Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday July 24th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday July 25th, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm
North Central College
440 South Brainard St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...
Mr. Nick Marmalejo
Mr. Nick Marmalejo hails originally from the Chicagoland area. After graduating Christendom College in 2001 with a major in history, Nick chose to make his home in the mountains of Appalachia. His life’s work has led him into several occupations, such as high school disciplinarian...
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...
Mr. Gary Zimak
Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...
Mrs. Krista Thomas
Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...
American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program provides pro-life educational materials, unit studies, and e-lessons for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CLSP uses authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles to equip students with the tools they need to be evangelizers of the pro-life message. In December of 2017 the program was granted a nihil obstat and imprimature by the Diocese of Arlington, where we are located.
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
CatechismClass.com provides the highest quality online learning for Catholics. Endorsed by His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Chaput, Bishop Vasa, Scott Hahn, and others, the organization is entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Holy Church. CatechismClass.com operates with the singular goal of being the best online Catholic catechesis program in the world. CatechismClass.com is the producer of children's catechism courses, Adult Faith formation courses and books, Sacramental preparation materials, book summaries of Catholic books, and other online-based education courses for Catholics of all ages.
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.
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.
Educational and Developmental CD's, toys, games and books for all ages. Birth to Adult. Lifetime warranty except CD's and books have 39 days. Ask how you can save up to %50.
Academically Excellent. Passionately Catholic. About 20% of our incoming freshmen are homeschooled. Study in a supportive atmosphere that demands your best. Learn from highly respected, faith-filled faculty. Live what you believe at Franciscan University.
The mission of HLI is to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world. With affiliates and associates in over 100 countries, Human Life International is the largest pro-life organization in the world.
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.
Publisher of "In the Footsteps of the Saints" series. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items - prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.
Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC–loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
Publisher of "In the Footsteps of the Saints" series and workbooks. We carry many used books for all ages. We also carry a variety of religious art and other religious items.
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.
Recommended by the “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College”, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant, and faithful Catholic community.
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.
Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit www.queenofheavenacademy.org to learn more or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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.
The Little Angel Readers make it easy for parents to teach their child to read. Over 90 phonograms are taught, using a variety of proven phonics methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible and folktales. Series of 4 readers, workbooks, and teacher manual. Grades K-2.
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!
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 is a publisher of BEAUTIFUL, fascinating books which are perfect supplements for home school curriculums. We have the best non-fiction books as well as well-loved activity books, engaging phonics books, and more. Books Kids Love!
Friday, July 24
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Teacher Survival 101
This talk covers tips and strategies on setting personal ground rules and principles for maintaining morale and avoiding burnout. Certified teacher, former disciplinarian, and a homeschooling father of 3, Mr. Marmalejo will provide his personal pathways and insights for handling the daily trials and joys of homeschooling.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
How Busy Moms Prioritize: A Survival Guide
Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?
2:00pm – 2:45pm
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.
3:00pm – Performance by the West Suburban Home School Band and Coffee Social
3:30pm – 4:15pm
How to Be a Homeschool Supermom
What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
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?
5:00pm – 5:45pm
The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports
Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, July 25
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!
Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!
11:00am – 11:45am
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.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act
Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Am I Doing Enough?
One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!
2:30pm – 3:15pm
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?