Homeschool Convention Tip #5
What to do on the first day of the convention is the subject for this homeschool convention tip #5. If you have never been to a convention before, you can expect to feel overwhelmed. There are a few things you can do to make your first day a pleasant one.
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Give yourself plenty of time for travel and if possible arrive early to the convention. This will eliminate any additional anxiety.
Convention centers are quite large and people can easily get lost. There may even be multiple conventions taking place at the same. Some families have walked into the wrong convention. Yikes. You will definitely want to obtain a map as soon as you can.
Check in at the registration desk, if you have not preregistered. There will probably be a table with plastic badge holders for your name tags. Be sure you don’t lose your name tags. Volunteers often check for them before allowing you to enter the workshops and exhibit hall. Plus, there is usually a fee for replacing a lost name tag.
Within the vicinity will be a convention program for you to take. The program will include a map, a schedule of keynote address and workshop times, and a list of vendors. Keep this program accessible. On occasion, a vendor will offer a discount coupon in the convention program.
If you have brought your children with you and they are going to attend the children’s conference, you will obviously want to locate the conference room. When you drop off your children, ask about the conference schedule. There are usually specific times parents are to collect their children.
Determine where you intend to have your meals. If the convention is in a large city, expect to pay more for food. Ask where the locations of less expensive eateries are. A nearby hotel may have a fast food chain within their building.
Obviously, you will want to locate the bathrooms.
After taking care of the necessities, look through the convention program. To make the best use of your time, highlight the activities you wish to attend. If you will be attending a two-day convention, use the first day for education and the next day for shopping. Be sure to allow plenty of time for shopping in the exhibit hall. 🙂
That’s it for today. Please join me the next time for the Homeschool Convention Tip #6.
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