Last year, as a family, we attended our very first homeschool convention. We traveled a few hours to Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati, OH. I had the kids all registered for their classes and my husband and I had an absolute wonderful time at the sessions we attended. My husband and I split up to cover more ground and really enjoyed the sessions we chose. Our children enjoyed their time in their classes, with the exception of my hyper-sensitive child who thought the music was too loud. However, my other three kids had an absolute blast and couldn’t wait to go back the next day.
After the wonderful experience we had last year, I could hardly wait to go back…and I wondered why we had waited so long to attend our first. If you’re debating whether or not to attend a Great Homeschool Convention this year, here are my top 3 reasons why you should.
- Great curriculum – In the exhibit hall there are hundreds of booths full of curriculum. We were going in to our first year of middle school and I knew we needed to change our curriculum and that we wanted it to be biblically focused and of sound doctrine, but I wasn’t sure where to start. My husband and I were so excited to be able to see all the different options we had read about online in person – and some new ones too. It was great to be able to hold the products in our hands and talk to the representatives about them. Those conversations really helped us make our final decisions in curriculum and we couldn’t be happier with our choices.
- Great sessions – The sessions my husband and I chose were amazing. We did split up so we could get the most “bang for our buck” but it only helped us. We were able to learn about how to deal with stubborn children, work with struggling readers, learn more about a math curriculum that has changed our homeschool and so much more!
- Great fellowship – In-between sessions, walking around the exhibit hall and waiting for sessions to start, I was able to connect with some wonderful homeschool moms. It was great to meet others who were not only homeschooling, but also struggling in some of the same areas. The encouragement and fellowship I received during those times, however brief, have carried me through the last few months.
Whether you choose to attend a Great Homeschool Convention event or just your state homeschool convention, I highly recommend you go. The sessions are very well thought out and give wonderful encouragement. I love that I can pick and choose from year to year and get the information I need.
Have you attended a Homeschool Convention?