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Learning Latin has often been deemed as "difficult" or "impossible" simply because it is a language that existed so long ago. However, it is the root of the romantic languages and is actually really interesting to learn. Classical Academic Press (CAP) has created a line of curriculum that introduces students to this classical language by showing how Latin is around us in so many different ways and offering students an engaging format to that teaches grammar and culture.

As a member of the TOS Crew, we received CAP's Latin Alive! bundle. This includes the Latin Alive! book 1, book 1 Teacher's Edition, and a DVD/CD set. This curriculum is geared for junior high and high school aged students. There are no prerequisites to this level, either, though CAP does offer earlier levels.

Who Is Classical Academic Press: I could go on and on and tell you about CAP. But below is a video created by them that tells who they are very well. You can also go to their website and read more.
Their motto is Classical Subjects: Creatively Taught.
What is Latin Alive!: Latin Alive! is a curriculum which offers 3 levels that can span over a 3 year period. We received bundle 1. Each level builds upon the first and is written by Latin instructors. Level 1 is an introduction to Latin that focuses on grammar and an understanding of the language, as well as culture and Roman mythology. From their website, Level 1 Latin Alive! is:
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  • "Thirty six weekly chapters including twenty nine new content chapters and seven review, “reading” chapters.
  • Pronunciation Guides * Weekly introduction of vocabulary
  • Thorough grammar explanations including all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
  • United States state seals and their Latin mottos
  • Extensive study of the Latin derivatives of English words
  • Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises
  • Lessons and stories of Roman culture, myths and history
  • Exercises and questions to prepare students for the National Latin Exam and the Advanced Placement Exam" (this is a REALLY good point)
  • "Includes historical contributions from Christopher Schlect, historian and Academic Dean at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID
  • Teacher’s Materials including answer keys, teacher’s helps and additional activities available separately"

The DVD that comes with this bundle offers weekly lessons that average 30 minutes each. These lessons offer a personal education by Karen Moore. The student can hear and see the language come alive. This is a wonderful asset to have when learning a language. The CD is a take-along resource that your student can listen to anywhere! You can watch a sample of the DVD below.

What We Thought: Latin has always been a language that I wanted to learn in school so I was excited to receive Latin Alive!. My daughter has a great interest in it also, partly because of the historical aspects of it. Latin Alive! has allowed both of us to learn Latin. We have enjoyed the cultural and historical lessons, too. It always intrigues me to learn about ancient civilizations. We can never imagine living like they did, but to learn about them and their culture helps bring the idea a little closer.

How To Purchase: You can buy the Latin Alive! 1 bundle for $139.95. You can also purchase the individual items here. Classical Academic Press also has programs for younger students, teachers, and logic, Bible, & Poetry. You can see all of their curriculum here.

You can read additional reviews of Latin Alive! as well as the Song School Latin and Latin for Children at the TOS Crew's website.

And remember: I received these products free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using them. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer
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Would you like to have access to a program that will help your students in math, spelling, vocabulary, or learning the states? Does your student get "bored" at times and just needs a change of scenery but still needs to do school work? Well if so, I have a suggestion for you.

As a member of the TOS Crew, our family received a premium membership to Big IQ Kids online learning system. This is a great tool that encourages students to learn by offering interactive subject based programs for spelling, vocabulary, math, and US Geography. Big IQ Kids Motto is:
Helping kids become and stay A+ students
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What is Big IQ Kids? Big IQ Kids is designed for students K-8 and is "a unique learning method designed to help each child develop the skills needed to perform to his/her potential." (bigiqkids.com). Each subject is designed to advance at the individual child's pace which encourages the student to work and achieve goals without feeling overwhelmed or pressured to learn faster than his capability. At the end of each lesson, the child has an opportunity to play a game using the "game coins" earned during the lesson. The games are fun and continue to stimulate the student's learning processes. 

How Does It Work? Like I wrote above, each program is designed to work according to the child's ability, not the standard for age or grade level. This takes away that peer pressure that kids get while in school. Feeling like they need to compete with the next student. All the while, increasing their skills in each subject. Once the child logs in, he can choose which subject to do. The subject pages do not have loud graphics or music, they are simply the lesson, which allows the student to complete the work without distraction. You can customize each subject, too. The lessons start out at a basic level and work up according to your child's mastery of each concept or lesson. You can view the home page below. As you can see, there are tabs for each section. Once the student logs in, the screen does look different, but there is still the choice of subjects. 
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What We Thought: My DS enjoyed this site. He preferred the states game because he could buzz through it to get a coin, to go play a game. At first I didn't think this was a good idea (buzzing through), but then realized he really was learning. And the game he liked the most was a strategy game that he had to figure out how to get each ball to the right color basket. But to do this, ropes needed to be cut at the right time and the balls needed to drop in the right order. It is actually a very fun game. My daughter thought it was too simple, but she's 15yo :) It's not really designed for her, but since it can be modified for each child, it's workable. I do like the site. What I like the most is the that if DS started to need a break at work (he thought) but really didn't, I could have him get on the site and he was still doing work. I liked that. The one thing that we did not really like were the voices used in the programs. They are computer generated and sound as such. This can become very irritating. DS would turn the sound down, but that was us. It's still worth the time to look into as it does help students learn. The second thing that we weren't really fond of was the way the math lesson had to be completed. It just seemed to not go smoothly. You have to type in the numbers right to left, even if you're at the last number. This seemed to confuse DS some. You can go to Big IQ Kids and try it out. DS still did the lessons and accomplished a few goals. It certainly wasn't a reason to not use the program. 

How To Purchase: The great thing about Big IQ Kids is that it can be used for FREE. There are memberships that you can purchase, which offer a few special features. You can view the difference in free vs premium here. The prices vary as you can purchase individual subjects or all. The lowest price is $7.99/month/spelling, a full year is $99.00/all. You can view the pricing levels here.


You can read other reviews on Big IQ Kids from the TOS members here.

And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer
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This week is an incredibly busy week for us. Yesterday I had little sleep after working 12hr night shifts all weekend, because I had to go to Syracuse for some errands and a meeting at 4pm. Then I had to get to speech and debate in Canastota, which started at 5pm. Though I really did want to go to the meeting, it was cancelled at 3:45pm. I was already out in Syracuse, but I did get to finish my errands, get home, and make it to club (almost on time, lol). 

Today I had my ACLS refresher in the morning, had lunch with my DH (this was VERY NICE), then had to shop, get home to help DD finalize her speeches, try to pack to be ready to leave tomorrow morning. But before we leave for the tournament, DD has The Piano Guild (so excited, it's her first time participating). After Guild, we come home, load the car, drive to Scranton in the snow to meet the in-laws who will take DS for a couple of days, then finish driving to the tournament. Whew!!! It would be nice to be able to relax once there, but we have to make sure everything is correct for her speeches, go register, and try to get to bed so she will be rested for the next 3 days of competition. 

Wow! What was the Blog Cruise question? How to handle the busyness of life? I don't know if that was exactly the question, but that is certainly what is going on this week. It usually isn't so crazy. And I know it will be alright. The Lord has everything under control (sometimes I need to be reminded of this). I am looking forward to the next few days and pray that DD will have a wonderful experience. I am complaining a bit here, but I wouldn't trade it at all. Maybe be more prepared and organized, and given us more time to get ready, ie: taken a day or two off from work. Next time...As for schoolwork, debate and speech is as much schoolwork as math and science. There is so much that goes into it. DS will be getting out of it some, but will be encouraged to read while with Grandma & Grandpa.

So here I am, typing my 30 day challenge post late, but I am doing it and plan to post this week as well. Big IQ Kids review is due Friday, so be sure to check back then, if not before. I will post about my day tomorrow and about how the tournament is going. One nice thing is that we will be staying in a motel with an indoor pool :-) That was a planned option; maybe I really was thinking ahead.

Until tomorrow, take care and many blessings always.
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Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home
and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 11:19

This week's Blog Cruise question is an interesting topic. One of the common questions that is asked of homeschoolers is "Aren't you afraid they won't know how to handle life when they grow up?" Usually this refers to socialization (yes, that sticky word) and all that happens in the world. It's strange how the world sees homeschoolers and what the stereotypes are. Some think that kids are secluded and isolated and the only interaction with the world is church. And others might understand the basics but still think that the kids (homeschooled) are unsocialized and will be unable to interact appropriately. 

Well, this week's question is: "How do you incorporate life skills into your homeschool routine?"

Like I said, this question is interesting. I'm not sure if all homeschool moms and dads think about this subject, but it is a point of contention sometimes. Every year while deciding on curriculum for the new school year, I try to find that perfect life skills book. I've bought a few, used a few, not used more, and so on. I finally figured out that we really do teach life skills, and not usually from a book! While growing up, we parents learned many life lessons. These lessons can help us to teach our children the necessary things in life. Like The Lord instructed in Deuteronomy, teach your children in the morning, when your walking, or just sitting. The Lord knows all things, and throughout the bible He instructs us on those truths.

Like I said, in our home, life skills are taught; everyday even. From cleaning to cooking to money management, I try to teach the kids skills that they will need when they're on their own. We've had so much fun with home ec and cooking. This year my DD has really developed a liking for it. She scans the internet for good recipes or watches Rachael Ray or the Kitchen Boss for ideas. It's been a lot of fun trying different meals. We've all been trying to eat healthier so trying to recipes can be challenging. Making sure there is not too much fat or sodium or carb's...it's CRAZY! But it's fun. We especially like baking (nice diet, right, lol). But really, there are so many great dessert recipes or baking ideas. I've been happy that my DD actually likes it. There was a time in the not so distant past, that she couldn't figure out how to open a can. She is so funny sometimes. She can think so far out of the box on some things, and others, if it's not right in front of her, she can't see it. So with cooking and cleaning, she is able to develop a few critical thinking skills. She is improving and I'm enjoying being with her as she "expands her horizons". My DS has always enjoyed cooking. I can easily incorporate math lessons into it by having him use the measuring cups and reading lessons by having him tell me what the next ingredient is. 

Other life skills, like managing money or organization, are also worked on everyday. Organizing our time is a priority, as it is for many homeschool families. Without some type of organization, schoolwork will fall behind and chaos soon consumes the day. Although, I don't mind a little chaos, it makes life interesting... Managing money is so important in this day and age. Prices have increased, gas is going up more and more everyday and the economy is rapidly declining despite what some what us to believe. And though I know it will eventually improve and that God holds all things in His hands and we do not need to worry, I still want them prepared. So they are included in the decision making about purchasing certain things, vacations, church tithing, etc. If we are shopping and they (usually DS) want something, I might say "you can get it if you pay for it out of your money". It is quickly decided that the item is not so important afterall. I think that all children should understand the value of money, or lack of. And what it means to budget and not overspend. I'm not saying my DH and I haven't been in rough situations before because of money, but we've learned and The Lord has guided us to make wise decisions now. I want my children to be prepared for the decisions they'll have to make someday.

These are just a few skills that I believe are important "life skills". There are more, and each day another might pop up, but what's important is that we stand true to the responsibility that we took on when we became parents: raising our children to love The Lord and follow Him. Through Him, we will be given the wisdom and love necessary to raise our children so that they will be prepared to be adults when the time comes. But until then, just enjoy your children and trust that He has given YOU the ability to train up your child.

How do you teach your children life skills? Leave me a comment and/or a link. And be sure to check out the other members responses. I welcome you to come back each week to read my answer, take a look at theirs, and ponder what yours might be. I hope this offers you an interesting read or maybe an encouraging word.
 
Next week's question: "How do you teach the challenging and advanced subjects if you struggle with them yourself?

Train up a child in the way that he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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I started this post on Friday, and unfortunately, I went to work before I could post it & have worked all weekend  :\ So because of that I didn't post on Saturday either and my 30 day challenge has fallen behind a little. But today is the first day of the rest of my posts :) and I will continue to challenge myself to post daily. So on to this post.

Today's 30 DC is going to be about our first Disney trip. Why? you ask. Well, because one of the TOS Crew leaders has a blog section dedicated just to Disney called Destination Disney. Her post is about remembering the first Disney trip you and/or your family took and I decided to participate this time :)

My first trip to Disney is easy to remember. It wasn't when I was a child, although that would have been fun, it was in 2004. It was nice because it was not only my first time, but by kids, too. My husband went when he was little (back in the 70's) and had a very short visit. He has always wanted to go back. Our trip was with my brother and his family. That, in itself, was wonderful. It was really nice to spend that time with them. We left the day after Christmas and came home after the New Year. It was nice to be there for the new year, just kind of special. The only thing is that it was REALLY busy, and that was a little much since I had never been there before. We went again in 2009 in February and that was very nice. I much prefer the slower seasons.

We did have such a good time, though. There is so much to see and I can't imagine ever being able to see it all in one trip. But that's what makes it exciting!! We hope to go again this year. We're going to try the fall this time.

I want to post a few pics from our first trip. There are some really special ones that we have, but I wasn't able to find them. We moved them and I was sure I knew where I put them. Famous last words...But here are some good memories, too. DS loved Pluto so that pic was special to us. I love lions, they are such an incredible creation, so the safari was great. And then there's the Mickey, Donald & Daisy, and Tigger. It was alot of fun walking around the parks trying to find the characters. Pluto was actually at a restaurant. It was neat.
For Heidi's Destination Disney, click the link button below.
If you have Disney first memories, leave a comment. You can also go to Heidi's site and post your link.

I will be posting again tomorrow. The Blog Cruise question this week is "How do you incorporate life skills into your homeschool routine?" Come back tomorrow to read my response as well as others.

Thanks for following. And I'll "see" you tomorrow. 
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The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart,
so that I should recall my sins. .
Saint Patrick

My 30 Day challenge day 9 brings us to March 17th. So...Happy St. Patrick's day to all of my Irish friends. My daughter has reminded me all day that if we were Irish, we should wear orange and not green; since green is for Irish Catholics and orange is for the Protestants. And - the white on the flag is for "the hope that peace will come between them". Does that quote remind you of "I don't know. Maybe a nearby meadow or a hollow tree. Or a house full of dwarves. I hear they're very hospitable". You don't recognize it? Oh, well, it's from Enchanted and it's one of the most repeated lines around here :-) I know that sounds sarcastic, but it really wasn't meant to. It's just quirky.

Anyways...so I researched it to find the truth behind St. Patrick's day. I found out that St. Patrick was not Irish, but had been taken prisoner as a teen to Ireland. After escaping by following a dream he believed was given to him by God, he went back to Britain. He did become a missionary to Ireland after being convicted by God to do so. There he preached to Christians that lived in Ireland and spread the gospel to native Irishman. At the time St. Patrick lived, there was NO division between Catholics and Protestants. Everyone was either Christian, or not. I find this interesting. Especially since I am Baptist.

So where did the colors come from? Apparently the original color was blue, but then became green after the expression "wearing of the green" that was derived from a song. This was based on a 1798 rebellion where Irish soldiers wore green uniforms. More importantly, I read that St. Patrick used the 3 leaf shamrock to teach the Trinity, which is a great way to represent the 3 in 1 aspect of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. 

The orange color actually came in the late 1600's when Protestant William III, the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, aka William of Orange defeated King James II a Roman Catholic in the Battle of Boyne.

And if you look at the dates, since St. Patrick was born in late 4th century and wasn't around in the 1600's, 1700's, or now, he wouldn't have worn any lone color. His main goal, after becoming a missionary, was to bring people to know The Lord, not to go out drinking, partying, and the like. He might just be surprised to see his followers acting like that. It seems to me that this is done at not other prompting other than for our own earthly pleasures.

Even so...
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So now to my Spring has Sprung question. Yesterday I posted for Wednesday Wonderment photos that I had taken before that reminded me of Spring. Well, today it was close to 60 degrees out and the snow finally melted off one of my flower gardens, and look at what I found!!!
Since it's St. Patrick's day, I thought it fitting to use the clover border :) I was so pleased that I had to take pictures. Soon enough they will all be bloomed, but I know that Spring really isn't here for good...YET. That, too, is soon enough. Around here, I'm sure we will still have days with snow and nights very cold. But that's ok. Winter has finally hit the final stage. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the hope that only You can bring!

Have a great night, be safe, and until tomorrow.
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I've made it to day 8 of my 30 day challenge, woohoo!! In case you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm challenging myself to do a daily blog post for 30 days. So far it has been fun and I'm thankful that The Lord convicted me to do this.

Today is Wednesday so my Wednesday Wonders is due. This week my photos are a little bit of wishful thinking, :-) They are pictures taken in previous years but I am posting them because I am rather impatiently waiting for Spring. The pictures are springtime shots. I pray you'll enjoy them and they will be a testament to the One True God to you. He has blessed us in so many different ways and the beauty that is all around us is just one of them. Swans come every spring to Oneida Lake and they are absolutely beautiful animals. The flowers are from my flower garden, which the cats love to lay in. The black-eyed susan is just a summer flower that I love!
So do you have any pics that help you get out of the winter-time blues. Leave me a comment and let me know.

And now for the FREE promo code. I have just started a BzzCampaign on an interesting website The FactorTree. The Factor Tree is an online tool to help kids up to 6th grade with math. I just signed up so I don't have an opinion or review yet. But I do have a promo code that YOU can use that gives you a 14 day free trial membership. So go to The Factor Tree and put in the promo code "BZF" and try it for yourself. My review will be posted in a few weeks, so check back frequently to see what's here in until then. 

And DON'T FORGET: Please friend me using GFC or Network Blogs. Once I reach 50 I'm having a giveaway. I'm thinking about having one, too, when I hit 30 followers. So please friend me and you could be a winner :-)

Thanks for visiting and come back tomorrow to see what day 9 brings for the 30 day challenge.
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"Then you will know the Truth
And the Truth will set you free."
John 8:32

I have been searching for a bible curriculum course for sometime now. One that teaches the Truth of God's word using the Biblical Worldview. We did use a certain company for a few years, but found that, though it had some good content, it just wasn't for us. So the search continued. As members of the TOS Crew, we have been introduced to a wonderful series that I believe will become our bible curriculum for the next few years. It is Apologia's What We Believe Series. The book we received is Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? 
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Who Is Apologia? I have been using Apologia's science curriculum for 3 years now because their products are absolutely irreplaceable, in my opinion. I was introduced to them during my first year with the TOS Crew and quickly became hooked. To answer the question, Apologia is a family-owned company with the primary focus of "helping homeschooling families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith" (apologia.com). It was started in 1996 by Dr. Jay Wile and published creation-based science curriculum. It was purchased in 2008 by the Carman family and has expanded to include an online academy, worldview curriculum, and inspirational books. You can read more about the history here.

What is the What We Believe Series? This series was created when Apologia and Summit Ministries teamed together to develop a curriculum that could help teach your children "the essential beliefs of the Christian faith" (apologia.com). I liked the following description best from apologia.com "with this student-directed, Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn how to use Scripture as a lens through which to view the world around them - to see everything the way God sees it - and know the truth."

What is the Who Is God? Book? The Who Is God book is the first volume in the What We Believe Series. It is designed for students age 6-14, but can be used as a Bible curriculum for the whole family. Again, Apologia's description of the book is best. A portion is: "introduces the concept of worldview while laying the foundational truths upon which the evangelical Christian worldview is built". There are 252 colorful pages filled with scripture, stories, activities, and artwork in this hardcover book. There are 10 lessons that are broken up into 11 components: The Big Idea, What You Will Do, Think About It, Words You Need to Know, Hide It In Your Heart, Integrated Learning, What Should I Do, Prayer, Worldview Study, house of Truth. Through these sections, there is something for every style of learner, which allows you to use this book for each of your children. There is reading, doing, and discovering. There's even baking!! You can also purchase a coloring book, notebooking journal, and an MP3 CD that can enhance your child's learning. They are not necessary, though, to complete this series.There is an FAQ section that you can review that will help answer questions about these components. You can also view a sample lesson here. As far as using this for curriculum, Apologia states that each lesson can be completed in about 2 weeks. The whole book could take anywhere between 4 and 9 months, depending on your pace.

What We Thought: I have to say, since I am quite familiar with Apologia, I was slightly biased prior to receiving Who Is God. But in normal fashion, Apologia superseded my expectations. We received this book very fast, within days of getting the email that it was being sent out. When we opened the package we found this beautiful hardcover book with incredible photos and a readable font size and style. It is enjoyable to read and our eyes do not feel strained after reading. The Biblical Worldview is most important to me, and with every page and lesson, your student will find scripture (from the NIV translation) that reinforces God's Word and the Truth. My daughter is actually the first to have read through the book, obviously not doing all of the activities, but glancing through to get the gist of it. She appreciated the different activities and commented that "it will be good for everyone, no matter how they learn". What she meant was that it encompasses the different learning styles ;-)
I absolutely agree. My son liked it because he felt it was easy to read, with the medium sized font and style. He is my apprehensive reader and it means alot for him to say he likes the way it looks. I plan on purchasing the next 3 books in the series, and more as they come available. I really do like this as a Bible curriculum and plan on using it as a family study.

How To Purchase: You can purchase each of the books in the series (only the first 2 are available at this time) through Apologia. Each book is $39.00. You can also find the notebooking journal for $24, coloring book for $8, and CD for $15; through the catalog. You can request one be sent to you or download it. With the purchase of Who Is God? you will also receive links to additional resources and the course website.


Final Thought: This truly is a phenomenal Bible course and I am positive you will find the benefits of using this for your family. To see what the other members of the TOS Crew thought, you can visit the Crew's Blog site.
And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
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It's time for my next Blog Cruise question and answer.

An into to the Blog Cruise: There are many of us in the TOS Crew that participate in this cruise and I welcome you to come back each week to read my answer, take a look at theirs, and ponder what yours might be. I hope this offers you an interesting read or maybe an encouraging word.
 
This week's question: Homeschool Conventions - Do you attend, what are the benefits, pitfalls, etc.?

In NY we have a wonderful annual homeschool convention that LEAH puts together. LEAH, or Loving Education at Home, is the main NYS Homeschool Organization; then there is HSLDA, which many of you are familiar with. 

Even though we have homeschooled since our oldest started school (she's 15 now), we did not attend our first convention until 2009. I could not believe what we had been missing!  The was so much there: curriculum, extras, seminars, support. It was incredible. We have even been members of LEAH since moving to NY in 2002. And we were friends with one of the main organizers; but didn't even know it!! How not so smart is that? :-/

I will say that part of the reason we didn't go is that it seemed to fall on the weekend I worked for a few years in a row. But that really isn't an excuse, especially since the convention runs Thursday - Saturday.

Anywho...now that we have started going, we do not plan on missing another. Like I said, there is more there than you could imagine. And though I had seen some of the curriculum online, to be able to see it in person is MUCH better. It gives you a hands on perspective of each book allowing you to make a decision based on all the information, rather than just a brief description. It's like informed consent.  You wouldn't make a medical decision without all of the information possible, so why risk your child's education on a few sentence summary when you can have most to all of it at a convention. The rep's from the many companies that are present in the vending hall are extremely knowledgeable, too. If they can't answer your questions right then, they will find the answers and get back to you. 

It's not just individual companies that are demonstrating either. There are vendors that sell various types of educational supplies, too. From curriculum, to games, to accessories. Some even sell curriculum from companies that are also set up, which gives you an opportunity to find the best price. The vendor's hall is a place that is crowded, noisy, and a tight fit, but it is sooo worth it! You really can save quite a bit there. And if you're "just looking", you can sometimes get special discount codes for future online purchases. There are also vendors that sell previously used products. These can come with a huge discount. Like buying a car: the minute it drives off the lot, the price goes down. I love deals so saving money is probably one of the top 2 reasons I like to go to the convention. 

The other of the top 2 reasons is the opportunity to hear different speakers. Most of them have written books on a specific homeschool/family/special needs topic and are discussing that. There is a certain theme every year to the convention, and the speakers usually fit into that theme. There is also a Teen Track that allows teens (and younger) a chance to listen to speakers that are specifically talking to them, about a subject that applies to them, not about them. I have enjoyed the teen seminars, too. They are informational and encouraging; that's a big plus. 

Over the course of the convention, there are vendors that will give an informational class on their product. You can pick which you would like to sit in on, if desired. This gives you even more information on a product you might be considering. I saw a Rosetta Stone demonstration last year and it enlightened me to how great their product truly is. I, of course, purchased it since there was a "can't pass it up" deal. 

On the Saturday of the convention, we are fortunate to be able to have a graduation ceremony for any NYS homeschool senior that wants to participate. It's a fantastic ceremony that brings together friends and family for this momentous occasion. 

I do want to add in a couple of "pitfalls" to going.  Like I said above, a convention is crowded and noisy. There are a lot of people trying to do just what you are doing; finding curriculum at a good price. It also can be quite overwhelming. Seeing all of the curriculum from the many vendors set up can make your head spin. You will need to try and have a plan: what you need, what you want, how much you're willing to spend. I think the latter is the most important thing to remember. You can easily overspend your budget if you're not careful. But I still think it's worth it to try a convention for yourself. Just be prepared.


There is a ton more I could say about the NYS LEAH Convention, but I think the best thing is for YOU to find your local or state convention and try to attend. I know you will be glad you did.  

So how about you? Have you attended a convention? What is your opinion or experience? Leave me a comment to let me know.

To read the other crew member's answers click on the button below. Thanks for reading!! :)
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Today's post will be brief because it is Sunday, The Lord's day. I urge each of you to take the time to draw nearer to Him. Read the Word, pray, keep your heart and mind open to Him. Know that He loves you and has given His Son for you; for your sins. That you may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

Take care and enjoy the rest of your evening. Until tomorrow...
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