Nancy homeschooled their two daughters all the way through high school. The Manos’ home education journey was a rich, rewarding, and sometimes challenging experience. Nancy and her husband James served together on the AFHE Board of Director for 13 years before Nancy was hired as the Executive Director in 2017. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, AFHE events, and volunteers. When not busy serving the homeschool community, she adores spending time with her grandchildren and reading a good book.
11:00 AM, Friday 6/7
You Are Enough! Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom
Feeling weary? Worried that you’re failing your children? Need a boost of confidence to keep plugging along? Join Nancy as she reminds us that God has placed our children in our families and that He has equipped us to raise them. She’ll share encouragement from God’s Word that will refresh you and revitalize you in your mission as a homeschooling mom.
1:30 PM, Friday 6/7
Homeschooling jargon can be confusing even for seasoned homeschool parents. In this workshop, Nancy will give an overview of many of the most common curriculum approaches including textbook, unit studies, classical, Charlotte Mason/living books, eclectic, and relaxed/delight-directed learning. We will also go over examples of curriculum and resources that tend to work best with each approach.
3:00 PM, Friday 6/7
Making Lapbooks to Enhance Learning
Lapbooks are a great way to enhance learning and they allow your child to create a review of what’s been learned in a compact folder. Come and learn the basics of lapbooking in this fun, hands-on, instructional workshop! Nancy will go step-by-step through the entire lapbook making process including covering folding tips for creating a variety of mini-books to go inside the lapbook. You’ll make a sample lapbook to take home with you in this workshop. Lapbooks can be used with many different subjects by students of all ages. They are a fantastic, interactive, educational tool for every style of learner.
11:00 AM, Saturday, 6/8
Small Homeschool Co-ops: Enrichment for the Learning Adventure
Participating in a co-op can be an amazing opportunity to enrich your home education adventure. A small co-op can be a really exciting and motivating way to study a particular subject or topic with a few friends, without replacing the parent as the primary instructor. It can be a great way to build lifelong friendships, too. Nancy will share from her own experiences the benefits of doing cooperative enrichment learning. We will also cover a great deal of practical information that will help you succeed in enjoying your own homeschool co-op experience.
3:00 PM, Saturday, 6/8
The Price is Right (for Support Group Leaders)
Volunteering to lead a homeschool group involves sacrifice … and lots of it! In this session, we will talk about the various ways we pay a high price to encourage others in the home education journey, and why it is a worthwhile price to pay. But don’t lose heart! With great sacrifice comes great reward. You’ll be refreshed in knowing that the price you pay to serve is a worthwhile investment reaping eternal rewards. We will also discuss ways to keep wise boundaries, recruit help from others, and find a healthy balance as you juggle not only homeschooling your own children but serving and supporting other families.