2019 Sessions

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?”

Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Andrew Pudewa
Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.

The Profound Influence of Music on Life
Andrew Pudewa
Music has become such an ever-present influence in our daily lives, we seldom stop to consider what effect it has on us. But we must. As we changed over the last 100 years from being music makers to music consumers, we have gradually lost control over, and even awareness of, our auditory environment. In what way is music beneficial to our bodies and minds? In what circumstances can it actually be harmful? Solid scientific research provides some astounding answers to such questions—indeed, facts that must not be ignored by today’s parents and children.

Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Educational Paradigm
Andrew Pudewa
Escaping the conveyor belt approach of institutional education by which most of us were shaped isn’t easy, but it has to be done. For many parents, our greatest handicap as teachers is our own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders, and communicators – so desperately needed in today’s world.

But…But…But…What About Grammar?
Andrew Pudewa
Knowing how to teach grammar is especially challenging for the parent who doesn’t feel con dent in his or her own grammar proficiency. Grammar programs often consist of piles of workbooks, wasted dollars, and way too much time spent trying to fufill that subject. Often what is taught in those workbook pages doesn’t translate into success in writing. The results are poor mechanics and a less than stellar understanding of “What is a verb?” or perhaps more importantly, “How do verb choices enhance writing?” If you are asking, “But what about grammar?” Andrew Pudewa has answers.

Nurturing the Moral Imagination in an Age of Distraction
Dr. Amy Fahey
Your child’s imagination is being formed every moment of every day, whether intentionally or not. Depraved and misguided forces are actively working to capture that imagination, and perhaps nowhere is that effort more aggressive than in the realm of children’s literature. This talk will identify the current educational, cultural, and technological threats to your child’s imagination, and provide suggestions on how to push back against the insanity to reclaim and nurture what Russell Kirk and others have termed the “moral imagination” of children.

Building a Stronger Spiritual Life in Service to Homeschooling
Fr. Sam Morehead
For those Catholics who homeschool their children, living out the Faith well is of utmost importance. Fr. Morehead will lead participants in a consideration on the foundational aspects of the spiritual life that are necessary for parents–in both their own personal spiritual life, as well as their family’s collective spiritual life–to do Catholic homeschooling well, all to the greater glory of God. In addition to considering particular spiritual practices and family discernment, Fr. Morehead will speak to the importance of understanding and forming an integrated, balanced humanity so to promote family members’ perseverance in the spiritual life long-term.

Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know
Michael Barber
In the Creed, we affirm that the reason Christ became man was “for us men and for our salvation.” But what exactly is salvation? This presentation, based on Dr. Barber’s bestselling new book with the same name as the talk, discusses some common ways salvation is often misunderstood and shows how such erroneous views can set us up for very serious problems in the spiritual life.

Insider Tips from the Admissions Office
Megan Fessaro
Megan Fessaro has interviewed college admission office professionals, who share their tips to help homeschoolers (and others) successfully navigate the college admission process. Learn why your student should be on a first name basis with their admission counselor (and even be allowed to text them!), and how to best present what your family’s financial needs are, among other helpful tips.

Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates
Pamela Gates
How to “Diagnose and Correct” learning disabilities or mild processing glitches. This is for your “puzzling child.” Is it a maturity issue, or is something else going on? If you have a bright, hardworking child who has to work too hard to learn, he is telling you that one or more of his Four Learning Gates is blocked. Find out specifically how the brain processes information, and where that processing can break down. Learn how to be your own diagnostician using a checklist of symptoms; then learn the necessary interventions. It doesn’t have to be so hard for your child!

Training the Photographic Memory
Pamela Gates
Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory”. But we now know that this amazing ability can be easily taught, and it is one of the best gifts you can give your child. Your child can store his spelling words in his photographic memory for quick retrieval. You will learn many simple teaching techniques in this workshop, such as Right Brain Reading and Right Brain Math. Right Brain Reading is the method Dianne used in her Resource room to help students make a two-year gain in reading in one year! For kids who find math “miserable”, this is a Godsend. Help your children get in touch with the “smart part of themselves.”

The Biology of Behavior: Children Act How They Feel
Sydney Walker MD, Pamela Gates
Ben is a constant motion machine. Lucas cries in frustration over minor matters. Emma forgets what she has just learned. Could all these behaviors be caused by an upset “gut ecology”? Could they be related to multiple antibiotic use when the child was young, or other factors that affected the child’s intestinal health? The answer is a resounding YES! This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s brain/body chemistry. It is easy to correct these imbalances at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day.

Smart Kids Who Hate to Write
Pamela Gates
You may have a child who groans about writing, writes reversals, or misspells words he knows when he writes. These children are often thought of as sloppy or lazy when they are really using way too much energy for the writing process. The writing learning gate is the most common gate that is blocked with gifted kids. In this workshop you will be shown a daily exercise you can do with your child to get the writing into his “automatic” brain hemisphere, and remove stress from the writing system.

Household Hacks for the Homeschooler
Jennifer Stellar
Learn how to streamline your domestic responsibilities so that you can free up time to focus on what matters most: educating your children with energy, love and connection. Providing practical tips and advice tailored for the busy homeschooler, Jennifer covers the topics of meal planning, home organization, and daily chores. Walk away with immediate, implementable action items that will streamline your household.

Time Management for the Homeschooler
Jennifer Stellar
In this workshop, you’ll find a new approach to “spring cleaning” your obligations and keeping your real priorities top of mind. Jennifer reviews strategies for time management for families, curriculum planning, and setting up a realistic school schedule. 

What is a Living Book and What Does It Eat?
Mattie Nelson
Come learn about living books, how to use them in your homeschool and what they look like. You will leave equipped to identify a living book when you see one, as well as how to ignite a love for learning for yourself and your family. This will be a fun, hands-on workshop with a delightful surprise!

The Quieting School of Nature
Helen Swavely
We have a fascinating science resource right outside our doors, but we often overlook it because it is so quiet. Come learn how the quiet school of nature lays the foundation for much of our learning, but especially learning through recognizing the wonder of God’s magnificent world that’s all around us. Come explore how nature also lays the foundation for science lessons, how to get started, and how to keep a nature notebook, plus fun and simple nature study ideas for the whole family.

Discerning the Will of God Every Day
Fr. Ryan O’Neill
A talk about what it means to discern God’s will in the little things. Discernment is not just for priesthood and marriage, and it is not about finding God’s blueprint for our lives. Fr. Ryan explores the deeper side of what it means to discern. 

Building Your Tribe: Homeschooling the Child with Special Needs
Monica Mayhak
Every child learns differently and is motivated by a unique temperament. Learning about your child’s special ways of learning and developing is a crucial first step to successfully homeschooling your children. The child with special needs is no different, but you also need additional layers of support in the loving work of homeschooling a child with unique challenges. Learn how to build a support system, how to access services in Colorado, what financial resources are available, and how to find supports both in-person and online. We’ll also discuss the day-to-day challenges of home educating a child with special needs, the impact on the family, and how to build a strong support system.