Announcements and Upcoming Events

California Homeschool Conventions 2016

posted Mar 8, 2016, 7:52 PM by Trish Welham

Great Homeschool Convention
June 16-18, 2016

California Homeschool Network Family Expo

Christian Home Educators Convention
July 7-9, 2016

Homeschool Association of California Conference
San Francisco
July 28-31

Homeschool Conventions - 2015

posted Mar 23, 2015, 6:07 PM by Trish Welham

Great Homeschool Convention returns to Ontario, CA on June 18-20, 2015

CHEA will be in Pasadena, CA on July16-18, 2015

CHN Family Expo is happening in Torrance, CA on June 25-28, 2015

Homeschool Conventions 2014

posted Jan 6, 2014, 3:39 PM by Trish Welham   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 9:11 AM ]

Great Homeschool Conventions is returning to Southern California! June 12-14, 2014 in Ontario, CA

California Homeschool Network's Family Expo Conference will be in Torrance, CA on June 19-22, 2014

Christian Home Educators Association of California will be holding their 31st Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA on May 29-31, 2014

Legoland Homeschool Days Info

posted Nov 16, 2009, 4:14 PM by Trish Welham

Home School Days
Discounted admission rates for self-guided instruction will be available for home school families on each of the following Mondays during the 2009-20010 school year:

a.. September 7 - December 7, 2009 (each Monday)
b.. January 4 - March 15, 2010 (each Monday)
c.. May 3, 10 and 17, 2010 (Mondays)
LEGOLAND® California Resort
Hopper Ticket $25

LEGOLAND California Only $21

SEA LIFET Aquarium Only $9

Home School Field Trip days include a resource guide for self-guided instruction and full day admission (limit 6 admissions). Parking is not included. Advanced registration is required 2 weeks in advance. No special offer tickets available at front gate.


SEA LIFE Aquarium: Quiz Trail, conservation film, touchpools and animal feedings daily through June 30, 2009.


LEGOLAND California: Instructional Programs - First Monday Monthly at 10:30am beginning September 7, 2009.

a.. Led by LEGOLAND Education staff in the Imagination Zone
b.. Downloadable Resource Guides
c.. Three programs to choose from:


Ages 9+ MINDSTORMS Robotics
Ages 6+ Energy Lab
Ages 6+ Amazing Machines

1.. Review our Home School Days Frequently Asked Questions.
2.. Complete and submit registration form. One registration per email account only, please.
3.. For guests attending an Instructional Program on the first Monday of the month, bring your Home School e-ticket to the Imagination Zone to sign-up. Classes are reserved for Home Schoolers at 10:30 and 11:30. First come, first serve, until full at 30 children per class.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I register for LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium separately?
Only one registration per attraction is necessary, your discount coupon is valid for both attractions.

2. Do I register everyone in my family separately?
Only one registration per family is necessary, your discount coupon is valid for up to 6 admissions. Only one registration per email account will be activated.

3. How far in advance do I need to register?
Advanced registration is required 2 weeks in advance. Special offer tickets are not available at the front gate.

4. Do I enter our home address or our charter address?
Please enter the address of the location your children receive their primary instruction.

5. After I register, then what happens?
You will receive your discount admission coupon by email approx. 1 week prior to the upcoming Home School Day. Be sure to check your inbox and/or bulk mail folder. Please note that you must exchange this discount coupon at the ticket booth on the day of your visit to obtain the Homeschool discount.

6. Do I specify which Homeschool Day I wish to attend?
Your Homeschool Days discount coupon is valid for any of the specified Homeschool Days at LEGOLAND and/or SEA LIFE Aquarium and it is not possible to specify a particular day.

7. What do I need to bring to the Park on the Homeschool Day we visit?
Bring your discount coupon and valid ID (the coupon will state the name of the person who registered).

8. I'm not sure my registration went through. Should I register again?
If you are unable to locate the discount coupon email 1 week prior to the next Home School day and are in doubt about the status of your registion, you are welcome to register again.

9. How do I check the status of my registration?
If you have previously registered and have not received your coupon within 1 week of the next Homeschool Day, print your temporary confirmation code document or click here to contact us. Please note that we will be unable to accommodate requests for duplicate coupons if received less than 3 business days prior to any Home School Day.

10. Will you be offering Home School Day dates during the summer?
Home School Days are only offered during the traditional school calendar and not during the summer months.

To ensure that your registration confirmation and/or discount coupon are not directed to your bulk email folder, please add to your email address book PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

Volunteer for a day and get in Disney parks free

posted Nov 16, 2009, 4:10 PM by Trish Welham

Disney offers free passes to volunteers


AP Travel Editor

NEW YORK — Disney is offering a free day's admission to 1 million guests who complete a day of volunteer work next year.

The "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program will provide certified volunteers with a one-day ticket to any park at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., in 2010.

Disney is partnering with HandsOn Network, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, to connect people with projects and to certify that the work was done.

"We are trying to inspire 1 million people to volunteer in their communities and we're inspiring them to do that by giving them a free day at a Disney park," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Rasulo called the promotion "very timely," citing the increased needs of nonprofits in the weak economy, as well as President Obama's national volunteering initiative.

"The spirit of our country is very much behind that, whether it's the first family or whether it's the average family," Rasulo said.

Duncan Dickson, who teaches theme park management at the University of Central Florida's Rosen School of Hospitality Management in Orlando, said the volunteer initiative is "a smart marketing move."

Dickson said Disney will get good buzz for encouraging volunteerism plus free publicity from the nonprofits that benefit. And even when theme parks let people in for free, they make their money back in other ways, Dickson said.

"You make a lot of money in popcorn and T-shirts and other things," Dickson said.

Some guests who come in for free would have bought tickets anyway, but the free offer will also bring in visitors who wouldn't otherwise have made the trip, and they'll bring paying guests with them, Dickson added. "Anything that pushes the turnstiles is good for business," Dickson said.

HandsOn Network has 70,000 affiliated agencies, from Habitat for Humanity to local food banks, churches, health care centers, and educational programs. Once their service is verified by HandsOn, volunteers print out an online certificate that can be redeemed at a Disney park.

The free admission offer is part of a larger trend in the tourism industry, using everything from free hotel nights to two-for-one discounts to attract visitors in the weak economy. Disney kicked the volunteer promotion off Tuesday by sending 1,000 volunteers, including employees from Disney and Southwest Airlines, to work on projects around the country, from a Habitat for Humanity site in Los Angeles to the Bethune School of Excellence in Chicago.

Would-be volunteers must register online with Disney and must be residents of the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico to be eligible for the free admission. The work must be performed in 2010, and the park visit must take place by Dec. 15, 2010. Participants must be 18 or older to sign up for the program, but volunteer work done by children ages 6-17 qualifies for a free ticket as long as kids are accompanied by an adult when volunteering. Unused admission certificates can be donated to a charity designated by Disney.

Examples of volunteer opportunities currently listed on HandsOn's Web site range from drivers and bingo callers to a book drive organizer at a senior center in Scranton, Pa., to a docent at the Oregon Maritime Museum in Portland.

Volunteers who have multiday tickets or annual passes can get a special FASTPASS for up to six people in lieu of the voucher. See

Inland Pacific Ballet Outreach Performances

posted Nov 16, 2009, 3:14 PM by Trish Welham

Only $7 for Teachers and Students!
Give Your Students A Theater
Experience to Remember

with a trip to the magnicificant Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, the Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, or the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for a spectacular performances of The Nutcracker or The Little Mermaid. Morning shows include an introduction to the literature on which the production is based, a demonstration/ lecture by the dancers, and a chance  for students to dance in their seats! Be sure to order early for the performance of your choice, and thank you for introducing the magic of ballet to your students.

See you at the ballet!

The Nutcracker

December 10, 11, 16, 17, 2009

The Little Mermaid
March 5, 11, 12, 19, 2010


posted Jul 30, 2009, 10:58 AM by Trish Welham

Riverside Area Home Learners ( is hosting its 2nd Annual....

When: August 29, 2009 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Where: Culwell Residence, Corona CA

Cost: Early registration postmarked by August 10 -- $10 per person
August 11 or later $15 per person. You MUST register in advance.
Registration will not be available at the door.

Were doing the Jungle Boogie with this years theme Jungle Fever!! Think of
explorers fact or fictional, Indiana Jones, Tarzan and Jane, island natives,
tropical plants or even jungle animals!! Show us your creativity and style!

Back by popular demand, the always entertaining, professional DJ --
Adam Paz will be spinning the tunes and doing the light show!

For homeschooled pre-teens and teens (ages 12-19).
**Fully Chaperoned** Monitored Music ** Modest Dance Standards**

Please email Katheryn at for mailing address
registration/release form. Please be sure to put Dance in the subject
line. Once you have sent in your payment and completed the form
you will receive a confirmation email.

Teens will receive wristbands when they check in. We will confirm
registration and emergency contact information. This is a lock down
dance, meaning no teens will be allowed leave the dance until 11:00 pm
unless a parent comes to pick them up, we speak to the parent by
phone or have information in writing that the teen is allowed to leave
prior to the end time.

There will be chairs and tables inside the dance area for the teens
but limited seating and parking for the parents who may want to stay.
We encourage you to take advantage of the things to do in the
immediate area -- lots of restaurants, shopping, two movie theaters
all within 1-2 miles of the dance.

We will not cash your check until we have reached the minimum number
of attendees so please send your check in ASAP as the dance is only a
little over four weeks away! Registration received after the dance is full have
the option of the wait list or we can destroy your check. Registrations are
transferable and we must be notified in advance of the transfer.

Ok to forward this email : )

Teacher Appreciation Events

posted Jul 30, 2009, 10:55 AM by Trish Welham

Big Lots Teacher Appreciation Day
Grab your home educator ID and receive special one-day-only-
discounts plus
complimentary coffee & donuts on Sunday, August 1, 2009!

Michael´s Teacher Appreciation Week
Present your home educator ID card and receive 15%* off your entire purchase,
including on-sale items during the week of August 12-19, 2009.
(Excludes some items like gift cards, etc.)
Office Depot Teacher Appreciation Week
Get 10%* off all qualifying in-store purchases, all week long with a breakfast,
give-aways, and extra-savings on the Saturday.
Find a location near you:
Office Max Teacher Appreciation Day
Get 15%* off anything you can fit inside a f-r-e-e, reusable shopping bag at
participating locations, August 9, 2009.
Staple´s Teacher Appreciation Day
Receive a F-R-E-E gift bag* (for the first 100 teachers, while supplies last)
and take advantage of Staples Teacher Rewards®* Bonus Season.
(Every $1 you spend in product purchases will count as $2 toward earning
*Please Note: Above merchants may require proof of educator status
Don't Have a Home Educator ID Card?
Worry not! You can get PEAH's nationally-recogniz
ed homeschool ID cards
for your whole family F-R-E-E! Learn how now:

Garden in Every School, Inland Empire Chino Creek Wetlands

posted Jul 30, 2009, 10:52 AM by Trish Welham

The Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA) and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) will be starting a new garden project.  They are looking for a group or those individuals interest
ed in taking part in this educational program.  They are currently seeking students to participate in the Garden In Every School Demonstration Garden Project for the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park.  Participating students would be involved throughout the entire project, including planning, designing, prepping, planting, and monitoring.  The project is set to begin in late September of 2009 and will run until sometime in April of 2010.  It will require a commitment of once or twice a month. The involvement of youth  is integral to this exciting, hands-on program.  Get your children out of that school chair.  Let them get outdoors, get their hands into the earth, get dirty and connect with and better understand how sustenance and care of the
planet works.

If you are interested in participating in this hands on project, Please Contact:
Dolly Aguirre
Please pass this info. on to any site or friends you think might be interested in being part of this project.  If you know of a business that might want to support this project and post it to their web site, please pass this on to them.


posted Jul 30, 2009, 10:49 AM by Trish Welham

Thurs, July 30th,
Ontario Marriott

Do you know any new homeschoolers that would like to hear how to start
from an experienced homeschooler? Karen Taylor has presented this talk many time for our Seminars and past
Expos but this year on Thursday evening it's FREE and anyone can go!

There will be plenty of time after for talking to her about curriculum,
affidavit vs. PSP or charters, any other questions you need answers

This is perfect for those new homeschoolers or those that have
questions about just what homeschooling really is all about. With more
than 10 years of experience, Karen can get you pointed in the right
direction painlessly.

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