LDSHE West Home Education Conference Schedule

Wednesday May 26th

Foundations Seminar

There are perks for arriving on time!  We start each morning with amazing door prize drawings and a short inspirational devotional to get the day started on the right foot.  Make sure you arrive between 8:30 and 8:59 a.m. to get your drawing tickets.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” As a previous homeschool mom and licensed teacher, Ganel-Lyn will share thoughts about cultivating peace from WITHIN, at HOME, and across COMMUNITIES.

Ganel-Lyn Condie

What thoughts come when you imagine doing something new and challenging? The adventure of blazing a new trail or breaking ground? The trepidation of dipping in your toe or cutting teeth? The whimsey of giving it a whirl?
You are starting a new journey of homeschooling. Let’s replace fear with excitement as we tee-off for the coming year.

Alyson Redford

 How do you “do” homeschooling? Where do you start? Do you use a box curriculum or are you an unschooler? Loop scheduling or block scheduling? Wait! What does that even mean!?! And when do you make dinner? This class is a basic class to get you started on your homeschooling journey. We’ll discuss different curriculums, philosophies and schedules. We’ll talk about how some families “do” homeschooling and get dinner on the table. You’ll come away empowered with the information and resources you need to embrace what you and your family are now – homeschoolers…..and maybe a little nuts!

Anita Marie Huntzinger

Every homeschool mom has the potential to hit them — the most common pitfalls that can derail your entire homeschool. But you don’t have to! Skip years of painful learning as we discuss the common pitfalls that are hiding in plain sight just waiting to trip up your homeschool.

ToriAnn Perkey

With so many choices, how do you know whether to stick to a schedule, or how to choose a curriculum? What are your options, and how can you enrich your homeschool experience with connections? Join us for a discussion (and brain-storming session) on how to find mentors, or how to help your children continue developing their social skills in this “Beyond the Curriculum” class. There are many fun, educational opportunities not necessarily linked to a specific curriculum that can help enhance your student’s education.

Sofia Richman

If you attended the Foundation Seminar because you are considering homeschool, new to homeschool, or just wanted a refresher you will love this panel. Listen to other moms with experience share some tips and take the opportunity to ask your burning questions.

Magical things can happen when you homeschool your kids. It can seem like magic anyway. Where does the magic come from? Different people will provide different answers. Frustrating! What works like magic for one family and child can fall pretty flat for another. What works one year for your family may not work the next. But don’t allow that to discourage you! Freedom comes with homeschooling and with that freedom you can try different things until you discover your own family’s magical formula for success. Join Susan to explore ways to allow magic to happen in your homeschool.

Susan Van Cleave

Parent Chat

 Join other homeschooling parents to talk about the classes of the day, struggles you are facing in your homeschool, or the great book you just read. This is the perfect place to find support and new friends!

Talent Show

The first night starts off with a bang and you won’t want to miss the most entertaining talent show ever!  Youth can sign up ahead of time or if inspiration hits mid show, they can share their mad skills during the open mic time at the end. The whole family is invited!

High School Seminar

There are perks for arriving on time!  We start each morning with amazing door prize drawings and a short inspirational devotional to get the day started on the right foot.  Make sure you arrive between 8:30 and 8:59 a.m. to get your drawing tickets.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” As a previous homeschool mom and licensed teacher, Ganel-Lyn will share thoughts about cultivating peace from WITHIN, at HOME, and across COMMUNITIES.

Ganel-Lyn Condie

Teaching high school can be scary. What if your child fails in life because you did this crazy thing and kept them home for high school? What if they never make it to college? What if I’m not smart enough? I know. I’ve been there. How do you know what is the right thing to do? What is the point of high school? High school can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Come find out the secrets to a great high school experience for your family. You can do this!

Dana Wood

Homeschooling your children at any age is an adventure, but it can be especially intimidating as you enter the high school years. Even parents who have homeschooled for many years sometimes question what the right path is for their student at this critical juncture. What should I teach? How? What if I don’t know anything about that subject? What about transcripts and college? What if my child doesn’t want to go to college? Luckily for us, there are many resources and many paths for us as we love and guide our students through these years. Homeschooling through high school is fun and rewarding as you get the opportunity to really see your child grow and mature as you help them to prepare not just for college, but for adulthood itself.

Kami Huntzinger

As parents, our greatest task is arming our children with the tools and knowledge necessary to master their lives.
Please join Stacey Lytle as she lays out a Trailmap for Life that will aid you in coaching your children to succeed. Be prepared to walk away from this experience with the necessary tools to guide your children through the hurdles that await them — knowledge will equip them to do so much more than merely survive and endure — let’s teach them that life is to be lived and loved to the fullest.

Stacey Lytle

What is the difference between teaching and mentoring? Come learn the principles of effective mentoring that Kami has discovered over her lifetime quest of seeking to be an impactful mentor.

Kami Harris

Join us for a Q&A panel. Bring your questions and challenges and let these experienced homeschoolers help you find some answers.

Magical things can happen when you homeschool your kids. It can seem like magic anyway. Where does the magic come from? Different people will provide different answers. Frustrating! What works like magic for one family and child can fall pretty flat for another. What works one year for your family may not work the next. But don’t allow that to discourage you! Freedom comes with homeschooling and with that freedom you can try different things until you discover your own family’s magical formula for success. Join Susan to explore ways to allow magic to happen in your homeschool.

Susan Van Cleave

Parent Chat

 Join other homeschooling parents to talk about the classes of the day, struggles you are facing in your homeschool, or the great book you just read. This is the perfect place to find support and new friends!

Talent Show

The first night starts off with a bang and you won’t want to miss the most entertaining talent show ever!  Youth can sign up ahead of time or if inspiration hits mid show, they can share their mad skills during the open mic time at the end. The whole family is invited!

Thursday May 27th - Home Education Conference

9:00

There are perks for arriving on time!  We start each morning with amazing door prize drawings and a short inspirational devotional to get the day started on the right foot.  Make sure you arrive between 8:30 and 8:59 a.m. to get your drawing tickets.

10:30

Many of us view note-taking as a necessary evil to capture important information. Come learn how to change note-taking into something fun and effective. As the experts on their own children, parents need more resources to help their children take ownership of their own education, and sketchnotes are a valuable tool. Discover how to help young people express themselves while staying more focused, learning better, and remembering more. And have fun yourself! No drawing skills required.

Ben Norris

In this class, we will explore together principles that homeschooling parents can apply that will invite the Lord’s grace into their homeschooling efforts. We will also consider the symbolism and learning pattern found in the parable of the sower and Alma’s discourse on faith. Not only can we apply these principles to the development of faith, but they can be applied to learning of all topics, skills, and character attributes. They are especially helpful as children and youth work to accomplish goals in the new “Strive to Be” program. As parents learn to trust in the Lord’s grace while sowing the seeds of diligent learning, their confidence and joy within their family will increase.

Tammy Hulse

Elder Bednar taught, “Many members tend typically to focus on applications more than on doctrines and principles [but] emphasizing applications to the exclusion of fundamental doctrines and principles does not produce spiritual power, protection, and direction.” Tens of thousands of members have expressed to Elder Bednar that they don’t focus on principles because it is hard and they don’t know how. But that doesn’t need to be the case! Your family discussions can center on principles, giving your children the spiritual power they need to meet the temptations of a darkening world. Join Audrey as she teaches the fundamentals of what principles are, how to identify them in scripture and books, how to discuss them effectively and find applications that your family can act on immediately—empowering them to live more doctrine and principle-centered lives.

Audrey Rindlisbacher

Since the saints arrival in Salt Lake, education has been an important principle to Latter-day Saints. This class will take a look into the various council given from the pulpit, the evolving views Latter-day Saints have held, and explore some of the resources the church has made available to help facilitate home learning.

Chelsea Johnson

11:30

It’s hard to see children struggle. Whether it be a lack of confidence, a learning disability, a loss of desire to learn, anxiety, depression, or other struggles. We want to be able to help our children overcome difficulties and find joy and success in learning. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to identify what is wrong and how to best help our children work through their challenges. In this eye-opening presentation, Mindi discusses ways to identify and get to the root of many learning struggles as well as techniques for helping children move from just surviving to thriving.

Mindi Eldredge

The good news is there are literally thousands of curriculum resources available for homeschoolers to use. The bad news is there are literally thousands of curriculum resources available for homeschoolers to use. Join us as we discuss ways to help you sort through the options in a faster and easier way so that you can find curriculum that meets the needs of YOUR students

Tiffany Salter

In 2020 the government showed its hand, and now everyone knows that it’s holding ALL the cards. But how is it that our supposedly constitutionally limited government, in our supposedly free country, ended up in control of literally everything? Short answer is that over the course of the last century “We the People” gave our freedom away. But how can we possibly gain back those lost liberties from the largest, most powerful government that has ever existed — especially when there are so many people who believe rights and liberty are just bad ideas from a selfish and failed ideology? In 2021 The Tuttle Twins will be Spilling the Beans.

Elijah Stanfield

The Four Year Plan provides a structure for teaching “everything” and the opportunity to emphasize different areas each year. It allows you to build an independent family home school curriculum or supplement your children’s school experience. The Four Year Plan helps your family to learn together with everyone learning the same topics at different levels. It’s not just a way of working smarter, it’s a way of working together with a common purpose. Come and see the basics of how this plan can save you time, money, and sanity no matter which curriculum and materials you use.

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.

12:30

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

1:30

Do you hate time management? Does the word send shivers down your back because you are failing at it? Do you long to figure out the magic formula to the perfect house with the perfect kids with the perfect schedule? Or do you spend so much time planning you have no time to actually work your plan? Time management is not another way to stress your life. It is a way for you to gain control so you can stop feeling guilty and start living.
Most time management systems are built for business and homeschooling is NOT a predictable business. But there are ways to get a handle on your life and still leave time for mom. For you! This is a hands-on class requiring you to bring your planner, a notebook, and your biggest challenges and you will leave with the frame work for a system that works for you and your family.

Dana Wood

Teaching science is not as hard as most people think. Come and explore how our bodies are wired to do science. We will discuss the scientific method and how to broaden its concepts or shrink it down into little bite sized nuggets that anybody can approach. We will also use those concepts in hands-on activities that can be used by your little ones or your high schoolers.

Sean Anderson

Worried about if you can homeschool your special needs child? Come and hear from other parents who do this. Listen to some of their experiences and take the opportunity to ask some questions.

3:00

It’s easy to feel safe in our homes but we should not become complacent. Drug use and experimentation knows no boundaries. Whether your child is part of an LDS homeschooling family or public taught, rich or poor, learned or unlearned it affects all families and communities in one way or another. This condensed class will cover the effects of prescription drugs, marijuana and opioid use and the signs to look for in your child if you have concerns.

Alan Westerman

We all love to take pictures. There’s just something about capturing the moments of our lives so we can revisit and remember our friends, family, activities and adventures. But don’t you wish your images were just a little bit (or even a big bit) better? Now they can be. Come join Spencer Wood (a true professional photographer) and learn how to take your photographs from average to amazing.

Spencer Wood

We all love to talk about faith. But what of the part about the “trial of our faith?” When life throws those curveballs your way… When your child is born with a moderate physical disability… When you try to do what you feel called to do just to fall flat on your face… When you’re asked to wait.. Join Ashley as she uses humor and feeling to engage you in her stories of trial and triumph, and be inspired to take your own special variety of lemons and make lemonade. (Or lemon bars. Everybody loves lemon bars.)

Ashely Hawkes

Get your little ones on the path to love learning by bringing joy into their preschool days! In this class we’ll discuss schedules, activities, and forming a co-op geared to those six and under.

Mindi Eldredge is a wife and mother of three children. She is a homeschool mom, former public school teacher, author, speaker, and is the President of The Mindful Heart. Kathleen Bitter is a wife and mother of six children. She is a homeschool mom, designer, youth mentor, and is the Vice President of The Mindful Heart. Kelsey Norwood is a wife and mother of six boys. She is a homeschool mom, musician, blogger, social media influencer, and is the Marketing Director of The Mindful Heart. Come find out about all of the exciting things that The Mindful Heart has to offer homeschool families!

4:00

We’ve all received the call… making our homes the focus of home-centered gospel learning. The promise from President Nelson is very motivating, “your children will be excited to learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.” Who doesn’t want those promises? How is it done? Come learn three basic ways of obtaining living water from your scriptural reservoir. We will discuss: (1) the importance of reading from beginning to end, (2) ideas for studying the scriptures by topic and (3) how to search diligently for patterns, connections, and themes. Putting these skills in to practice will enable you to receive priceless blessings from the True Source.

Linzy Allen

When I first started homeschooling, I spent a lot of time looking at the “perfect” homeschooling families around me and wondering what I was doing wrong! Why was my house such a mess? Why weren’t my kids doing what I wanted them to do? It took me a while to realize that homeschooling looks different for each family, and for each child in that family. This is a humorous look at the real life ups and downs (and total disasters!) of an ordinary homeschool family, with ideas and resources for homeschoolers old and new.

Kami Huntzinger

Aging is not for the faint of heart, but it sure beats the alternative! Join us as we discuss ways to keep our minds, bodies and hearts as healthy as possible while finding or redefining our style, learning to live deliberately and letting go of cultural obsessions that don’t serve us well.

Tiffany Salter

Wealth really can be for everyone, but it requires learning principles of a wealth mentality. Learn how to take advantage of the abundance of our modern economy and avoid the pitfalls of riches so you can be prepared to live a full and purposeful life. Come and learn the things about money and wealth that no one has ever taught you.

Nephi Zufelt

5:00

Dinner Break

7:00

The LDSHE conference just wouldn’t be the same without the family party! This years theme is “Space”.  All ages are welcome, so come ready to party with your whole family, or just sit and watch the fun. 

 Join other homeschooling parents to talk about the classes of the day, struggles you are facing in your homeschool, or the great book you just read. This is the perfect place to find support and new friends!

Friday May 28th - Home Education Conference​

9:00

There are perks for arriving on time!  We start each morning with amazing door prize drawings and a short inspirational devotional to get the day started on the right foot.  Make sure you arrive between 8:30 and 8:59 a.m. to get your drawing tickets.

9:30

Fear, worry, and anxiety can creep into our minds and into the lives of our youth. Come to learn gospel principles about how to combat negative thinking and to better obey the Savior’s command to “Fear Not” in a positive and happy message geared toward turning our children’s hearts to the Lord.

Eric Richards

10:30

You know the old adage: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” That simply isn’t true. Words have power that few people realize. They can tear down or build up. What if you could improve your homeschooling experience with just one word? I am here to tell you, you can!!! There is power in words! They carry energy with them and can transform the energy of a person, a room, an experience! Learn some words you can eliminate from your vocabulary and the powerful words to add to it to completely change the energy in you, your home, your students, and your whole homeschool experience!

Rosie Christman

Any parent who has tried homeschooling even for a short period of time knows that there is a tremendous battle that goes on daily—in their own mind. The challenges of meeting the needs of each child, keeping the home organized, building individual relationships and fulfilling outside obligations can cause even the most stellar homeschooler to doubt herself and her abilities. We all know how vital it is to stay upbeat and optimistic for our families, but how can this be done on a regular basis? The key is something you may never have heard of before—telling yourself the truth. This is a simple but profound way of battling the lies Satan is constantly feeding you and empowering you to stay hopeful and happy amidst the demands of homeschooling. Join Audrey as she walks you through this process and gives you tools you can utilize every day to become “the sunshine maker of your home.”

Fathers, we work hard to provide for our families and to protect them from the dangers all around. But at times we are not sure of how we can support homeschooling in the home. Come and lets discuss some ideas about how we can help the most as men and provide the kind of support that will make our wives think we are amazing!

11:30

Bonding blended families is challenging but it is possible and can be enjoyable. This is especially true because we have the great opportunity of using all the hours in the day. Think waterproof and weather resistant. Come and see how even school can bring us together, encourage unity and support, provide a place, and make us one.

Alyson Redford

As homeschool parents, we want our children to love learning. We want them to feel the power, warmth, and happiness that burns in the hearts of those who love learning. But, how do we help our child find that spark and feed the flame that leads to the endless joy of learning? Come join Mindi in an exploration of cultivating a love of learning in the heart and minds of our children.

Mindi Eldredge

Life is full of amazing adventures and opportunities, but it also has disruptions like temptation, pornography, and addiction. In this class, we’ll discuss a military tactic called the Kill Zone that has been used throughout history, and which Satan also uses to try and enslave us, keeping us from reaching our full potential. We will learn exactly what this tactic looks like and how to escape its grasp using tools and principles that can be applied by every family. Avoiding disruptions and surviving the Kill Zone is the key to helping our children discover their strength and achieve their purpose!

Justin Zufelt

12:00

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

1:30

With all the demands on a homeschooler’s time, society’s expectations for strong STEM skills, and placement tests that focus only on those things that can can be easily measured, it is easy for art education to take a back seat. When asked, though, the vast majority of LDS families would agree that learning the language of the Spirit IS the ultimate goal of any education. In this class, we will discuss how the arts help our children become more fluent in His language, how that language will in turn enrich all their other “practical” pursuits, and how that educational synergy is vital for building Zion.

We have been raised in a society that has a punishment or a reward attached to everything! Stickers and candy and bribes and threats! We want to get a kid to do what we want them to do so they’ll be successful! But what if all that detracts from who they are, WHY they do what they do, and frustrates us in the process? There is a higher way to teach a child that their choices matter, that will help them be internally guided, passionate people who don’t need an outside driver to tell and coax them to right thinking and right acting. Come for a hands-on workshop as we discuss the true principles of intrinsic motivation and empower your family to embrace a more authentic way to connect and learn as you pursue excellence.

Liz Simmons

Do your kids have a never-ending story, or rather, a difficult time saying what they want to express? Do they love make-believe, or do you wish they knew how to make it a part of their lives? Award-winning author, Stacey Lytle, will share principles and exercises for teaching the art of expression in a way that motivates and delights kids of all ages, allowing them to release the stories inside of them with skills and with fun!

Stacey Lytle

3:00

Rebellion? Low expectations? How can we inspire our kids to stretch themselves? What can motivate our children to want to do more and to learn more? Society sometimes views struggle as something uncomfortable or as a sign of weakness. Join this class for a discussion about giving our kids an opportunity to prove themselves and to build their confidence.

Sofia Richman

Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been homeschooling for years, feelings of guilt and failure can easily overwhelm your homeschool. What’s a mama to do? Come learn how to banish the negative feelings that can suck the joy and delight out of your homeschooling.

ToriAnn Perkey

5:00

Dinner Break

7:00

LDSHE Graduation Celebration – All are invited!