IDEA Curriculum Fair 2012: Exhibitor Descriptions

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A Journey Through Learning New to Fair

A Journey Through Learning is run and owned by homeschooling moms Nancy Fileccia and Paula Winget. AJTL creates professional quality lapbooks for some of the most beloved programs in homeschooling and for all subjects. Think of lapbooking as an educational scrapbooking for any subject you would like. Your child records information, through drawing or writing, into fun little mini-booklets. Those mini-booklets are then glued into specially-folded file folders. We provide all the templates and all the instructions! It’s easy! When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down!

Academy of Science for Kids (ASK)

Little Professor Science Kids are your complete science curriculum for any child in grades K-8. The kits are absolutely complete with kid-approved experiments and activities, which provide scientific discovery first hand. Real lab equipment, real learning, real FUN – and all you add is water! Kits include online tests, diplomas, degrees, prizes, plus subscription to Discovery Education Online and may be used for multiple children of various ages. We make science cool and easy.

Accelerate Education New to Fair

Accelerate Education is an online curriculum provider offering a comprehensive and robust curriculum, including core, electives, world languages, Advanced Placement, and an extensive Elective offering. We are accredited through the NWAC.

Accountable Kids

Accountable Kids is a unique parenting program that helps children develop accountability, responsibility, respect, and confidence in the home. It is a back-to-basics system that helps strengthen relationships and build a foundation for success. The Accountable Kids book and kit provide everything parents need to maximize efforts and bring structure and harmony into the home.
Fair Special! All products discounted at Fair

Alaska Business Week

The Alaska Business Week Program will be held on the UAF campus this summer, July 14-21, 2012. Modeled after the very successful Washington Business Week program, it gives students (finishing 9th through 12th grade) the opportunity to experience college life, work through real-life business case scenarios, and develop their leadership talents under the guidance of dedicated business executives. Most students immerge from the program with a new perspective on their talents and leadership capabilities. Two college credits are available to students successfully completing the program. Scholarships available; transportation may also be provided.

Alaska Sea Grant

Marine science for all ages, AK Sea Week Publications for grades K-6.

Alaska Signing Stars New to Fair

Alaska Signing Stars offers the complete library of the award winning Signing Time! Through DVDs, Board Books, Flash Cards and other materials, you can make learning ASL vocabulary FUN and ACCESSIBLE to all children of all abilities!! This includes the educators' curriculum, the Classroom Edition and the Preschool and Child Care Program.

Analytical Grammar, Inc. New to Fair

Analytical Grammar provides mastery-level, systematic instruction in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage for grades 4 through 12. They also sell two highly acclaimed units in essay and research paper writing. The woman behind AG is Robin Finley, a 34-year veteran language arts teacher (20 years in Anchorage!). She and her daughter Erin are so excited to be coming back to the place where AG began for IDEA 2012.

Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum offers homeschool programs from October to May, including Guided Investigations, Family Learning Labs, and Evening for Educators. StarLab is an educational tool that can be rented after attending one of the StarLab trainings conducted throughout the school year. In the summertime, the museum offers an array of off-site Summer Camps and on-site Summer Classes. All of these programs can be found on our website at www.anchoragemuseum.org. Additional information about registration for classes, trainings and educator evenings can be obtained by calling (907) 929-9280.

Annabel's Books

Annabel’s Books, where books find you. Annabel’s Books is locally owned and operated for over 13 years in Wasilla, located by Carrs. We sell books online and in our store and ship world-wide. We sell new and used books, including homeschool supplies, workbooks and manipulative kits. Our selection includes Saxon, Steck-Vaughn, Scholastic, DK, science kits, Battle of the Books, summer workbooks. Our stock includes great reads for children through young adults – new releases and classics.
Fair Special! Receive a 20% off in store coupon at the Fair; 30% off Battle of the Books stock; $5 workbooks; Singapore excess stock 40% off

Atelier by Arts Attack

Atelier homeschool art program is an award-winning, hands-on, easy-to-use comprehensive video-based instructional program used by thousands of homeschoolers throughout the United States.
Fair Special! Special pricing and free shipping on all orders taken at the Fair

The Baby Store...Toys and More New to Fair

The Baby Store is a proud retail provider for educational, classic Melissa and Doug products.
Fair Special! 10% off all products

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Barnes & Noble Booksellers has two locations in Alaska - Anchorage and Fairbanks. We offer educational discounts and exclusive learning materials, as well as EXCELLENT customer service from experienced staff to assist parents and students with their homeschool educational needs. Don’t forget to ask about our convenient homeschool order process!
Fair Special! Free shipping on any orders placed at the Fair. Enter the raffle at our booth!

Blaine's Art Supply

Blaine’s Art offers a wide range of art materials for beginner to professional, all at reasonable prices. We have skilled and knowledgeable staff and art instructors at Blaine’s to help you with your art projects. We also offer art classes for children and adults, all year long. Hours: M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5.

Books Are Fun

Seller of a wide variety of educational books, CD's, and games for all ages; all 30-70% below retail.
Fair Special! Free shipping, Fair drawing

Brainstorm Home School Supply New to Fair

We are a new home school supply store just getting started. Currently we are mostly doing catalog orders, slowly working up to having a fully stocked store located in Fairbanks where parents will be able to get their hands on many different products to compare them before purchasing. We have many vendors and carry a wide array of textbooks and cool supplementary materials for all subjects, adding more every year. Product prices are the same as those advertised in mail order catalogs and there are never any shipping or handling charges for our customers.
Fair Special! Free shipping; 5% discount to anyone who orders and pays by cash or check

BYU Independent Study

BYU Independent Study offers over 200 high school and nearly 300 university distance learning courses that can help students make up credit, graduate on time, enhance their curriculum, or earn university credit. Students can sign up anytime and have one year to complete each course, allowing them to work at their own pace. BYU Independent Study is known as an organization with integrity, and our primary goal is to help students receive a high-quality, affordable education.

Calvert Educational Services

Comprehensive packaged curriculum for grades PK-8, plus individual enrichment courses, addressing the needs of the 21st Century learner. Calvert Education Services, a not-for-profit curriculum provider, has been the curriculum choice of students around the world for over 100 years.
Fair Special! $100 off any courses ordered during the Fair; all table display courses at the Fair available for purchase with no shipping charge

Carol Barnier New to Fair

Carol Barnier provides products and strategies that work for the distractible child or the non-traditional learner.
Fair Special! Discounted pricing for conference

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska provides educational opportunities for students in grades K-12. Check out our brand new camps this summer! STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are covered in a hands-on learning environment and are aligned with state and national standards. Programs can be tailored to meet specific needs of individuals or groups. Students and parents can come to us or we can come to them in person or via the internet!

Chickabiddy Books

Located in Anchorage, at the corner of Tudor and Old Seward, locally owned and operated since 2006. We carry a comprehensive selection of new and used homeschool curriculum for all grades, wholesome children’s books, and educational supplies. You’ll find our 3000 square feet of space is exclusively devoted to educational materials! We happily work with families all over the state all year long. See our website for more information: www.chickabiddy.com.
Fair Special! Free shipping via priority mail within the state

Create! Press, Inc. New to Fair

Explore structured, process-based activities that teach the concepts involved with writing and provide ample opportunity for review and mastery. Nouns, verbs, and prepositions OH MY! Writing can be FUN! Thus, Create! Press has developed several games and activities, from grammar to essays, to guide families in teaching the process of writing to students of all ages.
Fair Special! Special Fair price; all items discounted

Digital Frog International

Digital Frog International is a leader in multimedia learning tools for the natural sciences. Our award-winning products: The Digital Frog, The Digital Field Trips to The Wetlands, Rainforest and Desert, and ScienceMatrix: Cell Structure and Function. Stunning graphics, videos, interactivities, context-sensitive definitions and text-to-speech appeal to all ages and abilities. This year, we are also offering inquiry-based, user-friendly, affordable materials that complement our software, including workbooks and educational crafting materials from our partners, TPS Publishing Inc. and AB Curriculum.
Fair Special! Free shipping on all software & complimentary Family License for up to 5 computers with a Software Bundle purchase

EMC Publishing

Offering textbooks/supplementary materials/Web-based resources for 6-12 Mirrors & Windows programs for literature and language arts, including hardbound Access Edition novels of complete literary works; K-12 world languages (NEW: Exploring Chinese and Exploring Arabic materials!), and Lawrenceville Press, Paradigm and Jist career education, allied health/biotechnology, and office technology materials.

Enchanted Forest Toys

Enchanted Forest Toys specializes in Waldorf supplies, but everyone will appreciate the high quality of our materials. We have a variety of art supplies including Stockmar beeswax crayons, pencils, watercolors, and watercolor paints along with creative kits for doll-making, woodworking, and other crafts. We also have a selection of unique story books, craft books, and curriculum books. Our science kits from Thames and Kosmos are excellent resources for a variety of science and technology topics including chemistry, physics, alternative energy, and environmental science.

The Etiquette Factory

The Etiquette Factory is a Three Phase Learning Program designed to help parents teach their children, ages preschool through high school, proper manners and social skills. Using games, songs, stories, crafts, treats and kind discussion, your children will increase in confidence, poise, empathy, honesty and other skills that will ensure their future success.

Exploration Education Science

Exploration Education offers K-10th grade year-long, project-based, self-directed science curricula. All materials are included. The interactive text (CD) with engaging lessons and pictorial directions makes learning fun and successful. The student built projects help bring the scientific concepts home by allowing “real-life” applications.
Fair Special! Free shipping if ordered at the Fair

Focus on Character New to Fair

Focus on Character is designed to encourage you and your family to live, learn and grow together with confidence! Exciting character resources in the context of academics to help you focus on what is important and lasting for your family’s future. These resources give you energy!

Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA) New to Fair

GILA is a statewide boarding school for grade 9 -12 students that are seeking another choice and is Alaska’s longest operating residential secondary vocational school. Accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, GILA also offers post secondary-vocational programs authorized by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The residential school has become an example of success with students from all over the state who left home in search of better educational opportunities. The unique combination of academics and vocational offerings and highly qualified staff gives GILA students an advantage.

Geography Matters

Geography Matters was established in 1989 to help parents and teachers create an environment where learning and thinking come naturally. Keeping that focus in mind, we publish a series of complete multilevel curricula, geography curriculum, maps, cookbooks, readers, art books, and more. These and all materials we recommend are based on our philosophy of learning in a natural, enjoyable manner.
Fair Special! $15 discount on complete curriculum package, plus a free gift!

Giant Campus Academy

Giant Campus Academy is an online middle and high school that focuses on the latest and greatest in career education electives as well as core curriculum. All of our engaging classes are taught by encouraging and experienced certified teachers. Part-time and full-time enrollment options are available. Enroll today! 888-904-2267 or www.giantcampusacademy.com.
Fair Special! Discounted price on all courses ordered at the Fair; $275 per semester course/student

Greathall Productions/Jim Weiss Audio

Award-winning storytelling audio from Jim Weiss/Greathall Productions, featuring classical literature, history, and G.A. Henty audio sets! Recommended by homeschool professionals from The Well Trained Mind to Homeschooling Today.  Jim has over 45 recordings and has won over 85 awards for his CDs!

Hearthside Books & Toys

Juneau's Community Bookstores since 1975! Hearthside offers Alaska, general, and children’s books and reference materials. The toy department at the Nugget Mall Store features quality, educational toys and games including: science kits, Folkmanis Puppets, brainteasers, puzzles of all kinds, musical instruments, art & craft supplies, globes, and games for all ages. In the Nugget Mall and downtown on the corner of Front and Franklin.
Fair Special! 10% off everything on display at the Fair

IDEA Program Information

Stop by this table to learn more about why IDEA is the most popular homeschool support program in the state! If you are considering homeschooling, we would be happy to discuss how we can support you as you educate your children. Created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers, IDEA has the most experience in assisting homeschoolers in Alaska!

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa's award winning writing curriculum (Teaching Writing: Structure and Style) and other writing helps. Also literature, grammar and spelling helps. By providing clear models and enjoyable instruction, you and your student will discover success in writing from the very first lesson.

Institute for Science and Mathematics New to Fair

Institute for Science and Mathematics (ISAM) is an Alaska-based science education organization that seeks to assist students in learning math and science principles in a way that helps them understand the relevance of science and math to daily life. We emphasize project-based active learning to facilitate understanding, using engaging activities, demonstrations, and online investigations to develop skills and understanding of core principles, which can be applied to real-world problem solving situations.

Jim Hodges Audio Books

Unabridged recordings of the exciting and accurate G.A. Henty historical novels, Old Time Radio Programs, and children’s stories available on MP3 file format CDs. The audio files can be downloaded into an Ipod or other MP3 device!
Fair Special! Significant discounts from retail price will be made to all customers, with additional discounts for multiple CD purchases

Kenai Peninsula College

Full service college on the Kenai Peninsula. Get college credit while still in high school!

Kylob.com Homeschool Organizer New to Fair

Online grading, resource manager, and organizational software.
Fair Special! 50% off 12 month subscription to the Kylob.com Homeschool Organizer with unlimited resource uploads

Learning Essentials

Large, locally owned store that carries educational games and activity kits.

The Learning Springs

The Learning Springs offers curriculum for grades K-12. Use the same high quality, standards based courses that are used by many public and private schools, in your home. We offer Project-based packages as well as Text-based and even complete online courses for you to choose from. Curriculum formerly offered by the Laurel Springs School.

LEGO Education

Welcome to a LEGO® way to teach! LEGO® Education combines the unique excitement of LEGO® bricks with hands-on classroom solutions for science, technology, engineering, math, literacy, and more.

Lemonade Day New to Fair

Lemonade Day on May 6th is a nation-wide endeavor that teaches kids, K-12th grade the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade Day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, and experiential activity.

Libraries O'Malley

Instructional materials for students covering most curricular areas, for students from Pre-K through high school. Will be representing ABDO, Cherry Lake, and Lerner publishers.
Fair Special! A free book with every order over $100

Math on the Level

Math on the Level is a math curriculum designed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers.  Math on the Level produces materials which equip parents to teach math in ways that take advantage of the homeschool environment – allowing different ages to learn together,  teaching children  when they are ready to learn rather than by assigned grade levels, using real-life activities rather than textbooks or workbooks, and reviewing all learned concepts continually but with only 5 problems a day.
Fair Special! Anyone purchasing math On the Level at the curriculum fair will receive a coupon good for one free “9’s Down” e-book (choice of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, or Division)

Math-U-See

Math-U-See K-12 produces 100% improvement with pre-testing, manipulative based, intense focus on whole numbers, explicit, structured & cumulative, strategies for solving word problems, focus on math fluency, concepts taught to mastery, and progress monitoring.

Moving Beyond the Page

Moving Beyond the Page is a comprehensive research-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. We incorporate many current educational strategies such as critical and creative thinking, concept-based instruction, and multiple intelligences to ensure that the unique needs of this group are being met. Moving Beyond the Page is a great alternative for children that need something different than a traditional worksheet / textbook approach to learning.
Fair Special! Free shipping on any purchase that includes online or borrowed books

Nature's Workshop Plus

We are a family owned and operated business featuring products to enhance your study of science and nature with lots of other just fun stuff!

North Dakota Center for Distance Education

Offering distance education curriculum since 1935, we provide more than 180 print and online courses for grades 6-12. NDCDE is fully accredited and offers a high school diploma program. Students enrolling in courses work with our onsite licensed teaching staff. We also sell our materials to home and charter schools.

Pandemonium Booksellers

Pandemonium Booksellers is a retail bookstore in the valley, specializing in homeschool curriculum. Carrying a huge selection of educational materials, we offer choices for Alaskan homeschoolers. We also carry mainstream books and coffee and treats can be enjoyed in our café. If we don’t have it, we will get it!
Fair Special! Free shipping, Fair drawing

Prescription for Adventure

Alaska Unit Study Guide: True-life Adventures that Teach Alaska History – and More! Students and parents (especially dads) will love learning about math, science, history, geography, economics, and language arts while reading hunting, flying, and medical dramas. Every child needs a hero. Additional books, with book report guides, teach character values while providing adventures. Students can take field trips to the story locations. Grades 5-12. Review at www.homeschoolnewslink.com/blog/?p=296. More info: www.prescriptionforadventure.com.

Quality Science Labs, LLC

Quality Science Labs offer convenient and dependable Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics lab kits which make science easy to teach and help challenge and inspire students. Coordinated with standard texts such as Glencoe, Prentice Hall, A Beka, ACE, Alpha Omega, Apologia, and Bob Jones, the QSL Earth Science Kit, MicroPhySci Kit, QSL Biology Lab Kit, MicroChem Kit or QSL Physics Kit become the lab portion of the curriculum. For more information check our web site at qualitysciencelabs.com or call 866-700-1884.

Rainbow Resource Center

Rainbow Resource carries a wide variety of educational materials for all subject and all grades. The HUGE indexed catalog includes informative descriptions and discount prices. Most commonly-used homeschool materials can be found in the Rainbow Resource catalog!

Razzle Dazzle Learning Company

Razzle Dazzle Learning Company is dedicated to providing student directed materials that make teaching language arts as stress free as possible. Our products are teacher written, and home school and teacher tested and approved. Judith Darling, a former resident and teacher in the Palmer/Wasilla area, is the president and owner of Razzle Dazzle Learning Company. She retired in Texas after 30 years of teaching. She now works at making language arts and writing easier for parents and teachers.
Fair Special! Free shipping

RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual and multi-sensory experience. The program lessons guide the teacher day by day and year by year, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. Practice is provided through math card games, minimizing review worksheets. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout.
Fair Special! Free shipping on orders placed at the convention

Ronald L. Smith

Ron is the author of “Interior and Northern Alaska: A Natural History.” The book is the basis for a high school curriculum in Alaska Science. A curriculum CD organized into 14 instructional units is available and includes additional readings, exercises and assessments. A coloring book is now available.

Saxon Homeschool

Saxon is the nation’s most comprehensive and most thoroughly researched homeschool math program, offering a complete program for grades K-12. Saxon mathematics is based on the teaching principles of incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment. From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the leading global education company, we offer programs for all subjects and grade levels. Our HMH homeschool kits include ScienceFusion, Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach, Harcourt Language, Holt Elements of Language, Harcourt Horizons, Houghton Mifflin Science, and other middle and upper grades programs for science and social studies.

Sew Teach Me

Sew Teach Me is an integrated sewing curriculum for grades 3 through 12. Each of the 8 modules, focusing on a single aspect of sewing, gives 3 different sewing projects. In addition, each sewing project is related to various academic subjects. No sewing skills are required. Just follow the easy to read directions. We also offer hand sewing projects for younger sewers and knitting and crochet projects for all ages.

Sopris Learning New to Fair

Leading provider of assessments, supplemental and intervention materials, positive behavior support tools, and professional development.

Spirit of the Arctic

"Spirit of the Arctic" is a surround sound-driven wildlife program that starts with a fly-over animation of the landscape and traverses nine eco-scapes of Alaska. It uses 280 images matched to 1,252 original digital recordings. The included 34-page booklet is bilingual [English & Japanese] and contains information about 100 species of wildlife and plants. The DVD works as a reference for a curriculum developed for a book called Interior & Northern Alaska: A Natural History.

Stock Market Companion New to Fair

Stock Market Companion's online 15Minute Market Update Program prepares your young adult children (early teens and higher) for the new economy by stepping beyond traditional, theoretical aspects of economics! Introduce your student children to the exciting world of practical economics, business finance, and world markets using the dynamic nature of the stock market as a tool. Mon-Wed-Fri, easy to read, self-study broad to narrow market overview, case studies, watchlist ideas, investing routine + frequent multiple choice, online quizzes and videos. Families learn the characteristics of excellent companies and good investments in today's markets.
Fair Special! 40% discount from our regular retail price!

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-Calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems. Our products have also been chosen as the best homeschool math curriculum by the industry’s most respected product reviewers, including John Holzmann of Sonlight, Deb and Dan Deffinbaugh of Timberdoodle, and Dean Andreola of CBD.

UAF Center for Distance Education

The Center for Distance Education is part of the College of Rural and Community Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We offer a variety of regionally accredited college courses in print-based or online formats. CDE can help your student get a head-start on a college education, as well as provide lifelong learning for non-traditional or returning students. Visit us at http://www.distance.uaf.edu today!

UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus

The Interior-Aleutians Campus serves rural villages throughout the interior of Alaska, with centers located in McGrath, Galena, Nenana, Fort Yukon, Unalaska and Tok. Our goal is to bring the University of Fairbanks to the people who are not able to attend classes on campus.

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Southeast is an exciting place to attend college, and we also offer amazing dual enrollment opportunities for students wanting to expand their high school curriculum. UAS offers traditional classroom courses in Southeast as well as distance courses to students throughout Alaska.

Usborne Books and More

For over 29 years Usborne Books & More has been selling the very best children’s educational books from art to zoology! Usborne has many internet-linked books which direct the reader to selected websites (over 15,000) where readers can find out more about the subject. Usborne regularly reviews and updates these websites, keeping our books current. Usborne has partnered with Kane/Miller providing a very wide range of books, some of which will soon be available on the new Ipad2 as well as regular hard copy! Check us out! We provide educational excellence one book at a time. - Anchorage & Soldotna - Juneau
Fair Special! Free shipping in all locations; sale bins in Anchorage & Soldotna

Veritas Press

A full-service curriculum provider with a classical specialization.

Visualize ASL

Interactive software for practicing American Sign Language. Combine with our new online classes for a complete curriculum (K - 8).
Fair Special! $10 discount on purchase of set of two CDs

Voyager - Cambium Learning Group New to Fair

Voyager’s K-12 literacy and mathematics interventions are based on and validated by years of research. The programs are crafted to adhere to instruction that is both explicit and scaffolded. The use of technology within the programs enhances student learning and provides opportunities for student practice that capture interest, extend the school day and raise literacy and math achievement.

Wholy Living

HEALTH, HOME ECONOMICS, NUTRITION. Wholy living supplies a wide variety of resources to help families in their quest for optimum health through nutrition. Our specialty is whole grains, but we also carry a cadre of wonderful cookbooks as well as general health information.
Fair Special! No shipping on items picked up at the Fair

Williamsburg Academy

Williamsburg Academy is an accredited online high school program that features live classes, inspiring mentors, a rigorous classical curriculum, an emphasis on leadership and a high-adventure outdoor program.

Wizard Works

Publisher and distributor of Alaska-specific educational materials since 1998. Our materials cover all grade levels and subjects, from history and social studies to science, math, and language arts. Our history and science curricula meet Alaska state content standards and satisfy the state Alaska Studies requirement.
Fair Special! Free poster with every order placed at Fair

World Book

Reference books and online databases for schools and public libraries. World Book introduces their new “World of Early Learning” Database for Pre-School to 3rd grade. For families doing Readers Theater, check out the new “Dramatic Learning” database in World Book Online.
Fair Special! Free shipping; special show pricing discounts

WriteAtHome

WriteAtHome provides online tutorial writing instruction for students in grades 5-12. We offer a variety of courses each including a personal writing tutor and our engaging online instructional material.
Fair Special! Special discounts of up to 30% per course for curriculum fair enrollments