Catholic Homeschooling Conferences

2015 Schedule

March 27-28 (Friday and Saturday)
St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference
St. Louis, MO

April 11 (Saturday)
RCHAL Homeschool Curriculum Fair and Conference
Covington, LA

April 18 (Saturday)
Arizona Catholic Homeschool Conference
Phoenix, AZ

April 18 (Saturday)
Houston ARCH Homeschool Conference
Houston, TX

April 18 (Saturday)
IHM Tennessee Homeschool Conference
Nashville, TN

April 24 (Friday)
IHM Jacksonville Homeschool Conference
Jacksonville, FL

April 30 (Thursday)
IHM South Texas Homeschool Conference
New Braunfels, TX

May 8-9 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM Maryland Homeschool Conference
Mt. Airy, MD

May 15 (Friday)
IHM Wisconsin Homeschool Conference
Waukesha, WI

May 15-16 (Friday and Saturday)
Quo Vadis Catholic Homeschool Conference
Indianapolis, IN

May 22-23 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM Carolina Homeschool Conference
Belmont, NC

May 30 (Friday)
IHM Georgia Homeschool Conference
Atlanta, GA

May 29-30 (Friday and Saturday)
Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference
St. Paul, MN

June 4 (Thursday)
IHM Buffalo Homeschool Conference
Cheektowaga, NY

June 5-6 (Friday and Saturday)
Kansas City Conference for Catholic Homeschoolers
Olathe, KS

June 12 (Friday)
IHM Lafayette Homeschool Conference
Lafayette, LA

June 19-20 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM NATIONAL Homeschool Conference
Fredericksburg, VA

June 19-20 (Friday and Saturday)
It’s Great to be Catholic! Family and Home Education Conference
Sterling Heights, MI

June 25-26 (Thursday and Friday)
IHM Tampa Homeschool Conference
Tampa, FL

June 26-27 (Friday and Saturday)
Southern California Catholic Home Educators Conference
Costa Mesa, CA

July 10-11 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM Cleveland Homeschool Conference
Berea, OH

July 10-11 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM North Texas Homeschool Conference
Arlington, TX

July 17-18 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM Dayton Homeschool Conference
Huber Heights, OH

July 17-18 (Friday and Saturday)
Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference
Centennial, CO

July 24-25 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM Chicago Homeschool Conference
Naperville, IL

July 31-August 1 (Friday and Saturday)
IHM New York Homeschool Conference
Dobbs Ferry, NY

August 7 (Friday)
IHM South Florida Homeschool Conference
Sunrise, FL

August 14 (Friday)
IHM New England Homeschool Conference
Loweel, MA

Why attend a Catholic Homeschooling Conference?

The first question is what is a Catholic homeschooling conference? In general, it is a one day or two day event usually held at a Catholic parish or conference center at which there are speakers who encourage others and offer practical advice. These speakers are often a mixture of veteran homeschooling mothers, Catholic priests, and professional educators. In addition to the slate of speakers is a large area in which different Catholic curriculum providers, publishers, and retailers have tables displaying thousands of homeschooling books and products.

So… Why go to such an event? If you are new to Catholic homeschooling or are curious about it, a conference is simply an invaluable experience. Not only do speakers explain the basics of homeschooling and elaborate on some of the motivations behind doing it, and not only does examining the vendor materials allow you an unrivaled opportunity to look through the pages of actual homeschooling text books and lesson plans, but more importantly you get to see and meet numerous other Catholic homeschooling families. Homeschoolers are not Amish, they are not cult members, and they are not superheroes (at least not in the traditional sense), they are ordinary mothers and fathers just like you who care deeply about the welfare and education of their children and want to do what seems best for them. It is not uncommon to hear from new conference attendees that they are surprised how normal everyone is and how comfortable they feel at the conference, almost as if it were a spiritual retreat or a relaxed family gathering. It might sound silly, but getting a concrete experience with other homeschoolers can make a world of difference to a family deciding whether or not to homeschool.

Mrs. Colleen Billing speaking at the IHM National Conference

For veteran homeschoolers, the reason to come to a conference is often to be rejuvenated. Even if on an intellectual level you think homeschooling is the best, the fact is the homeschooling is often hard work, and having a once a year gathering where you can feel uplifted, encouraged, and feel connected with other homeschooling parents is often just what is needed to approach the new school year refreshed and eager. The opportunity to shop for curriculum with the physical books and lesson plans in your hand is just a categorically different experience then trying to shop online with only a few sample pages, sometimes depending on vague books descriptions to make very important choices about your child’s education.

In the end, the question really seems to be, why not go to a Catholic Homeschooling Conference? It can be difficult to keep these conferences going each year and many conferences are in need of volunteers, so if you are interested, you might think of contacting the coordinator for your local conference and asking how you can help!

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