Gregg Harris -- One of the Pioneers
When did Gregg Harris first come to Illinois to speak at a homeschool convention? Were you there? If you've never heard him speak, you have a chance to now -- he'll be speaking next month at the ICHE 2013 State Convention. In the comments below, tell us if you were present when Gregg Harris first came to Illinois (don't forget to leave your name and email). One of you will win a book!
Gregg Harris is a Christian husband, now widowed, and a single father of seven children Joshua, Joel, Alex, Brett, Sarah, Isaac and James. He and his late wife Sono have been involved in the Christian homeschooling movement since 1980. By God's grace he was able to introduce Christian homeschooling to over 180,000 families through The Home Schooling Workshop in the 80’s and early 90’s. He wrote his book The Christian Home School in 1988. Gregg now serves as a pastor/teaching elder at Christ Church of Wilamette, Oregon. He serves as Director of Noble Institute through which he gives various evening presentations and weekend seminars and serves on the Board of the Home School Foundation. Gregg's greatest delight is to explain the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to someone who does not yet trust God enough to actually obey Jesus Christ as Lord, which includes quite a number of people both inside and outside the modern evangelical churches.
Gregg Harris and his children
FEATURED SESSION: THE SEASONS OF LIFE IN YOUR HOME SCHOOL STRATEGY
What are you aiming for in your home school? Good kids who stay out of trouble? Good jobs that provide well? Good marriages that last? A big happy family? Active in church? Good citizens? These are all worthy goals, but how do they relate to one another in God's plan? And how can you prepare your children to enjoy all of it as it comes?
COMBINING A HOME BUSINESS WITH A HOME SCHOOL
One of the most effective and efficient delight-directed studies you will find is a small ministry or business venture that allows your children to taste the exhilaration of doing well for themselves by doing good for others. A small band of young friends with a parent-advisor can easily launch a little company that not only teaches everyone good business principles but also allows everyone to gain momentum financially for their future.
DO HARD THINGS: CHARACTER COUNTS
Where does good character come from? Jesus said that the nature of a fruit tree defines the quality of its fruit. So, in this session Gregg will have the teens look at the universal dilemma of being limited by our spiritual nature to want only what we really want…and being unable to change what we want because we don’t want to. What is the solution? Jesus got is right when He said, “You much be born again!”
FEATURED SESSION: A TALE OF TWO FATHERS: THE AMAZING RESCUES OF NOAH & LOT
Two fathers in the Bible were warned by God of impending judgment. Both took action to save their family members. One succeeded wonderfully while the other failed miserably. And both were righteous men. So what made the difference?
THE NEW MAYFLOWER STRATEGY
The world around us is getting worse but there are no more undiscovered continents to which we can flee as Pilgrims. So how can we protect ourselves and our family members while still fulfilling our calling as Ambassadors for Christ? How can we be in but not of the world? The answer is to climb aboard the "New Mayflower" and enjoy not only greater safety from this world, but also greater influence on this world for His glory. Come and discover the strategy of the New Mayflower.
FEATURED SESSION: RAISING KIDS TO DO HARD THINGS
What is God's strategic purpose for giving us children? How can we best train them? How can we best educate them? How can we help them enjoy being productive members of the family and of society? And prepare them to do meaningful things for the Kingdom of God? How can we use our home to launch our children into all God has for them? Come learn how you can lead your children and your entire family to do hard things … together!
AN INTERESTING GUEST: HOW TO USE HOSPITALITY TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR HOME SCHOOL
Dinner time hospitality can be a gift to both guest and host when the guest is willing to be interesting. Imagine what could happen if you started looking for interesting guests to bring home for the education of your children. Foreign students? Business people. Missionaries on furlough? Tradesmen? Professors from the local college? Photographers? Musicians? Scientists? Artists. Statesmen? Everybody has to eat. And everybody enjoys explaining what they do to an interested audience. But beware, your children may start getting ideas.
WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION? THE POWER OF COMPANIONSHIP IN HOME SCHOOLING
Whether it's good table manners you want or good communication and team building skills, your child's social relationships do matter. But how can we provide them if we don't have them ourselves? Not by pooling the ignorance of a bunch of children in a conventional school! No, you can make your home a small finishing school for developing all the social understanding you need. Host dinners, participate in club meetings and organize service activities that develop the kind of friendships and associations that can train and mature each child.