15 Tips for Attending Homeschool Conventions

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Attending a homeschool convention for the first time or even the 100th time can be an overwhelming experience. It helps to have a plan before you hit the vendor hall.


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  • Take Stock of Your Curriculum What do you have? What do you need? Whats on your wish list? Make a list and bring it with you.
  • Know your Budget You might even want to start saving a few months prior to the convention. Dont forget to budget for special events during the convention.
  • Make Your Reservations Check for discounts with your local homeschool support group. Check if there are any discounts for getting your hotel through the convention site. See if any of your friends would like to share a room.
  • Examine the Convention Schedule Who is speaking and when? What workshops are being offered? Which of each will you attend?
  • Study the Vendor Hall Layout Plan ahead which vendors you are going to visit. Be aware that the vendor hall can be intimidating to first-time convention attendees.
  • Know the Parking Situation Will you have to pay for parking? Will parking be scarce if you arrive late? How secure is the parking area?
  • Learn the Food Arrangements What restaurants are available? Will there be concessions? Can you bring your own food into the vendor hall?
  • Wear Comfortable Clothes Pay special attention especially to your shoes.
  • Bring Address Labels You can use these for all those raffle entries
  • Bring a Rolling Cart Leave your purse at home. The cart will save your back by carrying all that curriculum you purchase. Some can double as a seat.
  • Try Not to Buy Anything the First Day Give yourself time to consider your purchases. Weigh the pros and cons of each curriculum you are considering.
  • Check into Recordings Many conventions record their speakers and workshops. You may have missed a workshop or speaker you wanted to attend. You may even want to listen again when you get home.
  • Bring a Notebook and Pens You will want to take notes while listening to speakers and workshops. You may want to jot down thoughts while relaxing in your room.
  • Consider Bringing A Laptop This can come in handy for doing comparison shopping after leaving the vendor hall. You can also use it to stay in touch with family back home.
  • Consider Bringing Your Teen This can be a great bonding time. Teenagers like to have a say in the curriculum they will be using.
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