Why You Should Attend Homeschool Conventions
Homeschooling always seemed odd to me. So I didn’t have a background full of awesome stories, I didn’t have any idea what “those” people actually did, and I assumed that the children would be sheltered, strange, and unprepared for the real world because that was the narrative I had been fed.
Then I became a homeschool mother’s helper. (It’s been over a decade ago now) Nothing like real life experience to shake up preconceived notions, is there? As I spent more and more time with this dear family, the idea of homeschooling our “someday” children was planted.
So I jumped in with both feet and went to my first homeschool convention when Mr. T was 3. Yes, he was 3 but I’m an over thinker. Seriously.
What happened when I went to a homeschool convention unprepared? Funny you should ask.
I, feeling incredibly proud of myself for preparing ahead, glided into that cavernous convention hall filled to the brim with all manner of homeschooling delights, glittering with shiny new textbook covers, full of free samples and every manner of homeschool advocates you can think of and I nearly had an attack of the vapors. (For you non-southerners that’s hyperventilating.)
In order to prevent you from having that same experience, I have put together these tips and a lovely printable Homeschool Convention Planner that you can get just a bit further down the page.
BUT . . .
(There’s always a catch in really good stories.) This catch was that after I took a moment and calmed down (okay, I practically ran out of the hall to the coffee booth and took a good 20 minutes), I remembered I was there to learn more about homeschooling not to plan out my children’s path to their doctorate.
And I had the most amazing weekend! I learned more about Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Classical education, parenting boys, and I met the most beautiful moms who were more than willing to share their wisdom. It was truly a home-changing experience.
And each year continues to bless me as a mom and educator and therefore, it blesses my family.
Attending a homeschool convention might be just the thing to refresh, revive, and reboot your home, your homeschool, and you!
Plus you get to view curriculum hands on, talk to the creators, and find new and awesome resources 😉
If you need some help and inspiration but cannot make it to a convention or just prefer to have a one-on-one mentor, I would love to help you plan a successful and gentle homeschool year for your family!
How to Plan Your Homeschool Convention Experience
First off, grab our beautiful Homeschool Convention Planner available in our shop 😉
- Choose the convention you will be attending. We included a list of several below.
- Print off the list of sessions and speakers as soon as it is available.
- Go through and highlight the sessions you think you want to attend. Choose as many as you like even if they are in the same time frame.
- Pray over that list and as the convention draws near, narrow it down.
- If you will be shopping for curriculum, get a rolly cart like this one from Amazon now! Your back and shoulders will thank you later.
- Book your hotel room! Most conventions have worked out a deal with the hotels in close proximity to the convention, but those rooms sell out fast.
- Evaluate your current curriculum to decide if you need to look for something different. Make a list of the ones you are interested in or know you will be buying.
- Pray over the sessions again the week before and then fill out your schedule sheet. Don’t cling to this, though. You may feel led to attend a session that never crossed your radar once you get to the convention. If so, go with it!
- Work out your meal plans for travel and during the convention.
- Finalize your curriculum budget. Try to leave a little wiggle room for cool things you find in the vendor hall.
- Print off lots of note sheets for your session and add them to a 1 inch binder. Add in some pocket folders for handouts and business cards.
- Breathe deep, pack, and enjoy your homeschool convention!
Where are these conventions?
Did you know “homeschool conventions 2018 near me” is a really popular search term? Well, here are several homeschool conferences for 2018 that you can find and I bet at least one is close.
Great Homeschool Convention 2019 Locations
Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth, TX March 7-9
Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, OH April 25-27
California Homeschool Convention in Ontario, CA June 13-15
Missouri Homeschool Convention in Saint Charles, MO March 21-23
New York August 1-3
Florida August 8-10
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions 2019
This homeschool convention in Atlanta is a wonderful treat! Plus it’s in July so it’s a great time to break from your summer and explore new options for the coming year!