I can not wait for the upcoming OCEANetwork Conference. In less than 2 weeks my husband , the boys, and I will journey into Portland to the Oregon Convention Center to join other Oregon homeschool families for the annual Homeschool Conference in exchange for my blogging before and after the conference..
This year's theme "Anchored in Christ" is fitting as our homeschool mascot the sailor and our school theme of a journey with Christ at the helm align with the theme perfectly. I have already printed a list of the exhibitors and vendors along with a Conference Workshop Schedule. I am working my way through the vendor list making notes of who I want to talk to about their program along with a list of products I am searching for.
This year, OCEANetwork has a wonder children's tract with Stories from Bruce Isham and science stations throughout by Twin Rock Science Camp. Nathan is looking forward to the various science stations after last year's sea star dissection.
Our plan is to take the boys on Friday and then just Mike and I on Saturday, that way we can attend more of the adult encouragement workshops on Saturday and also the Used Curriculum Sale together without the boys having to be juggled.
So Friday looks like 3 stories by Bruce Isham for the boys , a lunchtime Exhibitor's workshop maybe 2 (can't decide between Institute for Excellence in Writing and Doorpost for Friday), 2 Heidi St. John workshops for Mom, General Session with Norm Wakefield, and 1 undecided session. Of course, this could all change once we arrive on Friday.
Saturday is looking good too. I found a Jon Dunagan workshop for Mike to attend first thing in the morning while 1st session is still undecided for me. Also the General Session in the morning looks good, but you can't go wrong with a message from Dick Karman. lunchtime will likely be a screen of Overruled! from Parental Rights.org followed by 1 of 3 workshops that seem like they will speak to me. The last workshop session has several workshops that I want to attend, I may have to step up and purchase the CDs or MP3 downloads after the conference.
Online registration has closed for the conference but you can still register by the door for $60 for yourself and your spouse. Children are $10 each. You can also purchase an Exhibit Hall only pass $15 for adults and $10 for children.
I am looking forward to blogging more about the conference and even posting to Facebook and Twitter during the conference.