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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Homeschool Week June 8th-14th

Dear Homeschool Friends:

Once again the governor has officially declared "Homeschool Week"!

Each year the Washington Homeschool Organization applies for state-wide recognition of Washington homeschoolers. This year Governor Gregoire signed the attached proclamation stating that June 8 - 14, 2008 is Washington State Homeschool Week.

The proclamation will appear in the next issue of "The WHO's News", it's on the WHO website, www.WashHomeschool.org and will be displayed at the WHO Booth during their annual convention, June 13 and 14, 2008 at the Western Washington Fair Grounds.

What can you and your family do to raise awareness of homeschooling by using the Washington State Homeschool Week Proclamation?

For the Homeschoolers of WA

Janice

I reposted this for Janice, from www.homeschoolinginwashington.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Ellensburg Rock Club is hosting a dig at First Creek (Red Top Mtn) on June 7th/8th. They're meeting at 9am at the 29 Pines campground. They expect to find Geodes & Thunder Eggs. Bring your rock hounding tools. Here's a journal page from someone who has been there before, so you know what to expect..

Literature Based Curricula

Since we began homeschooling two years ago, we have been a traditional homeschooling family. By this, I mean that we had textbooks and workbooks for each subject, and school at home looked a lot like school at school, without things like roll call and bullies and hours spent waiting for the rest of the class to catch up.

One month ago, I began doing Sonlight with my five year old. She blew through a more traditional kindergarten curriculum and then a first grade one. She's not ready for second grade work, so I thought a literature based program would be a nice diversion.

The first day, we sat on the couch and read. The second day, we laid on my bed and read. The third day, we sat on the front porch and read. And so on. Now, we both love to read, so I could feel really guilty about this if my daughter wasn't getting a truly awe-inspiring education from all of this reading. But I don't feel guilty at all. In fact, I am buying Sonlight's Core 100 for my soon-to-be eighth grader. I'm hooked.

If you love reading, a literature based curriculum will allow you to pass this passion on to your little ones. If you don't like reading, a literature based education will ensure that your own children don't develop an unhealthy relationship with the written word. Either way, I highly recommend this method of teaching your children.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Diana Waring Came to Town

She came to discuss the 14th Annual WATCH Conference, but with Diana, it's never "just that." She has a wonderful gift for weaving a story. She'll be teaching a couple of workshop at the conference. She has such a beautiful smile and a sparkle in your eye that makes you just believe that anything is possible. Her homeschooled children are grown. We enjoyed hearing tales of their travels, and what she has learned from educators all over the world. We enjoyed hearing stories about her grown children, and how their learning patterns in childhood have lent themselves to the whole person they are today. She has a gift for inspiring parents to bring out the best in children, and I highly recommend you check her out. Soon.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Wild Waves Homeschool Day

Wild Waves Homeschool Day will be on June 6th this year. Tickets for Homeschool families are only $10.99 for this day (almost $25 lower than general admission). It's our goal to reach as many families that we can in this short period of time, so hopefully they can take advantage of this offer. Please call or email me back so I can give you the rest of the details if you are interested in helping spread the news. Amber LeeMarketing & Group Sales SupervisorWild Waves Theme Park(253) 661-802336201 Enchanted Parkway S.Federal Way, WA 98003

Saturday, May 10, 2008

James and the Giant Peach


The Allied Arts Council is bringing the Sign Stage Tour back to Yakima. They will be performing James and the Giant Peach, Monday May 12th, 7:00pm at the Davis High School Auditorium. The cost is $8.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of seeing the Sign Stage tour before you do not want to miss this. The play is performed in both English and Sign Language. Call 966-0930 for more information.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Last Time Diana Waring Was in Yakima


She gave such an energetic talk. Diana is awesome, she just gives off such a peaceful, dignified "vibe." She is very approachable and makes you feel like the star of the conversation. She homeschooled her three (or four?) children and they are now grown. She has some great stories to tell of her homeschooling days, stories every mother can relate to. She has a wonderful way of telling stories, she is a very engaging speaker. Whenever I hear her speak, I am energized and encouraged. I highly encourage you to stop in and enjoy this visit. Usually, Diane speaks at big conventions and it costs a fortune to see her. I'm sure her sweet husband will be bringing his card table full of Diana's History Curriculum (it's musical) and her homeschooling support books. I particularly loved the Homeschool Survival Guide.

If you're planning to visit from out of town let us know if you need trip planning information, we'll help.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Diana Waring Speaking in Yakima!

Diana Waring will be speaking on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00pm at the Yakima Evangelical Church, 7901 W. Nob Hill Blvd.

This is a WATCH Whistle Stop Event. Diana and her husband Bill are now serving as the President of WATCH. They will be providing information about the upcoming WATCH Convention.

It is such a treat for us to have Diana here to share with us. Diana is an energetic speaker who will challenge you to grow as a homeschool parent. Mark your calendar, this is an event you don't want to miss!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

More on the 2008 Convention

I had the privilege of scheduling vendor workshops this year. We had five workshops for adults and twenty five workshops for kids. That alone should tell you where we put our focus. This truly is a Kids Convention. (McDonald's and Disney must be doing something right.)

Most vendors are used to presenting their workshops to adults. I am so pleased that so many of them were willing to step out of their comfort zone and teach classes to kids. Keep in mind our goal is for parents to attend WITH their children not drop them off for childcare.

All of my girls commented on how much fun they had in the Art classes with Mindy from Red Gallery. They made masks, which are still being worn today.

Northwest Treasures is the name of the company who put on the awesome black light display. I was very impressed with the kit they had on Yellowstone. (Having just spent spring break there.)

Kimm Orr stepped out of the box with her Creative Memories workshops. As you probably know one method of record keeping is to use a portfolio. Kimm showed students in 9th-12th and 6th-8th grades how they can develop their own portfolio to use as a part of college admissions.

Ever popular instructor Cami Post from Camp Ghormley helped students plant trees as they learned about the importance of reforestation. Rumor has it that the 2008 Outdoor School theme will be pond biology this year. I know that I can't wait! Those who have enjoyed Chef Craig's cooking at Outdoor School got a special treat at convention when he stepped up and covered the preschool class due to a cancellation. Thanks Craig!!!!

Another thanks goes to Sensei Zack from Yakima School of Karate. Sensei Zack ended up covering three classes. The students who participated in his Karate class seemed to be having a lot of fun even with the slight drizzle of rain.

Returning favorite Stuart Curry from Camp Woodworth had the archery range going all day. The rain didn't slow the archers down any. The class was at its max through most of the convention. Discussion is in the works to see if we can get Stuart to share his secrets for telling the ultimate camp story next year.

We are very thankful to the representatives from YVCC who came to share with us about the current expectations for homeschool students who are planning on attending Running Start next year.

The rubber band rocket is still flying around my house and my oldest is continuing to work on new designs for fizzy fliers thanks to the incredible hands on workshop presented by Civil Air Patrol. (Please don't tell her that science isn't supposed to be fun!)

We have such wonderful memories here that I can hardly wait for next year's convention. This would not have been possible without hours of hard work put in by the convention committee and their fearless leader! You did and incredible job! Thank You!

Convention was amazing

I hope you all had a chance to visit the 2008 CAPE convention.

The pre-schoolers loved playing on the gymnastics course set up by Lori from Gymnastics Plus.

Our K-2 kids learned a few songs and rhymes about obedience from Morna Gilbert, whose family distributes the Character First program It looks like an awesome program, I can't wait to check it out. basically you focus on one character quality per month, and the book gives you songs, games, rhymes, a story from history where notable personalities (not always from the Bible) display this character quality and also a fictional story displaying this quality. Each trait has an animal (because kids love animals) and a story and playing card about the animal with this quality. I like it because they give 4-5 easy to remember positive statements that you can easily memorize and "play back" to your kids when they're being naughty. Also, Morna suggests praising children for their character qualitie, not their tasks. I know I do this sometimes, but not often enough since I didn't even realize my 2 yr old was "showing initiative" and Morna praised her for that whereas my instinct was to praise her for "cleaning up." Anyway, she was delightful and I highly recommend their program, I can't wait to get it in our house.

The K-2 kids also enjoyed a geology talk from ----insert name of man/company here----- I happened to walk in during a black-light display of phosphorescence, an amazing thing. The kids were amazed, so was I.

Effcom had a booth and I was very careful not to drool over the new MacBook Air. I didn't know it had a built in webcam. Is it possible to feel affectionate toward technology?

Discovery Toys had a booth. The kids, of course, loved the toys, developmentally appropriate toy products that are great for early childhood education. The lady who had the booth indicated that she has more parties than she can possibly work, so she's recruiting a home demonstration sales person. If you want to earn free toys, this is a great way to do it.

Marge from Usborne Books was there, she is a real local treasure. I doubt she sells many books at Convention, but she definitely inspires us all to book the next party. She's got my number.

Londa Harpster gave the opening address and darnit all I missed it. Her talk "Coach Your Kids for Life" based upon her book of the same title was well-received and definitely the talk of the town. She's an amazing, energetic lady who knows how to work a crowd. i sat in on her "What's in it for me" talk directed toward middle and high schoolers. She rocks. I think the kids received her information well, she helped them discover how to "find what works" in communicating with your parents. Instead of telling them that bickering, back-talking and eye-rolling were naughty, she helped them realize through directed conversation that these tactics don't even work. She gave them a worksheet to help them learn how to find answers in the bible for things that are troubling them. The first question was "What am I consistently getting in trouble for" (not verbatim sorry) I think it was very effective. She had fun with them, and I think they appreciated it.

Polished apple gave a writing workshop for the K-2 group (can you guess who I was with all day?) The lady was very patient working with that age group. She did a great job of drawing out the writers in the kids and helping even the rowdiest boys to expand upon their nouns and verbs to create better sentences. I was impressed. I can't wait to check out their writing program.

I sat in on Chef Craig's snack-making workshop for the K-2 kids. They made ants on a log and Yogurt parfaits. He had on an amazing hot chili pepper chef outfit and a real chef had (the kids thought he was so cool). He got the kids late in the day and some of them had a hard time staying on task. He was very patient with them.

Jamie gave a speech called "Homeschooling is a piece of cake." Her handouts will be available here.

Tia gave a great speech about the Homeschooling Law. She's making her handout available online, too. Hopefully she'll comment here so we can find them:-)

An enormous Thank-You to Our Convention leader, and all of those who volunteered to set up and take things down. it was an amazing team event. I think it's so important for homeschoolers to come together and celebrate our lifestyles. Homeschooling is such a HUGE part of our family's life. Getting together with other homeschooling families is so important. being in the same room with people who "get it." just helps me keep ticking.

If you missed the convention this year, I hope to see you there next year. If you were there, please comment about your favorite part of convention.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

the CAPE Families United Convention

CAPE is Yakima's oldest and most respected homeschooling support group. The group is over 20 years old and its founding members were part of the movement to help Washington pass their homeschool law around 20 years ago.

Every year CAPE hosts Central Washington's best homeschooling Convention. This year, the theme is Families United, and you can read more about it at their website CAPE See you there.