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TABLE  OF  CONTENTS
What Your State Organization Can Do for You
     Capitol Day in Your State
Getting the Most Out of Home-School Events --
Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs
     Attending
          5+ Benefits of Attending an Event
          5 To Consider Going with You
          4 Possible Ways To Save on Registration
     Preparing
          8 Ways To Prepare
          5 Things To Do the Day Before
     At the Convention
          In the Exhibit Hall
          Mind Your Convention Manners
          3+ Ways To Network
     Afterwards
          6 Follow-Up Activities
Recommended Resources
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     Structured Writing
     Student Of the Word
     Life Checks
     Teaching Home Magazine Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote

Greetings!

     Unique benefits await you at your local, regional, or state
home-school convention, conference, or book fair.  We urge
you to attend!
     Be sure to get the most out of any home-school event with
the practical suggestions and check-lists in this issue.

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

Cordially,
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Sisters and Co-Editors
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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For a list of state organizations,
with contact information and
website links, see
http://www.teachinghome.com/states/index.cfm

What Your State Organization Can Do for You
     A host of dedicated home-school parents -- just like you --
serve the home-school community in necessary and beneficial ways
through state organizations.  These are some of the most obvious
ways they work for you.

1. Protect Your Home-School Freedoms
     It is vital for a strong, state organization to constantly
monitor proposed legislation that could threaten even the best
home-school law in the nation.
     By joining your state home-school organization, you can
provide needed support. You will be informed so that you can take
part in any political action.

2. Supply Getting Started Information
     Your state home-school organization can supply getting
started information including how to comply with your own state's
unique laws.

3. Offer Events & News
     Home-school events inspire and inform (see more about this
in the articles below).
     State newsletters and magazines provide specific information
and news for your state.

4. Network & Serve Local Support Groups
     Your state home-school organization may provide networking
and leadership helps to local support groups as well as referring
new home-school families to them.
 

Capitol Day in Your State
     Many state organizations arrange a day at their capitol to
acquaint legislators with home-school families and to acquaint home
educators with legislators and the legislative process.  This
prepares families to participate in activism that can help
preserve parental and home education rights.
     Check with your state organization to see if and when they
are planning a day at your capitol.  See links to state
organizations at http://www.teachinghome.com/states/index.cfm.

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Getting the Most Out of Home-School Events --
Conventions, Conferences, and Book Fairs

     Find out exactly when your state convention is by going to
The Teaching Home's website (link below).  There you will see the
event and date and be able to link directly to the state organization's
website for complete information.
http://www.teachinghome.com/states/index.cfm
     Check this list to see if your state's convention or capitol day
is coming up soon (listed by state / followed by foreign).

March.  AK, AZ, HI, OK / SK
April.  CA, CO, DE, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, NE, NM,
     OK, SC, TN, TX, UT / AB, MB
May.  AR, FL, GA, IL, MI, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OR, PA,
     TN, TX, WV, WI, WY / NB, QC
June.  CO, CT, ID, IL, IA, KS, MT, NY, OH, SC, SD, 2 TX, VA
July.  AL, AZ, CA, KY, TN / NZ
August.  OR, 2 TX
 

5+ Benefits of Attending an Event
     The opportunities brought together in this once-a-year event
can renew and expand your vision for teaching and training your
children.  Be encouraged, rejuvenated, inspired, motivated, and
better equipped to home school!

1.  Speakers can broaden your horizons with new ideas, methods,
     materials, and approaches as well as reminders of the basics.
2.  Workshops give you practical training in specific topics to
     make your teaching more efficient.
3.  Exhibit Halls enable you to examine, compare, and purchase
     home-education products from many vendors in one place.
     You can speak to authors or knowledgeable representatives to
     learn more, and you can usually save on shipping.
4.  Networking with other like-minded home schoolers can offer
     valuable friendship and support.
5.  Extras.  Check to see if any of the following are offered:
     Used Curriculum Sale.
     Teens' or Children's Programs.
     Tapes of General Sessions and Workshops.
     Luncheon or Meeting for Support Group Leaders.
     Graduation Ceremony.
     Boxed Lunch or Snack Bar.
     Special Hotel Room Rates.
 

5 To Consider Going with You
1.  Spouse.  It is ideal for a husband and wife to go together to
     share perspectives and focus on family goals and budget.
2.  Friend.  If it is not possible for your spouse to attend, a
     friend can help you in much the same way.
3.  Nursing Babies, of course, stay with Mom.
4.  Young Children.  Children might not be allowed and will be
     a distraction; either you will not be able to get all you can out
     of the convention, or you will not be able to give adequate
     care to your children.
5.  Teens and Older Children.  If programs are offered for them,
     you may want to consider this option.
     Hotel Room.  If you need to travel far, you might take a room
for overnight, to stow purchases, or to take a rest.
 

4 Possible Ways To Save on Registration
     Check out these cost-cutting options:
1.  Preregister.  This can save you money that you can spend on
     buying materials.
2.  Volunteer To Work.  A few hours or more can be a real help to
     the organization sponsoring the event, and you might be rewarded
     by a reduced entrance fee and/or other benefits. You will also get
     to know some great home schoolers while working with them.
3.  Join Organization.  By joining, you help support home-school
     efforts in your area, plus you might receive discounts on your
     convention fee and other benefits.
4.  Special Rates for couples, grandparents, teens, children,
     pastors, and other full-time ministers.

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8 Ways To Prepare
     The vast array of workshops and exhibit booths, combined
with a limited time to take it all in, can be overwhelming when
you walk into a convention unprepared.
     On the other hand, if you go with a plan and focus on your
purpose and priorities, you can spend your time and money
more wisely and get the most out of the convention.

1.  Pray for the Lord's promised wisdom in all your decisions.
2.  Your Spouse and you should discuss your educational goals,
     plans, and budget.
3.  Gather Information.  Obtain a convention schedule, list of
     exhibitors, and exhibit hall floor plan.
4.  Select and Prioritize speakers' sessions, workshops, and
     exhibitors you don't want to miss and conference tapes you
     might want to buy.  Make a list and/or mark your program and
     exhibit hall floor plan.
5.  Compare your agenda with that of your spouse or friend
     attending with you and see if you can each cover several
     different sessions and then share their content with each other.
6.  Research.  Check out publishers' and suppliers' catalogs (in
     print or online) to plan which materials you would like to
     examine. You can link to 300+ home-school suppliers at
     http://www.teachinghome.com/resources/index.cfm.
7.  Shopping List.  Make a list of specific materials or the
     types of materials you will be looking for.
8.  Questions.  Make a list of questions to ask exhibitors,
     speakers, and/or other attendees.
 

5 Things To Do the Day Before
     Make these last minute preparations.
1.  Family Needs.  Spend some special time with your children
     and husband.  Prepare meals and make provision to meet
     other needs while you are at the convention.  Confirm child
     care arrangements.
2.  Directions.  Make sure you know exactly how to get to the
     convention facility and what parking is available.
3.  Schedule.  Plan to leave in time to be early or on time.
4.  Pack items you will take with you.
     Directions and/or map.
     Cash, checks, or debit card.
     Highlighter to mark your program.
     Canvas tote(s) for handouts and purchases.
     Steno pad and pens to take lots of notes.
     Return address labels to use in filling out forms.
     Watch to keep track of time so you won't miss sessions.
     Comfortable walking shoes.
     Water, snack, and lunch, unless you have other plans.
5.  Sleep and Eat.  Get a good night's sleep and a good
     breakfast.

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At the Convention
     Once at the convention, follow your plan.
Schedule.  If you have not already obtained and marked a
     schedule and exhibit hall floor plan, do this first.
Breaks.  Take breaks to rest your feet, reassess your
     progress, and write notes while your impressions are fresh.
Speakers.  Don't expect to agree with everything a speaker
     says.  Compare everything to God's Word; accept and use what
     you can and let the rest go.
The Unexpected.  Allow some free time to take advantage of an
     unexpected opportunity.
 

In the Exhibit Hall
Work Your Plan.  Use your prioritized plan of booth visits
     and your shopping list to do your "must see" visits first,
     then go through the exhibit hall finding and learning more
     new things.
Talk to vendors about their products' methods, goals, and
     philosophy, and how to use them. Use your list of questions.
Purchases.  Use the parcel check or take your purchases
     to your room or car rather than carrying them around.
Busy Exhibitor.  If the representatives are busy at a "must see"
     booth, go on and return later, or ask to be included in the
     discussion.
Sleep on It.  If you are attending two days, gather
     information the first day, and then think and pray about
     your purchases before making them the next day.
Also visit nonprofit and service organizations' booths to
     find out what they can offer you (e.g., your state organization).
Give Feedback.  When appropriate, give a vendor a brief,
     clear, and focused comment about your needs, opinions, and
     experiences to help them produce better products and services.
 

Mind Your Convention Manners
     Observe these guidelines to show consideration to everyone
involved at the convention.

Convention Rules.  Follow the rules set out for the convention
     regarding food and beverage in exhibit hall (check if bottled
     water is OK), children, strollers, etc.
Exhibitors.  Support the ones who help you. Do not take up an
     exhibitor's time in counseling and explaining his products and
     then go buy the same product from another exhibitor or from a
     discount supplier. Exhibitors help make the convention possible.
Babies and Children.  Immediately remove a crying or
     disrupting child from a workshop or meeting.  Ask your child to
     give his chair to an adult if there is not enough seating.
 

3+ Ways To Network
1.  Meet and talk to other attendees; greet old friends and make
     new ones.
2.  Ask advice. Get feedback on ideas and products and share
     opinions and experiences. You may get your most valuable
     information and encouragement from another home-school mom.
3.  Offer to help someone.  Hold a baby and give a mother's arms
     a rest; find a new home schooler (it will be obvious) and give a
     word of encouragement; offer to help a speaker or exhibitor.
 +  Smile at everyone.

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6 Follow-Up Activities
   (To Get the Last Bit of Good from the Event!)
1.  Debriefing.  Have a debriefing discussion with your spouse
     or friend.  Discuss the ideas and products you encountered at
     the convention to help you sort through things, keeping some
     and discarding others, focusing on how to get the most out of
     your experience.
2.  Just Do It.  Return home with at least one new idea that will
     make a difference in your home school to put into practice.
     Look over all your notes while they are fresh, and narrow down
     all the wonderful things you would like to do to no more than six.
     Then prioritize your list and start on the first one the following week.
3.  Be Accountable.  Ask your husband or a friend to pray for you
     and keep you accountable to work on your goal.  The results may
     surprise and encourage you.
4.  Share the information you have gathered with your support
     group or someone who was not able to attend. Let them know if
     you would recommend that they plan to attend next year.
5.  Clean Up.  Sort literature you received into four categories:
     1) Take action. 2) Save for future reference or reading.
     3) Pass on to someone else. 4) Toss.
6.  Thank Yous!  Write a thank you note to those who put so much
     effort into putting on the convention, a speaker that ministered to
     you, or an exhibitor that took time to help you.

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Sunnyside Up
     I was reading a story to our 5-year-old about a discontented
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