High School & Beyond Seminar by Linda López (Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 378 - North)
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: $30/attendee (in addition to the conference registration fee).
THE STRATEGIC STUDENT by Jeannie Burlowski, followed by Navigating Higher Education by Dr. Michael Naughton and Dr. John Boyle (Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 378 - South)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. THE STRATEGIC STUDENT: How to Get Higher Grades While Studying LESS Than Most Other People (For students ages 12-26 and their parents) by Jeannie Burlowski There's not a student alive who wouldn't love to get higher grades than anyone else while studying LESS than most other people. In this 3-hour seminar, students age 12-26 learn the advanced studying, test-taking, and paper-writing strategies that top students use to succeed at the most prestigious colleges in the country while still having plenty of time left over for leadership, interning, and having more fun than they ever thought possible. Students will leave at the end of this seminar armed with a systematic review method developed at Carnegie Mellon University that can completely eliminate the need to ever cram for exams.
Are you a student age 12-26? This seminar will help you to maximize your potential in high school and in college, give you more time to relax, and help you to become a top contender both for scholarships, and for career or grad school success after college.
Who should attend this seminar? This seminar is ideal for current high school students, current college students, graduate students, and teens who will be starting homeschool co-op or PSEO courses this coming fall. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Navigating Higher Education by Dr. Michael Naughton and Dr. John Boyle Dr. Naughton recently co-authored an essay in America Magazine about the mission and distinctive character of Catholic universities and the trend of Catholic institutions detaching themselves from their original foundations and religious beliefs in favor of other values that are secondary to the core of the Catholic tradition. Dr. Naughton and Dr. Boyle will draw on their decades of experience teaching and advising students at Catholic colleges to help both students and parents better navigate the challenge of searching for a genuine Catholic university education that at the same time offers an effective preparation for careers, whether in the arts and humanities, the sciences, or the professions.
Strategic Student/Navigating Higher Ed Seminar fee: $30/attendee (in addition to the conference registration fee).
3 p.m. Pre-conference Gathering
Support Group Leaders Gathering (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Events: 4-9 p.m. Curriculum Fair and Used Book Sale
Bloggers' Gathering (OEC 210) hosted by Sterling Jaquith
Whether you are a blogger, a wanna-be blogger, or a follower, come and join the fun! Besides getting to know each other face to face, Sterling will answer any questions you might have about self-publishing or creating online courses.
Back to the Family (ARC Arena) by Dr. Ray Guarendi
Back to the Family presents the results of a three-year, national search for strong families. It reveals those characteristics most common to strong families as well as the struggles and difficulties most families face. The results will reinforce some traditional ideas about family life while offering some reassuring surprises.
9 p.m. - Conference closes for the day.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:15 a.m. Mass (Aquinas Chapel)
8 a.m. - Vendor area opens; breakfast in ARC Field House (vendor area)
You're a Better Parent than You Think! (ARC Arena) by Dr. Ray Guarendi
Parents today are having their confidence, peace of mind, and authority undercut by a number of widespread myths that have been pushed upon them by the experts, the media and almost everybody else. Victimized by these false notions, many parents and educators are plagued by groundless worry, guilt and frustration. This presentation will foster self confidence and peace of mind -- and will put authority into your hands where it belongs.
11 a.m. - Workshop Session I
A Living Education with Charlotte Mason (ARC Arena) by Jennifer Mackintosh
This workshop will introduce Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy, describe the cornerstones of a Charlotte Mason education, discuss how this might look in the home, and talk about how a living education with classical principles imbues a love of learning! Included in the workshop:
Scheduling Books and Pages – a guide to assist in knowing how many pages of reading Charlotte Mason assigned in her Programmes of work which in turn helps the home educating mom know how many pages of reading to assign for a given child: in the year, for the term, for the week, and for the day.
Mixed Motivation: Why Some Things Get Done and Some Don’t (OEC Main) by Sterling Jaquith
You rock school sometimes and other days it seems like you're herding cats... or monkeys... or sitting on the floor while everyone cries asking, "Why isn't this working?" Sterling will help you discover how to tap into your will power to get more done. It's practical, it's Catholic, and it's not as hard as you think. And there will be worksheets, yay!
Practical Strategies to Live Peaceful Lives in the Midst of Stress and Anxiety (OEC 201) by Maureen & Jim Otremba
Catholic parenting and homeschooling in the 21st Century can be full of high stress and anxiety. Come discover tips and truths to manage your own stress in order to create a peaceful home where children and parents can thrive!
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 pm. Informal Gathering of Parents of Children with Special Needs
Lunch and Learn (OEC Lobby) hosted by Cathie Baier
Informal Gathering of Parents of Children with Special Needs. Bring a lunch and meet other parents who are teaching children with special needs. Share resources and experiences.
1:30 p.m. - Workshop Session II
Lessons for Life from Children (ARC Arena) by Dr. Ray Guarendi
Children are consummate teachers about life. Their lessons are innocently straightforward, yet hard-hitting. Any grownup, be he/she a parent or former child, will personally relate to these lessons for life. This presentation will leave grownups a little more grown-up, and happier for it.
Less Is More – Catholic Minimalism (OEC Main) by Sterling Jaquith
We all know we have too much stuff. We're drowning in clutter, too many appointments, and more things than we have time to clean! We don't like it but we don't know where to start! Using ideas from her new book Not Of This World, Sterling will talk about the peace that comes from letting go. Yes, even if you have a large family and a school room filled with supplies! It's time to tame our stuff instead of being a slave to the piles!
The Three Biggest Pitfalls in Homeschooling – and How to Avoid Them! (OEC 201) by Pam Patnode
Have you ever purchased curriculum that you never ended up using? Have you ever compared yourself to another homeschool mom – and found yourself coming up short? Have you ever gone a day, or two, or more without praying? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone - and – this workshop is for you! These pitfalls that many homeschool moms stumble into, are more than just a nuisance, they can be extremely dangerous and potentially damaging. Learn why in this workshop – and – learn how to avoid falling into these harmful traps.
The Eucharist as Weekly Marriage Enrichment (OEC 216) by Maureen & Jim Otremba
This talk is an introduction to the curriculum that Jim and Maureen have created on the Eucharist as a model for marriage, which was aired on EWTN Women of Grace show in December 2017. In this talk, you will discover what Jim and Joy (of EWTN's At Home with Jim and Joy) call “a monumental paradigm shift for marriage enrichment experienced through the Divine Liturgy.” Come and learn how every aspect of the Liturgy truly informs and transforms marriages.
3 p.m. - Workshop Session III
The Morning Basket - Ageless & Inspiring (ARC Arena) by Jennifer Mackintosh
Jennifer embraced the idea of a Morning Basket almost 12 years ago – before it was popular or even had a name! The Morning Basket is a collection of inspiring books and things that is ageless in its offerings, span abilities, speak to loveliness, and give the day an inspiring start. In this workshop, you will learn the four essential things that will streamline your day and rebuild culture through the Morning Basket, brainstorm about how to build your own Morning Basket, learn how to implement Morning Basket with kids from high school to preschool, and talk about some common challenges you may encounter in Morning Basket time.
Struggling Readers – Information and Resources that offer Help and Hope (OEC 201) by Pam Patnode
According to the International Dyslexia Association, “perhaps as many as 15–20 percent of the population as a whole—have some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words.” Do you have a struggling reader? Does your child have difficulty with spelling or writing? If so, this is a necessary workshop for you. Come learn about: Testing services: where to have evaluations done; how often a child needs testing; what to expect with costs; and rules the ACT testing board has for testing and accommodations; recommended curriculum options for struggling readers and children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia; tutoring: when to seek help, where to turn, weekly time commitment, and costs; resources (including assistive technology) that are available for each grade level (elementary, middle school, high school and even college); accommodations: what are they? How are they obtained? How do I determine if my child needs them?; and the importance of extracurricular activities – what to consider when looking for activities for your struggling learner. As a mother of a child with dyslexia and dysgraphia, Pam will share her experiences in home educating a struggling reader – and important lessons they have learned along the way.
Dinner with Socrates: Making Your Table a Place of Discussion (OEC 216) by Kenneth Rolling
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 various reasons. With noisy infants, boisterous kids, aloof teenagers, and tired parents, how could you have a real conversation? Come and learn the value of great conversation and how to make your supper table talk a Socratic dialogue—invite Socrates to dinner!