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SHBE 2019 Convention

With Passion & Purpose

TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

February 22 and 23

Dr. Brian Ray

Brian D. Ray is internationally known for his research on homeschooling. He is the founding president of the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute in Oregon, U.S.A. Brian has been investigating the homeschool movement for over 30 years. He holds a PhD in science education from Oregon State University, an MS in zoology from Ohio University, and a BS in Biology from the University of Puget Sound. Brian is a former professor of science and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a former classroom teacher in both public and private schools, and he has taught homeschool students. Dr. Ray does research and speaking across the United States and internationally that focuses on home-based education research and pedagogy, and serves as an expert witness in court cases and to government bodies on home education and other matters.



A small sample of workshops include . . .
* Physical Activity and Homeschooling
* Travelling and Homeschooling
* Funerals, Children and Grief
* Internet Safety
*Giving your Homeschooler an Arts Education
* Math Teaching Tips
* Meet Your SHBE Director
. . . and many more!!!

More workshops are coming. As they are
confirmed, we will be adding them to the website.
For a complete listing of presenters and topics,
please go to

Information is subject to change.


Ages 13+

* Money Management 101
* Survey of the Holy Land
* Post-Secondary Panel
* How to Remain Committed
* Internet Safety

Information is subject to change.


Ages 5-12

The Children's Program is now full

*Science Experiments
*Short Educational Talks
*And much more!!

Information is subject to change.



This popular homeschooling workshop is the ideal place to start. This workshop will answer questions from those who are thinking about homeschooling and from those who are ready to start their homeschooling journey. We will answer common question like the following:
- Is homeschooling legal?
- Am I qualified?
- Where do I start, and how do I start?
Join us Friday, February 22, 2019, from 10:00–11:30 am.

This workshop is free, but to attend any other parts of the convention, you will need to register.



The children's program is for ages 5-12. Children registered in the children’s program are considered under the supervision of their parent/guardian. They are not to be unattended in the convention area. Mothers with nursing babies are welcome throughout the convention. Please make childcare arrangements for your children not registered for the children’s program.



Saturday lunch is included with your registration, if received by February 11, 2019. There are no meals for walkups. TCU Place policy dictates that no outside food is to be brought into the convention area. The Midtown Plaza is available with a food court. Thank you for honouring this policy

The Last Day to Register with Saturday Lunch Included is February 11



One of the benefits of conference attendance is the privilege of being able to sell or purchase used curriculum at the convention. Please indicate in your registration form if you want to sell used books, and an inventory code and form will be emailed to you. For further information or any questions, email Francie Munchinsky.

The LAST DAY to request a Used Book code is February 18.



Friday 9:30 am Registration Opens
10:00 am Workshops
12:30 pm Opening Plenary
4:45-6:15 pm Supper Break
7:30 pm Convention Closes
Saturday 8:30 am Convention Opens
9:00 am Workshops
11:30 - 12:00 pm SHBE AGM
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
5:00 pm Convention Closes



The Exhibit Hall will be open the following hours:


11:00 am to 6:30 pm


8:30 am to 3:00 pm
(closed 12-1 pm for AGM)

We are grateful for our exhibitors who come to the convention. Please support them!



We are pleased to once again host the Homeschool Completion Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Saturday afternoon in honour of students completing formal homeschool studies in the spring of 2019. Both parents and grads will be introduced. For more information or to participate in this event, please see below. Please send your student's picture and paragraph to Lavonne Derksen by February 10, 2019.



For registration inquiries: please contact Mariann Allen & Jessica Harder.



SHBE is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. We assist in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education. We also provide supportive, social, and instructional resources for our members.

The volunteer directors of SHBE are home educators and are available to help you.

General Inquiries:

Board member email addresses and contact information can be found at



Located in beautiful downtown Saskatoon, TCU Place offers a creative and inspirational environment that can only be found in a world-class convention centre. As the only convention centre with a soft seat theatre, TCU Place offers a unique experience for guests and clients.



A block of rooms have been booked at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $129 for a standard room with two Queen beds. Or 1 King and a pull out. Parking is available for the special rate of $8/day. Phone (306) 244-2311 Enter the promo code SHBAEC when booking online.

Also the Holiday Inn Express has given us a rate of $119/night. Free parking, wifi and breakfast are available a short drive from TCU Place. Phone 1 800-315-2621 / (306) 384-8844.

Please book directly with the hotel by February 6, 2019 in order to take advantage of our special convention pricing.




Registration Closed

The 2019 SHBE Convention is over! Please check back for registration to the 2020 SHBE Convention, which will be held in Saskatoon on February 21 and 22,


Please note- by providing an email address you are consenting to being contacted by SHBE regarding items of interest relating to your membership. You can opt out of SHBE communications at anytime by emailing


Up to February 7, 2019, all but $35 per form will be refunded upon written request to After that date, NO REFUNDS will be given.



No one-day fees
No shopping-only fees

Attendees are welcome to attend all or a portion of the convention as their schedules permit; however we are unable to provide ANY discounts other than the early bird discount.


Saturday lunch is included with your registration, if received by February 11, 2019There are no meals for walkups.



If you are unable to attend the convention, please consider purchasing or renewing your 2019–2020 SHBE Membership for $35. Your support of SHBE enables us to continue to lobby from a position of strength on behalf of home based educators in Saskatchewan.

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Note: Your payment will be processed using a secure application hosted on a third party website. SHBE will not retain any credit card information.

To discuss alternate payment methods, please contact the convention committee using the form at the bottom of this page.

Convention Schedule


 Salon ASalon BSalon CBlair Nelson
9:30Registration Opens - Used Books Drop Off Time
10:00 - 10:30"Can I Really Do This?"
FREE Information Session to anyone interested in Home Education
Jessica Benson, Chantal Banda, SHBE (Rod Amberson), HSLDA (Bonnie Getty)
10:30 - 11:30Location SALON E
Sylvia Funk
The Brain: The Key to Learning Success
Paul Blankenstijn
Apprenticeship and Skills Training and Apprenticeship
11:00Exhibit Hall Opens
12:30Convention Introductions and Opening Remarks
12:45 - 1:45Plenary 1 - Brian Ray
Homeschooling Works and Increases Freedom
Teen Convention Kick-off
1:45 - 2:00Break - Used Books Open
2:00 - 2:45SHBE Meet & GreetDawna Ferguson
Classical Education at Home
Sylvia Funk
Unraveling Autism
Glenn Chubak
Survey of the Holy Land
2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 3:45Mary Lissel
Giving Your Homeschooled Child an Arts Education
Rod Amberson
Getting Started in Saskatchewan
Carla Burlando
Homeschool Families
Make Great
Foster Parents
Derek Shevkenek
Money, Debt & Investing Basics for Teens and Life
3:45 - 4:00Break
4:00 - 4:45Melanie Shevkenek
Family Fitness
Monique Willms
Direction For Your Homeschool Journey
HSLDA - Bonnie Getty
Homeschooling in Canada
Vanessa Brobbel
Unsubscribe: How to Remain Committed When God Seems Unfair
4:45 - 6:15Supper Break - Vendor Hall and Used Books Close at 6:15
6:15 - 7:30Plenary 2 - Brian Ray
So Now He's a Teenager, Why Continue to Homeschool?
Monique Willms
Business & Entrepreneurship for Youth
8:00Convention Closes


 Salon ASalon BSalon CBlair Nelson
8:30Exhibit Hall & Used Books Open
9:00 - 10:00Jessica Benson
Travelling & Homeschooling
Vanessa Brobbel
Raising Davids on Goliath's Battlefield
Jenn Dean
Parenting Styles: Maximize Your Strengths
Monique Willms
Blogging for Teens
10:00 - 10:15Break
10:15 - 11:15Katrina Funk & Darlene Klassen
Children & Grief
Gary & Lori Morris
Ready, Set, LAUNCH!
Monique Willms
One Thing: Teaching Thematically
Linda Kasdorf
Friend or Enemy
11:15 - 11:30Break
11:30 - 12:00SHBE AGM - Draw for Scavenger Hunt
Vendor Hall and Used Books Closed
Exhibitor Lunch ONLY
12:00 - 1:00Lunch for Attendees
Vendor Hall & Used Books Open
1:00 - 2:00Linda Kasdorf
Tech Talk
Vance Nelson
The Brief History of Mankind - Evidence for the Tower of Babel Dispersion
Anna Shevyakova
Making Math Lessons Efficient and Enjoyable: Homeschooling and Beyond
Post-Secondary Presentations
U of R
Nipawin Bible Institute
Bethany Thrive College
Prairie Bible Institute
U of S
2:00 - 3:00Coffee Break - Final Shopping Time
3:00Vendor Hall and Used Books Closed
3:00 - 3:45Homeschool Completion Recognition Ceremony
3:45 - 4:00 Final Remarks
4:00 - 5:00Plenary 3 - Brian Ray
Research Into a New Decade: Homeschool Research Past, Present and Future
Talent Show
5:00 - 5:30Convention Closed
Used Books Pick-up

Used Book Sale

NOTE: The LAST DAY to request a Used Book code is February 18.

SHBE is again providing its membership with the opportunity to buy and sell used educational resources at the upcoming convention. It is SHBE’s policy that you hold a valid membership in order to sell or purchase used curriculum at the convention.

Please bring only materials that will help others in their homeschool goals. All items should be in good sellable condition. Please DO NOT bring student books that have been written in. DO NOT bring any FREE items to give away, as there will not be a place to display them. Materials should be educational (textbooks, literature, computer programs, games, puzzles, music, crafts, DVD’s, CD’s, etc). SHBE reserves the right to refuse to display any material deemed inappropriate.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, resources may be dropped off and organized for the sale. The Used Book room will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and unsold materials must be picked up between 5:00-5:30 p.m. Any materials left after this point will become the property of SHBE. While every effort will be made not to have losses, SHBE will not be responsible for any damage that may occur or items not found at the end of the convention.

Any questions should be directed to Francie Munchinsky.


Contact Used Book Coordinator

Homeschool Completion Recognition Ceremony

Please send your paragraph and picture by February 10, 2019.

We are pleased to once again host the Homeschool Completion Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm in honour of students completing formal homeschool studies in the spring of 2019. Both parents and grads will be introduced with a paragraph provided by the family (See below). The paragraph will be read aloud as the student is escorted to the stage by their parents. There will be background music as you proceed to the stage. The group will assemble on the stage for a photo session after all students have been introduced.

If you wish to participate in this event, please compose a paragraph (between 150 and 250 words) about each student. The paragraph may include name, age, town, years homeschooled, siblings, personal interests, future aspirations, and God’s role in your family life. Please include parents’ names and a picture of the student graduating. The paragraph will be read aloud as the student is escorted to the stage by their parents.

  • You are welcome to bring guests who are family members (siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc).
    The guests are not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the event begins.
  • Caps and gowns will not be provided.
    The dress code is at your discretion, but formality (i.e. preferably no sloppy jeans) and modesty (i.e. preferably no low cut dresses) are suggested.
  • Please meet at 2:45 pm on SATURDAY Feb. 23, in Salon B at the back.
    Graduates and their parents should stand in front of the graduate’s name which will be posted on the wall. Further instructions will be given at that time.
  • Please contact Lavonne if you have any further questions.

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The Exhibit Hall will be open the following hours:


11:00 am to 6:30 pm


8:30 am to 3:00 pm


SHBE is very grateful for our exhibitors who come to the convention.
Please support them!

SHBE Vendor Hall 2019

Our Vendors

LMP Teaching Connections
Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre
Classical Conversations
Heritage Resources
Teaching Textbooks
Math U See
Untold Secrets of Planet Earth Publishing Company Inc.
Homeschool Canada
Discovery Toys - Learning Resources
Creation Science of Saskatchewan Inc.
PATHWAYS for NeuorEducational Development
Merchant Ship
The Voice of the Martyrs
Christian Light Education
Accelerated Christian Education Canada
Todd MacPherson
Teen Missions in Canada
Nipawin Bible College
Wintergreen Learning Materials
Tree of Life School and Book Service ltd.
Inspiring Young Minds to Learn
Inheritance Publications
Usborne Books at Home
GFA World
Prairie College
THRIVE Discipleship Program (Bethany College)
Kennedy's Parable
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Saskatchewan Homeschool Adventure and Canoe Club
Sally Meadows/Carol Harrison/Dianne Young
Millar College of The Bible
Norma Bennett
Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association
Above Rubies
Dezigned Edge
Gleanings For The Hungry
University of Regina
Saskatoon Public Library
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Families Matter Most
Living Books
Booth University College
Briercrest College and Seminary
Christine Hyslop
Battle River Ranch Camp
Camp Kinasao

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Capernwray Harbour
Heritage Resources
Untold Secrets of Planet Earth
Creation Science of Saskatchewan
Accelerated Christian Education