Homeschool conventions are the perfect place for homeschooling parents to gather, network, share ideas, and learn about educating from the experts. Attending a homeschooling conference in your area each year will inspire you to keep homeschooling and provide you with ideas for reinvigorating your teaching.
If you’re looking to connect with like-minded people and talk about ways and ideas for your own homeschooling classrooom, homeschool conventions can be the perfect place to start.
What are homeschool conventions?
Essentially, homeschool conventions are mass gatherings of homeschooling parents, educators, and vendors of homeschool products. They get together to share the latest in education and homeschooling. As a parent, it benefits you to attend conferences so that you can increase your teaching skills and motivate your children’s learning in new and effective ways.
A homeschool convention is a lot like attending a professional development conference. You network and meet new people doing the same work, learn new ideas, and go back to work to apply what you’ve learned.
What to expect at a homeschool convention
There is literally something for everyone at a homeschool conference. For example, at the homeschooling convention in Fort Worth, TX, the topics that were covered at the various workshops included “Math, Reading, Science, Spelling, Writing, Classical Home Education, Charlotte Mason Methods, Unit Studies, Beginning Homeschooling, Homeschooling through High School, Special Needs, Homeschool Transcripts, Homeschool Legal Questions, Gifted Homeschooling, Successful Parenting, Christian Worldview, Creation Apologetics. . .”
What are the positives of attending a homeschooling convention?
No matter where you are at in your homeschooling journey, you should be able to find something that will be of help to you.
Even better, you can often take your children with you to homeschooling conventions. There are drop-in learning activities that allow your kids to take parts in hands-on learning activities while you attend seminars and workshops.
For example, the New England Education Convention offered student activities in subjects ranging from learning how to use AutoCAD to soccer drills.
Homeschooling conventions can be great bonding time
Both you and your kids will enjoy homeschooling conventions. They are often sponsored by state homeschooling groups, although some more local homeschooling associations may also host conventions.
There may also be more regional conventions that cover several states in your area. Check out the more local as well as the larger conventions to access the best curriculum, local resources, and leaders in homeschooling.
Talk to other homeschooling moms and dads in your area and see if they have recommendations on ones that you can attend. You might be surprised by just networking and asking the questions just how many amazing suggestions that you’ll receive.
And once you go to one homeschool convention, you’re going to want to find other ones to attend. It’s so empowering and wonderful to be in the same room as people who have the same thoughts as you!