IDEA Curriculum Fair 2013: Welcome and Overview for Attendees

You are invited to the Sixteenth Annual IDEA Curriculum Fair, hosted by the Galena City School District!

IDEA is pleased to again present this opportunity to homeschoolers and other parents and/or educators in Alaska and we look forward to sharing this exciting event with you in April!

Schedule of events, floor-plans, workshop schedule, and maps:

- Anchorage
- Fairbanks
- Juneau
- Soldotna

Over 60 curricular vendors, both local and from out of state, will be participating, with many sharing their knowledge and experience in workshops that are guaranteed to encourage, inform, and motivate you! Thank you to Rainbow Resource Center for partnering with us financially in helping to sponsor this homeschool convention!

Keynote speaker Carol Simpson - Carol is an entertaining and inspiring speaker who shares from her vast experience of homeschooling her seven children since 1986. Carol's desire is to touch your heart while you all laugh together at some of her own homeschooling experiences. You are sure to walk away encouraged and inspired as she helps you to see the best in yourselves and in your children.

Other special speakers include Jim Weiss and Jean Burk! Jim Weiss is a multiple-award-winning story-teller who loves children. His passion is sharing great stories with people of all ages and encouraging adults and teens to learn how to share great stories of their own. Jean Burk, founder of College Prep Genius, is a homeschool mom who specializes in helping high school students to position themselves to receive many scholarship offers! Jean loves to share her secrets and tips with other homeschool moms, helping to create awesome higher education options for homeschool students.

Entrance Fee - The exhibits and workshops are provided at no charge to IDEA families. Non-IDEA families are welcome and may purchase at the Fair. Click here for an explanation of fees.

Keynote Fee - Pre-registration is required to attend the Keynote meal. There is a small separate fee for each person attending, whether they are in IDEA or not. Click on the name of your location on the top left or the "keynote meal" link for more information.

Purchases - Returning IDEA families who have re-enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year may use their allotment to pre-purchase at the Fair. Others must use cash, checks, or credit cards, depending on vendors' preferences.

Hand-outs - There will be a limited number of booklets available at the door with floor-plans and information about the workshops and Fair Specials offered by the exhibitors. We will also be handing you sacks with catalogs and flyers from vendors that could not come in person, but wanted to participate.

Children - While you are welcome to bring your children, there will be no special program for them.  Please keep in mind that all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We encourage you to seek child care for young children so that you can fully participate in the workshops and visit freely with exhibitors.

General info:

- Exhibitors
- Workshops
- Keynote meal
- Keynote speaker
- Speakers
- Entrance Fees

Travel discounts:

- Hotels

If you have any further questions, please contact the contact person for each location or the IDEA Statewide Curriculum Fair Coordinator:

Carol Simpson

Email Carol