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!
* Speakers will broaden your horizons with new ideas, methods, materials, and approaches as well as reminders of the basics.The biggest names in Homeschooling will be here to encourage, uplift and refresh you in your journey. You might even get to shake their hand!
* Workshops give you practical training in specific topics to make your teaching more efficient.
* The Exhibit Hall gives you the hands-on opportunity to compare, examine and purchase home-education products from many vendors in one place. You can chat with authors or knowledgeable representatives to learn more, and get FREE SHIPPING to your home!
* Networking with other like-minded home schoolers can offer valuable friendship and support.
CD's of Keynote Sessions and Workshops.
Luncheon or Meeting for Support Group Leaders.
Special Hotel Room Rates.
Who Should Go with You
* Spouse. It is ideal for a husband and wife to go together to
share perspectives and focus on family goals and budget.
* Friend. If it is not possible for your spouse to attend, a
friend can help you in much the same way.
* Hotel Room. If you need to travel far, you might take a room
for overnight, to stow purchases, or to take a rest. LEAH has arranged for a Conference discount at many local hotels for your convenience. Register by May 1st to get your discount!
* Nursing Babies. of course, may stay with Mom.
* Young Children. Families are welcome! However, we offer NO childcare. Children must remain with their parents at all times.
* Teens and Older Children. Our Teen Track is ready with age specific programing to challenge and inspire your teen. Separate registration is required.
* Preregister Early! This saves you 20%! Money that you can spend on buying materials.
* Volunteer To Work. A few hours or more can be a real help to LEAH, and you will also get to know some great home schoolers while working with them.
*Advertise. The Conference Program reaches the hands of over a thousand homeschool parents from across the state. If you own a business here is your opportunity to reach a new customer base. It's also a great way to show your support of New York State LEAH!
* Join LEAH. By joining LEAH, you help support home-school efforts across NY state, plus you receive discounts on your convention fee, HSLDA and other benefits.
* Special Rates for pastors, and other full-time ministers, as well as Grandparents and active duty military are available.
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 the conference 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 conference.
* Pray for the Lord's promised wisdom in all your decisions.
* Your Spouse and you should discuss your educational goals, plans, and budget.
* Gather Information. You are already here on the website, which has all the latest information about the Conference, including registration information, workshop schedules, exhibitor list, lodging information and more!
* Select and Prioritize Make a list so you can mark your Conference Program with speakers' sessions, workshops, and exhibitors you don't want to miss. Don't worry! If you miss a session, you can visit the ALL NEW Recordings Booth to pick up a copy on CD.
* Research. Check out publishers' and suppliers' catalogs (in print or online) to plan which materials you would like to look through. There is nothing like a hands-on experience! Online shopping can't compare to holding the product in your hands. Plus, ASK the rep about the product. They are ready to help you and look forward to your questions. That's why they're here!
* Shopping List. Make a list of specific materials or the types of materials you will be looking for.
* Questions. Make a list of questions to ask exhibitors, speakers, and/or other attendees. The Conference is a busy place, and it's easy to be distracted.
Make some last minute preparations:
* Directions. Make sure you know exactly how to get to the conference facility and what parking is available. A detailed map is available here on the site.
* 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. Or wait for your FREE TOTE at the door!
Notepad and pens to take lots of notes.
Return address mailing labels to use in filling out forms.
Watch to keep track of time so you won't miss sessions.
Comfortable walking shoes!
To show consideration to everyone involved at the convention, please remember the following...
* Conference Rules. Follow the rules set out for the conference as outlined in your conference program. Please keep your children with you at all times. Strollers are accepted, just be mindful of those around you.
* 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 buy it at an online superstore later. Exhibitors help make your conference possible! Remember, you always get free shipping on all orders placed at the conference.
* Babies and Children. A nursing mothers area is available for you and your baby - equipped with baby changing area and comfortable seats for Mom.
At the Convention
*Once at the convention, follow your plan.
* Schedule. Use your Conference Program to mark the schedule and exhibit hall floor plan, so you don't miss anything.
* 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.
Don't keep your nose in a textbook! You will rarely find yourself surrounded by so many people just like you. Be daring! SOCIALIZE!!
* Work Your Plan. Maximize your shopping time by looking for vendors you don't recognize, save those you are familiar with for last.
* Talk to vendors about their products' methods, goals, and philosophy, and how to use them. Use your list of questions.
* Busy. 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., LEAH booth).