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2016 Conference Presentations

Opening Session                                                          9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Teaching Science at Home

Dr. Jay L. Wile (Berean Builders)

If there is one subject that most homeschooling parents feel inadequate at teaching, it is science.  Most parents don’t know how science should be covered throughout a student’s schooling, and many don’t think they know science well enough to teach it.  In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you an overview of how to teach science at home from the earliest years through high school.  He stresses the differences between elementary and high school science and how to use the middle school years to bridge the two.  He also surveys the curricula available to homeschooling parents and makes recommendations.

Morning Sessions  (Concurrent)                               10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


New Homeschool Workshop

Debbie Nordstrom (Nebraska Homeschool)

This session will give new homeschool families and those interested in homeschooling the opportunity to ask questions, get help with state required paperwork, and receive helpful information about resources and activities in the Omaha metropolitan area.  Come and connect with other parents who are just beginning the homeschool journey.


The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

Larry Reed, M.A. (Marriage & Family Counseling)

Every couple says they want a healthy family.  However, their family will never be healthier than their marriage, and their marriage will never be healthier than they are as individuals.  As a marriage and family counselor, Larry Reed knows that children flourish when they are secure in the knowledge that their parents' marriage is strong.  In this workshop, Larry helps couples examine their priorities and set strong boundaries that help them make their family foundation stronger than ever.


High School & Beyond Workshop

Linda Goodrich (Nebraska Homeschool)

The Omaha metropolitan area is rich with resources to assist you in homeschooling through high school.  This session will provide information and an opportunity for discussion on topics such as: developing a high school plan, teaching difficult subjects, using colleges in high school, athletics, graduation, and preparing transcripts.  We'll also talk about ways to provide a "high school experience" for your homeschooled child.


Teaching Critical Thinking

Dr. Jay L. Wile (Berean Builders)

One of the biggest failures of our public and private school systems is that they do not teach students how to think critically.  In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you specific suggestions as to how you can teach your child to think critically, regardless of the subject matter.  You will learn how to help your student evaluate statements, look for hidden assumptions, find political/social agendas, and discover faulty logic.  Although Dr. Wile’s area of interest is science, he will show you how critical thinking applies to all academic areas, as well as all facets of your life.

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent)                               12:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Dyslexia: The Fiction, the Facts, the Solution

Mary Ann Knipp (Dyslexia Specialist & Certified Barton Tutor)

Dyslexia is a subject that many have heard of but few know all the facts about it.  This presentation will cover what dyslexia is not, what it is, and solutions and tips for helping a dyslexic child.  The meaning of phonological awareness will be explained and how phonics alone is not enough.  Also addressed will be why the importance of a thorough program based on the Orton-Gillingham method is necessary for dyslexic children.  


Treasure of Truth: Finding Hope & Freedom in Your True Identity

Melissa Baxter (Treasure of Truth, LLC)

Our culture is experiencing an identity crisis.  As wife and mother of a military homeschooling family, Melissa experienced the truth of this statement firsthand.  Melissa will share her personal story on how bullying impacted her son's identity and her family.  Her response to this crisis was to help her children know the true source of their identity so they could experience freedom and hope even in the midst of life’s biggest challenges.  Join Melissa as she shares strategies for shrugging off worldly labels and reclaiming our true identity.


It's Never Too Early to Start Preparing for College

Gene Walter (John Baylor Prep)

Come learn what your students can do in middle and high school years to prepare for college.  This workshop will equip you with a step-by-step, year-by-year calendar of strategies that free your student to attend the best college for him or her at the lowest cost.  Be proactive and see your home educated child reap the benefits!


CSI: Creation Science Investigation

Mark Leonard (Servant Media)

Exploration and investigation of our world reveals many things.  Join Mark Leonard as he takes you on a CSI event (that's Creation Science Investigation) to examine discrepancies found in Evolution Theory and provide a comprehensive review of the six days of Creation, addressing pre-Flood earth, the Flood waters, and how catastrophic events change the face of the planet.

Keynote Address                                                                                                  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Ten Tips to Improve Your Homeschool Year

Dr. Jay L. Wile (Berean Builders)

Dr. Wile has been working with homeschoolers for more than 20 years.  As a result, he has been able to learn from the pros.  He also homeschooled his daughter from the time she was adopted until she graduated high school.  Blending his personal experience with the things he has learned from veteran homeschoolers, Dr. Wile discusses ten things you can do to make your homeschool year more enjoyable and effective.  Whether you are a new homeschooler or an experienced one, this talk will help you make the most of your homeschool year!