Friday, April 23, 2010

Convention Update: Day One



Convention Day One is over and, as planned, was a day of shopping and friends.  I did attend one workshop at the end of the day, mostly because my feet hurt and I wanted to sit down, and I was so glad I did because it was excellent.  Andrew Pudewa, of Institute for Excellence in Writing, taught on Spelling and the Brain.  He is hilarious, a wonderful speaker, and just plain likeable.  We laughed as we learned and I love that!

He shared how the old fashioned "Spelling Bee" method of learning was so much more effective than workbooks (workbooks are an oxymoron in his view, as they don't work).  He made a great case for learning this way but I did have to laugh when he added that this didn't always work with kinesthetic learners.  Guess which learning style the majority of my kids have?  Yep, you guessed it.  Still, I was able to pick up several great ideas and really enjoyed the class.  He cracked me up with his statement about how confusing our language is, when talking about slay versus sleigh he said, "Do you want to kill someone or ride in the thing?".  Love it!

One idea I really loved involved building a Sound City.  You cover a large wall with paper and build a city as you learn spelling words.  So you could have a house for OW with the ow sound and add words like cow and towel, a house for OW with the oh sound and words like bow and yellow, a shiver river with words like liver, a fair hair airport, and a jail for all the words that break the rules.  I don't know if my kids are too old to need this, but I know they'd enjoy it either way!



I didn't think I would be purchasing much at the convention but they had more items on my list than I anticipated.  The photo above shows my purchases of the day.  This is the first year that Hands of a Child has attended and it was nice to meet Nikki and be able to turn my friend Hannah onto their great lapbooking products.  Plus, I had never actually seen a Project Pack and I LOVED them!  I have purchased down-loadable e-books in the past, and they're great, but there's something about holding the book in your hand and having all the materials pre-printed for you.  Ahhhhh.  I picked up the Prince Caspian Project Pack and look forward to using it next school year!

Both How Great Thou Art and Tobin's Lab were also quite helpful vendors.  Mrs. Stebbing came and found me when she located the paint cards I was looking for, and Mr. Duby was very helpful and apologetic when a clearance item rang up wrong.  Tobin's Lab is always a favorite booth and I was excited to pick up the discounted Bio-luminescent coloring book with glow in the dark paint.  I think that's just super cool.

We enjoyed our standing lunch and dinner dates.  We always have lunch with fellow homeschooling and ministry friends and we've had the same dinner dates for the past fourteen years (minus one when the wife was in Iceland!).  We go to the same restaurant for dinner and very frequently have the same meals!  It's become a well-loved tradition. 

Tomorrow is workshop day and I have a full schedule picked out.  We'll see if I can squeeze in a bit more shopping time as well.  I'll be starting off with another Andrew Pudewa seminar, seems like a good beginning!

3 comments:

Debra said...

Oh, Lori -- I just love listening to Andrew Pudewa! And I spotted a Drive-Thru history in your photo. Love, love, love those...

Can't wait to hear more about the convention. I'm actually not horribly jealous. :)

My time will come. I know it.

Michelle said...

Love the photos and sounds like you had a great day! :)

Lizzie said...

Love the photos, sounds like a blast. Talk to me about the Spelling Bee thing?

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