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The 2008 Greater St Louis Area Home Educators Expo
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Indicates seminar will be repeated.
Featured Speakers in the Auditorium/ Sanctuary are Keynote Addresses
Seminars Speakers are highlighted in green

Seminars in Room 370 are Especially for Youth, but Anyone Welcome, highlighted in yellow

Seminars in Room 341 are Primarily for New Homeschoolers, but Something For Everyone,
highlighted in blue
Seminars especially for families with special needs students, but anyone is welcome - lots of information on learning will be presented.
Bonus Art Seminars are highlighted in orange.


8:30 to 9:30 A. M. Friday

Diana Waring-- Box Free Living.                                                                        

Rather than raising children to follow formulas, let us teach them using the principles of discipleship, and then have them "follow me as I follow Christ." And, rather than trying to force your homeschooling to look like someone else's, let's learn to hear from the Lord just what is best for your own family. Instead of falling victim to preconceived judgments from ourselves or from others, let's learn to find God's way for us in this homeschooling journey.

Patrick Nurre -- Genesis and the So-Called Ice Age.                                                 
One of the most confusing issues for a person believing a straightforward reading of the Book of Genesis is the Ice Age. Yes, there is an abundance of evidence for sort of an ice age at one time in the past. But the difficult part of fitting the pieces together geologically is where it fits with the Biblical chronology - a short chronology at that! This seminar will help you unravel the mystery of such things as glaciers, wooly mammoths and the Genesis Flood - subjects that have been the catalyst for many people rejecting faith in the Scriptures.
Janice Price -- Math Wars. *
Sequential or spiral? All American or foreign flavor? What about manipulatives? Just thinking through the choices can derail your homeschool planning. Rainbow Resource's curriculum specialist provides an overview of many of the various math programs available and helps to identify the factors that will determine a successful choice for your child.
Deana Haines -- Home Education Organization and Time Management                       

Deana will share ways she was able to home educate her four children, hold a state leadership position, serve in her church and work from home, while still maintaining her sanity. She will encourage the attendee to rely on the Lord's leadership when choosing what to add and to subtract from their schedules. She will also share the importance of flexibility when juggling so many plates.

Todd Wilson -- Dream Big.

As long as there have been dreams, there have been dream killers. We've all encountered candle snuffers, bubble busters, and wet blankets. They're the ones who constantly remind you why you shouldn't homeschool, have more children, be a stay at home mom, or take that step of faith you believe God would have you take. The world is filled with dream killers. They grew up with you, they live in your house, and sometimes they are--you. Their intentions may be good, but if you listen to them, you will miss out on God's best for your life. Join Todd as he helps you revive old dreams, gives you weapons to battle dream killers, and urges you to throw caution to the wind and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.

Dr. Paul Cates, Ken Schmidt, Dr. Matthew Worth, Dr Stephen Guffanti  -- Ask the Learning
Disabilities Specialists                                                                                     

Not even sure which seminars to attend? Really don’t know what your child’s “issues” are or if there are any at all? Do you have questions about Learning Disabilities?  Reading problems?  Attention? Now is your chance to get answers!  Dr. Cates, Dr. Worth, Dr. Guffanti, and Mr. Schmidt will be here to answer any questions that you might have on your children and possible learning difficulties.  This session is not intended to take the place of diagnostic testing, but it might be a starting point for getting help!  

Carrie Salyer, Lisa Cooseman -- What is Sensory Processing? 

Sensory Processing is a neurological process that occurs in every nervous system.  It helps us learn about our bodies and the world around us.  When an individual has inefficient sensory processing, then daily life activities can become challenging.  Activities such as  sitting to pay attention, writing, reading, interacting, and playing gross motor games, are affected by the nervous system's ability to process sensory information.  This seminar will define sensory processing and discuss signs of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Jaime Poston -- Speech Therapy
Does your child say some letter sounds incorrectly? Does speaking seem to be difficult? Is there improvement over time? Do the patterns stay the same? Are you wondering if your child would benefit from speech therapy? Are you even sure what speech therapy is? Leaps and Bounds Speech Therapist, Jaime, will be in the Special Needs Area to answer any questions you may have about speech therapy.
Dr. Amy Davis -- Autism Spectrum Disorders, New Approaches in Treatment and Recovery

Dr. Davis will present ideas on treating Autistic Spectrum children.  The presentation will include historical perspective, current figures with regards to the epidemic, medical and scientific supporting evidence of a biomedical disease model, biomedical interventions, and treatment options.  Included will be case presentations for various treatments that are being used successfully to help Autistic children

10:00 to 11:00 A. M. Friday

Steve Demme -- The Family that Stays Together Stays Together.
In this encouraging workshop, Steve relates the positive experiences that he and his wife have experienced in raising their four sons. With plenty of humorous illustrations, Steve shares tried and proven suggestions that have enhanced their family life. ith God's help they are convinced there is hope for the family in the 21st century.
Barry Stebbing -- Keeping an Art Journal.
An excellent workshop for both teenagers and parents! Barry Stebbing has personally completed over 35 art journals during his lifetime and emphasizes the importance of journaling in homeschooling education. Mr. Stebbing strongly encourages students to practice good penmanship, believing that it is a dying art. Journaling can be a wonderful catalyst for improving one's writing skills, along with good penmanship, and is also an enriching supplement in nurturing drawing, studying from "life," working independently, and developing creativity. Finally, a completed journal can become a precious heirloom. Specifics for keeping a journal will be discussed as: how to begin a journal, recommended materials, themes, format, correcting mistakes, and much more. The workshop also includes a 15 minute slide presentation, drawing demonstration, overviews, and inspiring classical music.
Panel of Local College Representatives -- Dual Enrollment.
Carlita Boyles -- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, The Role of Maturation in Math.
Each child is created by God to be unique. It is easy to see individuality in physical development, but sometimes it's harder to be aware of the unique pace of each child's mental development. Are you teaching a child who doesn't seem to fit the "typical" mold? Or were you a child whose maturation didn't match the textbook pace? This seminar looks at how maturation affects the ability to understand math concepts, and suggests ways to modify your teaching approach in order to provide more success and less stress in math.
Seasoned homeschooling mothers from St. Charles County -- Put the
HOME Back in Homeschooling.

Put the HOME Back in Homeschooling. Veteran homeschooling mothers discuss the pitfalls of a life full of activities outside the home and the joys and benefits of spending more unhurried time at home.

Brad Haines -- Ready to Launch; How Being Home Educated Makes the World Your Oyster.
With over twenty years experience as a home educating parent and in leadership in the home school community, Mr. Haines will discuss the many advantages home educated students have over their public and private school peers. Mr. Haines and his wife have graduated their four children from home school and Mrs. Haines has extended her home teaching skills to several more children not their own. This and Mr. Haines' involvement protecting the rights and opportunities for home educators gives him a unique perspective on the many and varied benefits for the home school graduate.
Ken Schmidt -- Squiggles to Words to Ideas, Developing Reading Comprehension *
Decoding print is not the end-all of reading - decoding meaning is.  In this session, Ken addresses how to increase your child’s understanding of what he reads.  This talk will teach you a practical, step-by-step approach to developing and remediating reading comprehension, with additional application to language comprehension.
Carrie Salyer, Lisa Cooseman -- Sensory Strategies in the Home School
Recognizing that your child might have Sensory Processing Disorder is the first step in understanding his learning style.  In the second part of this talk series, licensed occupational therapists will provide you with specific strategies and activities that can be incorporated into your daily routines and lessons.  These strategies will help your child organize his nervous system to promote learning and other daily activities.                                                                              
Patty Yager -- What Can I do to get my Child to Do His Schoolwork?

The Bible says “Whatever you do, do heartily as for the Lord…” Col.3:23 . Is it really possible to train our children to do this? Do you have a child who won’t do his work? Is there complaining? Does it seem impossible to get your child to do his schoolwork or chores? Much less cheerfully? Are you tired of asking? Begging? Pleading? Threatening? And then just letting it slide? Or maybe even doing it yourself? Come learn some hands-on ideas from veteran home schooler, Patty Yager, for helping children to learn to work cheerfully.

Dr. Amy Davis - You are what you eat…..Let’s talk about Food Allergies

Food allergies are becoming increasingly common.  This talk will review common food allergies, their impact on health, behavior and learning. It will also cover how you can detect food allergies and  how you can treat them.  Dr. Davis will include case studies of children who have been impacted by food allergies but then benefited from detection and treatment.  

11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P. M. Friday

Ken Schmidt -- Beyond Grunt and Spit, When Phonics is Not Enough. *
Phonics instruction has been critiqued as the teaching of  “Grunt and Spit” techniques. Although thinking people understand that phonics is crucial to the development of reading and spelling, there is a grain of truth to the criticism.  Words don’t always play fair, and phonics sometimes comes up short. This talk will teach you practical steps for developing true reading and spelling fluency by strengthening symbol imagery.    
Carrie Salyer -- Therapeutic Listening

Does your child have trouble understanding verbal directions? Does your child seem unusually disorganized? Learn about this relatively inexpensive auditory therapy that has helped so many with their listening skills, motor coordination, sound sensitivity, attention and sensory processing skills.

Carlita Boyles -- Math and Memory

Do you find yourself continuously re-teaching Math concepts to children who can't seem to remember what you thought they had just mastered? In this workshop, we'll look at how we memorize information and learn strategies for improving memory retention.

Dr. Paul Cates -- ADD/ADHD Research?
This seminar will briefly mention the two treatments of ADHD, the use of medications(s) and behavior modification and will then talk about a new treatment plan called the ICP or Individual Cognitive Plan.  Discussion will focus on individually teaching children with ADHD with and without medication and their differences in progress after one year and three years.  Discussion will also focus on changes in cognitive functioning, intellectual functioning and academic functioning.  This talk is based on onver 36 years of working with children with ADHD and special needs.

1:00 to 2:00 P. M. Friday

Todd Wilson -- Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe.

Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you'll ever make it through another day of homeschool. Your "get up and go" has "gotten up and went." You used to think homeschooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you're feeling like burnt toast. Take heart--you're not alone. No one homeschools because it's easy. You do it because you believe it's best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it's best. Join me as we do just that. You'll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you'll ever--love.

Paul and Kirk Cates -- ADD/ADHD/LD Processing.

What is it? Is it real? Does your child have it? Will your child outgrow it? What is a processing problem, and if my child has one, does he also have ADD? What if I do nothing about the problems my child is having in learning? What about learning disabilities, ODD, Tourette's, Bi-Polar, Epilepsy. There will be a real opportunity to ask questions and have a dialog with the speakers.

Ronda Marshall -- Secrets of Endurance, Successful Co-ops.
If you are finding yourself lacking motivation in your homeschooling and wonder if you can make it to the end, come and learn how co-ops can help you. This seminar focuses on the benefits and challenges of co-ops and how to organize and set up large to small co-ops. Come hear a practical lesson of learning how to start, what questions to ask, what costs you can expect, and what policies you need up front.
Jo Ellen McDonald -- Things I Did Wrong and Things I Did Right in Homeschooling

Homeschooling can be a grace-filled and peaceful experience for both you and your students. Share with this homeschool mom of 4 as she reflects back over 25 years of practical home education. Advice and reassurance on what really matters and what isn’t worth worrying about.

Panel of Local Homeschool Graduates -- Speaking to Youth.
Margaret Porch -- Trunk Stength, Poor Posture, and Low Muscle Tone in the Struggling Learner

Does your child stand up straight or seem to rest on his or her spine.  How is that head posture?  Come and learn how posture is really related to neurological function and not just to “weak muscles” or a “lazy child” and how it can be related to learning problems as well.  Come away with some effective ways to help your child’s posture and improve his or her learning as well

Mary Sullivan -- Problems with Handwriting 1, What Causes it?
Does your child put up a fight when it comes to writing answers to assignments?  Do you dread assigning written work?  There may be a real reason for your child's reluctance.  Reasons could include visual perceptual difficulties, problems learning how to draw letters, inadequate grasp or prehension skills, and/or difficulty attending to task.  This workshop will describe possible explanations for your child's handwriting struggle.
Patty Yager -- Video Game and Television Addiction
Electronic addictions are on the rise in America and home schoolers are not immune from the potential problems. Please join Patty as she presents startling research about this phenomenon and its affect on our children's ability to learn. Hands-on strategies for what do to if you find yourself in this dilemma will be covered.
Dr. Doell -- Vision and Learning
It has been estimated that up to 80% of learning originates with information derived from the visual system. Proper visual function begins with the visual intake, or retrieval skills which include a clear image, stable and appropriate focusing, adequate eye teaming, and efficient eye movements. Once visual information is delivered to the brain, it must be processed effectively. Visual processing includes such perceptual skills as visual memory, visual discrimination, visual form constancy, and visual closure. Developmental optometrists provide a mechanism for evaluating and enhancing these retrieval and processing skills.  A general survey of testing and remediation of visual deficits will be presented, including an introduction to interventions for encouraging the development of these skill areas with home activities and in-office vision therapy.

2:30 to 3:30 P. M. Friday

Steve Demme -- Finding Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life.
This workshop is Steve's testimony of the last twenty years as the father of a child with special needs. he shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny's disability, and the special, rewarding, and joyful role he has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.
Barry Stebbing -- How to Teach ART for the Easily Intimidated.

Throughout the years, this has been Mr. Stebbing's most popular workshop. A vast majority of parents who are concerned about teaching their children art lack the confidence and ability to pursue such a course. Mr. Stebbing offers specific guidelines for teaching art at home such as purchasing a curriculum, structuring various courses in art, student frustration, teaching the fundamentals, understanding learning objectives, art history, and much more. The workshop includes a twenty minute slide presentation (showing recommended materials and student examples) along with a ten minute drawing demonstration (manifesting the importance of fundamentals), a ten minute overview, and a wonderful closing with classical music and more visuals. This workshop is both inspiring and informative.

Paul and Kirk Cates -- Curriculum, It Is the Fit that Counts.

Some of the topics covered will be: Having a "Home School Program" instead of a regular school program in your home. Curriculum to teach science in grades 2 - 8 together. Use of manipulative in the teaching of math. What do those achievement test scores really mean? Understanding independent, instructional, and frustration levels. Help for you child with special needs. Developing your child's talents. Developing a good reading program. Developing a solid language arts program. Developing thinking skills for your children. Discussing new materials available.

Donna Krahn -- Out of the Rocks. *
Geology! It's more than rocks. Plate tectonics. Volcanoes. Earth structure. Caves. Get your hands dirty with Rainbow Resource's Curriculum Consultant as she provides teaching activities, resources, and ideas along with an overview of the earth from the inside out. You'll even get with your very own wet wipe--and an outline for a short unit study!
Bill McDonald -- Better Late than Early
Given the incredible number of curricular options facing today's homeschooling families, it's very important to give some careful thought to your educational philosophy-the goals you want your homeschool to accomplish and the approaches you intend to use to accomplish these ends. One very famous educational philosophy, espoused by homeschooling pioneers Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, was summarized in the simple idea of "Better Late than Early." Bill will expose his audience to the advantages of a lower-key homeschooling style as an alternative to the highly structured (and expensive) pre-packaged approaches currently marketed at book fairs and seminars across the country. Sit in as these veteran homeschool parents share how they were able to manage superior academic results without huge disruptions to their family life, budget or time. It isn't necessary to replicate a miniature version of a mass educational institution in your home. Don't trade the inherent advantages of one-on-one instruction for charts, graphic aids, textbooks and schoolrooms. Keep it simple and you'll get the results you want without losing your (or your children's) minds!
St. Louis Teens for Christ -- Bible Quizzing Demonstration.

How do you motivate young people to spend HOURS memorizing HUNDREDS of Bible verses? Offer them a fun, competitive activity that they just can't resist! St. Louis Teens for Christ Bible Quizzing does just that. We've been quizzing for over 20 years and have seen the program grow from a handful of kids and adults to over 100 quizzers and adult volunteers. Quizzers love the competition and socialization, and winning trophies is really exciting! But nothing compares to the living and active Word of God making a difference in the lives of young people every day through Bible Quizzing. Many of the coaches and staff have been serving in Bible Quizzing and youth ministry for a number of years. Some of them are "retired" quizzers who now see this as an opportunity for Christian ministry. All the volunteers love young people, and they love Bible Quizzing! They are here to make sure your kids have a positive, enriching experience in a family-friendly environment. To find out more about St. Louis Teens for Christ Bible Quizzing, go to and click on the Bible Quiz link.

Margaret Porch -- Interactive Metronome
Does your child struggle with a visual or auditory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia or other  reading struggles, concentration or attention issues, difficulty with motor planning and sequencing, impulsivity, balance, coordination, or perhaps some combination of the above?  Come and see how this medically researched brain based therapy can help improve struggles in learning as well as in other neurologically based problems.  In addition, Interactive Metronome can help improve skills in sports and music for any child 

Mary Sullivan -- Problems with Handwriting 2, What Can I do?

My child seems to have trouble recognizing letters and numbers.  Should I worry?  My child seems to recognize letters, but he won't print them.  What's going on?  My child looks like he is strangling the pencil when he holds it.  Is that okay?  My child has great stories in his head, but is so reluctant to put them on paper. Should I settle for less?  My child can hardly sit still.  He even stands up to eat dinner or do school work.  Should I let him?  In this workshop, we'll put our heads together and talk about some of the strategies for these dilemmas.  

Patty Yager -- Love, Behaviors and Consequences

Have you ever seen that mom? You know the one. The one whose children all happily respect and obey her - seemingly without much more than a nod. What's her secret? How does she do it? Please join Patty as she shares seven keys to unlock this elusive universe that she learned from other more experienced moms, trial, error, and prayer. The second half of this talk will focus on specific consequences for specific behaviors that lead to positive results.
Dr. Stephen Guffanti  -- ADHD vs. Kinesthetic Learner: Which is it? Part 1
Know someone who moves too much or doesn't seem to pay attention? This is the workshop for you. Dr. Guffanti will bring you into the heart and mind of the ADHD child. Learning styles filter the details people see and their interaction with others. You will experience the world as a kinesthetic learner does, discover how IQ and other tests don't effectively test kinesthetic learners, and why they are often misdiagnosed. You will experience both laughter and tears, but most of all, you will develop a deep understanding. Understand your child -- and possibly your spouse -- better!

4:00 to 5:00 P. M. Friday

Diana Waring -- Actively ENGAGE Learning and Actually ENJOY Learning!

One of the biggest questions people ask is, "How do I get my kids to finish their school work?" The deeper question is actually, "How do I get my kids to be self-motivated?" We will examine the answers to these critical questions, and look at specific ways to encourage and assist our children in developing ownership of their education. Yagottahaveagottawanna is the attitude we want our children to catch, but we must learn the proper approach that will allow them to catch it! That means we must learn the critical difference between controlling and directing; between pushing and releasing; between coercing and facilitating. It is the essense of a master teacher who says, "I cannot teach you how to do it, but I can help you learn to do it." This is an interactive and practical workshop that you can put to use immediately!

Patrick Nurre -- Fossils and the Flood.

Stretched across thousands of square miles of many parts of the United States are huge deposits of fossils which defy a secular geological explanation. Such things as fossil crocodiles and palm trees in Wyoming, fossil mammoths in South Dakota and abundant fossil sea life across much of Indiana and Ohio baffle the imagination. But the Genesis Flood provides the perfect explanation for these and other fossil mysteries. This seminar will help you answer some of those tough fossil arguments raised against our faith in the Scriptures.

Mike and Ronda Marshall -- I'm Worn-Out, Going Crazy, and Making My Kids Stupid. Would Somebody Please Help?! 

Have you ever felt this way? If so, please join us for this workshop for both husbands and wives. Most homeschoolers who quit will do so within the first three years of starting. This seminar focuses on real vs. false expectations, barriers to overcome, and the most important areas to focus on. Come for encouragement and ideas to help you along the way.

Scott Woodruff -- You Are Not Alone, Home School Legal Defense Association and the Protection of Homeschooling.

You Are Not Alone--Home School Legal Defense Association and the Protection of Homeschooling. For 25 years, HSLDA has been protecting homeschooling on the federal, state and local level--and in your kitchen. Learn how the combined efforts of our 80,000 member families can help secure a bright future for the home education movement despite many looming threats. Members of HSLDA have even worked together to protect homeschooling in other nations. Learn how HSLDA's experience can go to work for you on a very personal level--by providing seasoned attorneys if your home school program is threatened.

John W. Eyers -- Showin' Ya the Ropes.

You want to be successful, but you don't know all the answers. Let's face it, nobody has all the "yes" answers in life. In Showin' Ya The Ropes you will get an overlook how to: Choose the right career/profession/business. Set goals in life and grasp why goal setting is so important. Create a simple budget plan. Establish good credit history and how it affects your future. Buy your first house and develop knowledge of the process. Start your financial planning early in life so it really pays off for you later in life. Understand all about insurance in protecting what you own and using wills. Think outside of the box by diversifying your income potential. In all of these areas you will find practical suggestions to help you make better decisions as you build your life, your lifestyle and the road you want to travel.

Jen Duncan  -- Lapbooking for the Special Needs Child

Are you looking for ways to teach your child?  Does your student deal with "learning glitches"? Or do they just think "out of the box"?  Are you searching for curriculum ideas for your gifted or delayed learner?  Whether your child struggles with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Asbergers, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Processing Disorders or whether they just have a learning style that requires material to be presented in different ways, lapbooking may be just what you're looking for.  Jen will go through several ideas for meeting your child's needs.  This is a hands-on class, so come prepared to participate! And have fun!         

Kelli Kellen  -- Arranging Your Special Needs Curriculum
Kelli is a mother of two special needs children with 13 years of home schooling experience who will discuss special needs curriculum.  Kelli will cover how to select a curriculum, what modifications need to be made, how to structure the learning environment and how to schedule your day.    
Ken Schmidt  -- Beyond Hearing: The Effects of Auditory Processing Disorders on Child Development 
Does your child not "get it" when you explain things to him?  Is it possible that "tuning you out" is not a deliberate act of rebellion?  Research of the past 20 years emphasizes the role of auditory processing skills in social adjustment, language development, vocabulary, concept acquisition, and reading.  This talk will cover how to spot auditory processing difficulties and what can be done about it.
Dr. Stephen Guffanti  -- ADHD vs. Kinesthetic Learner: Which is it? Part  2
Transform your home to more calm, happy and loving with a new way of interacting with your child. Experience dramatic improvement with these coping skills, resources, and techniques! Whether you are using medication or not, find your child's strengths and help your child compensate for any weaknesses. Dr. Guffanti offers hope for the future, and solutions for today. Tell everyone you know this workshop is a must.

8:30 to 9:30 A. M. Saturday

Todd Wilson -- Will the "Real" Homeschooler Please Stand Up! 

Are you convinced that every homeschooling family except yours is great? Do you believe the lie that others are more organized, better prepared, have smarter kids, are wiser parents, and have a child in the national spelling bee? Well, let me set the record straight. That's not the way it is! The truth is most moms feel inadequate. Homeschooling moms fear that they're letting their kids down in their education and in example. They feel like their house is out of control, their children are beasts, and the sizzle has left their marriage. Join us as we demonstrate the power in being REAL.

Carlita Boyles -- Math and the Maze of Methods: Putting Math into Different Teaching Approaches.

Putting Math into Different Teaching Approaches. Teaching the Trivium; Charlotte Mason; Living Math; Classical Education; Unit Studies; Unschooling. Are you intrigued by some of the many non-traditional approaches to education? Are you confused about how they relate to each other? Do you use one or more of these approaches but wonder how to include math instruction? In this workshop, we will look at the similarities and differences between these teaching philosophies, and then discuss family-oriented activities that can help you maximize the effectiveness of your child's math education when using them.

Donna Krahn -- Out of the Rocks. *
Geology! It's more than rocks. Plate tectonics. Volcanoes. Earth structure. Caves. Get your hands dirty with Rainbow Resource's Curriculum Consultant as she provides teaching activities, resources, and ideas along with an overview of the earth from the inside out. You'll even get with your very own wet wipe--and an outline for a short unit study!
Holly Broyles -- You've Decided to Homeschool ... Now What?

This will be an introduction on how to get started homeschooling including an overview of the law, different teaching styles, record keeping, how to handle a visit from authorities, and other helpful information.

David Vaughan -- Things to Look for in a Spouse 
Molly Nesham -- Math Anxiety
Replace the Math anxiety in your home with real confidence and good number sense. You will learn games for fun, strategies to brighten your Math curriculum and simple ways to integrate Math into your other subjects. 
Dr. Paul Cates -- Gifted
Teaching the "gifted" child is one of the greatest privileges given to any parent. This seminar will discuss the importance of individualizing a cognitive and academic program for a "gifted" child, the importance of early implementation, as well as the importance teaching cognitive skills and thinking skills to these children
Sue Lesch -- National Association of Child Development
The National Association of Child Development (NACD) is an organization that is dedicated to helping children - special needs or gifted, infant or school-aged - reach their full potential. NACD has clients with all types of diagnoses. When you have a special needs child, you hear so many negative things from medical and educational professionals. Come and hear some good news.  Find out about an organization that truly believes in your child and sincerely wants to help your child achieve his fullest potential through home schooling. 
Dr. Jim Ottomeyer -- ADD/ADHD - Our Children’s Future
Are you tired of medication? Have you been looking for advice and answers that are not attached to the side effects pharmaceuticals deliver?  Dr. Ottomeyer brings 15 years of experience in the natural management and treatment of behavioral disorders in adolescence. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how, why and when we should be looking for natural alternatives to this long standing affliction.

10:00 to 11:00 A. M. Saturday

Diana Waring -- History Via the Scenic Route.

Are you tired of force feeding history to your children? Does history make them yawn? Or, do you have one of those hungry-for-history type students that would devour far more than you could ever dream up to provide? Diana Waring will take you on an extraordinary learning adventure as she shares with you how to make the facts come alive and the learning go deeper! Join diana for her "sit-on-the-edge-of-your-chair-in-suspense" history approach, using literature, msuic, art, science, cooking, and more, that has cativated homeschoolers across seven nations.

Barry Stebbing -- Learning to Draw.

(part of the children's program, but all parents and children are welcome to attend). This is a workshop for children and parents alike! It is both a delightful and educational workshop on beginning drawing. Mr. Stebbing will emphasize the importance of learning the fundamentals and building a strong foundation in art through patience, practice, and discipline. There will be both enjoyable and more advanced drawing exercises to stir the interest and enthusiasm of both young and old. Most importantly, Mr. Stebbing's desire is to reveal to each individual that God has given them ability in drawing and that developing this ability is simply a learned discipline. So don't forget to bring pencils, paper, and the entire family! A special drawing package of sketchbook, drawing pencil, and drawing pen will be available at the How Great Thou ART booth. This seminar will be part of the children's program, but all children and parents are welcome to attend.

Jean Mudry -- Notebooking, No Joking! It's Easier than You Think.
This presentation will demonstrate how to incorporate notebooking with the curriculum you are currently using. It's not about changing your curriculum, it's about taking what you are already doing and exchanging the workbook and worksheets for a notebook page. You take a topic of study and combine it with a student's own writing and artistic work to create a "memory page" about what they have learned. It is similar to scrapbooking, but it is geared to your children and their studies. As a topic of study develops, the children actually create their own "text book" of information. Not only is notebooking an excellent way to review what your child has learned, it also provides an outstanding portfolio of their hard work and will be treasured for years to come
Carleen Mathiesen -- Literature in the Homeschool: Discerning Quality, Bolstering Comprehension, Encouraging Appreciation

Topics that will be covered include helping your homeschooled child comprehend and appreciate classic literature; discerning the edifying from that which is unworthy of our time in literature (yes, even among the classics); practical tips such as descriptions of the various genres; how to test; how to motivate; how to choose a reading list; what to teach when, etc.

Jerry Morgan. Homeschool Legal 411 - Keeping the Lord In and the State Out!

We will discuss the legal implications of homeschooling from both a state level and a constitutional level, and make sure we're prepared to meet our local obligations to ensure not only a wonderful learning environment for our children, but one free from state intervention.

Mark Breckinridge -- Ancient Rome, A. D. 43, Legionary Soldier, Legion II, Augustus.

This presentation will feature demonstrations of the sword, catapult, archer, javelin, sling shot, games, armor, fire starting, and shield formations. There will also be a discussion of architecture, military, uniforms, armor, art, theater, inventions, Roman and Greek mythology, gladiators, everyday life, food, and the armor of God.

Dawn Griffin -- Hands-on Strategies for the Struggling Reader
Dawn will help you help you to help your struggling reader by teaching you how to incorporate multi-sensory strategies into your reading program. Learn phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, and comprehension strategies.  Also, learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own hands-on manipulatives.
Dr. Paul Cates -- Visual Processing
This seminar will discuss what is a visual processing problem, how can I detect one, and what should I do about it?  Who should I see, how can I know if my child has a visual processing problem or a developmental vision problem or both?  How do these issues effect how I teach my child?              
David Day, MA, CCC-SLP -- Strategies for Common Speech Problems
Do you have a hard time understanding what your child is saying?  Does your child mispronounce letter sounds or word?  Does your child stutter?  Come and learn some basic strategies and activities that you can use to help your child's speech progress.  This presentation will provide you with a developmental framework to better understand if your child's speech is on target for his or her age group.
Dr. Jim Ottomeyer -- Depression
Why has this become such an epidemic in our youth? Is it hereditary? Learned? Are there overwhelming environmental issues that are driving this health dilemma?  Dr. Ottomeyer is a Christian doctor who brings 15 years of experience in the natural management and treatment of behavioral and depressive disorders in adolescence. Are you ready to give up your medication? This is your opportunity to find some real answers

11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P. M. Saturday

Ken Schmidt -- Beyond Grunt and Spit, When Phonics is Not Enough. *
Phonics instruction has been critiqued as the teaching of  “Grunt and Spit” techniques. Although thinking people understand that phonics is crucial to the development of reading and spelling, there is a grain of truth to the criticism.  Words don’t always play fair, and phonics sometimes comes up short. This talk will teach you practical steps for developing true reading and spelling fluency by strengthening symbol imagery.    
Dr. Paul Cates -- Auditory Processing
This seminar will discuss what is auditory processing is and explore whether or not your child has auditory processing issues.   It will answer the questions, "How can I understand these issues, and what can be done for these issues?" and will discuss the importance of understanding these issues to be successful in home schooling your child
Dr. Stephen Guffanti -- Getting a Great Start in Reading
Learn the #1 skill to ensure your child's reading success, a skill you can start building in very young children. Learn the five skills every reader must master, and get the tools so your children have these vital skills. The result? A child who reads well above grade level, and who loves to read. Have fun while learning hands-on tips you can begin using today!  
Dr. Maureen Taylor,Patty Yager -- Attachment Disorder and PTSD
It is not uncommon for children who have been adopted, abused, neglected or experienced some form of trauma to have difficulties bonding and attaching to their parents in a normal way. In fact, this is often accompanied by varying degrees of misbehavior - from very mild to quite extreme. Please join Dr. Maureen Taylor and Patty Yager as they role-play a parent of a troubled child who is asking the Attachment Therapist some clarifying questions about these disorders. There is hope for these children.  

1:00 to 2:00 P. M. Saturday

Brad Haines -- Show-Me Homeschools.

An overview of home education in Missouri, including a berif history of home education, home education in Missouri, demographics, events, and opportunities (such as college admissions, etc.).

Mike Marshall -- Helping in the Homeschool: A Father's Perspective.

This seminar gives some helpful hints and suggestions on how the homeschool father can become better integrated into the family schooling efforts. Common issues and problem areas are addressed such as setting realistic expectations, fighting fatigue, defining roles of husband and wife, and providing help beyond the textbooks.

Janice Price -- Math Wars.                                                                                     
Sequential or spiral? All American or foreign flavor? What about manipulatives? Just thinking through the choices can derail your homeschool planning. Rainbow Resource's curriculum specialist provides an overview of many of the various math programs available and helps to identify the factors that will determine a successful choice for your child.
Urban and Carrie Gaxiola -- Ready, Set, Homeschool! 

Need the nitty-gritty on how to get started? Come find out what you need to know about Illinois law, curriculum, scheduling, and more! These homeschool veterans will break things down into achievable steps, and share their practical wisdom to help you get started right!

Carlita Boyles -- Be Anxious for Nothing....Even Math!

For many teens, math is an incredibly stressful subject, but the Bible tells us to be thankful, not anxious, people. (Thankful for math????) Join us as we look at why math can be a challenge - even for very intelligent people - and explore ways to overcome math anxiety, have fun with math, and gain confidence in the unique way God created each of us.

Wendy Dicken-Bradshaw -- Music for Special Kids
Statistics show that children who study music do better academically and socially. Still, many times these music studies seem unattainable for children with special needs. This discussion will help give you ideas on how you or your music teacher can adapt lessons to foster the same type of positive growth in children with challenges, while bringing the joy of music, friendship and enlightenment to their lives.
Kelli Kellen -- Sports Opportunities for Physically and Visually Challenged Students
Many valuable life skills are learned through sports. This is true for able bodied students as well as physically and visually challenged students.  Kelli Kellen, homeschooling mother of two and Administrative Director for Wheelchair Sports, USA will discuss local, national, and international sports opportunities for wheelchair, amputee and challenged ambulatory athletes as well as the life skills that can be learned through sports.
Patty Yager -- Reduce Mom's Workload with these Therapeutic Interventions
How is mom supposed to fit school, cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping and therapies all into one day? Answers to these questions and more will be answered in this hands-on workshop by giving very specific strategies that help children with ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Attachment Disorder and Sensory issues.   
Dr. Matthew Worth -- Brain Function
Dr. Worth will discuss the normal developmental brain function along with the new information regarding aberrancies in function, whether physiological or pathological. Additionally, he will present new research in the concepts of "hemisphericity" and "plasticity" and how they relate to many of the brain based disorders currently diagnosed, including dyslexia, broad spectrum Autistic Disorders (ie...Asperger's), ADD/ADHD, ODD, Sensory Integration Disorder, and PDD.      

2:30 to 3:30 P. M. Saturday

Paul Cates -- Cool it Mom, You’re Killing Your Kids.

One big thing we see right now in homeschooling is the fact that younger moms are driving their kids all over the place and doing all kinds of things - ballet lessons, karate, drama, etc. While those things are good in and of themselves, doing twenty of them per kid is a bit much. Then the high school moms are driving their kids to be Harvard graduates by ninth grade - you have to do this or that, or we need to have so many hours of this or that, etc. Dr. Cates will be addressing the fact that academics are important, but a love of learning is more important and the most important goal in homeschooling is to raise a Christ Centered child with a Christian worldview and an upstanding character who wants to follow Christ in whatever direction He leads. Raising a child who is an academic genius and who walks away from his faith in college is just not what we want.

Barry Stebbing -- God and the History of Art.

One of the most asked questions by homeschooling parents has been, "What do we do about studying art history?" After much research in writing "God and the History of Art" Mr. Stebbing now reveals sound pointers for the Christian household for studying art history. THis workshop directs the family in a godly direction, focusing on Christian artists, godly periods and styles (Early Christian, Byzantine, Gothic, etc.), along with discussing important terms sucn as "humanism," "iconoclasm," and the 2nd Commandment. Filled with vivid slides of works by the masters along with an overview, and a ten minute drawing demonstration (pertaining to the masters' techniques), the workshop culminates with an inspiring ensemble of works by the masters accompanied by the "Hallelujah" Chorus. Barry Stebbing has been writing the art history araticles for Homeschooling Today Magazine for several years.

Deana Haines -- Unit Studies 101--Creating Your Own Unit Studies.

The Haines used a unit study approach to education through the entire time their children were being educated. Deana will share how to implement this style successfully, allowing a parent to teach the same topic to several grades at once. She is currently using this technique as she teaches four children not related to her. She believes this method encourages a student to seek wisdom and knowledge as they research and explore through all academic areas and using all the senses.

Patrick Nurre -- Dinosaurs and the Bible.

Patrick says, "Like most young kids, I was fascinated with dinosaurs. I read everything I could about these strange beasts. But before I was out junior high school, I had rejected the story of Adam and Eve and the Flood of Noah. In my mind these huge beasts just could not be reconciled with the Biblical account of Creation and the Flood as I had been taught. This seminar will help you to put the pieces of this puzzle together so that your faith in the Scriptures will be unshakable."

Melanie Wilson -- So You're Not Wonder Woman?

Has the battle to get organized got you down? If so, you'll be FLYing high after Melanie Wilson shares Super-Power secrets for getting organized and becoming the Wonder Woman you want to be!

Ethan Demme -- Coonskin Cap to College Grad--Homeschooling, How I Survived and what inspired me to become a lifelong learner.

Sometimes the best lessons in life aren't found in a text book. This talk chronicles the experiences of Ethan as he grew up and progressed from homeschooler to college student to become a student of life. He shares the lessons he learned along the way in a humorous and heartwarming style.

Wendi Dicken-Bradshaw -- Language Disorder
How can you help your child overcome the challenges of language delays? This discussion will help you to help your child to own his delays so that you can discover the roots of the issues. Encourage your child to embrace what Wendi calls PAPS...Pursue All Possibilities Successfully!
Carita Broyles-- Streams in the Desert:  Refreshment for Math-Weary Moms
Are you tired of struggling to teach Math to children who are struggling to learn? Come receive encouragement, as well as practical suggestions for making Math more fun and effective, even for Math-challenged and special needs children.  
Kim Perry -- Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet
Eliminating flour and dairy from a family's diet may seem difficult, but it is not impossible. In this class, for those just beginning the journey, Kim has done the research for you! Kim will share her personal story, and that of a few others.  She will explain what gluten and casein are, and how they affect the body - and your home school! She will give examples of how to eliminate and replace them, helpful resources, recipes and samples of some of the GFCF products on the market.
Dr. Matthew Worth -- Overcoming Dyslexia - Neurological Help for the Struggling Reader
Dr. Worth will discuss the neurological basis behind reading struggles and will address current neurological interventions available that will help any child to improve in all areas of reading, from visual and auditory processing to word attack skills, comprehension, and reading speed.  He will also present some practical ideas to assist with reading struggles that your child may have.

4:00 to 5:00 P. M. Saturday

Todd Wilson -- Team Homeschool!

In the sometimes mean and harsh world of homeschooling, we need each other if we're to make it through in one piece--and impact the world. So, if you've homeschooled for over 10 years, are new to the game, or are about to toss in the towel, you need to come to this workshop. And in case you are a dad and think you're off the hook, you're not! You're needed most of all. I promise that you'll laugh, be encouraged, and be challenged in YOUR distinct role within the homeschool body.

Carlita Boyles -- A Joyful Heart, Putting Fun and Adventure into Math Instruction.

Do you enjoy math with your children? Do your children enjoy learning math? Homeschool doesn't need to imitate the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how to include family life activities and games in your lessons in ways that will both teach and reinforce math concepts. Also, you will get tips and techniques for including math instruction in unit studies. Come learn how to have fun with math instruction!

Urban and Carrie Gaxiola -- Multi-Level Teaching: What Does a One-Room Schoolhouse Really Look Like?

Ever wondered how you can teach more than one child of a different age or grade level? The task seems overwhelming, but with prayer and some tips from the Gaxiolas, teaching two or more children is not an impossible task. The Gaxiolas come to you with a heart to help you reduce the frustration of a busy household and help you have joy in the journey!

Melanie Wilson -- Rebuild Your Homeschool--How to Restore Your Purpose, Passion, and Productivity.

Is your homeschool all you hoped it would be? Whether you're new to homeschooling or a seasoned veteran, you'll benefit from Melanie Wilson's biblical and practical strategies for restoring your purpose, passion, and productivity.

Diana Waring -- Becoming World Changers!
This passionately energetic workshop will offer teens practical and Biblical means for accomplishing the amazingly adventurous task of bringing the Lordship of Jesus into every sphere of life. We will examine seven areas of influence in the earth--family, government, media, the arts, business, the Church, education--in light of the fact that the earth is the Lord's
Ken Schmidt -- Squiggles to Words to Ideas, Developing Reading Comprehension *
Decoding print is not the end-all of reading - decoding meaning is.  In this session, Ken addresses how to increase your child’s understanding of what he reads.  This talk will teach you a practical, step-by-step approach to developing and remediating reading comprehension, with additional application to language comprehension.
Dr. Matthew Worth -- Brain-Based Therapies
Dr. Worth will discuss current theories in the treatment of physiologic brain-based disorders and the variety of therapies available. He will address a variety of forms of therapy including, but not limited to, Interactive Metronome, hyperbaric O2 therapy, hemi stimulation, and OT intervention (joint compressions, brushing, etc...) and will also relay reasonable expectations with these various therapies.  In addition, he will speak to the role of nutrition, providing his views on supplement therapy and "nutritional deficiencies."  
Kim Perry -- Update on Services Offered to Home Schoolers by Special School District
Special School District ( SSD) offers programs to assist home schoolers with special needs. As a parent, what do you do when you think you want the information but your friends and support group say "stay away"? In an objective manner, Kim provides all the information you need to know on using SSD. She explains the options available, the intake process, dangers associated with using a public school program, and will answer any questions you may have.