California Homeschool Conference: Homeschool Association of California 2016

California Homeschool Conference: Homeschool Association of California 2016

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Looking for a California homeschool conference? The week before last, we went to the Homeschool Association of California 2016 Conference. We go every summer and we love it. I think this was our fourth time to attend. If you’re a homeschooling family in California, you should consider attending next year.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Ollie in the stroller

California Homeschool Conference: Homeschool Association of California 2016

When you go to a conference like this with a toddler, you don’t really get a lot “done”. Ollie will be two in October. At this age, it’s pretty much a cycle of eat, poop, Elmo, play, nap, eat, pet the doggies, play, swim, eat, Elmo, sleep.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Ollie watching Elmo

Ollie watching Elmo and playing with his toys.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Playing trains

We spent a lot of time in the little kids’ playroom, mostly playing with the trains.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Playing kitchen

Ollie made some friends.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Gidget and Ollie

Gidget is one of his best friends. She’s nine, but she loves little kids more than anything in the world. She loves to change Ollie’s diaper, push him in the stroller, feed him. Anything as long as it involves Ollie.

I had a lot of big plans for the weekend. But I only got to two lectures.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Notes

Sandra Dodd was AMAZING, as always. I left her talk feeling inspired-to-the-point-of-tears (those kind of happy tears) and all charged up and ready for the fall semester.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Jane McGonigal

I also got to see Jane McGonigal, gamer, brainac and all-around-awesome lady, and author of one of my favorite books of all time, [easyazon_link identifier=”0143120611″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Reality is Broken[/easyazon_link].

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Learning

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend [easyazon_link identifier=”0143120611″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Reality is Broken[/easyazon_link]. Especially for those of you who struggle with your kids and the dreaded “screen time”. This book will change your whole perspective on computers, gaming, and learning.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Checking out the exhibits

Mostly we just hung out and played.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Swimming

We spent every afternoon at the pool.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Tired after swimming

After they swam, both kids were cold and tired and starving. Like refugees, crying for blankets and room service.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Computer games

We’d wrap them in warm towels, rush them back up to the room, order food, shower, and get cozy.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Watching Harry Potter

Ollie and me, watching Harry Potter in the hotel room.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Brother and sister chillaxing

The most special moments of the weekends were the ones that happened when we were just hanging out.

California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Hotel
California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Ollie's milk mouth
California Homeschool Conference: HSC 2016 -- Kate doing Ollie's hair

If you’re a California homeschooling family, I look forward to seeing you at the conference next year.  It happens the last week of July every year in Northern California. Bookmark the website and put it on your calendar: Homeschool Association of California Conference.


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