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Why go to a homeschool convention?
Honestly, we homeschooled for 2 years before I went to my first homeschool convention. Yep. In fact, I was on the planning committee of our local homeschool convention before I attended a homeschool convention. We were doing fine and I had lots of friends in real life and online to help out if I needed it. Why did I need to go to a homeschool convention?
To Get My Hands On Curriculum
Before going to my first convention, I never touched and really looked at our curriculum until I ordered in and it came in the mail. Some of my choices might have been different if I would have gotten my hands on it before purchasing.
The vendor hall of homeschool conventions are full of virtually every type of homeschool curricula you can imagine. I like to take my time, browse and chat with the vendors. You never know what treasure you might find!
To Learn From Great Speakers
Most professionals have to do some type of continuing education. Homeschool parents are professional educators. Think of the homeschool convention speaker sessions as continuing education for homeschool parents.
At most conferences, there will be speakers talking about teaching particular subjects or particular types of students. Other speakers will talk about parenting, discipline or careers. I look for speakers that will be addressing issues that have come up in our homeschool over the past year or areas that I feel weak in.
To Recharge My Batteries
There are reasons homeschool conventions are in the spring. One is that homeschool parents are looking for curriculum and ideas for the next school year. Other reason is that homeschool moms look forward to the refreshing and encouragement homeschool conventions can bring.
Local homeschool conventions are a great opportunity to mingle and chat with friends old and new that we get too busy to visit with during the rest of the school year. It can be a great time of catching up, learning from old pros and encouragement. That is something I always look forward to.
Larger, regional homeschool conferences like, Great Homeschool Conventions, are great opportunities for a girls weekend! This year, I’m meeting up with my friend Colleen from Raising Life Long Learners in Cincinnati for the Midwest Great Homeschool Convention. We’ll be meeting up with other homeschool and blogging friends, too. I can’t wait!! Three days with no cooking or cleaning!
That weekend will be full of learning, fun and refreshing!
Do you go to homeschool conventions?
I wish I hadn’t waited to start attending our local convention. It really would have helped the learning curve. I had so many questions that I could have had answered in one location.
Now, I look forward to our local homeschool convention and I am looking forward to my first Great Homeschool Convention! I hope you are, too!
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