Who is teaching whom? Plus enter to win a free family registration for the HEAV Convention

Or is it who is teaching who? Whoever? Honestly, I am not a grammar person. I like math, I enjoyed differential equations and I love to blow stuff up in the name of science, but grammar – It’s not my thing, and that is probably a run on sentence. Should you be worried, the kids are learning their grammar and other English stuff from a book.  Anyway, whatever it is who or whom, the thing is, I’m the mom, that means I’m the teacher. Right?

Have you ever noticed how much you learn from your kids? how much your learn from other moms? how much you learn from other people in general?

A few years ago the theme for the HEAV convention was “A Lifestyle of Learning”. I really liked that theme and adopted it for our homeschool. Meaning that whatever we are doing, we are learning something, granted it’s not always the right thing, but we are still learning. So this week I’m going to chat about things that I have learned along this homeschooling journey.

Princess and Bug

Today we will start with a simple and what should be an obvious lesson, but one that took me quite a while to figure out.

Lesson Learned

Every child is different

Teacher

my kids

Explanation

This may seem obvious, but what it also means is that just because one child learns something one way, doesn’t mean that the other children will learn it the same way. This also means that even though SixHands basically taught himself to read, it’s ok that Princess needed some (read – a lot) of extra help.

This may seem obvious, but what it also means is that just because one child learns something one way, doesn’t mean that the other children will learn it the same way. This also means that even though SixHands basically taught himself to read, it’s ok that Princess needed some (read – a lot) of extra help.

For quite a while I was frustrated because I wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it.  The thing I finally figured out is that it is OK! Kids will be different and while Princess may have taken a bit more time to learn how to read there were plenty of things that she could do and there were other ways that I could use to teach her. For the longest time I didn’t think we could move on because she wasn’t at her “grade” reading level. I would get her books that she could read, but she found them boring. Enter the awesomeness of audio books! Now Princess listens to books that she finds interesting, but that are a bit beyond her at the moment. The thing is, I had to figure out what to do differently, because — and here is the great reveal — kids are different!

What have your kids taught you?

Later this week, I will tell you about something that I learned from a friend. It’s pretty cool and it involves an apple. However,  before I do that I have something to teach you.

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Did you know that you can go to the HEAV convention for free? That’s right, you can go for free! I know what you are thinking, How? How can this be true? The HEAV convention is an awesome three day filled experience where I can buy curriculum, attend workshops, recharge myself and my desire to homeschool and even stop by the totally cool Silent Auction and bid on fun things! How in the world could I attend for free?

Enter the HEAV bloggers! Did you know that there are a group of bloggers who write about the HEAV convention beginning in January and continuing through June/July? Guess what – I’m one of them! Because of this, HEAV has given each of us a free convention to give away! I know – it’s awesome!  Check out the details below, enter to win and then keep an eye on the HEAV facebook page so see when the other bloggers are giving away more chances!!

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Do you have a Golden Ticket?

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Do you want to get into the HEAV UCS early?  Well then, you need a golden ticket! How do you get one?

VOLUNTEER!

Do you know what the best part of convention is? That’s right – the Silent Auction – Oh, wait, that’s not what I was supposed to say.  The best part is volunteering!

How is that the best thing about convention?

Because it’s all about you (and me and everyone else that comes to the convention).  We are the reason there is a convention – we are HOMESCHOOLERS! Say it loud, say it proud!  We don’t just think outside of the box, we take a field trip to find out how the box was made, measure it to find the volume so we know what can fit inside of it and then we use that box and a few of it’s friends, add a garden hose and make a water park in the backyard, complete with tunnels!

You think you can’t volunteer because you had a bad knee, hip, ankle, back or crooked pinky toe? That’s not a problem – we will find you a place.  If you need to sit, we can find you a sitting job (try registration), if you need to stand HEAV has that covered too (UCS, Hospitality, Silent Auction), love to talk (HEAV tables).

Ready to sign up – Great! Convention Volunteer Application.

Here is a bit more about the jobs (with my comments about the benefits).

USED CURRICULUM SALE: 

  • Volunteering for the UCS allows you to see lots of the cool stuff before it even goes on sale, plus if you help with setup, you can eat chocolate for dinner and not have to exercise after.

REGISTRATION: 

  • Volunteering at Registration means that you will be one of the first faces people see when they come to the Convention. You get to make new friend and see adorable babies! Plus you are right in the heart of the action in the lobby!

SILENT AUCTION:

  • Volunteering at the Silent Auction means that you can keep your eye on those items that you really want (plus you can work with me) and I give out chocolate to my volunteers!

HOSPITALITY ROOM: 

  • Volunteering for the Hospitality Suite means that you get to see the vendors and speakers in a more relaxed setting and that you get to give back to those who do so much for others.

HEAV TABLES: 

  • Volunteering at the HEAV tables with Sales or Counseling means that you can be an encouragement to new and veteran homeschoolers alike. Here is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for homeschooling with someone who is just thinking about it or who is confused about their rights. Experienced homeschoolers only. Yet another great place for dads to serve to give the “principal’s” perspective on the homeschooling lifestyle.

A few more locations that you can serve include as a workshop hostess, setup or tear down and graduation.

  • Volunteering as a Workshop Host means that you have a guaranteed spot in the workshop, plus you get to meet the speaker before hand to ask if they need anything.
  • Volunteering for set-up or tear down means that you get to be in the thick of the action AND that you don’t have to exercise at all for the rest of the week!
  • Volunteering at graduation means that you get to help with parents and kids who “made it” – think of all of the collective knowledge in that room.
  • Volunteering in the Exhibit Hall means that you get to booth sit – which means that you get to hang out at any one of so many cool booths while the vendor takes a quick break.

Of the items listed there are three that I haven’t yet done – How about you? Where do you want to volunteer?

 

mcrooker – Homeschooler on the Edge

NEW! Buy It Here = Enter to Win Cash! #HEAVCON

Have you heard about the great new Buy It Here program at the HEAV convention this year? I was so excited when I heard about this, not only does it help out the vendors (which after all make convention pretty great), but it is a way that we can possibly win $100.  Here are all the details, plus the answer to some questions that I had. If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll see if I can get the answers to those as well!

Buy It Here

This year, every time you spend $25 at the convention, bring your receipt to one of the receipt redemption stations in the convention center to be validated, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $100 cash prize! There will be a winner each day of convention. More information will be found in your convention program.

Support the Exhibitors

The exhibitors–many of them homeschooling families themselves–come to the convention at great expense and are available to talk, answer questions, and share their resources and experience–but they can only continue to come if we support them with our shopping dollars. The new “Buy-It-Here” program is a fun and encouraging way to remember to support our exhibitors whenever possible by purchasing onsite when you can–and don’t forget to enter the “Buy-It-Here” drawing each day!

Frequently Asked Questions (technically, these are questions I asked, but I asked a few different people, so that does count for frequently asked?)

  • Do you need to be present to win?
    • No, you do not need to be present to win.
  • Will there be a drawing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday or just Friday and Saturday?
    • There will be a drawing on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • How do people find out if they win?
    • The winner will be called on the cell phone number they provide on the ticket. We will also post the winners on Facebook and Twitter.
  • How do people get their prize?
    • We are thinking if they are not present at the drawing, they will be able to pick it up at the information desk until closing on Saturday, after that it will be mailed to the winners.

5 Tips — 5 days — 1 great giveaway

2015 Convention

Do you know what happens in just over 5 weeks? That’s right – the HEAV convention starts in just over 5 weeks!!  So – over the next five days I am going to be posting different tips and tricks and some behind the scenes info just for you!

5 areas where you can volunteer at the HEAV Convention

 Silent Auction

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Volunteering at the Silent Auction means that you can keep your eye on those items that you really want (plus you can work with me!!) Statistically volunteers get all of the best items at the best prices. (OK, I made that one up!)

Used Curriculum Sale

UCS 2014

Volunteering for the UCS allows you to see lots of the cool stuff before it even goes on sale, plus if you help with setup, you can eat chocolate for dinner and not have to exercise after.

Workshop Hostess

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Volunteering as a Workshop Host means that you have a guaranteed spot in the workshop, plus you get to meet the speaker before hand to ask if they need anything.

 Graduation

200 Homeschool Graduates Get Ready to Embark Upon a New Stage of Life

Volunteering at graduation means that you get to help with parents and kids who “made it” – think of all of the collective knowledge in that room.

 Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall

Volunteering in the Exhibit Hall means that you get to booth sit – which means that you get to hang out at any one of so many cool booths while the vendor takes a quick break.

Ready to sign up – Great! Volunteer Sign Up Form. You can read more about volunteering in my post from last year – The best thing about convention!

Want to win a free family convention? Enter to win

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Creation Science

As we are wrapping up another round of Creation Science in our co-op I wanted to share my posts that were done for the HEAV blog.

Here are the links to the different days — Enjoy!