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Kirsten Goes To Conference

May 2, 2011

Note from Lisa: I’d like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Kirsten! She is a graduated homeschooler and we enjoy having her work with us at CHER as she quickly learns about all the different choices we offer. Recently she worked at the AHEA conference in Red Deer with us and she’d like to share her experience with you.

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“Excuse me, ma’am, do you know where I can find The Three R’s?”

I turn around to see a pleasant looking lady with a kind smile on her face. The Three R’s? I haven’t even heard of the product before. I can’t imagine where I would even start to look for it. I turn my head towards the Language Arts section in an attempt to appear like I know what I’m doing.

“Is that a Language Arts book?” I ask, fiddling with my apron and hoping that the bright red color will distract the lady from my silliness.

The lady taps her chin. “I don’t think so. It was recommended to me by a friend, but I can’t remember what she said it was.”

I look around, trying not to appear desperate. Lisa and Brenda would know where I could find the book, but they’re both engaged elsewhere. I rack my mind for any memory of a product with that title, but I can’t think of anything. “Do you know the author?” I ask, only to buy myself a little time.

The lady refers to a sheet of paper with notes scrawled in many directions. I take the opportunity to glance around at the shelves around me. I don’t see it in the math or history sections.

“Ruth Beechick,” the voice grabs my attention and my eyes flutter back into focus. I’ve never heard the name before.

Just as I begin to panic, a second voice echoes the name. “Ruth Beechick?” I turn my head as a second woman steps forward. “The Three R’s?” I nod pathetically, and the lady smiles and gestures toward the Parent Resource section. “Right this way,” she says.

It’s always amazing to me how well home schooling parents know the products and resources available to them. This was my first time working at a conference with CHER, and the incident with The Three R’s was not the only time I received help from a stranger.

I’m learning fast, and every conversation I have with a well-informed parent brings me closer to knowing the materials. The conference was a great experience for me, and it was a good example of the fact that mothers are never alone in their endeavor to home school their children.

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