Mary Sandkam

Mary Sandkam


Mary has an always-been-homeschooled son in middle school. She possesses degrees in architecture and community planning, and in her former life, she was an urban planner. Mary also taught urban design as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her current life, she can often be found outdoors with her family, exploring the many amazing places Virginia has to offer. She combines her love of field trips and her love of writing as editor of the Roads Scholars column in VaHomeschoolers Voice magazine.


The Curious Collector: Encouraging, Corralling, and Curating Your Child’s Collection for Learning Across the Curriculum
Saturday, Session 3, 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Do you have a child who collects, collects, and then collects some more? Maybe collects one specific, special thing (Pokemon cards, feathers, or rocks) or a little bit of everything (Pokemon cards, feathers, and rocks!)? Does it drive you crazy? If so, this is the session for you! Learn how to get your child’s collection under control through the act of curating and then how to use the collection across the curriculum for a wide-range of learning opportunities! A great session for both new and seasoned homeschoolers with collectors from preschoolers through middle schoolers and possibly beyond!

Incorporating Tabletop Games into Everyday Homeschooling
Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Do you play tabletop games in your house? Are you considering them a part of your homeschooling curriculum? You should be! Come join in on this session and hear how the games you are already playing—and perhaps some games new to you—can be incorporated across the curriculum into both your homeschooling and family life. Discover which games can help promote literacy, team building, and “stealth learning.” Learn how to see old games in a whole new light! A great session for new or veteran homeschoolers with kids of all ages.