2017 Session 3

Matthew Turton

Pauline Turton

Room 101

Let's Talk - Q & A On Learning Difficulties

With over 20 years of experience working with individuals facing Learning Disabilities, Pauline and Matthew have helped thousands of children and adults overcome a wide variety of challenges. They know that homeschoolers face a huge and often daunting task. They also know there are often questions homeschoolers want to ask, but don't know where to turn. Whether you are new to homeschooling, have been homeschooling for years, or are simply investigating the possibility, this seminar will provide you with the opportunity to get answers! Come prepared with your questions and prepared to learn more about handling Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties in your homeschool. Pauline will answer questions from the perspective of a homeschooling parent and Matthew will answer questions from the perspective of someone who has faced learning disabilities himself.  Pauline, who homeschooled for  10 years, is the Founder & Director of Breakthroughs In Learning, which was started after her 2 sons began to overcome their significant challenges and others started asking if she would work with their children.  At 11 years old, while struggling to overcome his own learning disabilities, Matthew already knew what he wanted to do with his life – he wanted to help other people know they weren’t dumb.  Now,  the Vice-President of Breakthroughs  and a Best Selling author, he shares what it’s like on both sides of learning disabilities.

Nicole Henry

Room 102

Classical Education: What Dead Greeks Can Teach Us About Education Today

This seminar will give a brief history of classical education through the ages -from ancient Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages and up to today's modern resurgence. Special attention will be paid to how classical education works at the three main developmental stages of learning, from kindergarten through high school.  Focus will then shift to HOW classical education can beautifully work in the homeschool setting. Finally, with  audience participation, the effectiveness of the classical method will be clearly communicated.  Attendees will leave with a new appreciation for this method and with practical strategies that enable them to implement this in their home. Nicole  who has 4 children, has been homeschooling classically for 12 years. She holds a MA in Theological Studies. Before children, Nicole taught at a traditional, Christian, inner-city school in Chicago, IL, and in a Northern Virginia classical Christian school. She is one of four Directors in the Classical Conversations, in Milton, a K-12 homeschool group that meets once a week for 30 weeks for rigorous tutor-led academic instruction and guided conversation.   

Diane Geerlinks

Room 103

Homeschooling The Early Years

With the launching of the full day Kindergarten programs in Ontario, homeschool parents are feeling more and more pressure from family and community to begin home education with their 4 and 5 year olds. These are the years that children are usually eager and excited to learn about the world around them. How do we balance the ‘school work’ with ‘play based learning’?  And, how can we identify learning weaknesses during these critical years? As an Early Childhood Educator, a homeschool mother and now an NILD Educational Therapist, Diane will help you think through these important concepts.  She operates GeerLINKS Learning Centre. She is a motivational speaker and brings her 23 years of homeschool experience to each session. She is passionate about finding new ways to help ALL kids learn.

Henry de Roos

Room 104

Leader Of The Pack

Henry, a dad of eight, would like to encourage other dads in their crucial job as fathers and husbands. Tips on how to be a spiritual leader in your home, how to balance school, work and play, and learning from past mistakes make this an important session to succeed as a family. Henry and his wife, Kara homeschool their family while Henry serves as Canadian Director for Open Air Campaigners. Before joining OAC full time, Henry also taught high school Biology and Chemistry, as well serving in the Caribbean for 2 years with GMU.    

Robin Herman

Room 105

You Don't Need To Be A Rocket Scientist To Homeschool One

Many home educators feel intimidated when it comes to teaching science. This need not be.  This talk is designed to help you incorporate science into your children's education, in a way that will benefit them regardless of how scholastic your family is.  Practical suggestions will be given for teaching younger children, as well as thoughts on preparing your serious student for higher education in the sciences.  Regardless of your stage of homeschooling, number of children, educational philosophy, teaching style, budget and affection for science, there will be something here for you.  Robin graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and practised in the Toronto area for nearly a decade before hanging up the stethoscope to be full-time homeschool mom to her six children. For many years, science has brought some of the most fun and interesting teaching moments to her homeschool, second only to the Bible, and it is her heart's desire to inspire and equip other families to make some great science memories together.

Tracy Lalonde

Room 106

Memory Pegs For Learning – Making History Stick

Have you ever felt like history is too hard, too boring or just too overwhelming? Are there too many dates that just don’t stick? Or do you LOVE history and seeing how many pieces fit together? Have you dreamed of having a history timeline on your walls, but you just don’t have the space or the creativity for other options? Do you have an active child who learns much better on the move? All of these questions and more are a part of what has made “memory peg learning” a part of Tracy’s educational philosophy, one of her most valued concepts taken from her university studies touching on the neurological processes of learning and memory. There are many different ways this concept can be incorporated into your learning environment, but with a passion for history and a passion for Canada, Tracy will introduce you to practical ways you can build memory pegs into your learning, while providing a fun crash course in Canadian history. Tracy has been homeschooling for 21 years. She teaches a history program in her local support group's co-op.

Bryan Davis

Room 108

How To Start A Story Part 1

Bryan will discuss story structure, focusing on how to start a story. Many aspiring writers have great ideas, but they often don't know how to begin the story and make it work. Bryan will provide down-to-earth details that will help flesh out the theories presented.  He has been married for 36 years and have seven children. They have homeschooled all seven through high school over a period of about 30 years. Bryan is the author of several fantasy series for youth, and  has taught writing skills to aspiring writers for more than a decade.  

Lena Emo

Room 110

Journeying Through High School

The thought of teaching high school can bring on much anxiety for some parents.  How do I teach subjects that I don't understand?  Which curriculum is best? How do I keep my teen social and active? How will he get into university?  These are some of the questions that Lena will address to help you wade through this unknown territory.  Whether you are just beginning the journey or trying to take the next step, Lena will have solutions to calm your fears. Lena has been home educating her children for 18 years.  Two boys have graduated and are now in university.  She has 3 still home, one of them with special needs.  Lena enjoys helping others find success and encouragement in their homeschooling journey.

Lisa McColeman

Room 204

Keeping Our Kids Safe In A Broken World

Homeschool families are not immune to the pain of this world. The statistics of sexual assault in Canada are staggering and sobering. No one is exempt. How do we protect our children? How do we support our children? How do we open up these conversations in our homes? How do we help our children? How do we as parents cope and where do we go to get the help we need? Lisa, a veteran homeschool parent and certified teacher, shares from personal experiences the lessons her family has learned the hard way, respecting the sensitivity of this topic. Most importantly, she will share the key points every homeschool family needs to know to properly protect their children, and what they wished they’d have known years ago.  

Ben Loveday

Dining Room

No. I Can’t Do It.  The Anxious, Avoidant Child

Children avoid tasks, experiences, and challenges for different reasons. How can I tell whether my child has an anxiety problem?   Is it “anxiety” requiring accommodations?  Is it a strong will requiring discipline?  How can we prevent a child with an anxious temperament from missing out on life? Dr. Loveday, father of nine homeschooled children, has an agency based community practise.  He helps families identify the lies interfering with their relationships and points families toward Biblical truths with the potential to set them free for victorious living. After completing his medical training, he worked as an inpatient psychiatrist for St. Joseph's regional adolescent program in London and also taught at Western University.  

Shelley Smilek


Career Planning In A Changing World

Deciding what job or career to pursue can feel overwhelming for both students and parents.  Researching possible careers and making an informed decision is important and can save valuable time and money. In this session, we will discuss life values (ie. how long do I want to be in school? what sort of wage do I want to earn?, do I want a job or a career?, etc.) that students should take into consideration when choosing a job or career.  We will look at a variety of online resources that are available to help students evaluate aptitudes, skills and interests as they relate to specific jobs.  Resources that provide information about labour market trends, wage rates, emerging employment markets, and training programs will also be reviewed.   Shelley has an MSW from WLU.  She is a Registered Vocational Professional and a Registered Rehabilitation Professional.  She also has experience developing training programs for injured workers through WSIB. She is married to Dan and homeschools their five children.

Sandra Zuidema


Architecture: A Record Of Human History

Is it necessary to study architecture, and if so, why and how?  Waterhouse, in The Story of Architecture says, “Architecture is not a matter of styles and moulding and students’ terms: it has a human quality: it touches us at every point, and, of all the fine arts, is the one most intimately associated with the lives of all of us. For architecture, has always been an expression of human life, the medium by which nations have recorded – truly, because unconsciously – their emotions, their aspirations, their beliefs.”  Architecture is a subject which ties together the art, culture, history, religion, and geography of a people.  In architecture, we discover that what remains is an indication of what matters most.   In this session, we will focus on the practical question of how architecture could be taught in a class or home, to every age.   We will immerse ourselves in a lesson: narrating, drawing and discussing. We will take a closer look at one feature of architecture - the Dome.  We will follow the development of the Dome through several cultures and time periods to find out how these nations “have recorded their emotions, their aspirations, their beliefs.” In digging into the past, we will find that we can define a society and what they held to be important through the buildings they left behind. Sandra has both her Art and Education degrees along with enough love of each to continue using them to this day. She taught at Dundas Calvin Christian School for nine years, runs art classes in her home, teaches high school Architecture, and hosts a co-op - The Large Room - weekly. She is the wife of one, mom of four, and teacher of many who finds great joy in noticing the small and living in the full.   

Kirk Durston

Round Room

Teaching Logic And Critical Thinking Skills

It is essential to teach your child in the early to mid teen years how to think in such a way that they recognize faulty arguments and can defend their own Christian beliefs. This seminar will look at how to teach your children to present a valid argument, as well as how to recognize faulty arguments they may encounter in society at large.  Kirk,  a former homeschooling father to six adult children, works with Power to Change. He has a PhD. in Biophysics,  a M.A. in Philosophy, a B.Sc. in both Mechanical Engineering, and Physics, and is working towards a M.A. in Theology.  His education has given him the ability to challenge students through his writing and speaking on college and university campuses across Canada, on topics related to God, philosophy, and science.       


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