Geared toward parents who are new to homeschooling, this special mini-con will feature four of our most popular workshops to help you get started. Come to just one session or all four!

Thursday, May 9, 2024
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Are you just starting out in your homeschool journey and looking for the basics on how to get started? Have you been homeschooling for a few years but wanting some help and encouragement in any of these areas? If so, this mini-con is for you!

These four workshops, jam-packed with information, presented by experienced, knowledgeable, and encouraging speakers, will equip you with all the tools you need to get off on the right foot as you begin your homeschool journey.

This Mini-Con is included with Registration to CHEA’s Parenting & Homeschool Conference (just select that you will be attending “Nuts & Bolts” when you register). You may attend just the “Nuts & Bolts” Mini-Con. Registration information is below.


2:00 p.m. Getting Started, Katie Julius
3:00 p.m. Writing a Philosophy of Education & Mission Statement, Betsy Pierce
4:05 p.m. Lesson Planning & Record Keeping, Katie Julius
5:00 p.m. Choosing Curriculum, Betsy Pierce


Biola University Sigma Hall
13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639

Each suite includes two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, a sink, and mirror. With locking doors on each side, a jack-and-jill style bathroom, with a toilet and shower, is shared between the two rooms. There is a shared, large lounge with an attached kitchen on each of the three floors. Includes linens and 3 meals at the all-you-can-eat-cafeteria.

Courtyard Anaheim-Buena Park
(approx. 15 min. drive)
7621 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Norwalk
(approx. 10 min. drive)
13111 Sycamore Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650

For more information about these accommodations and to make reservations, view our Accommodations Information.

Meet Our Speakers

Katie Julius

Katie Julius

Katie is wife to husband John, and homeschool mom to one energetic, full-of-life, pedal-to-the-metal, insanely creative sixth grader, Sarah. She holds degrees in Art and Education and somehow strikes the fine balance of organization, planning, and paperwork with her right-brained creativity. When she’s not teaching parts of speech, practicing multiplication facts, or elbow-deep in art supplies, she also works part-time as CHEA’s Communications Manager. Katie also serves on the Board and Leadership Team of her homeschool support group in the Inland Empire.

Betsy Pierce

Betsy Pierce

Betsy is a second-generation homeschooling mom of eight children, ages 2 to 17, and considers herself blessed beyond measure to raise them. She and her husband Nathan met while at The Master’s University and moved to Placer County in 2004 when Nathan began his work at Family Protection Ministries, now a calling for the whole family. She has served the homeschooling community for many years at various levels and is looking forward to the first family graduation in 2024!


Workshop Descriptions Coming Soon

Mini-Con Rates

Regular Rate CHEA Members
Nuts & Bolts Only $25 $20
Parenting & Homeschool Conference Attendees Included Included