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.