Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Homeschool resources-time sensitive (some are free)

I received these by email this morning, and thought I would share.

#1. If you are in the St. Joseph or Kansas City areas of Missouri, this is for you!

You can share the experience of the Pony Express Legend with many educational, hands-on exhibits and activities during the upcoming
Family Day
Saturday, January 17
9:00 - 5:00
Free Admission to Community Room (courtesy of United Missouri Bank)
Pony Express National Museum, 914 Penn, St. Joseph

Whatever your age, you are sure to be captivated by the Cowboy stories and Wild West images during our “Ridin’ the Trail” event. Inspired by many requests from children visiting the museum, Family Day gives kids a chance to step back into the 1860s job of a Pony Express Rider. First, they choose a horse (stick horse) and travel across six states until they reach California with their handmade mochila. Several crafts and a good imagination will help at each stage of the trail.

Admission to the Museum is half price all day to encourage families to take a tour after their Family Day workshop.

With gratitude to M. Karl Goetz and the Goetz Pony Express Foundation, along with aid and support from the Chamber of Commerce, the citizens of St. Joseph, and the St. Joseph Museum, Inc. who helped to save this historic structure. The Museum is open daily from 9am - 5pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm - 5pm on Sunday. Admission rates are $4 for adults, $3 seniors, and $2 for children under 12. For further information about programs and events please call (816)279-5059 or visit the museum website at www.ponyexpress.org .

#2. Possibly interesting lesson plan to use/adapt with the inauguration:

Free—for a limited time only. Bring the historic Presidential
Inauguration of 2009 into your classroom! "Presidential Inauguration:
History, Tradition, and the Constitution" helps your students learn
more about Inauguration Day from constitutional, historical, and
current perspectives.

...If you do not own the curriculum, you can download the lesson for
free for two days only: January 13-14.

3. This is in regard to CoCo Key (indoor pool and swim park) at I 70 and Blue Ridge in Kansas City MO. Home School days are now Monday's from 10am to 3pm and Thursday's 3pm to 9pm. They will not honor home school prices on holidays although they are making an exception for this coming Monday, January 19th, home school prices will apply.

When you access the website you will need to enter your groups code. Then enter how many tickets you want, this will access their calendar.

If you are part of a group that does not have a code you can go to the website listed below and click on "Apply Now" and fill in the information for your group and you will be given a code to get the $8 home school rate. https://tickets.cocokeywaterresort.com/

4. This one has a fee, but I am sure it will be great--I know the teacher.

There are a few spots left in this class.

Whole Grain Bread 101
Tues, Jan 20th, 6:30pm-9pm
Oak Park High School, 825 NE 79th Terr

Learn all the basics from grinding fresh flour (or not) to how to freeze
your bread. 3 breads will be made start to finish with samples to taste
and take home - whole wheat oatmeal, cinnamon raisin swirl, and crunchy

To register, call North Kansas City schools at 413-5494
or register online at http://www.nkcsd.k12.mo.us
Fee $25, optional class text $16

#5. Again, in Kansas City for homeschoolers:
Linecreek Community Center offers a discounted price of $4.00 per person for Homeschoolers during the Public Skating on Fridays from 1-4pm.

You have to tell them you're a Homeschooler before they start ringing up.

You can find out more information at their website :


#6. Also Kansas City:
Science Pioneers Teacher Resource Day is Saturday, January 31, 2009
at Pierson Auditorium at UMKC Campus

If you could make one stop and receive:

25 proven lesson plans for today's science curriculum with master teachers demonstrating
Opportunities to collect information and visit with 35 organizations that provide information, classroom visits and/or field trips
Choice of 3 NASA workshops at 10am, 11am, 12pm
Attend and environmental education roundtable 11am to 12pm
Door Prizes and freebis galore
A free CD with the lesson plans, plus 8 powerpoint presentations of Saturday Science Seminar topics, exciting website links AND MORE...
This is a come and go event... it is probably best to come before noon.

Deadline: January 28, 2009
for Teacher Resource Day
ScienceWise Teacher Share-A-Thon
Teachers Investigating Science Resources Expo

When: 10am to 1pm, Saturday, January 31, 2009
Where: UMKC Pierson Auditorium

Register at http://www.sciencepioneers.org/pdf/TRDRegForm.pdf

Still room in our remaining ScienceWise course, check them out!

#7. In Columbia MO

Post-Secondary Education Fair You are invited to attend the Second Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair for home-schooled students. This event will take place Friday, March 6th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO. This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four- year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technica l/trade schools at one time. The 2008 fair included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home-schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education. We will again offer the mini-seminar, "Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education," lead by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell's seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended last year. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation. Mrs. Campbell's oldest child is working as an ASL interpreter and will be beginning a master's program this fall to prepare for a career in speech pathology, her middle son is a full-ride-scholarsh ip graduate of Westminster College and is now earning his master's at MU on a full scholarship, and her youngest is currently attending Westminster College and will be transferring to MU this fall. If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors, Ron and Brenda Crowe, home-schooling parents at rcrowe@ktis. net or at their home-based business number 573- 642-0659.

If anyone has any homeschool resources they would like to add, feel free!

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