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June 26th, 2014, 03:07 PM
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Anyone attend local or state conferences? Do you find them valuable?


I am planning to try and attend our state one next year. I have never been to one but in my prepping I would like to talk to more people and get connected with like minded families.
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June 28th, 2014, 02:28 AM
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No we don't do conferences or anything like that. Even if there were some near me, I probably still wouldn't. They just don't appeal to me in the least, lol.
It doesn't help that this state, at least our area, is absolutely anal retentive about everything and not even remotely homeschool friendly, despite the fact that there is a huge population of homeschool families here.
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July 11th, 2014, 08:33 PM
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I'm not really part of the conference hopping scene, but it does sound like a lot of fun. I managed to get my older kids to one when they were tweens or young teens and I'm sure I'll figure out some way to get this kid to at least one too, but not this year.

We're lucky enough to have our Statewide group schedule a camping trip in our area that is much easier on my budget and my historic vehicle than the conference, so we get the schmooze and compare notes with folks from all over without leaving the county, but there aren't any keynote speakers or vendors or room service and heated pools.

ds and I went when he was three and we had a blast. Some of the people we met there still keep in touch through email. I hope we get to do that again too.

I definitely think conferences and other gatherings are valuable, as long as they don't take the place of other valuable things like keeping your electricity turned on and eating enough reasonably healthy food.
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July 23rd, 2014, 02:31 AM
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The Homeschool+ Conference - Homeschooling, Unschooling, & Free / Democratic / Non-traditional Learning

might be directed more towards parents of teens than parents of preschool and primary kids, but it's free and you can attend from the privacy of your own computer.

And Pat Farenga is a keynote speaker.
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