My family and I attend the Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Homeschool Convention every year in Orlando, Florida. If you live in Florida, or just want to see one of the best homeschool focused conventions in the country, I highly recommend becoming a member of the FPEA and/or attending their annual convention. The wealth of knowledge the FPEA can offer the homeschool educator is simply worth its weight in gold. Anyway, after speaking with many successful programs at the convention, we began creating our curriculum and online courses. We have chosen courses that, we feel, are necessary for our students to enter the workplace or life as a new college student. Word Processing, spreadsheets, presentations, photo and video editing, basic computing and programming, electronics, and robotics are primary areas of focus.
Back on a very cold February afternoon, Nana was snowed in at our house (in Georgia!) She had her big box of chalk pastels and she taught us how to create a Path to the Beach. All five of our children were gathered around the kitchen table. We loved that art time so much, we asked her to bring her chalk pastels every time she stopped by. We began sharing those art times with our Hodgepodge readers – in online art tutorial form. Then one day a reader asked us if we would put all our tutorials in one spot. A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels was born! It snowballed from there and now we offer a Hodgepodge of video art lessons from seasonal art lessons to sharks to American landmarks and the far reaches of space!