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Read just a few of the testimonials from the Not Back to School Summit - then join HECOA as a Plus member so you can grab all the inspiration that our members have received!
...As a new homeschooler (we made the decision last spring) all the different presentations have been mind blowing in the best way. I have no doubt that this summit has had, and will continue to have, a profound effect on how we educate our children, how we raise our children and even on some of our general views of the world. I really cannot thank you enough for organizing it. - Ali K.
Thank you for putting on such an amazing Homeschool Summit. I have truly enjoyed all of it that I have been able to listen to. I just upgraded my membership because I don't want to miss anything! Your tireless efforts have not been in vain. Thank you, Thank you Thank you! - Ann
...I was at a standstill and frustrated and this reminder of why I homeschool and do what I do and how we do it... swung us 180 and back on track! From tears to joy and excitement and personal direction for each of my 4 children! Wow this will affect generations to come! ...Cheri E.
I have LOVED this entire series - I am just starting out with homeschooling and this conference has helped to educate me, provided me with tons of resources, and given me some affirmation that we've chosen the correct path for our family. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! - Christine B.
THANKS so much for the AWESOME seminars you have been coordinating. Some of the presentations have been so very helpful, and I am quite impressed with the super quality and substance of the material. Listening to some of the talks has brought a lot of CLARITY into the approach to homeschooling I am taking with my boys...You are doing an amazing job of finding and facilitating this wonderful conference. Many many thanks! - Warmly, Irene
...Even as a veteran home school mom, I enjoyed the speakers. I was encouraged by your honesty and zeal for home schooling. I was challenged in my thinking, my attitude, and my teaching. - God bless. - Jennifer
This summit was SO GREAT! ...I was afraid that I did not know how to do it, and this summit helped ease my fears....It meant so much to me and helped me feel confident that I CAN home school and not have to sacrifice my sanity or my house orderliness at the same time! Thanks again - Jess K.
We've been homeschooling for 13 years, and I wish I had been able to hear some of these voices when we were starting out. But there's plenty here for learning and improving, even for old-timers like me. The affirmation is just as helpful as the advice! I am encouraging members of our local support group to tune in... - Kathy
This summit was life changing and I only hope I can keep the focus and not lose sight of the end goal. I love homeschooling and I am so grateful to you for organizing this and putting this on to help connect us all and keep us motivated to be good parents/educators for our kids! Priceless! - Lindsey B.
I am gaining a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and ideas! As a new homeschoolers, this is just what I need to kick start my new adventure! Thanks again! - Melissa
Wow, just wow! What a wealth of information we are receiving!! I just have one 3-year-old child but I've known I wanted to homeschool for about a year now and I'm spending this time trying to re-educate MYSELF, as well as educate myself on how to educate my child! I feel SO lucky to have stumbled upon wonderful opportunities like this. So thank you, thank you, thank you!! - Jennifer P.
I had the most amazing time this month. Us veteran homeschoolers need to be inspired as well. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put in to making this happen and having it completely online. I was able to attend more workshops and learn so much more than any of the (live) conventions that I have attended over the years.... I especially loved how so many of the presentations had finding our lives mission in them....You all had presentations that resonated and that I need in my life now. - Rebecca B.
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for putting this on. I have so much more ammo and motivation I really appreciated the presentations that were NOT specifically about curriculum, because it is how we teach and not what we teach that matters, in my opinion.... I love knowing their are other homeschoolers focusing on giving their children values. I loved the motivation, and the "you can do it" attitude from all of the presenters. I look forward to participating in these conferences again.... -Sarah C.
....It has been one of the best homeschool conferences I have ever "attended" and I've been to a few expensive ones. Doing this from home when it is convenient has been so wonderful! Thank you for all this hard work to bless the homeschool community! - Shelley N.
I feel like I've made new friends and have people in my home who are cheering me on, I don't feel alone in this journey. I feel a little sad that I didn't get some of this 5-6 yrs ago when first starting out, but so glad I'm getting it now! -Stephanie
....I learned that my instincts are spot on, I just needed to hear it from somebody else. Thank you so much for all the hard work (and hours!) you put in to this amazing summit. Your passion for home education is a wonderful example for us all to follow. - Toni M.
...I have been struggling with the idea of homeschooling my 5th and 2nd grader but have been so completely overwhelmed at the thought. A friend recommended this summit to me and OH MY GOODNESS. I have been SO inspired and encouraged and I feel like maybe I can do this after all.... -Wendy A.
The summit has been truly amazing and very helpful. The quality of the presentations...has been outstanding; rich with inspiration and vision, while at the same time filled with practical and doable material. Your coordination and superb organization in pulling this summit together is very much appreciated. - Irene
The HECOA Not Back to School Summit was a whirlwind immersion of some of the best practices in homeschooling presented by some of the foremost figures and authorities of homeschooling. I am grateful for all of your efforts to host this event as it helped expose me to some of the best ideas and practitioners of homeschooling. - Mark P.
It was so much better that going to a conference live, because I didn't have to give up a whole Saturday from my family to go to a conference. I could listen to them on my own time....Tina B.
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