Homeschool Convention Survival Tips:

So you’ve registered for the homeschool convention…now what???  Well, it’s time to make a plan 🙂 !

Many conventions are large and can be overwhelming if you don’t take the time to prepare in advance.  I’m going to share some tips and “tricks of the trade” that I ‘ve learned over the years.


1.  First, take the time to pray.  Pray about how God is directing your plans.  Pray for wisdom and guidance as you and your spouse make decisions about the upcoming year.  Pray for your children.  Just pray!

2.  Wear comfortable shoes.  You will be doing a lot of walking!  Bring a sweater or jacket as many of the conference rooms are chilly.

3.  Take a few minutes to look over the map and schedule after you check in.  Circle or highlight the sessions that you don’t want to miss and plan other activities such as shopping, meals, etc. around those sessions.  Many times there are way too many wonderful sessions that I want to go to and not enough time, so I usually purchase HEAV’s Convention MP3 while I’m at the convention for a discounted price.  Then I don’t feel rushed or stressed out because I’m missing an amazing speaker!

*****Click HERE for the HEAV Convention schedule and start planning!!!*****

4.  Bring a notebook and pen to take notes.  I actually carry a binder with notebook paper, folders, pens, highlighter, paperclips, Post-It notes, and rubber bands.  I also print off my registration confirmation, map of vendor hall, etc.

5.  Bring a rolling cart to carry all of the wonderful goodies that you’ll be buying!

6.  Decide on a budget and stick to it!  Try not to make any purchases on the first day (unless you are 100% sure it’s something you need).  Take time to shop around at different vendors to find the best price, or even better – see if you can find the item you’re looking for at the Used Curriculum Sale!

7.  Print off labels with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.  Many vendors offer prizes or the chance to sign up for more information…instead of filling out all of those forms by hand, you can just stick a label on it and move on saving yourself lots of time!

8.  Take inventory of what items you already have at home, what products/curriculum that you need, and a wish list a few weeks before the convention.  I usually research items online beforehand and write down prices so I have a basic idea of how much things cost.

9.  Drink lots of water and eat healthy meals and snacks to help keep your energy up.

10. Enjoy your time at the convention!  Soak up lots of encouragement, make new friends, be inspired, gain wisdom, feel uplifted, get prepared for next year, and HAVE FUN 🙂 !!!

***REMINDER: Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter for a FREE 2014 HEAV Convention Registration!!!***

16 thoughts on “Homeschool Convention Survival Tips:

  1. Such a great list!! Thanks!

    • Thank u for the tips. I am trying to better prepared this year even though I still feel like a rookie.:-)

  2. Those are great suggestions! I pretty much do all that except it seems I always forget to bring a notebook! This year, hopefully I will remember!

  3. Can’t wait for Convention! It offers our whole family such encouragement. In fact, it was after attending Convention that the grandparents finally got onboard with our plan.

  4. Great tips! Would love to win the pass. 🙂

  5. Thank you Amy for the helpful tips. I am going to make sure I have my email address added to the label I am going to make.
    I also love that number one on your list is too pray first.
    God Bless!

  6. Thanks for the sweet comments – you have all been entered into the drawing 🙂 ! Stay tuned, keep commenting, and we’ll find out who the winner is on Friday!

  7. What a great idea to bring pre-printed labels! Homeschool conventions are such a wonderful resource of encouragement and refreshment :).

  8. I’m so excited about the upcoming convention! I’ve been making plans for it the last few weeks.

  9. Thanks for all the great info!

  10. We started homeschooling in December, and I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible. Thank you for this list…..getting ready for a convention is a bit overwhelming when you start realizing everything that will be going on.

  11. I’ve never been to convention before, as this is our first year homeschooling. Thanks for the tips! I’d likely be lost without them.

  12. What a great list, Amy! Goodness…I’ve never been this prepared. I generally bring a pad of paper and a pen. Half the time…I forget my bag! 😉 I’ve never been to the actual convention though…just the free shopping day.

  13. Okay, just came back to this to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. I am so excited!

    • You guys are going to be soooo blessed and encouraged at the convention! HEAV is AMAZING! Have FUN and hopefully we’ll run into each other sometime this weekend 🙂 !

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