Those new to homeschooling are invited to join us for a free pre-convention mini-conference Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:30-5:30 PM, at the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building.



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.


Homeschooling jargon can be confusing even for seasoned homeschool parents. In this session, Lisa will give an overview of many of the most common curriculum approaches including textbook, unit studies, classical, Charlotte Mason/living books, eclectic, and relaxed/life of learning. She will also go over examples of curriculum and resources that tend to work best with each approach.


How many times have you heard (or stated), “I can’t homeschool because ...< I’m not patient enough, I’m not smart enough, I'm not organized enough, etc.>" Perhaps you wonder about socialization or whether there will be gaps in your child's education if you homeschool. This workshop will tackle these common myths and shed light on how to overcome them. Let’s separate fact from fiction, discard what is untrue, and turn potential weaknesses into strengths!

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 10 and Saturday, July 11. 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, 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 3:00-6:00 PM and will be available for purchase starting at 2:45 PM Saturday.


Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.

Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places:
1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.


The Jefferson Street Garage has generously offered discount parking for AFHE Convention attendees again in 2015 for just $5. (No in and out privileges.) Please print this parking flier and present it to the cashier at the Jefferson Street Garage.

Downtown Phoenix Website

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.




"The Marvelous Expedition"
Dissection Lab Workshop for Teens
Convention Add-On Event Thursday, July 9

"The Marvelous Expedition: A Journey Through God's Wondrous Machine"
by Dr. Lainna Callentine

2015 AFHE Convention Speaker, Dr. Lainna Callenting, is teaching a special dissection lab workshop for students ages 12-18. This is a ticketed add-on event.