Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bridgeway Secondary Classes

Pursuing excellence in any endeavor is necessary and honorable. Preparing well for one’s future call is important.
• Algebra 1 • Geometry • Introductory Psychology • Health Science • Western Civilization
Class sizes are limited. For more information please visit www.bcchomeschool.com
or contact David Sachs Michelle Colpitts
David Sachs: david@learning-4-life.com Michelle Colpitts: colpitts4@gmail.com
Must be a part of the Bridgeway Homeschool Support Group to participate in classes ($25 annual family fee)

Bridgeway Christian Church Homeschool Network is excited to announce new classes on Monday/Wednesdays that will further support the needs of homeschooling students and families in grades 7- 12. The courses are facilitated with fidelity and rigor that will offer the secondary student with an honors and advanced placement level of achievement. It’s also for those families who desire to prepare ac-ademically to pass exams such as the College Board CLEP; Advanced Placement; and the SAT/ACT these secondary courses may assist you.

Class sizes are limited. For more information please visit www.bcchomeschool.com
or contact David Sachs Michelle Colpitts
David Sachs: david@learning-4-life.com Michelle Colpitts: colpitts4@gmail.com
Must be a part of the Bridgeway Homeschool Support Group to participate in classes ($25 annual family fee)  

Christian Cub Scout Troop in Fair Oaks

                                                                                       JOIN CUB SCOUTS

Cub Scout Motto:  “DO YOUR BEST”

Family Friendly Homeschool/Christian Group
Boys-Ages 6-10

“Our goal is to arrange fellowship between Scouts from families with a similar vision for upholding God’s holy scriptural standard for living.” 
~Pastor Bob Hall, Founder of Pack 107, 1991

We meet every Tuesday evening from 7-8:30pm
September through May in Fair Oaks.

Please join us for our Cub Kick-off BBQ for more information, fun, & fellowship.

Date & Time:  August 27, 2013 @ 6pm
Location:  Madera Park in Citrus Heights

Contact Information:  Nicola Sinclair (916) 961-8802 nicola.sinclair38@gmail.com

Art Classes with Yuko Ray

Hello, parents

EmojiAnother art class has been added at Kingdom Builder Books. 

Please check my website for all the classes and schedule,  http://creativityalivearts.weebly.com
Please register by email.

Last two astronomy classes were well received by many home school students, so I am planning to have Astronomy Class #3 with Mr. Tim Unruh on August 10th 7pm. Emoji
This time, the focus is constellations. Hopefully sending out more information soon.
If you have home school groups and friends, please feel free to pass this information.
Look forward to seeing you.
Yuko Ray

Spanish with Sonia

This year Spanish With Sonia is offering:

- Spanish for the budding chef (Tuesdays 11-12, ages 7-14)
- Beginning Conversational Spanish (Mondays 10-11, ages 7-12)
- Spanish 3 (Mondays 12-2, prerequisite successful completion of Spanish 2)
- Spanish 1 (Tuesdays 10-11, ages 10-18)conversational Spanish including conjugations and other grammar
- Individual 1-1 tutoring (any age, times vary)

Classes are held in Sonia's home (7725 Wintergreen Dr, Citrus Heights)

For pricing and more detailed information about each class visit spanishwithsonia.com
or call 916-601-4913

Monday, July 29, 2013

Demystifying CollegePlus Free Webinar from CollegePlus

Demystifying CollegePlus 
Free Webinar from CollegePlus
Register at the link below


Demystifying CollegePlus" - Hosted by The CollegePlus Team 
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 7pm CST
Questions about CollegePlus? Heard about CollegePlus but not sure how it will work for you? Like the idea but don't quite "get it"? 
That's completely understandable! CollegePlus is a unique way of earning a bachelor's degree and it can be mystifying the first time you hear about it. 
And the second. 
And sometimes the third. 
So, to help dispel the mystery, we created this webinar - a dynamic "behind the scenes" tour of the CollegePlus experience. 
From Erica Brandau, head of coaching, explaining the resources and value our coaches provide students to Jared Brandau, head of our Research Department, explaining how degree plans are created, this webinar will give you a much better idea of what CollegePlus helps students do and take the mystery out of how we help you and your family achieve your educational goals. 
Space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot! 

Animated Hero Classics

YouTube has a series of animated cartoons called The Animated Hero Classics. The  two on George Washington and Joan of Arc showed the characters praying... more so in Joan of Arc. They also each have a link to a workbook that you can print out.

Most of them are regarding American History but a few are older.

Here's the link to the video of Joan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY-ElJSVQGU

The link to the workbooks is in the comment section of the video.
To find more topics search The Animated Hero Classics in YouTube.

They would probably be more suited for the elementary age since they are

EMH Sports Fall Registration

Hello Parents and Guardians!

Registration will open for EMH Sports 2013-2014 on August 1, beginning with September Soccer! At that time you can begin placing orders. We will need a new signed Athletic Participation (AP) form for each child after August 1. However, you can update your profile and child records now if needed (new school, grade level, medical notes, etc) so that you are ready to register.

We will be adding many new locations and many will be active for the Fall Startup! Please make sure that you sign up on the "wish list" locations if you want a class near you. Just click on the park location and follow the prompts for placing your children on the roster.

Here is a review and updating of our policies for your reference...



· We take checks (mailed to our office), online payments, and school funding by arrangement. Please do not pay at the park - our coaches are there to instruct and not to handle regisgtration.
· Due to park permit increases, gas prices, etc, classes are going to be $24 for the month (that's just a $1 increase to $6 per day). This is the price for ordering a full month of classes. (See also discounts below). If you will miss a week or more of a sport, we do not prorate that price. If you want to order fewer weeks you can, but the cost is $7.50 per day. The walk-up price (not pre-ordered) is $10. 
· All orders must be paid in full the day before the first class. Late fees will apply to any order placed after 6:00 pm the night before class, or any order not paid in full by that time. If your check is late, you can make an online payment and then we will credit your check when it arrives. We are not responsible for late mail, so please send payment early!
· If we do not receive payment or funding for a sport that you order, your child will be dropped from the roster and you will have to reorder at a future date, so please make sure your payment or purchase order covers all months on the order.
· If you prepay and then miss a week or more, you can buy a family makeup pass for $5 per day. This allows your family to attend any other future park or class. We do not refund or credit missed weeks except when we cancel class. You must request makeup passes within 30 days.
· Cancellation fees are $3 per child per week once classes start, so please notify us of cancellations right away! If using school funds, please cancel with both your school and with EMH Sports since we do not always get timely notices.
· Rosters are printed the night before class. If your child does not appear on the roster for any sport, you will have to pay the $10 walk-up price at the park. Your online status page shows your registration status for each month so you can check before coming. Only students with a green flag are clear to play. Please contact the office and clear your account well in advance if you have any concerns.


· Siblings (3 or more siblings in the same sport/location, all paying out of pocket, no school funds) are $24, $20, $16, $12, $12, $12.... 
Other discounts below will only apply to the first child if also using sibling discount. We do not prorate at this price - the whole month must be ordered.

· Order early and get 10% off - order and payment must be received by the 20th of prior month. (If using school funding, you must keep a $24 non-refundable deposit on account for each child in order to get the discount, since schools do not prepay.) Code: EARLYBIRD
· Order in bulk and get 10% off (4 or more months per child, prepaid, no PO or school funds). Code: 4ORMORE
School Funding

· All students must order through our EMH Sports website regardless of payment method. If you order with your school, that covers funding only and does not place your child on our roster.
· If using school funds, all school paperwork must be received in our office by our 6:00 pmdeadline or a deposit will be required. We are not responsible for schools being late with your funds, so please allow plenty of time!
· If you have made a full deposit to cover a month of sports, your child may play while we wait for funding and you can get a 10% discount if you are using EUs. If you do not have a deposit and your school paperwork is not clear, your child will not be able to play, so please check that every child is cleared on your status page (green flag) before coming to the park! Our coaches will not be able to handle registration issues.
· If we have a special arrangement with your school for funding your PE classes, please contact us or your facilitator for instructions.
See Also
For full details please read the following pages:

Free DVD Bible Studies...Limited Offer!

Free DVD Bible studies are available while supplies last!

Big Shiny Planet Bible studies is clearing out all remaining inventory
and offering Volumes 1-4 for FREE. Just pay $4.95 S&H. Normally these
are $39.99 each at LifeWay and Family Christian Stores. Now you can get
all four for under $20…a savings of $140!

Big Shiny Planet builds Bible studies out of Christian music and then
films the artists teaching the message behind the song. Artists include
BarlowGirl, Building 429, Todd Agnew, Sanctus Real, and more!

Limited supply. Order today at http://www.bigshinyplanet.com.

Purewind Studio Winds Intensive August 2nd

Brass & Woodwind players, join us for:

Friday, August 2, 12:30 â€" 4:30 p.m. 
For all brass and woodwind instruments ~ $40

Session to take place at Purewind Studio in Loomis
— Learn about wind players’ role in an orchestra 
— Sightread ensemble material

— Be equipped for effective practice at home

— Practice wind-specific technique and theory application

— Includes studio lessons where each receives individual attention in a manner all can grow from

To reserve your spot, visit www.purewindstudio.com 
or contact Danika Gooch: (916) 768-2342

download the flyer at: http://www.purewindstudio.com/Winds-Intensives.html

Special music, photos, & announcements posted regularly.

(916) 768-2342

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip

Welcome Colonial Williamsburg 2013-14 EFT Program!
The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to present a GroupBuy for the Emmy Award-winning (and many more awards!) Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for the 2013-14 school year!

This unique online History field trip program offers much more than a mere video experience. Series includes:

•Access to LIVE video streaming broadcasts held on-site at Colonial Williamsburg
•Access to real historians for student Q&A
•LIVE call-in during broadcasts for YOUR homeschool students
•Downloadable lesson plans
•Online teacher resources
•Student activities
•Web adventures
•Primary source documents
•And much, MUCH more!
Never heard of the award-winning Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Program? View the 'What's An EFT?' Video
Featuring SEVEN Electronic Field Trips

The series includes the following SEVEN Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips:

•The Bill of Rights (Oct 10)
•The Balance of Power (Nov 7)
•Women of the Revolution (Dec 12)
•The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race (Jan 16)
•Harsh World, This World (Feb 13)
•Civil War Ironclads (Mar 13)
•The War of 1812 (Apr 10)
Worried about missing the date of the live field trip(s) video stream? No problem! You will ALSO have access to your field trip(s) via private login for the entire school year. Login when YOU need to for activity follow-ups or just to re-visit your favorite field trip presentation. This program truly caters to your scheduling needs.


Heritage Trail Museums List August 10 - 11, 2013

Below are links to the websites of the museums that will be participating in the 2013 Heritage Trail. They've been arranged by geography to make it easier for travelers to plan a weekend jam packed with maximum museum coverage. 


August 10, 2013 -
August 11, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Valley Museums - located in South Placer
Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
Lincoln Area Archives Museum
Maidu Museum and Historic Site (Roseville)
Roseville Telephone Museum 
Rocklin History Museum
Griffith Quarry Museum (Penryn)

Auburn Museums - within one mile of the Historic Courthouse
Placer County Museum
Bernhard Museum Complex
Gold Country Museum
Joss House Museum
Gold Country Medical History Museum
The Benton Welty School Room
Mountain Museums - located in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe 
Forest Hill Divide Museum
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
Golden Drift Museum
Donner Summit Historical Society Museum
Western SkiSport Museum (Boreal)
Gatekeeper's Museum (Tahoe City)
Watson Cabin (Tahoe City)
For more information call 530-889-6500.

Gold Country Fair September 5-8th

2013 Gold Country Fair 
"Let the Good Times Grow!" 
September 5-8th

Carnival rides offering thrills, farm animals with their 4-H families, junior livestock auctions, arts and crafts, exhibits, food, fun and stages of entertainment. For more information about the Gold Country Fair, visit their website at


Gold Country Fair
Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High Street
Auburn, CA
530 823-4533

Our goal is to provide a facility for our communities to celebrate the agriculture, history and culture of our district. Whether you are interested in attending our fair in September or you are looking for a place to hold your next event, you're here!

Lincoln-Douglas Values Debate & Speech Club for Home Educated Youth

Announcing New Lincoln-Douglas Values Debate & Speech Club for Home Educated Youth

Participation in Christian home-school speech and debate is growing rapidly as many new families discover the unique benefits of this activity.  There are several excellent clubs in the  Sacramento region that train students to compete in Team Policy Debate.  We are proud to announce the formation of a Lincoln-Douglas Values Debate club focusing on Lincoln-Douglas Debate as well as all speech events offered by STOA (www.stoausa.org), a national competitive forensics league for Christian, home-educated youth.  Families may choose to participate in debate and / or speech activities according to their interests and goals.  Students ages 12 through high school seniors are eligible to participate.  Instruction will be provided for both novice and experienced students, and parents will learn alongside their students.  Given this collaborative format, there will be no tuition cost.  Club meetings will alternate weekly between speech and debate activities on Monday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Citrus Heights throughout the academic year.  An information meeting for interested parents and students will be held on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Attendance at the meeting will not constitute a commitment, so please join us to gather information before prayerfully considering participation!  For additional information and the location of the meeting, contact:
Kimberly Embree (embree6@comcast.net) or Leigh Ann Crosby (mlc92@sbcglobal.net)

August 1st Crocker Art Museum for Teens

Thursday, August 1
5 - 9 PM
FREE for teens! 
What happens when teens take over the Crocker? Find out at this major summer bash celebrating the art, vision, and culture of local youth. DJs from Sol Collective, SAYS poets, The Kelps, The Hungry, Crow Canyon, and hip-hop dancers will light up a main stage. Check out skateboard demos on a quarter pipe, watch Kendama ladder competitions presented by Metropolis Comix, screenprint your own t-shirt, and gain real-world insights in a creative careers lounge. An urban calligraphy battle among regional aerosol artists will top the night off! Parent-sitting is available. 
Free for teens and members. Included with general admission for nonmembers. Youth workers and community educators can receive free admission by responding to this email.  Spread the word!!!!!
To receive updates on this program youth can text “TAKEOVER” to 313131. 
Emma Moore    Manager, Studio Experiences
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
direct 916.808.1961cell 916.549.6932fax 916.808.7372          

Blue Line Arts Fall Art Program

Blue Line Arts
405 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-4117
Homeschool Art Program
Every Wednesday from September 11th-October 30th, 2013
Ages 6-9: 1-2:30pm
Ages 10+: 3-4:30pm
Cost: $125 for 8-week program--members
$135 for 8 week program--non-members
Contact Katie for more information

CYT Sumer Camp still has space available at Oak Avenue Church in Orangevale!  
$cholarships are available, so please spread the word to kids and families who may not have the opportunity for arts training!

Registration, scholarship forms and more information at cytsacramento.org!

History Classes with the HISTerical Sisters

We invite you to join us this coming Fall for a full year (yes...9 different topics) with The HISTerical Sisters. Classes are open to students of all ages (K-12th) and fall sign-ups are now open! Classes are once a month on the 2nd Monday!

Long time homeschooling mothers and sisters, Gina Threshie (known to kids as "NeeNee") and Jennifer Steward (known to kids as "Tito") use their signature blend of hilarious antics to teach the facts! This fun filled history day is called The Great Homeschool History Tour because kids will be taken around the world over hundreds of years learning all about history.
Topics this year include:
·        Ancient Egypt
·        Ancient Greece
·        Ancient Rome
·        The History of Christmas Traditions
·        Ancient China
·        Medieval Times
·        Renaissance
·        Reformation
·        Art History

To learn more about classes and for further information visit:
Call: 530-333-0803
Students will experience total immersion in each history topic. The HISTerical Sisters start their day by offering an educational and fun teaching presentation (it's more like a show!), then students break into age groups and rotate to activity stations. They may come dressed in costume (many do...many do not) and have their picture taken against a period backdrop with our props. After lunch students will write what they learned (copy from the board) things that were covered and learned (scrapbooking time). Students assemble one more time for the "wrap up" session where they come forward and tell Tito a fact they learned...in exchange for candy (They LOVE this part...and it's so much fun!)  

Workshop: Developing a Love For Learning Using Living Books

You are invited to a day of encouragement. Jennifer Steward is offering a workshop titled: Developing a Love for Learning Using Living Books

Saturday, August 17th
Location: The Steward's Home (30 Minutes from Auburn)
Fee: $40 (Includes Lunch)
Time: 9:30 - 2:30

Sessions Include:
There’s a Teacher Insider you...Let her Out!, Living Books...what are they and how can you tell one when you see one?,
Teaching Using Living Books, Notebooks - Kids Love Learning!

To register or for more information call 530-333-1642

Monday, July 22, 2013

Homeschool Webinar August 29th with Sue Patrick's Workbox System

Are You a Stressed Homeschooler?

Last week I was asked to speak at homeschool group's monthly meeting about two subjects: Reasons to Homeschool, or Not and How to Get Started.

The overwhelming impression I had of those who attended was of how very stressed they all were. Were they capable of homeschooling, would they cover enough material, discipline issues, curriculum issues, husband approval issues...the list was very long and varied, but the emotion seemed to be the same...stressed!

I HATE for homeschoolers to feel stressed. In fact, one of homeschooling's greatest benefit should be relief of stress. Like much of the stress in our lives, homeschooling stress is unwarranted and self-imposed. If there is one thing I can communicate, is do the next thing and do not stress or worry--of course this doesn't mean I never stress either.

While the laws are different in every state, and some state laws do lead to a bit of stress, by and large, there are no worries. Our kids are getting a quality education, and learning well enough without taking their local public school's "AP" classes. All our homeschool classes are AP classes! 

Please give yourself a mental break. Don't impose the guilt and stress of thinking you are not doing enough. You are doing enough. By committing to homeschooling and teaching your kids in a loving and comfortable environment, they will soak up more than you think.

Now you can have fun 

Time for Another Live Webinar

Thursday August 29, 2013 at 6pm Eastern U.S. Time

In the last email I sent out, I offered a recorded webinar to you all. The response was quite overwhelming and I hope I responded to everyone. But with hundreds of emails coming in, I just may have missed someone. I apologize if that was the case.

I have scheduled another Live Webinar which will allow you all to ask questions in real time. I will be explaining the Workbox System, showing curriculum alterations, instructions on how to make interactive Word and Powerpoint documents, and answering any and all questions until every question has been answered. I will be nervously trying a new webinar company and hope all will go well. This webinar company will allow all of you to see the typed questions asked by others rather than my reading them to you as in the past. I think this will make the webinar go smoother.

There is a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of the Webinar as well as a limit of 200 attendees. Please follow the link below to attend. My experience is that it will fill quickly.


Public School or Homeschool? 
Thinking About Homeschooling?

This time of year I seem to have a lot more questions from people pulling their children out of traditional school to homeschool. A lot of people fear there is no way they can teach their children well or that their children will actually listen and do what they say in a homeschool setting.

Let me assure you that you can! I usually have 4 criteria to think about which would hinder your ability to homeschool, and I have also listed some great benefits:

1. You want to be your child's friend and avoid some of the tougher parenting issues.
If this is you, then yes, you might have trouble homeschooling. Some people
don't even realize this is their situation. You will find out very quickly by

2. You want someone else to homeschool your child.
There are a lot of people out there who like the idea of their child not being
in a public or private school, yet they don't actually want to homeschool or
feel they can. So depending on their state laws, they have someone else 
"homeschool" their child or else they hire out all the classes. This inherently
creates problems. Often, there is no one in charge but the child and that
rarely works out.

3. You are very concerned over what other people think.
Strong comments from others can be on both sides of the fence. Homeschoolers
themselves can send biting comments on your style of homeschooling, their own 
opinions of your child's development, or the dreaded comparison of your child
to theirs. Getting into the game of comparing children and families can be very 

The same can happen, especially with family members, from those who
are against homeschooling. I hear story after story of grandparents pulling the 
children aside and "quizzing" them to be sure they are learning "anything."

If we are not confident in what we are doing and the reasons we are doing it,
comments from others can feel defeating.

4. You lack all manner of self discipline.
Very few people in this category, but they do exist. I have seen children thrive in 
this situation because the child was a self-starter and motivated. But largely, 
this won't work. Unschoolers or more traditional homeschoolers will require a
measure of discipline to succeed.

Homeschooling Benefits!

While this list could certainly be quite long and wide, some benefits that quickly come to mind:

* I am thankful I am the one answering their questions all day long with answers that are in line with our family values and world view

* I am thankful for the time spent together in relationship both myself with my children and for my children with each other. I truly do not believe my kids would have as good a relationship if they were in separate schools and classrooms all these years.

* Homeschooling (can be) a far less hectic lifestyle. Though just like the rest of our lives, we can make them too busy. Homeschooling can be the quiet calm of our lives--mine is. The homeschooling part of our day is the easiest. After our homeschool work is done, the day can become crazy--but that is self-imposed.

*Your kids can learn at their own pace and explore their interests. Until my kids were High School age, I never knew how to answer the question of what grade they were in. Each subject was taken at the level they were at, so naturally, there was no perfect "grade" for all subjects. We were just learning every day. No need to be held back from moving ahead and no need to feel left behind when more time is needed on a subject.

*I personally find homeschooling to be very economical. Aside from the fact that most of us must learn to live on one income (and single homeschoolers even less), the cost of homeschooling can be quite low. You can homeschool just fine without expensive curriculum or classes. And the clothing expense is nearly inconsequential compared to going to school.

Based on the benefits I feel our family has received from homeschooling all these years, I would love for you to also homeschool your children. I think you will be glad (though not perhaps the first month!)

Webinar Link:
Thursday, August 29, 6pm
Eastern US Time


Sue Patrick
Sue Patrick's Workbox System


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Play with Paint Summer Camp - Roseville Blue Line Arts

Play with Paint 

July 29-Aug 2 Ages: 5-11 

Half-day options available for this camp:

AM session (9am-12pm) or

PM session (12:30-3:30pm)

Join us for a week-long camp where we find different ways to play with paint. You're sure to get a little messy as we paint with our hands, splatter paint on a canvas a la Jackson Pollock and use tools other than paint brushes to make mini masterpieces! 

BLA Instructor: Ashlee DeAnda 

Member Price: $175

Non-Member Price: $190

Member Price: $95 Half day, all week

Non-Member Price: $105 Half day, all week

Click Here to sign up NOW! 

After-hours care: We will now be offering after-hours care from 3pm-6pm after camp only each day. The cost is $25 for all 3 hours for members and $29 for non-members. Please indicate on your registration form the day for after-hours care.