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Friday, July 27, 2007

A Curriculum Fair

I went to my very first Curriculum Fair last night, it was with a friend's homeschool group and it was fabulous. It was small but we had Sonlight, Usborne, Math-U-See, a Doorposts representative and a good mix of local vendors. My friend wanted me there to share our "classical" homeschool, so I had a table too. Five times during the three hours I was asked if I was selling our homeschool products, one woman thought I was a representative from Peace Hill Press (creators/publishers of The Well-Trained Mind, The Story of the World, etc.)

I took all of the books that help me for homeschool, and what we're using right now. The major hits of the night were US Geography notebooking pages and Themes to Remember from I was so overwhelmed that when a fellow homeschooler asked me what the trivium was, I drew a blank. A complete blank. A complete blank about something that I could probably say in my sleep.

I brought Tapestry of Grace's Year 2 Redesign Unit 1 and I expected that to be a hit but it wasn't. I realized I need to become more familiar with TOG before I can truly share it. Click here to download the Free 3 week sample of TOG Yr 1 Redesign, print it out and live with it for a while, it really is the best way to decide for yourself. I also recommend getting the Teaching With Tapestry seminar and Multi-Pack which has a brochure, DVD and more information

I took my camera but forgot to take any pictures. Sigh.

It was a lot of fun, I didn't get to meet half the people I wish I had to time to talk to- but I did see a lot of products! I forgot to give one woman contact information about French programs and I forgot to purchase French For Children from her...oh well. Do you believe I didn't buy a SINGLE thing? I walked and saw all that was for sale and just knew I would be in trouble. I left without spending a dime. I don't know if I'm ready to attend a HUGE curriculum fair but this one was a lot of fun. Kudos to the homeschool group for organizing it!



cindy said...


I know what you mean about the questions. Around here, anything except Abeka and Sonlight is a curiousity. A few people know Rod & Staff, but Things like Hold That Thought are really intriguing! (I know I spelled that wrong!!).

Kudos to you for NOT buying anything!!!!!!!!


Barb said...

I just returned from our big homeschooling convention and it is very overwhelming if you don't have a plan. It is also very exciting to see things in person that you hear about online and make a judgment for yourself about whether it will work in your family or not.

It has taken me years to feel comfortable explaining how TOG works and now they have redesigned it and added in things just to make me learn it over again. :) I did check out a whole year in person at the convention but I actually am still not convinced to trade in my classic for the redesign....hmmmm, not this year anyway.

I will try to blog about the convention this week.