It’s hard for me to believe that I have nearly nine years of homeschooling under my belt. Those first few anxious years as a newbie have given way to more confidence as I’ve gained experience as a homeschool mom.
Over the years I’ve pored over homeschool catalogs and researched dozens of curricula. I’ve learned new methods for teaching children with different learning styles. I’ve learned to relax a bit and trust my instincts when it comes to educating my children.
Now I often find myself offering advice and encouragement to nervous first-time homeschool families. Somewhere along the line I’ve become an experienced homeschooler.
Some might assume that veteran homeschoolers wouldn’t benefit from attending a homeschool convention such as Great Homeschool Conventions. But really, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
4 Reasons for Experienced Homeschoolers to Attend a Homeschool Convention
1. Up-close look at a wide variety of curricula
Long-time homeschoolers may face a variety of situations that require a curriculum change:
- A child entering high school
- Different learning styles
- Change in family circumstances
- New interests or requirements
There are many wonderful homeschool catalogs out there, and many companies offer sample downloads of their materials. Still, nothing compares to the opportunity to look through the actual materials from hundreds of homeschool exhibitors.
2. Helpful workshops presented by homeschool leaders
Each new year brings its own challenges–even for experienced homeschoolers. Whether the challenge is a struggling reader, a gifted student, or even a different learning style, parents don’t need to face it alone.
The opportunity to participate in workshops focused on specific topics of interest is invaluable. Where else can parents experience the benefits of learning from well-known homeschool leaders?
3. Encouragement to stay the course
Veteran homeschoolers face the same struggles as every other homeschool family. After many years of home educating, parents can be even more prone to experience weariness and discouragement.
With dozens of inspiring speakers, a homeschool convention is the perfect antidote to a period of discouragement. Parents will leave with fresh motivation and encouragement to continue on in their homeschool journey.
4. Fellowship with other homeschool families
Although many homeschoolers are blessed with local support groups or co-ops, others find themselves virtually alone in their area. This can easily lead to feelings of isolation.
Parents and children alike will benefit from fellowship with other like-minded families at a homeschool convention. Socialization, anyone?
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