Friday

Keynote - 9:15-10:10

Rebecca Spooner – Revival in the Home

Are you dealing with broken relationships, heartbreak, depression, or even bone-wearying exhaustion in your family? In this session, you’ll be inspired by stories of real revivals through history and how children, men, and women were forever changed and marked not by striving, but by God’s presence. You don’t need a five-step plan—you need the one who can bring beauty from the ashes, joy in the morning, and rain on a dry and thirsty land. May you walk away full of anticipation for the great plans that God has for you. He’s not finished with you yet.

Session 1 - 10:25-11:15

Israel Wayne - Being Salt and Light Families

Homeschoolers are often accused of retreating from society instead of impacting it. What is the balance between sheltering our children and reaching out to a lost world around us? In this session, Israel explains how you can equip your children for the ‘real world’ by developing a family ministry.

Klaske Kroesbergen - The Big Picture of Homeschooling

In this seminar, I hope to encourage you to homeschool, not merely for academic or financial reasons (as valid as those are), but out of loving obedience to God’s leading, regardless of the outcome.  Love for Christ, evidenced by love for one another is our desire, and homeschooling presents us with the opportunity to live out the gospel to our children daily, relying on the Spirit to do His work inspite of us.   

Morning Briefing - TEEN
Brigette Vanhuisstede – Plans, Problems & Purpose

Based on Proverbs 19: 21  “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”Many are the plans in the mind of a homeschooling parent, but problems get in the way!   Seeking Purpose in the midst of a devastated schedule. 

Alice Horrocks – Math is...

Many homeschool parents are intimidated by the thought of teaching their children mathematics. In this talk I will discuss what math is, and what learning math is all about. The good news is that you don’t need to teach math. Still, there are many things parents can do to help their child gain confidence, become competent, learn to understand concepts,  and even enjoy math.

Wesley DeVries - The Joy of Scripture Memory: An Ancient Path to Lifelong Learning

‘The Joy of Scripture Memory: An Ancient Path to Lifelong Learning,’ invites homeschooling families to learn the transformative power of embedding God’s Word in young hearts and minds, following Paul’s encouragement to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). The scriptures that your children memorise today will shape thoughts and direct actions for a lifetime. Let’s equip the minds of our children with the light of God’s Word, shaping a future grounded in His truth. This workshop will provide you with the encouragement and practical help to discover the joy of scripture memory.

Stephanie Dixon – Living with Invisible Disablities

An interactive discussion of the concerns that arise when a homeschooling parent’s health impacts the learning experience, and what it takes to be an overcomer.

Stacey Weeks – Why Do We Fight? (Walking in Hope)

Amidst the challenges of home education, it’s all too natural to point our fingers outwardly, attributing our unhappiness, need, or the disorder in our home school to external forces. Yet, more commonly, the source of our discontent comes from within. It’s time for a shift in perspective. Let’s expose and repent of the desires, allegiances, and treasures that have led us astray and learn to walk in the hope of the Lord because He is our reward.

Session 2 - 11:30-12:20

Rebecca Spooner - Raising Teens

Hear from the whole Spooner family as they share what the teen years look like from the perspective of Dad, Mom, and the teenagers themselves. What do our teens need from us, and how can we raise them in the way they should go so when they are old, they will not depart from it? How do we combat depression? How do we establish identity? Whether you have a teen or are worried about what is yet to come, this session is for the whole family! It will end with some family ministry time—families praying over families and teens praying over teens. Walk away equipped.

Chelsea Dyan – From Chaos to Calm (Organization)

How would it feel if you could shift the rhythm of your homeschooling day from chaotic reactions to pre-planned systems? Systems that are in place to make your day-to-day life run far more smoothly. From meal planning, to organizational systems; life hacks, cleaning schedules and more, this session will give you strategies and tangible resources to help you save time, money, energy, and your sanity in the day-to-day. You will walk away with not only an abundance of knowledge and resources, but the shift in mindset that you’ve been needing to really thrive in godly homeschooling.

Dr. Henry Ho – Facing the Challenge of Evolution (TEENS)

“Is our world and life in it the result of a random evolutionary process?”  More and more people, sometimes even our friends and family, are answering “yes”.  Is this really based on scientific evidence, or not?  How do we face this challenge to the Bible?  What are some solid reasons why we can be confident that evolution is a blind faith, and that the Christian faith is on firm ground?

Anthony & Cheryl Nelson – Homeschooling for the Long Haul

As new immigrants of five years, homeschooling was a new concept to us, but we jumped right in while pioneering a ministry. There were pitfalls and potholes, but with God’s help and a great community, we went from preschool through high school, and we brought others along too. Come listen, be encouraged and learn how you can PACE yourself in this homeschool marathon.

Cori Dean – Transcripts, Grades, Reports, Oh my!

Often we homeschool because we don’t want to put our children’s learning in a box and yet, when I comes time to communicate with next educators, we often need to be prepared with the language and techniques of those who will teach our children next – whether that’s a grade three teacher or a university professor. In this seminar we will talk about why you might need various records or reports and how to best prepare them. With a focus on high school documentation, we will look at how to grade our students, report cards, portfolios, and transcripts. 

Megen Zelinka - HSLDA – Homeschool Freedoms in Ontario & Canada

Parents have the right to choose the education that is best for their children everywhere in Canada.  Or, do they?  Thousands of families have left the public school system, and school boards and teacher’s unions are not happy. Learn about the current legal challenges families face in Ontario and right across Canada, from Canada’s leading home education lawyer.

Sarah Hornblower – Surviving the Marathon

Some things just are, or so they seem to be. The world seems to be built for even numbers; things come in 2s or 4s. Families are supposed to be 4 people; a family package normally includes 2 adults and 2 kids. But what happens when you don’t fit, and worse, when your kids don’t fit? You know it, and they will eventually know it despite your best efforts to the contrary. Ever been that kid when everyone had a phone in their bedroom, but you? Or for those of a younger generation, everyone had an iPod or a cell phone but you?

Home-schooling communities are small to begin with and connection is key to success. What happens when in spite of our best efforts, we just don’t mesh? Our kids just don’t fit; no matter how we try, we just can’t fit in. How do you handle the hurt, the isolation and the loss of connection with the community that you need so badly as a mom? Homeschooling can feel like an ultra marathon when your child doesn’t fit. Whether it be social awkwardness, family structure, or a diagnosis some kids just struggle to fit in, whether in public school or in a homeschool environment. Come and be encouraged by a mom who for 25 years hasn’t fit in, and her kids don’t fit. Laugh, learn some new way to cope, and feel encouraged that you aren’t alone in the struggle, and neither are your kids. 

Pamela Beal – Theatre & Drama

Join our workshop designed for teaching theatre to homeschoolers! Learn how to create engaging sessions covering acting basics, interactive storytelling, character development, theatre games and showcasing student talent and then bring it on stage in a full-on production! 

Lunch 12:20-2:45

Sports Dome – 1:45-3:35 – TEENS 

Vendor Sessions 1:15-2:30

Tree of Life – Peter Lindsay

Math Canada – Jacki Knight

Invictus Classical Press – Miriam Grimard

Cantaro Institute – Steven R. Martins

Speak Life – Badges/Austin Kids Club

The Voice of the Martyrs – Vanessa Brobbel

NILD Canada – Diane Geerlinks

Creation Ministries International Canada – Jim Hughes

Session 3 – 2:45-3:35

Israel Wayne - Is Homeschooling Just for Women?

For many men, homeschooling has been looked at largely as something their wife does. Many believe that if they pay the bills, that is really all that God expects of them. Biblically speaking, what is the proper role for men in the process of home education?

Rachael DeBruin – The Underrated Importance of Prayer

We likely will never understand this side of Heaven how much prayer truly accomplishes. As a mother of seven, and now grandmother, one thing I have learned is that we are not in control of our lives. Life is beautiful, but it can be very difficult at times! Learning to surrender will be a lifelong journey for all of us, though where do we place our trust? What do we turn to when we are overwhelmed? & what about when we absolutely blow it?! Come & be encouraged to draw near to our loving Heavenly Father as we walk in our parenting & home-educating journeys! Practical tips will be shared on incorporating scripture & prayer into your daily life, and growing in your faith, as well as sharing some stories from her treasure trove of life (both the good & some of the ugly). 

Richard Saunders – Teenaged Mutant Ninja Disciple (TEENS)

Discipleship? You’re Broke, you love pizza way too much, you have little say in your life, you’re invited into non-stop entertainment and distraction (that you know is no good for you), you’re constantly being told about your potential (which is insanely irritating), not much is expected of you at Church, you’re super aware of all your failings and short comings, and you feel at times like a Mutant no one can understand (not even yourself)…In short you’re a TEENAGER. So, what is God looking for from you?    Good news. God is looking for fruit even from his teenagers.  Let’s study Galatians 4 together and see what Jesus expects from all His disciples, even and especially from His young men and women.

Lisa Adamson – Equipped to Conquer the Storm

Alas, you heeded the call to homeschool, only to realize that nothing would unfold as anticipated. Fear not, for amidst this unpredictable voyage, there exists a guiding light to illuminate your path. Lisa, an author, homesteader, and homeschooling mom, will share her personal experiences ranging from medical crises, chronic illness to life-altering changes. Through her insights, she will reveal how to adapt gracefully to unforeseen circumstances. With her words of wisdom, she will empower and motivate you to seize the opportunities hidden within challenging times. 

Prepare to be enlightened as Lisa unveils a treasure trove of practical tips, strategies, and heartfelt testimonies that will leave you feeling invigorated and equipped to conquer any storm that crosses your path. As a mother of four, she will shed light on the significance of embracing your unique story and teach you how to navigate through crises with resilience and grace. This is a great opportunity to embrace change and witness God’s unfolding vision for your homeschooling journey. 

Anthony & Cheryl Nelson – Homeschooling As a Minority

In this ever-changing society that we face, more and more we will find ourselves in the minority one way or the other – whether by ethnicity, disability, or relationally as a single parent or step-parent as examples. As Christians, with a biblical worldview, God has given us tools to navigate these waters. Like Daniel and the Hebrew boys, and like Abram and his family, we too can learn how to trust God as we homeschool.

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Andrea McEvoy – Teaching & Learning Styles

How do you balance your teaching style with your child’s learning style? In this experiential and insightful workshop we will explore your own personalities and teaching styles as well as dive into the different learning styles your children might prefer. You will walk away with ideas on how to keep a fresh perspective as you teach each day. 

Klaske Broesbergen – You Can’t Do it All! (Burnout)

“How am I supposed to be the wife, mother, taxi driver, referee, and the teacher 24/7?  I just can’t do this anymore!”

Homeschool burn out – it’s real, and you’re not alone.  Come and join me as I share some of my homeschooling struggles over the past 30 years, and how the Lord brought me through.  I hope to encourage you in your journey and share how the Lord grows us during these difficult seasons in our lives.

Session 4 - 4:00-4:50

Rebecca Spooner – Confident Homeschooling

If you find yourself constantly comparing your homeschool to others or looking outward for answers, you might be an insecure homeschooler. Join a second-generation homeschooler who lives to tell the story that this is possible and that your kids are going to be okay. Learn some tools and key points to help you trust your own discernment and listen to what God is saying to you about your homeschool so you can follow His lead. Give yourself some grace for the journey and then rise up and stand firm—not easily swayed or moved with your feet planted on your path. You are not doing this by accident, and you, my friend, are not alone.  

Chandra Jagt – Introduction to Charlotte Mason

Who was Charlotte Mason?  How does a woman who lived over one hundred years ago have any relevance to education today?  Are her methods really that different from others?  Come and learn how to bring your children the luscious FEAST of education while breathing life into your home atmosphere and daily activities.  The CM approach is highly adaptable and works well for all, regardless of where your child is academically.  “The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” (Charlotte Mason, School Education, p. 170-171) 

Post Secondary Panel
Christine Dittmann – Large Family Homeschooling

Drawing from her experience homeschooling her 10 children, Christine Dittmann will offer parents tips and encouragement for homeschooling with a busy household, planning and scheduling the homeschool studies, and still finding time for your own health and interests. She’ll share the habits and strategies she uses to make sure all the important stuff gets done. 

Lindsay Tadros – Crash Course on Phonics

Is it possible to teach the foundations of reading in a methodic, logical way? Yes! This crash course on phonics will help you understand the order, system, and rationale to make sense of the decoding, blending, and fluency needed for reading. Phonetic learning is the building blocks for fluent reading! Join us for a crash course to understand it.

Ken Stouffer – What Christians Have Done For The World

We’ll review some historical highlights of the incredible contributions of Christianity to the quality of life on earth. We’ll also explore why Christianity has lost its ability to transform our culture for good, and we’ll look at how to retake what’s been lost.

Vanessa Brobbel – Guiding with Grace

This is a practical application seminar for parents with challenging homeschool circumstances. As the mother of two children with learning challenges – Dyslexia and severe delays induced medically – this session is born out of experiencing God’s leading and wisdom in the trenches. 

Shelley Saunders – Nurturing Readers

How can we breathe life back into our homeschool on tough days? How can we inspire truth, education and beauty to our little ones when we’re the ones struggling? How do we get a kid who’s dragging their feet to love learning? The answer is Reading! Children don’t have to love to read to develop a love of literature, in fact getting kids to fall in love with experiences before they fall in love with words is key. It’s time to explore how the simplicity of reading is the stepping stone to nurturing ourselves and igniting passion in our children.

Supper 4:50-7:00

Keynote - 7:00-8:05

Israel Wayne – Education: Does God Have an Opinion?

Is Education a neutral subject? Does God have a preference for how He wants children to be educated? What does the Bible teach about schooling? Is there one correct path for education? Are public schools a viable option for Christians? These questions and more will be discussed in this engaging presentation.