I just got back last night from the IHM Homeschool Conference put on by Seton Books in Washington, DC.
It was a lot of fun, I took a ton of notes, and I have plenty to write up for all those of you who can’t make it to a conference.
This year was only my second conference. My DH looked at me a few days before I left and commented, “Well, it’s nice you’re going, but you don’t need to go every year, right?”
Um, yes… yes, I do.
Homeschool conferences aren’t just about technique. They aren’t primarily about getting your hands on the curricula and looking it over in person. They’re not about networking (I ran into very few people I know (Hi, Lynne!), since the conference drew from all over the mid-Atlantic).
Homeschooling conferences are about encouragement.
After a long, at times frustrating, year, the reason I suddenly decided to go last year (and wouldn’t have missed it if I could help it this year) was the talks. I need the encouragement. I need to hear, “You aren’t crazy, there are very good reasons why you should be putting yourself through this difficulty that most people consider weird or even wrong.”
So, coming this week, I will be commenting on talks by Dr. Ray Guarendi, Prof. Joseph Pearce, Mr. Dale Ahlquist (president of the National Chesterton Society), and several others. I hope everyone enjoys it.