Todd Wilson, Keynote Speaker
Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!
You may not crack open a book, work through a curriculum, or call it school, but it’s your job to train your children. Join me as we look at the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of training our children. Now don’t worry, I won’t make you feel guilty or give you a forty-six point outline, but I promise to tell it straight and to encourage you in the best job there is – fathering.
How To Choose Relationship When There’s So Much to Do
Years ago a homeschool mom came up to me with a pen in hand and a notebook in the other and said, “I believe that the relationship with my children matters more than anything else…so can you tell me what “relationship” is? I didn’t have a great answer at the time…but I do now. Join me as we look at TWO homeschooling moms. One spends her days doing what matters and one spends her days on what does not last. My desire is to help you and me do what matters.
Raising Politically Incorrect Pink and Blue Kids in a Purple World
All children are created equal. Girls and Boys have equal importance and significance but there are certain responsibilities that we need to train our boys and girls differently. It’s not archaic or about inequality, it’s Biblical parenting and our children need us to prepare them for the future.
Join Todd as he tackles this sticky topic and combines laughter, truth, and practicality together for a vital topic in today’s wacky and purple world.
Smile Stealers an Smile Makers!!!
You started this homeschooling journey because you thought it was going to be fun. You envisioned yourself teaching your children and smiling through each day. Then something happened. You stopped smiling. There’s a reason for that and some things you can do to bring back those smiles not only for your self but for your children as well.
During our time together we’re going to look at the smile stealers and makers in your homeschooling world and get you smiling again. Because you have a lot to smile about!!!
Taming the Techno-Beast
X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the INTERNET, Faecbook, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget”. Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices.
Technology has become a powerful tool and ‘everyone is doing it’…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the TECHNO-BEAST!
What to do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan
We like things nice and neat, orderly, and with a predictable outcome, but most of the time OUR plans don’t ‘come together’ as we hoped. Instead, our plans often fall apart, disintegrate right before our eyes, and leave us dumbfounded and stunned. I’ve talked to plenty of homeschooling parents who were sold a plan. They followed the plan and then later stood before me with tears in their eyes because the plan “didn’t come together.”
“We did everything THEY said to do,” they say. “We didn’t have TV…we homeschooled…we ate organic…we only wore dresses…we sheltered and protected….we practiced courtship…they played the violin…we emphasized the classics…we never missed family devotions…we emphasized purity…we birthed our children at home…we had a home business” and on and on the list goes. They feel betrayed, angry, and lost….and their children are starting ‘tell all’ websites!!!
I have to admit that several years ago when I heard their sob stories I inwardly wondered what they had done wrong. I believed that they must have gotten the WRONG plan…or didn’t carry the plan out according to the instructions. And while some of that may be true, I know NOW that sometimes our plans don’t come together because God has a DIFFERENT PLAN.
Join me as we take an honest and humorous look at plans, why they fall apart and what to do when they have.
Faith Berens, Featured Speaker
Dyslexia Demystified—Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit!
Laying the Foundation for Reading Comprehension in the Preschool Years
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5).
Reading Difficulties: Remediation Strategies and Techniques
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success (2 Parts)
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.
Walking on the Homeschool Tight Rope: A Practical Guide to Balancing Life and Lesson Plans
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously.
You Can Homeschool Your Struggling Learner and HSLDA Can Help (with Amy)
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently.
Bill Jack, Featured Speaker
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.
Two leaders—poles apart—Sir John Franklin and Sir Ernest Shackleton led men into cold, vast, unexplored wastelands. The one led men to devastation and death and the other to devastation and glory. Learn the lessons frozen in time from these two British expeditions led by polar opposites in style, skill and success.
No, You Cannot – The Biblical Basis for True Authority (Romans 13:1-4)
What is a Christian to do when evil seems to be winning? What is the biblical response—especially when one is a student in a secular institution—when a person in position of authority begins to further evil and avenge good? How does one maintain respect for the position of authority without obeying evil commands?
Yes, I Can – The Biblical Basis For True Authority (Acts 16:16-40)
“In His image”—learn what that means when it comes to exercising one’s biblical and Constitutional liberties to proclaim truth and grace in a hostile culture. Be encouraged by practical suggestions for applying our unique, constitutionally-guaranteed liberties that rest on a firm biblical foundation.
Taking What is Common and Turning It Into A Pulpit (Acts 17:22)
From peach baskets to pitching mounds, from movies to museums, from…well, come discover what tools and opportunities you might be overlooking to use in reaching this culture. Practical strategies and insights!
Tearing Up Tracks Leading to Destruction (II Corinthians 10:4-5)
The Nazis used language to redefine Jews out of the human race. Once that was accomplished, atrocities and death camps followed. Language is important for it lays the tracks that are the ideas that carry the consequences—boxcars filled with people’s lives. Christians are on a search and destroy mission; we are destroying ideas but not people. Learn 4 Killer Questions that will empower you to derail faulty thinking and challenge others to think God’s thoughts after Him.
Which Bias Is The Best Bias To Be Bias 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 comes to the question of origins, and, most importantly which bias is the best bias to be biased by?
Would Jesus Bake this Cake?
In our culture the wicked are using the law to silence those who speak publicly against them. Even some Christians question whether a baker can or should refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. After all, should not Christians be compassionate and subvert their rights in the name of love—turn the other cheek—go the extra mile—and serve homosexuals, use whatever pronoun one prefers, allow for gender choice in the public square, and perhaps even endorse same sex marriage? What is the Christian compassionate and just response?
Amy Buchmeyer, Featured Speaker
The Compelling Case for Homeschooling In Alaska
In this session, we will take a brief look at Alaska homeschool law and delve into the shifting cultural and legal history of homeschooling in our state. This motivational introductory talk-–aimed at parents considering home education or wanting to defend their decision to homeschool––explains why homeschooling can be a great fit for all families.
Trends in Homeschooling: What does the Future Hold for Homeschool Freedom?
This talk will discuss recent trends in homeschooling and expected priorities of the current Presidential Administration and Congress. It will also provide practical ways to stay engaged with relevant legislation and policy developments, and will briefly highlight an upcoming webinar from Harvard University on homeschooling.
The View from the Backseat: Perspectives from a Homeschool Grad
The View from the Backseat is an encouraging talk to parents who are worried about messing up their child’s future. Amy––a homeschooled student from K through 12––will share her homeschooling journey and why she is so grateful for the experience. She will also cover criticisms her parents faced from their own family and friends, the weird questions strangers asked (“Do you use books?”), and how homeschooling motivated her to become an attorney! With so much pressure to overfill your homeschool day with many GOOD things, Amy will also share the importance of giving yourself space to breathe.
Dealing with an Official at your door – A Step by Step Guide
What would you do if a social worker pays you an unannounced visit? This critical talk addresses how to respond if or when a social worker shows up at your door, and ways to preemptively protect your rights before, during, and after a visit.
9 Ways Generation Joshua Turned Me Into and Advocate
Looking for ways to engage your student in the political process but don’t know where to start? Generation Joshua, HSLDA’S offshoot for youth engagement, assists parents to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens by equipping them to positively influence the political process of today and tomorrow. GenJ alumni Chance Andrade and Amy Buchmeyer will discuss their own experiences over the years with GenJ and the many ways it empowers through relationships. Learn how GenJ can help inspire your child to engage in the political process!
The S-Word: Socialization
Homeschoolers are asked frequently about “socialization.” Every stranger seems to have an opinion. But as Amy will discuss, the facts show that homeschoolers are typically more well-rounded than their public-school peers when interacting with others socially. This talk also covers how parental involvement in their kids’ interactions is a great gift unique to homeschooling. Throughout her teen years, Amy was heavily involved in Generation Joshua, HSLDA’s offshoot for youth engagement in civics and government. She will discuss the ways Generation Joshua impacted her social development and how your teenager can engage politically.
Life After Homeschool: Stories of Books, Travel, and the Homeschool Identity Post-College
As a bookworm and occasional travel blogger, Amy knows the value of a good story. She reads an average of 300 books a year and has moved 18 times in the last 9 years. In this talk, she discusses how homeschooling shaped her love of reading and her experiences as an adult living abroad in Oxford, England and Bangkok, Thailand. Expect book recommendations, travel tips, and reflections on homeschool identity.
Alaska State Troopers
Sgt. Weight will share safety tips, advice for interacting with police, appropriate use of 911, gun safety, and more!
Animal Skinning Demo
Wynn McKinnis, Lone Trapper Furs*
Join expert trapper Wynn McKinnis as he demonstrates how to properly skin an animal pelt.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)*
Learn the story of Johannes Kepler and how his discoverers transformed scientific and public opinion about our solar system. His findings demonstrated Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.”
Classical Conversations Information Meeting
Classical Conversations can be the key you need to successfully implement a classical education in your homeschool! Local Christian communities help equip parents and students with the classical tools of learning while enjoying the encouragement and support of like-minded families. Come learn more about classical education both at homes and in community.
Civil Air Patrol
1st Lt. Lynda MacPherson*
Come learn about CAP’s program for cadets, STEM kits for homeschoolers, membership benefits, and more.
Dog Mushing Presentation: Jr. Mushing 101
In February 2021, rookie musher Arien Sanderson, 11, won First Place in the three-dog class in the Alaska Sled Dog Championship Junior Sled Dog Race. Come join Arien and some of her dogs, (Yukon, Deshka, and Chena) as she shares about how she got interested and involved in mushing, demonstrates how a dog team is harnessed, and talks about different types of harnesses. Come prepared with questions for Arien!
Come learn from Captain Roistacher, a local fire fighter, about fire safety, the importance of kitchen/cooking safety, and the smoke alarms/CO free installation program.
How to Use What’s in You to Bless the World Around You
– Do you want a closer walk with the Lord for you and your family?
– Are you serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world?
– Do you want to gain insight and direction that will help you to impact your generation and for your children to impact theirs?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then Perspectives is for YOU!
High schoolers are also encouraged to take this life-changing course which includes weekly reading assignments, graded homework, a final project, and an opportunity to hear from and work with the body of Christ.
Introduction to Whole Grains
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”!
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 importance of homeschooling in Alaska. Doris now continues serving the Lord from Wasilla, Alaska and has recently authored three 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.
Sometimes the seeds of a dream are sown in a previous generation. Thus it was for one 39-year-old man whose dad had long entertained the idea of living in the wilderness of Alaska. Even though his own dream was never fulfilled, the seeds were planted, germinating in the life of his son, to ultimately grow into the reality of their shared dream. Brown bears, moose, caribou, wolves, fox, beavers, ermines, snowshoe hares, eagles, ravens, Northern Lights, sub-zero weather, fishing, hunting, earthquakes, forest fires, log cabins, mushing, meeting some of the most fascinating people in the world and much more awaited Laughing-Bear after he landed in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 9th, 2002. Come hear tales of this man’s amazing journey as an Alaskan musher!
Passions and Responsibilities
Learn about Dall sheep hunting, as well as rock and horn collecting. Local author, avid hunter and carver, Lew Bradley, talks about his passion for nature and our responsibilities in education and life.
Search and Rescue K9 Team
Meet and greet the Matsu Search and Rescue volunteers and their talented dogs! Learn what to do if you get lost adventuring in Alaska’s Wilderness.
Stop the Bleed
Mike Dennis, P.A.
Through our STOP THE BLEED® course, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. The person next to a bleeding victim may be the one who’s most likely to save him or her. Take the course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. STOP THE BLEED®. Save a Life!
Wordless Book Puppet Show and Bracelet Making
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)*
Come hear the story of the Wordless Book and learn how you can share it with others!