We've been away alot over the last week and a half. The weekend of the 5th I attended a home education conference. It's been several years since I've been to one and I really enjoyed it. The conference itself was well put together and organized to be 'user-friendly' and the speakers that I went to see were good. From learning how to make science fun (which is weird 'cause I already think its fun), to working out a template for unit studies, I learned alot and feel excited about starting some of the ideas now, as well as planning out grade 4 for September.
I did attend a session that was to point out ways to be more organized - this was a dissapointment because I could have taught the speaker a few things. The fact that this presenter didn't bring enough pamphlets for her audience was the first clue that the presenter could learn from SAHMs. I think alot of the experienced homeschoolers were dissappointed with this one. When the speaker wasn't a homeschooler herself, and she was there to promote her business rather than encourage parents, the presentation fell a little flat.
The surprise of the weekend was that my husband came with me! Originally, I was going to be driving alone (3hours each way) and just making a long day of it. Since he took the time off work, we left Friday morning and stayed overnight for the Saturday conference. We made a mini vacation out the whole thing and it was great.
This is an annual conference and I will be encouraging the homeschoolers of my church to come next year. Maybe we can make a ladies' weekend out of it all - or maybe I'll just go with my husband again! That's a win-win situation!