Great Homeschool Conventions is excited to partner with National Center for Life and Liberty, with a special thanks to our title sponsor, WORLD News Group, to host four regional homeschool conventions once again in 2016!
Each year, we begin to build the coming year’s event with that question in mind and work to give you compelling reasons to attend. We love our homeschooling families! It is as simple as that. We want to bring the very best to you, and we strive to provide top-notch homeschool conventions which encourage, inspire, and educate homeschooling families to continue to do what they do best: homeschool!
First, we gather the cream of the crop for speakers and put together the best line up possible. We have 40–50 featured speakers each year! There are over 230 speaking sessions presented at each event. Below is just a sample of what is to come in 2016:
Ann Voskamp is speaking at our Texas and Midwest events. She is the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. This book is a New York Times 60-week bestseller that has sold more than one million copies. Ann Voskamp’s online journal, A Holy Experience, is one of the top 10 most-read Christian blogs on the web today.
Chrystal Evans Hurst
We are so excited to have Chrystal Evans Hurst (daughter of Dr. Tony Evans) speaking for our homeschooling families this coming year at the Texas and Midwest events. Chrystal “loves to encourage other women to love the Lord, love their families, and to love themselves.” She homeschools her five children, has authored the book Kingdom Woman, and blogs on various topics at Chrystal Evans Hurst.
John will offer a keynote session at our Southeast and California events. He is always a popular speaker at our Real Faith for the Real World teen track, and this year will also present parent sessions geared toward addressing the tough questions and issues parents are faced with when rearing children today. He will be presenting teen track sessions and parent sessions at all four 2016 GHC events. John currently serves as President of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is an author of several books and is a radio co-host of the “BreakPoint This Week” broadcasts, founded by the late Chuck Colson.
If you haven’t heard Dr. Koch speak, you should take the opportunity to attend one or more of her sessions. She will be speaking at all four of the Great Homeschool Conventions. Dr. Kathy Koch is president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., and is one of the most popular speakers at our regional GHC events. Once you hear her speak, you will understand why! Her newest book (co-authored with Jill Savage), No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids For Who They Are, helps parents understand why they must get to know their children in order to parent them wisely.
Ann Voskamp, John Stonestreet, Chrystal Evans Hurst, and Dr. Kathy Koch are just a few of the exceptional featured speakers who will be at the 2016 Great Homeschool Conventions! Visit our featured speakers page for a complete listing.
Whetted your appetite?
In addition to 40–50 featured speakers, we also have other presenters providing general sessions that cover a wide variety of topics on every core subject, including methods of teaching a struggling reader how to improve their reading skills, techniques of teaching math, how to grade your child’s writing project, getting the most out of classical literature, making history and science interesting, and many more. Also covered will be topics such as how to teach special needs or gifted children, different teaching styles of homeschooling, how to prepare your teenager for college, how to prepare transcripts, and how to teach hands-on learners.
The list goes on and on and includes encouragement for moms, inspiration to continue homeschooling through tough times, and how to begin homeschooling. We literally receive hundreds of proposals each year!
We have several “tracks” which address very specific interests of homeschooling families or families who are considering homeschooling.
For those new to homeschooling and those considering homeschooling, we offer a Homeschool 101 track sponsored by Sonlight®. Janice Campbell, founder of Everyday Education, is leading this special track. She will address how to create a family-centered learning lifestyle, what must be taught, how to evaluate curriculum, how to choose books, mentors, and models to teach from pre-K through high school, and how to make learning fun and more memorable, as well as addressing concerns about record-keeping and transcripts. She will offer suggestions to help you begin your journey and may just get you off the fence and into homeschooling, if you are currently undecided.
Is your teen prepared to answer when their faith is questioned? Our Real Faith for the Real World teen track, sponsored by Cedarville University, helps teens learn how to defend their faith in today’s world. John Stonestreet, Mark Mittelberg, Brett Kunkle, and Dr. Jay Wile will provide your teens with a wealth of information on how to address the tough issues they are faced with in their peer groups or when their faith is questioned. The teen track prepares teens for those upcoming college years.
Our Special Needs track will offer encouragement in teaching special needs students. Presentations are led by experts in their field. They will address tips and techniques of teaching those students who are gifted or those who struggle with dyslexia, autism, or ADHD.
As we all know, homeschooling can be difficult at times. Our Parenting track is “one of a kind” and is geared toward eliminating some of the most difficult hurdles parents face while homeschooling their children! Kirk Martin and his son, Casey Martin, provide strategies designed to help “eliminate the power struggles, yelling, and arguing that stress you out.” Kirk and Casey Martin’s sessions have been described as “laugh-out loud funny, practical, and life-changing.”
A full speaking and event schedule will be posted approximately 60 days prior to each of the 2016 Great Homeschool Conventions. The expanded schedule will include the speakers’ bios, workshop titles, and a short description of each session. You will be able to review the schedule prior to each event in order to plan out the sessions you want to hear. If you miss a session, we have that covered: recordings will be available for purchase at the event for those who attend.
At the Homeschool Event of the Year, you will also have the opportunity to “shop till you drop” in the huge exhibit hall. The exhibit hall is filled with hundreds of booths that offer a great variety of outstanding homeschool curriculum, products, and services. Exhibitors often provide special “convention discounts” with extra savings. As you might imagine, there is nothing quite like being able to examine a particular curriculum in person before purchasing it. Furthermore, the exhibit hall experience almost always leads to new and exciting homeschool resource discoveries, often with an opportunity to also ask questions of one of the people who helped design the material. In addition to curriculum exhibitors, you will have the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of other exhibitors who offer products, services, or materials of interest to homeschooling families and their lifestyles.
- Southeast Convention exhibitors
- Texas Convention exhibitors
- Midwest Convention exhibitors
- California Convention exbitors
Children are always welcome at Great Homeschool Conventions events. After all, children are what homeschooling is all about! For those of you who want an alternative for your children while you attend the speaking sessions or shop the exhibit hall, we have a special (optional) children’s program during most hours of the convention. Giant Cow Ministries offers an action-packed Vacation Bible School-type program complete with skits, songs, and a full range of activities to keep your children actively engaged and having a great time at a “convention” of their own. With a separate registration, your children can be signed up to attend this special “children’s conference” for children ages 3–12 at the Southeast, Texas, and Midwest events, and ages 6–12 at the California event.
Each year, we search for special events which offer a learning experience or a fun night out for families to spend time together while enjoying a comedy show, special performance, or theatrical drama. This coming year is no exception. Our special events are sponsored by WORLD News Group. We are happy to have The Willis Clan performing at the Southeast, Texas, and Midwest Homeschool Conventions. Holocaust survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher will educate families about the Holocaust and share her experience as a young child living in a concentration camp for three years. Dr. Auerbacher will be joining us for the Southeast and Midwest events.
Comedian Bob Smiley will be performing for those attendees at the Texas Homeschool Convention, while comedian Dennis Regan will be entertaining at the California Homeschool Convention.
Last, but not least, we are very pleased to introduce professional Christian theatrical company Friends of the Groom this year, as they perform their version of C.S. Lewis’ popular novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Their rave reviews as a theatre troupe is evidence that Friends of the Groom is a must-see. We are excited to have them perform at all four Great Homeschool Conventions in 2016.
Now that you know all the reasons to attend a Great Homeschool Conventions event, mark your calendars! Register here to receive early-bird discounts—the earlier you register, the more money you save. You don’t want to miss this Homeschool Event of the Year, created to enjoy with your entire family! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive special announcements and updates!
You will also want to book your hotel room early. These fine hotels have provided reduced room rates specifically for the homeschool convention attendees:
- Southeast Homeschool Convention hotels
- Texas Homeschool Convention hotels
- Midwest Homeschool Convention hotels
- California Homeschool Convention hotels
Ask us about our working scholarship offer to volunteer in exchange for a full family registration.
See you there!
Southeast Homeschool Convention: TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC; March 10–12, 2016
Texas Homeschool Convention: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX; March 17–19, 2016
Midwest Homeschool Convention: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH; March 31–April 2, 2016
California Homeschool Convention: Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA; June 16–18, 2016