Saturday, June 20, 2015

Valley Home Educator Convention-Modesto / July 24-25

One of my favorite things about this Modesto conference is the used book/material booth downstairs.  VOLUNTEERS sort through a huge amount of donated curriculum, reading material, posters/charts, music, reference books, educational toys, puzzles, movies, etc., etc., etc.  Material donations are accepted at the booth. All purchases are by donation, and directly benefit Family Protection Ministries. "FPM is the only full-time organization working in the state capitol monitoring all legislative and administrative actions and advocating on behalf of private home educators and parents. It is totally dependent on home educators' regular financial support for 100% of salary and expense needs. In order to continue to serve you by defending the educational and parental freedoms of home educators, FPM needs your support." The efforts of FPM benefit ALL homeschoolers.   - Michelle  

Start making plans now to join hundreds of homeschoolers at theValley Home Educators Homeschool Convention in Modesto, California – July 24, 25th, 2015 - at the Modesto Centre Plaza/DoubleTree Hotel. Reserve your room now, they fill up fast. No pre-registration for conference. Just show up! Volunteering a few hours earns free admission. 
Speakers such as Andrew Pudewa, Annette and Steve Economides, Kathy Lipp, Teri Spray and Rebecca Keliher , as well as dozens of others, are included in the fantastic line-up of speakers.
Be encouraged and informed! Included in the 2-day convention are 
hundreds of information-packed workshops!
Additional options: This year VHE will begin advertising for our new TRACKS! We will have a “Parenting TRACK”, “Teen TRACK” “Special 
Needs & Gifted TRACK” and a “Marriage TRACK.”

Creativityalive art and Japanese classes

Hello, Parents

Thank you so much for taking my classes this year. We had a very successful year and made a great progress and many accomplishments. I truly appreciate all your support. It is my pleasure to work with wonderful students!
And thank you so much for the help and support for our art show. We surely  made a difference in someone's life.

Here is my next year schedule. Website link is
I look forward to hearing from you. 
Please feel free to pass this information to homeschool families who might be interested.

Thank you so much for your time. I hope you have a wonderful and safe summer!
Yuko Ray 

Now Registering Summer Classes!

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June is here and summer is upon us and you are so happy to be done with school for the year, but then you suddenly realize: You now have children with way too much time on their hands.  How about a great summer class to keep their brains engaged while having fun and making new friends?
Now Registering!

9 Fantastic Summer Classes!
Grades Pre-K - 12
  • Music Monkeys - Mini Monkeys (Ages 0-4)
  • Music Monkeys - Jungle Monkeys (Ages 5-7)
  • Playing Pop on Guitar (Gr. 6-12)
  • Music Recording For Beginners (Gr. 8-12)
  • Math Games (Gr. 1-5) 
  • Math Games (Gr. 4-8)
  • Summer Crafts For Kids(Gr.1-4)
  • Create-A-Story Writing Game (Gr. 3-5)
  • Photography Through Photojournalism  (Gr. 6-12)
  Hurry! Registration Closes Friday, July 3rd!
(Click on each "Read more ..." link below to read full class descriptions and
to access Registration Forms)

Summer Classes:  (Classes Start Week of July 6th)

Music Monkeys - Mini Monkeys
Ages 0-4
4-Week Session $45
Tuesday 10:00-10:45
Meeting Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28
Babies and toddlers learn best when they are playing and even better when they are playing with the ones they love! In this stimulating music class, parents and their little ones will "monkey" around to easy and familiar tunes Read more ...

Music Monkeys - Jungle Monkeys
Ages 5-7
4-Week Session $40
Tuesday 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Meeting Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28

Children continue to have fun in this music-filled class singing along with familiar and easy tunes in addition to learning some musical ideas like fermata, staccato, ritard, crescendo, accelerando and more. By "monkeying" around in playful participation, these concepts are joyfully learned and improvised upon. Read more ...

Playing Pop on Guitar
Grades 6-12
4-Week Session $50
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28

Students will learn how to play certain chords and how to learn new ones. They will also learn how to find songs they have heard online and begin learning them. By the end of this class, your child will know how to find songs he/she likes and discover how to play them on guitar. Read more ...
Music Recording for Beginners
Grades 8-12

4-Week Session $50
Tuesday 11:15-12:15 p.m.
Meeting Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28

Students will learn in this class how to record keyboard music, singing, and also lay down drum beats in the "Garage Band"   application - as well as gain tips on how to write music Read more ...
Math Games
Grades 1-5

4-Week Session $60
Wednesday 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Meeting Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29

Whether you enjoy math, struggle with math, or have math and test anxiety, Math Games will  help you see and experience the joy of mathematics.  Students will build mathematical  reasoning, number sense, and computational skills while enjoying hands on games and activities Read more ... 
Math Games
Grades 5-8

4-Week Session $60
Wednesday 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Meeting Dates:  July 8, 15, 22, 29

Students will build mathematical reasoning, number sense, and computational skills while enjoying hands on games and activities.  Whether you enjoy math or struggle with math, or have math and test anxiety, Math Games will help you see and experience the joy of mathematics Read more ...
Summer Crafts for Kids

Grades 1-4   
4-Week Session $45
Thursday 11:00- 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30

Are you wondering what to do on those hot summer days? Are you worried that the heat of summer will increase your children's "screen time"? Come join us for some summer crafting fun! We will make a variety of crafts including: 
  • Patriotic Rockets
  • Royal Weave
  • Pencil Eraser Pointillism
  • Pizza Box Solar Oven  Read more ... 
Creative Writing Class
Grades 3-5   
4-Week Session $45 
Thursdays 10:00-11:00 
Meeting Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30 

Have fun learning valuable new writing skills in an exciting and fun-filled group setting while playing the high-adventure Create-A-Story Board Game!  Make new friends and experience the joy of writing while developing life-long creative writing skills where your story unfolds differently every time you play based on the cards you draw! Travel through time, wade through swamps, and walk on the moon. As you do, the stories can take many twists and turns. The fun comes in putting it together and watching the creative sparks fly Read more ...
Photography & 20th Century History
Through Photojournalism
Grades 6-12    
4-Week Session $50
Thursday 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30

Students will learn the different camera functions and how to make in-camera adjustments to achieve the desired exposure. Students will also view work from various photographers throughout the 20th century as well as understand the historical context which made their work significant. Emphasis is placed on how photojournalism has influenced our society in the 20th century Read more ...

A Brighter Child
8137 Greenback Lane
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Monday - Saturday 10:00 to 6:00

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lincoln,Learn to Needle Felt Workshops with Suzanne Hogan

[Attachment(s) from Mike Hogan [SAFTI] included below]Learn to create 2 fun projects with the magic of wool and needles! Needle felting is an amazing craft that is little known and tons of fun! Workshops last 2 hours. Each workshop includes a tour of the fiber farm to meet the animals donating their wool and instruction on making 2 cute projects. We will also discuss the science behind felting and wool. Cost is $20 and all materials are included. Dates- June 162-4 pmJuly 810-12 amAugust 16-8 pm. Come to one or come to all! Location... Blue Belle Fiber Farm, 2815 Moore road, Lincoln, 95648 For ages 11 and up. Lots of fun but the needles are too sharp for little ones. For more information or to sign up contact me at
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Religious based?,CenterStage Summer Theater Camp

CenterStage Productions is putting on another wonderful Theater Camp.
CenterStage Theater Camp
CenterStage Theater Camp
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

EXPLORE! Music Camp

I am putting together another introductory music camp (like the one I had last year), so I'm passing along the information in case you know of anyone who would be interested. Thanks!
Also, I've been thinking of doing a "mini-camp" for toddlers and/or preschoolers who would like to explore music. So if you have a child or know someone in this age group, please let me know! :)


Musical Madness 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 3-79:00am - 11:00 am 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
Cost: $150

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.

My experience: I have played classical piano and violin for over thirteen years, and have participated in several choirs. Three years ago, I began teaching piano in East Sac.  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 performance and teach in private and group settings. I love sharing the joy of music with children!!

For more details, contact me at

I look forward to hearing from you!
Allison Burkhard

Kingdom Builders is buying used books

Contact Kingdom Builders directly at  if you are interested in selling your used books.  See guidelines below:
Kingdom Builder would love to have your used books!
Why bring your books to Kingdom Builder Books?
- Create space in your house!
- Help other families find affordable curriculum!
- Turn the old into credit for the new!
- Easier than trying to sell on E-bay or Craigslist!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for current edition curriculum, chapter books up to high school level, reference and support material, and other items needed by Homeschool families.
How does it work?
1. Bring your books by our store, or call us with a list of the books you would like to trade in. To get a quote quickly bring no more than 30 books at a time, and we'll try and complete your quote while you browse or same day. Larger trades will take longer to process, and may not be accepted, call ahead if you have more than 30 books.
2. We will e-mail or call you back with the prices and options we can offer.
3. We typically offer about 30% of the retail price for store credit. Our books are resold between 50% - 60% of retail depending on edition and condition. Of course donations of any kind are also happily accepted!
4. Store credit may be used on any items in the store. Dollar for dollar on used or up to 50% on new. Store credit may also be used for up to 50% of the sales price of any special order of new product.

Cindy James
Kingdom Builder Books

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Our Biggest Sale Happens THIS Friday & Saturday!

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Our Biggest Sale of the Year is Here!
Two Days Only!
Friday, June 12th & Saturday, June 13th
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
**Some exclusions apply - see "The Fine Print" Below
See What's New For Summer & Fall
and SAVE!!
Over 14,000 Products in Stock!
Summer Travel Plans?
Keep Little Ones Busy With FUN Travel Activities!
Travel Bingo
USA License Plate Game
Do Art Travel Easel
Keep Learning Alive All Summer Long With Our Great Selection of
Educational Board Games!

From Thames & Kosmos
Lost Cities Board Game
Lost Cities Card Game
Stock Up Now For Fall at Great Savings!
We've got the absolute best selection of educational materials for Grades K-12 to meet all your educational needs!


Now Registering for both
SUMMER and FALL Classes!!

9 Exciting Summer Classes!!
42 Fantastic FALL Classes!!

Pick up full class descriptions and details when you shop during our SALE days!
 Due to publisher restrictions, sale does not apply to all Alpha Omega, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Starline Press (already discounted complete sets only) Veritas Press titles, Life of Fred titles and selected Harcourt titles (Saxon Math, Math in Focus, and Science Fusion). Sale cannot be used on purchase orders, gift certificates, used books, clearance items, class fees, or with any other offers. Brighter Bucks will not be issued for sale items and cannot be used towardsale. NO COUPON NECESSARY! NOT LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND. 
                   ON ANY PRODUCT! purchases.
A Brighter Child
8137 Greenback Lane
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Sunday