St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference

The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s annual Catholic Homeschool Conference is just a couple of weeks away. This is one of the largest Catholic homeschool conferences in the midwest. If you are in the St. Louis area, I would love to see you there.

This year, our featured speakers are Tom & April Hoopes. Other speakers include: Sr. Mary Michael Reiss, Carmel D.C.J., Fr. Anthony Ochoa, Linda Bromeier, Kathy Harkins, Cynthia Haehnel, Marybeth Thomas, Lori and Thomas Cobb, and Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler, Carmel D.C.J.

We’ve got a great schedule lined up. Friday evening is geared toward high school students and Saturday is a full day of great speakers for homeschooling parents. A variety of wonderful vendors will be there both days, and don’t forget the used book tables. I have been involved in the planning of these SLCHA conferences since 1996 and I still look forward to it every year. If you are in the area, don’t miss this great conference.

Press release from the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association:



2011 Catholic Homeschool Conference
Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16
Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis MO

Tom & April Hoopes are the featured speakers at the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s 2011 Catholic Homeschool Conference to be held Friday, Apriil 15 & Saturday, April 16 at the Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center in Shrewsbury. The motives for deciding to homeschool are many. This annual conference is designed to introduce Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.

Tom & April Hoopes are homeschooling parents of eight. Tom is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas, where he received his Masters of Business Administration and is an instructor in the Journalism and Mass Communications department. He has written for the National Catholic Register for more than 20 years and served as executive editor for 10 years. April received her Master’s in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.  For five years, Tom and April were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine. Tom’s writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, Mater et Magistra, National Review Online, Catholic World Report, Columbia, Inside Catholic, Patheos, and Our Sunday Visitor. April has written for Columbia magazine, Faith & Family, Mater et Magistra, and the National Catholic Register. The Hoopes presentations will include “The Devil Wants to Join your Homeschool,” and “Discipline, the Biggest Hurdle: How to S.C.O.R.E!”

Friday evening events are geared toward high school students and their parents, with “How to be a Catholic Man in the World Today,” and “Say not, “I am too young.” (Jer. 1:7).” Saturday’s conference topics will include: “Teaching Reading with Phonics,” “Introduction to Catholic Homeschooling,” “A Special Look at Special Needs,” “Success in Teaching Math,” and “Finding God in the Pots and Pans.” An expanded curriculum fair and vendors area offer a wide variety of Catholic homeschooling materials for your immediate inspection and purchase.

The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s Annual Conference is designed for homeschoolers at all levels. Prospective homeschoolers will leave with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision. New homeschoolers will find support and inspiration for their current homeschooling efforts. Even veteran homeschoolers will come away with valuable insights and new ideas.

Registration for Friday only is $15 per person, and $3 per high school student. Full Conference registration in advance is $25 per person, $35 per married couple, and $10 per high school student with paying parent. Full registration includes Friday evening and Saturday admission, continental breakfast, and boxed lunch. Pre-registration is strongly advised. Registration after April 1 is $30 per person, or $45 per married couple.

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