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The Hidden Hard Side of Homeschooling

The seemingly simple things are sometimes the most challenging. Any of this sound familiar?

  • Some days I just don’t feel like homeschooling.
  • I am struggling to keep my three-year-old occupied while I homeschool my older children.
  • I’m behind on everything.
  • I don’t know how to focus on God.
  • I can’t figure out if my child has a learning challenge or is just being stubborn.
  • I’m worried I will fail my kids.
  • I feel completely overwhelmed.
  • There’s never enough time or money or energy.
  • Bad attitudes are a big problem in my homeschooling—and I’m talking about me, not my kids.
  • I can’t figure out how to organize my schedule for flexibility and productivity.
  • I wish I were more consistent.
  • Some days I just don’t feel like homeschooling.
  • I am struggling to keep my three-year-old occupied while I homeschool my older children.
  • I’m behind on everything.
  • I don’t know how to focus on God.
  • I can’t figure out if my child has a learning challenge or is just being stubborn.
  • I’m worried I will fail my kids.
  • I feel completely overwhelmed.
  • There’s never enough time or money or energy.
  • Bad attitudes are a big problem in my homeschooling—and I’m talking about me, not my kids.
  • I can’t figure out how to organize my schedule for flexibility and productivity.
  • I wish I were more consistent.

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What It’s Not

It’s Not All About …
  • Choosing the perfect curriculum
  • Selecting the perfect extra-curricular activities
  • Raising the perfect Christian family
  • Getting all the things done all the time

What It Is

It IS All About…
  • You! (assuming you happen to be a homeschool parent)
  • It’s about helping you as a Christian and teacher and parent, all wrapped in one
  • It’s about giving you super-practical tools to bring focus, simplicity, and biblical vision to your everyday homeschooling.

How the Summit Works

The completely free Homeschool Teaching Summit is held October 16-21 exclusively online. It includes:

Video interviews…

…with top Christian homeschooling and parenting speakers and authors who will refresh your heart with encouragement, equip you with practical tools, and transform your vision for your family.

Q&A and Discussion…

…with speakers and other attendees via live comments forms and the private Facebook group

Discounts & Free Resources…

…in the vendor hall

All the sessions are relaxed, interview-style, and available to watch for 24 hours after the scheduled time – which means you feel right at home as you watch… right in your own home!

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Meet Our Speakers

Heidi St. John

Dr. Jeff Myers

Kelly Crawford

Mark Hamby

Ethan Demme

Andrew Pudewa

Janice Price

Donna Krahn

Bridget Mosley

Ruth Tennis

Gina Burmeier

Woody Robertson

Angela O’Dell

Steve Scheibner

Faith Berens

Hal & Melanie Young

Dianne Craft

Hope Deffinbaugh

Grace Deffinbaugh

Rachael Carman

Marcia Washburn

Israel Wayne

Victoria Botkin

Carol Becker

Sonya Shafer

Voddie Bauchum

Davis Carman

Steve Demme

Todd Wilson

Kevin Swanson

Kevin Swanson

Bill Jack

Andrew Pudewa

Deanna Crawford

Debra Bell

Diana Waring

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What Makes This Event Unique?

100% Online

No travel costs for you (or speakers!) so you can get FREE access to their wisdom and tools. Plus, make it fit your schedule – you can watch sessions for 24 hours after they are released from your laptop at home or from your phone on-the-go.

Laser-Focused

You’ll find help for teaching in your homeschool, whether this is your 1st year or your 20th. You won’t be distracted by a list of activities to add to your plate, or testing musts, or high school transcript how-tos. Instead, we’ll stay on target to equip, refresh, and transform your heart as a homeschooling teacher. (If you need help with any of those practical things, check with your state homeschool organization!)

Christ-Centered

Every speaker and every session that is part of this event is geared to help you love God more – and to help you raise kids who love God. The world is full of stuff that will educate our kids, but we want to educate them AND equip them to know God and serve Him through Christ-centered discipleship and home education.

Why You Should Attend

If any of this sounds familiar…

  • “I’m overwhelmed.”
  • “I don’t know how to balance teaching multiple ages.”
  • “I want to disciple my kids but I don’t know how.”
  • “I’m headed for burnout.”

…then this is for you. You’ll learn from the personable, down-to-earth video interviews how to balance discipling your children’s character with home education and so much more.

Refresh

Your Excitement for the Journey

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You with Practical Management Tools

Transform

Your Vision for Christian Education and Discipleship

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25+ Video Sessions


Community Discussion and Q&A


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Schedule

 DAY 1: OPENING KEYNOTE

Heidi St. John – 11:00 AM CST

EPIC: The Fight for Faith and Family in a New Age

  • Why parenting is really a battle between good and evil
  • How to engage intentionally in your parenting with the big picture in mind

Heidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. They have seven children (and a son-in-law) ranging in age from toddler to young adult and have homeschooled their children all the way through high school. A popular author and conference speaker, Heidi brings a refreshing mix of information and inspiration to listeners on the radio, in person and through the written word.

Heidi’s transparency and honesty are like a breath of fresh air in a world where too many speakers seem to have all the answers. Her ability to be real with her listeners and readers allows them to identify with her at a deep level which in turn allows Heidi to gently lead her audience toward the Savior who actually DOES have all the answers.

You’ll laugh, cry and nod your head at Heidi’s insights, her truth-telling and her delightful sense of humor as she brings hope and encouragement to your audience.

DAY 2: TEACHING FOUNDATIONS

Dr. Jeff Myers9:00 AM CST

How Jesus Equipped Leaders to Change the World

  • How not to pass the baton onto your children
  • How Jesus trained his disciples remarkably differently
  • On passing the baton effectively yourself!

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as a “very gifted and inspirational young leader.”  Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Kelly Crawford10:30 AM CST

Is Homeschooling Stressing You Out? A Closer Look at “School” vs. “Education”

  • How traditional “schooling” doesn’t work
  • Educating your children effectively AND stress free

Kelly and her husband Aaron live in the quiet South, homeschooling their children–9 of whom are still home, and are about to be grandparents for the first time. They have 2 adult children, one married, who live away from home. Kelly blogs at GenerationCedar.com and speaks occasionally at homeschool conferences, seeking to encourage other moms in this great, big task of raising children for the glory of God.

Mark Hamby12:00 PM CST

How to Instruct the Young in the Way of Wisdom to Avoid the Path of Folly: Grounding our Children in Wisdom

  • Wisdom must be at the heart of every story
  • Selecting the right literature for your children
  • The difference between wisdom and knowledge

If you have ever heard Mark Hamby speak, you know that he loves to tell stories! And if you have ever heard him on the radio or at a conference, you have heard his passion for God and His Word. Interviewed on numerous national programs including Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Moody Bible Network’s Prime Time America, Mark shares the miracle story of how Lamplighter was birthed and how Lamplighter stories continue to have a redemptive influence around the world. God continues to open great and effectual doors for the spread of His thoughts and ways throughout the earth.

Ethan Demme2:00 PM CST

Trust Parents: Why Engaged Parents are Essential in Building Lifelong Learners

  • Parents are the key to successful education
  • The impact of social sciences and child developmental research
  • The power of trusting parents

Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning and is passionate about finding the best ways to build lifelong learners. Ethan is an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township and is an active member of his local community. Ethan is a homeschool graduate and holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Bryan College. Ethan has been married to his lovely wife Anna for over 8 years and they live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where they enjoy running, biking, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and exploring new places

Kevin Swanson – 3:30 PM

What Does the Bible Say About Teaching?

  • God’s book on wisdom and instruction
  • The most important consideration in education
  • Preparing children for real life

Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations– a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 13 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program that reaches families across the US and in over 100 countries.

DAY 3: TEACHING MECHANICS

Andrew Pudewa – 9:00 AM CST

Leadership Education: The Seven Keys of Great Teaching

  • How the Thomas Jefferson Educational Model works
  • Avoiding the conveyor belt approach to homeschooling
  • Five key learning environments

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of ten, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Janice Price and Donna Krahn10:30 AM CST

What You Need to Know about Teaching and Learning Methods

  • The importance of understanding your children
  • How to drive effective learning
  • Factoring in the teacher’s style

Homeschooling is a way of life for Janice Price: consulting at Rainbow Resource Center since 2003 plus 20 years of homeschooling her own three children (from kindergarten through high school graduation). She has been married to Scott for 38 years; their three children are all university graduates and their six (soon to be seven) grandchildren are now second-generation homeschoolers. As with many homeschooling moms, Janice has worn various related-to-homeschooling hats: coordinator of a new-to-homeschooling support group, consultant for Westbridge Academy (an umbrella school for home educated, gifted students), administrator of Peoria Co-operative Academy (a history-based unit study co-op and support school), and exhibit hall coordinator for her local homeschool convention. Janice has a B.A. from Phillips University and a M.Ed. from Idaho State University and before her wife, mother, and homeschooling career, she worked for almost ten years in student personnel at four different universities.

Donna Krahn has been married to Gary for 35 years; they have three children and one grandson. She has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and a second bachelor’s degree with a concentration in early childhood education, both from Lincoln Christian University, and has spent over 30 years in education, teaching at a variety of levels and subjects from preschool to high school. Donna’s experiences have included serving as a junior and senior high youth sponsor in her church, tutoring students who needed a little extra help, organizing science fairs and workshops, and judging spelling bees and speech contests for ACSI. Donna joined the Rainbow Resource team in 2003 and now spends her time researching curriculum in order to understand it and better serve the homeschool community.

Bridget Mosley12:00 PM CST

Huh? Increasing Working Memory So Your Child Can Learn More Easily

  • What working memory is and why it’s important
  • Integrating working memory exercises into your day
  • Finding where memory issues lie

As a child, Bridget felt God calling her to help children like the ones she saw bullied for their learning struggles. Since 1987, she has answered His call as a classroom teacher, special educator, reading clinic director, speaker, consultant, assessor, adjunct professor and product designer. Bridget also draws from her experiences as a homeschooling mom who worked her daughter out of dyslexia.

In 2008, she co-founded the online learning center WowzaBrain.com. Using cognitive-educational games and techniques along with Bridget’s direct coaching assistance, the online clinic equips parents to help their children make rapid, life-changing, academic and cognitive gains. Bridget loves helping parents help their children overcome learning challenges, so their children are equipped to learn and fully realize their God-given gifts.

Ruth Tennis and Gina Burmeier2:00 PM CST

Effective Teaching & Planning Strategies for Homeschooling Multiple Ages (And What to Do With Toddlers!)

  • Management as a framework for your day
  • The impact of multiple ages on your curriculum choices

Ruth Tennis began her homeschool career with 5 words: “We’ll give Kindergarten a try.”  Sixteen years later, she graduated the last of 4 children. Though varied, her preferred teaching methods include multi-learning style activities, developing inquisitiveness and critical thinking, cross-disciplinary approaches and lots of great literature. Ruth has undergraduate degrees in English and Interpersonal Communication and a Master’s Degree in English from Truman University. In addition to free-lance editing, Ruth has taught college-level English composition and English as a Second Language in China and Illinois. For Ruth, a heart for God and people, effective communication, and a love of learning are crucial home school components. As a curriculum consultant for Rainbow Resource Center, Ruth loves interacting with families on a variety of homeschool needs.

Gina’s homeschooling journey began over 15 years ago. She and her husband Carl have three children, two of whom are now college students. As a mother of three with diverse interests and talents, Gina is familiar with different learning styles and has used a wide variety of curricula. She has been traveling to conventions with her family for over 10 years and thoroughly enjoys meeting and talking with other homeschool families in her capacity with Rainbow Resource.

Woody Robertson3:30 PM CST

How to Motivate and Launch Teens in the High School Years

  • How to plan out a successful high school
  • Taking advantage of dual credit opportunities
  • How to discern giftings and calling

As a 30 year homeschool veteran, Woody understands the movement and has a passion for the launch of homeschoolers. After experiencing first-hand the benefits of unbundling college and pioneering the methodologies of credit aggregation which he applied to his BSBA in Business Management, Woody co-founded Lumerit Education (formerly CollegePlus) in 2004. He speaks on the topic nationwide and is a recognized education thought leader. He and his wife Gina are growing their family in San Antonio, Texas.

Angela O’Dell5:00 PM CST

How to Customize a Fitting Education for Today’s Student

  • What education really is
  • How to make your homeschool serve, fit, and prepare your student for life
  • The mutual responsibility of parents and students in education

My name is Angela O’Dell. I’m a Jesus follower, wife to my very best friend, mom to four wonderful children, fellow homeschooler, author and speaker at Master Books (author of the Math Lessons for a Living Education and the America’s Story history series), and owner of Jelly Bean Jar Publications. I have developed and written all of my books based upon the Biblical mandate to shepherd our children’s hearts and the heart-deep model of education. It is my sincere hope and prayer that God uses my work in equipping children to be ready to step into the call He has upon their lives. It is my truest and most fervent prayer that every word I write or speak leads the hearer closer to the heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My utmost passions are centered around encouraging other moms to live strong lives anchored in the truth of God’s Word, which declares each of them to be precious and unique, capable and worthy of their calling through the power of Jesus Christ.

 DAY 4: TEACHING “THAT” KID

Steve & Megan Scheibner – 9:00 AM CST

Battling with Behavior

  • Encourage teens toward godly character
  • Moving your young people from ordinary to extraordinary

Steve Scheibner is a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, as well as a former Senior Pastor.  He and his wife Megan developed a parenting course entitled Parenting Matters; The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent. They travel extensively, teaching weekend parenting seminars. are instrumental in the lives of young parents. Steve recently adapted and taught his Navy Core Values training to the entire student body and faculty of Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL. He is also the author of several books and studies. Steve currently serves as President of Character Health Corporation; a non-profit conference ministry aimed at equipping parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.

Steve and Megan have been guests on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson and The Glenn Beck TV program showcasing their Nine Practice of The Proactive Parent. In his spare time, Steve sleeps, watches the Red Sox, and drives his children to sports practice, all while attending weekly meetings of Overachiever’s Anonymous.

Faith Berens – 10:30 AM CST

Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success

  • Identifying your child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Choosing the best curriculum for struggling learners
  • Integrating multi-sensory teaching into your homeschool

Faith Berens holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in both public and private Christian schools, serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Coordinators in 2008 and homeschools her own children, as well as works as a private educational consultant, evaluator, and tutor. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to primary age children. Faith lives in Fauquier County, VA with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey, and son Hayden.

Hal and Melanie Young – 12:00 PM CST

Ballistic Homeschooling: How to Teach Boys

  • Understanding how boys learn differently than girls
  • What a boy needs to prepare for manhood
Hal and Melanie Young are not just authors and speakers, but the parents of six sons (in a row!) and two daughters. For them, the experience of raising this van-full has proven two things: you need God’s wisdom to raise a family and you need help to make it practical! Through engaging, animated, and personable workshops, Hal and Melanie provide Christ-centered ideas presented in a humble, conversational, give-and-take style. The goal is to go beyond vision to application – to put truth to work in your family relationships.

Dianne Craft – 2:00 PM CST

Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates

  • Make school more doable by recognizing blocked learning gates
  • Be your child’s own learning specialist
  • Dealing with dyslexia and auditory and sensory processing problems
Dianne Craft has a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities and is a Certified Natural Health Professional. She is the founder and president of Child Diagnostics, Inc. in Denver, CO. In this educational consulting firm she has worked with over 4,000 families from across the nation and the world. Dianne speaks widely at Homeschool Conventions across the nation. Dianne teaches 4 Independent graduate level courses for teachers, social workers, nurses, and occupational therapists. Colorado Consulting Services, a University based program, which has been educating teachers for 20 years, calls Dianne “The Learning Specialist Extraordinaire”. Her books, including, The Brain Integration Therapy Manual, The Right Brain Phonics Reading Program, The Craft Right Brain Readers and her DVDs, including, Identifying and Correcting Processing Problems, Teaching the Right Brain Child, Smart Kids Who Hate to Write, Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems, The Struggling Learner Seminar Series and The Biology of Behavior have helped thousands of families remove learning blocks in their struggling children at home. Visit her website, www.diannecraft.org for many articles on children and learning, and to download her free Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling Reader and the Struggling Writer and Speller. Learning doesn’t have to be so hard, or so expensive! Learning disabilities do not have to last a lifetime!

Hope Deffinbaugh and Grace Deffinbaugh – 3:30 PM

When God Expands Your Family: Homeschooling Adopted, Foster, and Other People’s Children

  • Blessings, challenges, and legal issues
  • Integrating into “normal” life
  • Dealing with learning difficulties

Hope and Grace are sisters, two of the Timberdoodle family’s daughters. Having employed their skills in the Timberdoodle homeschool products family business for over 30 years, they have screened and tested hundreds of products and have explained the chosen best to families at homeschooling conventions across the nation. These days they also enjoy applying their life experience as they parent their three young foster sons, whom they are team-parenting along with their sister Joy in their childhood home in rural Washington.

 DAY 5: TEACHING WITH SANITY

Rachael Carman – 9:00 AM CST

Seven Simple Steps to Sanity

  • Parenting multiple ages
  • Developing a husband/wife team
  • Creating a balanced schedule and life

Rachael Carman had it going on – or so she thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she encourages you to do the same!

In her books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, Rachael challenges mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She invites moms to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.

Rachael is not only a respected author but is also a sought-after speaker. She has been a speaker in over thirty states and seven countries.

She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. They have seven kids with whom they love to laugh. Together, their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. Rachael enjoys playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.

You can find Rachael online at www.RachaelCarman.com.

Marcia Washburn – 10:30 AM CST

Scheduling Your Priorities

  • Discerning God’s specific priorities for you
  • Build a framework for decision-making
  • Living according to God’s plan for your life

Marcia Washburn and her husband homeschooled their five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years. Marcia is known for her practical, down-to-earth writing and live presentations, offering strategies, support, and encouragement on family-related topics such as parenting, homeschooling, music, and home caregiving. The author of over a dozen books, Marcia’s articles have appeared in many nationally-recognized magazines, as well.

Israel Wayne – 12:00 PM CST

Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Homeschooling

  • The damaging nature of anger in a home
  • Building a peaceful home atmosphere
  • Ridding yourself of stress in the homeschool
Israel Wayne is a husband and father of nine, and is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a Biblical worldview. Israel is the author of Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship and co-author with his wife, Brook, of Pitchin’ A Fit! Overcoming Angry & Stressed-Out Parenting. Together, they founded Family Renewal Ministries to encourage families in the faith. 

Victoria Botkin – 2:00 PM CST

Teaching Children to Teach Themselves

  • The joy of self-learning
  • The impact of children who teach themselves
Victoria Botkin is wife to Geoffrey Botkin, mother of seven, and homeschooling veteran of 30+ years. She has produced a series on “Curriculum Advice”, written and hosted a ladies’ study, “She Shall Be Called Woman,” and, drawing from her years of reading aloud to own her children, produced the “Voices From the Past” audiobook series. She shares her homeschooling advice, encouragement, and resource reviews at VictoriasLibrary.com.

Carol Becker 3:30 PM CST

Teaching High School With Sanity

  • Teaching high schoolers and younger siblings
  • Threats to a successful homeschool high school
  • The importance of faith, hope, and love in teaching

Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son in grades 1–12 and their daughter K–12 using a variety of teaching options. The Beckers’ son has a master’s degree in Information Technology and a B.S. in Systems Engineering, and their daughter earned a B.A. with Highest Distinction in French. As a High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool co-ops. The first encompassed History, Geography, and Drama and ran for eleven years accommodating students in grades 2–12. With a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, Carol also has a passion for science, which led her to form and direct a science co-op when her son entered the high school years. She successfully guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Convinced that homeschooled students must develop and hone analytical writing skills, Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original high school English program consisting of Composition I with Literature, Composition II with American Literature, and British Literature. Carol has tutored writing students from middle school, high school, and community college. She has also taught Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry.

Sonya Shafer 5:00 PM CST

When More Is Less: A Call to Simplicity in Your Schedule, Your Home, and Your Children’s Education

  • Avoiding burnout
  • How doing less is more
  • The grace-filled approach to schedule-making
Sonya and her husband John have spent the past twenty-plus years homeschooling their four daughters with the Charlotte Mason Method and loving it . . . most of the time. Sonya has authored more than 60 books at SimplyCharlotteMason.com and spoken at nearly 100 homeschool conventions around the world. She has a special place in her heart for parents dealing with special-needs children, because her youngest daughter has autism and developmental delays. Sonya loves to play the piano and read, delighting equally in Charles Dickens, Mitford, and Carl the dog. Most of all, she loves to encourage and equip you in your high calling as parents.
 DAY 6: TEACHING FOR ETERNITY

Voddie Baucham – 9:00 AM CST

Teaching Your Children with Your Grandchildren in Mind

  • Why some homeschool graduates are not homeschooling their children
  • The right “why” vs. the wrong “why” of homeschooling
  • How to teach our children why we homeschool

Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Houston, TX. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.

Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God’s word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.

Voddie’s area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.

It is impossible to understand Voddie’s approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it’s like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to ‘outsiders’ in ways few Bible teachers can.

Dr. Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England (Regent’s Park College).

Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have nine children: Jasmine, Trey (Voddie, III), Elijah, Asher, Judah, Micah, Safya, Amos, and Simeon. The Bauchams are committed home educators.

On a personal note, Voddie is also an accomplished Martial Artist. He took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2012 as an avenue of self-defense training, personal fitness, and outreach. However, he began competing and found both a passion and a talent. He has won numerous tournaments and titles, including winning the 2014 Pan American Championship in his division.

Davis Carman – 10:30 AM CST

APPLES For The Teacher: How to Support Your Homeschool Wife

  • Supporting your wife in her role
  • Leading with love in your family
  • Balancing work and home

Davis Carman got started on his homeschool adventure with a providential two-by-four on the side of his head. Twenty-one years, seven kids, and five graduates later, he hopes to share some of the lessons he’s learned along the way to help other families enjoy the most successful, satisfying, and Christ-centered home school possible. He is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also an international speaker and advocate for home education, founding board member of Homeschool Now USA, and author of four illustrated children’s books. He blogs at www.DavisCarman.com.

Steve Demme – 12:00 PM CST

Teaching the Most Important Curriculum: What Is It, and How to Teach It

  • Ingredients for effectively teaching God’s Word to our families
  • All about family worship
  • Making it practical
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Todd Wilson – 2:00 PM CST

Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!

  • Why fathers need to train their children
  • Trials, triumphs, and tribulations
  • Encouragement for the most important job

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.

Kevin Swanson – 3:30 PM CST

Closing Keynote: Have Your Children Been with Jesus?

  • How to disciple your children the way Jesus discipled
  • The importance of humility and faith in education
  • Why God uses humble followers

Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations– a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 13 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program that reaches families across the US and in over 100 countries.

Kevin has also served as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado for the last nine years. He has also authored several popular books for homeschoolers, including FreedomApostateUpgrade-10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child, the Family Bible Study Guide Series, and others.

Kevin Swanson also serves as a teaching elder at Reformation Church of Elizabeth.

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Wait… Really?
Can it really be this awesome AND free?

Absolutely! Homeschool Summits (learn more about us here) hosts these events – and the events are both top-notch (if we do say so ourselves) and 100% free. Our goal is to bring thousands of families around the world the resources they need to homeschool with confidence and pass on the faith to their children. And, praise God, we’re grateful to be accomplishing that goal!

Here’s what a few real life parents have to say about it:

Even More Questions?

Step 1: Register for free.
Step 2: Check your email for your confirmation (and a private link to the event page).
Step 3: Be ready for October 16-21, and we’ll email you each morning with links to that day’s sessions.

Just open your daily reminder email, click the link, play the video, and stream it onto your device. Super simple! Each video is about 20-30 minutes long, and you can watch from your computer, smart TV, or mobile device.

Yep! Sign up now for access to all the content between October 16-21. Hurry though – free access is for a limited time only!

Go ahead and sign up for free, and then we’ll give you details about the All-Access Pass option.

Nope! No social media account is required to view the video sessions. The live keynote will be broadcast on Facebook, but we’ll also share it on our website, and all other video sessions are right here too.

We encourage you to connect with us via Facebook to participate in some great discussion and Q&A, but it’s not required.

They are the ministries behind Homeschool Summits. Based in Colorado, both organizations exist to help parents raise their children to love and serve God. CHEC is a state organization that fights for homeschool liberty and helps parents get started homeschooling and stay the journey. (Learn more here.) Generations is a national organization that offers a daily radio program, family events, curriculum, and more. (Learn more here.) Together, they are working to bring Homeschool Summits to your home.

South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) seeks to assist parents to provide the best education possible, equipping their students to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He leads. SCAIHS offers services to member families including curriculum counseling, workshops, and support from a qualified and well-trained staff. SCAIHS, incorporated in 1990, is a non-profit legal accountability group for homeschoolers in South Carolina (SC Code § 59-65-45​).

We have limited openings for vendors or speakers/partners, with opportunities to reach thousands of online-savvy families. Click here to learn more.

We also have an affiliate program if you’d like to market this event through your own online platform and receive 50% earnings. Learn more here.

Short answer = nope! We ARE pulling together a fantastic lineup of speakers and even shopping options, but it won’t replace attending your local homeschool conference. We highly recommend checking with your state organization (find a list here) for more information about their conferences. As awesome as this summit will be, we still believe that the in-person networking of a local conference is invaluable!

About the Hosts

Hi! We’re Daniel and Megan Craig,

… and we’re incredibly passionate about home education, discipleship, and the church. Both of us were homeschooled growing up, and now we have a great burden to build on all our parents taught us. We’ve been married for just over two years and just welcomed the sweetest baby in the world to our family, so we are in the throes of learning what it means to raise a family to the glory of God.

A little about us: Daniel operates an accounting firm and is also the founder of LifeLaunch, a ministry with the mission of launching the next generation through powerful mentoring relationships and real-life integration. Megan loves everything about running a home, and she’s also an integral part of the family business. And she’s loving motherhood even more than she thought she would!

As you might know, CHEC and Generations are the organizations behind Homeschool Summits, and both of us have been a part of their ministries for many years. Now, it’s such a privilege to serve with Homeschool Summits as we purpose to bring Christian families the resources and encouragement they need to homeschool with confidence and pass on the faith to their children.

We’re honored to be your hosts for the Homeschool Teaching Summit, and we can’t wait to begin!

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