IDEA Curriculum Fair 2016: Welcome and Overview for Attendees

You are invited to the Eighteenth 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 May!

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 has been active in the homeschool movement for 30 years. She homeschooled her seven kids, has been a homeschool support group leader, and helped to develop IDEA in 1997. If you are in IDEA, you have probably read Carol's thoughtful blog posts on the home page in the ideafamily section of the IDEA website. Carol's workshops have a great balance of humor and simple practical tips that get to the heart of the matter; you won't want to miss her keynote address.

Our featured speaker is Jessica Parnell - Jessica has a passion for homeschooling and homeschoolers. She takes advantage of any opportunity to present the benfits of homeschooling to educators of all kinds. While homeschooling her own kids, she founded a homeschool academy in Pennsylvania.

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 2016-2017 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
- Featured speaker
- Other speakers
- Entrance Fees


- 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