Monday, May 10, 2010

Tulsa Homeschool Convention 2010

This time every year, I like to attend a homeschool convention to purchase a lot of the curriculum we'll use for school next year. In the past, I've gone to Wichita and OKC but this year, they actually offered a convention in Tulsa. It was really good - especially for being the first year. They had lots of volunteers sign up to help out and have committed to having it here for at least the next two years.

One fun thing they offer is an Art & Photo Contest for kids ages 5 to 18. My girlz painted a canvas and entered them in the contest - they kinda take after their momma and like to paint, too ;-)

Sometimes they like to paint themselves...

The final masterpieces...

One of the girl's best buddies, Emily, created 3D art of a beaver family out of clay and things she found outside. She was inspired by a real beaver family that is building a dam in a pond right behind her house! It turned out so cute and she won 2nd prize for her age group!

We also have another friend, Jillian, who created this amazing piece out of clay! She won 1st place for her age group, of course ;-)

Here's the girl's artwork on display at the contest...

The convention also featured several guest speakers including Todd Wilson of Family Man Ministries (very humorous, yet encouraging) and Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (very informative and thought provoking).

Lots of great vendors were at the convention selling anything you can imagine that has to do with homeschooling. One of our favorite booths was our friend Arthur Thompson who uses drumming to teach kids math and music.

We had a great time and look forward to attending again next year!

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