Shortly after our family began our homeschooling journey sixteen years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a large homeschooling conference. I was young, had no idea what I was doing, and felt utterly alone.
The conference was exactly what I needed. I have attended them off and on through the years and have never regretted the time and expense required.
Here are a few of the benefits of attending a homeschool conference I have experienced:
Every year, I re-evaluate the curriculum we are using in order to determine if it is still the best fit for each one of my children. When it’s not, it can be challenging to choose something new based on excerpts and reviews found online.
Most homeschool conventions will have many vendors with almost every product represented at their curriculum fairs.
The many choices can be overwhelming, so I do research before attending to find out what vendors will be there as well as which products I want to view. This allows me to make the most of my limited time.
I have also stumbled onto products I haven’t heard of before that turned out to be just what we needed at the time!
Homeschooling can be isolating. Yes, there are co-ops and field trips and other ways to get together with fellow homeschoolers, but sometimes it still feels like we are in this all alone.
Being able to get together with like-minded parents and bond over shared curriculum browsing and conversation about a speaker’s class is very valuable.
The speakers at homeschooling conferences are awesome at sharing their knowledge in order to make a daunting job seem possible.
When my oldest was nearing high school and I was slightly panicking about it, my husband and I went to a conference and signed up for all of the high school related classes.
We left with the feeling that we could actually still homeschool through high school. I still have some of the handouts from those classes that I refer to when needed.
Whether large or small, homeschool conventions are a perfect way to view curriculum choices, learn new techniques, connect with like-minded parents, and renew your zest for homeschooling.