Kalamazoo Homeschool Expo 2016 Workshops
8:30 – 9:15 WORKSHOP CHOICES
Israel Wayne – “Homeschooling – Preference or Conviction” (Worship Center)
Why do you homeschool? When your children are grown, what will define success for you? What is a Biblical philosophy of education? This workshop will help you to focus on what is really important. Israel will share with you what has helped his family avoid burnout and frustration in the many years of homeschooling.
Tracy Klicka – “I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit School and How you Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout” (Classroom A)
Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a homeschool mom yet who at some point in her homeschooling experience doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can take, but there is hope. Be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for the Lord.
Kathie Morrissey – “Sibling Squabbles in the Classroom” (Classroom B)
Sibling rivalry and squabbling is something we all deal with every day. It can be very frustrating, as well as discouraging! It's important that we teach our children how to respond to conflict God's way. Don't let the arguing and strife disrupt your home. Find out what some of the most common causes are, and learn about some practical solutions to the problem.
10:00 KEYNOTE SESSION – ISRAEL WAYNE
“The Biblical Basis for Parental Rights” (Worship Center)
Who owns the children? Does the state have a compelling interest in your child’s education? What are your rights as a homeschooling parent? Do you know what to do if a social worker shows up for an unexpected visit? Israel shares personal stories and insights from the early days of the homeschooling movement when many parents faced jail and the removal of their children from the home if they chose to home educate. Learn how to equip yourself to stand against opposition.
12:15 – 1:15 WORKSHOP CHOICES
Israel Wayne – “Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooling Child” (Worship Center)
If you have a hyperactive or easily distractible child, you won’t want to miss this informative and sometimes humorous message that shares the perspective of a homeschooling father who was once a hyperactive homeschooled child. You will receive practical and Biblical insights into ADD/ADHD and will be encouraged that there is hope for your child!
Tracy Klicka – “A Journey of Grace – Coming Alongside Your Child in the Teen Years” (Classroom A)
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’ greatest needs, strengths, and weaknesses? What priorities do you as a parent embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With three adult children, one married, and four teens still living at home, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in God who is faithful and who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children in the gospel for His glory during this special season of life.
Kathie Morrissey – “Managing Multi-Level Teaching” (Classroom B)
There are no easy answers to teaching a number of children of different ages, and there's no doubt that doing so is a real challenge that requires patience and creativity. Though we may feel it's pushing us to our limits, it provides opportunities for our kids to learn responsibility, independence, and self-control. Kathie Morrissey, mother of 8 children, will share many practical tips and ideas to help make the job easier.
1:30 – 2:15 WORKSHOP CHOICES
Tracy Klicka – “Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling” (Worship Center)
As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.
Kathie Morrissey – “Three Things I’ve Learned in 31 Years of Homeschooling” (Classroom B)
There are SO many things that we learn, when we begin to home school our kids. It's not just the KIDS that learn! God had lessons that He wanted ME to learn over my 31 year homeschooling journey. Today I want to share with you the three most important lessons that I learned over the years. These thoughts will be encouraging to you, will help you to remember what is really important, and will help you to keep going and finish strong.
2:30 – 3:15 WORSHOP CHOICES
Tracy Klicka – “The Homeschooling Mom: God is Her Strength”- A MOM’S SESSION (Worship Center)
As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.
Israel Wayne – “Is Homeschooling Just For Women” - A DAD’S SESSION (Classroom A)
For many men, homeschooling has been looked at largely as something their wife does. Many believe that if they pay the bills, that is really all that God expects of them. Biblically speaking, what is the proper role for men in the process of home education?
3:20 – 4:20 KEYNOTE SESSION – ISRAEL WAYNE
“THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION” (Worship Center)
When you are trying to inspire and motivate children, there are two forces that are often exerted: Positive and Negative Reinforcement. In this session, Israel explains the importance of Affirmation as a way to inspire and motivate your reluctant child. Drawing from practical and Biblical examples, this session will help you to keep those important relational connections as you are attempting to impart knowledge.