Homeschool Training Day

Refresh & Refocus

March 15, 2019

Gather with homeschooling families from across Central Ohio for a FANTASTIC event, our

4th Annual


Refresh & Refocus

THIS EVENT IS FREE and OPEN to ANY homeschooling or considering homeschooling family!

March 15, 2019

Doors open at 4:00pm

Exhibitor hall open from 4pm-9pm

Located at 4905 Jacksontown Rd. Heath, Ohio

Convienent to SR161 and I-70!

Featured Speakers

Melanie Elsey - Christian Home Educators of Ohio - Homeschooling Advocates since 1983

"Homeschooling 101" and

"Homeschooling in Ohio: Legislative Update"

Melanie and her husband John serve on CHEO’s Board of Directors. She has also been serving as the Legislative Liaison for CHEO since 1994. In this capacity she has monitored the work of the State Board of Education and Ohio Legislature to ensure policies proposed would not adversely affect the rights of parents to home educate their children. She and her husband John also serve as members of the CHEO Board of Directors. She has publicly addressed effects of state and federal policies at the invitation of more than 350 local communities since 1993. She and John have been married 35 years and are the parents of 3 grown children and blessed with their families and four grandchildren.

CHEO is a member supported 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with the Christ-centered ministry of supporting equipping and protecting families in the home education of their children. As a year-round ministry, they function to inform and educate families through various means including sponsored seminars and regional events. They diligently work to monitor the Ohio legislative process in order to protect our freedom to home educate.

Debby Gerth of Ohio Homeschooling Parents

"Permission to Homeschool?"

Do you wonder if you're doing this homeschooling thing all wrong? Are you struggling to meet standards and expectations? Are you almost certain you are failing your child? Do all of your relatives tell you how disadvantaged your child will be?

Don't miss this informative and enlightening session. You CAN homeschool, but it might look a little bit different than what you are expecting, and that is a VERY good thing!

Debby is a homeschooling mother of three, advocate, encourager, and co-learner homeschool mom. She is also the co-chair of Ohio Homeschooling Parents, a state-wide home education and advocacy group of nearly 10,000 parent educators.

Casey Green of Civil Air Patrol Licking County Composite Squadron

The Importance of STEM Education (And How to Get Free STEM Kits through Civil Air Patrol)


The Sky Is Literally the Limit - Unlocking the Vast Opportunities for Kids in Civil Air Patrol

Casey is a homeschooling mom of five. Her kids range in age from 7 – 16, so she understands the challenges homeschooling parents face at every level. She is also a Senior Member of Civil Air Patrol, Licking County Composite Squadron. She functions as the Aerospace Education Officer for her local squadron, located at Everett Park in Newark. Part of her responsibilities include educating the public about Aerospace Education & STEM. Casey is passionate about enriching children’s education and providing tools to educators and homeschooling parents to spark an interest in children’s minds regarding science.

Amanda Sillin - homeschooling mom and Co-Director of ELCC

"Homeschooling High School" and "High School Record Keeping"

Amanda encourages homeschooling families that they CAN home school through high school. Get How-to advice and answers to common questions about diplomas and transcripts as well as resources for developing a plan for high school and creating high school records.

Tami Claggett, Homeschooling Mother of 5, Co-Owner of Claggett Family Farm, lives on 100 acres in Licking County

Homeschooling, Homesteading, Homemaking

Do you desire to serve your family but feel overwhelmed at the idea of homeschooling, homemaking and homesteading? Join Tami for some encouragement and wisdom from the farm.

Brandon and Leah Myers - Morrison Archery

Second Generation Christian Homeschooling parents of 5,

Topic TBA

Brandon and Leah Myers have been married 15 years. They are Christians and second-generation homeschooling parents to five children. Because of a strong vision for family and ministry, they set an aggressive goal (shortly after getting married)of being retired by 35. They were blessed to realize that goal two years early. They started their first small business in 2005. Since then, they've owned or been involved in over 10 small businesses.

Keri Sanders, Homeschooling Mother of 4, Nutrition Enthusiast

Connections between Nutrition and Learning

Much of our Western approach to medicine and learning solutions considers individual symptoms as isolated boxes – an ADD/ADHD box, a dyslexia box, the autism box, the depression or anxiety box. My goal is to share with you the growing mountain of evidence for the interconnectivity of the whole body, in particular, the gut and brain connection. Do our children suffer from genetic issues beyond our control or do nutritional strategies exist that give us power to help them succeed academically? Be empowered and come join us!

Keri Sanders is a homeschooling mother-of-four who has spent the last decade researching and experimenting with various strategies to deal with a whole host of health issues with her children and herself like ADD and dyslexia, brain fog, depression, anxiety, food and seasonal allergies, autoimmune Thyroid issues, etc. Keri holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and so far has had 3 middle schoolers start college classes through College Credit Plus.

Brant Baker - Central Ohio Technical College Admissions Representative

"High School Options"

Learn how the College Credit Plus and Concurrent Enrollment can benefit your students. Important dates and application information will be covered in this session as well as the Two-Year Transfer Guarantee and the ability to complete many classes online, from the comfort of your own home.

Lora Parks - Homeschooling Mother of 5 children ages 11, 9,7,5 and 2

"Using Unit Studies to Homeschool Multiple Ages"

Do you struggle with homeschooling multiple children? Have you ever wondered "How am I supposed to cover Math with this many students?" Come and be encouraged, you CAN homeschool multiple children in multiple stages, yes, even with a toddler! This refreshing session offers practical tips encouraging cooperation, planning and organization,wisdom and a sense of belonging and purpose as Lora shares her journey and encouragement.

Marshal Sillin, Homeschooler and Owner of Marshal's Mowers and Landscaping LLC

"Small Business for Teens"

Is your teen interested in starting their own small business? Is this even possible when you are still in high school?

This doesn't have to be complicated - find a small business that fits within your busy high school schedule including academics, extra curriculars, and social life! Learn how starting a small business can count on transcipts, teach life skills and money management, and open up a world of opportunities for the future.

Melissa Hamilton, Homeschooling Mother of 4, Certified Ohio teacher

"Portfolio Reviews and Assessments- Need to Know"

Melissa has taught in both public and private schools (12 years) as well as homeschooled her own children for the past 8 years. She has had experience with many curriculum choices, both as a teacher and as a home educator.

Melissa holds a BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Florida as well as a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida. She has continued to further her education by obtaining continuing education classes from: The Ohio State University, Walsh University, and Ashland University, to further develop her knowledge in reading difficulties/strategies, writing, science, technologies, and elementary math best practices and strategies.

Drason Sillin - Homeschooling Father and Moderator, ELCC

"Homeschool Support for Fathers"

Drason encourages fathers to get involved in their families homeschooling adventure and offers practical tips for dads. Worried that your kids will be weird? If you're a father who is wondering if homeschooling is right for your family, come to this session!

Carol Kinsey - Homeschooling mother of 2 and Author of Creative Writing through Literature

"The Importance of Literature and Writing in your Homeschool"

Carol Kinsey lives with her husband and their two daughters on a farm in rural Ohio. She and her husband have been involved in youth ministry for over twenty years and currently serve at a small country church, which inspired her first novel, Under the Shadow of a Steeple. Her novel, Witness Protection, was released in September 2017. She has also published Greater Love, Until Proven Innocent, and a writing curriculum, Creative Writing Through Literature. Carol has a passion for writing exciting Christ-centered fiction that uplifts, encourages, and gives glory to God.


"Understanding the Jon Peterson Scholarship"


"Homeschooling Students with Dyslexia"

Aaron Green - College LiftOff

"Finding Scholarships for Homeschool Students"

Finding scholarships for your homeschooling student couldn't be easier - or more profitable! Learn how to secure your child's future and save thousands in the process!

Amy Gant - Licking County Library

"Using the Local Library to Homeschool!"

Come and hear about upcoming programs and services specifically designed for homeschooling families

Ohio Christian University

"Transitioning Homeschool to College"

What are colleges looking for? What sort of documents do I need to keep? Will I have to bring in 13 years of worksheets?

Come and learn what colleges are looking for from homeschooling students.

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