Homeschool Convention Tip #6
Keynote address and workshops. If you have never attended a homeschool convention, you may wonder what are these entail. This post, homeschool convention tip #6, will give you insight on these activities.
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At larger conventions, there are speeches and workshops with prominent speakers. These events provide parents with information consisting of: where homeschooling stands in our nation, specific new homeschool parent topics, how dads can help with the teaching, comic relief and much more.
The Keynote Address
The keynote address is a time when the parents collectively gather to listen to an inspiring speech from a well-known individual. After hearing the speech, parents walk away feeling enthused, renewed and more committed to home educating their children.
There is at least one keynote address at the beginning of the day and usually one in the afternoon. Try to include at least one keynote address in your schedule.
The individual workshops are opportunities to receive specific information on varying topics. One topic may be on how to homeschool children with special needs while another may be on how to teach science. Other workshops are for learning about the benefits of and how to use specific products.
Parents have the opportunity to listen to and gain insight from an author. Generally, at the end of each session is a question and answer period. If time allows, parents may introduce themselves to the speaker and possibly receive personal advice.
The workshops occur simultaneously and usually last an hour. Therefore, it is best to refer to your convention program to plan your day. Typically, the more popular workshops take place several times throughout the convention giving parents more opportunities to attend. The challenge is when you want to go to two different workshops that occur at the same time. The best strategy is to attend one while your husband goes to the other.
Because of the amount of information you will receive throughout the convention, taking notes is wise. If it is easier for you to listen intently while not taking notes, consider purchasing workshop tapes. The tapes are usually inexpensive and allow you to refer to the information at your convenience.
That’s it for today. Please join me the next time for the Homeschool Convention Tip #7.
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