Monday, January 27, 2014

Purewind Studio Theory Class and Improv Band

NewSong Camp participants are still noting just how much they were impacted by the theory classes, ear training, and improvisation groups this winter.  These opportunities simply are not found through private lessons and other year-round ensembles, but they are essential for complete development of any singer/instrumentalist.  We have seen that there is a need to continue these studies NOW to build on camp's foundation and welcome in new people, so we are providing an altogether new opportunity this spring . . .

Theory Class + Improv Band
Sundays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, 2/9 - 4/6
Purewind Studio, Loomis

For all instruments and voices
Experience prerequisite: Comfortable using major, minor, and chromatic scales

What you will learn over the 9-week course:
- Training the ear for chords and rhythms
- Understanding all chord suffixes and voicings
- Following complex chord charts and improvising harmonies or melodies off them
- Writing your own chord charts
- Using your instrument/voice as a tool to convey what you hear in your head or copy what others have played
- Blending dynamically with a small band

Instructors:  Daniel Enrico & Danika Gooch

Cost: $90 total for 9 weeks

Registration:  Please sign up by Feb. 1 at this link:
With any questions, call (916) 768-2342 or reply to this email.

Feel free to spread the word to fellow musicians!

(916) 768-2342

UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day 
UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 from Noon-4:00 pm 
The third annual Biodiversity Museum Day is coming up! The biological museums of UC Davis will be open to the public for these special weekend hours. The open collections include the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, the Botanical Conservatory, theCenter for Plant Diversity, the Anthropology Collections, and the Paleontology Collections. 
Free parking and admission! See carnivorous plants, touch fossils, learn about birds, hold insects. This is a family friendly event. All are welcome! 

Amazing Rocks III Class - Discovery Museum

The Date for this class is Thursday, May 15th, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm,  Museum time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

Information on the class: Amazing Rocks III
We bring an amazing array of specimens into your classroom to cover the basics about rocks.  But wait, there's more!  A staff science educator provides an appropriate grade level program for your budding geologists and paleontologists.  Students learn about life through time by placing real fossils on a six foot time line.  California fossils are part of this enhanced fourth & fifth grade program.

It is $15.00 per child.  

If you have to cancel, I can reimburse, if I can find someone to take your spot.  (To cover the cost of this class and museum entrance, I need 20 students to participate.)  Also note, if you are a museum member, it's the same price.  (I asked, since we are members.) 

Older grade levels are welcome.  

If you would like to sign up for this class, let me know as soon as possible. 

If you know some families that may be interested, please forward. 

Hope you can join us! 

Many thanks!  And Happy New Year! 


P.S.  If anyone wants to meet at noon for lunch, they have some inviting benches outside the museum where we could gather and eat our sack lunches. If anyone is interested in meeting early, let me know! 

Youth Basic Engine Class

Youth Basic Engine Class

March 15, 2014 
12:30pm - 4:00pm
This is a hands-on 3 hour class aimed at students 4th grade and up.  Students learn how an engine works by taking apart a Briggs and Stratton one cylinder engine to see how the solids, liquids and gases interact to make it run.  Students also get to fire up several different types of engines to see how each gets their specific job done.
$20 per pair for members/$25 per pair for non-members


Youth Basic Engine Class
March 15, 2014 12:30 pm
March 15, 2014 4:00 pm
Classes,Upcoming Events
Carly Starr
January 2, 2013
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street,Sacramento, CA,95818United States

31 Jan, Alpha Fired Arts Field trip, all ages, $20 per person,2pm

What: Tour of Alpha fired Arts and hand building/firing and painting of one pottery piece.

ages: all

Cost: $20 per person (discount available for siblings-- refunded day of)

1.5 hour event

starts at 2pm (please be there by 1:45 for check in)

min. 8 spots

Payment needed in advance.  No refunds.

Please email me for payment address.

Please include ages of participates.

Virtual Tour Little House on the Prairie

(Posted on SAFTI) Our family will be kicking it Little House style this summer, but I wanted to take you and yours along with us! So come check out the virtual field trip I've put together for you and explore the prairie from your living room:

Young Scientist Challenge

One student will win $25,000 and be 
named "America's Top Young Scientist"
Ten finalists will participate in an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist
Discovery Education and 3M are looking for innovative students who want to make a difference in today's world. We're challenging students in grades 5-8 to create a 1-2 minute video showcasing their big idea to solve a real-world problem using science and engineering. Videos do not need to be "produced" and may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras.
The first 50 students to submit a video will receive 
a Young Scientist Challenge prize pack!
enter now
The Benefits
Ten national finalists will have the chance to participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences and win amazing prizes, such as a one-on-one mentorship with a 3M scientist, $25,000, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Check out all the great prizes up for grabs
Free resources for teachers, parents, and young scientists:

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year CelebrationAges: 6-12
Cost: Free
Joins us as we celebrate the Year of the Horse!  This event will include traditional paper cutting, calligraphy, 
a Lion Dance and a Dragon Dance.
Tue  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maidu Library

Tue  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Riley Library

EMH Sports Nerf Dodgeball

Hello Parents and Guardians, 

We are offering another Bring a Friend day the first week of February. Once you sign up you can fill out our special form to get a free one day pass for your friend. Please read rules and details on the website. Your friend gets a free class and you get a bonus if they sign up!     

Nerf Dodgeball: Nerf Dodgeball is one of our most popular classes. This is a great cardio sport because of the jumping and dodging. The game also improves hand and eye coordination and quickness. The balls used in this sport are made of a spongy and light plastic material and pose no problem when coming into contact with the students. These lighter weight balls move slower through the air and are easier to dodge. 
We add several different sizes of ball and variations on the rules to keep it interesting and fun. The rules and regulations of the games will be discussed before each class. 855-213-4443 (Toll Free)  

Creativity Alive Art Classes with Yuko Ray

Happy New Year! I hope you had a blessed holiday season. I wish everyone  a safe and healthy year.
I am sending this email because I have opened new locations for art class for home school students.
Please check my website for the details. Here is the link.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time.
Yuko Ray

Nunez Martial Arts Academy

Don't forget we are still running a beginners special this month: 79.00 per month and NO enrollment fee! That's for unlimited Bok Fu Classes!

Classical Conversations Info Meeting 1/27

Do you want to know more about the classical method of education? 

Are you looking for a community of like-minded homeschoolers to inspire and encourage you?

Do you need more accountability or motivation for yourself and your child?

Classical Conversations is a program that combines the classical method of education with a biblical worldview, utilizing the natural developmental stages of children to cultivate the skills needed for a lifetime of learning. CC's purpose is to equip and empower parents and students to discover the order and beauty of life through a biblical perspective and to inspire others to do the same. CC is Christian in worldview, classical in application, and communal in spirit.

Upcoming Meeting in the Natomas area:

CC of Natomas Info Meeting
Calvary Chapel Natomas, 4007 N. Freeway Blvd. 
Monday, January 27, 6:30-8:30pm 
Contact: Cyndi Brower,

Hands in Motion Homeschool Classes

Late Registration Ends Jan. 31st
Register online:

Early American History
Lego Challenge
Model Building
All Sports PE
Tennis:  Group/Private/ Semi-Private

Builder B--2 Spots
Jr. Carpentry -2 Spots

 Quackin' Crafts-4 Spots
Word Problems/Consumer Math- 4 Spots

Excellence in Writing--FULLComputer Key-boarding--FULL
Hands on Science --FULL 

For complete Schedule and Descriptions see our web site at

Help us reach your friends with our NEW Facebook page

Visions, South Sutter, Horizons, and Forest Charters accepted
Cash, family discounts, and scholarship available
Hands in Motion
Homeschool Enrichment
(916) 412-4331

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Our park day location will change for the month of February.  Please email for more information.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Free Webinar: 'Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling'

On Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm EST, I will be hosting a FREE webinar where you can join in and learn along with us. During the webinar you will get a chance to ‘meet’ Amy {online, of course!} and you will also have the chance to ask questions via the online chat.   If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can use an app called Photon to view the webinar.

Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling Webinar

Here are the official details about the upcoming webinar on Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm EST.

Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling

Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know your child heard you, but then he ignores you. You ask again and still  – no response. If you are tired of nagging, reminding, and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! Homeschool Creations is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on:
Tuesday, January 28th from 9 – 10 PM Eastern.
~ Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids.
~ Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences.
~ Learn how your personality may actually fuel misbehavior.
~ Gain training resources to reduce your parenting stress & stop nagging, reminding & yelling.
All you need is your computer {no webcam required}. You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation.
RSVP today, mark your calendar, and then get ready to learn from the comfort of your home.

Reserve Your Seat Today ~ space is limited!

Tuesday, January 28th – 9:00 PM Eastern


Note: Although this seminar is not Biblically based, my husband and I have watched several of her sessions and feel there are many practical and useful tips for all families to implement at home.

C-Span Video Clips with Vocab & Discussion Questions

NEW Bell Ringers - Video Clips with Vocab & Discussion Questions

Our Bell Ringers section continues to grow with a variety of new clips added this month. Featuring short video clips of C-SPAN programming, separated into thirteen categories that are commonly studied in social studies curriculums, each Bell Ringer contains a brief summary, key vocabulary terms, and related discussion questions. These Bell Ringer clips can be used to begin class, as an in-class activity, or as a homework assignment to introduce a new topic. However you use them, Bell Ringers will connect your students with real world examples of civics in action!
Do you have a suggestion for a Bell Ringer topic or have a favorite C-SPAN clip that you use when teaching? Let us know and we'll consider adding it to our archive of clips!
Recently added Bell Ringers:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Resources

    To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20th, C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated a number of video resources to help your students learn more about the day, key events in his life, and his legacy related to the civil rights movement.
    Students can learn about the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a short vignette, explore the “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.” exhibit at the Smithsonian, as well as learn about the impact of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”  They may also hear from Rep. John Lewis on MLK Jr. and the March on Washington and about the inclusion of young people in marches from Ahmad Ward at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.


    Can you share this info with folks who may want to sign up for a PLAY THEORY class.  We still have openings.  Starting this week!

    Meeting weekly on Wednesdays 4:00-4:55
    Truman Florence (TNT's very own Srcooge) and TNT Alumni, Jamey Meteer are teaching! We will learn communication skills and life applications focusing on TNT's PLAY THEORY principles and culminating with a short performance for families & friends.
    DRAMATIC MOMENTS ages 12-15
    Meeting weekly on Wednesdays 5:00--6:00
    We will learn communication skills and life applications focusing on TNT's PLAY THEORY principles and culminating with a short performance for families & friends.

    $200 for the semester. Registration form is attached. We currently meet in Loomis off of Auburn Folsom Blvd. 5180 Covenant Court.
    1. Let Go & Play
    2. Be 100 Percent Present
    3. Say Yes and!
    4. Look Outward

    Contact or Truman at  916 718-0506

    Society of Women Engineers Annual Engineering Awareness Program for High School Girls

    For high school girls.  Great opportunity.
    Attention High School Girls. The local section of the Society of Women Engineers is having their award winning annual Engineering Awareness Program for High School girls on Saturday February 22nd.  This program is wonderful and it’s a great way to learn more about engineering, and mingle with professional women engineers and female college engineering students. Plus you get to step foot inside the Intel Campus in Folsom. This is a must for any HS girl with interests in science, technology, engineering and math.
    Here is the link to register. Scroll down for more detailed information:
    Here is a link with general information about the event:

    Place Nature Center Docent Program

    Our Docent Training Class is filled with enriching lessons on natural and cultural history. 

    Becoming a docent is easy and fun and is a great way to learn about our foothill environment while sharing it with our children and our community. 

    Through Docent Training, you will learn all the environmental and cultural science programs we share with school children who visit our site on school field trips. You will build the skills you need to teach these programs to the children yourself! 

    You have docenting options! You can volunteer on the weekends or weekdays, or both if you choose. 

    Weekend docents require 10-hours of training and weekday docents receive 20-hours of trianing. 
    A fast-track training option is available on the schedule below for weekday docents, or you can choose the self-paced learning model over a six month period. Weekend docents are self-paced after their orientation.

    Become part of a wonderful community of friends who volunteer for Placer Nature Center. Join us for Docent Training!
    Contact Linda today!
    Contact Linda Desai to register for training and more information:
    (530) 878-6053 
    February Training Schedule
    Weekday Docent Orientation/Tour  & Training
    Tues., Feb. 49am - 11amORIENTATION/TOUR of Placer Nature Center
    Thu., Feb. 69am - 12pmCurriculum: SENSES OF WONDER; Preschool, Kindergarten
    Tue., Feb. 119am - 12pmCurriculum: HABITAT & LIFE CYCLES; 1st, 2nd Grade
    Thu., Feb. 139am - 12pmCurriculum: MAIDU; 3rd Grade
    Tue., Feb. 189am - 12pmCurriculum: FOOD CHAINS & ECOLOGY; 4th, 5th Grade
    Thu., Feb. 209am - 1:30pmCurriculum: WATERSHED; K, 1st, 2nd /Graduation/potluck

     Weekend Docent Orientation/Tour & Training

       Sat., Feb 15  9am-10:30  ORIENTATION/TOUR of Placer Nature Center
    Many Thanks
    to the Arp Family Foundation for making this training possible and ensuring that Placer County's children receive the best environmental and science education possible! 
    Without you our programs would not be possible!

    Richard Huntley: 
    "Before I retired, I was too busy to take time to smell the roses and look at the trees. Since coming to the Placer Nature Center (as a Docent) I have learned not only to take the time but to pass this newly found information on to the children that visit the center. Working with the children enables me to get the exercise I need ( by walking the trails) and keeps my brain active. "

    Ignacio Lopez: 
    "One of the kids was very shy and reserved and didn't talk at all through the program. But when I gave him the magnifying glass he was engaged and attentive - still not talking but gave me a hug when the program was over."

    Benefits of being a Docent
    Besides gaining new friends from all walks of life who share a passion for working with kids and nature, there are some great extra benefits to be a docent! 

    Field Trips:  We're not talking about school group field trips! Docents are invited on many docent-only field trips throughout the year. They are free to you as a docent and a lot of fun. Last year we got a private behind the scenes tour of Wild Things, Inc., a local wildlife rescue group, and a botanist-led hike through Jepsen Prairie, one of the best vernal pool wild flower viewing locations in Northern California!

    Continuing Education: 
    At Docent Guild meetings throughout the year speakers teach about various topics from how to work with a culturally diverse group of kids, autism and other special needs,  to the skills and tricks of leading and teaching groups. 
    A docent only newsletter full of interesting facts about local flora and fauna, funny kid stories, and other enriching information.
    Did someone say potluck?! 
    Good stories are always better over good food! And we have some great cooks! =)
    Placer Nature Center / 3700 Christian Valley Road / Auburn, California 95602 / (530) 878-6053