Janice Habermann discusses the history of the IDEA Curriculum Fair and why this is the best event of the year to sharpen your homeschooling tools! This yearly event will happen the first 2 weeks of May in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Soldotna. There are many in-person workshops and opportunities to meet with curriculum vendors and purchase resources for your child. Whether this is the first time attending this event or you have attended multiple times, it is guaranteed that you will take away a new idea, a new approach to teaching, or a new/updated curriculum offering.
Janice Habermann is the mother of 3 and the grandmother of 6. She came to Alaska over 30 years ago and raised her family in Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula. She started homeschooling her children in 1993, before any of the homeschool support programs. Finding curriculum and quality supplies was a challenge, so she opened her own curriculum store, The Brain Box, in 1996. IDEA began in 1997 and with its inception homeschooling became so much easier. After Janice sold The Brain Box, she joined the IDEA staff in 2004 in the Kenai office. She has held positions as Resource Room Coordinator (in charge of curriculum resources), Contact Teacher, the Kenai and Anchorage Site Administrator and the IDEA Assistant Director. Janice loved her time at IDEA as mentoring homeschool families is her passion. She retired from IDEA in 2021 and now helps to homeschool her grandchildren.