Home School Convention 2010

I can not explain it but for this home schooling mom the thought of going to the Home School Convention gets me excited every time!  Months before its here, I nag Dale to make sure he has the day off to watch the kids, I preregister as to not waste time when I get there with the monotonous task, use my evaluation from the previous year, I research and research, and make lists of all the things I want to see in person, I want to buy and what I need.   To most people my statement of, I love this day, makes them ponder how crazy I am.  However I know that I am not alone in getting excited for the adventurous day that is ahead.   Its not every day that I will be able to go down isle upon isle looking at stuff that could potentially make my day easier, bring joy to one or all of my children or help them learn.

So for those of you that are asking, What is a Home School Convention; The Arizona Families for Home Education AFHE.org put these events together every year.  Its made up of guest speakers. exhibitor presentations/workshops and exhibitor booths.  Its a time to recharge, regroup and get ready for the next year.  If you’re lucky, you also get to meet up with fellow home schooling  parents or even meet new new friends.

With this day being such a big deal to me, I  thought I would share my convention day.  I just wanted to say for others what it is, for me have it for review in the future and for my peers share some thoughts of my upcoming year.  OK, yes I know I purchased a lot but that is the purpose of the day.  I have a school budget that Dale and I have worked out.  We put aside monies every paycheck for the sole purpose of education our children.  That is another post all in itself.  I purchased many things with Lexi in mind.  She is really wanting more.  And I need extra things that would keep her busy while Zander and I worked on 1st grade but was also educationally beneficial.  I also know what topics Zander is going to be working on and had my eyes out for things that will enhance what we will be learning.

Here’s what I purchased and some of my thoughts.


Usborne1001 Things to Spot Long Ago (Goes with our history but Lexi will enjoy as well)

Usborne See Inside Ancient Rome (History)

Usborne Sticker Math Fun for 6 -7 Year olds

Explode the Code 2 1/2 (also known as ETC…extra workbooks for phonics)

Explode the Code 3 1/2

Mummy mazes  (Zander looooves mazes)

Cuisenaire Rods Intro Set (Zander asked for these..not even sure how he knew about them)

Hands on History – The Ancient Egyptians

How to Draw Pets (Zander likes to draw)

How to Draw Inserts (and he likes animals/bugs so….)


Melissa & Doug wooden pattern blocks & boards (mainly for Lexi right now but all kids will use)

Usborne Sticker Dolly Dress Ballerina

Usborne Sticker Dolly Fashion Long Ago

Klutz pompom animals (again mainly for Lexi but will be used for all kids)

Kumon ABC’s write and wipe

Kumon 2 yrs and up Let’s Cut Paper

Kumon 2 yrs and up More Let’s Sticker and Paste

Wikki Stix number and counting activity

Devotions for Girls Ages 2 -5 (so my thought with this one is 2 to 4 times a month to have “tea time” with Lexi with a devotion/activity)

All Children–

Adventures in Odyssey CDs (we love these but I had them in tape and my tape player in the van broke.  Now to replace the tapes with cds)

Usborne How to Knit  (this is for me.. I’d love to learn to knit. =D  I’m hoping my mom will help when she’s here.)

Wiggly Eyes (we ran out so might as well pick some up. lol)

Stuart Little

The Trumpet of the Swan

Story of the World audio  (also known as SOTW; will be for history but all kids will listen and enjoy activities)

SOTW activity book

SOTW paperback…they were out of the hardcover..I would have prefered it

2 spiral Picture storybook journals…both my kids like these

Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry  (they’ve seen this one before but never owned it..$5 thought it was a good deal)

I am wanting to do a huge project on the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  I am just beginning the research and putting together stage.

My Book of Little House paper dolls

The Little House Cook book

My little House crafts

The Little House on the Praire

I also purchased 2 lapbooks project packs

In the Hands of a Child – Penguins

In the Hands of a Child – Charlotte’s Web

I realized that since I read sooo many books with Zander I really would prefer lapbooks on books not subjects.  They do offer to make custom orders but it definately cost significantly more.  We’re going to do the Penguins Lapbook with Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  They had an antartica one also…but… This is going to go over soooo well with my children as Lexi and Zander are both infatuated with penguins.  I’m really looking forward to this one and seeing how it goes.

The Charlotte’s Web one, I figured we’d read the book again at some point and can do the whole thing but till then I can look at in depth and use it for ideas and compare/contrast.   I might even hold off on the next read aloud and allow them to do even more of this one…

The “Project Pack” comes with the main spiral of ready to assemble hands on unit with reproducibles, a smaller spiral that has a complete answer key and daily scheduling. a protector sleeve that has the laptop activities already printed out onto colorful paper (you are able reuse by copying the black & white copies in the main spiral), and the last thing that is included is a premade plain lapbook.  I took a few pictures.

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