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Friday, April 13

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork

Mary Ellen Barrett

Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

The Catholic Art of Memory

Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Vost will explain how Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas revived and transformed the ancient Greco-Roman “art of memory,” provide a live demonstration with the audience, and show how teachers and students can adapt these ancient methods to learn and remember just about anything.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

How to Think Like Aquinas

Dr. Kevin Vost

A practical guide to happiness and holiness through perfection of your intellectual powers, this talk builds upon St. Thomas’ presentation of the parts of the virtue of prudence or practical wisdom, and addresses topics like improving memory, learning, studiousness, and reasoning abilities.

6:00pm – Conference Ends