May 252012

One week from today I will be at the Teaching Parents Association Homeschool Convention in Wichita. I got to attend last year during the chaos of the summer and I was blessed immensely by getting to be with like-minded individuals, attending informative workshops and main sessions and of course getting to browse through the vendor hall. I expect no less from this year.

I am looking forward to hearing the keynote sessions from Todd Wilson this year. I discovered Familyman Ministries back before we were officially parents even. Even HubbaHubba enjoyed and has gleaned quite a bit from his site. He is full of wit and wisdom, doesn’t come across as a know-it-all and is very down to earth. I can’t wait to hear him speak and I am so hoping that his speaking style is similar to the way he writes. I know it will be good.

Dianne Craft is the featured workshop presenter this year. She desires to teach parents how to teach their differently abled children easier. I hope to be able to get in to one of her workshops.

Now, I realize that TPA is just a week away, however, there is still time to register and attend. If you need any more convincing to go (aside from getting to meet me…) just check out the workshops you can choose to attend. There are workshops for those just starting out on this homeschool journey and for those with children getting ready to head to college. There is everything from information about health and nutrition, sports, teaching English, methods of homeschooling, dealing with special needs and yeah. Tons and  tons and tons to choose from!

And if that wasn’t enough to motivate you to attend, how about the vendor hall? I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I am a homeschool curriculum junkie of sorts (ok, I admit it, I am, and no, I don’t really think it is a problem. Yet.)

I am so excited that the Institute for Excellence in Writing has a booth this year!!!! I have pretty much decided that I really want to use their Primary Arts of Writing with the Bugs this upcoming school year and I’ve been wanting to see the curriculum in person before I commit to it.

Artistic Pursuits also has a booth. I’ve used (and reviewed) their The Way They See It book for 3-5 year olds and loved it. You will definitely want to stop by their booth if you are looking for a good art course!

If you are looking for books for your homeschool, you absolutely have to check out Books Bloom. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a book that is harder to find, Jan can help you find it. She is a delight to talk to and will take the time to help you find what you are looking for. I always left their booth with a smile last year (ok, so I admit I visited it several times to just browse, but trust me, you will too)

Doorposts will be in attendance this year. I’ve been hearing a lot about their products and fellow bloggy buddies have been gushing about them so I’ve been curious to see exactly what all the hype is. And this will be a good opportunity to perhaps purchase some of their products as they have been so kind to let us share with you a coupon for five dollars off a thirty-five dollar or more purchase, only at the TPA Convention. And you can share this coupon with friends that are coming too!

A Journey Through Learning will be there for the first time this year. They have created lapbooks for you! If you love to lapbook, or are interested in learning more about lapbooks, stop and visit Betty and she can help you! A Journey Through Learning has lapbooks for every subject and even for Veggie Tales. I haven’t ventured into the world of lapbooking yet, but I just might this year thanks to A Journey Through Learning (oh, and Classical Conversations has approved several of their lapbooks for use with CC curriculum!)

Speaking of A Journey Through Learning, they have graciously offered a giveaway for you! Use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win your choice of one download from A Journey Through Learning (so, you should go browse and start to think about which one you would choose). (if for some reason the form isn’t working, please let me know, this is my first time with it!)

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  46 Responses to “One More Week Until TPA, and a GIVEAWAY!!!! (and a coupon too!)”

  1. My favorite part of homeschool conventions is the Vendor Hall. I can look at curriculum for hours!

  2. Yes, The best part for me is learning of new ways to teach my kiddos! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

  3. We go to the homeschool convention every year. My very favorite part is that my husband and I go ALONE. But, I love seeing the vendors and getting to touch and look through new curriculum!

  4. We just went to the Chicago Homeschool Convention in Tinley Park. It was all great, but our favorite part was sitting down with a teacher who specializes in autistic children. We worked out a great curriculum for next year and Mariah just loves it!

  5. I have only been to one convention. I have also only been HS’ing one year. We are just finding out about lapbooks I would LOVE to win this!

  6. I love visiting the vendor hall and meeting the workshop speakers as well. It allows me the opportunity to ask questions about the topics and about the materials that are used with the curriculum.

  7. I used to be able to go to the CHEC conference in Denver, but we relocated. It’s been 19 years, I think, since I got to go to a good conference. I miss it. I liked the being able to be immersed in a room of like-minded homeschoolers, and sitting in on encouraging speakers, and sitting in on vendors explaining their products. ::sigh::

  8. I go to home school conventions to see the new curriculum and of course add ant goodies to our home school classroom.

  9. I have not been to homeschool convention…..yet. After reading about them this year though, I am interested in attending.

  10. Yes, I’ve been to our area homeschool convention for 3 years in a row. My favorite part is meeting the publishers/vendors in person and being able to hear how lots of other moms/families use specific curriculum.

  11. I’ve never been to one – I think it would be great to see lots of options and look at things ‘in the flesh’ that you’d normally buy online.

  12. I’ve never been to a homeschool convention.

  13. my favorite part of a homeschool convention is all the curriculum and books to look over

  14. Yes, my husband and I went to one in Cincinnati, OH several years ago. I loved being able to look through the curric. firsthand, but I also loved all the tips and encouragement we received.

  15. Yes I have been to the Teach them Diligently Homeschool convention in Spartanburg,SC. I loved it.My favorite part was being able to talk with other parents in the classes that I took.I also enjoyed being able to look at the curriculum and talk with the vendors about their product and if it would work with my special needs children and their particular learning style.

  16. visiting all of the vendors is the best part

  17. My favorite part of homeschool conventions is being able to look at curriculum that I am considering and see firsthand how it might work with my children.

  18. Sorry to say that I have never been to a homeschool convention…but it has always been on my mind to do so. The timing, finances and location has never quite matched up enough to go. Hopefully some day I will get to join the fun before my homeschooling years are over!

  19. WE LOVEEEE our FPEA convention… we get to put our grubby little hands on all the potential curr. that we would like to try for the year… get to see it up close and peroanal…. ;o)

  20. WE LOVEEEE our FPEA convention… we get to put our grubby little hands on all the potential curr. that we would like to try for the year… get to see it up close and peroanal…. ;o)

  21. We have not yet been to a homeschool convention. May is just not a good month for us w/ my husband’s job & that is the best one that comes close enough to us. I have registered & browsed through the virtual Homeschool convention through Home Educating Family . . . It was as good as I think it can get via web.

  22. We have just been homeschooling for 2 years and have attended the Homeschool Book Fair in Arlington each year…it is wonderful! HUGE exhibit hall & wonderful classes!

  23. Greetings. I went to a Classical Conversations Parent Practicum. Perhaps not quite the same as a convention, but for my first home-school themed large gathering, it was very refreshing and helped me gain more confidence and ideas for homeschooling my two boys. my favorite part? When we did the voice orchestra! It was an amazing feeling to be part of something that was actually quite beautiful.

  24. I haven’t been to a homeschool convention, but I’d like to! I’ll be moving to a larger area this summer that has one, so maybe next convention season!!

  25. I was to a homeschool convention once, many years ago. I don’t remember too much about it, but remember the part I loved most was all the vendors and getting to see the homeschooling items in person rather than just reading about them on the internet or a catalog.

  26. Going to a homeschool convention or practicum always rejuvenates my energy for homeschooling and reminds me why we chose homeschooling for my family.

  27. I have never been to a homeschool convention. The only thing I have attended is a homeschool book sale convention. I did enjoy exploring all the different items and publisher’s resources I had only seen in catalogs.

  28. I have never been to a homeschool convention.

  29. I LOVE homeschool conventions & think I should go to at least one every year! My husband comes along & we have a great time. This time I got such killer good deals at the used curriculum sale that it was my favorite part 🙂

  30. I have not been to a convention, but I would love to someday!

  31. I enjoy seeing so many other families on the same path as we are.

  32. 16 years of homeschooling and I’ve never been to a convention. We have a GREAT local support network.

  33. I have not been to a convention in years. I would love to have the opportunity to hear Dianne Craft.

  34. I went two years ago for the first time. It was wonderful. I loved hearing the speakers. I also loved talking to the other parents that homeschooled. And of course I loved talking to all the vendors.

  35. I went to NCHE recently and loved getting all of my curriculum at the Book Fair.

  36. I LOVE A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks….oh, I mean my kids Love It! 🙂

    • I have been to a few conventions in Michigan and Ohio, but would love to go to more!

  37. I have been to hoeschool convention. The best part of it is to see all the other parents who are on the similiar life yourney.

  38. I liked A journey through learning on FB. Great lapbooks!

  39. My favorite part of convention is getting refilled and refreshed. It pumps me up for the rest of the current school year, and gets me excited for next year!

  40. The last homeschool convention I attended was as a teenager in the mid 1990’s, so I don’t remember much. But, as a homeschool mom now, I would love to log some time both in the lectures and the vendor hall afterwards, to ask questions of the speakers. Thanks!

  41. No I haven’t but would like to.

  42. Me and my son has been to Homeschool Boookfair in Arlington Texas. We had a blast. The best part is seeing and touching all the books..

  43. No I have not been to a convention, but I would love to go to one. They are so far from us, I wish the location would change each year.

  44. I have never been to one, but would love to go to one. There hasn’t been one in the area I live in.

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