Wet N Wild {Home}school Days

Wet N’ Wild is advertising their annual School Days. Homeschoolers are invited to come for the same price. You could also gather some homeschooling friends and make it a day of fun in the sun with your kids and their friends! Check out their offers:

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Driving Test Resources for Arizona

My name is Tim from DMV Written Test.

We have created free sample written tests that many parents find useful when their children are ready to start studying for their driver’s license.

You can see them here: https://www.dmv-written-test.com/arizona/practice-test-1.html

There are actually tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses.

Timothy Backes

+1 954-289-9916


Quad City Homeschool Charter Schools and Co Ops

I often get an email here and there from someone new in town who is already homeschooling or someone who is ready to take the plunge into homeschooling. I often get asked about local homeschool Co Ops. Lately, people have been asking if we have a homeschool charter school…like the ones that are popping up in different states like California where kids attend some classes once a month, or once or twice a week, and the parents get the curriculum from the school for “free” or through our tax dollars, just like public school kids, to teach their kids at home. So I want to share with you what I know we have here. I would LOVE for others to help me update this article with additional information about Co Ops or other homeschool communities here. For now, I’ll do my best with what I know.

Homeschool Charter Schools

While we don’t have homeschool charter schools like the ones in CA, we do have some programs that are somewhat similar.

Classical Conversations is a Christian based curriculum with a weekly instructional gathering component. Our area has enough families in this program that they have a weekly group meeting.

Sequoia Choice is the closest thing we have to a homeschool charter school around here. They even have a few different options. You can sign up through their charter to receive textbooks and receive guidance and monitoring through one of their teachers/advisors. It looks like you can take classes PT or FT through them. When they first came to Prescott a few years ago, I attended an informational meeting about it. They were talking about having regular gatherings for kids. Possibly weekly. I didn’t see anything that mentioned that on their website, though.

Williamsburg Academy is an online school that provides real-time, live instruction to a class of students. Right now WA provides classes for MS & HS students. But they may expand to elementary students in the future. WA is a private online school with a private school tuition option (that can be good for families who don’t care for common core standards or state testing or don’t want to report to anyone for their child’s education). However, they have partnered with Sequoia Choice. If you enroll your student for WA for Sequoia Choice, SC pays for your child’s tuition and SC is your child’s charter school. That does mean your child will need to take state exams and you would need to comply with anything else that a state-funded school requires. However, you don’t need to pay the price of a private school for your child to receive a private school education.

There are several families in the area whose kids attend Williamsburg Academy. While their gatherings aren’t weekly, the students do get together for semester kick-off parties or end of semester gatherings. WA encourages its students to interact outside of class and especially in person where feasible.

There are other groups of homeschoolers that meet based on similar interests or who go to the same church or who follow the same educational philosophy. The best thing I’ve found for these special interest groups is to join a Facebook Groups that caters to your style. Email me privately so I can invite you to the closed groups, or do your own FB search to find a group that works for you.

Co Ops

This is even a bit of a mystery to me! I know there are Co Ops in the area. I participate in one and I’ve helped set one up that later dissolved. I know there is a BIG one that meets in a church on Fridays. Word of mouth says that their classes fill up quickly and they rarely have openings. I believe it’s mainly for upper grades. But I could totally be wrong with it. I will try to get more accurate info on this Co Op.

The one I’m in meets in a person’s home and it focuses on Science and Humanities. She accepts students as long as there is room in her home for the extra kids. This one ranges from Pre-K through HS.

Please feel free to email me privately if you’re interested in joining a Co Op. Or, better yet, if you would like to start a Co Op or grow one that you have started, I would be happy to help you advertise it and direct future newbies your way.


Playwriting Class

Playwriting is an exciting and engaging way to learn about performing arts and scriptwriting. To be successful, you need to know where ideas for plays come from, the lingo writers speak, how to create fully dimensional characters, how to write dialogue, where to start your play, how to develop your storyline and reach the story’s climax, and how to bring your play to a satisfying conclusion.

If you want to explore script writing and learn script writing this class is for you. The skills you learn in this class will help you write better stories, better dialogue and be useful in many other writing areas. This class is not just for writers, anyone with an interest in any aspect of performing will benefit from learning about the aspects of writing and storytelling techniques that will be presented. An experienced team of writers, directors, actors and designers, from Prescott Center for the Arts, will
teach this class. The team has years of experience working with elementary and secondary students. The goal of the class will be to guide students through the process of writing, revising and producing their work. Students will be encouraged to submit their plays for Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival. They will also learn about additional opportunities to submit their work for scholarships or other playwriting competitions. In the spring, a special festival production opportunity will be given to all writers who wish to take their play to the next step of performance.

This course will meet once a week for 2 hours for a total of twelve weeks. Additional work out of class will be encouraged and required for students to achieve the best results with their writing. (Students should plan to spend an average of 2 hours per week outside of class working on assignments and their play script.)

Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the structure of a story and the structure of a theatrical script.
Students will learn how to fully develop a character for a play or story.
Students will learn to write dialogue that helps convey and move a story forward.
Students will write and revise a 10-minute script that will not exceed 10 pages.
Students will learn to submit writing for competitive opportunities.
Students, who desire, will participate in the process of bringing their writing to life for a showcase performance.

Class Location: Prescott Center for the Arts StageToo
Time: Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Class duration: 12 weeks beginning on Jan. 8, 2018
Cost: $125. Per student
Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival Information
Email questions to:
Debra White

PCA Ex. Director


Youth Quilting Class

Mountain Top Quilters Guild located in Prescott, AZ is sponsoring a Youth Quilting program open to youth 10 through 17 years old. The course will teach basic sewing skills, and promote and encourage the art of quilt making by the youth in our community. A sewing machine may be provided for use in class if student does not have access to one.
The cost is $15 per student for an 8 week session, plus $10 for youth membership in the guild. Families with 2 or more students will pay $10 per student for the 8 week session plus youth membership in the guild. Class size is limited to 10 students and early registration is encouraged.

Next session: Starts Wednesday, January 10, 2018 through February 28, 2018 from 3-5pm. Class meets at the LDS Church, 1001 N. Ruth St., Prescott, AZ. For questions or to register contact Diana Ramsey at 928-499-8792 or liv2quilt@cableone.net.

Thank you,

Lori McCarthy – Community Outreach

Mountain Top Quilters Guild


5th & 6th Grade Book Clubs @ Prescott Public Library

The Prescott Public Library is hosting a couple of book clubs this school year for 5th and 6th graders. 

“Registered participants will be given their own personal copies of books under discussion. The books, as well as snacks and other materials, are funded through the Friends of Prescott Public Library, an organization of volunteers. Both book clubs will begin meeting in September.

“The Newbery Book Club, centering on titles that have earned the highest literary distinction, will be meeting every fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m.

“I am excited about the Newbery books that we will be discussing this year. Many of them are older books, which I have found to deliver worthwhile morals in a clear, direct manner. Some of these books include insights into the ways of life of homeless persons; the development of strong character, summoned to make good choices and to defend others with disadvantages.

“Others of the books share stories that promote understanding of our country’s recent history, including the experiences of African Americans before and during Civil Rights movements.

“The specific book titles can be previewed here: Newbery Book Club.

“The second book club for this age group, the Graphic Noves Club, will meet every second Tuesday at 4 p.m. Graphic novels have come into their own as a legitimate literary format in our increasingly visual world. The assortment of titles for this group runs the gamut from funny (The Last Kids on Earth) to sensitive (Awkward), and from thought-provoking (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) to eye-opening (Drowned City). The lineup for this club can be previewed here: Graphic Novels Club.

“To register, please call the library’s Youth Services desk at 928-777-1537; stop by the Youth Services desk; or sign up online by going to the library’s events calendar and clicking on the name of the book club that you are interested in. The calendar is accessible from the library’s web site (www.prescottlibrary.info).

“Thank you so much for considering my request.

Best regards,

Steve Ryan

Youth Services Librarian”