Nearly 1300 homeschooling attendees experienced an inspiring dose of encouragement and inspiration at the 2019 Homeschool Iowa Conference on June 6-8 at Valley Church and Community Center in West Des Moines.
We were blessed to see a 9% increase in registered adult attendance!
"I am SO thankful we were able to attend!
It was a very encouraging, refreshing time
and definitely a highlight in our year."
~ 2019 Conference Attendee
Check out these conference highlights!
Our friendly registration team made check-in quick and easy.
Our Thursday afternoon mini-conferences provided sessions on beginning homeschooling and teaching children with special needs.
We're not sure who enjoyed the Homeschool Graduate Panel presentation more – the attendees or the panel members.
The Used Curriculum Sale and Small Business Expo attracted lots of exhibitors and shoppers on Thursday afternoon.
Here's our youngest Small Business Expo participant and her supportive mom! This young lady offered delicious delicacies at her table display.
Over 120 attendees enjoyed our first-ever Thursday evening Couples' Dinner with a sumptuous meal and an inspiring message from Israel and Brook Wayne.
Our keynote speakers were outstanding this year.
Israel Wayne delivered impactful messages to our attendees.
Steve and Megan Scheibner were especially effective, both individually and as team presenters.
Workshop presenters Cheri Frame, Cindy West, Connie Albers, Nancy Bjorkman, Scott Woodruff, Krisa Winn, Jan Bloom, and Dennis Gundersen shared a wealth of helpful information and resources.
Also new this year were our Make & Take workshops. Participants enjoyed hands-on learning experiences and departed with items they had created in the workshops.
About 50 homeschooling dads enjoyed the Saturday morning "Dads & Donuts" breakfast with a presentation by Steve Scheibner.
Moms gathered for breakfast at the conference, too: 115 of them! And even though it was called "Moms & Muffins," we see they had donuts (like the dads), followed by some inspiring remarks by Megan Scheibner.
Our Homeschool Iowa Regional Representatives (sporting their snazzy purple shirts) were on hand to chat with attendees at their busy booth in the church foyer.
Attendees enjoyed the featured exhibit hall sessions, which offered concentrated time to browse and shop.
Our exhibitors displayed a wide variety of resources and services for homeschooling families.
The between-session breaks offered opportunities to enjoy some fellowship.
We couldn't produce our conferences without our amazing volunteers.
Thank you to all who helped to make this year's conference a success!
Yes, another conference has come and gone.
We pray that it had a positive impact on you –
providing encouragement and inspiration for your homeschooling efforts!
"I came overwhelmed with our school year,
and I left feeling refreshed for our next school year,
with helpful tools
and excellent reminders of what is important
and why I am doing this."
~ 2019 Conference Attendee
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
& MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND
NEXT YEAR'S CONFERENCE!