Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Want to join 4-H?

Clay County 4-H invites you to join them on Thursday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. 
at the Earnest Shepherd Youth Center at 610 E Shepherd Rd in Liberty MO.  

An informal parent meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.

If you are not in Clay County, click here to find the extension office in your area.  Contact them to find your local 4H clubs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New KC area homeschool co-op

Just a reminder that the newest Lee's Summit homeschool co-op, Teaching Children for Christ, is having an informational meeting TODAY (Tuesday)) at 825 NW Commerce Dr, Lee's Summit. We will start at 430p. Feel free to bring the kids as this is all about them. Please bring any and all ideas you have!!! More information is on our fb page....Teaching Children for Christ. We'll discuss/vote on classes, schedule, etc.....hope to see you there!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Homeschool Lego League

Forwarding information in case anyone is interested:
We are forming a homeschool First Lego League (FLL) group to compete in the 2014 FLL World Class challenge. This group is for students age 9-14 and each group consists of 6 to 10 students.

Everything Engineered will be providing the coach and classes will meet in North County (most likely at St Louis Community College) once or twice per week as required.

No class time has been selected yet as this will depend on the availability of the team members. We will survey those interested and come up with a schedule that will work for as many as possible.

Classes will start in late July to early August and the qualifier is in November at which time it will be decided if our team goes on to further competition. The group will remain in place as long as we wish.

Cost is $125 per student for the year and this covers coaching, national registration fees, local registration fees, use of a FLL kit setup (playing field), use of an EV3 core plus expansion kit, extra sensors not included in the kit, team t-shirts, & presentation materials. At this time we know of no other costs.

This event is to find interested students. If you have been invited and know of another area homeschool student who might be interested please invite them. We need to get the word out.
We are trying to determine interest at this time. If you are interested or have any questions you can check out our Facebook event page:
or contact Tricia Furman tricia@thefurmans.us .

Monday, July 7, 2014

Liberty MO Homeschool Chess Club

The homeschool chess club is starting a new session this Tuesday.  The chess club will meet Tuesdays for 5 weeks from 10:30AM -11:15 at The Liberty United Methodist Church 1001 Sunset Ave, Liberty, MO 64068. The chess club will meet July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and August 5th in Room 107.

  • The Kansas City Chess Club chess curriculum will guide students from Pawn to King level advancement. Progress will be measured by a chess skills test taken at the end of each level. Students may participate as a team against other schools at local chess tournaments.

    Ken Fee and his staff of certified chess instructors from The Kansas City Chess Club will be teaching players about important rules, chess etiquette, strategy, openings, endgames, and tactics. Research says chess improves test scores on Math and Reading!

    Ken Fee is a nationally certified chess coach and tournament director at The Kansas City Chess Club. Ken plays tournament chess and has coached numerous Missouri and Kansas State Chess Champions.
    Registration due by July 8th Cost $30 -5 Weeks

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cherry Chicken Salad

Perfect for hot summer days.


  • 1 (regular size) can chunk pineapple, drained
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 lb. bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip or Kraft Dressing, mayo could also be used
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • seasoned salt, to taste


In large bowl, combine chicken, celery, onions, seasoned salt, and pepper and toss lightly. Add cherries and pineapple and mix lightly.
In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, sour cream, milk, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir until smooth. Pour over chicken mixture and stir lightly.

Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Public Auction
Saturday, June 28, 2014
170 2nd St, Holt MO @ Holt Christian Church
(one block off of 33 hwy, across from city park)
Announcements @ 9:45 a.m.
Start time 10:00 a.m. SHARP

 This is a benefit auction comprised of items from 3 estates and several individuals who donated items
to our church youth to resell.  Money raised will be for church camp, conferences, youth activities and other
church related items.

*No items removed until settled for.  State issued photo id required for checks.

·       Coffee tables, end tables
·       Dining room table with chairs & matching hutch
·       Miscellaneous Household items
·       Entertainment center
·       Antique logging blades
·       Vintage glassware
·       Antique dressers
·       Tools
·       Collectibles
·       Roll top desk
·       Workbenches
·       Stock tanks
·       Various household furniture
·       Piano
·       Vacuum pump
·       Sporting items
·       Home decor
·       Electronic Organ
·       Framed art
·       Bookshelves
·       Storage cabinets
·       Medical equipment
·       Luggage
·       Books
·       Wall partitions
·       Desks
·       Too many items to list

*No items removed until settled for.  State issued photo id required for checks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Fair and Education Seminar Independence MO


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Noland Road Baptist Church, 4505 S Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055

EDUCATION SEMINAR 9:00am-12:30pm
Used Book Sale & Enrichment Fair 1:00-3:30pm
SET UP FOR THE BOOK SALE BEGINS AT 11:00am *Presale for workers 12:30

The official FHE Region 3 Used Book Sale, Education Seminar and Academic
Enrichment Fair.

USED BOOK SALE and ENRICHMENT FAIR Admittance to the Used Book Sale and
Enrichment Fair is free. The cost to sell used curriculum or have a
Enrichment Fair space for your group will be $10.00 per space.

· A table is included for the Used Book Sale. Those that sign up first
will get an 8’ table and the best spots. The rest will get a 60’ round
· Enrichment Fair participants will have an 8’ spot but they will need
to bring their own table. No tables will be provided. You will be
notified by email that we received your request and if we are full we
will return your check.

Set up for the curriculum fair will begin at 11:00. We ask you not to
sell anything until 12:30, when those who have set up or will clean up
will get to shop early. Those volunteers will be wearing colored
wristbands. Please do not sell to anyone without a wristband on.

We must receive payment for your table space to reserve it. An email
address and telephone number are required to send you the confirmation
and instructions and check to make sure you are coming if you aren’t
there in a timely manner on sale day.

*Do you want an opportunity to shop before the general public is
admitted? Volunteer to help set up Friday night at 7:00 and/or clean up
Saturday from 3:30-5:00! If you are interested, please contact Jacinda
at gregandjacinda@gmail.com. We REALLY need help on Friday night. Notify
Jacinda in advance if you are helping and you will receive an armband.

EDUCATION SEMINAR To take the described FREE classes, you must be a
member of FHE. You may join FHE on the day of the Education Fair for
$15.00 or in advance at fhe-mo.org. These Missouri-specific classes are
as follows:

11:00-12:30 Homeschooling Through High School Shane & Christine Richardson
9:00-11:00 Doing the College Thing! Mary Helen Brauninger
10:00-11:00 Homeschooling Special Needs Kim Bowlin
11:00-12:00 Homeschool 101: You Can Do It! Candy Roberts

Mail to: Jacinda Simmons Contact info: Jacinda Simmons
544 S. Willow Avenue gregandjacinda@gmail.com
Sugar Creek, MO 64053 816-739-6856  **** Please make checks payable to FHE****
NAME OR ORGANIZATION CONTACT: ____________________________________________
Please choose one or the other:
BOOK SALE TABLE _____X $10.00=____ ENRICHMENT FAIR SPACE ____X $10.00=_____

Feel free to just show up but it’d be great to know your coming to plan
for seating:
I plan on attending the following free classes, understand I must be an
FHE member.

___11:00-12:30 Homeschooling Through High School
___9:00-11:00 Doing the College Thing
___10:00-11:00 Homeschooling Special Needs
___11:00-12:00 Homeschool 101: You Can Do It!

Christine Richardson
FHE Region 3
Assistant Director


Monday, June 9, 2014

Basketball Camp, Homeschoolers Welcome!


Thursday, June 19th 8:30 a.m. Registration

Camp - Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th

9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  At the Northern Hills Christian Academy Gym in Holt MO on 33 hwy

Coach Rhonda Morrison, Coach Luke Vermeer, Up Tempo Basketball Player/ Counselor Evan Morrison, And Special Guest Division 1 Men's Basketball Player Christopher Morrison

Cost is $40.00 per player and to be paid at registration (price includes snack and t-shirt) RSVP to sidden1@embarqmail.com by June 6th include players name and t-shirt size  (Youth S-M-L or Adult S-M-L )

Coach Morrison is a Physical Education certified teacher and has over 16 years of coaching experience with both boys and girls. She was mentored by legendary High School Basketball Coach Bud Lathrop who is the most winning high school basketball coach in the State of Missouri and 8th in the Nation!

Any questions, please call 816-709-8164 Kimberly  or 816-686-3567 Coach Rhonda

Friday, June 6, 2014

Not a real job....or is it?

I was asked if I was ever going to get a "real job" instead of being a stay at home mom.  I replied, "I do work and have several jobs, in fact, many weeks what I do totals above and beyond your typical 40 hour a week job".  This person told me that what I did was not "real work", because most of it I do from  home or if not at home, because it is only part time.  (Some weeks I have actually worked over 100 hours, simply because I have two families whose children I have for 24 or 48 hours straight as their parents work 24 hour shifts.  That often gives me more than a normal week of 40 hours worth of hours, just in 2 days times.  Then, I may still go and work another 2 or 3 days at the speedway, which is usually 12-16 hour shifts.) 

Humm.........I wish the IRS thought so, because I sure pay taxes on it.  If everyone felt that the jobs I do are "not real", we would have no landlords or property management people, no daycare, preschools,  or babysitters, no CPR or first aid instructors, no first aid tents at events, no copy editing/proofreading/writing, and no fire rescue people at sporting events.  In fact, a lot of jobs could be lumped into that field, because probably somewhere is somebody who does something from home to the extent that almost all occupations could fall under this.  I even know of a dentist whose office is at his home in a converted garage. 

Evidently, to some people, a "real job" means you must leave your home to work for someone else.  

This same person then told me they thought that Pizza Hut was hiring (minimum wage) and perhaps I could quit my part time at home jobs to work there.  In doing the math, I would not only incur the cost of fuel to and from work and uniforms, but would actually earn only half of what I earn now in the average week.

Working at home has huge advantages, as you can still keep an eye on your kids and their activities, not have to worry how to get to work on days with bad weather,  not having to purchase work clothes, or call in sick, and get some small household chores done in between breaks. 

It also sometimes has its disadvantages, as having to stay on task to meet an editing or writing deadline when you know the laundry needs to be hung up on the line, or keeping people out of the office and quiet when you are trying to work.  And the biggie, people who think they can just drop in whenever and then get mad because you are on the phone or computer and can't just leave and do whatever, whenever said person wants you to.

This person said if my job was real, then why do I usually state I am a stay at home mom.  Well, I am AT HOME.  Being at home doesn't mean that you are not contributing to your families income. There are lots of stay at home moms who add to their income, through Avon, Mary Kay, having a beauty shop in the basement, child care, giving music lessons.  And, to me, being a mom is the #1 most important job there is, next to being a dad.

In fact, being a stay at home mom also saves the family money. I am here to do what a lot of dual working families hire to have done.  We have no nanny, no lawn service, no weekly housekeeper, I pay no one to transport my kids to and from events because I am at work.  I have the time to cook and bake from scratch, instead of having to stop and get fast food on the way home from work.  I do our laundry instead of taking it to a dry cleaner.  I have time to save on our grocery bill by planting a garden.  From that garden I freeze, dehydrate and can over half of our food.  I have time to coupon and shop sales and feed our family (5 remaining at home) on $200 a month (month, not week as the average family does).  That alone takes me around 4 hours a week to plan my shopping/sales trips.  I have time to do my own mending and some sewing (when my girls were younger, I made all their clothing, except for their Christian School uniforms).

When I worked full time, I had to pay for a sitter, pay to have my lawn mowed, pay for dry cleaning and we ate out at least 3-4 times a week, because by the time I got home from work at 6 p.m., I was tired.   I thought I would get all my chores done on a day off, only to be given mandatory overtime (Sprint was famous for that), which is very painful when you are a single mom.

Having said all the above, the person then argued my children were old enough that I could leave them.  Yes, I could.  After all, the youngest 2 are now in high school.  But, often that is when they need you most.  This is the age where they can have a friend come pick them up and be gone to who knows where with who knows who.  I am here, I know where they are and I know who they are with, and I know the other parents.  This is the age of teen pregnancies, teens drinking and smoking and experimenting with drugs.  

Years ago I worked at a crisis center, and for a few months was a volunteer interim director.  One thing we asked women "in trouble", (trouble could be anything from drinking to pregnancy, or they had been kicked out of the house or abused), was how did they get into this situation.  Over and over the answer from many women, especially the younger ones, was that the behavior that got them in this situation started or usually occurred at their own home, while their parents were at work.  "Well, I got into the liquor cabinet while dad wasn't home, or my boyfriend would come over every day for an hour before school as soon as my parents left for work, or I took the drugs out of my moms medicine cabinet."  Basically, because your child is a teen, does NOT mean you are not responsible for them, or need to stop watching them.  Often, you need to watch them more, but for different things and different reasons.  Teens are easily persuaded by their peers, fashions, and other adults, and often not in the best way.

Work at home moms (and sometimes dads), are not to be looked down at, thought of as lazy bums, or to be criticized.  They are both a parent and often more than a full time employee.  They are also usually the first to be asked to help with various volunteer activities that parents who work full time "for the man" can't do.

Next time you visit with a stay at home parent, pay attention to what all they do.  Often there is a lot to be learned from them-such as organizational skills, budgeting skills,  and other lessons.