Board Speakers

AFHE Board Speakers

Several AFHE board members are available to speak to homeschool groups around the state free of charge. It is our privilege to be able to encourage and equip the parents you serve as they press on in the homeschool adventure. If you are interested in having one of our board members speak to your homeschool group, please complete the online request form “Invite an AFHE Speaker” at the bottom of this page.  We will follow up with you to coordinate schedules and see if we can accommodate your request.

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Speaker Bios

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions

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Nancy Manos

Getting Started in Homeschooling

We’ll cover foundational things you need to know as you embark upon this journey of home education from basic supplies to have on hand to what’s required by Arizona law and how to file your affidavit. We’ll also cover ideas for lesson planning, creating a schedule that works for your family, the benefits of joining a local homeschool group, and how to balance extracurricular activities.

Ideas for Hands-on Learning

It is a rich experience where learning is a hands-on, multi-sensory, interactive adventure. Nancy will share easy-to-implement, inexpensive, rewarding ideas for incorporating hands-on learning for children of all ages. You can make learning a joy for your child without a huge investment of time, energy, or resources.

You Are Enough! Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom

Feeling weary? Worried that you’re failing your children? Need a boost of confidence to keep plugging along? Join Nancy as she reminds us that God has placed our children in our families and that He has equipped us to raise them. She’ll share encouragement from God’s Word that will refresh you and revitalize you in your mission as a homeschooling mom.

How to Start a Small Homeschool Co-op

Participating in a co-op can be an amazing opportunity to enrich your home education adventure. Nancy will share from her own experiences the benefits of doing a co-op along with a great deal of practical information that will help you succeed in starting and running your own homeschool co-op.

Tips for Successful Homeschooling

Nancy shares tips she’s learned along the way for making the home education adventure more effective and fruitful … and more enjoyable, too! We’ll talk about what success looks like, and what it does not look like. Glean ideas to help you organize your time, your home, your schedule, and your life in ways that will foster a successful homeschool experience with your children.

Preserving Home Education Freedom

Freedom is something we are prone to take for granted until there is a threat to that freedom. Once freedom is lost it is much harder to gain back. We’ll talk about some of the requirements we are free from today, potential threats to our freedom to homeschool our children, and why it is critical that we be vigilant in protecting the freedom we currently enjoy. This talk goes nicely with showing the video, “Exposing a Trojan Horse.”

The Price Is Right

Being a homeschooling family requires a great deal of sacrifice and investment. As a veteran homeschool mom who taught her children at home all the way through high school, Nancy will tell you that the price is absolutely right! When we choose to homeschool our children, we have the opportunity to nurture and develop the unique gifts and abilities the Lord has placed in each one of our children at a much deeper level than if they were in someone else’s care everyday. In this session we will talk about the price we pay and remind ourselves why we started this journey and how we can finish strong. Option: We can include one or more homeschool-related Price Is Right pricing games for some interactive fun and laughter!

The Joy of Homeschooling

Being a homeschooling family requires a great deal of sacrifice and investment. As a veteran homeschool mom who taught her children at home all the way through high school, Nancy will tell you that the price is absolutely right! When we choose to homeschool our children, we have the opportunity to nurture and develop the unique gifts and abilities the Lord has placed in each one of our children at a much deeper level than if they were in someone else’s care everyday. In this session we will talk about the price we pay and remind ourselves why we started this journey and how we can finish strong. Option: We can include one or more homeschool-related Price Is Right pricing games for some interactive fun and laughter!

Using Lapbooks to Enhance Learning

Lapbooks are a great way to enhance learning and allows your child to create a review of what’s been learned in a compact folder. Come and learn the basics of lapbooking in this fun, hands-on, instructional workshop! Nancy will go step-by-step through the entire lapbook making process including covering folding tips for creating a variety of mini-books to go inside the lapbook. You’ll make a sample lapbook to take home with you in this workshop. Lapbooks can be used with many different subjects by students of all ages. They are a fantastic, interactive, educational tool for every style of learner.

Curriculum Approaches

Homeschooling jargon can be confusing even for seasoned homeschool parents. In this workshop, Nancy will give an overview of many of the most common curriculum approaches including textbook, unit studies, classical, Charlotte Mason/living books, eclectic, and relaxed/life of learning. We will also go over examples of curriculum and resources that tend to work best with each approach.

Support Group Leadership

As the AFHE Support Group Liaison since 2004, Nancy has spent a lot of time visiting with and encouraging homeschool support group leaders from across Arizona. In addition, Nancy spent 10 years running her own email network to help homeschool families connect and share information with one another. Nancy will ask questions to help you renew and revitalize your vision and focus for your group. She will also share advice from seasoned support group leaders for dealing with a variety of issues and challenges unique to running a homeschool support group.

The Price Is Right - For Support Group Leaders

Leading a homeschool support group requires a substantial amount of sacrifice by the leaders and their families. In this session, we will talk about the various ways we pay a high price to encourage others in the home education journey, and why it is a worthwhile price to pay. We will also discuss ways to keep wise boundaries, recruit help from others, and find a healthy balance as you juggle not only homeschooling your own children but serving and supporting other families. Option: We can include one or more homeschool-related Price Is Right pricing games for some interactive fun and laughter!

Sherry McKown

Homeschool Co-ops: Educational and Social

Have you ever asked yourself if you should consider participating in a homeschool co-op? Do you wonder how to join one, what type to join, what the different types are, or if you should start your own? Sherry McKown helps navigate the benefits of gathering with like-minded families for learning opportunities. She explains the differences between an educational co-op versus a social co-op, and how each one could be of benefit to your family during different seasons of life. With her experience as a leader of one of the largest homeschool support groups in Phoenix, as well as starting several smaller co-ops, she will discuss and uncover the benefits and challenges that should be considered when deciding to participate in a homeschool co-op.

Optimizing your Co-op Experience

Do your kids find themselves rushing out the door, having stayed up late the night before doing co-op homework, only to arrive at co-op and realize that no one is taking last week’s work seriously? Participating in a co-op with like-minded families is a must! Sherry speaks about the logistics of setting up a group and how to make the most of your co-op time together.  She will answer your questions such as: How many days a week do you meet? What subjects do you teach or explore? What are the expectations of each family’s involvement? How do you address discipline or behavior issues? With time being one of our most valuable commodities in family life, your co-op should reflect this.  Co-ops should be considered an enrichment opportunity and privilege rather than replacement for the parent as the primary instructor.  All these dynamics will be covered to make your co-op experience of the most benefit to your family in your current season of life.

Co-op Dynamics: Exploring the Strengths and Harnessing the Challenges

In this workshop, Sherry McKown will explore the mystery of having a great co-op experience. She will cover topics such as the benefit of having the same worldview with other families in the co-op; celebrating the different teaching strengths among the parents; setting clear, concise expectations, and dealing with challenges and unrealistic expectations with grace; managing communication in a healthy, productive manner; setting a dress code, code of conduct, and other boundaries that keep the group safe and on the same page; avoiding pitfalls; and more.

TIME - Total Investment Made Eternally

Time is one of the most valuable gifts we have. We are called to steward and invest our time into those opportunities that have eternal rewards. About the Spring of each year, especially early years, I asked myself, “What are you doing?” Feeling like the days were slipping by without a sense of progress and accomplishment, I began to challenge my thoughts and actions. Wondering how I was investing time became a focus and gave me an intentionality to my homeschooling journey like never before. Join me in discovering how to measure, treasure, and invest in the precious time we have homeschooling.

Speaker Bios

Several AFHE board members are available to speak to homeschool groups around the state free of charge. It is our privilege to be able to encourage and equip the parents you serve as they press on in the home education adventure.

Nancy Manos, AFHE Executive Director

Nancy Manos

Nancy Manos has served on the AFHE board of directors with her husband James since 2004. Nancy and James homeschooled their two daughters from preschool through high school and graduated their youngest in 2011. The Manos’ home education journey was a rich, rewarding, sometimes challenging experience, and Nancy is passionate about encouraging others in the homeschool adventure. She has a heart to see homeschooling remain a strong option in our great state, free from unnecessary regulation, and for families to thrive in this lifestyle and model of education. Nancy accepted the role of AFHE Executive Director May 2016.

Sherry McKown, AFHE Board Member

Sherry McKown

Sherry McKown has been serving on the AFHE Board with her husband Scott since 2012. The McKowns have four children, three teenagers and one in college. Sherry is passionate about navigating the homeschooling journey with heavy doses of encouragement and practical guidance along the way. She has served in leadership roles within homeschooling communities throughout the Phoenix area since 1997 including former president and board member of Eastside Explorers. Sherry and Scott were also founding members of West Valley Christian Home Educators. Sherry is the AFHE Support Group Liaison. The McKowns enjoy sharing their homeschooling journey with other families as they learn to be purposeful in their calling, stay the course, and finish well.

Invite a Board Speaker

If you are interested in having one of our board members speak to your homeschool group, please contact us below to let us know when, which topic(s) and speaker(s) you are interested in, which group you are with, and what part of the state you are in. We will follow up with you to coordinate schedules and see if we can accommodate your request.