Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Thursday June 25th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday June 26th, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
5225 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 adopted children, many of whom have been homeschooled. He is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host. His radio show, “The Doctor Is In,” can be heard weekdays on ETWN Radio....
Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
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 Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...
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...
Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Mrs. 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...
Mr. Domenico Ruggiero
Domenico Ruggiero holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. For most of his professional career, Domenico has worked at/near the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has worked on the Space Shuttle Program...
Mr. Spencer Swope
Spencer Swope is the father of 10 children, 8 of whom are currently being homeschooled. Spencer is the Southern Regional Marketing Manager for EWTN, the Global Catholic Network. In his position, Spencer is responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN’s volunteer program called the Media Missionaries...
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.
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.
John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts offers a large selection of childrens books that are all Catholic. We also carry Catholic parenting books, bibles, holy cards, rosaries, prayer books, first communion and confirmation items.
Nancy Larson® Science uses a hands-on, cross-curricular aproach wrapped in a scientific conversation between parent and child. Children ages 5-12, work as scientists, learning through a multi-sensory approach, developing higher-level thinking skills, and retaining concepts. We've done the planning, preparation, and include a complete kit, so parents can focus on teaching rather than searching for materials.
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).
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 offers award-winning educational titles for children of all ages. From birth through high-school, art to zoology. These books offer excellence in both fiction and non-fiction.
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality
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?
1:30pm – 1:50pm
How to Teach "That" Kid
Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Discipline 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!
3:00pm – Coffee Social
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Put Excellence at the Center of Your Curriculum
Faith binds us together, but Catholic homeschooling parents often differ when choosing curriculum and teaching styles. Learn why excellence should be at the center of every homeschooling home, and how to foster it in yours.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
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.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Overcoming Anger
Are you angry? Why? How does your anger impact the other members of your family? Dr. Ray cuts through the psychobabble to present a realistic picture of anger and other emotional issues, and then offers practical solutions for overcoming them.
6:00pm – Day Ends
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
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.
11:00am – 11:45am
Keeping It All Together
Trying to balance parenting, homemaking, schoolwork, and a prayer life, and feeling like you are always on overload? You’ll be surprised how just a few ideas will really simplify your life.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Homeschooling Amidst the Spiritual Battle
In a society that is doing its best to counter everything that homeschool parents are trying to instill in their children, parents face a day-to-day battle. We should take heart because we are “better teachers than they think” just by the grace given to us from above as parents. This talk offers some practical tips on how to win the battle.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
You Need a Battle Buddy
Navigating the world of homeschooling can be tough if you don’t have a partner to help you through it. We can easily get discouraged if we feel alone. How can you find your battle buddy? How is the relationship supposed to work? How can you find buddies for your children?
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Catholic Homeschooling: The Real-life Adventure
The greatest of adventure stories draw us close to the main characters, so that we personally sense their initial insecurities and fears. We feel bolstered as they grow in strength, and we celebrate with them as they emerge victorious. Real-life is an adventure in itself with all of these elements, except that the outcome against the real enemy is not certain and that there are eternal consequences at risk.