Workshops & Speakers

2014 THSC Southwest Convention and Family Conference

Keynote Speakers

Davis and Rachael Carman

Davis and Rachael CarmanDavis and Rachael Carman are passionate about family and home schooling. They have been happily married since 1986 and live near Charlotte, North Carolina, where they have home schooled their seven children since 1996. Eighteen years later they have two graduates who are continuing their educations.

Davis is the president and owner of Apologia Educational Ministries, a leading publisher of creation-based science and biblical worldview curricula designed specifically for home schoolers. Under Davis’s leadership, Apologia now provides online courses through Apologia Academy, practical resources that encourage families in the home schooling journey, social networking through Apologia World, and spiritual inspiration for moms via Real Refreshment Retreats.

Rachael has authored Soundbites from Heaven – What God Want Us to Hear When We Talk to Our Kids, published by Focus on the Family. Her latest book, How to Have A H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids, is published by Apologia. Rachael has enjoyed speaking and encouraging home school groups for many years. She is quick to admit her family’s many imperfections and to share stories that highlight her shortcomings and the redemptive hand of Jesus Christ.

Since 2002 Davis and Rachael have served on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education. Davis is currently serving as administrative vice president. He is also the North Carolina ambassador for The Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping home school families in need.

Davis and Rachael are committed to staying true to Apologia’s mission: to help home schoolers learn, live, and defend the Christian faith.

Davis and Rachael Carman workshops

John Erickson

John EricksonJohn R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller’s knack for spinning a yarn. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. This series of books and tapes is in school libraries across the country, has sold more than six million copies, is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and is the winner of the 1993 Audie for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publisher’s Association. Publishers Weekly calls Hank a “grassroots publishing phenomena,” and USA Today says this is “the best family entertainment in years.”

Jeff Myers

Jeff MyersIn the last 20 years Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. As a communicator, Dr. Myers weaves together biblical insight, penetrating social commentary, fascinating research, and compelling stories to inspire audiences of teachers, business leaders, parents, and young adults, renewing their enthusiasm for passing the baton of godly faithfulness.

Dr. Myers’ many books and video courses include Of Knights and Fair Maidens, From Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of World Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, For Such a Time As This: Being a Millennial Leader, and Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life.

Jeff holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He and his wife Danielle have been married for 17 years and live in Colorado with their four children.

Jeff Myers workshops

Todd Wilson

Todd WilsonTodd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at home school conventions across the country and a guest on the Focus on the Family broadcast.

As founder of Familyman Ministries, Todd’s passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important, through a weekly email for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents.

Todd and his wife Debbie home school their eight children in northern Indiana and travel around America in the Familyman Mobile. You can visit Familyman Ministries at

Todd Wilson workshops

Featured Speakers

Marilyn Boyer

Marilyn BoyerMarilyn Boyer and her husband Rick are true pioneers of home schooling. Beginning in 1980 Marilyn taught all of her 14 children from kindergarten through high school. Her passion for putting Christian character at the top of her educational priorities list resulted in the creation of the Character Concepts Curriculum. Marilyn has authored several books, including Parenting from the Heart, Hands-On Character Building, and For You They Signed, a book that inspires children and adults alike as they learn about the character of our Founders. Marilyn’s combination of compassion, godly wisdom, and rich insight into the hearts of children has made her a cherished resource for home schooling moms all across America. Learn more about her resources for teaching character to kids at

Marilyn Boyer workshops

Rick Boyer

Rick BoyerRick Boyer and his wife Marilyn are among the early trailblazers of the home schooling movement. Building on their own experience in training their 14 children at home since 1980, Rick and Marilyn have written several popular books on home schooling, Christian parenting, and national reformation. The Boyers are also creators of Character Concepts Curriculum. Rick’s books include Home Educating With Confidence, Take Back the Land, The Socialization Trap, and The Hands-On Dad. He is known to thousands of children through his “Uncle Rick” audio recordings. Learn more about his character building materials for children at

Rick Boyer workshops

Jean Burk

Jean BurkJean Burk is a home schooling mother and the creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum, which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, TXA 21, and The Homeschool Channel. She also serves as a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, educational resources, and online publications. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad, teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for free! As a home schooling mom, Jean Burk did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered that the SAT and PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other home schooling students. College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience, and SAT expertise.

Jean Burk workshops

Steve Demme

Steve DemmeSteve and his wife Sandra have been married for more than 30 years. They have been blessed with four boys, who,. with God’s help, have all been home educated. Steve is the founder of MathUSee and is on the board of Joni and Friends for Eastern Pennsylvania. Steve’s desire is to strengthen, teach, encourage, validate, and exhort parents and families to follow the biblical model for the Christian home. Having spent years working with youth as a teacher in schools (both public and Christian), as a pastor and youth leader in churches, and as a counselor and camp director at summer camps, Steve is absolutely convinced that the single most significant influence in a child’s life is that of his parents. Mentors and coaches have a valuable and influential role in the life of today’s youth, but Mom and Dad can’t be replaced. Outside ministries are helpful, but godly parents are essential. You may support the home, but you can’t replace it.

Steve Demme workshops

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle DuggarJim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of the popular TLC show “19 Kids & Counting,” are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. With 19 children—10  boys and nine girls—plus three grandkids, life is very busy.

The Duggars started filming their first show 10 years ago when they only had 14 children. That first show was called “14 Children and Pregnant Again.” Two hundred episodes later, they are still filming the show about the daily life and adventures of their growing family for a worldwide audience. The Duggars have been guests on numerous national and international TV shows. Their heart is to share with the world that children are a blessing from God and that the Bible is the owner’s manual for our lives. They have written two New York Times bestsellers: 20 & Counting and A Love That Multiplies. Jim Bob Duggar served as an Arkansas state representative from 1999-2002.

The four oldest Duggar daughters, Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger, released their new book Growing Up Duggar on March 4, 2014. Season Eight of “19 Kids & Counting” premiered on TLC on March 11, 2014.

Michelle Duggar workshops

David Gibbs III

David Gibbs IIIAttorney David Gibbs III has been married to his wife Carin for more than 19 years. They have four children and reside in the Dallas area.

Attorney Gibbs is president and general counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry that defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide. Mr. Gibbs speaks regularly to audiences in churches and conferences, while also litigating cases as a trial attorney.

He hosts the weekly radio program “Law Talk Live” on the Moody Radio Network and has authored five books, including Fighting for Dear Life and Understanding the Constitution.

Attorney Gibbs graduated from Duke Law School and manages the Gibbs Law Firm, which has offices in Dallas; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and before numerous federal circuit and district courts nationwide. He was the lead attorney in the Terri Schiavo case, representing Terri’s parents as they fought to save their daughter’s life.

Attorney Gibbs believes, “If it’s wrong, fight it. If it’s right, fight for it.” His life verse is Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”

David Gibbs workshops

Dennis Gundersen

Dennis GundersonDennis Gundersen is president and owner of Grace & Truth Books, a Christian publisher of 60 books, most of which are reprints of 19th-century children’s books with character-building themes. He and his wife of almost 40 years, Naomi, have four adult sons, all of whom were home schooled all 12 years of their education before they each went on to college.

Dennis has served as senior pastor for 26 years at three Tulsa churches. He is also a visiting professor at the Tlapaneco Bible Institute in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, where he trains young men and women for ministry in their churches among the Mixteco and Tlapaneco peoples of the southern mountains of Mexico. He and Naomi are involved in other overseas missions as well.

Dennis is the author of Your Child’s Profession of Faith and Courtship and Dating: So What’s the Difference?

Dennis Gunderson workshops

Mary James

Mary JamesMary James lives in Bastrop and is the mother of eight children. She began home schooling in 1989 and expects to be home schooling for many years yet to come. In 1999 Mary founded Smoothing the Way, a nonprofit organization that seeks to meet the needs of new home schoolers. In addition to serving as president of Smoothing the Way, Mary serves on the Texas Home School Coalition Board of Directors and continues her popular speaking ministry at several home school conferences each year. In her workshops, Mary draws not only from her personal experience as a home schooling mom, but also from her many years of working with those families new to this lifestyle. Speaking from her heart with warmth and humor, she encourages her listeners to face the often daunting task of educating their children at home. For more information, visit

Mary James workshops

Erin Karl

Erin KarlErin Karl’s introduction to grammar came in eighth grade when she had her mother for language arts. She learned grammar from her mother’s Analytical Grammar program and has always attributed her thorough understanding of the subject to her mother.

Erin had an active-duty career as an Air Force officer, where her grammar knowledge helped her to produce an award-winning base newspaper. After entering the Air Force Reserves, Erin used the GI Bill to get her teaching credential. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Erin taught middle school language arts for a few years and used Analytical Grammar with great success in her classroom.

Erin now runs the company with her mother and is also a major in the Air Force Reserve, working at a local base part-time as a public affairs officer.

Erin Karl workshops

Cyndi Kinney

Cyndi KinneyCyndi Kinney is an author, speaker, and publisher for Knowledge Box Central. She home schooled her daughter for several years and eventually changed her method to unschooling.  At the age of 15 her daughter graduated high school and began college. Cyndi’s undergraduate degree is in nursing. She spent many years studying color psychology and was eventually granted a “life experience” PhD in education for her work in this fascinating field. Cyndi uses this information as she designs lapbooks, lapbook journals, and other hands-on educational materials. She has designed curriculum supplements for Tapestry of Grace, Apologia Science, Jeannie Fulbright, American Girl, and others. Cyndi, author of more than 400 books, serves as the keynote speaker at many domestic and international home school conventions each year.

Cyndi Kinney workshops

Lyndsay Lambert

Lyndsay LambertLyndsay Lambert, a graduate of Texas Tech University, home schooled her four now-grown children for 16 years. She has assisted Tim, her husband of more than 40 years, in serving the home schooling community, first in helping to start and lead their local support group and then, from 1990 to 2013, in running the Texas Home School Coalition, the statewide organization committed to serving and protecting Texas home schoolers. Lyndsay retired this year to have more time to be a grandmother to her five grandchildren and to be the “older woman” that she believes God has called her to be.

Tim and Lyndsay Lambert workshops

Tim Lambert

Tim LambertTim Lambert, president of Texas Home School Coalition (the state home school support organization since 1986), has been involved in home school leadership in Texas since 1984. He and his wife Lyndsay taught their four now-grown children at home for 16 years, graduating the last two in 2000. As the head of the organization for the leading home school state in the country, Tim is recognized as an authority on home education issues in Texas. In this capacity, he has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees on issues related to home schooling. He often deals with state government agencies, including the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, on home education issues and has served as an expert witness on home education in a number of court cases. He has also addressed such conferences as the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on the topic.

Tim holds a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and is active in the political arena, having served eight years as Republican National Committeeman for Texas. He is committed to serving the home schooling community and to protecting parents’ right to choose the method of education of their children.

Tim and Lyndsay Lambert workshops

Beverly Parrish

Bev ParrishBeverly Parrish is a third-generation educator and mom of seven who began teaching her own children in 1990, home schooling others, mentoring new home school moms, and tutoring. Several of her children have special learning issues, so she has spent those many years actively educating herself on ways to help struggling learners. Beverly is a licensed Davis® Dyslexia Correction Facilitator. In her spare time she enjoys reading and sailing with her family.

Bev Parrish workshops

Dr. Duke Pesta

Duke PestaDr. Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges, and has been active in educational reform, developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas. He is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is the academic director of FreedomProject Education.

Duke Pesta workshops

Sonya Shafer

Sonya ShaferSonya Shafer is a popular home school speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an 18-year adventure studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for home schooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and hosts the website—a place of practical encouragement for home schoolers.

Sonya Shafer workshops

Travis Zimmerman

Travis ZimmermanTravis Zimmerman, Speak My Word Ministries’ cofounder, loves Jesus Christ with all of his heart. Over the past 25 years, his speaking style has been described as electric, dynamic, and heartfelt. Travis has committed the past 13 years to memorizing God’s Word, which he has spoken at national conferences, national and state home school conventions, retreats, camps, and churches. His short video messages on The Daily Pulse have logged 70,000+ views.

Travis earned an aerospace engineering degree from Penn State University and a master of business Administration degree from Webster University. He is currently enrolled in a master of arts in theological studies program at Liberty University. Additionally, Travis served as a United States Air Force officer as well as Sight & Sound Theatres’ national sales manager. Travis and his bride Suzanne live in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they home school their five school-age children: an oldest daughter and four sons. See for more information.
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At the 2014 THSC Southwest Convention & Family Conference, you will find an abundance of workshops covering a variety of topics—from getting started to preparing for college. You will learn practical how-tos and hear inspirational advice from a dynamic lineup of speakers you will not want to miss.

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Note: All workshops will be approximately 60 minutes in length. There will be a 15-minute break between each scheduled workshop.
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Davis and Rachael Carman

Two Parents, One Purpose – Davis and Rachael Carman
Husband and wife bring different gifts, styles, methods, and perspectives to the parenting and home schooling process. Davis and Rachael give a visual model for how two parents can work together with one purpose. The results can bless the marriage and the children when done in harmony and love.

Leadership Lessons from the Trenches – Davis Carman (Leadership Seminar)
Being in a leadership position is tough work. Your heart desires to see great things happen for home schooling families in your area, but the enemy throws so many flaming arrows your way. Often these arrows come in the form of conflict with people. How can you as a leader build trust among your team members and constituents, maintain healthy relationships when facing conflict, and confront difficult issues effectively? In this workshop, Davis gives four leadership lessons he has learned firsthand from the field (aka trenches), and you will learn how to be more effective in your leadership role.

A.P.P.L.E.S. for the Teacher – Davis Carman
The gift of a fresh, shiny apple still represents respect and gratitude for a teacher. Why should it be any different for home schooling moms? They typically carry the lion’s share of the home school workload. To help them avoid burnout, a husband needs to help his wife avoid bearing 100% of the home school responsibility. Your wife needs to hear “thank you” in many different ways and to know for sure that you are involved. In this session, Davis Carman gives real and practical ideas for supporting your wife in the home schooling journey.

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids – Rachael Carman
Rachael Carman uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to suggest what matters most in parenting from a biblical viewpoint. God has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime—a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas be parted, and giants be slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey; you need only to seek God and hold tightly to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a heart for your children is knowing your heavenly Father.

Attention Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.! – Rachael Carman
As an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist control freak herself, Rachael Carman discusses how we can often be our own worst enemies when it comes to taking advantage of the freedoms of home schooling. Are you tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. and give to God control of it all—He is faithful.
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Jeff Myers

Generations of Influence: How to Start a Legacy of Four Generations
Explore the tremendous spiritual power of “four generations” and discover the world-changing legacy you can have on the lives of your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Hear stories of how past generations did it—and what we can learn from them.

From Playpen to Podium: How to Give Your Children the Communication Skills They Need to Succeed
Speech-making terrifies most Americans. Learn the powerful tips that led Jeff Myers out of severe speech anxiety to speak to audiences of thousands. You’ll be in stitches as he unravels the mysteries of delivery skills and shows you how to develop positive communication skills through everyday activities.

Wise, Not Just Smart: The Characteristics of Kids Who Make a Difference
Teddy Roosevelt said, “To train a child in mind and not in morals is to train a menace to society.” The biblical idea of wisdom gives four guidelines for raising kids to live meaningfully and make a difference. Here are practical ways to apply them in your family.

Discovering your Child’s Gifts: How to Cultivate Your Child’s God-Given Identity
A child’s God-given gifts are a secret source of inspiration for learning and influence in life. Discover how to recognize your child’s motivated abilities, cultivate his God-given gifts, and avoid the traps that the culture uses to distort his identity.

Rescuing Your Children From the Culture of Irresponsibility
We hear it all around us: “It’s not my fault!” American culture promotes irresponsibility and is teaching it to children at every turn. Learn the top ten strategies for encouraging “response-ability” in your child.
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Todd Wilson

Lies Homeschoolers Believe
Your house is a disaster, your kids seem out of control, and you wonder how you’ll ever make it through another day of school. Your “get up and go” has “gotten up and went.” You used to think home schooling was the best thing since sliced bread, but now you’re feeling like burnt toast. Take heart—you’re not alone! No one home schools because it’s easy. You do it because you believe it’s best. But there are times when you need to be reminded once again why it’s best. Join me as we do just that. You’ll laugh and be encouraged in the toughest job you’ll ever . . . love.

Dream BIG
Everyone has dreams—you, your spouse, and your children—but for every dreamer, dream killers lurk in the shadows. They’re the ones who constantly remind you why you shouldn’t home school, have more children, be a stay-at-home mom, start a new business, or take that step of faith God’s telling you to take. Dream killers grew up with you. They live in your house and sometimes they even . . . are you. Their intentions may be good, but if you listen to them, you will miss out on God’s best for your life. Join Todd as he helps you revive old dreams and fan the dreams in others’ lives and urges you to throw caution to the wind and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.

Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World
Let’s face it! Most men today are yellow-bellied, lilly-livered weenies. They may wear tall Stetsons, drive fast cars, bungee-jump from bridges, collect souped-up power tools, and carry big black Bibles, but they’re weenies. They flex their biceps and proclaim their faith, but when the economy collapses, the newest pandemic hits the scene, a family crisis arises, or the going gets tough . . . they play it safe. Truth is: God wants your sons to leave the heavily populated, safe waters and live dangerously. He wants your sons to trust dangerously, work dangerously, and love dangerously. But that doesn’t come naturally. Everyone around them, from the talking heads in the media to pastors in the pulpit, keeps repeating, “Play it safe.” Here’s a secret: Dangerous living leads to joy, family happiness, and real success, while safe living results in worry, family failure, and heartache. So join Todd as he encourages you and your sons to get dangerous.

Ten Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates
When you’re choosing what to teach your daughter it really boils down to what matters and what doesn’t . . . or, what your daughter needs to know to live happily ever after. The only problem is that everyone seems to have a different answer. Experts stand on every street corner shouting something different: “They need to know state history . . . master advanced algebra . . .  speak a foreign language. . . .” It’s enough to give a well-meaning parent a headache and an ulcer. After all, what if you forget to teach her something important, dooming your daughter to a life of misery and failure? Problem solved. During this hour, Todd will cut away the tall grass and share with you the top ten things you need to teach your daughter before she graduates that will guarantee happiness and success.

Taming the Techno-Beast – Parenting in the Internet Age
X-Boxes, Game-Cubes, the Internet, MP3 players, and iPhones have all changed the way we live, have fun, and interact. Children quietly glued to game monitors for hours have replaced laughter and creativity. They beg to play, whine when they can’t, and even lie about the time they’ve spent on “the gadget.” Teens and preteens spend most of their waking hours texting, chatting on Facebook, or “tweeting” on Twitter. Today’s latest-breaking technology becomes tomorrow’s obsession, demanding more time, attention, and sacrifices. Technology has become a powerful tool and “everyone is doing it,”but maybe you feel like you’ve lost control in your own home. Does the chill down your spine tell you that something is terribly wrong? Do you feel like a beast has invaded your home, but you don’t know how to handle it? If so, then join me as we talk together about the timely topic of taming the Techno-Beast!
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All workshops will be approximately 60 minutes in length. There will be a 15-minute break between each scheduled workshop.
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Marilyn Boyer

Gotta Love Those Preschoolers!
Marilyn Boyer has taught all fourteen of her children at home, so she has plenty of experience with any age group you can name. But her very favorite age to teach is those eager, curious, exciting, challenging munchkins we call preschoolers. This, Marilyn says, is the time when we lay the foundation for greatness by pouring love and acceptance all over them—instead of treating them like a nuisance. Preschoolers aren’t just little interruptions to be kept “occupied” while older siblings study. This season in a child’s life is the time to tap into his huge potential by maximizing his natural love for learning and helping him to see that God is preparing him for a lifetime of important service. Come and learn from Marilyn how to make the most of this brief but exciting time.

Getting It All Done
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, especially those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of them. Marilyn Boyer, mother of fourteen children and a veteran home educator of twenty-seven years’ experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.
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Rick Boyer

Raising Cain Without Killing Abel
Few things create more tension for parents than hearing their children fight with each other. But it’s nothing new, as the Bible clearly shows. Scripture also shows several causes of sibling rivalry and teaches us how to deal with it effectively. Peace in your home really is possible! Come and hear how you can help your children learn to live at peace with each other and lay foundations for successful relationships all throughout their lives.

Are Great Leaders Made or Are They Born That Way? Yes!
As with any other talent, some people have more natural leadership ability than others. But all Christians are called to lead in some form or other, so God has built into all of us the capacity to develop our strengths as leaders. The key is for someone in leadership to recognize potential in someone else and help them cultivate it. This session deals with how to recognize future leaders and help them to grow into their potential.

Making Learning Fun
Thomas Edison was one of the greatest geniuses our country ever produced. Part of the reason for his brilliance was the fact that after attending school for only three months, he was educated at home by his mother, who believed that learning can be fun. Her philosophy paid off, as it has for thousands of other home educators who have broken free from bondage to the “institutional” approach and returned to natural, sensible ways of teaching. Stop making a school of yourself! This workshop gives eight simple suggestions that can revolutionize your child’s learning and make home education fun for the whole family.

Careers Without College
More and more colleges are welcoming—and even advertising for—home educated students. But just as college is not the only means of acquiring a higher education, neither is it the only way of preparing for a rewarding career. This workshop discusses the routes taken by several prominent Americans who reached the pinnacle of their chosen fields without attending college.
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Matthew Bullington

High School Planning: The Master Plan
A semester-by-semester overview of what you should be doing throughout the high school years to prepare for college. In this workshop you will be introduced to the wide variety of college prep routes that are available to you, with specific deadlines and guides on when to get started.
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Jean Burk

Hypergraphia Genius! Good Notes, Good Grades!
If you are not note-taking, you are not learning! Learn how to trust the weakest pen over your strongest memory for high school and beyond. Perfect the art of writing to remember, with proven techniques. Discover mind-mapping, code-words, and pop-culture referencing. Easily organize class notes to best retain valuable information for greater academic success!

Free College at Your Fingertips
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author Jean Burk will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
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Steve Demme

Stewardship Math
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. This workshop is appropriate for parents and/or teens and will examine the connection between the heart and the wallet. In addition to the biblical overview, we will consider how we use math in everyday applications and professions and discover practical tips for stretching your dollars.

Illustrating and Developing Understanding of Single and Double-Digit Multiplication
Mac the Muskrat begins this workshop teaching skip counting as a basis for understanding multiplication. Steve then demonstrates how to illustrate multiplication and reveals unique patterns in the multiplication tables. Come prepared to see double-digit multiplication make sense before your eyes.

Seeing Fractions Is Understanding Fractions
Four out of five people don’t understand fractions! With one hands-on model, Steve demonstrates how to do the basic operations and see from where the formulas come. The grand finale is how to convert a fraction to a decimal to a percent.
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Michelle Duggar

He Hears Our Humble Cries – (Encouragement By Chocolate)
Listen as Michelle Duggar shares from her heart about times of joy and praise, struggle and sadness. Through it all, the Lord is faithful to hear the humble cries of His children. He calls on mothers to listen for His still, loving voice and to praise Him in the midst of our challenges.

We’re Still Learning, Too – A Question and Answer Time
Michelle Duggar is one of the most influential mothers of our time. From dishes to laundry, diapers to dinner, the saying, “It takes an army” is a reality in the Duggar home. Join Michelle during this question-and-answer time and learn how she is growing her army for the Lord.
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David Gibbs III

Understanding the Constitution
Other than the Bible, no document in history has engendered the level of debate, criticism, admiration, hatred, and passion as has the United States Constitution. The meaning of this document, which established a government unlike any that had ever existed in the history of the world, is today being turned on its head by so-called progressives to support ideas and positions vastly contrary to those of our Founding Fathers. In this session, renowned author and attorney David Gibbs III will set the record straight on the meaning and the history behind the Constitution. He will explain the role of the Constitution in America today, why it is absolutely critical for home schooling families to understand what the Constitution says (and, just as importantly, what it does not say), and the part you as a parent educator will play in protecting the freedom to home educate for the next generation.

Empowering You With Knowledge: An Open Forum With Attorney David Gibbs
Most of us will never face a truancy officer on our doorstep, but what would you do if that actually happened? What if Child Protective Services came and wanted to interview your children? Maybe it was because of the upset grandma who doesn’t think you’re actually educating, or the neighbor who also happens to be a public school guidance counselor and thinks the kids belong at school. Attorney David Gibbs III litigates cases all over the country and is currently involved in several high-profile parental rights cases. He has been practicing law for more than 20 years and regularly provides practical, solid legal advice to home schoolers on a vast range of issues. During this open Question & Answer session, Attorney Gibbs will answer legal questions that relate to home schooling. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been home educating for 20 years and just want to make sure you’re equipped to protect your home school from legal challenges, this session will leave you empowered with the knowledge you need in order to move forward in your home schooling journey.
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Dennis Gundersen

Courtship and Dating – So What’s the Difference?
Families hear much about “courtship” these days but often lack clear ideas as to the differences between a “dating” approach to relationships and the “courtship” concept. We want to spare our children the pitfalls of the modern “dating” tradition but often don’t know how to explain to them how “courtship” works! This seminar gives six easily understood differences between the two approaches to help any family apply the old approach in a modern era but without arbitrary, pharisaical rules. Dennis gives parents principles they can apply in varied household situations.

Serving With Heart and Having a Heart for Service
A sure remedy to the problems of a competing or conflicting spirit in our work with others is to get the servant spirit of which Jesus spoke into our hearts. He exhorted His disciples to learn that the one who serves others is, in fact, the greatest of all. Find out how growing in this personal trait, which goes hand-in-hand with humility, can transform your leadership and the direction of home schooling families in your community.
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Mary James

Which Way Do I Go?
Not sure which curriculum to choose? Which method is best for your student? In this workshop attendees will have a look at the THSC Southwestern Convention & Family Conference through the expert eyes of Mary James. Learn more about the different methods for teaching your children at home and which types of curricula best support that method.

The Squeaky Wheel: Avoiding Resistance From Your Middle or High School Student
Do you have a squeaky wheel in your classroom? Is every assignment received with a sigh of exhaustion or an unwilling glance? Join Mary James for this important workshop focused on loving your upper-level student through the trials and tribulations of getting it all done.
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Erin Karl

The Language Arts Tool Belt: What to Teach and When to Get Your Child Ready!
“Language arts” is a very frustrating subject because it encompasses so much. Creative writing, reading, journalism, vocabulary, grammar, literature analysis, spelling, expository writing, drama, poetry . . . the list goes on. We’ll break down what to teach and when. This workshop has two goals: 1. To have students well prepared by the end of middle school. Imagine a tool belt fully stocked with everything they need to enter high school English. They’ll be prepared to construct (get it?) meaningful reports, essays, and papers on a wide variety of the great works of literature. 2. To show home school teachers that there is a way to do it all without pulling out hair or spending three hours a day on language arts alone. It can be done!

Three Pillars of Western Lit – Without Them We Just Don’t “Get” Literature
Almost every great book ever written is supported by at least one of three great works from which all other authors pull. Sometimes it’s intentional, sometimes it’s not. This workshop will acquaint you in detail with these three mainstays of literature study and explain why familiarity with all three of them is crucial to fully understanding what we read. Knowledge of the three pillars is mandatory for substantive high school literature study.
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Cyndi Kinney

Lapbooking With Special Needs Children
Lapbooking is a wonderful way to engage children who have special needs. Some of us assume that children with special needs might not be able to assemble a lapbook. However, Cyndi will explain the many benefits of this wonderful way of learning. She will show you how to truly engage your child’s senses while improving his learning potential.

Basic Lapbooking Across the Curriculum
If you have ever thought that lapbooking was just much too complicated, then this is the session for you!  Let Cyndi Kinney break this exciting learning tool down into bite-sized portions and show you how you can add lapbooking to your home school.
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Tim and Lyndsay Lambert

Ready, Set . . . Now What Do I Do? – Tim & Lyndsay Lambert
Where do I get curriculum? Do I have to make bulletin boards? How do I teach several grades at once? Do I need to have lesson plans and give grades? Do I need a lawyer? What about socialization? Exactly what is the law in Texas concerning home schooling? Tim and Lyndsay Lambert answer these questions and more as they give advice to new home schoolers.

What Every Texas Home Schooler Needs to Know - Tim Lambert
Tim Lambert, president of THSC, explains the law concerning home schooling and tells the history of home education in Texas and the nation. He relates ways home schooling families can avoid problems with school authorities and procedures for being prepared for the truant officer or a social worker at the door. Tim also shares how home schoolers can answer those oft-asked questions such as, “What about socialization?”

Fulfilling the Good Citizenship Requirement - Tim Lambert
Tim explains what our state government means when it requires us to teach “good citizenship” and talks about how to incorporate the subject into your home school. He addresses maintaining priorities and keeping a balance between teaching the academics of government and politics and practicing activism at all levels. Tim encourages parents to take a synergistic approach to teaching their children about government in the classroom while participating in the governmental process in practical ways.

Confessions of an Organizationally Challenged Home School Mom - Lyndsay Lambert
Not a natural organizer, Lyndsay shares ideas and tips she has learned over the years which helped keep her home and school from going down the tube because of the mess. After all, with six people in her family, when things go bad, they go bad fast.
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Bev Parrish

Secrets of the Boy Whisperer (Wise Words for Moms of Teen Boys)
So, you and your husband have a vision for how you want your son to “turn out’ at the end of the journey.” The trouble is, he’s spending all day long under the direction of a woman, and, chances are, you want him to grow into a man. Learn to implement some practices that will encourage your teen boys to grown into happy, mannerly, intelligent leaders for their future families—leaders who respect and protect women, embrace their role with confidence, and are comfortable in their manhood. Be encouraged by a mom with six sons that it is in fact possible—and fun!

Playing Academic Catch-Up With Teens
Do you have an older teen that is “behind” in school? It could be because of learning challenges, family or health distractions, previous school history, etc. Whatever the reason, the school “to-do” list seems to be larger than the amount of time you feel you have left with your child. Let’s talk about strategies to determine what absolutely must be covered, how to capitalize on your child’s strengths to cover the material, the necessity of supporting his sense of self-worth, and what resources might be “friendly” to this type of situation.
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Duke Pesta

The Unmaking of the American Myth
A startling look at the ways academia uses public education to demonize the Founding Fathers and castigate traditional American history and values, only to promote multiculturalism and godless liberalism in their place.
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Sonya Shafer

Fine Arts the Charlotte Mason Way
You don’t have to be a music major or an art aficionado to teach fine arts to your children. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll discover an easy, yet effective way to give your children music and art appreciation that will enrich their lives and yours!

Charlotte Mason and Her Methods
Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the gentle yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach, including living books, short lessons, fine arts, history, geography, dictation, narration, copywork, poetry, and more.