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Attention New and Veteran Homeschoolers!
Do You Want to Homeschool Your Child Successfully?

Give Us One Day...

and we'll give you the blueprint you need
that will save you time and money,
relieve your anxiety,
and help you achieve all of your homeschool goals
while having the time of your lives!

Diane Flynn Keith editor of Homefires The Journal of Homeschooling

Homeschool mom, author, speaker, and coach Diane Flynn Keith invites you
to join her and celebrated homeschool author Tammy Takahashi for Homefires'

Homeschool Discovery Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Redwood City, California

Hurry!    We can only accept a very limited number of adult registrations, and we expect them to go fast!
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then book your reservation now...

  • Have you just begun to homeschool your child or have you homeschooled your child for less than 1 year?
  • Do you have young, preschool-age children who you are thinking about homeschooling?
  • Are you the parent of a gifted or accelerated student who wants or needs more than what traditional public and private schools offer?
  • Are you the parent of a student who has been labeled with a learning disorder such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc., for whom traditional schooling just isn't working?
  • Do you want to know how to homeschool legally in California?
  • Would you like to know what options exist for homeschooled children from curriculum to online correspondence programs, to charter schools, to bypassing curriculum and testing altogether?
  • Do you need information on where to find educational curricula, products, and resources?
  • Do you want to know where to find co-op classes, field trips, and community resources for the homeschooled?
  • Do you want to find out what opportunities exist for socialization and how to get connected with other homeschoolers in your area?
  • Do you wonder how parents get their children to cooperate in the homeschool environment?
  • Do you want to know some of the roadblocks in homeschooling and how to avoid them?
  • Are you overwhelmed and exhausted trying to sort through all of the information about homeschooling that you hear from friends or in online forums?
  • Would like to get answers to all of your questions in one place?
  • Have you ever wished you had a real-life mentor to guide you? ... A mentor who actually has successfully homeschooled her own children and who truly understands where you're at and what you're trying to do?

Then get ready to receive the help YOU need
On Saturday, June 6, 2009!

Diane Flynn Keith - Author of Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time Diane Flynn Keith

Leave your stress at the door, and find comfort in the resources and advice of your personal mentor and homeschool coach Diane Flynn Keith...

Diane is the editor of Homefires.com, author of the best-selling book Carschooling, and founder of UniversalPreschool.com.

With her husband Cliff, she homeschooled their sons from elementary school through high school and continues to coach thousands of homeschool families each year.

Diane is a featured columnist for The Link National Homeschool Magazine, and has written for Home Education Magazine, The Old School House, Natural Learning, The California HomeSchooler, and California Homeschool News among dozens of other homeschool and parenting publications, zines, and blogs. She and her family have been featured in countless interviews in major newspapers and Diane has been a guest expert on the topics of homeschooling and universal preschool on ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, and MS-NBC.

She has also been a featured guest on Homeschool.com's teleseminars, Blog-Talk Radio, and a variety of webinars and podcasts. She has contributed to these books on homeschooling: The Homeschooling Almanac, The California Homeschool Guide, The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas, and Homeschooling Methods.

Diane is a popular speaker at homeschool conferences in California, Nevada and Oregon. She has also been a distinguished presenter at professional development seminars for teachers in public charter school home study programs throughout southern California, and has been a regular guest speaker at child-parent classes at Skyline College since 1998. She has also conducted homeschool presentations at the College of San Mateo. Diane has testified in court as a Homeschool Expert Witness.

Diane will be your personal guide through the process of how to get started homeschooling your child at Homefires'...

Homeschool Discovery Day

Diane has spent thousands of hours and dollars researching and finding resources throughout her 17 years of homeschooling her own children and coaching thousands of other homeschool parents. She has a good idea of what works and what doesn't.

Here's a SAMPLING of what you'll get...

Debbie Schwarzer Debbie Schwarzer

New!    Debbie Schwarzer, General Counsel for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and Legal Chair for the Homeschool Association of California will join Diane Flynn Keith in presenting the legal ways to Homeschool in California

  • The legal ways to homeschool in California
  • Info on Public Charter School and Local School District home study programs.
  • Info on Private School programs that offer home study opportunities.
  • How to establish your own Private School and file the Private School Affidavit.
  • Homeschool methodologies from Classical to Unschooling
  • Where to get curricula and fun educational products for all ages, grades, and subjects. Learn how to use the world as your classroom.
  • How to discover your child's learning style.
  • Record keeping and developing a course of study.
  • How to get connected with Homeschool Support Groups that meet for classes, field trips, and social events.
  • Developing a vision or goal of what you want to accomplish through homeschooling.
  • Reassurance that homeschoolers do get accepted to the finest colleges and universities.
  • Community Resources that offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for education and socialization for homeschoolers
  • Fun field trips and coop classes for homeschoolers.
  • Volunteer opportunities for homeschoolers.
  • Research statistics on homeschoolers.
  • A bibliography of other helpful books and resources on homeschooling.
  • Get free samples of homeschool publications that will assist you in your homeschooling efforts.
  • Hear personal homeschooling stories and receive practical insights into how people actually homeschool on a day-to-day basis.
  • You'll leave this presentation with a "can do" spirit, confidence, and resolve.
Homeschooling - California Style

Plus, you'll receive Diane Flynn Keith's all new, completely indexed, step-by-step guide to Homeschooling - California Style. This priceless manual is chock-full of resources and information that you will refer to over and over again.

But that's not all! In addition to all of the great information Diane will provide on getting started in homeschooling, the following guest speaker will join Diane during her presentation...

Featured Speaker — Tammy Takahashi

About Tammy Takahashi Tammy Takahashi

Author of Deschooling Gently:
A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling

Tammy will present...
"The Secrets of Homeschooling Success"

Do you know any successful homeschoolers? What are they doing to create this success? Is it organization? Or discipline? The answer might surprise you! Tammy Takahashi will share their secrets and identify specific things you can do to help your children succeed.

Tammy Takahashi lives and learns with her three young children and her supportive husband in sunny Southern California. Besides being the author of Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling, she is the former editor of the California HomeSchooler Magazine, and writes an alternative education blog. She has also written many articles for Home Education Magazine, Natural Learning Magazine, and CHNews. An acknowledged and leading expert on homeschooling and unschooling, she's also been interviewed on CNN, Fox News and NPR.

Tammy Takahashi has been a presenter at the California Homeschool Network Expo and the Homeschool Association of California Conference. She offers a monthly homeschooling information night in the San Fernando Valley, and is an activist for alternative education freedom in California.

~~~~    Meet Real Homeschoolers!    ~~~~

Enjoy a Q&A Session with Teen and Graduate Homeschoolers who will share their personal stories and provide practical insights into homeschooling on a day-to-day basis. The tentative list of panelists include:

  • About Dana Mirsalis
    Dana Mirsalis
    Dana has been homeschooled since birth. She passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) when she was 14, and has been attending Foothill College since then. She is double majoring in Japanese and economics, and plans on transferring to a four-year university in fall of 2009. She also enjoys musical theatre, karate, writing, and running an online community.

  • About Kimberly Taylor
  • Kimberly Taylor
    Kim has been homeschooled for seven years, five of those by her parents, and three through an online charter school by the name of CAVA. She will be taking the CHSPE in late June and is planning to attend community college in autumn. Currently, she volunteers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has done so for two years. Kim has also served as the Youth Editor for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum for the past four years. Her interests include the visual arts, performing arts, psychology, roleplaying, outdoor activities, and writing, and she hopes to become a published author in the future.

  • About Casey Yemm
  • Casey Yemm
    Casey has been homeschooled his entire life. In addition to homeschooling he has taken classes at Lincoln High School, De Anza and Foothill Community Colleges. He passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). He lived in Venezuela for a year where he participated in the Rotary International High School Exchange program. As a homeschooled high school senior, he began attending De Anza's Middle College program in 2008-2009. Casey enjoys reading, playing baseball and football, traveling and boogie boarding. He plans on attending a four year college and pursuing psychology and marketing.

All of the panelists have homeschooled in the all-inclusive, non-sectarian homeschool community for many years, using a variety of methodologies. They are eager to share their experiences with you.

Note: Although we don't anticipate it, the panelist roster is subject to change.

We are really EXCITED to have these seasoned homeschoolers available for a Q&A discussion at the presentation!

~~~~    Enjoy Homeschool Dads' Q&A Panel!    ~~~~

Cliff Keith Cliff Keith

Do you want to homeschool, but don't have the support of your husband? Do you currently homeschool but find your husband questions your methods? Homeschooling success depends on BOTH parents being on the same page. Fathers are typically more reluctant to consider homeschooling and many be concerned about issues such as:

  • Academic Productivity
  • College Admission
  • Sports Opportunities
  • Socialization
  • And They May Fear Losing Mom's Time and Attention

Sometimes, just talking to other fathers who homeschool can really help allay fears. Our panel includes a diverse group of homeschool dads who will address concerns. Listening and talking to other fathers who are PRO homeschooling may inspire your husband and help him see that homeschooling is a healthy and viable option for your family.


It doesn't have to be hard. We will help turn the struggle and doubt about homeschooling into a joyful journey for you and your family. But don't just take our word for it. Here are some real comments from parents who have attended Diane Flynn Keith's Homeschool Information Seminar:

"I would just like to express how much I enjoyed your conference. I am in my 5th year of homeschooling and so appreciated the knowledge you imparted, tips from the trenches, and your obvious love of kids and support for parents in the endeavor. I cannot imagine a day better spent!"

~Lorna Oyarce

"I am grateful for your wisdom, knowledge and guidance which helped me to navigate our homeschool journey, and which I relied upon when I thought we had no options other than to suffer through the public school system."

~Brenda Franca-Serpa

"I want to thank you for your great presentation. My head is swimming with excitement and anticipation about this new journey. I feel much more comfortable having so many resources all at my fingertips. It was a pleasure meeting you and having the honor of attending your class."

~Shelley Hanley

"Okay, sounds great. What's my
investment to gain the information that
will save me time and money
, and help me
homeschool my child successfully?"

Homeschooling - California Style

You know that similar professional seminars like this charge hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. But this is a homeschool seminar and we know that kind of fee, especially in the current economy, would price-out many families who actually NEED and WANT our help. So, admission to the COMPLETE Homefires' Homeschool Discovery Day seminar with all of our fantastic speakers and panelists eager to help you is just...

$97 per person. Married couples receive
a $25 discount and pay a total of $169.

That price includes Diane Flynn Keith's brand new, completely indexed, step-by-step guide, Homeschooling California Style, filled with resources and information that you will refer to over and over again. The manual alone is worth the price of admission!

There is limited seating available so reserve your spot today!

So CLICK HERE and grab your spot for the Full Day Seminar now!

~~~    New! Just Added By Popular Demand!    ~~~

Attend Only the Half-Day Afternoon Session from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.!

You Will Enjoy...

  • Q&A Session with Teen and Graduate Homeschoolers
  • Featured Speaker Tammy Takahashi on "The Secrets of Homeschooling Success!"
  • And the Q&A Session with Homeschool Dads!

That's right!   You may have previously attended Homefires' Homeschool Discovery Day. You already have the incredible information and resources on getting started in homeschooling that will be presented by Diane Flynn Keith in the morning session. Now, you would like to continue your education and be inspired by our speakers and panelists in the afternoon session. You can and it's just...

$49 per person. Married couples receive
a $13 discount and pay a total of $85.

(Note: Afternoon Session Does NOT include the "Homeschooling California Style" manual.)

Seating is limited and first come, first served!
Click Here to make your reservation for the Half Day Seminar now!

Choose either the Full Day or Half Day Session, and get all of the resources, information, and advice you need from your personal homeschool mentors on Saturday, June 6th, at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Redwood City. It doesn't get any easier than that!

"By the way, you don't need to be
committed to homeschooling to join us.
Skeptics are welcome! In fact, the sooner
you have this information, the better
informed you'll be about options in
education - including homeschooling."

You see, if you're doubtful or uncertain, you're in a very good position! It's actually BETTER that you attend this event BEFORE you spend too much money or time on information and resources that won't work. You will learn from homeschool parents who have been there, done that. You will discover the SIMPLE, FAST, and EFFECTIVE ways that parents homeschool their children and fully prepare them for college, work, and personal success beyond schooling.

Make this investment in your family...
you'll feel better about homeschooling your children.

Online Registration Closes at Midnight, June 4, 2009
Sorry, Registration At the Door is Not Available for this Event.     Thank you!

And We'll See You At Homefires' Homeschool Discovery Day!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
Unitarian Fellowship Hall
2124 Brewster Avenue, (at Lowell Street)
Redwood City, CA 94062

NOTE: This is a comprehensive presentation that takes place over a 6 ½ hour period. It's designed for adults and there will be no childcare available. Please do not bring children to the seminar, including nursing babes-in-arms.

100% Guarantee!

Go ahead, register and attend the ENTIRE Homefires' Homeschool Discovery Day at NO RISK whatsoever. If for any reason, by the end of the day, you honestly feel we did not deliver on the information promised, just quietly turn in your materials to my event assistant, and ask for a full 100% refund. We'll happily oblige.

You see, I'm THAT confident that nothing out there comes CLOSE to the quality of my Homeschool Discovery Day and the amazing information you're going to learn.

Our Money Back Guarantee

And that's my promise to you.

Diane Flynn Keith Guarantee

Diane Flynn Keith

* Note: Because we want to provide you with the optimum experience, we have very limited seating. Please be very certain that you will be able to attend the event before registering. If, after purchasing your ticket, you discover that you cannot attend, we will refund the admission price (less a $12 cancellation fee) as long as you provide a minimum cancellation notice of 14 days prior to the seminar. If you must cancel your reservation with less than 14 days advance notice, we cannot refund your admission fee because of contractual obligations. However, you are welcome to apply the fee to subsequent Homefires' seminars and events in 2009. You are also welcome to transfer your ticket to another person.