Choosing to home school is a huge decision. It is not only a great option for the student who does not do well in a traditional school setting, it is a creative and hands on option for the parent who has the opportunity to work with them one on one. However, it is a tough world to go alone, and is an easier task to accomplish when the parent and students have others to bounce ideas off of. The encouragement from others is also a necessity, and it frequently takes some work to put a great support system in place.
Therefore, these parents and students alike can benefit by attending a homeschooling convention. There are different levels of conventions, ranging from the national, state and local levels. Frequently various home schooling groups from throughout the country or state will be available to connect with. The variety of people at each convention will expose the students to other cultures, as those who choose to home school do not fit into any one particular way of life. It is also a great place to find encouragement from other homeschooling parents. The specifics of each individual case may be unique, but it is encouraging to see that there are multiple families with similar situations (i.e., teenagers, numerous in a certain age group, etc.) and get to connect with them. The excitement and positive energy in the air is enough to encourage those parents that are beginning to get discouraged with the daily grind of constant schoolwork.
In addition to meeting other families that choose to home school, it is a great opportunity to come up to date with current resources available. There is a variety of new materials to be introduced to at each convention. When attending, have something in mind to be looking for, as it is easy to get overwhelmed.
Seminars are frequently available as well for learning how to deal with various issues that come up while homeschooling. Many are directed towards the parents, as well as individual seminars directed towards the students. Local and well known speakers will often make appearances to peak the interests of those attending. Also, the creators of the materials are available to answer any questions that come up. This is especially helpful when adjusting teaching styles to the individual learners. As a bonus, amongst all of the materials for learning, there are also fun materials.
For older students it is also a great opportunity to begin to talk to various colleges. Not only will they be attending school, but also to get information on any dual enrollment classes they can take while they finish up their high school credits.
There are many benefits to homeschooling, and they can vary as widely as the individual students being homeschooled. Yet, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all of the time involved and the amount of available resources. Attending a homeschooling conference will encourage the discouraged and give easy assistance with the available resources.