Recently, I attended the Arlington THSC homeschool convention. As a classically entrenched homeschooler, I had avoided this convention in the past. Nothing stood out to me as classically based, so I found myself sticking with what I knew. This year, one of my dearest friends, Andrew Pudewa, convinced me to attend. I’m just kidding. I’ve met him and talked to him several times, but he has no idea who I am. However, he is the one the convinced me to go – by headlining the convention. Plus, there was a little shopping I had, I mean wanted to do.
After having a wonderful weekend, I want to share with others the ways I found to get the most out of the convention.
- Go all three days if you can.
- JOIN THSC! And attend for FREE! Who doesn’t like free? Or JOIN while you are there and get next year FREE!
- This is the convention to enjoy a meal! There is a full cafeteria, but also, the Arlington convention is in an area with very affordable restaurants – not to mention a Half-Price Bookstore. That could get me in trouble right there. And they give you time for meals! At some conventions, I have to eat a snack, or I’ll miss a session I really want to hear. THSC thoughtfully builds in time for meals. I LOVE THAT!
- Purchase the recording of any session you missed. It’s ok if you can’t be in two places at once. I promise you aren’t alone (Hint: No one else can do that either). You can imagine I purchased all things Andrew Pudewa. His talks DID NOT disappoint this year, but I didn’t get to hear all of them since he spoke while I was running children around Thursday afternoon.
- Here’s a financial tip. If you plan to purchase from one or more vendors, let your bank know. Fortunately, my bank card wasn’t cut off until the following day, but there was a hold put on it. The bank expressed concern over what seemed like shopping in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and two other states all in the same day. Each vendor was processing through its home location. No problem. Just something I didn’t think of before.
If you are headed to THSC in the Woodlands today, have fun! And don’t forget to notify your bank about your upcoming shopping spree!
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