Just under 4 weeks until HEAV!!

Be sure to stay tuned until the end for an awesome giveaway from HEAV!

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Did you know that the HEAV convention is just under 4 weeks away?  For those of you who are always prepared and ready for anything, I am sure that you not only knew that, but that you also are already prepared and ready to go.  For the rest of us – here is a quick look at planning for convention.  Over the next few weeks, I plan (note the word — plan) to post more in depth prep for each week.

4 weeks out –

  • Register!  If you haven’t registered yet, you will want to do that now.  The cut off for pre-registration is on May 22nd, but go ahead and get it done now and you may get an earlier Used Curriculum time.  The time you get to enter the UCS is based on when you register for convention.
  • If you are a support group leader, register to attend the Leadership Luncheon
  • Lay aside the books you know you won’t be using next year and enter these books into the UCS website
    • Note: If there are books that you are still using, just stick a post it note on the book so you remember which ones you are planning to sell.
  • Start planning
    • What are you teaching next year?
    • What do you need to look for new?
    • What do you want to look for used?
    • Which speakers do you really want to hear? You can learn about the speakers on the Convention Speakers page.

3 weeks out –

  • Continue to enter books into the UCS site.
  • Planning – this week I want you to
    • Make a list of the items you want to get from the UCS, on this list make notes of the full price or any sale prices that you can get.  By doing this, you will know if you are getting a good deal in the UCS.
  • Decide on a budget.  Pray about it, talk with your spouse or a good friend, look at your finances and decide what you can afford to spend. Be sure to plan for extra expenses for those things you see that you just can’t leave without!

2 weeks out –

  • Make sure all of your reservations are in place — hotel, car, travel, etc.
  • Begin to organize your things. If you have room create a “staging area” where you place the things that will be coming with you. In this area you should start placing the following:
    • Books for the UCS
    • Rolly cart, suitcase with wheels, forklift, etc.
  • Finish up your books for the UCS – be sure to watch the UCS site for deadlines.

1 Week out –

  • Printouts – start printing everything you need –
    • Return Address Labels
    • Exhibit Hall Layout
    • Speaker Handouts
    • Convention Schedule

Now, if you have lasted this long, you deserve to get a treat. Or at least a chance for a treat.  As some of you know, and the rest of you are about to find out, I am a blogger for HEAV.  Quite honestly it was quite easy to jump into this roll as I love HEAV and would be bragging about the convention anyway!  However, because I am an HEAV blogger, HEAV has given me a One Family Registration to the HEAV Conference to give away!!

Convention-Gift-Certificate-SAMPLEWhat do you need to do in order to win?  Well, each day that I post I will have a link to the rafflecopter entry form.  All you have to do is go there and follow the instructions.  Be sure to watch for posts all week and try to win a family registration!  (You can still enter even if you have already registered.  If you win, you will receive a refund!)

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Convention Options – HEAV Excerpt

I know I just had a post that listed several options for conventions to attend, but I have to be honest and tell you – HEAV is my favorite convention. HEAV was the first convention I ever went to, when I left the convention I knew the questions I had. Nowadays when I go to HEAV it’s not overwhelming, it like going home – to a REALLY big house with LOTS of relatives.

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Home Educators Association of Virginia

When: June 5,2014—June 7, 2014

Where: Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA

 Speakers

Highlights

HEAV is an amazing convention.  It is also the biggest convention that I attend. HEAV is not for the faint of heart, but it is completely worth it.  Even if you are someone who tends to get overwhelmed, it can be doable, you will just want to pace yourself, and stop by to say “Hi” to me at the Silent Auction.

Convention Options

Convention #1

Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania

When: May 9, 2014 – May 10, 2014

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA

 Speakers

  • Dr. Jeff Myers
  • Heidi St. John
  • Andrew Pudewa
  • Jim Weiss
  • Carol Barnier
  • Melinda Boring
  • Joanne Calderwood
  • Dr. Bruce Eagleson
  • Travis Zimmerman
  • Carlita Boyles
  • Sonya Shafer
  • Heather Haupt
  • Colene Lewis
  • William Estrada, Esq.

Highlights

CHAP is a great convention.  It is the 2nd biggest convention that I attend. CHAP is still quite a large convention.  You will want to make sure that you have good shoes, and make a plan before you go.

Convention #2

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When: June 5,2014—June 7, 2014

Where: Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA

 Speakers

Highlights

HEAV is an amazing convention.  It is also the biggest convention that I attend. HEAV is not for the faint of heart, but it is completely worth it.  Even if you are someone who tends to get overwhelmed, it can be doable, you will just want to pace yourself, and stop by to say “Hi” to me at the Silent Auction.

Convention #3

Southeastern Area Christian Homeschoolers of PA

When: June 13,2014—June 14, 2014

Where: Calvary Church of Souderton, Souderton, PA

 Speakers

  • Susan Wise Bauer
  • Toni Anderson
  • Bonnie Childs / Cyndy Dumire
  • Eileen Cuce
  • Susan Kemmerer
  • Linda & Katie McIntyre and Kori Edsall
  • Cathy Muscara
  • Andrew Pudewa
  • Israel Wayne

Highlights

SEARCH is an nice convention.  Even though it is considerably smaller than either HEAV or CHAP, SEARCH has a great UCS.

HEAV Silent Auction

Guess What!  During their 31st Annual convention HEAV is going to be having a Silent Auction!  I want to donate something.  I am thinking about something like the science kit that I made for Curly or even one of those school supplies cakes – you can find tons of them on Pinterest, because if you are a regular reader you know I have my issues with school supplies.

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Hello, My name is Michelle and I buy school supplies.

But here is the catch – I want other ideas so that I can figure out what to donate.  Do you have ideas?  What do you think I should donate?

You know – if you help me out AND come to convention – maybe, just maybe I will have a few items that didn’t fit in the box to share with you.

Be sure to check the Silent Auction page to see the great things that have already been donated by clicking on the HEAV gavel, then stop by during convention to bid on all of the great stuff!

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mcrooker – Homeschooler On the Edge