MÂCHÉ Speakers are available
MÂCHÉ board members and district liaisons are willing to speak to support groups on topics such as Minnesota law, educational issues, encouragement, socialization, and more. Contact MÂCHÉ at 763-717-9070 or firstname.lastname@example.org if your group would like to invite someone to make presentations for an evening or weekend. Honoraria and travel expenses should be negotiated individually with each speaker.
Kris has graduated her four home educated children and desires to mentor younger moms who are now considering and pursuing the calling of home educating their own children.
Have you lost the joy of homeschooling? Has it become more of a chore than a blessing? Homeschooling is really a full-time job and can be exhausting. Come and hear some great suggestions for how to avoid burning out while homeschooling.
If you're considering homeschooling your children, but need more information, this is the right seminar for you. You'll hear statistics on how homeschoolers do academically and socially. We'll also cover the positive aspects of homeschooling as well as the challenges.
This seminar will cover the nuts and bolts of homeschooling, including Minnesota laws, an overview of teaching styles and learning styles, what subjects to cover, finding curriculum, record-keeping, and more.
Is your child approaching the high school years and you're not sure you can keep homeschooling through high school? It isn't as hard as it seems! Come and learn how to plan a four year educational plan, do grading and figuring our GPA's, as well as writing a transcript. This is a very hands-on workshop, where you'll learn the nuts and bolts of homeschooling your child through high school. (2 hour seminar)
This workshop will help you to determine your child's learning modality, learning styles and their love languages. Although most children can learn in a variety of ways, we all have preferences that can be capitalized on. Knowing these preferences about your child can help you choose curriculum and teach them more effectively. Added bonus is that you'll be able to figure out your own learning/teaching style!
Homeschooling provides more time to invest in your child's spiritual growth and maturity. We need to be intentional about discipling and training up our children in the ways of the Lord. In this workshop you'll learn some effective ways to help your children grow in their love for the Lord.
Does your child seem resistant to your efforts to teach them? Their resistance could be willful, or it could be due to developmental issues, learning style issues, or even a learning struggle. This workshop will cover how to determine what is causing your child's resistance and ideas for what you can do about it.
Kion and Eileen Hoffman
Kion is a medical doctor in northern Minnesota and Eileen is a homeschool support group leader. They have served on the MACHE Board of Directors since 2012. Kion and Eileen homeschool their five children.
This is a presentation on simplifying the load of schooling and house management. It includes techniques for planning out your curriculum in two days before school starts with daily maintenance that is minimal, and planning meal and household maintenance schedules that remove some of the load that mom’s with a dual career (full time teacher and house wife/executive secretary) carry.
How can we teach our children and ourselves to be encouragers. We have the opportunity to effect the people around us for eternity, but how do we do that? Learn what scripture says on this subject.
Our children are light in a hurting world. Knowing how to help their friends, summer youth campers, and acquaintances work through their struggles in a Godly way is important. In this session Eileen and her daughter Given will share some of their experiences. You will receive an overview of some of the possible issues your child might encounter and the Biblical crisis counseling skills they can use. You will also receive some tips on how to help your teens have effective helping relationships.
David and Linda Watkins
The Watkinses enjoy mentoring home educating parents. Home educating their eight children and watching their children home educate their children (twenty-four of them and counting), they have a lot of experience to share. David is MÂCHÉ's Executive Director and Linda is the Convention Director of the annual MÂCHÉ Convention. David also pastors Heritage Baptist Church in Blaine, Minnesota.
With 20+ years of experience in homeschooling a large family and lots of lessons learned the hard way, David and Linda will share many tricks of the trade and practical insights which they’ve learned that helped their family survive homeschooling. It’s not hard to do, if you follow a few basic rules.
When the Watkinses began homeschooling in 1986, it was a brand-new idea for most families, and convincing grandparents that you weren’t ruining their grandchildren was a major issue. Now, with eight children, six children-in-love, twenty-four grandchildren, and 20+ years of homeschooling behind them, the Watkinses have some unique insights about helping grandparents to love homeschooling just as much as you do.
This workshop is a pleasant break for the grandparents who ventured with you to the conference. While they enjoy refreshments and a respite from the noise in the exhibit hall, we will help them understand how important they are to their grandchildren and will give them practical ways to help home educate them. This is a very encouraging workshop!
Many home educators feel tension between themselves and their churches, but do not know what to do. We can all think of many “helpful” suggestions or comments we could offer to our pastors, especially concerning home education. But are those suggestions really helpful? Let David Watkins - pastor, former Chairman of the Board and now Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators, homeschooling father of eight, and grandfather of twenty-four - share with you some things NOT to say to your pastor! Learn what homeschoolers are really like through the eyes of their pastor.
…or perhaps you did volunteer but wish you hadn’t? If 20% of the people do 80% of the work (and you are in the 20%), how do you keep from getting over-worked and becoming resentful? Hear insights which every volunteer leader needs to apply. Your sanity may depend upon it!
Our children are a gift to us from God. The scriptures make it clear that He has called us to teach them; but home educating parents are often tempted to turn their children over to someone else to teach, whether it is a school or a co-op. God instructs His people to remember certain things; and remembering the seven key points addressed in this session will help you realize Christian home education is a process, not a project. God’s Word will navigate us through the course set before us. Keep on doing the right thing!
While there is no sure-fire formula to guarantee that your children will turn out to be a “success,” there are timeless and proven principles that, when implemented, will lay a powerful foundation upon which they can experience significant accomplishments. This workshop brings to light real help in properly training our children.
What can we do when we hit troubled waters in our homeschool, our families, our lives, …? Understanding a key four-step cycle of life found in scripture has encouraged many ‘broken’ people and given them hope as they face their dark days. Giving more than a pat on the back, David will share what we can do to navigate through those turbulent times and how we can find peace in the midst of a storm.
What happened to cause some homeschooled students to reject the Christian worldview that was important to their parents? Jesus encountered four dangerous mindsets and their negative results when He walked among His people. Homeschoolers can easily fall into one or more of these traps and, in so doing, can bring serious harm to their families. This session will explain how giving focused attention to one command of Christ will help home educators recognize and avoid those four damaging viewpoints, while at the same time helping them experience satisfaction and eternal significance in their efforts.
Are you old enough to remember Campbells "Alphabet Soup" with all the little noodles shaped like the alphabet letters? As children, we used to take the little noodles out of the soup and make words in our plates. But while in the soup, the little letters just floated around in all different directions and never formed a word that made sense. This is similar to what it's like when you decide to educate your children at home, but don't know how to put it all together to spell "h-o-m-e-s-c-h-o-o-l." Where do you start? What is homeschool supposed to look like? Why is everything so jumbled up in your brain and nothing is making sense? This workshop will help you to sort it all out for a successful first day of homeschool.
Wife, mother, domestic engineer, teacher, tutor, babysitter, nurse, counselor, friend, woman, helper, participant, ... With all the hats we wear and roles that we need to fit into a 24-hour-day, how can we possibly do it all? Surely there must be an easier way! We will discuss general time management skills, especially in light of all the extra time constraints that home educating mothers face. Consistency and flexibility are the keys.
"If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Our ability to be organized - or lack of it - sets the mood in our families. When we are disorganized we don't feel in control and, when we don't feel in control, our stress-level rises. Eighty-five percent of our stress is caused by disorganization and this alone can be the biggest enemy of our homeschool efforts. Organization has no room for procrastination. This workshop will give you some tricks of the trade to be more organized - and to feel more organized. (There is a difference.) Come prepared to take home lots of encouraging ideas.
I wish I had known that there was such a thing as learning styles and teaching styles when I began homeschooling my own children. I thought everyone thought and learned the same way I did. I was in for a big surprise when I began home educating my own eight children and found that my teaching techniques didn't work so well for everyone. After I learned that there were definite differences in the way children learn - and the ways parents teach - I made changes and saw very rewarding results in my children. This workshop will give you a good start in understanding your children and streamlining your teaching efforts.