Conference News

2014 CONFERENCE NEWS

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the following conferences. We’re scheduled to offer workshops at all 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 as more details become available.


March 21-22, 2014
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)

   Jamestown Civic Center
   212 3rd Ave NE, Jamestown, ND 58401

Organization for the Chronically Disorganized - Katie Bowers
   Fri. @ 10:30
Challenge your thinking from "organization as a GOAL" to "organization as a TOOL" for your family's calling. Relieve your stress by learning how to prioritize your organizing to fit your unique family. Throw off the guilt of the "Martha Stewart wanna-be" syndrome and instead discover tips that actually work for people like us, the chronically disorganized.

What’s Your Story? - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 1:30
We don’t often consider that figures from history were ordinary people whose lives and accomplishments now inspire and teach us today. It is likely that they did not think they were "making history". In this workshop, Nancy will remind us of how God is using even the most everyday parts of our lives to write a story of His goodness and provision that we can and should share with our children and future generations. It will include encouraging stories from the lives of the Bjorkman family as God has carried them through both good times and hardship in their 32 years of marriage and 20+ years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem "ordinary" again.

Curriculum and Resources (a.k.a. Finding Your Family’s Learning Style) - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
This interactive workshop will review several different teaching styles found in homeschooling, and then help attendees identify resources and curricula to fit their family’s particular style. Just getting started in homeschooling? Needing to refocus and redefine what homeschooling could look like for your family? Come benefit from Nancy’s 20+ years of experience and enjoy her engaging style.
   Workshop Handout

What Should a Preschool Curriculum Look Like? Learning Through Playing - Katie Bowers
   Sat. @ 1:30
Is playing really enough? Really? Won't there be gaps? Discover how planned, structured play is the best learning environment for your child. Walk away with ideas for preschool learning that are fun, stress-free, and will leave your child begging for more.

True Beauty: What Every Guy is Looking For - Katie Bowers
   Sat. @ 3:00
Hey teen girls!! Here's the beauty secret that you won't see headlining the magazine at the grocery store checkout! Being in the presence of the Lord transforms you inside AND out. True beauty, easier than you think, more appealing than you realize, and oh so satisfying when you look in that mirror.


March 27-29, 2014
Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators (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
   Thur. @ 6:00
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 of resources and curriculum to fit their family’s particular style will follow. 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

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:15
What should "school" look like for early years learners? 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

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
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

Math Outside the Book - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 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, and the operations. In order for everyone to be able to "take the workshop" home with them, Nancy has put together a packet of 20+ games that attendees can purchase for a minimal cost to use right away at home.
   Workshop Handout

April 4-5, 2014
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. @ 9:15
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 of resources and curriculum to fit their family’s particular style will follow. 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

Walking You Through the Homeschool Years - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 1:15
Nancy will use her 20+ years of homeschool experience to identify several seasons of homeschooling from early childhood through high school. She will cover a basic scope and sequence for these stages and recommend some strategies and resources for each. We’ll talk about where things like Grammar fit into the big picture and what exactly Pre-Algebra is. We’ll also cover what long term goals might look like and how to create them. Novices will find great direction and veterans will be refreshed.

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 4:15
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. The talk will include the benefits and methods for once-a-month cooking as well as several other strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, stress levels and nutrition, as well as the increased 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

Homeschooling Through High School - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
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

April 10-12, 2014
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

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

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

* Thursday, April 10th - Pre-Conference Tracks (Separate registration required)

* Where Do I Begin? - A workshop for new and prospective homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 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 of resources and curriculum to fit their family’s particular style will follow. 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

* Finding Your Family’s Learning Style - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 10:30
This interactive workshop will review several different teaching styles found in homeschooling, and then help attendees identify resources and curricula to fit their family’s particular style. Just getting started in homeschooling? Needing to refocus and redefine what homeschooling could look like for your family? Come benefit from Nancy’s 20+ years of experience and enjoy her engaging style.
   Workshop Handout

* Homeschooling: The BIG Picture - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 4:00
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.

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:30
What should "school" look like for early years learners? 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
   Fri. @ 3:00
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.
   Workshop Handout

April 25-26, 2014
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)

   Grace Presbyterian Church
   8607 Illinois 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Day and Time TBD
What should "school" look like for early years learners? 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

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Day and Time TBD
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. The talk will include the benefits and methods for once-a-month cooking as well as several other strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, stress levels and nutrition, as well as the increased 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 2-3, 2014
Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators (SECHE)

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

What’s Your Story? - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:15
We don’t often consider that figures from history were ordinary people whose lives and accomplishments now inspire and teach us today. It is likely that they did not think they were "making history". In this workshop, Nancy will remind us of how God is using even the most everyday parts of our lives to write a story of His goodness and provision that we can and should share with our children and future generations. It will include encouraging stories from the lives of the Bjorkman family as God has carried them through both good times and hardship in their 32 years of marriage and 20+ years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem "ordinary" again.

Math Outside the Book - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
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. In order for everyone to be able to "take the workshop" home with them, Nancy has put together a packet of 20+ games that attendees can purchase for a minimal cost to use right away at home.
   Workshop Handout

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 10:15
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. The talk will include the benefits and methods for once-a-month cooking as well as several other strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, stress levels and nutrition, as well as the increased 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 15-17, 2014
The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)

   Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Iowa Events Center
   833 - 5th Avenue, 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 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 of resources and curriculum to fit their family’s particular style will follow. 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

Homeschooling Through High School, Parts 1 & 2 - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 1:00, and Fri. @2:30
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 30-31, 2014
Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference (MCHEC)

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

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 6:30
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family. The talk will include the benefits and methods for once-a-month cooking as well as several other strategies for meal planning and preparation. Nancy will teach about the savings seen in time, energy, money, stress levels and nutrition, as well as the increased 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

June 5-7, 2014
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
   Day and Time TBD
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.
   Workshop Handout



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