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Thursday, June 25
 

2:00pm

Question Ball
A simple Get To Know You game involving a beach ball, a game of catch and some great questions to help you meet new friends.

Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

2:00pm

Tween Lounge Room
This is the place for Tweens (roughly ages 9 to 12) to hang out, meet new friends, and participate in some fun activities.  This room will be monitored by adult volunteers.

Check the schedule for specific sessions in this room.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

2:00pm

Open Art Room Studio

The Open Art Room Studio is designed for your child to come explore different mediums through out the conference at their leisure with a professional art teacher available for light guidance. High quality earth-friendly supplies are available like non-toxic paints, watercolor, watercolor pencils, pastels, acrylics, papers, drawing supplies, modeling clay and so much more!


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

2:00pm

Summer Splash Mix-Media Gallery

Create a summer theme mix-media of what a great summer looks like to you. After you are done hang your artwork to share with conference attendees, optional. Sunday at 11:00 a.m. best honorable mention will get a small art treat. Great for all ages.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

2:00pm

Art Room - Summer Splash Art at CHN

Nature of Art For Kids will be hosting this years fun summer splash theme art studio at CHN. Use your creative imagination and create summer splash art in the open studio throughout the conference. Hosted by homeschool mom and art teacher Spramani Elaun of Nature of Art Four Kids®.  Nature of Art For Kids® is the original homeschool conference earth-friendly traveling art studio.  This studio is unique because it's designed with only earth-friendly art supplies, homeschool style hands-on art making projects just for kids.

Besides sessions on specific topics, three activities will be ongoing throughout the weekend:  Open Art Room Studio, Mix-Media Gallery, and Collaborative Canvas. 


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

2:00pm

Teen Room
Age 13 and up.  You must be wearing a teen or young adult badge to be admitted.

Unscheduled/always available activities include a pool table, board, dice & card games, legos, mandalas and video games.

See schedule for specific Teen sessions to be held in the Teen Room and other locations.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →
avatar for Judith Claudi-Magnussen

Judith Claudi-Magnussen

2016 CHN Family Expo - Teen Room Co-Coordinator
Judith Claudi-Magnussen has been homeschooling her daughter since 2008 and tends towards relaxed homeschooling methods supplemented with field trips and hands-on activities.  Currently Judith is the Troop Leader for a multi-level homeschooling Girl Scout troop, volunteers as an usher and outreach liaison for Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, and supports her daughter’s love of dogs by participating with a local... Read More →

Thursday June 25, 2015 2:00pm - Friday June 26, 2015 12:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

2:30pm

Ninja
Ninja is a theatrical turn-based combat party game.Players begin in a circle, standing at arms-length, and then take turns striking ninja poses and engaging each other in ultimate ninja combat.The goal is to eliminate other players by slapping their hands. During your turn, you can move your entire body in one fluid motion to attack or position yourself defensively.

Thursday June 25, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

3:00pm

Henna Tattoos
Use Henna to create natural temporary tattoos on your skin.

Thursday June 25, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

3:00pm

All Ages Activity (AAA) Room
The AAA room (Salon E) is split into two parts.  The back part of the room will hold sessions - mostly hands-on type workshops.  In the front part of the room (nearest the door) there will be a number of self directed activities such as drawing, lanyards, rubber band bracelets, puzzles, crafts, etc. (Experienced Expo attendees will remember these activites and materials from "Family Village".)  The craft area at the front of the room is open while sessions are going on in the back of the room.  Help yourself to the materials and activities and remember to clean up after yourselves when finished.  All ages welcome.

Thursday June 25, 2015 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

3:00pm

Card and Board Game Room
Gaming - old school style.  Card games, board games, other misc. type games.  CHN has a small stock of games which will be available in this room.  Feel free to bring your favorite games from home as well.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.  Please pick up after yourselves when you are finished!  All ages welcome.

Thursday June 25, 2015 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Salon H, 1st Floor

3:00pm

Keva Plank Room
10,000 wooden building blocks called Keva Planks.  For your creative pleasure...  All ages.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.

Thursday June 25, 2015 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Salon F, 1st Floor

3:00pm

Tots and Tykes Room
This room is for meant for kids about 6 and under and their parents.  There are many toys, books, and puzzles to entertain your tots and tykes while parents can take a rest.   This room will occasionally be monitored by a volunteer.  Please pick-up after yourselves when finished.

Karen Golden will tell stories for the little ones in this room on Friday at 3:30!



Thursday June 25, 2015 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Suite 3, 2nd Floor (Tots and Tykes Room)

4:00pm

Mafia
Mafia is a party game for groups of 8 or more people.  It is a simple role playging game pitting the Mafia against the Townspeople.  

Thursday June 25, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

4:00pm

Collaborative Canvas

Summer Splash Theme. Great for kids over 7 years and up. Come out for third annual collaborative canvas painted by all the conference attendees during the conference. This project is created to introduce painting to all levels. Dress messy- we us real children's acrylic on canvas. This project will wrap-up Sunday afternoon.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Thursday June 25, 2015 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

6:00pm

Mix-Media Demo

Come learn all about the different mediums you can use in the Open Art Studio. Great for all ages.  Spramani will demo with light discussion on how-to-use most mediums with tips.

 


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Thursday June 25, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

6:30pm

Homeschooling 101

Considering homeschooling? New to homeschooling? Have questions about how to get started? Come join the Homeschooling 101 session to learn the legal options to homeschool in California, homeschooling basics and your legal rights.  This session is free to the public - registration or RSVP is not required.

For your kids - our Keva Plank room is just adjacent to the session room and will be monitored by CHN staff.  Paper/crayons available too.

 


Speakers
avatar for Windi Eklund

Windi Eklund

I am a veteran home school mom of three, my passion has always been education reform and helping families find the right fit for their individual needs.    Since having my first child, Athan, and witnessing first hand how he needed a different education route than was available at our traditional schools in Orange County; I have been an active participant in alternative education choices for our children.   I have been... Read More →


Thursday June 25, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

7:00pm

Opening Night Entertainment - HypnoTWYz Comedy Hypnosis
HypnoTwy’z comedy hypnosis show turns ordinary people into the stars of the show. See your friends, your coworkers, your family members or your guests become the stars. 

Twy James has been performing on stages for 15 years and has a charismatic way of exciting small or large crowds. Twy ushers members of the audience to break out of their shells with the power of hypnosis.

The show is clean and respectful and fun for all audiences. You will see hilarious and amazing things happen when the power of the subconscious mind is released.

Audiences will experience excitement, astonishment and laughter watching a fast-paced show with a customized mix of music while volunteers act out comedy scenarios while under hypnosis actually believing they are really happening. After performing in the show, each will feel an amazing feeling just like they had a full body massage.

So whether you’re in the show or watching in the audience, HypnoTWYz comedy hypnosis show will leave you feeling great and with a memory of a lifetime.


Speakers
avatar for Twy James

Twy James

Twy James started doing Hypnosis in 2006. He started working alongside a master hypnotist learning all the skills of the hypnosis craft. Then a year later began doing shows of his own. It was great to see how happy the people were to have their event become a Hilariously great time just by adding a hypnotist.  This inspired Hypnotwyz to go to school and become a certified Hypnotherapist. Now being certified in hypnotherapy by the... Read More →


Thursday June 25, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

8:00pm

Homeschooling Q and A
This Q and A will follow our free Homeschooling 101 session.  Experienced homeschoolers will be on hand to answer your questions one-on-one. 


Thursday June 25, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

8:30pm

Teen Meetup at the Pool
Let's enjoy some fun at the pool!

Thursday June 25, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Pool

9:00pm

Expo Reception - Everyone Invited! Snacks!
Everyone is invited to join the CHN Board of Trustees for some light desserts and decaf in the wonderful Zen Garden social space at the Torrance Marriott.  A delicious way to start off the CHN Family Expo!

Thursday June 25, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Zen Gardens

10:00pm

Music Jam - Teens
Bring your instruments to the teen room for an impromptu music jam.

Thursday June 25, 2015 10:00pm - Friday June 26, 2015 12:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor
 
Friday, June 26
 

9:00am

Family Yoga

Join us for "Family Yoga" - All ages and levels come together to experience this joyful, fun practice. From grandparents to infants and everyone in between! You will leave this class connected to your family members and ready to take on your day! Come move and stretch with us. ** PLEASE BRING a Yoga Mat or Towel!! **


Speakers
avatar for Margaret Ortiz Rubin

Margaret Ortiz Rubin

My most important job is being a Mom to my 5 kids and Nana to my grand children. I am a Zumba, Zumba Gold & Zumbini instructor (0-3 yr olds) and Yoga instructor. I teach classes in Southern California for all ages from infants to seniors. I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and Stand Up Paddleboarding. "Strive not to be a Success, but rather to be of Value" ~Albert Einstien  


Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Tween Badges - Learn to Solder
Solder simple components including battery holder, hat pin and LEDs to a small badge that can be pinned to clothing or conference badge and proudly worn all weekend.  We will also have these available throughout the weekend for kids who missed the workshop, an adult will work with them so that each tween has the opportunity to get one badge.

Tweens only please.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

9:00am

Tween Lounge Room
This is the place for Tweens (roughly ages 9 to 12) to hang out, meet new friends, and participate in some fun activities.  This room will be monitored by adult volunteers.

Check the schedule for specific sessions in this room.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

9:00am

Open Art Room Studio

The Open Art Room Studio is designed for your child to come explore different mediums through out the conference at their leisure with a professional art teacher available for light guidance. High quality earth-friendly supplies are available like non-toxic paints, watercolor, watercolor pencils, pastels, acrylics, papers, drawing supplies, modeling clay and so much more!


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

9:00am

Art Room - Summer Splash Art at CHN

Nature of Art For Kids will be hosting this years fun summer splash theme art studio at CHN. Use your creative imagination and create summer splash art in the open studio throughout the conference. Hosted by homeschool mom and art teacher Spramani Elaun of Nature of Art Four Kids®.  Nature of Art For Kids® is the original homeschool conference earth-friendly traveling art studio.  This studio is unique because it's designed with only earth-friendly art supplies, homeschool style hands-on art making projects just for kids.

Besides sessions on specific topics, three activities will be ongoing throughout the weekend:  Open Art Room Studio, Mix-Media Gallery, and Collaborative Canvas. See the schedule for description of the on going activities and sessions.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 7:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

9:00am

Video Game Room
We will have Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation game systems available throughout the weekend with various games.  You are also welcome to bring your own laptops and login to the free hotel lobby wifi.  All ages welcome.  Open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights - possibly later depending on volunteer support.

Minecraft sessions on Friday and Saturday nights (see schedule).

Our popular Super Smash Bros. tournament will start at 1:30 on Saturday.  (See schedule for more details.)

This room will be monitored by volunteers for most of the weekend.  Do not leave any personal gaming equipment unattended.

Moderators
avatar for Genie Sloan-Pena

Genie Sloan-Pena

Gaming Room Coordinator
Genie Sloan-Pena is a neuro-psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach and Fullerton. She enjoys family genealogy and fiber arts when she is not setting up servers for her two gaming sons, exploring tide pools at the beach or writing documentary films.

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 9:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

9:00am

Card and Board Game Room
Gaming - old school style.  Card games, board games, other misc. type games.  CHN has a small stock of games which will be available in this room.  Feel free to bring your favorite games from home as well.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.  Please pick up after yourselves when you are finished!  All ages welcome.

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:00pm
Salon H, 1st Floor

9:00am

Keva Plank Room
10,000 wooden building blocks called Keva Planks.  For your creative pleasure...  All ages.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:00pm
Salon F, 1st Floor

9:00am

Tots and Tykes Room
This room is for meant for kids about 6 and under and their parents.  There are many toys, books, and puzzles to entertain your tots and tykes while parents can take a rest.   This room will occasionally be monitored by a volunteer.  Please pick-up after yourselves when finished.

Karen Golden will tell stories for the little ones in this room on Friday at 3:30!

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:00pm
Suite 3, 2nd Floor (Tots and Tykes Room)

9:00am

All Ages Activity (AAA) Room
The AAA room (Salon E) is split into two parts.  The back part of the room will hold sessions - mostly hands-on type workshops.  In the front part of the room (nearest the door) there will be a number of self directed activities such as drawing, lanyards, rubber band bracelets, puzzles, crafts, etc. (Experienced Expo attendees will remember these activites and materials from "Family Village".)  The craft area at the front of the room is open while sessions are going on in the back of the room.  Help yourself to the materials and activities and remember to clean up after yourselves when finished.  All ages welcome.

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Question Ball
A simple Get To Know You game involving a beach ball, a game of catch and some great questions to help you meet new friends.

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Where the Wooly Things Are, a Fiber Arts Club for Kids
All kids are invited to join Where the Wooly Things Are, Expo's kids fiber arts club. Our fourth year.  Bring along any finished objects or projects you're currently working on that you'd like to share with your fellow young fiber and craft enthusiasts.  Beginners are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

10:00am

Drivers Ed. And Work Permits

During this session we will dissect and explain the process of obtaining Work Permits, Entertainment Permits and what to do about Driver’s Training.  A Q&A session will be included in the presentation.


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

10:00am

411 of Homeschooling in So Cal and Beyond
Lots of info as well as how to get info for park days, enrichment and academic classes, field trip ideas, co-ops, special programs, learning resources etc. tap into the wealth of opportunities in our area. Have the enriched homeschooling experience that you always wished for your family. Lots of ideas and examples. I can also help with specific questions of where to find what etc.

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

10:00am

A Hogwarts Education
If you love Harry Potter, and your child loves Harry Potter, join us for a conversation about using these wonderful books and movies as a framework for home education. Turn homeschooling into Hogwarts schooling!

Speakers
avatar for Talitha Sherman

Talitha Sherman

Studio Litha
Talitha Sherman is an artist, a dancer, and a mother to four homebirthed children. She has taught numerous childbirth classes and been a La Leche League Leader, and a Girl Scout Leader.


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Boffer Workshop
Boffer Workshop is a class all about the making and playing with boffers (foam swords). Every child that shows up gets the chance to make and keep one boffer, after which they will learn the rules of larping, (live action role playing) then fight in a mock battle.  Note: children under 6 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Speakers
avatar for Riley Martinson

Riley Martinson

Riley Martinson is a 17 year that has been making boffers since around 2010. Liker of cats, player of Minecraft, interesting shirt enthusiast, never owned an elephant.


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Dyslexia 101
If your child is bright and highly gifted and struggles to read, write, tie their shoes, he may be Dyslexic.
Come learn about the classic signs of Dyslexia, the cause of Dyslexia and what YOU can do to help your child "recover" from it. We will also touch on Dysgraphia and Dyscalcia, as well.

If your child show 3 of these Common Signs, this class is for you:
- delayed speech
- mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
- constant confusion of left versus right
- late establishing a dominant hand
- difficulty learning to tie shoes
- trouble memorizing their address, phone
number, or the alphabet
- struggle to create words that rhyme
- slow, non-automatic handwriting
that is difficult to read
- letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
- slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
- guesses based on shape or context
- skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
- ignores suffixes
- can't sound out unknown words
- terrible spelling
- often can't remember sight words (they, were, does)
or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
- difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
- trouble with math
- memorizing multiplication tables
- memorizing a sequence of steps
- directionality
- when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
- lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
- common sayings come out slightly twisted
- extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
- dreads going to school
- complains of stomach aches or headaches
- may have nightmares about school
- a close relative with dyslexia
*List used with permission from Susan Barton

Speakers
avatar for Jess Arce

Jess Arce

owner, Maple Tree Learning Center
Jess Arce is a wife, mom to 4 sons and an entrepreneur. She has homeschooled 3 of her four sons 6 years. The journey has been amazing, but some areas have been a little more challenging due to 2 of the 4 having either Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalcia or all three!!


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Math Can be Fun! Really! No Joke!
Come explore mobius strips, logic puzzles, creative problem solving, games and more. I enjoy playing with math and you can too! Just as we should not learn music by focusing only on scales and finger exercises before we're allowed to experience songs, so too, we should experience the joy of math without solely focusing on the mechanics of arithmetic. Math is all fun puzzles and games to me!

Speakers
avatar for Anne Haney

Anne Haney

Anne Haney, BS, MAT Mathematics, is a long time homeschooling parent and grandparent. She's an advocate for parent choice charter schools, hands on experiential learning, and making math fun. Anne has taught in a variety of settings including elementary, high school and college. She currently works for Summit Academy, California's Charter of Choice.


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Unschooling Gifted Children
This workshop will discuss the benefits of unschooling gifted children and how to shift one's mindset away from traditional schooling. The focus will be embracing children's unique learning styles and how to support self-directed learning at home and in the world. We will discuss looking at children through a strength based lens with an emphasis on passion-led learning. Overexcitabilities and asynchronicity play a huge role in the development of a gifted child which is often misunderstood and unsupported in a school classroom.

School environments are often a mismatch for gifted children particularly for twice-exceptional and highly to profoundly gifted children. When school doesn't fit your child then alternative education comes to the forefront. Homeschooling is generally a school at home approach with curriculum and the parent as teacher. Unschooling is a different approach that doesn't rely on curriculum or teachers. Unschooling can be described as self-directed learning, passion-led learning, interest-led learning or whole-life learning.

An unschooling philosophy embraces the concept that learning is happening everywhere, children are innately curious and are able to learn independently. Parents take on the role of facilitator and are supportive of a child's unique interests without inserting an adult agenda or societal expectations. Traditional subjects are not the focus in an unschooling approach as the world is filled with myriad interesting ideas to explore beyond the confines of k-12 standards. Unschooling requires a shift in mindset particularly for parents. We will discuss the pitfalls in traditional education and the benefits of embracing an unschooling philosophy. We will explore how to develop an optimal learning environment tailored to each child's unique temperament. This workshop will cover topics like strewing, life-lessons, authenticity, self-actualization, critical thinking and problem solving with an emphasis on child-led learning.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Harrington

Amy Harrington

Amy Harrington, Esq. is a blogger, author, gifted advocate and radical unschooling mom to two divergent children. She is on the board of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) and is passionate about the future of self-directed learning. She provides one-on-one coaching to gifted families looking for alternative approaches to raising gifted children. Amy offers guidance on how to accommodate asynchronous learners and support... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Hungry, Hungry Human Hippos - Teens
Teens only please.  Join us out by the pool deck for a life size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos that you won't want to miss!

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Pool Terrace

10:00am

Origami Boxes
Using old calendars we will create paper boxes with lids for keeping small treasures in.

Tweens only please.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

10:00am

Fiber Arts Room
All fiber arts, all the time.  Let Nicole and Juanita be your guides into the wonder of fiber!

Check the schedule for specific sessions.

Moderators
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

10:00am

Summer Splash Mix-Media Gallery

Create a summer theme mix-media of what a great summer looks like to you. After you are done hang your artwork to share with conference attendees, optional. Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Best honorable mention will get a small art treat. Great for all ages.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

10:00am

Book and Clothing Swap
We'll be having a Book Swap, so bring some books to share.  Leave a few you've read, pick up some new ones to enjoy. (bring no more than 5 books please.)  Leftovers will be donated to the CHN Free Table.

We'll also have a clothing swap.  Bring up to 10 items, in good condition, that you don't want anymore.  And see if you can find something you'd like to take home instead.  Leftover clothing will be donated to Giving Children Hope in Buena Park.

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 9:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Teen Room
Age 13 and up.  You must be wearing a teen or young adult badge to be admitted.

Unscheduled/always available activities include a pool table, board, dice & card games, legos, mandalas and video games.

See schedule for specific Teen sessions to be held in the Teen Room and other locations.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →
avatar for Judith Claudi-Magnussen

Judith Claudi-Magnussen

2016 CHN Family Expo - Teen Room Co-Coordinator
Judith Claudi-Magnussen has been homeschooling her daughter since 2008 and tends towards relaxed homeschooling methods supplemented with field trips and hands-on activities.  Currently Judith is the Troop Leader for a multi-level homeschooling Girl Scout troop, volunteers as an usher and outreach liaison for Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, and supports her daughter’s love of dogs by participating with a local... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - Saturday June 27, 2015 12:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:00am

Speed Greeting
A fast-paced Get To Know You Game. Participants will sit in pairs with a cup full of questions prompts to ask one another.  But go quick - once the bell rings, it's time to switch partners!  A fun way to make new friends at Expo.

Friday June 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:00am

Watercolor Crayon & Watercolor Pencil Demo

Watercolor crayon & Watercolor pencil Demo - great for all ages, learn the basics how to use these two mediums.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

11:30am

Fun Fabulous Finger Knitting and Beginning Knitting
Get started in the fiber arts using only yarn and your fingers. Especially suited to younger crafters who aren't ready for needles yet, or for anyone looking to expand their fiber art repertoire. Easy to learn and fun to do!   When you're feeling more adventurous, we'll get you started knitting on knitting needles.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

11:30am

High School Transcripts
Learn how to make high school transcripts from homeschool experiences by thinking outside the box. 

Speakers
avatar for Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert has homeschooled her now grown 4 sons for 14 years. She has been a volunteer for CHN for 14 years serving as a local contact and CHN Trustee twice. She has taught classes in various subjects including science, American Sign Language, art, math, and literature. She currently teaches for Celebration Education and Dehesa Charter School. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, rock climbing,physical fitness, and going on new adventures.


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Boffer Battles AND Tournament .. 1st Prize - A Boffer!

Come fight with boffers (foam swords) and take part in a Tournament! 1st Prize .. A Boffer!

** Attend the Boffer Workshop on Friday, June 26 from 10-11am to make your own Boffer
OR bring one from home to use in battle! **


Speakers
avatar for Riley Martinson

Riley Martinson

Riley Martinson is a 17 year that has been making boffers since around 2010. Liker of cats, player of Minecraft, interesting shirt enthusiast, never owned an elephant.


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Serenity Gardens (Outside)

11:30am

Careers in Computer Programming and Engineering
Position yourself or your family member for a career in computer science and engineering. By 2018 51% of jobs in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will be in computer occupations. How can we fill this gap and why is it important to teach students how to write computer programs at an early age.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hewison

Scott Hewison

Dean of Students, Intersect University
I am currently working as a Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Carlsbad California, north San Diego county. With over 30 years of experience in the field of computer programming and software engineering, I am an inventor holding one patent in the field of artificial intelligence.  Areas of expertise include machine level programming, industrial robotics, large scale enterprise software and big data analytics.


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

11:30am

Game Curriculum (Gameschooling)
Our brains are wired to remember things that are interesting and exciting which is why learning from dull, dry textbooks is so painfully slow.  Education at its best is really a lot of fun.  Even learning math, grammar, science and geography facts can be painless if you have the right tools for your unique children.  Learn how to use games and activities as an integral part of your curriculum.  Learn how to select and use games to meet your children’s individual learning needs.  Discover all the possibilities in games you already own and learn to adapt or even invent games to fit your family’s needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Forte - Excellence in Education

Carolyn Forte - Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education
Carolyn Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit her Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   | | EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

11:30am

SB277 Vaccination for Education
There are several vaccination bills going through the Sacramento legislative channels right now.  SB277 seeks to mandate vaccines for all children attending school, preschool, or daycare, by removing the Personal and Religious Belief Exemption for anyone in California.  This session intends to give some context to SB277 and to inform attendants on how the proposed law could affect their family health and education choices.


Speakers
avatar for Beatriz Montalvo

Beatriz Montalvo

Beatriz Montalvo is the homeschooling parent of two teens, who thoroughly enjoys all the benefits of being a homeschooling family.  SB277 has propelled Beatriz to actively get involved in the state legislative process, by meeting with assemblymembers, senators, activists, and researchers.  She is very concerned about the erosion of personal and parental rights and is on a mission to share her findings with fellow California... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Story Slam
Find and shape your life experiences into well crafted stories and share them in a fun and safe space. Learn what makes a good story, how to calm your nerves and how to leave a lasting impression. Discover a treasury of stored memories you can use for endless creative endeavors. This workshop is modeled after Moth style storytelling for those of you familiar with The Moth Radio Hour (http://themoth.org/radio). No experience necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Golden

Karen Golden

Founder / Director, Creative Learning Place
Karen Golden has been “edutaining" audiences from coast to coast as a Storyteller, musician and professional speaker for over 25 years. USA today said, ”Karen’s mesmerizing stories marry age-old values with rollicking saxophone and amazing sound effects”. Karen seamlessly weaves Jewish, multicultural, personal and family stories and has developed and presented over thirty commissioned works on the history of cities, organizations and... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

11:30am

Writing with Young Children
How do we help young writers become great writers? What activities help prepare beginning writers for success? What activities insure that our children will want to write and love the written word? Writing With Young Children will explore all these questions and give parents concrete strategies and steps to help their children write with ease and enjoy the writing process.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Fernandez / ABC Trace and Say

Karen Fernandez / ABC Trace and Say

ABC Trace and Say
See ABC Trace and Say at the Vendor Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  Karen Fernandez is also a session speaker. | | Karen Fernandez is an author, educator, speaker and homeschool mom. She has taught young readers for 15 years in California and early literacy is her passion. Her personal mantra is that reading and writing should be easy and fun for children. | | Ms. Fernandez holds a Master's degree in Education and is a Reading Recovery... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Teen Round Table Discussions
Join your fellow teens for some deep discussions about some of today's controversial social and political topics in a safe, moderated environment.  Groups will be moderated by our recently graduated Young Adult staff.  A great way to see different perspectives on an issue. 

Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:30am

Take All the Things Apart! (aka Deconstruct/Reconstruct)
Take apart small electronics and reuse the parts to build something new.  There will also be cardboard, duct tape, markers, glue and other materials for inventing new creations. Donations greatly appreciated as are volunteers.  Open to all ages.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

12:30pm

Lock Picking Workshop
A great skill to learn for those times you lock yourself out of your house.

Friday June 26, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday June 26, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Squirt Gun Watercolor

Yeah you heard me, come use squirt guns and watercolor paint to help create a collaborative squirt gun watercolor.  Great for all ages.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

2:00pm

Snow Ball Fight
Tweens only please.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

2:00pm

Wrap & Stitch Basketmaking
Participants should be confident needle threaders (or have someone alongside them who can help with threading needles) and have a basic set of fine motor skills. Kids as young as five have made cute baskets they were very proud of--dextrous youngers do well with the help of a more experienced partner.

These baskets can be made from a variety of materials--the sky's the limit once you learn the basic technique--and make coveted gifts. They are perfect for using up the ends of skeins from other projects; a beautiful basket can be made from a very small amount of material.

Once you learn how to make these, you will find yourself looking at potential wrap and core materials (and embellishments) in a whole new way--it's a great intro into the world of fiber for those who haven't ventured there yet.

There are studies showing that people who have a hard time focusing attention, for instance in a lecture setting, find it easier to attend to the speaker/activity and have better retention if they have something to do with their hands. Knitting has been explored as a means of providing manual focusing assistance; this basketmaking craft in my opinion can work just as well and requires less of a learning period to become effective.

A basket made with this technique can be started and finished within a day or less once you get comfortable with the method, depending on the size and features of the project you have in mind. This makes it easy to create a bunch for gifts during the busy holidays or for sale at a fundraiser.

I have been making these baskets for well over 40 years, since my art teacher mother taught me how to make them. Interestingly, we don't have a ton of finished baskets around our house because I tend to give away almost every basket I finish!

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason to hang out at Expo. ;) She is very active in the world of breastfeeding advocacy, both with her local breastfeeding support forums as well as being an active LLL Leader... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

2:00pm

The Art of Homeschooling
A funny, insightful memoir of one family’s homeschool adventure. From ruler-swinging school marm to Birkenstock-wearing hippy unschooler, Diane Keith has worn many hats throughout her homeschool journey.  Laugh out loud as she describes her family’s escapades through every subject required by the California Education Code that will surprise, stun, and inspire you. This presentation will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and reassured that when it comes to homeschooling – YOU CAN DO IT – and enjoy it every step of the way!

Speakers
avatar for Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith is the Founder and Editor of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning through homeschooling and unschooling. Homefires.com empowers parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education without conventional schooling. When Diane and her husband, Cliff, decided to homeschool their two sons in 1992, there was a void of... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

2:00pm

A Taste of Arduino
Get a feel for what Arduino is and can do with this hands-on workshop.  Project will not be taken home.

This session is best for children 10 or older.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Burch

Larry Burch

Maker Director, Guided Curiosity
We put tools in kids hands and challenge them in a maker environment. Our maker projects are designed to coordinate with our academic content. | | Steam powered education is a charter school partnership with inspire schools.


Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

2:00pm

Ultimate Werewolf Game
All ages.  Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive role playing game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don't know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time. A Moderator (who isn't on a team) runs the game. Ultimate Werewolf takes place over a series of game days and nights. Each day, the players discuss who among them is a Werewolf and vote out a player. Each night, the Werewolves choose a player to eliminate, while the Seer learns whether one player is a Werewolf or not. The game is over when either all the Villagers or all the Werewolves are eliminated. 

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Yospe

Rebekah Yospe

Rebekah is a 15 year old native Californian.  She the middle child and has been homeschooled since kindergarten.  She enjoys animals of any kinds and would own more if her mother would let her.  She tends to be a (over) planner and has enjoyed working on the Teen Planning Committeee.


Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Assassin
Players must sign up by 2pm Friday to participate.  Once enough people have signed up, the game hosts will assign everyone a victim. The players will be told the first and last name of their victim, any other information will need to be investigated by the player. There will be a set time for the game to start, offering the players a few hours to do their research before having to worry about being assassinated. The aim of the game is for the players to eliminate their victims, collecting more and more victims until the end game meet up, which will occur before the graduation on the last day of the conference. Whoever has collected the most victims is the winner. There is no prize for the winner but the awesome ability to brag about it.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

2:00pm

Jewelry Making
We'll have lots of suppies on hand for you to stop by and create some jewelry of your own design.

Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

3:00pm

Used Curriculum and Family Entrepeneurial Sale

ONE DAY ONLY!!

 

It’s a great opportunity to sell educational materials your children are no longer using

AND/OR highlight your family’s talents!!  

Nothing to sell? Then come shop for FREE!! 

 

TABLE REGISTRATION: http://www.californiahomeschool.net/chn-store/; $15/each

QUESTIONS: Ann Ryan, Sale Coordinator, curriculumsale@californiahomeschool.net

 

Participants must be registered for the Expo before purchasing a Sale Table (http://www.californiahomeschool.net/expo/registration/),

and may sell their personal items only (no businesses or foods allowed).

Table reservations will be accepted in the order that they are received.

 

Used Curriculum Sale:

Sell no longer needed books, curriculum, games, toys, and kits!!

Family Entrepreneurial Sale:

We welcome crafty kids, parents, and grandparents to join in on the fun!

We view this as an educational opportunity for children who would like to develop some marketable products and learn some skills.

** The kids can have their own table OR sell at their family’s table. **

 

Selling Details:

·         The idea is to have a good time selling!

·         If you would like to attend sessions, you could pair up with a few friends and take turns sitting at the table, or ask your teen or spouse to do it for you.

·         CHN will not be selling the items for you, nor is CHN responsible for any losses.

·         CHN will not be collecting a percentage of your profits – it’s all yours to keep! 

 

A comment from a previous year:

“To be honest, the used curriculum sale was an event in & of itself! There was LOTS of talking about various aspects of homeschooling, pros/cons of various resources, and I even heard a bit of a discussion citing a session the person had been to!”


Used Curriculum and Family Entrepreneurial Sale FAQ
:

Q: Can I leave early?

A: Sure. This is going to be a very casual and fun sale, and when you sell out or get tired, it’s no problem to leave, and if anyone wants to grab your table to spread out, that’s fine too.

Q: How many people can share a table?

A: As many as you like!

You might be crowded at first, but use the under the table space or just keep putting out new stuff, or take turns selling.

Q: When is the deadline for renting a table?

A: We’ll accept table registrations until the room is full.

Q: Can I rent 1/2 a table?

A: No, we tried that one year, and it caused some confusion. If you want 1/2 a table, you can find someone to share the table and cost with you.

Q: Can I attend the sale if I am not registered for the Expo?

A: Yes, anyone can attend the sale, but you must be registered for the Expo to reserve a table.

Q: Will there be Freebie Tables this year?

A: Yes!  Whether you reserve a table or not, you may bring items to place on the Freebie Tables! 

 

 

 

 

 


Moderators
avatar for Ann Ryan

Ann Ryan

2016 CHN Family Expo - Used Curriculum/Family Entrepreneurial Sale Coordinator
Ann Ryan is a mom to 4 kids and 7 animals (at last count). She is in her 12th year of homeschooling. She volunteers at a small animal rescue, is a La Leche League leader, and wonders how to find more time to read. This will be her 5th CHN Expo and each one gets better than the last! 


Friday June 26, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Salons A-D, 1st Floor

3:30pm

Little felt gnomes
In this session we'll be making very simple, Waldorf-inspired, 3"-tall gnome-like creatures that can be finished quickly as finger puppets or stuffed and sewn up to be stand-alone little friends which work great as pins and pincushions, too. This session is perfect for those with beginning hand sewing skills. It would be great for participants to be able to thread a needle with embroidery floss, or have someone with them to help with that. In one session it will be possible to start AND finish these cute little felt goodies. Those who are more advanced in their sewing skills might like to create gnomes with additional details. Multiple samples will be provided for inspiration, and free-styling is always encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason to hang out at Expo. ;) She is very active in the world of breastfeeding advocacy, both with her local breastfeeding support forums as well as being an active LLL Leader... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Handcrafting High School
Oh No! The dreaded "H" word (and I don't mean handcrafted)! If there is one thing that causes homeschooling parents to panic it is the thought of homeschooling through high school. What if we get it wrong? What if somehow we fail our children, and they cannot... cannot... cannot... wait, cannot what exactly? How is it that we as homeschoolers fall into this trap so common to traditional school parents?!? Homeschooling at its finest is about creating a handcrafted education for each homeschooled student. Each student's education should focus on the unique strengths, weaknesses, and passions of that student. A focus on those creates an education that is as unique as the student. This workshop will look at how you go about handcrafting high school, an approach that will result in a well-educated teen, with lots of options, who loves to learn.

Speakers
avatar for Blair Lee - * Featured Speaker *

Blair Lee - * Featured Speaker *

Co-founder, SEA Homeschoolers
Blair Lee, M.S. is a Featured Speaker. | | Blair Lee is the homeschooling mother of a 15-year-old. This year she co-founded the group Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers, SEA Homeschoolers blog and SEA Homeschoolers on Facebook. Blair writes for the Real Science Odyssey Series, RSO as well as for blogs and magazines. She speaks about eclectic, academic homeschooling and homeschooling science at homeschool conventions. You can follow... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Belly Dance
Shake and shimmy at the expo! Get moving with a simple warm up, learn some basic belly dance moves and show them off to your friends!

Speakers
avatar for Talitha Sherman

Talitha Sherman

Studio Litha
Talitha Sherman is an artist, a dancer, and a mother to four homebirthed children. She has taught numerous childbirth classes and been a La Leche League Leader, and a Girl Scout Leader.


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

3:30pm

Dealing With Challenging Behavior: Using the Tools of Nonviolent Communication
In this workshop parents will learn effective strategies for communicating compassionately. We will address challenging behaviors and explore tools and strategies to support both parents and their children through conflict. The theory of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) will be discussed. This interactive workshop is appropriate both for people with and without prior experience with NVC.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Charfen, MD

Michelle Charfen, MD

Michelle Charfen is a Physician and Parent Educator in Redondo Beach, CA. She left full-time academic medicine to be at home with her three daughters. She enjoys homeschooling while continuing to work part-time. | | Michelle’s personal journey, struggles, and successes as a parent organically led to an interest in supporting other families. Michelle is a Certified Echo Parent Educator through Echo Parenting and Education, and... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Do It Yourself Projects, 3D Printing and Electronics for the homeschooler
Do you want to know what 3D Printing is? Kids want to learn programming and you don't know where to start? You want to do electronic projects with your kids but you don't know an Arduino from a Raspberry Pi. I will take you through all the excitement of the DIY Maker movement. Together we will explore how to find projects that will foster kid's creativity, innovation, and create those aha moments. We'll go over how you can add these projects to your curriculum. Let the awesome begin.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Walsh

Julianne Walsh

Julianne Walsh is has taught programming, electronics and 3D printing in Santa Barbara, California for several years. She is also a comedian, wife, mother. Julianne loves homeschooled her son and has a passion for teaching.


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

3:30pm

Homeschooling Legislation: What You Need to Know

This session will address the current educational codes and what it means for homeschooling in California.  Included in this seminar will be discussion on past legislative actions that were introduced but failed as well as how to keep informed of future legislation that can determine the homeschool freedom index for California.  A brief discussion of current controversial issues like SB277 or Common Core will be included as time permits.


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

In Pursuit Of Your Passion! - Panel Discussion
There are many ways to homeschool high school, don't be typical! Think outside the box and seek opportunities to pursue your passion. Whether you're a super scholar, sports enthusiast or theatre geek, opportunities are plentiful to help you pursue your passion while homeschooling your high school years.

Did you know some trainers or coaches are willing to exchange their lesson fee for hands on work by the student? Are entrepreneurial skills more your speed? Communities abound with mentors willing to support youth...sometimes you just need to ask. Theatre and music avenues also offer excellent opportunities to develop your passion outside the typical high school program.

Please join Lauren Tomasula, Nick Schear, Shantelle Ruppel, and Kaleigh Kailani to hear their stories about how they have spent their time homeschooling through high school. Learn about the resources they've utilized and avenues they've explored in pursuit of their passion!

Moderators
avatar for Sherry Tomasula

Sherry Tomasula

Sherry Tomasula is a seasoned homeschool mom of two and business woman whose homeschooling journey has spanned Elementary through High School level learning.  Sherry’s family’s approach to homeschooling has been mostly eclectic and student driven but in more recent years they have utilized an on-line school program. Even though their homeschool travels have taken them many exciting places, Sherry says her greatest joy has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaleigh Kailani

Kaleigh Kailani

Author, The Broken Trinity
Kaleigh Kailani is an award winning filmmaker and screenwriter who published her first novel, The Broken Trinity: Secrets of the Orb, in 2012. Once the book was published, she taught herself to design a website and produced a book trailer for advertisement purposes. | Kaleigh is currently working on the sequel to the book while writing, producing and directing her web series, Chasing Shadows. When she is not working on her own projects, Kaleigh... Read More →
avatar for Shantelle Ruppel

Shantelle Ruppel

Shantelle Ruppel is the author of the Chronicles of Sambreia and is excited to see her first book published. Growing up as a homeschooler, Shantelle was always a playful, imaginative girl who was always looking for an epic quest. Her writing adventure began eight years ago when she was twelve and she began to write her magical story. It started with one crazy thought: "I'm going to write a book." Shantelle was in for a ride and every corner was a... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Schear

Nicholas Schear

My name is Nicholas Schear I am fifteen and I live in Corona, CA with my family. I am currently finishing my sophomore year of high school and working on my own novel, The Reign of Fire and Ice. I have been working on my book since eighth grade and recently a poem from my novel was published in a poetry book called Discovered.  In my spare time I practice violin for my community’s orchestra and rehearse for the three choirs I sing... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Tomasula

Lauren Tomasula

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Tomasula resides in Mission Viejo, CA. She recently completed her Junior year of High School and has been a high honor roll student most of her high school career.  Lauren's High School experience has consisted of unschooling as well as more recently participating in an on-line school.  A competitive Dressage Rider from the age of 6, homeschooling has allowed her to pursue her passion for horses with her... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Special Needs Discussion
Jessica Wigley will facilitate a discussion and answer questions about educating children with special needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Wigley

Jessica Wigley

Jessica Wigley, MA has over 17 years of experience as an educator. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in early childhood special education. Jessica has worked in a variety of educational settings and has held several positions in education. She has worked with children at every level from preschool through college and regularly teaches to adults. She has developed many programs and trainings for students, parents, and... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

3:30pm

Tell me a Story – Come hear my tales!

For young one’s and the young at heart, join Storyteller Karen Golden as she weaves a collection of interactive stories, folkloric and new, with movement, music and song. You will jump out of your seat and enter the world of imagination where anything is possible.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Golden

Karen Golden

Founder / Director, Creative Learning Place
Karen Golden has been “edutaining" audiences from coast to coast as a Storyteller, musician and professional speaker for over 25 years. USA today said, ”Karen’s mesmerizing stories marry age-old values with rollicking saxophone and amazing sound effects”. Karen seamlessly weaves Jewish, multicultural, personal and family stories and has developed and presented over thirty commissioned works on the history of cities, organizations and... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 3, 2nd Floor (Tots and Tykes Room)

3:30pm

The Positive Psychology of Homeschooling
Happiness. What is it? How do we get it? How do we know when we have it? How do we help our children attain it?  As a grown homeschooler, therapist (MFTI), & writer of the largest study done on grown homeschoolers to date, I have spent a lot of time focusing on exactly these questions. This talk will explore ideas relating to happiness and positive psychology, myths and how-to's, and how it changes with a homeschooling landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Roya Dedeaux

Roya Dedeaux

Counseling with Roya Dedeaux
Roya Dedeaux is a former homeschooler who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and 2 year old Wyatt, where she has been enjoying hiking, exploring Hollywood and not keeping up her blog, Little House in the Big Park (littlehouseinthebigpark.blogspot.com). Roya has a M.S. in Counseling and a B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist intern, with a private practice in Los Alamitos, and long-distance... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Duct Tape & Newspaper Fashion Show Prep - Teens
Come to the Teen Room and prepare for the Duct Tape & Newspaper Fashion Show!  We need models and designers.  You have one hour to design and create your winning fashion! 

Those that want to be "audience only", the Fashion Show takes place in the Elements Ballroom at 4:30pm.

Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

3:30pm

Duct Tape & Newspaper Fashion Show Prep - Tweens
Come to the Tween Lounge and prepare for the Duct Tape & Newspaper Fashion Show!  We need models and designers.  You have one hour to design and create your winning fashion! 

Those that want to be "audience only", the Fashion Show takes place in the Elements Ballroom at 4:30pm.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

4:00pm

Watercolor Resist & Crayon - Black-board Chalk Effect

Watercolor Resist & Crayon - Black-board Chalk Effect.  Great for all ages.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

4:30pm

Duct Tape and Newspaper Fashion Show
Come see the amazing fashions created by our teens and tweens!  Cheer for your favorite and help them win fabulous(?) prizes!

Friday June 26, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

5:00pm

Raffle Drawing
Buy your raffle tickets at the raffle desk or at the CHN info table - both located near the CHN Registration Desk.  Tickets cost $1 each and all proceeds go to California Homeschool Network, a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization.  If you are not present at the drawing, we will attempt to contact you via the phone number on your ticket.  Crystal Bailey, the CHN Raffle Queen, has collected an amazing list of raffle prizes and most of our vendors have also donated prizes.  Here is a partial list of prizes:

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

www.ripleys.com/hollywood
6780 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
4 Child Tickets

Disneyland
www.disneyland.disney.go.com/
1313 Disneyland Dr
 Anaheim, CA 92802
4 One Day Park Hopper Tickets

San Diego Zoo
www.zoo.sandiegozoo.org
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
2 Tickets

Palm Spring Arial Tramway
www.pstramway.com
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tram Admission for 2

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park
www.fiestavillage.com/
1405 E Washington St
Colton, CA 92324
1 Family Golf Pass (good for up to 4 people)

San Diego Automotive Museum
www.sdautomuseum.org/
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
4 Tickets

Mulligan Family Fun Center
www.mulligantorrance.com
1351 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
6 Mini Golf Tickets and 6 Attraction Tickets

Save Our Heritage Organization

www.sohosandiego.org
2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego CA 92110
6 Admission Tickets to be used at any of the following locations
Whaley House Museum in Old Town San Diego
Marston House Museum and Historic Gardens in Balboa Park
Warner-Cabrillo House in San Diego's majestic back country


Newport Landing Whale Watching
www.newportwhales.com
309 Palm St. #A
Newport Beach CA
2 Tickets

Santa Anita Race Track
www.santaanita.com
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
Club House Addmission for 4 plus Valet Parking Pass

Gable House Bowl
www.gablehousebowl.com/
22501 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
10 Bowling Tickets and 10 Laser Tag Tickets

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/
3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731
Meet the Grunion Family Four Pack

IN-N-OUT BURGER
www.in-n-out.com/
IN-N-OUT BURGER Glass Chess Set and

4 Guest checks good for a burger, fries and drink.


Moderators
avatar for Crystal Bailey

Crystal Bailey

Raffle Coordinator

Friday June 26, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

5:00pm

Teach Painting to Children

How to teach or introduce painting to children for the first time - Best for adults with children under 12 years. Come get tips and light Q & A with art instructor Spramani Elaun.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Friday June 26, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

5:00pm

Dinner (no host)
Burgers, Pizza and More – served buffet style at the foyer outside of Salons D & E. 5 – 7 pm

Assorted Sodas @ $3.00 Each
Seasonal Whole Fruit @ $2.50 Each
Hamburger @ $7.50 Each
Veggie Burger @ $9.50 Each
Chinese Chicken Salad @ $7.50 Each
Chicken Caesar Salad @ $7.50 Each
Assorted Sandwiches @ $5.50 Each
Bottled Water @ $3.00 Each
Cookies/Brownies @ $2.50 Each
Individual Bags of Chips @ $2.50 Each
Pasta Salad @ $3.50 Each
Pizza by the Slice @ $3.50 Each


Friday June 26, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

6:00pm

LGBTQA+ Meet-up
A meeting for LGBTQA+ and others to meet their peers and discuss topics of interest and concern. LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, And Asexual) We are actively committed to diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and personal safety for all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Sinclair

Melanie Sinclair

CHN Family Expo - Young Adult Volunteers Coordinator
Melanie Sinclair is a homeschooling parent who has taught child self empowerment classes since 2011. 

Friday June 26, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

6:30pm

Talent Show
The Talent Show is hosted by Tyler (aka Zeke) Fitzpatrick and is meant for all ages.  Talents of all types are encouraged.  There will be a piano available.  Sign-up in the Elements Ballroom at the start of the event, 6:30 pm.



Speakers
avatar for Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick is a class of 2012 CHN graduate, and he is currently an art student at Fullerton College. Zeke has been volunteering for CHN for several years. He is a former member of the Teen Planning Committee and current member of the Young Adult Staff.


Friday June 26, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

7:00pm

Minecraft
Calling all GAMERS!!!!  Come play with us on Friday and Saturday night!  Bring your laptops to play on our exclusive Minecraft server!

Moderators
avatar for Genie Sloan-Pena

Genie Sloan-Pena

Gaming Room Coordinator
Genie Sloan-Pena is a neuro-psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach and Fullerton. She enjoys family genealogy and fiber arts when she is not setting up servers for her two gaming sons, exploring tide pools at the beach or writing documentary films.

Friday June 26, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

8:00pm

Creative Story Vacations: Tales Round A Flashlight Campfire
NAPPA Gold award winning storyteller, author, recording artist and homeschool mom, Karen Golden takes you on a journey around the world to exotic lands where animals talk and wishes come true, over the oceans to treasured islands, and back in time to her childhood and before her grandparents. Highly engaging style with music (played on saxophone, recorder, ocarina and nose flute) and song. Discover the art of storytelling and become inspired to create your own adventures Bring a flashlight to help us create an indoor campfire

Speakers
avatar for Karen Golden

Karen Golden

Founder / Director, Creative Learning Place
Karen Golden has been “edutaining" audiences from coast to coast as a Storyteller, musician and professional speaker for over 25 years. USA today said, ”Karen’s mesmerizing stories marry age-old values with rollicking saxophone and amazing sound effects”. Karen seamlessly weaves Jewish, multicultural, personal and family stories and has developed and presented over thirty commissioned works on the history of cities, organizations and... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

8:30pm

Open Microphone
The Open Microphone event is hosted by Shawn Bailey.  Sign-ups are in the Elements ballroom at 8:30 pm.  Performers are usually in the teen or young adult age range.  There will be a mics, an amp for electric gutar and bass, keyboards and drum set available. Teens can play as a group or individually. 1 or 2 songs, depending on how many people are performing.  Comedy, poetry and other types of Open Mic performances are welcome too.  Parental warning:  Subject matter may be a bit more adult.  Use discretion with your younger children attending.  We encourage younger kids and their parents to join Karen Golden for her "flash light campfire" stories in the AAA room at about 8 pm and the movie "Frozen" at about 9 pm.

Moderators
Friday June 26, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

9:00pm

Movie - Frozen
Disney favorite, "Frozen".  Seating on the floor or chairs.  You are welcome to come in your pajamas as well!

runtime:  102 minutes, rated PG

Friday June 26, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

10:00pm

Adult Open Microphone
Now it's the parents' turn!

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

10:00pm

Karaoke
Now that you're all warmed up from the Open Mic - come to the Teen Room and sing with your friends!

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:00pm

Ultimate Werewolf Game
Teens only please.  Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive role playing game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don't know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time. A Moderator (who isn't on a team) runs the game. Ultimate Werewolf takes place over a series of game days and nights. Each day, the players discuss who among them is a Werewolf and vote out a player. Each night, the Werewolves choose a player to eliminate, while the Seer learns whether one player is a Werewolf or not. The game is over when either all the Villagers or all the Werewolves are eliminated. 

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Yospe

Rebekah Yospe

Rebekah is a 15 year old native Californian.  She the middle child and has been homeschooled since kindergarten.  She enjoys animals of any kinds and would own more if her mother would let her.  She tends to be a (over) planner and has enjoyed working on the Teen Planning Committeee.


Friday June 26, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday June 27, 2015 12:00am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor
 
Saturday, June 27
 

6:00am

Polar Bear Swim
Swim time for the early risers.  Come join us for some fun in the pool.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Ward

Moira Ward

Thirteen year old Moira Ward is a member of the TPC, Teen Planning Committee, that has helped to organized the Teen Program for CHN Family Expo. She is a poet, a gamer, a Latin nerd, and loves cosplaying and fandoms.


Saturday June 27, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
Pool

8:00am

Tween Lounge Room
This is the place for Tweens (roughly ages 9 to 12) to hang out, meet new friends, and participate in some fun activities.  This room will be monitored by adult volunteers.

Check the schedule for specific sessions in this room.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Saturday June 27, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor

9:00am

My Little Pony Cartoons
Come watch "My Little Pony" cartoons AND make your own Pony Tail!!!!

Speakers
avatar for Tallulah DePersis

Tallulah DePersis

Tallulah Amor DePersis is an eight year old wonder who's been homeschooled all her life!  She loves all things Magic, including Ponies of course!! 


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Family Yoga
Join us for "Family Yoga" - All ages and levels come together to experience this joyful, fun practice. From grandparents to infants and everyone in between! You will leave this class connected to your family members and ready to take on your day! Come move and stretch with us. ** PLEASE BRING a Yoga Mat or Towel!! **

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Ortiz Rubin

Margaret Ortiz Rubin

My most important job is being a Mom to my 5 kids and Nana to my grand children. I am a Zumba, Zumba Gold & Zumbini instructor (0-3 yr olds) and Yoga instructor. I teach classes in Southern California for all ages from infants to seniors. I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and Stand Up Paddleboarding. "Strive not to be a Success, but rather to be of Value" ~Albert Einstien  


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

9:00am

Board Games
Tweens only please.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

9:00am

Pine Wood Derby - Build and Race Your Own Car
Participants build and race their own wood cars built from a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. Kits can be found at your local craft or hardware store or can be purchased from many retailers on line.  Bring a car that you’ve built at home or participate in a car building workshop at the Expo.  Kits will be available at the Expo for a suggested donation of $5.00.  Workshop will be limited to assembly, sanding and painting.  Carving tools will not be available.  
Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place race winners.  
Special recognition award categories
• Funniest
• Most Creative
• Best Paint job
• Best Craftsmanship
• Prettiest
• Most Unique
Car specifications
• Maximum width – 2-3/4″
• Maximum length – 7″
• Maximum weight – Not over 5 Ounces
• Minimum width between wheels – 1-3/4″
• Minimum bottom clearance underneath the body (so it does not rub on the track guide) – 3/8″

All ages.  Younger kids may need parental help. 

Volunteers
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

9:00am

Keva Plank Room
10,000 wooden building blocks called Keva Planks.  For your creative pleasure...  All ages.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Salon F, 1st Floor

9:00am

Tots and Tykes Room
This room is for meant for kids about 6 and under and their parents.  There are many toys, books, and puzzles to entertain your tots and tykes while parents can take a rest.   This room will occasionally be monitored by a volunteer.  Please pick-up after yourselves when finished.


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Suite 3, 2nd Floor (Tots and Tykes Room)

9:00am

Open Art Room Studio

The Open Art Room Studio is designed for your child to come explore different mediums through out the conference at their leisure with a professional art teacher available for light guidance. High quality earth-friendly supplies are available like non-toxic paints, watercolor, watercolor pencils, pastels, acrylics, papers, drawing supplies, modeling clay and so much more!


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

9:00am

Art Room - Summer Splash Art at CHN

Nature of Art For Kids will be hosting this years fun summer splash theme art studio at CHN. Use your creative imagination and create summer splash art in the open studio throughout the conference. Hosted by homeschool mom and art teacher Spramani Elaun of Nature of Art Four Kids®.  Nature of Art For Kids® is the original homeschool conference earth-friendly traveling art studio.  This studio is unique because it's designed with only earth-friendly art supplies, homeschool style hands-on art making projects just for kids.

Besides sessions on specific topics, three activities will be ongoing throughout the weekend:  Open Art Room Studio, Mix-Media Gallery, and Collaborative Canvas. See the schedule for description of the on going activities and sessions.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 7:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

9:00am

Video Game Room
We will have Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation game systems available throughout the weekend with various games.  You are also welcome to bring your own laptops and login to the free hotel lobby wifi.  All ages welcome.  Open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday - possibly later depending on volunteer support.

Minecraft sessions on Friday and Saturday nights (see schedule).

Our popular Super Smash Bros. tournament will start at 1:30 on Saturday.  (See schedule for more details.)

This room will be monitored by volunteers for most of the weekend.  Do not leave any personal gaming equipment unattended.

Moderators
avatar for Genie Sloan-Pena

Genie Sloan-Pena

Gaming Room Coordinator
Genie Sloan-Pena is a neuro-psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach and Fullerton. She enjoys family genealogy and fiber arts when she is not setting up servers for her two gaming sons, exploring tide pools at the beach or writing documentary films.

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 9:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

9:00am

Card and Board Game Room
Gaming - old school style.  Card games, board games, other misc. type games.  CHN has a small stock of games which will be available in this room.  Feel free to bring your favorite games from home as well.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.  Please pick up after yourselves when you are finished!  All ages welcome.

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 10:00pm
Salon H, 1st Floor

9:00am

All Ages Activity (AAA) Room
The AAA room (Salon E) is split into two parts.  The back part of the room will hold sessions - mostly hands-on type workshops.  In the front part of the room (nearest the door) there will be a number of self directed activities such as drawing, lanyards, rubber band bracelets, puzzles, crafts, etc. (Experienced Expo attendees will remember these activites and materials from "Family Village".)  The craft area at the front of the room is open while sessions are going on in the back of the room.  Help yourself to the materials and activities and remember to clean up after yourselves when finished.  All ages welcome.

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 10:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Learn to Knit or Crochet
This class is for people of any age who want to learn to knit or crochet, or may just need a refresher course.  We have lots of yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for you to use during the class. You can keep the yarn you use, but not the needles and hooks. You may also bring your own supplies and tools, all of which can be purchased inexpensively at most craft stores.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

10:00am

Preparing for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
This session will give an orientation to the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests to high school students and their parents and will offer an overview of strategies for preparing for these tests. Most four-year colleges require submission of these tests for homeschooled students, who may have less experience taking standardized tests than those who have been in school. They usually put great weight on standardized tests in making admissions decisions for homeschooled students because they have limited or no information about the rigor of a homeschool program._x000D_
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In addition to providing general test information, study tips, and ways to prepare, the session will discuss the differences between the current PSAT/SAT and changes coming for 2016 and beyond. A general outline of the college and scholarship application process will be covered as well._x000D_
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This program is aimed at students and parents of high school age, but families of younger children are welcome to come get an overview as well.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Chase

Ellen Chase

Ellen Chase has been a La Leche League leader since 2008 and has homeschooled her 10-year-old since birth.  She is passionate about breastfeeding, homeschooling, gardening, and her pets and lives in Lomita.


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Homeschooling 101

Considering homeschooling? New to homeschooling? Have questions about how to get started? Come join the Homeschool 101 session to learn the legal options to homeschool in California, homeschooling basics and your legal rights. 


Speakers
avatar for Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert has homeschooled her now grown 4 sons for 14 years. She has been a volunteer for CHN for 14 years serving as a local contact and CHN Trustee twice. She has taught classes in various subjects including science, American Sign Language, art, math, and literature. She currently teaches for Celebration Education and Dehesa Charter School. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, rock climbing,physical fitness, and going on new adventures.


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Charter/Common Core Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on the effects of Common Core on charter school students, but will also include information about Common Core and standardized testing for college.

Moderators
avatar for Windi Eklund

Windi Eklund

I am a veteran home school mom of three, my passion has always been education reform and helping families find the right fit for their individual needs.    Since having my first child, Athan, and witnessing first hand how he needed a different education route than was available at our traditional schools in Orange County; I have been an active participant in alternative education choices for our children.   I have been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kimmi Buzzard

Kimmi Buzzard

Kimmi Buzzard has a BA from the University of California, Irvine in Social Science with a double minor in History and Education and earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University.  She worked for eight years at elementary schools focusing on after school enrichment and math and language arts intervention and has spent the past six years working as a virtual education teacher.  Kimmi is very excited to join... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Forte - Excellence in Education

Carolyn Forte - Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education
Carolyn Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit her Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   | | EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Etter

Kimberly Etter

Kimberly Lynn Etter is married to her high school sweetheart, Mike. They have shared the wonderful experience of parenthood with their three incredible sons and one amazing daughter, and have shared the indescribable joy of one awesome grandson...their life is blessed! Kimberly has been in education in several capacities over the years, and it is her passion. She has homeschooled and unschooled her children, has tutored at-risk youth, has taught... Read More →
avatar for Anne Haney

Anne Haney

Anne Haney, BS, MAT Mathematics, is a long time homeschooling parent and grandparent. She's an advocate for parent choice charter schools, hands on experiential learning, and making math fun. Anne has taught in a variety of settings including elementary, high school and college. She currently works for Summit Academy, California's Charter of Choice.


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Grandparents Discussion

Join Marty (a real live homeschool grandparent) and other grandparents as we discuss the important role of grandparents.  We welcome any grandparents that are on the fence about the wisdom of their children homeschooling the grandkids. 

This is a great time to learn about homeschooling and the importance of the grandparents contributing and participating in the homeschool lifestyle of their children.

 


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

10:00am

How to Design a Plan for Homeschool Success
This session includes an overview of various homeschool methodologies (Traditional, Classic, Eclectic, Unschool, Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson, etc.) and an interactive exercise to help you create a plan for homeschool success that is just right for you and your family.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith is the Founder and Editor of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning through homeschooling and unschooling. Homefires.com empowers parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education without conventional schooling. When Diane and her husband, Cliff, decided to homeschool their two sons in 1992, there was a void of... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

10:00am

Teach Sex Education
Lisa Barry and I taught sex ed classes for our local teens and would like to share our resources and experience with other parents.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cortez Barry

Lisa Cortez Barry

Lisa Cortez Barry studied child development in college and then taught preschool and worked for the City of Los Angeles as a Child Care Associate but she quit all that for 3 homeschoolers and taking a turn at being a La Leche League Leader and Girl Scout Leader.  Together Lisa and Talitha Sherman have taught sex ed to many of the homeschoolers in their community and no one has yet died from embarrassment.
avatar for Talitha Sherman

Talitha Sherman

Studio Litha
Talitha Sherman is an artist, a dancer, and a mother to four homebirthed children. She has taught numerous childbirth classes and been a La Leche League Leader, and a Girl Scout Leader.



Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

10:00am

What's Your Story - Panel Discussion
Have you ever read something and wondered, "How do they do it?" How did the author take an idea in their head and create a written work that can transport you or teach you? Or maybe you have a story inside of you, fiction or nonfiction, and you're wondering what to do with it. Perhaps your child wants to be a writer, but you're not sure how to make that happen for them. You could even have something that you have written, an unfinished work stashed somewhere, or one that you've been unable or afraid to find a publisher for. If so, this panel discussion is for you.

Come meet fellow homeschoolers, both adults and students, who are published authors. Like all homeschoolers, our panel reflects the diversity in our community:

• Elena Brem, age 9, author & illustrator of 2 volumes of poetry

• Blair Lee, non-fiction writer of science and homeschooling issues

• Krisula Gosdis Moyer, self-published novelist

• Alexis Tan, age 12, author & illustrator of several self-published novels

 

Come with your questions! How to keep motivated from start to finish? How to find a publisher? What are the steps to self-publishing? Parents of the young authors will also be available to discuss how to facilitate a child’s writing. The session will conclude with a book signing with authors.


Moderators
avatar for Kim Megyesi-Brem

Kim Megyesi-Brem

Director, The Arbor Learning Community
Kim Megyesi-Brem is a homeschool mom, math teacher, and founder and director of the homeschool non-profit organization The Arbor Learning Community.  Although Kim mostly teaches math, she also loves when she has the opportunity to teach writing.  When she was a child, she loved to write poetry and carried around her poetry notebook everywhere she went.  Without modern publishing options, she created her own mini... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Blair Lee - * Featured Speaker *

Blair Lee - * Featured Speaker *

Co-founder, SEA Homeschoolers
Blair Lee, M.S. is a Featured Speaker. | | Blair Lee is the homeschooling mother of a 15-year-old. This year she co-founded the group Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers, SEA Homeschoolers blog and SEA Homeschoolers on Facebook. Blair writes for the Real Science Odyssey Series, RSO as well as for blogs and magazines. She speaks about eclectic, academic homeschooling and homeschooling science at homeschool conventions. You can follow... Read More →
avatar for Elena Brem

Elena Brem

Elena Brem is a 9 year-old poet, writer, and homeschooler. Lena’s first book of poetry, An Owl Sleeping By, began as a notebook for jotting down poems. When it started bursting at the seams, it begged to be turned into a book! She has just published a second volume of poetry titled, There’s a Laugh in My Pocket, There’s a Sonnet in My Ear. Lena started writing poetry at the age of four and was a winner in the California Coastal... Read More →
avatar for Krisula Moyer

Krisula Moyer

Krisula is an unschooling mom of three, and has been an enthusiastic HSC member for 15 years. She got convinced to try a couch to 5k program with with a friend less than two years ago and completed her first half marathon last January. The L.a. Marathon is on her bucket list.
avatar for Alexis Tan

Alexis Tan

Author & Artist, World of Drakain
Alexis Tan is a 12-year old author, artist, and daydreamer who has been homeschooled since Kindergarten. When she wrote her first novella at age six, she discovered the land of fantasy behind every word. Her first book Lost & Found was self-published when she was nine. Since then, Alexis has also written and illustrated Lunazora: The Icy Moonlight Dragon and its sequel Apprentices of the Elements. She is currently working on a novel about... Read More →



Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Hungry, Hungry Human Hippos - Teens
Teens only please.  Join us out by the pool deck for a life size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos that you won't want to miss!

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Pool Terrace

10:00am

Charter/ISP/PSP/Learning Center Fair
We have a number of Charter Schools, PSPs (Private School Satellite Programs), ISPs (Public School Independent Study Programs) and Learning Centers (private businesses offering classes, often servicing Charter Schools) participating in the Fair.  If you are new to homeschooling or an experienced homeschooler looking for a change, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives of many organizations and get your questions answered in person.  These organizations will be present:

Arbor Learning Community
Aveson Charter School
Discovery of Learning
Great Educational Experiences
iLEAD Schools
Inspire Charter School
K12 Inc.
Mission View Learning Academy
National University Academy
Sage Oak Charter School
Springs Charter Schools
Summit Academy
The Impact Program
Tustin Connect Academy

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

10:00am

Summer Splash Mix-Media Gallery - Modeling Clay

Modeling Clay Miniatures - Come explore non-hardening modeling clay as we create fun summer theme miniatures. Show off your clay works and add to our gallery participation area to share with conference attendees, optional, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Best honorable mention will get a small art treat. Great for all ages.

 


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

10:00am

Fiber Arts Room
All fiber arts, all the time.  Let Nicole and Juanita be your guides into the wonder of fiber!

Check the schedule for specific sessions.

Moderators
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

10:00am

Collaborative Canvas

Summer Splash Theme. Great for kids over 7 years and up. Come out for third annual collaborative canvas painted by all the conference attendees during the conference. This project is created to introduce painting to all levels. Dress messy- we us real children's acrylic on canvas. This project will wrap-up Sunday afternoon.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

10:00am

Vendor Hall
Visit our Vendor Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  Exhibitors:

ABC Trace and Say www.abctraceandsay.com/
Barr None Music Publishers / Learn To Play www.learntoplay.biz
Brain Builders Educational Programs www.BrainBuildersEd.org
Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center www.stlukeslb.org
California Athletics www.californiaathletics.com/
Class Dismissed Documentary classdismissedmovie.com/
Discovery Toys-Bee's Toy Box www.discoverytoys.com/beestoybox
DoTerra Essential Oils www.doterra.com
Excellence in Education www.excellenceineducation.com/
Fashion Camp. Create. Design. Sew. www.fashioncampoc.com
Growing Healthy Homes www.growinghealthyhomes.com
John R. Wooden Course www.woodencourse.com/
Language City www.languagecityacademy.com
Luca and Company www.lucaandcompany.com/
Math Maze USA mathmaze.us Modelli Learning www.modellilearning.com
Nature of Art for Kids www.ecokidsart.com/
Problem Solved! Innovative Learning for the 21st Century www.problemsolvedusa.com/ Project Self-Esteem for Kids wendycullum.wordpress.com
REACH Professional In Home Tutoring www.reachprotutoring.com/
Reid Day School www.reidday.org
See the Light www.seethelightshine.com
Table Time Look and Learn www.tabletimelookandlearn.com
True Image Studio trueimagestudio.com/
Usborne Books and More www.usborneonlineshop.com
ZOTTZ www.zottz.com/

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 6:30pm
Salons A-D, 1st Floor

10:00am

Teen Cosplay Day
It's Teen Cosplay Day!  Wear your favorite costume (any genre/fandom/character, pick one you love!) and hang out with your friends in style!  (Participation not necessary, but the more who dress, the better it is!)

Volunteers
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 8:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

10:00am

Teen Room
Age 13 and up.  You must be wearing a teen or young adult badge to be admitted.

Unscheduled/always available activities include a pool table, board, dice & card games, legos, mandalas and video games.

See schedule for specific Teen sessions to be held in the Teen Room and other locations.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →
avatar for Judith Claudi-Magnussen

Judith Claudi-Magnussen

2016 CHN Family Expo - Teen Room Co-Coordinator
Judith Claudi-Magnussen has been homeschooling her daughter since 2008 and tends towards relaxed homeschooling methods supplemented with field trips and hands-on activities.  Currently Judith is the Troop Leader for a multi-level homeschooling Girl Scout troop, volunteers as an usher and outreach liaison for Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, and supports her daughter’s love of dogs by participating with a local... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - Sunday June 28, 2015 12:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:30am

Learn to Make Yarn on a Drop Spindle
Nicole and Juanita will demonstrate and teach the art of spinning yarn using a drop spindle. All supplies will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

11:30am

Discover Insider Secrets to Pay For College Without Going Into Debt
Our workshops teach families insider secrets & strategies to pay for college without depleting your savings, extending your retirement to pay for college or going into parent & student loan debt. We speak nationally as well as locally at many high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The information we provide is not known to the general public or your kids high school guidance counselor.

tinyurl.com/scholarshipmoney 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Evertsz

Dan Evertsz

The College Money Pro empowers parents with the knowledge they need to help fund and secure their child's college education. Dan is a down to earth and energetic speaker with a straight ahead style. His workshops are full of practical advice, future changing strategies and real life successes that will allow parents to create a clear path to funding college in a comfortable manner for their family. He offers practical methods that are easy to... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

11:30am

A Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy

A Thomas Jefferson Education - Attend this session to help you learn how to design the type of education all great leaders in history received.  Using the 7 Keys to Great Teaching will unleash the inner genius in your students.

 


Speakers
avatar for Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert

Maria Egbert has homeschooled her now grown 4 sons for 14 years. She has been a volunteer for CHN for 14 years serving as a local contact and CHN Trustee twice. She has taught classes in various subjects including science, American Sign Language, art, math, and literature. She currently teaches for Celebration Education and Dehesa Charter School. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, rock climbing,physical fitness, and going on new adventures.


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style AND How It Affects Your Teaching Style

Explore the various learning styles and how they really affect your child’s ability to master subject matter.  We will investigate the five essential aspects of learning styles including dispositions, talents, modalities, interests, and environments.

            Based on the research and teachings of the Learning Success Institute of Ventura, CA and the book “How to Determine Your Child’s Learning Style” by Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Hodson, this workshop will give you tools to enhance both learning and retention for all your children.   We will discuss how your learning style will determine your teaching style and how to make the required changes that will match your teaching style to your child’s learning style.

            With this deeper understanding of your child’s unique, God-given learning style, you can have a more successful teaching experience, a closer tie with your children and save hundreds of dollars on wrong curriculum choices.

 


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Fandom Meetup
The Fandom Meetup is back! Fans of books (including Anime), movies, TV shows, and other types of media are invited to gather with other fans to discuss their passions. Whether you're a Whovian, Trekkie, Wizard, or Brony/Pegasister, there's sure to be someone there who belongs to the same fandom! 

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume or in other fandom-related clothing. The goal is for this session to be sort of a mini fandom expo/convention for anyone who's ever wanted to go to Comic-Con, LeakyCon, or any other similar convention.

This session is geared towards older kids (tweens) and teenagers.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Hughes

Mara Hughes

Savvy Scholar College Counseling Services
Mara Hughes is a self-directed homeschooled high school senior who has a passion for knowledge and a penchant for strategy. She is interested in creative media and the arts and is an avid fangirl. Mara has been gaining firsthand experience with standardized testing and the higher education application system since 2014 and has led sessions at the CHN Family Expo since 2013.


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

11:30am

How to 'Own' Your Buddies at Ping Pong-Advanced Tactics
Advanced tactics for winning, including:

1. Trick serves that are easy to pull off
2. Lower risk shots that score points
3. Rally like a pro
4. Amazing secret to gaining about 3 to 8 extra points in a game

Speakers
avatar for Lee Martinson

Lee Martinson

Lee Martinson has been a homeschool dad for over 20 years. In 2009 he joined a table tennis club and plays every week and consequently learned how to ratchet up his game.


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Pool Terrace

11:30am

Meaningful PE for your Homeschooled Student
Todd will talk about how to get PE for your student that will develop essential motor skills while at the same time being a fun and constructive activity.  There are basic state guidelines for PE for every student, but it is important to understand what is behind those requirements, and implement a PE program that will prepare your student to stay fit for life.  This is important for every child growing up, not just for those who want to play competitive sports.  What should you look for in a PE program?  What does your child need to learn?  Todd will address these issues in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nash

Todd Nash

Todd Nash has been teaching sports classes and coaching various sports for over 30 years.  He started California Athletics for Home Schools 15 years ago to provide sports instruction, PE, and sports team opportunities for home schooled students all over California.  Todd was a National Champion in college track & field, and was a 3 sport standout in high school in Minnesota.  He spent 9 years flying F-18s in the... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

11:30am

Rock(smith)ing out with video games!
The session will be focused around how you can learn how to play Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, and Bass Guitar all using a video game. Video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band are not what I mean. A game known as Rocksmith is what I use. The learning curve to this application is incredibly simple and teaches you to rock out very quickly. Since music lessons can be very expensive and some teachers may not be enthusiastic to teach, Rocksmith can lower the monthly cost to absolutely nothing. I will be demonstrating the app in my presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

I'm Adam Nelson, 20 years old, and a former homeschooler. I've been a part of CHN for 4 years now and have previously been a part of the young adult staff in 2014 and will be on staff again in 2015. I graduated at CHN in 2013 and I'm currently attending Orange Coast College (OCC) for my AA and Computer Science Degree.


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

11:30am

Henna Tattoos
Use Henna to create natural temporary tattoos on your skin.

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:30am

Improv Game
A lively, fast-paced, interactive game for our creative, quick-witted teens.

Moderators
avatar for Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick is a class of 2012 CHN graduate, and he is currently an art student at Fullerton College. Zeke has been volunteering for CHN for several years. He is a former member of the Teen Planning Committee and current member of the Young Adult Staff.

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

11:30am

UpCycling Clothing
Bring your old clothes & upcycle them into somehting new! 

Sewing machines will be available.  Feel free to bring fabric markers, ribbon, or any other embellishments you like!

This workshop is best for tweens and up.  Younger children should have parental supervision.

Speakers
avatar for Shelby Wilcox

Shelby Wilcox

Shelby Wilcox has been homeschooled her whole life. She now attendeds Cypress Community College, where she is studying for a certificate in theatrical makeup and costume design. Her past times include sewing, sculpting, swing dancing, and any other type of project she can think of.


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 4:30pm
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

12:30pm

Lunch (on your own)
Lunch is on your own.  There are a number of restaurants and fast food joints in the area.

Saturday June 27, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:30pm

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

The annual Smash Brothers tournament is back again this year, along with some exciting changes!

This year we will be playing the newest installment of the game, Smash 4 .. Wii U version.

Also this year the tournament will be held in our new Game Room instead of the Teen Room, so the tournament is open to all ages.

And finally, we will have new prizes: the top three players in the tournament will receive a custom, gold Amiibo!

** Set-up, sign-ups and free play will be start at 1:30pm, and the tournament will start at about 2:00pm. **

SIGN-UPS are open from now until the start of the tournament. If you or your teen/child would like to play please see Zeke at the expo before the tournament, or message Zeke on the CHN Family Expo Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1527758437457682/) with the player's name, and optionally, a phone number we can use to reach the player by.


Moderators
avatar for Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick

Zeke Fitzpatrick is a class of 2012 CHN graduate, and he is currently an art student at Fullerton College. Zeke has been volunteering for CHN for several years. He is a former member of the Teen Planning Committee and current member of the Young Adult Staff.
avatar for Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

I'm Adam Nelson, 20 years old, and a former homeschooler. I've been a part of CHN for 4 years now and have previously been a part of the young adult staff in 2014 and will be on staff again in 2015. I graduated at CHN in 2013 and I'm currently attending Orange Coast College (OCC) for my AA and Computer Science Degree.

Saturday June 27, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

2:00pm

Six-panel felt balls
These balls (with ~12" circumferences) are quick and easy to make and play with, and it's fun to come up with different color combinations for them. The skill level required to make a basic ball is minimal; since there are six seams to sew in order to finish a ball, perseverance is all that's required in order to end up with a finished play-piece. Those who try this craft should be confident needle threaders or have someone with them to help with that requirement. More advanced hand-sewers might like to add embroidered embellishments to their projects before sewing up the final seams. Suggestions include a name or a string of flowers or geometric shapes--as always, free-styling is encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason to hang out at Expo. ;) She is very active in the world of breastfeeding advocacy, both with her local breastfeeding support forums as well as being an active LLL Leader... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Swing Dance Lesson - Teens Only!
Sisters, Malena and Renata, have been dancing all of our lives and have been studying/preforming/competing with Swing Dancing for over two years now! 

We want to tell those of you who are interested/intrigued but are on the fence, swing dancing is an amazing and freeing dance. If you can stand, you can dance! 

We will also be handing out cards for a Free Dance Class and Social Dance at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine CA! 

Oh and guess what, no partner needed just come as you are! So come join us learn a little bit about the dance and the music and we'll all have tons of fun!!! See you there! 

Speakers
avatar for Malena DePersis

Malena DePersis

Malena has been dancing for 2 years.  She dances the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Charleston, Argentine Tango, Salsa and Bachata and it's her favorite thing in the world to do!
avatar for Renata DePersis

Renata DePersis

Renata has been a Dancer and an Athlete all her life. After quitting a swim team she was on for 8 years, she was on a mission to find something new and exciting. One night in Downtown Disney with her sister (Malena) in 2013 she saw this thing called Swing Dancing and immediately fell in love and has been doing it ever since and has made Swing Dancing and anything/everything Vintage her life.  She dances at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, CA... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

2:00pm

Glass Bottle Necklaces
Create a necklace out of a tiny class bottle.  Fill it with beads, tiny shells, a dandelion fluff, a secret message or whatever your imagination can create.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

2:00pm

Poetry and Writers Gathering - moved to Suite 7
Poetry and Writers Gathering- Bring a laptop or notepad and your creativity! Gather with other teen writers and poets to write and talk about the process of writing.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Ward

Moira Ward

Thirteen year old Moira Ward is a member of the TPC, Teen Planning Committee, that has helped to organized the Teen Program for CHN Family Expo. She is a poet, a gamer, a Latin nerd, and loves cosplaying and fandoms.


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Scratch Programming
Learn the basics of programming with Scratch.  Bring your own laptop.  For Tweensonly please.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Beutler

Gregory Beutler

Director, Techscool
Greg Beutler is a 26 year veteran of Silicon Valley as a Systems Engineer, who is enthusiastic about kids and learning. He has been teaching kids how to code for over 3 years and has taught over 1000 kids in 2015.


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor (Tween Lounge)

2:00pm

Sports Activity - Fencing!

For this activity session, Todd Nash will teach students the basic rules and skills in fencing, then play a group fencing game with all participants using the “practice foils” – Styrofoam and safe!  There may also be a demonstration of an actual fencing bout with the real equipment!


Speakers
avatar for Todd Nash

Todd Nash

Todd Nash has been teaching sports classes and coaching various sports for over 30 years.  He started California Athletics for Home Schools 15 years ago to provide sports instruction, PE, and sports team opportunities for home schooled students all over California.  Todd was a National Champion in college track & field, and was a 3 sport standout in high school in Minnesota.  He spent 9 years flying F-18s in the... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Serenity Gardens (Outside)

2:00pm

Class Dismissed Movie Screening
All across America, parents are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of public education. The current state of our educational system & economy shines a spotlight on problems with traditional schools. Class Dismissed showcases a growing trend in alternative education strategies that are working for many families across America. Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two kids out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.

After the film, join director Jeremy Stuart, Diane Flynn Keith, and members of the featured family in a discussion with the audience.

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Stuart

Jeremy Stuart

As an editor, Jeremy's involvement in the television and film industry has spanned over 20 years. He has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and corporate projects, as well as award winning documentaries and short films. Some of his clients have included Lucasfilm, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Yamaha, Virgin America, Sony Playstation, and the Dave Matthews Band. Class Dismissed is his directorial debut and took... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark is a small town Idaho girl living in big, bad Los Angeles. She loves adventure, people, travel, learning, coconut and those magical moments when her family is happy and engaged in something meaningful. She's employed as the Ops Goddess at a video game studio and is the art manager for a well-known and handsome artist (her husband), as well as being a homeschooling mama to 2 teenage girls. She believes that a good education involves... Read More →
avatar for Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith is the Founder and Editor of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning through homeschooling and unschooling. Homefires.com empowers parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education without conventional schooling. When Diane and her husband, Cliff, decided to homeschool their two sons in 1992, there was a void of... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

3:30pm

Wrap & Stitch Basketmaking Using Recycled Materials
In the Recycled Materials Basketmaking session, we'll explore the repurposing of core materials that might otherwise cause a problem for the planet, focusing on plastic bags but also playing around with other materials sometimes considered to be trash. We'll wrap our non-traditional core materials with yarn as usual, locking the bags into what will become a beautiful basket and thereby keeping those usually discarded items from being a problem for the planet, potentially forever!

Please, it would be really helpful for you to bring softer plastic bags (such as the ones available at grocery stores, both for general purchases and for containing produce) and other materials that you think might work for basketmaking so that we have enough for everyone to create entire baskets from these alternative cores. Take some time now to stuff these materials into a pocket in your car or backpack so that you won't forget them at Expo time. ;)

Think outside the lines: discarded clothing and holey socks, spent electrical cords, anything that can be coaxed into a long thin shape somehow! I'll bring some fun stuff to work with, too. This session is geared to intermediate basketmakers, but only because it can be tricky sometimes to work with cores that resist molding into strand shape.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason to hang out at Expo. ;) She is very active in the world of breastfeeding advocacy, both with her local breastfeeding support forums as well as being an active LLL Leader... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Franken-Stuffies
Create your very own creepy and adorable Franken-Stuffie from our collection of body parts. Choose a head, body, legs and arms from various creatures and assemble as you see fit.

Saturday June 27, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

5:00pm

Raffle Drawing
Buy your raffle tickets at the raffle desk or at the CHN info table - both located near the CHN Registration Desk.  Tickets cost $1 each and all proceeds go to California Homeschool Network, a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization.  If you are not present at the drawing, we will attempt to contact you via the phone number on your ticket.  Crystal Bailey, the CHN Raffle Queen, has collected an amazing list of raffle prizes and most of our vendors have also donated prizes.  Here is a partial list of prizes:

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

www.ripleys.com/hollywood
6780 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
4 Child Tickets

Disneyland
www.disneyland.disney.go.com/
1313 Disneyland Dr
 Anaheim, CA 92802
4 One Day Park Hopper Tickets

San Diego Zoo
www.zoo.sandiegozoo.org
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
2 Tickets

Palm Spring Arial Tramway
www.pstramway.com
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tram Admission for 2

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park
www.fiestavillage.com/
1405 E Washington St
Colton, CA 92324
1 Family Golf Pass (good for up to 4 people)

San Diego Automotive Museum
www.sdautomuseum.org/
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
4 Tickets

Mulligan Family Fun Center
www.mulligantorrance.com
1351 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
6 Mini Golf Tickets and 6 Attraction Tickets

Save Our Heritage Organization

www.sohosandiego.org
2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego CA 92110
6 Admission Tickets to be used at any of the following locations
Whaley House Museum in Old Town San Diego
Marston House Museum and Historic Gardens in Balboa Park
Warner-Cabrillo House in San Diego's majestic back country


Newport Landing Whale Watching
www.newportwhales.com
309 Palm St. #A
Newport Beach CA
2 Tickets

Santa Anita Race Track
www.santaanita.com
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
Club House Addmission for 4 plus Valet Parking Pass

Gable House Bowl
www.gablehousebowl.com/
22501 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
10 Bowling Tickets and 10 Laser Tag Tickets

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/
3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731
Meet the Grunion Family Four Pack

IN-N-OUT BURGER
www.in-n-out.com/
IN-N-OUT BURGER Glass Chess Set and

4 Guest checks good for a burger, fries and drink.


Moderators
avatar for Crystal Bailey

Crystal Bailey

Raffle Coordinator

Saturday June 27, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

5:00pm

Balloon Creations
Time to make a balloon sword, flower, crazy hat or whatever your imagination comes up with.

Saturday June 27, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

5:00pm

Hand Zen Doodle

Come relax and zen doodle. Learn the basics to Zen Doodling.  Great for 9 years and up, all levels of experience welcomed.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Saturday June 27, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

5:00pm

Dinner (no host)
Mexican (really good!) and More – served buffet style at the foyer outside of Salons D & E. 5 – 7 pm

Churros @ $3.50 Each
Pasta Salad @ $3.50 Each
Seasonal Whole Fruit @ $2.50 Each
Assorted Sodas @ $3.00 Each
Chinese Chicken Salad @ $7.50 Each (1) Chicken Caesar Salad @ $7.50 Each
Assorted Sandwiches @ $5.50 Each
Bottled Water @ $3.00 Each
Cookies/Brownies @ $2.50 Each
Individual Bags of Chips @ $2.50 Each (1) Chips & Salsa @ $3.50 Each
Rice & Beans @ $2.50 Each
Chicken Taco @ $3.50 Each
Beef Taco @ $4.50 Each
Tortilla with Rice & Beans @ $3.50 Each


Saturday June 27, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

7:00pm

Swing Dance Lesson - ALL AGES!
Sisters, Malena and Renata, have been dancing all of our lives and have been studying/preforming/competing with Swing Dancing for over two years now!

We want to tell those of you who are interested/intrigued but are on the fence, swing dancing is an amazing and freeing dance. If you can stand, you can dance!

We will also be handing out cards for a Free Dance Class and Social Dance at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine CA!

Oh and guess what, no partner needed just come as you are! So come join us learn a little bit about the dance and the music and we'll all have tons of fun!!! See you there! 

Speakers
avatar for Malena DePersis

Malena DePersis

Malena has been dancing for 2 years.  She dances the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Charleston, Argentine Tango, Salsa and Bachata and it's her favorite thing in the world to do!
avatar for Renata DePersis

Renata DePersis

Renata has been a Dancer and an Athlete all her life. After quitting a swim team she was on for 8 years, she was on a mission to find something new and exciting. One night in Downtown Disney with her sister (Malena) in 2013 she saw this thing called Swing Dancing and immediately fell in love and has been doing it ever since and has made Swing Dancing and anything/everything Vintage her life.  She dances at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, CA... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

7:00pm

Minecraft
Calling all GAMERS!!!!  Come play with us on Friday and Saturday night!  Bring your laptops to play on our exclusive Minecraft server!

Moderators
avatar for Genie Sloan-Pena

Genie Sloan-Pena

Gaming Room Coordinator
Genie Sloan-Pena is a neuro-psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach and Fullerton. She enjoys family genealogy and fiber arts when she is not setting up servers for her two gaming sons, exploring tide pools at the beach or writing documentary films.

Saturday June 27, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

8:00pm

Family Dance
DJ Brian Fitzpatrick will be spinning some family friendly tunes and there will be lots of fun lighting effects too!  This is a great time to let your kids run around and tire themselves out before bed (fingers crossed.)

Saturday June 27, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

8:00pm

Teen Dance - Time Warp (A Time Traveler's Dance)
Come dressed in your favorite time period from the past, present or future and join us as we TIME WARP and dance through the decades!

The fine print:  All teen Expo attendees (ages 13-17) should have a wrist band for the dance in their family's registration packet.  The wrist band only needs to be worn during the dance.   Wrist bands for mature twelve year olds may be purchased for $5 each at the registration desk or at the dance door.  PLEASE - NO ONE UNDER 12 IS ALLOWED!  Young adult Expo attendees may request a wrist band at no cost at the dance door or Reg. desk.  Also see the schedule for info about the YA mixer.

This dance is also open to homeschooled teens who are not registered for Expo.  Cost is $15 at the door.  The DJ plays radio clean music.  Modesty in attire, language, and behavior is expected.  We may ask a teen to leave if the rules are broken repeatedly.  The dance is chaperoned by adult staff.  We encourage parents to pop-in and look around the ballroom, but don't stay too long!  For parents who wish to dance, we invite you to attend the Family Dance at 8 to 9 pm in the AAA Room.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

8:00pm

Young Adult Mixer
This event is meant for Young Adults, 18 and older.

Saturday June 27, 2015 8:00pm - 11:59pm
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

9:00pm

CHN Member Meeting
At this CHN member meeting, the focus will be on feedback from this year's Expo.  Plans for next year and volunteer positions will also be discussed.  CHN President Teresa Fitzpatrick will lead the meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Fitzpatrick

Teresa Fitzpatrick

CHN Trustee, 2016 CHN Family Expo - Special Events Coordinator, California Homeschool Network (CHN)
Teresa Fitzpatrick grew up in Orange County, CA. She is married to her best friend, Brian and they have one awesome son, Tyler (aka Zeke.) Prior to the birth of their son she was a full-time Floral Designer, a profession she continues to practice during the major flower holidays. They began homeschooling half way through the 1st grade with the belief that it would be a temporary situation. They fell in love with homeschooling and continued... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

9:00pm

Movie - Big Hero 6
Disney latest smash hit, "Big Hero 6".  Seating on the floor or chairs.  You are welcome to come in your pajamas as well!

runtime:  102 minutes, rated PG

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

11:15pm

Ultimate Werewolf Game
Teens only please.  Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive role playing game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don't know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time. A Moderator (who isn't on a team) runs the game. Ultimate Werewolf takes place over a series of game days and nights. Each day, the players discuss who among them is a Werewolf and vote out a player. Each night, the Werewolves choose a player to eliminate, while the Seer learns whether one player is a Werewolf or not. The game is over when either all the Villagers or all the Werewolves are eliminated. 

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:15pm - Sunday June 28, 2015 12:15am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor
 
Sunday, June 28
 

8:00am

Video Game Room
We will have Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation game systems available throughout the weekend with various games.  You are also welcome to bring your own laptops and login to the free hotel lobby wifi.  All ages welcome.

This room will be monitored by volunteers for most of the weekend.  Do not leave any personal gaming equipment unattended.

Moderators
avatar for Genie Sloan-Pena

Genie Sloan-Pena

Gaming Room Coordinator
Genie Sloan-Pena is a neuro-psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach and Fullerton. She enjoys family genealogy and fiber arts when she is not setting up servers for her two gaming sons, exploring tide pools at the beach or writing documentary films.

Sunday June 28, 2015 8:00am - 2:00pm
Suite 1, 2nd Floor (Video Game Room)

8:00am

Keva Plank Room
10,000 wooden building blocks called Keva Planks.  For your creative pleasure...  All ages.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.

Sunday June 28, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Salon F, 1st Floor

8:00am

Tots and Tykes Room
This room is for meant for kids about 6 and under and their parents.  There are many toys, books, and puzzles to entertain your tots and tykes while parents can take a rest.   This room will occasionally be monitored by a volunteer.  Please pick-up after yourselves when finished.


Sunday June 28, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Suite 3, 2nd Floor (Tots and Tykes Room)

8:00am

Tween Lounge Room
This is the place for Tweens (roughly ages 9 to 12) to hang out, meet new friends, and participate in some fun activities.  This room will be monitored by adult volunteers.

Check the schedule for specific sessions in this room.

Moderators
avatar for Bequi Howarth

Bequi Howarth

Tween Room Coordinator
As an unschooling mom of two teens who have never been to school I’ve been on many wonderful adventures including but, by no means limited to, Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, ukulele player, organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire, various spontaneous road trips, all the trains in California and, my most recent adventure, being an apprentice to a farrier (horseshoer).  2015 marks my third year putting together the Tween Lounge and... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
Amanda has flirted with the Southern California/Orange County homeschool community since her son turned four. Playing Jack of all Trades, Master of None, she has about a dozen or so hats to wear at any given time. With her 'life is learning is life' outlook, Amanda just marvels at this whole journey of truly living, feeling, growing, and experiencing the world with her (now teenaged) son. | | Amanda firmly believes in the importance of giving... Read More →
avatar for James Howarth

James Howarth

Tween Room Co-Coordinator
James is IT Director at Del Taco Headquarters on weekdays and a multitude of things all other hours of the week including dad to two teens. His latest hobbies are brewing and running. His big accomplishment so far this year was running his first Ragnar (200 mile relay race). He was also co-organizer of the OC Mini Maker Faire for 5 years.   

Sunday June 28, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Suite 6, 2nd Floor

9:00am

What next? Navigating the Teen Years

This session is for both parents and their teens.  Join a panel of parents who have guided, or are guiding, their teens through the high school years of homeschooling in a variety of ways, as they discussed what worked for them, and what didn't!  We'll talk about the changing role of the parent as your learner gets older, not from a philosophical view - but from parents who have lived it. You will hear from parents who's children are taking classes on-line, at Junior Colleges, and in home school classroom settings, and some who tried them all.  We'll hear from parents who's kids have gone on to college, straight into the job market, or on continuing adventures, post high school.  Sometimes it's great to hear from those who've already been there, as we explore the unique options, and also fears, that crop up when your kid is about to launch into What's Next.


Speakers
avatar for Brenna Gibson Redpath

Brenna Gibson Redpath

Founder & Owner, Urban Homeschoolers
Brenna Redpath and Anna Smith are the founders of Urban Homeschoolers, a resource center for self-directed learners in the Los Angeles area. Urban Homeschoolers is not a co-op. We hire experts in their field to lead small classes for kids who choose to be there. UH was founded partly with teens in mind, and is a place for clubs to meet, and connections to be made with new and old friends. We offer workshops, and regularly host community events.
avatar for Anna Smith

Anna Smith

Anna is a second generation homeschooler. Her early education included Waldorf, public school, and homeschooling.  After deciding to homeschool her own children, she tried out different homeschooling avenues, such as filing an R4, CAVA, and Sky Mountain charter school.  Anna’'s family has been part of several learning co-ops in the Los Angeles area. She is co-founder and co-director of Urban Homeschoolers, a homeschooling resource... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Learning Through Living - What You Do All Day When You Don't Use a Set Curriculum
Jessica Wigley and Michelle Charfen will share information from personal experience and answer questions about homeschooling without a set curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Charfen, MD

Michelle Charfen, MD

Michelle Charfen is a Physician and Parent Educator in Redondo Beach, CA. She left full-time academic medicine to be at home with her three daughters. She enjoys homeschooling while continuing to work part-time. | | Michelle’s personal journey, struggles, and successes as a parent organically led to an interest in supporting other families. Michelle is a Certified Echo Parent Educator through Echo Parenting and Education, and... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Wigley

Jessica Wigley

Jessica Wigley, MA has over 17 years of experience as an educator. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in early childhood special education. Jessica has worked in a variety of educational settings and has held several positions in education. She has worked with children at every level from preschool through college and regularly teaches to adults. She has developed many programs and trainings for students, parents, and... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 7, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Blueprint Homeschooling
Ever wanted to plan a year of school, but didn't know where to start? Blueprint Homeschooling will give you a top-down approach to planning the year of school that is right for you and your family. Starting with an exploration of values and methods, you'll find out what might work best for you, and then learn how to make it happen with reasonable goals and an easy-to-maintain schedule. This is for parents of all philosophies and styles who are looking for a better way to plan.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Knepper

Amy Knepper

Author, Blueprint Homeschooling
Amy Knepper is a lifelong learner who enjoys helping others find fun and free materials to supplement their studies. She is the author of Blueprint Homeschooling: How to Plan a Year of Home Education That Fits the Reality of Your Life and the Blueprints for Homeschool Science series. After spending a decade in rainy Washington, she now lives in Southern California and is an avid fan of black tea, Korean dramas, and video games.


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Child Abduction - PARENTS ONLY, please!!

This is a 60 minute presentation informing parents about traits of predators and how to keep children safe. It is a lead in to a 90 minute workshop for kids, which gives them the language to recognize when their boundaries are being crossed and teaches them defensive skills to protect themselves. I hope parents will sign their kids up for the workshop at a later date, but the information is valuable whether or not the kids attend the workshop.

I have been working for The Joyful Child Foundation as a workshop facilitator for over 5 years. I usually hold workshops at public schools and churches. I have spent 13 years homeschooling and I am excited to bring the information to my community.

This is a parent only talk. The parent talk is a place to be frank about the problem and learn strategies to recognize and stop sexual predators. In the workshop with the kids, we focus on non-frightening tools the kids can use to keep themselves safe. 

 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Melanie Sinclair

Melanie Sinclair

CHN Family Expo - Young Adult Volunteers Coordinator
Melanie Sinclair is a homeschooling parent who has taught child self empowerment classes since 2011. 


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Competitive Sports for the Homeschooled Student
What opportunities are available to home schooled students for competitive sports in elementary, middle school, and in high school?  Are competitive sports important?  Can my home schooled student participate in high school sports with the local high schools?  What are the CIF rules regarding home schooled students in high school sports?  Can my home schooled student earn athletic scholarships for college?  Todd will address these and other questions about competitive sports in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nash

Todd Nash

Todd Nash has been teaching sports classes and coaching various sports for over 30 years.  He started California Athletics for Home Schools 15 years ago to provide sports instruction, PE, and sports team opportunities for home schooled students all over California.  Todd was a National Champion in college track & field, and was a 3 sport standout in high school in Minnesota.  He spent 9 years flying F-18s in the... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

9:00am

Dads' Roundtable

Join Marty and other dad’s as we discuss all the aspects of being a homeschool dad.  Find out about those pressing issues like finances, relaxed housekeeping, dads participation, keeping a healthy relationship with family and other issues.  This will be an audience participation meeting with lots of information and humor.


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 1718, 17th Floor (Presidential Suite)

9:00am

LEGO Bricks Tall Tower Challenge .. Prizes for the winner(s)!!

We will have a little instructional followed by a contest! Let's see which individual, or which team, builds the tallest tower that can hold a weight on top! We will have some prizes as well!


Speakers
avatar for Shane  Veera / Brain Builders Educational Programs

Shane Veera / Brain Builders Educational Programs

See Brain Builders Educational Programs at the Vendor Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  Shane Veera is also a session speaker.  | | Shane Veera is the owner and founder of Brain Builders Educational Programs since 2002 and has been working with the youth since 1997. From working with inner-city youth, in adolescent group homes, directing multiple academic and sports camps Shane has much experience working with a broad range of children... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

9:00am

Project Fair Set-up
Set-up is from 9 to 10 am on Sunday - in the hallway adjacent to AAA Room and the Vendor Hall.  Open to all ages! (This includes you, Mom and Dad!)  Blank tent cards will be available for you to identify yourself and your project.

Homeschoolers are so creative and we want to see what you can do! Science projects, Lego creations, robots, poems, photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, something you've sewn, knitted, or hand crafted, or perhaps a decorated cake - the possibilities are endless!

You do not have to sign up in advance.  Just bring it with you to Expo.  Project viewing from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please pick-up your project at 2 pm (or earlier if you need to leave).

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

9:00am

Marshmallow Arch
Come show us what you can create using only marshmallows and dry spaghetti.

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

9:00am

Pet Rocks
Make an easy to care for pet to take home with you.

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 11:00am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

9:00am

Teen Room
Age 13 and up.  You must be wearing a teen or young adult badge to be admitted.

Unscheduled/always available activities include a pool table, board, dice & card games, legos, mandalas and video games.

See schedule for specific Teen sessions to be held in the Teen Room and other locations.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Homeschooling TnT
Sharon Anderson is a homeschool mother with 3 daughters. She has been homeschooling them since 2003 using an eclectic blend of methods and resources and currently leans heavily towards unschooling. At this time, Sharon moderates the Homeschooling TnT Facebook and Yahoo Groups, running field trips, events & dances for Southern California teens & tweens. In her past professional career, Sharon worked as a self-taught Cinematic Animator... Read More →
avatar for Judith Claudi-Magnussen

Judith Claudi-Magnussen

2016 CHN Family Expo - Teen Room Co-Coordinator
Judith Claudi-Magnussen has been homeschooling her daughter since 2008 and tends towards relaxed homeschooling methods supplemented with field trips and hands-on activities.  Currently Judith is the Troop Leader for a multi-level homeschooling Girl Scout troop, volunteers as an usher and outreach liaison for Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, and supports her daughter’s love of dogs by participating with a local... Read More →

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 2:00pm
Jasmines Lounge, 1st Floor

9:00am

All Ages Activity (AAA) Room
The AAA room (Salon E) is split into two parts.  The back part of the room will hold sessions - mostly hands-on type workshops.  In the front part of the room (nearest the door) there will be a number of self directed activities such as drawing, lanyards, rubber band bracelets, puzzles, crafts, etc. (Experienced Expo attendees will remember these activites and materials from "Family Village".)  The craft area at the front of the room is open while sessions are going on in the back of the room.  Help yourself to the materials and activities and remember to clean up after yourselves when finished.  All ages welcome.

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

9:00am

Art Room - Summer Splash Art at CHN

Nature of Art For Kids will be hosting this years fun summer splash theme art studio at CHN. Use your creative imagination and create summer splash art in the open studio throughout the conference. Hosted by homeschool mom and art teacher Spramani Elaun of Nature of Art Four Kids®.  Nature of Art For Kids® is the original homeschool conference earth-friendly traveling art studio.  This studio is unique because it's designed with only earth-friendly art supplies, homeschool style hands-on art making projects just for kids.

Besides sessions on specific topics, three activities will be ongoing throughout the weekend:  Open Art Room Studio, Mix-Media Gallery, and Collaborative Canvas. See the schedule for description of the on going activities and sessions.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

9:00am

Card and Board Game Room
Gaming - old school style.  Card games, board games, other misc. type games.  CHN has a small stock of games which will be available in this room.  Feel free to bring your favorite games from home as well.  This room will be occasionally monitored by volunteers.  Please pick up after yourselves when you are finished!  All ages welcome.

Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Salon H, 1st Floor

9:00am

Open Art Room Studio

The Open Art Room Studio is designed for your child to come explore different mediums through out the conference at their leisure with a professional art teacher available for light guidance. High quality earth-friendly supplies are available like non-toxic paints, watercolor, watercolor pencils, pastels, acrylics, papers, drawing supplies, modeling clay and so much more!


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Sunday June 28, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

10:00am

Collaborative Canvas

Summer Splash Theme. Great for kids over 7 years and up. Come out for third annual collaborative canvas painted by all the conference attendees during the conference. This project is created to introduce painting to all levels. Dress messy- we us real children's acrylic on canvas. This project will wrap-up Sunday afternoon.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

10:00am

Project Fair
Viewing period for our Project Fair.  Come and the see the amazing talents of homeschoolers!  The Project Fair is located in the hallway outside of the AAA Room on the first floor.

Sunday June 28, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Expo Registration Desk area, 1st Floor

10:00am

Vendor Hall
Visit our Vendor Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  Exhibitors:

ABC Trace and Say www.abctraceandsay.com/
Barr None Music Publishers / Learn To Play www.learntoplay.biz
Brain Builders Educational Programs www.BrainBuildersEd.org
Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center www.stlukeslb.org
California Athletics www.californiaathletics.com/
Class Dismissed Documentary classdismissedmovie.com/
Discovery Toys-Bee's Toy Box www.discoverytoys.com/beestoybox
DoTerra Essential Oils www.doterra.com
Excellence in Education www.excellenceineducation.com/
Fashion Camp. Create. Design. Sew. www.fashioncampoc.com
Growing Healthy Homes www.growinghealthyhomes.com
John R. Wooden Course www.woodencourse.com/
Language City www.languagecityacademy.com
Luca and Company www.lucaandcompany.com/
Math Maze USA mathmaze.us Modelli Learning www.modellilearning.com
Nature of Art for Kids www.ecokidsart.com/
Problem Solved! Innovative Learning for the 21st Century www.problemsolvedusa.com/ Project Self-Esteem for Kids wendycullum.wordpress.com
REACH Professional In Home Tutoring www.reachprotutoring.com/
Reid Day School www.reidday.org
See the Light www.seethelightshine.com
Table Time Look and Learn www.tabletimelookandlearn.com
True Image Studio trueimagestudio.com/
Usborne Books and More www.usborneonlineshop.com
ZOTTZ www.zottz.com/

Sunday June 28, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
Salons A-D, 1st Floor

10:30am

Fiber Arts - Open Session
Come join Juanita and Nicole for coffee while you get help in the areas you're interested in learning more about at this informal open session! Feel free to drop in with your questions about knitting, crochet, felting, and spinning.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

10:30am

Teen Panel Discussion
CHN President, Teresa Fitzpatrick, moderates this panel discussion of a varied group of homeschooled teens.  Teen panelists are:  Jacob Arce, Leila Berry, Stefan Forschner, Tim Wesley and Shelby Wilcox.  This panel is a CHN Expo favorite.

Moderators
avatar for Teresa Fitzpatrick

Teresa Fitzpatrick

CHN Trustee, 2016 CHN Family Expo - Special Events Coordinator, California Homeschool Network (CHN)
Teresa Fitzpatrick grew up in Orange County, CA. She is married to her best friend, Brian and they have one awesome son, Tyler (aka Zeke.) Prior to the birth of their son she was a full-time Floral Designer, a profession she continues to practice during the major flower holidays. They began homeschooling half way through the 1st grade with the belief that it would be a temporary situation. They fell in love with homeschooling and continued... Read More →

Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

10:30am

Transitioning from a Schooling Mindset to Unschooling

Despite growing up in poverty, my husband and I are now outwardly successful products of the public education system. We are both physicians with “excellent” jobs, and our children have access to the “best” public and private schools. So why did we choose to homeschool – no, unschool – no, radically unschool our three sons? 

We weren’t part of the fortunate few who chose unschooling from the start. Our children attended top schools, and we were model PTA parents. But then we read countless books and articles as we researched the best ways to ensure learning, happiness, and success for our children. That research led us to unschooling. 

Now, we don’t need all of that research to know that unschooling is right for us – all we have to do is look at our children. In this talk, I will share our journey, addressing the many fears that we overcame along the way.


Speakers
avatar for Janice Ancheta, M.D.

Janice Ancheta, M.D.

Though her medical practice is in the highly specialized field of breast radiology, Dr. Ancheta has a wide range of interests. She is fascinated by human psychology and how humans grow and learn. She enjoys reading nonfiction books and scientific articles, especially when the writers challenge her own beliefs. It was this voracious reading of evidence that led Dr. Ancheta to dramatically change her philosophy on parenting and education. She is... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

10:30am

Waldorf and Charlotte Mason Inspired Homeschool
Ever wondered what it looks like to homeschool using a Waldorf or Charlotte Mason curriculum? This session will briefly cover a few aspects of the Waldorf and Charlotte Mason philosophies and show you how you can implement some principles within your own homeschool.We'll have plenty of samples to view from main lesson books to handiwork crafts and even some lesson plans. Material are readily available. There will also be plenty of pictures so you can get a clear picture of what a typical day looks like when you use a Waldorf inspired curriculum. Best of all you don't need any special training; you can even pick and choose which principle you want to practice.

Speakers
avatar for Hana Khatib

Hana Khatib

Pepper and Pine
One of the perks of homeschooling since 2003 is experiencing the big picture. This comes in handy when sharing information to those interested in homeschooling or those who have been homeschooling for some time. Hana Khatib uses a Waldorf curriculum but often strays from that philosophy to create her own lessons. Having researched Thomas Jefferson Education and Charlotte Mason in addition to Waldorf, Hana believes that that most educational... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

10:30am

A Taste of Arduino
Get a feel for what Arduino is and can do with this hands-on workshop.  Project will not be taken home.

This session is best for children 10 or older.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Burch

Larry Burch

Maker Director, Guided Curiosity
We put tools in kids hands and challenge them in a maker environment. Our maker projects are designed to coordinate with our academic content. | | Steam powered education is a charter school partnership with inspire schools.


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

10:30am

Guide, Don't Tell
When children construct their own strategies, or ideas, they are more likely to put meaning and connection to those ideas. Children are more likely to develop good problem solving skills in mathematics. When children are told HOW to solve a problem, the ideas usually never make it past the short term memory. This session explores the strategies parents can use to better support their children in mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Haber / Problem Solved!

Matt Haber / Problem Solved!

As an elementary mathematics educator for over 20 years, my current interest has centered around developing professional development that has the potential to shift teacher's beliefs about how math should be taught and learned. I have consulted with many districts across the country.


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

10:30am

Potholes, Doubts & Concerns in the Homeschool Road & How to Avoid Them
What happens if your children won’t cooperate? What if you don’t feel capable of teaching? What if you get burned out? What if the curriculum you choose doesn’t work? What if your husband and you don’t agree on what methodology to use? What if the kids’ grandparents think homeschooling is a bad idea?  What if you don’t have money to spend on curriculum? What if your children want to go back to school? What if nothing you try works?  In this interactive, Q&A-based presentation we’ll expose these potholes and provide some strategies on how to avoid them.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Barone

Michelle Barone

Michelle Barone is a family therapist, parent educator/natural learning consultant. Michelle is the founder of “The Unschooling Summit” and the “Finding Your Way: Unlimited Possibilities In A Natural Learning Lifestyle” support community. She is also the author of the book, Finding Your Way: Exploring Your Families Educational Journey.   Michelle feels so honored to be a guide for people on their life's journey... Read More →
avatar for Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith is the Founder and Editor of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning through homeschooling and unschooling. Homefires.com empowers parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education without conventional schooling. When Diane and her husband, Cliff, decided to homeschool their two sons in 1992, there was a void of... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

10:30am

Mafia
Mafia is a party game for groups of 8 or more people.  It is a simple role playging game pitting the Mafia against the Townspeople.  

Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

10:30am

Fiber Arts Room
All fiber arts, all the time.  Let Nicole and Juanita be your guides into the wonder of fiber!

Check the schedule for specific sessions.

Moderators
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole as co-coordinator of the Fiber Arts Room.
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in charge of the Fiber Arts Room for the Family Expo!

Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

11:00am

Summer Splash Mix-Media Gallery - The Winners!

Come collect your gallery participation art works and find out who got honorable mention for Summer Splash mix-media and clay miniatures.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Sunday June 28, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon G, 1st Floor (Art Room)

11:30am

Lunch
Lunch is on your own.  There are a number of restaurants and fast food joints in the area.

Sunday June 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
TBA

11:30am

I Was Here
Leave your mark - Join us in painting a teen room collage to remember our amazing weekend.

Sunday June 28, 2015 11:30am - 2:00pm
Jasmines Lounge (Teen Room), 1st Floor

1:00pm

Homeschool to College: The Basics
What are colleges looking for? How do high school students optimize their homeschooling experience to make themselves good candidates for college admissions? If college isn't the right "next step" after graduation, what are the other options?
Join us for answers to these and other important questions!

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Reed

Crystal Reed

Owner, No Drama College Counseling
Crystal Reed has been a college counselor since 2003 in the Santa Monica/West L.A. area. In addition to general admissions counseling, she has extensive experience with college-bound special needs and homeschooled students, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology.


Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suites 2 & 4, 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Graduation Rehearsal
Mandatory rehearsal for all graduates. Families of graduates are welcome too.

Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor

1:00pm

Learning in the 21st Century

Description:  Information is very abundant in today’s age, but how do we balance information with application?  There is a need for more engineering based curriculum in education for k-12 students.

Key Points

  • What is engineering?
  • Misconceptions of engineering
  • How to apply engineering concepts in education
Fun and engaging activities

Speakers
avatar for Shane  Veera / Brain Builders Educational Programs

Shane Veera / Brain Builders Educational Programs

See Brain Builders Educational Programs at the Vendor Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  Shane Veera is also a session speaker.  | | Shane Veera is the owner and founder of Brain Builders Educational Programs since 2002 and has been working with the youth since 1997. From working with inner-city youth, in adolescent group homes, directing multiple academic and sports camps Shane has much experience working with a broad range of children... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suite 8, 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
Parents and kids will discover the unusual, crafty and educational things they can do with items in the household. For instance, virtually anyone can: make an AM radio with a penny, create fire with water, turn a screw in an AM/FM radio and listen to aircraft broadcasts, turn on devices with your ring, convert a pencil into a microphone, convert a calculator into a metal detector, make a James Bond spy jacket and more with everyday things.

Speakers
avatar for Cy Tymony

Cy Tymony

Cy Tymony has been creating homemade inventions since childhood. He has appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC's Chicago Morning Show, and NPR's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and he has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Future Life magazine.   Cy is a technical writer and computer specialist in Los Angeles, California.


Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suite 5, 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Tessellations
Create Escher-like Tessellation Art while enjoying some discussion of the geometry involved and applying geometric concepts to your own original artistic works.

Probably best for Tweens and up.  Youngers may need parental help.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Haney

Anne Haney

Anne Haney, BS, MAT Mathematics, is a long time homeschooling parent and grandparent. She's an advocate for parent choice charter schools, hands on experiential learning, and making math fun. Anne has taught in a variety of settings including elementary, high school and college. She currently works for Summit Academy, California's Charter of Choice.


Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon E (AAA Room), 1st Floor

1:00pm

Wiring Creativity
An open discussion with Spramani Elaun about what it truly means to raise creative children.   Based on the recent article published  – Parental roadblocks to natural curiosity & creativity.
 
Topics discussed:

How do parents roadblock creativity
Natural curiosity fuels creativity
The 3 C's important to cultivating creativity
 
This is a Q & A style discussion.


Speakers
avatar for Spramani Elaun

Spramani Elaun

Nature of Art Studio Coordinator, Nature of Art For Kids
Art supplies/Art education books


Sunday June 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suites 9 & 11, 2nd Floor

3:00pm

High School Graduation
The graduation ceremony is open to all - it is not necessary to be registered for the Expo and no check-in is necessary.  If you are coming for the graduation only, be sure to stop by the CHN info desk to get a ticket for our $5 parking rate in the Marriott structure.

The California Homeschool Network has been hosting a high school graduation ceremony at the annual CHN Family Expo for many years.  It’s always a highlight of the conference.  Why?  Because it is a unique celebration of a moment in time when these homeschoolers lives are about to change.

As homeschool parents, we are so fortunate to be sharing an incredible journey together with our children.   Walking hand in hand on our own unique path that we created together.   The graduation ceremony marks the moment when we come to a fork in the road on that path and we must let go of our child’s hand and allow them to choose which path to walk without us.  While we will always be there to love and support them, the graduation marks a moment of infinite change in their lives as they move forward into adulthood. Join us for this very moving ceremony and be sure to bring your hanky!


Speakers
avatar for Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

Martin Forte - Excellence in Education

CHN Trustee, CHN's Digital Newsletter Editor, CHN's EXPOsure Editor, Excellence in Education
Martin Forte is a session speaker; and you can visit his Excellence in Education booth in the Vendor Hall on Friday and Saturday.   EiE Academy is a private satellite program designed to provide an umbrella of protection and participation in the private sector of homeschooling.  Through EiE Academy our families enjoy the freedom of educational choice.  We are able to assist families from any style ranging from... Read More →
avatar for Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith

Diane Flynn Keith is the Founder and Editor of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning through homeschooling and unschooling. Homefires.com empowers parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education without conventional schooling. When Diane and her husband, Cliff, decided to homeschool their two sons in 1992, there was a void of... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Elements Ballroom, 1st Floor