With the arrival of spring, victory is in the air! You’ve almost made it another year across the
homeschool finish line. You can rest assured that homeschooling works! After
weighing the research, homeschooled
children score higher on tests, are less
peer dependent, and excel further where
1 But, at the end of the year-long
race, you’re exhausted. How can homeschooling parents keep going the distance? Attend a homeschool convention!
Attend a homeschool convention!
Looking back on the school year, there
may have been a few glitches, and attending your state homeschool convention
can help you find ways to sidestep them
next year. In my homeschooling days, I
couldn’t wait to comb through the newest curriculum and find ways to make
things run more smoothly. And if you’re
like me, you’re probably tired. I needed
to learn how to work smarter and not
harder. When I said “yes” to this calling,
I knew I would need the support of those
who felt this same passion, and that’s
where state and local conventions shine.
We grow in confidence as
This year you may feel more relaxed
and less guilty while using only parts of
a curriculum. Your confidence grows.
This year you may realize that molding
a clay pyramid is more exciting than
reading a textbook about one. Keynote
speakers share from the heart to inspire us to stay the course, and keep on
Homeschool conventions present
the latest curricula.
Whether you use a Classical, Charlotte
Mason, or any other approach to teaching, you can benefit from the myriad of
resources conventions offer.
Conventions offer field-tested and
effective teaching techniques.
Workshops offer answers to puzzling
questions, make sense of scheduling
problems, and provide how-to’s on
teaching multiple grade levels. Speakers show us how to navigate the choppy waters of disapproving grandparents and the challenges of guiding the
Attending a homeschool
convention can put wind in the
sails of the entire family!
Many conventions host fabulous tracks
for teens: encouraging their beliefs,
equipping them to defend their faith,
and teaching them how to enjoy God-honoring relationships. Children’s
conferences run side by side in many
homeschool conferences, offering kids a
Vacation Bible School flavor to inspire
them to cultivate their relationship with
Jesus though the Bible, music, and drama.
Family events like comedians and music
groups are always a plus.
Here are a few tips to get the most from
your homeschool convention:
• Be well prepared. Read over the bro-
chure carefully and chart your course!
Which workshops will you attend? Do
they permit carts or strollers? Do they
serve lunches? Does it include chil-
• Take breaks, and wear comfortable
shoes. This will help you go the distance. Conferences are like marathons.
It’s a 72-hour nonstop inspiration and
Special Feature: State & Local Conventions
Put New Wind in Your Sail!
Where else can you share the excitement and
Attend a State or Local
by Jan May
energy with hundreds of people who share the same
conviction to home educate their children?
Above: Susan Marlow, Circle C Adventures