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Homeschool Convention Chaos: What it REALLY looks like…

When you think “homeschool convention” you probably think about Starbucks latte’s, relaxing conversations with friends, inspiring workshops and endless hours leafing through curriculum. Somehow, no matter how many times I am faced with reality, I still think of homeschool conventions with a warm, fuzzy feeling. But let me show you the reality of a homeschool convention for our family:

 

Ok, before ya’ll feel too sorry for me, the first day was wonderful and my hubby watched all the kids. I DID get a taste of homeschool convention bliss at the BC Convention this year. But this was day 2 when I decided to let him have some time and take the kids out by myself. BIG mistake. If you are planning on heading to a homeschool convention, do yourself a favor and get a babysitter!

homeschool convention chaos: BRING A WAGON!

Do yourself a favor and bring a wagon!

The Aftermath of a Homeschool Convention

But the real fun is once we get home! I gather my stacks of books and resources and carry them with gentle, loving arms down to the school room. I lay them all out in a beautiful array and spend a day or two just admiring the new goodies I have. And then I realize we can’t do school because my school room has become a flood of books we can’t even walk over.

*Reality check!*

homeschool convention chaos- surviving the aftermath!

 

So then I get CRAZY inspired and pull every single book out of its spot so I can reorganize all our books. Take a look at what this looks like mid-organization:

 

 

It’s pretty bad actually. For one entire day I am hiding out in my school room pulling books off the shelves, literally SURROUNDED with books. My poor husband comes in and just walks away, in his eyes it is utter chaos. But I have a plan! Take a look at the “after” once I get everything arranged.

 

 

Now, I feel like I must mention that there are 2 massive bins full of school books to be stored for later years. Part of how I manage this kind of mess is to fill bins for storage and boxes for giveaway or to sell. I also feel like I have to say that this took me from 10am to about 6pm without stopping once for a break! It was a huge job, but now I have all my new school books for the year set up and it forced me to go through everything on the shelves.

So there you have it, what a homeschool convention looks like for our family. It is chaotic, I’m pretty sure my husband thinks of them with no small amount of frustration, it is a ton of work… but it is one of the highlights of my year and I LOVE it!

So try to find childcare for your littles, or at least a helping hand, pack a wagon to house all your great finds, and head on over to your local homeschool convention!

Homeschool Convention Stories… what is your favorite/most chaotic/insane moment from your years of going to a homeschool conference?

Comments

  1. My kids were wondering why I was watching a video with crying kids (your first video here), and I had to laugh because I’ve been to so many homeschool conventions and I never understood why people brought their kids. You can’t focus when your attention is divided, and being at a homeschool conference requires focused attention to get the most out of it.

    • Ha ha, I KNOW! I’ve always had them watched, the second day I thought “ah, I just want my oldest to be able to choose some things”. It was special on that front, he chose stuff I wouldn’t have thought of and it was a lot of fun. The kids screaming in the background, not so much, at least people were gracious with me! No judging glances, mostly sympathy, (thank goodness because I was ready to cry at that point 😉

    • Susan, some people don’t have a choice. Maybe offer to help instead of judging…or at the very least some grace for decisions that differ from your own. I really never understood how so many women can leave their children for an extended amount if time just for a getaway or “me” time. It works both ways with that.

  2. This will be my 1st convention and I have to bring the kids. Not looking forward to that , but we dont have someone that can take care of the kids for 2 days. My 9 year old will be fine ,but I am worried about my 17 month old.

  3. You have a really nice schoolroom. I am not that organized yet, but with each years that passes, it’s been better and I have figured out more and more what works for my family. 🙂 Conventions are crazy! I went to one without the kids and so that made it pleasant but there haven’t been any as close in a long time and my husband isn’t up for a three day excursion. Maybe someday, but I didn’t buy a lot of things at it. Though I did learn about the things I now use. 🙂

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