Bryan Osborne, Keynote Speaker
The Big Deal About Dinosaurs!
Evolutionary Bait, Confirmation of Scripture
Dinosaurs! Few things ignite our imagination the way these mysterious creatures do! As a consequence, dinosaurs are one of the primary baits the secularist use to reel people, especially kids, into an evolutionary worldview. But what is the truth behind the fossils and legends? When did dinosaurs actually roam the earth? Are they mentioned in the Bible?
II Corinthians 10:5 tells Christians to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. And when we do that, building all our thinking on the foundation of God’s Word, we have answers even about dinosaurs! Exposing the fallacies of evolutionary thinking and demonstrating how real evidence confirms the Bible again and again makes scripture come alive and provides a powerful avenue for the Gospel!
The Genesis of the Gospel
Biblical Authority & Evangelism in a Secular Culture
Despite the fact that America is the most “Christianized” nation the earth has ever seen, its slide into secularism is escalating with unprecedented velocity and momentum. Why? There has been a foundational shift in our culture from God’s Word as the authority, to man’s. If we are going to reach today’s culture with the gospel, we must adopt a method that takes into account this foundational change. If we continue doing what we’ve always done, ignoring the foundational issues that have changed the culture, the church will become increasingly ineffective in “touching” this culture for Christ. There is a solution. Unsurprisingly, we find it in God’s Word; starting at the very first verse.
Do Animals Evolve?
Evolution Defined & Scripture Confirmed
Is evolution a fact? In his book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins summarizes what much of the scientific community, our culture and the world believes in regards to this question. In it he says, “Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact…” Is this true? As Christians how do we respond? To answer these questions, we must stand on the authority of God’s Word and carefully define the word evolution. When we do this, the deceptive “bait and switch” with the word evolution is unveiled and we see that real science confirms the Bible!
The Age of the Earth
Trusting Man’s Ideas or God’s Word?
“Thousands or billions, does it really matter? Haven’t scientists proved the universe is billions of years old? So why not just squeeze billions of years into the Bible? God can do anything right, maybe He used billions of years. Besides, it’s just a side issue right?” Wrong.
As it turns out, the debate over the age of the earth is a battle between man’s ideas and God’s Word. Come and discover how the “Age of the Earth” issue is inextricably linked to the authority of Scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Noah’s Ark and Flood
Real History Confirmed by Real Evidence
When talking about Noah’s flood in the current culture, questions like these inevitably arise: “How did Noah get all those animals onto the ark? Where did the water for the flood come from and go? Did the waters really cover the entire earth? Is there evidence of a global flood?” These are just some of the popular questions that are a stumbling block for so many. But if we start with God’s Word, these questions are easily answered, provide tremendous confirmation of the Bible’s historicity and afford a great opportunity for the Gospel!
One Blood One Race
Many people today, including Christians, are confused about the origin of the so-called “races” of people. Evolutionary thinking on this issue saturates our culture; and unfortunately, much of the church. But when we stand on the authority of God’s Word and understand accepted scientific principles, there are easy-to-grasp answers. Find out how the historical event of the Tower of Babel is the key to the origin of nations, “races”, languages and directly connects to the gospel of the Last Adam!
Sonya Shafer, Featured Speaker
Good Habits Are Not Just for Kids
Yes, we want our children to have good habits, but many of us parents struggle with habits in our own lives. Take a look at four powerful pictures that give insight into how habits are formed and what to do about your bad habits. Learn the three most important words to keep in mind when habit-training. Discover how to instill your own good habits that will serve you well and help your days run smoothly.
One Word Can Change Everything
The Strong Weak-Willed Child
When Sonya realized how Charlotte Mason defined strong-willed vs. weak-willed, it completely changed her attitude toward her children. If you feel like you are constantly butting heads in a battle of the wills, this session could revolutionize how you view your child. Discover helpful ideas that can relieve the tension, refresh your perspective, and restore the peace.
The Five Flavors of Homeschooling
The world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. You know that you want to provide nutritious meals for your children’s minds, but there are so many possibilities for what that food could look like and taste like. Join Sonya for a simple overview of five main approaches to homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling. Find your preferred “flavor” and learn how to choose and use curriculum successfully.
When More Is Less
A Call to Simplicity in Your Schedule, Your Home, and Your Children’s Education
It’s easy to get caught up in the mentality that we’ve got to add more: we must do more, we must get more, and our children must study more. More, more, more! But the funny thing is that when we keep adding more, we usually end up with less of what really matters. Come discover the richness that simplicity can bring to your schedule, your home, and your children’s education.
Reaching Your Child’s Heart
A mommy-to-mommy challenge about priorities in your home school. Sonya shares six ways to reach your child’s heart—taken from Elizabeth’s example in Luke 1—and four obstacles that can keep us from reaching the heart.
Looking Past the Fear
Making the decision to homeschool may not be an easy one, and sticking to your decision may become even harder when the inevitable challenges arise. This workshop provides an encouraging look at God’s response to five fears that homeschooling moms face: fear of what God is calling you to do, fear of being inadequate for the job, fear of what might happen in the future, fear of ridicule or rejection, and fear of our weak areas ruining our children. Learn how to rely on God’s guidance and the strengths He has provided you, and to trust Him to take you through your areas of weakness.
Animal Skinning Demo
Wynn McKinnis, Lone Trapper Furs*
Join expert trapper Wynn McKinnis as he demonstrates how to properly skin an animal pelt.
Bear and Moose Safety
Eagle River Nature Center (ERNC)
ERNC Naturalist Samantha Russell shares what makes the moose and bears of Alaska so special. Learn and practice everyday safety tips for sharing the outdoors with wildlife by acting in skits and leave feeling more confident about bear and moose safety.
Alaska Office of Boating Safety*
Come learn about boating safety, cold water survival, life jacket use, and more.
Bread Making Demonstration
Good nutrition and good health begins with healthy ingredients. Attend our workshop to learn the incredible benefits of freshly milled grains and how to easily incorporate them into your diet. Come and we’ll show you some great healthy ways to incorporate real whole foods into your diets. Then you’ll hopefully be inspired to attend a bread class with one of our home demonstrators to hear the “rest of the story”!
Victory Bible Camp*
We will be sharing testimony about our camping ministry, pictures of all the fun and study, and exciting videos of camp.
Classical Education at Home
What does a classical education at home look like? How can I integrate a Biblical worldview into everything my children learn? Come learn the answers to these questions and discover how approachable a classical Christian education at home can be when you have the support from a like-minded community.
Child Evangelism Fellowship*
Kids love dinosaurs! Sadly, dinosaurs are used extensively as evidence or even “proof” that God’s Word is unreliable and outdated. But dinosaurs are remarkable evidence that God knows everything and we can trust His Word. This lesson will help children understand that they can fully trust God’s Word and respond to His love by believing in His Son as their Savior.
Give Your Child the Confidence They Need to Succeed – It’s All in the Skills
The Etiquette Factory
Alaska resident and homeschool mom Ida Pearson, will be speaking on the essential skills we must teach our children so they can face the future with great confidence and determination for success. Don’t miss this!
An Introduction to Amateur Radio
Anchorage Amateur Radio Club*
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. This workshop talks about the history of ham radio, what hams do, and what the local ham radio club is up to. We also hope to have a static display of a mobile radio tower, our Mobile Telecommunications Vehicle (MTV), and may even demonstrate a voice contact over an amateur radio satellite!
Making Good Memories – An Alaskan Missionary’s Testimony
Doris Hagedorn was born in Vancouver, Washington, sixth of nine children growing up on the Hagedorn farm at Fargher Lake. She, along with siblings, attended a small one-room grade school. Doris graduated from Battle Ground High School and Multnomah School of the Bible – presently known as Multnomah University – in Portland, OR.
Doris came to Alaska in 1960 under Arctic Missions, Inc. Doris and Florence “Flo” Hicks (Lansing, MI) worked together for the next sixty years, thirty years in village work, and thirty more years in urban ministry. Doris and Flo knew the value and important of homeschooling in Alaska. Doris now continues serving the Lord from Wasilla, Alaska and has recently authored two books. She will be sharing about the past years and the importance of making good memories today. This workshop will be interesting and rewarding for all ages.
Meet Flame the Short-Eared Owl! (LIVE bird)
Bird Treatment & Learning Center
Come join the Bird TLC as they present “Flame”, educate on the short-eared owl, and answer your questions.
Q&A Panel with Homeschool Veterans
Alaskan Homeschooling Parents
Are you a new homeschooler or new to a certain grade level? Are you trying to figure out how to handle high school? Are you curious on what curriculum other people have used? Bring all your questions to this interactive session as active and veteran homeschool parents share their thoughts and experiences.
Search & Rescue Dog Demonstration
Mat-Su Search & Rescue
MAT+SAR Canine Division presents a live dog presentation. Students will learn what to do if lost to improve their chances of being found.
STEM Kit Demonstration
Civil Air Patrol*
Come learn about CAP’s free STEM kit program for homeschoolers, membership benefits, and other STEM ideas.
STEM Mouse Trap Cars (Ages 10-16)
During this workshop, students (ages 10-16) will have the opportunity to learn about a few of the main principles that engineers use to design everything from bicycles to high-tech military drones! After a short lesson, the students get to put their knowledge to the test as teams design their own mouse trap car and test it in a race. Nathaniel is a mechanical engineer who has a passion for designing things for the glory of God. Participation is limited to 30 students so watch for information on signing up!
The Miller Family – National Bible Bee
Sure, we’d all agree that the Bible is absolutely foundational to the Christian life, but what are we actually doing to convey that value and its riches to our children? Through the National Bible Bee, we have found structure, and community to do what we were already attempting to do with our family: deeply study the Word, memorize it, and live it. We’d love to introduce you to some of the methods we’ve learned and invite you to connect with like-minded families in your own area and across the nation who are loving and thriving in God’s Word!
Wildlife in our Backyard: Camera Trapping and Lessons About Our Natural World
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Do your kids ever observe tracks or sign of ‘some animal’ in the yard? Learn how you can borrow and set up trail cameras to help identify wildlife in your area. We’ll discuss what is drawing that animal the area and help your kids identify habitat components near the cameras and how you can use the experience in language arts and math.
Brenda Duty is the Project WILD and Youth Education Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and facilitates professional development opportunities for teachers across the state. She also develops lessons and curriculum guides to assist educators/parents teach about wildlife.