HOME is dedicated to promoting homeschooling. All who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling are welcome! You are sure to find encouragement and information regardless of your homeschool approach or style. Our hope is that the Convention will be a blessing to all who attend. (Christian values are often reflected in vendors, speakers, workshops and general sessions.)
Admission to exhibit areas is included as a free benefit with all paid Convention registrations. Exhibit Hall Only passes are available on Thursday from 2:30pm - 5:30pm, Friday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm and Saturday from noon - 3:00pm. The cost of the Exhibit Hall Only Pass is $15/person for both adults & children. No Exceptions concerning the Exhibit Hall Only Pass.
Parents of Preschoolers Program
In an effort to promote homeschooling in Maine, HOME offers free convention admission to families who meet the following criteria:
1. Must have only children of preschool age (aged 6 or under at the time of the convention),
2. Must have never attended a HOME Convention before, AND
3. Must submit a written recommendation from a HOME Regional Representative to the HOME Office, along with a completed convention registration form.
Please contact your HOME Regional Representative for more information.
Getting Started in Homeschooling and Homeschooling High School 101 Workshops
These two workshops are scheduled for Thursday at 2:30pm. Admission is FREE for these two workshops ONLY. Pre-registration is not required. Please register at the door on Thursday. To attend all other aspects of the convention, please refer to the registration fees and information here.
Bottles and Boxtops
Bring your boxtops and empty returnable bottles to the HOME Convention or Used Curriculum Sale & Expo! HOME will deliver bottles to Hannaford, and funds will be deposited in HOME's Clynk Account. Funds raised will be used for Homeschool Kits for Kids and HOME Convention, Used Curriculum and Portfolio Review Scholarships!
Volunteers make all the difference. A smile, a helping hand, and caring ear are sometimes all it takes. As the saying goes, people do not care what you know, until they know how much you care. Would you consider helping HOME care for others during the HOME Convention? There are many ways to help! Contact HOME for more information.
P.S. Vounteers committed to working a total of 3 hours throughout the convention, are eligible to shop early at the Volunteer Pre-sale, the kickoff to our Used Curriculum Sale & Expo held annually in Augusta each spring. The Volunteer Sale is scheduled before the sale is open to the public. YOU will have the first choice of items!
Those interested in exhibiting at the HOME Convention may apply by contacting Raylene Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-763-2943. Or get forms and information at the following link: Exhibitor Information.
Visit convention speakers at their booths in the exhibit hall to find out more about the availability of recorded presentation topics. HOME will not be recording workshops and general sessions, but most speakers do have their own recordings.
Samoset Concession Stand: Soups, pizza, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda, etc. will be available during lunch breaks.
Samoset Restaurants: La Bella Vita Ristorante will offer lunch & dinner from the menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition, a cold and hot breakfast buffet will be available on Friday and Saturday.
Rockland Amenities include:
and other restaurants and stores.
The pool will be open according to the rules and the times of the Samoset Resort. There will be NO lifeguard. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children in the pool at all times.
Directions to Samoset Resort
From Boston, MA: (3 1/2 hours)
Proceed North on I-95 to Exit 52, Falmouth
From Portland, ME: (90 mins.)
95 North to Falmouth Exit 52 to Route 295 North to Topsham Exit 31 to Rt. 1 North. Turn LEFT on Rt. 90 (Warren) and follow until it reconnects with Rt. 1. Turn RIGHT at this light onto Rt. 1 south. At this point you are 4 miles north of the Samoset. Follow Rt. 1 south, At the fifth light turn LEFT onto Waldo Avenue, you will pass Home Depot on the right and Walmart on the left. (Tim Horton’s is on the right at the fifth light) The Samoset entrance road is ½ mile down Waldo Avenue on the RIGHT.
95 North to Gardiner exit 102. Turn RIGHT onto Rt 126 (Lewiston Rd), follow Rt 126. Turn LEFT on Rt 201 (Maine Ave). Turn RIGHT onto bridge, turn RIGHT onto Water Street. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto Rt 226, continue to follow Rt 226. Turn RIGHT onto Rt 17. Continue to follow Rt 17 Turn LEFT on Rt. 90 (Warren) and follow until it reconnects with Rt. 1. Turn RIGHT at this light onto Rt. 1 south. At this point you are 4 miles north of the Samoset. Follow Rt. 1 south, At the fifth light turn LEFT onto Waldo Avenue, you will pass Home Depot on the right and Walmart on the left. (Tim Horton’s is on the right at the fifth light) The Samoset entrance road is ½ mile down Waldo Avenue on the RIGHT.
From Augusta, ME: (45 mins.)
Route 17 East approx. 41 miles, when Route 17 meets Route 1 turn left (McDonald's on left), onto Route 1 North. 1/3 mile down turn right at the light onto Waldo Avenue (Littlefield Baptist Church) 1/2 mile on Waldo Avenue to the Samoset Resort entrance.
From Bangor, ME: (75 mins.)
Route 1A South to Route 1 South through Belfast and Camden, 7 miles beyond Camden and 1 mile beyond Penobscot Bay Medical Center, turn left onto Warrenton Street just past the Glen Cove Rest Area, 1 mile on Warrenton Street to the Samoset Resort entrance.
Are You the Member of a Local Support Group?
Are you grateful for the vast amounts of time and effort that your support group leader invests in you and the others in the group? Would you like a real great way to show your leader that he/she has your support?
The HOME Annual Convention is a wonderful opportunity for training. Top notch, national speakers, much local talent, an extensive exhibit hall, uplifting music and awesome fellowship—all rolled into one weekend!
Consider, either individually, or as a support group in general, paying for your leader (and their spouse!) to attend. They give so much—give back a little to them! Not only will they benefit, but you will too. It’s a great way to say thank-you.