Topic: Encouragement

Title:What Can Dads do to Make Mom Successful in Homeschooling?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Support Group Leaders
Description:Almost every father has heard that he is to lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever told them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Michael Smith presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a helpful participant in the home education program and a leader in the home. He provides insight on the mental and emotional benefits to mothers and children fathers can provide through specific activities, and offers suggestions to men on being more effective as husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!”

Title:Confessions of a Homeschool Dad
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers
Description:How one homeschooling dad came to understand that we don’t homeschool to get our kids into Harvard; we homeschool to get our kids into heaven.

Title:When Do I Get a Coffee Break?
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational
Audience:Mothers
Description:Often homeschooling mothers feel like they are on the go 24 hours a day and need a “coffee break.” Vickie Farris talks about how to balance rest, responsibility, and time in prayer with a hectic schedule. Through Scripture, she shows how God will give those who seek him the ability to accomplish the tasks in their lives.

Title:A Mom Just Like You
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement
Audience:Mothers
Description:Vickie Farris will share how ordinary homeschool moms can achieve extraordinary results. As rewarding and fulfilling as homeschooling is, it is no easy task. Vickie will fill you with encouragement and practical suggestions for those days when the challenges seem overwhelming.

Title:How I Do It with 10 Kids and a Busy Husband?
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement
Audience:Mothers
Description:If you have ever worried about keeping the house clean, meals prepared, and laundry caught up, all while keeping your lesson plans current, the papers graded, and the rest of your homeschool running, then this session is for you. Drawing from her 15 years of homeschooling, Vickie Farris will share insights on how she keeps things running smoothly in her house.

Title:How Moms Can Grow Spiritually with a Growing Family
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Struggling herself with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy Klicka has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number-one priority. She shares realistic ways a mother can find time to walk with her Lord in this busy season of life.

Title:The Homeschooling Mom: God Is Her Strength
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:45-minute talk plus optional performance
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.

Title:Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Title:I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit School and How You Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a homeschool mom yet who at some point in her homeschooling experience doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can take, but there is hope. Be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for the Lord.

Title:High School Resources at the Click of a Mouse
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program was born out of a desire to help parents continue homeschooling through high school. The high school section on HSLDA’s website provides tons of valuable information for those who are just thinking about high school or who are already immersed in the high school years. We’ll give you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn!

Title:Parents’ Rights—A Crisis Is Coming
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Parenting, Political, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:In 1923, the United States Supreme Court ruled that parents have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. So why are parental rights suddenly endangered? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the next biggest threat to homeschool freedom and what you can do about it.

Title:For You, Dad—Leading Your Homeschool Family
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Fathers
Description:In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad pull a share of the load when he is gone all day earning a living? There are so many other good works dads are asked to do—how can we influence our families as God calls us to do? Come listen to HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly, as he discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling and practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources.

Title:Juggling on a Tightrope
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Today’s father has precious few waking hours that are spent going in countless directions to address seemingly great causes—not least of which is family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource time? And where should we be investing it for eternal value? How can we properly lead our families and serve God in an increasingly demanding and busy world of sports, music, drama, church, school, support groups, homeschool co—ops, extended family responsibilities, and ministry programs? How do we know when to say yes, and more important, when to say no? Must we choose between competing priorities to be effective stewards? Come hear thoughts on answering these questions from Mike Donnelly as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of six and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive and attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Title:Singled Out!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Political
Audience:Fathers, Mothers
Description:Homeschooling can be challenging even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting and educating a homeschooling family? Mike Donnelly was raised in a single—parent home and will share his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and even dads are able to keep homeschooling on their own.

Title:“Jump-Start” to Joyful Motherhood (Psalm 113:9)
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What comes to mind when you hear, “Joyful mother of children”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn four steps to guide you to the joyful path! We will also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.”

Title:A Mom’s Sentimental Journey
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

Title:Getting Kids to Help at Home
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Training in Diligence and Thoroughness—You know you need to let the children be more involved in helping at home, for training them in character and in practical skills, and for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to almost 50 children will share tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests.

Title:Charting Your Family’s Course
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Mom of 17 homeschooled students and curriculum consultant for a national homeschool organization, Vicki shares the secrets to mapping out a successful course of study for your children. This workshop helps beginners to get a solid start in home education, and encourages veterans to re—examine goals and priorities. Includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches.

Title:Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars per child. Vicki homeschooled seven at a time while their family was without a full—time income for four years, sometimes spending less than $100 per year.

Title:Frugal Homemaking
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Vicki shares tips on how to maintain a homeschool household on limited funds.

Title:Organized (Well, Almost!)—Time Management for Busy Moms
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching, keeping up with the laundry, and getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Come hear practical tips and encouragement from a fellow homeschool mom of many. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts!

Title:Organizing Your Home—Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Vicki will help you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, and will discuss organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki Bentley, fellow busy homeschool mom, shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of ten.

Note to planners: There is some content overlap in the two organization talks, since some concepts are the same for “stuff” and “time.” If you anticipate having primarily the same audience for both, you can (1) select just one, (2) contact Vicki to present both in one workshop (with very abbreviated info), or (3) contact Vicki to adapt both so there is minimal overlap.

Title:Multi-level Teaching
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:When you had one child, it seemed easy, but adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate—spinning act. Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Practical tips for teaching multiple ages—from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (seven school—age at a time).

Title:Lessons Learned
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Interactive session: Participants will walk through What I Will Do Again Next Year, and What I Will Definitely Change! Works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. Interactive session, good for end of year.

Title:Families Encouraging Families
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:20–50 minutes
Type:Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschool families and shares practical way for leaders to encourage those families without discouraging their own!

Title:Fishing 101: Mentoring Groups in Action
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:50 minutes
Type:Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Learn how to meet the needs of your newer families without losing the veterans. What is a mentoring group? Hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available.

Title:Getting Started
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Are you overwhelmed by the options? Not sure where to begin? Good planning is the key to any successful road trip, so Vicki will walk you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey! Topics include setting goals, choosing supplies and curriculum, lesson planning, and more—plus Six Tips for Success. Appropriate for any grade level.

Title:The Mandate for Christian Citizenship in Homeschool Youth
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Political, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:All, Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Teens
Description:Will uses his background as a homeschool graduate and the director of Generation Joshua to describe how young people today can make a difference in their communities and nation, how HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program can help, and how the next generation is uniquely equipped to lead our nation in the years ahead.

Title:One Homeschool Grad’s 8(+1) Reasons to Homeschool
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Darren attended several different public schools, a private Christian school, and then was homeschooled to graduation. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home, but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8(+1) homeschool reasons, as well as how his approach to homeschooling is different from that of his parents.

Title:Important Pit Stops during High School
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Encouragement, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:For preventative maintenance during the high school years, learn what important “to—dos” and deadlines to keep in mind. Major pit stops will include information about various tests, benefits and sources of outside classes, college search and application tips, alternatives to traditional college, and career and post high school paths.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Carol Becker
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
Speaker:Carol Becker
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Title:You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Title:Homeschooling and Parental Rights—Freedom Under Fire
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Parental rights and religious freedom have been the two foundations to establish a constitutional right for parents to teach their children at home. The U.S. Supreme Court some years back weakened the free exercise of religion claim as a foundation for homeschooling so that in order for homeschoolers to claim a fundamental right to homeschool, they must be able to combine the free exercise right with the parental rights claim. In other words, both rights have to co—exist. Currently, this is not a problem, but because of the fragile nature of freedom, moral decay, complacency and apathy, homeschooling freedoms are in jeopardy. An additional threat that is brewing but not well known, is the opposition to homeschooling from the intellectual elites, e.g., law and college professors. This opposition is based on a belief that the state, through public schools, should have access to all children to teach tolerance for others, which leads to collectivism. Homeschoolers are in their cross—hairs. We are clearly at risk.

Title:How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Why aren’t your Christian neighbors homeschooling? What is the number one reason that parents do not homeschool? Their lack of confidence to believe that they can actually do the job, or, put another way—fear of failure. Many homeschoolers in the midst of homeschooling are wondering how they will be able to determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike will explain in very clear and decisive terms how you can know whether or not you have been successful when you get to the end of your homeschool experience where it says “The End.” One way to answer the question is whether or not our work homeschooling with our children has been in vain. The Bible gives clear and decisive direction in this area which should be very encouraging to all of us, and hopefully give us encouragement in even the most difficult situations.

Title:Balancing Responsibilities for the Busy Homeschool Family
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Many homeschoolers confess that the most difficult thing for the homeschooling family is to balance all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop will approach this challenge from a strictly biblical perspective. Mike Smith will explain that the key to solving the time crunch is establishing priorities, and how to carry out those priorities. This is an essential workshop. Lives will be changed, schedules will be met, and families, many for the first time, will go through days, months and years without the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives.

Title:The Power of Praise with Our Children
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description: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 talk’s goal is to develop a relationship with our child that lasts forever.

Title:The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling—Fear and Inadequacy
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description: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.

Title:International Homeschooling—Why Should American Homeschoolers Care what Happens over There?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Homeschooling is a growing global movement, but homeschooling parents overseas face the mounting pressure and challenges similar to those American homeschoolers experienced 30 years ago: social services investigations, fines, and criminal prosecution. In a world where ideas travel at the speed of light, should American homeschoolers be concerned about the plight of homeschoolers in other countries? Should we, and how can we help? Can what happens “over there” really affect homeschooling “over here”? HSLDA Staff Attorney, Director for International Affairs and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom. He will tell you why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there” and what can be done to help.

Title:Go Home and Love your Family!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, and she responded: “Go home and love your family!” Homeschooling is really about putting love in action, but does homeschooling really promote world peace? Parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace, but more importantly, allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty.

Title:Grades and Graduation—Do These Belong in a Homeschool?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your school? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we really care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children.

Title:Hey Dad, Let’s Get Involved!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Fathers, New Homeschoolers
Description:Are you sitting on the sideline in your homeschool, Dad? Your wife needs you to get involved. But with so many demands in today’s world how can a busy Dad do it? How can you be involved in homeschooling? Teaching a class? Casting a vision? Leading devotions? These are important, but in order to find time to do these things, you have to manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly shares how you can do all of this.

Title:If It’s Broke, Fix it!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Homeschooling families face many challenges. Financial, emotional, and physical demands put significant strain on our relationships and our families. The homeschooling community is not immune to the problems facing our society, including broken marriages and broken children. But, it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. It may be easier to try to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly was raised in a broken home and will explore the necessary ingredients to helping homeschooling families stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life.

Title:Creature of the State?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.

Title:When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you're on the frontlines.

Title:Holidays as Homeschool Curriculum
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Do you ever feel stuck in the day-to-day sameness of your school routine? If you circle the holidays on your calendar, you can have not just instant mini-units, but family fun and fond memories. Celebrate!

Title:Mentoring 2.0
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:High-speed, interactive opportunity for this fast-paced generation of homeschoolers! Join us for a fun, hands-on demonstration of an activity to take back to your groups.

Title:LEAD with JOY
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Vicki Bentley, HSLDA group services director and veteran state and local group leader, shares four steps to joyful leadership.

Title:Effective Communication Inside and Outside the Circle
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Homeschoolers need to be able to speak the language of those they are talking to. If that is a friend at church they need to be ready and able to speak and understand “Christian” words like “grace” and “sanctification.” But if we are talking with people outside of that setting we need to understand that “grace” might just be what is said before a meal. Effective communication means knowing your audience and making sure that the words you use communicate the message you are bringing, not falling into a stereotype.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith will share diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.

Title:Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:The Keys to the Kids
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45-60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Motivational, Parenting, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Who really has the best interests of children at heart, parents or the state?
There is a growing chorus of voices insisting that children don’t belong to parents. Children, they say, belong to the “community.” In order for democracy to survive, these voices claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should only learn in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. Lawmakers are being prompted by these voices and misguided groups both in states and at the federal government level to hand over the keys to the kids. These forces want to dictate what children eat, what kinds of doctors they can and can’t see, and what they are taught! Skirmishes are being fought over this issue now—are you prepared?. HSLDA Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly and homeschooling father of seven will address these serious issues and tie together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Krisa will share common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.

Title:Secrets from a Preschool Teacher
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide tips for parents who want to provide a quality, early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home.

Title:Keeping Perspective on Progress
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Do you ever wonder. “Are we really on the right track?” Most likely, the answer to that question is, “Yes!” It is very possible that progress is being made, but not the way in which you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes forgotten areas of progress, and also provides some teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you “keep up the good fight” when it seems your efforts are in vain.

Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:Once More
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Krisa shares her personal testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of challenging circumstances. If you’ve ever experienced an answer to prayer, but find yourself in need of God’s provision, once more– this session will encourage and strengthen your faith.

Title:Literature that Proclaims Christ: Stories to Show How Christians Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us emulate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more.

Title:A Journey of Grace—Coming Alongside Your Child in the Teen Years
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’ greatest needs, strengths, and weaknesses? What priorities do you as a parent embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With three adult children, one married, and four teens still living at home, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in God who is faithful and who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children in the gospel for His glory during this special season of life.

Title:Communication and the Online World—Helping Our Teens Live for Christ in the 21st Century
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Our children engage in our world through technology like no other generation has ever before. Computers and communication tools like email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facetime can be used in ways that glorify God, but can also be a means to draw our hearts away from Him. In this talk, Tracy shares some practical tips and experience to help parents and teens navigate this ever-growing world of social networking for the glory of God.

Title:The Power of Mercy in Parenting
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are tempted to discouragement. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent/child relationships points to the reality that both parents and children need the redemptive power of the gospel. The good news is God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and foundational springboard from which we can find encouragement and grace to raise children with joyful hope and trust in the Lord.

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