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Date

Thursday, July 12, 2018
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Friday, July 13, 2018
9:30am to 3:30pm

Address

Bobak’s Signature Events
and Conference Center
6440 Double Eagle Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517

Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler

Sr. Mary Joseph has served in many roles as the Carmelite Sister DCJ over the years. She is currently the Executive Director of Operations for St. Agnes Home and Carmelite Child Development Center. Sister entered the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in St. Louis, Missouri…

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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…

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Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Kevin Vost obtained his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago with internship and dissertation research at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Center, Memory and Aging Clinic. His dissertation was entitled…

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Mrs. Celeste Behe

Mrs. Celeste Behe has a rare perspective on parenting and family life. She has nine kids and no dishwasher. She started homeschooling 27 years ago. And she has continued to homeschool through 10,619 extra-large loads of laundry….

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American Life League – Culture of Life Studies Program

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.

Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse not only publishes a 3-year cycle of memory work for your family, it is also comprehensive in scope and sequence. It’s a foundation to build a true,one-room schoolhouse for your family. Joining a Catholic Schoolhouse chapter brings you right into the middle of a loving, prayerful community of national and international families.

Catholic Timeline Company

Catholic Church History Timelines

Celeste Behe

Holy Family Media

We are a family-owned and operated apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization. We offer a wide variety of whoelsome and orthodox books, CDs, adn DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the DISCOUNT TABLES where you will find used books and curriculum, scratch and dent, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% off!!!

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.

Kevin Vost

Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy is committed to the Church’s vision that Catholic Education be authentically Catholic, academically challenging, and accessible to all who desire it. For almost 30 years, Kolbe has partnered with parents, co-ops and starter schools, to offer a classically focused curriculum that is delivered via traditional homeschooling, live online classes, and blended self-paced instruction. Kolbe’s approach to education offers multiple options to best implement its world-class curriculum, while remaining flexible to meet the needs of families all over the world. Kolbe Academy has all the materials and tools necessary – course plans, tests, answer keys, books, and optional grading and testing services – to achieve the dream of authentically Catholic, academically rigorous and affordable home education.

Mary’s Books

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

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. Northeast Catholic offers a Great Books education rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. We offer 5 majors, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Political Science and Great Books, and a concentration in the Fine Arts. Our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church is a source of joy for students, their parents, the faculty, and the entire collegiate community.

Paricia Karwatowicz-author

Twelve-year-old surfer dude H.P. sets out on “Mission Possible?” to find out who he is and what he stands for. Things could change forever when you swap H.P., horrible person, for H.P.,Honorable Person.”

Pauline Books and Media

Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house for Daughters of St. Paul, USA – we have Catholic books for teaching resources and family faith formation as well as Catholic dvds and music/spoken cds.

Queen of Heaven Academy

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 admin@queenofheavenacademy.org

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 is a great chance to pick up these great deals.

Simply Fun

SimplyFun has always had a passion for playtime. Starting in 2004, they developed traditional board games and saw the joyful effect they had on children. SimplyFun has board games and card games to develop skills from preschool up to high school as well as party themed games!

Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler

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.

Usborne Books and More

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!

Walsh University

For nearly 3000 students from 40 states and 35 countries, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Here, on the 136-acre main campus and satellite campuses in Akron, Canfield, and just outside of Rome, Italy, they have found that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect. As an independent, Catholic university, we encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to develop students’ mind, body and spirit – this is Walsh’s distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.

West Suburban Home School Band

The West Suburban Home School Band, or WSHSB in short, follows the model of a community band and includes all wind instruments, woodwinds and brass, as well as a full percussion section.

Wyoming Catholic College

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 12

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Finding God in the Pots and Pans

Sister Mary Joseph Heisler

This talk is a reminder from a Carmelite that changing diapers and ecstatic prayer are not mutually exclusive. There are not “two ways” of holiness and “two heavens” to attain–one for the contemplative and one for the active. All are called to deep prayer, even when being faithful to the daily duties of our state in life seems to belie that reality.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Timeless Principles of Successful Homeschooling

Ginny Seuffert

Feeling overwhelmed or suffering from major burnout? Are you asking if homeschooling is really for you, and wondering how other parents keep going year after year? Ginny Seuffert will provide practical, down-to-earth advice drawn from her thirty years of successful homeschooling to put some peace and joy back in your homeschool day.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Beating Mompostor Syndrome: How to Defeat Self-Doubt

Celeste Behe

Do you ever feel as though you were “faking it” as a mother? Are you afraid that others will discover that you aren’t half the mom they thought you were? Do you often find yourself second-guessing your decisions as a parent? Recovering Mompostor™ Celeste Behe shows how you can defeat self-doubt, take back your vocation, and save the world!

6:00pm – Day Ends

Friday, July 13

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

Who Has the First Word?

Sister Mary Joseph Heisler

God spoke only one Word, and He spoke it in silence, and so it is in silence that we will hear Him. In this busy, noisy world, in a home filled with infants, toddlers, and teenagers, is silence possible? God is calling out to you, He longs for you, He loves you, and He will be encountered in the silence of your heart.

11:15am – 12:00pm

What 30 Years of Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Discipline

Ginny Seuffert

Why do some Catholic homeschool moms seem to have it all together, while others run around putting out fires? Ginny Seuffert will discuss how discipline, in its many forms, is the key to unlock calm, confident Catholic family life.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:00pm

How to Think Like Aquinas

How to Think Like Aquinas

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

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.

3:30pm – Conference Ends