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2018 MÂCHÉ Conference & Curriculum Fair

April 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

2018 MÂCHÉ Conference & Curriculum Fair

April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018

Mayo Civic Center • Rochester, Minnesota

"A VISION Bigger Than Ourselves"

“… That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”    (Ephesians 3:17-19)

VISION, the highlighted word in our 2018 convention theme, has many facets. A vision for excellence. A vision for discipleship. A vision for tomorrow’s leaders in our homes, churches, and workplaces. A vision for success.

But is our vision too shortsighted? As home education has become more widely accepted as a viable educational option, it has taken on a variety of faces, even to the extent of looking similar to a public school experience. A focus on academics and extra-curricular activities is becoming the norm, with the Christian influence and discipleship aspect only at a minimum. Knowing how easily our view can be clouded by what the secular world is saying, we want to help you clarify and focus on answering the question: What is God’s limitless Vision for me and my family? 

This year’s convention is going to expand your vision for your family with speakers and sessions that will inspire, encourage, and help give you a clear, bold vision for the true potential God has given each of your children. Let’s look beyond the academics, the math lesson, the science experiment, and even the aced ACT/SAT exams. Let’s look beyond a child’s special limitations and comprehend the beautiful blessing within that marvelous creation which God has made. Let’s look beyond the aspirations we as parents have for our children’s future. Whatever your vision is, let’s look beyond …

“… That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Grasp the immeasurable opportunities that you have been given. Envision God’s incomparable work of art as you prayerfully anticipate God’s perfect, unfolding panorama!

Additional Information:

Convention registration begins on January 1.

MÂCHÉ members receive a 20% discount on their convention registration fees.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of or to purchase a MÂCHÉ membership, click HERE.

During the past several years, there has been a steady increase in the number of home educating families in the nation - roughly 2.4 million K-12 children. Wouldn't it be wonderful if those new home educators who live in Minnesota could become more confident, encouraged, and equipped in their home education endeavors by attending the 2018 MÂCHÉ Conference --- by learning from delightful teachers who have "been there, done that' ... by meeting the thousands of other home educating families who have the same vision as they do ... by attending the wide variety of practical workshops with easy "take home ideas" ... by perusing the diverse field of exhibitors in our huge exhibit hall ... by taking advantage of the money-saving, used curriculum sale?

Please share the 2018 MÂCHÉ conference with those you know and bring someone with you this year!

Woman giving her son a geography lesson


I am a mom just getting started in homeschooling. I went into the Mache conference feeling like homeschool was a completely foreign language. I had no idea where to begin. I left the conference feeling like I now have a great grasp on what I'm doing. I feel excited and inspired by so many ideas presented that I hope to implement as a homeschool teacher!  ~Kelli

This was my first MACHE experience. As a homeschool mom of nearly 5 years, I was aware of MACHE, but my interest wasn't piqued until I was told by other homeschool parents that it is well worth the time and money to attend. So, I did! In fact, I am looking forward to attending next year. Why? The workshops I attended gave validity to my homeschooling endeavors. The nuggets of information I learned will be applied to my upcoming homeschooling year, benefiting not only myself, but also the education of my children. I had an opportunity to meet new friends and get to know others better. The curriculum fair was fantastic! Where else can a homeschool parent develop a game plan prior to the conference, seek out the curriculum he/she is interested in learning more about, and actually have an opportunity to compare them side by side. That was well worth the MACHE experience! The bonus- seeing thousands of other homeschooling parents in one place... we are not alone!  ~Juli

Attending MACHE has always been a highlight of my year. It is a weekend to refresh, remind myself of the reasons we are choosing to homeschool, to be inspired and encouraged. The speakers are amazing and no matter what workshop I attend I always have something to take home. This year my husband attended and he was amazed. He thought I was "overselling" the conference in previous years and was surprised to see it was even better than he had thought. The MACHE conference inspired him to be more involved in our homeschool, gave him some awesome ideas, and ways to be involved. I am so thankful for the wisdom of the speakers and those in the curriculum areas - it's amazing to be able to page through our choices in one day and know we are picking something that will work for our family. I'm usually worried and anxious about the next "school year" when I first walk through the doors and leave feeling confident in the calling we have been given - to home school - and encouraged!  ~Jenna

This weekend challenged me as a parent to love my children deeper, as Christ loves them and me. It convicted me of my own sin and encouraged me to love and encourage my children for who they are, right now--not only when they've met an educational standard.  ~Melody

After almost 20 years of homeschooling, I still love to attend the MACHE conference! I wasn't disappointed. There is always more to learn, ways to be inspired, and wisdom to be gleaned. Perhaps, it is a reflection of a teacher loving to learn and passing on this passion to her children... I encourage you to attend MACHE and continue to learn, share, and grow--no matter where you are in the journey.  ~Pam

As a homeschool alumni, now teaching my own children, I feel a lot of pressure to do things the right way the first time, like I should have it all figured out already. But I usually don't. Attending the conference helped me to feel like it's ok that I don't have it all figured out, learn about more options available, and to truly know that there are other families out there dealing with the same issues that I am.  ~Karalynn

MACHE weekends are so irreplaceable for me as a homeschooler, I think I'll plan to attend even after I'm done homeschooling, just to help other homeschoolers. I swallow hard at having to pass booths that I once needed, to move on to booths I never thought I would need. MACHE's convention has been with me every step of the way from taking the hand of my 6 yr old little boy to helping me plan the future of my 6' 2" son. It's been a partner I could not have done without.  ~Aaron

My wife and I didn't know what to expect, this was our first time at the conference and from what we heard from the speakers and the kindness of everyone involved, we are convinced that we want to home school our children. ~Jeremy

As a homeschooler with 10+ years of experience, I only attended this year's conference for my teens to attend the Teen Track. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the speakers! There were plenty of topics that were still applicable to me and I came away refreshed and renewed (as always). Thank you!  ~Susan

This was an exhausting, refreshing, much-needed time away for reflection, enrichment, and refocus. Thank you, MACHE!  ~Carl and Dawn

Each year the MACHE conference provides such great insight, encouragement, and energy. This year was no exception. The 2017 conference blew us away in how God was speaking directly to us and answering many prayers.  ~Eric and Heather

The MACHE conference was a breath of fresh air and a huge confirmation that we are headed in the right direction with our children. I gained confidence not only in my decision, but also in my abilities to successfully home educate. I walked away inspired and excited for the year to come.  ~Allie


April 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am
April 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
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Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904 United States