Convention Schedule

View the full schedule for the 2023 Homeschool Idaho Convention.

Thursday, 6/1

Shop our outdoor
Curriculum Resale Event
from 10 AM – 1 PM.

There is no admission fee for shoppers!

Friday, 6/2

Be encouraged and equipped
by homeschool experts.

Shop for resources in the Exhibit Hall
and support Homeschool Idaho through the Silent Auction Fundraiser.

Saturday, 6/3

Be inspired and mentored
by veteran home educators.

Shop for curriculum in the Exhibit Hall
and support Homeschool Idaho through the
Silent Auction Fundraiser.

Thursday, June 1st

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, 6/2

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Curriculum Resale Event

Free Admission for Shoppers.

Click here to access all the important info on the Curriculum Resale Event.

Friday, June 2nd

8:00 - 8:40 AM

Friday, 6/2

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Doors Open for Registration Check-In

Save $10 by pre-registering online.

Online Pre-registration: $55

At-the-Door Registration: $65.

Registration check-in will be held in the foyer of Treasure Valley Baptist Church.

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Friday, 6/2

Sanctuary

Introduction & Announcements

Legacy | Keynote by Aby Rinella

Keynote Address Description:

As we look around at an almost unrecognizable society, we find ourselves wondering what kind of world we will be leaving our children.  We long for the good ole’ days, and dream of better times, as we ask ourselves how we are to raise up children in a world where our freedoms are under attack and where Biblical values are demonized while evil is celebrated. We must hold fast to the truth that this is our
place on the world’s timeline; there never was another moment meant for us. Join us as we look to the One that gives us the strength to be Rooted, Abounding, and Enduring while we answer the call He has
given us. We are parents in 2023 and this is our Legacy!

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Exhibit Hall and Silent Auction Fundraiser Open

Shop the Exhibit Hall and the Silent Auction Fundraiser:

View the current list of Exhibitors here.

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, 6/2

Sanctuary

Routine, Rules, and Relationships | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

If you are like most parents, you know kids need the 3 Rs to be successful adults. But what about becoming emotionally mature adults? Connie shares from the unique perspective of raising five children into adulthood while working with teens for thirty-five years. The insights she has gleaned from personal one-on-one conversations with her adult children will encourage and equip you to create routines, rules, and relationships with your children that reach beyond the academic lessons and straight to their hearts. In this presentation, Connie will unpack how to include Biblical 3 R’s in your busy homeschool day.


 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, 6/2

Chapel

Raising a Worldview Detective: Three Steps to Thinking Critically About Books, Movies and More | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

How do you teach your students to apply a “Christian Worldview” to the books they read, the movies they watch and the culture they live in? The answer to this important question may surprise you, for well-meaning Christians often misunderstand the basic principles of worldview analysis. This misunderstanding often prevents Christian students from thinking clearly about contemporary culture. In this enthusiastic and engaging discussion of a literary classic, Adam Andrews helps you avoid a serious (though common) teaching mistake and presents three steps for understanding a story-teller on his own terms. This presentation will empower you to uncover, identify and evaluate an artist’s worldview for yourself – and to teach your students to do the same. 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, 6/2

Fellowship Hall

Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

This is for your ‘puzzling child.’ Is it just a maturity issue, or is something else going on? If you have a bright, hardworking child who has to work too hard to learn, he is telling you that one or more of his Four Learning Gates is blocked. You can easily pinpoint which of your child’s gates are blocked. Learn how to be your own diagnostician using a checklist of symptoms, and then learn the necessary interventions. This can be done by the parents at home. It doesn’t have to be so hard for your child! Find out specifically how the brain processes information, and where that processing can break down. You will learn things you have never heard of before in a Homeschool workshop.

 

 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, 6/2

Upstairs Chapel A

Curriculum Meet & Greet: Charolotte Mason & Unit Studies

Workshop Description:

Join us for this unique look at three different Charlotte Mason or Unit Study curriculums. We will begin with a brief description of what these methods are, along with the pros and cons of using them. Then, we will quickly transition in order to highlight 3 individual curricular choices. You will have time to take a closeup look at each method as well as ask questions from someone familiar with the products. In this workshop we will highlight Heart of Dakota, 5 in a Row, Living Book Press and Prairie & Pine Curriculum.

 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, 6/2

NW Corner Chapel

Enjoying Your Homeschool | Jennie Nelson

Workshop Description:

Are you weary? Do you dread each home school day? Come find refreshment and inspiration from a veteran homeschool mom. At this workshop, Jennie Nelson will give you some ideas for how to bring joy and fun back into your home school.

 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping

Notes on Lunch:

Consider purchasing lunch and snacks from the Homeschool Idaho Concession Booth. Every purchase helps support our year-round efforts to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.

You are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy on the TBVC campus. Numerous restaurants are a short drive from the convention site.

 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

Sanctuary

Resilient and Resourceful: Tips for Affording the Homeschool Lifestyle | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

After homeschooling five children, getting each one through college, and managing to build a retirement fund in the process, Connie shares her secrets. She knows homeschooling isn’t cheap. But it doesn’t have to break the budget. She knows rising costs, tough times, and financial shortfalls are common to families. Your money may not seem to go as far as it once did, but it is possible to afford this fantastic adventure. This presentation is packed full of practical information to help you continue your homeschool journey without going broke.

 

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

Chapel

Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

Does the subject of literature seem like a mystery? Are you a loss about how to understand it yourself, much less teach it to your kids? This inspiring lecture demonstrates that everything you need to know about understanding and teaching literature is present in your second grader’s bedtime story. Adam reads a classic children’s story out loud and then leads the audience into a discussion of eternal literary themes. Along the way, he shows how you can do the same at home by following five simple steps. Your literature curriculum – to say nothing of family story time – will come alive automatically. You’ll never put the kids to bed the same way again!  

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

Fellowship Hall

Teaching the Right Brain Child | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

Is your child a right brain learner? Half of the population is right brain dominant, and half is left brain dominant. You may have a right brain learner in your midst! These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left-brain siblings. If you have a child who does not “like’” schoolwork no matter what you do, you will learn much in this workshop. You will learn how to identify the right brain child and learn many simple teaching techniques, such as Right Brain Spelling (making the words “stick instead of slip”) and Right Brain Reading. (As a bonus, you will also understand your spouse better since we tend to marry the opposite hemisphere…God’s sense of humor!) By using a totally different strategy, we consistently see a two-year gain in reading and spelling in one year! Parents say, “I can’t believe it, but my child asks to do spelling now.”

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

Upstairs Chapel A

Curriculum Meet & Greet: Math

Workshop Description:

Join us for this unique look at four different math curriculums not found in our exhibit hall. We will begin with a brief description of each type of curriculum. You will have time to take a closeup look at each example as well as ask questions from someone familiar with the products. In this workshop we will highlight Life of Fred, Apologia, MathUSee, Alpha Omega and Monarch.

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Friday, 6/2

NW Corner in Chapel

Bringing Joy to the High School Years | Jennie Nelson

Workshop Description:

By the time your children reach high school, you might be weary and uninspired. But the high school years can be some of the most exciting and rewarding of your homeschool journey. In this workshop Jennie will help you find joy in the high school years. Each student and parent is uniquely created by God and so our homeschools ought to reflect that uniqueness. Come prepared to gather practical ideas that can impact your daily homeschool life.

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Sanctuary

The Power of Small Actions: Discover How Tiny Steps Can Lead to Significant Changes in Your Homeschool | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

We often downplay the impact of small actions by thinking they aren’t enough. But what if Connie Albers told you those small actions could lead to a big change? Connie explores the power of small actions and how they contribute to positive changes to your mental well-being and a child’s mindset. We’ll look at real-life examples of ordinary individuals and organizations that have achieved remarkable results through small, incremental steps, and offer practical tips and advice for parents who want to help their child make a difference, no matter how small of an action. If you’ve ever felt like your efforts were too insignificant to matter, or if you’re looking for inspiration on how to make a positive impact in your child’s education, this talk is for you.


 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Chapel

Teaching with Grace: An Unlikely Path to Success in the Classroom | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

How do we maintain high standards in the classroom while also encouraging and supporting our students? CenterForLit director Adam Andrews addresses this question with an inspiring explanation of Grace: the most powerful engine of achievement ever invented. With a mix of demonstrations and discussion, Adam offers step-by-step instructions for unlocking the power of this world-changing principle.

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Fellowship Hall

Smart Kids who Hate to Write | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

Do you have a child who seems to be “allergic” to a pencil? If you have a child who groans and fusses about writing, or still writes reversals, or spells a word orally correctly but leaves out letters when he writes, this workshop is for you! This child’s math papers are often hard to read because the numbers are lined up so poorly! These children are often thought of as sloppy, lazy, or unmotivated when they really have a writing glitch. They are using way too much energy for the writing process, so they are reluctant to put pencil to paper for anything. This often is a true Dysgraphia. The writing learning gate is the most common gate that is blocked with gifted kids. They know so much, but just can’t get their thoughts down in writing because of this blocked learning gate.

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Upstairs Chapel A

Curriculum Meet & Greet: Science

Workshop Description:

Join us for this unique look at three different Science curriculums. We will begin with a brief description of what constitutes a complete science course, as well as an introduction to our three selections. Then, we will quickly transition to spreading out the audience for a close up look at all three individual curricular choices. Your closeup look will allow you an opportunity to ask questions from someone familiar with the products. In this workshop we will be highlighting Apologia, Berean Builders, Home Science Tools, The Homestead Education, Alpha Omega and Monarch.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

NW Corner in Chapel

Preschool: A Time of Joyous Exploration | Jennie Nelson

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, Jennie will encourage you with ideas to engage and connect with your preschooler. These years can be a joyous exploration of letters, numbers, and creation, all while building a foundation of relationship with your child. Set the tone for years of homeschooling to come.

 

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Friday, 6/2

Sanctuary

Starve the Fear, Feed your Faith | Connie Albers

Keynote Address Description:

From facing COVID to struggling with shutdowns and job loss to being silenced by cancel culture, the Albers have found that God is faithful. They’ve experienced first-hand the strengths that come when you starve the fear and move to faith and watch God work in your family. Sharing God stories they’ve experienced, Connie will guide you to discern God’s voice and find peace in obedience, how to accept God’s invitation to be a part of something bigger than yourself, how to focus on God’s ability rather than your inability, and how to keep your eyes on the Mountain Mover and not the mountains.


 

Saturday, June 3rd

8:00 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Doors Open

Registration includes Friday and Saturday.

Online Pre-registration: $55

At-the-Door Registration: $65.

Registration check-in will be held in the foyer of Treasure Valley Baptist Church.

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Sanctuary

Homeschooling’s Highest Goal: Lessons from the Story of Job | Adam Andrews

Keynote Address Description:

Education is not an object we can possess; it’s a state of the heart, mind, and soul. All great leaders share certain attributes in these areas, and Job was one of the greatest! Adam’s unique perspective on Job’s career inspires parents to prepare their own students for leadership. The lecture sends them away with renewed vision for the liberal arts and practical suggestions for applying this vision in the classroom. 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Exhibit Hall and Silent Auction Fundraiser Open

Shop the Exhibit Hall and the Silent Auction Fundraiser

View the current list of Exhibitors here.

The Silent Auction Fundraiser will close at 1:20 PM on Saturday.

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Sanctuary

5 Ways to Protect your Child from the Dangers of Open AI, Chat GPT and Social Media | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

Protecting children on social media is a critical issue in today’s world, where online platforms are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. With the rise of cyberbullying, online predators, selling of drugs laced with Fentanyl, and exposure to inappropriate content, it is essential to establish new approaches and guidelines to safeguard kids on social media. In this speech, Connie will discuss what parents can do to protect their child from the dangers of social media.

 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Chapel

Thinking Carefully about College: A Homeschool Dad Evaluates Higher Education | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

American higher education has become unfriendly territory for Christians and other conservatives in many ways. Many parents wonder whether they should consider sending their students to college at all. Drawing from extensive experience in higher education, Adam offers invaluable advice on this all important question, suggesting ways to make the considerable benefits of a college education available to your homeschool graduates. You’ll learn valuable tips for deciding what kind of school to choose, and for avoiding the pitfalls that await the unsuspecting freshman. A must for every parent of high schoolers.  


10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Fellowship Hall

Training the Photographic Memory | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

Many people think that some are just born with a “photographic memory.” But we now know that this amazing ability can be easily taught. Teach your children the lifelong skill of studying for tests by taking a picture of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time. For some children, math is a monster! They hate it and always feel dumb when doing it. These children have difficulty learning math facts. They tend to do poorly on tests, because they “forget” how to do the math processes (division, fractions, algebra, etc.) In this workshop you will learn how to help your child finally store the math facts in their long-term memory. Your child will finally be able to pass the math tests and go on to the higher math courses using right brain math. No curriculum to purchase… just fast, effective, right brain strategies to use at home to reduce math frustration and tears! So many moms report that their child now likes math. These powerful visual memory techniques work with all types of learners and can be a Godsend for a child who has an auditory processing glitch. Have a happier child this year. Even works with adults!

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Upstairs Chapel A

And They Want to Eat Too? | Aby Rinella

Workshop Description:

As homeschool moms we are not just the educators in our home but also the cook, cleaner, diaper-changer and so much more. In addition, we play the role of wife, mom, friend, and teacher; everyone needing something different from us. Often if feels overwhelming and almost impossible to do it all, let alone to do it well. Come join Aby as she discusses balance, priorities, and practical tips to run your home and homeschool smoothly without losing your mind in the process!

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, 6/3

Northwest Corner in Chapel

Getting Started Q & A | Audra Talley

Workshop Description:

If you are just getting started on your homeschool adventure then this is a great workshop for you to attend! Come with questions and leave with answers. Homeschool Idaho Board Member Audra Talley is a homeschool graduate as well as a homeschool mom. She has a wealth of information to share, so join her for an interactive hour.

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Shopping

Notes on Lunch:

Consider purchasing lunch and snacks from the Homeschool Idaho Concession Booth. Every purchase helps support our year-round efforts to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.

You are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy on the TVBCC campus. Numerous restaurants are within a short drive of the convention site.

If you have students enrolled in the Children’s Program, please pick them up for lunch at 12:00 PM. Return your children for the afternoon portion of their program at 1:15 PM.

Students enrolled in the Teen Program will meet their parents at noon. Return at 1:15 PM for the afternoon portion of the Teen Program.

1:20 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Treasure Valley Baptist Church

Silent Auction Fundraiser Ends

Bidding will close at 1:20 PM.

All winnings from the Silent Auction Fundraiser should be collected by 5:00 PM on Saturday.

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Sanctuary

Defining Your Journey | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

The world, friends, and celebrities will define your journey if you don’t know God’s plans for your family. When children come along, parents are given the unique opportunity to help them understand who they are in Christ and discover their God-given strengths. You may know your child has exceptional skills and talents but understanding how to help them identify these to fulfill their purpose is the key. You will learn from a mother with 35 years of experience who has learned how to help children hit their targets.

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Chapel

Failure and Fatherhood: The Story of a Homeschool Family Feud | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

Adam Andrews recounts the difficulties of his scholastic journey.  Fathers  will find something to relate to in the testimony of this homeschool veteran. What do our children need most from their fathers? How can we be sure to give it to them? Most importantly, how do we fix things when we do it wrong? Come hear about the hope that waits for us all on the other side of failure. You will find balm for your wounds, peace for your mind, and rest for your soul – and all in a most unlikely place.

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Fellowship Hall

The Biology of Behavior | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

Johnny is a constant motion machine. Tom cries in frustration over minor matters. Susie forgets what she has just learned. According to Dr. Sydney Walker, children tend to “act how they feel.” This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s brain/body chemistry. William Crook, MD, has found that over 85% of children who suffer with Sensory Processing Disorders or attention or mood disorders when older have experienced multiple ear infections as a young child. Untreated, these children often go on to have many hidden food allergies and asthma. It is easy to correct these imbalances at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day.The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!


1:30 - 2:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Upstairs Chapel

Curriculum, Transcripts, Diplomas… Oh My! | Linda Patchin

Workshop Description:

If you have ever wondered how to design a high school course of study, evaluate the results, develop a transcript, or award a diploma, then this is the workshop for you! Linda will cover all of these subjects and more in one quick paced hour.

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Saturday, 6/3

NORTHWEST CORNER OF CHAPEL

Homeschool By Any Other Name | Audra Talley and Melissa Nash

Workshop Description:

Homeschooling has gone mainstream and with its growth has come all manner of variations: pod, micro, bridge, co-op, and etc. The list seems endless. They all claim to be homeschool and each has their own benefits, drawbacks, and unique features. But what does homeschool really mean, particularly in Idaho? What are all the options out there and what do they involve? How do you decide which option best fits your needs? Come learn the basics of them all.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Sanctuary

Raising Kids Amid Culture Crisis | Connie Albers

Workshop Description:

How do we raise children in a culture of chaos when confusion and strife surround us? And how do we remain steadfast while adjusting along the way? While the culture is in chaos, you can tune out the turmoil and provide stability in your home. As the culture shifts, God’s Word provides the answers we need to navigate this season, knowing we are equipped to lead our family. Whether you are new t0 homeschooling or a veteran, you can raise godly children who will stand strong through it all.


 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Chapel

Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting | Adam Andrews

Workshop Description:

If you had only one hour in which to give your student a complete education, could you do it? If you accepted the challenge, what lesson would you teach? Adam Andrews argues that a complete and profound education can be acquired in one lesson – and then sets out to prove this audacious claim in an eye-opening, inspiring presentation. Adam first demonstrates the lesson using an example from his own subject, Literature. He then shows you how to teach it in your own area of interest. Adam gives examples of the lesson from every subject in the curriculum and invites the audience to contribute their own ideas. The power of this lesson may revolutionize the way you teach on a daily basis – and it only takes an hour!  

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Fellowship Hall

Auditory Processing and Memory | Pamela Gates

Workshop Description:

Do you have a child whom you suspect has an Auditory Processing Problem? Become your child’s own diagnostician as you identify, bypass, and correct auditory processing problems with your child at home. There are ten auditory channels. Some channels affect academics (reading, phonics and sight words, spelling, and math,) while others affect everyday life (easily confused, misunderstands verbal information, sequencing, hearing own silent thinking voice, can’t think with background noise, poor working memory, speech delay or articulation issues.) Learn to identify the exact auditory channels that are affected. Learn to bypass the auditory learning glitch by using the child’s natural photographic memory and how to correct the auditory glitch by using the proven methods of home Brain Integration Therapy. MIT research shows that Targeted Nutrition Interventions (such as using the correct amounts of Essential Fatty Acids and a special supplement called lecithin) greatly improve memory in children and adults. Find out what common food can be contributing to a child’s articulation issues, by causing them to hear sounds, ‘like under water.’

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Upstairs Chapel

But What About…? | Aby Rinella

Workshop Description:

You know what they are, because you get them too: Questions from within our own hearts, often leading to doubt and fear, and questions from others, thinking they know what is best for our family. Come and join Aby as she shines truth on the common questions that creep into our hearts and threaten to derail our homeschool, as well as build solid answers to common questions homeschoolers get from outsiders.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Upstairs Chapel

Homeschooling Q&A | Audra Talley

Workshop Description:

Do you still have some burning questions that you would like to have answered? Please join Audra Talley other Homeschool Idaho Board Members as they attempt to answer your questions. We may not have all of the answers, but we do have many years of experience and a wealth of resources to guide us.

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, 6/3

Sanctuary

Homeschooling Reimagined | Connie Albers

Keynote Address Description:

Homeschooling is the fastest growing educational model in the country, with millions of students doing at-home learning. Yet, peer bullying, classroom chaos, outdated learning environments, and online opportunities make leadership and families reimagine the possibilities of homeschooling. Veteran homeschool mother of five and trusted leader addresses the long-term benefits of staying the course.

Connie Albers offers encouragement wrapped in humor from her 35 years of parenting and uses real-life stories as she paints pictures of possibilities for your homeschool success.