Homeschool Posts

Monday, January 29, 2018

Celebrating 7 Years of Homeschool Support & Encouragement

After 7 Years of providing homeschool families with support and encouragement, the Virtual Homeschool (Curriculum) Fair is coming to an end.

homeschool high school-002It has been a good run, and I’m thankful for the dozens of homeschool bloggers who have participated in this event over the years. In celebration, I’ve decided to do a quick retrospective. Since our final week is on Enriching Our Learning, it seems fitting to share the treasure trove of wisdom that has been shared here.

Note: When you click through to each week, you will be taken to my anchor post, but will be able to click through to all the posts that bloggers shared for that general topic that week. Think of this as a homeschool time machine.

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Let’s zip back to 2012 to the Virtual Homeschool Curriculum Fair.

vcf 2012 pictureThey were so young, weren’t they?

That first year, our topics were:

January 2nd---Playing with Words: the Language Arts. This theme can include phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.  I wrote On Learning to Spell.

January 9th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and some Science. This theme can include anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.). My post was 1st, 2nd, 6th Grade Math in Our Homeschool: How We Got HERE.

January 16th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science. This theme can include history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc. I wrote about Mapping Out Our Social Studies.

January 23rd---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World. This theme can include any of the arts, as well as handicrafts. My topic was the Art of Exploration.

January 30rd---The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together! This theme can be really practical, and include 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. I encourage you to use this week to explore how you get it done,whether it’s due to scheduling and planning or putting your faith in a higher power or somewhere in between. I wrote about Getting a Grip on Things.


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In 2013, we started calling it the VCF for short.

And we shortened it to four weeks:

January 7th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts. My post was Nurturing Novelists = Building Strong Writers.

January 14th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science. I wrote about Delight-Directed Middle School Science.

January 21st---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science. I shared Exploring Eastern Cultures with Sonlight

January 28th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World. I put together my first ultimate music an art resource list.

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In 2014, we kept the same topics.

Here’s what I wrote about:

3 Reasons to Read to Your Teens

Our (almost) Free 2nd and 4th Grade Math Program

A Classical Approach to Ancient World History for All Ages

and 44 Awesome Free Resources to Study Art and Music

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The 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair

Building a Foundation of Words

Discovering Patterns

Exploring World History through the Eyes of Scientists…or How to put together a non-traditional social studies course for your high schooler without breaking the bank or losing your mind…

The Art of Organization…or How Clutter Almost Ruined My Homeschool


The 2016 Virtual Curriculum Fair

In 2016, I took a break from the VCF, because I took a blog break for a year. I handed the reins over to a group of VCF participants, including Laura at Day by Day in Our World, Kristen at Sunrise to Sunset, and Chareen at Every Bed of Roses. I’ve linked their edition of the Fair here:

Playing with Words

Discovering Patterns: Math, Logic, and Science

Exploring Our World: Social Studies and More Science

Seeking Beauty: The Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World


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The 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair

I returned to blogging in time to pick up the VCF once again:

2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair Themes:

Jan. 2---See How We Learn, the Nuts and Bolts of What Makes Our Homeschools Come Together. I wrote about the Evolution of Our Homeschool.

Jan. 9---Playing with Words, the Language Arts. I shared our Delight-Directed High School English experiences.

Jan. 16---Discovering Patterns, Math and the Mathematical Sciences. I shared  Finding Our Math Equilibrium: Our Plan for 11th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd Grades + Free Printables!

Jan. 23---Exploring Our World, Social Studies and the Exploratory Sciences. I wrote about Notebooking Our Way through History.

Jan. 30---Seeking Beauty, the Fine Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty into our Homeschools. I wrote about Living and Loving Art.

virtual homeschool fair-003The 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair

christmas 2017-001This year, the VCF got a facelift and became the VHF. A lot changes in seven years and I felt we needed to change things up a bit.

The 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Schedule:

Week 1 (Jan. 8th): The Reasons We Homeschool

Why do we homeschool? I wrote about 5 Reasons to Homeschool High School.

Week 2 (Jan. 15th): Our Method of Homeschooling

How do we homeschool? I shared How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool

Week 3 (Jan. 22nd): Our Homeschool Curriculum

How do we cover it all? Our Homeschool Plan for Grades 3, 6, 8, and 12.

Week 4 (Jan. 29th): Enriching Our Learning

What do we do for enrichment?

And here we have come full circle! Check out what my fellow homeschool bloggers are sharing this week!

This is the final week of the 7th Virtual Homeschool Fair. Our topic is:  Enriching Our Learning.

Note: All posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 29th.

Celebrating 7 Years of Homeschool Support & Encouragement by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

All of the Extras by Christy Schaefer @ Unexpected Homeschool

Learning outside of the box by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

Putting the Heart Back into our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

Adding in the Fun by Michele @Family, Faith and Fridays

The Electives We Use in Our Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

The Fun Parts of Homeschooling by Annette @ A Net in Time

How we add in the fun stuff. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Running - for fitness & fun by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

Adding in the Extras by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

What About the Fun Stuff? by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

And the Learning Goes On, And On, And On by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Let's See What's Out There! (Electives and Extras) by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

1 comment:

  1. it's been a good run hasn't it been? I joined late, but enjoyed the journey.

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