Throughout the year, and especially in the spring, homeschool conferences are popular events for homeschool families. They attend them looking for ideas and inspiration, and never go home empty-handed. Homeschool conferences provide many benefits to attendees. Here is a quick list of pros and cons to consider before you write one on your calendar.
Pros and Cons of Attending Homeschool Conferences
Never been to a homeschool conference before? Or are you a veteran who attends yearly? Either way, there are positives as well as negatives that you will experience at any homeschool conference. Here they are:
Pros of Attending a Homeschool Conference
- Meeting New Friends – At any conference, there is a common bond that you will have with anyone there. At a homeschool conference, you can guarantee that anyone and everyone you meet there is probably a homeschooling parent, or at the very least, a supporter of homeschooling in some way. So you have that one thing in common with everyone there! What better way to meet a new friend or two?
- Education – Conferences are a great place to learn. You will be listening to speakers and presenters on topics that matter to you, and will even be exposed to new ideas and tips! You will most certainly learn something new.
- Encouragement – The speakers and leaders at homeschool conferences are there to encourage and inspire you. The benefit of a conference setting is that there are a multitude of wise and experienced people there in one place, and you can pick and choose which ones to visit and to attend. You will find answers to your questions, inspiration for your homeschool, and a renewed passion to teach your children.
Cons of Attending a Homeschool Conference
- Travel – They often require travel and lodging, and span at least a few days. If you don’t have space in your calendar, then you can miss them. However, some conferences have online streaming or downloadable videos and notes, which might be a solution.
- Registration Fees – The registration can sometimes be expensive. Some families cannot afford the registration fees in addition to the travel costs. Even if the conference is located within driving distance, the registration fee may still keep some families from being able to attend. Some conferences have discounts for certain populations and scholarship funds, so be sure to ask if that is your situation.
- Overwhelming – If you are new to homeschooling, conferences that are meant to encourage and inspire could actually overwhelm you. Trying to visit all the vendor booths, attend all the speakers, and manage all the new resources and ideas can cause a newcomer to feel at a loss for where to begin or what to do with the information. Many conferences provide coaching and mentoring services to help with this, so be sure to check if your conference has people willing to help you find your way.
Now that you’ve considered some of the pros and cons of attending homeschool conferences, what do you think? Will you choose to go?