Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Usborne Books

Photo credit: Usborne Books & More
This past weekend I loaded up the books and headed to the Louisiana CHEF homeschool conference with another consultant, and two boys. It is the first time that I did this conference, and did not know what to expect. If it was not for the other consultant I would not have gone at all, but I am glad I did.

We received a warm welcome and had many visitors came to our booth. It was great to hear what many had to say about Usborne's books. Multiple people commented on the quality of the books, and one mother mentioned that some of our books had been used by four different students, and were still in great condition. One of the speakers came by, and commented that she was happy to see that Usborne was still around, she used Usborne also.

The consultant who went with me is new to the business, and talked me into going for the experience. Yesterday while we were talking she shared with me that while at the local Catholic homeschool conference she could not stay away from the booth.  She said she was not even sure why she came over, as she was walking over, she had a conversation with her self concerning the amount of books currently in the home. But, she said the books were like magnets, and she could not resist coming over. The books she said intrigued her interest, and she was excited to take them home for her five children.

While I know the quality of Usborne books it is nice to know what others have to say about them. Just wanted to share, it is nice to have confirmation from others about what you do.

Stop by my Usborne Books and More web site to see the current online specials, remember they change monthly and you can save up to 50%.

Teaching Geography

Photo credit: Knowledge Quest
Geography, how many of you teach your students geography? I confess we have touched on it, but never really taught it extensively. The boys find coloring and labeling maps both boring and childish. I don't remember learning geography in school, except once. So, why should we teach our students geography?

From now until Friday April 27, 2012 on the Homeschool Convention Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest has a free work shop entitled "5 Easy Ways to Add Geography." Note that you do have to be signed up with the Homeschool Convention in order to access this workshop. During this thirty minute workshop Terri tells us why we should study geography. My favorite is number one, I feel it is a great way to teach geography to students that is not boring and incorporates subjects they are already doing including literature. You will just have to watch the workshop to find out what it is.

Also while you are at the Homeschool Convention stop by the Knowledge Quest booth to download your free Globalmania game, click on free one year curriculum located to the right at the bottom of the sign.  The game is suppose to help students master geography in seven months or less. Also be sure to stop the Knowledge Quest web site for geography apps.