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Homeschool conferences are a fantastic resource for parents at any stage in the homeschool journey. There are usually speakers and workshops curated specifically to help you from the first day of homeschool all the way to graduation. Many homeschool conferences also host vendor fairs and used curriculum sales. This provides a great opportunity to flip through textbooks and teacher manuals. You have all of your curriculum questions answered by the curriculum representatives. Many times this is the person who actually created the program! You can also talk to other homeschool parents about what has worked for their family.
Attending homeschool conferences might be right for you if you:
- are considering homeschooling, but are not sure what it involves
- are new to a state
- have a homeschool problem
- are brand new to homeschooling
- have questions about homeschool methodologies
- want to meet other homeschool families
2019 Homeschool Conferences Around the United States
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April 26 – 27 Birmingham Birmingham Homeschool Fair and Convention
May 9 – 11 Mobile Mobile Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
June 22 Cullman North Alabama Lifelong Learning Expo
April 5 – 6 Anchorage APHEA
April 23 Soldotna IDEA Curriculum Fair
April 24 – 25 Anchorage IDEA Curriculum Fair
April 26 Fairbanks IDEA Curriculum Fair
April 29 Juneau IDEA Curriculum Fair
July 19 – 20 Phoenix AFHE Convention
August 29 – September 1 Phoenix Free To Be Unschooling Conference
March 21 – 23 Rogers Rogers Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
May 2 – 5 Garden Grove California Homeschool Network Family Expo
June 13 – 15 Ontario California Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
June 22 Costa Mesa Southern California Catholic Home Educators
July 11 – 13 Pasadena CHEA
August 8 – 11 San Jose HSC Conference
May 23 – 25 Denver Denver Colorado Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
June 13 – 15 Denver Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference
Middleton CT Homeschool Network Inc.
May 23 – 25 Orlando FPEA
August 8 – 10 Jacksonville Florida Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
March 8 – 9 Atlanta Waldorf Homeschool Conference
April 25 – 27 Atlanta Atlanta Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
July 26 – 27 Atlanta Southeast Exhibit and Expo
February 16 Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Homeschool Conference Curriculum and Resource Fair
June 7 – 8 Nampa Homeschool Idaho
March 15 – 16 Peori APACHE
May 30 – June 2 Bourbonnais ICHE
March 22 – 23 Indianapolis IAHE
May 3 – 4 Fort Wayne FWAHS
June 6 – 8 West Des Moines Homeschool Iowa Conference
April 12 – 13 Wichita Teaching Parents Convention
March 21 – 23 Rockport HOME
April 20 – 21 Frederick MD Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators
July 12 Mt. Airy Maryland Homeschool Conference
April 26 – 28 Worchester MassHope
May 17 – 18 Lansing INCH
April 11 – 13 St. Paul MACHE Convention
June 31 – July 1 St. Paul Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference and Curriculum Fair
May 17 – 18 Starkville MHEA
March 28 – 30 St. Charles Missouri Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
April 5 – 6 Kansas City Midwest Parent Educators Conference
June 7 – 8 Grandview KC Catholic Homeschooler
March 8 – 9 NCHEA
June 21 – 22 Albuquerque CAPE
August 1 – 3 Rochester New York Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
May 30 – June 1 Winston Salem THRIVE
February 28 – March 2 Jamestown NDHSA
April 25 – 27 Cincinnati Ohio Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
May 20 – 23 Sandusky Unschoolers’ Waterpark Gathering
May 30 – June 1 Columbus Columbus Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
July 19 Cincinnati Brave Learner Conference
May 3 – 4 Oklahoma City OCHEC
May 31 – June 1 Tulsa Tulsa Homeschool Expo
February 16 Lebanon Mid-Valley Homeschool Conference
June 28 – 29 Albany Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
April 15 Carlisle PHAA
June 14 – 15 Lancaster CHAP Convention
March 21 – 23 Greenville South Carolina Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
May 31 – June 1 North Charleston Lowcountry Homeschool Convention
June 29 Columbia REACH Homeschool Expo
May 10 – 11 Sioux Falls SECHE
March 28 – 30 Nashville Nashville Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
July 19 – 20 East Ridge Chattanooga Area Homeschooling
February 15 – 16 Frisco Be Wild + Free
March 7 – 9 Fort Worth Texas Homeschool Convention (Great Homeschool Conventions)
April 11 – 13 Waco Texas Homeschool Convention (Teach Them Diligently)
May 9 – 11 Arlington Arlington TX Homeschool Convention
May 30 – June 1 The Woodlands THSC Convention
January 26 Layton Winter Homeschool Conference
April 20 – 21 Cottonwood Heights UTCH
March 22 – 23 Williamsburg VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair
June 6 – 8 Richmond HEAV Homeschool Convention
April 25 – 27 Redmond Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference
May 30 – June 3 Vancouver Life is Good Unschooling Conference
June 21 – 22 Tacoma Washington Homeschool Organization
February 24 – 28 Lake Geneva Unschoolers Platform
Don’t see any homeschool conferences in your area? You can see and hear many of the speakers by attending virtual homeschool conferences! This is a great way to get encouragement and homeschool advice from the comfort of your own home. This option is also great if child care makes it difficult to attend a homeschool conference in person.
Virtual Homeschool Conferences
Lifeschooling Conference and Activities Fair – July 11 – 13
Brain Based Learning Summit February 26 – 28
The Bright and Quirky Child Online Summit – January 28 – February 3
How to Choose a Homeschool Conference
If you have multiple homeschool conference options in your area – lucky you! You have choices! Every homeschool conference has it’s own benefits. Take a look at the websites and gather as much information as possible:
- Do the dates work with your schedule?
- Are there any speakers that you really want to see?
- Do the workshops solve any of your problems?
- Is there child care or activities available?
- Will there be a vendor hall or used curriculum sale?
- Will the total price (tickets and hotel) fit in your budget?
- Do the presentations mesh with your educational philosophy?
- Is it religious . . . and does that fit with your religious beliefs?
Talking with other homeschool families in your area is another great way to get information about homeschool conferences in your area. They can give you the inside scoop on things that are not always online – the general feel of the conference, parking difficulties, and the size of the crowd.
If you know of a conference that is not listed above, please let me know in the comments below or through email ([email protected]).
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