Should you attend a homeschool conference?
Homeschool conference season is well under way. Within most states you can find local homeschool conferences, book fairs and national conventions that can be very beneficial to your family.
No matter where you live, there is sure to be a homeschool conference or convention within driving distance. Here are just a few reasons a homeschool conference could benefit your family.
There is nothing like quality time spent with fellow homeschool families, reuniting with old friends and making new ones. With the large amount of families that attend conferences, it is the perfect time to swap tips, share insights on what is working and what's not working or help a new homeschool family with questions. You will also have the opportunity to get to know your local homeschool group leaders and co-ops. Your children will also have fun making new friends!
Speakers and workshops
How to find a homeschool conference:
Ask your local homeschool support groups and search the internet in order to find homeschool conferences nearby.You can also find some online compilations of homeschool conferences. Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers a great list of conferences and conventions by date. Balancing the Sword features a list of homeschooling events by state, while A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling has a nice calendar of events, conferences and conventions across the country.
Speakers and workshops will range from learning and teaching styles, to gifted and special needs. Some sessions will be geared toward fathers and mothers, and some programs will be just for the children. There is definitely something for everyone! Conventions offer workshops that will enrich your homeschool, encourage you, improve your teaching abilities and offer a number of practical, “how to” sessions. You will also find important information such as legal requirements for homeschooling in your state.
Vendors and book fairs
Most homeschool conferences will have small to enormous vendor halls where vendors can introduce you to their curriculum, answer any questions you might have or sell curriculum for the coming year. Since most curriculum has to be ordered online, this is a great opportunity to browse curricula and resources as well as save on shipping costs. Many local homeschool conferences will include a used curriculum book fair at the vendor hall.
If you don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed, a homeschool conference can actually be a lot of fun. Many conventions offer programs or workshops for children and teens, giving moms and dads time to shop or attend sessions and workshops. Shared meals, downtime and family nights make these conferences a mini vacation for many families.
A homeschool conference is a time of learning, preparation and fun with families that share a common goal, understand your struggles and encourage you on your homeschool journey. You will hopefully leave energized with a renewed vision, enabling you to finish your homeschool year off strong and get a great start to the new year.
Do you plan on attending a homeschool conference this spring?