HOMESCHOOLING ADVENTURES: A Weekend to REST, REFRESH, & REJUVENATE
“Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths” (Ps 25:4).
Our 3rd annual special weekend for homeschooling moms will be Friday evening, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at the beautiful Pasadena Courtyard Marriot in Monrovia, CA. This year’s theme is Homeschooling Adventures: A Weekend to Rest, Refresh and Rejuvenate. “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths” (Ps 25:4). Come journey with us as we explore how to follow God’s path for educating our own at home and how to turn our homeschool calling into an adventure! Pack your bags, take a little stay-cation, and spend the weekend with other homeschooling moms. It is going to be a weekend of encouragement, fellowship, laughter, and worship.
Doors open and sign in begins at 6:00 PM!
FRIDAY, MARCH 27th: 6:30-9:30 PM Homeschooling High School **Special Guests Martin & Carolyn Forte**
Our first session will share helpful hints and legal advice on how to successfully send your high school students out into the world! Yes, homeschooling through high school is not only possible, but it is a gift and a blessing from God. First, Carrie De Francisco will explain what is needed to meet the CA graduation requirements and then our panel of homeschool graduates will share their individual paths to meeting these requirements. We will end with a Q & A session. Our panel of homeschool high school graduates will share their high school journey, what they did (traditional and non-traditional) to meet the CA requirements, what they are doing now in the workforce and/or on the college campuses, and how homeschooling through high school helped each of them achieve their goals. Homeschool graduates and Carrie and Mike De Francisco will share how to get into college, meet some of those UC requirements and how to create a homeschool high school experience that builds on your high schooler’s God-given strengths and talents. Husbands & High School students are welcome to attend our 1st session on Friday night and to ask tons of questions!
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH: Worship, Speakers, and Fellowship
8:30 Doors open and Fellowship Time
The Jonah Journey: When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours (Book of Jonah Study)
Like Jonah, are you traveling this homeschooling journey kicking and screaming or are you running in the opposite direction filled with fear, doubts and down-right apprehension? Has God called you to homeschool or has He called you to homeschool another year? Don’t run away! Accept the call! In our first session, we will delve deep into the Book of Jonah and learn lessons from the prophet on how to be joyful (and obedient) when God’s homeschooling “itinerary” doesn’t match ours! If God has called you to homeschool, He will set the course and not only will His plans will be perfect but they will bring joy and blessings. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11). We will also learn from Jonah how anger, bitterness, unforgiveness and disobedience (even delayed obedience) can turn an adventure and a holy calling into a long, exhausting and even torturous trip. Carrie De Francisco will share biblical principles from the Book of Jonah that can be applied to your ministry of motherhood and calling to homeschool.
Passport to Learning: Using Travel, Field Trips and Literature to Learn Just About Everything
Teach what you love! Carrie De Francisco and Christine Echeverri are partnering up in our 2nd session to share how you can use what you love and what you are good at to teach just about every subject and at any grade level. Carrie and Christine will share their love of traveling, literature, science, and games as a way to learn history, geography, and economics; appreciate different cultures, art, and music; and enhance science, environmental and global studies. Using their love for traveling and for California history, they will share how to use geography and travel to learn about California and about countries around the world.
In the first half of the session, Christine will share how she creates her own curriculums to teach what she loves! Using California as the backdrop, she will share how you can do a year’s worth of science, literature, geography, history, and nature studies. Christine will also share examples from her curriculum, CA Out of the Box. In the last half of the session, Carrie will share through stories, tips, games, and books, how to spend a whole school year exploring countries and cultures around the world. Carrie will even give tips and ideas on how to include your teens while “traveling the world”! Moms will leave this session with everything they need to use local field trips, family favorite games, literature and so much more to explore California, countries, cultures and God’s creation. They will also leave with confidence to design their own unit studies to teach what they love! You don’t want to miss this eclectic, how-to session!
12:00 Lunch Break & Fellowship
One Mom’s Journey: A Testimony
Fellow homeschooling mom, Desiree Lang, will share her powerful testimony of how God’s plans were radically different from hers. However, He led her one step at a time along the path He chose for her and her unborn child. Desiree’s “Andy Story” is a powerful story of how choosing life and trusting God can bring honor and glory to God while sharing the love of Jesus and His miraculous power with those who don’t believe. When others told her to give up and move on, Desiree chose to believe in God and his promises. Seventeen years later, her miracle is not only surviving but thriving and is a walking testament to the power of choosing life and choosing God’s plans for our lives. Bring your doubts. Bring your kleenex. Bring your friends. If you hear one talk this weekend, make time for this one. You will leave inspired and ready to walk any path God is calling you to.
10 Essentials for ANY Homeschool Journey: What to “pack” while on this Adventure
When planning a trip, packing wisely is essential! Any traveler will tell you how important it is to never leave home without the “ten essentials”. What are the “ten essentials” you should “pack” on this homeschooling journey so that at the end of it, your children are filled with a love for God, cherished memories, and life-giving relationships? Our desire is that through our homeschooling and parenting our children will have the confidence and curiosity to leave home but will have the desire and devotion to come back. We want them to love the Lord, love each other and love learning. If you are embarking on this adventure we call homeschooling, if your homeschooling travels are taking a different course, or if you are extending your homeschooling journey for another season, you should have these Ten Essentials for the “trip”! “You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.” (Ps 16:5 GNT). In our final session, Carrie De Francisco will share the ten essential things every homeschooling mom should do or possess in order to make their homeschooling journey God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, and even fun, memorable and enjoyable! Tons of “how – to’s” and tried and true ideas will be shared so that at the end of the homeschool journey, your Master will say “Well done good and faithful servant.”
3:30 Closing and Fellowship