Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.
Friday, May 12, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. He served as the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston…
Mr. Martin Cothran
Mr. Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky with his wife of 30 years in close proximity to their four children, two daughters-in-law, and their first grandchild. He is the director of the Classical Latin School Association and editor of the Classical Teacher magazine, a quarterly periodical for parents and professional educators…
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. Celeste Behe
Mrs. Celeste Behe is a senior writer for Catholic Digest, a blogger for the National Catholic Register, and a columnist for CatholicMom.com. A member of the Catholic Press Association, Celeste has discussed her articles on both the Son Rise Morning Show and Register Radio, and has also been a guest on…
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…
A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a mobile Catholic book and gift shop. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual growth of Catholics and Christians by providing books, bibles, study programs, and gifts/accessories to the public. We are a homeschooling family and understand the costs and needs of a budget minded family so we try to offer the best value on all of our products we carry.
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 about the respect for every human being’s life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.
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 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.
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
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.”
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.
Memoria Press creates quality, easy-to-use classical education materials for home, charter, and private schools. We are dedicated to passing on the classical heritage of the Christian West through the liberal arts and the great works of the Western tradition. Explore our large selection of classical homeschool resources including Pre-K through 10th grade complete curriculum packages.
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.
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.
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 & More spark a passion for reading & learning. We are loved by homeschoolers nationwide because of our accurate information, and colorful, engaging pictures.
Friday, May 12
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life
We all know that we are supposed to pray, and many of us want to pray. Oftentimes, we try and then things come up and our prayer life slips away. This workshop provides practical steps on how to pray (and keep praying). It gives a theology from the trenches and is aimed to help us all become better people of prayer.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Why You Should Homeschool and Why You Must Persevere
Government schools are more troubled than ever before, frequently graduating students unprepared to assume their roles as the next generation of citizens. Veteran homeschooler Ginny Seuffert will explain why homeschooling may be the best answer.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
Beating Mompostor Syndrome: How to Defeat Self-Doubt
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!
4:30pm – 5:15pm
Mercy and the Drama of Salvation
This talk describes the story of salvation history from the perspective of God’s mercy. The covenant and the drama of humanity’s relationship with God throughout time is described within the scope and passion of God’s goodness and mercy.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, May 13
10:00am – 10:45am
The War Against Knowledge and What to Do About It
There is a rival philosophy of education that undergirds the problems schools have been experiencing since the beginning of the 20th century of which Common Core is only one manifestation. What is it, and how do we make sure it doesn’t destroy the education of our children?
11:15am – 12:00pm
Overcoming the Hurdles of Homeschooling
Some of the toughest hurdles in homeschooling can be corrected with calm and confident parenting. This talk offers some insight into just what might be holding us back and how some easy, common sense adjustments will make all the difference.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Navigating High School and Beyond
How can you best prepare your homeschooler for the momentous changes in this season of life? Lay the course for a better future with strategies that help your high schooler embrace unforeseen blessings, maneuver around potential pitfalls, and hold fast to the Faith!
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Respecting the Man the Boy Will Become
A father tries to explain to mothers why they can’t make sense of their boys. Why do they fight with each other? Why are they obsessed with doing dangerous things? Why can’t they sit still? Martin will give useful advice and a list of great boys’ literature which will not only help your student make sense of his own actions, but will help you to understand him.
3:30pm – Conference Ends
Used Curriculum Sale during the Maryland IHM Catholic Homeschool Parent’s Conference May 12 and 13
Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers is happy to announce that we are again sponsoring the used curriculum sale as part of this year’s conference! MCH does not charge any fees to participate in the used curriculum (but donations are greatly appreciated).
Please carefully read the following information.
How to Participate:
You must contact Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH) in advance and pre-register to sell items at the used curriculum sale.
Please pre-register online to sell used curriculum on our website at
Once you register online, we will contact you with the guidelines of hours, how to mark your items, and what’s allowed and not allowed to sell, etc.
The hours of the used curriculum sale will be as follows:
Drop-off of items for Friday May 12 starting at 11:30am (do not come earlier, our doors will be shut, we have much to prepare before opening our doors at 12n)
Open to public on Friday is 12n-6pm
Drop-off of items for Saturday May 13 starting at 9am (again, do not come earlier)
Open to public on Saturday is 9:30-3:30 (we close our doors at 3:30, we have to pack and clean up)
Guidelines for the MCH used curriculum sale are as follows:
ALL items must be labeled with a 3×5 index card/or paper of similar size (or a sticky post-it note) and securely taped to these items (painters tape works great and is easy to remove) indicating the following (clearly printed):
1. Seller’s Name
2. Emergency cell phone number while at the conference AND your email address
3. Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
4. Grade level of item
5. Price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents)
The index card/paper and painters tape (do not use a tape that will rip the curriculum) must be securely attached to the item. Any unmarked item is considered a donation to MCH and will be sold for the benefit of MCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set, either in a plastic bag or tightly secured with rubber bands. It might also be good to mark how many items are in the set.
2. Bundling / Free Giveaways
Books that are less than a $1.00 should be bundled together within the same subject area and sold for one total price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents). Bundling of items will be allowed as long as the curriculum subject is the same. Example, a bundle of science related items together is fine, but a bundle of combined science and history items is not allowed. The bundle must still include the proper labeling as above. Free giveaways are allowed; but you still need to label the items as above and then clearly label it as a free giveaway.
3. Items allowed / not allowed
Any and all Catholic homeschooling curriculum is allowed; and any curriculum that’s a part of Catholic homeschooling is allowed. Christian curriculum is allowed so long as does not contain any anti-Catholic wording in it. Not allowed are any materials/curriculum that are wiccan or devil worship related or outright anti-Catholic, etc. A History book by a particular company that is anti-Catholic is not allowed; however, a math book by that same company is allowed as long as it doesn’t contain anti-Catholic wording. Also, no video tapes of any kind including education as these don’t sell; no toys, no baby items, no clothing, no household items, no DVDs/CDs (unless that actual DVD/CD is an actual supplement attached to a curriculum set for sale; examples – a Dive CD attached to a Saxon math item or an Apologia CD attached to an Apologia science book, etc.). The only items being sold at this used curriculum sale are items used in actual teaching of Catholic homeschool education/Catholic religion studies. MCH has the final say as to what is allowed and not allowed to be for sale. Any items not allowed by MCH must be removed, no exceptions. You are welcome to contact MCH with questions if you are in doubt as to whether or not an item will be allowed. Note – out dated education items do not sell well and video tapes / cassette tapes do not sell – therefore, we do not sell these items at the sale. I will not be accepting any study materials for the older SAT, PSAT, or ACT as these study materials are now considered outdated with the new versions being taught this new school year.
4. Drop-off Curriculum Guidelines
In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register. Your name will be put on the registered list as participating in the used curriculum sale during the conference. Email your name and contact information (phone number and email address) to me as already mentioned.
ALL items must be marked and labeled BEFORE you arrive at the sale. Anyone selling items at the used curriculum sale must check-in at the MCH used curriculum sale registration table when arriving before dropping off your books. You will need to check-out with MCH at the end of the conference to receive your sale monies. Please follow all rules for this sale.
5. Cash Sales and Sale Prices
MCH does not negotiate any sale prices at all. Anyone trying to argue a price with MCH will be asked to leave the room (sadly, yes, this has happened to us). All prices are non-negotiable; as we don’t set the prices, the seller does. All sales are final. Also, we will no longer hold items for sale ‘until later’; if you want the item, you will need to buy it then. Sellers, we highly suggest you check your sale items several times during the conference to see if your items are selling; you might need to adjust your price if you want it to sell; MCH does not adjust sale prices for anyone. MCH prefers all sales as cash only. Checks will be allowed only if all information is pre-printed on the check. Checks are payable to the name on the label and not to MCH. Credit cards will not be accepted at the MCH used curriculum sale (some vendors accept credit cards, MCH does not accept credit cards).
6. End of Conference Time / Picking Up Unsold Items and Your Sale Monies
The drop-off curriculum must be picked up on Saturday May 13, 3:30pm at the end of conference; however, you can pick up your items sooner. When you pick up your un-sold books, you will need to check-out at the MCH used curriculum registration table. At that time, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash/checks from your sales. Any unclaimed money will become an automatic donation to MCH, no exceptions. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to MCH, no exceptions. Note that we shut our doors promptly at the end of the day’s conference time. Again, you must get there sooner to claim your sales and un-sold curriculum.
MCH does not charge anyone a percentage fee of any kind to sell items at the used curriculum sale! However, please do keep in mind that MCH has fees for conference costs, and any donations to MCH are most appreciated! There will be a donation basket on the MCH used curriculum registration table. If you put your donation in an envelope with a note in it, we will know whom to send a thank you card! However, anonymous donations are greatly appreciated too! The IHM Conference is having a separate donation basket to cover expenses for their conference costs too. Please note that no fees have been charged to anyone for attending the conference so donations are greatly appreciated by IHM and by MCH!
Information for Catholic Homeschool Groups/Cooperatives to have flyers at the conference:
MCH is allowing Catholic homeschool groups/cooperatives to have informational flyers about their group available for others to take with them. However, groups/cooperatives will be allowed only single-sheet (can use both sides) take-home printed flyers. You must bring the flyers with you, printers are not available on-site. Please bring the flyers to the MCH used curriculum sale check-in table at the conference. All flyers will be put on one table for people to browse. No bulletin boards or poster boards will be allowed. If you set these up, you will be told to remove them. Flyers will not be allowed anywhere else around the conference. Groups are responsible for taking away all unused flyers at the end of the conference on Saturday.
MCH will have coffee and tea set out for everyone the entire conference time. We never charge for this; however, donations are most appreciated to help cover the cost!
MCH is not a tax-exempt organization. MCH is a private LLC business organization.