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EMBARK Conference

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Curating Your Child’s Education, Tyler Hogan | 9:00–9:55 a.m.

As a parent, you’ve taken responsibility for your child’s education. But does that mean you have to do it all yourself ? In this workshop, we’ll learn how to be a good curator of your child’s education and the pros and cons of co-ops, online classes, duel enrollment, and many other learning options. What should (and should not) be delegated? Come learn how to make optimized decisions for your family.

Navigating through College Entrance Exams: Making sense of the SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, SAT SUBJECT TESTS™, & PSAT/NMSQT, Caryl Veloso | 10:00–10:55 a.m.

  • What college entrance exam should my student take? The SAT or the ACT? What are the differences between the two? Which is the better test for my child?
  • What is the PSAT/NMSQT anyway? Is it even necessary? Why does my child even have to take it?   What’s the difference between the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10?
  • What’s CLEP? What’s AP? What are SAT Subject Tests™?

It's easy to feel confused and lost when we do not know how to answer these questions. If this is your situation and these questions resonate with you, join Caryl in the conversation and equip yourself with general information about the different high school standardized tests your students could use to prepare for college. 

The Lazy Student: What’s a Mom to Do?, Kim Kautzer  |
11:00–11:55 a.m.

No matter how much time you allow, why is it that your student waits till the very last minute to tackle a writing assignment? Is it procrastination . . . or just plain laziness? Either way, you can’t seem to figure out how to motivate this child! In this session, Kim helps you discover the similarities and differences between procrastination and laziness, and offers practical advice on helping your dawdler set—and meet—goals and deadlines.

Using Google Calendar/Docs to Organize Your Homeschool,
Amy Craven | 12:00–12:55 p.m

Homeschool dreams of eager students, thought-provoking discussions, and memorable outings can quickly turn into homeschool nightmares when directionless children, misplaced writing assignments, and forgotten filing deadlines erode your precious time. If you are tired of the crossed-out notes and unfinished lists stuffed into last September’s adorable lesson planner, you may be ready to move your homeschool organization into the digital realm.

Amy Craven, a homeschool mom of five who admits to being slightly obsessed with keeping life organized, will demonstrate how she uses Google Calendar and Google Docs to keep her high school and elementary students on track. Help your child develop academic independence and teach time management from an early age. Discover the benefits of connecting your child’s account to your master schedule, allowing you to observe progress at any time and in any place. Simplify record-keeping practices and easily produce digital or hard copies of completed work and days/hours of school. Set reminders for future deadlines and receive notifications to ensure nothing slips by unnoticed. And do it all even if your toddler has hidden your last No. 2 pencil.

Inspiring Successful Writers, (grades 7-12), Kim Kautzer |
1:00–1:55 p.m.

Parents agree—inspiring kids to write well is one of the most intimidating tasks you face. Even if it’s your weakest area, you’ll be relieved to learn that you CAN train your junior high and high schoolers to write. So come discover a fresh approach to teaching composition skills and elements of style. Learn to objectively edit and evaluate writing so you can encourage your struggling, reluctant learner while challenging the one who’s more articulate and motivated.

How to Succeed (or Fail) with Online Classes, Marji McIlvaine |
2:00–2:55 p.m.

The online educational opportunities are exploding – it’s a new frontier! How can homeschoolers use this option effectively? Marji McIlvaine has been an online student, is a parent of students using some online options, and has been teaching online for over 7 years! She will offer a unique perspective on how to succeed – or fail –- in the online
environment. This seminar will help equip both parents and students for online success.

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EMBARK Conference

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fostering Lifelong Learners, Steve Demme | 9:00–9:55 a.m.

Sandi and I wanted to give our sons a good foundation in language arts and math along with a love for learning. Our vision worked, for each of our sons is a lifelong student who are continually learning and growing. We catch a fire from someone who has a fire. This workshop will share strategies for encouraging a passion for learning through books, family excursions, and exposing your family to fellow lifelong learners.

Staying a Christian in College, Dr. Hannah Eagleson |
10:00–10:55 a.m.

Four years in a secular university: it can be one of the best things that ever happens to your young adult’s faith in Christ. Drawing on her experience of working in campus ministry with hundreds of Christians in secular universities (undergraduate through professor levels), Hannah will talk about how your student’s faith can thrive in college. She will address living out the Kingdom of God in the university, what parents can do now to prepare students for a great spiritual life in college, and how to build great conversations as your student grows at university.

Developing Effective Study Habits, Amanda Hunter |
11:00–11:55 a.m.

Are you struggling to perform well in school and RETAIN information? Are you preparing for college courses? What’s the best way to study?

• Sitting at a desk reading a textbook?
• Re-listening to lectures?
• Flash cards?

Academic success is possible! God has created each of us as an unique individual. Learn basic Anatomy & Physiology of the brain, what affects memory, and how you can use your individual learning style to achieve success in high school and beyond!

The Divine Blueprint for Building a Family of Faith,
Steve Demme | 12:00–12:55 p.m.

In Deuteronomy 6, God’s simple and effective plan for the family begins with parents loving God with everything in them and having His word on their hearts. When parents have established their own relationship with God and His word, they are equipped to teach their children to love God and His word.

The Mystery of History — For All Ages, Linda Lacour Hobar | 1:00–1:55 p.m.

If you’ve had an eye on The Mystery of History, or need a fresh vision of this award-winning world history series, this session is for you! Through this easy online event, you can join the author, Linda Lacour Hobar, in a live and personal setting to discover the philosophy of this world history curriculum, and the nuts and bolts of using it. Following a “Chronological, Christian, Complete” approach, you can bring history to life for Younger, Middle, and Older students at the same time with activities, timelines, mapping exercises, games, quizzes, and much more.  For additional inspiration, and a sample of the author’s writing style, Linda will close with some of her favorite history lessons from The Mystery of History. Leave informed, equipped, and encouraged!  

I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit and How You Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout, Tracy Klicka | 2:00–2:55 p.m.

Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a mom yet, who at some point in her homeschool journey doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle. Take hope, moms! Come be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for God.

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EMBARK Conference

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Preflight, Hal & Melanie Young | 9:00–9:55 a.m.

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Navigating Current Events with Your Student, Jarrett Carter | 10:00–10:55 a.m.

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Help! I’m Drowning! (Goal setting and planning), Joanna Martinez | 11:00–11:55 a.m.

Homeschooling is never for the faint of heart, but certainly not through high school! If you struggle to be organized and stay ahead of your student(s) this workshop may be for you! Habit #2 from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to begin with the end in mind. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for laying out the bare bones of the whole year at the outset, for each course, so that pacing and goals are in place. This will give you as a parent a basic structure so that you can fill in the details of your coursework as you go – a week or a unit at a time, but with a plan in place that guides you along the way. Joanna will share from her (sometimes disastrous) experiences with her own high schoolers and keys that she has learned along the way to save her own sanity and to keep their household running smoothly.

Fascinating Faith: How to Tap into Your Homeschooler’s Passions and Point to Christ, Rhiannon Appelgrijn | 12:00–12:55 p.m.

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”-C.S. Lewis

What makes your homeschooler’s face light up and heart beat a bit faster when it is mentioned? Sports, music, books, art, dance, theatre, baking... all these hobbies may seem merely extracurricular, but they are highly effective avenues of sharing God’s Word with your child. Jesus used parables to teach deep, Biblical truths. What if you could use analogies related to your child’s interests to do the same? Come join us for a live, interactive class where we will explore unconventional ways to activate a lifelong, passionate pursuit of Christ and equip your homeschooler to see the world through the lens of the gospel.

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” (NIV, Deuteronomy 11:18-19).


Foreign Languages and Homeschooling: Ja! It Can Be Done!, Marji McIlvaine | 1:00–1:55 p.m.

Do you cringe when someone asks you how you are going to meet your foreign language requirement in your homeschool? Can you remember almost nothing from your years of foreign language in high school? Never fear -- it can be achieved with style and joy! You have many resources at your fingertips to equip your students to study and use their language skills, and to see how God will use them for His kingdom. Marji has a passion for foreign languages, has studied seven–and is a veteran homeschooler who teaches several languages. She will offer tools to help you evaluate the different resources available and make a great choice for your family.

Struggling Learners in High School & College, Hal & Melanie Young | 2:00–2:55 p.m.

Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, and several other books. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.

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