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Homeschool Convention Season is upon us and we’re ready to make the most of it. Many families plan vacation around various conventions, for our family . . . . it’s road trip time!
While you may not need to go to more than one homeschool convention each year, it is important that you choose one that is right for your family, and that you make the most of the experience.
We highly recommend all of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions . . . they are Christian conferences created to guide families not only in homeschooling, but in bringing their families closer to the Lord. They encourage families in every aspect of family life – along with homeschooling.
No matter which conferences you choose, with a little bit of planning, you can turn it into an experience the family looks forward to each and every year.
Pull out the Atlas & road maps and plan your route! Get the kids involved, and turn it into a geography lesson. Look for museums along the way. Be sure to check the ASTC.org Passport list HERE. If your local science center is on the list – you can join and have access to the rest of the museums on the passport list! That means that with your membership comes hundreds of free museum opportunities from around the world. There are exclusions – so be sure to check out the details. We join each year & often plan extra days into our trips to check out the museums along the way. Roadschooling at it’s best!
State and National Parks or National Monuments are another great option for field trips on your way to conventions. Check the link HERE to see about visiting National Museums and Monuments. You’ll find teaching plans and resources to go with the National Parks & Museums HERE.
While in Atlanta for TTD – be sure to take time to stop in Macon to see the Ocmulgee National Monument. The mounds of four pre-historic cultures lived for thousands of years before the invitation of Europeans. Ocmulgee National Monument is the ancestral home land of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who now reside in Oklahoma.
There is a small museum on site where you can view artifacts, watch a movie and learn about the culture of the natives who lived there before. Inside the largest mound – is a pathway which leads to the central meeting area where the tribe came together to make important decisions. The property is impressive. Plan to take a nice walk and enjoy a picnic. About 2 hours time will be enough to cover your visit – and it is well worth the honor of visiting this National Monument. Admission is free.
While you are south of Atlanta – be sure to stop by the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. Admission is $7 for adults during the week or $10 on weekends (includes a train ride on the weekends) and $4 and $5 for kids. Those under 4 years of age are always free.
The grounds of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village have over 35 structures which have been relocated to the 95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved. Have a picnic while you are there. See the old church, drug store, farmstead, gristmill, peanut museum, the old schoolhouse, turpentine still and more!
There are several museums in and around Atlanta – which are on the list from ASTC.org.
Get a list of outdoor parks and fun for families HERE. Downtown has a park with a beautiful replica of the Parthenon building. The grounds include a pond with ducks and plenty of shade for picnics. (We do a lot of picnics while on the road). Walk around downtown and enjoy the Centennial monuments, fountains and more.
Sandusky, Ohio is a small city that is home to one of the most beautiful collections of historical architecture in the Midwest. Visit the Seneca Caves in Ohio – HERE – for an exciting adventure. Check out the list of Gardens & State Preserves HERE.
Be sure to check the ASTC.org list for the Ohio museums to see if you’ll be driving past one of the great options to visit.
Visit the Dallas Heritage Village for a look at historical life as a Texan. Adults will pay $9 and kids between 4 – 12 are only $5 each. Take a walk downtown in Pioneer Plaza for some great photo ops and enjoy the sculptures and beautifully landscaped design.
The Old Red Museum is one of the few history museums in the nation to include a hands-on education center designed specifically for younger visitors. The Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Education Center is a unique learning center for students from pre-K to young adult and offers hands-on activities, exhibits on children in Dallas County and twelve TEKS-based touch screens.
The Perot Museum is on the list of ASTC.org participants & therefore FREE
Another idea is to check points along your travel route that make for good stopping points – then search that area for special museums and parks to visit. I usually plan to stop about every three hours on our trips. If needed – we can certainly go longer than that to get to a special stopping point, but we like to make these pit stops for adventure along the way.
Set kids up with clip boards and attached pencil, and give them their own road map for the trip. We bring along colored pencils and markers to use as well as dry erase boards. The kids bring electronic games, mad libs, and get their own snack bags. We always make a dollar store stop before leaving town to stock up on inexpensive, fun treats to keep them occupied.
Look for educational options. We love the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game.
Or try our free License Plate Math Worksheets from Adventures in Childrearing. All you need is a pencil and a clipboard to go along with this fun free printable. Kids love checking out the license plates of the cars on the road.
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Homeschool Convention Season is quickly approaching. Why attend a homeschool convention? There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to attend each year, but we will go over a few of our favorites. . .
Just in case you didn’t notice-our top 6 reasons to attend a homeschool convention spell out “Meet Us”
As the creators of AJTL curriculum and lapbooks – we are here to help, encourage, instruct and we LOVE to meet our customers and other homeschool families. Be sure to come by the booth and say hello. We will gladly answer any questions you have and will spend time helping you. Nancy will be speaking on several different topics as well.
Come visit A Journey Through Learning at these upcoming conventions!
Be sure to leave us a message here or on our Facebook Page HERE
to let us know which conference you will be attending!
We are so excited for the HUGE Facebook party that is coming up Thursday night, May 29th, at 9 pm Eastern. In addition to fun, insightful, and somewhat frantic conversation, our partners are joining us in offering over $1,200 worth of prizes!! This is DEFINITELY one party you do not want to miss!
If you have never participated in a Facebook party before, don’t worry! It’s easy to do! First, like the Teach Them Diligently Convention Facebook page. Next, show up a little before 9 pm EDT on Thursday night with some ice cream or other fun snack. (Ok, that’s not ABSOLUTELY necessary, but I like to do it anyway!) Once the party starts, we’ll be posting questions or prizes about every 2 minutes, so make sure you refresh your page often. The party will move FAST. You are free to chat in the threads, answer the questions, register for the prizes, and just enjoy the evening. After the party, we’ll give you plenty of time to make sure you’ve registered before the giveaways close. We’ll pick our winners and announce them all on our FB page after the party. It will be a perfect end to a very fun evening!
Just for fun, we are adding an extra element to our Facebook party this time. We will be taking some “field trips” to other Facebook pages to enter to win a series of prizes worth over $100 each! Thanks to Ali Dent, Doorposts, The Teach Them Diligently Planner (Powered by My Homeschool Grades,) Dual Credit at Home, Shiller Math, Knowledge Quest, Raising Real Men, and APlus TutorSoft Math for making the Launch Your Homeschool to a New Level Facebook Party so special! Each of these companies certainly play a major role in helping homeschool families launch their homeschool to that new level, too! Make sure you check them out and learn how they can help your family!
RSVP early to register to win a Pre-Party Prize Pack, consisting of a Teach Them Diligently Prize Pack (Travel mug, tote bag, AND free registration to your choice of Teach Them Diligently Events in 2014 or 2015!) as well as a lifetime membership to the Teach Them Diligently Planner, powered by My Homeschool Grades. Pre-party prize pack is worth more than $225!! Follow the instructions below to RSVP and enter to win!
We are pleased to announce Nancy Fileccia, co-owner of A Journey Through Learning, is speaking at two Teach Them Diligently events this year! We would like to invite you to attend one of these wonderful conventions! Nancy will be specifically speaking at the Washington, D.C. and Dallas events.
Teach Them Diligently – Washington, D.C.
May 15-17th, 2014
Teach Them Diligently – Dallas, Texas
June 26-28, 2014
You can visit the above links to find complete details on location, registration, speakers, exhibitors, and family programming.
Nancy will share from her new book (to be released late April) More Than A Memory – The Candace Kate Story.
One Family’s Story of Love, Pain, Loss, and Joy
The Fileccias did not consider themselves special, but just an ordinary family. Yet in 2003, God chose them to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in their faith, Rusty and Nancy packed up their three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old blind girl. Little did they know this trip would lead them through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience.
The challenge of teaching a blind child paled to insignificance when their precious daughter was diagnosed with a fatal disease in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Based on Nancy’s heartfelt journal entries of their journey, the story of Candace Kate unfolds, shining a light on God’s purpose to give this little girl a “forever family” and showing how she lived a full life in only thirteen years.
Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us, before He calls us home.
The Fileccia family prays that Candace will always remain More Than a Memory.
We would like to invite you to join The Candace Kate Story Facebook group to stay updated on the release of the book.
The Fileccia’s prayer is that this book will accomplish several things.
1. Encourage more families to adopt older children.
2. Give families ideas on how to continue homeschooling during an illness or other trying events in the family.
3. Offer support for families with terminally ill children.
Blessings to you and yours; may our story speak to your heart and encourage you to keep up the good fight.
Nancy looks forward to seeing you at an upcoming Teach Them Diligently convention!