Knowledge + Understanding = Wisdom
Mind + Heart = Conversion
Here are my notes from the presentations today:
Influence through improving nonverbal communication with Jeff Baird
Power up! :) there’s a lot in this one! Jeff took us through pictures and movies and slides to show us the power of our nonverbal communication. Here is a statistic that I was amazed with.
The Power of an Hour with Donna Goff
What can you do with a ONE hour? Donna had to provide for her family years ago. She had very little time to homeschool her children, but still longed to have them have a high quality education. So, she said to herself I’ll only do one hour a day of teaching. It was successful for her children and for many others who have used this idea. Try this:
Homeschooling 101 with ToriAnn Perkey
Before her presentation ToriAnn gave us some good tips:
When we respond to this invitation of "learn of me" we become partakers of his divine power. Let us teach as he would have us teach and learn as he would have us learn. :)
Learning Language with the Book of Mormon with Dianne McLean and Karl Beckstrand
These two complementary presentations help us to learn a language using the Book of Mormon.
Dianne learned and taught Spanish using the Book of Mormon. She suggested:
The Book of Mormon is a good resource to use while learning languages and other topics because the spirit of the Lord is in the words and it helps you learn. Someone also added that you have to have a desire to learn that language or you’ll never learn it. So true.
Humanities including art, writing, dance, music, anthropology, story, sports and so much more. Karl said he use to think music was his favorite and now he doesn’t have a favorite because they have all become fascinating. Here are some statements from the presentation:
Hebrew language has 45,000 words and the English language has over 1,000,000. Why? The Hebrew Education System have many Christlike traditions we could adopt:
"[It was] a zoo unlike any zoo we had seen before. Rather than wander past cages of sleepy animals, visitors were invited to enter the pens and pet the animals. Following the trainer, we made our way into the enclosure prepared for the large lions and petted them while they seemed to ignore us.
"I asked the trainers how they had convinced those giant beasts to not eat us. They called my attention to several little dogs that likewise inhabited the pens. When the lions were small, those yappy dogs chased the lions mercilessly and nipped at their heels. The lion cubs became accustomed to cowering in the corner, afraid of the dogs.
"When the lions grew, they continued to cower in fear. With the flick of a paw, they could easily have sent those dogs flying, but the lions didn’t see themselves as they really were. They were unaware of their regal identity and potential.
"We all face pesky little dogs that steal our confidence and keep us cowering in figurative corners."
The presenters today each gave us tools to avoid the "yappy dogs" and how to strengthen ourselves and our families so that we can remember who we are - ROYALTY!
We started off the day with Powerful Practices Produce Powerful Days with Livia Pewtress.
Livia brought a wealth of information! She brought in a basket full of things, I felt like it was Christmas and couldn’t wait to get started. :)
Here are just a few things she does or has done with her children:
Next presentation was Standing as a Witness with Tammy Ward. She said, "We have not been saved for thousands of years to live in the Latter Days to sit quietly by on the sidelines. We must Boldly stand as a witness for Jesus Christ." Tammy shows us how to stand boldly for Christ by:
The day concluded with Language is a Gift of Love with Marlene Fletcher. She teaches us some ways to improve the art of communication in our home. She has a plaque in her home that says, “Life is a Journey, we learn as we go, take the good and let the rest go.” It helps remind her family that some things don’t need to be held on to. She also has some great tips:
Too often we cower in fear of those "yappy dogs," those negative voices saying we can't or shouldn't or don't remember the things of Eternity. Let us use our mighty paws and send those thoughts flying far away and stand up, boldly declaring who and whose we are and then go and do the things Christ has prepared for us to do!
One of our audience members, Shannon, gave us some great ideas on how to keep the armor of God on and Christ in our thoughts on a more regular basis.
Encouraging Scripture Masaic
Here are a few pictures of the mosaics I have done and things I use in my own home. And you have my permission to share any of these if you feel led to do so...they are all for His glory and if they can encourage, inspire, or advance His kingdom, I'm in!!!
This is one board I did and you see the solid boarder with His names in it...this one was to remind the recipient that as long as they rest "in Him", He can make something beautiful with all the pieces.
Writing on the Mirror
These are my personal "I Am" pieces. Mine are mirrors since I often need to be reminded who I am according to HIS WORD...
She also talks about the importance of watching how we react, because how we act is a teaching tool for your children. Make sure you are enforcing and not forcing.
The analogy of the gem was most fascinating to me. Instead of thinking of ourselves as on different levels we can think of ourselves as looking at the same gem from different places or facets.
This idea is to help share our feelings about Christ and the increase our spiritual learning with our secular. Because studying only the secular is like “the foam on the milk. A fleeting shadow.” Spencer W. Kimball
Here is the whole quotation: “Youth, beloved youth, can you see why we must let spiritual training take first place? –why must we pray with faith, and perfect our own lives like the Savior’s? Can you see that the spiritual knowledge may be complemented with the secular in this life and on for eternities but that the secular without the foundation of the spiritual is but like the foam upon the milk, the fleeting shadow?” President Spencer W. Kimball
Day two has ended and we have learned about service and presence.
Becky Rogers is friendly and open. She answers questionsShe told us her story and how she parents. She talked about how she taught her son to play the piano.
It was so much fun. One thing she said was, “If I can’t prepare physically for something I make sure I prepare spiritually and have never gone wrong.” She also talked about how she prepared spiritually in her mental studio.
Have you ever felt called to help others around the world? There are many families around the world that don't know how to teach their children, how to garden or how to clean a home. These families need your family to help teach them. You can help in many different ways from home, at a center or traveling to their home. Come learn how to get involved and hear Becky's story.
Heidi Totten tells us about nine life changing statements. Here are a few of them:
As a special guest Heidi brought Moses, a Masai warrior from Kenya with her and we got to ask him about his projects and about his culture and dress. It was a treat.
Mary Ann Johnson showed us how to Maximizing Presence in five Minutes or Less. She told us that if we could learn to be Present during the everyday moments of family life, our children will behave better, obey more readily and desire to be with us and please us. Try these:
Tomorrow Molly Christensen will share with us about the principles of order and Donna Goff with share her wisdom on parenting and a new presenter, Heidi Lathen will end the day with how to bring implement the gospel more into your home education experience.
You can make your own schedule within the confines of the conference, watch at your own pace, watch all the presentations without having to "divide and conquer" with spouse and friends, save money. When you're attending an online class, it can free up time for you focus on your family instead of traveling. But online conferences aren't all fun and games - without proper discipline, the convenience can quickly become panic.
If you're not familiar with the way online conferences work, it's pretty easy for them to sneak up on you and suddenly your plans to watch and learn or save money look more like mistakes.
But there are some steps you can take to avoid these nightmare-like scenarios and save yourself from sitting up in bed in the middle of the night, remembering that you haven't logged in to your conference and missed it.
First, pat yourself on your back you have already begun looking for tools to help you tackle your conference by reading this far. :) Tell yourself you CAN do it and use these survival tips:
Here are a few APP suggestions that could help you in your experience:
No matter how much you want to finish your work, Facebook will always sound better. If you lack self-control, there is literally an app for that. You can add certain sites to a “blacklist” for a designated period, during which time you won’t be able to access them. WARNING: Consider this a last resort. If you finish early, you won’t regain access to your blacklist during the time you indicated, and there’s no way around it. Not even uninstalling the app. Not even restarting your computer.
There’s a good chance you have a busy life in addition to your online courses. To-do lists are probably the only way to keep your peace of mind. Any.do is a great way to take your list obsession to the next level. Organize your lists by category time, date, and location. If you’re not a list person, Any.do does a good job of turning you into one with the daily Any.do moment.
Every conference has a story behind it. We want to let you know and experience part of that story. Here is a video that walks you through the process of how most of the presenters experienced their recording. Imagine yourself as a presenter and come record with us...
In the past six years of directing events I have been on the lookout for hidden talent or amazing teachers or mothers with wonderful ideas. Allow me to share with you five that will be presenting at this conference:
Belinda was not able to make our first scheduled session because her daughter had to go to the hospital and we had a difficult time rescheduling, but we finally made it happen. And I am SO glad!! She is teaching about the importance of teaching SCIENCE and she did a wonderful job of teaching - of course. She has been a friend for a long time and has always inspired me to be a better teacher.
She had a limited space for all her experiments, but she managed beautifully. My favorite part was how she tied it together with problem solving and God creations. She talked about answering your child's questions right away and having that be your science lesson. :) One statement she made stands out to me right now: When you understand the world around you, you have more confidence in yourself. You are going to LOVE this presentation.
Hi, we're Thom & Tresta, the interviewers for this conference. Here are some of our experiences and thoughts.