Conference Schedule of Events

WELCOME TO THE 2019 CHN HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE
September 7, 2019, 12:30-4:30PM
Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT

Important Campus Directions
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
There will be plenty of blue signs posted to guide you.

Photography
We’ll have a photographer creating a photo journal memory of this wonderful, public event, that we will share later.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & PROGRAM GUIDE

Arrival at the Conference
Enjoy the events: a used book sale, many workshop presenters, exhibitors, activities and a kids’ science show!
Please be sure to stop at the CHN Welcome table upstairs in Chapman Hall room 808 C to get a Program Guide. YOU custom design the conference to suit your interests. If you don’t need this level of support at this time in your journey,
bring the kids to the complimentary, amazing 1-hour science show by
Mad  Science – Fire & Ice at 3:30 in the Lounge!

Our Keynote speaker, Maggie Sasche-Kidd
will present at 2:30 in room 808-D! In 2018 she had standing room only!

 


Used Book Sale: The Café in Founders Hall
12:30PM-4:30PM
To the Cafe: Enter Founders Hall, take sharp left to end of hallway, sharp right at end of hall, sharp right at end of hall – voila! Café is straight ahead.
Is there something for you? Find your gently used homeschool treasures! Books, games, media, etc.  Free items, also available. This is a great way to find quality resources for very little money.  Families who have finished certain subjects and grade levels are happy to pass their treasures on to a new family to learn from.  Come, browse, ask questions, shop, bring cash and find your treasures!  The best part of a used book and resource sale is that you get to see the items for yourself before you decide to purchase them.


The Nursing Nook & Quiet Area
Chapman Hall Conference Room 803
12:30-4:30PM
Located upstairs, to the right & around the corner, when departing the elevator.  Coming up the stairs, the room is to the left.
There is a large conference table that seats about 12. This semi-private room is being set aside for mommas and nursing babes to have a quiet space together. It is not a space for bringing food into.


Presentation: Middlesex Community College Panel Discussion on All Things College
12:30-2:30PM
The Pavilion in Founders Hall
Enter Founders Hall, turn sharp left to end, sharp right to end, sharp right to the gorgeous, floor-to-ceiling glass Pavilion!
MxCC staff will have a schedule of college related events. This is a must-attend panel presentation with many college professors who will present information on many of the diploma and degree programs available at MxCC.  Bring your questions, listen & learn!  This was popular last year and is being expanded this year. Have a homeschooler who will be attending college before long? Plan ahead and be informed.  *Please note: From 1-2PM (listed below), there is a very popular Slime-making Demonstration in the college science lab in Wheaton Hall. Don’t miss this! All ages.

MxCC Panel Discussion Schedule at The Founders Hall Pavilion

12:30pm-1:00pm with Jill Flannigan, discussion and Q&A on Health Information Management
1:00pm-1:30pm with Jennifer Hernandez, discussion and Q&A on Human Services & Social Work
1:30pm-2:00pm with Jennifer Mueller, discussion and Q&A on Continuing Education
2:00pm-2:30pm with Andrea Levy (or Emily Canto), discussion and Q&A on the MxCC Honors Program
Time permitting: Rebecca Davis, MxCC College Admissions Information
and in ***Wheaton Hall*** Room 221, (up the hill from Founders and Chapman, in the next building), don’t miss the popular  Slime Demonstration in the college science laboratory from 1:00pm-2:00pm with Jackie Guillemin, Biotechnology.


Presentation: Scheduling, Families & Shared Homeschooling & Homeschool Recordkeeping
Chapman Hall Room 605 – downstairs in lower level
12:30-1:30PM
Coral and Crystal will discuss setting up a cooperative learning program for parents to teach children who work opposite schedules or utilize other families members who provide childcare to get the most out of homeschooling for the children and the families. This can include independent learning, caregiver strengths in teaching, designing curricula together, effective communication, oversight of children’s education by the primary parent educator.  A co-op can be held between several families or be a large group of families working together.  How do you document your homeschool journey? There are a number of ways and you will learn about what they are, how you can use them, and what benefits there are to doing so. Whether its taking photographs of cherished projects that take up half your house, or recording academic progress; you’ll receive the support and information you need.  Plenty of time for Q&A, too.


Presentation: Ask the Homeschool Coach! with Beverly Burgess
Chapman Hall Room 808-D – upstairs at the end of the hallway
12:30-1:30PM
Beverly is a homeschool friend from Rhode Island who is a walking wealth of knowledge about homeschooling, having many years of experience to share. If you have general questions and are looking for support, this is the woman to speak with! She has also authored a book that has everything you need to know to start homeschooling. What’s better than a book to read, when you are at home, relaxed and focused on the message?  Beverly has a way with words and she will be a fantastic boost of confidence for any parent; you CAN do this and do so successfully just like many who have blazed a trail before you. Homeschooling rocks!  Please be sure to enjoy a conversation with Beverly at her exhibitor table and listen to her presentation…and…buy her book!


Presentation: Healing Without Hurting
12:30-1:30PM
The Lounge in Founders Hall
Upon entrance to the hall, take a sharp right to the end of the hall, go left to the end, go left again and you’re at the Lounge)
Local book author Jennifer Tess will discuss her experiences with childrens’ health and working to become “ADHD free”. She will be doing this workshop presentation and also have her book available all afternoon at her exhibitor table.


Meet & Greet with the CHN Board of Directors
Chapman Hall Room 808-C – Upstairs
12:30PM-4:30PM
Stop by upon arrival at the conference, and pick up some freebies, a bag to carry your resources in, and say HI! We’ll be here all day, so stop in and visit with CHN Board of Directors, Attorney Deborah Stevenson from N.H.E.L.D., and experienced homeschoolers. Enjoy a personal, private chat & get your questions answered. This has been a favorite part of the conference, receiving lots of positive feedback. Nothing tops meeting with someone for a friendly, one-on-one conversation about what’s on your mind. Make time during the conference to stop in and at least say “HI”! We look forward to seeing you.


Private Consultations About Homeschooling
Chapman Hall 808-C
12:30-4:30PM
We’ll have a sign-up sheet available, or you can have a time slot that might be open for walk-ins. People have enjoyed having a brief, 15-20 minute conversation about homeschooling that is relevant to some personal questions and comments that they might have and not feel comfortable asking in a group setting. We did a trial-run a few years ago to see if this would be popular because we kept being approached in group settings (and otherwise) by folks who had experiences to share but wanted to do so privately.  Each year, we have a full schedule – sign up early to save a time slot.


Hands-on Workshop: Lapbooking in Elementary Grades
Chapman Hall 808-C
12:30PM-4:30PM
Many homeschoolers have used the creative, educational method of lapbooking when exploring topics of exploration. They are an artistic, creative, hands-on way to document and revisit information that a child has learned. This is a walk-in workshop that will be ongoing throughout the conference. You can see samples of completed lapbooks, learn the techniques, gather resources for starting your own lapbooks and meet fellow homeschoolers!  We look forward to seeing you there.


Demonstration: Slime Making Demonstration for the Family
**1:00-2:00PM

Wheaton Hall Room 221
Wheaton Hall is up the walkway from Founders and Chapman Halls. Look above the entrance doors for the sign, “Wheaton Hall”.
Don’t miss the popular  Slime Demonstration in the college science laboratory, with graduated homeschooler Jackie Guillemin, Biotechnology. This was very popular last year and both kids and parents enjoyed the demo and visiting the college science laboratory.


Presentation: Special Needs Homeschoolers – Brain Breaks: The Body as Ally or Enemy
1:30-2:30PM
Chapman Hall Room 808-D
Kyndra Steinmann talks about, “When the fidgets come calling what can you do?” Often they are a sign that the brain is tired and needs a break; but breaks can get a child completely off focus and create their own problems. Learn to read the signs of a need for change and teach your child to recognize her body’s signals and use it focus her mind and smooth transitions. began working with special needs students while a homeschool high school student by tutoring for her local elementary school. Later she taught in a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, and in a public high school. Four of her five children are non- neurotypical with two falling into the “twice exceptional” category. She has been serving as a Special Needs Resource at the HEAV Convention since 2013, as well as writing for HEAV’s blog and at her own blog, Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones where she seeks to encourage parents to rest in the grace of God as they walk through this homeschooling journey.


Presentation: Homeschool Styles, Starting a Homeschool Group, Socialization & Homeschool Resources
1:30-2:30PM
The Lounge in Founders Hall
Marianne and Megan will share information about these topics, give you the resources for future reference, and answer your questions.


Presentation:  Special Needs Panel Discussion
1:30-2:30PM
Chapman Hall room 605 downstairs – from elevator bear left around the corner – follow signs.
Exhibitors Alicia Dinda & Haley Addis bring their experience to you at this presentation.  Between them, they can address all things related to speech and language therapy, focus on nutrition, and help empower you with information
With a focus on nutrition, speech and language therapy, you can learn from these experienced moms. Please read more about them in the descriptions under Exhibitors! This is a workshop not to be missed if you even suspect that your child has speech & language issues. Plenty of time for Q&A. Alicia and Haley will also be available all afternoon in Exhibitor Hall.



**Key Note Speaker Presentation: How to teach from Abundance. “Abundance: plentifulness of the good things of life.”
2:30-3:30PM
Chapman Hall Room 808-D, upstairs at the end of the hallway
Teaching from abundance and teaching from your strengths is transformative and life giving. What would happen if you were able to identify your personal character strengths and your children’s strengths and use this knowledge to transform your homeschool and family life. By adding this simple positive filter to your daily parenting you can teach optimism, resilience and ultimately increase your child’s ability to learn.

Maggie Sachse-Skidd, author, speaker, educator and a veteran homeschool mama of 30 years speaks, writes and teaches on subjects that “make life worth living”. She is deeply passionate about encouraging woman to thrive, not just survive. Maggie’s perspective is real, refreshing and honest. She encourages parents to embrace the opportunities in their families each day. She offers practical tools, relevant science and real stories to motivate and inspire you on your parenting journey. Maggie is a certified Positive Psychology practitioner, and has been a college psychology professor for more than two decades. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and continued her studies in organizational psychology at Columbia University. Maggie provides her audiences with actionable ideas, thought-provoking insights and evidenced-based tools toward optimal living.  Maggie will also be available all afternoon in Exhibitor Hall.



Presentation: What our students need to understand about grammar
2:30-3:30PM
Chapman Hall room 605 downstairs – from elevator bear left around the corner – follow signs.
Traditional approaches to English grammar have obscured the subject’s greatest benefit: effective writing. Roy Speed is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Grammar, and in this workshop he gives an eye-opening look at grammar principles that lead directly to important writing tools. In the process, he shows parents how grammar and writing should be taught but seldom are. Roy will also be available all afternoon in Exhibitor Hall.


Presentation: Unschooling Unlimited with Luz
2:30-3:30PM
The Pavilion in Founders Hall
Enter Founders Hall, turn sharp left to end, sharp right to end, sharp right to the gorgeous, floor-to-ceiling glass Pavilion!
Luz & Ned, both former educators, raised their son Cassidy as an unschooler. He was encouraged and supported to follow his passions with a self-directed learning style. As an adult he went on to college quite successfully and is now a happy married adult with twins. Listen to Luz tell the story about trusting your child and the ideology of unschooling. Plenty of time for Q&A, plus Luz will be available to speak to parents all afternoon in Exhibitor Hall.



Presentation: CT Legal Matters in Home Education
with Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson, Founder of National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) & Diane Connors, Founder of CT Homeschool Network (CHN)
3:30-4:30PM
Chapman Hall Room 808-D, upstairs and the end of the hallway
Attorney Deborah Stevenson homeschooled both of her daughters, who never attended public or private school. Both of them were academically advanced and she saw them through their college educations, while also studying to become a lawyer.  She is probably the most knowledgeable person in CT when it comes to the  history of home education in this state. She has been a staunch advocate for homeschoolers, and especially for standing strong to keep CT free from unwanted homeschool regulations. Debi will discuss all things legal related to homeschooling, from withdrawing your child from public or private school, to dealing with uninformed school administrators who may direct parents that they must do things that are not legally required of them.

Diane Connors homeschooled most of her ten children for many, many sunrises and sunsets – not admitting just how long. She has advocated for homeschool freedom and supported numerous families getting started, plus those who needed support and direction.  Public school parents looking for support and direction have shared many phone conversations with Diane over the years. Become informed, empowered, and bring your questions & answers! Debi and Diane have worked together, done many information workshops, conference calls, legislative monitoring, outreach and networking for all things homeschooling.  We look forward to meeting you and having a conversation.


*****SCIENCE DEMO FOR KIDS: FIRE & ICE WITH MAD SCIENCE*****
3:30-4:30PM
The Lounge:
Directions to the Lounge in Founders Hall -from the front doors, turn sharp right to end of hall, left, then left again to the Lounge.
Bring the family! Fire and Ice Children will be captivated by this spectacular science show! Be amazed when our “special paper” disappears in a flash! Learn how to help our Mad Science friend “Eggbert” home. See dry ice make metal scream. Volunteers will demonstrate what happens when there is too much carbon dioxide trapped inside our bodies! We will clean up our act when a few volunteers are called up to take a dry ice shower… complete with soap and bubbles! All children participate in our last cool experiment, as they exit through a cloud!


Presentation: Eyes Wide Open – Five things every parent should know about homeschooling high school
3:30-4:30PM
Chapman Hall room 605 downstairs – from elevator bear left around the corner – follow signs.
Join Diane Speed who explains why parents are often surprised when their homeschooled teen seems unmotivated, angry, or uncooperative. — Homeschooling had previously been a learning adventure marked by self-directed learning and effortless discovery. Parents wonder, “What happened? What did I do wrong?” — This workshop will discuss common challenges when homeschooling high school: motivation, attitude, puberty, achieving high school requirements. It will also provide solutions and insights that produce real results and homeschool success. Diane has always received compliments on her thorough presentations!  Last, but not least – make time for her if this is a topic that could help your family!



***EXHIBITOR HALL***

Connecticut Science Center
There will be staff on hand to discuss the wonderful programs the Science Center has to offer the community: Homeschool Day
info, special discounts, overnight programming, and information about their general exhibits (some rotating exhibits).

Bushy Hill at the Incarnation Center
Incarnation Camp is a nonprofit, traditional year-round camp, retreat and education center located in Essex, Connecticut. The camp was
established in 1886. It is the oldest, co-ed, continually operated camp in the USA. For many years, “Bushy Hill”, set amidst hundreds
of acres of a naturalist lover’s paradise, has offered homeschool classes. Even those folks who have homeschool “back in the day” know
of this program because many of us took our kids there on Fridays once a month. Times have changed, but the programs are amazing.
The property here is open to the public for hiking and exploring from September through May, so don’t hesitate to come and visit!

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium
The Discovery Museum will provide informational packets on available programs and offer hands-on activities including
engineering challenges and simple robots.

Meet Author Randy Coe
Randy is a CT homeschool dad who is the author of a novel for middle school readers.
He’s showcasing his new book at the CHN conference.  Stop by and chat with him to
learn about his creative process in writing, all the way to the finished product: a published book!

 Imagination Nation!
Stop by and visit this amazing hands-on childrens’ museum table!
They’ll be giving away pamphlets, have crafts available, outreach information, field trip ideas and general museum info.
If that isn’t enough, they will also offer discount coupons and temporary tattoos for the kids!

 Healing Without Hurting
with Jennifer Gustra-Kozek
Jennifer is a book author, discussing her experiences with children’s health and working to become “ADHD free”.
She will be doing a workshop as well as promoting and selling her book.
Be sure to stop and speak to her at her table and she’ll be happy to share her wisdom with like-minded families.

 Fireside Music & Motion
with Jennifer Yoxall
Music classes for ukulele and beginning keyboard, music education books, flashcards,
workbooks, games and dry-erase mats.

Speakology
Jen Lano, Speech & Language Pathologist
Sarah White, M.A., CCC-SLP & Jen Lano, M.S., CCC-SLP
Bring your questions to these experienced people. Speakology will inform parents about speech therapy services: oral motor dysfunction,
feeding therapy, apraxia, dysarthria, autism spectrum disorders, receptive/expressive language delay, AAC/augmentative communication.

A.L.L. Diagnostics & Consulting, LLC
Migdalia Fletcher will be informing parents about her services. She does literacy evaluations for students with complex profiles, speech & language issues,
student case reviews and consultations, for instructional literacy intervention planning – including summer plans.

 Classical Kids & HS College-Bound
Diane & Roy Speed
Diane Speed, a home educator for nearly two decades, has tutored two children from pre-school through high school. Diane’s son was awarded an
academic scholarship for full tuition, room, and board at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied music & screenwriting. He now works in news
at Fox61 in Hartford. Her daughter begins college Fall 2019, studying the music industry as a singer/songwriter at The College
of St. Rose in Albany, NY where she was awarded the school’s highest scholarship. Since 2001 Diane has managed the Classical Kids Network,
a home-school support group servicing families in CT. Since 2013, Diane and her husband, Roy,
manage HS College-Bound – a site for homeschoolers of teens. The pair offer online instruction in
Shakespeare’s works, high-school writing, how to homeschool high school for college admission,
and in-person content at The Blend – high-school- and honors-level instruction one day each
week in Bethel, CT blended with virtual classes in history, science, mathematics, and foreign language.

Roy Speed is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Grammar, as well as a homeschooling dad with a passion for history and for Shakespeare.
In the business world, he’s an expert on writing in large organizations and a sometime lecturer to MBA
students at The Wharton School. His Good Documents program has been translated into seventeen
languages and is now required training for more than a quarter-million employees around the world. In the homeschooling world,
Roy teaches literature, history, and writing to homeschooled teens, and his online courses on Shakespeare are acclaimed by parents and students alike.

Exhibitor Usborne Books
with Katrina
Usborne is returning again to offer quality education books for many ages and on many subjects.
Fun, interactive books can be used in your homeschool in unique and inspiring ways to explore many topics. Katrina can show you how. Great for developing unit studies, too!

On Point Education Services
Melinda Dombrowski will have flyers available, detailing her services, as well as an exhibitor table where she will
be happy to speak to you about her individualized services working with children to improve study skills,
organization, test taking tips, and writing skills.

 Cowtoonist Cartoon Academy
Debra Hamuka-Falkenham
Debra is returning to the conference to offer online cartooning & art lessons featuring the art-academic connection.
Chat with her and she’ll be happy to explain her fun educational programs that engage
kids step-by-step through instructional and cool projects!
 

 Secular Homeschool Coaching & Consulting
Beverly Burgess
Book sales (Out of the Box Learning~Empowering YOU on Your Homeschool Journey)

 Luz Shosie – Unschooling Unlimited
All things unschooling! Visit Luz for a chat on one of her favorite subjects.
Ned and Luz raised their son Cassidy through college, by the unschooling approach to homeschooling.
Bring her your questions – she’ll  have answers, support, & helpful tips for you!
 

 Healthy Habits for Families 
Alicia Dinda
What can I do to help my child learn and grow? Why does my child have difficulty focusing? How can I get them to eat healthy food?
Being a parent can bring about all sorts of these questions. We want to begin the conversation about what you can do at home
to help meet your children’s needs. Alicia Dinda is a Speech Pathologist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach,
and mother to three children with over 15 years of experience working with families and children. She will discuss
how small changes in the areas of routine, sleep, nutrition, physical activity and family dynamics can make a
big difference in your child’s development. Whether you have a child with special needs,
or would just like some simple tips for encouraging healthy children, please join us to learn more.

 Kyndra Ferguson Steinmann
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.  Kyndra began working with special needs students while a homeschool high school student by tutoring for her local elementary school. Later she taught in a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, and in a public high school. Four of her five children are non- neurotypical with two falling into the “twice exceptional” category. She has been serving as a Special Needs Resource at the HEAV Convention since 2013, as well as writing for HEAV’s blog and at her own blog, Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones where she seeks to encourage parents to rest in the grace of God as they walk through this homeschooling journey.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sticks-Stones-and-Chicken-Bones/225689747460134
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/kyndrast/

 Phoenix Dyslexia AD/HD Learning Center 
Gaynelle says, “I offer unique, individual learning programs that help resolve symptoms associated with ADD and dyslexia. The programs focus on individual learning styles and we work intensively one to one to overcome and master difficulties that interfere with learning. We focus on the individuals gift of perceptual learning.”

Teaching Textbooks
Teaching Textbooks is a math curriculum designed specifically for homeschoolers; math grades 3 through pre-calculus.
Returning to the conference, we are excited that the award winning math program, Teaching Textbooks
will have their friendly staff on hand to explain this popular program. You can see exactly how it works yourself. It’s
all new and upgraded now, so it is all online. They even have a large family plan for their pricing options.

 PlayWell Technologies
LEGO inspired STEM summer camps, home school classes,
enrichment, girl and boy scout workshops and birthday parties. PlayWell is
another returning exhibitor to the conference – very popular with parents and children.

 Eyes for Learning
Corey will provide opportunities for children ages 4- 12+ to explore problem-solving activities using a hands-on
approach to their learning and higher order thinking. We have 4 programs using LEGO®
as the tool for experiential learning and reinforcing S.T.E.A.M. concepts.

   Maggie Sasche-Kidd
Maggie Sachse-Skidd, author, speaker, educator and a veteran homeschool mama of 30 years speaks, writes and teaches on subjects
that “make life worth living”. She is deeply passionate about encouraging woman to thrive, not just survive. Maggie’s perspective is real,
refreshing and honest. She encourages parents to embrace the opportunities in their families each day.
She offers practical tools, relevant science and real stories to motivate and inspire you on your parenting journey.
Maggie is a certified Positive Psychology practitioner, and has been a college psychology
professor for more than two decades. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and continued her studies in organizational psychology at
Columbia University. Maggie provides her audiences with actionable ideas, thought-provoking insights and evidenced-based tools toward optimal living.

  Barnes & Noble
Lacey Byrne
B&N will be signing homeschool families up for educator discounts.
They will save 20% in store and 25% for special weekends.

More to Say, LLC
Haley Addis, M.S., CCC-SLP is the owner of More to Say, LLC Pediatric Speech, Language, and Feeding Therapy & Wellness Center.
She has experience working with children with various needs and has additional training in evidence based techniques.
Haley is currently a PhD student at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and
Human Development. She is completing her studies in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders focusing
on research of language and literacy development and disorders in children.

More to Say, LLC is a pediatric speech, language, and feeding therapy & wellness center focused on building
strong clinician/family relationships, providing successful & research based treatment, and making intervention
as naturalistic and feasible as possible. More to Say offers individual and group services for speech, language, feeding,
swallowing, voice, fluency, reading, writing, social skills, and more! More to Say also offers holistic wellness programs
such as child nutrition workshops and yoga as well as homeschool classes such as music theory, creative writing, and resume building.