Homeschool conventions are exciting for new homeschoolers, or really any homeschooler, but if you are attending for the first time they can be scary and a little overwhelming also. Here are 10 things you need to know before you attend a homeschool convention
- It will be different than you expected it to be.
- There are TONS of things to see and look at.
- There are at least 50 different curriculums that you have never even heard of.
- Pack comfortable shoes, you will be walking a lot.
- Consider bringing a suitcase with wheels, or a wheeled buggy. This is to hold all of the purchases you will be buying.
- Pack snacks, you may be “lost” for awhile.
- If you came to shop, be sure to listen to at least 2 speakers. Yes, you come for the curriculum and to see the books, but speakers can encourage you, and keep you grounded for another year.
- If you came for the speakers, plan to spend time shopping around. It is good to get a feel for what is out there in terms of curriculum. Even if you’re not ready to buy.
- It is good to have a list. Even if you’re not sure what you want to buy, make a list of what you want to look at. It is easy to get sidetracked once inside.
- Have fun! This is one time a school year when you can go, relax, and look around. Count it as a teacher in-service day, and enjoy yourself. Meet up with other homeschool moms and chat. You will leave feeling refreshed and encouraged.
Those are just a few things to keep in mind before you attend a homeschool convention. If you have never attended one before, I encourage you to check out the schedule near you for 2015 and plan ahead to attend!
Misty Bailey is a Christian homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.