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May 28th, 2007, 08:05 PM
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Really convinced my dh as to how it is the best way. He's always been on the fence, kind of ok you know about kids and this is your thing. Hope you know what your doing though kind of thing. He told me coming back in the car the last day that he finally gets what I have been trying to tell him the last 5 or so years! WhooHoo! he even agreed that reading didn't have to happen at 5 or 6! Wow I nearly fainted at that! He's always been thingy about keeping up and concerned because Sarah is not one of these advanced type of kids.

What impressed me most was how they showed that with homeschooling it didn't matter if you are rich or poor, white, colourd, what style you did, if you were a super mum homeschooler or just so-so. If you have a phd or even didn't finish grade 12. The scores only fluctuate a little up and down because of those things. The only unifying important thing shown was it was parental involvement that counted. For kids at school there is these huge gaps in attainment. At ps the scores varied a lot because of those factors but not so the homeschooling families. So people who say oh you don't have enough money- bunk. You don't have enough education- bunk. You have to school this way-bunk! It was very freeing. Wish I could put into words how great this was. I have read this kind of thing before but it really hit home hearing about it from the speakers.

I have a few things on order.
Dumbing Us Down. They couldn't find the box of them.
DVD of the main speakers, this comes free when you pay for the entire confrence.
A filo? board. Kind of like a geo board but it's flat and made of rubber. It has these cross cut holes that you push a hollow pen threaded with cord into. The cord stays attaches to the cross cut and you then go to another one so that is attached at those points. You can make patterns, shapes or numbers or letters with it.
a marble run
a set of lower case alphabet stampers
a set of alphabet dice
a make a picnic game. You just collect the pieces of your picnic on the number you roll. So 2 is a sandwich, 3 is a drink and so on.
2 pc games. These were only $10 on sale and all Australian. One is on the alphabet and simple spelling words, the other does blends. They look really fun. The abc one is based around pirates. "The dreaded word pirates have locked away all the animals on skull island. help Mick find all the keys. At the end if you spell the words correctly you will capture the pirate ship. Probably more for boys, but it sounds fun. Haven’t even put them on yet to see.
I also got a book called Nurturing Your Child With Music which is supposed to help with learning.

Most of the vendors were Australian suppliers. Nothing like the amount you would have. Maybe 20 tables. A few book sellers. One of which was Mennonite which I found interesting as I didn’t know there was any Mennonite churches here. Apparently there is one a few hours away. MUS was, ACE, then Educational type games people, a few online/day high schools which I found funny.
LOl John Taylor Gatto had just finished talking about how tests and bits of paper are really worthless then the trade fair people came up on stage for a brief intro. The first up was from some privet school who said they had curriculum from K-12 and tests etc......After that talk I would have felt very foolish to be pushing that stuff!

Lol ok I could go on but this is becoming a novel!
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May 28th, 2007, 08:43 PM
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I'm so glad you had such a good time! I'm really glad DH is coming around! That is awesome!! My DH is the one convincing me !

I can't wait to go to ours next year!
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May 28th, 2007, 08:49 PM
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Sounds great! J.T. Gatto is wonderful... I've read a lot of his work. And for your DH!!!
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May 29th, 2007, 04:43 AM
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Sounds great!
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