COME AND ENJOY a two-day Expo devoted entirely to the display, sale and discussion of educational materials with entire exhibit hall displays of materials by the best Christian, secular and specialty publishers.
At perhaps no other time do homeschooling families feel a need to rejuvenate than those weeks before beginning a new school year. Weâ€™d like to suggest a perfect opportunity for lifting your spirits, renewing your vision and sharpening your teaching skills as a homeschooler. BRING FRIENDS! All educationally minded parents enjoy Looking and Learning!
New homeschoolers, classical homeschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, unschoolers â€“ everyone will find something for them at the 2011 Southeast Homeschool Expo! You might have babies or high schoolers, maybe everything else in between! No matter where you are on your homeschooling journey, you will find whatever you need to inspire, enlighten, and encourage you through your next year of homeschooling.
Come and join us! Listen to inspiring speakers, make some new homeschool friends â€“ maybe just spend time reconnecting with other old homeschooling friends. Give your homeschooling a new or fresh start with creative ideas, homeschool products, and services you and your children will enjoy!
Practical â€œHow Toâ€ Sessions on many different subjects
â€œGetting Startedâ€ Workshops for those thinking about or new to homeschooling
Homeschooling Teens and Preparing for College
Dealing with Challenges: Encouraging Independent Learning, Large Families, Wiggly Kids, Avoiding Burn-out, Homeschooling the â€œHardâ€ Stuff
And much, much, more!
A few people have asked about the Homeschool Expo. We are a Christian Family who has successfully homeschooled all of our seven children and have helped others through creating homeschooling events for over 25 years. Our goal with the Expo events is to focus on education. So often, we as homeschoolers are excited about raising and educating our children but donâ€™t always know how to go about it well.
We long for more than just pep talks about how to have families that are moral, safe and God centered. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that these things arenâ€™t important. But, as homeschool parents we also need to know exactly how to get our kids through math and how not to waste money on disappointing materials! There are so many things to do and so little time, HELP! Sometimes it seems like we are the only ones homeschooling at home, while everyone else is sending their children to so many outside classes and hybrid schools. These are all great too, a real sign of how far homeschooling has come. But our Expo goal is to make homeschooling events where parents get all the actual tools, information and encouragement they need. Not just a pep talk! We personally have children who learn easily and children who struggle for everything they get. We have children who are easy to get along with and children who can sometimes be a real pain. We think education is great and for everyone, and a little bit of humor is important too! We want to tell everyone that homeschool learning can be fun and exciting.
So, join us at the Homeschool Expo. We think youâ€™ll see right away how different and encouraging we are!
We are honored to present some of the best homeschool speakers in the country. Their expertise and experiences cover a wide range of topics, from beginning homeschooling and curriculum choices to information on how to teach specific subjects to encouragement for understanding why we homeschool and how to not only educate our children, but to impact their hearts and lives as well.
Debbie Strayer has a gift for speaking and brings each topic to life with humor, honesty, and years of homeschooling experience. This, along with her educational expertise, will undoubtedly be a bright and guiding light for homeschool moms who need one. Her journey as an educator and homeschooling parent translates into inspiration and encouragement for homeschool parents.
Debbie received her bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in education from Florida State University and is an experienced public school teacher and mentor of younger teachers. She is the former editor and co-founder of Homeschooling Todayâ„¢ magazine, the author of Gaining Confidence to Teach, one of the co-authors of the Learning Language Arts Through Literature series, and editor of The Homeschool Answer Book by Dr. Ruth Beechick.
Visit Debbieâ€™s website for more information.
Thomas Clark, a life-long teacher of Mathematics and Science with more than 30 years of classroom and tutoring experience from elementary through adult., served as the State Mathematics Supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education and subsequently as Director of Curriculum Development for all areas, utilizing his rich background in mathematics, science, art, music, language, and athletics. He has also authored several mathematical resources for the Houghton-Mifflin and Addison Wesley Publishing Companies.
He is also the recipient of the IUPUI Chancellorâ€™s Award, and the Purdue School of Science Faculty Teaching Award.
Tom is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics and directs his attention toward helping homeschooling parents become more effective instructors, especially in the area of mathematics.
Rebecca Ingram Powell is a homeschooling mother of three, and a nationally known author and speaker. She is the author of several books including her newest release, Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose. Since 2003, Rebecca has been a monthly columnist for ParentLife magazine, writing the popular feature, â€œA Momâ€™s Life.â€ Her articles have appeared in HomeLife, BabyLife, The P31 Woman, and other publications as well as on numerous websites including. As the Parenting Contributor for
Nashvilleâ€™s local morning news show, Fox 17â€²s â€œTennessee Mornings,â€ Rebecca is a frequent guest, dishing out parenting advice and commentary with show hosts Kelly Sutton and Shane Tallant.
Rebecca and her husband Rich were college sweethearts and today live in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children, Danya, David, and Derek.
Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married for 30 years. They have been blessed with four boys: Isaac, 30; Ethan, 28; Joseph, 25; and Johnny, 22. With Godâ€™s help, they have all been home educated. He is the founder of MathUSee and is on the board of Joni and Friends for Eastern PA. Steveâ€™s desire is to strengthen, teach, encourage, validate, and exhort parents and families to follow the biblical model for the Christian home. Having 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, he is absolutely convinced that the single most significant influence in a childâ€™s life is that of his parents. Mentors and coaches have a valuable and influential role in the life of todayâ€™s youth, but you canâ€™t replace Mom and Dad. Outside ministries are helpful but godly parents are essential. You may support the home, but you canâ€™t replace it.
Dr. Jeff Myers is one of the worldâ€™s leading authorities on youth leadership development, having trained millions of young adults in the art of culture shaping leadership. His Secrets of Great Communicators public speaking course has helped tens of thousands of homeschool students overcome fear and communicate the truth with confidence, and his book Playpen to Podium has been a homeschool classic, guiding families to strengthen their home environment in a way that restores purpose in an aimless generation.
Dr. Myers weaves together biblical insight, penetrating social commentary, fascinating research, and hilarious personal stories from his familyâ€™s homeschool experience. His inspiring presentations have delighted homeschool audiences for more than 15 years, renewing parentsâ€™ enthusiasm for home education and giving them a multitude of practical ways to â€œpass the batonâ€ of godly faithfulness to their children.
For 14 years Dr. Myers has served as a professor at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where he teaches undergraduate courses and MBA courses in leadership and communication. In 2006 he founded a non-profit organization called Passing the Baton International and has trained more than 200,000 people in 1,500 schools, churches non-profits and political groups in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Africa on the principles of mentoring.
Dr. Myers also serves as Chairman of the Board of Colorado-based Summit Ministries, a youth leadership training program endorsed by evangelical leaders such as James Dobson and Chuck Colson. His six video coaching systems and eight books include Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life and Cultivate: How to Form the Emerging Generation Through Life on Life Mentoring. Jeff earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He and his wife Danielle homeschool their four children and live in Tennessee.
Celebrate Calm with Kirk & Casey Laugh-out loud funny, practical and life-changing. That is how over 100,000 parents have described Celebrate Calm Founder, Behavioral Therapist and homeschooling father Kirk Martin. Based on work with 1,500 challenging children right in his own home, Kirkâ€™s strategies will eliminate the power struggles, yelling and arguing that stress you out. Using the latest brain research, heâ€™ll show you how to make homework fun again so your kids are motivated to learn. Come find out why Parenting magazine, USA Today and PARADE Magazine rely on Kirk for advice that really works. Learn more at www.CelebrateCalm.com.
Are You At Your Witâ€™s End? (Kirk Martin/Celebrate Calm)
â€“ Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his assignments, chores and attitude? We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.
Create a Stress-Free homeâ€”stop the yelling and arguing.
Eliminate defiance, disrespect and power struggles (even with teens).
Improve focus, attention and motivation.
Relieve anxiety and sensory issues.
Create stress-free dinner and bedtime.
Stress-Free Homeschooling with Motivated Kids. (Kirk Martin/Celebrate Calm). Did you know children learn best with multi-sensory stimulation, movement and rhythm? If we donâ€™t understand this, our kids will shut down and process information more slowly. Weâ€™ll show you dozens of practical, concrete strategies to get work done more quickly, without the fighting and stress. Weâ€™ll even help you spark that internal motivation in your kids so they take ownership. Includes simple ways to alleviate anxiety and sensory issues. Laugh and learn with us!
Steve Cook is the creator of such audiobooks, audio dramas and Bible Theatre as A Christmas Carol, the 1599 Geneva Audio Bible, Tom Sawyer: A One Hour Classic, The Creation Story and Witness the Bible (coming 2011). He strives to apply his acting and production skills heâ€™s acquired over the past 22 years to create truly unique products that will honor God while providing compelling information and great family entertainment. His background includes acting on the stage and soundstage in New York and LA, appearing in Off-Broadway plays in New York and on TV day time drama â€œDays of Our Livesâ€; producing radio and television commercials at stations around the US. His company, Five Talents Audio, is based in Atlanta where he lives with his wife and two children.
davidgibbsDavid C. Gibbs III grew up in a legal family. His father, David C. Gibbs, Jr., is the founder of the Christian Law Association. As a boy, he tagged along with his dad to court and developed a love for the law, the Bible, and Godâ€™s people. Attorney Gibbs graduated from Duke Law School in 1993 at the top of his class. He then joined his father serving as an attorney for the Christian Law Association.
Attorney Gibbs attained national recognition when he represented the family of Robert and Mary Schindler in their fight to save the life of their disabled daughter, Terri Schiavo. Attorney Gibbs has represented many Christians in their fight to retain their religious liberties, especially those related to providing a Christian education for their children.
David has been married to his wife, Carin, for over 15 years. They have four children: Heather, Heidi, and twins David and Danielle.
Bill Perry is internationally known missions specialist and author. He serves as Chief of Staff and Director of Training Materials for InterFACE Ministries, and outreach to international college students and scholars. He has pastored for over 30 years, done college ministry for over 20 years, and co-founded one of the top CareNet crisis pregnancy centers in the US. He has taught in public high school, private middle school and Christian elementary schools. He served as principal in a Christian school. His 7 books have gone to over 60 countries. He and his wife Jenni have homeschooled their 7 children (all of whom are walking with the Lord) for over 25 years. Bill pioneered the storytelling evangelism model in international student ministries. He speaks across the country at outreach events, conventions, retreats and conferences covering areas such as mission strategy, youth and college ministry and evangelism training. He is a researcher, an innovative strategist, a teacherâ€™s teacher, a compelling speaker, an avid sports fan and loves popcorn.
Randi St. Denis, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance (HEEA), is an educator, popular homeschool speaker, and a seasoned homeschooling mom. Using her degree in Educational Psychology, Randi works as a consultant to public, private, and homeschool families; providing teaching expertise and assistance for all types of children. She is recognized as an expert in the technical aspects of learning that allow every type of child, from special needs to gifted, the opportunity to learn well.
Some of Randiâ€™s seminar/conference topics include:
Homeschooling the High Schooler
Early Learners, Parenting: Fun or Frenzy
Parent Perspectives: Special Needs
Randi and her husband have homeschooled their seven children for the past 23 years; all of whom have gone on to college.
Rebecca Keliher and her husband Scot are the owners of Home Educating Family Magazine, but more importantly, parents to five unique, humorous, and fun-to-hang-with kids. With three girls in the lead and two boys following close behind, life in the Keliherd is never boring.
As a graduate of homeschooling and daughter of homeschooling pioneers Ron Scarlata and Robin Scarlata Sampson, Rebecca transitioned with ease from mother of preschoolers to official title of Homeschool Mom, roughly ten years ago. Today she teaches her crew, in grades ranging from 2nd â€“ 9th, with a mix of Charlotte Mason and Classical books. When polled, her children unanimously choose Mom-Reading-Out-Loud as their favorite school subject.
Rebecca is also quick to note that she is not Superwoman and when her oldest daughter began high school, she enrolled her in the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, an excellent homeschool friendly one-day-a-week program covering the majority of the high school subjects.
Residing in Nashville, TN, Rebeccaâ€™s knack for digital scrapbooking coupled with her computer programming background led her to take a school newsletter and develop it into a magazine. Three years later and with Scot on board as Senior Editor, handling the day-to-day office and advertising administration and with the help of numerous contributors, photographers, staff writers, and copy editors, the Kelihers publish Home Educating Family Magazine quarterly, reaching all fifty states and nine foreign countries.
Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over 25 years. In June, 1989, Jim decided to do something more with the craft that he had formerly practiced solely for pleasure. He and his wife, Randy, formed a production company, Greathall Productions, and have thus far produced forty three (43) storytelling recordings with enticing titles from classical literature, such as Greek Myths, King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes. Jimâ€™s Greathall line is the recipient of more than 80 major national awards from:
The American Library Association
Parentsâ€™ Choice Foundation
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
The Film Advisory Board
Parentsâ€™ Guide to Childrenâ€™s Media Award
Weissâ€™ newest releases are â€œJulius Caesar and the Story of Romeâ€ and â€œCarry On, Mr. Bowditch.â€
Jim is a favorite speaker at the Southeast Homeschool Expo. Visit the Greathall website for more information about his recordings.
Michael P. Licata, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Accountancy in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Professor Licata has taught the financial accounting course dozens of times in his 27 plus years as a Professor at Villanova University. The past ten years, Professor Licata has specialized in teaching 100% distance learning courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Throughout his career, students have consistently rated Professor Licata among the best teachers in his department and in his college at Villanova University according to the Course and Teacher Surveys (CATS) at Villanova University. He lives with his wife Jeannie and their two home schooled children in South Jersey.
Visit his website at Professor In A Box.
Dr. Craig Anderson is a former Mercer University Engineering faculty member who has conducted Science Presentations throughout the Southeast. In his lifetime, nearly a million students, teachers, and parents have seen his exciting approach to making science and technology fun, exciting, relevant, and easy to understand.
He is also a 27-year Georgia veteran as a Georgia state-level judge for the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.
Ashley (Strayer) Wiggers grew up in the early days of the home schooling movement taught by parents, Greg and Debbie Strayer, who are authors of numerous home schooling materials. Ashley retired from a 10-year career as a national champion synchronized swimmer, is a swim instructor at the YMCA, and coaches the Pulaski County High School swim team. She also speaks at home school seminars across the country, edits a monthly online newsletter for Geography Matters, and has written Profiles from History. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her husband, Alex.
Adam Brown â€“ Seventeen year old Adam Brown is no stranger to the topic of dinosaurs. His is driven to help other teens see how their worldview shapes how they think. Son of Ken and Polly Brown, Homeschool Coordinators for AnswersinGenesis.com, Adam is an enthusiastic teen speaker. He is a three year alumnus of Worldview Academy, a 2010 homeschool grad uate and is currently enrolled in College Plus!