I remember the first homeschool conference I went to. I was like a wide-eyed child in a humongous candy store – excited but completely overwhelmed. There was so much to see, so many decisions to make, and so many people to glean wisdom from. It almost paralyzed me. I put a weight on myself to do everything perfectly, just like all the veterans who filled the convention area.
Fast-forward 17 years. I now know that a homeschool conference doesn’t have to be completely and totally overwhelming. It can actually serve as a true investment in the spiritual, emotional, and academic well-being of your child, not to mention a HUGE support for you as a parent. In fact, I would even say it’s one of the MOST CRITICAL things you can do to support your homeschooling journey.
Yes, it’s going to cost you time and money. You may have to organize some childcare. You may have to start a “conference envelope” and save a little money each month to buy your tickets. But it’s an investment that promises an eternal return!
Over the years, I’ve attended nearly 100 homeschool conventions both as an attendee and a speaker. I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what causes more harm than good. So I’m going to impart the wisdom I’ve gained and help you steer clear of the mistakes I’ve made so you can have the most amazing homeschool convention experience ever.
Before You Go To A Homeschool Conference
These three blog posts will get you onto the right footing for any homeschool conference you choose to attend. Take a couple of minutes to read each before you go to your next conference. I promise, it may save you some real headaches.
Why You Need to Go to a Homeschool Convention
In this first post I explain why you need to go to a homeschool convention. If you’re still on the fence as to how a homeschool conference could benefit your own journey, this post is a great place to start. Click the picture to read.
Your Homeschool Conference Trip Made Easy
In this post I talk about truths to remember and things to do before you get to the homeschool conference. I promise, these truths will help you keep everything in perspective. I also talk about what to do when you get there. I also give you the link to download my free printable homeschool convention notebook. Click the image to make your next homeschool conference easy!
7 Ways to Ruin Your Homeschool Conference
This list of 7 ways to ruin your next homeschool conference could be what saves your family’s experience at your next convention! Click the image to read.
Free Printable Homeschool Convention Notebook
I’ve created a printable convention notebook that will help you get the most out of your homeschool conference. The convention notebook contains all the forms you need to organize your weekend, from pre-planning to session note-taking:
- Plan your meals
- Make a packing list
- Write down your session schedule
- Assess of your current homeschool needs
- Make a wish list
- Take session notes
- Note changes you want to make
Simply print out the notebook and put it in a binder. Spend a few minutes doing some pre-planning and then bring your binder to the homeschool conference to help you stay organized while there!
2020 Homeschool Conference Agenda
On a personal note, we would absolutely LOVE to meet you at a conference this year! I’ve listed my conference schedule below. If you’re going to be in one of the cities with me, please be sure you stop by our booth and chat with us! We love to answer homeschooling questions, fellowship, and even take selfies with our friends.
Of course, we hope you’ll drop in to some sessions, too. This year we have 5 fantastic sessions, from creating devotional habits to setting up organizational systems in your homeschool. It’s our prayer that we would be a blessing to you.
I hope you have a wonderfully inspiring time at your next homeschool conference! And I pray that your upcoming homeschool year is your best yet!
What has been your favorite homeschool conference experience?
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.