Conference News

2021 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.

Hopefully, none of these will be affected by COVID-19, as most were in 2020. This page will be updated regularly as more details become available.

Due to COVID-19, please note that MASKS and HAND SANITIZING will be required in our booth, same as in our store. If we get sick, we’d have to close our store for weeks and likely miss our next homeschool conference(s). Furthermore, we’re older and at a higher risk. We appreciate your gracious acceptance of these requirements and brief / mild inconvenience for our sake.


February 18 - 20, 2021
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)

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

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 11:00
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


March 11 - 13, 2021
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)

   Cornerstone Baptist Church
   18040 Unsicker Road, Groveland, IL 61535

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:30
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

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 10:30
What should “school” look like for early learners? What things are developmentally appropriate for the younger ages? How do we keep our “Littles” appropriately occupied while homeschooling their siblings? 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


April 9 - 10, 2021
Midwest Parent Educators (MPE) - New Location!

   KCI Expo Center
   11730 N. Ambassador Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64153
   Eagle Creek Church
   2791 Cantrell Road, Harrisonville, MO 64701

Although we’ll be unable to participate, we encourage you to consider attending. Register early because space will be more limited.


April 15 - 17, 2021
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) - New Location!

   Saint Paul River Centre
   175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102
   Celebrate Church
   1000 S Sycamore Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Although we’ll be unable to participate, we encourage you to consider attending this “Get Together”. Register early because there’s room for only 800 attendees.

If you’re unable to take part in this “Get Together”, we’d love to help you in our shop during our normal hours.


May 7 - 8, 2021
Christian Homeschool Conference of South Dakota (CHCSD)

(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 almost 30 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 close to 30 years of homeschooling. It will change your perspective on day-to-day life which may never seem “ordinary” again.


June 3 - 5, 2021
Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)

   Olivet Nazarene University
   1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Time and Home Management: Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 2:30
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

Meal Management in an Age of Fast Food - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 9:00
Explore many ideas for managing the daily chore of feeding your family, including 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


June 4 - 5, 2021
Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference & Curriculum Fair (MCHEC)- CANCELLED

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


June 18 - 19, 2021
Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)

   MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
   6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Engaging Early Learners - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 10:30
What should “school” look like for early learners? What things are developmentally appropriate for the younger ages? How do we keep our “Littles” appropriately occupied while homeschooling their siblings? 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

Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction - Nancy Bjorkman
   Fri. @ 1:00
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

Homeschooling: The BIG Picture - Nancy Bjorkman
   Sat. @ 8:30
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

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