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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences and Cures

“Nature deficit disorder” refers to the costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of emotional of physical and emotional imbalances. It can affect individuals, families and communities. Although we as homeschoolers strive to provide the best education for our children, we may also be overlooking the importance of sufficient time in a natural environment—an essential component of raising children in an environment saturated with goodness, truth and beauty.

Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm

Escaping the “conveyor belt” approach of instructional education by which most of us were shaped isn’t easy, but it has to be done. For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose  of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders and communicators—so desperately needed in today’s world.

Preserving the Harvest

The homeschooling movement will continue to be successful only if each successive generation catches the vision of faithfulness. John Notgrass, a homeschool graduate, believes that his parents have been successful parents because they have passed on to him a vision for serving the Lord with his life. John encourages parents to keep investing in their children through high school and beyond, preparing them to bear much fruit in God’s kingdom.

The Ugly Side of Homeschooling

This session will be plain talk about the "ugly" side of homeschooling with emphasis on parental burnout, strife amongst siblings and extended family and societal pressures.

Charlotte Mason: Her Life and Methods

This workshop is an introduction to Charlotte Mason's rich life, unique and groundbreaking methodology and her evocative ideas, which can all be used in a modern home education context.

Teaching Foreign Language

Languages and Music fall into the same category. They require consistency and earn great results in the end. Most jobs award an automatic pay increase for a second language. There are many different reasons for what language to teach and how long to teach it, but the younger you start the more success your child will enjoy. No one becomes a mathematician by taking 2 years of math or a concert pianist with 2 years of piano. Come and learn how to make the most of languages to enhance the future for your child.

Article V and the Convention of States (COS) Project

Once most people understand how our government is supposed to operate under the US Constitution, they wonder just what they can do to help get our federal government back inside the fence of the Constitution. Recently, Michael Farris, founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (and no stranger to homeschoolers around the country) cofounded the Convention of States (COS) Project.

The Biblical Worldview of Government and the US Constitution

Although the Scriptures do not specify exactly how a government must be formed, the principles of civil government are woven throughout the Scriptures. Human government was instituted by God to protect man’s unalienable rights from mankind’s sinful tendencies [Romans 13] and a proper look at the other God ordained institutions reveals the need for government to be limited in scope. This session forms the basis for understanding the biblical worldview of government in order to make the connection to the biblical foundations for our US Constitution and American government.

How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home

Are you fed up with the ugly talk and fighting in your home? Amazingly, it is easier to be polite and patient with those outside the family than with those we love the most! A major part of preparing our children for life is teaching them how to interact with others. In this session, we will apply biblical conflict resolution principles to the relationships in your home. You will receive practical tools for how to teach your children to handle conflict (and how to practice it yourself!).

Top Ten Passions from a Homeschool Veteran

After twenty-five years of homeschooling, what does this homeschool veteran see as the most important advice to pass along to those still in the trenches of parenting and homeschooling? Debbie will share her top concerns about homeschooling. She will cover topics for all ages, from birth to young adulthood.