Assembling A Binder For A Homeschool Convention

Every year I plan my trip to the HEAV Convention with great care. Like any large event there is so much to see and do that if I’m not careful I’ll forget half of the things I wanted to see and do! This is especially true of the exhibit hall– I need to look at physical books and materials before making a purchase if possible, but without a list and plan I get side-tracked and end up purchasing things that while interesting and neat don’t necessarily fit with our learning environment.

I keep my notes from year to year and find them a useful resource for planning the following year’s work as well.

Today I received a notice in my email that the program for the convention was available digitally for review and printing. I know there will be a nice printed one in my registration packet but there are a few things I want to review and mark up before the convention. I downloaded the document and printed the following:

  • The cover of the program to insert into my binder’s cover
  • The map of the exhibit hall to mark up and familiarize myself with
  • The alphabetical list of exhibitors to review and annotate
  • The one page schedule
  • I assembled my materials:

  • A binder
  • Three hole punch
  • Pens and Markers
  • Notebook paper
  • Tabs
  • I also used the computer to look up vendors with whom I was not familiar.

    Everything is assembled and ready to go!

    Everything is assembled and ready to go!

    The program cover went into the front of my binder- mostly because it looks nice!

    The program cover went into the front of my binder- mostly because it looks nice!

    I go through page by page and mark the booths on the Exhibit Hall Map.

    I go through page by page and mark the booths on the Exhibit Hall Map.

    The map goes into the back cover of the binder. I'll bring a wet-erase marker to convention so I can mark the map through the plastic sleeve.

    The map goes into the back cover of the binder. I’ll bring a wet-erase marker to convention so I can mark the map through the plastic sleeve.

    I make a list of what to look for at the booths I've marked. I also not who the materials are for.

    I make a list of what to look for at the booths I’ve marked. I also note who the materials are for.

    I'll be attending workshops and volunteering so I've added those schedules here.

    I’ll be attending workshops and volunteering so I’ve added those schedules here.

    I have tabs for each thing I'm doing during the convention. I'll add phone numbers I might need and my own business cards etc. to the blogging section.

    I have tabs for each thing I’m doing during the convention. I’ll add phone numbers I might need and my own business cards etc. to the blogging section.

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    4 Responses to Assembling A Binder For A Homeschool Convention

    1. Davene Grace says:

      I agree with Emily: you really are awesome! I am so impressed!!

      I LOVE the HEAV convention and count it as one of the highlights of the year, but I have never approached it in such an organized way. Hats off to you for being so organized and inspring!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • K_Steinmann says:

        Organization is really just a coping mechanism for me. If I didn’t have that binder I would walk into the convention, see the crowds and walk right back out! That many people really scramble my brain…K

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