This year I will be attending Great Homeschool Conventions in California. It will be my first homeschool convention, and I am beyond excited for it. I’m looking forward to the speakers, meting others that are part of the homeschooling community, and being encouraged!
But I have to admit, I am already preparing myself for curriculum overload. I know there will be SO many options, SO many exhibitors, and just not enough time.
And the planner in me, already jotted down some ways that I can prevent overwhelm from curriculum overload at the convention.
Make a list
I am already preparing a list, based off of the exhibitors that will be there, of booths that I would like to visit. Why the list? Well, I know I’m easily distracted. During a trip to the grocery store I have so many sidetrack moments and I end up spending waaaaay too much time there – and more often than not, it results in me forgetting something! So for the Homeschool Convention, I’m going to make a plan and visit the exhibitor booths I truly want to check out.
I love how organized Great Homeschool Conventions has all the exhibitors, organized first by location, and then alphabetically. If I don’t know some, I can check them out online from the comfort of my home. If it looks like one we’d like to check out, it’s going on the list!
Be mentally prepared
The reality is, I’m not going to be able to buy everything or even lots of things. Preparing my mind for this now, will put less pressure on me in that moment. I’ll feel free to just look at things, and get a feel of them – without feeling obligated to spend loads of money purchasing everything.
Also, even though I’ll have that list – which is going to help SO much. I need to be real. I may not be able to make it to each and every one of the exhibitors on my list. I need to maintain that mental flexibility so that the experience is truly enjoyable, and so that what I am able to so – has my full attention.
Make a budget
Oh yes, this is SO important! If I don’t have a realistic budget, I know I’ll try and convince myself in the moment that I can spend an extra 50$ on this or that. By setting budget, I’ll be much wiser and considerate of what I do buy, and not just impulse buy something that I may end up having no use for when I get home. Setting a budget means that I’ll spend my money on what I really need, and want.
Those are three of my ideas to help me avoid curriculum overload at Great Homeschool Conventions.
If you have any other ideas or tips, let me know in the comments!!
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