Friday, July 25, 2014

Hands in Motion Classes

We are still accepting registration for our August camps. 

Fall 2014 registration has begun. Classes begin September 8th.  Save your spot TODAY our classes are filling up.
Register Online:

Hands in Motion
(916) 412-4331

Fundraiser for the Krumal Family

Dear friends of the Krumals, As some of you know, our men’s small group is having a benefit for the Tim Krumal family on behalf of their son, Carter, who has been accepted to a Wisconsin multiple-month in-patient therapy program to treat his severe neurological challenges. Our event is to help with expenses beyond the funding they have for the program (travel, food, housing and incidental expenses when they visit him during his stay). 

We’ve secured a room for free, but there will be a per person charge for unlimited snacks and drinks. Here’s the details (note the date change): 

Benefit Poker Night  (This is not gambling because you are guaranteed to lose your money to a great cause!)
Monday, August 4 — Meet ’n Greet: 6p, Poker: 7- 9:30p 
$6.50 for snacks/drinks + $20 buy-in (all pots go to the Krumals) 
Roseville Elks Lodge, 3000 Brady Lane, Roseville, 916-783-4515. Directions: I-80 to Auburn Bl/Riverside Bl offramp, north to left on Cirby Way to right on Foothills Bl to left on Vinyard Rd to right on Brady Ln. 

RSVP by emailing me back or if you can’t make it, but want to contribute, you can make a check out to "Tim Krumaland send it to me:

Nevada City, CA 95959 

Thanks for your consideration,
John White
Legacy Builders
Luke 10:27

Under Einstein's Bed Homeschool Consignment

I am a Homeschooling Mom living in Roseville.  I have two children, ages 7 and 10 that I have been homeschooling for the past five years.  I recently started an online business that has been an eight month journey of faith and prayer.

The store I opened is Under Einstein's Bed.  It is an online educational consignment store.  The idea for this store was born from the delicate timing of life’s circumstances.  It was established to be a parent teacher consignment store in an effort to help families and teachers:
            ▪  Reduce the cost of educational curriculum
            ▪  Recover out of pocket expenses
            ▪  Rebuild the lives of victims rescued from Human Trafficking

You can either purchase materials from the site or consign your materials with us.  As a buyer you will notice that we offer quality, but affordable materials.  As a consignor, you can earn cash for your items that sell.  You simply give us your product and we will list and sell your items for you.  Consignors make 60% of an item’s final sales price, Under Einstein’s Bed keeps 30%, and 10% of every sale is donated to AGAPE International to help fund schools in Cambodia.  Education for make perfect sense (cents)!

If you would like more information or to browse our bookshelves, you can access the website at .  Thank you for your time.

Carrie Carlson

Inspire Learning Academy Classes

It's an exciting time at Inspire Learning Academy as we continue to prepare for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year! We have had a great response from our returning student population, and now we are ready to spread the word about our learning community.
If your family home educates either privately or with a charter, we would like to invite you to check out our website for some wonderful opportunities for your student(s).
Our current schedule offers a wide variety of courses in K-12 offerings including:

C.S. Lewis, Worship Band, and Bible Study 

General, Physical, Biology, Chemistry, Unit Study/Thematic

Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Literature & Composition: 
American Literature, College Prep Composition, and Creative Writing

Oral Presentations, Speech Smarts, Informal Logic!
World Geography, US History, Government/Civics, and Growing Up Across the Decades

Foreign Language: Beginning Spanish, French

Visual & Performing Arts:
Art, Vocal Ensemble, Dance, and Private Piano/Guitar Lessons

Intro to Sports, PE, Dance

Personal Finance, Java Coding

Robotics 101, Exploring Engineering, Upcycled Engineering

This is not a complete list of classes currently offered at ILA, it is a sample from our 2014-2015 schedule. For a complete list of classes, times, and course descriptions, please visit our website at:
Online registration is open. We look forward to hearing from you!

In Faith,
Michelle Bigelow 

Art and Japanese Classes for the Fall-Yuko Ray

Hello, Parents

How is your summer going so far? I hope you make a lots of fun memories with your family.
Here is my fall class schedule.
Please pass this information to your friends and families who might be interested.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time.
Yuko Ray

Online, free, Homeschooling Conference,Aug 7th and 8th

Welcome to the second annual worldwide Homeschool+ Conference! All are invited to participate in this two-day, online, and free event: August 7th + 8th, 2014.
Public discussions on education have been increasingly more accepting of the variety of learning opportunities for students, and also of the potential for valuable dialog on practices that arise from non-traditional learning environments. While the Homeschool+ Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative/non-traditional education, our hope is that this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.
The conference is based on a peer-learning model developed over the last several years which invites high levels of interaction and participation. As an online event, without the constraints faced by physical events (time/space/travel), the goal is to get as many of you as possible to present and share your experiences, practices, and resources with each other. First-time presenters: you are not only welcome to submit proposals--you are encouraged to do so! 
You will also notice that the conference, and the proposal process, are hosted in this social-networking website. Please join the site to be kept informed of conference news, and then consider taking the opportunity the site provides to connect with others, both before, during, and after the conference. You are also welcome to start independent topic, organization, or other conversations or groups for further connecting and sharing.
The Homeschool+ Conference is held online and is free to attend. Instructions and the schedule of sessions will be here.
The Call for Proposals for the conference opens on Tuesday, June 17th. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of the strands listed above and detailed here. While the final deadline for submissions is Friday, August 1st, presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis as soon as July 1st. There is a motivation for early submission and acceptance, as presenters schedule their own presentation times as a part of the process and the options become more limited as time goes on.
As a conference that is focused on being participatory, we encourage new presenters as well as more experienced ones to submit to present.
Advisory & Outreach Board:  
Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory & outreach board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:
  • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
  • Help us find partner organizations in their region(s)
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference
To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then join the advisory board group here.
Conference Partner Organizations:
Whether you are a small homeschool co-op or a multi-school organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on home- or alternative-schooling. Once approved, your organization or event will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description.
Our goal for the conference is to have it be a milestone event, bringing together individuals and organizations from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from your sharing the conference information in your online and other social communities, or to your own membership if you have one. Our recognizing you on the site is part of our appreciation for you for doing this!
There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we do ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then complete a partner application.
Conference Sponsors:
There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of the Homeschool+ Conference, and both recognition and authentic appreciation for financial support will be given to those who choose to sponsor. Sponsorship levels and benefits can be discussed with Steve Hargadon directly or 916-283-7901.
It is not an exaggeration to say that volunteers are the life-blood of this unique kind of peer and participative conference! Volunteers help moderate the presentation sessions, they do not need to have prior experience. To find out how you can help, and why it is so much fun to do so, please join our volunteer group.
Please let others know about the conference using the promotional materials provided. And see you online!

Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, 2014 Homeschool+ Conference
Pat Farenga
Co-Chair, 2014 Homeschool+ Conference

Monterey Bay Homeschool Days 2014-2015

2014-2015 Home School Days
Online Reservations 
Dear Home School Educator,

Thank you for your continued support for our Home School Days program.  We are excited to announce dates for this year's Home School Days.

Online reservations for Home School Days will open at 9:00 AM on September 9, 2014. The reservation link on the Home School Programs page will not be available before September 9.
Please note the following: 

Free home school family admissions are only available with a confirmed reservation on the dates listed above. Multiple reservations in the same person or family's name will not be accepted. If a group of home school families would like to visit on the same date, each family will need to make their own reservation. 

Up to 10 total home school youth (ages 3-18) and adults (19 and over) may receive free Aquarium admission.  Each group must have at least one school-aged student (age 3 or older). Families may have amaximum total of 4 adults per group. Children age 2 and younger are free of charge and do not need to be included in your reservation numbers. 

Special Note: Home school groups of 10 or more school-age children may make a reservation to visit together through our School Programs Field Trip process on a date other than Home School Days. Self-guided field trip reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the program minimums and maximums. Families may only make one Home School Days or Field Trip reservation per school year. Please visit Field Trip Reservations page to make your reservation.
Please contact us by email at  or by phone, toll-free, at 866-963-9645 if you have any questions about our online reservation process or Home School Days at the Aquarium.
Kind regards,

The Education Programs Team
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone: Toll-free 866-963-9645

Teen ImprovClasses

(From SAFTI) Hi Everyone,

ComedySportz in Sacramento is starting a "Teen Improv League" which will offer improv classes for teens, ages 12 to 18.  

Sessions will be held every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. For $30 per month, the teens can attend as many or as few sessions as they want each month.

For those who are interested, there will also be opportunities to perform for friends and family, but this will not be required.

Classes will be held at their location on Arden Way in Sacramento and will be taught by Chris Crotty who runs the ComedySportz Sacramento location.

My son (age 12) has attended a couple of classes there and he absolutely loves it. They play a lot of games similar to those you might have seen on "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and Chris gives them tips and advice along the way.

If you're not familiar with the ComedySportz philosophy, they do improv shows for the whole family, so everything is family-friendly with no swearing or inappropriate topics.

If you would like more information, call 916-243-8541 or visit their web site at

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Spell to Write and Read Training in Rocklin

Basic & Intermediate Training Seminar
A hands-on training class 
for teaching foundational Language Arts
with Endorsed SWR Trainer, Liz FitzGerald

Choose 2-day Basic OR 2-day Basic + 1-day Intermediate

Creekside Church

Local Contact: Julie Whitman  •

Spell to Write and Read…
  • A complete spelling program, from beginning to college level
  • Integrates penmanship with phonics and spelling
  • Teaches comprehensive, explicit phonics
  • Teaches the love of reading using “real” books
  • Integrates beginning grammar with composition
  • Reinforces vocabulary building, including when and how to introduce derivatives and Greek & Latin roots
  • For Beginning Reading, Remedial Reading & Spelling, ESL Training, and Adult Illiteracy

For more information about this class and how to register:

Classical Conversations

Upcoming Information Meetings in the Greater Sacramento Area
Come to an Information Meeting to learn how our model of classical education within a Biblical worldview can empower you to provide your children an outstanding education from kindergarten through high school. Come find out how your family can be supported and encouraged by your fellowship among a community of like-minded families. Some local events include:

Practicum Events

Join veteran homeschooling parents for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model of education and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling. This year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of rhetoric.
“Rhetoric is persuasion aimed at the truth. In the words of Plato, rhetoric is, ‘the art of soul-leading by means of words.’” Scott F. Crider, The Office of Assertion
Rhetoric has founded nations, excited revolutions, and negotiated peace. It has ushered in great awakenings, and lulled babies to sleep. We use it every day whether we are masters of it or not. Join us this summer as we figure out what rhetoric really is and how our children can become masters of it and not slaves to it.
Morning speakers will present practical tools for giving your children a classical, Christian education at home. See the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of learning in every subject and discover how every subject glorifies God. The second half of the morning will be devoted to understanding the art of rhetoric.
Afternoon facilitators will demonstrate practical tools for teaching rhetoric and writing.
(Afternoon topics may vary.)
Get equipped at our on-site bookstore. You will find the resources you need to educate classically and be able to get expert advice from our book representatives.
While you learn, your children learn, too! Economically-priced day camps are available for students of all ages. Your students are sure to enjoy the group learning environment, whether they are being cared for in our nursery; playing and singing in our play camps; memorizing and drawing God’s world in our geo-drawing camps; or learning about language, writing, science, logic, debate or public speaking in our academic camps for older students. Advance registration for student camps is required.

Sacramento Area Events Include: Natomas, June 18-20 and Rocklin, July 23-25. Register online: 

Classical Conversations Communities

Classical Conversations of Cameron Park
Classical Conversations of Elk Grove
Journey Church
Classical Conversations of Fair Oaks 
Faith Lutheran Church
Classical Conversations of Folsom
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
320 Montrose Drive
Folsom CA 95630
Classical Conversations of Natomas 
Classical Conversations of Placerville
Location: TBD
Classical Conversations of Rancho Cordova
Cordova Neighborhood Church
10600 Coloma Rd
Rancho Cordova CA 95670
Classical Conversations of Redding

Classical Conversations of Rocklin
Creekside Church
290 Technology Way
Rocklin, CA 95765
Classical Conversations of Roseville

Classical Conversations of Sacramento 

Classical Conversations of South Sacramento 

Classical Conversations of Vacaville 

Explore Music Camp in East Sac

EXPLORE! Music Camp

Have a child you want to keep out of "treble" this summer?  Tune into this camp and your child will learn "key" music concepts while having a blast at the same time!  This summer, make marvelous music memories that will last a lifetime!!

When: August 11-159:00am - 11:15am each day

Where: A piano studio in East Sac (5133 Moddison Ave.)

Who: For children ages seven to ten who have not taken formal music lessons

What: An intro to playing and enjoying music with engaging activities, games, movement/dance, and crafts.  Topics include: rhythm, piano exploration, improvisation, and basic theory.

Cost: $100

My experience: I have been trained in classical piano and violin for over twelve years, and have participated in several choirs. Almost two years ago, I began teaching piano in East Sac.  Over the years, I have had experience helping with music camps, and I have taken performance, pedagogy, and improvisation classes at CSUS and Sac City College.  I enjoy volunteering with music by playing for events, church services, and senior retirement centers.  My current goal is to finish my Bachelor's in piano pedagogy and teach in private and group settings.  I love sharing the joy of music with children!!

For more information about the EXPLORE! Music Camp, please contact me 

I look forward to hearing from you!
Allison Burkhard

VHE Convention

VHE would like to suggest taking advantage of the convenience of staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, which is our host hotel, during the Valley Home Educator’s Convention!

The Modesto Centre Plaza and the DoubleTree Hotel share the same building, and in fact, our exhibitors and workshops flow seamlessly through the halls and meeting rooms of both.  Once you purchase your wristband from the ticket booth located outside the Modesto Centre Plaza you will be able to come and go easily from your hotel room to the convention and back as often as desired. Reservations are available online at the DoubleTree (our group code is V14)…or at ourwebsite ...or by calling the Modesto DoubleTree reservation desk at 209-526-6000 and requesting the Valley Home Educators Convention rate.

Our block rate is effective until July 12th.  The rooms are comfy and come with a refrigerator, free delicious fresh chocolate chip cookies, a pool key, & more!  We look forward to seeing you there!



July 25-26, 2014

Doubletree Hotel / 
Modesto Centre Plaza 
1150 9th Street
Modesto, CA 95350 
Fri 11:00AM - 8:00PM
Sat 8:30AM - 6:00PM. 
Just show up and take advantage of the many resources available to you!

$32 per person At The Door | VISA / MC Accepted | $30 Cash Price | $120 Family Package available.
Want to know who is going to be exhibiting at VHE this year? Check out our exhibitor list here!
wondering what workshops will be presented or if you favorite speaker will be at VHE this year? Check out our workshop schedule and speaker bios!
Stay Connected with VHE!! - "Like" us, "Follow" us and "Click" on us! to stay up to date with Valley Home Educators
(1) DoubleTree Hotel (Host Hotel)
(Next to the Centre Plaza)
$104 Single / Dbl (expires July 13)
1150 Ninth Street, 95354
(209) 526-6000
Book Now: DoubleTree Hotel, Modesto

(2) Best Western Palm Court
$79.99 Single/ Dbl
2001 W. Orangeburg Ave, 95350
(209) 521-9000
(3) Best Western Townhouse Lodge
$72.99 Single/ Dbl
909 10th Street, 95354
(209) 524-07261
(4) Clarion Hotel
$72.00 Single/ Dbl
1612 Sisk Road, 95350
(209) 521-1612
(5) Comfort Inn
$64.00 Single/ Dbl
2025 W. Orangeburg Ave., 95350
(209) 544-2000
(6) Days Inn
$69.00 Single/ $74.00 Dbl
1312 McHenry Avenue, 95350
(209) 527-1010
(7) Motel 6
$45.99 Single/ Dbl
1920 W. Orangeburg Ave., 95350
(209) 522-7271
(8) Springhill Suites
$105.00 Single/ Dbl
1901 W. Orangeburg Ave., 95350
(209) 526-2157
(9) Hampton Inn & Suites
$89.00 Single/ Dbl
4921 Sisk Rd, Salida 95368
(209) 543-3640
(10) Holiday Inn Express
$109 Single/ Dbl
4300 Bangs Ave., Salida 95356
(209) 521-9000

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