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Home School Curriculums 2014 FPEA Florida Convention 2014 Orlando vendor list

I recently went to the Orlando FPEA 2014 Convention. I listed the vendors and things I learned along the way.

Here are a few homeschool curriculums/camps/books… I’d like to look further into that I found at the convention

 My favorite products:

1-Constitutional Literacy Workbook and DVD Set  $99, Full curriculum on the Constitution. 25 DVD’s by Farris from HSLDA , (for Middle School, High School, and families) Textbook put together by HSLDA Attorney Mike Farris and Apologia. Mike Farris is a great teacher, I can’t wait to learn this too. I think everyone needs to understand our laws. I plan on purchasing soon (need to cool down with the spending for a while) He kept my full attention through all his lectures . See link to purchase:
   Click link below to watch 1st dvd and see list of DVD’s. This site only sells the DVD package. The site I posted above sells the DVD’s with the workbook for full curriculum.

2- GeographyAround the World in 180 days

3- Teaching Textbooks for Geometry

4-I heard that Total Language Plus was a good language arts program from many people, but havent seen it myself

5-Jim Weiss history audio CD’s – were great! from GreatHall Productions, I was mesmerized with history and couldn’t stop listening. I learned in 1 hour what my high school teacher tried to teach me for months. If you try ,  I was told to start with Thomas Jefferson CD. He also reads the Stories of the World, fairy tales and more.  Good CDs for travel also. Request a Brochure.  I walked by this booth at convention and thought ‘boring!’. I was not interested in history or listening to a storyteller – how weird, I thought. However, I purchased Jim Weiss’ lecture from the conference and I loved it! I listened to all of his lectures and I was sold. He makes history fun and exciting. I really enjoyed it.

6- Adventures in Odyssey CD’s – good to listen to at night and many people had good reviews on their chapter books.

7- Draw to Learn Psalms – I bought this for my 3rd grader, but I think it would be good for younger ages also. A short verse is on top of each page and the rest of page is for child to color a description of that Psalm( while you read or after you read). For instance. I read Psalm 1 and she colored a picture describing herself meditating on God’s Word as she sat under a tree by a river. Each page also offers ideas for the children to draw. They have other books too – Proverbs, Acts, Paul and Jesus. It’s a no stress or fight bible study. I like it -$14.95- By the end of year, you and your child will have read the entire book of Psalms.

More information:

Monarch Online :  – No books, No installations. Online Homeschooling online learning carefully selected by FLVS and common core. Classes: Math, Tutoring, Test prep, learning apps, learning games, GED prep, etc.

Cornerstone Curriculum

Teaching Textbooks  (Math)After searching for months, I finally decided to order Geometry from teaching textbooks. I hope it’s good. I liked the layout and the CD’s which thoroughly explained each problem.

Shiller Math ” Zero lesson prep, 4 learning styles used, diagnostic testing,  Cathy Duffy Review:

Right Start Math :  I was really impressed with this curriculum.  They offer(sell) a lot of hands on math supplies (that are required for lessons-see sample pg 3 below) and it is taught as a montessori math program. I would like to order it for my elementry child but it seems, and reviews second this, that there is a lot of work for the parent and a large investment in supplies. They offer a Math games book which looks really good and fun.  I was under the impression that I would only need the books and an abacus, but reading through sample lessons, I see that more is required. I read and heard from others that there are not enough worksheets or problems with lessons. I don’t mind putting in extra time and I love math, but it does seem a little overwhelming. I still may order it. Here is a sample lessson for 3rd grade :

MathUSee and review:  (I could not find this vendor at the convention? I looked a few times) MathUSee was on the top 101 list with Cathy Duffy.

Mammoth Math :  This math program was on the Cathy Duffy’s top 101 list, I don’t quit understand it, but worth looking into.

Timberdoodle:  They offer complete curriculums preschool through 12th grade. An example for 6th grade would run you $279-669 includes grammar, spelling, math (teaching textbooks), geography, doodle, reading, typing, chess, anatomy, uncle sam and you bundle, Sketch, Spectrum Test practice, Smencil and more. Wow, that’s a lot, seems like they do the curriculum picking for you. You can mix it up and pick what you do or don’t want.  Not bad, but I like to spend hours and months searching for the perfect program per subject, but that’s just me. This sounds like a good deal if you don’t want to spend long annoying hours trying to figure it all out.

Home School Piano  30 Free day membership. Teacher, Willie, is a father of 3 and graduated from Berkley College of Music in Boston. He has a 4 step program to learning. Looks interesting…..

Memoria Press Classical Curriculum : Memoria has the whole set up package for classical. For example, 3rd grade is $400. Includes lesson plans, Latin, Lit, Greek myths, Christian studies, Cursive, States and capital, Astronomy, Rod and Staff Math, Rod and Staff Spelling, Grammar, Composition, Poetry, Timeline program, ….then for another $450 you can buy supplements -11 Novels, 25 Picture books hmmmmm (Prek is $140 for full set not including supplements of 34 books for $340) I can’t stop looking at this catalog, I don’t know why, check it out. – for live classrooms and 24-7 support

Christian youth ranch camp in Tampa, Florida. For info call Calvary Community Church at 813-4328. 1 week camp for $150

Family Camp-(from Alert)- This looks like a lot of fun! It’s on a 2200 acre Alert campus in Texas.  I want to go.

Tampa Youth Ranch

IGovern, through Generation Joshua is a summer leadership camp for teens: politics, civics, government, adventure, mock politics, fundraising, lobbying, speakers. They have East coast, West and Pacific. (Virginia, Colorado and Hawaii)

IEW – I keep hearing about this- it’s a grammar writing program, from what I understand “Essentials in Writing”. It comes with DVD’s and worksheets. Code if buying : FPEA 🙂

Analytical Grammar  I used this curriculum this year and it was perfect for us. My 10th grader (freshly out of public school) started this program this year. I  think she only had about 6 months total of grammar in public school.  We had the teachers guide, student’s guide and the DVD set. We didn’t use the DVD’s that much , maybe 4 or 5x. My daughter prefered to read the lesson and do the problems and diagrams.  It was a great start getting back on track with grammar. Program does not have writing or composition. The convention booth was busy when I walked by, I wanted to let them know how much we liked AG. We finished book, we would work on grammar 2-4 days per week at 30-45 minutes a day. I didn’t see a final exam in book, I wish there was one. I’m making my own final.

Classes by Beth – this is interesting, check out : Online and live courses with teachers, not cheap, but it is about the same cost if you were in a group taught lesson once a week for year.

MollyGreen Magazine :  $7.95/ month, phew sounds pricey to me, check out her site, maybe you’ll like it.

Dianne Craft Help for Dyslexia, Dyspraphia, Math, Memory, Speech, ADD, ADHD, Autism:  She has developed a program for 1st – 8th graders to acheive a 2 year growth in reading, writing and math in one year. Includes daily sessions (45min) for reading, spelling ,writing and math.

30 weeks Ready Made Preschool  – This looks like a great idea. I don’t have preschoolers and I didn’t get a chance to fully check it out, but  I can imagine it would be very helpful to a mom who is about to have a newborn, working or just needs a helping hand. Here’s a good review :  This program has 30 weeks of lessons,  supplies, hands on learning and no prep work. I like this already.

HSLDA :  ( I have lots to say on this, but I think I’ll make it another post) lots of great information.  Yearly membership is about $90ish

MoneySavingMom  This convention table seemed to stay busy all weekend. She had one or more lectures that I haven’t listened to yet, but I plan on doing so soon. I don’t know how I could be any cheaper so I really didn’t check it out, but now that I look at her flyer, I may reconsider.  She recommends :, ,,,,,,, (organic and natural). She mentions to stop by starbucks or McD’s on sunday afternoon for coupons, print coupons online : and search product name and printable coupon. ( I like She has a great sample menu for week : Pasta, stir fry, crock, pizza, soup/salad/sandwich and new things on the weekend – wow! I almost want to cook.  She lists 25 ways to save money without coupons, here are a few: plant a garden (I’m laughing – I need a course on that first), water down the milk for baking, make your own mixes, ditch cereal (amen to that), keep leftovers, order groceries online (what? where?), eat from pantry ( not a problem), use a crock pot (but my husband doesn’t like his food to touch other food, where can i get help?) buy in bulk, go to dollar store (no comment)….fun aside, this sounds great!  I wouldn’t mind hiring her to help me with my next shopping trip. I’m going to check out her site and update you soon. Sounds good!

Boxadoo  – Boxado is an online planning system for the homeschool mom and child/children. My husband thought this was the best thing ever. The price was very reasonable. The parent plans out the lesson plans for the day, the child logs and checks everything off. It’s more detailed than that, but like I said, my husband could have stayed here all day and watched promos. I think I still prefer to write out my lesson plans, maybe Ill change? There was another similar online planning schedule system at convention also. If I remember name, I’ll post it. They were a bit more money. My husband was concerned that neither had a 24 hour service line, but I can’t imagine needed a lot of help with this program. Keeps everything organized and prepped for a good portfolio.

Celebrate Calm– okay, someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this guy was sprinkling magic dust on his audience because people were lining up to pay $197 for 4 CD’s like it was their last piece of bread.  He talked on discipline and every wonderful thing you dream your family would be – perfect… he had great advice, no doubt. I was at the table, my husband wanted to buy a few CD’s. We thought they would be $20-$25 but holy smokes! “We have a special for $197 for 4 CD’s”  I think that’s ridiculous. Someone tell me otherwise and send me some of that magic dust, I need it to convince my husband of a few things.
Championship Chess  Chess for homeschool. Learning Chess is on my bucket list. I never got past chinese checkers, but I play a mean game of pool.  Anywho, I thought this was interesting.  I never knew anyone who played chess, never saw anyone play chess – where do you learn to play chess? I don’t get it.

Mango Languages – Mango was the first booth I stopped at, hence… why I received my first lecture on how to walk a convention , from my husband. Mango is a foreign language learning online program. It’s different than Rosetta Stone. Mango actually translates for you (so you don’t guess as Rosetta has you doing) I was impressed. In 3 short minutes I learned how to say where is the train, where is the train going and where is the restaurant – and I still remember. I don’t know if this would get a student through the SAT, but it is excellent if you will be traveling. I only had a 3.5 minute tour, so check it out.

Bible Studies:

Mailbox club (I had this as a kids and I loved it)  They have age appropriate studies, student reads and answers questions, mails answer sheet back, and then it will be graded and returned with the next level. indepth study of the bible. They gave out sample booklets at the convention. It looks interesting and a little confusing, but I think it was because the sample books didn’t give enough information. According to the paperwork I received, they have maps, diagrams, word studies, assignments, etc. She also offers 4 college credits that look really interesting. Check it out.

Sword Study  From what I understood at the convention, Sword Study is a bible study for the family. Each family member has their own book – Dad, Mom, kids…(5 different levels for every family member) I didn’t look to long at this, it looked interesting, but then they said – okay and then your husband needs one and I thought I heard her say it was $90 and then I walked – but hold on! I just checked out the site that sells this and I must have heard wrong –, they range from $16-$19. It’s worth checking out.

Home School Film Academy: They write, produce, film and deliver shows to broadcast on National Geographic, BBC and Discovery. How cool is that? If only I could convince my kids. Classes are once a week in Winter Garden, Florida and are $30/week. waaaaa too far from me.


Bibleline Institute, Online college, ministry of Florida Bible College of Tampa   3 options : Degree seeking $150 credit hour, Certificate seeking $150 Credit hour(with testing and grading), or Audit(no testing or grading, but full access to materials) only $35

Florida Bible College of Tampa : See website above

 Alphabetical list of other vendors at convention:

 360 Fun Learning . A Beka AcademyA Beka Book  A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft)  Abiding Truth Ministry, Inc.   Academy of Science for Kids (ASK)   Accelerated Christian Education   Accountable Kids   American Heritage Girls   American School   American Standard Playing Cards   Americans for Prosperity Florida   AMO® Enriched Curriculum   Apologia  Artistic Pursuits Inc.   Arts Attack (Atelier Art)   Ave Maria University  Bilingual Books, Inc. BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept  BoardShare, Interactive Whiteboards   Boggy Creek Airboat Rides  Bows by Lisa Luann      BYU Independent Study   Calvert Education Services   Camp Cedar Cliff   Cat and Dog Theology: UnveilinGLORY  CCI Greenheart   Cedarville University    Celebration Family Chiropractic
Center for Neurosomatic Studies   Chalk Dust Company      Chess Matters   Christian Light Education    Christian Statements Vinyl Wall Designs   Circle Christian School    Classical Academic Press   Classical Conversations
Clearwater Christian College    College Prep Genius   CollegePlus   Collegis Education   Colonial Williamsburg Foundation    Convention of States Project   Cornerstone Curriculum   Creating A Masterpiece   Creation Ministries International   Creation Studies Institute   Critical Thinking Co.    DIVE Into Math and Science   Doc’s Discovery Books
Doorposts    Ebaru Publishing /  Educating for Success   EF Educational Homestay Programs   Egglo Eggs   Emmaus Bible College    Equip Education    Essentials in Writing   Exploration Education Science   Explorer’s Bible Study   eVirtual Academy    Finding Joy   Florida Baptist Children’s Homes  Florida Bible College of Tampa   Florida College Florida Eagle Forumlorida Film AcademyFlorida International College Florida Parent Educators Association Florida Science Olympiad Florida Surveying & Mapping Society FLorida Virtual School   Forever Family Farm   Fort Magic  FPEA Mentoring Moms   FPEA Foundation   Frederic  Gray    Friends4One    Fun Spot America    Gatorland   GeoMatters   GeoMotion TV   Good Steward Books   Good Things Company   Grade Squad Virtual Math Tutoring   Great Products  Greathall Productions  Greenbot LLC  Growing Healthy Homes  Hal and Melanie Young Handwriting Without Tears   Here To Help Learning  Heritage Action for America   Historical Conquest   Holmquist Eduactional Consultants, Inc.   Home Education Foundation   HomeLife Academy  Homeschool Foundation    HomeSchool Grad Stuff   Homeschool Manager   Homeschool Spanish Academy   HomeSchoolPiano  I Rest My Case – Pillowcase Designs  iBrick Academy
If Then Movement  Institute for Creation Research      James Madison Institute    Jewish Outreach International
Jim Hodges Audio Books     Kingstone Comics    Kirby Family Farm    Knight’s Book Knook ( KBK )    Kolbe Academy
La Clase Divertida (The FUN Class!) Spanish   Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center   Lamplighter Publishing
Landmark’s Freedom Baptsit Curriculum   Latin Road / Phonics Road   Laurel Springs School   Learn Differently
Learn to Learn   LEGO Education    LEGOLAND Florida    Lemonhass    Liberty University School of Law       LifeWay Advisors    Little Passports   Logic of English   Loving Truth Books & Gifts   Mad Science    Master Books    Mathnasium    MaxScholar    Medieval Times USA    Mega Verses      Miller Pads and Paper  Mr. D Math
Murray’s Technical Education  Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)   Nancy Larson Science    National Center for Biblical Parenting   Natures Workshop Plus    Nest Family Entertainment    New Horizons for Children    New Tribes Bible Institute    Notgrass Company    Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra    Parent Choice Games, LLC    Patrick Henry College   Pensacola Christian College    Perfect Pickler    PictureThis! Ministries    Positive Action Bible Curriculum   Progeny Press    Progress Academy    QubitsToy    Queen Homeschool Supplies, Inc. Queenstown Technologies LLC.    R.O.C.K. Solid Home School Books   Rainbow Resources    Real Science-4-Kids
Recon    Reedy River Vintage Books    Reformation Bible College   Rock of Israel   Rosetta Stone Ltd.   RTS Missions
Samaritan Ministries  Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child  Saxon Homeschool   Science on Demand with Catie Frates   Seminole State College of Florida  Sequential Spelling   Seton Testing Services  ShatterPoint  Entertainment   Shelby Kennedy Foundation  Simply Charlotte Mason  SKrafty Homeschoo Minecraft  Smith Prep
Solomon’s Secrets  Sonlight Curriculum   Source of Light Ministries   Speak My Word Ministries   STL Ocarina   Stem Sims   Sue Dickson’s Songs That Teach   Tapestry of Grace  The Amazing Adventure  The Baptist College of Florida
The Brinkman Adventures   The Busy Mom   The Etiquette Factory    The Heritage Foundation   The Home School Counselor   The King’s College    The Knowledge Exchange    The Learning Connection   The Master’s College Online
The Medical Transcription Service    The Merritt Way    The Old Schoolhouse    The Puzzle Corner     The Scuba Gym
The Superhero Training Network   Time4Learning    Total Language Plus    Trail Life USA    Trinity Baptist College
Trinity College of Florida    Universal Orlando Resort   University of Florida Online Concurrent Enrollment  Usborne Books & More    Veritas Press   Verti-Gro, Inc   VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math   Visualize World Geography   Warner University    Well-Planned Day Planners and Home Educating Family Magazine    Westgate River Ranch Resort  Wings to Soar Online Academy  WonderWorks    Word of Life Fellowship, Inc.    Word Traveling    WordBuild by Dynamic Literacy    Wordy Worm® Reading    Worldview Academy  Writing Strands    X Plus Products    Youth Basketball of America
Youth Digital    YWAM Publishing


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DSC00579  DSC00578DSC00572Cute Thanksgiving table ideas

turkey murkey  This was supposed to come out much prettier. … cookie, frosting, pretzel sticks, candy corn, and butterscotch morsels for eyes.

turkeyday1  Turkey cut out sample 

 Easy craft that takes some time (quiet time) turkey wings are about 7 inches in length and 1″ wide. Decorate wings or write something you’re thankful for on each wing. Cut outinfo above
DSC00571 Thanksgiving keepsake placemat: each child wrote what they do every Thanksgiving and glued to turkey cut out, laminated.

Adorable ideas I’m trying. (for links and directions see below)

 Cornucopia Place Cards or Party Favors for Thanksgiving

Fruit Gobbler: Ingredients:
Bosc pear (head) ,Melon (body),Cheese (beak and tail feathers),Red pepper (snood, feet and side feathers)
Raisins (eyes),,Grapes (tail feathers), Bamboo skewers, Toothpicks

1. Stabilize the melon body by cutting a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base. Using a section of bamboo skewer, attach a Bosc pear head to the melon, as shown.

2. Cut a cheese triangle beak and red pepper snood. Attach both, along with raisin eyes, to the head with sections of toothpick.

3. Cut red pepper feet and set them in place. For tail feathers, skewer cheese cubes and red grapes, then insert the skewers as shown. Pin pepper side feathers in place with toothpicks.

  Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Pine cone turkey :
Handprint keepsake :
Melon turkey:  ( found at
Pilgrim hats:
More ideas and pie recipe: 
cone/cornucopia Name  tag holder from made by ( i saw on pinterest earlier, if you dampen the end point in water you can shape it to turn to look like cornecopia )

More to come… need to get my thanksgiving stuff out 🙂