Convention Sessions and Activities

General Session Descriptions

 

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

HOMEschool Community Building

Chris Wilcoxson (Knox County Ballroom) 

 

Family is the Foundation 

It’s not cliché. It’s profound truth. Family is the foundation of God’s kingdom, society, healthy culture, peace, and progress. We see this at home, in church, downtown, and in business. HOME may be thought of as an organization that promotes a form of education. That is true, but not complete. At the heart of HOME is building family and seeing those families helping families be all they can be.

 

Come be part of a practical, group interactive look at family. It’s not just a way to bring us together as an organization, but you as a family.  After all, a weak home means a weak HOME. 

 

Included: What does success look like for family? What is the vision for your family? What plan do you have in place to move toward that vision? What are simple tools that we can look at together to ensure that you get where you want to go as a family? 

 

Refreshments will be served!

 

 

 

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

The Powerful Position of Prayer in Our Home[schools] 

Angela O'Dell (Knox County Ballroom)

 

God’s Word is full of instruction to pray. It is such an important topic that Jesus took the time to give us a specific model to use in our own prayers. In this session, we will dig into what God’s Word says about having a prayer-full, powerful life, versus settling for a prayer-less, powerless existence. God is calling our generation to be a mighty army of warriors, and the training ground is the sacred ground of humility and devotion. Our spiritual legacy grows in our homes and it starts on our knees. 

 

General Session II (Friday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm)

 

Four Centuries of American Education

Jake MacAulay (Knox County Ballroom)  

 

Where we started and how we have progressed. Learn what the founding fathers said about American education and the importance of teaching America's children biblical and moral values.  

 

AND, 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)

 

SMASH presents selected scenes from : Much Ado About Nothing (Knox County Ballroom) 

 

General Session III (Saturday, 8:00am - 9:30am)

 

Classical Christian Education Simply Defined

Cheryl Swope (Knox County Ballroom) 

  • Frustrated by varying explanations of classical education?
  • Ready for a clear definition?
  • Learn a metaphor to remember 

The classical tradition beautifully impacts our selections of curriculum, books, and even leisure activities. Hear why a formative education in the liberal arts is the education of our heritage as human beings, whether your children are gifted, average, struggling with special needs, or all of the above. Learn how Two Canons converge for one purpose: the lives of your children in this life and the life to come. 

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

 

Preparing for the Culture War

Jake MacAulay (Knox County Ballroom) 

 

There is a very real war for the hearts and minds of the next generation. If we do not engage the fight, we are guaranteed to lose. Come be equipped to stand successfully in the battle for truth. 

 

*All General Session music will be provided by The Miller Family and Lakes Region Choral Class and will begin 20 minutes prior to each General Session. Please come early and enjoy! 

 

Workshop Descriptions

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

Charlotte Mason for Today's Student

Angela O'Dell (Rockland Room)

 

In this workshop, Angela encourages parents to heed the advice of Miss Charlotte Mason about making a child’s education fit that unique child. Today’s student’s fitting education is not going to look like that of a Victorian Age student’s education; instead, it will be an education that builds the child’s ability to face the world as it is now, with a certainty that God has chosen them for such a time as this. A fitting education will prepare the next generation of God’s people to be salt and light - a city on a hill. This session is full of practical tips for bringing Miss Mason’s ideas to your 21st Century home school. 

 

Math, Music, and Memory 

Cheryl Swope (Rockport Room)

 

What is quadrivium? How will math, music, and memory benefit our children's minds? How do we teach these with our significantly challenged children? Learn how to cultivate an appreciation for patterns, order, and beauty. Receive effective strategies for modifying math instruction, while providing a blend of remediation, rigor, and reward for your child. Discover ways to teach perseverance and habits of discipline through these essential components of your child's education. 

 

Effective Citizenship (Family Track)

Jake MacAulay (Camden Room)

 

Today more than ever we need Christian citizens who not only know the truth of God's Word, but have a working knowledge of our Founding Documents so that they can be the transforming power needed to bring our land back to the liberty secured under the American View of Law and Government. 

 

Serenity's Laugh

Kathy Dunfee (Penobscot Room)  

 

Kathy shares how God's presence and truth sustained her journey, by whispering continually, "The One who has called you is faithful, and he will do it." (1 Thes. 5:24). "Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord." (Zech. 4:6). Kathy began her journey armed with "how-to-homeschool" books and award winning curriculum thinking that she would do all the teaching and her children would do all the learning. Kathy transparently and honestly shares her testimony on how God used her children to disable that approach and instead restore in her a sense of humility, childlike wonder, joy, and hope.

 

Forces Impacting College Admissions 

Jeremy Tate (Schooner Room)

 

 

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

How Dishes and Diapers Helped Heal My Heart

Angela O'Dell (Rockland Room)

 

 God is able to take the broken and make it beautiful. In this workshop, Angela shares how God used the everyday aspects of being a wife and mom to heal her heart and soul and to bring her from a dark and broken place. We all have a variety of insecurities and hurts that, at times, feel insurmountable and keep us from moving forward with our own families, but what does God say about them? Come and be encouraged with the truth about God’s redeeming love, which comes to comfort those who mourn, to make beauty from ashes, and to grow oaks of righteousness as a display of His splendor. God is in the business of healing, and He often uses unexpected avenues to bring hope and peace to His children.  

 

The (Surprisingly Strong) Argument for Classical Education & Special Needs: 3 Case Studies 

Cheryl Swope (Rockport Room)

 

Are you thinking there must be a better, more effective way to give your challenged child a complete education? Join Cheryl Swope as she explains the precedent for bringing excellence to all children. Consider truth, goodness, and beauty for all, as you hear the stories of those who benefited in surprising ways. Learn how your own child will reap a richer, more lasting education through time-honored principles and methods in your home school.

 

Getting Started in Homeschooling

Kim Mazone (Camden 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!

 

Homeschooling High School 101 

Carolyn Simonds (Penobscot 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! 

  

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

Theatre and Drama Interactive Workshop (Teen Track) 

Sam Richards (Penobscot Room) 

 

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

Helping Kids Find the Heart of Focus

Zach and Kim Mazone (Rockland Room)

 

Dr. Zach (DO) and Kimberly Mazone will share a holistic, integrative approach to parenting and teaching children with attention disorders that they have used successfully in their own home and shared with other families. Healthy lifestyle choices, natural remedies, and tips that encourage learning will be discussed. Dr. Zach will also share how to decide if medications would be helpful for your child.  

 

The Importance of the Primary Years

Cheryl Swope (Rockport Room)

 

Learn why the early years - preschool through grade 2 - are so important. Discover 15 key tenets of any excellent early childhood and primary education. Receive an opportunity to ask questions about teaching reading, phonics, writing, spelling, arithmetic, or teaching children with special learning needs. Hear a closing poem to inspire you on your way. 

 

Faith, Values, and the Constitution (Family Track)

Jake MacAulay (Camden Room)

 

Dive into the religious beliefs of the Framers and the philosophical worldview of the U.S. Constitution. Learn how to equip your child with a solid, biblical worldview of American Law and Government. 

 

Nature's Secrets in Our Backyards and Beyond

Kathy Dunfee (Penobscot Room)

 

"There are NO seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child; there are seven million." (W. Streightiff)

 

A child is endowed with an extra sense of wonder. Kathy invites you to re-awaken your sense of childlike wonder and to see the "extraordinary in the ordinary" by simply stepping out your back door to discover nature's secrets. Based on Charlotte Mason's approach to nature study, Kathy will offer you simple and practical weekly no-to-low-prep ideas on how to engage your children in nature through sensory and other creative ways. Kathy will share her testimony on how the refreshment of Scripture, nature, story, music, art, and imagination made all the difference throughout her homeschooling journey, sustaining her family through trials, failures, successes and joys.  

 

Building a Solid Math Foundation 

Suzanne Fenton (Schooner  Room) 

 

Who is going to build a house by starting with the walls? Without a solid foundation, those walls may hold up for a bit but eventually will come crashing down. Math is a lot like building a house. We need to start with a strong foundation and build up from there. It doesn't have to be hard! Come and see how easy it is to teach math. 

 

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

TBD (Rockport Room)

Woodfords Family Services (Sponsor Workshop) 

   

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

What I Wish I Had Been Told in the Beginning

Angela O'Dell (Rockland Room) 

 

Drawing from nearly twenty years of homeschooling four children, Angela loves to come along side new homeschooling parents with gentle humor and realistic encouragement. From tips for choosing curriculum (Ahhhh! What do I buy!?) and teaching multiple ages/levels, to instituting a doable home organizing system, this workshop will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on your next homeschool year. Also included: 5 life-saving words of wisdom gleaned through almost two decades of homeschooling. This workshop is for everyone, but especially designed for new homeschooling parents.

 

Soften Hearts: Nurturing Empathy in the Challenged Child

Cheryl Swope (Rockport Room)

  • Does your child or teen seem unaware of the feelings of others?
  • Does he become moody, rude, or inconsiderate? 
  • Do you need tips for redirecting a self-centered child?

When her adopted son exhibited persistent oppositional behavior, lying, and even cruelty, Cheryl knew something needed to change. With appropriate medical treatment, a literature-based approach to cultivating empathy, and a thankfulness journal to foster gratitude, Cheryl and her husband homeschooled their adopted twins with special needs (autism, learning disabilities, severe mental illness) from infancy through high school graduation. 

 

America's Beginnings: Discovery, Purpose, and the Founder's Faith (Family Track)

Jake MacAulay (Camden Room) 

 

The student should understand the value of primary sources in learning history, both the good and the bad. In addition, we desire they learn the critical connection between the Framers’ Biblical Worldview and the political theory and principles of the American form of government.

 

Interactive Workshop: Create Art That Tells a Story

Cartoonist Jay Piscopo (Penobscot Room)

 

Comic book artist Jay Piscopo invites kids to try their hand at cartoon art and demonstrates how anyone can learn to draw and create comics. Using simple geometric shapes, Jay teaches kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure with this interactive workshop!

 

Mom, Don't Make Me Think - Just Tell Me the Answer! 

Suzanne Fenton (Schooner Room)

 

As a teacher, it's so easy to give the answer, isn't it? Oh, that's right....you don't do that! How long do you allow a child to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let them wrestle with the problem to discover the answer. Do you know that children will learn better and remember things longer when they discover the solution? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to solve problems. How might you go about doing this? Come to this workshop and find out how to help your child think through math.  

 

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

Education is the Science of Relationships: Charlotte Mason Approach to a Living Model of Raising Children

Angela O'Dell (Rockland Room)

 

True education is not found in books - it is found in relationships. Charlotte Mason spoke more about the actual raising of the child than the educating of the child. She realized that without relationships, the learning and storing of facts in the mind would do nothing for the child in the long run. Come hear Angela speak about the topic of utmost passion in her life: relationships that lead to Jesus. She talks about prioritizing our most important relationships, becoming your child’s ally, setting the atmosphere of love and compassion, and being the hands and feet of Jesus to our families. Home education starts before books are ever opened. 

 

 TBD (Rockport Room) 

 

1776-1779: From Independence to the Constitution (Family Track)

Jake MacAulay (Camden Room) 

 

It is imperative we understand the historical events leading up to and surrounding the adoption of the Constitution and their relationship to the religious and philosophical worldviews of the Framers and the American culture.  You will learn the historical events and circumstances which preceded the formal adoption of a Biblical (American View) of civil government among the English Colonies in America.

 

Mentoring Young Men: Redefining Masculinity

Derek Sylvestre (Penobscot Room)

 

Derek's theme in mentoring young men is to address the shame in their lives in order to bring freedom so they may express God's ultimate design as men for the purpose of changing the world one relationship at a time. 

 

Unschooling

Kathi Kearney (Schooner Room)  

  

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

Natural Support for Learning (Rockport Room) 

Essential Oils of Joy (Sponsor Workshop)

 

Sometimes your child or even you can struggle with staying on task and focused. This workshop will give you some natural products and tools that can help you do both, as well as supporting cognitive learning at the same time. All while supporting your families health and wellness. 

  

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

Saying Goodbye to Perfectionism

Angela O'Dell (Rockland Room) 

 

Perfectionism is one of the worst enemies to home educating parents everywhere, and if not overcome, it will inevitably lead to severe burnout. Angela shares her own candid story of recovery from this disease of the soul. In this (slightly imperfect) workshop, you may laugh a little, squirm a little, and learn a little about how to live with open hands and to be satisfied with your imperfectly beautiful life. 

 

Find the "Sweet Spot" of Learning. Evaluating and Teaching the Challenged Child

Cheryl Swope (Rockport Room)

  • Learn how to determine your child's academic level
  • Find out how to avoid unnecessary frustration
  • Receive tips for optimizing your teaching time

Discover an easy, memorable system for evaluating and teaching your child's academic, organizational, and social skills. Receive help navigating the complex world of disabilities, so you can optimize the time you spend teaching your child. 

 

The Homeschooling Dad (Family Track)

Jake MacAulay (Camden Room)

 

How does Dad meet the challenge of  homeschooling when he is working one or more jobs and still trying to maintain his influence and leadership in the home? Jake MacAulay will give practical advice and encouragement from his personal experience.

 

Insights from Homeschool Alumni 

Panel: Sarah Wardman, Sheldon Overlock, Helen Hunt, & Derek Sylvestre  (Penobscot Room) 

 

Sarah Wardman will facilitate a relaxed and informal discussion with fellow alumni homeschoolers. Enjoy questions and answers from the perspective of homeschoolers who are now living adult lives. They will share experiences, advice, and answer questions you may have during a Q & A at the end. 

 

Building Your Own Transcripts

Kathi Kearney (Schooner Room)