Karen Canon made the acquaintance of Charlotte Mason fifteen years ago. An immediate and profound relationship sprang up as a love for learning and fullness of life were transmitted from the 19th-century British educator to this modern-day homeschooling mom of five. She has never looked back and is eternally grateful to Miss Mason and her colleagues for paving the way for an educational lifestyle that so resounds with the Divinely sanctioned nature and purpose of humans. With one graduate under her belt, Karen spends her time delightedly sharing in the education and pursuits of her other four school-aged children. She enjoys reading, digging deep into the writings of Charlotte Mason, and coming alongside others to confidently live a Charlotte Mason educational life. She has spoken at the Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat in Colorado and the Midwest Parent Educators Conference in Kansas City and leads a local CM study group.
Talk Title: Narration: The Cornerstone of the Charlotte Mason Method
What if, in the very nature of a child, there was an ability or tendency that we could harness for their education? What if the exercise of this natural ability would ensure that a child’s attention was on the lesson at hand and that the material would be assimilated—not merely memorized for a time, but digested, modified and recreated by the actions of a child’s own mind? What if there was an educational tool that would see to it that the child, and not the teacher, was the primary agent of educational work, freeing the teacher to be a guide, philosopher and friend’ to her students rather than the fountainhead of knowledge or the educational entertainer on center stage? British educator, Charlotte Mason, recognized just such a natural ability in children. In this session, we will take an introductory look at narration and see how it can be, as Mason suggested, the cornerstone of an educational method that respects the personhood of the child.
Talk Title: Living Geography: A Panorama of Delight
‘Perhaps no knowledge is more delightful than such an intimacy with the earth’s surface, region by region, as should enable the map of any region to unfold a panorama of delight, disclosing not only mountains, rivers, frontiers, the great features we know as ‘Geography,’ but associations, occupations, some parts of the past and much of the present, of every part of this beautiful earth.’ (Charlotte Mason) In this session, we’ll take a look at the study of geography and how it enriches lessons in History, Science, Literature, and even the Arts. Let’s uncover a ‘panorama of delight’ and make geography come alive for children of any age. The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1
AnnMarie Creedon has been married to her husband, Joe, for 30 years. They have five children; four have been homeschooled. AnnMarie is the author of Angela’s Song, a novel, and has a short story in the Theology of the Body anthology, Image and Likeness. She speaks occasionally on the topics of spiritual warfare and healing.
TALK TITLE: Grace-fully Parenting Special Needs Children
This talk will cover every day coping strategies for parents of children with disabilities. AnnMarie will touch on the subjects of humility, self-care, and prayer. Following the talk, there will be a panel of moms of children with a variety of special needs to answer questions you may have about better caring for/educating your special needs child.
Christine Downey, a mother of six sons and three daughters, has been homeschooling for 27 years and has graduated seven students from high school. Currently, she has one teenager in high school. Her son, Peter, tragically lost his life in an accident five years ago when he was 13 years old. She and her husband of 32 years, David, reside in Louisburg, Kansas. Christine and David were NFP teachers for Couple to Couple League where they taught at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Olathe for 22 years. She and her family have been involved in many pro-life projects in her parish. Christine received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kansas State University in 1985. For the last 23 years she has designed and written her own lesson plans from a variety of curriculum sources. She has taught Latin in her daughter’s co-op and prepared her students for the National Latin Exam. Christine is currently participating in the Spiritual Mentorship Program offered by the Apostles of the Interior Life and the School of Faith. She will graduate in January of 2019.
TALK TITLE: Meditation
I am a homeschooling mother of 9 with an affinity for classical education. I have my MA in counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville. We live on a small farm northeast of KC growing our own milk, meat, (and saints).
TALK TITLE: Growing Saints: Lessons from the Farm
Formerly city kids, now striving to raise saints in the country, Cathy will share a few enduring lessons their family has learned, highlighting the importance of hard work in the development of character and family unity. This talk is for everyone striving to raise saints.
Dino serves as the Director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. After his first career in hotel management he changed course, obtaining two degrees in theology and catechesis. He began his professional service to the Church as Director of Religious Education in a 5,500-family parish where he served for almost a decade. He has taught and mentored more than 1,000 catechists and other Church leaders. Raised Methodist, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1995. Dino and his wife Cathy homeschool their 9 children and live on a small farm near Kansas City, Missouri.
TALK TITLE: Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace
Parents will be provided with ways to help protect their children from an industry that is attempting to ensnare them and learn ways to help their children make good decisions about media consumption.
TALK TITLE: Dad Talk
Megan Fassero is the Homeschool Outreach Coordinator for Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She and her husband Matt live in rural Atchison county, where they raise cattle, pigs, and chickens. Megan has held various positions at Benedictine College over the years including Residence Hall Director, Title IX Investigator, and Administrative Assistant for College Ministry. Her best job title, however, is homeschool mom to Julia, who is now a freshman in college.
TALK TITLE: What College Professors Are Saying About Your Homeschooler
What does it look like, from a professor’s point of view, when a homeschooled student steps foot in the college classroom? Hear from real college professors about what they wish homeschool parents had taught their students about succeeding at college, and hear about how homeschool students are impressing educators at the college level. If you are wondering what it takes to prep your high schooler for college, join us for this presentation.
Amanda French is a homeschooling mother of six. Her husband, Michael, is an insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus. They are members of Sacred Heart/St. Casimir Parish in Leavenworth. She is a graduate of Benedictine College with a degree in music. In her free time, she sings with the Peacemakers choir in Atchison, KS and facilitates an online charity group.
TALK TITLE: Teaching Theology of the Body to Your Children
It can be intimidating talking to your children about Theology of the Body. How do you bring such a complex topic down to their maturity level? What should you say and when? How do you teach them about sexuality without ruining their purity? This talk will explore these questions and more in order to help you guide your children through those tender pre-teenage years with total confidence in God’s design for their bodies.
Nancy Kuemmerlein has taught writing, foreign language, Great Books, and studio art to all ages for over forty years. A Student of Dr. John Senior, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Comparative Literature. She homeschooled her own children for more than two decades. She and her husband Marc live in Kansas City, Missouri.
TALK TITLE: The Creative Homeschool: Forming and Supporting Your Artistic Child
Growing as an artist requires equal parts play and discipline. We’ll talk about finding that balance, how to keep your home art friendly, when to save and when to splurge on art materials, and how to identify next steps. We’ll make time for a Q and A as well.
Betsy Schleeter, wife to Brad, mother of 7 from high school to newborn is a passionate homeschooler who has a heart for children will all kinds of special needs, mothers, community building, and discipleship.
TALK TITLE: Outnumbered: Finding Peace and Sanity in the Multiage Homeschool
Do you feel outnumbered in your homeschool? Do you have children with special needs, emotional needs, diaper needs, discipline needs all at the same time? Do you find the number of needs exceeds your capability? Come join Betsy Schleeter, mom of 7 children to explore attitudes and strategies to help find and maintain peace and sanity amidst the many needs of multiple aged children.
Katie Sciba is a nationally sought speaker and ﬁve-time Catholic Press Award-winning writer on marriage and family. She speaks and writes about ﬁnding bravery in Christ, vulnerability in marriage, and minimalism in the domestic church. Katie is a 2008 graduate of Benedictine College. She and her husband Andrew have been married for 10 years and live with their ﬁve children in Omaha.
TALK TITLE: Catholic Simplicity: Minimizing Excess to Build the Kingdom of God (and Make Your Family Happier)
Minimalism is a rising trend; society wants less clutter and more space, less stuff and more time. There’s one key component to living simply that will make it a deep transformation of the soul and ultimately, an answer to the Lord’s call.
TALK TITLE: Holy Matri-Money: How Spouses Can Connect Finances with Faith & Peace
Money is seldom a place of peace in marriage. Learning how husbands and wives perceive their income and outgo, how to validate each other’s emotions with it, and link it to holy intentionality will transform finances from GROAN to GRACE.
TALK TITLE: Hot Coals: Keeping Your Faith Alive in High School -TEEN TRACK
In this talk on keeping faith alive in high school, Katie will draw upon the analogy of a heap of hot coals. Together they stay on fire, but pull one from the pile and it will stay warm for a bit before fading. She talks about different ways to “stay hot” and stay close to others alive in faith, even in circumstances where you’re not surrounded by fervent Catholics. She throws in personal anecdotes from high school and college and discuss true, godly friendships.
Angie Stoner has been teaching Safe Sitter for St. Luke’s Hospital since the summer of 2002. She first learned about Safe Sitter when she and her husband, Jason, participated in the hospital’s childbirth preparation class when expecting their first child, Grant. Since then, her three oldest children, Grant, Caleb and Holden have taken and graduated the course. Most days, she is homeschooling their children, but enjoys the opportunity to teach Safe Sitter ten to twelve times a year. She so appreciates how the Safe Sitter curriculum is written to fully prepare students to care for their siblings, other children, and stay home alone confidently. She is an enthusiastic certified Safe Sitter Instructor, who truly enjoys the teaching experience.
TALK TITLE: Safe Sitter –TEEN TRACK
Children ages 11-13 can learn to properly handle medical emergencies while caring for children. Safe Sitter teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate response to medical emergencies. Babysitting business skills and safety for the sitter are also taught in this one-day class. The class includes CPR for Children and Infants and Choking Rescue for Adults, Children, and Infants. The class is taught by a certified Safe Sitter Instructor. The cost of the course is $55 per teen.
Dianna and her husband, Scott, have 5 children and have homeschooled for 10 years. For the last 5 years of homeschooling, they have used the Charlotte Mason philosophy of educating their children.
TALK TITLE: Homeschooling 101
New to homeschooling? This talk will give you the information you’re looking for as well as give you an opportunity to ask some questions. Come get ready for the journey of homeschooling!
TALK TITLE: Self-care: The Key to Maintaining Your Sanity as a Homeschool Mom
Mothers, you are people too! The best way to combat burnout is to have self-care built into your schedule. What that looks like for us homeschooling mamas is different than what it might look like if all of our children were gone for hours a day every day. But it’s still attainable! I will share with you what I have found to work for my self-care and then we will have some discussion on what our stumbling blocks are and help brain storm for each other on how to care for ourselves too!
Friday, June 1st 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, June 2nd 8:00am to 5:00pm
The upcoming schedule will show you:
- When and where your favorite talks are going to take place, so you can plan to be there.
- When the vendor hall opens.
- When and where meals will take place.
- When and where Spiritual Hospitality will take place, so you can take a retreat within the day at Adoration, Confession, or Holy Mass.
- When and where the Teen Track will be, so your teens can also take advantage of this Conference with talks just for them.
Check back here for more updates on the specific schedule of both days.