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Thursday April 28th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521

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...

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Mrs. Amy Kalscheur

Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling...

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Fr. Zachary Akers

Fr. Zachary Akers is the fourth of six children born into a very Catholic family in northern Virginia. His priestly vocation was certainly fostered by loving and pious parents, very supportive siblings, good priestly examples, and a very active involvement in parish life. Some of his recreational interests are playing a variety of sports...

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Mr. Everett Buyarski

Mr. Everett Buyarski has been the Director of Academic Services for Kolbe Academy for almost a decade, where he has the pleasure of working on a daily basis with parents and students regarding all aspects of homeschooling. He particularly enjoys the opportunity to work with high school students...

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Amy Kalscheur

Catholic Schoolhouse

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.

Colleen Hammond

Discovery Toys

Are you looking for fun, engaging educational toys, books, games and puzzles that will compliment and re-enforce the skills the children are taught, as well as encouraging them to use their imagination to grow and experience the countless benfeits of play? Discovery Toys' award winning products provide that and more! And if you are blessed to serve special needs chidlren, you will also find that Discovery Toys can fit into your program!

Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.

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 Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC–loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.

Pauline Books and Media

The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious who carry out the apostolate of evangelization using the means of communication. We dedicate our lives to bringing the Gospel of hope to people yearning for God's love, providing them with many different avenues to encounter the Living God.

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).

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.

Thursday, April 28

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Amy Kalscheur

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned, and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Colleen Hammond

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.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Holiness in the Married State

Fr. Zachary Akers

This talk covers the importance of husbands and wives striving for holiness in and through their marriages, and how accepting the “universal call to holiness” is essential for re-establishing good Catholic marriages and families and, therefore, society itself.

3:30pm – 4:15pm

There Are Those Days

Amy Kalscheur

You’re a strong Catholic homeschooling mom, and you can do anything. But some days are better than others. Amy will tell about some of her not-so-great days and how she got through them, because even though homeschooling is a blessing, well, “There are those days….”

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Preparing Your Student for Academic Success

Everett Buyarski

The Common Core State Standards define academic success based on “college and career readiness.” How should we as homeschoolers measure academic success? This talk will discuss what it means to be academically successful, and how homeschooling can uniquely prepare your student to succeed academically.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Teaching Values to Your Children

Colleen Hammond

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.

6:00pm – Conference Ends