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Out-of-the-Box Scholastics

People attending a CongressSpring is almost upon us (well, maybe that’s wishful thinking) and with it comes homeschooling conventions.  Depending on which one you choose to attend, these affairs can be worth their weight in gold.  You get Ph.D.s and Power Point presentations galore, and a whole lot of classically-minded individuals intent on helping your son or daughter succeed.

Personally, I have learned more in a couple of days than in several decades.  There is truly something for everyone, and non-homeschooling families, parents or kids can attend, as well.

This year, I’m thinking about taking our youngest three.  It’s always Lecture at Conventionbeen Benedetto and I, or my oldest (brainy) son.  The other three are still in the post-Russia, making-up-for-lost-time mode.  I don’t really want to trouble them with “Big Bangs and Quantum Mechanics”, “The Environment for Genius”, “Preparing Middle-School Students for High School and College Math”, “Once Upon a Time There Were No Teenagers”, “How to Imagine, Organize, Write, and Evaluate Great Essays”, and more.  Yet, there are so many other fab lectures and other homeschooled students of every stripe and kind, that I wonder if this may ignite their imagination.

It might say to them, “Mama takes you seriously.”

Homeschool_Exhibit_Hall1What could it hurt?  Take them for a couple of days to a hotel room, alright, make that a suite, I am not sleeping in the same bed as my second son (16, tall, and gangly), and ply them with buffet breakfasts and maybe 30 minutes in a hotel pool of miniscule proportions.  Let them see kids with green and purple punk hair, skirts to the ground and long braids, some straight off the farm, or many pretty mainstream students from some unknown suburbia.  And the vast majority behave in a very mature manner, and are over-the-top polite.

We’ll do our best to represent the urban, prep-school-at-home scholars, lol.

Maybe I’ll bill it as an educational spring break (she said, her eyes darting back and forth in a sneaky manner).  If it’s no signspring break, or an educational spring break, they just might jump at the offer.

Naturally, our oldest would be off playing tennis and not entirely available this year.  It could be good, and give him some time alone with his father, and me with the younger three, ages 16, 14.5, and 12.

They’re coming into town today, so I’ll try and present it, and see what they have to say.  I need to get the right angle to properly persuade them, but I have a feeling they’ll want to go for it.  What do you think?



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  1. avatar Sybil says:

    I think it is a brave ambition on your part. I am not clear on how the kids participate there but they must have break-out groups, etc. for them. Right? Or do they sit in the audience and listen to the presenters?

    • avatar admin says:

      Most of it is just listening to fairly high-tech (or funny) presentations with thousands in attendance. It’s enough to keep the kids’ interest, well, most kids, at least-! I wouldn’t attend any sessions for the parents, or the higher-level academics, which I can get on mp3 and listen to later. So far, the three seem sold on the prospect of a hotel swimming pool… 😉

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