Thursday, July 6

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Life Skills After Homeschool

Colleen Hammond

Sometimes we are so focused on academics that we forget about sharing the core life skills that will supplement our children’s education. Learn the top skills our children need to deal effectively with everyday life challenges—whether at college, work, or in their personal lives.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

An atmosphere of love, learning, and levity can change the whole game in your homeschool. Mary Ellen will share tips on how to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline, enjoyment, love of faith and family, in which the children will come to love learning.

 

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Nurturing Competent Communicators

Andrew Pudewa

Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it, others don’t. Both are myths. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school?

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

Colleen Hammond

You cannot pour from an empty cup! Self-care is not an indulgence or a reward. It is an essential habit that will give you more energy, peace, and joy so that you will have more to give to others. Be a better spouse, friend, and family member with these simple, time efficient self-care ideas.

6:00pm – Day Ends

Friday, July 7

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

The Profound Influence of Music on Life

Andrew Pudewa

Music has become such an ever-present influence in our daily life, we seldom stop to consider what effect it has on us. In what way is music beneficial to our bodies and minds? In what circumstances can it actually be harmful? Solid scientific research provides some astounding answers to such questions—indeed, facts that must not be ignored by today’s parents.

11:15am – 12:00am

Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork

Mary Ellen Barrett

Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:00pm

A New Kind of Monastery in a Dying World

Fr. Richard Simon

This talk covers how the homeschool movement is not unlike the monastic movement that saved a culture in its death throes. Learn how Catholic education within the home can inspire faith and virtue in our children.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

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Fr. Richard Simon

Fr. Richard Simon was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. He is the pastor of St. Lambert Parish in Skokie, and is a well-known host of “Fr. Simon Says” on Relevant Radio.

3:30pm – Conference Ends