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Friday, June 16

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

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.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

St. Thomas More: Model for Homeschooling Fathers

Dr. William Fahey

Many fathers today feel that the pressures of the modern world make it very difficult to participate in the education and formation of their children. This talk will explain how St. Thomas More offers an excellent model of a professionally engaged layman who created a rich household for his children—spiritually, academically, and culturally.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

10 Things I Wish I Had Known

Alice Kompar

In this presentation, Alice Kompar will take a candid look at her experience as a home educator. What has worked? What maybe didn’t work quite so well? Geared for newbies and experienced home educators alike, Alice’s experiences help us take another look at the task of successfully teaching our children at home.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

History as if People Mattered

Phillip Campbell

Why do so many people say they love history but hated history class? If teaching history to your homeschooler seems daunting, this talk will guide you through inculcating a love and understanding of history in your child, emphasizing the narrative nature of history coupled with a theme-based approach. The talk will also explore why modern-secular attempts at teaching history are doomed to failure.


6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, June 17

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

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.


11:15am – 12:00pm

You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!

Dr. Ray Guarendi

Anyone who works with children today is having his confidence, peace of mind, and authority undercut by widespread myths of “experts” and the media. Dr. Ray identifies several of the most pervasive of these myths, and helps moms and dads realize they are better parents and teachers than they might think.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:00pm

The “Benedict Option” and Homeschooling

Fr. Steve Mattson

A recent book addresses the Benedict Option, and the challenges of fostering and maintaining a Christian culture in our post-Christian times. Fr. Mattson will discuss the ways homeschooling “fits” with the Benedict Option, and ways in which it can inform homeschooling values and priorities.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Overcoming Anger

Dr. Ray Guarendi

Are you angry? Why? How does your anger impact the other members of your family? Dr. Ray cuts through the psychobabble to present a realistic picture of anger and other emotional issues, and then offers practical solutions for overcoming them.

3:30pm – Conference Ends