AFHE Thursday Considering Homeschooling Mini-Conference

New to homeschooling? Thinking about homeschooling? You are invited to join us for a FREE pre-convention mini-conference. This is a great opportunity for those new to homeschooling or those considering homeschooling. If you know someone who is thinking about homeschooling or is new to homeschooling, please share this opportunity with them. We’d love to have them join us! We will present three sessions designed specifically for those who are considering educating their children at home.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building, Room 165-166
33 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004



Attendance at this pre-convention mini-conference does not include admission to the AFHE Convention Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, 2018. On-site registration will be open from 2:30-5:30 PM for those who wish to register for the convention while you’re at the Convention Center Thursday. For those who pre-register for the convention and attend Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up your name badges, welcome bag (one per family), and convention program and skip the check-in lines Friday morning.

Visit the AFHE Convention REGISTRATION page for more information.


The Considering Homeschooling mini-conference takes place during exhibitor move-in and set-up so the exhibit hall will not be open for shopping on Thursday. You will need to register for the convention in order to enter the exhibit hall Friday and/or Saturday.



Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.

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


Speaker: Cindy Duell

Whether you’ve already made the decision to homeschool or you’re exploring the idea and want to learn more, this workshop will help you as you launch your homeschool adventure. This informative session includes an overview of what homeschooling is, essential “how to” information, and steps to take as you get started. Cindy will address some homeschool myths (and some typical fears, too), evaluate the benefits and costs of homeschooling, and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.


Speaker: Laura Gadbery

Congratulations! You’ve made the important decision to homeschool! Has the thought crossed your mind that you’ll just take it year by year in case you feel like giving up or your child decides he wants to go to “real” school? Knowing the why of your homeschool decision and keeping that in focus is as important as teaching reading, writing , and arithmetic. During this workshop, we’ll explore the idea of having a family homeschool mission statement and how to keep yourself and your kids on board with that mission, all the way from kindergarten through grade 12.


Speaker: Sonya Shafer

The world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. You know that you want to provide nutritious meals for your children’s minds, but there are so many possibilities for what that food could look like and taste like. Join Sonya for a simple overview of five main flavors of homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling. Find your preferred flavor and learn how to shop for a successful homeschool menu.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Tara Bentley


Cindy Duell has been homeschooling since 2000, when she figured she could teach her kindergartener to read that year and wait on finding the right school for him. Guess what–home was the right school! Since then she has been homeschooling and raising six amazing children (now enjoying one adorable grandboy). Cindy and her husband, Shawn, served as leaders of Christian Home Educators of Tucson-Northwest (2008-2014). They currently serve on the AFHE Board of Directors, where Cindy helps publish the quarterly magazine Homeschool Arizona and is the Speaker Coordinator for the annual AFHE Convention.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Colene Lewis


Laura Gadbery, with the great support of her husband David, homeschooled their three daughters, Haley, Emma, and Peyton, through high school. After 20 years in the best job ever as a stay-at-home(school) mom, Laura is now enjoying new roles as the Social Media Manager and Event Assistant for AFHE, as well as managing the Mesa location of Teaching & Learning Stuff and is the company’s Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. Laura also serves as a MOPS Mentor and is so fortunate to be able to continue encouraging moms from all walks of life in their parenting and homeschooling journeys.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Heather Haupt


Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at Sonya also ministers to those dealing with their children’s special needs, and is the author of This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.

Articles for New Homeschoolers

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