Great Homeschool Conference of Cincinnati!
I was out to discover the new things in homeschool; curriculum, games, tips, support, planners, and encouragement. Yep…I was out for it all and….
…I went crazy in the process. This is what happens to a farm momma who forgets product for her hair!
I was looking at more Right Start Math goodies and attended the workshop they had Friday to make sure I was teaching it right. Their math curriculum is helping Tyler after only a few weeks of use. We use to use Math-U-See (which we liked a lot) but I discovered he wasn’t able to “do” the math without the manipulative ‘. I also discovered he didn’t know straight facts (no memorization) and I really thought that was a ‘problem’. Pun intended! 😉 But with RightStart Math we’re learning and knowing. He’s actually coming in and rattling off a problem and the answer and saying ‘that’s right isn’t it!?’ with a smile. It makes me happy to see him so proud.
I also discovered Homeschool In The Woods. Oh.MY. If you’re a fellow history buff…you’ll adore them If you’re NOT a history fan …you’ll adore them as EVERYTHING is there for you. I talked with Jarron for oh…20 minutes about how he’s the researcher and his momma Amy designs the art. It’s a whole family business and they’ve done an amazing job putting together some in depth works. I think my favorite would be the American History series. But…the Vikings and the Early Explorers is so cool too! I thought about the Vikings to do along with the new series by the History channel. We’re watching all of them and then we’ll let the kids see them….with a bit of editing. 😉
I also discovered CiaCyberOps. I actually sat down and PLAYED!! I played like I was a kid again and had a blast. It was the funnest game I’ve played in forever!! I hate math and this game is full of it….yet…it was fun! I’m not talking the fun that comes from someone who’s trying to talk their kid into doing a ‘fun’ math game fun…I’m talking ‘Hey it’s family game night! Let’s play!’ fun!
I also stumbled upon a really cute band-aid company called Band Angels. I thought they were adorable with their pink or blue backgrounds, wee angels and verses but what’s really nice for us is they’re latex free and..they’re made in the USA! I love being able to support nonprofits and made in the USA which Band Angels is! 🙂 I found it funny when I saw them as Ben was leaving work to take Tyler to the hospital for stitches. Luckily, the huge gash and TONS of stitches he’d need was down to a cleaning and 3 bandaids once Ben got to him. 🙂 I think someone was a bit melodramatic! They laughed when I told them the story and gave me a box of the blue ones for Tyler’s …cuts! 😉
I think this year was the best year so far for the Great Homeschool Convention. While the vendors and workshops were great I think the company was even better as I was able to meet up with some mommas from the 2to1Conference for lunch. All in all…I had a blast but I was excited to see my family and to share new curriculum, games, planners, and a refreshed momma that was reminded how awesome it is to be a homeschooler.