Homeschool convention season is upon us once more. With many conventions to choose from, selecting the right one for your homeschool needs can be a daunting task. You may wonder if attending a convention is even worth the hassle. Before ruling them out, consider the pros and cons of attending conventions, and strive to find one that fits your individual homeschool needs.
First, examine the advantages of participating in conventions. Conventions provide families with the most current homeschooling information available. Whether you are considering homeschool for the first time or are a veteran within the field, obtaining accurate, up-to-date information is of utmost importance when planning for a new school year.
Conventions are also a great place to see vendor products firsthand and snag great deals on curriculum. The value of interacting with and asking questions of vendors directly cannot be overlooked. And discounts, no matter how small, are always a blessing.
Meeting other families who live the homeschool life can also benefit convention-goers. It can be comforting to realize that other families are experiencing struggles and successes similar to your own. Networking can also provide you with fresh ideas to try with your own children.
Despite the perks, it’s not uncommon for the stimulating convention atmosphere to overwhelm some attendees. In fact, it’s easy to feel swamped with so many things to see and do. To avoid feeling defeated by all the commotion, commit to doing your homework before registering for an event. Convention hosts post schedules, fees, and other important information online prior to the event. Take the time to find a convention that suits your family’s needs. Then, make a list of the important speakers, vendors, and other events you want to attend to avoid feeling stressed on convention day.
Registration fees and travel expenses can also influence your willingness to attend an event. It’s important to remember that conventions come in all sizes and price ranges. When weighing the pros and cons of conventions, be honest with yourself about your time and budget. By carefully considering such important details, you can research and book a convention that is practical for your family.
What do you look for in a homeschool convention?