PARENTING & HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION

Since 1984, CHEA has been hosting an annual homeschool event that features workshops for homeschoolers at all stages, an exhibit hall with curriculum, resources, and services, children's and teen conventions, high school graduation, and much more. Join other homeschool families from across the state as you are encouraged and equipped for the school year ahead. This is an event you don't want to miss!
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KEYNOTE SESSIONS

DANIEL CRAIG

Raising Kids to Understand and Pursue Their Calling
No matter where we turn, we’re facing an epidemic of visionless, clueless, fantasy-driven young people. Stuck in an education system which fosters this disconnect from reality, few Millennials, even Christians, are able to successfully bridge the gap into real life. From the perspective of a millennial, Daniel shares practical keys to helping your students understand their calling and engage life for the glory of God – today!

SEAN MCDOWELL

Passing Your Faith to the Next Generation
How do I raise my kids in the faith? How can I parent so they will embrace Christianity? The best advice comes from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:1-4 provides a roadmap for passing our faith to the next generation. This session is filled with personal examples and stories from the McDowell family that will encourage and equip you for your own. This talk is both motivational and practical for those concerned about raising kids according to the biblical model.

DURENDA WILSON

Kingdom Work: Building and Protecting Our Homes and Families
The family was God’s idea. He instituted it at the beginning of creation as one of the pillars of society. As the family goes, so goes the culture and the church. Somewhere along the way, we (society/culture and even the church) have forgotten the significance and influence of this calling. In this session, Durenda reminds parents that building and protecting their homes and families is kingdom work!

FEATURED SESSIONS

KRISTI CLOVER, Featured Speaker

Finding Balance: Juggling Homeschooling with Home, Business, Ministry, and Life
Whether you have a side business, work full time, help run a ministry, or are just trying to manage your home along with your homeschool, trying to “get it all done” seems impossible at times. This workshop is designed to help you organize your schedule to maximize your time. You’d be surprised just how much you can accomplish with a little bit of prioritizing. Get your pens ready as Kristi shares some of her best “hacks” for juggling homeschooling with life.

Simple Meal Planning Strategies to Streamline Dinner!
“What’s for dinner?” A question most moms don’t enjoy getting at the end of a long day. In our busy mom lives, finding the time and inspiration to prepare nutritious meals can be a challenge. Join Kristi for an engaging workshop on mastering the art of meal planning designed to streamline your dinner routine. This workshop aims to equip you with practical, time-saving strategies to effortlessly plan and create delicious dinners without the stress.

SPECIAL EVENT – Mom’s Night Out with Kristi Clover & LaNissir James
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DANIEL CRAIG, Featured Speaker

Boy Meets Girl. What Now?!
So you kind of like this girl. Or you think he’s cute. NOW WHAT? Marriage is a wonderful blessing from God, but the path to the altar often seems covered with broken glass – at least that’s what the bloody feet of many couples would indicate! Getting back to God’s foundational principles, Daniel shares insights and admonitions with his peers from personal experience based on his recent marriage and having grown up in the homeschool/courtship movement.

Five Secrets for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
The Word of God gives us a number of fundamental keys to personal growth and true success in life. In scripture, we are taught that the basics of entrepreneurialism – responsibility, initiative and ownership – are important for young people who are just beginning to make their way in life. In this session, you will learn five powerful, yet practical, keys to developing as an entrepreneur as you gain an understanding of why they are essential and how you can implement them.

LANISSIR JAMES, Featured Speaker

Joyful Mother of Children: Raising Darling Daughters
As a wife and a mother of five girls and two boys, LaNissir emphasizes the importance of answering the call to being a Joyful Mother of Children while nurturing each kid’s relationship with the Lord. Raising godly daughters in the climate of modern times takes humility and grace. The joy of helping parents become “fascinated and less frustrated” is LaNissir’s passion. For two decades, LaNissir has coached parents and leaders as a Practitioner of the MBTI. She will share her heart and humor on Raising Darling Daughters.

Recordkeeping & Organization for High School: Simplifying the Process
Keeping good records doesn’t have to be a time-consuming burden—it actually saves you time and effort in the long run! In this workshop, you’ll learn how—and when—to track your student’s progress through high school.

SPECIAL EVENT – Mom’s Night Out with Kristi Clover & LaNissir James
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SEAN MCDOWELL, Featured Speaker

Answering Tough Questions
Here’s your chance to ask renowned apologist Sean McDowell questions about the many tough topics we are facing today and how to teach our children to be discerning and navigate through them. From science to new cultural “norms” to love and relationships, bring your questions about any and all topics you might want to tackle! (Note: Mature topics will be discussed, so parents use discretion if your children are attending with you.)

Cancel Culture: Clarity for Christians
What is cancel culture? And why do we find ourselves in a culture in which both Christians and non-Christians are so quick to “cancel” others? In this talk, Sean carefully defines cancel culture, discusses what societal factors contribute to its rise, and then gives practical strategies for how Christians can respond biblically.

True for You, But Not True for Me
Don’t we live in a “post-truth” culture that cares more about feelings than facts? People often say, “That may be your truth, but it’s not mine,” as if truth changes based upon what we believe about it or how we feel. In this session, we will consider why truth is vital, learn how to properly define it, examine objections against its knowability and existence, and grasp the powerful implications of truth for our daily lives.

DURENDA WILSON, Featured Speaker

Keeping Your Marriage Healthy Throughout the Seasons of Homeschooling
Homeschooling is more than just an educational choice, it’s a lifestyle. Each season brings new challenges that can deeply affect the marriage relationship. Parents sometimes sacrifice a healthy marriage on the altar of homeschooling without even realizing it. Darryl and Durenda have been married 34 years and homeschooled all eight of their children. They purposed to keep their marriage strong and are now enjoying the fruit of those efforts. They will share how they made their marriage a priority through each of the seasons.

Nurturing Sibling Relationships
Most of us didn’t factor into the equation just how much sibling conflict would be part of our homeschooling days! It can be exhausting! As homeschooling parents, we have a unique opportunity to nurture sibling relationships among our children. Find out practical ways to do this and what an IMPORTANT part of our homeschooling it really is!

Unhurried Homeschooling (K-2nd Grade)
Did you know that you’ve been “educating” your child for 5 years already? YOU are the “expert” when it comes to YOUR child and YOU will be able to tell when he/she is ready to start. We will talk about simple ways to recognize when your child is ready to experiment with reading, writing, and basic math! Most of all, you will be encouraged to RELAX and enjoy this season of early learning and quiet the voices that want to put unnecessary pressure on you and your littles!

HAL & MELANIE YOUNG, Featured Speakers

Boy-Schooling
Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of history or read aloud to a child sitting upside down? You may be teaching a boy! Understanding how boys learn can help preserve the love of learning and academic confidence of our sons, as well as make us better homeschool parents. Come hear from parents who’ve homeschooled six boys and graduated four so far, as they share solid research and practical advice on how to turn wiggle worms into scholars – and enjoy doing it!

No Longer Little
The turmoil of the tween years between nine and thirteen usually catches parents by surprise. Diligent students become addled and distracted. Kids raised in church start questioning the existence of God. Sweet children seem to climb on an emotional rollercoaster – and then invite you to join them. Don’t get a ticket for that ride! Instead, learn to resist the temptation to lose it yourself and shepherd your children through this challenging age at this funny and all-too-real workshop – and lay a foundation for great teen years!

Parenting in a Gender-Confused World
Preteens and teens crave connection and acceptance, while media of all kinds are telling them that “identifying” differently will solve all their problems. Even kids not tempted by these things are affected by the kids and culture around them, sometimes believing their parents are hateful or unloving in their response to that culture. Learn about the influences reaching out to our kids, how to respond in a way that will preserve your relationship, and practical helps in guiding them through the clamoring voices of our society.

When School is Harder Than It Ought to Be
What do you do when you know your child is bright, but school is way harder than it ought to be? We’ve been there! This encouraging session discusses how to keep hope alive in both you and your child, to adapt your homeschooling to the child in front of you, to help them through the possible social embarrassment of being a struggling learner, to know when and how to get help, and how this trial can ultimately bless your child. Get hope for the future!

Your Family’s Communication Culture
“My teens are so disrespectful.” “They’re so ugly to each other.” “I wish we could just talk.” We hear these things all the time. It’s easy to get into a cycle of communicating badly, but it doesn’t have to be that way! The Word of God gives us a lot of practical advice about communicating with one another. Come learn how to turn that advice into action, change your family culture for the better, improve your other relationships, and laugh a little, too.

GENERAL SESSIONS

Deahdra-Lynn Atencio
Mom, Don’t Make Me Think – Just Tell Me the Answer
How long do you allow a child to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let them wrestle with the problem to discover the answer. Did you know children will learn better when they discover the solution? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to solve problems. How might you go about doing this? Come to this workshop and find out how to help your child think their way through math.
Greg Baran

The Value of the Clearly Written Word
The potential impact of clear communication has significant implications for every child’s success, i.e. intellectual enrichment and financial return. Being able to articulate their ideas clearly and in an organized fashion effectively removes the barriers to success for our kids. Students who are able to organize and structure their written and verbal expression have opportunities that non-writers will not have. This session will focus on the opportunity, necessity, and philosophy required to help our children achieve the success they deserve.

Carol Kerney

Using Novels to Teach History (and Help Students Love It)
History is not always a student’s favorite subject, but many students enjoy reading novels. This workshop will evaluate a number of historical novels from several authors, including the speaker, summarizing them for a more in-depth analysis using study guides Carol has created. These study guides will allow parents to turn any historical novel into a history lesson. An extensive annotated list of historical novels for different grade levels will also be provided.

Davy Liu
Left vs. Right Brain, Cow vs. Cowboy Mindset
Davy Liu’s journey with Disney started at the age of 20, despite academic struggles. Before his success, he grappled with academic pressure but found his true talent in art. The key to children’s development is discovering their God-given talents early. As the founder of Kendu Kids, Davy encourages children to pursue their passions, emphasizing the importance of discovering and nurturing their unique abilities rather than merely seeking job security.
John McGowan

Legislative Update
with Nathan Pierce
Fresh from the battlefront, Nathan and John will update you on major current legislative battles threatening our private home education and parental rights! You will learn how God has been working through FPM & CHEA this year and see the necessity of maintaining vigilance for battles that are on the horizon. As time permits, this perspective will broaden to the underlying worldviews and trends of our culture’s war against the God-ordained family.

Betsy Pierce

Teaching With Multiple Ages at Home
How do you teach high school when the baby needs to eat, the toddler needs a nap, and the 8- year-old slips outside the moment your back is turned? It would be easy to teach multiplication if only you could focus for 10 minutes! As a mother of a large family, Betsy will share her experiences, successes, and failures of homeschooling multiple ages at the same time, including practical ideas for scheduling, household management, and curriculum approaches.

Nathan Pierce

Discerning Biblical Principles for Christian Homeschoolers and Politics
Do you know why you vote the way you do? Does God’s Word speak to political issues? Why should homeschool parents involve themselves in the defense of homeschool freedoms and other political issues? How can you make sure you are using sound Biblical principles in discerning Biblically based political opinions and acting on them? If you struggle to know for yourself how your political views relate to the Bible, how will you teach your children to be discerning? Join Nathan to discuss the answers!

Legislative Update
with John McGowan
Fresh from the battlefront, Nathan and John will update you on major current legislative battles threatening our private home education and parental rights! You will learn how God has been working through FPM & CHEA this year and see the necessity of maintaining vigilance for battles that are on the horizon. As time permits, this perspective will broaden to the underlying worldviews and trends of our culture’s war against the God-ordained family.

David & Shirley Quine

Eyes and Ears to See and Hear – Teaching Art and Music
Living in an age filled with that which is ugly, we must be lining the hearts and minds of our children with that which is truly beautiful. Studies in music and art can do just that. This should not be considered as “extra” to our daily curriculum. Make time to enjoy the beauty and richness of music and art together with your children. It’s time your children will never forget … it’s time you will cherish forever.

More than Math – A Way of Thinking
For most of us, math was simply something we had to endure. We were told the principle, given examples, and then told to do all the even or odd problems on the page. It was drill and practice with little or no meaning and no thinking. Isn’t there a better way? David will share a different model of learning that will engage your children in a new way of thinking.

Gretchen Roe

Adapting the Playbook for Special Needs Students – Don’t Move the Goal; Modify the Play
“Special needs” has become a catch-all term for children who don’t fit the “norms.” But what should you do when your child doesn’t learn like other children? Join Gretchen for some practical advice on how to modify goals and expectations and then adapt your curriculum to help your atypical learner succeed.

Exceptional Kids – What’s a Parent to Do?
We all think our children are unique, but are they exceptional? Exceptional could mean that they taught themselves to read at four or they are not reading independently at ten. How do you, as a parent, reach your differently-wired kid and help them succeed without losing your mind in the process? Join Gretchen for an interactive conversation about how to sort learning differences and set expectations to make your child thrive.

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Penny Ross

Homeschool High School? Why, Yes you CAN!
Does the thought of teaching high school at home fill you with fear? Are you afraid of ruining your child’s chances for college or career? In this workshop, we’ll cover the blessings and benefits of teaching and discipling your child through to high school graduation. It’s definitely doable and is probably less intimidating than you expected.

You ARE the Boss!
Homeschooling offers the flexibility to teach your child, not the book. Yet many of us fall into the default school mode of letting curriculum be our master, instead of a tool. We’ll talk about practical ways you can adapt and adjust your curriculum to better fit the needs of your family, including scheduling, learning styles, teaching to mastery, assessing developmental readiness, and more.

You CAN Teach Preschool at Home
In today’s world, parents of three and four year olds often feel pressured to send their children OUT to preschool. But academic readiness skills can very easily be taught within the realm of real-life experiences at home.

Leah Schroeder

Affordable Homeschooling
with Caleb Schroeder
Homeschooling on a single income in Southern California might sound like an impossibility. Yes, there are sacrifices that need to be made when living on a single income in a state where the cost of living is so high, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. This practical seminar will focus on some of the ins and outs of supporting a homeschool family of eight on a single income.

Caleb Schroeder

Affordable Homeschooling
with Leah Schroeder
Homeschooling on a single income in Southern California might sound like an impossibility. Yes, there are sacrifices that need to be made when living on a single income in a state where the cost of living is so high, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. This practical seminar will focus on some of the ins and outs of supporting a homeschool family of eight on a single income.

Homeschooling Free From Fear
The right choice can be the wrong choice if it is based on the wrong reasons. This session will address the “right” reasons for homeschooling.

Integrating Dad Into Homeschool
This session will explicate the essential roles that dads can play in homeschooling. It will focus on the essential diversity that two parents working together can bring to their child’s education and encourage dads to take part and not sit back. It will offer practical advice for how a dad can insert himself effectively into the homeschool environment.

Mike Schutt

How to Pursue True Leisure
An introduction to a Christian view of leisure in the classical sense: pursuing truth, goodness, and beauty for their own sakes, because we are created to pursue them. The lecture discusses habits that lead to true leisure and its relationship to our pursuit of God.

Vicki Stormoen

What Kind of Homeschooler Are You?
This session will provide a brief overview of and popular curriculum choices associated with some of the more common approaches to homeschooling including the Traditional approach, Classical education, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, University Model, Unit Studies, Eclectic, and Unschooling.

Foundations for the Elementary Years
How much time should I be spending “in school” with my 1st grader? What subjects do I need to include in Kindergarten? How do I get my kids to see me as the teacher? These are common questions parents wonder about in the first few years of homeschooling. We will cover these questions and much more as we discuss some foundational principles related to homeschooling early elementary-aged students.

Christa Svoboda

Enjoying the Early Years
The early years of a child’s life are such a precious gift. They are years full of wonder, curiosity, joy, passion, and discoveries. Our culture can be so focused on comparing, academic achievements, and formulaic child rearing, that the gifts of these early years can be lost. Christa will encourage parents to rest in the beauty of these days and witness the miraculous growth that God is doing in the hearts and minds of the young ones in their home.

Get Outside!
Time outside with our children is so much greater than physical education, a picnic, nature journaling, or a break. Through time spent beyond the walls of a house, children’s minds and hearts are opened in fresh new ways. Christa has lived through the high-stress moments inside with her own six children and experienced the melting away of tension by being outside. As she shares the gifts of being outdoors, you will leave excited to get outside with your children!

Julie Walker

Seven Study Skills Strategies
You know your teens should pursue excellence in their studies. How do you keep them motivated when even some of their homeschooled peers have settled for mediocrity? Learn how you can help your students achieve success—perhaps in ways you would not expect.

Roger Wheelock

God & Economics
The Bible contains 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 on faith, but more than 2,000 on money and possessions. Our children’s view towards economics matters! Because we are born into a material world, the material can capture our attention, cause worry and anxiety, and distract us from pursuing what really counts. Let’s talk about how we can help our children learn to have a biblically balanced view of the material world in which we live.