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Whole Education Without Schooling: Family, Community, Freedom

Join us for a dynamic and provocative day of ideas and discussion as we celebrate TEN years of AHEM!

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Arlington Center for the Arts Theater
41 Foster St., Arlington, MA


12:30 – 1:00:


1:00 – 1:45:

Welcome & Keynote by Sophia Sayigh, Co-Founder and Director of AHEM: Homeschooling Then & Now: Working Hard to Keep It Simple

1:45 – 3:15:

Panel: Patchwork of Days - What's it like to actually homeschool? How do philosophy and reality intersect in the practical, day-to-day world of homeschooling? Experienced homeschooling parents talk about their successes, challenges, and the life of a home educator, while young adult homeschoolers share what it's like to grow up as a homeschooler, and how homeschooling has shaped their hopes and dreams. This panel is designed to cover frequently asked questions about homeschooling, while providing inspiring testimony on the homeschooling lifestyle. Time will be set aside for audience questions. (Click here to see panelists' bios.)

3:15 – 4:00:

Break: Time for refreshments, ice breakers, networking, Silent Auction

4:00 – 4:45:

Discussion with the AHEM Board – attendees set the agenda: With 50-plus collective years of living and loving the homeschooling lifestyle in Massachusetts, the AHEM board members here today have seen it all. They've watched homeschooling grow and evolve while raising and educating 8 kids, many of whom are now adults. From the old days of paper newsletters and phone chains, to the new days of Facebook groups and Internet resources, the AHEM board has a wealth of experience. College? Socialization? Siblings? Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic? They invite you to pick their brains.(Click here to see bios.)

Silent Auction

Featuring fabulous items selected with homeschooling families in mind, including:

  • Book bag with copies of Pat Farenga’s The Legacy of John Holt, Blake Boles’s Better than College, and Peter Gray’s Freedom to Learn
  • Cevin Solng’s film on DVD The War on Kids
  • Gift card and T-shirt from Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Marblehead, MA
  • Microsoft Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership
  • Microsoft Entertainment Music Pass
  • Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 32/64 English Sub
  • Microsoft Win Pro 8
  • Serenity Basket
  • Family Fun Night Basket
  • Qdoba 10 person taco bar
  • Boston Booklady package
  • Handmade wool purse
  • Gently worn Unschooling T shirt
  • Ken Burns Baseball DVD series
  • Knitting Basket
  • and more!

We will provide light refreshments. Feel free to bring your own non-messy food and drink.


Because we are unable to make special accommodations for children, we ask that you leave at home children who will be as happy or happier there with a loving caregiver. Children over 12 months old who accompany you will need to register, pay the registration fee, and be supervised by you at all times.


You can register online at http://ahemwewsconference.eventbrite.com.

         Eventbrite - AHEM Whole Education Without Schooling Conference

Or download a registration form in pdf format here and mail it to us with your check or money order.

Space is limited: advance registration recommended. Mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than September 24, 2013. Full payment must accompany registration. Cancellation requests received by September 24, 2013 will be honored. No refunds after September 24, 2013. Registration confirmation will be sent via email (preferred) or enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope or postcard. After September 24, 2013, call 781-641-0566 or email info@AHEM.info to check availability. Walk-ins will be accommodated, if space allows, with an additional cost of $5 per person.

Directions to Arlington Center for the Arts:
From Route 2:

  • Take Rt. 60 exit toward Arlington/Medford (away from Belmont).
  • Follow Rt. 60 until it intersects with Mass. Ave.
  • Take a right on Mass. Ave.
  • Go about 5 blocks, and one block past the traffic light at Linwood, take a left after the BP Gas Station onto Tufts St.
  • Once on Tufts Street: Go one block and then take a left into the parking lot – the conference will be in the repurposed brick school building.
  • To get to the ACA Theater follow ACA signs to the ramp entrance across from the basketball court.

All proceeds benefit Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Register online, or download the registration form from the box at left. Help publicize the event by posting the flyer. Have questions? Need help? Email info@AHEM.info or call 781-641-0566.

The planners and sponsors of this event reserve the right to cancel this function without penalty. The total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.