Friday, August 30, 2013

Independent College Counselor Speaking Engagement

Parents of High School & Middle School Students!
                                     You are invited!                              Terri Chapman, Folsom Lake Realty                                                                                                                                   (Event Sponsor)

Date:                         Wednesday, September 25, 2013                                                         
Time:                         7:00pm-9:00pm                                                                                                                                            
Place:                       Serrano Country Club
                                  5005 Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills 95762                                                             
Presenter:               Alice Wise from C.A.P. Counseling (College Admissions Preparation)
Topics include:
·      Preparing for the College Admission Process 
·      Registering for PSAT/SAT/ACT/NCAA
·      Exploring Colleges, Majors & Careers
·      Financial Aid & Scholarships

RSVP:  Terri: (916) 798-0740 or email:
  Alice: (916) 778-7123  or email:                       Light hors d'oeuvres served

(Please refrain from wearing denim)

Sacramento County 4H Club

I wanted to let you know about a great organization that has supported/supplemented many homeschooling families: the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program!

We have been involved with 4-H for about 7 years now. There are numerous opportunities within 4-H, but some of my favorite things about it are:

--interest based (youth members choose projects/activities which interest them)
--“learning by doing” (hands-on learning opportunities)
--leadership, citizenship and communication skills development
--varying levels of involvement/commitment to meet the family’s /individual’s needs
--Appreciation/understanding of the different needs of varying levels of childhood development
--Mixed aged groups valued (like with home education); older members model leadership which inspires and motivates younger members.
--As 4-H members, homeschoolers get to experience parliamentary procedure and the democratic process of voting, elections, etc. – something traditionally educated students usually get at school.

I’m pasting a bit more info below. And NO! you don’t have to own livestock to join 4-H! Projects range from cooking to sewing to bicycle repair and SO much more!

A year ago, I became a 4-H Adult Leader for a brand new club in Sac County: Sequoia Valley. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Arden area. However, there are 18 clubs in Sac County that meet at various times each month. Some clubs are small and some quite large. (SV is small with about 12 members currently.)

Club meetings are run, by large, by the youth leaders. Each club has elected officers (President, VP, etc.). Many ‘jr’ positions are available to younger members (Sergeant-at-arms, Song Leader, etc.).

Although you can join 4-H anytime, September is when most clubs gear up for the year.

I am happy to answer any questions, so feel free to contact me about 4-H anytime. (And more info is pasted below; here is the Sacramento County 4-H website:

Sandi Russi
Sequoia Valley 4-H Club Leader
"That which we are, we shall teach, not voluntarily, but involuntarily."                                                                                 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of the 4-H Youth Development Program is to help young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens. Learn by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills.
In 4-H there is something for everyone.  In Sacramento County we have 18 Community Clubs providing more than 50 different projects.  We also have active camp and after school science programs.  For a description of some of our programs, please check out the following links.
You can request more information through our online information request.
If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please check out the "Volunteer" link in our top menu bar!!

4-H Pledge

I pledge...
My Head to clearer thinking, 
My Heart to greater loyalty, 
My Hands to larger service, 
And my Health to better living, 
For my club, my community, my country, and my world!

Sacramento County 4-H FAQ

Sacramento County 4-H FAQ

EMH Sports Soccer

PE Soccer is starting soon and it is now time to register. Please visit our web site at and find a location near you. Many of our "wish list" locations are being made active this week, and remember, if we don't have a location near you, please let us know and we will bring one to you!


Participants will practice dribbling, passing/receiving, and finishing/shooting drills. There will also be plenty of fun exercises to enhance motor coordination. Proper footwork, positional play, crosses, distribution and a number of other techniques will be covered. Games will be played at each class. Grades PreK-12th (classes divided in into age appropriate groups).

Customer Service
855-213-4443 (Toll Free)

Sutter's Fort Overnight Field Trip

Hello Fellow Homeschoolers,

I would like to invite you to join my group of homeschoolers to attend the overnight field trip to Sutter's Fort.
The date is November 12th.  Which is coming very quickly.  If you have always wanted your children to participate in this event please check out my website for more information.
I do all of the work and planning for you.  You just come in period clothing with some knowledge of the fort and it's history.  I do the rest.
Please feel free to share and pass on this information.  You will find a flyer attached.

Shannon Briggs
Living History Event Planner/Coordinator 

Folsom Library Book Sale

Folsom Library Book Sale - Sept 13-15 
Next book sale is Sept. 13-15
Our huge semiannual book sales have become locally famous. For this one, Sept. 13-15, we are offering a new addition: a substantial collection of recently received vintage books, many of them 19th-century classics. They will be priced "as marked" but far below market value.
Here are the sale details:
• Friday 5-8 p.m.: Preview night -- first choices. $5 (under 12 and Friends members free)
• Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Free admission
• Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Free admission. All the books you can stuff in a bag for $5!
Email: Friends of the Folsom Library 
We have 1000s of books, all genres, most 75¢ to $2, plus other items. Check us out at the Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St. All our fundraising supports the library.
And don't miss our annual vintage book sale at the Folsom Renaissance Faire Sept. 19-20. We'll have a new selection of old books.

Christian College Fair - September 16th

Date: Monday, September 16, 2013

In conjunction with the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP), representatives from over 35 regional and national Christian colleges and universities will be available to speak with students, parents, pastors and school counselors from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bridgeway Christian Church, 3735 Placer Corporate Dr., Rocklin. Additionally, there will be two (2) financial aid seminars to inform families about the distinctives of financing a private higher education.

Wondering what distinguishes a Christian university from other institutions of higher learning? Discover the differences at the largest Christian College Fair in California! William Jessup University will be joined by many other institutions including Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University and Westmont College. Schools from the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas and Canada will also be represented. This is a unique opportunity to discover how a Christian education may be an important part of your students’ college future.

Sacramento area College Fairs

 Sacramento Area College Fairs

9/19/13 5:30 – 7:30 pm Twin Rivers USD Office
9/22/13 1 – 3 pm Hiram Johnson High School
9/23/13 6 – 8 pm Woodcreek High School
9/24/13 6:30 – 8:30 pm St. Francis High School
9/25/13 6:30 – 8 pm Pleasant Grove High School
9/26/13 6 – 8 pm Rio Americano High School
10/7/13   6:30 – 8:30 pm Union Mine High School
10/9/13 6 – 8 pm Interkum High School
10/10/13 6:30-8 pm Whitney High School

There are also 2 upcoming events if your student is interested in learning more about a career in the military:

Christian College Day September 16, 2013 at Capital Christian High School. For more information or to RSVP contact Meagan Wilcox at Capital Christian High School at

Christian College Fair, Sept. Sept. 16, 2013 at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin.  From 6-8 pm.  Goggle it for more info or directions.

Speech and Debate Classes in Auburn and Lincoln

There are several options for classes in Speech and Debate this coming year!  A brand new class just opened in Auburn. Visit our website to register and to see all of our class and club offerings.

Elise Pope and Anne Weiland

Auburn Classes
Monday afternoons beginning September 9.
3:00-4:00 pm Speech Smarts, grades 4-8
4:00-6:00 pm Communications I, grades 9-12

Speech Smarts (4th- 8th grade) Independent 6-week classes, 1 hr/week.  $100 per class

9/9-10/14: Let's Speak Up! Writing and delivering a platform speech
10/21-11/28: Let's Say it Now! Impromptu speaking

§  Improves writing skills, including organization and logic
§  Enhances voice control, enunciation, vocabulary
§  Develops poise, eye contact, body language
Communications I and II (9th grade and up) Year-long classes with opportunities for local speech and debate competition between classes. 2 hours per week.  $250 per semester

§  All of the above! Plus debate adds:
§  Critical thinking
§  Research

In addition to these new classes, we are also teaching classes Thursday afternoons at Agape Learning Center in Lincoln.  See their website for details.

For private independent Christian homeschoolers, there is also Auburn Speech and Debate Club, a competitive club meeting Thursday evenings, 6-9pm in Rocklin.

CB Music Studios - Music Lessons

¯ Family-Friendly ¯ Music Education
Give your child/teen the learning advantage! 
Winner of the Press Tribune’s Best of the Best award and Finalist in the KCRA-3 A-List for the whole Sacramento and surrounding regions, CB Music Studios provides outstanding music education.
With teachers who focus on developing musicianship in a positive andencouraging environment, you can say goodbye to guessing, and know you have come to the right place.
“CB Music Studios has amazing teachers who inspire my children to love music.” 
Join us for quality, personalized instruction with many benefits:
·         Very competitively priced; family and other discounts available
·         Training/coaching students to move into a worship band setting
·         Approved vendors for Horizon, Visions, and South Sutter
·         Private and group lessons for ages 5 to adults
·         Day and evening lessons available
·         Instruction in voice, piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and yes...even harmonica!
Registration is simple!
Hurry, slots are filling quickly for the fall season!
Centrally located on Douglas Blvd, near the 80 Freeway (next to Royer Park and Kelli's Cookies).
We would love to have you as part of our studio family!

CB Music Studios
605-A Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678

Rainwater Music Company - Christian Based

Rainwater Music Company classes begin this coming week.  
Here is the link for more information:

Primer Choir (ages 4-6)
Begins Thursday, September 5
Tuition:  $12/mo
Location:  Citrus Heights

Jesus Express Choir (ages 6-12)
Begins Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6
Tuition:  $25/mo
Locations:  Citrus Heights or Elk Grove

Shades of Praise Choir (ages 12-18)
Begins Friday, September 6
Tuition:  $25/mo
Locations:  Citrus Heights and Elk Grove 

Jesus Express Drama (ages 6-12)
Tuition $25/mo
Begins Thursday, September 5
Locations:  Citrus Heights (Thursdays) or Elk Grove (Fridays)

Shades of Praise Drama (ages 12-18)
Begins Friday, September 6
Locations:  Citrus Heights and Elk Grove (Fridays)

Begins Wednesday, September 4th
Tuition:  $40/mo
 Charter school funds accepted.
Instrument rental available
Location:  Citrus Heights

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Israel Wayne in Sacramento

Israel Wayne is a homeschool dad and speaker – he came to the SCOPE Conference a couple years ago and was absolutely wonderful. He will be here in these locations this week (free Event; love offering taken and resources for purchase):

 Tuesday August 27
Community Christian Reformed Church, 131 W F St, Oakdale, CA 95361

Thursday, August 29th at Generations Church - 7:00-9:00 pm - 2418 O Street, Sacramento— Plenty of Parking - “Defending the Christian Faith and Developing a Biblical World View”

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HS SAT Prep Class

HS SAT Prep Class
Attn Juniors & Seniors! The Fall SAT Prep Class is almost here! This five week course starts on September 28th. The cost of the course is $250 and includes the text. To sign up or get more information, contact the Meagan Wilcox at Capital Christian High School at .

Christian College Day September 16, 2013 at Capital Christian High School. For more information or to RSVP contact Meagan Wilcox at Capital Christian High School at

San Juan Unified School District College Night
6 – 8 pm on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Rio Americano HS Large and Small Gyms
dozens of private and state colleges, universities and military academies represented

University Visits at Bella Vista HS (I just found these, have never done them, don’t know how they work, but suggest you call the school office to inquire if you’re interested)
8301 Madison Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 971-5052
Sept 18 8:00 AM Pt. Loma University
Sept 23 8:00 AM Pacific Lutheran University
Sept 24 8:00 AM Mini College Fair
Sept 25 9:00 AM Pacific University Oregon
Oct 3 10:45 AM William Jessup

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Free Homeschool Student ID Cards

Free homeschool id cards

Good news though! is currently offering FREE homeschool student ID cards including free shipping! These are professionally produced ID cards used by high schools and universities nationwide. Plus, having a student ID can help your homeschooler receive students discounts at many stores and restaurants!

Order your free student ID here.

Fine print: There is a limit of 5 ID cards per household. We reserve the right to end the program earlier than scheduled based on capacity. Any submissions deemed fraudulent or inappropriate will not be fulfilled. We will not be responsible for any errors, misprints, or cards lost in the mail. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Kingdom Builders Fall Classes Begin September 9th

Fall Classes Begin September 9th!
There is still time to sign up, if you are interested in a class and it is full please still contact us.  Families are juggling their schedules at this time of year and spots may open up.  Call us at (916) 784-1717 for more info or to register.

Astronomy Lab Classes in Curtis Park Home

(Sacramento Area Homeschool Email)

I am hosting a Labrat class in our home. 

We have done many classes in our home with Becky and we love them. 

Here are the details for this class. 

Lab: Astronomy 1
Dates: Thursdays, 9/5 - 9/26
Time: 12:30 - 2:00
Location: In our home in Curtis Park, near midtown in Sacramento 

This Astronomy 1 Lab will cover the following:
3, 2, 1... Blast Off! Rockets
Look to the Stars
Our Solar System
Earth's Rotation and Revolution

The next class will be: 
Astronomy 2 Lab will cover:
Lunar and Solar Eclipses
The Mighty Sun
To the Stars
Comet Tails and Meteor Trails
Stay tune for details on this class. 

If interested please call/email: 

Rebecca Sullivan
Educational Director
Lab Rat Academy

Cost: $120 (There is a mileage charge for Becky who is coming from Woodland. All parents can divide up this minor charge.) 

You can also email me directly. 

Thanks, Valerie