KEYS TO HOMESCHOOLING & CURRICULUM FAIR
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS & SPEAKER BIOS
The Hope-Filled Homeschool Mom, Rachel Zwayne (Opening Keynote)
Every homeschool mom can always do with a good dose of encouragement and reminders of the confidence and joy that is readily available in Christ. Come hear Rachel share about the faithfulness of God in her homeschool journey and the hope that we can have, despite the many challenges, as we commit the education of our children to Him.
New to Homeschooling, Rebecca Kocsis
Making the decision to educate at home is only the first of many decisions. We’ll discuss your options, define them, and offer criteria for deciding which one is right for your family. We’ll also go over how to get started in a simple step-by-step format. The question and answer period at the end is the perfect opportunity to investigate homeschooling up close and personal.
What’s Your M.O? Panel (Homeschooling Methods), Dena Bless, Rochelle Giordano, Michaela Roekle
How do you homeschool? Each family homeschools just a little bit differently, but there are some that are particularly popular right now. Join a panel of homeschool moms as they share their style of homeschooling, curriculum that they have found works best for them, and practical tips to use in the day-to-day. This session is a great stop before making your way to the Exhibit Hall to determine what homeschool method might work for you.
M.O.M Master Organizers of Mayhem, Kristi Clover
This fast-paced workshop goes through Kristi’s popular “Top Ten” list on how to bring more order and organization to your home and heart. These days we are faced with so many wonderful choices and activities, but choosing what is best for us and our families is often hard to discern. This workshop goes through lots of very practical and applicable tools on how to get rid of the mayhem in your home — without getting rid of the kids (or your sanity). This workshop is a must. Moms of all ages and stages have loved this workshop and used its tips to bring grace and peace to their home.
Dr. Homeschool, Martin Forte
Listen in as Dr. Homeschool and his nurse discuss various “homeschool ailments.” Some of our cases include Mrs. Athome, Mrs. Testall, Mrs. Ontask, Mrs. Nofyre, and Mrs. Oldenfirm. Both new and veteran homeschoolers will laugh and learn as we discuss the symptoms of inflammation of the in-laws, edema of the curriculum, and many other common homeschool ailments. For each case, we discuss the symptoms, how to identify of the illness, and of course, the prescription to cure the problem. Audience participation encouraged.
Your Homeschool Needs a Budget!, Jenny Vandever
This session is all about how to get the most out of your family’s dollar while laying a strong, biblical foundation for your kids to manage their finances. We will cover the basics of financial theology, as well as the nuts and bolts of putting these principles into practice with a budget. Then, we’ll talk about some strategies for talking to your students about money and training them to handle it wisely.
Discipling the Next Generation: The real reason homeschooling is a cause worth fighting for, Nathan Pierce (Closing Keynote)
What is it that draws us to this crazy endeavor of private home education? What does Scripture have to say about training up our children under the authority of God’s Word? As waves of attacks continue to come against homeschooling, what makes this unique method of education worth fighting for? More than ever our kids need to be firmly grounded on the bedrock of God’s Word. Now is the time to be bold and speak up for God’s truth and His plan for the family. We cannot be the last homeschool generation! Nathan will challenge you to engage in the battle for our freedoms as he lays out a roadmap for engagement that anyone can follow.
Rachel Zwayne was born and raised in New Zealand. At the age of 14, her father’s ministry (Ray Comfort / Living Waters) relocated to Southern California, where she eventually met her husband and became the mother of five children. Rachel has been homeschooling for the past 21 years and finds great delight in encouraging other women in their role as mothers, wives, and homeschoolers. She has done this in her capacity as a leader and teacher of multiple women’s groups, and as a conference speaker. Rachel has been married to Emeal (“E.Z.”) for 25 years and they live in Southern California.
Family Protection Ministries
Nathan began working at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in 2002 to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s College. Currently, he serves as Director and Legislative Liaison for FPM. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have seven children. They are involved in their church and homeschool their own children.
General Manager, CHEA
Rebecca and her beloved, Ed, homeschooled all five of their children, graduating their youngest in 2006 from their homeschool. They are now the proud grandparents of an ever-growing tribe of energetic boys and girls (11 to date) who are their greatest delight. Rebecca served for 15 years as a PSP administrator and for several years on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. In addition to serving on CHEA’s board of directors, she also serves as General Manager. She is the author of the devotional booklet Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.
Rochelle Giordano is a mother of three who has homeschooled her two oldest from kindergarten through high school and is still homeschooling her youngest. She has happily been a part of homeschool co-ops over the years, and usually ends up in a teaching role of some kind. She has also happily not been a part of any co-op at times, keeping all her children’s education at home while she takes care of them and her husband and runs her own piano studio. She is currently a teacher at Allegiant Christian School, a PSP in Riverside County, which runs a classical Christian education program with once a week in person classes. She also owns way too many books (if there is such a thing).
Michaela Roekle is a wife, mother of three, and second-generation homeschooler who grew up going to CHEA conventions with her parents.
She will begin her 14th year of homeschooling this fall, and is the founder of a nonprofit private satellite school serving homeschool families through ministry. She and her husband, Brad, also serve as CHEA RABs for the Inland Empire & High Desert regions.
Kristi Clover is a Christian homeschooling mom to five kids ranging from teens to tots and wife to her high school “crush.” Aside from her family, she’s passionate about encouraging women in their faith and inspiring them in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers by offering “simple solutions for a more joy-filled life”…well, that and chocolate!
Kristi loves to share about her adventures in marriage, motherhood, and homeschooling at KristiClover.com — and on her podcast, the Simply Joyful Podcast! Kristi is also the creator of the Ultimate Homeschool Organization Course and Meal Planning Made Easy, and the author of Homeschool Basics: How to Get Started, Keep Motivated, and Bring Out the Best in Your Kids, co-authored with Tricia Goyer.
Martin Forte, with his wife Carolyn, is the owner of Excellence In Education Resource Center as well as the administrator for their PSP, Excellence In Education Academy. Martin has been very involved with the homeschool community in many capacities including writing articles for various publications, speaking at homeschool conventions, and appearing as a guest on several radio and TV shows including CNN and the Glen Beck Show. Martin and Carolyn are considered to be pioneers of the modern homeschool movement and have successfully homeschooled two daughters, now happily married adults with three children each.
Jenny is a certified financial coach and has been helping people achieve their financial goals for more than 10 years. Jenny is married to Andrew (CHEA Board Member) who is her ideal Amazing Race partner and main cheerleader as she teaches their girls to write five-paragraph essays, divide fractions, and locate Paraguay on a map.
General Registration is now open. CHEA Members may attend for free. Non-member price is $10 per person. Children attend free with a registered adult.
As of May 26, all Covid restrictions for this event have been lifted.