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Mrs. Vicki Bentley:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Bentley, Vicki

122 Mill Race Drive
Winchester, Virginia (VA)  22602
United States of America (US)

Keynote PresentationsFeatured or keynote speaker in the past or near future at CHAP (PA), HEAV (VA), AFHE (AZ), ICHE (IL), ENOCH (NJ), OCHEC (Ontario) Leadership Forum, and HSLDA (Inter)National Leadership Conference.

Featured Presentations2014 Appalachian Home Educators Conference (2014, TN)
23rd Annual Homeschoolers of Maine Convention (2013, ME)
2012 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2012, IL)
2012 New Mexico Christian Home School Convention (2012, NM)
2012 CHOH Conference (2012, HI)
2011 NICHE Conference (2011, IA)
2009 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2009, IL)
4th Annual Fall Homeschool Retreat (2008, NH)
Workshop Presentations2012 Annual Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) Convention (2012, PA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Charting Your Family's Course
Mom of 17 homeschooled students and curriculum counselor for a statewide homeschool organization, Vicki shares the secrets to mapping out a successful course of study for your children. This workshop helps beginners to get a solid start in home education, and encourages veterans to re-examine goals and priorities. Includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches.

Getting Kids to Help at Home: Training in Diligence and Thoroughness.
You know you need to let the children be more involved in helping at home, for training them in character and in practical skills, AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to almost 50 children will share tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests.

Multi-level Teaching
When you had one child, it seemed easy, but adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. Vicki shares ideas for keeping the "homeschooling" plates from crashing to the floor! Practical tips for teaching multiple ages - from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (seven school-age at a time).

Organized (Well Almost!):  Time Management for Busy Moms
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Vicki Bentley, fellow busy homeschool mom, shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of ten.

Homeschooling Through High School: Blueprint for Success Pt.1—Building a Framework: Strategies for High School Success
You have laid the foundation; now it's time to envision the house! We will discuss goal setting, graduation requirements, an overview of high school planning, and sketching out the courses and the plan.

Homeschooling Through High School: Blueprint for Success Pt.2—High School Construction Tools: Course Work and Credits
In this workshop, Vicki will walk you through building on your course descriptions, choosing specific materials to planning, recordkeeping, and credits, grades/GPA. We'll also discuss how to document and give credit for less conventional studies, and how to incorporate life skills and independent studies into your program.

Homeschooling Through High School: Blueprint for Success Pt. 3—Finishing Touches: Graduation and Beyond
Ah - graduation! Preparing for college admission and/or apprenticeship, military service, or other options: Transcripts and resumes, reading lists, essays, portfolios. Vicki will translate the acronym maze of AP courses, CLEP tests, SAT/ACT exams, the PSAT/NMSQT, and other exams.

Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget
Homeschooling doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars per child. Vicki homeschooled seven at a time while their family was without a full-time income for four years, sometimes spending less than $100 per year. Homemaking on a Shoestring! Vicki shares tips on how to maintain a homeschool household on limited funds.

Organizing Your Home–Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment
Vicki will help you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, and will discuss organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Lots of practical suggestions from a mom who has homeschooled 17 children.
Frugal Homemaking
Vicki shares tips on how to maintain a homeschool household on limited funds.
A Mom's Sentimental Journey
Twenty years and 17 kids later, what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!
Jump Start to Joyful Motherhood
What comes to mind when you hear, “Joyful mother of children”? If you aren't sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn four steps to guide you to the joyful path! We will also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.”

Lessons Learned
Join Vicki for an encouraging interactive session! Participants will walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year” and “What I Will Definitely Change!” Vicki will facilitate discussion among participants, aiding the process of identifying what works – and what doesn’t – in our homeschools. Great for an end-of-the-school-year wrap-up!
Four Needs of Homeschool Families
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschool families and shares practical way for leaders to encourage those families without discouraging their own!

Frugal Homemaking
Vicki shares tips on how to maintain a homeschool household on limited funds.
When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How do you find "normal" again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you're on the frontlines.
Vicki's Achievements
  • Homeschooler of 17 children
  • Foster mother to over fifty children
  • Has served on the executive board of the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)
  • Convention coordinator for Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) 
  • A featured or keynote speaker in the past or near future at CHAP (PA), HEAV (VA), AFHE (AZ), ICHE (IL), ENOCH (NJ), OCHEC (Ontario) Leadership Forum, and HSLDA (Inter)National Leadership Conference.
  • Local Virginia homeschool support group leader since 1985
  • Early Years program coordinator for HSLDA
  • Author: My Homeschool Planner Author: The Everyday Family Chore System
  • Author: Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers
  • Author: Everyday Cooking
  • Author: High School 101: Blueprint for Success
Bentley's Bio

 Vicki Bentley is the Early Years Consultant for Home School Legal Defense Association. Vicki is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over 50, and grandma to 15 wonderful grandbabies (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and led a local support group of over 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups.

Vicki is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps. Vicki has a heart for moms, with strong, practical wisdom and encouraging words.

NotesThere are more conference titles and descriptions on Vicki's webpage at:
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Vicki Bentley and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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