Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
New Braunfels Civic Center
375 S. Castell Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Prof. Joseph Pearce
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, in Nashville, TN. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions...
Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...
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...
Mrs. Terry Arnold
Mrs. Terry Arnold is a homeschool leader from Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston and has been married to her husband Calvin for over 30 years. Since 1991, she has been homeschooling...
Benedictine College is a private, Catholic, four-year liberal arts college located in Atchison, Kansas. Common majors include Business, Education, Theology, Engineering, and Nursing. Benedictine is listed on the Cardinal Newman Society Guide and has a campus in Florence, Italy. The enrollment has increased for 15 consecutive years and over 80% of our students live on campus.
Premier homeschooling educational tools–toys, games, books, and musical CD’s. Discovery toys are backed by an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.
JMJT Cards is a family-owned online gift shop. We specialize in original designed handmade rosaries, Catholic jewelry, stationary and much more. We also offer customized diplomas and announcements to reflect your homeschooling journey.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging and educational books on the market. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read.
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education
Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Tips I’ve Learned over the Years
Looking for the secrets to homeschooling? Although she can’t promise all of the answers, Mrs. Arnold, as a homeschooling mother of 5 children, will share tips and overviews learned in 20 years of homeschooling. Some topics covered will be “short term or long haul homeschooling?” “why homeschool for high school?” and “mom versus mom-teacher tips.”
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Put Excellence at the Center of Your Curriculum
Faith binds us together, but Catholic homeschooling parents often differ when choosing curriculum and teaching styles. Learn why excellence should be at the center of every homeschooling home, and how to foster it in yours.
3:00pm – Coffee and Cookie Social
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Unlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien described his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Prof. Pearce unlocks the Catholic dimension of this bestselling trilogy. Discover the hidden meaning of the One Ring, the spiritual significance of the elves, the hidden meaning of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and much more.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
5 Steps to Better Behavior
Often homeschooling succeeds or fails based on students’ behavior. Discipline can be tough to enforce, but is not complicated to understand. Ginny offers five simple ideas to get you started.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Teaching Values to Your Children
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.