The year was 2012. My homeschool and my blog were suffering from the midwinter blahs. I needed some inspiration, and what better way to do it than to take a peek at what other families were doing in their homeschools? God planted a little seed in my brain and the first Virtual Curriculum Fair came to be.
What’s the VCF, you ask?
The Virtual Curriculum Fair is a month-long blog carnival that posts each Monday throughout January. The idea behind the VCF is for participants to give other homeschoolers an honest look at what they are really doing with their kiddos, including what works for them and why. In past years, we’ve had as many as 30 homeschool bloggers contribute to the VCF.
Although it is called a “curriculum” fair, we don’t limit ourselves to published curricula, gridded schedules, or “core standards.” The VCF is more about sharing the course of study you’ve plotted out for your kiddos, whether it comes from textbooks, library hops, or quiet afternoons digging in the garden. We’ve had posts on favorite books, games, and even things that we don’t study in our homeschools.
The best way to understand what it’s all about is to check out previous years of the VCF:
January is just a little over a month away and I’m gearing up for the 2017 VCF. Would you like to join me?
Here are the dates and topics:
This week we’ll talk about how we get it done, whether it’s due to scheduling and planning or putting your faith in a higher power or somewhere in between. How you approach it is up to you. You can be really practical, including any helps you use for organizing, making plans, keeping little ones occupied, remembering to do your laundry, etc., etc. Or you could take a spiritual approach to it.
This week we’ll talk about all things related to words, language, and communication. Things you might share: phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, word roots, Latin, foreign languages, etc., etc., etc.
This week we’ll talk about anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
This week we’ll talk about history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
This week we’ll talk about anything that brings beauty into our homeschools, including (but not limited to): the fine arts, Bible devotions, ministry projects, handicrafts, nature study, etc., etc., etc.
As you can see, there’s a lot of overlap and flexibility in our topics. If you’ve participated in the VCF before, you know that I’m not a stickler about what goes in which category---if your post is relevant, it gets a thumbs up from me.
Joining is easy:
- Ask to join the private FB group for the 2017 VCF here.
- Fill out this form with your contact and blog info (note: there are no questions about pageviews, followers, etc---all bloggers who homeschool are welcome and I love to meet brand new bloggers).
- Mark your calendar and start writing your posts. You will receive post guidelines and reminders in the FB group.