This year, our family is going to our first Homeschooling Convention. We are super excited. We chose to go to the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This is the first year for the convention. It will be held March 15 through 17.
One of the things that drew me, personally, to this convention is the strong emphasis it seems to be placing on fathers. I sometimes struggle with the feeling that my husband is out of the loop when it comes to homeschooling. Please don't think I am saying he does not want to be involved.
The children and I spend all day together. I research their curriculum. I teach them. I get to see their progress. I get to celebrate with them when they accomplish something they thought was impossible.
My husband is excited to attend because he is hoping to learn how he can be more involved. We are only in our second year of homeschooling and we are still learning. At this convention, my husband is registered to attend both of their men's breakfast, one on Friday and one on Saturday.
Fridays men's breakfast guest speaker is Stephen Kendrick. We have watched all four (and own three) of the movies that Sherwood Films has made. We love the emphasis that all of their films place on husbands and fathers.
Saturdays men's breakfast guest speaker is Voddie Baucham, Jr.. I must admit, I do not know much about Mr. Baucham, but I watched some video clips of him on YouTube and I was very encouraged with what I heard. He speaks of Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. He also speaks on the topic of dating and how it is not Biblical. I am excited to hear him speak at the convention.
Voddie Baucham, Jr, is also one of the conventions keynote speakers along with Ken Ham and Doug Phillips. My children are excited about Ken Ham because they have watched his Answers in Genesis videos.
The children are also excited because they are registered to attend the children's program. The children's program is presented through Kidz Vision Ministries. They are excited to be going off on their own as "big kids" and have their own time to learn what God has in store for them.
There is more information on their site. I encourage you to go there and read more about the convention and the people behind it. Who knows, maybe I'll see you there!