Workshop Descriptions

Learn more about our 2014 speakers here. A tentative workshop schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.

More Than Math Facts (Psalm 78:6-7) – Todd Wilson (Friday Keynote Session)
If you’ve ever wondered if what you’re doing really matters, then you need to hear what Todd has to say…and more importantly what GOD has to say about parenting and homeschooling. It’s hard to believe that what you do matters when your kids are throwing tantrums, you can’t stand to sing (or hear) the alphabet song another time, and your non-homeschooling friends seem to be having the time of their lives. But what you do in your home and homeschool does matter…it matters more than you could ever imagine. Plan to be reinvigorated and challenged by funny guy Todd Wilson as he shares the impact you make in the world when you’re teaching math facts.

 

In My Seat – Steve Scheibner (Saturday Keynote Session)
As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of September 11th, 2001. Originally scheduled to be the First Officer on Flight 11, the first plane to hit the WorldTradeCenter, Steve knows first hand what it means to have someone die in his place, not once, but twice. His powerful and moving testimony of God’s provision will stimulate your church or organization to examine their own lives in light of eternity. Steve’s message entitled “Are You a Someday Saint or a Borrowed Time Believer?” will motivate believers to a life of purpose and challenge non-believers to recognize their need for the Savior.

 

Get REAL! – Todd Wilson
Are you convinced that every homeschooling family except yours is great? Do you believe the lie that others are more organized, better prepared, have smarter kids, are wiser parents, and have a child in the national spelling bee? Well, let me set the record straight…that’s not the way it is! The truth is most moms feel inadequate. Homeschooling moms fear that they’re letting their kids down in their education and in example. They feel like their house is out of control, their children are beasts, and the sizzle has left their marriages. Join us as we unleash the power in being REAL. You’ll never be the same again.

 

Answers to All the Reasons You Should Quit Homeschooling – Todd Wilson
Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? After all, those nagging, sometimes-silent disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair. You feel like a wave tossed to and fro because in your heart of hearts you feel God would have you homeschool…but then again, the arguments against it are almost drowning you. Join Todd, as he goes face to face with the naysayers and shows you how to address their concerns of why you shouldn’t homeschool your children.

 

What to do when your plan doesn’t go according to plan – Todd Wilson
We like things nice and neat, orderly, and with a predictable outcome. And while it plays out nicely on television, the honest truth is that most of the time OUR plans don’t ‘come together’. Instead, our plans too often fall apart, disintegrate right before our eyes, and leave us dumbfounded and stunned. I’ve talked to plenty of homeschooling parents who were sold a plan. They followed the plan and then later stood before me with tears in their eyes because the plan “didn’t come together.”

“We did everything THEY said to do,” they say. “We didn’t have TV…we homeschooled…we ate organic…we only wore dresses…we sheltered and protected…our kids played the violin…we emphasized the classics…we never missed family devotions…we emphasized purity…we birthed our children at home…we had a home business” and on and on the list goes. They feel betrayed, angry, and lost.

I have to admit that several years ago when I heard their sob stories I inwardly wondered what they had done wrong. I believed that they must have gotten the WRONG plan…or didn’t carry the plan out according to the instructions. And while some of that may be true, I know NOW that sometimes our plans don’t come together because God has a DIFFERENT PLAN. Join me as we take a honest and humorous look at plans, why they fall apart, and what to do when they have.

 

Establishing a Family Identity – Steve and Megan Scheibner
In this session Steve and Megan discuss the 3 Pillars of Faith and how to utilize traditions, rituals, and daily routines to build a firm family identity and legacy. This teaching time is full of practical tips and techniques for nurturing a strong family foundation built on loyalty and faithful service to God.

 

Nine Practices of Proactive Parents – Steve Scheibner
Intensely practical and Bible based, the nine practices of the proactive parent is designed to give parents both the tools they need and the hope necessary to build a Christ-centered character-driven home environment. The nine practices are a great way to revitalize parents in the all important task of parenting. This session with take highlights from the 10- week Parenting Matters small group study. Together, we will unwrap the Three Pillars of Parenting, The Motivation Model, The Growth Continuum, The Proactive vs. Reactive Parent, and more.

 

Put Off/Put On of Parenting - Steve  Scheibner
Parenting and Marriage have a great deal in common. Both are loaded with challenges and pitfalls. Ephesians 4:22-24 gives us insight into parenting and marriage success by introducing us to the principle of Put-off and Put-on. This joint seminar will give you the practical tools to raise the standard in your marriage and in your parenting.

 

The Character Conscious Mom – Megan Scheibner
Being a Mom is about so much more than feeding, dressing, and driving our kids to play-dates. With only a few short years to impart important spiritual truths to our children, every day becomes an important opportunity for teaching, training, and modeling Christlikeness. A Discipling Mom conference will give mothers the tools they need to disciple their children in the important areas of prayer, service, Bible study, scripture memorization, and true fellowship. Mom’s will walk away encouraged and strengthened, knowing that although discipling their children seems a huge task, God is on their side.

 

A-Z of a Character Healthy Homeschool – Megan Scheibner
If we homeschool simply to achieve high academic marks, we are squandering the opportunity to influence our children for Christ. Character healthy leaders are those children who have learned to elevate virtues above feelings. If we spend our homeschooling hours simply on academics and activities, we may win the praise of man, but we risk losing the hearts of our children. In this conference, Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge your homeschoolers to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.

 

“When Grandpa and Grandma Don’t Support Homeschooling” – Rich and Barb Heki
Got stress? The most wonderful home education journey can become stressful, agonizing, even overwhelming when Grandpa and Grandma (or other family members) oppose homeschooling. This workshop will equip you with survival tactics, plus strategies for getting them on board, as well as navigating the everyday interactions with grandparents who don’t share the homeschooling parents’ religious convictions.

 

“What’s A Grandparent to Do … Beyond Babysitting?” – Rich and Barb Heki
Grandparents and Parents — Bring your notebooks, because this workshop will present an amazing array of practical, creative, hands-on ideas to help grandparents deepen their relationships with the grandchildren (and give parents some much-needed help!) by actively engaging the grandparents in the family’s home-education adventure — whether they live locally or long-distance.

 

“iGramma, iGrampa™ — Connecting with the Grandkids in the Digital Age”
 – Rich and Barb Heki
Are you tech-savvy? Or do you flee from computers and smart phones? This workshop is for all of you! Kids do everything digitally these days, so prepare to discover a variety of creative ways that grandparents can stay connected with their grandchildren in today’s digital world. Whether you prefer the simple or the complex, we’ll help you navigate past all the “iThis and iThats” and focus on the aspects of today’s technology that will enhance relationships. Parents, we’ll give you lots of ideas to share with grandparents who are unable to attend with you.

 

“When Grandpa or Grandma Lives with the Homeschooling Family – Rich and Barb Heki
This workshop addresses the family dynamics, individual character issues and ministry opportunities, not to mention schedule modifications and “territory” adjustments, that arise when a grandparent moves in with the homeschooling family.

 

Homeschool Highschool – Rich and Barb Heki
Whether you’re just thinking about homeschooling high school, or you’ve already dived into the thick of it, you’ll learn how to design and implement a high school plan that will strategically hone each child’s skills and prepare them for God’s plan for the next chapter in their life, whether that be college, missions, marriage/family, the military, job or entrepreneurial endeavors … while simultaneously keeping family life and their relationship with Jesus Christ paramount.

 

It’s Not Rocket Science! – Joan Hartley
This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of teaching children with unique learning styles or challenges. It will give a general overview of topics in special education including terminology and common disability categories. Its goal is to equip parents with basic knowledge in order to gain confidence in teaching their special needs children at home. Various community based services available to special needs children will be explored as will the question, “How do I know if I’m in over my head?”

 

The Busy Child – Joan Hartley
According to a study by NorthwesternUniversity, the diagnosis of ADD and ADHD rose 66% between 2000 and 2010. Just how reliable are all these new identifications? This workshop is designed to take a balanced look at our busy children in order to evaluate and address behaviors that may prove challenging but which are an integral part of the way in which they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Building upon the strengths of our busy children as well as creating learning environments that will bring out their best selves will be a central theme.

 

Please Touch! – Joan Hartley
Join us as we learn about and experiment with multi-sensory approaches to learning. Simple yet specific strategies for teaching reading, math, and writing will be presented. Intervention packets will be provided and some fun, manipulative instructional materials will be made for use at home.

 

Strength Based Instruction – Joan Hartley
This workshop will provide ideas for building upon and teaching to the God given strengths of individual children. Parents attending this session should come with their child’s specific strengths and interests in mind. A guided framework will be provided to strategize ways to build our children’s confidence and proficiency by teaching to their strengths.

 

Guiding Your Child through Discovery, Direction and Decision – Jonathan Brush
This presentation is for those who are thinking: “What is the 100% guaranteed way for parents to get their children make wise and thoughtful decisions?” Most parents have a secret fear of watching their children grow up to make poor, purposeless choices. You are not alone. When speaking with young adults, we find that many of them feel overwhelmed by the amount of choices they face. However, parents can walk with their children through these decisions, not by knowing the future, but through exploring their child’s life purpose by asking the right questions.

 

Equipping Your Child for a Focused Future – Jonathan Brush
With so many options and opportunities how do parents prepare their children to become  focused and successful adults? It is an age of information overload, we need decision makers. Education in America has primarily focused on transmitting knowledge, but the great challenge of our time is how to translate knowledge into wise choices. The priority of employers is not finding who has the most academic credentials, but working with those who can solve their company’s problems. Young men and women who become masters of making decisions have an exciting future ahead of them! Join us as we talk about what tools parents can use to train future generations to become the focused leaders of the information age.

 

Launching the “Next Greatest Generation” – Bryan Hart
The coming years will be filled with challenge and adversity, but those who decide to contend with the current of the culture will have a powerful impact on their world. Our children’s generation is labeled the “Pampered Generation” or the “Me Generation” by those who say that they have big visions with no desire to act. But we say that your children will be called “The NEXT Greatest Generation.” This session is for those who believe in a decisive vision for their children.

 

Intro to Charlotte Mason – Sue Pruett
Sue will introduce you to the gentle, natural, successful methods developed over a century ago by a woman dedicated to seeing that every child receive an excellent education.

 

Living Books to Language Arts – Sue Pruett
Sue will define what a living book is, share examples of living books, and give you a guide on how to evaluate a book to determine if it is genuinely a living book. She will also share with you how to use a living book in your child’s education, and show you just how EASY it is to use living books.

 

Our Journey to Charlotte Mason Math – Sue Pruett
It’s not easy teaching math to someone who just doesn’t want to learn it. Sue will share her journey, and how she came to a place where her children now look forward to math lessons, and so does she!

 

That You May Not Grow Weary – Larry and Sue Pruett
This session will give you the ‘shot in the arm’ to leave this conference energized and ready to run with endurance the race that is set before you- inspired homeschooling!

 

Dad’s Hats – Larry Pruett
Do you realize the major role that dad needs to play in your homeschool? Learn the four major hats that dad needs to wear and how to handle these roles.

 

Dream Dating – Larry Pruett
Larry will walk you through the ‘dream dating’ process; dating your wife…with a purpose. Learn how to create dates where you dream together and form a family purpose statement to use in guiding your family.

 

Choosing Curriculum: Navigating The Learning Methods, Styles, and Options – Jennifer Beck
Whether you are a brand new homeschooler trying to plan your first year, or a veteran looking to change some things in your curriculum course, this workshop takes an in depth look at the curriculum options, learning styles, and what might work best for your individual family. In addition to curriculum, we’ll talk about how to teach multiple ages (including preschoolers and babies.) Plus, where do extracurricular activities, service projects, and chores fall into place? Time will be available for Q & A at the end.

 

Becoming a Successful Work from Home Homeschooling Mom – Jennifer Beck
Are you thinking of starting a home businesses?  Are you considering adding a part time job in addition to your family’s homeschooling schedule?  Since walking away from her television news career at the end of 2001, Jennifer has been a working homeschooling mom.  This includes working from home, working part time in an office, traveling for her job, and working full time out of the home. What is the formula for success in such a venture?  How can you be sure you are making the right decision and what is the best way to balance it all?  Jennifer uses Biblical principles to help you create your own, successful, work-homeschool plan.

 

Depression, Anxiety, and Homeschooling: A Virtual Cup of Tea and a Reminder of Who You Are in Christ – Jennifer Beck
Your friends might homeschool a different way, and you wonder if you’re missing something. Your family questions what you are doing and quietly rumble about your kids’ math skills and social lives. You’re the only one in the neighborhood who avoids Halloween. And to top it all off, you just burnt supper while the baby clogged the toilet. Is there more? And are you really doing what God has called you to do? If so, why is it so tough?? Come to this workshop for a backrub and a cup of tea. A virtual backrub, using the loving hands of Jesus to work out all the stress and knots. Jennifer Beck, and her daughter, Hannah, combine music and ministry to give you just enough respite to prepare you to stand up again and say, “Yes, I can overcome and I will stand firm in God’s calling for our family’s life.”

 

Mini Maestro: Tips for your musical and not so musical Mozart – Hannah Beck
So you know the value of music in your home school curriculum, but when is it a good time to start and when are you demanding too much from your child? Homeschool graduate and professional recording artist, Hannah Beck, reflects on her years of musical instruction as well as her experience as a music lesson teacher. Yes, music is important, but for whom, when, and how much?

 

Confessions of a Home School Grad: A look back at my education and how it has prepared me for the real world – Hannah Beck
As a parent, do you ever wonder if you’re doing enough? Do you question your plans and get tempted to lean on the public or virtual schools for high school direction? Homeschool graduate Hannah Beck gets personal with her experience as a homeschooler, her decision to delay college, despite being offered scholarships, and how homeschooling has shaped her focus on God’s plan for the future. If time, this session will can also include a Q & A session with former homeschool curriculum consultant/high school advisor Jennifer Beck.

 

The Battle Between the Two Dogs - Joe Schillero
A teaching on Galatians 5:16-17. Teaching people to be victorious in the battle between the flesh and the Spirit; Helping  people to understand how what we allow into our eyes, ears and minds effects this battle.

 

What’s the Message Behind the Media – Joe Schillero
A teaching on Colossians 2:8. Teaching people that behind every media choice is a message or philosophy that is being taught to us.  How do we have discernment?

 

Nurturing Hearts of Worship – Sandra Lovelace
We spend a lot of time focusing on academics. Ever wonder what God says about teaching our children to worship? Curt and Sandra Lovelace have spent more than 30 years pursuing the topic. Sandra will offer insights on uncovering God’s call to you and your family. Join her as she sorts out the answers to the what as well as the why and how.

 

Family Relationships and the New Commandment – Steve Demme
The new commandment is to love one another as Jesus has loved us, or “As I have loved you, love one another”. How has Jesus loved us? Focusing on God’s love through Jesus, we are given the pattern for how to love each other in our marriage and family.

 

Journey of a Husband and Father – Steve Demme
With all of the best intentions, Steve set out to be the best Dad he could be for his four sons who are now adults. This adventure in parenting is a lifelong process and he is still learning how to have his heart restored to his children. As a dad he made many mistakes and had many of his own blind spots revealed. Thankfully God is a Redeemer and does work all things together for good.

 

Understanding One Other and Building Each Other Up in the Lord – Steve Demme
Each member of the family is uniquely qualified and designed to understand and support one another. From communication tips and personality insights, we will look at practical ways to love one another and build each other up in the Lord. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

 

Classical Astronomy: The Biblical Purpose for the Sun, Moon and Stars – Jay Ryan
From their very creation, the Sun, Moon and stars had been made by the LORD for the practical purposes of finding direction and for telling time… “for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14). Down through history, the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars had been used to mark the days, months and years. Everyone from common folk to scientists understood the signs in the sky. As part of the Quadrivium of sciences, Classical Astronomy was part of the classical liberal arts education, learned by everyone from ancient philosophers through the Founding Fathers of the AmericanRepublic. However, somewhere down the line, this knowledge was forgotten, and is now neglected or even omitted in contemporary classrooms and curricula. A knowledge of Classical Astronomy can be easily regained by Christian homeschoolers through systematic observation of the Sun, Moon and stars. Perhaps in so doing, our generation can truly come to appreciate how “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1).

 

The Reluctant Reader – Dr. Karen Holinga
This workshop will focus on the reluctant reader, the difference between a phonics and a whole language approach, how to decide the right curriculum for your child, and children with reading disabilities.  Join us for a lively discussion and bring a notebook!

 

Getting Started – Melanie Elsey
This workshop will include information on how to complete the entire notification form, developed in 1989. This form remains the current information required by our regulations. Suggestions for a curriculum outline will be included as well as the exact information required by the Ohio Regulations. Three assessment options will be presented. Information will be presented on how to fulfill the testing and written narrative requirements in the regulations. This is a practical “how-to” workshop intended to help new home educators meet the Ohio state requirements for notification and assessment.

 

Legislative Update – Melanie Elsey
Updates will be provided on current state and federal legislation and other policies that affect our families, including our capacity to home educate our children.

 

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