(This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own)
I’ve been a homeschooling mom for 11+ years. While that sounds like a long time, I still never tire of getting my yearly recharge when I attend a homeschool convention. Every year, I search out that perfect convention and go with another homeschooling mom (or my husband, depending on the year).
How Does a Homeschool Convention Help to Recharge MY Battery?
- Getting Away – When you get a chance to get away from the every day life and focus all of your mind on homeschooling and the upcoming year, it’s amazing how much more confident in your homeschooling endeavors you can become. I either share a double room with a friend OR my husband and I take the opportunity to get away for the weekend. Either way, I enjoy the ability to focus. I focus on our goals and needs as a homeschool and I focus on our goals as a family. Although I have taken my children along with me a couple of times, I enjoy going without them, as I find that I don’t get quite as much out of the weekend when they’re along.
- Amazing Speakers – The speakers are why I even bother showing up. It seems that each year, there’s at least one or two speakers who know exactly what I need to hear. It’s like my yearly pep talk. Usually, when conference season comes around, I find that my enthusiasm for homeschooling has wained. Going to a conference and hearing these pep talks are usually just the boost that I need to get me excited about what we’re learning and the big job that I have each year. I especially love how the overall theme of the speakers seems to be to keep Christ first in your home and to not compare yourself to anyone else. We homeschool moms are incredibly guilty of doing that, aren’t we?
- Convention Hall – The convention hall (where they sell all of the homeschooling books and curriculum) can be overwhelming if you let it, BUT it can also be such a huge blessing. Where else can you find such a variety of homeschooling curriculum items in one place? I don’t know about you, but when I get the chance to actually touch and feel the books, opening them up to see if I think it will work for my children, I am much more confident in making the purchase. If you need some tips on how to approach a convention hall, be sure to check out my post, Considering Homeschooling? Attend a Convention First.
If you’re looking for a convention to attend, one of the biggest and best ones to attend is Great Homeschool Conventions. They have 3 great locations to choose from: Cincinatti, OH; Greenville, SC; and Ontario, California (in 2015, they’re coming to Texas!). They have THE BEST speakers, and the biggest vendor halls! They cover all the bases by including comedy, spirituality and practical learning, too. They have sessions for teens and a children’s program as well. If you’ve ever considered homeschooling, it’s time to make plans to attend and order the tickets now!
If you have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer them when I get some free time!
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