Are you trying to decide whether to make it to a homeschool convention in the coming year?
There are many 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.
I’m speaking at all 7 Great Homeschool Conventions in 2020. Here’s what I love about those in particular.
There’s something about being around so many others who share a common vision. Homeschooling doesn’t need to be lonely business.
2. Peace of Mind
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard publishers of curriculum in the exhibit hall say something like, “this book is listed in the catalog as a 3rd grade resource, but it’s often a better fit for a 4th or 5th grader…”
or: “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.”
It’s all less dogmatic and rigid than it appears when you’re alone in your kitchen, flipping through those catalogs and wondering if you’re up to the challenge.
Having a face-to-face conversation with the people who write curriculum has gone a long way to helping me relax and enjoy homeschooling, no matter how fast or slow we go through a program.
3. Excellent Speakers
There are hundreds of workshops at GHC—see a list of all the featured speakers at this year’s conferences.
In fact, here are a handful of speakers and sessions I think you won’t want to miss (you can see the whole speaker lineup right here):
Maybe you’re new to this homeschooling thing—overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make. After all, you’re not sure you’re cut out for this.
Or maybe you’ve been around the block a time or two and you’re feeling a little burned out. All the years of keeping up are starting to wear you down.
You are not alone. And you’re better at this than you think.
The Real Mom Tour is a night of real encouragement (and maybe some comic relief) as we kick back and deep dive into the things you need to hear most.
He’s a favorite here at Read-Aloud Revival, and you’ve likely heard us rave about The Green Ember many times before. He’ll be at four GHC events this year (Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, and California), and trust me on this—you’re going to want to visit his booth!
If you have kids with special needs or giftedness, you won’t want to miss sessions with Shawna. She’s a special education teacher turned writer, speaker, and consultant, and her blog, Not the Former Things, is a favorite of many.
One of my favorite homeschool speakers (and also just a genuinely wonderful guy), Andrew Pudewa’s sessions never disappoint. He speaks on a variety of topics, from writing and composition to the differences in teaching boys and girls, and the profound effects of music on life.
No question is too small as Colleen Kessler, Pam Barnhill, and I gather for an encouraging panel discussion. Grab a cuppa or your favorite cold beverage and your most pressing homeschool questions and join us as we kick back and discuss the nitty-gritty details mom-to-mom.
I’m speaking at all 7 GHCs in 2020:
Teaching from Rest: Unshakable Peace for the Homeschooling Mom
Homeschooling is hard. There’s so much to do— and we want to do it all well. This is the most important job we’ll ever have, right?
God promises unshakable peace even in difficult circumstances, but how can we find that peace when we’re frantically trying to meet all the requirements of homeschooling?
Want more peace and less worry in your homeschool days? This session is for you.
Raising Kids Who Love to Read
We want to raise kids who love to read, but that doesn’t always happen on its own. Think about your own school days: were the books you read for class the same books you stayed up late reading under the covers with a flashlight? After you had written the book report or essay, did you eagerly start reading the book again to lose yourself in the story?
As homeschoolers, we can do better. The good news? It’s easier than you think.
If you want your kids to grow up knowing reading as one of life’s sweetest delights, this session is for you.
I’d love to meet you there.
Click the links for details and registration:
- Great Homeschool Convention: Fort Worth, TX March 12-14, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: Greenville, SC March 19-21, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: St. Charles, MO March 26-18, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: Cincinnati, OH April 16-18, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: Ontario, CA June 18-20, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: Jacksonville, FL June 25-17, 2020
- Great Homeschool Convention: Rochester, NY July 30-Aug 1, 2020
Register for GHC
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.