Category: Public Speaking


Creating a Humanitarian Homeschool

Poetry Teatimes – Gateway to a Language Rich Lifestyle

Dramatic Play for Smarter Preschoolers

Learning to Communicate Through Improvisation and Play

Family Simulations – Learning by Doing

Family Simulations: Learning by Doing – 
Education at home is not just about teaching children. It’s about the whole family learning, changing and experiencing life in a new way. Simulations are more than “pretend play” and are for the whole family. Instead of just reading about things why not experience it as a family? Read More…


Transform Learning Through the Art of Questions

Workshop: Transform Learning Through the Art of Questions – 
Whether you are a parent, seeking to motivate your reluctant learner, or you desire to break through your own limitations, you will make more progress if you learn to listen better and ask the right questions (the right way!). Learn how you can help yourself (and others) recognize hidden assumptions, and overcome obstacles, through learning the art of asking questions. This presentation contains religious references, however it is applicable for any faith or belief and will help a person of any belief to teach their children how to be stronger.

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Here is the replay of the September 10th session with Israel Wayne –





Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, and The Questions God Asks. He is the Director of Family Renewal, LLC ( and the site editor for




Revalue America

Thomas Jefferson Education

How did Thomas Jefferson gain his education?  How is it that someone who did not have formal school become a famous statesman, diplomat, and later President of the United States of America?

Looking inside the lives of famous historical figures, we can often gain more insight into how our current public school system is a failure.  While today's institutionalized schools are set up to place children on a conveyor belt, the learning environments of past successful men were much different in that they cultivated a system of inquiry and intrigue in knowledge.

One reason Thomas Jefferson was so successful academically is that he had great mentors.  Not necessarily brilliant people, but people who sought brilliance.  Another reason could be his environment – living in a peaceful home, surrounded by a multitude of great books and opportunities to explore and learn.

You can model your homeschool after Thomas Jefferson or any other historical figure that you choose to – just spend some time learning how they gained their knowledge.

To help understand more about Thomas Jefferson and his remarkable education and life, Oliver DeMille has written a book which has helped tens of thousands of homeschoolers, entitled "A Thomas Jefferson Education".  He has generously accepted the invitation to share the teaching philosophy of what is popularly known as "TJed" with you!  Not only does he discuss what TJed is and how to apply it in your homeschool, but he gave three presentations, one of them specifically addressed to fathers.  The dads play a critical role in setting the foundation for learning in the home, and this is a must see for any family that is homeschooling.  Finally, he discusses the 5 habits of highly successful homeschoolers – and it has everything to do with mentoring children.

The presentation is included in our full series for the 2014 Not Back to School Summit – with 30 speakers and more than 65 workshops and seminars – all online!

Oliver DeMille is the founder of the highly acclaimed Thomas Jefferson Education ("TJEd") model of learning and the presenter of the online educational series Mentoring in the Classics. He and his wife Rachel are the parents of five daughters and three sons. The DeMilles’ insights are formed not only by dealing with the unique needs, learning styles and gifts in their own home, but through their experience in mentoring and consulting with schools and families on virtually every level, and around the world.

Oliver is also a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author and a popular keynote speaker at corporate and educational events. We are thrilled to have him join us in the summit!

Oliver  presented THREE amazing sessions for our Plus members as follows (you will need to be logged in to access them):

What is TJEd/Leadership Education?
Sept 11th –

You’ve heard of TJEd (Thomas Jefferson Education), which is experiencing major growth in the United States and internationally. In this workshop, Oliver DeMille addresses the 3 central ideas at the heart of TJEd and settling for nothing less than a truly great education. Knowing the 3 will increase the quality of your homeschool, whatever style you use.

Homeschooling for Dads!
Sept. 12th –

The 4 surprising things dads can do in less than 2 hours (total) a week. When dads know and do these 4 things, it makes a huge difference in the education of each child! Every dad needs to know them!

The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Homeschoolers
Sept. 13th –

There are many types of homeschooling, and each family ideally individualizes what is needed for each child. But there are 5 habits that are simply essential if you want your kids to get a truly excellent education. These habits are used by people from many different styles of homeschooling, and without them any homeschool struggles. Learn what they are and how to apply them in this exciting mini-seminar! These 5 Habits will revolutionize the quality of your homeschool, making it both easier and much more effective.







Learning by Doing

Children learn best by doing.  That is an undisputed fact.  Sitting them down with textbooks and videos and worksheets will only teach them to regurgitate information.  However, when they can learn with hands-on activities the retention is unparalleled.  Homeschooling offers the chance to take learning to higher levels and have that unparalleled retention.

One way to do hands-on learning is through simulations.

Simulations are like pretend play.  One example is setting up a post office in your home, with neighbors, or in homeschool co-ops, and having your child sort "mail" and deliver it to the proper box.  They will be more excited to read and get the information right than doing this on a worksheet.

You could set up simulations for nearly every topic you are learning.  From history to science to math and English – think of ways to set up a pretend scenario so your child can act out the details in the topic.  They will certainly remember that experience much more than a paragraph read out of a book!!  Simulations also help with speech elocution, self-esteem, and confidence.  So they are a great tool for children with social challenges.

But simulations are actually more than child's play.  Afterall, we are training children to be adults.  So during a simulation, the child learns to actually take on various roles.  They learn to problem solve and to really analyze situations in much more detail than merely pretending.  Older children can take part in sophisticated debates and behavior situations.  Nothing prepares us for life better than simulations!

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How do we learn how to create effective simulations for our children?

One expert in simulations is Martha Levie.  We have invited her to share some really great ways to do simulations as a family in our 2014 Not Back to School Summit.

Martha Harsh Levie is the wife of Allen Levie, and the mother of 7 little Levies (pronounced like the jeans, Levis).  Martha was educated at home and at a private school, now she teaches her own children at home. She graduated in Statesmanship and Literature from GWU in 1999.  She is not only an expert in simulations, but she is also an expert in elocution (the study of formal speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone.)  Martha is crazy about books by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Louis L’Amour. She loves to celebrate birthdays and holidays, climb trees and mountains, read, cook, travel, act with her children, study political philosophy and when September rolls around she has weak spot for fall leaves and college football. Martha and her family live in Provo Utah.

She taught TWO incredibly eye-opening seminars, which are now available for upgraded Plus members (you will need to be logged in):

Elocution –
aired Sept. 24th  –

“Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” –John Adams.  We teach our kids to read, think and write, but speaking is often missed. Speaking changes the way you read, think and write. Let me teach you how to model transformational speaking with your children using a special formula.   This presentation includes training in the art of elocution, but it goes much deeper.  When you speak, you want to be able to affect the people with whom you are speaking.  And Martha teaches you how to do that in this amazing seminar.  Come, dare to speak.

Family Simulations: Learning by Doing –
aired Sept. 29th –

Education at home is not just about teaching children. It’s about the whole family learning, changing and experiencing life in a new way. Simulations are “pretend play” for the whole family – only much, much deeper. Instead of just reading about things why not experience it as a family. From pretending to be a city council, a bakery or even the President of the United States, there are endless possibilities. When you take learning beyond the pages of a book and make it real your family will see an increase in desire and change. Come learn how simulations really work and how they will change your homeschool forever.