General Information

General Information

Have Courage & Stand Firm

Be on Guard.  Stand firm in the faith.
Be courageous.  
Be strong.
Let all you do be done with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

June 2 & 3, 2017

The convention begins at Brandt Center,
on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University
707 Fern Street
Nampa, Idah
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Learn about our 2017 Convention here. Below is information organized by the topics below. Simply click on the topic of your interest and it will take you to more information below.



Children’s Policy on Young Children Attending with Parents

While we believe that parents can concentrate best on our convention speakers without the distraction of young children present, we recognize that there are some instances where this is not a possibility. We desire to accommodate parents with young children, while not interfering with the enjoyment of parents who have made alternative arrangements for their own young children. The following policy if strictly followed will hopefully be pleasing to all.

  • Children under five years of age may attend the convention with their parents as long as they are quiet and not distracting to our convention attendees.
  • All workshop sessions are taped, and noise severely distorts the quality of the taping. Every workshop will have monitors, and should children become disruptive, the workshop monitors have been instructed to request that parents remove them as soon as possible.
  • Nursing infants are welcome to accompany their mothers to any keynote sessions or workshops that they please.
  • Children are welcome to attend all keynote sessions.
  • In the smaller workshop rooms the policy is as follows: after workshops have begun, and attendees have found their seats, parents with young children may fill the empty seats. We do not want to turn away an adult who wants to hear a workshop because a child is taking up a seat.


Children’s Program

For more information about the CHOIS Children’s Program please click here.

Convention Prices

Register early to save $10

The adult admission fee is for an individual or a married couple.

Adult $50.00
Child (5-11) $25.00
Teen (12-18) $30.00
Parents of Preschoolers FREE
Non-Homeschooling Grandparents FREE
Pastors FREE

Deadlines

On-line Registration – May 24, 2017
Children’s Program Closes when full, typically around April 1
Teen Program Closes when full, typically around May 15
Used Curriculum Sale Seller Closes when full, typically around May 15

Donations

In order to fulfill our mission of providing leadership, information and resources for those involved in home education, CHOIS needs the support of Idaho families and businesses. All donations will be used to further this mission and are fully tax-deductible. To donate and join us in bringing homeschooling to other families, please click here.

Exhibit Hall

The convention is a great place to purchase your homeschool curricula and supplies. Many vendors will be displaying the newest and best materials in home education. An Exhibit Hall Only pass is available at the door for free. This pass is valid on Saturday only from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. See the Exhibit Hall page for a complete list of vendors. Businesses that sell products or services designed to meet the needs of homeschooling families are invited to apply for exhibit space during the 2017 CHOIS Convention. If you would like more information about becoming a vendor please click here.

Food

There will be a breakfast, lunch and snack provider at the convention and during the Used Curriculum Sale. This concession is a CHOIS Fundraiser, so your purchases support the ongoing ministry of CHOIS. Food may also be purchased from one of the many businesses located nearby, or may be brought from home.

Grandparents

We understand the importance of grandparents in the homeschool process. Non-homeschooling grandparents are always free if they come with their adult children who are registered for the convention. Grandparents who are still homeschooling one or more children of their own must register separately and pay the full admission fee.

Help Spread the Word!

We could use your help in telling others about the convention! We will gladly send you extra copies of the Convention Issue of the CHOIS Connection Magazine for you to give to friend or take to your church, library, bookstore or doctor’s waiting room. Email us at info@chois.org to request additional magazines to help spread the word.

Hotel Accommodations

The following establishment has offered reduced rates for those who are attending the convention. To receive the reduced rate, you must ask for the CHOIS Convention block and make reservations prior to May 15, 2017.

Best Western Plus
Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn 
205 3rd St. South.
Nampa, Idaho 83651
(208) 936-2222
bestwestern.com

Convention Location
Brandt Center on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University

The convention keynote sessions will be held at the Brandt Center on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern Street, Nampa, Idaho.  The convention workshops will take place in various buildings on the NNU campus.  The Exhibit Hall will be in the Johnson Sports Center, 313 E. Dewey Avenue, Nampa, Idaho.

For a map of the convention site, click here.


Parents of Preschoolers

Parents of Preschoolers FREE Admission Policy is intended to reach families before their children are of school age as a positive way to expand and share the vision of home education. To help reach parents of preschoolers, we are offering FREE admission to the convention. This is a great way to invite young families to come to the convention to learn more about parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based home education. If you know someone who meets the following criteria please tell them about this opportunity. To participate:

    • Oldest child must be under five years of age.
    • Must be a first-time attendee to the CHOIS Convention.
    • Must register for the convention prior to May 24, 2017

Pastors

CHOIS recognizes the value of pastoral support for homeschooling families. We invite homeschooling pastors, and their spouses, to attend the convention free of charge as a means to share the vision of home education and to build strong relationships with churches. This offer is also extended to pastors who do not teach their own children at home currently, but are interested in learning more about homeschooling. If you are a pastor, please send a request for free admission on church letterhead along with your registration form. We regret that we are unable to offer scholarships for children and teens.

Recordings

Keynote sessions and most convention workshops will be reproduced for purchase. Digital recordings may be purchased at the convention or afterward from AllianceRecordings.com. No personal audio or videotaping is permitted.

audio recordings

Registration

Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Early registration is open online from March 1st through May 24th. Please understand that we have size restrictions on the children’s and teen’s program and the best way to ensure enrollment is to register early. Once these programs are full we will not be able to accept any more child or teen registrations.

On-Site Registration

After May 24th, registration will only be accepted at the door. The at-the-door admission fee for an individual or married couple is $60.00. It is not possible to register a child or teen at the door.

Schedule


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Used Curriculum Sale

8:30 am  Sellers arrive for set up

10:00 am Sale Begins

1:00 pm Sale Ends

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Convention

8:00 AM   Registration Begins @ Brandt Center

8:15-8:30 AM    Children’s Program Check-in @ Brandt Center

8:45-10:00 AM   Morning Keynote @ Brandt Center

10:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Opens @ Johnson Sports Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Workshops 1

12:00 PM   Pick up Children for Lunch @ Johnson Sports Center

12:00-1:30 PM   Lunch & Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

12:45-1:15 PM  Vendor Workshops

1:15 PM   Children’s Program Check-in @ Johnson Sports Center

1:30-2:30 PM   Workshops 2

2:30-3:00  Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

3:00-4:00 PM  Workshops 3

4:00-5:00  Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

5:15-6:15 PM   Afternoon Keynote @ Brandt Center

5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Closes @ Johnson Sports Center

6:15 pm Pick-Up Children Promptly! @ Brandt Center

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Convention

8:00 AM   Registration Begins @ Brandt Center

8:15-8:30 AM   Children’s Program Check-in @ Brandt Center

8:45-10:00 AM   Morning Keynote @ Brandt Center

10:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Opens @ Johnson Sports Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Workshops 1

12:00 PM   Pick up Children for Lunch @ Johnson Sport’s Center

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch & Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

12:45-1:15 PM  Vendor Workshops

1:15 PM   Children’s Program Check-in @ Johnson Sports Center

1:30-2:30 PM   Workshops 2

2:30-3:00  Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

3:00-4:00 PM  Workshops 3

4:00-5:00  Shopping Break @ Johnson Sports Center

5:15-6:15 PM   Afternoon Keynote @ Brandt Center

6:15 PM   Pick up Children Promptly! @ Brandt Center

Scholarships

CHOIS is able to provide a very limited number of scholarships. Please email us at info@chois.org for more information.

Silent Auction

For more information about the CHOIS silent auction please click on the Silent Auction Menu.

Solicitation

No unauthorized solicitation or distribution of material is permitted at the conference, exhibit hall or on church property during the convention.

Speakers

For complete bios of all of our convention speakers please click on the Speaker menu.

Teen’s Program

For more information about the CHOIS Teen Program please click on the Teen Program menu.

Used Curriculum Sale

The incredible CHOIS Used Curriculum Sale will be held on Thursday, June 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Admission is FREE and open to the public. To read more details about how you may participate as a seller, please click on the Used Curriculum menu.

Volunteers

Volunteers play an integral part in the success of the annual Idaho Homeschool Convention hosted by CHOIS. Our convention is run entirely by volunteers from the convention director to the concession’s staff. Our volunteer workers help keep costs to a minimum while continuing to provide an excellent conference.

We are looking for responsible adults to volunteer in a variety of positions at our convention, including booth hosting, workshop hosts, registration, silent auction and hospitality volunteers. If you would like to be a part of our team, please click on the volunteer menu for more information.

Workshops

For full descriptions of our convention workshops please click on the Workshops menu.

 

Committed to helping parents fulfill their God-given right and responsibility to educate their own children.