The 2013 MHA Annual Conference is right around the corner – and we need you! MHA is currently accepting workshop proposals for our Saturday, September 21st conference at the Schwan Center in Blaine.

Who can submit a workshop proposal?


We are looking for a multitude of different topics for this year’s conference, including:
•homeschooling special needs students

•navigating the teen years

•transitioning to homeschool

•managing home life and school

•subject-specific workshops

•finding friendships and support – for you and your kids

•homeschooling the early years

•working while homeschooling

You don’t need to be an expert to present. You don’t need to own a business to offer a workshop. The only thing you need is knowledge and the desire to share what you’ve learned with other homeschoolers.

Don’t see what you’d like to present in the list above? Excellent – submit it, anyway. You just might have a topic we haven’t considered!

All workshop presenters will receive a free lunch and free admission to the rest of the conference!

Please complete the workshop proposal form no later than June 14. The MHA Board will review proposals and notify selected presenters no later than June 21.



Beth Balmanno

The 2013 Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance Annual Conference is going to be a great place for homeschool vendors and exhibitors! Not only is the conference being held once again at the state-of-the-art Schwan Center with a beautiful and open exhibitor spaces but this year the conference schedule is changing to better serve both vendors and attendees.

Are you a homeschool parent that also runs a business related to homeschooling? Are you associated with an organization that offers classes or tours to homeschool groups? Do you know someone that would benefit from sharing their product or service with the homeschool community? Join other educators, organizations and businesses during this annual event and take advantage of the opportunity to present and market directly to the Minnesota homeschool community.

The NEW Schedule!

7-8 am Vendor set-up
8-9 am Registration and BROWSING
9-10 am Workshop (during this time vendors will be offered complimentary coffee/breakfast as we noticed that last year it was difficult to take advantage of that while trying to set-up)
10 am-1 pm Vendor Exhibits
11 am-12 noon Meet-ups (rooms will be labeled for attendees who want to meet to discuss certain topics. This is informal and voluntary)
12 pm-1 pm Lunch (a buffet lunch will be served in the Banquet Hall adjacent to vendor area but we will not be having a keynote speech during this time so participants are still welcome to browse before, during or after lunch.)
1:15 pm-5 pm Workshops (At this point vendors will have the option of leaving. There will be 15 minute breaks between workshops and as always attendees may choose not to attend a workshop and socialize or shop so it will be up to the individual vendor whether they choose to stay.)

Features for exhibitors include:
• Highly visible Exhibitors Hall (adjacent to Banquet Area where buffet sit-down lunch, key note address, and lounge area will be hosted) as well as exhibitor tables placed strategically in high-traffic areas
• Loading and unloading area, complete with wide, garage-door access and complimentary carts for ease of set-up
• Ample parking
• Complimentary coffee and continental breakfast during exhibitor set-up

MHA will have exclusive use of the Schwan Center for this event!
Conference is Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 8 am -5:00 pm
Space is limited.

Contact Valerie Geary at one1z@hotmail.com or call 651-697-9249 for registration information. Tables are being sold on a first come first serve basis and payment must be received in order to secure a table.

mharunlogoTop 10 Reason to Run the MHA 5K

10. No ugly gym uniforms
9. You won’t get picked last
for teams
8. It is less dangerous than
dodge ball
7. Lake smells better than the gym
6. No ropes to climb
5. Check off your PE requirement
4. Get active as a family
3. AWESOME t-shirt
2. Support MN’s all inclusive state wide homeschoolers group
with your homeschool community!

Register TODAY! http://bit.ly/yu2Kxf

DO you have more reasons to add to this list, please share them with us!

mharunlogoDon’t miss the 2nd Annual MHA 5K – register TODAY!

This family friendly homeschool event will be held on Sunday May 5, 2013 at Lake Phalen.
Come share the morning with your fellow homeschoolers, get a fabulous t-shirt to wear all summer and little exercise in this beautiful setting.

Register soon to take advantage of extremely low prices -

Adults just $20 and kids only $5 including the free t-shirt!

For all the details and to register click on this link – http://bit.ly/yu2Kxf


We look forward to having an even more impressive sea of homeschoolers this year!

Come join the FUN!!!!

Stack-of-Books3MHA Used Curriculum and Kid’s Book Sale

Let’s Review . . .

NO FEE to shop at the MHA Used Book Sale – come shop and meet other homeschoolers

TONS of great homeschool curriculum and resources

• You might want to bring a BIG BAG to carry home all your great materials

• New Brighton Community Center is also the home of the Eagles’ Nest Play Area

TONS of books, manipulatives and games

• Ramsey County Library is also located at NBCC – storytime at 10:30am Friday

SHOP BY SUBJECT (tables for math, history, language arts, science, preschool, how-to homeschool, etc.)

TONS of big name curriculum including Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, Story of the World, A Beka and more

Come find supplies to help make
YOUR homeschool the best it can be!

10am to 2pm
New Brighton Community Center
400 10th Street NW New Brighton, MN 55112

Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance is hosting a
HUGE Used Curriculum and Kid’s Book Sale
(full of used curriculum, books, games and manipulative)

DOZENS of sellers have marked their items which will be combined and sorted by subject to make your shopping easier. Find and compare items in subject areas such as math, science, language arts, history, preschool, foreign language and MORE!

Friday, February 15th 2013 from 10am to 2pm

New Brighton Community Center
400 10th Street Northwest
New Brighton, MN 55112
(same building as the Eagle’s Nest and Ramsey County library branch)


I am BEYOND excited to announce that once again MHA will be hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at beautiful Lake Phalen on Sunday May 5, 2013. Homeschool parents, kids, family, friends, runners, walkers and strollers are encouraged to take part in this community building event. Show your HOMESCHOOL SPIRIT and get a FREE homeschool t-shirt to wear all summer.IMG_0265

The positive response from last years 5K was overwhelming. Join us and:

  • meet other homeschoolers
  • share our ever growing homeschool numbers for the community to see
  • promote physical fitness with family and friends
  • enjoy the charm of one of St. Paul’s most gorgeous parks!

(just to nmha5kstartame a few!)

Be part of this sea of happy homeschoolers at the 2nd Annual MHA 5K!

Registration information will be posted soon but in the meantime –

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday May 5, 2013!


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