All posts tagged: conventions

How to Attend a Homeschool Convention

I’ve just begun writing for Texas Home School Coalition. The May issue of their Review, my first month writing for the magazine, focussed on Homeschool Conventions. So, I submitted an answer to a question posed on the Home Education community of facebook. I had answered the question briefly there, but I went into more detail for the article. Last year I attended my first home school convention. That is shocking since I am a home school graduate and have been homeschooling my own children their entire lives. I simply never realized what a plethora of knowledge and resources these gatherings are. Now that I have experienced the wonder for myself, I am hooked. Recently someone asked me how to get the most out of her first homeschool convention. The following are seven tips I gave her: Make your list, and check it twice. Conventions are overwhelming sources of information, resources, and materials. Your shopping list should be divided into two parts:  needs and wants. Needs should include any curriculum, textbooks, or resources you and your …

The State of Home Education

The homeschool community in America has been in an uproar for the past week. Online message boards, facebook communities, and twitter accounts have been frantically exchanging information and conversation on recent events.  Questions have arisen. Accusations have flown. Statements have been made.  Stands have been taken. There is much to be concerned about. We are grieved about the public disagreement between Ken Ham and the leadership of the Great Homeschool Conventions that broke out this past Tuesday. We are praying, still, the schism may one day be resolved biblically and fellowship in truth may be realized again.   We are also concerned about the future of godly small businesses and publishers blindsided by the controversy. Many were caught completely unawares, not understanding the import of this moment until days into the discussions.  Now, many fear for their ministries and their livelihoods lest they miss-speak or misrepresent their hard-built works.  And since so many friendships are inter-related with other homeschool businesses, what one says could reflect on someone else’s ministry. Some keep silent when they wish …