Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking and a $10 off coupon offer

We all know that making a scrapbook takes time and makes a mess, but I like to do it anyway.  I have now discovered digital scrapbooking and its wonderful--no mess!!  Anyway, I wanted to share this great deal with you.  If you go to to order, and enter the code of STMMMS29337 you get $10 off of your order, and $10 off anything in the store. (for a total of $20).  Feel free to pass the code on-it doesn't have a limit on it as to how many people can use it.  It is a download, so you don't have to wait on receiving it in the mail either.

You can make scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts that make great Christmas presents.  Christmas is't that far away, so this is a great time to get started.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fencing anyone?? Kansas City area

You don't see this offered everyday..............

October 12 is the deadline for Fall Honor and Sword Registration.

Fall Dates are Wednesdays, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14 and Dec 21 from 1:15pm - 4:00pm.

Cost is $130.00/student

To register email: Leigh Hinkel at

For more information please feel free to visit our website:

Honor and Sword is an eight week class intended to teach young men and women character and fencing

Our goal is to counteract the declining standards in our culture by seeking ways to train up this young generation in the practical concepts that will carry them through life in a manner which produces positive relational impact. In this course young people will learn the value of character while discovering the art of fencing where manners are not merely required but inherent.

This is a fun answer for your home school PE requirement with the benefit of solid character development.

Students must be 13 or older. Lecture topics include:

* Character: Revealing What You're Made Of
* Chivalry: A Code of Honor
* The History of Fencing and The Three Weapons
* Practical Manners: In Life and On the Piste
* The Seven Effective Habits
* The Feminine Heart : Lady Captivating
* The Masculine Heart: Sir Protector
* God: The Loving Warrior
* “Coming of Age": What Does It Mean?”

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Free U.S. Electoral College Map Poster (in Your Mail!) & More Online Free US Electorial college Map

Have you heard of C-SPAN Classroom yet? It's full of resources for social studies and history teachers (and homeschoolers & parents). They have a lot to offer virtually on their site, and they will send a free Electoral College Map!

Community Service Opportunities!!!

City Union Mission Youth Department desperately needs tutors for youth grades 2-12 (tutors must be 4 years older than those they are tutoring) on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6pm. Times on Monday and Thursday afternoons may be available as well. The Youth Department of City Union Mission is located in the Family Center at 1310 Wabash Ave, KCMO 64127. Please contact Kalie George at if you are interested!
You can get a letter documenting the service if you would like one - great for the transcript, especially for students competing for scholarships and military academy appointments.

Friday, September 9, 2011

There's still time to join in Carnegie Hall's Link Up!  This exciting program provides each student with a Yamaha recorder and student workbook as well as the opportunity to perform with the Kansas City Symphony inside Helzberg Hall! 

Link up linkHow does it work?  Carnegie Hall's curriculum is easily incorporated into your existing elementary music curriculum.  Teachers are invited to introduce this curriculum on their own time throughout the school year.  In addition to learning beginning to advanced recorder technique, students in grades 3-5 will learn repertoire that will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony on the Link Up concerts in May 2012.  Students will attend the concert, recorder-in-hand, and will perform these pieces along with the KCS inside Helzberg Hall! 

What do 1,600 recorders sound like? 
Find out on May 9 & 10, 2012! 

Reserve your seats online or call (816) 218-2609

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Therapeutic horseback Riding in KC area

Thank you for passing this information along to people you know who might benefit from a volunteer experience, or to parents of children who could benefit from therapeutic horseback riding.  Lisa Keefe, ph. 816-808-1106

The Northland Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine-oriented therapy and activities. At NTRC, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic riding instructors, volunteers, riders and horses are partners in the equine-assisted therapeutic process.

We currently have openings for both volunteers and riders.
Volunteers serve NTRC as horse leaders or sidewalkers. Horse leaders should be comfortable grooming, tacking up and leading horses. Sidewalkers do not need horse experience, but must be comfortable around horses, as they walk beside our students as they ride. We ride on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now until Nov. 17 and volunteers are needed in one hour time frames from approximately 3-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday each week. For more information, contact Lisa Keefe, Volunteer Coordinator, at 816-808-1106.

Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy assists riders with a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. A rider assessment and a doctor's clearance is required before participating. Parents may contact Mary Jill Webber, Co-Director, at 816-808-1209 for more information about having a child enrolled as a rider .

More information as well as rider and volunteer applications are located on our website at You may also visit our "Northland Therapeutic Riding Center" Facebook page.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Discount for homeschoolers from US Toy

US Toy, 2008 W. 103rd Terrace, Leawood, KS (just about a block south of 435W and State Line), is offering all educators, including homeschoolers and Sunday school teachers, a 10% discount every day.  

Their phone number is 913-642-8247.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Movie Coming out Sept 23

Calling all Families! Calling all Moms! Calling all Homeschoolers!
Join thousands of families nationwide to see the movie Dolphin Tale on September 23 together. It makes a statement to Hollywood to rally behind movies that “get it right” and tell great stories without all the junk, twaddle, and moral compromise! This movie has all the good stuff we want more of and is truly entertaining and inspiring from ages 5-95!!!
It’s time the conservative Christian Family and Homeschool community shows Hollywood we have a voice. But how? We need a story we can support and get behind, a story that affirms who we are and what we stand for.

Dear Friends, Dolphin Tale is such a story!
This is a family movie that will inspire, instruct, and bring you to tears because of the great story line. This movie even has two homeschool kids who play the main roles! (The casting agents went to a local support group in California and found them!)
The bottom line is that the Homeschool Movie Club wants to show Hollywood that the those of us with Christian and strong family values are a big enough market to support other great movies with traditional, conservative family values. I am hoping you will be a part of this great opportunity with me!