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Friday, August 9
 

8:00am PDT

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 PDT
Lobby

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Capitola

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
San Carlos
  Active/Movement

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

Fiberland
Speakers

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

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Santa Clara

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
Pine

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
Monterey

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
Fir

10:30am PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
City Foyer

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Monterey
  Crafts & Making

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Carmel

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Chardonnay

12:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Oak

1:00pm PDT

Marble Roller Coasters
Speakers

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

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Carmel

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Siskiyou & Donner

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Pine
  Special Event

3:30pm PDT

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 PDT
San Simeon

3:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Carmel

3:30pm PDT

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 PDT
San Martin

4:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Carmel

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
San Simeon

7:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Monterey

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Pine
  Active/Movement
 
Saturday, August 10
 

8:00am PDT

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 PDT
Pine

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Santa Clara

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Capitola

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
San Carlos
  Active/Movement

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

Fiberland
Speakers

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

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Santa Clara

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
San Juan

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
San Simeon

9:30am PDT

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 PDT
San Martin

10:00am PDT

Hand Sewn Pocket Purses
Speakers

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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Siskiyou & Donner

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
City Foyer

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Pine

12:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Pine

12:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Gateway Foyer

12:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Monterey

1:00pm PDT

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

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

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
San Carlos

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Oak

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Pine

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Carmel

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

2:30pm PDT

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!  

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

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
San Juan

3:00pm PDT

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.

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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 →


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

3:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Fir

3:30pm PDT

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 PDT
San Simeon

4:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Siskiyou & Donner

4:00pm PDT

Glitter Tattoo Designs
Speakers

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

4:00pm PDT

Chronic Illness Meetup

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

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Pine
  Active/Movement

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Oak

7:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Monterey

9:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Fir
 
Sunday, August 11
 

8:00am PDT

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 PDT
Chardonnay

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Siskiyou & Donner

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Sierra & Cascade

9:00am PDT

Fiberland
Speakers

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

9:00am PDT

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

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

9:00am PDT

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
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 PDT
Santa Clara

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
Capitola

9:00am PDT

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 PDT
San Carlos
  Active/Movement

9:30am PDT

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.

Speakers
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 PDT
Carmel

10:00am PDT

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!


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 →


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

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Santa Clara
  Meetup

11:00am PDT

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.

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 →


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

11:00am PDT

Active Games
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.


Sunday August 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
Cedar
  Active/Movement

11:00am PDT

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.

Speakers

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

12:00pm PDT

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.


Speakers

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

12:30pm PDT

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.

Speakers
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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 PDT
Monterey

12:30pm PDT

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.

Speakers

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

1:30pm PDT

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 PDT
San Jose

2:00pm PDT

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.

Speakers

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

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Lobby

2:30pm PDT

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!

Speakers
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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 PDT
Cedar

5:00pm PDT

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!

Speakers

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