The 20th Annual Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

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June 20 & 21, 2014
Portland, OR


Design your own conference:

In order to give you as many workshop choices as possible, we’ve shortened the breaks between classes. But that doesn’t mean you will have to miss out on shopping time. You get to design your own shopping breaks. In other words, you will have to skip a workshop session in order to shop (but don’t worry, we have them recorded). This will give you longer shopping times and hopefully spread out the Exhibit Hall congestion so it is not so crowded when you choose to shop.



Friday, Jun. 21, 2013
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM Registration Open
8:31 AM - 5:30 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Used Book Intake
Sell your used curriculum materials at the Used Curriculum Exchange which is part of the OCEANetwork conference again this year. Drop off your items in Exhibit Hall C from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you have more than 200 items, you are welcome to bring them to loading dock B between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To sell materials, you must either be registered to attend the conference or purchase an Exhibit Hall Only Pass.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop Session 1
“To Grade or Not to Grade”: A Practical Workshop on How, When, and Why to Keep Grades in Homeschool Linda Lacour Hobar
Shaped by personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and destroy others! Listen to veteran homeschooler Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, share theories of grade keeping as well as tips on keeping it simple. Thought provoking and practical.
What Do You Think You Think? James Glenn
Prepare your student for college and life with this cutting edge information about the different types of reasoning. Also learn about the training a student should receive if they want to digest and master complex information for success in high school, college and the real world.
Teaching Special Needs Children Jennifer Bliesner
Setting realistic goals, choosing affective curriculum, keeping the teaching fun, and adapting curriculum are just a few of the areas that will be covered in this session. Jennifer will also be teaching about the basics of developing and using a “Personal Individual Education Plan” to keep parents and students on the right track. Included in this hour will be teaching tips on how to make a unique program to help develop a child’s brain, focusing on simple tasks that improve retention, retrieval, and processing speed.
Stories of the Old West Bruce Isham
Gold miners, cowboys, preachers and lots of other folks were all part of the Old West. Come get a lighthearted look at life in the Old West and some of the people who helped to build America.
Raise them up, Don't Crush them Down: The Strong Willed Parent Mark Hamby
One only has to listen to discover the heart of a child. The goal as parents is to reach the heart, rather than simply realign behavior. Too often, parents depend on rules as the primary enforcer of behavior. Rules can change behavior, but they can’t change the heart. When parents begin to discern the difference between character flaws and purposeful disobedience, they will implement a gentler approach to reaching and understanding their children. As a result, children will more willingly admit their faults and seek help from those they love. Children need to hear the beating of their parents hearts rather than the beating of their voices. Join Mark as he relates his experience as a shepherd and the important lesson that no one becomes a shepherd just because they own sheep.
Nurturing your Marriage While Homeschooling Jon and Ann Dunagan
Marriage is a priority and (should be) a beautiful reflection of Christ’s love. In the midst of this homeschooling conference — with all its curriculum choices and educational vendors — come aside together as a husband and wife for a mini marriage retreat and a brief romantic focus. Be encouraged to laugh, and to love, and to enjoy each other. Be a team together — to glorify God!
Look Mom! No Hands! Kandy Gedies
Sometimes we need helping hands when it comes to homeschooling. Everyone needs help now and then. Support groups can be a lifeblood in times of discouragement, hardships, and day-to-day drama. Without them, homeschooling can seem daunting and overwhelming. This workshop will speak to how to start a vibrant support group, what can be accomplished through a support group, and ways to connect using the digital medium of today.
Lessons from Esther: Peace in Times of Fear Heidi St. John
Today homeschoolers are surrounded by a culture that is opposed to the principles of God's word. It's easy to succumb to fear: "What if I miss something?" "I know I'm supposed to home school... but WHAT IF I ruin my child?" "How can I teach all my children?" "What will my own parents say?" "What about socialization?" Homeschool moms grapple with these and many other fear-based questions, especially during the first years of homeschooling. But God says that when people trust in Him, HE directs their path, and He gives strength to the weary, wisdom when it is asked for, joy in times of stress and peace in times of fear. Esther faced what seemed like an impossible circumstance, too. And just as Esther has a part to play, so you have an important role in shaping the hearts and minds of a future generation. Come and be encouraged as Heidi reminds all about what is most important during the homeschool years: following the Lord wherever He leads - and modeling that faith. Because where God guides - He also provides.
Homeschooling a Large Family Made Easy David and Linda Watkins
With 20 plus years of experience in homeschooling a large family and lots of lessons learned the hard way. David and Linda will share many tricks of the trade and practical insights which they've learned that helped their family survive homeschooling.
Developing Character... One Stage at a Time! Sheryl Russell
Learn about the benefit of the arts in the lives of children. Great results come from participating in the arts... developing character, learning how to handle disappointment, allowing God-given talents to be used and much more. Join Sheryl Russell, Co-Founder of CYT, the largest children’s theater program in the nation, as she engages you in integrating “acting” into your daily routine.
Combining Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies with a Biblical Perspective (My Father's World) Exhibitor
The myriad of homeschool choices can be overwhelming like interstates, highways, back roads and scenic routes. There are so many ways and opinions, how can one navigate through it all and still homeschool effectively? Why not blend the best of each method? Join My Father’s World as we show how to instill Christian values while integrating great literature, chronological history, geography, hands-on activities, notebooks and timelines, narration, study of Greek and Latin roots, nature studies, and more. Enjoy short, well-planned lessons in the morning with time to pursue individual interests in the afternoon.
Choosing Curriculum Christine Bullock
The first question most beginning homeschool parents have is what curriculum should they buy. Picking the perfect curriculum is a tricky task. In the old days homeschoolers had only a handful of choices that they had to make work, but today there is a plethora of overwhelming choices. Classical? Unschooling? Charlotte Mason? Unit Studies? What's a mom to do? In this session parents will get a broad overview of the general types of curriculum and educational styles. Come learn how to navigate the market, avoid purchase pitfalls and find the right fit for your family’s learning styles and budget.
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Shopping Break
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM General Session 1
Anchored in Christ Norm Wakefield
Everyday in life, families receive a series of blessings and storms sent from God for the purpose of revealing the power of a relationship with Jesus Christ. When they come, everyone reacts or responds to them based on what they believe the gospel to be; it's their foundation. God's Word states that believers have an anchor for the soul, but sometimes souls drift because they forget that anchor or because they don't really know how to connect to the anchor. Norm provides practical explanation and suggestions for how to live anchored in Jesus Christ. This results in powerful, peaceful, grace-filled living that attracts others to Christ.
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM Exhibitor Workshops
Your Most Organized Homeschool Year Ever (BJU Press/Homeworks) Exhibitor
Hear from a veteran Christian School Teacher who will help you discover different ways to get the time back, so that you may enjoy some adventure time with your family. He will discuss ways to organize your time and lessons in order to keep your academics on track, yet still have time for other things that are so important to your family. Come join the discussion on organizing time, lessons, and activities in order to get it all done.
Why Is My Smart Child So Distractible, Disorganized and Why Does Everything Take So Long? (Help Eliminate Learning Problems) Exhibitor
Bill Hartner grew up with a learning/processing problem that went undiagnosed until he was an adult. His classmates referred to him as “Dumb Billy.” Bill is now a learning specialist who has changed the lives of over 3,000 children and adults. As the Director of Help Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.), he has a unique perspective of seeing learning problems from both sides. Bill will give a fascinating look into the right brain and left brain and why balancing the two is so important to effective learning. Parents will find out why it is very important to understand the way their child processes information. Bill will discuss how the left brain stores things in files and the right brain stores things in piles. You’ll learn how concentration, focus, time management, cause-and-effect thinking and organization can be improved by integrating more left-brain critical thinking into the learning process.
TeachingCursive - This Method Works! Exhibitor
This book is an illustrated script for teaching cursive penmanship. It is an easy and fun way to make proficient writers and readers in only 56 days, 10 minutes a day of actual teaching time. All that is needed to teach this method is this book, lined paper, pencils and students! Come to this workshop and see how easy it is to teach cursive writing quickly and effectively with this method! This teaching text is written by a retired third grade teacher of 36 years teaching experience.
Maximize Brain Power with Spell to Write and Read Exhibitor
Come hear author Wanda Sanseri describe her award winning integrated language arts program that works for all learning types and ages. The scientific sequence is opposite of what is typically taught today with reading first and spelling as an afterthought. SWR gives students a logical foundation for English starting with spelling. Words are taught by sound, not letter names, using simultaneous multi-sensory instruction.
Inspire Youth To Be About the Father's Business Through Entrepreneurship Education (Nehemiah Project) Exhibitor
What does mean to be about the Father's business? Why must our youth be about the Father's business? How to be about the Father's business through entrepreneurship?
Experience Excellence in Writing (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Exhibitor
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.
Dual Credit for Homeschoolers (CollegePlus) Exhibitor
Come learn how to earn college credits using curriculum you already own. How do we prepare students for young adulthood? What support can a homeschooling parent receive to insure their student is meeting and surpassing requirements? Does my student possess the critical reasoning and problem solving skills necessary for a successful transition to college and beyond?
Creating Leaders AND Scholars - FPE Statesmanship Training (Freedom Project) Exhibitor
Rejecting the apologetics of politically correct historical dogma in favor of the factual truth of our heritage, we work WITH parents, FOR families, to build understanding of our nation, and it’s historical acknowledgement of our Creator, and our God-given rights, under God, in our American Studies courses. Can this knowledge change the direction of our nation? Inarguably, YES, it can! Based on literally hundreds of years of combined experience in these subjects, FPE teachers help students AND parents understand the past, and it’s relationship to the present and the future.
Computer Science for Kids & Teens by Kidware Software & BibleByte Books Exhibitor
Christian & Classical: Can it Be? (Classical Conversations) Exhibitor
An exploration of what a Classical, Christian education is and how, with God’s grace, we can use the Classical tools of learning to help our children, our world, and ourselves know God and make Him known.
Child-Training Based on Scripture and the Gospel (Doorposts) Exhibitor
Pam Forster (mom of six) and Daniel Forster (dad of three) share ideas for training children from a scriptural foundation, and for giving Gospel-centered hope to your children in the midst of discipline. It’s so easy to let parenting decisions spring from anger, frustration, weariness, or our feelings at the moment, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Join us as we discuss practical, simple ways to build up your children using God’s Word.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Workshop Session 2
What's a Mom to do with Teenage Sons? (Or Husbands when they Act like One) Norm Wakefield
One of the greatest challenges facing homeschooling moms is relating to a budding young man. What can a mom do to avoid creating a “momma’s boy?” What should she do if her husband is a passive father?
What Is Homeschooling? Joyce Padilla
Are you looking into educational options for your children? Just what is homeschooling? Is it really legal? Am I qualified to teach my own? What if I miss something? Come explore with Joyce the answer to these and many more "frequently asked questions" drawing from her many years of homeschooling.
What in the World is Dual Credit? Kandy Gedies
Times are changing and opportunities are opening for homeschoolers to acquire dual credit more effectively now than ever before. High school students can get college credit for work they are already doing right now. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, gives students the ability to move forward, ahead of their peers and be ready for life while the pack is still struggling to go through four years of college. There is a way to get going early and the advantages can be lifelong for homeschooling young adults.
Traveling Across America Bruce Isham
From wagon trains to steam trains, from wilderness trails to super highways, through Bruce's stories give a sweeping look at America's history and some of the ways people traveled across this great land.
The Great Awakening: The Mind, Media and Moral Imagination Mark Hamby
In a culture sedated by images that deaden senses and rob many of what they are created to be, the verdict is out that Americans, particularly Christian Americans, are “Amusing themselves to death.” Join Mark as he exposes the damaging effects that certain kinds of media, electronic games, and literature, have on the brain, the conscience, the imagination, and one’s moral and spiritual development. Most importantly, he will introduce initiatives that ignite motivation, revive the imagination, and inspire excellence. This is the true story that changed a apathetic reader into a publisher.
R.E.A.L. L.I.F.E. Homeschooling Heidi St. John
Homeschooling is challenging. Sometimes it can feel like a major accomplishment just to take a shower and get the breakfast dishes cleaned up before dinner! Most homeschool moms feel the pressure of providing their children with a solid academic foundation ~ but there's so much more to homeschooling than academics, isn't there? The truth is that the greatest accomplishment of homeschooling is to nurture children in the ways of the One who made them. Whether one is on the edge of homeschool burnout,are wondering why God has called their family to this homeschooling journey, or just need some honest, real encouragement, this is the one homeschool workshop not to miss out on!
Q&A Session #1 for Families with Special Needs Children - NOT RECORDED Jennifer Bliesner
Spend an hour with Jennifer Bliesner getting all special needs questions answered. She will be answering parent’s personal questions and making suggestions geared towards individual children. (This session will not be recorded)
Parenting by Faith not Fear Jon and Ann Dunagan
Fear can paralyze; it can grip hearts, torment minds, and hinder some from parenting in God’s joy and purpose. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing.” Nothing means not even ONE-thing. Do you fear your own inadequacies (or wonder if your homeschooling is going to mess up your kids for life)? Do you fear teenage rebellion, hormones, high school, or the future? Do you fear not pleasing others, not having finances, or not fulfilling God’s purpose? In this workshop, you’ll be encouraged by God’s faithfulness and love for you, concluding with a time of prayer.
Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool: A Workshop for Marys Only! Linda Lacour Hobar
Pretend that Mary and Martha decide to homeschool. Following their character, Martha would probably have all her plans in place (and be frustrated), and Mary would probably be at the feet of Jesus (and way behind schedule.) Everyone has a little of Mary and Martha in them, but this workshop is designed to encourage Mary’s – who love the Lord and their children, but need help and structure to successfully homeschool. The presenter of this workshop is a self-proclaimed Mary who managed to homeschool for 17 years, and still likes to talk about it.
Guiding and Grading Your Student's Writing Telisa Williams
Teaching writing and evaluating your student’s work may be simpler than it seems! Capture the vision for writing instruction that leans on God’s structured design of the language and receive practical tips and inspiration for nurturing your student’s writing. Telisa encourages parents to mentor their students in writing and provides ideas for giving clear assignments and templates for evaluations to guide student’s development in writing.
Getting Grandparents on Board with Home Education David and Linda Watkins
When the Watkinses began homeschooling in 1986, it was a brand-new idea for most families; and convincing grandparents that you weren’t ruining their grandchildren was a major issue. Now, with eight children, four children-in-love, fifteen grandchildren, both sets of grandparents still living, and 20+ years of homeschooling behind them, the Watkinses have some unique insights about helping grandparents to love homeschooling just as much as you do.
Free College at Your Fingertips (College Prep Genius) Exhibitor
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author, Jean Burk, will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
Common Core Crisis: The Real Issue Dr. Brian Ray
Common Core, No Child Left Behind, Goals 2000, and, by the way, have you forgotten about the Seven Cardinal Principles? Presumptuous planners, nationalists, and philosopher-kings have another plan for “all our children.” Dr. Brian Ray addresses the most fundamental reason why every parent should care about Common Core State Standards that has hit hard the educational scene. What should homeschoolers, scripturalists (i.e., Christians) and liberty lovers do about this, if anything? What are some short-term strategies, and what is the long-term solution to efforts by many to control the education of all children, as if they were lumps of coal for the government or unelected officials to manage as “natural resources”? If you do not want your children to be a part of this educational bandwagon and you do not want to waste your time jumping into bandwagon reactionism, come hear Dr. Ray
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Shopping Break
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop Session 3
The Calling Out of Sons Norm Wakefield
How does a father call a son out into manhood God’s way? In this message, Norm reveals what happens if fathers don’t call out sons and then draws insights from how the heavenly Father prepared His son for ministry.
Test Talk Telisa Williams
Let's talk about testing! This session provides helpful information about the achievement test tool and how it can benefit your home school. Topics include testing requirements in Oregon, opportunities available for testing your student, and preparing your student to take an achievement test.
Special Needs Panel with Q&A Session - NOT RECORDED Q&A Special Needs Panel
Dealing with Special Needs? Come be encouraged and equipped as you hear from other homeschool moms who have special needs children. There will be an opportunity to ask questions from this panel of veteran moms who are in the trenches with you. This is a non recorded session.
Occupying Preschoolers While Teaching Older Children (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Our children are precious gifts from the Lord but sometimes they can interfere with our human plans. These little ones seem to seek attention at the wrong time. What can we do at these times to creatively involve them in the learning process? My Father’s World shares many suggestions on how to educate and occupy little ones.
Mom's Panel with Q&A Session Q&A Mom's Panel
Are there times when you wish you had a veteran homeschool mom on speed dial to help you figure out what to do next? Do you need advice about some part of your homeschooling? Come join the discussion as a panel of veteran mom's answers honest questions about real life homeschooling.
Let the Homeschool Journey Begin Joyce Padilla
Where and how does one begin this journey called homeschooling? Home education doesn't have to be overwhelming or fearful. Joyce will share simple teaching tips to help you navigate the early years.
Johnny Appleseed, the Hero of Ohio Bruce Isham
Character, heroes, and a bushel of apples! Through his stories and songs, Bruce will give you a feel for the real Johnny Appleseed and how we can all be heroes by following in his footsteps.
Homeschooling Through the Seasons of Life Heidi St. John
Blessed are the flexible - for they shall not break! It has been said that the only thing we can be sure of in this life is that nothing stays the same. Homeschooling is no different. There are seasons of upheaval - moving, and perhaps health challenges. It's easy to wonder if it is possible to successfully homeschooling throughout periods of change. But be encouraged! Join Heidi as she talks about how to navigate through the seasons of life and find joy and freedom in homeschooling along the way.
Good Seed-Bad Seed: The History of Recent Figures that have Shaped our World Linda Lacour Hobar
In recent world history, there are those who have planted “good seed” and those that have planted “bad.” Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, shed light on The Great Awakening, The Enlightenment, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Billy Graham. These stories will examine a handful of 19th-20th century figures and the wake of their influence on our world today. Educational and insightful!
Discover Your Child's Learning Style Jennifer Bliesner
Uncover the secrets of children’s learning styles: visual, auditory or kinesthetic. What these terms mean and how they impact learning can revolutionize teaching. One may be teaching all the right things, but in the wrong way. In this process discover your teaching style and how it affects children and their education.
Aiming Arrows into Adulthood Jon and Ann Dunagan
I Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” As homeschooling parents, how can we prepare our children for adulthood? And how can we prepare our hearts (through prayer and effective communication) to release our kids, into a new season? There’s life after graduation– with college, careers, romance, weddings, and next-generation purpose. Let’s aim and launch our arrows, to hit God’s mark!
A Renaissance of Creative Imagination Mark Hamby
There is new evidence that supports the notion that our DNA is not unchangeable. In fact there is proof that when our DNA is altered, it can have a positive effect upon the next three to four generations! In this seminar parents will look behind the scenes to learn what prepared, inspired, and motivated the great minds of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Einstein, Edison, and the more modern initiatives of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and more. They all had something in common--something available to all—something that drives initiative, ignites motivation, revives the imagination, and inspires excellence. Join Mark and be convinced that “Everyday you are becoming who you will be forever.” J. L.
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Shopping Break
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM General Session 2
How to Impress God with Your Dipolma David Watkins
What happed to cause some homeschooled students to reject the Christian worldview that was important to their parents? Jesus encountered four dangerous mindsets and their negative results when He walked among His people. Homeschoolers can easily fall into one or more of these traps and in so doing can bring serious harm to their families. This session will explain how giving focused attention to one command of Christ will help home educators recognize and avoid those four damaging viewpoints, while at the same time helping them experience satisfaction and eternal significance in their efforts.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Remains Open
The Exhibit Hall will remain open until 7 p.m. on Friday for uninterrupted shopping time. Avoid the 5:30 traffic and shop in the Exhibit Hall. By the time the hall closes, the traffic will have disappeared.
Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
All 2013 Day 2 Sessions on MP3 disk
All 30 sessions on Day 2 of the 2013 Conference, "Anchored In Christ" on one mp3 disk.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM General Session 3
Be Not Deceived Dick Karman
"Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7) In this wonderful time of raising godly families, when we see excitement in the eyes of our youngsters and new learning is just around each corner, we sometimes forget who is in control. It’s not the government, contrary to what they tell you. God is not mocked! If we believe the heresy that comes from the White House, or the lies that are spewed from the liberal media, we may try to “give in” just to “get along.” Don’t! Hear Dick speak with the experience of three decades of leadership. Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. God is not mocked!
9:30 AM - 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Shopping Break
10:29 AM - 12:30 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Shopping Hours
Shop at the Used Curriculum Exchange to find bargains for next year. Admission to the Used Curriculum Sale is by time stamped on your admission ticket. Register early to obtain an early shopping time.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Workshop Session 4
You Can Homeschool High School!  (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Studies indicate that homeschooled high-schoolers are more likely to remain committed to Christ than those who attend public school.  My Father’s World high school curriculum integrates Bible, history and English, allowing your student to develop a strong Biblical worldview using easy to follow self-directed lesson plans for all subjects.  Students read through the entire Bible, apply Biblical analysis when reading classical literature, develop strong composition skills and nurture a heart to serve others.  Look forward to homeschooling your student through high school and make Christ a central focus during these crucial growing years.
Training Our Boys to Be Men Jon Dunagan
What should parents do to train their boys to be strong and godly men — not wasting their lives on video games and TV, but working hard, taking risks, enjoying adventure, and daring to follow God wherever He leads. In this session, parents will be challenged with biblical truth and hard-hitting honesty from real-life experiences growing up with five brothers on a dairy farm and raising five sons into military service, international business, engineering, and rugged missions.
The Power of Humility in Parenting Norm Wakefield
One of the most powerful ways parents can add value to their relationships with their children is by growing in humility and learning how to express the humility of Christ to their children. Norm gives some practical ways that are sure to impact children and increase parents' value to them.
The Education of a Child Mark Hamby
Working with parents and teachers over the past twenty-eight years, Mark will present what he believes is the most helpful and inspirational information of our day concerning the education of a child. Gleaning from a 17th-century gem, The Education of a Child from The Wisdom of Fenelon, Mark will present a “radical reversal” of our traditional approach to a biblical education. Commissioned to educate King Louis XIV incorrigible grandson to become the next king of France, Francois Fenelon wrote and then lived one of the greatest educational treatises ever written. In fact, in 1802, nearly 150 years later, Fenelon’s work was still revered as the most extraordinary educational work on record. Parenting based on gentleness, mentoring, joy, and patience will be among just a few of the highlights of this seminar.
The Dateless Lesson Planner: A Workshop on Preventing Anarchy Linda Lacour Hobar
After years of frustration, veteran homeschooler Linda Lacour Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) found practical ways to liberate her lesson plans and prevent anarchy in her home. Literally. The secret lies in her “Dateless Lesson Planner” – a tool many will want to consider using in their homeschool to keep students and teacher in better harmony.
Ten Things Not to Tell Your Pastor David Watkins
Many home educators feel tension between themselves and their churches, but do not know what to do. We can all think of many "helpful" suggestions or comments we could offer to our pastors, especially concerning home education. But are those suggestions really helpful? Listen to David Watkins-pastor, state homeschool leader, homeschooling father of eight and grandfather of fifteen-share some things not to say to your pastor! Learn what homeschoolers are really like through the eyes of their pastors.
Stories of the Old West: Civil War Bruce Isham
Explore the Old West from the perspective of the Civil War through engaging story telling and narrative.
Multi-Level Teaching Heidi St. John
One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling a houseful is figuring out how to teach them all while finding time to manage the rest of your day! Moms are always wondering if they are "doing enough" and finding the time to teach individual subjects, well, individually... can be overwhelming. In this workshop, Heidi will share seven secrets of multi-level teaching that will empower, encourage and enlighten!
Math-U-See Exhibitor
Getting Started with Writing Telisa Williams
Get them off to a great start! Guiding writers in the early grades can be such a delight! Come for ideas on where to begin, what to expect and when, and activities to teach and inspire budding writers. This session is designed to be most helpful for parents who are teaching beginners in grades K-2.
Daring Daughters: Local and Global Missions for PreTeen/Teenage Girls Ann Dunagan
Orphans. Impurity. Poverty. There are many needs in the world and so many people who need Jesus. Becoming a beautiful, godly woman is more than being a pure and pampered princess. Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of them who bring the gospel of peace…” No matter where you live, or where you’re called to go, you can DARE to care, DARE to cry, and DARE to make a difference for God. As Amy Carmichael prayed, “Give me the love that leads the way, the passion that burns like fire.”
Alphabet Soup Linda Watkins
Remember Campbell's "Alphabet Soup"? Children have been making words on their plates for many years but while in the soup the letters just floated around in all different directions and never formed a word that made sense. This is similar to what it's like when families decide to educate at home, there are floating pieces all around but most still do not know how to put it altogether to spell "homeschool" clearly. Where should one start? What is it supposed to look like? Why is everything so jumbled up and not making sense? This workshop is designed to help sort it all out for a successful first day of homeschool.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping
11:45 AM - 12:35 PM Exhibitor Workshops
Why Is My Smart Child So Distractible, Disorganized and Why Does Everything Take So Long? (Help Eliminate Learning Problems) Exhibitor
Bill Hartner grew up with a learning/processing problem that went undiagnosed until he was an adult. His classmates referred to him as “Dumb Billy.” Bill is now a learning specialist who has changed the lives of over 3,000 children and adults. As the Director of Help Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.), he has a unique perspective of seeing learning problems from both sides. Bill will give a fascinating look into the right brain and left brain and why balancing the two is so important to effective learning. Parents will find out why it is very important to understand the way their child processes information. Bill will discuss how the left brain stores things in files and the right brain stores things in piles. You’ll learn how concentration, focus, time management, cause-and-effect thinking and organization can be improved by integrating more left-brain critical thinking into the learning process.
TeachingCursive - This Method Works! Exhibitor
This book is an illustrated script for teaching cursive penmanship. It is an easy and fun way to make proficient writers and readers in only 56 days, 10 minutes a day of actual teaching time. All that is needed to teach this method is this book, lined paper, pencils and students! Come to this workshop and see how easy it is to teach cursive writing quickly and effectively with this method! This teaching text is written by a retired third grade teacher of 36 years teaching experience.
Redeeming Childbirth & Leaving a New Legacy Together (Redeeming Childbirth) Exhibitor
How do we as homeschooling mothers engage the childbearing years, which can be physically, spiritually, and emotionally draining, with grace and joy? What legacy are we as the church leaving with regard to our view of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood? Since childbirth is such a controversial topic within the church, Titus 2 Mentors often struggle to know just how to encourage the next generation during this season. Let's partner with Christ to redeem childbirth together and leave a new legacy of embracing this season in a woman's life! Who is this talk for: All Women. Husbands, wives, daughters, Titus 2 Mentors, doulas, midwives and other women's health care professionals that want to strengthen ministry with their clients.
Learn to Read and Write with PAL (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Exhibitor
Announcing IEW’s Primary Arts of Language (PAL), a beginning reading and writing program based on Anna Ingham’s 70-year legacy. Designed to provide everything you need to start your K-2 students reading and writing, these multisensory, interactive materials will give your children a foundation for excellence in writing as they take delight in learning.
Joyful Homeschooling with Sonlight (Sonlight Curriculum) Exhibitor
Sonlight's Christ-centered literature-rich curriculum gives parents tools to guide their children in the way of Christ as they learn about their own faith and heritage and interact with a wide variety of ideas and cultures. Come find out how this award-winning curriculum can help you!
Educating the Right Brain Child (Masters School of Art) Exhibitor
Often right-brain children are misdiagnosed as learning disabled. Children who lean toward a right-brain learning style will have difficulty with memory, testing, grammar, spelling, math, and reading. The right-brain learner is easily frustrated with conventional style of learning. Most mentally check out before reaching middle school. Parents may see their learning frustration acted out in behavioral problems. Right-brain children can learn whole brain thinking skills, and can be academically successful. The workshop will discuss ways to challenge right-brain learners, and whole brain thinking skills. We will give you a free brain dominance test to take with you.
Computer Science for Kids & Teens Exhibitor
College the Smart Way (CollegePlus) Exhibitor
Come hear straight talk about the realities and opportunities in Higher Education today. Is college worth the financial cost? What college experience is best for a student? How do we insure a student gets a quality bachelor's degree worth something in the real world?
Overruled! (ParentalRights.org) Peter Padilla
Parents all over America are losing their rights and don't even know it. Overruled is a 36-minute docurama featuring 3 reenactments based on real cases that expose how the rights of parents in America are being eroded and what you can do to turn the tide. Join OCEANetwork board member Peter Padilla to view this critical video and learn how you can get involved.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Workshop Session 5
The Precarious Generation (Adelphia Bible School) Exhibitor
With young adults leaving the church in large number during their college years, we take a look at ways to build a growing faith for young people as they transition out of high school.
The Practical Aspects of Discipling David Watkins
While there is no sure fire formula to guarantee that any child will turn out to be a "success" there are timeless and proven principles that, when implemented, will lay a powerful foundation upon which they can experience significant accomplishments. This workshop brings to light real help in properly training our children.
Ten Marriage Myths that Will Steal Your Joy Heidi St. John
How is the state of your union? When was the last time you stopped and put your finger on the pulse of your marriage? If you are struggling in your marriage, or even if you're not, this is a message of hope and encouragement that will remind you of what's important and help you stay on course as you navigate through the homeschool years with the man of your dreams.
Teaching Special Needs Children - REPEAT, NOT RECORDED Jennifer Bliesner
Setting realistic goals, choosing affective curriculum, keeping the teaching fun, and adapting curriculum are just a few of the areas that will be covered in this session. Jennifer will also be teaching about the basics of developing and using a “Personal Individual Education Plan” to keep parents and students on the right track. Included in this hour will be teaching tips on how to make a unique program to help develop a child’s brain, focusing on simple tasks that improve retention, retrieval, and processing speed.(This is a repeat session to give as many as possible a chance to attend.)
Mission Minded Families Jon and Ann Dunagan
Be encouraged, challenged, and equipped with ideas, as the Dunagan's share from their local and global adventures. Mission-minded families focus on God’s Great Commission, with a passion for the lost. There’s a spiritual depth and hunger that reaches beyond the maintenance mode of cultural Christianity. Learn to “raise the bar” in leadership and service, to “guard the gates” of your home, and to live with an attitude of self-sacrifice and submission to God, while radiating an unmistakable, contagious joy.
Let Go or I’ll Break Your Leg: Resolving Conflicts and Restoring Relationships Mark Hamby
Sibling rivalry, deceitfulness, manipulation, insecurity, fear, anger, parental favoritism, and selfishness are just a few of the topics that will be addressed as we go back in time and learn how one of the most unlikely children, teenager, and adults could become the recipient of God’s greatest blessing. Like Jacob of the OT, in order to receive this blessing, families need to first learn some important lessons about themselves; they must come face-to-face with who they really are. Without this knowledge, spiritual maturity and relational stability are impossible. Once learned, the next step is to embrace a truth that leads to our greatest conflict but results in the most fulfilling blessing. Join Mark as he shares what he believes to be the most important truth learned during his 33 years as a parent and spouse.
Leading with Vision Norm Wakefield
“Where there is no vision, the homeschoolers are unrestrained.” That’s a unique version of Proverbs 29:18. When you know how to lead with vision principles, you will experience, unity, order, peace, and be more efficient.
Ideas for Teaching Reluctant Writers Telisa Williams
Mission Possible! Writing is such an important skill, yet some students really resist. Come for some tips to help get the pencil rolling. This sessions is most helpful for parents with students in grades 2-6.
Hands-on Kindergarten and First Grade (My Father's World) Exhibitor
Overwhelmed? Try our easy-to-teach complete curriculum that incorporates phonics, reading, writing, art, Bible, hands-on science, math, history and more. Incorporate preschoolers and older kids in many of the interesting activities. My Father’s World shows how easy-to-teach yet flexible lessons plans eliminate preparation time without sacrificing the FUN.
Chronic Chaos Challenge Linda Watkins
"If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." The ability to be organized, or lack of it, sets the mood in families. When families are disorganized they don't feel in control and when they don't feel in control, their stress level rises. Often stress is caused by disorganization and this alone can be the biggest enemy of our homeschool efforts. Organization has no room for procrastination. This workshop will give you some tricks of the trade to be more organized and to feel more organized. (There is a difference.) Come prepared to take home lots of encouraging ideas.
Bad Boys of the 20th Century Linda Lacour Hobar
Who are the worst of the worst dictators of the 20th century? Opinions vary, but you can learn about four renowned “bad boys” with Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History. In this session, Linda will recount the chilling rise to power of Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to appreciate the message of what “should” be learned from history!
Adventures of a Traveling Man Bruce Isham
This will be a combination of stories about life in America during the 1930's as well as stories from Bruce Isham's own adventures learning to trust God.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Shopping Break
2:01 PM - 3:00 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Gleaning Sale
Items donated to OCEANetwork and not sold during the Used Curriculum Exchange will be sold for $1.00 each during the Gleaning Sale. Proceeds will go toward the Conference Scholarship Fund.
2:29 PM - 4:00 PM Graduate Recognition
A Passion for God and Compassion for People Jay St. John
It's time. Time to take all that your parents have taught you and put it into practice. Time to serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It's time to make a difference. But no road is without its bumps, and life will be difficult at times. Learn how to stay strong, cultivate a passion for God and for people, even when you encounter hardship.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Workshop Session 6
The Messy and Marvelous: Tales of the Early Church to the Middle Ages Linda Lacour Hobar
From Pentecost to the printing press, listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, pull together a few of the messy and the marvelous tales from the Early Church and the Middle Ages. Through Paul, Constantine, and Marco Polo, as well as Mohammed, William the Conqueror, and John Wycliffe, learn of the triumph and the tragedies of medieval times and how they relate to our world today. This session is designed to equip and inspire teachers, parents, and students of this time period.
RightStart™ Mathematics: Visual-Based Success! Exhibitor
People are visual thinkers and children are especially visual. Approaching math from a visual perspective is a sure-fire path to success! RightStart™ Mathematics uses manipulatives: the AL Abacus, math balance, place value cards, card games, linear fraction chart, and other items. These visual tools allow children to understand, apply, and enjoy math.
Q&A Session #2 for Families with Special Needs Children - NOT RECORDED Jennifer Bliesner
Spend an hour with Jennifer Bliesner getting all your special needs questions answered. She will be answering parent’s personal questions and making suggestions geared towards individual children. (This session will not be recorded and is a repeat of Friday.)
How To Ace the SAT (College Prep Genius) Exhibitor
Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds of students raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, and Verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!
Foundational Principles for Strong Leadership Heidi St. John
Have you experienced some trials in leadership lately? You're not alone! Leadership can be messy. Wise leadership requires the strength of a warrior and the heart of a shepherd. The heart of a strong leader requires a love that will get involved in the struggles and messes that will inevitably come up within their organizations. It may be frustrating, even exasperating at times, but successful leading in the body of Christ is not just about accomplishing a vision. It is about growing other leaders and knowing how to respond to challenging situations. Come learn some of the foundational principles of strong leadership - as well as some of the warning signs that will help you avoid division within your ministry and even GROW in the midst of adversity.
Father's Panel with Q&A Session Q&A Dad's Panel
What does it look like to be a homeschooling father? What should you be doing and how could you do it better? Join a discussion led by a group of real life dads from a variety of backgrounds who are leading their families on the homeschooling journey.
Family Leadership for the Next Generation Jon and Ann Dunagan
No matter what kind of family you were raised in, you can establish a godly legacy of leadership for the next generation, because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Those decisions you make, day-by-day, don’t just affect you; they affect your kids, and their kids, and all who they will influence. Learn to disciple your children to disciple others. From God’s Word, learn to see from God’s perspective, with a focus on eternity, the Cross, and the glory of God. You’re building a legacy, brick-by-brick, for the future!
Embrace Change... through the process of parenting! Sheryl Russell
As parents we try to figure out the "right" way to raise our children. Is there a "right" way? After raising four adult children and grandmother of 5, plus running a performing arts school with over 22,000 students nationwide, I've discovered some common threads of raising healthy, contributing and well adjusted children. Join me in dialogue about some best practices, highs and lows and thriving through change.
Common Core Crisis: The Real Issue - NOT RECORDED - REPEAT OF Friday's Session Dr. Brian Ray
Common Core, No Child Left Behind, Goals 2000, and, by the way, have you forgotten about the Seven Cardinal Principles? Presumptuous planners, nationalists, and philosopher-kings have another plan for “all our children.” Dr. Brian Ray addresses the most fundamental reason why every parent should care about Common Core State Standards that has hit hard the educational scene. What should homeschoolers, scripturalists (i.e., Christians) and liberty lovers do about this, if anything? What are some short-term strategies, and what is the long-term solution to efforts by many to control the education of all children, as if they were lumps of coal for the government or unelected officials to manage as “natural resources”? If you do not want your children to be a part of this educational bandwagon and you do not want to waste your time jumping into bandwagon reactionism, come hear Dr. Ray
But I Didn't Volunteer for THIS Job! David Watkins
But I didn't volunteer for THIS job..or perhaps you did volunteer but you wish you hadn't! If 20% of the people do 80% of the work, and you are in the 20%, how do you keep from getting over worked and becoming resentful? Hear insights which every volunteer leader needs to apply. Your sanity may depend on it!
Being a Hands on Dad: How to Survive Tea Parties and Wiffle Balls James Glenn
Scripture is full of encouragement and guidance for fathers. Come be encouraged, enlightened and entertained as you hear how God's way is the best way for you and your family to thrive in a world that isn't always so friendly to the man of the house.
A Father's Love: A Faithful Son Mark Hamby
Join Mark as he reveals an unusual passage of Scripture that is rarely preached or talked about. Twice God the Father speaks about His Son—once at His Son’s baptism and then three years later on top of a mountain. The second time He speaks he repeats what he said the first time but adds one significant component that is essential for all parents—“Listen to him.” Once you learn what this means, you will approach your children with a more purposeful plan that will cultivate their identity, confirm your love, be encouraged by your pleasure in them, and possess the confidence and authority that has been bestowed upon them. As always some of the most powerful teaching on parenting is right before our eyes.
3:01 PM - 4:00 PM Used Curriculum Exchange
Unsold Book Pick-up
If you had items in the Used Curriculum Sale and you are not donating the leftovers to the OCEANetwork Scholarship Fund, you will need to pick them up between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. If you do not arrive to Exhibit Hall C by 4 p.m, your unsold books will be waiting for you at the Conference Registration Booth in the Lobby.
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Shopping Break
4:15 PM - 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall Closes
4:16 PM - 5:15 PM General Session 4
How to Give the Gift of an Imperishable Relationship Norm Wakefield
Homeschooling children or teens often develop a wrong understanding about relationship with God from parents who give or withhold acceptance based on performance. Do you know how to give the blessing of an imperishable relationship even when another has disappointed or offended you? How to Create a Gospel Culture
5:15 PM - 5:15 PM Conference Ends
Friday, Jun. 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
All 2014 Day 1 Sessions on MP3 disk
All sessions of Day 1 of the 2014 Conference - "Anchored in Christ" on one mp3 disk.

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