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2021 APACHE Homeschool Convention

2021 Homeschool Convention

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Thank you to everyone who made this year's Homeschool Convention a success! Whether you weren't able to attend or just want to remember a memorable session, you can order MP3s of all our convention workshops. Choose your favorite individual speakers or purchase a full set.


"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel."



Featured Keynote Speakers

Dr. Terry Mortenson

Dr. Terry Mortenson

Answers in Genesis | visit website
International speaker & author of The Great Turning Point

Dr. Terry Mortenson holds an MDiv and a PhD in the history of geology. He has lectured in 35 countries and formerly served for 26 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in the United States and in Eastern Europe. He now serves as an author, speaker and researcher with Answers in Genesis.


Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson

The Familyman | visit website
Speaker & author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom

Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website.


Convention Schedule

Thursday, March 11

New to Homeschooling Night with Kirk Smith – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This special FREE event is for new and first year homeschoolers


Friday, March 12

Registration – 8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Dr. Terry Mortenson – Creation vs. Evolution: Why it Matters – 9 to 10:15 a.m.

  • Alcha Corban – 4H STEAM Camp – 9 a.m. to noon – ages 8+, $10/student

Vendor Hall Opens – 10 a.m.

Session 1: Friday – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Todd Wilson – Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom (for Dads)
  • Durenda Wilson – Unhurried Homeschooling: Why We Need to Slow Down
  • Nancy Bjorkman – Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction
  • Hope Ware – New to Homeschooling
  • Carol Becker – Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans
  • APACHE Board Moms – Busy Bags for Busy Toddlers
  • Christopher Kallal – Critter Connection

Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Carla Estell – Creation to the Cross – 1 to 4 p.m. – for ages 6-12, $15/student, 30 student max

Session 2: Friday – 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Dr. Terry Mortenson – Millions of Years: The Idea’s Unscientific Origin & Catastrophic Consequences
  • Todd Wilson – How to Be a Great Wife Even Though You Homeschool (for Moms)
  • Carol Becker – High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help & Tips
  • Kathleen Cotter Lawler – You CAN Be a Great Math Teacher
  • Cindy West – Just What is Charlotte Mason Homeschooling?
  • Hope Ware – Homeschooling Through Times of Crisis
  • Mark Dugger – Land Your First Job Before the Interview

Session 3: Friday – 3 to 4 p.m.

  • Dr. Terry Mortenson – Dinosaurs: Have You or Your Kids Been Brainwashed?
  • Todd Wilson – Taming the Techno-Beast: Parenting in the Internet Age
  • Kirk Smith – In an Understanding Way
  • Durenda Wilson – Chores: Why They are Essential in Homeschooling
  • Cindy West – Creative Nature Study is Real Science
  • Carol Becker – Charting Your Way through High School for College, Career or Military
  • Hope Ware – 3 Steps to Teaching Children a Biblical View of Money

Vendor Hall Closes – 5 p.m.

Dinner – 5 to 6 p.m.

Mom Night with Durenda Wilson – Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance? – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dad & Kids Game Night – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Registration – 8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Todd Wilson – The Gift – 9 to 10:15 a.m.

  • American Red Cross Babysitting Class – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch break 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) – for ages 11-15, $60/student

Vendor Hall Opens – 10 a.m.

Session 4: Saturday – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Dr. Terry Mortenson – Big Bang: Exploding the Myth
  • Cindy West – Using Living Literature to Transform Your Homeschool
  • Nancy Bjorkman – Engaging Early Learners
  • Carla Estell – Teach Your Child to Read in 6 (not so easy) Steps
  • Carol Becker – Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study & Time Management
  • Hope Ware – Homeschooling AND Keeping Food on the Table
  • Christopher Kallal – Critter Connection (repeated)

Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Carla Estell – Creation to the Cross – 1 to 4 p.m. – for ages 6-12, $15/student, 30 student max

Session 5: Saturday – 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Dr. Terry Mortenson – Six Days or Millions of Years?
  • Durenda Wilson – Homeschooling Boys: What Do They Really Need?
  • Cindy West – Brain Training: Unlocking Your Child’s Potential
  • Kirk Smith – Rebellion in the Ranks
  • Carol Becker – The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student's Guide
  • Kathleen Cotter Lawler – Math Myths, Math Anxiety, and Math Learning Challenges
  • James Ware – 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before College

Session 6: Saturday – 3 to 4 p.m.

  • Dr. Terry Mortenson – Ape-men, Adam, and the Gospel
  • Todd Wilson – Raising Politically Incorrect Pink and Blue Kids in a Purple World
  • Durenda Wilson – Nurturing Sibling Relationships
  • Cindy West – How to Plan Unit Studies: A Step-by-Step Lesson
  • Kirk Smith – Miraculous Cure for Weariness: Embrace It!
  • Carol Becker – After High School: Alternative Plans
  • James Ware – Navigating the Information Jungle

Vendor Hall Closes & Convention Ends – 5 p.m.



Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors

Lincoln Christian University

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Peoria Area Association of Christian Homeschoolers

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