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Convention Strategies, Story Jumper, Choosing Curriculum

By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, April 12, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 21, April 12, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- Home from Cincinnati
Helpful Tip
-- Convention Strategies
Winning Website
-- StoryJumper.com
Reader Question
-- Choosing Curriculum
Additional Notes
-- Newsletter Archives
-- Sponsorship Information
-- Reprint Information
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Notes from Heather

Thank you to everyone who lifted us up in prayer this past week!

We really enjoyed being exhibitors at the Midwest Homeschool
Convention in Cincinnati.  It was fun meeting Notebook readers, too.  :-)

We met and exceeded our financial goals -- and also handed out
over 1,400 free audio CD stories from our Sugar Creek Gang


Distractible Children and Spelling...

"As a mom of distractible and active children (sizzlers!), I love
reading Carol Barnier's books on teaching distractible children.
The 'All About Spelling' curriculum is exactly what she recommends
for those distractible children: hands-on, short lessons, fun games,
variety, mixing oral work with written work." -- April E.

Find out more about "All About Spelling"!

Interested in Carol Barnier's books?  Read about them here:

How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning


Helpful Tip

Homeschool Convention Tips

As convention season heats up again, you can polish up your
conference planning strategies with this article from a previous
issue of our newsletter:

Making the Most of Curriculum Fairs

Here is another good article:

And here is a schedule with many conventions throughout the U.S.:


Do you have further ideas to share about homeschool convention
strategies? Do you have an experience to share that might help
our readers with a first-time conference attendance?

Send to: mailto:HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Winning Website


This site provides an outlet for anyone, child or adult, to create and publish
their own children's book!

It is free to open an account and use -- you only pay if you want to order
hard copies of your book.  There are story suggestions for those who'd like
a jump-start... or start from scratch and create your own completely original
story!  A gallery of pre-made art is provided for writers who aren't also
artists -- or you can create your own illustrations, too.

Last Issue's Reader Question

"I am looking ahead to the upcoming school year and trying to figure out what
curriculum my freshman will need.  Right now, I am stuck on deciding which
literature program to go with.  They all seem to be really good.  If anyone
can give me their reviews on a program that they liked or even disliked, it
will help me greatly in my decision making.  Thank you so much!" -- Jennifer

Our Readers' Responses

"Hi Jennifer --

The first step is to identify your goals of what you want your son to learn and
then find the materials that will help you teach those goals.  Don't get bogged
down in 'what others are doing'.  Learning is more than finding a piece of
curriculum and 'going through it'.

I can give you all the great stuff that we do with our children and many
'solutions'.  However, they will not be specific and personalized for your son. 

So, what are your specific goals?  From there a step by step plan can be made
that will keep the away the stress and anxiety of having to get 'something'
done." -- David K.

Answer our NEW Question

"My son is in the 7th grade and he likes astronomy.  Do you know of any good
astronomy programs?  We did Dr. Jay Wile's Astronomy last year.  Thanks!"
-- Bonita


Do you have a suggestion or some ideas for Bonita and her son?

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