Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.


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Thursday April 20th, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521

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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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…

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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.

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 benefits of play? Discovery Toys’ award winning products provide that and more! And if you are blessed to serve special needs children, you will also find that Discovery Toys can fit into your program!

Gary Zimak

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.

My Little Patron

My Little Patron offers books, printables and other products using cute illustrated saints to draw children deeper into their faith. We have published “Saints & Blesseds from A to Z” and offer Preschool printables.

Pauline Books and Media

The Daughters of St. Paul/Pauline Books and Media is a religious congregation of Catholic Sisters who provide some of the finest Catholic books, music and religious articles for all ages. Our titles are stepping stones to a family’s greater faith, deep prayer life and joyous union with God.

Regina Caeli Academy, PSP

A private school satellite program supporting Catholic families home school independently in California for over 20 years. Parents are free to use any curriculum of their choosing, and are assured of homeschooling legally under a Private School Program. RCA maintains cumulative records and issues offical high school Transcripts and Diplomas.

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, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).

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.

Thomas Aquinas College

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.

Trendzilly Soft Saint Dolls

Trendzilly handmade “Soft Saint Dolls” encourage a loving relationship between your child and the Saints. They can be used as teaching tools for little ones to learn about the lives of Jesus, Mary and the Saints. They are soft and cuddly with sweet embroidered faces. Also, available coloring pages, and holy cards illustrated to look like the dolls.

Usborne Books

Books for children of all ages. Discover fiction, non-fiction, award winning titles that will stir the imagination and make children say, “Read it again, please!” Supplement your current curriculum or use our books as the curriculum.

Thursday, April 20

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

Mary Ellen Barrett

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!

Gary Zimak

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!

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Am I Doing Enough?

Gary Zimak

One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!

6:00pm – Conference Ends