Going to Catholic Homeschool Conventions has been a real joy, and I wanted to share with you the reasons why they’re worth the travel time and the babysitter. (Click here to find a list of Catholic Homeschool conferences). Here are 5 big reasons you need to attend Catholic homeschool conferences in real life.
Reason number 1: The inspiring talks! I just love going to the talks, and it’s not the same as listening to them on CD later. Most of these conferences bring in great speakers! It’s also great to be able to go talk to the speakers at the end of the session, shake their hand, ask your questions, and even get them to sign a book. 🙂
Reason number 2: Flipping through books in real life. Even though you can order pretty much anything on the internet now-a-days, it can be pretty hit or miss. There’s so much you can instantly tell about a book by simply flipping through it. It’s also nice to talk to the people behind the tables about your curriculum needs, and your child’s ability.
Reason number 3: Used books. It’s great to save some money by buying the used books! The used books are why the seasoned hoemschool moms show up early, and head straight for the Seton table with their rolling crates. 😉
(At some conferences, they also have a place where they buy back used books as well)
Reason number 4: Free Shipping and Show Specials. That’s right- not only is everything without shipping prices, but a lot of tables have extra deals at the conferences. Even I do this with Catholic ABC’s!
Reason number 5: Meeting the amazing people! I saved the best for last. 🙂 Connecting with people in real life is invaluable. I always leave these conferences feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, inspired, and ready to come back and homeschool with passion!
Now, before you flit off to a homeschool conference, make sure you are prepared! I highly recommend reading the ebook from Raising Arrows, Homeschool Convention Survival Guide. It’s a free ebook, and there are no hoops to jump through to download it. Easy peasy.
At the National IHM Conference (which is happening this weekend in Virginia!) you can also expect conveniences such as confession offered throughout the conference so you can just pop in, and a mother’s lounge where you can nurse your baby in peace. I can’t come to the National IHM Conference this year, but if you want to check out Catholic ABC’s, stop by the Catholic Schoolhouse booth. She suggests the book to go with their programs, so she has some to sell.