Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.


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Friday June 3, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday June 4, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm


St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

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...

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Mrs. Colleen Billing

Mrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family...

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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...

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Mrs. Tara Brelinsky

Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)....

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Mrs. Michele Quigley

Mrs. Michele Quigley is the wife of Tim, mother of ten, grandmother, veteran homeschooler, and a convert of 30+ years to the Catholic faith. She is an active member of the St. Anthony’s Latin Mass community, and has worked as a catechist and RCIA director at St. Mary’s parish...

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Mrs. Krista Thomas

Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...

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A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a mobile Catholic book and gift shop. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual growth of Catholics and Christians by providing books, bibles, study programs, and gifts/accessories to the public. We are a homeschooling family and understand the costs and needs of a budget minded family so we try to offer the best value on all of our products we carry.

American Life League - Culture of Life Studies Program

American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program provides pro-life educational materials, unit studies, and e-lessons for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CLSP uses authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles to equip students with the tools they need to be evangelizers of the pro-life message. In December of 2017 the program was granted a nihil obstat and imprimature by the Diocese of Arlington, where we are located.

Aquinas Learning

Aquinas Learning is a Catholic, classical education mentoring program which guides students toward wisdom and virtue. Students meet once a week for a class day with their mentors and peers and, using materials and online support that we provide, continue the curriculum with their parents and siblings at home.

Arx Publishing

Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.

Belmont Abbey College

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

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.

Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of fun Catholic fiction that evangelizes the imagination by telling a good story inspired by the innocent wit and wisdom of the great English writer G. K. Chesterton.

Ginger Himes Art Lessons

DVDs designed to give children confidence in drawing without using a lot of expensive equipment. Students learn basic skills in a relaxed step-by-step manner.

MCH Used Booksale

Michele Quigley/The Catholic Daily Planner

The Catholic Daily Planner. The #1 Catholic planner since 2003. Two sizes, four styles and 15 beautiful cover options. A useful, annual resource desigend to help you live your Faith and order your life - every day.

Northeast Catholic College

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.

Peaceful Interiors

Peaceful Interiors offers professional organizing tips and ideas for home management. Two valuable organizational items will be for sale. The first item is a CD with 10 PDF files including a meal planner, school schedule, chore/allowance chart, shopping list, and more, which is Mac & PC compatible. The second item is an 80 minute DVD video tour of Mrs. Billing's home, with hundreds of tips to help organize each room of your home!!!

Project Nazareth

Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.

Seton Home Study School

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

Seton Used Books

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.

Teaching Textbooks

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.

Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books & More spark a passion for reading & learning. We are loved by homeschoolers nationwide because of our accurate information, and colorful, engaging pictures.

Friday, June 3

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

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.


Short Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

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.


2:45pm – 3:30pm

Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

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.


Short Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy

Tara Brelinsky

Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.


5:00pm – 5:45pm

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.

6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, June 4

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Amy Kalscheur

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.

11:00am – 11:45am

Family-Centered Living in the Domestic Church

Michele Quigley

Joyfully live the Church year with your family. Learn what steps you can take to organize your home and time in a way that flows naturally into the Church’s liturgical seasons. Michele will share her tips on time management and organization to help you integrate the liturgical year into your family life in a systematic and organic way.


12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act

Krista Thomas

Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.

2:00pm – 2:20pm

The Reluctant Reader

Amy Kalscheur

Teaching reading is a breeze... teach the child the letters and sounds, a little bit of phonics and the child can read. Right? So what do you do when that doesn’t work? How do you teach comprehension? This talk will help you gather the tools to not only make you a better reading teacher, but a better teacher in every subject.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Finding God’s Fingerprints on Your Dirty Windows

Tara Brelinsky

Staring out my window, the beauty of the view seems obscured by the dozen little smudgy fingerprints on my glass. But what if those smudges are really there to help me look more closely at the wonder inside my home? What if God planted those tiny prints to remind me that whenever we serve one another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.


3:30pm – Conference Ends

Used Curriculum Sale during the Maryland IHM Catholic Homeschool Parent’s Conference June 3 and 4

Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers is happy to announce that we are again sponsoring the used curriculum sale as part of this year’s conference!

The used curriculum sale is managed independently by Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH), not by IHM.

Please carefully read the following information.

How to Participate:
You must contact Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH) in advance and pre-register to sell items at the used curriculum sale.

The hours of the used curriculum sale will be as follows:
Drop-off of items for Friday June 03 starting at 11am (do not come earlier, our doors will be shut, we have much to prepare before opening our doors)
Open to public on Friday is 12n-6pm

Drop-off of items for Saturday June 04 starting at 9am (again, do not come earlier)
Open to public on Saturday is 9:30-3:30 (we close our doors at 3:30, we have to pack and clean up)

Guidelines for the MCH used curriculum sale are as follows:

1. Labeling
ALL items must be labeled with a 3×5 index card/or paper of similar size (or a sticky post-it note) and securely taped to these items (painters tape works great and is easy to remove) indicating the following (clearly printed):
1. Seller’s Name
2. Emergency cell phone number while at the conference AND your email address
3. Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
4. Grade level of item
5. Price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents)
The index card/paper and painters tape (do not use a tape that will rip the curriculum) must be securely attached to the item. Any unmarked item is considered a donation to MCH and will be sold for the benefit of MCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set, either in a plastic bag or tightly secured with rubber bands. It might also be good to mark how many items are in the set.

2. Bundling / Free Giveaways
Books that are less than a $1.00 should be bundled together within the same subject area and sold for one total price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents). Bundling of items will be allowed as long as the curriculum subject is the same. Example, a bundle of science related items together is fine, but a bundle of combined science and history items is not allowed. The bundle must still include the proper labeling as above. Free giveaways are allowed; but you still need to label the items as above and then clearly label it as a free giveaway.

3. Items allowed / not allowed
Any and all Catholic homeschooling curriculum is allowed; and any curriculum that’s a part of Catholic homeschooling is allowed. Christian curriculum is allowed so long as does not contain any anti-Catholic wording in it. Not allowed are any materials/curriculum that are wiccan or devil worship related or outright anti-Catholic, etc. A History book by a particular company that is anti-Catholic is not allowed; however, a math book by that same company is allowed as long as it doesn’t contain anti-Catholic wording. Also, no video tapes of any kind including education as these don’t sell; no toys, no baby items, no clothing, no household items, no DVDs/CDs (unless that actual DVD/CD is an actual supplement attached to a curriculum set for sale; examples – a Dive CD attached to a Saxon math item or an Apologia CD attached to an Apologia science book, etc.). The only items being sold at this used curriculum sale are items used in actual teaching of Catholic homeschool education/Catholic religion studies. MCH has the final say as to what is allowed and not allowed to be for sale. Any items not allowed by MCH must be removed, no exceptions. You are welcome to contact MCH with questions if you are in doubt as to whether or not an item will be allowed. Note – out dated education items do not sell well and video tapes / cassette tapes do not sell – therefore, we do not sell these items at the sale. I will not be accepting any study materials for the older SAT, PSAT, or ACT as these study materials are now considered outdated with the new versions being taught this new school year.

4. Drop-off Curriculum Guidelines
In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register. Your name will be put on the registered list as participating in the used curriculum sale during the conference. Email your name and contact information (phone number and email address) to me as already mentioned.

ALL items must be marked and labeled BEFORE you arrive at the sale. Anyone selling items at the used curriculum sale must check-in at the MCH used curriculum sale registration table when arriving before dropping off your books. You will need to check-out with MCH at the end of the conference to receive your sale monies. Please follow all rules for this sale.

5. Cash Sales and Sale Prices
MCH does not negotiate any sale prices at all. Anyone trying to argue a price with MCH will be asked to leave the room (sadly, yes, this has happened to us). All prices are non-negotiable; as we don’t set the prices, the seller does. All sales are final. Also, we will no longer hold items for sale ‘until later’; if you want the item, you will need to buy it then. Sellers, we highly suggest you check your sale items several times during the conference to see if your items are selling; you might need to adjust your price if you want it to sell; MCH does not adjust sale prices for anyone. MCH prefers all sales as cash only. Checks will be allowed only if all information is pre-printed on the check. Checks are payable to the name on the label and not to MCH. Credit cards will not be accepted at the MCH used curriculum sale (some vendors accept credit cards, MCH does not accept credit cards).

6. End of Conference Time / Picking Up Unsold Items and Your Sale Monies
The drop-off curriculum must be picked up on Saturday June 04 by 3:30pm at the end of conference; however, you can pick up your items sooner. When you pick up your un-sold books, you will need to check-out at the MCH used curriculum registration table. At that time, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash/checks from your sales. Any unclaimed money will become an automatic donation to MCH, no exceptions. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to MCH, no exceptions. Note that we shut our doors promptly at the end of the day’s conference time. Again, you must get there sooner to claim your sales and un-sold curriculum.

7. Donations
MCH does not charge anyone a percentage fee of any kind to sell items at the used curriculum sale! However, please do keep in mind that MCH has fees for conference costs, and any donations to MCH are most appreciated! There will be a donation basket on the MCH used curriculum registration table. If you put your donation in an envelope with a note in it, we will know whom to send a thank you card! However, anonymous donations are greatly appreciated too! The IHM Conference is having a separate donation basket to cover expenses for their conference costs too. Please note that no fees have been charged to anyone for attending the conference so donations are greatly appreciated by IHM and by MCH!

Again, to pre-register for selling at the used curriculum sale –
Email the following information to me at MCH at
Drop-off Seller Information:
You need to state that you are a drop-off seller, and include your name
your cell phone number available during the conference
and include if you will be bringing books on Friday or on Saturday.

Information for Catholic Homeschool Groups/Cooperatives to have flyers at the conference:
MCH is allowing Catholic homeschool groups/cooperatives to have informational flyers about their group available for others to take with them. However, groups/cooperatives will be allowed only single-sheet (can use both sides) take-home printed flyers. You must bring the flyers with you, printers are not available on-site. Please bring the flyers to the MCH used curriculum sale check-in table at the conference. All flyers will be put on one table for people to browse. No bulletin boards or poster boards will be allowed. If you set these up, you will be told to remove them. Flyers will not be allowed anywhere else around the conference. Groups are responsible for taking away all unused flyers at the end of the conference on Saturday.

MCH will have coffee and tea set out for everyone the entire conference time. We never charge for this; however, donations are most appreciated to help cover the cost!
MCH is not a tax-exempt organization. MCH is a private LLC business organization.