The Great Homeschool Convention Review

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This year I had the pleasure of going to the Great Homeschooling Convention in Texas. It was amazing! There are so many things I want to share, so I’m going to break it up by days.

Day 1

On Thursday the 15th my mom and I get to the convention center and start to set up. I have to be honest I was overwhelmed. I did not realize how many vendors would be there. I also did not realize how elaborate some of these booths would be. They were amazing! Some booths had a setup that allowed you to walk into the convention center and look up and see their advertisements or displays right away.

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I was feeling a little anxious and inadequate. So we dropped all of our boxes off with our product and run to the Dollar Tree to find stuff to pretty up my vendor table. The doors open and they one of this convention there are so many people. The very first hour is young white kid about 16 years old comes over to our table grabs one of our shirts explain to us what the one drop rule is historically and then dives into Acts 17:26.

I was so impressed by this kid and his parents who have homeschooled him because they are awesome! Of course, he ends up buying a shirt later on in the convention but this was just an example of the bright future of homeschooling.

 

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Running a booth was a little intimidating because I’m not really a salesperson, so it was hard to deal with some people avoiding the booth altogether because they don’t want to be sold anything and then other people being weary, wondering what we’re about and gauging whether or not my brand represented what they believed or who they are. I wanted to yell, “Hey guys! I’m nice I promise.” Thankfully most of the interactions at my booth were positive. However, going forward I will be a much nicer, engaging, consumer to booth owners when I am just an attendee at these kinds of things.

Day 2

I came into the convention center on Friday the 16th feeling really confident. I knew what to expect from the types of people that were at the homeschooling convention and I was really excited to engage with people again. This is also the day where I caught my first class called Integrating Cultural Diversity using Homeschool Curriculum you Already Have.

This class was so much fun! We didn’t have a huge turnout but I really felt like there were the exact people there that God wanted in that class. The presentation part of the class was about 45 minutes. During the last 15 minutes of the class, we made some activities that I will add to the site this week. During the craft time we discussed race, multiracial families, resources for different cultures, and exploring different cultures; it was a whole lot of fun.

I will be creating cultural book list and posting them to this blog in the upcoming weeks just to share some of the books that we have read and some of the books I plan to integrate into our library this year.

Day 2 I sold out of all of my books! I was really nervous but thank God I was next to a booth with an established author Aaron and Joyce Kook. They’d run into this issue before in their many years of writing and selling books and simply encouraged me to set up a form and allow people to direct order the books.

I follow their advice and continued to sell books throughout the day. I learned that support can be found anywhere. Those women in my class on Cultural Diversity really connected with me. I felt like they were rooting for me and that gave me a lot of confidence and a great feeling of support. They inspired the creation of this shirt.

Day 3

My mom and I got into the convention center and right away we had people at our table asking questions about our book. Since I’d sold out of the book I converted half my table into an activity station so children could recreate the activities we made in the cultural awareness class.

We got a lot of great feedback and interaction at our booth and at 11:30 that morning I went and taught my class titled Emotional Intelligence for Teens. This class had a great turnout. You can check the class out here.

The feedback I received from the class really warmed my heart. People felt like they’d received tools, to help them strengthen their emotional resolve, improve their communication skills, and live a more fulfilled life. I had people find me after the class to talk to me about the things they’d learned and I had people in tears, come and talk to me about how just what they’d read in the first part of my book, touched them. You can pick up your copy of the book here.

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All in all, it was an amazing experience I cannot wait to go to the Great Homeschooling Convention in Ontario this June. If you are in the area I highly recommend you get tickets the classes the curriculum vendors, the wealth of information will be well worth it.

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21 thoughts on “The Great Homeschool Convention Review

  1. A question arises: Do you school at home, or do you home school? This is not a play on words, but a serious question. The idea behind homeschooling is to educate one’s children free from the toxic ideas the pupils are exposed to in the public schools. If parents recreate the same experience for their children with the same doctrines being pushed in the public schools, then they are merely schooling at home.

    • I personally homeschool. I referred to the state standards in terms of what the general consensus is on appropriate material for each age but I choose and alter curriculum that allows my children to be taught the way they learn. I think your reason for homeschooling influences the way you do school as well. I like being with my kids I want them to be able to see and explore the world in an unrestricted way. So that’s the way I teach. There are some that homeschool their children because they don’t like what’s the current school system is teaching so I believe those people are more likely to have school at home. To each their own.

  2. I wasn’t homeschooled but often wish I had been. I had no idea that there were conventions for it. I think it’s awesome that you sold out of the books and found a new way to make your booth interesting.

  3. I never knew there is an organized convention for homeschool. I will need to look into this some more. It is so wonderful to educate and share information about emotional intelligence. So delighted for you that you had such a positive, productive time! Hooray!! xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

    • Thank you! There are a few different homeschool conventions out there that I know of. They go throughout the entire United States so it’s pretty cool to see people travel from all over to go to the one nearest to them.

  4. So glad you had such a rewarding and successful experience at this convention…it looks like it was a blast! Wish you many blessings for your future hun 💖

  5. I wish there had been more resources such as this available when my kids were younger. It has got to be a tremendous asset to you and your family.

  6. I’ve always wanted to go to this convention…it’s pretty close to me! It sounds like you had a very successful few days there!!! I homeschooled my oldest for 2 years but this year he wanted to try out our public school. I miss being with him during the day and helping him learn and grasp new concepts!

    • If you get the chance to check it out you should. They have great ideas for supplementing the things that are taught in schools as well. If my babies went to public school I would miss them too. It’s quite an adjustment but I pray that everything goes well.

  7. First let me say, I’m impressed with your resourcefulness. This sounds like a really cool experience! I don’t know much about the homeschooling world, but as I raise a child and the world evolves I am definitely more open to the idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for sharing, and I’m glad you had a successful convention! I’m going to be helping my daughter at her first booth at a market for her natural beauty product business next month — will learn from your experience head to Dollar Tree BEFORE we set up! 🙂 Good luck at your next convention!

    • Thank you! Yes my sister told me is to create different levels on your table. You can use boxes covered with tablecloth to create height as well as various size bases, bowls, or vessels. That way it draws the eye to the various products you are selling.

  9. My daughter loved your booth. At the end of Day 1 we talked about what stood out to them and my youngest daughter mentioned your booth and how nice that you were praying for everyone. My oldest daughter mentioned your booth specifically as well that it was her favorite OF ALL. That your message was something she loved. That the world needs more people “who think like she does because then we will stop hating and judging and people will see each other like God sees us.” (to put it in her words). We were the family with five children, who had brought my MIL for back up and my children are multi-racial so I appreciated that they could see someone embracing the beauty of the diversity that God created. 🙂 I’m glad to have found your site.

    • Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Your family looks like heaven! It was such an awesome experience meeting your family and praying over all of the requests. If you guys are there next year please make sure to come and see me.

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