I’m just back from HEAV’s 2007 convention, and I wanted to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who worked so hard to put it together. It was a busy three days, but smooth and well-organized all the way.

One of the best things I noticed over the weekend was the number of graduated homeschool parents and grandparents shopping with their families. It was delightful to see mothers and daughters discussing possible curriculum choices for the next generation! Just think how blessed the children of homeschooled parents will be, with grandparents who wholeheartedly support the family’s goals and understand the journey. This will be a very good thing!

Another wonderful thing I noticed was that many young mothers were shopping with an older friend. From the conversations we heard in our booth, it was apparent that experienced moms were taking time to share what they had learned with others. We even witnessed casual encounters in which an older mom stepped up to offer a suggestion or answer a question asked by a new homeschooler. It was a sweet illustration of ‘older women teaching the younger’ in a very practical context.

Our booth, Everyday Education, was busy much of the time. We had the new editions of Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Paperwork and Get a Jump Start on College! A Practical Guide for Teens, and they just flew off the shelf. Grammar Made Easy: Writing a Step Above was popular as well.

I didn’t make it to any workshops but the ones in which I was speaking, so I look forward to getting the CDs. All my workshops seemed well attended, and it was a joy to be able to share about homeschooling through high school, paying for college, creating transcripts, teaching essay writing, and evaluating writing. I always learn something from my audience, and I enjoy the conversations we have after the workshops. Homeschooling isn’t always easy, and it’s a blessing to see parents patiently working to learn what they need to know in order to do a good job.

The 2007 HEAV convention was excellent. I know it’s a tremendous amount of work, but the HEAV board and convention planners always make it feel like a labor of love (thank you, Flo, Vicki, Tammy, board, and volunteers!). If you missed it, be sure to get a CD of the workshops, and plan on coming next year. The CD is good, but the encouragement you’ll receive by actually being there is much, much better. As a homeschooler, it’s one of the few places you can go where you are among thousands of others that are traveling the same road. That’s a pretty encouraging feeling! And of course, there’s always the shopping….

Janice Campbell

Everyday Education