2013-14 Convention Speakers

All of these are FREE to the MATCH members. The workshops won't all be out there at once. We will change from time to time throughout the year, so make sure and check back often to see which ones are playing.

Hal & Melanie Young are fresh from a state tax audit to prove that yes, they're all ours, Hal and Melanie Young, authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association 2011 Book of the Year, Raising Real Men and the upcoming My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, are parents of six real boys and two real girls. They homeschooled from the beginning and have three graduates so far. Hal and Melanie have served on the Board of Directors of North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including three terms as President for Hal. They have published articles with The Foundation for Economic Education, Homeschooling Today, the John Locke Foundation, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, the N.C. Family Policy Council, the Heartland Institute and are regular columnists for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Homeschool Minute. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances and are sought after conference speakers who routinely draw standing room only crowds with their mix of uniquely entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful Scriptural principles. The Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.
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How to Be Happily Married While Homeschooling
The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that it's a lifestyle of learning that takes place 24/7. That's also the hard thing about homeschooling! It does change your family life. Those changes are mostly good, but they can also be challenging. Hal & Melanie Young, veterans of nearly two decades of homeschooling discuss how homeschooling affects your marriage and how you can use that knowledge to make your marriage stronger in this funny and practical workshop.

Raising Real Men
In spite of what the culture is telling us, boys and girls are different. Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of history, or had a single math lesson take three hours? Then you're probably raising boys! If the world seems intent on gender-bending and forcing our sons into a feminized mold, Hal and Melanie, parents of six boys, explain the Biblical way out - and a better way to turn wild little dirt lovers into strong Christian men!

Skipping Adolescence
Modern psychologists say adolescence lasts into the thirties, but the Word of God treats teens as adults in training. Find out how to plan a coming of age ceremony that will give your new young adults a vision for godly manhood or womanhood, be a testimony to your family, and give your younger children something to aim for. Our coming of age parties are looked forward to for years - and yours can be, too!

JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication. Her Christian and humorous approach to communication skills has made her a sought after speaker. JoJo's articles have appeared in various homeschool magazines and websites such as Dr. Laura.com. Her Say What You Mean curricula is endorsed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and her eBook, Say What You Mean When You're in Business, has been used by direct sales leaders and small business owners alike.
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To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate!
Jessie Hawkins is back with us today to discuss vaccinations. The good, the bad and the ugly! Come tune in and learn the latest information available on vaccinations. And come share your own experiences and ideas!

Norm Wakefield is the founder of Elijah Ministries which was established while he served as pastor of Coast Community Church in Fountain Valley, CA. Believing that strong, effective churches consist of strong families and that such families are led by men whose hearts are turned toward their families, the vision of Elijah Ministries is to build up the local church by equipping men to lead their families according to God's power. Norm ministers through speaking at homeschool conventions and conferences, through audio and video taped messages, and through written materials.

Elijah Ministries is based on the promise of God in Malachi 4:5-6. "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse." God is doing a marvelous thing in the hearts of fathers all across the United States. As He turns the hearts of fathers to their wives and children, He also is turning the hearts of children to their fathers. In this way, the next generation is being prepared for the Lord, and in them lies the hope of the church of Jesus Christ being transformed and increasing in effectiveness.

Norm and his family are now living in Bulverde, Texas. Norm and Alma have four children. Abby (32 and married with four children), Alyssa (30, married with six children), Micah (27 and married with two children), and Amanda (25). Family, work, church, and sports have a place in most men's lives. Experience as a high school and college athlete, a school teacher and coach, a father of four (homeschool 16 yrs.), a husband of 35 years, a worship leader (plays the guitar and sings), youth minister, seminary graduate, and pastor gives Norm a broad range of experience with which to relate to men and their families. His keynote messages and workshops penetrate the heart and are designed to point his listeners to a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.

Workshops:
God's Blueprint for the Family
Do you want to build a godly legacy that will last for generations? This message presents God's plan for preserving and preparing generations for the Lord. The Spirit of Elijah, the Holy Spirit, turns the hearts of men to God, their wives, and their children so that the next generation may be prepared to walk with God.

Becoming a Relational Husband and Father
One of the greatest needs of wives and children is to have a husband or father who knows how to be relational. Norm explains what it means to be relational and then gives practical suggestions for how to improve. Your wife and children will love it!

A Father and His Daughter
Daughters look to their fathers for affirmation of womanhood, but how does a father provide what a daughter needs to become secure in who she is as a woman? Norm answers how a father can minister to the basic spiritual and emotional needs of the women in the home.

Life with Amanda
Norm and Alma share lessons they have learned while educating Amanda, their 20 year-old daughter who has Down's Syndrome. They will share insights regarding how to face the challenges of working with a special needs child as well as resources that may be of encouragement and assistance.

Preparing Teens for Life
This message presents the curriculum for young men and women found in the books of Titus and Proverbs. God knows what parents need to teach and train their teens in order for them to glorify God and be prepared for life.

The Calling Out of Sons: What's a Father to Do Part 1
The Calling Out of Sons: What's a Father to Do Part 2
For generations fathers have done the best they could with what they had. What many men didn't have was vision for what to do with their sons. This session may have a generational effect as fathers learn how to help their sons transition from boyhood to manhood. This message also explains why many in this generation struggle in marriage and parenting.

What's a Mother to Do with Sons?
Many homeschool mothers grieve over the conflict that often occurs between them and their sons, especially as the enter the teen years. How does a mother handle the transition of her little boy as he begins to identify with his father and manhood? What is her role? What can she do to not alienate her son as she gives instruction? You learn the answers to these questions and more!

Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.

He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members' legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.

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Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Your State's Homeschool Law
Everything you need to know about your state's homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.

Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights
Knowing how to protect your children from social workers may help you keep your family together when a social worker wants to pull it apart.

Joyce Herzog has a passion for educating the next generation. Graduating with straight-A's, Joyce quickly realized she was unprepared for the world at large. In the ensuing years, the inadequacies of the system were compounded by the waving standards, violence, insufficient discipline, and eroding values of our society. She realized this same system that failed her, now is failing our next generations. To combat this onslaught, she authored several books and helps for parents and teachers. She has a Master's Degree and 25 years experience teaching the learning disabled as well as a Ph.D. in Humane Letters. Joyce has pioneered programs and taught special education and learning disabilities curriculums in several states. She has been speaking and writing for home educators for over two decades as well as working directly with many families on an individual basis.
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Sharon Jeffus of Visual Manna is first of all a homeschool mom who has two fantastic sons. Both sons traveled abroad for three months in 2005 and studied art. Sharon graduated with a BSSE in art education from John Brown University and then went on to get her certification to teach English from the University of Arkansas. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Sourthern Illinois University. Sharon taught for ten years in the public schools in three different states and then wrote the Visual Manna Complete Art Curriculum in 1992 and began homeschooling her two sons. She received an outstanding rating from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for her implementation of an Indian Arts and Crafts program. Sharon has written over 20 books on teaching art and focuing on using art to reinforce core learning for visual and kinesthetic learners. She and her husband had the goal of teaching art to homeschoolers so they could develop their God given talent. In 2002, Sharon's husband was killed in an accident. Sharon and her two sons have continued to have the same vision; to encourage the homeschool community in teaching art and giving strategies to make learning an adventure for the visual and kinesthetic learners. Sharon is a regular writer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and other publications.
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In the midst of her homeschool adventure Denise Eide unexpectedly placed her hand on the heartbeat of the literacy crisis and the solutions that promise to reverse illiteracy in our nation. With faith and passion, she and her extended family reached out and began a company to create affordable books, curriculum, and software for all students. As a homeschool mother and author of the multiple award-winning book Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy, and The Logic of English series of curriculum and learning materials, Denise has had the honor of speaking at homeschool conferences, literacy events, and schools nationwide. She challenges audiences to become part of widespread social change and opens their hearts and minds to how children learn.
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Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students' skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words." He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin are parents of seven, grandparents of five, and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma's Green Country.

Workshops:

The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
We've all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include: What to correct and how to give a grade? How much help is too much? Isn't the assignment clear enough? Why don't students find their own errors? Learn and avoid four teaching mistakes that contribute to this frustration: Overcorrecting, Holding Back Help, Unclear Assignments, and Over-Expectation.

Reaching the Reluctant Writer
Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. He will be proud and motivated to write again. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines, and "dress-up" checklists. Results guaranteed!

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators
Conquering implies that we are in an extended campaign-a war-for the heart of our Christian society, now corrupted by a continuous onslaught of relativism in thought, art, and morality, resulting in a culture of death, debt, and despair. We, as Christian homeschoolers, must have more than just nice reasons to homeschool-it's not about academics; it's about reclaiming Western Civilization for Jesus Christ, and the choices we make every day have eternal significance as we strive to raise up a generation of young people who will be empowered to communicate the truth in a world of liars and lead their clueless peers through the coming crises. We have an immediate and urgent responsibility to raise up an army of culture warriors.

Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education
What is mastery learning, and how does it relate to home education? Andrew will explain the methods, goals, and benefits of the ability development model as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, "Every child can learn," and you can create success in areas where you or your children have struggled in the past.