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St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference

Patti Maguire Armstrong is the featured speaker at the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s 2015 Catholic Homeschool Conference to be held Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28 at the Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center. The motives for deciding to homeschool are many. This annual conference is designed to introduce Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.

Patti Maguire Armstrong is a Catholic author, speaker and blogger. She and her husband are parents to 10 children, including two AIDS orphans from Kenya. The Armstrongs have 19 years of homeschooling experience. Patti has a B.A. in social work with a minor in Psychology and an M.A. in public administration. She worked in both fields until staying home to raise her children. She is the author of 10 books and has published over 1,000 newspaper, magazine and website articles. She was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s best selling Amazing Grace book series. Her latest titles are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, the children’s book, Dear God, I Don’t Get It! and its sequel: Dear God, You Can’t Be Serious! She is a regular contributor to National Catholic Register, Integrated Catholic Life™, CatholicMom.com, and Catholic Lane, and has been a frequent guest on EWTN and Catholic radio programs around the country. Patti’s presentations will include “Why Homeschooling Works,” “Teaching Writing,” and “The Reluctant Homeschooler.”

Friday evening events are geared toward high school students and their parents. Students can enjoy a pizza social followed by a “Homeschool Grad Panel” featuring six of our own homeschool graduates, who will discuss their homeschool experiences and subsequent careers. Parents are invited to a “Happy Hour,” where they can mix and mingle with other homeschooling parents. The vending hall is open on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday begins with 8 a.m. Mass in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Conference presentations will include: “How Can I Help My Challenged Reader?” “Teaching Reading with Phonics,” “Introduction to Catholic Homeschooling,” “From Rough to Ready,” “Common Core,” “Getting Creative Isn’t as Hard as You Think,” “Transitioning from School to Homeschool,” and “Homeschooling Lots of Kids While Keeping It all Together.”

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 $5 per high school student. Full conference registration, for both Friday and Saturday, is $25 per person, $35 per married couple, and $10 per high school student. After March 22nd, or at the door, cost is $30 per person, or $45 per married couple. Pre-registration is advised. For more info, or to register, visit www.stlouiscatholichomeschool.com, or contact Kathy Harkins at 314-918-0639.

See you there!

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