Attending a home school curriculum fair is a great way to find new resources, look through materials that interest you, and save money on purchases. Here are some tried and true tips for navigating a homeschool book fair.
As a self-proclaimed homeschool curriculum junkie, I can't resist home school book fairs. I love discovering new resources, thumbing through materials I've read about online, and talking to authors and publishers about their products.
Purchasing materials at homeschool vendor fairs has allowed me to build relationships with the individuals who produce and sell materials we use in our home. It's also a great way to receive discounts, and save money on shipping.
Follow this link to find out where you can find homeschool curriculum fairs in your area.
Below are tips for navigating and preparing for a home school vendor fair.
The first step in planning for a home school curriculum fair is to make a list of needs for each child. Don't forget to include supplies for subjects like science and art, as well as games and books for your children.
Spend time looking through catalogs and websites of vendors who will be at the fair, and make a list of specific products you want to view. Make note of the lowest price you can find for those products, along with any questions you want to ask, and bring your notes with you to the event.
Here is a free printable checklist you can use to plan your purchases.
Here's a list of stores that sell discount homeschool books that you can use to check prices.
Work with your spouse to set a limit for how much money you will spend at the conference, leaving a reasonable amount of room in your budget for unexpected finds. It sometimes helps to only bring along the amount of cash you are willing to spend.
Here are some additional tips for affordable homeschooling.
Entering a conference room full of booth after booth of books and curricula can be both intimidating and overwhelming. The following guidelines will help you both survive and thrive at your home school curriculum fair:
Homeschool book fairs are often a part of larger events and conventions. You can follow this link to find tips and ideas for navigating homeschool conferences.
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