March 20, 2014

Preparing for a Homeschool Conference #hsttd

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Today I'm going to my first homeschool conference. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time! So much to learn. So much to do. So many people. At this point, I refuse to even think about all the curriculum choices. I'm going mainly for the sessions.

Speaking of, the Teach Them Diligently Conference has 150 to choose from over the course of two-and-a-half days. Many of them occur at the same time and they all sound amazing. How is a girl to pick? Talk about an impossible task.

I want to sit in on a variety of topics and not duplicate speakers or subjects. So, in typical Type A fashion, I sat down yesterday with the schedule, pens, highlighters, and spreadsheets and narrowed down my selections one block at a time.

This is what I came up with. Granted, I've heard that once onsite you can change your mind, so I've got plan B choices as well. Of course I do. ;)

Intro to Homeschooling: Five Flavors of Homeschooling  | Sonya Shafer

One Small Step, One Giant Leap of Faith  |  Josh Duggar

Grades, Transcripts, and Fears, Oh My!  |  John Echols

Hands-on Ideas for Teaching Spelling  |  Becky Spence

Releasing Your Child from Entertainment: How Art Can Transform Your Child's Future  |  Sharon Hofer

Secrets Teachers Never Tell   |  Joyce Herzog

Help! How Do I Teach This Highly Distractible Child  |  Carol Barnier

What I would Do Differently as  Homeschool Mom  |  Pam Forster

Make Learning Easier for Struggling, Atypical, or Advanced Students  |  Jan Bedell

A-Z Guide to Character Health Homeschooling  |  Negan Sceibner

5 School Projects that Teach FInancial Literacy and Create Income  |  Rhea Perry

Using Common Chores to Raise Uncommon Kids  |  Crystal Paine

Any other tips for a 1st timer? I've been looking forward to this for months! Everyone has been really nice so far and I'm excited to see people in real life that I've only "met" online until now. Plus, as an event planner by profession, I'm eager to see how conferences in other industries execute their events. Lots of research to be done and knowledge to be gained over the next few days.

I'll be posting about my experience so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and bookmark www.stacibishop.com.

Here we go.... Day 1.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for posting about the conference. We're going to the DC conference in May. It will be our first. We plan to start homeschooling next year (5th and K). I'm overwhelmed by the curriculum choices! WoW!

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