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The 31st Christian Home Educators Convention

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Download syllabusJust the Facts, Ma’am: Homeschooling Works
Dr. Brian Ray
In spite of what logic and professional educators might tell you, homeschooling works. Even parents with only a high school education and low incomes help their children excel with home-based education. Dr. Ray, one of the world’s leading homeschool researchers, makes this engaging and fact-filled presentation as he reviews research on homeschooling and documents the findings of his own multiple studies. Resoundingly, research shows positive outcomes (e.g., academic achievement and social development) from home education. Learn about homeschooling and inform others.


Whatever! Why Not be a Part of the 87%?
Dr. Brian Ray

Whatever! It’s just a choice. We have liberty in Christ. One well-known church pastor graduate of homeschooling claimed, “It is not a moral issue whether you choose public schools, private schools, or homeschooling.” One popular online Christian speaker says, “Homeschooling is an adiaphora.” There is, however, a big problem with these ideas. God says a lot about discipling the children of God’s children. How we teach and raise our children is an essentially moral issue. If it is not, why not have your kids be a part of the 87% in state/public schools? Would these same folks above teach Christians it is okay to choose to put their children in a Muslim madrasa, Mormon school, or New Age child-garden beginning at age five for 30 hours per week? Tighten your belts and get your copy of the Word ready as Dr. Ray hits this topic hard, a little fast, with humor, plenty of pithy quotes and statistics, and a dose of humility.


Download syllabusGet Right on the Money
Steve and Annette Economides
Steve and Annette share the easy-to-implement strategies they have used since 1982 to live a debt-free, fun-filled life without feeling deprived. They'll cover many money-saving strategies and the single most important tool that any family can use to reach their financial dreams. They'll share many of the concrete, practical tools that they have used to pay off their first home in nine years, to purchase all of their cars with cash and to reach the American Dream in a very un-American way . . . without debt.

Why You Should Continue to Homeschool
Dr. Brian Ray
Many parents finally fall prey to their own insecurities and critics’ darts when their children reach age 14 (and sometimes much earlier). They consider abandoning home-based and parent-guided education. The cacophonous voices of professionals, generations of institutional schooling, “public” school giveaways and enticements, personal misperceptions of reality, and the world’s opinion about what is important muddy the waters. Getting closer to the source—the headwaters—brings refreshment and clarity to vision and action. Dr. Ray focuses on key educational goals and philosophy (biblical), research findings, the importance of separating the state from education, and personal experience to inform, encourage, and rally parents’ spirits and harden their resolve to continue homeschooling for the long term in order to reap the harvest of its excellent fruits.

Astronomy Reveals Creation
Dr. Jason Lisle

In this presentation, we explore the universe through “biblical glasses.” We see how the universe declares the glory of God and confirms the Bible throughout history and in modern science as well. Topics include the age of the universe, the design of the universe, and more. The presentation is geared for a general audience.

Download syllabusHow to Teach Biblical Worldview Thinking All Day, Everyday
John Hellriegel, Jr.

Training students in a biblical worldview is one of the joys and challenges of a homeschool parent. We want our kids to think biblically about all matters of life, but how can that be done intentionally in a busy day of math, history, English, and science? Learn biblical worldview integration methods you can incorporate throughout your day. From the first math lesson in the morning to an afternoon trip to the park, this session will help you be better prepared to equip your child with a biblical worldview.

Download syllabusGetting Started
Susan Beatty
SBeginning home education can be bewildering. If you need to know where to start, what your choices are, and how to set up your homeschool, this workshop will take you step-by-step through the process. You will receive an explanation of programs and a brief overview of teaching approaches, courses of study, setting up records, and more.

Download syllabusWake Up and Smell the Crayons
Susan Stewart

The need for preschool is a hot topic. Do you need to send your child to preschool? Are formal academics necessary? Why do you need to start teaching at the age of two? Will your child fall behind without "school." Following a child's natural development stages, Susan answers these questions and offers practical suggestions for what preschoolers really need.

Download syllabusIntro to Special Education - Overview and Starting Places
Nanci Lynch

This workshop will introduce the many facets of special education and discuss traditional school systems and services.  More importantly, it will explore the implications of bringing it home. Included will be ideas of where to start, finding help, and learning to adapt.

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner
Thomas Clark

Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of Algebra: A Complete Course, and Geometry: A Complete Course, will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask, in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter, when solving equations and inequalities.



Download syllabusHomeschooling: Essential to the Natural Family
Dr. Brian Ray
Twenty years of research and a pro-family worldview show that parent-led, home-based education (i.e., homeschooling) is an essential function of the natural family, and that homeschooling clearly builds, strengthens, and advances the natural family (i.e., a husband/man, wife/woman, and children). On the other hand, institutional schooling, both state-run (public) and private, inherently undermine the natural family and the benefits that it bestows on society. Research on the worldwide modern homeschool movement will be reviewed showing the academic, psychological, social, familial, civic, and long-term advantages that homeschooling gives to individuals, local communities, and to societies.

Preparing for High School
Mary Schofield

What do you need to do to make sure that your student is ready for high school? Junior high or middle school is a time of transition. Your children are quickly growing out of being “children” and heading quickly toward becoming young adults. Junior high is a unique and special time filled with huge changes physically, spiritually, emotionally, and academically. This workshop will focus on all four of these areas of growth, considering what is needed in each area, and is dedicated to helping you take advantage of the junior high years to prepare your children for success as they move on to high school and beyond.

Download syllabusTeaching Kids about Money
Steve & Annette Economides

Understand the dangers of the 5/50/500 rule and provide financial strength and stability for you and your kids (ages 3 to 35). Since 1995, Steve and Annette have been teaching their kids to earn, save, and spend their own money. They'll cover the system they've developed and how you can customize it to fit your own family's lifestyle. By training your kids (of any age) to handle money wisely, you know they will be prepared to enter adulthood ready to soar.

Download syllabusSpelling and the Brain
Andrew Pudewa

Many children (and some adults) have difficulty learning to spell, but the difficulty may not be with the student so much as with the method of presentation. Find out in this workshop how spelling information is most efficiently stored in the brain, and why. With a greater insight into the nature of spelling and neurological function presented in this workshop, parents and teachers will be well-equipped to meet the needs of all their children, not just the "naturally" good spellers.

Legal/Legislative Update
J. Michael Smith & Nathan Pierce

This workshop will address the current legislative issues in California that affect homeschoolers and parental rights and how to homeschool legally in California. CHEA strongly recommends this workshop for any homeschooler who is not thoroughly familiar with the homeschool law in California.

Download syllabusDevelopment and Preschool Learning
Susan Stewart
From birth, children go through various stages of growth and learning. By recognizing these developmental stages, you can capture learning moments without formal academics for your preschooler.

Signs of a Learning Disability
Dr. Anita Miller

This course will give practical signs that point to a learning disability. Some of the learning disabilities that will be discussed are: dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, scotopic sensitivity syndrome, autism, and aspergers. Other disabilities may be mentioned.


Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators
Andrew Pudewa
Today, many of us have an intuitive sense that major changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different in ways not necessarily convenient or comfortable. But at the same time, we must wake up each day and live as though things will continue on pretty much as they are. Resolving this cognitive dissonance requires that we carefully contemplate our circumstances because we truly are in a cultural war, fighting the “non-gospel” of aesthetic and moral relativism on three fronts–personal, family, and social. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors?”

High School Overview
Mary Schofield
How do you decide what to study in high school? How do you know that your teen is learning enough (and of the right things)? How can parents continue a homeschool lifestyle during the high school years? Must homeschool students model their high school years after the institutionalized educational style of learning? Come learn how to make your high school years special, wonderful, and complete as we discuss the overall plans needed to teach high school at home.

Reflections of a Homeschool Dad
Steve Economides

A homeschool dad can sometimes feel like an outsider–going to work and then coming home to hear about his family’s activities. In this candid session, 25-year homeschool veterans Steve and Annette Economides share the five things Steve did to unintentionally undermine his wife and children and five things God taught him to restore and build-up his family. Steve will lead dads to discover how to become an integral part of family life and create a powerful foundation of peace and hope in their homes.

Your Origins Matter
Dr. Jason Lisle
This presentation shows the central importance of the history in Genesis to major Christian doctrines and shows how the decline in society is connected to the increasing rejection of biblical creation. The defense of a literal, historical Genesis is absolutely crucial to the success of the church in its call to make disciples of all nations. Topics include the age of the Earth and the origin of death and suffering.

Download syllabusPhilosophy of Education
Susan Stewart

You know that you should have a written philosophy of education because it is the foundation of your homeschool. If you didn't stay awake during Philosophy 101, you may wonder how you write something so lofty. In this hands-on workshop, Susan will take you through nine steps to writing your philosophy of education. When finished, you will have the backbone of your written educational beliefs. Come prepared to work.

Download syllabusTeaching Preschoolers with Games
Carolyn Forte

Play is serious business for young children. Learn how to teach your children with games and play using the natural learning modes of early childhood.

Download syllabusEveryone has Special Needs-Setting Goal and Measuring Success
Nanci Lynch
Whether your child has diagnosed specific special needs or exhibits atypical strengths or weaknesses, this session will help you identify, focus and label areas of need.  It will help you to strategize, create, write and measure the specific areas you as a parent educator desire to address.


My Journey Out of Government Schools and Into the Joy of Home/Life Education
Kirk Cameron
Kirk will offer his personal reflection on unplugging from the conventional matrix and taking a leap into the light of "life schooling" their six kids in order to blaze a unique Kingdom path for their family. Kirk will include personal stories from the Cameron family, educational strategy suggestions, and hopes for the future of his and Chelsea's children.

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