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BEGINNERS' SEMINAR WEDNESDAY MAY 6th

We all have our own reasons why our path has led to homeschooling. What is your “why”? In this class, we will talk about the importance of establishing a why, using it to map your path, addressing your fears, and how your ‘why’ will stand as your motivation to keep going, even when the trail gets rough.

Jen Altman

Homeschooling is overwhelming enough without considering the myriad of ways in which we can do it. How do we know which schedule to follow, which curriculum to use, or which subjects to focus on? Answering these questions becomes easier as we base our homeschooling on tried and true principles. In this class, we will cover some of these basic principles of homeschooling and offer different ideas of how to apply them.

Adelin Bates

“If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” This phase is so cliché because it’s true. As a homeschool mom, you give yourself a lot of hats to wear, you use your precious creativity and energy to see to it that your children’s needs are met, and you wouldn’t want it any other way! But— who sees to it that your needs are met?

Your energy is a precious resource. Let’s learn about managing it and multiplying it by finding pockets of stillness in your hectic days and tapping into your source of deep renewal so that you can give at your greatest capacity. Sometimes less is more. Your efforts are enough. You’ve got this, mama!

Jessica Croker

12:00  Lunch Break – Visit our Marketplace to check out all the great ideas!

Getting started on your homeschooling journey can feel overwhelming. You can find yourself saying , “I don’t know what I don’t know. ” Cara has gathered some helpful tools to help you on your journey.

Cara Rector

Does this question strike terror into your heart? If you homeschool, or are contemplating homeschooling, this question may well be the very first thing your friends, family, acquaintances, and total strangers say to you! Come hear from a veteran homeschool Mom (6 children, 26 years of homeschooling) how to move from a feeling of panic to an inner confidence and peace, how to address the question, and her beliefs on why homeschooling is a better choice for socialization.

Rosanne Patterson

…she’s going to want a buddy! It’s always more fun to hike the homeschool trail with a friend. Come find new friends who may be further along on the journey or be that friend to others who are just starting their journey along the homeschool path. And enjoy a special treat as well!

5:00  Dinner Break

7:00  Youth Talent Show and Mentor Moms Chat Room

FOCUS SEMINAR WEDNESDAY MAY 6th

We hear this buzz word “principles” everywhere, especially by our spiritual leadership. But what are principles? And why do they matter so much? In this first class, we will explore the power of principles in history, in the lives of great men and women, and in our own everyday lives.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

With a clearer understanding of the power principles can have in our lives, we’ll define the differences between these key terms. Then we’ll learn and practice together the tools of questions and characteristics to begin to find principles on our own.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

With our new understanding of principles and how to know when we’ve found one, we’ll dive in to other genres, including scripture, and learn additional tools for discovering principles in every type of work.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

12:00  Lunch Break – Visit our Marketplace to check out all the great ideas!

Next, we’ll gain deeper understanding into when and how to teach principles to our children. We’ll gain skills for discovering, discussing, and applying true principles in our homes.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

Tying principles to life mission brings it all together and helps us see the most important, governing purpose for becoming principle-centered in our lives and homes–to understand the unique way in which we and our families can best serve our Savior.

You’ll learn the 7 Laws of Life Mission that the best men and women, including our current church leadership, have lived in order to prepare and execute the missions the Lord had for them. And you’ll be empowered with all you’ve learned to go home and begin discovering and living the principles which will lead to the fulfillment of your own life mission.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

…she’s going to want a buddy! It’s always more fun to hike the homeschool trail with a friend. Come find new friends who may be further along on the journey or be that friend to others who are just starting their journey along the homeschool path. And enjoy a special treat as well!

5:00  Dinner Break

7:00  Youth Talent Show and Mentor Moms Chat Room

YOUTH EDUCATION CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY MAY 6th

8:00

Do you dream of being rich when you grow up? It is great to want to be financially secure, but we live in a world of instant gratification and get-rich-quick schemes, so it’s important to know the principles behind success and happiness. In this class, we will dive into those principles and discuss how to make them a foundation for your future success. We will also discuss the real intent of money and wealth and how you can pursue them in the right way to live a life of purpose and service.

Nephi Zufelt

9:15

Come prepared to move and interact. Learn team building from the “Good old days” when humans used to speak to each other. Learn to “Rally the troops.”

Aaron York

‘Haven’t any of you ever had a dream?’
‘I had a dream, once.’
What was it? To be a cowboy? Go to the seven wonders of the world? Be in a movie? Dreams come in all shapes and sizes, and you get pumped every time you think and talk about it. But, just like in any good book, the character meets opposition. So what are you going to do about it?? In this class, you’ll see that whatever seemed impossible just became possible.

Madison Rodriguez

Your goals as a teenager might include being physically fit, be more in-tune with the spirit, or even a better friend. However, we often give in to negative messages and never reach the goals we desire. Learn how to create positive messaging and use the Lord’s standards and methods to achieve your individual goals.

Travis Parry

Do you want to be an actor? A director? How about the composer who writes cool movie soundtracks or a prop designer who builds light sabers and Viking helmets? What about the animator who creates CGI dragons and special effects? Guess what. You can! And you don’t have to wait until you’re older or richer or more experienced. You can start right now! Come ready to play with props, costumes, and cameras as you learn how to make blockbuster movies right from home with people and equipment you already have.

Rachel Scoresby

   10:15     Games and Snack Break

11:15

Calling all flappers and jazz hands…or just those who want to know what that means;) Swing on into this class to learn the basic steps of the 1920’s classic, The Charleston, and have some fun doing it! Hair spray that finger wave and adjust your suspenders for a flappin’ good time!

Kat Bland

Have you ever been so passionate about a skill or a talent that you want to do it your whole life, but you don’t know how? George Layton will give you some ideas on how to make your passions into a profession.

George Layton

Teenage life is full of changes that can be both thrilling and frightening at the same time. Dating is one of these changes. While the world teaches a telestial version of dating, members of the church hold strong to the celestial standards that can help them navigate this time. Come and learn how you can have fun, build relationships, and prepare for eternal marriage.

Travis Parry

Don’t be a spiritual hypochondriac: you’re probably doing pretty great. And if you aren’t, now is the time to talk about it. Besides, we’re going to talk about aliens, brains in jars, olympic hole-poking, and learn fancy words like “epistemology.” Swing by. Bring your testimony–or total lack thereof. There will be cheeseburgers of the invisible tasteless odorless zero-calorie variety.

Benjamin Pacini

   12:00     Lunch Break

1:30

Calling all flappers and jazz hands…or just those who want to know what that means;) Swing on into this class to learn the basic steps of the 1920’s classic, The Charleston, and have some fun doing it! Hair spray that finger wave and adjust your suspenders for a flappin’ good time!

Kat Bland

Discover inspiring leadership lessons. Learn how to be a strong and dependable leader. George Layton will teach you leadership skills that you will use your entire life.

George Layton

With hands-on activities (YOU participate!) and computer simulations, Brother Handy teaches about and demonstrates waves and particles and the eternal, unchanging laws by which they operate. You will see the relationship between mathematical models and physical reality, and learn some of the important tools that scientists use to understand and predict the behavior of the world around us, with their benefits and limitations.

David Handy

Did you know that entrepreneurship has improved the lives of more people in the world than any other policy, charity, or organization outside of religion? In this class, we will learn the stories of amazing people around the world who are changing their communities through entrepreneurship. We will also discuss how you can use the lessons learned to strengthen your family and community. You are never too young – come and learn how you can start right now to change the world through entrepreneurship!

Nephi Zufelt

2:30

Calling all flappers and jazz hands…or just those who want to know what that means;) Swing on into this class to learn the basic steps of the 1920’s classic, The Charleston, and have some fun doing it! Hair spray that finger wave and adjust your suspenders for a flappin’ good time!

Kat Bland

Come prepared to move and interact. Learn team building from the “Good old days” when humans used to speak to each other. Learn to “Rally the troops.”

Aaron York

“The idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane.” -Mike Rowe
Attending a four-year college right after high school is not the only way to be successful in life. Let’s explore some of the many options you have.

Jennifer Hendricks

“Whenever I read Shakespeare I fall asleep,” a student once said. For those of you who suffer or know someone who suffers from Shakespearean narcolepsy, this is the class for you. Leave your pillows behind and come geared up to pitch puns, hurl 17th century insults, and wield a sword. Be ready to experience love at first sight, magic, madness, betrayal, and tragic multiple deaths. In the end, your fears of reading Shakespeare will be conquered and you may just find yourself quoting the Bard for the rest of your life.

Michelle Hale

   3:30     Games and Snack Break

4:30

The journey can be filled with twists and turns along the way with all manner of side adventures, problems, and more. However, everyone’s journey is unique to them, and it’s all about trusting that your journey will get you to your destination.

Susannah Conrad

   5:00     Dinner Break

   7:00     Talent Show

   8:00     Youth Party Around the World

HOME EDUCATION CONFERENCE THURSDAY MAY 7th

8:30

Jonathan’s journey changed abruptly June 13, 1999 when he was involved in a car accident, followed by a five-month coma and subsequent disability due to his brain injury. During his journey from the trauma unit to the rehab, the Whitlock family relied heavily on the faith they had built in their gospel-centered home. That faith grew and was tested as they experienced the highs and lows of such a long recovery while having front-row seats in watching the Lord’s miracles unfold. Listen firsthand to mother and son share their experiences through journal entries and letters, Jonathan’s artwork, and music.

Annette & Jonathan Whitlock

9:45

It’s definitely possible to be both a scientist and have faith in God. We’ll explore why Science and Religion are not in conflict with each other, and we’ll find that they have a lot in common.

David Wright

Our imagination allows us to see possibilities, think through things, and even to make plans. It is one of the characteristics that makes us uniquely human. Through our imagination, we “see” right from wrong, truth from lies, and good from evil. Stories are a primary vehicle of forming the moral imagination of a person. In this class you will learn how to use stories to develop the moral imagination of your child.

Wendy Ashby

Have you ever wondered what it would take to run a co-op? Ever wished for a co-op that would be perfect for your family but it just doesn’t exist? We will take the famous line IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME and we will apply it to the co-op you want to build in your community. Come with questions or come to be inspired about where to find your people, how to organize them, and what in the world you should do first!

Brooke Greenstreet

“Did you do anything today?” Come learn from a seasoned husband and father what things you should never say to your wife and how to best support her on the homeschool journey.

Aaron York

11:00

Lively, engaging writing is an asset to any future career. But writing about yourself can help you land a spot in the school of your choice, as well as scholarship and internship opportunities. In fact, a good college essay often begins as a journal entry. Frequent journal writing has value in itself as a marvelous tool of self-discovery. Using actual prompts from BYU Admissions essays, learn how to help your youth tell their story in a fun and powerful way. You may be surprised what you learn about your youth in the process.

Marci McPhee

Do you find yourself frustrated with preset curriculum? Are you always changing things, adding or dropping books? Do you wish you had more flexibility on making things work for your whole family? I will share tools and resources to help you create programs that are tailored to your children’s learning style, using good books, documentaries, and hands on learning, in the areas of American History, Science, World Cultures and geography, as well as a few tips on core subjects.

JoAnn Toronto

Bring your toughest homeschool issues to this class and we’ll solve them, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle style. For the child who lags, she has the “won’t-get-it-done” cure. Does your child convince herself that some tasks are beyond her reach and impossibly hard? There’s a cure for that “might-as-well-give-up-now” mindset.

Not only does Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle understand child psychology better than most professionals, she also understand the unique demands a homeschool mother faces. Feeling fatigued? There is a cure if you are “starting-every-day-empty.” Overwhelmed with curriculum decisions? Learn to filter out the unnecessary details with a custom pair of blinders. Practical advice delivered with humor means that this class will help you recognize simple strategies for shifting the homeschool attitudes in your home.

Rachel Spigarelli

Is your spouse your eternal friend and celestial teammate? How well do you work together to set and accomplish your shared goals? Our individualistic and “selfie” world has changed the way society sees marriage. Unfortunately, many of us fall into the trap of a give and take relationship instead of learning to work together. Learn the principles that are both research-based and gospel-centered that will teach you how to enjoy eternal friendship through celestial teamwork.

Travis Parry

  12:00     Lunch Break – Visit our Marketplace to check out all the great ideas!

1:30

A series of demonstrations that will hopefully puzzle, enlighten, and entertain you. We’ll look at a number of physics principles including the laws of motion, electromagnetic radiation, and wave motion. (All are invited to attend: youth, adults, and kids!)

David Wright

2:45

Calling all flappers and jazz hands…or just those who want to know what that means;) Swing on into this class to learn the basic steps of the 1920’s classic, The Charleston, and have some fun doing it! Hair spray that finger wave and adjust your suspenders for a flappin’ good time!

Kat Bland

In this technological age, it’s a matter of when, not if, our kids will see pornography, but parents can play a major role in keeping their kids safe. In this class, parents will learn how to have healthy discussions with their kids about these difficult topics. We will also identify strategies and tools to help children and youth know what to do when they encounter pornography in order to avoid the embarrassment and shame that can lead to addiction.

Justin Zufelt

“The idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane.” -Mike Rowe
Sending your child off to a four-year college right after high school is not the only way they can be successful in life. Let’s explore some of the many options they have.

Jennifer Hendricks

There are many reasons homeschooling as a single parent might become a necessity. It can be hard to juggle homeschooling your children as a single parent while making sure your children get fed, schooled, and life schooled. When you are doing everything, it can be hard to avoid burnout. We will talk about the variety of ways that it can be done and tips and tricks to thrive and avoid crashing and burning, with time for questions at the end.

Willow Anderson

Of all the life skills that a child can acquire in their youth, learning to cook is one of the most important. By teaching a child to cook and make nutritious food choices, you are empowering them with the ability to take care of themselves and their future families.

The Little Sprouts Cooking workshop will give you pointers on how to incorporate cooking lessons into your homeschool curriculum. We will cover everything from the educational benefits of a cooking course to teaching techniques that get the kids excited to be in the kitchen. Come and enjoy a sample lesson and get the support you need to get started.

Nellie Johnston

4:00

Many college and scholarship applications require a high school transcript. No worries, come to this workshop-style class and learn how to make your own high school transcript! Sister Handy will guide you through this process, and you’ll walk away with a transcript template for your high schoolers.

Theresa Handy

One of the most enviable benefits of homeschooling is the opportunity to travel off-season. Have you dreamed about taking a long trip with your family? This class reveals the realities of planning and executing a big family trip. From foreign language study, to finding good accommodations, to scheduling museums for success, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to plan child-friendly travel. This class will have you ready to pack your bags.

Rachel Spigarelli

As the number of children you are homeschooling increases so does the complexity, and the challenge can feel daunting at times. Come listen to a mom of eight kids – from a high school senior down to a one year old – share some tricks of the trade. You will leave feeling refreshed and empowered for another school year.

Louisa Wells

Entrepreneurship has improved the lives of more people in the world than any other policy, charity, plan, or organization outside of religion. In this class, we will tell of some amazing people around the world changing their communities through entrepreneurship and discuss how we can use the lessons learned to strengthen our own homes, families, and communities. We will also teach how we can start right now preparing the next generation of youth to change the world through entrepreneurship.

Nephi Zufelt

   5:00     Dinner Break

   7:00     Evening Activities: “Roaring ’20s” Family Dance and/or Mentor Moms Chat Room 

YOUTH EDUCATION CONFERENCE THURSDAY MAY 7th

8:00

When you look in the mirror, what do you really see? Is it the image from the house of mirrors at the circus? Or are you able to see the real you? In a world where image is everything, how do you get past the images around you to discover who you are inside? Let’s talk about how to find the real you beneath all the protective layers. I’ll help you discover the tools you need to Just Be You and to be super happy with the result.

Jill McKenzie

9:15

In the military, soldiers are required to have a battle buddy with them at all times for both safety and support. This class will discuss why every youth needs to have their own battle buddies as they go through life. Learn how to choose good friends, how to let go of bad ones, and how to be a leader and a strong support to your group. You have the power to make a huge difference in the lives of those around you!

Justin Zufelt

Have you ever been told something but had a sense it wasn’t quite true? Have you ever clicked on something but did not know exactly why? The Internet is filled with information. Our minds use mental shortcuts to quickly find truth and make decisions. These shortcuts are hacked, like a computer, on a regular basis. Craig will discuss these mental models (shortcuts) and ways of counteracting their influence. The most powerful computer you will need to control will be your own mind.

Craig Field

Explore and understand the impact of interest rates on student loans, credit cards, and personal borrowing in your life. We will examine making decisions on borrowing to finance purchases compared to delaying purchases until funds are earned and saved, thereby answering such questions as:
-Should I borrow money to go to school?
-What is compound interest, and how does it affect the cost of a car, home or education?
-Should one ever borrow to buy or pay for something? An education, for example?

Carl Mautz

  10:15     Games and Snack Break

11:15

Calling all flappers and jazz hands…or just those who want to know what that means;) Swing on into this class to learn the basic steps of the 1920’s classic, The Charleston, and have some fun doing it! Hair spray that finger wave and adjust your suspenders for a flappin’ good time!

Kat Bland

This class will follow up on the “Just Be You” devotional. You will get the tools you need to BECOME! “Become what,” you may ask? To become your best self! Although this will be different and unique for each of you, this class will offer you a realistic, genuine and practical (but not easy) lifelong approach to make the constant adjustments necessary to becoming our best selves.

Jill McKenzie

A friendly competition that will not reward the fastest or the strongest, but the most clever and inventive. We’ll tackle a couple of physics challenges in small groups that don’t require calculators or equations, just a basic knowledge of science. Success will require teamwork and creativity.

David Wright

Joseph Smith said “The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight.” He also said that, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.” This is something you should know about–and get excited for.

Benjamin Pacini

  12:00     Lunch Break

1:30

A series of demonstrations that will hopefully puzzle, enlighten, and entertain you. We’ll look at a number of physics principles including the laws of motion, electromagnetic radiation, and wave motion. (All are invited to attend: youth, adults, and kids!)

David Wright

   2:45     Games and Snack Break

3:30

When I think of habits, I like to think of them as tools for self-improvement. Goals are about the results you want to achieve; habits help you create the system or process to get you there. Come see how you can create habits to help you achieve your biggest goals and fulfill your wildest dreams!

Rosanne Patterson

Brother Handy cuts through the confusion and shows the clear connection between science and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Using examples from the Brethren and his own experiences, he shows that the Lord wants us to succeed in science and will help us to do so. Good science and bad science will be compared and contrasted, to help you avoid being deceived. Strengthen your faith, broaden your horizons, boost your ambition, and develop even more gratitude for all that God has given us.

David Handy

So many of life’s experiences, so many opportunities given to you, so many choices you’ve made prepare you for your mission in life. Yes, you can make a difference! Yes, you can be an instrument in the Lord’s hands. And like Mary, we can prepare now to say, “Be it unto me according to Thy word.” Come ready to discover your driving forces, your gifts, your preferences as you prepare and fulfill your divine mission.

Annette Whitlock

Lively, engaging writing is an asset to any future career. But writing about yourself can help you land a spot in the school of your choice, as well as scholarship and internship opportunities. In fact, a good college essay often begins as a journal entry. Frequent journal writing has value in itself as a marvelous tool of self-discovery. Using actual prompts from BYU Admissions essays, learn how to tell your story in a fun and powerful way. You may be surprised what you learn about yourself in the process.

Marci McPhee

4:30

In the continuing restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days, identify and learn how life needs to change as we follow the Lord’s Prophet in our day.

Carl Mautz

   5:00     Dinner Break

   7:00    “Roaring ’20s” Family Dance

HOME EDUCATION CONFERENCE FRIDAY MAY 8th

8:30

Who’s ready for a mad time? Since its publication, Alice in Wonderland has been one of the best beloved children’s books. Few realize it is also a Victorian satire, and its author was a professor of mathematics and logic. Fall down the rabbit hole and visit with Wonderland’s familiar characters as we explore the math in this timeless children’s classic. Crack cleverly hidden logic puzzles, and finally learn why “we’re all mad here.”

Suzette Conrad

I will be sharing tools to help children have the knowledge on how to accomplish things themselves through sharing my experiences on learning from the good days and rough days. These tools will help children in areas of chores, habits, school work and other areas of being independent and self motivated!

JoAnn Toronto

Many young people dream of being rich and wealthy when they grow up. In a society of instant gratification and indulgence, our young people are falling prey to the corruptive power of money and greed. Get-rich schemes are growing exponentially.

In this class, we will dive into the underlying principles of happiness and success and discuss how we can instill those principles into the hearts of our children to help them resist the pull of the world. Additionally, we will discuss in detail the real intent of money and wealth and how we can teach our kids to pursue these tools in the right way so they can live a life of purpose and service.

Nephi Zufelt

After teaching math at home, in classes, and in co-ops for many years, I’ve seen some pretty bad cases of “stuckness.” When the math anxiety kicks in, good clear thinking stops. But even in cases where there’s not a lot of anxiety, there can still be roadblocks.

This class will focus on the critical points in a math education where many children begin to struggle. We will discuss how to diagnose whether the problem is anxiety or the lack of a specific thinking skill. And you’ll be given strategies to aid in problem-solving which apply to many kinds of situations in life, not just in math.

Jennifer Georgia

9:45

Educational games or games that are educational? The former lends itself to games that are made to specifically teach a subject in a game manner, which can cause a loss of enjoyment in its topic. The latter describes games where knowledge and skills gained can be direct or may be more surreptitious. Using board and card games to teach can: create skills, teach new information, solidify facts already studied, or encourage further study into places and things unknown. Games can also teach social skills such as: negotiation, how to lose, and how to express oneself through communication.

This class will teach how games can be used as tools in a homeschool program in varied curricula areas including: Language Arts, Science, History, Geography, and others. Through discussion, participants will learn of games that are more recent additions to the gaming world, but that have great applications for homeschool. There will also be a list of resources for where to find games for a child’s age level, and some suggested games along with how they can have an impact on studies. Be ready to spread your Wingspan, Scrabble your way to new worlds, work together to squelch a Pandemic of boredom, and find the 7 Wonders that will bring Dominion to your fun and open your eyes to a Bohnanza of games.

Arlette Buss

Hikers of all ages enjoy beautiful walks through lush forests. Some, however, climb to heights that surpass the tree line–meaning the climate and environment where trees grow easily. At these elevations, the landscape is rocky and the footing is precarious.

Likewise, homeschooling often feels rich and promising, but some years we find ourselves suddenly “above the tree line” due to childbirth, moves, illness, or other challenges. Come learn from this avid hiker how to prepare, cope, and rebound from these difficult years so that your family can continue to enjoy hiking through homeschool together.

Louisa Wells

Jodi will describe the components of a successful family culture based on principles of trust, compassion, innovation, and productivity. Every family has a culture whether by default or by design. This class is intended to give you the roadmap for designing an intentional family culture that gives your family sustainable success in day-to-day life, as well as long-term success for the future of your family.

Jodi Chaffee

Are you getting ready to pull your kids out of school? Come hear how things went for our family when we decided public school wasn’t for us anymore and pulled our four kids out of elementary school, middle school, and high school. We had a lot of transitioning, some bumbling, some dashed expectations, a whole lot of blessings, and of course learning (but not the kind you might think).

Amy Palmer

No other place provides the complete package quite like Utah State University: top-notch academics, nationally recognized research, Division I athletics, and more than 200 student clubs and events, all on the oldest residential campus in the state. USU has the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, and over 75% of students participate in fieldwork or internships by their senior year.

Our goal is to ensure students become experts in their field by reinforcing what they learn in the classroom through hands-on experience and application. Come learn about student life, our traditions since our founding in 1888, majors and programs, scholarship options, admissions and what it means to be an Aggie.

Ian Anderson

11:00

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet with other homeschooling parents who are facing the unique opportunity and challenge of educating a child or children with special needs. This open-discussion class will give all who attend a chance to share and learn with each other. (Class will not be recorded)

Jen Altman, Jennifer Hendricks, Kami Picklesimer, Cara Rector

We have been told that our home should be a temple. However, does it really feel like one when the dishes are piling up, laundry needs done, toys are scattered on the floor with children crying, all while trying to homeschool? Learn principles and practices in this class that can help your home become a “house of the Lord.”

Wendy Ashby

As mothers, we tend to get overwhelmed trying to do it all. As homeschooling mothers, we try to do even more than that. SIMPLE is powerful! In a world that pushes do and have, come discover the power of be and have not. Let’s discover (or re-discover) the beauty of ‘less is more.’ Let’s learn how we can live better by prioritizing relationships and experiences above material things and activities.

Bente Rodriguez

Art enriches lives and is for everyone. This hands-on art lesson is for parents. Art can open your eyes to beauty, history, creativity and more! Kari Brimhall has taught art for years and is a docent at Virginia’s Chrysler Museum of Art. Come learn how to jump into a painting; secrets to enjoying an art museum with kids (even if you don’t know much about art!); and how you can add art to your curriculum. She will also share her favorite art supplies. Then, we will make some art in class, no experience necessary!

Kari Brimhall

  12:00     Lunch Break – Visit our Marketplace to check out all the great ideas!

  12:50     Volunteer Meeting for adults and youth

1:30

The adversary has been trying to thwart the Plan of Salvation since its inception, yet we discuss very little of how the adversary seeks to do this. Learn how the adversary tries to shake us and the principles of withstanding these temptations.

Travis Parry

Come outside with two moms who have been avid nature lovers for decades. We’ll meet in the classroom for some basic information and then head outside to explore the lake and grounds. We will focus on making nature accessible to everyone from toddlers through teens, honing observation skills using the five senses and the power of deduction, beefing up your knowledge base, and recording your nature experiences.

This class will segue into a watercolor class immediately following, in which Jessica Croker will help you paint what you’ve found on our walk (taking both classes is not a requirement–you can do one or the other). Bring a rain jacket or umbrella if the weather is questionable, because we believe in going outside rain or shine!

Jennifer Georgia, Jennifer Hendricks

Imagine your child having the skill set to create a vision, come up with a plan, follow-through, and discuss their results with you whether they are favorable or not. Imagine you having the skills to mentor them through that process. Whether your child is setting a vision to clean their room, plan a playdate, or tackle a major project, you can be the stabilizing force they need as they move towards their vision.

In this workshop-style class we will explore a step-by-step mentoring formula that will allow you to honor your child’s processes as they learn the joy of being self-directed. Your children came to this earth with brilliance and a personal mission. What they need is a mentor to guide them in unlocking that potential. You can be that mentor.

Ann Ferguson

Most parents want their children to be well-rounded, well-educated individuals. We focus on traditional education subjects and make sure our kids are involved in extra-curricular activities to develop their talents. These are all positive things, but sometimes developing character gets left behind when life gets too busy. We will discuss how to build strong character in our kids and why it is critically important.

Justin Zufelt

2:45

The world seems to get smaller and more closely connected every day, and it is easier than ever for teens to get lost in it. It is easy for adults to miss how complicated (and how dire) life can feel for their kids. Sometimes, it can be hard to understand why a young person acts the way they do and even harder to know how to guide them effectively.

This class will explain how healthy bonding structures the brain, how primal regions of the brain function (and sometimes hijack the bus), and some proven methods for taming a ferocious brain (your own and your kids’)–and knowing when and where to find help.

Chris Davies

After taking a walk outside and collecting some bits of nature (or photos), we’ll take some time to look closely and record what we see. This will be a hands on class where we learn observational drawing skills and simple ways to watercolor your drawings that are family friendly and portable. Class will be limited to 24 participants and there will be a $5.00 supply fee.

Jessica Croker

In this class, you will learn briefly about the Montessori philosophy. Ways to incorporate this method into your homeschooling, specifically for preschool/elementary, will be discussed to allow for a hands-on, child-led learning environment. Some Montessori specific materials will be discussed, though ideas for money-saving, at-home application and adaptation will be the focus.

Jen Altman

Writers, especially story writers, get to taste what it’s like to be God. They create whole planets, new languages, and never-before-imagined technologies. They control time and bring multidimensional human beings to life with dreams and fears as real as their own. They influence the way their readers feel, what their readers want, how they live, and even who they are. But sometimes the simple act of moving the cursor across a blank page is intimidating—for children and (let’s be honest) for adults/ too.

Come be empowered to write fearlessly as we take a deeper look at story: what it is and how to create one. Learn how to use story to empower your children (especially those tweens and teens) to love writing, to think up and develop fresh ideas, workshop their writing with others, and seek instruction and criticism. Explore story mediums you never imagined, and discover how to use an audience to motivate your child to write more and write better.

Rachel Scoresby

4:00

We are living in the most exciting time in the earth’s history, sent here with incredible spiritual gifts to fulfill our mortal missions, and with God on our side. However, we get busy with life and often forget our most important priorities. Be uplifted and inspired to discover and obtain your purpose in life as individuals and families.

Travis Parry

   5:00     Dinner Break

7:00     LDSHE Graduation Celebration!

YOUTH EDUCATION CONFERENCE FRIDAY MAY 8th

8:00

Have you ever been afraid of something? You know, that one fear that stops you dead in your tracks, your heart is pounding a million miles per hour, and you feel like you can’t do anything? Thought so. And chances are, you have more than just one. Everyone does! Your fear could be anything, but guess what? In this class, you can learn to crush them, and you don’t have to do it alone, either. Some fears can affect your life spiritually, and there is no one better to help you crush them than the Savior himself.

Madison Rodriguez

9:15

With almost eighteen years (combined) experience of dating, Josh and Tatiana are sharing everything they know about dating! What guys are thinking, what girls are thinking, dating ideas, dating etiquette, when to get serious, and how to have an overall awesome time dating.

Joshua & Tatiana Crandall

People are wired to connect with each other. Whether you are outgoing or private, whether you like to have lots of friendships or just one or two really close friends, the fact is you never would have survived this long without relationships, and your brain is wired for survival. That is the reason why emotions in relationships sometimes feel like life-or-death, especially when a relationship starts or seems to be ending or if you have been hurt by someone who was supposed to care about you.

In this class you will learn what it means to value yourself and how to have healthy relationships. You will learn how to listen deeply and how to be heard. You will also learn how to have good boundaries and manage tough emotions in relationships.

Chris Davies

Come learn from two LDSHE grads how to make those YouTube videos you’ve always wanted to make!

Alexander Conrad, Luke Georgia

If it’s digital, it’s no longer yours. Emails, texts, pictures, money, everything is digital. Cyber Security is a skill to protect data from theft. It is interesting, challenging, important work in high demand. It comes with the promise of high income and time to spend with family. This might be your passion. Turn off all distractions and nothing can stop you. Most training is free. Just one certification can get you your first Cyber Security job. Government, companies, schools, family, everybody needs your help. Learn about the super power that is computer coding!

Craig Field

  10:15     Games and Snack Break

11:15

This class will be an overview of all things photography. Come and learn how to compose and take a good photo, the most flattering lighting and posing for portraits, different types of photography, good starter cameras/lenses, and how you can get started earning money in the photography world. (Most of the information taught in this class can be applied to a DSLR camera as well as phone photography.)

Joshua & Tatiana Crandall

Everybody has dreams. Not everybody has a plan. People do get the most motivated about working toward what they actually value, but that does not mean just wanting something is enough for it to happen. Once you learn how to set meaningful, prayerful goals with steps along the way, working with faith, you will start to see your dreams become realities before your eyes. In this class, you will consider some of the ways in which our Heavenly Father sets and achieves goals and learn to follow His example.

Chris Davies

Learn how paying attention to units unlocks the mysteries of fractions, polynomials, and word problems. Presented by an engineer who enjoys teaching those who don’t like math. Targeted toward students in their first year of algebra.

Doug Cheney

Have you ever wanted to learn something but didn’t have the time? Have you ever felt “forced” to learn things that you have zero interest in? Or, have you ever felt that you just don’t want to learn anything at all? In this class, we will explore ways that will help you lead out in your own education so that it is custom fit for you. We will also unlock the secret to “learning to love to learn” any subject – even those you are “forced” to study and hold little interest for you.

Adelin Bates

  12:00     Lunch Break

  12:50     Volunteer Meeting for youth and adults

1:30

Learn why following your passion is a misguided notion and what strategies actually work for most successful people. Presented by an international consultant and educator. Targeted toward students at the 10th grade level and above.

Doug Cheney

Ever wonder how you can figure out what you’re really meant to do in life? Do you watch people with unfulfilling careers or lives and hope you won’t end up like them? The answer is to understand the true nature of life mission so that you can find and fulfill yours!

In her fifteen years of study and research, Audrey Rindlisbacher has found a pattern among the greatest men and women who have ever lived – a path they all followed that led to their massive impact for good in the world. Come learn all about this model of greatness and how you can begin following their example today, and become the mission driven leader you were meant to be!

Audrey Rindlisbacher

After having braved the depths of the BYU dating world, Tim comes to you with life-saving dating tips to help you figure out the opposite sex and understand why people act so weird when they’re in love…

Tim Palmer

Who’s ready for a mad time? Since its publication, Alice in Wonderland has been one of the best beloved children’s books. Maybe you don’t realize it is also a Victorian satire, and its author was a professor of mathematics and logic. Fall down the rabbit hole and visit with Wonderland’s familiar characters as we explore the math in this timeless children’s classic. Crack cleverly hidden logic puzzles, and finally learn why “we’re all mad here.”

Suzette Conrad

   2:30     Games and Snack Break

   3:15     Youth Closing Ceremony

4:00

We are living in the most exciting time in the earth’s history, sent here with incredible spiritual gifts to fulfill our mortal missions, and with God on our side. However, we get busy with life and often forget our most important priorities. Be uplifted and inspired to discover and obtain your purpose in life as individuals and families.

Travis Parry

   5:00     Dinner Break

7:00     LDSHE Graduation Celebration!