4 Reasons You Need to Attend a Homeschool ConferenceLisa Rupertus
Have you ever gone to a homeschooling conference? My first year of homeschooling I went to two! I was scared and unsure, but it ended up being a wonderful experience! I really believe homeschooling moms need to experience a convention at least once. If you can go every year, even better!
Fellowship with like minded people
When you go to a conference, you are socializing with people who do what you do: they are homeschoolers! They love curriculum and manipulatives just as much as you. You will have a great sense of camaraderie because most anyone you talk to will share your excitement over homeschooling.
My favorite part of the conference is shopping. I love seeing the booths of shiny books and getting my hands on a book I’ve only seen online or in a catalog. I’ve made major changes to curriculum after seeing something in person or speaking directly to the author/publisher. I have found that vendors usually have extensive knowledge of their curriculum and can help you to make it work for your child by modifying it or adding supplemental resources that work well in tandem with their product.
Vendors offer discounts and special bundles at convention; some even offer free shipping directly to your home so you don’t have to deal with carrying your purchases. The offers are usually a nice savings, and it makes it worth stopping by your favorite vendor’s booth. Be sure to ask what the conference special is.
The speakers are usually seasoned homeschoolers who share a wealth of information. They have kids that have graduated, learned to read, and even dissected frogs! The sessions are geared toward specific topics, but often there is a time to ask specific questions, too. Last year I listened to every session one woman gave about high school, and it left me with a confidence I didn’t have before the convention.