Thursday, July 14
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
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.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Your Children Can Change the World: How to Prepare Them for Leadership
This talk takes 14 themes found in expensive private prep schools to place kids in positions of power and influence (identified by John Taylor Gatto), and adapts them to apply to homeschooling families so you can prepare your children for leadership in society, business, and government.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
How to Teach "That" Kid
Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Finding God’s Fingerprints on Your Dirty Windows
Staring out my window, the beauty of the view seems obscured by the dozen little smudgy fingerprints on my glass. But what if those smudges are really there to help me look more closely at the wonder inside my home? What if God planted those tiny prints to remind me that whenever we serve one another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
The Sense of Catholicism and the Nonsense of Atheism
We live in an age in which many people profess no religion and believe in no God. Professor Pearce exposes the shallow arguments of atheism and shows the rational foundation for faith.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Friday, July 15
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure
This talk will give you the tools you need to find more joy in homeschooling, create close bonds with your children, and produce an academic atmosphere that will prepare your children for success—all of this in addition to raising your family’s hearts to God. Join us in this adventure as we learn the hows and whys of reading aloud.
11:00am – 11:45am
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education
Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
The Reluctant Reader
Teaching reading is a breeze... teach the child the letters and sounds, a little bit of phonics and the child can read. Right? So what do you do when that doesn’t work? How do you teach comprehension? This talk will help you gather the tools to not only make you a better reading teacher, but a better teacher in every subject.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Be Not Afraid
As homeschoolers, we must take these words of Pope St. John Paul II to heart as we take complete control of our children’s education. There is nothing like homeschooling to bring us to our knees, and that’s a good thing. We will seek the treasure found in homeschooling and leave inspired as well as with some tangible tools to keep the course.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Ten Tips from the Parents of Saints
What do the saints themselves say about their parents? What influenced them on their paths to sanctity? And what do the parents of future saints teach us about raising “Holy Heroes” in our own families today?