I have a confession to make... I'm a homeschool convention junkie! I love the sight of a packed curriculum hall full of new homeschool treasures to discover.
The last several years, a couple of friends and I plus our teenage sons - yes, you read that right, we like to take our teenage BOYS with us, have taken a weekend getaway to Memphis and the Great Homeschool Convention.
Sadly, this year - Great Homeschool Conventions opted not to come to Memphis. Panic set in...where do we go to get our "fix"? Cincinnati was a bit too far away, and the timing was off for us (not to mention the cost!)
We settled in on the Oklahoma Homeschool Convention in Tulsa, OK. It's only about a 4 hour drive. While, much smaller in size than Memphis, Tulsa was perfect for a Tuesday/Wednesday getaway.
We loaded up the vans (teenage boys eat a lot...you gotta be prepared or you'll spend a fortune!) and hit the road.
Generation Joshua Program. If you ever get the chance, don't pass it up! They had a wonderful time learning the entire political process in a very hands-on way. They created a party, nominated a candidate, and even had to raise campaign funds. (You wouldn't believe how helpful they can be when you have a handful of "fake money" they want...) A favorite activity of theirs...hanging from the support beams in the parking garage...the short kid on the ground is one of mine :-)
With a smaller curriculum hall to explore, we had the freedom to relax and enjoy the speakers. I listened to several favorites (Diana Waring, Todd Wilson) and met a few new faces (Cyndi Kinney, Barb Shelton). Of course, I stopped by my favorite - YWAM to get the new titles to add to my collection of Christian Heroes books. These have been my all time favorite find at a homeschool convention, you should have seen my poor husband's face when I bought the entire set our 2nd year!
I think every homeschooling parent should plan an escape to a convention nearby. You will come away renewed and recommitted to your calling. Plus, it's great girlfriend time!
The hard part... jumping back into reality and school the next morning..