Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SouthEast Homeschool Convention

Last weekend I attended the SouthEast Homeschool Convention in Greenville. There are so many reasons that I enjoy going to homeschool conferences.
  1. The curriculum vendors - I can promise you that there are very few homeschooling moms who don't like to look at curriculum. With over 100 vendors, there was definitely something for everyone. Some of my favorite ones were My Father's World, Apologia, Excellence in Writing (IEW), Homeschool Legal Advantage (who offered a free year membership to everyone at the conference), Rainbow Resource, The Sewing Basket (not curriculum, but I love to cross stitch and am teaching myself to knit), and Miller Pads and Paper (all kinds of art supplies). I loved being able to speak with representatives from the various vendors to help me determine exactly what to use with my small people next year.
  2. The workshop sessions - The opportunity to hear from some of the well-known names in the homeschooling community is amazing. I was able to go to sessions with Jeannie Fulbright (author of the younger Apologia books), Andrew Pudewa (from Excellence in Writing), Barb Cash, and Tim Cash (former pitcher with the Astros and Dodgers). There were SO many wonderful ideas and insight that I was able to take away from my sessions. My only regret was that I could only go to the sessions on Friday due to soccer commitments on Saturday. There was so much more that I could have learned!
  3. The respite - Please understand that I love my children. But I am with them all.the.time. It was nice to spend the day and half that I was away without small people. I was able to actually focus on the vendors and workshop speakers. I came home with a renewed energy to school them again. I did miss them terribly while I was away, but I knew they were in good hands with Robb, who is an incredible dad. 
For all you homeschooling parents, if you get the opportunity to go to a homeschool convention, I encourage you to take advantage of it. I'm already starting to make my plans for the one next year.


Greenville Homeschool Convention
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