Heather Haupt is the mother of three knights-in-training and a spunky little princess. She wants to be intentional during these years of parenting and raise children who will make a difference in this world. Heather is an educator, writer, and popular speaker. Drawing on her unique perspectives in biology and as a homeschool graduate who is now in the trenches educating her four children, Heather inspires parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education. Recognizing the brevity of childhood and the power of a parent’s influence, she encourages and equips parents towards intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is the author of Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys (Summer 2017, Penguin-Random House), as well as The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks. She writes at www.heatherhaupt.com.
*NEW Homeschooling with GRIT and GRACE
The rewards of homeschooling are many, but so are the challenges. Sometimes we are plagued by doubt, but often we are just plain tuckered out. What is the key to starting and finishing strong? Why does it matter? WHAT truly matters? Perfection is not possible, but faithfulness and tenacity are a must. Renew your vision, refresh your spirit, and re-energize for this life-changing mission of home education.
Bold Parenting in a Brave New World
We are seeing changes occur in the culture at breakneck speed. Clarity, discernment, and vision is necessary now more than ever. We need a generation of parents who will fight for their kids and create their own culture within the home. We need a generation of parents who will preserve a godly heritage and prepare their kids to make a difference. Let's rise and walk with boldness the path God has called us to as we raise a generation of children who cherish the truth and bring hope to their communities.
Changing the World Starts at Home
More than ever before we need to be actively engaged in our homes. Culture shapes who we are and who we are becoming. Parenting and education is about so much more than mere teaching skills. You are shaping the kinds of people they are becoming. You are a cultivator of culture as you take a proactive rather than a passive or reactive approach in your parenting. Embrace this unique place of influence in your family’s life and watch that influence spread to your community as you become a family who loves much, thinks deeply, and is motivated to make an impact.
Keynote or General Session
Hope for the Homeschool Mom:
Homeschooling is a grand adventure, but sometimes there are moments or even seasons where we just feel stuck. Or maybe we’ve veered off course. It’s easy to think that changing curriculum for the umpteenth time, making a new schedule, or even throwing in the towel will solve the problem. It usually never does because the problem runs deeper… But there is hope, glorious hope, for us. Let’s rediscover together the secret to enjoying this journey and finishing strong!
Keynote or General Session
Stepping Outside the School Box: Creating a Home Where We Learn
Learning to embrace a natural, holistic way of education can make homeschooling doable and successful academically, spiritually, and socially for both the students and the parents. It’s important to let go of our pre-conceived notions of what “school” should look like and instead major on the strengths of homeschooling – flexibility, real life learning, real books (living books), dialogue rather than formal tests, etc. Discover how to emphasize the benefits of homeschooling and avoid the burn out that happens when parents try to replicate a traditional school in their homes.
Knights in Training: Raising Boys into Men
Come discover how we can reach the heart of our boys and inspire them to embrace this training phase of their lives as they pursue living a life of purpose that, like the knights of old, courageously puts the needs of others before their own. The world needs more kind, courageous, and bold men who will lead their families well and make an impact in their world both now and for the rest of their lives. It starts with igniting the imagination, honoring their love for adventure, and casting a vision for the training process.
Equipping Kids to Persevere and Pursue Excellence
We live in a culture that craves easy. Kids are no exception. Sometimes they whine, complain, and struggle to get things done. They simply haven’t yet developed the habits of persevering and pursuing excellence. They need our help. Come find out how to help our kids thrive and give their all to every endeavor. You will learn how to minimize some of the weaknesses homeschooling can have as well as maximize the strengths that this special one-on-one type of education provides in order to cultivate this mindset by connecting kids to a greater sense of purpose and setting in place habits that will equip our kids to succeed.
Homeschool Myth Busters
How many times have you heard or stated, “I can’t homeschool because… I’m not patient enough, what about socialization, there might be gaps in their education, I’m not smart enough, etc… We’ll tackled these common myths and shed light on how to overcome them. Let’s separate fact from fiction, discard what is untrue and turn potential weaknesses into strengths!
Developing Life Long Readers
Come and discover how to prepare an environment which will cultivate life-long readers. Reading acquisition is so much more than merely reading mechanics. Whether you have a pre-reader, emergent reader, or fluent reader, this intensely practical workshop will give you tools to use (including developmentally appropriate activities, tips on book selection, etc) as well as pitfalls to avoid (including jumping the gun, taking a cookie cutter approach). You will leave excited, motivated, and equipped to cultivate a culture of reading!
Toddlers in Tow: Thriving in the Midst of Crazy
Homeschooling with a baby on your hip and a toddler hanging from your legs can be quite a challenge. Or maybe you are wrestling with guilt about not doing enough with the preschooler when you are busy with your older kids… Some days it may seem daunting. But really, having little one’s around can be a huge blessing. We just need eyes to see the positives and a few tricks up our sleeves to help traverse the challenges. Renew your vision and arm yourself for this precious season, because YES, you can thrive in the midst of crazy.
Why Movement is the Magic Ingredient for Learning
Come explore the scientific research behind the mind/body connection and how movement can be the key switch to turn your child ON to learning. Learn ways to incorporate movement into everyday learning to maximize your child’s learning potential.
Help for the Distracted Child
Do you have one of those kids who gets easily side-tracked? You know, tapping pencils, staring out windows or constantly starting something new without finishing the first assignment? Why does this happen and what can we do to help them hone their focus and succeed at the task at hand? In this highly distractible day and age, attention is a hot commodity. Come discover vital tips to help your child get focused and stay focused.
Homeschooling the Early Years: You Gotta Turn Right to Go Left
Want to give your preschooler and kindergartner an edge? Though it may seem counter-intuitive, having a playful relaxed, yet intentional attitude towards learning in the early years develops creativity, encourages curiosity, builds independence, expands attention span, enhances relationships, and has fun, too. And it is PROVEN to give them an academic edge! Join Heather as she share's the art of teaching young children through play.
10 Ways to Make the Most of the Preschool Years!
Ever heard the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short?” While there are days that can test the sanity of just about any mom, these exciting, exhausting, laughter inducing, messy years are rich with opportunity. So how can we make the most of every day? How can we enjoy the beauty of this season and capitalize on its strengths? Let’s explore setting some important goals and then map out a plan to make the most of these beautiful preschool years!
Come explore ways to cultivate the engine of education: curiosity. Learn how to grow the love of learning in your children that will bear the long-term fruit of academic excellence, strong family relationships, and independent learning. This developmentally appropriate, holistic approach to real-life learning can relieve stress for both parent and child, as well as bring joy to your homeschool and family life beginning in the crucial early years.
Sharing Life, Love and Learning... How Homeschooling Can Build Relationships
One of the perks of homeschooling is the opportunity families have to build relationships. Learning to live and learn together, 24-7, provides a wonderful environment where relationships are cultivated. It isn't always easy, but the benefits are well worth the effort!