Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday July 22nd, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday July 23rd, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Peter Catholic Church
Family Life Center
6161 Chambersburg Rd.
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Fr. Shannon Collins
Fr. Shannon Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000....
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...
Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...
Mr. Martin Cothran
Mr. Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky with his wife of 30 years in close proximity to their four children, two daughters-in-law, and their first grandchild. He is the director of the Classical Latin School Association and editor of the Classical Teacher magazine, a quarterly periodical for parents and professional educators...
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.
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
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.
Fr. Shannon Collins
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.
Memoria Press creates quality, easy-to-use classical education materials for home, charter, and private schools. We are dedicated to passing on the classical heritage of the Christian West through the liberal arts and the great works of the Western tradition. Explore our large selection of classical homeschool resources including Pre-K through 10th grade complete curriculum packages.
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.
SimplyFun builds smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play! Our games are designed to be played in 30 minutes or less, making learning and connecting easier for busy families. SimplyFun's award winning products are also built to last so they can be enjoyed again and again!
At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portryaing Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight into the truths of our Faith.
Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Readers. This series of phonetic readers and workbooks teaches over 90 phonograms with a variety of proven methods. Child-appealing stories, include Bible, saints, and Catholic family life. Easy-to-use Teacher's Manual includes spelling, comprehension, an more phonics activites. Grades K-2.
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.
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 22
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports
Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
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.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience
Bring greater joy and success to your homeschool by living, loving, working, playing, and praying in the present moment. Find out why distractions and expectations often lead to discontent and poor performance and what you can do to overcome them. Learn the secret to peace and happiness that will double your talents as a teacher or student.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
The War Against Knowledge and What to Do About It
There is a rival philosophy of education that undergirds the problems schools have been experiencing since the beginning of the 20th century of which Common Core is only one manifestation. What is it, and how do we make sure it doesn't destroy the education of our children?
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 23
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
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.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 2:15pm
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.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Respecting the Man the Boy Will Become
A father tries to explain to mothers why they can't make sense of their boys. Why do they fight with each other? Why are they obsessed with doing dangerous things? Why can't they sit still? Martin will give useful advice and a list of great boys' literature which will not only help your student make sense of his own actions, but will help you to understand him.