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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Tuesday, September 9, 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

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