Want to know some of the ways you can be inspired?

Join Excellence in Writing founder Andrew Pudewa for Nurturing Excellent Writers and Speakers – The Power of Linguistic Patterns
Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is just that—a natural ability—some have it; others don't. Both are myths. History and modern research show very clearly how good writers have developed. What are the two most critical things you can do as a parent to develop a high level of aptitude, from a young age and into high school? With humor and insight, Andrew will share the two easy but unbelievably powerful things you can do to build language patterns and nurture competent communicators in your family.

Join Gaining Confidence to Teach author Debbie Strayer for The Natural Approach to Teaching Thinking
Thinking skills are buzzwords in education today – everyone wants to include them in their curriculum plans! In this seminar, Debbie will explain what thinking skills are and how to incorporate strategies into daily life that will bring great results in your child’s ability to think. Include these ideas to add critical thinking to any curriculum! For Christian homeschoolers, this is a great way to prepare your children to give an account for the hope that is in them.

Join Mystery of History author Linda Hobar for The Dateless Lesson Planner: A Workshop on Preventing Anarchy
After years of frustration, veteran homeschooler Linda 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 you will want to consider using in your own homeschool to keep students and teacher in better harmony.

Join Sonlight founder Sarita Holzmann for Raising Your Children with a Heart for the World
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How to give your children a broad view of the world so that they can understand the news and pray appropriately for peoples and nations around the world.

Join To Love, Honor, and Vacuum author Sheila Wray Gregoire for Living Up to the Potential of Homeschooling
We homeschoolers believe that real learning takes place best in the home. But is your home catering to real learning? Or are you getting bogged down by curriculum choices that don’t work, housework, and everyday life? Learn how to live up to the potential of homeschooling, as we raise children that can think critically, communicate effectively, and act responsibly! A practical seminar on choosing curriculum, planning, and visioning.

Join Homeschool Co-ops' author Carol Topp for How to Teach Kids About Money (When You're Not Doing So Great Yourself)
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So you don’t consider yourself a financial role model. Take heart, you can still teach your kids financial principles. This workshop offers tips on how to teach your kids the basics of money management as part of your busy lifestyle. Presenter, Carol Topp, CPA, will also discuss what topics to teach at each age from preschoolers to college age.

Join The Workbox System creator Sue Patrick for Workbox System: An Easy Approach to Optimize and Organize your Homeschool from Preschool to High School
This structured Workbox System will allow you to teach your child more effectively and at the same time help you to better organize your school day. Children using this system stay more focused and mare more successful in learning and completing their school work. Beginning tomorrow, you will be able to provide better organization for you and your children. It will then be easier to set up a school day of curriculum, review, variety and fun, while steering your child to independence and focus.

Join Wholesome Learning owner Evonne Mandella for Read Hebrew Today
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You really can read Hebrew today with this revolutionary reading method! It is simple and fun! Designed for 5 year olds to 105 year olds- Everyone can read this exciting language. Perhaps, you want your child to learn a second language, or you wanted to be able to read the bible in its original language? Maybe you are preparing for a trip to the Holy Land? If so, this beginner’s program is for you! You will learn to read simple, one syllable Hebrew words within minutes. This learning system uses virtually every Hebrew letter and vowel sound. As an added bonus you will also be learning some vocabulary words. Your confidence will soar when you see that you can read Hebrew today!

Join The HomeScholar founder Lee Binz for two sessions: How to Afford Christian College
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Learn the concrete strategies that will help you afford a Christian college. Learn Biblical principles and promises related to the cost of college. Learn to "seek first the Kingdom" - and then seek a Christian college. You will learn where to look for scholarships, both big and small. Find out how you can save money feel confident as you look at the cost of college. Miracles happen every day, they can happen for you, too!

And a second session: Finding a College
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How to search for a college with college fairs, college tests, and internet searches. Why you should visit a college, and what you are looking for. Using college visits to improve your application essay. What are the basics of writing college application essays?

Join Blessed Heritage Educational Resources owner Belinda Bullard for Trusted with Trouble
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This may seem like an odd topic for the time of year when many are enthusiastic about getting started for a new year, but I want to speak to the hearts of women that there are seasons in the homeschooling journey. Not every season is spring, and the delay in seeing what we're believing God to do in our home environments does not mean that we are being denied. Mine is a word of encouragement to assure those listening that the trials we endure in our journey really are about growth and development of us and our children, and when we look on them in a different light, they really are all joy.

Join Tumblon.com founder Graham Scharf for Seeing and Being – Your role in shaping the lens through which your child sees the world.
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During the earliest years of life, children learn from their parents how to see the world. These most basic assumptions that they develop become the lenses through which they see all of life. How can parents intentionally nurture their children during the first five years to help them perceive and love what is good, and true and beautiful? How can parents communicate a God-entranced vision of all things and be patient and prayerful in allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conversion and new life? These are the questions we will tackle together!

Join Foundations: Homeschooling Bible Curriculum author Anne Elliot for Using the Bible As Your Primary Textbook
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We know that God's Word says we are to impress His commands on our children by talking about them when we sit, walk, lie down and get up (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). That's all the time! What better tool can we have than homeschooling -- but how often our good intentions are sidetracked by "necessities" like school, chores, and schedules. Wouldn't it be nice if we could use the Bible as our primary textbook so that all our conversations and actions centered around God's Word? In this session, we'll try to make this practical. We'll talk about how to use the Bible for all subjects, including reading, grammar, math, history, science, and everything in between. We'll also talk about how to apply the Bible with our children in every hour of the day.

Join Captive Dreams author Cara Putman for Developing Leadership In Your Teens
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Building on her experience as a homeschooled teenager and several years teaching high school and college students how to be more involved in politics and leadership, Cara will share strategies to help you give your student opportunities to develop their leadership potential. God has a call on your child's life, no matter their age. They can start pursuing that call now. All it takes is a little creativity and motivation. Attend this session and leave with some concrete examples of young people God used to do mighty things for Him and a vision for your child/student.

Join CurrClick founder Leah Nieman for Science: It Can Be the "Fun" Subject!
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Does the word science conjure up feelings of dread and fear? Often times we worry about the mess experiments create with our younger kids. Then we worry about our ability to teach it at the High School level. The good news is you CAN teach science. Not only can you teach it, but it can be the fun subject everyone in your home looks forward to each week. Join me as we discuss science from Pre K through High School.

Join The Homeschool Lounge founder Tiany Davis for Work-at-Home Moms & Homeschooling
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In these tough economic times many homeschooling moms are searching for ways to earn a little extra income for the family. Have you ever had the desire or need to work from home but could not find a way to juggle it all? Though working from home while homeschooling can be quite challenging, it is also very doable and manageable! Tiany shares her experience as a work at home, homeschooling mother of 4 boys. Learn how you can make working from home a reality with practical steps and a flexible plan.

Join SLO Classical Academy founder Lisa Lewis for Nature Study: Connecting Children with Creation
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Nature Study is a wonderful way to help your children learn to appreciate both the detail God has put into Creation and the beauty of their surroundings. We will identify some of the historic elements and benefits of appreciating creation as well as how best to integrate nature study into your ongoing lesson plans. Strategies, resources and tools will be explored and you will see how to completely infuse the reality of God throughout nature study.

Join Principled Discovery's Dana Hanley for Developing an Educational Philosophy
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Your educational philosophy is the foundation of your homeschool. Are you building yours on sand or on the solid rock? Take some time to reflect on your own beliefs about education, where they come from and how well they measure against scripture as you seek to "take on the mind of Christ" in education.

Join Heart of the Matter Online Review Specialist Karin Katherine as she explores The Best Online Tools
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As home educators the world is literally at your fingertips. With a click of your mouse you have access to some amazing online educational resources and tools to aid you both in your teaching and homeschool organization. Many of the tools are absolutely free and a few are available for just a nominal charge. Join Heart of the Matter review specialist Karin Katherine as she shares some of her favorite online finds and a few off line ones you should know about too!

Join A Journey Through Learning's Paula Winget will present a workshop entitled: Educating Your Child Using Lapbooks!

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Paula and Nancy have both recently experienced the loss of a loved one. Paula's daughter Candace was welcomed into the arms of our heavenly Father on July 18th of this year and Nancy's father-in-law passed away just days before that. In order to grant these ladies the grace and time they need to begin healing they will not be joining us for this year's conference. We will bring them back sometime in the future. Please keep them in your prayers.

Amy Bayliss will resume this spot. Her session notes follow.

Join Heart of the Matter Online co-founder Amy Bayliss for Stirring Up the Gift Within Them While God is Stirring Up the Gift Within You
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We all know that stirring up the gift within our children is not only a biblical mandate but a heartfelt desire for most all parents but how do you inspire then to use their gifts and still find the time to nurture your own? Amy has been "living the dream" as a reality. As a speaker, the co-owner of such sites as Heart of the Matter Online, A Woman Inspired and Internet Cafe Devotions, cover girl for CWO magazine in August 2008, featured on Inside Out christian television program, recent She Speaks graduate, and a published writer, she knows what it means to balance the gifts that flow through one household.

She has an aspiring scientist, a budding artist, and one veggie/veterinarian on her hands and she encourages them all. The underlying premise here is that even if she reaches thousands of women for Christ but neglects her own children then she has accomplished nothing. There is a way. Learn how in this session.

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