Friday, June 2, 2017 Before Conference Begins: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. High School & Beyond Seminar (MHC 205) byLinda López Overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling through high school? Linda López will present a day-long workshop on Friday (before the conference begins) to address all of your concerns. You will leave knowing how to develop a four-year plan for high school, how to keep records and create a transcript, and how to prepare your student for college, including testing, applications, and scholarships (as well as information about post-secondary enrollment option and other opportunities). This informative workshop will include a 100-page packet of take-home materials. You must register for the conference in order to attend this seminar. High School Seminar fee is $30/attendee (in addition to the conference registration fee).
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MAKE THEM SAY WOW: How to Write Brilliant College and Scholarship Application Essays (for students age 12-22 and/or their parents) (MHC 204) by Jeannie Burlowski (Followed by a panel discussion from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) Imagine your child applying for 10 scholarships every single year, starting in 8th grade and going all the way through grad school. 80 - 100 scholarships altogether. Wow! That would be amazing! But who wants to write 100 scholarship essays? Not your kid, that's for sure. Here's the brilliant solution. Your child writes one stunning scholarship application essay, and then modifies it and uses it over and over again to apply for 100 different scholarships. You make sure this is such a brilliant essay that it gets your kid money -- even if he or she has lower grades and test scores. This seminar will teach you and your child exactly how to write such an essay. You'll learn to:
Throw the old "introduction-body-conclusion" essay structure out the window. That's an informative essay structure that doesn't work for persuasion.
Use the same principles of argument that lawyers use when arguing cases in court. (Be sure you know all three component parts of logical argument before you try this.)
Use vividly written stories to capture attention and create powerful emotional pull. Begin to see potential in your child's own life stories, the ones that in the past you only viewed as run-of-the-mill and ordinary.
Equip yourself with a new, clever, multi-layered organizational structure that makes room for all of your greatest accomplishments without ever sounding scattered, disorganized, or disjointed.
Other students have called this class “amazing” and “revolutionary.” This class is also suitable for applicants to law, medical, business, and grad school. Wondering where you'll find 100 scholarships to apply for? The instructor for this class provides 1.5 million of them for you at this link: Bit.ly/2gbS0tu Applying for scholarships is a relatively small but important part of getting through college debt-free. Be sure you're doing it in the best way possible. The afternoon session will include a panel discussion of current college representatives and homeschoolers who are now attending college. You must register for the conference in order to attend this seminar. High School Seminar fee is $30/attendee (in addition to the conference registration fee).
After lunch, we will have a panel discussion from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. featuring current college representatives and students who were homeschooled.
3 p.m. - Support Group Leaders Meeting (ARC 110 - Tommie Room) Are you a homeschool support group leader who would like to network with other leaders? Or maybe you’re a new homeschooler who is thinking of starting a group? Whether you need some new ideas, would like to discuss a situation, or just want to meet other leaders, this gathering is for you. This session will be an informal gathering of leaders from across the Midwest. Hosted by Lindsey Cullen and Stephanie Ketterling. Please bring a one-page description of your group to exchange with others (10 copies). RSVP to email@example.com.
Conference Events: 4-9 p.m. Curriculum Fair and Used Book Sale
4:30 Vendor Presentations Eucharist as the Model for Marriage(OEC 203) Come discover practical skills that married couples can apply to their marriages, all deriving from the Eucharist. Learn why we believe the Eucharist can be "weekly marriage enrichment." Presenter Jim Otremba has a B.A. (Philosophy) NDSU/Cardinal Muench Seminar, a M.Div. (St. John's University), a M.S. Applied Psychology, St. Cloud State University, and is a LICSW (Licensed Independent Social Worker, State of Minnesota). He's currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology through California Southern University, is a regular guest on Relevant Radio, and has appeared on EWTN.
History Textbooks for Today's Catholic Students(OEC 204) Come find out why Catholic students are tweeting about our history books. This workshop will spend time talking about Catholic Textbook Project and why our history books are so needed in the homes of our students. Real history told in a narrative form with 2000 years of Catholic contributions to World and American History. These books are for grades 5-12. Presenter Matt Sumers is vice-president of Marketing and Sales of the Catholic Textbook Project. He received an MA in Adult Religious Education in 2017 from Regis College, Denver, CO. He's been married for 38 years, has two adult children and four grandchildren, Matt spent 15 years as a director of faith formation and teacher in Catholic Schools 1978-2001 and was national sales manager for Our Sunday Visitor from 2009 - 2016.
The 2 Approaches to Critical Thinking (OEC 206) We all want to prepare our students to think well, think deeply, and be able to discern truth. And there is disagreement over the best way to achieve this lofty goal. Come hear the pros, cons, and history of both sides. You will walk out with the knowledge needed to teach your students this essential life skill. Presenter Paul Schaeffer is the assistant director of the Classical Latin School Association and a consultant for schools and homeschoolers. He received a classical education from his parents and at school. He then went on to study philosophy in Rome, where he helped run the International Leadership Semester. He has taught middle school, high school, and college-level Latin internationally. His favorite class to teach was the 7th grade Classical Studies course at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Ky.
Historical Apologetics(OEC 207) Is the history found in the bible real? Is it fact or fiction? Many people debate this question causing doubt in the historical credibility of the bible. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney will share from his film & book research showing patterns of evidence that match the historical account of the exodus. Presenter Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International.
How to Find Balance in an Unbalanced World(OEC 208) We live in a very fast-paced society that pulls us in many different directions. As homeschoolers, we have extra demands on our time with the busyness of teaching our children. How do we find balance in life with the many demands on our time? This workshop will talk about setting priorities & goals, managing our home and homeschool, discerning God's leading on how we use our time, learning to abide in Christ, and also how to find moments of rest on those stressful and busy days. Presenter Kris Cox has been a homeschool consultant since 2012, she also writes a homeschool blog and speaks on various homeschool topics for homeschool groups. Kris strongly encourages seeking God for guidance in every decision and struggle, believing that the key to successful homeschooling is depending on Him. Kris has 17 years of homeschool experience teaching their four children, a B.S. in Social Work and a certificate in TESOL.
I Hate Math, But I Want My Kids To Love It: RightStart™ Math! (OEC 209) So, math was not your favorite subject. But now you’re the teacher and you don’t want your kids to suffer through math like you did. In this workshop, you will learn about a curriculum that will provide ways to learn and practice math other than through memorization. In fact, how about teaching about the beauty and wonder of math? Come join us and learn what is needed to unlock understanding in math. Beware, you may actually start to like math! Presenter Rebecca Walsh and her husband graduated from Michigan Technological University with engineering degrees and have been homeschooling their two children since 2007. Even though she has an engineering degree, she struggled with understanding, and knew there had to be a better way. They found RightStart Math and knew they had exactly what they were looking for. Rebecca enjoys meeting families at homeschool conventions and giving them hope that their children can understand and enjoy math.
4:30 Bloggers' Gathering (OEC 210) hosted by Kristen Soley Whether you are a blogger, a wanna-be blogger, or a follower, come and join the fun!
5:30 Vendor Presentations How You Can Start Pro-Life Education in Your Home (OEC 203) Learn how you can effectively integrate the pro-life message into an existing curriculum. The Culture of Life Studies Program combines pro-life topics with subjects like history, literature, and science to educate students on current issues and train them to be effective communicators of the pro-life message. Presenter Laura Kizior works in American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program as a content developer with a focus on creating easy-to-teach pro-life lessons, crafts, and other activities. Her work has appeared on EWTN, CatholicMom.com, LifeSiteNews.com, and TeachersSavingChildren.org.
The Virtues Campus: A New College Option for the Home School Community (OEC 206) Don't want to incur huge college debt? Looking for an affordable college option? The Virtues Campus is a new, fresh, innovative approach to the college experience. Academic excellence. A small Christian community of brothers and sisters to run with. Under $10,000 per year. Fully accredited. Mentoring. Rooted in the truth of God's word and works. Intense career guidance. Come to learn if The Virtues Campus is a good fit for someone you know. Presenter Dr. David Glesne is the President of The Virtues Campus, a non-profit church-based college. He received a B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, an M.Div. from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. David has served congregations in Illinois, California and Minnesota. He also is an adjunct faculty member of The Master’s Institute, a graduate level Seminary in the Twin Cities. He is an internationally published author. Skills for Christian Stress Management(OEC 207) Theology and 21st century biology provide the foundation for this skills-based workshop which helps participants manage the stress that comes with Christian living, parenting, and homeschooling. Presenter Jim Otremba has a B.A. (Philosophy) NDSU/Cardinal Muench Seminar, a M.Div. (St. John's University), a M.S. Applied Psychology, St. Cloud State University, and is a LICSW (Licensed Independent Social Worker, State of Minnesota). He's currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology through California Southern University, is a regular guest on Relevant Radio, and has appeared on EWTN.
Biblical Literacy Made Easy(OEC 208) Developing biblical literacy is an important focus for Catholic homeschoolers. This workshop will present the ABCs for growing in biblical literacy: the goals of Access, Big Picture, and Context. We’ll explore fun and engaging activities and projects homeschoolers can use in developing the knowledge and skills needed to achieve these goals. Presenter Brian Singer-Towns, MThS, joined the editorial staff of Saint Mary's Press after more than 15 years in volunteer and professional youth ministry. Brian's extensive background in theology, youth ministry, and religious education is reflected in his contributions to the Total Faith™, Catholic Connections, and Living in Christ programs and in his work as general editor for The Catholic Youth Bible®,The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth,Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics and The Catholic.
What is the New Evangelization and Why Do We Need It? (OEC 209) The New Evangelization is the Catholic Church’s pastoral call to discern ways to credibly speak the Gospel to a post-modern generation of baptized persons who live without reference to their baptism. The Theology Program at Silver Lake forms students in the intellectual, pastoral and spiritual tasks of the New Evangelization. Presenter Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, STD is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and has a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Sister is the chair of the department of Theology and Ministry at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Career Direct: You CAN Be Your Student's Career Coach(OEC 210) Parents, are you looking for ways to help your child answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Are you needing help answering that question for yourself? Be encouraged and equipped to explore the world of work and begin making career and educational decisions. Kate Milner brings enthusiasm and hope as she shares strategies and tools available for career exploration and decision-making. Presenter Kate Milner has a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University. She is a homeschool mother of four boisterous boys. As a Career Direct consultant, Kate offer career assessments for students and adults. She brings her enthusiasm and passion for career development to church and homeschool group presentations around the Twin Cities.
6:30 Vendor Presentations Applying to College as a Homeschooled Student (OEC 203) Applying to College as a Homeschooled Student (OEC 203) What questions should you be asking during the application process, as a homeschooled student? What questions should you be asking during a college visit? Together we will discuss the admission process for homeschool students, how to craft your application essays, what is the point of standardized testing, and how to discuss scholarships, financial aid and more with your college choices. Bring your questions! Presenter Faith Oakes is the Homeschool Admission Counselor for the University of Dallas. As a former homeschooler, she offers a unique perspective to the homeschool community from both sides of the desk. Currently serving UD in her first year as a counselor, Faith is also a recent graduate of the University of Dallas, earning her B.A. in English with a Concentration in Computer Science.
Dinner with Socrates: How to Make the Table a Place of Discussion (OEC 204) Socratic discussion teaches students to think clearly, speak forcefully, and relish the search for truth. It is often touted as a strength of Classical Education, but is as often neglected in the home for logistical reasons. With noisy infants, boisterous kids, aloof teenagers, and tired parents, how could you have a real conversation? Come and learn how to make your supper table talk a Socratic dialogue—invite Socrates to dinner! Presenter Kenneth Rolling has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Benedictine College; Master of Arts Degree in Classics, Greek Emphasis. He's Founder of Rolling Acres School Online Academy; Author and Instructor of Traditio Nostra courses at R.A.S.
Creating Non-Traditional Family Traditions and Memories(OEC 206) What memories will your kids look back on when they leave home? Are chores and schoolwork drudgery? Wouldn't it be nice if your kids looked forward to doing them? Learn how to change your daily routine for memorable moments for any occasion! Enliven school, chores, birthday, holidays and more with imagination, humor, and adventure to create unforgettable memories that your kids will talk about years afterwards! For the eighth consecutive year, Rob Snavely has been the keynote speaker in his own booth! By dazzling crowds of up to two or three people at a time with his immensely forgettable speeches, he hopes to win the coveted "Speaker of the Year" award (if he can design and print it in time).
Family Formation (Pre-K through Grade 6 family-based catechesis) (OEC 207) A family catechesis model which supports parents in their role and mission as primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith. Weekly lessons for the family are enhanced by games, activities, quizzes, stories, and music. Materials are engaging, down-to-earth, easy to understand, and fun! Driven by Sacred Scripture and faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium, Family Formation lessons transmit solid Catholic teaching and bring the Faith to life within the family. Presenter Deb Lindahl experienced Family Formation as a parent at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota where the program and model began 29 years ago. It was life changing, and she is now the Director of Distance Family Formation working to support parishes as they implement this unique model of family catechesis.
Spooks, Legos and Peanut Butter Toast: Makin' Language Arts Work(OEC 208) Teach 'em how to spell and everything else falls into place. Come and learn the step-by-step recipe to "get 'er done". YOU profit from OUR experience teaching Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Composition using just one set of scripted, neurologically based, multi-sensory teaching materials from start to finish with Proven Results. Pre-K through High School Graduation. Presenter Jay W. Patterson is author of The Works Trilogy.
Why Doesn’t My Child Like to Learn?(OEC 209) “I’m not going to do it!” Sound familiar? Most children at some point express reticence or downright refusal to learn. By looking at all the causes of this phenomenon we can appropriately address it and make learning satisfying once again! Presenter Paul Schaeffer is the assistant director of the Classical Latin School Association and a consultant for schools and homeschoolers. He received a classical education from his parents and at school. He then went on to study philosophy in Rome, where he helped run the International Leadership Semester. He has taught middle school, high school, and college-level Latin internationally. His favorite class to teach was the 7th grade Classical Studies course at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Ky.
If College Isn't for Everyone, What Is?(OEC 210) College has become increasingly expensive and a poor preparation for work. In this new climate, alternatives to a college education are beginning to emerge. One of the first is Via Nova, a post-secondary Catholic educational program that combines faith formation, a liberal arts curriculum, and practical experience in starting up and running small businesses. Whether your children are artists, potential seminarians or budding entrepreneurs, Via Nova could be the "New Way" that works for them! Presenter Mark Adderley, PhD in English with 22 years' college teaching experience is author of McCracken Adventures (adventure novels for young Catholic readers), homeschooling father of four, and director of Via Nova Catholic Education Program.
7:30 p.m. “Be Not Afraid” (To Homeschool)! (ARC Arena) by Gary Zimak We’re all familiar with this phrase made famous by Jesus (John 6:20) and popularized in recent times by Saint Pope John Paul II, but many homeschooling parents cling to these three words on a daily basis. In this talk, Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. Since both Gary and Eileen are involved in teaching their children at home, they know first-hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, the writings of the Saints, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!
9 p.m. - Conference closes for the day.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
7:15 a.m. Mass (Aquinas Chapel)
8 a.m. - Vendor area opens; breakfast in ARC Field House (vendor area)
8:30 a.m. Vendor Presentations Free and Forgiven: Confession -- A Family Sacrament (OEC 203) Kristen Soley will provide an enriching overview on the fruits of the Sacrament of Reconciliation – motivating families to rejoice in the fountain of Jesus’ Mercy! My Confession Handbook, Jr. helps loved ones receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with peace and joy -- and reduce the fear that sometimes accompanies this sacrament. Presenter Kristen Soley is married to her best friend and business partner, Nathan, and they homeschool their seven children. Writing since 2000 and blogging since 2011, with Nate’s encouragement, Kristen leads a mother’s group and speaks to women on their path to sainthood through the vocation of wife and mother.
Virtue-Training: Nuts & Bolts of Building Saints(OEC 206) “The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.” CCC 1804 With words as these, is there any doubt that Virtue Training, when mastered, enables a person to attain Sainthood? Learn the nuts and bolts to help you on your way and to give you the humility to guide your children. “With all humility and meekness, with patience, support one another in charity.” CCC 2219 Presenter Alecia Rolling has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Foreign Languages; Master of Arts Degree in Classics, Latin Emphasis; is Author of the Schola Rosa Virtue Program; is Founder of Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum; and is Founder and Author of CREDO Summer Faith Camps
RightStart™ Math: Let's Play Games! (OEC 207) Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed math fact quiz? Are you both beating your head against the wall because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? This workshop will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts more! Come and discover games to help your child learn their math facts! Rebecca Walsh and her husband graduated from Michigan Technological University with engineering degrees and have been homeschooling their two children since 2007. Even though she has an engineering degree, she struggled with understanding, and knew there had to be a better way. They found RightStart Math and knew they had exactly what they were looking for. Rebecca enjoys meeting families at homeschool conventions and giving them hope that their children can understand and enjoy math.
Catholic Core: A New Approach to Home Education for Young Adults/High Schoolers (OEC 208) The challenges and compromises of traditional schooling are well known to home educators. Still, many parents find that providing a strong classical education for young adults at home can be difficult. Join us to learn about a new and truly Catholic answer to this problem: a rigorous, integrated course of study offered by seasoned teachers in an face-to-face setting, yet structured and priced to put the family first.Presenter John Niemann has been an educator for over 20 years, home educating his six children with his wife Sibyl and working at some of the best traditional schools in the area, including Chesterton Academy, Eagle Ridge Academy and Trinity School. He has a law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law, a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Saint John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative History from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Raising the Passionate Writer (OEC 209) Teens can be called many things: confusing, creative, even passionate. But not all passion is expressed the same way. Many teens find their most expressive voice through the written word. They may write poems, or stories, or entire novels. Writing just seems to be a part of them. How does a parent nurture such a gift? Join award-winning author and home school father Jonathan Friesen on a journey through the teen writer's mind, and discover how you can fan your teen's written flame. Jonathan Friesen is a homeschooling father, award-winning author and international speaker. He’s the author of eight novels for teens including Both of Me and Unfolding (Blink/HarperCollins). His personal experience with Tourette’s and epilepsy inspired him to write the highly acclaimed novel Jerk, California (Penguin, 2008), winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Award—“Best Book for Teens.” Jonathan now serves as a Professor of Education at North Central University.
Doing Chemistry the Right Way at Home: Conservation of Mom! (OEC 210) All chemistry courses are not the same and many retailers give their textbook to Mom and say, “Here you go!” We must adhere to the principle that parents need a co-pilot to come alongside them to help guide and navigate their child through the challenges of learning chemistry at home. Chemistry is a course where students can benefit by listening to clear and vibrant teaching that will help them demonstrate proficient understanding of the concepts and calculations they need to know for college. Richard Risbrudt is a H.S. chemistry teacher of 41 years. After receiving many requests from the homeschool community, including former students who homeschooled their children to develop a chemistry course, ChemExplained.com was created. The entire curriculum includes over 365 teaching podcasts and explains all the chemistry concepts including the math involved, in a language that students can understand. We are blessed to learn some of the calculations God used to create the universe!
9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: Homeschooling…Taking The Plunge! (ARC Arena) by Gary Zimak Based on his experience with his children, Gary will explain the process he and his wife went through in attempting to decide whether homeschooling was right for them. Somewhat unusual due to the fact that that the decision wasn’t made until his twins were entering into the seventh grade, this is a lesson in hearing God speak and proceeding even while afraid. This talk will illustrate how listening to the Lord through prayer, reading and the advice of others, can lead us down a surprising path and yield great fruit!
11 a.m. - Workshop Session I Virtues & Values: A Family’s Quest for Conscientious Living Via Literature and History (ARC Arena) by Jim Weiss Storyteller/Author/Recording Artist, Jim Weiss explores a prominent driving issue for all conscientious parents-how to teach character and values in a world full of appalling examples of morals gone amuck. Choosing rich literary models and historical leaders is one way to contrast good and evil; right from wrong, and navigate a path toward a rich, healthy and conscientious lifestyle. Jim’s lifetime work in authoring and publishing over 50 family recordings is a legacy to the promotion of solid values and lifelong learning of fact, fiction and personal and spiritual growth.
What Is #RadicalCollegePrep? What Every Middle School and High School Family Needs to Know (OEC Main) by Jeannie Burlowski Why would you want to prep for college the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed Saturday session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:
12 things that parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free
How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of possible career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that
How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as expert in a career field
How students age 12 – 24 can rake in more college scholarships despite ordinary grades and test scores
How to create one brilliant college and scholarship application essay that can be used over and over again to apply for 80 different scholarships over 8 years
Why deeply inspired caring -- not the fancy name of the college you attend -- is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term
How Homeschoolers Are Training Their Kids To Be Atheists (OEC 201) by Dr. Scott Sullivan Atheism is becoming fashionable and trendy these days. Influenced by many of the bestselling popular works of the “New Atheists”, many kids are beginning to think atheism is the more intellectually respectable option (not to mention one that also allows them to act on their passions). This talk will cover why many homeschoolers are playing into the hands of atheistic evangelists and what parents can do to stop it.
Beginning Homeschooling: Beyond the Basics (OEC 216) by Cathie Baier New to homeschooling? Where do you start? How do you ensure an excellent (not just adequate) homeschooling experience, especially in that important first year? This practical how-to session will help you determine the appropriate first steps on your homeschooling adventure. We'll talk about picking a curriculum, scheduling and strategies for developing an independent child as well as strengthening your family and social relationships.
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn! (ARC 110 - Tommie Room) Informal Gathering of Parents of Children with Special Needs Bring a lunch and meet other parents who are teaching children with special needs. Hosted by Cathie Baier.
1:30 p.m. - Workshop Session II A Saint, A Criminal and a Country Priest: The Writing of G.K. Chesterton (ARC Arena) by Jim Weiss Storyteller and author, Jim Weiss shares works by one of modern Catholicism’s greatest and wittiest authors: G.K. Chesterton. Jim will bring to life the first of Chesterton’s famous Father Brown mysteries, and tell the story of how it came to be written. He will also share some of Chesterton’s profoundly witty reflections on Saint Francis of Assisi, a saint for whom Chesterton had deep affection, admiration and understanding. For adults and older children, this session offers a rollicking introduction to a beloved author’s wisdom and humor, presented by renowned storyteller, Jim Weiss.
Destiny and the Blessing of Fathers (OEC Main) by Sr. Mary Anne Walsh, SOLT The blessing of a father is essential to the growth of the child to the full maturity of their gifts and God-given potential. So, what is the power of blessing exactly? What does it do? What does it look like practically? And why is the blessing of a Father particularly important?
A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul (OEC 201) by Kristen Soley This workshop, based on the book A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot, will provide an overview of the benefits of a rule, as well as some practical tips and worksheets to get a start, simply and quickly on living by your own Mother’s Rule of Life. The Rule is “an organization of everything that has to do with your vocation, based on a hierarchy of the priorities that define the vocation and done with the intent to please God.” As author Holly Pierlot says, “Schedules might be limiting… but disorder is more limiting!” Workshop Handout (Word document download) PowerPoint Presentation
Welcoming the Good Shepherd into Your Home (OEC 216) by Cathie Baier One of the most beautiful faith formation programs available for preschool and elementary aged children is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This program helps children develop a genuine personal relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through parables and meditations and allows children to discover the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Mass. Your relationship with the Good Shepherd will blossom along with your child’s. Whether your child is already going to an atrium or not, you will learn practical tips on how to bring an “atrium-style” environment into your home. These tips are intended for parents of preschoolers, but will benefit children of any age. Many of the tips will also help develop other important life skills like self-control, attention, and direction following. 3 p.m. - Workshop Session III Am I Doing Enough? (Arena) by Gary Zimak One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!
Monasticism, Homeschooling and the One Thing Necessary (OEC Main) by Sr. Mary Anne Walsh "The greatest repression today is the repression of Christ in man." (Caryll Houselander) In this talk, Sister Walsh will compare today's family life to the development of monasticism, which also recognized the need to withdraw from the barbarism of the time (today we call it secularism) and seek the one thing necessary. From that, many great "human" developments flowed. She will address some of the struggles in the homeschooling environment in relationship to that, and some of the difficulties as children get older and leave home. She will give advice on how to understand and work with those grown children who seem to reject the values that were instilled once they are on their own.
Why Every Homeschooler Needs Logic (OEC 201) by Dr. Scott Sullivan Training in logic has always been standard fare in classical studies and for good reason. Logic teaches students how to think. A good education should train the student to think well and properly, that is, how to organize one’s thoughts, distinguish the true from the false, as well as formulate and defend positions with well thought out arguments. Logic then is a general “all purpose” subject with deep and far reaching implications. The purpose of this talk will be to stress the importance of this classic subject and offer guidance on how it can be easily implemented into one’s current homeschool program.
The 10 Habits of Happy Homeschool Mothers (OEC 216) by Cathie Baier As moms, we're called to a deeper purpose. However, many moms undervalue themselves, fall prey to competition and fail to take time with God. Homeschooling moms have it even worse because we have the additional responsibility for educating our children! We fall prey to ideals imposed on us by others and our worst enemy, sometimes-ourselves! We forget how to be happy and instead live in fear of not being "good enough." Meg Meeker, Catholic writer and pediatrician provides ways to become a happier mom in her book The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. Dr. Meeker wrote the book for all moms. Cathie has tweaked Dr. Meeker’s list for homeschooling moms seeking a little respite and a lot more happiness. Get some good reminders based on data collected from interviews with happy homeschool moms along with tips to make the habits stick. You already have enough on your plate, so reading the book is not a prerequisite.