I’m writing this blog post on a day we were scheduled to be at homeschool conventions in Alaska. Alaska!
I’m one of the newest team members of the GeoMatters/Trail Guide to Learning Team, but I’ve been using this curriculum for over a decade and was mentored by one of the authors, Debbie Strayer. Last year was my first time attending the conventions there and my first time in the state of AK. It was a place I had only dreamed of seeing!
Are there places you’ve always dreamed of going but you chalk it up to “just a dream” or an unlikely reality? Alaska did not disappoint. The homeschool moms and families were beautiful people. The endless snow-capped mountains were absolutely stunning. The unique wildlife (so unique to this Florida girl) was unforgettable. When is the last time you had the opportunity to see a whale “breach” or coastal mountains dotted with Bald Eagles? It took my breath away! Needless to say, I feel as if I left a piece of my heart there. Upon leaving last year, I eagerly anticipated my return this April.
I’m sure many of you can relate. You’ve had similar experiences with your vacation plans, your senior’s prom or graduation postponement. My son graduates high school this year. We’re not sure if he will have a graduation ceremony. And, to be honest, we know that those losses are small in the grander scheme and certainly compared to the loss of health and life and economic devastation so many are facing. We have so much to be grateful for!
Alas through the endless cancellations and plethora of disappointments in this season, there have been so many beautiful and truly redemptive stories as well! Not being able to attend a homeschool convention might be a small inconvenience, but yet another challenge in challenging times. Conventions are a source of tremendous support and encouragement on our homeschooling journey. For some, it is a once a year exposure to such support.
Try Before You Buy
We here at GeoMatters, would like to do our small part in easing the hardships. You may not be able to come to our booth and look through the curriculum in person. So we would like to support you with a “Try Before You Buy” offer. With this free download, you’ll receive unit 1 of Paths of Exploration, the older and younger extensions for that unit, as well as any missing assignments from books we publish. We will also have a package with the two readers for just $10 if you’d rather not have to get them elsewhere or from the library. If you’re interested in another level of the Trail Guide series, let us know and we will get you a larger sample to peruse while you contemplate.
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If you’re unsure whether or not this program would be a good fit, or which level you should use, please take advantage of our free curriculum consultations. Simply answer a couple questions so we know how to help and we’ll be in contact shortly with our suggestions.
We have also made some introductory videos available for all of you who are new to Trail Guide to Learning or want to know more about it. These videos will walk you through details that you would have received while speaking with our staff members during conventions. Check them out on our YouTube Channel.
Finally, our team here at GeoMatters would like to extend a discount of 10% off orders over $100. Simply use the coupon code “unconventional” upon checkout. It is our sincere hope that everyone who desires to utilize our curriculum will have the option to do so. From our team to your family, thank you for your continued support!
Actions speak louder than words, don’t they! Someone can tell us all day long the words, “I love you,” but when their actions consistently (not always perfectly) demonstrate love we can know for sure that their words are more than just an empty cliché.
Don’t we all want to be loved that way!
I remember my first introduction by author Debbie Strayer to the Trail Guide to Learning series. I was at our state homeschool convention in Florida totally stressed out about not finding the “right” science curriculum for the following school year.
It was merely hours before the convention hall was closing and I saw Debbie at the GeoMatters booth. Actually, it felt like Debbie saw me! She left the booth as I was walking towards it to come embrace me….I guess I had the look of exhaustion and frustration all over me.
As I briefly explained my dilemma to her, she lovingly asked if I would like to have her explain how the Trail Guide to Learning series could be a potential solution not only to my science debacle but also to my feelings of stress toward homeschooling due to the recent birth of my fourth child.
I remember thinking several things after that meeting.
The first was how nurturing, loving and encouraging Debbie really was for all homeschoolers. I left feeling not only empowered but with curriculum to save me time and invest well in my young children’s hearts. I felt like I had a genuine cheerleader in my corner telling me that I was the best homeschool mom for my kids.
The second thing I learned was how passionate she was to see a practical solution for the already stretched homeschool mom. She could have simply continued to do speaking engagements and homeschool evaluations without adding on the job of writing.
During the month of February, we’d like to express our love to you by offering a 25% discount on any purchases between now and the end of the month. Simply use the code "LOVE25" at checkout.
But instead, she tirelessly and lovingly spent the last years of her life dedicated to creating a curriculum that she felt was needed for many homeschool families. A curriculum that was low on teacher preparation, high in thinking skills, and one that builds a love for learning. Love in action!
I remember getting the opportunity to meet with Debbie a year or two after that convention meeting. She sat down with me during a break at the library when she was writing and preparing one of the subsequent Trail Guides. For a season, the library was where she spent much of her free time writing. I could tell she was tired, yet clearly so full of joy sharing about the book choices and considerations as she wrote the next level—a curriculum put together with every detail included so you can just pick it up from your shelf and teach!
As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn about all of the curriculum that GeoMatters sells since I have become a member of the team. As I get to know the authors themselves and listen to their passion, I realize all of the material was thoughtfully and lovingly created.
At GeoMatters, our work and mission flows from a deep place of love and compassion for homeschool families! We are honored to provide services, resources, and curriculum to support and enhance your homeschooling journey.
During the month of February, we’d like to express our love to you, homeschool family, by offering a 25% discount on any purchases between now and the end of the month. Simply use the code "LOVE25" at checkout.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
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