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Last spring, I did one of the best things I could have done for our homeschool year. I went to a homeschool convention. Today, I want to share with you some of the reasons you should get to one. My list was intended to be a list of top 5 reasons, but I couldn’t help but add just one more. Hey, it’s my blog and I can change the rules if I want ;)
1. Rejuvenation. Being a SAHM is a thankless job. Being a full-time stay at home, homeschooling mom is a hard, stressful, and sometimes thankless job. It is very easy to get burned out quick, and a homeschool convention is a great way to get a fresh vision and excitement for your homeschooling.
2. Make it a family vacation. If you’re like us, funds are tight. We really can’t spare a lot of money for a vacation. But, we can afford to add some things to a useful, practical thing like a homeschool convention and build a family vacation around that. Don’t forget, they offer great programs for your children and teens as well!
3. The vendor hall. The vendor hall at a scrapbook convention is kind of like a candy store to a 5 year old. Just imagine walking around and being able to chat with the vendors–in some cases the creators of your favorite curriculum. It is awesome to be able to actually see the different curriculum choices, and discover new ones. If you have a question about a curriculum you’ve been eyeing, this is the time to get your questions answered.
4. Spend time with like-minded people. Homeschoolers are sometimes seen as weird, and outsiders. Sometimes, when I say “we homeschool,” I get a nice response. But sometimes people say things like “Do you really think you’ll be any good at that?” And, well, that gets a bit old. So, it is really nice to go hang out at a homeschool convention for a weekend and spend a weekend feeling normal.
5. Matt Walsh. Dr. Benjamin Carson. Heidi St. John. I don’t have room to list all of the AMAZING speakers lined up for the Great Homeschool Conventions conferences, but you will be inspired, encouraged and challenged. I know that you will learn a lot from the great list of speakers, though you might have some troubles selecting which sessions to attend!
6. Education. If you’re homeschooling, you probably value education, and realize that learning is a lifelong process. Going to a homeschool convention will give you an opportunity to continue your own learning. You can learn about teaching methods, how to teach the way your child learns, etc. Basically, you can learn to be a better teacher for your children.
And, I’ll just add one more thing, it’s really quite affordable. A family registration for GHC is only $55, and they have add-ons that can be purchased separately. But $55 includes their main sessions and speakers, and access to the vendor hall. And that is a very affordable cost for everything you’ll get out of this convention.