Friday, December 26, 2008

With the Cold Weather We've been doing a lot of reading lately

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

Studying ... The Holocaust

Resources we've used

Books - Fiction
Night by Elie Wiesel (Book/Book on Tape)
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk - Sid Fleischman

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Quote for Your Day

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education - Mark Twain

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Studying...Religion/Bible Study

Picture Books
Easter Eggs for Anya (A Ukranian Celebration of New Life in Christ) - Virginia Kroll

Grace To You Sermon CDs
Depravity and Inability(Selected Scriptures) - John MacArthur
Saved or Self-Deceived (Selected Scriptures) - John MacArthur
Hot-Button Questions About the Bible and Christian Life - John MacArthur
The Salvation Song of Security, Romans 8:31-39 - John MacArthur

In Touch Ministries
CD: Lessons My Mother Taught Me - Charles Stanley

First A.M.E. (Los Angeles)
Bible Study
(Cassette) Sin & Forgiveness 11/23/93

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Studying...US/American History

Portrait of America: Alabama (VHS)
Portrait of America: Mississippi (VHS - 49 miutes)
note - The Portrait of America series was checked out from the County of Los Angeles Public Library system (

Book on CD
Land of Lincoln (Adventures in Abe's America) - Andrew Ferguson 11 hours

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

CNN did a report on a college offering free tuition

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Have a Tasty Thanksgiving

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

A website from my memory

Way back when I use to visit a site that was a link/resource bonanza. It's been a few years but for some reason it popped back in my head and when I checked it out the site is still up so I wanted to share with you before my day gets hectic and I forget again. It's called Sites For Teachers.

Hope you enjoy it and that it proves to be helpful. Let me know your favorite link

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sidwell Friends: Obama Girls' DC School

At the end of the day school choice is belongs to the parents. The parent decided. I respect it. Lets wish them the best and move on
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From the Inbox: National Handwriting Day...write a letter to the President Elect

As we inaugurate the new president, we invite children of America to participate in National Handwriting Day (NHD). This is an opportunity for children to submit handwritten letters of advice and have their voices be heard.
Join thousands of children across the country and help us make history! All handwritten letters will be hand-delivered to the White House on January 23.
Why handwritten letters? Handwriting is more than a style—it’s a thought process. It’s the primary way elementary students communicate. Handwriting promotes an organized approach to communication, maximizes thinking time, and boosts creativity. Use NHD as an opportunity for your students to show their pride in their written work by writing to the new leader of our country!

Studying ... Grammar

Punctuation Takes a Vacation - Robin Pulver
Nouns and Verbs have a Field Day - Robin Pulver

Reference Books
Rules for Writers (Fifth Edition) - Diana Hacker


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

From the Inbox: Homeschool Science Academy

5 Free Online Classes for Students & Parents
For 6th - 12th Grade Students
These classes meet one time for 45 minutes
"The Urge" (to go).. and other complex (but rarely thought of) characteristics of the human body that couldn't have happened by accident

"There's Life in the Blood".. An anatomical and physiological look at the blood.
"The Physiology of Blood Clotting".. You'll be amazed - cool stuff!

"Revelations from the Cadaver Lab".. What I've learned from human cadavers

"Working Toward Academic Excellence" A practical and Biblical guide for students
To register for these free classes, visit our site..

We also offer one and two semester online science classes..
(A discount is available through November 19th on these classes)
Forensic Anatomy / Pathology CSI (8th-12th grade)
Pre-Biology (6th-8th grade)
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (6th-8th grade)
Sports Medicine / Exercise Physiology / Athletic Training (8th-12th grade)
Visit our site for details, photos, and letters from students and parents..

Homeschool Greetings,
I'm a 12-year veteran homeschool dad and director of a university human anatomy and physiology lab. Please contact me if you have questions about any of my online science classes - I'd be glad to help.
Please forward this message to your homeschool group or friends who may be interested. Thanks!
Greg Landry, M.S.
12-Year Veteran Homeschool Dad
Director, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
office: 828-265-4101
cell: 828-964-1662

Obama Girls Look At Washington Private Schools

I know some people would like for the Obama's to put their children in public school but I believe we have to trust that the parents will make the best decision for their child.

I know I am glad that I was able to homeschool.
About Obama Family
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Monday, November 17, 2008


Here are the resources we have used

Picture Books
The Holiday Handwriting School - Robin Pulver

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Books that have homeschooled characters

I noticed from time to time that we read books that include homeschooled characters so I thought it would be a fun thing to keep track of

1. Double Fudge - Judy Blume
The Heavenly Hatchers - long lost relatives of the main Hatcher family. They run into each other during a trip to Washington DC and the relatives later end up spending a week with them.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

From the Inbox: TOYchallenge

Are you looking for a way to engage kids in science? Start a TOYchallenge team today!
TOYchallenge is an exciting way to bring imaginative kids together to create a new toy or game. TOYchallenge can be used in schools, after-school programs, home school families, or as part of any youth-based organization. A team consists of 3 to 6 members, at least half of whom must be girls. One adult is the team coach.
Register by December 15th for only $60 per team!
Sign up today at or call 1-800-561-5161.
Thank you -
Sally Ride Science

Sunday, November 9, 2008

From the Inbox: Homeschool Ice Skating in Santa Rosa

Snoopys Home Ice Homeschool Ice Skating
2- 6 week Sessions $24 for EACH session or $5 drop in.

Tuesdays 1-2pm- Nov. 4, 18, 25 (skip 11th)
Dec. 2,9,16

Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm-- Nov. 6,13,20 (skip 27th)
Dec. 4,11,18

Snoopy's Home Ice Address:

1667 W Steele Ln
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 546-7147 Call with questions and confirm days/times they are
subject to change occasionally.

Something for the family...A Wrapping Paper Caper (San Rafael)

Youth in Arts Presents

A Wrapping Paper Caper
By Lunatique Fantastique

Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 & 11 a.m., Showcase Theatre, Marin Center,
San Rafael. Advanced reservations required.

Lunatique Fantastique makes magic out of cellophane and ribbon in a
detective story like nothing you've seen before! Featuring a unique
style of puppetry that instills everyday objects with movement and
character, A Wrapping Paper Caper will charm and delight audiences of
all ages. Watch in amazement as Lunatique Fantastique transforms the
trappings of the holiday season into a nondenominational madcap
mystery comedy!

For reservations, call 415-457-4878 x18 or go to https://youth-in-

Friday, November 7, 2008

MSNBC did a great summary of ridiculous campaign stories

Isn't this the cutest?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lets vote on the Issues and Reject the Smears - Vote Barack Obama

It is not over. We can't stop - Talk to your friends and neighbors. Go vote for Obama. We need you to get out the vote for Barack. We are not taking this election for granted (nor have we ever)

Lets do our best to help the UNITED States of America reflect Unity again. Say no to the slurs and fight back by voting and getting out the vote

Saturday, November 1, 2008

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Definition for the Day (Vocabulary)

pontificate (Intransitive verb): to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From the Inbox: The Lytle Creek Story (Bloomington)

We have room for more people for this FREE event----

Hawthorne Center for Innovation
18211 Hawthorne Ave.,
Bloomington (Fontana area)
10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov 7
10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov 17

The Lytle Creek Story:
A Vital Tale About Fire, Flood, Fish & Your Drinking Water

The Lytle Creek Story Puppet Show
Free Puppet Show for Kids and Adults alike!

a.. Puppets to tell a "vital" story about fire, frogs and the Lytle Creek area's water supply!

Theater Arts students and the Water Resources Institute at Cal State San Bernardino have teamed up to create a puppet show designed to teach children of all ages about the interconnectivity of nature, pollution and the quality of their drinking water.

The half-hour show, called the "Lytle Creek Story" features puppets and a storyline created by internationally acclaimed puppeteer and Cal State Professor Johanna Smith.
Come to a FREE pupet show. A production of the Theatre Arts Department of Cal State San Bernardino. Written & directed by Dr. Johanna Smith; peformed by Theatre Arts Students.

Executive Producers:
CALFED Watershed Program
The Water Resources Institute

Inland Empire Resource Conservation District
Santa Ana Watershed Association
California Resources Connecion Inc.
Urban Semillas
Lytle Creek FireSafe Council
U.S. Forest Service

Please R.S.V.P. with number coming. Email Donna at or leave a message at 909-350-0311.

more about the event:

The Lytle Creek Story Puppet Show
Science Curriculum Connections

The Lytle Creek Story puppet show is compatible with the State of California science curriculum standards for grades 3rd through 5th. Included in the show are concepts that relate to Life and Earth Science topics. The WRI includes the following Hand-outs included for teachers and parents to use after the performance.

These include:

· A finger puppet sheet that can be colored included some animals that are special to Lytle Creek region. The Speckled Dace fish and the Slender Salamander who are all depicted in the play.

· The water cycle hand-out offers teachers of older students to supplement student's understanding of the water cycle topic and how watershed health is vital to keeping our water supply healthy.

3rd Grade

The students in the third grade will be able to take away science related concepts they see in the puppet show and relate it to what they have and will be taught in the classroom.

For example, 3rd grade students may recognize the idea that living things cause changes in the environment in which they live; some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, and some are beneficial.

4th Grade

The students in the fourth grade will be able to relate concepts related to life and earth science that they learned in the third grade and concepts that will and have been taught in the fourth.

For example, a 4th grade student may also recognize the idea of living organisms' dependency on one another and on their environment for survival.

5th Grade

The fifth grade students will be able to relate the concepts that they learned in the third and fourth grade as well as the science concepts from the fifth grade in the puppet show.

For example, a 5th grade student will recognize the concept that water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the processes of evaporation and condensation.

The Water Resources Institute is interested in any feedback and other topics that are not reflected in this summary. We appreciate any opportunity to evolve discussions with teachers that would be interested in potentially working on a more comprehensive program for Fall 2009.


Dear Teacher and/or Principal,

The Lytle Creek watershed supplies drinking water to our local cities, including Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, Colton, as well as the neighborhoods of Muscoy and Bloomington. The Water Resources Institute and Theater Arts Department of California State University, San Bernardino have put together puppet show to demonstrate the importance of the watershed to our daily lives, as part of larger "Lytle is Vital" Outreach program we are spearheading. We would love to perform the 30-minute puppet show at your school for free.

The puppet show is compatible with the State of California science curriculum standards for grades 3rd through 5th. Included in the show are concepts that relate to Life and Earth Sciences. For example, 3rd grade students may recognize the idea that living things cause changes in the environment in which they live; some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, and some are beneficial. A 4th grade student may also recognize the idea of living organisms' dependency on one another and on their environment for survival. And lastly, a 5th grade student will recognize the concept that water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the processes of evaporation and condensation. There are many other concepts demonstrated during the show and above are just a few examples; all students will have a better understanding of their own watershed and how these concepts tie into the importance of taking care of the watershed.

We have several dates available for the show to be performed at your school. You may contact Lisa Pierce at (909) 537-3685 to schedule a show and get more information about our efforts within the watershed. Dates are filling fast, so please let us know as soon as possible if your school is interested in having the CSUSB 2008 Puppetry Class perform the puppet show.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Lisa A. Pierce
Water Resources Institute
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
909-553-4710 (Cell)


Other puppet show venues. Call ahead, where there are phone numbers, to confirm.

Saturday, Nov 8
Lytle Creek Community Center
14082 Center Rd.,
Lytle Creek
(909) 887-1198
Three shows: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov 19
Resource Conservation Districts Annual Conference
(all welcome)
Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Ave.,
Morning sometime TBA

Friday, Nov 21
Steelworkers' Auditorium
8353 Sierra Ave.,
(909) 428-8816
Morning sometime TBA

Studying ... US/American History

Portrait of America: Alabama (VHS)
Portrait of America: Mississippi (VHS - 49 miutes)
note - The Portrait of America series was checked out from the County of Los Angeles Public Library system (

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

From the Inbox: Homeschool Book Club (Westchester)

This is just a reminder that if you plan on coming to the
Westcehster-Loyola Village LIbrary Homeschool Book Club, the
meeting is Monday, Nov 3 @ 9:15 AM!

I hope all you parents, tweens and teens have read "The
Giver" by Lois Lowry. I know some of you have and are
looking forward to discussing it.

If you haven't read it yet, it's a quick read and you have a
week in which to do so.

This is also a time to think about what to read next. Bring
your suggestions to next Mondays meeting.

Call or write if you have ANY questions/suggestions.

Hope to see you all there!

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian
Westchester-Loyola Village Library
7114 W. Manchester
LA, CA 90045

Studying ... Music

Classical Kids - Mr. Bach Comes to Call
(After the dramatic send-off of his music into space aboard Voyager II, Mr. Bach drops in on a little girl at the piano - along with his magic orchestra and choir)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Books are a huge part of our homeschooling life

Here is just a bit of what we have covered/used

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Homeschool is COOL

Monday, October 20, 2008

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

From the Inbox: A Literature Based Approach to Education Seminar (Chino) - Jan 2009

Carole Joy Seid's all day seminar, "A Literature Based Approach to Education" is coming January 10th, 2009 to Chino, CA. This time she will have newly updated & redesigned booklists as well as all new seminar information. - also, many new book selections as well as old favorites!!
Carole has been speaking all over the country for over 15 years and has helped many home schooling families get on the right track with her life-giving seminars. Check out her newly redesigned website, for an interview with Carole.

Have you ever wondered about the best time to teach reading or why boys learn so much differently than girls? Then you won't want to miss this seminar. You will learn how to develop your own philosophy of education, creatively design your own family's curriculum, make your child a lover of books, and use classical literature to teach history, art, music and science. Carole is a veteran home school mother, who has a B.A. in fine arts and a masters degree in education. She has taught in both public and Christian schools, spoken at numerous conventions and presently does educational consulting for families across the country. If you are feeling insecure,
overwhelmed or just in need of a fresh vision - come spend the day with Carole.
Her heartfelt desire is to make your home schooling experience simple, enjoyable, and affordable. At the core of her philosophy is the secret to educational success - great books, great books, and more great books,. Besides teaching and encouragement, Carole will present her newly updated & redesigned reading lists that guide even the most discouraged parents
clearly and concisely. Also, a selection of classical literature will be available for purchase at the seminar. Make sure to pre-register early to ensure an ample supply of books.
The date is January 10th, 2009 (9am-5pm) at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, Chino, CA. $45 advance registration postmarked by December 26th or $53 at the door. (Husbands of attending wives attend free.) For more information or a registration form, go to .

Saturday, October 18, 2008

From the Inbox: - Nov 10-13 (Fall Camp for Homeschooling Families (San Bernardino Mtns)

There is still space for your family at this fall's Camp for Homeschooling Families at Camp de Benneville Pines in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear.

For the past 6 years, homeschooling families have gathered 2 or 3 times a year for a
week at camp. We've made new friends, and connected with families from all over
California, Arizona and Nevada.

The next camp will be
Monday, November 10 - Thursday, November 13, 2008

During the week, camp activities are offered: crafts, tie dying, archery, hiking, a photo safari,
karaoke, a talent show. We'll also have several special activities planned.

Donna Schrokosch of the Hawthorne Center for Innovation
will be our special Guest Instructor one morning. She will teach us how to use the open source
(free) 3D animation & CAD program Blender

Download the program at home, then bring your laptop to learn how to make animated
movies, design your next house and more.

We'll also visit our local organic apple orchard
picking the yummy MacIntosh and Rome apples.

When we return to camp, we'll make pies and applesauce from our booty. This local orchard
is over 100 years old. We'll have a chance to visit with the goats, walk around the pond
and listen to Patti, the owner tell the history of the ranch. It's a wonderful opportunity to
see a sustainably-run farm---and to enjoy the delicious apples we pick ourselves!

The camp facility is located at 6'800 feet, within walking distance of Jenks Lake in a forest of towering pines, oak and cedar. You'll experience the crisp fall air and see the changing of the leaves.

Our cabins are comfortable, if rustic, with heat and bathrooms complete with hot showers.
The food is delicious, with vegetarian and vegan options available if requested with your registration.

To learn more and to register
please click the link:
Flier & Registration Form\

We hope your family will join us!

Caroline Quintanilla
Camp de Benneville Pines

Studying ... The Holocaust

I thought it would be great to start compiling what we have used in our studies. I hope it can serve as a resource for others. I expect it to expand as the months and years go on.

Resources we've used

Night by Elie Wiesel (Book/Book on Tape)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We Support Barack Obama

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Items for an Educated Mind

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Monday, October 13, 2008

A Quote for your Day

"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” ~ Tom Bodett

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Motivation for Moms

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"You teach best what you most need to learn." -- Richard David Bach

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Read this in the November Woman's Day Magazine

It just seems fitting to share

"Be careful where you go,
young man,
Be careful what you do.
Two little eyes are watching
you now -
Two little feet will be
following you."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Someone on one of my board shared this and it is worth repeating

Study Shows State Regulation of Home Schooling Unnecessary

The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) has published a new study based on empirical research that compares the performance on college-admissions tests of home school students from highly regulated states to those from states with little or no regulation. The results will not come as a surprise to most of our readers:

"The authors of this study find no evidence from their analysis that
supports the claim that states should exercise more regulation of homeschool families and students in order to assure better academic success in general or improved higher-education success in particular. On the contrary, the findings of this study are consistent with other research findings that homeschool students perform well academically -- typically above national averages on standardized achievement tests and at least on par with others on college-admissions tests - and do so regardless of whether they live in a state that applies low, moderate, or high governmental regulation of homeschooling."

Read the report....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

From the Inbox: Homeschoolers Book Club - Westchester, CA

Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library will be holding
our very first (and hopefully not last) book club just for

Monday, November 3 @ 9:15 AM

Westchester-Loyola Village Library
7114 W. Manchester

Teens ages 11 and up (we will accept a few 10)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Read the book with your kids and then come and talk about it
with other homeschoolers.

If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to call or

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Library
Westchester-Loyola Village Library
7114 W. Manchester Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sunday, September 21, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008

From the Inbox: Used Curriculum Sale - San Diego (9/20/2008)

Used Curriculum Sale is TOMORROW. We have many tables reserved, with some people even asking about multiple tables because they have so much good stuff! There are still tables left. If you want to rent one, just let me know! NEW HOMESCHOOLER TABLE with CHN resources and other great stuff! Also a chance to chat with others who have "been there and done that."

The sale will be

SATURDAY September 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church
3131 Governor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

Directions from 52: Exit Regents Rd / Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Go in the direction of Regents Rd.
The church is at the top of the hill, on your left. You must enter from Governor Dr, so turn left at the light, then immediately left into the parking lot.

There will be signs and colored pennants as well.

Remember, we will be having a CAR WASH at the same time, so if you see the car wash signs you are on the right track. (Car wash is $7) And there is also a Bake sale.
And there will be tables to sit at to look through your new stuff, and bags available to pack it up in. We even have carts(and wet teens) to bring your new treasures up to your car.
(Curriculum sale is inside, where it is cool and comfy. )

Saturday, September 13, 2008

From the Inbox: CAD w/ Blender lessons

I hope that some of you will be able to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available to homeschoolers.

18211 Hawthorne Ave.,
Bloomington, CA 92316
phone: 909-350-0311 (under construction)

Join our announcements list at:

The Hawthorne Center for Innovation is an innovation incubator - incubating innovative learning, R&D, and entrepreneurship.

Innovative Learning

Learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) w/ Blender
Fridays - starting Sept 19. 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. FREE. On-going sessions. Limited seating. Teens and up.

Blender is a free 3D authority tool suite adaptable for doing engineering/drafting. The sessions will be taking "real-world" architectural blue-prints and rendering them as 3D models and will be building libraires for a Blender-based architectural repository.

About the sessions. The sessions represent a pilot project to learn how to build architectural libraries in Blender and how to teach people with no previous exposure to Blender. The sessions will be on-going and loosely structured.

About the presentor. Ben Cooper holds the title of Senior Research Scientist-in-Residence, Hawthorne Center for Innovation and has been affiliated with the Center for 6 years.
Ben is:
- Co-Founder, with Senior Research Scientist-in-Absentia, Hawthorne Center for Innovation, Merik Voswinkel (residing in The Netherlands), of the the super computing hardware model Morphel
- Co-Founder of an international team to create the open source web-writing tool set Morphle that will provide end-users of the web with the capacity to produce web pages that will compare favorably to professsionaly-produced web content without them having to know HTML, Javascript, CSS, etc.
- Co-Founder and CTO of CMC Technologies (CMC) of Newport Beach, California
- Founder and CTO of Keystone Turbine Technologies of Pomona, California.

Seating is very limited. For more information / to sign up - please contact Donna Schrokosch at or leave a message at 909-350-0311.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Back to Board Games/Card Games

Well Fall is here and I'm glad that we've started playing games again. Yesterday was Zeus on the Loose. It is a great way to work on multiples of 10 and also firm up those addition and subtraction skills. I actually lost but I had fun doing it.

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From the Inbox: Volleyball and Art Appreciation Classes

VOLLEYBALL PE class starts this week! This class is officially closed. Call to be on the waiting list. If someone is a "no show" (& I expected them) I'll give their spot to you if I've a t-shirt left. So if you are in doubt, show up Friday when I take roll! (I'm out of town Mondays-Tuesdays but leave a message at 909.989.8977) FIRST Class: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 – 9am - 11am Fridays, except Thanksgiving & until Dec. 19, 2008 Our awards party will be early this year --Take note old timers! Where: Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center, behind Big Lots/OSH FOOTHILL/VINEYARD (entrance is off San Bernardino Rd) Fees: $45 Mail NOW please to: Lourdes Hunt 9435 Rancho St. Alta Loma, CA 91737 $1.50 to RC front desk each time before you come into gym. Req’d: Class T-shirts. Cost is $15 at the first class. Please note: We work hard to play hard! There is no down time. This is not a hangout or "interpersonal communications" class. No jewelry, hats, scarves, baggy pants, torn or cut off jeans. Only PE type shorts, sweats or cargo and tennis shoes. We are beginners and experienced players all enjoying how to play better! PLEASE BRING A YOUR OWN BALL IF YOU CAN. (Mark w/name) MY SUPPLY IS RUNNING SHORT. ************


Instructor: Mrs. Lourdes Hunt Site: Alta Loma
Register Online: Questions: 909.989.8977
Adventures in Visual Art Appreciation
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30
College Prep level High School grades 9 - 12
$50/month. 3 months due upon registration. September 10 FRIST CLASS – May 20
Register Online or call: 909.989.8977
Class: 9435 Rancho St. Alt Loma, CA 91737
Minimum and maximum class size limits.

A visual survey tour of Ancient Art, European Middle Ages & Renaissance and through American 20th C. Art. Fast paced and fun! Weekly quizzing, semester exams. Discussion of worldviews and cultures, period styles. We will also learn to write a critique and explore the arts hands-on. Student will end up with his own “text”book.
Gallery field trips may include the Getty Center and Getty Villa, Norton Simon, Huntington, LACMA and a current studio of working artists. Very small entrance fee to these outings. Special intro to drawing class inside LACMA scheduled as part of our art history tour.

Attention all art lovers, wanna-be collectors and time-travelers!

Adventures in Art will begin on Sept. 10, 9:30 - 11:30 THIS Wednesday!

LATE SIGN UPS: tuition ($50 x 3/student) can be brought to THIS WEDNESDAY's class. BUT CALL ME NOW 909.989.8977 and leave a message that you are joining us!

PARENTS NOTE: I need to have a brief mtg with you and the students promptly at the first class. BE EARLY. It will take about 15 minutes to get this business out of the way and then you can be on your way!
(If you wish to stay, you can always hang out downstairs.)

Please pick up students by 11:40. Thanks.

Things needed by first class: student's working email address
spiral notebook for note taking/drawing.
1 1/2 -2 " 3 ring view binder for handouts drawings

postcards/ reports(leave at home right now)

3 blank CDs for me to put on artworks for study.
A picture of a painting or statue or installation
or mosaic or craft that you, the student like.
Tell me why you like it and what other kinds of
things you hope to see/learn from this class.
Make sure your internet is working! I'll be sending
study guides/notes/info as attachments to the
student directly to be printed out.
There will be no textbook this year, but students will end up with their own personal art-book by the end of the year! It will be very cool...maybe even a work of art!

We will also do new things like study Prehistoric and Ancient world art, because we are going to the Getty Villa in Malibu! We will also view more World art, not just European/American! Ooooo I'm so excited to be sharing new things with you all!

Art is a unending universe of ideas! Art is an extraordinary pleasure!

Looking forward to discovering beauty and truth,
in unusual places,

Lourdes Hunt

A Quote for the Day (one that I found helpful in homeschooling)

"I don't entertain illness, boredom or depression. It doesn't mean I don't get them, I just don't entertain them. Live your best life right here and right now." - Dianne Reeves' mother

Sunday, September 7, 2008

From the Inbox: Educational Resource Center (Santa Cruz)

The ERC has over 2000 items for check out: building toys, games,
puzzles, curriculum, educational toys, you name it. It has all the
great toys you see in catalogs and teacher stores that you drool over,
but can't spend the money on. And you can borrow them! For a month! Or
longer! There is a yearly membership fee, which pays for the space and
the acquisition of new materials. One day it may even pay the curator
this library, who currently does it only for the joy and glory. My
ulterior motive is to keep this resource alive and available in Santa

So go! Its open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 to 4.
You can check out the webpage (and searchable catalog!) at

Saturday, September 6, 2008

From the Inbox: Magic Mountain Homschool Day - 11/7/2008

Home School Family Day Private PartySix Flags Magic Mountain presents our 13th Annual Home School Family DayPrivate Party on Friday, November 7, 2008.
The Park isopen from 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and is closed to the generalpublic. To make this day even more special, your ticket can also include aCatered Picnic in the Park and Souvenir Photo! Only Home School Tickets will beaccepted; no Season Passes or other tickets will be honored. To purchase ticketsand for more information please call theGroup Sales Office at (661) 255-4500.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

From the Inbox: El Dustberry Home School Programs

El Dustberry Home School Programs


Come join us in our tipi under the oak tree…

As winter approaches it is time to begin a new season of adventures
in our beautiful outdoor classroom!

We are excited to offer your children hands on learning experiences
at our new facility located in Rustic Canyon, at the Boy Scouts Camp
Our new home covers 110 acres of Santa Monica Mountain range and is
absolutely a paradise to teach on! Home to deer, buck and a multitude
of other creatures, our ranch is amongst oak, eucalyptus, and
sycamore and is completely nestled into the mountains, providing us
with a sheltered and refuge like atmosphere.

All our teaching will be imbued with the key concepts and life
principles we teach through our horses and through all of our
programs: Through interactions with our horses and nature in all of
our programs, we teach key principles of life, such as the power of
sharing, tolerance, respect, appreciation, cause and effect, and that
each of us makes a powerful difference. All of our programs are
infused with these concepts and promote (healing) and learning in a
unique way .Our "rescue" horses have healed under our care, and are
the foundation of all of our programs. Each horse has a history and a
story to tell that serves as teaching tools in our programs.

Cheyenne Price and Robin Rapaport will lead teach an exciting
curriculum based on California (local) indigenous history and
culture, how the horses constantly are teaching us about ourselves,
others and the world around us, and fun!

We shall explore:

• Chumash (& others) way of respecting and treating all living
creatures (treating others the way you want to be treated)
• Art, crafts, drama, poetry, story telling, creative writing &
unique projects that integrate with sessions and curriculum
• The "Circle of Beings" Ceremony
• Plants and plant communities of the Santa Monica Mountains
• Ground work with our horses
• Creating relationships with the horses, horse care, learning
all about horses
• Instruction in basic and natural horsemanship, (riding not
included in each session)
• Trail rides

Weekly curriculum available upon request and is subject to change
according to needs and interests of participants.
Each session will consist of approximately one hour of activities
that are thematic and integrated into the curriculum and one hour of
hands on interactions with our horses
We will accommodate the needs and interests of all children as best
we can! (for example, if there is more interest in horses, we can
work more with horses, etc)


8 weeks: January 2, 9, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 5
2 hour sessions, 10-12:00
Bring a lunch and eat on site from 12:00- 12:30
5 years and up
$240 per first child, siblings $200
$180 Participating parent

Parents may participate, or drop off, or enjoy a hike or read a book,
or simply relax, (or take a nap!). There are many places to "get
lost" on the property-trails and quiet areas. (You can bring your
little ones to take a walk with you or just hang out while big
brother or sister has their program)

Please contact Robin (818 995-0277) or email (robin@eldustberry,com)
for more information or to reserve your child's place in winter
Meet you by the tipi (our new classroom)!

"Learning and healing through horses and nature"

Monday, September 1, 2008

E-Group for the Day

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Goodie from My Inbox - Sept 20th Used Curriculum Sale

You know you have them...
Books you are never going to use again
Puzzles and games your kids have outgrown
Movies and computer games that they don't watch or play;
Things you thought your child would enjoy but they didn't \


Here's your chance to shed some excess, find treasures in other
people's excess, and support a worthy cause all at the same time!

What: Used Curriculum Sale /Kid's Sale(no, you can't sell your kids)
and New Homeschooler Welcome!
Oh, and there's a Car Wash and Bake Sale too!

-- SELL stuff and finally find the kitchen table!
-- Have your child with the passion for beading, reading,
sewing, tye-dying, rock collecting, or whatever else
they love to make sell their wares.
(no baked goods please -- unless your want to donate it to
the bake sale! In which case, Thank you!)
-- SHOP for new to you items and ideas
-- VISIT with fellow homeschoolers from around the county.
-- NEW HOMESCHOOLERS -- here's your chance to chat with some of us
who have been around for a while. We will bring
handouts from CHN and other useful information.

When: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2008. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(and don't forget the Car Wash and Bake Sale at the same time!)

Where: Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church - 3131 Governor Dr.
(Corner of Governor Rd. and Regents Rd. /Clairemont Mesa Bvd.
Easy access from 52 or 805)

Who: Did I mention that my husband also happens to be the Youth
Minister at the Parish? This is our annual Youth Group Car
Wash and we are adding in the Bake Sale and Curriculum Sale
this year because I know people with stuff to sell.
And dirty cars.

How Much:
Shoppers - FREE (ok, the stuff isn't but there is no cost to shop!)
Sellers -- $8 rents you a large rectangular table.
$5 rents you a smaller circular table.
$5 for kids selling what they have created.
If you just show up and want a table, the cost will be
$10 per table, and you get whatever tables are left.
Donators -- Have stuff to get rid of but don't want to have your
own table? We will be glad to take it as a donation
and sell it for you! The money will support our Youth
Ministry program. We'd also be happy to take baked
goods donations.
Dirty Cars -- Car Wash tickets are $5 before the event, and
$7 on the day of the event. Giggling at the wet
teenagers is a free bonus.
Hungry People -- Baked Goods will be sold along with coffee,
juice, and water bottles. :-)

BONUS: For those who don't want to haul away the stuff you no longer
want but didn't sell -- we will arrange to have any leftovers donated
to appropriate sources. (Libraries, Dr's offices, Polinski Center,
Rachael's House, Fr. Joe, etc.)

I can't wait to see you all!!

We Salute this moment in USA History

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Quote for the Day

Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others -- and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet. - Eda LeShan

Thursday, August 21, 2008

From my Inbox - Homeschool Sports/P.E.

EMH Sports offers these homeschool classes. Each month is a different
sport. I think they start with soccer. They also teach softball,
flag football, kickball, basketball, volleyball, track & field. Their
website is:

San Diego County

Chula Vista, Tues./Rohr Park, 2:00-3:00 p.m., K-12th (Time change)
Starts 9/9

La Mesa, Thurs./San Carlos Park, 1:35-2:35 p.m., K-12 Starts 9/4

**La Mesa, Tues.,/San Carlos Park, 12:35-1:35 p.m., K-12th Starts 9/9

(Location will need 20+ consistent students before starting-PLEASE DO

**Mission Valley, Thurs./Telcolote Pk., 11:30-12:30 p.m., K-12th
Starts 9/4

(Location will need 20+ consistent students before starting-PLEASE DO

Rancho Bernardo, Fri./4S Ranch Park, 1:35-2:35 p.m., K-12th Starts 9/5

Vista, Fri./Brengle Park, 11:30-12:30 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/5

**Escondido, Mon./Kit Carson Park, 2:45-3:45 p.m., K-12th Starts 9/8

(Location will need 20+ consistent students before starting-PLEASE DO

Riverside County

Hemet, Tues./Valley Wide Park, 9:00-10:00 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/9

Lake Elsinore, Fri./Lake Point Park, 9:00-10:00 a.m., K-12th Starts

Murrieta, Mon./Los Alamos Park, 10:00-11:00 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/8

Murrieta, Wed./ Los Alamos Park, 3:15-4:15 p.m., K-12th Starts 9/3

Riverside, Wed./Hunt Park, 9:00-10:00 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/3

Temecula, Mon./Temeku Hills Park, 8:30-9:30 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/8

**Menifee, Tues./TBA, 10:45-11:45 a.m., K-12th Starts 9/9

(Location will need 20+ consistent students before starting-PLEASE DO

Fallbrook, Thurs./Rainbow Park, 4:00-5:00 p.m., K-12th Starts 9/4

Monday, August 11, 2008

From the Inbox - Teen Program @ Westchester/Loyola Branch

The Westchester-Loyola Village Library Teen Summer Reading
is coming to a close.

Our finale will be held next week on Tuesday, August 19 @
2:00. We will be holding a Scavenger Hunt. Hunt for all
those little things that are hidden in the library.

Afterwards will be an exclusive party for those who have
joined the Summer Reading Program. But it's not too late to
join! Come into the library and sign up. Lots of prizes
still available but you have to join to win!

As always, Teen events at the library are for ages 11 and
up! (Sometimes we invite younger siblings, so check with

Teen Summer Reading Finale - Scavenger Hunt

Tuseday, August 19 @2:00

Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library
Los Angeles Public Library
7114 W. Manchester
LA, CA 90045

For more information:
(310)348-1096 (ask for Kathy) or

Hope to see you soon!

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian III
Westchester-Loyola Village Library
Los Angeles Public Library
7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 348-1095

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

From the Inbox: County of Los Angeles Public Library Fine Free Week

Fine-Free Week
August 11-17, 2008

pile of booksReturn your overdue books, DVDs, magazines and other library materials during Fine-Free Week and pay no fines!

Summer's ending and school begins soon. Get a fresh start by cleaning out your closets and underneath your beds and return those long overdue library materials.

Here's How:

* Return your overdue books at any of the County Library's 84 locations, and pay no fines.
* Already returned your books and have late fees on your library account?
Pay your fines in full during Fine-Free Week, and your fines will be reduced by 50%
* We cannot waive charges for lost or damaged materials.

Monday, July 28, 2008

From the Inbox


Westchester Public Library will be holding a World Dance and
Culture program free for teens (and younger siblings). This
multicultural interactive dance course will teach dances
from Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Bring your
dancing shoes and join us. For ages 11 and up.

Date: Tuesday, July 29

Time: 1:30 PM

7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90045

For more information call Kathy at 310-348-1096

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian III
Westchester-Loyola Village Library
Los Angeles Public Library
7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 348-1095

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Looking forward to the next holiday?

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Youtube Contest - Deadline August 1st

Win the chance to spend a day in the presidential campaign press pool, and attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention!

Go to:

And submit a video answering the question:

"Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

The 5 most creative and compelling videos will be selected by the Democratic National Convention Committee, and YouTube users will vote for the winner.

The deadline for submission is AUGUST 1 - so submit your video today!

This look like something that could be good way to make studying Politics a bit more realistic.

Friday, July 25, 2008

R.I.P. Randy Pausch - You're a True Class Act

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thought this was useful for those who are learning languages

Saturday, July 19, 2008

E-Group for the Day

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Some interesting products we've found

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Friday, July 18, 2008

I realized some people haven't heard about this update

this is via Mercury News click link for complete story

Case that led to Calif. home school ban dismissed

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—A legal ruling outlawing most forms of home schooling in California could come under renewed scrutiny because the court case on which it was based has been dismissed.

On Thursday, a family court judge terminated its jurisdiction over two of the eight children of Phillip and Mary Long of Los Angeles.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I thought this was cool - Arabic Lessons

I am a bit proponent on learning a second (even a third) language. Some of the languages we, as a group and individually, are working on - Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Sign Language. It is challenging. It can be frustrating but it is definitely good for the brain and a great way to think outside of yourself. You also can learn a lot about various cultures and histories. Anyway, I wanted to share this with you all. - OldSchool

Monday, July 14, 2008

Online/Youtube Guitar Lesson

My son is learning the guitar for fun. So I notice I'm looking out for more "free" lessons. I thought I would share this with you all.

Want a great learning experience - check out a Obon Festival near you

great list via CJKDRAMAS board

2008 Obon Festivals

Obon (お盆, Obon) or just Bon (盆, Bon) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves. It has existed in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori (盆踊り)... Read more.

• July 20 - Guadalupe Buddhist Temple Obon
1072 Olivera St., Guadalupe, CA 93434
(805) 343-1053

• July 19-20 - Orange County Buddhist Temple Obon
909 So. Dale Street, Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 827-9590

• July 19-20 - Pasadena Buddhist Temple Obon
1993 Glen Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103
(626) 798-4781

• July 19-20 - Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
12371 Braddock Drive, Culver City, California 90230
(310) 391-4351

• July 26-27 - Vista Buddhist Temple Obon
150- B Cedar Road, Vista, CA 92083
(760) 941-8800

• July 26-27 - West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Obon
2003 Corinth Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-7274

• July 26-27 - Higashi Hompa Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon
505 E. Third Street, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, 90013
(213) 626-4200

• July 27 - Montebello Sozenji Buddhist Temple Obon
3020 West Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640-2215
(323) 724-6866

• August 2 - Buddhist Temple of San Diego Obon
2929 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-0896

• August 2 - San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple Obon
6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 595-2839

• August 2-3 - Gardena Buddhist Temple Obon
1517 W. 166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 327-9400

• August 9 - Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon
Cimarron Memorial High School
2301 North Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV

• August 16-24 - 68th Nisei Week Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

• 2008 Hawaii Obon Festivals (all Islands)

• 2008 Northern California Obon Festivals (Obon and Bazaar Issue)
Publication Date: June 19, 2008
• Third largest advertising issue
• The national guide to popular Obons and bazaars in the Japanese American community
• History and traditions of community festivals
• Comprehensive calendar of Obons and community bazaars throughout the country

SHEA'S Sept 2008 Disneyland Trip

This is it! Just A FEW DAYS LEFT of registration available for the
Not Back to School Days event at Disneyland which will be held
September 15-17, 2008 – and there are almost 1000 people now
attending – you won't want to miss out on this fantastic homeschool
memory and family vacation!!!

Have you ever wanted to stay at one of Disneyland's fabulous
hotels? Accommodations are available at Disneyland's most
prestigious hotel – the Grand Californian – for just $219 per night
and is based on 4 nights stay (check in on September 14th, check out
on September 18th.) This hotel can start at $400 a night and go up,
so it is an excellent deal. All of our rooms sleep five
comfortably, they have one queen bed, a bunk bed, and a trundle
under the bunk. If you can squeeze more on the beds, more power to
ya! Must book through SHEA only – not through Disney - only 27
rooms left, hurry – time is running out!

You can find out all the answers to the FAQ on our website at:

There are FIVE of the Disney-instructed YES (Youth in Education
Series) classes to choose from – each is approximately 3 hours
long. You get your choice of two of these classes WITH a 3-day park
hopper pass at an outstanding rate of just $109 per person. (Annual
passholders may attend a class at just $30). No orders will be
taken for these classes after July 18th!!

You are also invited to our talent show and private party on
September 15th at the Paradise Pier Hotel ballroom – we invite ALL
homeschool families to join us for this and support the
homeschoolers who will be performing! The cost for the dinner/show
is $33 for adults (10 and older) and $20 for kids (3-9 years).
There are approximately 30 homeschoolers on the program. Please
come and show your support – they have worked hard and it will be a
spectacular show!

And we can't forget about the Homeschool Homecoming Dance which will
be held immediately after the talent show. This dance is for teens,
and any teen who takes the Leadership YES class will receive a
discount to the dance.

None of this can be reserved directly through Disneyland – we are
under a group rate contract. You do not have to be a member of SHEA
to participate in anything, but you do need to order from SHEA to
get the discounts. Visit our website today for more information, to
get the FAQ's, and to register:

Dianne McLean

Join hundreds of homeschoolers for the 2nd Annual Not Back to School
Days at Disneyland, September 15-17, 2008:

Floor & Decor event - July 17 (RSVP requested)

Floor & Decor is hosting an event inviting kids to do an art project
and learn to create exciting pieces of art using Mosaic tile. This
event is completely free and open to kids of all ages. Snacks and
refreshments will be provided. The event will be held on Thursday,
July 17 from 10-11 a.m. at the Floor and Decor located at 200 Hidden
Valley Pkwy Norco, CA 92860. Please let me know if you are able to
attend in order to have the right amount of supplies.
Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!
Lindsey Asche | Assistant Account Executive

Hauser Group
530 Means Street, Suite G-1
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone (404) 222.7268

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Something those with teenagers may be interested in

Friday, July 11, 2008

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quote for the Day

"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." -- Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]

Although I've homeschooled...

I always appreciate teachers who think outside the box and really try to make life issues understandable to those they teach. When homeschooling I've always tend to veered towards the real life projects. I am glad that my child still loves learning.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Quote for the Day

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Math Widget

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reminder from CHN (California Homeschool Network)

The CHN Family Expo is in 4 weeks and TODAY is the last day to register
early for the Expo and get the really low price! The shopping cart and
links to the registration forms will be removed from the website after
today, and you will no longer see the $40 per adult, $50 per couple and $30
for children prices. This is it! Register here:

If you registered yesterday, you were in good company, and we still have a
lot to process, so please be patient while we get to all of them. An email
will be sent to you and you'll also be subscribed to our private Yahoo

HOTEL - The Marriott Hotel opened up more rooms for Thursday and for Sunday
nights, so if anyone has changed their mind and would like to extend their
stay, you can now do it if you hurry! Thursday is especially popular, so
we're really glad to see a few extra rooms available! Don't wait long on
these, though. Friday and Saturday nights are full, but we're starting a
waiting list for those who hope to get those nights. Usually someone ends
up cancelling, so if we hear of any rooms becoming available, we'll let the
person who reserved the room know about the person still hoping to get a
room. We hope this helps everyone! To reserve Thursday or Sunday, go
To be placed on our hotel waiting list, email chn_expo @ (remove spaces).

Don't miss the CHN Expo! The Expo helps both new homeschoolers and those
who need encouragement after many years of homeschooling!


CHN Family Expo - "Trust the Parents!"
August 1-3, 2008 Ontario Marriott Hotel

Teen Program - Westchester, CA

Teen Summer Reading Program at the library

We are proud to present Tom Kurai of the Taiko Center of Los
Angeles. Watch as he demonstrates how to play the Taiko
drum and learn how to play it yourself! For ages 11 and up.
(Under 11 can come out and watch too!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2:00 PM

Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library
7114 W Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90045

Sign up for Teen Summer Reading, too, while you're there.
Lots of contests to compete in for prizes.

See you there!

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian
Westcheser-Loyola Village Branch
(310) 348-1096

Saturday, June 28, 2008

May still be a little time to Catch this

Can you please post this info. on your website? The Southern California Catholic Home Educator's Conference (SCCHE) Conference & Curriculum Fair is this Saturday, June 28, 2008. We will be offerning a TEEN TRACK for teens, entering grade 9 and above. I have just updated the information for the teen track and included it in a flyer. The conference and teen track are open to all, although they are Catholic based. That being said, we encourage all to attend. We offer a free curriculum fair and the Introduction to Homeschooling talk is also free. We will have some wonderful speakers and vendors and they can be seen at the website at:

Thank you for your consideration.

Theresa Rugel-The
SCCHE committee

Please see attached flyer for updated and detailed information
on The Southern California Catholic Home Educator's (SCCHE) Conference
& Curriculum Fair's Teen Track. Also come by the Information booth
at the conference to get info. on our upcoming summer activities for teens,
including beach days and movie nights (high school alumni from the
last couple of years are also invited to some of our functions, including
movie night, sponsored by Inland Empire Catholic Homeschoolers.)

God bless you,
Theresa Rugel-The, SCCHE committee

Catholic Homeschooling Teens:
Where DOES Faith, Family and Education Meet IN YOUR LIFE?

This year The Southern California Catholic Home Educator's
Conference and Curriculum Fair is very pleased to offer a
time just for the teens.

Come join us for Food, Fun, and Fellowship!

Take some time this summer to meet or reconnect with
other Catholic Homeschooling teens.

For only $10.00 you can plan on spending time in praise and
worship, in adoration and of course "just hanging" with other

And the best part; Lunch is included!

Don't miss out, sign up now! (Be sure to open attached flyer, as it has all the updated info.)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

What Do You Think?

E-Group of the Day

I am figuring it out now so I should be more consistent. Networking is important. There are many Homeschoolers out there. Hook up with the one that suits your family needs.


Attic Theater - July 1st through July 4th

What a great thing to find in my inbox today. I truly hope that many people will come out and show their support.

Dear Friends, We'd like to invite you to our production of the Neil Simon comedy 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' by the Upper Story Young People's Theater Company. It a 'Pay what you can' special price for homeschoolers, so everyone can come! Tender and inspiring, the cast ranges in ages from 10-20. Get a history lesson and theater in one outing! Now taking confirmed reservations for Tuesday July 1 and Thursday July 3 at 7:30pm and July 4 matinee at 1:30. At the Attic Theater 5429 W. Washington Blvd. (just off the 10 freeway, near Fairfax). Please see attached flyer and please RSVP to this email (

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Higher Education Widget

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Barack Obama - Education

Garden Grove: Used Curriculum Sale

Village Bible Academy, Garden Grove
June 28, 9:00 to noon
12671 Buaro Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

If you want to be a seller, the fee is $10.00 for 1/2 table, set up in the gymnasium. If you want to shop & buy, just come!

Sellers need to call Shelly Best 714-636-0649 - or e-mail to: - or or call cell # 562-841-6020. This will ensure a table is already set up for you when you get there at 8:30 a.m. to set up.
Come and buy my stuff!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Myspace Comments - Happy Fathers Day

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Westchester Library Teen Summer Reading Contest

Read your way around the world with a “Passport to
Reading”. Collect stamps for a chance to win prizes. From
June 24 to August 19 for ages 11 and up.

Go online and check out the Westchester Library Teens -
Summer Reading Contest. Every Monday from June 23 to August
11 a new blog will be posted. Your comment on the blog is
your entry for the week. Blog address is:
http:\\ The drawing for the
winner will take place at the finale.

Kick off the Summer Reading Program with a creative one:
Decorate a Visor. You will receive one visor to be
decorated anyway you want. Be creative, show the world the
real you are when you take it with you to wear on your
vacations. (June 24 @ 2:00)

Get your passport stamped in Japan with Taiko Drumming.
Enjoy this hands-on experience while you learn about
Japanese culture and the Taiko drum. (July 8 @ 2:00)

Next, get your passport ready for the Caribbean! This
Multicultural Dance program will teach dances from Cuba,
Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. (July 29 @ 1:30)

FINALE. How good are your hunting skills? How well do you
know your library? This is your chance to find out in the
First Annual Library Scavenger Hunt. Open you eyes and look
for all those little things you didn’t know we had!
(August 19 @ 2:00)

Winners of the blog contest and the passport contest will be
announced at the Finale.

Get your passports starting June 24 and get reading!

For more information contact me at the library. Hope to see
you there!

Kathy Lindemann
Teen Librarian
Westchester-Loyola Village Branch
7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 348-1095

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Here is another Mailbox Offering

I have had no previous dealings with these people so if you have and want to share feedback, please do

I am writing to request your assistance in alerting home schoolers of a very
special, upcoming seminar program for students.

Many people ask us how young people can effectively obtain a sound
understanding of and appreciation for the ideas of individual liberty,
personal responsibility, the rule of law, and free and virtuous societies.

Begun more than ten years ago, our 2008 Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars
for Students engage, inspire, and equip students with the principles,
worldview and critical thinking skills so essential to prepare them for the
world they will soon enter.

We believe that homeschoolers might be especially interested in our Summer
Seminars program, with two seminar week-long programs available this year.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Sharing My Working Off the Pounds Playlist - It's Been Awhile

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Last Night History was made

What a great real-life way to teach and discuss American History, US Government, Etc. We watched as a family.

Congratulations Mr. Barack Obama (very impressed with his classy speech)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It May be Hard to believe but...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

We have a 2008 Graduate in the Home!!!

As I mention on one of the other blogs I contribute to, this year we have a graduate which has made me more than a bit interested in the various commencement addresses given. I've been posting some of them there but thought I would share this with this blog. It is John F. Kennedy's commencement address at American University in 1963. This address and a great deal of others is found at

John F. Kennedy

"President Anderson, members of the faculty, board of trustees, distinguished guests, my old colleague, Senator Bob Byrd, who has earned his degree through many years of attending night law school, while I am earning mine in the next 30 minutes, ladies and gentlemen:

"It is with great pride that I participate in this ceremony of the American University, sponsored by the Methodist Church, founded by Bishop John Fletcher Hurst, and first opened by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. This is a young and growing university, but it has already fulfilled Bishop Hurst's enlightened hope for the study of history and public affairs in a city devoted to the making of history and the conduct of the public's business. By sponsoring this institution of higher learning for all who wish to learn, whatever their color or their creed, the Methodists of this area and the Nation deserve the Nations thanks, and I commend all those who are today graduating.

"Professor Woodrow Wilson once said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of this nation as well as a man of his time, and I am confident that the men and women who carry the honor of graduating

from this institution will continue to give from their lives, from their talents, a high measure of pubic service and public support.

"'There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university,' wrote John Masefield in his tribute to English universities - and his words are equally true today. He did not refer to spires and towers, to campus greens and ivied walls. He admired the splendid beauty of the university, he said, because it was 'a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.'

"I have therefore, chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived - yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace.

"What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

"I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generation yet unborn.

"Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles - which can only destroy and never create - is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.

"I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war - and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.

"Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament - and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must reexamine our own attitude - as individuals and as a Nation - for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward - by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the cold war and toward freedom and peace here at home.

"First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable - that mankind is doomed - that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.

"We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade - therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be a big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable - and we believe they can do it again.

"I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream . I do not deny the value of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal.

"Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace - based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions - on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace - no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process - a way of solving problems.

"With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor - it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem, the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

"So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

"Second: Let us reexamine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write. It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on Military Strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims - such as the allegation that 'American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars...that there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union...[and that] the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries...[and]to achieve world means of aggressive wars.'

"Truly, as it was written long ago: 'The wicked flee when no man pursueth.' Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements - to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning - a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

"No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements - in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.

"Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation's territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland - a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

"Today, should total war ever break out again - no matter how - our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the cold war, which brings burdens and dangers to so many nations, including this Nation's closest allies - our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter weapons.

"In short, both the United Sates and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours - and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

"So, let us not be blind to our differences - But let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

"Third: Let us reexamine our attitude toward the cold war, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points. We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had the history of the last 18 years been different.

"We must, therefore, persevere in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists' interest to agree on a genuine peace. Above all, while defending our own vital interest, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy - or of a collective death-wish for the world.

"To secure these ends, America's weapons are non provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter, and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplined in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.

"For we can seek a relaxation of tension without relaxing our guard. And, for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove that we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people - but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.

"Meanwhile, we seek to strengthen the United Nations, to help solve its financial problems, to make it a more effective instrument for peace, to develop it into a genuine world security system - a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

"At the same time we seek to keep peace inside the non-Communist world, where many nations, all of them our friends, are divided over issues which weaken Western unity, which invite Communist intervention or which threaten to erupt into war. Our efforts in West New Guinea, in the Congo, in the Middle East, and in the Indian subcontinent, have been persistent and patient despite criticism from both sides. We have also tried to set an example for others - by seeking to adjust small but significant differences with our own closest neighbors in Mexico and in Canada.

"Speaking of other nations, I wish to make one point clear. We are bound to many nations by alliances. Those alliances exist because our concern and theirs substantially overlap. Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin, for example, stands undiminished because of the identity of our vital interests. The United States will make no deal with the Soviet Union at the expense of other nations and other peoples, not merely because they are our partners, but also because their interests and ours converge.

"Our interests converge, however, not only in defending the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace. It is our hope - and the purpose of allied policies - to convince the Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others. The communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today. For there can be no doubt that, if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, the peace would be much more assured.

"This will require a new effort to achieve world law - a new context for world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased contact and communication. One step in this direction is the proposed arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington, to avoid on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings of the other's actions which might occur at a time of crisis.

"We have also been talking in Geneva about he other first-step measures of arms control designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and to reduce the risks of accidental war. Our primary long range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament - designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. The pursuit of disarmament has been an effort of this Government since the 1920's. It has been urgently sought by the past three administrations. And however dim the prospects may be today, we intend to continue this effort - to continue it in order that all countries, including our own, can better grasp what the problems and possibilities of disarmament are.

"The one major area of these negotiations where the end is in sight, yet where a fresh start is badly needed, is in a treaty to outlaw nuclear tests. The conclusion of such a treaty, so near and yet so far, would check the spiraling arms race in one of its most dangerous areas. it would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963, the further spread of nuclear arms. It would increase our security - it would decrease the prospects of war. Surely this goal is sufficiently important to require our steady pursuit, yielding neither to the temptation to give up the whole effort or the temptation to give up our insistence on vital and responsible safeguards.

"I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard.

"First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan, and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history - but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind.

"Second: To make clear our good faith and solemn convictions on the matter, I now declare that the United States does not propose to conduct nuclear tests in the atmosphere so long as other states do not do so. We will not be the first to resume. Such a declaration is no substitute for a formal binding treaty, but I hope it will help us achieve it.

"Finally, my fellow Americans let us examine our attitude toward peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our won society must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives - as many of you who are graduating today will have a unique opportunity to do, by serving without pay in the Peace Corps abroad or in the proposed National Service Corps here at home.

"But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because the freedom is incomplete.

"It is the responsibility of the executive branch at all levels of government - local, state, and national - to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within their authority. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch at all levels, wherever that authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the right of all others and to respect the law of the land.

"All this is not unrelated to world peace. 'When a man's ways please the Lord,' the Scriptures tell us, 'he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.' And is not peace, the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights - the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation - the right to breathe air as nature provided it - the right of future generation to a healthy existence.

"While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can - if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers - offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

"The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough - more than enough - of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on - not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace."