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Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. Working with relevant organizations, SHBE assists in creating a positive social and political environment for home-based education in Saskatchewan. SHBE organizes and develops social, supportive and instructional events for its members.
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SHBE 2020 Convention

TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

February 21 and 22

Colleen Kessler


Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, podcaster, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular podcast and blog Raising Lifelong Learners, Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children, and The Homeschool Help Desk, a community of support for new homeschoolers.

The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.

Her recent book titles include Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities(Prufrock Press), Real-Life Science Mysteries (Prufrock Press), and The Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Backyard Activities Ever! (Page Street Press/Macmillan).

Her popular mini-course series “A Crash Course” features 6-8 week email and video lessons to help parents raise their quirky kids to be the amazing adults they’re meant to be!

Loving Your Differently-Wired Child for Who He Is

Homeschooling and Parenting gifted, twice-exceptional, and intense children.

Do you feel like all you ever do is yell at and correct your children? And that every time you praise them, you’ve already berated them 15 times? And you’re completely exhausted before you’ve even finished your first cup of coffee? Me too! So, what do we do? Well, God gave you your children for a reason. They are already perfectly and wonderfully made. They are here for a purpose. Our job as parents is to harness all their quirks and intensities for good, without breaking their spirit. We are called to raise them up in the way they should go as we love them for who they are and where they are. It’s not always easy, but you can do it, and the effort is worth it!

Deadlines, Diapers, and Dishes

Finding Beauty in the Chaos

If you’re anything like most moms today, you’re running in circles trying to fit it all in, often working an outside or in the home job on top of parenting (and possibly homeschooling). Is it even possible to live a life where everything is getting all the attention it needs and nothing’s getting missed? Well… no. BUT, Colleen has been juggling babies, homeschooling, writing, and building business for years and can help you find the beauty in all you do — even while chaos reigns around you and it doesn’t feel like the kitchen will ever be mopped again.

Parenting With Wonder and Exploration

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the “shoulds” of parenting, and we forget to just enjoy discovering the world with our kids. This anecdote-filled talk will encourage parents to get the things done that need done, all while embracing the wonder of childhood alongside their kiddos, teaching them to appreciate simple beauty.

Simplified Parenting for Peace and Balance -Drop Everything and Play

Go, go, go… do, do , do…
There’s a lot of pressure to be all things to all people, and to be on the run all the time, but there is beauty and peace in simplicity. AND simple isn’t boring. Let Colleen help you simplify your parenting strategies so you’re more relaxed, your kids are happier, and peace permeates your home.




As workshop information is
confirmed, we will be adding them to the website.

Information is subject to change.



Ages 13+

Information is subject to change.



Ages 5-12

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 21, 2020, 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 under review and information is not available at this time



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 Friday Evening in honour of students completing formal homeschool studies in the spring of 2019. There will be cake and additional celebrations to follow.

More information to come...



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.




SHBE 2020 Convention

Registrtion for the 2020 SHBE Convention is not yet open.
Please check back for registration to the 2020 SHBE Convention, which will be held at TCU Place in Saskatoon on February 21 and 22, 2020.


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.

SHBE Membership

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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.

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. There will be some changes this year, including a reception to follow the ceremony (there will be a small fee per family, yet to be determined).

The ceremony will take place on Friday evening. 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 (TBD), 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 Sandy if you have any further questions.

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TCU Place


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

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