Monday, December 15, 2014

Greensleeves Christmas Tree Ornaments

I wanted to make an original Christmas Tree for a friend,
so we purchased a 15" tree from Walgreens, and then we made our own ornaments.

We put the sheet music for Greensleeves,
and fashion from 1600 to 1960 with "green" "sleeves".

It turned out so cute, and we can't wait to surprise our friend.
She's a costume designer.  
So appropriate!

Print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
Cut out and Laminate.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ward Choir 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sacrament Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

I Give All Thanks to Thee
Click Listen


Christmas Practices and Performances

1.  Sunday, 10/19/14       First Practice.  I Give All Thanks.
2.  Sunday, 10/26/14       I Give All Thanks, And His Name, Still, Still, Still
3.  Sunday, 11/2/14         I Give All Thanks, And His Name, Still, Still, Still, Let It Snow
4.  Sunday, 11/9/14
5.  Sunday, 11/16/14       Final Run through for Thanksgiving Song.
6.  Sunday, 11/23/14
7.  Sunday, 11/30/14      (Sister Ladle Substitute Director)
8.  Sunday, 12/7/14        (Sister Ladle Substitute Director)

9.  Thursday, December 11, 2014
Final Practice 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Chapel

Saturday, December 13, 2014
4:15 p.m. Warm up and last minute practice.
4:45 p.m.  In Choir Seats.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Performance in Chapel
Ward Dinner 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Cultural Hall

Sunday, December 21, 2014
9:00 a.m.  Warm up and Practice   And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful,
                                                        Peace, Peace, Peace
10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.  Sacrament Meeting

These recordings aren't perfect, but they may be able to help you practice.  I am not recording every practice.  Just a few to get us started.

Remember... Practice DAILY, especially if English is your second language, or you are new to learning music.  ;)  Practice TWICE a week if you're a pro.  :)

I Give All Thanks to Thee
All Parts - I Give Thanks to Thee

All Parts (TB) - I Give All Thanks to Thee

SA Key Change on I Give All Thanks to Thee

Peace, Peace, Peace

And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful- Sally DeFord

Another version 

SATB (T) - And His Name Shall Be Called

Still, Still, Still- Arr. David A. Zabriskie

SATB STill still

SATB - Still Still Still (full song)

Slow version: Good way to say "Still")

Sleigh Ride
Only doing 1 verse.  (Not the entire song.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
With Congregation

Silent Night
With Congregation

pg. 36   Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus     (Sacrament Program)
pg.  44  Mary's Lullaby   (Sacrament Program)

pg.  54  Christmas Bells    (Christmas Dinner)
pg. 44  Mary's Lullaby  (Christmas Dinner)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Christmas Concert Order:
Please put your songs in order in your binder.  Thank you!

Ward Choir           
Still, Still, Still  by Dee R. Woolley, Jr.
Directed by Isabella Fine

Mary’s Lullaby, Children’s Songbook, pg. 54
Christmas Bells, Children’s Songbook, pg. 44

Primary & Choir
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Soloist:  Jessica Whiting
Accompanist:  Will Tucker

Ward Choir
Sleigh Ride
Directed by Eugene Lehenbauer, 
pianist Candace Lehenbauer

Ward Choir
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Sammy Cahn

Lehenbauer family
Chocolate in My Stocking by Marta Keen

Clark and Azabache families
Star Bright by Lorin Wheelwright 
Accompanied by Trevor Clark

Ward Choir
Peace, Peace, Peace  by Sally DeFord

Video Presentation Silent Night

Ward Choir and Congregation    
Silent Night  (Hymn book)
1st Verse:  Choir
2nd Verse:  Portuguese

3rd Verse:  Congregation

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friday Co-Op Sign Language 2014-15

The ASL (American Sign Language) Alphabet

We will be learning 2 songs for Semester 1.

Love One Another

You can print off the music and signs.  Click on pdf.
You can download and watch the ASL video online.  Click on mp4.

Silent Night

You can print off the music only.  Click on pdf.
You can download and watch the ASL video online.  Click on mp4.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Botany Co-Op 2014–15

Must purchase:  Exploring Creation with Botany,
Young Explorer Series, by Jeannie Fulbright

Choose one:
3 Ring Binder or Spiral Notebook to take notes/ draw pictures in
Botany Notebooking Journal Junior (Elementary)  or Regular (Middle)
(3/4 of the class in Elementary are purchasing the Botany Notebook.  If you choose not to purchase the notebook, it is your responsibility to make sure they are taking adequate notes for the class.  If you would like to print things off the computer to make their notebook better, that is up to you.)

Class Time:
Notebooks... We have decided that most cutting/ pasting will be done outside class time.
You do not have to complete every project in the Botany notebook.  This is the parent's decision on how much will be completed.  Teachers do not need to recreate every lab and experiment in the lesson. They are very fun though.  If you feel inspired to do an activity, we would all love it!
Class time will be spent on taking notes, discussion, and different activities to reinforce the subject material.

Required Book

Middle School

Elementary School

Elementary classes will cover one chapter every two weeks.  We meet every week.  1/2 lesson material covered each week.

Middle School classes will cover one chapter every two weeks.  We meet every other week.

Week 1
Elementary:  First Day, Assign topics                            
Middle:  Art 1

Week 2
Elementary:  Lesson 1- Botany, Teacher:  Candi
Middle:  Lesson 1- Botany, Teacher:  Candi

Week 3  
Elementary:  Lesson 1- Botany, Teacher:  Candi
Middle:  Art 2

Week 4  
Elementary:  Lesson 2- Seeds, Teacher:  Jessie
Middle:  Lesson 2- Seeds, Teacher:  Michelle T.

Week 1  
Elementary:  Lesson 2- Seeds, Teacher:  Jessie
Middle:  Art 3

Week 2  
Lesson 3- Flowers, Teacher:  Candi
Middle:  Lesson 3- Flowers, Teacher:  Martina

Week 3  
Elementary:  Lesson 3- Flowers, Teacher:  Candi
Middle:  Art 4

Week 4  
Elementary:  Lesson 4- Pollination, Teacher:  Jessie
Middle:  Lesson 4- Pollination, Teacher:  Amber

Week 1  
Elementary:  Lesson 4- Pollination, Teacher:  Jessie
Middle:  Art 5

Week 2  
Elementary:  Lesson 5- Fruits, Teacher:  Lorena
Middle:  Lesson 5- Fruits, Teacher: Lorena and Candi

Week 3  
Elementary:  Lesson 5- Fruits, Teacher: Lorena
Middle:  Art 6

Winter Break

Week 1  
Elementary:  Lesson 6- Leaves, Teacher:  Deana and Lorena
Middle:  Lesson 6- Leaves, Teacher:  Amber

Week 2  
Elementary:  Lesson 6- Leaves, Teacher:  Deana and Lorena
Middle:  Art 7

Week 3  
No Class

Week 4  
Elementary:  Lesson 7- Roots, Teacher:  Amber
Middle:  Lesson 7- Roots, Teacher:  Amber

Week 1  
Elementary:  Lesson 7- Roots, Teacher:  Candi (Review)
Middle:  Art 8

Week 2  
Elementary:  Lesson 8- Stems, Teacher:  Amber
Middle:  Lesson 8- Stems, Teacher:  Amber

Week 3  
No Class

Week 4  
Elementary:  Lesson 8- Stems, Teacher:  Candi (Review)
Middle:  Art 9

Mar 2
Elementary:  Lesson 9- Trees, Teacher: Jessie
Middle:  Lesson 9- Trees, Teacher: Jessie

Mar 9
Elementary:  Lesson 9- Trees, Teacher:  Jessie
Middle:  Art 10

Mar 16
No Class

Mar 23
Elementary:  Lesson 10- Gymnosperms, Teacher:  Lorena
Middle:  Lesson 10- Gymnosperms, Teacher:  Michelle T.

Mar 30
Elementary:  Lesson 10- Gymnosperms, Teacher:  Lorena
Middle:  Art 11

Apr 6
No Class

Apr 13
Elementary:  Lessons 11  Vascular, Teacher: Martina
Middle:  Lessons 11  Vascular, Teacher:  Martina

Apr 20
Elementary:  Lesson 12 Non Vascular, Teacher: Deana
Middle:  Lesson 12 and 13- Non Vascular Nature Journaling, and Year End Celebration!
Teacher: Michelle

Apr 27 *Elementary CLASS AT 10 A.M.  (Switch with Music)
Elementary: Lessons 12 and 13 Nature Journaling and Year End Celebration!
Teacher: Jessie
Middle:  Art 12

Many hands make light work.  :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dress Respectfully Sign

Print 8 1/2 x 11 on Glossy Card stock.
Feel free to use.

Great image, high quality to print for a reminder to put your phone away for teens. 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday Co-Op Elementary Science Olympiad

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Friday Co-Op 2014–15
Elementary Science Olympiad K–5
Corresponds to Classical Conversations Cycle 3

Competition Dates: FAU - May 2, 2015  (They now have one close to us!  No trip to Orlando on May 9th!) Register Team Prior to March 15

              (Possible Training for 2 Mentors?  Unknown location and dates.)
              12 Students.  Goal Grades 3–5.  Will use younger if needed or very willing.

              See which events children respond to the most.  Assign teams and individuals so they can
              be preparing at home also.

Semester 1:  (Meeting Every Other Week)
CC:  Weeks 1-12  Human Anatomy

Weeks 1     No Class
Week 2       A is for Anatomy:  Skeletal, Muscular
Week 3       No Class
Week 4       A is for Anatomy:  Digestive, Nervous, Sensory
Week 5       No Class
Week 6       Solid, Liquids, or Gas
Week 7       No Class
Week 8       A is for Anatomy:  Urinary, Circulatory
Week 9       No Class
Week 10     A is for Anatomy:  Endocrine, Respiratory
Week 11     No Class
Week 12     Solid, Liquids, or Gas
Break          Bridge Building
                   (Can visit the Bridge Building Competition at South Florida Fair Grounds as a family.  Usually first or 2nd Week in December.)
FYI:  Last Year's Bridge Building Information for Middle/High School:
I just wanted to put out a quick reminder that the bridges are due for certification on Dec. 10 (Tues) between 1 and 5 pm at  the South Florida Fair Grounds. For those of you that are not familiar with the location, it is just off of Southern Blvd. east of 441, in Palm Beach County. If you are headed north on 441, turn right onto Southern Blvd., and when you see the sign for the fair grounds, turn left.  It will be through one of the gates.  The actual testing takes place the next day, starting at 9 am at the same location.

Semester 2:  (Meeting Every Week)
CC:  Weeks 13–18  Chemistry
CC:  Weeks 19–24  Science Theories

Week 13     Egg Drop
Week 14     Mystery Packaging
Week 15     Estimania  (CC Science Lab Appendix for Cycle 3)
Week 16     Mystery Powders
Week 17     Mystery Powders
Week 18     Mystery Powders
Week 19     Starry, Starry Night
Week 20     Who Wants To Be A Biologist
Week 21     Rock Hound
Week 22     Rock Hound
Week 23     Energy Lab
Week 24     Fun Time

Official Events:  Teams will receive the rules manual after registering.

2015 Events.
There are some different ones!  Please refer to link.  Not text from 2014.
    • A is for Anatomy -The event will consist of questions, case studies, pictures or models that will require an understanding of the structure and function of the following systems: skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulary, urinary, nervous, sensory, endocrine.
    • Bridge Building - This event tests students' ability to build a lengthy, strong, stable, and reproducible bridge from common materials.BUILT ONSITE.
    • Egg Drop - A team of two students will construct and bring a package to protect an egg from breaking. The egg is dropped free fall from a high spot selected by the tournament director. This is a PREBUILT EVENT.
    • Energy Lab - The objective is to build a reflecting device that most efficiently uses and focuses the energy supplied to a light bulb. This is a PREBUILT EVENT.
    • Estimania - Students will be asked to estimate the answers to approximately ten questions requiring an estimate between ten and one million. Students will be provided a sample of the item to be estimated and will be premitted to measure its mass and the total mass of the container that contains all the objects. No calculators will be permitted.
    • Mystery Packaging - At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a package that will protect a given material from a drop. BUILT ONSITE
    • Mystery Powders - A team of two contestants will be asked to identify a mixture of common white household powder.
    • Pentathlon - Five physical skills are interspersed with science questions in an obstacle course that will be run in a relay race style where each student passes the balloon to the next student. This year, the concepts will focus on those related to the water cycle and weather.
    • Rock Hound - Teams will prepare charts, identify various rocks and minerals, and describe their characteristics
    • Starry, Starry Night - A team of two students will identify constellations, planets, and other common celestial bodies in our universe.
    • Solid, Liquids, or Gas - Teams of two students will test their abilities to classify materials into one of three categories.
    • Water Rockets - Students will build and launch a 2-liter plastic bottle for maximum time aloft. This is a PREBUILT EVENT.
    • Who Wants To Be A Biologist - Teams will compete in three game show style events that will focus on various aspects of biology and life science.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Co-Op ART 2014–15

American Art

6 Artists
Artists Game:  5x7 cards.  Print pictures.  Quiz game.

1.  Mary Cassatt
     American Impressionist— 19th Century
     Class Project:  Tempera paint print
     Great Artists Book

     Class Project:  Oil Pastels / or Chalk Pastels on Copied Picture Outline
     Printout:  Boating Party

The Child's Bath— Mary Cassatt

The Boating Party— Mary Cassatt

Child in a Straw Hat— Mary Cassatt

2.  Winslow Homer
     Realist— 19th Century

     Class Project:  Seascape.  Tempura Paint.  Large heavy drawing paper.

Breezing Up— Winslow Homer

The Fog Warning— Winslow Homer

Snap the Whip— Winslow Homer

3.  John Frederick Peto
     American Trompe–l'oeil— "Fool the Eye" — 19th Century
     Class Project:  Make a collage from scraps.  8x10 White Cardboard.
     Next week, Draw it.  Colored Pencil on Drawing Paper.  8x10 Cardboard.

Old Time Card Rack— John Frederick Peto

Take Your Choice— John Frederick Peto

4.  Edward Hopper
     Realist— 20th Century

     Class Project: Colored Pencil on Illustration paper.

Nighthawks—Edward Hopper

Early Sunday Morning— Edward Hopper

The Light House at Two Lights— Edward Hopper

Reproduction details of Early Sunday Morning

5.  Louise Nevelson
     Junk Sculpture Assemblage
     Class Project: Junk Art Sculpture- Glue.
     Next week- spray paint black.
     Bring my junk sculpture dog.

Mirror-Shadow VII— Louise Nevelson

"Art of the Sixties" print—Louise Nevelson

6.  Norman Rockwell
     Class Project: Saturday Evening Post Cover- Everyday Life.

Triple Self Portrait— Norman Rockwell

Marble Champion— Norman Rockwell

Freedom from Want—Norman Rockwell

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

College Prep Genius Boot Camp— My Two Cents

Sitting in a College Prep Genius Boot Camp class today has been an eye opening experience for me, as well as my high school freshman.  

I attended Jean Burk's seminar at our recent Homeschool Convention, and loved it.  I found myself thinking over the last few months about things she said.  When I heard she was coming here to do an actual SAT seminar, I jumped at the chance.  If only I had been given the key to success when I was taking my college entrance exams twenty years ago. Effectively, Jean Burk did a fantastic job at uncovering the secrets to the SAT, PSAT, and ACT.

Amid a ten hour presentation over two days, she carefully used various teaching styles that kept our group of almost 20 high school students engaged and excited to learn.  (I should say that towards the end of each day it was a bit long, but 5 hours of anything gets long!)

This class is definitely something that I will be having my children attend so that they will grasp the importance of preparation for this test. Just like learning to read, play an instrument, or master a sport— preparing for the SAT needs to be practiced. College Prep Genius helps you to study smart!

Back in the day, my preparation was inadequate. 

I miraculously passed the test. My grades and my extra curricular activities in the PTSA and leadership in choir and church are what saved the day. I was awarded a scholarship for my first year! Before too long, I realized how difficult it was to hold a part-time job and attend school full time. Luckily, our families low income qualified me for grants. I ended up with having $8,000 in student loans when my four year journey was complete. It wasn't too bad, as far as debt goes. I still think back on those days of having lots of stress, headaches, and missing out on some extra curricular activities that would have been exciting to participate in.

In College Prep Genius, she encourages the kids through a “Funny Money” activity to see how many of them would love to earn $500/hr, or $80,000. She suggests that it would be a better return to spend 1-2 hours a week as a freshman, 2-4 hours a week practicing in your sophomore year, and the summer before your junior year, spend 6-10 hours a week preparing for your exams. Think of this as your part time job. Why didn't I think of that!

Adequate preparation could have equaled not having to compete for a stinky minimum wage job and it for sure would have meant fewer migraines.  Adequate preparation could have equaled a full-ride scholarship plus extras!

Uncovering SAT secrets at the Boot Camp Class. 

Many times I would hear the students all laugh, or sigh with an ah-ha moment. Some outstanding ah-ha moments were... 1. Never guess on a question. It will be held against you. 2. Fill in the bubble sheet a block of questions at a time. Doing it one question at a time is simply not fast enough. 3. In math, when going to test an answer, start at C first. And, never test more than two numbers. They assume you will start with A, and therefor you will be wasting your time going one by one.

Jean suggests to spend about 5 hours to learn her acronyms thoroughly so that you can fly through the Critical Reasoning, Math and Essay portions of the exam. Her class was done in an exceptional way, in that she teaches the information, she helps you understand it, and then the students apply what they learn by answering sample questions.

Applying what you learn is the most beneficial part of this class. The students love getting the right answers and looking around the room at the other answers held up on laminated flip charts. Uncovering tools of success happens flawlessly as she shares a ton of useful information!

Preparation, practice, and more practice. 

Who knew that the suggested number of taking the SAT / PSAT would be 25 times, at 3 hours a test! She shared an example of a student who didn't start seeing the patterns until the 15th time that they took the test. Then it was a miracle! Can you imagine how disappointing it would have been if they gave up on the 14th time.

She also suggests spending 2 hours correcting wrong answers for each test. These can be done with old test booklets, or SAT prep books that you purchase online. That's not just a suggestion. That's how you do it. You also need to take the test for real often. High school counselors can also issue up to 4 waivers a year for juniors and seniors that can help cover costs. Homeschool students can also use these. They just need to speak to their local high school counselor.

Whereas this may sound like all you need to do is take tests and prepare for tests and skip real learning, that is not the case. She recommends that if you focus daily on logic and reasoning, reading excellent books with exceptional vocabulary, and getting your consistent community service in there. It comes down to preparation, on the test sheet and in your normal life. Be well rounded, but be ready!

Take away from this class...
      1. This class is a must for kids to have a fighting chance on the SAT or PSAT.
      2. Preparation and practice = purchasing a College Board brand SAT prep book, and using it to prepare for the test. Think of it as a part-time job.
      3. Find a class to attend. You can find one in your area, or host one if you don't see one. If you host, your own high school aged kids can attend for free.
      4. Watch the DVD. This is a lot of info. Watch the DVD again and again to get the tips down. You can also purchase the DVD without attending the class- but you'd miss out on the synergy of the class members.
      5. Becoming a National Merit Scholar is possible for regular kids too. Meeting the paperwork deadlines is half the battle, and learning that this test is a logic test. It's within your grasp.
      6. Start your freshman year if you can. Pass it on!

I also found this helpful...
      1. It's OK for a parent to stay for the class. I particularly found the first 1 1/2 hours helpful for a parent to be aware of.
      2. She starts right on time. Arrive 10 min. early.
      3. Bring a lunch. Lunch time for us was 20-25 min. I'm sure it's not always that way, but we had a lot of questions during our session. She had 5 minute breaks dispersed throughout the day.
      4. Hosting a class is easier for us homeschool moms to figure out. We do this all the time. Churches work out well. Our class had about 18 kids, and about 4 parents who stayed the morning of the first day. 2 parents stayed for the entire program. They asked for a $10 donation for the church on top of the fee. The room was set up in a U shape with 5 folding tables to write on.  You need 12 students to host a class.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Classical Education Co-Op 2014-15


We are utilizing the following curriculum:
Foundations — Classical Conversations, Cycle 3, 2014-15

(CC Curriculum and Co-Op teaching.  Tuition = helping hands.)
Cycle 3 US History

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS, Cycle 3(Foundations Program)

 Timeline* & Presidents*
 Classical Conversations ipad ap (Creation through Modern America)
All US Presidents
 History Facts*
US History
US States & Capitols, Bodies of Water, Prominent Features
Science Facts*
(12 weeks Human Body), (12 weeks Chemistry)
Skip Counting, Multiplication Tables, Geometric Formulas, Alegebraic Laws, Conversations
Eng. Grammar*
John 1: 1-7
John 1: 1-7
Science (experiments & projects)
Fine Arts
TBA, Tin Whistle
**Optional Memory Master track, where a student strives to memorize all information.

The material taught in Foundations 
is divided into three cycles: one cycle 
per year for three years. Each cycle 
consists of 24 weeks of memory work.

*Classical Education Co-Op Curriculum
They have great ipad/iphone aps for Cycles 1 and 2.  Waiting for Cycle 3 to become available.
• Foundations Guide  (or memory cards.)
• Geography trivium for Cycle 3 per child
• Timeline Song
-- Nice to have:  Cycle 3 Memory Songs.  If the ap does not become available soon enough, you'll want to purchase this.
You can purchase all of this material at the website.  Visit their bookstore.

This is NOT an official Classical Conversations group.  I love the Classical Conversations curriculum.  Our family was part of an official group our first year.  We have been doing it on our own for the last 5 years.  I think it works well with our family, and it allows us to mix with other families too.  We do not charge money for this class.  It is Co-Op style, which means you can contribute by helping instead.  I do have my own faith statement.

Lunch and Snacks

• Please bring a small snack that can be easily eaten during the morning CC time. We only have 5 minutes for snack.

• Nice to bring a water bottle with your child's name on it.

• Please bring lunch for your own family to eat directly after CC. This time is important to build relationships with each other, and catch up on non-CC topics. It helps us keep talking on subject during the day if we know we have this time to catch up later.

• Please keep in mind that parents are always responsible for their children's supervision.
Below are some ideas to keep lunch time activities refreshing:

• Qtr 1: - 
• Qtr 2: Bring basketballs
• Qtr 3: Bring jump ropes and soccer balls 
• Qtr 4: Bring running shoes and hula hoops 
• Rainy days: board games and chess

Facility Care

It's always a good policy to leave somewhere better than when you came. This is a great opportunity to teach our children service through example as we care for the homes that are hosting our co-ops. It is not required, but really appreciated.

Sick Child Policy

Does your sick child have any of these symptoms? If so, most providers indicate your son or daughter should stay at home until the illness is no longer contagious and the child feels well enough to return to school or be around other youngsters.

• Fever above 100oF and looks and acts ill 
• Signs of possible severe illness such as uncontrolled coughing, 
• difficulty breathing, wheezing, persistent crying, or lethargy 
• Diarrhea 
• Vomiting; once a youngster has vomited, most health providers
require that your sick child does not return to school for a
minimum of 24 hours 
• Any sort of rash, especially when accompanied by a fever or
behavior change

While having a sick child is a hardship for most families, it is important that parents enact the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”

Thank you for considering these recommendations and implementing them for your children this school year. Remember that washing hands OFTEN is the best way to reduce the chance of sickness spreading.

Expectations for a Learning Environment

Your children are going to learn an amazing amount of information this year. They will grow spiritually, socially, and academically as they interact with God's Word and other children.

Our method of tutoring is modeling. Tutors demonstrate to both the students and their mothers various methods of memorizing grammar from all major subjects. These techniques are then practiced with the students so that they know what to do when they go home. You as the parent, however, are still primarily responsible for the education of your child.

We are all making sacrifices in order to provide a positive and fun learning environment. We need to be patient as the program develops over the year.

We need to remember that there are many ways to accomplish a task. The person who is designated the teacher for a certain subject is the teacher. Please be respectful to her and her preparation by letting her be in charge, and by not talking to other parents during class. It is very distracting to the teacher and the students. Should the teacher be disrupted by parents socializing, she may comment on “How nicely the children are behaving today!” This is your cue to that she is asking the parents to be quiet without the children knowing.

Please be alert to giving hands-on assistance (i.e. passing out or collecting supplies, assisting with children's science or fine arts projects, etc. to the Teacher during class.) If an offense is made one to another, among the students or the adults, then please approach the Teacher privately.

Cycle 3 Helps

John 1 Song (Music Version)

Friday Co-Op 2014-15


This is still a work in progress....

Excited to announce that we will be located at the Community Center this year!
Our room is located right next to a playground for our Pre-school aged siblings.  Hoping to take turns watching little ones if it gets distracting.  The room is also big enough that if a mom wanted to do "5 in a row" curriculum, or a little craft, it would be easy to have them there with us over to the side.

12 weeks before Thanksgiving, starting the first week of September.
12 weeks after the first week in January, with a break half way through for a week.

HOPE Homeschoolers
We hope everyone will join HOPE Homeschoolers.  It provides so much more than I can provide on my own for this Friday Co-Op.  Who we are.. How and Why to Join.
Community, Directory, Email, Online Meetings, Mom’s Night Out, Field trips, Co-Ops, Clubs,
Promotion/Graduation Night, Used Book Sale.

Classical Education Cycle 3
Classical Education Co-Op using the Classical Conversations Foundations Curriculum

15 min. Announcements
30 min. New Grammar Introduced
30 min. Grammar Review Games
30 min. Art/Sign Language

*Need to purchase curriculum.  See below.
This is a free Co-Op which means you help instead of pay.

Middle / High School
No Fear Shakespeare group being started for Grades 6+ that would meet at the same time as the CC Foundations group.  More info to come later.  A Biology lab review is later in the afternoon.

Toastmasters International
Public Speaking Youth Leadership Program  (Middle/High School)
11:30 a.m. Fridays
We will be hosted by the local chapter of Toastmasters International, which means that this program will be FREE!  It is a community outreach opportunity to them.  My husband will also be working closely with us as a fellow Toastmaster for the last 3 years.

The program works best with about 15-20 participants.

Semester 2:   Gavel Club which is a free version of a real Toastmaster group.  This means that there will be leadership opportunities for the kids.  Thinking of having elections for Semester 1, and Semester 2 to give more the opportunity to try new roles.

Mini Toasters Public Speaking for K–5/6
If we have a large turn out of K-5, I will break them apart and do a separate Oral Report time for them. I have a rubric that I have been using for a few years that is fun and easy to do.

Elementary Science Olympiad
Fun Science Experiments.  Competition at the end of the school year with other schools.

Mom's Support Group
Kids Socialization
One of the best reasons to have a Co-Op is so that you don't feel so lost.  Bounce ideas and ask questions of other homeschool moms.  Pack a lunch, or go grab some local fast food (Wendy's is close by.)  Definitely Stay!  This time is vital for you to feel like you are part of the group.

Looking forward to a new and exciting year this fall!  New families, and new opportunities to learn and to grow!

Ms. Candi