138 Winter 2010/11 Conventions www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.comConventions
By Wendy Hilton,TOS Conventions CoordinatorEvery year toward the end ofwinter, I become tired of thecold weather, the children arebored and are su;ering fromcabin fever, and it seems likespring will never arrive! I’ve discovered that oneof the best ways to get refreshed and revived is tobegin planning for the next homeschool year. Myexcitement is increased if I keep in mind the fact thatonce the planning is over I will be ready to purchaseeverything I need for the next year. After all, whatother activity lifts the spirits of a homeschoolingmom more than shopping for new materials?
PLAN YOUR CURRICULUM EARLYBy beginning my planning in February or March, Iavoid lots of stress. I have plenty of time to carefullyconsider what has worked well during the currentyear and what could use a change. I don’t want towait until time for school to begin in the fall to makemy curriculum choices. When I wait that late, I feelpressured to buy something soon, and therefore Imight not make the best choices for my family.
I am also able to place my order rather than waitinguntil the summer months, when the possibilityof my items being placed on back-order is muchhigher. I remember one particular year when thisvery thing happened to me. I had carefully plannedand chosen my curriculum, but I procrastinatedwhen it came to buying it. When I finally did get
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