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

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General Session
Keynote: Homeschooling - A Revival Movement
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Keynote: Homeschooling - A Revival Movement

From teaching phonics to graduating teens, from refereeing fights to nurturing faith, our lives as homeschooling parents run the gamut from the very mundane to the very meaningful. In the midst of the mind-boggling demands of homeschooling and everyday life, we constantly need to remind ourselves that our work as homeschooling moms and dads has tremendous significance. Using the lessons of Scripture and history, this workshop will expand your vision of how God is using the homeschool movement, as well as your specific work as a homeschooling parent, to usher in spiritual and educational revival.


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.

General Session
Leaving a Legacy: The Vision of the Homeschool Dad and Husband
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Leaving a Legacy: The Vision of the Homeschool Dad and Husband

A cell phone commercial features an NBA point guard trying to play basketball blind-folded. Because he can’t see the goal, he’s never sure if he’s scoring. Too often, men take on the tasks of husband, father, shepherd, principal, coach, and disciplinarian without the vision necessary to define and accomplish the goal. In this session, Joe Tyler helps define the goal and shares how to discover the divinely appointed means of achieving it. You may even learn the secret to making your wife deliriously happy, your home a quiet and peaceful kingdom, your children rich beyond measure, and your father-in-law in awe of your great accomplishments. Come join us in our discussion of what it really means to leave a legacy as a Christian husband and dad.


Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler currently serves as the IT Director for Apologia Educational Minsistries. Prior to that, he spent thirty years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager. Joe and wife Zan have been married for forty years. They spent twenty-one years homeschooling their three children from kindergarten through high school. Joe has been deeply involved in the homeschooling movement, both through his own family and the homeschool community at large. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. The Tylers have been blessed with three children, two wonderful daughters-in-law, a fabulous son-in-law, and six grandchildren. Joe has a heart and passion for ministering to and serving homeschooling parents and families.

High School
The New BCED Grad Program
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The New BCED Grad Program

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Ministry of Education will be rolling out a new Grad Program of studies for Grades 10-12. Come find out what the changes will look like and how you can be inspired to embrace new opportunities to create a high school program that focuses on the goals of your student.


Sue Savard

Sue Savard is currently the Grad Program Director with Heritage Christian Online School and has worked with home educating families for 15 years. She has a passion for creating programs that ‘fit’ and is inspired when students and families are excited about their educational journey. She and her husband live in North Vancouver and she is blessed to have a large extended family to build memories with.

High School
Navigating the Grad Program for SE/LS Students
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Navigating the Grad Program for SE/LS Students

A comprehensive examination of grad options for students with exceptional needs; this workshop will offer a broad outline of considerations for course placement, supports, and grad streams. A fantastic workshop for SE/LS students moving into grad, for parents looking for more options for their child, or new to HCOS.


Allison Milles

Allison Miles has been working in the educational field for 18 years with a focus on special education for over 9 years. As a mother to a special needs child, she developed compassion for families navigating educational options for their children. Allison assists families to create a comprehensive plan for graduation to include transitions into adulthood.

General Session
Teaching Children to Write the Easy Way (Grades 5-9 )
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Teaching Children to Write the Easy Way (Grades 5-9 )

Are you tired of writing assignments with prompts like “Write a story about a dog” that result in page after page of rambling narrative (usually featuring “and then…and then…and then…and then”)? We will start with a focus on providing students with tools that will strengthen their written compositions. From there, we will move to the quality paragraph as the focus. It’s amazing how the writing process can become simple and marking manageable.


Bruce Hildebrandt

Bruce grew up in Alberta exploring his grandparent's farm and enjoying the freedom of living in a small town. As the son of two teachers, learning was something that happened everywhere and all of the time, not just in a classroom. After graduating from the Peace River Bible Institute, he completed his Ed degree at the University of Alberta, and his Masters of Ed through Gonzaga University.

Bruce has taught grades four through nine over the course of 28 years. He has worked with HCOS since 2008 and is currently in his fourth year as Principal of K-9. God has blessed him with a beautiful wife, an amazing family, and wonderful friends. Bruce loves the adventure of a life with Jesus. He’s had the privilege of helping to plant a church, lead worship internationally, mentor teachers, write and record music, take teams of teens to Africa for short-term missions, climb volcanoes, and hike to stunningly beautiful places where the hand of God cannot be ignored.

SE Workshop
Developing Clumsy to Dexterous Part I: Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Developing Clumsy to Dexterous Part I: Developmental Coordination Disorder

In this presentation by Occupational Therapist, Lila Mandziuk, the topic of Developmental Coordination Disorder will be reviewed including diagnostic criteria, red flags for early detection, and associated conditions with DCD. Various interactive opportunities will allow for experiential learning, discussions, and questions.


Lila Mandziuk

I graduated in 1990 with Distinction from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. I immediately dove into Pediatrics and lived and worked in Chicago working with some of the most complex children I have ever seen in my 28 years of OT. While there, I focused on attaining courses to advance my clinical skills in Neurodevelopmental Treatment as well as Sensory Integration Therapy Training. After returning to Canada, I was so privileged to carry on with the Pediatric work I loved. I worked initially at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Victoria and later moved to the Nanaimo Child Development Center. After 10 years in large centers, I decided to develop my own small clinical practice which has continued to be a source of education as I learn from so many wonderful families, specialists and most of all special children.

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

Come and hear from three homeschool support teachers, Steve Codling, Kristine Isfeld, and Rob Wahl, who have a wide background of experience to draw from as they give their perspectives on the benefits, challenges, options, and starting points for home education in BC. This session will be guided in large part by what attendees want to know, so come with your questions, anything from "Should I go registered or enrolled?” to “What curriculum should I use?” We’re here to lay out the various options for all sorts of homeschooling scenarios, with some context for reflecting on the relative strengths of each one. A tour of the vendor halls will be arranged for later in the day; time and meeting place will be determined at this workshop. 


Steve Codling

Steve has worked for HCOS for more than a decade and has a holistic perspective on homeschooling since he's helped homeschool his own 4 kids, worked as a full-time K-9 support teacher, taught Music courses in the Grad Program, and helped with Administration at both K-9 and Grad Program levels. One of his biggest passions is modular synthesis, and the ability to share this knowledge without it costing hundreds of dollars is extremely exciting!

High School
High School Mini workshops 1
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
High School Mini workshops 1

11:00 – 11:25 English Language Arts - Grade 10 Options 11:35 – 12:00 The New Ministry Numeracy Assessment


Various Speakers

Various speakers for highschool mini sessions.

General Session
Homeschooling is Not the Answer; Authentic Discipleship Is.
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Homeschooling is Not the Answer; Authentic Discipleship Is.

Biblically, a parent’s primary goal is to raise followers of Jesus Christ. Failure on this front is tragic however, as “70% - 88% of Christian teens are leaving the church by their second year in college” –Voddie Baucham (2007). Homeschooling is a great option, but authentic discipleship is the game changer. There are many key elements of discipleship including: right priorities, prayer, modeling, teaching, heart-level communication, worship, character development,  relationship development, correcting, disciplining, observing, testing, vision casting, and cultural preparedness.  This workshop will provide a brief overview of each of these keys.


Richard Snyder

Richard is the founder and Executive Director of Malachi Man Ministries and part-time associate pastor at Bay Community Church of Comox BC. He spent 9 years training and working as a Professional Engineer before responding to the call of full-time ministry. After twelve 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 eight, 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 both inside 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.

SE Workshop
Developing Clumsy to Dexterous Part II: Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Developing Clumsy to Dexterous Part II: Developmental Coordination Disorder

In this presentation by Occupational Therapist, Lila Mandziuk, the topic of Developmental Coordination Disorder will be reviewed including practical treatment ideas for both home based and classroom intervention. Various interactive opportunities will allow for experiential learning, discussions, and questions.


Lila Mandziuk

I graduated in 1990 with Distinction from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. I immediately dove into Pediatrics and lived and worked in Chicago working with some of the most complex children I have ever seen in my 28 years of OT. While there, I focused on attaining courses to advance my clinical skills in Neurodevelopmental Treatment as well as Sensory Integration Therapy Training. After returning to Canada, I was so privileged to carry on with the Pediatric work I loved. I worked initially at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Victoria and later moved to the Nanaimo Child Development Center. After 10 years in large centers, I decided to develop my own small clinical practice which has continued to be a source of education as I learn from so many wonderful families, specialists and most of all special children.

Vendor Workshop
Reaching Reluctant Writers the Write Way!
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Reaching Reluctant Writers the Write Way!

“But, Mom!!!, I can’t write! I don’t know what to write!” Do you have children (perhaps boys?) who do NOT want to write? Cannot write? Does this bring tears to your eyes as you ponder HOW to TEACH your child to write? In this workshop you will learn tips to help you teach your student the skills of writing. Learn to empower your reluctant writers with concrete tools of HOW to WRITE.


Bev Rempel

Beverley Rempel  is an IEW Accomplished Instructor and Master Teacher of the Blended Structure & Style program (by /Dr. J.B. Webster)  This is the highest level of certification possible through the Institute for Excellence in Writing. She is a successful business woman and a graduated homeschooling parent of 14 + years. With her husband Bryan, they own Excellent Resources.  In addition they have founded Webster’s Academy for Excellence in Writing, an online writing school offering live classes to students across North America. 

Bev is also the author and co-author of the Canadian Theme-Based Writing Lesson Series: All things Canada, History of Canada, and Neighbours with a Difference. Over the past number of years Bev has presented writing seminars, workshops and Professional Development courses across Canada.


 

High School
Developing a Christian Worldview: The Liberal Arts Journey.
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Developing a Christian Worldview: The Liberal Arts Journey.

The philosopher Allan Bloom stated that "education is the movement from darkness into light." In a modern culture that prefers the easy and preferred answers, a liberal arts education is necessary in helping students ask the bigger questions by awakening that part of them that seeks completion. At a time when the modern university, and by extension the greater culture, is experiencing an intellectual and spiritual crisis and producing souls without longing, there's no better time to introduce your kids to a liberal education that opens them up to seeking truth, goodness, and beauty. We'll take a look at the ancient Greek foundations of the liberal arts, its Christian heritage, and how you can prepare for the practical journey through high school and into university.


Josh Brown

Josh Brown is a Senior Admissions Counsellor at Trinity Western University and works directly with homeschool families in the transition to university. As a part-time Youth Pastor at his church and Board Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of BC, his passion is to inspire young people to encounter the truth of Christ and develop a thoroughly Christian worldview through education. He lives in Langley with his wife and two daughters.

Vendor Workshop
Classical Education
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Classical Education

The classical model of education capitalizes on God's brilliant design of human development, enabling us to reach our children right where they are developmentally. Learn how the classical model compares to the traditional model of education and how God truly created a "universe, not a multi-verse." All things are connected with One brilliant designer.


Dawna Ferguson

Dawna has a passion for helping parents “go the distance” in home educating their children. Along with her husband, she has been home educating their seven children for 25 years - the last 4 years with Classical Conversations. They believe this model helps parents prepare their children to stand firm in the Lord and enter the world as a light for Christ when they leave home as adults. Dawna is a Support Representative for Classical Conversations, overseeing the leaders and communities in western Canada. Dawna and her family currently live in Calgary, Alberta.

High School
Online vs Individualized Grad Program Science
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Online vs Individualized Grad Program Science

Online vs Individualized Grad Program Science plus Q and A time

SPEAKERS:  HCOS Science teachers


Various Speakers

Various speakers for highschool mini sessions.

General Session
Ten Lessons I Learned on the Way to Jail
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ten Lessons I Learned on the Way to Jail

In 1984, the State Superintendent of Education told Zan Tyler that he could have her put in jail for homeschooling her son. Zan knew this was no idle threat. The shock and fear that riveted her and the imminent threat of being jailed forced her to count the costs of homeschooling and decide if it was really worth it. Zan learned some powerful lessons about fighting for freedom, family, and faith that remain pertinent today. Our nation is once again at a crossroads where the liberties we often take for granted are at stake. We must all continue to work to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, while intentionally raising up a new generation of freedom fighters. But how do we do that? Come to this session to be encouraged and equipped with powerful principles to share with your children and teens.


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.

General Session
Better Late Than Early, Or Better Early Than Late?
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Better Late Than Early, Or Better Early Than Late?

As homeschooling parents, we have the privilege of allowing our children to learn at their own pace; to instill a love of learning. We hear over and over again, ‘Don’t worry, they’ll catch on eventually’. Although this is somewhat reassuring, we continue to worry and wonder. At what point should we look into why our students are struggling with certain concepts? In this workshop, we will discuss some of the reasons our children might be struggling and what strategies we can use to launch them forward.


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.

High School
Homeschool through High School
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Homeschool through High School

You CAN homeschool through high school! Learn more about the various options available to support your child through high school at home. Find out how you can tackle difficult subjects through a variety of resources. Discover how homeschooling through high school can successfully prepare your child for post-secondary education. Gain additional insight into open universities and other opportunities for home educated students.


Peter Stock

Peter Stock is the President of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada. For nearly a quarter century, Peter has been a successful pro-family leader and strategist in government, media, and public relations. His experience with public policy, from conception to implementation, naturally progressed into protecting and promoting home education. For over 10 years, Peter and his wife, Tarah, have homeschooled their four children. Peter shares the teaching responsibilities with his wife and ultimately understands the needs of HSLDA members.

General Session
A Modern Charlotte Mason Homeschool. WWCD?
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A Modern Charlotte Mason Homeschool. WWCD?

Do you want to homeschool in a way that is easy? Do less and achieve more? Enjoy learning with your kids and watching them grow spiritually and academically? Join me as we learn about Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education: teaching a child as a person, focusing on character and habit training, truly understanding what education is by having Christ as the central focus, exploring a rich literature curriculum filled with living books, applying daily narration and copywork to the teaching of Language Arts, teaching art and music appreciation, exploring and learning outdoors, understanding the importance of mother culture and many other points that makes Ms. Mason’s philosophy of education unique and extremely efficient. 


Ana Willis

I’m Ana, a blessed homeschool mom of 3, wife, pastor, Certified Health Coach, mompreneur, and passionate homeschool blogger. I love to encourage, inspire, empower, and help homeschool moms to turn from stressed to blessed, one day at a time.

General Session
The Brief History of Mankind: Evidence For the Tower of Babel Dispersion
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Brief History of Mankind: Evidence For the Tower of Babel Dispersion

If all the various people groups really do go back to the Tower of Babel just a few thousand years ago, there should be evidence. Come with Vance Nelson on an archeological adventure all around the globe and see the evidence that this dispersion from Babel actually did occur, just like Genesis says it did. This visual lecture will absolutely amaze you! Vance started as a bit of a skeptic with respect to this passage of Scripture, but as he researched the evidence from around the world, he brought to light one of the largest collections of artifacts of the Tower of Babel dispersion you will ever see in a one hour talk.


Vance Nelson

Vance was born into a non-Christian household in Manitoba, Canada in 1973. He is the youngest of three boys. Vance went through life like many in our world today, without the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Living for himself without any real hope or purpose in life, Vance struggled through high school trying to fill an obvious void in his life with anything he could find. Nothing seemed to suffice. At age nineteen, Vance accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and started on a new journey to tell his old friends about the one who created them — Jesus. Vance developed an unending passion to tell people about the God of the Bible. Less than one year later, he went to Bible College. During his last year of Bible College, Vance married his wife, Korelei. Vance graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Religion degree specializing in Christian ministry. After working for two years, Vance and his wife decided to move to Clearwater, Florida to work on a Biology degree. Vance attended Clearwater Christian College. Three years later, after completing his degree, Vance and his wife, Korelei packed up and headed back to Canada to start the Canadian charity called Creation Truth Ministries. Creation Truth Ministries, of which Vance is the Executive Director, was started in 2002. Vance credits much of his passion and knowledge to many of his mentors including Dr. Gary Parker, John Mackay, and Dr. Jonathan Henry. He knows that Christ is the ultimate one to be praised for redeeming him and allowing him to serve in this capacity. Vance and his wife now have three daughters: aged seventeen years, twelve years, and nine years old. Vance now travels all over the world doing research, writing, and speaking on the topic of Creation and its vital importance to the Christian faith. Vance has the ability to speak to children, university students, and adults alike with a passion to see unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

SE Workshop
Inspire, Engage, Include - Tools to Teach Students about Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Inspire, Engage, Include - Tools to Teach Students about Accessibility and Inclusion

Join Marika van Dommelen, Program Coordinator for the Rick Hansen School Program as she shares her personal experience of growing up in the school system with a disability. Her workshop will provide information about resources that support educators in building disability awareness, inclusion, and citizenship skills. You will leave with practical lessons and activities that can be used in classrooms immediately. 


Marika Van Dommelen

Marika van Dommelen is a Program Coordinator of the Rick Hansen School Program team. As a person who grew up with her disability, she is passionate about helping educators support their students with disabilities to reach their full potential. Although she was born with Spina Bifida, Marika had a positive attitude and didn’t shy away from taking chances, always believing she could reach the many goals in life that she set for herself, including career, marriage and family. As an ex-para-athlete, Marika tries to stay in shape by wheeling or cycling. She is a published photographer and Certified Life Coach but of all her accomplishments, she is most proud of being a wife and a mother of a teenage son.

High School
High School -Navigating the Stages of Faith Formation
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
High School -Navigating the Stages of Faith Formation

Navigating the Stages of Faith Formation

SPEAKER: Brian Oger


Various Speakers

Various speakers for highschool mini sessions.

General Session
How God Uses Our Weaknesses and Limitations as Homeschool Moms
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
How God Uses Our Weaknesses and Limitations as Homeschool Moms

Do you ever have those moments of panic when you wonder if you are giving your children everything they need to succeed in life? Do you worry that you are inadequate for all that homeschooling requires of you? Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night plagued by the long list of important things that still need to be done - and know there will never be enough time in the day to accomplish them? In this session, we will discuss five areas that pose particular challenges to homeschool moms and be reminded that He always holds us in the palm of His hand. Join Zan and be encouraged by God’s promises of hope, strength, power, and help for those of us who are weary and imperfect.


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.

N2HS Workshop
The Adventure of Home Education
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
The Adventure of Home Education

The decision is made…now what? Where is the first trail marker on this home education journey? How do you cross the bridge from school to home? Who will be your trail guide? Is there a place to get off and enjoy the sights? Diane will share some lessons learned about traveling this journey - lessons about knowing your destination, planning your mode of transportation, and packing the appropriate materials. Yes, you can be assured there will be amazing discoveries as well as challenging experiences. Diane is eager to encourage parents on this homeschool journey, with all its’ joys and struggles. You will be inspired and encouraged to travel down this path with confidence!


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
Project-Based Learning - Don't be afraid of technology!
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Project-Based Learning - Don't be afraid of technology!

Dig into the world of Project-Based Learning(PBL). PBL is taking a real world project and using it as the vehicle to drive learning in multiple subjects. In conjunction with the new BC Ed plan, we will look at simple ideas with technology that are readily available at libraries, some DL schools, Maker Spaces, and in your home. Steve will show some projects he did with students in learning camps and give parents tools and advice to be successful with technology and project-based learning in their own homes. Come and look at 3D rendering, Makey Makeys, basic robotics, and more. There will be time to share what has been successful in other home learning environments and learning communities, brainstorm ideas, and ask questions.


Steve Bastian

I'm a homeschool graduate who went on to get my psychology and education degrees and God led me to HCOS. I recognize in myself that I learn well with hands on projects. With over 15 years of teaching experience, I've seen how many students don't fit the 'normal box' but do great with project-based, hands-on learning. It is with this mindset that I seek to teach project-based learning camps that engage our students while providing an enjoyable time of learning.

General Session
Depression During the Teen Years
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Depression During the Teen Years

With suicide being the number two reason for death among teenagers, it is worth examining the reasons why. 25% of girls aged 14 will struggle with depression. Teenage boys are also affected by it. Come and listen to both the research and the solutions to helping our teens navigate through their teenage years with positive mental health.


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
Intro to HCOS Online Courses & the New BC Ed Plan
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Intro to HCOS Online Courses & the New BC Ed Plan

Introducing, the all-star line-up of online courses offered by Heritage Christian Online School! We will provide an overview of courses offered online, plus some exciting information about how we are implementing the new BC Ed Plan in our online courses. Workshops are always more fun if they are interactive, so please bring your questions, comments, and suggestions, and prepare to participate!


Alisha Hadley

I taught for 20 years at Comox Valley Christian School and Lighthouse Christian Academy at all grade levels and most subject areas, and loved my career! I developed an amazing virtual world French and Spanish program with Heritage Christian Online School and have taught it for the past three years, and love my career! I recently joined the Curriculum Development Department with HCOS to help develop amazing online courses, and did I mention...I love my career! In addition to a career and ministry that I am passionate about, my husband and I have two amazing children: Emily, who graduated from Heritage in 2017 and is now a full-time student at UVIC; and Nathan, who is in grade eleven full-time with Heritage. We live on a beautiful little lake on the outskirts of Victoria where we work hard, play hard, serve hard, and strive to glorify God by praising him with joy in all aspects of our lives.

General Session
Kinesthetic Learning for PreK - Grade One
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Kinesthetic Learning for PreK - Grade One

What is Kinesthetic learning and how can we use this method to help our children better understand and creatively enjoy the content of what we’re teaching? We’ll explore some sample lessons and activities in the areas of math, health & science, music, bible, and language arts. Take home some reproducible hand-outs and tools to use in your home classroom and let’s have fun with Kinesthetic learning!


Sandy Baldwin

I have been a Primary (K- 2) teacher for over 25 years and have taught in both public and private schools. I also spent a year teaching English in Japan. I am currently teaching Kindergarten part-time at Heritage Christian School in Kelowna, BC. In our classroom, we love to integrate our work with singing, creative movement, art, play, and hands-on exploration. I enjoy being a pastor's wife and the mom of two married daughters. I also love hiking, writing curriculum, and songwriting. My album, In the Light, was chosen as one of 5 nominees for Children's Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Association of Canada's 2015 Covenant Awards.

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What's Really Going on Inside an ADHD Brain?
  • Schedule
  • Friday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
What's 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

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 CEAs 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 developing strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html.

General Session
Raising G-Rated Sons in an R-Rated World
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Raising G-Rated Sons in an R-Rated World

Joe Tyler discusses the key issues dads face as we strive to instill a Christ-centered vision in our sons. Joe addresses the cultural pressures on our young men and shares practical advice to counter the culture and instill a vision of purity in our sons and daughters. Because of the frank and sensitive nature of this discussion, we request that only men attend.


Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler currently serves as the IT Director for Apologia Educational Minsistries. Prior to that, he spent thirty years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager. Joe and wife Zan have been married for forty years. They spent twenty-one years homeschooling their three children from kindergarten through high school. Joe has been deeply involved in the homeschooling movement, both through his own family and the homeschool community at large. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. The Tylers have been blessed with three children, two wonderful daughters-in-law, a fabulous son-in-law, and six grandchildren. Joe has a heart and passion for ministering to and serving homeschooling parents and families.

General Session
Christianity at a Crossroads
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Christianity at a Crossroads

While combining the biblical creation account with millions of years of evolution might seem like a simple solution to the creation versus evolution debate in the church, the results are devastating to Scripture. This blending of ideas ultimately results in the destruction of Christianity: the Gospel, the message that Jesus, the Last Adam, died to pay for sins. Science supports Scripture, without the need to twist Scripture to make it fit science. In this eye-opening message, Clarence outlines some key reasons why evolution cannot fit into the Bible and the scientific evidence that shows it doesn't need to.


Clarence Janzen

For more than 20 years, Clarence has been a high school teacher in the private sector, with a focus in Biology and Chemistry at the senior level. Prior to becoming a teacher, Clarence worked as a journeyman electrician for 11 years, specializing in telecommunications. Clarence was raised in a Christian home and was faithfully committed to their home church while growing up. While attending trade school, at the age of 19 years, Clarence re-dedicated his life to love and serve God. Clarence has always believed in a literal 6-day creation because the inerrant Word of God was taught and modelled in his life from a very young age. However, within his first 10 years of teaching, Clarence soon realized that many 'churched' adults did not adhere to the authority of scripture, and instead, believed in a variety of theologies concerning creation. This conflict has devastating results for both adults and our youth. Clarence has a passion for teaching and it is his desire to combine his love for science and the Word of God, and to teach as many adults and youth, that science really does prove that the Bible is infallible. Clarence and his wife, Dawn, live in British Columbia. They have five grown children (4 sons, 1 daughter) and 1 terrific son-in-law. They have a deep desire to serve God together, teaching the importance of believing in a literal creation from the book of Genesis, right from the very first verse.

General Session
Beyond Bookwork to Making Connections and Critical Thinking
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Beyond Bookwork to Making Connections and Critical Thinking

Ever find yourself excited about the focus in the new BC Education plan on critical and creative thinking skills but wondering, “HOW do I do that?” In this presentation packed with specific examples, learn how to guide your child or student to analyze and critique, question and investigate, and even develop and design, using newfound understandings in unique ways. Applications for individual subjects including math, science, social studies, and literature, are explored. Adjusting your questions to deepen understanding and using a wide range of strategies presented here will help you take your child beyond the text to discerning and applying their worldview as they learn.


Andria Lengkeek

Andria Lengkeek, B.Sc. B.Ed., has been teaching for 21 years and has been a teacher with Heritage Christian Online School since 2009. While her degree is in Chemistry and her first love is science and math, Andria enjoys teaching children of all ages to love learning, make connections with the content and each other through group learning, and especially, to appreciate the complexities and beauty of God's world. She is the coordinator of Abbotsford Community Connections, administrator of Learning Groups in the Lower Mainland, and an individualized support teacher. Most importantly, she is Jerome's wife and mom to six girls: Emily, Esther, Bethany, Alicia, Kristen, and Sophia.

General Session
Discover HCOS Learning Commons Digital Resources!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Discover HCOS Learning Commons Digital Resources!

Have you discovered the HCOS Overdrive e-Library, digital unit studies, or their vast library of subscriptions? Come and listen to Pippa Davies, Learning Commons Director, as she walks you through some of these value-added tools with examples of how to use these resources to meet the new curriculum or digital literacy standards.


Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies is the director of the HCOS learning commons, wife to John, Mama to three adults, and Nana to two grandchildren. She has been with HCOS since inception, and has loved the journey homeschooling her son who is now 22. Pippa loves sharing on all things literacy and inquiry to encourage our students to become passionate researchers, makers, and 21st century collaborators.

General Session
Teaching Your child: Everyone Can Learn Through Picture Books!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Teaching Your child: Everyone Can Learn Through Picture Books!

This workshop will give you the chance to learn about having a growth mindset, which means believing that your brain can grow and make new connections. If your child or students tend to say things like "Math is too hard" or "I'm not good at Art," they may be operating out of a fixed mindset. Picture books are a great way to teach things like perseverance and hard work and studies have shown that when children learn about mindsets it can help them succeed.


Catherine Lisimaque

As a homeschooling mom of 3 and teacher, I have been working on developing a Growth Mindset with my own kids and students for the past couple of years. I am passionate about the French language, nature, church community, and lifelong learning!

General Session
Helping our Children Navigate their Identity Development
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Helping our Children Navigate their Identity Development

Every child goes through identity development. Some children start younger than others. This workshop will explain the neurobiological, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects that are tied into this process. Our children are bombarded with many more options than we ever had as children. Society encourages special diets, gender identity, social justice issues, tattoos, and different groups that our children can latch onto. How we approach each of their choices will either encourage or discourage those choices. Come and listen to some practical solutions intermingled with some live stories.


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
Life in the Fiery Furnace: How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Life in the Fiery Furnace: How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout

Homeschooling places great demands on parents and leads to great expectations. This combination can set us up for an intense sense of failure and disappointment. Homeschooling doesn’t always go according to our plans. Even when we are doing our best to follow God and love our families, we may find ourselves in the “fiery furnace,” ready to throw in the towel. In this session, Zan Tyler explores the causes of burnout and shares ways to avoid them. This workshop contains many practical tips for streamlining your life. It also encourages a biblical vision for what you are ultimately trying to accomplish in your children’s lives through homeschooling - a vision that will sustain you through the hard times and difficult days that are sure to come.


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.

General Session
Movement and the Brain - Move More, Learn More
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Movement and the Brain - Move More, Learn More

Research is showing that in order for our students’ brains to function at their peak, their bodies need to move! Dr. Ratey and others teach us that movement is integral for improving attention, warding off anxiety, controlling ADHD symptoms and stimulating general cognitive function. Dr. Blomberg and others teach us how unintegrated primitive reflexes can affect a student’s academic and emotional skills. In this workshop, we will discuss this research and share ideas on how we can promote and incorporate movement in our daily lessons.


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
Build Your Own Synthesizer, for FREE!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Build Your Own Synthesizer, for FREE!

The first synthesizers didn't have keyboards - they were in universities and were electricity-powered modules patched together with cables. Composers such as Hans Zimmer (who says decades ago he had to choose between buying a car and a synthesizer, and "I still don't drive!") has brought this old-school technique back. This year, a completely free software program, called VCV Rack, was released and it allows anyone to experience this process: connecting virtual cables together to control voltages in the creation and manipulation of sound. This is a unique way to combine art education, ADST, math application, logic, science, and history into an investigative and experiential unit that can last a week or a lifetime!


Steve Codling

Steve has worked for HCOS for more than a decade and has a holistic perspective on homeschooling since he's helped homeschool his own 4 kids, worked as a full-time K-9 support teacher, taught Music courses in the Grad Program, and helped with Administration at both K-9 and Grad Program levels. One of his biggest passions is modular synthesis, and the ability to share this knowledge without it costing hundreds of dollars is extremely exciting!

General Session
Project-Based Learning - It Starts at Home!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Project-Based Learning - It Starts at Home!

Project and inquiry-based learning are key aspects of the new modern curriculum, but many of us know, there is really nothing new about it! As parents and teachers, we have already been doing this for years...decades...centuries! So let's celebrate that the rest of the world has decided to jump on board, and prepare to share the amazing things you are doing as you teach, play, and learn along with your children. We can offer some tips to make your "Project-Based Learning" even richer, but come prepared to share, explore, and participate in this active, hands-on workshop. Students are welcome to join if parents are attending - it's going to be fun!


Alisha Hadley

I taught for 20 years at Comox Valley Christian School and Lighthouse Christian Academy at all grade levels and most subject areas, and loved my career! I developed an amazing virtual world French and Spanish program with Heritage Christian Online School and have taught it for the past three years, and love my career! I recently joined the Curriculum Development Department with HCOS to help develop amazing online courses, and did I mention...I love my career! In addition to a career and ministry that I am passionate about, my husband and I have two amazing children: Emily, who graduated from Heritage in 2017 and is now a full-time student at UVIC; and Nathan, who is in grade eleven full-time with Heritage. We live on a beautiful little lake on the outskirts of Victoria where we work hard, play hard, serve hard, and strive to glorify God by praising him with joy in all aspects of our lives.

General Session
Dire Dragons: The Missing Link in Dinosaur History
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Dire Dragons: The Missing Link in Dinosaur History

Throughout the world, "dragon" depictions can be found inscribed on rock, woven into ancient fabric, carved out of wood, and painted onto the pages of old books. If mankind lived with these creatures, as a plain reading of the Bible would indicate, then this is the precise evidence one would expect and predict would be found. All of the land animals were created on the same day as Adam and Eve. Come and see the evidence for yourself that the early chapters of the Bible are indeed historically accurate and trustworthy.


Vance Nelson

Vance was born into a non-Christian household in Manitoba, Canada in 1973. He is the youngest of three boys. Vance went through life like many in our world today, without the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Living for himself without any real hope or purpose in life, Vance struggled through high school trying to fill an obvious void in his life with anything he could find. Nothing seemed to suffice. At age nineteen, Vance accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and started on a new journey to tell his old friends about the one who created them — Jesus. Vance developed an unending passion to tell people about the God of the Bible. Less than one year later, he went to Bible College. During his last year of Bible College, Vance married his wife, Korelei. Vance graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Religion degree specializing in Christian ministry. After working for two years, Vance and his wife decided to move to Clearwater, Florida to work on a Biology degree. Vance attended Clearwater Christian College. Three years later, after completing his degree, Vance and his wife, Korelei packed up and headed back to Canada to start the Canadian charity called Creation Truth Ministries. Creation Truth Ministries, of which Vance is the Executive Director, was started in 2002. Vance credits much of his passion and knowledge to many of his mentors including Dr. Gary Parker, John Mackay, and Dr. Jonathan Henry. He knows that Christ is the ultimate one to be praised for redeeming him and allowing him to serve in this capacity. Vance and his wife now have three daughters: aged seventeen years, twelve years, and nine years old. Vance now travels all over the world doing research, writing, and speaking on the topic of Creation and its vital importance to the Christian faith. Vance has the ability to speak to children, university students, and adults alike with a passion to see unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

General Session
Teaching Art at Home
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Teaching Art at Home

Visual art is often a neglected area of learning at home, or becomes relegated to colouring and drawing. Come and find out how to incorporate a variety of techniques and projects into your home educating routines as well as learning about different resources available to help you. This will be a general session with information for K-9.


Niki Hildebrandt

I love teaching and supporting families in their home educating journeys. I feel called as a Christian teacher and believe that God has blessed me to be involved in Christian schools. I am passionate about Christian education and feel that we have such an opportunity to speak over the children in our province and teach them from a Biblical perspective.

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Models for Building ADHD Strategies
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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 an ADHD Brain?. 


Dan Duncan

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 CEAs 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 developing strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html.

General Session
Threats to Home Education in Canada and Around the World
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Threats to Home Education in Canada and Around the World

There are significant threats to home education around the world, even in Canada. Although we enjoy relative freedom in Canada, we are not immune to the threats faced by home educators in various countries. Find out what is being done to advance home education rights and what you can do to help the cause in Canada and around the world. In this session, learn more about the status of parental freedoms around the world and what it means for Canadians.


Peter Stock

Peter Stock is the President of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada. For nearly a quarter century, Peter has been a successful pro-family leader and strategist in government, media, and public relations. His experience with public policy, from conception to implementation, naturally progressed into protecting and promoting home education. For over 10 years, Peter and his wife, Tarah, have homeschooled their four children. Peter shares the teaching responsibilities with his wife and ultimately understands the needs of HSLDA members.

General Session
Roadschooling: How to Create a Learning Environment While Travelling
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Roadschooling: How to Create a Learning Environment While Travelling

Ever wonder how you can travel while homeschooling? Whether on the road throughout North America or overseas, we've got tips to get you started! Come bring your questions and get inspired to check things off your bucket list and give your family an unforgettable education!


Lara Merz

Bruce and Lara Merz have been Online Grad teachers with HCOS for the last 7 years. They have been teaching for a combined 3 decades in the public, private, post-secondary, and international sectors, and have been homeschooling their own kiddos for the last two years. They are passionate about Christian Home Education, missions, and travel. After Bruce’s scary brush with death a few years ago they decided to focus on family and spent the last year road-schooling with their three adventurous children through fourteen states/provinces around North America, three months in South Africa, and a month road tripping through Europe. In their spare time, they enjoy buying tiny toiletries, packing their suitcases, stalking google flights, and planning the next adventure!

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A Piece of the Puzzle for Children with Learning Challenges
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
A Piece of the Puzzle for Children with Learning Challenges

Does your child/student work hard at reading and math and experience fatigue or lack of progress? Is he/she seen as an under-achiever with behavior, attitude, or motivational problems? This seminar will give teachers and parents hope for facilitating the student’s learning by educating them on what to observe, how to adapt the learning environment, and to identify if their child would benefit from the use of color with the Irlen Method. 46% of all learning problems can be helped. Educational difficulties can be a complex issue. The Irlen Method may be a key piece of the puzzle for struggling students.


Charlotte Stace

Greg and Charlotte Stace bring experience in psychometric testing, teaching, and working with a variety of developmentally challenged individuals to their work as Irlen screeners. After observing children experience immediate benefits from the Irlen Method, the Staces investigated further, and were trained as Irlen screeners. The Irlen Method allows people with this visual processing challenge to reach their academic potential.

Vendor Workshop
Building a Solid Math Foundation
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Building a Solid Math Foundation

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


Leana Kratko

Leana and her husband started homeschooling 9 years ago. When they first decided to homeschool, they attended a local Homeschool Conference with a goal of finding a math curriculum they liked. After much research, they settled on RightStart and haven’t gone back. One of the greatest parts of teaching with RightStart for Leana is that, even though she did fairly well in math herself, she is learning things with her kids and is really understanding math. She has also been able to watch how each of her 4 daughters has benefited from RightStart even with their different personalities and learning styles. With her oldest just finishing level G, she loves watching the critical thinking that has come from RightStart show itself in higher level maths and even other subjects. Leana and her family live in Calgary, AB. When she’s not teaching her girls she can be found outside somewhere shooting archery, camping, gardening, snowshoeing… whatever the weather allows.

General Session
Right Relationships for the Homeschool Environment
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Right Relationships for the Homeschool Environment

Are you new to homeschooling and have once (or twice) said, “I don’t know if I can really homeschool my own children”? Or have you been homeschooling for some time and said, “I can’t do this anymore”? In this session, Robyn will share her homeschool experience that went from an everyday struggle to an everyday victory. It encourages a biblical perspective of role responsibilities for the relationships between a parent/child and a student/teacher, all which fall under the same roof. You will walk away encouraged, equipped, and believing that “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13).


Robyn Friberg

Robyn has been an elementary school teacher for 13 years and has taught in public, private, and DL schools. She is currently an Individualized Support Teacher with HCOS and is homeschooling her two boys, Bryden and Rowan. Robyn is passionate about her relationship with God and out of that, seeking right relationships with others. Through a biblical perspective on relational role responsibilities, she has experienced significant growth in her relationships with her children and this has resulted in homeschooling success! Robyn desires to share what she has learned through her experiences in hopes of helping others just as God has helped her.

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ADHD: Let's Get Real!
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
ADHD: Let's Get Real!

Dan has gathered some real world questions from parents and DL Teachers' specific challenges of homeschooled students living with ADHD. This session will be interactive and practical. You will discover how to develop strategies from specific examples arising from your own questions. If you have questions about supporting your child with attention concerns, this is the workshop for you! For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that participants in this session would have also attended at least one of the other foundational workshops Dan is presenting at this conference.


Dan Duncan

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 CEAs 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 developing strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html.

Vendor Workshop
Equipping the Saints
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Equipping the Saints

“Equipping the Saints” is a fast-paced presentation that combines the importance of understanding the creation versus evolution issue and the foundations of Christianity that are clearly laid out in the book of Genesis. Over the last 150 years, the authority of “The Word of God” has gradually been replaced with “The Word of Man” and this has had far-reaching implications for our churches and our youth. This easy to understand talk (supported with many illustrations and examples of scientific evidences that support a young earth and a 6-day creation) will encourage believers and equip them to share their faith.


Clarence Janzen

For more than 20 years, Clarence has been a high school teacher in the private sector, with a focus in Biology and Chemistry at the senior level. Prior to becoming a teacher, Clarence worked as a journeyman electrician for 11 years, specializing in telecommunications. Clarence was raised in a Christian home and was faithfully committed to their home church while growing up. While attending trade school, at the age of 19 years, Clarence re-dedicated his life to love and serve God. Clarence has always believed in a literal 6-day creation because the inerrant Word of God was taught and modelled in his life from a very young age. However, within his first 10 years of teaching, Clarence soon realized that many 'churched' adults did not adhere to the authority of scripture, and instead, believed in a variety of theologies concerning creation. This conflict has devastating results for both adults and our youth. Clarence has a passion for teaching and it is his desire to combine his love for science and the Word of God, and to teach as many adults and youth, that science really does prove that the Bible is infallible. Clarence and his wife, Dawn, live in British Columbia. They have five grown children (4 sons, 1 daughter) and 1 terrific son-in-law. They have a deep desire to serve God together, teaching the importance of believing in a literal creation from the book of Genesis, right from the very first verse.

General Session
Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential

When you look at your children, what do you see? Do you see little people making constant demands on your time, or do you see what God sees - lives brimming with possibilities? Author and homeschool mother, Zan Tyler wants to take you beyond the demands of everyday life to embrace a life-giving vision for your children’s future. You will learn to recognize the signs of potential in your children’s lives - signs that are easy to miss yet ripe for cultivation. You will begin to see every facet of each child’s life through the eyes of faith and the lens of Scripture. You will be inspired as you realize the crucial role you and your family play in shaping the identity and gifts of each child. The Master Gardener has given you powerful tools for cultivating your child’s potential; don’t miss this opportunity to discover what they are.


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.

General Session
Making and Keeping Appointments
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Making and Keeping Appointments

As every homeschooling parent knows, the days are full - every day! How are we supposed to get it all done? How do we keep it all straight in our minds? We will discuss the magic of the 'schedule' and the 'appointment' and share ideas about what might work in different family situations. Participants will have opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and go away with new tools to make this homeschooling journey more joyful!


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
Report Writing for Early Writers
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Report Writing for Early Writers

Writing reports is one of the easiest ways to encourage writing with young children. Come and learn how to include report writing for students in K-4, looking at creative options, the scope and sequence, and using your child's interests to motivate!


Niki Hildebrandt

I love teaching and supporting families in their home educating journeys. I feel called as a Christian teacher and believe that God has blessed me to be involved in Christian schools. I am passionate about Christian education and feel that we have such an opportunity to speak over the children in our province and teach them from a Biblical perspective.

General Session
Created to Create
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Created to Create

Do you need a personal revival? Do you wish you could spend more time in the Word of God or fall in love with the Word again? Join us for a vibrant and hands on Bible journaling workshop! The best part is, you don’t have to be a natural artist! Bible journaling has nothing to do with making gorgeous Pinterest perfect pages! It’s all about having an amazing time diving deeper into the Word of God as the Holy Spirit pours out a fresh new revelation of God’s Word into your heart. In this workshop, we will learn what is Bible journaling, how to start, how to choose a journaling Bible, supplies, and some basic Bible journaling techniques. Come ready to have a fun and powerful time in the Word! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible).


Ana Willis

I’m Ana, a blessed homeschool mom of 3, wife, pastor, Certified Health Coach, mompreneur, and passionate homeschool blogger. I love to encourage, inspire, empower, and help homeschool moms to turn from stressed to blessed, one day at a time.

General Session
Smart Phones and Social Media: What Every Parent Should Know
  • Schedule
  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Smart Phones and Social Media: What Every Parent Should Know

Ten years ago Smart Phones entered our world. Over the past five years, they have become pervasive in homes across North America. Facebook (2004), Instagram (2010), and Snapchat (2011) have, in a few short years, become major influencers in the lives of our children. The combined effects of social media and smart phones are now beginning to be seen. This workshop will share some of the latest findings regarding the impacts of them in the lives of children. I will also present some strategies that you can use in working with Smart Phones, Social Media, and your family.


Bruce Hildebrandt

Bruce grew up in Alberta exploring his grandparent's farm and enjoying the freedom of living in a small town. As the son of two teachers, learning was something that happened everywhere and all of the time, not just in a classroom. After graduating from the Peace River Bible Institute, he completed his Ed degree at the University of Alberta, and his Masters of Ed through Gonzaga University.

Bruce has taught grades four through nine over the course of 28 years. He has worked with HCOS since 2008 and is currently in his fourth year as Principal of K-9. God has blessed him with a beautiful wife, an amazing family, and wonderful friends. Bruce loves the adventure of a life with Jesus. He’s had the privilege of helping to plant a church, lead worship internationally, mentor teachers, write and record music, take teams of teens to Africa for short-term missions, climb volcanoes, and hike to stunningly beautiful places where the hand of God cannot be ignored.

General Session
Fathers, Let's Clarify the Mission and Get Equipped
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fathers, Let's Clarify the Mission and Get Equipped

Fatherhood is an incredible privilege, but a half-hearted approach will never do. Fatherhood involves representing our Father in heaven to our children. How our children view their earthly Father is how they will tend to view their Abba Father in heaven. Furthermore, God has given us the primary role of discipling our children to maturity in Christ. This is the most important work we will ever do and likely the difficult. This workshop will help any man: Clarify the Biblical job descripition, Learn practical discipleship tools and Be encouraged to engage in the mission!


Richard Snyder

Richard is the founder and Executive Director of Malachi Man Ministries and part-time associate pastor at Bay Community Church of Comox BC. He spent 9 years training and working as a Professional Engineer before responding to the call of full-time ministry. After twelve 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 eight, 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 both inside 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.

SE Workshop
It's All About the Eyes and Ears!
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  • Saturday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
It's All About the Eyes and Ears!

Your student has had their eyes and ears tested and everything is ‘normal’, or is it? It’s one thing to have 20/20 vision and a normal hearing test. It’s a completely other thing to PROCESS information, auditorily and visually. Difficulties in either one or both of these areas can lead to frustration for the student and the teacher. In this workshop, we will begin to unravel the essence of these issues and what we can do to help our student on the road to success.


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
Keynote - The Inspiring Task of Raising Servant Leaders
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  • Saturday from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Keynote - The Inspiring Task of Raising Servant Leaders

Teaching your children to love and serve others is the second most important principle you will ever teach them. This principle, in turn, provides the necessary foundation for training them to become leaders. Come to this workshop and learn how you can effectively teach the lessons of service and leadership in the midst of your already-full homeschool days. We will also discuss how to build powerful, life-changing service and leadership projects into your everyday lives. Be prepared to see your children come alive as they experience the joy of serving others!


Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the USA and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014, she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.