Conference News

2020 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 5 - 7, 2020
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)

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

Language Arts in the Real World - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 11:00
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 or confuses homeschool parents.
   Workshop Handout


March 26 - 28, 2020
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)(CANCELLED)

   Bethany Baptist Church
   7422 North Heinz Lane, Edwards, IL 61528

Homeschooling Through High School - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:30 - Part 1
   Fri. @ 1:00 - Part 2
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, career assessments, and more. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school.
   Workshop Handout


April 3 - 4, 2020
Midwest Parent Educators (MPE)(RESCHEDULED to June 26 – 27, see below)

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

What’s Your Story? - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:45
We don’t often consider that figures from history, whose lives and accomplishments inspire and teach us today, were just ordinary people. It is likely they did not think they were “making history”. In this workshop, Nancy will remind us of how God is using even the most routine 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 almost 40 years of marriage and 20+ years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem “ordinary” again.


April 16 - 18, 2020
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)(CANCELLED)

   Mayo Civic Center
   30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 2:30
Gain a fresh perspective on how your children’s actions and attitudes help you discover their natural bent, so you can plan strategies that will help them grow into the person they were created to be. We’ll peel back the layers to reveal pieces of the puzzle that go beyond the usual “auditory, kinesthetic, and visual” discussions. This workshop will provide you with insight into a variety of ways you can effectively teach to various learning styles in your children.
   Workshop Handout


May 8 - 9, 2020
Christian Homeschool Conference of South Dakota (CHCSD)(CANCELLED)

(Presented by Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators - SECHE)
   Sioux Falls Convention Center
   1201 N. West Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Where Do I Begin? A Workshop for New and Prospective Homeschoolers - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:30
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like”, state law, and many practical tips for success. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Homeschooling Methods - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
This engaging workshop will review several different teaching approaches 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 dynamic style.
   Workshop Handout

What’s Your Story? - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 10:30
We don’t often consider that figures from history, whose lives and accomplishments inspire and teach us today, were just ordinary people. It is likely they did not think they were “making history”. In this workshop, Nancy will remind us of how God is using even the most routine 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 almost 40 years of marriage and 20+ years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem “ordinary” again.


May 28 - 30, 2020
Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)(CANCELLED)

   Olivet Nazarene University
   1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Time and Home Management: Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Thurs. @ 3:45
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, meals, household clutter and cleaning, and general household management. Attendees will leave with practical and applicable tips.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Homeschooling Methods - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:45
This engaging workshop will review several different teaching approaches 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 dynamic style.
   Workshop Handout

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 2:30
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. We’ll peel back the layers to reveal pieces of the puzzle that go beyond the usual “auditory, kinesthetic, and visual” discussions. This workshop will provide you with insight into a variety of ways you can effectively teach to various learning styles in your children.
   Workshop Handout

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 10:45
This workshop will explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family, and will include the benefits and methods for bulk cooking along with 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 29 - 30, 2020
Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference & Curriculum Fair (MCHEC)(CANCELLED)

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

Workshop(s) TBD


June 11 - 13, 2020
Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)(CANCELLED)

   Valley Church
   4343 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:15
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. We’ll peel back the layers to reveal pieces of the puzzle that go beyond the usual “auditory, kinesthetic, and visual” discussions. This workshop will provide you with insight into a variety of ways you can effectively teach to various learning styles in your children.
   Workshop Handout

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:45
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: The BIG Picture - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 8:15
Come 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


June 26 - 27, 2020
Midwest Parent Educators (MPE)(CANCELLED)

   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. @ 10:30
Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like”, state law, and many practical tips for success. There will be a time for interaction and questions.
   Workshop Handout

What’s Your Story? - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 3:00
We don’t often consider that figures from history, whose lives and accomplishments inspire and teach us today, were just ordinary people. It is likely they did not think they were “making history”. In this workshop, Nancy will remind us of how God is using even the most routine 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 almost 40 years of marriage and 20+ years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem “ordinary” again.

Exploring Homeschooling Methods - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:15
This engaging workshop will review several different teaching approaches 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 dynamic style.
   Workshop Handout


August 8, 2020
Homeschool Iowa Connects, sponsored by the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)

   Faith Baptist Bible College
   1900 NW Fourth Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

Although we won’t be presenting any workshops, we'll have experienced homeschoolers in our booth to help you!

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