Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday June 17, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm
501 Marshall St.
Lansing, MI 48912
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. 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...
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. 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...
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...
Miss Elizabeth Erickson
Miss Elizabeth Erickson joined the staff of Walsh University in 2014. She was a homeschool graduate, and went on to earn her B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University. Currently, she is pursuing an M.B.A. from Walsh. Elizabeth assists in the facilitation of programs geared toward faith formation...
The Culture of Life Studies Program is an academic program that uses educational supplements to teach the gospel of life in every subject and in every grade. Our mission is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to educate students abot the respect for every human being's life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.
Ave Maria University - Excellent, Affordable, Catholic. Our Students come from 46 states and 18 countries. We offer 23 majors; 94% of our professors have Ph.Ds; average class size: 17 students. Our beautiful campus is a short drive from Naples, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. *Ave Maria will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.
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.
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.
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using the program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. The workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.
Publisher of "In the Footsteps of the Saints" series. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items - prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.
MCH Used Booksale
Recommended by the “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College”, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant, and faithful Catholic community.
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).
Connecting with history is the only Catholic classical, chronological program based on using real books and active learning to discover the truth of history together as a family. RC History believes that history is essential to understanding the Catholic Faith, and the Catholic Faith is essential to understanding true history.
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.
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.
We have a complete line of Usborne and Kane Miller Books. Award winning, educational and entertaining books for all ages.
For nearly 3000 students from 40 states and 35 countries, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Here, on the 136-acre main campus and satellite campuses in Akron, Canfield, and just outside of Rome, Italy, they have found that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect. As an independent, Catholic university, we encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to develop students' mind, body and spirit - this is Walsh's distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.
Friday, June 17
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
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.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
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.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
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.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
For the Love of Literature
Literature isn’t just for reading! You can teach math, science, language arts, and more using living books. This is always a fun talk! Maureen brings lots of examples with her for “show and tell”. Maureen’s book For the Love of Literature is based on this topic.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Pope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy
This talk covers many common biblical and historical misunderstandings about the papacy, including papal infallibility. Was Peter the first pope? What about the bad popes? What role did the popes play in the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the Galileo Affair? Were there ever three popes at one time? Was there ever a female imposter pope called “Pope Joan”? And more. Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, June 18
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
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.
11:00am – 11:45am
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.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Parents, It’s Going to Be OK
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.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
The Reluctant Reader
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
Homeschooling in the Hard Times
Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.