Zan Tyler, Keynote Speaker
Running the Homeschool Marathon: Ten Training Tips
Homeschooling is more like running a 26-mile marathon than a 100-yard dash. If you want to complete the race successfully, you must develop a training strategy that builds your strength, stamina, and vision and enables you to persevere until the end. We will discuss lofty topics like creating a powerful and sustaining vision. And we will look at down-to-earth topics like pacing yourself, choosing curriculum, and developing homeschool mentors and friends. Zan Tyler, who homeschooled her children for 21 years, provides training tips that will help you complete the God-given task of homeschooling and help you and your children “run with endurance the race that lies before us.”
Ten Lessons I Learned on the Way to Jail
In 1984, the State Superintendent of Education told Zan Tyler that he could have her put in jail for homeschooling her son. Zan knew this was no idle threat. The shock and fear that riveted her and the imminent threat of being jailed forced her to count the costs of homeschooling and decide if it was really worth it. Zan learned some powerful lessons about fighting for freedom, family, and faith that remain pertinent today. Our nation is once again at a crossroads where the liberties we often take for granted are at stake. We must all continue to work to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, while intentionally raising up a new generation of freedom fighters. But how do we do that? Come to this session to be encouraged and equipped with powerful principles to share with your children and teens.
Talk with Me: How Conversation Stimulates Learning
In a traditional classroom environment, students have an average of eight to ten individual interactions with their teacher each day. In your homeschool, these verbal interactions can number in the hundreds and greatly enhance the education your children receive at home. Zan Tyler shares how the simple and free tool of conversation can help your children replace boredom during lessons with a motivation to learn. Discover why parents make the best teachers and capitalize on these strengths. Explore strategies to minimize conflict in your home and promote camaraderie, enthusiasm, and learning with stimulating academics instead. Conversation is the key! Conversation IS core curriculum.
Life in the Fiery Furnace: How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
Homeschooling places great demands on parents and leads to great expectations. This combination can set us up for an intense sense of failure and disappointment. Homeschooling doesn’t always go according to our plans. Even when we are doing our best to follow God and love our families, we may find ourselves in the “fiery furnace,” ready to throw in the towel. In this session, Zan Tyler explores the causes of burnout and shares ways to avoid them. This workshop contains many practical tips for streamlining your life. It also encourages a biblical vision for what you are ultimately trying to accomplish in your children’s lives through homeschooling—a vision that will sustain you through the hard times and difficult days that are sure to come.
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential
When you look at your children, what do you see? Do you see little people making constant demands on your time, or do you see what God sees—lives brimming with possibilities? Author and homeschool mother Zan Tyler wants to take you beyond the demands of everyday life to embrace a life-giving vision for your children’s future. You will learn to recognize the signs of potential in your children’s lives—signs that are easy to miss yet ripe for cultivation. You will begin to see every facet of each child’s life through the eyes of faith and the lens of Scripture. You will be inspired as you realize the crucial role you and your family play in shaping the identity and gifts of each child. The Master Gardener has given you powerful tools for cultivating your child’s potential; don’t miss this opportunity to discover what they are.
Mothers & Daughters Tea Devotional – Taking Delight in Each Other
Zan will be sharing her heart in a devotional for the Mothers & Daughters Tea. This is a free event, and you can RSVP when you register for the convention. All women and girls are invited to attend.
Joe Tyler, Keynote Speaker
Raising G-Rated Sons in an R-Rated World (MEN ONLY)
Joe Tyler discusses the key issues dads face as we strive to instill a Christ-centered vision in our sons. Joe addresses the cultural pressures on our young men and shares practical advice to counter the culture and instill a vision of purity in our sons and daughters. Because of the frank and sensitive nature of this discussion, we request that only men attend.
Leaving a Legacy: The Vision of the Homeschool Dad and Husband
A cell phone commercial features an NBA point guard trying to play basketball blindfolded. Because he can’t see the goal, he’s never sure if he’s scoring. Too often, men take on the tasks of husband, father, shepherd, principal, coach, and disciplinarian without the vision necessary to define and accomplish the goal. In this session, Joe Tyler helps define the goal and shares how to discover the divinely appointed means of achieving it. You may even learn the secret to making your wife deliriously happy, your home a quiet and peaceful kingdom, your children rich beyond measure, and your father-in-law in awe of your great accomplishments. Come join us in our discussion of what it really means to leave a legacy as a Christian husband and dad.
Bill Jack, Featured Speaker
The Ways of the Wizards vs. The Way of the Wiseman: (Colossians 2:8)
The wizards are everywhere in our culture today. They promise that if we follow their yellow brick road we can have it all—a brain, a heart and courage. The wizards even promise us a way home. However—“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) These wizards include evolutionists, new agers, atheists and sincere followers of false religions. The wiseman, on the other hand, knows the right path to follow and to whom he should listen. Christians are to learn how to walk as wise men, “:making the most of our time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15) Come join us as we take a walk on the “wise” side. You will learn how to distinguish between the ways of the wizards and the way of the wiseman. You will learn how to destroy secular arguments “raised up against the knowledge of God” and learn how to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Simple Tools for Brain Surgery: (II Corinthians 10:5)
Non-Christians seem to have the advantage in our culture. We, as Christians, are sometimes intimidated by or even afraid to talk with many atheists, new-agers, evolutionists and other Wizards. Too often, we fear we won’t have answers to their tough questions. Be encouraged. Learn four killer questions that will help to destroy the Wizards’ secular thinking that is encasing the minds of friends, relatives and others. Learn to destroy the Wizards’ sloppy, secular arguments without destroying the person.
The biggest and most enduring Counterfeit Reality of all time is most cleverly foisted upon people through film. See how moviemakers convey a secular worldview to the public…in the blink of an eye! Keep in mind Colossians 2:8, and keep focused on Bill Jack’s media examples and use of technological illusions. Otherwise, you may lose sight of True Reality.
Which Bias is the Best Bias to be Biased By? (II Corinthians 10:5)
Come meet the most dangerous professor your students will sit under in college. Everyone has a preference, a bias, when it comes to matters of style, cuisine or automobiles. However, when it comes to the big issues of life, such as, “Where did life originate?” our mental leaning, our bias, is often shaped by the current cultural thinking or a favorite professor. You wouldn’t trust just anyone to recommend a stock, car or even a pizza joint, so why accept the biased opinion of a teacher, politician or self-proclaimed expert when it comes to the big questions? Come discover the bias that infects much of academia when it com
Jack Theist Meets Dr. Secular: The Fiend with the Secular Mind (Colossians 2:8)
Train your students to discern world views and to understand their impact on every aspect of our culture. We will analyze the impact of world views on our culture through interviews with those who hold opposing world views. Great opportunity to learn practical tools to learn how to reach non-Christians and to confront the culture with the Truth.
Alaska Christian Woman’s Ministry
Recapturing True Womanhood
Between the Woman’s March Movement and the March for Life, we have seen widely different interpretations on what it means to be a woman. It’s easy to see where our different views clash, but it’s a bit harder to figure out where true womanhood lies. Our young girls are caught in a crisis of “what does it mean to be a woman?” Join us as we examine how God defines womanhood in Genesis 1-3.
Bird Treatment & Learning Center
Live Bird Demonstration
Join the Bird TLC volunteers as they give an educational presentation with a live owl and songbirds. Q&A time will follow the presentation.
Classical Conversations, Wendy Milligan
Classical Christian Ed: You Can Do It!
Classical Conversations has a successful 20 year history of empowering and equipping parents in providing rigorous, classical, Christian education in their homeschool. We invite you to come and learn how CC can support you on your homeschool journey.
Erik & Heidi Swanson, Guest Speakers
Financial Peace: Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps
Using God’s ways of handling money, Dave Ramsey has helped millions of families become financially free and prepared for the future. Learn how in this quick run through of his 7 Baby Steps.
Join homeschool parents and graduates as they answer common homeschooling questions and those posed by the audience.
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Experience Excellence in Writing
Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using this program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.
National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC), Chris Poppum
Learn the basics on how to be prepared in the event of an earthquake or tsunami disaster.
Shane Turner, Guest Speaker
Bullseye! Knife, Tomahawk, and Archery Tips
Survival skills include throwing things sometimes, be inspired, entertained, and encouraged to apply these lessons to life.
Shane Turner, Guest Speaker
Homeschool Basics: Survive or Thrive
A seminar blending survival skills and homeschooling in a biblical format for success.
Leadership Training (Ages 8+)
Join staff from the TeenPact Leadership School and learn about leadership and government.
Wholy Living, Margaret Loew
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’!
Wynn McKinnis, Guest Speaker
Alaska Trapping 101
Join Wynn as he demonstrates the basics of trapping. Discover the process of trap preparation, different types of traps, animal habitat, trap placement, fur handling, and much more. He will bring various furs and traps to handle. He also shares what the Bible reveals about the snares and traps of the Devil. In 2015, Wynn was nominated by fellow trappers to receive the Alaska Frontier Trapper’s Association Trapper of the Year Award.
Wynn McKinnis, Guest Speaker
Pelt Handling 101
Join Wynn and learn how to properly prepare a beaver/muskrat pelt for sale!