Greater St. Louis Home Educators Expo – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – REALLY!!!

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2014 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo

March 27-29, 2014

First Evangelical Free Church of St Louis County

1375 Carman Road, Ballwin, MO 63021

 
I am constantly surprised by how many local homeschoolers are unaware of this blessing that takes place every year, so PLEASE forward this email or share this post (even if you think it will be a repeat) it may just find its way to someone who has been searching!  The 2014 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo truly has something to offer for anyone currently homeschooling (even old timers like me), new to homeschooling or even just  thinking about homeschooling. Dads, moms, kids: there is support, information and fun for all! AND you can all attend without breaking the bank!

Here are the various options for pre-registering adults and youth:
•2-day Family Conference Pass (3 or more in ONE family) – $30 ($40 at the door.)
This pass is designed for up to two adults with children 10 years of age or older.  No talks are designed for children under 10 who are not registered for our children’s program. This pass is designed for families who have young adults attending the conference talks.  We encourage youth 10 and older to attend the track of talks designed for their specific age group.
•2-day Couples Conference Pass – $20 ($40 at the door.)
This pass is designed for any two adults or one adult and one child 10 years of age or older.
•2-day Individual Conference Pass – $10  ($20 at the door.)
This pass is designed for one adult or one child 10 years of age or older.
All of the Conference Passes listed above are for adults and children age 10 and older. There is also a children’s program offered for children ages 6-12.  If you want your child to be in that program, you need to fill out the Children’s Program Registration.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you are registering a child or children for the Children’s Program DO NOT include them as part of your Conference Pass.  Their registration is paid for through the Children’s Program Registration. You do not want to register them twice.

2014 GREATER ST LOUIS AREA HOME EDUCATORS EXPO HOURS
>>>Thursday, March 27, 2014 – Lots of events to choose from!
Yes! Thursday night is free!!! (More information later in this post)
Plus……Discounted Registration until closing.
Exhibitor Hall: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Variety Show:  1 show this year!  6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
New Homeschooler Seminars: More info below
A Chicken Enchilada Dinner is available for only $7.00 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
>>>Friday, March 28, 2014<<<
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
First Speaker: 9:00 a.m.
Children’s Program Hours: Fri and Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (check in 8:30)
Last Scheduled Talk: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
>>>Saturday, March 29, 2014<<<
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
First Speaker: 9:00 a.m.
Children’s Program hours: Fri and Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (check in 8:30)
Last Scheduled Talk: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

EXPO CHILDREN’S REGISTRATION DEADLINE
From the board…
Just a reminder about the Children’s Program at the Expo – We recommend you pre-register – we cannot guarantee a spot at the door.
AND
The deadline to get the lower registration price is March 22!   (Price goes up $5.00!)
Registration form is available on the website. Children’s Program at the Expo
2014 GSLAHE Children’s Program Theme: “What’s Your Name?”
This year, the Verity Institute Children’s Ministry team will once again be providing a fun-filled program for children ages 6-12. We will be discovering more about God by exploring a big question: “What is God’s name?”
Did you know that the Bible shares over 1000 names for God? His names— like Shepherd, All-Powerful, Righteousness, and Wisdom— describe who He is and what He does. Your kids will explore a few of these names with the Verity Children’s Ministry Team and guest speakers from the expo! Children ages 6-12 will enjoy drama, stories, games, crafts, and activities that will help them discover God and His Word.
You can enjoy shopping and attending sessions while your children learn more about God in a fun, understandable way. Kids will enjoy an unforgettable experience with the Verity Children’s Ministry Team. Register soon to participate in the program!

EXPO SESSIONS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO DADS!
Courtesy of Jo Ann Peterson…
I am not sure where to start – there are so many good topics. I know that some Dads are very involved in school and may be the main home school teacher in some families, or may be the main teacher for a subject or two in their area of expertise.  My husband, with an engineering background, was always the go-to guy for our kids for Calculus, Chemistry, Physics.
If I was to pick 12 sessions at the Expo that my husband will be wanting to hear, I’d guess he’d look at these first.  This is just a starting point, look through the schedule grid at the session titles, and then on the home page, click on the speaker’s name to read their bio and the summary of the session.  There are 116 sessions to choose from, so there is truly something for everyone. I am pasting in my pick of 12 “dad” kinda talks in case you haven’t read the web site yet.
Sometimes there will be two talks at the same time that you want to hear, order cd’s and listen later!   —  Jo Ann
Special topics that Dads or Grandads may want to plan to attend (many others may seem perfect for a list of 12 for you!) Please visit the speaker links for full talk descriptions.
Alice Reinhardt‘s Talks:
Change Me, Lord!  — Friday  10:15  Room 372
Why Kids Walk Away From the Faith  —  Friday  2:00  Room 372
Mark Reinhardt‘s Talk:
Marriage and Homeschooling  — Friday  12:30  Room 339
Scott Woodruff‘s Talks:
Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Missouri and Illinois Homeschool law  —  Thursday  7:30  Room 370
The Right Parent For Your Child – You!  —  Friday  10:15  Room 370
Prepping for Your Personal Super Bowl: The Book of Job as Your Coach  —  Friday   12:30  Youth 110
Rotten to the (Common) Core — Saturday  9:00  Auditorium
Your Rights: The Left’s Next Target  —  Saturday  3:30  Auditorium
Gary Bloom‘s Talk:
The Idiot’s Guide To Building Bookcases – A How To Workshop  —  Saturday  10:15  Room 339
Mark Hamby‘s Talk:
A Father’s Love: A Faithful Son and Daughter  —  Saturday  2:00  Auditorium
Renee Miller‘s Talk:
Encouragement: The Key to Your Child’s Heart  —  Saturday  12:30  Room 315
Cynthia Simmons‘ Talk:
Teaching Kids to Think  —  Friday  3:30  Room 341

EMAIL A SPEAKER YOUR QUESTIONS BEFORE THE EXPO!
Carita Crain, from Troy, Missouri, is the mother of six and the grandmother of six.  She and her husband Mike started homeschooling their children in 1989 and all their children were homeschooled through high school, the youngest just having graduated in May, 2013. Three of them have completed a Bachelor’s degree, two are currently working on a Bachelor’s, one is working on her Doctorate, and one daughter is special needs. Her grandchildren are also being homeschooled.
Carita Crain’s Talks:
>>>Home School High School in St Louis<<<
Friday  2:00         Room 300
Where can you go for dual enrollment?  What places can you take classes for high school credit outside your home?  Did you know there is a National Honor Society for homeschoolers in our area? She will share what she has learned about these topics, and more.  If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.
>>>Elementary Recordkeeping – There’s Always a New Day Tomorrow<<<
Saturday  10:15    Room 341
She will show you how to keep records for your elementary age children, whether you have just one or a whole herd. Even though homeschooling records are rarely checked by the authorities in Missouri, we are still accountable to God to do our best. Come and learn what it means to keep a daily log, set up a portfolio, and what those 1000 hours are really about. If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.
>>>High School for Special Needs<<<
Saturday   12:30    Room 313
Carita Crain and her late husband Mike started homeschooling their children in 1989. One of their daughters, Rebekah, has Williams Syndrome.  Rebekah graduated from high school, just like her brothers and sisters did, but with an education that was individualized to what she needed.  One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can choose what to teach (and not teach) your students. With some students, that might mean fewer academics and more life skills. Come and learn about options for teaching your special needs student through high school. If you have a specific question you want answered, please email her ahead of time at mccrain@centurytel.net and she will try to find an answer for you.

2013 HOMESCHOOL CLINIC
♦Are you new to homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed?
♦Have you been homeschooling awhile and it is just “not working”?
♦Are you frustrated and need a shoulder to cry on?
►Then the Homeschool Clinic is the place for you to visit while you are at the Expo!!!
The Clinic is the place where you can meet with veteran homeschoolers and find answers to all of the questions you have and the dilemmas that you are facing!
It’s a good place to take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed by all the choices available for seminars and curriculum. Come by, open house style, and chat! Or, make an appointment at a time that is good for you!
Whether you are just considering homeschooling, are new this year, or have been teaching at home for several years, you will find helpful support at the Clinic.
Many of the more popular “How-to-homeschool” books will be on display-the tried and true titles and some of those published more recently.
If you are looking for recommendations for a local support group, how to do a field trip, what kinds of records to keep, or maybe you just want to talk about the curriculum you are thinking of using, stop in at the Clinic. There are veteran moms who are just waiting for you!!!!
The Homeschool Clinic will be located in the same room as last year. We are on the 1st floor, down the steps.
Look for our signs-we’ll be looking for YOU!!!
GOOD NEWS!   The Homeschool Clinic will be OPEN on THURSDAY EVENING too!

THURSDAY NIGHT IS (STILL) FREE!
Who Says There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
The 2014 Expo again offers the following events on Thursday night….all for free!
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
«FREE ACCESS TO EXHIBITOR HALLS!!!
Need to shop for curriculum?  We will have 3 floors of exhibitors waiting to show you oodles of curriculum, learning aids, and teaching materials that will enhance your student’s homeschool experience.  See the 2014 Expo Exhibitors list HERE
«FREE VARIETY SHOW!!!
The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo Variety Show is a free event designed to showcase the talents of homeschoolers throughout the St. Louis area and beyond. Come be entertained by children that are homeschooled and see how they shine in the area of fine arts and entertainment—or….moms, send your husband and children to watch the show while you shop in peace!  This will be held in the auditorium.
«FREE NEW HOMESCHOOLER SEMINARS!!!
*Are you thinking about homeschooling and want to know more about it?
*Are you new to homeschooling and need a few questions answered?
*Are you considering homeschooling a special needs child?
*Are you considering homeschooling a highschool-aged student?
If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then you will want to attend one of our New Homeschooler Seminars.  And, YES, they are free on Thursday night also!
►GENERAL HOMESCHOOLING SEMINARS
*6:00-7:00 PM:  “Where Do I Begin?  A Workshop for New and Prospective Homeschoolers” presented by Nancy Bjorkman of Heppner’s Legacy Homeschool Resources (www.legacyhomeschool.com)
*7:30 -8:30 PM:  Missouri and Illinois Homeschool Law, presented by Scott Woodruff of HSLDA  (Illinois law is much simpler and will be explained first.  Then Illinois residents will be excused to attend a Q & A session with Illinois veteran homeschoolers, Deb Giles and Urban & Carrie Gaxiola, in another room.)
►HOMESCHOOLING A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD SEMINARS
*6:00-7:00 PM.:  “Fully Qualified and Capable:  You Can Homeschool Your Special Needs Child” presented by Jennifer Janes
*7:30 -8:30 PM:  Missouri and Illinois  Homeschool Law, presented by Scott Woodruff of HSLDA (Illinois law is much simpler and will be explained first.  Then Illinois residents will be excused to attend a Q & A session with Illinois veteran homeschoolers, Deb Giles and Urban & Carrie Gaxiola, in another room.)
►HOMESCHOOLING YOUR HIGHSCHOOLER
*6:00-7:00 PM:  “Homeschooling High School for Excellence”, presented by Lee Binz
*7:30 -8:30 PM:  Missouri and Illinois  Homeschool Law, presented by Scott Woodruff of HSLDA (Illinois law is much simpler and will be explained first.  Then Illinois residents will be excused to attend a Q & A session with Illinois veteran homeschoolers, Deb Giles and Urban & Carrie Gaxiola, in another room.)

Why Attend a Homeschool Convention This Year?
http://iew.com/help-support/blog/why-attend-homeschool-convention-year
Shared by Gwen Amiri…
Time is precious. Money can be tight. Travel must be prioritized. And, almost all the information you will ever need can be found online. So, is going to a conference really worth it?
I have been to many conferences—hundreds, actually. Of course, I go because it’s my job. Although I primarily teach workshops and hang out near the IEW booth, I also meet fascinating people and listen to a variety of workshops. Now obviously, not every conference is a peak experience, and some are far more interesting than others, but I think it’s safe to say that almost always something helpful, even enlightening happens, and often I don’t even notice it until weeks or months later.
A friend of a friend once articulated for me something we all instinctively know: “Teaching is the overflow of the soul of the teacher to the soul of the student.” To do that, of course, the teacher’s soul must be full. Yes, we can read stuff. We can watch videos. We can pray. But for so many of us, the busyness of life makes all those things we can and should do to fill ourselves up somewhat less important than the crisis of the moment. (And in homeschooling, there always seems to be a crisis of the moment!)
In reality, a conference is a retreat—a place to gather with like-minded people, see and hear new ideas, ask questions, and contemplate. Even if the talks you attend aren’t the “incredible” talks that change one’s life, there are ideas everywhere, and I’ve found that one small idea from an unexpected source can improve my life forever. Sometimes those ideas don’t even come from speakers or workshops, but from one-on-one conversations with other homeschooling parents.
Taking the time to attend a convention is a little bit like doing exercise or practicing music: You may not want to do it before you do it, but after you do it, you are happier for having done it. So step out, get yourself to a convention this year, fill yourself with inspiration and ideas, make some new friends, and if you’re afraid of the exhibit hall, just don’t go in! (Although that’s where you’ll usually find me, and I do hope you’ll come by and say hello if we’re at the same show.)
Blessings to you and yours,
Andrew Pudewa

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