Heidi laying the biblical smackdown.
I don’t remember whose blog it was where I read this misinformation but clearly I should have done more research. If you search the internet there are plenty of blogs explaining how glorious the Great Homeschool Convention is. I was lucky enough however to stumble upon the only blog in the universe that was written by Negative Nancy. In it, the author said a convention is something that every homeschooler should attend once and that it wasn’t really necessary. From this, I deduced it was nothing special and that I could find everything I needed online. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I want to touch on a few of her points, in case other new homeschooling moms read her post, and think the same thing I did.
1.“If you’ve gone once, then you’re not missing anything.”: When I first walked into the convention hall the room was filled to the brim with vendors. I thought I would find a few new companies but not many, I figured they were mostly all the big names I already knew about. To my surprise there were so many new vendors! A ton! I would never had known they were new but since I’m a Chatty Cathy I always ask weird questions. If I had attended last year thinking all the vendors are the same every year, and not gone this year, I would have missed out on all the new stuff.
2.“All the curriculum is religious.”: While a lot of the curriculum is in fact faith based I found an equal amount of non religious material. I found games, programs, and curriculum that was non religious. Faith based homeschoolers can definitely use these products as well, since they don’t really teach anything contradictory to Christ.
4.“I don’t have a sitter and it’s not worth it to drag my kids.”: While I was able to get away without my kids (thank you honey) I saw plenty of other parents having a good time with theirs. I didn’t know this but they have a VBS type program for kids to stay busy while you shop. I also saw plenty of parents with littles lay their babies on a blanket in the back of the row for speakers. No one batted an eye. I wish I had taken a picture of this because it was so cute, but I had so many bags of brochures that I left my camera at home.
5.“It’s too expensive.”: Really, it’s not. A family can attend for $65 and that includes grandparents. If you want to attend by yourself the price drops to $50 and if you only want to shop (which I might actually do at some point) it’s only $10! There is also early bird pricing which you can take advantage of. So get your shop on!
I hope this encourages you to attend next year if you’re able. If you weren’t able to attend this year, check back as I will be writing up a post on a few of my favorite new vendors and I might just do a giveaway!