I am particularly excited to attend the high school and beyond workshop during the day on Friday. With Madeline entering 7th grade in the fall, the reality of high school, transcripts, PSEO, and a whole bunch of other stuff is starting to stress me out. Todd has graciously agreed to be there with me so that we can hear the same information as we tend to process things differently.
The keynote speaker is Marcel LeJeune. I've heard him on Relevant Radio a couple of times and think that he'll do an awesome job. They always do a great job bringing in quality speakers. The past two years featured Andrew Pudewa and Ray Guarendi. They were absolutely amazing and hilarious which is a winning combination if you ask me!
Now I need to sit down and get my "lists" together. It is so nice to have all the vendors in one location where I can actually talk to them and pick their brains with questions I have about curriculum and different learning styles of my children. The hardest part for me is keeping to my list of things that I need and holding back on the impulse buys...there are so many fun things that I would like to add to our school!
The best part is seeing all of the other families who are doing what we do. No matter how secure I feel in our decision to home school, there are days when I feel alone and isolated. Home schooling is definitely more mainstream than it was 20 years ago, but it is not the "normal" thing to do. In my neighborhood of over 300 homes, there is only one other family I know of who teaches their children at home. It's hard to put into words the feeling I get being surrounded by hundreds of people who are walking the same road as we are.
How about you? Do you have a home school conference in your area that you attend? If you live in Minnesota, do you plan on attending this year? I'd love to see you there!