Homeschool Conference Haul

What Do I Attend a Homeschool Conference Every Year?

Every year when March rolls around, I start to get excited! Just when I feel like I’m starting to burn out, here comes our annual homeschool conference!

My husband asks me every year why I go. I know what I’m going to teach our son, and we have a good thing going. But the thought of missing a conference breaks my heart.

I don’t attend conference because I need someone to tell me how to teach Zakari. It’s not that at all.

Reasons I Don’t Miss Homeschool Conference?

  • There are not many homeschoolers in my regular life. Conference connects me with many local homeschoolers and makes me feel like I’m not alone in this journey.
  • Gives me a chance to receive some mentorship, either from fellow attendees, vendors or conference speakers.
  • Lets me shop with my hands. Sure I can buy all my homeschool supplies online. But not all books provide sample pages, and sometimes even through there are sample pages, you need to see more. Many times I have flipped through a book I thought would be a hit, and landed up realizing it wasn’t going to work for our family. I have also flipped through books I would have never considered, and realized it was perfect for my son.
  • I stay in the loop with what is going on on the legal side of homeschooling in our province.
  • Finally, sometimes I feel our approach is so different then other families. Then I hear a few other speakers and homeschool mom’s share how they have used a similar method, and raised successful well rounded human beings. It makes me feel more confident about the path we are on.

Speaker Sonya Shafer

This year I had the chance to not only hear Sonya Shafer speak several times at conference, I also had a chance to speak with her. As a fellow Autism Mom, she was able to share some great advice on teaching kiddos on the spectrum using the Charlotte Mason Method.

Vendor Hall

So I thought this year I was only going to grab a few items from the vendor hall. Boy I was wrong. I landed up purchasing more then I planned. However many of the unplanned items were books on personal development for myself, books for my boys to read. When it came to workbooks there was only one book that was not planned.

Without Further Ado… What I Bought At Homeschool Conference

Check out this video, and find links to all the products below!

Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1: This book was recommended to me by a fellow Autism Mom. I purchased it mostly for the stories, but if we get some of the work pages done, even better.

I have been kind of slack on math the last few years. But after sitting through an awesome session about math in the early years, I no longer feel guilty! Check out :Multiplying Joyful Days Informal Math in the Early Years to listen to the session and get some great ideas.

Wow Canada!: Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast (Wow Canada! Collection): OK I have been eyeballing this book since Wesley was little. Finally I figured out how to work it into our Social Studies for next year.

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men: A friend of mine at suggested this book, so I grabbed it. Impulse shopping at its finest.

NIV, Homeschool Mom’s Bible, Compact, Leathersoft, Teal: Daily Personal Encouragement: I have been really looking for a good Bible, and after flipping through this one, I felt connected.

Laying Down The Rails for Yourself: After hearing Sonya speak, I realized that this book needed to come home with me. I have to start focusing on having good habits myself if I want my boys to develop good habits.

The Incredible Adventures of Louis Riel: Canada’s Most Famous Revolutionary (Amazing Stories): Canadian read aloud for Social Studies.

Hudson’s Bay Company Adventures: Tales of Canada’s Fur Traders (Amazing Stories): Another Canadian read aloud for Social Studies.

Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting: This book spoke to me, so into the cart it went.

My First Sticker by Numbers Book: Zakari loves working with stickers recently, so I got this book for him in the clearance bin for his birthday. Stickers are such a great way to work on fine motor skills.

Kickstart Kindergarten Student Workbook – Handwriting Without Tears Series: We completed this book this school year, but I feel one more round through it is needed before we move onto the next level. I’d rather make sure those basic skills are in place by moving ahead slower.

Honey for a Child’s Heart: This is another book I have been eyeballing for years. Finally I took the plunge. Since we are literature based homeschoolers, I felt it was worth the money,

World War Two: Under the Shadow of the Swastika (Campfire Graphic Novels): Educational birthday present for Wesley.

Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War Two :Educational birthday present for Wesley.

Math Review Worktext Grade 1 3rd Edition: Something I found in the clearance bin, and thought, “Why Not!”

Explode the Code: Book Two: Using with Bookshark Level 1.

Explode the Code : Book 3: Using with Bookshark Level 1.

Do you attend any homeschool conferences? If so what makes them valuable to you?

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