2019 APACHE Homeschool Convention

30th Annual APACHE Homeschool Convention

Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards, IL

The APACHE Board of Directors and Convention Committee are thrilled to invite you and your family to our 30th Annual Home-school Convention. Many hours of prayer and preparation have gone into planning this year's event and we are excited about the amazing lineup of speakers and vendors that God has provided. We are continuing our efforts to make this a family-friendly event with sessions and classes covering a variety of subjects geared towards children, teens, moms, and dads. APACHE is honored to be a part of equipping and encouraging homeschool families as you follow God's leading in educating and training your children. Come join us for a weekend of encouragement, fellowship, revitalization, and fun. We cannot wait to see you there!

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Convention Schedule

Thursday, March 14

6:30 to 9 p.m. Special Pre-Convention "New to Homeschooling" Night

This special event is only for those who are considering homeschooling or have been doing it 1 year or less.

  • Hear Nancy Bjorkman with "Where Do I Begin?" (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

  • Get practical advice and encouraging tips

  • Browse and shop our vendor hall (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

Friday, March 15

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration
9 to 10 a.m. Opening Session: Andrew Pudewa

Conquering Corrupt Communication by Raising Christian Communicators

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Vendor Hall Open
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Session 1
1 to 2 p.m. Session 2
3 to 4 p.m. Session 3
5 to 6 p.m. Pizza Supper

Pre-order pizza, veggies and dessert with your registration ($5 per person or $20 per family) or bring your own.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Family Night

Join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and fun! Bring your favorite board game or just come hang out with other families. Childcare is not provided.

Saturday, March 16

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration
9 to 10 a.m. Opening Session: Sonya Shafer

Reaching Your Child's Heart

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor Hall Open
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Session 4
1 to 2 p.m. Session 5
3 to 4 p.m.

4:15 p.m

Session 6

Special Voice Performance 

by the youth who attended the 2 day Choir Camp


Whether you attend one or both days, the price is the same.

  • Adult* Early Registration (postmarked by 2/15/19): Subscriber $40, Non-subscriber $55
  • Adult* Regular Registration (after 2/15/19): Subscriber $50, Non-subscriber $65
  • Children: $10 each, $30 family max (age 2 through young adult living at home, attending with parents) 1st - 3rd children are $10 each, 4th child and up are free after the $30 max is reached
  • Widow/Widower: no charge
  • Grandparents (not homeschooling, attending with their adult, homeschooling child): no charge

*Spouse is FREE with an adult registration. Does not apply to family members, friend or child.


Early registration starts Monday, January 7 and ends Friday, February 15. Cost increases by $10 after February 15. You will be able to register online or by mail.


Did you know APACHE is solely run by team of volunteer homeschooling families? We'd love to have you join us to help make sure the APACHE Convention continues to be a great resource for homeschooling families in Illinois! There are opportunities to help set up before convention, times during convention, and clean up and reset rooms after convention. Would you consider giving 1-2 hours to help us? Please check “I am willing to volunteer” on your registration form. Thank you!

Refund Policy

In the event you cannot attend the convention after registering, you have two options. You may

  1. Transfer or gift your registration to another couple or
  2. Submit a written request for refund to: info@apachecentralillinois.org or APACHE Convention Registrar, 111 N. Inglewood Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611.

Requests received by February 15, 2019 will receive a full registration refund (not including meals and MP3 orders). Requests received after February 15, 2019 will receive a 50% refund.

Working Scholarships

APACHE offers a limited number of working scholarships, which may be earned by adults working 6 hours before, during or after convention. Children’s registration fees may be earned by working an additional 2 hours. Please indicate on your registration form “I want a working scholarship” and pay your full registration fee. After your 6 hours are completed, you will receive a full refund of your base registration (not meals, special classes and MP3 orders). These scholarships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Volunteer Coordinator will make two attempts to reach you with your assignment; if we cannot reach you, the next person on the list will be contacted.

Name Badge

Each attendee will receive a name badge which is your convention pass and required for admission. Please pick up name badges at the registration table and wear them at all times during the convention.

Please note: You must register for the convention to enter the Vendor Hall.


Boxed Lunches are available both days, only when selected and paid for with an early registration.
  • Friday Lunch: Famous Dave's Pork Sandwich, coleslaw and cookie
  • Saturday Lunch: Chick-Fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich, chips and cookie

All above meals cost $8 each and come with a water bottle.

Snacks will be for sale by CIBAD Speech & Debate Club both days.

Special Friday Family Supper will be a wonderful time of fellowship and fun! Individual meal: $5, Family meal: $20 (includes pizza, veggies, dessert and drink). Childcare is not provided.


Children of all ages are welcome to attend with their parent(s). For your child’s safety, enjoyment of all attendees and vendors, and respect for Bethany Baptist’s facilities, we expect children under 12 to be supervised by an adult at all times. We request parents with infants and toddlers to sit near the exits of rooms. Children who make distracting noises—even happy onesmust be removed immediately. A private room for mothers and infants will be available where you can nurse and care for your baby.

MP3 Recordings

Most of the workshops will be recorded and available for purchase as follows:
  • Complete Set purchased before convention: $30 + paid registration
  • Complete Set purchased during convention: $40 + paid registration
  • Complete Set purchased after convention: $60 if you can’t attend
  • Individual workshops purchased during/after convention: $5 each

APACHE 30th Year

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