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Homeschooling for Excellence 101

Learn How to Homeschool!

Homeschooling for Excellence 101 registration automatically includes registration for the Chicago Homeschool Expo.

Homeschooling for Excellence 101 registrants may return Friday & Saturday for the Chicago Homeschool Expo and additional workshops at no additional charge.

Homeschooling for Excellence 101

Many homeschool beginner parents need to have personalized help. Homeschooling for Excellence 101 is a one-day conference that offers homeschool parents individualized answers from other seasoned homeschooling parents. Children ages four and up can attend the Homeschool Kids Zone while parents attend the Homeschooling For Excellence 101 Conference.

  • Where do I begin?
  • What materials should I choose? There are so many!
  • How can I encourage my child to learn?
  • How will I fill my child’s time – will he be lonely?

Homeschooling is so much more than just ABC’s and 123’s. It is a lifestyle that encourages learning together, 24/7/365. Knitting frantic, fragmented family lives together can be both inviting and mystifying. Lack of direction throws parents into a whirlwind of confusion and concern. Each parent is uniquely qualified to educate their own child. The Homeschooling for Excellence Workshops are designed with extra time and personalized attention for your unique situation. Top notch, enthusiastic homeschool parents share their collective wisdom and you will access valuable decision-making information for educating your child.

Conference Schedule

Each Session, choose one of two options you want to attend . If you aren’t interested in one, you may move to the other. It’s that easy!

9:00 AM – Beginning Homeschooling: Most Asked Questions – Randi St.Denis enthusiastically teaches parents learn how to get started, discover where to find educational materials, other activities including sports leagues for homeschool children, how to occasionally locate tutors, and the value of homeschool support groups. Take the guesswork out of choosing curriculum by assessing each curriculum and determining the specific needs of your child and family.

9:00 AMRelax—Your First Year of Homeschooling is Your Training Ground – Rebecca Powell. Rebecca invites you to “breathe easy” as she shares from her experiences in homeschooling three children. As you begin to understand the homeschooling lifestyle of learning, you’ll realize educating your child in the manner that he learns best, you’ll build new routines and schedules that fit around your school day, and consistently remind yourself that routines best serve your family’s interests. Rebecca offers helpful tips for taking the stress out of homeschooling by establishing relationships with other homeschooling families, maintaining order in your school-day schedule, and promoting self-care.

11:00 PM – Choosing Curriculum Like a Pro – Randi St.Denis. Entering a curriculum hall can be like being run over by a steamroller. Confusion, frustration, and a feeling of being overwhelmed by a myriad of choices sets in. Randi, a homeschooling mom of 25 years, shares ideas that take the guesswork out of choosing curriculum. Learn to assess each curriculum and determine whether it matches the specific needs of your child and family.

11:00 PMBeginning Right: Developing a lifestyle that promotes homeschooling togetherness and a family team for success and load-sharing – Rebecca Powell. Mom, you cannot do it all! Once you take on the responsibility of homeschooling, you’ll find that it is so much more than only academic subjects like Math and Science.Learn to raise children to be responsible, honest, hardworking, and helpful. Discover working together with many personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, and finding a balance that promotes a peaceful environment for work, study, and play. Children who get along and happily help out at home are lovely thoughts. It takes some effort, however, to bring this t fruition. Learn  to move from chaos to peace by promoting understanding, interdependence, and a team mentality.

12:00 PM – Lunch (on your own).

1:45 PM – Computers Enhance Effectiveness and Enjoyment of Homeschooling – Randi St.Denis. Homeschooling isn’t just with pencil and paper anymore. Now, there is a remarkable array of computer based curriculum materials and other homeschool helps. Randi helps participants understand what to look for and how to avoid getting ripped off when purchasing software programs. She arms participants with specific information and tips to help make wise choices and avoid costly mistakes when choosing materials for their homeschool. Discussion includes a variety of homeschool software programs, computer based curriculums, record keeping, and other programs to help all students.

1:45 PM – Gems for Beginners – Rebecca Powell. What inside tips would a homeschooling mom/teacher of 15 years share with moms who are on the journey to homeschool? Hear a wealth of practical tips, information, inspiration, and advice for beginning your homeschool journey. Be enlightened and encouraged and entertained… all at the same time.

3:00 PM – Homeschooling for Excellence 101 Conference adjourns.

Featured Speakers

Randi Strandi-small. Denis, Director of Home Educators Encouragement Alliance (HEEA), is an educator, popular homeschool speaker, and a seasoned homeschooling mom. Using her degree in Educational Psychology, Randi consults public, private, and homeschool families and provides teaching expertise and assistance for all types of children. She is a recognized expert in the technical aspects of learning that allow every child, from special needs to gifted, the opportunity to learn well. Randi is also the founder and director of numerous homeschool support groups and advises families and businesses who would like to work with homeschoolers.  Randi and her husband, Hank, homeschooled their seven children and continue helping them as they journey through college. Their children now serve in a variety of fields including accounting, football coaching, advertising, IT administration and a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors.


Rebecca Ingram Powell is a homeschooling mother of three, and a nationally known author and speaker. She is the author of several books including her newest release, Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose. Since 2003, Rebecca has been a monthly columnist for ParentLife magazine, writing the popular feature, “A Mom’s Life.” Her articles have appeared in HomeLife, BabyLife, The P31 Woman, and other Christian publications as well as on numerous websites including and As the Parenting Contributor for Nashville’s Fox 17 “Tennessee Mornings,” Rebecca is a frequent guest, dishing out parenting advice and commentary with show hosts Kelly Sutton and Shane Tallant. Rebecca and her husband Rich were college sweethearts and today live in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children, Danya, David, and Derek.