Class Dismissed

17 April 2015
Published in Convention

FREE Public Screening of Class Dismissed--

As part of the 35th Annual Utah Home Education Association Convention and Curriculum Fair, we will be offering a *FREE* Public Screening of Class Dismissed, A Film About Learning OUTSIDE of the Classroom.

This is open to all interested. Please invite friends and family who are interested in learning about all the educational options available to them.

The FREE, public screening will take place on Friday, May 29th at 7:00PM at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah as part of the 35th Annual UHEA Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair.  The movie will be shown on the 2nd floor in Ballroom C.

The Curriculum Fair is also free and open to the public.

 

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2015 Teen Workshops

17 April 2015
Published in Convention

Teen Workshops

Workshops are subject to change.

 

 

Robert Erickson is a mechanical engineer, who has worked at large engineering firms and small startups for the past 8 years. He loves engineering and designing things.  

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Engineering can impact every aspect of our lives. As we move into the future we need people who are excited about making life better. Come learn some cool engineering principles and see how you can be an engineer (or if you don't want to learn about engineering come fly some paper airplanes with us!).  

 


 

Becca Evenson, her husband, and their four children began their homeschooling journey in 1991.  A popular, veteran speaker and teacher, Becca has taught a variety of subjects including a college prep class in her home, cooking classes, and religious education classes in Utah, Arizona, and Virginia. She leads an education support group in the Salt Lake Valley, and is the developer of My Book of Centuries.   You can also check out her blog atwww.beccascottage.wordpress.com.  When she is not teaching or writing, you will find her reading, gardening, cooking (and eating), spending time with family, studying and exploring; attending conventions, and going thrifting with family and friends.

 

YOU WANT ME TO PRACTICE BEING CRITICAL?  REALLY? (Christian references)

Learning to read, write, and do math are all important goals for any homeschooler, but learning to THINK is a vital life skill.  Reading great literature can be life-changing if you can analyze, and examine what you have read.  Knowing how to probe, dissect, and study things to identify what is actually being communicated is vital to survive in today’s world.  Come see how fun and empowering learning to think critically can be!

 


 

Brenda Kidd is the Mother of 3 boys, two who have graduated from our independent homeschool and one currently homeschooling. She has 2 grandsons, too!

Her love of art extends to working with older youth. She enjoys mentoring teens and preteens to improve their artistic skills through guided lessons.

 

SCRATCH ART

This will be a guided lesson in creating a beautiful etching art project.

 

So...You {think you} can't draw?  In this class we will have a light, fun talk about why youth ages 10 or 12 and up think they can't draw. It also includes some instruction in how someone who (thinks they) can't draw can see that they really CAN draw.  We will do some drawing practice throughout the class.  Parents are also welcome! I have had a few moms, who have insisted that they can't draw, take classes with their kids and learn that, "YES! I can draw!"

 


 

Sarah Bird is a multi-talented 15 year old. She is the 6th of 9 children and has been homeschooled since preschool. She can usually be found snowboarding or creating things out of duct tape.

 

DUCT TAPE ART

Duct Tape. We will not only be learning what YOU can create with it; but, we're also going to put that knowledge to the test to make a Duct Tape art piece to take home.

 


 

Karianne Lisonbee loves homeschooling her six wonderful children. She began homeschooling 18 years ago. She is the legislative liaison for the Utah Home Education Association. She serves on the city council in her community and sits on the executive committee for the Davis County Republican Party. In her spare time, she enjoys martial arts, cooking, and doing genealogical research for herself and others.

 

WORLDVIEWS IN MEDIA (Christian references)

We are constantly surrounded by messages that challenge our fundamental beliefs. Sometimes we don't even realize that the song we are listening to or the movie we are watching is presenting a philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysical view that contradicts our beliefs. This class explores these contradictions and provides a foundation to empower youth to address these divergent views and beliefs.

 


 

Hadyn B. Call and Jason M. Vilos are experienced educators who have been teaching history in Davis School District for nearly a decade. Both specialize in U.S. history, and are particularly interested in the Western Fur Trade. As members of the prestigious group, the American Mountain Men (AMM), both presenters have vast experience in not only the history of the fur trade, but also of the material culture.

 

THE POWER OF LIVING HISTORY: TEACHING THE FUR TRADE EXPERIENTIALLY  -  The National Park Service defines living history as “a general term encompassing a variety of interpretive techniques in which the interpreter uses period reproduction clothing and objects to interpret and present impressions of the people, events, and practices of the past.” This presentation will use a living history approach to give students an opportunity to learn experientially (hands-on) about mountain men and the fur trade through its unique and intriguing material culture. Students will be able to handle period correct clothing, trade goods, and accoutrements, while learning about the significance of the fur trade in United States history.

 


 

Tresta Neil was raised under the New Mexican sunsets and loves Mexican and Navajo food.  She learned about the miracle of the body in nursing school at Weber State and about putting Christ first on her mission to the Netherlands.  She learned about spiritual power (Christ's and ourselves) from the hundreds of religion classes.  After living in four different states she calls Utah her home.  She is learning patience while homeschooling her eight children.  She remains hungry for knowledge about symbols, rituals and patterns within the scriptures and the ancient Hebrew and Persian cultures.  She is the author of “God Saw That It Was Good”, “The Theology Tree” and co-directs the LDS Homeschool Conference with her husband, Thom.  Her passion is teaching and writing.  If she had to choose only one subject to study she would study the stars.  If you ask her about her most embarrassing moment she will tell you a story about sitting on a cactus:)

 

INCREASING CURIOSITY (LDS references)

When his friends asked Pythagoras why he didn’t stay in Atlantis for as long as he had planned, his answer was, “Because they were scalene.”  What did he mean by that?  Why did the Greeks use geometry in their everyday language?  In this presentation you will learn  what it means to be scalene, how the Greeks used the triangle to heal the sick and how to draw a perfect equilateral triangle without measuring. How many fairy tales can you name with “three" in the title?  Why are there so many?  You will learn the reason why and how it is significant to YOU today.  Pathegreous’ words describe an unequal triangle and an unbalanced community.  One who put on different masks depending on where they were and with whom they were with.  The Greeks strived to be the same kind of person in all settings, do YOU?  Watch Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land in preparation for this class.

 


 

Laura G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. To learn more about L. G. Rollins, visit LGRollins.com. L. G. Rollins' first novel, Shadows of Angels, comes out this December and is the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy.

THE VOICES IN MY HEAD ARE WRITING A NOVEL   

This class will cover the 5 phases to writing a novel: Pre-Writing, First Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Polishing. Participants will leave understanding how to leverage the different voices in their head to best approach their work during each phase so as to maximize their writing time and finish a novel.

 


 

From the beginning, Silhouette Ballrooms Studios was created to  be more than just a dance studio. Founder Tricia Leslie's mission for Silhouette is to build character, modesty, virtue, kindness, confidence, respect, teamwork and leadership in the souls of today's youth.  These attributes are what make true champions in life.  The programs taught at Silhouette provide opportunities for youth to nurture these attributes in their lives in order to hone the skills that will help them succeed in their personal missions.

 

BALLROOM DANCING: BACHATA   

Have you ever watched amazing Latin dancers and wished you knew how to do those moves? We will be learning how to do the Bachata, a versatile Latin dance with roots in the Dominican Republic that is now popular all over the world!

 

BALLROOM DANCING: NEW YORK HUSTLE  

Some people like to Swing to the goldie oldies, some like to Salsa to spicy rhythms...but if you want to have some fun with classic disco beats you’ve got to learn the New York Hustle!

 


 

Greg Denning is a teacher and mentor for Williamsburg Academy.  As he discovered the secrets to success and happiness, he began to apply the principles to his life. Today he lives a 'ridiculously awesome' life -- married (and in love) with an amazing women, together they have six children, and so far they have traveled to 12 countries together. His personal mission is to inspire and mentor others (particularly youth) as he helps them to discover and reach their full potential.  Greg currently lives in Costa Rica with his family, where he spends his days reading, mentoring youth, going to the beach and jumping off bridges into tropical swimming holes.

 

HOW TO GET A (REAL) LIFE

Every generation before you has had a 'real' life -- time spent in real interactions, doing real things, with real people, creating real, tangible objects. Today's youth, the 'Facebook generation' or 'digital natives' -- your generation -- are the first to experience full access to a strange new world -- digital reality. From Facebook to texting to YouTube and virtual worlds, today's teens are experiencing something no one else has in the history of the world -- little or no separation between online and offline time.

This non-stop access to technology can have negative effects. From addictions, to discontent, to depression and social retardation. Learn how to get pumped, take charge of your life, use your time wisely, and get some real results. Get your real life back!

 

HOW TO BE A SOCIALIZING SUPERSTAR

Every one wants to have friends. Everybody wants to be liked. It's a natural part of being human. Without social interaction we shrivel up and die (literally and figuratively). So how do you get people to like you? How do you develop the confidence to converse with anyone anywhere? How do you get more true friends? How do you become a socializing superstar? This class will cover what you need know to thrive with this critical life skill.

 

 

2015 Graduation

17 November 2014
Published in Convention

Graduate Recognition Night

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Each year UHEA takes the opportunity to recognize the amazing efforts of graduating homeschoolers. Join us in celebrating a wonderful beginning for these graduates.

The graduation recognition ceremony will be held at the Salt Lake City Library located at 210 East 400 South, in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 7:00 pm.

The Graduate Recognition Night is a wonderful evening where graduates are honored by their family, friends, and UHEA.

*Register Now*
 

2013 Graduate Recognition

CLICK HERE to download and print the 2015 Graduate Information and Registration Form.pdf

The deadline to register for graduation is May 8th.  If you have a graduate or if you would like to help make the 2015 graduation a success, please contact Jennifer Wennergren at 801-721-7600 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

2015 Adult Workshops

14 May 2014
Published in Convention

We are excited to announce the schedule for the 35th Annual UHEA Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair. Whether you are a homeschooling beginner, investigating, or a battle-hardened veteran, you'll find something just for you.

The Convention Openining and Keynote will be begin at 9AM on Saturday morning.

The Curriculum Fair will be open from 12PM-5PM on Friday and 8AM-5:30PM on Saturday.

 

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2015 Convention Information

11 December 2013
Published in Convention

 

 Attendees

 

UHEA welcomes and serves home educators from all perspectives.  For over 30 years, UHEA has held an annual Convention and Curriculum Fair for adults and teens.  The Convention and Curriculum Fair runs a half day on Friday and all day on Saturday. Registration includes keynote speakers for adults and teens, panels, workshops and many home education related vendor booths and exhibits.  Babes in arms are always welcome.  We do not provide childcare services.

The 2015 Convention and Curriculum Fair of the Utah Home Education Association will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center Street, Provo, Utah) on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015.  A free showing of the movie Class Dismissed will be shown Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm.

Check out the Utah Valley Information website, it is filled with ideas for things to do and places to go while you are in Provo for the convention.

Adult Keynote Speaker

steveheadshotlowWe are pleased to announce Steve Demme of Demme Learning (Math-U-See, Spelling You See, and Building Faith Families) as our keynote speaker.  Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979.  They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.  Their fourth son John, has Down Syndrome and lives with them in PA.  Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool and men's conferences to encourage parents as they seek to build families of faith.  He has spent years working with youth as a teacher in schools (public and Christian); as a pastor and youth leader in churches; and as a counselor and camp director at summer camps.  Steve says, "In hindsight, I am absolutely convinced that the single most significant influence in a child's life is that of his parents."

A former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private and Christian schools, Steve is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.  He has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends, Eastern PA.

  

Teen Keynote Speaker

Greg Denning 5We are pleased to announce Greg Denning, teacher and mentor for Williamsburg Academy as our teen keynote speaker.  Out on his own by the age of 16, Greg wenth through some difficult times as a young adult -- including being homeless, afflicted with hunger and suffering from loneliness and depression.  One cold Christmas Eve, as he sat watching his breath hang in the air, all alone, with nothing to eat, he made a commitment to himself -- he would build a happy life, filled with love, and lived on purpose.  

Through grit and determination, he struggled to work and graduate from high school and college.  An autodidact, he studied voraciously outside of school, searching for the answers to why some are happy while others are not, or even worse -- why most continually live in the dim twilight of 'quiet desperation'. 

As he discovered the secrets to success and happiness, he began to apply the principles to his life. Today he lives a 'ridiculously awesome' life -- married (and in love) with an amazing women, together they have six children, and so far they have traveled to 12 countries together.

His personal mission is to inspire and mentor others (particularly youth) as he helps them to discover and reach their full potential.  Greg currently lives in Costa Rica with his family, where he spends his days reading, mentoring youth, going to the beach and jumping off bridges into tropical swimming holes.


Free Screening of CLASS DISMISSED -  Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm
Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two children out of school and takes their education into their own hands.  Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.

Click here for a list of exhibitors and vendors that will be at the Curriculum Fair.

Convention Prices (We've extended our early registration price until May 1st!)


                       Early Registration Price Until May 1st     After May 1st and At The Door Price

Single Adult            $35.00                                                           $45.00

Couple                    $45.00                                                           $55.00
(Couples are married parents or a parent and grandparent.)

Teen                       $10.00                                                            $10.00

There is no charge to attend the Curriculum Fair or the movie Class Dismissed, they are free and open to the public.  For help registering or questions, please contact Tonette Harris (801) 523-2658.

*REGISTER NOW*


Will Call

If you registered online, please bring your email confirmation to the Will Call table.

Refunds

Refunds will be provided upon written request until May 15th, minus a $5.00 processing fee.  After May 15th, refunds will be credited toward a 2016 UHEA event.  Please send written request to:

UHEA Convention Refund
P.O. Box 890
Sandy, UT  84091

Working Scholarships

Mom, Dad, or teens may work a "volunteer" shift in exchange for either a discounted admission rate or full admission to the convention.  The amount of time you are able to serve will determine the scholarship.  There are also many other ways to volunteer before the day of convention.

If you'd like to work one of these shifts or help with the convention, please call Tara Strickland at 801-641-8970 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and include your name and phone number.  We will do all we can to accommodate your request and will confirm both via phone and email.

There is No Childcare. 

Babes in arms are always welcome.  UHEA tries to accomodate everyone and hopefully we will be able to offer childcare in the future.  If circumstances require that older children are in attendance, we ask that they be taken out of the hall or workshops if they can't make it through the presentation.  Please be respectful to other attendees and the presenters.

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Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, May 29th


12:00 pm                        Registration Opens

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm        Curriculum Fair

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm          Adult and Teen Workshops

5:00 pm                          Curriculum Fair Closes 

7:00 pm                          Movie Classed Dismissed - FREE and open to the public

Saturday, May 30th

8:00 am - 5:00 pm          Curriculum Fair, Registration Opens

9:00 am - 10:20 am        Adult and Teen Opening and Keynote Speakers 

10:30 am - 11:20 am       Adult and Teen Workshops

11:30 am - 1:00 pm         Lunch and Visit Curriculum Fair

1:00 pm - 3:50 pm           Adult and Teen Workshops

5:30 pm                           Curriculum Fair Closes

Lunch

Food purchased at the Utah Valley Convention Center may be eaten in the facility.  Prices will range from $2 - $12.  Any food purchased from outside the Utah Valley Convention Center or brought from home MUST be eaten outside the Convention Center premises.

Lodging

The Hampton Inn Orem is offering us a great value of $79.00 for overnight rooms. Reserve your room before May 13th. Use the links below to receive the discounted rate or call 1-801-426-8500 and tell them you are part of the UHEA group when reserving your room. 

The Hampton Inn Orem offers a free hot breakfast buffet, free internet access, fitness center and an indoor swimming pool.

Parking

Please check the Utah Valley Convention Center website for directions and parking information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: How Do I Overcome Self-Doubt As a Parent?

08 June 2013
Published in Presenter Video Series

How Do I Overcome Self-Doubt As a Parent?

UHEA Presents: Homeschool Conversations. In this episode, we talk with Jonathan Sherman, LMFT about how to overcome self-doubt, depression, and negative thoughts in your parenting. Jonathan will be presenting several workshops at our 2013 Homeschool Convention. Find out more about him at MarriageEnvy.com.

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Video: Deep Listening and Creating an "Our Way Plan"

08 June 2013
Published in Presenter Video Series

Deep Listening and Creating an "Our Way Plan"

UHEA Presents: Homeschool Conversations. In this episode, we talk with Jonathan Sherman, LMFT about how to build your familial relationship around deep communication and doing things "our way" instead of "my" and "your" way. Jonathan will be presenting several workshops at our 2013 Homeschool Convention. Find out more about him at MarriageEnvy.com.

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Video: Creating Habits of Family Unity

07 June 2013
Published in Presenter Video Series

Creating Habits of Family Unity

UHEA Presents: Homeschool Conversations. In this episode, we talk with Jonathan Sherman, LMFT about how to make your "Our Way" Plan a habit in your family relationships. Jonathan will be presenting several workshops at our 2013 Homeschool Convention. Find out more about him at MarriageEnvy.com.

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Video: How Do I Know If I'm Being a Good Parent?

03 June 2013
Published in Presenter Video Series

How Do I Know If I'm Being a Good Parent?

UHEA Presents: Homeschool Conversations. In this episode, we talk with Jonathan Sherman, LMFT about the expectations parents set for themselves and how to model appropriate responses to failure. Good parenting has to be good for the parent. Jonathan will be presenting several workshops at our 2013 Homeschool Convention. Find out more about him at MarriageEnvy.com.

2013 Prom Gallery

31 May 2013
Published in Convention

Prom was a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who put so much time and work into making it a great time. 

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