Our Annual Convention
March 20, 21 and 22, 2014 at the Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine
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- exploring the option of homeschooling for your family?
- a new homeschooler or just getting ready to begin?
- a seasoned homeschooler with several years experience?
- a pioneer who has been homeschooling for a decade or more?
- a homeschool mom and dad in need of a weekend away?
- a homeschooling family looking for an affordable winter getaway?
Please Plan to Join Us!
Mark your calendar now for the Maine homeschooling event of the year! There is something for everyone at the HOME Convention. If you are looking for information and support, educational enrichment opportunities and family fun; if you are feeling burned out and in need of refreshment; or, if you need new strategies and new life infused into your home education plan, then this convention is for you! From our nationally known speakers and informative workshops to our exhibit halls, you are sure to find help and encouragement in every way. In addition, there is the fellowship of hundreds of other homeschoolers, and real people to answer all of your questions.
We are looking forward to our next convention, and hope that you will be a part of the events and activities. We have many practical and interactive programs and workshop sessions planned, plus inspiring general sessions and family entertainment. Start planning now to attend HOME's Annual Convention!
Keynote Speakers and Special Guests for 2014: We have an exciting line-up of speakers, musicians and programs for 2014. Click on the links to find out more about Kevin Swanson and Generations with Vision, HSLDA's High School Consultant, Diane Kummer, and Joel Grewe and Generation Joshua! To find out more about the Boys Singers of Maine (directed by Richard Dustin) who will be joining us, as well, please see the concert description below!
Friday Evening Concert (6:00pm): The Boy Singers of Maine in Concert
The Boy Singers of Maine, a Maine nonprofit organization with a history of over 30 years, celebrates the male voice in all stages of development through its three choirs: the Lyric (training), Concert (treble) and Lower Octave (mature voice) Choirs. The mission of The Boy Singers of Maine (BSM) is to provide an exemplary music education and performance training for boys from second grade through high school in an atmosphere that fosters sensitivity, character development, discipline and self-confidence.
Friday Evening Movie Gallery: Building the Machine
President Barack Obama calls the Common Core State Standards “the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation.But they are also arguably the most controversial education reform in America’s history. In Building the Machine, Home School Legal Defense Association and Distant Moon Media Group team up to bring you a fast-paced behind-the-scenes tour of the Common Core: how it was developed, who’s paying for it, and how it’s rapidly turning into a set of national standards.
“The federal takeover involved no teacher or parent input,” reports the Huffington Post.
“I’m trying to think of something analogous to this—that slipped through so easily on a national basis—and I really can’t,” wonders Dr. Andrew Hacker, a political scientist at Queens College CUNY.
“The biggest misperception that Common Core proponents push on people is that there is any evidence that a system like Common Core will benefit children,” says Joy Pullmann, research fellow at the Heartland Institute.
“It takes power from the parent,” Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios says, “and de-incentivizes the parent from a deep and abiding interest in their child’s education.”
“People need to know about the Common Core,” states Dr. Michael McShane, research fellow at American Enterprise Institute, “because standards undergird everything in the education system.”
This documentary uncovers truths you won’t be told by the mainstream media.
Will the Common Core State Standards lead to higher achievement or they will dumb down the curriculum—and our students? Where is the research to show they will work? And what impact will they have on not only public schools, but private schools and homeschools as well?
This is a story about American’s future, reform, hidden agendas, and the battle for our children’s education. Don’t miss it!
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- Getting Started in Homeschooling Workshop (FREE Admission!)
- Parents of Preschoolers Program
- Homeschool Leadership Training Opportunities
- Graduation (New date and location!)
- Exhibitor List
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