You’re passionate about homeschooling. We’re passionate about helping you on the journey!
Curious about homeschooling or new to homeschooling? We’re here to help you, too!
Be equipped, encouraged, and educated as you connect with like-minded and grace-filled families, participate in workshops, glean wisdom from experienced speakers, and find the resources you need in our huge exhibit halls.
Make plans now to attend!
This year, our sponsors are providing over $72 worth of free bonuses when you order an individual or family registration!
A number of partners have graciously offered special bonuses to all 2017 convention attendees! These bonuses are available online or as a digital download, and access information will be provided in confirmation emails upon registration.
Drive Thru History
Drive Thru History is offering a special bonus for all 2017 convention attendees: free online access to all twelve 30-minute episodes of “Ancient History,” plus the first episode of “The Gospels” ($50 value—access available through October 1, 2017). Get more information here.
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family is giving to convention attendees a downloadable copy of Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom, a three-part dramatization of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and battle against the evils of Nazism, a decadent culture, and compromising church ($9.99 value!).
Adventures in Odyssey
Focus on the Family is also providing a free download of the episode Amazing Grace, a $1.99 value, for all convention attendees!
Zondervan is also offering a free copy of The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers ebook, a $2.99 value, to convention attendees! We are excited to have Mike Berenstain, author and illustrator of The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers ebook, speaking at our Midwest Homeschool Convention!
Convention registration also includes a free sampler album of music by Andrew Peterson, performing Thursday evening: ($8 value!)
From Burning Edge of Dawn:
- The Dark Before The Dawn
- We Will Survive
- Be Kind To Yourself
From Light for the Lost Boy:
- Day By Day
- You’ll Find Your Way
From Resurrection Letters:
- Invisible God
From Counting Stars:
- Dancing In The Minefields
- Planting Trees
At each convention, we will have several specific, highly-focused tracks:
Cynthia Tobias, a regular contributor and radio broadcaster for Focus on the Family, will be speaking in our Parenting track along with Norm Wakefield, Drive Thru History’s Dave Stotts, Dr. Thomas White, Pastor Randy Frazee, and more.
Classical Education Track
Sarah Mackenzie, Dr. Christopher Perrin, Adam Andrews, John De Gree, Dr. Carol Reynolds, S.D. Smith, and more will present invaluable sessions for the Classical Education track.
Janice Campbell will be sharing her wisdom and years of experience as a seasoned homeschooler in the Homeschool 101 track structured to guide beginning homeschooling families and those just considering homeschooling.
Our College track, sponsored by Cedarville University, will address the theme Life Beyond High School: How to pay for and go through the process of choosing the right college.
Special Needs and Gifted Children
Parents of special needs or gifted children will be encouraged in home-educating children who struggle to overcome learning disabilities and how to continually engage a child who may be learning at a higher level. Colleen Kessler, Dr. Peg Dawson, and Kathy Kuhl will be leading this track.
In addition to these focused tracks, we also have a host of other speaking sessions covering how-to’s and tips of teaching math, language arts, science, writing, foreign language, and more. Check out the workshop preview, only a sample of what will be offered.
Moms will benefit from sessions encouraging them to continue their homeschooling journey despite the obstacles and stresses that may be involved.
Children will have the option to enjoy a conference of their own! Hosted by Giant Cow Ministries, your children will love this high-energy, Biblical-based children’s conference.
A huge exhibit hall will be available for you to explore all the best curriculum and homeschooling resources available under one roof. (Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!) Many curriculum authors will be present to answer your questions and help you decide which curriculum best fits your child’s learning style. There is no better way to make that all-important curriculum decision than to have “hands-on” access to every possible resource, right before your eyes.
As each day winds down after a full schedule of presentations and shopping, you will have the opportunity to spend valuable time with your family and enjoy the evenings at our special events.
Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history (over 13 million albums sold), a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and best-selling author of more than 26 books.
Holocaust survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher will give an account of her time spent in a concentration camp beginning as a 7-year-old child. She spent the worst years of her life surviving as best she could with her family in the cruelest of conditions. Her story helps us to “Never forget.” Dr. Auerbacher is living history that you and your children may never have the opportunity to witness again.
Christian homeschooling dad and musician Andrew Peterson will perform on Thursday evening and lead a very special workshop session on Friday morning! As a musician in Nashville, he has “been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments.” Join us for an evening enjoying Andrew’s music as well as his special Friday morning session!
We are very honored to also welcome Nick Vujicic! Born without arms or legs, Nick has chosen to be “better instead of bitter.” He will deliver an inspirational and compelling testimony about his determination to enjoy the life and purpose God has given him.
Michael Franzese, former mobster with the feared Colombo crime family, will give his testimony as a born-again Christian. This session is described by past listeners as “…open and honest…fresh and unique. Audiences are captivated by stories of his personal experiences in organized crime and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye-opening revelations.”
Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually, he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
Many moons ago—before the invention of Ritalin or the Internet—a young, broke college student named Roberto Antonio Smiley signed up for a stand-up competition at his Student Union Building. The prize money was $500, which was nearly 5 months rent for the “efficiency” closet Smiley was living in at the time. Though he had never stepped on a stage, and the only prior laughs he had gotten were due to his colossal leprechaun ears, he went for the gold. When he arrived, his only competition was a grown man wearing an oversized sombrero with no act…so…he won the money and the tender hearts of his fellow students. The rest is history.
John Crist continues to gain momentum as one of America’s young rising stars of comedy. Crist’s style of edgy but clean comedy keeps him on the road for a whirlwind schedule of over 250 live shows per year.
Don’t forget to book your accommodations! Partnering hotels offer great rates to convention attendees, but our reserved blocks of hotel rooms sell out quickly, so be sure to book early.
As you can see, this coming year is going to be better than ever. We strive to educate by presenting speakers who are professionals in their field and who can better prepare you for the journey, aspire to encourage you as you connect with like-minded, grace-filled families, and endeavor to equip you with comprehensive curriculum choices in the largest homeschool curriculum halls in the country.
Our mission is to help you and your children’s homeschooling journey so that it may be more successful and less stressful in your God-given right to home-educate your children.
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