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In less than a month, I will be enjoying the weekend with my sister, Elizabeth, and sister-in-law Renée, in Dallas at the Teach Them Diligently Convention. Every year I anticipate Teach Them Diligently like a kid getting ready for summer camp. I know that it will be life changing, and I will come home overwhelmed (in a good way) with all that I have learned and experienced. (See my previous post about why Teach Them Diligently is different than any conference I’ve experienced.) It is especially awesome that I get to spend this time with my fellow sojourners in this homeschool life — my sisters — as well as so many other homeschooling families in attendance.


10415594_10154363660660473_5861941593245208105_nThe schedule for the Dallas convention came out this week, and I immediately printed it out and started highlighting the sessions and speakers that piqued my interest. Of course, I will attend the sessions with Rachel Carman of Apologia: I’m excited to visit with her, as well as Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling IRL and Ann Dunagan of Daring Daughters. These three women, along with Teach Them Diligently’s Leslie Nunnery, are ladies that inspire me constantly in my homeschool walk.

There are quite a few new speakers on the schedule that look promising and I am looking forward to hearing from: the Benham Brothers, T.C. Stallings, Mike Snavely, Henry Morris, and Chuck Black, to name just a few. Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed will also be speaking, and thanks to her printable Homeschool Convention Notebook, I will be very organized at this year’s convention.


My sister Elizabeth with Teach Them Diligently’s Leslie Nunnery last year!

After printing off the Dallas schedule, I found Kim’s Convention Notebook that I had received earlier this year as a subscriber and printed copies for myself, Elizabeth and Renée. I then bought three binders and made each of us a Convention Binder.


Every year I feel like I end up carrying way too much stuff around with me all day, and my notes get lost in different notebooks or on worksheets I can’t find later. However this year we will all be organized and prepared!

One thing we are still working on is a better plan for meals than what we experienced last year. I don’t like to drive downtown, so we stay on-site in Dallas. Last year I found the restaurants in the hotel to be pricey and not so great. During the day, there are snack kiosks around the convention hall, and there is a food mall just across the street, but it closed before dinner. We did quite a bit of walking last year looking for food, so we’re hoping to improve that situation this year. I’m thinking about taking my meal replacement shakes to make it easier for some meals.

If you still have plans to attend a homeschooling conference like Teach Them Diligently this year, see our series “Homeschool Conferences 101” for more tips and suggestions on making it an enjoyable, worthwhile experience.

There’s also still time to join us and register for Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas next month. You can use our reader discount code NEXTGEN to save $8 on your Dallas registration. Click here to register and save $8!


I hope to see lots of friends at Teach Them Diligently Dallas this year — maybe I’ll see you! Give me a shout out if you are planning to attend and maybe we can meet in real life. And if you know of a good eatery near the Dallas Sheraton, let me know.

Are you planning to attend any homeschool conventions this year, or have you already? If so, what do you look forward to most? How do you prepare in advance so you’re not overwhelmed? If not, there’s still time to attend TTD with us in Dallas!

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