Adult Workshops

2016 Adult Workshops

We are excited to announce the schedule for the 35th Annual UHEA Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair. Whether you are a homeschooling beginner, investigating, or a battle-hardened veteran, you’ll find something just for you.

Opening Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker                     9:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Workshop #1                                                              10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Lunch Break                                                               11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Workshop #2                                                              1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Workshop #3                                                              2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Workshop #4                                                              3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
Workshop #5                                                              4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

The Vendor Hall will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM to allow for plenty of viewing time.

Dr. Jay L. Wile

Homeschool: The Best Environment for Learning Science (Keynote)

Presented by Dr. Wile

Many homeschooling parents feel inadequate when it comes to helping their children learn science.  As a result, they think that the their students should eventually go to school to learn it.  In this talk, Dr. Wile draws on various sources to demonstrate that in fact, homeschool is the ideal environment for learning science.  He discusses studies that indicate homeschool graduates excel in science, shares his own personal experiences with homeschool graduates who are studying science at the university level, and gives some case studies that illustrate his point.

Why Homeschool THROUGH High School

Presented by Dr. Wile

Homeschooling parents are often faced with a difficult decision when their children reach high school age.  Typically, the parents feel they are just not able to teach the more demanding courses that are required at the high school level.  As a result, many parents feel that they must send their children to school for a proper high school education.  In this seminar, Dr. Jay L. Wile, a former teacher at both the university and high school levels, will explain why such a decision is not in the best interest of the student.  Using data gathered from many different sources, including his own experiences, Dr. Wile demonstrates that homeschooled students are better academically prepared and better socialized than their publicly- or privately-schooled counterparts.  These facts allow Dr. Wile to make a compelling case that the best thing for a homeschooled student is to stay in homeschool, regardless of the parent’s academic abilities.

How Are Homeschool Graduates Doing?

Presented by Dr. Wile

Dr. Wile became involved in homeschooling because while he was teaching at the university level, his best students were homeschool graduates.   Since then, he has expected homeschoolers to become the true leaders of their generation.  To investigate whether or not his expectation is coming true, Dr. Wile tracked down several homeschooled students who are now adults and learned what they are doing.  In this talk, Dr. Wile tells you what he learned.  You will be amazed at what these young adults are doing and how they have already impacted the world.  He also shares the results of a large study that has been done on homeschool graduates.   If you are wondering whether or not homeschool graduates can make a difference in the world, you should definitely listen to this talk!


Using Travel to enhance your children’s understanding of the World

Presented by Dale & Michelle Bartlett

One of the greatest blessing we have given our children is the gift of travel. We have incorporated it into every part of our lives including their homeschooling. We have found no better way to understand the wonderful diversity of the world than to travel with hands on experiences. This has opened up our children’s minds like nothing else could. It has given them the opportunity to share their views and feelings about what they see and learn. It has in many ways given them a deeper appreciation of what they have been blessed with. One of the reasons families don’t experience this kind of world travel is often because the cost far exceeds the budget. We have discovered ways that blow away the budget excuse. We have traveled 3 weeks in Europe with 4 children in tow for around $2500.00 total (that is for all 6 of us). That includes air, accommodations, transportation, food, fun and more. Come learn our secrets in this fascinating journey and about the incredible experiences that have come from our adventures.

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Presented by Michelle Bartlett and Daniela Larsen

What motivates kids more then learning from the world around them, learning from mentors, travel experiences, history in the very places it happened, or having hands on experiences that will change their lives forever? No matter what your kids are interested in they can have life changing experiences that will shape their lives in a way you never imagined.… This is Worldschooling!


Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child’s Interests to Spark a Lifelong Love of Learning

Presented by Connor Boyack

Homeschooling families—especially those who have recently decided to leave the government school system—constantly find themselves on the hunt for good curriculum to help them teach their children. Sincere parents struggle to give their children a solid educational roadmap, and in the process end up recreating within their home the problems that pervade the public education system. Should faceless curriculum creators dictate what your child learns, and when? Or is there a better way? Join homeschooling dad, bestselling author, and public policy expert, Connor Boyack, as he explains the theory of passion-driven education, and some compelling examples of how it works. More importantly, you’ll learn simple, practical tips for helping your children discover their interests and acquire both general and specialized knowledge as they pursue those interests. Especially as homeschoolers, we should never hear the question “Why do I have to learn this?” from our children. Come learn how passion-driven education solves that problem, and can enable your child to truly love learning.

Creating a Club

Presented by Steffanie Casperson

How this one simple concept – creating a club – can solve socialization, consistency, and burn-out issues, turn weaknesses into strengths and strengths into passions, unify your family, free up your time, and put joy back into the homeschooling process! Come for ideas, ways to get started, see resources, and hear the stories that prove the benefits of Club Schooling are NOT too good to be true!


The Quest for the Perfect Curriculum

Presented by Molly Christensen

Do you feel overwhelmed with all the choices for curriculum out there? Do you worry that you might be missing out on something better than what you have? Many homeschoolers seem to be in a constant search for the perfect curriculum. In this class, we’ll talk about finding the perfect curriculum for you – and more importantly, why it’s NOT the curriculum that will make your homeschool successful!  You can be confident with what you DO choose to use.

2015-03-14 11.17.06Becoming A Powerful Math Mentor: Empowering Your Students To Think, Reason, And Problem Solve For Themselves!

Presented by Emily Dyke

Is your math just making calculators out of your kids? If so, why are they memorizing math rules and procedures or even studying math at all if they have an actual calculator that can do everything their being taught? The hard truth is, we don’t need human calculators any more, we need self-reliant, powerful thinkers. Think about it, no one sat down with Isaac Newton and told him: “here are the 3 steps to do calculus.” He had to observe patterns. He struggled. He hypothesized. He experimented. He failed. And then, he discovered calculus. Your kids can do this too. They can become self-reliant thinkers through what I call the Discovery Method. Families across the world have are thriving in this new approach to math. For them, math has become an engaging and powerful part of their homeschooling. They’ve learned to unlock the potential that mathematics has to teach their children how to think and reason and become self- reliant problem solvers. So if you think to yourself: I am worried that my kids are behind in math. I’m not sure I know math, so how am I supposed to teach it? I am sick of sending my kids off with workbooks. I wish my kids didn’t dread doing math. I wish I didn’t dread math time. My kids are doing the work, but are they really learning math? Then this presentation is for you. Come learn how you can do this in your home, no matter what curriculum you are using. It’s time to create the math program you really want.


How To Help Your Teenagers Conquer The Math ACT/SAT!

Presented by Joe Dyke

So you’ve spent the last decade helping your child learn math. Hundreds of hours of flash cards and worksheets and $$$ on textbooks and now all that effort is about to be judged by the “supreme math court,” the ACT/SAT test. This judgment day can be a daunting and stressful time for your student and you too– hardest of all is that their time to complete their preparation now seems so limited, counting down the days and months before the test. How do you maximize the time that your student has to get the best result possible? Should they cram? Should they just take a million practice tests? Should they wait another year? These are difficult questions that millions of parents have struggled with before. There is an answer to these questions. In fact, the answer is surprisingly simple – and I’ve seen it help every age of student with every math background find success on the ACT/SAT. If you have teenage students, no matter how strong or weak their math talent, this presentation is for you. Come learn the one simple secret to maximize the results of your student on these high-stakes tests.

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Teaching Literature and Language Arts

Presented by Becca Evenson

Not all literature is created equal.  Do we really need to learn grammar?  How do you encourage your kids to write?  Come find ways to use the best of what is available, create a love of language and reading, and reasons to leave the mediocre outside your door.  Ideas for teaching your family from preschool through the high school years and beyond!   You don’t need an English degree to provide a well-planned and enriching language arts/literature experience for your family.

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Presented by Charles Fonbuena

When I ask parents and educators alike what they want their children and students to get out of their 13 to 15 year pre-college education experience, rarely do I hear higher test scores. The more common responses I get are personal responsibility, problem solving skills, love of learning, confidence, working well with others, perseverance, make wise choices, etc.- in a word… Leadership!
This interactive class is intended to define what it means to lead yourself as well as others, go through the four parts of leadership, identify the restraining forces to leadership,and give participants a system to make leadership a way of life.



Presented by Antoinette France

The study of history opens the door for our children to understand the ways people live, relate, and affect each other. It also allows us to provide real-life heroes for our children to emulate. This class will discuss effective methods of history and hero study without the use of textbooks. Come discover resources that are fun, user-friendly, and will open the world for you and your child.

imgres Why “Tyrannosaurus” and not if? Making sure my child is reaching developmental milestones

Presented by Cindy Gardner

Why do we seem to read and remember the big words and not the easy little ones?  How does my child learn?  How do I help my child with with alternative methods of learning such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.  Reaching a child with their specific learning style will increase memory and processing skills. Learn how to increase scholastic skills through teaching a child through their learning style.

Making sure my child is reaching developmental milestones

An individual’s self Identity is the beginning and source of both intelligence and behavior.   All behavior is the result of a need that is not being met. Meet the need and the behavior ceases to exist.

Penny-Gardner1Charlotte Mason and the Power of Narration

Presented by Penny Gardner

After background information on Charlotte Mason, we will focus on the power of narration. Many home educators, including the presenter, find that narration works wonders with reluctant or struggling young writers. This class is appropriate for newbies and for experienced home educators who are looking for something different. Charlotte Mason’s ideas are applicable to all ages and subjects.

The ART of Writing

Add appreciation of great art to your homeschool. The philosophy of Charlotte Mason, the originator of art and music appreciation at the elementary level, influences our approach to this enjoyable subject which may take as little time as a few minutes a week. We will also explore using great art as a way to inspire specific kinds of writing, including: following a text structure; writing poetry; narrative writing; and opinion writing.


How to Start and Maintain a Successful Co-Op

Presented by Jen Goostrey

A Co-Op can bring life-long friendships and pure joy to your homeschooling journey. Co-Ops come in all shapes and sizes and are as varied as the families they serve. Come gather ideas on where to start, learn pitfalls to avoid, and discover how to successfully maintain a vibrant, active Co-Op.


The Science of Motivation

Presented by Adam Hailstone

Personal motivation is not always easy to come by. Motivating others, especially youth, can be even harder. Too often parents, teachers and employers use methods to motivate others that work in the short term but do not last; or even worse, have long lasting negative effects. In this workshop you will learn the behavioral science behind human motivation and how to nurture deep intrinsic motivation in your children so that they can achieve their greatest potential. Plus, you will learn how to get more motivation in your life as well.


Climbing Tree

Presented by Joe Hoskisson

Climbing Tree is developing a community-driven directory of resources which will help home schooling parents get connected with apps and websites to help them teach STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, math). I will show participants how Climbing Tree’s directory works and how they can use it to discover websites and apps, how they can rate and comment on each website or app, and how they can recommend websites or apps to be added to the directory. The directory focuses on resources to help teach kids from ages 6 to 14.

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Becoming a Present Parent:Skills and Touchpoints for Distracted and Overly Busy Parents

Presented by Mary Ann Johnson

Do you feel you should spend more time with your family? Do you feel the time you do spend is lacking in real connection? Do you go to bed wishing you felt better about ‘HOW’ you were with your kids during the day? This class explodes the myth that connecting with our children and having meaningful relationships requires lots of time and special planning. You can be present with the people you care about and love most during the everyday business of life. This class demonstrates what being Present looks like in an average, busy family. It offers skills and techniques that you can implement every day with each child, that require only a few minutes at a time. The information  will leave you feeling hopeful and heartened that, yes, you can have a family culture of closeness and peace while living in the fast-paced world of the 21st century!

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LDS Education at Home, on The Millennial Path

Presented by Joyce Kinmont

In the early days of the LDS Church, all education was religiously based. When the idea of “free” government-supported schools was introduced in the Utah Territory, our LDS Church leaders spoke against it — but many Saints liked the idea. When the Utah Legislature voted for government schooling as a condition of statehood, those same LDS Church leaders gave their support to the government system. President John Taylor became the first State Superintendent! However, LDS Church leaders begged the Saints to continue using and paying for Church schools. The Saints chose “free,” and eventually the Church schools were closed.

Today, the world has moved far, far away from Latter-day Saint values. Parents might ask: Should we go back to the educational methods and philosophies of Joseph and Brigham? Should we also adopt into our own “secular” education the philosophies now being taught by our current Church leaders? What will education look like in the Millennium?

In this class session (which will continue on our website afterward) we will use scriptures, the words of our Prophets, and some other resources to help us think through what we can do in our homes to move toward a Zion education — regardless of where our children attend school. We will look at how children learn, what they should learn, and how we should teach. Is there help from the other side? A favorite hymn (#27) tells us that Joseph, after passing through the veil, “can plan for his brethren.” Surely those plans include education. Surely we who are searching shall find answers for our families.

“You will see the day that Zion will be as far ahead of the outside world in everything pertaining to learning of every kind as we are to-day in regard to religious matters.” – President John Taylor


How to build an online portfolio for college admissions, resumes and influence

Presented by Daniela Larsen

Whether it is to open doors to college admissions, job opportunities or to have influence, an online presence and portfolio are vital.  Come learn how easy it is to help your youth build a website to showcase  their education, interests and contributions.


Real Life and Homeschool Can Work Together

Presented by Elizabeth Lauber

What does an academic day look like? Is it possible to address each child’s individual challenges and interests? How do you fit it all in? What about holidays, family emergencies, new babies, teenage drama, and keeping up the house? Is there time to be a wife and mother if I am also a teacher? Home schooling requires that home life looks different than the norm, but it is doable, and can be such a joy! Come see how two generations of our family survived chronic illness, surgeries, deployments, babies, unemployment, and real life. You can do this!

Legal Issues for Homeschoolers

Presented by Panel discussion

Led by the UHEA Board members, we will explain legal issues facing homeschooling families and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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How to use Discover 4-H Clubs to teach youth life skills

Presented by Dr. Stacey MacArthur

Discover 4-H Clubs are the Easy Button to teaching youth in a hands-on learning format. These guides help anyone get started in 4-H with six club meetings in each project area.

imgresDitch Grade Levels – Teach Mastery!

Presented by Dianne McLean

Are you exhausted trying to flip one lesson plan at a time and feeling boxed in to grade levels? Grade levels were designed to keep everyone the same and holds most kids back. Ditching them will open up a whole new perspective on educating children. This powerful strategy works for gifted children, ordinary children, special needs children, and children who are constantly being told they are “behind”. We will use two subjects, math and language arts, to demonstrate how this is done.

Homeschooling Laws

Presented by Karianne Lisonbee

Karianne Lisonbee loves homeschooling her six wonderful children. She began homeschooling 18 years ago. She serves on the city council in her community and serves as the legislative liaison for the UHEA. In her spare time, she enjoys martial arts, cooking, and doing genealogical research for herself and others.


The Not So Known Secret For Homeschool Success!

Presented by Nicholeen Peck

No matter the curriculum or philosophy you are using in your homeschool there is one thing that could make it all better. After years of homeschooling and seeing what makes other homeschool families successful too I have realized that when parents implement one powerful thing into their home culture homeschooling becomes way more powerful! When parents and children know this one secret for homeschool success they are happier with homeschool and their family relationships improve as well. Come learn the secret for a really great education and powerful home culture as well.

Homeschooling 101

Presented by ToriAnn Perkey

Thinking about homeschooling as an option for your children, but don’t know where to start? New to homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed with the wide array of available choices? Join ToriAnn as she presents a step-by-step process that explains how to begin choosing curriculum, reviews different homeschool philosophies and explains teaching styles.

Ready, Set, Go: Working Backwards to Move Forward—Creating Your Homeschool Vision

Do you ever feel guilt, fear, or worry about the direction your homeschool is taking? Are you just starting as a homeschooler and don’t know where to begin? Have you been homeschooling for awhile but can’t find the fire that got you going in the first place? Come learn how to create a vision for your homeschool so that you can craft goals and a plan that move your children forward and upward. You can release yourself from fear and guilt–the two deadly homeschool demons that sit on the shoulders of so many homeschool moms and dads.

IMG_9330 Nature Studies

Presented by Karen Rackliffe

Nature studies combines science, exercise, art, writing and a variety of other subjects. It does this by gifting your child with the space to observe, record, study and imagine. With a journal and a few art supplies your child, and you as well, can embark on a grand adventure to discover the world we live in. This class will explain the down and dirty joys of nature study, point you to the best supplies, discuss how to make it all work and how you can foster a passion for learning in your children.


Simply Phonics

Presented by Jennifer Robinson

A simple, phonetic reading program (guided lessons from preschool through sixth grade) will be presented in this class, along with strategies to instill confidence and a love of reading in those you teach.

ruizThe Power of Homeschool Habits

Presented by Brynne Ruiz

In “The Power of Homeschool Habits,” we will explore how habits are created and learn to align our personal and family habits with our goals. Using personal experience, class discussion and scientific data from the books, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, we will discover why habits exist and how they can be changed. Each participant will leave with the beginnings of a “habits plan” for themselves and their family.

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Presented by Tamsyn Spackman

There are many different music educational approaches including the Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze methods. I’ll demonstrate how they can be applied in the homeschool setting. This includes writing rhythm chants, playing with percussion instruments, dancing with props, and learning to sight-read with solfege (Do, Re, Mi). Class will be hands on and participation is encouraged.


Inspiring Children to Love Math

Presented by Amber Stephenson

Are you tired of fighting your child to do math? Are you wondering how you will ever inspire your child to do Math when you don’t get it yourself? Would you like fresh ideas and a new approach? Amber’s experiences with math changed the course of her life! Learn her story plus techniques and approaches that work.  Know how to help your children love math. Feel confident teaching Math.

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