Conference Schedule of Events

Welcome to the CHN Homeschool Conference!


We are excited that you are looking into gaining more information about homeschooling!  Save the date, bring a friend or family member, and enjoy a day with like-minded people who are already homeschooling, researching before they begin, or are new to the experience. Be a part of this ever expanding, successful education option for your child and your family. Conference features include product and services exhibitors, many support and information workshops, a large book sale, 
and **an interactive science children’s program from ScienceTellers!**

****Getting Around the Campus****
Founders Hall is one big square.  If you enter the main doors (across from Chapman Hall) you can either go right or left.
If you go right, take a left at the end of the hall then another left and you will enter the Lounge
If you go left, take a right at the end of the hall then another right and you will end up in the café and the Pavilion is straight through the café food ordering area.
Chapman Hall‘s Room 605 is downstairs, and the Chapman Hall 808 A-C rooms are upstairs and
Room 808-D is under construction, so access is closed. There will be plenty of blue signs posted to guide you.

 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(Keynote Speaker, Workshops, Sciencetellers Childrens’ Program, Exhibitors & Book Sale Info listed below Events)

10AM-2PM

Arrival: Please be sure to stop at the CHN Welcome table in the entrance of Chapman Hall! Pick up a free bag to hold the free give-away items at the Welcome table and throughout the conference.  The families who are selling gently used homeschool books, will only be accepting cash, so be prepared for purchasing some fantastic bargains on quality homeschool resources.


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MAGGIE SACHSE-SKIDD’s Presentation on Homeschooling With Intention & Vision
Chapman Hall 808-A upstairs, 1-2PM

Creating and developing a personal, unique, and heartfelt Vision for your homeschool journey can both define the destination and guide your daily practices. There is power in imagining the possible and positive future.  Explore how the science of habit loops can be used to create beautiful routines for yourself and your children.  Intentional activity can increase our happiness, health and overall wellbeing.  Maggie will offer practical tools and stories about what worked and what didn’t work on her homeschool journey with energy and humor.  

 Explore your Intentions and create a Vision for your journey with homeschooling.  Create a personalized plan and strategies to realize your vision and create an upward spiral

*Unlock the Behavioral Science to power up your day
*Explore Effortlessness…it doesn’t have to be hard to be good
*Manage your energy and your school day
*Create Positive Routines
*Dream beyond the curriculum… create a VISION for your homeschool
*Make small changes get BIG results  

Prepare to be inspired to succeed in 2018! Explore your Intentions and create a Vision for your journey with homeschooling.  Create a personalized plan and strategies to realize your vision and create an upward spiral.  CHN suggests you enjoy the conference, meet and talk to people, gather resources, and wind your day down by attending Maggie’s inspiring presentation – relax after a long day, sit down, and enjoy  leaving the conference with Maggie’s inspiration to culminate the conference! 

Maggie will also be available in Exhibitor Hall from 10AM-1PM. Her keynote workshop presentation is from 1-2PM in Chapman Hall’s room 808-B upstairs.

Maggie Sachse-Skidd M.A. is a veteran homeschool mom of 4, Psychology Professor, Organizational Consultant, Life Coach and Positive Psychology Practitioner.   She provides her clients with actionable ideas, thought-provoking insights and evidenced based tools toward optimal living.  She considers her greatest accomplishment homeschooling her 4 children k-12, all who have succeeded in college and are now enjoying creative careers.     



 

10AM-2PM
All day in Chapman Hall room 808-B&C upstairs

Personal Meet & Greet with CHN Board Members and Homeschool Leaders
You can have a one-on-one conversation about all things homeschooling, and get specific support for the questions and comments you bring to share.  There will be time for walk-in meet-ups and also pre-registered private chats the day of the conference. Experienced homeschoolers can speak to you about unschooling, all things homeschooling, and the law in CT. Stop in and say hello! Crystal, Diane and Megan will greet you, along with attorney  Deb Stevenson, Luz, Diane Speed, and others. This new format proved very successful last year. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from parents who appreciated the one-on-one time to chat about things on their minds. A delight for all of us.



 

10AM-2PM

USED BOOK SALE – not to be missed!
Located in the Founders Hall Pavilion (across from Chapman Hall – follow the signs)

Join many homeschool families who are going to display their gently used, quality homeschool resources for you to purchase at greatly reduced prices. This year, CHN is getting a large response to this book sale and there will be a lot of items available.  If you have no other reason to attend the conference, other than attending the book sale, it will be worth you time. Admission is free! Bring your cashola and shop, shop, shop! You save money and you support fellow homeschooling families who are moving their resources forward. Thank you!



 

10-11AM

Workshop: Homeschool and the Law
with Attorney Deborah Stevenson in Chapman Hall room 808-A upstairs

Workshop: Homeschooling: Dads Chat & FAQ
with Todd H., in Chapman Hall room 605 downstairs
Some of the topics that will be discussed include; what’s your role as a dad in your homeschool? How hard could this really be for my wife? What’s it going to cost? Will my kids turn out weird? Having appropriate expectations for your home and kids.



 


11AM-12Noon

General Beginners’ Homeschooling FAQ Discussion Panel
Chapman Hall Room 808-A upstairs

Many topics will be discussed, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.  Tips and tricks for making your homeschool run smoothly, unschooling experiences, trusting your children to show you “what’s next”, homeschool styles, teaching your child to read, special needs children, etc.  A great opportunity for parents to talk to veteran homeschoolers about all of your questions.
Audrey H., Tina P., Coral K., Luz, Deltra

Protecting Your Family in an Online World
with Todd H.
Chapman Hall room 605 downstairs
This workshop will cover important topics for parents, to know how to protect their children.  We’ll dive into social media stats and why they matter even if your child doesn’t use it, Identifying the risks and hidden dangers of the web and apps. How to protect your family both in your home and away from it. A specific list…

Social Media Stats
How should you use it
What are the risks
-Identity theft
-Stalkers/Predators
-Sexting
-Cyberbullying
-Scams
-Phishing
-Pornography
Security and prevention



 

12Noon – Lunch time
Lunch and snacks will not be provided except for vending machines. Bring your own food & drink. There are gorgeous areas where you can sit and enjoy your lunch. Founders Hall has a cafe you may use, and there are picnic tables outside of the Pavilion in Founders Hall; the view is stunning!



 

12Noon-1PM 

Special Needs Homeschooling – Not Just Academics: School Refusal, Practical Life, and Sibling Relationships
in the Founders Hall Pavilion (across the way from Chapman Hall in the adjacent building)
Learning challenges affect all areas of life. This workshop presents practical tips for such issues as school refusal, sibling relationships, and equipping our children to thrive as adults.
Kyndra Steinmann is a homeschool mom of five (ages 11-3), three of whom have learning or behavioral challenges. She has worked with students and families facing such challenges since the 1990’s. Her experiences include: reading remediation (dyslexia and language processing), speech delay, generalized delays, autism, sensory processing disorders and ADD/ADHD. Read more at www.kyndrasteinmann.com.  Writing at Sticks, Stones and Chicken Bones http://www.kyndrasteinmann.com on living in a houseful of young children, special needs, discipling hearts and abundant grace! As a homeschool graduate I have an especial burden to encourage mothers to know and enjoy their children. Follow me: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sticks-Stones-and-Chicken-Bones/225689747460134

Diane Speed: Develop Essential Skills for High School
in the Chapman Hall room 808-A

High school is jammed with requirements for the college-bound high school student – three or four years of a lab science, four years of English, higher-level math, foreign language – not to mention all the standardized tests!  But there are three skills that maximize all students’ chances of success at college. Each of these skills hinges on higher-level thinking, maturity, and organization.  This workshop will discuss what parents can do to help develop in their students these essential skills. Note: Diane will also be available for personal consults in Chapman Hall room 808-A when she is not doing her workshop. 




12Noon-2PM

Homeschool-to-College Panel Discussion
classroom 605, downstairs in Chapman Hall

Staff of Middlesex Community College will be present to meet with parents and teens interested in their college options. Bring your questions.  Meet with staff of the college and hear about programming, learn about the admission process, learn from valuable PowerPoint presentations, and talk to program coordinators!

You will meet:
*Rebecca Rist-Brown-Criminal Justice and Middlesex Accelerated Associates Program (MAP)
*John Shafer- Center for New Media
*Donna Hylton-Computer Information Technology and Management Information Systems
*Eva Jones- MxCC Honors Program
*NOTE: Dr. Frank will be in the biotech room from 1:30-2PM giving a tour of the laboratory, and doing a demonstration of the chemistry of making slime. It’s in Wheaton Hall (up the hill), room 221.



 

12:30PM-1:30PM
Founders Hall Lounge (follow the blue signs)

Entertainment from Sciencetellers for children and their adults: “Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano”
Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist — but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars.  Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!  Sciencetellers: An interactive science & storytelling program for kids, with audience participation! Conduct science experiments to bring an exciting story to life.  Join CHN and Sciencetellers for a trip to the Wild, Wild West – their newest program! FREE ADMISSION!
If you only want to attend the conference to bring your child to this fantastic, educational, interactive event, it will be worth your trip!



1PM-2PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MAGGIE SACHSE-SKIDD’s Presentation on Homeschooling With Intention & Vision
Chapman Hall 808-A upstairs, 1-2PM

Creating and developing a personal, unique, and heartfelt Vision for your homeschool journey can both define the destination and guide your daily practices. There is power in imagining the possible and positive future.  Explore how the science of habit loops can be used to create beautiful routines for yourself and your children.  Intentional activity can increase our happiness, health and overall wellbeing.  Maggie will offer practical tools and stories about what worked and what didn’t work on her homeschool journey with energy and humor.  

 Explore your Intentions and create a Vision for your journey with homeschooling.  Create a personalized plan and strategies to realize your vision and create an upward spiral

*Unlock the Behavioral Science to power up your day
*Explore Effortlessness…it doesn’t have to be hard to be good
*Manage your energy and your school day
*Create Positive Routines
*Dream beyond the curriculum… create a VISION for your homeschool
*Make small changes get BIG results  

Prepare to be inspired to succeed in 2018! Explore your Intentions and create a Vision for your journey with homeschooling.  Create a personalized plan and strategies to realize your vision and create an upward spiral.  CHN suggests you enjoy the conference, meet and talk to people, gather resources, and wind your day down by attending Maggie’s inspiring presentation – relax after a long day, sit down, and enjoy  leaving the conference with Maggie’s inspiration to culminate the conference! 

Maggie will also be available in Exhibitor Hall from 10AM-1PM. Her keynote workshop presentation is from 1-2PM in Chapman Hall’s room 808-B upstairs.

Maggie Sachse-Skidd M.A. is a veteran homeschool mom of 4, Psychology Professor, Organizational Consultant, Life Coach and Positive Psychology Practitioner.   She provides her clients with actionable ideas, thought-provoking insights and evidenced based tools toward optimal living.  She considers her greatest accomplishment homeschooling her 4 children k-12, all who have succeeded in college and are now enjoying creative careers.     



 

1:30-2PM
Biotechnology Lab Slime Demo

Dr. Frank Stellabotte from the MxCC Biotechnology program, will meet in the biotechnology lab with homeschooled students.
Meet in Wheaton Hall (up the hill from Chapman and Founders Hall), in Room 221 for a discussion of the science programs offered at MxCC and slime demonstration by Dr. Frank Stellabotte.



 

EXHIBITOR HALL
Chapman Hall – upstairs
Room 808-B&C
all throughout the conference: 10AM-2PM

 

Two Coyotes Wilderness Program
Our homeschool programs get kids outside experiencing nature. While traditional environmental education focuses on knowledge based learning, our programs focus on developing emotional connection through experiences in the natural world. We believe that the drive to protect the natural world comes from a deep appreciation and love for nature. Our students cultivate a deep connection to nature and the stewardship ethic.

Simply Fun
Join Melissa to learn about her line of educational games and put them into the hands of your children. Parents see a transformation in the lives of their children.Preschoolers giggled their way through stories they created. Grade‑schoolers learned the fun of math. And kids with challenges blossomed and shared their gifts through play.  Simply Fun helps children at every skill level develop their unique gifts using the power of play. Our games are fun to play, and supplement structured learning with life and educational skill development. They also help parents balance their kids’ screen time with face‑to‑face attention and togetherness.

Special Needs Homeschooling – Not Just Academics: School Refusal, Practical Life, and Sibling Relationships
Learning challenges affect all areas of life. This workshop presents practical tips for such issues as school refusal, sibling relationships, and equipping our children to thrive as adults.
Kyndra Steinmann is a homeschool mom of five (ages 11-3), three of whom have learning or behavioral challenges. She has worked with students and families facing such challenges since the 1990’s. Her experiences include: reading remediation (dyslexia and language processing), speech delay, generalized delays, autism, sensory processing disorders and ADD/ADHD. Read more at www.kyndrasteinmann.com. Writing at Sticks, Stones and Chicken Bones http://www.kyndrasteinmann.com on living in a houseful of young children, special needs, discipling hearts and abundant grace! As a homeschool graduate I have an especial burden to encourage mothers to know and enjoy their children. Follow me: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sticks-Stones-and-Chicken-Bones/225689747460134

 

People to People International Student Travel Opportunities
with Ellen Connors explains educational travel opportunities for students from grades 6 to 12.

 

Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Girl Scouts is the perfect outlet for every girl looking for a social network, to develop team building skills, and connect with each other in a girl led atmosphere fostered by caring adults. G.S. of CT is the larest girl-led program in the state, offering the best leadership development experience for girls in the world. At G.S., girls are bold and driven; they are creative visionaries; they take healthy risks; and they lead with empathy. Everything a G.S. does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, entrepreneurship. Whether she’s building a robot, speaking up for environmental causes, advocating for others, or learning important skills while selling G.S. Cookies, Girl Scouts take the lead wherever they go. Learn more at: gsofct.org/homeschool

 

Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation Family Program
Stop by and say hello to this homeschool family, Matthew & Ling, and learn about how they teach families and children to be mindful.

 

French For Friends & Family
with Martha Ligos, who will show you how you can learn french with her – Madame Marthe! Dynamic, personalized french classes for groups, families or individuals.

 

Phoenix Dyslexia Learning Center
Offering dyslexia – ADD – ADHD correction programs. Talk directly with Gaynelle and Leah who are both experienced homeschool moms.

 

Draw Funny Stuff with Debra
Another popular exhibitor returns…Cartoons are a medium children of all ages and adults love, understand and can relate to. We have all, at one time or another, been entertained and yes even educated through the use of cartoons. Our Workshops actively engage the children through example, discussion and hands-on instruction.

 

Teaching Textbooks
Math products designed specifically for homeschoolers. Math for grade 3 through pre-Calculus. This is a very popular math curriculum for homeschoolers!
Master Teachers Collective
The Master Teachers’ Collective is a brand new, secular online educational platform for K-12 learners that offers live and asynchronous courses. Our teachers dream big- we work as a collective to
bring your learners a unique curriculum- in designing our live and asynchronous classes, we pool our teaching expertise to come up with exciting and engaging classes for K-12 learners.
Each of our teachers has a degree in their field and has been through a rigorous application process. MTC is committed to being a safe space where students and teachers can flourish.
We welcome learners and teachers of all abilities and backgrounds.

The CT State Library
The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The State Library also serves students, researchers, public libraries and town governments throughout the state. The CT digital newspaper project is digitizing Ct newspapers and making them freely available through the Library of Congress’ database Chronicling America. Visit the website for newspaper titles and coverage dates as well as links to our blogs, resources for teachers, and guides to our content. ctdigitalnewspaperproject.org

 

Terra Lingua USA
Terra Lingua USA is an established and accredited non-profit organization specializing in cultural and educational opportunities for high school aged students worldwide. Our vision is to promote global awareness one student at a time. We offer affordable and quality cultural exchanges through an experienced and caring network.

 

Beverly Burgess Homeschool Coach & Consultant
has clients in the USA and abroad. She strategizes with both new and experienced parents on their journey, offering group & individual coaching, webinars, workshops, keynote speaking and she manages Homeschool-for-Success, an online membership platform for homeschoolers.

 

Usborne Books with Katrina!
Katrina provides books for all ages of kids and interests. From board books to activity books, and from fiction to non-fiction, she has your homeschool reading needs covered! Usborne books make great supplements to your curriculum, too! Stop by the booth to enter to win a free book!

 

Applied Inspirations Electronic Kits & Curricula
These kits actually teach with printed pages of instructional material AND schematics. Our hands-on LED Scope Course/Kit (AKA: Curriculum!)with Lab takes students into the college level and prepares them for a job/career. Just what students need. Self-instructional or used in the classroom.

 

ResearchIT CT
is a service of the CT State Library. It provides free online access to journal, newspaper, and magazine articles and to downloadable audiobooks and e-Books to residents of Connecticut. Not to be missed. This has been a favorite of homeschool attendees, and received rave reviews! You’ll be able to see directly from the computer, how to access and utilize research tools from home!

 

Fusion Academy
Fusion is much more than an accredited private middle and high school for grades 6-12 – it’s a revolutionary community of learning where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock the academic potential in every student and create opportunities for emotional and social growth.

 

Maggie Sachse-Skidd
Creating and developing a personal, unique, and heartfelt Vision for your homeschool journey can both define the destination and guide your daily practices. There is power in imagining the possible and positive future.  Explore how the science of habit loops can be used to create beautiful routines for yourself and your children.  Intentional activity can increase our happiness, health and overall wellbeing.  Maggie will offer practical tools and stories about what worked and what didn’t work on her homeschool journey with energy and humor.   

Maggie Sachse-Skidd M.A. is a veteran homeschool mom of 4, Psychology Professor, Organizational Consultant, Life Coach and Positive Psychology Practitioner.   She provides her clients with actionable ideas, thought-provoking insights and evidenced based tools toward optimal living.  She considers her greatest accomplishment homeschooling her 4 children k-12, all who have succeeded in college and are now enjoying creative careers.    

 

CT Homeschool Network Board of Directors (CHN)
Stop by and chat with the board members. We will have resources and freebies available, as well as membership cards for current homeschoolers. We’ll be available to answer your questions and offer support and information for homeschooling! If you want to have a private chat, we can do that, too.

 

Attorney Deborah Stevenson of National Home Education Legal  Defense (NHELD)
Debi raised her two girls in their homeschool, and has been a long time homeschool advocate and expert in her field. When she is not at her 10-11AM workshop, she’ll be in Exhibitor Hall meeting homeschoolers, whether new, veteran and prospective. Stop by and see the resources she has available.

 

Unschooling Expert Luz Shosie
Unschoolers Unlimited was founded by Ned Vare and Luz Shosie, who have over 30 years of education and homeschool experience and wisdom to share. Visit Luz at her table when she is not at the Beginners’ Homeschool Panel Discussion from 11AM-12Noon. If you want to know about unschooling success as an education option, Luz is the woman to speak with!




THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 2018 CHN HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE!