Friday, July 8
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
10 Things I Wish I Had Known
This will be a slightly comical but reassuring talk about: the life of students after homeschooling; normal things homeschooling parents fear; and why it’s going to be ok. Be assured that formation in the home is a successful preparation for the world.
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
History as if People Mattered
Why do so many people say they love history but hated history class? If teaching history to your homeschooler seems daunting, this talk will guide you through inculcating a love and understanding of history in your child, emphasizing the narrative nature of history coupled with a theme-based approach. The talk will also explore why modern-secular attempts at teaching history are doomed to failure.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
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.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
The Most Holy Rosary: A Spiritual Weapon for Homeschool Families
The Holy Rosary is a scourge that beats back our enemies, filled with small stones that knock down any Goliath. It is a saving rope and chain that lifts us to heavenly heights. But the Holy Rosary is not just essential equipment for dark times, but also a sure means of ushering in an age of peace.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, July 9
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
Homeschooling: Doing Your Purgatory on Earth
This talk is a discussion of the doctrine of Purgatory, as well as the importance of praying for the dead especially through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Furthermore, it is an investigation of the phrase, “doing your Purgatory on earth,” as being most beneficial to one’s spiritual life, especially for homeschool moms, dads, and children, who have embraced a difficult vocation.
11:00am – 11:45am
Overcoming the Hurdles of Homeschooling
Some of the toughest hurdles in homeschooling can be corrected with calm and confident parenting. This talk offers some insight into just what might be holding us back and how some easy, common sense adjustments will make all the difference.
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
The Role of a Homeschooling Father: What am I Supposed to be Doing?
So you and your stay-at-home wife have decided to homeschool, but you work 40+ hours a week; what exactly is your role, and how can you be an integral part of the homeschooling experience in spite of your busy schedule? This talk will examine various ways that working fathers can be involved in the day to day activities of homeschooling to ensure that the effort is truly a joint endeavor of love.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
A Few of My Favorite Things
In this talk, Alice shares some of the educational tools and tricks of the trade which she has found to be the most beneficial in her own family--everything from the best online resources to everyday practical tips to help organize the homeschool day.