A few months ago, the hubby and I headed to Fort Worth, TX for our very first homeschool convention. I felt like a kid in a candy store, except a little overwhelmed by all the “candy.” There was so much to look at and learn – a million different curriculum stands, tools for sale, and lectures I wanted to hear. I had a list of vendors I wanted to visit, after, oh, I don’t know, about 4 years of research. How old is my daughter, you ask? Um…moving on.
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I was surprised at how many vendors were there that I had not heard of considering how much time I had spent Googling all things homeschool related. As we walked through the convention, one stand caught my eye because of the vendor’s name. Our daughter’s nick-name since the very day she was born, has been Doodlebug. And there they were: Doodles Ave. I didn’t know what they were but I knew I was going to check them out, just for the name. Two lovely ladies sat behind the stand, which was full of beautifully illustrated coloring books with vibrant covers. After a short chat, we found out that one of them actually did all the illustrations in the books herself, and after sorting through the books, we decided to grab a packet of three coloring books for our doodle: Doodles Sea Life Coloring Fun, the Doodles Animal Kingdom Coloring Fun, and the Doodles Lone Star State Coloring Fun. They came with a four pack of crayons in a cute little box that could also be colored. Of all the stuff we picked up that day, the Sea Life coloring book has been, by far, the doodle’s favorite item.
Why are these books so great? Let me give you an example. She opens up to a page in her sea life coloring book and on that page is a fun picture to color and some information. Not too much – just enough. Take a look at the Sea Horse page she colored. It has the picture, the habitat, the diet, and a fun fact about the sea horse. She colors, we talk about the animal, and then most of the time, she asks me to see a video of the animal (her idea, not mine). She always wants to see how it moves, how it eats. The books spark her curiosity and there is nothing better than that!
Fast forward a few months to our current visit with family in New Jersey. Our awesome cousin offers to take us to Adventure Aquarium in Camden because she has a membership there. Now, some of the sea creatures my doodle colored and learned about came to life before her eyes! Since my daughter is only 4, I do not have a wealth of experience in the area of homeschooling, only, like many parents, a vision. In my vision I see enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation for what comes next. I see curiosity in my kids’ eyes. I know we have a tough road ahead and that there are going to be days that may not look like the vision I have, but I am encouraged now, because I know it’s possible.
See any resemblances?
And while we’re at it, let’s touch a stingray (also in the book)!
What kind of encouraging homeschooling experiences have you had? If you don’t homeschool, would you consider it for your children?
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