Thursday, April 16, 2009

Midwest Homeschool Convention

Woohoo - I made it! After a very long day, and jumping through lots of hoops at the front desk, I am so glad to be sitting in my comfy hotel room here in downtown Cincinnati.

I walked by the vendor hall on my way to check in, and it was huge! I can't wait to get in there tomorrow and do some exploring. :)

Here are a few things I hope to accomplish while I'm here:

Visit the Vendor Hall and look at and/or purchase from the following:

-Apologia's Exploring Creation Series
-Pathway Readers
-Rocket Phonics (I want to look at their readers.)
-Rightstart Math
-Maestro Classics
-Mantle Ministries (Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler - he usually has lots of historically accurate toy weapons, clothing, coonskin caps, etc.)
-Nature's Workshop Plus
-Rainbow Resource
-Relaxed Homeschooling
-Gravitas (publisher of RealScience4Kids)

And I'm looking forward to hearing some awesome speakers for some much-needed inspiration and encouragement:

-Amanda Bennett (one of my faves!)
-Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler
-Mark Hamby (Lamplighter Publishing)
-Carol Barnier
-Karen "Spunky Homeschool" Braun
-Dr. Mary Hood name a few.

Finally, I'm going to sleep late, hang out with my homeschooling friends, and get some much needed R&R!

(Thank you, Honey, for making this possible.)


  1. Have A great time and get some rest if you can.

  2. This sounds wonderful-I hope you have a fabulous time! I'm afraid I haven't been able to attend nearby conventions this year, and I'm really going to miss the inspiration/encouragement.

  3. What a wonderful place to visit. I totally want to go to a convention now. I wonder if there's one close to me.

  4. I was there today! Wish I could go back tomorrow. It's probably a good thing for my wallet that I am not. :)

    So which seminars did you end up going to? I really enjoyed meeting Spunky and the first Susan Wise Bauer seminar.

  5. It's always exciting to look at new curriculum. My favorite part of homeschooling is the planning. Have fun!

  6. I hope you have a wonderful time! I'll be missing conventions this year with the moving and all... and I could probably really use the info this year! Ah, well. God has a plan - I'm just waiting for Him to let me in on it!

  7. I hope you had a great time! Hearing your ntoes makes me look forward to our conference. I need to do some planning before I go though.

    Your weather studies also look like a lot of fun! Great job with all of the experiments!


  8. It's really fun to hear another mom excited about teaching her kids. I use (mostly) a literature approach to homeschooling so am always looking for new books. Thanks for sharing what you guys are up to and looking forward to hearing about the conference.

  9. Wish I could've been there. Hubby couldn't work it out to watch the kids, though. Hope you had a great time. Maybe I can go next year and we can meet face to face!


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