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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.
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!
Title: Gaining Confidence to Teach
Speaker/Affiliation: Debbie Strayer/Co-founder of Homeschooling Today Magazine
Date and Time: Saturday, July 31st, 2010, 11:15 AM
Description: Whether you are a newcomer to homeschooling, or a veteran of many years, this talk will encourage and refresh you. Debbie Strayer speaks with humor and honesty about the homeschooling life and the confidence available to all who feel called to home school. (Room 103)
Title: Early Learners: Seven Secrets for Starting Out Right
Speaker/Affiliation: Randi St. Denis/Director, HEEA, Homeschooling Mother of 7
Date and Time: Saturday, July 31st, 2010, 10:00 AM
Description: Randi cautions parents not to overlook some important childhood activities that actually set the stage for later learning skills. Enhancing these early skills prevents learning problems and also builds a firm foundation for future academics ease and success.
One question we get asked quite frequently is “Are children welcome at the Southeast Homeschool Expo?”
Our answer?? YES!
We work very hard making the Southeast Homeschool Expo a FAMILY event. Moms, dads, and children are all welcome to attend. Children under 18 can attend FREE with their parents on Friday and Saturday to the Expo Exhibit Hall. There are many activities available for the kids – a game area, a rock climbing wall, exhibitors that have many items available to purchase for your kids, and workshops where children are encouraged to come.
When you take your children with you to any of the workshops, please be mindful of the speakers and other parents. If your child becomes noisy, we ask that you quietly remove them from the workshop.
There are two exceptions to “children are FREE”. One is KidsZone which is only available on Thursday during the Homeschooling for Excellence 101 Conference. The other is the Worldview Teen Track. Both of those events will have a fee.