2021 Homeschool Idaho Convention Speakers

Meet Zan and Joe Tyler!
When the Tylers began their homeschooling journey 1984, the state superintendent of education threatened Zan with jail for insisting on teaching her child at home. For the next eight years, she and her family battled for homeschool freedom and the establishment of landmark homeschool legislation in South Carolina. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led her to serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capital, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling.

As a popular author and speaker, Zan’s passion is to encourage parents to raise children who love the Lord, understand their callings in life, and become active citizens who understand the principles of freedom that undergird our American heritage. She currently works with BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept. For sixteen years, Zan worked with Christian publishers to develop homeschool curriculum and resources. She considers the twenty-one-years she and her husband, Joe, spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be one of the greatest privileges of her life. Zan has been married to Joe since 1977 and together they have three children and six grandchildren.

In 2015 Zan was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. The governor of South Carolina presented Zan with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian in her state can receive.

As a prolific author, Zan is best known for her book 7 Tools For Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. She is currently writing a new book to be released by BJU Press in the spring of 2019. You can find Zan at zantyler.com.

Zan & Joe Tyler’s Workshops

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8:45 AM, Friday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Homeschooling—An Educational, Spiritual, and Family Revival Movement That Is Sweeping America

In the midst of the mind-boggling demands of homeschooling and everyday life, we constantly need to remind ourselves that our work as homeschooling moms and dads has tremendous significance in building God’s kingdom. Using the lessons of Scripture and history, this workshop will expand your vision of how God is using the homeschool movement, as well as your specific work as a homeschooling parent, to usher in spiritual, educational, and family revival—and to preserve our American heritage.
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1:30 PM, Friday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Running the Homeschool Marathon: Ten Training Tips

Homeschooling is more like running a 26-mile marathon than a 100-yard dash. If you want to complete the race successfully, you must develop a training strategy that builds your strength, stamina, and vision and enables you to persevere until the end. We will discuss lofty topics like creating a powerful and sustaining vision. And we will look at down-to-earth topics like pacing yourself, choosing curriculum, and developing homeschool mentors and friends. Zan Tyler, who homeschooled her children for 21 years, provides training tips that will help you complete the God-given task of homeschooling and help you and your children “run with endurance the race that lies before us.”
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5:00 PM, Friday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Talk with Me: How Conversation Builds Relationships and Stimulates Learning

Relaxing and enjoying your children is an important part of homeschooling. Focusing on conversation with your kids is an important key to that. Conversation is also an essential tool in providing a rich educational experience. In the traditional classroom environment, students have an average of eight to ten individual interactions with their teacher each day. In your homeschool, these verbal interactions can number in the hundreds and greatly enhance the quality of education your children receive. Zan Tyler shares how the simple and free tool of conversation can help your children replace boredom with a motivation to learn. Explore strategies to minimize conflict in your home and promote camaraderie, enthusiasm, and joy in learning. Conversation is the key! Conversation IS core curriculum.
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11:00 AM, Saturday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Pulling in the Same Direction: A Family Vision for Homeschooling

Whether we are teaching phonics or physics, refereeing sibling squabbles, or teaching our children eternal truth, we constantly need to remind ourselves that our work as homeschooling moms and dads has tremendous Kingdom significance. Just like adults, children and teens need vision to stay focused and energized. Do your kids know why you homeschool them? Do they share your vision for this innovative, spiritually powerful education you are giving them at home? Is your marriage withstanding the pressures that come with homeschooling? Join Zan and Joe as they share powerful principles and practical suggestions for creating a family vision for homeschooling that enables you to all pull in the same direction.
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3:00 PM, Saturday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Raising Children to Be Intentional Christians in a “Whatever” World

Our children live in the midst of a secular culture, facing issues and moral dilemmas that we never had to deal with at their age. Because of this, startling percentages of those raised in evangelical homes are abandoning their faith as they move into adulthood. Training our children to develop strong biblical worldviews is crucial and one of the most important gifts we can give them. Teaching them to think biblically about all areas of life will equip them to become powerful thinkers, leaders, and communicators and will strengthen their faith as they face skepticism and opposition in today’s world.
Meet Kirk Martin!
Laugh-out loud funny, practical and life-changing. That is how over 750,000 parents at over 1,500 live Workshops have described Celebrate Calm Founder and homeschooling father Kirk Martin. Based on work with 1,500 of the most challenging children right in his own home, Kirk’s strategies will eliminate the power struggles, yelling and arguing that characterize our homes. Parents leave changed and grateful.

Kirk’s humor, gut-wrenching honesty, and transformation as a father enable parents to relate to his practical examples. Come learn how to get your kids to listen and stop the meltdowns while building a close, trusting relationship.

Kirk Martin’s Workshops

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11:00 AM, Friday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Stress-Free Schooling: 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Child’s Brain

Your child resists, procrastinates, shuts down, or flat out refuses to do his school work. Or maybe she gives up when work gets tough. How can you jump start your child’s brain to overcome the resistance? Learn how your kids brains work and why it’s more important for your kids to manage their energy than their time. Hugely insightful, especially for kids with AD/HD or learning difficulties.

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3:00 PM, Friday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

“You’re Not the Boss of Me!” Motivating Strong-Willed Toddlers, Tweens & Teens

How do you motivate a child who looks right at you and doesn’t listen? What about a teenager who has shut down or defiant? Your child was born with boxing gloves on, ready to fight. Well-meaning people tell you to clamp down on and get control of your child. But you don’t want to crush his spirit or create more defiance. Instead of constantly creating power struggles, we’ll show you how to enjoy a respectful, motivated child who is confident, persistent and purposeful. 

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8:45 AM, Saturday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles

Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for his school work, chores and attitude? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens. How can you expect your kids to control themselves…if you cannot control yourself? Moms, it’s not your job to manage everyone’s emotions and make everyone happy! We’ll show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.
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1:30 PM, Saturday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Dads, Discipline, & De-Escalating

Dads, it’s tough when your kids don’t listen to you. You may do like I did and replicate my father’s “my way or the highway,” fear and intimidation approach. But good discipline should lead to a closer, more trusting relationship. How can you be tough on your kids without alienating them? How can you de-escalate volatile situations instead of yelling or checking out? Your kids need you. Kirk will show you exactly how to do this with practical, doable, real life strategies.
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5:00 PM, Saturday, 6/4

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Walden Hall

Messy Marriage Stuff: 10 Things Your Spouse Desperately Wants You to Know

So marriage is tougher than you expected. You thought everything was white picket fences—and then you had kids. And now the real you is coming out. Before you had kids (and all that stress and anxiety), you were patient, fun, had energy, you listened. But now you yell, withdraw, snipe at each other, and you’re slowly drifting apart. One spouse coddles the child, the other is too tough. And this isn’t what you expected. So what are some very practical and easy ways to grow together…instead of growing apart? Come learn 10 things your spouse desperately wants you to know. Serious stuff, but we’ll laugh together as well.

Convention Quick Links

Registration

Online registration is open March 15 – May 24. Reserve your spot today!

Used Curriculum Sale

Shop Idaho’s largest homeschool resale event on Thursday, June 3rd.

Exhibit Hall

Find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources available.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Support home education in Idaho by bidding in the 2021 Silent Auction!

Lodging

Reserve a room by 5/13 at the Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn for special convention pricing of $100/night.

Speakers

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Volunteers

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Schedule

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