Bible Quizzing 101
This will be an interactive presentation, exploring scripture memorization within the context of Bible quizzing, a ministry associated with the Christian Missionary Alliance. Learn how to memorize, how to disciple and mentor youth in God’s Word, and hear how to start a team in your own church or join an already existing team. Pastors and elders are especially encouraged to attend this session.
The Battle for Freedom
Is there really a battle? Don’t we live in a free country? In this session the reality of threats and what they mean to you will be presented. There are significant attacks to freedom and parental choice of home education in Canada (yes Canada). These will be outlined along with what is being done to advance home education rights in Canada. The session will also give you the information on what you can do to help the cause in Canada and around the world.
Slinkys, Sand and Shakespeare
If someone in your house is struggling to read, how can slinkys help? How do we go from the baby steps of learning to read to making it a wonderful part of our family culture? Be encouraged to make reading a joyful part of everyday life. First, we will address methods of teaching reading, the theoretical and the practical, relying on input from many different families using many different methods, including helpful exercises. Then, more importantly, let’s talk about how to cultivate a love of reading, gleaning from our family’s experience and the classical style of learning from great minds through reading whole, living books.
Homeschooling Through High School
Me? Homeschool through high school? Of course you can do it! The high school years can be both challenging and rewarding as teens and parents adapt to their changing roles, and there are so many advantages that make the journey worthwhile. This workshop will provide practical insights regarding course design & selection, record keeping and transcripts in preparation for university, trade school or the workplace. Come and be encouraged to finish the race, that God has called you to, with excellence!
You might be asking- Can I do this? Where do I start? This session will provide encouragement and practical advice for the key challenges often confronting new homeschoolers, including: How do I notify the government? What curriculum should I use? How do I keep records? And more.
High School Outside the Box
Feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by the pressure of homeschooling teens? (i.e. not only preparing them for university, but somehow manufacturing those crazy transcripts/portfolios and figuring out which hoops you need to jump through in order to have your child accepted into university in the first place?!) High school should not have to be a negative, scary experience for parents or their children! Come to this session and learn how it can be a fun and unique journey, exploring alternative ways to prepare our teens for life.
Have you ever wanted to sit in on another mom’s homeschooling day? In this workshop you can do just that, as several moms with lots of experience will share their insight on what worked for them, what didn’t, and even what they would change looking back. Come hear successful moms tell how they got to where they are, and what they learned regarding how to juggle different ages and keep everything running in a busy home.
Four Styles Panel
Each homeschool is free to make a choice- what method will we use? Many people, books, and publishers vie for your attention, and it’s hard to know what’s the best choice for your family. See how each of the different approaches handles preschool, planning, family scheduling, teaching different ages together, learning struggles and high school. How and when did they choose not to take the traditional approach? How would your family culture change if you were to adopt one of these methods? Represented are: classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies and unschooling.
Sensitive Subjects Pt. 2
This discussion will help parents initiate and continue to lead their children in a true understanding of sexuality and intimacy. A follow-up to last year’s panel, this year’s session will go deeper as we all learn how to keep the conversation going with our children about topics that don’t often come up at the family dinner table. Join us as we touch on how lusts come about in our children and how to respond to them, how our relationship with our spouse can be a template for how we teach our children, and how do we sensitively teach about homosexuality? This discussion is intended for parents/adults who are interested in thinking more about these topics, but given its sensitive nature, will remain closed to children/teens.
Teen Trak – Local Missions
Local Missions – Don Roe
Teen Trak – Waiting for True Love
This session is for teenagers who are trying to discern God’s will for their life. Can God really be trusted to lead you in the major issues of life — like finding a mate? You may be surprised to learn that God’s plans for you will surpass your grandest dreams! Israel will share from his heart in this relevant message to young people.
Teen Trak – God’s Will
Have you ever wondered what you are supposed to do for a career when you grow up? Have you ever asked God for guidance but been unsure if he answered your prayer? We are going to look into scripture passages on God’s will. We will also explore some principles to help guide Christian young adults in discerning God’s will for their lives.
Teen Trak – Handling Stress and Transitions Well
Changes! Life is full of them, especially during our adolescent years. How can we thrive spiritually in the midst of difficulties, transitions, and stress. Even more, how can we embrace the lessons God has for us to learn through those times?
Teen Trak – Homeschool Involvement
You hear about battles for freedom and parental rights. What is it all about? What freedoms are under attack and why do they matter to teens in Manitoba. Is there really a threat in this free country we live in? There is no question that young people can make a difference, we will spend time talking about what all this means for youth and what they can do today.
Power of Affirmation
When you are trying to inspire and motivate children, there are two forces that are often exerted: Positive and Negative Reinforcement. In this session, Israel explains the importance of Affirmation as a way to inspire and motivate your reluctant child. Drawing from practical and Biblical examples, this session will help you to keep those important relational connections as you are attempting to impart knowledge.
Inside the brain of a hyperactive homeschooler
If you have a hyperactive or easily distractible child, you won’t want to miss this informative and sometimes humorous message that shares the perspective of a homeschooling father who was once a hyperactive homeschooled child. You will receive practical and Biblical insights into ADD/ADHD and will be encouraged that there is hope for your child!
Preparing our kids for a hostile culture
The sharks are circling, and your kids are their prey. Your homeschooling “boat” has sprung a few leaks and you’re not sure how long you can hang on. Overwhelmed with more kids in the “boat” and older ones needing more academic help, you’re tempted to give up the fight and send out your kids before you think they’re ready. What to do? Join us for a thought-provoking session where we discuss (1) why it’s worth the effort, and (2) what we must do to prepare our kids for the inevitable moment when they will leave our “boat” to live in a culture that’s hostile to Christ and His people.
Common mistakes parents make
The goal of every Christian parent is to equip our children to love God, love people and be prepared to face the “real world.” From watching the homeschooling movement for over 30 years, Israel has noticed some common pitfalls, or mistakes, that Christian parents often make in relating to their children. Learn how to avoid some of these common “potholes” in the road.
The way they learn
One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability of parents to customize education to the individual needs and aptitudes of their children. A look at the multiple ways people PERCEIVE the world and then ORGANIZE what they perceive will help you begin to identify the learning and communication strengths of all the members of your family. This session involves an introduction to the Cynthia Tobias book The Way They Learn. Come get some ideas about YOUR learning style preferences, and some clues to help you figure out the learning style preferences of your children. With this background of knowledge, you’ll find ways to make communicating with and teaching your children to be easier and more rewarding.