Topic: Spiritual

Title:What Can Dads do to Make Mom Successful in Homeschooling?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Support Group Leaders
Description:Almost every father has heard that he is to lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever told them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Michael Smith presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a helpful participant in the home education program and a leader in the home. He provides insight on the mental and emotional benefits to mothers and children fathers can provide through specific activities, and offers suggestions to men on being more effective as husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!”

Title:The Homeschooling Father
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers
Description:Even busy executives with 10 children like Michael Farris can and should take part in homeschooling—not just in teaching, but in supporting their wives.

Title:Real-Life Courtship
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Michael Farris shares the biblical vision for courtship and its value over traditional dating, plus what he has learned through the experience of his five oldest daughters’ courtships and marriages.

Title:The Spiritual Power of a Mother
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, Parents
Description:Have you ever wondered how Samuel could remember the prayer of his mother when she sent him off to be trained by Eli? Hannah is just one example of a mother who dramatically impacted the life of her child by her prayer, her protection, her instruction, and her overcoming spirit. These uplifting stories should encourage all parents—but especially mothers—as we sacrifice to homeschool our children.

Title:Rediscovering Our Great Christian Heritage
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Many homeschoolers know detailed history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles, but do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith with HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones.

Title:The Top Two Priorities for Homeschooling Moms
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, Teens
Description:Spending time with the Lord and with your husband should take preeminence over all the other responsibilities a homeschool mom has. Vickie Farris will share practical and encouraging ways to keep your priorities in order.

Title:How to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka identifies common causes of stress in homeschooling and family life, and provides helpful ideas on how to deal with stress from a godly perspective. Included in her talk are the issues of lifestyle, use of time, and getting help.

Title:Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:In this session, Tracy Klicka emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She will discuss a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication and the proper role of discipline. She will share special encouragement for the toddler and teen years.

Title:How Moms Can Grow Spiritually with a Growing Family
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Struggling herself with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy Klicka has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number-one priority. She shares realistic ways a mother can find time to walk with her Lord in this busy season of life.

Title:Order in the House!—Peace vs. Chaos in the Home
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Tracy Klicka will discuss the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and will highlight principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. Special encouragement for both “messies” and “born-organizers.”

Title:The Homeschooling Mom: God Is Her Strength
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:45-minute talk plus optional performance
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.

Title:Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Title:I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit School and How You Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a homeschool mom yet who at some point in her homeschooling experience doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can take, but there is hope. Be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for the Lord.

Title:From Tyndale to Madison: The Battle for the Bible and the Foundation of American Liberty
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Political, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:How the battle in England to publish God’s Word in the English language began a struggle for freedom that would impact the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Title:The Father as a Priest and Warrior
Speaker:Tom Sanders
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers
Description:Primarily for fathers, this teaching on prayer is theocentric and encouraging.

Title:Why We Homeschool—A Homeschooler’s Testimony
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Will uses humor and his personal testimony as a homeschool graduate to encourage parents and children in their homeschooling. He encourages attendees to live a life of service to each other and to God through their commitment to continue homeschooling, and closes with a vision for homeschoolers to excel in all that they do.

Title:Testimony of a Homeschool Graduate
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Tj shares from his own personal testimony as a homeschool graduate. He will share from his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s, through the high school years and beyond, laying out God’s direction through it all.

Title:Juggling on a Tightrope
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Today’s father has precious few waking hours that are spent going in countless directions to address seemingly great causes—not least of which is family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource time? And where should we be investing it for eternal value? How can we properly lead our families and serve God in an increasingly demanding and busy world of sports, music, drama, church, school, support groups, homeschool co—ops, extended family responsibilities, and ministry programs? How do we know when to say yes, and more important, when to say no? Must we choose between competing priorities to be effective stewards? Come hear thoughts on answering these questions from Mike Donnelly as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of six and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive and attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Title:The Mandate for Christian Citizenship in Homeschool Youth
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Political, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:All, Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Teens
Description:Will uses his background as a homeschool graduate and the director of Generation Joshua to describe how young people today can make a difference in their communities and nation, how HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program can help, and how the next generation is uniquely equipped to lead our nation in the years ahead.

Title:One Homeschool Grad’s 8(+1) Reasons to Homeschool
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description: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.

Title:Practical Tips for Your Family’s Devotions
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Parents
Description: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.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Carol Becker
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Why aren’t your Christian neighbors homeschooling? What is the number one reason that parents do not homeschool? Their lack of confidence to believe that they can actually do the job, or, put another way—fear of failure. Many homeschoolers in the midst of homeschooling are wondering how they will be able to determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike will explain in very clear and decisive terms how you can know whether or not you have been successful when you get to the end of your homeschool experience where it says “The End.” One way to answer the question is whether or not our work homeschooling with our children has been in vain. The Bible gives clear and decisive direction in this area which should be very encouraging to all of us, and hopefully give us encouragement in even the most difficult situations.

Title:The Angry Child: What Ticks Johnny Off?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Parents
Description:Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is absolutely essential for you. Anger is a God—given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Michael Smith also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion.

Title:Balancing Responsibilities for the Busy Homeschool Family
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Many homeschoolers confess that the most difficult thing for the homeschooling family is to balance all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop will approach this challenge from a strictly biblical perspective. Mike Smith will explain that the key to solving the time crunch is establishing priorities, and how to carry out those priorities. This is an essential workshop. Lives will be changed, schedules will be met, and families, many for the first time, will go through days, months and years without the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives.

Title:The Power of Praise with Our Children
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Life and death is in the power of tongue. Deep scars can occur as a result of negative, condemning words and withholding of praise and affirmation. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. This talk uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. The talk will explore some ways that we use our tongue to injure our children and how we can use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to develop a relationship with our child that lasts forever.

Title:The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling—Fear and Inadequacy
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description:This presentation is based upon scriptural principles gleaned from King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This session involves more of a general encouragement and challenge to homeschoolers than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there will be specific application principles that will be given in a 1—2—3 etc. format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome fear of failure, one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling moms.

Title:Is Today’s Military Right for my Child?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Serving in the United States Military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. Is it still? Changes in society are reflected in the military. How can this impact a parents view of service in the military today? What is involved in serving in the military and how should parents mentor their children in viewing service in today’s military? Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven who served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He will discuss practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.

Title:The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Parenting, Political, Spiritual
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, Parents
Description:The best and most effective opportunity to win large numbers of Americans to Christ is found in our children. Based on the research of George Barna, Michael Farris presents homeschooling as the very best method to accomplish this. Church leaders are challenged to wake up to the spiritual damage occurring in their church’s children via public education. Parents are encouraged to make sure that the spiritual opportunity presented by homeschooling is not squandered.

Title:Mentoring 2.0
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:High-speed, interactive opportunity for this fast-paced generation of homeschoolers! Join us for a fun, hands-on demonstration of an activity to take back to your groups.

Title:LEAD with JOY
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Vicki Bentley, HSLDA group services director and veteran state and local group leader, shares four steps to joyful leadership.

Title:Back to the Basics: Three Keys to Winning the Culture War—Prayer, Bible study, and the Gathering of Believers
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Christians have forgotten foundational truths that are necessary for maintaining their integrity. For thousands of years, one thing that has been common with all believers is reading the Bible, seeking God’s will in prayer, and a consistent gathering of the brothers and sisters of Christ. In his talk, Jeremiah encourages Christians to focus on the log in our own eye before taking on splinters in the eyes of others.

Title:Effective Communication Inside and Outside the Circle
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Homeschoolers need to be able to speak the language of those they are talking to. If that is a friend at church they need to be ready and able to speak and understand “Christian” words like “grace” and “sanctification.” But if we are talking with people outside of that setting we need to understand that “grace” might just be what is said before a meal. Effective communication means knowing your audience and making sure that the words you use communicate the message you are bringing, not falling into a stereotype.

Title:Literature that Proclaims Christ: Stories to Show How Christians Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description: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.

Title:A Journey of Grace—Coming Alongside Your Child in the Teen Years
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’ greatest needs, strengths, and weaknesses? What priorities do you as a parent embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With three adult children, one married, and four teens still living at home, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in God who is faithful and who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children in the gospel for His glory during this special season of life.

Title:Communication and the Online World—Helping Our Teens Live for Christ in the 21st Century
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Our children engage in our world through technology like no other generation has ever before. Computers and communication tools like email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facetime can be used in ways that glorify God, but can also be a means to draw our hearts away from Him. In this talk, Tracy shares some practical tips and experience to help parents and teens navigate this ever-growing world of social networking for the glory of God.

Title:The Power of Mercy in Parenting
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are tempted to discouragement. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent/child relationships points to the reality that both parents and children need the redemptive power of the gospel. The good news is God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and foundational springboard from which we can find encouragement and grace to raise children with joyful hope and trust in the Lord.

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