Monthly Webinars

As part of our monthly webinar series, these Zoom workshops are free, though we do ask that you register in advance. We hope these topics will be useful and informative as you plan for the next year of homeschooling.

Homeschooling Children with Mental Health Struggles

with Sharon Hensley
October 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Over the years more and more parents are taking their children out of traditional school settings to homeschool because of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other diagnoses. Because of the sensitive nature (social stigmatism) and lack of education surrounding this topic many parents are reluctant to talk about it and as such, are not being supported. Let’s set all of that aside and have a candid talk in a safe environment about homeschooling children with mental illness. Regardless of the diagnoses, there are practical tools families can implement that will help you and your child have a successful homeschool experience.

Sharon Hensley
Sharon Hensley is the author of Home Schooling Children with Special Needs. She holds a Master’s Degree in special education and has worked with a variety of special needs children including her oldest daughter who is autistic and mentally retarded. Sharon began teaching in 1983, and moved into the field of special education in 1985. She has done classroom teaching, private therapy and consulting. She began homeschooling in 1992 and homeschooled her children for 23 years and also directed Almaden Valley Christian School, a PSP for families with special needs children. Sharon is now semi-retired and primarily works as a life coach with adults who struggle with organizational and executive function difficulties.

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Pasos Simples Para Empezar la Educación en Casa

con Karim Morato
November 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

¿Está considerando la opción de enseñar en casa? ¿No sabe por dónde empezar? Aquí discutiremos pasos simples para ayudarle a tomar la decisión cuidadosamente.

Karim Morato
Karim Morato es asesora bilingüe y coordinadora del alcance hispano de HSLDA. Ella es una maestra de español certificada, con dieciséis años de experiencia enseñando en escuelas públicas. Ahora, con su maestría en Currículo y Enseñanza en Linea de George Mason University, Karim ha desarrollado su propio currículo y se apasiona por apoyar a líderes y familias hispanas en su comunidad. Karim y su esposo educan a sus tres hijos en casa.

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Choosing Your Curriculum

Hosts: Katie Julius, Rebecca Kocsis
Panelists: Holly Croley, Naomi Goegan, Noel Quinnelly, Tonya Salinas
June 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

What do you need to consider when selecting curriculum? How do you evaluate what would be the best fit for your family? Join a panel of homeschool moms as they share their style of homeschooling and what curriculum they have found works best for them. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. We anticipate this webinar will last approximately an hour.

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Planning Your Year

with Katie Julius & Rebecca Kocsis
July 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

We will walk you through how to create plans for your children’s education. Beginning with a multi-year overview and ending with a daily lesson plan, we will take you step-by-step with tips on planning, adapting your plan (we know curveballs will come your way!), choosing field trips, communicating your plan to your kids, and more. We will have time for Q&A. We anticipate this webinar will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

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Keeping Your Records

with Katie Julius & Rebecca Kocsis
August 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

As a private home educator, what records do I need to keep? What are some ways I can store these records? How long do I keep them? Are there any optional records I should keep? Get answers to these questions and more as we share what records are required, what records are optional, and some ideas for keeping these records. Bring your questions! We anticipate this webinar will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

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PSA Filing Party

with Katie Julius & Rebecca Kocsis
October 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Filing a Private School Affidavit isn’t hard, but it can seem daunting if you are unfamiliar with the process. Join Rebecca Kocsis and Katie Julius as they walk you through the process step-by-step. At the conclusion of this webinar, you will have successfully completed your filing for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Not sure if you need to file a PSA? Find out more information about who is required to complete this form annually here.

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Meet Our Presenters


Katie Julius
Katie is a homeschool mom to one energetic, full-of-life, pedal-to-the-metal, insanely creative second-grader. She holds degrees in Art and Education and is a crafter, artist, planner, and organizer. When she’s not teaching phonics, practicing addition facts, or elbow-deep in craft supplies, she also serves as the Editor for CHEA, managing the social media accounts, website, and other communications. Katie is married to husband, John, and lives in Southern California.

Rebecca Kocsis

Rebecca Kocsis
Rebecca and her beloved, Ed, homeschooled all five of their children, graduating their youngest in 2006 from their homeschool. They are now the proud grandparents of an ever-growing tribe of energetic boys and girls (12 to date) who are their greatest delight. Rebecca served for 15 years as a PSP administrator and for several years on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. In addition to serving on CHEA’s board of directors she has also serves as General Manager. She is the author of the devotional booklet Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.