Yesterday I talked about what I liked at the Arlington Homeschool Book Fair. Today, I will discuss what I didn’t like. This year, I had about three things I was hoping to find for Monkey. I wanted to find a writing book, a spelling book, and a math book. I also wanted to look at art stuff, Spanish, and some other little electives. I think I found the writing and the math books that we want to use (I actually already ordered Horizons 2nd grade math), but I am still up in the air about some other things. Here is what I didn’t like to see at the fair:
|I used this for handwriting when I was a kid. I hated it.|
Booths for Boys Only: Are we seriously still doing this? This bothered me last year, and it still bothered me this year. In the “boy booths” they had things like rubber band guns, pocket knives, camo pants, duck calls, and other hunting/fishing type things. Other boy-oriented booths had science-style projects. Not only were these booths targeted just for boys (I think the name was something like “Boy’s Corner”), there was not a similar booth for girls. If you are going to go the traditional route for gender roles, you should at least have a girl booth with dolls and fairy castles or something.
Mostly Big-Name Brands: I know the big-name brands are popular, and I guess effective, but I feel like they are taking over the fair. With 100 or so booths, the big-names take up about half of them. I would rather see things from smaller companies and brands. I know what the big guys offer, what I want is a closer look at the new programs or the lesser-known curriculum choices.
The Lunch Line: I knew there were hundreds of people there, but I had no idea just how many until it was lunch. The lunch line wrapped around a huge lunch room, went out the door, and half-way around the conference room. Luckily, I got my lunch before lunch hour.
The Spelling Curriculum: I was unable to find a spelling curriculum that I really liked. This pictured one was the closest I found, but I am still not happy with what was offered.
The Date: The conference is almost always Mother’s Day weekend. That usually means I can only go on Friday, and because of that, I can never attend any sessions if I want to scope out new curriculum.
Was there anything you disliked about the conference this year?