2012 Conference Workshops

Kevin Swanson
Homeschooling – Capturing the Vision!
What is it about home education that has profoundly reenergized education and produced such outstanding academic results?  Incredibly, the average Homeschool 8th grader without teacher-credentialed parents tests 4 grade levels above the national average on nationally standardized tests.  And it is not because we have taken a public school system complete with desks and bolted them to the floor of our living rooms.  In this visionary, ground-breaking presentation on the Homeschool vision, Kevin presents the basic elements that make up an outstanding homeschooling experience for your child. This message will give the first-time homeschooler confidence and vision and will provide encouragement and a reality check for the experienced home educator. 
Why Homeschooling Will Change the World
Is it saying too much that homeschooling will change the world?  It already has.  This presentation will draw from history, real research data, and the Bible to illustrate the power of relationship-based, parent-guided learning.  The real reason why homeschooling will change the world is found where it is least expected. 
The Power of Mentorship
Homeschooling is the most powerful form of education rediscovered in the modern age.  Its power and success is unquestioned.  Yet for most home educators, the principles that worked in home education are not transferred into post-secondary education.  Cutting edge visionaries are bringing a Copernican revolution to the method of higher education in the form of mentorship.  If our movement takes this next step, we will make far greater impact on the way we do post-secondary education and economics, than we have seen in K-12 education.   Based on years of experience with mentoring, Kevin Swanson presents a vision for mentorship applied to both the college and entrepreneurial tracks. 
The Successful Homeschool High School
Some homeschool parents lack confidence and lose steam when their children reach high school.  Can the homeschool high school be as successful as or better than a typical classroom education?  Here Kevin Swanson outlines the basic constituents of a successful home school high school, encouraging parents to build on the foundation already laid.  He focuses parents on their child’s calling, and makes an important distinction between two tracks - the corporate track and the entrepreneurial track, pointing out the strong points and weak points of each.  Wise planning when your child is 12 or 13 years old is critical for success in those teen years.
The Heart of Fatherhood
Here is a rousing call for renewing the involvement, relationships, and powerful influence of fatherhood.  In many ways, fatherhood is a lost art.  Kevin comes to this presentation with the blessing of having received a great legacy of four generations of godly fatherhood.  It is more than leadership, responsibility, and relationships.  It is a generational vision that renews families, reforms cultures, and establishes family dynasties.  Dads, get ready for a huge encouragement and uplifting vision from this presentation.
The Deformation and Reformation of the Arts
As a host of a daily radio program that analyzes the culture from the perspective of a biblical worldview, Kevin Swanson will take you on a whirlwind tour through the evolution and devolution of western culture.  To underestimate or to fail to discern the influences of music, movies, and art is fatal to children and families.  If you don’t understand the culture and its influences, you and your family could be destroyed by it.  This presentation will show how cultures are broken down, but importantly, how you and your children can build it up from generation to generation.
Dr. John Morris
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs (Dinosaurs and the Bible)
Where do these fascinating beasts fit in the Bible? They were created in Genesis 1, cursed in Genesis 2, fossilized in the Flood, have gone extinct (probably) in following years, and provide an excellent test case for biblical thinking.
The Search for Noah’s Ark
Join a well-known Ark explorer as he recounts the lessons and vital facts that he gleaned from his many trips to Mt. Ararat. Leave with an understanding of the biblical Flood’s impact on geology and paleontology as well as the Ark’s important spiritual analogy to the salvation message.
Creation, Evolution, and Current Issues
What is the best definition for the created kind according to current scientific understanding? How does a creation or evolution worldview affect one’s understanding of racism, abortion, euthanasia, and other societal wrongs? Wrong thinking leads to and justifies wrong behavior, which the Bible calls sin. With this understanding, become aware of the impact that the correct worldview has on the current hot topics of cloning, stem cell research, and global warming.
Questioning Evolution’s Claims
Students are often exposed to evolutionary “brainwashing.” If we can teach them a way to think through issues without losing their faith, we will have borne lasting fruit in their lives. Gain the skills needed for teaching a powerful creation apologetic. Key evolutionary problem areas are discussed—kinds and common ancestor, transitional fossils, etc.
Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP
Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates
This is for your ‘puzzling child’.  A child may be a reluctant learner for several reasons.   If you have a bright, hardworking  child who has to work too hard to learn, he is telling you that one or more of his Four Learning Gates is blocked.  This workshop will help you identify which of the learning gates is blocked, and, more importantly, what you can do about it at home!  It doesn’t have to be so hard for your child!  Find out specifically how the brain processes information, and where that processing can break down.  Then, receive the corrections for each processing area.  This can be done by the parents, at home.  You will learn things you have never heard of before in a Homeschool workshop. A homeschooling mom with a Ph.D. in special education said that she learned more in this workshop about how kids learn and how to make learning easier, than she had in all her university courses!
Smart Kids Who Hate to Write
If you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes reversals, or spells a word orally correctly but leaves out letters when he writes, this workshop is for you!  This child’s math papers are so hard to read because they are lined up so poorly!  These children are often thought of as sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated, when they really have a writing glitch. They are using way too much energy for the writing process, thus are reluctant to put pencil to paper for anything.  This often is a true Dysgraphia.  The writing learning gate is the most common gate that is blocked with gifted kids.  They know so much, but just can’t get their thoughts down because of this blocked learning gate.  In this workshop you will be shown a daily exercise you can do with your child to get the writing into his ‘automatic’ brain hemisphere, and take the stress out of his writing system. This exercise is used throughout the United States by athletes!
Teaching the Right Brain Child
Half of the population is right brain dominant, and half is left brain dominant.  You may have a right brain learner in your midst.  These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left brain siblings. If you have a child who does not “like’” school work no matter what you do, you will learn much in this workshop.  Parents say, “I can’t believe it, but my child asks to do spelling now.”   This happens when the child stores spelling words in his/her photographic memory. You will learn how to identify the right brain child, and learn many simple teaching techniques, such as Right Brain Spelling, (making the words “stick instead of slip”) and Right Brain Reading.  This is the method Dianne used in her Resource room to help all of her students make a two-year gain in reading and spelling in one year!  You can do this, too.  Watch your children become good spellers and readers by using a totally different strategy! 
Biology of Behavior and Learning
Johnny is a constant motion machine.  Tom cries in frustration over minor matters.  Susie forgets what she has just learned.  According to Dr. Sydney Walker, children tend to “act how they feel”.  This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s brain/body chemistry. Dr. Crook has found that over 85% of children who suffer with Sensory Processing Disorders or attention or mood disorders when older have experienced multiple ear infections as a young child. Untreated, these children often go on to have many hidden food allergies and asthma.  It is easy to correct these imbalances at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day.  The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!
Tim Lambert
What Every Texas Home Schooler Needs to Know
Tim Lambert, president of the 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?”
So What’s the Dad Supposed To Do?
What is a father’s responsibility before the Lord? Aren’t most home schools the domain of the mother? Tim Lambert, home schooling dad of 16 years, shares with dads about their part in a successful home school experience for their families.
Coach Rick Andreassen
A Time of Encouragement...Ministering to the Heart of a Parent
Coach Rick’s friendly reminder: “Put the oxygen mask on yourself...before assisting others.” This workshop is designed to be a time of encouragement...let God refresh your heart!!! “Above all else...guard your heart” (from the doubts and lies that we all sometimes believe...remember the enemy is the father of lies!) Coach Rick has an amazing way of communicating “From the Heart of God...To the Heart of a Parent...About the Heart of a Child.” His passion and enthusiasm to encourage Home school parents will make this one workshop you don’t want to miss!!! Whether you are a “First-Time Homeschooler” or a “Seasoned Veteran”...come and be refreshed, revitalized and encouraged!!!
God is Faithful
God has called you...and He will equip you!!! So often it is not our ability...but our availability to God. “He who has begun a good work in you....IS FAITHFUL!!!” Kids are 25% of our population...but 100% of our future. You are molding and shaping their destiny. You are leaving a legacy in your child (a daunting task for any of us) but an awesome privilege...TRUST GOD!!! He is the Parent of all parents and the Teacher of all teachers...He will do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you could ever hope or imagine...because “God is Faithful!” Coach Rick’s ultimate prayer is to Encourage, Encourage, and Encourage some more!!!
David and Shirley Quine
Imparting the Biblical World View through Literature, Music, and Art
There is no higher calling than the discipleship of our children. And imparting the Biblical world view is central to that discipleship. David and Shirley will share simple ideas on how to use literature, music, and art to accomplish this purpose.
Let's Talk-- Bring your questions
Have you ever said, "Help! What should I do?" Have you ever needed someone to talk to? David and Shirley want you to bring your questions so we can sit together and talk with you about your concerns. No matter if you are just considering home schooling or have taught your children for years, bring your questions — and Let's Talk.
Paige Timer
Reality Check: Why Homeschooling Alone Isn’t Enough
Many parents hope that by homeschooling—removing outside, worldly influences from their children’s lives—their children will naturally take on a Christ-centered worldview. Unfortunately, homeschooling alone isn’t enough. Explore what it means to disciple your children—not merely educate—and build vibrant, real relationship along the way.
Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies with a Biblical 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.
Don Hart, Esq.
Defending Your Heritage: A Biblical Perspective on the Dangers Threatening Your Family
Tribulations are promised. The biblical family is under attack, and we must respond properly. Christian zeal is chilled whenever a family is persecuted or intimidated for honoring God. Labeling biblical obedience as "criminal" slanders the Gospel. Don Hart relates war stories of families he has defended against unjust social services investigations and how these examples provide lessons to others.
Dr. Carol Reynolds
Exploring Hymns and Their Role in Home Education
Families may have hymnbooks on the shelves, but how often are they used in teaching subjects like history and poetry? There are even math and geography lessons hidden in hymnals! Dr. Reynolds will show parents how to take this overlooked resource to enrich their home education and restore traditions that once were common in the Christian home.
Faith Haley
How the Brain Affects Learning
Have you asked yourself these questions about your child, “Why can’t he read? Why is his room such a mess? Why does she know something one day and not know it the next? Why does he go blank on tests? Why is he so emotional?” The brain affects every aspect of learning. When our children are struggling with these issues they are showing signs that there is a problem with the foundation of the brain, just as cracks in sheetrock or doors that won’t close are indicators that there is a problem with the foundation of a building. For years we’ve tried to solve learning issues with different curriculum or coping and compensating skills, but it’s time to look at the foundation of the brain. Are you building on a strong foundation? We, at Little Giant Steps know how to repair foundation problems. This is a good place to come learn what your next step should be in getting to the root of any learning problems.
Steve Hopkins
How Home-school Families can fulfill the Great Commission
"Isn't the Great Commission the sole responsibility of pastors and church leaders"? “What is the role of fathers in evangelism?” “Can home-educating families really have any impact on the world for Christ, anyways?” Some men have set out to gain the whole world for Christ and lost the hearts and souls of their own children in the process. Others have moved their families into the hills and abandoned the world and any effort at evangelism altogether. Is there a balance, or are both of these methods flawed? What did men like Jonathan Edwards of the Great Awakening understand that we may not understand so well today? Hopkins will make the case that the preaching of the Gospel begins at home with the daily discipleship of families by fathers, but that it does not end there. Here is Biblical guidance and encouragement for families who see that the fields are ripe unto the harvest, and sincerely desire to be used of God to make disciples of all nations, and thus fulfill the Great Commission.
Dave Nutting
Can You Really Believe the Bible? – Fireproofing Your Children
Having spoken at many universities, Dave Nutting has seen first-hand the results of what happens when students face evolutionary indoctrination. Homeschoolers are not immune. This session is meant to fireproof the students (and adults) so they are not taken captive by the philosophy of evolution.
Joyce Pinero
Choosing Curriculum that Fits Your Family
This class will guide you to evaluate your teaching style and your children?s learning style to find curriculum that fits within your educational philosophy and family goals.
Mike Riggs
The Spiritual Training of Preschoolers
Some of the recent exodus of students from the church after high school can be traced to how we present spiritual truths to children even before they are school age. This workshop will help you identify foundational truths preschoolers can learn and practical ways of passing on a hunger for the truths and principles of God's Word.
Robert Clark
Blessings, Challenges, and Benefits of a Family Business
Family business as a means of discipleship (Deut. 6:7); Family Business as a means of evangelism (Matt 28:18-20); Why start a family business?; Benefits of working together as a family; Measuring success--a biblical standard; Resources for family business start-ups.
Jim Pence
Gospel Chalk Art
An “old” ministry Whose Time Has Come! Gospel chalk artistry (chalk talk) has been around for a long time. But in today’s visual and media-oriented culture, it’s just coming into its own. In this workshop, SEE THE LIGHT chalk artist, Jim Pence, gives a brief history of chalk art, does a live demonstration of chalk art (with black light), and shows how you can get your children or teens started in this powerful ministry.
Susan K. Marlow
So, You Want to be an Author?
Every parent wants to see their child excited about writing. But many of us hear the familiar whine, "I don't know what to write. I hate writing!" There is good news! Blank-paper syndrome can be cured. It is possible to get our kids (and ourselves) excited about writing stories. This workshop will take you through the all-important first step of learning to read and think like an author, so your kids (and you) can "see" beneath a story and learn how it is put together. Why? So you can begin to put your own ideas down on paper-and have fun at the same time. Come prepared to participate! (This workshop is also suitable for school-aged children.)
Richard M. Cary
It’s Our History, and We Want it Back!
Contemporary secular culture often treats our history as if Christianity had no part in it. Many modern scholars revise its role or, more commonly, say nothing about it. There are ways, however, to provide good, contemporary fiction that will not only entertain, but will also give fair space to the role of God in our culture. This workshop will address the problem and suggest solutions. It will also look toward the future, believing some of the greatest books are yet to be written.
Gail Brubaker
Survival Skills for the Homeschooling Parent
Parents will learn to recognize when their stress level becomes dangerous and how to isolate the stressors. Parents will learn strategies for handling the stresses and demands placed on them in their dual role as parent and teacher.
Chardell Novotny
Experience Excellence in Writing
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.
Debbie Oberste
Get a RightStart in Fractions!
Children often have difficulty with fractions because they see only part of the fraction, and not the whole. Anyone, age 6 and up, can understand fractions with the linear model. This fraction review will give you confidence in teaching (or re-teaching) this important topic. You will also learn a few fraction card games.
Matthew Townsend
Getting Your Homeschooler Into College
This session will tell you how to prepare your homeschooler for college, as well as how to get your student from home school into college. The presentation will include specifics, including some best practices in pre-college preparation, critical thinking exercises, and college entrance exams.
Debra Raybern
Ten Nutrition and Health Tips for Homeschoolers
Make the most of your school day, increase focus and attention. What's the importance of teaching biblical nutrition in today's homeschool? Dr. Mom's guide to straight A's and wellness. Learn these and other fun facts about nutrition and our bodies.
Christina McDonald
How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See
Come see how to teach math using a skill based, multi-sensory approach from counting to Calculus. Teach your child to understand math and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Mary Pate
Your Family Can Make an Eternal Difference
We know the Lord wants us to love people the way He loves them, but how can you teach your children to grow in love for the lost world? Learn practical ways to lead your children in loving those the Gospel has not yet reached.
Debra Weidner
Tips and Tricks for the Homeschooler
Debra will share some of her practical tips that she has learned from her 28 years of homschooling.  As a mother of 13 children in a busy house, she understands that your day, like hers, can be a bit stressful.  This workshop will include very practical tips that will help your day run smoother.  From timers to teacher's manuals, to menus, she will walk you through how to deal with your Einstein (daydreamer), or your Edison (who would rather burn the barn than sit still), to the child who gets up and can't  wait to start her school day.
Suzanne Gose
The Top 10 Obstacles to Learning a Foreign Language & Where Do I Start?
This is a presentation of all the reasons (EXCUSES) that Americans seem unlikely to achieve bilingualism in their homes and homeschools.  In a comic format, complete with anecdotes and props, we go through why it's so hard to teach and learn a second language and how to overcome these obstacles in immediate and effective ways.