Friday, May 6, 2016

Navigating The HEAV (Homeschool Convention) & A GIVEAWAY!!!

It's that time of year again! Homeschool convention season. It is my favorite time of year. So much anticipation for next year while enjoying a little break in schooling. We school all year round but take off a week or two after we finish. This is my second year blogging for the HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) and my fifth year attending the convention. It will be held on June 9, 10, and 11 this year.

You will not want to miss the giveaway at the end of this post (it is for a Family Pass to the HEAV for all three days!).

Navigating the HEAV can be a huge burden. It is overwhelming if you do not have a plan and you can leave frustrated (I have heard this from other homeschoolers I know). It lead me to write a post about how to attend the convention with less stress and a plan of action. You will be able to manage your day and organize yourself to get the most out of the convention. It can be so frustrating to show up and have no clue where to go or what to do.

Here is your guide to navigating the convention:

  1. Register as soon as you know you are able to attend (or wait for your chance to win a family pass!). By registering online, you are able to pay beforehand and not have to wait in a long line when you arrive.
  2. While you register, don't forget about all the "extras" you can also take part in (you can find a list of these at the end of this post).
  3. Remember, parents of preschoolers who are attending for the first time are free!
  4. Pastors get in for free as well (pending approval after a review of your request). Please tell your Pastors to take advantage of this. There is a special Pastors-only workshop on Saturday morning hosted by Mike Farris and Dave Miranda).
  5. Find a hotel, if needed. If you are travelling more than a couple hours away, a hotel is the best option. You can easily find good deals nearby and you won't have to worry about parking and driving long distances each day.
  6. If registering for graduation, do so in a timely manner. It is a wonderful event and you can go on the website for more information.
  7. Sign up to volunteer. Volunteering is such a blessing to the HEAV (it takes more than 600 volunteers to make this convention happen). There are perks to volunteering which include a pass to get into the UCS (used curriculum sale) 2 hours early!
  8. Gather all or your unused books, curriculum, games, manipulatives and sell them at the UCS. You can access the UCS registration site HERE to get started.
  9. Print out a list of vendors, speakers, and exhibitors as well as the schedule and a map of the convention center. Start researching each one and highlight the sessions you wish to take advantage of. Plan out your visit using the print outs.
  10. If there are sessions that you still wish to attend but there is another that you have to go to, you can purchase a recording of that session (or you can purchase the entire convention recordings). Right now you can take advantage of a wonderful deal by purchasing last years (2015) recordings for only $69.  
  11. There will be a Silent Auction in the exhibit hall as well. It is a lot of fun and there are so many wonderful treasures to bid on.
  12. On Thursday, the 9th of June, there are free "how to begin" workshops. They are introductory sessions with Yvonne Bunn. She is very knowledgeable and sweet. I urge you to attend these if you are considering your options and want to know the laws about homeschooling.
  13. There is a free Shuttle Service available as well. You can find more information about that HERE.
I will be writing a blog post on a few tips that will make your visit even easier in the next few days. Until then, here is some more info on the "extras" I wrote about earlier:
And now for the GIVEAWAY! Enter on the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced by May 19th!

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Sara Klein said...

This is awesome! Thank you :).

The Tylers said...

Great tips! I cannot wait!!!

Alyssa said...

I can't wait for convention! My favorite thing to do is attend workshops...they are so uplifting and encouraging and full of great info!

AhKeisha Gary said...

Woo hoo! I'm excited

Cheryl Baranski said...

I am so looking forward to hearing the speakers this year. I so love the convention. Getting to hear and talk to others.

Me said...

Love the tips! "how to Begin" workshops would be the most helpful. :)

Jessica Buchanan said...

I'm looking forward to the kids classes and the speakers. I have only been schooling for two years now so I'm excited to learn more ways to mold our homeschool decisions around what's best for our son.

Heather said...

My birthday is on the 10th of June. What a great present going to the convention would be! I have gone seventeen years in a row (minus one when I was too pregnant to travel from Florida) and there is always something new and exciting to see (or buy, and that is the thing...LOL). I love your background, by the way. Very country chic.

Ccb Bcb said...

Thanks for the wonderful information and quick links

Mrs. N said...

I am looking forward to getting more ideas to plan for my preschooler.

Brianne said...

I've never been to the conference before - I think I'd most be excited about seeing all the curriculum options out there!

Wenddy said...

Hey Kristy - I found your blog - been meaning to do it, forever. Nice to hang out with you, today