Welcome to day 2 of my #Write28Days Series on Homeschooling Helps, Hints and Resources. Today I want to give one of my favorite things that could go under all three categories. My selection for today is Homeschooling Conventions. These events have become one of the most valuable, anticipated and useful items for our homeschooling journey.
The first year we homeschooled we started in September with no real idea of what we were doing. I knew becoming part of local homeschool organizations was important. So we joined North Carolina Home Educators (NCHE). After talking with a number of ladies who homeschooled locally in our county, we decided to attend the NCHE convention in May. Attending for our first time, I really did not know what to expect. However, I can say I was glad our friends provided a lot of helpful advice. Their greatest piece of advice was to not buy on the first day. Instead, we took detailed notes at each booth we went to and also brought back catalogs and other paperwork to review. Then each night, my husband and I would review our finds and discuss our thoughts.
The other part that was really helpful was attending the various sessions, especially the keynote speakers. When we first began our homeschooling journey, my husband was not necessarily overly enthusiastic about the idea. However, hearing Christopher Klicka speak at one of the Keynote speeches provided my husband with our “why” we were homeschooling. From that time forward, we both realized we were doing it to bring glory to God.
So if you are a homeschooling parent who has never attended a homeschool convention, take the time, effort and energy and go explore the possibilities. You get to see and touch curriculum first hand. You get to speak with others at the booths who are knowledgable about the various products. Moreover, you get the opportunity to hear inspirational, knowledgable and motivating speakers talk about being in the homeschooling trenches.
Some of our family’s favorite conventions include: NCHE, CHAP (the Pennsylvania Homeschool organization’s convention), Great Homeschool Conventions, the South Carolina convention and Teach Them Diligently. So check out your area and find a convention to attend.
I would love to hear from you about your experience. If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.