Session & Workshop Descriptions 2022

Session Descriptions:

Kathy Koch

8 Great Smarts: Understand How Children are Smart and Why it Matters 

All children have eight intelligences that can be used when learning. Each one will be defined and illustrated. Learn how to help your children learn with all 8 and how they are relevant to academic success, spiritual growth, obedience, and career choice. Stop asking, “How smart is my child?” and ask “How is my child smart?”

Five to Thrive: Help Your Children Become Whole and Meet Their Core Needs 

Your children have five legitimate needs that drive their wants, choices, actions, and attitudes. (You have the same five needs.) When God meets their needs, your children will be whole, emotionally well, content, and so much more. Learn how to parent so their needs are met in God and other healthy ways. You’ll be refreshed by Dr. Kathy’s practical problem-solving approach to problems your children may be having. 

Frustrated, Perfectionistic Kids: Moving Them From “I Can’t” to “I Can” 

Are your children easily frustrated by their mistakes? Do they give up quickly or resist taking risks? Do they complain that things are too hard? Learn what contributes to all of this, why it’s dangerous to believe perfection is possible, and what to do.

Technology’s Influence Over Kid’s Beliefs and Behaviors 

Understand how technology is influencing children’s beliefs and behaviors (and ours). Discover how technology is the root of some of your biggest concerns (e.g., your children’s complaining, expectations, inability to know what to do after graduation). Learn communication patterns that matter and practical things to do to help children mature even as they keep using technology. (It’s here to stay!) You’ll find hope in this message.

Compliment and Correct to Powerfully Encourage Your Children 

The ways we compliment and correct contribute to either a culture of effort and joy or apathy and fear. How to compliment and correct well, and not criticize, will be explained and modeled. Examples and stories will make the ideas come alive. 

Focus Children’s Thinking to Increase Learning and Decrease Frustration 

When children don’t focus when thinking or don’t know what to focus on they become frustrated and less motivated and so do you. Learn how to focus their thinking so they know what to think about, what to think with, and why. The practical and realistic planning model will increase learning and decrease everybody’s frustration. Ideas are relevant for all ages and content areas.


Tricia Goyer

How to Homeschool Successfully: Tips From a Veteran Homeschool Parent 

Tricia Goyer, Homeschooling mom of 10 will share how to save time, money, and have confidence and peace in your homeschool. She’ll teach you how to choose a curriculum you’ll love, homeschool multiple ages at once, and inspire children to love learning and not just “get work done.”

The Ten Hour Work Week

The best homeschooling schedule doesn’t start with the right lesson plan. It starts with our hearts. If you’re ready to approach your homeschooling week with confidence, joy, and peace it’s important to cut all the unnecessary things from your schedule. With the right planning and priorities, you can focus your homeschooling week into 10 hours of active teaching. This includes plenty of additional time for self-study, directed play, nature exploration, reading, art and more!

The Grumble Free Home 

The Grumble-Free Year followed Tricia Goyer’s family as they tried to go complaint-free in order to develop hearts of gratitude. While an entire year without grumbling seemed like an impossible challenge, Tricia shares her family’s plans, successes, failures, and all the lessons learned along the way. Your family will walk away with real-life steps for uncovering hearts that are truly thankful!

Homeschool Basics : How to Get Started, Keep Motivated, & Bring Out the Best in Your Kids 

Whether you are starting with preschoolers or pulling kids out of public school, your first few years of homeschooling can be overwhelming. There are so many different curriculums to choose from, teaching and learning styles to discover. There’s your own family rhythm to adjust to and state requirements to figure out. There’s also often added pressure from family and friends. Why would any parent choose to attempt to teach fractions or (gasp) long division when they can leave it to the professionals? Our goal is to provide encouraging information about homeschooling basics, plus give you thoughtful and informative ideas on how to get started and stay the course.

40 Ways to be Present in your Child’s Day

In the midst of a busy day, it’s easy for mamas to think of our children as “tasks” rather than as “hearts.” I’ve compiled practical steps moms can take to make sure their children don’t end up last on the to-do list.


Natalie Mack

Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans (1-hour live workshop)

What plan would suit your high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? This seminar will help you organize your thoughts and lay the groundwork for a viable four-year plan. You’ll learn about high school credits, simplifying grading, and the fundamentals of recordkeeping—transcripts, extracurriculars, and diplomas.

High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips (1-hour live workshop)

Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a template when designing your own. The session will guide you through the essentials of transcripts, how to evaluate credit, steps to simplify grading, and how to calculate grade point averages (GPAs).

Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management

The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. Whether your teen is headed to college, a career, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents and teens with ideas to incorporate study and time management practices into high school coursework and lists resources to help cultivate these essential skills.


Faith Berens

*”HLEP” My Kid Can’t Spell: 

In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!”

*Equipping Minds for Success with Games:

 In this fun and interactive workshop, Faith demonstrates fun and engaging card games and other activities that are part of the Equipping Minds Cognitive Curriculum Program. This program is appropriate for students of all ages and helps to build and strengthen foundational cognitive, language, thinking, logic and reasoning, processing, and executive function skills in a powerful way. Faith shares how and why to be sure to incorporate games into your homeschool plans.  


Dan Beasely

Homeschooling in 2022: Liberty or License

Newsflash: homeschooling is growing. Millions of new students are benefiting from a customized education at home, which has placed homeschooling in the national spotlight. With a decade of experience advocating for homeschool freedom at HSLDA, Dan will bring to life the latest policy debates surrounding homeschooling and conclude with a challenge for advocates of freedom.

(NEXT TWO ARE COMBINED INTO ONE)

Threats to Homeschooling Right Now: How Should Parents Respond

Wondering about what threats to homeschooling are out there right now? In this session, Dan will identify current attacks on homeschooling and equip parents to effectively identify, evaluate, and stop them.

The Erosion of Parental Rights and How to Stop It

Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come.


Kevin Boden

Being Involved When You Work a 9-5 -How dads can be involved in homeschool even when they go to work and how moms can help.

The Mission – Remembering that the call is not primarily to education, but to the Kingdom of God.


Workshop Descriptions:

Glo-Germ

 Kids learn all about bacteria and viruses and how they both help and harm. Then they’ll participate in a “hands on” experiment to see the best way to kill germs.


Classical Conversations Workshop

Providing your child a classical education may seem overwhelming… but we believe you CAN do it, and we can help! Come find out what it even means to educate classically, discover how you can make it a reality at home, and learn how the blessing of Christian community equips you and encourages you in the process!


Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans (1-hour live workshop).

What plan would suit your high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? This seminar will help you organize your thoughts and lay the groundwork for a viable four-year plan. You’ll learn about high school credits, simplifying grading, and the fundamentals of record keeping—transcripts, extracurriculars, and diplomas.


High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips (1-hour live workshop)

Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a template when designing your own. The session will guide you through the essentials of transcripts, how to evaluate credit, steps to simplify grading, and how to calculate grade point averages (GPAs).


Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management

The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. Whether your teen is headed to college, a career, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents and teens with ideas to incorporate study and time management practices into high school coursework and lists resources to help cultivate these essential skills.


Survival

Learn about Traillife, a Christ centered  organization for boys to learn life skills as well as outdoor skills. This event will feature hands on knot tying and demonstration cooking.


Mushing 101

Author Bill Laughing Bear is back! He will explain the workings of dog mushing equipment. And regale listeners with more tales from trail.


Wildland Firefighting

Homeschool graduate Priscilla Turpin talks about her experiences as a wildland firefighter in the Alaskan Interior.


Involving Your Family in Gods Global Purpose

Get equipped with practical ways your family can participate in God’s global purpose, plus hear an overview of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.
If you want a closer walk with the Lord for you and your family…
If you are serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world…
If you want to gain insight and direction that will help you to impact those around you…
Then Perspectives is for You!


Many Hats Matter

Stories and excerpts from This Side of the Past (Volume III): Meeting the Missionary Girls.


From Writing to Publishing to Story Time

Alaskan author Temple Christiansen will share information and answer questions about self-publishing Christian literature. Then she will share her recently published children’s story, “The Making of Sir Vant,” a coming of age story in a medieval setting abut a squire becoming a knight- a boy becoming a man.


Equip Serve Go

Discover how your family can be EQUIPPED to share the Gospel with boldness and confidence.  Identify opportunities to use this new knowledge to SERVE in your community and church.  Learn about opportunities you can “Go” as Jesus described in the Great Commission!


Extreme Sports

Join Blake Elder as he shares about lessons learned doing extreme sports in Alaska and how to apply those lessons in your Christian walk. Blake has run the Iron Dog snowmachine race 3 times and is an ultramarathon runner as well


Coded Candy

The Gospel means the “Good News.”  But did you know the Gospel is also the SWEETEST news!  Kids will hear the Gospel through the wordless book with a sweet twist! 


In the Trenches: Multi-Grade, Multi-Age, Multi-Learning Styles – Multi-Vitamins? All Together without Mom Losing her Mind!

Are you longing to find ways in your day to bring all your children together around the table? Do you need refreshing tips that show you how to combine subjects in a way that meets the needs of all your children – on their levels and in their styles of learning? Are you wondering which subjects you can do together? Are you weary of juggling different grade levels? Spend some time with Shanna Springer as she shares numerous practical helps for teaching history, literature, writing, Bible, geography, art, science and more across multi‐age levels drawing from both a classical style and a Charlotte Mason approach.