One of the best ways to take your parenting and homeschooling to the next level, I believe, is to attend this year’s Great Homeschool Convention. Here’s why:
Serendipity in the Exhibit Hall
When you surf online for information or resources, you have at least a vague idea of what you are looking for. Checking out various websites is like a tame curious ramble around the internet. That is nothing like the adventure that awaits as you explore the exciting avenues of the exhibit hall. The diversity is astounding!
Take a hands-on look at manipulatives, materials, systems, and solutions. Discuss your needs with friendly specialists. Back away from the sales tables to discuss possibilities with your spouse, your kids, and your friends. Take home tools, toys, and textbooks to develop a balanced learning environment where you and your children can thrive.
The troubling thing about blind spots is that, by definition, we are blind to them. Perhaps you are a well-trained professional home educator. Still, I’m asking you prayerfully to choose and attend many sessions. While you may indeed be experienced, I believe you will gain insight into needs you may not currently be aware are needs.
Of course, for those feeling inexperienced and incapable, you also want to choose prayerfully as you decide on sessions. Doing so will provide you with hope, inspire you with ideas, and challenge you to persist.
Mammoth Perspective Check
Pulling your car over to stop at a scenic overlook allows you to look back over the winding steep road you’ve traveled, as well as to ponder the path ahead. Your homeschool journey needs an annual assessment of what is working and what could use serious tweaking.
Let this year’s convention be your “scenic overlook,” providing you with these opportunities:
- A time to stop, worship, and rejoice in how far God has brought you and your family.
- Opportunities to talk and listen to other travelers so you can gain insights from their journeys.
- Ideas to help you make necessary course corrections.
I’m challenging you to take advantage of every aspect of this year’s Great Homeschool Convention: Concerts. Exhibits. Sessions. Time together.
If you do, I believe you will be more committed and confident in the work God has called you to as a spouse, parent, and home educator.