"Well, I have to admit that the crowds got to me last time too." I shrugged my shoulders and took a deep breath. "But, how will we get equipped and see the latest books if we don't go?"
"Well," Laura paused for a moment, "We could go to an online convention."
"Oh, Laura, please. I've surrendered to email, blogging, and virtual field trips, but virtual conventions too. I just don't know...."
Conventions online require you to have internet access. That's all you need. The Ultimate Homeschool Expo sessions are on Blog Talk Radio, a site that airs online radio shows. You don't have to park, shove through the crowds, wait in long lines, push your stroller, and rush from workshop to session. You can settle down in your favorite chair with a cup of tea and soak in the wisdom of your favorite homeschool speakers.
The Ultimate Homeschool Expo was founded by Cindy Rushton, an amazing homeschool mom and author, with a vision to share her enthusiasm for homeschooling and motherhood with other ladies. Because God is now moving her on to another ministry, Felice Gerwitz, founder of Media Angels Inc. has taken over this ministry to homeschooling families.
My favorite thing is the chat room where you can visit with homeschoolers around the world during and after the session. Some of these ladies have become facebook friends. You can type in questions for the speaker to be asked after his/her session. There are also Jammy Nights once a month, followed by a Twitter Party. What fun!
Want to learn more? Felice will answer Twenty Questions for you about the Ultimate Homeschool Expo 2011. There are several events during the year. Here are the events that took place in 2011.
- Ultimate Homeschool Expo May 2011
- Ultimate Back to School Expo August 2011
- Ultimate Special Needs Expo September 2011
- Ultimate Fall Retreat October 2011
- Ultimate Holiday Expo November 2011
The first events of 2012
- Ultimate Creation Expo January 17-21, 2012
- Ultimate Homeschool Expo April 30-May 4, 2012
I have had the privilege of listening to Mary Hood, Maggie Hogan, Lorrie Flem, Dr. Jay Wile, Terri Johnson, Cindy Rushton, Israel Wayne, Andrew Pudewa, Marilyn Boyer, Tim Hawkins, and more. I have also had the privilege of interviewing as a co-host for the 2011 Back-to-School Blast. What joy it is for me to participate in such an amazing ministry.
Please check out the Ultimate Homeschool Expo--you'll be glad you did!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)