Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Soap for a year & Alpha Omega lifepacs

This afternoon Emily and I bottled up the gel /liquid laundry soap I started last night. It came up to around 12 gallons--enough for a year. The best thing about it is the price. It cost less to make a years supply than buying one bottle of generic laundry soap. It is better on the septic tank and has no perfumes or dyes to irritate.

Emily is now into week 3 of her new curriculum, Alpha Omega's lifepacs. I am really liking it. The only thing I do not like about it so far is there is no clear cut stopping point for lessons. Each subject can be bought individually for around $50. It comes in a box or kit. Each kit contains the teachers book/answer key and 10 - 12student books. The students begin with book 1. When it is done, they go to book 2 and so on. The books are designed to last a year. But, if you want them to last longer or shorter, you simply adjust the number of pages you do a day for that book. For example, we homeschool year around, so we would not do as many pages a day as someone who homeschools only 8 or 9 months a year.

The twins are not using the lifepacs yet, but I think I will start to phase them over to it as they finish up their current books. I bought Emily's at the Family Christian Bookstore in Independence, but I am also seeing them on ebay, so I may try that route first for them.

Mowing was on my list for this morning, but it was still too damp from yesterdays storm. So, hopefully I can get it done tomorrow. We also have training tomorrow night for the fire department on Forcible Entry, then I am back at the station again on Thursday night. Friday we have JD's work picnic at Worlds of Fun and Saturday the church has a float in the Liberty parade. Busy busy.

Monday, September 21, 2009

http://www.magfundraising.com/ClayCountyChristianChurchBibleBowl

http://www.magfundraising.com/ClayCountyChristianChurchBibleBowl

This is one way our girls Bible Bowl team is hoping to raise some funds. One weekend a month they quiz in St Louis MO. Next summer they will be traveling to Colorado! Funds are needed for travel expenses, their share of the church van expenses, Bible Bowl books and more.

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It is raining on the farm

Its raining. Rainy days around here are good for sleeping in. The girls and I took advantage of that. We had a very busy weekend with late nights on Fri, Sat and Sun, so it was good to get a good nights sleep and catch up on some much needed rest. JD worked all night on Sunday night, so the rain is allowing him a good days sleep now. It is a slow rain now, but early this morning it was full of thunder and lightening. Emily woke up to find Rebecca asleep on her bedroom floor. Apparently at some point during the storm Rebecca changed bedrooms, but doesn't seem to remember doing it.

The chickens are not so sure about the rain. They come out when it lets up, but run back to the coop or under an apple tree when the rain comes down heavier. The cows and horses are all gathered in the tree line, and the pigs have not ventured out of their hut. The cats are staying under the girls play shed, out of the rain. It doesn't seem to bother the beagle any, but the old black lab has taken to the barn. He has the same idea we had this morning--he is sleeping in the hay.

Rainy days are good for baking bread and making soap. I plan on doing both here in a bit. We are almost out of laundry soap, so I will make a batch. A batch normally will last me for a year, and I make it for under $5. This one didn't quite make it a year, but I also gave away 2 gallons of it. I do not add any dyes or perfumes to my soap as I try to keep it as natural as possible since we do have a family member with allergies. It is a 2 day process to make.

Rainy days are also good for catching up on the sock basket. (Actually it has grown to 3 sock baskets at the moment--isn't that terrible??) I have several library videos I want the girls to watch this evening, so we will sit around and watch them while we match socks and listen to the rain.

Originally I thought this afternoon we would have an electric free time, but it is too dark and overcast. We have fun doing an electric free days/nights during cool weather. No lights, TV, radio...is allowed. We light the oil and kerosene lamps and read, play board games or on one occasion coaxed my husband to play the piano for us. Sometimes we will even cook over the fireplace. It is also a good way to keep everyone in good practice for when the power goes out!

Last week the hay was cut again, raked and baled. It is all gathered to be loaded, but the rain stopped that.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Firefighting homeschooler






One way we "supplement" Emily's homeschooling is by her being a fire fighter cadet. She is a volunteer at our local fire department (which is all volunteer for both in town and rural). She is a cadet. To be a cadet she must maintain a good grade average and attending training, among other things. She attends the same training as the adults and goes out on calls just as a regular firefighter.

Friday night and Saturday our department hosted training on school bus accidents. We had several other fire fighter departments from the state that also attended. Emily attended with JD and was the youngest female to go through the course. It started out as a cool day, but got very hot. By the time you add in the weight and heat of the bunker gear, it was not pleasant....

Her highlight of the day was kicking out the front windshield of the school bus before it was rolled over. She also learned to operate the various rescue saws and how to right or raise a vehicle with air bags. They cut up the bus, removed seats and learned where the various unseen parts of the bus (such as roof supports) are located.

She has also taken her NIMS tests and passed. Her next test will be HAZMAT, and next week we attend a class on forced entry. She is also able to start most of the fire vehicles on the department, although she is too young to drive them.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New semester begins at coop

Today was the first day of the fall semester at our homeschool coop. We started out with a group assembly, so today's class times were shortened somewhat. All the kids were very excited to see each other again. Coop meets weekly on Friday afternoons.

I am teaching two classes this semester, and aiding in a third. I teach "Awesome America" twice (2 different age groups) and then aid in divers ed.

In the past, our coop has offered 4 class periods per semester per student, but this semester we are only offering three class periods. Classes my daughters are taking include Awesome America, baton, debate (a 2 hour block), Prairie Days, yearbook, The People in your Neighborhood, Games Galore, and PE Sports. Our wonderful coop also offers choir, band, photography and many many more classes for newborn through twelfth grade. We have 300 and some students and close to 80 or 90 families (at least those were our numbers last semester). One parent from each family acts as a teacher or a teachers aid. Classes change from semester to semester. In the past I have taught classes on the weather, US Presidents and Missouri.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

EAA Young Eagles Program Free Flight for kids 8 - 17

EAA Young Eagles Program

Get A Flight!
If you are between 8 and 17 years old, the EAA Young Eagles programs wants to offer you the chance of a lifetime. Turn your dreams into reality on a free Young Eagles flight and become one of over 1 Million Young Eagles! To find out where and when check out EAA Chapter 91 Young Eagle Events.

Young Eagle Events at Lee's Summit Airport (Breakfast is available 7:30-11:00 on Lee's Summit dates. $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, plus one serving of eggs, bacon or sausage, and juice or coffee.)
Date Location Time
September 19 Lee's Summit Airport 8:30-noon
October 17 Lee's Summit Airport 8:30-noon

What will the flight be like?

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect?

First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the flight; completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!

Once in the air, you'll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You'll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you'll remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don't forget, you'll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Harrison Ford.

We look forward to adding your name to the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles!

For more information, visit the EAA Young Eagles Website. http://www.youngeagles.org/


The program

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.25 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by nearly 40,000 volunteer pilots.

Participation is easy. Simply contact the EAA Young Eagles office to find the closest volunteer pilot. From there, arrange a convenient time to go flying. We hope you enjoy a Young Eagles introduction to the exciting world of aviation. Make sure you come back to visit this web site after your flight to continue exploring the wonderful world of aviation!

Essay Contest

High School Juniors or Home School Juniors: Write a 600 word essay, earn a trip to Washington, DC next summer.

Topic: My carbon Footprint
Use an online calculator to figure your carbon footprint and explain what you learn about yourself, your family or your school.

Only open to juniors.

Deadline is March 3, 2010.

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Mid-Continent Public Library News

This is from an email from the library...

"We are having our first Homeschool Expo sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library. This will be held, Nov.11, 9am to noon at our new Genealogy Center in Independence, MO.. We are trying to get the word out. It is free to the public. Our objective is to show patrons that we have 19 branches that offer special programming to homeschoolers in a program we call "Discovery Club." Patrons will be able to visit booths of each of these branches to participate in activities or view their programs. We will have a lot of other activities and quest programmers which you can see on the flier which I have included. There will be door prizes and hopefully people will be able to see that our library is truly trying to service homeschoolers. This is a family event and hope that you might be able to pass this on to those you know might be interested.

I would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions or questions. I appreciate your helping us to get the word out on this.

Nancy Huffman
Children's Services Assistant
Mid-Continent Public Library
816-521-7223"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Free Magazine, Sorry Pigs, Fences and 4H




If you live in Missouri, you can receive a free subscription of the Missouri Conservation Magazine. But did you know there is also a free magazine for kids? It is the Xplor Magazine and it is also put out by the Missouri Department of Conservation. You can order it online at http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/applications/newmomag/default.aspx

Our pigs are rather put out at us right now. For some reason, all 6 of them got it into their heads that they were dogs, because in the country dogs can roam free. They also learned to climb panels like a ladder (in addition to rooting under them). JD and I had planned on reworking the fence over the weekend, but that is when he injured his neck and back. So, we had a couple of homeschooling brothers from our homeschool coop come and work on it. (I would recommend these two teens to anyone. They worked hard and got it done right.) Then we woke up the pigs (who were sleeping in the barn) and moved them back into the pen. It was rather interesting to watch the pigs as they discovered the electric fence. At first, they all gathered into a huddle and just stared at it. In fact, I don't think the pigs slept all night-I think they just stared in disbelief at the fence. Even though they all watched each other get shocked, one by one they had to go touch it and see (feel) for themselves with their nose. Now they are mad...They are acting like we have never seen before--just laying there looking at the wire.

We had our planning meeting last night for our new 4H group. We were very impressed with the turnout. We had 25 families who were either at the meeting, or called/emailed and said they were interested. Quite a few of those who expressed interest are homeschoolers. Personally I think 4H and scouts are two of the best programs a homeschooler can join. There are many activities that can be combined into homeschooling lessons, or that can spark interest in researching an idea further.

This afteroon the girls picked their classes for our homeschool coop which starts back upon Friday. They are excited and ready to see their friends again.

Japan Festival this Saturday at JCCC

Mark those calendars for Saturday September 19th for the 2009 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival. Go to http://kcjapanfestival.com/index.php?n=Main.HomePage
There are performances, exhibits, food, martial arts anime, lectures, shopping, a cultural village and more.
This will be located at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kids in Kansas and Missouri are invited to enter the 8th annual Jif most creative peanut Butter Sandwich contest.
grand prize=$25000 scholarship fund.
4 runners up=$2500 scholarship funds.
kids age 6-12 can enter until Nov.13,2009
www.Jif.com for all the details

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Homeschooling Update



Two weeks ago I switched our 8th grader over to Alpha Omega Lifepac for Language Arts, Science, History/Geography and Math. We are supplementing with Abecca Health, reading comprehension, Bible and Life Skills Math. She loves science and works through it rather quickly (she plans to be a microbiologist) which is why we have added the Health. We are also using the Life Skills Math as the book shows every day applications for why we need to learn various forms of math. It teaches everything from interest rates, loans, credit cards, doubling fabric and recipes, figuring square footage for carpet or paint...

All the girls are on our church Bible Bowl team, so for this year we are not using Bible curriculum, but Bible Bowl instead.

I create the girls vocabulary/dictionary words and spelling words, based on their lessons from the current or previous week. We also do a lot of home-ec such as cooking, baking, sewing, mending, laundry, cleaning, soap making. JD picks up a lot of the vo-tech such as changing/adding oil, changing a tire, tractors, mowers, basic engine repair and farming.

The twins are mainly using Abecca for language, health and science, Saxon for math. We are following Emily in History.

The girls also learn alot of skills, music, foreign language, art and record keeping in our other activities such as 4H, girl scouts, youth group, library classes and homeschool coop. We are heavy users of the library and their discovery classes and two different branches.

Last night Elizabeth came back home from spending a week with her grandparents. Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon Emily left for St Louis for a Bible Bowl meet. In the midst of all this JD hurt a disc in his neck and is pretty much out of commission. We are looking to hire one or two farm hands for a day to rework a fence for our hogs--any takers??

Other activities this week included welcoming 10 new baby chickens. Rebecca made one an origami hat and house. Later tonight we have a wedding and Emily returns back home. It has been an interesting week, getting school ready to travel with Elizabeth, and ensuring Emily had hers all done before she left, in addition to farming, feeding, and regular household chores.

On a sad note, our former school, JCCA (Johnson County Christian Academy) has decided to at least for this year dissolve its JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz) team. I for one would like to thank all of the parents and supporters who worked with the kids throughout the years. Often people don't realize how much time is spent "behind the scenes" when our kids have events. Special thanks to Bonnie and Adam and all the coaches and parents. We are blessed however that this year our church started a Bible Bowl team, (which Emily was already a part of) and the twins will move over to that team beginning next month. Most of their quizzing will be in St Louis, and later next year they will go to Colorado to quiz.

Silver Dollar City Days for Homeschoolers

Silver Dollar City is located near Branson MO and offers clean fun for the entire family.
SILVER DOLLAR CITY HOMESCHOOL WEEKEND

October 3-4, 2009. Use code #78603 to reserve tickets for this big event!
Silver Dollar City $41.92 AD - $31.17 CH, 2 day tickets (This price includes tax)
You asked for special events, we have been able to do just that this year! You don't want to miss out on these wonderful events that will only take place on October 3rd for the homeschoolers.


When you arrive please come to the Horseshoe at the Guest Relations House . When you sign in you will receive goodies for your children, buttons, name tags, information about the day, etc.


One of the big request was for us to bring back the physics class, this has been done and on a bigger scale than before. Please note that the classes have to be pre-registered for due to limits for the classes. We have some classes that are totally free and others that you will have to pay either $5.00 or $10.00 for. The cost is to cover what the vendors are allowing the kids to do make and learn with but they have tried to keep it as low as possible. The classes have a limit so that the vendors can spend more time with each child. Again, all the classes have to be pre-registered for. The classes that you pay for will be registered through Silver Dollar City when you pay for them, a wristband will be worn for these classes so that the vendors know you are registered and have paid for them. The free classes need to be signed up through us, you will find the sign up form online.
If you have season passes you do not have to worry about buying tickets. However, you do need to pre-register for the classes and check in at the Horseshoe on Oct. 3rd.
Silver Dollar City has contacted several local hotels for discounts for the SDC Homeschool Weekend, this is only for the weekend of Oct 3 and 4, 2009. Make sure to keep scrolling down to see all the new information and what is going to take place this year. A lot of new things are being added. Make sure to check the different places out to see what specials they are giving. Some give a free breakfast, others have water parks, etc. So make sure that you check each out and see what they are doing for this big event.


We also want to point out a few things:
1. The $5.00 classes go on sale MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009.
2. Homeschool students will be given wristbands which identifies which class they've paid for and what time slot they'll be attending.
3. The 2-day Homeschool tickets are on sale NOW. Call 800-417-7770 for tickets or to a sk questions. Make sure to use code #78603. You may also buy a meal ticket to save money and not to have to worry about carrying enough cash around for the meal for these.
4. Parents can register their kids for the Culinary & Craft School classes NOW but they have to do it online at www.sdcculinarycraftschool.com5. Also, all the pre-paid classes are non-refundable because they take place in covered areas so we won't have to worry about the weather.
To see the schedule of events that are planned for that day go to www.match-inc.org/2009Schedule.pdf
You must be pre-registered for the free classes. There is a limit on how many can be in each class and will be on a first come basis. So sign up NOW.
To pre-register for the Free Roller Coaster Physics Class go to www.match-inc.org/rollercoaster.htmlTo pre-register for the Free Spelunkin' In Marvel Cave Class go to www.match-inc.org/marvelcave.html

Homeschool Classified ad source

http://www.vegsource.com/homeschool/

This site was just pointed out to me by Liz on our homeschool coop loop. I've looked it over and like it!! You can find homeschool discussions, items for sale and you can list your items for sale.

CSI for homeschoolers

Hi,

I am e-mailing about a program for homeschoolers that I am doing in Kansas City on October 24 and I am hoping that you can get this information to your members. The program is a crime scene investigation (CSI) program that introduces kids to the science behind CSI and allows them to do hands-on activities and use what they learn to solve a mock crime scene. This is a parent-child program, so parents are welcome to attend. I find that both the kids and parents have a great time working together on this subject and it allows them to take what they have learned home and do more with it.

I am a homeschooler myself which led me to tailor programs to homeschoolers specifically.

The program will be held from 12-5 on October 24 at the Kansas City North Community Center (tentative location). We will cover a range of evidence, including fingerprints, shoe prints/impressions, tire tracks, blood (synthetic), ink and document analysis, and the use of other sciences in forensic science (botany, entomology, geology, chemistry, palynology, dendrochronology).

One common question is the age range for this program. While the typical age range is 8-13, I often have kids outside of this range. With homeschoolers, I am not so concerned with the ages because the kids seem to work so well together regardless of age. The content and questions are age appropriate and are tailored to the ages of the kids who register. I can have multiple levels of activities and questions within the same program.

The cost for the program is $50 for the first child from a family, and $35 for each additional child. Parents are welcome to attend free of charge.

There is a page on my website about this program. The website is: www.crimescenecamps.com and you would need to click on the "Kansas City" tab at the top of the first page.

I do these programs all over the middle part of the country, and homeschoolers seem to really enjoy them.


Thank you,

Thomas Jones
Crime Scene Camps
E-mail: crimescenecamps@yahoo.comCell: 815-501-1460

Free fo kids 8-18 from Tiger Woods

The Tiger Woods Foundation has a free kit you can order/download:

Developed by Target and the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Action Plan is a FREE program for youth ages eight to 18 that addresses three national priorities:
„ Character development
„ Volunteer service
„ Career exploration

Download and Take Action!
Tiger’s Action Plan is designed to help kids set goals, lead and create positive changes. Whether you are a teacher who will be guiding others or a high school student who wants to complete the program on your own, these materials give you everything you need to begin planning for your future. Be sure to begin by reading the Letter of Introduction from Tiger Woods.

http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/actionplan/index.php

Homeschoolers at Fantastic Caverns has improved!!

Dear Home School Educator,



For many years, the Fantastic Caverns Science Research Program has offered special tours and educational materials to area schools. In the past, we have offered special group rates to schools when they had a minimum of 20 participants. This requirement does not meet the needs of most home schools in our region and we would like to change that.



October 1-14, 2009, will be Home School Days at Fantastic Caverns. We will offer our school group rates for the educational cave tour to area home school groups regardless of the number attending. These rates are $6.00 for children age 12 and under (discounted from $13.50) and $15.50 for age 13 and above (discounted from $21.50).



The all riding tour addresses geology, history, cave life, karst and groundwater. The trip through the cave takes about 55 minutes and is available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. While we do not require a deposit, we do anticipate high demand for the tour. Please call or e-mail with your plans so we will be certain to have enough staff to serve you.



A free study guide, “Living in Cave Country”, and the cave-related magazine Ozark Adventure, is available at http://www.fantasticcaverns.com/educate.htm to assist your teaching efforts.



Our hope is that this time period of special rate availability will allow you to incorporate more learning opportunities into your curriculum. This is a time of year when we have available staff to devote to our educational programs and the cave is a Warm 60°, no matter how cold it is outside!



If you have questions or would like to make reservations, you may contact us at:

(417) 833-2010.



Thank you very much,



Kirk Hansen



Kirk Hansen

Fantastic Caverns

Science Research Program

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The girls and I have done this in the past, while doing a unit study on caves, and I highly recommend it!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New 4H group forming

We have around 40+ kids who are interested in 4H, so we are proceeding with our plans to start a new group. Many of the interested are homeschooled kids, but not all. This new group has 2 main focus points: #1 to not schedule meetings on Sundays and #2 to be community service minded with possible service projects monthly. Right now Becky Black and I are working with the extension office in getting a new group going. Just to clarify, this is not a group splitting or anyone leaving because they are upset, it is simply that there is a need for another group that is not meeting on Sundays.

On Monday, Sept 14 at 6:30 we will have a meeting for any interested parties to come and learn more about 4H and for you to share your thoughts and ideas. I would encourage you to come if you are interested, but if you can not, we can fill you in later. It will be held in Plattsburg at the US Bank. The bank is about 1 block north of the intersection of 116 and C highway. (downtown main drag...well the only downtown drag in Plattsburg) From the intersection you can see the sign. We will have information & project books to pass out at that time. Also, our group will need a club name--so start thinking of ideas to throw out.


If you are interested, and have not already, let me know so that I can start directing future emails to those who are, rather than to everyone.

I did have several questions that were asked numerous times, so I will address those now:

#1. There is no uniform and you do not earn badges as in scouts. You do NOT have to live in Plattsburg or Clinton County. You do not have to be a farm kid. There are over 100 projects and a self determined one (which means you can decide your own project).

#2. Your child has the option to be in or not to be in the county fair or state fair. Kids can earn small premiums for showing at the fair and ribbons. Kids not only do their projects but are also required to keep records as to money spent and money earned while doing their project. They learn finances, record keeping and such as well as their project. 4H tries to teach life skills. 4H stands for head, heart, hands and health.

#3. Attendance to the state fair is NOT a requirement.

#4. Parent involvement is very much encouraged. Ideally the kids run the meeting with parental/leader help. The kids are the officers, not the parents. Kids and parents often serve on committees together. On the flip side, if a parent works during the meetings and is unable to attend, your child can still be in 4H-but another adult will need to be appointed to be over your child.

#5. Fundraising--If our group decides to raise money for a service project we may look for things to do to earn money--such as mowing, raking, cleaning a barn, labor auction, car wash.... Kids are not REQUIRED to sell anything. We may at some time sell for a fundraiser, but if you don't want to that is fine.

#6. What kind of service projects?? Ideas may include: washing police cars, fire dept trucks, kids adopting a nursing home pal, collecting food for the food pantry, cleaning a vacant lot, making a first aid kit to donate to a group..... The kids and parents will decide these projects as a group.

#7. What are Clover Kids? They are kids too young to be in 4H. Providing we have some, we would like to "split them off" during part of the meeting and do something on their level that would correspond with what the older kids are doing. At one time I was a Clover Leader and we did a simple lesson, and often a craft. It keeps them involved without being bored.

#8. Club meetings are held monthly. To show a fair project, you have to have made at least half of the meetings plus one more. There may be an additional meeting for a service project or they may be done during the monthly meeting--depends on what the group decides to do.

#9. Individuals pick their own projects. Some projects are self directed, others have parents volunteer to be the project leaders or project leaders may come from other clubs or in the community.

#10. Dues are $10 per child a year and if a family can not afford that, the extension office has funding to cover it for you.

#11. Volunteers (including parent volunteers) do undergo a background check.

http://extension.missouri.edu/clinton/index.shtml

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

For Homeschoolers in near Olathe KS

Dear Home School Educator,

Zonkers Family Entertainment Center at the Great Mall in Olathe, KS has a very special deal for Home School Families!

On Monday - Wednesdays, from 11am to 3pm, you can enjoy unlimited rides and soft play activity area for only $7.49 (children over 36" tall) or for $4.49 (children under 36" tall). Normal pricing is $11.99 and $5.99, respectively.

Enjoy our 30,000 square foot facility with roller coasters, huge carousel, arcade games for all skill levels, batting cages and SO MUCH MORE!
Have lunch with us at the Tiny Rhino Cafe, and enjoy pizza, burgers, chicken and more!

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NOW OFFERING EDU-TAINMENT CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER!!!!

Zonkers Family Entertainment Center has partnered with Parisole Arts Foundation to teach fun, art-related activities to children!

Monday, September 14th - Hula Hooping Classes! Interactive stretching, movement and hoop play!
3-4pm, max 100 students.
** You can use this class towards your Physical Education Requirements!!

Wednesday, September 16th - Illustration Story Hour! Children will create story and watch the artist bring the story to life!

Cost per child: $9.99
This cost covers all the following:

One hour of activity
2 slices of one-topping pizza
small soft drink
4 arcade tokens
Two Hours of unlimited rides and soft play
All classes are a minimum of 15 children per group.

**If you have an idea for an Edu-Tainment program, tell us!
*** FLYER FOR THIS PROGRAM IS ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL***

Please also ask about our group tour special rates, birthday parties, face painting special group pricing, day passes, and corporate events!

Andrea Johnson
Director of Sales and Marketing
Zonkers Family Entertainment Center
(913) 689-9860 direct
www.Zonkers.com20070 W. 151st Street

Olathe, KS 66061

Health Care Reform

The below is a direct quote from Focus on the Family. It is just one of the many reasons I am against socialized medicine. I don't want my tax dollars going for abortions!!
"In less than two weeks, Congress will come back from August recess and health care reform will return to center stage. As we have mentioned in recent weeks, the current government-mandated health care reform plan will be the greatest expansion of abortion rights and abortion funding since Roe v. Wade.

But it is not just the preborn who will be impacted. The elderly, the infirm ... every family facing difficult end-of-life decisions ... may soon come up against a government-mandated health care system that is the single greatest legislative threat to our families that we have seen.

Government-mandated health care gives government officials unprecedented influence over health care decisions that have always been the responsibility of the family. And it will include mandated abortion coverage through the public plan and through private insurance premiums."

We are loosing our rights in this country. Now our president wants control over the Internet. He has raised our national debt dramatically since he took office. He is against homeschooling. One of the first bills he signed was to approve partial birth abortion. There is also a bill that is in the process to tax people who have gardens!! Add all of these together (and there are more) and you have to see these are just baby steps to eventually make us be completely dependent on our government. There are also people in congress working to do away with the term limits, meaning the president could be president for the duration of his life, not for one or two four year terms.

Did you know that Section 163 of the heath care bill states that the government would be allowed real-time access to a person's bank records - including direct access to bank accounts for electronic fund transfers??

Read Through The ENTIRE Obama Care Bill!

Did you know that 1/3 of nurses and 60% of general practitioners say they will refuse the swine flu shot YET the goverment wants to force us to get it?!!

Did you know that Obama says 'We are God's partners in matters of life and death'


This nation, which was founded on the freedom of religion needs to wake up and see what is going on at take action.