved for Princes and Nobility
As far back as Alexander the Great, fatherly kings have secured learned tutors to educate their princely sons.  Too often tutors only educated the minds of their pupils.  Mentoring, a combination of tutoring and discipleship, educated both mind AND heart.   Wade Hulcy, president of KONOS, Inc. and homeschooling dad of 24 years, believes homeschoolers have the rare opportunity to employ the form of education once reserved for princes and nobility, the expanded form of tutoring called mentoring to raise up the next generation of princes and nobility to serve the one true King.

Room 3: Doug and Patsy Arnold
Students in Their Right Minds
Discover the differences between left and right-brain learners. Whether a child has ADHD, developmental delays, or autism spectrum disorders (or maybe you just can’t put your finger on it …), parents will pick up usable tips in this practical workshop. Celebrate the unique gifts of your child who learns differently by embracing meaningful strategies that will bring out the best in him!

Room 4: David Hazell
Homeschool: Is it School at Home or Family Education
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

Room 5: Smoothing the Way
Which Way Do I Go?
This workshop explains the most popular teaching methodologies (textbooks, living books, unit studies, classical, and unschooling) and gives attendees a close-up look at the convention exhibitors. The workshop is personalized for the CHEACT Conference, using your workshop schedule and exhibitor hall floor plan.

11:00 am

Room 1-2: Wade Hulcy
Teaching to Your Child's Bent
Out of four sons, Wade and Jessica Hulcy, who are homeschooling veterans of 24 years, claim each son is totally different!  In this hysterically funny and informative workshop Wade Hulcy, CEO of KONOS Inc., state leader in Texas for 16 years, and former teacher himself, identifies different learning styles, different personality types, different brain dominance… all indicators parents should take into account when deciding how to teach each of their children.   Come learn and be entertained by Wade.

Room 3: David Quine
Our Children: A Letter of Christ to the Culture
What is that we are working and praying to develop in the lives of our children? What goals and objectives are you working toward ... the SAT or ACT exam? The apostle Paul said that the goal of his instruction was 'love from a pure heart.' Learn the importance of equipping our children to enter the 21st Century as a 'Letter of Christ to the Culture.'

Room 4: David Hazell
Making Geography and Chronological History Come Alive
What is the significance of history anyway? Has it become merely the memorization of a boring list of people, places, events, and dates? Starting with geography and the cultures of the world provides a foundation for chronological history that connects us to God’s heart for the peoples of the world, and prepares us to observe God’s hand in history. Many of the cultural references in the Bible can be best understood in the context of historical events.  The New Testament is built upon the Old Testament.  The U.S. democracy traces its roots back to the Greeks. Timelines, notebooks, and simple hands-on projects help children and adults enjoy and retain history. When history has a context, and we have God’s heart for people, retention increases, and our role in history becomes exciting! 

Room 5: Tim Lambert
What Every Texas Homeschooler Needs to Know About the Law AND A Legislative Update
Tim Lambert, president of THSC, explains the law concerning home schooling and tells the history of home education in Texas and the nation. He relates ways home schooling families can avoid problems with school authorities and procedures for being prepared for the truant officer or a social worker at the door. Tim also shares how home schoolers can answer those oft-asked questions such as, “What about socialization?”

12:00 pm

Room 1-2: Carol Lee
Developing Healthy Eating Habits in Your Child
The most important time to eat healthy is during childhood. Carol Lee will introduce you to the Mediterranean diet and share tips on shaping the whole family's taste buds to like healthy, nutrient dense foods that are low in calorie and give you incredible energy to home school your child. She'll also discuss how to help your child stay at a healthy weight. Eating healthy can help your child succeed in your home school.

1:00 pm

Room 1-2: Jordan Hulcy
Hands On: Netting Retention Plus Creativity
Study after study has proven the incredible value of hands-on teaching.  What once was theory has been proven in data.  Yet, even though we know something is true, it does not always make it easy to implement.  Jordan Hulcy, homeschool graduate, has benefited from being taught hands-on.  Let Jordan share how his mom, Jessica Hulcy, thinks and teaches hands-on naturally and easily, without fanfare.  You will be amazed at the increase in retention and unleashing of creativity hands-on teaching will bring to your children.

Room 3: Rick Andreassen
Time Tested Techniques of Positive Discipline and Self-Esteem Building
This workshop is designed to inspire, encourage, and equip parents as they desire to mold and shape their children to become all that God has created them to be. Included will be a helpful guide: "Tools for Your Homeschooling Toolbelt". Coach Rick's prayer and goal is to encourage, encourage, and encourage some more!!!

Room 4: Right Start Math
Does It Matter How We Teach Math?
Should your child learn math the way you learned math? Millions of people dislike math because of the way they were taught. We now have new information on how to foster learning. Explore the various ways to teach math and the benefits of each.

Room 5: Shirley Solis
“What Does a Relaxed Day Really Look Like?” Finally Answered
Do you follow a relaxed approach to education or wish you could? Perhaps you are unsure if you are doing it right or even how to do it. Are you doing enough? People want to know, “really, how do I do it?” Shirley answers this question as she shares what relaxed homeschooling looks like for her family.

3:00 pm

Room 1-2: Wade Hulcy
For Lack of Vision the People Perish
As CEO of KONOS Inc. and homeschooling veteran of 24 years, Wade Hulcy talks to numerous homeschooling moms every day.  As a former teacher and state leader for 16 years, Wade knows what makes them tick; he knows their problems; he knows their hearts.  As moms encounter problem after problem, the vision of why they are even homeschooling often becomes blurred.  Wade shares his concern that the original vision for homeschooling MUST be held front and center by fathers and THEN passed on to mothers and children to encourage them in their journey.  Through several stories from our nation’s past, Wade illustrates the critical need for fathers to lay hold of the vision and to pass the vision on to their families! 

Room 3: David Quine
How to Teach Math and Science
The everyday teaching of the various subjects should proceed along two lines: (1) a love and appreciation for the subject being taught, and, (2) the skill and facts of the subject being taught. The former should always proceed the latter. David and Shirley will share insight into how this is best done.

Room 4: David Hazell
Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies with a Christian Perspective
The myriad of homeschool choices can be overwhelming like interstates, highways, back roads and scenic routes. There are so many ways and opinions, how can one navigate through it all and still homeschool effectively? Why not blend the best of each method? Join My Father’s World as we show how to instill Christian values while integrating great literature, chronological history, geography, hands-on activities, notebooks and timelines, narration, study of Greek and Latin roots, nature studies, and more. Enjoy short, well-planned lessons in the morning with time to pursue individual interests in the afternoon. 

Room 5: Kitty Foster
Math Can Be Fun with Math-U-See
Whether we are math “phanatics” or math “phobics,” teaching math can be challenging. But take heart!  With excitement, passion, and a touch of humor, Kitty Foster brings math to life using multi-sensory techniques she learned using Math-U-See.  From place value to algebra—come and “see” the fun side of math!
 

Saturday

9:00 am

Room 1-2: Jordan Hulcy
Thanks, Mom & Dad, for Your Last Full Measure
It is right and prudent to set academic, work skills, character and spiritual goals for our children when we begin home schooling.  It is right that parents should follow schedule and maintain standards and exercise consistent discipline to mold their children.  But sometimes relationships with our children, spouses, and friends, those precious jewels of eternity, get scheduled right into oblivion we home school.  Come hear Jordan Hulcy testify how his parents worked to establish and maintain those most important items…relationships.

Room 3: Rick Andreassen
Time Tested Techniques of Positive Discipline and Self-Esteem Building
This workshop is designed to inspire, encourage, and equip parents as they desire to mold and shape their children to become all that God has created them to be. Included will be a helpful guide: "Tools for Your Homeschooling Toolbelt". Coach Rick's prayer and goal is to encourage, encourage, and encourage some more!!!

Room 4: David Hazell
What Should 21st Century Christians Be Teaching Their Kids?
Classical education is often defined by what was taught to children long ago. Should we not rather ask the question: What did classical tutors intend students to know once they were educated? Five key questions help us interpret what these tutors would teach our children today if they were in our homes, in our culture, with our language, and with 21st century knowledge.

Room 5: Teri Davis
Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
Teaching gifted children at home can be a rewarding experience for you and your child. Gifted children have special needs and characteristics that we must understand in order to develop their potential. We will explore these characteristics, discuss current theories of giftedness, and discover strategies for teaching our gifted children at home. In this session you will come to appreciate your child’s giftedness and learn effective ways to motivate and engage your child.

11:00 am

Room 1-2: Wade Hulcy
How to Keep Your Children from Hating Homeschool and Their Mom
Wade has spent 20 years talking to moms and nows their fears and frustrations.  He will share strategies to make school fun so children will LOVE homeschooling and THEIR MOMS!

Room 3: David Quine
Nine Reasons Why We Should Homeschool Our Children
Are you new to home schooling or are you on the brink of giving up? Listen as David and Shirley give substantial reasons for home schooling your children. The apostle Paul wrote: "Since we have this ministry, we do not give up!" Home schooling is a ministry of discipleship that God has called us to. There is no greater calling!

Room 4: David Hazell
Exposed, Isolated, or Insulated:  How Should We Homeschool Our Children
In our world it is very difficult to protect our children from the influences of those who seek to pollute our children’s minds. Some respond by giving up and just leaving it to prayer; after all, it is a tough battle, and we got through it okay when we were young. Others withdraw, seeking to protect their children from the world. Is there a better way? Learn how we can insulate our children from evil, and at the same time equip them to battle against it, spreading God’s Kingdom into a dark world. 

Room 5: Tim Lambert
Dual Citizenship: A Christian and His Government
Tim Lambert, THSC President, discusses the Biblical basis for Christians' involvement in government - and how that involvement is vital to maintaining parents' rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

1:00 pm

Room 1-2: Jordan Hulcy
Discovery Learning Fosters Critical Thinking
Scientific evidence supports discovery learning as one of the primary keys to developing critical thinking skills in children.  Showing professional video footage of his mom, Jessica Hulcy, teaching a group of five to seven-year-olds, Jordan Hulcy demonstrates how easy it is for parents to employ discovery techniques allowing them to break out of the “tell and regurgitate” rut so many parents find themselves locked into.  Critical thinking techniques can and should be applied at all levels of learning and in all subjects to produce thinking adults.

Room 3: Doug and Patsy Arnold
It's Elementary, My Dear Watson
“This kid is driving me crazy! Why is learning so difficult? Am I a bad teacher?” Bring your plaid cap and magnifying glass, and come discover some barriers to learning and how to hurdle them.

Room 4: David Hazell
Occupying Toddlers and Preschoolers while Teaching Others
Our children are precious gifts from the Lord but sometimes they can interfere with our human plans. These little ones seem to seek attention at the wrong time. What can we do at these times to creatively involve them in the learning process? My Father’s World shares many suggestions on how to educate and occupy little ones. 

Room 5: Gus Solis
Where Are All the Men?
One day Gus realized he was the only dad at birthday parties and noticed a pattern of detachment between dads and their children. This moved him to tell his story, convicting dads and sharing his passion for winning his children’s hearts.

3:00 pm

Room 1-2: Wade Hulcy
Importance of PE and Team Sports
As a former public school teacher and coach, Wade Hulcy, home schooling father of 24 years and CEO of KONOS Inc., shares the incredible advantages to children, both physical and academic, gained from PE and team sports.  For 20 years Wade and the Hulcy boys have run a home schooling PE classes for boys, girls, and teens.  Wade has also coached all of his sons in competitive sports leagues.  Hear Wade give a fresh, even-handed assessment comparing the benefits and the draw backs of team sports, list what to look for in a good competitive sports league, show you how to set up your own PE class as well as give you the how and why physical training is so vital in the overall learning process.   

Room 3: David Quine
How to Teach Music and Art
The everyday teaching the various subjects should proceed along two lines: (1) a love and appreciation for the subject being taught, and, (2) the skill and facts of the subject being taught. The former should always proceed the latter. David and Shirley will share insight into how this is best done.

Room 4: Roger Farr
Winning and Keeping the Heart of Your Young Adult
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. Are you worthy for me to follow? Are you worthy to have my heart? 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.

Room 5: Accountable Kids
Raising Accountable Kids One Step at a Time
Discover ways to develop accountability, responsibility, respect, and confidence in your children using simple strategies that bring peace and harmony into your home. This workshop presents hands-on tools that help teach life lessons in a fun interactive manner. You will gain simple methods to empower your child, develop accountability, and strengthen your family as a whole.