CHAP convention! Day 2

It’s the second day of the CHAP convention and it’s been going great.

I’m having trouble with WordPress on my phone, but I’ll be back to share more later.

The big thing to note is that CHAP is changing locations and dates for next year.

Next year the CHAP convention will be on June 2 & 3 and will be held at the Lancaster convention center.  How exciting!

5 Weeks and Counting

5 weeks!!! That’s right – it’s only five weeks until the HEAV Convention.  As promised on Facebook I’m planning to post some suggestions and tips that I have picked up over the years. However, first things first – why should you go to convention?

  • Three days of unending knowledge
  • Support and encouragement
  • More used curriculum in one place that I have ever seen!
  • Fantastic speakers
  • An amazing Children’s Program

If you aren’t sure about convention, try it just this once, you will be hooked. This will be my 12th year attending – and I don’t even live in VA anymore. It’s that good! I’ll be there – will you?

Ok – here are the first of the tips –

  • Make sure you are registered! I know this one sounds silly, but I have known people who are involved in convention planning and preparation who have forgotten to register for the actual convention. So – if you haven’t registered yet – take a min and do it now – HEAV Convention Page
  • Check out the Used Curriculum Sale – The barcoding system is open – you can now go online and learn about selling, and shopping.
  • Finally – check out the General Convention Information on the HEAV site.

I’ll be back later next week and let you know some more ideas and tips, fun things like what to bring with you to convention, printouts you will want, and vendors you should definitely check out. For now, I have to go get a few things pulled together for camping. It’s cold, rainy and it’s orienteering weekend with the Boy Scouts.



Who is teaching who(m)? Part 2 – Still a chance to win a free Family registration to the HEAV convention

Well, let’s just start this off by saying what I learned over the last couple of days. If you put who when it is supposed to be whom, people notice. Lot’s of people notice. You will get messages via facebook and even phone calls to let you know what people noticed.

* sigh *

In my last post I told you I would tell you about something that I learned from a friend and that it involved an apple.  Well – without further ado – here is it:

 When cutting your apple, cut off the sides - similar to this:

sliced appleThen you cut the other side the same way. After you are done with 
the cutting, put the apple back together by pressing the pieces back
on to the center piece. Then wrap the apple with a rubber band -- 
this way, you can take a cut apple with you, and not have to worry 
about trying to cut it when you are out. This is a great idea with 
kids, especially if like with Bug, you have one that is missing some
teeth.  :)


Isn’t that totally cool! It was funny when she was going to show us, because she said of I have this neat thing to show you so we all got so excited that she was a little worried that we wouldn’t think it was cool enough. So technically there is another lesson in there – everyone gets insecure at times, even other moms.

Want to know how to feel more secure and recharged at the same time? Come to the HEAV convention. (Do you like how I did that?) I’m not promising that you will find out everything that you need to know, but I am promising that you will find out all sorts of great stuff, meet wonderful people (I’ll be there!) and be able to check out tons of curriculum. So, sign up below to try to win a free family convention!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Do you have a Golden Ticket?

golden ticket

Do you want to get into the HEAV UCS early?  Well then, you need a golden ticket! How do you get one?


Do you know what the best part of convention is? That’s right – the Silent Auction – Oh, wait, that’s not what I was supposed to say.  The best part is volunteering!

How is that the best thing about convention?

Because it’s all about you (and me and everyone else that comes to the convention).  We are the reason there is a convention – we are HOMESCHOOLERS! Say it loud, say it proud!  We don’t just think outside of the box, we take a field trip to find out how the box was made, measure it to find the volume so we know what can fit inside of it and then we use that box and a few of it’s friends, add a garden hose and make a water park in the backyard, complete with tunnels!

You think you can’t volunteer because you had a bad knee, hip, ankle, back or crooked pinky toe? That’s not a problem – we will find you a place.  If you need to sit, we can find you a sitting job (try registration), if you need to stand HEAV has that covered too (UCS, Hospitality, Silent Auction), love to talk (HEAV tables).

Ready to sign up – Great! Convention Volunteer Application.

Here is a bit more about the jobs (with my comments about the benefits).


  • Volunteering for the UCS allows you to see lots of the cool stuff before it even goes on sale, plus if you help with setup, you can eat chocolate for dinner and not have to exercise after.


  • Volunteering at Registration means that you will be one of the first faces people see when they come to the Convention. You get to make new friend and see adorable babies! Plus you are right in the heart of the action in the lobby!


  • Volunteering at the Silent Auction means that you can keep your eye on those items that you really want (plus you can work with me) and I give out chocolate to my volunteers!


  • Volunteering for the Hospitality Suite means that you get to see the vendors and speakers in a more relaxed setting and that you get to give back to those who do so much for others.


  • Volunteering at the HEAV tables with Sales or Counseling means that you can be an encouragement to new and veteran homeschoolers alike. Here is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for homeschooling with someone who is just thinking about it or who is confused about their rights. Experienced homeschoolers only. Yet another great place for dads to serve to give the “principal’s” perspective on the homeschooling lifestyle.

A few more locations that you can serve include as a workshop hostess, setup or tear down and graduation.

  • Volunteering as a Workshop Host means that you have a guaranteed spot in the workshop, plus you get to meet the speaker before hand to ask if they need anything.
  • Volunteering for set-up or tear down means that you get to be in the thick of the action AND that you don’t have to exercise at all for the rest of the week!
  • Volunteering at graduation means that you get to help with parents and kids who “made it” – think of all of the collective knowledge in that room.
  • Volunteering in the Exhibit Hall means that you get to booth sit – which means that you get to hang out at any one of so many cool booths while the vendor takes a quick break.

Of the items listed there are three that I haven’t yet done – How about you? Where do you want to volunteer?


mcrooker – Homeschooler on the Edge

NEW! Buy It Here = Enter to Win Cash! #HEAVCON

Have you heard about the great new Buy It Here program at the HEAV convention this year? I was so excited when I heard about this, not only does it help out the vendors (which after all make convention pretty great), but it is a way that we can possibly win $100.  Here are all the details, plus the answer to some questions that I had. If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll see if I can get the answers to those as well!

Buy It Here

This year, every time you spend $25 at the convention, bring your receipt to one of the receipt redemption stations in the convention center to be validated, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $100 cash prize! There will be a winner each day of convention. More information will be found in your convention program.

Support the Exhibitors

The exhibitors–many of them homeschooling families themselves–come to the convention at great expense and are available to talk, answer questions, and share their resources and experience–but they can only continue to come if we support them with our shopping dollars. The new “Buy-It-Here” program is a fun and encouraging way to remember to support our exhibitors whenever possible by purchasing onsite when you can–and don’t forget to enter the “Buy-It-Here” drawing each day!

Frequently Asked Questions (technically, these are questions I asked, but I asked a few different people, so that does count for frequently asked?)

  • Do you need to be present to win?
    • No, you do not need to be present to win.
  • Will there be a drawing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday or just Friday and Saturday?
    • There will be a drawing on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • How do people find out if they win?
    • The winner will be called on the cell phone number they provide on the ticket. We will also post the winners on Facebook and Twitter.
  • How do people get their prize?
    • We are thinking if they are not present at the drawing, they will be able to pick it up at the information desk until closing on Saturday, after that it will be mailed to the winners.