Homeschooling can be a lonely experience. You are given resources but, for the most part, you are left on your own to figure it out. Homeschooling friends, co-ops, and support groups can help you along the way. Another thing that can be a real learning experience and encouragement while homeschooling is a homeschool convention.
Making Friendships and Connections
It is always great to have some mommy time to connect with other like-minded women. It is fun to talk with other adults. Conferences can put people in your life that you need or put you in the path of people that may need to hear a little bit of insight from you. You never know if one of the relationships you make will be lasting. Other times, you might connect with other people that will lead to support groups or co-ops that will help you in teaching your children.
Breakout Sessions and Q&A's
Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn from others that are knowledgeable in certain subjects and areas of homeschooling. It is good to invest in learning more about how to educate your children better. You can learn from sessions about how to teach certain subjects, how to keep legal records about your children, or other practical subject matters. Take notes to help you remember all the helpful information once you get home.
Encouragement and Inspiration
Homeschooling can get bored and mundane after awhile. It can be difficult at times. Conventions can get you pumped up and keep you going the rest of the year. There are encouraging speeches and encouraging breakout sessions to attend. Experienced homeschooling mothers talk about seeing the end results and benefits their children have reaped from homeschooling. It can help you be inspired that you are doing the right thing for your family and can help you go home encouraged to keep going. A little encouragement at least once a year can go a long way.
There are usually many vendors at each convention. Some are selling curricula; this is a great opportunity to get curricula in your hand to look through them. The vendors often have special prices, if you buy them on the spot. Some vendors will be talking about different co-ops, supporting groups, karate options, dance options, or other sports options that are special programs for homeschooling families. It's a great opportunity to get information about all the programs available for you and your children.
There are several Homeschooling Conferences and Conventions in South Carolina. Here are a few of the ones that are located in South Carolina in 2014:
Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC
May 30-31, 2014
TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC
March 20-22, 2014
Spartanburg Expo Center in Spartanburg, SC
April 3-5, 2014