2024 Event Sessions and Activities

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Pirate Adventure Club, Friday, April 12, 2024

KIDS PROGRAM (Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm)


Ahoy, Mateys! Set Sail for the Pirate Adventure Club!

CEF of Maine (Hope Baptist Church, 176 Western Ave., Manchester)

Shiver me timbers! Prepare to embark on a swashbuckling journey filled with Bible adventures, treasure hunts, and valuable life lessons. Young pirates ages 6 - 12 are invited to set sail with the crew from Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine along with Doug Twitchell and his puppet friends. Come join an adventure on the high seas that will include games that will shape you into honorable buccaneers. Scrumptious treats will keep you fueled for all the daring exploits that lie ahead. Come join the fun ye landlubbers and chart a course for unforgettable memories! Argh!


Mom-Care, Friday, April 12, 2024

WORKSHOP SESSION I (Friday, 9:00am - 10:00am) 


Women's Morning Scripture and Stretch

Kim Mazone (Hope Baptist Church, 176 Western Ave., Manchester)


Start your morning with gentle stretching and Biblical inspiration focused on eight building blocks for health and vitality.  


MORNING COFFEE BREAK (Friday, 10:00am - 11:00am) 


Mom to Mom Fellowship and Q&A

Kim Mazone (Hope Baptist Church, 176 Western Ave., Manchester) 


Do you have questions about homeschooling? Do you have some ideas or helpful tips you can share from your homeschooling experience? Join Kim for this informal time of sharing over refreshments and the chance to connect with other homeschooling moms for blessing and encouragement.  


WORKSHOP SESSION II (Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm)


Serving to Save: Mom’s at the Heart of the Home

Kim Mazone (Hope Baptist Church, 176 Western Ave., Manchester)


This workshop explores the special role that moms play at the heart of the homeschooling experience. Discover how we can serve our families with the goal of educating our children, not only for this life, but in preparation for a life eternal.  


FAMILY BOWLING (Friday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm)

1-7-10 Bowling & Entertainment Center, 2246 N Belfast Ave., Augusta


Get together for some fun and fitness for your family with our HOME Monthly Bowling program. Please pre-register for this event. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 hours of bowling as well as the shoes.


Convention, Saturday, April 13, 2024


Exhibit Hall Only Shopping - FREE between 12:00 and 5:30pm (arrive before 4:00pm for admission) 


WORKSHOP SESSION 1 (Saturday, 9:00am - 9:45am) 


Homeschooling with Living Books 

Laura Oliver (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory) 


Are you curious about the term "living books" or have you wondered how you can incorporate them into your homeschool? Do you ever wonder if building a home library is worth the time, money, and effort? Please join Laura in exploring ways to use enjoyable, well-written, living books every day in your homeschool and how you can leave the textbooks behind forever. There will also be discussion on ways to effectively and economically build your home library to suit your family's needs and why it is more important than ever to curate a worthy home library.


Making Connections: Socialization for Both Parents AND Kids! Carolyn Simonds (Classroom 209B, Augusta Armory) 


What is the difference between classroom and homeschool socialization? How do homeschoolers meet other homeschoolers? Where can I find a homeschool group or co-op? Can homeschoolers participate in sports programs? Homeschool veteran and HOME leader Carolyn Simonds will answer these questions and more! Learn simple and creative ways to provide your child with safe, healthy, and positive opportunities for socialization throughout your homeschool years.  


WORKSHOP SESSION 2 (Saturday, 10:00am - 10:45am)


Do You Know the Presidents? Camp Constitution (Family Interest)

Hal Shurtleff (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory)


This lively presentation will include a review of Article 2 of the U.S Constitution, which is where the duties and powers of the President are listed, followed by a short history of the Presidents. Come to learn about the men who have led our nation through good times and bad!


What is Experiential Learning?

Joanna Martel (Classroom 209B, Augusta Armory) 


Experiential learning is integral to the homeschool experience. Come learn about what it is, how to identify it, how to set it up, and most importantly how to track and quantify the experience. PreK - university, let’s explore what homeschoolers have known all along and public schools are just figuring out - lifelong learning comes from experiential learning.


WORKSHOP SESSION 3 (Saturday, 11:00am - 11:45pm)


Finding the Joy in Homeschooling Your Differently Abled Child

Cherie LaFlamme, Cathy Dionne (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory)  

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling your children, regardless of their abilities, is that you can meet them where they are and allow them to learn at their own pace. If you doubt your ability to meet the needs of your differently abled child and are wondering if they would be better off in school with the experts, then this session is for you. Let's talk about letting go of comparison and finding your joy. 


Protecting Homeschool Freedom: Who's Doing What, and Why Everyone is Needed

Michelle Collomy (Classroom 209B, Augusta Armory) 


What difference can I make in helping the homeschool community to thrive? How can I possibly be involved locally, on a state and national level and keep up with homeschooling my own family? Are my efforts really needed? Do they really matter? And how might they benefit me and my family? If you are a homeschooler, are working with homeschoolers or would like to be a support to homeschoolers, this presentation is for you!


WORKSHOP SESSION 4 (Saturday 12:00 - 12:45pm)


Financial Literacy and Investing for Times Such as These

Jake Oliver (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory) 


Learn why personal finance should be taught in your homeschool curriculum, and how to integrate it.  


Creating an Atmosphere for Storytelling and Writing in Your Home

Molly Mayo (Classroom 209B, Augusta, Armory)  


"Five years from now you’ll be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read!” -- Charlie Jones. A good book has the amazing power to inspire, excite, and challenge the way you view life. Filling your home with such treasures can not only change you and your children’s character, but also shape the way you learn, write and grow! Listen in to learn more about influential storytelling, powerful literature in the home, and what Scripture has to say about it all.


WORKSHOP SESSION 5 (Saturday, 1:00pm - 1:45pm)


Using Agriculture as a Context for Learning

Kelsey Fortin (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory) 


Agriculture provides an awesome context for learning! During this session participants will learn ways in which they can teach experiential, real life learning, as well as science, technology, engineering, math, reading, art, and health through the lens of agriculture. Participants will learn about the resources, opportunities, and curriculum that Maine Agriculture in the Classroom has available. Easy to implement, hands-on lessons and activities will be modeled that participants can take home and put into action.


The Gift of Time: What Your Early Learner Needs Most!

Jessica Leavitt, Laura Oliver, River Radley (Classroom 209B, Augusta, Armory) 


Are you worried about what your child doesn’t know, but “should”? Do you feel pressure from others who say your child is “behind”? This session will alleviate your concerns and teach you to meet your child’s needs in ways that are developmentally appropriate. We will also discuss using good literature and picture books as opposed to textbooks, the importance of hands-on learning, and prioritizing time outside in nature. As the parent, you know what is best for your child and there is no need to compare where your child is developmentally to another child, even a child within your own family! Come ready with your questions, as Laura, Jessica, and River encourage you that in the early years, less can be more.


WORKSHOP SESSION 6 (Saturday, 2:00pm - 2:45pm)


Getting Ready for College, Careers, or Missions

Patricia Hutchins, Molly Sparling, Janice Rockwell (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory)


Join us for a panel discussion with experienced homeschool moms as we talk about life after high school! Hear stories and receive practical advice about preparing your students for what comes next.


How God Uses Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

Lisa Beal (Classroom 209B, Augusta, Armory) 


God is always looking for those who are willing to seek Him and serve Him. Come learn about other women in history who have answered His call just as you are doing today!


WORKSHOP SESSION 7 (Saturday, 3:00pm - 3:45pm)


Incorporating Safety and Self-Defense into Your PE Program

Andee Reardon (Classroom 209A Augusta Armory)


Including safety into your homeschool curriculum is important. Teaching your kids about these subjects and figuring out how they fit into school, isn't always easy. Learn how to include subjects like fire safety, street safety, responding to emergencies, building a home safety plan, how to see red flags (and how to protect yourself) into your routine.


This workshop will provide ideas and resources to help you include safety into your homeschool experience.


How to Help Children Understand and LIKE Math

Carolyn Hughes (Classroom 209B, Augusta, Armory) 


In this workshop you will learn what Number Sense is.

• How Number Sense helps prevent math difficulties later on.

• It is never too late to learn or review number sense.

• How to help children understand numbers.

• Help children learn 1 to 1 correspondence.

• Using games to help math become more understandable.


WORKSHOP SESSION 8 (Saturday, 4:00pm - 4:45pm)


Life Happens: Homeschooling in Difficult Days

June O'Donal (Classroom 209A, Augusta Armory)


Author and speaker, June O'Donal, wants to encourage all homeschooling families to persevere in their mission of homeschooling. In 1995 her husband, Wayne, sustained a serious brain injury in a work-related accident, which led to a series of difficulties for the family. She and the family learned many lessons through this journey. You do not need to be the perfect homeschool family to be a faithful one!


Fostering a Lifestyle of Learning

Marion Claus (Classroom 209B, Augusta, Armory) 


You don't have to separate learning from life activities. While homeschooling, discover how your children learn best, set up an environment for learning that supports that learning style and see how learning becomes their lifestyle. When you spend every day with them, you get to know what makes them delighted to learn.


 * Music on Saturday morning will be provided by harpist Kimberly Miller and the Beal Family! Please arrive early to enjoy!