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Whether you are a new or veteran homeschooler, we have a workshop for you, for all ages and stages. A complete workshop grid for the entire Convention will be available soon.

Keynote Speaker Workshops

Steve Scheibner

Living on Borrowed Time: The Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent - Friday Keynote
As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was very close to the events of 9/11. He was originally scheduled to be the co-pilot on AA Flight 11, the first flight to be hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Through an extraordinary set of divine circumstances, Steve was bumped from that flight the night before by a more senior pilot. Now, he tells his deeply moving story of God's providence on that terrible day in our history. Come discover why God gave Steve a second chance and now uses him to teach parents all around the world to parent with purpose and urgency as he introduces you to The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent.

Second Mile Leadership for Men
Second mile leaders are those counter-intuitive servants of God who earn the right to be heard by developing a consistent love of virtue, a disciplined approach to gratification, and a submissive love for the authority of God’s Word. Male leadership is essential to the success of marriages, families, the church, and society. This session will teach men to earn the right to be heard, prefer proactivity, reject reactivity, learn to elevate virtues above feelings, build moral muscle, seek forgiveness, and develop a finisher’s attitude. Powerful.

Steve and Megan Scheibner

Marriage and Parenting Go Hand in Hand
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.

Megan Scheibner

The Toddler Toolbox
Are the “terrible twos” eating your lunch? Need help managing your homeschool day with toddlers in the house? In this workshop Megan draws on her many years of homeschooling experience with eight toddlers in tow to help you craft a plan for success. This workshop is intensely practical and will help you transform the terrible twos into the terrific twos.

The A to Z of a Characterhealthy Homeschool
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 our few short years with our children we must focus on the first things first and character is always the first thing! In this session, Megan, a homeschooling mother of eight, will challenge homeschoolers to use every opportunity to teach their children to serve God by loving others and to love others by faithfully serving God.

The Discipling Mom (The Character Conscious Mom)
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. Moms will walk away encouraged and strengthened, knowing that although discipling their children seems a huge task, God is on their side.

Davis Carman

Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool-Thursday's Free Mini-Conference for New Homeschool Keynote 
Are parents really qualified to teach their children everything? What about socialization? These are just a couple of the concerns that make homeschooling seem impossible. But you know homeschooling is continuing to grow. More and more families are considering it and taking the plunge. What are the top reasons? In this session, Davis discusses the moral, academic, and practical reasons to homeschool, and helps dispel the myths we all tend to believe. When you finish this workshop, you will know that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now.

Family—Our Best Apologia Ever
Apologia is a Greek word meaning “defend the faith.” In a society saturated with an anti-God and relative-Truth perspectives, students need to be taught from a biblical worldview. The statistics show that a very small percentage of born again believers have a worldview consistent with basic Christian doctrines. The Internet, movies, music, books and other media heavily influence the thoughts, beliefs, and corresponding actions of young people. How can homeschooling parents help their children stand firm and not be as vulnerable to the modern-day lies? Certainly one solution can be the use of good books and curricula including creation-based science curricula. The best way is by committing to three ideals. Davis will explain how raising children in a family setting where Christ is worshipped and where the Word of God is the primary text can fulfill the great commission and result in generational faithfulness. Family is truly our best defense of the Christian faith.

The Principal–Teacher Principle
Husband, father, principal. Wife, mother, teacher. How can a couple manage all their roles and responsibilities when homeschooling? In this talk, Davis and Rachael Carman present some practical ways that a husband and wife can work together when they are also the principal and teacher of a homeschool. With prayer and principles, the marriage relationship can grow stronger, and the vision of parenting can be more exciting than ever before.

Rachael Carman

Soaring Beyond Survival - Saturday Keynote
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Homeschooling is not easy. As a matter of fact, sometimes it gets downright overwhelming, and it can be tempting to slip into survival mode. Homeschooling is the adventure of a lifetime, and God will be your strength. It is not His will that you just survive; He wants you to thrive. Come hear Rachael Carman discuss what it takes to soar like an eagle.

What About That Child?
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What face comes to mind when you hear ‘that child’? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you see yourself in that face? Do you struggle to like that child? Does it seem difficult? Impossible? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT, is God-given for His glory. Come learn strategies for learning to like that child, to embrace that child, to train that child. They are worth it and He is worthy!

Teaching Your Children to Bless
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How do you practically teach your kids to bless one another? This talk teaches an easy to remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other with words and actions.

Featured Speaker Workshops

Susan Beatty & Kristi Clover

Getting Started
Beginning home education can be bewildering. Whether you are on the fence about homeschooling, just starting off, or need to get a refresher about the basics, this workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of getting off to a good start homeschooling. Susan and Kristi will provide a basic explanation of the “homeschool-ese” you are struggling to understand, practical “how-to’s” for getting your school established, and a brief overview of all you need to know to start your adventure in homeschooling.

Kristi Clover

Sanity Saving Trip: Your First Few Years of Homeschooling
Deciding to homeschool can be a big step of faith. Whether starting with preschoolers or pulling kids out after several years in public school, your first few years of homeschooling can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many different curriculums to chose from, teaching and learning styles to discover, your own family rhythm to adjust to, and requirements to figure out. This workshop will offer quick homeschooling basics, and simple, easy tips on how to get started—and stay the course. Take unnecessary pressure off yourself and focus on what is truly important (hint: it’s not academics).

What to Do With “Littles” While You’re Homeschooling Your “Bigs”
How do you homeschool your “bigs” when you have “littles”? This is probably one of the hardest obstacles to homeschooling. The constant juggling act when there is more than one child in the house can tire out even the most experienced homeschool mom. How do you handle a history lesson with one child, math problems with another, phonics with your pre-reader, tantrums from your toddler, and nurse your baby all at the same time. This workshop will offer you handy tools and tips to better manage the circus act of homeschooling multiple children.

How to Organize Your Homeschool Curriculum for a More Efficient Homeschool Day
When I first started homeschooling, my brain was spinning with information overload of all the things I thought I needed to get done before we started. I searched endlessly for ways to organize, not only my school room, but our work. I wanted simple straight-forward answers, but couldn’t seem to find that “perfect fit” for my family. This workshop outlines some tried and true techniques to take back your homeschool day. By creating a little bit of routine and order, you can get more done in your day, and better yet, finish school early.

Social Media & Your Homeschool
Welcome to the 21st century! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope. There are just so many new social media platforms popping up every year, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by them all. I know our family completely steered clear of them for years. However, now I’ve learned how to embrace a few of them and strategically use them to bless my homeschooling. Social media doesn’t have to be a scary thing. There are definite safety measures every family should take when involved with anything online. By being intentional, social media can be a “tool” to enhance your homeschool.

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