2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference Keynotes & Workshops PRE-SESSION SESSIONS FRIDAY – 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM ______________________________________ “Conference Navigation” – DeVon Snow Are you new to the Homeschool Iowa Conference experience? Don’t be overwhelmed! Come to this workshop to receive lots of “insider” tips and strategies to help you get the most out of the Homeschool Iowa Conference. “AEA Teacher Credit Course Orientation” – Julie Naberhaus All Iowa certified teachers who are signed up to take the 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference Heartland AEA Teacher Credit Course should attend this orientation workshop to receive guidance and direction in how to complete the course. MORNING KEYNOTE SESSION FRIDAY – 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM _____________________________________ “Creating a Strong Family Identity” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com In modern America it is common for teens – even Christian teens – to identify with the world and pull away from their families. The Bible offers wonderful direction for parents who want to help their children identify more with the family than with their friends and the youth subculture. In Malachi 4:6 it was prophesied that John the Baptist would strengthen family bonds, turning the hearts of parents and children toward each other. Yet John never spoke about parenting or family life, but instead preached the good news about Jesus. In this session Reb examines the gospel as it was preached by John and reveals its inherent blessing for families. SESSION I FRIDAY – 10:45 – 11:45 AM ______________________________________ SESSION I CHOICES: “ESTABLISHING PARENTAL CONTROL” – REB BRADLEY “WHERE DO I BEGIN” – NANCY BJORKMAN “SECRETS TEACHERS NEVER TELL” – JOYCE HERZOG “CHARLOTTE MASON FOUNDATIONS: A PARADIGM SHIFT” – NANCY KELLY “HOW TO BE A UNIT STUDY PRO” – DEANNE CRAWFORD “GRANDPARENTS ARE THE BEST GIFTS OF ALL” – RENEE MILLER “Establishing Parental Control in the Home” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com Few parents today realize how peaceful parenting can be. Their homes are stressful and many are hampered in home education because their children do not respond respectfully to their authority. Children can be trained to obey quickly and with a good attitude, and they need not go through "phases" like the "terrible twos," the "tough threes," and the "trying teens." This workshop will expose to parents many of their blind spots and help them establish the proper parental control necessary for successful child training and home education. “Getting Started Homeschooling – Where Do I Begin?” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family’s particular style. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions. “Secrets Teachers Never Tell” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Joyce’s most popular workshop – often “standing room only.” Learn 12 SECRETS that will simplify your life AND enhance your teaching! Learn how to begin the year, what months are more conducive to learning, what to do when the year isn’t long enough, how children learn and so much more. Joyce draws from over 30 years experience to present concepts that make your job more effective and reduce stress. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and a LOAD will be lifted from your shoulders. “Charlotte Mason Foundations: A Paradigm Shift” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Join Nancy for an introduction to Charlotte Mason, including her belief in the child as a person – and her viewpoint that education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life, and the science of relations. Who was Charlotte Mason? What was her educational philosophy? Can her methods be used in high school as well as in elementary school and middle school? Drawing from her 20 years of experience using Charlotte Mason’s methods, Nancy will talk about the basics of a Charlotte Mason education and how it can transform your homeschool in this introductory workshop. [This session will be offered again on Saturday at 11:00 am] “How to Be a Unit Study PRO” – Deanne Crawford www.rainbowresource.com Whether you want ready-made unit studies or the tools to develop your own, this workshop could be the answer! Come for an overview and explanation of definitions, comparisons, and resources for implementing unit studies into your home. In this workshop, we will also develop your personal Unit Study P.R.O. skills and provide you tools to create your own unit study at home. “Grandparents Are the Best Gift of All” – Renee Miller www.millerpadsandpaper.com What an amazing opportunity you have as grandparents to be used by the Lord in your grandchildren's lives! Come laugh, cry, and be encouraged to do "the little and big things" in their lives that make a difference for the Lord. Renee Miller of Miller Pads & Paper will share stories and ideas for building relationships with your precious grandchildren. They really are grand! SESSION II - EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS FRIDAY – 12:15 AM – 12:45 PM ____________________________________ SESSION II CHOICES: “HOW TO BUILD LIFELONG LEARNERS” – MATH-U-SEE “COMMON CORE AND ITS DIRTY SECRETS” – HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION “BREATHING LIFE INTO LANGUAGE ARTS” – TOTAL LANGUAGE PLUS “TEACHING SCIENCE FROM A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW” – REASONS TO BELIEVE “EVOLUTION VS. GOD DVD” – MASTER BOOKS “NUTRITION AND BREAD MAKING FOR HOMESCHOOLING FAMILIES” – PAULA’S BREAD “How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See” – Math-U-See www.demmelearning.com Come see how to teach math using a skill-based, multi-sensory approach from counting to Calculus. Teach your child to understand math and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. “Common Core and Its Dirty Secrets” – Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Defense Association www.hslda.org Common Core is an attempt to impose monolithic, top-down control over the content of what children learn. Imagine the power you would have if you could dictate what every school child in America must learn! Before Common Core, every state decided for itself, but Common Core gives that power to a centralized national committee – a puppet federal agency, in effect. Common Core will probably never directly mandate what homeschoolers teach their kids, but if Common Core takes hold it will create a seamless web over our nation and it may only be a matter of time before your children cannot get a job, into the military, into college, or a scholarship because their education was not in conformity with what the central authority prescribes. Because of the goodness of God and the hard work of many parents and organizations, homeschooling has become virtually mainstream. If Common Core conquers America, homeschooling as we know it may be relegated to a tiny fringe. “Breathing Life into Language Arts” – Emily Pierce, Total Language Plus www.totallanguageplus.com Discover how to effectively teach your student using excellent books as your starting point. Students will utilize integrated lessons to master spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and punctuation. Third graders through high schoolers will cover analytical and critical thinking while they hone their writing skills with appropriate assignments that teach effective communication. Related field trips and projects bring the literature to life in a way that makes the story jump off the pages. “Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview” – Anastasia Young, Reasons to Believe www.reasonsacademy.com How do we teach our kids science from a Biblical perspective? How do we as parents, equip our children to sort through the many competing ideas in science? How do we teach them to determine where the facts end and where the unbiblical ideas begin? The speaker will present resources and curricula that will help prepare you to train your child to explore nature in a way which truly reveals the character and wonder of God. “Evolution vs. God DVD Showing and Presentation” – Master Books www.masterbooks.net Ray Comfort has done it again. He has brought the issue of Evolution vs. God to the forefront and what he determined is remarkable. After interviewing multiple leading evolutionary scientists at some of the world's top universities, it becomes more than evident that it takes a greater amount of blind faith to believe their theories rather than the truth of God’s Word. Follow Ray as he unravels Darwin’s beliefs and reveals the truth of a Creator God. This is a perfect evangelistic tool for anyone questioning the existence of God and His hand in creation. The 35min DVD, Evolution vs. God, will be shown, a brief presentation will follow, and everyone who attends (10 and up) will receive 1 FREE copy of the DVD. “Nutrition and Bread Making for Homeschooling Families” – Paula Sutton, Paula’s Bread www.paulasbread.com Learn the art of bread making AND learn fast, easy ways to nutritionally feed your family and save money while you do! SESSION III FRIDAY – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ______________________________________ SESSION III CHOICES: “CELEBRATIONS OF FAITH” – RANDY WILSON “HOMESCHOOLING UNDER IOWA LAW” – SCOTT WOODRUFF “MORE SECRETS TEACHERS NEVER TELL” – JOYCE HERZOG “THE WELL-BALANCED MIND: THE IMAGINATION FACTOR” – NANCY KELLY “HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL: PART 1” – NANCY BJORKMAN “THE CONFIDENT READING TEACHER” – SHERRY FISCELLA “Celebrations of Faith” – Randy & Lisa Wilson www.generationsoflight.com You’ll be blessed and encouraged as Randy & Lisa share numerous real-life examples and ceremonies that God has given them over three decades as a means to tie their children’s heartstrings to the foundations of Truth. “Homeschooling Under Iowa Law” – Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Association attorney for Iowa, will give a stepby-step explanation of the Iowa homeschool law. New homeschoolers will get what they need to teach with confidence and veterans will get their thorniest questions addressed. “More Secrets That Teachers Never Tell” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Here are more of Joyce’s SECRETS that will simplify your life AND enhance your teaching! Joyce draws from over 30 years experience to present best methods to save you frustration and time. You’ll leave this session with a new outlook and an improved attitude! “The Well-Balanced Mind: The Imagination Factor” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Do you value your imagination? Your child’s? This workshop is an exploration of the importance of imagination in education, faith, and life. Charlotte Mason said that “imagination is, like faith, the evidence of things not seen” and is an integral part of everyone’s personhood. How can we nurture this in our materialistic society, where testing reigns supreme? “Homeschooling High School: Part 1” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com This very popular, interactive workshop (a 2-session presentation) will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities (where available), co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will receive the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school. [Part 2 in Session IV at 2:30 pm] “The Confident Reading Teacher” – Sherry Fiscella You don't need a degree in education to teach a child to read, but it helps to know a few tricks of the trade to help you feel confident as you get started! SESSION IV FRIDAY – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ______________________________________ SESSION IV CHOICES: “THE LANGUAGE OF LEGACY” – RANDY WILSON “CREATING HOMES THAT ARE NOT REST STOPS, BUT RESTING PLACES” – LISA WILSON “MUTLI-LEVEL TEACHING IS FOR YOU!” – JOYCE HERZOG “OUR SCHEDULE, OUR ATMOSPHERE” – NANCY KELLY “HOMESCHOOLING HIGH SCHOOL: PART 2” – NANCY BJORKMAN “CHOOSING CURRICULUM THE FAMILY WAY” – DEANNE CRAWFORD “The Language of Legacy” – Randy Wilson www.generationsoflight.com Randy gives a call for language that transforms the next generation through bold love. The language we speak literally has multi-generational impact. Our words create worlds for others. We must know and speak God’s language to our spouses and children – words that are rooted and grounded in truth and spoken in love. In a culture of sarcasm and spoken curses, Randy shares examples to define strategic words to speak and bless each other in the home, defining a new “normal” among family members. “Creating Homes That Are Not Rest Stops, but Resting Places” – Lisa Wilson www.generationsoflight.com Lisa will help us to refocus our vision to begin seeing our homes as the wombs that give life to a dying culture. Be encouraged by her story of how six generations of women have passed on the glorious legacy of Christ in the midst of deep brokenness and heart-wrenching trials. “Multi-Level Teaching Is for You!” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Learn three simple as ABC ways to get started into multi-age teaching. Experience teaching and learning in a new way. How can YOU successfully teach more than one child at very different levels without “reinventing” everything all the time? Receive a list of questions to spark learning on any topic. Learn what it means to “really” teach. Participate as it works with a really large group! Learn the steps of good teaching, and have fun – but you’ve got to listen fast! It’s one hour chuck-full of learning! “Our Schedule, Our Atmosphere” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Learn how Charlotte Mason structured her school days – and how atmosphere is key. Nancy will share how you can make your homeschool an enriching place for any size family by describing her tried and true schedule from her own homeschool, Sage Parnassus. “Homeschooling High School – Part 2” – Nancy Bjorkman www.legacyhomeschool.com This very popular, interactive workshop (a 2-session presentation) will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities (where available), co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will receive the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school. [Part 1 in Session III at 1:00 pm] “Choosing Curriculum the FAMILY Way” – Deanne Crawford www.rainbowresource.com So you’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? Do you need a Curriculum Positioning Service (CPS) to navigate the terrain of curriculum choices? This workshop takes an in-depth look at the FAMILY factors – those things that really matter in your homeschool, whether you are a new (or nearly new) homeschool parent, or simply need a breath of fresh air! This workshop is designed to give YOU the tools necessary to make wise choices in all of your curriculum decisions. SESSION V FRIDAY – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ______________________________________ SESSION V CHOICES: “PARENTING TEENS WITH THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON” – REB BRADLEY “IMPACTING CULTURE THROUGH THE BOLDNESS OF PURITY AND INTEGRITY” – JORDYN (WILSON) PEPPIN & KHRYSTIAN (WILSON) LEWIS “PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN FROM SOCIAL WORKERS” – SCOTT WOODRUFF “THE BANQUET WHICH IS SHAKESPEARE” – NANCY KELLY “ASK THE PEDIATRICIAN” – DR. LAINNA CALLENTINE “ART: THE GLUE THAT MAKES IT STICK” – RENEE MILLER “Parenting Teens with the Wisdom of Solomon” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com Many parents apply biblical parenting principles and find it easy to rear their young children, but they make the mistake of trying to use that same approach when their children reach the adolescent years. Such parents often rely upon sheltering and strict control, yet watch their teens escape the home as soon as they can. Other parents back off entirely, only to see their teens become ensnared by the world and divided from the family. Fortunately, God has not left us without help. In the Bible King Solomon modeled for us a perfect balance of leadership and liberty in his dealings with his teenage sons. In this session Reb examines Solomon’s approach and shows how to make the transition from parenting children to young adults. “Impacting Culture Through the Boldness of Purity and Integrity” – Jordyn (Wilson) Peppin & Khrystian (Wilson) Lewis www.generationsoflight.com The Wilson daughters will share what God has taught them about articulating the truth in a culture that mocks everything that is holy. Their experiences, appearing before national and international media, have inspired them to seek God’s language as they intersect culture – and to thrive as women of faith. “Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights” – Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org Knowing how to protect your children from social workers may help you keep your family together when a social worker wants to pull it apart. “The Banquet Which Is Shakespeare” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Using methods espoused by Charlotte Mason, Nancy will guide you through how to teach Shakespeare to your elementary and high school students. Personal anecdotes, recommended resources, tried-and-true techniques, and some audience participation will motivate and prepare you to tackle the Bard in your homeschool. “Bringing the Study of Science Alive” – Dr. Lianna Callentine www.sciexperience.com Catch the excitement and soak in the enthusiasm of Dr. Lainna Callentine as she shares her passion for teaching children about the wonderment of science, the study of God’s creation. Dr. Callentine is a pediatrician, a former classroom teacher, and a homeschooling mother – and she is also the instructor for our 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference Teen Track “The Body” class. You'll leave this session inspired to “bring the study of science alive” in your home school! “Art: The Glue That Makes It Stick” – Renee Miller www.millerpadsandpaper.com Art is the forgotten subject for many homeschooling families. But what has been missed is not just the "Art Lessons." Come learn why art is important, how to incorporate it into core subjects, and how to make learning fun! You'll leave with hundreds of ideas to make homeschooling more enjoyable, refreshing, and fulfilling. Best of all, your children will retain what they learn! SESSION VI – EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS FRIDAY – 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM ______________________________________ SESSION VI CHOICES: “FIND YOUR FIT – EQUIPPING YOUR STUDENT FOR COLLEGE AND BEYOND” – CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY “COLLEGE EXPERIENCE” – UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY “INTEGRATING THE BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW FROM BIRTH TO HIGH SCHOOL” – CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS “LEARNING THROUGH PLAY” – DISCOVERY TOYS “GOD’S FORGOTTEN GIFTS: ESSENTIAL OILS” – YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS “USING CURRENT EVENTS TO ENHANCE YOUR CURRICULUM” – EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR THE FUTURE “MUSIC TOGETHER SAMPLE CLASS” – SONGS & SIGNS “ROCK THE ACT!” – JOHN BAYLOR TEST PREP “DRAW STUDENTS INTO THE WORD” – PICTURETHIS! “THE VALUE OF STUDYING THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY” – NEW TRIBES BIBLE INSTITUTE “LIFE LESSONS: THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND POLITICAL ADVOCACY” – IOWA RIGHT TO LIFE “Find Your Fit – Equipping Your Student for College and Beyond ” – Kevin Napp, Cedarville University www.cedarville.edu This workshop will provide an in-depth over-view on how to help your student find that perfect fit in a college and how to prepare now for those crucial four years. “College Experience” – Upper Iowa University Faculty, Staff, and Students www.uiu.edu/dualenrollment This panel is designed to allow students and families interested in college to ask questions to faculty, staff, and students. Whether you are just starting your college search or still on the fence about whether or not to attend, this panel will allow you to hear firsthand experiences and answer any questions you may have. “Integrating the Biblical Worldview from Birth to High School” – Maria Wilkening & Sally Nolder, Classical Conversations www.classicalconversations.com Come learn how Classical Conversations equips parents to integrate a Biblical Worldview into every aspect of their child's home education so that the entire family may work together to “Know God and Make Him Known.” “Learning Through Play” – Kris Kain, Discovery Toys www.discoverytoys.com/kriskain Join Kris as she shares the many ways that children can learn through play. You’ll be amazed at the multiple layers of learning that can be elicited from a single toy. “God’s Forgotten Gifts: Essential Oils” – Sonya Swan, Young Living Essential Oils www.proverbs31.vibrantscents.com Essential Oils are God's natural healing remedies from the beginning of time. Come learn how one drop of these powerful plant substances may make a difference in your health! “Using Current Events to Enhance Your Curriculum” – Keith Miller, Educational Services for the Future www.edftf.com Are your students bored with the current curriculum? Make your curriculum come alive by making real world applications to subjects such as math, science, history and government. Recent studies have shown students become more vested in their studies when they know what they are learning has application to the world around them. Learn how to use our current events to engage your students with the issues of the day! “Music Together Sample Class” – Teachers from Songs and Signs www.songsandsigns.com Music Together is a highly researched, internationally recognized music and movement program for newborns - preschoolers and the adults who love them. Experience a sample class and come sing, play instruments and move with us! “Rock the ACT! Raise Your Score with John Baylor Test Prep” – Gene Walter, John Baylor Test Prep www.JohnBaylorTestPrep.com Learn how John Baylor Test Prep can raise your homeschool student's ACT or SAT/PSAT score, opening the door to big scholarships and the college of your choice. “Draw Students into the Word” – Michele Shaver, PictureThis! Ministries www.picturesmartbible.com Create an unforgettable image of each book of the Bible in the minds of your children...draw your way through the entire Bible one book at a time. No talent necessary. Kindergarten through adult. “The Value of Studying the Bible Chronologically” – Andru Smith, New Tribes Bible Institute www.ntbi.org Understanding the Bible’s continuity is vital for an accurate comprehension of God’s work through history. Starting with the foundational basics and building on these truths, we begin to understand God’s purpose through the ages by seeing the many individual stories come together to form the big picture. This connection allows us to grasp the Bible as a whole, instead of a bunch of disconnected ideas—individually important, but together so much more relevant. Join us as we discuss practical ways to impact believers and unbelievers alike. “LIFE Lessons: The Intersection of Faith and Political Advocacy” – Jenifer Bowen, Iowa Right to Life www.iowaRTL.org It's important to be bold and unflinching in our stand for the sanctity and dignity of all human life. It is also as important to employ wisdom and humility in our actions. This session will offer insights into the powerful impact students and parents can have when their faith and political advocacy work seamlessly together in achieving life-saving, amazing things in Iowa and beyond! FRIDAY EVENING COMEDY EVENT FRIDAY – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM ______________________________________ “A Evening of Laughter” – Brad Stine www.bradstine.com Don’t miss this night of hilarity. Laughter really is the best medicine! Additional admission fees apply. This event open to the general public. MORNING KEYNOTE SESSION SATURDAY – 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM ___________________________________ “Solving the Crisis in Homeschooling” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com Multitudes of homeschool parents around the country, including leaders, have graduated their first batch of kids, only to watch their graduates go wayward. Many were model homeschoolers while growing up, but sometime after their 18 th birthday they began to reveal that they didn’t hold to their parents’ values. In this session Reb exposes common blind spots in parenting that contribute to the breakdown of relationship between parents and children, and thereby increase prodigal tendencies. For veterans and beginning homeschoolers, this is a “Don’t Miss” session. SESSION VII SATURDAY – 10:45 – 11:45 AM ____________________________________ SESSION VII CHOICES: “MEN OF HONOR IN MY GENERATION” – LOGAN WILSON “HAPPY [HOMESCHOOLING] DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN” – SHERRY FISCELLA “NIFTY TRICKS” – JOYCE HERZOG “CHARLOTTE MASON FOUNDATIONS: A PARADIGM SHIFT”” – NANCY KELLY “MATH WARS” – DEANNE CRAWFORD “HOW TO LEAD TEENS” – SCOTT WOODRUFF “Men of Honor In My Generation” – Logan Wilson www.generationsoflight.com Eighteen-year-old Logan Wilson will challenge you to consider “honor” – what is it, and what does Scripture say about it? He will touch upon the honor of God’s names, the honor of God’s armor, and the honor of civility and chivalry. Included will be a dramatic presentation of men of honor in history. “Happy [Homeschooling] Days Are Here Again” – Sherry Fiscella Come be energized with Sherry’s list of ideas that she has used to add a little joy and fun into her homeschooling days. It’s not difficult to supplement traditional methods with just a little something creative here and there to give kiddos (and moms!) something to look forward to besides just another workbook page. Here are a few examples to peak your interest: "Ketchup Day," "Pinterest Day," and using a "Star Student Basket." Sherry will also share creative teaching tips for supplementing traditional texts. For example, is there anything fun you can do with an A Beka reader besides just read it? You’ll leave with lots of fun ideas to try next school year. “Nifty Tricks” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Joyce will share great ideas that will revolutionize HOW you teach and your effectiveness. See how to use graph paper to simplify the teaching of everything from printing and addition, to perimeter and square root! Learn ways to reuse any workbook, instantly improve reading for some children, make learning math facts fun and easy, record progress, and more! “Charlotte Mason Foundations: A Paradigm Shift” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Join Nancy for an introduction to Charlotte Mason, including her belief in the child as a person – and her viewpoint that education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life, and the science of relations. Who was Charlotte Mason? What was her educational philosophy? Can her methods be used in high school as well as in elementary school and middle school? Drawing from her 20 years of experience using Charlotte Mason’s methods, Nancy will talk about the basics of a Charlotte Mason education and how it can transform your homeschool in this introductory workshop. [This session will also be offered on Friday at 11:00 am] “Math Wars” – Deanne Crawford www.rainbowresource.com Is math a war zone in your homeschool? Are your children a casualty of the latest trends in math education in the public schools? Sequential? Spiral? American? Asian? What about manipulatives? Choosing math curriculum seems so complicated. In this workshop, we take a look at the “battlefield” through the lenses of Rainbow’s FAMILY factors in order to give clarity to the Math-field. Our workshop starts with an overview of the history of math education in the US, continues with a look at what needs to be learned when, and concludes with a comparative look at many popular math programs. “How to Lead Teens” – Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org The word “teenager” is not in the Bible, so where do Christian parents get the wisdom (and patience!) they need to raise their teenaged sons and daughters? In this encouraging workshop, Scott brings biblical truth and his own experience to bear on the task of raising teens. SESSION VIII - EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS SATURDAY – 12:15 AM – 12:45 PM __________________________________ SESSION VIII CHOICES: “EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE IN WRITING” – INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING “FREE OR LOW COST ADVENTURES AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR” – IOWA STATE FAIR “RAISING KIDS WHO LOVE TO LEARN” – SONLIGHT CURRICULUM “FAITH IS FOR ME” – FAITH BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE “RELEASING YOUR CHILD FROM THE GRIPS OF ENTERTAINMENT” – CREATING A MASTERPIECE “THE ADOPTION MISSION” – WILLIAM PEARCE ADOPTION SERVICES “Experience Excellence in Writing” – Jan Miller, Institute for Excellence in Writing www.IEW.com Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started. “Free or Low Cost Educational Adventures at the Iowa State Fair” – Emily Brewer & Megan Grandgeorge, Iowa State Fair http://www.iowastatefair.org/for-visitors/group-tours/field-trips/ Did you know there are more than 25 different learning destinations at the Iowa State Fair? Fair staff members, Emily and Megan, will give an overview of all the free or low cost educational opportunities at the Fair and provide tips to help you make the most of your day. You also be introduced to their homeschool-friendly field trip guide, a comprehensive resource for planning a field trip to the Iowa State Fair! Attend this seminar for a free lesson plan and a copy of the Fair’s Historical Highlights booklet. “Raising Kids Who Love to Learn” – Karla Cook, Sonlight Curriculum www.sonlight.com Success in education is best measured by a love of learning. But how do you create students who love to learn? By inspiring them with great literature, biographies and living books! Learn how to use great books to create eager learners, build family bonds, equip students to think, and inspire a passion for God. “Faith Is For Me” – Mark Davis, Faith Baptist Bible College www.faith.edu Nurturing faith in your child’s life is an important part of a parent’s responsibility. The choice of a college can play a significant role in how a child’s faith develops. In this workshop you will learn how the discipleship and spiritual growth opportunities at Faith Baptist Bible College will build on your foundation and further nurture your child’s faith. “Releasing Your Child from the Grips of Entertainment” – Sharon Hofer, Creating A Masterpiece www.creatingamasterpiece.com Today’s children love to be entertained by the media available to them. Being entertained by television, Facebook and electronic games affects their lives more than you might guess. Many families have lost sight of the value of skillfully expressed creativity and instead allow for passive intake. The traits passivity teaches can affect a child for the rest of their lives. This session focuses on training a child’s mind and abilities! What would happen if you introduced your children to many different styles of creative media and let them experiment with them? Come and here what Sharon has learned about inspiring creativity and self-motivation in aspiring artists. “The Adoption Mission” – William Pearce, William Pearce Adoption Services www.adoptionsiowa.com Adoption is a normal option for building a family, or for adding to your family. Adoption is becoming an exciting opportunity to extend the reach of the Christian message and service to children in our country and around the world. Here is how it's happening, and how you can make it happen for you. SESSION IX SATURDAY – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ____________________________________ SESSION IX CHOICES: “UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE FEMALE MIND” – REB BRADLEY “LIFE-GIVING WOMEN: PART 1” – LISA WILSON “LEARNING IN SPITE OF LABELS” – JOYCE HERZOG “NEW THOUGHTS OF GOD: LIVING BIBLE LESSONS” – NANCY KELLY “GOTTA HAVE GAMES” – DEANNE CRAWFORD “ROTTEN TO THE (COMMON) CORE” – SHANE VANDER HART “Unraveling the Mysteries of the Female Mind” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com This life-changing message is needed by every husband, every son, and every brother. Prepared after decades of counseling, 30+ years of interviews with his wife, and a lifetime of Bible study, Reb presents deep insights into male/female relationships. This session will help every man gain insight into his wife's heart, explaining why she gets offended so easily by innocent comments, why she seems so illogical at times, and why her girlfriends understand her perfectly. The man who listens to this session and applies it to his marriage, will find himself married to a happy woman. The young man who hears it, will better understand his sisters, his mother, and every other female he knows. “Life-Giving Women: Part 1” – Lisa Wilson www.generationsoflight.com Lisa will describe the beauty of being created by design to be life-givers as women. We are not only used by God to give life physically, but also relationally, spiritually, generationally, and so many other ways! Discover the power and God-honoring glory of this influential place in His Kingdom. “Learning In Spite of Labels” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Come see into the heart of your struggling learner – even if he is gifted in some areas. Discover the underlying problem, look at his strengths and learn some strategies to get moving in the right direction. You’ll laugh, you may cry, you will learn! “New Thoughts of God: Living Bible Lessons” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Charlotte Mason said that Bible teaching should be “as the warp in and out of which the child weaves other knowledge and other thought”. In this workshop, Nancy will take attendees through an immersion session of a Bible lesson, which introduces children to “new thoughts of God” every day. “Gotta Have Games” – Deanne Crawford www.rainbowresource.com Games = Learning. Yes, learning can happen while your students just think they’re having fun. Come learn how to incorporate hands-on learning, reinforcement, and practice into your homeschool day. Introducing games into your homeschool may provide a fun warm-up activity, a skill refining exercise, or even a summer learning extension. See, feel, and experience an eclectic collection of educational games and discover how to successfully integrate them into your homeschool as educational tools. “Rotten to the (Common) Core” – Shane Vander Hart http://caffeinatedthoughts.com There has been a shift in education policy that has largely gone unnoticed. Starting this year, forty-six states, including Iowa, are implementing new standards that will reach beyond public schools. Shane will give six primary reasons why we should care about the Common Core State Standards taking root in our state and what we can do about it. SESSION X SATURDAY – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ____________________________________ SESSION X CHOICES: “DIVINE MIND” – RANDY WILSON “LIFE-GIVING WOMEN: PART 2” – LISA WILSON “RX FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS” – JOYCE HERZOG “QUALIFIED FOR LIFE: HIGH SCHOOLERS AS PERSONS” – NANCY KELLY “INSPIRING YOUNG WRITERS” – SHERRY FISCELLA “REPRESENTING CHRIST AND HOME EDUCATION IN THE POLITICAL ARENA ” – BILL GUSTOFF “The Divine Mind: Unleashing God’s Power Through God’s Thoughts” – Randy Wilson www.generationsoflight.com As we think God’s thoughts, we literally submit our minds to the authority of Christ. Randy will help us to look at the power of thinking and reciting God’s thoughts and the power of our spirits to obey God as we learn to live with the mind of God. “Life-Giving Women: Part 2” – Lisa Wilson www.generationsoflight.com Ladies, have you found yourself in a place where you are not life-giving, but rather full of bitterness and burnout? What do you do? Lisa will share honestly about those places, helping us receive the Lord’s life-giving waters to refresh and renew. “Rx for Your Special Needs” – Joyce Herzog www.joyceherzog.com Whether you are working with a learner who is learning disabled, ADD/ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, or autistic, you will find help here. From general tips to specific helps to resources, this workshop provides it all. “Qualified for Life: High Schoolers As Persons” – Nancy Kelly http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com Interested in a rich, rigorous, character-building education for your high schooler? Charlotte Mason had a successful plan for the high school years. Her offering was in response to the utilitarian system that was in place 100 years ago and unfortunately still reigns. This session will discuss Mason’s blueprint and offer principles and practices to begin planning what could be your student’s best years. “Inspiring Young Writers” – Sherry Fiscella Whether you have a reluctant or eager writer, you can inspire desire and quality from your budding authors! “Representing Christ and Home Education in the Political Arena” – Bill Gustoff www.homeschooliowa.org The Bible tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). Whether we like it or not, the public evaluates the validity of both Christianity and homeschooling by our words and actions. Therefore, we must labor to be faithful ambassadors in every sector of society. Along with a brief 2013 legislative update, this presentation will look at practical ways that Christian home school families can positively influence their culture through the political process. CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION SATURDAY – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ____________________________________ “The Grace of the Gospel and Its Impact on Your Family” – Reb Bradley http://www.familyministries.com What kind of a parent is God? Did you know that we tend to parent our children as we "feel" parented by God? Did you know we tend to relate with our Heavenly Father based on preconceptions of parenthood we carry with us from our own childhood? As we close the conference, Reb will guide us in a biblical look at God's fatherhood and encourage us toward a grace-filled relationship with our heavenly Father that can transform your home.