Have you stayed away from the Homeschool Expo just because of the magnitude of it all? Looking at the listing of workshops or a peak into the exhibit hall can give you a deer in the headlights look! Where do you start?
- Plan ahead by reading about the available workshops and making a note of when it will be held. If there are two you want to attend at the same time, consider which would be best to attend and get the other on CD. If you go with a friend or a spouse, you can each attend one and share notes afterwards.
- Have a list of curriculum you want to look over. Plan on taking the time you need and ask the exhibitors your questions.
- Know your prices. If you buy at the conference it will save on shipping, but you will want to have some kind of luggage or cart on wheels to save your strength.
- Do you have a budget? If you do, don’t spend it all at once! The school year is long and you will probably need something else before the year is out.
Attending the Homeschool Expo is educational and exciting. The workshops and exhibitors are there for you. You might also want to consider Homeschooling for Excellence, a one day conference for beginning homeschoolers.
She sat across from me and said, “I’m sending him to public school next year.” “I’m afraid our relationship will be ruined if I continue to homeschool.”
This mother of a teen is not alone with her fears, but as we continued to talk, we recognized the lack of time we had spent with our parents. The lack of time we spent with our parents caused a gulf in communication and relationship.
When your kids are at school all day, the window to talk with your teen is shortened and you still find yourself doing homework until late at night. Sending your child to school doesn’t eliminate problems with their obedience, it just shortens the time you are with them.
The Southeast Homeschool Expo has experienced parents to guide through the High School Years. After my first Homeschooling the Highschooler Conference, I found myself taking a big sigh of relief. There is help and I can construct a course that will benefit my individual child.
Don’t let your family miss World View Teen Track being held at this year’s conference. Among the speakers is Dr. Jeff Myers, one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development.
Do you find yourself second guessing the amount of work you assigned your child based on their moaning and groaning? You know your child’s capabilities and have given out the assignments. As time passes your student is taking a long time and starts appeals of, “It’s too much writing and my hand hurts! All my assignments are long today, can you shorten some? I’ll never get this done in time.”
There are times to reevaluate, but do not let your child regularly manipulate you into changing your mind about the day’s lesson plan. If it works once, they’ll try again and a bad habit of complaining has started.
Be encouraged, if this has already started as a pattern in your homeschool you have the power to turn it around. Stand firm for a few days and your children will come to know that you have a NO WHINING HOMESCHOOL ZONE!
For Teens – Studying Disasters is a great age appropriate topic for teens. Disasters that were recorded on site in real time are unique and captivating. Watch for more of our posts on using YouTube to study disasters – watch the Hindenburg disaster of 1937
Enjoy this wonderful organization video. The mom is a herbalist and homeschooler. I love how she uses her table in the living room!