TODD WILSON - THE FAMILY MAN & THE SMILING HOMESCHOOLER – 2024 Keynote Speaker
Todd is a homeschool dad, grand dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s HUMOR and down to earth REALNESS have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions, retreats, and churches across the country. As founder of Familyman Ministries and the Smiling Homeschooler, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through weekly e-mails, podcasts (The Familyman Show & The Smiling Homeschooler), seminars, and books and products that encourage parents.
Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool two of their eight children (six have graduated from their homeschool with four married) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at www.familymanweb.com
Keynotes The FOUR Homeschool Personality Types Choose the Hard Things: How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up This, We Believe
Workshops Lies Homeschoolers Believe Taming the Techno Beast Help! I'm Married to a Homeschooling Mom! - (Dads) Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe & Mediocre World
PATRICK NURRE - NORTHWEST TREASURES GEOLOGY
In the second grade Patrick made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a love for geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River. This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist.
Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth. He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park.
Patrick is the vision behind Northwest Treasures, a 501(c)3 corporation, devoted to creating excellent geology kits, curricula and education for all ages. To help in this endeavor, Patrick has written 17 books on geology, for all ages. He is certified as a Biblical Creation Ministry Professional. In addition, he draws on over 40 years of pastoring experience. Patrick and his wife, Vicki, have three wonderful children and two grandchildren, and live near Yakima, Washington. northwestrockandfossil.com/
Workshops Four Powerful Words in Apologetics The Dinosaur Hunters Has Radiometric Dating Poisoned Your Faith? The Geology of Washington From a Biblical Perspective
SUSAN EVANS - HANDS-ON LEARNING
Susan Evans is a lively homeschool conference speaker. She has been an educator for two decades, first as a teacher, and then as a homeschool mom. She runs a huge unit studies membership site for homeschoolers. It includes thousands of video demonstrations, downloadable, and hands-on learning articles. She also teaches creative writing classes on DVD, where she wears costumes for different time periods to teach historical fiction writing. You will find hundreds of free hands-on learning articles and videos on Susan’s website.
Workshops Using Journals to Teach Writing Have you ever wondered how to use journals in your homeschool? This workshop will show you how to use different types of journals: regular journals, diaries, dialogue journals, and nature journals. Handouts with fun journal starters will help homeschooling parents transition into journaling. A PowerPoint presentation will bring the main points to life and help parents become excited about this inexpensive way to teach writing.
Organizing Your Homeschool Day Find out how to eliminate the unnecessary and schedule the hardest homeschooling tasks when you are most alert. Learn how to manage your time wisely so that you are accomplishing your homeschooling goals. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your children and schedule your day to progress in those areas. You will come out of this workshop refreshed at having cut out the clutter from your life to make time for what really matters. Integrating Art Into History Do your kids hate the study of history? Even if your kids enjoy history, they will love it even more with these creative, hands-on ideas you will not see anywhere else. This fun, fast-paced workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation (97 slides) illustrating each historical art activity. Cave art, hieroglyphs, movie boxes, pottery, shoebox scenes, and more!
TESSA JOHNSTONE - DIVERGENT LEARNING
Tessa Johnstone is a homeschooling mom of 15 years and founder of Divergent Learning. She lives in the Palouse area of Washington state with her husband of 30 years and the two youngest of her four children ages 15-24. After homeschooling her own child with learning disabilities, she was inspired to help other families going through the same experience. She completed her degree in Special Education in 2018 and has trained as a Level 1 Educational Therapist through NILD. She now enjoys working with families and students grades 3-11 to strengthen the cognitive skills necessary to become lifelong learners.
Workshop Building a Bridge for Your Struggling Student
EZRA & VICTORIA-JOY CREIGHTON & The TEAM at: - KIDONE CAMPS
At KidOne Camps our number one focus is on children. Our mission is to invest in the lives of the children of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. We are a Christian organization, and it is our passion to tell young children about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the message of salvation. We are here to reach out to children with the gospel (Mark 16:15), help them grow in relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18) and give them answers about the world from the Bible (1 Pet. 3:15). This is our one focus and first priority, hence the name KidOne. It is our purpose to provide families with a fun environment where children can grow. This is our calling. To read more visit https://www.kidonecamps.com/our-mission
Workshops (Ages 5-11) 4 sessions on Our Identity in Christ
Craig Cordill is a father of 3 and has been a mechanical engineer for over 16 years in various industries and has 4 patents. He is an Assistant Outpost Coordinator for Outpost #31 (Royal Rangers) at Valley Assembly and a soccer coach for his son's team. He loves science and understanding how things work and helping others.
Jeriah Bye is a homeschool graduate and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Spokane Community College's Running Start program. He loves building homemade rockets as well as designing parts in CAD and 3D printing them. He's a leader in youth group and a commander in Royal Rangers at his church, Valley Assembly.
Workshop (Ages 5-11) Build a LEGO Derby Car Come join us for this hands-on workshop where we will use Legos to build derby cars and race them on a pinewood derby track. After racing, we will improve our cars using scientific principles to make them even faster. We will end with a tournament to see who has the fastest car!
RICK TURNER (aka Radical Rick) - EXTREME SCIENCE
Radical Rick has provided hands-on science programs to children in the Inland Empire since September 2000. After working at Hewlett Packard for twenty years, Rick realized that it was time to do something that he REALLY enjoyed – working with kids, making slime, shooting off rockets and, most importantly, blowing stuff up! No, seriously, he LOVES blowing stuff up! It should be noted that safety is top priority! While Rick enjoys introducing children to the incredible world around us through fun and exciting science demonstrations, his number one rule is always “Safety first.” Rick is the owner of Extreme Science. Extreme Science provides hands-on after school science programs to local elementary students as well as in-class field trips and, according to many principals and students, the best assemblies ever! You can see Radical Rick almost every Saturday morning on KHQ, channel 6 during their morning news broadcast. Or, better yet, you can register for his new online science club on his website at www.ExtremeScienceFun.com
Workshops (Ages 5 to Teens+) MAGIC: The Truth Revealed Sorry to spoil your fun but did you know that we use science to do magic tricks? Join Radical Rick in this fun filled class that is designed to get you to question everything. Radical Rick will challenge the audience to figure out the science behind each ILLUSION that some like to call magic. Science is all about asking questions to obtain knowledge and answers to the things we don't understand. What better way to do that than to dive into these magic "tricks" that are designed to fool us into believing something that is not real.
EXTREME Science Show Come join the fun as Radical Rick, from KHQ's Saturday morning wakeup show, demonstrates how much fun science really is. As always, Radical Rick has some awesome demonstrations to help us understand the air that is all around us and how you can use it to do some really cool things. Speaking of really cool things, Radical Rick will also show us how much fun you can have with dry ice and dancing laser lights.
BECKY BADEN - UNTYPICAL JOURNEY
Becky Baden is a reluctant homeschooling mom of two boys, one of which is special needs. She is passionate about encouraging others as they walk their own "untypical journey" of special needs parenting & homeschooling. In her 7 years of homeschooling, she has started two local homeschool co-ops and a non-profit support organization for all special needs families in the Inland Northwest. She is also the founder of “Untypical Journey” where she offers services & support for the homeschool leader currently running a community or looking to start one.
Workshop The Untypical Journey of Homeschooling Special Needs Do you feel isolated and overwhelmed? You are not alone! Becky Baden shares her experience and the things she's learned along the way. She offers encouragement, creative ideas, information, resources and support for the special needs parent on any point in their homeschool journey. Whether you need confidence to get started, or encouragement to keep going... there is hope and local support!
SUE WACHTER - DEMME LEARNING / MATH-U-SEE
Sue Wachter has been assisting homeschool parents for over 30 years. Originally at her educational supply store in Centralia, WA. and ultimately working as a remote support liaison for Demme Learning. Her occupational passions or teaching art and supporting plans for success especially in the area of developing support tools for struggling math students.
Workshops Filling Math Gaps Finding effective ways to fill math gaps can be a game changer for your student. Through the past 30 years at Math-U-See Whether you plan to use Math-U-See or not Sue will provide processes and solutions to assist and support math confidence.
The Math & Art Connection Sue always says “Math and art are like fraternal twins; they don’t always look alike. However, they are definitely connected”. Whether your student leans mathy or artsy, we will discuss ways to strengthen and encourage both.
WILL MARRON & Sons - GOD'S WORLD EXPLORATION STATION
Will Marron and his 4 homeschooled sons have built God's World Exploration Station,a museum near Leavenworth WA with many displays that help people realize that God is real, and that the Bible is true. Will has taught Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, Physical Science and more. He has done decades of paleontology field research and excavating, and the Lord even blessed he and his sons with discovering the first dinosaur fossils in Washington. They offer monthly presentations at the museum. godsworldexplorationstation.com/
Workshops (12+Teens) Bioluminescence, Metamorphosis & Spiritual Insights God gave the ability to produce their own light to at least 19 different types of creatures from slimy gnat larvae that cling to the roof of caves to mushrooms, bearded marine fire worms, rock boring clams, squid, flying beetles and bioluminescent plankton that light up tropical shorelines. An insurmountable number of unique chemicals and structures would all have to evolve in the same creature if bioluminescence arose through evolution. We will also look at the amazing changes in several creatures before and after metamorphosis. The amazing changes not only give an illustration of being born again, but also of wonders we have to look forward to with our resurrection bodies.
Biological Reasons Why Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE Learn about the source of genetic information; the 2000 different types of proteins necessary for the smallest "simplest" cell (which don't form in nature except when intentionally produced by living things) and other examples of irreducible complexity.
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Workshops (12+Teens) CAP 101 – Led by Capt. Janeen Graham, several cadets will introduce Civil Air Patrol and some of what it does. In this class for teens, we will learn a little bit about customs and courtesies and do an emergency services activity and an aerospace activity. There will be time for questions about Civil Air Patrol at the end.
CAP 201 with some ROTC – C/2d Lt Kenneth Blycker and C/Capt Nathaniel Evans will lead this class where we will talk about drones and some of what they can do. We will also teach an emergency services activity. Plan to spend a little time outside during this hour. C/2d Lt Blyker will answer questions about ROTC and CAP at the end of class.
LILAC CITY HOMESCHOOL BAND Performing in Friday night's Keynote session.
The joy of learning to play a musical instrument doesn't have to be limited to students in public or private schools. The Lilac City Homeschool Band gives students the opportunity to learn to play the musical instrument of their choice in a group environment. Our weekly session allows budding musicians to try their hand at different instruments and music styles ranging from basic band to jazz. Our instructors are trained to give students a love for music that will last a lifetime. We are always looking for parents who are interested in joining the band so if you played when you were young, or want to learn something new in life, we hope you'll consider joining the Lilac City Homeschool Band.
RON & JEN VAN TASSEL
Workshops (12+Teens) Self Defense and Awareness
Offering hands-on self defense and discussions of self awareness. All ages are welcome. Ron & Jen Van Tassel have instructed multiple self defense classes from early elementary up to our senior citizens. This class focuses on not only the physical self defense tactics, but self awareness and how to avoid becoming a victim. Ron brings 20+ years of law enforcement experience to the class offering first-hand situations of awareness that helps bring personal safety in everyday situations.
CFHE is trying to serve the broad needs of the faith-based homeschooling community in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area. Participation in our events is not necessarily an endorsement of different organizations or individuals.