Homeschool conventions are a great opportunity for parents to check out curricula and to listen to the advice of experienced homeschol veterans.
For those of us who live in Southern California, there are two homeschool conventions in May:
The Expo Homeschool Convention
Center for the Arts, Escondido
May 11-12, 2012
The California Great Homeschool Convention
Long Beach Convention Center
May 24-26, 2012
My wife and I plan to attend at least one of them, possibly both. We want to spend a few hours going through the material offered by the top Christian curriculum providers to make our choice for our three daughters.
This is what we are looking for in a curriculum:
- A Biblical worldview;
- A reasonably complete and structured format;
- breadth and depth of the material;
- Option to use different learning strategies;
- Focus on creativity;
- Focus on content and learning process, which stimulates generative knowledge used in solving meaningful problems;
- Use a varied mode of presentation: verbal, visual, kinesthetic;
- Recognize multiple intelligences, not just verbal and mathematical;
- Use living books instead of dry textbooks;
- Provide multi-year, sequential study, not stand-alone courses;
- Emphasize not just academics, but also character and practical subjects;
- Present an integrated scope and sequence;
- Help highlight the talents and interests of the students and help them achieve excellence;
- Focus on the result: high-quality learning;
- A clear teacher’s guide;
- A fun day-to-day user experience for teachers and students;
- A non-draining schedule for moms with children of different ages.
We’ll also interview the exhibitors about different educational methods: Classical, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, etc…, to tap into their experience and knowledge on the subject.
It’s also a great way to break your back by gathering tons of catalogs and brochures from all the vendors.