It’s Convention Season!!!

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convention round up

YEA!!  Do you do Homeschool Conventions??  If not, I HIGHLY recommend them.  Many have kids’ programs, so you and Dad can focus on the topics at hand, but, honestly, I’ve found that taking a Mom’s Mental Health weekend and going alone is SO refreshing!  I live in North Central Tennessee, and here’s a round up of Conventions that I’ll be heading to this year:

Teach Them Diligently, Nashville, TN  March 20-22, 2014

Great Homeschool Conventions, Cincinnati, OH  April 24-26, 2014

MTHEA, Nashville, TN  May 16-17, 2014

Appalachian Home Educator’s Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN   June 26-28, 2014

Now, you can’t just show up to a homeschool convention!  No, my dearie, this takes planning and prep work.  Here are some great links to help you get started:

Peace Creek on the Prairie’s Preparing for a Homeschooling Convention from Months Before to Packing
17 Tips for Preparing for a Homeschool Convention
The Pioneer Woman’s 5 Ways to Prepare for a Homeschool Convention

Now, for my hot tips:

1) Get a rolling cart.  For reals.  You’re going to need it.  I’ve seen people bring rolling suitcases.  This makes PERFECT sense to me.

2)  If you can swing it, stay in the hotel where the convention is being hosted.  Number one, you’re going to be on your feet a lot.  Not having to drive to your hotel at the end of a long day is awesome.  Number two, you can easily run up to your room and stash your stuff. ;-)  Very easy.  However if you just can’t swing it…

3)  Park as close as physically possible.  So you can go stash your stuff in your trunk.  Trust me on this.  Just… trust me.

4)  Dress for comfort, not to impress.  Sneakers over those really cute sandals you just bought.  And sneakers that are already broken in.

5)  This one is my most important tip.  Attend your local homeschool group’s convention before you attend the big ones.  Make the small, local convention your priority.  It’s the local groups that have forged the way and made it possible for us to homeschool.  It’s the local groups who have been in the trenches with us.  Support them, before you support the big, shiny conventions.  Myself, I go through all of the conventions I’m planning on attending, look at their vendors list, and plan that way.  My local conventions are the last 2 on my list, but I won’t be buying anything at the bigger two, that will be available at them.  I’ll hold off, and buy at their vendor fair.  I want them, and the vendors, to know I appreciate the local conventions, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.

I hope you have a great convention season!!  Are you going to be attending one with me?  I’d love to meet my readers, just leave me a comment and let me know!!

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