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Friday April 8th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Fallon Center

2718 Overbrook Drive
Raleigh, NC 27608

Mr. Conor Gallagher

Mr. Conor Gallagher earned both his Masters in Philosophy and Juris Doctoris from The Catholic University of America. He began his professional career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Conrad, Chief Judge of the Western District of North Carolina. He has been an adjunct Professor...

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Mr. Ken Davison

Mr. Kenneth Davison was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.....

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Mrs. Tara Brelinsky

Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)....

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Mrs. Melissa Savage

Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children. The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take...

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Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.

Christendom College

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

Discovery Toys is the premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children lean and grow through pure play, play that is hands on, child-directed, multi-faceted, safe and FUN. There are toys that are useful for children with autism and special needs. Stop by and see.

EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children's animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.

Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”

Homeschool Connections

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.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

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.

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

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.

TAN Books - St. Benedict Press

TAN Books has been the publisher you can trust with your faith for over fifty years, specializing in traditional, Catholic titles, especially those on and by the saints. In 2014, we founded TAN Homeschool in order to serve the next generation of Catholics. Since then, our Story of the Bible and Story of Civilization product lines have delighted young readers and satisfied parent’s longing for quality, Catholic content. The best is yet to come with all sorts of exciting new things we have set to be released in the coming years!

Teaching Textbooks

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.

TKC Catholic Bookstore

TKC Catholic Bookstores is a retailer of Catholic Books, Media, Gifts and Educational material. Our mission is to be a leading retailer of Catholic merchandise. We deliver and if you are looking for those hard to find items, we'll find them for you!

Usborne Books and More

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.

Friday, April 8

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy

Tara Brelinsky

Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.


1:30pm – 2:15pm

How to Be a Kid Whisperer

Conor Gallagher

This talk will explore how to bring virtue into your child’s life by channeling the wisdom of Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, and applying that to everyday life. Using fun analogies and modern day examples, Mr. Gallagher demonstrates the value and methods of training your children in virtue as a basis for living as true Christians.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality

Melissa Savage

When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump, or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?


3:30pm – 4:15pm

Ten Tips from the Parents of Saints

Ken Davison

What do the saints themselves say about their parents? What influenced them on their paths to sanctity? And what do the parents of future saints teach us about raising “Holy Heroes” in our own families today?

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Why God Made Me Homeschool

Tara Brelinsky

“How do you do it?” is the question I’ve been asked countless times when I tell people that we homeschool eight children. That question taught me to reflect on the how’s and why’s of this vocation to homeschooling.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

If Aristotle's Kid was on Facebook

Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher, father of a very large family, will use his book, If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod, to show you how to tackle the issues and challenges of social media in your child’s life. It is important that children learn how to use technology in moderation while they are young in order to avoid immoderate use when they are older.

6:00pm – Conference Ends

ARCH Homescshool group will be running a used book sale this year. Please contact Georgia Kovacs if you would like to participate at bujew2001(AT)

How it Works:  

When you drop your books off for the sale, please include a business-size self-addressed envelope at the sellers’ table. This will make it a lot easier to send you your money after the sale.

***The sale is not limited to books. You may sell DVDs, CDs, manipulatives, maps, games, flashcards, etc.

1. Labeling – on the back book cover, please tape a 3 x 5 inch index card with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your phone number or e-mail address
  3. Title of the item
  4. Grade level
  5. Price

(Blue painter’s tape works well for this- it doesn’t damage the books.)

2. Sets of Books- If you have sets of books, please make sure they are marked as such and bundled well. Tape an index with the information requested in #1 onto the bundle.

3. Drop off- You can drop the books off at Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday between 9-11am the day of the conference. Or contact Georgia to make arrangements to drop off prior to the day of the conference.

4. Pick Up – At the end of the sale, you are asked to pick up any sale items that weren’t sold. Money for the items that were sold will not be dispersed at the sale. Your index cards from items that were sold, and a check for your sales will be mailed to you the following week.

5. Payment – Cash/Check

6. Sellers are requested to make a donation from the proceeds of their sales. A suggested amount is 10% which is consistent with sales fees at other local used book sales but any amount will be appreciated. All donations from this book sale will go to help defray the cost of our annual Homeschool Mass and Reception.

7. Please e-mail the number of boxes of curriculum you plan to sell, grade level/subject, and job you would like to do to help make the sale a success! This sale can be a great way to clear your shelves for all the great items you find at the conference! Contact info:

8. Please do not bring items to sell that contain obviously anti-Catholic sentiment. Thank you!

9. Please forward this on to other Catholic homeschool groups.