Getting Started: Attend a Homeschool Conference FOR FREE/Join Your Local Support Group
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on June 2, 2010
I know that many of my readers are investigating the possibilty of homeschooling…others of you may be ready to move your preschooler up to Kindergarten level, “officially” starting your homeschool journey in the fall. Either way, I thought you should know that many of the homeschool conferences now offer FREE one day admission for parents of preschoolers (those whose oldest child is 4-5, and will start homeschooling in the fall.) A day’s admission often costs upwards of $55, so this is a great deal. Even those that don’t offer free days may offer free “introduction to homeschooling” seminars, often the night before the conference officially begins.
Here is the link to find out more about our state’s conference (CA): Plan now to attend our state’s homeschool conference (CHEA–in Pasadena this year). Remember, parents of preschoolers get to attend one day FOR FREE! Check out the details here: http://cheaofca.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=6…
You can find out about your state’s conference by looking up your Christian State support group at www.hslda.org or by Googling your state’s name and “homeschool conferences.” You can also find your local support group via your state’s group.
I highly recomend that any of you who are planning on homeschooling–especially if you are new to homeschooling–join your local support group. A good support group is vital! Ours is akin to church family; we even take meals to those who have new babies or who are facing family losses/illnesses. I joined our group when our oldest was 4 (he’s 21 now.)
All the groups I know of welcome parents of preschoolers. You can bet they’ll be lots your preschooler can participate in: Park play days, field trips, etc. You will have the chance to make like-minded friends, glean ideas from experienced homeschoolers, and more. That way, by the time you are ready to “officially” start homeschooling, you and your children will have friends and support already in place, and you will have the information you need about homeschooling in your state, available curriculum, etc.
Our local group offers a “Homeschool Forum” that provides information for new/perspective homeschoolers, including information from other local support groups and PPSP’s (Private School Satelite Programs). We also offer a “Newcomer’s Social” to welcome newbies to the group (all this is FREE–I bet your local group offers something similar!) I myself run a series of meetings called “Thinking About Homeschooling” every summer, wherein I cover in depth all the information parents need to get started (Making the Decision; Legalities and Record Keeping; Choosing and Using Curriculum; Planning and Scheduling, and more). Your local support group might offer similar groups or progams. Some are called “Considering Homeschooling” or “Exploring Homeschooling” and others are called “Smoothing the Way” (this group helps you your entire first year.)
Another bonus of joining your support group now: This is the time of year (as is the fall) when the groups hold their used curriculum sales. Not only can you can pick up curriculum for a song, but you can often find things such as preschool picture books, manipulatives, etc–almost anything related to homeschooling–all for pennies on the dollar (sometimes for FREE).
If any of you have questions about starting homeschooling, please look over the archives for the subject “getting started”, and review the links on the tab, “important links”. Please feel free to contact me by commenting on this post with any questions or concerns that you have.
~If you are planning on attending conference, be sure to read my convention tips HERE.
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