Last weekend, we headed to Green River College for the WHO conference (Washington Homeschool Organization). Each year, over the course of two days, current and prospective homeschooling families trek to the conference to learn about different curriculum providers, education resources and informative workshops.
It was our first year attending the conference and we walked away with *a lot* of information. We spoke at length with several different curriculum providers and attended workshops on Teaching Self-Government for Homeschool Success and Reading Strategies for the Struggling Reader.
We brought the kids with us. They were a little bored but it was helpful having them there to give them a chance to be exposed to what they might be learning.
- Familiarize yourself with who’s going to be at the conference.
- Come up with a list of questions you have about homeschooling before the conference.
- Bring snacks and/or an entertainment option (like a tablet) for the kids if you decide to attend workshops.
- Take advantage of your one-on-one time with the vendors.
- Look at everything; and let your kids look at the materials, too.
- Take frequent breaks (your kids will thank you.)
- Definitely attend a workshop or two.
- If you go with a friend or spouse: “divide and conquer,” take different workshops and talk about them later.
- Go out for lunch or dinner post-conference close by. Take some time to discuss and process what you’ve learned.
- Take your time with your decision.
- Your decision will most likely change and then change again.
Overall: it was well-worth the WHO membership cost. We will definitely go next year.
Below are some of the curriculum choices we are considering: