Home Instruction Ministries

Northern Colorado Home Educators' Expo

HIM Expo Workshops, 2017

All workshops are free with your admission and run for about 50 minutes.

Friday Workshops:
1. CAPTURING FAITH TIME AS A BUSY FAMILY – Friday, 2 pm, Loveland Room
2. HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL – Friday, 2 pm, Fort Collins Room
3. HELP FOR A STRUGGLING LEARNER – Friday, 3 pm, Loveland Room
4. PASTA 101 – Friday, 3 pm, Fort Collins Room

Saturday Workshops:
5. HELP! HOW CAN I CHANGE MY HEALTH? – Saturday, 10 am, Fort Collins Room
6. BEGINNING YOUR HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY - Saturday, 10 am, Timnath Room
7. THE FIVE LANGUAGES OF LEARNING – Saturday, 11 am, Fort Collins Room
8. COLORADO HOMESCHOOL LAW – Saturday, 11 am, Timnath Room
9. “PACKING THEIR SUITCASES” – LIFE SKILLS FOR EVERY TEEN – Saturday, noon, Fort Collins Room
10. RAISING A READER – Saturday, noon, Loveland Room
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1. CAPTURING FAITH TIME AS A BUSY FAMILY – Friday, 2 pm, Loveland Room
Presenter:  LINDA MOTTER, BA in Elementary Education, MA in School Counseling, Family Ministry Coordinator at Timberline Windsor Church

The FAMILY unit is what God uses to nurture Faith in our children.  It is important for families to spend quality time together in various ways that make faith “real”.   However, life is BUSY and our families often get our "leftovers".  Come and find out how to initiate Spiritually-Focused & Intentional Faith Times, including capturing moments you may not realize you have!  This workshop will include training, hands on activities, and ready-to-use materials for living and passing on a vibrant faith.
Linda Motter currently serves as the Family Ministry Coordinator at Timberline Windsor Church where she is blessed to share her passion to strengthen families and empower parents.  She enjoys finding effective ways to journey alongside families and finding ways to educate, equip, and support parents.  Prior to stepping into Family Ministry, Linda spent 9 years teaching elementary students and then began her career as an Elementary School Counselor after completing her Master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado.  God has uniquely gifted her with a passion for speaking, teaching, and consulting in areas related to children and parenting.  She has been married to Tim for 11 years and is delighted to be the Mom of Rylee (10), Chloe (8,) and Kona the dog! The Motter family resides in Windsor, CO.

(Workshop coordinator’s editorial note: Linda spoke at a MOPS group in Loveland, and after her talk one of the young moms came to me and said, “You HAVE to get Linda Motter to come speak at the HIM Expo. All of us moms benefitted so much from her talk!”)

2. HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL – Friday, 2 pm, Fort Collins Room
Presenter: CINDY PROBASCO, BBE in Biblical Education, HIM Expo Coordinator; co-owner of Probasco’s Christian Bookstore and Wig Shop

Your kids are tweens/teens and high school is ahead or you’re already in the middle of it…either way, sometimes it can feel like starting homeschooling all over again! These years are such an important stage to continue pouring time, guidance, and wisdom into our young people, so let’s get the nuts and bolts of high school down so we can focus our best energies on high school as life training for the glory of God. In this workshop, we’ll address several key topics: developing a 4-year plan; record-keeping and transcripts; SAT/ACT testing; dual enrollment; avoiding college debt; scholarships; and, college alternatives. Time will be set aside for Cindy and her two highschoolers to answer your questions.
Cindy Probasco and her husband, Bart, felt God calling them to homeschool when they were teachers in a Christian school and before they ever had any children. Six kids and 23 homeschooling years later, Cindy is still in the thick of the high school years as she has been for over half of her homeschool life. She and her husband own Probasco’s Christian Bookstore and Wig Shop in Loveland, CO, where she works a few afternoons a week caring for hurting women who are walking the painful road of hair loss. Cindy has walked her own road of loss in the form of many miscarriages, but that is where she personally and deeply learned God’s faithfulness and sufficiency. Bart and Cindy’s family includes three CSU graduates, one of whom is married to their son-in-love; a son currently at CSU; a high school senior daughter graduating in May with her Assoc. Degree in Communications (love that concurrent enrollment!); their “baby”, a high school freshman; a son of our hearts who is the IT brain for HIM; and, their precious granddaughter, Lacey Brave.

3. HELP FOR A STRUGGLING LEARNER – Friday, 3 pm, Loveland Room
Presenter: CHERI FRUITS, MA in Literacy; private tutor for children with dyslexia

Do you have a child who is struggling reader or speller? Struggling to learn to decode words? Struggling to build fluency and understanding when reading? Struggling to spell even the most basic words? You are definitely not alone! Did you know that one in every five people has some form of dyslexia and most don't even know it? Come learn about signs of dyslexia and best practices to help your child learn. Dyslexia extends beyond reading, so suggestions will be shared for writing and math as well.
Cheri Fruits is currently a home school mom of three girls; 9, 6, and an infant, an Educational Consultant with Usborne books, and a private tutor for half a dozen children with varying degrees of dyslexia. Prior to becoming a mom, Cheri was a special education and elementary education teacher with a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Cheri says, “I am blessed to be able to use my prior experiences to help other homeschool families choose the right curriculum, and I love helping parents find ways to empower their children to have a love of learning for a lifetime.”

(Workshop coordinator’s editorial note: Cheri spoke at a MOPS group in Loveland, and after her talk one of those young moms came to me and said, “You HAVE to get Cheri Fruits to come speak at the HIM Expo!” So I know these two sessions Cheri is doing will impact you.)

4. PASTA 101 – Friday, 3 pm, Fort Collins Room
Presenter: NADINE KERLEY, owner/operator of THE FAMILY BAKER

If you are anything like me you think that making pasta is more trouble than it’s worth and so inexpensive to buy that you would never bother.  But then, one day you tried and… And that is what our workshop is all about!  We will go through the simple, basic steps of pasta making together and each attendee will have a chance to roll out some pasta and sample some fresh whole grain fettuccine!  The right tools make all the difference because there is only so much time in the day. Your family’s pasta doesn’t have to be empty carbs any longer. You can have great tasting whole grains incorporated into your diet with some meals that kids (and adults!) of all ages will love!
Nadine Kerley, owner of Family Baker in Arvada, CO, has attended the HIM conference for the last ten years.  After the death of her husband, she got very serious about health for her children’s sake.  Hours of research on health and how certain foods and ingredients affect the body, coupled with even more hours on bread-baking trial and error, enabled her to hone in on how to make great, healthy bread. She has recently branched out in order to support “Pasta Enthusiasts” everywhere, thus pasta will be the focus of her all-new, hands-on workshop! Her shop, Family Baker, carries supplies for “Back-to-Basics” cooking, including everything from grains to mills and mixers.  She conducts classes at her physical location as well.  This weekend only, Bosch is allowing her to offer amazing conference prices on some of their best-selling machines. 


5. HELP! HOW CAN I CHANGE MY HEALTH? – Saturday, 10 am, Fort Collins Room
Presenter: AMY MIHALY, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified GAPS Practitioner

We all know we need to make healthier choices, but "getting healthy" means many things. And what you or your family needs to do to improve in health may be very different from a change that someone else needs (or suggests). How can you know what to do? In this seminar, Amy will share what habit changes have the potential to make the biggest impact on your health. She will also discuss how to avoid common reasons for failure and suggestions for how to overcome barriers to change. Finally, she will share steps you can follow to discover what habits are priorities for you to address in the health of you and your family. For anyone who knows they need to make some changes but aren't sure how, this seminar is for you. Don't miss it!
Amy Mihaly is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified GAPS Practitioner in Loveland, CO. She has always believed in finding natural ways to eat, live and treat disease; and shares these healing principles with everyone who will listen. In addition to supporting individuals and families in their journey to better health, she blogs, teaches, and writes. Last year she published Notes From A GAPS Practitioner: Using Diet to Unlock the Body's Healing Secrets (available for purchase). Her passion is to help people understand how their body works and heals, take control of their own healthcare, and achieve the health they desire! 

6. BEGINNING YOUR HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY - Saturday, 10 am, Timnath Room
Presenter: BART PROBASCO, BBE in Biblical Education, HIM Expo Coordinator; owner of Probasco’s Christian Bookstore in Loveland, CO

Have you just made the decision to homeschool? Or are you still just considering the idea? What is God saying to your heart? This workshop is for parents who are searching for answers about homeschooling as well as those just beginning homeschooling. It will be an informal chat sharing one family’s 25-year homeschool journey. Bart will explore such topics as how, when, and why to homeschool, what it means to have a vision for generational faithfulness, and how to get started. There will also be time set aside to answer individual questions.
Bart Probasco will lead this conversational workshop. The thing he wants to tell you most is that he loves Jesus, he loves his wife and kids, and he loves being a grandpa to his first granddaughter, little Lacey Brave. He and his wife have homeschooled their six children for the past twenty-three years. They own Probasco’s Christian Bookstore in Loveland, CO, where they have a large section devoted to homeschool curriculum. Bart has God-ordained opportunities in his store to speak and pray with hurting parents who are pulling their kids out of schools, and he helps many families who are just getting started on their homeschooling journey. His desire is to help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6a).

7. THE FIVE LANGUAGES OF LEARNING – Saturday, 11 am, Fort Collins Room
Presenter: SARAH JANISSE BROWN, author, creator of Thinking Tree Journals, and homeschooling mom of 10… several of whom are dyslexic, creative, over-active, and just plain can’t sit still

Sarah has been working with special needs learners for years. In that time she has discovered and defined five specific learning languages. Come learn about how to best engage and help the specific types of learners you have in your home! Followers: They learn by following instructions, copying, watching and doing what they are told. They are the kids that like desks and workbooks. They tend to do well in a classroom setting. Teachers love them. They make good students. Friends: They want to do things together and learn best when having fun. They like to have a lot of conversation, learning is very social. They like to snack, chat and talk about what they are learning, and they tend to enjoy watching "educational shows" with friends and family. They learn through example and communication. They want to share what they are learning. Explorers: They want to go somewhere and do something. They learn best through experience and discovery. They love zoos and museums. and want to go places with you. It's easy to make "everything educational" with these kids. They crave NEW experiences. (Kids with ADHD are often explorers) Detectives: These are the ones who make great unschoolers. They are full of questions and love to research. They love libraries, computers, mysteries and quests. They take things apart. They want answers. They ask lost of questions, and spend a lot of time digging deep. They may not want to open up about what they are researching, it can be very personal. Or maybe that's all they talk about. (Students with Aspergers are often Detectives)Creators: These are the kids that are always doing something new. They question WHY and have to create to learn. They are messy, active, and inventive. They learn best when they are making stuff. (Dyslexics are often creators)
Sarah Janisse Brown is a homeschooling mom of ten children. Several of her children are dyslexic, creative, extra-active, and can't sit still unless they are focused on one of their favorite topics. Sarah has been on a quest to help them to discover their unique passions and find joy in learning through curiosity and discovery. Over the years Sarah has developed a method of homeschooling that has recently become known as Fun-Schooling. She and her husband Joshua founded The Thinking Tree Publishing Company and created Dyslexia Games Therapy to help struggling readers to overcome reading confusion. Sarah has published dozens of Five-Star Homeschooling Books and Journals that help make homeschooling fun. Sarah and her family currently serve as missionaries in Ukraine.  Learn more at www.FunSchoolingBooks.com

8. COLORADO HOMESCHOOL LAW – Saturday, 11 am, Timnath Room
Presenter: STEVE CRAIG, Executive Director of CHEC (Christian Home Educators of Colorado)

New to homeschooling or just need a refresher on the steps and options for homeschooling legally in Colorado? Join Steve Craig for a survey of the three options you have for homeschooling your child in compliance with Colorado Statute. Find out how to fulfill Colorado’s  testing/evaluation requirements, if and when you need to fill out a notice of intent to homeschool, what record keeping is needed, attendance requirements, and more. This is an interactive workshop where Steve will address your specific questions. If time allows, Steve will also share about current legislation that homeschooling families need to be aware of and how it could affect them.
Steve Craig and his wife, Tara, were both homeschooled for all of their primary and secondary school years. One of Steve’s primary life goals has been to raise a godly family for the glory of Christ and he has a strong belief in the significance of home education and home discipleship toward accomplishing that end. Steve & Tara live in Parker with their four children, Carson, Christiana, Angelina, and Jewel.

9. “PACKING THEIR SUITCASES” – LIFE SKILLS FOR EVERY TEEN – Saturday, noon, Fort Collins Room
Presenters: ZACHARY PROBASCO, BA in History and former United States Air Force Captain; ELIZABETH PROBASCO, BA in Hospitality Management and Executive Meetings Manager at Embassy Suites Hotel; RACHEL SUTCLIFFE, BA in Graphic Design, Personal Assistant, wife, and mom to Lacey Brave

Homeschooling is a great way to direct and influence your child’s education. But preparing your son or daughter during their tween and teen years goes far beyond academics. It’s critical for parents to be thinking ahead now and working intentionally to prepare their kids to be responsible, capable adults. This workshop will address this question: “What life skills will my son or daughter need once they “pack their suitcase” and leave home to live in the adult world?” Are you teaching them about finances and debt? How to be self-motivated? How to get out of their comfort zone? What social skills will they need, and how can they practice those now? How are they on time management? Are they willing to try new things? What about their faith? Are they beginning to make it their own? Come hear three homeschool graduates talk about what they needed to launch from homeschool life to college life and then to careers and marriage. Life Skills…don’t let your kids leave home without them!
Rachel (Probasco) Sutcliffe, Zachary Probasco, and Elizabeth Probasco are three twenty-something homeschooled siblings who are out making a difference in their spheres of influence. They are in the military world, the corporate world, the hospitality industry, faith communities, and just recently, the marriage and parenting world. As far back as they can remember, they have been at the HIM Fair every March and have helped their parents coordinate and run it for the past dozen years. These three speakers want you to know that the middle school and high school years are the absolute critical time to be preparing your kids well for the adult world they will be entering in a few short years.

10. RAISING A READER – Saturday, noon, Loveland Room
Presenter: CHERI FRUITS, MA in Literacy; private tutor for children with dyslexia

Starting from before they are born there is power in reading with your children. Come learn about how you can incorporate reading and literacy in your daily life from the baby stage until they are readers and learn why this is so important. I love reading and I love studying and learning about the brain, and I have been able to combine these two to help me understand in a deeper way the incredible power of reading.
Cheri Fruits is currently a home school mom of three girls; 9, 6, and an infant, an Educational Consultant with Usborne books, and a private tutor for half a dozen children with varying degrees of dyslexia. Prior to becoming a mom, Cheri was a special education and elementary education teacher with a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Cheri says, “I am blessed to be able to use my prior experiences to help other homeschool families choose the right curriculum, and I love helping parents find ways to empower their children to have a love of learning for a lifetime.”
(Workshop coordinator’s editorial note: Cheri spoke at a MOPS group in Loveland last fall, and after her talk one of the young moms came to me and said, “You HAVE to get Cheri Fruits to come speak at the HIM Expo!” So I know this session will impact you.)