Starting Your Year Right – Virtual Event

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Tuesday, July 20
2:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.

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Before heading into the new school year, join us for these virtual workshops that will not only give you practical ideas, but encourage and uplift you. This will be the perfect way to set the right tone for your year.


2:00 p.m. – Start With the End in Mind, Carrie De Francisco
3:00 p.m. – Spirit-Led Schooling; Making Time for the Master, Zsanae Miller
4:00 p.m. – Field Trips: When Book Work Meets the Real World, Penny Ross


Start With the End in Mind, Carrie De Francisco
Before we buy one box of curriculum, before we sign up for any classes, and before we crack open any book, we should spend time on our knees prayerfully crafting our Homeschool Mission Statement. Our Homeschool Mission Statement is what guides every decision we make, keeps us on track, and helps us end our homeschooling journey well. Learn how to craft your own homeschool mission statement and cast a vision for your family’s homeschooling journey. Tips will also be given on how to use your Mission Statement to organize and plan your school year, how to refer to it often during the school year, how to use it on those really bad days, and how to revisit it at the end of the year to end strong.

Spirit-Led Schooling; Making Time for the Master, Zsanae Miller
As parents, we take great care to ensure our children have the right curriculum, co-op classes, and extracurricular activities. We desire for our children to grow in knowledge, succeed, and thrive throughout the school year. All of these decisions need to be God-led. Join us as we walk through the importance of making time to be with our Master. Learn practical ways to be prepared for the day ahead with your children. We will share helpful resources and tools to help you along your journey.

Field Trips: When Book Work Meets the Real World, Penny Ross
Are field trips
     a)  opportunities to get out of your house
     b)  extracurricular enrichment activities
     c)  integral parts of your regular academic studies

They can be ALL of the above!  We’ll discuss different ways to incorporate field trips into all aspects of your family’s learning and how to find great places to visit.


Carrie De Francisco

Carrie De Francisco

Originally from New Orleans, Carrie De Francisco is now living, loving, and learning in Southern California with her husband, Mike, her two young adult children, Francesca and Joseph, and their introverted dog, Jesse. After twenty plus years of homeschooling her own children (and helping others do the same), she tries not to take herself too seriously. Motherhood and homeschooling have helped Carrie appreciate the gift of laughter (and quiet times with her Bible and favorite cup of coffee). She is definitely saved by Jesus but fueled by coffee! Carrie De Francisco is the author of Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God, founder of Coffee With Carrie Homeschool Blog and hosts the Coffee With Carrie: Homeschool Help Podcast.

Zsanae Miller

Zsanae Miller

Zsanae and her husband, Kevin, have been married for twenty-four years and have three beautiful children. They enjoy encouraging their children as they mature in Christ – fulfilling their individual callings and purposes for His glory. Zsanae has been homeschooling for the past thirteen years (the oldest two have graduated) and is devoted to other homeschoolers as they travel along their unique journey. With a desire to create community among like-minded parents/homeschoolers that can learn from one another and spur each other on along the way, she has been involved with co-hosting Homeschooling With Purpose, spoken at homeschool events and conventions, and has been a guest on homeschool Youtube channels . Zsanae is also passionate about encouraging women to live out their callings, as they look to Jesus to find their identity. By sharing at women events and retreats, co-hosting women and teen conventions, she has been blessed to remind them of who He is and who they are as daughters of the King!
Penny Ross

Penny Ross

Penny Ross taught her own three children at home from birth through high school graduation. She led a PSP at her church and now mentors the next generation of homeschoolers through her independent consulting business, Tools for the Home Educator in Torrance, CA. She offers consultations, coaching, webinars, and workshops for homeschooling parents, as well as selling gently-used curriculum. Her specialty is in helping families determine their own homeschooling style and then assisting them in mapping a pathway to success. Penny is married to her college sweetheart, Greg, and together they delight in 6 grandchildren.


This event is free, but registration is required. To sign-up to attend this event, complete the form below. CHEA Members will receive free access to recordings of this event. We hope you will join us for this encouraging and uplifting afternoon before you begin your school year.

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