FRIDAY Workshops

1:00 PM


Operation Hope

BORDER PATROL PRIDE
Operation Hope is the Border Patrol’s attempt to reach out to parents in the community, detailing the new risks and dangers school aged youths may be facing on a daily basis.  The information covers many details, including internet safety, drug use, recruitment from gangs/cartels as well as ideas for parents to converse with these threats with their children.


OUT OF THE BOX: Counter Cultural Homeschooling

HOLLY MASSIE
Does homeschool have to look like public school at home to be successful? How can you homeschool with heart and confidence? Learn about the benefits of thinking outside the box in your homeschool and the relationships with your children.


GAME ON: HOmeschooling your highschooler

RACHEL LOZANO
Homeschooling a high schooler doesn't have to be hard. Learn how to make a transcript, extra curricular's and more.


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An Introduction to Special needs homeschooling

PEGGY POLYHAR — TEXAS HOMESCHOOL COALITION
Homeschooling is the ultimate form of an individualized education and thus it’s not a wonder why so many parents of special needs children consider taking a look at this option for schooling their children. Peggy, the Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) will go over the process involved to legally withdraw a child from public school, what options as a homeschool parent you still have to use public school special education services as a homeschooler, how Texas law defines your rights as a home school entity and educator, what advocacy, support, teacher training and curriculum resources are available within the homeschooling community for special needs families, and how families have seen this option open up new doors of learning for their special needs children.


3:00 PM


HOMESCHOOL FAFSA Application

MATT RUTKOWSKI — HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY
An overview of financial aid in the university setting with an emphasis on The Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Learn about scholarships, the Federal Pell Grant and loan programs.


MOTherhood Secrets: parenting by Faith, not by fear

CHERYL KOLESAR
We all want to be a mom like this that reaps the beautiful reward of having children who rise up and call her blessed like it says in Proverbs 31 when it describes the virtuous woman.

But what does it take to be a mom who parents well consistently, lovingly, patiently, wisely and persistently?  *FAITH-BASED


Critical Skills Your Child Needs to be Successful

JONATHAN BRUSH, LUMERIT
Basic academic knowledge is important, but does it prepare a student for success in their field of employment? Is your student becoming a Collaborator, a Communicator, a Critical Thinker, a Creator? Are they developing Media, Information, Technology, Life and Career Skills? When College Professors and CEO’s are surveyed, they disagree greatly on how prepared a graduate is for life in the modern world. Come learn how to set up your student for success… beyond the curriculum. 


Curriculum Demonstration

DIVE INTO MATH
See how Dive Into Math works in a live skype demonstration.


2:00 PM


Enrolling in Dual Credit Courses

El Paso Community College
Learn about free tuition for Texas homeschoolers at EPCC and the advantages of taking college courses for your high school student.


Como Empezar la escuela en el Hogar

LORENA MADDOX
En esta plática se verán los requerimientos legales en Texas
para sacar a los hijos de la escuela pública y como dar escuela
en casa en forma legal.


 

Teaching children to teach themselves

SHEILA GILMORE
Making deliberate purposeful choices to encourage your children to pursue answers and be excited about learning new things.


 

Speech + Occupational Therapy for Homeschooling

STEPHANIE MONTERO + MONICA TULLIS— 
NEW BEGINNINGS PEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPY
To define occupational and speech therapy and to provide an understanding of how these combined therapies can help a child in the home school setting.  Many children face difficulties with various facets of their educational requirements such as attention, completion of tasks, the mechanics of handwriting, cutting & coloring, organizing thoughts, completing sentences, auditory comprehension, and following multi-step directions.  Occupational Therapy can offer sensory-motor breaks, task analysis and adaptations to tools and activities to foster success.  Speech therapy lays the foundation for reading, writing, understanding, and successful communication. Come learn about the “Hidden” therapies that can offer so much assistance in a holistic manner for your child.

 

4:00 PM


Creating Health at home

Dr. WILLIAM MORRISSEY
Dr. Will shares practical methods to set your children on a firm nutritional foundation. 


RULEs of textual Interpretation: For interpreting the bible in an objective manner*

BOBBY MADDOX
Learn how to interpret the Bible in an objective manner. *FAITH-BASED


stress free testing

MELODIE ERIVES, BJU PRESS HOMESCHOOL
Do you skip testing because you’re afraid of what the results will be or because your child can’t handle the pressure? What about using testing for grade placement?  Melodie will talk about these questions and many others to help us navigate the “dreaded” arena of testing.  Interactive class.  Come with all your questions.


Be Angry... And Train your Kids

PEGGY POLYHAR, TEXAS HOMESCHOOL COALITION
Parental anger and the character training process happen to be the two largest struggles of any parent, but rarely are the development of the two undertakings ever considered to be interrelated.  After many struggles with parenting anger, which stemmed from anger issues she carried with her from her upbringing, Peggy found herself seeking scriptural answers to her outbursts.  Peggy shares what God has taught her about how the anger provoking instances that child training brings are tools meant to enrich the character training process. You will walk away from this talk comforted regarding any past struggles regarding parenting anger and equipped for the character training process that still lays ahead for you and your children. *FAITH-BASED


6 PM

GENERAL SESSION KEYNOTE ADDRESS
 

LIBERATED AT LAST  —  DR. BRIAN D. RAY
Educators and revolutionaries have talked for centuries about using state-run education to liberate people. Could it be that parent-led home-based education is the only deep and lasting way to free individuals, communities, and nations from control (even tyranny) by the powerful in a society? Dr. Ray explores this question while addressing topics such as whether the home educated learn as much academically as those in conventional schools, what God has to say about who should be educating (and indoctrinating) children, whether state and private schools serve as codependents to parents, and whether the proponents of statism (and public schooling) are cooperating with or co-opting homeschoolers’ standards and plans for their children and their country? You will see how homeschooling increases liberty for individuals, families, and nations.