Last year, a lovely lady from my community, who had all her wits about her, started planning a homeschool conference for right here on Vancouver Island. We put our heads together and a homeschool conference was born.
It’s small, by homeschool conference standards. But it’s what we wanted. There are speakers, vendors, a beautiful environment.
There are so many reasons to attend. Here are the ones that I think matter most.
We need, above all, to be encouraged. Everybody does. If you are a single mom, work in the medical or retail, a counsellor, a depressed person, new to homeschooling or a seasoned vet – whatever it is you DO in your life, or wherever you ARE, most of us need to be encouraged. Hence the popularity in recent years of things like blogs and podcasts. But nothing really beats a real life speaker who has been there. Who gets you and why you do what you do. Our keynote speakers, Adam and Missy Adams have raised a brood of homeschoolers, most of whom now work for them at the Center for Lit! That says something!
I’m a lot about building community. I think we need other humans as much as we need air. Our neighbourhoods are often a group of people on a street who don’t really know each other. Sometimes, especially young parents, can feel really isolated. One of our reasons for making this particular conference “Island specific” was simply the opportunity it provides for parents to connect. It’s a beautiful thing to see connections happen. Some thoughts on community HERE. Come build a little community in May at the VIHL conference.
SHARING IDEAS AND RESOURCES
There are so many ways of approaching home education and family life. At our conference, we’ve allowed lots of time to socialize, simply for the value of building community and sharing ideas. We all have something to offer, we all have something to learn. Even this far in to the journey of our family, whatever event I attend (even if I’m the speaker!) – I always come away with something I can add to my bag of ideas; for learning, for raising kids, for becoming a better me, for finding better ways to do what I do. Our vendors, too, are a great place for ideas. Our vendors are primarily homeschooling families, who carry what they love and what they’ve read, used and had success with. We can get our hands on it!
It’s a gift. It’s our gift to help build community here on Vancouver Island. It’s your gift to yourself to attend.