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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling—Fear and Inadequacy

This presentation is based upon scriptural principles gleaned from King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This session involves more of a general encouragement and challenge to homeschoolers than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there will be specific application principles that will be given in a 1-2-3 etc. format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome fear of failure, one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling moms.

How to Teach Your Child to Think

It is one thing to know when Columbus discovered America, but quite another to be able to talk about the challenges and unexpected variables that accompanied the explorer(s). Learning to think, to consider multiple causes and possibilities and to connect the dots in an informed and imaginative way is a skill that can be taught. Join us to learn about effective strategies for teaching our children to think.

Getting the Classical Education You Never Got

It is possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do (children to raise, bills to pay, homes to care for) and an educational history lacking skills like a knowledge of Latin and Greek and still become classical educated as an adult. Most of us were not blessed with a classical Christian education. We were taught that education is more about getting a job than it is about cultivating wisdom and virtue. But a classical education suggests otherwise.

I’m Worn-Out, Going Crazy and Making My Kids Stupid, Would Somebody Please Help?

Have you ever felt this way? If so, please join us for this workshop for both husbands and wives. This seminar focuses on real vs. false expectations, barriers to overcome and the most important areas to focus on. If you are finding yourself lacking motivation in your homeschooling and wonder if you can make it to the end, come for encouragement and ideas to help you along the way!

Emotion in Christian Anthropology

Modern Christians are often skeptical of focusing on emotions and the impact they have on our lives. As a result, we are often tossed to and fro by forces in our own hearts that exercise an overwhelming influence in our lives. In this workshop, we will explore the biblical nature of emotions, how God intends them to enrich our lives and how we can channel both negative and positive emotions into constructive action.

The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

How can Christians bring moral clarity to issues like abortion and embryonic stem cell research? How can they use science and philosophy to present a gracious and persuasive case for the pro-life view? Scott uses humor and hard-hitting logic to argue for the truth of the pro-life view and suggests three key questions that must be answered by biblically-informed Christians on the single greatest moral issue of our day.

Foreign Language in Your Homeschool: from the Traditional to the Revolutionary!

Do I have to speak a language to teach it? Which language should I teach? Which curriculum is best and what’s the difference? When should we begin—is kindergarten too early? What about high school and getting credit? Are you using a computer/CD/video program, but your child won’t say anything? Find out why! This workshop will cover foreign language study from kindergarten through high school, the benefits, what to expect from the different curricula, what to look for in a curriculum and how language study can help develop a heart for missions.

A Basic Educational Strategy

How do I know I am giving my children what they really need? For what purpose am I preparing them? How can I most effectively teach them? Are there faulty objectives and strategies I have unintentionally carried over from public education? Even those who have been teaching their children at home for years still struggle with these questions. Our answers influence our priorities and strategies. In this session, we will discuss a basic biblical philosophy of education upon which our daily teaching activities can be built.

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.

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