Pre-Convention Events for New Homeschoolers
Thursday, July 14

These events will take place at the
Phoenix Convention Center South Building
33 South Third Street, Phoenix 85004

Mini-Conference for New Homeschoolers

If you are new to homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling, you are invited to join us for a FREE mini-conference the day before the AFHE Convention. Our team will present three sessions designed specifically for those who are considering educating their children at home or are just getting started.
  • Motivating Children to Learn (Colene Lewis) - We all want to motivate, not manipulate, our kids. We want them to develop self-control; who has the energy to be always controlling them? We want them to be driven internally by grace, rather than externally by law. Come and learn some tried and true tips on motivating your kids from preschool to adulthood!
  • Accidental Homeschooler? Now What?? (Beverly Parrish) - Once the decision to homeschool has been made, the next question is “What do I do now?” It can all seem so overwhelming.  New questions arise. Additional choices must be made. What curriculum should we buy? Should we join a co-op or support group?  How do we set educational goals? How do I balance being a good teacher and parent without losing my mind? What do I do Monday? In this session, Bev will bring clarity and reassurance to your new journey that will set you confidently on the path to homeschooling happily ever after!
  • What Kind of Homeschool is Right for Me? Methods 101 (Jamie Erickson) - Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Unit-Study, Project-Based Learning, Waldorf, Traditional Textbook, Un-schooling, and the list goes on! There are so many different teaching methods and approaches to homeschooling that it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose just one. They all have their strengths. But then again, they all have their struggles. Let me introduce you to the most popular methods and philosophies of education, show you the pros and cons of each, and help you to discover which, if any, is right for you and your kids.

Tell your friends who are considering making the switch to homeschooling!
Thursday, July 14, 2022
2:00-5:00 PM
FREE! No advance registration required.

Seminar Addressing Special Needs Homeschooling

AFHE presents a three-hour seminar focused on assisting parents who are at the beginning of the special needs homeschool journey. You will hear from AFHE Convention speakers who are homeschooling their own children with special needs, who can shed light on the realities and great potential of this journey!
  • Can I Help My Child with Special Needs? (Beverly Parrish) - Homeschooling parents of a child with special needs often ask themselves many questions like “Am I qualified to do this?” or "What can I possibly offer?” and “Shouldn’t I leave this to the experts?”  As a mom of three dyslexic learners and a daughter with Down Syndrome, Beverly has a unique insight into the doubts and concerns of parents wondering whether they can adequately educate their special needs child. Come and find encouragement for this challenging task.
  • Teach the Child, Not the Curriculum (Sonya Shafer) - Sometimes we get so focused on the checkboxes that we lose sight of the child. It's time for a fresh look at your goals and some practical help (and permission) to make curriculum your servant, not your master. Discover what you can change in your learning environment, materials, and approach in order to teach your unique child more effectively. Sonya shares ideas from 20 years of teaching her daughter with autism, pervasive developmental delays, and language processing issues.
  • (additional session TBA)

Bring a friend, spouse, relative, or support person to learn along with you!
Thursday, July 14, 2022
2:00-5:00 PM
FREE! No advance registration required.


Attendance at these pre-convention events does not include admission to the AFHE Convention Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2022. On-site registration for the Convention will be open Thursday from 2:30-5:30 PM for those who wish to register while you're at the Phoenix Convention Center.

For those who pre-register for the Convention and attend any of the Thursday events, we will have a pre-registration counter open where you can pick up your convention name badges, welcome bag (one per family), and convention program—and skip the check-in lines Friday morning!

FIRST-TIME CONVENTION ATTENDEES may be eligible for a discount on admission. Read the details at our Registration page.


These mini-conferences and the daylong training course are geared for adults and take place during exhibitor set-up for the AFHE Homeschool Convention. For your child's safety and to allow you to gain the full benefit of these mini-conference sessions, we encourage you to make childcare arrangements, if possible.

Childcare is not provided. Nursing infants are always welcome.

If you bring your child to the Convention Center, he or she must remain with you at all times. As a courtesy to 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 Thursday programming takes place during exhibitor move-in, so the exhibit hall will not be open for shopping on Thursday.
Convention registration is required for exhibit hall entry on Friday and Saturday.

Exhibit Hall hours for registered Convention attendees:
Friday 10:00AM-6:30PM, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM


Recordings of the Thursday mini-conferences and daylong training course will be available for purchase. Take advantage of the on-site purchase price on Thursday or during the Convention, or visit the Resounding Voice website following the Convention at


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

Visit for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

Parking garages closest to the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center:
JEFFERSON STREET GARAGE | 333 E Jefferson Street, Phoenix
EAST GARAGE | 602 E Washington St, Phoenix

Want to attend the AFHE Convention? 
How does half-price admission sound?

AFHE would like to welcome first-time convention attendees with a 50% discount for adult admission. Adult admission includes free spouse admission for married couples.

Adults who have never before attended the AFHE Convention are eligible to request a coupon code. Current AFHE membership is required to receive this special offer.

Visit our Registration page to learn more and access the request form.
(Form available beginning March 28).