Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lego Quest #11: Shadow

This Lego Quest can be found at it's original URL  Amazing and creative mom!

Build something, or a number of things, that you think would cast a great shadow.

Take your creation to a sunny spot, inside or outside on a sunny day. Observe the shadow it casts. Move it around until it makes the shadow you like best. Notice how the shadow changes when it is cast on a wall, compared to the sidewalk, compared to the texture of a tree trunk. Where do you like the shadow best?

Take a picture of only the shadow. 

This is an image of a guy on a horse.  Made by AS.  Submitted by mom, Heather.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Free Homeschool Spanish Workshop

Free HomeSchool Spanish Workshop

As an approved vendor for Horizon, Visions and South Sutter charter schools, Sombrero Time Specializes in Immersive Language instruction for K-8 grade students.  Our education center in Granite Bay is currently forming groups for HomeSchool Spanish this fall starting in September.  

What you can expect by attending a Workshop:

  • Your student will experience a one hour Spanish immersion class for Free!
  • Meet HomeSchool parents and students currently in the program
  • Review our curriculum and receive an outline you can share with your ES/CT
  • Meet our highly-trained native Spanish speaking instructors
  • Q&A session with school director
  • Receive an exclusive opportunity to form a new Spanish group


  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    • Grades K-4 10-11am
    • Grades 5-8 11-12pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    • Grades K-4 10-11am
    • Grades 5-8 11-12pm

Where: Google Map Link:
Sombrero Time Granite Bay
9719 Village Center Drive, Ste 125
Granite Bay, CA 95746

How to Attend: (Eventbrite)
Space is limited to 10 students per hour so you must RSVP.  Reservations must be made using Eventbrite.  Simply follow the link below:

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Dave & Ruth Finsthwait

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Open Studios on the Lake

Open Studios on the Lake
audio . . . . . . . visual
deLIGHTS! One-of-a-kind Art Glass Lighting Fixtures
Painted Pianos Fully refurbished instruments as artpieces
Skin Puddings Pure healing treats for body & hair
NewSongs Original Sheet Music & Instrumental/Vocal CD's
& much more Beautifications for homes and ladies to wear

Directions and more information: •
Sun, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come drop by or stay all day

Tours of Studios • Gallery for viewing & purchase Live Music • Gardens to stroll in • Free workshops:
-ReMades (turning old clothes into fresh whimsy), 1:00 p.m.
-Improvisation (bring your instrument), 3:00 p.m.
-Try playing different instruments (20+ choices), all day

The Three Musketeers at B Street Theatre

Join Athos, Pathos, Aramis and their friend D'Artagnan for an intriguing a swashbuckling adventure! All for One and One for All! 

The Three Musketeers

When?  Friday, May 3rd

Time?  11:30am - 1pm (Please arrive no later than 11:15 am to check in)

Where?  B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento, CA

How Much?   $10 per ticket

Who?  Ages 5 and up.  Please note, B Street will not admit students under 5 years of age.

RSVP to Darcy Howard at 916-276-7111 or by Friday, April 12th.
Payment is required to hold your reservation.  Make checks payable to Darcy Howard and mail to 5643 Val Verde Road, Loomis, CA 95650

Themes: Camaraderie, Love, Pride, Ambition, Loyalty and Honor as well as Historical Connections
Adapted by Buck Busfield - Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Horizon students, you may also use your funds for this show.  Please sign up for the field trip through Horizon AND email Darcy with your contact information.

Questions?  Call Darcy at 916-276-7111

SCOPE Conference

Sacramento Christian Organization of Parent Educators 
Conference and Curriculum fair...

June 14 and June 15

Keynote speaker: Todd Wilson

Friday night keynote: "Dream Big"

$25 2 day pass

Save $10 over at the door prices

Pre-registration deadline: 5/29/13 for more information and registration form.

Scope subscribers:$25 individual- spouse free ($5 each additional family member (12 and up)

Non-SCOPE members: $35 for individual- spouse free ($5 each additional family member (12 and up)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lego Quest #10: Spring


Spring is the transition period between winter and summer. It is seen as a time of growth, renewal and new life for both plants and animals.

The axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt towards the sun, which warms the Earth and causes new plant growth.

What does spring mean to you? Create something out of LEGO that reminds you of Spring and tell us about it.

By AA.  "There is a guy siting on a rock, drinking water while fishing.  Fish is being grilled.  There are a lot of plants everywhere.  There is another guy in the water and the cat is trying to eat the fish." Submitted by Leigh

by RA.  "There is a rock.  Next to the rock is a viper. There is a dog and a lake.  A patch of flowers.  There is a patch of dirt. Submitted by Leigh.

This is a forest with a waterfall, river and some trees. By PS and AS.  Mom-Heather S.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Lego Quest #9: Maximum Height


This weeks challenge is called maximum height.

A vertical structure that is standing alone, without anything supporting it.

Once you are happy with the height of your creation, please measure it and state how high it is.

Sometimes structures built for height need to be wider than just one lego brick. You might think about how easily it would fall over if it was really thin, and how stable it is when you use a wider base.

If there is more than one LEGO Quest Kid in your home, you might want to all pool the bricks and work together, or you may want to build alone, your choice.

Good luck, be patient and try again, (if you want). There is no winner here for maximum height, everyone has a different amount of LEGO bricks available to them. The idea is to have fun, this is not a contest, just build as high as you can, with the bricks that you have.

It's the modified Empire State Building. It is 6'5". By AS. Submitted by Heather.

Three foot tall tower, titled, "Tower de Freakishly Huge". By AA and RA.  Submitted by Leigh.