3 Ways to Prepare for a Homeschool Expo

Before you attend a homeschool expo you may wonder what you can do to prepare. Here are three ways to prepare for a homeschool expo!

 

Homeschool convention season is underway and many of you are making preparations to attend our upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo. We can’t wait to see you and are looking forward to bringing you an amazing Expo!

If you have never attended a convention before here are a few reasons why you may want to consider coming this year! If you are a seasoned homeschooler you may think we have nothing to offer, but we do! Even seasoned homeschoolers can benefit from encouragement and an opportunity to meet with vendors.

Before you attend our homeschool expo you may wonder what you can do to prepare. Here are three ways to prepare for a homeschool expo!

Check out the Schedule

All conventions will have a schedule of events. This will tell you when the exhibit hall is open, what workshops are offered, and when the convention will shut down for the night. This is important because you will want to know how to plan your day while at the homeschool expo.

Check out the Vendors

Many homeschool conventions (including ours!) have a HUGE exhibit hall. This is where much of the action is at. The exhibit hall will house vendors offering a wide variety of resources such as curriculum, educational toys, books, amazing products and much more.  Checking out the vendors will give you an idea to research what they are offering BEFORE coming to the convention and will let you know which vendors are high on your priority list. Many say they can spend one day alone just in the exhibit hall. So, knowing who will be there and where you want to go can help you plan your day while at the homeschool expo.

Look Over the Workshops

Many come to the homeschool expo just for the vendors, but they may miss the many workshops the expo has to offer. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned homeschool you can find advice and encouragement in the many workshops our homeschool expo offers. Make plans to attend at least one workshop while attending the homeschool expo, although we’d love if you’d attend more!

As you make preparations to attend our homeschool expo remember to breathe. Yes, planning season is here, and yes you have a list of things you want to do, but don’t forget to enjoy the experience. We want you to come and enjoy yourself. Take some time to prepare, bring a friend and your list and spend some time with us at the upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo.

Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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3 Assumptions Homeschool Moms Make

Homeschool Assumptions

 

When I first started homeschooling I assumed a lot of things, some of these were right on. Some, not so much.  However, there are three assumptions that most homeschool moms make that are absolutely inaccurate. These assumptions hinder our homeschool ability, and if left unchecked can make us feel like homeschool failures.

Homeschooling Takes as Much Time as Public School

When I first started I assumed we would “school” from 9-3 just like the public schools. My daughter was in Kindergarten…. Needless to say this assumption was ludicrous. Homeschoolers on average spend anywhere from 1-5 hours homeschooling. The younger the child, the less time it takes. High schoolers should naturally spend on the upper end of that time frame, but not all will need to.

When you compare your time spent to the time in public school you are forgetting about travel time, lunch time, class interruptions, recess, bathroom breaks, study hall, electives, and other items that are NOT part of a homeschoolers day (other than the class interruptions, otherwise known as toddlers ;) )

You Need to Finish the Book

This is another common assumption as most homeschoolers feel the need to rush to finish a curriculum before schools out. Think back to your school days. How often did you finish a book? The answer for me is NOT very often. Homeschooling is no different.

If you’re at the end of the year and have time left you can still STOP and take a summer break. Really. You don’t need to finish. We rarely finish a curriculum and have had little to no problems picking up in the fall where we left off.

 

You Have to “KNOW” the Material to “Teach” it

I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard a potential homeschool mom say they can’t homeschool because they don’t know algebra, or chemistry, or good grammar. My reply to that is “That’ what the teacher manual is for”. And I mean it. Whole heartedly. You wouldn’t believe the amount of things I have learned from homeschooling my kids. Also, the teacher’s book tends to lay out exactly what you need to know to teach your kids. If you are unsure there are also tutors, online resources, you tube videos, and other teaching resources that can help you successfully homeschool, even when you don’t “know” the material.

Moms, if you are considering homeschooling, are a homeschool veteran, or a newbie please look over these assumptions and STOP believing them. When left unchecked these assumptions can have you doubting your ability. They can leave you discouraged, overwhelmed and burnt out! Chances are if you talked to other homeschool moms they will tell you the same thing. STOP the assumptions!

Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. 

Striving for Excellence While Homeschooling Outside of the Box

Speaker: Teresa Knight

“Canned” curriculum just not working for your family? Are you feeling alone because everyone is talking about a certain curriculum or they are part of a group doing “School” one or two days a week, but you know this just isn’t what God has for you? How do you go about “school” when the normal picture of homeschooling doesn’t seem to fit for you or your children? Be encouraged, you are not alone. There are ways to go about home educating your children that don’t fit into the normal homescool box. Drawing from over 23 years of homeschool experience with her 9 children as well as helping thousands of homeschool families Teresa will share practical ideas that will help you make your homeschool a success.