Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2019.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, June 14, 2019
9:30am to 3:30pm
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051
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….
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…
Lacy de la Garza
Lacy de la Garza is a native of Dallas, and was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school in the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex until, after a long battle with God, she arrived at the University of Dallas as a transfer student studying psychology. After writing her undergraduate thesis on the relationship between abortion and women, she took a position at the Catholic Pro-Life Committee serving as English Rachel’s Vineyard Coordinator for post-abortive men and women….
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)….
Fr. James Yamauchi
Father James Yamauchi is a priest of the Diocese of Dallas and serves as the parochial administrator of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Born in 1985, he is the oldest of six children and grew up in a military family, living in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Germany, Mississippi, and moved to the Dallas area in 2001…
Angelicum Academy is a Catholic homeschool program for nursery-12th grade. We offer a complete home study curriculum and many online classes. Beginning in 9th grade our Great Books Program and Theology courses enable students to earn up to 60 college credits while in high school.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.
Catholic Charities Dallas is a large faith-based social service agency focused on improving quality of life for people in need. Through a multitude of programs and services, we are present to our community’s most vulnerable and help those in crisis move toward a better life. From homelessness to hunger, from victims of abuse to refugees of war and oppression, we focus on serving clients during their greatest time of need and continue to walk with them on their journey towards self-sufficiency. Join us!
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.
CMF CURO is part of the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF). CMF is dedicated to building a culture of life in health care. For more than 20 years, CMF has worked to educate the laity, clergy, and our political leaders about the requirement that effective health care be centered in the sanctity of human life and the true care of the individual whole person, the whole patient. Learn more about the Mission of the Christ Medicus Foundation.
EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children’s animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.
Herald Entertainment is an award-winning production house dedicated to wholesome entertainment by means of animation, documentaries, music and publishing. We provide content-rich, quality media for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages thorugh the production of original material.
We are a family-owned and operated apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization. We offer a wide variety of whoelsome and orthodox books, CDs, adn DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the DISCOUNT TABLES where you will find used books and curriculum, scratch and dent, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% off!!!
We connect your Catholic homeschool to the experts. And in the spirit of the New Evangelization and in the light of Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on the domestic church, Homeschool Connections seeks to use technology to enhance a homeschool family’s educational efforts by providing them the needed resources to achieve this endeavor. We aspire to help parents with their education of their children in two respects: (1) to provide free, informative webinars for parents; and (2) to provide affordable and engaging courses from University-level professors and practitioners for students.
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.
Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. A series of books written for younger readers about the lives of Catholic men and women and how they used the gifts that God gave them to help others. We also carry a limited amount of used books, a little Catholic art, and a few Catholic religious items.
Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. Northeast Catholic offers a Great Books education rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. We offer 5 majors, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Political Science and Great Books, and a concentration in the Fine Arts. Our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church is a source of joy for students, their parents, the faculty, and the entire collegiate community.
RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. The program lessons guide the teacher day-by-day and year-by-year, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics while surpassing state standards.
The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.
Sacred Heart Books & Gifts offers a variety of Catholic homeschool curriculum and supplements for all grades. We offer most of our products at 15% off retail price to help our customers save money.
Secret Garden Educational Pathways provides Catholic special education remediation, consultation and online services.
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).
At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portraying 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.
Stay Close to Christ helps people discover inspiring Catholic gifts, especially Tiny Saints, toys and games, books, and replicas of antique European Saint medals.
Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics books. Set of 4 phonetic readers and workbooks teach over 90 phonograms using a variety of proven methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible, and folktales. Easy-to-use teacher’s manual and workbooks provide written practice and more. Grades K-2.
Teaching Textbooks was founded by two brothers, Shawn and Greg Sabouri (a Harvard math tutor). The two realized that software could be used to make math instruction better, easier, and more affordable. Today the company produces a whole range of math programs that enable students to learn from top-notch tutors while in the comfort of their homes. The products available are curriculum designed specifically for homeschoolers, Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. To view a current selection of Teaching Textbook products, please visit www.teachingtextbooks.com.
Thomas Aquinas College is the only Catholic college in America to read exclusively from the Great Books!
The Liberal Arts program, guided by the light of Faith, aims at truth in all the major academic disciplines. Students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, 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 several pursue a religious vocation.
The College’s student body is represented by 40 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. Also, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. This year we are proud to announce the opening of Thomas Aquinas College’s branch campus in New England! To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, please stop by the Thomas Aquinas College table in the vendor area.
The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic liberal arts university dedicated to developing the whole person: mind, body, soul. UD offers students a rigorous and comprehensive Core curriculum, a solid foundation for spiritual growth, an opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized study-abroad Rome Program, and a lively campus community.
Usborne Books & More offers books for children of all ages. Discover fiction and non-fiction and award-winning titles! As a consultant, and a Catholic homeschooling mom, I look forward to helping you find the perfect books for your homeschool.
Why-Games offers over 600 different board and card games. When we select our games, we look for ones that are educational, strategic and fun. Our goal is to make learning fun and to give you the opportunity to spend meaningful and joyous time together with loved ones.
Thursday, June 13
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Raising a 1 in 100 Child Against a Culture No Longer On Your Side
Good parents are finding themselves battling against the moral and soul misshaping forces of the culture. This presentation offers what to watch out for and how to counter those forces.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Good Habits Make a Great Homeschool
Even as our houses need the occasional freshening up, so too do our habits and routines. This talk will help you discover the tools that you need to develop good habits and keep the homeschooling flowing peacefully all year.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy
Like the Irish monks who labored to preserve the culture that was being destroyed by barbarians, so too do Catholic homeschool parents protect and preserve the faith and Catholic traditions in modern society.
4:30pm – 5:15pm
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.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Friday, June 14
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
Homeschooling in the Hard Times
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.
11:15am – 12:00pm
Reclaiming Our Sacramental Identity in Daily Living
In an ever-growing secular age, the Church’s sacraments are as relevant as ever to remind us of our fundamental identity and purpose found in the person of Jesus Christ. This talk will renew our own love for the sacramental life of the Church and offer ways in which we can instill this love to the future generations of Catholics entrusted to our care.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm
School is Everywhere: How Learning Shaped My Curiosity
A homeschool graduate, Lacy shares how her educational background prepared her for the working world in ways that manifest every single day. Now a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, it was not always so; hear about the journey and learn more about some obstacles along the way.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
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 on another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.