homeschool conference checklist

We’re excited to see you at our upcoming conference on April 7-8! It can be intimidating to remember all the things you need to get ready, but don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

With this handy conference checklist, you can feel totally prepared and in control … at least, for the next 10 minutes. 😉

Note workshop changes and other notes in our conference addendum.

We always have a list of last-minute workshop and vendor hall changes in our conference program. (Don’t worry, you will receive a full printed program, including all workshop descriptions, when you arrive at the conference.)

One particular change we want to highlight is for Saturday:

Proposed legislation that would put regulations on homeschool families is about to be presented to the Kansas legislature.

MPE president Todd Kangas and HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff will address these and other concerns about homeschool freedoms in a last-minute change to our conference workshop schedule: 10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 8, in the KCI Expo Center’s Room C.

The session is not being recorded to provide participants the greatest freedom in the Q&A section.

If traveling, pack your vehicles the night before.

Comfortable clothes, snacks, supplies – most, if not all, of these can be laid out ahead of time to ease your journey on the day. (If you’re looking for ideas on what to bring, see our top conference tips for newbies here.)

Take everything you need for shopping the vendor hall.

Some vendors only take cash or check, so make sure you bring enough in hand in case credit cards aren’t accepted.

Consider pre-ordering all workshop recordings for a special discount.

time to listenIf you pre-order all workshop session recordings before April 6, Rhino Technologies will offer you the opportunity to save nearly $30 off prices at the conference!

Prepare for the registration rush.

First-timers are usually amazed by the speed with which we fill the KCI Expo Center’s parking lot. Consider yourself forewarned! If you arrive anytime after 10 a.m. Friday, be prepared to walk a long ways to the entrance.

Once you’ve arrived, you can also streamline your registration process by knowing where to go.

See this handy map of the registration area? At the front entrance are tables for parents of preschoolers (POPS), at-the-door registration (New Conference/Membership or Renew Conference/Membership), and vendors only passes (passes just to get into the vendor hall).

If you’ve already prepaid, though, you can skip all those tables. Head straight for the upper left part of the map highlighted in yellow, which is organized by last name (A-G, H-N, and O-Z).

Bring registration confirmation if you’ve prepaid (e.g. email confirmation, Stripe or PayPal receipt, newsletter mailing labels, etc.)

Some proof of your prepaid conference registration is always a smart move, just in case you encounter any difficulties at our registration desk.

We should have sent you an email confirmation if you registered online – that’s our recommended option. If you didn’t receive an email confirmation, a Stripe or PayPal receipt or mailing label on your MPE print newsletter can also work.

homeschool conference food ideasPrepare your meal plans ahead of time.

While no outside food is allowed to be brought into the KCI Expo Center, you can always pack a picnic lunch to eat outside or purchase food inside the center.

Click here for more information at the end of the page about the KCI Expo Center’s meal options.

Get your T-shirt on!

Check out homeschool T-shirts for sale! “Greater Than Shirts” will be in the lobby (starting at noon Friday) and will have a variety of designs and color options available for you to choose from.

A portion of the costs will go to support Women’s Encouragement Day 2018!

Remember your scavenger hunt form.

Every year we feature a scavenger hunt with a gift certificate prize drawing, good toward any booth in the vendor hall. This year, you can enter to win one of two $35 gift certificates!

Make sure you print your form so you can enter before noon Saturday, April 8. Please note: Winners will be announced on Facebook and a sign by the vendor hall; they must be present and collect the certificates by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bring your Box Tops.

Save yourself a stamp and bring those Box Tops you’ve been saving all year! We’ll have our Box Tops donations boxes at the MPE table in the lobby.

(If you’ve never heard of Box Tops, see how this program benefits our homeschool community.)

Thanks, and see you there!

This blog post was originally published in April 2015. It has been updated for timeliness and detail.