IDEA Curriculum Fair 2014: 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 Debra Bell - Debra homeschooled her four kids K-12 and is the best-selling author of award-winning homeschooling books. If you have been coming to the IDEA Curriculum Fair for some time, you may remember Debra as the keynote speaker in 2008! If so, you won't want to miss her presentation this year! Debra recently completed her Ph.D. in educational psychology. Her research interests include identifying why, how and when homeschooling works. She is very excited to return to the IDEA Fair to share the new things that she has learned since the last time she was here! Debra has an amazing gift of being able to inspire and entertain while sharing many practical tips and facts in her workshops.

Our featured speaker is Stephen Guffanti, M.D. Steve is a medical doctor, author, and homeschooler whose passion is helping parents gain insight into their children's needs. He has presented at our Fair many times, but the last time he was here was in 2007. We are excited to share his inspirational insights with young homeschoolers that have not heard from him before and with returning homeschoolers who have been hoping that he would return!

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

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