Elizabeth Smith
Wife of HSLDA President Mike Smith Director of Development of the Home School Foundation


Elizabeth Smith, wife of Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike Smith, taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996, when the youngest entered college. For 30 years, Elizabeth’s practical wisdom has encouraged audiences at homeschool conferences, symposiums, and women’s retreats throughout the United States. Michael and Elizabeth have appeared several times on Focus on the Family’s radio program.

Elizabeth is spokesperson for the Home School Foundation and serves on the board of directors of Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry. She is a founding board member of the National Black Home Educators. She is regional prayer and personal witnessing leader for the Virginia Auxiliary of Gideons International. Elizabeth has lobbied on pro-family issues in her state capitol and in Washington, D.C., and is a board member of the Virginia family policy council, The Family Foundation. She has taught women’s Bible study in her local church for 10 years.




Title:Balancing Home, Marriage, and Homeschooling
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Marriage, Parenting
Audience:All, Parents, Support Group Leaders
Description:If we want our homeschool years to be successful, we must build a quality family life and healthy marriage that will serve as a model for our children’s future relationships. In this session, Elizabeth Smith focuses on how to make that happen. Included are 10 tips for husbands and wives and what wives wished their husbands knew about homeschooling.

Title:Beyond Textbooks to Creative Curriculum
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education
Audience:Parents
Description:If your curriculum is getting the best of you, this session by Elizabeth Smith is for you. Learn how to expand your curriculum horizons with great ideas that will challenge and motivate homeschoolers of all ages. Textbooks are a good place to start, but there is so much more we can do to educate our children. Learn helpful tips for making your student a lifelong learner.

Title:Crisis Management and Marriage for the Long Term
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage
Audience:Mothers
Description:This workshop is for the homeschooling wife and mother. Elizabeth will deal with the unique pressures homeschooling moms experience. She will explain the value and purpose of stress in our lives and share specific ways to deal with it. Gain wisdom to help navigate the homeschool years!

Title:Five Essential Ingredients to Successful Homeschooling
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education
Audience:Parents
Description:Homeschooling is more than education. The homeschool experience can be like traversing a minefield. In this session, Elizabeth Smith tells how to step around the land mines to ensure success with your at—home learner. This clear Christian message will put us squarely in God’s lesson plan for success.

Title:Getting Them Ready to Learn and to Love It
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The early years before children begin formal education is the time to show them that learning is fun and interesting. Elizabeth Smith will present informal reading and math “lessons” that not only teach, but also help transition mom into being her children’s first teacher. Learning to seize teaching opportunities and apply wisdom to the education process will help ensure that our little ones love learning and move easily into formal curriculum.

Title:Homeschooling: Spiritual Revival or Education Movement?
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Is homeschooling a call from God or just another education movement? What are the signs of true revival? Elizabeth will compare homeschooling with great spiritual awakenings of the past. You will see homeschooling in a whole new light in this thought—provoking and inspiring session.

Title:How to Influence Your Elected Officials
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Lobbying, Political
Audience:All, Teens
Description:This fast—paced session is filled with real—life stories on how one person can change the community, state, and nation. Elizabeth Smith will motivate, equip, and encourage you with six ways to influence the people you help elect to office. Gain information on writing press releases and letters to the editor and tips for dealing with the media. For students of all ages, this is a great supplement to your regular civics or government course.

Title:Keeping Your Kids on Your Leadership Team
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Teens
Audience:Parents, Support Group Leaders
Description:As homeschool group leaders feel the demands of a growing homeschool movement, how do we make sure our children feel they are part of our ministry to others? Elizabeth Smith shares 20 ways to keep your children on your team, and five hidden dangers that could drive them away.

Title:Ten Reasons to Homeschool Teens
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens, Why Homeschool
Audience:Parents
Description:Elizabeth Smith presents important questions to ask regarding homeschooling teens, and stresses building good relationships at home. The academic advantages of homeschooling and getting your teens ready for college are discussed. For those deciding whether to homeschool during the teen years, this session is a must. Also, hear Elizabeth’s “Top 10 Priorities” for homeschooling your teen.

Title:Training the Soul of a Child
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Parents
Description:Training is more than teaching. A child’s soul is the seat of his character. Nothing is more important than applying God’s wisdom to training in this area, for it is the foundation of a child’s success as an adult. In this session, Elizabeth Smith will walk you through the training of the soul of a child—his mind, will, and emotions. Clear guidelines for discipline will also be presented.


To schedule Elizabeth Smith as a speaker for your upcoming event, please call her at 540—751—0901.


Elizabeth’s fee is $250 per talk.


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