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Learn more about a major convention
in your state by linking to the sponsoring
organization's website below.
May 14-15; 20-22CA
April 30 - May 1;
April 30 - May 1HI
Black Home Educators:
Long Island: April 30 - May 1;
Upstate: June 3-5NC
Eastern: April 27-28; Central: April 30 - May
Various Dates by RegionTX
July 29-31; Plus Various
No State Organization or EventWA
April 30 - May 1SK
What State Organizations Can
Do for You
A host of dedicated homeschool
parents – just like you – serve the
homeschool community in necessary and
beneficial ways through state
organizations. These are some of the
most obvious ways they work for you.1. Help Protect Your
It is vital for a strong, state
organization to constantly monitor proposed
legislation that could threaten even the best
homeschool law in the nation.
By joining your state homeschool
organization, you can provide needed
support. You will be informed so that
you can take part in any political
action.2. Supply Getting Started
Your state homeschool organization can
supply getting started information including
how to comply with your own state's unique
laws.3. Offer Events & News
Homeschool events inspire and inform (see
articles in this issue).
State newsletters and magazines provide
specific information and news for your
state.4. Network & Serve
Local Support Groups
Your state homeschool organization may
provide networking and leadership helps to
local support groups as well as referring new
homeschool families to them.
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When we were studying plants, Caryn, 9,
and Courtney, 6, were able to dissect and
identify parts of their daffodils.
Later I asked Courtney to tell her father
what we had been doing.
"Oh, we dissected flowers today and
learned different parts."
When asked if she could remember the names
of any parts, she replied, "Well, one is the
pistil. I guess they have a pistil to
shoot all the bees that come to take the
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In This Issue
Getting the Most
from Homeschool Events
• List of 2010 State
• What State
Organizations Can Do for You
• Doing Well on
• 5-Day Easter Unit
• Learning through
• Deeper Roots
Publications: Bible Curriculum
• Living Books
• Jackson Hole
Bible College: 1-Year Bible College
Unique benefits await you at your local,
regional, or state home-school convention,
conference, or book fair. We urge
you to attend!
Be sure to get the most out of any
home-school event with the practical
suggestions and check-lists in this issue.
A big Thank You! goes out to
the many homeschool leaders who give so much
of themselves to make these events possible.
May the Lord richly bless your family for
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Benefits of Attending an Event
The opportunities brought together in this
once- a-year event
can renew and expand your vision for teaching
and training your
children. Be encouraged, rejuvenated,
inspired, motivated, and
better equipped to home school!
Speakers can broaden your horizons
with new ideas, methods,
materials, and approaches as well as
reminders of the basics.
Workshops give you practical
training in specific topics to
make your teaching more efficient.
Halls enable you to examine,
compare, and purchase
home-education products from many
vendors in one place.
You can speak to authors or
knowledgeable representatives to
learn more, and you can usually save on
Networking with other like-minded
home schoolers can offer
valuable friendship and support.
Extras. Check to see if any of the
following are offered:
Used Curriculum Sale
Teens' or Children's Programs
Tapes of General Sessions and Workshops
Luncheon or Meeting for Support Group
Boxed Lunch or Snack Bar
Special Hotel Room Rates
Who Should Go with You
Spouse. It is ideal for a husband
and wife to go together to
share perspectives and focus on family
goals and budget.
Friend. If it is not possible for
your spouse to attend, a
friend can help you in much the same
Babies, of course, stay with Mom.
Children. Children might not be
allowed and will be
a distraction; either you will not be
able to get all you can out
of the convention, or you will not be
able to give adequate
care to your children.
5. Teens and Older
Children. If programs are offered
you may want to consider this option.
Hotel Room. If you need to
travel far, you might take a room
for overnight, to stow purchases, or to take
Ways To Save on Registration
Check out these cost-cutting
Preregister. This can save you
money that you can spend on
2. Volunteer To
Work. A few hours or more can be a
real help to
the organization sponsoring the event,
and you might be rewarded
by a reduced entrance fee and/or other
benefits. You will also get
to know some great home schoolers while
working with them.
Organization. By joining, you help
efforts in your area, plus you might
receive discounts on your
convention fee and other benefits.
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How To Prepare
The vast array of workshops and exhibit
with a limited time to take it all in, can be
you walk into a convention unprepared.
On the other hand, if you go with a plan
and focus on your
purpose and priorities, you can spend your
time and money
more wisely and get the most out of the
1. Pray for the
Lord's promised wisdom in all your decisions.
2. Your Spouse
and you should discuss your educational goals,
plans, and budget.
Information. Obtain a convention
schedule, list of
exhibitors, and exhibit hall floor plan.
4. Select and
Prioritize speakers' sessions, workshops, and
exhibitors you don't want to miss and
conference tapes you
might want to buy. Make a list and/or
mark your program and
exhibit hall floor plan.
5. Compare your
agenda with that of your spouse or friend
attending with you and see if you can
each cover several
different sessions and then share their
content with each other.
Research. Check out publishers'
and suppliers' catalogs (in
print or online) to plan which materials
you would like to
examine. You can link to 150
List. Make a list of specific
materials or the
types of materials you will be looking
Questions. Make a list of
questions to ask exhibitors,
speakers, and/or other attendees.
Things To Do the Day Before
Make these last minute preparations.
Needs. Spend some special time
with your children
and husband. Prepare meals and make
provision to meet
other needs while you are at the
convention. Confirm child
Directions. Make sure you know
exactly how to get to the
convention facility and what parking is
Schedule. Plan to leave in time to
be early or on time.
4. Pack items
you will take with you.
Directions and/or map
Cash, checks, or debit card
Highlighter to mark your program
Canvas tote(s) for handouts and purchases
Steno pad and pens to take lots of notes
Return address labels to use in filling out
Wrist watch to keep track of time
Comfortable walking shoes
Water, snack, and lunch
5. Sleep and
Eat. Get a good night's sleep and
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Excursions to Yellowstone, Mt. St.
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At the Convention
Once at the convention, follow your plan.
Schedule. If you have not already
obtained and marked a
schedule and exhibit hall floor plan, do
Breaks. Take breaks to rest your
feet, reassess your
progress, and write notes while your
impressions are fresh.
Speakers. Don't expect to agree
with everything a speaker
says. Compare everything to God's
accept and use what
you can and let the rest go.
Unexpected. Allow some free time
to take advantage of an
In the Exhibit Hall
1. Work Your
Plan. Use your prioritized plan of
and your shopping list to do your "must
see" visits first,
then go through the exhibit hall finding
and learning more
2. Talk to
vendors about their products' methods,
philosophy, and how to use them.
your list of questions.
Purchases. Use the parcel check or
take your purchases
to your room or car rather than carrying
Exhibitor. If the representatives
are busy at a "must see"
booth, go on and return later, or ask to
be included in the
5. Sleep on
It. If you are attending two days,
information the first day, and then
think and pray about
your purchases before making them the
6. Also visit
nonprofit and service organizations' booths to
find out what they can offer you (e.g.,
your state organization).
Feedback. When appropriate, give a
vendor a brief,
clear, and focused comment about your
needs, opinions, and
experiences to help them produce better
products and services.
Mind Your Convention Manners
Observe these guidelines to show
consideration to everyone
involved at the convention.
Rules. Follow the rules set out
for the convention
regarding food and beverage in exhibit
hall (check if bottled
water is OK), children, strollers, etc.
Exhibitors. Support the ones who
help you. Do not take up an
exhibitor's time in counseling and
explaining his products and
then go buy the same product from
another exhibitor or from a
discount supplier. Exhibitors help
the convention possible.
3. Babies and
Children. Immediately remove a
disrupting child from a workshop or
meeting. Ask your child to
give his chair to an adult if there is
not enough seating.
Ways To Network
1. Meet and
talk to other attendees; greet old
friends and make
advice. Get feedback on ideas and
products and share
opinions and experiences. You may get
your most valuable
information and encouragement from
another home-school mom.
3. Offer to help
someone. Hold a baby and give a
a rest; find a new home schooler (it
will be obvious) and give a
word of encouragement; offer to help a
speaker or exhibitor.
4. Smile at
(Get the Last Bit of Good from the Event!)
Debriefing. Have a debriefing
discussion with your spouse
or friend. Discuss the ideas and products
you encountered at
the convention to help you sort through
things, keeping some
and discarding others, focusing on how to get
the most out of
2. Just Do
It. Return home with at least one
new idea that will
make a difference in your home school to put
Look over all your notes while they are
fresh, and narrow down
all the wonderful things you would like to do
to no more than six.
Then prioritize your list and start on the
first one the following week.
Accountable. Ask your husband or a
friend to pray for you
and keep you accountable to work on your
goal. The results may
surprise and encourage you.
4. Share the
information you have gathered with your
group or someone who was not able to
Let them know if
you would recommend that they plan to attend
Up. Sort literature you received
into four categories:
Save for future reference or reading
Pass on to someone else
Yous! Write a thank you note to
those who put so much effort into putting on
the convention, a speaker that ministered to
you, or an exhibitor that took time to help