Arundel Homeschoolers Host Curriculum Fair
Families from far and wide visited Broadneck to browse the latest educational materials for homeschooling.
The Arundel Homeschool Support Group held a curriculum fair and workshops at Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church this week to provide the homeschool community exactly what they need as far as current books, materials and resources.
Vendors stocked their tables with everything a curious mind might use to grow. Walking down the aisles, one could easily find scientific models, text books, recreation books, curriculum outlines, art supplies and equipment.
Such things are generally expected from an educationally-based fair, but sometimes large, furry, unexpected things can pop up as well. Louie, the fun-loving mascot for the Bowie Baysox, was also in attendance. He posed for pictures, gave out high-fives and had no qualms about sneaking up on browsing
During the evening, seven workshops were offered to provide parents with additional educational tools based on their personal interests and circumstances. "Hands on Learning," "Executive Functioning & Time Management," "Classical Conversations," "Nutrition and Behavior" and "Don’t Let Your Wife Homeschool!" (for men only) were some of the topics covered.
The Arundel Homeschool Support Group began in 1990 as a way to provide an outlet to local homeschooler families and to create a friendly network. Since then, membership has grown immensely.
Fran Klassen, one of the Curriculum Fair coordinators, understands the impact and importance of the organization.
“The group started locally but the fair is of course open to everyone,” she said. “I know that people travel from neighboring counties and states to attend – some from as far away as New Jersey.”
Approximately 500-600 people attended the fair, which was open to families this year. An effort was made to make the event family-friendly so kids could enjoy themselves and parents wouldn’t have to worry about getting a sitter.
“Reasons for choosing homeschooling are different for every family,” said Klassen. “My son flourishes in a one-on-one situation and doesn’t do as well in a situation with many children. I homeschool because it’s wonderful to be able to see him thrive.”
For more information on the Arundel Homeschool Support Group, to learn about membership or how to donate, please visit http://www.arundelhomeschoolers.net/index.html.