"Why did I ever buy that?" If you've found yourself lamenting curriculum choices and vowing never to make that mistake again, join us for today's Home School Heartbeat as President Michael Smith talks with Beverly McCord, coordinator of one of the oldest and largest annual curriculum fairs in the nation.
Beverly, what do you say to folks who ask, how can they avoid curriculum mistakes?
Mike, it's not really possible to avoid making some purchasing mistakes that you regret later. We do it at shopping malls; I mean, why isn't it going to happen at a curriculum fair? But really, there are ways to avoid to making too many. First, do your homework about what you want to buy. Then, after that, you really need to make a written shopping list before you go. Don't show up with out one. If you do, you're going to fall prey to impulse buying and start picking up little expensive books and fancy little do-dads that you would not have otherwise bought. Another thing is, hang on to your purchases for a while. You just might change your mind about them. For instance, you might find that what didn't work with your first child does work well with your second child. And that finally you can always sell your curriculum mistakes at used curriculum sales-and don't feel guilty about that. What's one homeschooler's curriculum mistake is really another homeschooler's curriculum jewel. We're all different and we all have different preferences.
Great advice, Beverly. Listeners, you can check out Beverly's website at homeschoolbookfair.org.. Join us tomorrow as we continue our conversation with Beverly McCord.
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