Speaking Topics

I have had the privilege to speak to homeschool groups, ladies’ retreats, and science fairs all over the country. If you would like to contact me about an event, please email me at sherri@sherriseligson.com.

General topics covered:

  • Science (Seeing God from a science perspective)

  • Homeschool and mom encouragement

  • Homeschool nuts & bolts

Science

  • Marine Biology and What the Oceans Have to Say About Evolution

    Nearly everyone enjoys learning about creatures that live in the ocean. After all, it is a truly alien environment to us, full of unique and interesting organisms. Amazingly, the more we learn about the ocean and the organisms living in it, the more we begin to see that there are intricacies that do not fit with the theory of evolution. As we dive into this discussion, we will look at the physical features of echolocation in fun-loving dolphins, as well as “living fossils” that should be extinct yet are found unchanged in shape and form, living all over the world.  We’ll look scientifically at the ocean’s salinity and learn what the actual data have to say about an earth that is supposedly millions of years old. And we cannot forget sharks, with their amazing physical abilities to detect electrical impulses from miles away! So grab a notepad and come to this informative discussion…no snorkels necessary!

    Topics: Science, Apologetics, Marine Biology, Creation ]

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience:  General Audiences, Dads, Moms, Teens

  • All Creatures Great and Small (and Microscopic!) Give Glory to Their Creator

    What are we to do when faced with a world telling us it is a certainty that all organisms evolved from primordial ooze?  How can our students give an answer when these ideas come up in discussions as they begin to move out from under our teaching and into the world?  By looking at what scientists are discovering today, we are beginning to see clear scientific evidence for a Creator.  Recent research on bacteria and the structure of cells is showing the world how complex these organisms are.  We are now able to confirm that as far as we know, there is no simple creature.  The organisms in this world range from complex to ridiculously complex.  This talk will highlight some of the amazing discoveries scientists are finding, such as how bacteria communicate, and the amazing structure of the DNA molecule!

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Creation

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Dads, Teens

  • A Scientist’s Showcase of Amazing Creatures That Defy Evolutionary Theory

    (Note: this workshop combines elements from the previous two workshops) What are we to do when faced with a world telling us it is a certainty that all organisms evolved from primordial ooze? How can our students give an answer when these ideas come up in discussions as they begin to move out from under our teaching and into the world? Amazingly, the more we learn about the creatures on Earth, the more we begin to see the intricacies that do not fit with the idea of evolution, and we are beginning to see clear scientific evidence that points to a Creator. This fast-moving, high-energy workshop will cover several organisms whose features defy evolution. From dolphins and sharks to glow-in-the-dark bacteria, we’ll see how science is discovering that all creatures are far from simple.

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Creation

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Dads, Teens

  • From Microscope to Telescope: Observing God’s Perfect Design and Our Special Position in Creation

    When the telescope was invented, it pierced the vastness between us and distant worlds, opening up so many realms of creation that our world seemed to shrink into one remote corner. Yet our position in our galaxy of stars is such that we are able to observe this glorious creation, and our position in the solar system provides us with ideal living conditions. The microscope, invented at about the same time in history, laid open a scene no less wonderful: entire worlds teeming with life on the tiniest grain of sand. One device leads us to see a solar system with every star and the other a world in every atom. This workshop will highlight the physical principles of atoms, the earth, and the universe, and how the same God who supports the universe in the hollow of His hand holds every atom together.

    Topic: Science, Apologetics, Creation

    Length: 45 minutes

    Audience: Teens, Parents

Homeschool and Mom Encouragement

  • You Are Not "Just" a Mom. Seeing the Exceptional in the Everyday, the Phenomenal in the Nominal

    What is excellent and praiseworthy? We often think we have to be Super Mom to be worthy of praise. But if we look at what God says, we see that often what WE think is worthy is really just appearance. What is TRULY extraordinary are the ordinary things in life. Purposefully doing the next thing, changing the next diaper, reviewing the next spelling lesson; thinking on and doing these things and building on the supposedly unremarkable things in the days before will eventually produce the remarkable.  Your children will not remember how many Facebook friends you had, but they WILL remember your daily love and care for them and your faithfulness to God. There is no such thing as “just” a Mom. The exceptional in the everyday is noble in God’s eyes.

    Topic: Homeschool Moms, Motherhood, Encouragement

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms/Women

  • Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew As a Homeschool Mom

    Let’s face it. At one time or another we all feel that by homeschooling our children, they are missing out on “something.” Yet these worries come because we are living in the moment and can’t see the big picture. After all, we’re pretty sure the 7th grader down the street is up for a Nobel prize, and everyone else is receiving a full-ride scholarship to Princeton, right? Not to mention that in the last few years of homeschooling, we haven’t even begun to cover 13th century humanities in China! RELAX. This workshop will talk you down from the cliff – or at least encourage you that homeschooling is the BEST thing for your children. Join Sherri in a humorous, informative and revealing discussion as she shares how she went from stressing over teaching everything about everything to trusting in the path, resources and experiences God had for her children.

    Topic: Homeschool Moms, Motherhood, Encouragement

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms/Women

  • The Cleansing Power of Living Water

    As soon as we become a parent, we quickly come up against situations that make us feel unable, or out of control. Every mom can look back at days that make her feel less than successful. Sometimes we even re-live those moments, or seasons, that we wish we could take back. We wallow in those thoughts, feeling that we have failed, we have messed up. All of us have been there. But nothing takes God by surprise! He knows our need and has already died for our mistakes. In fact, He conquered the grave, fully knowing what our mistakes are. Jesus is our Living Water. He has ALREADY cleansed us from our sins. The constant reminders that we have “blown it” shouldn’t make us feel like failures, rather, they should make us more grateful for His love.  Come and be encouraged as Sherri shares how we can walk through our days, truly receiving the cleansing refreshment of His Living Water!

    Topic: Motherhood, Spiritual Encouragement

    Length: 45 minutes

    Audience: Moms/Women

  • The Comparison Trap – Moms Need Each Other

    The Internet has opened up so many avenues for homeschool moms, giving us access to curricula, educational information and helps, and lots of virtual support. Although this is helpful, whenever we visit a fellow homeschooler online, we often see her at her best: kids working diligently on the couch, elaborate dioramas of epic battles, etc. And we often hear the same thing when we engage with local moms, too. All of this “perfection” can make us feel like we don’t measure up. Comparing hinders us from engaging, so it is crucial for us to get past those paralyzing feelings and begin to support and encourage each other, especially in person. Because the enemy works to divide us, as sisters in Christ, we must come alongside one another for mutual support. It may not take a village to educate your children, but moms need that village of support as the body of Christ.

    Topic: Motherhood, Encouragement

    Length: 45 minutes

    Audience: Moms/Women

  • Do Not Be Deceived: Ways Satan Attacks Modern Women

    We are charged in Ephesians to be strong in the Lord, putting on the “full armor of God.” But why? Why is this such an important instruction? Well, as we go about our days filled with the busy-ness of serving our household, we forget there is an enemy who exists to seek and destroy. This enemy knows us well. As women, wives, and mothers, he knows where our weaknesses lie and how to trigger them. Ephesians 6:11 says that we have to be prepared to “take a stand against the devil’s schemes.” He is devious, using “good” things to distract us from the best. Let’s suit up and be at the ready to identify his half-truths so we can keep joy in our days!

    Topic: Spiritual Encouragement, Devotion

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Women

  • The Power of Words: Edifying and Terrifying

    Our world is filled with words. Whether we are reading them, writing them or instructing with them, they are our tools to build stories, create emotions, and make connections. Yet we need to be aware that words have the power to build and destroy. They can taste bitter or sweet. They can cause people to stumble or make them soar! God has much to say about our words. They need to be crafted carefully and gently but firmly shared. This is how we can engage others and train up our children. Let’s contemplate not only the power of our words, but how we can boldly use them.

    Topic: Spiritual Encouragement, Child Training, Devotion

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Women, Men, Teens

  • Celebrate the Journey in Your Marriage

    The fairy tale version of marriage says that your prince will carry you off into the sunset, and you will live happily ever after. But that’s not the end of the story. The marriage journey is a lifetime of challenges and blessings. We’ll travel through the chapters of marriage as if it were a storybook, discovering that “happily ever after” takes effort and requires us to rely on the Lord!

    Topic: Marriage, Encouragement

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms

  • Standing Strong When I Am Weak

    When we feel that God is calling us to do a difficult work, we can be sure that he will use it to bless and encourage us as well as teach us a few things.  Arguably, homeschooling is one of the most difficult tasks one can undertake, but the blessings are boundless!  A wonderful “side-effect” of teaching and training our children is that we learn how unable we as mothers are.  By learning that we are weak in ourselves, we have the opportunity to see how God is our strength; giving us special provision to complete the tasks he gives us.  In this talk, we will walk through the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians to discover how when we are weak, God gives us unexpected blessings and ultimately gets the glory!

    Topic: Christian encouragement, Homeschool encouragement

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Beginners 

  • Bringing Your Homeschool Before the Throne

    A path without a purpose is difficult to build because there is no enthusiasm and no direction for it. Not only do we need direction but we need devotion to do a task…and this is especially true of homeschooling.  Many of us homeschool because we feel that we are obeying a call of the Lord. But did you know that by following this call, we are worshiping the Lord? Doing the “ordinary” work that is given to us ultimately brings the Lord glory and is a form of worship. So in the midst of spelling lists and multiplication tables, you don’t have to get lost in the mundane. When we are teaching and training our children, we are helping them to become all that God desires them to be, and our efforts to homeschool are a sweet smelling aroma to the Lord. Come look at the commonplace construction of a wall to see how the ordinary things we do, if we are called to do them, are the most exciting things we can do!

    Topic: Spiritual encouragement, Homeschool encouragement

    Length: 45 – 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Beginners

Homeschool Nuts and Bolts

  • The Apprentice: Getting High School Credit for Internships

    An internship is one of the best ways for a student to explore a career.  And with the flexibility that homeschooling offers, most high school students have the time to intern in a field of their interest.  Why not document their experience and award them with high school credit?  This presentation will highlight choosing the right internship arrangement, preparing a list of educational and experiential goals, and recording this beneficial learning opportunity.  High school credit, work experience, and possibly even pay… it’s a win-win situation!

    Topic: Careers, High School, Internship

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Teens, Moms, Dads

  • You Can Do It – Navigating the High School Years

    If you have children approaching high school age (or are already there), no doubt you have had moments of confusion or even fear regarding courses, documentation, career preparation and college. After all, we are fine with the idea of unit studies, field trips and student-led education when they are in elementary school and middle school, but we tell ourselves that high school COUNTS, and we feel we need to conform to what other students are doing or our kids will be unprepared. There is no need to fear! This workshop will address the biggest questions regarding high school, including how to choose courses that will best meet your children’s needs, electives and internships, how to help assess strengths and giftedness, how standardized tests fit into the equation, and the easy process of building a transcript. You will leave this workshop with some practical direction and ideas to implement into your homeschool immediately!

    Topic: Junior High and High School, Planning

    Length: 50 minutes or 75 minutes

    Audience: Parents, Teens

  • Career Planning in Junior High School? How to Give Your Children a Vision for the Future

    Homeschooling parents hold the unique positions of both parent and educator.  This presents us with the opportunity to observe our children’s strengths and abilities which can give clues to their potential careers.  Though students do not have to know what they want to be “when they grow up” before they turn 16, research has shown that parents have a phenomenal influence when they help their children identify what their God-given gifts are and where their interests lie.  We have the ability to guide them and inspire them to do great things!

    Topic: Careers, Junior High, High School

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Dads, Teens

  • Homeschooling and Homemaking: From Mis-organization to Miss Organization!

    “How do I get it all done?”  That seems to be a common frustration for homeschool mothers.  Though juggling the educational needs of multiple children while maintaining a household can certainly be a daunting task, there are several strategies which will help moms to navigate their school year and still keep an organized home.  Even though we will not see perfection this side of heaven, it is still possible to teach algebra, have dinner on the table by 6:00, and be able to find your sunglasses all in one day!

    Topic: Homeschool, Household organization, Record-keeping

    Length: 50-55 minutes

    Audience: Moms

  • Taking the Fear Factor Out of Science Co-ops: There Will Be Worms

    This discussion includes practical helps to organize and lead a science co-op, emphasizing encouragement to parents.  We will look at how often classes should meet, what should be done in classes (labs, discussions, and/or tests?), how to impart enthusiasm to the students and involve them in the discussions, and how to include the parents during the rest of the week so you both can ensure their children succeed.  Additionally, co-op coordinators will be encouraged to delve into this opportunity even if they do not feel qualified – if the “unknown” causes fear, then this discussion will inform enough to take some of that fear away.  Though this information is geared to science-related courses, much of the information will be helpful to organizing and teaching any co-op subject!

    Topic: Co-ops, Science

    Length: 50 minutes

    Audience: Moms, Dads