May 11, 2019

The Chesterton Education Conference - Homeschool Edition

The St Louis Chesterton Education Conference is an amazing opportunity for Home Educators to enjoy a conference designed with them in mind!

Your day will begin with the celebration of Holy Mass at St Anselm at 8:45. No better way to start the day!

Registration is in the foyer of the Priory School at 9:15-9:45 - Say "hi" to friends old and new as we gather before the keynote address. Pick up a goody bag with catalogs from curriculum providers - there will also be goody bags for teens with materials from Catholic colleges and vocational opportunities.

For those who have pre-registered, babysitting is available on a limited basis for a freewill donation during the talks. Babysitting is in the nursery at the Parish Center. The adoration chapel will be open for silent prayer, and Confession will be available throughout the day (signs will be posted).

Dale Ahlquist, of the American Chesterton Society, supporter of home education and founder of the Chesterton Academy network of schools, will edify us with a talk on Education in Truth, Beauty and Goodness at 9:45 . Dale is an informative and interesting speaker who will be sure to inspire all of us to persevere in the critical task of educating our children.

Our first breakout session will bring a difficult choice - Kenneth Colston's  talk on "A Jill of all Trades" will discuss the importance of women in the education of our children. Drawing from Chesterton, St John Paul II, and Shakespeare, he will inspire us to the greatness of our task and encourage us on the way.
Our next choice is just as tempting - as we all know, men are a very important part of any homeschool, and Andrew Daub will challenge and inspire men and those who love them to fight the most important battle of their lives - to instill virtue, discipline and character into the young people God has entrusted to them.
Kevin O'Brien will be giving a talk titled "I Hate Poetry!" a chance to experience a sample Homeschool Connections class and to read and analyze several short poems by GK Chesterton. You will have fun, learn something, and learn how online classes can help augment and compliment your homeschool.
If all three sound tempting, you don't have to miss out! The conference talks will be recorded by St Joseph Radio and will be available for purchase.

At 11:30, we will head over to the parish center for the vendor hall, including Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, along with the Used Book Sale. Boxed lunches will be available for those who have prepurchased them. Drinks will be available for purchase, and you are more than welcome to bring a sack lunch. During this hour and a half period, you can get the first chance to look at the used books, and sit down to enjoy a meal with fellow homeschoolers and catch up.

The vendor hall/used book sale closes at 1 for our next breakout session - another difficult choice to be made! Maureen Wittmann, of Homeschool Connections will be presenting a talk on Using Online Resources in your Homeschool. This informative talk will offer real solutions for busy moms who are homeschooling many children, or who are looking for support in areas of interest outside of their expertise. Kevin O'Brien will offer a thrilling mixture of performance and discussion, titled "Shakespeare and the Internet," which will offer ideas on how to teach our children (and ourselves) to be wise consumers of information.

After the 2nd breakout session, the Vendor Hall and Used Booksale will be open for the rest of the conference (almost 2 hours), allowing you to spend as much time as you need to find a great deal, make curriculum decisions, and catch up with friends. There will be a panel of experienced moms available to answer specific curriculum questions in the vendor hall. If you've already made your choices, there is a third session available with Dale Ahlquist on Renewing Christian Culture available from 2-3 with Q&A.

At 3:45, Fr Aidan McDermott, OSB, pastor of St Anselm, will offer Benediction in the Adoration chapel.

We hope you can join us! Early bird pricing ends June 1st - don't delay!

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