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I’m excited! But, how do I navigate my homeschool convention? 
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Gena Suarez

Hey, Mama,

Homeschool conventions can be overwhelming, but there’s nothing quite like being able to touch and examine curriculum as you decide what will work for your kids. The best parts of a convention, though, are meeting new friends, attending workshops, and the vibe of thousands of homeschool families all in one place.

Not sure about attending or wondering how to get started once you get there? Check out these articles from the magazine:

An Insider’s Guide to Conventions” – Maggie S. Hogan

Ten Rules for Homeschool Convention Etiquette” – Linda Brodsky 

Convention Attendance: Preparation for the Next School Year” – Wendy Hilton

And remember if you’re feeling discouraged and can’t wait for that convention pick-me-up …

  1. You made it through another day.
  2. Your kids are walking the same journey with you.
  3. It’s a madhouse sometimes, but everyone knows they are loved.
  4. You are the team God put together. Everyone fills a much-needed role.
  5. The BIGGER PICTURE is the long-lasting one. You are a Mama who endures. You are a family running a good race.
  6. You’re not hung up on the little fails and bumps. Together, they are woven into that big tapestry, ie: the big picture.
  7. It all means something. It’s not random. There is purpose and joy.

And His hand is on your head today.


~ gena


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Diana Waring

From the March 20, 2014, issue of THM

Dear Friends,


Imagine asking a doctor, “Do we need doctors?”, or a fire fighter, “Do we need fire fighters?”, or a museum curator, “Do we need curators?” … Of course each would answer, “YES!” There is a certain subjectivity, with an answer framed from the self-interest of continuing their careers, isn’t there? Even though that is obvious, nevertheless, when we stop and look at the question objectively, we agree that there really IS a need for doctors, fire fighters and curators.


I bring this up at the start of today’s topic because, honestly, all of us writing in this column have a certain subjectivity to our answers. If you all stopped coming to conventions, it would greatly impact our ability to continue doing what we do. Even with that on the table, nevertheless, when we stop and look at the topic objectively, I’m here to tell you that there really IS a need for conventions–and your ability to homeschool will be greatly enhanced by going.


Why?  Because first of all, there is no substitute for experiencing something in person. I appreciate the internet–I’m so grateful for the amazing things we can discover, learn more about, see images of, listen to, watch, and purchase on the worldwide web.  Yet, if I have the chance to hear a lecturer in person and ask questions afterwards, if I can watch a cooking demonstration and actually taste the flavors as the food is being cooked, if I can look at a science book and also ask the scientist who authored it to explain his perspective, if I can see a botanical garden and actually walk the grounds, touch the plants, smell the flowers, and talk with a horticulturalist–then I have had an authentic, experiential, hands-on (or tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing) adventure that “virtual reality” does not encompass.


If you go to a convention, you can experience things that are not possible online. You can talk to authors, listen to speakers, meet other homeschoolers, find resources that you would otherwise miss, put your hands on the books you’ve been considering and discover if they are as good as you had hoped, and experience what it is to be among thousands of others who are walking the same journey as you.


Secondly, I have learned that there are times I don’t even know what I don’t know. 


Let me give you an example of that. If I think I know what education is, but my basis for knowing is only what I experienced as a child in school–and I don’t stop to ask, “Wait, is that all there is?”–then I will mistakenly think, “Oh, yes, I know what education means. All I need is the right curriculum, the right co-op, the right lesson plans, and then I will achieve my goals.” The reality is far different, isn’t it? Children are incredibly complex, with different learning styles, different developmental stages of growth, different interests, and different needs. If I don’t know enough about education to understand that there are varying ways to approach it, then I won’t ask the questions that could unlock an amazingly adventurous, treasure-strewn journey of learning. And once you get started learning about the particulars of education, there is still more to learn. There are nuances and details that you will discover as you look at the incredible resources available in an exhibit hall, and as you listen to national speakers who have paved the trail before you–with wisdom that comes from going the distance and gaining the perspective of many years of homeschooling.


Should you go? Absolutely. Hope to see you there!


Remember, stay relational,



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