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My Convention Shopping List – complete with shopping tips!

*This post contains affiliate links for Teach Them Diligently*

I am looking forward to attending the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention in Spartanburg, NC next week. As a second-generation homeschooler I grew up attending homeschooling conventions with my parents and siblings. I have some very special memories related to these events growing up. We looked forward to them all year long! Conventions have come along way since the 1980’s.

For the last several years, since the beginning of my homeschool journey with my own kids, I have attended a local homeschool convention with my husband. I took my oldest son along for the last two years. This will be the first year that the entire family is going along. I am so excited. We are going with a couple of families that we are proud to call friends. I thought that I would share with you some of my shopping tips for the convention.

  • Plan – I usually spend several weeks doing curriculum and supplies planning before attending a convention. I check prices online, comparison shop, research curriculum offerings, etc. When I get to the convention, I put my hands on the products and get a look at things in person to make sure the items are a good fit for our family.
  • Budget -  I try to take cash to help curb my desire to buy more than I need. LOL! I am such a book nerd. I feel like a kid in a candy store when surrounded by such a wealth of great educational materials.
  • Look for deals – When wandering through the vendor hall, I look for convention specials, free shipping offers, etc.
  • Take a stack of address labels – I use these to sign up for giveaways and newsletters. It saves some time writing out my address.
  • Make a wish list – When the money is gone, I take notes of items to add to my wish list for later.
  • Bring something to carry your goodies in! – At my first convention, I purchased a teacher’s carry-all which is essentially a crate on wheels with a handle. It maneuver’s well through the crowds and has served me well for many a conference. I toss in all the bags, books, etc. and we don’t have to make numerous trips to the car to stash the goods. A backpack or stroller may work too, just remember that school supplies can get heavy!
  • Wear comfortable shoes – you will be on your feet ALL DAY LONG so take time to choose comfortable footwear.
  • Bring water and snacks – Everyone will last longer if you have a few high protein snacks available when needed. Did I mention stay hydrated?

Here are some of the booths that I plan on checking out in Spartanburg:

Apologia – I am hoping that they have the new science title available by Jeannie Fulbright. We are planning to start this book this fall. They not only sell great resources and curriculum, but their Mom’s Retreats are awesome. I attended their Real Refreshment Retreat in Atlanta for the last two years and it is on my must-do list for every mom. You can read more about my experience here.


ABEKA – I am planning to look at a couple of preschool workbooks for my Sweetums Peetums.

A+ Tutorsoft – I am planning to stop by and meet some of the great staff at this booth. I recently reviewed the 2nd grade curriculum and we were very pleased with their product. You can check out my review here.

Brinkman Adventures – My kids love audiobooks and the real-life missionary stories offered by this family may be right up our alley.

Doorposts – This company has some awesome Scripture-based resources. I have enjoyed using For Instruction in Righteousness – A topical reference guide for Biblical Child Training. Taking my kids to Scripture to show them the error of their ways in light of God’s Word has really made a difference with my ten-year old. I am hoping to check out some of their other products.

Great Wolf Lodge – They have a location that is a half-way point between our house and the in-laws that I would like to visit sometime in the near future.

National Bible Bee – I have done a little research on this in the past and want to learn more.

Sonlight – We just finished the Introduction to American History, Part 1 (Core D) this week. We absolutely loved it. I think we are new Sonlight fans. We are planning to purchase some new things for this year.

Teaching Textbooks – We used this for my 5th grader this year and we LOVED it! I am planning to check out the advanced levels to see what we are in store for in the near future.

YWAM Publishing – I grew up on missionary stories and the biographies offered by YWAM are wonderful. I hope to pick up a few for the kiddos.

I hope you will find a great place to shop for curriculum this year. If you can’t make it to one of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions, you may want to consider one of the Marketplace events by Teach Them Diligently. Click on the link below to find out more.

This post is part of a link-up with other mom bloggers. If you would like to see what is on their shopping lists, check out the link-up here.


Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links to Teach Them Diligently. If you make a purchase a very small amount of the sale is returned to bless my homeschool.

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1 comment

  1. Lisa McClanahan

    I’m hoping I can make it to the one in Omaha. So excited!

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