Should You Attend a Homeschool Convention?
Homeschool convention season is upon us and you may be wondering whether or not you should attend. While there are tons of resources you can review online from the comfort of your own home, there are some things you simply cannot take advantage of online. Going to a convention physically puts you with like-minded individuals on the same journey. From encouraging speakers and workshops to hand-on curriculum review, we give you the top reasons to attend an upcoming homeschool convention.
After spending the winter months inside, it's easy to think you're the only one homeschooling in the world. Getting out to see crowds and talk with other Christian homeschool families at spring and summer homeschool conventions helps you find support, gather new ideas, and remember that you're not alone.
Get Quality Information
Who has time to search through tons of homeschool information on the Internet? Save yourself the frustration and reap the benefits of experienced homeschool convention leaders. Event organizers usually spend hours sifting through information to choose only the best workshop topics, speakers, and homeschool curriculum providers who offer valuable, up-to-date information and products.
Learn from Workshops
Discovering new ideas for becoming a better homeschooling parent is easier with practical "how-to" workshops. Most conventions not only offer workshops to improve your teaching abilities and homeschool's academic quality, but also workshops that relate to current legal issues in your state, family relationships, parenting, and more. Remember, every good teacher remains a student.
Help Dad Get in the Game
One great advantage of attending a homeschool convention is to get Dad more involved in the homeschooling process. Although many dads work full time and leave homeschooling more to Mom, they also care deeply about their child's education. By attending a homeschool convention, your husband can gather information, talk to other homeschooling fathers, and better understand homeschooling issues. Most of all, a convention can give him a whole new perspective and appreciation for your responsibilities involved in homeschooling.
Purchase Curriculum Materials
Vendor exhibit halls at homeschool conventions offer a huge number of curriculum choices on every major subject. Since most curriculums are not sold in stores, attending a convention gives you the freedom to examine products firsthand before purchasing. Another benefit is that you can better customize your homeschooling experience by finding the right resources that meet your child’s individual needs. To make the most of your time, be sure to plan ahead and note which booths you want to visit during the conference.
Can’t make it to a convention this year?
Check out AOP’s Virtual Convention Booth to request a free convention goodie bag, explore our curriculum, and enter to win one of our $300 convention giveaways!