Every year, there are many homeschool conventions taking place throughout North America. Thousands of homeschool families are preparing to attend, many of them for the first time. There are several things you should know about a homeschool convention so that you can reap the most benefits from it.
How To Prepare For A Homeschool Convention
Research The Convention – Usually, homeschool conventions have a website devoted to sharing all of the details about their event. It is a great idea to look over their website, get driving directions, and make sure you have the dates and times of the convention correct. You can also ask your homeschool friends if they have attended this particular event and what tips they may have about it.
Education Or Curriculum? Are you attending the convention to educate yourself on homeschooling and find encouragement as a homeschool teacher? Or, to shop for homeschool curriculum? Perhaps you hope to do some of both. Either way, determine exactly what you want to gain from the convention and be prepared by knowing which speakers and vendors you would like to see while there. Often there are so many to choose from, that you may get overwhelmed if you wait til you are there to decide.
Check Your Homeschool Inventory – If you want to shop the vendors for next year’s homeschool curriculum, then look over your current homeschool supplies in the weeks beforehand and make your shopping list ahead of time. This will help you stay within your curriculum budget and lessen the chance of impulse buying while surrounded by hundreds of amazing homeschool vendors!
Sell Your Old Curriculum – Many homeschool conventions host a used-books event. If you are attending one with a curriculum sale, make sure that you learn their guidelines and bring your old stuff to sell! Selling your old curriculum is a great way to get the money you need for new curriculum and homeschool resources.
Plan To Network – Homeschool conventions are the perfect place to meet other homeschool parents and families! If you are online friends with other homeschool moms, then see who will be attending a homeschool convention in your area and plan to meet up while you are both there. Networking with other homeschooling families is great for encouragement and support. You can even set up future field trips or start a co-op together.
Homeschool conventions are really more important than most think. Until I attended my first, I didn’t really think much about going to them. If you are attending a convention for the first time this year, then do yourself a favor and go prepared!
They are a huge source of resources and being surrounded by hundred of other families who homeschool is very encouraging. It may be exactly what you need!