Workshops

Sessions and workshops are where you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to stay up-to-date and inspired on your homeschooling journey.

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General Session
Teaching historical fiction with hands-on activities
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Teaching historical fiction with hands-on activities

Learn how to incorporate several subjects like language arts, socials studies and art into one lesson. Make learning history fun and engaging! Attendees will participate in an activity related to a historical novel.


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Fearfully and Wonderfullyl Made.... quiet.
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fearfully and Wonderfullyl Made.... quiet.

As Susan Cain points out, "Today we make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles. We’re told that great people are bold, happy, highly sociable... Yet, one out of every two or three people you know is an introvert... If you’re not an introvert yourself, you are surely raising, schooling, managing, married to, or dealing with one." ... But what is an introvert and why does it matter? Through visuals, observation, dialogue, and discussion you will learn a Biblical perspective on what an introvert really is, how our culture came to uphold the Extrovert Ideal, what makes an introvert flourish, and suggestions for integrating and supporting them. Come prepared for a paradigm shift. If you are a quiet person, this is an opportunity to see yourself in a whole new light. For those who interact with quiet people, you will realize the "immense reserves of talent and vision" our homes, churches, schools and communities have available to them through each of these specially-created quiet people.


Rene Ammundsen

As a parent, teacher, lifelong-learner, and homeschool mom of 20+ years, I believe that every person is "beautifully and wonderfully made" and that we are given the privilege and honour of nurturing each one of our children toward their God-given potential. I believe that with care and attention to detail we can find the educational "fit" that will draw out the best in each student, even the "quiet:" ones.

General Session
Getting Started with GSE (Google Suite for Education):
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Getting Started with GSE (Google Suite for Education):

Have you been curious about Google Apps for Education? Join Michelle Nimchuk (LS Consultant and former Immersive Technology Assistant Director, and secret GSE Geek) and Shannon Beglaw (Immersive Technology Educator, STEAM Innovator, budding GSE Geek) in an introduction to G Suite Apps. We will give tips, offer examples, answer questions and hopefully remove some of the fear people have in the face of trying something new. We will focus on the basics of Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets.


Shannon Beglaw

Shannon Beglaw joined HCOS in 2015 and has focused on Immersive Technology, with some individualized students. Shannon is enthusiastic about Inquiry Based Learning, Immersive Technology, STEAM, and leveraging technology to facilitate and engage students in learning. Shannon has a background in ecology and field biology, has been involved in youth ministry and mission trips; her son was a BCOS student, and daughter is at HCS. Shannon is also in pursuit of Google Certification, after becoming inspired at GAFE Summits and Bootcamps and looks forward to sharing G Suite with you.

General Session
Getting Your Children Ready for the Grad Program in Grades 7-9
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  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Getting Your Children Ready for the Grad Program in Grades 7-9

Steve Codling has been a K-9 support teacher and a Grad Program teacher/administrator for 10 years now with HCOS. He has a unique perspective on the skills that are needed for grade 10, simple steps to take in middle school to build those skills, and what he sees as the most common problems for students entering his grade 10 classes, including how to avoid them.


Steve Codling

Steve gets bored really easily. He has his business degree - and has been in a rock band. He and Rebecca, his wife, have four homeschooled children, grades 4-12, who were born in Bella Bella, Vancouver and Regina. He's helped plant churches and worked on environmental waste water research. He likes to find accounting errors, program synthesizers and go for bike rides while listening to podcasts about soccer and theology. Math is the only subject he hasn't taught, which might explain why he keeps bringing it up with his students! Steve is a K-9 support teacher, Grad Program Music and part-time administrator for Heritage Christian Online School.

General Session
Teaching First Nations Culture - An Outsider's Inside Perspective
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Teaching First Nations Culture - An Outsider's Inside Perspective

Steve Codling's first teaching job was in Bella Bella, a fly-in (or 8 hour ferry ride) community on the Central Coast of BC. He taught there for two years and God used that time to open up a whole new world of cultural understanding and perspective, as well as giving him opportunities to dig into first-hand history in the Heiltsuk archives and the stories of the people there. Steve & Rebecca's first daughter was born in Bella Bella, and Steve was honored at a feast for his commitment to the community, including his Entrepreneurship 12 class raising funds to build an additional room on a home for a family with a new foster child. Rather than simply tell you how to teach First Nations culture, Steve will share some of his paradigm-shifting experiences with you.


Steve Codling

Steve gets bored really easily. He has his business degree - and has been in a rock band. He and Rebecca, his wife, have four homeschooled children, grades 4-12, who were born in Bella Bella, Vancouver and Regina. He's helped plant churches and worked on environmental waste water research. He likes to find accounting errors, program synthesizers and go for bike rides while listening to podcasts about soccer and theology. Math is the only subject he hasn't taught, which might explain why he keeps bringing it up with his students! Steve is a K-9 support teacher, Grad Program Music and part-time administrator for Heritage Christian Online School.

General Session
Bullying: Define, Resolve, Prevent
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bullying: Define, Resolve, Prevent

This workshop offers educators/parents a chance to fully determine what can be classified as a bullying incident, what to do when they witness it (or hear about it), and how to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. By perceiving bullying as a relationship issue we place a lens on our community groups (school, family, neighbourhood, etc.) to better understand why young people might be hurting each other as they do. Our interactive training session offers: Effectively classifying incidents of bullying. • Strategies for educators to handle bullying in their school communities • Social and emotional initiatives to prevent bullying in the first place.


Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson is a BC Certified teacher, with over fifteen years of professional teaching experience and a Masters of Education from UBC. She has always introduced topics of discrimination, bullying and mindfulness into her classroom lessons and never lost her drive to make a difference.Jodi is very proud to be the BC Director of Educational Programs for Voices into Action andfounder of Imperative Education. She believes that opening the dialogue on sensitive yet topical subjects with heart, mind and creativity can be highly transformative for each school's social climate. Providing educational communities with tools in which to foster more inclusion, accountability and mindful engagement is Jodi's overall focus.

Vendor Workshop
Putting our Voices into Action!
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Putting our Voices into Action!

An engaging, dynamic presentation providing teachers with a resource which offers students an increased understanding and involvement in the world they live in - near and far, past and present. With Voices into Action - a completely free, online, ERAC approved secondary school humanities teaching resource, students look at historical and contemporary hatred and discrimination to decipher what we can learn from them today. Topics (with videos) include: aboriginal history, Islamophobia, The Holocaust, Komagata Maru, Rwanda, bullying, heroism and more. Participants will leave better prepared to foster profound learning experiences for their students by thoughtfully delving into difficult topics with the support of this compelling resource.


Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson is a BC Certified teacher, with over fifteen years of professional teaching experience and a Masters of Education from UBC. She has always introduced topics of discrimination, bullying and mindfulness into her classroom lessons and never lost her drive to make a difference.Jodi is very proud to be the BC Director of Educational Programs for Voices into Action andfounder of Imperative Education. She believes that opening the dialogue on sensitive yet topical subjects with heart, mind and creativity can be highly transformative for each school's social climate. Providing educational communities with tools in which to foster more inclusion, accountability and mindful engagement is Jodi's overall focus.

SE Workshop
Whats Really Going on Inside an ADHD Brain?
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Whats Really Going on Inside an ADHD Brain?

The two most common mistakes regarding ADHD individuals are: to assume that a child can willfully apply their skills and knowledge towards any task (to “act their age”); and to respond to a child's behaviours through a “character assessment" lens instead of a "brain function” lens. This presentation will describe how ADHD affects an individual’s ability to implement their own intentions, highlighting the key ingredients for successful time/task management and emotional regulation. As well, Dan will explain why rewards/consequences have very little effect motivating ADHD children, unless used in specific ways.


Dan Duncan

SE Speaker - Dan Duncan is an adult diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a father of someone with ADHD and an ADHD Coach, Consultant and Academic Strategist. Dan’s presentations are sought out in school districts across BC, and all CEA’s in the Central Okanagan District are required to take his full day seminar on ADHD. Dan himself spent time in a home learning environment and saw the direct successes and improvement with his academics.  His focus is on educating families, individuals, and organizations on the topic of ADHD and strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html

SE Workshop
Models for Building ADHD Strategies
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Models for Building ADHD Strategies

In this presentation, Dan will describe models that he has developed for successful ADHD time/task management, learning/studying in layers, and emotional regulation difficulties (as time permits). These models are easily implemented and adapted to a student’s personal needs. The rationale behind the models will be explained briefly, but will be more thoroughly covered in the first presentation; “What’s Really Going on Inside and ADHD Brain?”


Dan Duncan

SE Speaker - Dan Duncan is an adult diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a father of someone with ADHD and an ADHD Coach, Consultant and Academic Strategist. Dan’s presentations are sought out in school districts across BC, and all CEA’s in the Central Okanagan District are required to take his full day seminar on ADHD. Dan himself spent time in a home learning environment and saw the direct successes and improvement with his academics.  His focus is on educating families, individuals, and organizations on the topic of ADHD and strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html

General Session
Beyond Memorization. The Importance Of Critical Thinking!
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  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Beyond Memorization. The Importance Of Critical Thinking!

It’s one thing to teach facts. It’s another thing to have our students understand concepts, explain them and then defend their answers. This is the crux of higher level thinking – to guide them to think outside of the box! How can we as homeschool parents be intentional about developing these critical thinking skills in our children? In this workshop, Diane will share some educational insights and tools for making this leap in your teaching.


Diane Geerlinks

Diane Geerlinks is a Certified Educational Therapist, Co-Director of NILD Canada (National Institute for Learning Development) and operates GeerLINKS Learning Centre. She is a motivational speaker and brings her 23 years of home educating her own 5 children to each session. She is passionate about finding new ways to help ALL kids learn.

General Session
Homeschooling the Early Years
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Homeschooling the Early Years

With the launching of the full day Kindergarten programs in Ontario, homeschool parents are feeling more and more pressure from family and community to begin home education with their 4 and 5 year olds. These are the years that children are usually eager and excited to learn about the world around them. How do we balance the ‘school work’ with ‘play based learning’? And, how can we identify learning weaknesses during these critical years? As an Early Childhood Educator, a homeschool mother and now an NILD Educational Therapist, Diane will help you think through these important concepts.


Diane Geerlinks

Diane Geerlinks is a Certified Educational Therapist, Co-Director of NILD Canada (National Institute for Learning Development) and operates GeerLINKS Learning Centre. She is a motivational speaker and brings her 23 years of home educating her own 5 children to each session. She is passionate about finding new ways to help ALL kids learn.

Teacher Stream
What Homeschool Parents Want and Need
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
What Homeschool Parents Want and Need

(Teacher Stream) It is an honour and privilege to go into the homes (physically or virtually) of the families we support and build real relationships with them. Yet getting the balance right between what parents want and what parents need can be tricky. In this session I will share experiences as well as some survey results on this topic. While we don’t want to create carbon-copy Support Teachers, there are over-arching values and priorities that we can all hold to as we work with the parents of our students.


Sarah-Beth Gould

Sarah-Beth Gould and her boys have been homeschooling together for the last eleven years.Five years have been outside of the ‘DL world’ and six within.She has been a Support Teacher with HCOS since 2010 and is still amazed that she can support and encourage other homeschool moms as a career! While she is very familiar with the day-to-day realities of the homeschool journey, she also highly values having a philosophy and bigger vision behind this journey.

Teacher Stream
Homeschool Philosophies and Methodologies
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  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Homeschool Philosophies and Methodologies

(Teacher Stream)  Join Sarah-Beth and Natalie as they share homeschool philosophies and methodologies including their history and application and how they correlate to the BC Ed Plan. This workshop will assist you in supporting the seasoned homeschooler or one who may be just starting their journey.


Sarah-Beth Gould

Sarah-Beth Gould and her boys have been homeschooling together for the last eleven years.Five years have been outside of the ‘DL world’ and six within.She has been a Support Teacher with HCOS since 2010 and is still amazed that she can support and encourage other homeschool moms as a career! While she is very familiar with the day-to-day realities of the homeschool journey, she also highly values having a philosophy and bigger vision behind this journey.

General Session
Why Johnny hates Math
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  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Why Johnny hates Math

A workshop that engages the topic of various kinds of math anxiety. Research of teaching techniques on 52 grade 9 students who scored less than 20% on a multiple choice algebra readiness test (with 4 possible answers to each question). The next year they all took the standard Arizona algebra course and successfully 51 passed the final exam. It was suggested that students with some types of math anxiety have trouble making the transition from quantity (1 dog added to one dog is two dogs) to abstract math (1+1=2). The curriculum is straight forward and extends grouping concepts from grades 1 to 3 into grade 5 where such topics as fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide), decimals, per cents, ratios, and probabilities are taught. It is noted that in the standard BC curriculum, grades 6, 7, and 8 treat these same topics at a slightly higher degree of difficulty in each grade. This adaptation of the BC curriculum will be supplied free to interested parents and teachers.


Richard Hewko

I have a PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta and was curious why so few students felt comfortable with algebra and calculus. I have taught Math and Physics at various Universities and Colleges including 10 years at Northern Lights College, and over 20 years at the College of the Rockies teaching upgrading Math, and first and second year courses. So during 2006-7 I spent my sabbatical year researching possible causes and cures for Math anxiety. My research lead to the trial with the Paradise Valley School district (a suburb of Phoenix, AZ) with a group of 72 students who had failed their algebra readiness exam (many foreign students). Twenty students left the district during the year, but 52 students went on to complete the course and entered grade 10 with solid results.

General Session
The Battle for the Freedom to Choose Home Education
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  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
The Battle for the Freedom to Choose Home Education

Is there a battle? Don’t we live in a free country?  In this session, Gerald Huebner will present the reality of threats and how they affect you. There are significant attacks to freedom and parental choice of home education around the world and even in Canada. Gerald will outline these along with what is being done to advance home education rights in Canada. The session will also give you the information on what you can do to help the cause in Canada and around the world.



Gerald Huebner

Gerald Huebner, veteran parent of two homeschooled children, and now grandparent of four homeschooled grandchildren, is from Manitoba. Gerald has served for many years at the provincial and national level in Canada and is the board chair of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA). Gerald serves to advance parental choice and the human right to choose home education internationally as chair of the Global Home Education Conference board. Gerald works in senior management in the Government of Manitoba. Although Gerald and his wife, Bev, started homeschooling with the plan to do it for only one year, they instead experienced the joys and challenges of teaching their two children all the way to high school graduation. All of this life, work, and home experience gave them the credibility to also become involved in homeschool leadership at the local, provincial, national and global level. Gerald has spoken on home education in eight provinces and seven countries, and is a great encouragement to homeschooling families.

General Session
Financial Education across the Grades
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  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Financial Education across the Grades

Hands on activities to teach your kindergarten to grade 12 children about finances and being good stewards with the gift of money. From coins to bills to budgeting and saving for their first car and/or a university education...what do your children need to know? Resources and activities to help engage your children in this important life skill.


Carolyn Jones

My name is Carolyn Jones. I love numbers, music and art! I am a mom to two beautiful teenagers and a wife to an amazing husband. I have many passions and interests. Music and art have been a part of my life- all my life- and I love helping others enjoy them too. Numbers have always fascinated me, however I never was "good" at math! This past year I have taken an interest in finance and realized how much I have not taught my own children about what they need to know for when they "grow up" and so started my adventure into the world of finance!

General Session
Fine Arts for the Artistically Impaired!
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fine Arts for the Artistically Impaired!

Do you find music lessons too expensive? Love those fun art activities on Pinterest but can't seem to get the same results? Are you avoiding art and music because you don't feel you can teach it? Not enough time to gather the supplies? Let me help you with some fun hands on, fairly simple rich art and music projects that even YOU can do! Pairing fine arts with literature to engage your children in meaningful fine art lessons and activities that you will be happy to take photos of to post to your own Pinterest boards!


Carolyn Jones

My name is Carolyn Jones. I love numbers, music and art! I am a mom to two beautiful teenagers and a wife to an amazing husband. I have many passions and interests. Music and art have been a part of my life- all my life- and I love helping others enjoy them too. Numbers have always fascinated me, however I never was "good" at math! This past year I have taken an interest in finance and realized how much I have not taught my own children about what they need to know for when they "grow up" and so started my adventure into the world of finance!

General Session
Teach Problem Solving and Unleash Creativity with Coding and Robotics
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Teach Problem Solving and Unleash Creativity with Coding and Robotics

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly digital and robotic. Our children need to learn to live and flourish in the digital world that is emerging. It’s our job as teachers and parents to equip and prepare our children for the real world challenges and opportunities that will come their way. So come and learn how to incorporate robotics, coding and electronics into your homeschool environment. You will hear about the benefits of learning coding and computational thinking, while you watch students solve design problems with Lego Mindstorm and Arduino. Do you have a child who is struggling with traditional methods of learning? Incorporating robotics might be the answer you are looking for. As you tap into your child’s area of interest, in a way that is both challenging and fun, you will be opening up future opportunities for them. You will leave this session inspired, informed, and ready to add robotics and coding to your homeschool plans for the coming year!


Mark Lamden

Mark Lamden has a passion for helping students grow and succeed as communicators, discover their God given abilities, and learn to use their energy and talents to help others. To this end, he designed and teaches TechLAB 7/8/9, an HCOS online course. Mark homeschools his own children and also works as an Individualized Support Teacher and STEAM Mentor with HCOS. He loves playing Lego and designing inventions with his children. Mark is currently living life “on the road” with his family. You can learn more about Mark and his journey, on the road and academically, at www.abidewithus.com.

General Session
Educating Kids Without Carrots or Sticks
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Educating Kids Without Carrots or Sticks

A talk for homeschooling parents who want to secure cooperation without sacrificing kindness. So often we end up in chronic negative loops with our children. Tension interferes so much with their ability to learn, and household peace. We know innately that children learn best in an environment of love. Bonnie's presentation addresses alternatives to bribes and threats in our relationships with our children, particularly in a homeschool setting. You can be the family you want to be the family you want to be. You can be awesome.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is a homeschool mom who lives in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her family. She and her husband Albert have raised and homeschooled seven children for more than 25 years, with quite a few years to go. With baby and toddler years behind her, Bonnie finds time to offer some thoughts on her homeschooling life. Sharing practical ideas about homeschooling, Bonnie has written a series of teeny weeny books about approaching education in simple and cozy way. She has now has six books in the "Homeschooling, simplified" series, available on Amazon. She blogs about life at www.practicingmammal.blogspot.com She has a support blog for her books and speaking topics at www.ohthatssimple.blogspot.com

General Session
How to Read a Book so it Becomes the Curriculum
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How to Read a Book so it Becomes the Curriculum

This workshop will provide parents with some context of what a beautiful education is...why joy matters and tangible ways to get there. This talk will interest those just considering home education, and those at any stage and all age levels. Literature can be the foundation for so many subjects. History, geography, culture, sciences, art, music...and other subjects, can be studied through literature. When we read aloud well to our children, that beautiful family study that we all imagined homeschooling to be comes to life. This talk discusses ideas for family study through literature and vital resources and how to read with a passel of children of different ages.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is a homeschool mom who lives in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her family. She and her husband Albert have raised and homeschooled seven children for more than 25 years, with quite a few years to go. With baby and toddler years behind her, Bonnie finds time to offer some thoughts on her homeschooling life. Sharing practical ideas about homeschooling, Bonnie has written a series of teeny weeny books about approaching education in simple and cozy way. She has now has six books in the "Homeschooling, simplified" series, available on Amazon. She blogs about life at www.practicingmammal.blogspot.com She has a support blog for her books and speaking topics at www.ohthatssimple.blogspot.com

General Session
Homeschooling, simplified: what matters most
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  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Homeschooling, simplified: what matters most

Defining "what really matters" in family life helps us stay focused on the big reasons we teach our own. Parents are primarily concerned with what kind of people they will raise. People of integrity, faith, honesty, empathy, diligence. Busyness, chaos and distractions can cause us to lose sight of the big picture. The "tyranny of the urgent" should not be the state in which our families run. This talk is about recognizing and avoiding the pitfalls that create discord and disorder in our day and provides practical advice about actively changing clutter and chaos (emotional, spiritual and temporal) into a more joyful, ordered environment.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is a homeschool mom who lives in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her family. She and her husband Albert have raised and homeschooled seven children for more than 25 years, with quite a few years to go. With baby and toddler years behind her, Bonnie finds time to offer some thoughts on her homeschooling life. Sharing practical ideas about homeschooling, Bonnie has written a series of teeny weeny books about approaching education in simple and cozy way. She has now has six books in the "Homeschooling, simplified" series, available on Amazon. She blogs about life at www.practicingmammal.blogspot.com She has a support blog for her books and speaking topics at www.ohthatssimple.blogspot.com

SE Workshop
What is the overview, diagnosis and treatment CAPD (Central Auditory Process Disorder)? 2 Hours!
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
What is the overview, diagnosis and treatment CAPD (Central Auditory Process Disorder)? 2 Hours!

This is a 2 hour workshop. Register for both blocks as you need to attend the whole workshop!  CAPD has often been described as a hidden disability.  While the importance of good listening skills is intuitively understood to be necessary for learning and communication, it is more difficult to isolate what are poor listening skills. It may often be misdiagnosed with other conditions such as poor receptive/expressive language, attention deficit, lack of motivation, oppositional behaviour.  It can also coexist with other disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability and Twice-Exceptional children.  Come and find out how to spot the signs of CAPD, how we test for it and what we can do about it.


Carol Lau

SE Speaker - Carol Lau is a Certified Audiologist and Registered Speech Language Pathologist and the owner of Sound id Ears in Vancouver. Carol graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an expert in her field, working with people of all ages. Her unique and specialist expertise has created a high demand as a practitioner and as a speaker.

General Session
New BC Curriculum and Essential Questions
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
New BC Curriculum and Essential Questions

This workshop will get us thinking about the WHY? behind education. Essential questions help teachers and parents get to the heart of the subject and they help students develop creative and critical thinking skills. This workshop will be hands-on and interactive.


Catherine Lisimaque

I am an HCOS teacher and homeschool mom of 3. I grew up in Ontario, and taught there before moving to BC. With a Masters of Education from SFU I truly believe in life-long learning and continue to stretch myself- by asking the important questions in life!

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Critical thinking and Media Literacy for kids
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Critical thinking and Media Literacy for kids

In this workshop participants will try out hands-on activities that they can do with children to develop critical thinking and media literacy skills. We will look at advertising and better understand the techniques advertisers use in a fun interactive way.


Catherine Lisimaque

I am an HCOS teacher and homeschool mom of 3. I grew up in Ontario, and taught there before moving to BC. With a Masters of Education from SFU I truly believe in life-long learning and continue to stretch myself- by asking the important questions in life!

General Session
Jesus in Jeans
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jesus in Jeans

How would Jesus dress if he were to come in our time? What would he do? Would he live on the streets? Would he come to our churches? Would he be welcome in our homes? Would he be considered a fanatic in our day? How would he get his message across? Asking these questions can bring a totally different platform for exposing our children to a real and life-giving JESUS. I often picture him working in the homeless shelters or on the streets, but I also think of him walking the halls of the hospitals and giving hope to patients. What can we do to share this Jesus with our children and in our neighbourhoods and then guide them to become a reflection of His heart? How do we start expressing who HE is right where we live one person at a time? Let's dig in together and uncover what becoming mission-minded might mean for you and your family right where you live. No travel needed. Living fully one day at a time.


April McLeod

Starting my journey with Jesus at the age of 12 without Christian parents and having gone through three broken homes, I had a very real meeting with Jesus at a Christian concert. However, what followed was a journey filled with the trappings of Christianity and not experiencing the real heart of who Jesus is. I had a Christian mentor tell me one day that I had religion and not necessarily Jesus. It really shook me up inside and caused me to question everything about my faith. Over the last couple of years, God has brought people, books, and more into my life to open my heart to the mission of JESUS. I have found real love, security, hope, and traveled a heart wrenching journey as I see the heart of Jesus up close and personal. His gentle touch and the prodding of the Holy Spirit are moving my heart to see others in a totally different way. My hope is to share some of His life with others along the path of knowing Him more deeply. I am in my 7th year as a teacher with HCOS and I love loving my students and families.

General Session
Rules without Relationship equals Rebellion
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  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rules without Relationship equals Rebellion

We all want our children to behave, and one of the primary reasons parents choose to homeschool, is to be sure that our values instill in them and that they one day reflect who we are and who we have shown them to be. When it comes to parenting, often we lean towards the natural and simple, and often the way our parents modeled (or didn’t) – to simply outline rules and boundaries, giving them specific things they can and cannot do. The problem with this is that parenting in today’s culture needs to change and adjust. In the midst of these changes, rules and standards don’t pass on to our children unless they are bathed in relationship. In fact, rules that are void of relationship with their giver almost always results in rebellion, which is the opposite of our hearts longing and goals. Join us as we discuss the shift and balance between black and white rules to rules given in love and relationship, and the impact that can have on our children’s future.


David & Melissa McVety

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

General Session
Teaching our Children the Value of Quiet
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  • Saturday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Teaching our Children the Value of Quiet

How often do we hear children say, “I’m bored,” and is met with the age-old response of a list of tasks, chores, or ways in which they can busy themselves? Maybe you have the constant struggle in your home of finding things to keep your children entertained or active to avoid the inevitable complaints of having nothing to do. You may even have heard and bought into the phrase “idle hands are a devil’s plaything”. What if we can turn the word “bored” into a good word? What if being bored means giving us space for things that really matter and impact our life? Join us as we explore how boredom allows for the necessary peace and quiet our souls and minds long for! This session will walk you through the importance for times of “boredom” while giving you tools to shift the thinking in your home to better use that time and see the word as an opportunity.


David & Melissa McVety

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

General Session
Preparing your kids for technological warfare:
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Preparing your kids for technological warfare:

Technology is seen by many as an affront to quiet and stillness in our children’s lives. There is truth to this and yet technology is unavoidable in our world so rejecting it entirely is not an option. On the other hand, there are some of us who love all the advantages of technology but may not fully understand some of its pitfalls. How do we become more aware and properly prepared? What is healthy and age-appropriate? This session will discuss how to equip our children to handle the dangers of the online world while simultaneously giving them the required tools to redeem and impact it, both virtual and real, in a positive way – without sacrificing their personal well-being and ability to find stillness within themselves and in the presence of God.


David McVety

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 year, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

General Session
Letting go of the Reins
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Letting go of the Reins

Have you ever felt like me, as though the world has lied to you? Where the message “you can do anything if you put your mind to it” just does not seem to happen no matter how hard you try, especially when it comes to raising your children and trying to provide them with a “good life”? What if what God wants is not for you to try harder, but to surrender sooner? What if the real obstacle is YOU?! This workshop will explore what it means to come to the end of yourself and why God may be bringing you to the point of letting go so that He can take over. Together we will learn how surrendering in this way will lead you to His peace!


Melissa McVety

David and Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family, they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

General Session
Confidence: Building greater security in your kids.
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Confidence: Building greater security in your kids.

Where is your children’s security found? The world tells them that it is in how many “likes” they are getting on their social media accounts, or how cute their selfies are on Instagram. Their awareness of boundaries is skewed because of what the world says is ok and if we aren’t careful they will own the values of a world that will not build into them in a way they need most. This session will walk you through the power and impact of intentional parenting and how to build your child’s personal confidence to withstand the pressures of the world. Their identity needs to be found in their creator and as their parents we can help them find stillness within themselves so that the noises in the world do not bog them down with false and external expectations of self-worth.


David & Melissa McVety

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

Vendor Workshop
Teaching Reading and Writing is Easier Than You Think!
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Teaching Reading and Writing is Easier Than You Think!

Come and learn about the program home schooling parents are raving about: I am in love with Reading Sprouts! I never thought teaching reading could be so easy! My five year old loves the stories, he is finally progressing, and he is motivated now!” Reading Sprouts and Reading Roots include learning both phonics and sight words in a way that is effective and fun for the kids. Video lessons guide the parents and students through this unique and systematic program. Children will learn to read and spell quickly and they will gain confidence for lifelong reading and writing.


Jenny Miller

Vendor

General Session
The Dinosaur Hunters
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
The Dinosaur Hunters

This is a fascinating look at how human nature has driven the search and discovery of dinosaur fossils. We will look at some of the intriguing people who have been driven to find these creatures and the strange directions they took because of their worldviews.


Patrick Nurre

Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house!That was the beginning of a love for geology.Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist.Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park. Patrick is the vision behind Northwest Treasures, a 501(c)3 corporation, devoted to creating excellent geology kits, curricula and education for all ages. To help in this endeavor, Patrick has written several textbooks on geology. In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a museum/educational center in the Seattle area.Patrick and his wife, Vicki, have three wonderful children and two grandchildren, and live in Bothell, Washington.

General Session
Practical, useful, real ideas for organizing for the homeschooling lifestyle.
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Practical, useful, real ideas for organizing for the homeschooling lifestyle.

Homeschooling is the lifestyle that we have chosen for our family and with that choice comes some planning and organizing that has to happen or it just won't be any fun! Come and get ideas for setting up systems in your life that will make things run a little smoother and help us get our perspective back into focus as to why we doing this in the first place. What are some of the things we can do to make our days more efficient and more joyful? As this is a lifestyle, we need to consider all the things that happen besides school! The other 'stuff of life' such as meals, house chores, budget, babies, illness, moving, renovating, and other surprises are all a part of this adventure.


Linda Queiros

Linda has been happily married to Paul for 31 years and they have been a home learning family with their seven children since the beginning.Our children's ages range from 24 down to 7 with it seems like every age in between. It has been an adventure all along the way and I certainly don't feel like I have anything all figured out. Every year I am learning to sing a new song as my family grows and changes. This has been God's ultimate personal development program for me! What I do know for sure is that this is a lifestyle that touches every little area of my life. Lifestyle meaning a style of living that I've had to learn and embrace in order to find joy and purpose in what I feel compelled and called to do. I hope to share some tips and tricks that will make this lifestyle choice a little easier and joyful. There is nothing new under the sun so whenever there is an opportunity to share ideas, we should! Come and take home a few ideas to inspire, encourage, and give new energy to our daily task of nurturing and teaching our families.

General Session
Support Groups - Your life line of understanding and support
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  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Support Groups - Your life line of understanding and support

In this session I want to emphasize the importance of finding that support group and making sure we do not fall into the bondage of feeling isolated. Studies have shown that people with chronic illnesses recover at a much higher percentage if they have some kind of strong support whether it be family or church or any kind of support at all. We all need it! There is nothing new under the sun as Proverbs says. I will go on to explain how we revived our group and what kind of meetings we have, where we meet, what we talk about, and more! Attendees with leave with very practical ideas and guidelines as to how to revive or start or enhance a support group in their area.


Linda Queiros

Linda has been happily married to Paul for 31 years and they have been a home learning family with their seven children since the beginning.Our children's ages range from 24 down to 7 with it seems like every age in between. It has been an adventure all along the way and I certainly don't feel like I have anything all figured out. Every year I am learning to sing a new song as my family grows and changes. This has been God's ultimate personal development program for me! What I do know for sure is that this is a lifestyle that touches every little area of my life. Lifestyle meaning a style of living that I've had to learn and embrace in order to find joy and purpose in what I feel compelled and called to do. I hope to share some tips and tricks that will make this lifestyle choice a little easier and joyful. There is nothing new under the sun so whenever there is an opportunity to share ideas, we should! Come and take home a few ideas to inspire, encourage, and give new energy to our daily task of nurturing and teaching our families.

Vendor Workshop
Technology as a tool, not as danger or distraction
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Technology as a tool, not as danger or distraction

Learn some of the many methods and application to ensure that modern technology supports your cause of education without the risk of associated dangers of trackers, malware, viruses, pornography or pervasive distractions of gaming and social media getting in your way. Find out about strategies, approaches and device-specific tools as well as Internet controls and schedules that create the stage for technology to help you as a parent or self-guided student.



David Redekop

David has a passion for technology, especially in how it can improve our lives and organizations. As a co-founder of Nerds On Site (Canada), David has been challenged throughout its 20-year history in many aspects including surviving economic cycles, and expansion to 9 other countries. David was born in Mexico, immigrated to Canada at the age of 15 and speaks 4.5 languages. He is married and has 5 young sons with high expectations to be a positive part of the change the world is experiencing through the will of God. He believes the Internet is one of the greatest resources ever created by man. It can build or destroy. Like money, it can be a great servant, but makes a terrible master. We must all choose wisely.

Vendor Workshop
Experience A Brain Fitness Workout!
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Experience A Brain Fitness Workout!

Develop important muscle memory by exercising your brain. Did you know that your Brain is static; it can change and be trained?Activities like reading, learning a language, following a sequence of instructions and paying attention, all begin with the Brain’s fundamental building block – the Neuron! Both the body and the brain need regular exercise if our minds are to remain sharp!  In the same way a fit athlete builds muscle memory through repetition, we know that our brain is static and can change if we train with intensity and frequency. In this hands on workshop we introduce you to the importance of Brain Fitness Training and explain how brain fitness programs help increase working memory, processing speed, attention and sequencing skills for learners of all ages. Students who participate in brain training exercises have been known to increase their reading levels on average by a year and a half to almost two grade levels. In order to fully participate in the workout session, you will be required to bring your mobile device, tablet or laptop. Local wifi NOT available.


Kristi Rigg

Kristi Rigg is the CEO and Founder of the Award Winning Company West Coast Centre for Learning, founded in 2014. West Coast Centre for Learning is dedicated to customizing successful learning approaches for children, youth, adults and older adults with learning difficulties and memory challenges affecting personal choice and equal access to quality educational opportunities. Kristi has a Master’s Degree in Education Management (Hons) from the University of Bristol in England and holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. With over 20 years of experience in the Education field, her academic contributions are known among Independent and Public Schools and The Homeschool population. She regularly speaks on education best practices and serves as a local resource by writing articles related to cognitive fitness training and educational supports, in the local media.

SE Workshop
Mastering the iPad
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  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Mastering the iPad

There is so much that you can do with the iPad to support special education homeschooling that isn’t just games. Autism? Yes! Executive Functioning? Yes! ADHD? Yes! Organization? Yes! And so much more. Not sure how? Come and see what the iPad can do to support your learner!

iPads are welcome and a list of apps that will be discussed can be found: http://www.sharkeysupport.com/blog/2016/03/06/iPad-Apps-for-Accommodations.aspx



Mandi Sharkey

SE Speaker - Mandi Sharkey is the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services. As a Behaviour Consultant  and certified teacher, Mandi's goal is to spread knowledge and focus on a child's abilities in spite of their disabilities. Mandi works to find solutions for all children based on their learning styles. Since becoming the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services in 2010, Mandi continually looks forward to sharing her knowledge with families, whether it's how to successfully integrate an iPad as an educational tool or deciphering curriculum outcomes to coincide with current programming. Mandi has extensive knowledge of both ABA and non-ABA behaviour strategies which she uses when working with the principles of play therapy and developing collaborative proactive solutions to help families find the fun!

SE Workshop
Collaborative Problem Solving and Natural Play Therapy
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  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Collaborative Problem Solving and Natural Play Therapy

Using Collaborative Problem Solving and Natural Play Therapy, Mandi will discuss a more natural way to approach learning and children in general. Believing in the tenet that kids do well if they can, we look at how homeschooling can be approached in a more natural and playful way. Mandi will be providing her knowledge and techniques which you can begin to use immediately.


Mandi Sharkey

SE Speaker - Mandi Sharkey is the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services. As a Behaviour Consultant  and certified teacher, Mandi's goal is to spread knowledge and focus on a child's abilities in spite of their disabilities. Mandi works to find solutions for all children based on their learning styles. Since becoming the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services in 2010, Mandi continually looks forward to sharing her knowledge with families, whether it's how to successfully integrate an iPad as an educational tool or deciphering curriculum outcomes to coincide with current programming. Mandi has extensive knowledge of both ABA and non-ABA behaviour strategies which she uses when working with the principles of play therapy and developing collaborative proactive solutions to help families find the fun!

General Session
De-stress Your Children and Your Life:
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
De-stress Your Children and Your Life:

Homeschooling is full of freedom, peace and joy, right?? Somehow, that is not the reality for many families. There are many reasons why we live with a higher level of anxiety in our modern world. We will begin with knowing the reasons why, and then move on to providing easily-implemented solutions. We will also explore what scripture tell us about stress. Come to this workshop and discover practical solutions to helping your whole family take it down a couple of notches.


Marie Sherwood

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and  heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

General Session
Electronic Screen Syndrome:
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  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Electronic Screen Syndrome:

Participants will be provided with the recent research surrounding this modern day syndrome. The added computer time and even phone time that are children are exposed to is causing a vast number of issues within their brains resulting in problem behavior. As parents, we need to be informed in order to make wise decisions about how much screen time our children should be having.


Marie Sherwood

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and  heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

General Session
Socialization: Fact or Fiction
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Socialization: Fact or Fiction

This workshop is not just for new to homeschoolers. We are often asked about socialization. Society assumes that brick-and-mortar schools provide children with adequate socialization, but is this the case? What does the public system provide for our children in the areas of socialization? What are the studies telling us? Arm yourself with the answers so when your family, friends or even neighbors ask you, you will have solid facts in proving that homeschooling, if done in relationship, can produce more socialized children than the public system.


Marie Sherwood

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and  heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

General Session
Rewriting our DNA
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Rewriting our DNA

Epigenetics is defined as the study of cellular and presenting traits that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off. What does that mean, and why is it important? Find out how to switch your genes on and off, change your thinking and prevent your children from suffering from generational disease or negative emotional patterns. Marie will draw from the work she has done with Dr. Bruce Perry, who is a world leader in childhood trauma, in addition to lining up scripture with the solutions provided.


Marie Sherwood

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and  heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

N2HS Workshop
New to Homeschooling
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
New to Homeschooling

Do you want an overview of homeschooling in BC? Do you want to know: pros and cons of enrolling or registering, how to find information or resources and how to engage in a homeschool community? Do you need encouragement to begin? Do you have questions that you need answered before you start? Come and join Natalie for an hour of the Basics of Homeschooling in BC. Natalie will address many of the different aspects of homeschooling in BC, and will encourage you as you begin this journey. Natalie is a 20-year veteran homeschooler who loves to help new homeschoolers get started! Her blog at http://truenorth-bchomeschoolmom.blogspot.ca has encouragement and resources she has shared. You can also find her on Twitter @rnsing or on Pinterest @Natalie Sing.



Natalie Sing

Natalie and her husband Ron are finishing their 20th year of homeschooling and supporting their last of four children to graduate this year. Natalie is a blogger athttp://truenorth-bchomeschoolmom.blogspot.ca, is on Twitter @rnsing and on Pinterest at Natalie Sing. She has a heart for the homeschooling mom and loves to share practical ideas and give encouragement. Natalie and her family live on Vancouver Island and they enjoy travelling and learning together! 

Vendor Workshop
How to communicate on a heart level: Your kids can't wait!
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  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
How to communicate on a heart level: Your kids can't wait!

Kids long to have real, heart-level, conversations with their parents discussing motives, fears, insecurities, doubts, passions, hopes and faith. Unfortunately most conversations in Christian homes are limited to the external (e.g. actions, plans, academics, theology etc.). When parents (especially fathers) are disconnected at a heart level, their kids are easy prey for the enemy. “70% - 88% of Christian teens are leaving the church by their second year in college.” –Voddie Baucham (2007).  God gave fathers the primary job of cultivating wholehearted love for God in his kids. This is unlikely to happen without heart level communication. Anyone willing can learn. This session will help parents:

·Identify the barriers and move past them ,learn to recognize and grasp the opportunities, pick us some tools like, Heart-Revealing Questions & the Power of Proportion, be encouraged to lead deeper conversations.

This engaging workshop includes: Q&A time, handout, and suggested resources. 


Richard Snyder

Richard is the founder and Executive Director of Malachi Man Ministries and part time associate pastor at Bay Community Church (Comox, B.C.). He spent 9 years training and working as a Professional Engineer before responding to the call of full time ministry. After 12 years of youth and young adult ministry, Richard clearly recognized the crisis in Christian homes: most young adults are turning away from Christ due to a lack of discipleship. The Bible clearly places the primary responsibility of discipling our children, to maturity in Christ, on fathers. As a father of 8, Richard knows how challenging this is, he concludes, “us fathers need all the help we can get.” Richard launched Malachi Man in 2012 to encourage heart level discipleship in the home and outside the home. Malachi Man seeks to encourage, equip and empower fathers, sons and young men to become Kingdom men who lead change in our land. Drawing from a range of practical and professional experiences, Richard relates well to men in all walks of life.

General Session
5 essential tools for men to disciple your kids. Warning: Homeschooling does not equal Discipleship!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
5 essential tools for men to disciple your kids. Warning: Homeschooling does not equal Discipleship!

What is your plan to disciple your kid? Does it involve cultivating his heart? God clearly places the overall responsibility of discipling children on dad. This cannot be delegated to others. Effective discipleship involves more than home schooling, it requires getting to the heart. In the busyness, we can easily neglect the heart. This session will help men by: -Clarifying their God-given role -Providing 5 practical discipleship tools -Identify some “next steps” to take -Inspired to “get to work” discipling with purpose, hope and joy -Sons inspired to embrace correction and discipleship as a gift -Hearts of fathers and children turned toward each other This engaging workshop includes: Q & A time, handout and suggested resources.


Richard Snyder

Richard is the founder and Executive Director of Malachi Man Ministries and part time associate pastor at Bay Community Church (Comox, B.C.). He spent 9 years training and working as a Professional Engineer before responding to the call of full time ministry. After 12 years of youth and young adult ministry, Richard clearly recognized the crisis in Christian homes: most young adults are turning away from Christ due to a lack of discipleship. The Bible clearly places the primary responsibility of discipling our children, to maturity in Christ, on fathers. As a father of 8, Richard knows how challenging this is, he concludes, “us fathers need all the help we can get.” Richard launched Malachi Man in 2012 to encourage heart level discipleship in the home and outside the home. Malachi Man seeks to encourage, equip and empower fathers, sons and young men to become Kingdom men who lead change in our land. Drawing from a range of practical and professional experiences, Richard relates well to men in all walks of life.

N2HS Workshop
How to Choose Curriculum
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How to Choose Curriculum

Every year choosing curriculum becomes more and more difficult. Every year there is some new and upcoming curriculum company that looks amazing and we are left scratching our heads trying to find what we enjoy and what will work for our children (and possibly multiple children). If you are feeling completely overwhelmed with choosing curriculum, come take a look at the top 5 questions you need to ask yourself before you swipe that card! How to identify a curriculum’s goal and if it aligns with yours. Not just for newbies!


Rebecca Spooner

Rebecca is a homeschool mom to five young children and writer over at www.hiphomeschoolingblog.com. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in a distant corner of BC on a beautiful island in Haida Gwaii. Rebecca was homeschooled through most of her education and was certain that she had all the skills and know-how to homeschool her own family... until she started! She is passionate about sharing her journey, not only what works and resources to help, but also the struggles that homeschoolers face! She has a heart to keep it real and maybe show another tired homeschooler that they are not alone!

General Session
Discover your Child's Learning Style!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Discover your Child's Learning Style!

What is your child’s learning style, do you know? Many parents don’t realize how important this can be to the success of their homeschool year, but it can give real insight into your child! As teachers, the better we can understand our children, the more we can tailor their lessons to be more effective for them! In this session you will learn about the three major learning styles and how to identify them. You will take a simple quiz to find out your child’s learning style and then we will talk about how to teach directly to each learning style in your homeschool! We will also talk about how to help our children grow in ALL learning styles so that they aren’t limited by one way of learning. You don’t want to miss this one!


Rebecca Spooner

Rebecca is a homeschool mom to five young children and writer over at www.hiphomeschoolingblog.com. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in a distant corner of BC on a beautiful island in Haida Gwaii. Rebecca was homeschooled through most of her education and was certain that she had all the skills and know-how to homeschool her own family... until she started! She is passionate about sharing her journey, not only what works and resources to help, but also the struggles that homeschoolers face! She has a heart to keep it real and maybe show another tired homeschooler that they are not alone!

General Session
How to Teach Multiple Ages at Once
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
How to Teach Multiple Ages at Once

Do you have a large family that you homeschool? Homeschooling multiple ages, grades and levels can be challenging! In this session we will talk about some of the challenges we face with a large family and practical ideas we can use to help with those challenges. Find out how you can schedule your time to be more efficient. How to manage toddlers and babies while you are homeschooling. How to give one on one time while still offering supervision. Homeschooling in a large family means a lot of different dynamics and there simply isn’t a “one-size-fits-all”. So I am going to give you a TON of different ideas that you can tailor to your family!


Rebecca Spooner

Rebecca is a homeschool mom to five young children and writer over at www.hiphomeschoolingblog.com. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in a distant corner of BC on a beautiful island in Haida Gwaii. Rebecca was homeschooled through most of her education and was certain that she had all the skills and know-how to homeschool her own family... until she started! She is passionate about sharing her journey, not only what works and resources to help, but also the struggles that homeschoolers face! She has a heart to keep it real and maybe show another tired homeschooler that they are not alone!

SE Workshop
I Only Twitch Occasionally and other Homeschool Truths
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
I Only Twitch Occasionally and other Homeschool Truths

Humorous and light-hearted yet deeply realistic look at life as a special education homeschool parent and tips and ideas on learning how to survive well and love and forgive and grow. Practical long term experience of a parent homeschooling 5 kids with complex challenges while caring in home for first parents, then a spouse with severe injuries, this workshop promises encouragement to be found, ideas to gain, laughter to remember and hope for the heart…


Teresa Stewart

Teresa Stewart has been homeschooling for 14 years and has 5 children, 3 of whom have now graduated and all of whom have a variety of Special Education challenges. Over the years, her experience with multiple levels of services, extensive networking and first hand understanding of the multiple challenges facing families of children with complex needs led her to becoming the Director of SpEd, the Special Education Homeschool Association based in the Lower Mainland, the Family Liaison and CARE Team Leader for Heritage Christian Online School, a Professional Counsellor (RTC) and Youth and Family Support Worker in her own right. An inspiring and engaging public speaker with a strong sense of humour, she endeavours to provide a safe, non-judgmental place where parents will be both heard and encouraged, while exploring together how to "live the challenge", access the helps, and discover strength along the journey.

General Session
Immunizing Your Children Against Pornography
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Immunizing Your Children Against Pornography

For parents/teachers of pre-schoolers to high school It is now not a matter of IF our children will be exposed to pornography, but when. And when they are, how are we prepping them to respond? Helping our children understand their thinking brain and feeling brain, the poison of porn and the power they have to make great choices must start early on. Filters and blockers are wonderful but will not be enough. Our children need their internal filter to be equipped.


Darlene Unrau

With over 25 years experience in working with youth and their parents, and a Masters Degree in Education with a minor in Counselling from Biola University in California, Darlene Unrau brings her passion to equipping parents in confidently initiating those 1000 little, ongoing conversations on great relationships and healthy sexuality with their children.  Presently, her role is one of creator, presenter and trainer of the True To You curriculum offered in different formats to both students and youth influencers. She is the mother of three wonderful sons and resides in Kelowna with Kim, her amazing husband of 27 years.

General Session
How do I do Science Experiments at home?
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
How do I do Science Experiments at home?

Does the idea of doing a science experiment make you nervous? Do you feel like you don't have the necessary equipment or supplies? Come explore how you can make science more interactive and help your child develop those important scientific exploration skills.


Trish Vandop

I have been a teacher at Heritage Christian Online School since 2013. I think my favorite part of supporting home learning is the wide variety of ways I get to participate in educating students in ways that are personally meaningful to them. The richness and creativity that naturally result from working with so many unique families has allowed me to learn and grow in ways that would not have been possible in any other job. My favorite subject is science and I spent many years teaching a variety of science classes at the high school level. It has been my privilege to bring my experience in the classroom and with science activities into the home learning arena. I love to come alongside families to hear about their goals and dreams, and to find ways to encourage and support both the students and parents. I am ready to provide as much or as little structure as you need, and to work collaboratively to see your students succeed.

Teacher Stream
How to Apply STEAM and Design Thinking with your DL families
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How to Apply STEAM and Design Thinking with your DL families

(Teacher Stream) Are you looking for ways to help parents and families engage in meaningful learning experiences that develop their ability to collaborate, communicate and think creatively and critically? The goal of this workshop is to equip you with a framework that allows students to conduct authentic inquiries that incorporate technology and develop 21st century skills. The workshop will outline the essential elements of Problem Based Learning and show how to blend it with STEAM. To round out the theory, a variety of examples will be shared. 


Kathy Whittome

I live in Abbotsford with my husband and three children. I feel very blessed to homeschool my kids and I am honored to be a part of the HCOS learning community. Prior to having children, I taught grade 7 at MEI Middle School. In 2009, with two small kids, my husband and I moved to China, where we lived for 4 years. It was while living in Shanghai that we started our homeschooling journey. I joined HCOS three years ago. I enjoy supporting homeschooling families, and I teach one day a week at Abbotsford Community Connections. I am also passionate about Maker Education and I love the opportunity I have to invent and tinker with kids around the Lower Mainland. One day, I hope to jump on my bike and go on an extended adventure with my family, exploring different parts of the world.

General Session
HCOS Learning Commons 101
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
HCOS Learning Commons 101

Come and learn how to access all of the great resources in the HCOS Learning Commons! From physical unit study kits to Ebooks, Maker Ed items and books, learn how to search, book and/or download! These resources will save you money and time!


Shandra Wiebe

I have homeschooled for 16 years, dealing with children who have dyslexia, allergies and chronic illness along the way. While on this journey I have tried many different curricula and methods, eventually finding what works for each child. The joy of learning alongside my children has been an incredible privilege.  In 2007, I started working as the HCOS Librarian. Today, the school has grown considerably and so has the library! We are now part of the Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons - an integrated library for both the campus and online schools. The purpose of the Learning Commons is to meet the needs of both homeschooling and campus families by offering quality resources from a Christian perspective. I enjoy serving the moms and dads who e-mail, call or drop in looking for information and helping them find the books and kits that will inspire them and their children. Be sure to "drop-in" and browse in person or browse the L4U library catalog online!

General Session
Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool

For those who have never heard of this educator or have just been introduced to her philosophy and practices, this session is for you. Come for an overview of who Charlotte Mason was and be familiarized with her major concepts of narration, living books, handicrafts and art study. You’ll discover what her practices look like in everyday life in your home and experience her methods for yourself during this session.


Sarah Zuidhof

Sarah Zuidhof hopes to be keeping a Nature Journal and Book of Centuries until she’s 99 years old. Sarah is a teacher through HCOS, has homeschooled for the past 8 years and took her graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC. She loves to backpack, ski, travel and homeschool, cook gourmet and spend time with her husband Aron and their 5 kids.

General Session
Two Charlotte Mason gems that will enrich any homeschooling journey: Nature Journals and Book of Centuries
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Two Charlotte Mason gems that will enrich any homeschooling journey: Nature Journals and Book of Centuries

Learn how to incorporate these two simple but highly effective Charlotte Mason practices into your everyday learning as a family.You will view helpful resources and tools and gain practical explanations on how to incorporate nature journals and book of centuries into your science and social curriculums for all grades.You’ll discover the joy of integrated learning, connection and awareness that these methods can bring to your family this upcoming year.


Sarah Zuidhof

Sarah Zuidhof hopes to be keeping a Nature Journal and Book of Centuries until she’s 99 years old. Sarah is a teacher through HCOS, has homeschooled for the past 8 years and took her graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC. She loves to backpack, ski, travel and homeschool, cook gourmet and spend time with her husband Aron and their 5 kids.