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Idaho Falls Home School Conference  

Curriculum and Resource Fair

Sponsored by iFamily Leadership Academy and Compass Family Cooperative

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cost: $15 per person or $25 per couple 

*If older youth (14+) want to attend, they may attend with a parent for an additional $10 

EITC-Eastern Idaho Technical College, 1600 S 25th East, Idaho Falls, ID

The purpose of the conference is to offer homeschoolers support and information.

*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!!!


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Detailed Schedule

8:30 am: Registration & Check-in

9:00-9:45 am:

Keynote: The Way of the Peaceful Home School-7 Principles for Peace and Joy-Liz Simmons

When I ask myself what do I REALLY want out of home school I always come back to the desire for peace.  I want, more than the perfect curriculum, that settled assurance that in my care my children are learning to walk in light and truth and becoming well rounded, loving, knowledgeable family members and citizens who know who they are who can confidently go forward using their gifts to make a difference in this world.   There are so many ways to go and ideas to try.  How do we go from frazzled to fresh, from puzzled to peace?  In this address, Liz offers 7 key principles that she has learned over her decade of experimenting that have brought clarity, contentment, and lasting peace.

10:00-10:45 am:

Chaos to Cruise (Plan and Organize)-Wendy French
“Mom what’s for dinner?”, “I am out of socks”, “I can’t find my library book”, “Who made this mess and didn’t clean up?”, “Hurry we are going to be late”, “Oh! That was yesterday”, “Has anyone seen the baby?”. “Ugg! Why can’t I have a perfect day? ……Does this sound familiar? I guess we can all say we are familiar with this condition often referred to as “chaos”. Well get your racing wheels on and rev up your engine! In this class we will be discussing some “hows” of planning and organization. We will go over habits, systems and apps that will help bring more of a balance into your home and family life. So come listen and discuss ideas and insights that may help you shift your homeschool from chaos to cruise!

The Magic of Family Read-Alouds and How To Make Them Work For Your Family-Tracy Ward
Stories have power! Harnessing that power by making family read-alouds a core part of your family rhythms supercharges your homeschool. Sharing books together builds family culture, inspires greatness of soul, exposes children to vocabulary and ideas far above their reading level, binds a family together, and it’s FUN! Come and learn the WHY and HOW of family read-alouds. As a creator of read-aloud magic for the past 23 years, I have piles of tricks up my sleeve to help you create magic with literature with your family. You can do this, I promise!

Mom, Don’t Make Me Think – Just Tell Me the Answer-Teresa Foltin (RightStart Math)

As a teacher, it’s so easy to give the answer, isn’t it? Oh that’s right…. you don’t do that. How long do you allow a child to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let the child wrestle with the problem to find the answer. Do you know that children will learn better and remember things longer when they discover or think through? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to problem solve. How might you go about doing this? Well, come to this workshop and find out how to help your child.

11:00-11:45 am:

Home School Educational Philosophies
(Panel w/Q&A)- Kami Harris, Tasha Lamoreaux, Liz Simmons, Tracy Ward & Debbie Warner

Each of us home school in different ways, yet each of us find success. Come join us as we discuss how each of us organizes our home schools and different methodologies we use including Charlotte Mason, TJED, Classical, and more. Whether you are a new home school mama or veteran, there should be something here for you.

Principles of Liberty in Educating-Sheri Black
Our forefathers understood the foundations of liberty and spoke of them in their homes and communities. We too can make a renewed effort to understand and talk about these principles in our homes and communities.

Building Character Through Homeschooling-Dan Hunter (Wholesome Books)

The 1828 dictionary defines character as “the peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others”.  Homeschool parents have the opportunity to teach their children how to prepare to accomplish that mission which they were sent to earth to perform.  They have a greater opportunity to be self motivated and not be “like everybody else”, but to be a thinker and a leader and not a follower or, as Oliver DeMille puts it, “to receive a conveyer belt education”.  In this class we will discuss the principles that will bring about this opportunity for our children.

1:00-1:45 pm:

Separating Fact from Opinion-Susan Van Cleave
This is the information age. There are myriad sources of information available to us. It can be challenging to determine truth with so many competing voices. But you needn’t despair. There are strategies you can use to fact-check history books, online sources, and even the nightly news. Teaching your children do so will help them learn to think critically, practice effective research skills, and be more responsible citizens. It will also help history and civics come alive in your homeschool.

How to Teach Math to Children with Learning Difficulties-Teresa Foltin (RightStart Math) 

Children with learning disabilities must truly understand in order to remember. Their brains tend to store information in pictures, not words. The traditional approach of teaching mathematics using heavy doses of counting, flash cards, and rote memorizing does not work for them. Learn ways to minimize counting and concentrate on place value, strategies to teach the facts with visual pictures, and techniques for mastering the four operations.

The Contented Path of a Homeschool Mother-Dana Wood
How do you become a mother who is content with her life and her homeschool? How do you manage all your mommy duties and teach your children too? How do you find time for yourself? How do you avoid that dreaded word – burnout? It is easier than you think. Come find the tools and practices you need to be the contented mother of your homeschool.

2:00-2:45 pm:

Self Care: The Phases of a Mother’s Learning-Alysia Humphries
I will share some of the reasons that self care is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family and is vital to your homeschool, and how the TJED phases of learning can be applied in the life, self care, and education of a mother to nurture her so that she can better nurture her children.

Experiential Learning: Keys to Purposeful Explorations, Creations and Adventures-Diann Jeppson (Family Centered Education)

Make learning come alive, and inspire your children’s hearts by designing hands-on, creative and explorative experiences. This class will give you keys for planning engaging experiences that invite children to learn by doing the things they imagine and read about. Children and youth report that experiential learning is a favorite way to explore the world, discover new ideas and learn new skills. More importantly, experiential learning can awaken a sense of mission and purpose in the hearts of our young people. You will receive a template for creating learning experiences, as well as a variety of exciting examples for you to put into practice in your homes and learning groups. Inspiration and retention increase when children and youth engage in purposeful experiential learning.

What Do You Do Instead of College?-Dana Wood
This can be an agonizing question for a homeschool mom! What do you do if your child isn’t interested in college? What are the options if they have hands-on skills instead academic skills? Or maybe both? Education is important, but not everyone is college material, right? What’s a mom to do? This class will help you maneuver the mine field of possibilities.

3:00-3:45 pm:

Mentor Round Table Discussion (for Mentors with iFamily and Compass)-Kami Harris
Come join us as we have an open discussion about the struggles and successes we are having as we mentor the youth in our home school organizations. Let’s learn from each other! Come prepared with the following questions answered:
1.  What things are going well in your classroom?
2.  What “tools” do you use in your classrooms that work well to ignite student’s passion for learning?
3. What are you struggling with most as a mentor?
4.  Do you feel like there are respect issues in your classrooms?  What are they?  What have you done to try to deal with these issues?  Are there things that have worked well in this regard?  Are there things that have not worked?
5.  If you could change one thing about how things are going in your classroom, what would it be?

This round table discussion is geared for those who are mentoring older love of learners and/or scholar age youth (approximately ages 10-18) within our home school organizations, but anyone is welcome.

Home School Journey-Janice Hunter (Wholesome Books)

Take the fear out of homeschooling.  Learn how to create a family learning center that is unique to your family.  Janice and Dan started homeschooling their five children when their oldest was thirteen and the youngest age four.  Their children, now grown-up, have completed various levels of higher education without a high school diploma.  And when their children socialize, no one would ever guess they were homeschooled.

KISS! Keep It Simple Sister-Katie Jones
As women, we tend to over complicate things…most things. Homeschooling, included. I want to share with you what is at the “Heart” of our homeschool. Scale back the ideals. Simplify. Let the spirit lead and guide. We are applying the KISS method to homeschooling. Getting to the “Heart” of the 4 R’s–Religion, Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. It’s not hard to give our children a complete education. We just have to–KEEP IT SIMPLE, SISTER!!!


Closing:  How to Help Your Kids Avoid “Real World” Shell Shock-Katie Tieken

Being a homeschool mom is tough. As you push through all the craziness that gets packed into your days, you can often wonder whether the chaos is all your kids will remember once they’re out there in the world. As a lifelong homeschooler who’s had a few years out in the “real world,” I’m here to share the good, the bad, and the wonderful. I’ll share what I feel prepared me for adult life, what I wished I’d learned sooner, and the memories I will hold on to forever.