Convention Take Away's

Have I mentioned how much fun the homeschool convention was yet? I seriously had a blast! Not just because we went to Disneyland (although that was more than fun), but because homeschooling truly is my passion. There is not much I don’t like about the homeschooling community. So, to be surrounded by people who wanted to talk homeschooling was a blast for me. It was a breath of fresh air and gave me hope for the upcoming school year.

Convention opened up Thursday afternoon and was until Saturday evening. I went with a friend and we walked the convention hall Thursday night when it opened and just browsed. I did get a few things that were on my list and left it at that. Friday we were gone the whole day at Disney and Saturday we saw a few speakers and hit a couple more booths a second time. It was all so great to see stuff I had been eyeing online in person, but all so overwhelming too.

I did learn two important things through this last weekend though that I want to share with you.

#1. Bring a friend:

The friend is first, a friend and that in its self is nice. But she/he will help you kick those self-doubting thoughts to the curb. When surrounded by all the possibilities there are to choose from for math, for instance. You can start to question is my choice the right one? Reason for the friend! Know ahead what you want to look at and talk through it with who you bring with you. Don’t make a random math purchase you were not planning to just cause it looks like a good deal. Have your friend keep you accountable and you do the same for her/him.

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#2 Break it up if you plan to stay the whole weekend:

Night one was overwhelming and I thought I was a person, who could and still probably could, “sleep, eat and breath” homeschooling. But, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should! It also doesn’t have to be Disney, even though it was amazing! I suggest every mom go to Disney kid free with her bestie. We happened to be 40 minutes outside Disney, so naturally we spent the middle day there. You could go to the mall and go shopping or window shop for antiques, go see a movie. Something other than talking about homeschooling in the middle of convention for a break, is a new must have for me. I woke up Saturday morning with fresh eyes, ready to hit the ground running.

Have you gone to homeschool convention before? Which convention is your favorite? I would love to hear what you have found to be beneficial to not getting overwhelmed during it all.