Friday, July 12th
Feast of St. Veronica

12:00 pm     Used Curriculum Sale Begins
2:00 pm       VENDOR HALL OPENS
3:00-3:45 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 1
4:00-4:45 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 2
5:00-7:00 pm DINNER BREAK
6:00 pm Used Curriculum Sale Ends
7:00-9:00 pm KEYNOTES

Saturday, July 13th
Feast of St. Henry

7:30 am MASS at St Thomas More
8:45-10:15 am KEYNOTE
10:30-11:15 am BREAKOUT SESSION 3
11:15-12:30 pm LUNCH BREAK
12:30-1:30 pm PLENARY SESSION
1:45-2:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 4
2:30 pm Confessions available at St. Thomas More
2:45-3:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 5
4:00 pm Anticipatory MASS at St. Thomas More


Teen Track Schedule - Saturday, July 13th

8:45 -10:15 am
Keynote – Andrew Pudewa (St. Francis Hall)

10:15 – 11:15 am
Session 1: Homeschool Graduates Panel (Room 206)

11:15 -12:30 pm
Lunch, Vendor Hall & Yard Games (Gathering Garden)

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Session 2: Local Missionary Service: Get outside yourself! (Room 206)

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Session 3: Megan Fessaro, Preparing for College (Room 206)

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Break, Cold Treats and Games (Basketball Court)

2:45 – 3:30 pm
Session 4: Fr. Ryan O’Neil – Vocations/Discernment (Room 206)

Main Schedule
Friday, July 12th - Feast of St. Veronica


Building Your Tribe: Homeschooling the Child with Special Needs
Monica Mayhak, Room 208
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.

Homeschool Mom Panel
Moderator Mary Machado, Room 207
What are the laws in Colorado and how do I comply?  What are the different approaches to homeschooling (classical, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, etc., etc.)?  What resources are available to us, both online and here within our local community?  All of your questions answered by a PANEL of experienced homeschool moms.

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 will cover the topics of meal planning, home organization, time management, and curriculum scheduling. Walk away with immediate, implementable action items that will not only improve your household, but your homeschooling experience as well.


Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates
Pamela Gates, Room 208
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!

Household Hacks for the Homeschooler
Jennifer Steller
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 will cover the topics of meal planning, home organization, and daily chores. Walk away with immediate, implementable action items that will streamline your household.


7:00-9:00 pm KEYNOTES

Nurturing the Moral Imagination in an Age of Distraction
Dr. Amy Fahey, St. Francis Hall
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.

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators
Andrew Pudewa, St. Francis Hall
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?”

Saturday, July 13th - Feast of St. Henry

8:45-10:15 am KEYNOTE

Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day,
Andrew Pudewa, St. Francis Hall
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.

10:30-11:15 am BREAKOUT SESSION 3

The Profound Influence of Music on Life
Andrew Pudewa, St. Francis Hall
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.

What is a Living Book and What Does It Eat?
Mattie Nelson, Room 105
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!

Building a Stronger Spiritual Life in Service to Homeschooling
Fr. Sam Morehead, Large Cafeteria
For those Catholics who home-school their children, living out the Faith well is of utmost importance. Father 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.

Training the Photographic Memory
Pamela Gates, Room 208
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”.

Homeschool Graduates Panel, Teen Track, Room 206  **Particular Teen Track session that is recommended to anyone**
Come hear from young adults who have survived and thrived through their homeschooling years! They’ll share their own unique perspectives and what they think worked and what didn’t. You’ll also get to see how they’ve chosen to continue their learning journeys and what they are up to today. Both teens and parents will benefit from this sharing of experiences and advice.

12:30-1:30 pm PLENARY SESSION

Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know
Michael Barber, St. Francis Hall
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.

1:45-2:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 4

But…But…But…What About Grammar?
Andrew Pudewa, St. Francis Hall
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.

Technology Safety
Jefferson County Sheriff, Room 105
Join us as The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department presents technology safety information for parents.  They go over privacy settings, location services, hidden apps and they talk in-depth with parents on different topics to discuss with their kids about technology use.

TBD, Fr. Ryan O’Neil, Large Cafeteria

Smart Kids Who Hate to Write
Pamela Gates, Room 208
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.

2:45-3:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSION 5

Freeedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Educational Paradigm
Andrew Pudewa, St. Francis Hall
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.

The Quieting School of Nature
Helen Swavely, Room 105
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.

Insider Tips from the Admissions Office
Megan Fessaro, Large Cafeteria
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.

The Biology of Behavior: “Children Act How They Feel”
Sydney Walker MD
, Pamela Gates, Room 208
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.