Ohio: 2021 Great Homeschool Convention

January 1, 2021Stacey Lynn

2021 OHIO Homeschool Convention

August 12 - 14, 2021

Duke Energy Convention Center

525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ohio residents will have the opportunity to attend this year’s Great Homeschool Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center August 12 - 14, 2021. We welcome this chance to gather together and share in hundreds of workshops, outstanding special events, and a vast exhibition hall where you’ll be able to examine the latest and greatest homeschool curriculum and resources. In this environment, it doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran homeschooler or brand new to the opportunity, as we all share for the good of all.

Read along to find out all the great details and why you won’t want to miss a single moment of this Great Homeschool Convention. But before we do, we’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsor, Medi-Share, for their generous and on-going financial support. If you visit MediShare.com, you’ll find they are an outstanding alternative to traditional health insurance and proudly support homeschooling families.

Special Notes of Announcement

If you previously registered for the 2020 OH Homeschool Convention, we’re happy to let you know that there will be an automatic transfer of your account to the 2021 convention season. Please bring a copy of your 2020 registration confirmation along with your identification to the convention for pick-up of your registration packet at check-in. If you need a copy of your registration confirmation, please email us at [email protected]. Please include the name and email address you used when registering.

As we continue to struggle through this unprecedented time, we want to let you know that we at the Great Homeschool Conventions are taking measures to adhere to state and facility mandates regarding COVID-19. We are all in this together, and your safety and peace of mind are of the utmost importance to us as we gather together to learn more about educating our children from home.

Welcome to the Ohio Homeschool Convention

The Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, is home to this year’s Great Homeschool Convention, which will take place August 12 - 14, 2021. When you join us there, you’ll get to take advantage of the many available workshops where you’ll hear from today’s top authors, speakers, and educators. Enjoy a wealth of information on topics that are not only important for your upcoming school year but that will serve you as you move forward in your homeschooling journey.

In addition to these workshops, you will have access to special events that the whole family will enjoy. Even better, you can take advantage of a vast exhibition hall where you’ll find vendors with curriculum and resources for every aspect of life for the homeschooling family. To make this convention especially meaningful for you, we’ve taken some of the worries out of planning your stay as well. Be sure to take a look at the excellent hotel package discounts available to you when you book your stay through the Great Homeschool Convention’s website. But don’t delay! These discounts are only available for a limited time.

Featured Speakers

We would never be able to offer the workshops that mean so much to you without the excellent speakers that make them possible. We are honored to welcome an array of talented professionals who are gifted in their specific fields. They have agreed to share their expertise via these speaking engagements with you and with us, so be sure to check them out. Here is a shortlist of some of the many speakers who will join us in Ohio this year:

If you’d like to see the entire list of speakers who will be presenting at the Great Homeschool Convention, CLICK HERE. Click on each speaker individually to see where they will be appearing.

Special Events

The special events you’ll get to take part in at the Great Homeschool Conventions bring joy, fellowship, and tons of great information. Be sure to add a few when you register online. In the meantime, check out more information about your options.

The Real Mom Tour

The potential for homeschool burnout is real, even after years and years of educating your children at home. But so is the risk of diving in with the best of intentions only to feel as if you’re sinking fast. The ladies who make up The Real Mom Tour panel know about these feelings and many more that are apt to take over our minds when things get hectic. But they also know how to push through when times get tough.

You won’t want to miss these conversations. As you listen in, you’ll find that a little encouragement, faith, and determination can prove you’re better than you thought you were at this thing called homeschooling.

Thanks to our faithful and generous financial supporter, Medi-Share, you’ll be able to take advantage of special pricing for this must-see event. Pay $3 when you purchase online with your convention registration or $5 at the door.

Slugs & Bugs LIVE with Randall Goodgame

As parents, we want our children to know that faith can be fun, exciting, and easier to adhere to than the world currently wants them to believe. Randall Goodgame helps bring this reality to life with an exciting musical adventure you certainly won’t want to miss. Join him and his lovable cast for an interactive concert experience that includes energetic vocals, animated videos, and Scripture songs that will help hide the Word in your hearts forever.

We’re so thankful that our generous sponsors, Medi-Share and World News Group, have made these special prices available. When you plan this event along with your online convention registration, you’ll pay just $3 for general seating and $5 for priority seating.

Jonnie W.

When Jonnie isn’t doing his own events, you’ll find him alongside fellow-comedian Tim Hawkins on the Rockshow Comedy Tour. These are sold-out shows where Jonnie adds his outstanding vocal and musical ability to his unique sense of humor, and you’ll get to experience that for yourself when you add this event to your convention schedule. You won’t want to miss it!

Missionary Gracia Burnham

If you’re not already familiar with Missionary Gracia Burnham, you won’t want to miss her gripping presentation. She and her husband, Martin, were long-time missionaries who raised and educated their children on the mission field. However, they were taken captive during their wedding celebration in 2001 by the Abu Sayyaf Group and endured more than a year of captivity.

Gracia has written two books since returning home, including In the Presence of My Enemies. During this event, she’ll speak about all the details of her life and missionary work, about homeschooling her children overseas, and about picking up the pieces after captivity.


Workshops are like training sessions on particular topics that are common amongst homeschoolers. Even if you find yourself in a specific niche in the homeschooling world, some topics may be necessary for you in the future. High school and college topics easily fit into this category and are well worth taking the time to sit in on for the knowledge you’ll gain.

There are hundreds of these workshops to choose from at this year’s convention, and you’ll want to take advantage of many of them. Listen in, take notes, and be sure to plan ahead, so you don’t miss out. Here are some of the many workshops you’ll have to choose from when you visit us:

  • The Gentle Art of Teaching Reading – Julie Ross
  • Teaching Boys and Teaching Girls: Towards a Better Understanding – Andrew Pudewa
  • Raising Truly Obedient Children – Sean Allen
  • Only One Way? Why Jesus is Necessary – Brett Kunkle
  • Moving from Checklist to Meaningful Learning – Ashley Wiggers
  • Look out SAT and ACT, There’s a New Test in Town – the CLT – Jean Burk
  • Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling High School – Made EASY – Ann Karako
  • Do I Really Have To Do Experiments? – Dr. Jay Wile

To see a list of all the available workshops, just CLICK HERE.

Special Track Sessions: There are just some topics that need more coverage. That is why we offer special tracks of multiple sessions on a specific topic. New to homeschoolers need guidance. We offer extra help with Homeschool 101 and Homeschool Help Desk workshops. Special needs children need a little extra care from parents who are helping them reach their full potential. Teens of today are faced with so many challenges. What are some of the most used philosophies of education in homeschooling and why are they so popular? How does one help their high schooler prepare for college? We can help! By providing experts in their field to discuss all those important topics, parents are given encouragement and fresh ideas of ways to reach their homeschooling goals. Our special tracks are: Homeschool 101, Homeschool Help Desk, Real Faith for the Real World Teen Track, Classical and Charlotte Mason Tracks, Special Needs Track, Literature-Rich Track - learning through reading literature, and the College Track. All these tracks are labeled in the program guide on the schedule so you can easily find those track sessions you want to attend. If you miss a session while at the convention or you want to listen to a session over again, we have recordings available for purchase at the event. Check out our special tracks here.


For those who will be attending the 2021 Ohio Great Homeschool Convention, great accommodations are a must. We understand that many of our attendees travel from all over the United States and Canada to be with us. To show our appreciation, we have made arrangements with a few local hotels to give you the best possible pricing and package deals.

Be sure to plan your stay at the same time you book your convention tickets to ensure you get the special Great Homeschool Conventions group rate. But don’t delay! Deadlines are in place for each hotel. To make your reservations right now, CLICK HERE to get started. We have plenty of options to meet every budget.

Hilton – Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

1 Queen Bed or 2 Double Beds: From $129 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-445-8667, and mention the Great Homeschool Convention Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • On-site restaurant
  • Within walking distance to the Duke Energy Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds: From $134 per night.

To make reservations, call 1-800-233-1234 and ask about the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mini-Fridge
  • Indoor Pool & Gym
  • Red Roost Tavern and Grab and Go Outlet Market, located in the hotel
  • Across the street from the Duke Energy Convention Center

Springhill Suites Cincinnati Midtown

Studio, 2 Queen Beds, Sofa Bed: From $143 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 513-381-8300, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Pool

Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront

2 Queen Beds, 2 Double Beds, or 1 King Bed: From $119 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 859-491-1200, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • High-speed Internet
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Suites
  • On-site restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Holiday Inn Cincinnati – Riverfront

1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds: From $115 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 1-877-666-3242, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Workspace desk and chair
  • Fridge
  • Fitness Center

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati – Downtown

2 Queen Beds: From $149 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 513-354-2430, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Homewood Suites – Cincinnati

2 Queen Beds, 1 Bedroom Suite: From $169 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 513-354-2440, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Best Western PLUS Cincinnati Riverfront (KENTUCKY) (Formerly Hampton Inn and Suites)

2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed plus Sofa: From $128 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 859-581-7800, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Parking
  • In-room Microwave and Refrigerator
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Indoor Pool and Fitness Center
  • Newly Renovated

Courtyard Cincinnati Covington

2 Queen Beds: From $132 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 859-491-4000, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center

Aloft – Newport on the Levee

Queen/Queen or King: From $139 per night

To make reservations by phone, call 859-916-5306, and mention the Great Homeschool Conventions Group Rate.

Package Deal Includes:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenette
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Parking $10 per day


Finding the perfect homeschool curriculum and resources is extremely important for your success. Ordering online is convenient and alleviates the need to travel to store after store to pick up the products yourself. However, there’s nothing quite like being able to see a vast selection of curriculum options, add-ons, and resources up close and in person and all in one huge exhibit hall!

At the Great Homeschool Conventions, our massive exhibit halls give you this same opportunity, allowing you not only to flip through each curriculum piece in person but also allowing you to speak with company representatives and many of the actual curriculum authors right on the spot. You can also talk to other convention-goers who may have used the curriculum you’re considering now, giving you excellent inside knowledge.

Be sure to take your time and browse all your options. Many vendors offer special discounts to convention attendees, and you can take advantage of those while you’re there. Be sure to make your purchases at the convention to support those mom and pop exhibitors who make the financial and time commitment to come to the conventions. To see a list of the vendors you’ll find at the Ohio 2021 Great Homeschool Convention, CLICK HERE.

Giant Cow Ministries is BACK for 2021! Kids can attend the Giant Cow day camp-styled event while you attend the GHC event. This optional event has rave reviews by parents and by children who want to attend each year! They love it. But! You will want to register early because they do sell out. A separate registration fee and a GHC family registration are needed to attend. Register your child here.

In Closing

We hope you’ve enjoyed this rundown of some of the things you can expect at this year’s Ohio convention. You won’t want to miss a single opportunity, from outstanding speakers to magnificent special events to vendors that will help complete your homeschool experience in 2021. To register right now, CLICK HERE. We look forward to meeting you in Cincinnati, Ohio!

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