Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2019.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, July 19, 2019
9:30am to 2:30pm
Bobak’s Signature Events
and Conference Center
6440 Double Eagle Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517
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….
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. 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…
Canon Matthew Talarico
Canon Matthew Talarico is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Raymond Burke in June of 2007 for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Canon Talarico studied at the international seminary of the Institute of Christ the King in Florence, Italy…
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.
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!!!
We connect your Catholic homeschool to the experts. And in the spirit of the New Evangelization and in the light of Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on the domestic church, Homeschool Connections seeks to use technology to enhance a homeschool family’s educational efforts by providing them the needed resources to achieve this endeavor. We aspire to help parents with their education of their children in two respects: (1) to provide free, informative webinars for parents; and (2) to provide affordable and engaging courses from University-level professors and practitioners for students.
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.
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.
Christine Jentz is a preaching liturgical artist and former homeschool parent of 8 years. She receives commissions and sells art as well as specializing in presentations and half day (or more) religious themed art workshops for teens and adults.
Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. We carry an assortment of used fiction, history and Catholic books. In addition to books, we carry a variety of Catholic items including art, mantillas, and small Catholic articles.
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.
Pauline Books & Media is the House of the Daughters of St. Paul; a religious Congregation of Catholic Sisters who are dedicated to Proclaim the Gospel using all forms of the Media. We specialize in Children’s Supplementary Resources. Please visit our website to browse. www.pauline.org.
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
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.
Secret Garden Educational Pathways provides Catholic special education remediation, consultation and online services.
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 is a great chance to pick up these great deals.
Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics books. Set of 4 phonetic readers and workbooks teach over 90 phonograms using a variety of proven methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible, and folktales. Easy-to-use teacher’s manual and workbooks provide written practice and more. Grades K-2.
Teaching Textbooks was founded by two brothers, Shawn and Greg Sabouri (a Harvard math tutor). The two realized that software could be used to make math instruction better, easier, and more affordable. Today the company produces a whole range of math programs that enable students to learn from top-notch tutors while in the comfort of their homes. The products available are curriculum designed specifically for homeschoolers, Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. To view a current selection of Teaching Textbook products, please visit www.teachingtextbooks.com.
Thomas Aquinas College is the only Catholic college in America to read exclusively from the Great Books!
The Liberal Arts program, guided by the light of Faith, aims at truth in all the major academic disciplines. Students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, 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 several pursue a religious vocation.
The College’s student body is represented by 40 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. Also, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. This year we are proud to announce the opening of Thomas Aquinas College’s branch campus in New England! To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, please stop by the Thomas Aquinas College table in the vendor area.
Usborne Books and More is the leading publisher of beautiful non-fiction books for children. We have incredible books that children love and are great for home-schooling, travel, gifts, or just to have in your home library.
The West Suburban Home School Band (WSHSB) is a Christian community band for the home school community. During the school year, the concert band includes all wind instruments, both woodwinds and brass, as well as full percussion. There are four distinct band levels. The entry-level ensemble, Cadets, is designed to teach complete beginners, both students and parents alike. The Junior band and Senior band are progressively more challenging. The Symphonic band features the most advanced high school students, alumni college member and experienced parents. Membership has grown from 46 students/26 families in 2001,l to over 200 members/98 families in the 2018-2019 concert season. To learn more about he WSHSB, please visit their website at: www.wshsb.org
Due to terrible weather, Dr. Ray’s flight has been delayed. Our current plan is to adjust the schedule such that Mary Ellen will give the first talk, Canon Talarico the second and then Dr. Ray will give the last two.
Thursday, July 18
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Raising a 1 in 100 Child Against a Culture No Longer On Your Side
Good parents are finding themselves battling against the moral and soul mishaping forces of the culture. This presentation offers what to watch out for and how to counter those forces.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Good Habits Make a Great Homeschool
Even as our houses need the occasional freshening up, so too do our habits and routines. This talk will help you discover the tools that you need to develop good habits and keep the homeschooling flowing peacefully all year.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
The Most Blessed Trinity: Model for Holy and Happy Family Life
Drawing upon the teachings of St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Benedict, Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico will offer reflections on how the supernatural life of the Most Holy Trinity is meant by God to inspire practical lessons for fathers and mothers in the family life of the home.
4:30pm – 5:15pm
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
Friday, July 19
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
How Homeschooling Can Save Souls and the World
Like the Irish monks who labored to preserve the culture that was being destroyed by barbarians, so too do Catholic homeschooling parents protect and preserve the Faith and Catholic traditions in modern society.
11:15am – 12:00pm
Discipline: The First Essential of Homeschooling
Experienced homeschooling parents know the path to successful homeschooling is paved with virtues like obedience, order, patience, and industriousness. Calm, confident parents who inculcate these values will be rewarded with children who are a pleasure to teach.