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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Announcing the 2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair!

UPDATE:  Find the 2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair Here!

In just a few short weeks, Homeschooling Hearts & Minds will be hosting the 2nd annual Virtual Curriculum Fair and I’d like to invite you all the participate!  We had over 20 inspiring homeschool bloggers share their wisdom in the 2012 Virtual Curriculum Fair.


What is the 2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair all About?

Right now is the time when home educators tend to evaluate what they are doing with their kiddos and how well it is working. Sometimes we realize we need to make a change, either right away or for the coming year.

But sometimes we’re not sure what that change needs to be. Sometimes we need a new curriculum, but often we just need a new way of looking at things or some creative ideas.  This is what the VCF is all about, giving you a glimpse into what is working for other homeschoolers. 

The Virtual Curriculum Fair (VCF) is a month-long annual blog carnival that takes place each January.  The idea behind VCF is to give other homeschoolers a peek into what you are doing with your kiddos that works for you and why.  Take a look at all the wonderfulness that was shared during the 2012 Virtual Curriculum Fair!

You can write about a particular curriculum that you use. You can talk about a particular method. You can talk about a book that you use as the basis for a study. You can talk about what you don’t use a curriculum for and why. 

The purpose is not to promote any particular product or service, but to share wisdom. What you write about is totally up to you (I will give a few guidelines later, but I promise, they are brief and meant to help, not hinder).

Give us a true picture of how you do things in your learning environment. We don’t expect unicorns and rainbows.

Each week during the month of January (except the first week, I learned my lesson last year),  there will be a different topic for the Virtual Curriculum Fair.

Each Monday, a new theme will be introduced here on Homeschooling Hearts & Minds that concentrates on an area of education:

  1. January 7th---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.
  2. January 14th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and 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.).
  3. January 21st---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science. This theme can include history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 28th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World. This theme can include any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.

So, how can I Participate?

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Email me at or leave a comment on this blog post with the following information (note, I will post an intro to the Fair at the beginning of the new year with everyone’s blog links):
    1. your name as you would like it to appear
    2. your blog’s name
    3. your blog’s url
    4. your email (I won’t share it with anyone, but I need to be able to contact you, you’ll see why in a minute.)
  2. Start thinking about what you want to share now and get writing.
  3. I will send out a reminder via email of the next week’s theme each Friday. Not to nag you, but because we all forget things sometimes.  You do not have to participate every week to be a part of the Fair.  Life happens, after all.
  4. Post your article to your blog anytime between the Saturday before that week's topic goes live on the host blog and Monday at 9pm EST (that’s UTC/GMT -5 hours). In other words, for the first week, you can post anytime starting Saturday, January 5th, but before Monday, January 7th at 9pm EST.
  5. Email me at with the direct link to your post and the post title (please give it a unique title, don’t use the the “theme”).
  6. Once I have all the post links, I will send emails out to all participants with the complete list. I ask that everyone copy the list and add it to the end of their own post. You will be giving your readers instant access to all of the articles and the backlinks will be good for everyone’s blog.
  7. Encourage your readers to take their time throughout the week visiting the other blogs and reading the articles. I hope to do it again in 2014!

Are there any post guidelines?

Just a few.

1.  Be honest and be civil. Winking smile

2.  I’m flexible.  The themes are fluid and some subjects could easily fit into more than one theme.  As long your post is about how your are educating your children, you will not get a message from me telling you to post it next week or whatever.  You can write about curriculum, teaching techniques, your philosophy of education, resources, books you use, whatever you like.

3.  Please, no sponsored posts.  The VCF is not meant to be used for sponsored reviews, giveaways, or brand promotion.  Affiliate links in your post are perfectly fine as long you disclose that in your post.

4.  Include pictures or even video of your children using whatever you are writing about. Especially if it’s a project based curriculum, we would love to see what the hands-on activities are really like. Pictures can make things much clearer.

5.  Have fun with it! Participate as much as you would like, but don’t feel obligated if you are busy with life one week (or more).

How can I show everyone I’m in the Virtual Curriculum Fair?

This is totally optional, so only display it if you want to. It points to this post, so your readers can find out what it’s all about.  I’ll later add links to the theme weeks as they go live. The button will display at 150x150 pixels which will fit most sidebars comfortably:



Did I leave anything out? Feel free to email me or post any questions in the comments. Thank you so much!


  1. Just checking to see if you got my email...I would love to participate in this! Thanks!

  2. Hi Karyn,
    Got it, emailing you back now!

  3. I emailed you as well, but didn't put all the info you requested, so I am emailing you again. :)

  4. Thank you, April. Just emailed you.


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