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2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair

The 29th Annual Conference and Book Fair, May 24-26, 2013

Communication and Social Media in the 21st Century--Helping Our Teens Live for Christ

Our children engage the world through technology like no other generation has ever before. Computers and communication tools like email, Facebook, instant messengers, cell phones and texting can be used for good but can also be a means to draw our hearts away from the Lord. Tracy shares the pros and cons, practical tips and experience to help parents navigate this ever-growing world of social networking with their teens for God’s glory.

It’s Never Too Early

This workshop will provide practical strategies for teaching the foundational principles of relational wisdom to young children, giving them a head start on developing skills that will aid homeschooling and speed their path to maturity.

The Power of Praise with Our Children

Life and death is in the power of tongue. Deep scars can occur as a result of negative, condemning words and withholding of praise and affirmation. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. This talk uses James 3:1-10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. The talk will explore some ways that we use our tongue to injure our children and how we can use our tongue as an instrument of blessing.

The Paradigm of Wonder

Life-long learners, heroes advancing the Kingdom, dreamers who see the possibilities, adults who still have a twinkle in their eye and smile playing about their lips, passionate people pursuing a vision—these don’t come from a box, a workbook, a curriculum or a four-step plan, but they are the very heart of who we want our homeschooled children to become. Explore the essentials of a well-lived childhood that create space for the adventures of a lifetime. You don’t consider the floor properly vacuumed just because someone passed a machine over it.

Navigating the College Maze

A former admissions counselor and homeschooling parent will explain the college process, what courses your student should take and when, SAT vs. ACT, how to score more scholarship money, what should (and shouldn’t) be on your teen’s high school transcript and what’s the real scoop on financial aid.

The Place of Outside Classes and Activities in Your Homeschool

From the beginning of the homeschool journey, parents have to make decisions about what types of activities will be done outside of the home. Twenty-something years ago when the modern homeschool movement began, there were few options, but today, the choices are overwhelming. How does a homeschooling parent decide what is good and what is not. Which outside activities are wonderful enrichments to the homeschool and which are detrimental to our goals as homeschoolers. Debbie will cover the entire gamut from pre-school to high school.

Teaching Styles 101

We’ve all read lots of books on learning styles. Here’s a look from the other side of the chalkboard. What are teaching styles? Why, as a home educator, do I need to know them? What’s the best one for my students? These and other questions will be addressed in this interactive session. speaker notes

Everything I Know about Homeschooling

A mom in her final year of homeschooling shares her A-Z guide for the most important lessons she’s learned in fifteen years of teaching her children. She’ll help you discover how to work with the family and situation that you have, how to learn from mistakes and forgive yourself and how to focus on what’s crucial and let go of what isn’t. Most of all, she’ll teach you how to relax and enjoy this wild and crazy adventure called homeschooling!

Setting a Paradigm for Purity

A biblical, age-appropriate approach to sex education. In this session parents of preschool, elementary and middle school children will learn what to talk about with their kids at every stage of development. This session includes information on how to set the paradigm for purity beginning in preschool. We will also discuss media discernment, how to give “the talk,” and how parents can begin now to open up the lines of communication with their children to pave the way for honesty and openness during adolescence.

Tactics: Handling Objections with Grace and Truth

Ever been on the hot seat? Here’s the good news: Christians don’t have to answer every objection thrown at them. Three questions, graciously asked, can reverse the burden of proof and put you back in the driver’s seat—where you belong.

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