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Connect & Grow: an educational retreat for homeschool moms

Simpson Park Camp in Romeo, MI

June 2-3, 2023

We share your passion for homeschooling!

The Connect & Grow Retreat is a 2-day event for moms to take time away

to relax, refresh, and refocus on this all-important journey.

These seminars will cover important and practical topics to answer your questions and build your confidence. You won’t want to miss it! We can’t wait to meet you!

If you’re ready to…


from nationally recognized speakers and seasoned homeschoolers who have a passion for sharing their knowledge from their years of personal experience.

Be pampered

with snacks, espresso drinks, yummy food, snacks, coffee, lots of chocolate, valuable door prizes, and even some karaoke!

Find community

through new-found friendships with like-minded moms!

Then this conference is for you! 

Featured speakers

Dr. Roger & Jan Smith

Our featured speakers will be Dr. Roger Smith and his wife, Jan. Roger is the author of the book Parenting with Influence and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He finds joy in helping families stay healthy and fulfill God’s design of family unity by using Biblical principles. Jan is a Life Coach and has helped hundreds of wives and mothers to reach their full potential in marriage and motherhood. All four of their adult children were homeschooled until their college years and they draw upon their personal experience to offer practical advice and help families flourish.

Featured Speaker

Kathleen Cotter Clayton

Kathleen is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and developer of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. Kathleen is involved with curriculum development and has written or co-authored 17 manuals. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and two Master’s Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She teaches online middle-school classes, designs and creates mathematical quilts, loves to travel, and speaks across the US and Canada, sharing the mission to help children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. Kathleen and Steve have 6 grown children and live in North Dakota.



4:00 pm – SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Loving Learning: Start with ‘Why’ and Foundational Tips for Homeschooling Successfully”

5:00 pm – DINNER

6:30 pmSESSION Kathleen Cotter Clayton “Addition and Subtraction: Bridge over Troubled Waters”

7:30 pm –  SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Approaches to Homeschooling and Curriculums that Correspond.”

8:30 pm – RELAXATION TIME  Do your nails, chat, hike the grounds, dance, karaoke, enjoy the bonfire and stars, and roast s’mores.


7:45-8:45 am – BREAKFAST

9:00 am – SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Discipline that Draws them Closer”

10:00 am – SESSION Tarla Gernert “Don’t Bring School Home”

11:00 am – SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Transitioning from Control to Influence: Inspiring Your Children to be What They are Designed to be”

12:00-1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00-1:30 pm – Vendors will display their curriculum and books. 

1:30 pm – SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Unit Studies, Read Alouds, and Rhythm to your Days – The Secrets to Multi-Level Teaching”

2:30 pm – SESSION Kathleen Cotter Clayton “Fractions the Way You Wish YOU had been Taught”

3:30 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION divided into groups by children’s ages

4:30 pm – SESSION Roger and Jan Smith “Five Decisions You Only Make Once – Guiding Principles for Your Family”

5:30 pmFAREWELL DINNER Eat, relax, and stay for evening fellowship


Educational Vendors to meet and shop!

This year we will have educational vendors to browse, shop, and discover including Lamplighters, Right Start Math, PaperPie Learning, Simply Fun Games, and more!

Prizes will be given out!

We will be giving away, free curriculum, gift certificates, and registration certificates! You could win back the price you paid for your ticket to attend!