6 (non) Homeschool Conferences to attend in 2014

 

My goal for the 2013-2014 school year was to stop thinking of myself as a homeschooler and to start thinking of myself as an educator who chooses to teach my own children.

Thinking outside of the box

While I have enjoyed being a member of the homeschooling community I have also have come to realize that it can be as limiting as some  criticize the traditional school system of being.

I want to think outside of the ‘homeschool box’ (and you know there is one).  I don’t want to limit my education or my children’s education to just what can be found inside the curriculum halls or conference rooms of a homeschool convention.  I want to open my mind and my homeschool classroom to new innovative ways of thinking, teaching and learning.

I want to challenge myself to be the best teacher I can be, so that I can provide the best education I can to my children.

This means I want to network, collaborate and learn from others who are doing the same thing, even if they are doing it in a traditional classroom.

Unlike traditional educators I don’t have to follow Common Core or answer to a school administrator.  I can adopt practices that work best for my students and drop those that don’t.

Educating the Educator

In homeschooling circles we give a lot of lip service to the idea of  ‘creating a lifestyle of learning’  or  “developing a love of learning’ but do we actually model that for our children?

Do our children see us learning new skills or hobbies?

More than just buying the latest curriculum, do we invest in the education of our children by investing in the education of the person that is teaching them?

Do we have a desire to learn and grow as educators?

I want to consider everything that is available and choose the best for our family with our resources.

I want to learn about the resources that are available to educators, not just homeschoolers.

I want to learn from some of the  leading educators in the US, and not just those who have homeschooled their kids.

6 (non) Homeschool conferences to attend in 2014

January

Florida Educational Technology Conference

April

National Conference on Science Education

NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition

May

2014 STEM forum and Expo

June

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

July

SDE (Staff Development for Educations) Singapore Math National Conference

 

How do you feel about homeschool conferences?  Are you ready to think outside of the homeschool box?


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Not Back to School Blog Hop 2013-2014

 

One of my favorite homeschooling blogging traditions is to participate in the Not Back -to-School Blog Hop.  This year, I’ll admit that it kinda snuck up on me and here I am in Philadelphia on a business trip with my husband and kids where we are enjoying jam packed days of fun and field trips.

I will post our curriculum choices here on August 9th when I update this post.  In the meantime I didn’t want you to miss out about knowing about the Back-to-School Blog Hop.

You can participate by linking up to Curriculum Week or just reading about what other homeschoolers are using.

Because it’s always fun to gather and dish curriculum, isn’t it?

 

 


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Children’s Book Week 2013

 

I’m over at the Homeschool Classroom this week with a post on: How to Celebrate Children’s Book Week May 13-19th with your children.

I’ll be posting a Linky during Children’s Book Week if you’d like to link up your own posts on how you celebrated with your kids.


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Nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design

TheI cannot tell you my pure joy and excitement over learning that our homeschool blog was nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design.  I wish I could take all of the credit but there is an amazing Blog Designer behind the blog and she even held my hand while I hyperventilated about switching 4 blogs to WordPress.  So a vote for us, is really a vote for her.

If you haven’t already done so please check out all the nominees in this year’s Homeschool Blog Awards. It’s the best way to find new blogs to follow.

In case you didn’t know, you can also vote ONCE daily for your favorite blogs!

 

 


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Field Trip: Creation Museum

We have been charter members of the Creation Museum since it opened.  So many additions have been made to the museum since it first opened and it’s always fun to visit. Each time we seem to learn something new and it’s been wonderful to watch the kids grasp new truths each visit.

If you’ve never been there is a virtual tour that is worth previewing online, although it’s impossible to truly give it justice in photos or a blog post. It is something that you have to visit.

 

Currently construction is underway for the upcoming Ark Encounter which should open in 2014.  We are very excited to be Lifetime Members of the Ark Encounter and hope to make it out opening week.


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