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Freedom's Frame: The Secret of America's Success
With passion and humor, Rick outlines the basic principles which allowed America to become the most successful nation in history, then leaves the audience with specific actions for applying those principles to our personal lives while preserving them for future generations.The Birth of Freedom (Keynote - General Session)
It was a long shot against impossible odds, fraught with inconceivable danger, yet the Birth of Freedom occurred right here, on this continent. It did not happen overnight, but could be destroyed in just one generation. In this presentation, Rick quickly traces the steps of the Birth of Freedom, honors the sacrifice of those who have protected it now for 233 years, and challenges the audience to honor that sacrifice by doing their duty as a free citizen.Restoring America's Constitution
With strength and conviction, Rick outlines how the strength of a Nation is rooted in the foundational principles and rule of law adopted by Her people. "Restoring America’s Constitution" is a clarion call to return to the core strength of America.Is America One Nation Under God?
Rick shares a look at our founding fathers, our courts, and our founding documents to take a historical perspective on the current debate regarding whether or not our nation was founded on biblical principles and how that founding should affect current public policy, and whether our faith should be part of both our private and public lives.
Whatever! (Deut. 12:32) (Keynote - General Session)
"Whatever is the meaning of life?" "Whatever happens when one dies?" "Whatever is your highest value?"--questions that demand more than a "Whatever!" answer. The "Whatever!" answer of Secular thinking dampens and even squelches serious thought and attempts at engaged conversation in our culture. The "Whatever!" of Secularism even invades the church. Rather than be discouraged, take heart in God’s command in Deuteronomy 12:32.Seven Habits of Highly Suppressive People (Teen Session)
Why do people reject the reliability of the Bible? It is not the common objections that people give. Rather it is because they "suppress the truth in unrighteousness." (Romans 1:18) Christians should be able to answer those objections. Christians should, also, be able to recognize the seven habits that people develop in suppressing the truth which are listed in Romans 1:21-23. Come see these seven habits come to life through interviews with non-Christians on a college campus. Learn how you, too, can give a defense of your faith in gentleness and reverence. (I Peter 3:15)Four Duties of a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus (Teen Session)
"Have fun with me as a good soldier of Christ Jesus--____!" It is very difficult to think and live biblically. The Wiseman calls Christians to exhibit wisdom in their deeds. Christians must understand and exercise four essential duties in order to please the One Who enlisted them as soldiers.You Gotta Have Heart (Teen Session)
The secular Wizards offer the appearance of compassion. In reality it is merely smoke and mirrors. Meet some of these Wizards who claim love is a many splendored thing that begins with self-love. These Wizards proclaim selfishness is the proper attitude. In contrast, come, learn the Way of the Wiseman.The Ways of the Wizards vs the Way of the Wiseman (Teen Session)
The wizards are everywhere in our culture today. They promise that if we follow their yellow brick road we can have it all—a brain, a heart and courage. The wizards even promise us a way home. However—"There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12) These wizards include evolutionists, new agers, atheists and sincere followers of false religions. The wiseman, on the other hand, knows the right path to follow and to whom he should listen. Christians are to learn how to walk as wise men, "making the most of our time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15) Come join us as we take a walk on the "wise" side. You will learn how to distinguish between the ways of the wizards and the way of the wiseman. You will learn how to destroy secular arguments "raised up against the knowledge of God" and learn how to "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5)WWJD!??!?!!? (Teen Session)
Who cares what Jesus would drive? Christian environmentalists are asking the question in order to "drive" the church to proclaim a greener Gospel. Have Christians missed the importance of caring for the earth by focusing for so long on other social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, Marxism, terrorism, gambling and premarital sex? Can we not sit in the same pew with environmentalists’ groups without compromising Truth and Grace? How should we, as Christians, address the environment without worshipping Mother Earth?Counterfeit Reality (Teen Session)
The biggest and most enduring Counterfeit Reality of all time is most cleverly foisted upon people through film. See how moviemakers convey a secular worldview to the public in the blink of an eye! Keep in mind Colossians 2:8, and keep focused on Bill Jack’s media examples and use of technological illusions. Otherwise, you may lose sight of True Reality.
Parenting: Mission Impossible, If You Choose to Accept It (and you have!)
For the Christian, the difficult task of parenting is not subject to the latest psychological fads presented on Oprah or the current New York Times best-seller on the subject. It is firmly anchored on what the Bible says, and the Bible is not silent on the topic. In this session, Robert presents three basic biblical principles that parents must understand before they are equipped to parent successfully: 1. Understanding oneself 2. Understanding one’s child 3. Understanding how one relates to his/her child. Grasping these truths experientially is vital if the parent hopes to win his/her child’s heart.Biblical Discipline - Raising an Eager, Obedient Learner
Parenting: Mission Impossible [28kB PDF]
Teaching is downright impossible without a willing learner, no matter how good the curriculum or the teacher. The Bible teaches that proper discipline is an expression of love, and the one who neglects it really hates his child! Robert explains the distinction between discipline and punishment and proposes a model for discipline that invariably breaks rebellion and results in bonding between parent and child. What if your child obeyed at your first command, given in a normal tone of voice? What if the "ought to’s, need to’s and should’s" that motivate many children could be changed to "want to’s?" These are the results as a parent loves his children enough to discipline them diligently.Building Character into Your Child
Biblical Discipline [31kB PDF]
Parents often confuse their job with God’s job in the life of their child. God has designed that He alone brings spiritual life. But He has given the parent the job of building character. What biblical character traits can we as parents self-consciously set as a goal for our children and how can we train them in such a way that that goal will be achieved when they leave our home as adults?Capturing Your Child's Heart
Building Character into Your Child [27kB PDF]
All the parenting techniques and methods in the world, even biblical ones, do no good if your child is resistant to receive your training. As long as he/she is a child and you can force him/her to comply with your wishes all seems well, but if you have not captured his/her heart, that serenity often proves to be a mirage that disappears during the teen-age years. How can you capture your child’s heart to insure that they will follow as adults the direction for life you have pointed for them?Finding a Mate in Treacherous Times - Are There Biblical Principles Practical for Today?
Capturing Your Child's Heart [25kB PDF]
How did we get where we are in the mate selection game? Robert summarizes the history of dating and its effects, both on the individual and the culture. He then isolates several biblical principles that must be present in any courtship model, while recognizing the necessity for many personal variations. This inspiring lecture emphasizes broad biblical principles of the parent-child relationship rather than a rigid courtship model.
Finding a Mate in Treacherous Times [29kB PDF]
The Power of Apologetics and Worldview
Your children will have doubts. As parents, we are often afraid to hear the doubts our children have. How can they question after all the sacrifices we have made for them? Most of them will not ask you about the questions they are having. In this time together we will learn about this normal process of growing up, what questions teens normally think about, a biblical strategy Jesus used, and how we can help our children as well.Aaron and His Sons (Men's session at Hilton Garden)
In Numbers 10, we read of the tragic disobedience and death of Aaron's grown sons, Nadab and Abihu. Could their sin have been influenced by their father's passive parenting? Come join us for this hour as we think about the perils of being a passive father as well as specific suggestions on how to actively disciple our children.
Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Dee Black explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.Parental Rights - Discussion/Q&A
HSLDA senior counsel Dee Black will lead a discussion/Q&A session on the Parental Rights amendment. Come, participate, or just listen if you are interested in a better understanding of the issues involved and in learning what you can do to help.Connecticut - at a Crossroad
What will come out of the current legislative session and how will it impact our freedom to disciple our children at home? What can Connecticut homeschooling families do to protect our constitutional right to direct the education of our children? The TEACH Board of Directors along with DeWitt Black, Esq. - HSLDA Attorney, will lead a discussion of these pressing issues as well as take a look forward to how TEACH plans to serve the Christian homeschool community in Connecticut.
Why I'm Glad I Homeschooled Through High School (free Thursday evening session at the Hilton Garden)
Marilyn Boyer is no stranger to the joys and challenges of raising teenagers. With ten sons and daughters now having graduated from high school at home, Marilyn shares why she taught them herself from kindergarten through the high school years and why she wouldn't consider doing it any other way.Homeschooling - The Catalyst for Revival (free Thursday evening session at the Hilton Garden)
Why I'm Glad I Homeschooled Through High School [41kB PDF]
God has raised up the homeschooling movement "for such a time as this." God has moved miraculously to protect our freedom to teach our own children, even while many other freedoms are being eroded. Come hear Marilyn Boyer, one of the pioneers of the homeschooling movement as she shares her story of why she began homeschooling in 1980 and why she believes God has big plans for the sons and daughters growing up in your home. Hearts of the fathers are turning to the children and hearts of the children to the fathers! The hope that God's curse can be forestalled and His blessing rest once again on America lies in the godly training of the next generation!A Legacy of Greatness: Inspiring Your Kids to Become Today's Heroes
The true stories of heroic people have always inspired boys and girls to dream big dreams and strive to be all they can be. American children are especially blessed with a cultural heritage that includes a long list of heroes. The teaching of history is often neglected in modern schooling and our failure to appreciate our heritage has undermined the freedoms for which our founding fathers sacrificed so much. More than ever before, it is crucial that you arm your children with the exciting and inspiring truth about the men who made America a "city on a hill" for the rest of the world. The courage, brilliance and self-sacrifice of those who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor are still powerful examples to young people today, challenging them to greatness and showing them why they must reclaim the "sweet land of liberty" that is our American heritage before it is too late!Gotta Love Those Preschoolers
Come and listen as historical writer Marilyn Boyer, author of For You They Signed, points the way back to the principles that made America great. Teach your children to put God first in their lives and reclaim our country's future by embracing the glory of her past!
Marilyn Boyer has taught all fourteen of her children at home, so she has plenty of experience with any age group you can name. But her very favorite age to teach is those eager, curious, exciting, challenging munchkins we call preschoolers. This, Marilyn says is the time when we lay the foundation for greatness by pouring love and acceptance all over them—instead of treating them like a nuisance. Preschoolers aren’t just little interruptions to be kept "occupied" while older siblings study. This season in a child’s life is the time to tap into his huge potential by maximizing his natural love for learning and helping him to see that God is preparing him for a lifetime of important service. Come and learn from Marilyn how to make the most of this brief but exciting time.Learning to Delight in Your Children
Gotta Love Those Preschoolers [167kB PDF]
If you sometimes feel like homeschooling is drudgery, you can bet your kids feel the same way! It's such a temptation to stress over teaching predicate nominatives or the steps of division that we forget to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. In this session, Marilyn shares how she and Rick have found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and building in them a heart for things of the Lord.The People You Want Them To Be
Learning to Delight in Your Children [67kB PDF]
The most important part of an education is the teaching of worthy character. Otherwise, we are only training more competent rebels! We sometimes fail to recognize that annoying traits such as whining, arguing, disobedience and tattling are not so much behavior issues as character needs. Character is the key that opens the door to successful adult living. It is the first thing that wise people examine when evaluating a prospective employee, spouse or friend. That’s why character is the most important subject you will ever teach your children! Come hear Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 homeschooled kids and learn as she shares how to intentionally teach this most important of all subjects!
The People You Want Them To Be [236kB PDF]
What Is an Education? (free Thursday evening session at the Hilton Garden)
Many people succeed in school but fail in the real world outside. Real education prepares the student for every aspect of life-practical,professional,spiritual,economic,civic. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Those things that make us most useful for service add up to a real education.Breaking the Shackles - Why Parents Should Trust Themselves, Not Schools
To those who understand history, the hand of God is unmistakable in the story of America. Our Founders built on the soil of the New World a nation organized on the principles of Scripture. The result was that early America astounded the world with its freedom, genius and productivity. But when the training of children shifted from the realm of the family and moved into the realm of government, it took only a few generations to bring about the social, spiritual, moral and intellectual decay that permeates our society today. Now, home educating parents are taking back their children and raising up a generation of bright, godly, competent Americans who understand their heritage and are determined to reclaim it for the glory of God. God the designed the family, not the school to be the primary training ground for His champions.What's a Dad to Do? (Men's session at the Hilton Garden)
Breaking the Shackles [26kB PDF]
There are plenty of misconceptions about the role of the father in a home schooling family. Some people think that if he can’t be at home during "school time" he can’t be involved. Others think his job is to take over some of Mom’s chores in order to free her to spend more time with the children. But Scripture gives seven functions of a father in a godly home, and each of these can be applied very practically and powerfully in home education. Enjoy the wisdom and humor of this presentation as Rick answers the question of "What's A Dad to Do?"Take Back the Land (combined teens and adults)
What's a Dad to Do? [64kB PDF]
It has been said that the parents of the 1980's and 90's were the Moses generation--they left Egypt (government schooling) and headed for the Promised Land, as the Israelites once traversed the wilderness to return to Canaan. The generation of Moses completed part of the mission, getting as far as the Jordan River, but it was left to Joshua and the younger Israelites to cross the river and take back the land that had been promised to their father Abraham centuries before. Today, home schooling parents have broken free from the bondage of Godless philosophies and are raising up the Joshua generation that will carry the battle over the Jordan--taking the banner of Christ back into American government, law, medicine, business, education and the arts, where God and His Word were once universally honored. The enemies of God are trembling today at the thunderous approach of the Joshua generation!
Take Back the Land [38kB PDF]
De-cluttering Your Homeschool Approach
Conventions, exhibit halls, and vendor catalogs can all too easily lead a homeschool parent into a guilt trip, a comparison trip, or to the land of discontent. It's not the curriculum that's the problem, but the lack of a bigger vision. Learn how to fit all your decisions into one of three basic categories - knowledge, skill sets, and character - and greatly simplify your homeschool life. It leaves much more room for enjoying the journey!
Keeping Your Homeschool Legal House in Order
Attorney Robert G. Caprera, husband, homeschooling father of 3 grown children, long-time MassHOPE Board member, and a Massachusetts attorney in general practice for over 30 years, will review probate and estate planning matters most relevant to homeschooling families. These include wills, trusts, appointment of guardians, powers of attorney, health care proxies, homestead declarations, jointly held property, life insurance, CHINS for disobedient children, and other related legal matters facing parents in our challenging era in Massachusetts. Come, be encouraged, and have your legal questions answered.
Building on a Sure Foundation
As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home - but you've got your doubts! Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? I'll answer your questions; but more importantly, I'll encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home.Developing a Plan for High School
Building on a Sure Foundation [63kB PDF]
How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan.High School Transcript Clinic
Developing a Plan for High School [62kB PDF]
Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. I’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student’s Guide
High School Transcript Clinic [54kB PDF]
You are not only your child’s teacher; you are also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process, from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your child is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college.Recordkeeping for High School
The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student’s Guide [70kB PDF]
Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student's progress through high school. It’s easier than you think and more important than you realize!
Recordkeeping for High School [59kB PDF]
How to Teach Your Child to Solve Problems
Problem solving is part of everyday life. Algebra and geometry are primarily problem solving, as is most of mathematics. Mathematical problem solving is not about trying to remember the details of some long-forgotten lesson. Rather, problem solving starts when preschoolers assemble a jigsaw puzzle, where they practice trial and error while learning patience and perseverance. Specific techniques will be reviewed during the presentation.How Should We Teach Math to Our Little Ones?
Our Creator has endowed the tiny baby with the ability to recognize small quantities right from birth. We need to build on this ability by giving the child the name for the various quantities. This naming without counting, called subitizing, allows the child to see the parts and wholes simultaneously. Another way to help the child is teaching about the beauty of geometric shapes in our world. The mathematical path we choose for our children is critical for them to develop their fullest God-given potential.Teaching Math to Children with Special Needs
Children with learning disabilities do indeed have special needs. There are two important principles to keep in mind: these children must truly understand in order to remember and their brains tend to store information in pictures, not words. Therefore, the traditional approach of teaching mathematics using heavy doses of counting, flash cards, and rote memorizing does not work for them. Learn ways to minimize counting and concentrate on place value, strategies to teach the facts with visual pictures, and techniques for mastering the four operations.Fractions
Children often have difficulty with fractions because they think of fractions as part of a whole. What about 3/2? Fractions are easily shown with a linear model, which supports clear understanding. This fraction presentation will give you some concrete ways to teach this important topic, often referred to as the gateway to algebra.
Reading: Am I Emphasizing the Right Things?
Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Based on current research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader.Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?
When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their search for answers. At some point a parent may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability.Teaching the Learning Disabled Child
A learning disability presents many unique challenges to teachers as they search for the most effective way to teach their child. Based on solid research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to present teaching strategies and adaptations that have been shown to effectively meet the needs of students who struggle with various learning disabilities.Multi-Sensory Teaching - Not Just for the Learning Disabled
For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching. Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods. Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy to your own classroom.
Seven Steps to a Great Start
This session will help you know what to think about, what to do, and what decisions to make as you begin your homeschooling journey. With practical advice and real life illustrations, you will be encouraged and informed. Whether you've already made the decision to teach your children at home, or are still considering, this workshop will answer the questions you're asking.
Seven Steps to a Great Start [6,042kB PDF]
Lessons from the Battle of Iwo Jima (Teen session)
How the cause, character and courage of brave, young men brings conviction to a generation that has embraced play as its motto rather than purposeJamestown and Plymouth: America's Parent Colonies
How Jamestown and Plymouth provide distinctive characteristics in our nation's founding that provide lessons for the believer todayThe Pilgrim Story
Did you know that the Pilgrim Story was a Church migration project? Come hear the dramatic and inspiring story of our Pilgrim forebears who committed to Christ "whatever it should cost them", endured the persecution of King James, were betrayed, put in prison, escaped to Holland, and set sail on the Mayflower, only to have half their number die the first winter. Yet, no one returned, and from the seed they planted, a nation bloomed with liberty and justice for all. Come and learn some of the lessons we can use for our families today.
Inspiring Successful Writers Part 1 (Grades K-6)
Your kindergartener loves to tell stories but can hardly hold a pencil. Your 9-year-old is producing a novel. And the blank page reduces your 11-year-old to tears. What’s a parent to do? Kim will encourage and equip you to teach each of your children, whether reluctant or advanced, by breaking the writing process into manageable steps. Above all, discover how to infuse teaching time with fun so that your children will find joy in writing.Inspiring Successful Writers Part 2 (Grades 7-12)
Inspiring Successful Writers Part 1 [284kB PDF]
Parents agree—inspiring kids to write well is one of the most intimidating tasks you face. Even if it’s your weakest area, you’ll be relieved to learn that you CAN train your junior high and high schoolers to write. So come discover a fresh approach to teaching composition skills and elements of style. Learn to objectively edit and evaluate writing so you can encourage your struggling, reluctant learner while challenging the one who’s more articulate and motivated.Effective Tips for Teaching Timed Essays
Inspiring Successful Writers Part 2 [302kB PDF]
College classes, SAT tests ... Does the prospect of writing timed essays send you and your teen into a tailspin? Take heart! This workshop, geared to parents of 8th-12th graders, discusses various types of essays and gives practical suggestions for teaching this important writing skill. Gain tips on brainstorming, simple outlining, and organization of a timed essay, and learn the secret to reducing the fear factor!Growing Your Child's Writing Vocabulary
Effective Tips for Teaching Timed Essays [629kB PDF]
Whether you have infants, teens, or in-betweens, Kim shares dozens of ideas to help you develop, encourage, and strengthen your children’s vocabulary. In particular, discover how simple tools such as reading aloud, asking questions, and playing word games will boost your students’ ability to use words more powerfully and precisely in their writing.Writing Strategies for Special Needs Kids
Growing Your Child's Writing Vocabulary [449kB PDF]
It’s not just your child. Most students struggle with writing at some level, but when a child learns with difficulty, the challenges are magnified. Poor spelling, illegible handwriting, attention and processing disorders, and physical limitations interfere with the ability to communicate on paper. Typically, this means short, disorganized, writing that’s riddled with errors. The good news? You know your child better than anyone and care more deeply about his needs—there is much you can do! If your child has mild to moderate learning challenges, this workshop will offer practical steps you can take to instill confidence and writing skills in your LD child.
Writing Strategies for Special Needs Kids [282kB PDF]
Rebuilding the Family, the Church, and the Next Generation
As homeschooling parents, we are called, whether in the US or in Africa to train our children according to the scriptures. The goal in South Sudan is to help parents understand the impact their educational program will have on the next generation. Many things are encroaching on this new nation with the acceptance of UN assistance that will destroy the family. For example, William's son was asked to speak on abortion on a daily mid-day radio broadcast. When he was done, he realized what a gift Americans have to bring to this new nation, as they can speak from experience as to what will happen if they choose to go down the path of abortion, gender equality, and evolutionary teaching, because we are living proof of how it will break up the family and hurt the people. The church in the US and Africa must learn from and pray for one another as we are all the same body in Christ.
Raising Einsteins in Your Monet Garden
Do you question whether science is "your thing"? Are you wondering how to raise a child to observe, play and discover like Einstein when you have painted yourself to be a non-scientist? From the garden to the kitchen, from story time to playtime, Susan will help you unearth fun, simple, practical ways you can cultivate a budding scientist during their elementary season.The Unbreakable Bubble
Can you put your finger through a bubble... without causing it to burst? Learn to enter your child's natural inquisitive world, without bursting their bubble. Children are born observers, asking why and how... turning objects over and inside out... taking things apart. However, many teaching methodologies burst a child's passion for observation, a key element to scientific discovery. Susan will show you how to use open inquiry to launch scientific exploration and cultivate creativity. Are you ready to question like Einstein?It's All Greek To Me!
Are we sending our children into the scientific world unable to speak the language? Most elementary and middle school science curricula give kids a sampling of random topics. Kids learn a little about the solar system, how a plant grows and the human body, but they never learn the basic building blocks of science: chemistry and physics. Susan will show you just how easy it is to teach chemistry and physics to your elementary students and how this helps build the foundation they need for advanced science classes.Using the Internet as a Study Tool for Science
The internet can be a valuable resource for science education, and it can also be a huge waste of time. Susan will present tips on how to use the internet wisely for researching scientific topics and how to use the internet for science experiments.Finding the H 2 Your O
Whether your teens are positively or negatively charged about science, it's everywhere! It's essential! It's extraordinary! It's fun! Susan will help you chart some simple, practical ways to further integrate science into your teens' daily intake! The resulting bonds may surprise you!
Family - The Cornerstone of the Pilgrim Community
Storytime session for first floor kids: What made the Pilgrims different than most other colonies, including Jamestown? How did the families teach their children? What textbooks did they use? We will discover the answers to these questions and more as we peek into the lives of the Pilgrim families.The Providence of God and the Pilgrims
Storytime session for first floor kids: What is the providence of God and did the Pilgrims pursue it? When did they first see the providence of God working in their lives? Can we see the providence of God working in our lives today? Let's find out!Why Were the Pilgrims Called Separatists?
Storytime session for first floor kids: The Pilgrims that founded Plymouth were called Separatists and the people that founded Mass Bay 10 years later were called Puritans. Were there similarities between these two groups? Were there differences? How did these two groups influence the founding of our country?The Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation
Storytime session for first floor kids: What was it like to come here on the Mayflower? How long did it take? What did they eat? What did they use for a bathroom? Do you ever imagine what it was like to be in the Plantation for that first winter? Where did they sleep before they built the houses? How many died? What was their relationship with the Indians? Did they like each other or were they enemies? How does life in 1620 compare to ours today?
A New Apology for Classical Christian Education
Dr. Perrin presents a defense of Classical Christian Education that features seven reasons why it is a superb educational approach for our sons and daughters: 1) It provides a coherent means of understanding God, the world and ourselves 2) It cultivates the human 3) It develops and imparts powers (arts) to students 4) It cultivates a love of beauty 5) It develops character 6) It trains leaders 7) It cultivates community. He will also refute several familiar objections to CCE such as 1) CCE is elitist 2) CCE is old-fashioned and out of touch 3) CCE was discredited by the educational establishment 100 years ago 4) Studying classical subjects like Latin are a waste of time in this cultural moment. The goal of this seminar is to give participants a clear, concise and cogent defense of CCE that presents its remarkable qualities and refutes common objections.The Lighter Side of Education: How to Relax, Enjoy and Laugh and Still Be a Parent-Educator
Dr. Perrin seeks to work out the maxim given to us by G.K. Chesterton: A man should take his mission, but not himself, seriously. He encourages parents to see and cultivate the joy, humor, laughter and peace that should characterize our teaching and relationship with our student-children and home-schooling colleagues. First, Dr. Perrin calls parents to repent of the misplaced gravitas that elevates ourselves over a humble interest and investment in the lives of children. Secondly, he calls forth examples of the ways in which you can walk lightly as you engage in a most serious enterprise. He closes by exegeting another complementary maxim by Chesterton: Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. COMMENT: Many home-schooling educators are unduly anxious and burdened. In this seminar Dr. Perrin seeks to address this challenge from a spiritual-pastoral perspective rather than a pragmatic one.Logic 101
Dr. Perrin will introduce the two main branches of logic, informal logic and formal logic, and show why they are crucial to a classical education. Special emphasis will be given to the logical fallacies in this seminar; several fallacies will be taught and participants will try their hands at identifying fallacies contained in numerous print advertisements. The goal of the seminar is to show the power, purpose and relevance of logic and to convince parents that they can learn and teach this important art to their students.Revolutionary Logic: Why Logic Is Needed to Renew The Church And Culture
Many know that logic is the science or art of correct reasoning. Most of us know that training in logic will help us craft better arguments and discern wise ideas from propaganda. But are we aware that without using reason well, it will be impossible to renew the church and our culture? In this seminar, Dr. Perrin will consider not only the ways that logic sharpens us as image-bearers and individual thinkers, but also the way logic can revolutionize the church and society when employed with love, faith and zeal. He also notes the ways in which the study of logic can lead to pride, and therefore create "clever devils." Time will be given for 10 minutes of Q&A.
What Colleges Don't Tell You: Four Secrets to Save Time and Money
What does a student need to be successful today? For many families, answering the college question is a difficult task. Often the overall cost, time required, inefficiencies, and negative college environment are too great an obstacle. In this session, we lay out four proven tips to avoid the traps that prey on most traditional students. These tips can be used immediately to begin saving money and time on college and, most importantly, give your student a huge head-start on the competition. Is it possible to get a college degree without debt? Or to own a home debt free by age 25? We'll show you how to do both by revealing the secrets colleges won't tell you.Dreams, Desires, Decisions: A Practical Look at Life Purpose (Teen Session)
The world steps aside for a person who is passionately pursuing his purpose. However, we are barraged with decisions on every side. How do you know what to say "no" to so that you can say "yes" to the truly important? With over 30,000 vocations beckoning and a myriad of degrees to choose from, the process of elimination may not be the wisest. This workshop-style presentation will inspire you to dive deep into the recesses of your life to find your "golden thread" clues and give you a filter through which to evaluate every decision. God has already been at work so bring a pen and paper and get ready to discover His purpose for your life!The Coming College Tsunami and the Huge Opportunity for Homeschoolers
A radical disruption is in progress that is challenging our most fundamental assumptions about education in general and higher education in particular. Escalating costs, 'college for free', the increasing disconnect between college outcomes and marketplace demands, combining high school and college, credit for service learning and internships, increased transfer opportunities, and the list goes on. Think four years of college is your ticket to a successful career? Think again. Find out what you can do to navigate through the chaos and achieve the extraordinary.Bachelors Degree by Age 18: Inspiring Students with a Vision
How did our Founding Fathers graduate from college at 15, 16, and 17 years old? This practical session gives an inspiring overview to what's happened to education and how today's students can maximize high school study by incorporating a souped-up version of dual credit into their daily schedule using the curriculum they already own. Topics covered include how to earn dual credit, how to record dual credit on a H.S. transcript, a suggested daily schedule, and many others. A shortcut to life or graduate studies, this concept saves thousands of dollars and years of time. Learn how to graduate from college by the time your peers are graduating high school. We're serious!
Teaching Children Art at Home
Mr. Stebbing, creator of How Great Thou Art Publications, enthusiastically encourages and directs parents in teaching art. In this workshop he offers a wealth of insight, discussing such topics as evaluating student art work, specific learning objectives, "fundamentals", how to teach beginning painting, what to look for in an art program, and much more. Slide presentations with visuals clarifying the "how tos" along with students' examples. There will also be a 10 minute drawing lesson emphasizing, step by step, the building blocks, or fundamentals, of drawing.Nature Studies and Journaling
Teaching Children Art at Home [586kB PDF]
This workshop's purpose is to instruct students and parents in a simple and inspiring approach to drawing from nature and keeping a journal. Mr. Stebbing has completed over 40 art journals during his lifetime and believes it to be a great educational tool for homeschoolers as it nurtures penmanship, encourages drawing from life, nurtures independent studies, and promotes creativity. Much of what is discussed is accompanied by an inspiring slide presentation. There will also be a 10 minute drawing lesson building students' confidence in their drawing abilities.Learning to Draw
Nature Studies and Journaling [555kB PDF]
Great for all ages! All that's needed is a pencil and paper to enjoy this hour long workshop on learning to draw. Mr. Stebbing has been teaching 3 day art classes throughout North Anerica to homeschoolers for many years, now estimating that he has personally instructed over 60,000 students. Using an overhead projector, students will follow along, step by step, learning the basic building blocks, or fundamentals. An educational and inspiring beginnning course in drawing for both younger and older students that will offer exercises in perspective, portraits, anatomy, fundamentals, and cartooning.God and the History of Art
Learning to Draw [102kB PDF]
Mr. Stebbing, author of God and The History of Art, and the writer of many art history articles for homeschooling magazines, will introduce a variety of the great works of the masters in this workshop. There will be a delightful slide presentation, focusing on Christian artists and godly periods of art, along with discussing such topics as the purpose for art in the Church, the 2nd Commandment, nudity in art, various styles, and visiting a museum. Workshop concludes with an inspiring ensemble of music and works by the great masters.
God and the History of Art [151kB PDF]
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