For the past 3 years, I’ve been proud to host the annual Virtual Curriculum Fair throughout the month of January here at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds and we’ll be starting it again in just a few short weeks.
It’ll be winter soon here in the U.S, and in less the a month the new calendar year will start. I don’t know about you, but for me that really cold, dark time after the holidays is a rough time to keep on keeping on. So I invented a blog carnival to help me focus on my blessings and to, hopefully, provide some inspiration to other homeschool parents. Thus, the VCF was born!
Let’s start by explaining the name:
Virtual---It takes place online.
Curriculum---In the academy, the word “curriculum” means the “overall course of study,” rather than this or that particular published program. This is what I had in mind when I named the Fair, the idea that each homeschool has its own, unique curriculum that may be made up of very many parts. Some of those parts will be published programs, schedules, textbooks, games, whatever. Some of them will be harder to describe. Anything that is a part of your homeschool is part of your curriculum and is fair game for the VCF!
Fair---The VCF is a month-long carnival or blog hop for homeschool bloggers that posts each Monday in January. There is a published theme for each week (don’t worry, there’s a lot of flexibility in the themes).
The goal is for participants to give other homeschoolers a peek into what they are really doing with their kiddos that works for them and why.
Take a look at all the wonderfulness that was shared during the 2012 Virtual Curriculum Fair, the 2013 Fair, and the 2014 Fair!
This year’s dates and themes:
- January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
- January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
- January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
- January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.
Come read the VCF beginning Monday, January 5th!
A number of bloggers who participated last year will be doing it again. Sign up to receive email updates from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds so you won’t miss a week.
Would you like to join us?
I am currently accepting participants for the 2015 VCF. If you homeschool and blog, I’d love to have you join us. I don’t want to know about numbers or Facebook followers.
You can choose to participate every week or pick and choose which themes you will write about. I promise that the guidelines are pretty simple and things like social media shares are optional.
All participating bloggers will be a part of a closed Facebook group where you will be able to share your links for each week and I will keep you apprized of Fair happenings. Buttons and banners will be provided.
If you’d like to be a part of the VCF, please go to the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair Facebook group and ask to join.