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: http://shop.apologia.com/constitutional-literacy/391-constitutional-literacy-workbook-and-dvd-set.html
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. http://store.hslda.org/constitutional-literacy-with-michael-farris-p199.aspx
2- Geography–Around 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.
Monarch Online : aophomeschooling.com/monarch_demo – No books, No installations. Online Homeschooling https://www.aophomeschooling.com/monarch_overview
SpectrumLearn.com- online learning carefully selected by FLVS and common core. Classes: Math, Tutoring, Test prep, learning apps, learning games, GED prep, etc. http://www.spectrumlearn.com/students-families/
Cornerstone Curriculum http://cornerstonecurriculum.com/#
Teaching Textbooks http://teachingtextbooks.com/ (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 http://www.shillermath.com/h2/intro.php ” Zero lesson prep, 4 learning styles used, diagnostic testing, Cathy Duffy Review: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/math/shiller-math.htm
Right Start Math : www.rightstartmath.com 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 : http://todaycms.s3.amazonaws.com/alabacus/73/481a2b87b78b6eab12411294e8b42e/RightStart-Level-C-Sampler.pdf
MathUSee: http://www.mathusee.com/ and review: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/math/math-u-see.htm (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 : http://www.mathmammoth.com/parents.php This math program was on the Cathy Duffy’s top 101 list, I don’t quit understand it, but worth looking into.
Timberdoodle: www.timberdoodle.com 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 http://homeschoolpiano.jazzedge.com/ 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 www.MemoriaPress.com 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. www.memoriapress.com/onlineschool – 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! http://www.alertacademy.com/iaa/fc/ It’s on a 2200 acre Alert campus in Texas. I want to go.
Tampa Youth Ranch http://www.tampayouthranch.org/
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 🙂 www.Essentialsinwriting.com
Analytical Grammar http://www.analyticalgrammar.com/ 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 : http://www.classesbybeth.com/Tuition.html 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 : http://econobusters.com/ $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.http://www.diannecraft.org/
30 weeks Ready Made Preschool http://readymadepreschool.com/product/seasonal-abcs-level-1/ – 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 : http://www.faithfullyinfertile.com/2014/01/ready-made-preschool-review/ This program has 30 weeks of lessons, supplies, hands on learning and no prep work. I like this already.
HSLDA :http://www.hslda.org/ ( 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 –http://moneysavingmom.com/ 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 : www.AllRecipes.com, www.supercook.com , www.recipematcher.com, www.orgjunkie.com, www.coupons.com, www.redplum.com, www.smartsource.com, www.couponnetwork.com, www.mamboSprouts.com (organic and natural). She mentions to stop by starbucks or McD’s on sunday afternoon for coupons, print coupons online : www.MoneySavingMom.com and search product name and printable coupon. ( I like southersavers.com). 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 http://www.championshipchess.net/storeHome.html 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.
Mailbox club (I had this as a kids and I loved it)http://www.mailboxclub.org/ministry/what-we-do/bible-lessons 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.
DocsDiscoveryBooks.com http://bibleteachersworkshops.com/docs-discovery-books/ 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: http://swordstudy.net/ 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 – http://store.biblebee.org/sword-studies/, they range from $16-$19. It’s worth checking out.
Home School Film Academy: www.flflimacademy.com 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 https://www.floridabiblecollege.us/ 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 Academy. A 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 / TheViolinBook.com 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 Parentalrights.org 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 WriteAtHome.com Writing Strands X Plus Products Youth Basketball of America
Youth Digital YWAM Publishing