Conference News

2016 CONFERENCE NEWS

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the following homeschool conferences. We're scheduled to offer workshops at most of these, as well as providing other resources designed to help you succeed in the comprehensive education of your children. This page will be updated throughout the conference season as more details become available.


February 25-27, 2016
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)

   Bismarck Civic Center
   315 South 5th Street, Bismarck, ND 58504

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 8:30
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. It will include the benefits and methods for bulk cooking and several strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, and stress levels, as well as the increased nutrition and enjoyment in sharing hospitality with others. We will then look at the how-to’s for getting it done and some of the resources available to get people on their way. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder why you waited.
   Workshop Handout

Veteran Homeschoolers Q & A Panel - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
A panel of veteran homeschool moms and dads will answer your questions on whatever topics you wish to discuss. Nancy will emcee this workshop and keep the conversation flowing. Please come prepared with your own questions or drop off your preplanned questions in the drop box at the convention registration table.


April 1-2, 2016
Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association (NCHEA)

   Indian Hills Community Church
   1000 S 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
Gain a fresh perspective on how your children’s actions and attitudes can help you discover their natural bent, so you can plan strategies that will help them grow into the person they were created to be. This workshop will provide insight into a variety of ways we can effectively teach to various learning styles in our children.
   Workshop Handout


April 7-9, 2016
Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo (GSLAHE)

   First Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County
   1375 Carman Road, Manchester, MO 63021 (St. Louis suburb)

Where Do I Begin? – A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 6:00
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
   Workshop Handout

Math Outside the Book - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:15
This interactive workshop will cover the why’s and how’s of using games to bring math to life and increase understanding in students. We’ll discuss how to use games to enhance any curriculum. We’ll then dive into a highly visual and interactive review of games to use for everything from understanding number basics, getting the facts straight, the base-ten system, to using multiple operations.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
Gain a fresh perspective on how your children’s actions and attitudes can help you discover their natural bent, so you can plan strategies that will help them grow into the person they were created to be. This workshop will provide insight into a variety of ways we can effectively teach to various learning styles in our children.
   Workshop Handout


April 15-16, 2016
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)

   Grace Presbyterian Church
   8607 Illinois 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Although no workshops are planned, we'll be in our booth to help you!


April 22-23, 2016
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

   Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
   350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802

Both the Bjorkman and Heppner families are planning to be in Duluth to serve you!

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. It will include the benefits and methods for bulk cooking and several strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, and stress levels, as well as the increased nutrition and enjoyment in sharing hospitality with others. We will then look at the how-to’s for getting it done and some of the resources available to get people on their way. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder why you waited.
   Workshop Handout


April 29-30, 2016
Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators (SECHE)

   Linwood Wesleyan Church
   1101 East 57th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Homeschooling: The BIG Picture - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 11:30
Come in and discover, or discover anew, a bigger vision of what homeschooling can be for your family. Find encouragement as you reconsider your goals and put into perspective the pieces of the puzzle. We’ll talk about both academic and non-academic objectives and practical ways to fit it all together to help you and your children find out who they were created to be.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
Gain a fresh perspective on how your children’s actions and attitudes can help you discover their natural bent, so you can plan strategies that will help them grow into the person they were created to be. This workshop will provide insight into a variety of ways we can effectively teach to various learning styles in our children.
   Workshop Handout

Time and Home Management - Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 11:30
Time management does NOT mean scheduling. It includes scheduling. Time must be budgeted just like money. We must determine the difference between the fixed – what we must do, and the discretionary – what we would like to do, and set our priorities. This workshop will be filled with practical tips and encouragement for everyday living as a homeschool family. Areas covered include understanding your calling, relationships, schooling, household clutter & cleaning, and general household management. You’ll leave with practical and applicable tips.
   Workshop Handout


May 4-12, 2016
Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA)

   Soldotna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau

We are pleased to be participating in all four IDEA curriculum fairs again this year.


May 4: Soldotna
Kalifonsky Christian Center
41342 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai, AK 99611

Where Do I Begin? – A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Wed. @ 11:45
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
   Workshop Handout


May 5-6: Anchorage
Egan Center
555 W. Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 11:30
What should “school” look like for early learners? What things are developmentally appropriate for the younger ages? This fun and informative session will provide a comprehensive overview of teaching methods specifically geared to pre- and elementary-age children. Nancy will share resources, fun games, toddler tips, and easy activities, all designed to help parents think outside the box when it comes to “doing school.”
   Workshop Handout

Homeschooling Your High Schooler - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 12:45
This very popular, interactive workshop will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities, co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school.
   Workshop Handout


May 9-10: Fairbanks
Carlson Center
2010 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Mon. @ 12:15
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. It will include the benefits and methods for bulk cooking and several strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, and stress levels, as well as the increased nutrition and enjoyment in sharing hospitality with others. We will then look at the how-to’s for getting it done and some of the resources available to get people on their way. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder why you waited.
   Workshop Handout


May 12: Juneau
Juneau Christian Center
8001 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801

Homeschooling Your High Schooler - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 12:15
This very popular, interactive workshop will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities, co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, scholarship opportunities and more. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school.
   Workshop Handout


June 2-4, 2016
Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)

   Calvary Church
   9S200 State Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564

Time and Home Management - Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 12:20
Time management does NOT mean scheduling. It includes scheduling. Time must be budgeted just like money. We must determine the difference between the fixed – what we must do, and the discretionary – what we would like to do, and set our priorities. This workshop will be filled with practical tips and encouragement for everyday living as a homeschool family. Areas covered include understanding your calling, relationships, schooling, household clutter & cleaning, and general household management. You’ll leave with practical and applicable tips.
   Workshop Handout


June 9-11, 2016
Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)

   Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center
   730 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Where Do I Begin? – A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 11:00
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like” and also discuss many of the stages that homeschool families experience as they walk through the years. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
Workshop Handout

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:30
What should “school” look like for early learners? What things are developmentally appropriate for the younger ages? This fun and informative session will provide a comprehensive overview of teaching methods specifically geared to pre- and elementary-age children. Nancy will share resources, fun games, toddler tips, and easy activities, all designed to help parents think outside the box when it comes to “doing school.”
Workshop Handout

Beyond the Journey: Preparing Moms for Life after Homeschool - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 11:00
For years you’ve been preparing your children to leave the nest, but have you thought about what lies ahead after homeschooling? What kinds of things are graduate moms sharing that you should consider now in order to transition smoothly? How will you fill your days? Will your new season include paid employment? Does God want you to be investing in “younger women”? Are you investing in your marriage a nd yourself now so there will be a great return in these areas too? This workshop could be the first “deposit” into your “retirement” account wherever you are along the homeschooling journey.

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