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Wednesday, January 3

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Homeschool conventions can be a great way to rejuvenate...get some fresh ideas, meet like-minded people, and further your commitment to homeschooling.  We wentto our very first one in Dallas and found it to be better than expected!

The upcoming Teach Them Diligently homeschool conventions for 2018 are all over the country!  This convention is fun for the entire family, and you will learn so much, no matter what stage of homeschooling you are in. 

We had a wonderful time as a family at Teach Them Diligently 2015 and 2016 in Dallas.  From the beautiful venue to the enlightening speakers and bustling vendor hall, it was a weekend to remember!  As a new-to-conventions mom, I used this free How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschool Convention to guide me through the weekend.  Meanwhile, the kids just enjoyed playing at all of the booths!

After several hours of playing Lego Mindstorms EV3 with other kids, the boys went off in search of new adventures!  They discovered a plasma ball, purchased dissection kits, and built a double helix DNA structure.

They found some history treasures, too!  A quill& ink setgladiator swords, and viking shields.  Hal & Melanie (of Raising Real Men) had these super-fly semi-automatic guns and targets, but the boys had already spent all of their money by the time they discovered them.  So...maybe next time!  We all have to learn to budget wisely.

Unlike some other homeschool conventions , which seem to be focused on the vendors, Teach Them Diligently offers some amazing speakers to  encourage the homeschooling family.  This convention is put on by a homeschooling family, so they know what we’re needing!  My first thought was that it would be a waste of time and money, but we actually came out with a lot of new ideas, a renewed spirit, and homeschool-mom-connections and encouragement.

In Dallas, we had the chance to meet some blog readers, which was super fun!  We also made some great business connections there. Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and we are glad we went!  Now we are looking forward to attending in Arkansas in March.  Let me know if you are planning on being at that one, and we can meet up for a ‘hi!’  There is still time to register to attend!

If you’re on a budget, registering early is the way to go.  The pricing increases as the conference dates get closer, so right now is the best deal you can get.  

Teach Them Diligently Convention 2018

Everyone who enters our giveaway will receive a coupon code toward registration, and one family will win a TTD prize package (including registration) valued at over $200!

Make your plans to visit one of the following venues:
  • Nashville, TN              March 8th–10th             Gaylord Opryland
  • Rogers, AR                  March 22nd–24th          Embassy Suites
  • Atlanta, GA                  April 5th–7th                  Cobb Galleria
  • Mobile, AL                   May 3rd-5th                    Mobile Convention Center
  • Myrtle Beach, SC        May 17th-19th                Myrtle Beach Convention Ctr.
  • Columbus, OH            June 7th-9th                   Columbus Convention Center
Register at the link below!

giveaway hop
The Mommy Island and the Kids Did It are hosting a giveaway hop.  Enter all of the giveaways below to win some fantastic prizes!!  Giveaway runs from 1/3 to 1/17.

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