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Friday, July 27

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

How to Harness the Humor When Schooling is Grueling

Celeste Behe

Having taught her children at home for 27 years, Celeste knows what to put into a homeschool survival kit. At the top of her list of must-have’s is a good sense of humor—which is something you won’t be able to pick up at even the most extensive curriculum sale! It’s easy to cultivate a sense of humor, and Celeste will show you how to do it.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

The Catholic Art of Memory

Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Vost will explain how Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas revived and transformed the ancient Greco-Roman “art of memory,” provide a live demonstration with the audience, and show how teachers and students can adapt these ancient methods to learn and remember just about anything.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Bless Me Father for I’m Exhausted

Mary Ellen Barrett

Are you feeling frazzled? Tired? Listless? Irritable? Does the idea of one more Algebra problem make you want to weep? Homeschool burnout is a real thing that happens to all of us at some time. Mrs. Barrett will help you identify the symptoms and causes of burnout and give you the keys to allow you to enjoy your homeschool lifestyle once again.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

“I Think I Can!”: A Parent’s Guide to Storytelling

Celeste Behe

The early Christians lived in a storytelling culture, so it’s no wonder that, in instructing the people, Jesus “did not say anything to them without using a parable.” Today, the Church still recognizes the usefulness of stories for religious instruction. This presentation will explain the value of storytelling as a teaching method and will offer tips for incorporating stories in your homeschool curriculum.

6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, July 28

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

How Homeschooling Can Save Souls and the World

Mary Ellen Barrett

Like the Irish monks who labored to preserve the culture that was being destroyed by barbarians, so too do Catholic homeschooling parents protect and preserve the faith and Catholic traditions in modern society.

11:15am – 12:00pm

A View From Over the Hill

Susie Lloyd

Susie lets you in on what she has learned after 25 years of homeschooling. Listen to fun tips for zealous, new homeschoolers; burned out, veteran homeschoolers; and homeschooler wannabes.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:00pm

How to Think Like Aquinas

Dr. Kevin Vost

As a practical guide to happiness and holiness through perfection of your intellectual powers, this talk builds upon St. Thomas’ presentation of the parts of the virtue of prudence or practical wisdom, and addresses topics like improving memory, learning, studiousness, and reasoning abilities.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Help for the Desperate Homeschooler

Susie Lloyd

Susie shares her success story, which involves families working together with other homeschooling families while still remaining primary educators.

3:30pm – Conference Ends