View Poll Results: Will you be attending a homeschool convention this spring?

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  • Wild horses couldn't keep me away! I'll be there!

    7 26.92%
  • I'd like to attend a convention, but there isn't one nearby.

    5 19.23%
  • I'd like to attend a convention, but the nearest one is too religiously based.

    7 26.92%
  • I have no interest whatsoever in attending a homeschool convention.

    2 7.69%
  • Other

    5 19.23%
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  1. #11

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    I've gone a couple of times to my local one, but it seems just like sales pitches. Yawn. But the charter school I just joined does one in the summer; I will probably give that a try this summer. It's not only free but I'm served breakfast and lunch. If it turns out to be all sales pitches at least I get fed and can hang out with a friend :-).

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  3. #12

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    Nope! I've got one very near to me, and I've gone a number of years in the past. But, it's the same old thing, a few bks & some odds and ends I can buy, along with a long line of Christian work-shops. It's just a waste of $ and time.

  4. #13

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    The only conference within a reasonable distance is a Catholic Homeschooling conference. Some of the presentations look interesting, but I can always buy the transcripts later if need be. I'm not interested in their vendors, so don't see a reason to make the drive and pay the admission fee.

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    Totally OT, but Jenny in Atl, I love your avatar picture! "Amelie" is my favorite movie, I think. I luuuurve it.

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    I don't have any interest in attending our local convention as it is not at all inclusive. Unfortunately, dh really wants to go. I think it is because I get so much more interaction on boards like this one and email groups that I don't feel the need to go and be frustrated while going helps him feel involved. The funny thing is, of the two of us, he is by far the more secular and gets much more annoyed at the lack of offerings for secular homeschoolers.
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    Lol, Kim, that's funny! I'd have to drag my husband by the hair to get him to go to a homeschool conference! Although he is my biggest supporter, his opinion of homeschoolers in general isn't very high, due to all the drama that I have witnessed and reported to him when I was frustrated. Plus he's a homebody anyway. I lament that he doesn't get too involved (if at all) but in reality, it's great because I'm free to do pretty much as I please. Even though he is a believer, he's not over my shoulder trying to control what I do or say.

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    I've read with great interest all the reactions to the various conventions. The negative reactions especially interest me and have me curious as to who usually organises the conventions in your areas. I think for those who see their conventions as completely non-secular the reactions are obvious, but for those that see their conventions as basically a sales-pitch I am wondering if the convention is dealer-organised. Our provincial convention is volunteer-organised by members of the provincial homeschool board. I wonder if that's why I felt more positive about it.

    And Snoopy you could be talking about my wife in some ways (tho I'm the homebody in our case). She's very supportive and likes to go to the conventiion, too, but does almost nothing in the day-to-day homeschooling unless I ask her to. She does admit that it's hard for her to get involved because she doesn't know what I've been doing and doesn't want to mess it up. There are times I wish she would just pick something to do, such as art because I rarely do art myself, because there are times we miss several days because I'm too busy/tired/whatever. But like you say of your husband, she's supportive and lets me do as I please, so I can't complain.
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    I would like to go to the homeschool convention around here but it is heavily religious, they don't even allow secular curriculum to be sold. I think there is another one that is also in the area, that is smaller, but does allow secular curriculum to be sold. So I might try to go to that one.
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    We just had our big state convention last weekend. Patrick Farenga was the keynote speaker and had 3 workshops (I took 2 of them) and was fabulous to listen to. Our big one is only done every other year, and is inclusive. There's usually a couple of workshops that are religious, but they typically state so in the description, so it's easy to steer clear. There's also a smaller Christian convention (I've never been) and there's an unschooling conference right over the border into Washington every year (never been to that one, either, but I hear that it is inclusive).
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    We have one coming up here soon, the Texas Home School Coalition which is mostly a religious mass of homeschooling stuff from what I can see. But, since we have all sorts of crunchy religious folks in these areas and it looks like a big convention, I figure I can browse things and get ideas ambiguously.

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