Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, July 7, 2017
9:30am to 3:30pm
Bobak’s Signature Events
and Conference Center
6440 Double Eagle Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517
Used Book Sale
There will be a used book sale at our conference. If you are interested, please contact Geralyn Hamilton at Chicagousedbooksale@gmail.com.
Fr. Richard Simon
Fr. Richard Simon was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. Since 1982, he has taught Classical Greek and Latin at St. Joseph’s College, the Archdiocesan seminary. Currently, Father Simon is the pastor of St. Lambert parish…
Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer…
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 Hammond
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith…
The Culture of Life Studies Program is an academic program that uses educational supplements to teach the gospel of life in every subject and in every grade. Our mission is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to educate students abot the respect for every human being’s life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.
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.
CHC offers a solid, complete, family-friendly PreK-12 Catholic education with no tuition or enrollment fees. We believe that when solid academics are offered in a gentle, flexible manner, children will blossom spiritually, emotionally, and academically. We are here to aid and support families who wish to provide their children with an authentically Catholic education, with Heaven as the ultimate goal.
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.
ChewsLife.com is a Homeschool Mom owned business that offers artisan-made products for Catholics of all ages! Our ChewsLife line of soft silicone rosaries, chaplets, and bracelets are perfect for the tiny Catholics in your life, as well as chewable Miraculous Medal necklaces for their Mamas! We also offer beautiful gemstone jewelry for women; excuse-proof Rosary Bracelets, essential oil accessories, earrings, Mama Necklaces, and more! We have a passion for helping families develop a devotion to the daily rosary! Totus Tuus!
The Classic Learning Test (CLT) invites students to wrestle with works of the greatest minds in the history of Western thought across literary and mathematical content. Rich material reflecting both theistic and secular perspectives benefits and enriches the student in the test-taking process. Among standardized college entrance exams, the CLT provides the most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potential.
We are a family owned and operated apostolate with over 20 years experience dedicated to education and evangelization, and known for our large selection of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the CLEARANCE TABLES and enjoy used curriculum books, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 60% off!!!
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.
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using the program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. The workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.
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. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items – prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.
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.
Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul whose ministry in the Church is to communicate the Gospel message through all forms of media. The sisters publish books, movies, record music and use various social media platforms. Publications include children’s books, saints, Bible stories, teacher resources, and papal encyclicals among others.
The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.
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.
At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portryaing Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight into the truths of our Faith.
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.
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.
Thomas Aquinas College is a genuinely Catholic college where original works replace textbooks and class discussions replace lectures.
Aiming at truth in the major arts and sciences, students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Homer, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, Madison, Tocqueville, and many others. With this broad, integrated education, graduates go on to successful careers in fields ranging from medicine and law to journalism, higher education, and religious vocations.
The College’s student body comes from 37 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. As well, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, speak with Scott Benigar, Associate Director of Admissions, in the vendor area or visit our website.
Usborne Books and Kane Miller books are exciting, engaging, and lavishy illustrated, just begging to be read. From board books to big encyclopedias, from flaps to famous artists, from stickers to stories to science, we have books for your curriculum needs or just plain fun.
Wyoming Catholic College offers a liberal arts education in three dimensions—mind, body, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersion: immersion in the profound truth of our Western tradition in the Great Books; immersion in the challenging beauty of mountains and wilderness in our Outdoor Leadership Program; and immersion in the divine goodness of our Catholic spiritual heritage in liturgy, sacraments, and community. Wyoming Catholic is also the the closest Newman Guide College to Denver, just 6 hours away, and offers four-year, full-tuition scholarships for Colorado students each year.
Thursday, July 6
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Life Skills After Homeschool
Sometimes we are so focused on academics that we forget about sharing the core life skills that will supplement our children’s education. Learn the top skills our children need to deal effectively with everyday life challenges—whether at college, work, or in their personal lives.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
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.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
Nurturing Competent Communicators
Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it, others don’t. Both are myths. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school?
4:30pm – 5:15pm
Self-Care Isn’t Selfish
You cannot pour from an empty cup! Self-care is not an indulgence or a reward. It is an essential habit that will give you more energy, peace, and joy so that you will have more to give to others. Be a better spouse, friend, and family member with these simple, time efficient self-care ideas.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Friday, July 7
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
The Profound Influence of Music on Life
Music has become such an ever-present influence in our daily life, we seldom stop to consider what effect it has on us. In what way is music beneficial to our bodies and minds? In what circumstances can it actually be harmful? Solid scientific research provides some astounding answers to such questions—indeed, facts that must not be ignored by today’s parents.
11:15am – 12:00pm
Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork
Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm
A New Kind of Monastery in a Dying World
This talk covers how the homeschool movement is not unlike the monastic movement that saved a culture in its death throes. Learn how Catholic education within the home can inspire faith and virtue in our children.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
The Homeschool Vocation
There is a coming demographic crisis that not many people are talking about; namely, the homeschool movement will be to the 21st and 22nd centuries what monasticism was to the so-called dark ages.