Conference News

2015 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.


March 20-21, 2015
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)

   First Assembly of God
   3401 25th Street S, Fargo, ND 58104

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

Math Outside the Book - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 1:30
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, and the operations. You'll leave with practical ideas that you can implement right away.
   Workshop Handout

Language Arts in the Real World - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
This workshop explores the natural sequence of language learning beginning with the early years of learning to speak, followed by the reading stage, and then on to writing. We'll discuss the stages that are input or output, what's essential, and how to set goals for different seasons. Topics covered will include phonics, reading, penmanship, grammar, spelling, creative and formal writing, and literature. Get a fresh perspective on this subject that frequently frustrates and overwhelms homeschool moms.
   Workshop Handout


April 10-11, 2015
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)

   Grace Presbyterian Church
   8607 Illinois 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Where Do I Begin? - A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 9:00
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family's particular style. 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.
   Workshop Handout

Math Outside the Book - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
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, and the operations. You'll leave with practical ideas that you can implement right away.
   Workshop Handout


April 17-18, 2015
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

   Saint Paul RiverCenter
   175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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


April 24-25, 2015
Midwest Parent Educators (MPE)

   KCI Expo Center
   11730 N. Ambassador Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64153

Where Do I Begin? - A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:45
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family's particular style. 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.
   Workshop Handout

Where Do I Begin? - A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family's particular style. 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.
   Workshop Handout


April 29 - May 7, 2015
Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA)

   Soldotna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau

We are pleased to be returning to the IDEA curriculum fairs again after a hiatus of a couple of years. Nancy has been invited to be the Keynote Speaker at all four venues. Please check back for her speaking schedule as this becomes finalized.

   April 29: Soldotna

Multiple workshops - TBD

   April 30 - May 1: Anchorage

Multiple workshops - TBD

   May 4-5: Fairbanks

Multiple workshops - TBD

   May 7: Juneau

Multiple workshops - TBD


May 1-2, 2015
Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators (SECHE)

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

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


May 29-30, 2015
Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference (MCHEC)

   University of St. Thomas
   2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 11:00
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 learning styles and teaching methods specifically geared to pre- and elementary-age children. Nancy will share curriculum options, fun games, toddler tips, and easy activities, all designed to help parents think outside the box when it comes to "doing school."
   Workshop Handout

Time and Home Management - Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 1:30
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. Come find refreshment and encouragement in this engaging and relevant workshop.
   Workshop Handout


June 4-6, 2015
Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)

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

Four workshops - TBD


June 11-13, 2015
Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)

   Airport Holiday Inn
   6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Where Do I Begin? - A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 9:30
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will help define several different learning and teaching styles found in homeschooling families. We will work together to define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new homeschool families off to a solid start. A discussion will follow of resources and curriculum to fit your family's particular style. 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.
   Workshop Handout

Time and Home Management - Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 11:00
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. Come find refreshment and encouragement in this engaging and relevant workshop.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 2:30
Gain a fresh perspective how your children's actions and attitudes can help you to discover their natural bent so that you can plan strategies that will help them to 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



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