Convention Sessions and Activities

General Session Descriptions

 

Kick-off General Session (Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm)  

 

HOMEschool Community Building

Chris Wilcoxson (Rockport Room) 

 

"Families helping families."  HOME's motto is at the center of all we do. Family makes a home a home. It's what makes HOME more than just an organization.  HOME is more than an acronym for Homeschoolers of Maine. It's descriptive of what we are nurturing and building - not just an organization, but a HOME for families to become family.  Come discuss, remember, or find out "why we do what we do."  We will find our 'do' is only as big as what we 'believe.' 

 

Going the Second Mile: Support Groups and Homeschool Families in Crisis

Darren Jones (Rockport Room)   

 

Support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty in their homeschooling. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind due to too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

 

Light Refreshments will be served.

 

General Session I (Friday, 10:30am - 11:30am) 

 

Modern History that Shook the World!

Linda Hobar (Knox County Ballroom)  

 

Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, as she describes ten events in modern history that "shook the world." Topics like Karl Marx, the Stock Market Crash, the Atom Bomb, and the assassination of Anwar Sadat are not only relevant to understanding the recent past, but will help teachers and students discern the headlines of today and be better leaders of tomorrow.

 

General Session II (Friday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm)

 

Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day

Andrew Pudewa (Knox County Ballroom) 

 

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.

 

Also, during this session you will meet your HOME Representative, who is always ready and available to provide answers, encouragement and support when you most need it!

 

Evening Performance (Friday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

 

Marvels of Motion with Lightning Lucy!

(Knox County Ballroom)

 

 A show that's sure to make Isaac Newton proud, this forcibly fantastic performance is about Newton's 3 laws of physics and other properties of the laws of motion and gravity!  Rotational forces, a rocket pack blast off, the piezo electric rocket, and Newton's rocket car are just a few of the action packed experiments to be investigated.  Just when you thought jet packs were something of the future, you'll see the Mad Scientist propel herself across the floor using the exclusive Mad Science rocket car!  This engaging physics performance is sure to please everyone and inspire more imaginative learning in all audience members!  

 

General Session III (Saturday, 8:30am - 9:30am)

 

One Homeschool Grad's 8(+1) Reasons to Homeschool

Darren Jones (Knox County Ballroom)

 

Darren attended several different public schools, a private Christian school, and then was homeschooled to graduation. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home, but maybe not for the reasons you'd expect! Come hear Darren's 8(+1) homeschool reasons, as well as how his approach to homeschooling is different from that of his parents.

 

General Session IV (Saturday, 12:30pm - 2:00pm)

 

12 Soft Skills

Jean Burk (Knox County Ballroom) 

 

Employment experts agree that technical skills get your foot in the door, but it's the soft skills that get you the job -- and help you keep it. Your work ethic, your attitude, your communication skills, your emotional intelligence and a whole host of other personal attributes are the soft skills crucial for career success. During this workshop we'll explore the soft skills employers covet today and uncover simple ways you can instill these skills in your teen before he/she leaves the nest. 

 

*All General Session music will be provided by TBD and will begin 20 minutes prior to each General Session.  Please come early and enjoy! 

 

Workshop Descriptions

SESSION I - Thursday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Practical Tips for Your Family's Devotions

Darren Jones (Rockland Room)

 

One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God.

 

Conquering the Middle Ages! (Family Track)

Linda Hobar (Rockport Room)

 

From Pentecost to the printing press, listen to Linda Lacour Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) pull together stories to enable a better understanding of the Early Church and the tumultuous Middle Ages. Through Paul, Constantine, and Marco Polo, as well as Mohammed, William the Conqueror, and John Wycliffe, learn of the triumph and the tragedies of medieval times and how they relate to our world today. This session is designed to equip and inspire teachers, parents, and students of this time period.

 

Limited Language, Limited Mind 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

The English language is dying! We are losing our vocabulary skills at an alarming rate, and with it, our ability to communicate effectively. The loss of lexicon creates an oversimplification of critical thought because the nuances of words allow us to bring colors and shading to thoughts and emotions. "Limited Language, Limited Mind" will teach both parents and students alike the 3 keys to learning, understanding and remembering words that increase effectiveness! Learn how to amass an arsenal of fifty-cent words to articulate efficiently and accurately. Speak with eloquence, read with perspicacity, and write with erudition—all by mastering an advanced vocabulary! 

 

TBD - Panel of Veterans (Penobscot  Room)  

 

SESSION II - Thursday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Getting Started in Homeschooling 

Carolyn Simonds (Rockland Room)

 

Are you just beginning to homeschool? Are you researching the option for your family? Plan to attend this workshop! The following topics will be covered:  Maine's homeschooling law,  Record keeping, Curriculum planning, Helpful resources, Portfolios and evaluations,  Support groups, Special needs, And much more!

 

7 Artists of the Renaissance That Everyone Ought to Know (Family Track)

Linda Hobar (Rockport Room)

 

Need to brush up on art history? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a picture-filled presentation of 7 artists of the Renaissance that everyone ought to know.  This session includes family-friendly slides and a pre-test/post-test for art connoisseurs (or those that want to be!) !

 

Scholarships 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

There are 24 billion dollars' worth of scholarships each year. Learn how to find money from the cradle to cap 'n 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!

 

Using Museums & Archives for Your Social Studies Program (Teen Track)

Heather Moran (Penobscot Room) 

 

SESSION III - Thursday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

How to Use Adobe Voice to Tell a Compelling Story with Video (Teen Track) 

Bill Clarke (Penobscot Room)

 

Your mission will be to share with the world your answer to the question, "Why should my family attend HOME's Convention?"... by producing a well crafted video! Adobe Voice, a free iOS app, makes it easy to assemble slide show videos with a voiceover and background music. But you must write a compelling script! We'll equip you with the knowledge to tell a compelling story, then turn you loose at the convention to take photos, conduct interviews, etc. We'll then ask more than 2000 members of Maine's Homeschool Community to vote for their favorite video. The contest winner gets an Amazon gift card.

 

SESSION IV - Friday, 9:00am - 10:00am

Dads Who Homeschool

Darren Jones (Rockland Room)

 

Although in many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, it doesn't have to be that way—and often isn't. What happens when Dad is the primary educator–and not just for the seriously cool science experiments? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. Darren Jones gives advice and encouragement for Dads Who Homeschool.

 

Freedomship and Entrepreneurial Education

Andrew Pudewa (Rockport Room)

 

Many of us realize that we value home education not only because it often results in better academics, superior social environments, and enriched family life, but because it builds a better community and country. The result of true liberal education—a freedomship education—will be not only young men and women who know how to think and communicate, but who think evangelically and entrepreneurially. To revive a culture of self-sufficiency and freedom requires more people with the owner/entrepreneur mind-set and fewer with the employee mind-set. Join Andrew for a discussion of how to cultivate an entrepreneurial, or georgic, aptitude in our children. The future of freedom may depend on it.

 

Alphabet Soup of Early College 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

Through early college, your teen can earn high school and college credit at the same time and save you thousands of dollars in college tuition! During this essential workshop, Jean will lay out early college options along with a full-ride to a four-year university while helping parents and teens understand the differences. Jean will share a dozen reasons to consider early college, how you can position your teen for early college, what the requirements for early college are and how to choose your first college classes. Dual enrollment paired with AP and CLEP opportunities, allows your teen to earn early college credits and take challenging courses he or she will enjoy! You'll be glad you came to this money saving information exchange!

 

Bad Boys of the 20th Century! (Family Track) 

Linda Hobar (Penobscot Room)

 

Who are the worst of the worst dictators of the 20th century? Opinions vary, but you can learn about four renowned "bad boys" with Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History. In this session, Linda will recount the chilling rise to power of Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to appreciate the message of what "should" be learned from history! 

 

How Teens Can Make a Difference (Teen Track)

TeenPact Leaders (Schooner  Room)

 

SPECIAL SESSION WITH OUR SPONSOR, AND MORE! - Friday, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

The Amazing Things Youth Can Do (Sponsor Workshop) 

Jason Lindsay (Rockport Room)

 

God gives us all certain skills and abilities that we can use to honor and glorify Him.  Not everybody will be great at everything, but most of us can be better at something than we are.  And, we can be better at a younger age than most of us believe.  Join Jason Lindsay, owner of Young Entrepreneurs of North America, as he explores the amazing things that youth are capable of when following biblical principles - from starting their own business, to preparing for marriage, and more!  People of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

 

Time for Q&A

Carolyn Simonds (Rockland Room)

 

Have you been wandering the Exhibit Hall aimlessly? Are you still wondering why you are here? Do you have unanswered questions? Bring your lunch and your questions to this session of blessing featuring HOME Leader and veteran homeschool mom, Carolyn Simonds, along with HOME's Regional Representatives. Then attend the rest of the convention feeling more encouraged and confident!  

 

SESSION V - Friday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Literature that Proclaims Christ: Stories to Show How Christians Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything 

Darren Jones (Rockland Room) 

 

Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us emulate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. 

 

Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education

Andrew Pudewa (Rockport Room)

 

What is mastery learning, and how does it relate to homeschooling? Andrew will explain the methods, goals, and benefits of the ability development model as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, "Every child can learn," and you can create success in areas where you or your children have struggled in the past.

 

Transcripts 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

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. 

 

"To Grade or Not to Grade:" A Practical Workshop on How, When, and Why to Keep Grades in Homeschool 

Linda Hobar (Penobscot Room)

  

Shaped by our personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and destroy others! Listen to veteran homeschooler Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, share theories of grade keeping as well as tips on keeping it simple. Thought provoking and practical.

 

Weather 101 (Family Track)

Adam Epstein (Schooner Room)

 

Weather 101 explores Maine's diverse weather and climate. WGME Meteorologist, Adam Epstein, will cover severe weather ranging from thunderstorms to blizzards, tornados, and hurricanes! You'll see examples of these types of weather in Maine and walk away with a better understanding of the science of meteorology.

 

SESSION VI - Saturday, 9:45am - 10:45am

Reaching the Reluctant Writer

Andrew Pudewa (Rockland Room)

 

Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. He will be proud and motivated to write again. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines, and "dress-up" checklists. Results guaranteed!

 

"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" of a Homeschooling Day

Linda Hobar (Rockport Room)

 

Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for this down to earth session on a day in the life of a real homeschool family. She will share "the good, the bad, and the ugly" stories of her experience - with the hope of encouraging beginners and veterans with practical tips and God's grace. (This session is not for students.)

 

High School 101 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

Parents are intimidated at the thought of homeschooling a teenager through high school. The idea of teaching Physics, Chemistry and Calculus elicit fear and trembling from most parents. . . throw in grading essays and creating transcripts and you've got a complete recipe for a true mental breakdown! Homeschool high school veteran Jean Burk's two homeschooled students received full-rides to college, grad school and law school. She joyfully testifies that the high school years have been the most rewarding! She'll share her successes and failures and everything else you need to know to homeschool through high school. At this workshop, she'll answer these questions, and many more, such as:

  •   Why homeschool high school? 
  • Statistically, how do homeschool graduates perform as adults? 
  • What's the difference between credits, grades and transcripts?? 
  • What every high school student needs to know beyond academics (life skills, spiritual skills, social skills)
  • How can middle school students acquire high school credit?
  • How in the world do I teach chemistry, algebra and calculus?
  • What's the difference between CLEP, AP and Dual Enrollment?
  • Can my homeschooled student really get into college?
  • What scholarships are available to homeschool students?
  • Do I need an accredited transcript?

 If you have a middle or high school student and you're considering home education through high school, you should definitely attend High School 101!

 

Famous Mainers: Past, Present and Future!  (Teen Track)

Kathi Kearneyl (Penobscot Room)

 

What do Henry Knox, Jamie Wyeth and the Stanley Brothers all have in common? Learn more about these famous Mainers, their life, their passions and how they changed the world through their hard work and determination. What are your gifts and talents? Could your contributions impact the world fro good someday?    

 

TBD (Family Track)

TBD (Schooner Room)  

  

SPECIAL SESSION WITH OUR SPONSOR - Saturday, 11:00am - Noon

TBD (Sponsor Workshop)

TBD (Rockport Room) 

 

SESSION VII - Saturday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Four Language Arts

Andrew Pudewa (Rockland Room) 

 

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.  

 

Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool - A Workshop for Mary's Only!

Linda Hobar (Rockport Room)

 

Let's pretend that Mary and Martha decide to homeschool. Following their character, Martha would probably have all her plans in place (and be frustrated), and Mary would probably be at the feet of Jesus (and way behind schedule.) We all have a little of Mary and Martha is us, but this workshop is designed to encourage Mary's who love the Lord and their children, but need help and structure to successfully homeschool. The presenter of this workshop is a self-proclaimed Mary (Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History) who managed to homeschool for 17 years, and still likes to talk about it.  

 

How to Ace the New SAT 

Jean Burk (Camden Room)

 

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds 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!

 

Homeschooling with Little Ones 

Panel  (Penobscot Room) 

 

Homeschooling with babies and toddlers is never boring. Learn how to appreciate the joy and excitement they bring to your family, and discover ways to create a lifestyle of learning within your homeschool!

 

 TBD (Family Track)

TBD (Schooner Room)

 

 

 

Ongoing HOME Events

Group Portfolio Reviews

Summer 2017 Lewiston

6/20/2017 Belfast

8/17/2017 Camden

8/24/2017 Rockland

 

Monthly Skate

10/7 Portland

 

Monthly Bowling

10/7 Brewer

11/1 Belfast 

 

Getting Started in Homeschooling

10/15 Newington, NH

10/21 Rockland 

3/16/2017 Rockport

 

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