AFHE "Considering Homeschooling" Mini-Conference

Those new to homeschooling are invited to join us for a free pre-convention mini-conference Thursday, July 10, 2:30-5:30 PM, at the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building.


Considering Homeschooling

Workshop Room 161-163

This is a great opportunity for those new to homeschooling or those considering homeschooling. If you know someone who is thinking about homeschooling or is new to homeschooling, please share this opportunity with them. We'd love to have them join us! We will present three sessions designed specifically for those who are considering educating their children at home:


We’ll cover foundational things you need to know as you embark upon this journey of home education from basic supplies to have on hand to what’s required by Arizona law and how to file your affidavit. We’ll also cover ideas for lesson planning, creating a schedule that works for your family, the benefits of joining a local homeschool group, and how to balance extracurricular activities.


Your view of education is usually limited to your own experience. Understanding what true education is will help you set your priorities and make appropriate goals for the educational career of your child. Susan will teach you how to help your children learn to think and how to educate the whole person, not the intellect alone.


Choosing curriculum can sometimes be so daunting that families give up the idea of homeschooling before they even begin. Don’t let this happen to you! Instead, come and receive an overview of several common teaching approaches and solid curriculum options that relate to each of them. Carol will also share her “Four C’s” plan to help jump start your list of criteria for selecting and evaluating your curriculum choices.

Cost and Registration

This pre-convention mini-conference is free of charge. No registration required. Just come on down to the Convention Center and check in at the welcome table in the South Building main lobby.

Attendance at this pre-convention mini-conference does not include admission to the Arizona Home Education Convention Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. On-site registration will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for those who wish to register for the convention Thursday or for those who did pre-register for the convention to pick up your name badges holders, goody bag (one per family), and convention program and avoid the check-in lines Friday morning.

NOTE: This mini-conference takes place during exhibitor move-in and set-up so the exhibit hall will not be open for shopping on Thursday. You will need to register for the convention in order to enter the exhibit hall Friday and Saturday. We do have an exhibit-hall-only pass option on Saturday from 4:00-7:00 PM and will be available for purchase starting at 3:45 PM Saturday.


Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking will cost approximately $10-$15 per day. The Jefferson Street Garage is located just across the street on the south side of the Phoenix Convention Center South Building. Oversized vehicles can be parked in the parking garage at 5th Street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field. Visit for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.


Childcare is not provided. This pre-convention mini-conference is geared for adults and takes place during exhibitor set-up for the AFHE Home Education Convention. There is no place available for children to play or hang out during the mini-conference sessions. Nursing infants are welcome as always. For your children's safety and to allow you to glean all that you can from these mini-conference sessions, we encourage you to make childcare arrangements early. If you bring your child with you, he or she must remain with you at all times, and out of courtesy for other attendees, we ask that you step out of the workshop room if your child becomes noisy or a distraction to those around you.


Writing to Publish Seminar
Bonus Opportunity Thursday, July 10

AFHE Convention - Writing to Publish Seminar
Writing to Publish
by Carol Barnier

2014 Keynote speaker, Carol Barnier, is offering a separate three-hour pre-convention seminar for those who would like to learn how to be published in the Christian market. This is a ticketed event.