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.

Workshops

Downloadable PDF list of workshops.

To filter by type and/or day, check the box, e.g. check High School Fair, then check Friday.

Vendor Workshop
The importance of Indigenous curriculum in Canadian schools
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The importance of Indigenous curriculum in Canadian schools

That most Canadians did not know about the Residential Schools until 2008 reveals the great need for education. Canadians must learn the truth about Indigenous people from an Indigenous voice. This workshop will serve to dispel common misconceptions of Indigenous people in Canada and to share the stories of Indigenous people. When we understand the truth of our shared history we can walk together and make the future better for everyone. 


General Session
Families, become what you are...intimate communities of life and love
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  • Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Families, become what you are...intimate communities of life and love

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 an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.   


General Session
Raising Holy Children: what does that even mean?
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Raising Holy Children: what does that even mean?

It's easy to think obedient, cooperative, and well behaved mean the same thing as holy. Lord knows - I’m not well behaved - but I am striving for holiness! Holy and perfect? NOT the same thing.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.   


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

A review of relevant information for those just beginning their homeschool journey. Learn about the many different ways to homeschool in BC. Learn how to support yourself as a new homeschooling family. Learning about ages and stages of homeschoolers, and how to best meet the needs of those stages. This will be practical advice from a veteran homeschooler for the start of your journey.


Natalie Sing

Natalie Sing is a 20 year veteran homeschooler and a current Educational Assistant working with a variety of Special Education Students from Grades 3 through 11. Natalie has experience as a past curriculum consultant and has a passion for finding practical and easy to apply learning activities for students. Natalie loves using technology, project based learning and collaboration in her work with students and families. Natalie is married, has 4 adult children and lives on Vancouver Island.

General Session
A Goodie Bag of Cool Websites and Other Online Resources
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
A Goodie Bag of Cool Websites and Other Online Resources

Today's students and educators have the world at their fingertips—but all this information can be overwhelming at times! Join me to explore and learn more about new websites, developments, tools, and ways to integrate online resources in your home education journey.



Karen Roeck

Karen is a Google Certified Trainer and holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, focusing on digital literacy and technology integration in 21st century learning. Over the past 12 years, she has served as an educator in public, independent and distributed learning environments and has learned from many incredible leaders and mentors along the way. Karen is passionate about partnering with families to create a plan personalized to meet each student's unique strengths, needs, loves and goals. 

Vendor Workshop
Intermediate Math. Grades 4-7...and beyond
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Intermediate Math. Grades 4-7...and beyond

How we ensure our children are ready and prepared with the necessary fundamental skills and concepts; how we can ensure that when the 'harder stuff' in Grade 8 begins, we have a sound and solid confidence in the core essentials- the foundation needed to cope in this next journey of math. An opportunity to talk about how parents can step in to use SHORT, bite-sized, simple tested methods to address the most important bits... including nailing Times Tables; we will discuss which skills from 'number/geometry/decimals and fractions' are the 'golden keys' to feeling better about the next stage in our math learning.


Laurie Beesting

I am Laurie Beesting and live on Bowen Island, BC. I immigrated (with my husband Andy) to Canada in 2011 from UK, where I was a mainstream school teacher for 20 years.

I graduated back in 1990 (B Ed hons) and worked in primary education teaching all subjects- but specializing in math, English and music. I am also a pianist and Early Music recorder player, and sometimes perform.

My perfect evening is for my husband and me to gather with a group of friends to play Queen, Beatles and Elton John!

Here on Bowen, I teach math, piano, recorder and English, but my passion for math took an exciting new direction when I started to write my book Bridge the Gap Math™.

I work with both mainstream and homeschooled students …and love my job to bits!

These days, I am finding that ‘Intermediate math education’ and all that surrounds it, is the new heart of my work; I have found something which sets me alight- both to talk about and teach!

General Session
Cultivating Political Awareness in Your Homeschool.
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cultivating Political Awareness in Your Homeschool.

Cultivating political awareness in your homeschool is not only achievable, but it’s also a critical part of your child’s development. Find out how you can play a vital role in engaging your children in politics and help them to make a positive difference. Discover how to build upon your family values while helping your children understand the importance of the political process.



Megan Zelinka

Megen Zelinka, lawyer for HSLDA, is both knowledgeable and passionate about homeschooling and the law. Not only is Megen an Osgoode Hall Law School graduate, she is also a homeschool graduate. She is experienced in family law and child protection. HSLDA members can feel secure as she safely guides them through high-conflict situations, and finds satisfying solutions. She also keeps an eye on changes in laws affecting homeschooling and families. Megen is also a homeschooling mom of five and is equally comfortable relating to the 4 o’clock meltdown hour and the intricacies of legislation. 

SE Workshop
Navigating the Learning Services and Special Education Grad Program
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  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Navigating the Learning Services and Special Education Grad Program

Navigating LS and SE in Grad--Homeschooling children who require extra support can be very challenging at times, especially with the demands of the grad program. Join us to learn how to navigate the grad program and how we are improving our grad classes to support our students with diverse needs. Topics discussed will include course options, the new modernized curriculum (grades 11/12) and provincial assessments as well as different grad path options. You will also learn about LS supports and services provided to our SE students. This workshop is suitable for families who have children between grade 8-12.


Allison Milles

Allison Miles has been with HCOS for over 12 years in various support roles including individualized teacher, special education teacher, course writer, and LS/SE Grad Administrator. She has been married to Stephen for over 18 years and has two children, Andrew, 16 and Olivia, 15. After her son was diagnosed with 9 labels, Allison's transition to special education at HCOS was a natural next step as she was often supporting families in her local community and church. With a passion to help others support their children and find success through grad, Allison committed to working with our grade 10-12 families and teachers at HCOS to help find solutions in learning and help create plans for both graduation and post-graduation.   

General Session
How to Read a Book so it Becomes the Curriculum
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
How to Read a Book so it Becomes the Curriculum

Literature can be the backbone 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.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.   


General Session
Inspiring projects for Homeschoolers
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Inspiring projects for Homeschoolers

How do we ride the wave of a great project that our children are interested in? How do we get them interested to begin with? I will share some project based learning ideas that will inspire your students to expand their learning and apply what they have learned. I love projects that are impactful and allow students a voice in their ideas of solutions to challenging problems.


Natalie Sing

Natalie Sing is a 20 year veteran homeschooler and a current Educational Assistant working with a variety of Special Education Students from Grades 3 through 11. Natalie has experience as a past curriculum consultant and has a passion for finding practical and easy to apply learning activities for students. Natalie loves using technology, project based learning and collaboration in her work with students and families. Natalie is married, has 4 adult children and lives on Vancouver Island.

N2HS Workshop
How to pick the best curriculum for your family
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
How to pick the best curriculum for your family

If you find walking into the tradeshow and seeing all the choices overwhelming, then this workshop is for you! As homeschool parents we are all trying to find “the best” curriculum for our children. This parent-led workshop will lead you through the process of choosing curriculum that is a comfortable fit for both you as a home educator and for your child as a learner. Without any vendor bias we hope to show you how to identify your teaching style, and your child’s unique learning style, and how to apply that information to help you choose curriculum that is the best fit for your family.


Hadassah Styles, & Rene Ammundsen

We are two homeschool moms, one with children in the early elementary years and the other at the tail end of graduating all four of her children (homeschooled all the way through). We both have multiple years of experience teaching multi-age groups in a variety of formal and informal settings, including the DL setting. We both chose to homeschool first and foremost because we value the opportunity to teach our children to love and respect God, and secondly to nurture lasting family bonds. Giving our children an excellent education and having fun while we are doing it are great side benefits!

General Session
Technology, the Internet, Privacy, and Your Safety
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Technology, the Internet, Privacy, and Your Safety

We are constantly connected to a world network which presents a significant risk to our families which requires scrutiny and discernment. With over 4.1 million apps available for smartphones, what should parents be looking out for? In a society where nearly every child has access to a smartphone or tablet, how can they secure the device and the home network against inappropriate material? What is the Dark Web, how is it accessed, and why should a parent be concerned with it? You plug your smartphone into your car to charge its battery and listen to your music but are you aware what information your car now stores about you and how it may now be available to someone else? With more frequency we are purchasing appliances for our homes which are connected to the internet all for the sake of simplicity but did you know you are now exponentially more vulnerable to a cyber attack? The goal of this presentation is to inform and educate parents on the realities of some of the newest emerging technologies while providing practical tools to secure their family's safety in a digital world.


Chris English

My wife and I have been married for nearly twelve years and together we are raising four children ages nine, seven, five, and three. My wife home educates three of the four children while maintaining order and sanity in the house. 

Until recently, I served as a police officer with the RCMP for over eighteen years. During that time I worked in various units including uniformed general duties, property crime, drugs, covert technical investigations, general investigations, and serious crime. Seven of my eighteen years were spent investigating homicides while working at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment. In 2011, I developed an interest in technological crime and, in addition to my primary duties, began working alongside the BC RCMP's Integrated Technological Crime Unit performing the triage and analysis of electronic evidence in support of criminal code investigations such as assaults, thefts, firearms offences, bullying and harassment cases, fraud, child pornography and exploitation, drug trafficking, and murders. I examined hundreds of technological exhibits and gained unique insight on how people use technology and the danger that technology presents to our families. In November of 2018 I transitioned from the RCMP and joined the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia as a Sergeant in charge of a Technological Crime Unit based in Kelowna. My primary responsibilities include the full forensic analysis of technological devices including computers, smartphones, vehicles, and other digital devices supporting organized crime investigations across British Columbia. Additionally, I sit on multiple provincial and federal cyber crime committees across Canada. 

It is my hope and goal to use my policing experience and technical aptitude to help families understand trends in technology and the dangers that lurk in our homes through what is becoming an increasingly more challenging area to navigate as parents.


SE Workshop
Ross Greene - Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Ross Greene - Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach

Ross W. Greene is an American child psychologist, professor and the author of various books, such as Lost and Found.  Greene developed the evidence-based model of intervention called “Collaborative & Proactive Solutions." The philosophy behind Collaborative and Proactive Solutions is that you reap what you sow. If we handle children with power and control, that's what we get back. What happens if we collaborate with them -- as partners -- instead? Lives in the Balance is devoted to moving things in that very direction.  This talk will give strategies of how to find out your child’s side of the story, and how to develop a solution that will suit both the parent and child.  



Phillipa Moir

Philippa has been a teacher for over 20 years now, and the majority of those have been with children with learning differences.  It has always been her passion to find ways to encourage the love of learning in all children and to find ways to help them develop their passions and strengths.  Ross Greene really spoke to her about how to partner with children to attain these goals.  

Vendor Workshop
Preparing Wandering Hearts for Apologetics
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  • Friday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Preparing Wandering Hearts for Apologetics

Our apologetics seem to us to be so powerful. We are convinced that God has literally done everything he could to help us believe. (given the nature of faith and relationship goal of love).  Why can’t our children and our friends see it!?  What pre-apologetics facts / universal truths about our humanity need to be embraced so as to create a readiness to engage with apologetics? 


Jake Weins

Jake has been a high school teacher in a Christian School for many years.  The underlying goal of his many student missions trips was to help young people develop roots for their faith. The fact that so many leave the faith after leaving the protective environment of our homes, youth groups, and Christian Schools consumed his reading and journaling for many years.  The result has been his first book that seeks to provide answers to this pandemic of faltering faiths.  The book is a grand appeal to rethink “religion”, this most neglected and much maligned Big Idea concept that is nevertheless at the core of our broken humanity.  The book presents the Christian faith in the context of this universal and seemingly never ending search for truth.

General Session
1000 Little Conversations
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1000 Little Conversations

Your children are looking to you for guidance on how to navigate the confusing and ever-changing landscape of sex and relationships. No matter what signals your children are sending, studies show year after year that teens and young adults deeply desire more input from their parents in the area of sexuality and healthy romantic relationships. If we don’t join in the conversation, and early on, others will fill in the gap. Join Darlene Unrau for some practical ideas on effectively engaging your children in life-giving conversations to provide big Ideas to carry with them throughout life.


Darlene Unrau

With over 25 years experience in working with youth, and a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Counselling, Darlene Unrau brings her passion to equipping men and women to make life-giving relational and sexual choices. Presently, her role is one of developer, presenter and trainer of the True To You workshops offered in custom-made formats to students from elementary to university and youth influencers in public and private schools and organizations. Topics can range from avoiding relational abuse, understanding human bonding, to media influences, including effects of pornography and sexting. A mother of three wonderful sons, and two brand new daughters in law, she resides in Kelowna with Kim, her amazing husband of over 39 years.

General Session
Discipleship in the area of money, stewardship, and attitudes
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Discipleship in the area of money, stewardship, and attitudes

Learning about money and its role in our everyday lives till the day we die is a crucial skill. Having a Biblical attitude towards money is another layer of thinking we need to incorporate. How do we teach these principles to our children? What are the real life lessons that are all around us that we might be missing? Our days are full and we have lists of the things we need to do for many school subjects. How do we make sure we do not miss the crucial lessons our kids need to prepare them for a lifetime of handling money? Come join us for lively discussion on thinking about: -the idea of an allowance and at what age to start and how much to give -a part-time job -teaching about saving and spending -chores and if we should pay for this service Let's learn some practical ways to teach our children about the rewards of managing money well and the consequences of using money thoughtlessly. Participants will receive notes on all the ideas discussed as well as have an opportunity to ask questions and share personal experiences.


Linda Queiros

Linda and her husband, Paul, have been happily married for 31 years. They have homeschooled their 7 children, aged 8-25 years, from the beginning. "It is hardly ever easy but we are fully persuaded that it has been the best we can give our children". Linda and Paul live in Vernon, BC. They have 6 children still at home and one married daughter. The youngest member of the family is baby Jasmine, their first grandchild. The Queiros household stays busy with homeschooling, chores on their hobby farm, keeping hens, selling eggs, raising sheep, riding horses, and constantly working on projects.

General Session
The Power of Organization
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Power of Organization

Learn how the power of organization can reduce your stress and transform your week. Being organized is an intentional act that saves you time and grey hair too! This workshop will highlight how to be intentional with your time, how to organize your week and how to choose what works for YOU and your family. Between homeschooling, tending to the house, and weekly commitments, you can strive to organize your life and succeed while you are doing it! We will also discuss the value of meal planning and time management. Analyze what works and what doesn’t work for your family, month by month. How saying “no” to chaos can help you feel more in control of your life.This workshop will teach you how to implement being organized with schedules, meal planning, life planning and being intentional with your time. Encouraging your children to participate in organizing can add a sense of unity in your house. And how everyone has different systems, the key is to finding out which system will work for your family and your lifestyle. Remembering to give yourself grace as every season of life is filled with different colors. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail    Benjamin Franklin 


Danielle Spurgeon

We are in our 6th year of being a homeschooling family. I have Diplomas in both Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. I have had the privilege of working in public and private schools supporting children for 20 years and have also co-owned a preschool. Until recently, our family called Lake Country home. Last year our family moved to a farm in northern Alberta with a very supportive husband, 2 creative sons, 15 cats and 1 dog!

Vendor Workshop
Storytelling: Why it's important to read to your kids!
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Storytelling: Why it's important to read to your kids!

Reading aloud to children is the beginning of literacy. Kids are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for.  They enjoy great storytelling with big words they don’t know, and can discern the meaning from a story without being told. Even older kids, (even teens!), enjoy having a good book read aloud! Come and learn how to infuse your reading time with wonder and joy, and discuss what makes a good book “good”! Sherri will have examples of books with intelligent, humorous writing that will captivate children of all ages!



Sherri Funk

Sherri Funk has been involved with music, lyrics, stories, story telling and performing for most of her life. She has had the privilege of working as a touring and recording singer/songwriter for many years. Sherri is now a Music teacher, teaching children (preschool to high school) music and songwriting. She has spent time in the school library as a reading specialist and is the Music Director for the drama department.  In the last couple years Sherri has taken up the adventure of Author. She has written 12 Children’s books. Along with Dave Watland, a local Artist, they have created FunkLand World Books. 

She lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband Derek, and their three children, Boaz, Silas and Zoe.

General Session
Homeschooling Through High School and Beyond.
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Homeschooling Through High School and Beyond.

Homeschooling through high school is a daunting proposition for many families. How do we know we’ve done enough? How do we know if we’ve covered the right things? Will the subjects we’ve studied be recognized by postsecondary institutions so our child can get the further education and vocation they desire? All of these are valid questions, but they should not paralyze the homeschool parent or scare the family away from trying. Bonnie Getty and Laurie Pruim have both successfully graduated high school students from home and are going to share their varied experiences of what they did and how well it worked. Come ready with questions and come ready to be encouraged. You can do this!



Megan Zelinka

Megen Zelinka, lawyer for HSLDA, is both knowledgeable and passionate about homeschooling and the law. Not only is Megen an Osgoode Hall Law School graduate, she is also a homeschool graduate. She is experienced in family law and child protection. HSLDA members can feel secure as she safely guides them through high-conflict situations, and finds satisfying solutions. She also keeps an eye on changes in laws affecting homeschooling and families. Megen is also a homeschooling mom of five and is equally comfortable relating to the 4 o’clock meltdown hour and the intricacies of legislation. 

SE Workshop
Discovering the Hidden SE Resources in the HCOS Learning Common
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  • Friday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Discovering the Hidden SE Resources in the HCOS Learning Common

In this workshop, we’ll explore the hidden digital and physical resources in the HCOS Learning Commons for special education students and educators.  This workshop is for HCOS newbies and veterans alike and is suitable for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Participants will learn where to find and how to use

-SE Resources in the OverDrive eLibrary & New Sora App

-Hidden SE Resources in Subscriptions

-SE Print Resources Available Through the New HCOS Search Portal

Time will be left at the end of the workshop for Q & A.



Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies is the Director of HCOS Learning Commons.  She has a masters degree in Library and Information Science, graduating from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Pippa is blessed to have served at HCOS both as teacher librarian, and as an individualized teacher for the past 14 years.  She has over thirty years of teaching and library work experience, and homeschooled her son who is now at the University of Simon Fraser.  She also has two adult daughters, and two amazing grandchildren!  Married to John for over 34 years Pippa loves nothing more than hanging with her family and grandkids, reading awesome books, learning new technologies, and hiking and cooking.  Pippa has a passion for all things literacy and Christian education, and enjoys creating voice and inquiry-based learning for students and staff.


General Session
Homeschooling through the Challenging Times
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  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Homeschooling through the Challenging Times

Our vocation should be joyful and love should be what defines our families.  But it isn't always so.  Emotional strife, a difficult child, financial hardship, or physical illness can tarnish joy.   We can ease the impact of difficulties by preparing and developing contingency plans for when things go awry.


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.   


General Session
Helping our Young People Respond to Moral Relativism: Right for me but not for you
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  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Helping our Young People Respond to Moral Relativism: Right for me but not for you

Many voices in our culture tell us that what is wrong for you may be right for somebody else. These voices tell us that you may have your values but others have theirs, and you have no right to call their moral judgments wrong, or yours right.  Morality is personal, subjective, and relative to each person.  This type of moral relativism pervades our culture and it affects the way our children think about morality, faith, and even God. In this session we will examine moral relativism and set out responses to it which we can all use in helping ourselves, and our young people, respond to this critically important cultural.


Paul Chamberlain

Dr. Paul Chamberlain is the director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics at Trinity Western University (ACTS division) and has taught ethics, philosophy of religion and Christian Apologetics at TWU since 1990.  He has also worked with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries during part of that time.  He is an effective communicator both in and out of the classroom.  His humorous, down-to-earth manner appeals to a wide variety of people.  Drawing from the media and using a professional powerpoint presentation, his seminars are both interesting and relevant.  Dr. Chamberlain has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows, debated on university campuses, and is a frequent guest speaker at public functions.  He is the author of four books: Can We be Good Without God, Final Wishes, How To Talk About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: A Guide to Moral Persuasion, and Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith  as well as a number of articles addressing current social and moral issues.  

General Session
Using Movies for Learning
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Using Movies for Learning

Find out more about incorporating movies into your homeschool experience. Having lead a Movies for Learning Class for grades 9-12 in the past and currently running classes for grades 6-8, I will address the aspects of Literature, Social/Emotional Learning, History and Geography as well as the skills of collaboration, ability to formulate personal opinions and many aspects of critical thinking. I will share specific movies and how they have inspired students, and others that have not, and why. This has been a 6 year passion of mine and because it meets the needs of students all students including SE or LS, it continues to be something I use each week. 


Natalie Sing

Natalie Sing is a 20 year veteran homeschooler and a current Educational Assistant working with a variety of Special Education Students from Grades 3 through 11. Natalie has experience as a past curriculum consultant and has a passion for finding practical and easy to apply learning activities for students. Natalie loves using technology, project based learning and collaboration in her work with students and families. Natalie is married, has 4 adult children and lives on Vancouver Island.

General Session
Connected Parenting
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Connected Parenting

The greatest concern of parents today is to be able to pass on their values to their children. Without meaningful connection our children will not be in a position to hear what we are communicating. This workshop provides encouragement and practical ideas on how to build, maintain and rebuild lines of connection with your children and teens.


Darlene Unrau

With over 25 years experience in working with youth, and a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Counselling, Darlene Unrau brings her passion to equipping men and women to make life-giving relational and sexual choices. Presently, her role is one of developer, presenter and trainer of the True To You workshops offered in custom-made formats to students from elementary to university and youth influencers in public and private schools and organizations. Topics can range from avoiding relational abuse, understanding human bonding, to media influences, including effects of pornography and sexting. A mother of three wonderful sons, and two brand new daughters in law, she resides in Kelowna with Kim, her amazing husband of over 39 years.

General Session
An Innovative Approach to Choosing Curriculum
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
An Innovative Approach to Choosing Curriculum

How to Blend Home Education Print Curriculum with HCOS Digital Learning Commons Resources.(for Parents and Teachers of Students in K - 9)

In this workshop, HCOS Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe will explore various ways to approach the sometimes mammoth task of choosing home education curriculum.  She will present a strategy for how to blend home education print curriculum with HCOS Learning Commons resources, highlighting a few strengths and weaknesses of each.  She will highlight home school curriculum options that should not be overlooked and briefly touch on a few HCOS Learning Commons resources that you won’t want to miss out on.

This workshop is for HCOS newbies and veterans alike, both parents and teachers. For print options, participants learn where to find and how to use

  • Recommended Resource Lists

  • Print Curriculum Packages

  • Top Print Curriculum Options

For Learning Commons options, there will be an overview of the following

  • HCOS Learning Commons K - 9 Index

  • HCOS Unit Study Kits

Time will be left at the end of the workshop for Q & A.


Cynthia Duncalfe

Cynthia Duncalfe is the HCOS Curriculum Consultant, drawing on her experience as founder/owner/operator of Cornerstone Learning Resources, Ltd. (2005 - 2016), a home education and classroom resources retail store, where she provided curriculum support to teachers and parents for eleven years.  She is currently teaching ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies) at Chilliwack Community Connections where she is also a Coordinator.  Cynthia has a passion for educational technologies and serves HCOS as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Mentor by providing workshops and training to students and teachers.  She has a strong passion for education, particularly in the areas of discipleship and technology.  She met her husband Darren while studying for her Bachelor of Religious Education degree, and God has blessed them with five incredible children. They have been a home educating family since 2002 and currently live on site at Charis Camp & Conference Centre in Chilliwack, BC where Darren is Executive Director.

SE Workshop
How can we support students with Executive Functioning challenges?
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
How can we support students with Executive Functioning challenges?

Executive Functioning (EF) skills are essential skills that enable us to function in our daily lives and work.  Students who have low EF skills struggle with initiating and completing tasks, doing chores, organizing materials and projects, time management, impulse control and running errands.  This workshop will primarily provide insights into what EF skills are and how the lack of appropriate EF skills affect our students ability to experience success in their school work and lives.


Michelle Nimchuck

Michelle has been homeschooling her four children for the last eight years.  She has been an HCOS teacher for seven years and is currently a Learning Service Regional Administrator.  Her three passions in education are meeting the learning needs of exceptional students, innovative pedagogy and the integration of technology in education.  

General Session
Guidelines for Responding to Challenges to Your Faith
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Guidelines for Responding to Challenges to Your Faith

Challenges to our faith come in many forms and they come from both harsh sceptics as well as sincere questioners. Can anyone be prepared for them all?  In this session, we will set forth seven guidelines that anyone can learn which can help us interact with our friends and neighbours on any challenge to faith, and have positive conversations with them.


Paul Chamberlain

Dr. Paul Chamberlain is the director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics at Trinity Western University (ACTS division) and has taught ethics, philosophy of religion and Christian Apologetics at TWU since 1990.  He has also worked with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries during part of that time.  He is an effective communicator both in and out of the classroom.  His humorous, down-to-earth manner appeals to a wide variety of people.  Drawing from the media and using a professional powerpoint presentation, his seminars are both interesting and relevant.  Dr. Chamberlain has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows, debated on university campuses, and is a frequent guest speaker at public functions.  He is the author of four books: Can We be Good Without God, Final Wishes, How To Talk About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: A Guide to Moral Persuasion, and Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith  as well as a number of articles addressing current social and moral issues.  

General Session
Porn-Proofing Our Kids
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Porn-Proofing Our Kids

In our sex saturated society, it’s not a matter of IF our children will be exposed to pornography, but when. Favourite resources and practical ideas will be provided in this workshop on how to communicate, with compassionate conviction, the effects of pornography on our brains, relationships and society, to our children, from elementary to college age. Fear and guilt are short term motivators and shame is our enemy in this crucial conversation. Communicating with hope in the mix invites our children to pursue what they really want in relationships - healthy connection.


Darlene Unrau

With over 25 years experience in working with youth, and a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Counselling, Darlene Unrau brings her passion to equipping men and women to make life-giving relational and sexual choices. Presently, her role is one of developer, presenter and trainer of the True To You workshops offered in custom-made formats to students from elementary to university and youth influencers in public and private schools and organizations. Topics can range from avoiding relational abuse, understanding human bonding, to media influences, including effects of pornography and sexting. A mother of three wonderful sons, and two brand new daughters in law, she resides in Kelowna with Kim, her amazing husband of over 39 years.

General Session
Homeschooling Solo
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Homeschooling Solo

In my time as a single, homeschooling parent, I have worked with several families where one parent is solely responsible for most/all care-giving and home educating responsibilities for extended periods of time. This workshop will include tips, strategies and supports for the parent who is alone in the homeschooling journey, whether due to single parenting or experiencing separation from their spouse due to work situations. Information covered will include: Time and priority management, Finding your community and support network, Self-care and positive mental health.


Erika Rauguth-Treleaven

I am a parent of four fantastic people and have educated my children at home on and off for over 14 years. Midway through our home-school journey, I went back to university and completed my Bachelor of Education and now work as an HCOS teacher, supporting individualized and special education students on Vancouver Island.

General Session
Entitlement Busters
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Entitlement Busters

We are raising our children in a world where entitlement is taught to them on a daily basis. This can cause children that are very dissatisfied with life and expect things on a silver platter. We will also discuss basic rights, but also add in responsibilities. This presentation will provide you with practical solutions to help balance out what the world is telling our children.


Marie Filion

Marie Filion (affectionately known as "Miss Marie") has a Master of Science in Psychology and will be finishing her PhD in Psychology in 2019. She has been working with challenging children for over twenty years. She added horses to her practice in 2007. As a teenager she found her horse helped her get through a lot of the difficult times that came with being raise in a single-parent family. She now uses the struggles of her childhood to connect with children and youth who have suffered from trauma or who are struggling with their peers. 

Marie is certified by Dr. Bruce Perry of Child Trauma Academy in order to complete NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) Assessments. These assessments provide a map of brain, so that clinicians can choose which therapies a child is ready for. So often it is not that a type of therapy is wrong or ineffective, it is that it is done at the wrong time for that child with that brain. Putting the therapies in order, so the brain can fully develop is a big key in healing. 

Marie has also studied with Dr. Daniel Hughes in learning Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. DDP combines play therapy, empathy, child-centered parenting and psychotherapy in order to help a child work through some of the reasons for their behavior. DDP has helped many children make sense of their trauma and allow them to connect with their parent(s). ​

SE Workshop
Google Tools for Struggling Students
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Google Tools for Struggling Students

There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist struggling learners and students with special needs. Customize Google Chrome with apps and extensions, including text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, organization, focus, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to use them with students of all abilities, developing 21st century competencies, highlighting student strengths, and bridging gaps/challenges in the learning environment.


Shannon Beglaw

Shannon is a Google Certified Educator (Levels 1 and 2) and teaches Virtual Worlds 8, SE VW 8/9 with April McLeod, as well as middle school science courses for HCOS. She has a passion for embracing the use of technology in meaningful, relevant, authentic and immersive ways and mentoring students and teachers alike to join this journey  of life-long learning in the 21st Century. Shannon loves to try new things and encourages students, teachers and families to have a growth mindset with new technologies, tools and methods in learning and life. Google provides many tools that allow student’s personal strengths to surpass their challenges and build bridges to share their ideas and learning in the 21st Century.  Shannon’s teaching moto: “I teach in beta” – I try new things with a growth mindset.

General Session
Discover amazing, FREE resources in the Learning Commons!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Discover amazing, FREE resources in the Learning Commons!

Are you new to HCOS or wanting to find out more how our learning commons works?  Shandra Wiebe, (Learning Commons Administrator), and Pippa Davies, (Learning Commons Director), will walk you through some  amazing resources we have in our new learning commons search portal, and digital library on OverDrive.  We will also explore a sample of engaging subscriptions and databases,  which will take your students to the next level in critical thinking!  Come with your questions as we explore together!


Shandra Wiebe

I 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 Learning Commons Search Portal for a plethora of resources!

General Session
Revolution of Mercy
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Revolution of Mercy

Parents are primarily concerned with what kind of people they will raise. People of integrity, faith, honesty, empathy, diligence. It’s hard to picture the outcome of a mature adult with our little people. They are so childish! Teaching appropriate behaviour is a skill set that we pass on to our kids, like all the other things we teach them.  And teaching (discipleship) is most successful in an environment of love and mercy.  Walking with kids with kindness in their misbehaviour in their daily distresses fosters our relationships. Keeping our relationships intact is how we can maintain the greatest influence over our children and the choices they make.   



Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.   


General Session
Tolerance: Cultural Idol or Worthy Goal
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tolerance: Cultural Idol or Worthy Goal

Our culture has elevated the notion of tolerance to the level of supreme moral virtue.  Being found intolerant is the cardinal sin in the Western world today.  Is there a way for us to express and live out our moral values without being perceived as intolerant?  Is intolerance something we should be trying to avoid at all cost?  What is true tolerance in the first place?  This lecture will explore these questions and arrive at conclusions which can help us and our young people navigate their way through this issue.   

 


Paul Chamberlain

Dr. Paul Chamberlain is the director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics at Trinity Western University (ACTS division) and has taught ethics, philosophy of religion and Christian Apologetics at TWU since 1990.  He has also worked with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries during part of that time.  He is an effective communicator both in and out of the classroom.  His humorous, down-to-earth manner appeals to a wide variety of people.  Drawing from the media and using a professional powerpoint presentation, his seminars are both interesting and relevant.  Dr. Chamberlain has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows, debated on university campuses, and is a frequent guest speaker at public functions.  He is the author of four books: Can We be Good Without God, Final Wishes, How To Talk About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: A Guide to Moral Persuasion, and Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith  as well as a number of articles addressing current social and moral issues.  

General Session
Collaborating in your Homeschool Experience
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Collaborating in your Homeschool Experience

Having your students collaborate with others can be achieved through Co-ops and classes together. This might be a few families gathering together or something more formal. I will explore ways that your students can collaborate with others. Some of the great experiences we have had over our homeschool years and some of the challenges that can occur. After 20 years of having my children learn with others, I am excited to share with you some highlights!



Natalie Sing

Natalie Sing is a 20 year veteran homeschooler and a current Educational Assistant working with a variety of Special Education Students from Grades 3 through 11. Natalie has experience as a past curriculum consultant and has a passion for finding practical and easy to apply learning activities for students. Natalie loves using technology, project based learning and collaboration in her work with students and families. Natalie is married, has 4 adult children and lives on Vancouver Island.

General Session
Morning Basket: Routines and Riches
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Morning Basket: Routines and Riches

Morning time is an age old tradition that isn't specific to any philosophy of education. We will looking at some ideas of how to implement a routine of gathering and reading to our children of all ages. One of the biggest challenges is keeping the focus when little ones want to be included too. And how can we keep the content rich without boring our children?


Hester VanBraeden

Hester is a second generation home educating parent who is keenly aware that her own education is not complete, and comfortable that it probably never will be. She has many years of experience with children, books, and curriculum. She loves to travel to worlds and times beyond the present with her children through many books. Hester and her husband have four children and live in the lower mainland of BC. 


General Session
Our Three Brains and How They Affect Mental Health and Identity
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Our Three Brains and How They Affect Mental Health and Identity

There are neurons in our brains, stomachs and heart. The three areas work together to make sense of our world. What happens when they are out of tune with each other? How this can affect mood disorders, anxiety disorders, mood swings, bipolar disorder, food cravings and ADHD. Lastly we will explore how to restore our three brains, mental calmness and identity. 


Marie Filion

Marie Filion (affectionately known as "Miss Marie") has a Master of Science in Psychology and will be finishing her PhD in Psychology in 2019. She has been working with challenging children for over twenty years. She added horses to her practice in 2007. As a teenager she found her horse helped her get through a lot of the difficult times that came with being raise in a single-parent family. She now uses the struggles of her childhood to connect with children and youth who have suffered from trauma or who are struggling with their peers. 

Marie is certified by Dr. Bruce Perry of Child Trauma Academy in order to complete NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) Assessments. These assessments provide a map of brain, so that clinicians can choose which therapies a child is ready for. So often it is not that a type of therapy is wrong or ineffective, it is that it is done at the wrong time for that child with that brain. Putting the therapies in order, so the brain can fully develop is a big key in healing. 

Marie has also studied with Dr. Daniel Hughes in learning Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. DDP combines play therapy, empathy, child-centered parenting and psychotherapy in order to help a child work through some of the reasons for their behavior. DDP has helped many children make sense of their trauma and allow them to connect with their parent(s). ​

SE Workshop
Dive Into Google: Differentiation and Adaptations with G Suite Apps and Extensions
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Dive Into Google: Differentiation and Adaptations with G Suite Apps and Extensions

Jump into the Google pool! This interactive session will give parents and teachers practical ways to to use G Suite Apps in a variety of contexts. We will include tips for differentiation and assessment for use with LS and SE learners that will also meet the learning needs of neurotypical students. Bring a device and all your Google questions.


Karen Roeck

Karen is a Google Certified Trainer and holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, focusing on digital literacy and technology integration in 21st century learning. Over the past 12 years, she has served as an educator in public, independent and distributed learning environments and has learned from many incredible leaders and mentors along the way. Karen is passionate about partnering with families to create a plan personalized to meet each student's unique strengths, needs, loves and goals. 

General Session
Shortcuts to Joy: Homeschooling the way you thought it would be.
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Shortcuts to Joy: Homeschooling the way you thought it would be.

We all learn best in an environment of joy.  Joy is a means to reach our full potential.  How do we find joy and keep joy?   By employing these two tools:  simplicity and surrender.  Finding the simplest ways run our lives frees up more time…but more importantly, frees up more space in our brains.  Surrendering graciously to that which we cannot change also frees us spiritually. There are so many burdens we carry….we must work to remove the unnecessary ones so that we can achieve that cozy family life we imagined.  


Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living 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 who range in age from 12-31.  None of her children ever attended school.  The four adult children have all pursued post-secondary studies.  Three are now married, and the avalanche of grandbabies has begun!

Twenty seven years homeschooling her kids has taught her how vital is it to get along with them.  Actually, life is kind of a bust if you can’t get along with people.

The Landry’s mission is joy.  Living simply, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to their lives.  In their home, beautiful literature and discussion is foundational to education.  Bonnie’s methods are without clutter and centre on the relationships in the home.