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. 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 18, 2019, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building, Room 157-159
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.



New Homeschooler Mini-Conference
2:00-5:00 PM
Room 157-159
Free of charge

In addition to the New Homeschooler Mini-Conference, we are hosting two other activities the day before the AFHE Homeschool Convention. LINKS TO ADDITIONAL THURSDAY ACTIVITIES

Family STEM Fair
1:30-5:00 PM
Rooms 160-167
Registration required

IEW High School Essay Writing Intensive
1:00-5:00 PM
Room 151-152
Registration required

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Attendance at this pre-convention mini-conference does not include admission to the AFHE Convention Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2019. 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 any of the activities 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.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES, you may be eligible for a discount on admission. READ MORE


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.

Visit for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

A couple of parking garages closest to the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center:

333 E Jefferson Street, Phoenix

602 E Washington St, Phoenix



 This New Homeschooler Mini-Conference is geared for adults and takes place during exhibitor set-up for the AFHE Homeschool Convention. Childcare is not provided.

Nursing infants are welcome as always. For your children’s safety and to allow you to glean all that you can from these mini-conference sessions, we encourage you to make childcare arrangements, if possible. If you bring your child with you, he or she must remain with you. Out of courtesy for other attendees, we ask that you step out of the workshop room if your child becomes noisy or a distraction to those around you.


A recording of the New Homeschooler Mini-Conference will be available for purchase. Conference special $10 for the whole 3-hour seminar purchased on-site during the Convention July 18-19 for $15 or on the Resounding Voice website following the Convention at

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.

Getting Started Homeschooling

Speaker: Laura Gadbery

You’ve decided to homeschool, but where do you start? There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming at times. Homeschooling decisions don’t have to be confusing, especially when you take it one step at a time! In this workshop, you’ll get the information you need to follow the laws in our state as well as some practical help to get your family off to a solid start.

Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Preparing for Your First Year of Homeschooling

Speaker: Beth Mora

You have made the decision to homeschool, or maybe you are still exploring the possibility. You want to know what it will take to adopt homeschooling as an educational choice. What are the sink or swim decisions that need to be made? What are the quick-start steps to homeschooling? What homeschool resources are valuable for additional research? Join Beth Mora, veteran homeschool mom for an overview of home education and get your questions answered!

Tips and Tricks for Homeschool Success

Speaker: Colene Lewis

Homeschooling should be interesting and enjoyable for both parents and children, at least most of the time! Come and learn many simple tricks from a veteran homeschool mom to make your homeschooling easier, increasingly effective, and more fun regardless of your children’s ages, learning-style, or your curriculum. Dozens of tips and tricks will be presented: from figuring out what curriculum will work for you, to teaching what you love, to bringing dad in, to motivating both parent and child, and to setting realistic goals.

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, has worked with AFHE in the areas of social media and events for the past two years and is grateful for the opportunities to give back to the homeschooling community. Laura currently works as the marketing and social media manager for Teaching & Learning Stuff stores in the valley and is the homeschool liaison for the company. She writes occasionally about their homeschooling lifestyle and experiences at


*AFHE Members receive a 20% discount for in-store purchases with their AFHE Membership Card at TLS.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Tara Bentley


Author, blogger, Beth Mora is the teacher-on-camera for Here To Help Learning where she is affectionately known as, “Mrs. Mora.” This former city girl, wannabe homesteader, who drinks way too much coffee will bring you to tears one moment and laughter the next. Her New York moxie communicates with enthusiasm: you can do it!  And her zeal for your family’s success will charge you up! She has served in leadership in children’s, marriage, and women’s ministry.  Everything she does, whether laughable or heart gripping, is done to honor One, without apology. God’s grace is the salve that has healed her own life, and God’s grace is what she offers liberally to others.


2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Heather Haupt


Colene Lewis homeschooled her three daughters through high school in a home where learning was a joy and a way of life. Each earned academic scholarships to college where they excelled in diverse fields of biology, engineering, English, political science, and law. More importantly, all three women are walking with the Lord and raising their own families now. Alongside her husband, Tom, Colene served on the AFHE board of directors for over 13 years. Colene and her daughter, Heather Haupt, have developed a one-of-a-kind world geography curriculum geared to children ages 5-7 based on living books, hands-on activities, and cross-culture exploration.


Don't Miss Out on the 2019 AFHE Convention!

Do you need a boost of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for the homeschool adventure? You won’t want to miss this year’s AFHE Convention! With close to 5,000 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.