We’ve got a great weekend planned for you!

You’ll be encouraged and equipped for the home education adventure and gain inspiration and ideas!


pre-registration dates: April 2 - june 21

  • Log in on your Member profile by clicking the blue arrow above 
  • Navigate to Member Benefits
  • Click the REGISTER HERE button under the Learning Together graphic!
Adult convention admission fees do not include the per-family AFHE Membership annual fee of $35.
If your family's membership expires prior to August 1, 2024 or if you are not yet a member, renew or join first in order to be ready for onsite registration. The benefits of AFHE membership last all year long!
  • The admission fee is for both Friday and Saturday. Whether you attend one or both days, it's a fantastic value!
  • ADULT ADMISSION: Adult admission is for an individual adult or married couple. Free spouse admission is included to encourage husbands and wives to attend together. NOTE: If your spouse is not able to join you, you do not have an extra ticket and may not bring a friend in your husband or wife's place.
  • YOUTH & GRAD GENERAL ADMISSION $12: Children and teens ages 6-18* and unmarried homeschooled graduates still living at home or enrolled in college qualify for the youth general admission rate. Youth and grad general admission is the same price during pre-registration and on site. Youth and grad general admission does not include Teen Program registration. Learn more at the CHILDREN & TEENS page.
    *Children age 5 and under are free of charge and do not require registration.
  • CHRISTIAN TEEN PROGRAM $35: Each year we offer a program for teens that will enrich, inform, and edify. We engage specifically Christian speakers and organizations to present our Teen Programs. The 2024 Teen Program is presented by UNBOUND, the training organization which led our Teen Program in 2021—back this year by popular request! UNBOUND is an educational company dedicated to pursuing a wholehearted devotion to Christ as they develop exceptional young Christian leaders.
    >>Teen Program registration includes Convention admission, and is the same price during pre-registration and on site (space available). Space is limited. Read program descriptions at the CHILDREN & TEENS page.
  • GRANDPARENTS ATTEND FREE: We recognize the important role grandparents can play in the homeschool efforts of their adult children! Non-homeschooling grandparents (not homeschooling their own children) can register for free with their registered adult child. Welcome!

Discount admission offers are available exclusively for AFHE Members. Visit our Registration Discounts page to see if you qualify.
  •  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 12:30-4:30 PM 
Non-member convention admission will be sold at the door.



Children and teens are invited to attend with their parents who are registered for the Convention. Children under age 12 must remain with their parent or an adult.

  • ages 6-18 (ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge)
  • same price throughout April-May-June and onsite.
Read more about fun for kids at the 2024 Convention.

CHRISTIAN TEEN PROGRAM - $35 (limited availability)

  • available for ages 12-18
  • same price throughout April-May-June and onsite (space available)
  • includes Convention admission
More programming details are found on the Children & Teens page.


AFHE recognizes the importance of grandparents in the homeschool context! Non-homeschooling grandparents attend free with their adult registered child. Welcome!
(A grandparent who is still homeschooling any of his/her own children must purchase separate adult admission.)


  • unmarried young adult attending college or living at home with the registered adult
  • same price throughout April-May-June and onsite
  •  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 12:30-4:30 PM 

REGISTRATION COORDINATOR: registration@afhe.org



REFUNDS/CANCELLATION POLICY: AFHE Membership and Convention Registration are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please know that you are supporting a non-profit organization that serves the Arizona homeschool community all year long and we appreciate your support. Unredeemed registrations are considered a tax-deductible contribution to AFHE and, upon written request, we will provide a receipt for tax purposes.
OUT OF STATE ATTENDEES: We welcome out-of-state residents at our convention and enjoy having attendees from neighboring states and around the country join us each year.
NON-MEMBER PRICING: Non-member pricing is only available at the door. Out-of-state attendees may wish to become AFHE members to get the best admission pricing as well as some of our member benefits such as a subscription to the AFHE magazine, Homeschool Arizona.
ADDING TO YOUR ALREADY COMPLETED REGISTRATION: If you have already completed your Convention registration and you need to add your spouse, child, teen program, or other items, please email our registration coordinator to assist you.

Hands-On Tutorials

These special ticketed sessions on Saturday offer an interactive experience of an instructional method, activity, or practice for your homeschooling—plus take-home supplies to get you started! (Separate ticket purchase required; limited seating available.)
  • Let's Play Math Games - presented by Kathleen Cotter Clayton - Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts more! Participants will receive a set of cards from RightStart Mathematics, printed instructions for a variety of math card games, and will play a few games during the session to see how simple and fun this will be for your family. $8 per person
  • Activities and Games for Public Speaking Skills - presented by Julie Fritz - Public speaking is a skill anyone can learn! Practice expressions, speeches, improv and games that you can implement with your kids. Game supplies provided. $5 per person
  • Create a Movement-Rich Home that Maximizes Learning - presented by Heather Haupt - Explore the scientific research behind the mind/body connection and how movement can be the key switch to turn your child ON to learning. Participants will practice "brain breaks" and receive materials to help them integrate more movement at home. $12 per person
  • Simple Nature Journaling for the Art-Challenged & Nature-Deficient Parent - presented by Carrie De Francisco - Learn how to do simple and engaging nature studies that even the most art-challenged or nature-deficient parent can do with their family. Supply kit includes basic sketchbook and pencils plus Carrie's inspirational packet of quotes, verses, poems, and ideas to start nature journaling with your family next week. $5 per person

ActorsBible Family Fun Experience

Immerse your family in the transformative world of the ActorsBible Experience, where Scripture comes alive through interactive storytelling, music, role-playing, and reflection. Step into a realm where you can enact biblical scenes with teleprompted scripts, karaoke songs, and 360° visuals of the Holy Lands. Engage in a unique “Family Devotions Challenge” that blends entertainment with spiritual growth, all while creating lasting memories and strengthening family bonds. Join us for an unforgettable journey of faith and fun at the ActorsBible Experience!

Times are available throughout the weekend for the 45-minute ActorsBible Experience. More details and video preview available on our EXHIBIT HALL page.
Select your time and number of tickets on your pre-registration form. $6/person; each time slot accommodates up to 15 people

HANK the COWDOG In Concert!

"Hank the Cowdog In Concert" is a 60-minute program of innocent fun and wholesome family entertainment. Through songs and readings, author John R. Erickson brings to life the beloved and familiar characters from his award-winning "Hank the Cowdog" series of books and audio books. Readers of all ages and backgrounds have enjoyed the adventures of Hank the Cowdog, and audiences love the performance that brings Hank to life in story and song!

Following the performance Mr. Erickson will sign books purchased onsite.
7:00-8:00 PM, South Ballroom
Event ticket required for entry (ages 5 and up); tickets are available through your registration or may be purchased onsite July 11-12.
$8/person admission

NEW book in 2024:
#81 The Case of the Airborne Invasion

When JT Cluck files an alarming report that the Charlies have invaded the ranch, it's all hands on deck! Then, in the midst of the chaos, Drover turns up missing, leading the Security Force to conclude that he's been taken hostage! Will Hank be able to rescue his deputy, or is it curtains for Drover?

John R. Erickson

John R. Erickson has written and published 75 books and more than 600 articles, and is best known as the author of the "Hank the Cowdog" series of books, audio-books, and stage plays. His stories have won awards including the Audie, Oppenheimer, Wrangler, and Lamplighter Awards, and have been translated into Spanish, Danish, Farsi, and Chinese.

Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. USA Today calls the series "the best family entertainment in years.” Publishers Weekly calls the "Hank the Cowdog" series a "grassroots publishing phenomena,” and, to date, the series has sold over 9 million copies.

During the years 1974-1981, John worked as a ranch cowboy in Oklahoma and Texas. There, he found a balance between hard physical work and the intense, concentrated effort of writing four hours every day. He wrote novels, short stories, articles, plays, essays, and book reviews. When he sent them off to publishers, most came back with rejection slips.

In 1982, after fifteen years of failure and frustration, he and his wife, Kris, started their own publishing company, Maverick Books, in their garage in Perryton, and brought out the first Hank the Cowdog book in 1983. From the start, John intended for the Hank stories to be read aloud, and a unique feature of the series is that he has recorded all stories in the audio-book format, performing all the character voices himself and composing two original songs for each episode.

For more than thirty years, Erickson has worked hard to maintain the highest standards of good, wholesome family entertainment. He has appeared in thousands of schools, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, and has been a popular speaker at conventions of teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers. And in 2019, John was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.
John and Kris live on their cattle ranch near Perryton, Texas, and stay in touch with the world through the Official Hank Website www.hankthecowdog.com

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