Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday July 17th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday July 18th, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Peter Catholic Church
Family Life Center
6161 Chambersburg Rd.
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Mr. Patrick Madrid
Mr. Patrick Madrid hosts the popular “Patrick Madrid Show” Monday through Friday (6:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific), produced by Immaculate Heart Radio. In 2012 he launched the daily “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, which he hosted till early 2015, heard on approximately 270 AM and FM stations across the U.S...
Mrs. Melissa Savage
Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children. The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take...
Mrs. Maureen Wittmann
Mrs. Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are parents to seven children who have always been homeschooled. Maureen is co-founder of Homeschool Connections, which provides several services for Catholic homeschoolers: Online courses for middle and high school students, free webinars for parents...
Mr. Shak Hill
Mr. Shak Hill spent 9 years as a pilot in the Air Force, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, and flew combat missions during Desert Storm. During his time at the Academy, Shak and Robin met, fell in love, and were married right after his graduation. It was the beginning of a storybook romance....
Mrs. Alice Kompar
Mrs. Alice Kompar is a homeschooling mother of 6 and the former coordinator of the Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Communication Management and worked in Long Term Care prior to staying home to raise her children.
Mr. Philip Gray
Mr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law. Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm....
Recognized as one of America’s premier Catholic Liberal Arts colleges, Christendom offers its students a fully Catholic education, integrating Faith and Reason, while immersing them in a vibrant and joyful Catholic culture steeped in the ageless traditions of the Church.
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!
Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.
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.
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.
We’re a one-stop store for all things Catholic (religious art, statuary, jewelry, CD’s, DVD’s, books). But we particularly specialize in the best and largest collection of books faithful to the magisterium in the Midwest.
Since 1960, United Art and Education has served educators with quality products, competitive prices and friendly customer service. United Art and Education has Ohio retail locations in Centervill/Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Shop for educational resources and art products, and download free art projects online at UnitedNow.com!
Usborne Books and More offers some of the best educational children's books available as well as an ideal home business opportunity. Utilized by many home school curriculums, we have books ranging from infancy - high school. Topics include science, history, art, literature, and math. These are great books to supplement and enrich any subject your child is studying.
Friday, July 17
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Marriage: The Bedrock of Homeschooling and Society
Marriage is the only sacrament to exist as a sacrament before sin, and would have continued as a sacrament if no sin entered the world. Pope St. John Paul II calls marriage, “The Primal Sacrament”. Understanding the proper role of marriage is critical for the homeschool family.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
How Busy Moms Prioritize: A Survival Guide
Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?
2:00pm – 2:45pm
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.
3:00pm – Coffee Social
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality
When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump, or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?
4:30pm – 4:50pm
What the World Thinks of Marriage vs. What Marriage Actually Is
You know how the world defines marriage, and even what mainstream Christians expect from marriage. What does God intend by the Sacrament? What are you missing?
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Reclaiming American Fatherhood
Faced with the inability to have more children due to Robin’s cancer, Shak and Robin decided to become foster parents. In all, they have foster-parented 46 children, and adopted four. In a world running away from fatherhood, Shak explains the joys of fatherhood and his deep appreciation for the difference a Godly father can make—both in the family and in American society.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, July 18
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
Search and Rescue: How You Can Help People Come Home to the Church
This talk explains ten crucial “dos and don’ts” for Catholics who want to share, explain, and defend their Catholic beliefs. With a generous helping of humorous anecdotes, biblical examples, and practical illustrations, this talk equips lay Catholics with the tools they need to help their family, friends, and co-workers come into (or back into) the Catholic Church.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
3 ½ Lessons I Have Learned Raising 46 Foster Children
After two children of their own, Shak and Robin faced a significant pro-life decision that ended leaving Robin unable to have more children naturally. Wanting a large family, Shak and Robin became foster parents. Now, 46 children later, in this entertaining and fast-paced presentation, Shak shares what he learned, and why it matters to you.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
You Need a Battle Buddy
Navigating the world of homeschooling can be tough if you don’t have a partner to help you through it. We can easily get discouraged if we feel alone. How can you find your battle buddy? How is the relationship supposed to work? How can you find buddies for your children?
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Answers to Lies Society Tells You
A fast-paced, information-packed look at several common fallacies we frequently encounter in our culture, including: “If it feels good, do it,” “There’s no such thing as objective truth,” “The earth is overcrowded,” “Suffering is bad,” “Abortion is wrong, except in cases of rape and incest,” “Belief in Christ is just a blind leap of faith,” “Question authority!” and more.