It’s Not Too Late To Go to Disney!!!

Over 1000 people are registered to attend the official Not Back to School Days at Disneyland from September 15-18, 2008!!!It’s simply amazing that homeschooling comes as a result of our great freedom to choose. What a wonderful opportunity we have. And who would have thought you could actually homeschool at a theme park, like Disneyland?

This is the homeschooling rally you won’t want to miss!From a beach bonfire, to YES classes, to a host of scheduled get togethers, we’ve been planning and planning since October of 2007.You can be sure that there will be plenty of opportunity to meet new friends, and have a great time while you are filling out your syllabus!

Want to join us?Get on the website to find out more and see what’s left, it’s just a couple of weeks away and we don’t want anyone to miss out! There’s just 4 rooms left at the Grand Californian, Disney’s premier hotel which can start at $400 a night and go up. Our rate is only $219 a night, and it includes a spacious and well-appointed room with a queen bed, a bunk bed, and a trundle under the bunk. The room sleeps 5 comfortably, more if you want to squeeze them in.What a magical experience it is to stay at this hotel, right in the middle of everything Disneyland has to offer.Private entrance into California Adventure, and Downtown Disney, plus you can’t get any closer to Disneyland’s main gate.Remember, just 4 rooms left, so hurry!

Need to be part of the rally, but don’t want to attend the theme parks? All are invited to share in a special evening at the Paradise Pier hotel ballroom on Monday, September 15th from 5-7:30pm. While you enjoy a special buffet dinner prepared by Disneyland’s chefs, you will be delightfully entertained by some very talented homeschoolers. They had to submit recorded tapes to even get in this show, so please come out and lend your support for their efforts! The dinner/show tickets are just $33 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $20 for kids (ages 3-9). What a great way to set examples for your skeptical in-laws or neighbors who just don’t get it invite them to a well-organized event! Remember, the price is for dinner AND a show.

Got teens? Got teens who crave get togethers with other teens? Get them a ticket to our Homecoming Dance! Immediately following the dinner/show, we will ask everyone to exit the ballroom and then we’ll only be letting the teens back inside. More and more teens are going HOME to get their education, thus, a dance for them a Homecoming Dance to celebrate their decision to take their education into their own hands.Tickets for the dance are just $21 each and rebates apply for multiple tickets purchased on the same order.No tickets will be sold at the door. Modest dress code enforced. The dance is from 8-11pm.Not like other events which typically hold their dance at the end of the week, we wanted this to be an outstanding opportunity for them to meet new friends, and then spend the next few days getting to know each other!

Dianne McLean

Regional Director

A Guide to Finding High Quality Homeschool Textbooks and Supplies

By Christine Harrell

As homeschoolers, we naturally want the best home schooling supplies and curriculum for our children. Each child is an individual though and what homeschool textbooks and supplies may be perfect for one child may not be the best fit for another. Luckily, there are lots of options! But, there’s no way you could ever test out each option for each child, even if you only had one child.

So, what’s a homeschooler to do? What we do best, research! Finding as much information as you can about different homeschool textbooks and supplies will allow you to select materials that are of high quality and that will work for you and your child.

Talk to Other Home Schoolers

This may seem like an easy answer but just because you know and love other homeschoolers, doesn’ mean you always know what homeschool textbooks and supplies they’e using, have tried, or would recommend. So, find whomever you know that homeschools and talk to them, all of them.

Because you know these people personally, and their kids too, you can have the added benefit of insight as to what similarities they share with you and your children; and how the home schooling supplies they have liked may be something you and your child might like (or not like) also.

Read Online Reviews

With the wide use of the internet, you can now find a lot of help with your search for the best homeschooling supplies by reading reviews at the various online homeschool textbook stores. There are countless online reviews about curriculum for homeschool on various homeschool forums and message boards, as well as your state or local yahoo group. Many have a designated spot for reviews, or, take matters into your own hands and just get a discussion going about favorite home schooling supplies.

Many homeschoolers also maintain blogs now about what they are doing, and their life as homeschoolers. Some also post online reviews of the home schooling materials they have experience with. This is a fantastic way to benefit from another homeschooler’s experience and opinion of home schooling supplies.

Create a Relationship With a Homeschool Book Store You Can Trust

If you are lucky enough, you may, through word of mouth or your own experience, find a homeschool book store that you can trust to only offer the best curriculum for homeschool. This way, you’ll know that if they carry it, it’s got to be good.

One marker of a good homeschool book store is that it is run by fellow (and usually very experienced) homeschoolers. Most shops that cater to homeschoolers do so because they enjoy and want to help other homeschoolers. They too know that the search for the best homeschool textbooks and curriculm is a very important, and potentially time consuming process. You can benefit from their support and knowledge, and in return, patronize their shops!

Of course no matter how much you research curriculum for homeschool you’ll still need to use it to be able to accurately judge the fit between the homeschool textbook and your child. But, if you try to utilize these ideas (and make sure the store has a good return policy!), then you’ll make your search for high quality homeschool textbooks and curriculum much more easy and successful!

Author is a freelance copywriter. For additional information on homeschool textbooks and curriculum for homeschool, please visit

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School at Sea 2009 Cruise Registration Open

Registration is now open for School at Sea 2009!!

In addition to an exciting week-long vacation aboard the Carnival Conquest, September 6th-13th, we will provide you with unique programs of special interest to homeschooling families.

Come along and join the fun as we visit Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel … ride the Jamaican bobsleds, visit Dunns River Falls, swim with the rays at Stingray City, snorkel beautiful reefs, walk on white sand beaches, explore Mayan ruins, take a Mexican cooking lesson … or just relax with family and friends!!

Our special Group Pricing rate for School at Sea families will help you enjoy more, but spend less.

Port Days are yours to enjoy however you choose. We will offer Sessions and Panel Discussions each Sea Day where we will present topics such as:

Online Options – Complete Curriculum, Individual Classes
Materials Suppliers – Science, Foreign Language, Classical Education, Unit Studies
Homeschooling for Highschoolers – Courses, Record Keeping, College Admission, Learning Abroad
Elective Subjects – Art, Music, Physical Fitness
Everything Else – Curriculum Planning, Testing, Exchange Student Program

We also have many fun-for-the-whole-family activities planned for the Sea Days, such as Physical Fun&Fit Challenge, Trivia Contest and our “Adventures at Sea” Scavenger Hunt … plus lots of onboard surprises!

Your School At Sea 2009 program begins with your “Welcome Packet”, where you will learn interesting facts about the ports with a fun mix of history, social studies, geography and science. The program continues with your “100 Days” packet, which includes daily activities to help you count down to your upcoming adventure. We will offer pre- and post-cruise optional activities such as the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and the Moody Mansion Museum of Galveston. Finally you will board the Carnival Conquest and let the fun begin!! After your week onboard the Carnival Conquest, your program is still not over. You will receive a “Cruise Memories” packet to commemorate your School at Sea 2009 experience.

If your family would enjoy a week at sea, participating in our School at Sea 2009 program, and visiting such fascinating ports as Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel … I look forward to hearing from you!

For more details, please contact: Karen Hall – School at Sea
part of Worldwide Family Vacations.
(949) 466-3571 or (866) 476-5712
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