Friday, June 17

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Answers to Lies Society Tells You

Patrick Madrid

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.

Short Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

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

Patrick Madrid

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.

Short Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

For the Love of Literature

Maureen Wittmann

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

Patrick Madrid

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

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.


11:00am – 11:45am

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.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Parents, It’s Going to Be OK

Elizabeth Erickson

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

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

Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Mary Ellen Barrett

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.


3:30pm – Conference Ends