One common objection to homeschooling runs along the lines of this: "What about high school? How will you ever teach your children [calculus, chemistry, etc.]?
While this may be a worrisome question for some, those in the homeschooling community know there are now services and products made to fill all these needs.
ChemExplained.com combines the skills of a veteran chemistry teacher with a little technology to offer a solution that may be just right for your high schoolers. Stop at their booth and attend their Vendor Presentation on Saturday to learn more.
Doing Chemistry the Right Way at Home: Conservation of Mom!
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!
Motivate your kids through creative adventures while strengthening family bonds in a fun and exciting way! Moti-Ventures use puzzles, islands, maps, treasures, caves, secret codes, and world travel to solve fun mysteries and participate in imaginative events.
From simple to very complex, we have a motivating adventure for YOUR kids. Moti-Venture works because most children enjoy using their imagination and love adventure. Visit their vendor booth or attend their Presentation to learn how your family can let the adventure begin!
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).
Most archaeologists today have concluded that there’s no evidence that the Exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt ever happened. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney embarks on a 12-year journey around the world to search for answers. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus unlocks the mystery of this ancient saga, combining a scientific investigation with a retelling of the Exodus story to reveal an amazing pattern of evidence matching the biblical account that may challenge our understanding of history.
I’ve never seen a finer or more interesting piece of biblical archaeology on film.
-Catholic author and apologist, Dave Armstrong
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Stop at the Patterns of Evidence vendor booth at the Conference to see their DVDs, books, and study guides for this bible history program and see their Vendor Presentation at 4:30 on Friday.
Historical Apologetics 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.
3 p.m. Friday
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.
Like many Catholic homeschool families, we fell in love with The King of the Golden City when our eldest daughter was preparing for her First Communion. When we later discovered that Mother Mary Loyola had written dozens of books, we just had to have them in our home. Of course, we couldn’t keep them just for ourselves; we felt the need to share them with others, first in our Homeschool Group and then beyond.
(Read more here.)
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Be sure to visit the St. Augustine Academy Press booth at the Conference for their beautiful selection of Catholic classics, reproduced for a modern audience
Beautiful stationery for all your special Catholic occasions? Yes, please! Bring your list of upcoming events and stop at the Salutare Stationery booth at the Conference to get lots of amazing cards with no shipping fees.
You may even find cards that will inspire your students to practice their handwriting. :-)
Are you concerned about the rising cost of college?
Not sure college is the right path for your student?
Via Nova Catholic Education Program offers "an exciting new way to prepare for life without the crushing debt of college. At Via Nova, you can get a liberal education, grow in your faith, and prepare for the world of work by learning how to start up and run your own small business--for MUCH less than any college."
Check out their video to learn more and then bring your questions to their vendor booth at the Conference.
Buy a kit, or get a subscription; Cooper & Kid offers kits with everything you need to examine a bunch of topics in lots of fun ways!
Each Cooper Kit contains multiple curated products and activities designed to enrich your quality time with your children (and have a good time while doing it), as well as:
*A shipping box that turns into a toy!
*An activity book that guides you through the theme and the contents of the box
*A bedtime story
*A separate website of related digital resources
*Links to even MORE theme-related activities that are Beyond the Box
*Parenting and topical links to resources that are Just for Dad
*A themed dinner menu with recipes
Moreover, Cooper Kit promises to make memories, and to be:
*Educational via discovery
*Hands on building
*Themed for both Dads and kids
*Multi-activity (6-9 activities)
*Geography neutral (i.e. no snow required)
*Gender neutral (for the kids)
*A catalyst for self-expression and creativity
*Both nostalgic and current
Their mission to “Make Dads cooler than Moms,” and from the demonstrations we saw at another conference last month, they are well on their way to the goal!
Watch their video and read this review of just one of their products, and be sure to visit their booth at the Conference. We love unique products, and are so glad Cooper & Kid are able to add MCHEC to their schedule!
One of the best things about home education is the opportunities it offers to follow particular interests. Do you have an aspiring writer in your school? Perhaps this workshop is the best way to take that interest to the next level.
Be sure to visit their booth or Vendor Presentation for more information!
Raising the Passionate Writer
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.
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Come join us for three exhilarating days of creative writing instruction. The Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop connects motivated young writers ages 13-19 with best selling authors who are gifted with the ability to write and teach. Focused tracks allow you to learn from an author who writes in your genre.
Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from successful authors, you'll have the chance to receive feedback on your work. We believe that young adults have important stories to tell-so important that we'll place selected manuscripts on the desks of editors from major publishing houses. Does your story sparkle? Imagine an acquisitions editor from HarperCollins reading your chapters. That’s how book contracts are born.