AFHE Thursday Considering Homeschooling Mini-Conference


New to homeschooling? Thinking about homeschooling? You are invited to join us for a FREE mini-conference the day before the AFHE Convention. We will present three sessions designed specifically for those who are considering educating their children at home or who is just getting started. If you know someone who is thinking about homeschooling or is new to homeschooling, invite them to come too!

COST: Free of charge

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building
33 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

No registration required. Just come on down. We recommend you arrive about 1:30 to get parked, find the workshop room, and get seated.




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Enjoy three workshops selected specifically for those who are new to homeschooling at the New Homeschooler Mini-Conference. Bring your questions for a special Q&A time at the end of the seminar.

Top 10 Tips for Beginning Your Homeschool Journey

Speaker: Sherry McKown

Are you just beginning on the journey of homeschooling? Sherry will provide ten helpful tips geared especially for you! Homeschooling offers so many wonderful experiences and adventures in ways that can fit your family’s unique needs well. In this session, Sherry will cover setting educational goals, understanding your child’s learning style, supplies you might want to have on hand, setting up your workspace, and things you need to know about homeschooling in Arizona. You’ll come away with confidence to help you have homeschool success and enjoy the freedom that this family-based education model can provide.

Too Many Choices? Making Sense of Educational Styles and Curriculum 

Speaker: Colene Lewis

You might feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, but it can all be explained! This session will give you a brief overview of educational styles and curricula choices to help you navigate which way to go. Different styles are for different people and we will give you an honest evaluation of the various choices with the pros and cons of each type. Tips to discern who you are, who your children are, and what will work for you, will help you to hone in on appropriate choices for your year.

Ten Principles of Planning

Speaker: Sherri Seligson

Homeschooling certainly can fill our days. Do we really have to take extra time to plan, too? After all, with toddlers, sports, sick children, car repairs and intermittent unplanned events, we rarely ACTUALLY follow our plans anyway. So should we just do the bare minimum that is required for our records, or is there a genuine benefit to planning? It turns out that our God is a God of planning. He has had plans for us since the beginning of time! And as we implement His principles of planning, we will begin to see that there are great blessings in planning our homeschool endeavors. We will see that our hearts will be drawn to our children, and their hearts will be drawn to us and to the Lord.


2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Tara Bentley

Sherry McKown


Sherry McKown and her husband Scott have been married for 27 years and they have lived, worked, and homeschooled in Arizona for more than 20 years. Sherry and Scott have served on the AFHE Board of Directors for 7 years as well as in a variety of leadership positions in the homeschool community throughout the Phoenix area. She and Scott are certified Relational Wealth Advisors and are passionate about healthy marriages, family relationships, and giving lots of encouragement on the homeschooling journey.


2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Tara Bentley

Colene Lewis


Colene homeschooled her daughters through high school in a home where learning was a joy and a way of life. Earning scholarships, each girl excelled at college in biology, engineering, English, and law. More importantly, all three women are walking with the Lord and now raising their own families. Alongside her husband, Tom, Colene served on the board of AFHE for over 13 years. She has been a sought-after speaker across the country. Colene and Heather Haupt developed Go Global, an easy-to-implement, literature rich, and movement heavy curriculum that encourages cross cultural exploration and covers history, science, geography, and more.


2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Tara Bentley

Sherri Seligson


Sherri Seligson and her husband David homeschooled their four children through high school. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a degreed marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. Holding a M.Ed. in curriculum design and science instruction, Sherri has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology, and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films (Dolphin Tale, War Horse). Using transparency, truth, and humor, Sherri encourages moms on the homeschool journey and teaches families and students the importance of studying God’s creation.


Join us for the 2020 AFHE Homeschool Convention!

Do you need a boost of inspiration,  encouragement, and practical ideas for the homeschool adventure? You won’t want to miss the 2020 AFHE Homeschool Convention! With about 4,000 in attendance, it is the largest gathering of homeschoolers in our state each year. There’s nothing quite as energizing as being together with thousands of other parents who are on the same journey with their families that you are. And it’s the only homeschool shopping experience of its kind and size in Arizona with 140 exhibitors all in one place for you!

Registration opens April 2020