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At the Southeast Homeschool Convention, you will find nothing less than a great line up of speakers, a huge exhibit hall, informative tracks, and spectacular special events. Whether you are a seasoned homeschooling family or considering homeschooling for the first time, the Southeast Homeschool Convention has many things to enjoy for everyone. Mark your calendars for March 10–12, 2016—you don’t want to miss all that the Southeast Homeschool Convention has to offer.
1. Enjoy peace of mind
National Center of Life and Liberty partners with Great Homeschool Conventions to bring you this convention. The NCLL is a non-profit legal ministry founded by Attorney David Gibbs III, who believes, “If it’s wrong, fight it. If it’s right, fight for it.” His life verse is Matthew 25:40, where Jesus says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” The NCLL has a Homeschool Center staffed with attorneys that “are not just committed to protecting your legal right to homeschool in America, but to help you in the event you encounter legal challenges to your own homeschool.” As a member of the NCLL’s homeschool center, you have access to their “professional, experienced, caring homeschool attorneys” should your rights to homeschool ever be questioned. We are honored to have Mr. Gibbs as a 2016 featured speaker and National Center for Life and Liberty as an exhibitor.
2. Enjoy the trip
Greenville is located in a beautiful part of the country. The visitors’ bureau, Visit Greenville SC, describes the city: “Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty, and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities.” Greenville is centrally located and well within driving distance for attendees from all over the southeast: fewer than two hours from Charlotte and Asheville, NC; within four hours from Atlanta and Savannah, GA, and Raleigh, NC; and fewer than 6 hours from Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, and Jacksonville, FL.
3. Enjoy discounted hotel room rates
Several area hotels are offering discounts to convention attendees, and you sure to find one to meet your budget. All hotels are within a 15-minute drive of the TD Convention Center, where the convention will be held. Many hotels offer a complimentary breakfast for you and your family to get a good start to the day. Book early before the rooms sell out!
When you arrive at the Southeast Homeschool Convention
4. Enjoy free parking
The TD Convention Center offers our attendees free parking very near to the convention center building.
5. Enjoy the wonderful facility
The TD Convention Center is a “world-class meeting center filled with southern hospitality.” Meeting rooms are easy to find and allow for quick transitions between back-to-back workshops.
6. Enjoy easy registration packet pickup
Several conveniently-located registration counters are always open and staffed with a bevy of employees and volunteers ready to assist you. Whether you have pre-registered or prefer to register at the door, we will be there to serve you. We strive to make your convention experience one you will want to repeat every year.
When you attend the Southeast Homeschool Convention
7. Enjoy the speakers
You will find a great lineup of both featured and general speakers presenting more than 230 speaking sessions over the three days of the Southeast Homeschool Convention. Some featured speakers you will enjoy are Dr. Kathy Koch, Dr. Christopher Perrin, John Stonestreet, Dr. Jay Wile, and Steve Demme. New featured speakers for 2016 include Sarah Mackenzie, William J. Federer, Dr. Angela Gonzales, and Mark Mittelberg.
8. Enjoy the variety of sessions
A huge variety of sessions will be offered at this convention. Many relevant topics will be covered, such as teaching different learning styles, parenting tips for homeschooling distractible children, teaching math at a high school level, helping struggling readers, evaluating writing assignments, preparing transcripts, and teaching science at home…just to name a few. To allow you to plan your convention time wisely, a full schedule of the speaking sessions and a description of each speaker and presentation will be posted approximately one month prior to the convention. Be sure to sign upfor our email newsletter for updates.
Special Topic Tracks
Finding helpful and proven methods of homeschooling their children successfully is of utmost importance to parents with special needs children. Our Special Needs Track is geared to meet exactly those needs. Who better to ask than those who have been there and had success in teaching their own special needs children? Come hear Dr. Angela Gonzales, who gave up her full-time practice as a physician in order to homeschool her own learning-challenged son. Dr. Kathy Koch brings encouraging sessions for weary moms who struggle with pressure to raise their children to be “perfect.” She also addresses ways to meet the higher demands of teaching gifted children.
If you are considering homeschooling or are a new homeschooling family, Janice Campbell will be your best friend for the weekend. She is leading our Homeschool 101 track and will address any questions or issues you may have as you contemplate whether to homeschool. She is a veteran homeschooling mom who has great advice and details on what curriculum will work best for your children.
Kirk and Casey Martin lead the Parenting Track. They will offer strategies to have a scream-free home, ways to change a child’s heart without crushing his spirit, methods of connecting and understanding a strong-willed, button-pushing kid, and even ways to improve your marriage.
9. Enjoy a huge exhibit hall
Many of your favorite homeschooling companies will have curriculum available for hands-on examination. Enjoy all that Rainbow Resources, Math-U-See/Demme Learning, Creation Ministries International, Veritas Press, Rod and Staff/Bible Way Books, Berean Builders, and hundreds of others have to offer. Our exhibit hall provides the opportunity for an up-close look before making those tough curriculum decisions. You can even talk with many of the creators of the curriculum for questions you may have about their products. In addition to curriculum vendors, you will also have access to other products or services of interest to homeschooling families. In the meantime, you can view our exhibitor list. Check back for updates, as new exhibitors are added almost weekly.
10. Enjoy the special events
Special events are great opportunities to build memories with your family and friends. This year, we have a number of exciting events. Here are just a few highlights:
You can meet a Holocaust Survivor in person. Dr. Inge Auerbacher back to a darker time in history as she tells of her personal experience as a young child forced to live in a concentration camp. What a perfect history lesson for your children!
The Willis Clan will entertain you as our Thursday Night Out special event. They are a wonderfully-gifted, musical family of 12 children, all of whom are homeschooled and have enjoyed creative freedom to perfect their musical talents. Their songs and dance will not disappoint.
Spend Friday night after the convention enjoying the professional theatre troupe Friends of the Groom as they bring to life C.S. Lewis’ well-loved book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
John Stonestreet, president of The Chuck Colson Center of Christian Worldview, will bring a strong message to our parents in his Saturday night keynote presentation of Are You Ready for “The Talk”? Parenting in a Sexually Broken Culture!
11. Enjoy options for your teens and younger children
The Real Faith for the Real World teen track will give you peace of mind knowing your teens have a wonderful program to attend. Apologetics is taught by the best there are: Mark Mittelberg, John Stonestreet, Brett Kunkle, and Dr. Jay Wile. Equip your teens with ways to defend their faith in today’s world. Throughout the three days of the convention, this special track will feature 13–15 sessions.
Younger children have a program of their own! Giant Cow Ministries provides a VBS-style children’s conference. Your younger children will enjoy attending this optional conference of their own while you enjoy the workshops and featured speakers. With an additional modest registration fee, your children ages 3–12 can attend the Giant Cow Ministries program. This special conference will keep your younger children happy and entertained as you focus on their home education.
12. Enjoy easy registration and early bird discounts!
Register here to get the best prices of the year!
Special thanks to our 2016 sponsors for helping us bring the Southeast Homeschool Convention to you!