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THURSDAY, JUNE 1


1:30 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

POLLY LILLY

Homeschool Iowa

Where Do I Begin?

This workshop will help you think through the important steps needed to successfully homeschool. Polly will include how to overcome some of the challenges and challenging questions that many will meet as beginning homeschoolers. The diverse approaches to homeschooling will be presented as well as examples and stories from her 17 years of home educating her children and 6 years as an overseeing teacher. Resources will be shared and questions will be answered at the end of the session. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions


1:30 PM

Oakdale 3

LISA DOLPHIN

Witwer Children’s Therapy Center

Helping your child operate at “Their” peak performance

Gross and fine motor skills, coordination, attention/focus, sleep, self-regulation, communication, learning, and social engagement are all important life skills necessary for each individual. In order for these critical skills to be functional and performing at an optimal level, one’s foundational neurosensory and neuro-motor system must be efficient and operating at peak performance. Learn how one’s ability to process sensory information including vision, auditory, movement, and many others impact a student’s classroom performance and overall quality of life. An overview of interventions available to help your child’s performance with academics, social interactions, self- regulation, and motor skills will be provided.


2:45 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SCOTT WOODRUFF

HSLDA

Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Iowa’s Homeschool Law 

Everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.


2:45 PM

Oakdale 3

DR. JAN BEDELL

Little Giant Steps

Hope for Change – Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD

Do you suspect Dyslexia/ADD/ADHD or other learning labels? Labels typically come from a list of symptoms not a “disease” or “brain abnormality.” Dr. Jan will guide you through the root causes of symptomatic labels and give practical skills for training your child’s brain to eliminate the symptoms. Parents can be the key to breaking free of labels and reaching beyond their limiting, negative effects! Open a brilliant future for your child through understanding how the brain works . . . or why it doesn’t currently seem to be working so well. The goal of this workshop is to help you unlock your child’s full potential.


4:00 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

How Your Child’s Brain Develops

With an understanding of your child’s brain and how it grows, you can prepare your child for success in academics. Learn the basics of what early education involves. Discover the developmental imperatives of early education which provide the richest possible foundation for learning.


4:00 PM

Oakdale 3

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

Benefits of Nonstandard Learning

Learning challenges are often discussed as disabilities but there are different abilities God purposely designed in your child which are like vibrant colors God uses in painting His creative masterpieces. Learn and discover ideas that will help you prepare your child for all the works God preplanned for him/her to do.


FRIDAY, JUNE 2


8:00 AM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SCOTT WOODRUFF 

HSLDA

Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Iowa’s Homeschool Law

Everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.


8:00 AM

Oakdale 3

ANGELA K. LOVE

P-A Financial Services (PAFS)

Tools to Help Your Teens Manage Their Finances through College and Beyond

The workshop provides tips to prepare teens to gain financial independence as they enter their adult lives and/or college experience. Topics discussed are: 1) tips to opening checking accounts and lowering fees; 2) when and how to budget; 3) managing checking accounts; 4) spending and savings; 5) building credit with incurring debt; 6) preparing for medical issues; and, 7) avoiding identity theft.


8:00 AM

Oakdale 4

APRIL NOURSE

WriteShop

Weathering the Storms of Writing

Do you feel stuck in a storm with no umbrella when teaching writing? Does a heavy cloud loom as your child stares at the blank page? April will encourage and equip you to weather the storms of writing! You CAN overcome the drought of struggling, reluctant writers while challenging those who are chasing rainbows. Whether you’re teaching young children, tweens, or teens, April will offer practical tips you can use right away to bring sunny skies!


9:00 AM

Coral Ballroom

TODD WILSON

FamilyMan Ministries

Answers for the Homeschool Critics in Your Life…Even When It’s You

Do you have negative people in your life who disapprove of your homeschooling? Do you sometimes feel like a wave tossed to and fro because, while in your heart of hearts you feel God would have you homeschool, but the arguments against it are almost drowning you? Todd shows you how to address their concerns, questions, and logic.


10:30 AM

Coral A & B

ANDREW PUDEWA

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

Frustration about writing abounds. What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Is the assignment clear enough? Why don’t students find their own errors? Avoid the four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Over-correcting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.


10:30 AM

Coral C

HEATHER HAUPT

Cultivated Lives

Homeschool Myth Busters

How many times have you heard or stated, “I can’t homeschool because… I’m not patient or smart enough, what about socialization, there might be gaps, etc…” We’ll tackled these common myths and shed light on how to overcome them. Let’s separate fact from fiction, discard what is untrue and turn potential weaknesses into strengths!


10:30 AM

Coral D & E

COLENE LEWIS

Cultivated Lives

Lesson Planning: Scheduling to Make Room for Spontaneity

Lesson planning should be a simple tool that will help us be more effective. A good lesson plan does not take too much time and can be the spring-board to the spontaneity which is the one of the strengths of the homeschooling approach to education. Come and hear principles that you can use whatever curriculum and life-style you have.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 1 & 2

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

Don’t Give Up on the Disorganized

Disorganization affects every area of life—and it seems to be on the rise. Good news! Executive function skills can be taught! Learn ways to encourage change and make learning achievable.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 3

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

Empower Your Child: The Why & How of Habit Training

Study the power of habits and how to train your children in key habits that will enhance character formation, bringing easier days to your home. Find out which habits give your children character development and an academic advantage.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 4

ED ZACARRO

Hickory Grove Press

The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But are rarely taught)

Mathematicians and scientists have been closely tied to many famous disasters. The Challenger explosion, the failure of the Mars Explorer, and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse all involved thinking errors. Our future mathematicians and scientists must know how to prevent tragedies such as these from occurring. Because science and mathematics instruction is often dominated by facts and calculation, children are rarely exposed to these important concepts. You will leave this session with many high interest stories and activities that will fascinate your children and show them the strong connections between math and science and the world we live in.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 5

CRYSTAL WAGNER

Triumphant Learning

A Panoramic View of Geography

Learn to teach geography in a way that will furnish your child’s mind with ideas and his imagination with pictures without overwhelming your schedule. Learn what to do on a geography walk and how to incorporate map work, current events, and living books into your geography studies.


10:30 AM

Exhibit Hall

THERESA GUNDERSON

O’Neill Language Academy

Teach & Learn Spanish: Your Guide to Learning Spanish While You Teach It!

Teach & Learn Spanish is a curriculum designed for parents with little or no knowledge of Spanish but who want to capitalize on the tremendous benefits of their children learning another language. Its genius yet simple design empowers parents, older siblings and grandparents to become the instant Spanish teacher for your family! It includes 12 colorful lesson books and CDs, one for each month of the year!


12:00 PM

Coral A & B

CRYSTAL PAINE

Money Saving Mom®

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
 


Life doesn’t have to be one big chaotic mess of laundry, dishes, and to-do lists! This session is packed with empowering practical encouragement and ideas that harried and hurried women can implement to restore peace, purpose, and passion into their lives.


12:00 PM

Coral C

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

Evaluation – How to Know What Your Child Really Knows

What are the best tools for evaluating what your child has learned? Are true/false, fill-in- the-blank, and multiple-choice tests really effective indicators of what your child knows? Join Susan, homeschool mother of five, to learn how to truly assess your child’s proficiency.


12:00 PM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY 

Educating for Success

Home Business Education 101 – 7 Foundational Principles They Don’t Teach in School 

It is easier than ever to reach the world with your home business and for young people to implement leadership skills to impact their world. Are you encouraging your students to be leaders? Leadership education is different from employee-oriented education. Learn secrets of entrepreneurial education and educating for financial freedom!


12:00 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

GINA BURMEIER

Rainbow Resource Center

How to be a Unit Study P.R.O.

Whether you want ready-made unit studies or desire the tools to develop your own, this workshop could be the answer! Come for an overview of definitions, comparisons, and resources for implementing unit studies. We will develop your personal Unit Study P.R.O. skills and provide tools to create your own unit study at home.


12:00 PM

Oakdale 3

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

Help Your Nonstandard Learner 

Find out what is happening in the brain of a struggling student—not in technical labels but in compassion and clarity. Discover hope from Esther who knows from her own Nonstandard Learning experience what it is like to struggle and then succeed in learning and life!


12:00 PM

Oakdale 4

DR. JAN BEDELL

Little Giant Steps

Foundation of Learning Styles 

A child’s learning abilities increase when their brain is properly stimulated. The Brain Coach will teach you some brain boosting tips for all learning styles. Your teaching can be more effective and your children’s learning potential optimized! Discover the most efficient way to teach math operations, math facts, reading, spelling and penmanship. Let’s look beyond a traditional “Learning Styles” model. Dr. Jan Bedell shares how to optimize the brain for better performance in academics and in life. Learn practical techniques insuring higher performance whether gifted, typical, or challenged.


12:00 PM

Oakdale 5

GENE WALTER

John Baylor Prep

What Colleges Want in a Student

Learn the three essentials every student needs to make colleges want him or her. Excelling in these three areas can save thousands of dollars and help your student graduate with little or no debt. Watch colleges compete for your student, and make the college dream a reality.


12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

ED ZACARRO

Hickory Grove Press

Eight Components of a Quality Math Education that Many Homeschool Parents Miss

This session will provide parents with information that will help them give their children the opportunity to develop a well-rounded education in mathematics. The session will stress mathematical thinking, rigor, depth, creative thinking, and problem solving. Help your children move from rote instruction to real-life math by showing them how math concepts are applied and how important math is in the world.


1:15 PM

Coral A & B

TODD WILSON

FamilyMan Ministries

Lies Homeschoolers Believe

Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart – you’re not alone! You’ll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you’ll ever…love.


1:15 PM

Coral C

HEATHER HAUPT

Cultivated Lives

Homeschooling the Early Years: You Gotta Turn Right To Go Left

A playful, relaxed, yet intentional attitude towards learning in the early preschool and kindergarten years develops creativity, encourages curiosity, builds independence, expands attention span, enhances relationships, and is fun! Plus, it’s PROVEN to give them an academic edge! Heather shares the art of teaching young children through play.


1:15 PM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY 

Educating for Success

Apprenticeship: How to Find Godly Mentors for Your Teens

After apprenticing with a godly homeschool dad, Rhea Perry’s second son, Will, began his own business – a successful commercial roofing company. If you don’t know what to do with your budding entrepreneurs, make sure they don’t miss this story (with pictures) of how the Perrys implement mentors, live simply, and seek to glorify God.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

COLENE LEWIS

Cultivated Lives

Launch and Let Go 

Failure to launch is a national phenomenon. The final goal is to launch our child into their future is not an event; it is a long process that starts from the early years. Come and learn principles and practical ideas that will help prepare you and your child for that transference into successful, independent adulthood.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 3

ALICE REINHARDT

Rhino Technologies

Seven Life-Breathing Phrases to Speak to Your Kids

What grade do you give yourself in communicating with your children? What grade would they give you? Don’t let poor communication stand in the way of your relationship with others, especially your children. Learning to communicate is a life-long process, and most of us have never been given the proper tools to improve or direct communication away from harmful words. Hurtful communication actually damages relationships in the long term and negatively affects your homeschooling. Applying these Seven ‘A’s can be an incredible tool in your homeschool toolbox.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 4

CRYSTAL WAGNER

Triumphant Learning

Is Your Preschool-Aged Child a Mathematician?

Yes! A mathematician is a student of mathematics. We are all mathematicians studying at different levels. Learn how to build a strong foundation of mathematical thinking in a developmentally appropriate manner. Includes practical suggestions of games and activities to help your child learn mathematical concepts in a fun way.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 5

GINA BURMEIER

Rainbow Resource Center

There’s No Place Like Home 

New to homeschooling or still deciding? We look at the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling and explore various approaches to homeschooling; all with the goal of helping you discover your personal yellow brick road. Join us and get your questions answered!


1:15 PM

Exhibit Hall

BOB SJOGREN

Cat & Dog Theology

Top Five Life Lessons 90% of Homeschool Families Miss

Sometimes we get so focused on the ABC’s and 123’s, that we miss the big picture of character development and living for the glory of God. This simple but powerful, life-changing workshop will help you rise above the day-to-day existence of homeschooling to see the BIG PICTURE of why you do what you do.


2:30 PM

Coral A & B

ANDREW PUDEWA

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination

Where did fairy tales come from, and are they important enough for Christian students to be spending their valuable time reading? We will discuss basic themes in traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, honesty, etc) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination.


2:30 PM

Coral C

COLENE LEWIS

Cultivated Lives

Homeschool Hints from Calvin and Hobbes 

Almost everything you need to know to homeschool, from educational philosophy to practical homeschool how-to’s, can be found in Calvin & Hobbes. Come laugh, learn, be encouraged as veteran homeschooler presents wisdom gleaned from the stories of a young boy and his stuffed tiger.


2:30 PM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY 

Educating for Success

Should We Prepare Girls for Home Business?

There may be times in our daughters’ lives when they might be required to provide financially for their children. It’s easier than ever to earn a nice income from home. Learn foundational skills that will give them the confidence they need to work part-time or full-time from home.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

The Essentials of Early Education

Discover how your child’s brain grows and how your child learns during the early stages. Also learn the basics of what early education involves, how to help your child learn to his best ability. Discover the developmental imperatives of early education which provide the richest possible foundation for learning.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 3

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

Brain Development & Handwriting

Many people don’t like their handwriting and have given up, feeling stuck with it. Discover the important role handwriting plays in unlocking the brain. Find out the role keyboarding and texting play as well. Learn innovative skills that lead to lifelong legibility.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 4

DR. DUKE PESTA

Freedom Project Education

C.S. Lewis: From Atheism to Apologetics

Dr. Pesta offers a moving account of Lewis’s transformation from indifferent atheist to ardent Christian, and the prominent role that J. R. R. Tolkien played in that conversion. From there, the talk considers the startling diversity of Lewis’s Christian writings and their profound impact on generations of readers. Along the way, we examine the philosophical, theological, and artistic origins of Lewis’s Christian apologetics—from the The Chronicles of Narnia through The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce—articulating the many reasons why his writings remain relevant and critical for understanding the dangers posed to contemporary culture by atheism, scientism, and moral relativism.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 5

DR. NATHAN OPPMAN

The Family Leader

Why Don’t They Do What They Say?

Do you ever wonder why legislators seem unable to pass laws they campaigned on? Why do platform planks and campaign promises seem to get ignored once the legislative season begins? Why are simple things so complex is passing? Is there anything you can do to hold a legislator accountable once they are in office? Is your legislator part of the problem or is it someone else?


2:30 PM

Exhibit Hall

SETH DUNHAM

Demme Learning

Math-You-Hate becomes Math-U-Love with Math-U-See

Math-U-See’s unique instructional approach using simple but powerful manipulatives, videos, and textbooks helps students master math concepts and fundamental skills. Our manipulatives are used to represent abstract math concepts to be represented in clear, relatable ways. Come see how even reluctant mathematicians can help children develop a positive relationship with math.


3:45 PM

Coral Ballroom

CRYSTAL PAINE

Money Saving Mom®

Raising Kingdom-Minded Kids: Encouragement from a Homeschool 

Is homeschooling really worth all of the effort? If you want to throw in the towel, don’t miss this session! Be encouraged and inspired by New York Times best selling author and homeschool graduate Crystal Paine who will share the three lessons her parents instilled in her which helped pave the road for her successful career as a writer, speaker, and business owner.


5:00 PM

Coral A & B

SCOTT WOODRUFF

HSLDA

Defending Homeschooling During Times of Tragedy

We beat the false accusation that we couldn’t teach our kids. We beat the false accusation that our kids aren’t socialized. Now the allegation is that “loose” state laws “let” homeschool parents abuse their kids. Voices in the media are claiming we torture and kill our kids at a high rate. We will defeat this false allegation, too, but we need your help. This session will arm you with solid responses when a friend, neighbor, or even media representative says: “Don’t you think we can reduce child abuse by tightening up on homeschool regulations?” Woodruff defended homeschool freedom on an NPR affiliate radio show recently, and he will share his experience.


5:00 PM

Coral C

JAN MILLER

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

Experience Excellence in Writing

Discover how to teach students of all ages to write stories, reports and essays with style using the award-winning Excellence in Writing.


5:00 PM

Coral D & E

GENE WALTER

John Baylor Prep

“How to Save Thousands on the Cost of College”

College is expensive. Learn how to attend the college of your dreams and graduate with little or no debt. The ACT/SAT score is the great equalizer for colleges, and without it your student may be overlooked by the best colleges. John Baylor Prep boosts your ACT/SAT scores, enabling your students to attend the best college at the lowest cost.


5:00 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

CHAWNA SCHROEDER

Imagination Investigation

Pushing Boundaries: The Basics of Discernment

Some people say they can enjoy whatever they want without any problems. Others handle only the Christian. But the problem with both these approaches is that we shut down our brains rather than exercising discernment as God intended. So ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ looks at the need for boundaries, the problem of self-imposed boxes, and discernment’s trio of guardrails: Scripture, maturity, and personal limitations.


5:00 PM

Oakdale 3

BRIAN YOUNG

Master Books

Absolutely Incredible & Amazing Animals

Which car was inspired by a fish? What animal has made better dentures? Can evolution explain the design in animals? Come see God’s fingerprints in the design of animals and how it reveals that we are not just a highly evolved mammal but unique and special in God’s eyes. See how your students can now go into a new field of science called. This presentation will show God’s design in animals and how it reveals man to be unique and especially…


5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

BILL MELLIEN

Christian Service Brigade

Have You Got the Stones??

MEN – In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean? (Joshua 4:21) Does your son know the stones you’ve carried? Does he understand the stones of life? Are you discipling your son? Do you have a plan to do so? God calls us to share what HE has done in our lives. This seminar talks about the importance of sharing our lives with our sons and what happens when we don’t. Have YOU Got the Stones to be a Discipler?


5:00 PM

Oakdale 5

MICHELE SHAVER

PictureThis Ministries

The Picture Smart Bible – Design

How can we teach the Bible in a way it will stick and become your children’s “first response”? Take your children from Sunday School stories to a deeper level in the Bible and fun in the process. Draw your way through the Bible with the whole family. Minimum teacher prep, maximum student retention, lots of fun…that is The Picture Smart Bible.


 

7:00 PM

U of I Sports Museum

TODD WILSON

FamilyMan Ministries

They Look to YouAn Unbeatable Team

We need each other to make it through. Whether you’ve been homeschooling forever, are new to the game, or are about to toss in the towel, join us. Dad’s are NOT off the hook! You’re needed most of all. We promise that you’ll laugh, be encouraged, and be challenged in YOUR distinct role on the Homeschool TEAM.


SATURDAY, JUNE 3


8:00 AM

Oakdale 1 & 2

JIM OTT

 

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8:00 AM

Oakdale 4

THERESA GUNDERSON

O’Neill Language Academy

Teach & Learn Spanish: Your Guide to Learning Spanish While You Teach It!

Teach & Learn Spanish is a curriculum designed for parents with little or no knowledge of Spanish but who want to capitalize on the tremendous benefits of their children learning another language. Its genius yet simple design empowers parents, older siblings and grandparents to become the instant Spanish teacher for your family! It includes 12 colorful lesson books and CDs, one for each month of the year!


8:00 AM

Oakdale 5

COURTNEY AXILINE

LearningRX

Feel Your Brain At Work

Our brains have the life long ability to adapt and change. What if you or a your child could think, remember, read, and pay attention better? What would that mean? How would that change things now and in the future? This workshop will provide you with information on why LearningRx brain training is so effective. You will also get the opportunity to try some brain training and feel how fun and effective brain training can be!


9:00 AM

Coral Ballroom

ANDREW PUDEWA

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

Leadership Education: The Seven Keys of Great Teaching

Andrew explains the seven keys of the Thomas Jefferson education model and the five learning environments developed by DeMille. With humorous stories from his own family’s experience, Andrew will delight homeschooling moms looking for tips on how to escape the “conveyor belt” approach to doing “school” at home.


10:30 AM

Coral A & B

CRYSTAL PAINE

Money Saving Mom®

Unleash Your Best You 

Ever wonder if you’re good enough? Wish you could make a difference but feel trapped by doubts? These three transforming steps will move you from insecurity to confidence.


10:30 AM

Coral C

HEATHER HAUPT & COLENE LEWIS

Cultivated Lives

Sharing Life, Love and Learning… How Homeschooling Can Build Relationships

One of the perks of homeschooling is the opportunity families have to build relationships. Learning to live and learn together, 24-7, provides a wonderful environment where relationships are cultivated. It isn’t always easy, but the benefits are well worth the effort!


10:30 AM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY 

Educating for Success

How We Brought Our Dad Home from Corporate America in Just 3 Years 

At 18, Drew Perry brought his college-educated dad home from corporate America in just 3 years and created a system for selling houses on eBay in just 7 days, which he sold to investors! Encourage and motivate your young people to think outside of the box and consider building financial freedom doing what they love through home business.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SCOTT WOODRUFF

HSLDA

Avoiding Mistakes That May Cost You Your Kids 

Wise advice in dealing with social services investigations.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 3

CRYSTAL WAGNER

Triumphant Learning

Math Facts and More 

Discover fun and creative ways to practice math facts. Learn how incorporating manipulatives, hands-on learning, math language, and math literature can enhance your student’s understanding of math concepts.


10:30 AM

Oakdale 4

CARLY VANNOY

2017 Iowa State Honey bee Queen

Honey Bee Basics

Come enjoy an interactive workshop and have fun as a family learning about one of God’s most fascinating creatures, the honey bee! Carly Raye Vannoy, the 2017 Iowa Honey Queen, will be sharing what she has learned about honey bees, honey, and beekeeping, and how those things play into our responsibility to be good stewards as well as how the perfectly designed body of a worker bee is a testament to the wisdom of the Creator! She has been keeping bees for three years with the help and encouragement of her parents, and will share how other families can experience beekeeping for themselves, and maybe even make a business of it!


10:30 AM

Oakdale 5

NATALIE SCHNECKLOTH

MidWestHomeschool.com

Understanding the College Process 

Learn comprehensive information to help you successfully maneuver the college process. Career and college research; understanding deadlines and forms; the financial aid and appeals process and more.


10:30 AM

Exhibit Hall

JIM SHYMANSKY

NextGenScience

NexGenScience: Online science for middle school kids!

An easy to use, easy to access online program that will help your middle school child be STEM-ready for high school


12:00 PM

Coral A & B

ANDREW PUDEWA

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

The Four Language Arts

Whether you ascribe to Classical, Charlotte Mason, or another approach, there are only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Teaching the former two makes teaching the latter two much easier. Your educational paradigm will be adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things.


12:00 PM

Coral C

HEATHER HAUPT

Cultivated Lives

Equipping Kids to Persevere and Pursue Excellence

We live in a culture that craves easy. Kids are no exception. Sometimes they whine, complain, and struggle to get things done. They simply haven’t yet developed the habits of persevering and pursuing excellence. They need our help. Come find out how to help our kids thrive and give their all to every endeavor. You will learn how to minimize some of the weaknesses homeschooling can have as well as maximize the strengths that this special one-on-one type of education provides in order to cultivate this mindset by connecting kids to a greater sense of purpose and setting in place habits that will equip our kids to succeed.


12:00 PM

Coral D & E

CRYSTAL WAGNER

Triumphant Learning

Create an Atmosphere Where Children Thrive

While no step-by-step guide exists, there are key elements to create a relaxed, inviting, and forgiving atmosphere where children thrive and learning happens naturally. Learn to create more margin in your week to foster curiosity and creativity. Discover how to get your children excited about learning and to take responsibility for their education.


12:00 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

ED ZACCARO

Hickory Grove Press

The Missing Part to Most Algebra Instruction – How to Use It in Real Life!

The invention of algebra is the most powerful problem solving tool ever created. Unfortunately, algebra is too often taught as an abstract concept with no practical uses because children are rarely taught to think algebraically. Learn how to incorporate real-life uses of algebra into your algebra instruction. This session will give you the answer to the question frequently asked by children: When will we ever use algebra? Also included in the session will be several other powerful problem-solving techniques that will help students be more successful at solving word problems.


12:00 PM

Oakdale 3

GINA BURMEIER

Rainbow Resource Center

Entering the High School Zone

Homeschooling a high school student or will be soon? Fear not! This workshop provides a road map for navigating high school including record keeping, graduation requirements, transcripts, apprenticeships, and PSAT/SAT and ACT testing. We will also discuss college and military opportunities. Q&A time at end.


12:00 PM

Oakdale 4

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

How to Love Teaching a Reluctant Writer

Whatever work God calls you child to, he or she will need to be an excellent communicator. Come participate in writing activities you can use with your child to set them up for success in writing. Discover enjoyable ideas and grading helps that are practical, creative, and easy to implement.


12:00 PM

 Oakdale 5

DR. DUKE PESTA

Freedom Project Academy

The Effects of Common Core on Homeschooling: The Crisis in American Schools

Dr. Pesta has delivered more than 400 Common Core talks in 40 states, participated in thousands of radio interviews and TV spots, and interviewed about Common Core in international forums spanning from Canada to the United Kingdom to China. This presentation details the ideological and educational nightmare behind the big government takeover of the public school classroom. Besides explaining the origins and ambitions of this one-size- fits-all boondoggle, Dr. Pesta enumerates the threats posed to private and home schooling from the Common Core. Dr. Pesta also provides details about the scam of Common Core standardized testing, and offers a complete account of how parents, activists, and legislators are fighting Common Core from coast to coast.


12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

MICHAEL DANIELS

LifeSpring Ministries

How to Help Your Son Become “Mr. Right”

Are you wondering how you can help your son in the area of relationships? Studies show that the majority of young men want a successful future marriage, but are having a hard time navigating the waters of relationships. So what can you do to help your son thrive as he transitions from boy to “Mr. Right”? This workshop explores the premise that healthy, marriage-minded relationships are rooted in personal character.


1:15 PM

Coral A & B

TODD WILSON

FamilyMan Ministries

RVing, the Ultimate Tool for Homeschoolers

Have you dreamed of tooling down the open highway in an RV or does the very thought of it scare you to death? We’ll discuss RV options, what to look for when purchasing your bigrig, favorite destinations,and the wonderful advantages of camping at Wal-Mart. And you can bet he’ll share some humorous RV stories as well.


1:15 PM

Coral C

COLENE LEWIS

Cultivated Lives

Transcripts: Simple and Effective

Learn to simply and effectively construct a transcript that provides direction as you are planning and teaching high school, will be appreciated by colleges, and provide satisfying closure, like tying a beautiful bow on your homeschool experience. Find out what colleges want, how to count community college, how to assign credits and compute GPA.


1:15 PM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY

Educating for Success

5 Home Business Projects that Teach Financial Literacy and Create Income

Learn the fundamentals of five proven home businesses your family can start part-time and possibly bring dad home! Taught by an award-winning Internet business owner and veteran homeschool mom of 7, you’ll also learn the four different types of work and why some of your children never finish a job.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SCOTT WOODRUFF

HSLDA

The Right Parent for Your Child: YOU

Parenting brings out the worst in us. Every hidden sin habit, every unresolved conflict, every unhealed wound shouts at us, jumps on us, and 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 both appointed you and anointed you. He knows every one of your miserable failures. He knows every character flaw. He knows every sin that easily entangles you. And He still picked you to be the parent of your child! HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, the father of three adult homeschooled children, will present God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. And parents who have bought in to the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will find there is powerful reason for hope, excitement and confidence. They will find their confidence in a God who Himself is everything they lack. And they will run ahead on the path knowing that they are truly the perfect parent for the child God has given them.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 3

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

A Home Educator’s Guide to Scheduling & Planning 

Susan will break down the task of educating into step-by- step details that will get you started with a workable schedule. This practical session will help you with yearly, weekly, and daily schedules and planning ideas, what to do with toddlers and preschoolers during school time, and tips on lesson planning.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 4

DR. JAN BEDELL

Little Giant Steps

Organizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner 

When one or more of your children is gifted, it can present a whole new set of challenges as a home schooling family. The Brain Coach, Jan Bedell, will help you discover strategic ways to organize and optimize those gifted brains in order to maximize your children’s full God-given potential. The brain controls everything that you do so no matter what your IQ, it is essential to have a well-organized and high processing brain to take advantage of all that intelligence. It could mean the difference in having a great computer that was connected to high speed internet instead of dial-up. The function is incredibly different even though the intelligence of the computer didn’t change all.


1:15 PM

Oakdale 5

WILLIAM GUSTOFF

Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP

Hints at Future Battles from the 2017 Legislative Session

Iowa is currently one of the friendliest and freest legal environments in the country to homeschool your children. But that freedom came with hard work over many years by countless people from kitchen tables to conference rooms in the Capitol. Like any freedom, our homeschool liberties are also constantly under attack and at risk from those who would regulate every facet of life. This session looks at the 2017 legislative session to homeschoolers currently enjoy one of the friendliest legal structures in the country A Preview of Lines in the Sand: Using the 2017 Legislative Session review where we stand with the Iowa Legislature, predict future battles lines for homeschool freedom, and discuss ways we all can help preserve our freedom.


1:15 PM

Exhibit Hall

PASTOR JOSH BINGAMAN

Harvest Bible Institute

Biblical Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Secular WorldColumn content goes here.

Have you ever had your faith challenged but not known how to answer? Come join us as we discuss how to defend the Christian faith. We will cover the topics: The Existence of God, The Divinity of Jesus, The Reliability of the Bible, and The Problem of Evil. There will also be a Q&A time at the end.


2:30 PM

Coral A & B

ANDREW PUDEWA

Institute for Excellence in Writing®

Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day 

If you want enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.


2:30 PM

Coral C

HEATHER HAUPT

Cultivated Lives

Why Movement is the Magic Ingredient for Learning

Come explore the scientific research behind the mind/body connection and how movement can be the key switch to turn your child ON to learning. Learn ways to incorporate movement into everyday learning to maximize your child’s learning potential.


2:30 PM

Coral D & E

RHEA PERRY

Educating for Success

The Four Language Arts

The way parents homeschool their children is just as important as the curriculum they use. To become successful leaders in the realm of business, students need a more specialized skill base. This unique session will explore at least five aspects of business that young people need to master in order to become leaders.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 1 & 2

SUSAN CHRISMAN

Lifelong Learning

Art & Music: Icing on the Cake or Essential Food for the Soul and Brain?

Studying art and music not only enhances appreciation, but also guides children to recognize and understand beauty and reveals the thoughts of great minds. Join Susan’s demonstration of how to incorporate the works of great musicians and artists into your weekly schedule. (Based on Charlotte Mason philosophy)


2:30 PM

Oakdale 3

DR. DUKE PESTA

Freedom Project Academy

And They’re Off…To College

As a university professor for over twenty years, Dr. Pesta offers an eye-opening look at the way colleges and universities challenge the values and education you have provided to your students. Besides tipping you off to how they try and do it, this workshop will offer strategies to protect and encourage your student as they prepare for this step in life.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 4

ESTHER WILKISON

EstherWilkison.com

Help for the Numerically Challenged

Perhaps the land of numbers is one your child would rather not visit. Learn skills to remove math anxiety and provide a solid foundation for the child who would rather avoid the land of numbers forever.


2:30 PM

Oakdale 5

GENE WALTER

John Baylor Prep

It’s Never too Early to Start Preparing for College

Do you want your student to attend the best college for them at the lowest cost? Be proactive and gain a set of practical, step-by-step, year-by-year strategies to share with them starting in middle school so they may reap the benefits!


4:00 PM

Oakdale Ballroom

TODD WILSON

FamilyMan Ministries

An Unbeatable Team

We need each other to make it through. Whether you’ve been homeschooling forever, are new to the game, or are about to toss in the towel, join us. Dad’s are NOT off the hook! You’re needed most of all. We promise that you’ll laugh, be encouraged, and be challenged in YOUR distinct role on the Homeschool TEAM.