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Todd Wilson -- Familyman Ministries
Friday Keynote: This, We Believe!


Saturday Keynote: Choose the Hard Things

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Session One
Friday 12:30 - 1:30
Session Two
Friday 2:30 - 3:30
Session Three
Friday 4:30 - 5:30
Session Four
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Session Five
Saturday 1:00 - 2:00
Session Six
Saturday 2:30 - 3:30
Lies Homeschoolers Believe
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
How to be a Great Wife Even Though You Homeschool – Moms
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
Taming the Techno-Beast - Parenting in the INTERNET Age
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
Life After Graduation - Helping Your Children Choose the Best Route
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
Answers for the Homeschool Critics in Your Life...even when it’s you.
Todd Wilson
Familyman Ministries
Nurturing Competent Communicators –The Power of Linguistic Patterns
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
The Four Language Arts
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
But … but … but … What about Grammar?
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Homeschool 101
Lora Burbage
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Experience Excellence in Writing
Karen Shimabukuro
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Preparing for the Job Market – College? Business? Trends?
Lora Burbage
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Homeschool 101
Lora Burbage
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Preparing the Next Generation for Marriage
Mike and Kim Marquez
Marriage and Homeschool Ministries
Discovering and Inspiring Gifts through Fun
Cullen Chong
FlashPoint STEM
Help Your Nonstandard Learner
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
How to Love Teaching a Reluctant Writer
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
Don’t Give Up on the Disorganized
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
Benefits of Nonstandard Learning
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
Help for the Numerically Challenged
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
Brain Development & Handwriting
Esther Wilkison
Learning Lifeguard
Who Gets the Last Word?
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
The Geology of Hawaii from a Biblical Perspective
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
Genesis and the Ice Age
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
How to Identify Those Rocks Your Kids are Bringing Home
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
Dinosaurs, the Ark and the Bible
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
Mountain Building: Geological Apologetics
Patrick Nurre
Northwest Treasures
           
How Do I Teach All These Kids and Still Get Dinner on the Table?
Laura Amick
Classical Conversations
Preparing the Next Generation for Marriage
Mike and Kim Marquez
Marriage and Homeschool Ministries
Intentional Learning through Play
Randie Megan Graef
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Intentional Learning through Play
Randie Megan Graef
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Tough Questions, Vibrant Dialogue, Critical Thinkers, and Eloquent Expression
Dianne Nowak
Classical Conversations
 
Secrets to the Scholarship Search
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
Freeze Your Teenagers until They’re 23
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
How to Ace the “New” SAT
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
Build an Amazing Homeschool Transcript
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
Knowledge to College – Your Keys from A-Z
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
Free College at your Fingertips
Jean Burk
College Prep Genius
           
Lies Homeschoolers Believe
Todd Wilson
Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you'll ever make it through another day of school. Your "get up and go" has "gotten up and went". You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart - you're not alone! No one homeschools because it's easy. You do it because you believe it is best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it's best. Join me as we do just that. You'll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you'll ever...love.
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How to be a Great Wife Even Though You Homeschool – Moms
Todd Wilson
Are you having trouble finding the time and energy to meet the needs of your husband after a hard day of homeschooling? Maybe you've forgotten what his needs are. Would you like your husband to take a more active role in homeschooling? Maybe your husband refuses to be involved in training your children. Join me as we look at your role, not as a homeschooling mom, but as a homeschooling WIFE. Your husband will thank you for coming! The discussion will be led by a real husband of a homeschooling mom.
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Taming the Techno-Beast - Parenting in the INTERNET Age
Todd Wilson
X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the INTERNET, Faecbook, and iPhones have changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget”. Teens and pre-teens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or ‘tweeting’ on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and ‘everyone is doing it’…but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the TECHNO-BEAST!
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Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!
Todd Wilson
You may not crack open a book, work through a curriculum, or call it school, but it's your job to train your children. Join me as we look at the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of training our children. Now don't worry, I won't make you feel guilty or give you a forty-six point outline, but I promise to tell it straight and to encourage you in the best job there is - fathering.
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Life After Graduation - Helping Your Children Choose the Best Route
Todd Wilson
For the last twelve years, you’ve probably felt the tension of “what’s next?” for your children. You hoped the dilemma would solve itself, but it didn’t. In fact, there are all sorts of homeschool graduates who are stuck in the “what now zone” or were discouraged from traveling a particular path. It’s time to put your fears aside, look the cap and gown in the eye, and take an honest look at life after graduation. There is NOT a one-size-fits-all solution and the pressure from family members, peers, and experts can seem dizzying. Should they go to college or try a college alternative, do a gap year, start their own business, stay at home, get a job, travel the world…join a monastery??!! Don’t be afraid. God has a plan for your child, and part of that plan is that He’s given them YOU to help guide them into their next phase of life. Join Todd Wilson as he takes a bold and straightforward look at “Life after Graduation.” We’ll look at the options, discuss the pros and cons, and take the FEAR out of graduation...remembering along the way that every child's path is different.
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Answers for the Homeschool Critics in Your Life...even when it’s you.
Todd Wilson
Do you have a child who doesn’t want to be homeschooled, in-laws who don’t understand your reasons for homeschooling, a spouse who isn’t sold on the idea, or a guilt complex reminding you that you have no business homeschooling your children? Those nagging, sometimes-silent disapprovals can crush a person under the weight of guilt and despair. You sometimes feel like a wave tossed to and fro because in your heart of hearts you feel God would have you homeschool…but then again, the arguments against it are almost drowning you. Join Todd, as he goes face to face with the naysayers and shows you how to address their concerns, questions, and logic of why you shouldn’t homeschool your children.
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Nurturing Competent Communicators –The Power of Linguistic Patterns
Andrew Pudewa
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.
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Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Andrew Pudewa
Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.
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The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
Andrew Pudewa
We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include: What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Isn’t the assignment clear enough? Why don’t students find their own errors? Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Overcorrecting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.
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The Four Language Arts
Andrew Pudewa
When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model, those ascribing to a Charlotte Mason approach, or those who just want a common sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and the attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come prepared to have your educational paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.
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Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination
Andrew Pudewa
Are fairy tales good, even important, for Christian students? Where did they come from, what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? In this session we will discuss several basic themes in fairy tales and traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, beauty, hope, honesty, wishes) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination. With the confusion surrounding modern fantasy writing, many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.
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But … but … but … What about Grammar?
Andrew Pudewa
Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for the parent who doesn’t feel confident in his or her own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks, wasted dollars, and way too much time spent trying to fill that subject. Often what is taught in those workbook pages doesn’t translate into success in writing. The results are poor mechanics and a less than stellar understanding of “What is a verb?” or perhaps more importantly, “How do verb choices enhance writing?” If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers to your dilemma.
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Homeschool 101
Lora Burbage
This workshop will give you solid reasons for educating and training your children through homeschooling. You can teach your children positive socialization skills, train their character and develop an academic program to fit their needs. Learn some tips about choosing curriculum to individualize your child’s homeschool education.
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Bio:
Lora Burbage homeschooled her four children over the span of 24 years. She helped with the passage of the homeschool regulation in 1987. Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii was started shortly after that and she has served on the Board several times for a total of 16 yrs. Lora continues to offer services to the homeschool community and also works as a homeschool consultant with Hawaii Baptist Academy.

Experience Excellence in Writing
Karen Shimabukuro
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. Best of all, parents and students alike find it easy to use and effective in all their writing endeavors. This workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started with even the most reluctant writing student so you can give it a try at home.
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Bio:
Karen Shimabukuro is a Certified Trainer and Accomplished Instructor as well as a former homeschooler of 4 grown children. She has been teaching for over 25 years in the private and homeschool community and joined the team of Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW) over 12 years ago. Successfully using the IEW methodology with students in grades 3 through college, Karen feels that seeing the increased confidence level of all of her students is perhaps the best part of teaching IEW. "When students can feel successful in writing, even those with learning challenges, then they can feel successful in other areas of life. Teaching writing would have been so much easier if I had known this method in my first years of teaching."

Preparing for the Job Market – College? Business? Trends?
Lora Burbage
Calling all parents of high schoolers! Globalization and rapidly changing technology are two huge factors to consider as you prepare your children for today’s work world. What are the latest trends and options? Are there basic skills and knowledge we can teach our children? Yes! Come and learn what experts are saying is about the future job market.
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Bio:
Lora Burbage homeschooled her four children over the span of 24 years. She helped with the passage of the homeschool regulation in 1987. Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii was started shortly after that and she has served on the Board several times for a total of 16 yrs. Lora continues to offer services to the homeschool community and also works as a homeschool consultant with Hawaii Baptist Academy.

Homeschool 101
Lora Burbage
This workshop will give you solid reasons for educating and training your children through homeschooling. You can teach your children positive socialization skills, train their character and develop an academic program to fit their needs. Learn some tips about choosing curriculum to individualize your child’s homeschool education.
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Bio:
Lora Burbage homeschooled her four children over the span of 24 years. She helped with the passage of the homeschool regulation in 1987. Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii was started shortly after that and she has served on the Board several times for a total of 16 yrs. Lora continues to offer services to the homeschool community and also works as a homeschool consultant with Hawaii Baptist Academy.

Preparing the Next Generation for Marriage
Mike and Kim Marquez
In this workshop we will explore what is the greatest influence that shapes our children’s view of marriage. Discover what God’s intent is for marriage. Consider practical application as we discuss what can be done now to lay a foundation for teaching our children to develop healthy relationships now and in the future.
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Bio:
Mike and Kim Marquez have been married for almost 27 years and have four children from ages 19-25. Born and raised in California, God’s calling brought them to Hawaii in 2006. Mike left a secure government job in order to pursue time, healing and restoration in their marriage and family life. Although Mike is trained and has extensive experience in the field of Civil Engineering, he and his family left all of this to pursue an amazing faith journey to restore their marriage. God showed Himself faithful over and over again as He provided for them in every way. They have been members of CHOH for over 9 years and have homeschooled for a total of 18 years. All four of their children were homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. All four have graduated from high school. Their desire is to testify to the God has done in their hearts restoring their first love for Him and for one another. One of their greatest joys as a couple is to tell of God’s love for us through marriage.

Discovering and Inspiring Gifts through Fun
Cullen Chong
Cullen will take you through his story of growing up and of how he used fun and inspiration to overcome his difficulties with reading, writing, and math to discover who God designed him to be. You will understand how his difficulties long ago were the birthplace of FlashPoint STEM today. It is his hope that you, as homeschool parents, will take away some of these insights to use with your own kids, while also discovering what FlashPoint STEM has to offer as an alternative source in learning to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
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Bio:
Cullen Chong has a passion for life, fun, kids, and discovery. He admits that he had some difficulty with reading, writing, and math in school but, found that being inspired, having fun, and having help with his vision for the future was what made a world of difference. “At FlashPoint STEM, we believe kids deserve to be inspired, and that it is our duty as leaders, parents and teachers to help them find their unique, God-given gifts and excite them about using them in their life’s work. We do this by having fun, encouraging creativity, and taking risks without the fear of failing. We encourage the mindset that almost anything is possible and challenge the kids to test what they think is impossible. At FlashPoint STEM, we teach a very different class that allows students to apply what they are learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in an interesting and enjoyable way”.

Help Your Nonstandard Learner
Esther Wilkison
Find out what is happening in the brain of a struggling student—not in technical labels but in compassion and clarity. Discover hope from Esther who knows from her own Nonstandard Learning experience what it is like to struggle in learning—and then succeed. Learn ways to help your Nonstandard Learner thrive in learning and life!
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

How to Love Teaching a Reluctant Writer
Esther Wilkison
Whatever work God calls your child to in the future, he or she will need to be an excellent communicator. Learn from someone who once was a reluctant writer but now is a published author who writes for pleasure every day. Come participate in writing activities you can use with your children to set them up for success in writing. Discover enjoyable ideas and grading helps that are practical, creative, and easy to implement.
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

Don’t Give Up on the Disorganized
Esther Wilkison
Disorganization affects every area of life—and it seems to be on the rise. Good news! Executive function skills can be taught! Learn ways to encourage change and make learning achievable.
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

Benefits of Nonstandard Learning
Esther Wilkison
Learning challenges are often discussed as disabilities—but there are different abilities that God purposely designed in your child. Those different abilities are like vibrant colors God uses in painting His creative masterpieces. Learn from someone who knows well benefits of being nonstandard—both from her own experience and from research. Discover ideas that will help you prepare your child for all the good works He has preplanned for him or her to do.
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

Help for the Numerically Challenged
Esther Wilkison
Perhaps the land of numbers is one your child would rather not visit. End the reign of math anxiety forever by providing a solid math foundation. Knowledge really is easier for those who understand. Learn skills that will help unlock your child’s math potential.
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

Brain Development & Handwriting
Esther Wilkison
Many children (and grown ups) have given up on their handwriting. They don’t like how their handwriting looks, but they feel stuck with it. Learn ways to leave this fixed mindset behind. Discover the important role handwriting plays in unlocking the brain. Find out the role keyboarding and texting play as well. Learn innovative skills that lead to lifelong legibility.
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Bio:
Esther Wilkison is no ordinary speaker because she is no ordinary learner. Struggle and failure played a big part in her learning, but the dominant theme of Esther’s life has more to do with God’s grace enabling her to persist, succeed, and help others. No one who knew her struggles in school expected Esther to become a teacher, author, or international speaker—but God loves to do the unexpected. Esther put her BS in Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling to work for decades in a variety of classroom, homeschool, church, and camp settings. Esther blogs at EstherWilkison.com and works independently as a speaker, author, and learning coach.

Who Gets the Last Word?
Patrick Nurre
Many see science as the final, authoritative word in understanding the past history of the earth. With the myriad of discoveries every year that overturn past “truths,” dare we replace God’s authority with a man-made one? It is critical that our children are able to differentiate between science and philosophy. This seminar will help you develop discernment in teaching your kids the difference between the two.
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

The Geology of Hawaii from a Biblical Perspective
Patrick Nurre
Discover, perhaps for the first time, the geology of your own state, using the book of Genesis as a framework.
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

Genesis and the Ice Age
Patrick Nurre
Probably the least understood of subjects in earth history is the Ice Age and how it fits into a biblical worldview. We’ll examine the evidence for an Ice age caused by the Genesis Flood, how it could fit into the period between Noah and Abraham, and reinforce confidence in what the Bible says historically.
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

How to Identify Those Rocks Your Kids are Bringing Home
Patrick Nurre
What do you do with those rocks your kids are bringing home? You identify them! This seminar will give you a short primer in basic rock identification, with encouragement to not be afraid of a dirty subject.
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

Dinosaurs, the Ark and the Bible
Patrick Nurre
Compelling evidence that shows dinosaurs were on the Ark and the subsequent eye witness accounts.
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

Mountain Building: Geological Apologetics
Patrick Nurre
There is more to building a solid worldview than having a right catechism of creation. Our culture is on the move to destroy Biblical faith. This is no more apparent than in the treatment of the book of Genesis. Part of the solution for our kids is in knowing what the Bible says and how it explains the physical earth around them. Learn about evidence for the Flood and the truth of the Bible with every step you take!
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Bio:
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist. Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.

How Do I Teach All These Kids and Still Get Dinner on the Table?
Laura Amick
Do you struggle to complete schooling for multiple children along with other daily goals? Does instruction of different grade levels seem an overwhelming task to complete daily? Free your classroom of frustration by discovering and using the one room schoolhouse model. This workshop will help to explain what Classical Education is and why it works. We will demystify the concept of "classical" and explain its three learning stages. We will hone in on the “Grammar Stage”, and discover methods that energize your homeschool, no matter what curriculum you use.
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Bio:
Laura Amick lives in Mililani with her husband and four young children. After two years of homeschooling on their own, Laura realized that they were achieving educational milestones, but they were not finding a way to connect everything back to God’s word in an effective way. At an information meeting, Laura fell in love with Classical Conversations, and she gives glory to God for all that she and her children have learned since. Laura’s passion is to encourage and uplift parents as they heed God’s call to teach their children. Classical Conversations fits her passion well, as it supports the needs of parents and equips them to walk the homeschool journey with their children.

Preparing the Next Generation for Marriage
Mike and Kim Marquez
In this workshop we will explore what is the greatest influence that shapes our children’s view of marriage. Discover what God’s intent is for marriage. Consider practical application as we discuss what can be done now to lay a foundation for teaching our children to develop healthy relationships now and in the future.
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Born and raised in Hawaii, Randie Megan is a homeschool graduate (class of 2006), who taught preschool at Hanahau’oli Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute before marrying her husband, David (August 2013), and raising her two girls, Ryenne Ashley (July 2014) and Aubrey Isla (January 2017). In addition to being a wife and mother, Randie Megan has a passion for early childhood education and is a huge advocate for intentional learning through play.

Intentional Learning through Play
Randie Megan Graef
Take a peek at what learning looks like through the eyes of your preschooler with this hands-on workshop! Parents will be participating in various activities and discussing, as a group, the learning taking place.
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Born and raised in Hawaii, Randie Megan is a homeschool graduate (class of 2006), who taught preschool at Hanahau’oli Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute before marrying her husband, David (August 2013), and raising her two girls, Ryenne Ashley (July 2014) and Aubrey Isla (January 2017). In addition to being a wife and mother, Randie Megan has a passion for early childhood education and is a huge advocate for intentional learning through play.

Intentional Learning through Play
Randie Megan Graef
Take a peek at what learning looks like through the eyes of your preschooler with this hands-on workshop! Parents will be participating in various activities and discussing, as a group, the learning taking place.
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Born and raised in Hawaii, Randie Megan is a homeschool graduate (class of 2006), who taught preschool at Hanahau’oli Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute before marrying her husband, David (August 2013), and raising her two girls, Ryenne Ashley (July 2014) and Aubrey Isla (January 2017). In addition to being a wife and mother, Randie Megan has a passion for early childhood education and is a huge advocate for intentional learning through play.

Tough Questions, Vibrant Dialogue, Critical Thinkers, and Eloquent Expression
Dianne Nowak
After a short overview of the classical Christian model of education and the characteristics of 7th -12th grade students, we will delve into the dialectic and rhetoric methodologies specifically. We will focus on the development of questions and conversations as a means for students to process new concepts logically. Consequently, they learn to express themselves with persuasiveness and factual substantiation while using classical content that has proved worthy through the ages. We will consider classical ways to promote critical thinking, eloquent composition and presentation. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of classical Christian education’s goal to develop lifelong learners, grounded in a Biblical Worldview, who communicate effectively for the glory of God.
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Dianne Nowak has been married to her talented husband, Bob, for (21) years – (19) of which have been spent here on Oahu. Sixteen years ago, she began homeschooling her middle school-aged son, Mike, when it was clear that he was not thriving in either the public or private school systems. Dianne has continued homeschooling with daughter Leilani, who is now in the 10th grade. After several years of piecing together her early education curriculum, Dianne embraced the classical model of homeschooling, which she thoroughly enjoys; and she is enhancing her own education as well! In addition to teaching her own two children, Dianne has tutored dozens of elementary, junior high and high school students for the past 6 years using a classical Christian curriculum. She has worked with students with physical and mental disabilities as well as parents who had fulltime jobs.

Secrets to the Scholarship Search
Jean Burk
There are 24 billion dollars’ worth of scholarships each year. Learn how to find money from the cradle to cap and gown. Discover key words to search for little-known scholarships and find out the key that the library holds to unknown money. No matter how old your child is, you can’t miss out on the money that is available NOW!
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

Freeze Your Teenagers until They’re 23
Jean Burk
This one-hour seminar is for any parent who wishes they could freeze their child in time. Sometimes, we want to savor the preciousness of this particular moment. For parents of teens, however, sometimes we just want to put them on ice for a decade and hope they emerge as mature, productive, grateful citizens. After all, we are surrounded by a culture with no moral compass and our teens are inundated with technology that overpowers our principled standards. But don’t give up hope! Jean has successfully piloted two teens to adulthood, surviving the rocky shoals and storm-ridden waters. She’ll teach you the three keys to capturing (or recapturing) the heart of any teenager.
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

How to Ace the “New” SAT
Jean Burk
Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped tens of thousands 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!
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

Build an Amazing Homeschool Transcript
Jean Burk
There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this engagement.
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

Knowledge to College – Your Keys from A-Z
Jean Burk
Did you know there are over 50 things to consider when choosing a college? Discover everything from searching for the perfect college to going to an Ivy-League school for FREE! Learn the one thing that can set your student apart for college acceptance and scholarships. The right information can make the difference between your student going to a safety school or to his or her dream college!
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

Free College at your Fingertips
Jean Burk
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!
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Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to get­ting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

This, We Believe!
Todd Wilson
Dads and moms, in all the busyness of life and swell of expert advice, we've forgotten the fundamental truths of homeschooling and family. In short, we’ve forgotten why we do what we do. We have plenty of “how tos” but have forgotten the “why tos” and it evidences itself in our lack of joy of homeschooling, family, and parenting. Join funny guy and familyman, Todd Wilson, as he sets the stage for a great homeschool convention and the best year ever as he brings us back to the basics of what we believe about family and homeschooling. You're not going to want to miss this for the world.
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Choose the Hard Things
Todd Wilson
Homeschooling is hard, parenting is hard, and marriage…well, that’s way hard. And that’s OK and even normal. Trouble is we don’t like hard. We want easy, fast, and cheap, and at the same time we want successful results. But the truth is that good things are hard and hard things are good, and they go hand in hand. Sadly, most people don’t ever experience the good because they can’t handle the hard. They put the hard thing off, hoping it will get easier, or they avoid it all together, and all they end up with is a pile of regrets. Here’s the good news: you can handle the hard. In fact, if you’re faced with two choices, pick ‘HARD.’ During this hour, you’ll laugh with Todd as he shares how to embrace the hardness while keeping your eye on the joy and experience God’s best for you.
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