Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2018.


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Friday, June 1, 2018
12:00pm to 6:00pm


St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers

Gold Sponsor

The Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers are a proud Gold Sponsor of this conference.

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Prof. Mary Stanford

Prof. Mary Stanford received her Master of Theological Studies degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. A married homeschooling mother of six children, Mary occasionally moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the Theology Department of Christendom College…

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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

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Dr. Joshua Hochschild

Joshua P. Hochschild is Professor of Philosophy, and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. Professor Hochschild studied philosophy at Yale University and the University of Notre Dame. From 2001 to 2005 he taught at Wheaton College…

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A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a homeschooled family owned business that provides inexpensive books and gifts to further the faith of the Church, different parishes, and families wherever they may be. We are a mobile store that moves between events, activities, and conferences to provide the best avaialibity that we can.

Arx Publishing

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

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.

Christendom College

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.

The Deo Gratias Company

The Deo Gratias Company is a Catholic, family-owned company founded in 2016. We produce practical, Catholic flash drives as well as Graphic Novels of the Saint, which are packed with sound catechesis and historical accuracy! Our products are one-of-a-kind and are truly holy treasures in a modern world!

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.

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.

MCH Used Booksale

Mount St. Mary’s University

Founded in 1808 in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s University is home to 1500 undergraduates on a beautiful, traditional college campus, with a seminary and the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. Faithful to Ex Corde Ecclesiae, we are a student-centered Catholic university engaging the world. Our robust core curriculum, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, is complemented by a wide array of majors, extensive athletics and recreation programming, and a strong record of internship and career placement.

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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.

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

The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values.


Friday, June 1

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Communication Technology and Our Kids: What are We Risking?

Prof. Mary Stanford

Managing our children’s use of technology has become a paramount issue for our time. By making a close examination of the nature of human communication, this talk will illustrate some of the serious risks that our culture’s forms of “disembodied communication” pose, as well as encourage parents to maintain an atmosphere at home that is truly worthy of the human person.


2:00pm – 2:45pm

How Homeschooling Can Save Souls, and the World

Mary Ellen Barrett

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.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Friendship and contemplation in the Digital Age

Dr. Joshua Hochschild

Many parents are concerned about the spiritual implications of social media and digital devices, and many parents wonder if technology can be integrated into healthy living. This talk will cover the challenge of virtuous living in light of modern technology.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Mary Ellen Barrett

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.


6:00pm – Day Ends

Used Curriculum Sale during the Maryland IHM Catholic Homeschool Parent’s Conference on June 1

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 HERE.

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 June 1 starting at 11:30am (do not come earlier since the doors will be shut, but come promptly at 11:30am — we have much to prepare before opening our doors at 12n)

Open to public on Friday is 12n-6pm (we close our doors at 6:00, we have to pack and clean up)

Guidelines for the MCH used curriculum sale are as follows:

1. Labeling
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.

7. Donations
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.