Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday May 20th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday May 21st, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm
Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012
Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith...
Mr. Gary Zimak
Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...
Mrs. Abby Sasscer
Mrs. Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, speaker and founder of Project Nazareth. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a small home in the mountains...
Mrs. Krista Thomas
Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)....
Dr. Stephen Shivone
Dr. Stephen Shivone received his Ph.D. in Literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. He is Assistant Professor of English and Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Belmont Abbey College. He lives in Belmont, North Carolina, with his wife Mary Ann and their five children (all homeschoolers!).
Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.
Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.
Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own internet devices. Spanish and children's content included. Stop by the table and see!
Religious women evangelizing with the media. Daughters of St. Paul are an international order providing books, music, and DVDs, for every age, to enliven the Catholic Faith and share the good news.
Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.
Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS).
Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
TAN Books has been the publisher you can trust with your faith for over fifty years, specializing in traditional, Catholic titles, especially those on and by the saints. In 2014, we founded TAN Homeschool in order to serve the next generation of Catholics. Since then, our Story of the Bible and Story of Civilization product lines have delighted young readers and satisfied parent’s longing for quality, Catholic content. The best is yet to come with all sorts of exciting new things we have set to be released in the coming years!
Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.
From art to zoology, Usborne Books and More provides incredible books to excite and entice your students to learn more! With lavish illustrations and many interent-linked titles. These are books kids love to read!
Friday, May 20
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!
Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy
Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Simplifying Your Domestic Church
This talk will present tips on how to declutter and organize your domestic church. These tips come straight from Abby’s book entitled Simplifying Your Domestic Church: A Spiritual Journal to Help Declutter, Organize and Systemize the Home.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
How to Be a Homeschool Supermom
What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, May 21
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
Am I Doing Enough?
One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!
11:00am – 11:45am
Teaching Values to Your Children
This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
How to Teach Your Little Ones to Declutter, Detach, and Share
We all know that decluttering with little ones is quite a task. How can we teach our children to detach from their things, declutter regularly, and share with those who are less fortunate? Based on her children’s book entitled Sophie’s Stuff, Abby will share some time-tested tips and suggestions that have worked with her children in their little home in the hills.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act
Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Poetic Education in the Home
Education begins in the imagination and the senses. Educating the imagination and senses is especially important in young children, since it is the one of the primary ways of forming them to love what is good, true, and beautiful.