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Which Science Course Should I Choose?

which science course should I choose

When planning out your homeschool year, you want to include engaging science information to help your student understand our amazing world.

But which course should you choose? And in which order should you use the available courses?

The good news: you can pick any one for elementary grades!

Since elementary years are all about becoming proficient in reading, writing, and math, your student will spend a lot of time practicing these skills.

We want to make science fun while helping your student learn to observe, record, and marvel at the universe around them.

Which is why you can begin your elementary homeschool science adventure with any one of these engaging courses.

We even make it easy by letting you know what concepts your student should already know when beginning a course.

If they need to know a bit more about a topic than the course offers, a quick online search will fill in the gap.

 

Let’s examine the sequence of the science courses offered.

Although the courses explore scientific developments chronologically, you may choose to present them in any order depending on your other homeschool subjects or the time period that interests your student.

For Students in K-6 Grades

Science in the Beginning

You can start with this course to give your student a solid foundation of how our world was created.

Using the days of creation as an outline, the material covers basic concepts such as

  • the properties of light, air, and water,
  • basic botany, zoology, and human physiology,
  • and our solar system.

This examination of how the world began helps students understand the beauty of the Creator and the wonder of His works.

 

Science in the Ancient World

Follow the Beginning with a look at how ancient scientists explored God’s creation to learn more about the Creator.

Covering the years 600 BC to 1500 AD, this course covers the work of these naturalists and philosophers, both the concepts they got right and the mistakes they made.

Since this course examines early science as it was developed, your student will discover a wide range of new ideas including

  • early medicine,
  • basic physics and simple machines,
  • the Earth’s place in the solar system,
  • astronomy,
  • botany,
  • and the effects of erosion.

As they are introduced to the science and the men who furthered fresh ideas, your student will also come to understand the later scientists for the devout Christians they were.

 

Science in the Scientific Revolution

Expand on the fresh scientific ideas from the ancients with the next book in the series.

The time covered in this course is less than 200 years, and the advances made in the basic areas of science were vast.

Also covering science as it was developed, the topics included echo those in Science in the Ancient World, but on a deeper level.

Your student will increase their understanding of

  • astronomy,
  • the physiology of plants, animals, and human anatomy,
  • basic physics,
  • and the scientific laws developed during this time.

The scientists who investigated the world around them from 1543 to the end of the 1600s were pioneers and curious about the world around them. They were also men of God interested in learning more about the Creator and His creations.

 

Science in the Age of Reason

Continuing the tour through the history of scientific development, this next course explores natural philosophers from the early 1600s to the early 1800s as they built on previous discoveries to further their understanding of the world around them.

Topics include

  • astronomy,
  • basic chemistry and physics concepts,
  • human physiology, botany and zoology,
  • and atmosphere and weather.

Not only will your student see how new science discoveries begin with older ideas, but they will also understand how the worldview of the scientist can affect their conclusions.

 

Science in the Industrial Age

The final book in the elementary science series covers discoveries made from the early 1800s to the early 1900s.

As scientists continued to explore the world, they made a multitude of new discoveries and advancements.

Your student can follow these discoveries in

  • medicine and human physiology,
  • basic physics and chemistry,
  • evolution,
  • and explore the development of new scientific laws.

They will also learn the beliefs of the scientists and how those worldviews directed their theories and conclusions.

A Well Rounded Tour of Elementary Science

These five courses follow science through history and demonstrate the growth of scientific discovery and understanding.

Each course includes many hours of hands-on activities to keep the lessons engaging for elementary students, plus three levels of review exercises so you can choose the depth of understanding you wish for your student.

An added benefit of these five courses is they are multi-level.

This means even if you are diving into homeschooling in the later elementary years, you can choose any course to begin your scientific journey.

In addition, you can teach several ages/grade levels using the same course by assisting younger children with the experiments or using the more thorough review exercises for older students.

Middle School Science for Students in 7th and 8th grades

When your student is headed into the middle grades, you may wonder which courses to choose next.

The most important factor in deciding on a course is your student’s level in mathematics.

Since the courses offer problems involving calculations, you’ll want to be sure your student comprehends that math level before you dive into a course to assure their success.

In addition to observing and recording their experiences, your student will be asked to learn and apply specific concepts, both in the abstract and in the concrete with hands-on experimentation.

 

Science in the Atomic Age

Science in the Atomic Age

Modern scientists have furthered our understanding of the world around us, and this course covers these discoveries.

From atoms to biomes, this course covers the organization of our world and God’s design in nature.

Your student will need a firm grasp of 7th grade math to do the calculations presented.

Because this is a laboratory-based course, your student will have plenty of hands-on experiments and activities to help them grasp the concepts presented.

The topics build on what the student has already learned in earlier science studies, and the experiments can be performed using common household items easily found in local shops or online.

Discovering Design with Earth Science TextbookDiscovering Design with Earth Science

This course explores earth in great detail from the formation of rocks to the properties of water and the interaction of each on our earth’s crust.

Your student will be able to exercise critical thinking as they are presented with the opposing ideas of uniformitarianism and catastrophism.

Each of these concepts is presented in a fair and balanced examination with plenty of follow-up questions to generate thoughtful contemplation.

This course also includes 55 hours of laboratory instruction using hands-on activities and experiments.

A kit containing laboratory materials is available for purchase, and some of the experiments can only be performed with items from the kit.

 

As you can see, these seven courses cover science from creation to modern day exploration.

You and your student can decide which of the elementary topics to cover and in which order.

And your middle schooler can move confidently into more complicated science when they have the math proficiency to do so.

We hope this helps simplify your homeschool science curriculum choice!

We’re available to answer any questions and to help your student explore God’s world through hands-on science.

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Discovering Design With Earth Science

Discovering Design with Earth Science Textbook SetThe latest earth science textbook by Dr. Wile is here!

Written in his warm, conversational style, this book is a spectacular introduction to earth science. Filled with stunning images, detailed descriptions, and awesome experiments, this book has it all.

These experiments are designed specifically to increase understanding of the concepts introduced.

Some of the experiments require particular items available in the optional lab kit. You can take a peek here at the list of materials included in the kit for the lab experiments, as well as the items you’ll need to provide.

Table of contents list

Scope and sequence

Let’s explore the chapters and the science contained inside.

Introduction

Dr. Wile gives a thorough explanation of how to get the most out of your Discovering Design with Earth Science book, experiments, and worksheets and how to incorporate science study in your homeschool schedule.

He covers the importance of including hands-on learning through experimentation. He also stresses the need to keep up with notes and record the results of experiments performed.

Dr. Wile wants to make sure your student has access to as much support as needed. He has created a special online library including videos and links to incredible online resources hand-picked to add more understanding to each concept.

And finally, Dr. Wile is available to answer questions through a dedicated website for students that also contains searchable questions and answers.

Chapter 1  Basic Concepts Required to Study Earth Science

Dr. Wile presents the essential concepts students need to understand how to study earth science. From phases of matter to measurements, each topic is spelled out clearly and demonstrated with concrete, hands-on experiments. Students learn different ways to measure matter and the reasons behind each. He goes on to show how different units are used in scientific study with easy-to-understand equations. These basics are applied throughout the rest of the book.

Chapter 2 It’s a Little Crusty

The Rainbow Mountains in China
The Rainbow Mountains in China

This chapter introduces the layers of our beautiful planet with its defined sections of atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. Dr. Wile digs into the soil to show the makeup of the geosphere and how it is affected by different physical events. He also begins his comparison of uniformitarianism and catastrophism, along with definitions of each and how they compare. These two comparisons continue throughout the book with a fair and balanced approach.

Chapter 3 Minerals

Continuing his exploration of the crust, Dr. Wile makes minerals the focus of this chapter. He explains chemical compositions of rocks and explains how they are formed. There is a section on how we use minerals in our everyday lives to bring the science to life. The experiments help solidify these concepts so students have a wonderful hands-on experience with the rocks provided.

Chapter 4 Rocks

Expanding on the previous chapter, Dr. Wile talks about the different types of rocks and how they are formed, along with discussions of major rock formations.  He describes the rock cycle so students can see how each type is connected.  He also compares and contrasts the views of uniformitarianism and catastrophism. Many of the concepts in this chapter flow into those following, which makes the topics much easier to understand.

Chapter 5 The Lithosphere

Now the book concentrates on the whole crust with its continents and oceans. Dr. Wile takes students through a description of Earth’s magnetic field and its effects. Plate tectonics, the movement of the continents, and crustal displacement feature in this chapter. Again, hands-on experiments make the broad concepts much easier to understand.

Chapter 6 More About Motion in the Lithosphere

Mount Cook
Mount Cook in New Zealand

Continents move, sometimes slowly, sometimes violently. Dr. Wile explores these movements in this chapter with clear explanations of earthquakes and seismic waves. He weaves in concepts learned in earlier chapters to deepen students’ understanding of the different results on our planet such as mountains and rifts.

Chapter 7 Fossils in Rocks

Now Dr. Wile discusses the once-living plants and animals present in different rock formations. He explores the different approaches taken by uniformitarianism and catastrophism to explain the presence of tell-tale evidence of life long past. He also includes cautionary tales of fossil interpretation and introduces the geological column. The lab kit contains fossils students can explore up close and in person.

Chapter 8 Interpreting the Geological Column

In this chapter, students learn about radioactive decay and how this process is used to date rocks and once-living organisms.  Dr. Wile touches on the differing viewpoints of scientists using radioactive decay in determining the age of the earth and those things found on it.

Chapter 9 Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism

Using a solid compare-contrast approach, Dr. Wile explores both the uniformitarianism and catastrophism ideas used to explain the evidence found in the geological record and discusses the bias each side holds. He introduces evidence from both sides that strengthen their viewpoints, but does not push one over the other.  He encourages students to investigate both sides for themselves and draw conclusions from their own research.

Chapter 10 Water and Hydrosphere

Watershed
Watershed

Now Dr. Wile moves from the land into the oceans, lakes, and rivers. He dives into the polarity of water and how water behaves. He includes wonderful hands-on experiments to demonstrate the exceptional properties of water including the stark difference between freshwater and saltwater such as density and freezing points. This chapter includes a detailed explanation of the hydrologic cycle.

Chapter 11 More on the Hydrosphere

The beginning of this chapter focuses on the oceans, their currents, waves, and the effects of the sun and moon on tides. He goes deeper into global oceanic currents and explains how and why they are so important to life on earth. He then talks about the freshwater on the earth and where it is located in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.

Chapter 12 The Atmosphere

Up into the air, Dr. Wile now explores our atmosphere. One of the experiments dramatically demonstrates air pressure. He then goes into the composition of our air and the different layers of our atmosphere.  He includes an investigation of ozone, pollution, and an acid-base tangent that leads right back into the effects of carbon dioxide on the atmosphere and the pH of the ocean.

Chapter 13 Weather, Part 1

Expanding on the previous chapter, Dr. Wile goes into a thorough exploration of weather by beginning with a breakdown of the different types of radiation and light coming from the sun. He describes the tilt of the earth during its trip around the sun and how this creates our seasons. He introduces wind, temperature, global wind patterns and trade winds as some background information before heading into a detailed review of clouds.

Chapter 14 Weather, Part 2

Anvil Cloud
Anvil Cloud

Now, Dr. Wile gets into the detail of weather systems and describes weather fronts and how to read a weather map. He talks about precipitation and humidity, then talks about severe weather systems such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Chapter 15 The Earth’s Solar System

This chapter heads into outer space to discuss gravity and our neighboring planets. He touches on comets and asteroids and explains why the heliocentric view of the solar system replaced the geocentric view.. Then he focuses on the sun and moon and their properties and behavior.

Chapter 16 Earth’s Solar System and the Universe

Dr. Wile teaches about parallax and its use in determining some distances throughout the universe. He covers the heliosphere and explores the vast tapestry of stars and their colors, brightness, and classifications. Then he describes our galaxy and others in the universe and shares breathtaking images of some of them.

In fact, every page of the book has incredible images or detailed illustrations to help further understanding. Dr. Wile sums up his wonderful earth science book with this passage:

Psalm 24:1-2, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who live in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.”

We hope you will add this text to your library and enjoy it not only for a season, but for years to come

.Get Started with Discovering Design With Earth Science

In addition to solid science and thought-provoking questions, this set includes printable Worksheets as well as a Student Notebook for exploring questions and keeping track of chapter review answers.

If this looks like the perfect book for your junior earth science adventure, head over to Discovering Design With Earth Science.

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More Reasons You Should Buy From Your Local Homeschool Resource Center

A local homeschool resource is a valuable asset to the community. Not only do customers have a wide selection of new books and curriculum to choose from, often local homeschool shops offer a place for homeschoolers to buy and sell used materials.

While this variety is important to homeschool families, an even more precious resource resides in local stores specializing in homeschool resources.

People.

Not just any people. Caring current and veteran homeschooling advocates whose sole mission is to help parents and grandparents succeed and thrive as they home educate their students.

We had a chat with Julia Harris, the former owner, and Laura Stowers, the new owner of The Homeschool Gathering Place in Raleigh, NC.

Julia and Jim’s Story

Julia began her homeschool adventure over 25 years ago, back when resources were few and far between. At the time, many home educators passed dog-eared catalogs back and forth as they took a stab at choosing what they hoped would be the ideal science book or math program for their kids.

The only available opportunities to have a hands-on experience prior to purchase were homeschool conventions and the occasional curriculum fair at a local church.

Seeing a gap that desperately needed filing, Julia listened to the still, small voice that urged her to provide a solution. She and her husband Jim began a curriculum consignment shop in their basement. In just 18 months, the business needed more space, so they moved it into a shopping center.

Before the year was up, demand for just such a place had them upgrading their space again, and yet again until they landed in the current location offering both new and used curriculum, resources, and loving support to the community and to visitors from all over the country and around the globe.

Clearly, Julia and Jim created a solution where demand was high.

Over the years, they helped a wide variety of people from brand new homeschoolers testing the waters to veteran home educators who not only shopped at the store, but also offered their encouragement and advice to other customers.

In short, they created a community.

After 24 and half years, they felt the call to pass the torch to someone else. Enter Laura and her husband, Mark.

Laura and Mark’s Story

Earlier in 2021, Mark took early retirement from his corporate job to join Laura. They both felt the urgency to support the homeschool mission through the sweeping changes currently taking place.

Laura says she and Mark inherited a true legacy from the Harrises. Indeed, the Stowers have become the stewards of this legacy and continue to provide a warm community atmosphere for all homeschoolers who enter the store.

While this is just one example of one location, it is a shining beacon of hope and promise to others hearing the call to provide their local homeschool community with resources and support.

Julia offers a word of caution, though. Running a local homeschool shop is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a way to get rich quick. It is a true mission, delivered from the heart and bolstered by the unwavering hand of God.

What’s In It For You To Shop At A Local Homeschool Supplier?

So really, what’s the point of hauling yourself down to the local homeschool bookstore to stock up for next year’s lessons?

The reasons are numerous, and some you won’t expect.

  1. Obviously, the first reason is so you can touch the books and leaf through the workbooks and compare and contrast all the options in real time. You can’t do that online. Sure, you can click back and forth between two math programs on a website, but the limited bits of product descriptions often leave you with more questions than answers.
  2. More importantly, local shops are staffed with experienced, knowledgeable homeschool moms and dads eager to consult home educators on the best options for their families. These people offer their time and expertise at no charge as their personal mission to assist everyone who enters the store with their questions and concerns.
  3. Speaking of consulting, the influx of new homeschoolers has created a wave of parents in need of calming reassurance and the chance to begin their homeschool adventure on solid footing. Local shops graciously provide this support for free. An army of chat bots on a website cannot create that sense of understanding and peace that comes from talking face-to-face with a parent who’s been in the trenches.
  4. A unique feature of some local homeschool shops is a well-stocked, year-round curriculum fair right in the store. Instead of waiting 364 days for the church to host their year-end swap, these shops provide gently used materials at considerable savings every business day.
  5. In addition to physical resources and support, the store acts as a liaison for local co-ops, testing services, and homeschool events in the form of a community bulletin board and word-of-mouth references. This community connection brings together diverse people from around the area to meet and offer support to one another. No online book retailer can embrace the community as well as an in-person location dedicated to homeschoolers.

Why You’re Important to Your Local Homeschool Resource

All the features and benefits listed above are all about what YOU can get from a local homeschool shop.

But what about what your patronage gives back?

Every time a loyal customer supports a local homeschool shop, the shop benefits, and not only financially.

Buying from the store does help keep the doors open. But what about the non-material benefits?

The used curriculum section is an enormous boon to the community. Buying and selling locally blesses other families in your city. You make a bit of money, they make a bit of money, and these funds can be spent on next year’s resources. Everyone wins.

As Laura says, “It’s a symbiotic relationship. It’s a unique model.”

In addition, the veteran homeschool moms and dads are blessed as well by being able to share the wisdom they’ve garnered over their decades of combined homeschool experiences. They have a calling and are eager to support others on their homeschool path.

The shops can host seminars that bring together the “accidental homeschoolers” of the past year or so with the parents who’ve been at it a while to offer support and encouragement. Some parents are struggling, some are thriving, all can benefit from a genuinely caring homeschool community.

Laura tells a story of a gentleman who enjoyed an hour of personalized assistance in her store. He left with an armload of books and materials and a confident step.

Imagine her surprise the next day when the gentleman returned with three 18-count cartons of eggs from his farm an hour away. Just to say “Thank you.”

That is the power and beauty of a thriving homeschool community.

Awesome! So What’s The Problem With Not Buying Local?

Well, we’ve outlined the absolute gift to the community a homeschool shop can be. Unfortunately, not all communities have such an amazing resource. And, according to Julia, providing such a resource takes a special sort of people.

Aside from the geographical logistics of homeschool resource real estate, there lies an ominous dark cloud on the horizon.

What do we mean by this?

As we mentioned in the post about purchasing from homeschool vendors at conventions, many people tend to soak up advice and answers from the person behind the table, then scurry off to purchase the resource from a big box retailer to save a couple of dollars.

We can’t stress this enough:

The pennies you save by clicking “buy now” on your phone are vastly outweighed by the monumental value you receive while interacting with the author or creator of your chosen homeschool resource.

The same heartbreaking scenario plays out at homeschool resource stores.

Imagine spending an hour consulting and instructing a brand new homeschool mom on the best curriculum or program for each of her children based on their learning styles and educational needs.

Now imagine that homeschool mom thanking you while proclaiming, “Now I know what I’m going to buy!” and walking out of the store to save a collective $7 by buying online.

Of course, we’re being facetious about the savings, but you get the point.

The VALUE of the interaction, the support, and the professional consulting is exponentially greater than the mere dollars you perceive you’re “saving” as you walk out of the store (away from the actual products) to click around online and wait by your front door for the delivery truck to arrive.

Do You See The Disconnect Here?

In all fairness, not everyone makes the connection between buying at the local homeschool shop and actually helping keep that shop open and supporting their local homeschool community in the process.

People go out of their way to buy organic vegetables at the local farmer’s market and head to the consignment shop to purchase name brand clothing at a discount.

Both of these actions not only save money, boost health, and make you feel good about your stewardship of your funds, they also help the local community.

It’s no different buying local from the neighborhood homeschool shop. Your purchase, yes, helps the store stay open and pay the bills. Your purchase may also help another local family fund their next year’s homeschool supplies because you bought items they had on consignment.

Perhaps you’re in the store when a brand-new, frightened-of-the-unknown homeschool mom tiptoes in with a basket of questions and fears.

You may be the exact person she needs to hear offering suggestions and may breathe a sigh of relief that she’s in the right place as she forges ahead into a life-altering decision to educate her children at home.

Perhaps you’re at your wits end with questions about a particular resource.

Because of the relationships these local homeschool shops have with the authors and providers of the resources they offer, they can pick up the phone and call the author directly to find answers to your questions.

Wait, you can do that? You certainly can.

Can you do that in a big box store or through a faceless online retailer? Doubtful.

The ultimate goal here is to help all homeschoolers make educational success a reality.

Buy Local. Your Patronage Is Vital.

We want to encourage you to frequent your local homeschool resource store. But more importantly, we want to encourage you to buy from that store.

And no, you don’t have to drop your entire homeschool budget there.

But won’t you set aside at least a portion of your funds to help keep these rare jewels, these educational blessings alive in our communities?

Your homeschool community and your local area will benefit from your contribution.

And if you are called to provide such a beautiful resource in your community, talk to Julia and Jim and Laura and Mark first.

They’re living examples of fulfilling their mission of service to others. And we’re so grateful to know them and share their stories.

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Homeschool Curriculum Providers Need You To Shop Local

Imagine this:

You’re a homeschool vendor.

You’ve poured your heart and soul into a beautiful math curriculum.

Or a stunning homeschool science text.

Or the most amazing subscription box for kids.

You’ve worked in the homeschool space for years, maybe decades.

You’ve talked to hundreds, if not thousands of homeschool parents and grandparents in person, by email, in a virtual setting, or through your printed materials.

You understand how homeschool moms and dads think. How they feel. What they say they need.

And what they don’t say, but you still know, because you’ve been there.

When convention season rolls around, you’re excited.

You pack up your books and supplies and banners and laptop for shipping or in your car or SUV or the trailer you haul around.

You’re optimistic. You get to talk to even more homeschool folks to learn even more about what they need so you can make your product even better.

You check in to your hotel. You check in to the convention hall. You check in with the equipment folks, the electrical folks, the scheduling folks.

You’re ready.

Then in come the people. Your people.

These are the people you serve. This is your ministry, your calling, your life.

You want to help them. You aren’t here to make millions.

You’re here to offer advice, support, encouragement, and a clear path to success for their children.

They come.

They visit the booth you so carefully arranged.

They laugh, they ask questions, they analyze your offerings, they talk amongst themselves.

They take pictures. They make notes.

They head to the next booth.

What happened?

You’re here at a great physical, mental, and financial cost.

They’re here to experience your educational offerings up-close and personal.

But they didn’t buy anything.

Why?

The View From The Other Side Of The Homeschool Convention Table

This scenario is playing out over and over around the convention halls throughout the seasons.

With the convenience of the internet right on their phones, homeschoolers are able to browse in person, then purchase online from a big-box retailer.

This seems like it makes good financial sense for them, right?

Let’s flip this perspective.

You’re a homeschooler. You’ve done your research. You’re planning to attend a convention in your area.

You’re excited. You’ve got the whole year mapped out, and all you need are the resources to make it happen.

Convention time rolls around, and you head to the vendor hall, notes and phone in hand, ready to take in all the information presented.

You visit the booths of your chosen vendors. You attend their talks and workshops.

They give all they have, and you are the grateful recipient.

You ask your questions and make your decisions.

You pull out your phone and take a quick snapshot of the book cover or box or grab a brochure to stuff in your swag bag.

And you walk to the next booth.

Hang on a second.

Please take a moment to consider the vendor behind the table.

Very often, these folks are homeschoolers, too. They’re not just business folks trying to make a buck.

Vendors are part of your homeschool community.

They’ve hauled their wares to your front door and laid bare the work of perhaps a lifetime.

If we don’t support these vendors, conventions could be a thing of the past.

That’s a bold statement, and let’s explore the reasons behind it.

As outlined in the scenario above, exhibiting at a convention is a labor of love. Tiring, stressful, but rewarding just to see and visit with other homeschoolers and offer help in numerous ways.

But if a vendor can’t afford to attend a convention due to rising costs, what becomes of the beloved convention?

Jamie Erickson of The Unlikely Homeschool, who inspired this post, said it best:

“The last five or so year’s worth of sales have been underwhelming for many homeschool vendors. Consequently, more and more of them have stopped traveling to conferences.

Consequently, conference organizers have struggled to make enough from vendor booth fees to be able to pay speakers. Consequently, speakers have stopped coming.

Consequently, the homeschooling community is losing advocates to encourage and equip the rest of us…and even educate the naysayers and policy-makers who make state and national decisions about homeschooling. It’s an ecosystem.

When one part dies off, the rest gets affected.”

 

Can we boldly say that if convention-goers continue to purchase from big-box retailers after attending conventions, pretty soon there won’t be any conventions to attend?

And what of the desire for homeschoolers to see and touch the offerings firsthand?

And what of the presentations and workshops where homeschoolers learn so much from the vendors who give them?

And what of the camaraderie experienced in the convention setting when homeschoolers and vendors share space and concerns and wishes and encouragement?

What becomes of conventions?

What becomes of vendors when they don’t make enough money selling their curriculum or other products and must close their shops, virtual or otherwise?

If the vendors no longer produce their products, you won’t be finding them on the big-box sites anyway.

What then?

We Homeschool For A Better Future

Let’s remind ourselves why we’re homeschooling in the first place. We homeschool to give our children the most amazing educational experience we can provide.

And we do this using books and videos and resources from a variety of companies, many of whom are mom and pop operations.

These moms and pops are just like you.

They’re also homeschooling to give their children the most amazing educational experience they can provide.

And they love what they do so much, they took their experience and knowledge and solidified it into an offering for the rest of us.

We do an enormous disservice to these generous vendors when we glean and gather from their booths or websites or seminars or workshops then hand over our money to faceless corporations to save a buck or two.

Those savings may very well signal the end of mom and pop homeschool shops.

Frankly, we think it’s not worth it.

We need moms and pops and their beautiful ideas to help us maintain the freedom and flexibility of our homeschooling lives.

If we don’t support them, they won’t be able to support us as we journey down our chosen paths.

Remember this as you venture out to homeschool conventions. Do your research, make your rounds, gather information.

Then consider purchasing from the vendors.

As Jamie says, “It’s an ecosystem.”

Your patronage and support of local vendors, of moms and pops standing behind the table with their hearts in their work, will go a long way to keeping the homeschool ecosystem healthy and thriving for years to come.

If you’d like to read Jamie’s inspiring post, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/331021703603422/posts/4108803719158516/?sfnsn=mo