I have to tell you that when I walked into the vendor hall at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, I almost high-tailed it right back out of there again.
I haven’t been to many homeschool conferences, and the one I have gone to, Wild + Free, just offers magazines and shirts and a few books, and then they have donkeys deliver you Moon Pies and RC Cola, and that’s just way more my speed.
GHC Cincinnati is HUGE.
“Kara!” she shouted, and I swear, you guys, she glowed like an angel in a field of wheat.
And because she does this conference all the time, she took me under her wing and showed me all the best booths – the places that spoke right to my nerdy book-loving heart. And then things just got awesome.
Still, I was trying to show restraint. It’s the end of the year, I reasoned.
But there’s something about being able to touch and hold curriculum, isn’t there?
And so, I bought a few things. And thank goodness, because Monday was like trying to homeschool while being in a coma. My kids kept poking me and saying things to each other like, “Do you think she’s going to make it?”
It was officially a strewing/unschooling kind of day. I basically just unloaded my suitcase and then disappeared into my tea cup.
So just in case you need a few ideas, I wanted to share with you the big hits from my visit to the largest homeschool convention in the world.
(For reals. I could have bought enough to school my kids through their PhDs, probably.)
- Everything Green Ember you can imagine. Sam Smith and his family are such a bright spot in the world. You should have seen him interacting with tiny fans, you guys. #rabbitswithswordsforever
- A new Life of Fred. My kids love Free and we’re flying through the elementary series, so why not grab the next one, right?
- Daily Grams. This is something I’ve been considering for a long time, but once I got to hold it and flip through it, I knew it was perfect for my daughter.
- A new Timeline game. I got the Americana version. (We love these games! They are quick and easy to play. You can even manage them the day after a homeschool conference. I mean, you won’t win, but whatever.)
- An American Sign Language chart from FlashCharts because my girl has been really interested in ASL lately. (The only link I can for for this is $50 – mine was $4, so that’s nuts.)
- An animal drawing book for that same girl.
- These make-your-own flip book pads for my son.
- This World Wars book for my son. (You can order your own through my friend Alicia’s link and help out a fellow homeschool mama!)
- A Steadtler pencil sharpener.
See? Super responsible. But also super fun and sort of lifesaving.
Have you been to a homeschooling conference before? What was your experience?!
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