Youth Quilting Class

Mountain Top Quilters Guild (mountaintopquiltersguild.com) is offering quilting lessons to youth ages 10-17. Each 8 week session meets every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 in Prescott. Sewing machines are available in the class if your child does not have access to one.

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis. For information, please contact Diana Ramsey at 928-499-8792 or djramsey@cableone.net.

 

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Music Memory Concert at YCPA

I’m inviting you to the annual Music Memory concert on Thursday February 21st at 11am at Yavapai College’s Performing Arts building.

This  year’s selection includes:

1. National Anthem 2.00

2. Rogue One: the Imperial Suite 2.31

3. Variations on a Shaker Theme 3.53

4. Dvorak, Cello Concerto – Adagio 14.32

5. Trumpeter’s Lullaby 3.00

6. On the Trail (Grand Canyon Suite) 7.29

7. Scarborough Fair 4.10 (glass vibraphone)

Show is approximately 39.00 minutes with a possible extra ending.

The cost is free but you do need to have seats reserved for you & your kids.

RSVP by: SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 to Maggie Jones. Please note that other public schools and home school groups will be attending this concert. All RSVP’s will be put on my list in a first come, first serve order.

***Please limit your family to **** ONE ADULT **** attending the concert because of limited space.. No exceptions. The POPS group wants as many CHILDREN to be able to participate as possible. If you have adult family members who want to go – the POPS group usually performs the same exact concert to the public the Sunday before the Thursday that we go. That Sunday concert is NOT free.

***If you have a small child that can sit on your lap, let me know so that I do not include them in our total counts.

In your email, message or post to me please indicate the total number in your family that are going, e.g., 1 adult, 1 child on my lap and 2 kids, etc.

Cheers,

Maggie

Youth Quilting Program

Youth Quilting Program

Mountain Top Quilters Guild (mountaintopquiltersguild.com) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote quilting in our community.

We are offering quilting lessons to youth ages 10 thru 17.   Each 8 week session meets every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 in Prescott.  Our next session will begin Sept. 5 and end Oct 31. There will be no class on Oct. 24. We do have some sewing machines available in the class if your child does not have access to one.

Youth Membership in the guild from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 is $10 for each participant, and the class fee for the 8 week session is $15 each.  Class fees are reduced to $10 each for families enrolling two or more children.

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis.

For information, please contact Diana Ramsey at 928-499-8792 or djramsey@cableone.net.

Monkee Books

The proprietor for a website for buying and selling homeschool curriculum recently shared their up-and-coming website with us. It’s called Monkee Books. It’s like E-bay or Etsy for homeschool curriculum. So if you have a curriculum need or you need to sell some of you own curriculum, go check it out!

www.monkeebooks.com

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When poking around on their website a little, I also noticed that the owners are local! So it would be great for us to support them and help them build their business…all while we are getting good deals on our own curriculum or selling our old curriculum to make space on our over-stuffed book shelves!

MISTER JIM: Children’s Performer/Educator/Songwriter

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Dear Homeschool provider!
I know you’re busy, so I’ll be brief. 
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am James Schattauer, better known as the children’s performer “Mister Jim.”
For over 3 decades, I’ve been helping educational professionals and parents, like yourself, enhance students’ motor skills, self-expression, confidence, play and engagement skills through music, while providing a fun, morale-boosting environment for all.
My wife and I just moved to beautiful Prescott, Arizona and we love it!  We are originally from the Midwest and Prescott feels like home.
Because I’m establishing myself in Arizona, I’m offering a FREE live mini concert as a way for you to get to know my profession as a songster for young children and families. It demonstrates how I use fun and uplifting music to engage, inspire and motivate people of all ages.
Here are a couple of videos on my Mister Jim YouTube channel so you can see for yourself how the music moves the kids.
The FREE live mini concert can be done at your home, potluck or gathering, any time at your convenience.  It will last approximately 20 minutes.
You can schedule your free live mini concert or find out more about my services in one of three ways: 
1. Contact me on my website: James Schattauer

2. Email me at: jamesfullheart@yahoo.com
3. Call or text at: 651-402-1288
When we connect, we can also discuss other music enrichment programming needs you might have, or some great musical options to offer at your location.
With Smiles,
Mister Jim
651-402-1288 (cell)

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P.S.  I can also be a regular monthly visitor, do annual full “Mister Jim” concerts, inservice for your site and conference keynotes.
But first, let’s get your FREE live mini concert scheduled so we can get to know each other!

Homeschool FAQ

(Unresearched, somewhat biased, probably a bit inaccurate, and the answers definitely don’t apply to all homeschoolers.)

I just don’t have the patience to homeschool. How do you do it?

First, if we seem to have more patience it’s because we get to practice it a lot! And our patience is tried in a variety of ways! Another reason is we need patience to be effective. We also have opportunities to apologize for our outbursts, repent, and try again!

What about socialization for your kids?

We actually feel that as long as our kids are involved in religious and extracurricular activities with peers, they can still develop healthy socialization skills among their peers. Many of us also purposefully join groups and get together for our own social needs those of our kids. 

Homeschoolers also have a bunch of opportunities to develop great relationships with other adults, kids older than them, and kids younger than them. Homeschooled kids are often ok with being themselves and less concerned with trying to “fit in.” We also find that socially awkward parents often have socially awkward kids and it wouldn’t matter if those kids are in public school or homeschooled. 

How do you teach all your kids everything they need to know?

Well, we don’t, but neither do the schools! We just prioritize what needs to be taught and we get to pick the best way that works for us (the moms as teachers). We are hard on ourselves some days and really proud of ourselves on other days.

What about teaching multiple grades/ages?

There are three basic ways to accomplish this (there could be more):

1. Follow your children’s grade levels and teach them according to their grade, which is usually determined by the state/common core. This probably takes hours each day per kid. Most of us don’t do that cause we would go insane. 

2. Anne of Green Gables classroom: One-room-classroom approach where you teach the same lesson to multiple ages (for science, history, art, geography, literature, foreign languages, etc) and take some time to do one-on-one with the linear subjects (math, reading, spelling). 

3. Independent Learners: Pick a method/curriculum that fosters independent learning and you end up mainly supervising their education. Your main role is to get them to the point of becoming an independent learner—you teach the 3 R’s: reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

What if I have to work?

You can make homeschooling work with your schedule. Your kids won’t need 7+ hours of “school” every day to learn what they need to learn until they are about high school age. At that point, they ought to be independent learners so you don’t need to be by their side for those whole 7+ hours while they study. You can also get creative like hire a nanny or a teacher/tutor to help you with the childcare or their education. 

How do you motivate your kids to learn?

The best trick in the book is no trick at all. It’s only cultivating a love of learning. Humans naturally love to learn, progress, and grow. It’s a part of our nature as children of God. If we can keep that love of learning alive in our kids and not squash it out, they will always have a hunger and a thirst to learn and grow. The trick is to not stifle that love of learning. 

How soon should I start homeschooling my children?

Our culture encourages us to start young and to start serious. So we automatically think we should, too.

I suggest an alternative. Let our kids be Kids. Let them play, explore, visit parks, lakes, zoos, and museums, go on hikes, play freely in the backyard, be bored, and have plenty of free time. Read good books, poetry, classics, and quality literature to them. Cultivate the love of learning.

As they grow, so will their appetite to learn. Keep feeding them good learning material out of “the best books.” As they get older, you’ll see the need for more structured learning and maybe even using some outside resources for their education. Some options are no cost, like JTED for high schoolers. Some homeschoolers also start taking college courses in high school as a way to get a head start for college. 

How much does homeschooling cost?

As little or as much as you can afford. There are many free to very low cost options you can use to teach your kids. If you’re on a budget, look for deals, second hand materials, and use the Internet and library a lot. You don’t have to buy the required school supplies every year so you’ll save on things like pencils, scissors, crayons, and school fund raisers.