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CONVENTION START TIMES
Thursday - 12:30pm
Friday - 8:30am
Saturday - 8:00am
The convention will end and the Exhibit Hall closes on Saturday at 3:30pm in order to accommodate Calvary Church's schedule.
- Begins promptly at 8:30 on Friday morning and 8:00 on Saturday morning. Don’t miss the first session!
- Participants will be interacting with all those in attendance during scheduled breaks. Brown bag lunches may work well for those participating which can be eaten at their convenience.
- When you are approached by the participants, make them work for their votes! Ask questions and make it real!
Plan Ahead …
Things to Bring with You
- Name Badges - Remember to bring your badges. You’ll save yourself time and hassle!
- Comfortable Shoes - You’ll do a lot of walking!
- Sweater - Sometimes the rooms get cold.
- Shopping List - Plan your purchases in advance.
- Address Labels - Use them instead of having to fill out that part of the form at exhibitor booths.
- Cash or Checks - Not all exhibitors accept credit /debit cards.
- Schedule - Download the most current schedule to pre-plan your day. Mark it up!
- Handouts - Download the handouts for the workshops you plan to attend. The registration fee covers one program per family, so plan ahead!
- Notebook - You may want to bring something to take notes in!
Registration remains open! Add a day if you like, or if you have friends, neighbors or relatives who homeschool or are considering homeschooling, invite them to attend. They will be able to register at the door!
New to Homeschooling?
We will be happy to assist you as you start your homeschooling journey! Don't miss Homeschooling 101, a workshop being presented each day and learn how to homeschool! Also, plan to visit the Homeschool Oasis in Room 130 or the ICHE Book Table in the lobby where experienced home educators will be glad to take time to talk to you! Read more about the Beginner's Pathway.
What a blessing to be at beautiful Calvary Church in Naperville! This facility welcomes us with lots of elbow room ~ the auditorium is more than sufficient with accommodating workshop areas and a spacious Exhibit Hall and parking is abundant ... and free! And what could make Calvary even more beautiful? Music! Between sessions the atrium will be filled with the melodies of musicians from our homeschooling community. Many agree ~ there’s no better place to be!
Calvary’s delicious food service includes a café, several snack stations and a coffee shop ~ now serving Starbucks ~providing wonderful food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You are also welcome to bring your own food, and restaurants in the vicinity are numerous. Food and drinks are permitted anywhere in the building except the Sanctuary and Seminar Room.
Map and Directions
Directions: Finding your way to Calvary Church has been mapped out for you … or if you prefer to use an internet map, the address is 9s200 State Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564. For GPS use the intersection of 83rd Street and Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564.
Please make your own arrangements and book early! The best pricing can be found online directly through the hotel website of your choice, and there are many hotels in the Naperville area. Some convenient locations are:
- Courtyard by Marriott/Naperville: 1.630.505.0550
- Hampton Inn: 1.630.505.1400
- Fairfield Inn: 1.630.548.0966
- Email ~ Receive our periodic emails by clicking on “Contact Us” and sign up!
- Online ~ Check in often! The website will be updated with any changes and late-breaking news about this convention as it becomes available.
- Blog ~ The ICHE blog can be accessed for convention news. Your family will enjoy seeing what’s happening at the convention while you're away ~ and maybe even you! Encourage them to drop by!
Questions About the Convention?
For questions or information call ICHE at 1.847.603.1259 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please do not call Calvary Church as they are not able to answer questions about the convention!
Pastors and Grandparents
We desire for pastors and grandparents to understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it! So … we encourage grandparents and pastors and their wives who are not home educating their children or grandchildren themselves to attend this convention ... free! Look for the special sessions being prepared for them on the workshop schedule! Read more . . .
Young Adults, Teens and Pre-Teens
We are thrilled when your pre-teens, teens and young adults attend the convention with you! Their hearts are stirred and their vision solidified when they see hundreds of families who are walking the same path. We desire to have the next generation gain a vision for their future and what the Lord wants to do in their lives! Read more . . .
Making The Most Of The Convention
- Write down the direction and goals you have for your family. Pray and ask the Lord to help you get His best from the convention.
- Select the workshops you would like to attend before arriving each day, and be sure to attend the keynote sessions. Vision and encouragement play an important role in maintaining the purposes of home education.
- You and your spouse may want to attend different workshops. Decide on a time and place to reunite. If you cannot attend all the sessions you want, plan to purchase an MP3 at the convention and save the shipping charges. And don’t wait until the end of the day … order early!
- Make a list of products and materials you need from the Exhibit Hall. Then make a list of wants! Take some time to look over the map of exhibits, and set aside a chunk of time to spend in the Exhibit Hall without feeling rushed. Plan to visit those exhibits that are on your ‘needs’ list first since vendors do run out of materials. Avoid impulse buying by being careful about making any major purchases that are not on your ‘need’ list.
- As time allows, browse and check for products on your ‘want’ list. Are they as good as you thought? Maybe better than you thought!
- Carry your notebook, and take notes on products and materials that my be useful for your family, noting the exhibitor, item and cost. Also note which child this product may be used for. Remember to pick up free samples or brochures.
- Be fair. If you spend a significant block of time with a particular vendor discussing a particular item, repay that vendor for his time by purchasing the item from him rather than a competitor.
- The convention is planned to serve you! Take a 15-30 minute break each day and relax. If you feel overwhelmed, stop to pray and ask the Lord for His direction.
Children and Nursing Infants
Our goal is to educate parents! We feel that children will benefit more in the long run from having parents attend the convention than from being there themselves. If you decide to bring your children under 11 years of age, please help keep the convention enjoyable and peaceful by abiding by these guidelines:
- Nursing infants (15 months & under) may come free with their parents. Due to our roomier facility, strollers are permitted everywhere, even the Exhibit Hall.
- Children (16 months through 10 yrs) may attend with their parents. Children must be registered on the same form as their parents. Group discounts do not apply. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
- Workshop & Keynote Sessions: Please be considerate! Young children or nursing infants and their parents should sit near the door of the room, and children who fidget or talk and babies who make disturbing noises—even happy ones—should be removed immediately! Young children under 13 are not permitted to ask questions during any of the sessions. This is an opportunity for educators to educate themselves.
- Children under 13 cannot be left unattended and must be supervised by an adult at all times.
OPTIONS AND PRICING
Enjoy a two-day conference with half a day added on Thursday, and choose from the following options:
- Thursday Only ~ Half a day covering Thursday’s workshops, funshops, shopping and the keynote session ~ especially for beginners. Welcoming veterans too with lots to choose from!
- Two-Days ~ Switch Thursday’s half day for Friday or Saturday if you like and choose any two day combination: Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday or Thursday/Saturday! This option includes all shopping and workshop opportunities as well as keynote sessions for the two day combination of your choice.
- Three-Days ~ Experience the whole convention with this option which covers all shopping and workshop opportunities, keynote sessions, funshops and movie night!
Through May 2
Through May 2
After May 2
|Adult: Thursday Only||$55~Spouse Free*||$60~Spouse Free*||$65~Spouse Free*|
|Adult: Any Two Day Combo||$75~Spouse Free*||$85~Spouse Free*||$90~Spouse Free*|
|Adult: All Three Days||$105~Spouse Free*||$115~Spouse Free*||$120~Spouse Free*|
|Children: 16 Mo - 10 Yrs||$55 Each||$55 Each||$55 Each|
|Pre-Teens: 11-12 Yrs**||$20 Each||$20 Each||$25 Each|
|Teens: 13-17 Yrs**||$20 Each||$20 Each||$25 Each|
|Young Adults with Parent||$20 Each||$20 Each||$25 Each|
*Spouse Free applies only to an actual husband and wife. It cannot be applied to a parent and a child, two friends, etc.
**Maximum fee for pre-teens, teens and young adults is $50 per family; $40 if you register early.
Working scholarships available
Working scholarships are available with compensation of $10 per hour, up to four hours – returned from the registration fee. Young adults over 13 attending with a parent may work alongside that parent for $5 per hour, up to two hours per young adult – maximum four young adult hours per family. Please check the appropriate box on your registration. If you sign-up to help, please be faithful to your commitment. We will be counting on you!
One to two weeks before the convention, the coordinator will contact you by phone and schedule your times of service. We make every effort to contact these workers in the order in which their registration is received, so early registrants have a better choice of service opportunities. If your time of service prevents you from attending a keynote session, or a workshop you hoped to attend, ICHE will provide you with a free MP3 download of that talk.
We need help in the following areas:
We need help on Wednesday evening setting up the Exhibit Hall and Thursday morning helping vendors unload their products. This job is one of heavy lifting and physical labor. Please do not volunteer to do this if you have health problems or are pregnant. We need general set-up help, too, unloading and distributing folding chairs throughout the building. On Saturday, take-down help is also needed.
We need help with this everyday beginning early morning. Also, on Thursday we need help putting up signs and getting the area set-up. On Saturday afternoon, we need help packing things away.
HOSTING KEYNOTE AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
This is an area where we need a lot of help. It involves checking in with the speaker (except keynotes), maintaining order during the session and making sure exits are kept clear. You must be willing to ask people to quiet their children for the sake of the recordings being made or to relocate their strollers if they are blocking exits, which is a violation of the fire code. Due to the nature of the job, this is a PARENTS ONLY position.
EXHIBIT HALL MONITORS
This position is needed during the hours that the Exhibit Hall is open. It involves checking for name badges before allowing admittance and referring attendees without a badge to the registration desk. Please note the Exhibit Hall is open during workshop sessions.
The Volunteer Coordinator can talk to you about other jobs, such as parking and greeting at the beginning of each day – both great jobs for parents and teens to perform together. We also have a job available as “café monitor” helping to keep the lines moving during the lunch break.
Making the Most of the Convention
Attending the ICHE convention can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time! With so many sessions to choose from, so many people to talk with, so many exhibitors to visit, so many books to look through it's best to set a plan for your day ahead of time. Here are a few tips from parents who have attended the convention in previous years. Have any to add? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Convention Tips" in the subject line.
- Pray and ask the Lord to help you get His best from the convention.
- Seek the counsel of your spouse. Start preparing before you attend the convention! Discuss: What is our purpose for home educating our children? Pray together and ask for God's wisdom and direction for your family.
- Plan to pre-register. This takes the hassle out of waiting in long lines on the day of the convention.
- Come prepared to take notes. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a large tote bag for all your goodies.
- Attend the keynote sessions. These sessions are designed to give encouragement, vision and help us to lead our families Biblically. Academic resources are easily available, but vision and encouragement are harder to find.
- If you have questions, be sure to write them down. Visit the Home School Oasis, located just outside the Exhibit Hall in The Ministry Center Training Room 130, and talk with veteran home educators.
- Consider that you and your spouse may want to attend different workshops. Study the schedule and then divide and conquer. Plan to purchase the convention audio recordings while you’re there so you can save shipping charges and listen to sessions you were not able to go to and be refreshed during the year!
- Decide on a time and a place to reunite!
- Take some time to study the Exhibit Hall map. If you have a "need list" go to those tables first, since vendors do run out of materials on occasion.
- As time allows, browse the Exhibit Hall and check the products on your "want list'. Are they as good as you thought? Remember to pick up free samples or brochures.
- Shop around the Exhibit Hall. Some exhibitors offer discounts. Carry a small notebook and make notes.
- Look for non-consumable reusable materials.
- Don't make any major purchases not on your "need list'. Regret may prove to be a high price.
- Be fair! If you spend a significant block of time with a particular exhibitor discussing a specific item, repay that exhibitor for his time by purchasing the item from him rather than a competitor.
- Relax! The convention is planned to serve you. Take a 15-30 minute break each day.
- Keynote Speakers
- Speakers & Workshops
- Special Features
- Convention Info
- Latest Convention Announcements!
- New to Homeschooling?
- Map and Directions
- Stay Connected
- Questions About the Convention?
- Pastors and Grandparents
- Young Adults, Teens and Pre-Teens
- Making The Most Of The Convention
- Children and Nursing Infants
- OPTIONS AND PRICING
- Working scholarships available
- Making the Most of the Convention
- Special Needs
- Registration Info
- Exhibit Hall
- Young Entrepreneurs