One week from today I will be at the Teaching Parents Association Homeschool Convention in Wichita. I got to attend last year during the chaos of the summer and I was blessed immensely by getting to be with like-minded individuals, attending informative workshops and main sessions and of course getting to browse through the vendor hall. I expect no less from this year.
I am looking forward to hearing the keynote sessions from Todd Wilson this year. I discovered Familyman Ministries back before we were officially parents even. Even HubbaHubba enjoyed and has gleaned quite a bit from his site. He is full of wit and wisdom, doesn’t come across as a know-it-all and is very down to earth. I can’t wait to hear him speak and I am so hoping that his speaking style is similar to the way he writes. I know it will be good.
Dianne Craft is the featured workshop presenter this year. She desires to teach parents how to teach their differently abled children easier. I hope to be able to get in to one of her workshops.
Now, I realize that TPA is just a week away, however, there is still time to register and attend. If you need any more convincing to go (aside from getting to meet me…) just check out the workshops you can choose to attend. There are workshops for those just starting out on this homeschool journey and for those with children getting ready to head to college. There is everything from information about health and nutrition, sports, teaching English, methods of homeschooling, dealing with special needs and yeah. Tons and tons and tons to choose from!
And if that wasn’t enough to motivate you to attend, how about the vendor hall? I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I am a homeschool curriculum junkie of sorts (ok, I admit it, I am, and no, I don’t really think it is a problem. Yet.)
I am so excited that the Institute for Excellence in Writing has a booth this year!!!! I have pretty much decided that I really want to use their Primary Arts of Writing with the Bugs this upcoming school year and I’ve been wanting to see the curriculum in person before I commit to it.
Artistic Pursuits also has a booth. I’ve used (and reviewed) their The Way They See It book for 3-5 year olds and loved it. You will definitely want to stop by their booth if you are looking for a good art course!
If you are looking for books for your homeschool, you absolutely have to check out Books Bloom. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a book that is harder to find, Jan can help you find it. She is a delight to talk to and will take the time to help you find what you are looking for. I always left their booth with a smile last year (ok, so I admit I visited it several times to just browse, but trust me, you will too)
Doorposts will be in attendance this year. I’ve been hearing a lot about their products and fellow bloggy buddies have been gushing about them so I’ve been curious to see exactly what all the hype is. And this will be a good opportunity to perhaps purchase some of their products as they have been so kind to let us share with you a coupon for five dollars off a thirty-five dollar or more purchase, only at the TPA Convention. And you can share this coupon with friends that are coming too!
A Journey Through Learning will be there for the first time this year. They have created lapbooks for you! If you love to lapbook, or are interested in learning more about lapbooks, stop and visit Betty and she can help you! A Journey Through Learning has lapbooks for every subject and even for Veggie Tales. I haven’t ventured into the world of lapbooking yet, but I just might this year thanks to A Journey Through Learning (oh, and Classical Conversations has approved several of their lapbooks for use with CC curriculum!)
Speaking of A Journey Through Learning, they have graciously offered a giveaway for you! Use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win your choice of one download from A Journey Through Learning (so, you should go browse and start to think about which one you would choose). (if for some reason the form isn’t working, please let me know, this is my first time with it!)