A home school conference or curriculum fair, seems to draw home educators out of the wood work, don't they?
Even the most reclusive of us, gets up at the crack of dawn, throws on the comfortable "tennies" to make the yearly trek to the home school curriculum mecca of the area.
As you prepare, consider these tips to help you pick the perfect products, save money and find home school shopping success!
1. Identify your child's learning style.
Knowing your children's learning style will help you choose curriculum that will work more effectively with your child and save you time and money!
The three basic categories of learning styles are:
Kinesthetic learners like direct involvement - they learn by doing. Visual learners discover best by seeing and watching demonstrations. And auditory learners learn through verbal instructions from others or self = they like to talk! :)
Most children use a variety of learning styles depending on what they are doing or learning, but most show a dominant style.
Look for materials that will complement their learning style, to prevent frustration and home school failure.
2. Recognize your preferred teaching method.
As a home educator, you play and important role in the education of your child. The products, home school curriculum and resources you use, must suit your personality and style.
In the homeschool community, there are a variety of teaching methods. A few include:
Choose a method that not only works with your child, but that you like too! Some of these popular teaching methods serve as wonderful ways to learn but to prevent feeling like a home school failure, choose one that is a right fit for you.
Most methods can be tailored for your child's individual learning style.
3. Create your budget.
Figure out your budget before going to your conference to prevent over-spending and limit impulse buys.
Specials will abound at your home school convention, but a bargain is never a bargain, if you don't have the money or if it’s not exactly what you need!
Do some research now.
Make the most of your home school convention experience, so you shop wisely, save money and invest only in the materials that are best suited for your children... and you!
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Thank you SO very much for scouting out all these options for us! You do a great service and really support homeschoolers with your fine efforts! We are indeed grateful.
I just wanted to share a quick story on my journey to homeschooling.
After watching our three oldest nieces go through the public school system, and having numerous friends who have had problems with public schools, when I found out I was expecting a child, I knew I would be homeschooling. I started out by doing ALOT of research, mainly on the internet. And found dozens of websites with so much free information it was amazing, and a blessing!
And since he has been old enough, I have worked daily with him on the basics. As soon as his little sister is old enough, I will be working with her too. We haven't worked out a curriculum yet, because he's still young, but thanks to your website, I'm well on my way, and I look forward to watching my children learn and grow!
Thank you, Heather for putting all this wonderful information together!