Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.

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This conference is co-hosted by
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852

FREE ADMISSION!

Friday August 8th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday August 9th, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

This will be IHM’s second year in New England! Our first year was such a success that we decided this conference deserved to be a 2-day event, so we are adding a Saturday to the conference and having two more talks.

There is free parking provided you follow these instructions (otherwise you may be charged): There is a parking garage next the the UMass Lowell Inn and CC, but you have to enter this garage through the UMass Lowell Inn driveway and park on the 1st or 2nd levels (if you enter from the main street, there will be a charge even though it is the same garage).

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a homeschooling father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and a radio host. His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice.

Dr. Guarendi has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He’s appeared on regional radio and television shows in over 40 states and Canada. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s Morning Exchange, Pittsburgh 2-Day, and AM Indiana. He has written several books, including You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!, Back to the Family and Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime.
Amy2014adjustedwebMrs. 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 instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.
Ryan Topping cropped webDr. Ryan Topping is Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. A native of Saskatoon, Canada, he earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Phil. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and has taught at the University of Oxford, St. Thomas More College (Saskatchewan), and at Walsh University (Ohio).

Dr. Topping has published on a variety of Catholic themes and figures, from St. Augustine, to Dante, to G.K. Chesterton in academic and popular journals such as Studia Patristica, International Philosophical Quarterly, The Chesterton Review, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Catholic Insight, First Things, Catholic Exchange, and Crisis Magazine. To date he has published four books, Two Concepts of the Soul in Plato’s Phaedo (University of America Press, 2007), St. Augustine, 2nd ed. (Bloomsbury Press, 2014), and Happiness and Wisdom: Augustine’s Early Theology of Education (Catholic University of America Press, 2012).

Most recently he published Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life (Sophia Institute Press). His forthcoming book is Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Catholic University of America Press). He has spoken widely on Catholic radio networks including EWTN and AVE MARIA Radio, as well as on Catholic TV.

Professor Topping and his wife have six young boys. Besides homeschooling their children, he and his wife have been teaching Natural Family Planning for a decade. They live in Nashua, New Hampshire.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM New England Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
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.
1 Table
Merchantville, NJ
Catholic Children’s E-Books

Catholic Children’s E-Books digitizes extraordinary children’s books from our Catholic heritage in order to make them easily available to a new generation of Catholic children. All books are available for Nook, Kindle, and IPad.
1 Table
Barnegat, NJ
Dr. Ray Guarendi
1 Table
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed Pope 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.
1 Table
North Richland Hills, TX
Morning Star Christian Center 6 Tables
Providence, RI
My Catholic Faith Delivered

Offering Ignatius Press’ “Faith and Life”, MTF’s Didache series, and our own Faith Foundations course, our online courses bring the text to life with Pre and Post assessments voice overs, games, video prayers, and Steve Ray’s “Footprints of Christ”, your children will learn the Faith and retain the information like never before.
1 Table
Overland Park, KS
Pauline Books

In our children’s line, we publish books parents can trust. You can rest assured that Pauline Books & Media editions present solid Christian values with a Catholic perspective. Our pre-school and primary books make it easy for parents and teachers to introduce younger children to important aspects of the Faith.
3 Tables
Boston, MA
RC History

Our Connecting with History program combines the study of Western Civilization with the Bible and Catholic Church history. It is a Catholic history program with a classical, chronological, family-centered approach using living books, hands-on projects, composition, discussion and memory work to understand the story of God’s plan for mankind through history.
1 Table
Andover, MN
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, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
15 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math products designed exclusively for homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus.
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
Usborne Books

Usborne Books and More offers educational and engaging books for children of all ages. The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We also offer book fairs and grant matching programs.
2 Tables
Leominster, MA


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FRIDAY, August 8
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebConfessions 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.
3:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Homeschool to Escape the Common Core

Parents are up in arms about the Common Core’s poorly written standards, confusing curriculum, grueling test schedule, and invasion of family privacy. While we should all be working towards throwing the Common Core into the dustbin of history, what can we do to help our children now? Homeschooling offers educational excellence at a very affordable price. You can do it.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Dr. Ryan Topping
Ryan Topping cropped webBuilding Blocks for a Catholic Philosophy of Education

A talk especially designed for Homeschooling parents and other educators. What principles define a Catholic education? What are the right questions to ask as we go about refining our curricula, our pedagogy, and our aims? Dr. Topping draws upon both philosophers and magisterial teaching to help you think clearly about teaching and learning.
7:00pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebHome Organization

Amy will walk you through organizing your home by breaking it down to bit-sized pieces, laying out the 3 levels of a well organized and clean home and giving practical advice on how to accomplish each one. She will show you how she applies the theory of a well run home to her family, and after this talk, you will be able to find your mind as well as that math book.
SATURDAY, August 9
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiDiscipline that Lasts a Lifetime

Wise insights and sound advice from Dr. Ray will help parents to understand that discipline is an important way to love their children, and that teaching them self-control is a gift that will last a lifetime. His entertaining but no-nonsense approach to discipline is sure to instill in parents the needed confidence to take charge of their children’s behavior, with a smile!
11:00am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Six Steps to Homeschool Success

The task of teaching our children can seem daunting to parents when they are starting out, or when the crazy circumstances of daily life threaten to turn family life upside down. A simple, common sense formula of what to do and what to avoid will keep every family on track.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
1:30pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiMarriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Building a better relationship with your spouse doesn’t mean learning exotic new communication techniques or rearranging your lifestyle. In fact, a few of Dr. Ray’s ten “small steps” are lessons you learned in grade school. Plus, with his “resistance rationales,” Dr. Ray helps you overcome any reluctance you might feel to taking these small steps.
2:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebThere are Those Days

You’re a strong Catholic homeschooling mom, and you can do anything. But some days are better than others. Amy will tell about some of her not-so-great days and how she got through them, because even though homeschooling is a blessing, well, “There are those days….”
3:30pm Conference Ends