Join us at the 32nd Annual CHEA Home Educators Convention to be held July 16, 17 & 18, 2015 at the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. We are returning to Pasadena to once again to offer our popular mid-summer dates. Click here for Online At-the-Door Registration through July 11, 2015. Receive one free CD voucher if you register now. Click here for hotel reservations. Watch the CHEA Connection e-news. You can also find and print a Convention flyer here to share with your friends and groups.
Free Mini-Conference with Israel Wayne
CHEA will offer a free Mini-Conference for new homeschoolers Thursday from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., July 16, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center. One of our Keynote Speakers, Israel Wayne, will be the speaker. Israel will speak from 5:30 to 6:30. After his Keynote Session, attend the Free Introduction to Home Education session from 6:35 to 8:00 p.m. and free entry for an Exhibit Hall preview from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees may attend either or both of the first two sessions (Keynote, Intro Session) but in order to participate in the third session (Exhibit Hall Preview), attendees must attend part 2, the Free Introduction to Home Education session. More information.
Annual Leadership Conference July 16, 2015
CHEA hosts an annual Leadership Conference for those involved in homeschool leadership. This encouraging event includes speakers, an awards luncheon, specialized resources for leaders, and more. Separate registration is required for this July 16 event. Register by June 22. Full details here. Speakers include Israel Wayne, Norm Wakefield, Rhonda Stoppe, Tricia Goyer, Michael Smith, and more.
Rush Revere Giveaway
Through a special arrangement with the Adventures of Rush Revere book series, 1,000 copies of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims will be given away to CHEA Convention attendees at the Keynote Session on Friday, July 17! Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh wrote the Adventures of Rush Revere book series to make learning American history fun. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the first in the series, begins aboard the Mayflower and follows the Pilgrims through their first winter in the New World. American history teacher Rush Revere time-travels with two young students to see American history first-hand. Always riding along with him is his trusty talking horse Liberty, who is hungry for knowledge–and food!
Homeschool Graduation July 18, 2015
CHEA will be hosting a homeschool high school graduation ceremony, Saturday, July 18 at the Pasadena Convention Center. This has been a popular and well-attended event at previous Conventions, and we invite you to join us. Click here for more information. Celebrate your senior's success! This event is sponsored by Providence Christian College of Pasadena. Norm Wakefield, Convention Keynote Speaker, will speak, and Dr. Jim Belcher, President of Providence Christian College, will give the invocation.
Worship Before Keynote Sessions
This group of homeschooled brothers and sisters (ages 11-18) use their God-given talent and their passion for praise and worship music to “re-imagine cross-generational praise.” Over the past three years, they have led worship at Harvest Christian Fellowship, Calvary Chapel Solid Rock, The Grove, and several others. THEANTHROPOS Worship has released four albums on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, Amazon, and hundreds of other platforms. They have been asked to play a “Woodstock for Jesus” concert at the original site of Woodstock in Bethel, New York next year with several high profile Christian artists. Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten, and Luke Johns write and produce their own music from recording, to mastering, to album cover design. Their goal is to glorify Jesus, the God-man (Gr. THEANTHROPOS), through their music. www.THEANTHROPOS.com.
Private Ice Skating Party for CHEA Convention attendees and families only, Friday, July 17 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Pasadena Ice Skating Center (on the Convention Center property) 300 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101.
Cost is $5 each, but FREE to the first 150 guests ($12 retail value) and $2 skate rental per person is extra. Pick up your tickets at the CHEA Information booth in the Convention Center Lobby prior to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The first 150 tickets are free. After that you can still purchase tickets for you and your family for $5 each at the Information booth.
No tickets will be available at the rink, but skate rental fee and waiver will be handled at the skating center. Tickets are available only to CHEA Convention-registered adults and their children. Tickets are for family and personal use only. To get the free tickets, pick them up early .
Are you a homeschool blogger, or have you always dreamed of starting a blog? Come to CHEA’s Bloggers Night Out Thursday, July 16 at the Pasadena Convention Center! You’ll be encouraged in your blogging, hear from a panel of blogging experts, meet and network with other bloggers, and hear from vendors that are looking to partner with bloggers like you. Whether you’ve been blogging for years, or are looking to get started, we’ll have something for you. Each attendee will leave refreshed and encouraged, with new contacts and a handy packet of blogging helps. Register for the Convention now for access to this event.
One Day Free Admission
Parents of preschoolers, who have never attended a CHEA event, are invited to attend one day of the Convention free. This offer applies to parents whose oldest child is five years and under and applies to both husband and wife. More information here. Registration is available by calling the CHEA office at 562-864-2432 . See rules for children in the Convention.
Each registered family will receive access to a link with hundreds of dollars worth of free curriculum, discount coupons, and other resources. This “Gift Basket” link will be found in the Convention program. Attendees can access this site as often as they want as more material is placed on the website. You can even scan the announcement’s barcode with your smart phone and see the material instantly. Also, a free Literature Bag is distributed to each registered family, and is full of information about resources to help you in your home education endeavors.
Being Christians in a Non-Christian Culture
Our Teen Convention is sponsored by Providence Christian College of Pasadena.
Being a follower of Jesus in our culture today is a high-risk adventure. The challenge teens are facing is living as Christians in a non-Christian culture. Ideas from the post-modern and the New Age worldviews are being assimilated into the heart, mind, and soul of many Christian young people. The result is a new view of truth and a new view of morality.
Be one of the first 200 teens to register
and get a free pair of You and the View sunglasses.
Living Inside Out
Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, 2015
Living Inside Out is this year's theme for the CHEA Children's Convention. Carr Ministries will present this year's Children's Convention for kids age 4-11. Focus Scripture: Jesus said, “Everyone who hears my Words and puts them into practice is like a wise man.” Jesus shared so many amazing stories in the Bible and there is so much we can learn from them. Register your child(ren) when you register for the Convention. Space is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Get Great Deals on Used Curriculum
Thousands of used books, textbooks, teaching aids, and other homeschooling items will be available at the annual Used Curriculum Exchange. Attendees are admitted by ticket Thursday night, in groups by ticket number (beginning with the lowest numbers). Announcements by the PA system in the Exhibit Hall will let you know when your ticket number is coming up. A ticket does not guarantee entrance Thursday night. Tickets are not needed Friday and Saturday. More information here.
Israel Wayne, Keynote Speaker, is a homeschool grad, homeschool dad, and an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Questions God Asks, Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship. Israel has written a regular column for the Home School Digest and the Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for www.ChristianWorldview.net. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.
Norm Wakefield, Keynote Speaker, is the founder and executive director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International. He and his wife Alma live in Bulverde, Texas, and have four children (three married), who are walking with Jesus, and 17 grandchildren. They began homeschooling in 1984 and are still involved in the homeschooling of their grandchildren. Norm has been a keynote and conference speaker at state and international homeschool conventions since 1992. God has given him a pastor/teacher's heart to teach how the Gospel applies to all relationships and circumstances in life. His knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures coupled with his homeschool experience enables him to speak specifically to the many challenges homeschool parents, children, and young adults face on a daily basis.
Tricia Goyer, Featured Speaker, is a homeschooling mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author (including Moms' Night Out, which was recently made into a movie), Tricia has published 45 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com, and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife, and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
Rhonda Stoppe, Featured Speaker, is the author of Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, a book published by Harvest House Publishers. Rhonda homeschooled her kids, so she understands moms who educate their kids at home. Women are drawn to Rhonda’s ability to weave biblical truth into everyday issues, which has led readers to make her book sell an average of 1000 books per month. Her new book, If My Husband Would Change I’d Be Happy—And Other Myths Wives Believe will release in summer 2015. Rhonda teaches on these and other topics at women’s events throughout the country. She spends much of her time mentoring women and counseling alongside her husband who is pastor at First Baptist Church in Patterson, CA. For more about Rhonda visit www.NoRegretsWoman.com.