Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday August 14th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
UMass Lowell Inn and
50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852
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...
Mrs. Colleen Billing
Mrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family...
Dr. Amy Fahey
Dr. Amy Fahey and her husband William have been homeschooling their five children for over a decade. A graduate of Hillsdale College, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Fahey currently teaches literature and writing at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts...
Fr. Roger Boucher
Fr. Roger Boucher, a native of New Hampshire, received his bachelor’s degree from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and entered graduate studies at St. Paul’s School of Theology in Washington, D.C. He interrupted his studies for a year to serve as a missionary in Peru, then returned to St. Paul’s and received his degree in theology in 1973. He was ordained a priest on April 28, 1973...
Recognized as one of America’s premier Catholic Liberal Arts colleges, Christendom offers its students a fully Catholic education, integrating Faith and Reason, while immersing them in a vibrant and joyful Catholic culture steeped in the ageless traditions of the Church.
Discovery Toys specializes in premium quality, kid-powered learning products for learners of all ages and abilities. Our products are designed with the understanding that children learn best through play. Each Discovery Toys toy, book and game incorporates multiple "layers of learning" to engage a child's multiple senses and all three learning styles and empower the child to grow and advance with the product. Most important Discovery Toys products are safe and FUN!
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.
Morning Star Christian Center
Our purpose is to nourish the faith-life of Catholics and others of good will through hosting events and selling books, films, and cds that reflect the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.
The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious who carry out the apostolate of evangelization using the means of communication. We dedicate our lives to bringing the Gospel of hope to people yearning for God's love, providing them with many different avenues to encounter the Living God.
Peaceful Interiors offers professional organizing tips and ideas for home management. Two valuable organizational items will be for sale. The first item is a CD with 10 PDF files including a meal planner, school schedule, chore/allowance chart, shopping list, and more, which is Mac & PC compatible. The second item is an 80 minute DVD video tour of Mrs. Billing's home, with hundreds of tips to help organize each room of your home!!!
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.
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.
Usborne Books and More produces award-wining books that are excellent quality and appeal to all ages. Usborne offers a wide range of subjects: history, science, nature, crafts, encyclopedias and beginning readers. We have over 1,400 different titles! Change the life of a child - share a book!
Friday, August 14
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
15 Important Things I’ve Learned in 15 years of Homeschooling
This will be a high energy talk with everything from teaching our kids how to pray, to mom taking care of herself, to frequenting the sacraments, to saying NO to too many extracurricular activities.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Sustaining the Story of Christ in Families
Both parents and children face challenges practicing the Faith in the modern world. What dangers and opportunities does the “App-culture” pose to familes? What should Christians do in the face of intolerance?
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth
A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.
3:00pm – Coffee Social
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Literacy for Homeschoolers in a Digital Age
Do you ever read for pleasure anymore? Do you take time to read aloud to your children, at any age? And as classic children’s literature vanishes from public library shelves, where do you go for good books? Even if you find them, how can they compete with digital forms of entertainment?
4:30pm – 4:50pm
The Beauty and Necessity of Routines
This talk will present the importance of night, morning, school, and other routines, and how helpful they can be in allowing us to school our children effectively, as well as live more peaceful and balanced lives. This talk will be very practical for all moms, regardless of where they are in their homeschooling journey.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
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.