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Idaho Falls Home School Conference  

Curriculum and Resource Fair

Sponsored by iFamily Leadership Academy and Compass Family Cooperative

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cost: $10 Youth 14 & Up |$15 Adult | $25 per couple 

College of Eastern Idaho (formerly EITC), 1600 S 25th East, Idaho Falls, ID

8:30 am – Registration | 9:00 am – Keynote Address | 5:30 pm – Classes End   

6:30 pm – Vendor Hall Closes

*If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this event, please contact Cyrie Foster at:  

cyrie3@yahoo.com/(208) 351-7505

Who should attend?

  • Families considering homeschooling
  • Families new to homeschooling
  • Veteran homeschoolers
  • Nursing babies are welcome. There is no childcare available at the conference.  Older youth 14+ are welcome to attend classes with a parent if desired.

Why should you attend?

  • Come and be inspired by our speakers.
  • Learn tips and tricks from veteran homeschoolers.
  • Here is a place for you to ask your questions.
  • There will be panels and round table discussion sessions in addition to presentations.
  • Come and see what our vendors have to offer-it is always better to see a curriculum/book in person before buying!!!



           Schedule Overview

Classes will begin at 10:00 am.  There will be 5 classes offered each hour.  To see which speakers/classes will be available each hour, click here.

8:30   Registration/Vendors Hall

9:00-9:45   Key Note Address – Rachel Keppner

10:00-10:45    first class

11:00-11:45     second class

Lunch break until 1:30

1:30-2:15   third class

2:30-3:15   fourth class

3:30-4:15    fifth class

4:30-5:15    sixth class

6:30     Vendor’s Hall Closes


For printable PDF version of the schedule click here.


For printable PDF version of the map click here.

Detailed Schedule

8:30 am: Registration & Check-in

9:00-9:45 am:

Keynote: Creating a Vision for Your Homeschool – Rachel Keppner

Where there is no vision, the people perish”

  • Do you ever have those days where you wonder why in the world you decided homeschooling was a good idea?
  • Do you ever look at your children and home, and start comparing them to others?
  • Do you sometimes think it might be easier to just give up and send your children to school?
  • Do you avoid thinking about the high school years because you are not sure how you will teach the more difficult subjects?

In all the day to day efforts of teaching, learning, and struggling to keep some order in our lives, we may lose sight of the greater purpose in our homeschooling efforts. Creating and revisiting a visionary plan for our children and our families can help us overcome worries, give us a much broader perspective on our everyday circumstances, and help us find optimism to keep going, even through the most difficult of times.

In this presentation, we will discuss how a greater vision for our homeschool keeps difficulties in perspective, but we will also explore ways to create and refine our plans for our children, our families, and for the hopeful future ahead.

10:00-10:45 am:

Helping Your Students Conquer the Math ACT/SAT – Emily 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.

Unlocking the Magic of Family Read-Alouds – Tracy Ward

Family reads are magical…or so you’ve been told. Often times the result doesn’t feel like a happy potion at all – restless children, so-called boring books, and sulking teens – is it all a bunch of smoke and mirrors?  Become a believer by starting with your why and adding tried and true hows to your repertoire. As a creator of read-aloud enchantment for the past 24 years, I have piles of tricks up my sleeve to help you create literary magic within your own family. You can do this, I promise!


Seeing Beyond – Julie Lopez

We all know that in order to get the best from our children we have to see the best in them, but sometimes that can be easier said than done. Behaviors, disabilities, whining, and frustration can get in the way of seeing what is inside of them.  The problems become mountains and fill our vision, and we start seeing this child as a “problem child”. Even more regrettable is that they start seeing themselves this same way. This class will address specific methods and even have us practice some!  So come ready to roll up your mental sleeves and get to work.

Building Your Family Culture – Dana Wood

As homeschool moms, part of our challenge is being with our children all day, every day. If we aren’t careful, we have a tendency to focus primarily on academics and ignore our family life. Whether we realize it or not, we are building a family culture as we interact with our children. This culture can be negative or positive. A healthy family culture can include family unity, religious expression, family patterns, and traditions. This class will help you decide which family culture ideals to keep or discard to help your family create traditions that will last for generations.


11:00-11:45 am:

The Important Role of Struggle – Emily Dyke

Is struggle a bad thing in your home? Do you play “superhero” when your student gets frustrated?  Learn about the role of struggle and the power of mistakes and how to use it to create desire in your student.  You’ll also develop the tools to mentor your student before, during and after struggles.

Embracing the Imperfect – Katherine Jensen

Sometimes it is easy to get bogged down by the weight of everything we “should” be and lose sight of what we are. It is easy to focus on our flaws and get bogged down. But you know what?  There is beauty and strength in our imperfection! None of us has it all together and that is just as it should be. We each have different strengths and in turn different weaknesses. Several years ago after a really tough season I learned the power of my imperfectness. Our weakness is an important part of our strength. Let’s talk about embracing ourselves and our children just as we are with compassion. I’ll share four magic words that have the power to change everything.

The Good, the True and the Beautiful:  A Practical Guide to Deciding What to Teach – Diann Jeppson

We know that children need to learn to read, write and understand math, but what about everything else? Which topics are best for preparing our children to recognize, seek for and enjoy the good, the true and the beautiful? This presentation will provide a practical guide for deciding what to teach, as we prepare our children for a rich life of meaning and purpose. Resources and systems will be provided to simplify the teaching of children and youth, at home and in groups.

Harmonizing Skill with Subjects – Michael Sitton

What is the appropriate balance between skills and subjects in our homeschool?  How is the balance dependent on the student’s age?  What academic skills should we develop in our students, and how do we cultivate those skills?


1:30 – 2:15 pm:

For the Love of Math:  Teaching Math the TJED Way – Sheri Black

Do you hate math as a mentor?  Did you struggle with math as a student?  How do we give our children a love of math?  In this class, we will discuss the TJED steps that lead to a love of math.

Parent-Child Relationship in the Homeschool:  How to Encourage Children to Learn – Diann Jeppson 

If they don’t like you, they don’t want to learn from you! How can parents speak to their children in ways that encourage learning and reduce contention in the home? What might you be doing wrong, that is sabotaging your efforts to teach your children? Learn simple communication techniques that you can put to immediate use. Understand essential principles and practices to improve your relationship with your children, and increase the joy of homeschooling for your whole family. Having the right words to say (and not say) is a blessing to many homeschool families who struggle with this stumbling block.

Nutrition and Learning – Kimberly King

Some days do you have trouble getting your kids to pay attention and to focus?  Does it seem like they are overly emotional or overly tired?  Do they yo-yo between the two?  Does it seem like they give up too easily when learning is harder than they expected?  The foods we eat really do have a tremendous effect on us.  Come learn about some yummy foods you can add to your menus and some simple substitutions that you can do to start changing this dynamic.  I will be talking about what current research tells us about nutrition and learning (including brain fog, moodiness, depression, and anxiety as these affect learning too).  I will include some tools to help you figure out how to tell which foods are making a difference for your family.


2:30 – 3:15 pm:

Homeschool Essentialism:  The Power of Doing Less But Better – Emily Dyke

Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. We’ve taken Greg McKeown’s teachings in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less, and applied them to every aspect of homeschooling our 3 kids. Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It’s a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential in our lives and in our homeschooling and then eliminating everything that is not, so that we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter. This process and journey has been amazing and we want to share with you the principles of Essentialism as well as discuss the benefits and challenges of our experience and how you can make it work for your unique life and homeschool vision and goals.

Keep it Positive – Susan Van Cleave

We all have our own genie. It sits in our subconscious, ready to do our bidding. The problem is, our genies aren’t very smart. They take what we say literally. That means what we think and say really matters! By being positive and banning negative words from our vocabulary, we can unharness the power of our subconscious to achieve and reach our greatest goals. These are important skills we can use and teach to our children.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It – Larene Nielsen Frei

Each of us has a mission, or set of missions, to fulfill in this life. God has placed us where we are and when we are in order to bless his children. We’ll start the class out by learning about some key figures in history and looking at how God prepared them for their missions.  Then you’ll go on a journey through exercises and discussion to help you in finding or rekindling your mission. We’ll discuss ways that we can help our children and our students find their mission and be prepared to fulfill it.  But what about roadblocks? There are always obstacles to fulfilling our missions, whether it be the daily grind of laundry, meals and dishes, or a life-threatening illness or accident with a family member. Winston Churchill said, “You have enemies? Good for you – that means you’ve stood up for something once in your life.” How can we deal with people that give us a hard time? We’ll discuss ideas on how to manage and keep our eye on our missions through the hard times.

When You Learn What Makes Kids Tick, They Tick – Heather Linchenko

Why aren’t things going smoothly in my home school? Why all the frustration, behavioral issues, and feet-dragging? Is my motive good? Check. Don’t I love the little buggers to the moon and back? Check. Am I not constantly striving to learn new things? Check. Then why aren’t things going smoothly for me?? There has got to be a better way!!  Hint: There is a better way. It begins and ends with Confidence. We’ll talk about how to get it, how to give it, and one surprising thief of it–namely that thing we love to hate called MATH.


3:30 – 4:15 pm:

Becoming a Powerful Math Mentor – 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.


Peace Porridge Hot – Tracy Ward

In the midst of messy kitchens, crying children, and algebraic equations that seemingly won’t be solved, peace is possible. Come and learn 4 P’s that even if implemented imperfectly lead to peace. This class is designed for those new to homeschooling and veterans alike – we can all use more P’s of peace in our hearts and minds.


How to Raise a Musical Child – Rebecca Jensen
Come and learn the myths and the truths behind musical people. How much talent is necessary? How much time is required? What if I don’t know anything about music, but I want my children to be musical? When is the right age for piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons? How do I get my kids to practice? Come and learn how easy it is to fill your home with beautiful music.


World schooling 101: How to Create Amazing Learning Opportunities For Your Family Through Travel Without Breaking the Bank – Marc and Rebecca Bohman

4:30 – 5:15 pm:

The Charlotte Mason Method – Rachel Keppner

“The question is not, — how much does the youth know?
when he has finished his education — but how much does he care?”
~Charlotte Mason

The methodology of Charlotte Mason is not only about discovering goodness, beauty, truth, and nature, but also about building character and empowering parents through spiritual inspiration about how to teach their children all of the principles above.

In this class, we will talk about the many facets of teaching the Charlotte Mason way, including:

  • How to help children build good character and habits,
  • How parents can nurture education through a rich learning environment,
  • How to plan and prepare for daily instruction by “spreading a feast” of ideas,
  • How to teach using “living books,”
  • How to continue Charlotte Mason methods through High School,
  • And more!

It is our purpose to help parents leave this class feeling empowered with ideas and tools in order to implement Charlotte Mason methods in their own family circles. Come and see how Charlotte Mason can enrich your homeschool experience!


How to Homeschool a Houseful and Still Find Time for Mom – Dana Wood

How can you homeschool your children when you have a 6th, 4th and a 1st grader, not to mention the preschooler and the baby? This is the most frequent question I get asked as a homeschool mom of ten. And no, I am not a saint. It just takes a different set of expectations and a little ingenuity. The next frequently asked question is “With all your littles, how do you find time for you?” The reality is, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Homeschooling and time for mom CAN happen. Learn how to make it happen and enjoy your homeschool.


Becoming Christ-like:  Insights from the Enneagram – Susan Van Cleave

We each, as daughters and sons of God, have a divine potential. But our personalities hold us back from reaching it.   The Enneagram Personality Typing System is a powerful tool. Through it, we can gain insights into our core motivation (why we do the things we do). We can also identify the weaknesses that impede us in life and the strengths that move us forward. Most importantly, the enneagram helps us see how we can use our agency in more mindful and Christ-like ways.


Music in Your Homeschool – Larene Nielsen Frei

Playing music together is a wonderful way to strengthen your family! In this class we’ll discuss ideas for teaching your children music from an early age. Listening to excellent and fun music is key when they are young. Come learn ideas for different music programs that are available. Find out fun ways to play music as a family without having years of music lessons.  Music is an amazing and wonderful tool to use in learning! It is one of God’s tools for blessing others and serving. We’ll talk about ways to inspire your children to practice and to be excited about playing music.


6:30 pm : Vendor’s Hall Closes