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HSC Conference 2019

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Thursday, August 8
 

5:00pm

Registration
Welcome!  We're so glad you're here!

Speakers

Thursday August 8, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

5:30pm

Community Building Circle
Restorative Justice works to build and strengthen relationships and accountability. It is often seen as an alternative to punishment within the school system, however this is just a small part of what RJ is about. In this Community Building Circle, Teen Conference attendees, adults, and HSC Board Members will have the opportunity to come together at the beginning of the conference to establish accountability, open communication, and conference expectations. The shared goal of having a fun, meaningful conference will be the starting point as participants will utilize restorative practices to find consensus when possible as well as understanding in terms of how possible infractions will be dealt with for the duration of the conference. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, meaningful item with them that they are comfortable being passed around the circle.


Thursday August 8, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Pine

5:30pm

Teen Meet and Greet Game
Feel awkward because you don't know anyone yet?  Can't remember that person's name?  Join us for a fun Meet & Greet Game!  There are 3 Meet & Greet Games during the conference because we all know how easy it is to forget that interesting person's name even when we wish we had remembered it!  


Thursday August 8, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

5:30pm

Teenspace 2019
Teenspace: A place designed with teenagers in mind! The Teenspace is a lounge, a refuge, a social space for teens to hangout and connect with friends old and new. Daily “Meet & Greet” events, Foosball, Evening Bingo, Games,  and space to hang out with your friends are here. Feel free to drop in between sessions, or anytime, and if you are brave enough, take a stab at our 1000 piece puzzle. Watch for times and special events, as well.
Open until midnight Thursday & Friday, and 1:00 am on Saturday!



Thursday August 8, 2019 5:30pm - Friday August 9, 2019 12:00am
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

7:00pm

Opening Session and Live Performance by Ranch Dog!
Join us for the Opening Session of HSC Conference 2019.  First, we'll have a brief welcome and a few special announcements and housekeeping notes from your Courageous Conference Coordinator Jocelyn Cooper and Board Presidents Erika Davis-Pitre and Tiffany Sandoval.  Then sit back and enjoy a performance by Ranch Dog!

You've heard 'em at HSC campouts. Now come see if they have the same authentic Americana sound with clean(er) clothes.Ranch Dog is Zach Foley and Liz Voosen - long time homeshool parents and HSC conference veterans. They've been making music together as Ranch Dog for the last 3 years or so. It takes a special kind of crazy to start a band later than your 20s. So come take some inspiration and sing along (or not) if you want. Ranch Dog will be playing a mix of Americana classics, folk, and classic rock, as well as their original songs.


Thursday August 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oak

7:00pm

Santa Monica, Who?
Cowabunga dudes! Wear your swimsuits under your beach wear cuz we’ll end up at the pool after this gnarly dance. Be there, or be square.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

7:30pm

Tween Meetup and Icebreakers
Meet-Up for Tweens!  Are you new to the HSC conference?  Or not!  Are you looking for other kids your age?  This is a casual meet-up for kids in the 10-13yr old age group.  Come say hello!!  PJ's welcome!  Host:  Teresa Carver

Speakers

Thursday August 8, 2019 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Sierra & Cascade

8:00pm

PJ party tweens evening event
Blanket Forts! Stories and games and silliness and fun! Wear your favorite PJs and get ready to party with friends old and new! (No pillow fights, please. We party in peace!)

Speakers

Thursday August 8, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Pine

8:45pm

HSC Talks
Borrowing from the inspiring TED Talks, we are again organizing our very own HSC Talks at this year's conference! Our community is full of passionate, inspired people, and we want to hear what you have to say. Each presenter will have seven minutes to dazzle the audience with their big ideas, awesome projects, or personal triumph. We want to hear your voice. No slide shows or power points, just you on stage sharing what sparks your heart with the audience.

The only thing that could make a free exchange of ideas and inspiration sweeter is dessert, so that's what we'll serve alongside your inspiring words!

Speakers
AS

Alexx Souter

Alexx is a 24-year-old unschooled graduate from Southern California with a passion for enacting positive change in the world. Alexx has worked with HSC as a Teen Conference Committee member and coordinator and helped to spearhead our Young Adult Conference Program. They teach about... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Oak

9:00pm

Santa Monica, Who? Get Wet!
What up? Come catch a wave in the pool with us at this totally tubular pool party! Be there, or be square.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Pool
  • Suggested Age Range Teens
 
Friday, August 9
 

8:00am

New to Conference meet-up
First HSC Conference? Overwhelmed by all of the AWESOME? Join Conference Coordinator Jocelyn Cooper for a brief orientation and some tips to get the most out of Conference. We will meet by the fireplace in the lobby at 8am.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Lobby

8:00am

Registration
Welcome!  We're so glad you're here!

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

9:00am

HSC Podcast!
Returning by popular demand, HSC podcast is back in town! Join us for a round-table discussion of HSC conference, teen lifestyle, bad jokes, and any other topics you bring to the table! This event is a GREAT ICEBREAKER for any new attendees, so make sure to drop by!

Speakers
PL

Patrick Lawler

Hey y’all! It’s Patrick. I’m an 18 year old concurrent enrollment student, I’ve been homeschooled most of my life and I’ve been on TCC since BEFORE we had dances with Ben Jammin (yes! There are people still alive from all the way back then!).Besides that, I love my friends... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
San Martin
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:00am

Speakers' Bookstore
Visit the HSC Speaker Bookstore to browse and purchase books written by our fabulous past and present speakers!  Book signings scheduled throughout the day.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

9:00am

Zen Zone
Need a quiet place to reset?  This small but mighty room is for you.  

Please respect the needs of others.  If you are ready for more activity and noise, step out, so that others may regroup.  

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Capitola

9:00am

Epic Play Space
Come bounce,  build, and PLAY under the big top in this year's Epic Play Space!  This is a giant space for big games, our giant inflatable obstacle course, the Construction Zone,  giant balls and more!

Note: The EPS is not intended to provide child care. Please plan to stay and play with your kids!

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Little Kids' Play room
The Little Kids' Play Room is a place set aside for our littlest attendees and their parents as a respite and play area.  There are toys and books to relax with while chatting with other families.  Childcare is not provided in the Little Kids' Play Room, so please stay and play with your kids!

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Carlos

9:00am

Craft Zone
Children yearn for inspiration and self-expression.  Bring them to the Craft Zone, a welcoming space for our younger attendees.  They'll find child-friendly crafts, colorful activities, and room to experiment.  The Craft Zone is the perfect place to color, glue, create, decorate...bring your creative energy and dig into a beautiful array of craft supplies!


Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Fiberland
Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Juan

9:00am

Makerspace
Come tinker and build new skills in our wonderful makerspace!  Learn how to use tools and materials to build and hack projects and get expert advice from mentors on how to dream big and create big at home!  Scheduled workshops will be offered throughout the day, or simply drop in and start making.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Jose

9:00am

Game Deck
Come check out the expanded Game Deck.  The game deck has always been a nice spot to get away and relax, but now it is even better.  Come play our new cooperative games, or slaughter your friend at chess; participate in a Magic Tournament, or line up dominos and make them fall down; or just enjoy a quiet game.  Regardless of what is scheduled, you can still put your feet up and play any game of your choice.  Or make up your own game—rules are made to be broken.

Speakers
MM

Michelle McNeill

Mom to an always unschooled 14 year old, game designer, urban homesteader, beekeeper, and all around nerd.
AS

Andrea Schrimp

Andrea is an always unschooling mom to three wild, awesome kids. She is also a professional computer geek. In the highly unusual event that she has free time, she likes to drink fancy chai, take naps, read post-apocalyptic fiction, and bake, not necessarily in that order.


Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Clara

9:00am

Teenspace 2019
Teenspace: A place designed with teenagers in mind! The Teenspace is a lounge, a refuge, a social space for teens to hangout and connect with friends old and new. Daily “Meet & Greet” events, Foosball, Evening Bingo, Games,  and space to hang out with your friends are here. Feel free to drop in between sessions, or anytime, and if you are brave enough, take a stab at our 1000 piece puzzle. Watch for times and special events, as well.
Open until midnight Thursday & Friday, and 1:00 am on Saturday!


Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - Saturday August 10, 2019 12:00am
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:30am

How to raise an Adult
Based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, in this talk Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Julie inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.


Friday August 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Oak

9:30am

Mixed Media Flower Workshop
Many materials are used to make beautiful flower arrangement. Paper, cloth, felt, tissue - lots of imagination and crafting with beautiful arrangements to take home at the end of the workshop.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Sierra & Cascade

9:30am

LARGE ART: The Power of Breaking Free of Drawing and Coloring In The Lines.
Interactive workshop by Cesar Becerra: Historian, Author, Artist and self-proclaimed Rebel. This workshop will cover Large Scale Installation With A Message, beginning with how to inspire students to “step outside the mold” and be artistic rebels. Across the country, artists have been pushing the envelope outside the contained and measured walls of galleries and museums.
Contemporary Art and Kamikaze Art are both happening and your students can attack it too! Big emphasis will be placed on constructing with recycled or free materials and the elasticity of Andy Warhol’s famed quote “Art is what you can get away with!”


Friday August 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Pine

9:30am

The Palace of Wisdom and Art

Through poetry, song, story and drawing learn how to use the alphabet to create “an imaginary field”, a cultural context for your child, which provides a basis for a lifetime’s love of language.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Monterey

9:30am

Harry Potter Trivia & Games
Harry Potter fans unite and have fun! We'll have a trivia contest, play a Who Am I guessing game and more.

Speakers
LK

Luke Kee

Luke has been unschooling for nine years, leaving school after second grade. He's passionate about Star Wars, engineering, cars and learning what he wants. He's now studying auto mechanics at community college.


Friday August 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Fir

10:00am

Info Table
Have questions about Homeschooling, stop on by!

Talent Show sign up sheet is here, as well.



Friday August 9, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

10:30am

Bracelet and ID Tag Creation
Create a one of a kind bracelet that reveals an expression of self.  We'll have an array of inspirational ideas and a variety of found and repurposed materials on hand for you to create your bracelet.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
San Jose

11:00am

Book Signing -- Julie Lythcott-Haims, How to Raise an Adult
Join Julie as she personalizes your copy of How to Raise an Adult.  If you don't have a copy with you, they will be for sale at our conference book store for your convenience.


Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
City Foyer

11:00am

Magical Cape Making (WITH your child) (Family)
Come create magic and wear it all over the conference. We will have materials to make capes, masks and/or t-shirt decorations -- your choice. If you already have a costume, we encourage you to wear it and add to it. Be sure to bring your parent to help you, and come get creative and magically-powered!

Speakers
TC

Tera Clare

Tera is the crazy cat lady of active games and passions. She loves respectfully facilitating fun for kids and teens, watching them get involved and solve problems. She got started when her own kinesthetic, unschooling son needed more active things to do at conference.


Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Monterey

11:00am

Hints, Tips, Tricks, and Hacks -- How Homeschooler Can Learn to Cost-Effectively Travel the World

A 50 Minute workshop which will immerse all attendees in everything that The Destinator himself (Lalika Kaponay 17, Worldschooler), learned and uses day-to-day in his business to provide people with the most cost-effective and convenient modes of travel. Nothing will be held back here. In 50 minutes you will learn all you need to know to navigate the maze of resources you can tap into to find cost-effective ways to travel the world. As a family of four, the Kaponays have lived and travelled the world on less than $25K a year, and the Destinator, will share with you how you too can experience this.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Carmel

11:00am

Living your best with your best!
An inspirational and encouraging talk on living the best homeschool/ unschool/ worldschool life WITH your family. From the importance of practicing self care and having personal passion projects to choosing the philosophy and style of unconventional education that works the very best for your family! The 5 Hour School Week believes there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to education and our possibilities are absolutely infinite.

Speakers
KA

Kaleena Amuchastegui

A self declared “anti homeschool mama” Kaleena left her busy Real Estate career to step into a role she could have never dreamed of! Educating and traveling the globe with her 4 little humans; Maddie 11, Charlotte 9, Isabel 8 and Brax 3 with husband of 12 years Aaron! Often referring... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
San Simeon

11:00am

Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation and Impact
Project-based learning is a profound learning methodology that applies knowledge and skills to real-world problems, questions, and challenges. Project-based learning creates a partnership between parent and child, as they journey through the process of planning, learning, documenting, and presenting tangible outcomes for personal and social impact. Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT,  for this informative, hands-on workshop/talk based on their new book that will cover everything from the inspirational “why” through the practical “how-to”, empowering you to begin using project-based learning in your home education!


Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
San Martin

11:00am

Teen Opening
Come celebrate the start of conference by playing games, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new people at the annual Teen Conference opening! The Assassin game will be explained, and Assassin cards will be distributed at this event! Be there, or be square!

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

12:00pm

HSC Teen Scavenger Hunt
You’ll need a sharp eye and quick wits to compete for glory in the HSC Scavenger hunt. The hunt will take you to all ends of HSC conference and show you the best we have to offer, so this is a GREAT way for New Attendees to tour conference!

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →
PL

Patrick Lawler

Hey y’all! It’s Patrick. I’m an 18 year old concurrent enrollment student, I’ve been homeschooled most of my life and I’ve been on TCC since BEFORE we had dances with Ben Jammin (yes! There are people still alive from all the way back then!).Besides that, I love my friends... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

12:00pm

California-based Roadschoolers and Worldschoolers Meetup
California-based Roadschoolers and Worldschoolers Meetup

Speakers
LB

Lisa Betts-LaCroix

Lisa Betts-LaCroix is a speaker, actor, podcaster and dancer. A champion of radical educational reform, Lisa Betts-LaCroix co-founded of a network of 350+ San Francisco Bay area families who independently educate their children outside of traditional school; the group sets new precedents... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Chardonnay

12:30pm

Stop the STEM Stereotypes: Anyone Can Teach and Enjoy Math!
A deep understanding of math enables success in many interesting STEM careers. But it needn’t be drudgery and repetition: “Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”

Homeschooling is a great opportunity to protect your students from peer pressure and stereotypes about math and poorly conceived curricula, and instead teach them that mathematics is fun and open to all.

In this workshop, I will introduce you to books and websites you can use with your students from young elementary and beyond. I’ll show you how you can work with larger groups of students to make math more social and fun. We’ll learn to avoid the “tyranny of 100%” and find alternatives to the “race to calculus.”

We’ll role play Socratic teaching methods with the math-phobic parents as students! We’ll even solve some elementary math problems together and learn to model a positive attitude to problem solving (even when we don’t know the solution).

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Fir

12:30pm

Homeschool 101
New to homeschooling? You are not alone! Every year thousands of families in California make the same choice to take learning outside of the schoolhouse. Families turn to homeschooling for a variety of reasons, intending to follow a multitude of paths. HSC supports them all! Homeschooling in California encompasses enrollment in public independent study programs through districts or charter schools, enrollment in private school satellite programs, and establishing your own private school. This session will discuss all these legal options for homeschooling. HSC maintains a list of parent-driven homeschool support groups by county to help you find local support. We also offer a website full of resources, several annual campouts, online communities, phone support, and of course the awesome annual conference. Session host Stephanie Hood will help answer any questions you have about HSC, homeschooling in CA, socialization, transitioning out of full-time school, preparation for college, or any other topics that concern you. Welcome to homeschooling and the freedom it brings!

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Monterey

12:30pm

Homeschool 101 en Español
Eres nueva en educando tus hijos/as en el hogar? No estás sola/o! Todos los años miles de familias en California toman la decision de educar sus hijos/as en el hogar. Familias deciden educar los hijos/as en el hogar por varias razones y siguiendo diferentes caminos, los cuales HSC apoya! Educando los hijos/as en el hogar en California tiene varias formas: hay programas independiente públicos dirigidos por los varios distritos o escuelas de charter,  programas satélites de escuelas privadas,  o estableciendo su propia escuela privada. En éste taller hablaremos de todas las opciones legales para educar los hijos/as en el hogar. Compartiremos información sobre grupos de apoyo dirigidos por padres en los varios condados de California, ofreceremos recursos, hablaremos sobre socialización juvenil y otros recursos que provee HSC como comunidades por el internet, apoyo por teléfono, y por su puesto la conferencia anual. El taller estará dirigido por Edith Guillén-Núñez, una abogada y terapeuta que educa sus dos hijas (16 años y 10 años) en el hogar. Edith le responderá a preguntas sobre los tópicos mencionados además sobre la preparación para la Universidad y otros tópicos que les interesa. Bienvenidos a la educación de nuestros hijos/as en el hogar y a la libertad que esto les trae.


Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
San Simeon

12:30pm

STI Risk Reduction and Pregnancy Prevention
In this fast-paced workshop we'll cover the basics of STI prevention/treatment, and all the FDA-approved methods of pregnancy prevention. Our model is based on risk-reduction (not abstinence). Participant questions welcome!

Speakers
MW

Melina Winterton

Melina received her Masters in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been teaching students of all ages about sex and drugs for over 20 years. She is also a veteran homeschooling parents, with two full grown, content kids.


Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
San Martin

12:30pm

Top Down and Bottom Up: How Stress Impacts Learning

News flash: the separation of brain and body is all in your mind! Join us for a lively discussion of what contributes to stress, how stress manifests throughout the self, and how it can affect growth and learning. Thinking about stress is one way to work with it; moving through stress is another. By leveraging both the brain (top down) and the body (bottom up), we can help create more optimal conditions for the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of our children - and ourselves. This is a workshop presented together with Kim Hsieh


Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Carmel

12:30pm

Parenting Patois Exploring liberation language in our parenting with Akilah S. Richards
What is patois? Patois is a term used to describe a blending of languages used to establish shared meaning and mutual understanding among people who do not speak each other’s primary language. In our context together, we will explore what it means to partner with children to make space to learn about their needs, and to express our own, without trying to force understanding upon our child, or to become passive as we attempt to ease tension by trying to fit ourselves into what we think will make children happy. Adults are bilingual; we speak oppression by training and we speak liberation by choice. This workshop will help you hold space to realize how many of us arrived at a parenting approach that centers parental controls (performance arts and power-over), and then to discover how we can get to collaborative, emergent, culture co-creation with our children.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Oak

1:00pm

Marble Roller Coasters
Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
San Jose

2:00pm

Teen Meet and Greet Game
Feel awkward because you don't know anyone yet?  Can't remember that person's name?  Join us for a fun Meet & Greet Game!  There are 3 Meet & Greet Games during the conference because we all know how easy it is to forget that interesting person's name even when we wish we had remembered it!  


Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

2:00pm

Screenprinting!
Back by popular demand, join Samantha in learning how screens are made and printed! Bring your own t-shirt, bag, or fabric and choose from a selection of popular characters and homeschool quips to screenprint!


Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
San Jose

2:00pm

Love More
This workshop will explore some of the ideas in my book, Love More, that support parents in find practical and easy ways to add more love and joy to their children's everyday lives. We will cover two areas, Love in Action and Love in presence. The goal is to support parents in finding simple ways to add an extra spark to the days they spend alongside their children.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
San Simeon

2:00pm

Queer Basics and Coming Out: You're Not Alone
Topics covered will include Gender Identity and Sexuality, Coming out: How To, is it safe? and when to, rights and access to confidential medical services as a minor, risk reduction, and community resources.

Speakers
TB

Tyler Bennett

Hello everyone, I am a gay cis-gendered male (he/him) living in Berkeley, California. I am a community college student working toward degrees in Public Health and Social work. I am passionate about education and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community and look forward to meeting you al... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
San Martin

2:00pm

Writer's workshop Series 1
Join author Elana K. Arnold for a two-day workshop. Together, we will play with story. You are welcome to come to one or both sessions. Fill your creative well with a series of writing activities, insight, and conversations. All are welcome.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carmel

2:00pm

Teen Improv Games
One hour of improv games. Improv is a form of acting in which there's no script and no planned scenes. No experience necessary!


Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fir
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

2:00pm

Bizarre Bazaar
What do you get when you smash the Artisan Craft Fair, the Recycled Resources Fair, and the Local Groups Fair into one grand space?  It's the Bizarre Bazaar!

Join us Friday afternoon for a marketplace where attendees are encouraged to display and sell their arts, crafts and gently used resources (books, computer/board games, puzzles, dvds, etc...) Please tag all of your own items and staff your space while you are selling.

Those with services for sale (henna, face painting, fortune telling, etc...) and friendly performers with musical or magical talents are encouraged to join in the fun and contribute to the Renaissance Faire atmosphere! However, due to hotel regulations, please, no food sales.

Finally, come find your people! Local groups will have an opportunity to host a table and promote their groups. Mingle with others and find local people for park days, classes, field trips and more. Local groups are welcome to bring an item or basket to donate to the HSC Raffle.

For those selling arts/crafts/recycled resources:  Set-up begins at 1:45 p.m. and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  HSC will not staff nor collect items for this event nor collect any proceeds from sales.   During the last half hour, we ask that all remaining sellers consider offering their items for free.

Friday August 9, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Siskiyou & Donner

2:30pm

How In-the-Moment, Inspiration-Led Learning Transformed Our Lives
This presentation is about interest led learning, and challenging accepted homeschooling and world schooling conventions. It’s about not being afraid of being unique in an already unique crowd. It’s about not doing what everyone else is doing and rather, to the contrary, investing in the experiences that are going to make your children more flexible, dynamic and adaptable in an already drastically changing world. With interest led learning, learn what you can achieve together as family when you don’t allow fear and convention to hold you back.

The Kaponay family has been traveling the world for eight years, across 45 countries on 6 continents. But while they are now seasoned travellers, living what many of their old friends and family consider to be an extremely polarising lifestyle, when they stepped onto that first plane that would commence their international travels, all they had were four backpacks, each other, and a deep, unrelenting passion for inspiration-led, in-the-moment learning. Not wanting to allow societal norms to dictate the life they wanted to live together as a family, they forged an ongoing journey of discovery that fundamentally challenged every idea of what they once considered learning to be.

George will take you on this journey of both challenging and illuminating experiences that started with their children’s very early traditional schooling, a journey that now, at the end of their children’s formal schooling years, has completely integrated the family's desire for continuous learning and development into their daily lives, creating numerous integrated and dynamic projects; successful family ventures inspired by their passions, which now fund their world travels.

This wildly nonconventional journey has seen their daughter become a published author, one of the world’s youngest published authors at age 14 and their son a successful entrepreneur, by developing his passions for learning and transforming them it into his professional pursuit.

George will share his family story and give insight into how learning doesn’t need to stop, but rather can transform when your children reach adult age, into an ongoing journey you can all take together...One that will challenge you to question what you consider the boundaries of learning to be.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Oak

3:00pm

Board Member Tea with Julie
         You are cordially invited to
Tea with our 2019 HSC Keynote Speaker
               Julie Lythcott-Haims

                 Families Welcome


Speakers
AS

Alexx Souter

Alexx is a 24-year-old unschooled graduate from Southern California with a passion for enacting positive change in the world. Alexx has worked with HSC as a Teen Conference Committee member and coordinator and helped to spearhead our Young Adult Conference Program. They teach about... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Chardonnay

3:00pm

Camp AC
Sick of all those pesky mosquito bites and sunburns? Then come on down to Camp AC! Join one of four cabins to play active camp games, win prizes, and compete for victory.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Pine

3:30pm

Practical Matters for Teens
Some transitions into adulthood must be handled differently for homeschooled teens compared to their traditionally schooled peers. This workshop will explore these topics: Work Permits, Driver’s Education, California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), diplomas and transcripts, community college dual enrollment, applying directly to university after homeschooling, graduation and celebration!

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Monterey

3:30pm

Fairy Lanterns
Make magical fairy lanterns in any color imaginable with upcycled jars, tissue paper and your own imaginations. Create your own glowing lamp and summon fairies to your dreams (or bedroom or garden) with it.


Friday August 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
San Simeon

3:30pm

Googlicious - Putting Google Apps to work for your homeschool
Are you mystified by technology? Do you want to learn how to use Google Apps to keep your crazy homeschool life organized? Would you like Google to do the grading for you? Are you tired of using pen and paper to keep track of events, grades, etc.? Does even the thought of typing out and essay exhaust you? Do you want to be able to keep a digital portfolio of all your amazing work? Would you love to learn how to make your own website? Then this session is for you! Come learn all of the above and more! All that Google has to offer kids, young adults, and parents presented to you by a homeschool mom who is a Certified Google Educator and has learned to adapt classroom tools to homeschool situations! You will leave this session with an incredible amount of tools and resources to rock your homeschool! While devices (phones, iPads, Laptops) are not necessary, to maximize your learning in this session they are most welcome!

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Carmel

3:30pm

Homeschooling 411 and Beyond
How to do everything homeschooling that is not traditional school work.

Speakers
HR

Hannah Rosenthal

Hannah Rosenthal, a mother of two teens (18,14), was born in Israel, and came as an adult to the states. She was unschooling during her high school years (without her parents agreement).After teaching a special photography class at different LAUSD schools, she figured that with all... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
San Martin

3:30pm

D&D Character Creation Workshop
We will go through the basics of creating your own Dungeons and Dragons character. We will go over race, class, how to roll stats, and even discuss the complicated looking skill box on the character sheet. Every one who attends will get help creating their own D&D character that they can use to play in any future D&D campaign (including the Dungeon Crawl that Lexy is also running at the con, if they want).

Attendees need to be independent readers and able to do simple math.

Limit 10 attendees for one on one help, but others are welcome to hang out and watch.


Friday August 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Santa Clara

4:00pm

4:00pm

Talking about Race and Racism: A Frank Discussion
The idea of race has a difficult and complex history, especially here in the US.
It has been used for centuries to categorize, reward, and penalize people based on perceived differences.
And despite often being misguidedly defined by skin tone and other physical attributes, race has no genetic basis but this powerful social construction has a tremendous impact on individuals’ lives because it is often employed to establish and maintain privilege and power dynamics.
Even the definitions of race and racism are themselves a product of racism's long and conflicted history in our society.
So with all of that in mind, how does one go about having a dialogue about this important topic?
By coming to this informative and lively discussion!
This talk will discuss Race and Racism and how it impacts us all, especially us as Un/Homeschoolers.
Please come with your questions, concerns and solutions as we navigate this very important topic. All are Welcome.


Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Fir

5:00pm

SAT, ACT, AP exams -- oh my! Standardized Test Preparation for Homeschooled Students
Preparing for standardized tests -- like the SAT, ACT, and AP exams -- can be a daunting prospect for homeschooled students and their families. In this workshop we will  help you navigate the test-taking maze by demystifying these exams (particularly the SAT and ACT which have both changed significantly in recent years), identify great resources to help students prepare for these important tests, and help families develop timelines for what to take and when.

Speakers
JG

Jared Greene

I am Senior Director at AJ Tutoring, the Bay Area's leading provider of customized & flexible 1-on-1 academic and test preparation tutoring. AJ Tutoring works with a significant number of homeschooled children to help them enhance their mastery of school subjects and tackle standardized... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Monterey

5:00pm

Language Learning: Past and Present
How did students in antiquity learn a second language? What about students in medieval times? How can we use this information to our benefit in learning a second language today? Come journey with me as I take a trip into the past to explore how second languages were learned in the Roman empire and throughout Western Europe in medieval times. We will also discuss the main methods for second language acquisition today and see if we can apply ancient methods to today’s world.

Speakers
LA

Lauren Allen

I am Lauren Allen, the founder of Linguas Antiquas where I teach classical languages and literature to homeschoolers in the Bay Area and online. I have a degree in History from UC San Diego and have extensively studied Classical Latin since 2012 and Attic Greek since 2014. I also... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
San Martin

5:00pm

Using Video Games for Educational Applications
This talk will focus on how to use common video games as part of your kids' homeschooling experience. We'll focus on both traditional core education subjects like history, math, etc and other topics like social learning, philosophy, critical thinking, and more.

Speakers
VK

Victoria Khaze

Victoria Khaze’s passion for business and children lead her to create Money Munchkids; a children’s financial education company. She has over seven years in business, four in marketing, over 15 years as a child care professional and 12 as a sister. She utilized both her own experience... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Carmel

5:30pm

Teen Workshop: Managing Money
It is important for our teens to learn about money management before they go out on their own and have to handle expenses, are offered credit cards, and so on. Rob will show them how to get started early to make their money work for them and get set up for a financially secure future! Most people wait too long and don’t know what to do and where to begin. I'll help your teens get the knowledge that we didn’t have so they can make the right decisions along the way.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

6:30pm

Navigating the Homeschooling/Unschooling Culture as Families of Color
A round table discussion among ourselves to share the successes, challenges and advantages of Homescholing/Unschooling as families of color. This conversation will be centered around the experiences and needs of POC and attendees are encouraged to support the creation of a safe space during our meeting times.

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Monterey

6:30pm

Tubbin'
Come talk, relax, and meet new friends at this hot tubbin' experience!


Speakers
MA

Max Arnold

hey, i'm max. i like tubbin.


Friday August 9, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hot Tub
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

6:30pm

Movie Screening of Self-Taught
A movie screening of my new film Self-Taught: Life Stories From Self-Directed Learners

Speakers
JS

Jeremy Stuart

Jeremy’s involvement in the television and film industry has spanned over 25 years. As an editor he has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and corporate projects, as well as award winning documentaries and short films for clients such as Lucasfilm, Dolby Laboratories... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Oak

7:00pm

LGBTQ Reception
You are invited to the LGBTQ reception.  Let's meet, greet, and take pride in being together!

Speakers
AS

Alexx Souter

Alexx is a 24-year-old unschooled graduate from Southern California with a passion for enacting positive change in the world. Alexx has worked with HSC as a Teen Conference Committee member and coordinator and helped to spearhead our Young Adult Conference Program. They teach about... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
San Simeon

7:30pm

Gamers' Lounge
Join us for free range gaming in a communal space.  Bring your laptops/ iPads and games -- all ages welcome. You're welcome  to bring game platforms like PS3 or Xbox (we'll have a projector  available). Parents of young children must stay. All games welcome,  including but not limited to Minecraft, WOW, LOL, Team Fortress 2, etc.  Join us for a digital, awesome, gamingly good time!




Speakers
CE

Carl Eliot Nelson

Carl Nelson is an aspiring lighting designer and lover of the theatrical arts who wants to spread the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes of the shows we all know and love


Friday August 9, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Monterey

8:00pm

Banana Tag
Run around and have fun. Bring friends and make new ones.

Speakers
TC

Tera Clare

Tera is the crazy cat lady of active games and passions. She loves respectfully facilitating fun for kids and teens, watching them get involved and solve problems. She got started when her own kinesthetic, unschooling son needed more active things to do at conference.


Friday August 9, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Pine

8:00pm

Not Your Ordinary Bingo!
Yes, it's not your ordinary Bingo!  Come see what it's all about!


Friday August 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

8:00pm

A Night in New Vegas
Are you tired of aimlessly wandering the wasteland? Join us for a night of high stakes, low odds, and few serious injuries at this post-apocalyptic casino night. Be there...or be square.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:30pm

Super Secret Underground Mom's Dance Party!
We can lose connection with ourselves juggling mom life.  Join us in liberating our bodies by channeling your inner diva and busting a move! Come listen to music & connect with other moms. Dancing is not required. There's no right way to dance, this is a no judgment zone that means no judgment of others, and no judgment of yourself. Rhythm not needed, if anyone feels awkward shout out " I feel Awkward" and the rest of us will cheer you on. Just 3 rules: Moms Only. No Lights. No Judgment.

Help us add to playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Lfh1i5UDuh8OkwB7d5vcj?si=YzVkOr39RDGBjxGOWnh3cA

Speakers

Friday August 9, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Pine
 
Saturday, August 10
 

8:00am

Movement & Mindfulness
Let's get curious about our embodied experience through Hatha Flow Yoga (slower paced than Vinyasa Flow) as a movement meditation. Invite yourself to land in the body, breath, head, & heart through basic sun salutations, standing, seated, inverted and resting poses. Eunice will lead you through a well rounded sequence of asanas (poses) for about thirty minutes in preparation for 15 to 20 minute meditation (seated, standing, or lying down). Previous experience with yoga, mindfulness, meditation or movement is awesome but not necessary! Please bring two or three towels as props to use. Open to all ages!

Speakers
EY

Eunice Young Kim

As a kid in New Jersey, Eunice discovered yoga via PBS during the 1990’s. While living in New York, the sudden death of her mother in 2000 and the events of nine eleven were turning points that jump started a deeper dive into asking what she might want from this life. Some of the... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Pine

9:00am

Pokemon Trading Card Game Meetup
A Meetup for all things Pokemon TCG!  Card trading and game play, we have some loaner decks if you are new.  

Speakers
AS

Andrea Schrimp

Andrea is an always unschooling mom to three wild, awesome kids. She is also a professional computer geek. In the highly unusual event that she has free time, she likes to drink fancy chai, take naps, read post-apocalyptic fiction, and bake, not necessarily in that order.
MM

Michelle McNeill

Mom to an always unschooled 14 year old, game designer, urban homesteader, beekeeper, and all around nerd.


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Clara

9:00am

Registration
Welcome!  We're so glad you're here!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

9:00am

Speakers' Bookstore
Visit the HSC Speaker Bookstore to browse and purchase books written by our fabulous past and present speakers!  Book signings scheduled throughout the day.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

9:00am

Zen Zone
Need a quiet place to reset?  This small but mighty room is for you.  

Please respect the needs of others.  If you are ready for more activity and noise, step out, so that others may regroup.  

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Capitola

9:00am

Epic Play Space
Come bounce,  build, and PLAY under the big top in this year's Epic Play Space!  This is a giant space for big games, our giant inflatable obstacle course, the Construction Zone,  giant balls and more!

Note: The EPS is not intended to provide child care. Please plan to stay and play with your kids!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Little Kids' Play room
The Little Kids' Play Room is a place set aside for our littlest attendees and their parents as a respite and play area.  There are toys and books to relax with while chatting with other families.  Childcare is not provided in the Little Kids' Play Room, so please stay and play with your kids!

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Carlos

9:00am

Craft Zone
Children yearn for inspiration and self-expression.  Bring them to the Craft Zone, a welcoming space for our younger attendees.  They'll find child-friendly crafts, colorful activities, and room to experiment.  The Craft Zone is the perfect place to color, glue, create, decorate...bring your creative energy and dig into a beautiful array of craft supplies!


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Fiberland
Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Juan

9:00am

Makerspace
Come tinker and build new skills in our fabulous makerspace!  Learn how to use tools and materials to build and hack projects and get expert advice from mentors on how to dream big and create big at home!  Scheduled workshops will be offered throughout the day, or simply drop in and start making.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Jose

9:00am

Game Deck
Come check out the expanded Game Deck.  The game deck has always been a nice spot to get away and relax, but now it is even better.  Come play our new cooperative games, or slaughter your friend at chess; participate in a Magic Tournament, or line up dominos and make them fall down; or just enjoy a quiet game.  Regardless of what is scheduled, you can still put your feet up and play any game of your choice.  Or make up your own game—rules are made to be broken.

Speakers
MM

Michelle McNeill

Mom to an always unschooled 14 year old, game designer, urban homesteader, beekeeper, and all around nerd.
AS

Andrea Schrimp

Andrea is an always unschooling mom to three wild, awesome kids. She is also a professional computer geek. In the highly unusual event that she has free time, she likes to drink fancy chai, take naps, read post-apocalyptic fiction, and bake, not necessarily in that order.


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Clara

9:00am

Teenspace 2019
Teenspace: A place designed with teenagers in mind! The Teenspace is a lounge, a refuge, a social space for teens to hangout and connect with friends old and new. Daily “Meet & Greet” events, Foosball, Evening Bingo, Games,  and space to hang out with your friends are here. Feel free to drop in between sessions, or anytime, and if you are brave enough, take a stab at our 1000 piece puzzle. Watch for times and special events, as well.
Open until midnight Thursday & Friday, and 1:00 am on Saturday!


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - Sunday August 11, 2019 1:00am
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:30am

Real American
Julie Lythcott-Haims came up through brand name schools and entered the corporate world, all the while feeling a desperate need to prove that as a Black woman she had what it would take to succeed. In this moving and insightful talk, Julie turns her journey from self loathing to self love into practical recommendations about how to create an environment in which all humans can thrive. Her candid and incisive commentary on our broken system opens hearts and inspires action.


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Oak

9:30am

Frankinstuffies
Frankinstuffies are stuffed animals that you make out of all kinds of different stuffed animal parts. Whether you make a turtle body with a cat head and monkey arms to a cow teletubby. it's up to you! And the best part is you get to keep your new creation! so come and make something! To parents of younger kids, We suggest that you come and supervise because we will have needles and hot glue guns. We will try our best to keep an eye on things but we don't want to take any chances.



Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
San Juan

9:30am

Making Math Wonderful, The Qualities of Numbers
Learn how to introduce your child to math through the archetypal, geometric qualities of the numbers 1 to 12. See how children can find the relation of numbers to the world of nature in an imaginative, hands-on way and establish a basis for a lifelong interest in mathematics.


Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
San Simeon

9:30am

Re-thinking adulting: Partnership not Power in Support of Self-Directed Education
What is the optimal role of adults in children’s lives today? If we are too controlling, too present, we risk creating a learned helplessness and limiting or reversing growth of innate and critical human capacities. Yet if we pull back too much, and say “anything goes”, we risk another set of problems.


In this workshop, we will explore two key areas to rethink adulting:

Principles and practices we can use as teachers and parents to maintain strong connection with youth while respecting their right to self-direction and freedom, and;

The deconditioning we need to do to shed ingrained societal assumptions and norms about the roles and rights of adults and children in our communities.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Carmel

9:30am

Easy Self-Help Acupressure to Expand Learning and Thriving
Are you ready to discover how you can easily increase focus, self-confidence, and happiness??

In this workshop, participants will gain tools to encourage learning and living in an effortless way. Self-directed education is more easily accomplished when mindfulness, self-empowerment, and creativity are accessible to the learner, regardless of age.

A happy, dynamic environment is of major importance to facilitate learning. And that environment starts with discovering how to be a partner with your own body and program it to experience health and wellness. The techniques we choose for self-care work best when they are easy to do, simple to follow, time efficient, and have successful outcomes. Above all, we need to feel empowered that we can actually make a difference in our own health and wellbeing.

Self-help acupressure (lightly touching energy balance points) is a technique that can create that successful outcome, and it can be used by people of all ages. When the body experiences energetic balance and harmony, we can make a difference – physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether 3 years old or 93 years old, the body appreciates knowing breath, health and ease. And, there is nothing better than teaching children at a very early age that they can truly be partners with their own bodies.

In this workshop, both youth and adults will learn how to easily create:
Increased attention span
Increased clarity and focus
Reduced anxiety and stress
Pleasant learning experiences
Balanced emotions
Improved performance in sports and creative activities
Improved health, including letting go of chronic conditions like headaches
Increased self-confidence and mindfulness

A daily practice of self-help acupressure can create an environment in which children can be more carefree, happy and productive. It’s an easy way to give your children an edge in both academic and nonacademic endeavors, and it’s a great tool for parents. You’ll leave this workshop knowing how to experience consistent ease and calm, increased self-confidence, a boosted immune system, and a new sense of vitality. You’ll leave with a handout that will allow you to easily learn the acupressure poses and do the “work” throughout your day.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
San Martin

10:00am

Teen & Young Adult LGBT+ Meetup
Come and meet other members of the LGBT+ community in a safe and welcoming space!
This is meant for young members of the LGBT+ community to give an empowering space to queer youth voices though discussion and community.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chardonnay

10:00am

Hand Sewn Pocket Purses
Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
San Jose

10:00am

Info Table
Have questions about Homeschooling, stop on by!

Talent Show sign up sheet is here, as well.



Saturday August 10, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Bayshore Foyer

10:00am

Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Be sure to visit our Exhibit Hall, open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Exhibit Hall is free to the general public both days and is the perfect place to find inspiration and resources for your next homeschooling year!  The Exhibit Hall will be bursting with vendors including books, games, charter schools, toys, and tech items!  There is a full schedule of demonstrations, activities and presentations happening INSIDE this special space, so be sure to wander through and spend some quality time with our generous exhibitors.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
Siskiyou & Donner

11:00am

Book Signing -- Julie Lythcott-Haims, Real American
Join Julie as she personalizes your copy of Real American.  If you don't have a copy with you, they will be for sale at our conference book store for your convenience.


Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
City Foyer

11:00am

Nerf Battles (Ages 5-99)
We will play multiple Nerf battles, with breaks in between for collecting darts, resting and reloading. Game modes may include: freeze tag, civil war, defend the core, seize the balls, capture the point, or king of the hill. Depending on number of attendees, we may need to have everyone take turns. All ages from 5-99 and all genders are encouraged to participate! BRING your own Nerf blaster(s), NO SHIELDS/NO MELEE (swords, foam weapons). I will provide a few blasters for borrowing if you don't have one and enough elite style darts for all. If your blaster uses mega darts, balls, or discs, please bring your own ammo. Put your initials or mark on your equipment and ammo for identification. All players are expected to help pick up darts after EACH game mode. Rules will be explained at the session. (can also be viewed ahead of time at www.eastbayareanerf.com) Children participating must be able to follow directions, be good sports and be team players (no bad language allowed). All players must have glasses, sunglasses or some sort of eye protection for each round. I will have a few extras in case someone forgets. Parents may watch through the doors but may not be in the room due to limited space. Come and join in the FUN!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Pine

11:00am

Writing a Personal Statement: for colleges, scholarships, and personal growth
If you or your teen are feeling overwhelmed by or curious about the Personal Statement that is often a requirement for entry into universities or for scholarship applications, join author Elana K. Arnold for an overview of how to approach it. Elana has helped hundreds of teens write statements that they feel accurately represent who they are and where they want to go—for college admissions, scholarship opportunities, and and even for personal insight. Preteens, teens, and adults are welcome.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
San Martin

11:00am

Diversity: Doing the work
The topic of diversity is super important to me. As a white child growing up in a mixed family, I have always been aware of the ways we kids were treated differently in public. Even so, I catch myself getting caught up in the white blindness more often than l like to admit. But I will admit it. Otherwise, I am hurting the people I love most in the world, as well my neighbors and people I don’t even know.

Why should a white woman address diversity? Because everyone should. Because the problem starts here and needs to be addressed. Because I can. Because equity is a beautiful thing. Because I screw up often enough to know how it feels to mess up, get back up, admit it, and keep trying. Because I’d like to encourage others to have the courage to make life better for everyone. Because comfort zones are way overrated.

Speakers
CC

Christabel Choi

Christabel Choi is a writer, adventurer, and homeschooler living in the East Bay with three boisterous generations somewhat settled under one roof. Her three children, ages 15, 18, 21 have spent thirteen years trying to teach their parents how to homeschool, and they hope one day... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Monterey

11:00am

How To Overcome Opposition
In your homeschooling journey, or as you consider homeschooling, you may have encountered opposition which in some cases was based on a misunderstanding of homeschooling or unfounded ideas about traditional schooling. Wes will explore these misunderstandings and baseless ideas, and will also tell the stories of young people he has worked with who have been very successful in a wide variety of occupational pursuits after very out-of-the-mainstream preparation for the workplace and/or college.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Fir

11:00am

SHTEAM: Why History Matters in a STEAM Education
Join Samantha Matalone Cook, author for Pandia Press' History Odyssey and long-time history educator, for a hands-on workshop that makes the case for why history should be an essential component to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, and how to make history come alive and relevant for every kind of kid and every situation!


Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Carmel

11:00am

Unschooling kids with ADHD and ASD
ADHD and ASD kids have special challenges, even in an unschooling family. Come have a discussion moderated by moms who unschool ADHD and ASD kids. Parenting as an adult with these conditions is challenging, too. Let's share tips and tricks that help us.


Saturday August 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
San Simeon

12:00pm

Teen Meet and Greet Game
Feel awkward because you don't know anyone yet?  Can't remember that person's name?  Join us for a fun Meet & Greet Game!  There are 3 Meet & Greet Games during the conference because we all know how easy it is to forget that interesting person's name even when we wish we had remembered it!  


Saturday August 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

12:30pm

Nerf Battles (Ages 5-99)
We will play multiple Nerf battles, with breaks in between for collecting darts, resting and reloading. Game modes may include: freeze tag, civil war, defend the core, seize the balls, capture the point, or king of the hill. Depending on number of attendees, we may need to have everyone take turns. All ages from 5-99 and all genders are encouraged to participate! BRING your own Nerf blaster(s), NO SHIELDS/NO MELEE (swords, foam weapons). I will provide a few blasters for borrowing if you don't have one and enough elite style darts for all. If your blaster uses mega darts, balls, or discs, please bring your own ammo. Put your initials or mark on your equipment and ammo for identification. All players are expected to help pick up darts after EACH game mode. Rules will be explained at the session. (can also be viewed ahead of time at www.eastbayareanerf.com) Children participating must be able to follow directions, be good sports and be team players (no bad language allowed). All players must have glasses, sunglasses or some sort of eye protection for each round. I will have a few extras in case someone forgets. Parents may watch through the doors but may not be in the room due to limited space. Come and join in the FUN!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Pine

12:30pm

Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards Funshop.
Open to all ages.
What are Artist Trading Cards?
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are simply pieces of art that are made out of cards measuring 2.5”by 3.5”.
You can buy special paper already cut to this size, or better yet, simply use sturdy paper you already have at home. Old file folders, card stock, greeting cards – any paper that is not flimsy – can be cut to the right dimensions and used as an ATC. Think about baseball trading cards and look for paper about that weight. Or, be
creative and use materials other than paper. Just keep to the 2.5” x 3.5” size.
Once you have your 2.5 x 3.5” card, what you do with it is up to you. Draw on it, paint, collage, sew, embellish, write words.
In an ATCs funshop, all of the participants share materials, themes, techniques and ideas with others in the funshop to make unique ATCs. And we always schedule time for trading/swapping finished cards too.


Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Gateway Foyer

12:30pm

How To Start a Podcast
"According to Edison Research, 24% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. Not only that, the popularity of podcasts continues to rise. To say that podcasts are having a moment would be an understatement."

Do you want to start a podcast?

Are you an educator? A parent? Or a student? This is the workshop for YOU!

Starting a podcast isn’t difficult and it's a great way to learn and to teach. But there are a number of steps you’ll need to know and some planning you'll want to do in advance.

In this podcasting workshop, I’ll give you an overview of the steps needed including:

* Topic ideas
* Podcast format
* Show Description and Artwork specifications
* Episode Planning
* Equipment selection
* Recording and editing
* Launching and Publishing to iTunes and other platforms

This is a how-to guide covering everything you need to know to get started. The workshop is led by an independent podcaster with over 70 episodes produced and hosted. Lisa is also a longtime leader in the homeschooling and independent learning communities.

Speakers
LB

Lisa Betts-LaCroix

Lisa Betts-LaCroix is a speaker, actor, podcaster and dancer. A champion of radical educational reform, Lisa Betts-LaCroix co-founded of a network of 350+ San Francisco Bay area families who independently educate their children outside of traditional school; the group sets new precedents... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
San Martin

12:30pm

Special Effects Makeup
Love monsters? Zombies? Cosplay?! Come learn about the basics of special effects makeup with professional teen makeup artist C Oldham. Oldham was featured a year ago on All In With Cam Newton for her sfx skills!
Oldham will be using people from the audience to model the makeup!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Monterey

12:30pm

White Awake in the Homeschool World: A Supportive Dialogue for White People on Dismantling Racism in our own Communities
Let’s discuss how we can:-Create more inclusive homeschool communities-Raise race conscious children-Educate ourselves and our families about privilege and racism-Become more confident in speaking up-Recognize and respond to homeschool-specific need for white allies

Speakers
AS

Alanya Snyder

Alanya is the Co-Founder of Ka-Lo Academy, an organization that serves teens who want to leave traditional school and build a self-directed education.Alanya has worked with adolescents since 1997 and has homeschooled for 10 years. Her own children are 13 and 15.She is also an activist... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Carmel

12:30pm

Homeschool Charters and ISPs
CA families have several ways they can legally homeschool/unschool. Many choose to enroll in a state-funded homeschool charter school or district Independent Study Program, most of which offer free curriculum, lending libraries, field trips, optional class days, supportive community, instructional funds, graduation ceremonies, and/or accredited high school transcripts. Some district programs also allow high schoolers to participate in sports, music, lab science, and other classes. In exchange for these lovely benefits, families are expected to submit work samples, meet with a supervising teacher on a regular basis, follow a rigid course of study during the high school years, and take state tests. Is the homeschool charter/ISP option right for you? Is it time to make a change from public to private homeschooling, or vice versa? FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENS: Anyone considering homeschooling for 9th grade and above should inform themselves of how the public/private homeschool decision affects their future choices. Come ask questions and explore your options.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
San Simeon

12:45pm

The Dating Game
Come experience our take on the classic ABC television series, maybe you'll meet that special someone ;)

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

1:00pm

Magic The Gathering Meetup
Play and trade Magic the Gathering.  Loaner decks will be available!

Saturday August 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Clara

1:00pm

Parenting Baby’s and teens: how to make it all work.
Let's meet up to exchange ideas of how to thrive while managing a wide age range of kids.


Saturday August 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
San Carlos

2:00pm

Why Your Brain Wants to Unschool
Did you know that unschooling is actually good for your brain? The latest analysis of cutting-edge brain research indicates that the choice to unschool may be the very best thing you could do for your child's brain. In this talk we will explore:
*how unschooling makes learning more relevant and memorable to the brain
*how the hemispheres of the brain effect learning and how you can help your child optimize them
*how a child's readiness to learn is key
*how our environment impacts how we encode information
*how our unique learning styles are supported by unschooling
*how the brain's rhythms of waking, sleeping and body movement correspond to learning
*how stress impairs the brain's ability to learn and how unschooling works to create more resiliency


Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Oak

2:00pm

A Disorganized Unschoolers Guide to Brag-worthy Homeschool Recordkeeping
Are you unorganized, organized, or somewhere along that spectrum? Perhaps you are an unschooler who doesn't know what is going to happen day to day (like me), someone who plans most hours of each day, or somewhere in between. This presentation and workshop will help you keep track of your K-12 homeschool life so you can understand where your child(ren)'s learning journey has taken them and plan for their future learning. As a bonus, you will be able to easily create a record of learning for your student(s) as well as craft a transcript whenever you need it.

I'll first introduce how I approached learning and recordkeeping with my own kids under a PSA and an umbrella/homeschool charter school. Collectively, we will discuss how we are homeschooling our kids and any recordkeeping challenges we are encountering. Finally, I'll share the method I use in my homeschool, how it applies across elementary, middle, and high school (including community college attendance), and together we will create recordkeeping (and organizational) resources we can take home and immediately put to use.

You will need a laptop or smartphone as well as a lined or gridded notebook and something to write with such as a pen or pencil. If you like to doodle or want to add color, don't forget some markers or colored pencils. Come ready to get ready for academic year 2019-2020!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
San Martin

2:00pm

10 Tips for Algebra Success!
It’s a math listicle...and a homeschooling workshop in one! Join us for some fun math suggestions for success including: Watch Your Language (&#%!@?!), You Aren’t a Robot (so stop acting like one), Be Inefficient, Math Isn’t a Religion (so lose your faith), and Make Mistakes! If we have time we’ll watch some cat videos. And maybe some Q&A.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
San Simeon

2:00pm

BUILDING BRIDGES WITH A SMART PHONE CAMERA …From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed, One Photo at A Time
BUILDING BRIDGES WITH A SMART PHONE CAMERA
…From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed, One Photo at A Time

We’ve become addicted to the technology that was intended to liberate us. Janet Caliri shows us how to take back our personal power and connection, de-escalate stress and trauma, enhance creativity & connection, build bridges from a place of calm, joy and personal power, all by using our smart phones.

Speakers
JC

Janet Caliri

Janet Caliri is a creative, energetic and sought after international speaker and coach who brings her innovative and playful process to audiences across the nation. Participants at her events laugh, wonder and explore their childlike curiosity as they discover the keys for ease in... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Pine

2:00pm

Writer's Workshop Series 2
Join author Elana K. Arnold for a two-day workshop. Together, we will play with story. You are welcome to come to one or both sessions. Fill your creative well with a series of writing activities, insight, and conversations. All are welcome.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carmel

2:00pm

Make your Own Wind Up Toy
Join us in the Makerspace to build your own cool wind up toy!  No experience needed!

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
San Jose

2:30pm

Bugs with the Beetlelady
Bugs!  Hands-on time with live bugs: Does your child love tarantulas, beetles, or millipedes? Join Stephanie, the Beetlelady, as she shares her fascinating array of live and museum quality insects upclose!  

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Monterey

3:00pm

Teen Roundtable: Teens Taking Their Passions for Learning and Turning Them into Their own Entreprenuerial Ventures
Réka and Lalika would be very honored to share the very practical aspects of taking brilliant ideas, the things teens are passionate about in learning, and how you can create and transform them into ventures that will inspire and sustain them in their ongoing journey of learning and discovery.
In this 50 minute roundtable, Réka and Lalika will share their stories, what inspired them in their learning, and what they practically did to follow their passions and turn them into ventures from which they continue their tertiary life-learning experiences.

They will cover topics such as:
How you can identify what it is you are passionate about learning
How you can take that learning and turn it into a realisable project
What is necessary for any learning venture to thrive
How you can practically approach your very own idea and find your market
How to find and enlist the support you need
How to involve your family and make it one big learning process


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

3:00pm

Friendship Bracelets
Come make new friends or hang out with old friends while making friendship bracelets to keep or trade! Feel free to bring someone to aid you in the bracelet making. We'll do our best to help too!

Speakers
JH

Jasper Harvest

Jasper has loved creating since the first time she picked up a glue stick. As long as she can recall, she's been making and creating! She likes sharing her crafts and making with others. She believes it's the most fun making stuff with other people.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
San Juan

3:00pm

Minute to Win It
Grab some friends and come play these lightning fast party games! Events swap every half hour to keep you coming back.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar

3:30pm

30 days to launch your business (And provide for your kids homeschooling journey, while being there for them)
To be home and provide for your family may be a necessity or an ideal lifestyle. Or you may be a homeschooler that’s very interested in starting your own business to be in control of your own life. Let’s get started! Starting a business is not hard, but there are so many things to do that overwhelm may postpone our plans to make things work. Marieke wants to show you a quick and easy way to start a business, in 30 days, that will actually bring you paying clients within a month.This presentation is for anyone who would like to start a business and want to learn how to provide an income quickly, without it taking you hours away from your family. She will show you a 30 day plan to execute and get your business launched. She will share strategies to make sure you get your business up & running quickly and how to get customers in the first 30 days since you started your business.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Carmel

3:30pm

Unschool Panel
A Q&A panel about unschooling, from purely "academic" to radical unschooling. Panel members are long-time unschooling parents.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Fir

3:30pm

4-H ; What's it all about?
What does 4-H have to offer? You'd be surprised! Volunteers share their knowledge through a variety of projects. There are also many leadership opportunities. Come and find out what 4-H is all about.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
San Simeon

3:30pm

Creating Game-Based and Gamified Home School Environments
Kids show high engagement and resilience in games. In fact, research shows students can read grade levels above what they normally measure when reading text in a game. Learn the core ingredients that make game-based learning and gamification elements work. These elements are especially useful in home school environments where students are more self-reliant. Game design is a powerful tool for increasing self-motivation. Leave the workshop able to create and evaluate how game dynamics and existing free tools can work with your own family learning setting. Explore the role of a playful narrative, like recasting learning itself as a hero's journey, narrative being the most useful game dynamic in creating magical homeschool experiences.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
San Martin

3:30pm

The Kobold's Courage - D&D Dungeon Crawl
The party has been tasked by a small group of kobolds to retrieve their friend, who has been captured by something mysterious and unknown and imprisoned in a dungeon full of monsters...and maybe worse. The party will have to enter the dungeon and get the kobold's friend out alive.

Participants need to be able to read independently and do simple math.

Up to 10 participants in this workshop. Others are welcome to hang out and watch.

You are encouraged to bring characters from the D&D Character Creation Workshop that Lexy is also running, if you attend, but we will also have pre-generated characters for anyone who needs one.


Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Riesling

3:30pm

Raising Free People Dialogue and Mad-question-askin’ with Akilah S. Richards

A brief, live version of a 9-week workshop. We are challenging the things we held in our minds as true, getting to know the world through our own lenses, and seeing how we were participating in the oppression of our own people through our parenting, caregiving, and overall relationships with children. Raising Free People workshop is the space for us to apply what we’re learning* into the way we raise and relate to children. And into the way we support children in owning themselves. Key Question: How do I want to feel in my relationships with children, and what am I doing to stay aligned with my desired feeling?

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Oak

4:00pm

Exhibit Hall - LAST 2 Hours of the day - Closes at 6
Be sure to visit our Exhibit Hall, open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Exhibit Hall is free to the general public both days and is the perfect place to find inspiration and resources for your next homeschooling year!  The Exhibit Hall will be bursting with vendors including books, games, charter schools, toys, and tech items!  There is a full schedule of demonstrations, activities and presentations happening INSIDE this special space, so be sure to wander through and spend some quality time with our generous exhibitors.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Siskiyou & Donner

4:00pm

Glitter Tattoo Designs
Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
San Jose

4:00pm

Chronic Illness Meetup

Saturday August 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chardonnay

5:00pm

Grandparent Meetup
Grandparents unite!  Feel like  you may be the only grandparent here?  Come meet other grandparents wending their way through the homeschooling experience.  Share thoughts and gain friendship.  

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Chardonnay

5:00pm

Olympic Games
Join in real, silly and fun Olympic events to celebrate all athletes around the world! Wear your running shoes and think about what country (besides the U.S.) that you would like to represent.

Speakers
LK

Luke Kee

Luke has been unschooling for nine years, leaving school after second grade. He's passionate about Star Wars, engineering, cars and learning what he wants. He's now studying auto mechanics at community college.


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Pine

5:00pm

The World Record Paper Airplane
They circle back, tumble, spin, flip over and fly back upside down; and some seem to fly forever (actual forever may vary). Explore the wonder of flight with paper airplanes and learn to make the world record paper airplane.


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
San Martin

5:00pm

Rock Your Talk: Acting Skills for Speaking and Presenting
Rock Your Talk is an experiential workshop introducing the basics of skills used by actors to communicate more effectively.

Your voice and your information are important and persuasive communication is a critical meta-learning skill — the great news is that it can be learned.

Learn skills developed during and since my years in theater school and later as a professional actor featured in 100+ television, radio, movies, feature film and news pieces.

We won't be focusing on content but rather on the meta-learning skill of Being Heard. Expect a fast-paced, experience and fun exercises intended to ensure that visionary change-makers and leaders can better communicate to get what they need for big impact.

If I can help you rock your message to the world freeing you to DO and MAKE, I'll be thrilled.

Join me to learn the 3 Key skills that will instantly impact your ability to reach people with your message.


Speakers
LB

Lisa Betts-LaCroix

Lisa Betts-LaCroix is a speaker, actor, podcaster and dancer. A champion of radical educational reform, Lisa Betts-LaCroix co-founded of a network of 350+ San Francisco Bay area families who independently educate their children outside of traditional school; the group sets new precedents... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Fir

5:00pm

Finding your People
Homeschoolers don't go it alone. One key contributor to happy homeschooling is to find a supportive community, both for you and your child. Did you know there are over 300 local homeschool support groups in California? The HSC website has a list of these organized by the county in which you live. There are groups for unschoolers or families following the same method like Classical or Charlotte Mason. There are groups where families share the same religious faith, or share a love of the outdoors and nature exploration. Most groups include members with diverse backgrounds and philosophies, and children of varying ages. Park days, field trips, game nights, opportunities to explore common interests, shared learning experiences, friendship, and encouragement are just a few of the benefits you’ll find being part of a homeschool group. Our roundtable discussion will explore opportunities for finding others with shared interests in the larger community as well.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Monterey

5:00pm

Making Your First 2D Video Game in Unity!
Hello! Would you like to learn how to make video games, but don't know a thing about coding? Or do you know some coding, but would like to use it to make some actual video games, in one of the most popular game engines, Unity? Well then you're welcome to come make your first 2D video game in Unity!

We are going to be making a simple, 2D platformer game that will teach you the basics of script writing, object-oriented programming, and more! Even if you feel intimidated by programming, don't worry! I did too! I will make sure to explain everything in an easy to understand way, and you'll be making games in no time.

WHAT TO BRING: Before coming to this workshop, be sure to closely follow the instructions in this video to correctly download and install Unity Hub and the latest version of Unity, on to a laptop:
http://bit.ly/HowToInstallUnity. Then bring that laptop along with you to the workshop.

See you there! :-)

Speakers
EC

Elliot Clark

Elliot Clark is 15 and has been unschooled and attending the HSC conference his whole life.He started making drag-and-drop video games on Sploder at around age 9 and has had an interest in making video games ever since. After Sploder, he started using the game engine GameMaker's drag-and-drop... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Carmel

5:00pm

Homeschooling Through Difficult Times
Life is not always a straight road. When your plan just does not seem to work out and life seems to deal you one conflict after another, homeschooling can seem impossible. You may even question whether or not you can continue. Are you struggling with your health or the health of one of your children? Are you struggling with your finances or the challenge of trying to homeschool on one income? Perhaps you have no family to support you or even give you a much needed break. The journey can often feel impossible but you are still passionate about your choice to give this opportunity to your child. Come get motivated!

Join in this roundtable discussion whether you are a veteran and can share your own experiences or whether you are a rookie and need support and maybe a few new ideas. We are all in this together.
Come and get inspired to carry on!


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
San Simeon

5:00pm

Open Q&A on Sex and Drugs
Stop by the Teen Room during this workshop to get ANY sexual health or recreational drug question answered in a low-key, non-judgmental setting. There are index cards provided for your questions, or you can submit questions anonymously here:
https://forms.gle/S3VvPjGEPCfYpokEA

Speakers
MW

Melina Winterton

Melina received her Masters in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been teaching students of all ages about sex and drugs for over 20 years. She is also a veteran homeschooling parents, with two full grown, content kids.


Saturday August 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

6:30pm

Navigating the Homeschooling/Unschooling Culture as Families of Color
A round table discussion among ourselves to share the successes, challenges and advantages of Homescholing/Unschooling as families of color. This conversation will be centered around the experiences and needs of POC and attendees are encouraged to support the creation of a safe space during our meeting times.

Speakers

Saturday August 10, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Monterey

7:00pm

Talent Show
The Talent Show is a beloved HSC tradition. Music, dance, comedy, amazing feats of unusual dexterity...we want to see it! To participate, sign up at the Info Table in the Bayshore Foyer by 5:00 PM on Saturday. We can play music if it's on an iPod or phone. Emcee: Remy Foley-Voosen!


Saturday August 10, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Oak

7:30pm

SSUMS (Secret Society of Unschooling Moms)
A Moms-only gathering for conversation, questions and friendship in a casual setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know other unschooling moms and what they’ve learned on this incredible adventure. If you can’t come to the evening Moms-only get together or have more to discuss, there will be a lunch time meeting as well (SSUMs More).


Saturday August 10, 2019 7:30pm - 8:45pm
San Simeon

7:30pm

Gamers' Lounge
Join us for free range gaming in a communal space.  Bring your laptops/ iPads and games -- all ages welcome. You're welcome  to bring game platforms like PS3 or Xbox (we'll have a projector  available). Parents of young children must stay. All games welcome,  including but not limited to Minecraft, WOW, LOL, Team Fortress 2, etc.  Join us for a digital, awesome, gamingly good time!




Speakers
CE

Carl Eliot Nelson

Carl Nelson is an aspiring lighting designer and lover of the theatrical arts who wants to spread the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes of the shows we all know and love


Saturday August 10, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Monterey

8:00pm

Bingo for Prizes
Come play the game you know & love for prizes!


Saturday August 10, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

8:00pm

Chill Room: Cartoon Costume Contest
What’s up, Doc? Come show off your cartoon costumes before the dance! Prizes awarded to both single and group costumes. Spectators are also welcome! The contest will be located in the chill room, which will also be open during the dance.
be...there...or...be...square.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 8:00pm - Sunday August 11, 2019 12:00am
Pine
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:00pm

Square Dance Hoedown
Come one, come all, come young, come old! Dance with us as we introduce the basic steps of this exciting and vibrant modern tradition. No prior experience necessary. Open to all ages, though parents may want to pair with children under 8 to help ensure a good experience. A Hoedown is a party so come out and party with us!

Speakers
TA

Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen is an engineering manager for a software company in Mountain View. He is also an unschooling dad to two great kiddos, is excited about exploring the world with his family, playing games, and hanging out with good friends. Thomas also enjoys square dancing and has recently... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Fir

9:00pm

Dads and Supporting Parents Meetup
This is a very casual meet up group that gets together to discuss "dad" stuff.   Unstructured, we just get together and share our concerns/fears and success/validation stories. This is not a male-only event.  We are inclusive to all who feel that they are the part of the family that are the providers or not the primary facilitators of learning and may have a lot of questions and feelings and confusion about what is going on.  BYO "refreshments" and come whenever you can.  The start time is only a suggestion.  In years past we have stayed up pretty late having a great time.


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Santa Clara

9:00pm

Animation Celebration
Mom! The TCC are making a cartoon dance! 
Draw yourself into a world of animation as your favorite character, or just as yourself. Jinkies! I almost forgot, make sure to come to the costume contest beforehand in the Chill Room. Th-th-th-th-that’s all folks! B-b-b-be there, or be SQU-SQU-SQU-SQUARE.

Speakers
avatar for TCC

TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday August 11, 2019 12:00am
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens
 
Sunday, August 11
 

8:00am

Neurodiverse Family Meetup
A meetup for neurodiverse families to connect over a cup of coffee or tea, make friends, and share resources for homeschooling with neurodiversity. This could mean kids and/or parents with adhd, autism, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, bipolar, etc. Come alone as a parent or bring the kids or whole family if you need to. Let's keep the discussion respectful, and not say things in front of kids that you wouldn't say about an adult in front of them. Please respect people's privacy and don't share stories outside of this space


Speakers

Sunday August 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chardonnay

8:00am

Vinyasa Yoga - Dropping in...
Feeling inspired but a little frazzled? Come join us in an all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class that provides you little self-love, self-care, a little me time at the homeschool conference. We will begin with a little meditation, followed by yoga sequences and breath practice that will help you sink back into yourself. Hopefully, you'll leave your mat feeling a little lighter and more centered.


Sunday August 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Pine

9:00am

Exhibit Hall 9:00 AM-2:00 PM Note: Starts an hour earlier for the early birds at conference!
Be sure to visit our Exhibit Hall, open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Exhibit Hall is free to the general public both days and is the perfect place to find inspiration and resources for your next homeschooling year!  The Exhibit Hall will be bursting with vendors including books, games, charter schools, toys, and tech items!  There is a full schedule of demonstrations, activities and presentations happening INSIDE this special space, so be sure to wander through and spend some quality time with our generous exhibitors.


Speakers

Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm
Siskiyou & Donner

9:00am

Speakers' Bookstore
Visit the HSC Speaker Bookstore to browse and purchase books written by our fabulous past and present speakers!  Book signings scheduled throughout the day.

Speakers

Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Bayshore Foyer

9:00am

Teenspace 2019
Teenspace: A place designed with teenagers in mind! The Teenspace is a lounge, a refuge, a social space for teens to hangout and connect with friends old and new. Daily “Meet & Greet” events, Foosball, Evening Bingo, Games,  and space to hang out with your friends are here. Feel free to drop in between sessions, or anytime, and if you are brave enough, take a stab at our 1000 piece puzzle. Watch for times and special events, as well.
Open until midnight Thursday & Friday, and 1:00 am on Saturday!


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

9:00am

Epic Play Space
Come bounce,  build, and PLAY under the big top in this year's Epic Play Space!  This is a giant space for big games, our giant inflatable obstacle course, the Construction Zone,  giant balls and more!

Note: The EPS is not intended to provide child care. Please plan to stay and play with your kids!

Speakers

Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Craft Zone
Children yearn for inspiration and self-expression.  Bring them to the Craft Zone, a welcoming space for our younger attendees.  They'll find child-friendly crafts, colorful activities, and room to experiment.  The Craft Zone is the perfect place to color, glue, create, decorate...bring your creative energy and dig into a beautiful array of craft supplies!


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am

Fiberland
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Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
San Juan

9:00am

Makerspace
Come tinker and build new skills in our wonderful makerspace!  Learn how to use tools and materials to build and hack projects and get expert advice from mentors on how to dream big and create big at home!  Scheduled workshops will be offered throughout the day, or simply drop in and start making.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
San Jose

9:00am

Game Deck
Come check out the expanded Game Deck.  The game deck has always been a nice spot to get away and relax, but now it is even better.  Come play our new cooperative games, or slaughter your friend at chess; participate in a Magic Tournament, or line up dominos and make them fall down; or just enjoy a quiet game.  Regardless of what is scheduled, you can still put your feet up and play any game of your choice.  Or make up your own game—rules are made to be broken.

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AS

Andrea Schrimp

Andrea is an always unschooling mom to three wild, awesome kids. She is also a professional computer geek. In the highly unusual event that she has free time, she likes to drink fancy chai, take naps, read post-apocalyptic fiction, and bake, not necessarily in that order.
MM

Michelle McNeill

Mom to an always unschooled 14 year old, game designer, urban homesteader, beekeeper, and all around nerd.


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Santa Clara

9:00am

Zen Zone
Need a quiet place to reset?  This small but mighty room is for you.  

Please respect the needs of others.  If you are ready for more activity and noise, step out, so that others may regroup.  

Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Capitola

9:00am

Little Kids' Play room
The Little Kids' Play Room is a place set aside for our littlest attendees and their parents as a respite and play area.  There are toys and books to relax with while chatting with other families.  Childcare is not provided in the Little Kids' Play Room, so please stay and play with your kids!

Sunday August 11, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Carlos

9:30am

Be an effective LGBTQA+ Ally
Is someone in your orbit a member of the LGBTQA+ community? Not sure what your role is? Would you like some support skills to be the best ally you can? Come join this interactive workshop to learn the three most important ally skills so you can support those you love.

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MW

Melina Winterton

Melina received her Masters in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been teaching students of all ages about sex and drugs for over 20 years. She is also a veteran homeschooling parents, with two full grown, content kids.


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Monterey

9:30am

Unschooling Your Teens -- Is it what you expected?
This talk is for all families who either have teens, will have teens soon and/or have the pleasure of looking back on their children's teenage years.It will be a chance to ask questions, share insights, and find support among other families with unschooling teens. Both parents and teens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Fir

9:30am

Camping with HSC 101
One of the most fun ways to get involved with HSC is our week-long campouts. This session is led by Zach and Liz (of Ranch Dog) who have been going to HSC campouts for the past 9 years. They know the ropes from camping with two small kids, up to camping with teens. Come and find out why HSC campouts are the thing that’s missing from your life. And get all the information you’ll need to join in the fun.

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ZF

Zachary Foley & Liz Voosen NTP CGP

Zach Foley and Liz Voosen are homeschool parents of two kids. The entire family has been camping with HSC for the last nine years. They’ve camped in deserts, forests, beaches, mountains, lakes. They’ve camped with dogs, with friends, with toddlers, with grandparents. In tents... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Carmel

9:30am

But what about math?
"But what about math..!?!?!"It's one of the most common questions when parents are exploring self-direction.Don't they need math?What if they want to go back to "regular" school and they are behind?Will they be able to catch up? I'm not good at math. How can I support them?Parent anxiety over math is incredibly common, and we are passing it on to our children. It's time for a re-set. This workshop is part math therapy — to re-frame our relationship with math, and part skill building — to help us help others develop a healthy relationship with math. Beyond finding practical solutions to learning math, how can we start to see math as an art and a language, which can help us better understand and see the beauty in our world? And how can we share that lens with others?

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Sunday August 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Oak

10:00am

Building Bridges with a Smart Phone Camera Meetup
A casual and inspiring conversation on de-escalating stress and building connection using a smart phone camera. Be heard and seen in your awkwardness. Learn tips and tricks for dissolving your worries & overwhelm, and confidently communicate what’s up for you! Tweens, Teens, Adults and Grandparents are encouraged and welcome!


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JC

Janet Caliri

Janet Caliri is a creative, energetic and sought after international speaker and coach who brings her innovative and playful process to audiences across the nation. Participants at her events laugh, wonder and explore their childlike curiosity as they discover the keys for ease in... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Riesling

10:00am

Farewell Follies: Drop by to say Goodbye!
Drop by to say goodbye! 


Sunday August 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Silicon Valley
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

10:00am

Let's Get Organized!
Do you find yourself frequently overwhelmed? Do you constantly waste time looking for things around your house? Staying organized can be extra challenging as a homeschooling family.You are sure to walk away from this workshop with new tips and tricks that will motivate you to get organized, and stay organized as well as ideas that will motivate your children to join in.


Sunday August 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
San Martin

10:00am

Info Table
Have questions about Homeschooling, stop on by!

Talent Show sign up sheet is here, as well.



Sunday August 11, 2019 10:00am - 3:30pm
Bayshore Foyer

11:00am

No Thank You Evil -Pre-Readers RPG Meetup
A gentle and fun first role playing game for the youngest players & their parents.  Reading is not necessary!

Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Santa Clara

11:00am

HSC Board Meeting
Have questions for the HSC board?  Here is a chance to ask.  Join us as we meet to continue the work on behalf of this amazing homeschool community.

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AS

Alexx Souter

Alexx is a 24-year-old unschooled graduate from Southern California with a passion for enacting positive change in the world. Alexx has worked with HSC as a Teen Conference Committee member and coordinator and helped to spearhead our Young Adult Conference Program. They teach about... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oak

11:00am

Active Games
Run around and have fun. Bring friends and make new ones.

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TC

Tera Clare

Tera is the crazy cat lady of active games and passions. She loves respectfully facilitating fun for kids and teens, watching them get involved and solve problems. She got started when her own kinesthetic, unschooling son needed more active things to do at conference.


Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Cedar

11:00am

Teen Improv Games!
Learn some basic and fast paced games using improvisation and acting! Put your imagination to the test with you friends, and have a lot of fun doing it! Everyone will have a chance to participate!

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Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Pine
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

11:00am

Writing Transcripts
Wes will show and explain how to write home-grown transcripts showing even the most unconventional “high-school” experiences that will be acceptable to employers, colleges, and universities.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Fir

11:00am

Uno Tournament
Come prove your prowess in this classic card game tournament.

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TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Silicon Valley

11:00am

The Mysteries of Multiplication
Deconstruct the times tables and rediscover them through imaginative hands-on activities which, utilizing their rhythmical nature, make them a living, breathing part of the children’s learning experience.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Monterey

11:00am

An Island of Calm in a Turbulent Sea: Caring for Yourself While Homeschooling an Intense Child
Do you have an intense, complex child? Have you struggled to figure out how to engage in productive parenting, while guiding your child’s education, and at the same time figuring out how to care for your own needs? (or maybe putting your own needs on a back burner?) Homeschooling sometimes seems to amplify your child’s existing traits of intensity, sensitivity and emotional complexity. It also places unique demands on your relationship with your child, and your parenting skills. This workshop will explore how we can care for ourselves while we raise our intense children, and why that is vital for their well-being (not to mention ours...). Topics covered will include creating a support system, dealing with isolation, learning how to manage our own intensities, and how to set realistic expectations (of ourselves as well as our children). Come and join the discussion, and leave with some new ideas of how to maintain your Island of Calm.


Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Carmel

11:00am

Wild Poetry
Do you know what found poetry is? A found poem takes existing words in the wild and mashes them up into a new work. It's the literary equivalent of collage. We'll get a quick overview of poetic devices and get inspired by great examples of found poems before digging in and mashing up some poems of our own. This hands-on workshop is for both poetry lovers and creative folks who just want to have fun exploring a new medium. You'll leave with a frameable poem to share.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Chardonnay

12:00pm

Homeschool Social Justice
Social justice issues occur globally, nationally, regionally, locally, and within groups. These issues are a result of unequal wealth and resource distribution, unfair treatment of individuals with differing traits (race, culture, sexual orientation, religion, etc.), and laws that support segregation.  It's important for our kids to understand the things that are going on around them and their place in the world and in their community.  Young people are indoctrinated constantly by advertising, images, and social and news media.  It is our responsibility to our children to widen the lens through which they see.  OUR world's problems cannot be solved by the institutions that created them, because these institutions are stuck in old ways of thinking.  They know how to make the systems easier, more convenient and more efficient, but they don’t know how to help the people they hurt or how to save the environments they damage.  In order for our country's consciousness to shift, people with privilege need to see the problems of the people without privilege as their own.  All it takes to change the world is a person who recognizes a problem, looks for a solution, and articulates those solutions with passion and intelligence.Please join us for open dialogue on action steps to make this possible.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
San Martin

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall - FINAL 2 Hours - Closes at 2
Be sure to visit our Exhibit Hall, open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Exhibit Hall is free to the general public both days and is the perfect place to find inspiration and resources for your next homeschooling year!  The Exhibit Hall will be bursting with vendors including books, games, charter schools, toys, and tech items!  There is a full schedule of demonstrations, activities and presentations happening INSIDE this special space, so be sure to wander through and spend some quality time with our generous exhibitors.


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Sunday August 11, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Siskiyou & Donner

12:30pm

Ultimate Dodgeball
In this fast paced workshop we have 3 new editions of Dodgeball to share.

1. Barrier Ball: In this variation barriers are set out for players to be able to hide behind. We will use tables for barriers. If players are hanging out behind a barrier for too long then the leaders of the game will blow a whistle signaling that all players must move.

2. Poisenball!: There are no teams. The last person standing is the winner. All players, except for one, start inside the playing area. One player is outside of the area and begins by trying to hit the players inside the playing area. Once a player is hit they join the player(s) on the outside. The players on the inside do not get to throw balls, they only get to dodge. The last person inside the area is the winner and starts the next game on the outside.

3. Island Ball: Teams must stand on a large mat or tarp as they play. Only one player at a time may step off to collect balls but they cannot throw them unless they are on the “island”.

Come play some Dodgeball!


Sunday August 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Pine

12:30pm

Theatrical Lighting Basics
This workshop will teach you how most theaters spend only the last two weeks before opening to prep for lights, and what the likes of tech week are.

Speakers
CE

Carl Eliot Nelson

Carl Nelson is an aspiring lighting designer and lover of the theatrical arts who wants to spread the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes of the shows we all know and love


Sunday August 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Fir

12:30pm

Smash Tournament
Come fight for and against your friends! See who is truly best at this classic party game. We will be playing Smash Ultimate, Melee is not the best fight me.

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TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Monterey

12:30pm

Authenticity, Shame and Parenting: Parenting With Your Whole Self
Your authentic presence is the single most important thing you have to offer as a parent for your child’s ongoing health and success. This can be tricky to trust because we all know how unfinished, flawed and cattywampus we are inside. How can this be the key to a healthy, happy, resilient kid? I will explore this question, share stories, offer opportunities for self-reflection and provide lots of tools to sink deeper into letting it be okay to be who you are. You will come away with a stronger sense of how to create well-being in yourself and deepen your capacity to trust yourself and your child.


Sunday August 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Oak

12:30pm

The Power of Stories: How Worldschooling Inspired Me to Become One of the World's Youngest Published Authors
You are never too young nor too old to live your story… and your dreams.
For as long as she can remember, Réka Kaponay’s greatest passion has always been the written word. With her earliest memories sparked beside the glow of a family fireplace, book in hand, it was no surprise to her parents when two years into their adventures across the globe, she started writing a story inspired by their visit to a village on the medieval Moorish crossroads of Andalusia, Spain, and an encounter with a certain Patterdale Terrier dog.

What broke the mould of anything a 12 year old was considered capable of doing, was when she transformed that story into a debut novel, catapulting her to one of the world’s youngest published authors.

This is a story that will take you on a journey from the dusty, ancient heart of Australia, to the majestic peaks of the High Andes Mountains of Peru and the equally breathless world of publishing, on a challenging journey of persistence and perseverance in the face of great adversity. It is a road that has wound its way through 45 countries on 6 continents, to the understanding of what power stories can truly wield, and just how much is possible with a little courage, a lot of determination, and the undeniable strength of family.

When Réka Kaponay was just 14 years old, she defied societal conventions, stereotypical norms and countless odds to become one of the world’s youngest published authors.
This is a story that will take you on a journey from the dusty, ancient heart of Australia, to the majestic peaks of the High Andes Mountains of Peru and the equally breathless world of publishing, on a challenging journey of persistence and perseverance in the face of great adversity. It is a road that has wound its way through 45 countries on 6 continents, to the understanding of what power stories can truly wield, and just how much is possible with a little courage, a lot of determination, and the undeniable strength of family.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Carmel

1:00pm

Raffle Drawing
Wondering who will win the awesome items generously offered at the exhibit hall?  Join us to find out!

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Sunday August 11, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Siskiyou & Donner

1:00pm

SSUMS
A Moms-only gathering for conversation, questions and friendship in a casual setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know other unschooling moms and what they’ve learned on this incredible adventure. If you can’t come to the evening Moms-only get together or have more to discuss, there will be a lunch time meeting as well (SSUMs More).


Sunday August 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Chardonnay

1:15pm

How to Talk to Your Child about Depression
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Sunday August 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
San Martin

1:30pm

Upcycle Photo Frames
This is a challenge!  How well can you think outside the frame?  Take an old photo frame (preferably 5 x 7 or larger) and use the materials in the makerspace to create a new item with a no-longer wanted one.  We will have a few discarded frames on hand, but bringing your own cast-offs to upcycle and share makes it all the more fun! 



Sunday August 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
San Jose

2:00pm

Book Signing -- Réka Kaponay
Join Réka as she personalizes your copy of Dawn of the Guardian.  If you don't have a copy with you, they will be for sale at our conference book store for your convenience.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
City Foyer

2:00pm

Pokémon Go!
Pokémon Go meetup for fans, friends and noobs. Let’s meet up and exchange your friend IDs so we can level up together. Find out who the Pokémon go players are and get ready for battle or trade Pokémon. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game you play on your smart phone. It uses your mobile device to locate, capture, train and battle pokemon which seem to appear in the real world around us.


Sunday August 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Lobby

2:00pm

Financial Planning
With a proper strategy and management, you can make your money start working for you now to help you secure a financially secure future! Many people wait too long to start saving for retirement and don’t know the best way to do that. Most of us plan to budget our money but never do. Insurance and taxes and 401k plans and IRAs and knowing how and where to invest our hard-earned money can be confusing.  And then there's life insurance - do you need it? "Life insurance is like a parachute. If you don't have it the first time you need it, there is no second chance. You can learn about these topics and get your money questions answered! Rob works with many unschooling families and understands their unique circumstances. He spent 10 years as a Certified Insurance Counselor and Partner at Ferguson Financial Group, and now he’s an Investment Advisor for Stonebrook Capital Management, Inc.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carmel

2:00pm

Parenting with Baggage
Many of us are homeschooling because we want somethings different or better for our children than we had. And there are times when we find ourselves running into traffic jams on this road of parenting or the homeschool journey and have no map or GPS to get through.
These jams may be areas where you as a parent are being affected by your own patterns from the past that may not be useful any more. Moving past a traumatic educational system, unhealthy family communication and emotional styles, or any major traumatic event in your life can be even more challenging while parenting.
It is possible to turn trauma into possibility.
Come learn about inter-generational trauma and other types of trauma, how it gets transmitted through generations, and specific ways you and your family can become more resilient.


Sunday August 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Fir

2:30pm

The HSC Privilege Walk
Description:
priv·i·lege /ˈpriv(ə)lij/ Noun a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group. Throughout a privilege walk, the following statements are read by the facilitator and the participants are asked to take a step forward or backward based on their responses. This activity forces participants to confront the ways in which society privileges some individuals over others. It is designed to get participants to reflect on the different areas in their lives where they have privilege as well as the areas where they don't (sourced from edge.psu.edu). As a society, we have been taught to ignore the privileges we are born with, and grow into. We believe that privilege is not something to be ashamed of, and not something to ignore. We believe that privilege is something to be aware of as we walk through the world. Come join us in a space that will motivate learning, growth, and community!

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TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Cedar

2:30pm

Teaching what we don’t know: co-creative learning through equity and exploration
Often homeschool parents worry they won't be able to support their children in learning important subjects or areas they themselves are not experts in. In this workshop we'll explore not only how to overcome this, but to use not knowing as an advantage—so we can model how to learn. We'll explore such techniques as: Noticing and Wondering; Question Trees; and Domain Mapping, through which we will practice co-creative principles and mindsets that help us be true partners in learning.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
San Martin

3:30pm

How to Raise a Musical Child
Being musical is a skill that children can use their entire lives, either personally or professionally. When we treat music like a language, learning to “speak” the language of music can be an engaging and fulfilling process. In this workshop, we will explore how to incorporate music into your family life so that your child becomes “fluent” in music while enjoying the journey along the way. Learning to sing or play an instrument then becomes a natural process filled with ease and joy. We will also talk about the importance of making music in groups, tips for successful practicing at home, and the benefits of homeschooling while raising a musical child.

We will address questions such as these:
- At what age should my child begin music lessons?
- Which instrument should my child play?
- How do I find a great music teacher?
- How can I raise a musical child without formal music lesson?

Join Barbie Wong, music educator and homeschool parent, for this session filled with insightful and practical ideas.

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Sunday August 11, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Carmel

3:30pm

Exit -- Parenting after Homeschooling
You've been homeschooling now for many years and you love it. But your homeschoolers are nearing the end of their time at home.
What's next for you?
This talk is about preparing for your homeschooling exit.
Come and share your success and questions, get and give advice about this stage of the journey and share resources with others who are also at this point too.


Sunday August 11, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Fir

3:30pm

Teen Closing
*Intense sobbing noises*

Nooo, conference is over!  Come join us while we sign each other's yearbooks, play a closing round of the chair game, announce the assassin winners, and conga to the closing slideshow. Be square or be there?

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TCC

TCC is the Teen Conference Committee. We are responsible for planning the Teen Events throughout Conference. Check out our Instagram to learn more @2019teenconference. If you’re interested in joining TCC or volunteering for TCC, please email us or talk to a TCC member or the Teen... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Cedar
  • Suggested Age Range Teens

5:00pm

Closing Slideshow
Come join us for our closing tradition - a slideshow of our wonderful weekend with photos by our Conference Photographer, Pia Williams! Thank you!

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Sunday August 11, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oak