Yesterday, my friend N and I went to the Torah Homeschool Conference in Baltimore. We went last year, and although it was fun, it had a very "thrown-together" feel. No such criticism applies to the year's conference!
While there were a number of familiar faces from last year, there were also some new people, including a number of people from the NY/NJ area. (I guess Bergen County tuition is as bad as they say it is.) I also got to match a number of faces to names that I see online. The weirdest meeting for me, however, was seeing someone I used to know from San Diego--although this is a person I would have nominated for "Most Likely To Turn Frum." She used to sit in the balcony of a Conservative synagogue. Guess she went all the way.
As for the speakers, there seemed to be a nicely overarching theme of all for Torah. One speaker discussed integrating Kodesh and Chol--without bringing up creationism! Another talked about the importance of teaching your children a love of Hashem and his Torah first--all the rest will follow. A rabbi, who also ran a maple syrup farm up in Vermont, spoke about the importance of financial literacy. Jennifer from Adventures in Mama-Land discussed different techniques for educating little kids. Finally, a panel of veteran homeschoolers answered questions.
All in all, a great day and a wonderful motivator!