Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday June 10, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Cajundome and Convention Center
444 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
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. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House...
Fr. Bryce Sibley
Fr. Bryce Sibley is a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette. He received his Bachalor of Sacred Theology degree from the Angelicum and his Licentiate from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, both in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in the year 2000....
Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling...
Used Book Sale
Susan Swanner will be running a Used Book Sale this year which is open to any family who would like to participate. Please sign up with Susan in advance if you would like to sell your materials. She has made a helpful video explaining what is involved and how it works. Email her at susanswanner1(AT)gmail.com to sign up.
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.
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.
Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul whose ministry in the Church is to communicate the Gospel message through all forms of media. The sisters publish books, movies, record music and use various social media platforms. Publications include children's books, saints, Bible stories, teacher resources, and papal encyclicals among others.
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).
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 offer books for children of all ages. Discover fiction and non-fiction, award winning titles that will stir the imagination and make children say, "Read it again, please!"
Friday, June 10
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home
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.
1:30pm – 2:15pm
How Does One Effectively Share His/Her Love for Christ and the Church?
Drawing from his years of experience of working with young people, Father Sibley will talk about how to evangelize effectively and make the faith contagious! Does one share with respect to where the other is at and with charity, or in a rigid militaristic fashion which may chase them away? This talk will help you enter into the spirit of the New Evangelization.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom
Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned, and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.
3:30pm – 4:15pm
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.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
Honor Thy Husband; Happy Husband, Happy Homeschool
In a world that increasingly diminishes and ridicules men and fathers, it is extremely important that we not only honor our husbands but also raise our sons to be good strong, godly men. A wife’s role in this cannot be understated as she sets the tone of the home.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
How to Teach "That" Kid
Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.