Topic: Spiritual

Title:“I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling”: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit Homeschooling—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 has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord.


Title:Order in the House! Peace vs. Chaos in the Home
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’

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. Negative, condemning words or withholding praise and affirmation can leave deep scars. 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. Mike uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. He also explores some ways that we might use our tongue to injure our children—and how we can instead use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to help you develop a relationship with your 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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure.

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:Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure.

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 for 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has at times felt 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 how it 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:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Title:The Angry Child: What Ticks Johnny Off?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Parents
Description:Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion.

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 homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives.

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 must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective 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: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 and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. 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) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons.

Title:Practical Tips for Your Family’s Devotions
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Parents
Description:One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God.

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 imitate 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:Note to Self: The Vital Role of Homeschooling Dads
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role.

Title:The Prodigal Son, the Forgiving Father, and the Power of Beholding
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times.

Title:How to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy identifies common causes of stress in homeschooling and family life, and provides helpful ideas on how to deal with stress from a godly perspective. Included in her talk are the issues of lifestyle, use of time, and getting help.

Title:Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She discusses a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication, describes the proper role of discipline, and shares special encouragement for the toddler and teen years.

Title:How Moms Can Grow Spiritually with a Growing Family
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life!

Title:How Being Taught at Home Changed My Life
Speaker:Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all.

Title:Why We Homeschool: A Homeschooler’s Testimony
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Will uses humor and his personal testimony as a homeschool graduate to encourage parents and children in their homeschooling. He encourages attendees to live a life of service to each other and to God through their commitment to continue homeschooling, and closes with a vision for homeschoolers to excel in all that they do.

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 spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association.

Title:Homeschooling: Keeping It Balanced and in Perspective
Speaker:Stacey Wolking
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.”

Title:Exploring Curriculum Options
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches.

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: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 that young adults will use 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:College, Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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:Is Today’s Military Right for my Child?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.

Title:Mentoring 2.0
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:This is a 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. (Room set-up help needed.)

Title:L.E.A.D. with JOY
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Join Vicki to hear four steps to joyful support group leadership.

Title:Changing the World: How You Can Affect History from Where You Are
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Civics, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability.

Title:Getting Through The Toughest Day of Your Life: Lessons From the Book of Job
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour.

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’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life.

Title:Communication and the Online World: Helping Your Teen 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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you!

Title:The Right Parent for Your Child: You
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound threatens to destroy us as soon as we enter on the perilous path of parenting. So why in the world could you possibly think you could adequately parent your child? Because a shocking, miraculous divine grace has chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence.

Title:For Such a Time as This: The Story of Esther
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason.

Title:The Word for Wee Ones (Surrounding Your Little Ones with God’s Word)
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).

Title:Rediscovering Our Great Christian Heritage
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith.

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