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Peggy Ployhar:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Ployhar, Peggy

152 Seven Coves Drive
Conroe, Texas (TX)  77304
United States of America (US)

Website(s) Shedding Light On The Path
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Featured Presentations2012 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2012, MN)
2010 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2010, MN)
Prairie States Christian Home Educators 2009 Spring Conference (2009, SD)
2009 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2009, MN)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Diet and Learning:  How Food Affects The Brain and Bodily ResponsesHippocrates is quoted as having said "All disease begins in the gut",  and researchers are just beginning now to realize how true his statement was.  Armed with the latest research information and success stories from the changes in her own family's diet, Peggy covers a wide range of information in this talk that will make you think twice about the eating habits of your family.  You will walk away from this talk not only knowing more about how your digestive system works, but also how it works in tandem with so many other factors you were probably never aware of.  This talk is filled with practical advice, natural ways to reverse gut damage, and hope for healing and restoration for your tabernacle.

Customizing Your Curriculum:  As the former Special Needs Coordinator of MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators), Peggy Ployhar speaks to one of the most frequently asked questions she would receive:   “What curriculum would be best to teach the unique needs of my child?”   Whether you have a child who has a specific diagnosis or one who just struggles in one area of school or another, Peggy addresses in this talk how to take the curriculum you already own or plan to use, adjust it to meet the specific needs of your child, and consequently dissolve the struggles you are currently seeing in homeschooling your unique child.  This talk is filled with lots of tips and practical advice that is even useful for using with the non-special needs student.

Shedding Light On Depression:  Current studies show almost 10 percent of the American population are affected by depression each year and depression among children is increasing at a rate of 23% per year.  Neither Christians nor the homeschool community are immune to these statistics.  Peggy Ployhar knows first-hand how dark and limiting depression can be.  Additionally, Peggy holds certification from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) which adds to her insight on this subject.  Peggy shares in this talk from the point of view of someone who has personally struggled with depression, as a parent of two children who each struggled with depression and eventually were able to break the bonds of their depression issues, and as a Christian counselor who has helped many women walk through and eventually overcome their depression.  The talk "Shedding Light on Depression" biblically dissects the clinical reasoning behind depression and the current methods of treatment while revealing how Jesus, the true Light, can dispel even the most cavernous darkness.

The Gift of Anger in the Character Training Process:  Parental anger and the character training process happen to be the two largest struggles of any parent, but rarely are the development of the two undertakings ever considered to be interrelated.  After many struggles with parenting anger, which stemmed from anger issues she carried with her from her upbringing, Peggy found herself seeking scriptural answers to her outbursts.  Peggy Ployhar, in this talked titled “The Gift of Anger in the Character Training Process”, shares what God has taught her about how the anger provoking instances that child training brings are gifts meant to enrich the character training process.  You will walk away from this talk comforted regarding any past struggles regarding parenting anger and equipped for the character training process yet ahead of you.

Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent:  While the world tells special needs parents and their children that disability/struggling areas should be used to excuse poor behavior, the bible holds Christians to a different standard - one of love, compassion, and continual biblical training.  Speaking towards the scripture, "Train up a child in the way he should go...", Peggy adds a new twist in teaching special needs parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus, or their minds.  From the experience of being a parent and a foster-parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and home schooling children with special needs.  Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do.

How to Write and IEP and Then Use it Effectively in Your Homeschool:  An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a tool public and private school special needs teachers use to set goals for their students so in the end they can properly evaluate progress.  Join Peggy Ployhar, MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) former Special Needs Coordinator, for a very "how-to" oriented introduction on the basics of writing and implementing an IEP, homeschool style.  This talk will take you through the entire process of:  how-to pin-point the goal areas, how-to set specific goals, how-to turn goals into mile-markers, and then how-to evaluate, document, and project future goals for your child.

Faith Sharing with Your Kids:  We all desire for our children to have vibrant faith lives.  Getting your child to a point where he or she develops a unique and special relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not a science, but yet the bible does provide many instructions to parents on how to share their own faith life to make this process a natural transition.  In this talk, Peggy Ployhar dissects some of these scriptures and then shares real life experiences on how to put those concepts into practice.  And, as Peggy can attest, these truths provide an abundant harvest to any parent who cultivates and plants with care into the hearts of their children.

Resting on Your Side of the Yoke:  Consider this…In the United States we have entire industries claiming they can provide for you a state of true rest.  Yet, instead of delivering on their claims, the industry just grows bigger and broader each year claiming more and delivering less.  Why is rest so illusive?   In this talk, Peggy Ployhar will explore the most common deceptive strategies Satan uses to allure you away from where true rest can be found – Jesus Christ.  If you have been feeling less than rested lately, then the truth revealed in this talk will be just what your soul has been searching for.

The Impact of Influence
If you desire to make an impact with your faith, you need not look any further then where God has planted you.  In this talk, “The Impact of Influence”, Peggy Ployhar takes her audience step by step through the beginning of Ephesians 5, as she dissects the Word of God as it relates to living a life of influence in the ordinary, thus making every moment of life extraordinary.  You will leave this talk encouraged to make the most out of where God has planted you and inspired to stay strong in the places God has allowed you to make an impact for His kingdom.

Healthy Eathing = Healthy Family You have heard these suggestions over and over again: eat healthy...avoid bad fats...increase your bean consumption..and many more of the like. And, even though you desire to make healthy food choices for your family, no one seems to be able to tell you how, at least in practical terms. Well, help is here!  Under God's direction, Peggy transformed her own family's diet to aid their gut healing process, and the results werenothing short of  miraculous. Peggy is going to share her secrets about how you can change your family's eating habits and have a healthier family. This class will include cooking demonstrations, samples for tasting, recipes and meal planning ideas, information on how to start a whole-food buying club, details on how to find local farmers, and suggestions for starting a simple garden. (Local area only - must be able to drive in order to bring supplies.)

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Peggy's Achievements

Homeschool mother of three.   Former Special Needs Coordinator: MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christain Home Educators).  Former Area Coordinator: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS International).  Certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Former Hobby Farmer. Nationally recognized cheese maker and blogger.  Homeschool speaker. Blogger.

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Ployhar's Bio

Peggy's passion is to serve God wherever He calls, and to motivate others to do the same. The common thread in all of Peggy s lessons, lectures, writings, and retreats is the truth that God is present in all of life's circumstances and believers need to be ready, and always on the alert, to see how God is uniquely revealing Himself in their lives. Her goal for every interaction brought into her life is to make sure she is "shedding light on the pathway that leads to true life" and in 2012 she set aside a year to blog for just that reason at SheddingLightOnThe  In 2013, Peggy started a new website, which she still maintains, called, where she features all her varying interests on an on-going basis.

Peggy is the former MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Area Coordinator for MN, ND and SD. She is also certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors, has had the opportunity to put that training into action as a foster mom to three special needs preschoolers from 2010 - 2011.  And, if that was not enough, Peggy also took a run for a political office in 2012, and ran a hobby farm for 5 years which produced the majority of her family's food over that time period.

For the Ployhar family, their homeschooling adventure began 12 years ago when her oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  Over time, God increased their passion to then homeschool all 3 of their children, while at the same time He brought complete healing to their oldest son, who in 2014 graduated from their homeschool and is now living in Florida training for his chosen career.


The Ployhar family now resides just north of Houston, TX, where they continue to homeschool their younger two children.


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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Peggy Ployhar 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.

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