Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.
Friday, June 16, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:30am to 3:30pm
Lansing Catholic High School
501 Marshall St.
Lansing, MI 48912
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….
Fr. Steve Mattson
Fr. Steve Mattson is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. He is what is sometimes called a “revert” to the faith. He was raised Catholic, but his family left the Catholic Church after he graduated from high school. Then, after spending nearly twenty years as an Evangelical Protestant, Fr. Steve returned to the Catholic Church…
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)….
Mrs. Alice Kompar
Mrs. Alice Kompar is a homeschooling mother of 6 and the former coordinator of the Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Communication Management and worked in Long Term Care prior to staying home to raise her children.
Dr. William Fahey
Dr. William Fahey is the third president of Thomas More College and brings to the office a record of institutional building and broad scholarly accomplishments. Dr. Fahey earned an Honors A.B. from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Classics and History. Afterwards, Fahey pursued postgraduate studies in Ancient History…
ChewsLife.com is a Homeschool Mom owned business that offers artisan-made products for Catholics of all ages! Our ChewsLife line of soft silicone rosaries, chaplets, and bracelets are perfect for the tiny Catholics in your life, as well as chewable Miraculous Medal necklaces for their Mamas! We also offer beautiful gemstone jewelry for women; excuse-proof Rosary Bracelets, essential oil accessories, earrings, Mama Necklaces, and more! We have a passion for helping families develop a devotion to the daily rosary! Totus Tuus!
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.
Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items – prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.
MCH Used Booksale
Recommended by the “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College”, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant, and faithful Catholic community.
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.
At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portryaing Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight into the truths of our Faith.
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.
We’re a one-stop store for all things Catholic (religious art, statuary, jewelry, CD’s, DVD’s, books). But we particularly specialize in the best and largest collection of books faithful to the magisterium in the Midwest.
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.
Thomas More College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college that combines intensive reading of the Great Books with lectures and seminar discussions placing those works in their historical, cultural, and theological context. Students are trained to see in the many facets of Beauty the single face of Truth.
Award winning educational supplements. Entertaining and engaging books for all ages. Home parties, business opportunities, fundraisers.
Friday, June 16
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy
Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
St. Thomas More: Model for Homeschooling Fathers
Many fathers today feel that the pressures of the modern world make it very difficult to participate in the education and formation of their children. This talk will explain how St. Thomas More offers an excellent model of a professionally engaged layman who created a rich household for his children—spiritually, academically, and culturally.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
10 Things I Wish I Had Known
This will be a slightly comical but reassuring talk about: the life of students after homeschooling; normal things homeschooling parents fear; and why it’s going to be ok. Be assured that formation in the home is a successful preparation for the world.
4:30pm – 5:15pm
History as if People Mattered
Why do so many people say they love history but hated history class? If teaching history to your homeschooler seems daunting, this talk will guide you through inculcating a love and understanding of history in your child, emphasizing the narrative nature of history coupled with a theme-based approach. The talk will also explore why modern-secular attempts at teaching history are doomed to failure.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, June 17
10:00am – 10:45am
Finding God’s Fingerprints on Your Dirty Windows
Staring out my window, the beauty of the view seems obscured by the dozen little smudgy fingerprints on my glass. But what if those smudges are really there to help me look more closely at the wonder inside my home? What if God planted those tiny prints to remind me that whenever we serve one another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.
11:15am – 12:00pm
You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!
Anyone who works with children today is having his confidence, peace of mind, and authority undercut by widespread myths of “experts” and the media. Dr. Ray identifies several of the most pervasive of these myths, and helps moms and dads realize they are better parents and teachers than they might think.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm
The “Benedict Option” and Homeschooling
A recent book addresses the Benedict Option, and the challenges of fostering and maintaining a Christian culture in our post-Christian times. Fr. Mattson will discuss the ways homeschooling “fits” with the Benedict Option, and ways in which it can inform homeschooling values and priorities.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
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.