How Do We Measure Success in Homeschool? by J. Michael Smith
Why aren’t your Christian neighbors homeschooling? What is the number one reason that parents do not homeschool? It is their lack of confidence to believe that they can actually do the job, or, put another way, fear of failure. Many homeschoolers in the midst of homeschooling are wondering how they will be able to determine whether or not they are successful with their children. Mike will explain in clear and decisive terms how you can know whether or not you have been successful when you get to the place in your homeschool experience where it says “The End.” The Bible gives clear and decisive direction in this area which should be very encouraging to all of us, even in difficult situations.
Balancing Family Responsibilities For the Busy Homeschool Family by J. Michael Smith
Many homeschoolers confess that the most difficult thing for the homeschooling family is learning to balance all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop will approach this challenge from a strictly biblical perspective. Mike Smith will explain that the key to solving the time crunch is establishing priorities, and how to carry out those priorities. This is an essential workshop. Lives will be changed, schedules will be met, and families, many for the first time, will go through days, months and years without the frustration of feeling like a failure because they have not accomplished their goals and objectives.
Homeschooling and Parental Rights - Freedom Under Fire by J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom have been the two foundations to establish a constitutional right for parents to teach their children at home. Several years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the free exercise of religion claim as a foundation for homeschooling so that in order for homeschoolers to claim a fundamental right to homeschool, they must be able to combine the free exercise right with the parental rights claim. Currently this is not a problem, but because of the fragile nature of freedom, moral decay, complacency and apathy, homeschooling freedoms are in jeopardy. An additional threat is the opposition from the intellectual elites based on a belief that the state, through public schools, should have access to all children to teach tolerance for others, which leads to collectivism. Homeschoolers are in their cross-hairs and are clearly at risk.
The Power of Praise With Our Children by J. Michael Smith
Life and death is in the power of tongue. Deep scars can occur as a result of negative, condemning words and withholding of praise and affirmation. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. This talk uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. The talk will explore some ways that we use our tongue to injure our children and how we can use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to develop a relationship with our child that lasts forever.
Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision by J. Michael Smith
A general overview of the challenges, burdens, and benefits of homeschooling from a veteran homeschool father and leader. Addressing the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, the veteran homeschooler and all homeschoolers in between, Michael Smith outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschoolers have earned the right to be left alone. For homeschoolers who are losing the vision, he reminds them of the benefits of homeschooling and offers some practical suggestions for relieving the pressure on the homeschooling family, especially Mom.
What Can Dads Do To Make Mom Successful in Homeschooling? by J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he is to lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever told them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Michael Smith presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a helpful participant in the home education program and a leader in the home. He provides insight on the mental and emotional benefits to mothers and children that fathers can provide through specific activities, and offers suggestions to men on how to be more effective as husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!”
The Greatest Deterent to Homeschooling: Fear and Inadequacy by J. Michael Smith
This presentation is based upon scriptural principles gleaned from King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This session is more of a general encouragement and challenge to homeschoolers than specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there will be specific application principles that will be given in a 1—2—3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome fear of failure, one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling moms.
How To Protect Your Family Against A Truant Officer or Social Worker Visit by J. Michael Smith
As the government’s ever-growing role expands to encompass family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical for every attendee. Michael Smith comes with over two decades of defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts to inform the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well. Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.”