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Canadian Online Homeschool Conference AND Giveaway!

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The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference

**This event and giveaway are over. Did you miss it? No worries, you can get an All Access Pass with lifetime access to all the recordings HERE.**

The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference starts Friday! It is a five-day virtual event featuring knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, and giveaways! All without leaving the comfort of your own home (or paying for gas or other travel expenses). It is free to attend live (with the option to buy a complete access pass after it ends). I am excited to be a part of it!

Speakers and Sessions

This conference features a variety of speakers, from homeschooling moms to owners of businesses you’ll want to hear from. Speakers include Lisa Marie Fletcher (the host of the conference), Donna Ward, Louise House, Bev Rempel and me! Sessions include topics such as getting started, homeschool methods, all ages and stages including high school, subjects such as math and reading, and more.

Homeschool Community

Chats. Parties. Prizes. Used Book Buy & Sell. Connect with other homeschoolers and help create an environment of community and fun during this conference.

Vendor Hall

Visit with some of your favourite homeschooling vendors and learn about some fantastic new ones in the vendor hall!

Don’t miss this amazing event. Register now, free!

Giveaway!

And now for the giveaway! One of my lucky readers will win an all access pass, which means lifetime access to ALL the recordings from this event! A $97 value!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends at midnight Atlantic Time on Friday, February 10th. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberlycanadian online homeschool conference

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Free Online Homeschool Conference!

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Free Online Homeschool Conference!

I love homeschool conferences! They are a great way to learn about different curricula and meet new homeschooling families, and the sessions can be invaluable. I always leave refreshed and energized to tackle a new year of homeschooling.

I try to make it to as many as I can but since the Nova Scotia conference is usually the same weekend as my daughter’s dance recitals (as it was again this year), I usually don’t get to go. Of course, there’s also the fact that it’s almost a five hour drive to get there! Some years I haven’t been able to go due to finances or a lack thereof.

Now there’s an online conference I can attend, yay! The Digital Homeschool Convention offers more than 30 different sessions over four days next month. Topics vary from special needs homeschooling, to creating homeschool portfolios, to finding margin as a homeschool mom! You will enjoy these encouraging uplifting words from amazing homeschool moms.

I am especially looking forward to Creating Margin as a Homeschool Mom (something I often struggle with) by Heather Bowen and How to Make Art Appreciation a Natural Part of Your Homeschool Life (because I would love to) by Erica Johns.

The best part of this conference is that you don’t need to leave your house. You don’t have to spend money on food, gas, or hotels, and registration is free as are the sessions! Mark it on your calendar now – it all happens July 22-25. You can register here, free!

Have you been to a homeschool conference? What do you think is the best part about attending a homeschool conference? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

 

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Attending Homeschool Conferences

I LOVE attending homeschool conferences! I love the books, the products, the camaraderie of other homeschoolers, not to mention the speakers. Years ago when I lived in Ontario, I loved attending various conferences within a one or two-hour drive of my home. Living here in Cape Breton, the closest one is almost five hours away, so I don’t get out to it every year. It often conflicts with my children’s dance recitals. But I do attend as often as I can. I have even attended the wonderful homeschool conference in New Brunswick.

attending homeschool conferences

Attending Homeschool Conferences

When attending a conference, it’s a good idea to prepare before you go. Bring a list with you, otherwise you may find yourself unable to make choices, or even worse, buying everything in sight when you’re on a strict budget!

Conference Planning List

Add to the list:

    • resources already on the shelf to use for next year
    • resources still needed to purchase for next year
    • resources you want to sell at the conference (if applicable)
    • a firm budget (so you don’t go overboard)
    • the speaking sessions you most want to attend

The fantastic thing about conferences is that there are homeschool vendors all gathered in one place. You will be able to check out any curriculum or product you’ve heard of, but haven’t been able to touch and peruse in person. Be open to the possibility of finding things you haven’t heard of or hadn’t planned on purchasing that would be a perfect fit for the next homeschool year. Beware though, it’s EASY to go overboard! Setting a budget before attending homeschool conferences is essential!

I have found some amazing resources at our Nova Scotia conference over the years, from wooden math pattern blocks (that got a lot of mileage with my kids) to great little BIble verse colouring books. I am always able to pick up some curricula that I was planning on buying. Buying in person saves on shipping and you can also get advice on what to choose directly from the shop keeper or curriculum designer.

The speakers at homeschool conferences are always thoroughly enjoyable and give just the boost you need to look forward to and get excited about the next homeschooling year. This is especially important if you’re dragging your feet in your homeschool by the time the conference comes around or already dreading the coming year. It can and does happen, even to the most enthusiastic homeschool parents!

Write down the speaking sessions you most want to attend and the times so you don’t miss them – consider inputting them in your smartphone calendar so you don’t get distracted in the vendor hall and miss one! You may want to also leave some room in your budget to purchase the conference recordings. You can listen to them again whenever you need to, and catch the speakers you missed because you chose to attend a conflicting session.

If you’re looking for your local homeschool conference, try your provincial or state homeschooling organization website (there’s a handy list of North American homeschool organization links at the end of the article here). If you’re in Nova Scotia, check out the upcoming Nova Scotia conference in June on the Events page here.

If you’re like me, a distance away from your local conference, consider “attending” an online conference or workshop. You can find many webinars under Online Events on the Events page here.

Do you love attending homeschool conferences too? Please share any favourites and stories in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in March 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.