2 Great Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Convention

Homeschool convention

Where does the time go? It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that my friend Karen (the other half of Simply Charlotte Mason) will be graduating her two youngest children this year.

It’s a big commitment to homeschool for the long haul. As I talk with other homeschooling moms, I’m finding that the two main things most of us need are more know-how and more encouragement. Both can be found at your local homeschool convention.

Know-how and encouragement—two great reasons to attend.

For Your Children’s Sake

Now, lest you think it’s selfish to spend time and money on yourself (because most moms struggle with that thought), read what Charlotte Mason said about both reasons and how they will ultimately benefit our children.

  1. Equip yourself for your children’s sake.

    “That the mother may know what she is about, may come thoroughly furnished to her work, she should have something more than a hearsay acquaintance with the theory of education, and with those conditions of the child’s nature upon which such theory rests” (Vol. 1, p. 3).

    Being “thoroughly furnished” for our work as parents and teachers benefits our children. The more knowledge we can gain—about working with different types of brains and personalities, and ideas for discipling our children, and resources that will help us reach our goals, and what those goals should be—the better equipped we are to do our sacred job well. Learning more of what you are “about” is an investment, and your children will reap the dividends.

  2. Refresh yourself for your children’s sake.

    “Frequent change of thought, and the society of other people, make the mother all the fresher for her children” (Vol. 1, p. 18).

    When we deal with the same issues and challenges day after day within the same four walls according to the same routine day after day, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision, or maybe I should say “tunnel thinking.” Our minds can get stuck in a rut and lose sight of the big picture.

    Spending a day or two in the company of other like-minded parents, in completely different surroundings, feeding your mind on fresh ideas, and enjoying some light-hearted laughter (not to mention not having to cook for the day!) will do wonders toward restoring your vision. You will return home refreshed, and your children will notice the difference in your spirit.

Attending a homeschool convention is not a selfish thing to do. Quite the contrary. It is a way to equip and refresh yourself for your children’s sake.

19 Responses to “2 Great Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Convention”

  1. Erin H. March 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    We’d love to see you in Arizona sometime! 🙂

  2. Rebecca March 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    OH, I’ll be at TTD!!!!!! I can’t wait to listen to some of your workshops!

  3. Melissa March 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Great post! I will be attending convention this year, but I’m disappointed that SCM won’t be there (NC). I enjoyed meeting Sonya last year and browsing through the booth; it won’t be the same without you there this year!

  4. Charity March 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I am a little confused about your May 24th dates. Could you clarify?

    • Jordan Smith March 8, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      We have two conventions listed for May 24-26. Sonya will be speaking at the California Homeschool Convention. At the other convention, CHEA in Wisconsin, we’ll have our booth, but Sonya will not be speaking.

  5. Christine March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks for coming to CHEA in WI. I will definitely go just to have a chance to shop at your booth there.

  6. Melissa March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Sure would love to see you in Oregon or Washington State too!

    • Doug Smith March 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

      We usually give preference to conventions that invite us to speak so be sure to let your local convention organizers know. They usually love to know about speakers their attendees would like to hear.

      • MelissaB March 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

        Will do for sure – thanks for the heads up about that.

  7. momtomniel March 12, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    I hope you will have a booth at ICHE in Naperville, IL. I can’t wait to see what is new!!!!

    • Jordan Smith March 12, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      Sorry, but we won’t be at ICHE this year.

      • momtomniel March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

        So no booth either? If not, will you have some kind of youtube of new products or something so that I will know what I can’t live without?


        • Jordan Smith March 14, 2012 at 6:39 am #

          No, not this year. Sonya was invited to speak at the NICHE convention in Iowa, which is the same week as ICHE. Unfortunately, we can’t be in two places at once.

          Our new products since last convention season are:

          My Book of Centuries
          Handicrafts Made Simple DVD series
          Language Arts the Charlotte Mason Way audio workshop
          Spelling and Handwriting Wisdom audio workshop
          Lessons from the Valley audio workshop
          Six new Picture Study Portfolios
          Delightful Handwriting
          Hymns in Prose
          Outdoor Secrets audiobook
          The Story of Thomas A. Edison
          Only a Dog

  8. Bethany April 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I will be traveling with a couple other moms to the convention in Long Beach, California, to hear Sonia speak, and we were wondering if you knew her speaking schedule yet. This would help us know which day(s) to plan on being there. And……Thank you for coming out to our neck of the woods!!!

    • Jordan Smith April 5, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      We’re still waiting for the convention to post the schedule. As soon as we know when Sonya’s workshops are, we’ll update our speaking schedule page.

      • Bethany May 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

        Does Sonia have any of her workshops on DVD? I would love to hear “learning with Living Books”.

        • Sonya Shafer May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am #

          Most of the content of that workshop is covered in the Books & Things Seminar. If you would prefer a recording of just that workshop, you could order the CD from the Massachusetts convention where it was recently presented. (Be sure to download the handout too; you’ll need it!)

  9. Bethany April 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Will you be in the exhibit hall? I would love the chance to look through your books and purchase for next year!

    • Doug Smith April 25, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Yes, we’ll have a booth at all of the conventions we’re attending.

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