June is the month when our state convention and vendor fair is held. Each year as I teach, I am impressed by the number of new homeschoolers (affectionately referred to as newbies) in attendance. The homeschooling movement is growing so quickly; it is such a joy to watch! Moms learn so much as they attend the different classes, and fires are kindled (or re-kindled) over the course of the day(s). Getting ideas from others who have taught their children successfully can remove the feeling that you must be somehow trying to “re-invent the wheel” in your homeschool.
I also grin as I watch parents make connections with others who live in their area, and expand their networks. Having a support system is a massive help when you are working to teach your children and stay sane at the same time! You can gather names, email addresses, and collect information about groups in your state while you are there. What a great bonus!
Each year my daughters and I look forward to the vendor fair, and each year we find something we didn’t know existed (and now can’t do without it). Lessons in that arena include- there is always something new around the corner that you can use to fill a gap, and there are so many things you could your spend money on, be careful. You can overspend easily! Even though I am a bit of a homeschool junkie, even I have experienced buyers remorse. Not all curriculum, supplies, and games are created equal. Saying “no” can be as wise as saying “yes!”
Take time to check out the convention in your area. Hidden gems are waiting for you.