Friday, July 21

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Organize Your Home, Enrich Your Life

Colleen Billing

Are there piles of paper all over your house? Does your bedroom look more like a storage closet than a sanctuary? Do you tell the kids to hide if someone shows up unexpectedly at your door? Listen to a professional organizer give tips for doing the exterior decluttering that will bring interior peace.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Bless Me Father for I’m Exhausted

Mary Ellen Barrett

Are you feeling frazzled? Tired? Listless? Irritable? Does the idea of one more Algebra problem make you want to weep? Homeschool burnout is a real thing that happens to all of us at some time. Mrs. Barrett will help you identify the symptoms and causes of burnout and give you the keys to allow you to enjoy your homeschool lifestyle once again.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!

Gary Zimak

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!

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Mary Ellen Barrett

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.

 

6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, July 22

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

Am I Doing Enough?

Gary Zimak

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!

 

11:15am – 12:00pm

15 Important Things I’ve Learned in 15 years of Homeschooling

Colleen Billing

This will be a high energy talk with everything from teaching our kids how to pray, to mom taking care of herself, to frequenting the sacraments, to saying NO to too many extracurricular activities.

 

12:00pm – Conference Ends