This weekend is the THSC Convention in Arlington, TX. Though it starts today, I will not be there until Saturday. I am looking forward in eager anticipation to this adventure. There will be speakers and topics ranging from Sonya Shafer: The Quiet Schooling of Nature, David Gibbs: The Future of Home schooling in America, to Crystal Payne: Raising Kingdom-Minded Kids, just to name a few. The Duggar family will also be there.
There will be exhibits; Becky Muldrow: How to Earn a Bachelor's Degree During High School, Martin Cothran: The Classical Thinking Skills Program, Erin Karl: The Language Arts Tool belt, and David Hernandez: Preparing High Schoolers for STEM futures, and so on. Wrapping this whole experience up will be the numerous vendors, with their different curricula and materials to view and purchase. A virtual wonderland for home educators.
This will be my first convention to attend. I have taken the tips of The Pioneer Woman on how to prepare for attending a homeschool convention. I have pre-registered and booked my hotel room. I have been studying the schedule, list of speakers and workshops, and have narrowed it down to a number of specific workshops I would like to attend. I am working on my plan how to make the most of my day. All that is left is to attend, look up, smile, and chat with other homeschoolers. I have my backpack loaded and ready to go with a notebook, pens, water bottle, crackers, etc. I thought about a nice open tote, but decided that I want my arms free and no worries of a shoulder bag slipping from my shoulder. I have my list of vendors I want to make sure to check out, as well as a short list of specific items to look for. All that is left is to finish packing my overnight bag.
All right. First time attendee excitement? Absolutely. I wish I could have attended last year. But I think having trudged through the past year as we have I at least have a better idea of what I want to gain from this convention experience. Oh, and a fantastic bit that I just discovered: If I miss a workshop, I can catch an audio recording of it later! Now, I know that there will be things for kids to do. I am not bringing mine with me this year. First time, I just want to go with the hubby and soak it all in. Maybe next year. Thankful for this opportunity. Thankful for family willing to watch kiddos so hubby and I can attend.