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    Save the Date: The Bakersfield Homeschool Conference

    March 3, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    **Update: Click here for the website for the Bakersfield Home Education Conference.**

    It’s official. My husband and Friend M. are planning the first ever (well, maybe…I suppose I’m not 100% on that fact) Bakersfield Homeschool Conference. How in the world did this come about? Let me give you the short version.

    Back in January, we attended a Winter Encouragement Seminar in Visalia. It was a modest little event, and we loved it. We went with our friends, M. and L., and had a great time. We women spent the drive home talking about how encouraged we were. The men, on the other hand, decided that they could plan a conference, too, only closer to home.

    By the time we arrived back in our own town, they had mapped out an entire conference. All they needed were details like a location, a date, speakers, and so on.

    Well, now that the details are rolling in, I thought I’d offer them here. I know there are a number of Central Californians reading this blog, and so this will give you the chance to mark your calendar now.

    Here’re the details:

    • The Where/What/When: The 2011 Bakersfield Homeschool Conference will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Calvary Bible Church.
    • Cost: We’re looking at $15 per family for early bird preregistration. I’ll let you know for sure when all the details are ironed out.
    • Can I preregister now? No, because that requires a level of PayPal mastery to which I have not yet attained. But we’ll let you know when that changes!
    • Who is this for? This is not just for homeschoolers, but for folks considering homeschooling, or folks who have preschool-aged children and have yet to decide what they are going to do for them.
    • Who are the speakers? All of the speakers are from the Central Valley (many of them are from Bakersfield herself), and they will be covering topics like:
      • biblical basis for homeschooling
      • cultivating peace in your home
      • the nature of a child
      • creative teaching ideas
      • the freedom spectrum: public school to homeschool
      • maintaining simplicity
      • and more!
    • Why should I come? Why travel out of town when so much experience and wisdom is available right here? Don’t miss the 2011 Bakersfield Homeschool Conference on July 9!
    • My husband says: “My hope is that this conference convinces the fence-sitters, inspires the discouraged and supports the parent who feels alone.”

    I somehow got suckered into designing and maintaining the blog for this event. I made the mistake of letting them know I was able to do such things. I’ll let you all know when it is up and running. Once it is going, we’ll post speaker bios, announce details, and offer online preregistration.

    **Update: Click here for the website for the Bakersfield Home Education Conference.**

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  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    For those of you subscribed to this post, I just thought I’d let you know that the website is up.

    Spread the word. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Susan, I think I actually met you four or five years ago at a meeting at RiverLakes. (If I’m remembering correctly…) Anyhow, I will be sure and let the men know about your interest. Thank you!

  • Reply susanlemons March 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    My name is Susan Lemons and I am a homeschooling mom of 4, member of CHECK and HERC. I have a book out (Homepreschool and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Home Education, and have done conference speaking in the past. I also run the group, “Thinking about Homeschooling”, which meets May-September, and covers everything new families need to know to start homeschooling with confidence (making the decision, legalities and record keeping, choosing/using curriculum, choosing/using literature, homepreschooling/K, etc. I would love to find out how I could be involved–and CHECK, too. You can see my seminars on the tabs on my blog, .
    I hope to hear from you soon!
    Susan Lemons

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Debby, Actually, a FB page is in the works, also. Once we get the website live, then we can link it to a FB page. I must admit I am not FB savvy, but I agree that it is probably the best way to help people know about an event…so I have committed to learning the ropes. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Reply DebbyK March 5, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I saw this via Dominique Moseley’s fb page. If you don’t already, you might consider setting up a FB page to promote the idea. It’s a great way to get support and ideas πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Kelly, thank you! I will send your comment to those who are planning the conference so they can discuss it. What a good idea!

    Amanda, I am trying to launch the blogsite for the conference next week. When that happens, there should be a contact form that you can use to offer you assistance. I am not really helping with the conference outside of managing the online media, so I am not positive, but I am sure that when the time comes, there will be help needed!

    Again, I must reiterate: I am thrilled at the response so far. Already it is an encouragement to the two dads who are planning this. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kelly March 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I don’t know anything about how this works or whether it’s simple enough for your conference, but I have an acquaintance who runs an online payment service called Cornerstone that you might be interested in using. He set it up after discovering that Paypal donates to causes he found morally objectionable. HTH

  • Reply Amanda March 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    OH MY GOSH!! I am SO excited!! We have needed this for so long!! Can I help? I don’t know you yet, but local homeschoolers are my passion!! πŸ™‚ I found you through Emily, and know Daisy, too. I’m a member of Bakersfield HomeLearners and Kern County Homeschoolers, and I have my application sitting here for CHECK, waiting for me to find a stamp. πŸ˜‰

    Anyhow, just want to lend my support — I’m so glad someone’s doing this, because I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Lynette March 4, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Wow Brandy, this is great! I can’t wait!

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I am so excited that YOU all are excited!

    And that makes me excited. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I have already been informed by the Powers That Be that it is supposed to be “Bakersfield Home Education Conference”. I was hoping that meant they would fire me, but no dice!

    Daisy, welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I must say that one of the reasons I think a LOCAL conference by local people and for local people is the community-building advantage. We might all actually see each other again!

    Mystie, Yes. Fly down and stay with me! πŸ™‚

  • Reply HAPPYHANERHOME March 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Yes please!!!!! Can’t wait!

  • Reply Mystie March 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Hey, can I come? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daisy March 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm


    I just found your blog through Lift Up Your Hearts. I had no idea that you blogged (I followed your tweets during the time of your husband’s illness). It is always nice to meet another LOCAL homeschooler.

  • Reply Lift Up Your Hearts March 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm


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