Twenty-First Annual Homeschool Idaho Convention

June 7 & 8, 2019

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, ID

We’re the same great event, now with a new name! After 20 years as the CHOIS Convention, we’re continuing as The Homeschool Idaho Convention.

Whether you’re a brand new home educator or a veteran, you’ll find inspiration at the Homeschool Idaho Convention. Nationally-known speakers will share their wisdom and cheer you on to success. Over 40 different workshops in a wide range of topics will bring the perfect encouragement to your homeschool.

You’ll find resources at the Homeschool Idaho Convention. Preview new curriculum and tools in the Exhibit Hall. Talk directly with publishers to find the best resources for your child. Gain tools for meeting your child’s unique needs.

You’ll find community. Children and teens will make new friends and enjoy exciting programs.  Fathers will enjoy hearing messages from homeschool fathers. NEW this year: a special night just for moms! Join us Friday for an Evening of Real Refreshment with Rachael Carman.

At-the-Door Registration Available!

Convention Speakers

The annual Homeschool Idaho Convention is known for its great speakers,
carefully selected to provide you with the information and encouragement you need!

Rachael Carman

After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she encourages you to do the same!

Rachael challenges mothers to surrender their will to their heavenly Father and draw closer to Him. She invites everyone to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.

Todd Wilson

A dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor, Todd’s humor and down-to-earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family.

As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents.

Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool four of their eight children (four have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile.

Davis Carman

Davis got started on this homeschool adventure with a providential two-by-four on the side of his head. Nineteen years and three graduates later, he hopes to share some of the lessons he’s learned along the way to help other families enjoy the most successful, satisfying, and Christ-centered home school possible. He is the co-owner of Apologia Ministries, an international speaker and advocate for home education, and the author of three illustrated children’s books designed to instill a biblical worldview. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

JoEllen Claypool

JoEllen was a homeschooling mom for 13 years and is now a speaker, book coach, and editor as well as a pastor’s wife. She is one of the original founders of the Idaho Creative Authors Network (ICAN) which was formed to support new and seasoned authors alike through yearly writing conferences, group book signings and writing retreats. JoEllen has written nonfiction but is now loving her opportunity to delve into the world of fiction for children and adults. She enjoys encouraging others who have a passion to write, spurring them on to follow their writing dreams and enjoy each step of the journey.

Tyler Hogan

Tyler Hogan is the president of Bright Ideas Press. He and his
wife, Helen, are both homeschool graduates and now homeschool their five adorable children. Tyler is the author of North Star Geography, head cartographer of WonderMaps, and game designer of Civitas. He is an elder-in-training at his Church, where he serves as Christian Education Coordinator. When not at home, he speaks and teaches about homeschooling, geography, the arts, worldview, entrepreneurship, and other topics. In his spare time, he loves reading good books, playing games with friends, drinking good tea, and enjoying the adventure of lifelong learning. He has a BA in theatre ministries from Belhaven University.

Janelle Knutson

Janelle Knutson is a homeschool mom to seven children that
range in age from toddler to adult. Her desire is to encourage
homeschool moms with practical tips and biblical truth. Her
greatest joy is found in Christ and she hopes to share that joy
with fellow homeschool moms through her speaking
engagements, blog and YouTube channel.

Nancy Manos

Nancy homeschooled their two daughters all the way through high school. The Manos’ home education journey was a rich, rewarding, and sometimes challenging experience. Nancy and her husband James served together on the AFHE Board of Director for 13 years before Nancy was hired as the Executive Director in 2017. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, AFHE events, and volunteers. When not busy serving the homeschool community, she adores spending time with her grandchildren and reading a good book.

Dr. Ben Merkle

Dr. Merkle is the President of New Saint Andrews College. He is the author of The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great and Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae. He is a contributing editor and former managing editor of the periodical Credenda/Agenda. He and wife Bekah, have five children.

Beverly Parrish

Beverly is a third generation educator and a mom of seven who began home schooling her kids in 1990....and she’s still at it! Bev has spent years mentoring new homeschool moms, tutoring struggling students and is a favorite among conference attendees as a speaker and overall encourager. Bev is excited about delivering practical truths to families so they may be relieved from unnecessary burdens. She is a licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator and in her spare time enjoys reading and sailing with her family.

Linda Patchin

Linda homeschooled her four children from birth through high school. She is a founding and current board member of Homeschool Idaho and is a regular columnist for the Homeschool Idaho Magazine. Her articles have appeared in many other state homeschool magazines. She lives in Boise, Idaho, where she loves to offer encouragement to homeschool parents.

Carol Peterson

Carol began writing children’s nonfiction for a respected educational publisher and national magazines. Over the years, thousands of children have participated in events and activities based on her activities and readers theatre. She has also given workshops for the American Association of School Librarians and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as local groups, including Idaho Creative Author’s Network (ICAN). As a director of ICAN her desire is to encourage new writers—no matter their age.

Bob Sjogren

Bob Sjogren, married to Debby and homeschool father of four adult children, is an international speaker and author. He has also authored multiple books focusing on God’s glory and taking the gospel to all nations.

After Bob and Debby’s four homeschooled children went off to college, they teamed up together to create homeschool curricula to help families not miss the big picture of raising children who glorify their Lord. Best known for Cat and Dog Theology, their material is for grades K-12 and already has a strong track-record of completely
changing entire families’ spiritual DNA!

Sue Wachter

Sue has been serving the homeschooling community for 27 years. She owned an educational supply store and specialized in assisting families with curriculum choices. She has been working with Math-U-See for 22 years and has a desire to impact parents’ and students’ lives in a positive way.

Many Thanks to Our Convention Sponsor

Convention Quick Links


View the full convention schedule. Over 40 different sessions offer encouragment and insight for your homeschool.

Teen Program

Students ages 12-18 will see God’s heart in a fresh new way as they journey through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Children's Program

Register your children ages 5-11 for Sonbrook Farm, where they’ll enjoy blue ribbon stories, crafts, and activities.

An Evening of Real Refreshment

A Friday night event only for moms! Worship, teaching, fellowship and dessert, all starting at 7:30 PM.

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Online convention registration will open in March 2019.

Exhibit Hall

Find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources available!

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Support home education in Idaho by bidding in the Silent Auction.

Used Curriculum Sale

Shop Idaho’s largest homeschool resale event on Thursday, June 6th.


The Homeschool Idaho Convention is produced completely by volunteers. We need your help!


Download digital recordings on demand and listen at home and on the go.


Reserve a room at the Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn for special convention pricing of $100/night.

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Convention Map

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Convention FAQ’s

Parents of Preschoolers

Parents of Preschoolers FREE ADMISSION PROGRAM is intended to reach families before their children are of school age as a positive way to expand and share the vision of home education. This is a great way to invite young families to come to the convention to learn more about parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based home education.

To participate: 

  • Your oldest child must be under five years of age.
  • You must be a first-time attendee of the Homeschool Idaho Convention.
  • You must pre-register for the convention prior to May 20, 2019.
Grandparents of Homeschoolers

Grandparents are an important part of the homeschooling process! Grandparents are always welcome to attend the convention for free if they attend with their adult children who are registered for the convention.

Grandparents who are still homeschooling their own children must register separately and pay the admission fee. 


We invite homeschooling pastors to attend the convention free of charge as a means to share the vision of home education and to build strong relationships with churches. This offer is also extended to pastors who do not teach their own children at home currently, but are interested in learning more about homeschooling. Registration by June 1, 2019 is required for free admission for pastors.

For more information on registration for homeschooling pastors, please e-mail our registration coordinator:

Statement of Faith

Homeschool Idaho exists to serve all home educators in Idaho. All home educators are invited to attend the convention.

The Leadership of Homeschool Idaho adheres to the following Statement of Faith. All of our volunteers, speakers, authors and vendors do not necessarily agree with this statement, but they have agreed that their comments, workshops content and product offerings will not offend parents who do hold these beliefs. Our hope is that this organization will draw families closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and His plan for their lives.

The Homeschool Idaho Statement of Faith:

  1. The Bible is the only inspired and infallible word of God and constitutes completed and final revelation. The Bible, in its original autographs, is without error in whole or in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical, historical and scientific details.
  2. God has existed from all eternity in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh, being fully God and fully man, yet without sin.
  3. All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character, both by nature and by act, and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation. The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to pay the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross, the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible, bodily resurrection.
  4. Salvation is offered as a free gift to the sinner. This gift must be responded to individually, by faith, believing in God’s Word, not trusting in any personal good works whatsoever, but trusting only in the atoning sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
Nursing Mothers

Nursing mothers are welcome in all of our workshops. Please keep in mind that all workshops are being recorded. 

Within the Exhibit Hall you will find a private, curtained area for nursing mothers. Rocking chairs and changing tables will be provided. 

Children at the Convention

Homeschool Idaho offers a Children’s Progam for ages 5-11 during the convention. Due to space limitations, all participants in the Children’s Program must be pre-registered.

Children may attend the convention with their parents. Children are welcome in the adult workshop sessions, provided that they are not disruptive. Because all workshops are recorded, noise must be kept to a minimum. In smaller workshop rooms, where space is limited, we ask that children not take the seat of an adult.

Children should never be left unattended at the Homeschool Idaho convention.

Dining Options

Concessions will be available in the Johnson Sports Center. Purchasing lunches and snacks from the concession booth helps support the year-round efforts of Homeschool Idaho.

You are welcome to bring food from home. Many families pack a cooler and enjoy a picnic on the NNU campus grounds.

There are a number of restaurants within a few blocks of the NNU campus.


Registration fees are nonrefundable. Unredeemed registrations are considered a tax-deductible contribution to Homeschool Idaho and, upon written request, we will provide a receipt for tax purposes.

Exhibiting and Advertising at the Convention

"Amazing! The speakers were real about their own struggles. I was continually encouraged."

"Every year I am amazed at the quality of speakers you bring to Idaho!"

"Our kids always enjoy the program and its great that my husband and I can enjoy the convention together knowing the kids are having fun."

"We loved every minute of the weekend."

"We have been homeschooling for many years and it was our first time to come to the convention. It was great!"

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