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Friday, August 7, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm


DoubleTree Hotel Sunrise – Sawgrass Mills
13400 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33323

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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Dr. Catherine Moran

Dr. Catherine Moran received her B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Speech/Hearing Therapy from Kent State University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Education from Breyer State University. A mother of five, she has over 20 years of homeschooling experience....

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Dr. Susan Waldstein

Dr. Susan Waldstein was born in Tucson, Arizona, and met her Austrian husband, Michael Waldstein, at Thomas Aquinas College. They married in 1978 and began their adventure, moving around the world while Michael earned degrees and taught and Susan bore and homeschooled their eight children. They had their first child in their three years in Dallas. They had two children in their three years in Rome....

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Mr. Spencer Swope

Spencer Swope is the father of 10 children, 8 of whom are currently being homeschooled. Spencer is the Southern Regional Marketing Manager for EWTN, the Global Catholic Network. In his position, Spencer is responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN’s volunteer program called the Media Missionaries...

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Agnus Gift Shop

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Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University - Excellent, Affordable, Catholic. Our Students come from 46 states and 18 countries. We offer 23 majors; 94% of our professors have Ph.Ds; average class size: 17 students. Our beautiful campus is a short drive from Naples, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. *Ave Maria will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.

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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.

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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.

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EWTN Global Catholic Network

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Catherine Moran

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Dr. Susan Waldstein

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John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts

John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts offers a large selection of childrens books that are all Catholic. We also carry Catholic parenting books, bibles, holy cards, rosaries, prayer books, first communion and confirmation items.

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Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media, NFP specializes in promoting the Catholic Faith through audio CDs, books, booklets, pamphlets, and DVDs.​ We work in partnership with Fr. Gaitley, the Augustine Institute ​“Symbolon and YDisciple” ​series all to help you teach the faith to your children.

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Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.

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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.

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Pius Media

Pius Media is a Catholic DVD Rental Membership website. Using the familiar DVD-by-mail model like Netflix, we provide families with saint movies, children’s movies, educational tools, apologetics, Catholic-friendly Hollywood movies, and wholesome television series. Pius Media brings the Catholic faith and entertainment together in one place so that your family can learn and grow.

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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).

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Simply Fun

SimplyFun builds smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play! Our games are designed to be played in 30 minutes or less, making learning and connecting easier for busy families. SimplyFun's award winning products are also built to last so they can be enjoyed again and again!

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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.

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Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More offers award-winning educational titles for children of all ages. From birth through high-school, art to zoology. These books offer excellence in both fiction and non-fiction.

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Friday, August 7

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Homeschooling 8 from the Alps to the Everglades

Dr. Susan Waldstein

Pulling from her many years’ experience, Dr. Waldstein will discuss how to homeschool many children at the same time “without losing your toddler or your mind.”

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Staying Positive and On Track: Avoiding Teaching Burnout

Dr. Catherine Moran

What causes teacher burnout and how to avoid it is something every homeschooling mom needs to know. Keeping your enthusiasm and initial joy in teaching your children is very important. This presentation will discuss the pitfalls and tips for staying positive and on track in your role as parent and teacher.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

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.

3:00pm – Coffee Social

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Discovering and Implementing Your Child’s Learning Style

Dr. Catherine Moran

What do you do when your child just can’t seem to continue with his lessons? Various learning styles and methods for teaching reading, writing, and mathematics will be explored. Learn how to identify and establish the necessary core foundation for your child with numerous practical tips.

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Homeschooling Amidst the Spiritual Battle

Spencer Swope

In a society that is doing its best to counter everything that homeschool parents are trying to instill in their children, parents face a day-to-day battle. We should take heart because we are “better teachers than they think” just by the grace given to us from above as parents. This talk offers some practical tips on how to win the battle.

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