July 15, 2018
Your information source for EXPO 2018
September 6-9, 2018
2018 CHN Family Expo
Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
California Homeschool Network
A home education conference for the whole family!
COUNT DOWN TO EXPO 2018
ARE YOU READY?
WHAT ABOUT YOUR HOTEL
Exploration In Learning
educational four day conference with sessions and activities for all ages.
This will be a homeschool conference like no other you have experienced.
The 2018 CHN Family EXPO will continue the trend of last year at the
same venue combined with some new ideas that will help you launch
your homeschool year.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A look at what it takes to have a successful EXPO
Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers!
CHN Family Expo Raffle Coordinator
Cindy Jaime is a wife, mother, Girl Scout leader, massage therapist, doula
and homeschooling mom to her 2 young daughters. Homeschooling since
2011, she has settled into an eclectic homeschooling style and enjoys learning
and laughing with her family. High on their list of fun things to do are nature
hikes, reading, and playing all kinds of games.
As you read this take a few seconds and go on an imaginary trip
into the life of a raffle coordinator. This is a position that requires the
ultimate in persistence, organization, creativity and followup. Her first
responsibility is to find companies and organizations to donate items for the
raffle. This requires phone calls and letters and a detailed log of all the
responses. One of the hardest activities is to find the appropriate person
in the organization that has the authority to donate an item or service.
Imagine in talking to a company of several thousand employees to find
that needle in the haystack. This year she has made contact with more
than 70 companies and organizations. After the initial contact many
organizations want a formal request which requires writing and mailing
an email or letter. This alone represents many hours of effort. Once the
company has graciously donated an item or service she has to coordinate
the delivery of the item to come within the EXPO dates. After the item has
been received she will take the time to write a letter of appreciation for the
Up to now this is all done pre-EXPO. Now comes the fun in selling Raffle
Tickets to our attendees, another time commitment on her and any other
volunteers manning the Raffle Booth. Finally the fun starts when she has the
joy and excitement of drawing the names of the EXPO 2018 Raffle winners.
After the final raffle she can take a big sigh of relief but realizing that the
process starts in a couple of months to prepare for the EXPO 2019 Raffle.
Thank you Cindy.
Below is a list of items being raffled this year. Remember, many more items
will be available at raffle time.
Organizations donating to the 2018 CHN Family Expo Raffle:
3-2-1 Acting Studios
A Faery Hunt
A Noise Within
Aquarium of the Pacific
Autry Museum of the American West
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Children’s Museum at La Habra
Flappers Comedy Club
Gibbon Conservation Center
Glendale Centre Theatre
Go Kart World
Golf N Stuff
Historic Misson San Juan Capistrano
Island Packers Cruises
Kidspace Children’s Museum
L.A. County Fair
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Marconi Automotive Museum
Mission Inn Museum
Museum of Making Music
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
Natural History Museum
Newport Landing Whale Watching
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Petersen Automotive Museum
Pickwick Gardens Ice Center
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Rubio’s Restaurants Inc
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Save Our Heritage Organization
Scandia Amusement Park
Sherman Oaks Castle Park
Star Eco Station
The Broad Museum
The Cheesecake Factory
The Critical Thinking Co.
The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo
The Huntington Library
The Ice House Comedy Club
The Pencil Grip
The Well-Trained Mind
Wheel of Fortune
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Zone Club, Inc.
Zoomar’s Petting Zoo
SUPPORT CHN AND BE SURE TO BUY A
BUNCH OF RAFFLE TICKETS!
MEET THE SPEAKERS
We will be highlighting the speakers in the next several weeks to give you a glimpse
at the great opportunities awaiting you at EXPO.
Los Angeles, CA
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is the Executive Director of reDiscover Center, a
kids’ makerspace and creative reuse materials warehouse in Los Angeles, CA.
Jonathan joined reDiscover as a Tinkering Facilitator in 2010 and has been
Executive Director since 2014. He is a founding facilitator of Tinkering School
LA. With over 15 years experience in informal education for elementary and
middle school age children, Jonathan is a seasoned teacher, curriculum
developer, and manager. Prior to reDiscover, Jonathan led outreach programs
in art, engineering, and biology at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA, and
American Decorative Art and Native American Art Programs at the Peabody
Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Recent educational consulting clients
include Iridescent Learning, Science Festival Alliance, and Santa Monica Public
Jonathan is a passionate tinkerer, artist, educator, and STEAM advocate.
Jonathan is Tinkerer-in-Residence at the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center in
Santa Monica, where he led a student team to present at GLOW 2013, a curated
art show visited by over 100,000 people. Jonathan has a BA from Yale University
and Masters of Library Science from Simmons GSLIS.
SAFE TOOL USE FOR TINKERING, MAKING AND WOODWORKING
Join master makers from reDiscover Center in Los Angeles for this discussion of
providing real tools to children, safely. reDiscover teaches creativity with real tools
and sustainable materials to 10,000 children per year. Learn how to establish a
culture of safety in your home, teach children to self-evaluate their tool skills. Learn
what tools are appropriate for different ages and skill levels so you can be confident
giving your kids a tool box that is more than a toy. reDiscover’s programs teach
children ages 7+ the safe use of cardboard cutters, drills, saws, hot glue, sewing
machines, and other sharp and/or powered tools.
Heidi Christianson has been homeschooling her 5 boys for 16 years and has been
involved in Leadership Education for over 12 years. Her love of the Leadership
Education paradigm has led her on a journey that has included helping found her
local commonwealth school (a homeschool community), writing her own curriculum,
public speaking, and putting on several conferences. She currently is the principle
mentor for her commonwealth, a student advisor with a charter school, and a
Leadership Education Mentoring Institute trainer.
HOMESCHOOLING TEENS WITH CONFIDENCE
It seems that everyone is afraid of teaching teens. What if I told you that these are
the BEST years of homeschooling? Imagine having deep conversations that
explore philosophy and current events with your youth. They want to hear what
you have to say; they ask questions and share their thoughts and ideas. You learn
so much yourself in these years and both grow in unexpected ways. Doesn’t this
vision win hands down as compared to the typical teen age behavior that we’ve come
to expect? Also come and learn the ins and outs of homeschooling high school with
charter schools. If you know the system and how it works, it isn’t as hard as you think!
Suzanne Cresswell is an occupational and physical therapist who has worked with
unique learners for over three decades. Suzanne works to educate and provide proven
solutions and strategies to those that parent, instruct and work with unique learners.
By creating an understanding of unique learners and their learning behavior, she helps
parents, teachers and the students themselves find the ability in learning disability.
A child must be ready to learn. This is never truer than for those unique learners who
struggle in traditional settings. Most learning occurs first through the integration of
the sensory systems. The sensory systems and motor systems must work together for
the child to be ready to learn.
The child can use his or her brain more effectively and easily when the sensory and motor
systems are working well together. When these systems aren’t working together properly,
a child will have too much or not enough energy. Therefore, children need a range of
strategies to change their energy level to match their environment.
Let veteran occupational therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, show you how to get the sensory
and motor systems working together so your child will be able to learn more easily and
successfully. This workshop will help parents and students identify what effects their
learning, how to change their energy level, and, most importantly, how to match their
energy to the environment so they can participate fully in school and life.
Register now online at
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