Yes! Tell your friends and bring your family! With the support of our sponsor, Medi-Share, we are excited to be hosting in-person events for our 2021 convention season. We have some great events planned for you. In order to host the events, we will have to adhere to mandates as set by each state and local authorities for each convention. To register, visit GreatHomeschoolConventions.com, click the registration button, choose the location you wish to attend, and follow the instructions from there.
The 2020 in-person registrations for the SC, MO, OH, CA, FL, or NY events transfer automatically to the 2021 conventions. Because we held the 2020 TX event, anyone planning to attend the 2021 TX event needs to register for the 2021 TX in-person event.
For those whose registrations transfer, please bring a copy of your 2020 registration and your identification to present at the registration desk to receive your registration packet. If you cannot locate your 2020 registration confirmation, please email us at [email protected] to request a copy of your 2020 registration. To add special event tickets to your current order, please email [email protected] with "add to my order" as the subject line.
Yes! We negotiate cheaper rates and reserve a block of rooms with hotels closest to the convention locations. Choose your convention below to see a list of partnering hotels who offer discounted rates for Great Homeschool Convention attendees. Book early—rooms sell out quickly!
The speaking schedules are typically posted 2 months prior to the convention. They are posted as preliminary schedules as they are subject to change. For any given convention, we can be working with 100 - 120 speakers and over 250 workshops. Because life and circumstances can cause change, we may have to update the schedule from time to time. The final schedule will be marked "final" as the program guide goes to print around 4 weeks prior to each convention. Even after the schedule goes to print, we sometimes have minor changes beyond our control. Look for those updates to be posted at the registration counters and online.
To locate the schedule, click the location you will be attending. On the homepage of that event, click the workshops tab, then the "click here" prompt to view the spreadsheet version. You will see a listing of the "workshops" below. Those are proposed workshops that may or may not be added to the schedule. If you see one in particular on that workshop list which you would like to have offered, you can email us at [email protected] Be sure to let us know which convention you will be attending.
Yes. Giant Cow Ministries (formerly Children’s Conferences International) is a separate organization that provides a VBS-style children’s program. This program is optional. A separate registration fee is required for your child to attend this program. Find more information or register your child/children here. Giant Cow Ministries accepts children ages 3–12 at the Texas, South Carolina, Ohio events and children ages 6-12 due to available space at the Missouri, California, New York and Florida events. Please note that all pre-schoolers must be fully potty-trained to participate.
Yes! As a convenience for those who attend our conventions, most sessions will be recorded and will be available for purchase on-site during each specific convention. Recordings are not, however, available after the convention or via mail order.
No. Speaking sessions are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Please note: If a session is full, i.e. no seats are available, the session will be closed to additional attendees. By order of the fire marshal, sitting on the floor will not be permitted. Please choose another session to attend.
Yes, but not double-wide or side-by-side strollers, as these take up too much space in the aisles of the exhibit hall. By order of the fire marshal, strollers are not allowed in speaking sessions or in special event ballrooms.
Yes, we have working scholarships that also help us with our huge need for volunteers. In fact, nobody has ever been turned away that was willing to volunteer for part of the convention in order to also attend part of the convention at no charge. If you are interested in a volunteer position at one of the Great Homeschool Convention, please fill out this form. Learn more of the details about volunteering here.
Yes, convention registration is for the entire convention. This is by design. It is extremely affordable, and is intended to encourage you, your spouse, and your teens to participate throughout the entire convention. You will not find a more affordable Homeschool Convention anywhere in the United States! It is conceivable that you might find a marginally “cheaper” convention somewhere, but it won’t be a convention that provides the same Exhibit Hall selection, seminar & workshop variety, outstanding speaker roster, Real Faith for the Real World Teen Track, and more that are available to you when you attend a Great Homeschool Convention.
Yes, there is a nominal $5 per teen fee for the Real Faith for the Real World teen track. This helps us with crowd control, and defrays a small portion of the honorarium costs we incur by bringing in these truly world-class speakers. (Similar events with these same speakers are often priced $40–60 per ticket.) Parents who wish to attend these sessions are encouraged to do so. There is no additional charge for any parents choosing to monitor any of these sessions.
No. Registration is not required for infants through 4 years old. Infants through age 4 are included at no charge as a part of either an Individual or Family Registration. Please note: infants and very young children do need a ticket to attend any of the special events. If you have children ages five and older that you wish to bring along with you, you will need to purchase a Family Registration. You may also choose to enroll your child or children (ages 3–12 at the Southeast, Texas, or Midwest events, and ages 6–12 at the Missouri, California, New York, and Florida events) in the optional children’s conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries. An additional registration fee is required. You may register for the children’s conference here. Children participating in the children’s conference must be fully potty-trained. For nursing mothers: if you’d like the location of the dedicated nursing mom’s room, please ask at the information desk. If your child will be attending the Giant Cow event, you also need to account for them by purchasing a GHC family registration if they are 5 years of age and older.
Yes! If you choose to bring your children and not enroll them in the optional children’s program, you may freely do so as a part of your Family Registration. Please note: we do require that all fussy and crying babies and children be removed immediately from any speaking session or from the exhibit hall so as not to ruin the convention experience for those around you. If you have a disruptive child and do not take the child out, you will be asked to do so by convention staff. All children ages 11 and under must be accompanied at all times by one of their own parents. There is an optional children’s conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries (ages 3–12 at the Southeast, Texas, or Midwest events, and ages 6–12 at the Missouri, California, New York, and Florida events). An additional registration fee is required. You may register for the children’s conference here. Children participating in the children’s conference must be fully potty-trained.
Convention centers do not allow outside food to be brought into their venue. For each of the GHC events, food will be available for purchase at the convention centers. These venues have set their pricing lower than their usual pricing in order to accommodate homeschooling family budgets. Each convention center offers a variety of foods as well as snacks and drinks including water.
Yes, we have two! Visit Homeschooling.mom to subscribe and listen to the Homeschool Solutions Podcast and The Charlotte Mason Show. You will love them! We have six hosts for the Homeschool Solutions Show. It airs every Tuesday on a variety of podcast platforms. All have different topics covered by the hosts which include parenting, mom life, struggling learners, and having a sense of humor about homeschooling. Some are interviews and others are solo podcasts. All are encouraging. The Charlotte Mason show specifically covers all things Charlotte Mason and the educational philosophy behind that way of teaching.
We also sponsor Stories are Soul Food. Author, N. D. Wilson, hosts Stories Are Soul Food, the podcast that helps feed the right kind of loyalties and shape affection for the first and the greatest Author, Jesus Christ. This podcast is made possible by support from the Great Homeschool Conventions and the team at Canonball Books. You can find it here: https://storiesaresoulfood.com.
Yes! Currently, we are featuring blog articles about the GHC 2021 events and all the highlights of each. Click the Blog tab at the top of the page when you visit www.GreatHomeschoolConventions.com.
The General Convention Schedule/Hours can be found by choosing the location you are attending and then the "schedule" tab at the top of each convention location. You will find when:
- the registration desk opens and closes
- the workshop sessions begin and ends
- the exhibit hall opens and closes
- special events begin and end