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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Kinesthetic Learning for PreK - Grade One
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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 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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Project Based Learning - Don't be afraid of technology!
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Project Based Learning - Don't be afraid of technology!

This workshop will dig into the world of Project Based Learning (PBL).  PBL is taking a real world project and using that as the vehicle to drive learning in multiple subjects - in conjunction with the new BC Ed plan.  We will look at some simple ideas with technology that is readily available at libraries, some DL schools, Maker Spaces, and in your home. Steve will show some of his projects that he did with students in learning camps and give parents tools and advice to be successful with some technology in their own homes with project based learning.  We’ll look at 3d rendering, Makey Makeys, basic robotics and more.  We’ll also leave some time at the end to brainstorm ideas and share what has been successful in other home learning environments and learning communities.  Please bring questions and ideas to share!


Steve Bastian

I'm a homeschool graduate that went on to getting my psychology and education degrees and God led me to HCOS.  I recognize in myself that I learn well, with hands on projects.  I've also seen over 15 years of teaching, that many students that don't fit the normal box, do great with project based hands on learning. 

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Build Your Own Synthesizer, for FREE!
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Build Your Own Synthesizer, for FREE!

The first synthesizers didn't have keyboards - they were in universities and were electricity-powered modules that were 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 that 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 Arts Education, ADST, Math application, Logic, Science & 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 GradProgram, and helped with Administration at both K-9 and GradProgram 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!

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Discovering HCOS Learning Commons Digital Resources!
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Discovering 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,  and is mama to three adults, and Nana to two grandchildren. She has been with the school 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.  

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What's the Big Deal About Tech?
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What's the Big Deal About Tech?

This workshop is for parents and teachers who may question the validity and wisdom of integrating even more technology into our students’ educational experience when it seems like they’re being bombarded with technology from every side. Those who are ready to integrate and/or already integrating technology will be inspired with new approaches for teaching/learning with technology.

Overview: Can’t We Just Keep Teaching/Learning Using “Tried and True” Methods? First, we’ll look at how today’s students learn differently than generations of the past, and what implications this has on how we approach curriculum choices and curriculum design. What’s the Big Deal? Then, participants will learn why even our “digital natives” need formal training in using technology. We’ll also explore how technology is changing the landscape of our Canadian workplace; and the how integrating strategic technological learning experiences will prepare our students for the jobs of the future. Ok, You've Got Me - Now What? Finally, participants will explore and discover how to integrate technology into teaching/learning in intentional and strategic ways. Parents/teachers will come away with new technological tools for addressing specific learning standards of BC’s curriculum.


Cynthia Duncalfe

Cynthia Duncalfe is the Curriculum Consultant and a STEAM Mentor at Heritage Christian Online School.  She and her husband Darren have been married 26 years, have 5 children, and have been home educating for over 15 years.  Cynthia’s passion for equipping home educators began in 2005 when she and her business partner founded Cornerstone Learning Resources, which operated out of Kelowna, BC from 2005 to 2016.  She provided educational consultation to her clients throughout those years, and continues that passion through her role at HCOS.  She recently attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 3-day Conference in San Antonio, TX (along with nearly 20,000 other educators), and focuses much of her professional development efforts in the area of educational technology.  As a STEAM Mentor, Cynthia conducts various technology-based Learning Camps in the Lower Mainland of BC.  

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The Adventure of Home Education
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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 that 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.

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Better Late Than Early, Or Early Than Late?
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Better Late Than Early, Or 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.

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Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Through High School
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Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Through High School

“HELP! I don’t think so!!!” Are you exasperated with your struggling learner, but at the same time realizing that he/she may not be able to manage a traditional high school? The challenge of homeschooling through high school feels overwhelming enough, let alone with my student who cannot even write a paragraph without my help! In this workshop, Diane will share personal experiences as well as educational tips on how to make high school a great opportunity for your struggling learner!


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.

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New Movement and the Brain - Move More, Learn More
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New 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 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.

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Intro to HCOS Online Courses & the New BC Ed Plan
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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 in 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/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.

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Project Based Learning - It Starts at Home!
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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 in 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/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.

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Teaching Children to Write the Easy Way ( Grades 5-9 )
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Teaching Children to Write the Easy Way ( Grades 5-9 )

Are you tired of writing assignments that have prompts like “Write a story about a dog” and 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 has more than 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher. He is currently the Director of K-9 with HCOS.

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Report Writing for Early Writers
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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 student 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.

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Teaching Art at Home
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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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Smart Phones and Social Media: What Every Parent Should Know
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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 these 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 has more than 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher. He is currently the Director of K-9 with HCOS.

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Christianity at a Crossroads
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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/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 that 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.


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Beyond Bookwork to Making Connections and Critical Thinking
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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 a teacher with Heritage Christian Online School since 2009 and has been teaching for 21 years.  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 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 individualized support teacher. Most importantly, she is Jerome's wife and mom to six girls: Emily, Esther, Bethany, Alicia, Kristen and Sophia.

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Roadschooling: How to create a learning environment while travelling
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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 over seas. 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

The Merz’s 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 in on family and spent the last year road schooling with their three adventurous children in 14 states/provinces around North America, as well as spending 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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Navigating the Grad Program for SE/LS Students
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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, new to our school or simply for families looking for more options for their child.



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. 

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Dire Dragons: The Missing Link in Dinosaur History
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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. Come and see the evidence for yourself that the early chapters of the Bible are indeed historically accurate and trustworthy. All of the land animals were created on the same day as Adam and Eve.


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 the 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.

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Making and Keeping Appointments
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Making and Keeping Appointments

As every homeschooling parent knows, the days are full-- every day! How are we supposed to get it all done? We will be discussing the magic of the 'schedule' and the 'appointment'. In our house, where I homeschool our youngest 4 of 7 children, I strive to make each child feel unique and special. I really make the attempt to make sure everyone doesn't feel lost in our sea of busyness. My children have learned that If I can't attend to something right then, I will come back to it when I can. It is pretty common to have a schedule for our 'school day' and all the subject areas but what about the other 'stuff'? Things like dates with our spouse, dates with each of our children, and generally attending to things that are important to each member of the family. How do we keep it all straight in our minds? We will be discussing and sharing 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 homeschool 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.  

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The New BCED Grad Program
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The New BCED Grad Program

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 embraced new opportunities to create a high school program that focuses on the goals of your student. 


Sue Savard

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Depression
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Depression

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. 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.

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Homeschool through High School
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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 even 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.

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Threats to Home Education in Canada and Around the World
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Threats to Home Education in Canada and Around the World

There are significant threats to home education around the world, and 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.

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Keynote: Homeschooling - A Revival Movement
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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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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Leaving a Legacy: The Vision of the Homeschool Dad and Husband
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Leaving a Legacy: The Vision of the Homeschool Dad and Husband

A cell phone commercial features an NBA point guard trying to play basketball blindfolded. 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.

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Ten Lessons I Learned on the Way to Jail
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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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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How God Uses Our Weaknesses and Limitations as Homeschool Moms
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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 the 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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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Raising G-Rated Sons in an R-Rated World
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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.

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Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential
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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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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Life in the Fiery Furnace: How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
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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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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The Inspiring Task of Raising Servant Leaders
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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 country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is 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.

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A Modern Charlotte Mason Homeschool. WWCD?
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A Modern Charlotte Mason Homeschool. WWCD?

Do you want to homeschool that’s easy? Do less and achieve more? Enjoying learning with your kids and watch them grow spiritually and academically? Join me as we learn about Charlotte Mason’s philosophy education.

Understand Ms. 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. We will also learn how to practically apply a Charlotte Mason education to our homeschool today and discuss ideas to adapt her philosophy of education into the digital learning generation we live in.


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.

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Created to Create
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Created to Create

Do you need a personal revival? Would 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 new fresh revelation of God’s Word into your heart.

In this workshop we will learn what is Bible journaling, how to start, how to choose journaling Bibles, and 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.