• Homeschool Convention

2024 Homeschool Convention

March 14-16, 2024

Cornerstone Baptist Church | Groveland, IL

Cornerstone Baptist Church

Online Registration Ends March 8, 2024

Don't worry if you missed it, you can still register at convention!

Pricing is the same as last year, with $50 early registration available in January for PAACH subscribers only. After that, online and walk-in pricing is $60 for subscribers and $100 for non-subscribers. Non-subscribers can subscribe to PAACH (for $25) if they want to register early or at the lower subscriber price.


Featured Keynote Speakers

Rachael Carman

Rachael Carman

Apologia | website | Apologia website
Author & speaker

Rachael challenges women to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She invites them to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. Be affirmed as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease. Rachael owns Apologia Educational Ministries.

Kelly Crawford

Kelly Crawford

Generation Cedar | website
Author & speaker

Kelly and her husband Aaron live on a farm in the Deep South, enjoying a (mostly) quiet life with 7 of their 11 children still at home. Kelly has been blogging since 2007, encouraging women in their roles as mothers and wives, and running several small businesses from home. She is also the author of several books and has been featured on radio and in magazines, and occasionally speaks on topics of motherhood, home industry and homeschooling.


New to Homeschool Night

Thursday, March 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Considering homeschooling, but not sure where to start? Join us for this special informal event, which is FREE to new and first year homeschoolers. Hear from Davis Carman of Apologia and 26 year homeschooling dad, find answers to any questions you may have, and shop our vendor hall.


Family Night with the Anderson Family

Friday, March 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ministry Thru Harmony

The Anderson Family, from Congerville, IL has enjoyed blending their voices and instruments in Bluegrass Gospel music since discovering their love for family harmony over 10 years ago. Karla and Zach were married in 2005 and have 5 children, Caiden (17), Laiken (16), Ellie (14), Colton (11), and Alayna (8). They began feeling the Lord leading them to share this blessing of music with others and out of this came the name “Ministry Thru Harmony”. Their family has recorded three albums and performs locally at various family and community events.


HSLDA's Generation Joshua iElect Program for Teens

Friday, March 15 & Saturday, March 16

Presidential Election Simulation

Participants will take part in a mock presidential campaign that includes caucus work, a primary race, voter registration, fundraising, commercials, campaigning, and actual voting. Participants will be assigned to a mock political party, design their own party platform, elect their own candidates from among themselves, and raise GenJ money to buy commercials, campaign materials, advertisements, etc. Parents and other conference attendees are involved by registering to vote, donating play money (parents will be provided with the money), and by voting for their favorite candidate.

Students simulate the rigors of the electoral process by personally campaigning for a candidate of their choice. At each phase of the program, students will learn how a real election works by actually participating in the presidential race and making important decisions that could make or break their campaign.

The program is designed to be interactive, even getting parents and other attendees involved in the process. Teens will enjoy the hands-on nature that the program offers.

$45 per student | 30 student max (Ages 12+)


Convention Vendors

  • Generation Cedar
  • Apologia
  • ICHE
  • Heppner's Legacy
  • Homeschool Adventure
  • Iapologia.com
  • Tower of Light
  • Stone True Story
  • Classical Conversation
  • Right Start Math
  • Bookshelf
  • Rod & Staff
  • BJU Press
  • Burgess Driving
  • Charisa Ausfahl Photography
  • Teaching Textbooks
  • Chiro One


Convention Information

Name Badges

Please wear your name badge at all times during the convention. They are your proof of registration. On your final exit from the convention, please return lanyards and badges to the baskets at Registration as you leave convention.


Children ages 12+ may attend any workshop. Children under the age of 12 must be with an adult at all times if they’re not attending a specific youth session. All children of all ages need to be in the sanctuary during both morning keynotes if they’re not attending a special 9 a.m. session. Thank you for your cooperation.

NO SKATEBOARDING allowed on church property. Please do not go down by the pond.


During workshops if your infants or young children make distracting noises, even happy ones, we ask that you immediately leave the room out of consideration for the speaker, fellow attendees, and the quality of the MP3 recording. The infant care room is available for you to use. An adult must remain with their infant at all times.


Food is only allowed in the eating areas (or outside, weather permitting). While water bottles with lids are allowed in classrooms, no liquid of any kind is allowed in the sanctuary. Thank you for showing your appreciation for the wonderful facilities by respecting these requests. The main dining area is located in the 924 building across the parking lot out the back doors of the vendor hall.

Food will be available for purchase in the 924 Building during lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days:

  • Soft Shell Beef Tacos - $1.25
    Available toppings: Onion, tomato, cheese, lettuce, jalapeƱos
  • Cheese Nachos - $3.00
  • Beef & Cheese Nachos - $5.00
    Available toppings: Onion, tomato, cheese, lettuce, jalapeƱos
  • Extra Meat - $1.00
  • Extra topping - $0.50

Coffee & Snacks

Need a little refreshment? CIBAD Speech & Debate Club is selling coffee and snacks at the kitchen window in the vendor hall. They thank you for your support!

Volunteers & Working Scholarships

Please check in at the PAACH info booth (in the foyer) 5 minutes prior to your shift. Thank you for serving!

Need Assistance?

PAACH board and convention committee members are wearing navy blue PAACH t-shirts. We’re happy to help you!

A Note from the Board

PAACH does not necessarily endorse every product or idea presented at the convention. We recognize the diversity which is prevalent in the home education community and trust you will exercise discernment in making the proper choices for your family.

Notice of Event Photography & Recording

PAACH intends to capture images during convention for use in publications and all media forms. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography/recording by PAACH. If you have questions or concerns, please see an PAACH board member.

Refund Policy

If you cannot attend convention after registering, you have two options. You may:

  1. Transfer your registration to another family
  2. Email a refund request to info@apachecentralillinois.org

Refund requests sent before February 1, 2024 will receive a full refund. Requests sent after February 1, 2024 will receive a 50% refund and a complete set of MP3 recordings from convention. No refunds will be given after March 7th, 2024.

MP3 Orders

MP3 orders can be placed at the registration table in the foyer. Individual sessions cost $5 each. The complete 2024 set for the whole 2 days is $30 if you place your order before convention, $40 during convention and $60 after convention. Recordings will be mailed out by the end of April 2024. You can also purchase MP3 sets from previous years.



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For questions regarding newsletter submissions, the Homeschool Convention or home education in general, please send an email to info@apachecentralillinois.org. A Board member will respond as soon as possible.


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