With the new controversial sex education guidelines and vaccine exemptions for public school children being severely limited on everyone’s minds, parents nationwide are rethinking their schooling options. Homeschooling is a successful and growing alternative. If you already homeschool or want to learn more, join hundreds of families at CHEA’s 36th Annual Homeschool Convention at the Pasadena Convention Center on July 11-13, 2019.

Voddie Baucham of Voddie Baucham Ministries and Heidi St. John of Mom Strong International are the Keynote Speakers. Both are homeschool parents. Brook Wayne and Kristi Clover are featured speakers.

The registration price is affordable and includes the whole family, plus two grandparents for the entire Convention. Register online at www.CaliforniaHomeschoolConventions.com to save time at Registration Check-In. Registration will also be available onsite, July 11-13.

The Convention features more than 80 workshops, Family Fellowship Night, Dads & Donuts (new), Ultimate Giveaway prizes during general sessions, a Homeschool Help Booth (also new), a Used Curriculum Sale, and a huge Exhibit Hall, as well as parent meet-ups. Speaker workshop subjects include beginning homeschooling, special needs, high school, home management, preschool, family life, and worldview, among others.

While children may attend with their parents under the family price, a Children’s Convention (ages 4-12) sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship and Teen Convention (ages 13-18) with Generation Joshua are available for an additional, affordable fee.

Not sure about committing to a whole convention? Attend a free Mini-Conference for New Homeschoolers Thursday, July 11 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. Starting with speakers Michaela Roekle and Zsanae Miller who bring the keynote address, Homeschooling from Start to Finish: Two Friends, Two Journeys from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Then enjoy an informative free Introduction to Home Education session from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. plus a preview of the Exhibit Hall from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees must attend the Free Introduction to Home Education session to participate in the Exhibit Hall Preview.

Also on Thursday, July 11, parents and their teens are invited to attend a free College Prep and College Fair Night which features workshops and a College Fair in the Exhibit Hall. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., workshops by Marie Stout and Penny Ross will discuss the differences between types of colleges and how the admission process differs for each, what you need to get into college, dual credit, and how to pay for college. After the workshops, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., attendees will be able to talk with and ask questions of admissions representatives from colleges across the country.

Parents of preschoolers, who have never attended a CHEA event, are invited to attend one day of the Convention for free. This offer applies to parents whose oldest child is five years and under and applies to both husband and wife. To register for this option, call the CHEA office at 562-864-2432 by July 1, 2019, for applicable code to register online. Parents of preschoolers may purchase an additional day. Registration is also available at the door.

The Exhibit Hall will feature nearly 150 booths including curriculum, colleges, and college prep, camps, STEM, ministry, teaching resources, and more. Thursday evening is the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall (Convention registration required).

The Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California is a statewide homeschool advocacy organization, working on behalf of homeschoolers year-round for more than 35 years. www.cheaofca.org.

Rethink Public School—Homeschool Instead.

Rebecca Kocsis 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 Private School Satellite Program 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.

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