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East Adult Conference Schedule – 2020

Wednesday May 6th - Beginners' Seminar

8:30am

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

9:30am

Break

9:45am

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

10:45am

Break

11:00am

“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

12:00pm

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

1:30pm

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

2:30pm

Break

2:45pm

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

3:45pm

Break

4:00pm

…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!

5:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00pm

Evening Activities: Youth Talent Show and/or Mentor Moms Chat Room

Wednesday May 6th - Focus Seminar

8:30am

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

9:30am

Break

9:45am

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

10:45am

Break

11:00am

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

12:00pm

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

1:30pm

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

2:30pm

Break

2:45pm

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

3:45pm

Break

4:00pm

…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!

5:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00pm

Evening Activities: Youth Talent Show and/or Mentor Moms Chat Room

Thursday May 7th - Home Education Conference

8:30am

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

9:30am

Break

9:45am

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

10:45am

Break

11:00am

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

12:00pm

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

1:30pm

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

2:30pm

Break

2:45pm

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

3:45pm

Break

4:00pm

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

5:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00pm

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

Friday May 8th - Home Education Conference​

8:30am

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

9:30am

Break

9:45am

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

10:45am

Break

11:00am

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

12:00pm

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

12:50pm

Volunteer Meeting for adults and youth

1:30pm

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

2:30pm

Break

2:45pm

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

3:45pm

Break

4:00pm

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

5:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00pm

LDSHE Graduation Celebration – All are invited!