I am so stinkin’ excited that the Great Homeschool Conventions are coming up within just a few weeks. This is one of my favorite times of all the year!

I was a six-year attendee of GHC before I ever began speaking there, so having been on both sides of the podium, I can safely say both are equally exciting. I love going to the convention to meet up with other homeschool moms, hear my favorite speakers, and to get to touch and peruse all of the curriculum in the vendor hall.

To me, this is one of the best steps a homeschool mom can take for her own personal and professional development in her chosen vocation.

Favorite speakers and events

I have always had a long-list of excellent speakers to enjoy. I love to choose those who are a great mix of encouragement and practical application who have a flair for making me think. I bet you will enjoy some of my favorites too.

Cindy Rollins

Umm yes, please!! Cindy is going to be at four of the events this year and I know you can’t wait to see her. With nine kids (8 boys!) and over 28 years of veteran wisdom under her belt. Cindy will be a welcome addition to the convention circuit.

Sarah Mackenzie

OK, I might be just a teensy bit biased about this one, because so many of you know she is a favorite inspiration of mine. (Did you know that Sarah and I met the first time at a GHC after conversing for over four years online?) Sarah has some great talks planned about reading aloud, teaching from rest, and on the mom-to-mom panel (see below). She is an inspiring speaker you don’t want to miss!

Colleen Kessler

Yes, we share a booth, but if you have any questions at all about homeschooling gifted or twice exceptional kids, then Colleen is your best resource. A little birdie told me that she will also have talks about following rabbit trails and helping kids with executive function issues this year (talks any mom can use!). These are going to be super-helpful.

Brandy Vencel

My Scholé Sister will also be on the agenda at three conventions this year on the Charlotte Mason track. If you have an interest in CM, Brandy is not-to-be-missed.

The Mom-to-Mom Panel

Guys, this is my favorite event of the entire convention. We have music, chocolate, laughs, and tons of encouragement. I just love sharing the stage with these ladies and we wrestle with whatever questions you guys throw at us. Dinner? Tears? Math? Planning? We’ve got it covered.

Douglas Gresham

This is so much fun! Mr. Gresham is the stepson of C.S. Lewis and a homeschooling advocate. He will be speaking in Ohio and Texas and will be available afterwards for a meet-and-greet. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet one of the boys to whom The Horse and His Boy was dedicated.

Click here to get registration information.

Come see us in the Homeschool Help Desk Booth

More chocolate AND a place to rest your weary feet! Plus we have some of the best homeschool helpers on both sides of the Mississippi. This year we will be joined by Lynna Sutherland, Shawna Wingert, Kate Snow, Dawn Garrett and more of your favorite homeschool mom bloggers. We can lend a friendly ear and a suggestion or two.

Pam’s talks for The Great Homeschool Conventions

I am excited to offer a line-up of practical and encouraging talks at each of the conventions this year.  You can choose from (or come see all of them!):

If I’m Passing Out the Snacks, Who’s In the Cockpit? Ten steps to a homeschool plan to put your homeschool year on autopilot

Having a homeschool year with less turbulence depends on creating a homeschool plan that can flex to meet the demands of the day-to-day and all the challenges life throws at you along the way. Join Pam as she outlines the ten steps you need to put your homeschool year on autopilot and spend less time planning, worrying, and trying to keep everything in the air during the school year so you can enjoy your kids more.

Roosters, Wonder Women, and the Rest of Us: A realistic approach to mornings for the weary homeschool mom

Books, podcasts, and websites abound with advice on how to revolutionize your day by waking before the sun, exercising for an hour, and reading half of Leviticus before your toddler demands breakfast. You know that won’t be happening, but you also know that good morning habits for mama can make or break your homeschool day. In this practical and passionate talk, Pam outlines life-giving morning routines for multiple stages of motherhood and shares how to begins your morning with PEACE — a practice to feed your soul… so you can feed theirs.

Leaders Don’t Eat Their Young: How to take charge of your homeschool without sacrificing relationships

You may have heard the adage that leaders eat last, but as homeschooling moms, we sometimes need a different reminder. So often we focus on how and what we should be teaching our kids that we forget our number one role is to love and lead them into adulthood. In this fun and practical session, Pam dives deep into attitudes, relationship-building actions, and proactive practices that help moms create a homeschool they love (almost) every day.

Mom-to-Mom Panel

The nitty-gritty details

Registration is now open for all seven of the 2019 conventions. You will want to go ahead and claim your spot as well as take advantage of special convention rates (trust me on this one!) for hotels at your chosen location.

Here’s where you’ll find Great Homeschool Convention in 2019:

GHC offers an individual or family registration (that includes grandparents.) I am especially proud that military families can attend for free.

Click here to get registration information.

More convention helps

If this is your first time attending a convention, there is no need to be worried. It is a ton of fun and we have resources to help you make the most of your event. Check these out:

I can not wait to get to see you this year. Let me know which city you will be in below.

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.