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Thursday, September 13, 2012

FREE Haircuts

FREE HAIRCUTS


Great news!  JC Penney is offering FREE haircuts for children (grades K-6) EVERY Sunday beginning November 4, 2012!  Please call your local JC Penney Salon to make an appointment.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Harvest Home School Day @ Zoar Village

Harvest Home School Day @ ZOAR Village

Friday, October 12, 2012  --  10 - 4PM

*  Students will learn how Zoarites harvest food and prepared for winter.
*  Hands on food preparation, house cleaning, blacksmithing, woodworking and tinsmithing
 *  Costumed interpreters

ONLY $4 ages 4-18

Please RSVP to (330) 874-3011

Zoar is approx 1 1/2 hours from Cleveland, Mansfield and Youngstown

FREE Art Classes!!!!


Family Open Studio
FREE

Third Saturday of every month; 1-3 pm

Enjoy spending time with your family as you make individual pieces or family art works. Each month has a theme and Art House provides the materials. Make an adventure of it by exploring your imagination and using those creative images to form your art work.

September 15 – CLAY with Billy Ritter!  There will be a small fee of $2.00 for 3 lbs. of clay for this class only.

October 20 – SPECIAL Halloween edition! Spooky times and art projects galore! This month, we’ll stay until  4pm to squeeze in all the fun!

November 17 – Thanksgiving place-settings with printmaking on fabric.

December 20 – Celebrate the winter holidays with interesting seasonal projects that are fun to share.


*Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre- registration required.

Art House Inc.
3119 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, OH. 44109
216.398.8556

The Art House also offers adult and children art classes by visiting their website for listings:

http://www.arthouseinc.org

Create a GREAT day!!!

Kim

Friday, September 7, 2012

In the Woods Fall Festival - Horses!!!

My kids love horses!  I am afraid too many visits/rides and we may end up with a horse though...

Friday, October 5, 2012 &

                                           Saturday, October 6, 2012 

                                                                                       from 6-9PM

Horses in the Woods will be having their "Boo in the Woods" family event!  I have not been there yet, but this looks like a great, fun time.  They will have:

*  Assisted Horseback Riding
*  Lesson
*  Grooming
*  Pumpkin Painting
*  Face Painting
*  Hayrides
*  Other seasonal activities

The cost is only $10 and reservations are required.  For the horse rides, they recommend ages 5 and up.  Horses in the Woods welcomes little ones sitting on the horses for picture taking.

They are located at:

9916 Nichols Road
Freedom, OH  (near Aurora)
Phone (330) 527-0021

Hansel & Gretel Marionettes

Dear Homeschooling Moms!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:30PM for this great production of Hansel & Gretel!!!

The fantastic Frisch Marionette Company presents the classic story of Hansel and Gretel. In this charming marionette play featuring beautiful Frisch marionettes, two children are threatened by and  eventually outwit an evil witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. You will see how the story ends happily for everyone – except the witch! 

The marionettes are life size and this production will be performed at:

          Firestone Theatre
          333 Rampart Avenue
          Akron, OH  44313

I am getting group ticket sales together.  Tickets are ONLY $3 with a group of 25 or more!!!  Less then 25 ticket and they are $4.   

This production is probably great for kids up to Grade 3/4?

If you are interested in joining us, please let me know how many tickets for your family.  Please send your order and make checks payable to:

Kim Lucak
55 Southwest Avenue
Tallmadge, OH  44278

Orders need to be submitted by March 15, 2013.  Any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you! 

Kim

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FREE Science of Agriculture 2012 @ OARDC


OARDC will be offer FREE workshops for children in grades K-5 on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 and children in grades 6-12 on Wednesday, October 17, 2012!!!

Last year more than 930 students who will be attended this event. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to register right away once registration opens. In the mean time, you download a list of session locations  to see what sessions were offered at last year's event. If you plan to attend, don't forget to download a copy of our OARDC campus map to determine the location of your sessions and assess your transportation needs. Remember, you are responsible for transporting your students to all sessions.

Address:  The Ohio State University - OARDC
                 1680 Madison Avenue
                 Wooster, OH 44691


Phone Number:  (330) 263-3773
**  When you register online you will be asked what is the earliest and latest workshop you are able to attend.  Also, you will be able to select the workshops listed below in order of preference in attending!

On October 16, 2012 students in grades k-5 will have the opportunity to explore the SCIENCE of agriculture in a fun, hands on and free way at Science of Agriculture 2012! Online registration is now open. Here's a look at the sessions offered at this year's event and a glimpse at what students will be learning:


All About Bulbs
Did you know people eat bulbs everyday? In this session, students will learn about the life cycle of a bulb by season and have the opportunity to investigate a bulb up-close-and-personal. They will take their own bulb back to school with ideas for scientific observations and predictions. Conducted by OARDC’s Director’s Office. Location: To be determined

Bioenergy BlastRenewable, home-grown fuels are the future of American energy. Come tour the new Quasar biodigester on our Wooster campus and see how we are using waste products to power our campus—today! The future is here—come experience it for yourself! Conducted by Quasar Bioenergy. Location: Quasar Biodigester, BioHio Research Park.

Breaking the Code
From the color of your eyes to the height of your body, tiny microscopic DNA molecules determine nearly everything about your body. Come learn how DNA works and how our researchers use DNA sequencing in their research Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.

Creating Compost
Composting is good for farmers and good for the environment! It transforms organic waste like manure into a valuable commodity. Learn the mechanics of the composting process, visit our composting pad to see composting in progress and learn about the practical applications of composting. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and the Ohio Composting And Manure Management program. Location: Composting Pad.

EcoBot Challenge
Take part in the 2012 4-H National Science Experiments as you explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Includes hands-on experimentation and simple robot construction and design. Conducted by Wayne County Extension. 

Exploring Ecosystems
Get an up-close-and personal look at OARDC’s 88-acre Secrest Arboretum as you learn about the inter-connected nature of ecosystems! Students will expand their knowledge of science in the landscape while improving plant ID skills, learning the importance of selecting the right plant for the right place, and understanding the role of a research arboretum in helping gardeners develop landscapes with wholesome, healthy plants. Conducted by OARDC’s Secrest Arboretum. Location: Secrest Arboretum.

Larger than LifeYour students will never see things quite the same again! This session gives students the chance to get up close and personal with our electron microscopes—microscopes that are powerful enough to make and ant appear almost a mile long! This session is definitely larger than life! Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.
 

Plant Drs at Work
Many diseases can infect plants and devastate our crops and our forests.  See examples of plant diseases and learn and why it's so important to keep our crops and forests healthy.  Hands-on activities will also demonstrate important uses of crops such as soybean and corn. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology and USDA/ARS. Location: Selby Hall.

Plants in Space!
Students will see first-hand an automated plant production system developed for NASA's Deep Space Exploration missions. The system features automated irrigation and remote monitoring of plant growth and well-being. The system is also able to provide life-support essentials, such as food, oxygen and clean water for long-term space missions with minimal astronaut time requirements. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Location: To be determined.

Seeds of ScienceCome learn about the science of seeds! Students will learn about the structure of seeds, examine different types of seeds, and then make their own seed-starting necklace to take home with them to observe how their seed sprouts. Conducted by Ohio State University Extension. Location: To be determined

Sensational SoilStudents learn how soil is formed and discover the properties of soil. This activity includes and introduction and three different learning stations with hands-on soil smudge, rock rubbing and creating a “Soil Sam.” Conducted by Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District. Location: To be determined

Stream Bugs & Stream Health
Rivers and streams are homes for many animals. Different rivers and streams host different organisms.  This session gives students the chance to learn about streams and how agriculture can impact on stream health. Students will use field microscopes to observe aquatic creatures.  At the end of the session, students are able to participate in decisions about the health and future of rivers and streams. Conducted by OARDC's Sugarcreek Watershed Education Program. Location: To be determined

What is Organic and Why Should I Care?
Students will learn about the definitions and hallmarks of organic agriculture. They will have an opportunity to learn about organic produce, how and where it is marketed, and the choices that farmers have to make to earn the label "certified organic". Location: To be determined.
On October 17, 2012 students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to explore the SCIENCE of agriculture in a fun, hands-on and free way at Science of Agriculture 2012! Use our online registration form or download a copy to reserve your space today! Here's a glimpse at what students will be learning:

Bioenergy BlastRenewable, home-grown fuels are the future of American energy. Come tour the new Quasar biodigester on our Wooster campus and see how we are using waste products to power our campus—today! The future is here—come experience it for yourself! Conducted by Quasar Bioenergy. Location: Quasar Biodigester, BioHio Research Park.
 

Breaking the Code
From the color of your eyes to the height of your body, tiny microscopic DNA molecules determine nearly everything about your body. Come learn how DNA works and how our researchers use DNA sequencing in their research Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.


College Choices 101
Wondering what to do after high school? How about a career in Ohio's largest industry? Today's agriculture and bioscience industries are about a WHOLE lot more than "just" cows and plows! Like the science behind agriculture showcased at this year's Science of Agriculture event? Find out how to turn that interest into a career that pays. Conducted by Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Biological Sciences Admissions. Location: To be determined.


Creating Compost
Composting is good for farmers and good for the environment! It transforms organic waste like manure into a valuable commodity. Learn the mechanics of the composting process, visit our composting pad to see composting in progress and learn about the practical applications of composting. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and the Ohio Composting And Manure Management program. Location: Composting Pad.

EcoBot Challenge
Take part in the 2012 4-H National Science Experiments as you explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Includes hands-on experimentation and simple robot construction and design. Conducted by Wayne County Extension. 

Exploring Ecosystems
Get an up-close-and personal look at OARDC’s 88-acre Secrest Arboretum as you learn about the inter-connected nature of ecosystems! Students will expand their knowledge of science in the landscape while improving plant ID skills, learning the importance of selecting the right plant for the right place, and understanding the role of a research arboretum in helping gardeners develop landscapes with wholesome, healthy plants. Conducted by OARDC’s Secrest Arboretum. Location: Secrest Arboretum.

Larger than LifeYour students will never see things quite the same again! This session gives students the chance to get up close and personal with our electron microsposes—miscroscopes that are powerful enought to make and ant appear almost a mile long! This session is definitely larger than life! Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.
 


Lead Out Loud
Agriculture is Ohio’s largest industry. And while farmers account for less than 2 percent of our country’s population, the agricultural industry has evolved into so much more! Nationwide, the agricultural industry employs more that 24 million Americans—that’s about 17 percent of our country’s workforce. Students will learn about potential careers and opportunities in the agricultural industry. Conducted by Ohio FFA State Officer Team. Location: FIsher Auditorium.

Mendelian Genetics
Learn how Mendelian genetics are used through molecular technology to help find solutions to problems in today’s agricultural industry. Conducted by USDA’s Agriculture Research Service and OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology. Location: Fisher Auditorium.

Plant Drs at Work
Many diseases can infect plants and devastate our crops and our forests.  See examples of plant diseases and learn and why it's so important to keep our crops and forests healthy.  Hands-on activities will also demonstrate important uses of crops such as soybean and corn. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology and USDA/ARS. Location: Selby Hall.

Plants in Space!
Students will see first-hand an automated plant production system developed for NASA's Deep Space Exploration missions. The system features automated irrigation and remote monitoring of plant growth and well-being. The system is also able to provide life-support essentials, such as food, oxygen and clean water for long-term space missions with minimal astronaut time requirements. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Location: To be determined.

Stream Bugs & Stream Health
Rivers and streams are homes for many animals. Different rivers and streams host different organisms.  This session gives students the chance to learn about streams and how agriculture can impact on stream health. Students will use field microscopes to observe aquatic creatures.  At the end of the session, students are able to participate in decisions about the health and future of rivers and
streams. Conducted by OARDC's Sugarcreek Watershed Education Program. Location: To be determined

Monday, September 3, 2012

Posts on Yahoo

Hello Fellow Homeschoolers!

For those who are receiving my emails on a regular basis - THANK YOU!  I appreciate all of those who are interested in the same  educational and fun FREE activities that I am.  Also, hoping to meet many of you soon.

Unfortunately, I will not be posting any updates to Yahoo Homeschool groups; I received this complaint:

"Here's the list rule that specifically addresses it:

"If you sell a product of interest to home educators, have a web site that may be of interest, or provide a service, confine  your comments about it (unless directly questioned) to your signature line or profile. Sig lines should be no more than 5 lines. "

You can find the list guidelines here:


I'm sure your website may be of interest to some list members, but I've had some complaints from list members who feel like it's looking a little spammy, so I must defer to the list rules and ask you to keep it in your signature line. "



I am receiving no personal financial gain from my blog.....Advertising is when some receives personal financial gain.  Oh well!  In regards to my posts, there is no difference if I take the content and put it in an email or put a link to my blog that has the SAME information?  The blog makes the information neat and no need to scroll down to see all the information posted.
Yes, as usual, there is usually one or two people who spoil it for the majority.  I am sorry this has come to be, but it is so.  So, please if you see something of interest that you think other homeschoolers may enjoy or benefit from, please pass along the link to my blog.  You will not see me posting as much on Yahoo anymore as some people may not be interested in what I offer.  I am here to HELP other homeschoolers who would be interested in these opportunities along with me!!!

Thank you for understanding.

Kim

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Institute for Cultural Communicators

The Mission of the
Institute for Cultural Communicators

Would you like to develop your child's speech skills?  I am interested in my children being able to learn speech and leadership skills and this is a great opportunity for children as young as six to begin training!
 
...is to equip Christians to shape the future through authentic leadership and cultural communication.
Since its beginnings in 1997, ICC has grown from an annual Communicators for Christ tour into an organization offering a variety of programs, events and teaching materials designed to help all Christian students, from all educational backgrounds - public, private and home - become "cultural communicators"--people who can impact their culture through excellent communication of the truth. Our goal is to provide support and guidance to Christian schools, churches, and community education programs as together we train well-rounded communicators.
Our goal is to provide support and guidance to Christian schools, churches, and community education programs as together we train well-rounded communicators.

We have developed a three-tiered approach to coaching cultural communicators:
1. We train students to become cultural communicators.
2. We assist parents to guide cultural communicators.
3. We equip teachers to develop cultural communicators.
Nationally recognized ICC-trained young instructors are peer mentors in bringing essentialpractical, relevant and powerful communications training to cities all across the country.
Our unique structure enables us to reach even the most reluctant of students and inspire them to accept the challenge of becoming an effective communicator.
Through the Institute for Cultural Communicators and its various training programs, students have been empowered to act now.

A few ways in which our youth have made a difference:
Our youth have been able to make a difference in so many ways! Just a few of which are through:
-Generating support to stop genocide in Darfur.
-Raising awareness to help bring a stop to human trafficking.
-Leading speech classes in private and public schools.
-Increasing public awareness about political issues that affect youth.
-Building bridges with community leaders.
ICC offers numerous resources and training opportunities for parents, teachers and students. Brief descriptions of a few of them are included here. Additional literature used in event promotion is attached.

Communicators for Christ Tour Conferences
Even though good communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of giving a speech. CFC conferences use ICC’s Christ-centered curriculum to train students in oral and written communication, teamwork, and problem solving through action packed, interactive, fun filled labs and activities.
Parents and teachers participate in coaching sessions, gaining tools for training Christian communicators and leaders. ICC conferences help students see past their fear in a non-threatening, encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their level of experience speaking in public.
 Students aged 6-10 do a curriculum called "Beginning Public Speaking" by Teresa Moon, taught by student leaders; students aged 11-18 participate in "Young Speakers Guild." Chapter meetings are run by student leaders. ICC is actually a student leadership program which uses the vehicle of public speaking to equip students to impact their peers. Students are able to "climb" the student leadership ladder by progressing through Young Speakers Guild and taking on specific responsibilities at events. Chapters impact their communities by speaking to various community groups as a chapter and as individuals. Students become confident through the mentorship of their peers, the student leaders.







There are two Chapters that meet in the Cleveland area, one in Shaker Heights:

Monday evenings, please contact Kerie at dmecaskey@gmail.com


and Newbury / Mayfield Heights:

Tuesday afternoons, please contact Denise at  ddilellio@sbcglobal.net

to learn more about when and where they meet.



***  There will be a presentation as the ICC intern team passes through Cleveland, I know they will be doing at least one add-on presentation:

 Cornerstone Christian Academy in Willoughby, OH on Monday, October 15, 2012  8:20-11:30am.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

FREE Workshop for Educators

Please join me for this great FREE all day workshop for educators (teachers, homeschool Moms, etc), please bring a lunch:

 

Project WILD & Aquatic WILD Workshop for Educators

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM -- 04:00 PM
Location: Akron Fossils & Science Center, 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. Copley, OH 44321



The Akron Fossils & Science Center will be hosting Project WILD, Aquatic Project WILD, and Growing Up WILD workshops. Project WILD is a supplemental environmental education program sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in which teachers and educators gain insight into teaching environmental education to children. Educators must attend the workshop to receive the activity guides. Project WILD materials and activity guides are provided free of charge by the ODNR—Division of Wildlife. Project WILD is funded in part by the Wildlife Diversity income tax check-off program and the Cardinal License Plate Fund. Aquatic Project WILD is funded by the Sportfish Restoration Program.

For registration or workshop information, please contact Megan Beaver at the museum by calling (330) 665-3466 or e-mail megan@akronfossils.com.