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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Take Heart: 26 Steps to a Healthy Homeschool

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. While deeply rewarding, homeschooling takes hard work, dedication and planning. It's a full-time job, and burnout is all too common among homeschool families. Join Mari as shares valuable lessons she has learned about creating, building and establishing a homeschool that is happy, healthy and full of heart.

The Power of Servanthood

Discover how to become a servant of great value. Find out how to teach your children to relate to their brothers and sisters in a spirit of love. Find out how to resolve conflicts and sibling rivalries.

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. 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 on these questions from pre-school to high school.

When More Is Less: A Call to Simplicity in Your Schedule, Your Home and Your Children’s Education

It’s easy to get caught up in the mentality that we’ve got to add more: we must do more, we must get more and our children must study more. More, more, more! But the funny thing is that when we keep adding more, we usually end up with less of what really matters. Come discover the richness that simplicity can bring to your schedule, your home and your children’s education.

“You’re Not the Boss of Me!” Motivate Strong-Willed Children

Very few things are as frustrating as an unmotivated child. You have tried lecturing, consequences, threats and bribes. Exactly how do you motive a child who doesn't respond to consequences? What about a teenager who seems lazy and undisciplined, who doesn't show any interest in school work? What about a teen or foster child who is angry and even belligerent? You may have a seven or seventeen-year-old who won't do school work. And don't forget the child who quits activities. We will show you ten secrets to motivate unmotivated kids.

Keeping Your "SmartCookie" Challenged

Is your second grader building a fusion reactor in your backyard or calculating rates of speed and velocity? Forrest and Beth’s daughter, SmartCookie #1 received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in three short years at twenty-one years of age. Their son, SmartCookie #2 and twin to #1, received a 104% in calculus 2 in his senior year of high school and reads C++ programming textbooks for enjoyment. Beth candidly shares about her journey home educating her two academically advanced children and how she kept the wheels of opportunity turning.

Art: Unveiling the Mystery of Creativity

See what the subject of art is really about. You’ll be surprised to learn that the power of seeing and creating is something that even the most non-artistic parents can present to their children with ease. Learn practical ways that awareness and creativity can be nurtured in every child! You won’t want to miss this inspiring presentation on the power of art.

Homeschooling with Confidence! 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 may struggle with these questions. Our answers influence our priorities and strategies. We will discuss a basic biblical philosophy of education upon which our daily teaching activities can be built.

How to Teach Classically

Beyond the ideas and curriculum, how do you actually teach classically? What do you do when you are with your child and the material needs to be transferred from the book to the student and how does this really cultivate wisdom and virtue? Find out in this session.

Kids Are Writers Too

Writing is fun to teach. Don't believe me? I have a plan that will make your writing class fun, fun, fun. Is your child eight years old, twelve years old or fifteen years-old? They can love writing. I will show you how to teach writing in a fun and meaningful way. You will love your writing class from this day forward. (This talk is taken from my book of the same name.)