General Information

General Information

A Bountiful Harvest Convention
June 5-7th, 2014

College Church of the Nazarene
504 E. Dewey Street
Nampa, Idaho

Children’s Policy
Children’s Program
Convention Prices
Deadlines
Donations
Exhibit Hall
Food
Grandparents
Help Spread the Word
Hotel Accommodations
Convention Location
Parents of Preschoolers
Pastors
Recordings
Registration
Schedule
Scholarships
Silent Auction
Solicitation
Speakers
Teen’s Program
Used Curriculum Sale
Volunteers
Workshops


Children’s Policy on Young Children Attending with Parents

While we believe that parents can concentrate best on our convention speakers without the distraction of young children present, we recognize that there are some instances where this is not a possibility. We desire to accommodate parents with young children, while not interfering with the enjoyment of parents who have made alternative arrangements for their own young children. The following policy if strictly followed will hopefully be pleasing to all.

  • Children under five years of age may attend the convention with their parents as long as they are quiet and not distracting to our convention attendees.
  • All workshop sessions are taped, and noise severely distorts the quality of the taping. Every workshop will have monitors, and should children become disruptive, the workshop monitors have been instructed to request that parents remove them as soon as possible.
  • Nursing infants are welcome to accompany their mothers to any keynote sessions or workshops that they please.
  • Children are welcome to attend all keynote sessions.
  • Children are welcome to attend workshops that take place in the Sanctuary and Franklin Hall.
  • In the three smaller workshop rooms the policy will be: after workshops have begun, and attendees have found their seats, parents with young children may fill the empty seats. We do not want to turn away an adult who wants to hear a workshop because a child is taking up a seat.


Children’s Program

For more information about the CHOIS Children’s Program please click on the Children’s Program menu.

Convention Prices

Register early to save $10

The adult admission fee is for an individual or a married couple.

Adult $50.00
Child (5-11) $25.00
Teen (12-18) $25.00
Parents of Preschoolers FREE
Non-Homeschooling Grandparents FREE
Non-Homeschooling Pastors FREE

Deadlines

Mail in Registration – May 25, 2014
On-line Registration – June 1, 2014
Children’s Program Closes when full, typically around May 1
Teen Program Closes when full, typically around May 15
Used Curriculum Sale Seller Closes when full, typically around April 15

Donations

In order to fulfill our mission of providing leadership, information and resources for those involved in home education, CHOIS needs the support of Idaho families and businesses. All donations will be used to further this mission and are fully tax-deductible.

Exhibit Hall

The convention is a great place to purchase your homeschool curricula and supplies. Many vendors will be displaying the newest and best materials in home education. An Exhibit Hall Only pass is available at the door for free. This pass is valid on Saturday only from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. See the Exhibit Hall menu for a complete list of vendors. Businesses that sell products or services designed to meet the needs of homeschooling families are invited to apply for exhibit space during the 2014 CHOIS Convention. If you would like more information about becoming a vendor please see our Exhibit Hall menu and click on Exhibitor Information.

Food

There will be a breakfast, lunch and snack provider at the convention and during the Used Curriculum Sale. This concession is a CHOIS Fundraiser, so your purchases support the ongoing ministry of CHOIS. Food may also be purchased from one of the many businesses located nearby, or may be brought from home. We do ask that you be considerate of the church and keep all food in the atrium area.

Grandparents

We understand the importance of grandparents in the homeschool process. Non-homeschooling grandparents are always free if they come with their adult children who are registered for the convention. Grandparents who are still homeschooling one or more children of their own must register separately and pay the full admission fee.

Help Spread the Word!

We could use your help in telling others about the convention! We will gladly send you extra copies of the Convention Issue of the CHOIS Connection Magazine for you to give to friend or take to your church, library, bookstore or doctor’s waiting room. Call (208) 424-6685 and leave a message on our voice mail, or email us at info@chois.org to request additional magazines to help spread the word.

Hotel Accommodations

The following establishment has offered reduced rates for those who are attending the convention. To receive the reduced rate, you must ask for the CHOIS Convention block and make reservations prior to May 15, 2014.

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Hampton Inn & Suites
Nampa at the Idaho Center
 

5750 E. Franklin Rd.
Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 442-0036
www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Convention Location

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 College Church of the Nazarene

The convention is held at the College Church of the Nazarene, 504 Dewey St. in Nampa, Idaho. Link to map here

Parents of Preschoolers

Parents of Preschoolers FREE Admission Policy is intended to reach families before their children are of school age as a positive way to expand and share the vision of home education. To help reach parents of preschoolers, we are offering FREE admission to the convention. This is a great way to invite young families to come to the convention to learn more about parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based home education. If you know someone who meets the following criteria please tell them about this opportunity. To participate:

  • Oldest child must be under five years of age.
  • Must be a first-time attendee to the CHOIS Convention.
  • Must register for the convention prior to May 25, 2014


Pastors

CHOIS recognizes the value of pastoral support for homeschooling families. We invite non-homeschooling pastors, and their spouses, to attend the convention free of charge as a means to share the vision of home education and to build strong relationships with churches. This offer is extended to pastors who do not teach their own children at home currently, but are interested in learning more about homeschooling. If you are a non-homeschooling pastor, please send a request for free admission on church letterhead along with your registration form. We regret that we are unable to offer scholarships for children and teens.

Recordings

Keynote sessions and most convention workshops will be reproduced for purchase. CD’s may be purchased at the convention or afterward from our website. No personal audio or videotaping is permitted.

Registration

Registration is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Early registration is open online from March 1 through June 1. You may also register through the mail by sending in the downloaded registration form from this site, or a copy of the magazine registration form, with fees. The deadline for registering through the mail is May 25, 2014. Please understand that we have size restrictions on the children’s and teen’s program and the best way to ensure enrollment is to register online early. Once these programs are full we will not be able to accept any more child or teen registrations either online or through the mail. Be advised that if you are registering through the mail that it would be wise to check online first to determine if there is still space available in these programs.

 

On-Site Registration

After June 1, registration will only be accepted at the door. The at-the-door admission fee for an individual or married couple is $55.00. It is not possible to register a child or teen at the door.

Schedule

Used Curriculum Sale

Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:30 am  Seller’s arrive for set up

10:00 am Sale Begins

1:00 pmSale Ends

 

Convention

Friday, June 6, 2014

8:00 am1:00 pmRegistration Begins

8:30 am Children’s Program Check-in

8:45-10:15 amMorning Keynote

10:00 am Exhibit Hall Opens

10:45-11:45Workshops

11:45 amPick up Children for Lunch

11:45-1:30 pmLunch & Shopping Break

12:45-1:15 pmWorkshops

1:15 pmChildren’s Program Check-in

1:30-2:30 pmWorkshops

3:00-4:00 pmWorkshops

4:30-6:00 pmAfternoon Keynote

5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Closes

6:00 pmPick up Children Promptly!

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

8:00 amRegistration Begins

8:30 am Children’s Program Check-in

8:45-10:15 amMorning Keynote

10:00 am Exhibit Hall Opens

10:45-11:45Workshops

11:45 amPick up Children for Lunch

11:45-1:30 pmLunch & Shopping Break

12:45-1:15 pmWorkshops

1:15 pmChildren’s Program Check-in

1:30-2:30 pmWorkshops

3:00-4:00 pmWorkshops

4:30-6:00 pmAfternoon Keynote

5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Closes

6:00 pmPick up Children Promptly!

 

Scholarships

CHOIS is able to provide a very limited number of scholarships. Please call (208) 424-6685 and leave a message on our voice mail, or email us at info@chois.org for more information.

Silent Auction

For more information about the CHOIS silent auction please click on the Silent Auction Menu.

Solicitation

No unauthorized solicitation or distribution of material is permitted at the conference, exhibit hall or on church property during the convention.

Speakers

For complete bios of all of our convention speakers please click on the Speaker menu

Teen Program

For more information about the CHOIS Teen Program please click on the Teen Program menu

Used Curriculum Sale

The incredible CHOIS Used Curriculum Sale will be held on Thursday, June 5th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the gymnasium of the College Church of the Nazarene. Admission is FREE and open to the public. To read more details about how you may participate as a seller, please click on the Used Curriculum menu.

Volunteers

Volunteers play an integral part in the success of the annual Idaho Homeschool Convention hosted by CHOIS. Our convention is run entirely by volunteers from the convention director to the concession’s staff. Our volunteer workers help keep costs to a minimum while continuing to provide an excellent conference.

 

We are looking for responsible adults to volunteer in a variety of positions at our convention, including booth hosting, workshop hosts, registration, silent auction and hospitality volunteers. If you would like to be a part of our team, please click on the volunteer menu for more information.

Workshops

For full descriptions of our convention workshops please click on the Workshops menu.

 

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