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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sensational Science Class

Hi Ladies,

I came across a science class that's looks great. They are a vendor of O.G.

The class is for ages 4-7. Here is the link: http://www.dlcsantacruz.org/

I'd like my son to it, but they need more students to sign up in order to do the class. If anyone is interested contact the teacher ASAP.

Her name is Serena @ 332-5354.

She is giving extra time for registration in order to get more students enrolled.

Lucy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

i'm drooling over this Vintage Homeschool idea. . .


If you don't yet visit CakeWrecks, you are missing some good fun.

And some great ideas! 


I saw these images posted, and immediately thought how FUN this could be for our homeschool families--a cake/cupcake decorating event where the kids (with their parents' help of course!) try to reproduce a famous work of art in frosting!  We could invite the general homeschool public to come to the contest, and vote for the winners, and maybe we could even make it a fundraiser and sell the cupcakes/cakes or slices?  

Let me know what you all think of this!  (And don't get scared--I'm thinking sheet cakes and Monet dipples, totally doable!)

Benefits:
--kids get the fun of creating, with a specific challenge
--lots of learning opportunity on Color!
--lots of learning opportunity on art styles and famous works of art!
--accessible to all ages of kids
--if a contest, we would make sure everyone got a prize (most colorful, best reproduction, best color mixing, best use of the color red, etc. ; )
--if we invite non-Vintage homeschool families we can make it a fun, positive introduction to our group, and to Vintage itself
--if we make it a funraiser, we can choose to bless an organization that is loving and serving children, which our kids will also be excited about.
--other benefit to it being an event welcoming outsiders--we won't end up having to eat all that cake and frosting ourselves!!! ; )

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Free Admission to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

free fun friday

Visit Happy Hollow Park & Zoo for Free!!! On Friday January 28, 2011, Happy Hollow is offering free admission (6 tickets maximum per household) between 9:00am – 10:00am and free parking for arrivals before 8:45am. Come out early and play ‘til 3pm. Reservations required and other requirements apply, see their website for details.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

UPDATE: Next Old School Monday--NEXT Monday!

Hello Vintage Moms!

Next OSM is planned for next Monday, Jan. 24 from noon until about 2:30. 

Please come, and invite friends!  You are welcome to bring your lunch or eat before you come, whichever is more convenient for you that day.  I have heard our new time is working well for moms who need to coordinate with morning or afternoon naps--or both--so hope to see all you moms we have not seen for a while.  No pressure, but if you read this message then we would love to have you and your kids there!

I'll have some schoolish things we can do, and of course we will provide opportunity for the kids to run around--if the weather is beautiful, maybe we will make some of it outside!  And for this time, or any time, if any of you moms have a fun schoolish thing for the kids, just let us know in the comments to any OSM post and please go ahead and bring it!  Sometimes school plans and projects work really well in a larger group setting, or will help get your kids eager about their learning, so keep OSM in mind as you make your school plans. : )

UPDATE as of Sunday afternoon:  If you Moms see this, our fun activity will be making thumbprint art!  I will provide books on this technique we can all look at, and will provide the paper and stamp pads!  (I will also bring stamp pads we can use for other valentine's cards, but will only pull them out if we think the older kids want more activity) But if you have washable ink stamp pads, I am sure they will come in handy, so please feel free to bring them.  But be sure not to dress your kids in their cutest outfits tomorrow!!!  While my stamp pads are supposedly washable ink, it never hurts to be careful. : )  And if you have some while paper you think would be good for this project that you don't mind sharing, please bring it, just so we are sure to have enough.   

This craft you can do with as you like, but if you want, turn these into Valentine's cards, and be ready for our Valentine's Day party!  I am hoping we can get the classrooms for Friday, Feb 11 for our party--keep a watch for details!
--lisa c.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

National Parks Free Fee Days

FREE FEE DAYS
January 15-17
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
April 16-24
(National Park Week)
June 21
(First day of summer)
September 24
(Public Lands Day)
November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)

The free admission days this year are January 15-17 (the weekend around Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), June 21 (the first day of summer), Sep. 24 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend). In total, that's 17 days when you can enjoy some of the country's greatest attractions free of charge. Normally, the participating parks charge entrance fees of anywhere between $3 and $25. In addition to the free admission, several national parks are planning special events and discounts on these days. For example, Glacier National Park in Montana will trim $5 off the cost of horseback riding for kids (17 and under) on June 21, and Yosemite's Curry Village in California has an interesting deal where the price of lodging matches the previous day's temperature, starting tomorrow through March 19.
http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

TEN WAYS TO SIMPLIFY HOMESCHOOLING

by Colette Longo

1. Keep everything as simple as you can. Jesus wrote with a stick in the dirt, and He was the greatest teacher that ever lived. He used no curriculum or flannel graphs or lesson plans. Homeschooling can be made far more complicated than it should be. A simpler approach is much more effective.

2. Stick to the 3 R's. They form the foundation of life-long learning in every field because they are the tools of study. There will be no need to formalize any other subject if the children are doing their best in these 3, because people who are well grounded in reading, writing and math will approach other subjects boldly, independently and confidently.

3. Let the children teach themselves as much as they are able to. This teaches them responsibility, intellectual independence, and builds confidence. It's also better for the parent/child relationship because you can focus on parenting instead of playing schoolteacher.

4. Use the most direct method available. For reading, read. For writing, write, for math, do it, and for Bible, read it. Don't fall for catchy curriculums or methods that are really just something else for you and your child to learn.

5. Don't worry about your child's age or grade. Just let him do the best he can each day. Children grow intellectually like they do physically: in spurts. Although we may have an audience of skeptical relatives, homeschooling is not a circus, and we refuse to train our children to do tricks for people.

6. Minimize distractions in the home. Watch for excessiveness in entertainments, snacking, outings, phone conversations, (facebook) and the like. These sorts of things can easily get out of hand and compete with the effectiveness of a homeschool and sap the family of time and energy.

7. Seek quality over quantity. A few tapes of great music, a small case of carefully chosen books, a few special play mates, and an occasional outing is better than a large, but poor quality collection.

8. If you must document your school activities, do it after the fact. This way you will not make promises you cannot keep. If you are required to make lesson plans, be as vague as permissible. Don't let transcripts, diplomas, records and tests determine your academic plans. Focus on learning and the rest will follow.

9. Put the needs of your youngest, most vulnerable children first. If an older child gets a little behind in school, I'm sure you can forgive yourself. But if something happened to the toddler while you were busy homeschooling, I don't think you would be able to say the same.

10. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and don't neglect to seek him early...giving him the first fruits of your day and teach your children to do the same. I know that you are tired and that there aren't enough hours in your day, but we serve a God who can make the sun stand still.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:28-30

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

snowflake art--wow!


I just saw this posted on another homeschool blog, a beautiful project for anyone still interested in studying snow this year. . . (myself, once Christmas is over I get into Spring mode. : )  So I think I will file this away for next year--but isn't it beautiful?  And what amazing chemistry must be going on behind the scenes, which would be fun to figure out. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

UPDATED!: New Year's (Homeschool) Party!

Really, do we NEED a reason to get together and have fun? 

Seriously, fellow moms, this weather and various ailments being passed around our family for the past three weeks has gotten me just a teeny bit blue--I am ready to get out and reconnect with friends!  So how about a party?  (think I'm experiencing just a tad post-holiday let down? ; )

I was thinking it would be so fun to get together with TWO sole objectives:

1) kids playing while moms chat
2) kids sharing with the group one learning goal for 2011

Moms could share a learning goal too! 

If we wanted an activity, I have two bags of flour I have saved for making playdough (unless we think that would make too much of a mess--moms, please give your feedback).

Otherwise, I was just thinking of everyone bringing one snack to share, and we can chat and eat and play. . .

Who is up for it?  Please leave a comment if you can come!

WHEN: This Friday, Jan. 7, noon
WHERE: the usual classrooms at Vintage

Please invite your friends!

***UPDATE***
To cut down on paper/plastic waste, please bring a small plate/bowl and cup and napkins for each member of your own family.  Thanks!