The 20th Annual Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

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June 20 & 21, 2014
Portland, OR


Design your own conference:

In order to give you as many workshop choices as possible, we’ve shortened the breaks between classes. But that doesn’t mean you will have to miss out on shopping time. You get to design your own shopping breaks. In other words, you will have to skip a workshop session in order to shop (but don’t worry, we have them recorded). This will give you longer shopping times and hopefully spread out the Exhibit Hall congestion so it is not so crowded when you choose to shop.



Friday, Jun. 22, 2012
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM All Sessions 2012
All 2012 Sessions MP3 on Thumb Drive
All 52 Sessions of the 2012 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference in MP3 format on a 4GB USB Thumb Drive. This thumb drive does not include the Graduation Recognition message by Bill Jack due to technical difficulties.
All 2012 Saturday Sessions MP3 Disk
All 21 Saturday Sessions of the 2012 Oregon Home Education Conference on one MP3 Disk.This Disk does not include the Graduation Recognition message by Bill Jack due to technical difficulties.
All 2012 Friday Sessions MP3 Disk
All 31 Friday Sessions of the 2012 Oregon Home Education Conference on one MP3 Disk
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
8:31 AM - 7:00 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Used Book Intake
All material for sale must be turned in on Friday during Exhibit Hall hours or on Saturday between 8 a.m and 9 a.m. at Loading Dock B doors. On Friday, you may drop off your books at Loading Dock A between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. During the rest of the hours on Friday, you must bring them through the exhibit hall to the back where the Used Curriculum Exchange will be held.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop Session 1
Your Man's Lover Lisa Jacobson
Who isn’t often overwhelmed with the many challenges that crowd the homeschool schedule? There are bright spots along the way, but are we enjoying the rich fulfillment in our marriage that was once the heart of our dreams? Where could that be hiding? It's found in the passion and purpose of your 1st priority. You can take tangible steps right now toward the stellar, God-inspired love story you were intended to live. (For Wives. Includes Question & Answer period)
Torn Between Two Worldviews Bill Jack
Train your students to discern worldviews and to understand their impact on every aspect of our culture. We will analyze the impact of worldviews on our culture through interviews with those who hold opposing worldviews. This is a great opportunity to learn practical tools to reach non-Christians and to confront the culture with the Truth.
The Historic Storyteller presents: Stories Of The Old West Bruce Isham
With humor, drama, and adventure, Bruce will give the audience a look at life in the old west. They will hear about the pioneers, the stage coaches, the steam trains and the cowboys. Thrown into the mixture is an interactive story and a lively harmonica.
Taking Advantage of the Preschool Years Grace King
What is your goal in educating your children? How can the preschool years be the starting point for a solid foundation in your child's life? There is much more to a child's education than a simple diploma. Be encouraged and challenged to raise children who will be mighty in God's kingdom, as you learn to teach your preschoolers with intentional purpose. Practical and fun ideas, with thought provoking challenges, will send you home excited and eager to take advantage of your child's early years.
RWVA - Project Appleseed Exhibitor
Hear exciting and memorable stories from the American Revolution. Fun and learning for all ages!
Not Your Average Genius Diana Waring
In this fast-paced, easy-to-understand workshop, you will distinguish three different grids that impact the unique way each one in your family learns: learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic); learning styles (Feeler, Thinker, Sensor, Intuitor); learning intelligences (interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, spatial, math-logical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist). Discover how to honor (not curse!) that wiggler in your midst; how to create a rich atmosphere for learning that will attract every learner; how to utilize your children's strengths to learn subjects that are hard for them; most importantly, learn that God delights in the incredibly individualized mechanisms for learning inside each of us! With this insight, including new research on intelligences, you will be able to adapt your teaching strategies AND choose your curriculum wisely.
Learning to Let Go When you Feel Wronged Mike Shrock
Want to forgive, but the feelings just won’t go away? It’s easy to say forgive and forget, but my memory just doesn’t work that way. This session shows the dangers of bitterness and unforgiveness and gives practical Biblical helps to achieve genuine forgiveness.
Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget Vicki Bentley
Homeschooling doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars per child. Vicki homeschooled seven at a time while their family was without a full-time income for four years, sometimes spending less than $100 per year.
Homeschooling High Schoolers Heidi St. John
YES YOU CAN. Sometimes, these three words help parents who are "on the fence" about homeschooling through high school confident enough to give it a try. Hey, we won't lie to you! It can be intimidating. But the fact of the matter is that you really CAN do it! Homeschooling through high school is the gift that keeps on giving because it affords the one thing that is so fleeting in the teen years: time. Psalms says that children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior and this analogy is a beautiful picture of a healthy parent/teen relationship. Think of an archer and how he prepares to launch his arrow. The archer's goal is to have that arrow hit the target, and go as far as it possibly can when it is released from the bow. If we follow this analogy, it holds several truths for us we consider the benefits of homeschooling through high school. We'll talk about this ~ and revisit God's heart for discipleship between parents and their children. It doesn't end in high school, and homeschooling, in the hands of godly parents becomes a tool that is unmatched as we raise our children to love and follow God.
Constitutional Literacy: It's for You and Your Children Michael P. Farris
Michael Farris discusses the importance of knowing the content and purpose of the founding documents of our country, and how that can impact our interpretation of issues today.
Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies with a Biblical Perspective (My Father's World) Exhibitor
The myriad of homeschool choices can be overwhelming like interstates, highways, back road and scenic routes. There are so many ways and opinions, how can one navigate through it all and still homeschool effectively? Why not blend the best of each method? Join My Father’s World as we show how to instill Christian values while integrating great literature, chronological history, geography, hands-on activities, notebooks and timelines, narration, study of Greek and Latin roots, nature studies, and more. Enjoy short, well-planned lessons in the morning with time to pursue individual interests in the afternoon.
Choosing Curriculum: Where to Begin? Christine Bullock
Picking the perfect curriculum is a tricky task. In the old days homeschoolers had only a handful of choices that they had to make work, but today there is a plethora of overwhelming choices. In this session we will overview the general types of curriculum and educational styles. Come learn how to navigate the market, avoid purchase pitfalls and find the right fit for your family’s learning styles and budget.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Keynote Session
WHATEVER! Deuteronomy 12:32 Bill Jack
“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.
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM Exhibitor Workshop
TeachingCursive - This Method Works! Exhibitor
This book is an illustrated script for teaching cursive penmanship. It is an easy and fun way to make proficient writers and readers in only 56 days, 10 minutes a day of actual teaching time. All that is needed to teach this method is this book, lined paper, pencils and students! Come to this workshop and see how easy it is to teach cursive writing quickly and effectively with this method! This teaching text is written by a retired third grade teacher of 36 years teaching experience.
Sonlight Exhibitor
RightStart Math: Building a Solid Foundation (RightStart Mathematics) Exhibitor
Mathematics is about patterns and relationships, much more than memorizing facts and procedures. The AL Abacus enables children to learn through guided discovery. It uses their natural ability to visualize, which helps them master the facts and solve problems. Understanding concepts and the relationships between them are critical for building a strong foundation.
Putting the BIBLE FIRST in All Subjects (Bible First Ministries) Exhibitor
For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education. We were taught to separate the study of academic subjects from the Bible. Bible study was saved for family devotions or church. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will learn how to simply and practically begin to use Biblical reasoning skills in any field of study. You will see a shining alternative path, to search the Scriptures in history, science and math, etc., to take every thought captive to Christ, to become like the noble Bereans. These are the very skills which enabled the founders of our nation to develop The Constitution and the only solution for turning our country back to those principles. Many parents have made the decision to homeschool based upon Biblical reasons; then many times the Bible is set aside during history or science lessons.
Literary Analysis Made Eas(ier) (Movie Lit) Exhibitor
A specialized writing curriculum, MovieLit uses quality movies of world literature classics rather than reading as starting points for 18 power-packed units on writing literary analysis papers. (Scoring guide for parents, of course!) The “Dynamic Dozen Tool Kit” teaches core elements including plot, character, theme, setting, and many more while family-friendly movies deliver the raw materials.
Experience Excellence in Writing (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Exhibitor
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.
College Credit at Age 14 (CollegePlus!) Exhibitor
Thomas Jefferson graduated from college at age 16. Learn how your students can master powerful critical thinking and study skills to earn college credit starting at age 14. You don’t have to waste time and effort duplicating high school and college studies. Instead, your students can earn 12 accredited college credits and 4 high school credits for information they already know, using curriculum you already own Find out how!
Classical Conversations Exhibitor
BJU Press / HomeWorks by Precept Exhibitor
An Informal Discussion of Homeschooling in the Midst of Life’s Difficulties.
American History: Roots through Constitution (Jim Brigleb) Exhibitor
As Christians, we operate from the assumption that our country truly is rooted in the faith we profess. But are we confident in the cause and effect events which provide the basis for that belief? This workshop presents a tour that takes you from the formation of the Christian movement through the development of our US Constitution, and offers the tools for teaching this to your children.
Abortion Funding in Oregon: A Lesson in History, Economics, and Direct Democracy (Oregon2012 Initiative #25) Exhibitor
Oregon2012 Initiative #25 aims to amend the Oregon State Constitution with 27 simple words that will give taxpayers freedom from funding 3,500 abortions every year. Come learn about how and why 1/3 of all abortions in Oregon are publicly funded today, and what volunteers around the state are doing now to correct this. We'll discuss the citizen initiative process (i.e. direct democracy), and how your family can be a part of making history with us in 2012.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Workshop Session 2
Why is My Smart Child So Distracted and Disorganized? And Why Does Everything Take so Long? (Help Eliminate Learning Problems) Exhibitor
Bill Hartner grew up with a learning/processing problem that went undiagnosed until he was an adult. His classmates referred to him as “Dumb Billy.” Bill is now a learning specialist who has changed the lives of over 3,000 children and adults. As the Director of Help Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.), he has a unique perspective of seeing learning problems from both sides. Bill will give a fascinating look into the right brain and left brain and why balancing the two is so important to effective learning. Parents will find out why it is very important to understand the way their child processes information. Bill will discuss how the left brain stores things in files and the right brain stores things in piles. You’ll learn how concentration, focus, time management, cause-and-effect thinking and organization can be improved by integrating more left-brain critical thinking into the learning process.
The Message in Your Marriage Matthew and Lisa Jacobson
It's easy to convince ourselves that marriage is something we chose. But there's far more to it than that. Your marriage is something God chose. Your marriage is what God is doing and He had a specific purpose in bringing you and your spouse together. What does God want to reveal about Himself through your marriage relationship? Be encourage and inspired by the reality that God is actively at work through the message in your marriage – a message He put there and wants to share with the world. (For Husbands, Wives, and young people. Includes Question & Answer period)
The Macedonian Call of the West Aaron Auer
Many Indians of the Nez Perce tribe of the Old Oregon Territory received visions from the Creator that a Book was coming to them. This was called “The Macedonian Call of the West”. Join Pastor Aaron Auer as he tells how they traveled to St. Louis to talk to General Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in search of this “Book of Heaven”, our Bible.
The Coming Attack on Homeschooling from the Legal Elites Michael P. Farris
The first and second wave of attacks on homeschooling were essentially based on lies. You won’t succeed academically. We proved them wrong. Your kids won’t be socialized. We proved them wrong. The third wave is fundamentally different. It accuses: you will teach your kids that Christianity is the only true religion. This attack is true. Michael Farris examines the newest anti—homeschooling strategy of the legal elites, explains how it will impact us today and tomorrow, and outlines a plan of action.
Special Education at Home “101” Patty McCarty
Items that will be covered in this workshop are: -The legal process for teaching students that qualify for “Special Ed Services” -Types of disabilities that one might need to specifically address through this legal process -Ideas that have proven to help many students with special needs -Can you write your own PDP? How? -Answers to specific questions from the group
Simple Tools for Brain Surgery Bill Jack
Non-Christians seem to have the advantage in our culture. We, as Christians, are sometimes intimidated by or even afraid to talk with many Atheists, New-Agers and Evolutionists. Too often, we fear we won’t have answers to their tough questions. Be encouraged. Learn four killer questions that will help to destroy the secular thinking that is encasing the minds of friends, relatives and others. Learn to destroy sloppy, secular arguments without destroying the person.
Nurture and Admonition - Not Pain and Provocation Dr. Brian Ray
You want your children to be the best in academics, spirituality, and physical health. You also want to have godly compassion for your children. In striving to lead his wife and eight children to "greatness," however, Brian has found that he can fall into the sin of provoking them. He'll use scripture and experience to address the way to combine high expectations with justice, mercy, and love. Especially for fathers (but all are welcome).
Learning: A Breath-Taking Adventure Diana Waring
Does that ring true for you? Is learning a breath-taking adventure in your home school, or more of a weary, forced-march, plodding through endless subjects? One of the most difficult aspects of homeschooling is breaking away from the model of education that we grew up with. A desk, a flag and an apple symbolize the "look" of school, while "lecture, drill and test" describe the method of school, the method that left us passive and bored. It's time to enter a whole new world of education; to find a captivating -- breath-taking—way to learn. Join Diana for this refreshing, reviving, and reinvigorating workshop where you will discover the best brain practices in learning, the environment that encourages learning, and the many non-traditional ways students can practice what they are learning. Take a new look at practical, proven, and possible ways to make your home school journey a wondrous adventure.
Getting Kids to Help at Home Vicki Bentley
Training in Diligence and Thoroughness - You know you need to let the children be more involved in helping at home, for training them in character and in practical skills, AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to almost 50 children will share tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests.
Family Academy Exhibitor
Evaluate, Prioritize and Plan for Each of Your Children Monique Myhre
Are you so overwhelmed that you find yourself going through the motions of school, without a clear sense of purpose or direction for each of your children? Do you feel like you spend most of your time turning circles, fighting fires and cleaning up messes? Would you like to have school plans that are more than just assignments and checklists? How does a parent determine what each child needs to learn at any given time? Is it all just too much to figure out? Wouldn’t you like to have a clear sense of priorities and vision for each child? With a few tips, tools and techniques you can create a doable plan that will help you feel more confident and purposeful. We’ll look at how to assess the whole child, evaluate the school year and set tangible achievable goals for each of your students. Come learn how to start with The Counselor, take practical steps, and even include your spouse in the process!
Creating Non-Traditional Transcripts Christine Bullock
One of the chief benefits of homeschooling is allowing our high school students to spend extra time pursuing their passions and delights. Can these also be added as credits to their transcripts? You bet. Learn some techniques to take the activities your students are already doing and discover how to create credits for their transcripts that will make them shine.
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop Session 3
When Real Life Interrupts Your Homeschool Plan Megan Nixon
Have your nicely laid out lesson plans and goals been disrupted by real life? Does the spiritual, character, academic and social skill training your kids need threaten to crush you under its weight? Do you feel like quitting because you’ve already failed accomplishing what you thought you were supposed to? Come get some ideas for staying peaceful, joyful and hopeful as a home school mom. Megan speaks as a mom who never had it all together, but one who found God’s help and goodness in the midst of a messy, real homeschool life.
The Family Discipleship Plan Eric Burd
The Family Discipleship Plan is a practical guide for the comprehensive discipleship of the whole family. We often think we are discipling our children by their mere exposure to us as their parents, to Christian curriculum or to many other Christian activities. But, the most effective discipleship is intentional, and touches every aspect of our lives. At the heart of the Family Discipleship Plan is a non-condemning “checklist” that leads parents to be deliberate about the discipleship “plan” they have in place for their children. It is a great family project that offers ownership to each family member in their personal walk with Christ.
Occupying Preschoolers While Teaching Older Children (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Our children are precious gifts from the Lord but sometimes they can interfere with our human plans. These little ones seem to seek attention at the wrong time. What can we do at these times to creatively involve them in the learning process? My Father’s World shares many suggestions on how to educate and occupy little ones.
Notebooking and Multi-Level Teaching Heidi St. John
Need More Life in Your Homeschool? Do you feel like your homeschooling has hit the wall? Or maybe you have hit the wall?! Tired of boring? Would you like to engage your children more? You're not alone! Have you been wondering how to get your 5th grader and your sophomore excited about learning at the same time? Heidi will teach you this wonderful skill using the "show'n tell" approach. Notebooking is easy, flexible and fun. Not only is it a wonderful to learn, you are creating a record of your child's work at the same time. Heidi will have plenty of examples for you to look at and resources to take home. Don't miss it! The St. Johns have been notebooking for several years and the result is that the children write more, learn better, and have a beautiful record of what they have learned at the end of the year. This is not a condemnation of workbooks (they do have their place) but rather it is an opportunity for you to discover a life-giving, truly interactive way of learning. This is also a very hands-on workshop. Heidi will walk you through several approaches to notebooking and as she does, you will discover that there is a notebooker inside of you!
Jason Lee- Oregon's First Missionary Aaron Auer
Come learn from Pastor Aaron how the Church responded to “The Macedonian Call of the West”. They sent Oregon’s first missionary, Jason Lee, the original Trailblazer of Oregon, who established the first Oregon Mission with the Indian children.
How to Like the Woman You Love . . . And Love the Man You Like Matthew Jacobson
t may come as a surprise, but your spouse wants to be loved and understood just as much as you do. Enjoy the blessings and benefits of loving communication. Don’t allow the continuous pressure of homeschooling priorities to distract you from the most important responsibility and relationship you have. Come for specific instruction and practical insights – leave with renewed hope and purpose for your marriage, made in heaven. (For Men, Women, Singles – includes question & answer period)
Getting Started Vicki Bentley
Are you overwhelmed by the options? Not sure where to begin? Good planning is the key to any successful road trip, so Vicki will walk you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey! Topics include research, goal setting, supplies, schedules, and more, plus Six Tips for Success. Appropriate for any grade level.
Elementary Dissections at Home (Twin Rocks Friends Camp) Exhibitor
Learn how to lead dissections at home for students aged 7-12. Joel will help answer questions like: Where can I get equipment and specimens for dissection? What organisms are available? How do I lead a dissection at my co-op? What safety concerns need to be addressed to lead a dissection (physical and emotional)? Throughout the workshop Joel will walk small groups step-by-step through the dissection of a sea star.
Dealing with Feelings that Aren’t So Appealing Mike Shrock
Depressed, lonely, anxious, or just feel like exploding inside? Can’t decide whether to explode or withdraw? This session deals with feelings that we all have at some time and gives practical Biblical steps to take when our feelings are spiraling downward. This talk specifically deals with loneliness, depression, guilt, and bitterness.
Artificial Authority Bill Jack
Too often, Christ's followers lend credibility to artificial authorities - to posers - who speak persuasively and wield influence. They have "Right seated themselves" in positions of authority because of earned advanced academic degrees. However, as Paul observed, they are "always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy 3:7). In this session, students will learn to recognize the characteristics of artificial authorities, witness artificial authorities from both church and culture, become adept at discerning the difference between true and artificial authorities, and discover how Christ's followers are to respond with truth and grace.
5 Secrets to Aspiring Entrepreneurs Daniel Craig
What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur? Is entrepreneurialism just for a select few, or is it something that even young people should pursue? Regardless of who you are, or where you work, the Word of God gives us a number of fundamental keys to personal growth and true success in life. In scripture, we are taught that the basics of entrepreneurialism – responsibility, initiative and ownership - are important, not just for business owners, but also for young people who are just beginning to make their way in life. Now, you too will be challenged to think of yourself as an entrepreneur.In this session, you will learn 5 powerful, yet practical keys to developing as an entrepreneur. You will gain an understanding of why they are essential and how you can implement them.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Keynote Session
Free At Last! God's Freedom in Home Education Dr. Brian Ray
You diligently home educate your children, but many voices (including within the homeschool community) tell you and your friends why you should be doing it and how to do it. And many of these voices are disconcerting, not building unity with the King of your home-based discipleship efforts. This session will explore the interrelationships between the basic reasons for homeschooling, the freedom we have in Christ, our attitudes, our choices, and our practices as we teach our children. It will tackle the expectations and messages of the world that may still have deep roots in our and others’ home-education paradigms. May the Spirit free us at last, and help us spread the message of liberty in Christ.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Shopping
The Exhibit Hall closes for the day at the end of this break.
Saturday, Jun. 23, 2012
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Session
Parental Rights: It’s Now Or Never Michael P. Farris
Hear how the Supreme Court and our nation’s lower courts are failing to hold parental rights to the same legal standard as fundamental rights like speech and press, and how European court decisions on children’s rights are influencing our U.S. judicial system. Michael Farris describes threats to parental rights that involve the political right, political left, and international law, and proposes a solution that will be the battle of the century for homeschoolers and other pro—family forces.
9:15 AM - 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall Open
10:29 AM - 12:30 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Shopping Hours
Shop at the Used Curriculum Exchange to find bargains for next year. Admission to the Used Curriculum Sale is by time stamped on your admission ticket. Register early to obtain an early shopping time.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Workshop Session 4
WWJD? Bill Jack
Who cares what Jesus would drive? Christian environmentalists are asking the question in order to "drive" the church to proclaim a greener Gospel. Claiming the Church needs to be more concerned about climate change, overpopulation, melting polar caps and animal rights. Christian environmentalists want churches to instruct believers to become activists on these vital issues facing the planet. Have Christians missed the importance of caring for the earth? In this timely evaluation, Bill Jack examines what the biblical response should be to an issue that is dictating government policy, changing the economy and shifting Western culture.
Why is My Smart Child So Distracted and Disorganized? And Why Does Everything Take so Long? (Help Eliminate Learning Problems) Exhibitor
Bill Hartner grew up with a learning/processing problem that went undiagnosed until he was an adult. His classmates referred to him as “Dumb Billy.” Bill is now a learning specialist who has changed the lives of over 3,000 children and adults. As the Director of Help Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.), he has a unique perspective of seeing learning problems from both sides. Bill will give a fascinating look into the right brain and left brain and why balancing the two is so important to effective learning. Parents will find out why it is very important to understand the way their child processes information. Bill will discuss how the left brain stores things in files and the right brain stores things in piles. You’ll learn how concentration, focus, time management, cause-and-effect thinking and organization can be improved by integrating more left-brain critical thinking into the learning process.
The Heart of A Family Matthew and Lisa Jacobson
Read description carefully: The “Perfect Family” is in the other seminar! Bickering, holiness, selfishness, and sacrifice. Being iron, extending grace and striving after loving relationships in the home. Hear the Jacobson family speak openly about the joy and challenge of walking together in unity. (For the whole family. Includes question & answer period)
The First Indian Camp Meeting Aaron Auer
In 1840 approximately 1200 Native Americans gathered for 3-4 days in The Dalles to hear Jason Lee preach. Find out what happened when Pastor Aaron shares about the wonderful move of God amidst the people who attended.
Parents' Education Association (PEAPAC) Exhibitor
Organizing Your Home, Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment Vicki Bentley
Vicki will help you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, and will discuss organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki Bentley, fellow busy homeschool mom, shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of ten.
On Your Toes - Homeschooling With Toddlers Underfoot Betsy Ray
Watch your step! Those wee ones are learning form everything you do. Betsy will offer encouragement and ideas for mothers of toddlers, especially those balancing their older and younger children's education.
Homeschooling Through the Seasons of Life Heidi St. John
Blessed are the flexible - for they shall not break! Have you been homeschooling through some challenging seasons of life lately? It has been said that the only thing we can be sure of in this life is that nothing stays the same. Homeschooling is no different - one year we will be homeschooling a 3rd grader, and the next, we'll have a 4th grader, a Kindergartener and a new baby in the house. There are seasons of upheaval - moving, and perhaps health challenges. It's easy to wonder if we can successfully homeschooling throughout periods of change. But be encouraged! Join Heidi as she talks about how to navigate through the seasons of life and find joy and freedom in homeschooling along the way. You can do it!
Homeschool to College! - Selecting, Applying to and Financing College Brad and Marcy Riegg
Choose your college with results in mind. Learn what colleges expect of homeschooled applicants and how to make it work for you. Build a portfolio that sets you apart. Ace the Common Application and interview.Write winning application essays. Win college scholarships for tuition, housing, meals, books and travel.
Exposing the Wizard of Oz Diana Waring
The essential history crash course for every Christian homeschool parent. Discover insights from Diana's research behind the events of history. Share her wisdom for teaching history. Do you wonder, "Whom do I trust and what do I read to know real history?" Diana will equip YOU, regardless of your curriculum, to find your way through the challenges. She will lead you to a path you can follow in discovering treasures of history with your family.
Be Honest: Who Should Be Educating Your Children? Dr. Brian Ray
Dr. Ray explores scripture, the state of government-run education, the origins of public schools, research on homeschooling, and personal experience to answer the question, “Who Should Be Educating Your Children?” He boldly challenges every Christian parent to face the idea that perhaps home-based education is the “default setting” that God has designed for the education of children. Dr. Ray, one of the world’s leading homeschool researchers and homeschooling father of eight children, calls and warns parents to not be a stumbling block in their children’s lives (Matthew 18:6).
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping
11:45 AM - 12:35 PM Exhibitor Workshops
You Can Homeschool High School! (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Studies indicate that homeschooled high-schoolers are far more likely to remain committed to Christ than those who attend public school. My Father’s World high school curriculum integrates Bible, history and English, allowing your student to develop a strong Biblical worldview using easy to follow self-directed lesson plans for all subjects. Students read through the entire Bible, apply Biblical analysis when reading classical literature, develop strong composition skills and nurture a heart to serve others. Look forward to homeschooling your student through high school and make Christ a central focus during these crucial growing years.
The Stuff of Legend - Teaching Heritage and History Through Heroes (FreedomProject Education) Exhibitor
Catching imagination and sparking interest in any subject: history, heritage, government, or science, is more powerful through personal connections. Weaving into lessons the vivid lives of heroes and heroines of history, faith, and legend, cements concepts and principles for a lifetime. Learn to be a storyteller, become a guide to a bright new world for students through biographies and stories.
TeachingCursive - This Method Works! Exhibitor
This book is an illustrated script for teaching cursive penmanship. It is an easy and fun way to make proficient writers and readers in only 56 days, 10 minutes a day of actual teaching time. All that is needed to teach this method is this book, lined paper, pencils and students! Come to this workshop and see how easy it is to teach cursive writing quickly and effectively with this method! This teaching text is written by a retired third grade teacher of 36 years teaching experience.
Teaching and Learning Current Events and the Bible (Times and Scriptures) Exhibitor
How to use the Times & Scriptures curriculum, the only program that provides a godly perspective on current news developments and America’s Christian history and Bible-based form of government complete with weekly scripture-correlated news bulletin, in-context vocabulary program, quizzes, and writing topics.
Stock Market Companion Exhibitor
It is a common understanding that Jesus talked more about money and our orientation and use of it than almost any other subject. Strong, Christian families nurture—as early as possible—a healthy understanding of stewardship that includes entrepreneurial thinking and investing. In this 45 minute session, key concepts, tools, and routines will be introduced that will inspire you to consider using the dynamic and relatively-transparent nature of the stock market and equity ownership in publicly-traded companies to teach the language of business, entrepreneurship, and growth stock investing. In addition to fostering the idea of business building, investment growth, and protection, these tools will also lead to key and advantageous differentiation in an interview process when seeking employment. You will be introduced to proven methods, routines, and analysis tools that fit busy homeschool family schedules.
Making God’s Word THE Word in Your Home (Doorposts) Exhibitor
Pam Forster shares ideas for making the Bible the foundation of your parenting and home life. It’s easy to let our parenting decisions spring from anger, frustration, weariness, or our feelings at the moment, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Join us as we discuss practical, simple ways to train and build up your children using God’s Word.
Integrating Language Arts with Literature (Total Language Plus) Exhibitor
The benefits of integrating subjects are numerous. With literature as the basis of your language arts studies you can build an integrated study incorporating vocabulary, spelling, grammar, comprehension, and writing assignments. Learn how to study these subjects in a practical way avoiding "busy work". Finally, discover how such an approach to studying language arts will help to develop critical thinking in your students.
How to Build Lifelong Learners with Math-U-See (Math-U-See) Exhibitor
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.
College the Smart Way (CollegePlus!) Exhibitor
Many students go to college and end up buried in debt, take too much time to earn their degree, and are still unsure of their purpose in life when they graduate. Your student can obtain a fully accredited degree, with no debt, in less than four years, and graduate certain of their life purpose - prepared and trained to enter the next stage of their life journey. Find out how.
American History: Roots through Constitution (Jim Brigleb) Exhibitor
As Christians, we operate from the assumption that our country truly is rooted in the faith we profess. But are we confident in the cause and effect events which provide the basis for that belief? This workshop presents a tour that takes you from the formation of the Christian movement through the development of our US Constitution, and offers the tools for teaching this to your children.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Keynote Session
Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong Dick Karman
Whether it be a nation, an organization, a family or a homeschool, this is the course. It’s easy to set, hard to comprehend, and nearly impossible to attain without the power of the one who indwells us. We’ll look to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It’s not just a plan and a purpose. It is a command, “Be strong in the Lord.” Enjoy the insight and humor of home education history. Be apprised of the homeschool state of the state. Try to grasp the idea that the finish line isn’t in the foreseeable future. This is designed to give you something to think about, not for an hour or a day, but for the lifetime of the next generation.
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM Graduate Recognition
5th Annual Statewide Homeschool Graduate Recognition Bill Jack
WHAT IS HIDDEN? (Matthew 5:14-16) What is hidden can define one’s character, past and future. Learn how examples from past significant historical events transformed the lives of ordinary people who then transformed the culture in which they lived, worked and played. THIS RECORDING HAS NUMEROUS TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Workshop Session 5
The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daytime: How to Fit Your Size 16 Day Into a Size 10 Heidi St. John
Tick Tock. Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all that you had to do? Have you just decided that it's either school or dinner? Or maybe you just gave up school and now everyone has matching socks again! Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to homeschooling and staying on top of the rest of your day. Have you ever read 2 Corinthians 12:9? You probably have... it says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness". Homeschooling reveals weakness ... it's true! And that's a good thing, because it means you get to give even more glory to the Lord when you graduate your kids see that they are walking with the Lord. Homeschool mom, if you're struggling with trying to do it all, you will enjoy hearing some of Heidi's favorite tips for managing homeschooling and homemaking...and still finding time to fit in "other things" (like alone time with your husband!) This is an opportunity GET SET FREE from the expectations of others, laugh out loud learn how two words: BE INTENTIONAL can make a huge difference in your ability to manage your home and your homeschool well. Heidi really loves to use acrostics and this is one of her favorites! Bring a friend and leave your preconceived ideas at the door because real moms sometimes serve Cheerios for dinner!
Retain the Word for Life (PictureThis Ministries) Exhibitor
Everyone who loves the Lord and His Word wants the content of the Bible to "stick." We want the Bible to "dwell in us richly" (Col. 3:16); we want the Word of God to be our "first response" in all situations. Yet, remembering God's word can be challenging. Maybe you've never been taught from a Bible that fits your learning style strengths. Perhaps you're a visual learner who is also picture smart and you've been using auditory methods your whole life. The same thing can be true of your children. Let us show you how you can visualize and remember God's Word in a new and innovative way. This appeals to all ages and is great for just about any setting, including missions and those with limited English skills.
Preparing to Fight Fire and Stay Alive--Right to Fight, Left for Life Paul Telfer
Practical training techniques from the fire service and how you can use them to prepare your child to live a Godly life.
Mighty Sons Mighty Daughters Matthew Jacobson
What parent doesn’t want their children to be effective and successful in life? How ironic! That's exactly what God wants for your children, too. But God’s idea of effectiveness and being successful - generational faithfulness – is about much more than mere success, American-Style. How do we pursue this path? In achieving God's best, we’ll need to embrace His intentions and priorities. Parents, you have a vital part to play BUT, Young Person, so do you! (For Dad, Mom, and children of all ages. Includes question & answer period)
Jumpstart to a Joyful Motherhood (Psalm 113:9) Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear, "Joyful mother of children"? If you aren't sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We will also discuss practical strategies to help us stay "tuned up."
Information Went DATA Way Sarah N. Davis
How do we equip intrepid explorers with skills and tools to navigate through the forests of knowledge and data? Information Literacy forms a basis for lifelong learning. This session will give you some tools to access information effectively and efficiently. The focus will be on data easily accessible from your home.
Homeschool to College! - SAT Prep and Thriving at College Brad and Marcy Riegg
Gain SAT strategies to achieve the best score possible with the least amount of anxiety. Impact your campus for Christ for eternal treasures.
Hands-on Kindergarten and First Grade (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Overwhelmed? Try our easy-to-teach complete curriculum that incorporates phonics, reading, writing, art, Bible, hands-on science, math, history and more. Incorporate preschoolers and older kids in many of the interesting activities. My Father’s World shows how easy-to-teach yet flexible lesson plans eliminate preparation time without sacrificing the FUN.
Glimpses of Glory Diana Waring
Can we fallible and finite human beings see the fingerprints of God in history? Are there examples from various times and various cultures that show the unmistakeable handiwork of the Creator/Redeemer God? Does history have more to teach us than mere dates, names and places? For an intriguing look at the Story behind the stories, join Diana for this adventure-filled recounting—which could change your life!
Circuit Riding Preachers Aaron Auer
In 1924 a memorial statue of a man on a horse with Bible in hand was placed in Salem, on the Capitol grounds. It is called “The Circuit Rider”. Come hear stories about the Pioneer Preachers, or “Circuit Riders” that this statue commemorates.
A Challenge to the Next Generation Daniel Craig
Christian young people are leaving the faith in droves. Whether we like to admit it or not, homeschoolers are not completely exempt from this tragedy. Even though we have been given so much and received so many blessings and advantages through the sacrifices of our parents, the fight continues, and we will lose if we let down our guard. This session, addressed primarily to the next generation of homeschoolers, will clarify what is at stake in this new era, and inspire young people with the courage necessary to be faithful to, and build upon their godly heritage.
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Gleaning Sale
Items donated to OCEANetwork and not sold during the Used Curriculum Exchange will be sold for $1.00 each during the Gleaning Sale. Proceeds will go toward the Conference Scholarship Fund.
3:01 PM - 4:30 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Unsold Book Pick-up
If you had items in the Used Curriculum Sale and you are not donating the leftovers to the OCEANetwork Scholarship Fund, you will need to pick them up between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Keynote Session
The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices Michael P. Farris
The best and most effective opportunity to win large numbers of Americans to Christ is found in our children. Based on the research of George Barna, Michael Farris presents homeschooling as the very best method to accomplish this. Church leaders are challenged to wake up to the spiritual damage occurring in their church’s children via public education. Parents are encouraged to make sure that the spiritual opportunity presented by homeschooling is not squandered.
4:15 PM - 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall Closes

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