UTCH 2018 Homeschool Convention



Canyons Church
1700 East Fort Union Blvd
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Keynotes: Israel Wayne
Date: Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018
Registration: Registration will be online early next year.
Questions: convention@utch.org

$45 per adult (spouses free with paid registration), $20 per teen, $25 per child.  Grandparents free with paid registration.



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2018 Tentative Convention Schedule


Active schedule can be found here:  Convention Schedule

Friday, April 20, 2018


Noon  Doors Open, Registration, Vendor Hall open unless noted otherwise

(All Children’s Programs begin at 6:15 pm) 

1:00-1:50 Friday Workshop 1 

a. Biblical Literacy: Teaching Truth to the Next Generation - Imagination Investigation

b. Working with a Child’s Developmental Level - The National Association for Child Development   

c. 5 Common Deceptions in our Culture regarding God, the Bible, Science and Creation - AOI

2:10-3:00 Friday Workshop 2

a. Twelve Optimal Ways to Trigger the Brain—with any subject – Renee Ellison

b. Raising Feminine Geeks and Masculine Artists in a Genderless Society - Imagination Investigation

c. The Forum Speech and Debate 

3:20-4:10 Friday Workshop 3

a. Teach Phonics Faster – Renee Ellison

b. Making the Teen Years the Best Years in Your Home – Jim and Terri Kerr

c. Equipping Families to Share the Gospel in Utah – Marvin Cowan

4:30-6:00 Dinner Break 

6:15-6:30 Children’s Programs Check In 

Homeschool Graduates Panel – Teen Program and Teen Social

6:30   Opening, Announcements, Song; 

Evening Keynote: Israel Wayne – Education: Does God Have an Opinion?

8:00   Dismiss


Saturday, April 21, 2018


7:30 am   Doors Open, Vendor Hall Open and Registration Available; Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 Pre-registered check-in for all children 

8:15-9:30 Announcements, President’s Address, Keynote 1: Homeschooling: Preference or Conviction? Israel Wayne

9:50-10:40 Workshop 1 

a. Pitchin’ a Fit! Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting – Israel Wayne  

b. How to TRAIN Your Children, Not Just DISCIPLINE Them – Renee Ellison 

c. Person or Object or Manipulation –Debby Mylar 

11:00-11:50 Workshop 2 

a. What about Socialization? - Israel Wayne

b. Homeschooling a Resistant Child: Diagnosis and strategies – Renee Ellison

c. Homeschooling in Utah: Legal Aspects – Frank Mylar

12:00-1:20 Lunch with your family  

1:20-1:30  Return check-in for all children

1:30-2:40  Graduation Presentation, Announcements,

Keynote 3: Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview – Israel Wayne

3:00-3:50 Workshop 3

a. Toxic Mistakes Homeschoolers Make – Israel Wayne

b. Just Starting to Homeschool? Advantages – Renee Ellison

c. Media Balance and Dangers– Jim and Terri Kerr

4:10-5:00 Workshop 4

a. Salt & Light Families – Israel Wayne

b. Top-Notch Home Management Strategies – Renee Ellison 

c. Astronomy: Declaring the Glory of God- Brian Mariani  (AOI)

d. The Power of Companionship and collaboration – Joint Parent/Teen Session  

5:00 pm      Pick Up All Children

5:10-5:30 Closing Round Up – Return Surveys and Prizes  

6:00  - Vendor Hall Closes

Programs for Our Youth


Teen Program: Russ Anderson will be guiding our teens as they participate in the video conference of:





These videos will teach our teens WHY expectations for them are so low, WHAT they can do about it, and HOW to join this counter-cultural youth movement and truly live for the Lord! 


Children’s Program Brush off your toga and find your sandals because we’re going back in time to the New Testament! Children, ages 5-11, are invited to join us for an exciting new adventure where we will be diving into God’s word, studying alongside the Early Church! We’ll be joined by friends, some old and some new, to help us on our journey of faith, growing as His disciples. And as always there will be tons of fun crafts, songs, skits, and games. We hope to see you there! 


Preschool Program  Dawnette Pratt will be serving our preschoolers with their wonderful gifts and talents. This year’s preschool program (3-5 years old) will have a Biblical theme. Children will explore history through many different  activities. They will practice developing skills including: pre-reading and math skills, large and small muscle skills, listening skills, expression and logic skills, as well as following directions. The program will include group activities, snack times, crafts, and free play time. 


Nursery will and be provided for newborn children to 2 years of age. We will work hard to keep all babies content.


Volunteer at the Convention! 

We are excited to gather as homeschool families to receive inspiration, encouragement, and likeminded fellowship; and we need YOUR help to make the convention run smoothly! Volunteers are needed to help with setup, registration, nursery, children’s program, and tear down. “Many hands make light work”, so please visit the volunteer sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4da8ac283-utch to find a spot to serve. Teens are especially encouraged to serve, giving their hard-working parents an opportunity to attend as much of the convention as possible. Each hour served is eligible for a $5 rebate, payable at the end of convention. If you have any questions, please contact Susie Jackson. Thank you!