Our Experience at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville

Writing by smoorenburg on flickrA few weeks ago my husband and I had the opportunity to attend a Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC.  It was our first homeschool convention ever, so we didn’t know what to expect.  We were amazed!   The speakers and curriculum exhibits were wonderful, but the biggest benefit I received from attending was confidence – we were encouraged to believe we can do this, and don’t worry!

(I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures.  My brain was too busy.)

Disclosures:  I was not compensated for this post. I wrote a sponsored post for Great Homeschool Conventions in December 2013, and compensation included free admission to the conference.  My opinions are entirely my own and are based on positive, personal experience with this company.  I am an affiliate of Amazon.com, and will receive a small commission if the links on this page are used to make a purchase.

The number of speakers giving talks every hour made it hard to choose which to attend – we decided to split up and each attend a different one each period.  Every one was so good that we ordered the whole conference on CD’s.  Now we can listen to ALL of the sessions to our heart’s content!  Along with the number of sessions offered, the quality of the speakers impressed us.  We both have been to several conferences and seminars over the years, and these were top notch. There were a wide range of subjects for all age groups, too. The next convention is in Cincinnati, April 24 – 26.  You can see the list of speakers here.

The size of the curriculum exhibit hall was almost overwhelming.  Early on I made sure to find the vendor I was most interested in (Sonlight).  We we able to ask a lot of questions and talk with a parent who had used Sonlight with his two children.  All the vendors were friendly and helpful.  The larger curriculum companies were there, several colleges, and many smaller home-based homeschool-related businesses, too. It was so encouraging to see all the materials and help available.

Great Homeschool ConventionsThe convention was very well attended; some of the seminars were packed full, but we were able to attend most of our first choices.  There wasn’t a session that we went to that wasn’t well-worth the time!  The event is very family-oriented: children of all ages, including infants in strollers, were everywhere!  (There is also an optional children’s conference for ages 5 and up.)

The last event of the weekend was Ben Carson. We had seen the movie Gifted Hands and were really looking forward to seeing him in person.  The Family Membership price includes grandparents, so we brought Nana to hear him speak – she is a big fan.  It was a wonderful evening and well-worth the additional ticket price ($8.00 per person).

My husband and I were very impressed with our entire experience, and would highly recommend a Great Homeschool Convention for those who are currently homeschooling, or planning to homeschool.  We are looking forward to going next year!

Disclosures:  I was not compensated for this post. I wrote a sponsored post for Great Homeschool Conventions in December 2013, and compensation included free admission to the conference.  My opinions are entirely my own and are based on positive, personal experience with this company.  I am an affiliate of Amazon.com, and will receive a small commission if the links on this page are used to make a purchase.


Text Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew.  Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license, credit: smoorenburg.

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