Friday, June 2, 2017 Before Conference Begins: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. High School & Beyond Seminar 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) 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, will we 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Events: 4-9 p.m. Curriculum Fair and Used Book Sale
4:30 Bloggers' Gathering Whether you are a blogger, a wanna-be blogger, or a follower, come and join the fun!
4:30 Vendor Presentations Eucharist as the Model for Marriage 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 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
5:30 Vendor Presentations How You Can Start Pro-Life Education in Your Home 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 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 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.
6:30 Vendor Presentations Applying to College as a Homeschooled Student 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 Lacy de la Garza is the Lead 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 fifth year as a counselor, Lacy has also recently graduated with her Masters in Psychology and will pursue a professional counseling license.
Dinner with Socrates: How to Make the Table a Place of Discussion 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 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) 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 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.
7:30 p.m. “Be Not Afraid” (To Homeschool)! 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 Kristen 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 “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
9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: Homeschooling…Taking The Plunge! 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! (Gary - keynote)
11 a.m. - Workshop Session I How Homeschoolers Are Training Their Kids To Be Atheists 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.
Virtues & Values: A Family’s Quest for Conscientious Living Via Literature and History 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.
Beginning Homeschooling: Beyond the Basics 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. Workshop HandoutBeginning HS - Cathie Baier
What Is #RadicalCollegePrep? What Every Middle School and High School Family Needs to Know 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
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn! 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 Destiny and the Blessing of Fathers 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 Saint, A Criminal and a Country Priest: The Writing of G.K. Chesterton 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.
Welcoming the Good Shepherd into Your Home 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 as well as.
A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul 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!” 3 p.m. - Workshop Session III Am I Doing Enough? 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!
The 10 Habits of Happy Homeschool Mothers 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.
Monasticism, Homeschooling and the One Thing Necessary 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 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.