FREE Public Screening of Class Dismissed--
As part of the 35th Annual Utah Home Education Association Convention and Curriculum Fair, we will be offering a *FREE* Public Screening of Class Dismissed, A Film About Learning OUTSIDE of the Classroom.
This is open to all interested. Please invite friends and family who are interested in learning about all the educational options available to them.
The FREE, public screening will take place on Friday, May 29th at 7:00PM at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah as part of the 35th Annual UHEA Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair.
The Curriculum Fair is also free and open to the public.
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Workshops are subject to change.
Robert Erickson is a mechanical engineer, who has worked at large engineering firms and small startups for the past 8 years. He loves engineering and designing things.
Engineering can impact every aspect of our lives. As we move into the future we need people who are excited about making life better. Come learn some cool engineering principles and see how you can be an engineer (or if you don't want to learn about engineering come fly some paper airplanes with us!).
Becca Evenson, her husband, and their four children began their homeschooling journey in 1991. A popular, veteran speaker and teacher, Becca has taught a variety of subjects including a college prep class in her home, cooking classes, and religious education classes in Utah, Arizona, and Virginia. She leads an education support group in the Salt Lake Valley, and is the developer of My Book of Centuries. You can also check out her blog atwww.beccascottage.wordpress.com. When she is not teaching or writing, you will find her reading, gardening, cooking (and eating), spending time with family, studying and exploring; attending conventions, and going thrifting with family and friends.
YOU WANT ME TO PRACTICE BEING CRITICAL? REALLY? (Christian references)
Learning to read, write, and do math are all important goals for any homeschooler, but learning to THINK is a vital life skill. Reading great literature can be life-changing if you can analyze, and examine what you have read. Knowing how to probe, dissect, and study things to identify what is actually being communicated is vital to survive in today’s world. Come see how fun and empowering learning to think critically can be!
Brenda Kidd: I'm the Mother of 3 boys, two who have graduated from our independent homeschool and one currently homeschooling. I have 2 grandsons, too!
My love of art extends to working with older youth. I enjoy mentoring teens and preteens to improve their artistic skills through guided lessons.
This will be a guided lesson in creating a beautiful etching art project.
Sarah Bird is a multi-talented 15 year old. She is the 6th of 9 children and has been homeschooled since preschool. She can usually be found snowboarding or creating things out of duct tape.
DUCT TAPE ART
Duct Tape. We will not only be learning what YOU can create with it; but, we're also going to put that knowledge to the test to make a Duct Tape art piece to take home.
Karianne Lisonbee loves homeschooling her six wonderful children. She began homeschooling 18 years ago. She is the legislative liaison for the Utah Home Education Association. She serves on the city council in her community and sits on the executive committee for the Davis County Republican Party. In her spare time, she enjoys martial arts, cooking, and doing genealogical research for herself and others.
WORLDVIEWS IN MEDIA (Christian references)
We are constantly surrounded by messages that challenge our fundamental beliefs. Sometimes we don't even realize that the song we are listening to or the movie we are watching is presenting a philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysical view that contradicts our beliefs. This class explores these contradictions and provides a foundation to empower youth to address these divergent views and beliefs.
Hadyn B. Call and Jason M. Vilos are experienced educators who have been teaching history in Davis School District for nearly a decade. Both specialize in U.S. history, and are particularly interested in the Western Fur Trade. As members of the prestigious group, the American Mountain Men (AMM), both presenters have vast experience in not only the history of the fur trade, but also of the material culture.
THE POWER OF LIVING HISTORY: TEACHING THE FUR TRADE EXPERIENTIALLY - The National Park Service defines living history as “a general term encompassing a variety of interpretive techniques in which the interpreter uses period reproduction clothing and objects to interpret and present impressions of the people, events, and practices of the past.” This presentation will use a living history approach to give students an opportunity to learn experientially (hands-on) about mountain men and the fur trade through its unique and intriguing material culture. Students will be able to handle period correct clothing, trade goods, and accoutrements, while learning about the significance of the fur trade in United States history.
Tresta Neil was raised under the New Mexican sunsets and loves Mexican and Navajo food. She learned about the miracle of the body in nursing school at Weber State and about putting Christ first on her mission to the Netherlands. She learned about spiritual power (Christ's and ourselves) from the hundreds of religion classes. After living in four different states she calls Utah her home. She is learning patience while homeschooling her eight children. She remains hungry for knowledge about symbols, rituals and patterns within the scriptures and the ancient Hebrew and Persian cultures. She is the author of “God Saw That It Was Good”, “The Theology Tree” and co-directs the LDS Homeschool Conference with her husband, Thom. Her passion is teaching and writing. If she had to choose only one subject to study she would study the stars. If you ask her about her most embarrassing moment she will tell you a story about sitting on a cactus:)
INCREASING CURIOSITY (LDS references)
When his friends asked Pythagoras why he didn’t stay in Atlantis for as long as he had planned, his answer was, “Because they were scalene.” What did he mean by that? Why did the Greeks use geometry in their everyday language? In this presentation you will learn what it means to be scalene, how the Greeks used the triangle to heal the sick and how to draw a perfect equilateral triangle without measuring. How many fairy tales can you name with “three" in the title? Why are there so many? You will learn the reason why and how it is significant to YOU today. Pathegreous’ words describe an unequal triangle and an unbalanced community. One who put on different masks depending on where they were and with whom they were with. The Greeks strived to be the same kind of person in all settings, do YOU? Watch Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land in preparation for this class.
Laura G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. To learn more about L. G. Rollins, visit LGRollins.com. L. G. Rollins' first novel, Shadows of Angels, comes out this December and is the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy.
THE VOICES IN MY HEAD ARE WRITING A NOVEL
This class will cover the 5 phases to writing a novel: Pre-Writing, First Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Polishing. Participants will leave understanding how to leverage the different voices in their head to best approach their work during each phase so as to maximize their writing time and finish a novel.
From the beginning, Silhouette Ballrooms Studios was created to be more than just a dance studio. Founder Tricia Leslie's mission for Silhouette is to build character, modesty, virtue, kindness, confidence, respect, teamwork and leadership in the souls of today's youth. These attributes are what make true champions in life. The programs taught at Silhouette provide opportunities for youth to nurture these attributes in their lives in order to hone the skills that will help them succeed in their personal missions.
BALLROOM DANCING: BACHATA
Have you ever watched amazing Latin dancers and wished you knew how to do those moves? We will be learning how to do the Bachata, a versatile Latin dance with roots in the Dominican Republic that is now popular all over the world!
BALLROOM DANCING: NEW YORK HUSTLE
Some people like to Swing to the goldie oldies, some like to Salsa to spicy rhythms...but if you want to have some fun with classic disco beats you’ve got to learn the New York Hustle!
Greg Denning is a teacher and mentor for Williamsburg Academy. As he discovered the secrets to success and happiness, he began to apply the principles to his life. Today he lives a 'ridiculously awesome' life -- married (and in love) with an amazing women, together they have six children, and so far they have traveled to 12 countries together. His personal mission is to inspire and mentor others (particularly youth) as he helps them to discover and reach their full potential. Greg currently lives in Costa Rica with his family, where he spends his days reading, mentoring youth, going to the beach and jumping off bridges into tropical swimming holes.
HOW TO GET A (REAL) LIFE
Every generation before you has had a 'real' life -- time spent in real interactions, doing real things, with real people, creating real, tangible objects. Today's youth, the 'Facebook generation' or 'digital natives' -- your generation -- are the first to experience full access to a strange new world -- digital reality. From Facebook to texting to YouTube and virtual worlds, today's teens are experiencing something no one else has in the history of the world -- little or no separation between online and offline time.
This non-stop access to technology can have negative effects. From addictions, to discontent, to depression and social retardation. Learn how to get pumped, take charge of your life, use your time wisely, and get some real results. Get your real life back!
HOW TO BE A SOCIALIZING SUPERSTAR
Every one wants to have friends. Everybody wants to be liked. It's a natural part of being human. Without social interaction we shrivel up and die (literally and figuratively). So how do you get people to like you? How do you develop the confidence to converse with anyone anywhere? How do you get more true friends? How do you become a socializing superstar? This class will cover what you need know to thrive with this critical life skill.
UHEA serves home educators from all perspectives. With that in mind, we want to be respectful of all our attendees and have marked those workshops where the presenter may make religious references in them.
Workshops that have (Religious) by their description means there will be non-denominal references during the class.
Workshops that have (LDS) by their description means there will be references towards that religion.
David Barker is the author of Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts. Over many years of study, he has found intriguing information about a number of key issues needed in properly understanding the conflicts.
Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts (religious)
Truth is truth! The facts of science do not contradict the truths found in religion. The conflicts arise among assumptions, inferences, theories and misunderstandings. This class is intended for Jr. High and High School age students as well as their mentors. We'll briefly discuss some of the weaknesses in popular theories that tend to contradict the scriptures. Too many people attribute their loss of faith to "scientific enlightenment." The instructor presents information suggesting that this need not be so. If we can sort through the huge amount of information pouring out and find what is really true, the conflicts can be reconciled.
Jonathan Brush is a first generation homeschool graduate and homeschool dad of six. Jonathan is the Executive Director of Student Life for CollegePlus. Before that he worked in higher education admissions, including nine years as a Director of Admissions for a private, liberal arts college. Jonathan speaks to families and groups across the country about how to seek out and train for adventures and prepare correctly for the amazing opportunities available in the time and place that we live. Jonathan and his family make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Ten Crucial Years (religious)
Between the ages of 10-20 your son or daughter will make the transition from child to adult. Along the way there are some significant and easily identified milestones and transitions. This is also a time where the right kind of training can pay multi-generational dividends. This session will give you a year by year plan for training and equipping your child for the rest of their life, and will show you how to create your family’s own unique rites of passage to recognize and celebrate the growth and accomplishments in these ten crucial years.
Debt Free Degree
Change is happening rapidly in higher education. Universities are doing their best to keep up with the demands of the student marketplace. Come learn how to be on the cutting edge and not left behind. Learn strategies and tools to ensure you receive a quality education, have a great college experience and walk away with a degree but without a mountain of debt.
Critical Skills Your Student Needs to Be Successful
Basic Academic knowledge is important, but does it prepare a student for success in their field of employment? Is your student becoming a Collaborator, a Communicator, a Critical Thinker, a Creator? Are they developing Media, Information, Technology, Life and Career Skills? When College Professors and CEO’s are surveyed, they disagree greatly on how prepared a graduate is for life in the modern world. Come learn how to set up your student for success… beyond the curriculum.
The College Myth (vendor)
Our culture believes that the key to every kind of success in life is a college degree. A degree is a powerful tool for success, but some of the most important strategies needed to be successful aren’t taught in college. In this presentation you will learn what those three strategies for success are, and how following them can help students be better prepared for life, success, and college.
Steffanie Casperson is the editor of Goschoolers.com - for families in search of adventurous learning opportunities. The website also contains reviews of local field trip destinations, annual events, and other activity ideas. Her ideas for planning an inexpensive and fun-filled summer will be featured in an upcoming edition of the magazine, Utah Family. As a former professional ballerina, Steffanie believes EVERYONE can enjoy a unique education path to meet needs and maximize potential. As a speaker, her audiences come away with the inspiration and confidence in their own inner strength! Steffanie lives in Cache Valley where she enjoys teaching ballet and homeschooling her 4 children.
Learning Outside the Box: A Workshop on Planning Fabulous Field Trips
You've stepped outside the school box. Now it's time to break your learning out of the house! In this fun discussion, I will share some of the 60 plus (and counting) Wasatch Front destinations my family has enjoyed in their learning adventures. More importantly, you will come away with confidence in your own creativity to meet the educational needs of your family... EVERYWHERE you go! This class is perfect for first year homeschoolers, those feeling their teaching and learning is in need of a pick-me-up, and those whose children may seem difficult to reach.
Carli Christensen is currently a student at BYU majoring in business. She recently graduated from cosmetology and loves working as a hairstylist. She is very passionate about traveling and has traveled many places throughout the world. She is an accomplished pianist and artist. In her spare time, Carli loves playing sports, hiking, cooking, and reading. You can read her blog at www.carlijoy.com
Casey Christensen recently returned from 2 years of missionary service in the England London South mission. He is attending BYU on a full tuition scholarship and is studying business. He has visited several countries around the world including humanitarian service in Mexico. He is passionate about speech and debate and was on the 2011 state champion mock trial team. He likes to read, write, and innovate.
(Teen and Adult) Do Stuff: The Insider's Guide to Homeschooling Highschool
Learn from two college students how they homeschooled through high school, received a first class education, traveled the world, stayed social, and even earned scholarships to college (BYU). Learn what pitfalls to avoid, and find out why high school is the best time to homeschool!
Molly Christensen is the mother of 7 wonderful children ages 4-21 who are learning to live a mission-minded life and have been homeschooled since 2000. Molly graduated from BYU with a degree in mechanical engineering. She is passionate about learning and is a voracious reader. She has founded several co-ops and has taught numerous classes for youth and adults including leadership, hero training, science, and math. She blogs atwww.mentoryourkids.com where she also offers online training courses for parents. Her latest project can be found at www.buildingheroesacademy.com. Molly loves encouraging others in their life journey!
The Quest for the Perfect Curriculum
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. Find out the basics of what is out there and what to look for to fit your family. Learn how to feel confident with what you do choose and what you should keep searching for.
Effectively Mentoring Your Teen: 6 Powerful Principles
Your teen needs and wants guidance from you-- even if it might not seem like it at times! How do you get your teens to take responsibility for their own education and to go above and beyond? What are the most important things to focus on and what can you let go of? How can you build your relationship with your teen? What can you do if your teen is driving you crazy? You'll get some great ideas in this class on how to mentor and guide your teen through these terrific years.
Why You Need to Encourage Your Children to be Entrepreneurs, and How to Do It
Entrepreneurship seems risky! Why would you want to encourage that? Entrepreneurship is not just for a select few and it’s not simply an alternative to a job, it’s a mindset we can all benefit from. Children are naturals at this and the skills they can gain from entrepreneurship will serve them no matter what they end up doing as adults. They will learn the skills of work, self-confidence, continual learning, problem-solving, faith, abundance, people skills and more. And yes, they might even earn some money while they’re at it. This is real-life learning at its best. Come find out why entrepreneurship needs to be a part of your homeschool and how to set up the atmosphere to encourage it.
Kevin & Marika Connole are the parents of 8 children. Together they have established CompleteLee Family in order to help strengthen all the elements of families and individuals through wholesome resources and activities. Kevin, a PGA golf professional, is the founder of Par 68 Golf, enjoys all sports, loves fly fishing and public speaking. Marika, a stay-at-home-schooling mom, has written hundreds of songs, educational products and books. She loves cooking, reading and writing.
Homeschool and the Family Dinner Table
The family dinner table is the best place for a combination of learning, bonding, laughing, teaching and loving. Prepare to think about the family dinner table in ways you haven't thought of before. Included in this presentation are reasons why having dinner together is so important, what you can automatically teach your children at the table with no preparation, as well as fun and interesting ways to enhance your dinner table experience.
Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Keynote: The Divine Blueprint for Building a Family of Faith (religious)
As soon as you have your first child, you have been automatically enrolled in Family Relationships 101. In Deuteronomy 6, God’s simple and effective plan for the family begins with parents loving God with everything in them and having His word on their hearts. When parents have established their own relationship with God and His word, they are equipped to teach their children to love God and His word.
From Crisis to Christ, the Journey of a Husband and Father (religious)
With all of the best intentions, Steve set out to be the best Dad he could be for his four sons who are now adults. This adventure in parenting is a lifelong process and he is still learning how to have his heart restored to his children. As a dad he made many mistakes and had many of his own blind spots revealed. Thankfully God is a Redeemer and does work all things together for good.
Six Principles That Will Improve How You Communicate (religious)
The basis for building relationships in your marriage and family is healthy communication. In this workshop we will learn six techniques for speaking with clarity, listening with understanding, and how to operate in an atmosphere where parents and children feel safe and valued.
Finding Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life (religious)
This workshop is Steve’s testimony of the last twenty-five years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny’s disability, and the special, rewarding, and joyful role he has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.
The Five Most important Truths to Teach to Your Children (religious)
Sometimes the most important lessons our children learn are not acquired from a textbook or class but from how we relate to them in our daily interactions and what we teach them about God’s character. Let’s take steps to insure that the message we convey to our children is biblical, gospel oriented, and imbued with grace.
Math You Understand
With a unique and humorous approach, Steve demonstrates how to use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate important math concepts such as algebra, place value, exponents, regrouping (carrying and borrowing), double digit multiplication, fractions, and factoring.
Becky Edwards is a professional organizer, speaker, blogger, early morning seminary teacher, speaker at BYU Women’s Conference 2015, Moms’ Retreat board member, and homeschooler. Becky started teaching organizing classes 19 years ago and has written for an online magazine, www.organizingnetwork.com. She has been homeschooling for 3.5 years and has mentored leadership and government youth classes. Becky and Mike have five children and two grandchildren. Becky graduated from BYU studying parenting, marriage, and therapy. You can see her blog at www.Purposedrivenmotherhood.blogspot.com.
Eight Systems for an Organized Home
Homeschool moms are busy! Do you sometimes feel buried in laundry, dishes, and clutter, finding it hard to make time for what matters most? Creating some simple systems can help give you more time and make things run more smoothly. We'll cover setting up a system for laundry, housework and chores, meals and shopping, planning, stuff, papers, homeschool, routines and time.
Never Underestimate the Power of One Mother (LDS perspective but everyone is welcome)
Have you gotten to the end of a day, exhausted and frustrated, feeling like you were busy all day but didn't feel like you made any progress? Days like that make it hard to remember the difference you are making as a mother. Most likely, you are doing more good than you think. With heart-warming stories and simple tools you can use right away to help you reconnect to your higher purpose as a mother, you will leave this class feeling better about yourself and your God-given role.
Becca Evenson, her husband, and their four children began their homeschooling journey in 1991. The journey continues as she now is helping with the next generation of 8+ grandchildren. As a family, they have found homeschooling to be a great adventure and a sanity-facilitator as they experienced heart surgeries, medical challenges, moves, military deployments, births, deaths, and basic family life. A popular, veteran speaker, Becca has taught a variety of subjects including classical education and general homeschooling topics, home organization, cooking, gardening, music, and religious education in Utah, Arizona, and Virginia. She leads an education support group in the Salt Lake Valley, and is the developer of My Book of Centuries. For more of her writing and homeschooling ideas, check out blog at www.beccascottage.wordpress.com. When she is not teaching or writing, you will find her reading, gardening, cooking (and eating), spending time with family, studying and exploring; attending conventions, and going thrifting with family and friends.
(Adult Version) You want me teach them to be critical? Really?
Teaching your children to read, write, and do math are all important goals for any homeschooler, but teaching them to THINK is paramount. Reading great literature can be life-changing if you can analyze, and examine what you have read. Knowing how to probe, dissect, and study things to identify what is actually being communicated is vital to survive in today’s world. Come see how fun and empowering learning to think critically can be!
Learning Styles and Stages
Identifying the learning styles and stages of those in your family can help your family and academic time become more productive, more fun, and less frustrating! It can even save you money! Come learn how to recognize the various styles, laugh at our differences, and find the most effective tools for teaching each member of your family.
Teaching Literature and Language Arts
Not all books are 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.
Including Music and Visual Arts in Your Curriculum
So you have your writing plan, your math curriculum, and your language arts ideas ready to go. Great! Come explore different ways to add music and the visual arts to your academic plan. There are myriad resources, ideas, and approaches that can allow you to give a truly diverse liberal arts education to your children. Through both study and experience, you and your entire family can enrich what you are already learning. Who knows? You may even discover a new love you never knew existed!
Lisa Goff and her husband, Jared, are the parents of four amazing children, ages 9-17. They have been homeschooling for ten years and have loved almost every minute of it! Lisa is a native of the Pacific Northwest. She is an eclectic homeschooler who draws ideas and inspiration from anywhere she can find them. She has written for the National LDS Sentinel for several years and is the founder of the Dixie Homeschool Co-operative in St. George. When she is not learning, playing or traveling with her children, she can be found hiking with her dogs, teaching yoga or curling up with a good book.
The Perfect Fit: Seeing the Strengths in your Child's Learning Disability
Learn how homeschooling can be the perfect solution for kids with learning disabilities. These kids are sometimes a struggle to teach, but they have amazing gifts. Some are even “2e” or “twice exceptional”, gifted with high intellect and learning disabilities. Whatever your individual situation may be, come learn how to strengthen your child's weaknesses, while identifying and building on their strengths. I truly believe these "out of the box" thinkers and learners have some of the greatest gifts to offer our society. Come be inspired to help them reach their highest potential!
Melanie Hatch is the coordinator for CHADD of Utah. CHADD is an international organization that helps families and individuals dealing with the challenges of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. She has been involved as a volunteer in CHADD for over 20 years. She has five adult children, the youngest three are diagnosed with AD/HD. She has AD/HD herself, being diagnosed as an adult. She currently serves on the Family Links Conference Committee and UVU AD/HD Conference Committee. Her passion is to educate the public about AD/HD and how it impacts their lives. She is currently a certified teacher for the Parent to Parent Family Training on AD/HD, a program sponsored by the National office of CHADD. She has given seminars and presentations to a wide variety of people on AD/HD for many years.
It's ADHD...What Do I Do Now?
We will discuss some important facts about ADHD and some strategies that will help teach the children in our lives. With this information you will find it much easier to help all children but especially those challenged with ADHD. Life doesn't have to be so hard when you have the right tools to work with.
Mary Ann Johnson is an expert on meaningful family connections. She helps parents order themselves so that they can order their families. Her counsel and tools are down to earth, doable for busy families and are backed by 39 years of raising seven children of her own.
Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Nuts: Management vs Relationship
How you treat them is what you teach them. In our busy world how can parents make connections with their children that say, “I love you and you are at the top of my priority list.” As we become more technologically advanced this is a skill which is becoming harder and harder to accomplish, even in the most loving home. In this presentation participants will learn:
• The difference between Management and relationship
• Understand how consistently working on a relationship with our children resolves a multitude of family issues
• How being Present builds relationships
• Identify obstacles to being Present
• How to be Present in 3 minutes a day
Bonnie Jones lives in Kaysville, Utah, with her husband Stan and occasional appearances by her adult children, who are vigorously pursuing their own education. She grew up surrounded by reading, nature, history, travel, love, and learning—not necessarily in that order. She received a BA in English and French Education from BYU and an MA in Education from George Wythe College. She has taught in public, charter, and private schools at all levels, from elementary to college. She homeschooled her own children and created a mom school for them and their friends. She currently mentors ages 13-18 and adults at Family Lyceum, a private school for homeschool families, created by her and Renae Zentz.
History is the Hook
Do you believe one subject could be the foundation for all academic learning,
character development, and cultural education? Use chronological history to mentor and link all topics. Inspire refinement and excellence in yourself and your students. Discern patterns and understand worldviews as you study, discuss, and apply the classics in every topic. Learn history--and discover all subjects. Use history as the hook for all learning!
Kim Kehrer thinks life is one big adventure and opportunity-that's what makes homeschooling the best! Happily married to Robert Kehrer, Kim is a former Spanish Immersion teacher and 5th grade Science Specialist, former President of WHEN (Wasatch Home Educators Network) until resigning in 2012, education consultant, child advocate, parental rights advocate, field trip coordinator, lifelong educator as well as all other titles that goes along with mother of three wonderful children including that of "the mean momma". She has homeschooled for 21 years. She has three children- McKenzie (21) graduated Magna Cum Laude BYU Bio Education teaching in Alpine School District, Sierra, (18) learned to read at 10 and graduated high school with her associates and accepted into BYU this next year and son who started his computer science degree at 13 will begin UVU associates at 15 come fall. All of which were full time homeschool, dual enrolled and then full time enrolled through UCAS’s associates program. She loves to garden, make piles on her countertops, create order out of chaos (organize), and get out and explore.
Taking Control of Your Child's education: Key Elements to a Successful Homeschool
Ideas will be offered to inspire and encourage those who desire to establish successful homeschool patterns and to help overcome the negative stigma of the "homeschool family”.
The World is My Classroom- Using Field Trips to Promote Writing
Who says that learning can only take place behind a desk? Come learn of adventures available in Utah and how you can use those adventures to encourage learning. Someone once called me the queen of field trips. I don't know about that but I am willing to spill my brain so you can find joy in the journey of homeschooling.
Avoiding the Middle School Blues and Beyond
So what are my options in Utah? What is available for dual enrollment and online?
Dianne McLean has been homeschooling since 2003. She has worked with thousands of homeschoolers and hundreds of homeschool groups to pioneer social activities, help form group policies with leaders, and participated in issues which affect the homeschool community as a whole. Her approach is always practical and effective. She also specializes in working with middle to high school level groups to help prepare for college entry and is familiar with the latest developments of Common Core and how it is affecting future college students. She directs a national support organization, Home Education Council of America; and has developed numerous other websites to help home educators in their efforts. Dianne has been leading online seminars, webinars, and classes online in an innovative online setting to offer live interaction no matter where you live in the world. You can connect with her at Home Education Council of America http://hecoa.com
High School to College – Transcript Preparation Workshop (90 minutes)
*If you have a child entering middle school this year or higher (6th grade or higher), this workshop will have important college preparation information you will not want to miss!! Does preparing your children for college absolutely terrify you? Are you wondering how you are going to get your kid ready for college? Can your homeschooled child even go to college? What are you going to do about transcripts? What is a transcript and how do you make one? Getting in to college is not the same for homeschoolers as it is for students who attend accredited schools. It’s actually easier – yes easier! You just need to learn the language that colleges are speaking today and PREPARE EARLY. Things are NOT the same as they were even 2 years ago, the admissions requirements are changing rapidly. I have helped hundreds of homeschoolers each year apply for the toughest admissions, and they all get accepted. As a result, I am on top of every change that is occurring in college admissions. In this 90 minute class, we will cover everything you need to know about the latest college admissions changes and how they affect homeschoolers. You will understand what a transcript is, why your child needs one, and how to complete it. You will understand everything your child needs to do to prepare for college, including early preparation and eliminating redundancy in academics so you can save money and time. And you will learn how you can accomplish all of it with ONE checklist and a transcript.
Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens. The Peck family's success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self- government, and good communication. She has been teaching people around the world the principles of Self-Government since 1999. She has done Self-Government teaching tours in the United Kingdom and China. In 2009, Nicholeen and her family were featured in a one hour BBC documentary about parenting. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. She is a popular public speaker, author of the books, Parenting a House United, Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Porter Earns A Quarter, Big Win For Quin, Paije Takes The Stage, many magazine articles, and a blog called http://TeachingSelfGovernment.com . Nicholeen has been invited multiple times to speak at the United Nations and has been asked to become the president of a global organization called The Worldwide Organization For Women, which advocates for faith, family, and sovereignty.
Roles, Rights, Property & Parenting
The consciences of children are being violated at alarming rates. Parents need to know the magnitude of the situation facing them and their beloved morals and beliefs. Under the guise of rights, our real rights are being trampled. How are they doing this? Through the children. Even homeschooled children are at risk. How does this happen? Who can stop it? What can parents do to keep the consciences of the children safe in these troubling times? Nicholeen Peck, president of a global non-profit family advocacy group will give parents insight to the social reprogramming that is attacking all families who don't know; even homeschool ones.
Raising Respectful Children: Freedom Based Parenting
Respect is NOT dead yet? But, it is disappearing from our culture, our relationships, and our education at alarming rates. Children all want freedom, and so do parents. How can we have freedom and respect at home when the rest of world is settling for having neither? It is possible. If your children are between 2 years old and 20 years old, this class is for you. Teaching youth and children respect isn't one lesson. It is a pattern for freedom that is infused in all of learning. Your homeschool will never be the same after you start teaching and leading your home from the RESPECT ZONE!
How to Lead the Family and Live Your Mission Too!
Time rushes past at tremendous speeds these days. We know what's most important in life: home and family. But, many of us also feel like there is something special we were made to do, a mission that is just for us. Some must paint, others organize and teach, many write and influence and the list could go on. What do you know you are meant to do? And, how are you going to fit it in and still be the leader at home you need to be? Home life shouldn't suffer because you are living your mission. Actually, if you understand certain key leadership truths, living your mission strengthens your home far more than if you chose to put that mission off. In this class Nicholeen will answer the question so many people ask her: "How do you do it all and still keep your priorities in check?"
ToriAnn Perkey is a mother, mentor, teacher, organizer, storyteller, and musician. As a homeschooling veteran of eleven years, she strives to lead each of her children--along with others that she mentors--to discover, celebrate, and prepare for the unique role that each has come to earth to play. Often she is found swimming in the chaos of a happy, busy home, and she has also served as the past presidents of both WHEN (Wasatch Home Educators Network)--the largest homeschooling network in Utah--and the Timp Teller chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild. She co-founded The Homeschool Support Group, where she regularly teaches. She also presents at homeschool conferences and has performed as a professional storyteller throughout Utah. ToriAnn lives in Orem with her husband, Josh, and her four children.
Homeschooling 101 (90 minutes)
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 gives you a step-by-step process to get started, including information on homeschool philosophies and learning styles.
Ready, Set, Go: Working Backwards to Move Forward—Creating Your Homeschool Vision, Goals and Plan
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.
Carrie A. Piper is a homeschooling Mom with one child, a 14 year old daughter. After finishing her Masters Degree in Education, Carrie became disillusioned with schooling. All of the dynamic, individualized practices she learned about were not being practiced in the real world classroom. As a result, she decided to homeschool her daughter and they have never looked back. Call her a mentor. Call her a facilitator, but don't call her a teacher. Carrie, her husband of 21 years and their daughter enjoy a lifestyle of learning in the mountains of Utah that includes many "school days" spent skiing.
You're a Family, Not a School
Is your current homeschool method leaving you feeling burned out? Are you worried about your children getting "behind" in their schooling? Are you looking for a more natural way to provide rich education for your children? Are you tired of feeling more like a school than a family? In this workshop, we will explore adopting a mindset of family centered education that can help you evaluate these feelings and develop an individualized approach in your home school.
Karen Rackliffe began homeschooling in 1985. Mother to seven, grandmother to twelve, and author of Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals,Hearts of the Children and Recipes for Writing. Karen has served as a founding mother to Salt Lake Home Educators and as a founder and a past chairperson of the Utah Virtual Academy (UTVA). She currently teaches Nature Studies and U.S. Geography Through Food at two different home school academies. She also enjoys teaching various art classes from her home in South Jordan. She loves quilting and travel when she gets the chance.
Charlotte Mason's Principles of Education
Miss Mason's ideas about education are broad, practical, elegant, economical and time-tested. She believed in spreading a generous feast of ideas for her students and teaching them to love learning and self-discipline. This will be an overview of her curriculum ideas that you can implement at home with the use of a library card, pencil and paper.
Watercolor --Want to make your lessons stick? Use watercolor to personalize your studies. This creative medium can make every subject more fun. Charlotte Mason used it for Nature Studies, Geography and History. Why not Spelling, Math and Poetry? Or, just learn to watercolor for the fun of it, the freedom, the discovery! We will cover 4 simple steps that will improve your art work and spark new ideas. Relax. You can watch a demo or try this yourself. Then turn around and teach your children.
Nancy Sorensen has over 30 years of teaching PreK-3rd grade to Speech, Learning Disabilities, and High Achieving Children. Her favorite qualification is that she has been able to teach hundreds of children! She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Secondary Education. It would be hard to enjoy working for 12 hours a day, but Nancy loves what she does. She has written her own reading program that reaches all ages, Succeeding With Reading, which teaches reading, writing, spelling, and thinking. She has a school in her home and one in Saint George. Nancy loves to crochet and to work in the yard. Her website is readingthewriteway.com
Reading the Write Way
Do you want to know how to teach Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Thinking? This class will teach you the basic skills that preK-adults need to know. The parents learn right along with their children! A lot of older children missed getting all of the basics and are having trouble in spelling or writing. By creating a notebook, they learn in a faster way, and children will be able to write a lot more. In the class we will cover short and long vowels, latin a, s, l, ff, ll, ss, ck, and digraphs. Nancy has taught older children who are struggling that turned around and have taught their younger siblings to create generations of readers.
Special Needs Panel:
Elizabeth Lauber is the mother of six boys, ages 9,7, 5, a set of 3 year-old twins, and a newborn. Among her children are profoundly gifted learners, as well as special needs, and just plain intense personalities. A second-generation homeschooler, Elizabeth graduated from college with honors, and now teaches her own children. Her activities of choice include knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, organizing, as well as shopping for deals for her growing family.
Antoinette France is a home school mom of 4. Her experience with special needs children include her oldest son for whom a variety of avenues and therapies have been explored.
Amanda Larsen is a homeschool mom with four children, her first child has ADHD, and her second child has ADHD as well as being on the Autism spectrum. She volunteers with CHADD to help parents regain a positive relationship with their children dealing with ADHD.
Katrina Paxton is a mother of two and enthusiastic homeschool advocate. She has homeschooled her special needs son for the past 2 years and is active in the autism community of Salt Lake City. Katrina has a deep and personal love of learning, holding advanced degrees in history and information/library science.
Special Needs Parent Panel Discussion
The panel will include a group of homeschooling moms of children with a variety of special needs and challenges. Their children have diagnoses that include Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Asbergers, Sensory Processing Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, giftedness and more. These moms will offer a brief description of favorite resources and pathways they have tried as well as talk about benefits of having a diagnosis. The bulk of the class is planned as a question and answer period. If you have children with different challenges or even suspect a potential difference in how they are "wired", come join the discussion.
Janet Summit is the mother of 11 children, and has homeschooled them all, 20+ years. Her youngest is now 13. Janet loves children, teaching, writing, and chores at home, surprisingly enough. Janet is passionate about agency education, loves teaching homeschool classes, and teaching emotional health principles to people of all ages.
Children, Emotions, and the "No Good, Very Bad, Horrible Day....."
It's the best of days -- you have everything planned out perfectly. But -- you also have a grumpy child. Sound familiar? Emotions literally power our lives. Understanding principles of emotions and teaching them to our children will make all the difference to homeschooling (and to us in our own lives). We can teach our children that they can be self-governing with their emotions. They have the option to choose peace in any circumstance if they know how. These principles can and do change lives.
Homeschool Groups - the "Why," the "How," and the Pro's and Con's
I have been homeschooling for 20+ years, and absolutely love homeschool groups. There are many that work well, and others that are disastrous. How do we decide if something is right for us? How do we decide what kind of commitment to make to a group? What kinds of things work well, and what should we consider? I will explore the ideas behind why we might want a group, great ideas for easy ways to begin a group, and how to decide if something is right for your family.
Kathy has been homeschooling her 5 children since 1999, and has been the advisor to the Davis County Teenage Republicans (TARS) since 2001. She is the Director of Patriot Camp for Davis County, the Board of Directors for Freedom’s Light (a celebration of the Constitution), has served as a Leg Vice Chair, Leg Chair, and as Secretary for the Davis County Republican Party. This year, she has been teaching teens Key of Liberty for NSSA and next year will be teaching Sword of Freedom and WWII. Kathy has an Associate’s Degree in Legal Assistance from Utah Valley University, a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Weber State University, and also earned her Master Herbalist degree from the Trinity School of Natural Health. She is the author of three books on herbs Herbs To Know, is the co-founder of The School of Footzoning, and teaches for the School of Health Freedom. Kathy and her husband are currently working on children’s books about Liberty that will have companion music to help teach the concepts of Liberty.
In this class different resources will be discussed that are available for teaching children about our Founding Fathers and what makes America great, what is Liberty, and why it is essential to teach it to our children. Stories of the Founding Fathers and those important to Liberty will be shared that can help even young children understand the fundamentals of Liberty, the form and function of our government, while including fun formats to teach our children about our Republic. America was established by Divine Design and our children are the hope, the promise, and the future of our Country. It is essential that we share the love, the patriotism, and the knowledge of what makes our country the best and brightest in the world today.
Harold and Renae Zentz met at BYU, where they lived in the German and Spanish houses respectively. After graduation, Harold began a German and math teaching career in the Weber School District, and Renae began homeschooling their children. They love teaching and learning and have cherished every phase of education with their six kids—even the math! They discovered Leadership Education and embraced the principles of this freedom-based educational philosophy. Renae received her MA in Education from George Wythe College; Harold earned his at USU. They put their skills and creative talents to work at home and in the classroom. Last year they founded Family Lyceum in Layton, a private school to support homeschool families. Their three oldest children have transitioned successfully from homeschool to college. Although the focus in their homeschool is on a liberal arts education, the kids have excelled in math and science on the collegiate level. Come and hear their simple success plan for math fluency!
Math Immersion: Ten Steps to Math Fluency
If math is not popular at your house, this class is for you! Come learn how one family incorporates mathematical thinking into daily life, creating an environment where kids become fluent in mathematics.
Graduate Recognition Night
Each year UHEA takes the opportunity to recognize the amazing efforts of graduating homeschoolers. Join us in celebrating a wonderful beginning for these graduates.
The graduation recognition ceremony will be held at the Salt Lake City Library located at 210 East 400 South, in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 7:00 pm.
The Graduate Recognition Night is a wonderful evening where graduates are honored by their family, friends, and UHEA.
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.
The Convention Openining and Keynote will be begin at 9AM on Saturday morning.
The Curriculum Fair will be open from 12PM-5PM on Friday and 8AM-5:30PM on Saturday.
UHEA welcomes and serves home educators from all perspectives. For over 30 years, UHEA has held an annual Convention and Curriculum Fair for adults and teens. The Convention and Curriculum Fair runs a half day on Friday and all day on Saturday. Registration includes keynote speakers for adults and teens, panels, workshops and many home education related vendor booths and exhibits. Babes in arms are always welcome. We do not provide childcare services.
The 2015 Convention and Curriculum Fair of the Utah Home Education Association will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center Street, Provo, Utah) on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015. A free showing of the movie Class Dismissed will be shown Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm.
Check out the Utah Valley Information website, it is filled with ideas for things to do and places to go while you are in Provo for the convention.
Adult Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce Steve Demme of Demme Learning (Math-U-See, Spelling You See, and Building Faith Families) as our keynote speaker. Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their fourth son John, has Down Syndrome and lives with them in PA. Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool and men's conferences to encourage parents as they seek to build families of faith. He has spent years working with youth as a teacher in schools (public and Christian); as a pastor and youth leader in churches; and as a counselor and camp director at summer camps. Steve says, "In hindsight, I am absolutely convinced that the single most significant influence in a child's life is that of his parents."
A former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private and Christian schools, Steve is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. He has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends, Eastern PA.
Teen Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce Greg Denning, teacher and mentor for Williamsburg Academy as our teen keynote speaker. Out on his own by the age of 16, Greg wenth through some difficult times as a young adult -- including being homeless, afflicted with hunger and suffering from loneliness and depression. One cold Christmas Eve, as he sat watching his breath hang in the air, all alone, with nothing to eat, he made a commitment to himself -- he would build a happy life, filled with love, and lived on purpose.
Through grit and determination, he struggled to work and graduate from high school and college. An autodidact, he studied voraciously outside of school, searching for the answers to why some are happy while others are not, or even worse -- why most continually live in the dim twilight of 'quiet desperation'.
As he discovered the secrets to success and happiness, he began to apply the principles to his life. Today he lives a 'ridiculously awesome' life -- married (and in love) with an amazing women, together they have six children, and so far they have traveled to 12 countries together.
His personal mission is to inspire and mentor others (particularly youth) as he helps them to discover and reach their full potential. Greg currently lives in Costa Rica with his family, where he spends his days reading, mentoring youth, going to the beach and jumping off bridges into tropical swimming holes.
Free Screening of CLASS DISMISSED - Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm
Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two children out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.
Convention Prices (We've extended our early registration price until May 1st!)
Early Registration Price Until May 1st After May 1st and At The Door Price
Single Adult $35.00 $45.00
Couple $45.00 $55.00
(Couples are married parents or a parent and grandparent.)
Teen $10.00 $10.00
There is no charge to attend the Curriculum Fair or the movie Class Dismissed, they are free and open to the public. For help registering or questions, please contact Tonette Harris (801) 523-2658.
If you registered online, please bring your email confirmation to the Will Call table.
Refunds will be provided upon written request until May 15th, minus a $5.00 processing fee. After May 15th, refunds will be credited toward a 2016 UHEA event. Please send written request to:
UHEA Convention Refund
P.O. Box 890
Sandy, UT 84091
Mom, Dad, or teens may work a "volunteer" shift in exchange for either a discounted admission rate or full admission to the convention. The amount of time you are able to serve will determine the scholarship. There are also many other ways to volunteer before the day of convention.
There is No Childcare.
Babes in arms are always welcome. UHEA tries to accomodate everyone and hopefully we will be able to offer childcare in the future. If circumstances require that older children are in attendance, we ask that they be taken out of the hall or workshops if they can't make it through the presentation. Please be respectful to other attendees and the presenters.
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, May 29th
12:00 pm Registration Opens
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Curriculum Fair
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adult and Teen Workshops
5:00 pm Curriculum Fair Closes
7:00 pm Movie Classed Dismissed - FREE and open to the public
Saturday, May 30th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Curriculum Fair, Registration Opens
9:00 am - 10:20 am Adult and Teen Opening and Keynote Speakers
10:30 am - 11:20 am Adult and Teen Workshops
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Visit Curriculum Fair
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult and Teen Workshops
5:30 pm Curriculum Fair Closes
Food purchased at the Utah Valley Convention Center may be eaten in the facility. Prices will range from $2 - $12. Any food purchased from outside the Utah Valley Convention Center or brought from home MUST be eaten outside the Convention Center premises.
The Hampton Inn Orem is offering us a great value of $79.00 for overnight rooms. Reserve your room before May 13th. Use the links below to receive the discounted rate or call 1-801-426-8500 and tell them you are part of the UHEA group when reserving your room.
The Hampton Inn Orem offers a free hot breakfast buffet, free internet access, fitness center and an indoor swimming pool.