One of the questions I hear a lot is, “Is it worth it to go to a homeschool convention?”
I think the answer to that question depends on what you’re hoping to get out of attending a conference. You’ve got to ask yourself what you’re hoping to leave with.
There are lots of reasons I love going to homeschool conferences, mostly centered around the fact that I want to leave a conference feeling energized to keep homeschooling my kids, and inspired to do it well (and with joy!).
Here are a few things I love about the Great Homeschool Conventions, in particular:
It’s energizing to be around so many homeschooling families
There’s something about being around so many others who share a common vision. Now, this could be my extrovert talking 😏, but I know several introverted moms who feel the same way!
I love talking to people who make curriculum
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard curriculum makers in the exhibit hall say, “That book is in our 3th grade program, but usually it’s a better fit for a 5th or 6th grader…”
“I know the description says you can do this program in a year, but most of our families take closer to two years to complete it…”
And I cannot tell you how much relief and freedom this has given me as a homeschool mother.
It’s all less dogmatic and rigid than it appears, when you’re just at home flipping through those catalogs or lesson plans. But sometimes it takes having a face-to-face conversation with someone to believe it.
There’s a great collection of speakers, all in one place
I mean, there are so many wonderful speakers at GHC—see a list of all the featured speakers at this year’s conferences.
I’ll be speaking there, too, and I’d love to meet you there. Click the links for details and registration
- Great Homeschool Convention: Fort Worth, TX March 7-9, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Greenville, SC March 21-23, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: St. Charles, MO March 28 – 30, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Cincinnati, OH, April 25-27, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Ontario, CA June 13 -1 5, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Rochester, NY August 1 – 3, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Jacksonville, FL August 8 -10, 2019
These are the sessions I’m giving:
Teaching from Rest in the Early Years: Homeschooling Kids Under 8
Homeschooling the early years should be simple, but you know what? It doesn’t feel simple. We want to do this well, after all, and with joy.
In this session, you’ll discover the 5 most important parts of a successful homeschooling day for kids under 8, and the principles that will help you keep first things first, even in the midst of an overwhelming, ordinary day.
If you have kids under 8 and long to teach with unshakable peace, this session is for you.
Loving Your Life as a Homeschooling Mom
If homeschooling has lost its shine, you are not alone. It’s easy to get caught up in the dailiness of demanding tasks. Before long, the homeschooling lifestyle we were once excited about seems like a drag.
You don’t need to change your homeschool to love it more. Joy doesn’t come from a change in circumstances as much as from how we look at our circumstances. It’s all about reframing what we see.
In this session, we’ll think through what’s standing in the way of falling in love with our homeschooling lives, and then we’ll reframe those obstacles so we can love our homeschool even if things aren’t going according to (our) plan.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Books (Even if You Haven’t Read Them Yourself)
Discussion is a powerful parenting and teaching tool– perhaps the most important element of cultivating a strong relationship with our kids. Discussions about books are especially effective, because books contain the biggest and best ideas of all time.
But it can be hard to keep up with what our kids are reading. And what if we don’t know much about “literary analysis?”
In this session, I’ll demonstrate that you don’t need to have much literary know-how or even to have read the book to have a great conversation with your child about it. You’ll discover 5 questions you can ask your child about any book (from board books to classic novels and everything in between) to have great conversations with your kids.
Questions and answers about everything from troublesome toddlers, to stopping math tears, to how to get dinner on the table.
P.S. there’s chocolate!
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P.S. If you’re a Read-Aloud Revival Premium Member, you’ll also receive an invitation to a picture book swap before each conference begins. What can I say? These are just really fun.