August 5th

 "Homeschooling Modeled through Discipleship"

Discovering the joy and glory of Home Discipleship as compared to merely Homeschooling

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.


Welcome to the Homeschool Conference page. Below you will find some of the amazing speakers taking part in this great event. To learn more about who they are, or their organizations, click the "Learn More" button located at the bottom of their biographies. 

Kirk Smith

Husband to Joely and father of eleven children, Kirk joined the ICHE family as Executive Director in February 2013. Previously he founded a church in Albion, Illinois where he pastored for 24 years. After almost 20 years of homeschooling, Kirk’s passion is to communicate the importance of the home discipleship model of education and to transfer to the next generation of homeschoolers the conviction that knowledge and wisdom come from the fear of the Lord. Kirk and Joely live on a farm outside the small southern Illinois town of Bone Gap.

Todd Wilson

TODD WILSON, author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family.
His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website.

Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark.

 
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Dr. Susan R Detweiler

Dr. Susan R Detweiler is an, Illinois based female chiropractor who is specialized as General Chiropractor. Active license number of Dr. Susan R Detweiler as General Chiropractor is in Illinois.
Dr. Susan R Detweiler is qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), licensed by the State and who practices chiropractic medicine -that discipline within the healing arts which deals with the nervous system and its relationship to the spinal column and its interrelationship with other body systems.


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Scott Woodruff

Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.

Carol Becker

Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son from 1st–12th grade and their daughter from K–12 using a variety of teaching options. The Becker’s son has just completed a master’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Tech after completing a BS in Systems Engineering at UVA, and their daughter earned a BA with Highest Distinction in French from UVA. As a new High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

Stacey Wolking

Stacey’s childhood dream of becoming a teacher was fulfilled by homeschooling her two sons and two daughters. She and her husband, Daryl, graduated their youngest child in 2013 after more than 20 years of homeschooling using a variety of teaching styles and curriculums. All of their children went on to college, have successful careers, are married, and (bonus!) plan to homeschool. Stacey is enjoying her growing family, especially her four grandbabies—the first of many, Lord willing!

Kristy Horner

Kristy Horner and her husband Chris, reside in Gerrardstown, WV where together they homeschool their twins Gabriella and Griffin. Kristy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Shepherd University, with a minor in Technology and has studied many areas of Special Education at Fairmont State University. Kristy has over 10 years of teaching experience within her local public school system, in both a traditional and nontraditional classroom, to include typically developing students, struggling learners, and those with intellectual disabilities. Kristy joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Consultants in 2015. Kristy has contagious joy and enthusiasm. Her passion for homeschooling and bringing Christian education to other families, for the past 8 years, has made advocating home education a priority. She also enjoys, reading, participating in the Jefferson County Christian Homeschool Co-Op, writing and spending time with her family.


Schedule


Registration Opens 8:00am


Morning Session Begins 8:40am

  1. Welcome and Opening Prayer
  2. Praise and Worship
  3. Introduce Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker 9:00-9:50am

Scott Woodruff (Senior Counsel HSLDA) “The Right Parent for Your Child: You

Workshops

1st Session 10:00-11:00am

  1. Carol Becker (HSLDA) Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four – Year Plans
  2. Stacey Wolking (HSLDA) Keeping the Joy While Leading Littles with Language
  3. Kristy Horner (HSLDA) Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts Part 1
  4. Kirk Smith (ICHE) Homeschooling as Modeled Through Discipleship Part 1
  5. Dr. Susan R Detweiler- Health and Well Being for the Homeschooling Family


2nd Session 11:10am -12:10pm

  1. Carol Becker (HSLDA) High School Transcript Clinic
  2. Stacey Wolking (HSLDA) Making the Most of Middle School
  3. Kristy Horner (HSLDA) Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts Part 2
  4. Dr. Susan R Detweiler – Health and Well Being for the Homeschooling Family

Lunch 12:10-1:30pm

(on your own)

3rd Session 1:40-2:40pm

  1. Carol Becker (HSLDA) You Can Homeschool High School- If You Can Make it Through Tomorrow
  2. Stacey Wolking (HSLDA) Homeschooling: Keeping it Balanced and in Perspective.
  3. Kristy Horner (HSLDA) You Can Homeschool Your Struggling Learner- We Can Help
  4. Kirk Smith (ICHE) Homeschooling as Modeled Through Discipleship Part 2

 

4th Session 2:50-3:40pm

All Conference Workshop (in the Sanctuary)
Scott Woodruff (HSLDA) Homeschool with Confidence- Your State’s Homeschool Law

15 Minute Break

Final Session 3:55-5:00pm

  1. Keynote Speaker: Todd Wilson with “The Familyman Ministries”
  2. Final Remarks
  3. Closing prayer

 


Workshops

Scott Woodruff:
Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Your State's Homeschool Law


Everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.
Length: 50 Min
Type: Workshop
Topic: Legal
Audience: All


Kristy Horner:
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success- Part 1

This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges will also be presented.
Length: 1 Hour+ with Q&A
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience: Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers


Kristy Horner:
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success- Part 2
In this second half of Nuts and Bolts, Kristy addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, as well as practical teaching strategies to use regardless of your curriculum program. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared.
Length: 1 Hour+ with Q&A
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience: Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers


Kristy Horner:
You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Kristy will share common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.
Length: 1 Hour+ with Q&A
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience: Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers


Carol Becker:
Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans

How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.
Length: 1 hour
Type: Workshop
Topic: College, Education, Teens
Audience: Junior and Senior High Parents


Carol Becker:
Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans

How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.
Length: 1 hour
Type: Workshop
Topic: College, Education, Teens
Audience: Junior and Senior High Parents


Carol Becker:
High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips

Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.
Length: 1 hour
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Teens
Audience: Junior and Senior High Parents


Carol Becker:
You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!

As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new, long range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help…and joy.
Length: 1 hour
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience: New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers


Stacey Wolking:
Keeping the Joy while Leading Littles with Language

Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language!
Length: 1 hour
Type: Workshop
Topic: Education, Parenting, Encouragement, Preschool
Audience: Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents,


Stacey Wolking:
Homeschooling: Keeping It Balanced and in Perspective

Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.”
 
 

Stacey Wolking
Making the Most of Middle School

As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years!

 

Kirk Smith:
Home Discipleship:  So Much More Than Schooling at Home
The first thing many homeschoolers do is go out and purchase hundreds of dollars of curriculum.  Homeschoolers don’t perish because they lack curriculum but because they lack a vision. (Proverbs 29:18) Knowing your why helps dictates your how.   Discover the glory of home discipleship as compared to merely homeschooling.


Early bird pricing is available!

We are so excited that you have checked out our Homeschool Conference page. The cost is $25 for a single ticket and $40 for a married couple. After July 8th, the prices will increase by $10 each.


To register today, please click on the register button below. It's fast and easy.

 
 

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