Topics presented by Rick Boyer:

The following make good keynote speeches (but can be done in workshops as well):

Take Back the Land

It has been said that the parents of the 1980's and 90's were the Moses generation--they left Egypt (government schooling) and headed for the Promised Land, as the Israelites once traversed the wilderness to return to Canaan. The generation of Moses completed part of the mission, getting as far as the Jordan River.

But it was left to Joshua and the younger Israelites to cross the river and take back the land that had been promised to their father Abraham centuries before. Today, home schooling parents have broken free from the bondage of Godless philosophies and are raising up the Joshua generation that will carry the battle over the Jordan--taking the banner of Christ back into American government, law, medicine, business, education and the arts, where God and His Word were once universally honored. The enemies of God are trembling today at the thunderous approach of the Joshua generation!!

Your Child, God's Champion: Lessons from the Life of Josiah

Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, God raised up several great men to rule over His people. But it was a king who took the throne at the tender age of eight who became the most godly king of all. II Kings 23:25 tells us: "Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might...nor did any like him arise after him." The life of Josiah provides parents with dynamic principles for training up the next generation of godly leaders to turn OUR nation back to God!

Breaking the Shackles-Why Parents Should Trust Themselves, Not Schools

To those who understand history, the hand of God is unmistakable in the story of America. Our Founders built on the soil of the New World a nation organized on the principles of Scripture. The result was that early America astounded the world with its freedom, genius and productivity. But when the training of children shifted from the realm of the family and moved into the realm of government, it took only a few generations to bring about the social, spiritual, moral and intellectual decay that permeates our society today. Now, home educating parents are taking back their children and raising up a generation of bright, godly, competent Americans who understand their heritage and are determined to reclaim it for the glory of God. God the designed the family, not the school to be the primary training ground for His champions.

Workshop Topics:

Boys Will Be Men

Eighty percent of the children labeled “Learning Disabled” in school are boys. That’s why wise parents understand that the confinement, boredom and regimentation of school are things to be avoided if boys are to thrive. The key to understanding and cooperating with the drives God has built into boys is in recognizing that boyhood is preparation for the roles of family protector, provider and leader that naturally and Biblically fall upon men. We must understand that we are not raising boys, but training future men if we are to make boyhood the exciting and profitable season of life that God intended it to be.

Proverbs: God's Character Curriculum

If you were the wisest man in the world, what would you teach your children? We have the answer in the Book of Proverbs. Here, King Solomon, the world's wisest man and a special "son" of God, shares the most important lessons of life with his own sons. Come and learn how you can build your family life on practical application of this "greatest parenting book ever written."

20 Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home

Academics are important, but they are not the key to a successful life. When your children grow up and leave your home, you want to be sure that they have learned the life lessons that will serve them well for time and eternity. This workshop discusses the issues that matter most in life and how you can pass them on to your children in the brief time you have with them.

"Family Time" Ideas for Busy Dads

There's nothing more rewarding to a faithful father than getting together with his wife and children for the evening "family time." But it's not always easy to make good use of the time when Dad is tired after a hard day's work. In this workshop Rick Boyer shares ideas he has used over the years with his fourteen children. Now you can have the tools to make the evening get-together a blessing for the whole family--without a lot of preparation!

Raising Cain Without Killing Abel

Few things create more tension for parents than hearing their children fight with each other. But it's nothing new, as the Bible clearly shows. Scripture also shows several causes of sibling rivalry AND teaches us how to deal with it effectively. Peace in your home really is possible! Come and hear how you can help your children learn to live at peace with each other, laying foundations for successful relationships all throughout life.

Our First 30 Years of Homeschooling- Lessons Learned from 3 decades of teaching 14 kids

Rick Boyer and his wife have been home schooling since 1980. Starting out young and green in a time when only a handful of families was home schooling, Rick and Marilyn found few resources to help them in their journey. They had to blaze their own trail, surviving such obstacles as skeptical grandparents, hostile school authorities, unhelpful curriculum publishers, blizzards, Indian attacks…(just kidding). The Boyers are still home schooling today and now share their experiences around the world through their books and their speaking ministry. Rick will share some of the most profound lessons learned along the way, including:

- It’s not schooling, it’s discipleship
- Life is the curriculum
- The kid is the can
- Socialization is for socialists
- George Washington survived without Little League
- and many more!

The Making of Mountain Mover- Using the secrets of high achievers in educating your kids

Using the secrets of high achievers in educating your kids

What makes the difference between a child who just jumps through the hoops to get his “school” work done and one who sees himself as preparing to change the world? In this workshop Rick Boyer shares key lessons from the lives of several people, past and present, who made a lasting difference in the culture around them. You will hear practical methods for applying the powerful lessons of high achievers to your day-to-day teaching. Don’t just school your children—prepare them to be world changers!

Sure You Can!

The key to successful home schooling is to have a true understanding of what it’s all about in God’s frame of reference. Curriculum, values education, social learning and priorities are all addressed in the Bible. In this practical, encouraging presentation by Rick Boyer, you will see that God has a dynamic plan for growing up. Here’s how you as a parent can cooperate with Him in making your home a launching pad for champions!

Heroes--Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Does your home schooling lack inspiration? Are you and your children just going through the motions of a curriculum, rather than striving for excellence? For countless generations, kids have been inspired by hero stories. Come and hear how you can revolutionize your child's education by giving him a legacy of greatness.

What's a Dad to Do?

There are plenty of misconceptions about the role of the father in a home schooling family. Some people think that if he can’t be at home during “school time” he can’t be involved. Others think his job is to take over some of Mom’s chores in order to free her to spend more time with the children. But Scripture gives seven functions of a father in a godly home, and each of these can be applied very practically and powerfully in home education. Enjoy the wisdom and humor of this presentation as Rick answers the question of "What's A Dad to Do?"

Child Discipline- The Positive Way

As the father of fourteen children, Rick Boyer knows the importance of obedience to a peaceful and productive home. Here he shares, from Scripture and his own experience, the principles that make child training a loving relationship rather than a set of behavior modification techniques.

Making Learning Fun

Thomas Edison was one of the greatest geniuses our country ever produced. Part of the reason for his brilliance was the fact that, after attending school for only three months, he was educated at home by his mother, who believed that learning can be fun. Her philosophy paid off, as it has for thousands of other home educators who have broken free from bondage to the "institutional" approach and returned to natural, sensible ways of teaching. Stop making a school of yourself! This workshop gives eight simple suggestions that can revolutionize your child's learning and make home education fun for the whole family.

Careers without College

More and more colleges are welcoming, and even advertising for, home educated students. But just as college is not the only means of acquiring a higher education, neither is it the only way of preparing for a rewarding career. This workshop discusses the routes taken by several prominent Americans who reached the pinnacle of their chosen fields without attending college.

What About Socialization?

Don't be intimidated by this silly question! Rick Boyer draws on Scripture, research and the experience of thousands of home-teaching families to show the truth about social learning. The best preparation for adulthood in the real world is growing up in the real world of family, church and community. The last thing your child needs is to be locked away from the real world in age-segregated groups. Come and learn why you need never fear the socialization issue again!

Beyond the Textbooks

Before mass compulsory schooling,students learned to investigate, reason, and form independent attitudes. Today's home educating parents are discovering many exciting ways to get beyond packaged curriculum and experience real books, real experiences, real relationships-real learning!

What is an Education?

Many people succeed in school but fail in the real world outside. Real education prepares the student for every aspect of life-practical,professional,spiritual,economic,civic. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Those things that make us most useful for service add up to a real education. Rick Boyer

Homeschooling- Making it Simple!

Faced by the bewildering selection of curriculum and learning theories available today, home schooling parents often feel intimidated and inadequate. Is learning really so complicated? And if so, why did America have a nearly universal literacy rate at the time of our founding, when nobody knew we have a right and left brain? There's no need to stand in the middle of an exhibit hall and hyperventilate! Join Rick Boyer in following the lead of great minds in Scripture and history as we learn how to maximize learning and minimize stress.

What if my Church Isn’t Family-Friendly?

Parents who decline to put their children in their church's Christian school or youth activities are sometimes viewed as odd or rebellious. Rather than reacting or withdrawing, home schoolers must take the initiative in the church and be examples of families who really minister.

The Joys of Teaching Your Grandkids

Think you're done with home schooling?  Not if you have grandchildren!  You're just embarking on a great adventure that will bless you, your kids and their kids too.  Now you're entering a time of life in which you can relax a bit on the "requirements" and do the things with your grandchildren that you wish you could have done with their parents.  It's time to get creative--adventurous--excited--time to get with your grandchildren and take the adventure of learning to new heights!


Following session is great for speaking to leaders

Secrets of Great Leaders

Question: Are great leaders made, or are they born that way?

Answer: Yes!

As with any other talent, some people have more natural leadership ability than others. But all Christians are called to lead in some form or other, so God has built into all of us the capacity to develop our strength as leaders. The key is for someone in leadership to recognize potential in someone else and help them cultivate it. This session deals with how to recognize future leaders and help them to grow into their potential.

The following session is designed for teens and their parents:

Things I Wish I'd Known

Growing up has never been easy, and today it is harder than ever before. In fact, America leads the world in teen suicide! But guidance from those who have been through it is as useful as the services of a wilderness guide. In this talk, Rick Boyer looks at the teen years from the "other side" and shares how God's principles give vision and victory for the young person who wants to be more than ordinary!

Uncle Rick's Storytime

Children love stories, and that's why they love Uncle Rick! Kids sit spellbound and history comes alive when Uncle Rick (in period costume) paints his wonderful word pictures. Bring your kids and hear the greatest adventures of American history--the marvelous, exciting true stories that have inspired children for generations and still thrill young hearts today..

 

Topics presented By Marilyn Boyer:

The Truth That Can Save America

They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for the freedom of future generations. And for the children of those future generations, the heroes who built America have always provided the inspiration to dream big dreams and be all they could be. But today, the Founders are fading from our memory. As a result, we are losing the liberty they sacrificed so much for. Now is the time to reclaim America's legacy. The courage, brilliance and self-sacrifice of these giants are still powerful examples to young people today, challenging them to greatness and showing them why they must reclaim the "sweet land of liberty" before it is too late. Come and listen as historical author, Marilyn Boyer, author of For You they Signed, points the way back to the principles that made America great. Teach your children to reclaim our country's future by embracing the glory of her past.

A Curriculum That Fits: The Key to Freedom for You and Your Child

Scripture tells us to train up a child in the way "he" should go--not the way "they" should go. Every child is a unique creation of God, with his own fascinating blend of talents, interests and yes, weaknesses. To help them fulfill their life calling, we must develop a specific plan for the training of each one. Come and learn how to work "with" the uniqueness of your child. Escape the bondage of expectations and set your child free to pursue his passions and be the whole person God created him to be.

Character is the Key

The most important part of an education is the teaching of worthy character. Otherwise, we are only training more competent rebels! We sometimes fail to recognize that annoying traits such as whining, arguing, disobedience and tattling are not so much behavior issues as character needs. Character is the key that opens the door to successful adult living. It is the first thing that wise people examine when evaluating a prospective employee, spouse or friend. That’s why character is the most important subject you will ever teach your children! Come hear Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 homeschooled kids and learn as she shares how to intentionally teach this most important of all subjects!

A Servant's Heart- The Path to Honor

Jesus taught that the greatest among us would be those with a heart for service. Our children are growing up in a "me-centered" culture in which education, entertainment, advertising and peer pressure all combine to promote a life of selfishness. Wise training in our home can teach children to choose the better path. Come to this workshop as Marilyn Boyer, mom of 14 homeschooled children shares with you how to design a lifestyle of service for your family that will inspire your children to live above self-centeredness and rise to greatness by putting others first!

Gotta Love Those Preschoolers!

Marilyn Boyer has taught all fourteen of her children at home, so she has plenty of experience with any age group you can name. But her very favorite age to teach is those eager, curious, exciting, challenging munchkins we call preschoolers. This, Marilyn says is the time when we lay the foundation for greatness by pouring love and acceptance all over them—instead of treating them like a nuisance. Preschoolers aren’t just little interruptions to be kept “occupied” while older siblings study. This season in a child’s life is the time to tap into his huge potential by maximizing his natural love for learning and helping him to see that God is preparing him for a lifetime of important service. Come and learn from Marilyn how to make your little ones a valuable part of the team!

Learning to Delight in Your Children

If you sometimes feel like homeschooling is drudgery, you can bet your kids feel the same way! It's such a temptation to stress over teaching predicate nominatives or the steps of division that we forget to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. In this session, Marilyn shares how she and Rick have found this to actually be the key to instilling values that stick and building in them a heart for things of the Lord.

Lies Homeschoolers Believe by Marilyn Boyer

In the 1980's, the battle for educational freedom showcased clear distinctions between parent-directed learning and the regimented program of the secular schools. Parents demanded and fought for the right to design an educational plan that met the needs of the individual child and protected the solidarity of the family. But thirty years later, many of us are falling back into unhealthy practices that were programmed into us year after year by our own school experiences as young people. Home schooling pioneer, Marilyn Boyer sounds a clarion call to return to the principles of simplicity, family relationships and a heart of servanthood as the keys to powerful and lasting learning. Come listen and be set free in your homeschooling adventure.

Getting It All Done

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, and especially those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of those. Marilyn Boyer, mother of fourteen children and a veteran home educator of twenty-seven years' experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.

Why I'm Glad I Home Schooled Through High School

Marilyn Boyer is no stranger to the joys and challenges of raising teenagers. With thirteen sons and daughters now having graduated from high school at home, Marilyn shares why she taught them herself from kindergarten through the high school years and why she wouldn't consider doing it any other way.

Obedience From the Heart

Nothing more blesses the heart of a parent than a child who obeys consistently and willingly. Many moms and dads however, miss the mark by trying to change behavior without changing the heart. Marilyn, mom of 14 children, shows why the task of the loving parent is not merely to control outward behavior, but to build godly attitudes by ministering to the spirit of the child!

Holding their Hearts

Holding Their Hearts explains how the key to raising children who love God is in the heart-to-heart relationship between parent and child, where children are not just trained, but discipled.Take the time to give your children the security of knowing they have your heart. In so doing you are making it easier for them to freely give their heart back to their Creator, and that is our mission.Catch a vision of how you can reach and hold the heart of your child and build fulfilling family relationships that will be passed on through generations.

Homeschooling- The Catalyst for Revival

God has raised up the homeschooling movement "for such a time as this." God has moved miraculously to protect our freedom to teach our own children, even while many other freedoms are being eroded. Come hear Marilyn Boyer, one of the pioneers of the homeschooling movement as she shares her story of why she began homeschooling in 1980 and why she believes God has big plans for the sons and daughters growing up in your home. Hearts of the fathers are turning to the children and hearts of the children to the fathers! The hope that God's curse can be forestalled and His blessing rest once again on America lies in the godly training of the next generation!

The following is great for a mid- winter encouragement talk or for support groups

Pushing the Reset Button

This talk by 30 year home schooling veteran Marilyn Boyer is a breath of fresh air for the harried home schooling mom. Marilyn will help you renew, refresh, and refocus your vision for your ministry to your children. Learn how to relax and enjoy your home schooing years while at the same time training up dynamic young people equipped to impact their culture for Christ.

If interested, we sometimes speak with some of our adult children. They are not all available all the time, so please contact if you are interested. Rick, Tim, Nate, and Kate have all spoken in the past. We’ve also done a panel called Passing the Family Torch with Rick and Marilyn and 6 of our adult children.

Rick, Tim, and Nate speak on how to practically get involved in the war for our American culture and why we need to do so. Nate also speaks with Marilyn on How to Delight in your Children. Kate speaks on family issues, such as Prov. 31- Lessons I’ve Learned from my Mom.

The Joys of Teaching Your Grandkids

Think you're done with home schooling?  Not if you have grandchildren!  You're just embarking on a great adventure that will bless you, your kids and their kids too.  Now you're entering a time of life in which you can relax a bit on the "requirements" and do the things with your grandchildren that you wish you could have done with their parents.  It's time to get creative--adventurous--excited--time to get with your grandchildren and take the adventure of learning to new heights!