Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday May 8th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday May 9th, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
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. 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...
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...
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. Abby Sasscer
Mrs. Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, speaker and founder of Project Nazareth. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a small home in the mountains...
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...
Mr. Shak Hill
Mr. Shak Hill spent 9 years as a pilot in the Air Force, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, and flew combat missions during Desert Storm. During his time at the Academy, Shak and Robin met, fell in love, and were married right after his graduation. It was the beginning of a storybook romance....
MCH Used Booksale
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.
Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.
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.
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.
Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of fun Catholic fiction that evangelizes the imagination by telling a good story inspired by the innocent wit and wisdom of the great English writer G. K. Chesterton.
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.
Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”
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.
Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 educational and engaging books for children of all ages. The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We also offer book fairs and grant matching programs.
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Reclaiming American Fatherhood
Faced with the inability to have more children due to Robin’s cancer, Shak and Robin decided to become foster parents. In all, they have foster-parented 46 children, and adopted four. In a world running away from fatherhood, Shak explains the joys of fatherhood and his deep appreciation for the difference a Godly father can make—both in the family and in American society.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Simplifying Your Domestic Church
This talk will present tips on how to declutter and organize your domestic church. These tips come straight from Abby’s book entitled Simplifying Your Domestic Church: A Spiritual Journal to Help Declutter, Organize and Systemize the Home.
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.
3:00pm – Coffee and Cookie Social
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
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.
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
Discipline is Action, Not Talk
Watch out for the illusions of discipline. They look like discipline, sound like discipline, even feel like discipline but they don’t work. They pull many parents into frustration and guilt.
11:00am – 11:45am
Teaching Values to Your Children
This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Honor Thy Husband; Happy Husband, Happy Homeschool
In a world that increasingly diminishes and ridicules men and fathers, it is extremely important that we not only honor our husbands but also raise our sons to be good strong, godly men. A wife’s role in this cannot be understated as she sets the tone of the home.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
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.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
“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!