I will admit it – yes, I am an introvert. That is why I shared last week about how to prepare and introvert for a convention. This week, I want to help you get through the maze of vendors and curriculum selection at a convention. It can be overwhelming to anyone. However, for an introvert – who loves being around others, but needs a quiet place to reclaim peace, joy and sanity – a convention hall full of people and vendors can be overwhelming if not handled properly.
With that, I want to share a few tips and a disclaimer. First, I am not using any affiliate links in this post (only the graphic at the bottom for Teach Them Diligently). Second, I am re-writing our homeschool plan for the year. It is our 5th year of homeschool and need to make some adjustments. My husband and I have been praying over our curriculum, the direction of our home, the path our children are on and the gifts/talents God has given them.
So, I am not fully prepared to share exactly where I will be shopping at the Teach Them Diligently Spartanburg event. BUT, I will have a plan in place before I enter the vendor hall – and I will have my budget in hand with a check list to identify what I am able to purchase and will need to wait to purchase in Nashville.
- Prayer – first you need to pray over the direction God wants you to take for your family
- Identify – Your child’s learning style and find the best options for your family and your budget
- Budget – Create a budget. Do not feel like you have to buy all of your curriculum at one time. However, purchasing your curriculum at a convention helps you, the vendors and the convention. All of the parties involved in a convention invest time and money. By purchasing your curriculum at a convention, you are helping everyone attending – and ensuring successful conventions in the future.
- Use Your map. The conventions you attend usually provide a map or location with key to identify where vendors are located. My best advice is use that map to find your favorites
- Purchase in time slots. Meaning, do not purchase your curriculum is one swoop through the hall. If you do this, you will have to carry a large bag or cart. This can impact your movement. Identify pockets of time to purchase in between your workshops and take trips out to your car
- Trips out to your car – mean finding five minutes for a little peace and quiet ( as well as a snack and water that you should have in your car)
- TIME – TAKE YOUR TIME. Do not rush yourself or your family. The vendors want to take time to meet and speak with you.
- After you visit the booths you know you want to purchase from, go back and meet new people – find new interests and say hello. Remember, most of the vendors are homeschoolers, too and they have a wealth of wisdom you can learn from.
- Enjoy yourself – you are with others who are on the same path – meet new friends and say hello to old ones!
Sharing with others at Teach Them Diligently – Prepare Your Homeschool Curriculum Shopping List
How do you Survive the Vendor Hall?
Sharing with NextGen HOmeschool
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