Covenant Baptist Church is the site for the sixth annual Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference on Saturday, March 29. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The theme of this year's conference, "Under Construction," comes from the following Bible verse.
"And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ." ~ Philippians 1:6
According to conference organizers, this is a reminder that not only are our children under construction while we, as home educators, train and develop them, but also that each of us is still a work in progress-to be perfected by Christ.
The mission of the EPHSC is to support and encourage high quality Christian home education in the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding areas by providing educational and informational sessions and an opportunity to review and discuss resources and materials developed for the purpose of home education and strengthening families. The EPHSC will bridge the gap that Christian home educators in this area have by providing the sessions and resources in a location convenient to this region.
Donna Bent, chair of the conference, has stated that the gathering is the only one of its kind in the area. It caters to the tri-state area, drawing attendees from Winchester to Hagerstown.
The conference offers a variety of sessions ranging in topic from "A Compelling Case for Homeschooling" to "Overcoming Learning Disabilities," to "Website Design and Development." Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will focus on the topics selected for sessions. This year's speakers include Mike Donnelly, who serves HSLDA as director of international affairs and as staff attorney for member affairs in the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. Also on schedule is Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources reflect Janice's focus on twaddle-free, active learning
Vicki Bentley, a homeschool mother of eight, foster mom of over 50 and grandmother of 20, has homeschooled 17 children since 1988. She is the author of many books. Another featured speaker is Daniel Knudsen, an American born director, actor, film producer and artist.
In addition to these speakers, and many more, vendors will be on hand to provide home school materials.
More information on the conference and how to register can be found at www.ephsc.org.